Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

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

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

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

Why you should keep a journal

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It – Goal Setting

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

Boozy Coffee and Caramel Sauce

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

Best Caramel Sauce Recipe

The Best Homemade Caramel Sauce

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

31 Easy Way To Add Self-Care Into Everyday

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

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

Our Favorite Things: Farmhouse Home Looks

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

Is It Time To Refinance Your Home Mortgage?

Is It Time To Refinance Your Home Mortgage?

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

Firefly Gift Guide: Kitchen Collection

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

Farmhouse Decorating Ideas to Cozy Up with This Winter

Farmhouse Decorating Ideas to Cozy Up with This Winter

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

15 fun Hanukkah Crafts and Recipes

15 Fun Hanukkah Crafts

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

Be Mindful, Be Grateful

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

Weighted Blankets – What You Need To Know

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

Emergency Food Prep Tips

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

Our Favorite Products of 2020

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

Reasons Dogs Lick Excessively And Tips To Help Stop It

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

26 Must Have Coffee Stations For Your Home

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 Social Distanced Thanksgiving

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

Tipsy Apple Compote

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

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17 Beautiful Thanksgiving Tables

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

Why you should keep a journal

6 Ways Journaling Can Improve Your Life

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

Fall Fun

Fall Family Fun

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

Caramel Apple Cider Slushies

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

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How To Host The Best Thanksgiving Dinner

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

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Time Saving Vegan Enchiladas

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

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Memory Markers and My Crappy Day

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

Lobster Mushroom Mac N Cheese

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

Homemade Vanilla Applesauce

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

Mushroom Seitan Stroganoff

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

How To Entertain Outdoors This Fall

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

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The Bell Witch

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

How To Have A Spooktacular Social Distanced Halloween

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

How To Give Your Kitchen A Facelift

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

Riley and Wynter Test Out A WagWell Subscription Box

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

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Latte

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

Basic Tomato Sauce

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

How To Sterilize Canning Jars

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

Lemony Peach Baby Bellini

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

Peach Puree

Homemade Peach Sauce

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

15 Ways To Reduce Stress And Stay Peaceful

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

Frugal Ways To Decorate For Fall Without Leaving Home

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

Iced Blended Green Tea Latte

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

How To Make Artisan Stamped Vanilla Almond Cookies

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

Breathing New Life Into Working From Home

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

Whipped Ricotta Spread

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

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

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

Grilled Coconut Shrimp with Shishito Peppers

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

Pumpkin Spice Cupcake Recipe

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

Summer Pescatarian Recipe

5 Easy Summer Pescatarian Recipes

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

Buyer Beware: Zenified Pain Relief Pen

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

Plastic Free July- Tips for reducing your plastic use

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

Strawberry Vanilla Lemonade Concentrate Recipe

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

Summer Super Foods!

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!

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Victory Gardens: Why You And Your Family Should Start One

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

The Taboos of CBD and The Truth

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

Gifts That Mom Really Wants

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

Blueberry Lemon Jam

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

Spicy Sweet Latte

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

Tackling Plastic Pollution with Dropps

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

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How To Start A Garden While In Quarantine

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

DIY Seed Bombs

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

Smore’s Matzo Cracked Candy

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

The Best Subscriptions To Eat Your Troubles Away

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

Vegetarian Tofu Picadillo Recipe

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

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Vegetarian Tom Kha Soup with Tofu

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

Thoughts on Dry Gagging – fighting depression

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

Strawberry Lemon CBD Cocktails

Strawberry Lemon CBD Cocktails

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

Self-Quarantined- Week 2

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

Sassy Succulents- How To Make A Tiny Succulent Garden

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

Coffee Crawl – London

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

Chocolate Covered Strawberries with CBD Infused Chocolate

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

Fig and Lemon Moscow Mule Recipe

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

How To Make CBD Coffee At Home

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

Take Your Next Best Step

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

Writer’s Block: Tips For Creatives

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

My Birthday Wish Came True!

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

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

10 Simple Ways To Earn Extra Cash Working From Home

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

5 Alternative Ways to Deal With Anxiety

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

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Farmhouse Kitchen Design Staples for 2020

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

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

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

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10 Ways To Stay Healthy While Traveling

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

CBD Tea Latte

Vanilla CBD Tea Latte Recipe

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

How to Use CBD to Treat Anxiety

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

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

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

Easy Homemade Paneer Makhani

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

6 Things People With Chronic Pain Want you to know

6 Things People With Chronic Pain Wish They Could Tell Their Friends

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

Zesty Caramelized Carrots – Sweet and Spicy Recipe

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

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

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

5 right now steps to a guest ready home

5 Right Now Steps To A Guest Ready Home

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

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Surviving Social Engagements

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

How to Make Your Own CBD-infused Honey

How to Make Your Own CBD-infused Honey

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

5 Easy Instant Pot Recipes For Instant Pot Newbies

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

Holiday tips for stress

5 Easy Ways to Relieve Holiday Stress and Avoid Burnout

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

What Is Hanukkah?

Everywhere you go, it is starting to feel like the holidays are here. Last winter we 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

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

Butternut Squash Enchilada Recipe

Spiced Butternut Squash Enchiladas

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

10 Recipes To Wow Holiday Guests

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

Fall is for introverts

Falling for Fall

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

Lyme and Spoons

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

10 Favorite Products of 2020

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

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

Latte of the Week: London Fog

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

CBD Product REview - Green Grove CBD

Firefly Review: Green Grove CBD Does It Again!

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!

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Cannabis Kitchen: Ways To Make Cannabis Edibles

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

Easy Moist Banana Bread Recipe

Easy Moist Banana Bread Recipe 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

Easy Vegan Crock Pot Chili Recipe

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

Holiday CBD Cranberry Relish Recipe

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

Fall In Love With Target’s 2019 Autumn Home Decor!

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!

Crocktober Breakfast Crock-Pot Recipes

Crocktober: Breakfast Crock-Pot Recipes

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

Surviving The Holidays With An Eating Disorder

Surviving The Holidays With An Eating Disorder

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

Setting The World On Fire – Domestice Abuse

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

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This Is Why You Really Need To Be Drinking More Tea

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

Riley’s Ear Pain – treating with CBD and Natural Remedies

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

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

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Wynter’s Review – Trudog Free Me

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

Wynter’s Review: Joy Organics CBD Dog Treats

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

For The Love Of Fancy Coffee

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

Lyme Disease isnt Real

Lyme Disease Isn’t Real

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

CBD Vape – Review Pixel Pour – 500mg – Tropical Blast CBD Isolate Cartridge

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

The Farmhouse Kitchen: the heart of our home

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

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Fat – The Bull Sh*T Word That We Need To Stop Calling Other People

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

Packing Essentials – Must Haves

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

Not a Hugger

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

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

My Old Diaries: I wasn’t expecting THIS.

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.

Top 10 Blog Posts From 2019

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

Flavored Teas

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

Sweet Corn and Pepper Relish Recipe

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

Why I Write

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

Southern Vegetarian Biscuits and Gravy – Memories and recipes

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 and the Entourage Effect

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

Problem with Your Wife’s or Husband’s Snoring?

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?

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

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

Apple Vanilla Hibiscus Tea

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

Sweet Thai Chili and Garlic sauce recipe

Thai Sweet Chili and Garlic Sauce Recipe

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

Honoring and Acknowledging Grief for a Parent You Hated

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

Reviewing “Better Blogging” bloggers

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

An Honest Word About Blogging and Being an Influencer

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

Distracted!

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

Gardening is my best weapon against Lyme Disease

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

Thai Iced Tea

5 cups water

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

CBD For Dogs

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.

Mitchell Falls, Western Australia, Australia

My Travel Bucket List

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

Our Summer Blog Break Is Over!

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!

Tips To Make Your Road Trip The Best Ever

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

Cope With Grief

7 Things You Need To Know About Traveling With An Introvert

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

Guest Bloggers! We are accepting new applications

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

Summer Pescatarian Recipe

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

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

Caramelized Cabbage with Spiralized Zucchini w/ Bowties

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 FAQ

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

starting a cbd business in 2019

10 Steps to Starting a CBD Business in 2019

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

Why Talk About Your Challenges?

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

Guest Bloggers! We Want You!

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

Organic Aromas review

Firefly Review: Organic Aromas Oil Diffuser

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

Making the best out of a frustrating situation

Lemons! Making something sweet out of drama

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

self-love

Mindfulness Monday – Self-Love

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

Warning: Aromatherapy Diffusers Can Be Toxic

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

Firefly Review: TruDog’s Treat Me Freeze Dried Dog Treats

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

CBD fights The Opioid Crisis

New CBD Study On Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

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

The Lyme Monsters vs Who I am

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

Please pass the peas -Vegetarian Chickpea Pot Pie Recipe Why I became a vegetarian.

Please Pass the Peas: Chickpea Pot Pie Recipe

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

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

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

Buyer Beware! Smart Living Ceramic Cookware Honest Review

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

8 Gym-Free Exercises for People with Fibromyalgia

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

5 Things I Wish My Friends Knew About Lyme Disease

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

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

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

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

Overcoming Lyme Disease by Taking Away Its Power.

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.

10 Life Skills Teens Should Know Before Going To College

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

Where has the time gone?

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?

Wynter’s Review of TruDog treats

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

Fortify Me Review

Wynter’s Review- Fortify Me dog food topper from TruDog

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

5 Fabulous Recipes Using Fresh Ricotta

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

gluten free breakfast recipes

Easy Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes

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

Riley’s Dog Toy Review – KONG Phatz Pig Plush Dog Toy

(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

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What you need to know about Full Spectrum CBD Oil

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

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.) 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?

Find your spark

Never Too Old To Find Your Spark

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

Trudog Surprise Me Review

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.) 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

We want to know YOU!

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.) 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?

Lemon Strawberry White Tea

(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) 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

How I went from The Quiet Girl, to a Digital Storyteller. From quiet to confident.

How I went from “The Quiet Girl” to a Digital Storyteller

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

Leaning to live Gluten and Dairy Free

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.) 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!!

The Arrival of the Red Cardinal

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

What is going on??

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

Bubba and Dad - Checking out the Ballard, Wa Farmer's Market

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

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

Dear 60 Year Old Me,

(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,

Janie and Jack sales

April Sales: Janie and Jack

Janie and Jack have adorable children’s clothing at affordable prices. We love them for all of our little nieces and nephews.  They always have great sales going on as well.  So check back for great coupons too! Free Shipping on Orders $100+ at Janie and Jack   Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]

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.) 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

Cannabis Science Conference 2019

Unpacking From The 2019 Cannabis Science Conference East

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

THC for dogs

Warning For Dog Lovers: NO THC Products!

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

Declutter your life!

Mindfulness Moments: Declutter Your Life!

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

5 Astonishing Facts About White Tea

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

Firefly Review: Joy Organics Vape Pen

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.

Focus tips for creatives

Focus Tips For Creatives

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

DIY Healing CBD Bath Bombs with Rose Geranium

DIY Healing CBD Bath Bombs with Rose Geranium

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

Why Mindfulness Works

Mindfulness Moments: Why Practicing Mindfulness Works For Change

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

5 Upsetting Truths About Lyme Disease

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

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

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

How to use CBD everyday and why you should too!

How I Use CBD Everyday To Cope With Lyme Disease

I’ve been on muscle relaxers, pain killers, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, liver support, thyroid meds, heart meds, and anti-anxiety meds. Western medicine hasn’t been able to help me. But CBD has changed my life and allowed me to live beyond my diagnosis. 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

A Case Of The Mondays – Tips To Improve Your Mood

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

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The Origins of DWF

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

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

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

How To Meditate

  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