Should Kids Be Paid for Chores?

by Tiffany in Children

chore chartI recently shared this chore chart image on my Facebook page because I thought it was clever and cute.

In response though I got a few unfavorable comments regarding paying children to do chores. These were some of the responses…

“Um, NO. Kids don’t get paid for being a contributing member of the family pulling their own weight.”

“This is a bad idea. Cleaning and picking up after ones self is just part of being alive and part of a family or community. This sets up an unrealistic expectation.”

“And who will pay them to do all this when they have their own home?”

“My kids do their chores because they have to…… what is wrong with today’s society?”

I completely disagree with them.

I shared this photo because I actually plan to copy it in my own home because I do pay my kids to do chores…sort of. I expect my kids to maintain their own bedrooms and in general pick up after themselves without pay. They don’t get paid to vacuum their rooms, bring their dirty clothes to the laundry room, or sweep up the cereal they spilled all over the kitchen floor. Things like those are expected and required but not paid for. There is no allowance.

On the weekend, we also have a family cleanup. Parents and kids alike all start cleaning the house from top to bottom. Either Mom or Dad is captain and we give out the orders. Carpets are vacuumed, loose toys are put away, dishes are brought to the kitchen, countertops are cleaned off, shelves are dusted, library books are re-stacked, etc. During garden season someone is required to go water. No one is paid for this group cleaning. This is part of the responsibility we have as a family and a team to take care of our home. The great thing about it though it that is takes 10-15 minutes we because we are working as a team.

Okay so maybe it sounds like I don’t agree with pay for chores huh?

No, no. I do. The kids can all do extra work if they so choose, to earn money. My 15 year old actually earns a nice chunk of money weekly. He fully cleans the kitchen and does all the dishes daily. He takes out the garbage and the compost. He mops the hardwood floors. He cleans all three bathrooms and scrubs the toilets and showers. For this and more he earns money to pay for the extras he has in his life that mom and dad will not pay for…like an iPhone. He also saves up money for larger ticket items he wants, like his crossbow and all the fishing gear he has. At the moment he is saving for his first car.

My middle child will do all the laundry for pay, though right now she is not consistent about it. When she too is old enough in mom’s estimation to have a smartphone she too will be required to earn the money for it. For her and for my youngest I think this chore chart would be a great way for them to earn some money and to get a few extras around the house taken care of.

It teaches them responsibility either way in my opinion. They are learning just by living in our household that cleaning and maintaining the house has to be done. They are also learning work ethic by working for pay. They are learning that they can work hard and earn money. They are learning that their work has to meet certain standards. They are learning to pay for their own wants because someday they WILL have to pay for their own wants and their own needs.

We really only gift them with things for birthdays and holidays. Other wants can be had if they work for them. They have a source of income if they want it and therefore a method to pay for the things they want. That is responsibility. This chart I think will be good for my two youngest who don’t have the desire to do regular weekly work like their older brother. It would give them the opportunity to earn a little bit here and there when they want to.

I think I have found a good balance in our family. After all, their main job right now is to go to school and give me a good solid effort there. Then they have some responsibilities at home that need to be met without pay and whenever they want to do them, as long as they get done. Then we have some overtime work-for-pay available and it works well in our house if my oldest is any indication. That kid has hustle and some serious work ethic. That is the goal right?


Power Your Gut In Ten Days

by Tiffany in Health & Healing


The above photos shows what I have been up to of late…reading up on gut health and also doing a ten day probiotic challenge.

The book is fantastic. It really makes what seems like a boring topic, absolutely fascinating. I never thought a book about intestines would be a real page turner but honestly I sat down with it one lazy Sunday morning and didn’t want to put it down. Not only is it with fascinating little factoids and details about the gut it is also references studies that have come to show links between poor gut health and more serious ailments and problems.

At the same time that I was reading this gem I was also doing a ten day probiotic challenge to celebrate the ten year anniversary of Ultimate Flora probiotic from Renew Life. Their product has 50 billion live cultures per capsule and 12 probiotic strains. The capsules help relieve digestive discomfort if you have any and they promote digestive and immune health. The latter benefit was really the one I had been going for. I really believe in taking probiotics, I have just gotten lax about it lately. This ten day challenge was a reboot of sorts for me to get me back on the horse. I feel amazing when my gut is healthy and thriving. I feel lighter, I feel healthier, and I feel “sharper”. That was just in ten days too so it gave me the kick in the pants I needed to stay the course.


Sunday, September 20th, 2015

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#WeekOfWellness Begins! RSVP Today for Free Samples!!

by Tiffany in Healthy Eating


Hello all and happy Wednesday! Today marks the opening day of the Week of Wellness!!! I am sharing because I know you will want to be be a part of it. Why? Free samples of natural, healthy products!

#WeekOfWellness runs from September 16th-23rd. Some amazing brands have joined up to offer some great products during this week long event hosted by Sampler.

If you are not sure what Sampler is, let me give you a brief run down. Sampler allows you to send product samples to your friends. Your friends will all love you for sending them great new products to try and if you get creative and form a buddy system then you can send each other free samples (wink, wink). Then YOU get product samples as well!

When you register for the event, you will have access to a calendar that will tell you the exact times (EST), day, & which company is launching samples. You also get the times for special flash giveaways. It’s adds a little fun to your week and gives you the chance to win some great prizes. Then you go to their Facebook page and follow the link to send the samples. Oh and share the event with all your friends so that they can give and receive samples as well.

It’s THAT easy.

week of wellness buddy system

If you want to be eligible to win the BIG prize basket that will be filled with goodies from the sponsored sampling brands, make sure you RSVP to win on my Facebook page right now. Just look for the tab.


– to claim your entry into a drawing for the Grand Prize Basket!

– to unlock the calendar of events for The Week Of Wellness!

Also don’t forget to “Wish for it”. After “RSVP’ing”, users will receive exclusive access to the calendar and will have a chance to go and “Wish For” the product samples they would like to receive. It’s a helpful way of letting your friends know what you are wishing for!

Want to learn a little bit more about the awesome companies that will be participating? Here is a tasting…

Numi Organic Tea

organic numi tea

Who doesn’t love tea? Especially when the weather turns chilly. This turmeric tea collection is amazing. Turmeric has so many health benefits so I love the idea of blending this spice of life with an herbal tea. The Three Roots tea has ginger, licorice, and rose. Fields of Gold has chamomile and lemon myrtle. Golden Tonic has lemon, verbena, and lime. Amber Sun has rooibos, cinnamon, and vanilla. They are outstanding!

Go Raw

go raw

The company makes a great selection of raw, sprouted snacks that are organic, gmo free, vegan, nut free, and gluten free. Its junk free food!

I was sent a variety of yummy treats including sprouted watermelon seeds with celtic sea salt. They are REALLY good! Also, Zesty Pizza sprouted flax snax, Sweet Spirulina sprouted bites, Choco Chunk Coconut Crisps, and a pumpkin seed sprouted bar. Sprouting makes everything more easily digestible. Raw foods are healthier and contain more intact nutrients. These are powerhouse snacks that taste good to kiddos and adults alike.


barleans fish oils

I am a big fan of fish oils and Barleans makes some good ones. These two are flavored…mango peach and lemon zest. They have EPA/DHA 720 mg  and Vitamin D3 400 IU per serving. It is recommended you have two teaspoons a day. There are no artificial flavors or colors and it has xylitol instead of sugar. The flavors help make it more palatable for everyone and they are third party tested to make sure they are free of environmental contaminants.

These oils are specially important for my family during long, cold Ohio winters when the sunshine vitamin is in short supply. Fish oils help us stay balanced and energized.

Explore Asian

explore asian

These alternative pastas are gluten free, organic, vegan, and kosher. If you are trying to avoid the carb overload and unhealthy ingredients in conventional bread based pasta then these might be for you. Shown in the picture are Edamame Spaghetti, Edamame & Mung Bean Fettucini, Thai Brown Rice Noodles, Black Bean Spaghetti, and Soybean Spaghetti. Their pastas are rich in protein and dietary fiber. Now you can have your spaghetti and eat it too.

Wild Zora

wild zora

These probably excited me the most as a paleo lover. They are gluten free, grain free, nut free, and soy free. The meat is also grassfed, free ranged ranged, or otherwise grown as naturally as possible. The meat and veggie bars I got were Turkey Masala Spinach, Lamb Rosemary Spinach, Parmesan Tomato Basil Beef, Chili Cayenne Apricot Beef, and BBQ Hickory Tomato Beef. The ingredients list reads like most of my recipes. All the ingredients and spices are recognizable and pronounceable!




A Natural Nighttime Cough Remedy

by Tiffany in Health & Healing

Natural Nighttime Cough Remedy

The season of sickness is upon us. When school comes back in session our families are usually exposed to illnesses much more frequently. The cooler weather, the school grind, and a general lack of physical activity also factors in. Let’s not forget that we are gearing up for the holidays too, when candy and treats are abundant in all their immune suppressing glory. Sad to say many of us moms will have to nurse sick kids and we may even get sick ourselves, the horror!!

This is when a great conundrum faces the natural mom. We know that the body is perfectly capable of fighting off illness and that in general most over the counter cold and flu medications just mask symptoms and create a greater crisis in the body than the original illness. They are often naught but chemical cocktails with many nasty ingredients. BUT we also know that sleep is vital during times of sickness. Our bodies heal when we are sleeping so never is it more important to sleep and sleep well than when we are sick. Cold symptoms such as cough are the enemy of good sleep. So that is the conundrum…drug our children or ourselves with the nasty over the counter cold medications so that sleep (and relief) can be achieved or suffer the symptoms and the lack of sleep so we can avoid the the unsavory ingredients.

Well, it doesn’t have to be either or. There are products on the market that can soothe cough symptoms and help us sleep without the chemical nasties. There is no need to reach for that conventional cough syrup anymore.

NyQuil Cold and Flu is one of the more popular conventional options and when you take a closer look at their ingredients you see things like alcohol, citric acid, D&C Yellow No. 10, FD&C Green No. 3, high fructose corn syrup, saccharin sodium and various others. Mind you, those are inactive ingredients. Not only do they not need to be there (ie sugar and food dyes) they are immune suppressing rather than immune boosting. What sense does it make to take a medication that hides your symptoms whilst it suppresses your immune symptom and your body’s ability to heal. Huh???

Sambrosa Dreams on the other hand is the same type of product with some big differences. It is a European product that is now being introduced in the US. It is a nighttime cough syrup with a base of honey, herbs and doxylamine designed to help soothe your cough and help you get some all important sleep. The ingredients list is radically different. The ingredients are HEALING as well as designed to help soothe and comfort us during a time of stress and discomfort. It’s also GMO free!!

You need a 30 ml per dose of Nyquil, only 5 ml of Sambrosa. Nyquil uses High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sambrosa uses GMO free honey. NyQuil has food dyes, Sambrosa has five organic herbs. I know which one I would rather ingest when the goal is to get and stay healthy!


Honey – Relieves cough and is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants.

Aniseed Oil – antiseptic, digestive and sedative. It has tranquilizing effects while also being an expectorant; it loosens mucus or phlegm deposited in the lungs and respiratory tracts. So it soothes and also helps you heal.

California Poppy – Calming effect on the body

Eucalyptus – may also have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. The vapor acts as a decongestant when it is inhaled and is used to treat bronchitis.

Hops – Hops is used for its aromaticum but is also believed to benefit conditions such as anxiety and insomnia.

Passionflower – sedative and pain reliever.

Thyme – Calms coughing and acts as a sedative.

Tragacanth – a plant. The sap-like material (resin) of the plant is a binding agent in medicine.

Doxylamine Succinate – an antihistamine used by itself as a sedative, and in combination with other drugs as a nighttime cold and allergy relief drug. Doxylamine helps to relieve common cold symptoms to get a good night’s rest. The dosage normally seen in medicines is usually around 25 mg. Sambrosa contains 9.75mg per dosage.

This product, just like the aforementioned conventional product is a nighttime remedy. It is meant to be used at night to help you get a good night’s sleep. Since it will make you drowsy it is not intended as a daytime remedy.

This product is widely popular in Europe where the standards for safety are radically different than those here in the US. That alone gives it a leg up in my opinion but the ingredients list speaks for itself. Sambrosa likes it natural so we minimize synthetic intake while maximizing a good night’s rest. Find it on Amazon!

sambrosa box

This post was written in partnership with Sambrosa Dreams and I was compensated for sharing their great product. All opinions are 100% mine and I stand behind this product as a supporter or I wouldn’t blog about it!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

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2015 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

by Tiffany in Tidbits


Don’t you wish you had affordable short-cuts to make healthy living easier? Are you tired of trying to make a Whole Foods lifestyle work on an Aldi’s budget?

I get it. You want the best for your family. You want to raise healthy kids, have strong immune systems, be more fit and energetic, and be intentional about creating a natural home, but sometimes it just feels so hard…and so expensive.

There’s a lot to learn and the internet can be more than a little overwhelming at times.

I know what it’s like to feel that healthy living shouldn’t be this difficult, and it shouldn’t have to cost so much, either! Don’t you ever wish someone would just tell you exactly what you need to know and how to make these changes for less?

When you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it all comes together so much more easily. You know what to cook for your family. You’re more confident in choosing natural alternatives. You can easily replace store-bought products with DIY options that really work. You feel better (and even look better, too). Healthy living becomes less stressful and more enjoyable.

That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle for the fourth year in a row. Each year, they’re amazed at how many families are saying “yes!” to their health and taking them up on this super short opportunity to get a complete collection of natural-living resources for a crazy low price.

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes over 90 digital products on topics like natural remedies, essential oils, real food recipes, paleo & allergy-friendly eating, fitness & weight loss and much more. All together, it’s worth over $1900! Plus, it comes with $225 worth of bonus products.

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $2000 worth of amazing products for a whopping 97% off!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through their simple 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus products.
  3. Use their Getting Started Interactive Guides to pick the area you want to tackle first and start making healthy changes!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just a few days! After Monday night, September 14th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a full 30-day guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you.

No one should have to put off a healthier lifestyle because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need. Our family has felt so much better by making changes to the way we eat, the products we use, and how we take care of ourselves. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family.