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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...]

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...]

Dairy-Free No Bake Lactation Cookies

That title is a mouthful, right? I love this recipe because it encompasses lots of things I love and some lifestyle choices I've made through motherhood. Here's a no bake version of lactation boosting cookies that I've changed into a safe alternative for mamas who go dairy-free like me. :) Dairy-Free No Bake Lactation Cookies Ingredients: 2 cups sugar (you could be fancy like me and use vanilla bean sugar) 1 cup unsweetened cocoa 1 cup dairy-free butter 1 cup rice milk 5 cups rolled oats 6 Tbsp. brewer's yeast 1 cup flaxseed (meal or ground) 1 cup crushed walnuts (optional) 1 cup peanut butter 2 tsp. vanilla Directions: Set … [Read more...]

Caffeinated Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

I have been trying to find an inexpensive gift for my sister for a while now. As someone who normally finishes holiday shopping before Halloween, I realized in the middle of wrapping gifts that I only bought her lame things like bras and a keychain flashlight. I'd been keeping an eye out for something fabulously her, and I found a reusable Wizard of Oz themed cup that she'd totally love. To accompany it, I wanted to include something to fill it with. Since my sister works super early shifts, I decided coffee would be rather appropriate. However, she also has a sweet tooth so I used another hot cocoa drink mix for inspiration. Below you will … [Read more...]