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Paleo Balsamic Slow Cooker Roast

3-5 lb. roast beef, any cut will do
1/2 tsp. salt
1 can beef broth (if you want to paleo it up, find homemade beef broth recipe here….
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. soy sauce (or coconut aminos for paleo)
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (make it paleo here
3 tsp. minced garlic
  • Place the roast in a slow cooker (even works on a frozen roast)
  • Pour all the other ingredients together and pour over the meat.
  • Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours, but 15-16 is best.
  • One hour before cooking is finished, break apart the meat with a fork to allow juices to get in every piece of meat.  Makes it delicious!

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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Paleo, Slow Cooker


Kicking the Nail Biting Addiction

This week, my son’s nail biting habit (which has always driven me crazy), reached a new level.  We have gone back and forth about his nail biting habit.  I have offered to pay him money to quit biting his nails.  Tried to put him on a reward system.  Tried to put him on a punishment system.  Nothing has worked.  Until this week.  Unfortunately he learned his lesson but not in a good way.

His nail bed got infected terribly.  I think it was an ingrown nail that got infected but the point is it got terribly infected.  Ick.  It was big, swollen, pussy and hurt like the dickens.  We ended up having to go to the doctors to have it lanced so it could drain and he could get some peace.  But overall, it taught him a lesson.  He doesn’t WANT to bite his nails anymore.  But, unfortunately, the habit still exists.  And it is a terribly hard one to break.  So, what is our plan of attack?

This is his nail bed two days later.  Still looks inflamed and red.  Think of what it looked like before we ever hit the doctor.  Ewwwww. I never thought to take a pic when it was terrible on the first day…somehow, I had other things on my mind at the time.

In the past, I have gotten him that nasty nail biting nail polish to help him quit.  Hasn’t worked.  He bites right through it.  This time, I had a stroke of genius.  GO NATURAL! I do in everything else, so why not this as well?


Tea Tree Oil

Our first line of defense is TEA TREE OIL!  I’ve had it in my cupboard for YEARS!  My mom used to be a Melaleuca rep.  She got me tea tree oil eons back and I never understood its power.  It is amazing.  It heals, it conditions and best of all, it tastes NASTY!  LOL!  Seriously, it will heal my sons fingers (all of them, I am putting a drop on each nail at the beginning of the day).  All the knicks and cuts will be healed and beautifully moisturized, making the nail stronger. It HELPS him grow the nail he so seriously wants to chew.

BTW….for those of you like me who do not know….Melaleuca IS tea tree oil.  It is the “other” name for tea tree oil.

Hynosis to Stop Nail Biting

Second in our line of defense is HYPNOSIS!  Yes, hypnosis.  We went to the fair a few years ago and there was a hypnotist, Tammy, who was AMAZING at hypnosis.  The kind where she puts people to sleep and they think they are cows.  But they REALLY BELIEVE IT.  She was so good, we got to thinking….wonder if it could help in our lives.  Come to find out, she was selling cds after the show.  And she had one on NAIL BITING!  We played the cd when my son was younger but he thought it was more funny than helpful.  Luckily, he is now at an age where he WANTS to do it.  The basis in the cd is when you think you want to bite your nails, you drink water instead.  This means he takes water to school with him and will end up drinking quite a bit, again helping his nails to grow long.

This is definately going to be a WIN-WIN.

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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Essential Oils


Cinnamon-Honey for Cold Relief

As a mother, I am always looking for NATURAL ways to solve issues that happen in life. It really irrritates me to open my cabinet during illness and see all kind of medicines in there.  The same medicines that have cautions on them are also the same medicines I am supposed to use to make my child better.  Kind of ironic, isn’t it?

Two food items you have in your kitchen also have a punch of medicinal qualities.

Honey and cinnamon are anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungus.  And YUMMY!  May as well make the best of sick times with a yummy treat that will be EASY to get into you AND your children! Any of these recipes work great if you even **think** you may be getting sick.

Honey and Cinnamon Toddy, Tea or Hot Milk Cold Remedy

  • One or Two teaspoons organic honey (local is best, especially if it is allergy related illness)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Hot Water or Freshly Brewed Tea or Warm Milk

Mix together in a cup.  Take every few hours.  This yummy remedy will relieve cold symptoms and loosen phlegm in the chest for more productive coughing.

Honey and Cinnamon Fruit Dip

  • Mix 4 parts honey to one part cinnamon
  • Dip fruit into the honey cinnamon fruit dip (apples, grapes, etc)

This may be an easier way for children to eat the cinnamon honey.

Cinnamon Honey Chicken

  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice (or half juice and half sherry wine)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 lbs chicken pieces (8 pieces total)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, approximately
  • 1 lemon, for garnish, cut into wedges
  1. Combine juice, honey, lemon juice, garlic, seasonings in a large ziptop
  2. Add chicken pieces, seal bag, shake to coat well and let marinade in the
    refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Heat oven to 350°F and have ready a large roasting pan, 9″ x 13″.
  4. Remove chicken from the marinade, shake off the excess and set chicken aside on
    a plate.
  5. Pour marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium
    and boil until it has reduced to 1 cup and has begun to thicken (about 10-15
  6. Heat oil in a skillet and brown chicken parts over fairly high heat just a few
    minutes per side, lowering heat if needed to prevent from charring- you want the
    chicken to be evenly browned, but not fully cooked yet.
  7. Place chicken in the roasting pan and pour the reduced marinade on top.
  8. Bake 30-55 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and no no longer pink (will
    vary based on the chicken pieces you use).
  9. Skim fat from the pan juices and serve juices as a dipping sauce if you like.
  10. Honey and Cinnamon Cold Remedy:Garnish with lemon wedges

Do the natural thing and HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON!

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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Essential Oils


Good Morning Yoga

I LOVE yoga.  Seriously.  I love it that much.

I remember the days when I was growing up of my grandmother doing yoga.  I realize now that she was ahead of her time.  Even in the 70’s she took exercise seriously (as well as diet….I remember all the vegetables we had to eat)!  She lived into her 90s and I remember her making me promise her that no matter what, I would always stay fit.

As well, I find that as I am getting older, it is necessary to my back health (less trips to the chiropractor…whom I love but would rather see her socially than medically), staying flexible and above all, my inner and mental peace.

My first piece, Good Morning Yoga, was found at  It was a slideshow.  For ease of myself, as well as others, I compiled it into a one page handout sheet.  Hope you enjoy it….I know I am.

Good Morning Yoga Sequence

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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Yoga and Exercise


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Cleaning my dirty, dirty Dyson

Enjoy Life :: Choose Joy!

Okay, so I’ve had my Dyson for a few years now. I have the original DC07 model (the big yellow one). I still LOVE it, though. Even on those days I walk through the store and see the big, new, shiny Dysons with the rolling balls and pretty colors, I am still with mine (mostly because its paid off….ha ha).

I have four puppies in my house that get shaved every month **or so**. My Dyson has been through a lot of dog hair. Dyson recommends cleaning their machines every six months….sometimes I have to do it a **bit** more than that, though.

I am showing the Dyson DC07, but the same method could be used on any Dyson.  As well, I am assuming you don’t have the T-15 screw driver to disassemble the machine (I don’t happen to have any other screw drivers on hand besides the standard phillips and slotted).

Ummmm…..first thing, please turn power off and unplug the machine.

Filter Washing

Step 1

  • Press the release button and remove the filter housing from the machine.*

*The post-motor filter located under the clear bin should last the lifetime of the machine and does not need to be washed.

Step 2

  • Remove the filter from the housing. (Only the blue foam, yellow cage and white cloth should be washed.)

Step 3

  • Wash in cold water only. Please do not use detergent on the filter, or wash the filter in a dishwasher or in a washing machine.
  • Repeat the steps shown below until the water runs clear.

LAST NOTE:   Any part washed MUST be dryed for at least 12 hours….I usually leave mine more like 2-3 days.  Leave it to air dry.  Adding heat to it (such as the clothes dryer, hair dryer, microwave, oven, heater, flame, etc) will ruin your parts.  Be patient, you don’t want to risk getting water in the motor and shorting out your machine.  And that’s alright with me….who really likes vacuuming anyways.

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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Essential Oils


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