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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...

10 Whole30 Pumpkin + Squash Recipes

10 Whole30 Pumpkin + Squash Recipes

Many people think of pumpkin and squash recipes in the fall, but they are delicious all year long. If you are on the Whole30 diet, you will love these 10 Whole30 approved and super scrumptious pumpkin and squash recipes. We have breakfast, soups, dinners, and more!...

Fall Simmer Potpourri

Fall Simmer Potpourri

Welcome fall! If you are ready to fill your home with the scents of autumn, you will love this fall simmer potpourri DIY. You can make it on the stovetop or even in a Crock-Pot. It's easy to make with oranges, apples, and cinnamon and will fill your kitchen with the...

25 Delicious Paleo Pumpkin Recipes

25 Delicious Paleo Pumpkin Recipes

It's pumpkin season! Raise the roof! It's easy to go all pumpkin spice crazy and get totally caught up in the craze. But take a deep breath. There are healthier options out there. Be sure to check out these 25 delicious paleo pumpkin recipes. We've included paleo...

Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark

Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark

This time of year, it's pumpkin spice everything, but let's not forget the seeds. And pumpkin seeds together with chocolate - be still my beating heart! This Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark is made with just 3 ingredients and it's Paleo, gluten-free, and vegan. It's the...

How to be Thankful Grateful Blessed This Fall

How to be Thankful Grateful Blessed This Fall

It's finally fall!  The leaves are changing, the air is cooler, and there is pumpkin spice everywhere you go. We celebrate Thanksgiving and the season to be thankful. It's also a time to celebrate World Gratitude Day. But how? Here are some easy ways to be thankful...

Bavarian Pretzel Pork Schnitzel (gluten + dairy free)

Bavarian Pretzel Pork Schnitzel (gluten + dairy free)

Happy Oktoberfest! It wouldn't be a proper Octoberfest without making a traditional Schweineschnitzel. I'm changing it up a bit so you are getting a Pretzel Pork Schnitzel, which is based on the traditional Bavarian style, and it's also gluten-free and dairy-free. How...

Easy and Delicious Chili – Paleo + Whole30 + Keto

Easy and Delicious Chili – Paleo + Whole30 + Keto

Cold winter days, having your friends over for game day, or a party-pleaser recipe to feed a crowd. Chili is always the go-to vat of comfort food. This chili recipe is delicious, super simple to make in your crock pot or slow cooker, and follows the Paleo, Whole30,...

Buckwheat Pumpkin Pancakes – Gluten Free and Vegan

Buckwheat Pumpkin Pancakes – Gluten Free and Vegan

Pancakes are the ultimate comfort food. They are also a lot of fun to eat. I have no idea why, but you can’t argue with the facts. I can seriously eat an entire stack. I have no shame. Pumpkin pancakes - do they get any better? How about these Buckwheat Pumpkin...

HEALTHY MIND + BODY + FAMILY

Top 3 Myths About Gratitude – BUSTED!

Top 3 Myths About Gratitude – BUSTED!

Does this gratitude thing really work? Or is it just a bunch of hokey woo-woo stuff? Most people have misconceptions about the life-altering power of gratitude. These are the top 3 myths about gratitude - BUSTED! When I recorded the Gratitude Builds Fortitude Summit -...

Gratitude A to Z Game and Free Printable

Gratitude A to Z Game and Free Printable

Wanna make teaching your kids about gratitude a little more fun and interesting? This Gratitude A to Z Game and free printable download is fun for kids, adults, grandparents - the whole family! There are several ways to play, and it's even great for a road trip....

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...

AUTOIMMUNE + CHRONIC ILLNESS + CANCER 

Top 3 Myths About Gratitude – BUSTED!

Top 3 Myths About Gratitude – BUSTED!

Does this gratitude thing really work? Or is it just a bunch of hokey woo-woo stuff? Most people have misconceptions about the life-altering power of gratitude. These are the top 3 myths about gratitude - BUSTED! When I recorded the Gratitude Builds Fortitude Summit -...

25 Affirmations for Chronic Illness

25 Affirmations for Chronic Illness

Discover how to unlock your healing power within these beautiful 25 Affirmations for Chronic Illness! Also included is a FREE printable that you can download!   Affirmations are so much more than... just think positive! In fact, I CRINGE every time I hear that...

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...

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 

Top 3 Myths About Gratitude – BUSTED!

Top 3 Myths About Gratitude – BUSTED!

Does this gratitude thing really work? Or is it just a bunch of hokey woo-woo stuff? Most people have misconceptions about the life-altering power of gratitude. These are the top 3 myths about gratitude - BUSTED! When I recorded the Gratitude Builds Fortitude Summit -...

Gratitude A to Z Game and Free Printable

Gratitude A to Z Game and Free Printable

Wanna make teaching your kids about gratitude a little more fun and interesting? This Gratitude A to Z Game and free printable download is fun for kids, adults, grandparents - the whole family! There are several ways to play, and it's even great for a road trip....

25 Affirmations for Chronic Illness

25 Affirmations for Chronic Illness

Discover how to unlock your healing power within these beautiful 25 Affirmations for Chronic Illness! Also included is a FREE printable that you can download!   Affirmations are so much more than... just think positive! In fact, I CRINGE every time I hear that...

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,...

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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