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What I Buy at Aldi

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I will admit it, I enjoy grocery shopping. It is one of my favorite activities. The thrill of finding healthy, clean foods at good prices is like a sport for me. Ok, now that you all know how weird I am.... here is what I buy at Aldi. Publix is my favorite, but I have got to tell you guys how awesome Aldi has been the last few times. I have been so impressed with all the organic products I have found. 1. Organic Frozen Berries $2.79 2. Organic Fresh Produce (various prices) 3. Grass-fed Beef $6.99 4. Nuts $5-$7 5. Free-range Chicken Broth $1.79 6. Organic Canned Tomatoes $1.49 7. Organic...

Paleo Spinach Bacon Salad

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I LOVE BACON! Seriously, you guys, I really love bacon. So often, I hear my family members asking me for health advice. They say things like, "I eat pretty healthy, but sometimes I do have bacon." They get this guilty look on thier face apologizing to me for eating bacon. Try as I may to conivince them that bacon is not the enemy we have been trained to think it is... they never seem convinced. We purchase bacon that is ethically sourced and free of added sugars. And we eat it several times a week. Read more here about why healthy fats are so vital to your health! WE SHOULD ALL EAT MORE BACON...

The Abbey: Coffee Shop and So Much More

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The first time I stepped foot into this lovely establishment located in the heart of the Avondale community, I fell in love. The vibe that greets you is one of warmth, neighborly love, and friendship. I have frequented a few times a month over the last year and loved chatting with Carrie and Noah as they made my whole milk lattes. The Abbey proudly serves a vast array of local products including Red Bike Coffee , Leaf N Petal teas , Bread Works Breads and they make their own pastries and sandwiches in house. Their pimento cheese sandwich is one of my very favorites! In my most recent visit, I...

Woodlawn Cycle Cafe

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There is nothing like the perfect cup of bright, chocolaty espresso made right in the neighborhood. This lovely new shop is called Woodlawn Cycle Cafe- combo handcrafted coffee bar/cyclist shop. The Euro-Industrial style cafe will have your heart yearning to snap photo after photo of this lovely space. They are serving up MapCap Coffee from Grand Rapids, Michigan and selling some pretty rad cycling gear. The idea of the shop comes from Armand Margjeka and Kyle Campbell, who are leasing the location from Rev Birmingham . Our city is coming back to life and spots like this are ushering in new...

3 Immune Boosting Foods

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Elderberry Syrup Here is a simple recipe for elderberry syrup that is sure to have you ready to fight off anything that comes your way! Bone Broth I keep telling you guys how amazing this stuff is, but it's because it works! We drink bone broth regularly and have noticed a significant drop in the number of times per year we go to the doctor. Mushrooms The selenium in mushrooms is known to to boost your immune strength. Toss them in everything! This link also shares a few more foods that will help improve your immune system. Feel better, friends! And if you aren't feeling bad, I hope you...

Are You Following Us on Instagram?

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First of all, I want to say thank you to all of my Spiffy Gals (and guys) that read our recipes, diys, tutorials and natural living posts. We appreciate you so much! We would love to share even more of our story with you through our Instagram . Through Instagram we tell small stories about our day to day lives and occasional behind the scenes sneak peeks! Here are a few of our most recent posts. Enjoy! We would love for you to comment, and tell us more about you so that we can follow you back. And thank you again for reading. Sunday mornings are for cuddles with my cats and pup. Sunday...

Fire Cider

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When I was a little girl, my mom and I would go into Christmas shops. I distinctly remember the smell of cinnamon being in each store. Sometimes the stores would have hot apple cider to sip as you shopped. Those were my favorite. The taste and smell of spicy cider brings me back to those amazing times. We first tried this drink at our friend's wedding and completely fell in love. The crisp taste of apples and the hint of cinnamon will have you in a festive mood right away.

Three Sisters

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Today is an important day. Thanksgiving is the celebration of our country's freedom from religious tyranny in England. It is also a day of sadness for many. The genocide of countless native people occurred and cannot be ignored. As we eat our turkey and give thanks for the many incredible blessings, I hope we all will remember the history of this day. I hope we will share the stories we know, and not hide from our past. It is only the knowledge that we are able to grow stronger. We wanted to share with you a recipe that is traditional for the Alabamee Indian Tribe, who lived in what is now...

Jalapeno Honey Everything Sauce

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You guys know that I love some Jalapeno Honey from Garden Honey Bee, here in Alabama . This spicy sweet awesomeness has so many different uses. This year I had the pleasure of visiting their booth at the Market Noel . I adore the rustic design they have put together. John and Brenda are so passionate about their honey and it is apparent in the quality of their amazing creations. Market Noel 2015 at the Garden Honey Bee Booth Tonight I created an all purpose sauce that can be used on anything you like. We used it to glaze this roasted pork tenderloin and it turned out amazing!

Paleo Flourish Magazine

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We are so thrilled to announce the publishing of one of our recipes on Paleo Flourish Magazine ! Paleo Flourish Magazine is a multi-faceted resource for those who want to learn more about the paleo lifestyle. They have meal plans, books, recipes, and shopping lists! If you are curious about this unique way of eating and want to learn about improving your health, please head over to Paleo Flourish Magazine. The recipe they shared is one of our favorites. As the weather turns colder, you only have a little bit of time left to enjoy getting out on the grill and cooking. Be sure to check out our...

What We Want for Christmas!

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We all have Christmas wish lists. Items we dream about having as part of our kitchen arsenal. Today we wanted to share with you a few that are on the top of our list! Stainless Carving Set Touch of Modern says, "Jean Dubost’s family, inspired by the traditional peasant tool, has been crafting the artisan blades since 1920. Surrounded by legend and myth, the Laguiole knife still carries the mark of its ancestors. A bee that is found engraved on all Laguiole products was originally part of Napoleon Bonaparte’s imperial seal. The blade, made of high-grade stainless steel, is stamped, then ground...

Feast and Forest Birmingham Alabama

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Today we had the privelege of enjoying brunch at one of the newest spots in Birmigham- Feast and Forest . Feast and Forest is a unique restaurant located in a quiet corner of historic Birmingham. As soon as we walked up to the store front, I knew this place had my heart. Feast and Forest is owned by the same talented folks who call themselves The Baking Bandits. I love their scones and get one as often as possible from Pepperplace Market. We love seeing their dream of having a store front come to life! And let me tell you how awesomely delicious the food was! I had the Farm Egg Salad. The...

Birmingham Girls Club Instagram Challenge

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This month I have decided to participate in the See Jane Write event, Blog Like Crazy! It has been one hell of an adventure and I have enjoyed it so much. I am also participating in an event with The Birmingham Girls Club . This is an Instagram challenge. Each day we post a photo based on the inspiration chosen for that particular day. Both of these challenges have been fun learning experiences. I have stretched myself beyond my normal bounderies. I even posted a photo of my own hands for the BGC Instagram challenge (which I never do, due to all of my old lady wrinkles). I have also shared...

Christmas Gifts to Improve the Health of Those You Love

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Putting together your Christmas gift list can be stressful. What are you going to get for for your loved ones? Your friends? Everyone has unique personalities, likes and dislikes. But, what do we all have in common? Our health. What if each gift you gave was not only thoughtful and heartfelt, but also improved the health of the recipient? I have compiled a list of gift giving ideas that do just that. 1. Massage Everyone loves a massage. They are so relaxing and rejuvinating! The health benefits of massage are immense. I have started getting massages every month and my body is so happy for it...

Market Noel Ticket Giveaway

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Last year was my first time to experience the amazing Christmas event Market Noel . I remember how excited I was to meet local creators from all over the Southeast. I got my camera, notebook, cute holiday outfit and headed out to enjoy some Christmas cheer. As I walked in the front door, I was immediately giddy at the sight of greenery strung all along the massive stairway. The Birmingham Junior League volunteers greeted me with a smile and I made my way up the stairs. As I climbed closer and closer to the top, my senses were flooded with cinnamon, cardamom, apple spice, and every other...

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