Video: How to Make 30 Second Mayonnaise

Today we bring to you:

Fast, healthy mayonnaise!

Take 2

Thanks to my 10 year old for getting me in most of it.

 

 

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Life at 200 Square Feet: Travel Trailer Life Part 2

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I actually think it’s probably less than 200 square feet but I’m not sure of the exact size – just that it’s small. Still, it’s not  as small as some peoples’ living arrangements and it’s been really good to us. If you missed my last post about why we decided to sell everything and move into our travel trailer, you can catch it here. As I’ve thought about what to write about my thoughts on living in a travel trailer, they could be summed up simply as this:

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The Journey Begins: Travel Trailer Life Part 1

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Life is full all kinds of journeys. This one in particular started a little over 2 years ago when we sold our house and 90% of our possessions and moved into our travel trailer. Why on earth would anyone want to do that? Well, here’s our take on it.

I don’t remember exactly what started it all, but I remember realizing home prices were really high and somehow Cowboy and I started talking about pursuing a dream of living in the country. We had a nice home in the heart of the city and were very comfortable there but we were also thinking about long-term goals and how to get to them. We talked and dreamed and thought through all the logistics and after a lot of prayer and weighing different options, we decided to put out a fleece. We decided to list our house for top dollar and if it sold for that price – and no less – we would take that as a sign that it was time for a new chapter and time to pursue our dream. I still don’t know if that was a wise decision or not – putting out a fleece – but within 2 days of listing it, our house sold for full price. It was scary and exciting. We were doing this!

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A Lot of “Lately”

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I can’t believe summer is coming to a close! It went by faster than any summer I can remember and when I think of why, a big smile comes across my face. This summer I was up and out of bed and did more than I have in probably the last 5 or so summers and when you’re busy, time flies. Last summer the kids logged over 100 hours in their reading log – this summer they logged a little over 40. The reason it was so much less this year is that we were out doing more things together! It’s easy to look at how far I have to go – the symptoms still present or the mindset that seems to stick so persistently but isn’t that just what the enemy likes to do? He wants our focus to be on what we don’t have – he wants it focused on the negative and the weakness. But when I look back and see how much has changed, I am just filled with thankfulness. Things are so different from they were just a short while ago and I have so much. I am moving forward and I am thankful.

I’ve been thinking about this blog and what direction to go for a while now. I started it to share my testimony (which I have yet to do) and write more (which I’ve done a little). I keep getting stuck on this:

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Non-Toxic Laundry Room

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This has been a long time in the making but I’ve finally fully transitioned over to a non-toxic laundry routine and have been so happy with it! When I first started to try to be more careful about what we used in our home, I switched to commercial Free &Clear detergent and stopped using dryer sheets. Then, for a few years I made laundry detergent out of borax, Felz naptha soap, and washing soda. It was fairly simple and very cost effective but for some reason it still felt like a lot of work and I eventually found out that it wasn’t as non-toxic as I once thought. Which brings us to now!

Laundry detergents, laundry boosters, and dryer sheets are some of the biggest culprits for synthetic fragrance and endocrine disruptors hiding in homes. I’m so excited to share with you what’s in our non-toxic laundry room and what we use each item for!

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Should You Drink Coffee?

“Coffee is bad for you. Don’t drink it.”

“Coffee has so many health benefits!

Here are all the reasons why you should be drinking it.”

Wait, is coffee bad for you or good for you?

Depending on what studies you read or information you collect… yes.

You can find plenty of information saying coffee is bad for you due to its acidity, the presence of mycotoxins and pesticides, and its addictive nature.

Annnnd, you can find plenty of information touting its health benefits, including a reduced risk of certain skin cancers, diabetes, and Alzheimers.

So, should YOU drink it? That’s up to you!

If you’re like me and the thought of life without coffee makes you want to cry, here are a few tips I’ve collected over the years to make that morning cup of Joe a little better for you. *Please note these are complete Kristin-ology! Do your own research to decide what is best for YOU

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DIY Non-Toxic Outdoor Spray

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It’s summertime in Texas!

That means pool parties, homemade popsicles, and cookouts, longer days, little tan bodies, and family gatherings… and it means more little peskies who try to interfere with all these things. This is where safe outdoor spray comes in handy so you can enjoy the great outdoors with only the guests you choose to enjoy it with!

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Summer Squash Dill Soup

Last week my hubby took me on a lunch date to a new little bistro in town. We’d passed IMG_20170531_134913it before and I loved that it had free range chickens in the side yard and a large garden off to one side so we decided to try it on an impromptu lunch date! When we arrived there was a handwritten note on the door that said they had a catering event and would be back at noon.

One thing I’ve noticed about living in a small town is that no matter what posted business hours are, many places are only open when they want to be. Business hours are more of a suggestion than something you can bank on. It’s kind of charming in a way but not great for planning when to make trips into town! At least this place left a note letting us know when they’d be back.

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Healthy Snack Ideas

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One of the questions I get asked regularly is,”What are some healthy snacks?”. I am no creative genius in the kitchen but I’m pretty good at simple so if healthy, simple snacks are what you’re looking for, hopefully this will help give you some good ideas!

I do a prep day once a week where I spend a couple hours prepping snacks and meals for the week. Usually this includes making Dump Ranch, mayo, and maybe one other sauce or dip, slicing veggies (carrots, cucumbers, and celery keep well when sliced and submerged in clean water), roasting a pan of veggies, slicing lettuce, etc. It takes a little time and planning but I don’t really mind it and I love how much easier it is to eat better during the week. There are a few snack ideas that you can either make ahead of time or get your own clean version of at the store. I like to make what I can because I don’t have to read any labels when I know exactly what is in it but if getting it at the store is easier, by all means go for it!

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Favorite Non-Toxic Nail Polish

Screenshot_2017-05-13-16-31-49-1This is not a sponsored post. Just doing what I do and sharing something we have found and love.

I love finding non-toxic alternatives – especially if they are the same price or less expensive AND work as well as or better than their synthetic counterpart. I talk about choosing non-toxic a lot and we have switched over a LOT of things in our home to non-toxic versions but we still have some chemical-laden stuff here and there that I have yet to find cost-effective, non-toxic solutions for (like nail polish, until recently). And I’m totally okay with that! Grace has taught me that perfection isn’t the goal. I think if my personality was coupled with a goal of perfection, I would go crazy – oh wait, I KNOW I would, because I’ve already tried it! When there is something available that is an easy switch, is cost effective compared to toxic stuff, and works just as well or better, it’s a no-brainer to me! I choose the non-toxic stuff.

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