We are blessed with four beautiful seasons in Minnesota, though many would argue that we only have two: winter and road construction and that neither of those are beautiful. And I will agree, of the four, winter is my least favorite. I mean, I love the beauty of the first snow fall, the way it perfectly coats the trees, and there’s nothing better than a cozy white Christmas, but come December 26th, I am about ready for old man winter to pack his bags. To me, the real beauty of winter is that it allows for new beginnings and quiet possibly my favorite of seasons; spring! But then, maybe spring is my favorite because it leads to summer- yeah I think summer is the favorite. They all just have so many wonderful things to offer! For your enjoyment, if I had to rank them my ranking would go: 1. Summer 2. Spring 3. Fall 4. Winter. (Fall only lands in that pecking order because it leads to my least favorite- winter, but boy is fall a beautiful, colorful time! And I can guarantee you my husbands favorite season. *Ahem* Hunting Season.) Read more
When your husband says “This is the best french onion soup I’ve ever had” you take a picture and share your recipe.
I often do “research” on a recipe I want to make, incorporating a bunch of different recipes (to modify for nutrients, quality of ingredients, and what we have on hand etc.), so when I hit the nail on the head, meaning it’s husband and toddler approved, I figure I better write it down! This recipe was so simple to make in the crockpot, with only a few ingredients! And let me tell you– I. Like. Simple. So when I say simple, I mean simple! This recipe fits the bill! Read more
When you are expecting, people will talk your ear off with information, advice, and one liners like “sleep while you can” [eye roll] but there are some things people just don’t talk about before you have a child that I think should be talked about! Here are 5 things I wasn’t aware of when it comes to having a baby that I wish someone would have told me about…. Read more
I am a big believer that starting your day with some personal development for the mind, body, and soul is so important to set the tone for the rest of your day. Exercise for me has always been an important part to my day, especially in the mornings. There is just something about getting your blood pumping and releasing all those endorphins in the morning before you tackle the rest of the day! But lets face it, finding the time as a mom can be nearly impossible. And then to have the energy to tackle a long work out… you can forget it most days! I needed to find something that I could do in a shorter time frame but that was still effective. In walks the Tabata workout! I had done these workouts before in a group setting at the gym, as an hour long class. And while those classes rocked, an hour of Tabata is so awesome, it turns out just a few minutes of raising your heart rate can be equally as effective for releasing endorphins and boosting your mood for the entire day! And while you may think that you couldn’t possibly get the same results as hitting the gym for an hour, you will be pleasantly surprised to find out you can actually get better results in a shorter amount of time! Studies show that doing HIIT (High intensity interval training) such as Tabata can actually give you more improvement in aerobic and anaerobic results than working out at a moderate level for an hour! Less time- same or better results? I’m in! Keep on Reading!
I like to start my morning with a routine that sets the tone for the rest of my day. Part of that routine is drinking a cup of tea to fuel my body with essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. In the winter months, this is especially helpful to add an armor of protection against all the bugs and viruses that come our way in Minnesota. I am not a huge fan of conventional tea however (not for a lack of trying though), so I drink a DIY “tea” that still has many (if not more) health benefits, and it’s one I enjoy drinking! Keep on reading!
Elderberries are one berry that certainly do not get enough attention! They have a multitude of health benefits that date back to Native American use, and they have just as many ways to consume them! Read more