All Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

Alright ladies, I have a confession to make. I haven’t cleaned my makeup brushes in months…in fact one of them I bought six months ago and just cleaned it today for the first time. I know it’s gross but I’m a changed woman now! I promise, I will clean my brushes regularly from now on now that I have found a safe and effective way to go about it. Makeup brushes should be cleaned every 2 to 4 weeks. Not only will cleaning them enhance the life of your brushes but it will prevent bacteria from building on your brush and then going on your skin. Let’s face it, we have enough bacteria going around our face so why would you want to rub more bacteria all over your face from your dirty brush? I found this on http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com .

I used the almond oil castile soap but they have all kinds of different scents you could choose from as well as an unscented soap. They had tea tree which would make sense to use for your brushes since it touches your skin but I love the way almond fragrance smells! You can get this soap really anywhere. REI, Albertson’s, Whole Foods, Nature’s Grocer, etc. etc. Just in case you aren’t familiar with Dr. Bronner’s Magic soap it’s an 18-1 pure castile soap. You can use it for sooo many different things ranging from body wash, fruit and vegetable wash, to a safe and natural household cleaner.

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All Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

  • Bowl of warm water (my water is dirty in the picture from my nasty brushes)
  • 1 Tablespoon castile soap
  • 1 Teaspoon of olive oil (prevents brushes from drying out)
  • After mixing ingredients above in water bowl, add make up brushes to water one at a time and clean. Rinse out in warm water wring to dry. Fluff them then hang upside to dry.
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Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

Who doesn’t love pizza? If you don’t love pizza then something is seriously wrong with you. The way I eat my pizza though, people’s eyes get big as they watch me. I love hotness, I suppose maybe it’s the brown in me. I love it to the point where with each bite I have to suck in air to cool my mouth and lips down. That’s when you know it’s good…anyway long story short I put a ton of Chile flakes on my pizza. After reading foodbabes most recent blog, I was truly saddened because she investigated main chain pizzas and what exactly they are putting in the food. Little Caesar’s wouldn’t even respond back so that’s super scary considering it’s only 5 bucks for a cheese pizza something has to be sketchy there. If you don’t follow her blog you definitely should.

If you follow me you know I’m a huge fan of cauliflower. It’s such a versatile vegetable that takes on flavors easily.  My little man Liam who is 11 months absolutely loved this dish. I try to be careful with what I feed him. While pregnant, I started reading on food and what we are actually consuming. I figure it’s to late for me (half-joking) but with him I really try to feed him all natural, non processed food. So with that said, I bought the Applegate Natural uncured pepperoni. It’s nitrate/nitrite free (look into that if you don’t know what it is), casein free, and antibiotic free.  Everything else if you can buy organic you should but to me the pepperoni is the most important. This brand of pepperoni makes huge slices compared to the normal size you’re used to seeing on pizza. So that’s why below I have 2 different numbers of the slices you might want to use. This dish was super easy but a little time-consuming due to the length the cauliflower needed to be microwaved. I also served it with garlic bread so I know it takes away from the main meal being carb and gluten-free but hey I love my bread. I just put the casserole on top of the bread with each bite and it was bomb. It’s still a healthier option then eating pizza! My source estimated this meal to be 207 calories per serving for 4 people.

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Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

(adapted from http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com)

Ingredients:

For the puree

1 medium head of cauliflower

2 T heavy cream

1 T butter

5 slices of Pepperoni (or 8 if you use the normal size one)

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella

For the casserole

8 slices of Pepperoni (or 12 if normal size)

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

Directions:

Cut cauliflower away from stem and cut into medium size pieces

Place cauliflower in bowl along with 2 T heavy cream and 1 T butter

Microwave uncovered for 10 minutes , stir to coat with mixture and microwave another 6 minutes

Remove and place in blender and puree along with 5-8 pepperoni and 1/4 cup cheese

Place in an 8×8 dish then cover with 1/2 cup cheese and layer with pepperoni.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes .

Crock Pot Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

molten2 posts in a day?? Man, I’m on a roll…really though I just had to post this ASAP because it’s that good. I would compare it to the molten cake at Chili’s minus the hot fudge. Which is totally bomb by the way if you haven’t tried. Now I know this is something I always say but this recipe really is super easy. Everyone who tried it loved it, I even invited some friends over to indulge. It might not look amazing, in fact it reminds me of that chocolate “dirt” with the gummy bear worms dessert…anyone else know what I’m talking about? I mostly saw it as a kid…Anyways, don’t judge my amazing iPhone pic. One day I’ll be an amazing food photographer but until then…use your imagination.

Crockpot Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

Source: www.tammileetips.com

Ingredients:

1 Box of Chocolate cake mix

1 Can of cherry pie filling

1 stick of butter

Vanilla ice cream (optional)

I didn’t say this was healthy!

Directions:

Place cherry pie filling on bottom of crock pot.

Melt butter till soft.

Mix cake and butter together till crumbly then place over filling.

Cook on high for 2 hours or low on 4.

Healthy Cashew Orange Chicken

orangechicken Who doesn’t just love Chinese food? What I don’t love is at least the 600 calorie, 500 mg sodium and all that msg (flavor enhancer) that has been linked with obesity that comes with it. One of my favorites to eat is Sesame chicken, omg I just love it. So when I’m feeling like eating bad and I mean really bad that day I’ll order up some Sesame chicken with white rice. It is so good while you eat it but towards the end the sick disgusting feeling comes over. You know the feeling! This recipe is super clean and yeah it has a little more sodium then I would like but hey that’s what you get for using soy sauce. I made this with cauliflower rice and I’m telling you if you haven’t tried it yet, you just have to! Brown rice just doesn’t taste as good to me. White rice is just so good but with the cauliflower rice it tricks your brain. Honestly, I would pick cauliflower rice over brown rice any day. Plus you can eat as much cauliflower rice you want and it’ll be good for you.

Cashew Orange Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken thighs, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 3 T honey
  • 3 T reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 T rice vinegar
  • 1 T sriracha or chili sauce (Put a teaspoon if you can’t handle a lot of spice)
  • 1 T orange zest
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 t ginger
  • 1 T water
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup green onions

Directions:

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken and cook till cooked through.
  • Add all the other ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
  • Pour into pan, until it thickens (1-2 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and garnish with green onions and place on top of cauliflower rice.
  • Voila!

Natural ways to care for your baby

IMG_0161I’ve been called a hippie mom and I’m alright with that! I don’t go overboard…I don’t think, maybe I do to some parents. I’ve just done a lot of research and it’s utterly ludicrous what’s allowed to be in our food, household items, beauty supplies, etc. With babies you can’t use much medicine anyway so it’s definitely worth giving essential oils a shot if your little one is sick. Liam had a cold and a runny nose recently so I was introduced to essential oils through my mom and we used them on him. I can’t say for sure how much it worked but I know I wouldn’t have been able to do give him medicine anyway so I believe it was beneficial for him. His cold never got severe and he was able to sleep through all his naps and through the night even also drank all his milk during feeding times even though he was congested and had a cough. We put Eucalyptus and Breathe (DoTerra oil) in Liam’s vaporizer to help him breathe better while he slept. If you use vicks you have to make sure to use it on kids I believe that are 2 and up. It says on the bottle. The problem is parents use it on little ones and their airways are smaller so it affects them more and causes complications. Orajel, Johnson & Johnson, and even Hylands (which is homeopathic) all have been recalled or have had some serious controversy surrounding them. I know death has even been mentioned in the Orajel issue. It’s so sad that parents can’t really trust products now in days. I still would go the homeopathic route any day though over using other methods. I will post later on a teething product that I use that definitely works and is all natural! Okay now to the good stuff! I found this info on a flier that came with our DoTerra oils and it was very useful for me so I figured I would share it.

COLDS: Diffuse 2 drops of melaleuca, lemon,  or lavender at bedtime and again during the day. Mix 1 drop melaleuca, lemon, or lavender with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil; use a small amount to massage upper chest and back at each diaper change.

COLIC: Mix 1 drop lavender with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil. Gently massage a few drops onto the abdomen, stroking clockwise to follow the direction of the colon.

CONGESTION: For relief during daytime hours, diffuse 1 drop lavender or melaleuca.

COUGH: Mix 1 drop lavender with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil. Rub a small amount on chest and back.

CRADLE CAP: Combine 2 Tablespoons almond oil with 1 drop of lemon and 1 drop of geranium. Apply a small amount of this blend on the baby’s head.

CRYING: Place a drop of lavender or Roman chamomile on a tissue (or rub on your hands) and the let infant smell the oil. Do not let the baby touch the oil.

DIARRHEA: Mix 1 drop Roman chamomile with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil. Gently massage 2-3 drops onto the abdomen, stroking clockwise to follow the direction of the colon.

DIAPER RASH: Combine 1 drop German chamomile and 1 drop lavender with 1 drop whole milk. Add the mixture to bath water, and swish around with hand before bathing the baby. Keep oils from the baby’s eyes and face.

FEVER: Mix 1 drop lavender with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil. Apply a small amount on the bottoms of the feet, the back of the neck, and behind the ears. Cover the feet with socks so the baby won’t get essential oils in his or her mouth.

JAUNDICE: Mix 1 drop geranium with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil. Apply to the bottoms of feet and to liver area. Do not apply oils within 1/2 hour of before or after UVA light treatment.

TEETHING: Mix 1 drop Roman chamomile or lavender with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil. Use a small amount to gently massage the outside of the face along the jawline.

ESSENTIAL OILS MOST COMMONLY RECOMMENDED FOR BABIES: grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, melaleuca, orange, petitgrain, Roman chamomile, tangerine, and neroli.

Honey Mustard Chicken

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This is probably one of my new favorite recipes. I’ve been trying to eat really clean for about the past month and a half. This recipe is perfect for that. Sometimes a recipe looks really good then you see what you need to make it and you close the page instead of writing what you need. Or maybe I’m the only one who does that…sometimes you aren’t in the mood to chop, simmer, blend food. Or have to have 13 different ingredients. You want to hit it and quit it, so to speak :). You can serve this with cauliflower or brown rice. Of course it would be really good with white rice and mashed potatoes but we aren’t going there remember? Think about summer coming and it will direct your paths on the right track.

Honey Mustard Chicken

(Adapted from Foodiecrush)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup grainy (coarse) mustard

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

1/2 cup honey

1 teaspoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons tarragon

1 tablespoon ginger, minced

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Directions:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place thighs in a baking dish and add all the ingredients in a bowl.

3. Pour mixture over thighs and make sure to coat both sides.

4. Bake for 40-45 minutes flipping the thighs about 20 minutes in.

5. Spoon sauce over thighs on a served plate.

Paleo Fried Honey Bananas

My family and I started a fitness competition in the beginning of January, I am proud to say so far I’m winning :)! I’ve lost about 7 lbs. since the start of it. I’m 2 lbs. away from my pre pregnancy weight and Liam is 9 months today. I can’t believe he’s already 9 months :(!  I was hoping I would get the weight off sooner and I probably could have but some things went down in my life that affected my workouts and diet. Now I’m back on track and feeling great! I love sweets, it’s just something I will always have to have in my diet. Moderation is key 🙂 This recipe is pretty guilt free and very tasty. I know if I had a sweet tooth this would cure it. So if you are trying to lose weight instead of eating bad sweets indulge in these bananas and still be on track for your goals. Even if you aren’t trying to lose weight and you like to eat healthy this obviously is a recipe for you too! Everything you should have on hand and it takes about 6 minutes to make. This recipe was found on the Hive & Honey BEEpothecary blog.

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Fried Honey Bananas

Ingredients:

Medium banana

About a tablespoon of coconut oil

Tablespoon of honey

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

Directions:

Cut banana into slices and place in a small frying pan with coconut oil on medium heat.

Meanwhile, mix together honey, cinnamon and 1/2 tablespoon water in a little bowl and set aside.

Once the bananas are brown then flip over and brown the other side.

Once down, turn heat on low and pour your mixture over bananas until it bubbles

Voila!