Tips for Dealing with Shin Splints

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A common injury from over doing it with exercise is shin splints. Back in January when I went two weeks straight without a rest day, I ended up with shin splints. Thankfully  I paid attention to my body and I have been able to keep the shin splints manageable. If you do not take care of shin splints in the early stages, it can lead to stress fractures. So what are shin splints? Shin splints usually occur from a rapid increase in physical activity. It is an overuse injury most common in … [Read More...]

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Pack It: Clean Snacks

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Packing fresh berries for lunches, breakfast, and snacks with these new, space-saving, easy to use Ziploc containers is pure delight. They are serving sized at only 4 ounces each! These little squares are simply stackable---and look super neat in your refrigerator and/or in your pantry! They are grab and go---fit in your lunchbox---in little hands---grand. My little girl (Litsa's) loves that they are easy to open and close during lunch/snack time at school. No more stories of spilled berries all … [Read More...]

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Chocolate Brownie Overnight Oats Recipe

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Sometimes the only thing that will do is chocolate. Just because a recipe starts with the word chocolate, doesn't necessarily mean that it's loaded with calories. This recipe combines breakfast and dessert but is protein packed! This would be a perfect breakfast for a post-workout snack! The best part about this recipe is that it is so easy to make! There is no cooking or baking. Just simply mix the ingredients and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. Chocolate Brownie Overnight Oats … [Read More...]

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Food & Recipes

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Chocolate Brownie Overnight Oats Recipe…

Sometimes the only thing that will do is chocolate. Just because a recipe starts with the word chocolate, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s loaded with calories. This recipe combines breakfast and dessert but is protein packed! This would be a […]

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Food of the Month: Cauliflower…

Cauliflower should be showing its head this month. Its the food of the month for March. Cauliflower is available year round but hits its peak harvest season February through May. When you are shopping for cauliflower to roast, look for […]

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Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Cream Sauce…

Mexican food is always packed with flavor and easy enough to duplicate at home. I (Ashley) read about a restaurant called Chipotle’s and their famous burrito bowls and was intrigued by the idea. I have never ate there but I […]

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Health & Wellness

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Tips for Dealing with Shin Splints…

A common injury from over doing it with exercise is shin splints. Back in January when I went two weeks straight without a rest day, I ended up with shin splints. Thankfully  I paid attention to my body and I […]

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A Green Plate Special…

There are many different approaches for creating a green plate whether you are eating on the run—or simply having breakfast, lunch, or dinner at home! Greens are perfect for snacks. Think slices of avocados or strips of raw celery—-green juice […]

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A Buttery Myth…

We’ve all used butter. We might have all tried margarine. There are many varieties to choose from now but one MYTH remains: Margarine is better for you than butter. The facts about margarine and butter our vital to our health. […]

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Juicing

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A Juicing Neutralizer: Cucumbers…

Cucumbers are perfect to add to many juices whether they are cleansing juices or green juices—sweet or more bitter—add cucumbers to act as a neutralizer! Cucumbers are called vegetables but they are really fruit. More importantly they are almost 100% […]

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Beet Detox Juice Recipe…

Beets are packed with nutrients and have been used to cleanse the liver. Not only are beets good for a liver detox, but they also increase the oxygen in the blood! Many juicing books and recipes use beets in their […]

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A 21-Day Juicing Challenge!?!…

Are you ready to change your body!?! Do you love to sip on fruity mixes? What about wholesome vegetables!?! You may want to give juicing a try with this 21 Day Juicing Challenge! Last year, I (Litsa) tried out the […]

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File it Friday

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File it Friday: Chicken Zucchini Poppers +…

During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I don’t […]

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File it Friday: Honey Walnut Shrimp, Mexican…

During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I don’t […]

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File it Friday: Spinach Parmesan Pasta,…

During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I don’t […]

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Country Life

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Country Life: Caring for Chickens in the Snow…

Over the last week we have had two snowstorms here in Central Virginia. Not only has it been snowy, it has been extremely cold. On Friday, the temperature dropped to -3 degrees. With temperatures that low, it makes it challenging […]

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Autumn Leaves: Fun for Kids & Pets…

Most of the leaves from our oak trees have hit the ground. That means that we have an abundance of leaves in our yard! Hubby made a huge leaf pile for the kids to play in the other day. It […]

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Country Life: Alternative Feed for Chickens…

We currently have 14 hens and one rooster which is the biggest flock of chickens we have ever kept. They are eating a lot of chicken feed too! Since our puppies still like to chase the chickens, we no longer […]

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Home Management

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Pack It: Clean Snacks…

Packing fresh berries for lunches, breakfast, and snacks with these new, space-saving, easy to use Ziploc containers is pure delight. They are serving sized at only 4 ounces each! These little squares are simply stackable—and look super neat in your […]

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National Strawberry Day…

National Strawberry Day was created to celebrate those little red fruits that begin making their debut in our refrigerators again this month. The strawberry plant was a gift from Chile that made its way to North America in the 1750s. […]

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Country Life: Caring for Chickens in the Snow…

Over the last week we have had two snowstorms here in Central Virginia. Not only has it been snowy, it has been extremely cold. On Friday, the temperature dropped to -3 degrees. With temperatures that low, it makes it challenging […]

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Ways to Save

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Thrifty Finds: Always vs Never…

The last three times that my daughter and I (Litsa) had visited the local thrift stores, I came home feeling defeated. No fun finds! Yet, she always came home with a little toy that filled the playroom (floor)! Or so […]

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The Freezer: Meal Planning…

Meal planning is vital for our family that eats at home every day on most weeks. It saves us time and money. We are forced to use what’s in our pantry. Some items in our pantry can help us be […]

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Earn Money With Jingit: Grocery Purchases…

Jingit is a program where you can earn real cash, instantly for watching ads online; or checking in and shopping for select products at your favorite stores; even for giving your feedback to leading brands by taking brief surveys. In […]

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Gardening

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Gardening: Starting Seeds Indoors…

Even though there is snow on the ground, I have started my vegetable garden seeds indoors! I still have more seeds to start, but had to make due with the supplies I had on hand since we were snowed in. […]

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Gardening: Where to Find Seed Catalogs…

Even though winter is sticking around according to the groundhog, I am dreaming of my Spring vegetable garden! A few weeks ago seed catalogs started arriving in my mailbox. Flipping through the catalogs and planning my vegetable garden make these […]

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Protecting Vulnerable Plants in Cold Weather…

Winter is here and temperatures have dropped in most of the country. If you have vulnerable outdoor plants, you will want to protect them from the cold. When we visited my in-laws in upstate New York I noticed that their […]

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