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I’ve Had My Instant Pot For A Year… and here’s what I think! (An Honest Review Of The Instant Pot)

I’ve had my Instant Pot for a year. Here’s my honest review of the Instant Pot — learning how to pressure cook, problems, and what’s next for me & my IP!

My Top 10 Recipe Picks From The Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

The 1 thing you absolutely NEED if you’re going to do Trim Healthy Mama? The new THM Cookbook! I basically have 276 Post-its sticking out of mine, and I use it multiple times a day. I am 100% certain that it’s been instrumental in our ability to thrive on this eating plan — and since January 1, I’ve lost 12 pounds!

The Mattress We Love for the Best Sleep Ever + a Giveaway!!!

I spent hours and hours searching for The One for us. I can’t even tell you how many websites I poured over, how many reviews I read, and how many companies I called. And I didn’t do all this in a weekend either. It took me a couple of years to educate myself so I would know what to look for and what questions to ask. I had to learn a lot about the toxicity of regular mattresses so I would know how to avoid potential toxicity in a greener bed.

What I Buy from Trader Joe’s

What I Buy from Trader Joe’s

Our first experience at Trader Joe’s was about six months ago, so it’s a fairly new thing for our family to shop there. The nearest TJ’s is about two hours away, which means we’re not making regular treks to this store…

Natural Personal Care Products: Make or Buy?

“Do you make everything yourself?!”

I get that question a lot.

The answer is no, and I’m sharing exactly which personal care products are worth making and which ones I choose to buy. Join me at Traditional Cooking School for a bit of humor, some great homemade personal care links, and a few excellent, natural store-bought recommendations!

Use Up Every Last Drop of Your Essential Oils

If you have ever wondered what to do with the teeny-tiny drops and vapors of essential oils that are left once you empty a bottle, wonder no more! This easy trick will ensure your precious oils are good to the very last drop.

Our Favorite Healthy Convenience Foods

Our Favorite Healthy Convenience Foods

If I was making everything we eat from scratch, I would be utterly exhausted and never spend time with my husband, sit down to read a book to my kids, clean the toilets, or have time to binge-watch Downton Abbey. 😉 So I rely on some store-bought convenience foods* to make my life just a little bit easier and more fun.

Which Essential Oils Have We Chosen?

Which Essential Oils Have We Chosen?

It’s a big deal. And it’s personal. The essential oils company people choose is just about as touch-y an issue as whether to vaccinate or not, it seems. I get it. Finding the right products that work for our families is kind of a big deal. When we find something we like, driven extroverts like yours truly want to blast our findings all over the world in an effort to win over educate everyone we know.

As soon as you start telling folks what essential oils you use, they immediately respond with why XYZ (read: their) brand is better or purer or more effective or safer and why yours isn’t pure or acceptable or safe or third party-tested.

Until several months ago, I really thought there were only two essential oils companies out there: Young Living and Doterra. The other brands I found in the store (NOW, Aura Cacia) seemed too cheap or not pure enough or something, so I really didn’t jump in with both feet on the essential oils bandwagon.

All About Avocado Oil

All About Avocado Oil

If you’re wondering why this brand-new blog of mine has suddenly seemed to vanish, it’s because I’ve been hard at work at Traditional Cooking School. I have had the honor of writing for Traditional Cooking School (a.k.a. GNOWFGLINS) for almost two years, and I’m posting over there with more frequency now.

Writing for one’s own site is hard enough, but writing for such a well-known site as TCS is another enchilada. I feel spread thin between these two sites, but I am learning so much! Sooooo, without further adieu, here’s a post for ya: Avocado Oil — The New Fat in the Real Food Kitchen.

My Review of the Intellibed

My Review of the Intellibed

I was so excited to “achieve the healthiest sleep yet” (according to their site) that any fears of a used mattress were soon allayed by my desire to go to bed and stay there for at least 29 days straight. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we were and how we fully expected to fall in love with our Intellibed. Except we didn’t…