Memorable Memorial Menu Ideas

Memorial weekend means meals with family & friends I have had a good time looking up tasty, simple, and healthy foods for this week's Memorial weekend menus. The recipes I'm finding are so delicious - anyone who thinks eating a predominately paleo diet is hard/expensive/boring/weird will change their thinking! And I'm finding more and more w...

Exercise with Arthritis? Really?

Should you really exercise with arthritis? I've talked quite a bit recently about the importance of staying active -- especially when you deal with issues like arthritis (rheumatoid or osteo). And often it's last thing arthritis suffers want to do. But exercise with arthritis is vitally important. The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society agrees, "Physical activity and exercise are good for people with all forms of arthritis as it can help to ease some of the symptoms and improve general health. There is quite a lot of evidence now that exercise can imp...

Don't let sore joints ruin your night!

Sore joints slowing you down? You know those times when there's something you REALLY want to do, but your body says otherwise? I've been there, and I know how frustrating, discouraging, and disappointing it can be. There's no flowery way to put it: Sore joints suck. And, yes, sometimes w...

Ideas for hurting hands

Hurting hands? Stiffness? I totally understand - check out these ideas: When your hands hurt, it's so frustrating and limiting. I broke my right wrist in 2010 (it was the incident that kicked off my auto-immune issues). And, yes, I am right handed. There were issues with how it was set, and how it healed, that ended up leaving me in a lot of pain and with limited mobility for the better part of a year. I ultimately needed surgery to fix the situation, but if I had known then what I know now, I may have been able to deal with my hurting hands much better. Even now, though I largely have things under contro...

Eating good ~ Healthy Menu for May 15-22

Healthy menu options that will keep your budget on track When we did last week's dinner plans, we thought Haley-poo was going to be at house THIS weekend. Well, because we are horrible at keeping track of dates, we were mistaken - she's staying with us this coming weekend. So we saved some of our vegan cooking plans to use while she's at our house. I ended up making a really yummy g...

Keeping up with my crazies

I want to be a crazy, active grandma, full of energy even when my hair finally does turn grey. I joke a lot about the fact that I will be half way to 100 this summer. I think I'm doing pretty good for an old lady - especially with the health issues I've had to deal with. There are times, though, when I'm really dragging. Some days the afternoon sleepies are more than I can handle. Occasionally, a power nap is "just what the doctor ordered", but other times I just can't stop to rest, like when I have the grands ...

Coconut & Cinnamon in the morning

What a tasty way to start the day - with some natural energy too I am totally NOT a morning person. I did have a brief period of time where I enjoyed mornings, but that insanity passed quickly. I need time in my bubble before I join the world, and then it's all good -- and one of the few things allowed in the bubble is coffee. I have actually found a way to make my first cup that makes me want to get out of bed. Crazy? maybe. And if you're choosing those en...

Dinner time for week of May 9 - 15

This week’s menu was planned in a quick brainstorming session with my Hanapoo. She’s 14 and LOVES to cook – and she loves her oils too! We have a great time planning food together. Her best friend Haley will be staying with us over the weekend. Haley is vegan, so it gives us a great opportunity to try some different things. With ...

Soak away your stress

Reduce stress and pamper yourself at the same time At the end of a long, busy day that's full of stress, there's few things more relaxing than a nice long soak in the tub. Add some Lavender essential oil and you've got yourself the most relaxing bath EVER. We made these great Tub Tea bags at my last make & take, and they were the most popular item we did. I read recently that lavender was used in ancient times to tame lions and tigers. I haven't been able to find more specifics on that, but I'd believe it. We used it on our high-strung, hyper Cocker Spaniel and he's now very very chill. Lavender most certainly calms and provides stress relief. These tea bags are great -- the addition of the powdered milk and oatmeal make it w...

Better Sleep is within reach

Need a bit of help with your oils wishlist? If you're looking for better sleep, these are wonderful additions to your oil collection. Lavender – This oil is amazing for better sleep. It reduces the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep. It will also reduce the number of sleep disturbances you have in the night. It’s also great for moodiness – relaxing you so that you rest better. Vetiver – This oil will help you turn off your brain. Think too much at bedtime? Then this is your oil. It’s very earthy, coming from the root of the vetiver plant. Ylang Ylang – ...

Kick Fatigue's Butt

It is possible to tackle fatigue and have energy again I remember being so overwhelmed with fatigue that I would doze off mid-sentence. My family got a lot of mileage out of picking on me over that (we are horrible people - but yes, they do love me and are very supportive!). But then as aexhausted as I was,...