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How Artificial Sweeteners Affect the Body

It’s pretty clear that sugar isn’t healthy, especially in excess, but are artificial sweeteners the answer? Probably not. Though I do use some natural no-calorie sweeteners occasionally, I steer clear of artificial sweeteners all together. What Are Artificial Sweeteners? Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sweeteners that may be chemically derived but may also be derived from ”natural”...

Iced Lime Dandelion Tea Recipe

Wait! Don’t mow your grass! Did you know that those dandelions growing all over your yard are actually an herb and you can eat them? They are great for health too! Making Peace With Dandelions Most people think of dandelion as a backyard weed. At our house, we don’t wage war on dandelions… we use them in...

Understanding Ceramic Cookware (Pros, Cons, & How to Cook With It)

There’s a lot of confusion about safe, natural cookware, in part because it can be hard to tell the difference between a safe piece of cookware and a “green-washed” one. When I wanted to switch out my non-stick cookware for something better I delved into the research to find the best cookware options. Ceramic...

Natural Deodorant for Men: Best Kinds and How to Make Your Own

Finding the best deodorant for men that’s natural and actually works can be the pits! I’ve been making natural homemade deodorant for several years now and I love how easy and effective it is. This men’s deodorant recipe is just as good, but has a manly scent to it (along with a few other...

Top Gift Ideas for Men (for Father’s Day, Birthday, Etc.)

What do you do for gifts when the man in your life is hard to shop for? I’ve been trying to answer that question for years, as it always seems tougher to find good gift ideas for men than it does for women. My husband is a perfectionist who insists that anything he buys is of the...

165: How to Make Simple Green Smoothies a Daily Habit (Even on a Tight Budget!)

165: How to Make Simple Green Smoothies a Daily Habit (Even on a Tight Budget!) Today we’re talking about a very practical way to help our families eat healthier that will please even the the picky eaters among us. I’m here with Jen Hansard who’s the co-founder of Simple Green Smoothies. I bet...

Healthy Homemade French Onion Dip

We can go through a lot of snacks at our house! Instead of opting for prepackaged (and not so healthy) versions, I try to provide healthy snacks for my family that are also tasty and kid-approved. This healthy homemade French onion dip is another one to add to the snack list. It’s great for kids and...

All-Natural Homemade Bug Spray Recipes That Work!

Every year as warmer weather approaches, I make several homemade products for summer including my homemade sunscreen and these homemade bug spray recipes. I don’t use sunscreen often because it limits vitamin D production and I prefer to eat my sunscreen instead. This homemade insect repellent spray recipe, on the other hand, gets daily use where we live. (Unfortunately!) Why...

Homemade Ragin’ Cajun Seasoning

Part of my mom’s family is originally from New Orleans and the times I’ve visited there, I’ve loved the flavors of Cajun seasoning and tried to recreate recipes that use it at home. For years, I bought pre-made Cajun seasoning, but realized it had MSG, anti-caking agents, and fillers in it (including gluten!). Since I...

Luxurious Sugar Scrub Recipe for Silky Smooth Skin

FACT: Sugar is not good for your intestines! FACT: Sugar can be very good for your skin… Those expensive sugar scrubs you see in department stores and spas… they cost pennies to make! Sugar scrubs are a simple beauty recipe with countless variations, and they can be incredibly moisturizing and exfoliating to the skin. I use sugar scrubs...

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