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My Magic Mud Whitening Tooth Powder Review

Raise your hand if you love coffee and wine! Honestly, I’m sitting here with both hands in the air. I enjoy starting my morning with a fresh cup of Counter Culture’s Organic Apollo coffee and ending my day with a dark red glass of wine. The only drawback to these happy moments of the day…discolored teeth! (psst…this blog contains affiliate links. a small % of the sales help me keep this blog running so I can continue sharing all this natural goodness with you.) My smile is one of my favorite features. Smiling is contagious and I use it often! On a side note, many hours of my life have been spent at the dentist, orthodontist and periodontist. That’s an investment I don’t want to waste. So, here is my secret weapon: My Magic Mud Whitening Tooth Powder. Years ago, when we were preparing for our wedding, we both used…

Collagen Peptides Review: Weekly Health Journal

I have a confession to make…I hopped on the collagen peptide train! It’s not usually my thing to follow trends as they come and go. I am more of a traditionalist. However, my sister-in-law posted about this health conscious trend and I was intrigued. The supplement brand I am trying is Sports Research Pure Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides. I purchased via Amazon because I like to read reviews. This one currently has over 3,000 with a 4.5 star rating! It is paleo friendly, GMO tested, KETO certified, manufactured in a GMP facility, grass-fed and pasture-raised and gluten free. The container states that results may be seen within 30 to 60 days. This is a commitment, people!With such a long way to go, I thought a health journal would be helpful to track my results in real time. FYI, anyone over the age of 25 needs more collagen! Collagen is the most abundant…

Recipe: Paleo Pumpkin Bread

I can’t believe we are finishing up the first week of February! There are a few signs of spring here in North Carolina. The birds are back, there are small buds on the trees and the neighbors are getting their lawns worked on by landscapers. Even with the approaching change of seasons, I can’t say goodbye to a fall staple: pumpkin. A healthy immune system is imperative for those of us living with Celiac Disease. Pumpkin contains the antioxidant beta-carotene, which our bodies convert into Vitamin A. This vitamin is responsible for optimal immune function. I have a couple pumpkin recipes that show up in my weekly baking calendar. Try my Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins or this awesome Paleo Pumpkin Bread. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and grain free (which means it is paleo friendly).

Recipe: Paleo Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It’s that time of year. The ads anticipating the Super Bowl LII have started. My football team, the Patriots, are still playing and I’ve got my fingers crossed. With the recent snow storm, I was looking for comfort food recipes. Nick has been asking for sloppy joe’s for a while now and it seemed like the perfect time to cook some. This recipe was super simplistic. The most time consuming part was chopping the vegetables and mixing the sloppy joe sauce. As with most recipes, this takes about an hour to fully make. My favorite part about this recipe was the crispy, salted sweet potato skin. The spicy level of this recipe is pretty low. My stomach doesn’t handle spicy foods well, so this detail was perfect for me. However, you can adjust the spices to your preferences. This recipe is paleo friendly, dairy free, gluten free and whole 30.…

Decorating On A Budget: Breakfast Nook & Living Room

It’s our first southern snow day of 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. All the schools are closed and our neighbors are roaming the streets in their snow suits and sleds. I have been secretly hoping for snow since we stayed south for the holidays. I think we have close to 5 inches! That’s kind of a big deal for us. I enjoy fresh fallen snow because it acts as a diffuser. My home is beautifully lit and the sun isn’t even out. I had my camera gear out so I took the opportunity to snap a few photos of our home decor updates. Our story We purchased this house in the fall of 2016. It is located in a neighborhood of homes designed to look as if they were plucked right out of Charleston, South Carolina. Our goal is to be fiscally responsible with this investment. That means smart, long…

Sandals LaSource Grenada Review – Pros and Cons

Sandals LaSource Grenada can be found in several “Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean” and “Best Adults-Only Resorts in the Caribbean” lists. We are huge review readers and found positive feedback about Sandals Grenada on U.S. News, Oyster, Vacation Deals Travel, and Huffington Post.  Since we follow the Dave Ramsey principles, every financial investment is strategically made. The goal was to find an adults-only, all inclusive resort with great weather and competitive rates over the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday. Grenada was our island of choice and I am excited to share my candid thoughts on the 10 pros and cons of Sandals Grenada. (They are not in any particular order nor are they weighted. Disclosure: Some of the product links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. This helps keep my blog running!) Location:…

New Christmas Traditions

Welcome back to reality, friends! It’s the first day back to work after the Christmas holiday and it feels like a “case of the Mondays”. Thank goodness it is Wednesday and only a few short days separate us from  another long weekend of celebrations. The 2017 Christmas was full of new traditions for us. Normally, we fly to  snowy New Hampshire to brave the cold temperatures and visit friends and family. This year, we stayed home and enjoyed our first Christmas in Charlotte. Christmas Eve Day we started with the church Christmas program and then drove into Uptown Charlotte. It was game day for the Panthers so the city was humming! We parked by the 7th Street Public Market, had gluten free pizza at Brixx Pizza (where they validated our parking for the day), shopped at CLT Find, found all the Christmas decorations in the city and stopped to watch…

Recipe: Apple Coffee Cake

Here we are again, halfway through the week! Congrats on making it this far. 🙂 The weather finally changed over the weekend and we now feel like fall in the south east. The days still may reach 80+ degrees, but the evenings are amazing! When the weather chills out, my kitchen warms up. All week scents of cinnamon and pumpkin spice have been wafting through my home. What about you? Since I’m on a roll with fall recipes, I thought I would share a perfect treat to accompany your ‘cup of joe’ in the mornings. Check out this Apple Coffee Cake! I can’t take all the credit for this one. I was walking through the bakery aisle at Earth Fare and I saw a “gluten” version of this cake and thought, I bet I could make this. Once my groceries were unpacked, I hit up Google and found this wonderful…

Recipe: Gluten Free Gingersnaps

While it still doesn’t feel like fall here in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina, that won’t stop me from baking all things spiced! I am currently craving anything with cinnamon or ginger and that includes these Gluten Free Gingersnap cookies I’m sharing with you today. This paleo friendly recipe yields one dozen gooey, fudge-like cookies. Enjoy them with a cold glass of almond milk or topped with vanilla cashew ice cream. I have already made two batches of these amazing treats and I’m sure they won’t be my last this season.

Change of Plans: 6 AM Coffee Date

Well, we had one of those mornings… The alarm went off at 5:45 AM, we prepared ourselves for the gym and then never made it there. Well, we made it as far as the parking lot, took one look at the building and drove back down the street to Studio Coffee House. Some days, you just need to change it up a bit! Nick and I aren’t what you would call, spontaneous people. We plan everything down to its minutia. However, sometimes we break out of our shells and do something different. We are usually pleasantly surprised by the results; however, this doesn’t change our OCD behavior. As we both have entrepreneurial spirits, we believe in supporting small businesses. We also love to visit local coffee shops. So, it wasn’t too hard for us to put the car in reverse, drive South on Old Statesville Road and turn off when…