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DIY Bath and Massage Oil

A simple, homemade gift idea.

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Here in the Pacific Northwest, the weather is still wintery enough to abuse the skin, so I decided to make myself a batch of bath and massage oil to help protect myself from the elements. I originally came across this idea from one of my favorite beauty blogs, Be Beautiful, and I liked it so much that I decided to make up another batch for a friend of mine who has an upcoming birthday this weekend. To make my bath and massage oil, I just filled my small bottles with sweet almond oil and … [Read more...]

Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub

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Himalayan pink salt is as prized for its therapeutic properties on the skin as it is for its culinary health benefits. It is full of minerals and iron that work in synergy with the sodium so it's wonderful to add to your food. On your skin, those minerals work as a powerful detoxifier. Combined with moisturizing coconut and sweet almond oils, this salt scrub is perfect for winter skin. Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub Ingredients: • 8 oz pink Himalayan sea salt • 2 oz coconut oil • 1 … [Read more...]

Healing Cuticle Balm

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Whether you wash your hands all winter to stave off the flu or all spring because you have been getting mucky in the garden, your cuticles take a beating. You may not think of them much in general, but when they dry out and start to crack you will certainly take notice. Dry cuticles can tear and boy, does it hurt! To make an all-natural healing cuticle balm you need healing ingredients and a wee bit of time. It's a very simple recipe. Apply cuticle balm to your nail beds and rub in 3-4 … [Read more...]

DIY Home: All-Natural Baby Wipes

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Last year I officially became a Mommy Blogger. When I got pregnant everyone asked me, "So you are going to write about kids stuff now, right?", to which I responded, "No!". It's not like I'm against kids' stuff, it's just that my focus is on garden-related projects, crafts, and recipes. Then everything changed. I had no idea of what you need for a baby until I had one. I was gobsmacked by the sky-high prices and toxic chemicals in baby products. I guess I should have expected it. It's not … [Read more...]

Simple Gift: Epsom Salt Foot Soak

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What better way to end the day than with a homemade foot soak. I must admit that I never used to make the time for this but I have recently read about the benefits of soaking in epsom salts. It is a great way to absorb magnesium and it also seriously helps you sleep well. Having adrenal fatigue has made me become more aware of how to unwind at the end of the day and how to treat myself to a good healthy night sleep. These mini 'bulk bins' are the cutest container to fill with epsom salts … [Read more...]

Homemade Honey Herbal Cough Drops

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The cold weather of winter months can take their toll on our immune systems and respiratory systems so I thought it would be nice to give out a little something to family and friends that will help ease the havoc caused by winter air! This recipe contains an assortment of herbs that are believed to have immunity boosting properties, as well as powers to soothe specifically in the respiratory system. When I found the recipe from My Healthy Green Family, I was further inspired by the idea that … [Read more...]

Healthy Recipe: Chocolate Date Nut Bars

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After last year’s holiday sugar craze, I’m trying to limit my intake of sweets this year so it won’t be so hard to get back on track once the holiday season is over. Thankfully, I’ve come across a recipe that will allow me to indulge my craving for chocolate without making me feel terrible afterwards. Inspired by Lara Bars, these Chocolate Nut Date Bars offer the richness of dessert without the sugar crash. And because I know my family is trying to eat healthier this year, I thought it … [Read more...]

Recipe: Winter Squash Soup (In A Jar)

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The Holiday of Sukkot is always a favorite in our home. The building of the Sukkah (temporary booth to dwell in during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot) in our backyard is especially fun for our kids to take part in, especially as the little ones bring out their own 'tools'! We often host celebratory meals in our Sukkah for our community, each year using a different theme of cuisine to add to the fun. From 'Sushi in the Sukkah' to 'Salads in the Sukkah' to 'Shwarma in the Sukkah!', it's always a … [Read more...]

Homemade Kombucha

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Kombucha is delicious, naturally fizzy, and full of probiotics that are fantastic for your digestive system. Unfortunately, a 16 oz. bottle of kombucha from the store usually falls somewhere between $3-4, which is a lot of money to spend if you want to drink it every day like I do. To cut down on costs, I’ve been making my own kombucha at home, and have now reached the point where I’m producing enough to share with friends and family members who are interested in trying it out for … [Read more...]

Cranberry Harvest Muffins

Breakfast Muffins with Soul

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What better way to start the Fall season than to enjoy a brisk morning walk with friends! As women, we are the core and foundation of our homes and lives. Staying motivated and inspired, is not only imperative…but a challenge at times. Although our days get shorter as we head into winter, our endless lists and responsibilities do not! So how about getting together to feed our body and soul, a healthy walk, a spiritual talk and homemade harvest muffins. I have a favorite recipe which … [Read more...]