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Natural Jewelry Cleaner

Cleaning my ring takes some work since it isn’t a traditional engagement/wedding ring. I have a morganite engagement ring and two milgrain diamond wedding bands, which are all soldered together. Regardless of the type of ring or jewelry that you have, they must be cleaned. Doing so with a natural ring cleaner is a plus.

Why You Should Use a Natural Jewelry Cleaner

Your jewelry sits directly on your skin so cleaning it with non toxic products is a must. (Your skin absorbs up to 60% of what you apply topically) Most jewelers offer free ring cleaning services, but I’d rather do it myself with a natural jewelry cleaner. I don’t want any chemical yuck sitting on my skin. The cleaner that I use actually benefits my skin/me as a whole because it is infused with (the best) essential oils, and it of course gets the job done. My ring always looks just as amazing as the day that my husband proposed to me.


 

What You Will Need

A splash of warm water

A cup or small container (petri dish etc.)

An old or new toothbrush designated for cleaning your jewelry

½ capful of Thieves Household Cleaner (you can order yours HERE)

 


 

Instructions

Add the ½ capful of Thieves cleaner to your cup or dish

Add a splash of warm water (I say warm because hot water alters the constituents of essential oils. Learn more about that HERE)

Drop your ring in and let it sit. I usually leave my ring in there for a solid few hours, while I clean the house or get ready. If you only have a few minutes that’s good enough.The cleaner works just as well if you just dip the tooth brush in and begin scrubbing your ring.

The size of the toothbrush is perfect for getting into all of the crevices of my ring.

…TADA. I’m sure you are amazed at the sparkly beauty that is your ring. 😉 This stuff really does the trick and it does so naturally.

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Love,

B

 

 

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Easy Blender Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

These pancakes are great for day when you are on the go or just need to get something made on the fly. The more that you make these pancakes, the easier it’ll become to make it without measuring. Now I am able to just eye things out and they come out perfect every time.

Ingredients

½ Cup of Filtered Water

1  Egg

⅓ Cup of Raw Hemp Seeds

⅓ Cup of Oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats)

1 Tablespoon of Quinoa

1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds

1  Banana

1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil


Cook

Add all contents but the coconut oil to your blender

Blend for about a minute or until all contents are mixed well and consistency appears smooth

Place a large pan on medium-high heat and add 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil, add more coconut as needed

Pour the batter onto the pan in the sizes of your choice

Cook

&

Enjoy!

This is my go to breakfast recipe. I love Pancakes!  It’s quick and packed with lots of great ingredients. I eat them without syrup or any other toppings because the banana is enough sweetness for me. Feel free to dress yours up with pure maple syrup or raw honey. This recipe is also great for waffles.


About the Ingredients

 

Eggs

Whole eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, containing a little bit of almost every nutrient we need.

Steel Cut Oats

Steel cut oats could be considered a “power food” because they are an excellent source of protein, soluble and insoluble fiber and select vitamins and minerals. The benefits of steel cut oats exceed the benefits of rolled oats because of the way they are processed. Steel cut oats are dense and chewy as a result of being passed through sharp, steel blades that cut them into thin slices that helps retain more fiber and protein. Steel cut oats, just as any whole oats, make a healthy addition to your regular diet. They contain fiber, protein, and iron.

Hemp seeds

Hemp seeds are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They are also a great protein source and contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.

About 25% of the calories in hemp seeds come from protein. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids, making them a complete protein source.

Quinoa

Protein, fiber, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, copper, iron, zinc, potassium vitamins B1, B2 and B6, small amounts of calcium, B3 (niacin) and vitamin E.

It contains large amounts of flavonoids, including quercetin and kaempferol. These are potent plant antioxidants with numerous health benefits.

Quinoa is much higher in fiber than most grains, with one source finding 17-27 grams of fiber per cup.

Quinoa is naturally free of gluten and using it instead of typical gluten-free ingredients can increase the antioxidant and nutrient value of a gluten-free diet.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.

These seeds are high in antioxidants that help to protect the delicate fats in the seeds. They also have various benefits for health.

Almost all of the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fiber. This gives them the ability to absorb 10-12 times their weight in water. Fiber also has various beneficial effects on health.

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Love,

B

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Natural Eyelash Growth Serum

The Scoop

Eyelashes play a big role in your daily get up. I have found that a good mascara and some lip balm can do wonders and change up your whole look from frumpy and tired to a bright eyed natural look.

I have always had fairly long lashes. However, regular use of mascara leaves many lash casualties at the end of me removing my make up and going through my cleansing routine. When I first got started with Young Living one of the first things that I started implementing into my beauty routine was adding lavender to my bottle of mascara. It helps with eyelash nourishment and growth.

Later, I saw an instagram friend (Sweetjamieleejoy) post about her oil infused eyelash serum. This girl has the most beautiful long natural lashes. My interest was immediately piqued. I asked her what the ingredients were and shortly after placed an order for the supplies that I needed (aside from the oils). Once I received my materials I got to work on creating ratios that worked for me. Trial and error of course. Initially the first batch that I created had way too many drops of essential oils because the scent was too strong for my eyes. Second time was a charm!


Supplies + Ingredients:

Young Living’s Cedarwood Essential Oil

Young Living’s Lavender Essential Oil

Young Living’s Rosemary Essential Oil

Empty Mascara Tubes

Castor Oil

*Disclaimer: I only recommend the use of the most pure and natural therapeutic essential oils (Young Living). I am not responsible for any damage created by or caused by use of adulterated essential oils. Oil purity is extremely important as FDA onlyrequires 5-10% of the actual oil in order for an oil to be labeled 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oil. When in fact the rest could be fillers, solvents, chemicals, or otherwise.


Sanitize the mascara tubes and other parts prior to use.

Add two drops of each essential oil to the mascara tube

Fill about ¾ of the tube with castor oil

Add rubber insert and seal with wand/lid

Apply nightly before bed

& ✨✨✨


Important Info

If at any point you get an essential oil in your eye, DO NOT FLUSH WITH WATER.

Water drives the oils, and will in turn intensify the discomfort.

Grab a carrier oil (jojoba oil, castor oil, olive oil, or coconut oil, etc.) and gently put some in your eye. Rest your eyes until discomfort is over.

I would love to see your before and afters!

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Love,

B

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Essential Oil Infused Gummies

After much trial and error (I got it right the 4th time), I finally figured out a recipe that works and tastes amazing.

SCROLL DOWN for the background on these gummies.

Ingredients & Supplies

Gummy Bear Molds

Unflavored Gelatin

¼ cup of Filtered Water

¼ cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk

1½ teaspoon of Raw Honey or your sweetener of choice to taste.

& of course the vitality oils of your choice! We used Lemon and Cinnamon Bark Vitality Oils.

*I ONLY RECOMMEND THE INGESTION OF THE MOST PURE ESSENTIAL OILS WHICH ARE SAFE FOR INGESTION. NOT ALL OILS ARE PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE. YOUNG LIVING IS THE ONLY BRAND THAT I TRUST*

To purchase Young Living oils click HERE!


Instructions:

  1. Bring water to a boil (I just use our Bonavita Kettle)
  2. Pour the cold almond milk into a mixing bowl, and sprinkle the contents of one envelope of gelatin over the milk. Let sit for 1 minute.
  3. Pour your hot water into a small glass and stir in honey until dissolved. (If using another sweetener this step is not necessary.)
  4. Add hot water to mixing bowl and stir
  5. Add in 1-2 drops of desired oil, to taste. If you know anything about EOs, then you know that a little goes a long way. I did 2 drops of Lemon Vitality + 2 drop of Cinnamon Bark Vitality.

This recipe makes enough to fill about two gummy molds. Use this recipe as a template, substitute NingXia for the almond milk, or double the amounts if you wish. 🙂


Story behind the gummies

During this last holiday season a friend of mine who got her Young Living Premium Starter Kit for Christmas made oil infused gummies as gifts for people. They were incredible. I ate them all up in one sitting because they were so delicious. I didn’t ever get the recipe from her so I tried (and failed many times) until I finally found the right ratios. I am so glad that I stuck it out and made it work. These are great treats for grown-ups and kiddos alike. I see it as another way to get the benefits of my amazing oils down the hatch (Learn more about how to use oils here.), to incorporate gelatin into my family’s diet, and of course just a tasty treat.

A N T I O X I D A N T S

Definition: a substance that inhibits oxidation, especially one used to counteract the deterioration of stored food products.

Antioxidants are crucial to your health as they are believed to help control how fast you age by combating free radicals, which are at the heart of age related deterioration.

Your body produces free radicals as a result of normal metabolism and energy production. Free radicals are a biological response to environmental toxins, such as cigarette smoke, chemicals, sunlight, cosmic and manmade radiation, and even a key feature of pharmaceutical drugs. Free radicals are also produced when you have inflammation in your body and when you exercise.

Free radicals seek to steal electrons from many of the proteins in your body and can also result in damage to your DNA and other cell structures.

An antioxidant is a molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of another molecule. Antioxidants break the free radical chain of reactions by sacrificing their own electrons to feed free radicals, without becoming free radicals themselves.

They are all electron donors.

Antioxidants are nature’s way of defending your cells against attack by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Your body naturally circulates a variety of nutrients for their antioxidant properties and manufactures antioxidant enzymes in order to control these destructive chain reactions. For example, vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenes, and lipoic acid are well-known and well-researched antioxidant nutrients.

Your body can manufacture some of these antioxidants, but not others. And your body’s natural antioxidant production tends to decline with age.

Dr. Mercola

Essential oils have so many incredible health benefits one of which is the unbelievable antioxidant content.

Tufts University developed the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity assay (ORAC) as a method of assaying the antioxidant capacity of common foods. The ORAC assay is the most sensitive and reliable method of calculating food’s antioxidant value against the second most common free radical in the human body, peroxyl.

Blueberries which are widely known to be high in antioxidants have an ORAC value of 2,400

One drop of Young Living’s Thyme Essential has the ORAC value of 159,590 !!!!!

G E L A T I N

Gelatin is known to improve skin health, provide protein, aid in digestion, support the joints, and support a good night’s sleep, among many other things.

The benefits are all just additional benefits of a these little treats.

Let me know what you think!

xoxo,

B

 

 

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DIY Essential Oil Infused Foaming Hand soap 

You’ll need:

a foaming soap dispenser (We resused the ones from our thieves foaming handsoap)

1/3 cup of Plain (unscented Castile Soap)

2/3 cup of filtered water

20 drops of the essential oil of your choice (This time we used Citrus Fresh, Max is all about the citrus oils)
Pour all ingredients into dispenser & shake. TADA… That is all.

Love,

B

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Kombucha

How to make your own Kombucha.

First off you need to have a SCOBY. I wrote a how to on a previous post (click HERE to access it).


Ingredients:

A SCOBY

6 bags of PLAIN Black Tea (We use an organic black tea by Choice teas, available on Amazon. I chose this tea because it is organic and the tea bags are not plastic… plastic+heat are not a good combo. We try to avoid plastic at all costs.) The tea needs to be plain black tea because if it isn’t the oils of added flavors will hinder/destroy the fermentation process.

1 Cup of Sugar (We use an organic raw cane sugar from Costco) It needs to be plain sugar. It cannot be coconut sugar or a sugar substitute. The sugar is what will feed your SCOBY.

12 Cups of filtered water

Materials:

1 Large glass container (one with a spout works best)

1 Large pot

1 Mixing spoon

1 Kitchen towel

1 Large rubber band


Add water and tea bags into a large pot, bring to a boil.

Stir in the sugar while it is still hot.

Allow sweetened tea to cool.

Once completely cool strain out all of the liquid from each tea bag and remove tea bags.

Pour tea into a glass container preferably one with a spout.

Leave the lid off and place the towel over the the mouth of your glass container, place the rubber band around the diameter of the mouth.

Store in a cool dark place.

& Now…. WE WAIT.

Allow your Kombucha to ferment for about 10 days. If you live in a colder area or are brewing a batch during a colder season the fermentation process will take longer. To gauge the fermentation process you can pour yourself a bit and taste it.

Once you have allowed your batch to ferment it is time for flavoring.

I like to use fresh fruit. You can use dried herbs (I recently made ROSE KOMBUCHA! It was incredible), frozen fruit, fruit purees, and of course fresh fruit.

To flavor your Kombucha, REMOVE your SCOBY. Place it in a sealed container (we use a mason jar) and refrigerate it for future use.

You will want to use about 1 tsp of fruit per cup of kombucha. With this ratio you would use 12 tsps. It really just depends on how you like it.

Add your fruit or herbs and allow to ferment for one full day. Place the towel and rubber band over the mouth of the jar once more.

After a day of flavoring remove all fruit/herbs pour your kombucha into airtight containers and refrigerate.

Sometimes I can’t wait to try it especially when I have used a new flavor. When I am that impatient I’ll grab some ice and pour myself a bit.

Remember to store your SCOBY in a cool dark place. Ours stays in the cupboard in a sealed mason jar when it is not in use.

Enjoy!

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xxxx,

Bobbie

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DIY Essential Oil Infused Face Wash

Finding a safe face wash can be challenging and expensive.

Learn how to create your own toxin free essential oil infused facial cleanser.

It’s not enough to remove your make up. You should also be cleansing your skin. Guilty. I don’t always use a facial cleanser after removing my make up. Most nights I feel accomplished if the dishes are done, my make up is removed and my teeth are brushed.

This foaming face wash is simple to make and convenient to use.


 

Here is what you’ll need:

A foaming hand soap dispenser that holds at least 8oz of liquid. (I reuse my Thieves Foaming Hand Soap dispensers)

3 oz Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap – Baby Unscented, 32oz.

30 Drops of the skin supporting Essential Oils of your choice – I only recommend the use of Young Living’s Essential Oils. Order your Young Living Oils HERE. I like to use Lavender and Frankincense.

1/3 cup of Distilled Water

1/2 Tsp of Witch Hazel


Combine all ingredients in soap dispenser, fasten lid, and shake.

Use 1-2 pumps per wash!

 

Let me know what your thoughts are.

xx Bobbie

 

 

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DIY Essential Oil Dry Shampoo

If you are anything like me then you don’t wash your hair every day. I’m not on a particular schedule per say. I just go as long as I can until my hair gets too gross.

This Dry Shampoo will tide you over in between washes! It absorbs well and it smells amazing, plus it’s essential oil infused. Any time that oils have contact with you, you’re receiving some amazing support.

The only essential oils that I recommend are Young Living’s Essential oils. They have a Seed to Seal promise. The human’s sense of smell is unlike any other sense. The things that we smell reach the limbic system of our brains. The limbic system is the seat of the emotions. Therefore I only use the best oils on the market. Young Living has been around for over 20 years and owns their own farms and has partner farms all over the world. Their farms have very specific guidelines and standards. Learn more about that HERE.

For this recipe I used Cedarwood and Bergamot Essential oils.

Ingredients & Supplies

Young Living’s Bergamot Essential Oil

Young Living’s Cedarwood Essential Oil

-Arrowroot Powder (is what I used) or Corn Starch

If you have dark hair you can use cocoa powder instead of a white base. My hair is really dark but the arrowroot powder is so fine that the white isn’t noticeable.

-An empty spice bottle that has the shaker top. (I usually save my empties so I had mine on hand) You could also use a small canning jar and puncture holes in the lid. (If you puncture holes in the lid you won’t be able to carry this around in your purse, unless you bring the punctured top and a normal top.)


 

Fill your container about 3/4 of the way with your arrowroot powder or cornstarch

add 5 drops of Bergamot

add 2 drops of Cedarwood

and

SHAKE it like a salt shaker. (Real dang hard).

That is all.

 

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This stuff works wonders.

Enjoy!

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

 

Love,

Bobbie

 

 

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Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Ingredients:

20 Brussels Sprouts

4 Slices of Bacon

Pepper to taste

Salt to Taste (I like Himalayan Pink and Sea Salt)

Onion Powder to Taste (optional)


 

Instructions:

1. Heat a medium sized pan to medium heat

2. Place your bacon on the pan and cook it

3. Begin to prepare your Brussels Sprouts by washing them and slicing them in halves

 

4. Once the bacon is cooked to your desired wellness remove the bacon and set on a cutting board. Leave the pan on the stove.

5. Once bacon is cool enough, cut it the slices into inch long pieces and set aside

6. Using the pan that you used for bacon, place the Brussels into the pan and begin to cook them

Add your seasonings. You can get creative here. Sometimes I like to add coconut aminos (which is used as a soy sauce substitute)

They should be cooked on medium heat—for about 15-20 minutes depending on how you like them. Remember if you cook them too long they taste BITTER.😷
7. Once your Brussels are cooked to perfection transfer them over to a bowl and mix in your bacon.
ENJOY.


About the Recipe

This meal is one that I eat multiple times a week. It doesn’t take much thought or planning and is easy to execute. You only need one pan!

Recently three different people have asked me for recipes so by the third time I realized that it was confirmation that I need to post my recipes up here. I love wellness and I love food!

About 99% of what I make is eyed out. There arent any real measurements. I am definitely a taste tester. SO with that said this will be a good little challenge for me to create measurements and detailed instructions.

I hope you enjoy the recipes.

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Love,

B

 

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How to make a Kombucha SCOBY

Before we begin I am by no means a professional Kombucha maker. I started making my own after a friend of mine gave me a SCOBY and taught me how to make it. Making my own Kombucha has become a delicious money saving hobby of mine.

What is a SCOBY?

SCOBY is an acronym that stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. It is the live bacteria and yeast that ferment the tea and create the delicious fizz and tart taste in our beloved kombucha.The SCOBY covers up the fermenting tea. It shields it  from the air and unwanted bacteria.

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Ingredients:

1 bottle of Original (unflavored) Organic Raw Kombucha. I use GT’s

Tools:

1 12oz mason jar

1 paper towel

1 rubber band

About 1 month’s time.


1. Open your GT’s Original Kombucha and pour it into the mason jar slowly. You may have noticed some gooey looking stuff on the bottom of the bottle. You will want to get as much of that into your mason jar as possible. This will aid in forming your SCOBY. This is actually a small SCOBY beginning to form. (See photo above)

2. Drink some of the Kombucha from the bottle to create space for the rest of the Kombucha. Once there are only a few inches of Kombucha left in the original bottle swirl it around to make sure that you get all of the baby SCOBY into the mason.

3. Place your paper towel over the mouth of the mason and then place your rubber band around the mouth securing the paper towel.

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&NOW WE WAIT. Wait for about four weeks (If you live in a colder region it may take longer). Store it in a cool dark place. The temperature should never exceed 70 degrees. If it does it could create mold rendering the SCOBY no good.

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Waiting is the hardest part for me! I usually check on it every so often to see the progress.

I will update this post with photos of the progress. 🙂

Have fun!

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