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    Chicken Caesar Salad w/ Dressing

    There’s something about a homemade chicken caesar salad dressing that just trumps store-bought, every time. Perhaps it’s the idea of knowing what all of the ingredients in your dressing actually are. I love that the ingredients list is short, because generally speaking, the less ingredients in something, the more wholesome and nutritious it actually is. This recipe of mine uses the Instant Pot for the chicken, but you can make your chicken breast in any other way you prefer. We like to also grill our chicken breasts on a Sunday evening and have them for the week to use for various meals. The true gem in this recipe is the…

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    How to Grow Sprouts

    What are sprouts? Crunch of the Mom is here to tell you about the most delicious, healthy, and easy-to-make-in-your-kitchen food, SPROUTS! Well, how to grow sprouts! Typically seen in a gourmet sandwich shop or the produce aisle, they look like loose pale threads with tiny peas at the top. Sprouts have a super-fresh taste, with almost a crisp and lively texture. They can make a basic sandwich, salad, or breakfast quiche even better! What are sprouts exactly? There are many different types, including bean sprouts, sunflower sprouts, and rye sprouts.  Every plant-based food started with a sprout and grew from there. Grains, seeds, and legumes can all be sprouted, such as wheat…

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    New Year’s Eve: Our Hearts of Romaine Lettuce

    Usually, my Facebook feed is filled with the latest clickbait or semi-news article talking about listeria filled hearts of romaine lettuce. In the last few days, I saw these headlines instead: Share your favorite photo from 2018! What are your resolutions for the new year? What was your favorite vacation from 2018? What was the funniest thing that happened to you in 2018? What hurt you this year? Facebook on New Year’s Eve These were all things that floated by on my Facebook newsfeed this New Year’s Eve. People asking honest questions to their friends, genuinely curious of their answers. In fact, they were so intrigued to learn about the…

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    Holiday Celebrations for “Snowflakes”

    Do you know how my kindergartener celebrated the holiday season and the start of the winter at school? By watching the movie “Rio.” This is a movie about a parrot who is smuggled by dealers into the US. If that doesn’t scream HAPPY HOLIDAYS, I don’t know what does. Good grief. What are we doing in the schools for young kids during the holiday season? I’ll tell you. We are completely skirting around holidays to avoid offending someone, and are instead losing out on some very teachable moments. What if we were to embrace and celebrate our cultural differences, instead of hide from them? What if we used the holiday…

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    5 Things I Learned in My Rainbow Pregnancy

    The last place you want to spend Mother’s Day, as a mother, is in the ER. Mother’s Day 2017 brought us the biggest loss we had ever experienced as a married couple. We miscarried at almost twelve weeks along, at home, which then took us to spending Mother’s Day in the ER. Instead of spending Mother’s Day planting flowers and enjoying the day with my husband and our two children, I was getting pelvic exams and taking the “products of conception” in a paper bag to the ER. It was a nightmare. My name is Brittin. I am a Blessed Momma of a 5 year old little girl who came…

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    Post-Holiday Blues

    January 2 January 2. The day when most moms sigh a big sigh of relief. The holidays are over. We made it. From Black Friday onward, we go to the ends of the earth for our friends and family to make the holidays wonderful. Shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking, cleaning, party planning, budgeting, making travel plans, and somehow finding time to get a few hours of sleep at night to wake up and do it all over again. For about 6-7 weeks solid. It’s absolute insanity, but we do this to ourselves, year after year. Part of us enjoys the rush, and the other part of us cannot wait til it’s…

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    Direct Sales: An Insider Perspective

    As I sit here next to my husband on the train back home from Chicago, I am reminded of the little things, the simple things, yet the so very hugely important things in life. About 5 years ago now, I worked in an impatient neuropsychiatric unit while pregnant with our oldest daughter. I was up at 6am every morning, home at 6pm every evening, throughout the pregnancy; through exhaustion, morning sickness (sometimes all day sickness), conducting sessions with geriatric patients suffering from a plethora of emotional, psychological, and physical disorders. I was in the company of physically aggressive and verbally abusive patients, who desperately needed help. The career of a…