Giveaway: $150 to Juice Beauty!

“Jessica” is the winner of $150 in Juice Beauty products! Congrats and check your email.
Jessica’s winning comment said: “I would love to try the SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizer – Sheer!”

We talk a lot on this blog about what foods we’re putting in our bodies, but readers also want to know what natural products they should be putting on their bodies. Well, here’s your answer…Juice Beauty! Recently featured in both InStyle and Whole Living Magazines, Juice Beauty is the organic solution for healthy, radiant skin and hair. And today they are generous enough to be giving away $150 worth of products to one lucky reader. They are also offering a free Pink Reflecting Gloss to anyone who places an order on during the month of October (no minimum purchase). Just use the promo code “THINKPINK” upon checkout to get your free lip-gloss. Thank you Juice Beauty!


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Recipe: “Pumpkin Spice” Hot Chocolate (or Mocha or Latte)

Just in case you aren’t feeling the spirit of autumn yet here’s one more reason to get you in the mood. EvePumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate from 100 Days of Real Foodry year there’s lots of talk about Starbuck’s famed “Pumpkin Spice Latte,” but why leave the kids out of all the fun? I don’t know about you, but my children have not graduated to lattes quite yet, which is why I came up with this “Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate” drink for them instead. And since it has cocoa in it you can easily add a shot of espresso to turn it into an adult “Pumpkin Spice Mocha” (or Latte) as well…which means there is something for everyone. Enjoy!

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Real Food Tips: 20 Ways to do Halloween without candy!

Whoever said you “had” to hand out candy on Halloween anyway? Trust me kids will be getting PLENTY of candy this month regardless so it wouldn’t hurt, and it actually might help, if you break up the monotony by doing something a little different. I personally kind of like to be different (let’s just call it “unique”) anyway. And let’s face it…bags of candy aren’t exactly cheap either so some of these alternatives might cost the same or even less for your Halloween night handout. Most of them will last a lot longer, too!

Also, a quick thanks to all the wonderful facebook fans who helped me come up with these great ideas!

Creative alternatives for trick-or-treaters…

  1. Packs of mini play dough containers
  2. A mix of inexpensive Halloween-themed toys from a place like Michael’s, Oriental Trading, Target or Wal-Mart (pictured)
  3. Miniature bottles of water or all natural juice boxes (love this idea because we are always thirsty when we’re out and about trick-or-treating) Continue Reading »

Recipe: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

The key to making killer chicken noodle soup is homemade stock. And in case you aren’t aware – it takes a little time to make homemade stock, but it is super easy! There are a few different methods for making chicken stock from scratch. You can use a whole raw chicken, bones from a chicken that has already been eaten, or raw chicken parts that people don’t normally eat (like the back, feet, etc.). I’ve tried just about all of these methods and my favorite stock is hands down made with the bones from the leftover “The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot” recipe. It gives you the darkest, richest stock full of so much flavor that I could just eat/drink it plain.

So since you need chicken for this recipe anyway, I highly recommend that you make the whole chicken in the crock pot recipe and eat about half the chicken with one meal the first night. Then make the stock with the leftover bones overnight, and you will be all set to make the soup the next day/evening with your freshly made stock and leftover chicken meat. If you can’t eat all the soup at once then just freeze the leftovers. Trust me – you do not need to be an expert chef to make this plan work, and I guarantee you will NOT be disappointed with the outcome! And hopefully it will convince you to never buy chicken noodle soup out of a can again. :) Continue Reading »

Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe has been a favorite of ours for over a decade. Both of our kids love it too, which is always a bonus, and fall is of course the perfect time of year to cook with winter squash since it’s currently so fresh and readily available (at least here in North Carolina). I am personally trying to get better at using foods when they are in season and preserving them for later in the year, and this soup freezes beautifully so it is worth it to double or triple the recipe.

This dish would also be a great starter for all those upcoming holiday dinners. One year my husband and I outdid ourselves by serving this soup in a scooped out acorn squash “bowl.” That was long before kids (and food blogs) when we had a little more time on our hands, but it sure was fun to “wow” our guests back in our adventurous days in the kitchen. No matter what you decide to do with this dish though I assure you that you can’t go wrong because it is delish! Continue Reading »