Archives for April 2014

The GBG List of Three: Snail Mail, Repurposed Drawer, Apple Cider Vinegar

List of 3

#1 I love getting mail. Everyone in the house knows not to get the mail, that it is my job, because I love it so. The idea of Happy Mail makes me, well, happy.

#2 We now “share custody” of a sweet little miniature schnauzer. My husband’s grandmother moved into assisted living and can’t keep her dog full time. We keep her at night and bring her to the assisted living facility during the day. She is such a sweet dog! (Spoiled too.) I’m thinking I might need to try this darling idea for a repurposed dresser drawer.

#3 I did not know you could make your own apple cider vinegar. Looks like a great way to use up your apple cores!

The newest Pinterest Board I’m Following:

Creative Family Living

The newest Instagram I’m Following:

APrettyCoolLife

What I’m Watching:

Hmmmmm. Interesting…..

TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an expert on ancient diets. So how much of the diet phad the “Paleo Diet” is based on an actual Paleolithic diet? The answer is not really any of it.

Can’t see the video? Head here. And I’d love to hear your comments!

GMO Free Candy List for Easter

gmo-free candy list

Looking for Easter treats that you can feel good about giving this year? This GMO free candy list will leave both you and your kiddos happy this Easter!

Not only are these products GMO free, they all come with high ratings for taste!

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Enjoy Life

If you have kiddos with food allergies, Enjoy Life chocolate bars can be a lifesaver! These candy bars are not only GMO free, but they are free of gluten, wheat, dairy, casein, egg, peanut, tree nut, shellfish, fish, sesame, and soy!

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Surf Sweet

What is Easter without jelly beans? Surf Sweet jelly beans use only 100% natural ingredients. They also contain some fruit juice and 100% of your daily vitamin C.

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Glee Gum

I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t love chewing gum! Glee Gum is GMO free and has no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. It also uses fair trade sugar cane.

Yum Earth Fruit Snacks

YumEarth Organic Fruit Snacks

YumEarth Organic Fruit Snacks are made from real fruit extracts and absolutely no high fructose corn syrup.

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Unreal Chocolate

Unreal Chocolate is an attempt to “unjunk” our junk food. Unreal uses grass-fed dairy in it’s products and does not contain corn syrup or artificial ingredients. That includes no artificial colorings! On top of that, they average 40% less sugar than mainstream brands. If you read the reviews, these chocolate treats get high ratings!

Healthy Egg Salad Recipe with Avocado

Healthy Egg Salad Recipe

This healthy egg salad recipe with avocado has become my go-to lunch! It’s delicious in a pita, tastes great wrapped up in a lettuce leaf, and can be served “inside-out”.

What’s inside-out? Leave out the celery when making the egg salad. Then stuff the egg salad in the celery to serve. Yummy.

This recipe calls for grated red onion. I think it is the key to the salad. It imparts the flavor of the onion but you don’t end up biting into a piece of onion. Know what I mean?

Finally, when it comes to seasoning the salad with salt and pepper, this is my trick.

Healthy Egg Salad Recipe with Avocado

Ingredients

  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mash the hard boiled eggs.
  2. In a second small bowl, mash together the avocado, lemon juice, and red onion.
  3. Stir together the eggs, the avocado mixture, and the chopped celery. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/healthy-egg-salad-recipe/

This healthy egg salad recipe is a great afternoon snack for the kiddos, especially if they have a sport that afternoon. It fills them up without weighing them down.

No ripe avocados at home? Make deviled eggs instead!

The GBG List of Three: Fitbit Flex, Easter Idea, Dinner and More

List of 3

It’s back and better than ever! The GBG List of Three. Three things I love. Three things I want to share.

#1 My Fitbit Flex.

5 of the moms from my daughter’s volleyball team have purchased and are using Fitbits.

Over the last 4 weeks we have been competing with ourselves, as well as with each other.

I’m in love with this device. Until I started wearing it, I would have said that I was active everyday. But I’ve since learned while I’m busy everyday, it doesn’t exactly translate into active.

The Fitbit’s main function is one of a pedometer. You set your own goal for the number of steps you want to get in every day, but the recommended number of steps is 10,000. (check out the site to see everything it can do from tracking calories to tracking sleep)

What I found from wearing my Fitbit is: A day of running errands, cooking, and cleaning did not translate into getting 10,000 steps. So while I thought I was “running around” it turns out I wasn’t running at all!

Not only has it motivated me to move more, but it has been fun to compete with my friends.

How competitive are we? Imagine getting a text at 10:30 at night with a photo of the number of steps your friend took – and it is 10 more than you took.

So they beat you. By 10 steps.

Do you get out of bed and walk a few more steps? (Of course I did!)

#2 Super simple Easter idea. And an FYI: Whole Foods Market has inexpensive organic fruit cups.

#3 I recently served my family this recipe and it received high marks all around. Bonus: It’s a Crockpot recipe. I’d definitely recommend it!

Newest Pinterest Board I’m Following:

Easter and Spring

What I’m watching:

Can’t see the video? Watch it here and see if you can sit still while watching.

 

Happy Sunday All!

Eco Friendly Household Cleaning Products You Can Buy at the Dollar Store

Eco Friendly Cleaning Products You Can Buy at the Dollar Store

Do you think it is expensive to purchase eco friendly household cleaning products?

I recently went to my local dollar store and found you can buy all sorts of eco friendly household cleaning products for just a dollar!

1. Vinegar– The dollar store sells 32 ounce bottles of vinegar. Vinegar is an awesome eco friendly cleaner. If you’ve never used it before, I recommend it for cleaning pots and pans, cleaning toilets, and for cleaning your outdoor living spaces.

2. Baking Soda – At my dollar store, boxes of baking soda were actually priced at only $0.59! Baking soda is another eco friendly cleaner that can be used in so many different ways. Make an all purpose scrub, or make a non-toxic carpet deodorizer.

3. Rags – Ditch the paper towel habit and pick up a stack of rags at the dollar store. My favorite rags are by Scotch Brite and are called Ultra Absorbent Shammy Towels. These suckers can sop up a spill in no time. Toss them in the wash, and they are ready for your next big spill. If you can find these at your dollar store, I highly recommend them.

4. Clothesline – Pick up a clothesline for just a buck and dry your clothes the eco friendly way. With spring here, a clothesline turns into a solar powered, inexpensive, ultra easy way to dry your clothes.

5. Wooden Clothes Pins –  If you invest in a clothesline, you’ll need clothes pins. The dollar store has a bag for just a dollar that will help you get started. Not to mention, clothes pins are handy to have around the house for organization.

6. Scrub Brushes – Replace your sponges with scrub brushes. The dollar store has a large assortment from which to pick. Scrub brushes are excellent for dish doing, tub scrubbing, grout cleaning, carpet stain removal, and patio stain removal.

What eco friendly household cleaning products have you found at your dollar store?

How to Make Deviled Eggs

How to Make Deviled Eggs

Do you know how to make deviled eggs? They are such a quick and easy whole food snack. And this recipe is near impossible to mess up.

There are many variations of deviled egg recipes. This one is a classic. It calls for a combination of mayo, mustard and chives.

If you wish, you can substitute an equal amount of plain Greek yogurt for the mayo. I find I can eat so many of these, that lightening them up with Greek yogurt isn’t always a bad thing.

By the way, I’ve never been able to pipe the filling into the egg white. If you have that talent, it does make for a pretty presentation. However, I find a few shakes of paprika and a few chopped chives can cover up my lack of piping skills!

How to Make Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • 12 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup mayo or may substitute Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, finely chopped
  • optional: paprika

Instructions

  1. Remove egg yolks from eggs.
  2. In a bowl, mash together egg yolks, mayo, salt, and mustard.
  3. Stir in chives and shallots.
  4. Place egg whites on a platter. Use a 1 teaspoon scoop to put yolk mixture into hollows of egg whites.
  5. Optional: Sprinkle eggs with paprika and additional chopped chives
  6. If you prefer a fancier presentation, use a piping bag and pipe filling into egg white hollows.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/how-to-make-deviled-eggs/

Do you ever serve deviled eggs for a snack? They are excellent for an after school snack. Serve them on days when your kiddos have sports practice, and fill them up without weighing them down.

The GBG List of Three: 2048, Bow Scarf, Olive Oils and More

List of 3

It’s back and better than ever! The GBG List of Three. Three things I love. Three things I want to share.

#1 2048 for iPhones or iPad. Or 2048 for your Android device. Best way to kill time. Ever.

Please don’t tell your family I recommended it to you. They’ll blame me when they are eating cereal for dinner and having to walk to baseball practice because you Must. Solve. The. Puzzle!

#2 Learn to Make a Bow Scarf.

This tutorial won’t get used until next Fall, but I felt it was worth a pin on my style board. Elegant + Snuggly = Total Win.

#3 Tom’s Supermarket Picks: Quality Oils at Good Prices. Look no further than your local supermarket for great olive oils at good prices. Is the brand you buy on here? Will you be switching?

Who I’ve discovered on Instagram:

@grandmabetty33

The latest Pinterest Board I’m Following:

Reality Bites

What I’m Watching:

I’ve been using two bread pans. But a cocktail shaker? GENIUS!

Happy Sunday All!