Starbucks Iced Green Tea

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Starbucks Iced Green Tea

Everyone knows the wonderful health benefits of green tea.  If you are unfamiliar let me enlighten you.

  1. Green tea is loaded with powerful antioxidants which reduces the formation of free radicals.
  2. Compounds in green tea can improve brain function and make you smarter due to the caffeine and L-theanine combination 😉
  3. Green tea increases fat burning and performance.
  4. Green tea can kill bacteria Streptococcus mutans in the mouth which improves dental health and lowers your risk of infection.
  5. Green tea may lower your risk of Type II Diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels and it can improve insulin sensitivity.
  6. Green tea may lower your risk of cardiovascular disease due to improving your cholesterol.

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Young Living Essential Oils for Beginners

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Young Living Essential Oils for Beginners

So I have been around essential oils most of my life thanks to my mother.  I was always very skeptical when it came to oils because if you don’t get good “pure” oils you could very well be wasting your time (and money).

What am I talking about might you ask?  The majority of oils you find in health food stores and coops, etc are not pure oils.

For effective therapeutic use it is important that only pure essential oils be used.  This means natural plant essences which have been extracted by steam distillation, solvent extraction, expression, maceration or enfleurage.

Most oils will say “not safe for internal use” or “do not ingest” and those are NOT pure oils and can be harmful to you.

The majority of all essential oils can be taken internally meaning swallowed by themselves or mixed with something.  Use your reference to determine the best route of absorption based on the oil using and your ailment.

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Barn Door Inspiration

Barn Door Inspiration

I am absolutely in LOVE with the idea of barn doors. I want to put them everywhere in my house. I live in the country in Montana and I really love the idea of incorporating such a country/rustic atmosphere in my home yet still having a very chic and modern twist on it. I wanted to share with you my ideas and inspiration and a little DIY. I am in the beginning stages of remodeling my entry way and laundry room and I am looking for inspiration for a design. I have always wanted to do something with barn doors in my house. My one drawback to all the barn door tutorials that I have been perusing is that I didn’t have enough wall space to slide my barn door for a closet or cabinet. This really made me sad. I did some further digging and realized I don’t need that extra space to slide the door to get this look.
Here are my eye sores right now that I am dealing with. My laundry room cabinets were such a horrible color of yellow that I had to do something immediately so I painted them this white and grey till I could find the time to really make them look gorgeous.

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This is a tall broom closet that would actually work with a sliding rail but then I would lose some storage on the wall for hats, etc.

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These are my laundry room cabinets that need a serious uplift.  I think they would be so adorable with some hobby wood framing them out and then possibly making them into a barn door theme.

I wanted to share with you my findings on some great inspiration for barn door style without having the sliding action.  It was important for me to find posts that actually are great at showing how exactly they made them and altered certain pieces so here you go.

This first post is from Remodelaholic which I love.  This post is actually an add on that stemmed from making a baby gate looking like a barn door.  Genius!

Remodelaholic’s Barn Door Baby Gate

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You can check out the entire door on this link.  There is also a tutorial on how to use paint to sort of white wash your wood for this awesome look.

Dutch Barn Door

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I absolutely love this idea and what I am thinking is using this design to go over my sliding broom closet door.  I wouldn’t have the top and the bottom open separately but I love the design of this barn door look.

Another awesome post I found with instructions in from a very inspirational blog called :

Four Generations One Roof

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How awesome and adorable are these cabinet doors.  I am thinking of doing this style for my laundry room cabinets.  She also gives you a great detailed tutorial on how she did these.  LOVE THEM!

In this post she has another idea for cabinet doors and these are a sliding version but I think they would be just as cute without sliding.

Sliding Barn Door “Closet” Doors

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I love the design with the cross pieces in there.

Ok, now on to my closet entry way doors.

BLAHHHH!

Plain closet doors

This sort of wood veneer is everywhere in my house and this is what I want to change and make them WAY cuter.

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Barn Door Closet Doors

Here is the design I want to use for my boring entry way closet doors.  I think these are gorgeous even in the white.  There is no tutorial on how they did these but Four Generations One Roof and Remodelaholic did such a great job at giving a tutorial I think I get the gist of things.

Wish me luck and stay tuned for my final reveal of my own.

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Gluten Free Spinach Artichoke Pasta

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Gluten Free Spinach Artichoke Pasta

This pasta is so refreshing.  I make this a lot when I am missing the warmer weather and need a break from hearty comfort food.   This was also one of my first dishes I made after my clean eating plunge.  This dish is also gluten free with brown rice pasta.  I love Tinkyada brand gluten free noodles personally but there are many great ones.  Are you ready to start making this awesome pasta.  Here goes: Continue reading

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Soft Dairy/Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

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Soft Dairy/Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

This is my favorite cookie EVER.  The best part of this cookie is that it is so healthy for you.  I made these for Christmas for a few of my dairy free friends and I ended up making another batch just for me and my family because I loved them so much. Continue reading

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

Gluten free Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. Let me just say AMAZING.

Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

My mother makes Cinnabon Cinnamon rolls and they are amazing.  I wanted to try and re-create this recipe in a gluten free version for my daughter and I.  I really wasn’t expecting much success out of this because I usually have to tamper with a recipe for a  while before it’s perfect.  These are awesome! Continue reading

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Gluten Free Strawberry White Chocolate Macadamia Muffins

As if the name of these isn’t already a mouth full just wait until you make these.  You will be shoveling them in one after another once you make them.

I adapted this off of a blog I found.  As most of you who follow my blog know I don’t like using baking mixes.  Mostly in part because it’s so much cheaper and readily available to just have your favorite few flours on hand at all times.  Some of those baking mixes out there are pretty steep in price.

Enough about me complaining about that.  Let get to the fun part.

GLUTEN FREE STRAWBERRY WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA MUFFINS

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Gluten Free “Soft” Sugar Cookies

Gluten Free “Soft” Sugar Cookies

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Here is the “real” cookie monster.  This is my son who absolutely LOVES to make sugar cookies.  I think he just loves rolling them out and using the cookie cutters but he’s a good helper.

These cookies are amazing and you can NOT tell the difference.  They are a little time consuming but well worth it.  Another good tip is to have the dough rolled up in plastic wrap and you can freeze it until you need it then if you want round cookies just slice them while they are cold and it super easy instead of using cookie cutters.  This makes a HUGE batch so you could freeze half of it.

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