Product Review: NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop The Good and the Bad, Plus Where to Find One

nuwaveOne of the appliances that lets me live without an oven (read more here) is the NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop. I use it to make omelets for breakfast, stir fry dinner, make rice or noodles and much more. Today I’m sharing the pros and cons of this portable cooktop, why I love it so much, and where you can find it. Continue reading

How to Survive Without an Oven

ovenThis will probably sound weird, but I haven’t had a working oven in over 3 years. This makes cooking more of a challenge, but definitely one that can be overcome. We use a countertop roaster, a slow cooker, a NuWave induction cooktop, and my favorite, a NuWave oven. We have a few other kitchen appliances, too, but those are the ones we use the most. Sometimes I use more than one at a time to complete a meal. I’ve cooked everything from scrambled eggs to a turkey meal for 20 people. It definitely takes a little extra planning, but I haven’t even missed my oven. So how do I do it? Continue reading

How to Use OneNote Templates

templatesLast week I shared how I converted to a digital bullet journal using OneNote. It was one of my most popular posts, so I’ve decided to share a series of OneNote how-tos. I am so happy I made the change to a digital bullet journal, and I haven’t looked back. I’d like to share with you more details on how I made the switch, and make it easier for you if you make the switch to digital. Today’s topic: how to add templates to your pages. Continue reading

11 Natural Immune System Boosters

immune systemWe know our immune system fights off illness and keeps us healthy. But sometimes germs still get through and we get sick. When it’s working, we don’t even think about our immune systems. But we sure notice when it isn’t working and we come down with something. We can help out our immune systems by giving them a natural boost. This is important anytime, but especially during cold and flu season. How does the immune system work, and what are some natural immune boosters?

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Man Cave Approved Diffuser Blends

man caveIt’s no secret that I love my diffuser and my essential oils. They make my home smell great without using harsh chemical air fresheners, and it comes with health benefits. But a lot of the blends I enjoyed diffusing were a bit on the floral side. My husband liked the concept of diffusing oils, but every once in a while he wanted something a bit more masculine. So I started experimenting, and came up with four man cave approved blends. Continue reading

Product Review: Ecos Natural Laundry Detergent

laundryOne of the more difficult parts of living naturally is dealing with laundry. Natural laundry detergents can get pricey, so for years I used All Free and Clear. It’s free of dyes and fragrances, so it didn’t trigger my allergies. But it’s still not completely natural, and I wanted something better. I’d done some research on homemade laundry soap, but wasn’t quite ready for that yet. So I started looking for a more natural detergent. I needed something that wouldn’t break the bank and wouldn’t cause an allergic reaction in myself or my husband. Then I discovered Ecos laundry detergent. Today I’m sharing why regular detergent is so bad for you, and what I love about Ecos. Continue reading

Why I Love My Digital Bullet Journal

bullet journalIf you’ve been on the internet at all in the last few months, chances are you’ve read about bullet journals.  And if you’re like me, you were probably curious about what exactly a bullet journal is. Put simply, a bullet journal is an organizational system that keeps track of anything you want. It can be your task manager, sketchbook, journal, idea list, and more. However, this post isn’t meant to be a how-to, but to share my experience with using a bullet journal. (If you need a how-to, this article explains it all.)

I like the idea of being organized, so I had pages of lists in several notebooks and multiple apps on my phone to keep track of life. This resulted in a lack of organization rather than being more organized. So the idea of a simple way to organize my life was appealing. And when I learned that all you really need to start a bullet journal is a pen and a notebook, I decided to give it a try. Here’s what worked for me. Continue reading

21 Self-Care Ideas to Fight Depression

self-careI’ve written before about my struggles with anxiety and depression. This article explains how I am able to manage my depression without prescription drugs. But today I want to focus on the self-care habits I include in my daily and weekly routine that manage my depression. I also want to share with you what self-care is, why it’s difficult when fighting depression, and why it can help so much with depression. Continue reading