The Best Hot Cocoa – Homemade & Dairy-Free

The Best Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

I don't drink coffee and about a year ago I found one kind of tea that I enjoy. But I am often cold and live in a land of almost perpetual winter so a girl has got to have some kind of hot beverage to warm herself with.

Enter homemade hot chocolate.

I originally found a Starbucks copycat recipe years ago and used to make it here and there but in the last two years I've modified it quite a bit and now make it every day.

It may be a bit of an addiction.

The original recipe and how I made it for years was with regular milk but once I realized that dairy was severely affecting my system and going off of it completely I knew I needed to figure out a way to continue having it.



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Signs and Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance in Children

Signs and Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance in Children - both physical symptoms and behavioral

I wrote this post awhile ago and shared it elsewhere but I wanted to update it and share it on here. Since the original post we’ve also realized that Raeca is at a minimum lactose intolerant and possibly just straight up dairy sensitive. I’m planning on taking her to a naturopath in the next few months and getting a few tests done and doing some elimination diets so expect some updates in the future! (I’m also planning on getting myself tested too, I’ve been meaning to do that since my Crohn’s diagnosis to see if there are other foods I should avoid.)

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Shortly after Jared was diagnosed with celiac disease 3 years ago we started to wonder if Raeca had some degree of a gluten sensitivity. Research shows that if someone is diagnosed with celiac there is a 1 in 20 chance a close relative also has it.

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Two Natural Alternatives to Shaving Cream

Two Natural Alternatives to Shaving Cream that are inexpensive and better for the environment and your skin!

Shaving cream. It’s something I haven’t used in years and now when I think of it I am kind of appalled at the waste that goes into one tiny container that doesn’t even last very long.

Because it’s been so many years since I’ve used it I kind of wonder if anyone still uses it? Was I behind on the times and everyone moved on from shaving cream before I did? I’m assuming people must still use it since stores are still selling it so under that assumption I thought I would share my two favorite natural alternatives to shaving cream.

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My Word for 2018 & The Best Books on Gentle Parenting

The Best Book About Gentle Parenting

A few weeks ago I thought this would be the first year in the last five or so that I didn’t have a word for the year, nothing was really sticking out to me, but that changed . . .

I spend quite a bit of time thinking about my words for the year, usually a few pop up and I prayerfully consider the one or two that I feel like God wants me to focus on for the year.

In all reality, sharing my words is real vulnerability because in essence I’m saying: here’s where I really fail.

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