real food recipes

White Chocolate & Rose Coconut Bark

February 10, 2016

White Chocolate & Rose Coconut Bark | Growing Up Herbal | Looking for a sweet chocolate dessert for Valentine's Day that isn't pure junk for your kids? You've found it!

This white chocolate and rose coconut bark is the perfectly sweet treat to make for your love bugs this Valentine’s Day.

They’re full of healthy fats, yummy to eat, and so very pretty. Your kids will love them! Oh, and they’re pretty easy to make too!

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10 Favorite Herbs To Help You Get Through Cold & Flu Season

February 8, 2016

10 Favorite Herbs To Help You Get Through Cold & Flu Season | Growing Up Herbal | Learn which herbs to have on hand during cold and flu season and how to use them.

Cold and flu season always seems to drag on and on, doesn’t it?

Depending on where you live, this season of increased sickness can begin around mid-November and last all the way to March and sometimes even April. Yes. Cold and flu season can last between 5-6 months. I know. It’s a bummer.

We’ve been lucky this year and no one in our family has been hit by a nasty flu virus, but we have seen our share of colds in the little ones that seemed to never end. The coughing, the runny nose, the headaches, the whining, the on again off again fevers. All of it. Here two weeks, gone a week, back for another two. It’s exhausting! Maybe you’ve had some of those in your house this winter and you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Now whether you have or haven’t dealt with a cold or the flu already this season, it’s time to gather up your herbs and put them to good use in case you need them, mama.

I’m here to help you.

Today I’m sharing 10 of my favorite herbs to help you get through cold & flu season as well as a few ways to use each one.

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How To Make Scented Rose Dust Valentine’s Day Cards For Kids

February 3, 2016

How To Make Scented Rose Dust Valentine's Day Cards For Children | Growing Up Herbal | Make DIY Valentine's Day cards with herbs and essential oils for loved ones this year!

Valentine’s Day is a day for showing and telling those you love just how much they mean to you.

When it comes to teaching my kids to do this each year, we show our love by making fun Valentine’s Day goodie bags for all their cousins and close friends. Inside we put lots of fun toys and activities for them, and of course, a Valentine’s Day card.

Some years our bags are simple and other years they’re more elaborate. Some years we purchase fun toys and activities and sometimes we use handmade things. But no matter what the Valentine’s Day goodie bags consist of, everyone who gets one feels special and loves them. And that, is the whole point. 

This year we decide to make our Valentine’s Day cards that we were including in our Valentine’s Day goodie bags instead of buying them. Our cards are small and simple, and thanks to the herbs and essential oils we used, they smell wonderful!

Join me today as I share how we made this year’s Valentine’s Day cards, complete with a photo tutorial and a downloadable printable if you wanna use them yourself.

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Meal Planning Monday: Cleaning Out & Organizing My Recipe Binder

February 1, 2016

Meal Planning Monday: Cleaning Out & Organizing My Recipe Binder | Growing Up Herbal | Today I'm sharing how I recently organized my messy recipe binder!

Do you have a recipe binder… or a drawer… or box? You know, a place where you keep all of your recipes together?

Do you ever go through it? I mean, really go through it and make the recipes you have? Or throw some away?

Probably not. Am I right?

I know I don’t.

I have a recipe binder where I store printed recipes that I’ve tried (or want to try), and over the years, it’s become a complete disaster which hasn’t helped when time to meal plan comes.

Speaking of meal planning… last month I shared how meal planning has always been a struggle for me, and how I’ve always felt like I just couldn’t get the hang of it on my own. I recently found a new real food meal plan subscription to try called Frugal Real Food Meal Plans that is designed to do all the planning for you, to help you eat properly prepared real foods, and to save you money every month on your grocery bill.

So today, I thought I’d share how I cleaned out and organized my huge recipe binder along with a quick update on how this past month using the Frugal Real Food Meal Plan subscription has been going for me, including how much money I saved on food this past month.

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Things I Love: January

January 29, 2016

Things I Love: January | Growing Up Herbal | Here are 5 things I've loved in January 2015!

January has been a cold and blustery month here in East Tennessee. 

Today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite things from this past month. I hope you enjoy seeing what I’ve been into lately.

I’d love to hear your thoughts or experiences on any of the things I share today, and of course, be sure to share your favorite thing from January with me in the comment section of this post!

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