All posts by: Allison

How to Cook Butternut Squash I recently shared with you how to cook acorn squash and now it’s time to talk about how to cook butternut squash. You probably already have a butternut squash soup recipe you’d like to try,...
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The Perfect Butternut Squash Soup Recipe for Fall My butternut squash soup recipe is a family favorite around here.  It’s creamy, it’s sweet, it’s savory, it’s . . . perfect.  And, made with homemade bone broth, it’s incredibly nourishing. I...
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How to Cook Acorn Squash I’d like to introduce you to my sweet little friend the acorn squash. I know you’ve seen it in the grocery store produce section in a pile next to the other gourds each fall. You’ve...
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Easy Acorn Squash Recipe – Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash I’ve created a new favorite fall recipe!  This quinoa stuffed roasted acorn squash recipe is so delicious and super easy to make.  Although it takes 40 minutes to roast the squash,...
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Delicious and Healthy Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes When I was a child, Thanksgiving was a lovely holiday that meant lots of delicious, comforting food. My father, born and raised in the Northeastern US, made his homemade turkey stuffing and my mother,...
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No Mess Fall Crafts for Toddlers When my boys were little I took a job at a preschool working with two-year-olds. As the head teacher I had the responsibility of coming up with the craft each day. I loved this...
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30 Delicious Healthy Fall Dinner Recipes What’s lovelier on a cool fall night than a delicious, hearty dinner? A healthy, delicious, hearty dinner, of course! These 30 healthy fall dinner recipes help you create a warm, cozy atmosphere around your...
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Free Printable Meal Planners Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to deal with the hassle of figuring out what’s for dinner every night?  Part of the reason that maintaining a real food lifestyle becomes difficult is because most...
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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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