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Airport Travel and Germs, Should you be Concerned?

During the cold season, you probably only pay attention to the person who is visibly sick and keep your distance from them, but certain surfaces at the airport contain substantially larger bacteria colonies than other areas. (You may not be able to see them, but they are there!) It is normal for bacteria to be everywhere, but it’s the bad bacteria that we need to be more aware of and can make you ill.

Studies were conducted by the website Travelmath, the University of Nottingham in England, and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare to collect samples of surfaces both in the airport and in the airplane.

Most people would think that the toilet would be the biggest offender, but surprisingly it is not.  When using the restroom, most people are careful with what they touch and follow up with washing their hands with warm soapy water. Where else are these bad bacteria hiding? Continue reading Airport Travel and Germs, Should you be Concerned?

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One simple answer for beautiful, radiant, skin… Exfoliate

Have you ever felt like your skin was just there?  Not glowing, soft or toned but it functioned well by covering your body lol.

Well believe it or not the simple truth is all you need to do is exfoliate.

What is Exfoliating?

  • The short and sweet of it is the process of removing dead dried skin cells from the surface of our body.
  • Deep cleansing of your pores
  • Smooths the skin’s surface

Why should we exfoliate?  The golden question.

  • Eliminates infected and clogged pores
  • Smooths the texture of the skin
  • Minimizes whiteheads (we don’t want those, right?)
  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Radiant, softer skin (that’s all I need to know)
  • Fades dark spots
  • Allows moisture to penetrate deeply hydrating the skin
  • Reduces fine lines

Okay, so I got your attention and you’re ready to learn more.  The beauty of it all is that exfoliating is a simple and quick step to add to your routine. Continue reading One simple answer for beautiful, radiant, skin… Exfoliate

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Have you heard all the Buzz about Fermented Sauerkraut?

Fermented Sauerkraut seems to be all the rage right now.   Actually, cultured kraut has been around for thousands of years.  it’s just now coming back into the limelight and for good reasons.

Benefits of Consuming Fermented Sauerkraut

  • Contains larger quantity of vitamins than raw cabbage
  • Improves your digestion and overall health
  • Live micros increase absorption of nutrients
  • Antioxidants, enzymes, probiotics
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Strengthens Bones –  due to vitamin K2
  • Improves brain function

It is super easy and cost-effective to make sauerkraut.  Here is a simple recipe to get you started making your own. Continue reading Have you heard all the Buzz about Fermented Sauerkraut?

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Yes, It is Important to Eat Cod Fish

If you are currently not eating wild-caught fish like cod, you are missing out on another great form of good protein.  The more varied your diet the greater the spectrum of nutrients you are consuming.

Cod Contains

  • B Vitamins – Energy, Healthy Nerves, Improves Cardiovascular System
  • Phosphorus – Cell Health, Energy, Maintain Bodies Chemical Balance
  • Selenium – Creates antioxidants, Boosts Immune System
  • Omega 3 – Reduces risk of heart disease, Stroke, Forms of Dementia

Continue reading Yes, It is Important to Eat Cod Fish

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Is There More Than One Way to Make Pickles?


It’s that time of the year when pickling cucumbers are abundant. Maybe your garden is providing you with a bumper crop, a friend has shared a bunch with you, or you purchased some from your local farmer.

However, how many can you eat fresh before they start to spoil?

Okay, so you have decided you want to make pickles. Is there more than one way to make pickles? Yes!

3 Ways to preserve pickles

  1. Canning
  2. Quick Pickles – Vinegar Pickles
  3. Fermenting

Continue reading Is There More Than One Way to Make Pickles?

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Why use Young Living Essential Oils?

When first getting into essential oils, the question arises: where does one begin?  There are many essential oils available in stores and online.  Is there really a difference in brands?  YES, not all brands are created equal.

Young Living is the world leader in Essential Oils and Oil Infused Products.  They are setting the industry standard for quality with over two decades of innovation.

Young Living is the only essential oil company that has a pain cream and acne cream infused with essential oils.  Even better, they have a whole line of oil infused supplements:

  • Skin care
  • Makeup
  • Infant care

And they have over 200 essential oils.

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I didn’t start with Young Living, but I was convinced

In the beginning, I dabbled with a few different companies.  After researching the oils,  it was clear that there are many reasons for choosing Young Living.

My family can say that they have experienced positive effects from using Young Living essential oils. We always have the diffuser going, an essential oil rack for easy access right in the kitchen, foaming soap dispensers with essential oils, supplements, and rollerballs throughout the house.

Every month I order a few products that replace toxic ones that I use.  The truth is, you can buy many products that you regularly use at the store from Young Living.  We all prefer the natural, non-toxic choices.  The added benefit is free products.  My local stores don’t offer that, do yours? Continue reading Why use Young Living Essential Oils?

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Creamy Sauerkraut Dip – Naturally Fermented

Cultured foods play an essential part in a healthy digestive system, and it is vital that more people consume them for their overall health.

Now I know that not everyone loves fermented sauerkraut as much as I do, so with this in mind, I began to brainstorm how to get more individuals to eat sauerkraut.  (Okay, just for the record I genuinely enjoy getting creative)

One day I ended up with more cream cheese than I needed, and I became inspired… Continue reading Creamy Sauerkraut Dip – Naturally Fermented

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Chicken & Dumplings the Healthy Way

This Chicken & Dumpling recipe was specifically created with the Weston A. Price guidelines in mind.  Did you know that by fermenting the dumpling dough overnight makes it easier to digest?    This dish turned out amazing; I’m so happy to share it with you.

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 Quarts filtered/spring water or chicken bone broth
  • 4 to 6 Organic chicken thighs or other cut up pieces
  • 1 to 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tbs. Celtic Sea salt
  • 1 Chopped organic onion
  • 2 Chopped organic celery stalks
  • 3 Chopped organic carrots (rainbow carrots add a nice touch)
  • 1 to 2 Minced organic garlic cloves
  • 2 1/2 Cups stone ground organic spelt flour
  • 1 tbs. Celtic sea salt
  • 2 tbs. Whey
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of filtered/spring water (or use yogurt in place of whey and water)
  • 1/2 Cup organic butter
  • Ground pepper to taste along with any other herb and spices you would like to add

Step by Step

  1. A day in advance,  Continue reading Chicken & Dumplings the Healthy Way
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An Organic Back Balm to Sooth the Muscles that Need it Most

Back-pain can be completely debilitating in even the slightest amounts, we can all agree there.

It’s crucial to find the right cream or balm to apply in order to allow your body to naturally heal itself. Many store-bought creams often act as numbing bandaids where a homemade, organic back balm will provide the right vitamins, minerals, and overall nutrients your body needs without toxic chemicals.

Can you feel the muscles in your back/body?

Continue reading An Organic Back Balm to Sooth the Muscles that Need it Most

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Flavored-Infused Oils for Chefs of All Ages

It’s easy for anybody to make a bottle of flavored infused olive oil as an edible gift or simply to get your chef on.

From cooking to dipping sauces for bread, sandwiches, and snacks of all kinds; it’s safe to say we only touched the surface for the various uses of edible flavored olive oils. There are many uses, such as.

  • Dipping oil for bread
  • Drizzle over cream soup
  • Drizzle over roasted vegetables
  • Add some zip to your popcorn
  • Use on your salad
  • Top off your baked potato
  • Use for making kale chips
  • Top off some flatbread
  • Add extra flavor to your main dish after cooking

Continue reading Flavored-Infused Oils for Chefs of All Ages