Get Your Kids Excited To Play Outside Again

Get Your Kids Excited To Play Outside Again

Convincing your child to play outside is often much harder than it should be. If you need new ways to persuade them, our list is a good starting point. Summer is halfway over, and you seem to be running out of ways to convince your kids to go outside and enjoy the nice weather—we know the feeling. Getting kids to do something that’s good for them is like pulling teeth.… Read More »Get Your Kids Excited To Play Outside Again

10 Quiche Recipes That Will Change Your Mind About Quiche!

10 Quiche Recipes That Will Change Your Mind About Quiche!

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Quiche is one of the first vegetarian recipes that I learned how to make.  I was so nervous learning how to make quiche because it looked so fancy! Want to know my recipe for success? Full disclosure: I haven’t quite perfected it, but if you’d seen me when I started learning how to cook you’d agree that I’ve… Read More »10 Quiche Recipes That Will Change Your Mind About Quiche!

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10 Healthy Make Ahead Recipes For Breakfast

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could relax in the morning instead of rushing to make a healthy breakfast? Well, now you can! We gathered 10 healthy make-ahead recipes you can put together for an easy start to your day.  C’mon friend, it’s time to rethink your busy morning! We gathered 10 of our favorite Make-Ahead Breakfast recipes! We know that your time is valuable, so we gathered 10 mouth-watering… Read More »10 Healthy Make Ahead Recipes For Breakfast

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Southern Vegetarian: My Grandmother’s Biscuit and Gravy Recipe Revisited

True or false: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I think it’s the best way to kick off the weekend.  But I don’t always have time for a big breakfast during the workweek.  That’s why I like to take my time on Saturday mornings, before the Farmer’s Market to make a big batch of Biscuits and Gravy. Click HERE to go to the recipe   Why Biscuits… Read More »Southern Vegetarian: My Grandmother’s Biscuit and Gravy Recipe Revisited

How To Stay Focused

How To Get Focused When You Are Distracted: Tips You Can Do Today

Feeling like it’s hard to focus, and your thoughts keep getting away from you? We have some tips on how to find your focus and live your life in the now. Learning how to be mindful and keep your mind from wandering takes some practice, but it’s so worth the effort. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase.… Read More »How To Get Focused When You Are Distracted: Tips You Can Do Today

Must Know Rules for Feeding Horses

Must Know Rules for Feeding Horses

Feeding your horse can involve a lot of worry and wonder, so check out these must-know rules for feeding horses to understand their basic feeding needs. Growing up, I always had horses.  They were part of the family and caring for them was my responsibility. But you must follow some basic rules for feeding them, so you aren’t calling the vet in the middle of the night for costly emergency… Read More »Must Know Rules for Feeding Horses

How To Help Your Indoor Plants Grow

How To Help Your Indoor Plants Grow

Want to get your plants big and bountiful? Follow this quick guide on how to help your indoor plants grow—you don’t want to miss out on these tips! Tired of dry, limp plants? Want your houseplants to look as bountiful as they seem in Pinterest pics and home improvement shows? Then it’s time to do some reading and figure out what you’re not doing that you should and what you… Read More »How To Help Your Indoor Plants Grow

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11 Incredible Proven Benefits of Green Tea

Today we are talking about Green Tea and the benefits for your mind and body. From decreasing your risk for certain types of cancers to helping you lose unhealthy body fat, green tea is a powerhouse. Rich in vitamins and nutrients, Green Tea is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink. Green tea is fighting diseases, helping people to reduce fat, boosting your liver, and even preventing cancer. These… Read More »11 Incredible Proven Benefits of Green Tea

How To Get Your Backyard Ready For Summer

How To Get Your Backyard Ready For Summer

Are you and your backyard ready to party this summer? Get your own little slice of the outdoors prepared for a season of barbecues and birthday parties. You may be done with your spring cleaning, but the tidying doesn’t stop there. After you finish brightening up your indoors, you should look out the window and make plans for your yard. As visions of picnics and cookouts dance through your head,… Read More »How To Get Your Backyard Ready For Summer

Everything To Know Before Moving to a Rural Community

Everything To Know Before Moving to a Rural Community

Before you move to a small town, prepare yourself with need-to-know information. Rural life isn’t the same as urban life—know what changes to expect. Some people want to escape their fast-paced lifestyles and move to the countryside, but before you do, there are a few things you should know. After all, this is a complete lifestyle change. Make the move with ease by reading about everything to know before moving to… Read More »Everything To Know Before Moving to a Rural Community

Tips for Being Stylish On a Budget

Tips for Being Stylish On a Budget

Sometimes it feels like the only way to dress fashionably is to pay unreasonable prices. Follow these tips for being stylish on a budget to debunk this myth. Style can be an exhausting concept to chase; not only do popular fashion trends fluctuate over time, but we can struggle to visualize our personal preferences. When you’re trying to follow changing trends or exploring your style, it can often feel like… Read More »Tips for Being Stylish On a Budget

5 Areas in Your Kitchen That Need Cleaning More Often

5 Areas in Your Kitchen That Need Cleaning More Often

No one likes a dirty kitchen, and people especially don’t like eating in one. Areas like kitchens need cleaning more often than you may think. It’s essential to keep your entire home clean, but the kitchen is the one area we may occasionally do a deep clean. You may think it’s okay to let the kitchen go without cleaning for a while; however, doing so invites harmful bacteria into your… Read More »5 Areas in Your Kitchen That Need Cleaning More Often

10 Smart Tips For Eating Well On A Travel Budget

Knowing when and where you are going to be having your next meal might seem like overkill in the planning, but trust me.  It will save you time and money if you have a plan ahead.  Without it, you might be stuck wandering around looking for food and forced to pay more than you might be comfortable with paying.

5 Apple Pie Recipes

5 Apple Pies That Are Perfect For Your Picnic

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Ready to get outside and enjoy picnics and family gatherings?  We gathered 5 amazing apple pie recipes that will delight your friends and family at your next picnic! 5 Picture Perfect Pies For Your Picnic We rounded up 5 picture-perfect pies for your picnic. I know most of us are ready to get out of the house and… Read More »5 Apple Pies That Are Perfect For Your Picnic

Creative Ideas for an Intimate Backyard Wedding

There’s something very special about a small gathering in a cozy backyard to celebrate a marriage. It’s the perfect way to create a casual and unique wedding Whether planning your own backyard wedding or lending your darling farmette to a couple for the day, using our creative ideas for an intimate backyard wedding is the perfect way to create a day that matches the couple’s vision, full of simplicity, natural… Read More »Creative Ideas for an Intimate Backyard Wedding

How To Craft Your Customized Dog Collar

Have you ever considered using your crafting skills to create your pet’s collar? In this article, we’ll share the best benefits of designing your dog’s collar and how to make one for your best friend. Your dog is a valued member of your family, so why shouldn’t they have a personalized collar? Customized collars can help your furry friends express their personalities while you flex your crafting skills. It’s More… Read More »How To Craft Your Customized Dog Collar

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How To Give Yourself A Fresh Eco-Friendly Manicure At Home

A beautiful Mani-Pedi doesn’t have to mean a trip to the salon.  You can give yourself a fresh eco-friendly manicure with custom sized nail stickers and a few easy steps! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Beautiful Nails Without The Salon A beautiful manicure used to mean making appointments, sitting in the chair with the fumes and… Read More »How To Give Yourself A Fresh Eco-Friendly Manicure At Home

French Onion Soup Gratiné Recipe

French Onion Soup Gratiné Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! French Onion Soup Gratiné! This is one of the most requested recipes from our friends and family. Our French Onion Soup is creamy and topped with layers of crispy cheese! It’s the first thing we crave with the weather starts to cool off and we want to fill our house with the comforting scents of home cooking. … Read More »French Onion Soup Gratiné Recipe

Welcome

Come on In! Tips for Getting the House Ready For Company

The summer months are perfect for inviting people over. Our tips will help you ensure your house is ready for when company knocks at your door. Summertime. The kids are getting off school, more people are traveling again, and you can expect to have some house guests over in the coming months. But after so long without company, your house may seem a little worse for wear. If you’re in… Read More »Come on In! Tips for Getting the House Ready For Company

We Are Accepting Summer 2021 Guest Posting Pitches

Would you like to be featured as a Firefly Guest Blogger? Our guest bloggers receive more exposure for your writing. If you are looking for ways to position yourself as an expert in your niche, guest blogging is key. We are not able to provide compensation at this time, but this will be a great opportunity for contributors to receive exposure to a new audience across the web and all… Read More »We Are Accepting Summer 2021 Guest Posting Pitches

What to do with leftovers

Best Leftover Makeover Recipes

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet It seems like no matter if I’m cooking for 2 or 20, we always have leftovers in the refrigerator. But what’s the best way to use up leftovers?  Make something completely new! People throw-away so much food! Sometimes they make too much, don’t like how it turned out, or just don’t like leftovers. If you are like me… Read More »Best Leftover Makeover Recipes

How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Whenever you spend time inside a house or building, are you conscious of the possible air toxin exposure? It’s important to find natural solutions to make the air you breathe as healthy as possible If you want to improve your indoor air quality, you need to decrease common toxins and increase air purifiers in your home. Otherwise, breathing indoor air toxins can cause chronic respiratory issues, headaches, fatigue and other… Read More »How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Tips for Creating the Perfect Guest Bathroom

Tips for Creating the Perfect Guest Bathroom

Welcoming guests is always a treat, but not when your guest bathroom isn’t up to snuff. Our tips will help you create the perfect guest bathroom. There’s nothing quite like having company stay over. You exchange stories and create memories. But the course of hospitality never did run smooth. Finding ways to create welcoming guest spaces while remaining frugal can be tricky, especially when it comes to tough-to-decorate spots like… Read More »Tips for Creating the Perfect Guest Bathroom

Hot Honey Buttered Shrimp

We are getting wicked in the kitchen today with our Hot Honey Buttered Shrimp recipe! This zesty recipe can be kicked up for more heat or toned down for a satisfying savory flavor.  Served over white rice, salad, or wrapped up in a fluffy tortilla, these buttery shrimp have just the right heat, smoke, and lemony tang to make your mouth happy! Recipe Please! This is one of our favorite… Read More »Hot Honey Buttered Shrimp

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Smokey Shrimp Seasoning Recipe

Our Smokey Shrimp seasoning is my go-to seasoning for the grilling season!  Sprinkle on dry shrimp and rub it in for a great grilling rub,  add it as a marinade, or top pasta… it’s great for everything! If you can get it, we LOVE adding a little dash of Chili Lime Seasoning to this mix for a little tartness too! (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate… Read More »Smokey Shrimp Seasoning Recipe

Why Cutting Ties With Subscriptions Is The Best Thing You Can Do in 2021

Subscription boxes, subscription television, even subscription groceries are all contributing to over-spending and clutter! This is the year to cut ties with subscription services and reclaim control of your money and space! Last year, 2020, we found ourselves housebound, bored, and subscriptions like Cratejoy, Disney+, Stitch Fix, BirchBox soared in popularity.  It was fun to get boxes delivered with surprises inside that fulfilled our shopping addictions and gave us something… Read More »Why Cutting Ties With Subscriptions Is The Best Thing You Can Do in 2021

Popular and Productive Pollinators in America

3 Most Popular and Productive Pollinators in America

Have you thanked your local pollinators recently? Learn who’s responsible for our flourishing crops with this list of the most popular pollinators in America. Spring is here, and with it comes a colorful array of flowers and crops. Are you excited to add fresh and vibrant strawberries to your spring shopping list? Maybe when the weather is nice, you can fire up the grill with our Stuffed Poblano Pepper recipe… Read More »3 Most Popular and Productive Pollinators in America

10 Power Packed Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies For Health! We have another great set of power-packed smoothies that are full of healthy and delicious ingredients that feed your body vitamins, probiotics, and energy-building ingredients. Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Image Credit: milkandpop.com What is [Term], and Why Does it Matter? Some readers may have no idea what it is you’re explaining how to do. Obviously, if what you’re writing… Read More »10 Power Packed Smoothie Recipes

Wacky Summer Holidays Everyone Can Enjoy

Wacky Summer Holidays Everyone Can Enjoy

You don’t want to miss fun opportunities. There is a great variety of wacky summer holidays everyone can enjoy that probably fly under your radar every year. We’re all too familiar with the big, and sometimes stressful, popular summer holidays. Fun summertime holidays can sometimes feel like serious business. Just look at the craziness of organizing a Fourth of July party or the difficult task of entertaining the kids during… Read More »Wacky Summer Holidays Everyone Can Enjoy

Digital Minimalism

How To Embrace Digital Minimalism

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet The way we consume information has changed how we think, react to other people, and even deal with stress.  When we are online, our heads are filled with vast amounts of information, clutter, and distraction.  But what if we embraced a minimalist view about our time online? Take a step back for a moment and look at all… Read More »How To Embrace Digital Minimalism

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7 Tips For Caring For Senior Dogs

Senior dogs are a blessing and deserve to have every day feel like their best. That’s why we spend so much time trying to help dogs like our girl, Wynter, to live free from pain and as healthy as possible. Senior dogs require different care than younger dogs, which means changing their diets, tending to their bodies’ needs, and making sure they are getting the right kind of exercise. For… Read More »7 Tips For Caring For Senior Dogs

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10 Inspiring Brunch Recipes

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Why do I love what I do? Believe me, there are MANY reasons, but one answer would definitely be the food! My husband and I are serious Foodies!  And Brunch is one of our favorite meals of the week!  Every Sunday we have Brunch together, along with our adult children, to catch up and slow down together. Best… Read More »10 Inspiring Brunch Recipes

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Gardening For Wellness and Traditions

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet My garden is my sanctuary from the world. I meditate through the work that I do, thrive with each new leaf, and carry the memory of each season’s lessons.  Gardening is therapy and good medicine. I love passing down the traditions that I’ve carried with me from my Great-Grandparents and sharing them with my children and grandchildren is… Read More »Gardening For Wellness and Traditions

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10 Tasty Spring Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies have been around for a long time.  But we have seen a great trend towards making them healthier and serve multiple purposes to improve heath. After writing our Air Fryer Snacks post, I realized that we had to do some smoothie posts for those of you who have a new blender or looking to improve your health with a simple daily treat. Using our Vitamix saves me so much… Read More »10 Tasty Spring Smoothie Recipes

How Dogs Help Sniff the Dry Rot in Your Home

How Dogs Help Sniff the Dry Rot in Your Home

Find out how dogs help sniff the dry rot in your home. You can train your dogs to help you maintain your home and preserve its structural integrity. Dog owners already know that their canine companions are amazing. Dogs think in different ways than humans, and while you know Max isn’t quite as smart as you, dogs can do things you simply cannot. Dogs have more than 300 million olfactory… Read More »How Dogs Help Sniff the Dry Rot in Your Home

The Benefits of Boarding Your Dog

The Benefits of Boarding Your Dog

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet There are tons of benefits to leaving your dog with a dog boarding service! With these boarding benefits, find the best service to fit you and your pup’s needs. Dog boarding sounds like such a scary term—but it doesn’t have to be! The age of dog boarders that lock your precious puppy in a kennel all day is… Read More »The Benefits of Boarding Your Dog

Critical Reasons To Walk Your Dog

Caring for Your Pet: Critical Reasons To Walk Your Dog

Making sure your canine gets its daily walk is essential to its mental and physical health. Daily walks also give the two of you time to bond! Taking your four-legged friend out for a walk provides more than just exercise or bathroom breaks, though both are benefits of it; there are countless critical reasons to walk your dog. It allows for mental stimulation and socialization. As you and your furry friend enjoy long… Read More »Caring for Your Pet: Critical Reasons To Walk Your Dog

Why Beekeeping Is an Awesome Hobby

Why Beekeeping Is an Awesome Hobby

Where some people see claustrophobia and noise, those who understand why beekeeping is an awesome hobby know how it benefits the planet and so much more. Beekeeping enthusiasts are the first to tell you that the hobby is not for everyone. From the outside, surrounding yourself in a swarm of bees can look overwhelming. But for people who want to help the planet, beautify their gardens, strengthen their income, and… Read More »Why Beekeeping Is an Awesome Hobby

Tips For Feeling Better After The Covid Vaccine

Got The Covid Vaccine? Tips For Feeling Better Quickly

Before you get your Covid shot, we have a few things you might want to have at home to feel better quickly.  Our family just got our Covid vaccine, and here is what we discovered really helped our recovery. Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Don’t be scared! A lot of people, myself included, are a little nervous about this new vaccine.  There is… Read More »Got The Covid Vaccine? Tips For Feeling Better Quickly

Ways To Bring Personality Into Your Home

Ways To Bring Personality Into Your Home

Struggling to decorate? Add your own personal twist to your home design and décor. Here, we’ll explore different ways to bring personality into your home. This post contains affiliate links that help bloggers like myself to earn a living without costing you a penny. Support your favorite bloggers by shopping their links. Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Designing a new home or renovating… Read More »Ways To Bring Personality Into Your Home

What to plant in an aromatherapy garden.

What To Plant in an Aromatherapy Garden

Aromatherapy is loaded with benefits, and it starts in your own backyard. Here, we offer suggestions for what to plant in your aromatherapy garden. Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet This post contains affiliate links that help bloggers like myself to earn a living without costing you a penny. Support your favorite bloggers by shopping their links. Aromatherapy is a perfect, natural way to… Read More »What To Plant in an Aromatherapy Garden

How to practice self-care

How To Practice Self-Care As A Women Over 40

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Whether you’ve had a rough week or just feel like you need a reset before Monday knocks on your door, taking time on the weekend to care for yourself is nothing you should apologize for. There are many myths surrounding self-care. From “it’s selfish” to “I need to carve out a whole day for myself” to “I don’t… Read More »How To Practice Self-Care As A Women Over 40

Best Vegetarian Passover Recipes For Your Family Seder

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Passover begins March 27th at Sunset and ends April 4th.  That means many Jewish families, like mine, are busy collecting recipes, cleaning out our pantries, and cooking ahead for the big holiday week. For Vegetarians, this can be a complex holiday, and it stirs up a lot of crazy conversations around the seder table.  We collected our favorite… Read More »Best Vegetarian Passover Recipes For Your Family Seder

Resetting our focus

Spring Reset! Ways to refresh your mind and home

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Does anyone else feel like they are done with winter and need a reboot?  Thank G*d, Spring is finally here! This weekend I was outside, starting some seeds for this year’s garden, and I just realized how much I really need to refresh my soul and reboot my state of mind. This has been a really long winter.… Read More »Spring Reset! Ways to refresh your mind and home

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The Benefits Of Writing About Your Cancer Experience

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet In 2017, we published a great article by a young writer that inspired many and had a few of you asking where is she now! Today we have an update from Sam Rose and her story of what she’s doing after beating cancer. I hope you enjoy and follow her journey! ~Crysta Finding Benefits In Writing About A… Read More »The Benefits Of Writing About Your Cancer Experience

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10 Delectable Pie Recipes To Make Ahead For Pi Day

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Pi Day = Pie Day! Y’all, I openly admit, I love goofy holidays.  And Pi Day has been a family tradition since I married my nerdy husband.  I love fun days where you can dress up, decorate, make fun food, and change up your routine.  and Pi day means we try to find as many ways to eat… Read More »10 Delectable Pie Recipes To Make Ahead For Pi Day

DIY Spa Gift Basket

DIY Spa Gift Basket Ideas and Recipes

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Making yourself a priority sounds great, but is usually set on the back-burner for most people. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, fitting in time for yourself seems almost impossible. Nonetheless, self-care is extremely important as it helps encourage you to maintain personal healthy relationships and promotes peace of mind.  To help promote self-care, gift your… Read More »DIY Spa Gift Basket Ideas and Recipes

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Amazing St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet I love St. Patrick’s Day! We collected some of our favorite St. Patrick’s day recipes for treats for all ages. From cookies to coffee, we have a little treat for everyone to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What is St. Patrick’s Day? St. Patrick’s Day has become a worldwide celebration of Irish culture that takes place on March 17th. … Read More »Amazing St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

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Simple Tips For Starting Seeds For Your Garden

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet How many of you have started your seeds for your garden? I’m actually getting my seeds started this week and ordering my plants for spring delivery.  So to help you get your garden growing, I have a few simple tips for starting your seeds indoors. This post contains affiliate links that help bloggers like myself to earn a… Read More »Simple Tips For Starting Seeds For Your Garden

15 Adult Mocktails Perfect for making CBD cocktails

Adult Mocktail Recipes Perfect For Making CBD Cocktails

We love making CBD Cocktails. For my friends and family who choose a sober lifestyle, we always have something special to serve them.  For those of you who want to add CBD for a different kind of effect instead of alcohol, have CBD tinctures and water-soluble CBD drop suggestions to share with you at the bottom! This post contains affiliate links that help bloggers like myself to earn a living… Read More »Adult Mocktail Recipes Perfect For Making CBD Cocktails

Living With Panic Attacks Feels Like Living On A Roller Coaster

My Truth About Panic Attacks

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Like millions of other people, I live with panic attacks and let me tell you, they are SCARY! Even though I manage them fairly well, I have coping skills and some helpful herbal remedies.  Living with the constant fear of a random panic attack is like walking around thinking something is going to jump out and scare you… Read More »My Truth About Panic Attacks

Antique Tips

Farmhouse Antique Shopping Tips

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet I always loved going to my family’s old farmhouses in rural Tennessee and looking around at the things they had collected through the years. I dreamed one day of having my own farmhouse filled with my own collection of treasures. I love going antique shopping and finding the perfect thing to add to my collection.  But as a… Read More »Farmhouse Antique Shopping Tips

11 Delicious Hot Cocoa Bomb Recipes

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Have you heard of Hot Cocoa Bombs? WOW!! If you’ve been on the internet recently, you’ve likely seen the explosion of Hot Cocoa bombs filled with sparkly goodness.  Today we collected our favorite hot chocolate bomb recipes and packaged them up for you! These are easy fun activities to do while the weather is chilly and we are… Read More »11 Delicious Hot Cocoa Bomb Recipes

14 Day Love and Kindness Countdown Calendar

14 Day Love and Kindness Countdown Calendar

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet While January is all about reflecting and making goals for the new year, February is the month of love. Whether you are excited about the DIY Valentine’s Day gift you have planned or you’d rather skip the holiday altogether, we encourage you to make this a month of showing love. Showing love means something different to each person.… Read More »14 Day Love and Kindness Countdown Calendar

Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

I can’t believe I’m already decorating and getting ready for Valentine’s Day! But, it’s one of my favorite holidays and I want to make sure I have enough time to get everything just right. Plan your perfect Valentine’s Day with our Favorite Sexy Recipes for Date Nights and get out your craft supplies and try a few of these DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts. We have something for everyone!  We have… Read More »Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

How To Clean The Hair And Odors Off Your Dog’s Bed

Today’s Chore: Cleaning the dog beds! If you have dogs then you know the life of living with dog hair and cleaning up after them. Our dogs, Riley and Wynter are going through their winter shed, and that means a TON of fur flying around.   Every day we are vacuuming, dusting, and trying to keep the dog hair off our clothes and our bed.  But we have a few simple… Read More »How To Clean The Hair And Odors Off Your Dog’s Bed

Reclaiming Your Wellness

Here we are, the week many of us set aside to reclaim our wellness, take back control of our diets and bodies, and the rededication to improving our lives. Personally, I’ve struggled with the craziness of the past year and I made a promise to myself that once the stress and chaos of the holidays had passed, that I would refocus my energy into my own health and mental wellness.… Read More »Reclaiming Your Wellness

Boozy Coffee and Caramel Sauce

Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! Sometimes you want something sweet… AND something sassy.  Our Boozy Coffee Caramel Sauce Recipe meets that challenge! When our friends at Cask & Kettle challenged US to create a whole new recipe with some of their alcoholic hot cocktail pods, we dove right in! After some serious taste testing, we came up with a few boozy recipes that went beyond the… Read More »Boozy Coffee and Caramel Sauce

Best Caramel Sauce Recipe

The Best Homemade Caramel Sauce

Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! If you are looking for an easy Caramel sauce recipe, look no further.  I love this caramel sauce because it takes just a few minutes, a few ingredients AND I can turn them into easy & affordable gifts. Who doesn’t love that?? What’s even better, is you can customize this recipe to make it thinner or thicker just by swapping out… Read More »The Best Homemade Caramel Sauce

Resetting our focus

Make More Time For Self-Care in 2021 (Free Self-Care Calendar)

2020 has been such a crazy and challenging year for many. As it comes to an end, the opportunity to push reset arises and becomes the perfect time to focus on self-care. Take this time to move on from this tough year and pamper yourself with some self-care activities by following this 31-day self-care calendar. Plus the wallpapers and insta story stickers included will help you stay motivated and on-track… Read More »Make More Time For Self-Care in 2021 (Free Self-Care Calendar)

Our Favorite Things: Farmhouse Home Looks

This week’s collection brings home comfort, natural elements, and artisan crafts.  We love finding products that preserve a simple way of life.  From Sister’s Gentle Body Wash that cleanses the skin without harsh chemicals and harmful sulfates.  To a comfy pet bed that’s relaxing for your furry friend. Shop Here Click the photos below to shop our links.  This post contains affiliate links that help bloggers like myself to earn… Read More »Our Favorite Things: Farmhouse Home Looks

Is It Time To Refinance Your Home Mortgage?

When Is The Right Time To Refinance Your Home Mortgage?

For many people, 2020 was a financial challenge. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs or have faced serious questions about their finances. This is why many people turn to refinance their home loans to get some extra breathing room and take advantage of the historic lows in interest rates. Like many others, we knew this was the year we needed to refinance our home to get a better rate… Read More »When Is The Right Time To Refinance Your Home Mortgage?

Firefly Gift Guide: Kitchen Collection

For the person on your list who enjoys spending time in the kitchen and creating masterpieces out of spices and herbs, we have a few things we think they might like! Cultivate their passions and show them you appreciate their efforts. Shop Here! Staub Enameled Cast Iron Crêpe Pan with Spreader & Spatula – Staub’s special set turns out thin, Breton-style crepes worthy of an authentic French crêperie. The enameled… Read More »Firefly Gift Guide: Kitchen Collection

Farmhouse Decorating Ideas to Cozy Up with This Winter

Farmhouse Decorating Ideas to Cozy Up with This Winter

You don’t have to live on a farm to enjoy farmhouse style year-round. As the holidays approach, you can give your home, condo, or apartment a rustic dose of coziness with very little effort. We hope you are inspired by these ideas. This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Support content creators and… Read More »Farmhouse Decorating Ideas to Cozy Up with This Winter

15 fun Hanukkah Crafts and Recipes

15 Fun Hanukkah Crafts

15 Fun Hanukkah Crafts for Families This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. It’s been a long year. It might feel like it’s hard to feel like celebrating the holidays with so much going on. But we believe that taking time to work on your mental health and enjoying the little things can help you to find more… Read More »15 Fun Hanukkah Crafts

Be Mindful, Be Grateful

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart That’s my meditation that I’ve been focused on for the last few days. Being mindful of not only my situation but my mouth and my energy. I had a terrible dream a few nights ago that woke me up and had me in a bad place for a few days. Even now as… Read More »Be Mindful, Be Grateful

Weighted Blankets – What You Need To Know

Weighted blankets have changed the way my husband and I sleep, and now we won’t sleep without them! Weighted blankets are helpful for not just insomnia and anxiety, but for us; they have allowed us to sleep more soundly than ever before. This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Support content creators and… Read More »Weighted Blankets – What You Need To Know

Emergency Food Prep Tips

What You Need To Stock Up On For Emergencies If 2020 has taught us nothing, it was that crazy things can and often WILL happen and we should all be prepared. From storms, Covid-19, and economic closings, to illnesses and earthquakes we need to be prepared to stay home safely and care for our families. A couple of years ago, while we were living in Seattle, we met some of… Read More »Emergency Food Prep Tips

Reasons Dogs Lick Excessively And Tips To Help Stop It

“Riley Stop Licking!” That’s one of the most common things said in our home since our dog Riley came into our lives. All dogs lick, but sometimes the licking can actually mean something else is underlying and needs attention. Wynter, our older dog, is more catlike in her grooming.  Her fur is easy to lick clean and she’s doesn’t require a lot of grooming needs like our other dog, Riley. … Read More »Reasons Dogs Lick Excessively And Tips To Help Stop It

How To Host A Social Distanced Thanksgiving

How To Host A Socially Distanced Thankgiving Your Friends And Family Will Enjoy Thanksgiving is almost here, and many of you are asking how you can have a fun Thanksgiving while keeping your friends and family safe from Covid.  We are right there with you, collecting ideas and trying to make good decisions for the people we love as well. We share how you can host a social distanced Thanksgiving.… Read More »How To Host A Social Distanced Thanksgiving

Tipsy Apple Compote

Tipsy Apple Compote Recipe Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! What’s better than sweet and tart apple compote? How about making them boozy? Our friends at Cask & Kettle challenged us to come up with some new recipes for their hot cocktail pods and we took that challenge and ran with it. Well, actually it was more like sitting in my kitchen, drinking hot cocktails and having… Read More »Tipsy Apple Compote

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17 Beautiful Thanksgiving Tables

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times to dress up my table and pull out my creative side. I love a beautiful tablescape that seems to make the food taste even better. These 17 Thanksgiving Tables each have a different character and style so you can mix and match for your perfect style.  And of course, you know our modern farmhouse style will always be tossed in as well! This… Read More »17 Beautiful Thanksgiving Tables

Why you should keep a journal

6 Ways Journaling Can Improve Your Life

6 Ways Journaling Can Improve Your Life There are so many great advantages to keeping a journal. From helping you to stay organized to boosting your confidence, journaling can have a very positive impact on your life. Whether you’re looking to improve your relationship with yourself, become more productive at work or school, or develop better communication skills, a journal is a great way to take an active step toward… Read More »6 Ways Journaling Can Improve Your Life

Fall Fun

Fall Family Fun

Our family is the most important thing to me and the time we get to spend together is always cherished. Fall is one of our favorite times as a family. It’s so rich in traditions and memories.  I love how the hustle and bustle of summer seems to slow down here as the weather starts to cool down. This week we pulled out those pumpkins and took some time for… Read More »Fall Family Fun

Caramel Apple Cider Slushies

Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! Fall recipes are some of my favorite because they are filled with apples, comfort food, and unique flavors. Our Caramel Apple Cider Slushies are simple, delicious, and brighten up fall afternoons. In the fall, we have a huge bounty of apples that we make different recipes with.  But most importantly we have an abundance of applesauce and cider that makes us… Read More »Caramel Apple Cider Slushies

Thanksgiving Table

How To Host The Best Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a special evening of friends, family, and fun. So hosting Thanksgiving Dinner takes some planning ahead.  We have some great tips to help you host the best Thanksgiving Dinner party without the stress. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Don’t Be Afraid To Use Store-bought. If you have something that you just love that you… Read More »How To Host The Best Thanksgiving Dinner

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Time Saving Vegan Enchiladas

Simple Vegan Enchiladas Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! Enchiladas! It’s one of our favorite Mexican food dishes, and we love how versatile it can be. The creamy and cheesy filling of this delicious preparation is so addictive that you just can’t stop at one. We love enchiladas any time of day or night. I’ve been known to even have them for breakfast! Yes, with fried eggs,… Read More »Time Saving Vegan Enchiladas

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Memory Markers and My Crappy Day

Hey everyone, I wanted to take a moment away from recipes and reviews to get personal and to share part of my story and struggles.  I believe that when we can connect as humans, we become like fireflies and start to fill the darkness with our connections like sparks of light.  It is only through sharing our struggles and our successes that we can reach out and connect with others. … Read More »Memory Markers and My Crappy Day

Lobster Mushroom Mac N Cheese

Want a new twist on Mac N Cheese? Have you heard of lobster mushrooms? We discovered how cool these tasty mushrooms can be for a fun vegetarian twist on Lobster Mac! Lobster Mushroom Mac N Cheese Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! I love lobster Mac N Cheese. But sometimes I want something a little different. My daughter, Sara, discovered Lobster mushrooms and we loved the idea… Read More »Lobster Mushroom Mac N Cheese

Homemade Vanilla Applesauce

Easy Homemade Vanilla Applesauce Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! With just 6 delicious ingredients, our Vanilla applesauce can be made in both a slow cooker or stovetop and ready for your family to enjoy anytime! Delicious Family Traditions We have a family tradition of going apple picking every fall. Then I make a big batch of vanilla apple sauce and send it home with all of… Read More »Homemade Vanilla Applesauce

Mushroom Seitan Stroganoff

Mushroom & Seitan Stroganoff Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! Now that the weather is cooling off, it’s time to pull out some of those hearty recipes like our Mushroom & Seitan Stroganoff.  It’s a hearty dish that warms you up and is cozy comfort food. What is stroganoff? Traditionally, stroganoff or “stroganov” is a Russian dish that is traditionally made with beef.  It was conceived as… Read More »Mushroom Seitan Stroganoff

How To Entertain Outdoors This Fall

Fall is here and we have had a few months of getting used to socially distanced get-togethers. Today we have some fun ideas for entertaining outdoors on your patio this fall so you can continue to see your friends and family without taking risks during the pandemic. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. It’s been a long… Read More »How To Entertain Outdoors This Fall

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The Bell Witch

When I was a little girl, living in rural Tennessee, the story of the Bell Witch was as common as any story ever told. The Witch was real and so was her trail of death and terror. The haunting of the Bell family by the famed witch was both a story of how to treat your neighbors and a fairly amazing ghost story. Because the story of the Bell Witch… Read More »The Bell Witch

How To Have A Spooktacular Social Distanced Halloween

This year, many of us are thinking about how we can celebrate Halloween a little differently than ever before. Staying home?  We have a few Halloween themed activities to keep up the fun and stay safer at home. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Our children are all grown up, and some have families of their own.… Read More »How To Have A Spooktacular Social Distanced Halloween

How To Give Your Kitchen A Facelift

While January is all about reflecting and making goals for the new year, February is the month of love. Whether you are excited about the DIY Valentine’s Day gift you have planned or you’d rather skip the holiday altogether, we encourage you to make this a month of showing love. Showing love means something different to each person. You may show your love by gifting the perfect present while others… Read More »How To Give Your Kitchen A Facelift

Riley and Wynter Test Out A WagWell Subscription Box

This week we had the pleasure of trying out a fantastic dog subscription box by WagWell. For those of you who are new to subscription boxes, they are monthly delivered boxes full of treats and surprises. For our FurKids, we are very picky about what we give them. Our friends at WagWell sent us their recent organic pet subscription box to see if our picky pets would turn their noses… Read More »Riley and Wynter Test Out A WagWell Subscription Box

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Hey Latte Lovers!  We know you have been waiting for fall to come so you can break out the mugs and try some new latte recipes. I know it’s fall when everything become seasoned with pumpkin spices and seasonal drinks like our Canadian Spice latte and our other delicious latte recipes Pumpkin Spice Latte Pumpkin Spice Latte Season is here! This week we share one of my FAVORITE drinks, Pumpkin… Read More »Pumpkin Spice Latte

Basic Tomato Sauce

Basic Tomato Sauce My garden is still bursting with tomatoes, and I’ve made so much gazpacho, salsa, and bruschetta! But I still have a ton of tomatoes turning ripe each morning.  Now is the best time to start preserving those gorgeous tomatoes for wintertime use. How To Make Tomato Sauce From Scratch A basic tomato sauce is very easy to make, but it can take some time and effort. That’s… Read More »Basic Tomato Sauce

How To Sterilize Canning Jars

When you are learning how to do home canning, you’ll hear over and over how important sterilized jars are. That’s because they are what’s going to keep your food from going bad. However, you don’t need to sterilize your jars if you are going to water bath canning for longer than 10 minutes. So if your recipe calls for processing for longer than 10 minutes you are good to wash… Read More »How To Sterilize Canning Jars

Lemony Peach Baby Bellini

This week we have something special for you.  It’s a new mocktail recipe AND and new product review! We share our Lemony Peach Baby Bellini recipe that’s perfect for baby showers, garden parties, and relaxing with the ladies at your next get-together. With our without the CBD, this is a sweet tart cocktail that’s sure to delight. We have been busy this summer coming up with new recipes to share,… Read More »Lemony Peach Baby Bellini

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Homemade Peach Sauce

Hey everyone!  I have a quick recipe for you and it’s going to be used in a couple upcoming recipes.  Our homemade peace sauce recipe is so easy that you’ll be making peach tea or Bellinis for brunch for your friends and family all the time! Peaches are one of my favorite fruits. When I was little, I used to go picking with my family and all summer my Gram… Read More »Homemade Peach Sauce

15 Ways To Reduce Stress And Stay Peaceful

It’s completely normal to feel stressed, especially when the world seems like it’s overwhelming. Personally, I’ve been struggling to keep motivated recently. So I’ve been reaching out to talk to my friends, family, and even my therapist about my feelings. Admitting that you are stressed isn’t a weakness! We have a list of ways that you can reduce stress and stay peaceful without leaving home. This post contains affiliate links.… Read More »15 Ways To Reduce Stress And Stay Peaceful

Frugal Ways To Decorate For Fall Without Leaving Home

Now that the kids are heading back to school, Fall feels like it’s right behind them.  This is when we start to cozy up our homes and gather the pumpkins.  But this year we want to help you give your home a fall makeover without needing to rummage thought the stores and face the crowds of people at the pumpkin patches.  Fall 2020 means rethinking what we have and using… Read More »Frugal Ways To Decorate For Fall Without Leaving Home

Iced Blended Green Tea Latte

Peppermint Matcha Iced Latte I love Green Tea lattes. In fact, a blended peppermint matcha latte is my go-to summer drink.  There is something about the cool mint and the crisp green tea that makes everything a little more chill. Hey everyone, we have another fun recipe for you and it is inspired from my love of Starbucks. My friends and family know how much I love Starbucks and I’ve… Read More »Iced Blended Green Tea Latte

How To Make Artisan Stamped Vanilla Almond Cookies

These slightly sweet Vanilla Almond cookies are perfect for cool Autumn mornings, baking a treat for a friend, or teatime in the garden. We stamped ours with the new floral rolling pin by Embossed! How To Make Artisan Stamped Vanilla Almond Cookies Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! It’s been a wild year, why not settle down with something sweet and soothing? When I was little, I… Read More »How To Make Artisan Stamped Vanilla Almond Cookies

Breathing New Life Into Working From Home

It’s been a long and crazy summer, and after taking a mental health break in June to try to wrap my mind around all, that’s been happening around the world.  I’m back to work and trying to revive my energy to create some content. But let me tell ya, working from home is hard work! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added… Read More »Breathing New Life Into Working From Home

Whipped Ricotta Spread

Whipped Ricotta Spread Whipped Ricotta is one of our base recipes and from there we use it in so many different ways.  But the basic way is a simple dish that we use for a nice spread over crostini to make a quick appetizer or a dip for veggies. It’s so easy and fun to add different toppings, that we use this recipe all year long. From using it to top… Read More »Whipped Ricotta Spread

7 Self-Care Strategies for Navigating the “New Normal”

7 Self-Care Strategies for Navigating In the “New Normal” As we continue spending more time at home due to the current climate, we have the opportunity to ask ourselves if we are setting the right boundaries for ourselves. Are you making enough time for self-care? When I say boundaries, I don’t necessarily mean from other people but rather from devices, substances, routines and expectations. The pandemic has for many hit… Read More »7 Self-Care Strategies for Navigating the “New Normal”

Grilled Coconut Shrimp with Shishito Peppers

Grilled Coconut Shrimp with Shishito Peppers Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! Summertime is grillin time! Check out our Grilled Coconut Shrimp with Shishito Peppers Recipe! I love to grill. In fact we have two grills!  We have a smoker grill and a flame grill because each has a different purpose. And for this recipe, I was excited to get some charring done on the flame grill.… Read More »Grilled Coconut Shrimp with Shishito Peppers

Pumpkin Spice Cupcake Recipe

When I think of the flavors of fall, I think of apples, pumpkin spice, and warm savory flavors. That’s why I love these pumpkin spice cupcakes, because you can customize them to suit your taste buds!   Click to go to the recipe   Pumpkin spice and fall just go together! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase.… Read More »Pumpkin Spice Cupcake Recipe

Summer Pescatarian Recipe

5 Easy Summer Pescatarian Recipes

When the weather starts to turn up the heat, we like to turn up the flavor in our kitchen. I look for recipes full of color, fresh in-season fruits and veggies, and not a lot of cleanup. That’s why we chose these recipes for easy pescatarian cooking with lots of options for vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free meals. In the summer, I’m spending a lot of time out in the garden.… Read More »5 Easy Summer Pescatarian Recipes

Plastic Free July- Tips for reducing your plastic use

Happy July! It’s hard to believe that summer is in full swing, July is here, and many of us are still doing our best to do everything we can to fight the infection rate from Covid-19.  But this is also the time that many of us reflect back on bigger issues, like plastic pollution and waste. Here’s something scary: Did you know scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be… Read More »Plastic Free July- Tips for reducing your plastic use

Strawberry Vanilla Lemonade Concentrate Recipe

This summer I’ve been working on canning a lot of the fruits and veggies in my garden. Strawberries are one of my favorite things to can and this recipe brings the taste of fresh strawberries and lemonade together with the soothing blend of vanilla. I’ve been adding vanilla beans or extract to my lemonade for years, it adds a unique mouth comfort to the tangy juice. This is one of… Read More »Strawberry Vanilla Lemonade Concentrate Recipe

I Took A Mental Health Break

Hey everyone, I’m back today. I’ve been in the kitchen a lot for the last few weeks, working on new recipes and spending a lot of time in the garden working on growing food for my family as well as working on my mental health. The last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster, and in June I felt like I was hitting a wall with all of the… Read More »I Took A Mental Health Break

Summer Super Foods!

Summer comes along with a rich variety of food and fruits that are good for your body. Scientists for years have bombarded us with information that encourages us to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are said to reduce the risk of illnesses. Vegetables and fruits contain antioxidants that play a very big role in flushing out harmful toxins and wastes from the body. Getting around your summer diet:… Read More »Summer Super Foods!

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Victory Gardens: Why You And Your Family Should Start One

Gardening In this worldwide crisis, many people are turning to gardening to relive stress and provide for their families. Victory Gardens are popping up in yards and people are coming together to share their produce and knowledge about growing. In this time of hardship, many people are feeling anxious, worried about the future of the food supply, and struggling with staying home. But we gardeners know that suddenly being asked… Read More »Victory Gardens: Why You And Your Family Should Start One

The Taboos of CBD and The Truth

CBD oil has become very popular. But there is still a lot of misinformation out there to sort through. That’s why we want to help clear up the taboos and help you discover the truth. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. CBD (which stands for cannabidiol) is exploding in popularity in recent years. In fact, according to… Read More »The Taboos of CBD and The Truth

Gifts That Mom Really Wants

Last Minute Gifts For Mother’s Day – What Mom’s Really Want Mother’s Day is just a week away and like so many, we are still staying safe at home. Like so many Moms, my children are all grown up and I miss the days of homemade cards, breakfast in bed, and listening to them tell me they think their gift was “just right.”  These days, my children are wide spread,… Read More »Gifts That Mom Really Wants

Blueberry Lemon Jam

Sweet tender blueberries, tart fresh lemons. This is my favorite combination of sweet and tart. That’s why we decided to can a few jars of blueberry lemon jam and share that recipe with you. July is the best time of year to find fresh blueberries, strawberries, and tart cherries for canning. But year-round you can usually find blueberries in the grocery store. So this is a recipe you can make… Read More »Blueberry Lemon Jam

Spicy Sweet Latte

INGREDIENTS
2 shot(s) espresso
1 pump  peppermint syrup
2 pumps White Chocolate Syrup
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of ancho, chipotle or cayenne pepper
Fill with  8 oz steamed milk

DIY Seed Bombs

Spring is here and before you know it, Mother’s day will be upon us. Today we have a great DIY that you can do with the kids for Mom or make yourself to send to someone special. But don’t forget to make a few for yourself! Seed bombs are easy to make, they are fun great gifts, and you can make them ahead of time and store them for when… Read More »DIY Seed Bombs

Smore’s Matzo Cracked Candy

Passover is here and one of the most requested dishes, after my vegetarian Matzo ball soup, is our “Matzo Crack” recipe. It’s so easy that you can make this with the kids and swap out the toppings with your favorites. The “Crack” refers to the fun crunch sound it makes when you “crack” it apart.  No two pieces are the same!   Click to go to the recipe   Vegetarian… Read More »Smore’s Matzo Cracked Candy

Vegetarian Tofu Picadillo Recipe

With just a few staple ingredients, tonight you can warm up with this classic Latin dish, made vegetarian! Picadillo uses easy ingredients and doesn’t require a lot of skill. You can make this dish vegan, gluten-free, mild or spicy!   Click to go to the recipe   Vegetarian Cooking Made Easy! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase.… Read More »Vegetarian Tofu Picadillo Recipe

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Vegetarian Tom Kha Soup with Tofu

2020 has started out to be a stressful year already! So we are cooking up some comforting vegetarian Tom Kha soup to fill your bellies and hopefully soothe your worried minds. Tom Kha is an easy, dairy-free Thai soup made with coconut milk, veggies, and tofu. Our recipe is vegan and can be gluten-free, and can be easily swapped with ingredients you have in your pantry and refrigerator. We have… Read More »Vegetarian Tom Kha Soup with Tofu

Thoughts on Dry Gagging – fighting depression

I have a special friend who lives with Depression. There are days when I wake up wondering if he will still be alive when I go to check on him on Facebook. I know a few people with clinical depression. But he is the one that I watch the most.

Strawberry Lemon CBD Cocktails

Strawberry Lemon CBD Cocktails

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Spring feels like the best time for strawberries and patio parties. So we created a sweet treat blending together our favorite CBD and cocktail recipes for your brunch guests! Click to go to the recipe This post contains affiliate links that help bloggers like myself to earn a living without costing you a penny. Support your favorite bloggers… Read More »Strawberry Lemon CBD Cocktails

Self-Quarantined- Week 2

Hey everyone, we are on week 2 of living with reduced social interaction or self-quarantining.  I decided that it might be a good idea to keep a record of how things are going here and maybe share some stories of how others around the country are doing. I’ll be honest; today, it’s starting to get to me a little. It’s not staying home that’s bothering me, in fact, as an… Read More »Self-Quarantined- Week 2

Sassy Succulents- How To Make A Tiny Succulent Garden

I love succulents. They are so adorable and I have them all through my house. One of the reasons I adore having them around is that they give the room a fresh living feel without the fuss that other plants often require. Today I wanted to change up my succulents, give them some new personality. While I was at the garden store recently I found a few little things that I… Read More »Sassy Succulents- How To Make A Tiny Succulent Garden

Coffee Crawl – London

Like most Americans, I love a good latte. Not too sweet, not too bitter, a romance between cream and espresso, those are the qualities of a good latte for me. So when I travel finding a good latte is almost a challenge that I always accept. This visit to London I wanted to get away from the touristy things that I’ve done before and try something different… a coffee crawl… Read More »Coffee Crawl – London

Chocolate Covered Strawberries with CBD Infused Chocolate

How To Make CBD Chocolate Covered Strawberries Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my favorite treats. I make them for all of the holidays and occasionally, I make grown-up versions.  I hope you’ll like our CBD Chocolate Covered Strawberries.  They are too good to share with the kids! It’s easy to make CBD Chocolate Covered Strawberries. We recommend making this recipe with any CBD tincture. Each provides a twist on… Read More »Chocolate Covered Strawberries with CBD Infused Chocolate

Fig and Lemon Moscow Mule Recipe

The weather is warming up and it’s time to start planning those patio party treats.  Today we have a delicious fig and lemon moscow mule recipe for you and we know you’ll love the zing that makes your mouth sing!   Click to go to the recipe   Who is ready for sandal weather? This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee… Read More »Fig and Lemon Moscow Mule Recipe

How To Make CBD Coffee At Home

Did you know that making CBD coffee at home is easy and can improve your relationship with coffee? We share how we make CBD Coffee and some fun variations. I love coffee, but I don’t love caffeine. Like many other people, I have issues with caffeine and I almost cut out coffee all together. But from time to time, I want it and thanks to CBD, known as cannabidiol, I… Read More »How To Make CBD Coffee At Home

Take Your Next Best Step

When I talk about Dancing with Fireflies, I want to share the notion that you can chase your dreams, no matter how big or how small.  But you must move forward in order to chase that dream. My dream was to become a writer. When I first began, I wasn’t sure exactly what sort of writer I would become, I simply knew that I love to write, tell stories, and… Read More »Take Your Next Best Step

My Birthday Wish Came True!

The Rock Boat: 2 Virgins Discover The World’s Greatest Floating Music Festival

Thanks Will for this photo!! The Rock Boat, the World’s Greatest Floating Music Festival. We jumped on this year’s Rock Boat 2020 ship and discovered a secret that blew our minds. The Rock Boat isn’t just a vacation, it’s a family reunion of people you choose. Before this adventure, we couldn’t understand the depths of founder Ken Block’s statement. “For those on the outside looking in, it’s hard to understand.… Read More »The Rock Boat: 2 Virgins Discover The World’s Greatest Floating Music Festival

5 Alternative Ways to Deal With Anxiety

When the body experiences stress, the result is typically anxiety. Upon exposure to a stressor, the endocrine system triggers the release of stress hormones like cortisol. They govern the body’s fight, flight, or freeze responses. The person experiences the sensation of ‘butterflies in their stomach’ as they feel apprehensive and uncertain of an outcome. That’s how people experience regular anxiety. However, when it becomes so severe and frequent that it… Read More »5 Alternative Ways to Deal With Anxiety

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Resolution Check-In: Are You Sticking to Your Goals?

How many of your made health goals at the beginning of the year? I know we did! This is the year that we are focused on achieving milestones and crossing finish lines! As we settle into the second month of 2020, it’s time to ask yourself how the beginning of the new decade is shaping up for you. Are you excited and feeling confident about the path ahead, or are… Read More »Resolution Check-In: Are You Sticking to Your Goals?

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10 Ways To Stay Healthy While Traveling

Getting sick when you travel is the worst. Imagine mid-cruise coming down with the crud! We have some tips to help prevent getting sick while you travel. We just got back from one of the best vacations I’ve ever taken. We jumped on The Rock Boat and sailed on a beautiful Norwegian Cruise ship to Belize and Honduras. This cruise is unlike most other cruises, because it is a rock… Read More »10 Ways To Stay Healthy While Traveling

How to Use CBD to Treat Anxiety

Anxiety is an unpredictable disorder, and you never know when it will strike. While there are medications for managing anxiety, natural remedies may be a more effective and healthier option. Cannabidiol is among the recommended ways for putting anxiety under control naturally. The science speaks in favor of that, and you can find studies that proved its anxiolytic effects. CBD is one of the main components of cannabis, but it… Read More »How to Use CBD to Treat Anxiety

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How to Declutter Your Home and Still Be Kind to the Earth

Image by Pexels We couldn’t be happier about this new downsized lifestyle trend where people decide to live in smaller homes, sell off valuables and generally make small adjustments to simplify their lives. Living with less is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint and overall environmental impact, but it’s also a great way to live a happier and more meaningful life. One obvious contributor to this… Read More »How to Declutter Your Home and Still Be Kind to the Earth

Easy Homemade Paneer Makhani

Friends and family are always asking for my vegetarian recipes. This is one of those favorite recipes that we have enjoyed. It’s not hard to find great vegetarian recipes that don’t require a lot of time and effort. Our Paneer Makhani recipe isn’t difficult, and easy to make your own. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Click to go… Read More »Easy Homemade Paneer Makhani

Zesty Caramelized Carrots – Sweet and Spicy Recipe

“I hate cooked carrots!” That’s what I hear many people say before trying my Sweet & Spicy caramelized carrots. After that my friends and family have all asked me for the recipe or to make them for another dinner we have together.  The problem that most people have with cooked carrots is that they have had them boiled or not seasoned very well.  But carrots can be very versatile.  What… Read More »Zesty Caramelized Carrots – Sweet and Spicy Recipe

How to make an AMAZING Tofurkey Roast Your Family Will Ask For Again

Tofurkey is so versatile and easy to make. We share how to make your amazing roast and our  Cherry Balsamic Tofurkey Recipe will wow you! Each year I spend a great amount of time looking for new recipes and just as much time trying them and writing new ones. Our Cherry Balsamic Tofurkey Recipe is a fan favorite and it has even won awards! So, those of you who know… Read More »How to make an AMAZING Tofurkey Roast Your Family Will Ask For Again

5 right now steps to a guest ready home

5 Right Now Steps To A Guest Ready Home

A welcoming home is always ready for impromptu guests, but having that guest-ready home doesn’t mean you have to hire a cleaning service and a chef! We share some easy tricks to creating a cozy home for your guests that won’t break the bank. We promise you won’t have to get up at dawn to start cooking and cleaning. Being prepared is the hardest tip, since sometimes surprise guests catch… Read More »5 Right Now Steps To A Guest Ready Home

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Surviving Social Engagements

Hey everybody, it’s that time of year again. Many of us are going to holiday events and attending social events. For many people, the idea of going to these things can be hard. Most of the time you find that you don’t know most of the people at the event and it can be awkward. So we want to help you make the best out of those social engagements so… Read More »Surviving Social Engagements

How to Make Your Own CBD-infused Honey

How to Make Your Own CBD-infused Honey

CBD-Infused honey is one of the hottest trending items in the world of CBD.  It’s a sweet way to meet your wellness needs and it’s as easy as dipping in a spoon!  I’ve tried a few great CBD Honeys, and they come in fun flavors.  But did you know that you can make your own CBD-Infused honey in a few easy steps? These make a great gift and we love… Read More »How to Make Your Own CBD-infused Honey

5 Easy Instant Pot Recipes For Instant Pot Newbies

Oh my goodness, my friend Tody from Our Bun, Brandi’s Oven just told me that she doesn’t have an Instant Pot because she was scared of them! Well Tory, I know you personally and your amazing family and I know for sure after the incredible battle your family has survived to become a family of 4, you can do hard things.  Cooking with an Instant Pot isn’t one of them.… Read More »5 Easy Instant Pot Recipes For Instant Pot Newbies

Holiday tips for stress

5 Easy Ways to Relieve Holiday Stress and Avoid Burnout

5 Easy Ways To Relieve Holiday Stress And Avoid Burnout Self-Care This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to click through and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. I was also compensated to create this post, though all opinions are my own. Many people anticipate the excitement of the holiday season, but they don’t always prepare for the additional… Read More »5 Easy Ways to Relieve Holiday Stress and Avoid Burnout

What Is Hanukkah?

Everywhere you go, it is starting to feel like the holidays are here. Last winter, we moved back to the East Coast to be closer to our friends and family. We spent 5 years in the Seattle area, made great new friends.  But home will always be Maryland. This will be our first Hanukkah in our new house. After a long wait, we are all moved into our farmhouse, and… Read More »What Is Hanukkah?

How To Survive Holiday Parties When You Have Food Sensitivities

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Surviving Holiday Parties with Food Sensitivities Food and Recipes The holiday season is fast approaching and that means you’re probably getting invitations to holiday parties left and right. For those with food sensitivities, you may be approaching these holiday parties with equal amounts of anticipation and dread. Having specific dietary requirements or allergies can be especially difficult at this time of the year… Read More »How To Survive Holiday Parties When You Have Food Sensitivities

Butternut Squash Enchilada Recipe

Spiced Butternut Squash Enchiladas

Vegetarian Made Easy! Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! Creamy,spiced, with just a subtle hint of cinnamon.  Our butternut squash enchiladas are out of this world! I first started making this dish a few years ago. My family loves butternut squash and we wanted to do something unique with it. Inspired by the local Indian restaurant, we wanted to bring in the sweet and savory flavors of… Read More »Spiced Butternut Squash Enchiladas

10 Recipes To Wow Holiday Guests

It’s Holiday Party Time! Hey Everyone! It’s time for holiday parties and swanky galas! We have a few of our favorite holiday party recipes guaranteed to wow your guests and make your parties the best in town. Every year I scour through the recipes blogs, magazines, cookbooks, and look at the backs of boxes to find the best recipes for all of my holiday cooking. Each Sunday Dinner in November,… Read More »10 Recipes To Wow Holiday Guests

Fall is for introverts

Falling for Fall

There are few seasons l like more than summer, but Fall is quickly starting feel like the place where I want to be. It’s growing on me, year after year I find something else that draws me into the embrace of Fall’s enchantment. Summer was my season. I love the warm lazy days, sleeping in late, and don’t forget the fireflies.  Summer has it’s own vacation title, people go away… Read More »Falling for Fall

Lyme and Spoons

One of the hardest things about having an invisible disease is trying to make it through the day. Some days are routine and other days there are hurdles that you have to get over. But you always have to face starting over again the next morning. There are no days off, no vacation days, no holidays off from being sick. For years I tried to forget about having Lyme.  I… Read More »Lyme and Spoons

10 Favorite Products of 2020

15 Reasons To Use A Non-plastic Waterless Essential Oil Diffuser

Not all essential oil diffusers are the same We looked high and low to find a non-plastic waterless essential oil diffuser. And we found one little machine that packs a powerful punch and rose above the rest.  Do you love essential oils but not the plastic that many diffusers are made of? We tested Organic Aromas Raindrop Nebulizing Diffusers and we share our thoughts about the newest innovations in aromatherapy.… Read More »15 Reasons To Use A Non-plastic Waterless Essential Oil Diffuser

Latte of the Week: London Fog

It has been raining and snowing for months. In fact this has been one of the wettest and snowiest winters on record in the Seattle area.  And I am done with it!
This week’s Latte is in honor of another cold damp yet wonderful place to visit – London!

cannabis edibles

Cannabis Kitchen: Ways To Make Cannabis Edibles

Cannabis Edibles – Too Easy Not To Make At Home Mmm… edibles.  Happy Cannabis goodness is easy to make at home when you understand the process. Hey everybody!  I have a fun new guest blog post from the people over at Industrial Hemp Farms. They are teaching us everything we need to know to go from bud to brownies. Fair warning: This is only for adults.  And we are working… Read More »Cannabis Kitchen: Ways To Make Cannabis Edibles

Easy Moist Banana Bread Recipe

Easy Moist Banana Bread Recipe Click HERE to go to the recipe Banana bread is a house staple in our kitchen. We have been using the same easy moist banana bread recipe since my boys were toddlers. Today my oldest turned 29! I love making sweet breads, using up ingredients that might be almost over-ripened.  I hate throwing out food.  Bananas have a weird shelf life. It seems like they… Read More »Easy Moist Banana Bread Recipe

Easy Vegan Crock Pot Chili Recipe

Crocktober: Easy Vegan Crock Pot Chili Recipe Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! Crocktober! I love this silly word.  But even more, I love that it inspires me to write more recipes to share with all of you.  Like our Easy Vegan Crock Pot Chili recipe! This week’s recipe is one of our house favorites. I love to take all of the leftover veggies out of our… Read More »Easy Vegan Crock Pot Chili Recipe

Holiday CBD Cranberry Relish Recipe

Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! Share on facebook Share on google Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on reddit I LOVE homemade cranberry relish with my holiday meals. It’s that perfect sweet and tart combination that breaks up the meal.  Yummm! I am also one of those crazy people who loves canned cranberry sauce. It’s soo good.  But this recipe is even… Read More »Holiday CBD Cranberry Relish Recipe

Crocktober Breakfast Crock-Pot Recipes

Crocktober: Breakfast Crock-Pot Recipes

Hey Everyone, it’s October and that means it’s time for slow cooking, chili cookoffs, and comfort food. Which makes this what some like to call Croctober! I am a huge fan of my Crock-Pot and my Instant pot.  I have both and this time of year I always have something cooking in one of them. Our Crock-Pot gets a lot more use during the winter when I actually want things… Read More »Crocktober: Breakfast Crock-Pot Recipes

Surviving The Holidays With An Eating Disorder

Surviving The Holidays With An Eating Disorder

Surviving The Holidays With An Eating Disorder Isn’t What You Think Hey everyone, I have a special guest post for you this week. For some, the issue of food is a sensitive topic. The holidays for many people is a time where we are gathering with friends and family, usually around food, and then searching for gym membership coupons by January.  But those people who battle disordered eating or have… Read More »Surviving The Holidays With An Eating Disorder

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Why You Really Need To Be Drinking More Tea

“A cup of tea would restore my normality.” [Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Screenplay]” ― Douglas Adams Taking time out of your day to stop whatever you are doing, take a deep breathe and make a cup of tea is quite simply the best way to refresh your day midway through. I love this tradition of making time to sit and take a few minutes to center your mind and… Read More »Why You Really Need To Be Drinking More Tea

Wynter’s Review: Joy Organics CBD Dog Treats

For the last ten years, my best friend has stood by my side through thick and thin.  She stayed close while I grieved the losses, licked my face when I attempted to do yoga, and traveled around the country with me.  Now she’s getting older, I have been looking to help make sure her golden years are pain-free. Since starting Wynter on CBD we have seen her health improve dramatically. … Read More »Wynter’s Review: Joy Organics CBD Dog Treats

The Farmhouse Kitchen: the heart of our home

Our Modern Farmhouse Kitchen: The heart of our home One of my favorite places in my house is definitely the kitchen.  It’s the place where everyone gathers, and like most homes, it’s the heart.  When we were designing this house, my goal was for the kitchen to be expandable and adaptable to our needs.  So every part of this kitchen was designed with a purpose in mind. When the kids… Read More »The Farmhouse Kitchen: the heart of our home

Not a Hugger

I’m NOT a Hugger. And I’m still worth loving.

Hands Off! No touching, please.  Nope, I’m not a hugger or a casual cheek kisser.  I don’t like it and I have my own reasons for setting down this boundary.  I’m polite when I take a step back from the group body smashing.  I smile and wave when I meet people and offer a “Hello” to offer my introduction instead of free access to my body.  I am just one… Read More »I’m NOT a Hugger. And I’m still worth loving.

Flavored Teas

  Looking for a quick summer tea recipe to stay hydrated? We have a few fruity ideas for you. Make them and forget them!  Fruit teas are also a great activity to do with the kids. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) I love making sun tea when the… Read More »Flavored Teas

Sweet Corn and Pepper Relish Recipe

Sweet Corn and Pepper Relish Like what you see?  Share it with your friends! Share on facebook Share on google Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on reddit Growing up, my Gram would spend the summer canning things from the garden so we would have plenty stored up for winter.  In the South, corn relish and pickled veggies are a pantry staple! This year our garden… Read More »Sweet Corn and Pepper Relish Recipe

Why I Write

There are reasons for WHAT I do.  I write because I feel I am.. a Writer. But WHY I walk towards that life is very different. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) “When you know your ‘Why’, your ‘What’ has more impact, because you’re walking in or towards your… Read More »Why I Write

CBD and the Entourage Effect

CBD, THC, and the Entourage Effect CBD is everywhere and we are here to help you start to understand some of the terms associated with it. The Entourage Effect is one of those terms, but it can be tricky to understand. The entourage effect is the idea all compounds found in cannabis are best when taken together than when taken separately. This can be likened to eating an orange when… Read More »CBD and the Entourage Effect

She didn’t know… ( My story about being bullied almost to death.)

As a child, I was bullied not only by children, but by adults. I was different because I had a very traumatic home life. This is part of my story.  Every year children take their own lives, I hear their names and I cringe because I know their pain.  I almost took my life several times as a young child and I share my story now so parents and educators… Read More »She didn’t know… ( My story about being bullied almost to death.)

Apple Vanilla Hibiscus Tea

The weather here in the PNW has been crazy this week. So I wanted something sweet and unique.  Have you tried Hibiscus tea? Well this is a sweet vanilla twist with just a hint of apple that brings out the floral notes in the tea along with that ruby red color.

Honoring and Acknowledging Grief for a Parent You Hated

My Birth Mother Died and I’m Glad I was raised in a world where mothers are praised and uplifted.  But I know that not every woman who gives birth should hold that honor. Yet when my birth mother died, I was surprised by the unexpected range of emotions I went through. Like millions of adopted or foster care children, I had a complicated relationship with my birth mother.  I dreamed… Read More »Honoring and Acknowledging Grief for a Parent You Hated

Distracted!

It’s HOT! Like most people, I’ve been trying to find ways to stay cool and not think about how hot it is. And today I have to tell you, I have been so distracted that trying to stay focused on work has been HARD! So I’ve been trying to work on a couple of new product reviews and some articles.  But I’ve really been having a hard time keeping my… Read More »Distracted!

Gardening for health

Gardening is my best weapon against Lyme Disease

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet I love to garden, but it’s not for the reasons you might think.  Gardening helps me to fight Lyme Disease, improves my mental health, and helps me to feel like I’m contributing to helping the planet and my community. Let’s be honest, I hate mornings, and I really struggle to get out of bed early. Sometimes it is physically… Read More »Gardening is my best weapon against Lyme Disease

Thai Iced Tea

5 cups water

6 bags black tea or red Thai tea, or 1 1/2 tablespoons loose tea – you want to use a good quality tea for the best flavor.   Try Ceylon, Assam or Keemun.
2 star anise –  you can add more or less to taste.  These are very strong if you buy them fresh. So go slow.
3 whole cloves – same with the cloves.  I am not a huge fan of cloves, so I usually go light here.
2 teaspoons vanilla – Have a vanilla bean pod you want to use? Scrape it down and use it here.
2 tablespoons sugar – This drink is very sweet even without the sugar. So I suggest adding this to taste later.
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk – Go vegan by replacing the sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk with cream of coconut and coconut milk. 

Mitchell Falls, Western Australia, Australia

My Travel Bucket List

Do you have a travel bucket list? Daydream about locations beyond your borders?  I do too.  I am always reading about fantastic places to explore and I’ve been thinking a lot about the places on my bucket list and trying to turn them into a To-Do list instead. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at… Read More »My Travel Bucket List

Cope With Grief

7 Things You Need To Know About Traveling With An Introvert

Recently on a long flight from Seattle to Baltimore, I realized that that traveling with an introvert like myself can be a puzzle for many who might not understand the complexity of an introvert’s mind. Even though we love to travel and explore the world, we also have some special requirements in order to prevent us from just getting overwhelmed and having a breakdown. Being an introvert doesn’t mean we… Read More »7 Things You Need To Know About Traveling With An Introvert

Summer Pescatarian Recipe

Not So Boring Stuffed Poblano Peppers with a healthy citrus CBD salad

Filling and healthy, our Not So Boring Stuffed Poblano Peppers with a healthy citrus CBD salad are the perfect way to fill up without the extra fat. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) For many years I really hated peppers.  I’d only had them diced up in meatloaf, cold… Read More »Not So Boring Stuffed Poblano Peppers with a healthy citrus CBD salad

CBD FAQ

CBD 101 Your Questions. Our Answers. The Basics Most frequent questions and answers What is CBD? CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is just one of many different molecules known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.  CBD oil is created with the phytocannabinoids extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant. Hemp and Marijuana both produce CBD oil. Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of some 113… Read More »CBD FAQ

Why Talk About Your Challenges?

“When you know your ‘Why’, your ‘What’ has more impact, because you’re walking in or towards your purpose.” – Michael Jr. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.)  There are reasons for WHAT I do.  I write because I feel I am… a Writer. But WHY I walk towards that… Read More »Why Talk About Your Challenges?

Guest Bloggers! We Want You!

Dancing With Fireflies is looking for writers to contribute articles to our blog. Would you like to be featured as a Firefly Guest Blogger? Our guest bloggers receive more exposure for your writing. If you are looking for ways to position yourself as an expert in your niche, guest blogging is key. We are not able to provide compensation at this time, but this will be a great opportunity for… Read More »Guest Bloggers! We Want You!

Making the best out of a frustrating situation

Lemons! Making something sweet out of drama

“All right, I’ve been thinking. When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these?! Demand to see life’s manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I’m the man who’s gonna burn your house down! With the… Read More »Lemons! Making something sweet out of drama

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Mindfulness Monday – Self-Love

When starting a practice of mindfulness, you must first begin with Self-Love. Without loving yourself, giving attention to your needs, you lose most of the value of mindfulness. It isn’t selfish or conceitedness to put value in yourself. Practicing Self-Love means that you are tending to your own well-being. Self-love is important because it affects how you feel, how the world sees you, and even your physical health. Your home… Read More »Mindfulness Monday – Self-Love

Warning: Aromatherapy Diffusers Can Be Toxic

We all love aromatherapy. Filling our homes with calming scents, helping to battle the cold and flu season, and the lovely uplifting scents of citrus, aromatherapy is wonderful.  But what isn’t so great is the fact that most oil diffusers are made with plastic.  And if yours is made with plastic, unplug it immediately because it can be toxic! (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link… Read More »Warning: Aromatherapy Diffusers Can Be Toxic

Treating Gingivitis In Dogs With CBD Treats

CBD has potent anti-bacterial properties to fight germs. Cannabidiol (or CBD) gets down deep into the gums and kills the bacteria and prevents infection. It also reduces inflammation and helps to heal the gums. CBD can also boost your dog’s immune system so their bodies can fight off other illnesses.

5 Things You Should Forgive Yourself For, but probaly wont.

I am the bearer of guilt. Not just growing up guilt that we are all given as children, but the guilt I gave to myself. I don’t believe that self-guilt is primarily a woman’s affliction.  Women are the loudest about their burdens. We like to talk about them, regret things, and ponder them out loud for discussion. While men tend to clam up and silently carry around their guilt. However,… Read More »5 Things You Should Forgive Yourself For, but probaly wont.

Buyer Beware! Smart Living Ceramic Cookware Honest Review

Like hundreds of other people this weekend, I attended the Northwest Flower and Garden show in Seattle, Washington. These shows are packed full of vendors showing off their latest and best innovations. But Buyers Beware! What you buy isn’t always what you get.  This is my review of the Smart Living Ceramic Cookware set that I purchased at the show. This is my own review of my purchase.  I have… Read More »Buyer Beware! Smart Living Ceramic Cookware Honest Review

5 Things I Wish My Friends Knew About Lyme Disease

I’ve had Lyme almost all of my life. It’s a part of me and my day to day.  I know it’s unusual, but often I forget that it is anything different from anyone else. But sometimes there are things I wish my friends knew about my life with Lyme Disease.
My battle with Lyme Disease began before I knew I had it.
Like many people I was misdiagnosed for many years before finally being diagnosed. Everything from MS to Anxiety have been on my medical records.  Lyme is commonly misdiagnosed, leaving people wondering if their friends or family are making up their illness and the victim wondering if they will ever find relief.

I was likely a small child when I was bitten by a tick carrying my future inside it. My body has been fighting an invasion since I was in elementary school. I spent my 20’s wondering why I couldn’t keep up with people my age.  Now I know.
 Sometimes I need to rest to let it catch up.
My “Resting Bitch Face” isn’t what you think.
I live with pain. Every day, every hour, something hurts somewhere.  Sometimes it’s an ache or a dull throb, other times it is the painful sting of inflammation. I manage it the best I can without meds because I know in the long run, the meds are very damaging to my other organs that are also fighting this disease.
I get tired, frustrated that I can’t get up and dance with my friends like I used to, even a little envious of a few of you who can enjoy a few cocktails and night of dancing. But my RBF is judged pretty hard even though I’m actually happy to be able to get out and hang out.
Sometimes I just can’t.
One of the hardest realities of living with Lyme is knowing that your immune system is awful.  You have to measure your strength with expectations.

It is embarrassing to have to message a friend ahead of time who has been complaining about being sick to warn her that you just can’t be with her because you can’t take the risk of getting sick for the next few weeks.
Kids are cool.  But they are also germ magnets and while post parents are used to their little ones cruising from one illness to the next.  Sometimes I just have to take a step back from kid friendly events when I know it is flu or cold season in the schools.  It isn’t because I don’t love the kids, but because I can’t give weapons to the bacteria I am already infected with. 
I’ve even had to turn down coming to see new babies because the siblings were sick with the flu. It was awful.
I don’t go to the gym and I am okay with it.
These days among my friends, everyone is trying to get summer bathing suit ready or in “cruse shape” because some of us are headed on a trip together.  They talk about their marathons, weekend gym dates, and diets they are currently on.  And I smile and listen, I think it’s great that they are excited about it.

But I don’t go to the gym and I don’t diet. 
Instead I am in physical therapy usually twice a week to try to keep my muscles from locking up or to settle the pain in a bad area.  I have regular visits with my doctors to make sure my heart is staying strong and my liver isn’t getting worse. I’ve watched my weight climb up and down with each switch of my medications and cringed when I looked in the full length mirror.  After a workout I’m exhausted for days and in pain for a week. 
I’ve learned to accept that I might never get down to a 7 again, but I will keep fighting a disease that’s entire goal is to kill me. And when I look at my body that’s now patched up with scars from surgeries and battle, I know that I am thankful that today I am not bedridden and I can go walking through the Farmer’s Market to enjoy the sweetness of life without guilt.
You can talk to me about my disease.
I’m pretty sure that most of my friends know I have Lyme. But I don’t talk about it much. Usually because few people actually ask me about it.
I know they must have questions or wonder why I cancel at the last minute a night of dancing and fun. They just don’t ask.  I wish my friends knew that they can come talk to me about my illness and I am happy to answer all of their questions.  Lyme Disease is difficult, but harder when you feel like nobody understands you.

5 Fabulous Recipes Using Fresh Ricotta

Today’s post is a bit short but full of great recipes that we hope you will enjoy. I collected 5 fabulous recipes with fresh ricotta from some of my favorite food bloggers around the internet. I love making homemade ricotta. It is easy, uses simple ingredients, and doesn’t take much time or effort.  Better than store-bought, you can make a large batch of ricotta and use it for several recipes… Read More »5 Fabulous Recipes Using Fresh Ricotta

Confessions from a bad mother.

I found this letter that I’d written to myself many years ago. It broke my heart to see that I was in that place.  I think we all have these moments when we feel like everything we tried to do wasn’t right at all.  That girl so many years ago, alone and struggling to be a single mother and raising two little boys, she was so strong and never had… Read More »Confessions from a bad mother.

gluten free breakfast recipes

Easy Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast is one of those meals that I could eat any time of day.  I HATE mornings, so when I have to get up early I want food that is simple, hot, and doesn’t make too much of a mess.
These three recipes made in cupcake tins are perfect for making ahead of time and popping in the microwave on the way to the airport.

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What you need to know about Full Spectrum CBD Oil

What Is Full-Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil? There are so many new products claiming to be CBD or Hemp Oil, it’s hard to figure out what’s what! So we are breaking it down for you so you can figure it out. Remember, we are not giving medical advice. We just want to offer you the best information we have discovered so you can make the best choices for your health. This… Read More »What you need to know about Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Mexican 7-Layer Salad to-go!

(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) I love Mexican food.  Not just the first night, but I love it for lunch the next day. So when Slimming World sent me this recipe to check out.  I immediately knew we could do something both easy and versatile with it. This… Read More »Mexican 7-Layer Salad to-go!

Find your spark

Never Too Old To Find Your Spark

(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) When you open my kitchen cabinets you might not find what you would expect. There are plastic plates, colorful sippy cups, funny chopsticks, all things that you might find in a house with toddlers. Except our toddlers have all grown up. So why… Read More »Never Too Old To Find Your Spark

Lemon Strawberry White Tea

The sun keeps poking through the clouds. Which is just what I need to liven up my garden and make some fresh fruit tea. I had some strawberries that needed to be used and it pairs perfectly with a light white tea. I also wanted a light lemon flavor so I tossed in a few lemon slices and it came out perfectly. Making tea is so easy. I love how… Read More »Lemon Strawberry White Tea

The Arrival of the Red Cardinal

(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) Spring is here, Earth Day right around the corner.   We are back in Maryland this spring, building our dream house.  I ache to get in the garden, to start creating something new and to watch it blossom into something beautiful. Winter is difficult… Read More »The Arrival of the Red Cardinal

What is going on??

Hey everyone, I just wanted to say I’m SORRY! So, we have some big things happening here with Dancing With Fireflies… starting with a new theme, new setups, and….. a store!  Yep, we are setting up a store.  I am going to be honest, this thing started off as a little idea and a few days ago it got insane. So while I learn how to work with a new… Read More »What is going on??

Critical Reasons To Walk Your Dog

It’s a Dog’s Life In the Pacific Northwest – dog friendly travel ideas

(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) The Pacific Northwest is one of the most dog friendly places in the United States.  From beautiful off-leash dog parks to the hundreds of acres of trails, beaches, and city walks, dogs are a common site in the Pacific Northwest. I love traveling… Read More »It’s a Dog’s Life In the Pacific Northwest – dog friendly travel ideas

Cannabis Science Conference 2019

Unpacking From The 2019 Cannabis Science Conference East

(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) Hey everyone, I just wanted to sit down for a bit and talk to you about my trip to the 2019 Cannabis Science Conference East.  Wow!  I honestly feel like I learned so much, and there is so much more now that I… Read More »Unpacking From The 2019 Cannabis Science Conference East

THC for dogs

Warning For Dog Lovers: NO THC Products!

(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) CBD for dogs can be lifesaving. But beware, just like chocolate, dogs can get very sick from THC ingestion! Dogs have abundant receptors in their brains, dogs have the highest concentration of these receptors, particularly in areas related to coordination.  They also have… Read More »Warning For Dog Lovers: NO THC Products!

Declutter your life!

Mindfulness Moments: Declutter Your Life!

(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) I took a powerful class on Fueling Your Creativity this week, and something that I didn’t expect to take out of this class was a lesson in mindfulness and living with things that we tolerate but do not love.  Not just emotionally, but… Read More »Mindfulness Moments: Declutter Your Life!

Vietnamese Pho with Prawns Recipe

Un-Phogettable Shrimp Pho Recipe I love Pho from this little place called Jenny Pho.  Here in Seattle, we have a lot of Vietnamese restaurants. This one is pretty “Americanized” but I love simplicity. Pho is my go to when the weather is cool and rainy. But I can’t always run down there when I’m in the mood for pho.  So I started making it at home and while it’s nice to… Read More »Vietnamese Pho with Prawns Recipe

5 Astonishing Facts About White Tea

(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) Making time for tea is not only improving our mindfulness and relationships, but it is also working to bring our bodies into a better state of health. White tea has so many excellent health benefits that it’s our first focus tea in our… Read More »5 Astonishing Facts About White Tea

Focus tips for creatives

Focus Tips For Creatives

(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”             – Scott Adams I have never lacked creativity, in fact growing up my imaginary friends were the best ones I had. I tend to be a dreamer, and following… Read More »Focus Tips For Creatives

DIY Healing CBD Bath Bombs with Rose Geranium

DIY Healing CBD Bath Bombs with Rose Geranium

Bath Bombs are so relaxing and a great way to give yourself some self-love. What if you could not only soothe your mind and soak away aches and pains with natural CBD without the high cost of trendy CBD bath bombs? We have that easy DIY for you! How do CBD Bath bombs make you feel better? CBD soothes pain and reduces inflammation. Used topically, it can also settle skin… Read More »DIY Healing CBD Bath Bombs with Rose Geranium

Why Mindfulness Works

Mindfulness Moments: Why Practicing Mindfulness Works For Change

  If you are looking to train your mind through mindfulness, is probably because you are looking for a change. Mindfulness teaches us that we need to pay attention to the present moment. Maybe it is keeping the focus on our breath, or learning how to let go of thoughts.  But Mindfulness works for whole life wellness. The mind wanders 47% of the time. Through mindfulness, we are learning how… Read More »Mindfulness Moments: Why Practicing Mindfulness Works For Change

5 Upsetting Truths About Lyme Disease

We didn’t ask for this, a life of questioning, doubting, and wondering how much longer. But a life with Lyme is still a life. Day by day, you learn to live your life beyond Lyme Disease. It’s is hard and frustrating. However, knowing you aren’t alone helps. Truth #1 – Forget It! Living with Lyme means your memory is BAD.  You forget why you walked into a room, who that person… Read More »5 Upsetting Truths About Lyme Disease

The Key To Unlocking Flawless Skin After 40 Isn’t What You Think

Essential oils have been around for a very long time. But Face Oils are a new trend that combines the natural healing of essential oils and the ability to customize your beauty routine. Healthy young-looking skin is the dream most of us over 40 looks to our beauty routine to attain. Beyond a healthy diet and lifestyle, we also need to make sure our skin has all of the vitamins… Read More »The Key To Unlocking Flawless Skin After 40 Isn’t What You Think

How to use CBD everyday and why you should too!

How I Use CBD Everyday To Cope With Lyme Disease

I’ve been on muscle relaxers, pain killers, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, liver support, thyroid meds, heart meds, and anti-anxiety meds. Western medicine hasn’t been able to help me. But CBD has changed my life and allowed me to live beyond my diagnosis. I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease in 2003 after years of living in pain, inflammation, and brain fog. I have been on so many medications that now there is… Read More »How I Use CBD Everyday To Cope With Lyme Disease

A Case Of The Mondays – Tips To Improve Your Mood

  Mondays are hard.  Sometimes they even suck. A case of the Mondays can happen any day that you feel like you just can’t get things going and find your energy. However, you can’t change the fact that like Mondays, bad days and sad days just come around.  They don’t last a lifetime unless you want them to.   You just have to move through them, remember to breathe, and soon… Read More »A Case Of The Mondays – Tips To Improve Your Mood

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5 Tantalizing New Moscow Mule Recipes To Add Wow Your Spring Parties

  The Moscow Mule is super popular and fun to drink in those chilly copper mugs. We fell in love with handmade moscow mule cups after talking with our friends at MoscowMuled.com about their gorgeous mugs and why they are different from some of the others out there. After getting our own pair of mugs from Moscow Muled ( Thanks guys!) we set off exploring how we could come up… Read More »5 Tantalizing New Moscow Mule Recipes To Add Wow Your Spring Parties

How To Meditate

How To Meditate

Learning how to meditate is easy, free, and you can do it almost anywhere. Oddly, it’s not as easy as it sounds. However, the results of building up your meditation practice make it all worth it. Mindfulness is the process of letting go of everything else that is cluttering up your thoughts and bringing your attention to the present moment.  It is a deep breath that calls your focus back… Read More »How To Meditate

Mindfulness Moment: Accepting Friendship

  This year as we focus on mindfulness I want you to stop and think about the beautiful relationships in your life. I am blessed with some incredible and beautiful relationships that have enriched my life and made me appreciate each day. Being part of the NOW also means appreciating the positive influences in your life. I know that there are so many people out there looking for the perfect mate… Read More »Mindfulness Moment: Accepting Friendship

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CBD for Anxiety

Life can be a stressful for anyone. But when you live with anxiety, stress is multiplied. I use CBD to help me cope with stress and it helps me avoid panic attacks. You can find many great CBD products that are not only easy to use but are discreet. The information provided here is not a replacement for medical help. I am not offering medical advice. I am giving you… Read More »CBD for Anxiety

Where and then feast

“Where and then feast have we sat together but to build and pray. Have words smelled of color that wrap in winters breath as we lie in tranquill. When, in the peace of time, does the sound breathe. Together, lost in love and patience…..”

~ Lance Kassle November ’04

The world lost an amazing artist of words this week. 

Mindful Monday: Look Up

This week we are on the road. We are out in Snowy Seattle and the PNW. I’ve been trying to work in as much mindfulness and meditation as I can as we travel and explore. But it can be hard! Making time to be mindful is as much part of the practice as deep breathing. It takes effort to press pause and take time to stop being busy. Mindfulness isn’t… Read More »Mindful Monday: Look Up