Pumpkin Spice Waffles (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Recipes By November 26, 2016 No Comments

crispy pumpkin spice waffles paleo gluten free
I know what you’re thinking. Gluten-free, paleo pumpkin spice waffles? That can’t possibly taste good, Jen.

And I’ve thought the same thing. Waffles are my absolute favorite breakfast food. I grew up slathering them with peanut butter and letting them soak in a syrup bath – so I totally get where you’re coming from. I’ve also tried close to 30 different healthier waffle recipes, and haven’t found one that even resembles the real deal…until now. These waffles are crispy, pumpkiny and freaking delicious.


My Experience with Perioral Dermatitis: Part 3

Beauty By September 17, 2016 8 Comments

Hey, thanks for reading. I know this has been a long series, but I think it helps to break it up into different parts. If you’re just find this post, be sure to read My Experience with Perioral Dermatitis: Part 1 and Part 2 to get all caught up.

In the last post, I told you that pregnancy seemed to alter the intensity and frequency of my perioral dermatitis. Weird, right? I’m thinking it had something to do with the change in hormones and general crazy that comes with pregnancy.

For 10 months (yes, 10, I still think it’s silly that pregnancy is said to be nine months. If you’ve been pregnant before, you know what I mean.), the dermatitis would fluctuate between barely there and “whoa, hello, what’s on your face?” Towards the end of my pregnancy, I was thanking my lucky stars that I’d have three months of maternity leave, and could sequester myself at home so no one could see my face.


My Experience with Perioral Dermatitis: Part 2

Beauty By July 26, 2016 3 Comments

If you’ve just stumbled on this post about perioral dermatitis, then I suggest you backtrack and first read My Experience with Perioral Dermatitis: Part 1.

So where were we? Oh yes, the second dermatologist I went to see diagnoses me with both perioral and periocular (around the eyes) dermatitis. She recommends one month of low-dose, oral antibiotics (doxycycline to be exact) to get rid of it. Of course, there’s no guarantee that it won’t come back. In fact, it almost always come back.


My Experience with Perioral Dermatitis: Part 1

Beauty By July 18, 2016 No Comments

Perioral Dermatitis Misadventures in HomesteadingThis is a series of posts that I’ve been thinking about for months. It’s about my very personal experience with perioral dermatitis. I’ve created this series because I feel the information and firsthand experience with perioral dermatitis on the Internet is severely lacking. Additionally, it’s often misdiagnosed and/or confused with other skin conditions such as sebhorreic dermatitis and rosacea.


Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe

Natural Nest By July 11, 2016 No Comments

Homemade Glass Cleaner

For the past two weeks, our family’s been dealing with hand-foot-mouth disease. G caught it first – fever, body rash and the poor dude also had a throat full of blisters. It was his first big illness and it did not disappoint. Fast forward four days and mama bear gets a sore throat. I was expecting a sore throat and maybe a couple of bumps on my hands, at least that’s what I was told would probably happen by the nurse practitioner at G’s doctor’s office. No big deal, right?


Backyard Garden Basics

Gardening, Natural Nest By July 6, 2016 No Comments

Misadventures in Homesteading Backyard Garden BasicsWell, July is finally here and sadly we are just getting started on our backyard garden for this year. With all the other craziness of life recently, I debated whether we were going to do any gardening at all. But the thought of having fresh, organic home-grown vegetables again was just too good to pass up. So this past weekend was spent prepping and cleaning out our backyard gardening areas.


Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap for Cleaning and Personal Care

Beauty, Natural Nest By June 20, 2016 No Comments

Dr. Bronner's Magic SoapCan we just take a minute to discuss the pure awesomeness that is Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap? This stuff is so versatile that you can use it for body wash, shampoo, laundry detergent, dental care…the list goes on and on. When Ryan and I first started switching our body care products, we came across Dr. Bronner’s and were immediately hooked. Available in bar soap and liquid form, Dr. Bronner’s soaps are made with organic coconut oil, organic palm kernel oil, organic palm oil, organic olive oil, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide, citric acid, tocopherol, sea salt and water.