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Dry Skin No More!

Wow. I was at the gym working out, and I looked down to see hands that weren’t bleeding, peeling, or ultra dry. This is HUGE!!! I have always always always suffered from dry skin issues, especially in the winter… and that was back in Pennsylvania where there was some humidity in the air. Here I am in a high-desert, in Colorado, and my skin looks great! Holy Moly!!!

What did I do? Well I didn’t actually intend to seek help for my dry skin. But what I happened to do – was to seek help for my food allergies by healing and sealing the gut… Leaky Gut that is.

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Featured Content, Head Space

Money and Stress

According to the American Psychological Association, “money has been the top cause of stress… since 2007” (Prahl). And according to the Dave Ramsey website “The number one issue couples fight about is also a topic many couples avoid discussing — money” (Cole). And truthfully, I’m certain you aren’t that surprised to hear these statistics.

money and stress

I really don’t think I have to substantiate why we are discussing the connections between debt and stress. But I would like to empower us with the real mental health effects of debt. And ways to overcome both the mental health aspect, as well as strategies for shedding those financial shackles.

So how can we get on top of these tough issues? How can we avoid the stress that we feel surrounding money, finances, and spending?

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strawberry granola bars
Featured Content, Recipes

Make Ahead Strawberry Granola Bars

These strawberry granola bars are SO easy to make – and they freeze well if you cut them into portions and wrap them in plastic wrap. I like to store these in the freezer in a Tupperware container, after wrapping them. I pull them out in the morning while I pack the kids for school or in our hiking packs, and they are thawed by lunchtime! They also keep well, so if I pull them out and don’t eat them I found even 3-4 days later they were still yummy!

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Breakfast Baked Oatmeal
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Make Ahead Breakfast Baked Oatmeal

As a native to Pennsylvania, the Dutch foods I grew up with have followed me to Colorado. And this is definitely one of our absolute favorite recipes. I usually make 2 batches of this classic “Breakfast Baked Oatmeal” – freeze one, and bake one!

This Make Ahead Breakfast Baked Oatmeal freezes wonderfully, or you can allow it to sit overnight in your fridge, or you can go ahead and make it right away! This recipe is naturally vegan too!

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breakfast sandwiches for the freezer
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Breakfast Sandwiches for the Freezer

Ski season is upon us, which for us means we leave the house at the crack of dawn, and need some substantial energy for a long day on the slopes. For you this might mean you need fuel to get you through your work day, or through your kids school day, or your kids sports schedules. Whatever “ski season” looks like to you, I have the perfect make-ahead, healthy and sustaining, breakfast solution: Breakfast sandwiches from the freezer.

These incredible breakfast sandwiches can even be a simple crowd pleaser for breakfast or brunch! Hey, I think I’ll be making these for our homeschool group next week, thanks for the great idea!! 😉

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Featured Content, Recipes

Big Batch Spaghetti Sauce

I absolutely LOVE cooking spaghetti sauce in my 18-qt electric roaster. Side note – I use my roaster for so many glorious meals! Thanksgiving turkey – frees up my oven and cooks the most succulent, soft, juicy bird – YES PLEASE! I also love cooking soup and chili for a big party! Imagine how often you use your crock pot – and then think “what if I had 3 crock pots for that delicious food… and wala… you discover the electric roaster. Ok – back to the Spaghetti Sauce recipe!

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winter squash soup
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Best winter squash soup

Fast, Easy, Butternut Squash Soup is a winter favorite of our little ones as well as daddy and I.

I love soup anytime the temperature outside is below 40°F. It’s so warm, comforting, and nourishing. I especially love winter squash soup. The butternut squash turns out so creamy, thick, and soothing. Ahh, I could go on and on.

I adapted this recipe from a friend a few years ago. I’ve had plenty of time to tweak it and I wanted to share it with you – especially my keto, paleo, vegetarian, and vegan friends! And you too busy moms! This is essentially ready in 30 minutes!

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Featured Content, Health, Skincare

How can you help your Skin Microbiome and stop skin problems?

This is part 3 of our Skin series. If you didn’t get a chance to checkout part 1 or part 2, I encourage you to do that. Don’t worry, I’ll wait…

Let’s dive into your skin…

In part 3 of our skin series, we are going to really take a look at some key questions, questions that are truly going to impact your skin for the better! Lets outline these questions, and you can use the bullet points below to click and read what is most important to you.

So what are you going to do to keep your skin microbiome healthy?

  • What could a detox do for your skin?
  • How can hydration impact your complexion?
  • How do probiotics affect skin problems?
  • What symptoms should I be looking for?
  • How does what I eat impact my skin?

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Featured Content, Health, Skincare

Skin comes from the inside: foods for healthy skin

I love this quote from the authors of Discovering the link between nutrition and skin aging: “Beauty comes from the inside.Its scientific. So how can we aim for beauty, for smooth skin, moisturized lips, and hands, and a glowing complexion, and ignore the science? Nutrition plays a huge role in the way our inner body looks on the outside. So what are the best foods you can eat for your skin? Let’s break down the science & answer this question…

Join our Series on Skin this week: Part 2…

click here if you missed Part 1

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Dry Winter Skin

Does the winter just wreck your skin?

For example,  I used to actually BLEED. My hands would get so dry. And my elbows? they were scratchy year-round. But I have to admit, though I live in a high dessert, my skin isn’t as dry as it used to be.

That’s not the climate talking – that’s a healthy body’s response to a dry climate.

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