A Healthier Orange & Black for Halloween

by Tiffany in Healthy Eating


This time of year everything is orange and black. Pinterest is loaded with images of cupcakes, cookies, and sweets galore with orange and black icing and sprinkles. Thank goodness my kids don’t frequent pinterest or I would pulling my hair out with requests for all these items. As it is I avoid taking them to the store this time of year because I don’t want requests for all the candy on the shelves. But because I know they will get candy at school, at parties, and while trick or treating I just plan ahead and amp up the nutrients and healthy foods during and after this sugary season.  See my post on Staying Healthy and Boosting Immunity AFTER Halloween.

This year part of those efforts will be adding a little of my own orange and black…

The Black – Chyawanprash. Say what?? According to good ole Wikipedia it is a jam-like cooked mixture of sugar, honey, Triphala, ghee, sesame oil, berries and other herbs and spices. That is a lot of health and goodness packed into a jelly/jam. Organic India’s  version of 100% Organic Chyawanprash contains 36 herbs in a sweet base made from gur (organic cane juice reduced to a syrup) honey and ghee (clarified butter). They recommend one teaspoon twice daily for maximum benefits. It also gets bonus points because the honey is still raw. It is added after the heating process.

It is pretty strong in flavor so adding a small dollop to a tart apple slice works well for us.

The Orange – Turmeric Formula capsules. Turmeric is absolutely essential in our lives. I am convinced of it. It is important for a variety of health and dietary needs. See Amazing Health Benefits and Uses for Turmeric. You can add this lovely spice to a variety of foods but a super easy way to get more turmeric is to take a capsule. For young kids who can’t take one, I suggest the turmeric milk recipe found in the article above.

Have a happy, healthy Halloween and beyond!

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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My Garden Wishlist

by Tiffany in Gardening

My garden did really well this past summer and I am super excited to start planning for next year’s. No doubt most of the planning will happen during the dreary, cold winter but I just can’t wait. I have already been making a wishlist.

Garden victories for 2014 include:

* Growing flowers for the first time – calendula, sunflowers, lavender, nasturtium, and various wildflowers
* Growing three types of basil
* Growing three types of heirloom tomatoes from seed
* A great blackberry harvest
* A nice snap pea harvest
* First time growing potatoes and carrots
* Keeping birds out of the garden with a fake snake. It worked!

I recently posted about my garden and homestead goals for 2015. In order to make the goals happen I have started making a wishlist of things that would help…

Support hoops for garden fabric. This will help me extend the gardening season earlier in the spring and then also later in the fall. I have the raised beds, I just need the hoops. I like that they are steel and not plastic.

garden hoops

A garden cage or two would be nice to keep the birds and the deer out of my raised beds!! They have them in a variety of sizes but the large one (below) would be super handy!

garden cage

I also need space. I have tools, pots, soil, and other garden goodies everywhere and I have no real work surfaces outside other than the ground or the railing on my deck. A potting bench would be heaven sent! I love that this one has an old farmhouse look and it is affordable.

potting bench

What’s on your wishlist??

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014



Storing Essential Oils

by Tiffany in Essential Oils

Essential Oil Carrying Case

If you are a true essential oil enthusiast than you have a fairly large supply of the oils. After all, you can use them for so many things. Having your own natural remedies and green cleaners on hand can’t be beat. Over the years I have kept mine in a medicine cabinet because you need to keep them somewhere cool and dark to preserve their integrity. The issue now is that I just have too many to make that feasible and my youngest (who is autistic) can now reach the medicine cabinets if he chooses to explore.

Luckily there are numerous essential oil carrying cases on the market. There are also display cases but I don’t find those very practical and in fact they might make the oils more enticing to curious children. Having them “play” in mommy’s oils would be unsafe and also quite expensive. I needed a carrier or tote that could be tucked away from prying eyes.

I order to see what the oils are I ordered a batch of cap sticker/labels from Young Living for a couple bucks and now they are all safely stored but still easy to access when I need them. The only problem is that I filled the first 30 count carrier and I still have more… oh well, off to order another! I think I will get them in varying colors and then keep blends and standard oils separate and even easier to find.

Find essential oil carrying cases on Amazon. The specific one I got below is here.

Essential Oil Carrier Case  - Purple

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Monday, October 20th, 2014



Best Essential Oils for a Foot Massage

by Tiffany in Essential Oils

Essential Oil Foot Massage - Naturemoms.com/eos

A foot massage has to be one of the most enjoyable and popular massages. It might even be the reason why so many ladies love to have pedicures. Pretty toes are nice but the massage that comes with the pedicure can’t be beat! They are simple and easy to perform as well so trading massages with your spouse can be an excellent lazy evening at home idea.

It can be reviving and therapeutic! Our feet are super sensitive and super responsive. Many complimentary therapies (think reflexology or shiatsu) believe that we can cleanse and energize body systems and internal organs all through massage on your tootsies. It helps improve blood supply to the feet and thus aids in relieving aches and pains. It can also be a great stress reliever.

To get started grab a carrier oil like almond, fractionated coconut, olive, or grapeseed. Young Living has a great oil called V-6 that was designed for this purpose. Use 4-5 drops of the essential oils per 10ml of carrier oil. Also give your feet a quick wash beforehand.

Best Essential Oils for Happy “Oily” Feet:

Thyme – Invigorates and deodorizes, also good for athlete’s foot

Peppermint – Cools, deodorizes, and invigorates

Lemongrass – Great for sweaty feet and swollen cankles

Rosemary – Achy, painful feet

Lavender – For relaxation and “sleepy time” for kids

Tea Tree – Refreshment and helping eliminate warts, great anti-fungal properties

Geranium – good for blood flow and circulation

Grapefruit – Uplifting and immune boosting

Enjoy! And if you are interested in getting your hands on any of these amazing oils get more info below:

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Friday, October 17th, 2014



Gardening and Homesteading Goals for 2015

by Tiffany in Gardening, The Homestead

Goals for 2015The gardening season has ended for 2014…for the most part. I still have a variety of peppers and some flowers doing well. I also have a cold frame with greens going strong but I have done a massive fall cleanup and most of my garden beds will rest until spring. With everything I learned this year I am already making plans for next!

My organic garden goals for 2015 are to grow everything I grew in 2014 and:

  • Make potato cages and grow alot more
  • Start my seedlings earlier!
  • Add leeks and brussels sprouts for fall/winter
  • Grow more carrots
  • Grow different pumpkin varieties (jarrahdale and lady godiva) and grow more
  • Add another raised bed and a hoop with a fabric covering
  • Add more herbs and veggies
  • Plant spring bulbs
  • Add another rain barrel

My homesteading goals for 2015:

What are your goals???

Thursday, October 16th, 2014