Organically Healthy Holidays

Staying healthy during the holidays can be a very challenging endeavor. Most people don’t realize how many calories they are taking in when they eat that delicious ham, or those butter loaded mashed potatoes. Although the holidays are meant for food and fun with family and friends, it can be done with a healthy, organic menu that will please even your most finicky eaters  .


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Healthy Meat options

Many people celebrate Thanksgiving with a huge Turkey slathered in butter and rarely consider the health effects of over using the butter and salt. But there are delicious alternatives to that Turkey that has been prepared with unhealthy ingredients. One way is to prepare a Turkey that it is healthier for you and your guests is to eliminate the butter and salt all together.  Instead of using butter use lemon juice from fresh lemon trees and a sea salt and pepper rub. Be light on the salt and pepper but generous enough that the flavor is added. Another way to ensure you’re getting a freshest turkey is to purchase one a from a local turkey farmer.  If this is not an option, free range/hormone free turkeys can easily be found local fresh market.

If you want to eliminate the meat from your meal all together then try a Tofu alternative or a vegan loaf. Tofurky is an alternative to a real meat turkey, however, not everyone is impressed with the Tofurky taste and texture. A veggie vegan loaf is a more thought out alternative to a traditional turkey dinner. With a Vegan loaf you simply pick your veggies, your wheat’s, your fillers such as seeds and grains and your favorite liquids and binders and make a meat loaf style loaf without the meat. This can provide not only an alternative to a turkey dinner, but added nutrients and vegetables to your dinner arrangement.

Side dishes

Side dishes can be a fun way to play around with organic vegetables and fruits. Many people use the traditional potatoes in a mashed potatoes or baked potatoes version, why not change that and use sweet potatoes with natural cinnamon and honey to add an organic natural taste to your menu. You can also mash-up the sweet potatoes and make a mashed potatoes out of them without having to use all the butter and cream to make it fluffy and rich.  Other side dish alternatives would include sliced carrots from your garden, when you combine carrots sliced like chips and a touch of natural vanilla flavoring and honey, these our kids are an all time favorite.

A casserole with squash, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and potatoes added onto your menu is another great way to get those vegetables into your meal and benefits from the added vitamins and minerals associated with fresh vegetables. By slicing each vegetable into chips sized slices and layering them in a backing dish with a little extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic, and fresh parmesan sprinkled on top and baking it in the oven, you can create a delicious side dish that everyone will love.

Now that you have a better idea of how to prepare a healthy organic Thanksgiving Dinner for your friends and family, it’s time to go grocery shopping.

PS Fresh Markets staff members are extremely knowledgeable about these things; if you’re not sure ask and they will be happy to provide you with healthy Thanksgiving dinner options.


Healthy Thanksgiving Cookbooks

Vegan Thanksgiving Feast: Delicious Vegan Recipes to Celebrate the Holidays

Paleo Pumpkin Recipes: The Top 25 Easy Paleo Pumpkin Recipes for Gluten-Free Holiday’s Treats: Healthy Lifestyle and Traditions (Top 25 Easy Recipes Book 1)

Delicious Holiday Treats: A Collection of Healthy Holiday Recipes ( The Ultimate Book For Christmas Recipes, Thanksgiving, Holiday Recipes, Seasonal Recipes And Dessert Recipes)


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Surviving Holiday Travel with Kids



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The Holiday season has arrived – and with it chaotic schedules and those terrifying car rides to visit family.   Below you will find some fun activities and a few simple tips to help you arrive alive:) 


1. Unplug! Yes, I said it dump the hand-held games and movies. Both are known to stimulate children. And do you really want an over stimulated child sitting in your backseat for 10 hours?

2. Bring healthy snacks like nuts, bananas, humus,veggies and water.(not too much water you do not want to have to stop 22x for potty breaks)

3. Allow each person to bring their favorite CD and have a sing off. No, I am not a huge fan of Taylor Swift but if Sophia wants to belt out “Shake It Off” and it stops her from belting her brother then I am all for a sing off.

4. Encourage your kids to bring one of their favorite books or surprise them with a special book for the car ride. We bought Logan Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul & Sophia The Magician’s Elephant she is a huge Kate DiCamillo fan.

5. Another family favorite is Super Silly Mad Libs Junior or Christmas Fun Mad Libs.

Now, I asked some of my blogging friends to share some other fun coloring pages, puzzles and more to help keep your kids engaged. You might even be able to sneak in a few chapters of your favorite book. I will be bringing What’s So Amazing About Grace? ( a little light reading:)

Check these fun activities out:

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages Printable from More than a Mom of Three

Thanksgiving Day Coloring Book from Mom’s Madhouse

Thanksgiving Printable Pack Pre K-2 from Embark on the Journey

Bring some Thanksgiving Picture Books from Embark on the Journey

Sophia loves to cut things out, so I decided to get her started on these cute Thanksgiving Place Cards from Typically Simple.

Your holiday travel does NOT have to be a nightmare. As it is true with most things in life, our attitude and preparation will determine the environment around us. So, relax, pack early and have fun!  You may even be lucky enough to drive past me as I am screeching out Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.”


Last Weeks Favorites:

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims

Holiday Toy Guide for Science Lovers

Geeky Educational Link Up Week 29

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Jess from Benoit Academy

Jodi from NY Homeschool

Adelien from Blessed Learners

Marie-Claire from Quick Start Homeschool


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Christmas Blessings Giveaway & Ultimate Teen Gift Guide


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Below you will find some different and unusual gifts that will impress any Tween or Teen on your list! .

Sock It To Me BURGER Mens Crew Socks, Brown, One Size Fits Most

Sock It to Me Men’s Caution Tape Crew Socks

600 Football Cards Including Rookies, Unopened Packs, Many Stars, and Hall-of-famers. Ships in Brand New White Box Perfect for Gift Giving. Includes At Least One Original Unopened Pack of Topps Vintage Football Cards That Is At Least 25 Years Old!

Ultra Pro 3-Ring (D-Ring Binder) Blue Football Card Album

Fire HD 6 Kids Edition, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case
The The Hunger Games Trilogy Box Set: Paperback Classic Collection

SHANY Nail Art Set (24 Famouse Colors Nail Art Polish, Nail Art Decoration)

Detangling Brush – Glide Thru Detangler Hair Comb or Brush – No More Tangle – Adults & Kids – Pink – LIFETIME GUARANTEE

Twinkle Handmade Infinity Wish Tree and Leaf Charm for Friendship Gift – Leather Personalized Bracelet

Accoutrements Waxed Bacon Floss

Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat

Darice 80-Piece Deluxe Art Set



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Saturday Shout-Outs Thanksgiving Style Part II

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Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving printables, recipes and posts. Enjoy!

Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites there small so you won’t feel so bad eating them:)

Check out this super cute Fall Decor here

Even Broccoli haters will it this recipe Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole Recipe

Don’t forget the classics Green Bean Casserole

Vegetarian Thanksgiving who knew? Great recipes even for us meat eaters.

Salad with Nuts, Feta and Cranberries ate this for lunch twice this week. I am addicted!

You had me at Brown Butter…Roasted Green Beans with Balsamic-Browned Butter

Cutest dish EVER!  Turkey Relish Tray

For the you sweet tooth’s Pumpkin Cookies & Aunt Bonnie’s Pecan Pie Recipe

Please share some of your favorite Thanksgiving Recipes below.. Make sure to come back next week I will be sharing some of my favorite holiday desserts.♥

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A Cowgirl and a Dream- Giveaway

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Anna over at A Cowgirl and a Dream is having a wonderful giveaway this week! April,started her own business through YEA (Young Entrepreneurs Academy) in April. Her company makes and sells custom make-up pouches in three different sizes. By the way don’t you just love her blog’s name!

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The Ultimate Cookie & Goodies Virtual Party/Giveaway


Gingerbreadman Cookies and CandyWelcome and come on in to the Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party And Giveaway!


We have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you the best and most fun virtual party you will attend this season! Since I have two posts on the blog today, the link party AND this wonderful Ultimate Cookie & Goodies Party, I’ll be posting my fun cookie recipe tomorrow :-)

The Ultimate Cookie & Goodies Party - $350 Giveaway!

Over the next 13 days we want you to share your absolute Best Cookie and Goodie recipes with us! We also want you to share your Free Printable Holiday invitations, party décor and anything; Thanksgiving and Christmas themed which you have Free Printables for! No Round Ups, please.

We will be Pinning all of your wonderful Recipes and Free Printables to our Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party Pinterest Board.

We will be hosting a Twitter party loaded with prizes! What would a party be without prizes?! Mark your calendar for November 11th at 8pm EST and go to TWUBS to pre-register, here.

Prizes included in the Twitter party; 6 dozen eggs from NestFresh Eggs, The Picky Palate Cookbook from Marilyn’s Treats, Birch Lane Pillow cover Valued at $59, Set of 6 snowflake ornaments via SkyBlueFancy Etsy shop, “Baked with Love by” labels valued at $25 from The Road To Domestication and $20 e-gift card courtesy of your Hosts!!!

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A Giant Thank You to all of our wonderful sponsors!


Please join with us as we Thank our Sponsors! We have some fabulous prizes for our Giveaway both on the Rafflecopter AND at the Twitter Party thanks to the good folks at: (6 dozen Eggs)

Marilyn’s Treats (The Picky Palate Cookbook Value $17.99)

DIY Decorating Addict (6-month Subscription to online “DIY Decorating Addict” magazine via Dianne Corriere (Twitter Party) – only available on Apple products )

The Pasta Shoppe ($25 Value, box of Holiday pasta)

Fun Pasta Fundraising ($25 Value, Box of Holiday pasta)

Northern Whimsy Custom Recipe cards ($5 value) plus 75% off anything in the store

Jamberry Nails (Holiday Nail Wraps)

Family Finest (2 coupons, $12 value)

Farmer’s Bounty Pet (Food & two treat varieties – $38 value)

Princella Yams - A Sager Creek Company (3 free cans Sager Creek Veggies – $6 value)

Tandoor Chef (Coupons for 3 free dinners, $18 value)

The Piping Gourmets (3 Coupons for products, $27 value)

Sky Blue Fancy Etsy Shop (Set of 6 Snowflake Ornaments, Value $18)

Birch Lane ($50 Gift Card and a Pillow Cover)

Chloe + Isabel (Organic Teardrop Earrings a $28 value)


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An Alli Event | Life With Lorelai | Meatloaf and Melodrama | Table and Hearth
2 Crochet Hooks | A Life In Balance | Marilyn’s Treats | Kupon Girl
Sharing A to Z | This & That | The Rustic Willow | Second Chances Girl
Love Create Celebrate | That Recipe | Flourishing At Home
Pint Size Farm | Living Contently | The Evolution of Mom

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  • Link up to 6 Post over the 13 days of the party
  • Share the party on social media using #Ultimatecookieparty
  • NO Round Ups
  • Visit a couple of links and comment or share

Share you original posts for any winter holiday, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. We want you to share your Free Printable Holiday invitations, party décor and anything; Thanksgiving and Christmas themed which you have Free Printables for! No Round Ups or crafts. It’s all about the Cookies, Goodies, Holiday party decor/invitations, and Thanksgiving/Christmas printables!


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