Hearty, Healthy Vegetarian Bean Chili

This Hearty, Healthy Vegetarian Bean Chili heats you up from the inside, out. Carnivores LOVE this chili too. It's a one pot recipe, easy to make!Greetings from an Autumn Wonderland here in NY.  It is now September and the temperature is dropping! Last night it was in the 40s,  and the air is crisp and nippy just begging for me to make my favorite fall recipes!  Cool temperatures, crunchy leaves, and this Hearty, Healthy Vegetarian Bean Chili is what defines the autumn season for me here in NY!  Heats you up from the inside out.  Carnivores will LOVE this chili as well.  It’s a one pot recipe, taking only a few minutes to prep, which leaves me plenty of time to relax and enjoy the season.

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Meet Up Monday Link Party #99

 

1-meet-up-mondayHELLO FRIENDS!  Meet Up Monday Link Party IS BACK!  Thanks for understanding why we were not here the past few weeks.  We sure did miss you all, but we were out gallivanting in the west, watching the Solar Eclipse 2017, and were enjoying being 100% unplugged and out of service hiking around the mountains! It was such a great trip.  Be sure to check out my post of Solar Eclipse 2017 HERE. Now, back to reality, and to having some fun right here at home mingling with y’all!  Be sure to join me on my  INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, and/or TWITTER accounts to check out more of our adventures! 🙂

What projects have you been up to this week?  Link up your recipes, ideas, and creations so we can all check them out!  Join in with me and share and comment on the posts so share the love and to keep this party growing!  As always, I will feature 3 posts and the most clicked post as well!  I can’t wait to see what you all have been up to! Be sure to check out and follow the new and improved Meet Up Monday Pinterest Board HERE.   SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!  The more partiers, the merrier!

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Solar Eclipse 2017- Viewing Totality with a Clear Sky

On August 21, 2017, I experienced one of the most amazing things of my life thus far! I viewed Solar Eclipse 2017 in its totality with a PERFECTLY clear sky! Here's how having a geologist-husband, driving 2,500 miles one way, and the perfect conditions made this experience possible...

On August 21, 2017, I experienced one of the most amazing things of my life thus far!  I viewed Solar Eclipse 2017 in its totality with a PERFECTLY clear sky! Here’s how having a geologist-husband, driving 2,500 miles one way, and the perfect conditions made this experience possible…

Years ago, Mike my husband, told me that we would be somewhere along the line of totality to see the Solar Eclipse 2017.   This past year, the planning began.  Since we are both teachers and have the summers off, we decided that we were going to hop in our Pickup Camper and go to the perfect location to view the eclipse.  Of course Mike researched the science behind this and determined that the Wyoming/Teton area was statically one of the best places along the path of totality to have the lowest chance of clouds or rain- 9%. So out west we went….We WERE seeing this thing!  When we left we had no definite plan of the spot we would be at about 11:30AM on the 21st, but we had all the freedom we needed as we carried our “home” in the bed of our Tacoma.  We knew that cities along the path would be mobbed.  We knew that campsites in the path were going for HUNDREDS of dollars each. (It was RIDICULOUS).  We wanted to steer clear of the madness.  Luckily, we were able to meet up with our long-time scientist friend, Brianna, and were invited to stay at her friend’s brother’s house in Driggs, Idaho.   I got a sense that the “planets were all aligning” and the viewing was going to be AMAZING! :)… Everything was falling into place… (more…)

DIY Whipped Body Cream made with Mango Butter

Slather on this Whipped Body Cream made with Mango Butter to soothe, moisturize, and nourish your skin! It is light, creamy, and SO amazing!

DIY Whipped Body Cream made with Mango Butter

If you know me, you know that I make virtually all of my own skincare and body care products. I’m a little obsessed :).  Well, I am at it again after getting my hands on some of this FABULOUS Mango Butter.   I usually use a high quality Shea butter as an ingredient in many of my DIY products.  After getting my hands of some of this LUXURIOUS mango butter, I had to give it a try in place of the Shea butter.  The result-  still AMAZING!   The major difference I found was that the Mango Butter was a bit lighter in weight than the Shea Butter, so if offered a slightly lighter feel while slathering it on.  Choices….  I love the choices I now have! 🙂  This recipe is a must try for some seriously smooth and moisturized skin!
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Strawberry Maple Smoothie- Perfectly Sweet and Simple

 Welcome in springtime with this Strawberry Maple Smoothie! Made with strawberries,maple syrup,water, and ice,it is the perfect mix of simplicity and flavor.
Fall is coming soon to NY,  and that means the season of maple syrup is coming near!  I am so excited! I’m getting ready…. I had a ton of strawberries from early summer in the freezer that needed to be used up. Into the blender they went, along with some homemade maple syrup, and a few other ingredients and I had myself a delicious treat! This Strawberry Maple Smoothie has simply the perfect amount of sweetness and simplicity.   You must try it…

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8 Healthy Smoothie Recipes

These 8 Healthy Smoothies are SO easy to make, you probably have all the ingredients at home in your pantry already! Sweet, Savory, and full of goodness!

Spring is in the air!  Today I’m sharing 8 Healthy Smoothie recipes  to start off the new season right. Coming out of the winter months is always exciting and I love to keep it bright with the amazing colors of all these fruits and veggies. The best part about the smoothies are that they’re very easy to make, you probably have all the ingredients already, and they are HEALTHY!!!! (more…)

Meet Up Monday Link Party #98

 

1-meet-up-mondayHey all!  Hope your week went well and was full of creative and fun things!  Well, we are almost on the road to head out west to see the eclipse…  We got a bit delayed with a construction project going on at my house!   ****rats!   Never the less, we are SO excited and SO determined to see the solar Eclipse 2017!   Be sure to join me on my  INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, and/or TWITTER accounts to follow the sun! 🙂  I have all the filters I think I should have to HOPEFULLY get some really cool photos!  Fingers crossed….  Note*** I may OR may not post a link party next week, depending where I am and if I will be anywhere near civilizations!  I’ll do my best!:)

What projects have you been up to this week? ! Link up your recipes, ideas, and creations so we can all check them out!  Join in with me and share and comment on the posts so share the love and to keep this party growing!  As always, I will feature 3 posts and the most clicked post as well!  I can’t wait to see what you all have been up to! Be sure to check out and follow the new and improved Meet Up Monday Pinterest Board HERE.   SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!  The more partiers, the merrier!

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Back to School NATURALLY with Essential Oils

Make this school year the best school year ever ! Go Back to School NATURALLY by using these DIY products to stay healthy and be chemical free! :)

As you know, I am a teacher by day, blogger by night.  That means that in late summer, my mind starts working to prepare for the upcoming Back-to-School season and how to breeze through it NATURALLY for teachers, students, and parents alike! If you fit into this category, and you too want to have a healthy season without the use of synthetic-chemicals, you have come to the right place!  I worked hard to arm myself with several different DIY Back-to-School products using essential oils that help my classroom stay clean, fresh, and safe!  This season can be an expensive time of year when it comes to buying new supplies and equipment for school.  All of these healthy DIY Back-to-School products will save you tons of cash and take only a few minutes to make! So get smart on your health, and get moving on making this the HEALTHIEST school year ever!  Here’s how to get Back to School NATURALLY… Using Essential Oils to Stay Healthy… (more…)

Some Pretty Cool Things Happen on the Hudson River in New York- Barge Travels from Albany to NYC

Some Pretty Cool Things Happen on the Hudson River in NY! See the 4000-ton,130-foot steam generator pass under the 135-foot Mid Hudson Bridge enroute to NYC

The Hudson River holds a very special place in my heart.  I live 15 minutes from the Hudson, and during the school year, I get to cross it at least 2 times a day.  Each morning, I get to the see the sleepy river wake as the sun rises over the picturesque Mid Hudson Bridge that connects Highland and Poughkeepsie, and I get to feel the cool breeze whisk by me as I drive home.  I have sailed, kayaked, and swam in the Hudson, brought my students to the river to study the ecosystems, and enjoyed the hikes and views along 315 miles of the estuary.  Seeing boats sail along the river is not something uncommon.  Tonight on the other hand, I got to witness something really amazing. A 130-foot steam generator, the largest object to ever travel down the Hudson River, floated right past me coming just a few calculated feet from the bottom of the Mid Hudson Bridge on its way to NYC. Some Pretty Cool Things Happen on The Hudson River in New York……
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