About Julie Hurley

A married mother of two young children, Julie Hurley is a freelance writer with a strong interest in natural living and is the Director of Public Relations at Principia Media. Visit her personal blog at: ourlunchbox.blogspot.com.

Quick lunch: Veggie nori wraps

eden spicy nori wraps

Looking for a quick, easy, “grab and go” type recipe? Eden’s Spicy Toasted Nori Strips aren’t just great for homemade sushi. They can be used in all kinds of snacks. Wrap up some cut-up cucumber, scallions, avocado and carrots in some nori strips and you’ve got yourself a tasty snack that will beat the pants of anything Subway could offer.

Start your own indoor garden with sprouted seeds

seeds sprouting

If you’re looking for a fun and quick way to introduce your children to growing their own food, sprouting seeds is a great place to start. It’s quick, cheap, extremely nutritious, clean (no dirt under the fingernails!), is arguably the most local food source EVER, and is super simple. If you can pour water into a cup, then you can sprout seeds.

Reuse a movie popcorn bucket in the kitchen

DIY Popcorn bucket trashcan

Shhh…don’t tell anyone, but sometimes my family gets popcorn when we go to the movies. And we always put extra butter on it. After three years of going to the movies with our kids, we (well, I) finally caved and bought one of those movie popcorn “deals” where you spend $50 and get $10 back […]

Juice your way to better health

nutritious and healthy juicing recipe

Juicing is a great way to get in tons of nutrients and vitamins, for both adults and kids. It’s amazing what kind of veggies you can “hide” in a juice, while at the same time maintaining a cool Shrek-like green color that can be appealing to many youngsters.

Healthy homemade nori sushi roll recipe

Healthy homemade nori sushi roll recipe

This recipe from the book Crazy Sexy Diet is called “I Am Loved Nori Rolls”. It sounded so good that I decided to try it out with my kids. It was a big hit, with both kids eating at least one roll themselves, and asking me to make more. Making sushi at home is healthier and cheaper than going out to eat it and this recipe is a great place to start.

Laundry time: Simple solution to solo socks


No matter how hard you try, somehow the dryer always seems to eat at least one sock per load of laundry. Check out this effort to match up these sad singles: Try dedicating a decorative basket to temporarily house the loners and then go through the basket each week (or month) and reunite the pair.

3 ways to upcycle ordinary items into stylish decor

Suitcase vanity

Just because an item was designed for a single purpose doesn’t mean it can’t be easily transformed into something that serves another. Check out these clever ways to transform ordinary things like picture frames, suitcases, and even tree bark into amazing decor and organizational systems.

Indulge in Easter chocolates without the guilt

Homemade Cadbury Easter chocolates recipe

It’s way too easy to put on some unwanted pounds around Easter and other candy-centric holidays. This home made Cadbury Creme Egg recipe could be a great way to enjoy some chocolate Easter treats without totally blowing your diet. Plus, making your own versions of your favorite indulgences also lets you control what ingredients go into the mix.

A simple, tasty, home made mouthwash recipe

homemade mouthwash

Who doesn’t love swooshing around some minty or cinnamon-y mouthwash a couple of times throughout the day to help keep things fresh. Unfortunately, Health Food Store mouthwashes can cost upwards of $10 a bottle. This tasty and much more affordable homemade mouthwash recipe is one to try if you’re a fan of dental hygiene.

Ditched the soda and miss the fizz? Try kefir!

homemade kombucha

Are you a soda or diet soda addict? Most of us would admit that we LOVE the fizzy goodness of a nice can of Coca-Cola. In my search for a low-calorie fizzy drink I discovered kombucha, a fermented “tea” made from a culture comprised of yeast and bacteria. But then came water kefir, kombucha’s easier to make cousin. Here is my favorite recipe.