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Almond & Cranberry Crusted Goat Cheese

  • Posted on: 10 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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I attended my first holiday party tonight! I know some folks prefer to celebrate one holiday at a time and feel it's a little early for Christmas celebrations. I love to celebrate them all starting in November! So bring on the Thanksgiving get togethers, Christmas get togethers, New Year's get togethers. I'll take them all! For tonight's party I made a simple, but very festive recipe with 3 delicious ingredients.

4 Reasons I'm Proud to be a Partner at Starbucks This Holiday Season

  • Posted on: 9 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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My Response to the Red Cup Ridiculousness Normally we do not share things such as this on our blog. But, today we make an exception. The past two months I have been fortunate enough to become a partner at Starbucks. Here are 4 Reasons I am proud of that. Starbuck Supports Farmers "Starbucks invests in programs designed to strengthen economic and social development in local communities, while also caring for the environment. To extend the reach and impact of our programs, we collaborate with nongovernmental organizations that have experience and expertise in working with farming communities."...

Mood Bosting All Purpose Cleaner

  • Posted on: 8 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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Thinking about cleaning does not usually put me in a good mood. I dread the thought of scrubbing the tub, wiping the counters, or dusting the tables. After a few different mixtures I came up with a simple, extremely effective cleaner. The best part? It contains lemon essential oil that actually improves my mood with every spray! Two problems solved: less scrubbing and a better mood! I strictly use Native American Nutritionals therapeutic grade oils. I buy directly from the website. No one makes commission. I do not sell it. I highly recommend this brand. I use several of the oils daily in...

How I Take Photos

  • Posted on: 7 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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The last few months I have worked diligently to improve my photography for my blog and Instagram account. I am, by no means, an expert. I am as amateur as they come. But, I have learned a lot of things. I figured I should share them with you. What My Photos Used to Look Like What My Photos Look Like Now Before beginning to stage a photo, I follow these guidelines: 1. Be True to Yourself I learned this in an instagram course created by Me and Orla . This is absolutely the number one rule I follow. In any creative outlet, it can be easy to attempt to mimic the styles or stories of those you...

My Go To Weeknight Dinner: Roasted Chicken

  • Posted on: 6 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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Some days are so busy, I hardly have time to organize my thoughts! Much less, plan a meal for us! On those days, my most common go to meal is roasted chicken. This simple meal is packed full of nutrition and flavor and requires very little planning or thinking! Watch our video below to see how we roast a chicken.

10 Clean Holiday Recipes to Try this Season!

  • Posted on: 5 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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This time of year my mind always wanders back home. The sights and sounds of the holidays instantly take me back to the pond where my cousins and I used to feed the ducks, while my grandmother prepared the most amazing meals. I remember one holiday waking up to see the pond had frozen over! It rarely got this cold in Mississippi and I thought it was the most magical thing I had ever seen. My aunts, uncles, and cousins would all pile into my grandparents house, be it Thanksgiving or Christmas. We laughed together, shared our dreams, and told the most exagerated outlandish stories you can ever...

What I Believe Makes Me Who I Am

  • Posted on: 3 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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As I arrived home this evening from a hectic day at work, I rushed through all of my required tasks. I fed my six cats, fed my puppy, threw a load of laundry in, and then immediately changed into my comfty clothes. I made a warm magnesium and chamomile tea, and then put lavender oil in the diffuser. All day I have looked forward to my evening meditation. This is the usually the most relaxing part of my day. Participating in meditation has many benefits, as I wrote about last month . Some of the benefits include, reduce risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and relief from stress and...

Warm Brandy Apple Cider for One

  • Posted on: 2 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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Here in Alabama the weather is perfectly dreary. The wind is howling, the sky is a beatiful gray, and the rain comes and goes. This Autumn weather calls for a warm drink to sip as you cozy up and watch the leaves fall from the trees. Our recipe for Warm Brandy Apple Cider will make a marvelous companion for all of the brisk Autumn days ahead.

I Am Blogging Like Crazy

  • Posted on: 1 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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Every year in the month of November See Jane Write's leader, Javacia Harris Bowser, hosts an event called #BlogLikeCrazy . Each participant is challenged to blog every day for the entire month of November. I particpated last year and it was one of the biggest turning points for Spiffy Eats & Giggle Water. The bounds of my creativity, consistency, and will power were stretched in ways I did not expect. This year I know I will grow even more! Over the last few months I have been working on revamping my entire blog. I have pulled in help from other people, and now I can happily say Spiffy...

#SpiffyHealth 10 Day Meditation Challenge

  • Posted on: 14 October 2015
  • By: jessica
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I will often have friends and family ask me about stress management that doesn't require time. "What can I take to reduce my stress?", "What oils can I use to eliminate my anxiety?" "What supplement do you use to relieve stress?" Although I am a strong believer in using essential oils and even supplements on occasion, the truth is, none of these alone can reduce your overall stress. What can? 10 minutes a day. The most effective way, I have found to reduce my stress, is through meditation and prayer. I find benefits from just 10 minutes a day. Instead of thinking of these 10 minutes as one...

Propagating Herbs: A How To Gude Part 2

  • Posted on: 25 September 2015
  • By: jessica
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Well, so far I have had some success and some epic failures. Be sure to hop over to my first post to see how I got started with propagating these herbs for an indoor winter herb garden. Today is day 20! And here are my successes with getting some roots from my herbs. This is mint. It's getting a few small white roots. Yay! Here is some lavedner. It is thriving and healthy and look! One little white root growing! And the loveliest, most flourishing of all- The basil! There's roots everywhere on this little guy! So what's the next step? That's a good question. I plan to start researching the...

Bacon and Gouda Stuffed Apples

  • Posted on: 13 September 2015
  • By: jessica
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Nothing informs my senses of the arrival of Fall more than the aroma of apples baking with cinnamon. Combine that with the inviting smell of bacon and your family will be running to the kitchen to find out what you're making! This recipe is warm, savory and sweet. The addition of gouda makes for a creamy side dish everyone will love.

Propagating Herbs: A How To Gude

  • Posted on: 9 September 2015
  • By: jessica
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The Fall weather is starting to sneak in, your herbs are starting to dwindle away. What can you do? If you love the idea of being able to grab fresh rosemary, mint, or lemon balm even in the dead of winter, keep reading. Let me start by saying, I am new to gardening. I have been gardening for the last two years and I absolutely love it! I have had some great success ( my first cabbage made it through 5 degree temps and was delicious) and some failures (every tomato I tried to grow heat rotted before ever turning red). But, after reading this helpful post from 17 Apart , I am completely...

How I am training for a 5k

  • Posted on: 30 August 2015
  • By: jessica
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I haven't done a fitness post in a while. To be honest, most of my summer fintess has consisted of outdoor adventures with the dog. I do not follow a specific fitness plan during the summer because I know that I will get outside and be active every chance I get! Todd and I at The Preserve doing some waterfall hiking! Over the last few weeks, that has changed. Why? I AM TRAINING FOR A 5K! String up the banners, give me a cookie, all the above. I am extremely proud of myself. In my opinion, it does not matter how big or small your healthy living goals are. It only matters that you set them and...

All-natural Candles- Shop Local

  • Posted on: 20 August 2015
  • By: jessica
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When it comes to household items, I do my best to choose natural items in all cases. My usual all-purpose cleaner, white vinegar, water and lemon essential oil. I use it to clean my kitchen counters, floors and bathroom! Candles have always been a struggle for me. I am lured in by all of the sweet smells of the big name brands who make promises of spring rain, pumpkin spice, gingerbread houses and the like. Yet, the thought of putting harmful chemicals into the air that my family and I breathe really bothers me. I have attempted a few different brands of natural candles, only to be...

Back To School Paleo Egg Muffins

  • Posted on: 9 August 2015
  • By: jessica
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Let me start by saying, this time of year can be super stressful! For those of you with children, going back to school is a very hectic time. For those of you who work retail, back to school is insanely busy! College students, trust me I understand! The next few weeks can truly effect the way you eat. As we get busy, it is so tempting to grab poptarts, cereal, or other sugary foods as a quick alternative to healthy eating. How can you avoid this trap? FOOD PREP! Food prep sounds way more daunting than it should. It evokes images of 50 plastic tupaware containers filled with chicken you need...

Modifiied Paleo: A recap of my first week

  • Posted on: 4 August 2015
  • By: jessica
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Hi all! Thanks for stopping in. This week I felt motivated to switch over from 80/20 "clean eating" to 95/5 "modified paleo" and journal the challenges and victories with my readers! To give you a little background, I usually eat a clean diet 80% of the time and eat out, enjoying whatever I like 20% of the time. This eating plan this week specifically excluded sugar and gluten. Typical day Breakfast: Smoothie 1/4 cup yogurt 2 handfuls frozen fruit 8 ounces Coconut water 1 small banana Lunch: Salad & Kombucha Bed of lettuce 1 can tuna 2 tablespoons whole fat greek yogurt 1 carrot 1 radish...

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