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5 Things To Know about Clean Eating

Clean eating is a buzz word that gets thrown around and often times makes cleaning up your daily eating habits a bit overwhelming. Here are 5 things to keep in mind while improving your eating habits. 

  1. Buy one-ingredient foods – the best foods to fuel your body are the simplest one. Fresh produce, whole grains, nuts, legumes, eggs, fish and meat. 
  2. Sugar is NOT your friend – pay attention to the ingredient list for hidden suffers in both sweet and savory products. Aim for less than 25 G of added sugars daily. 
  3. Don’t get hung up on advertising and marketing – Focus on the Nutrition Facts and ingredient list. 
  4. Home cooked is best – The best way to know what you are eating is to prepare it yourself. Start small by visiting your favorite food blog like 😉 and enjoy the adventure. 
  5. Perfection does not exist – Its ok to enjoy a not so clean treat or meal. Balance is key to long-term success. 

Dinner Prep-A Task For The Whole Family

I enjoy getting the whole family busy in the kitchen.  Conversation flows like water and I am able to see my kids from so many angles.

Determined, silly, competitive, enthusiastic, learning.

More than that, when we all pitch in, dinner is on the table with the ease that only teamwork can bring.

Giving kids tasks to help get dinner ready gives them a sense of accomplishment and they become part of the team rather than a bystander.

Giving kids tasks to help get dinner ready gives them a sense of accomplishment and they become part of the team rather than a bystander. Click To Tweet

With a tribe of kids from ages 4 to 15, we cover a wide range of activities available.

Ages 3-4 (My triplets are 4 and they love helping out in the kitchen.)

  • Help measure ingredients for salad dressing, meat rubs or marinades.
  • Help remove stems from fresh herbs.
  • Rinse dry beans before prep
  • Wash vegetables before prep
  • Tear salad for salad prep
  • Throwing away wrappers or dumping bowl full of scraps
  • Add silverware to table


Ages 5-10 (My 7-year-old loves helping me measure out ingredients and makes a mean garlic bread)

  • Read easy recipes and help prepare marinades or salad dressing
  • Learn to do a rough chop on vegetables for soups or kebabs.
  • Shred cheese for various dishes
  • Add plates to the table

Ages 10 and up (My 10 & 12-year-old love baking and have claimed “their” signature dish)

  • Help prepare pasta or rice
  • Make guacamole
  • Prep vegetables for stir fry
  • Bring family style dishes to the table

How do you get your kids involved in everyday cooking duties? There are many benefits that come with empowering kids in the kitchen.  The biggest benefit our family has experienced is the desire to eat at home instead of eating out. Cooking with your children will reap many rewards. For more research on these benefits click here

Lemon Essential Oil and baking.

[This is a guest post written by, Rachel Coelho. She is a doTerra member supporting the use of essential oils. Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post.]

Lemon, we have all seen it on trees and slices have been placed in our water. But have you ever experienced doTERRA lemon essential oil?

Did you know essential oils are not really oils? 

They do not contain the fatty acids that constitute what we would consider an actual oil. Valerie Gennari Cooksley, author of Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate and Healdefines essential oils as “highly concentrated plant constituents possessing potent medicinal and cosmetic qualities.”

There are hundreds of different ways to use essential oils in your everyday life but today I am going to concentrate on the benefits of baking with essential oils. 



So what are the benefits of using doTERRA essential oils in baking?  


DōTERRA’s Lemon essential oil has many wonderful therapeutic benefits, but is also great when added to foods and liquids as a natural flavoring.

DoTERRA’s lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the rinds of lemons grown in Italy. Italian lemons are much larger and sweeter than domestic lemons.

Lemon essential oil can be added as a flavoring to drinking water, or can be added to dessert recipes, poultry, or fish recipes. Lemon essential oil can be substituted in any recipe that calls for lemon juice, lemon extract, or grated lemon zest. Simply substitute one drop lemon essential oil for one teaspoon lemon extract or lemon juice.

Here is a recipe for an amazing lemon bar that is made with doTERRA lemon essential oil. 


doTERRA Essential Oil Lemon Bars


1 cup organic soft butter

1/2 cup organic powdered sugar

Dash of salt

2 cups of organic flour of your choice 

Combine all and mix well. Press into a 9×13 inch pan. Bake at 35 degrees for 15 minutes.


4 eggs beaten

1/4 cup organic flour of your choice

2 cups organic sugar

tbsp lemon juice (I replaced this with 18 drops Lemon Oil, but if you love the tart, add 1-2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice)

Combine flour & sugar, mix in beaten eggs and lemon, pour into the slightly cooled crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Let cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.



Make sure any essential oils you ingest are labeled for consummation and are CPTG

dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today. They are carefully and skillfully distilled from plants that have been harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade dōTERRA essential oils.



If you are interested in learning more about essential oils and what they can do for your health, please visit The prices on this site are retail, if you would like to find out how to receive 25% off of these prices, I can be reached at




**Tips and Facts about doTERRA lemon essential oil**

*One bottle of 15ml lemon contains 250 drops

*One 15ml bottle contains 45 lemons 

*Add a drop of lemon to a warm drink to ease a sore throat

*Diffuse in a room to neutralize odors and elevate mood

*Use to clean kitchen counters and stainless steel appliances 

*Take internally with water as an antioxidant and detoxifier