10 Salads That Have More Fat and Calories Than a Big Mac!

Going to a restaurant can be a daunting task when you take a look at the myriad of choices on the menu. You start by glancing at the appetizers, which on average can contain more calories and fat then the entrée itself.  Not to mention trying to avoid all the succulent smells permeating the restaurant persuading you to […]

Dining out at Applebees … what you need to know!

Hi everyone! I wanted to take the time to put together a post that I hope will open some eyes today.   We all eat out now and then.  It’s one of life’s little pleasures, especially for working moms and dads.  It gives us a break, we don’t have to cook and clean and it […]

8 of the Best Weight Loss Foods

  Everyone knows by now that ‘You Are What You Eat’, right? We all know this.  We’ve heard it a hundred times before. One of the biggest components to losing weight (or even just maintaining a healthy lifestyle) really does start with WHICH foods you choose to eat. Did you know that certain foods actually HELP […]

Some of my favorite things

I’ve been getting a few emails lately about the kitchen items I use when I am cooking.  So I thought I would update My Favorite Things link up above as it had become a little outdated. Here are some of the small appliances I simply cannot live without.  These are the same exact ones that are […]

6 Useful Tips for New Bloggers

If  someone with a crystal ball told me 4 years ago that not only would I be a full time blogger, and making money doing it, but I would then be a mentor for OTHER new bloggers …. I’d say you were NUTS! I really didn’t even know where to begin to be honest.  I had […]

4 Avocado Hacks You Need to Know

For a fruit that’s so fabulous and delicious, finding one that’s perfectly ripe—and keeping it that way—can be almost impossible to do. Here are 4 easy hacks that make shopping, storing, and using avocados crazy easy, along with using those over ripe ones! Pull Don’t Squeeze We’ve all given an avocado a squeeze to tell whether it’s […]

10 Real Food Snacks For On-The-Go Moms

Ok moms, it’s almost the end of February and lacrosse season is starting.  If your kids are in sports like mine are you can (and will) find yourself on the road a lot and having easy to pack on-the-go snacks can be critical. When my kids were younger (elem school age) the parents were asked […]

5 Baby Steps to Eating Clean in 2016

If you ask almost anyone on the street if they’d like to eat a little cleaner, I think the overwhelming response would be a resounding yes.  I think one of the main reasons people give up or feel a sense of failure is the ‘all or nothing’ approach, which I am completely guilty of or they just […]

5 of The Most Anti-Oxidant Rich Foods and Why They Should Be in Your Diet

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!  I hope you all had a great holiday season and didn’t go TOO overboard with Grandma’s banana cream pie. Boy the holidays can be a tough time to get through with all the sweets and foods and drinks we don’t normally consume, can’t they? Well the good news with the New […]

Homemade Peppermint Body Scrub (with free printable)

If you’re looking for a fun and festive way to spread holiday cheer this year, try making this homemade Peppermint Body Scrub.   The best part about this scrub (for me anyway) is that I’m using sugar in a GOOD way!  🙂 I started making my own body scrubs when I bought some essential oils last year.  I love […]

Tip! Flavor Soups with Cheese Rind

We go through a good amount of parmesan and parmesan/romano cheese in our house, and I used to just throw the rind away. This was until I discovered this well kept secret used by chefs around the world! And boy am I mad I didn’t know this sooner! Save the rind from chunks of parmesan or romano cheese and […]

How to Cut a Butternut Squash

I just love butternut squash, but until I figured out how to cut it into those nice little cubes, I was a little hesitant to cook it. But today, I’m going to show you how to cut up a butternut squash without slicing your fingers off and save you a small fortune from buying it […]

Update to the Kids Chore Chart System

August 2015 ~ We did a post back in 2013 on a Chore Chart  system for kids that had a little twist to it.  It had a Work for Hire element added to it. This system is great to ‘dangle the carrot’ so to speak to entice kids to do more ‘grown up’ things around the house, […]

Breyers kicks the hormones to the Curb!

This may be old news for some of you (Feb) but I still wanted to spread the word because it’s another small step towards transparency in our food system. Breyer’s has announced it stopped using milk and cream from cows treated with artificial growth hormones, becoming the latest big brand to shift toward more natural […]

10 Ideas for Quick Healthy Meals

If you’re like most Americans your day is busy with not a lot of wiggle room.  Do you often find that what you PLANNED on preparing for dinner sits in the fridge because it requires too much work or you just don’t feel like making it? What about breakfast?  Do you rely on prepackaged boxed items instead of fresh […]