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Why self-care is as simple as saying “thank you”

Why self-care is as simple as saying “thank you”

An attitude of gratitude is fundamental to a great life. And it makes all those self-care steps you take go so much further. Think about it - if you’re going through the motions and taking impeccable care of yourself, but fail to give thanks (or worse, complain about...

7 self-care rituals that take 15 minutes or less

7 self-care rituals that take 15 minutes or less

Rituals are a way to celebrate life and infuse our days with meaning. A routine is made up of those things we do every day. A ritual is how we break up the monotony, create joy in the mundane and nourish our souls. Over the last few years, I’ve infused my days with...

Easy Peasy DIY Honey Simple Syrup

Easy Peasy DIY Honey Simple Syrup

We've had gorgeous weather this week, which means lots of swinging in the hammock, time in the mud and gallons of sun tea. I love sun tea, especially when mixed with lemonade for an Arnold Palmer. What I don't love is when I mix in some sugar or honey and it sinks to...

How to Go Gluten-Free

How to Go Gluten-Free

I went gluten-free a couple years ago, after realizing I had a gluten intolerance. (And was officially diagnosed in early 2016 after an EGD and colonoscopy - not fun.) My symptoms included headaches and migraines, a rash, acne and constant stomach aches. Since making...

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...