This is the first Superbowl Sunday that I’ll be able to watch in real time since 2010. I’ll be honest. I don’t love football enough to watch the entire game when I’m here on the East Coast, so I certainly didn’t love it enough to stay up and watch it at 12:30am while in Germany. But there are three things I do L-O-V-E about Superbowl Sunday and that I missed so much while living abroad. One is the halftime show…usually some kind of “unexpected” drama, right? Two is the commercials…puppies and horses? Who doesn’t love that? And three is the food. The food!!! But the big question is “How can I eat until I’m stuffed but not feel guilty about it?” Well…not AS guilty about it. Thecouponproject.com has compiled a list from several sites (like naturallyella.com, voraciousvander.com, tasty-yummies.com, and glutenfreegirl.com to name a few) of great snacks. Check out the list here and let us know which ones you try and which ones are your favorite. Go Seahawks! I mean Go Patriots! I mean..wait..who’s playing?
In Tampa, we don’t have the snow, but we do have a wonderful way for you to stay warm while snuggling under a blanket in front of the fire. Coffee!! Coffee is the reason I crawl out of bed with my bleary eyes and bed head. Well, coffee and the fact that I have to get two boys off to elementary school. But for all of you…you can have it while enjoying a snow day at home, right?
Check out Tampa Bay’s finest organic coffee roaster, Java Planet. They say that “Java Planet is a labor of love. A love of a good cup of coffee. A love of the environment. A love of life.” Well, we love that! Coffee has potential health benefits due to its antioxidant content. And organic coffee is even better because it isn’t treated with pesticides or chemicals and the soil is natural. If you’re not in the Tampa area, you can still try their delicious coffee by ordering on their site or click here to order on Amazon.com.
Would you judge me if I told you that I’m trying to be healthy(er) but I HATE exercising…really really hate it…like more than anything? I don’t know why. Everyone keeps telling me that once I’m doing it, I’ll feel great. I’ll have so much energy after my workout is done and I’ll want to eat better foods because I’ll be motivated. Nobody works out and then goes and eats ice cream, right? Wrong. For me, that is just wrong. I go to an 8:15am spin class after dropping off my boys at school and after I’m done, all I want to do is eat pizza and take a nap. I’m exhausted the entire day after that hour. What am I missing? Maybe this list of 20 Post Workout Foods from runeatplayblog.com will help boost my energy and keep me satisfied. Here’s hoping…
I’ve been married for almost 16 years and ever since I’ve known my husband, he’s suffered with the ongoing cycle of stuffy nose that leads to a stuffy head that leads to headaches and a sinus infection. He lives for days without sleep because he can’t stop blowing his nose all night…which means this girl doesn’t get any sleep either. He’s had surgery on his sinus cavities to connect them all together and visited multiple allergists that tell him he doesn’t have allergies. At this point, we don’t know what to do and can only do our best to help him treat the symptoms when these flare-ups happen, which is usually once a week (lasting 2-3 days, if he’s lucky). He’s tried everything that anyone has ever told us but suffers anyway. The swollen bags under his eyes make me feel so bad for him. Recently, I’ve seen A LOT of stuff on social media about essential oils but I just dismissed them as one more thing I need to catch up on. Then the other day, a mom at school was chatting with me on our way to get the kids and brought up the topic again. Hmmm…maybe there’s something to this.
In Germany, Americans are known for our crazy approach to pumping our kids full of medicine at the first sign of something. But there, they definitely used a more holistic approach to medicine before prescribing an antibiotic. And I must admit, it took awhile to get used to the fact that even if I took my boys to the doctor, they would probably just tell me something similar to what my grandma used to. Go home, turn on the hot shower and let them sit in the steam, put wet washcloths on the radiators while they sleep, and keep the window cracked for the cold, fresh air to come in. Oh, and once, the pediatrician told me to just give him “more cuddles”. True story.
Anyway, I started searching online for more information about these essential oils and what can I do to 1) help my husband with his ongoing suffering and 2) how can they help when the inevitable cold creeps into this house via the school kids. Theprairiehomestead.com listed a few great methods on how to steam the herbs and essential oils through a shower and diffuser. Oh, and Bonus! There’s all you need to know about which herb treats which ailment. I really need to get that herb garden going, I guess. Or maybe I’ll start with these essential oils that I found on amazon.com. What a great starter set! We’d love to hear how you use your herbs and oils 🙂
I really want fresh herbs in my kitchen but I’d also really like to just pay someone to come set it all up for me. What can I say? I’m just not a green thumbed girl. The idea seems so overwhelming but when I found these cute setups from The Garden Glove, I thought “Yes”! I can do this AND make it look cute? Here are several ideas for growing indoor herbs and pretty much everything you need to know about how and when to plant them from seed to plate (visual.ly).