It’s been very rainy and cold around here lately, and I’m doing all that I can to stay healthy. I am a huge believer in essential oils and use them on the family daily. Lately I’ve looked into a few other at home remedies Matt and I can use to boost our system, because the only thing worse than a sick child is a sick mommy or daddy. Moms don’t ever get a day off, so we gotta stay healthy! Here is some info on the benefits of Turmeric, it’s great for boosting the immune system, along with tons of other benefits, including healthy skin, balancing the digestive system, anti stress and anti cancer.
I really like this Turmeric and Honey Immunity Boost and wanted to share because it’s so easy and tastes great. Wanna try it?
Here’s what you need-
1/2 cup raw local honey
zest of 1 organic lemon
2 tablespoons ground turmeric (I used Bulk Turmeric Root Powder Organic )
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ( I use Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Organic Raw )
5 drops Lemon Essential oil (I use doTERRA Lemon if you don’t have a Lemon oil you and ingest you can leave it out, the lemon zest has essential oils too!)
Add all ingredients into a glass bowl and whisk together until smooth.
Store in an air tight container and keep in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Take 1 tablespoon at a time. I add a tablespoon to hot water and drink it, you can add it to your tea, put it on toast or just take a straight tablespoon. Whatever you prefer. Give this one a try, stay well, stay healthy.
I had such a crazy busy week last week. Thanksgiving, my Sylvie James pop-up shop and Mila’s birthday all fell on the same week. I was a little overwhelmed, but keep it together and everything flowed smoothly. Really, I was running around and staying up late, but things couldn’t have worked out better. Thank you, Matt for your help. And a HUGE Thank You to everyone who came by and supported me this Saturday. I really was so overwhelmed by all the love and kinds word I received. It was my first pop-up and a total success. I’d like to especially thank Blanche and Jai of Seeing Things Gallery for being wonderful and making it happen. If you are still interested in some of my all natural, vegan, handmade soaps or bath salts be sure to swing by the gallery, they have some in stock!
I’ve made these little vegan potatoes a few times recently and figured I should share. They are super easy and very yummy. I ate about 7 of them last night.
what you need-
small organic yukon gold potatoes
Daiya Mozzarella Vegan cheese shreds (you can use whatever cheese you prefer)
Preheat oven to 450°. Poke the potatoes several times with fork and coat each potato with Olive oil. Place on baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes or until tender, check them around 20 mins if they are really small.
Once potatoes are tender pull them out of the oven and smash each potato down with a fork. Turn your oven to Broil.
Top each potato with clean fresh spinanch, Daiya cheese, a little salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Broil potatoes on high until cheese has melted. This should take about 5-7 mins.
Serve warm and enjoy. I have also made these with kale instead of spinach. They were great too, but I think I prefer the spinach. These can easily be a finger food which means a nice appitizer for a holiday party, or maybe even thanksgiving? Hope you give them a try!
I recently did a lot of reading on Maca powder. In a nut shell, it’s awesome, especially for women. Maca is a root that is in the radish family. It’s rich in vitamin B, C, and E. It’s loaded with calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. I mainly started using maca to increse my energy, but have been very pleased with it’s benefits for women. It’s great because it totally helps relieve all those aunt flo issues like cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, depression and helps to clear acne and blemishes. It’s also known for increasing stamina for both men and women. Start by adding just a 1/2 tsp to your smoothies and work up to a tablespoon. I bought this stuff and have been very pleased. I put it in my smoothie every morning.
But I should mention it’s not recommended for pregnant or breast-feeding mommies.
what you need-
3 cups water
1/4 cup organic oatmeal
1/4 cup liquid castile soap (I use
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap, 18-in-1 Hemp
6 – 12 drops lavender essential oil (I used
NOW Foods Organic Lavender Oil, 1 ounce)
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil (
NOW Foods Sweet Almond Oil, Moisturizing Oil, 16 ounce)
1 tablespoon coconut oil (in liquid form,
Nutiva Certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 78 fl oz)
You’ll also need a container for the body wash!
what to do-
1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Place oatmeal in a glass bowl & pour boiling water over oatmeal. Let sit for 1 hour, then strain water, remove oats and set water aside. You can discard the actual oats.
2. In a small bowl mix castile soap, essential oil, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil with a whisk or fork.
3. Next add Oatmeal Water into the oil/soap mix and whisk well!
4. Pour your body wash into a container and your done!
This will be a very thin soap, it would work great in a foam dispenser, which I need to get my hands on. Shake before using and enjoy! Totally chemical free and great for the little ones, although it isn’t tear free, so be careful. It smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling moisturized! Enjoy!
I love french fries. I think everyone does, I know my kids sure do. Unfortunately they aren’t that great for you, so I wanted to post a super easy healthier option using Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are high in B6 vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D and contain potassium and iron. They have much more nutritional value then a regular Russet Potato. So here’s our No-fry French Fries.
what you need-
Sweet potatoes (about one per person.)
Olive oil (enough to lightly coat sweet potatoes)
Spices of your choice. Salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder
First pre-heat over to 425. Then wash, peal and slice up your sweet potatoes into fry form.
Throw them into a bowl and add enough Olive Oil and the spices of your choice to coat all the fries evenly. I like mine a little spicy, and made some non spicy ones for the kiddos.
Pour the fries directly onto a dark, non-stick baking sheet. Arrange your fries in a single layer. Don’t overcrowd or they won’t get crispy. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip them over and bake for another 15 mins, or until crisp. The sides will get a little brown.
Serve warm and enjoy! An easy side dish you can add to any meal. Maybe even Thanksgiving Dinner?
Today Mila, Uzi and I made yummy gluten free banana bread since we had old bananas that needed to be put to use. We aren’t a gluten free house, but I do like to cut back on gluten whenever possible. We just don’t need all that extra gluten in our system. I found the recipe we used here and totally loved it. Nice and simple. We didn’t have the gluten free oats so I had to leave that out, and we added chopped walnuts to ours too. I recently got a mimi loaf pan, so of course we went with mini loaves as well. We totally recommend this easy recipe for your fall baking.
We are big on projects around here. Both kids can sit pretty peacefuly for a while if I set them up with the right tools for creating. Lately a favorite is glue. Glue and stamps. They would glue anything they could find if I let them. So, to avoid having toys and books glued together we take a walk and gather whatever the kids think is project worthy… It’s fun and simple, we get out into the fresh air then come home and they work on their projects. It also frees me up to take care of whatever it is I need to get to while they are working. Win win.
I have a bad habit of not always eating the best breakfasts. I usually make the kids something great, but only feed myself their left overs. Such a bad habit that I am making an effort to break. I figured Chia seed pudding is the best way to get on track, prep the night before and doctor it up in the morning. Win. I posted a recipe for Chia Seed Pudding before, but wanted to share this yummy layered one I had for breakfast this morning. I used the same recipe for the Chocolate Chia seed pudding as the one I posted here, only I added a tablespoon of Cacao powder, which was delicious.
I layered my puddings up in a mason jar along with organic granola, hemp seeds, coconut shavings, banana & strawberry slices. It was so yummy, and really kept me full for hours. Super simple and very easy to take on the go. Uzi loved it too, so double win. I’ll be making this one very often.
Today I spent some time making 4 different types of handmade soaps (with Milas help of course)
and I am super pleased with the outcome! We made Shea Oatmeal Lavender, Shea Grapefruit Poppyseed, Olive oil Lavender and Olive oil Rosemary Mint. All natural & super moisturizing. They would make a great body wash.
Anyway, they will be for sale along with a few of my baked goods this Sunday, Oct. 12th from 12pm-5pm at Seeing Things Gallery with $2 admission. All proceeds go to our buddy battling cancer, who, actually built this awesome site for me. I would’t be able to do any of this without him. So, come say hi and support a great cause. There will be lots of other treasures and nick-nacks on sale as well. Also, it’s just a great gallery.
Come get them while you can! xo