Exercise + Clean Foods

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This summer, I (Litsa) read about Michelle Lovitt's research in Prevention Magazine. She's been counting calories since the 1980s but she continues to fill her fridge with clean foods that make snacks and meals healthy dishes during refueling hours. The pages of Prevention magazine allowed me a sneak peek into her shelves: Greek Yogurt: High in protein with bloat-busting probiotics. It's a staple in my refrigerator too. My go to brand whether I'm in Greece or Tennessee---FAGE! Green … [Read More...]

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Family: Happy, Happier, Happiest

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Family Fun magazine recognizes year after year that families that have fun are simply the happiest. A few years ago, we shared a list about the secrets of fun families that Family Fun featured alongside how our own families embrace FUN. This May, there was a new list for families that caught my attention: 1. Commit acts of Kindness. "Researchers call the warm glow we feel after doing something nice a "helper's high." In another study, kids ages 9 to 11 who did three kind things each week for … [Read More...]

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Foraging for Wild Huckleberries

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Huckleberries are currently in season in Central Virginia. We are fortunate to have a ton of wild huckleberry bushes in our yard. Most of the time, the critters grab up the huckleberries before we can collect them. However, there seem to be an abundance of berries this year! Huckleberries look similar to blueberries although they are much small. They taste similar to blueberries and range from sweet to slightly tart. There are different varieties of huckleberries and I'm not sure which type … [Read More...]

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Food & Recipes

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Try Something New: Balsamic Vinegar with…

Balsamic vinegar is popular all around the world. It has become a staple in many American kitchens since popular gourmet chefs have introduced it many dishes online, in magazines/cookbooks, on television, and/or at select upscale restaurants. Italians and Greeks have […]

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Better with Basil: Tips on Using &…

Basil is at its peak in summer. Whether you’re growing basil at home or buying it fresh at the local farmer’s market, you’ll want to get the most out of it now and later by storing it properly, keeping it […]

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Try Something New: Mulberry…

One of our (Litsa & daughter) favorite summer treats is eating fresh mulberries from the village Mulberry trees. There are two trees in our village that are near our family home in Greece. They produce white mulberries that are sweet. […]

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Health & Wellness

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Exercise + Clean Foods…

This summer, I (Litsa) read about Michelle Lovitt’s research in Prevention Magazine. She’s been counting calories since the 1980s but she continues to fill her fridge with clean foods that make snacks and meals healthy dishes during refueling hours. The […]

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A Healing Hair Mask…

Summer is an abrasive season for hair. While traveling throughout the summer, I (Litsa) always notice that my hair texture changes as well as my color. It’s nice to find ways to moisturize and protect my hair. At the beach, […]

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Importance of Sunscreen for Skin Health…

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Neutrogena. I received samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. We are an active family which means that many summer […]

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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: Cottage Cheese Pancakes, Ice…

  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 […]

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File it Friday: Shrimp Foil Packets, Bacon…

  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 […]

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File it Friday: Melon Ball Punch, Peach…

  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 […]

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Country Life

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Country Life: Snake in the Chicken Coop…

The daily collection of eggs from the chicken coop is pretty routine these days. Every afternoon the eggs are collected in a mindless manner. Things changed Saturday when I opened the chicken coop door to find a snake in the […]

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Country Life: Tips on Saving a Newly Hatched…

Last week our baby chicks hatched! This is the third set of chicks that our hen, Brown Town, had hatched. She is an excellent mama hen. However, sometimes chicks are born with deformities. Last year we lost two chicks right […]

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Country Life: Broody Hen & Chicks on the…

Last week nature took over and our beloved hen, Brown Town, decided she wanted to raise chicks again. It seems that each Spring Brown Town becomes broody. She is just a natural mom! This will be the third batch of […]

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Home Management

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Family: Happy, Happier, Happiest…

Family Fun magazine recognizes year after year that families that have fun are simply the happiest. A few years ago, we shared a list about the secrets of fun families that Family Fun featured alongside how our own families embrace […]

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Fashion Expenditures…

I tend to spend leisure hours reading health magazines but periodically find myself immersed in fashion magazines. Browsing the endless pages of current trends—textures, colors, lines, etc., is mesmerizing. I’m reminded how much I (Litsa) love to shop at local […]

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Gratitude is Instilled: Raising Grateful…

The title, “Instill Gratitude, Not Attitude” by Farnoosh Torabi in Money’s April 2015 issue caught my attention. Money matters are hard enough to grapple with as an adult but balancing the budget with children seems almost impossible until we reflect […]

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Ways to Save

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Giveaway: General Mills Cereal Prize Pack…

So who is excited about the new Star Wars movie premiering in December 2015? My family recently saw the previews for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. My boys are so excited since they are HUGE Star Wars […]

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Kids Summer Reading Programs 2015…

Summer is almost here! For most kid’s, summer is their favorite time of year. School is out and it’s time for fun. However, it’s important to keep up with reading throughout the summer. Keep your child’s brain active by reading! […]

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Things to Do in Central Virginia #Staycation…

Central Virginia is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Surrounded by green trees and mountains this area experiences the full four seasons. One of my favorite places is Charlottesville which is located in the heart of Virginia […]

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Gardening

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Foraging for Wild Huckleberries…

Huckleberries are currently in season in Central Virginia. We are fortunate to have a ton of wild huckleberry bushes in our yard. Most of the time, the critters grab up the huckleberries before we can collect them. However, there seem […]

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Garden Update: Tomatoes, Berries & Beans…

When the garden starts producing, it is pure joy! Every time I head to the garden and see fruit and vegetables ready to pick, a surge of happiness runs through me. It is just so cool to be able to […]

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How to Get Rid of Ants in the Garden…

When we were planting our vegetable garden this Spring, we came across an unusual amount of ants. It seemed that everywhere I dug, an ant nest was uncovered. There were a variety of ants too! From tiny to large and […]

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