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3 Immune Boosting Foods

  • Posted on: 30 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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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?

  • Posted on: 29 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 27 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 26 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 25 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 24 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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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!

  • Posted on: 22 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 21 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 20 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 19 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 18 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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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...

5 Easy Healthy Swaps

  • Posted on: 17 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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Sometimes we are just not motivated to be creative or step outside our comfort zones. We have habits, and breaking those routines can seem like a big challenge. Today I want to share with you 5 simple swaps I have made to improve my health and allow me to live more naturally. These small steps out of your comfort zone, can make a big difference in your health and the health of your family. 1. Spaghetti squash in place of pasta This simple swap will have your tummy feeling happy and your taste buds too! I simply get a sharp knife, cut the spaghetti squash in half and bake at 350 in 1/2 inch of...

5 Vegan Paleo Christmas Desserts

  • Posted on: 16 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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It's nearly the most wonderful time of the year and I am already dreaming of Yuletide goodies to make that won't have me feeling awful the next day. Here are five recipes I intend to add to our holiday menu. The first four are vegan and paleo, and the last one is paleo but uses eggs. These delicious recipes will have you chock full of health and good cheer! Almond Gingerbread Cookies from the Clean Dish Gingerbread Latte Copy Cat from The Big Man's World Snickerdoole Cookies from The Urban Poser Christmas Rum Balls from Healthful Pursuit Coconut Milk Egg Nogg from Back to Her Roots (this one'...

Vegan Chili and Goodbyes to a Close Friend

  • Posted on: 15 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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This month one of my best friends in is moving very far away. Mandy and I have been friends for almost two years, but it feels like we have always known one another. When I first moved to Birmingham I was very lonely. I had left all of my friends and family to come to a brand new city and start a new chapter in my life. Mandy was one of the first friends that I made. Mandy has one of the most genuine hearts of anyone I have ever known. Her spirit radiates love, honesty and grace. I know that no matter what things I bring to her to speak about, she will lend me a kind and understanding ear. As...

Dealing with Disappointment in Healthy Ways

  • Posted on: 12 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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We have all dealt with disappointment at one time or another. I am currently dealing with a little disappointment about an opportunity that did not work out. I have a tendency to get angry, mopey and sad. I will be distant to those close to me, quit eating healthy, and turn into a loner. But today I am taking a stand. I am not going to follow those same patterns of behavior. They are not healthy or beneficial. Here is what I am doing instead. Upping my meditation game I am meditating twice a day now, instead of once. During this time I am looking towards the future and reminding myself that...

Gluten Free Holiday Wreath

  • Posted on: 11 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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One tradition from my childhood that I always remember this time of year is my mother's Christmas Wreath. I remember exactly what the house smelled like as the butter and marshmallows melted, I remember the movements of her hands as she stirred in the crunchy corn cereal. I remember her eating little pieces as she shaped the wreath. And most of all I remember the feeling of family. In those moments, everything was perfect.

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