Review - Tropical Traditions Raw Organic Honey

A few weeks ago, my recipes for the best (gluten free!) oatmeal raisin cookies and Wonder Bars were chosen to be in the Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour Recipes booklet and I was awarded $100 in gift certificates to Tropical Traditions for payment for my recipes. Awesome, right?!

I went on a little shopping spree and I picked up this 15 pound pail of raw organic honey to get us through the winter. We use honey medicinally (as well as liberally on our toast), so I knew it was going to be a great investment.

This honey is amazing. When I popped open the lid, my girls and I dove in and had a few (medicinal, of course!) spoonfuls. It is creamy and mild - but not boring; sweet but not...

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(Book) Review - “It’s So Amazing!”

Friends, this book belongs on your shelf.

You know that sex education is really really important, right? And that you should be frank with your kids from an early age about how their bodies work, how babies are made, etc. Immerse them with it early enough, and it’s just common knowledge like everything else; there won’t be a big “What?! Ew!” moment with their peers. They’ll just have “always known.”

The book?

It’s So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley. (That’s an affiliate link! Clicky-clicky to support my blog.)

I can’t say enough good things about It’s So Amazing! What a fresh, thoughtful, concise answer to all the...

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Review - Barbara’s Snackimals cereal

A few weeks ago, I received samples of Barbara’s new Organic Snackimals breakfast cereal to review on HLW. Since we are a mostly no-cereal household, my kids were thrilled to “have” to do taste tests!

snackimals

While Snackimals are still cereal, they’re about as “good for you” as breakfast cereal can get without turning into cardboard. Organic, non-GMO, and containing only 7 grams of sugar, with cute shapes to boot, this cereal is bound to be a family favorite.

The Vanilla Blast was my 4 year old’s favorite flavor, while the 7.5 year old and I preferred the Cinnamon Crunch. I’ve never been able to stomach chocolate at breakfast, but let me tell you, the Chocolate Crisp flavor was an amazing...

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Recipe - The very best oatmeal raisin (and coconut and pecan, and dairy/gluten free!) cookies.

I’ve been withholding this recipe for far too long. I developed it over the course of a couple weeks during the chilly spring, when turning on the oven was an excuse to add extra heat to the house. I had so many cookies from all the test batches, I started delivering them to my neighbors!

Well, one of my neighbors is a baker and before she retired had owned a restaurant in the PNW. So she knows a thing or two about baking and claims to be very hard to impress. She was amazed by these cookies; couldn’t stop talking about them. Told me I needed to sell them locally. On and on. It was very flattering! I mean, I know I like these cookies, but to have someone as legit as she is, with all her...

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Review - Mrs. Meyer’s Counter Spray

I recently had the opportunity to sample some Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products. I have such an affinity for those cute little sample packets! Aren’t they pretty?


I passed out samples amongst friends, neighbors, and local HLW community members, and then sprayed my sticky counters down with the Basil scented Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Countertop Spray (that’s an affiliate link, there).

The scent was…overpowering. Whew! It was pleasant, and not terribly fake and chemically, but it was strong; too strong for me. Furthermore, it lingered. Even after I wiped the counters and cupboards down with a damp rag to remove the residue, the scent permeated the whole house for almost 12 hours. I like the...

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Hey Laura, how should I fuel my workouts?

Kristina writes:

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve started working out really hard in the mornings. I like to get some circuit training in by doing Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred, then I usually try to get more cardio in by hopping on the treadmill, or jogging outside. The problem that I’m running into is that I’m ravenous, and a little light headed by the end. I’m drinking plenty of water (I think) throughout the workout, which makes me think that this is a food/fueling problem. I don’t like to eat before my workouts because I’m not usually hungry, and I feel better while working out if I don’t. But maybe there’s something I should eat, that will fuel my workout without making me feel...

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