January 25, 2019

We are now in the thick of winter cold and flu season and I have never met anyone who enjoys being sick, I wanted to share some natural remedies that my family uses to help prevent, shorten, and minimize the discomfort of being sick. Here are our top 6. 

1. Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries naturally contain high amounts of Vitamin A,B, & C and it stimulates the immune system. This nutrient packed syrup can be purchased at many health food stores or made at home.We typically give it to the kids at the first sign of sickness or Mattie and I will take it when we feel like we might be coming down with something.  We choose to make our own because the cost is significantly less and tastes WAY better then store bought. You can find the recipe and additional information >>HERE<<  We also make gummies out of our elderberry syrup. You can find the recipe >>here <<

2. Golden Milk

 Golden milk or turmeric tea can assist in a myriad of areas but I typically use it for...

January 18, 2019

This fall off the bone delicious chicken will become a staple in your home as it has in mine. Also included is a simple and nutritious  bone broth recipe that is essential during this cold/flu season. You can add it to soups, stews, casserole, rice...or simply drink it all on its own.

Bone broth is different then stock that you buy at the grocery store. Bone broth is made by cooking the bones for a long period of time. Long enough to release the gelatin, collagen, minerals, and amino acids from the bones. This creates a solid layer on top of the broth when it is cold. Apple cider vinegar is also used  in the making of bone broth. It aids in extracting the minerals from the bones. This is why it is extremely important to be picky on what type of chicken you buy. 

You may be asking yourself, "Why would I even want to make bone broth?" Let's take a look at some of the benefits. According to Siebecker(2005), bone broth is a highly nourishing liquid that is valuable both as food and...

January 11, 2019

I think that we are all aware that staying physically active during pregnancy (or in general) can help with weight gain, so that is not even going to be a topic of discussion today. Instead, we are going to focus on five other benefits of exercise during pregnancy.

  1.  First, exercise during pregnancy has been shown to boost mood and lower blood pressure. During pregnancy, women are especially susceptible to depression. Research shows that 1 in 2 woman report increased depression or anxiety during pregnancy. In a 2012 study by Fernando et. Al. they discovered that physical activity during pregnancy decreased depression, improved mood, and diminished anxiety.  When looking at blood pressure, which can occasionally go up during pregnancy and be a warning sign for preeclampsia, a 2010 study by Stutzman et. Al. showed that simply walking regularly can keep blood pressure from rising during pregnancy

  2. Second, exercise during pregnancy can improve sleep. According to a 201...

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