Homemade Hot Golden Milk Recipe (Paleo, GAPS, Vegan)

Are you looking for a healthy, warming, caffeine-free alternative to hot chocolate?  This golden milk recipe might be exactly what you’re looking for.

 

My boys and I love this, whether as a relaxing drink before bed, or as an afternoon treat.  It even works well as a morning starter.  It’s slightly sweet, a little bit spicy (like a chai is spicy, not like a salsa is spicy), and full of healthy ingredients.… Continue reading

Owie Oil: For all those Little Bumps, Bruises, and Scrapes

I have two young children.  This means we encounter a lot of bumps, bruises, and scrapes in our house.

 

When they occur, sometimes my kids keep going as if nothing happened.  I may think, “Wow, that looks like that hurt,” but since they don’t pay it any mind, I also let it go.

 

Other times, they simply want an acknowledgement from me that, indeed, that looked startling or painful. … Continue reading

Make your own Organic Cotton Food Wrap

Are you looking for ways to eliminate more plastics from your life?  Here’s a simple way to stop using plastic wrap as well as most plastic bags.  It’s an organic cotton food wrap.

 

You can use it to top a glass bowl.  Goodbye, plastic wrap.  You can also use it to wrap fruits and vegetables, cheese, a sandwich, or whatever else you desire. … Continue reading

Refilling Foaming Hand Soap Containers

Refilling Foaming Hand Soap Containers
Our foaming hand soap containers, refilled and ready to go.

We go through a lot of hand soap in our family.  While foaming hand soap is expensive to buy in the store, it is very inexpensive and simple to make on your own.  In addition to cost effectiveness and ease, you can control the ingredients to make certain they are free of chemical nasties. … Continue reading

Simple, All-Natural, Homemade Deodorant

Simple, All-Natural, Homemade DeodorantI make a lot of my own natural skin and body care products.  Amazing Face Serum, DIY Foaming Hand Soap, Homemade Bath Salts, Homemade All-Natural Diaper Rash Cream, Hand Sanitizer, and Fizzy Bath Bombs.  These simple recipes are all a part of our everyday household life (with the current exception of the diaper rash cream, since we’re now done with diapers), though that recipe also makes a great skin salve for other body areas that need some extra support.… Continue reading

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season
Dried elderberries; Thieves cough drops; Organic, raw apple cider vinegar; RC [Respiratory Care], SniffleEase, Thieves, and Breathe Again essential oils. These are all staples in my wintertime cabinet.
Cold and Flu season is upon us.  As we head into the winter months, we spending more time indoors. This means we’re spending more time surrounded by the dry air produced by forced-air heating. … Continue reading

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand SoapIf your family is anything like mine, everyone loves foaming hand soap.  My boys love that it magically foams up, even before they begin scrubbing.  I love that it gets my kids excited about washing their hands.  It also helps to reduce waste as it give them a handful of soap in only one squirt, instead of my boys repeatedly pumping regular soap into their hands until they feel like they have enough.… Continue reading

Flavored Water: A Healthy Alternative to Sweetened Beverages

Flavored Water: A Healthy Alternative to Sweetened Beverages
Citrus Fresh, or other food-grade essential oils, are a simple way to increase your water consumption without adding sugars to your diet.

All of us need to drink a lot of water every day.  The human body works best when it gets at least 1 ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight.  That’s a lot of water, and most people I know don’t drink nearly that amount.… Continue reading

Some see a Weed, I see a Wish

Some See a Weed, I See a WishWhat is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

With Spring’s arrival, all sorts of people are out working in their yards.  It’s wonderful that this time of year gets people outdoors and beautifies our cities and towns.  However, for many people, their vision of a beautiful yard sends them running for chemical herbicides and pesticides to rid their landscapes of dandelions and other “pests”.… Continue reading

Going Completely Sugar Free

Going Completely Sugar Free
Eliminating even natural sugars from my diet has been a good learning experience.

One of the things I’ve been doing to support my body in its recovery from my head injury is to eliminate all sugars from my diet.  (You can read about other ways I’ve helped my concussion recovery HERE).

 

When I say cut all sugars, what probably comes to mind is setting aside cakes and cookies and other sorts of treats. … Continue reading