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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Nutella Recipe Round-Up

Happy World Nutella Day! Every year on February 5th, Nutella fanatics world wide gather and enjoy delicious hazelnut chocolate spread in their own unique ways. This year I'm straying form my mostly dairy-free diet and settling for some guilt by the spoonful. My love for Nutella started like any other: I was introduced to the stuff in the form of a "desert sandwich." There was no turning back from there, and I soon discovered that Nutella is only surpassed by the inspiration it had on baked goods. It started with Nutella cookies, but soon the kitchen creations grew. From cheesecakes to breads, Nutella can be added to many delicious recipes. … [Read more...]

Apple Spice Muffins

The weather here has been ridiculously cold. I know that this winter has been worse for some, but as a Floridian towards the southernmost part of the peninsula I have been hibernating my bum off! I am sincerely surprised by these cold fronts. No snow or ice for us, but I find myself kind of wishing I was home for all that craziness. Sledding down Brook's Bridge seems like it could be a blast. We don't get much excitement up there, that's for sure. It's not exciting down here either. Like I said, I've been hibernating. I feel bad sending my oldest to school because I don't even want to go outside. I'm that person that's freaking out about any … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Neosporin

As my oldest daughter grows older, she has become an accident waiting to happen. (She takes after her clumsy aunt.) She's always had a rough side to her, and she's so curious and exploratory that it's not abnormal for her to get hurt or come to me with a new injury to document her conquests. We're a big band-aid family, often exploring the different styles and patterns in the medicine isle. But instead of also splurging on Neosporin to use to aid the healing process, I have discovered an easy way to make an all-natural alternative. All of the ingredients in the recipe below work together to create a really powerful healing salve similar to … [Read more...]