A Healthy Life For Me

Hello, my name is Amy Stafford and I am the originator, author and photographer of  “A Healthy Life for Me.”  I am so happy you stopped by.

This blog was created with the sole purpose of sharing original recipes, organic gardening tips and exercise and fitness tips to help individuals and families build and sustain healthy, balanced and fulfilling lives.  The mother of two athletic boys, my goal was to not only provide healthy meals, but to teach life skills for how to practice and maintain that lifestyle through tasty food and meaningful choices.


A Healthy Life For Me

A Healthy Life For Me

A flock of backyard chickens, several beehives and a garden and greenhouse fill my days.  The chickens have become a bit of a guilty pleasure for me.  I love the beautiful organic eggs that they provide and also love to see them free ranging around the garden because of the constant entertainment they provide.  Keeping bees has been and adventure, learning how the simplest of insects can provide such an unbelievably important food source.  Their spirit is amazing, as they struggle year after year to survive.  I also find it extremely rewarding to plant a seed, care for it, grow it and feed the vegetables from the plant to my grateful family.

Through my blog, I share not only my knowledge but years of experience creating and perfecting the food, recipes and tips that I hope will inspire you.  I find great joy in knowing that something so simple and meaningful, like making a recipe or planting something in your garden will make you a hero in your home tonight.



A Healthy Life For Me


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You can usually find me in my garden, the kitchen, at the gym or spending time with my family. I love sharing recipes, gardening and exercise tips and stories of my backyard chickens and beekeeping.
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AmySue April 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I have, and I two of my new chicks are Aracana’s. I love their eggs beautiful colors!!


Deborah DeLong May 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm
A Table in the Sun May 18, 2012 at 8:38 am

Hi Amy,
I didn’t notice your Liebster Award when I nominated you…..so…..you’ve been nominated again. Check out other nominees. You are all a fabulous bunch of bloggers.


AmySue May 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Thank you Thank you Thank you! By the way LOVE your blog!


Anne October 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Hi Amy, I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award.

All the best,


amy October 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Thanks Anne!


urbanfoodlover December 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Dear ★ Amy ★,
I have nominated you/your lovely/shining blog, for the Sunshine Award!
Please pick up your badge and information/rules on how to pass the torch and pay it forward at: http://urbanfoodlover.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/sunshine-award/
Wonderful Holiday Season to you and yours! urbanfoodlover


Laura April 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. Please go t the site to participate. Much love and Sunshine! http://lauralovinglife.org/2013/04/18/lauralovinglife-considered-a-liebster/


Ginny McMeans June 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Hi Amy. I love your about page. Your life looks great! Do you ever share your recipes on Facebook sharing pages. I started a new one if you’d like to take a look. Big picture with a link back to you. https://www.facebook.com/recipesforeveryonetoshare


Amy Stafford June 30, 2013 at 7:59 am

Thanks Ginny, I will head over and check it out.


Maria July 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Hi Amy,
I had the honor of running track sprints with your lovely son Jimmy tonite. Your sweet guy did a PRE-crew workout with the LuLuLemon run club along with a bunch of sweet collegiate girls (good strategy!) and mommy me. He is so cool and interesting. We talked VO2 Max, rowing diet, your gorgeous blog (my observation!) and how you’ve been such a great support to him.
Just thought you’d enjoy knowing!
warmest regards,


Amy Stafford July 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Hi Maria,
So nice of you to write. Jimmy really enjoyed talking to you as well, he was impressed with your workout ethic. Which means you must be in great shape! He is a pretty driven young man, his Dad and I are very proud of him and all that he is trying to accomplish. Jimmy said you are a vegetarian, do you eat cheese, egg, etc? I am trying to post more vegetarian recipes, but somehow cheese seems to find its way in there. Any tricks you find in your cooking that you would be willing to share?
Thanks for visiting.


barb pliskin December 18, 2013 at 8:34 am

What a great site! I didn’t realize that you were, among MANY other things a beekeeper!!! Awesome! Can’t wait to try your recipes….I will definitely be a follower.
P.S. Pulling as I write this!


Amy Stafford December 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Thanks Barb, Glad you stopped over. Would love your feed back and suggestions on recipes! xo Amy


Darryl March 3, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Hi Amy,
I have learned about cooking and baking by helping my Momma since I’m a kid and I managed to keep free-range chickens by doing a research on how to take care of them and their ‘happy eggs’. But I failed on growing plants, as they say I don’t have a green thumb that’s why my plants won’t grow or bear fruits. While I’m reading your blog it inspired me to try gardening again. Your achievements in the kitchen and garden are my dreams hoping to come true! Keep on inspiring us Amy.. God Bless you and your family.


Amy Stafford March 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Darryl, Sounds like you have a nice organic chicken set up. I think everyone has a little green thumb inside them, you just have to follow mother natures rules and you will find success. I hope you give gardening a try, it is so much fun to garden with backyard chickens. Let me know if I can help answer any questions. Good luck, Amy


Dennis Collins March 8, 2014 at 8:28 am

I live here in Cincinnati and I have a Large tropical garden in my back yard. I use Bananas and Canna lillies along with other tropicals. I’m able to keep some cannas in the ground all winter next to my house and they have been coming back for 15 years.Basement must keep them from getting to cold and damp during winter months. Has anyone tried to leave them in the ground over winter by just mulching them ?My bananas do fine that way, I’m getting kinda tired of digging things up.


Amy Stafford March 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Hey Dennis,
I have had mixed luck with leaving my Canna’s in the ground. One year they did fine and they next they were rotted mess. You must have the perfect spot, I am sure the house helps to shelter them and helps to keep the ground from completely freezing. Sadly, I have dug them up and stored them since I lost so many. They are one of my favorites and I would have many more if I didn’t have to dig them up, finding space for them through winter can be challenging.
Hopefully spring will be coming to us soon, I will keep my fingers crossed. Best of luck, Amy


Nicole March 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm

We have so much in common! I’m really happy I stumbled across your blog while looking for a lip balm recipe. My name’s Nicole, it’s so nice to meet you! I can’t wait to follow you and see what you’re up to. Signing up to follow your feed now!


Amy Stafford March 13, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Hi Nicole,
Thank you and its nice to meet you too. I will swing over to organic sunshine and check you out. Maybe we can inspire one another!
xo Amy


Bea Kunz May 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Blogs come and go…can’t believe how many things we have in common. The gardens, herbs, chickens, dedication, and the “camera!”

The blog is exceptional…the lifestyle and dedication is to be coveted…such a wonderful passion…delighted to meet you.

And…adore those chickens ~

Bea Kunz
Sage Hill Farms

I will return…


steve July 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Great site! In what state are you raising those chickens? We would love to have chickens and also enjoy organic eggs. Beekeeping sounds interesting too!


Amy Stafford July 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Steve, There is nothing better than organic free range eggs. We are in Ohio. Thanks for your interest. Amy


Emma Sarah Tennant December 19, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Hi Amy, I’ve loved reading your fun blog and look forward to more posts in 2015. Happy Christmas! Emma
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Amy Stafford December 20, 2014 at 7:57 am

Happy Holidays Emma. Thank you so much, and you know I love getting an email from you in my inbox. Love your storytelling and pics. xo


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