Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Natural Medicine Cabinet ~ Mountain Meadow Herbs


It has been a very rough winter with flu and sickness for us. Our family enjoys a real food diet, we purchase eggs,milk, and meat from our nearby dairy/farmer and I make all of our meals from scratch, with the occasional dinner out.

We have had the flu on and off for four weeks and our immune systems really needs a boost. We drink lots of herbal teas from the Bulk Herb Store. And they really help, but I truly felt our bodies needed a BIG boost. Herbal tinctures can provide that because they are a strong condensed form of the herb. 



I had been eyeing Mountain Meadow Herbs for a while and decided to place an order for some Immune Boosting Tinctures. Here is what I purchased:


This package was a great deal because it combined three of the bottles I needed at a lower price, it included Winter Immune-Booster, Infant Immune Booster, and Herbal Respiratory. It was important to me to have the Infant Immune booster for the baby and since I am nursing I would need to take the Infant Immune Booster instead of the basic Winter Booster. My hubby and older children can take the Winter Immune Booster. I really liked the fact that I can take something to boost MY immune system with no dangers to the baby while nursing. Sometimes us nursing Moms can be limited with what we can take.


This is another wonderful natural immune booster and I threw it in my order for good measure. Those times when the sickness seems to really have us down I wanted something extra.


Again as a nursing Mom it is so important that I get enough calcium but over the counter calcium seems to never work and does not really absorb into your system. This liquid calcium is derrived from herbs and plants, one of the best ways to get calcium for our bodies. This is now a part of my daily regimen. 

Every Wednesday Mountain Meadow Herbs runs a special bargain, this is a great time to try out some of their Herbal Extracts.

They are also offering a free 1 oz. bottle of Liquid Calcium with their special code posted on the main page of their site. This is an amazing deal!!

If you have ever considered trying Herbal Extracts I highly recommend Mountain Meadow Herbs. They are not limited to Immune boosting extracts they offer extracts for many ailments and illnesses, they specialize in herbs for men and womens health, pregnant Mommies and children.

What do you use to boost your immune system?


I am an affiliate for Mountain Meadow Herbs, when you make a purchase through my links I earn a small referral percentage of the sale.



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Those who wish to sing.....


This was one of our kittens from a few years ago and I really liked this Swedish Proverb: "Those who wish to sing, always find a song"

I hope your day is filled with singing.

~Marie

Monday, February 18, 2013

Coconut Oil Oatmeal Muffins


I make these oatmeal muffins a lot. They come out of my favorite Betty Crocker that I grew up with....the 1971 version.

If your tired of your morning bowl of oatmeal this muffin is like a bowl of oatmeal on the go and tastes oh so scrumptious! My kids always gobble them right up, and I do too, not gonna lie.

When I received my jar of  Tropical Traditions Virgin coconut oil I knew I had to try it out in these. Oh mercy, I don't think I'll make them with any other oil again. Here's the recipe so you can try 'em out too.

Coconut Oil Oatmeal Muffins

1 egg
1 cup milk (I use almond or raw milk)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil 
1 cup quick oats
1 cup of flour (all-purpose or wheat)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Mix all together and fill muffins cups about 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Enjoy hot or cold.


The best oil Ever!


If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you




Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Salted Coconut Oil Brownies



Who wants brownies? 
(Raises hand as high as possible like an eager child in a classroom....) "I do I do!" Would there be any other answer if brownies were in question?

I am loving my Tropical Traditions gold label coconut oil (more like getting spoiled with it). So I decided to try making brownies with it. Oh mercy! So glad I did that!

So was hubby. 

I made these yesterday and today I got this text, "Just a reminder to let you know how awesome your brownies were yesterday"

That translates to..."Please make more brownies...TODAY!" 

:)

And of course I did.

These are SUPER easy and SUPER yummy.

Salted Coconut Oil Brownies

Here's what you will need:

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
(I just put it in a saucepan on the stove on med. heat for a couple min, don't over heat)
1/2 cup cocoa (I add an extra tablespoon or two for good measure)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix all these ingredients together and spread in an 8" square pan that has been greased with coconut oil. Spread the batter in the pan, then take a good pinch of sea salt and sprinkle all over the top of the batter, I do this a couple of times.

Bake at 350 for 20 min. Don't overbake, these turned out perfect at 20 min. Mmmmmm


If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil Review & Giveaway


Oh. My. Word. I am in love, okay my hubby has no need to worry...I'm just in food love. If that makes any sense. :)

Tropical Traditions so kindly sent me a free jar of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut oil and offered to give my readers a jar too. One lucky person will get a FREE 32 oz. jar of Gold Label coconut oil in a week. Are you excited yet?

Have I ever used coconut oil before? Yes
Have I ever used Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin oil? No
Is there a difference? Yes

Wow! WOW! WOW!

I have to admit I was a bit leery at first, I mean I just had a hard time imagining that this oil would actually taste good in my baked goods like pancakes, muffins, and even brownies. Boy was I in for a surprise. The flavor, texture, and moisture is phenomenal. I was expecting a dryer baked good but what I got was a yummy baked treat that was absolutely amazing.

But don't take my word for it, you've got to try some of this stuff out for yourself. We've got a super easy form below by PromoSimple that makes entering very.....well, simple. 

This week I will also be sharing recipes I have been making with my coconut oil so you can try them out too.

If you are in a toot and want to go ahead and try Tropical Traditions oil there is a link on the right of my blog that will take you to their website.

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.

Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!
Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?





Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.







Our Giveaway is open up to US & Canadian residents.
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Disclaimer:  Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, 
and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any 
obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return 
for the free product.



Saturday, February 9, 2013

Chalkboard Farm Door


My hubby cleans houses part time. We have a house cleaning business and he's always coming home with unique decorating ideas he discovers in clients homes.

One just so happened to be a chalkboard door. When he told me I knew the Perfect spot for my chalkboard door, and then I came up with a couple about 20 others. I'll be scribbling chalk art everywhere in this house. :)

The chalkboard door he saw boasted a family's 'Bucket List' for that year. It included events and activities they wanted to make happen in 2013.

I love the fact that I can change what's on my door anytime my little ol' heart desires.

My facebook friend posted this little poem and I knew this is what I wanted to write on my back door. This old back door that leads into our laundry room certainly needed some sort of makeover and chalkboard paint just so happened to be the answer.

I went ahead and painted a little spot on the bottom for the girls to draw pictures and create their own art as they fancied. They were tickled pink. Pink chalk that is, and blue, yellow and green....

BECAUSE

we couldn't find white chalk...ANYWHERE! Yes I'm yelling, I was a bit frustrated that it was sold out at every wal-mart. We were also told that Wal-Mart no longer carries chalkboard paint but luckily we found some at Lowe's. That stuff is a bit pricey, but the good part...a little bit goes a long way, so a quart will do you good for a while, depending on how many projects you have.

We also painted a door in the living room but I won't be showing that to you until our big reveal of our Living Room makeover, which could take a few months, but I'm excited to share it with you.

Have a blessed day ya'll!

~Marie

Check out this adorable Melissa & Doug Chalk Bundle!


To view the Melissa and Dough Chalk Bundle click here: Melissa & Doug Eraser and Chalk Bundle



Thursday, February 7, 2013

Inspirational Quote


I was going through some old photos I took a few years ago and decided to add an inspirational quote to my chippy paint mossy doors print.



I pray your day is Awesome and Blessed!

~Marie

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