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7 simple practices for a happier body

7 simple practices for a happier body

I haven't always had the happiest body - I was a sickly child who grew into a sickly adult. When I entered my twenties I did so with a lot of emotional baggage, extra weight and serious body image issues. Recipe for a happy body? Not so much. Thankfully, though, a lot...

7 lessons learned while spending (almost) zero

7 lessons learned while spending (almost) zero

In late September, my husband and I decided to do something crazy - sign up for the 31 Days of Living Well and Spending Zero Challenge from Living Well Spending Less. The purpose of the challenge was to spend as little as possible for 31 days. Seriously. Now we still...

4 Tips for Saving Money on Groceries

4 Tips for Saving Money on Groceries

One of the most common questions I get asked is how to save money on groceries, especially when you're feeding your family nourishing whole foods. As the primary grocery shopper for our family of six, I've learned a few simple tricks that have really helped keep our...

DIY Massage Oil for Couples

DIY Massage Oil for Couples

I'm big on connection. When it comes to my marriage, though, I know all to well how easy it is to drift apart as a couple. Between my business and my husband's role as a paramedic captain, things get busy. Add in our four children and it’s a miracle we have a chance...

DIY Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe + some delicious ways to use it

DIY Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe + some delicious ways to use it

I love that the a few simple ingredients can be combined in such way to make a sweet, sometimes salty, concoction that can be added to everyday foods to make them extra special. Coffee. Apple slices. Oatmeal. If whipped cream can reasonably be added to the mix, even...

Become an herbalist: Spotlight on Herbal Academy of New England

Become an herbalist: Spotlight on Herbal Academy of New England

Several years ago, I began my herbal learning journey. After I realized the amazing healing power of plants when I was looking for alternative options for my health (because growing up on an herb farm and coming from a family of herbal healers clearly didn't get it...

How to create a capsule wardrobe for kids

How to create a capsule wardrobe for kids

We’ve already talked about what it looks like to create a capsule wardrobe for yourself. But what about your kids? My children used to have so much clothing, way more than I did.I gratefully accepted all hand-me-downs, but never went through them so I...

How to get your spouse on board with healthy living

How to get your spouse on board with healthy living

Nearly a decade ago I began my healthy living journey. (Holy crap, has it seriously been that long already?) Or, as some might say, I started turning into a hippie. You know, whatever. The point is, I've been at this for a while now. (Even though I grew up on an...

9 Real Food Switches You Can Make in No Time

9 Real Food Switches You Can Make in No Time

One challenge families have when they start eating trading processed foods for real food is that it’s either: a) Too expensive b) Too complicated – it takes too long c) Too … different And it's true, you can run into all of these challenges when you're switching up...

Simple isn’t always frugal

Simple isn’t always frugal

Sometimes, money does buy happiness. Had I uttered these words a few years ago, it would have felt like blasphemy. Living simply played a huge role in getting us out of debt. I was frugal to the core. And yet, I wasn't. I thought the experience would make me frugal...

What are your top needs? (+ my self care flowchart)

What are your top needs? (+ my self care flowchart)

For the last year, self care has been at the top of my priorities list. During a spontaneous retreat with my bestie, I realized just how bad I’d been neglecting my top needs as I was reflecting on the way I’d been acting at home. More often than not, I’d been...