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Making Expired Breast Milk Lotion (Revised)

A year ago I posted a very exciting and popular article that detailed how to make expired breast milk lotion. I received several inquiries on separation issues. Since I'm such a nice person, I wanted to fix this for my mama friends. I want those of you making this recipe to enjoy it fully with as little issues as possible. I did more research and I've revised my recipe to account for some issues. Breast milk is a great resource for healing skin ailments. Paired with shea butter, coconut oil, and honey this concoction is sure to leave your skin feeling healthy and new. This lotion is great for eczema, rashes, and dry skin. In my … [Read more...]

Salt Dough Craft: Egyptian Cartouche

I love Egypt and I love being able to share my love for this part of history with my daughter. If homeschooling has taught me anything it's that everyone needs space and everyone needs to slow down sometimes. I admit I'm not perfect, and I fell behind a few weeks ago in my well thought-out (if not overly ambitious) lesson plans. I was trying to hurry up and I was frustrated because my daughter was not learning at the same speed that I was teaching. I felt like a failure and I managed to find the strength to walk away from my failures. We were learning about Egypt and I was trying to get Gaia to recognize the complexity of hieroglyphic … [Read more...]

All-Natural Immune Boosting Elderberry Infused Soda {Say That 5 Times Fast}

So my fiance and I did a soda-free September as a part of Operation: Get Sexy. We cheated towards the end, but I do not plan to ever make soda as much of a part of my life like I did before. I wasn't sure if I could do it, but I did! And I have a secret to share to help those of you who might be struggling as you try to cut out those carbonated sugar syrups from your diet as well. Herbal soda. Yes, you heard me. Herbal infused sodas are my new thing. I just make a little herbal tea, add raw sugar, a bit of honey and BAM! I have a great alternative to those nasty, hater drinks that cost way too much. To make your own soda you'll need the … [Read more...]

Soda-Free September

My fiance and I are getting married in November. That's pretty crazy in itself. I mean after all this talk WE ARE FINALLY DOING IT! I've already sent invites and annoyed my father with all of the details 100 times. I'm getting ready to make the final payments on everything. It's getting real! We're in the 6 week window... We started way too late to get sexy for the wedding, but we've decided together to get healthy. We need to lose weight. Both of us. As a stepping stone we've decided to stop eating fast food and drinking soda. In reality that just means I live in the kitchen now, but lucky for us I like cooking (when I don't have a children … [Read more...]

Making Expired Breast Milk Lotion

This recipe has been revised to account for separation and spoilage issues. Please hop over to the revised version to get your expired breast milk groove on! I have been blessed to spend most of my breastfeeding days at home with my son. Although I did recently decide to go back to work, there's no need to pump much since he's in full toddler mode with the solid food and almond milk consumption. I do, however, have plenty of milk in my freezer taking up space. It's a good thing, too, because that patch of dry skin I thought was pregnancy mask is hanging around making my face look all scabby and blah. Try to ignore the fact that … [Read more...]

Keeping Up The Homeschool Energy with Bagel Bites

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Collective BiasĀ® Social FabricĀ® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser.   Homeschool week 1 complete. Update: success! Things are starting to fall together and we're slowly but surely getting into our very own relaxed routine. Some surprises lurked in the mix. One of the things I did not think about was how much food my child would need at home. Kids re pretty hungry little creatures, what with the constantly growing and all. We can't always binge on fruits and veggies, so I try my best to focus on food that has real and … [Read more...]

Easy Sandwich Bread Recipe {feat. Abeego Products}

I admit it, I'm part of that whole "live simply" bandwagon. It may not be news to some of you, and others may find it hypocritical to say so, but I'm trying my darnedest to take small steps towards living a wholesome life that has a smaller carbon footprint attached. I'm kind of in the middle of homemaking hippie and technologically savvy. I don't know how it's possible... that's just my life okay?! Anyhow, since our food budget has been cut back due to several changes in our lives now is as good a time as any to start making more things from scratch. I've had my fair share of failures and I've gotten really down about them sometimes. But I … [Read more...]

Gift Idea: Gum Roll Ups

My little sister's birthday is today. At 23 she's not so little anymore, but I still will always think of her as a petite princess lost in the crazy world. (She's pretty much a princess.) Anyhow, Princess Ashton loves gum. So for this birthday I supplemented some of my favorite beauty supplies with a creative throwback from my days at summer camp. It's really easy to put together and adds that special "I love you" flare I like to include in gifts that need a handmade touch. You just need Big League Chew and your favorite flavor of stick gum. I like Juicy Fruit, but you can use any flavor. Grab a marble sized chunk of Big League and mold … [Read more...]

Late Night Matcha Donuts for the Fam.

Summer becomes such an intense time for me. It's fun int eh sun time, but also "do all those things you didn't do during the winter months" time. I've been playing around with my diet making subtle changes searching for the right amount of energy to help me feel both motivated and relaxed to face the challenges of each day. I kept running into this word over and over: matcha. The more research I did the more I needed to try it out for myself. I decided that it was time for some matcha in matcha in my life. I went to Amazon, searched "organic green tea matcha" and voila, I got exactly what I was looking for. Kiss Me Organics makes an organic … [Read more...]

Poppyseed Broccoli Chicken Casserole

When is comes to dinner I admit I could make better choices. Sometimes things are just so hectic keeping up with my other responsibilities that I'm lucky to get anything edible on the table. Poppyseed Chicken Casserole (with or without the veggies) is one of my fiance's favorites. And it's fairly simple without too much gross factor. Here's my basic recipe (with room to wiggle as you see fit)... Ingredients: about 4 cups of cooked white rice about 1.5 pounds cooked chicken, cubed about a cup thawed frozen broccoli florets (optional and easily substituted for other stuff) 1 can cream of chicken * one sleeve Ritz crackers 1/4 - 1/2 cup … [Read more...]