All posts by: Allison

Simple and Healthy Homemade Jello Recipe Did you know that jello makes a healthy snack for kids and adults? Wait! Let me explain: My homemade jell-o recipe is healthy because it’s free of added sugar and artificial sweeteners. In addition,...
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5 Books to Read for Weight Loss With Real Food A few years ago, I lost 47 pounds with a real food diet. If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning, you’ll remember that’s when I started posting a...
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15 Awesome Art Gifts for Kids As our family’s “birthday season” approaches, I’ve begun to look for some great art gifts for kids to give my boys this year. My family is pretty well rounded when it comes to extracurricular...
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46 Stay At Home Date Night Ideas for Busy Parents Date night? Who has time for a date night? But, what if it’s an at home date night? You do, mama! I know fitting a date night into your schedule...
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My Walmart Grocery Pickup Review Okay, friends. I didn’t think they could do it, but Walmart convinced me to shop with them again. I stopped shopping at Walmart years ago because I found the shopping experience at other stores to...
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Sweet Potato Frittata – An Easy Dinner Recipe I love sweet potatoes, but I don’t only enjoy them baked. Sweet potatoes are pretty versatile, which is why they’re so yummy in this sweet potato frittata recipe. Sweet potatoes pack a...
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Advice for New Moms – 10 Things New Moms Need to Know Hey there, new mama. Let’s talk. I’ve got some advice for new moms I want to share with you. Look . . . You already know it won’t...
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We Don’t Force Our Children to Hug Other Adults (Not even Grandma!) As toddlers and preschoolers my boys often refused to hug relatives they rarely saw. Sometimes our less mature family members acted offended when the boys refused hugs and...
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One Ingredient Natural Laundry Detergent It’s no secret that store-bought laundry detergent contains ingredients that aren’t great for the environment and our bodies.  From sulfates to dioxanes to fragrances, conventional laundry detergents are sudsing up a toxic soup in your...
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Does Common Core Math Work? Does common core math work? Yes and no. We’ll talk more about that in a minute. If you’re here for the new math help for parents, scroll to the bottom of this article for those...
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30 Frugal or Free Homeschooling Resources I’ve been homeschooling for over a decade and, with the exception of the first year when I spent nearly $1000 on a packaged curriculum that we hated, I’ve mastered homeschooling for free or frugally....
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How to Buy Contact Lenses Without a Doctor’s Visit – A Simple Contacts Review It happened again. I ran out of contacts lenses before I could get an appointment with my eye doctor to renew my prescription. I’m a busy...
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How to Have an Easter Without Candy Several years ago when our family first began our real food journey, we decided to skip giving our kids candy at Easter. We were just a month or so into our new way...
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My Simple, Natural Homemade Mouthwash Anytime I can save money and make my daily routine greener and more natural, I do. That’s why I’m so excited to share the easy homemade mouthwash recipe I created. When I began my transition...
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Easy Homemade Toothpaste Recipe Since I switched to 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. (See...
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Natural Alternative to Dryer Sheets I don’t know if you’ve heard, but dryer sheets are kind of toxic. Yes, even the fragrance free kind. Of course, I know I can’t completely eliminate all possible toxins from my home. However, when...
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How to Make a Homemade Sourdough Starter Authentic homemade sourdough bread begins with a fermented, thick, gloopy substance called a sourdough starter. It might sound (or look) unappealing, but let me tell you, homemade sourdough starter is the first step...
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Is Salt Healthy? Healthy salt? Isn’t that an oxymoron? We’ve all heard the conventional dietary rule that tells us to avoid salt in our diets because it’s unhealthy. In fact, several years ago – before I began my real food...
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56 Free Homeschool Math Resources After we spent way too much money on our first set of homeschool curriculum only to discover we hated it, I decided to create my own homeschool curriculum. While I love shopping for new, affordable...
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56 Free Homeschool Reading Resources Fortunately for homeschooling parents there is no shortage of free homeschooling reading resources! Homeschooling doesn’t have to be an expensive venture.  There are so many online resources that are completely free.  We’re fortunate to live...
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Yes! You CAN Work Full Time and Homeschool Your Children Maybe you’re here  because you work full time but you’re interested in homeschooling. Maybe you already homeschool but you need to work outside of the home. No matter your situation...
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Healthy and Simple Soaked Pancakes What’s more comforting on an easy Sunday morning than a stack of warm pancakes spread with butter and drizzled with maple syrup? Well, nothing – unless your belly isn’t comforted by foods made with wheat...
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What Happens to Your Body in the First Week After Giving Birth Written by Kandice Kelso I told myself after the birth of our first son, “I will always remember these moments and cherish these first few weeks forever.” My...
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Easy Kid-Friendly Meatloaf Cupcake Recipe You need a new ground beef recipe. What? How’d I know that? Because I can read minds. Okay. Not really. The truth is that I heard your family protesting yet another meatloaf all the way...
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Free Homeschool Planning Printables Homeschool planning is one of the most fun, but most time-intensive parts of homeschooling, in my opinion. Some homeschool moms, like myself, love homeschool planning and some homeschool moms just want to get through it as...
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My Favorite Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets Remember the days before you knew about real food when you could – completely without guilt – dump a bag of frozen chicken nuggets on a baking sheet and call it dinner? Yeah.  Me,...
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Easy Homemade Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets Are a Dinner Winner When my family began our real food lifestyle we stopped buying frozen processed dinner foods. So, when the boys asked for that standard childhood favorite – chicken nuggets – I...
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Simple Soaked Oatmeal Recipe – a Healthy, Real Food Breakfast You’re probably here for one of two reasons. Either you were searching for a soaked oatmeal recipe because you know it’s the healthiest, tastiest way to make oatmeal OR you...
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How to Save Money on Groceries Without Using Coupons Several years ago extreme couponing was all the rage. Thankfully, most couponers I know today have a more moderate and balanced approach to couponing. As well, many former extreme couponers like...
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