Springtime Strawberry Spa Water

Is spa water worth the trouble... as it turns out, yes it is! I've never taken the time to find out what the fuss was about until last week when I had 4 strawberries left alone in their big empty carton. As I pondered what I might do with just a couple of berries, I decided to make some spa ... Read More

Eating the Rainbow

A while ago, I took a quiz of sorts to see how many varieties and colors of fruits and veggies we'd eaten in the last 20 days. Overall, we scored pretty well, but with a heavy leaning towards all things green! It would seem I've gotten carried away with my concentration in the green veggies department! While getting our greens ... Read More

Challenge of the Month – Exercise

I don't know anyone who exercises just for the sake of it. There's always a goal in mind that's the driving force behind being physically fit. For me, it's hiking - I truly love being in the mountains and it's my main motivation in getting back into shape again. Each month this year, I'm challenging myself to do something that ... Read More

My Favorite Beauty Products

Today, we’re talking about my favorite tried and true beauty products. I should start by telling you that no one asked me to review any one of these products, they are just my favorites that have withstood the test of time. It’s hard to find good products that don’t irritate sensitive skin, but here are a few that I’ve found.

Pomegranates 101

I have a confession….. I’ve never de-seeded a pomegranate until recently! I love their crunchy, juicy sweetness in salads, desserts, and even curries, but I never buy them because they seem like so much work. I saw this video on Life Hacker about how-to de-seed a pomegranate in 10 seconds, and I thought ‘now that’s something I can handle’.

Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub

I’ve been using this simple Oatmeal Cleansing Scrub for years, and I love the results! This very simple recipe comes from Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles. It’s a very gentle scrub that leaves your skin smooth and soft. It’s also very easy to make and you can store it for months, which makes a great natural treatment to take … Read More

Healthy Benefits of Coconut Oil

Is anything better than butter? Well… maybe. I never thought I’d say this but, my love for coconut oil is up there with butter, (and avocado)! What can I say, I love rich foods. What I love even more is finding sources for these foods that are actually healthy for me.

Natural Sweeteners – Dates

I just finished up a 3-part series on natural sweeteners, but I forgot one of the most important ones. Today we’re going to talk a bit about dates because they are so delicious, and they’re probably the healthiest sweetener available. I’ve just started using them, so I don’t have many dessert recipes just yet, but they’ll be coming.

Natural Sweeteners – Maple Syrup

I like to use two different kinds of maple syrup in my desserts, Grade A and Grade B. The difference is a significant amount of flavor. Grade B maple syrup is the kind that you want to put on your Banana Pancakes because it has a deep maple flavor. It’s also great in many desserts where maple flavor would be … Read More