Understanding GMO’s and What They Mean To Us

Written by Kari @ Live on Purpose, Contributing Writer Wouldn't it be wonderful if eating healthy didn't have to be so complicated? I love talking to my grandmother, who is 83, and just listening to how different things were so many years ago. Do you know there was a day and time when people just ate. Yep - it was that simple. They grew gardens, they raised cattle, pigs, goats and sheep. They knew how to prolong their winter supply and utilize everything they had so it didn't go to waste. Many … [Read more...]

Easy Hospitality Meal for Every Eater

Written by Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life, Contributing Writer Inviting people into our homes to share meals together seems to be a habit that happens less and less these days. And I get it. It's hard. We're busy. They're busy.  It's true. Practicing hospitality can be a challenge and especially daunting in today's world of Pinterest-perfect idealism (just let it go!). It can also be confusing to plan a meal while taking into consideration potential food allergies and simple food … [Read more...]

Chicken Tortilla Soup With A Kick

  Written by Kari @ Living Strong, Health & Wellness, Contributing Writer It is October and it's officially cooling down enough to try this great recipe, which is perfect for any chilly weather you might experience over these next few months! This belly warming soup is simple, quick and so delicious! All you need is a blender and a stock pot (or slow-cooker) and you're set to make the most amazing tortilla soup you have ever had! You can keep this a mild meal or add some … [Read more...]

Reinventing the Cold Lunch

Written by Kari, Contributing Writer With school starting soon and routines getting back in order, if your child attends school, packing a lunch is a part of that routine. I’m not sure about where you live, but the choices for ‘hot lunch’ are not acceptable at my daughter’s school, so everyday is a ‘cold lunch’ day. I understand the convenience of your child eating hot lunch at school, but the overall consequences are nothing short of disastrous. {photo credit} And no, I’m not … [Read more...]

Real Food on a Budget

Written by Jenn @ A Simple Haven, Contributing Writer Anyone else ringing in the New Year with some kind of detox?  After consuming more sugar and white flour in the past several weeks than I have during the rest of the year, my body is crying out for fruits and veggies. Even if you're not doing anything drastic, maybe you just want make better food choices in 2014--avoid processed stuff, replace some conventionally-grown produce with organic, eat more locally-grown stuff (good luck in … [Read more...]

What’s So Great About a Household Notebook

Written by Jenn, Contributing Writer Several months ago, I came across a few blog posts and videos explaining how to set up a household notebook.  While hardly revolutionary, I had never heard of such a thing. Thank you, interwebs. Since then, I have adopted my own version and don’t know how I’d function without it.  Nearly every piece of paper I regularly need or receive can be contained in my cute little binder from Target. It helps me live more intentionally, be more organized, and … [Read more...]

Organized Meal Planning Made Simple

Written by Kari, Contributing Writer Meal planning has never been one of my favorite activities. I remember when I got married almost 13 years ago the dread I faced every time I went to the grocery store. I never had a plan, I never knew what to get and I had no creativity. My husband was a trooper, because I sure didn’t woo him with my amazing skills in the kitchen. As time went on, I moved from the same ole repeated 5 meals to a broader menu, but I still despised the duty of planning meals … [Read more...]

Simplifying Meal Planning For the New School Year {and a Giveaway!}

Written by Kim, Contributing Writer If we’re honest with ourselves, SAD eating (eating the Standard American Diet of refined, processed, convenience foods) can be pretty easy and comfortable. Healthy eating, in contrast, can seem pretty overwhelming. Planning for three meals a day, from scratch, plus snacks, everyday! How’s a mom to manage it?! I encourage people to break it down. First of all, most families (healthy eaters or not) tend to stick to a limited number of recipes that they use … [Read more...]