Jan 26, 2015

Top 5 15 Min Snacks and Appetizer Easy and Crowd Pleasing Recipes and Ideals

Bacon wrapped Pickles with spicy cajun mayo recipe at Abbey's Kitchen
I won't be hosting a super bowl party, but I do love a good snack recipe.  At this time of year I always hear a ton of great ideals for snacks that gets me wanting to make some.  When I have hosted a party in the past I've found way to many interesting appetizers to make that sounded easy at first....until it came down to making all of them at the same time!  Now that I'm older and wiser I know that with appetizers it's best to keep it simple.  Which is why I'm sure you will love my favorite appetizers too.

Jan 11, 2015

The Super Food You've Probably Never Heard of: Spirulina

40 vitamins and minerals high in protein GLA calcium Iodine
image from Functional Foods
When I first started this blog 4 years ago, I was starting to learn about nutrition and natural health for the first time.  I read many books on natural health from many different angles (endocrinology, skin care, general, anti ageing, etc.) and often the wonder of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other newly discovered natural substances sounded so good and necessary I found myself slowly taking so many supplements I looked like I was a sick patient taking medication constantly.  My brother in law opened our cabinet to get a glass at Thanksgiving and couldn't help but say "whoa that's a lot of vitamins."  It got to be too much to take and costly since I was only buying high quality non synthetic supplements. 

Dec 31, 2014

Top 10 Weight Loss Tips (Based on Science)

 Photo By Mike Baird/Courtesy Flickr
I can't help but think about New Years resolutions this time of year along with the rest of the world.  And of course losing weight and getting in shape is always at the top of most peoples list.  It's on the top of mine too this year too!  Shortly after started this blog I really was eating super duper clean, taking supplements, and working out for the first time in my life.  Since then like I'm sure most of you can relate to I've had things come up in my life that has taken my focus away from that and now I find myself struggling to get back to my good habits.

Dec 26, 2014

DIY Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

DIY Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

I've never been really great with cleaning my brushes, in fact I'd be embarrassed to tell you how little I do.  In place of washing my brushes frequently and to disinfect them regularly I came up with an ideal I thought would be really clever. I put rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spray it on my brushes then lightly swiped my brushes across tissue and let it air dry.  After finally washing my brushes after going a few months (gasp!  I know) of just spaying my brushes with alcohol after every use, I realized my brushes had tiny bits of makeup that had dried from my spraying into little dots stuck to the brushes.  Or in other words the alcohol had turned the powder to a liquid which dried in droplets on the hairs.  Well let's just say that was a pain in the but to clean and my brushes lost it's shape after not having been washed for so long. 

Dec 23, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn Recipe (Gluten Free, great for gifts, potlucks, and parties)

This chocolate peanut butter popcorn is so easy to make from home!  This popcorn is perfect for movie night, game day, or any day really.  I know I could eat a big bowl every day.  It's super addicting!  :)  Not a fan of peanut butter?  No problem just substitute it with almond butter.