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Top 10 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is one of those tried-and-true workhorses in the world of holistic, natural solutions! Because it serves such a wide variety of purposes for managing our health as well as for caring for our homes, I consider it one of the top ten must-have essential oils. My very first time using Peppermint oil was years ago in a homemade,...

The Best Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Are you new at this gluten-free living thing?  Or maybe you've been at it a while like me and you're on the hunt for new ideas and inspiration?? I've got a fall family favorite to share with you that's free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar!   Keep reading for the details, or if you're in a hurry, scroll all the way down to get the recipe for the...

Top 7 Ways to Use Clove Essential Oil

Clove essential oil is a powerful antioxidant and definitely one to consider making part of your daily routine. We typically associate this one with its benefits for our oral health, and it's a popular choice for using in toothpaste and for discomfort in the teeth/gums. But it can also benefit us in several other ways, including (but not limited to...

Simple Homemade Chicken Broth

Does the idea of making your own chicken broth intimidate you?  Sound too complicated and time consuming?  If so you're not alone! My big hang-up with making my own broth used to be the time factor---even as a full time stay-at-home mama, I was already juggling so many homeschooling tasks and activities, in addition to the usual meal planning, pr...

Let's Talk Immune Support, Part 2: Bringing out the Big Dogs!

Life happens, y'all. And sometimes, despite our best efforts, we end up under the weather feeling yucky and just plain terrible.  We succumb to occasional attacks brought on by germy threats and may experience a runny nose, throat discomfort, mild cough, congestion in the head and chest, elevated body temperature, general discomfort everywhere...an...

Let's Talk Immune Support!

Are you looking for new ways to support your immune system this fall?  There are the usual health concerns we face as we approach cooler weather and resume school activities (whatever that looks like for your family this season).  But we're also facing unique challenges this season in light of ongoing concerns related to the global health crisis, a...

No-Fuss Whole Roasted Chicken--Finger Lickin' Good!

I was born and raised in the south where fried chicken is a staple, and when you hear chicken described as "finger lickin' good," what typically comes to mind is the stuff that's been deep fried in a big vat of vegetable oil.  But let me tell you what this gluten-free southern gal has come to understand in recent years--it doesn't have to be fried ...

4 Strategies to Open your Airways Naturally, STAT!

Do you occasionally feel congested, constricted, or short of breath?  You know, that "smothery" feeling like there's a weight on your chest and you could use a solution STAT?? I can relate.  Every once in a while this happens to me when I'm in a crowded room (not as much a problem currently!), when I'm overheated, or when I've inhaled certain grass...

Gluten-Free Italian Spaghetti

Remember my health/food confessions from last week, how I ignored the signs of inflammatory gut distress largely because I resisted changing my diet? (If you missed it, you can find that post here .) Let’s face it—there’s a kind of grief involved when you realize that some of your favorite comfort foods are actually making you sick.  The grief is ...

My Biggest Health Mistake--Are You Guilty Too?

When it comes to your health, are you guilty of making this mistake too?   Please, please, for the love of all that is holy and healthy—listen to your body!!!    I’m gonna be real transparent here and confess: I ignored my body (not to mention some sage advice from my mother) for at least 8 of my adult years, from college until I was a young mom in...

All About Bugs -- My #1 Natural Solution for Pesky Bites and More!

Mosquitos love me. Even at the beach a few weeks ago, while sitting outside one night around the campfire—when I least expected it—the little stinkers started biting me. And within a couple of minutes those bites were puffy and super itchy.    Do you ever have this problem?     I don’t usually have mosquito issues at the beach, so I hadn’t anticipa...

Quick and Tasty Eggs--So Easy a 7-Yr Old Can Do It!

You don’t have to be a professional chef or Julia Child to make yummy eggs—my 7-yr old has mastered the art of the perfect scrambled egg, and you can too!   Why would you want to?    Two reasons: first, eggs are an economical yet high quality protein, loaded with healthy fats. Also, they’re quick and easy to prepare, and when paired with a smoothie...

Are you making this breakfast mistake??

Does the thought of creating a nutritious and delicious meal first thing in the morning overwhelm you? I am not by nature a morning person, so it sure used to overwhelm me! In fact, when it came to planning out my meals for the week, I pretty much ignored breakfast altogether, figuring I could just wing it after that first cup of coffee. 🙈 BIG MIS...

Five Steps to Healing from the Inside Out

My first daughter—an amazing kid, a delight and blessing to our family, and I can’t believe how grown-up she is.😭❤️We celebrated her 14th birthday yesterday with sushi for dinner (her request!), chocolate chess pie for dessert, the game Apples to Apples, and the movie Avengers. 🍱🥧🦸‍♀️ If you had read this caption to me 10 yrs ago I wouldn’t hav...

Using the dōTERRA On Guard® Sanitizing Mist

The doTERRA On Guard Sanitizing Mist is one of our favorite ways to keep our hands clean when we're on-the-go! It's infused with doTERRA's On Guard "Protective Blend," with all the superpower, immune-supportive properties of the essential oils of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus. All essential oil A delightful blend with the a...

Guide to Taking Care of Your Oil Diffusers

Diffusing essential oils is one of the easiest yet most effective ways for you to experience the aromatic benefits of your favorite essential oil. Over time, your diffuser will develop an oil buildup that potentially can prevent it from working properly, so it's important to understand how to use and take care of it. Here are a few tips that will h...

Why I Stopped Holding My Breath...and How You Can Too!

So maybe you’ve experienced this before.... It’s time to clean the bathroom, mop the floor, wipe down the kitchen counters for the upteenth time, or whatever sanitizing chore you’re up against. And in the process you find yourself consciously (or maybe subconsciously) holding your breath. Because the smell of those conventional cleaners—UGH! That w...