kids, lunch, pasta, recipes, under 30 minutes

Smokey Vegan Ranch (Lunch Box) Pasta Salad

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6+ weeks into the school year usually means it’s time to gather more lunch box inspiration! Today I’m sharing a protein-packed, fiber-filled, flavorful cold pasta dish that’s sure to break up the sandwich doldrums. Continue reading “Smokey Vegan Ranch (Lunch Box) Pasta Salad”

breakfasts, dinner, lunch, plant-based eating, tips

What I Eat in a Day 4

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During the summer, my workload gets pretty hefty. Long hours on the computer and many, many phone calls occur during the 8 weeks that I work on a seasonal job for our family businesses. In order to keep my stress levels manageable, I take our meals back to basics. Anything that can be prepped ahead in batches on my meal prep day will go a long way in cutting down my time in the kitchen during the rest of the week. I also go back to packing lunches for my kids several days a week. Continue reading “What I Eat in a Day 4”

health, information, natural remedies, recipes

Natural Cleaning 101

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There are thousands of cleaning products on the market that promise to kill 99.9% of germs, do the scrubbing for you, leave a streak-free shine, and make your clothes softer and brighter—all with a lemony-fresh scent. Every year, Americans spend an upwards of $60 billion on commercially manufactured cleaning products from laundry detergent to limescale remover. The average family spends over $600 a year on cleaning products and has over a dozen different products in their home. We know to keep these products out of the reach of our children, but are they even safe for us to use at all? Continue reading “Natural Cleaning 101”

beauty, health, information, natural remedies, recipes, self care, tips

Natural Hair Care DIYs

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Walk down the beauty aisle of any store and you’ll see thousands of products that claim to give you shiny, longer, healthier hair. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll see these products are chock-full of silicones, sulfates, parabens, and other nasty chemicals that give the illusion of healthier hair, but actually cause damage instead. Armed with a few simple ingredients from your local health food store (or good ol’ Amazon), you’ll be able to create your own healthy hair care arsenal, naturally. Continue reading “Natural Hair Care DIYs”

baked goods, breakfasts, recipes, under 30 minutes

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

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Nothing says autumn quiet like the pumpkin. Along with gourds and squashes, pumpkins are in season during the late fall and early winter months. While they are highly nutritious, boasting an impressive vitamin A, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, potassium, fiber, and antioxidant content, most Americans only ever consume pumpkin in highly sugary and fatty concoctions. Continue reading “Healthy Pumpkin Muffins”

dinner, recipes, slow cooker, soup

Slow Cooker Thai Curry Carrot Soup

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I love Costco. They have a fantastic selection of organic produce at a great price. However, sometimes their package quantities are bigger than my family’s stomachs and we end up with more produce than we can eat before it spoils. Has anyone else been there? Continue reading “Slow Cooker Thai Curry Carrot Soup”