How to Make a Natural All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

How to Make a Natural All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Although here on my blog, I typically focus on cooking and healthy food, I also love to chat about food-adjacent topics whether that’s getting organized in the kitchen, creating better habits, or even natural hand creams for those of us that wash lots of dishes! Today I wanted to share a cleaning tip and “recipe” that I’ve been using for years at home that I thought many of you might enjoy if you—like me—are trying…

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How to grocery shop after vacation

How to grocery shop after vacation

If you’ve been following my posts for a while, you know I’m all about sharing realistic strategies for meal prepping and grocery shopping. Spending 20 minutes looking in your pantry to check your kitchen inventory, selecting 3 recipes for your weekly meal plan, and grocery shopping on a Sunday can save you so much time during the week—and often money too! But what about those weeks when you don’t have time to shop and prep on the weekend? I’m…

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Foods that are as good--or better--frozen

Foods that are as good--or better--frozen

Even though I love getting lots of my food ultra fresh from a farmers market and CSA, I actually rely on my freezer a lot to make meal prepping easy on a weekly basis. The freezer gives me flexibility on when to buy and cook ingredients so it helps me avoid waste. Also in many instances, the quality of frozen food is on par—an occasionally better—than what you can buy fresh…

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Healthy Food Picks at Costco

Healthy Food Picks at Costco

This weekend, I made my first pilgrimage to Bulk Buying Paradise: Costco. I’ve never been one to buy in bulk mostly because I’ve lived in small spaces with few other people, and also typically the foods I like to eat aren’t typically sold in big box stores. I like to buy as small and as local as I can (which is why my produce in the summer comes from my CSA). However, probably like many of you, I saw my grocery bill shoot up in January

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Tips for a Successful Dry January

Tips for a Successful Dry January

Chances are, you’ve at least heard of the phrase “Dry January".” Maybe it’s the excuse your coworker gave for skipping wine at the weekly happy hour, or maybe it’s something you are in the middle of doing right now. The last few years, it seems that this trend has grown bigger and bigger and that more folks are abstaining from alcohol (or reducing their consumption) for these 31 days…

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Best Natural Hand Creams for Dishpan Hands

Best Natural Hand Creams for Dishpan Hands

f you want a recommendation for a hand lotion, ask a chef. Between washing our hands constantly before and during cooking and washing dishes, pots, and pans, after, we know a thing or too about dry skin and chapped hands. Hate perfumey scented lotions and a bunch of added chemicals? We do too. Not only are artificial scents distracting in the kitchen, but those perfumey flavors and chemicals could end up…

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Best Gluten-free Food Products

Best Gluten-free Food Products

As you’ve probably noticed while grocery shopping, gluten-free products have exploded. If you were gluten-free only a few years ago, you would have had to to seek out a speciality health food store, and would probably be pretty disappointed by your options.

But now gluten-free products are available in nearly every store. Is the gluten-free alternative always healthier? Not necessarily…

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The Healthiest Foods at Trader Joes

The Healthiest Foods at Trader Joes

I tend to talk about grocery shopping a lot.  Sometimes it's about making a Kitchen Inventory List or a Meal Plan and sometimes its chatting about alternative methods of getting ingredients like a CSA).  That's because when it comes to healthy eating, cooking is only half of the equation.  It's also important to be able to fit the timing and logistics of buying your food into your week in order to maintain healthy eating habits with ease…

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