Food, Recipes

All Natural Pumpkin Caramels

October 13, 2016
pumpkin caramels

If you know me, you know that I love fall and I ABSOFREAKINLUTELY love Pumpkin!!! I also love desserts just as much (probably even more). That is why these all-natural pumpkin caramels are my new fav!

I am constantly on the lookout for healthy desserts. The less sugar the better. That is why dates are one of my favorite foods! I like to think of them as nature’s candy. 

Dates are full of fiber, iron, potassium, and B-vitamins. They also contain vitamins A, K, and the list goes on. They provide many health benefits including protecting cells from free radicals, helping to prevent stroke, coronary heart disease and the development of cancers. 

Obviously, keep in mind that you should have everything in moderation. Too many dates can provide your body with too much fructose.  Continue Reading…

DIY, Laundry

The Best DIY Laundry Detergent

October 10, 2016

I have finally found IT! The Best DIY Laundry Detergent, or rather “concoction”. It is even all-natural and pretty inexpensive. 🙂

Awhile back I had written a post on my favorite all natural laundry detergents. Well, as time has passed, I have come across some better products for our laundry. 

Here are the items that I use on pretty much every load:

salsuds-cleaner-32oz_2Dr Bronner’s Castille Soap – this is a concentrated all-purpose cleaner made with plant-based surfactants, natural fir needle and spruce essential oils. There are no dyes or fragrances. I not only use it for my laundry but for all of my cleaning around the house. Literally, I clean every room with it including the floors!

This product is biodegradable and 100% cruelty free. It is literally magical!

Sal’s Suds is rated an A+ on the EWG and there is also a great dilutions cheat sheet that can definitely come in handy. Continue Reading…

Beauty, Food, Health, Home Life

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

March 17, 2016

(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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