What’s for dinner?

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I made this zucchini pie Monday night and it was delicious!  I just ate some of the leftovers for lunch, too.

You can find the recipe on my Pinterest page or you can just go to the website: http://detoxinista.com/2012/08/flourless-zucchini-pie/.

I made a few changes because I was afraid that, given the ingredients listed, it wouldn’t fill me up enough to have for dinner.  I only used two medium organic zucchini (which I shredded using a hand shredder), about a cup of frozen organic corn, four slices of cooked bacon that I chopped into bite-size pieces, and I used Provolone cheese because it melts wonderfully and I thought it would taste better with the combination of ingredients I was using.

All in all, it was quick and easy to do.  In fact, I put all the ingredients together and stuck it in the oven while Lincoln took a nap.

I wanted to share this with you in case you are like me, and wonder if any of the recipes you pin on Pinterest are actually any good or worth trying.  This is definitely one of them!

Let me know how yours turns out and if you change any of the ingredients!

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Honestly Good

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I want to talk about how much I LOVE this company!  If you haven’t heard of it, go check it out at http://www.honest.com.  If you have heard of it, but have not tried any of their products, DO IT!!!

One of my friends turned me on to this company.  It started off with her sending me an email to sign up so that she could get 10% off her next purchase.  Like the good friend that I am, I went ahead and filled out the form (it’s free), but then I never gave it a second thought.  At that time, I didn’t think that I really needed to stop using the products I was, and why would I need plant based diapers for my kid?

My friend gave me a bottle, wipes, and bath soap from The Honest Company for one of my baby shower gifts.  Again, I didn’t think much of it.  Yes, the soap smelled really good and a new mom can always use wipes and bottles, right?  Well, after nearing the end of my second trimester, smells started to greatly affect me.  My sense of smell was enhanced ten-fold!  I found that I could not clean my house with my normal products anymore because it literally felt like my nose hairs were being singed off each time I cleaned the house.  I tried some of the “green” and “natural” products at the grocery store, but found that they did the same thing.  I actually became worried and started thinking that if these products affected me in this way, what would they do to my baby?  If I was breathing in all of these toxins, was my baby breathing them in at the same time?  Also, did I want him breathing these in when he got here?

I went to The Honest Company’s website and ordered my first cleaning products: the floor cleaner and the multi-surface cleaner.  I’ll admit that I was skeptical.  I didn’t know how well these green, plant-based products were actually going to clean.  After using them for the first time, I was hooked.  The smells from both products are amazing and were not overbearing for my nose.  I also found that they cleaned just as well as my normal products from the grocery store!  I am now signed up to for the “Essentials Bundles.”  I receive 5 products every month and save 35%.  I can mix and match products and I receive an email each month before it goes out in case I want to add or change any of the products.  I have used almost all of their products and can honestly (yes, the pun is intended) say that I have nothing bad to report about any of them.

I recently found out just how amazing the detergent and oxy pods work:  My son had a stomach bug for a week.  That meant lots of diapers and LOTS of laundry.  None of my son’s clothes have poop stains!  The detergent and oxy pads got out all of the diarrhea without me having to soak or use a special spray before washing!

As for the baby products, I purchase diapers and wipes regularly and have used both the bug spray and sunscreen on my infant son. I began using the diapers after figuring out that my son shared his father’s sensitive skin.  I was already using the cleaning products so I assumed the baby products would be just as good, and I knew they didn’t contain any of the nasty chemicals and they were not hard on the environment.  I will admit that I was not sure how well the diapers would hold up to the big jobs that come around every once in a while.  In my personal opinion, The Honest Company diapers are better than the major store bought brands.  The wipes work well and are thick, but soft enough for my baby’s little butt.  Neither the sunscreen or the bug spray caused breakouts on my son’s sensitive skin because everything is made from natural products.

Seriously, go check this website out!  www.honest.com.

Let me introduce myself

I am a thirty-something new mom of a precious red-headed boy.  I am also an English teacher; lover of food, books, and yoga; and a woman trying to remain calm in this world of crazy.  Like many people now, I am on a quest to “clean up” my life.  I have always been pretty passionate about staying in shape and eating healthy, but I began digging deeper into the world of “going green” a few months ago and I was both shocked and surprised at what I have learned.  

I began by trying the now popular Paleo diet and following an exercise routine, but I did not feel or see much of a difference.  My sister-in-law told me about the Whole30 eating plan, and she even bought me a copy of the book.  I read the book (yes, the whole thing) and followed the plan.  I gained a lot of knowledge from the book and I can honestly say that after changing my eating habits, (the Whole 30 is NOT a diet plan, it is a lifestyle change) I felt a difference and I lost weight without even trying!  I do still follow the Whole30 plan to a degree.  I drink organic milk, but I’ve noticed that eating cheese upsets my stomach so I stay away from that.  I have gone mostly gluten free, only eating grains such as oatmeal and whole wheat.  I have cut out refined sugars and processed foods.

After this kick, I began reading up on pesticides and chemicals which are found in pretty much everything.  I have switched my cleaning products, my baby’s diapers, and even my makeup now.  I do not claim to be an expert in the area of buying or using organic; I am constantly learning new information everyday.  This is something that I have become passionate about.  I have not started this blog to force my views down anyone’s throat or make it seem as though I am trying to “green-ify” EVERYTHING (my husband is in the oilfield, by the way); I just want to share my experiences with changing the way I am living.  I want this to be a place where others can share their views and opinions on the same or where others can come to gain further information.

Happy reading!