10 Tasty & Simple Summer Salads


As promised, here is my post on some tasty and simple summer salads to make dinner time, cool and easy.

I love salads and to be honest, my kids do to.  I think it comes from having them often and finding tasty recipes.

I know you will be salivating over these recipes and will want to put a few on your menu plan!

BLT CHOPPED SALAD  from Damn Delicious

Oh my word, this one is delicious with it’s lime vinaigrette! chicken taco

CHICKEN TACO SALAD from The Pioneer Woman


BLUEBERRY CHICKEN CHOPPED SALAD from U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council

This is our FAVORITE summer salad so far – we are headed off on a short vacation and this is on our menu for sure!

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BBQ CHICKEN SALAD from Damn Delicious

CREAMY PEA SALAD from Love Bakes Good Cakes

This reminds me of my childhood – every time we would go on a family picnic, someone would have this tasty salad to share!

CHICKPEA, AVACADO AND FETA SALAD from Home Grown and Healthy




Which one looks like your favorite to add FIRST to your menu plan?
Summer Salads

NingXia Redsicles for ALL!



I hope everyone had a fabulous fourth of July celebration with family and friends.  We were out at the beach and our entire family was together, somewhat of a incredible feat when you are a blended family.

Today I am sharing our new favorite summer treat – NingXia Redsicles – simple, tasty and actually really good for you!  Replace those high fructose syrup ladened store bought popsicles with homemade and do a body good!71hZczW4+jL._SL1500_

We use these Tovolo Star Ice Pop Molds – which have lasted great – I purchased them over two years ago from amazon…. .right now the pink ones are actually a little less expensive.  They are so easy to use, stand up in the freezer with the handy stand and I can put it all in the dishwasher.

Simple NingXia Redsicle Recipe

1 1/4 Cup Young Living NingXia Red

3/4 water

4 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil (for a little added zing!)

4 drops Young Living Lime Essential Oil (to give it a tropical flavor!)

Mix all the ingredients together in a glass or metal container and then pour into the popsicle molds.  Freeze for 4-5 hours.  Remove the popsicle mold, run under warm water for a few minutes and then slide off to enjoy.

If you are unfamiliar with Ningxia Red and why on earth we would use this as a base for a popsicle, be sure to check out this previous post I shared on NingXia Red.  We use it daily in our home – everyone taking a dose of 1-2 ounces to daily to energize, fortify, and revitalize the body and support overall health and wellness, from head to toe.

Click here for details on how to purchase therapeutic grade essential oils and your very now NingXia Red too (the Premium Starter Kit comes with two sample sachets of Ningxia Red so you can try it out too!) and I have some free goodies to send you too which you will love – a Mom Survival Kit!

Here is one happy kiddo!

Easy DIY Laundry Pods with Essential Oils


Laundry Pods

I have shared before – I am not much of a DIY person.  I enjoy a few things, but for me, I would much rather buy many household items for cleaning and caring for the home.  But, there is one in my household who does enjoy it – my 22 year old daughter!

Lucky me – and we benefit!

She stumbled on a recipe a few weeks ago, we tweaked it a bit and made two batches in an afternoon.  It was super easy and we already had the supplies on hand.  As soon as the pods were ready she washed her bed sheets and was hooked.  Her sheets were fresh, clean, soft and smelled great!

DIY Laundry Pod Recipe

3 cups washing soda
1 cup fels-naptha
4 T Epsom salt
6T hydrogen peroxide
1/2 cup vinegar
Essential Oils (we used Citrus Fresh and Stress Away)

  1. Grate fels naptha, mix in bowl with washing soda and Epsom salt.
  2. Add hydrogen peroxide and vinegar.  It should resemble wet sand.
  3. Add 30 drops Essential Oils.
  4. Press into tablespoon sized balls and drop onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Let sit and dry for 8 hours

Store in an airtight container and enjoy your laundry day!!

If you are interested in learning more about how you can incorporate essential oils in your home and your family wellness routine – be sure to check out my information page!

10 No Sweat Slow Cooker Recipes


10 Easy Slow Cooker

My life has been ramped up for the past few months, very busy with a lot going on.  We will be starting baseball with my youngest soon, and my 18 year old is coaching his very own team this year, so it will be a fun baseball season at our house!

It seems that my Slow Cooker has been a life saver with everything being so busy.  I just don’t have the time to spend preparing complicated meals and finding extravagant ingredients. 

I found a few easy, no-sweat meals that you can prepare in your slow cooker and which are fairly healthy.  I try to stay away from those recipes that call for canned cream soups, although I have  recipe for my own homemade version in my Got Dinner recipe book which has been a life saver for those tummy casserole recipes which call for it!Slow-cooker

If you are serious about using your Slow Cooker more in your kitchen, I think it really helps to have one of good quality.  For years I used a cheap one, and yes, it did the trick, but I cannot say enough now about having one that is larger, has a thermometer and I can set the timer for it to start and go off!  This is my favorite Slow Cooker.

I purchased it off of amazon about 4 years ago, I love the larger size, I really find the big handles on the side helpful in moving it around when it is fully loaded and I really love that it is not White on the outside!

So on to the recipes I have found and we’ve been enjoying.  Some have been on our table already and some are yet to come – hope they can provide some fresh inspiration. 



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Bowl of homemade mushroom and barley soup.












Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken




Eat Better and Spend Less in 2015


Eat Better Spend Less

Are you trying to reign in your budget after the Christmas spending season and also trim your waist-line?  I have some great tips to share with you from my friends at eMeals to help you trim your budget and eat healthier in 2015.

Take Stock

A well-stocked refrigerator and pantry are critical to maintaining a healthy diet. Get rid of anything that’s expired or unhealthy, and then restock with more healthful staples like brown rice, dried beans, canned tuna and prepared pasta sauce for quick and nutritious meals. Keep containers of chopped fresh vegetables and fruit, and good-for-you, homemade snacks in the refrigerator to nibble between meals.  I have been loving having baby carrots ready to eat and cut celery too!
Choose Budget-Friendly Superfoods

Superfoods contain higher concentrations of nutrients and relatively fewer calories per serving than other foods.  Making sure what you are eating packs power behind it’s punch is critical!

Beans and Peas: Legumes, including kidney beans, black beans, lima beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas and lentils, are an excellent source of meat-free protein, fiber, folate and potassium. Diets high in beans and peas may help to reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent diabetes.

Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables: Kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens and mustard greens are excellent sources of fiber, folate, Vitamins A and K and antioxidants that contribute to heart and bone health and may help to prevent some forms of cancer.

Berries: Prized for their naturally sweet flavor, berries are also bursting with a host of healthy nutrients, including fiber; Vitamins A, C and E; calcium and potassium. The antioxidants in berries may help to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some kinds of cancer.

Broccoli and Cauliflower: Cruciferous vegetables, including Brussels sprouts and cabbage, contain powerful antioxidants that have been linked to reduced risk of several cancers. This group of vegetables is also low in calories and high in fiber and Vitamin C.

Cinnamon: Polyphenols in cinnamon help to reduce inflammation in the body that can lead to heart disease and cancer. Sprinkle on oatmeal, coffee or toast for an added antioxidant boost.

Plan Ahead

Say goodbye to the angst of having to decide what’s for dinner or making the drive-through the default by planning out your meals. You’ll save time and money—and eat healthier—when the week’s meals are planned ahead and all ingredients are combined into one, easy-to-use shopping list.  Specifically why I love eMeals – it takes all the guesswork out of things for me!  (I currently am using the Clean Eating Plan!)

Pile on the Veggies

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that we all need to eat more vegetables, which are naturally low in calories and high in hunger-curbing fiber. The best strategy: Fill half your plate with vegetables rather than calorie-rich carbs and meat. Add fresh or dried herbs and citrus zest or juice to veggies for extra flavor without adding extra calories. Be sure to visit local farmers’ markets when possible for the best selection of seasonal, just-picked produce.
Downsize Your Plate

If there’s one thing you can do to push your weight and health in the right direction, it’s controlling the amount of food you eat. We all tend to eat everything we put on our plates—and usually that’s way too much, especially when dining out. Remember, a standard serving of cooked meat is just 3 ounces—about the size of a deck of cards. If you’re worried that smaller portions will leave you unsatisfied, have no fear: A well-portioned diet should actually leave you feeling more energetic and truly satisfy your hunger.

Slow and Steady Wins The Race

If you’re trying to lose weight, there are plenty of diet plans, weight-loss products and miracle foods that promise to deliver quick and easy results. How do you know if a diet or product is too good to be true?   You didn’t put the weight on overnight, so it won’t come off overnight either.  As I have gotten older it is clear my body finds it harder to lose the excess.  

It takes eating habit changes, more movement and dedication, but is worth it in the end!

I know you’ve heard me talk about eMeals before, but their new Budget Friendly meal plan is the perfect solution to get you back on track and eat better! 

The just-introduced plan from eMeals stretches the savings they already provided by helping families put dinner on the table for an average of $85 a week—all without sacrificing flavor, variety, nutrition or the cooperation of picky eaters.

The secret: super-economical dinner menus created by eMeals’ food staff with an ever-changing mix of shelf-stable items, frozen foods, value cuts of meat and efficient ingredients used throughout the week to limit spoilage and waste.

eMeals’ expert tips for making homemade broths and other “convenience foods” jump-start meals, pump up the flavor and add extra savings. And the roster of needed staples on every weekly eMeals grocery list saves you time and trips to the grocery store by keeping your pantry well-stocked.

For as little as $5 a month, you get seven menus delivered to your email inbox and the eMeals mobile app every week, along with recipes and a grocery list covering all seven dinners. And now you can try before you buy. Simply go to eMeals, then click “Try Us” to sign up for 14 days ’ worth of Budget Friendly menus and shopping lists for free.

Here is a great recipe to try it out – I am fixin’ to make this over the weekend!  I heard there was a BIG Football game going on!  YUM!


This Smoky Chili recipe from the Budget Friendly plan will have you so glad you signed up!

1½ lb ground beef
½ (9.6-oz) pkg ground pork sausage
1 cup chopped onion
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1½ cups homemade chicken broth
2 (15-oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (15.5-oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
½ (15-oz) can corn, drained
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp liquid smoke

Cook ground beef, sausage, onion and bell pepper in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until meat is browned and crumbly; drain. Stir in broth and all remaining ingredients; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Super Easy Recipe!!!!

I know you will love the eMeals Budget Friendly Meal Plan – go grab your FREE trail now!