3 Feb

We have recently been trying a company called Greenling. Let me just go ahead and say it is wonderful! I specifically like their Meal Kits. They have Meal Kits from Engine 2, which those of you who know me, know I LOVE Engine 2 recipes. Anyway, You order the kit, it has 5 meals in it, everything is already chopped and cut up and ready to cook. Last night we had Portobello Fajitas and it took me 10 minutes to fix. I didn’t have to cut anything just throw it all together and tadah! Dinner is served!!!

Check it out for yourself!


Young Living Oils

3 Feb

So I have a friend that has been teaching me about Essential Oils to replace meds. Thought I would share this list of natural remedies through oil. We are trying to get as many chemicals out of our systems, so we are trying some of these things out. I do not know yet if these work, but will keep you posted as we try new things out!

Here is a list I found that specifies what to use for what:

Make the Switch!
Do you wish you had an all-natural home and lifestyle?
Young Living has over 400 all-natural, organic, 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils, supplements, and personal care products. Once you begin “reforming” your medicine cabinet and switching to all-natural products and essential oils, you’ll wonder why in the world you didn’t make the switch earlier! The essential oils listed in this post only refer to therapeutic grade essential oils. Lower quality oils are often toxic and not suitable for medicinal use, so I only recommend Young Living, a company whose products I trust!
Mom’s Natural First Aid Chart:
We used to use: Benadryl, Antihistamines
Now we use: Purification, Copaiba, or Lavender
We used to use: Aloe Vera , burn ointment
Now we use: Lavender or Lavaderm Spray
We used to use: Nyquil, Vick’s, Robitussin, Tylenol Cold
Now we use: R.C., Raven, Thieves, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thieves Lozenges, Inner
Defense (softgels), ImmuPower, Super C (chewable tablets), ImmuPro (chewable tablets), Super
B (supplement), Frankincense
We used to use: Lysine
Now we use: Melrose, Melissa, or Geranium (And still use Lysine)
We used to use: Antibacterial creams and sprays
Now we use: Lavender or Geranium
We used to use: Benadryl cream
Now we use: Lavender, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Rose ointment
We used to buy: Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen
Now we use: Peppermint (several drops on soles of feet)
We used to buy: Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, or Excedrin Migraine
Now we use: Peppermint, M-Grain, Deep Relief, or PanAway
We used to use: Tum’s, Rolaids
Now we use: AlkaLime (powder), Lemon
We used to use: Off
Now we use: Palo Santo, Peppermint, Cedarwood, or Purification
We used to use: Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Midol
Now we use: Dragon Time, Lady Sclereol, Frankincense, Clary Sage
We used to use: Advil, Icy Hot, Aspercream
Now we use: PanAway, Peppermint, Deep Relief, Ortho Sport Massage Oil, Ortho Ease
Massage Oil, Idaho Balsam Fir, Copaiba, Wintergreen
We used to use: Count Sheep
Now we use: RutaVala, SleepEssence (softgel), Dream Catcher, Sandalwood, Spikenard,
Peace & Calming, Valor, or Lavender
We used to use: Pepto-Bismol, Alka-Seltzer, Zantac, Imodium, various other brands
Now we use: Di-Gize, Peppermint, Ginger, Life 5 (probiotic), 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse
(kit), Cleansing Trio (kit)
We used to use: Benadryl, Actifed, Sudafed, Claritin
Now we use: R.C., Raven, Thieves, Peppermint, Frankincense, Harmony and Valor (Used in
combination: Harmony on sternum and valor on bottom of feet), Super C
We used to use: Throat sprays and various sugar-coated lozenges
Now we use: Thieves Lozenges, Thieves Mouthwash, Thieves spray, Lemon, Peppermint
The Common Scents Mom created this easy to reference “first aid chart” to help get you started. Sharing here with permission from the author. If you are interested in purchasing these oils or becoming a distributor there is more information on my Young Living Essential Oils page.
The information provided here is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician.

California Pizza Kitchen!

24 Aug

This salad gets the JustMeJenD award for Best New Restaurant Salad!! It’s sooooo good! If you haven’t tried it, it’s a must try! Check it out and let me know what you think.

Roasted Vegetable Salad
Roasted artichoke hearts, asparagus, Japanese eggplant, red & yellow peppers, corn and sun-dried tomatoes, served warm over Romaine lettuce tossed in homemade Dijon balsamic vinaigrette. Topped with fresh avocado. Gluten-Free.

Quick Cilantro Lime Rice

12 May

Make Cilantro Lime Rice in a hurry!


Quick Spiral Pasta Dump

5 Apr

So one night we got home later than expected and I just needed to throw something together for the fam.  They love it.  The leftovers can also be done cold in lunches or picnics.


The following ingredients can be canned, fresh or frozen, you decide. 🙂

1 box Spiral Whole Grain (or Brown Rice) Pasta

1 can Corn or a couple of ears

1 can/package Black Beans… or whatever your favorite kind works (make sure you rinse well if canned.)

2 Diced Tomatoes or 1 large can diced tomatoes

2 packets Dry Italian Dressing

2 bundles or 1 container of Fresh Spinach (I say fresh because I personally don’t care for frozen.)

Olive Oil or Grape Seed Oil

Variations: Add Artichoke Hearts, Broccoli, Sugar Snap Peas, whatever you have on hand. You can also add olives if you like.


Cook Spiral pasta as directions on the package say.  Strain and Rinse.  Put back in the hot pot and add corn and beans (and whatever other veggies you want to add) Cook until heated.  Then add Tomatoes and Spinach.  Cook just until the tomatoes are warm, but not enough that the spinach starts breaking down (at that point you are losing a ton of the nutritional value.) Pull off of the stove and add Dry Italian Dressing and Drizzle with oil and serve.

Easy enough! There is your quick dinner dump!!

Brands, Shopping Tips and Random Things I have learned

2 Apr

Pancakes: Arrowhead Mills Multi grain pancake mix (can add blueberries, if you like).. There is a coupon on the link!

Chips: ChipIns Sea Salt (the other flavors have sugar or milk in them)

Fruit Snacks: Simply by Fruit Roll Ups

Chocolate Craving: get dark Chocolate made of 72%Cocoa or higher (for treat, not all the time)

Salsa: Joe T’s Salsa (just look for no sugar in the ingredients) You can find it in most grocery stores in TX

Canned Foods: watch for sugar, everything from beans to tomatoes have sugar in them.  It’s just learning which ones don’t add sugar.  It’s not hard to find without, you just have to know enough to look.

Smoothies: Naked brand makes some good products without artificial sugar or high fructose corn syrup, my kids even love the Green Drink!

Breads/Tortillas: buy whole grain instead of whole wheat.  The more something is processed the more nutritional value it looses.

Supplements: if you are going vegan (no meat/dairy) you will need vitamin B12.  You can find it in a multivitamin, so make sure to take your vitamins. 🙂

Inflammation: Inflammation causes a lot of harm in your body (for more info google inflammation and insulin levels.) Watch out for sugar in the products you buy.  If you do not typically look at the ingredient lists in products you will be shocked.  There are quite a few products that just buying a different brand can mean not introducing more sugar into your body.  Ex: applesauces, canned/jared products, snack items, cereals, etc.

Substitutions: Instead of oil bake with applesauce, use milk substitutes instead of milk, you can use raw agave nectar in place of sugar

Sugar substitutes: Raw Agave Nectar: use “raw” so that the agave nectar is not cooked in the process.  Once it is cooked it becomes like sugar and spikes you insulin more than it does when raw.  Stevia is the best substitute for a sweetener.   It is a plant, I like the taste of the liquid more than the powder form.  You can add it to a glass of lemon water to make lemonade with out the sugar.  Raw Agave Nectar works well in cereals, on pancakes, in coffee, etc it still spikes your insulin a little so be careful.

Hemp Seeds: I add these to almost everything we eat.  They contain a high volume of protein for how much you consume.  They have a little bit of a nutty flavor, but you can not hardly taste them in flavorful dishes.  I add them to the burritos, pastas, and rice and you hardly notice they are there.

What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain –

2 Apr

Leon Pereira PhD, Psychologist, Kaneohe, Hawaii

Overeating, poor memory formation, learning disorders, depression – all have been linked in recent research to the over-consumption of sugar. And these linkages point to a problem that is only beginning to be better understood: what our chronic intake of added sugar is doing to our brains

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