How to: Make Vanilla Extract

How to: Make Vanilla Extract

There's just something about going into a liquor store with littles that seems weird to me. Maybe it's the judgement... Are people thinking I get drunk at 10am to get through the day? Are people thinking I'm buying booze for my kids?! Ok, so that last one is probably not true at this point. Maybe that becomes a gray area when your kids are teens.

But for whatever reason, I just can't take my kids into a liquor store. Even if I'm buying vodka to make essential oil sprays and homemade vanilla extract! I feel like I need a special sign that says "I'm not day drinking, I'm DIYing!"

Oh, and if you're one of my American followers, you're probably not going to fully understand. We (Canadians) can't just sneak a bottle of wine into our shopping cart full of healthy, organic food. We have to go to a special store where people judge the kind of parent you are.

Anyway... All that to say that I sent my husband to the liquor store this week to pick up some vodka so I could get to making my annual batch of vanilla extract!

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Planning My Homeschool Year 2014/2015

Planning My Homeschool Year 2014/2015

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I was already planning out our homeschool year back in June... When other families were gearing down and getting ready for summer, I was gearing up and getting myself as organized as humanly possible.

I had many reasons for planning everything out ahead of time. Besides the fact that I am a planner, I also needed to get my head wrapped around what I had gotten myself into with homeschooling. I know, I know, Buttons is only in Kindergarten. There isn't a lot of pressure yet. But I am not satisfied by doing a mediocre job at anything I do, especially if it involves my kids.

So even before June, I was roaming around Pinterest looking for the tools I would need to get organized and put everything on paper. I looked through lots of different planners and printables. I read through lots of blog posts. I was ready to get started.

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Get MORE Monday - October 13

Get MORE Monday - October 13

Welcome to Get MORE Monday!

 

Get MORE Monday is a weekly healthy living link up for getting MORE out of life!

What do YOU want MORE of?

  • Health
  • Time
  • Joy
  • Encouragement
  • Strength
  • Wisdom

I hope you find what you need to inspire you this week :)

Click here to read about why I started this link up and what things I want MORE of this year!

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A Safe Alternative for Pain Relief {Mom's Kisses Review & Giveaway}

A Safe Alternative for Pain Relief {Mom's Kisses Review & Giveaway}

During my late childhood and teenage years, I popped Tylenol and Advil like it was going out of style. With regular headaches and back pain, plus monthly stomach cramps, I just couldn't cope without OTC (over the counter) drugs. Of course as time went on, the doses I had to take progressively increased. I would take extra strength drugs at the maximum dose and hope for the best. Often, it was barely enough to take the edge off.

Does this sound familiar to you?

Many North Americans are in the same situation. We're in pain and we're hooked on pain killers that are only mildly improving our immediate symptoms while wreaking havoc on our insides.

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30 Recipes for a Real Food Thanksgiving

30 Recipes for a Real Food Thanksgiving

It's almost Thanksgiving, eh? ;) (Well, it is for us Canadians! Those of you in America are forced to wait until next month.)

But whether your Thanksgiving dinner is planned for next weekend or next month, I know you've been starting to think about food already. Am I right?

I've been thinking back on this past year--especially our journey through the GAPS diet--and have been reminded how thankful I am for the internet! When we had our first Thanksgiving on the GAPS diet, I would've been lost without the fabulous food bloggers I follow.

There are so many people changing their diets now due to health issues and it's great to have delicious recipes at our fingertips! It doesn't seem to matter what type of diet you're on or how many foods you are allergic to, there's always someone out there on the web who has got your back with delicious, healthy recipes.

So today I've rounded up some of those awesome, healthy, real-food, allergy-friendly and delicious recipes that are sure to make your Thanksgiving dinner satisfy your soul!

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