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July 27, 2015

8 Great (and Healthy) Homemade Popsicles

By: Leanne Ely I am not a fan of stuffing children with sugar; therefore, my kids rarely got to indulge in those traditional freezer pops many of us grew up with. (When you really break it down, those ice pops are essentially just frozen sugar water with chemicals on top.) But my kids did not… Read more

Tropical Blend Smoothie

July 24, 2015

Cuckoo for coconut water

By: Leanne Ely Like most Paleoistas, I’m nuts about coconuts. Coconuts are relied on quite heavily for those of us following a Paleo lifestyle. I cook with coconut oil, I drink coconut milk and I add coconut water to my daily smoothie. Coconut water is the liquid you find inside a coconut. The water of… Read more

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July 23, 2015

8 Quick Picks for Your Beach Picnic!

By: Leanne Ely Oh lazy, hazy beach days. One of the most wonderful things about summer. And what’s a day at the beach without a cooler full of goodies? But one must be strategic when it comes to packing food for the beach. Because at the beach, there is sand. And hot sun. And wind.… Read more

What's in season-July

July 21, 2015

25 Farmer’s Market Buys – July 2015

By : Leanne Ely This is one of my favorite months to visit the farmers market because all of the things I love (well, almost all of them!) are ripe for the picking. If you don’t know what’s freshest and in season right now, this guide will help. You’ll also get the low-down on why… Read more

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July 20, 2015

16 Summer Salads

By: Leanne Ely I make a meal out of a salad on a regular basis, but especially during the summer. It really is hard not to pile on the fresh vegetables when they’re in season. In case you’re short on salad inspiration, let me share some ideas for you for the summer. There are enough… Read more

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July 17, 2015

​4 Uses for Lavender That You Won’t Believe!

By: Leanne Ely Lavender plants produce vast amounts of pretty and beautifully scented flowers. Not only are these purple flowers a common ingredient in bouquets and potpourri, but lavender flowers (fresh and dried!) are edible. They’ve actually been used in home kitchens since the Middle Ages. My bees love lavender so their honey has a… Read more

Strawberry Banana Smoothie made with fresh Ingredients

July 16, 2015

Poolside snacks for the kids

By: Leanne Ely You get the towels ready, the sunscreen applied, and settle down to enjoy a few minutes of sun while the kids play in the pool only to hear, seconds later, the familiar refrain, “Can I have a snack?” Swimming seems to make children hungrier than anything else, and you can be almost… Read more

Apple Cider vinegar, An apple (Cider Vinegar) a day keeps the doctor away, Apple cider vinegar as medicine

July 14, 2015

An apple (Cider Vinegar) a day keeps the doctor away?

By: Leanne Ely Have you ever wondered where apple cider vinegar comes from? Well, it comes from fermented apple cider. When apple cider ferments, sugar in that cider gets broken down by yeast and bacteria into alcohol. From there, it gets broken into vinegar. Apple cider vinegar, to be exact! In my home, white vinegar… Read more

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July 13, 2015

5 Quick Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Budget

By: Leanne Ely   Navigating the grocery store in this day and age feels like tiptoeing around a minefield. With everything we’re hearing about GMOs, hormones and chemicals in our foods, it makes you wonder if it’s safe to eat anything anymore. In a perfect world, we would all be able to buy everything fair… Read more

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July 9, 2015

Our healthy Costco shopping list

By: Leanne Ely   I’ve been supporting local farmers markets since before it was the trendy thing to do. For years, I’ve been recommending that folks make more of an effort to eat what’s in season, locally. And where you can, it’s always preferred to eat organic. But that being said, it’s unreasonable to think… Read more