Healthy Living

Anyone who knows me, knows I love gardening and yoga. And cocktails. And I’ve been known to combine all three, but that’s a story for another time. When fellow St. Lynn’s Press author Jan Johnsen released her new book “Heaven is a Garden: Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection” this spring, I knew […]


What’s Up With All The Egg Colors?

by Jenny Peterson on April 1, 2014

in Food,Urban Farming

What’s Up With All the Egg Colors?   Before I started raising chickens, I’d buy my eggs at the grocery store, and always wondered what the difference was between egg colors. I had this idea that the brown eggs were more exotic or healthier. So, what’s the scoop with all these different egg colors — […]


Deciphering Egg Carton Labels

by Jenny Peterson on March 25, 2014

in Food,Urban Farming

Deciphering Egg Carton Labels   When I first started raising chickens a year ago, there were some terms that were confusing to me. Specifically, the description of the eggs. For example, when you buy eggs at the store, you can purchase regular/cheap eggs, organic eggs, cage-free eggs, and on and on. But what do these […]


My friends at P. Allen Smith have created a Heart of the Holidays Greenery Cheer Challenge, and I’m up for it! Here’s the scoop: they sent me (and all participants) fresh greenery of our choice from the P. Allen Smith Holiday Collection (available at Home Depot), and then our challenge is to style/decorate/use it in […]

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It’s in the Details

by Jenny Peterson on May 20, 2013

in Healthy Living,Miscellaneous Musings

When I recently took a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, as a guest of P. Allen Smith for his 3rd annual Garden2Blog event, I was blown away by a number of things. The knowledgable sponsors, the beautiful gardens and scenery, the energetic participants, old and new friends. But sometimes I like to take a step […]


Top 5 Air-Purifying Houseplants

by Jenny Peterson on April 22, 2013

in Gardening Tips,Healthy Living

In honor of Earth Day 2013 and in celebration of my book release with co-author Kylee Baumle (“Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants“), I’d like to take a moment to remind you all that houseplants aren’t just a pretty face, they actually work for their keep! There are a number that purify the […]


Before I started chemotherapy for breast cancer, my oncologist gave me a looonnnnnggg laundry list of possible side effects. You know the drill: nausea, hair loss, mouth sores, weight gain, skin problems. Most of these are temporary side effects except for one BIG one I developed late in my chemo treatments — neuropathy. Yep, add […]


Breakfast Smoothie

by Jenny Peterson on January 11, 2013

in Food,Healthy Living,Recipes from the Garden

I’ve been compiling some healthy recipes/workout ideas on my Pinterest board “To Your Health,” and this one caught my eye this week. The original recipe is here, and I tweaked it just a little bit.   Ingredients 2 handfuls of organic spinach 1/3 c. organic raspberries 1 banana 1 orange, peeled Almond milk, enough for […]


Chakras, Gongs and Bowls, Oh My!

by Jenny Peterson on January 4, 2013

in Exercise,Healthy Living

So, as part of my post-breast cancer surgery wellness, I’ve been going to rehab three times a week, but until last week I hadn’t been cleared to do any exercise beyond walking. My rehab therapists recommended that I start practicing yoga, but because I can’t do any weight-bearing poses, they suggested a type called “restorative […]


I’m Done!

by Jenny Peterson on December 28, 2012

in Cancer Treatment,Healthy Living

Done with treatment, that is. Some 7 months ago, I was diagnosed with Stage 2-A breast cancer, and 5 biopsies, 2 surgeries, 4 chemo treatments and 30 radiation treatments later, I’m done! When I woke up this morning to get ready to leave for my last radiation session, I had the most wonderful of surprises […]