4.16.2015

DIY Non-Toxic Air Freshener

Love a yummy smelling house, but hate the toxic cloud that comes with store bough air fresheners?  Me too!   You're going to want to try out this super simple, frugal and natural air freshener recipe!  It's really inexpensive and only requires 2 ingredients!  Woohoo!

DIY Non-Toxic Air Freshener

Supplies:
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 30-40 drops Essential Oil (depending on the size of your bottle)
  • Water (distilled or filtered)
Instructions:

Place your baking soda into a small bowl and add your essential oil.  Mix them together until well combined, the baking soda helps to keep the oil suspended in the water.  Then dump into your spray bottle (you may need a funnel to get it in there) and fill up your bottle with water.  Shake well and presto!  Homemade Non-Toxic Air Freshener!

The best part about this recipe is you can have lots of fun with the scents.  Use different oil combinations to make your favourite scent and why not make different smells for different rooms?  Here's a few of my fave combinations:

  • Sweet Orange & Lemon - uplifting and works great in the kitchen
  • Peppermint & Rosemary -  great for focusing; perfect for the office or den
  • Lavender & Vanilla - so yummy and perfect for sleepy time; lovely in your bedroom to help you relax
  • Cinnamon, Tea Tree & Clove - deodorizing and antibacterial; super for bathrooms, closets & even gym bags

The combinations are endless with essential oils and you don't have to worry about a nasty spray that you have to keep locked away from the kids.  Have you made your own air freshener? What's your go-to scent?

4.11.2015

Why I'm #DOINIT



Well, in just over 2 weeks I will be doin' it!  What you ask?  Running my very first  HALF MARATHON!!  

HOLY CRAP!

Yup, I can't believe that the Forest City Road Races are almost here. So my friend Shannon and I are ambassadors for FCRR and we thought that we might as well 'GO BIG OR GO HOME!'  It was just a few months ago when we decided that it would be a great idea to tackle 13.1 miles.  And given neither of us had run any more than 10k when we signed up, this is kind of a big deal.

So why am I doin' it??

Well, there's a tonne of reasons and I can't exactly narrow down which one was the deciding factor...

I'm doin' it because: 

  • why not?
  • there is an awesome medal!
  • for bragging rights of course!
  • I want to see if I actually can do it.
  • I was never terribly athletic, and I want to prove that if I can do it, anyone can.
  • what a way to celebrate 10+ years as a non-smoker!
  • I might be having a pre-mid-life crisis!
  • I'm just a little crazy.
  • all my friends are running 1/2 marathons.
  • it's a great local event for an amazing cause.  The race is completely volunteer run and all the proceeds go to the Thames Valley Children's Centre
  • I think I might actually like running.
  • I want that feeling of accomplishment and reaching a goal that I have worked hard for.
  • I want to see my husband and kids cheering for me at the finish line!
  • I want to prove that this kinda chubby mom with bad knees, awful feet, asthma and Polycystic Kidney disease can run!

So, ya... I guess that's why I'm doin' it.  My only question to you is why aren't YOU doin' it?!

4.02.2015

DIY Homemade Handy-Wipes

Ditch the hand-sanitizer and those old-fashioned lemony Handi-Wipes.  I've got a super simple, frugal and chemical-free way to clean those sticky fingers and loads of other messes! Yup, make your own wipes!  And it's way easier than you think.

DIY Homemade Handy-Wipes

Supplies:

1 tbsp Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap
2 drops Tea Tree Oil
1 drop Lavender Essential Oil
1/2 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
1 Cup Water
Small Baby Wash Cloths
Water Tight Container

Instructions:

So pour all ingredients into a water tight container.  I used a square glass container with a lid.  Seal your container and shake until all your ingredients are well mixed and bubbly.  You'll notice that I didn't indicate how many wash cloths to use.  This really is dependent on the size of your container and the thickness of your cloths. I think I used about 20 or so, but I wasn't really counting.  Start by folding your cloths so that they fit into your container. Then stack one on top of the other until you can't possibly fit anymore in.  Now if your cloths on top are bone dry, you may need to add more of the wipe mixture.  Just simply mix up another batch and add just enough to the top to ensure the cloths are damp.

Then seal with your lid and leave on the counter.  These cloths work wonders for sticky hands and faces on kids and grown-ups.  Just keep them away from your eyes.  I have even wiped off my table, counters and stove top too. All you need is a little bucket or wet bag to store your used wipes before tossing them in the laundry.  And you can even throw a few in a Ziploc bag in your purse for your travel wipe needs!

The combination of soap and essential oils cleans beautifully and the little bit of almond oil helps keep your skin soft.  The tea tree oil is antibiotic, anti-fungal and antiseptic so it's perfect for all kinds of dirtiness. And since I already had a ton of wash cloths hanging around from our diapering days, these homemade Handy-Wipes cost next to nothing to make! Plus you'll be helping the environment and avoiding lots of nasty chemicals.

3.26.2015

7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Sprouts

I'm sure you've all seen sprouts at the supermarket or had some on top of a salad at one time or another.  But have you ever thought about growing them? Well, I'm here to tell you that YES you should, and here's why:


7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Sprouts
  • Sprouts are delicious! if for no other reason they are fabulous on salads, sandwiches and as a topping for just about any meal.
  • Sprouts are cheap. aside from some water, a mason jar or sprout bag and seeds, you don't really need anything fancy to grow your own food.  And a little bit of seeds or beans goes a long way!
  • They are the ultimate home-grown food! These easy-to-grow super foods can be grown just about anywhere in your house in just a couple days.
  • Sprouts have super powers! Maybe not like Spider-man, but sprouts pack a powerful punch. Not only are they full of fibre, but when you sprout beans, nuts or seeds their vitamin content goes through the roof! This is especially true for Vitamin A, B-Complex and C.  Plus, the quality of protein improves when those beans, seeds & nuts get soaked and sprouted.
  •  Enzymes & EFA's oh my! The sprouting process also increases EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids) something that most of us are lacking.  Plus, sprouts contain up to 100 times more enzymes than raw fruits and veggies! Remember, enzymes are special proteins that act as catalysts to all body functions so we want to make sure we've got the best enzymes to ensure we're functioning optimally.
  • They are alkalizing. Adding sprouts to your diet is a great way to decrease acidity in the body. And since many illnesses and cancers are linked to acidity, sprouts are a great way to stay healthy.
  • Growing food is fun! Even if you're not a green thumb, sprouting is so easy your kids can do it.  Plus, they'll love watching them sprout and change.  I swear you can almost see them growing!

3.20.2015

Green 'N Glo Protein Granola Bars

Need a quick bite on the go? Then you need to try my Green 'n Glo Granola Bars!  Not only are they super quick and simple to make, they are gluten-free, vegan and can very easily be made nut-free.  Plus they are packed with loads of nutrient-dense ingredients that even your kids will love!

Green 'n Glo Protein Granola Bars
Ingredients:

1 cup of Pitted Dates (packed)
1/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter (almond butter or sunflower butter would work as well)
1/4 cup Maple Syrup (you could also use Honey or Brown Rice Syrup)
1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
2 tbsp Green 'n Glow Protein Mix
1 tbsp Hemp Hearts
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Chocolate Chips

Instructions:

  • First you will need to blend your dates using a high-speed blender or food processor.  If your dates are really dry, soak them in hot water for 20 minutes first and then drain.  Place dates and vanilla in blender and process until a paste forms.
  • In a large bowl, combine your oats, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, chocolate chips and Green 'n Glow protein mix and mix well.
  •  In a small pot, warm your peanut butter and maple syrup on low heat until well mixed.
  • Remove from heat and stir in your dates until combined.  Then pour mixture over your dry oat and seed mixture and mix well.
  • It will take a few minutes to make sure all the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the mixture will be sticky and crumbly
  • Then pour your mixture into a 9x9 pan lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap and spread evenly.  Use clean, wet fingers to firmly press your granola into the pan.  The harder you press, the better your bars will stick together.
  • Place your pan in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up.
  • Once they are set, use your plastic wrap or parchment paper to lift the bars from the pan.  Then simply cut and enjoy!

These Green n' Glow Protein Granola Bars are full of chocolaty-peanut butter goodness.  Plus, with the addition of the Green n' Glow protein, hemp hearts and seeds you'll also be getting a bunch of great plant based protein along with a sweet treat!


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