dōTERRA Introductory Kit Giveaway!!

November 24th, 2014


Ok guys, I dragged my feet long enough but I’m doing it.  I recently signed on to be a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate and I have learned so much so fast.  I already used essential oils casually, but never oils like these.  dōTERRA’s oils are the highest quality I’ve come across and I am super excited to share them with you.


I know that many of you are very interested in Essential Oils and I’m excited to present to you my first Essential Oil Giveaway. This kit is perfect for beginners. It includes an introductory audio CD and booklet highlighting the uses of essential oils, and a 5 ml bottle of dōTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils. There are also suggested uses for the oils included to help jumpstart you on your journey of using essential oils.



1.  Promotes healthy respiratory function

2.  Can help calm tummy troubles

3.  Freshens breath



1.  Known for it’s calming and relaxing qualities.

2. Can help soothe skin irritations

3. Promotes healthy skin

4. Helps relax muscle tension



1.  Cleanses and purifies air and surfaces

2. Cleanses the body and aids digestion

3. Supports healthy respiratory function

4. Promotes positive mood and cognitive ability


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Non-Toy Christmas Gift Ideas

November 19th, 2014



Every year my kids write a list of toys they’d like for Christmas, and my husband I go through and get them what our budget allows.  Christmas is a fun time of year for us, and that special morning is so fun.  This year though, I wanted to give my kids thoughtful gifts that promote creativity, fun, and family time instead of toys that they’ll play with for a day or so then forget about. So my goal this year is to give them a toyless Christmas.  When I mentioned this to one of my friends, I got a chuckle…almost like I was crazy, but if you could just look at my kids’ rooms in their current state, you would see…they doesn’t need any more toys!



1. Calendars. Kids love calendars like this one. I got my son a Minecraft Calendar last year and he requested another one this year. The best part is he actually uses it. He writes down special days, and events that go on throughout the year and it fits his style. It’s hung up in his room.

2. Books. Specially ones that fit their interests. My daughter is a little creative bug, and I found this gem that I know will give her hours of fun.

3. A kindle. Speaking of books, my children requested iPads this year.  Almost laughable because they are so expensive.  Instead as their big gift this year they are each getting a kindle fire. I like them because of how programmable they are.  You can set how many hours they can play games on it, read on it, and the parental controls are great. If you get the children’s version it comes with a year’s subscription to amazon prime (unlimited books?!) and if your dear one breaks it within two years they replace it no questions asked. Well worth the price if you ask me, and it beats the massively expensive iPad.

4.  Bikes! One of the best Christmases I can remember was waking up and seeing brand new bikes by the tree, like this one. It’s a great way to get those kids off the couch, off the screens and outside! Here in PA there very well could be snow on the ground Christmas Day, but..we have a rail trail not too far from here.  It’s a great bike path, and a great fitness plan for the whole family.

5. Events and plays. In the last twelve months we’ve taken our kids to two events.  One was a Disney on Ice show, which surprisingly even my son enjoyed.  The second was a bit mature, we took them to see Les Miserables at a local theatre. I think it was the first time they saw a live musical, and I don’t think they’ll forget it. They’ve been asking to go back, so Santa may be bringing them some tickets.

6. Craft Kits. I see them all over the place, and my daughter is a super creative type. She would make and decorate all day if I let her. Here are some I’ve found that we like: Make your own wind chimes, Owl Stuffy Kit and Target’s Craftabelle crafts kits are so cute.

7. Fun clothes. I’m not talking plain every day stuff, I’m saying like mine craft hoodies, or Hello Kitty hoodies, or dress up clothes. Yes I’m that parent who lets their kid go out in capes.  It’s fun! :)

8. Board Games.  We have a family tradition of doing game nights on some weekends, and one of our favorites is the classic Monopoly.

9. Lessons. Whether it’s music lessons, art lessons, martial arts, sports, whatever. What a great gift to be able to learn and experience something new.  Give it to yourself too.

10. Plant or a Pet. I hesitated with this one.  Kids dream of getting puppies for Christmas and it’s hard for me to recommend getting a pet lightly.  I’m assuming that you the reader are responsible enough to know whether a pet would make a great addition to your family or not. It’d really be a magical gift, just as long as everyone is in it for the long haul. One way I tested my children was to give them each a plant.  They want that puppy so bad, but can they keep a plant alive?  Prove it by keeping this plant alive.  Also, remember a pet doesn’t have to be a big dog.  A fish, a hamster, any smaller animal would be just as cool, and sometimes just as much responsibility.  I recommend this gift with caution.  There won’t be an animal under our tree this year.



Maple Sweetened Pumpkin Latte

November 17th, 2014



This was my absolute favorite post to do. I’m sitting here drinking the latté you see in that photo.  I used to love Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latté.  I couldn’t wait for it to come back every year. When I went primal a few years ago I had to cut them out.  It was sad, but I opted instead for a whole milk latté. Lots of milk, but no sugar added. It was an occasional treat. My husband continued to get his pumpkin spiced latté now and then I’d steal a sip here and there, because…well, it’s pumpkin.  However, my palate changed, and soon it became too sweet.  I genuinely didn’t like it anymore.  I still missed it’s pumpkiny goodness though, and now I have my own version.

This maple sweetened pumpkin latté is absolutely not as sweet as Starbuck’s, but if you’ve been paleo/primal as long as I have it will be sweet enough.  It also has real pumpkin in it..WIN!  If you’re not doing dairy, please check out my friend Kristen’s recipe for whipped cream over at Mix Wellness. 

Maple Sweetened Pumpkin Latte
Serves 2
A lightly sweetened primal (paleo adaptable) pumpkin latte.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
  1. 2 cups of fresh coffee
  2. 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  3. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  4. 1 tbsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  6. 1/2 tsp clove
  7. 1/4 cup whipping cream
  8. 2 tbsp maple syrup
  1. Brew 2 cups of coffee (up to the 4 cup line in your regular coffee maker.)
  2. While your coffee is brewing, whip up some whipping cream and maple syrup in a separate bowl. Pour your whipping cream, and 2 tbsp of maple syrup in a bowl. Mix with a whisk attachment on hand blender. This should only take a few minutes until you have the right consistency.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the pumpkin, all the spices and just a little of the brewed coffee and blend well either in a blender or with a hand mixer. Add those contents into your coffee pot and stir.
  4. Pour into cups, and top with your whipped cream. Enjoy!
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20 Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

November 13th, 2014

Ever wonder what to do with all your Thanksgiving leftovers?  I’ve found 20 Thanksgiving leftover ideas to share with you so you won’t think you’re going to be eating the same thing for the next few days!





Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Orange Cranberry Jam

Paleo Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich




Raw Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

Cauliflower Dumpling with Creamy Chicken (use Turkey) soup

Chicken Soup (use Turkey)

Turkey and Rice Soup

Fall Tomato Soup

Thai Turkey Hot and Sour Soup

Entire meal


Turkey Spring Rolls with Cranberry dipping sauce

Turkey Pesto Olive Stromboli

Black Friday Pie and Turkey Soup

Leftover Remake Poutine



Loaded Baked Potato Bites

Fried Potato Croquettes


One pot meals


Baked Potato Curry Balls

Paleo Turkey Hash

Leftover Shepherd’s pie




Post Thanksgiving Breakfast Eggs in a Potato Basket

Stuffing Egg Bake for Breakfast

Turkey Eggs Benedict



It’s a link up too! Please feel free to link up your favorite Thanksgiving Leftover recipe!


Slow Cooked Venison Neck Roast

November 10th, 2014





Neck Roast.  That pesky part of the deer that usually gets ground up into ground deer meat. Seriously, if you roasted it you’d probably be giving it to your dog.  It can be a tough, sinewy piece of meat unless it’s cooked slowly for long periods of time.  We’ve been battling the plague a nasty cold bug in our house this week, so I wanted something easy (who am I kidding, I always want easy).  I threw this stuff in a pot, and went back to sleep.  Genuinely.





When putting this together I really had to consider what I wanted the deer to cook in. I almost considered beer, but I chose the safer route and went with a merlot. Any kind of cooking stock would go well, and if you have nothing else, water would work too. I saved the beer to drink with my dinner later.






Slowcooker Venison Neck Roast
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 hr
  1. * One 2-4lb venison neck roast
  2. * 1 lb bag of baby carrots
  3. * 1 8 oz package of mushrooms
  4. * 1 cinnamon stick
  5. * 1 onion, chopped
  6. * 3 celery stalks, chopped
  7. * 2 cups of red wine or beef stock (wine really makes for a rich flavor)
  8. * salt and pepper to taste
  1. Throw it all in a crock pot on high for 8 hours. Easy does it.
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Nine Things No One tells you about Having a Baby

November 6th, 2014



When you’re pregnant everyone tells you how much your life is going to change.  Sleepless nights, babies cry, how much worrying we’ll do, yadda yadda.  What is it people don’t tell you? Probably lots because everyone is too embarrassed to discuss it.  Well, I’m not.  Here’s what people are less likely to tell you.


1. Babies fart.  They fart like adult men, and it can be so loud that people will think it’s you. Yeah right mom…blame the baby.

2. Babies always know when you’re about to sit down and eat. Just as you sit down, they’ll wake up from their naps and sing you the song of their people.

3. Poop! Babies poop, and they will load up a diaper like no one’s business.  Newborn poop isn’t so bad, but it can be frequent. That all changes once they start eating table food. Then, luckily it’s less frequent, but the stink factor goes way up.

4.  A highly scientific internet study has shown Babies are more likely to poop in a fresh diaper. Also, they are more likely to spit up right after you’ve put them in their new adorable outfit.

5.  Neck cheese. You know…that curdled milk that found it’s way into your baby’s neck folds after they spit up. Sure you bathe them, and wash them, but what’s what weird smelly stuff in their neck?  Neck cheese. Sick.

6. Hand lint. Newborn babies clench their hands most of the time.  Those little hands get sweaty and filled with lint. Lint collects between their fingers, and specially between their thumbs.  Why it smells so bad, I have no idea.  Hot, sweaty hand lint. Yum.

7. Baby fingernails grow super fast, and the skin around their nails bleed really easily.  Luckily it doesn’t seem to hurt too bad if you miss the nail. Also, even the cleanest babies seem to always get dirt under their nails. You’re usually left with a choice: bloody fingers or dirty ones.  Weigh your choice carefully! greenboogie

8. Bulb syringes are the DEVIL. It’s just not a simple task to jam these “nose plungers” in your little one’s nose, and suck all the boogies out.  If you don’t clean them out after your little one isn’t sick anymore than so many fabulous friends grow in there. Tasty.

9. PPD.  Going to get serious for a minute, bear with me. If you are feeling mentally off after you have a baby it’s not due to the fact that you failed to keep yourself together.  Your hormones are going CRAZY. You just made a tiny miracle, and whether you’re breast feeding it or not, your body has lots of settling down to do afterwards.  Making babies is really hard on momma. Some women get symptoms right away, others its a gradual decline that can be difficult to notice at first.  Admitting you need help does not mean you lose.  Don’t isolate yourself, don’t feel shame, DO break out.  Go see friends, talk to people, tell your doctor, exercise and bring that beautiful little being with you. You won’t feel blissful every day, and once that initial honey moon phase is over you may feel gray. You don’t lose unless you tell yourself you do.  Think for a minute…when was the last time you thought someone who had post partum depression was just a wimp? Never? No one will think that of you either.


Did I miss anything? What surprising thing did you find out after you had your little one?

November Stitch Fix Review

November 3rd, 2014




I have been wanting to try Stitch Fix for so so incredibly long. When I first read about it I was pregnant with my little man, and it didn’t make sense for me to invest in good quality clothes that I’d stretch out with my big belly. Now that I’m two month’s post-baby I thought I’d give it a try.  I’m so glad I did.  What a fun experience it is!


Let me back up a bit just in case you haven’t heard of Stitchfix before. Stitchfix is an online styling service. You get your own personal stylist who handpicks a “fix” for you with five items. You get either clothing or accessories that are unique to your budget, and tastes. You’ll get three days to decide if you’re going to keep anything from your fix. The styling fee is $20 and that goes towards any purchase you end up making. If you  buy all 5 you get 25% off the entire order. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s so fun.  You can sign up to get fixes whenever you want, or get them sent to you monthly, even bi-weekly. It’s perfect for a busy mom like me who has no time to shop for clothes. You can learn more about signing up for your first fix Here!




Kacie Half Flap Crossbody Bag — $48.00


I struggled with this.  I had specifically asked for a fall bag, and they obliged with this cute black bag.  I had been going back and forth whether to keep it or not because I liked it, but I’m not sure I was ready to part with $50 for it. I loved the inside, I loved that it was vegan. Had it been half the price I would have kept it. It was a great bag, but for the money I had to send it back. Verdict: Returned.




Alondra Ruched Pencil Skirt — $58.00


They sent me this skirt, size medium and I will be the first to tell you I’m not a skirt person. I only own one other skirt.  However, every year about this time of year I start panicking. I end up going shopping for dresses because my husband’s company hosts a very upscale Christmas party. It’s a stressful thing for me to try on dress after dress. It fits my curves in all the right ways, and I also love that it stretches so as I continue to shed off this extra baby weight, it will still fit. Verdict: Kept.







Gradon Sheer Raglan Seam Sweater — $58.00


This was a simple, safe black sweater and I really loved it. It’s simplicity makes it a timeless sweater that I know I will be able to wear for years. It was forgiving on my mama pooch, and really versatile.  It looked nice with jeans, or it could be dressed up with that skirt up there for my husband’s Christmas party (I sweat this party, you know). Even though it’s pricey compared to what you’d typically find in my wardrobe I know I will wear it for years. Verdict: Kept






Caspian Scallop Trim Cardigan — $68.00


This cardigan I think was my absolute favorite piece from this fix.  This nursing momma dresses in layers so I don’t show the world my stomach pudge when I’m feeding my two month old son. My husband teases me because since opening the box I have worn it every day. I had to consider the scallop, I wondered at first if it seemed too old fashioned…vintage..grandma-ey? It grew on me. It really grew on me. The scallop in the end made it feminine and gave it personality. It’s super warm too, perfect for this upcoming winter. Verdict: Kept





Emer High Waisted Tall Trouser — $98.00


These trousers were very basic, slim and timeless.  The key word here though is slim.  I poured myself into them, and the only reason I could was because they were stretchy.  I couldn’t even post a picture of me in them because I had a muffin top that topped all muffin tops ever. Every item in this stitch was a medium, but this one was on the smaller side of medium.  If I had to guess, I would have placed them at a size 4 or a 6.  I haven’t been that tiny since… ever, and specially not that tiny two months after having a baby. Had they been a larger size I would have considered them, but for almost $100 I would have had to really love them.  They were so small I really can’t think that I can give a good review of them. Verdict: Returned


So 3 out of 5 on my very first Fix. I’m so pleased with my first fix, I’ve heard they can be a disaster when they’re trying to figure you out.  This I feel was a very safe conservative fix, so now that they’re getting to know me they might take more risks.  I’d like to see more flexible items shipped to me, hopefully they’ll send stuff that will be flexible as I slowly get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight.




If you want to try Stitch Fix, I totally recommend it.  You can fill out your style profile and sign up for your first Fix here.


Something to know: I am not being paid for this post, I just really enjoy Stitch Fix. I think it would be great for any of my readers who don’t have time to shop, or people like me who can’t get past jeans and a t-shirt. If you sign up for stitch fix using one of the links I provided in this post it helps me earn Stitch Fix credits towards my next fix.  You can earn them too once you sign up for your first fix. You can help support my clothes habit by clicking here. Thanks!!

October Ipsy Review

October 28th, 2014


I feel like I’m doing a marathon of Ipsy reviews lately to catch up on what has been a very fun experiment. My daughter and I started our Ipsy subscription in August.  She’s a super girly girl, and I thought for $10 a month it was an easy way to have a little bit of fun with new make up every month.  We really look forward to our Ipsy Glam bag. If you’re curious about what we got in previous months you can check here and here.

If you’ve never heard of Ipsy they are a monthly subscription. For $10 a month, they send you a beauty bag designed to your needs. You fill out a questionnaire and they send you items that best suit you each month.  I requested items for my daughter and I that matched our complexion, and requested more natural items when they are available.

First off, I have to say of all the bags…this teal bag is my absolute favorite.  We went out of town last weekend, and I packed all my little travel bits in it. I love the teal blue. The contents of the bag I was again pretty pleased with.  I’m alway glad to get a new finger nail polish, and pretty much got things I would use.  Even the lipstick…which I almost never wear lipstick I would consider using.  So here’s the run down.


The Ayres Patagonia Body Butter was a great inclusion for us.  It’s a trial size, so compared to the item I linked it’s probably about $9 worth of cream. I love having little trial sizes, because when I went out of town I brought it with me. The smell is nice, not too over powering. It’s probably one of the more natural items of the month…here’s it’s description from Amazon:

Enriched with plant emollients, herbal extracts and vitamins, this ultra rich creamy body butter provides relief from dry, rough skin. Vitamin E natural antioxidant provides protection to your skin while shea nut butter gives long-lasting hydration. Just drift away on a cool breeze of delicate jasmine and aromatic rosemary blended with lavender, bergamot, ylang-ylang, oakmoss, patchouli and fir. Inspired by Patagonia’s snow-capped mountains and blue lagoons, this fresh scent inspires a soothing sense of calm.

I’m not sure if I’ll be buying this again, but I’m definitely enjoying it for now.


Next is the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, which boasts being an all natural product. It has a light fragrance that reminds me of the grape flavored tooth paste I used as a kid. It says on the label to use a tiny dot…and it’s true, a little goes a long way.  I’m actually really enjoying this cleanser, even with it’s weird grapey fragrance. It’s not cheap stuff, so I’d guess the little bottle they send me is about $8 worth of their product.


The nail polish I received by Nicole Opi was a pretty gold color, named On a Gilt Trip.  It was not the type of polish I try to get, I tend to get Zoya and now thanks to last month’s bag, Pacifca’s nail polish. I actually haven’t used this nail polish yet.  Gold glitter doesn’t seem to be my thing, so I may end up giving it to a friend.  It’s value is about $5.


The lipstick…oh this lipstick.  I’m not usually a fan of lipstick.  Maybe I’m weird, but I think it tastes weird. I didn’t have this problem with Noyah’s lipstick sample. The sample is about half the size of the one for sale, hard to think it’s an $18 lipstick, but I liked it. No weird taste, and I actually really liked the color they chose for me to use.  This also claims to be a natural product. I think the overall value of this is about $9.



Last but not least is Skone’s waterproof liquid eyeliner. I don’t use liquid eyeliner ever often, but this is here just in time for Halloween for us.  As you can see, I haven’t opened it yet, so I can’t attest for how great it is, but if you ask me next week I can tell you. It’s valued at $15.

This being my third bag, I have to say overall I’m pleased with the diversity of stuff I’ve received. They are trying to stick me with as natural products as they can, but I’m thinking they could do a bit better in this category. The overall value of the items received in this bag was less than last month but still totaled around $40, so definitely worth your $10 monthly investment. We will be keeping our subscription for now, and are looking forward to our November bag!

Important Note: I am not being paid for this post, nor was I approached by Ipsy to do this review.  I purchased this bag, and reviewed it all on my own. I think this service would be great for fashion minded ladies who’d like to try new items but don’t necessarily have the time to go out and find them on their own. If you sign up for Ipsy with one of the links I provided in the post, or by clicking here I receive a credit that enables me to get more freebies. You can earn credits too once you sign up. :)

Beanless Paleo Chili

October 24th, 2014



So as you probably know, I have a two month old baby and right now our world pretty much revolves around him. I have learned just how productive I can be when he naps!  Getting a healthy meal out to our family can be a difficult task if I don’t plan ahead. I have to chose meals that will forgive me for stepping away, and chili is one of them.  This recipe can easily be adapted for a slow cooker too, but our family has found it’s yummier cooked traditionally.  This recipe is bare bones chili recipe…one I hope you’ll add your own flare to.  My kids prefer a mild chili, so this recipe is definitely a kid pleaser.

Here’s what you need:

* 2lbs of ground beef

* 1 onion

* green or red pepper (I usually prefer green peppers)

* 1 quart of stewed tomatoes or a 16 oz. can of stewed tomatoes



* 1 tbs. chili powder

* 1/2 tsp garlic powder

* 1/4 tsp onion powder

* 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

* 1/4 tsp dried oregano

* 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

* 1 1/2 tsp cumin

* 1 tsp Ancho Chili Powder

* salt and pepper to taste



1. Brown the meat in a sauce pan, while it’s browning slice up your onion and pepper.

2. Once the meat has browned, toss in your sliced veggies, and your can/jar of tomatoes.  Juices and all.

3. Reduce heat to low, and let simmer covered for 2-4 hours, check occasionally to stir.

4.  If you’re using a crock pot, add a cup of stock or water to the mix and set on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4-5. The last 30 minutes or so, remove the lid from the crock pot to let any extra juices boil down.

5. Serve with a healthy serving of guacamole and garnish with some cilantro.  Enjoy!



Fiddlebumps – A Review and Giveaway

October 17th, 2014



You all know I just had a baby, and this Nearly Natural Momma wants to use the most natural products that I can…just so long as they work. I’m not talking about bathing my kid in sunshine and roses because Ermagerd Kemikals! However, I am cautious about what I want to put on my children’s skin, specially my littlest love. I’m always skeptical when it comes to alternative products because lots of times they just don’t work, or they have adverse reactions to fragile skin.  I will never forget the look my newborn baby gave me when I applied California Baby diaper cream on his poor little hiney.  It burned… the tears of betrayal flowed down his sweet face, and into the trash bin it went. After that experience it was hard for me to trust the alternative cream on his sensitive tush.   We had been using conventional grocery store cream on his hiney until Holly from Fiddlebump’s sent me her Tiny Hiney cream along with her Healing Salve to try out.

The Tiny Hiney Cream is a gentle alternative to conventional store bought cream.  Holly makes them herself in small batches from completely natural ingredients. They contain no petroleum, no paragons, no preservatives or anything synthetic. The healing salve is a gentle natural way to help your kids scrapes and scratches heal with out resorting to antibiotic ointments or other conventional creams that may sting the already painful spot.  It contains essential oils known to be antiseptics, such as Tea Tree, Lavender, and Shea Butter which helps improve skin elasticity, and aids in reducing scars. Together the oil blends provides anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Both products have a gentle smooth feel and a faint fragrance.  It’s easy to tell right away it’s the oils, not a fake fragrance you’re smelling. The Tiny Hiney goes on smooth, and protects his little bum from any moisture that may be in his diaper. It does all this with out the nasty chemicals, and most of all it does it with out tears unlike the other diaper cream I tried. She has so many different products she sells for baby’s, first aid, cleaning products, bath and body products….if you’ve been looking for natural products this is a company you should definitely check out. Click here to check out her products.

For an added bit of fun, Holly has agreed to host a fun giveaway to introduce one of my readers to her products.  Check out the rafflecopter below to enter!




Ways to Enter the Giveaway:

1.  Click here and check out Fiddlebump’s products. Leave a comment below telling me which product you’d like to try.

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