What I Believe Makes Me Who I Am

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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