Amazing Avocado Chicken Salad with a Vegan Option

chicken saladI often struggle to find good lunchtime ideas for myself. Eating gluten free (and not liking to spend $5 or more on a loaf of gluten free bread) means I don’t eat sandwiches much. Egg salad and chicken salad are a couple of my favorite options. They’re easy to make at home, too. And while I do enjoy a good salad, sometimes I just want a little more variety. So I’m always looking for new lunch ideas. Continue reading

Why Cold-Brewed Coffee is the Best

cold-brewed coffeeI’ve just learned to make cold-brewed coffee. I have to be honest here….I’m a coffee addict. I can’t start my day without it and I even occasionally enjoy a cup in the afternoon. I’ve even tried going decaf to see if caffeine was causing some of my health issues. I can’t tell you how relieved I was that caffeine doesn’t seem to affect me and I could go back to regular coffee!

As much as I love a cup of hot coffee when it’s cold outside, I don’t like it so much in the summer time. But I still need my caffeine fix. I used to drink a lot of iced coffee when the weather warmed up, but it always ended up tasting diluted. Then I discovered cold-brewed coffee and now it is my favorite method for making coffee. Read on to learn why I like it so much better and how to brew up your own batch. Continue reading

My First Disneyland Trip

DisneylandWe just got back from an amazing vacation. My husband and I spent 3 days in Disneyland/California Adventure, 1 day in Legoland, and 1 day in SeaWorld. We went to Legoland for our honeymoon, so going back after five years was a blast. My husband had been to Disney and SeaWorld before, but it was my first time going to both. The best part of the trip was that we got to go with the couple that introduced my husband and I, and their two little ones, our adopted niece and nephew. We don’t get to see them very often, so spending a week together hanging out and having fun was great. Continue reading

Going Paperless Throughout the House

paperlessA while back, I shared this article about reducing your trash output. One of the ways we did this was going paperless in as many areas of our home as possible. When I first looked into going paperless, it seemed a bit intimidating. But it was simpler than I expected, and to be honest, we haven’t missed paper products. Plus going paperless has great benefits-it’s good for the environment, it saves money, and reduces the amount of trash we produce. Keep reading as I share the ways we went paperless throughout the house! Continue reading

9 Natural DIY Essentials

DIY NaturalIf you’ve read any of this blog, you know I love to make my own cleaning and personal care products. Getting started can be a little overwhelming, though. What are the basic products you need for natural DIY? How do you know you’re getting a quality product? Is it expensive to get started? These are all questions that were swirling in my brain. I did a lot of reading and collected recipes for DIY products, but ultimately I had to just dive in to really figure out what was going to work for us. So if you’re looking to get started on the natural DIY path, I’d like to help you sort out the confusion. Continue reading

DIY Natural vs. Store Bought

DIYWhen I began looking to DIY personal care and cleaning products, I was concerned about the cost of supplies. A gallon of castile soap at $55 seemed a bit steep. But buying all natural products is pricey too. A constant struggle for me is balancing the desire to use natural products and be healthier with what we can actually afford. Many of you probably have a similar struggle, so today I’m breaking down the cost of a few homemade products versus buying them. Continue reading

DIY or Store Bought?

store boughtThe more I learn about the ingredients in store bought products, the less I want to use them. There are some great natural and organic products available, but they can be on the pricey side. When finances are tight, it’s hard to make room in the budget for expensive cleaning products and toiletries. What can you do? DIY! I make several of our home products myself. There are a few that I still buy, though. Which products do I buy, which do I make, and why? Keep reading!

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