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DIY Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece

18 Nov

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Spring Skin Renewal: 31 Ways to Prep Your Skin for the Warm Weather Ahead

31 Mar

Spring Skin Renewal: 31 Ways to Prep your Skin for the Warm Weather Ahead |

I don’t know about you, but my skin could use a little rejuvenation after this long, cold winter. Sometimes it just feels itchy (even after lotioning up) and my hands are sometimes dry and crackly. Admittedly, I have not been giving my skin the love it needed to get through this dry winter weather. Have you? Here is a collection of some great homemade recipes, along with links to a few tips and tricks for beautiful skin. We will be slipping into more skin revealing clothes in no time, time to get it in tip top shape! (more…)

Rose & Jojoba Skin Care Oil

24 Mar

Rose & Jojoba Skin Care Oil |


FREE New Year New You Online Conference!

4 Jan

UPDATE: Since publishing this post, the dates of the New Year New You Summit have been changed to January 20-24, 2014! You can find links and information below regarding this amazing online conference, but please note that the dates have changed!



Happy 2014 everyone! What better way than to start the year with a healthy living summit. Talk about getting your inspiration in check!

The New Year New You Summit is a FREE live online virtual conference that is being held from January 13-17, 2014. You can hear from 31 health enthusiasts; including doctors, bloggers, farmers and health activists all while hanging out in your own home. (more…)

How to Render Tallow in a Slow Cooker

27 Nov

I thought the butcher gave us a bag of brains when we picked up our quarter cow last month. Everything was packaged and wrapped in white paper, and very nicely labeled. And then there was this clear plastic bag of what seriously looked like a brain. As I started to dig deep and pull my knowledge up from the depths of my college anatomy class, Nic blurts out, “That’s a bag of fat.” A big bag of beautiful tallow!

How to Render Tallow in a Slow Cooker |

Well, actually it wasn’t tallow yet. What I had was a big bag of suet, the interior fat tissue of the cow. To get good use out of suet, you first need to gently heat it to remove the fat from the rest of the tissue. This heating and separation process is called “rendering”.

How to Render Tallow in a Slow Cooker |


How to Render Tallow in a Slow Cooker |

Rendered tallow can be used for many things, including high heat cooking (just like butter and lard) and in beauty products. It’s an excellent remedy for eczema! Click here to get my recipe for Deep Moisturizing Body Salve made with tallow. I recently made a new batch that spreads on your skin more like lotion. I just increased the amount of olive oil in the recipe to make it more spreadable. My skin feels ah-MAH-zing. (Happy Endings, anyone?)

Happy tallow rendering!

What types of things do you cook in tallow?