• Church and Faith

    No Sugar November

    No Sugar Living a no sugar lifestyle, I’m quickly discovering, is near impossible.  And don’t get me wrong. I’m trying. In fact, my goal was to have a No Sugar November. So in preparation, I started a smaller goal of 14 days no added sugar. Almost a week ago, I decided to get a jump start on one of my annual New Year’s resolutions. My resolutions to eat healthier, get healthier, and get organized. I decided that for two weeks, just two weeks, that I’d eat zero processed sugar. Zero chips. Nothing unnatural or processed. This would also in turn FORCE me to eat more fruits and veggies by default. It…

  • Family

    Too Much Sugar During the Holidays

    Too Much Sugar Last night, we attended a trunk or treat at a local church. And it was AMAZING. Halloween candy for DAYS. My kids had a blast. They got to spend quality time with me and my husband and one set of grandparents. They played a lot of games, won some prizes, and ran around to burn off some energy beneath the sanctuary. And in the process, they scored enough Halloween treats to last them into the New Year.  This was sort of a mixed blessing, considering my children don’t normally get a ton of sweets. As parents, my husband and I do a pretty fair game of limiting…

  • Essential Oil Recipes,  Family

    Lavender Hot Chocolate

    Lavender Hot Chocolate The weather today is a bit chillier than the day before. Which I love. Finally, after months of heat, we in the South are entering that blessed season called fall. Autumn. Leaves are changing. Temperatures are dropping. And it’s a hot beverage and soup kind of day. I absolutely love hot chocolate. Who doesn’t? Although my husband would choose hot cider over chocolate any day, I don’t hold it against him. I actually found an excellent recipe for cider and posted it some months earlier which you can see here.   Sometimes I’m in the mood for plain hot chocolate. But today, I was in the mood…