Beauty, Food, Health, Home Life

Why We Love Coconut Oil – And How You Can Get It For FREE

March 17, 2016
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(please note: this is a sponsored post, see disclosure)

If you know me or have followed my blog, you know that I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, coconut oil. This stuff is truly a miracle product that is not only a multi-tasker but is all natural in every way! I literally buy this stuff by the gallon. :)

Whether you cook with coconut oil yet or not, you’ve probably heard of it. This pure white oil has become a household name for the health-conscious, and it’s popping up in everything from stir-fry recipes to vegan fudge. Coconut oil is the “it” ingredient of the moment.

Personally, I use coconut oil for:

  • makeup remover
  • face and body lotion (for the whole fam)
  • to grease pans for baking
  • in my coffee
  • oil pulling
  • DIY beachwaves spray for hair
  • cuts/rashes
  • homemade decongestant chest rub
  • natural sunscreen
  • diaper rash 
  • cradle cap
  • yeast rashes
  • deodorant 
  • pets

Other uses that I have not tried yet, but need to:

  • hair conditioner
  • hair mask
  • face mask
  • homemade lip balm
  • body mask

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Food, Recipes

Bulletproof Coffee – WTF is the Big Deal?

March 6, 2016

The other day I was on Instagram and saw that Jessica Biel could not live without her Bulletproof coffee. Later that same day I was reading in my Thrive magazine (yes, it was from the Holidays) about the amazing uses for coconut oil including, yes….Bulletproof coffee. Coincidence? I think not!

So, of course I had to find out what the big deal was. If this was a new craze, I had to try it. I have to be in the know at least.

So, I did some research about MCT, coconut oil, etc. I quickly came to the conclusion that:

A) I would use coconut oil since it is all natural (MCT is man-made)
B) Anything to give me more energy while using natural ingredients….sign me the heck up!
C) You can also lose weight. Bonus! Since moving to Chicago, I have eaten my way through half the damn restaurants in this town, so it would not hurt to lose a few lbs.

I then knew I was not going to buy the stuff, only because I am cheap and will find a way to make the crap on my own. 

I also wanted to make sure that I tried this stuff out for a while before I told my audience to try this. I wanted to make sure it did not make one crazy, psycho, or want to hurt others.

So, here is what I have learned, determined, and my modified recipe is below.

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Health

I am still alive and could not be happier!

January 17, 2016

Well, it has been awhile….

Our family moved to Chicago, sold a business, started a new job,  a new school and now it is 2016! 

I have stopped blogging for a while because of all the fantastic changes. It has been quite a year for us and we would not change it for the world. 

I was offered an unbelievable opportunity in Chicago with my current company and my husband decided to sell his business and be a stay at home dad. 

There is not a day that goes by where he does not love being home with our two boys. At first I was so worried and felt so bad for him. He still does not understand why. Mainly, because it is a job I could never do. 

I have no patience, get cabin fever like no other (that’s the Sagittarius in me) and am very career driven. I like to be the best at whatever I do….and to be honest, being a mother is one role that I constantly feel like I am failing at. 

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Food, Recipes

Easy Homemade Butter

April 30, 2015
Easy Homemade Butter

I am always on a mission to make my own food when I can. I like to do everything myself, can’t you tell?!  

Most of the time, making your own food is cheaper and does not take up too much time. Money and time are the two key factors in making most of my decisions. I need more or have to save more!

If I do know that a product does not cost much more to buy, the ingredients are minimal and healthy, and it will save me time….then I will get that sucker any day!

Unfortunately, to buy healthy products usually tends to be more costly and honestly, rightfully so. These are usually high quality products that involve a lot of love and labor. 

Not too long ago I was on a quest to make my own butter and stumbled upon this recipe (I google things a lot)….We (ok my husband) tweaked it a bit to really make it easier. 

This butter not only tastes great, but there are no additives or preservatives. Only one ingredient and I feel like it lasts us forever! Continue Reading…