Posts made in June, 2013

June Link Love 2013

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Blog, Monthly Link Love | 1 comment

June Link Love 2013

June has been simultaneously busy and quiet, hectic and relaxing. After a few fun weeks of traveling, exploring new places, celebrating birthdays and weddings, and visiting with family, I landed at home with nothing much in particular to do. While both halves of my month have been gratifying and fulfililng, I must say that I’ve been relishing the unstructured, open-ended time that this summer has afforded me thus far. Much of it has been spent writing new blog posts, researching and experimenting with fun recipes, and planning and working towards the upcoming opening of my Etsy store (date TBD)!!! I feel grateful to have this restorative time to rest after a strenuous first year of graduate school. I’ve been enjoying spending time outdoors and have been absolutely LOVING the rewarding experience of planting and maintaining a community garden plot! All-in-all, I must say that life is treating me well, and for that I am very grateful. June has also brought some fun new blog posts in a variety of categories. Below are my favorites in each! Fabulous Ferments 15 Ways to Get Your Family to Eat More Fermented Foods How to Make Lacto-Fermented Mayo (with video) Kombucha Margaritas Sangria Made With Coconut Kefir Skin & Body Care 31 Ways to Use a Lemon Peel (This article could probably fit in each of these categories) Homemade Toner for Acne Prone Skin Is the ‘No ‘Poo’ Method Bad for Hair? DIY Bug Repellent Lotion Bars Homemade Anti-Itch Oatmeal Paste for Poison Ivy and Bug Bites For Your Sweet Tooth Homemade Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream How to Stop Sugar Cravings with the Sugar Buster Avocado with Strawberry Salsa Flourless Paleo Brownies Savory & Delicious Recipes How to Make Sourdough Bread Brine Your Chicken Before You Roast It Gluten-Free Chinese Dumplings (I seriously can’t get enough of dumplings) Irish Colcannon (Mashed Potatoes & Cabbage)  I hope you’ll enjoy checking out the creative and unique articles, links, and recipes that I’ve listed here. Be well and keep enjoying your summer! Cheers!...

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Balancing Hormones Naturally with Seed Cycling

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Blog, DIY Beauty | 43 comments

Balancing Hormones Naturally with Seed Cycling

Discover how to balance hormones naturally with a simple process called “seed cycling.” By adding certain seeds to your diet at the right time in your cycle, you can create optimal hormone balance and eliminate hormone-related symptoms.

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Tamari Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Blog, Recipes | 3 comments

Tamari Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Tamari roasted pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite savory snacks. They can be prepared in 5 minutes and are super healthy. Pumpkin seeds are full of B vitamins as well as vitamins E and K. They provide minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, and zinc to the diet. They are also a good source of protein and contain tryptophan, which helps promote good sleep and lessens depression. Pumpkin seeds can be eaten raw (and I often do) but they are also excellent when pan roasted with tamari (a.k.a. soy sauce). Once roasted, I like adding them to salads, sprinkling them on greens and grains, or just eating them straight. I will say that they are particularly tasty when eaten as a movie snack instead of (or in addition to!) popcorn. Making them is simple and requires only 3 ingredients: raw hulled pumpkin seeds (I use organic), tamari (I use organic and gluten-free), and oil (I use coconut oil, and that’s right, organic). Here’s how to make them: Print Tamari Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Author: CreativeSimpleLife.com Cuisine: Gluten-Free Cook time:  5 mins Total time:  5 mins Serves: 2-4   Ingredients 1 tsp Coconut Oil ½ cup Organic Hulled Pumpkin Seeds 1 tsp Tamari Instructions Melt the oil in a cast iron pan over medium low heat. Add the pumpkin seeds, stirring frequently to allow even cooking. The seeds will start to hiss, sizzle, and crack. After 3-4 minutes of gentle sizzling, remove the pan from the heat. Add tamari and stir vigorously to coat evenly. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. 3.2.1246 A few tips: Once the first few seeds start to brown, it’s time to remove the pan from the heat. Use cast iron if you have it. Here’s the one I use. The seeds will not be brown when you turn off the heat. They also won’t crisp up until they’ve cooled, so your typical taste test doesn’t work the same way with this recipe. When in doubt, err on the underdone side. These can be dry roasted in the oven without oil if you prefer. Enjoy! Here’s what I...

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Introducing Village Green Premium: Real Food Discount Club

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Blog, Promotions | 0 comments

Introducing Village Green Premium: Real Food Discount Club

I’m super excited to introduce the Village Green Premium Membership Club, a new membership service especially for real foodies, offering thousands of dollars in savings and rewards – for only $5 a month! As a member of the Club, you’ll receive HUGE discounts on Village Green e-books and e-book bundles, meal plans, and online classes. You’ll also get amazing discounts and special offers from VGN advertisers! Furthermore, you’ll have exclusive access to Premium Giveaways and publications available only to Premium Club members! Sign up now to save on all your favorite brands including natural and organic foods, supplements, kitchen appliances and more, with exclusive discount coupon codes and monthly specials and sales. It’s easy to join. Just go to the Village Green Premium Membership page and sign up for a one month trial OR for the whole year for additional savings! Right now during the June promotion launch you can test it out for only $3.99!!! Village Green Premium Pays For Itself I just signed up and want to share the June discounts and promotions that I’m most excited about. 1. Save 20% on Branch Basics concentrated natural cleaner. 2. Get 50% OFF Continuous Brewing Systems at GetKombucha.  3. Get 15% OFF Kasandrinos Olive Oil. I like to buy my olive oil in bulk since we go through so much of it and Kasandrinos’ oil is my favorite! By using the above discounts, an annual subscription to Village Green Premium pays for itself! For access to dozens more coupon codes, gift cards, and discounts sign up now! Right now the Village Green Premium membership is marked down from $49 to only $39 through June 30th. Zero Risk What have you got to lose? With the monthly plan, you can cancel at any time. For the yearly plan, if you are unsatisfied for any reason, you have 30 days to request a full refund. Launch Discount: Save 20% Through June 30, 2013 Sign up now and get in for only $4.99 $3.99 per month (for up to one year) or $49 $39 per year. $39 is the best deal. It works out to only $3.25 per month! Sign Up Now Click here to find out more and sign up now! Hurry! This special launch discount ends June...

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5 Steps to a Blissful De-Stressing Bath

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Blog, DIY Beauty, Green Home | 2 comments

5 Steps to a Blissful De-Stressing Bath

After traveling on and off for the past three weeks, I arrived home yesterday to the very welcome sights of my own bed and my bathtub. We had a particularly stressful flight home (the kind where everyone cheers and embraces when you land) and I was ready to de-stress and wash away the anxiety of a day’s worth of air travel. Taking a bath is a wonderful way to relax the mind and body and promote healing. And since the inspiration for this post came about while I was soaking in the tub last night, I venture to say that baths are great for promoting creativity as well! In the post that follows I introduce my 5 bathtub staples to get you started on the road to a blissful de-stressing bath. 5 Ingredients for Bath Time Bliss 1. Epsom Salts: Also known as magnesium sulfate, epsom salts dissolved into your bath will deliver your body a healthy dose of magnesium which is known for its miraculous healing abilities. Magnesium helps to relax the nervous system, promote better sleep, restore the body’s pH balance, and create optimum hydration. Basically, you can’t go wrong and according to Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, many of us are deficient in this important electrolyte. For optimum benefit, add 2 cups of epsom salts to your bath. 2. Candles: This step is all about ambiance, baby. You’re worth it, so turn the lights down, light some votives, and set the mood. 3. Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender has been used to counter anxiety, stress, sleeplessness, and depression. While it can be added directly to your bath water, I prefer to mix it first with some milk or cream for an extra decadent treat. To do this, add 8 drops of lavender essential oil to a cup of milk or a half cup of cream and add this mixture to the tub. Alternatively, add a few pumps of Creative Simple Life’s Lavender 4-in-1 Face & Body Oil to your bath for some deep moisturizing. 4. Milk: The proteins, fats, and amino acids in milk help to soothe and moisturize skin, making it an especially great addition for skin with sunburn or eczema. As mentioned above, it’s also a great carrier (due to its fat content) in which to dilute essential oils. Add a cup of whole milk to your tub or half a cup of cream. 5. Chamomile Tea: Don’t get into the tub without your beverage of choice. For me, this was a hot cup of chamomile tea, which is wonderful for promoting sleep and relaxation. But I know what you are thinking, and yes, this step could just as easily be replaced with a glass of wine. You decide. Bath Time Do’s and Don’ts Once you are in the tub, there are few things that I recommend (or don’t). I’ve outlined them below. Do: Make sure those you live with know what you are up to and that you’re not to be disturbed. Feel free to add more hot water to the tub if it cools off before you’re ready to get out. Remind yourself how lovely you are. This is no time for self-deprecation. Stay in until you get wrinkly. Why not? Slather yourself post-bath with some homemade skincare goodies from the Creative Simple Life Etsy Store! Don’t: Fall asleep in the tub. This is dangerous and you could drown, which leads me to my next point. Drown in the tub. This will ruin your bath time. Use soap…unless you really want to. This is not a functional activity and the...

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Matsoni: Why Mesophilic Yogurt is the Easiest to Make

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Blog, Fermentation, Recipes | 14 comments

Matsoni: Why Mesophilic Yogurt is the Easiest to Make

Matsoni is one of many heirloom-variety mesophilic yogurt cultures available today. It is valued for its ability to turn milk into yogurt at room temperature without any fancy equipment. Furthermore, you can reuse the same culture for weeks, months, or even years!

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