All posts by Melissa

Healthy Cherry Energy Balls (Homemade Cherry Pie Larabars)


Have you gotten on the energy bites, energy ball, date ball/bite, little-nuggets-of-heaven bandwagon yet?! I'm here to convince you that you need this simple, healthy, whole food treat in your life. Healthy Cherry Energy Balls are going to become a staple in your freezer in no time! I taught a menu planning/food prep/cooking class last week and I had so much fun! I took 8 different kinds of date balls with me as part of the treats. I had a lot of questions about what they were and what was in them, lots of people were a little skeptical too, but the Continue Reading →

10 Things I Wish I Would have Known Before Getting Chicks

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Spring has sprung and like me, many of you are thinking about or already investing in CHICKS!!! This is my fifth spring getting new chicks and I just love this time of year. Last year, I tried my hand at using an incubator to hatch my own eggs (much harder than I thought it would be but very rewarding and wonderful for the kids to see), but this year I just got five little chicks from our hardware store. They are currently right next to me cheeping away in their box. They have such fun little personalities and the kids Continue Reading →

Roasted Chickpea and Vegetable Quinoa Bowls (Meatless/GF)


Have you heard of dinner "bowls" lately? Well if you haven't I'm here to let you in on the secret and share this simple and healthy Roasted Chickpea and Vegetable Quinoa Bowl recipe with you today. This dish is one of my favorite meatless meals and it comes together in a flash. You are going to love it! I first started making bowls a few years ago in the form of "burrito" bowls which are essential rice topped with all the delicious things you find in tacos/burritos. They are easy to put together and very customizable. Recently I have seen a Continue Reading →

14 Healthy Freezer to Slow Cooker Recipes (NO cooking on prep day!)


Today is the day! The book I've been writing, testing, and getting ready for you since last September is LIVE! Get all the details here. I started this massive project of learning about and creating the very best healthy freezer to slow cooker recipes last September. I had a big prep day with my sister and my freezer was full. I started eating my way through each recipe and trying them again and again. Little did I know that in October would my 4 oldest kids would be misdiagnosed and we'd be horrible ill for 6 full weeks. Raising littles and getting dinner Continue Reading →

The Life Changing Magic of the Veggie Box


A few months ago I discovered the best/simplest/easiest way to incorporate more vegetables in our day and I have to to tell you about it. I feel like I do a pretty good job at feeding my family healthy food while retaining a good balance. My kids are well rounded when it comes to food and I really like that. They love fresh peas and tomatoes from the garden and they love when we make cookies together. Sometimes though I think I'm the only one eating the vegetables that I make for dinner and the rest of the family is filling up Continue Reading →

9 Staple Salad Dressings You Should Know How to Make


In my weekly meeting with Cassie from Back to Her Roots we have talked time and time again about what is most important when it comes to all aspects of our online businesses and blogs. Time and time again we have come back to the idea that it's most important for us to be as useful to you, dear reader, as we can be. Killer recipes, slices of real life, and helpful posts on different things are a great start and I've been doing that for years. I think there's a lot of power in giving you a lot of Continue Reading →

Simple Roasted Tilapia and Vegetables (easy 20 minute sheet pan dinner)


Today I'm sharing the easiest healthy meal around, simple oven roasted tilapia with vegetables. You can make this meal all on one sheet pan too which I love. I'm working with Bumble Bee SuperFresh® today and I'm really really excited about it. I am super picky about who I work with on the blog because I have to love their product, and even more, you have to love them too. I work for you, so I only work with companies that I know you are going to love. I choose to work with Bumble Bee SuperFresh® today for a couple of Continue Reading →

30 Way to Create More Joy in Your Day


25 Way to Create More Joy in Your Day 1. Deliver fresh flowers (go out and pick a bouquet of lovely apple blossoms or dandelions) 2. Share a glass of lemonade with the mail carrier 3. Send your grandma a real letter, in the mail, with a stamp 4. Hold someone's hand 5. Buy a treat/drink for the person behind you in line 6. Call to say I appreciate you 7. Listen with your heart 8. Look into your child's eyes for an entire conversation 9. Read for the love of reading (I'm in love with this book, this one, and this book at the moment) 10. Say you're sorry 11. Continue Reading →

Stop the Yo-Yo: 4 Steps to create a healthy lifestyle that lasts!

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  Exciting news!! This Thursday I'm hosting a FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP with my friend Tiffany from Feel Great in 8.    If you've ever struggled with yo-yo dieting or emotional eating this workshop is for YOU. Tiffany will be sharing so many simple, powerful tips. I can't wait!  If you’ve ever felt stuck in a cycle of yo-yo dieting, struggled with emotional eating, or felt like you never have the willpower to stick with a healthy lifestyle – I have something super exciting to tell you about!! This Thursday @ 8:00 PM MST I'm hosting a FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP with my friend Tiffany Rudd from Continue Reading →

Honey Sweetened Peanut Butter Cookies (whole wheat flour)


Honey Sweetened Peanut Butter Cookies made with whole wheat flour are one of our new favorite cookies. These cookies are easy to make, made with great "whole food" ingredients, and taste awesome. These cookies are made with honey, whole wheat flour, and lots of peanut butter. You won't need any other fat/oil like butter or shortening in this recipe either because the peanut butter has you covered. I like this fact because that means I can still make cookies when I run out of butter over the weekend but we still want to make a treat on Sunday night. This simple one Continue Reading →