You Spoke and I’m Listening: The Happy Healthy Mama Survey Results

Last week, I asked you to take a survey. I hoped to gain insight into what you like and dislike about Happy Healthy Mama and how I can make it the best blog it can be.  I’ve gone through times during the last 4+ years I’ve been blogging of putting more and less effort into this space.  Life ebbs and flows and this blog has been a reflection of that.  Right now, I’m all in.  I am focused and determined to make this blog all that it has the potential to be.  Blogging is hard and sometimes lonely work.  Reading your responses was motivating, inspiring, and so very insightful for me.  Thank you for giving me a spring board for moving forward with Happy Healthy Mama.

One big thing I learned through this survey was that I’m never going to please everyone.  There were lots of contradictory answers.  Stop writing about your kids! I love it when you write about your kids–do it more! Ummm….okay?  You are so sweet! You are condescending.  Fair enough?  So while I learned that there is no pleasing each and every reader with every post I do, I need to continue to write from my heart.  And that’s exactly what I plan to do.  Here’s a look at some of the results from the survey:

How long have you been reading Happy Healthy Mama?Happy Healthy Mama Survey question 1

Lots of new and new-ish readers! I’m glad you are here!

Do you have a blog? Happy Healthy Mama Survey question 2

This was interesting to learn about.  I suspected I had a majority non-blogging readers because of the amount of comments I get (or don’t get) in relation to my page views.  Bloggers tend to comment more.

How often do you prefer to see posts on Happy Healthy Mama?

Happy Healthy Mama Survey question 3

Pretty easy to please!

How do you feel about the following topics on Happy Healthy Mama?

99%

of you were positive about healthy recipes.  (To the 1 person who doesn’t like healthy recipes on HHM, you may have landed in the wrong place…)  

68%

of you like or love seeing fitness posts on Happy Healthy Mama.

74%

of you like or love reading about parenting topics on Happy Healthy Mama.

94%

of you like or love it when I write about nutrition.

87%

of you like or love to see posts about natural living.

67%

of you enjoy product reviews.

29%

of you like or love sponsored posts (and another 53% of you think they are okay).

What topics would you like to see featured on Happy Healthy Mama?

Happy Healthy Mama Survey Results

This is just a sampling of answers.  I loved reading your ideas!

What are some other blogs you read? 

Happy Healthy Mama SurveyYou all have great taste in blogs! I read a lot of these already and found some new ones thanks to you!

Thanks again for taking the time to complete the survey.  If you didn’t get a chance but want me to know something, I love comments.  You can comment on any post and let me know your thoughts! Have a great weekend, friends.

 

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili-This healthy vegetarian chili is full of flavor! The colors make it perfect for Halloween, too.

The Top 3 Reasons you Need to Make This Chili As Soon As Possible:

1.) It’s National Chili Month.  Celebrate!

2.) The colors! Could there be a more perfect Halloween meal?

3.) It’s a perfect veggie-centric (vegan!) way to switch up your chili routine.  Variety is good!

I could go on, but I thought a top 10 list might be a little obnoxious.  Really, though, this sweet potato and black bean chili is pretty amazing.  The flavors are bold and assertive. Nobody will go around calling this healthy chili bland.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili-This healthy vegetarian chili is full of flavor! The colors make it perfect for Halloween, too.

I used ancho chili powder, which is made from the pablano chili pepper.  Pablano peppers can range from mild to medium-hot, but the ancho chili powder gives this dish some heat.  If you don’t want the spice, use regular chili powder.  If you want the heat, but don’t have ancho chili powder, use regular chili powder and add a little cayenne pepper instead.

I’m in love with this sweet potato and black bean chili because of its bold flavor, but I can’t ignore that it’s also a super easy recipe.  The hardest thing you have to do is chop an onion and some sweet potatoes.  You can handle that, right?  I think you’re going to love this chili, so I hope you give it a try!

 

 

Quinoa Pizza Pie

Pizza night just got a makeover! This quinoa pizza pie has the pizza flavor you love but is much healthier!Your pizza night is never going to be the same.  Think of this quinoa pizza pie as pizza with a makeover. It has all the flavors of a vegetable pizza, but it’s transformed into a healthier package.  Instead of being weighed down with a wheat crust, we have a pizza in the form of a quinoa pie.

Pizza night just got a makeover! This quinoa pizza pie has the pizza flavor you love but is much healthier!

This quinoa pizza pie uses less than half the amount of cheese of a traditional pizza, but there’s just enough to satisfy your craving for hot, melted cheese.  The quinoa is cooked in pizza sauce, so it is infused with incredible pizza flavor.  Garlic and fresh basil add to the tremendous flavors of this pie.  Seriously, you have GOT to try this!

Pizza night just got a makeover! This quinoa pizza pie has the pizza flavor you love but is much healthier!

Each slice of this quinoa pizza pie delivers only 174 calories and boasts 8 grams of protein.  Not bad for a vegetarian dish, eh?  Turn your pizza night into a healthy dinner with no guilt!

Pizza night just got a makeover! This quinoa pizza pie has the pizza flavor you love but is much healthier!

 

P.S. You may have noticed the website looking a little different.  I will be continuing to make changes here and there in the coming weeks.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and please let me know if anything isn’t working properly!

 

2-ingredient Vegan “Caramel” Dip

Just 2 ingredients is all is takes to make this healthy, fake-out caramel dip. With sliced apples, it makes the perfect after-school snack!
2-ingredient Vegan Caramel Dip.  This dip is SO easy and addicting! The perfect healthy after-school snack!I promise you that we are not living on pumpkin and apples alone over here, although it make seem like it based on the recipes I’ve been throwing at you the last few weeks.  What can I say? I’m embracing fall and all its fantastic flavors.

Two-Ingredient Vegan Caramel Dip.  This dip is SO easy and completely addicting!

So this dip.  Two ingredients.  Mix.  This hardly qualifies as a recipe.  But it’s just too good not to share.  The first time I tried it, it was a happy accident.  I wanted a quick fruit dip for Luke and mixed two pantry ingredients I had on hand:  tahini+maple syrup.  It was love at first dip.  Luke and I were fighting to clean the bowl with our apple slices.

2-ingredient Vegan Caramel Dip.  This dip is SO easy and addicting! The perfect healthy after-school snack!

Seriously, my first thought was, “This is caramel dip!” I’m aware that this is not real caramel dip.  Caramel=sugar+cream.  Whatever.  When you mix together tahini and maple syrup it tastes like caramel without any refined sugar or dairy.  Boom.

2-ingredient Vegan Caramel Dip.  This dip is SO easy and addicting! The perfect healthy after-school snack!

In case you don’t know, tahini is sesame seed paste and you can usually find it in the “ethnic” section of most grocery stores. It’s a good source of iron and calcium.  Snack away!

I told you it barely qualifies as a recipe.  Just know that it’s equal parts tahini and maple syrup.  The amount pictured is what the recipe calls for, but you can certainly make a bigger or smaller batch.

I’m still reading through your survey responses.  Thanks again to those who took the time to fill it out.  I will be compiling the results this weekend and will share them with you next week.

 

Natural Products I’m Loving Now: Fall Edition

Each season I highlight the natural products I am using and loving in my home.  From products I use in the kitchen, for cleaning, or personal use, these are the things that help me keep my life as toxin-free as possible! Natural Products for a Toxin-Free LifeLifefactory Glass Water Bottles

Detox your Life:  Life Factory Glass Water BottlesThese water bottles are the best. Forget the numbers.  Studies show that all plastics are bad for our bodies and mess with our hormones.  There are no “safe” plastics. If you haven’t already, ditch the plastic water bottles and stick to glass or stainless steel.  I prefer these glass ones because they make the water taste cleaner than stainless steel. I used stainless steel for years, but when I switched to glass I realized how much better the water tastes.  We love these Lifefactory water bottles.  Tim and I use the flip top ones and Meghan and Luke use the straw top ones.  I just added a variety of these to my Amazon store, so check them out there if you are in the market for a new water bottle!

Alba Botanica Unscented Very Emollient Body Lotion, 32 Ounce Bottle

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have been using and loving this lotion for years now.  It’s made without parabens or phthalates and gets a low score on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database (low scores are good!).  It’s not a greasy lotion at all and keeps my skin feeling soft.  This is truly an unscented lotion, which is a good thing for me because Tim has a very sensitive nose and doesn’t like the scent of most lotions. Also, cosmetic fragrances are almost always synthetic and not great to be rubbing on our bodies.

Primal Pit Paste- Orange Creamsicle

Primal Pit Paste-the BEST natural deodorant ever! Check out more natural products to detox your life on Happy Healthy Mama

I know that I already talked about Primal Pit Paste in my Summer Edition of Natural Products I’m Loving Now.  I just wanted to give you an update and let you know that it totally, 100% passed the summer test.  This stuff works. Also, on the recommendation of a reader, I tried the orange creamsicle kind after my lavendar ran out.  I love the orange scent! It says that it’s for kids, but I think it is only because the scent is geared for kids, because the rest of the ingredients are the same and it works just as well.  Love this deodorant! I just convinced Tim to try it, so I’ll keep you updated on if he likes it.  (He was using Tom’s, but having to reapply multiple times a day in order for it to work.)

Misto Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI know I’m at least five years behind on this one, but I finally got a Misto olive oil sprayer.  I’m not sure what I was waiting for! Now I can finally spray my oil when I just need a small amount (on baking pans, etc) and don’t have to buy the commercial kind with propellents. I love my Misto sprayer and use it all the time. I even use it when I just want to mist my salad with a little oil and add some vinegar instead of using a dressing.  It’s great!

India Tree Natural Decorating Colors

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt isn’t often that I need food colorings, but when I do I turn to India Tree’s natural food dyes. Most recently I used this red to make Meghan’s birthday cupcake frosting a brighter pink than the strawberries would allow.  Now that I have the red I can use it for Christmas cookies and/or Valentine’s Day treats.  You won’t find India Tree’s natural dyes are as bright and vibrant as the fake stuff, but they will make great pastels or lighter shades of red, green, and blue.  For me it’s well worth the compromise to keep the artificial colors away from my kids.

These are the natural products I’m loving now! I would love to hear about any new natural products you’ve discovered OR what kind of natural products you are currently seeking. Share the wealth!

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