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Archive for October 2014

Super Simple Real Food Halloween

Are you in the mood for a Halloween party but don’t want to deal with sugar, additives and food coloring? We often have a Halloween party with friends, and many of our friends and their children are on restrictive diets, so having treats that their kids can eat is really special to them. Here is a…

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Jack O'Lantern Cuties

  So simple and easy, but super fun and no worries about all the excess sugar and everything else we want to avoid during these sugary holidays. This is another project that is fun for kids to be involved in! Having a big bowl of jack-o-lantern to munch on during your Halloween party is terrific…

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Chocolate Dipped or Painted Apricots

I love having “food crafts” for my kids to work on. Having the kids help with preparing food is great on so many levels! Gets them in the kitchen so they’re comfortable with “cooking” Builds wonderful memories Fills the creativity need Gives them something to work on Helps them enjoy giving to others (we always make treats…

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Free Menu Planning Printable

Click here to get your FREE printable Having meals planned out for the week is key to serving well rounded and nourishing meals. For many, it means the difference between boxed mac & cheese or a delicious homemade chili. I sit down every Sunday night, write out the menu plan for the week, do my…

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Getting Your Decluttering Goals Accomplished

  This year I have been learning about the “power of positive thinking.” It’s always been one of those things that I sort of roll my eyes at, say “I AM a positive person” and move on. But, this year, I’ve been learning about habits, changing habits and changing all the “I shoulds” into “I’m doing…

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The Ultimate Clutter Free Gift Giving Guide

  Earlier this year, I wrote an entire series of clutter-free gifts ideas and they have been more popular than I ever anticipated! Clutter from gifts has become overwhelming to many of us, especially to parents of little ones, who have to try to teach gratitude among overabundance and teach good stewardship with poorly crafted…

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How I Cured My Infant's Eczema

  I had an interesting reader question this week, and I thought it best to answer in a post, in case others have the same question: Hi Rachel, I love your blog, your commitment to Jesus, and your desire to inspire others with the freedom that comes from minimalism! I read your recent recipe post…

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Halloween Fruit Kabobs

Anytime we take the time to make something special for the children in our lives, they enjoy it. It doesn’t have to be full of sugar, artificial colors or have some character on it. Kids notice when we take time out of our day just for them. It’s actually more meaningful to make something simple like…

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The "5 Whys" to Disconnect from Sentimental Attachment

  When we’re struggling with decluttering, and in particular, decluttering sentimental items, asking the right questions is key. One tool I’ve found helpful for getting to the root of our attachment and really understanding our reasoning behind keeping something is using the “5 Why’s”. Ask yourself, or the person you are helping to declutter, “why?” five times.…

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Dairy Free Caramel Apples

  For the last few months I’ve been gluten free and dairy free. Our youngest son, currently 10 months, had horrible eczema and as long as I avoid gluten and dairy, he’s fine. (Click here to read more about our eczema journey.) It’s definitely been challenging not having dairy- I love cheese and butter! But…

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Decluttering Sentimental Items

  After we’ve gotten rid of all the meaningless stuff around the house, decluttering starts to get a little harder. We have to start thinking about the items that aren’t used, but we’ve kept because someone special gave it to us, or owned it or for whatever reason we felt guilt at the idea of…

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Harvest Parfaits

  Being a foodie and particularly a real food foodie, I’m always bothered by the excess of sugary junk that gets devoured on Halloween. No one, and I mean no one, needs that much candy, let alone the chemical additives that are included to it to make it taste acceptable. Our kids don’t eat a lot…

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