Category Archives: Healthy Living

Meal planning: Save time, save money, and take the stress out of dinner! This is a foolproof method for easy meal planning, including free printables! Meal planning is a lifesaver and if it is new to you or you have gotten out of the habit, I’m here to help! You need meal planning in your life! Here’s why: Meal Planning Saves You Time. No more worrying about what you are going to feed your family. With a plan, you know just what you are going to make so you can get right into the kitchen and get it done. It also Continue Reading →

Meal Planning for Busy Moms

Join me in The Happy Heart Challenge – 50 Days to a Happier, Healthier You! Printable PDF to help you track your goals and progress are included. Welcome to a fun Happy Heart Challenge to get you started on a journey to a happier you! The number challenge focuses not on pounds lost or calories counted – it’s an approachable, real-life strategy for being a little more intentional about your time. This challenge runs the course of 50 days. You can start today, you can start Friday, you can start next month. The beauty of this challenge is that it can be started Continue Reading →

Happy Heart Challenge: 50 Days to a Happier You

Free Healthy Meal Plan

This free healthy meal plan features avocado egg salad, homemade sloppy joes, bacon and corn quesadillas, and more! Welcome to my weekly healthy meal plan that includes free printable shopping list – this is number 6! You can find the first five meal plans here: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 The number one thing that I hear from you all is that you don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy family-friendly meal on the table. This is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week Continue Reading →

Healthy Meal Plan and Printable Shopping List, Week 6

This free Meal Planner includes an enchilada bake, cheddar broccoli soup, linguine rosa, and more! Welcome to our fifth weekly free meal planner that includes a free printable shopping list! You can see the first four here: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list. All you’ll have to do is collect the recipes (just visit the link under each picture and hit print), print off the shopping list, and you know what you are going to make all week long. I thought Continue Reading →

Meal Planner 5 with Printable Shopping List

This free Family Meal Plan includes tomatillo ranch burritos, butternut squash macaroni and cheese, roasted tilapia, and more! Welcome to our fourth weekly free family meal plan – it includes a free printable shopping list! The number one thing that I hear from you is that you don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy, family-friendly meal on the table. This free meal plan is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list to go with it. All you’ll have to do is Continue Reading →

Family Meal Plan 4 with Printable Shopping List

The school year has started, and if it hasn’t for you yet, then I’m sure it’s right around the corner. Busy school mornings are no joke, and I’m here to share a few ways to make school mornings easier. This post is in partnership with Mom’s Best Cereals, and I’m excited to get out of the kitchen a little and share some mom tips for you today instead. I have 5 little people to get out the door in the morning (I walk my bigger kids to school, but everyone still has to go with me). I wake up right Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Make School Mornings Easier

My baby’s first birthday was on the calendar, and the closer that it came, the more antsy I got try to lose some weight. I know that there are plenty of people who will tell me to be patient with the baby weight, to just eat healthy and it’ll come off, to keep nursing, all kinds of things along those lines. In the past those tips have worked for me, but a few things have changed for me, and they have stopped working. It was time for me to do something. A big something. Here are a few reasons that Continue Reading →

I lost 8 pounds with the Dr. Oz 2-Week Diet

You are going to love this simple handy trick that will teach you the best and easiest way to preserve fresh herbs! My garden is a weed-filled mess this year (I say that like that isn’t the norm. Well friends, that’s totally the norm right now in my life.). Even though it looks pretty awful, there’s still all kinds of treasures hiding under the weeds. Such treasures include a wealth of basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, and sage! I love having fresh herbs on hand (and I’m going to love it even more when we live near our garden!). My pasta Continue Reading →

How to Save Fresh Herbs: Herb Bombs

Welcome to our third weekly free meal plan that includes a free printable shopping list! The number one thing that I hear from you all is that you don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy, family friendly meal on the table. This free meal plan is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list. All you’ll have to do is collect the recipes (just visit the link under each picture and hit print), print off the shopping list, and you know what Continue Reading →

Free Meal Plan 3 with Printable Shopping List

Welcome to our second weekly easy family meal plan that includes a free printable shopping list! This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. The number one thing that I hear from you all is that you don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy, family friendly meal on the table. This easy family meal plan is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list. All you’ll have to do is collect the recipes (just visit Continue Reading →

Easy Family Meal Plan 2 with Printable Shopping List

Baby Graham, also fondly know as Mr. Squishy, turns one this month. Where has the time gone friends?! It seems like just yesterday that I was gigantic and miserably pregnant and now I have a baby trying to walk around the house! I’m so grateful I’m not where I was a year ago; pregnancy is rough. All that work was worth it, though. I managed to create the world’s cutest baby ,and he was well worth all the suffering to get him here. This little lamb is a bright spot in our family. His siblings adore him, and so do Continue Reading →

Watermelon Cake with Whipped Cream

Bless this Mess Weekly Meal Plan 1 and Shopping List Welcome to my very first weekly meal plan plus free printable shopping list! This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. The number one thing that I hear from you all is that you don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy, family friendly meal on the table. This is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list. All you’ll have to do is Continue Reading →

Bless this Mess Weekly Meal Plan 1 and Shopping List

I love having sweet treats ready while the kids are home during the summer and I love it even more when those treats are actually good for them. We eat a lot of homemade popsicles, date balls, and recently, homemade frozen yogurt. My kids loved this recipe and I did too! This recipe for 4 ingredient frozen yogurt literally takes 5 minutes to make and tastes just like a traditional frozen yogurt. I felt like this was a new way to serve fruit that wasn’t a smoothie or popsicle, which we get a lot of. The color is beautiful, I Continue Reading →

4 Ingredient Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (5 minute recipe!)

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own. I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer. What Continue Reading →

8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

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, my 4 oldest kids would be misdiagnosed and we’d be horribly ill for 6 full weeks. Raising littles and getting dinner Continue Reading →

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

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 Continue Reading →

The Life Changing Magic of the Veggie Box

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, Continue Reading →

30 Way to Create More Joy in Your Day

  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 Continue Reading →

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

Today I’m working with a company that I have admired and enjoyed for years, the tastiest, packaged, real food out there, Larabar. When I first found out I would get the chance to work with Larabar I assumed it would be using their products and I decided right away that I’d do a post on hiking, kids, and real food. When I got the project details though, the post took on a different theme. I’m grateful that I had the chance to work under their guidelines. Thank you for supporting the companies that I thoughtfully choose to work with. Instead Continue Reading →

Fighting Hunger in Your Own Backyard

People are at the heart of what I do and who I am. I post recipe online because I want to help make your dinnertime a healthy and fun experience. I want you to sit down over a delicious simple meal and talk about your day. I share on social media because I want to connect with you and I love keeping up with people through such outlets. Even though we might follow each other on Instagram or I liked your post on Facebook, we still might not really be connecting. You know what I’m talking about. We know this Continue Reading →

3 Simple Ways to Connect with Long Distance Friends and Family

3 Secrets Moms of Boys Need to Know I’m a “boy mom” through and through. I had 4 little boys in a span of 5 years (yep, you read that right), and though we do have one wonderful daughter leading the pack, I still definitely consider myself a boy mom. Today I’m sharing 3 secrets that Moms of Boys need to know. These are just a few little tips about raising boys I have learned over the past few years and I thought you might like them too. Bonus: they don’t just apply to raising boys.  Involve your son in what Continue Reading →

3 Secrets Moms of Boys Need to Know

Journal writing is something I love and have always really enjoyed. I have still journals from when I was a young girl that I roll my eyes at now. Sometimes I feel like people put themselves into two categories when it comes to journal writing, either you do it or you don’t. I’m here to tell you today that everyone should be on team journal keeper, that it doesn’t have to be hard or even traditional, and that you will never ever ever EVER regret the time and energy spent on keeping a record of your life and the lives Continue Reading →

7 Amazing Alternatives to Traditional Journal Keeping!

22 Simple Handmade Gifts

The first week of December as well as Cassie from Wholefully and I’s Handmade Holiday 2015 is coming to a close and I can’t even believe how fun this week was. Who knew you all loved handmade gifts as much as we do?! Today we’ve collected all this week’s posts plus other handmade gift ideas that we published in years past to create this amazing list of 22 Simple Handmade Gifts for you to enjoy all in one place. I’m partial, but I dare say this is one of the best handmade gift idea lists out there. We’ve got you Continue Reading →

22 Simple Handmade Gifts PLUS a $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm is super simple to make when you get a the right ingredients and it’s the perfect gift to make a bunch of and share with all of your friends. This project is part of Handmade Holiday that Cassie from Wholefully and I are working on this week, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. So far this week I’ve shared Simple DIY Beeswax Candles and Painted Sharpie Mugs (that won’t wash off!) and Cassie has made the prettiest No Sew Flannel Blanket Scarf, Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Jar, and today she’s Continue Reading →

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm (Homemade Pink Grapefruit Burt’s Bees!)

I bet some of you are thinking, “What on earth is she talking about?!” So let me tell you just what Felted Wool Dryer Balls are. I had never even heard of dryer balls until sometime last spring. I started reading about them, made them, and now I really love them! These would be a really unique and practical gift to give, plus, they are really kind of pretty. I love homemade gifts that I can use and not just have to dust or eat! DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls are little balls of foil that you wrap in wool Continue Reading →

DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls

Can you believe it’s been three whole weeks since baby Graham was born? It feels like it’s been ages and the blink of an eye all at the same time. The passing of time is funny like that, isn’t it? He’s a sweet baby who is off of the lights for jaundice, has his days and nights all mixed up, and doesn’t love being awake. He wants to be nursing or asleep all day, every day. Life with five little kids to love is busy! Thank goodness my mom flew in to help out and my sister is still here. We’ll Continue Reading →

Postpartum Recovery Smoothie

Melon season is just around the corner and I’m sharing an article on the Hobby Farms’ website today: 7 Ways To Use and Store Melons. I hope you’ll pop over and read it! If you feel so inclined, any pinning from their site or comments are welcome too (I LOVE working with them and I hope they keep my around; let’s show them it’s a good article!). I also have an article about popcorn in their current print magazine! This is my first published article outside of the internet and I feel so fancy being in print. If you happen Continue Reading →

7 Ways To Use and Store Melons

It’s so easy to fall into a lunch rut isn’t it?! It seems like I get into the habit of making the same three or four things and before you know it we are all sick of what I’m serving. Today I’m sharing some fun ideas for lunches, specifically packed lunches. This is great if you plan on making lunches for your kids for school in the fall, to take to the park to enjoy on a sunny afternoon, for the kids headed to day camp, or even for your spouse if they work out of the house and takes a Continue Reading →

5 Secrets to Healthy Packed Lunch Success!

I figured it was high time to get a little garden update going for you! The garden is growing like a weed, weeds included! Here’s what I planted this year: Red onions White onions Potatoes Radishes Carrots Peas Swiss chard Spinach LOTS of green beans (they are the only things that I feel like I have to get in bottles this year, I’m hoping they’ll be ready right when my mom gets here to help with the baby. Convenient!) Corn Tomatoes Assorted Bell peppers Jalapenos Green Cabbage Eggplant Cucumbers Watermelon (2 varieties) Cantaloupe Butternut Squash A million kids of pumpkins Continue Reading →

Farm and Garden Update: June

Spring break vacation pictures of families at the beach or at Disneyland were really getting me down this week. We don’t have any vacations planned for this entire year and I was moping a bit about how my kids are totally deprived (we’ve all been there right!). So instead of thinking about things I can’t change,  I decide to focus on all the things that we can do, especially ways to make spring magical for kids. It’s such a fun time of year, even in our own backyard. Here’s a list of 10 things you can do with your kids at home Continue Reading →

10 Ways to Make Spring Magical for Kids

Spring is in the air and I thought I’d show you what we are up to in the farm and garden area of life. All of our trees budded so nicely! Our property is exactly next to my in-laws and they share the same lane, so I’ve been driving past this neglected orchard for almost 10 years now. We’ve been wanting to buy it and talking to the owner for at least the last three, so while we were around we would turn on the water and water the trees once in a while but I never really went over Continue Reading →

Farm and Garden Update: Spring 2015

Spring has sprung in lots of locations and if you are like me, you are thinking about all the delicious things that you’ll be planting and harvesting soon. Swiss chard is on my list to plant this week, it’s a great cold hardy vegetable (here’s a post I wrote about vegetables that don’t mind a little cold). So in honor of spring I thought I’d share 6 Ways to Use Swiss Chard. I wrote this article for Hobby Farm’s Magazine’s blog today. You can visit the whole article there. I love working with Hobby Farms and their website is a Continue Reading →

6 Ways to Use Swiss Chard

Eggs are a really interesting topic to me right now and I thought I would share some egg tips and tricks with you including how to tell the freshness of an egg. Did you know that your average store-bought egg is 3 weeks old but they could very well be months old. Farmers can hold onto eggs for 30 to 90 days before they are shipped off for “packing” (the information that I found for that number varied a lot, so it’s a wide range). Eggs are several more weeks old by they time they are packed, shipped, and then purchased Continue Reading →

How to Test the Freshness of an Egg

Asparagus is in season in California right now which means I can get it pretty cheap since we aren’t all that far from the Sunshine State. I have been loving having a seasonal vegetable to cook with! It’s been so very long. Welcome spring. I bought a 3 pound bag at Costco for $3.99 last week and it was beautiful tender asparagus. The only problem? I had 3 whole pounds of it. So I did some research to figure out how to store fresh asparagus the best. I bought the asparagus on Thursday, stored it properly on Friday, and just Continue Reading →

How to Store Fresh Asparagus

Thinking… that laying down in the afternoon has its perks. Sure my house is messier than normal, I’m making a lot of grilled cheese for dinner, and I’m behind on emails, but it also means I take a little more time to slow down and enjoy my kids. On the afternoons Henry goes to preschool, Kimball makes sure we have “quiet time” in my bed. We normally tell each other stories, look through our picture album, or read books, but on this day he fell asleep. I don’t know how long he’ll ask me to hold his hand while he Continue Reading →

Currently: Mouse in the House

I’ve been struggling with depression caused by pregnancy the last few months. Having to deal with this very complicated issue has given me so much empathy for people who struggle on a daily basis with chronic depression. It’s so very real and it’s so very hard to understand if you’ve never been there. My midwife gave me some very practical advice on things that I could change to help relieve some of my depression symptoms. This advice was very sound and I really want to share it. Of course I’m not a doctor (though my midwife is very seasoned and Continue Reading →

5 Simple Ways to Combat Depression

30 Minute Stir Fry with Crispy Shrimp was a huge hit with my family and it will be with yours too. Here’s a little secret though, it’s super easy! I saved myself a whole lot of time and effort by using frozen SeaPak Butterfly Shrimp. It’s super nice to have a few things in the freezer like this for busy nights. A rice cooker takes all the work out of making rice, Meal Prep Monday takes all the work out of the stir fry, throwing everything in a jar and giving it a shake takes all the work out of the Continue Reading →

30 Minute Stir Fry with Crispy Shrimp plus this Week’s Meal Plan

I missed posting my meal plan last week, but I didn’t want to skip this week so here it is, my less than famous Bless this Mess Meal Plan! This week is going to be just as tasty as the next. I love meal planning because it takes all of the thinking out of dinner. I swear that half the work is just deciding what to make. I hope this helps to take some of the guess-work out of what you are making too! Here are the links to the other meal plans too incase you want to look around. Continue Reading →

Bless this Mess Meal Plan {Week 4}

I didn’t get this week’s meal plan posted late last week like I planned, but I figured Monday was better than not at all. Week 3 meal plan to the planning rescue! Here’s what we are eating this week. (This is my third week doing my meal plans this year, you can see week one here and week two here). PS- It’s the last day to enter to win a Blendtec of your very own! Find the detail here. Breakfast: Monday- Oatmeal Tuesday- Eggs Wednesday- Smoothie (+ toast for the kids) Thursday- Oatmeal (probably steel-cut oats) Friday- Eggs Saturday- Whole Continue Reading →

Week 3 Meal Plan

Have you heard of Meal Prep Monday?  Here it is in a nutshell: spend a morning in the kitchen one day a week and knock out a lot of prep work for the coming week. This normally happens on Monday for me, hence the name, Meal Prep Monday. It’s a great habit to get into that saves a lots of time the rest of the week. It also puts healthy options right in front of my face which makes making smart food choices ten times easier. I tend to prep snacks because snacks are what are the easiest for me Continue Reading →

How to rock Meal Prep Monday

I really liked writing out my meal plan last week so I thought I’d keep it up! This will be a great resource for myself later too when I get in a meal planning rut! This coming week is going to be just as tasty as the last and I’m excited to share what I have planned with you. I also wanted to share our 2014 family pictures! I figured they didn’t need a post all their own, but if I smoosh them with something useful like a meal plan then it’s totally allowed. So take a look, they are Continue Reading →

This week’s meal plan + our 2014 family pictures

Thirty years ago I was brought home from the hospital to a cute little home in Springville, Utah. In the pre-ultra sound age my dad was convinced I was a boy and had the named Tyler picked out for me (Tyler came to our family a few years later). They named me Melissa because it was a pretty name on a suggestion card the hospital gave them and picked Dawn for my middle name because that’s they time of day I made my arrival. My dad was a student at BYU, rode a motorcycle back and forth to campus, and Continue Reading →

From Where I Stand: Thoughts on Turning 30

Last year I did two rounds of Feel Great in 8 and I loved it. Feel Great in 8 is not your typical diet or sugar cleanse, it is so much more. Tiffany, who I have now met and really enjoy supporting, has created a health challenge that goes way beyond food. You get points for eating well, service, journaling, exercise, and a whole slew of things that help to make you more healthy, not just physically, but emotionally, spiritually, and mentally too. I keep coming back to the challenge and I like it more every time I do it. Continue Reading →

Feel Great in 8 Health Challenge (starting Monday!) plus my meal plan for this week

I worked with Emily from One Lovely Life today to bring you a really fun ingredient spotlight on pumpkin. Since chances are good you’ll be downing a piece or two of pumpkin pie this weekend, you might as well know a little bit about them! And if you happen to remember a few of the facts and bust them out at the dinner table you might just impress your great Aunt Sue. Who doesn’t love some good trivia?! I know I’m a sucker for it. Basics Pumpkin is a member of the same family as squash. I mentioned this with Continue Reading →

Ingredient Spotlight: Pumpkin

I mentioned a few weeks ago that the baby decided he was done nursing at 10 months old, and I was torn in my feelings about the matter. I liked nursing and wanted to make it to a year but I also liked a little bit of freedom that comes with weaning. Finding a bottle that he liked was more of a pain then I thought it should be. I had a few old odds-n-ends bottles and nibbles lying around but he acted like he couldn’t get enough out. Some of the bottles were quite old, like six or seven Continue Reading →

BPA, Bottles, and Babies: A few things you should know

I’m hanging on to the last days of summer and enjoying the garden in all of it’s productive glory! Months worth of work are certainly worth it this time of year in terms of a garden. I thought it would be fun to highlight one of my very favorite summer ingredients – summer squash! And maybe you are cute like my Grandma Jane in Indiana and say “skwarsh”. No matter how you say it, it’s delicious. Here’s a little more info on the ever popular and ever producing vegetable. Summer Squash Basics: Summer squash is the blanket term usually used Continue Reading →

Ingredient Spotlight: Summer Squashes (or skwarsh if you are my grandma)

Today isn’t just lunch box inspiration, it’s also a giveaway of some really fun lunch box gear and products to get you excited for the coming school year! Keep reading, it’s a long post :) I’m always looking for fun new ways to pack a lunch and I thought I’d share some inspiration with you today. I don’t make crazy intricate lunches often, but once in a while I get overly motivated or Macey needs a little sunshine in her lunch box and I’ll go wild with creativity. Things like this are fun when you want them to be fun, Continue Reading →

All kinds of lunch box inspiration!

I’m excited to announce a new type of post here on Bless this Mess. I’m going to call them Ingredient Spotlights. I love food, especially real food, so I thought highlighting different ingredients once in a while would be a fun way yo give you a little knowledge and excitement about some everyday foods that you might have a question or two about. I love learning little tidbits of information that are new to me. And in following yesterday’s lemonade post, I thought citrus would be a great place to start! Enjoy, and if you have an ingredient spotlight request, Continue Reading →

Ingredient Spotlight: Citrus

Morning friends! I’ve been spending lots and lots of time in the garden and really enjoying it all, so I thought I’d show you all how things are coming along including a few new additions to our little hobby farm. First up, the garden. The garden is large and growing and I feel like I’m losing the battle with weeds. I did a great job keeping up with weeding last year, but this year it is quite the mess. I have this mental picture of a weed free garden with nice straight rows and my reality is so far from Continue Reading →

Hobby Farm – Moving Right Along

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and get active with your kids. The keyword in that sentence is with. Just sending your kids outside isn’t the same. I’m talking about you physically being outside with them. They’ll love doing things with you and the attention that you are giving them. You’ll love that they aren’t idling their day away in front of a screen and you might even like the added exercise for yourself, sunshine on your face, and the decreased mess inside the house. I think that kids want to be outside having adventures and building memories, Continue Reading →

10 Tips to Get Outside with your Kids EVERYDAY this summer. You can do it!

Healthy Road Trip Snacks that you don't have to make yourself!

Remember that one time we went on a crazy road trip to visit my family in Indiana and Kentucky (58 hours in the car with 4 little kids… oh yes we did!)? It was a great adventure and I thought I’d share our favorite healthy road trip snack with you all today. With that long in the car, we had LOTS of time to snack. I’m normally the type of person who will make a lot of what we are taking, but I was at a conference for 4 days before the trip with only one day at home before Continue Reading →

Healthy Road Trip Snacks – that you don’t have to make!

The giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Dorie D. on winning the prize! Living a healthy and whole life is about a lot more than food if you ask me. I try to be intentional about what we put in our bodies as well as what we put on them. I saw a little meme somewhere that said something like – buying organic food and then slathering your largest organ with chemicals just doesn’t make sense. I’ve thought a lot about that and it’s so true. We’d all be better off if we stopped using so many crazy things and Continue Reading →

5 Chemical Free Summer Skin Essentials for the Whole Family