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SEASONAL – PATRIOTIC

American Flag Fruit Skewer

American Flag Fruit Skewer

How much fun is this patriotic American flag fruit skewer to serve at your Memorial Day or 4th of July party! These red, white, and blue flag kabobs are super cute and easy to make and sure to win over your crowd. They are also great for any kind of military or...

Top 10 Gluten Free Flag Cakes and Pies for Your Patriotic Party

Top 10 Gluten Free Flag Cakes and Pies for Your Patriotic Party

Every Memorial Day, 4th of July or Patriotic Party needs a flag cake. But what if you need to make yours gluten-free? We curated the top 10 gluten-free flag cakes and pies from some of the best bloggers on the net. Which one are you going to make for your patriotic...

15 Patriotic Fruit Treats – Gluten Free + Vegan + Paleo Options

15 Patriotic Fruit Treats – Gluten Free + Vegan + Paleo Options

Berries and fruit just beg to be made into a sweet and treat for your 4th of July, Memorial Day or patriotic themed party. These are 15 of your new favorite fruit salads, fruit parfaits and smoothie bowls, and fruit popsicles and ice cream recipes. They are the...

The Easiest Red, White and Blue Pasta Salad (GF/V)

The Easiest Red, White and Blue Pasta Salad (GF/V)

Does it get any more summer comfort food than a delicious pasta salad? If you want to whip up a quick and easy recipe for your summer picnic or potluck, this one is it. And PS - it's red, white and blue for your patriotic 4th of July and Memorial Day parties. Plus its...

American Flag Wine Cork Upcycle Craft

American Flag Wine Cork Upcycle Craft

It doesn't get any more patriotic than the American flag, and this wine cork upcycle craft is not only too stinkin cute, but easy to make, and easy on the environment! It's time to get ready for Memorial Day and the 4th of July!     We save wine corks. I...

25 Patriotic Upcycled Projects – Red, White, Blue… and Green

25 Patriotic Upcycled Projects – Red, White, Blue… and Green

The 4th of July is right around the corner. I've hand-picked 25 pretty freakin awesome patriotic upcycled projects from the most talented and creative bloggers on the net. Many of these projects even have a cool backstory. These items were headed to the landfill or in...

Rustic American Flag Pallet DIY

Rustic American Flag Pallet DIY

Making an American flag pallet is nothing new. It's all over Pinterest in every version you can imagine.  This is my creation, and you will be shocked at how easy it is to make!  Read on for the DIY!   Old pallets are everywhere and pretty easy to find.  I used...

SEASONAL – SUMMER

7 Gratitude Road Trip Games

7 Gratitude Road Trip Games

Are we there yet? It's the summer anthem of the road trip. Mix it up and this year, and focus on the power of gratitude during your drive. I've got 7 gratitude road trip games that can be played with the entire family, and are a great way to teach kids the amazing...

Summer of Gratitude 20-Day Challenge

Summer of Gratitude 20-Day Challenge

If you are like most people with health challenges, chances are you’re already dreading summer. You already know that while summer should be full of making happy memories, the chaos of life makes it anything but. If that is you, then you are in luck. Join the Summer...

Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

If you are like most people with autoimmune disease or chronic illness, chances are you are looking at everyone having fun this summer and wondering how you can fit some fun in between pain and fatigue and all of the annoying symptoms. Here's your Summer Bucket List...

How to Create a Memorable Staycation – 25 Ideas

How to Create a Memorable Staycation – 25 Ideas

There can be many different reasons why you aren't able to travel or get away for vacation. But don't worry, all is not lost! You can create a memorable staycation without leaving your town. Here are 25 ideas to get you started! Back in my single gal days, I traveled...

Nature Walk Game + Printable

Nature Walk Game + Printable

Wanna make your nature walks a little more fun and interesting? This Nature Walk Game and printable is fun for kids, adults, grandparents - the whole family! Nature walks can be anything from an easy stroll through a park or a strenuous hike up a mountain. This game...

7 All-Natural Remedies for Sunburn Relief

7 All-Natural Remedies for Sunburn Relief

You spent too much time in the sun and now you have a sunburn. These 7 all-natural remedies for sunburn relief will help to ease the pain and redness. Plus you will make Grandma proud for using homemade remedies to relieve your sunburn! The information provided on...

What to Pack for a Road Trip with a Chronic Illness

What to Pack for a Road Trip with a Chronic Illness

The logistics for planning for a road trip can be daunting. But add a chronic illness to the mix, and it's a whole new ball game. Whether you have an autoimmune disease, cancer, or another condition, we've got you covered with this all-inclusive list of what to pack...

How to Manifest a Summer of Gratitude

How to Manifest a Summer of Gratitude

Ahhh summer. In our minds it's eating popsicles, wearing sunnies, driving with the windows down and singing to your favorite jams, kids playing outside and laughing, and lounging carefree at the pool. We all know that reality is a totally different story and it's easy...

The Best Whole30 Recipes for Your Summer Picnic and BBQ

The Best Whole30 Recipes for Your Summer Picnic and BBQ

Summer is full of picnics and BBQs and Memorial Day and 4th of July parties and potlucks and neighborhood block parties. There's no need to starve if you follow the Whole30 protocol. If you are looking to cook healthier recipes for your summer entertaining, these...

SEASONAL – GARDENING + SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Bocce Ball Court Transformed Into Victory Garden

Bocce Ball Court Transformed Into Victory Garden

Our family decided to transform an existing Bocce Ball Court into a Victory Garden. Here's proof that with a little creativity and a lot of hard work, you can build a vegetable garden in your own back yard! Check out the before and after, the DIY, and transformation!...

20 Ways to be More Sustainable in the Garden

20 Ways to be More Sustainable in the Garden

Gardening is a naturally sustainable activity. You're outside, enjoying nature, playing in the dirt, and participating in the circle of life from the earth. But there are definitely more ways to be greener in your outdoor hobby. Here are 20 ways to be more sustainable...

Raised Bed Garden DIY

Raised Bed Garden DIY

In just a few hours, we ripped up the old frame and built a new raised bed garden. It's actually more of a built-in and raised bed hybrid. But it gives the vegetables plenty of space for the roots to be happy and flourish. If you ever wondered how to build a raised...

Back to Basics Frugal Living Guide

Back to Basics Frugal Living Guide

Frugal living is not about being cheap. It’s a lifestyle of not being wasteful. It’s a lifestyle that not only helps your bank account, but also the environment. It’s about making good decisions, not spending money needlessly, and saving for those times when you want...

75+ Easy Tips to Start a Frugal Lifestyle

75+ Easy Tips to Start a Frugal Lifestyle

Being frugal is a mindset of not being wasteful. Whether you are trying to save money or be more sustainable, there are many reasons to live a frugal lifestyle. Here are 75+ easy tips to help you get started! Frugal living is not about being cheap. It's a lifestyle of...

How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden

How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden

Are you thinking about starting a vegetable garden but no clue where to begin? It's easier than you think to start an organic garden - whether you plant in-ground, or via raised beds or containers. We actually call ours a Victory Garden! This is your ultimate guide to...

50+ Uses for Vinegar

50+ Uses for Vinegar

Distilled White Vinegar can do pretty much anything and everything around the house. It's cheap, all-natural, and very effective. Here are 50+ uses for vinegar for everything from cleaning to laundry, pet stains, and more. Your Grandmother was right.   Ok......

3 Vegetable Garden Trellis DIYs

3 Vegetable Garden Trellis DIYs

I was sick of our veggies rotting on the ground and after hours of scouring the internet without a solution, we decided to build our own structures. This is the before and after and behind the scenes of the 3 vegetable garden trellis DIYs that now proudly help our...

The Best 25 Gifts That Every Gardener Will Love

The Best 25 Gifts That Every Gardener Will Love

If you or your dearest love to garden, I've curated the best 25 gifts that every gardener will love. Whether it's the holidays, Mother's Day, a birthday or another special occasion... if Mom, Grandma, Sister, Aunt, Friend, or Teacher loves to garden, this gift guide...

HEALTHY MIND + BODY + FAMILY

7 Gratitude Road Trip Games

7 Gratitude Road Trip Games

Are we there yet? It's the summer anthem of the road trip. Mix it up and this year, and focus on the power of gratitude during your drive. I've got 7 gratitude road trip games that can be played with the entire family, and are a great way to teach kids the amazing...

One Mindful Meal

One Mindful Meal

We all have such busy lifestyles and eating on the go is no exception. Enter one mindful meal. It's a way to incorporate mindful eating for one meal a day. I'll share about the power of mindful eating and why it's so important, along with how to make one mindful meal...

10 Gratitude Games for the Entire Family

10 Gratitude Games for the Entire Family

While the practice of gratitude is simple at its core, it's easy to get stuck or even feel like gratitude can be a chore. These 10 gratitude games will help you to put the fun back into your gratitude practice. These activities can be played with the entire family,...

Summer of Gratitude 20-Day Challenge

Summer of Gratitude 20-Day Challenge

If you are like most people with health challenges, chances are you’re already dreading summer. You already know that while summer should be full of making happy memories, the chaos of life makes it anything but. If that is you, then you are in luck. Join the Summer...

Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

If you are like most people with autoimmune disease or chronic illness, chances are you are looking at everyone having fun this summer and wondering how you can fit some fun in between pain and fatigue and all of the annoying symptoms. Here's your Summer Bucket List...

Did You Seriously Just Ask Me That?

Did You Seriously Just Ask Me That?

When did it become ok to inquire about private and personal medical conditions or treatments? Do crazy times call for crazy conversations? Did you seriously just ask me that? Allow me to share my thoughts. Editor's note... due to the current cen$or$hip with healthy...

10 Stories of Hope with Autoimmune Disease

10 Stories of Hope with Autoimmune Disease

Having an Autoimmune Disease may seem isolating. But it doesn't have to be. I've compiled 10 stories of hope from women with Autoimmune Disease.  These are 10 women who have taken their struggles and turned their mess into their message. You are not alone. The...

25 Bible Verses and Journal Prompts For Your Root Chakra

25 Bible Verses and Journal Prompts For Your Root Chakra

Do you feel a little unsettled - like your foundation is off-balance? These 25 Bible verses, scriptures, and journal prompts for your Root Chakra can help! Plus get your FREE printable!   We'll cover: Chakras and Christianity? Chakras 101 7 Chakras Root Chakra...

AUTOIMMUNE + CHRONIC ILLNESS + CANCER 

Summer of Gratitude 20-Day Challenge

Summer of Gratitude 20-Day Challenge

If you are like most people with health challenges, chances are you’re already dreading summer. You already know that while summer should be full of making happy memories, the chaos of life makes it anything but. If that is you, then you are in luck. Join the Summer...

Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

If you are like most people with autoimmune disease or chronic illness, chances are you are looking at everyone having fun this summer and wondering how you can fit some fun in between pain and fatigue and all of the annoying symptoms. Here's your Summer Bucket List...

Did You Seriously Just Ask Me That?

Did You Seriously Just Ask Me That?

When did it become ok to inquire about private and personal medical conditions or treatments? Do crazy times call for crazy conversations? Did you seriously just ask me that? Allow me to share my thoughts. Editor's note... due to the current cen$or$hip with healthy...

5 Steps to Conquer Autoimmune Disease

5 Steps to Conquer Autoimmune Disease

An Autoimmune Disease diagnosis can mean years of struggles and unanswered questions. But it doesn't have to be that way. From lifestyle hacks to root cause healing, here are 5 steps to conquer Autoimmune Disease. The information provided on this website is not meant...

10 Stories of Hope with Autoimmune Disease

10 Stories of Hope with Autoimmune Disease

Having an Autoimmune Disease may seem isolating. But it doesn't have to be. I've compiled 10 stories of hope from women with Autoimmune Disease.  These are 10 women who have taken their struggles and turned their mess into their message. You are not alone. The...

ALL-NATURAL LIVING IN THE HOME 

5 Ways to Control Dog Odors in Your Home

5 Ways to Control Dog Odors in Your Home

Cute puppy alert! When we got our Pug puppy, I had no idea how much odor a dog leaves behind. He’s so little and adorable but his puppy funk lingers everywhere! As a Febreze partner, I’m excited to share five ways to help control dog odors in your home using the...

20 Items in Your Home That are Dirtier Than Your Toilet

20 Items in Your Home That are Dirtier Than Your Toilet

Germ-a-phobes unite! If you really want to get grossed out, be sure to learn what these 20 items are in your home that are dirtier than your toilet - AND how to clean them. There are a few spaces outside of your home too. You will be shocked at the number of bacteria...

20 All-Natural Products That Changed My Life

20 All-Natural Products That Changed My Life

I often get asked what's inside my healthy lifestyle toolbox and what are the organic and all-natural products that I use and recommend, especially as someone who is a cancer survivor, and with an autoimmune disease and chronic illness. I'm very particular about the...

10 Gorgeous Home Office Design Ideas

10 Gorgeous Home Office Design Ideas

If you are in the process of creating your own office space or updating a current space, I've got 10 gorgeous home office design ideas for you! You'll get a tour of office spaces from farmhouse to glam, and dedicated spaces to small and shared spaces. Let's get ready...

Safe and Harmful Essential Oils for Dogs

Safe and Harmful Essential Oils for Dogs

You love your Essential Oils. But are they safe for dogs? Yes and no. They can be therapeutic or extremely toxic. Read on to learn about the precautions you should take when using EOs around your dog, and also a list of both safe and harmful Essential Oils for dogs....

20 Ways to be More Sustainable in the Garden

20 Ways to be More Sustainable in the Garden

Gardening is a naturally sustainable activity. You're outside, enjoying nature, playing in the dirt, and participating in the circle of life from the earth. But there are definitely more ways to be greener in your outdoor hobby. Here are 20 ways to be more sustainable...

GRATITUDE + FAITH 

7 Gratitude Road Trip Games

7 Gratitude Road Trip Games

Are we there yet? It's the summer anthem of the road trip. Mix it up and this year, and focus on the power of gratitude during your drive. I've got 7 gratitude road trip games that can be played with the entire family, and are a great way to teach kids the amazing...

One Mindful Meal

One Mindful Meal

We all have such busy lifestyles and eating on the go is no exception. Enter one mindful meal. It's a way to incorporate mindful eating for one meal a day. I'll share about the power of mindful eating and why it's so important, along with how to make one mindful meal...

10 Gratitude Games for the Entire Family

10 Gratitude Games for the Entire Family

While the practice of gratitude is simple at its core, it's easy to get stuck or even feel like gratitude can be a chore. These 10 gratitude games will help you to put the fun back into your gratitude practice. These activities can be played with the entire family,...

Summer of Gratitude 20-Day Challenge

Summer of Gratitude 20-Day Challenge

If you are like most people with health challenges, chances are you’re already dreading summer. You already know that while summer should be full of making happy memories, the chaos of life makes it anything but. If that is you, then you are in luck. Join the Summer...

30 Journal Prompts for Easter

30 Journal Prompts for Easter

These are 30 journal and writing prompts for Easter and Lent plus a FREE printable that will help you to explore your faith and the meaning of the Easter season. Get out your bullet journal or regular journal and let's focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus...

25 Bible Verses and Journal Prompts For Your Root Chakra

25 Bible Verses and Journal Prompts For Your Root Chakra

Do you feel a little unsettled - like your foundation is off-balance? These 25 Bible verses, scriptures, and journal prompts for your Root Chakra can help! Plus get your FREE printable!   We'll cover: Chakras and Christianity? Chakras 101 7 Chakras Root Chakra...

CLEAN EATING RECIPES

25 Spaghetti Squash Dinner Recipes

25 Spaghetti Squash Dinner Recipes

We've got 25 of the best gluten free spaghetti squash dinner recipes here for you today. They are organized into categories including Keto and Low Carb, Paleo and/or Whole30, Vegan and Vegetarian, plus a few that are a little more indulgent. Plus, I'll share four ways...

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

It's all the rage. But how on earth do you cook spaghetti squash? I've got you covered with how to make spaghetti squash in the microwave, oven, slow cooker or Crock Pot, and Instant Pot. Plus, I'll share how to safely cut spaghetti squash and answer the age-old...

20 Dairy Free and Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipes

20 Dairy Free and Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipes

It's not officially the holiday season, Christmas, or winter until the hot cocoa is made. If you are looking for some fun new recipes, this is the place to be! We've got 20 dairy free and vegan hot chocolate recipes. Which one is the best? All of them!  ...

One New Meal a Week Challenge

One New Meal a Week Challenge

Tired of the same thing for dinner? Join the One New Meal a Week Challenge with all gluten free dinner recipes, along with healthy recipes that are Paleo, Whole30, Vegan/Vegetarian, and Keto. We have 52 new recipes for you to try that are organized by season and...

25 Gluten Free Stuffing Recipes

25 Gluten Free Stuffing Recipes

Whether you are personally gluten free or need to be considerate for your guest's dietary restrictions, these 25 gluten free stuffing recipes are sure to please! They are perfect to make for the holidays, at Thanksgiving or Christmas or even all year round! Paleo,...

Top 10 Foods to Boost Your Immune System (and 5 to Avoid)

Top 10 Foods to Boost Your Immune System (and 5 to Avoid)

Finding the right foods to boost your immune system can be a little overwhelming due to the fact that there are so many claims being made all over the internet as to what can help. But there is no need to feel defeated because today I'm sharing the top 10 foods to...

GARDENING + SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Bocce Ball Court Transformed Into Victory Garden

Bocce Ball Court Transformed Into Victory Garden

Our family decided to transform an existing Bocce Ball Court into a Victory Garden. Here's proof that with a little creativity and a lot of hard work, you can build a vegetable garden in your own back yard! Check out the before and after, the DIY, and transformation!...

20 Ways to be More Sustainable in the Garden

20 Ways to be More Sustainable in the Garden

Gardening is a naturally sustainable activity. You're outside, enjoying nature, playing in the dirt, and participating in the circle of life from the earth. But there are definitely more ways to be greener in your outdoor hobby. Here are 20 ways to be more sustainable...

Raised Bed Garden DIY

Raised Bed Garden DIY

In just a few hours, we ripped up the old frame and built a new raised bed garden. It's actually more of a built-in and raised bed hybrid. But it gives the vegetables plenty of space for the roots to be happy and flourish. If you ever wondered how to build a raised...

Back to Basics Frugal Living Guide

Back to Basics Frugal Living Guide

Frugal living is not about being cheap. It’s a lifestyle of not being wasteful. It’s a lifestyle that not only helps your bank account, but also the environment. It’s about making good decisions, not spending money needlessly, and saving for those times when you want...

75+ Easy Tips to Start a Frugal Lifestyle

75+ Easy Tips to Start a Frugal Lifestyle

Being frugal is a mindset of not being wasteful. Whether you are trying to save money or be more sustainable, there are many reasons to live a frugal lifestyle. Here are 75+ easy tips to help you get started! Frugal living is not about being cheap. It's a lifestyle of...

How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden

How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden

Are you thinking about starting a vegetable garden but no clue where to begin? It's easier than you think to start an organic garden - whether you plant in-ground, or via raised beds or containers. We actually call ours a Victory Garden! This is your ultimate guide to...

WORKPLACE WELLNESS

10 Ways to Spread Kindness at Work

10 Ways to Spread Kindness at Work

Kindness at work? Is that really a thing? Yes, you can practice kindness in the workplace and still accomplish the mission! Here are 10 easy ways to get you started! I'm almost laughing at the irony of writing this article. My last workplace was for a government...

Top 10 Must-Have Blogging Resources to Start Growing Today!

Top 10 Must-Have Blogging Resources to Start Growing Today!

There is so much that has changed in the blogging world in the last few years, but so much that stays the same. The one thing that will never, ever change is you must have a solid foundation, whether you are new to blogging or an experienced blogger. Read on to learn...

Pink Fortitude Receives 2020 Disability Awareness Award

Pink Fortitude Receives 2020 Disability Awareness Award

Pink Fortitude received the 2020 Disability Awareness Award from the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.   On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. ⁠ ⁠ On that day, I was 18 years...

10 Gorgeous Home Office Design Ideas

10 Gorgeous Home Office Design Ideas

If you are in the process of creating your own office space or updating a current space, I've got 10 gorgeous home office design ideas for you! You'll get a tour of office spaces from farmhouse to glam, and dedicated spaces to small and shared spaces. Let's get ready...

Guidance on the Updated FMLA Forms

Guidance on the Updated FMLA Forms

In the summer of 2020, the Department of Labor made extensive changes to its Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms. What does that mean for you, for someone with an Autoimmune Disease? Someone with a chronic condition and invisible illness? Are these changes...

Work Life Balance is a Myth

Work Life Balance is a Myth

Work-life balance is a myth. Queue the haters. But I stand firm in what I believe. Especially if you are dealing with some type of chronic illness or health struggle. I'm here to share not just why it's a myth, but also how we can reexamine the culture of balance and...

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