All posts by: Allison

Healthy Cherry Vanilla Smoothie Recipe My family loves fruit smoothies. Although there is an endless number of smoothies we can make from various frozen and fresh fruit, we tend to stick to berries, peaches, and bananas for the most part....
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How I Stopped my IBS Naturally My IBS began suddenly after the birth of my first child when I was 22 years old.  At my six-week postnatal check up, I talked with the doctor about my constant stomach upset.  She...
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Easy Homemade Toothpaste Recipe As I strive to live a simpler, more natural lifestyle, I’ve replaced many personal hygiene products with natural and/or homemade alternatives.  Homemade toothpaste was one of the first and the easiest natural hygiene products to replace....
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Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe This cake is trouble, you guys.  I want to make it all the time.  I want to eat it all the time.  I want you to try it so you can join me. This flourless...
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Easy Pumpkin Curry With Coconut Rice Recipe I have a serious fondness for curry dishes.  The warmth and the variety of the flavors in both curry powder and garam masala make me very happy.  Though I never ate Indian cuisine...
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How to Stretch a Whole Chicken Into Seven Meals One question I often get from friends, family, and readers is “Is there any way to make a real food diet more affordable?” Of course there is! I’ve written about how...
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Homemade Moisturizing Body Wash Have you looked at the ingredients in your favorite body wash?  I have.  It’s not pretty. Check those ingredients on EWG.org. Then, throw that bottle of perfumey blech away. (Or, recycle it if you can!) Once...
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Easy Homemade Pie Crust Made With Butter We all need a simple homemade pie crust recipe in our recipe box, don’t we?  I don’t know why, but people seem intimidated by the thought of making a pie crust from scratch.  It’s...
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How to Deal With Parenting Anxiety If you’re a parent chances are you’ve spent more than a little time worrying about your children.  It’s normal and it’s healthy to be concerned about the safety and well-being of our children.  We...
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How to Cope With Miscarriage My second pregnancy ended in miscarriage. I was 13 weeks into the pregnancy and feeling pretty confident as I moved into the second trimester.  My morning sickness (and a few other symptoms) had begun to...
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DIY Facial Oil Recipes Have you peeked at the ingredients in your favorite facial moisturizer? Have you checked the safety of those ingredients on EWG.org? If you haven’t you should. When I saw the safety rating of my former favorite...
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What To Make With Leftover Mashed Potatoes – An Easy Potato Puff Recipe We eat a lot of potatoes.  Mostly because we like them and they are filling.  Partly because potatoes – even organic ones – are inexpensive.  And there...
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Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken with Cream Cheese Sauce Garlic butter chicken.   Cream Cheese Sauce. Oh my.  Where do I even begin?  I guess I should tell you first about the tender, moist chicken.  But, you just have to...
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Simple Sweet Pepper Frittata Recipe If you’re looking for a simple weeknight meal that’s easy on the grocery budget, put this Sweet Pepper Frittata recipe on your go-to list!  This recipe takes just a few minutes to prep and feeds...
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Are Grains Bad for You? Are grains bad for us? Well, yes and no. Maybe you’ve gone grain free or are considering going grain free.  You might have friends or family members who are going grain free, but you don’t...
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Easy Chicken Quesadillas Recipe – A Frugal Family Dinner Chicken quesadillas are an easy weeknight dinner favorite at my house.  They take no time at all to make and we always have leftovers for the lunch the next day.  The...
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Quick and Easy Weeknight Pineapple and Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe First of all, this one was a kid-pleaser. Second of all, it was quick and easy to make on a weeknight. Does anything else matter? Oh.  Okay. I’ll tell you...
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Healthy Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe Fluffy.  Sweet. Buttery. Comfort. Yes, please. I grew up eating pancakes made from a packet mix.  I could make ’em myself by the time I was 10 and did so most Saturday mornings. I had no...
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Easy Quinoa and Pecan Casserole Hello, comfort food! It’s nice to eat ya. Quinoa has long been one of my favorite side dishes, but recently I’ve been looking for more ways to make it a main dish.  We certainly aren’t...
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5 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Family When Life Gets Busy Several years ago, after being a mostly work-at-home mom for 11 years, I took a full time job outside of the home. My already-busy life became jam-packed. Even...
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How to Prevent the Stomach Flu Naturally I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather have a respiratory virus (cold) than a stomach virus.  When I have a cold, I still function pretty well during the day.  As long...
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56 FREE Homeschool Social Studies Resources I’ll admit, I didn’t really enjoy social studies in school. While I remember a bit about geography, history is a blur. Sure, I memorized what I needed for tests and made good grades, but...
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Is Maple Syrup Healthy? Oh, maple syrup, how I love you!  For me, maple syrup conjures feelings of warmth on a winter morning.  I bet you can almost taste the sweet syrup mixed with salty butter arranged artfully on a...
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Pork Chops and Fried Apples – A Paleo Fall Favorite One of my favorite things about fall is the abundance cinnamon-y food.  On a cool fall evening there’s nothing nicer than the scent of a warm, home cooked meal wafting...
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Why Is Grass Fed Beef Better? If you’ve bought meat at your local grocery store you’ve probably noticed a higher-priced beef labeled as “grass-fed”. Like I did before my family started a real food diet, you may have assumed that...
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Vegetable and Lentil Soup Recipe If you’re looking a bowl of warm comfort, you’ve come to the right place!  I threw together some veggies, lentils, and homemade bone broth in the slow cooker last weekend and made my taste buds...
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Parenting Q & A: My Child Cries When I Drop Him Off At Daycare Q:  I’ve just started working outside of the home after being a sahm (stay at home mom) with my three-year-old his whole life.  It’s been two...
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Is Sprouted Wheat Healthy? What Are the Benefits of Sprouted Wheat? Did you know that wheat is a controversial food?  Between the total wheat-abstaining paleo folks and the properly-prepared-wheat Weston A Price devotees, there are a lot of opinions about...
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Why You Should Grind Your Own Coffee Beans at Home As a busy mom and a coffee lover it would make sense for me to depend on pre-ground, flavored coffee for a convenient daily cup. Convenient coffee includes those nifty...
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