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The Detox Bath

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Detoxification of your body through bathing is an ancient remedy, where toxins are excreted through sweating. A detox bath assists your body in eliminating toxins as well as absorbing the minerals and nutrients that are in the water. Most of all, it’ll leave you feeling refreshed.

Soaking in epsom salt helps to replenish the body’s magnesium levels, combating hypertension. The sulfate flushes toxins and helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints. Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and has anti-fungal properties. It also leaves the skin very soft!

To take an effective detox bath, give yourself at least 40 minutes to completely relax in your bath. The first 20 minutes are said to help your body remove toxins, while the second 20 minutes are for absorbing the essential minerals from the salt in the water.

Fill the tub with water as hot as your body will tolerate it, without burning yourself. Measure out 2 cups of Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate), 1 cup of Baking Soda, and 20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Swish the water around well and climb in slowly, it’ll be hot! Soak for as long as possible. 40 minutes is recommended, but aim for at least 20. You should start sweating within minutes. Have a glass of water on hand and drink plenty of liquid while you are in the bath. Your body needs fluids to help with the detoxification process. Also, don’t let your hair fall into this water, the salt will strip it and make it feel like hay!

When your time is up, get out of the tub slowly and carefully, because your body has been working hard to clean out your system and you may get lightheaded or feel weak and drained.

Pictured below, I have measured out the Epsom Salt, Baking Soda and Lavender and Peppermint Essential oils in individual bags that are ready to go, to save me from the hassle of measuring at bath time!

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Homemade Chapstick

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Stop and consider the things that make up your lip moisturizer of choice. ‘Chapstick’ lip balm contains 11 chemicals that have not been assessed for safety in cosmetic formulas. Blistex Lip Revitalizer scores in 9 of 12 toxic parameters and also contains two carcinogens (Saccharin and glycolic acid) that are linked to skin cancer. Because of this, I do not have store-bought chapstick in my home!

Instead, I make my own lip moisturizer in the warmth and comfort of my own little home! The best part about this chapstick is that it is non-toxic! Last week I caught my 3 year old daughter eating the contents of a chapstick tube she found in my room, and I didn’t even have to contact poison control 😉 Not only is this homemade chapstick non-toxic, but it’s three ingredients are EXTREMELY beneficial to your skin.

While the following ingredients of this chapstick can be used for many, many other things, below I have described the qualities that will benefit you in using this specific product.

 Shea Butter – It’s high content of essential fatty acids and natural anti-oxidant compounds provide extreme moisturizing capabilites with exceptional healing properties, as well as cellular restoration. Vitamins A, E and F in shea butter are important for improving a number of skin conditions including burns, sores, blemishes, wrinkles, psoriasis, eczema, dandruff, dermatitis, stretch marks, insect bites and frost bite. It also contains cinnamic acid, a substance that helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Shea butter easily penetrates the skin, allowing the skin to breathe and does not clog pores.

Coconut Oil – This amazing oil has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties. (Several people I have given this chapstick to as a gift, have reported nasty cold sores disappearing almost as quick as they came, with no scars!)

Beeswax – Beeswax offers anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities, making it potentially beneficial for treating minor skin irritations. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a lip balm that contains beeswax during the cold weather to reduce chances of developing chapped lips. When blended into skin care products, beeswax acts as an emollient and a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin and sealing it, and also provides a film of protection against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe. Beeswax also contains vitamin A, which benefits in softening and rehydrating dry skin in cell reconstruction.

Personally, I have one tube for my lips, and one for cuts and other gashes. This stuff benefits more than just your lips! It literally takes 5 minutes to melt together and pour into tubes, and they’re great to make in bulk for gifts and to hand out!

1 tbsp. Shea Butter
1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 tbsp. Beeswax
Essential Oil (optional)
Empty tubes can be ordered on Amazon

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Drop the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a small glass bowl (add the essential oil at the end). Heat the bowl until contents are completely melted. You can achieve this by either 1- using the microwave and stirring occasionally, or 2- placing the small bowl in a small pan with boiling water. Make sure the water level in the pan will not boil over and spill into the glass bowl!

FYI: By using the microwave, you are slowly killing off the beneficial qualities in these ingredients. While it may be quicker, your finished product may not have the amazing healing power!

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When the ingredients are completely melted together, add your choice of essential oil. I’ve only ever used peppermint essential oil, if any. If you choose not to use essential oil, the chapstick will have an earthy, nutty scent and flavor.

The first few times I made this, I used a ¼ tsp. measuring spoon and drizzled it into each tube. Here comes my blonde moment. Ready? The last time I ordered tubes, I forgot to order plastic pipettes to use to fill the tubes, yet again. So, I continue to use the measuring spoon… So, however you can get the mixture into the tubes, do it!

TIP: Keep in mind that this hot mixture cools quickly, so I suggest working where it is somewhat warm, or at the least where there is no breeze. Reheat it as necessary to get the most out of your product!

The measurements listed above make approximately 8 chapstick tubes.

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“I ate my placenta…”

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WHAT!? Yes. Well, actually, I wouldn’t quite put it like that, exactly. Although, this is the conclusion people jump to majority of the time. “You eat it!?” Technically, yes. I had my placenta encapsulated, and also made into a tincture.

WHY!?? After giving birth many new mothers experience blood loss, fatigue, and a drop in their high pregnancy hormones; all of which are thought of as key factors in the development of the “baby blues” and postpartum depression. The theory is that in consuming the placenta, you are replacing the hormones you lost during the birthing process. The placenta’s hormonal make-up is completely unique to the mother. No prescription, vitamin or herbal supplement can do what one placenta pill can! For thousands of years, placenta has been used to avoid postpartum symptoms such as depression, low vitality, fatigue, insufficient lactation, low birth weight and hormonal imbalance. It is composed of SO many healing chemicals! Check these out:

Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
Prolactin: promotes lactation
Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant.
Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events
Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores
Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections
Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory
Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition
Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections

Why did I do this? When I first learned about this unusual trend, of course I was disgusted. But I got over the gross-factor and did it, and I thank God every single day that I did! Sadly, I only learned in time to have this done with the birth of my third child. My first and second children are 15 months apart, and my second and third child are 18 months apart. Until this week, I will have been raising three children under three years old! You heard me! Why would I not give this a shot!? Let me tell you, my experience with this decision has been phenomenal! I cannot express how amazing the turn-out has been! I have even tested the theory that these capsules and tincture are the reason I have survived this phase in my life. I began taking the capsules immediately after my frienda certified doula in Minnesota, delivered them back to my home. I quickly realized that even with all the drama and noise and chaos with two toddlers and a newborn all by myself in my home learning how to mother three children at once, I was not overwhelmed, stressed, or nearly exhausted as I thought I would be. To this day I remain completely balanced. It has been amazing! In testing the theory that the placenta capsules are the reason for this, I skipped taking the capsules one day. I completely lost it and broke down. By the end of the day I was begging my husband to come back home from work early to relieve me for the rest of the evening. It was then that I decided that God knew exactly what he was doing when he created us. I also tested this theory with the tincture. Same results! It’s amazing! Okay, I could go on, but I think you get the picture 😉

HOW!? The placenta can be eaten raw, in capsules, or made into a tincture. Preparation includes having the placenta steamed, dehydrated and encapsulated alone or with dried herbs, and/or infusing a small chunk of the placenta in a high grade alcohol to create a tincture.

How do I consume this? Of course capsules are taken alone followed by water. I usually take a couple in the morning, and I remain completely balanced for the entire day! As for the tincture, I’ve read that anywhere from 10 to 40 drops in a cup of water is adequate for a day, depending on the momma. Personally, I drop about 10 or 15 drops in my tea or lemon water in the morning, and that lasts me most of the day! If I ever feel like I am beginning to fall short or lose it, I take another ‘dose’ in another glass of water. And guess what, I’ve given doses of the tincture to my girls in hot tea as well! If you add a few drops of the tincture in a cup of hot water, the alcohol will evaporate but the beneficial qualities remain. Tested this too. Works great for my girls! Hey, I put 10 drops in each of our bowls of fresh, hot oatmeal with honey and raisins the other morning. Results were the same as if I gave them the tea! Oh I could go on! See for yourself! Eat your placenta 😉

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Welcoming 2014 as a family of 5!

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Hello surfers! I must say, I miss blogging. My last post was just over a year ago! I’ve been quite busy with mommyhood raising two small daughters, as well as our new baby BOY we introduced to our growing family this past November! We are now a family of FIVE! I still sometimes find myself in awe of this number, it’s my dream come true to be building a such beautiful happy family!

I have done SO much and studied SO much more in the last year, I have so much information and so many experiments I’ve wanted to share with you all, and just haven’t had a down moment to blog! I am just recently getting my energy back from being pregnant for the third (and most exhausting) time! You can expect me to share my secret to remaining calm and collected these few months before my oldest child turns three next week. (“I ate my placenta…”) Yes, for the past three months, I’ve been raising three children all under age three! Imagine how desperate I was for the cure to my stressful days!

As I continue, my goal for this blog is still the same as it was to begin with, and that is to share with you all of the things I learn and experiment with, as well as tips on life as a mom. I’ve got plenty up my sleeve. Stay posted! I’ve also added a Facebook “Like” widget to the sidebar, as well as a short Instagram feed. Happy browsing!

Raw “Magic Shell” Chocolate “Sauce”

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Who needs Smucker’s Magic Shell chocolate ice cream topping, when you can MAKE magic shell chocolate ice cream topping? Seriously, easiest and most rewarding recipe EVER! Use it on ice cream or drizzle it between apple slices and coat berries and fruit with it. I’m sure there are a million other ways you can get creative with this stuff, so, get on it!

½ cup Unrefined Coconut Oil
¼ cup Raw Cacao Powder
10 drops Stevia (You may also use 2 tbsp. raw honey if Stevia is not available)

Throw it all in a bowl and blend well! I use an egg beater.

Store in an airtight glass jar.
The chocolate hardens upon cool impact.
If it solidifies on your shelf, hold it under hot water until it melts prior to use.

Quinoa Corn Chowder

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So I’ve learned a few things about quinoa last year. It’s pretty amazing stuff! Although, it is a little boring by itself. It definitely helps to cook quinoa in recipes or with herbs, as opposed to serving it by itself. It is certainly not couscous. I’ve also used quinoa in replacement of white or brown rice. Who knew? All I can say, is that if you haven’t gotten creative with quinoa, NOW is the chance!

3 Red Bell Peppers, finely chopped
1 cup Quinoa, toasted & uncooked
2 tbsp. Butter (I use Coconut Oil)
2 cloves Garlic, minced
4 cups Chicken Stock
2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
4 cups Corn
2 cups Pinto Beans (kidney beans are good too)
2 tbsp. Parsley
1½ tsp. Salt

To toast quinoa: Heat uncooked quinoa over medium-high heat until crackling. Stir constantly to toast evenly, until slightly darkened.

In a large pan, heat butter and garlic. Add chicken stock and heavy whipping cream. Add corn, beans, peppers, quinoa, parsley and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 15-20 minutes, until quinoa is tender, stirring occasionally.

A Personal Update!

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Well I have been out of the game for quite awhile it seems. My last post was in November! Really!? I was really excited to come back and see that my stats have actually been rising in the last few months. You guys actually like my stuff! I feel so accomplished, thank you all for that!

There has been a ton going on lately. My older daughter turns 2 years old this month! As you can imagine, I’ve been pretty busy chasing her around, as well as her almost 9 month old little sister who is just figuring out how to take steps one at a time. On top of this, my husband and I sold both of our vehicles last fall around August and have been pretty much on lockdown since then. My man biked 16 miles a day to and from work until the first snow, and has since hitched a ride to work. That is, until he lost his job in the beginning of this new year. Yes, we’ve had a bit of bad luck recently, however, things are finally starting to turn around. You know, they say when one door closes another one opens!

My man got a new job about an hour south of our apartment, so this opens up the opportunity to finally move out of our 1000 sq. ft. apartment, into something with a little more space (…and maybe another room for another baby in the next year or two? ;), and a bit closer to my family. Did I mention this job he was hired for, is literally his dream job!? He’ll be the Indycar mechanic for a local team. This means he’ll be following ALL of the major Indycar races! It’s unbelievable! Excuse my excitement, but in the seven years we’ve been together, and even longer that I’ve known him, this is all he’s talked about…

Aside from my rollercoaster of a personal life, I’ve had many requests for different recipes and things that I’ve posted on my personal Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. I figured it’s about time I get back to my old blogging habits, as best I can with two monkeys running around my living room!

Go browse happy!

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