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Coconut Granola Recipe

There aren’t many things that make a home smell better than baking granola. Cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup baking together into a heavenly bliss— oh it’s incredible. So good, I can never go back to the box now that I’ve made it from scratch. SO. MUCH. BETTER. And this recipe uses real maple syrup and unrefined […]

POSTED BY ON August 9, 2012         |           Comments { 74 }
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A plant-based diet: a better wife, mother and human being

Being a green smoothie advocate, I eliminated meat from my diet and have been searching for vegan-friendly recipes. I stumbled upon Lindsey’s site and fell in love with her beautifully photographed gluten-free and vegan recipes. So I asked Lindsey of Cafe Johnsonia to share her awesome journey towards a plant-based diet. Don’t miss her awesome […]

POSTED BY ON July 10, 2012         |           Comments { 5 }

Join our 7-Day Detox Challenge

Tired? Clothes a little snug? Eating foods you shouldn’t be?  We can relate and want to invite you to join us (Jadah and Jen) on a 7-day detox beginning this Sunday (June 10)! It’s going to be a combination of a green smoothies + master cleanse to help rid our bodies of all the junk we have […]

POSTED BY ON June 6, 2012         |           Comments { 6 }
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How to get your picky child to eat with the Green Food Taste Test!

Some parents are lucky and they have kids that will eat anything. But for most parents they struggle getting fruits and veggies into their kids’ growing bodies. And kids, much like adults, get stuck in a comfort zone– eating what’s familiar to their taste buds. Krissy shares an awesome hands-on activity that worked for her […]

POSTED BY ON May 14, 2012         |           Comments { 6 }

Parenting Bedtime Battles: How much sleep do kids need a night?

  If you are like me, you may have encountered many nights where your child protests bedtime. How much sleep do kids really need? How do you get your child to sleep at night, sleep in their own bed and sleep through the night? You know, peacefully without a million hugs, bathroom and water breaks, […]

POSTED BY ON April 9, 2012         |           Comments { 3 }
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How to Start a Bedtime Routine for Children

We used to focus on keeping Zoe in her bed all night. But now we just make sure she falls asleep in her bed with a consistent bedtime routine. If she makes a middle of the night creep into our bed, we are okay with a family bed for co-sleeping. It does not disrupt our […]

POSTED BY ON April 9, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }
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Why I love using coconut oil

My family has been on a “simple living” journey for five years— out went the TV, new clothes,  cluttered closets, harsh cleaning products, processed foods, and anything with corn syrup. Sounds intense and a little extreme, huh? Well, the Jen Hansard of 2007 would have totally agreed with you. But in 2012, I couldn’t be […]

POSTED BY ON March 23, 2012         |           Comments { 2,602 }
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6 Quick tips on using coconut oil

Whenever I am about to try something new, I like to do some research and find out what works for other people. After using coconut oil for 9 months, I wanted to share some coconut oil tips that work for me. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment and add to the list to […]

POSTED BY ON March 18, 2012         |           Comments { 7 }
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The Winter Season: How to survive tough times in this current economy

{image via Homemade Mamas) Do you ever feel like the current economy is shaking your whole well-being and family life? I know raising young kids can add an extra financial strain to the budget at home. That’s why I like sites like Money Saving Mom which inspires you to make smarter decisions when it comes to your […]

POSTED BY ON March 12, 2012         |           Comments { 3 }

Getting to the Bottom of “Organic” – An Unexpected Sweet Potato Experiment

Do you ever wonder, “What is the difference between whole sale organic and health food store organic?” The first thing that comes to my mind is price and convenience. Some people love a good stroll at their local farmer’s market while others prefer to get their grocery needs filled in a one stop shopping location. […]

POSTED BY ON March 5, 2012         |           Comments { 14 }

What to do once the kids are asleep

From 8am to midnight, I feel like a race car going 70 mph. The only time I can slow down is to fill up for coffee. And then it’s right back on the racetrack for another fifty laps. I have way too much on my plate and I know that. Yet they are all important […]

POSTED BY ON February 8, 2012         |           Comments { 12 }
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Kids Healthy Eating: Show me the veggies!

It’s a struggle feeding my child healthy food all the time. Grocery store battles do happen. I give Zoe a Trader Joes treat– so I can shop in peace. I make promises to myself to not bring her to the store with me, but that’s near impossible. I let my daughter eat sugar-coma cupcakes at birthday […]

POSTED BY ON February 7, 2012         |           Comments { 3 }
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Simple and healthy eating with kids

I asked a good friend of mine to share her story on how she keeps her family eating healthy. Meet my friend Jessica Houk. She teaches Early Childhood Education in Portland, Maine. She lives happily with her daughter, husband and a cat named Lily Serious. *image via Pancakes from scratch Saturday morning during my first […]

POSTED BY ON January 23, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }
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“FIVE:” A simple game for a healthier life

All you need is five ingredients or less for healthy eating. Ever since I did the Master Cleanse for the first time, I have been researching ways to be more healthy. I have all kinds of questions about whole foods, being a vegetarian, raw meals, cooking vegan. Up until just a few months ago, my […]

POSTED BY ON January 23, 2012         |           Comments { 15 }

Master Cleanse: For First-Timers

Why would I want to do that to my body? That is what I thought when Jadah told me she was doing the Master Cleanse. But being the journalist I am, I investigated deeper: I bought the actual book (it is bound by two staples), read tons of blogs and reviews and asked friends about […]

POSTED BY ON January 8, 2012         |           Comments { 83 }