File it Friday: DIY Planters, Homemade Ding Dongs + More

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  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 have time to read the whole article or follow through with making the the item at that moment. The ideas are just "filed" away for another day. I thought it would be fun to share some of the ideas and articles I come across so you can file them for later. Plus this will give me a way to "file" the … [Read More...]

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Dress to Please Planet Earth

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There are so many ways to help the environment - including being aware of our attire! I (Litsa) loved this little Glamour tidbit: Three Ways to Dress to Help the Planet----and since it was still swimming in the sea of paper piles on my desk AND it is EARTH MONTH (but isn't every month about living green!?!).....I thought I'd share how we can all dress to please our planet: #1 Buy LESS. Choose well. Make it LAST. We can all do this by avoiding impulse purchases and focusing on investing in … [Read More...]

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Broccoli Ranch Slaw Recipe

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The best thing about cooking is that a mishap or just one missing ingredient can often cause your creative juices to start flowing. This lead to the yummiest outcome that I never would have thought of if not under the gun so to speak! I had chicken ranch tacos on the menu and then realized I was out of lettuce (almost always the go to base for our tacos). The spinach on hand was needed for a different meal and there was no time to run to the store (and no desire to run to the store). A quick … [Read More...]

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Food & Recipes

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Preparing Greens: Cooked-Green Yields…

Green vegetables are all the rage and for good reason. Kale, spinach and swiss chard provide a plethora of nutrients our bodies need. Blanched greens are easy to prepare. You simply remove leaves from the stems after washing them thoroughly […]

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Homemade Spinach Tortilla Recipe…

I love cooking from scratch and learning new skills yet have always been intimidated by tortilla making; recently I just decided to give it a try! They are easier then expected for a tasty homemade version of a typically store-bought […]

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Work Week Menu Plan: Week of 4/20/15…

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. With baseball season starting along with competition season for karate, we are constantly on the run. Since our weekends have been jam packed, I haven’t had time to meal plan. Yes, […]

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Health & Wellness

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Walk It OFF…

The spare tire!?! The mommy pooch!?! Different women, call it various names—-the fat that plumps your middle poses a real threat to your health. No matter what you call it, this is the season to walk it off! This visceral […]

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Outdoor Workouts: Brave the Earth’s…

With the seasons changing, there is more opportunity to get outside. I (Litsa) love to exercise in fresh air—it is my go-to-gym! Thus I loved the list that Shape Magazine pulled together in response to braving winter weather. I’d even […]

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Eat Beets: Protect Your Heart…

Beets are available year round but they hit peak harvest season this spring! There are many different varieties of beets lurking in your grocery store—just take a look around (even some in orange colors)!?! Beets should be heavy in size […]

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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: DIY Planters, Homemade Ding…

  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: Recycled Can Cutlery Holder +…

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: Container Garden, T-Shirt…

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: Chickens Loosing Feathers…

A few days ago we noticed that some of our chickens were loosing their feathers. Chickens loose feathers for many different reasons. It is important to determine the reason for the feather loss. Some feather loss might not be a […]

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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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Home Management

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Story Starters: Encourage Storytelling for…

Shelves of books fill our playroom walls. These books travel from the playroom to the bedroom where we read. As school nights have been filled with homework and slumber takes over, we sometimes forget the beautiful stories left sitting on […]

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Writing as a Coping Skill for Children…

Children often times have a difficult time expressing emotions and feelings. I have discovered that writing really helps my son Capt. M (age 8) deal with his feelings. Like many people, Capt. M has a hard time talking about how […]

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Sweet & Savory Cooking…

Even though there are tons of resources online for recipes, I still enjoy thumbing through a cookbook. Sweet & Savory Cooking is jam packed with excellent treats—-fabulous eats that satisfy! From quick definitions of flours, grains, etc. to what essential […]

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Ways to Save

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Dress to Please Planet Earth…

There are so many ways to help the environment – including being aware of our attire! I (Litsa) loved this little Glamour tidbit: Three Ways to Dress to Help the Planet—-and since it was still swimming in the sea of […]

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Celebrate Parenthood with March of Dimes |…

For more than 75 years the March of Dimes has been an advocate for healthy pregnancies and babies. The March of Dimes is a non-profit organization that works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, […]

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4 Reasons Consumers Overspend…

Staying on budget is a constant struggle for many of us. There are simple steps that can be taken to save money though. The first step is to recognize the reasons for overspending. Make small changes to save big on […]

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Gardening

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Spring: Splitting Hosta Plants…

This is the largest clump of hosta shoots that we have in our yard. Each spring, we try to split the hosta so that we can continue to have more hosta plants interspersed among our hydrangea plants. For the most […]

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Blooming Beauties: Hydrangeas…

It’s that time in West Tennessee—-the season of renewal. Our (Litsa’s) hydrangea plants are showcasing their beautiful new green leaves. These tiny little leaves grow each day—after every raindrop and the many rays of sunlight. It’s amazing to walk through […]

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Gardening: Seedlings & Seed Leaves…

A week ago I finally got around to starting some of my warm weather seeds such as cucumbers, tomatoes and squash. The cucumber ans squash seedlings emerge really quickly. The tomatoes, herbs and peppers are a little slower to germinate. […]

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