Make Your Own Sugar Scrubs

Do you like sugar scrubs?  Did you know you can whip up a batch or two or three in a matter of minutes? 

Why you should make sugar scrub

  • Smells yummy!
  • Edible
  • You control the quality of ingredients
  • Easy
  • Great way to pamper yourself
  • Gift idea
  • Efficient way to smooth out all those rough areas…knees, bottoms of feet, elbows
  • Most ingredients are already in your pantry

Recipes please

  • Peppermint Sugar Scrub (pictured)
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Brown Sugar Body Scrub (pictured)
    • 1 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Homemade Lemon and Thyme Salt Scrub
    • I haven’t made this one yet, but it is going to be stirred up soon!
  • Lavendar Salt Scrub
    • This one is a yet to be made scrub too.
  • Coffee Body Scrub, plus more

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Day 24: Green Up Your Dishwashing

Welcome to Day 24!  I am pretty much super jumping up and down excited about my newest find!  I can’t wait to share it with you!!  Life changing here!  Okay, so not too life changing, but a change in the greener department for us.  The Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge for Day 24 is to green up your dishwashing by using one of the suggestions below or take a peek at the ingredients on your current dish detergent.  (EWG.org is a great source to help you decipher your cleaning ingredient labels.)

Dishwasher Recipes For You To Try

  • The easiest one and one that we always have on hand is straight up Castile Soap!  Yup, just put a Tbsp. or so into your main washer slot and push your buttons.  I like it because I smell goodness and not chemical smells now from our dishwasher.  I use Castile Soap for a few other things around the house, so it is an easy switch for us.  No more buying Dishwasher Detergent.  Now, I can multipurpose and put my girls to work running the dishwasher.
  • This one uses Castile Soap too, but has a few other ingredients
  • Here are a few more to try and this article even includes some hand washing recipes.  I just use my trusty Norwex Cloths  (we have the dishes scrubbed out, so really just giving a quick wipe over to get the germs and bacteria out) for the few dishes we hand wash.  (The shell spoon all the girls want to use.)

 

Which one do you think you will try?  I am excited to hear your results!  Happy Day 24!

 

Day 20: Make Your Own Body Care Products

Day 20 of the Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge has you in the kitchen making some stuff to slather on your body.  Here is a nice article that tells you why you may want to make your own body products instead of purchasing the long, wordy, incomprehensible labeled brands.  I bet you will likely have most of the ingredients already in your pantry for today’s challenge.  I have a few of my favorites listed below for you, but you can putz around on Pinterest to find others you might enjoy.  You can give them as gifts too!  Your challenge for today is to pick and make one or more of these recipes.  Don’t be stingy though; share with a friend.

Deodorant

This recipe is the one that I use when I make my own deodorant.  I do not put mine in a bottle though, instead I use just a little glass bowl and apply the deodorant with a cotton ball.  I do not skip the essential oils in it, which one I add depends on what mood I am in at the time.

Toothpaste

This is a great toothpaste recipe to try out.  You may not have the clay, but Amazon can easily solve that problem for you.  (Doesn’t Amazon solve a lot of problems!)

If you don’t want to try to make the recipe above, you can use baking soda and an essential oil.  It works really well.  If I am out of my homemade groove, I pick up some of the Dr. Bronner’s  Cinnamon Toothpaste.  It makes my teeth feel super clean, leaves me with fresh breath, and even whitens.

Body Scrub

I really like this site for homemade body scrubs, because it tells you what you need (1 part oil, 2 parts sugar) and it gives you some great add-ins (with the reasons why you would want to add each one).  I really like to have a scrub in a jar near the tub.  The few times a year that I get a bath to myself without the kids, I want to treat myself and enjoy a great smelling scrub.  I like to use coconut oil and coconut palm sugar (similar to brown sugar), then I add in a few drops of peppermint.

What are you going to whip up?  Do you have some favorite recipes to share?  Please post them in the comments.  See you all tomorrow!

Day 13: Make Healthy Snacks At Home

Day 13 is all about the yum factor!  The Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge for today is simply to make something healthy for yourself at home.  Skip the never-ending ingredient label of frakensnacks and go for a yummy punch of homemade nutrition.  You will also be skipping the packaging that comes with all the snack packs.  I am happily sharing some of our favorites, but please comment with your favorites!  I am all about yummy food!

You must grab this book from your local library or get it from Amazon!  A few of our favorites from Everyday Detox (by Marie Gilmore) are:

  • Peppermint Fudge Bars
  • Double Chocolate Brownies
  • No Bake Chocolate Macaroons
  • No Bake Coconut Granola Bars
  • Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries

Most of those recipes have unsweetened coconut, raw cacao powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, and coconut flour.  I was able to easily whip these up in less than 45 minutes.  I used a lot of the same kitchen equipment, and since 3 out of the 5 are no bake, it was super easy to finish up, clean up, and eat up.  Enjoy!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars

These bars are so good!!!  They are easy to make and take.  They are peanut free, so throw them in a lunch.  You can eat them for breakfast, lunch, snack, or a quick dessert.

P.S.  Here are some more recipes on Marie Gilmore’s Detoxinista blog!  I plan to make these, these, these, and this.

What do you make to snack on at home?  Which recipe will you try?  Enjoy!  See you tomorrow!

 

 

Day 2: Make Something You Would Typically Buy

Hey guys!  Welcome to Day 2 of our Challenge!!  This is a really wide open challenge.  You can pick anything that you would normally purchase and make it yourself.  It will save you a trip to the store (hopefully) and it will definitely save on the packaging.  Less waste and more family time….yes sir!

Here are a few of my go to recipes that I make at home instead of purchasing premade:

Homemade Chocolate Syrup (for my mochas of course)

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (buy in bulk if possible)
  • 1 cup organic white sugar
  • 3/4 cup water (if you like it thicker, just decrease a small amount of the water)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt (do NOT omit!!!  The salt totally makes it!)

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Combine your cocoa powder, white sugar, water, and salt in a saucepan.  Give it a good whisk and then bring the mixture to a boil.  Let it boil for a minute, while stirring, but do not let it boil over (big mess).  Take it off the heat and let it cool.  (If your life is similar to mine, this means making it in the morning and letting it ‘cool’ all day until you get back to it when your children are snoozing.)  When it is cool, add the vanilla extract.  Stir it up and put it in jars.  I store mine at room temp, but frig it if it is going to last more than a week or so.  Enjoy!

Homemade Granola

I wrote about this one a little while ago and if you missed it, you should totally go back and get this one cooking.  Playing around with various ingredients in granola is fun and yummy too!  You are welcome!

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

I bet you have all of these ingredients in your pantry right now.  Cream of Chicken Soup is a go to ingredient for a lot of casseroles and one dish meals.  You are able to control the quality of ingredients and I guarantee that this is a lot more tasty and appealing to the eye than what you may have in your pantry.  Try it and see what you think.

Homemade Chicken Broth or Beef Broth

  • Beef or chicken bones
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Other seasonings of your choice
  • Splash of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Carrots, Onions, Celery

We throw chicken or beef bones into our slow cooker.  Then, we simply add the rest of the ingredients.  There really is no exact measurements to this.  Let it simmer on low for 24 hours, strain, and place in jars.  We let it cool on the counter after we put it in jars.  After it cools, place the lids on and you can put it in the frig or freeze it.  If you are freezing it, make sure to allow some space for the broth to expand.  You can use the broth in all of your favorite recipes.  It is an amazing go to helper to heal you when you are sick.    20151103_172625This broth has all the goodies in that your body needs to start healing!  Enjoy!

Can you tell that I love food?  If I could make dark chocolate, I would!  Give me a shout if you try any of these.  Please share your favorite things you make, food or not, that you would typically purchase.  I am SOOOO excited to hear what you come up with for Day 2!

 

 

Come and Get It….Before It Is ALL Gone

Breakfast! It really is the most important meal of the day. Lately though, I have been neglecting it for myself. The girls need to get their grub on to start the day, but I have just been meh about it myself lately. Do you ever get that way?

As I was looking through my meal plan inspiration recipes, I came across a granola recipe I used to make a lot a few years ago. I remembered it being good, but man, have I been slacking on the breakfast lately. Something has to give sometimes, and breakfast had been taking a hit. It was like the chore you leave to do until you have guests coming over. It just was getting the minimal attention so that I could focus my attention on other stuff. I have been reading good books lately, reading to the girls more intentionally again, homeschooling, painting, knitting, and tackling a Photo Book from 2014. Sometimes you just need to do what speaks to you and let some stuff slide. Really, do it, it is so amazing!

But, this granola recipe from Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes From My Natural Foods Kitchen was calling to me and so is my inner homemaker. I want to make the time to be more intentional about our nutrition again. I want to stop buying the boxed cereals and feed the kiddos stuff that is more substantial for breakfast. I feel the need to move back to my all from scratch cooking, mostly. Don’t fret, I will not give up late night frozen pizza in bed with the hubs while mindlessly watching TV.  Anyway, the granola recipe went on the meal plan and the ingredients were bought. Life is full here still, and I think always will be, so I have somewhat mastered (hmmmm, wishful thinking) cooking in spurts. I’ll post the recipe below and you can play with it to figure out how to fit this into your life, because you need this yumminess to start your morning. And, I always double the batch….always!

So, here it is, with the double ingredients already listed, because that is how I roll!  Please check out the full recipe book.  It has a lot of deliciousness in it!  You are welcome!

Granola (The ONLY granola recipe you will ever want or need)

  • 8 cups rolled oats (You can use the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats)
  • 3 cups walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups large flake coconut
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/3 cups dried currants (We have used raisins, but we prefer currants.)
  • Zest of 4 oranges
  • 20 Tbsps. butter (Don’t use margarine….I am watching!)
  • 2 cups maple syrup (REAL Maple Syrup, not the fake stuff)

Combine rolled oats, chopped walnuts, coconut, salt, currants, and orange zest in a super large bowl.  Set that aside and heat the butter in a small saucepan over low heat and then stir in the maple syrup.  Pour the butter and maple syrup mixture over the oat mixture and stir well to make sure everything is well coated.

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and make sure your oven racks are towards the middle of your oven.  Throw some parchment paper on 2 separate baking sheets.  This helps to speed cleanup and is an easy way to transfer the granola into large canning jars for storage when  the granola is cooled.

Give your granola a mix and divide it fairly equally between your 2 baking sheets in a thin layer.  Mine takes about 40 minutes to cook in our gas oven.  I stir it every 10 minutes until it reaches a nice golden brown.  Sometimes I rotate the sheet pans or take one out early if one of the pans is getting golden brown faster.

Once it is nice and golden you will take it out of the oven and allow it to cool completely.  Take your parchment paper and make a little funnel out of it to help you get every little piece of that delicious granola into your jar.  Seal tight, store in your pantry, and enjoy over the next few days or give some to a friend.  They will love you for it!