The Food Pyramid: Is it Wrong?

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The food pyramid was released to the public by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1992. Is it any coincidence, then, that this was the decade in which Americans gained the most weight? The original idea was that all fat = bad. So just eat low fat and you should be good, right? Wrong. What [...]

DIY Electrolyte Drink

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If you have seen Idiocracy, you know that we have become a little fixated on the consumption of sports drinks and the importance of electrolytes. While these beverages might be widely consumed and quite popular, the reality is that they are not healthful at all. If you begin to analyze the bright packaging, psychedelic hues [...]

Using the Baby Bullet to Make Flours

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One of the downsides of trying to eat organically is that it costs A LOT of money! Trying to keep expenses down is always important, especially on a budget, so slowly but surely I am developing ways to eat more organic foods without spending a fortune in the process. A few months ago I came [...]

Making Dog Cakes and Treats with the Baby Bullet

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Our German Shepherd Lunetta Braun van der Mitzi, also known as “Lulu,” holds a very special place in our hearts. She was the bridge between our carefree lives and our overwhelmingly responsible lives. She also filled a very important and significant void in our lives when we struggled to start a family. So we spoil [...]

DIY Valentine’s Day Ideas


So, there is A LOT going on in my life right now and money is getting pretty tight. I stuck to the January Money Diet, as we are COMMITTED to moving this spring (play room, play room, play room!) and our dog just had to have a torn ACL repaired to the tune of $4,000. [...]

The Microwave Went to Heaven


Our microwave broke on Christmas Day. Out of the clear blue it started beeping and honking, then, just as quickly, fell silent. Evidently, the keypad died. Who knew, right? Considering we were having 15 people over for Christmas dinner later that day, my husband was worried that we wouldn’t be able to replace it right [...]

The Calorie: To Count or Not to Count?

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Thinking about weight loss, moms and dads? It’s January after all, the month where (historically speaking) the most gym memberships are purchased. But as they say: Abs are made in the kitchen. Are you a counter? Or does the notion of putting numbers to food make you ill? A lot of mixed information is out [...]

Natural Remedies for the Winter Sniffles

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Once all the trees are composted, the decorations are tucked away until next year and the gifts have been given, the only remnants that seem to be left of the holiday season are a few extra pounds, a stack of bills and the sniffles. Considering that I have spent the last four out of five [...]

My Goals for the New Year

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I am not very big on New Year’s resolutions. Honestly, I kind of hate the holiday. I have never been one to stay up late and I am always cold in those spangly, sequiny dresses we’re supposed to wear in the dead of winter. I am a New Englander; I pretty much wear L.L. Bean [...]

Avoiding Carrageenan with Homemade Almond Milk


As I mentioned last month, nothing is as disturbing as consuming something for months, years even, thinking it was healthful, only to realize that “current research” has shown the ingredient or the food itself is harmful. As you know, I began making my own yogurt for this reason. Last month, I decided that we will [...]