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
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
I am OBSESSED with my Air Fryer. I use it every day. From tater tots to main dishes, my Air Fryer gets a lot of use. Y’all you can make everything in the Air Fryer and it’s so much healthier than fried in oil! My kids all got Air Fryers for the holidays and we have had a great time collecting recipes to try out. I’m so excited to bring… Read More »8 Easy Vegetarian Air Fryer Snack Recipes
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
If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney I believe in the power of setting Goals AND Intentions. Yes, friends, there is a difference, and I am so excited to share what that means AND how you can improve your goal-setting process. It’s that time of year when many of us are putting the past behind us and looking to make some changes, set some goals, AND… Read More »If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It – Goal Setting
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
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
Have you ever scrolled through a blog post that sounded interesting, only to discover that there were SO MANY WORDS, and you don’t have enough time for that? Yeah… me too. In fact, I’m going to let you in on my secret… I hate food blogs that you have to scroll for ten minutes before you get to the recipe, only to find that it wasn’t the recipe you wanted… Read More »Firefly Moments: Shorter & Sweeter
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)
Easy Instant Pot Beer Cheese Soup Like what you see? Share it with your friends! Grab your Instant Pot and let’s make some Beer Cheese Soup! I miss going out to the pubs! Beer Cheese Soup always reminds me of when my husband and I used to go out before seeing a concert and grab a drink and food. I love the creamy cheese and light hint of beer to… Read More »Easy Instant Pot Beer Cheese Soup
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
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 »Is It Time To Refinance Your Home Mortgage?
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
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 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 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 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
8 Unique and Fun Menorahs In our home, we have a LOT of Hanukkah menorahs, from silly to traditional. And I love them all. We choose which one we will light for all 8 nights of Hanukkah and in the window, we have the basic Jewish Family Electric Plastic menorah that I think every family has. It’s fun, it’s useful, and it won’t burn down the house! So if you… Read More »Beautiful and Fun Hanukkah Menorahs
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
It’s gift-giving time again and we rounded up some of our favorite products we have tried this year. We’ve done a lot of great product reviews. And today we are going to give you a taste of our favorites, from hot cocktail pods to relaxing nights by the fire. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Cask &… Read More »Our Favorite Products of 2020
“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
Home Coffee stations are popping up everywhere. And we know why! We love our home coffee station not just for feeling luxurious at home, but it also helps to keep everything all together and tidy! Making your own coffee station is easy, and we have a few inspirations to show you how you can create your own luxury coffee station. 26 Inspirational Home Coffee Station Ideas This post contains affiliate… Read More »26 Must Have Coffee Stations For Your Home
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
This year, it seemed like every day, we had new pops of color in the garden. And the big surprise was falling in love with Zinnias. I was so excited to come out each morning to a new beautiful flower that lasted for weeks. Each flower had different stages of beauty. This summer, I decided that I’d start sharing some of the many characters in our garden with all of… Read More »Zinnia: The Star Of My Garden & Free Printable
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Our kitchens are the warm center point of our homes. As the heart of interactions, meals, and memories- this room deserves as much work and attention as possible. Unfortunately, our kitchens aren’t always the room we want them to be. Whether you’re buying a house with a kitchen that needs a little work or have lived somewhere for years and are hankering for some change, a complete facelift of your… Read More »How To Give Your Kitchen A Facelift
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
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
This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. CBD Bath bombs are one of my favorite ways to soften my skin and relax. I love the colorful water options and scents that make me feel like a kid again! I love the way my skin feels soft and silky after soaking in the tub, and the CBD soothes my… Read More »Why Do CBD Bath Bombs Feel So Nice?
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
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
Hey everyone! August flew by so fast! Wow!! September is here and we have a new list of our favorite things to share with you! September has many parents scrambling to try to figure out the new back to school routine, so we have a whole month of posts meant to help make life more simple and some tips to find more calm in this new life we are building.… Read More »September – My Favorite Things
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
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
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
8 years ago, my best friend was killed in an accident that forever changed my life. He was “My Person” because unlike everyone else in my life, he was there the longest and knew the darkest parts of my life. And he loved me all through it, like a brother and like someone who understood trauma intimately. When he was gone, I was left in a world that suddenly had… Read More »It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
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
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
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
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 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 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 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
Hey everyone! I can’t believe July is over! I hope you are all enjoying this summer. For me, it’s going so fast and I just want it to slow down a little more. This is my favorite time of year, and I want to hold on to it a little longer. The weather has been so hot, and not enough rain. So I’ve been out in the garden spending a… Read More »August- My Favorite Things
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
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
Buyer Beware: Zenified Pain Relief Pen Hey everyone, I have another product for all of you to beware of. The Zenified pain relief pen. It’s been advertised on Facebook and their website as a way to help sooth pain and help with blood circulation. But what was sent was a cheap plastic tens machine that runs on a AA battery. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small… Read More »Buyer Beware: Zenified Pain Relief Pen
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
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
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
I loved having Hannah Brooklyn guest blog for us. She has some great ideas for the best foods to eat when the weather is scorching! So while we are enjoying this summer weather, please enjoy this guest post. 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… Read More »Summer Super Foods!
Summer is almost here, and many of us are venturing out to get some fresh air with our dogs. But did you know that dogs can get Lyme disease just like people? That’s why good tick protection is a must for your dogs too. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos are awful for our dogs. Here are a few tips to keep them bug-free this summer! Keep Them Clean The best way… Read More »Keeping Your Dog Safe from Lyme Disease and Ticks
Finding calm during stressful times isn’t easy. But we have some tips that we hope might help. We’ve been talking a lot about how 2020 was one of the most stressful years for many people. Just as scary, millions of people are out of work and wondering how they will be able to feed their children, pay their bills, or when they will be able to go back to work.… Read More »Finding Calm During Stressful Times
Father’s Day is just a month away and we want to help you find your cool Dad a great gift that he’ll love this Father’s Day. I’m doing my shopping today to find my hubby something fun he’ll enjoy. He’s a fun Dad and even though our little ones are all grown up, I still want to find something special to say “Thank You for making me a Mom” and… Read More »Father’s Day: 10 Fun Gifts For Cool Dads
Each day begins with sleep. The way you feel, the way you think and react, and the basis of each day starts with how you sleep. We have a few tips for you to get better sleep naturally. An estimated 164 Americans have trouble sleeping at least once a week We all need to rest. Without enough sleep, our health suffers. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation increases your… Read More »12 Ways To Sleep Better Naturally
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
Where To Buy Face Masks and Hand Sanitizer To Fight Covid-19 Hey everyone, we have some good news for you. After looking high and low, we have located face masks and hand sanitizer! I found them this morning and I’m so excited to share with all of you where you can not only buy, but they are on sale! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission… Read More »Where to buy face masks and hand sanitizer
One of my favorite vegetarian restaurants makes this amazing “Chicken” fried seitan dinner that’s so good and makes me think of growing up on a farm. These days, I try to recreate a lot of the recipes that I miss from our travels and eating out, and our homemade seitan is so good that we don’t miss buying it in gourmet vegan shops. I love being a vegetarian. It fits… Read More »Homemade Seitan Recipe
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
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
Today we have a great CBD recipe. Our Vanilla CBD Rooibos Tea Latte is so good and a gentle way practice some self-care. I love starting my day off knowing that I can do something simple to control how I feel, improve my health, and give myself a little self-care each morning. You can even incorporate a few minutes of mindfulness while you wait for your tea to steep. Take… Read More »Vanilla CBD Rooibos Tea Latte
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
Hey everyone! Have you been wishing you could learn how to bake but don’t know where to start? We have 15 great suggestions on where to start without leaving your home. I am a cook. I can usually recreate any dish I’ve tried and I actually love to cook. I have a pantry full of spices and as my daughter says, I can make a full meal out of condiments… Read More »5 Delivery Boxes To Learn How To Bake
Hey everyone, we introducing our new blog sponsors – Dropps. We have been using their products for a couple of weeks and I’m excited to share them with you. In celebration of Earth Day, we also have news about how to save money while saving the Earth. Let’s dig in and talk about Dropps! Not only is Dropps they are great company with wholesome products, but they sponsor our blog so… Read More »Tackling Plastic Pollution with Dropps
Spring is here, and it’s gardening season! I’ve been waiting (not so patiently) all winter long to start my garden. But this year, Covid-19 has made my gardening plans a little more difficult. I know I’m not alone. Don’t worry, we’ve discovered a few great options for gardening while staying home in self-quarantine to keep safe and grow a great garden. This post contains affiliate links that I make a… Read More »How To Start A Garden While In Quarantine
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
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
Safer At Home doesn’t mean we have to go without great foods and treats that can lift our moods and make the day a little more fun. We discovered 7 delicious subscription deliveries that will melt your worries and give you a reason to smile. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. SnackSack Say hello to smarter snacking… Read More »The Best Subscriptions To Eat Your Troubles Away
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
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
If you had more time to focus on your health and wellbeing, what would you do? Well this is the time for many of us that we suddenly have the time, what are you doing with it? For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had to self-quarantine to limit risks of getting Covid-19 because I have Lyme Disease and complications. And I’m loving the Better Me that’s coming out of… Read More »How Staying Home Has Improved My Life
Another Monday is here. I’m still in self-quarantine due to Covid-19 & my Lyme Disease and well because it’s better for the entire planet that we all stay home until it’s safe to go out again. So, I’m here, trying to gather some good thoughts and something awesome to share with all of you. I wanted to talk to you candidly, because I think that’s what we all need a… Read More »Thoughts on Covid-19 and staying home
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.
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 I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Cocktails or Mocktails? Like many in 2020, I am sober by choice. This means, I choose… Read More »Strawberry Lemon CBD Cocktails
Looking for a job you can do from home right now? Join the rabidly growing CBD market that has allowed me to earn money from home without any risk. I’ve been working with Joy Organics for a couple of years and they are not only great products that I use daily, they are also a fair and honest company to work with. What is an affiliate program? What this is,… Read More »New Work From Home Opportunity
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
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
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
Hey everyone, it’s Crysta, and I wanted to take a few minutes to talk to you and share some of my thoughts about what’s going on in the world and the Covid-19 threat. First of all, I want to thank each of you for taking the time to read my blog, for sharing your thoughts in the comments, for sharing the posts to your friends and families. It really means… Read More »A Word From DWF About The Virus and Life
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! Click to go to the recipe Sweet treats you can make at home! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee… Read More »Chocolate Covered Strawberries with CBD Infused Chocolate
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
Ready to make your own hand sanitizer? We have an easy recipe that not only soothes your hands, but leaves them clean when you can’t get to soap and water. Let me stress this very clearly, please wash your hands with soap and water. This is not a replacement for good hygiene and this is NOT to be used around your face and eyes! Click to go to… Read More »Soothing DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe
If you have been looking for new ways to add CBD into your daily routine, we have a recipe for you! CBD Tea is a great way to include the holistic healing properties of tea and the incredible benefits of CBD oil into your diet. Last week we showed you how to make CBD Coffee. This week, we have something for the tea lovers! We also have a great recipe… Read More »How To Make CBD Tea
Who doesn’t love Yoga? Looking for that perfect birthday gift or holiday surprise for that person on your list who loves yoga, nature, and wellness? We have found 5 great products that are sure to be a hit this year for your loved ones. Or maybe you just need to give yourself some self-care and buy something nice just for you. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an… Read More »5 Gifts For Yoga Lovers
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
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
The sun breaks through the bones of the winter trees warming stubborn birds that don’t seem to care about the bitter wind. It is still, cool and quiet, the rush has already passed. Morning commuters have already stumbled through their morning routines of coffee and emails. Now the calm returns and the rows of houses sit quiet again. The pale turquoise chalkboard above begins to come to life with iced… Read More »Writer’s Block: Tips For Creatives
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
These days everyone has a side hustle. We all want to make a little extra money for travel, going out, or doing something fun. I’ve been a blogger for many years, and I’ve found how easy it is to make some extra cash while pursuing my dream of being a writer. Working from home is how I earn money to travel, go out, and even treat myself to a massage.… Read More »10 Simple Ways To Earn Extra Cash Working From Home
This week is Riley’s Birthday. He always gets a few new toys to replace the ones that have been destroyed. But he has a few favorites that he takes care of and have actually lasted a while. If your dog loves toys, we share Riley’s Favorites The Snake by Leaps & Bounds We have no idea why this snake is one of Riley’s favorite things. But he takes it with… Read More »Dog Toys For Dogs Who Love To Chew
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
Are you thinking of remodeling your home or building your own modern farmhouse? We have some great tips to share for your farmhouse kitchen that you won’t want to miss! When remodeling or redesigning a kitchen in the farmhouse style, there’s so much to focus on. There are many easy ways to implement farmhouse design in your kitchen; we’ll discuss some common ones as well as some more unique features… Read More »Farmhouse Kitchen Design Staples for 2020
Have you ever been so tired that just the thought of moving makes you want to put your head down and cry? There are days that I know I swim in the heaviness of exhaustion and my eyes beg to close for just a moment. I don’t dare because I know that I won’t open them again for hours. Sometimes when my Lyme Disease is rearing up, I fight this… Read More »Exhausted – A Lyme Disease Symptom
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?
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
Like what you see? Share it with your friends! Did you know that Tea and CBD are a great combination for lowering your stress levels? We love CBD Tea and have a great recipe for you! Last year we watched as CBD charged into the health world. We discovered new ways to use it and opened our minds to new ideas about how cannabis can improve our health. Did you… Read More »Vanilla CBD Tea Latte Recipe
From Edibles to Vaping: 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.… Read More »How to Use CBD to Treat Anxiety
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
When people ask us how we met, we always smile and usually we look at each other. I’m not sure why it’s just a reaction I guess. We used to be a little nervous about telling people we met in a chat room. Now sites like Match.com make finding a mate online common and acceptable. In the 90’s when we met, it was new territory and a little scary. The… Read More »+1 to Romance – How I Met My Husband
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
I LOVE my cast iron pans. In fact, until this week, I would have never have believed that I’d ever have anything else in my kitchen. Thanks to DaTerra Cucina, I now know there is more than cast iron. Their Ceramic Non-stick pans are fantastic. I received my pan directly from Kathrin at DaTerra, and I am thrilled to give them my honest review. The downside to cast iron As… Read More »DaTerra Cucina Pans – Why We Adore Them
Living with Chronic pain can be isolating, scary, and frustrating to friends and family. Guest Blogger, Annie Grace shares her post about what she wishes other people knew about her struggle living with chronic pain and fibromyalgia. Chronic pain has become an epidemic across the globe: it’s estimated that 1.5 billion people suffer from immense and ongoing pain, every day. So why is it, then, that we don’t talk about… Read More »6 Things People With Chronic Pain Wish They Could Tell Their Friends
Have you ever had kreplach? It’s meaty, savory, and perfect for cozy winter nights. We made this classic recipe vegetarian, and it turned out so good! We’ve been traveling and that means eating out daily. Sometimes that’s nice. But usually, you are searching the menu for the one thing that is comforting at the end of a long day. This week as soon as I got home I had to… Read More »Vegetarian “Beef” Kreplach Recipe
Moving from one house to a new one can be so exciting. But it’s also one of the most stressful experiences. From finding a new home, uprooting your life, and saying good-bye to friends and family. There a lot of emotion happening in a big move. That’s why we wanted to share our moving plan and how we managed to unpack all of our boxes without going crazy! This week… Read More »Tips For Moving Without Losing Your Mind
“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
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
Image by Pexels 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… Read More »5 Right Now Steps To A Guest Ready Home
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
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
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
I used to stress a lot about the holidays. So much that I would work myself up and not enjoy the entire month of December. Stress is a killer! Well that’s the sign that is up at my cardiologist’s office and I’m starting to believe it. Well this year I’m feeling pretty good about the holidays and that’s thanks to the tips from friends and family that have actually gotten… Read More »Tips For A Stress-Free Holiday Season
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
Everywhere you go, it is starting to feel like the holidays are here. Last winter we have 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… Read More »What Is Hanukkah?
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 »Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Surviving Holiday Parties with Food Sensitivities
Let’s Talk Cacao Tea! Review of Cacao Tea Co Hey everyone we have a delicious new review to share with you today from our friends at Cacao Tea Co. If you are a tea lover like I am, you’ll want to see what we have to say about this unusual tea. So grab your cup, and let’s get to it! Thanks to Cacao Tea Co. for sending us this fun… Read More »Cacao Tea Co. – Let’s Talk Tea!
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
I love a clean kitchen. But, if you are like me, the idea of scrubbing the kitchen from top to bottom feels like the worst job ever. But we have some easy tips to clean your kitchen and keep it clean. We share our daily routine for keeping the kitchen clean. Fun hacks to keep the grime away! Think like a Minimalist! Big or small, when your counters are filled… Read More »How To Clean Your Kitchen And Keep It Clean Daily
Hey Everybody! I’m so excited about starting this week off. Mondays have always been sort of hectic for me, but I love them. I know… most people hate Mondays. But I find that after having a few days thinking about what I need to get done, I’m always glad to actually just get started. I wanted to tell you about a project I’ve been working on and how it began.… Read More »Monday Musing: Starting a new adventure
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
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
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
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
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!
“A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.” ― Erma Bombeck Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
Take action today to simplify your life and your home! Today we have 100 ways you can easily simplify your life and your home. Baby steps anyone can do, and things that might be a challenge but will help you master the clutter! I know like myself, many of you have walked through your house and wondered how it has gotten so cluttered. I’m going to let you in on… Read More »100 Ways To Simplify Your Life and Home
October is Cyber Security Month! Hey everyone, did you know that October is Cyber Security Month? Michael and I love tech, and we know how easy it is for our devices to become prey to the bad guys out there. That’s why we want to share a few tips on how you can keep your family’s tech safe. Michael is my favorite tech guy. He’s the one I count on… Read More »Cyber Security Month: Securing Your Mobile Devices
Fall is my favorite time to make soups, stews, and bisques. As soon as the weather starts to cool, the first fires are lit, I am in the kitchen making a huge pot of something warm. Once a week I make a new soup that we have through the week for lunch. Soup topped with something new each day leads to some creative explorations in my kitchen. Time to head… Read More »Curried Sweet Potato Apple Bisque
Hey Everyone! We have a great new review from our friends over at Green Grove CBD. They sent us a few of their best selling products to try and we are giving you our honest reviews of each of them. All of our reviews are our own opinions and we know you appreciate that honesty. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase… Read More »Firefly Review: Green Grove CBD Does It Again!
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 Like what you see? Share it with your friends! 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… Read More »Easy Moist Banana Bread 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
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
IT’S FALL DECORATING TIME!!!! Hey Everyone! It’s my FAVORITE time of year and we’ve joined with Target to bring you a few of our favorite fall decorations to make your home super festive and even a little spooky. This roundup was so much fun to do and I love all of the fun new home decor options at Target. It’s so easy to find exactly what you are looking for… Read More »Fall In Love With Target’s 2019 Autumn Home Decor!
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 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
Domestic Abuse Is No Laughing Matter. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Statistics about violence in relationships are both frightening and sad. I guarantee everyone knows someone in a relationship that is either verbal or physically assaulting. And it isn’t just men who are the abusers, women are just as guilty of throwing a punch, but much less likely to be convicted of it. Domestic violence isn’t limited to just punching… Read More »Setting The World On Fire – Domestice Abuse
“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 »This Is Why You Really Need To Be Drinking More Tea
This week our Riley has been fighting an ear infection again. It’s common in long ear dogs like cockers and beagles. We have been fighting ear problems his whole life. But this time we have found the magic concoction that really kicked it fast. We have tried everything in the last few years. We have been through so many different drops and cleaners, but anytime Riley gets his ears wet,… Read More »Riley’s Ear Pain – treating with CBD and Natural Remedies
Canning Summer Fresh Tomatoes (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.) This summer we were blessed with a great crop of flavorful tomatoes in our garden. This is the one crop that is a must in our garden. However, this is also a busy time because they all seem to… Read More »Canning Summer Fresh Tomatoes
Happy Birthday Wynter! (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.) She’s getting older. Even though I don’t want to admit it, my sweet girl is 9 years old and even though for her breed ( Jindo- Shiba) that isn’t terribly old. She is still a “senior dog” and there are… Read More »Wynter’s Review – Trudog Free Me
Hey everyone! I can FEEL Fall is so close! Today I sat outside early this morning on the porch while the hose was soaking in the front flower beds. I wanted to take in some of that fresh fall air that was lightly scented with the crispness of freshly cut grass before heading up to my office. It didn’t help my blogging productivity at all! All I wanted to do… Read More »The Best Way To Season Cast Iron Pans
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
London Bound? We have some tips you need to have the best experience ever! We love London at any time of the year. But after a few trips, we have some tips you might not find in the travel guides. We know that you already have a list of sites to see. Big Ben, The Tower of London, even the Queen herself. But what you might not know is that… Read More »5 Things You Must Pack – London, England
Who else love fancy coffee? From the first hot silky sip that slowly rolls over my tongue and warms my belly, I fall in love with coffee over and over again. But not the plain jane black coffee, the drip coffee that can be found at every gas station and Waffle House. I love fancy coffee… a good creamy latte is my heart and joy. And if my barista can… Read More »For The Love Of Fancy Coffee
Our farmhouse kitchen is the heart of our home and I think it might be our favorite place. I love making something creative and wholesome to feed to my family in this space. There are a few things in my kitchen that I LOVE so much and I’m excited to share with you! If you haven’t tried an Air Fryer yet, you are really missing out. We love ours so… Read More »Our Farmhouse Kitchen: Our Favorite Things
Why do you think you have Lyme Disease? You really think that this bacteria floats around in your body for years and years and you are just walking around? You are here, walking and talking and on my table getting tests and you believe that you are filled with this deadly bacteria? Nonsense. Don’t believe everything you are told by doctors, stay away from them. Eat more papaya and live… Read More »Lyme Disease Isn’t Real
(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.) Trying to incorporate more CBD into your daily life? We have a few easy ways to make sure you are getting enough CBD to improve your health and see the benefits. Skin Uses Add a few drops of pure CBD oil to your… Read More »33 Surprising New Ways To Use CBD Every day
Hey everyone! This week I have a new review to share with you, it is for the Pixel Pour – 500mg – Tropical Blast CBD Isolate Cartridge. These CBD cartridges are sold at vape shops and I purchased mine locally. And as promised, this is my honest review after my experience trying this product. So as many of you know, Lyme Disease comes with a variety of issues. Today, I’m… Read More »CBD Vape – Review Pixel Pour – 500mg – Tropical Blast CBD Isolate Cartridge
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
You know, “Fat” has to be one of the most hateful ugly words. “Fat” and all of its ugly friends not only tears apart the creation of self-esteem but it continues to spread like cancer into the brain. It reaches into those moments where you are the happiest; the most excited, and whispers into your ear. “Do you really think you are pretty? Maybe, if you lost a few pounds.”… Read More »Fat – The Bull Sh*T Word That We Need To Stop Calling Other People
Hey Everyone! We know a lot of you are packing up for some last minute summer adventures. Don’t forget these packing essentials! We gathered a few essential tips for your last minute getaway! (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 I go on a solo travel trip, I don’t… Read More »Packing Essentials – Must Haves
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.
Dear Diary, Recently I discovered a stash of my old journals and wanted to take a little walk down memory lane, I curiously flipped through the pages of these beautiful journals and discovered… these have to be burned! I am pretty sure that if anyone read these things from start to finish, I might actually die from embarrassment. But I’m a journal keeper, and for some reason, I find it… Read More »My Old Diaries: I wasn’t expecting THIS.
Our Top 10: A Look At What Y’all Loved From This Year This has been a crazy year already! We are halfway through the year and already so much has happened! Wow! I can’t believe we are coming up on the end of summer pretty soon. It seems like just weeks ago we were fighting the snow and thinking about moving into our new farmhouse. Summer for bloggers is a… Read More »Top 10 Blog Posts From 2019
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 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
Many people are searching for comfort. I know that some are also looking for something that might sooth their families bellies and fears. I hope these recipes bring both.
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
Why Biscuits and Gravy Bring Me Back To My Roots When I was little, I lived with my Great-Grandmother, my “Gram.” She was born and raised in rural Tennessee. Born in the “Hallow” in a two-room house. They kept warm in the winter with a woodstove and sharing the feather bed with her sisters. Growing up with her I have gifted this incredible culture of gardening for your own food,… Read More »Southern Vegetarian Biscuits and Gravy – Memories and recipes
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
Do you snore or live with someone who does? This week, guest blogger Katherine Dilworth shares her tips for helping your partner stop snoring so you both can have a better night’s sleep both at home and while traveling. (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.) What causes snoring? A snore is… Read More »Problem with Your Wife’s or Husband’s Snoring?
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.)
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.
Thai Sweet Chili and Garlic Sauce Recipe Hey everyone, life is starting to settle down for us here at the new house. I love how it is really coming together. Even though I feel like there is still so much to do! But I’ve found myself in the kitchen, reaching back to to my roots and pulling out some of my old recipes and enjoying the feel of bringing new… Read More »Thai Sweet Chili and Garlic Sauce Recipe
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
Hey everyone! I have a brand new for you today… and it’s not what you think. Today we are reviewing blogging blogs and podcasts. We are going to cruise some of the good ones, the crappy ones, and the ones that started off good and then… well… let’s see. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission… Read More »Reviewing “Better Blogging” bloggers
Let’s be honest. I’m 40 something, fat, unphotogenic, and I refuse to pay for a photographer to chase me around and make me look fabulous. And I’m sick of this BS social media game. Aren’t you? Here’s the deal, I’m over trying to chase this ridiculous carrot that has been baited just over my head for the last 2 years. It’s exhausting, expensive, and unrealistic. (This post includes affiliate links.… Read More »An Honest Word About Blogging and Being an Influencer
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!
Hey Everyone! Wow, it’s been so hot here in Maryland. I knew the humidity was terrible, but goodness it’s thick! So I’ve been getting up extra early to get out into the garden before it gets hot and while it’s totally worth missing some sleep, even at 6:30 it’s been hot and humid. Gardening is my best weapon against Lyme Disease Let’s be honest, I hate mornings, and I really… Read More »Gardening is my best weapon against Lyme Disease
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.
Pet owners are loving the positive effects of CBD on their dogs. CBD or Cannabidiol is a Cannabinoid derived from cannabis plant (also known as marijuana) that does not have the same psychoactive effects as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD will NOT get your dog high.CBD is available for pets in both tinctures and treats.
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
Hey everyone! I’m back to work after taking a few weeks off to put my head back on and actually get moved into our new house. It was a crazy time, and summer is perfect for taking a blog break. I hope all of you have been taking some time for yourselves and practicing plenty of self-love. One of the things that I noticed during my break was that when… Read More »Our Summer Blog Break Is Over!
The weather is warming up, and I have been daydreaming about road tripping. I love road trips. I’ve been on a few fantastic road trips with friends that have been some of my favorite memories. It’s so much fun just picking up a week’s worth of clothes, a pillow, and getting in the car and getting away from home. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link… Read More »Tips To Make Your Road Trip The Best Ever
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
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 are accepting new applications
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
Zucchini is a wonder food and so versatile. It has abundant levels of manganese and vitamin C, both of which help to keep the heart strong. Today we have a great recipe that we make in our own kitchen with our garden fresh zucchini every summer. We really liked the texture of squash spirals. The center of the zucchini is removed, and that is the part that can get a little… Read More »Caramelized Cabbage with Spiralized Zucchini w/ Bowties
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
I LOVE a good Latte. At home, I have an espresso machine and my husband and I love finding new flavors to try out. Admittedly I am the one more likely to try out a crazy flavor combo than he is, but together we have collected a lot of great recipes. This morning I was making one of my favorites, the Almond Raspberry latte and I thought it would be… Read More »Almond Raspberry CBD Latte
Hey everyone! We have a brand new review for you today, and it’s one I know that many of you will understand if you have ever moved or built a house. Our friends at The California Wine Club have perfect timing because we are packing up to move to our new house and everything is CRAZY! As many of you know, Michael and I are moving to our new dream… Read More »Chaos and Wine – Moving Week With The California Wine Club
Hey everyone! We have some great information today to share with any of you who are thinking of starting your own CBD business in 2019. I started my own CBD business this year and I can’t believe how easy it was. Cannabidiol (CBD) is 2019’s hot product and many of you are trying to figure out how you can get into that trending market. Todd Smith, co-founder of Joy Organics,… Read More »10 Steps to Starting a CBD Business in 2019
“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?
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!
Launch your dream of being a writer, blogger, or influencer today. Starting your own blog is a big step. I know how frustrating it is to want to learn how to do it, click on a link and be told you have to pay money to learn more. I’m not going to do that. It’s stupid. This post shares how I took the next steps to leave my day-job and… Read More »Launch Your Dreams Today – Starting Your Own Blog
I love essential oils. But after I learned how bad plastic essential oil diffusers were, I immediately threw mine away. I was shocked after testing three essential oils on a plastic spoon, seeing that the next morning the oils had melted and warped the spoons. Which is why essential oils are always sold in glass bottles. Then, Organic Aromas introduced me to their plastic-free glass oil diffusers. Glass doesn’t break… Read More »Firefly Review: Organic Aromas Oil Diffuser
I LOVE a good Latte. At home I have a espresso machine and my husband and I love finding new flavors to try out. Admittedly I am the one more likely to try out a crazy flavor combo than he is, but together we have collected a lot of great recipes.
“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
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
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
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.
Wynter and Riley love TruDog for many reasons, but mostly because they love the taste. This week we are reviewing a few of TruDog’s delicious treats. Treat Me – Freeze-Dried SuperTreats for dogs from TruDog. TruDog sent the dogs a few of their top sellers for Wynter and Riley to give their honest opinions. To be honest, this review was a little difficult. Why? Because the dogs LOVE them and… Read More »Firefly Review: TruDog’s Treat Me Freeze Dried Dog Treats
Exciting new research has found that CBD may help curb the cravings of opioid and heroin addiction. CBD or Cannabidiol non-psychoactive ingredient comes from the cannabis plant, but it does not get you high. CBD is not addictive. And it can reduce craving and anxiety. This new study has found that after receiving either an oral CBD solution, participants had reduced cue-driven cravings and anxiety. “Our findings indicate that CBD… Read More »New CBD Study On Addiction and the Opioid Crisis
When I was younger, before I was diagnosed with Lyme disease I was losing a battle with the Lyme Monster in a war I had no idea I was fighting. Lyme is evil, there is no other word for it but evil. Because it’s not just a disease of one area, you never know what’s actually happening to you or why. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link… Read More »The Lyme Monsters vs Who I am
When I was a kid I was a picky eater. I had a handful of things that I considered edible and anything else was left behind. No amount of begging and bargaining would get me to eat my veggies. My family tried everything to convince me that veggies were good to eat and not for feeding the dog. I, however, wasn’t convinced. I remember one evening my Gram had made… Read More »Please Pass the Peas: Chickpea Pot Pie Recipe
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.
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
So many people, including myself, suffer through Fibromyalgia pain. The day-to-day pain can be mind-numbing and just thinking of going to the gym feels unattainable. But you can do more without having to trek to the gym to help your body to feel better and stay healthy. Today’s post comes to us from The Health Review‘s contributor and editor Debra Cochran. We know that using CBD before exercising helps to keep your… Read More »8 Gym-Free Exercises for People with Fibromyalgia
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.
There’s been a lot of talk about Lyme disease after a few celebrity voices have come forward speaking about their experiences with this complicated disease. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, I hope that perhaps one of these celebrity voices with their money and influence will somehow have discovered something new that will actually help the hundreds of thousands of people suffering. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click… Read More »Overcoming Lyme Disease by Taking Away Its Power.
The youngest of our 5 is about to be a sophomore in high school this year. And as I was reminiscing about how fast these last 15 years have gone for her, I realized that I only have a few more years left to make sure she is ready to take those important steps into her own adult world. The Teens are now preparing for life away from home. This… Read More »10 Life Skills Teens Should Know Before Going To College
This weekend was Mother’s Day and all around people were making social media posts about their Moms, the park was filled with BBQs and flowers for the lucky moms. And for a few minutes, I spoke with all of my children. As I had some time to reflect, I wondered where the time had gone from my children being toddlers to wondering if they would remember to call. I remember… Read More »Where has the time gone?
This week we are trying TruDog treats. Hopefully, we will find some that she likes! Wynter is a very picky eater. In fact most of the time she picks through her food and treats to find the perfect bite and will walk away from the others. So finding treats and supplements that she will accept can be hard. Because Wynter is my best friend and I rely on her as my service… Read More »Wynter’s Review of TruDog treats
We have another exciting review for you! This time it is for TruDog’s Fortify Me Dog Food Toppers. We know that many of you have been asking us to do more reviews for healthy pet options and we are thrilled to bring this one to you. We love your suggestions! So keep them coming! (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I… Read More »Wynter’s Review- Fortify Me dog food topper from TruDog
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
Gram gave me a chicken, brownish red and too gentle to eat. She said it would be my friend if I took care of her, talked to her in a gentle voice and kept her safe from the dog.
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.
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.
(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.) Riley loves his toys. And we love doing dog toy reviews so you know what’s cool and what’s just a waste of money. Riley is a fun dog. Every day he picks out his favorite toys from his toy box and brings them… Read More »Riley’s Dog Toy Review – KONG Phatz Pig Plush Dog Toy
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
I will not be told that my body isn’t good enough. I will not be fat shamed by commercials trying to get me to believe that now that the new year is here, I need to suddenly change my evil ways. NO.
(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!
(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.) Many people are trying CBD oil for the first time. The overwhelming information out there supporting the positive effects of CBD makes it enticing. But how long does it take to work? Everyone is different, and different CBD oils each have their own… Read More »How Long Does It Take For CBD TO Work?
(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
For a lot of people, 2017 has been extremely stressful already. But we can take steps to not only protect our own mental health, but to spread that calm to the rest of our friends and family.
(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.) This week we are reviewing Trudog’s Surprise Me – Hide the Pill treats for Large dogs. Riley and Wynter were excited to do this review! Our dog, Riley, is a great dog. But sadly, he was born with a lot of complications. So… Read More »Review – Trudog’s Surprise Me Pill Treats Without The Junk
(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.) Thank you for coming. Really, I want to thank you for being our readers. Many of you come week after week and share and like our posts. And today I want to ask, who are YOU and what do YOU do? I know… Read More »What Do You Want?
(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 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… Read More »Lemon Strawberry White Tea
When I was a child, I wasn’t just quiet, I was almost silent. Conversations were held in the safe harbor of my head, rarely out loud. My heart would pound, my face redden, and I would almost faint when I was asked to speak to other people. School was a nightmare when you are “The Quiet Girl” It wasn’t just growing up with senior citizens as my adopted parents, my… Read More »How I went from “The Quiet Girl” to a Digital Storyteller
(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.) Our love of chocolate is strong. And it should be! Because is it not only the best way to turn a long conference call into a few moments of bliss, but it is also good for you! Did you know that approximately 71… Read More »Why Dark Chocolate Should Be A Workday Staple
(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.) A few weeks ago I headed back to the doctor for more blood work. It’s routine, part of surviving life with Lyme Disease and trying to beat this epidemic of death that has been floating around lately. Anyways, they did a bunch of… Read More »I want my Gluten and Dairy!!
(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
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??
(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
(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.) Dear 60-Year-Old Me, I want to take a moment to talk to you about how amazing you must be for all that you have come through. I find it hard to think about who you must be, where in the world you have… Read More »Dear 60 Year Old Me,
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(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.) It’s Tea Time again! We have another follow-up post in our Tea Time series. Today we are talking about Green Tea and how healthy it is for your mind and body. From decreasing your risk for certain types of cancers to helping you… Read More »11 Incredible Proven Benefits of Green 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.) 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
(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!
(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!
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
(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
I enjoyed trying out the Joy Organics CBD Pen.The device features a draw-activated firing mechanism. Basically you put it to your lips and inhale slowly. It auto shuts off after 10 seconds.
(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
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to take your feelings out of the pain moment and see it for what it is and move on? When you embrace mindfulness, you embrace the idea that you can change your response to stress, pain, and basically life.
Skincare is about more than what you put on your body. You also want to focus on eating correctly and getting a nice supply of antioxidant rich fruits that replenish everything your skin needs to repair itself.
Older doesn’t make us better, older gives us different stories to tell. Stories that for the first time, older women are starting to open up about and share what wasn’t always talked about
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
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
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
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
Toxic connections are sometimes the hardest ones to spot because we are taught to try to find the good in people or to give second chances. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a good example of how we tell ourselves that what we see might not always be the truth.
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. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease in 2003 after years… Read More »How I Use CBD Everyday To Cope With Lyme Disease
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
When I started Dancing with Fireflies I really wanted just a little space on the canvas to create something personal. I thought maybe I’d share some short stories, do some random thought posts, or talk more about living with Lyme disease. I really didn’t know for sure where it was going to go and I really didn’t think much about gaining readers at all. But things have really changed! Now… Read More »The Origins of DWF
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
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. The Setting: When you first begin your meditation practice, you want to find a quiet place where you can sit or lie down without being disturbed for 20 minutes. This can be a… Read More »How To Meditate