Natural Living

Pumpkin Coffee Facial Mask

Pumpkin Coffee Facial Mask: An At-Home Fall Spa Experience!

By Jessica Ellingsworth from Mavyn, Contributing Author Autumn is definitely in the air (even here in sunny Texas, thank goodness!), and I am here to take seasonal foods to a whole new level by incorporating them into the skincare routine. Jessica here, and I was recently perusing a high-end spa menu here in Austin and …Read More

why eat flaxseed

Why Eat Flaxseed?

I’ll be honest, two years ago I had no idea what flaxseed even was. Now I seem to use in it my recipes almost daily. If you’re like me you may be wondering why everyone is making such a big fuss about this powerful plant food. You may also be unaware of the easy ways …Read More

DIY Bee and Wasp Sting Remedy

DIY Bee and Wasp Sting Remedy

If you’ve ever been stung by a wasp, you won’t forget it. They put a healthy fear in you that results in a lifelong avoidance. Well, children don’t have the luxury of life experience and in this case, they went right into a little play house where a HUGE wasp nest had been built. My …Read More

How to Prepare, Freeze and Store Fresh Peaches

If you haven’t ever bitten into a freshly picked peach, do yourself a favor and go to your local farmers market ASAP. Tis the season and they are SO delicious. Every year I tell myself I am going to stock up on and freeze peaches for later use and every year I don’t get around …Read More

What Supplements Does Your Family Take? (We Take These 4…)

What Supplements Does Your Family Take? (We Take These 4…)

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links of products that I personally use and/or fully support. I give you full permission to make fun of me for this. My husband for sure does already. Want to know what I fall asleep reading many nights of the week, besides cooking magazines? Articles about health, nutrition and supplements. …Read More

The BEST Safe and Effective Sunscreens for Kids

The BEST Safe and Effective Sunscreens for Kids

Every year I find myself doing new research on the best and most affordable sunscreen that will keep my family protected this summer. The good news is that the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization that rates the safety of cosmetics and other household products based on their ingredient list, now takes all the guesswork …Read More

How to Transplant (or Plant) Blueberries

How to Transplant (or Plant) Blueberries

This spring, I received a very special gift from my parents who were moving–FIVE BLUEBERRY BUSHES from their backyard! These bushes are about three years old, so they are already producing quite a few blueberries each year but still have some growing to do. After doing some major research about how to transplant blueberries, my …Read More

4 Ways to Go Green for the Glory of God

4 Easy Ways to Go Green for the Glory of God

It’s a day after Earth Day and I have a confession to make. I think Earth Day should have less to do with whether or not Global Warming exists and more to do with what God instructs humanity to do with what He’s given us. The Bible teaches that we are called to care for …Read More

Are Your Cosmetics Safe?

One of the things I’ve been learning on our family’s journey to a healthier home is that not all cosmetics and personal care products on the market are safe.  Everything from baby shampoo to sunscreen to the mascara you wear may contain chemicals that are toxic for the human body. Did you know the U.S. …Read More

One Baby Step to Make a Difference in the Environment

One Baby Step to Make a Difference in the Environment

In the past few years we’ve attempted to take baby steps towards being a little more kind to the environment. We try to use reusable grocery bags, and snack bags,  cloth diaper our little one, use pyrex or tupperware instead of Ziplocks, recycle, and buy in bulk. By no means are we perfect in this. We go through …Read More

3 Key Ways to Save Money and Eat Healthier

3 Key Ways To Save Money and Eat Healthier

I’m about to make a statement that you might strongly disagree with.  But, I’ll do it anyway…and hopefully convince you. I think having healthy homemade food (vs. eating processed convenience food or fast food) for most meals is doable and is a huge benefit to you and your family. Not only will you save money, …Read More

My Story: Marathons and MS

My Story: Marathons and MS

Guest post by Beth Lewis Things doctors told me before I was actually diagnosed with multiple sclerosis: “Stress.” “Possibly an ocular migraine? There’s nothing wrong with your eye.” “Stress.” “You’re a marathon runner, Beth! Of course you’re tired!” “Stress.” “You probably just banged a nerve.” Before my dad and I were in the neurologist’s office …Read More

The Story of Kaitlyn: From Health-Conscious Childhood to College

The Story of Kaitlyn: From Health-Conscious Childhood to College

I’ve often wondered if by cooking and teaching my kids about “real” food—non-processed, whole food that is as close to it’s original form as possible—is a futile battle in my kids’ lives. Won’t they eventually be won over by the combined multi-billion dollar advertising campaigns of fast food and junk food companies? Won’t they give …Read More

8 Beauty Tips for the New Year

Intentional Beauty 2013: 8 Tips for the New Year {Guest Post}

Guest post by Jessica from Mayvn The word ‘resolution’ gets tossed around like a hot-cake this time of year. Even though I love a challenge and a goal, I also want to be set up for success. Healthy reminders and practical intentions are the phrases I like to use. Jessica from Mayvn here (Note: you …Read More

Pedometer Challenge Part 3: How to Kick It Up a Notch

Pedometer Challenge Part 3: How to Kick It Up a Notch

Check out Part 1 of the Pedometer Challenge Series to find out how to join in andand Part 2 to get motivated to move more. Most of us (not all) could stand to move our bodies more. Yes? I’ve been making the case this month that wearing a pedometer is an excellent “step” in the …Read More

10 Easy DIY All-Natural Household Products

My son was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 20 months of age. It was terrifying, especially when we had no family history at all. So, I did what I’m guessing many terrified mothers who feel out of control do–I began to research like a madwoman. My goal was to discover what could have possibly triggered his …Read More

How to Peel a Pomegranate

How to Peel a Pomegranate

Did you know that pomegranates are one of the most powerful, nutrient dense foods for overall good health? This anceint fruit is crazy good for you. Health Benefits of the Pomegranate They are the most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits They have potent anti-cancer and immune supporting effects Pomegranates inhibit abnormal platelet aggregation that could …Read More

Seven Benefits of Having a Family Dog

If you can’t tell from my previous post about installing a Pet Peek Window in our fence, we are dog people. Growing up, my family always had 2-4 dogs. My dad hunts and they had lots of land to run around on so it never felt like we were smothered by dogs. They were just …Read More

Lessons Learned from My Daughter Choking

Lessons Learned from My Daughter Choking

Last night my 17 month old daughter choked. She’s ok but it was pretty scary. My mom was actually watching my daughter, Adelyn, while I was out with my husband and some friends for my 30th birthday. Adelyn was walking around and munching on a snack and apparently just froze and gave my mom a …Read More

50+ Simple Ways to Sneak Fruits & Vegetables Into Kid Favorites

I’m a big believer in offering my kids fruits and vegetables at every meal. Research has definitively shown that if you keep offering and keep offering, children will eventually try the produce you put in front of them. I know from experience! It does work, but it takes months and sometimes years of diligence. My …Read More