Dealing with Disappointment in Healthy Ways

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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

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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.

Almond & Cranberry Crusted Goat Cheese

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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...

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