Apr 15, 2014

DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub With Essential Oils!

Apr
15
2014
Tuesday

DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub
I love this idea!!

I’ve talked before about how my body reacts horribly to anything with harsh-chemicals in it (which is pretty much all health, beauty, and cleaning products at the store).

I had finally gotten rid of the eczema that had developed on my hands (going grain-free really really helped), and then I did a hand scrub at Bath & Body Works. UGH! I just wasn’t thinking! Within a couple of hours I had a major eczema flare-up that didn’t go away for weeks.

So, I am just completely staying away from putting any type of harsh chemicals on my body.

I use coconut oil and essential oils all of the time, so I was super excited to find this easy recipe for a homemade lip scrub using them!

Head over to Lemon Peony to read about how to make this DIY Lip Scrub With Peppermint Essential Oil!

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Apr 8, 2014

How To Dye Easter Eggs With A Whisk + More Egg Dyeing Tips!

Apr
8
2014
Tuesday

How To Dye Eggs With A Whisk - Mess Free!!



It’s that time of year again!

I generally try to stay away from most intentional messes (right now we are in the stage of life where we have PLENTY of unintentional messes) but dyeing eggs is one that I can’t (and don’t want to) resist.

Dyeing eggs can get pretty messy, but we’re trying something new this year to keep the mess to a minimum.

I’ve been looking for ways to make the process a little easier, especially for our 3 year old, and found this idea to use a whisk to dye the eggs.

You just open the whisk up a little to put the egg in and the whisk goes right back together once the egg is in there.  Then you dip the whisk in the dye solution and leave it in there for the right amount of time.

My big kids can use the regular egg dye dipper, but this idea is perfect for my little ones!

If you don’t want to use your nice kitchen whisks, then you can find them for $1 at your local dollar store.


Here are two more egg dyeing tips and tricks that you might find helpful this year:

How To Make Hard Boiled Eggs In The Oven!


1.  Bake your eggs instead of boiling them! 

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Place room-temperature uncooked eggs in a muffin tin to keep them from rolling around everywhere.  Bake the eggs for 30 minutes.  When the 30 minutes are up, put the eggs in a bowl of ICE water.  That’s it!  PERFECTLY “boiled” eggs without any boiling water or cracking!

Make Your Own Natural Easter Egg Dyes!



2.   Dye eggs with ingredients you already have!

Whether you don’t want to go out to buy dye, are concerned with the chemicals in food dye, or just want to show your kids how people have made food coloring for centuries, you can use ingredients that you likely already have to dye your eggs!

Here are a few ways to make egg dye colors with natural ingredients:

Green Dye: boiled spinach leaves
Purple Dye: purple grape juice (a small amount), hibiscus tea, red wine, boiled red onion skins
Blue Dye: boiled red cabbage leaves, purple grape juice (a larger amount than for the purple), canned blueberries
Yellow Dye: boiled lemon peels, boiled carrot tops, boiled ground cumin or tumeric, green tea
Pink Dye: beets, cranberry juice, red grape juice, boiled raspberries
Red Dye: canned cherries with juice, boiled red onion skins (LOTS)
Brown Dye: strong coffee or instant coffee, black tea

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Apr 3, 2014

DIY Flea Collar Using Essential Oils!

Apr
3
2014
Thursday

DIY Flea Collar Essential Oils




It has been a little over a year now since I jumped into the world of essential oils.

I haven’t regretted that decision one bit (actually, my only regret is not looking into it more 8 years ago when I first heard about Young Living) and I’m excited about sharing “oily” ideas with you guys!

For our family, essential oils have replaced our air fresheners, our cleaning solutions, and even our medicine cabinet.

Detox Your Home

Like many others, we have used essential oils to detox our home, and I’m thrilled to share with you something new that we’ll be doing to keep harmful chemicals off of our new family member… Rosie!  Isn’t she adorable?!?  That’s her at the top of this post.

She’s a lab mix that we got from the animal shelter and y’all… we had no idea what we were getting into with a lab.

But she’s learning quickly, and while she definitely has her crazy moments, she’s a really good dog that we are just thrilled to have (except for those times that she’s pulling on the kids’ clothes to try to get them to play with her – we haven’t figured out how to break that habit yet so tips are very appreciated).  :)

Since we’re new to the pet world, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research about pets and one of the things that disturbed me was just how controversial the chemicals in flea collars are.

Here’s what Organic Gardening said about a recent report from the National Resources Defense Council….

“many name-brand collars on store shelves contain chemicals that can harm pets and their owners, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) isn’t doing anything to stop them.

The report honed in on two particular chemicals, tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) and propoxur, used on national brands of flea collars, including Hartz and Zodiac. TCVP belongs to the class of nerve-damaging chemicals known as organophosphates, most of which are so hazardous that they’ve been banned for residential use or for use on pets. Propoxur belongs to a class of chemicals called carbamates, which also cause nerve damage, and it’s on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer. NRDC was particularly concerned with exposure among toddlers and children, who pet animals and then put their hands in their mouths.” Source: Organic Gardening

Those chemicals are definitely not something I feel good about having on our dog, much less around our kids who are playing with her and petting her!

So instead, I did a little research and found an awesome recipe for a flea collar made with essential oils! This recipe is from The Complete Book Of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Anne Worwood.

DIY Flea Collar With Essential Oils



You can also use essential oils in a spray bottle as a flea repellent!

Just mix 1/2 cup of distilled water, a drop or two of Thieves soap or castille soap, and 8-16 drops (total) of your preferred essential oils that fleas hate.

Here’s a list of flea-repelling oils:

Eucalyptus radiata, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree), Lemongrass, Pine, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, Orange, Melrose, Palo Santo, Thyme, and Citronella.

If you’re new to essential oils, what might be best is to start off with the Purification essential oil blend that’s in the Premium Essential Oils Starter Kit. Purification contains citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, Melaleuca alternifolia, lavender, and myrtle so there are several of the flea-repelling oils in there.

If you’d like to jump into the world of essential oils with me, then you can read about how to sign up in this post here {or contact the person who referred you to this post}! Plus, everyone who signs up with a premium starter kit by April 7th will get a FREE copy of The Chemical Free Home by Melissa Poepping!

Click here to see how to get a premium starter kit!

Next up in the Detox Your Home series is how to make your own eye makeup remover with lavender oil from Real Food RN!

Also, you can see how to make your own fruit and veggie wash in the previous series post from Essential Oil Lover!

Both of those above links should be available starting at 7:00 am EST on 4/3/14.

There are also more posts from bloggers across the web in this detox your home series. You can start at the beginning and read through all of them by clicking here.

This post is linked up to Thrifty Thursday at Living Well Spending Less!

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician or veterinarian. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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Mar 4, 2014

Uses For Basil Essential Oil & Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil

Mar
4
2014
Tuesday

Young Living March 2014 Free Oils Promotion




I’ve been an essential oils user for years (mostly in my cleaning products until this past year) and last February, after much research, decided to start buying my essential oils from a company called Young Living.  You can read more about our decision here.

These essential oils have been a huge blessing to our family, so much so that we are now incorporating the cost of them into our monthly healthcare budget.

For the past several years we have been paying around $650 per month for our family for health insurance (Ryan and I are self-employed) and our monthly premiums were going to be going up to close to $1200 to comply with all of the new healthcare laws.  We had made room to fit the $650 into our budget, but there was just no way that we could afford $1200 per month just for insurance (and a not-so-great plan at that).

We chose to switch over to a heathcare sharing ministry this year and have been extremely happy with it so far (you can read more about the different healthcare sharing ministries in this post here).  We are now paying around $450 per month for their BEST plan, which means that we have extra in our healthcare budget!

We decided to put part of that extra each month towards our natural remedies stockpile (I love natural remedies!), and a good chunk of that is going towards essential oils since I have seen them be so effective when using them on myself and my family.

Each month, Young Living does a special promotion for those who buy $190 worth of product value.  It’s always a great promotion for those who are either (a) building up their stockpile of oily remedies or (b) those who are building a business through Young Living and want to try out different essential oils.

This month (March 2014) the two free oils for those who spend $190 in Product Value are:

  • 15 mL of Basil Essential Oil
  • 15 mL of Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil

Here are some of the traditional uses for each of these oils.*

Basil Essential Oil Uses:

  • Used to help strained and sore muscles
  • Used to enhance the immune system
  • Used for mental alertness during times of fatigue
  • Used for migraine relief
  • (And it’s also an essential oil that’s great to have handy while cooking!) :)

Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil Uses:

aka – Tea Tree Oil

  • Used to kill bacteria
  • Used to kill fungus
  • Used to reduce scar tissue and swelling
  • Used to help clear acne
  • Used for nasal congestion

Read about 20 ways to use Tea Tree Oil here!

If you’re interested in essential oils, you can read more about how you can get an essential oils starter kit in this post here. (Or, if you were referred to this post by someone who is already a part of Young Living, please talk to them about how to get a starter kit.)

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*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am an independent distributor with Young Living, not a medical professional. My uses of essential oils only apply to Young Living Essential Oils.

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Feb 22, 2014

Top 10 Places To Find Paleo & Grain-Free Recipes!!

Feb
22
2014
Saturday

Where to find Paleo and Grain Free Recipes!




Ryan and I have been grain-free for over a year now and haven’t looked back! It has been an amazing journey and one that we are so thankful we started on last February.

Several years ago we had a friend who was gluten-free. I remember asking her, “what in the world do you eat??” And when people find out that Ryan and I are grain-free, that’s always the first question that they ask us as well.

We eat, and we eat plenty! I laugh every time I think about my question to my friend. Were grains really *that* big of a part of our diet??

So I thought I’d share some (10 to be exact) of my favorite places to find amazing grain-free and/or Paleo recipes.

Grain-Free

A grain-free diet would exclude all of the following:

Wheat, Rye, Barley, Bran, Bulgur, Couscous, Farina, Kamut, Orzo, Semolina, Sorghum, Spelt, Corn, Rice, Oats, Millet, Beer

Paleo

A “Paleo” diet excludes all of the following:

All grains listed in a grain-free diet, dairy, refined sugars, legumes (beans, peas, and peanuts), and potatoes

Ryan and I are somewhere in between these two. We are both completely grain-free and we both don’t eat regular white potatoes. Ryan would align more with the Paleo diet (very very minimal dairy, no refined sugar at all, and no sweet potatoes) but he still eats legumes (and so do I).

Whether you’re grain-free, paleo, or somewhere in between, hopefully these resources can help you as much as they’ve helped us!

Against All Grain Cookbook

1. Against All Grain Cookbook

Woah, I can have crepes!? Pies!? Scones!? Chips!?!? Pretty much all of the things that I thought I would be giving up forever can be made for grain-free or Paleo lifestyles. There’s a reason this book is a New York Times Bestseller. Every recipe I’ve tried is incredible and the pictures are phenomenal (and there’s a huge full-page photo for EVERY recipe). Danielle Walker completely changed her life and healed an autoimmune disease through her grain-free lifestyle.

2. Against All Grain Blog

In addition to her book, Danielle also has a blog with more great photos and recipes! I also highly recommend reading her before and after story!

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3. The Paleo Mom

The Paleo Mom is the author of The Paleo Approach and is a huge online resource not only for Paleo recipes but also for lots of different Paleo resources like paleo ingredients to always have on hand, how to eat Paleo with kids, Paleo struggles, and more! Sarah also has a huge section for how to treat Autoimmune diseases with a Paleo diet.

Trim Healthy Mama

4. Trim Healthy Mama

It’s not often that I spend $35 on a book. In fact, I don’t know if I had EVER spent $35 on a book until I finally was convinced to buy this one. And it has been worth every penny. Not only have I lost a lot of weight that I thought was unlosable (that’s a word, right?) by using the principles in the book, but I now have a great collection of recipes that go along with my grain-free lifestyle (the book is half a recipe book, and half understanding-how-our-bodies-work book). Trim Healthy Mama isn’t specifically grain-free or Paleo (they incorporate a few sprouted grains) but a majority of their recipes are grain-free.

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5. Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

While Lynn’s focus is primarily gluten-free living, she has a ton of great recipes that are also grain-free or that could be adapted to be grain-free.

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6. Nourishing Traditions

Sally Fallon’s book of traditional cooking is one of my favorites! It’s not a “grain-free” or “paleo” cookbook, but so many of the recipes and cooking traditions covered in this book are helpful to know for general healthy living. There aren’t many cookbooks that I think are must-haves, but this one and Against All Grain are the two that I think should be in every kitchen.

Paleo On A Budget

7. Paleo On A Budget

I recently ran across the Paleo On A Budget blog and just love the heart and message behind it! Liz shares her weekly menu plans and shopping trips to show that living a Paleo lifestyle doesn’t have to break the bank.

Kalyns Kitchen

8. Kalyn’s Kitchen

Kalyn’s Kitchen is another blog that isn’t necessarily grain-free, but she focuses heavily on low-glycemic foods which ends up being a lot of great grain-free recipes! A lot of her recipes are geared towards difference phases of the South Beach Diet Phase 1 (which would exclude most grains).

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9. Elana’s Pantry

Elana’s website is a huge resource of recipes for breakfast, bread, snacks, soup, salads, dinner, veggies, condiments, desserts and more! She also has a Paleo cookbook that looks great and has great reviews too!

Follow Rachel Holland SurvivingTheStores.com’s board Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, OR Paleo Recipes! on Pinterest.

10. Our Grain-Free/Paleo/Gluten-Free Pinterest Board

We have a wonderful group of bloggers who contribute to our Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, and/or Paleo Recipes Pinterest Board! Just click on the board above to follow it!

**If you are a blogger who would like to contribute your recipes to our Pinterest board, feel free to send me an email through our contact form with your Pinterest email address. :) **

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For those of you who are also grain-free or Paleo, what are your favorite resources? Feel free to share your favorite online resources or books that you think are must-haves!

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Feb 13, 2014

The BEST Homemade Cough Remedy – it works for me every time!!

Feb
13
2014
Thursday

Homemade Cough Remedy... that actually works!




I shared a photo on the Surviving The Stores Facebook page earlier today listing out several of the benefits of RAW honey (contrasted with the non-existent benefits of honey at most grocery stores) and in the comments I said that raw honey is great to use in a homemade cough remedy too.

So I thought I’d share that recipe with y’all here in a post! :)

We’ve all probably heard the advice to take honey when you have a cough, and while that does soothe things a little for me, it doesn’t ever get rid of it.

But this recipe that I’m sharing below gets rid of my coughs almost every time (like the activated charcoal for stomach bugs, this works better the sooner you take it after your cough starts!)

I sip on this drink like I would tea and drink at least 3-4 cups a day when a cough first starts.

Feel free to leave any other cough remedies that have worked for you in the comments below!

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Read more natural remedy posts on how I…

Clear up sinus problems with tea tree oil

Get rid of a stomach bugs with activated charcoal

Help burns heal with lavender oil or baking soda

Use Thieves Essential Oil to keep the flu away

 

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