Weekly Bone Broth

Bone broth has so many benefits. It boosts the immune system, reduces cellulite, and improves joint health. You can buy collagen or you can easily make the broth in your crock pot with scraps (yay, no extra cost to you)!

A study of chicken soup (broth) conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center wondered what it was in the soup that made it so beneficial for colds and flu. Researchers found that the amino acids that were produced when making chicken stock reduced inflammation in the respiratory system and improved digestion. Also, research is proving it can also boost the immune system and heal disorders like allergies, asthma and arthritis. (2)- Dr.Axe.com

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When making this broth, I try to use the purest ingredients.  I want to get as much out of them as I can. When I have carrot tops, celery ends, and any other vegetable scraps, I put them in a zip lock bag in my freezer. I also cook a whole chicken once a week and keep the bones. I add all of the vegetable scraps and chicken bones to the crock pot along with spices.

Spice blend 1/2 teaspoon of each:

  • Turmeric
  • Garlic
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Italian Herbs (Oregano, Parsley, Thyme)

I then add about 6 cups of filtered water to the crock pot. This is a, give or take, depending on how much veggies and bones that I have in the pot. Then I just set the timer and let this all cook for about 6-8 hrs.

When broth is finished cooking, I let it cool down for about an hour or so and remove all of the scraps and bones. I put the broth into jars and let them cool to room temperature and then put a lid on the jars. They are stored in the fridge for a week or two or you can put them in the freezer. Be sure that the broth is cooled completely before putting them in the freezer, as the glass jars will break.

You can use this broth for many different things: drink, soup base, to cook rice or pasta, saute vegetable, Ect.

 

Celebrate Earth Day

As you know, this month we have been sharing eco-friendly tips and advice in honor of Earth month.  Earth Day first began in 1970 and was started by a U.S. Senator, Gaylord Nelson.

 after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.  –www.earthday.org

Earth Day started with 20 million people coming together to make a change and bring awareness to environmental issues and is now celebrated by more than a billion people each year.  We wanted to share some ways to celebrate and to make a difference all year long!

Keep on reading!

Eco Friendly Make up

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In trying to live a more natural, simple and conscious lifestyle, I have changed some of my make up routine to those that are “green”.  I had my favorite make up brands and consistently used the same items every day so, I made the changes gradually.  I also used the EWG website for research in choosing the best make up for me. Lastly, I wanted to make sure that the make up that I chose fit into my budget.

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1. This is my favorite mascara! It is 100% natural and nothing synthetic. I also like that is stays in but, when I go to wash my face at night I do not have any issues getting the mascara off unlike other mascaras that I have used

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2. They sold me at Beachy Punk! I love all of the beautiful colors and I can find the products at Target which is a huge plus.

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3. I have several Mineral Lip Tints. Glisten is my favorite color and they are free of harmful chemicals. I buy my lip tint at Wegman’s….yes the grocery store.

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4. I do not paint my nails often but, when I do I like to use Butter London nail polish. It is an 8 Free polish and does not chip.

What products do you like to use? I would love suggestions on other natural products and testimonials.

 

 

 

Top 5 Friday Fun

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Katie and I both have big weekends coming up! She is packing up her house for another cross country move. It has been amazing having her family a few hours away so that we could visit a few times throughout the year. Our children think of each other as cousins and that melts my heart! I am grateful for the few years that they were just a state away! I will be in vacay mode…and heading out of town as well. Since warmer weather hasn’t come to MD, we are headed for warmer weather!! What are you doing this weekend? Any plans for getting outdoors? In the mean time, check out these links about some things going on around the internet this week. Keep on Reading!

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Cookies are my go to sweet treat. They are easy to make in a large batch and freeze so, I do not eat EVERY SINGLE ONE. I also like cookies because I can tone down the sweetness and they still turn out great! I do not use white sugar in my house so, sometimes I sweeten them with maple syrup, coconut sugar or honey. The cookies I made today are sweetened with coconut sugar. Keep on Reading!

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Teaching Kids To Care For The Environment

As a parent, there are so many things that we are responsible for teaching our children.  We help teach them to communicate,  to have compassion for others, to work hard to accomplish their goals, and how to care for themselves.  Equally important is teaching them to care for this planet and our environment.  We only have one planet and we all need to work together to make changes and preserve what we have for our future generations. Keep on reading!

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Epsom Salt Foot Soak

I can’t tell how excited I am that it is almost sandal season!  I hate the feeling of having my feet contained in shoes and socks all winter long.  I don’t ever remember feeling this way growing up in Minnesota, but I guess after years of living in Florida and California, I got used to sandals every day!

Now is the perfect time to pamper your feet, if you aren’t doing that already.  As the days get longer, it sometimes feels like we get busier and busier.  This soak is perfect for nightly TLC.  Keep on reading!