A Lifestyle of Health and Fitness

Most of us want to be healthy and fit, but not very many of us actually want to exercise or eat healthy foods. I fall into that category, as well. I try to eat healthy most of the time, but I love family campfires with s’mores, snacks at the many birthday parties for my kids, nieces, and nephews, cookies and chips while camping and fishing, and the occasional ice cream or root beer float to stay cool on those hot summer days.…

Freezing Avocado

Freezing Avocados

We eat a lot of breakfast shakes using avocados as the base, but avocados are expensive! Every once in a while, there is an amazing sale on avocados where we locally shop. When they are almost one fourth of their normal price, I stock up!

Putting over 2 dozen avocados in the refrigerator along with our other food is not easy to do, and I want to make sure they don’t go bad before I get around to using them.…


18 Things To Help Train Your Children

I came across the post 7 Things Kids Need To See Their Mom Doing on Pinterest the other day. *You can also read my sister’s post 9 Lessons From My Dog to get more ideas on how to live a happy life.* I thought it was a great start to a wonderful idea. We could all use little reminders on what it’s like to lead a happy life. Being a parent means that you’re responsible for training up that child.…

Family Time

Family Time: Food, Fellowship and Fun

Family has always been a very central point in my life. As a kid, I would often choose to stay home and hang out with my family rather than go out with friends. My best friends all through school were my little sister and my big brother. Almost all of the trouble I got into involved at least one sibling or cousin.

When it was time to move on to another phase of my life, my mom, aunt, and grandma were my “wedding-in-a-box.” They were my decorators, caterers, DJ, photographer, florist, tailor, and baker.…


Grandma O’s Peanut Butter Bars

I was invited to a girls’ night last week and I wanted to bring a special treat. I always remember going to Grandma O’s house as a young child and having these delicious peanut butter bars. Grandma O always had the bars and oatmeal cookies (which you can find the recipe for the cookies here) readily available for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They really were a special treat for us kids. I wanted to share that little bit of my childhood with my new friends.…

Stinging Nettle

Nettles…Not Just A Pesky Weed

Today, we have a guest post by our mother! She gives us the rundown on the stinging nettle plant, which is at its most potent right now in the spring. If you plan to harvest your own nettles, now is a great time to do it. Also, be sure to wear gloves!

If you’ve ever brushed up against a nettles plant you probably consider it a very memorable experience! Some people think they are allergic to nettles.…


Tonsil Stones and Cryptic Tonsils

I know that you may have came across this article hoping for a natural cure for tonsil stones and cryptic tonsils. Unfortunately, I have yet to find one that works! But I will share my story with you. Please share your’s as well.

Ever since I was in the 10th grade I remember getting sore throats, ear aches and having bad breath. It seemed that the three went hand-in-hand. So, I decided to investigate what was going on in my body.…

Lessons from a dog

9 Lessons From My Dog

I have had a lot of dogs in my life. I have actually only been without a dog for a couple of months between the death of one and the adoption of another. I have found that the dogs in my life have taught me a lot. Some lessons I am still trying to make a habit, but all of them are worth striving after.

  1. Always be an optimist
    If I go get my shoes on, my dog thinks we are going outside.
Meal Planning

Maximize Your Time: Meal Planning

Everyone is busy. It doesn’t matter if you have a full-time job, a part-time job, are a stay-at-home mom or are just between jobs. There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done that you would like to.

To add to all of your regular duties and To Do list, you have to eat. Everyone knows that homemade is best, but it can be hard to find time to cook. And coming up with meal ideas can be even more difficult.…


Grandma O’s Oatmeal Cookies

Just this last week I decided it was time to cut down on the amount of sugar that I consume. My poor complexion has been awful and I have a feeling it has a lot to do with all the Easter candy and junk I’ve been eating.

On the other hand, my 4 year old has been begging me to make cookies with her. I have a hard time saying NO to such a cute little face.…