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Hi Beth.  This is a such an interesting article.  I DO think saving money is a great incentive for those looking to live a little greener life.  But when I think about what motivates me to keep a low waste, green kitchen, it's not the money.  It's a mixture of anxiety and pride.  At this point, it's second nature to think of the earth first before I buy just about anything.  Over many years of recycling and being mindful about our impact as a family, It's behavior change. It's the culture we have created for ourselves in this family.  Living this way makes ME feel less anxious about what we (as a human species) are doing to the earth - it makes me feel proactive and like I am contributing (in a small way) to change and more environmentally conscious behavior.  There is a lot of feeling behind the behavior for me.  Money is a bonus, as I have no doubt I am saving a lot of money in the long run, but that's not what pushing me.  

Happy Earth Day!

--Amber 

4 months, 1 week ago on Is Saving Money a Good Reason to Go Plastic-Free?

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@PlasticMinimalist  Hi There.  I see your point(s), but I just had to comment on your second paragraph.  I don't agree that plastic bags are virtually free.  Buying a few reusable fabric sandwich and snack bags to replace plastic zip lock bags will run you about $20 (or a stainless steel lunch bin).  And you can use these for YEARS!  I've had mine for nearly 8 years.  

Here is the math: 

If you use 2 plastic zip locks bags each day in your child's lunch (or your lunch) for the entire school year (and this is modest estimate, as many families use plastic bags year round for MANY things) and for 18 years that's almost 8,000 plastic bags and the cost...anywhere from $500 to $1,000 (depending on if you buy your plastic bags in bulk, which most people don't - and they usually don't take the time to wash and reuse them either) so the cost to you can be upwards of nearly $1,000! Oh, and this for just ONE child. 

That sounds VERY expensive to me indeed.  Just saying.  
--Amber 

4 months, 1 week ago on Is Saving Money a Good Reason to Go Plastic-Free?

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Oh these look super good, Laura!  :-)  Love finding new pancake recipes.  

Have a great Friday and weekend.

xo,  --Amber 

1 year, 4 months ago on Banana Hazelnut Pancakes (Grain & Dairy Free)

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Hey Lovely,

This looks delish!  You know I lam a big dip girl.

Funny because I am sharing a similar artichoke dip next week (but made with navy beans).  My husband insisted I share the recipe because he loves it.  So sweet. 

Great minds think alike right friend.  I have to say, I am a HUGE fan of the artichoke!!!  Big time..  Love your recipe!  I could eat the whole glob there in your picture in mere minutes (and lick the plate)! 

Have a great rest of your week.

xo,--Amber 

1 year, 4 months ago on Artichoke Hummus Dip (Dairy Free & Vegan)

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Yum, yum, Laura.  Love the ingredients.  How did you know I was craving some chocolate (which is sort of rare).  I have the post-lunch sweet-tooth going on right now.  :-)

1 year, 4 months ago on Double Chocolate Chip Drop Cookies (Cane Sugar Free, Dairy Free & Vegan)

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Welcome, Beth!  Great to have your here.  :-)

1 year, 5 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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Oh, and I found out that nuts really bothered me when I was on the SCD full time last year.  I just can't do nuts and beans in large quantities.  They are just too hard to digest for me.  I have such a sensitive system.  I can do them in moderation (a few times each week) and I'm okay..but I cannot eat them everyday.  Too bad, but I do okay with grains in moderation too.  I just try and find a healthy balance, you know.  But I really know what doesn't agree with me.  

1 year, 5 months ago on BBQ Cracker Chips (Dairy Free, Grain Free & Paleo)

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Hi Laura,

I'm featuring your awesome BBQ cracker chips this week!  :-)

1 year, 5 months ago on BBQ Cracker Chips (Dairy Free, Grain Free & Paleo)

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Love this recipe, Laura!  Wow.  I also adore BBQ flavored chips.  They are hands-down my favorite.  

Have you been following a paleo diet?  I know your husband is gluten free, but just curious if you doing it full time (or if you husband is) and how he is feeling.  I still eat grains (about 25% in my diet) I found I do better that way.  I am unable to digest nuts (something I figured out last year when I did the SCD full time).  Bummer because I love them.  Even when I soak them for like 36 hour and dehydrate.  Anyway, I hope everyone is your home is well.  

Have a great weekend.  :-)

1 year, 5 months ago on BBQ Cracker Chips (Dairy Free, Grain Free & Paleo)

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These look amazing, Laura!  We also love the mint/chocolate combo.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

1 year, 6 months ago on Chocolate Peppermint Candy (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

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Hi Laura,

 

Can't wait for that recipe, Laura.  

 

And thank you for featuring my cake!  It's an honor to be featured with these other awesome bloggers.  Have a great day with your sweethearts.

 

Hugs,

--Am 

1 year, 6 months ago on Valentine’s Day Gluten-Free Roundup!

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Oh wow, that is orange-a-licious!  Looks so tasty, Laura.  I really crave citrus, tart, especially orange.  This recipe really looks great to me.  I like that I'm not the only one who makes smoothies in the winter.  I've been making them quite a bit.  I just really crave them.  :-)

1 year, 6 months ago on Orange-a-licious Smoothie! (Dairy Free)

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Hi Laura,

 

I'm glad you've discovered this great secret ingredient!  I've made black bean brownies several times, and they are quite delicious.  While I was on the SCD, I tried to get really creative made a brownie using black beans to make it "brown" looking. SCD does not allow chocolate, so I used coco butter for the chocolate flavor and the back beans as an attempt to make them darker.  I thought they turned out pretty good, but definitely needed a few more attempts.  At any rate, I'm glad you discovered this great ingredient!  And I really like your recipe.  :-)

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Hugs,

-Amber 

1 year, 7 months ago on Flourless Chocolate Brownies (Dairy & Grain Free)

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Love this recipe, Laura.  I make a similar recipe, but with pineapple chunks and no coconut milk... I bet the crushed pineapple makes a great sauce.  :-)  Don't you just love the slow cooker.  I just recently started using mine last year and I use it once or twice a week.  I've been making soups in them.  They are the BEST!

 

Hugs,

--Am

1 year, 7 months ago on Pineapple Coconut Chicken in the Crock Pot (Dairy Free)

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My goals this year are to eat slower, continue eating a balanced diet (20% grain, 80% vegetables and protein), exercise MORE, and keep stress under control.  :-)

1 year, 7 months ago on Lean and Clean Product & Program Giveaway! ($250 Value)

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I like you on FB (of course).  :-)

1 year, 7 months ago on Lean and Clean Product & Program Giveaway! ($250 Value)

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Great giveaway, Laura!!   I will for sure share this on FB this week!  I LOVE charcoal!  

1 year, 7 months ago on Lean and Clean Product & Program Giveaway! ($250 Value)

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What a great round-up, Laura.  

 

Hope you're doing well my friend. 

 

Happy New Year to you.  :-)

 

Hugs.

--Amber 

1 year, 8 months ago on Top 10 Posts of 2012!

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 @frugalfarmwife I've used honey in jello recipes with great success.  Halle's suggestion is spot on!  

1 year, 9 months ago on Family Friendly Fridays ~ Finally A Jello That Is Good For You & Your Kids!

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We LOVE jello!  Your recipe looks great.  Thanks for sharing with us.  

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

1 year, 9 months ago on Family Friendly Fridays ~ Finally A Jello That Is Good For You & Your Kids!

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Whoops- I mean thanks Melissa!  :-) 

1 year, 10 months ago on Why We Don't Get the Flu Shot

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As always, I so appreciate your informative posts!  I have never had a flu shot, my husband has never had a flu shot, and my kids will never get the flu shot.  Period!  I think it's a ridiculous vaccination.  Just like the Chicken Pox.  I would rather get the antibodies naturally.  But now with everyone vaccinated, it's difficult to find anyone to have a Chicken Pox party with.  I fear my children will experience a much worse strain of this virus because they missed their chance at going through the virus naturally and thus possessing those antibodies.  So damn frustrating.  Thanks Jill.  I will be featuring this tonight.  

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

1 year, 10 months ago on Why We Don't Get the Flu Shot

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As always, such a beautiful and healthy recipe!!  Thank you for sharing with us.  

 

Be Well,

--Amber 

1 year, 10 months ago on Organic Banana Nut Bread Recipe

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Hi Laura,

 

I'm SO glad you tried carob!  It's pretty great and such a healthy, satisfying sub for chocolate.  Thanks for the love my friend.  I can't wait to try your recipe.  :-)  

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

1 year, 10 months ago on Carob Pudding (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

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Hi Laura,

 

I made these!  My batter was pretty thin (due to a number of things I'm sure, brand of shredded coconut, almond butter, coconut milk, etc).  Anyway, I added in a cup of sorghum flour and it made the most DELICIOUS coconut chocolate chip cookies. They cooked up perfectly.  Baked for 18 minutes (made about 32 cookies).  Thanks for a great recipe, Laura.  :-)

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

1 year, 10 months ago on Awesome Almond Macaroons (Dairy Free, Grain Free & Vegan)

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Hi Laura,

 

These are fantastic!  I am going to make these today for snacks during the week (and for lunch boxes)!  Of course I have all these ingredients on hand (I actually have a ton of shredded coconut to use up).  Thanks for a great recipe friend.

 

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

1 year, 11 months ago on Awesome Almond Macaroons (Dairy Free, Grain Free & Vegan)

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I LOVE these.  Thank you, thank you for sharing.  :-)

1 year, 11 months ago on New Freezycup Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds Use Less Space in the Freezer

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Hi Halle,

Hope you’re well and having a great Wednesday.This week I am sharing 4 of my most recent recipes (including raw cheese cake, mini vegan pizzas, vegan chocolate cake, and tips on how to reduce your shopping waste).

Have a great rest of your week.Be Well,–Amber

1 year, 11 months ago on Whole Foods Wednesday ~ Your Best Recipes & Tips # 21

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The perfect combination!  Love these flavors.  :-)  Have a great weekend friend.  

2 years ago on Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream (Dairy Free & Vegan)

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Thanks for inviting us all along, Laura.  I'm amazed at all the wonderful information.  So awesome.  What a fantastic resource.  :-)

2 years ago on Herbs & Spices Summer Series

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Congratulations Laura.  It's fun to share a space on that list with you.  :-)  

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

 

P.S. GREAT picks by the way!!

2 years ago on The Sunshine Award

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Hi Laura,

 

I've never tried dairy free cheese in my mock mashed taters.  Will have to try that for sure! Looks delish.  

 

Hope you're having a great weekend.

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

2 years ago on Mock Mashed Potatoes (Nightshade Free & Dairy Free Option)

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This looks super yummy, Laura.  My favorite flavors!!!!  

2 years ago on Coconut Lime Pudding (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

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I can always count on you, Larua, for a new delicious smoothie to try and add to my list.  I've never tried this combo...sounds amazing.  :-)

2 years ago on Peach Apricot Smoothie (Dairy Free, Sugar Free & Vegan)

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These potatoes look great!  I also love potatoes (but can't have them).  

 

And I LOOOOVE your new site lady!  It looks fabulous.  :-) Great job.

2 years ago on Gluten-Free Vegan Coconut Flax Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

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Hi There Laura,

 

What an excellent post you put together here.  So much great information.  I too have several friends and family with authritis - it can be quite debilitating.  I've never hear of Ashwaganda! Great to find a new herb. I'll definitely be passing this post along.  

 

Thanks Laura!!

 

Hugs, --Amber 

2 years, 1 month ago on Herbs & Spices to Help Treat and Prevent Arthritis

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Hi Laura,

 

I'm so glad you covered oregano!  Great job!  I love that you talked about it because it's such a powerful, natural healer.  Okay, so, from one oil oregano using girl to another, I know what you mean by the tingle.  If you can believe it, I would drop it right under my tongue (ouch).  I did that a few times and couldn't bear it any longer.  Powerful is right.  This stuff is crazy.  But crazy good.  First sign of any throat issues I would use it.  It helped my allergies and would eliminate my congestion.  I started putting a few drops on a piece of bread (to make it more bearable).  So I love your suggestion of just a few drops in some water with lemon.  That works for me!!  It's fun to also make homemade capsules (I use cinnamon oil, frankincense oil, and oregano oil) - an amazing bacteria fighting combo.  And you're right on the money with the IBD.  Oregano oil is great for Crohn's/Colitis - I can attest this this first hand!  Excellent for gas and digestive issues.  

 

Thanks for a great post, Laura.  I LOVE that we share a passion for herbs.  Fun to read what you do and how you takes yours. 

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

2 years, 1 month ago on Oregano: Healing Properties & Health Benefits

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What a fantastic smoothie, Laura.  I just bought a bunch of organic blueberries and Costco and froze every single one of them.  I love having a huge batch of frozen berries to use as needed.  I will definitely be making this smoothie, Laura.  Just need to get some acai berry powder.  :-)

2 years, 1 month ago on Blueberry Bliss Smoothie! (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

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That IS sooo funny, Laura!  We did make nearly the same dessert for our sweet husbands...and for our anniversaries no less.  You are so right - twins baby.  Well, I can just tell this is amazing.  Cherries and strawberries together are a perfect match.  Just delicious.  And the ice cream is a absolute MUST indeed.  I made a SCD friendly coconut vanilla bean ice cream.  And now I am going to make this crisp because I have all this ice cream and NO pie.  

 

Happy anniversary to you and your husband. Laura.  :-)

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

2 years, 1 month ago on Strawberry Cherry Crisp (Dairy Free, Grain Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

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Hi Laura,

 

Great job on this post!  Amazing.  I love the anti-wrinkle ideal.  

 

Turmeric is very near and dear to my heart.  It's one of the main anti-inflammatory herbs I take for Crohn's. So, anyone out there with IBD should consider incorporating this into their diet (I take in capsul form)  It's amazing.  :-)  Thanks for sharing this wonderful spice with us Laura.  Well done.  :-)

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

2 years, 2 months ago on Turmeric: The Superstar Spice

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Hi There Laura,

 

Just a note to let you know I shared your awesome recipe on my monthly recipe round-up highlighting festive, healthy backyard BBQ dishes.   If you get a chance, come on over and check out the other inspiring recipes!

 

http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/05/monthly-round-up-may-2012-raw-foods.html

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

 

2 years, 2 months ago on Raspberry Lemonade (Refined Sugar Free)

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This looks divine, Laura!  What a great addition to a weekend BBQ.  Love it.  Looks sooo refreshing.  :-)

2 years, 2 months ago on Raspberry Lemonade (Refined Sugar Free)

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The ice cream queen strikes again!  Yeah for us.  :-)

 

I hope you're staying healthy (mentally that is) during this busy time.  

 

What a wonderful ice cream.  I've never used goji berries in an ice cream, but I can see how awesome this would be.  I use them in one of my chocolate walnut cookies recipes.  And I love to snack on them.  I love their flavor.  Can't wait to try this Laura.  YUM!!  

 

Wishing you well friend.

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

2 years, 2 months ago on Goji Berry Banana Ice Cream (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

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Hi Halle,

 

I would love to chat with you more about this for sure!  Thank you - I'll be in touch.   

 

Just a note to share that I featured your awesome informational post this week on Allergy-Free Wednesdays.  Your post and other highlights can be seen here: http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/06/allergy-free-wednesdays-week-22-june-20.html

 

Please join us again this week for more allergy-free fun and inspiration.  :-) 

 

2 years, 2 months ago on How I Found Balance, Health & Happiness!

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Hi Halle,

 

This post was very moving to me.  For the past 9 years I have been on a non-stop health and healing journey (from Crohn's, Lupus, and chronic inflammation).  I found your story so inspiring.  I watched that video and loved it.  This sort of reminds me of Eat Right for Your Blood Type.  It just makes sense that we all require unique diets, as we all have a unique bio-chemical make up.  This is one area that I struggle with on the SCD (a diet for Crohn's disease).  I don't believe that everyone will thrive on this diet, as they may be unable to digest or tolerate (or even be allergic to) some of the foods on the diet.  I'm personally curious about this for myself.  I would love to learn more about how to get tested and find out my Metabolic Type.  I'm so curious about my needs on a cellular/metabolic level.  I love that you have offered some resources for beginners.  I thank you for sharing this post.  I will be featuring it tonight on AFW and sharing the video via FB today.  Just fantastic!!!  

 

Be Well,

--Amber  

2 years, 2 months ago on How I Found Balance, Health & Happiness!

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Hi Laura,

 

Great first post my friend!!  I love all these herbs and have used them on myself and my children. You provided excellent information on each one of them   

 

Pau D’ Arco was a big part of my candida cleanse.  And I love turmeric as an anti-inflammaotry for Crohn's.  Totally amazing.   :-) 

 

Well done! 

 

Hugs,

--Amber 

 

 

 

2 years, 2 months ago on Herbs and Spices to Boost Your Immune System

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Hi Laura,

 

Wow this salad looks amazing!  So easy, yet so full of nutrition.  Some of my favorite ingredients in here. Love, love!! 

2 years, 2 months ago on Chickpea Salad with a Kick! (Vegan)

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Beth,

 

You ROCK lady!  This is fantastic.  

 

Thank you, thank you.]

 

Be Well,

-Amber 

2 years, 2 months ago on Pitch Me Your Green Product, but Skip the Greenwash. Here's How.

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Beautiful Laura!  I love these. :-) 

2 years, 2 months ago on Luscious Lime “Cream” Bars, (Raw & Vegan)

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