Are green coffee beans a weight loss miracle pill?

As I am sure you have noticed, the internet has been all abuzz lately about Dr. Oz’s recent run in with the Senate’s Consumer Protection panel. If you have no clue what I am talking about, then count your lucky stars. And if I’ve piqued your interest, head over to CNN for a concise article that details the charges against Dr. Oz and the misleading claims he has made about chlorogenic acid (aka green coffee beans) and gardenia... Read More

Hidden Sources of Gluten

A few months ago I noticed a small blurb hidden in one of my issues of Clean Eating magazine that had a comprehensive list of common sources of gluten found in packaged foods. Honestly, I was a bit shocked that such an important nugget of information was tucked away in a corner of the magazine. I thought that the subject deserved an article of its own. So, in case you missed it the following is a list of common sources of hidden gluten with a few... Read More

Pics From the Weekend

We had a wonderful weekend filled with tons of family time. It was the first weekend this summer that we didn’t have anything planned in advance, so we were able to make our own schedule and take our time at home (and away). One a week Allan watches the boys after he gets home so that I can get out of the house alone for some “me time”. On Friday night I wrote a few blog posts, edited some pics and read. I just started Meghan... Read More

Garden Update

I figured that it was about time that I give you an update on our backyard happenings! As you know, I absolutely LOVE gardening and growing my own food. Some day I hope to have a few raised beds to grow many of our own fruits and vegetables. Our garden is in full boom! In the last week I’ve spent countless hours weeding, pruning and moving plants. There is still mulching to be done, but it’s quite beautiful in our backyard. The jostaberries... Read More

In Season

Summer has finally arrived! It’s hard to believe that eight short weeks ago I was blogging about this… Yikes! And today it was a sunny, mid-80 degree day. A couple weeks ago we started receiving boxes from our CSA, Treasured Haven Farm. This is our second year with this farm and so far have had a wonderful experience. This year I hope to document all of the boxes that we receive so that others can see the incredible value that comes from... Read More

Post Partum Fitness Routine

I am 8 months post partum and the sleep deprivation of the first months of L’s life is starting to wane. It’s amazing what a little sleep can do for your energy levels! Our routine is starting to develop and I feel that I can finally put some real focus and determination into my workouts, which I am loving! All of my skinny pre-L, post-M clothes are starting to fit and I am gaining my confidence back. Having babies and the resulting... Read More


Here are a few of the things we have been enjoying lately. 1. Lots of restful, bliss-filled naps.   2. Interest in crawling.   3. Freshly sun dried diapers.   4. Sun-filled trips to the Zoo.   5. Picnics in our front yard.   6. Nature walks along the creek.   7. Local playgrounds.   8. Swinging.   9. A one-on-one date to tots yoga at Blooma and out for fresh juice and muffins at Tao Natural Foods. 10.... Read More

Toddler Vitamins and Supplements

As you already know, I am a big fan of acquiring proper nutrition by eating a plant-based clean diet filled with lots of fruits, veggies, healthy fats, gluten-free whole grains and lean meat. However, the unfortunate state of our land, sea and air has made it very difficult to (safely) acquire necessary nutrition from food alone. Couple that with a toddler’s finicky eating habits along with a strong desire to eat bread, muffins, bananas and... Read More

Happy Earth Day!

Warning: this is a completely random post induced by my sneezy/stuffy state of being. Happy Earth Day! We celebrated by reading one of our favorite books. We are hunkering down for yet another snow storm that is forecast to hit tonight. We could get up to 10″ of snow! When will Spring finally arrive? Well, it looks like it could get into the mid 70′s by the weekend! Truly I tell you that the weather here in MN can change on a dime.... Read More

Hitting the Barre

How was your weekend, friends? We’ve been a little under the weather over here. Luke has been teething up a storm with SIX new teeth coming in. Two of them finally popped through last week, giving him some relief. But seriously, that boy wants to ensure that he has at least one tooth for every month he’s been alive. He has two more days until he is 7 months old and one of his bottom incisors is just about to make it’s appearance.... Read More

A Day In the Life with Two Under 3

I love when fellow mommy bloggers share Day In the Life posts, so I thought that I would do a quick run down of a day in the life of the Peters family! I am following the The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped plan as our beach vacation approaches, so all of the eats that you see are my interpretation of the meal plans from the book. Please keep in mind that I exclusively breastfeed a ravenous 20+ lb 6 month old, add to that 4-5 fast and furious workouts per... Read More

Summer Kale Salad

There was a big head of lacinato kale that I purchased at the farmer’s market two weeks ago sitting in my crisper drawer taking up much needed space. I had intended to create simple massaged kale salads for lunch every day last week, but instead opted for salads using CSA greens. This week the beautiful monster was starring me in the face and I knew it was time to use it for something. Enter the Summer Kale Salad. This is a very easy salad... Read More

What’s in the box? CSA Week 1

I feel like I have been waiting for our CSA share forever! This week the season officially began and as we walked the couple blocks to our pick up site I couldn’t wait to check out what was waiting for us. A couple years ago we split a CSA box with my parents and did not have a good experience (this was not the same CSA we are using this year). Let’s just say that we were really tired of curly kale and zucchini by the end of the summer! So,... Read More

Matthew’s 2nd Birthday Party

Sorry for the delay in posting photos from Matthew’s party. We’ve been a little out of sorts over here, so I had a delay in getting the photos pulled together. Last Sunday we celebrated Matthew’s 2nd birthday with family and friends. The following are some highlights from the party, including the party menu. We started off the party with snacks and appetizers: Guacamole Strawberry Avocado Salsa Train Track Trail Mix Refrigerator... Read More

Birthday Boy Blueberry Pancakes

As I mentioned earlier this afternoon, we enjoyed an amazing stack of blueberry pancakes this morning to celebrate this little guy’s birthday. Matthew, like his mama, loves breakfast! I knew that I wanted to make something special for him this morning to celebrate the big T-W-O and instantly thought of pancakes. A couple months ago, I whipped up Ashely’s Cherry Almond Pancakes and knew that her recipe would make the perfect base for the... Read More

Fun in the Sun

Have you been wondering to yourself, where in the world has that Maria Makes Muffins been?!? She hasn’t posted in weeks! Today I am here to answer that question… With the second trimester in full swing, Matthew and I have had quite a bit to catch up on. It felt like the first trimester moved in slow motion, filled with morning sickness, nausea and fatigue; however, the second trimester is FLYING by! This morning Matthew and I used up... Read More

Zero Waste

Happy Valentine’s Day! Back in September I did a series of blog posts on how we strive to reduce waste in our home. We even hosted a party for our friends and family with the goal of producing as little waste as possible. I started composting and found a renewed passion for preserving the world God created for us. This morning my friend, Laura, sent me a link to a great zero waste tips page from the blog, The Zero Waste Home. I have already... Read More