Safe And Natural Essentials For The Family

It’s Back To School time! My son’s first day back was last Thursday! Every year, I always prepare our household with safe, natural, eco-friendly cleaning and lifestyle products. At the first sign of either of us getting sick, I use an oil diffuser and essential oils which seems to help tremendously. We gathered a few safe and natural essentials for the family to keep on hand! 

Safe And Natural Essentials For The Family
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How do you prepare for Back To School? It seems parents have to buy new clothes and school supplies each year. This year, I didn’t have to buy new clothes for him right away. I had just purchased clothing for him a few months before summer started, so his clothes will do for the next few months. I may have to buy new pants for him since he seems to have grown so much! I did have to buy a new backpack since one of the straps on his old backpack was wearing down.  

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Orzo Summer Salad

When summer rolls around, I am reminded that I don’t eat as much as I normally do. It’s usually too hot to eat such heavy and filling meals! I am always looking for light and healthy meals to make for summer, or any time throughout the year! Get ready for a fun and easy recipe for Orzo Summer Salad!

Orzo Summer Salad

When I was growing up, I used to love summer. We had a pool in our backyard, so we would swim almost every day! It was such a great way to have fun and cool off!  Now that I am an adult, I dislike the heat. I stay indoors as much as possible because the heat is so bothersome to me. 

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Go Wild for Sustainably Caught Fish

 

Go Wild for Sustainably Caught Fish

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Growing up in Florida you become a bit of a seafood snob. When you’re able to catch it yourself, you know how good fresh fish tastes.  Of course, this isn’t an option for everyone, which is why most fish is bought in-store. In recent years, however, many types of seafood have been overfished or produced in farms. This can compromise both flavor, quality, and the underwater ecosystem. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to when you choose to purchase wild, sustainably caught fish.

One brand on such a mission is Wild Planet.  All of their products are sustainably caught. This means they don’t overfish the oceans, damage the habitat, or catch juvenile or non-targeted species. It’s a philosophy I fully support.

It aligns with the habits I was taught as a kid. Every time we went out on the boat, my parents always made sure we respected the water and the beings living below the surface.  We never caught more than we could eat. If the seafood was too small or not in season, we always returned it to the ocean. Though we had to leave a few anchors in the sea when they got stuck, we never considered the water our garbage can.

Sustainably Caught Fish – Skipjack Tuna

Sustainably caught fish - Skip Jack tuna

Wild Planet was kind enough to send me several of their products to try, including their Skipjack Tuna in a pouch. Though I’ve had their canned tuna before, this was the first time I tried the Skipjack pouch. I really enjoy both varieties. You can taste the difference in this sustainably caught fish. It’s like throwing out a line and catching it fresh yourself.

All of Wild Planet’s tuna is 100% pole and line caught in Central or North Pacific Ocean. Allowing the fish to remain in its natural habitat ensures you are getting the freshest fish every time. The skipjack tuna contains no salt and is packed raw without oil, water or fillers. It is then cooked once to help it maintain its rich abundance of DHA and EPA Omega 3’s. Consuming Omega 3’s is good for your mind, body, and soul.

There are lots of ways to enjoy tuna, but one of my favorites is the tuna melt. I like to add a bit of mayo, white pepper, and garlic salt to my tuna. This is followed by chopped celery and carrots. I then place the mixture on my favorite sprouted bread and top it off with cheddar cheese. In this case, I used vegan cheddar cheese.

Wild Sardines and Mackerel

Sustainably caught fish - wild sardines and mackerel

Wild Planet was also kind enough to send me their sustainably caught Wild Mackerel and Wild Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Just like the tuna, both of these skinless and boneless fillets are delicious. This variety features very simple ingredients, hand-fillet fresh fish, organic olive oil and sea salt.

These Atlantic Ocean sardines and mackerels are fished using purse seine methods. This sustainable method targets only the desired species. It also helps to eliminate catching fish you don’t want and doesn’t damage the ecosystem.

Wild Planet’s sardines and mackerels are rich in protein and EPA/DHA Omega 3s. I like to add them to salads for that extra punch of protein and salty, smokiness. I find them especially tasty in Caesar salad. They complement the creamy dressing perfectly. Mackerel also works well as a tuna substitute, while sardines are a great addition to your favorite bruschetta recipe.

So next time you’re craving some seafood, consider picking up the sustainably caught fish varieties from Wild Planet. You’ll not only taste the difference, but you’ll also be supporting a more eco-conscious brand.

What’s your favorite way to eat tuna? Have you tried canned sardines or mackerel?

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Air Fryer Oven Cooking For The Busy Lifestyle

I was introduced to my first air fryer a year ago. I like using the air fryer to make salmon.  It really saves time and energy as I don’t have to heat up the oven.  I tried making his favorite foods in it and he just wasn’t having it (he’s a picky eater). I only used it a few times and then it sat in a cupboard for months until I decided to pull it out again and give it another try!

Now that we have our own home and settling in, I’ve had the air fryer sitting proudly on my countertop! Nowadays, my son has me use the air fryer daily for his foods!

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Join the Clean Beauty Revolution

Join the Clean Beauty Revolution

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Do you really know what’s in your beauty products? Have you ever wondered what those ingredients actually are? If like me, you are concerned about what you’re putting on your skin, it might be time to join the clean beauty revolution.

Clean beauty is more than simply switching to all-natural products. It’s about using ingredients that are safer for your skin and body, whether they’re man-made or natural. In most cases, this translates to cruelty-free products which don’t contain parabens, phthalates, sulfates, silicones, and synthetic fragrances.

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Skincare With Five Ingredients Or Less

Skincare With Five Ingredients Or Less - Fyve Lip Balm and Fyve Melting Facial Cleanser

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It seems as though finding skincare and beauty products gets harder every day. Looking at the labels on the back of bottles becomes quite the event when trying to decipher all of those hard to pronounce ingredients. I try my best to use products that are advertised as natural or vegan but sometimes you have those go to favorites that you just can’t get rid of. For me – those products are my Carmex lip balm and my Neutrogena face wash.

I have the worst time with acne and dry lips and I can never find natural products with clean ingredients that I like.

I had the pleasure of testing a brand that uses FIVE ingredients or less in all of their products and I am hooked.

 

Fyve Lip Balm

Fyve has a wonderful set of lip balms that have become an everyday essential for me. I have stashed a different flavor in my office, purse, and car. My boyfriend has even taken one to keep with him at work!… [read more]

Natural Fragrance For Your Home

Natural Fragrance For Your Home

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It’s such a great feeling when you can find products that can naturally clean and fragrance your home effectively. With asthma and eczema both being a reality in our household, we have to choose our products very carefully. We have found that plant and essential oil based products seem to work best for us…. [read more]

Strengthen Your Hair In 3 Easy Steps

Strengthen Your Hair In 3 Easy Steps

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I noticed that when I don’t eat as healthy as I should, my hair tends to suffer. I experience hair loss and breakage. I am pretty rough with my hair when it comes to combing through it after showering. It mostly has to do with my diet.

That’s why I am so excited to share how to strengthen your hair in 3 easy steps!

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Natural Health For A Busy Lifestyle

Natural Health For A Busy Lifestyle

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I’ve been a single mom since mid-November, since then, it’s been quite a lifestyle change. I am a full time stay at home mom/caregiver to my son with Autism/Special Needs. I no longer have any help. The only time I have to myself is when my son is at school.

Are you a mom always on-the-go? Are you in search of natural health for a busy lifestyle?

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Cooking Made Easy With An Air Fryer

Cooking Made Easy With An Air Fryer

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I’ve been wanting an air fryer for a few years now. I’ve heard others talk about theirs and I knew I wanted to give one a try! Everyone always said how cooking with an air fryer saves time and so easy to use!

If you’re remotely curious about an air fryer, let us show you how you can save time cooking with an air fryer.

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