HOMEMADE DOG SOAP

Dog Shampoo for Sensitive Skin

Every year, as Winter comes to a close, my precious pup Apple (the dog) emerges from the comfort and safety of her house cave to enjoy the new life and adventure that arrives in Spring.

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As dogs do, she loves the warmth of the sun and the soft grass under her body.  Unfortunately, she has sensitive skin and every year she kicks off the season with an itchy rash on her belly.

In preparation for the dreaded moment of bathing this loofah (her hair actually acts as a loofah… so hard to get the soap out because it just keeps foaming), I made this Dog Soap specifically for sensitive skin.   It’s also awesome because as I wash her with it, it DOES NOT recreate itself… i.e… bubble up as I rinse her over and over until I go insane.  Cool.

WHAT I USED

  • 1 quart of water
  • 1 cup nontoxic soap [I use Dr. Bronners Castile liquid soap]
  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1/3 glycerine
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel

The glycerine and aloe vera gel provide soothing elements for her belly 

Mix it and pour over dog.  Easy.  Simple.

If only washing my dog were that easy.

She hates getting washed (as her face indicates below) but LOVES how she feels after.  This time I only lost a little blood in the process and now have a clean, happy and relaxed dog, so WIN!

My daughter thought it was hysterical and thought it appropriate to photograph our battle, so I will share. Let me know if you decide to try it and if you make any adjustments to the recipe!

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DIY AFTER SUN LOTION

Today I made a new batch of my DIY AFTER SUN LOTION and I thought I’d share what I do with you! This is absolutely the best solution for my skin after spending a glorious day in the sun. It’s kinda obvious and it’s super easy and cheap. This AFTER SUN LOTION works better than any store brand I’ve tried. I made it for the first time after getting a chemical burn from using a chemical sun screen.

DIY After Sun Lotion

BOOOOO OUCH NOOOOO NEVER AGAIN

I normally use a natural sunscreen brand Alba Botanica is my ALL TIME FAVORITE but this particular pool day I was without it and used my friends sun spray.

ITCH ‘CREAM’ for BUG BITES and STINGS – diy

HAPPY SPRING!!!

It’s that time of year when I make the Plantain Tincture.  This will be my 5th year making it and I promise I wouldn’t keep doing this if it didn’t work.  Plus, it’s seriously the easiest thing ever.  This single batch lasts all year and I even have extra to share with friends.  We use it for all the bug bites… spider, bee, mosquito, wasps (those evil little monsters) and also snake bites (not that I’ve ever been bit, but if I do…).  This can also be used for splinters.  The plantain has a pulling agent and it heals the wounded area really good!  I had a small allergic reaction rash on my arm to some grass or something last week.  I sprayed my potion on it and BAM!!!… the itching and bumps disappeared in a few minutes.  Watch the video and make some this season.  Parents, this stuff stinks and can sting a little, but send it to camp this year with your kids.  My kids friends now ask what that weird stuff is I make b’c they want some hehehe.  Check it out and watch the video ↓↓↓

DIY COCONUT YOGURT

I’m obsessed with COCONUT.  OBSESSED.  And OBSESSED with this COCONUT YOGURT RECIPE I’ve been making lately.  I like to make it on Sunday evenings and store it in glass jars for the week.  Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!

—»  HOMEMADE COCONUT YOGURT  «—

Coconut Yogurt

DIY Coconut Yogurt

GINGER SHOT RECIPE AND FACTS

 

Ginger is a great ANTI-FOOD —» it’s anti-viral • anti-septic • anti-histamine • anti-inflammatory and just great if you have a head cold or sinus congestion.  It’s INTENSE NUTRITION!  BAM

If you live near a beloved JUICE BAR ♥, go in and ask for a Ginger Shot.

They’ll make one up for ya!

Or try this RECIPE from DELICIOUSLY ELLA

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 large knob of ginger, about 50g

Peel the ginger, then put it into a juicer and collect the juice. Squeeze the lemon either by hand or using a citrus press. Mix the juice of the ginger and lemon together, then drink the shot – don’t sip it though as it’s not the most delicious thing!

↓  THE CHALLENGE  ↓

Can you take a GINGER SHOT and keep a straight face like my little man Iver?

Now here’s a Juicy Tip from Juice Therapy •••
For a warm, comforting, nutritious drink, put a few slices of lemon and ginger along with a teaspoon of manuka honey into hot water.

Because ginger helps to tame nausea, it is beneficial for people undergoing chemotherapy and its associated nausea as well as for pregnancy and its associated morning sickness.

Ginger has been referred to as “the king of anti-inflammatory foods” and is incredibly useful for any inflammatory problems in the body from rheumatoid arthritis to easing muscle pain after strenuous activity and exercise. The reason it is such a powerful anti-inflamatory is because it contains compounds or essential oils called gingerols that help to interrupt the inflammation process. Essentially they interfere with an enzyme called cyclo-oxygenase (COX) that is involved in switching on inflammation and instigating pain. When we experience a cold, we feel all bunged up with mucus, although actually most of that feeling actually comes from inflammation of the of the mucous membrane in the nose and sinuses. Most conditions and pain in the body are associated with inflammation including all muscle pain, arthritis and even skin conditions. … read more here

For some fun Juicy Trivia, check out Juice Therapy! 

A ginger shot is one of the assignments in our Fall Bingo Challenge!  This is a great way to say motivated in November… Let’s do this together!  Come read → HERE ←about the challenge and get your family and friends in on this one… it’s gonna be FUN!!

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♥ HAVE A HAPPY HEALTHY SEASON ♥

 

 

DIY TOOTHPASTE VIDEO

Take a few minutes and see how incredibly easy it is to make toothpaste at home.  We’ve been doing this for a year and love it SO MUCH MORE that the store brands.  
P.S.  It also whitens the teeth!
Score.

 You can BUY COCONUT OIL here.
It’s on SALE right now!!!  Yay
Take a look at my Tropical Traditions COCONUT OIL Review here!

BABYSITTING & CHILD SAFETY CPR CLASS

SATURDAY MORNING THESE GIRLS TOOK A BABYSITTING AND CHILD SAFETY CLASS AND I WANT TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND SHARE HOW VALUABLE THIS WAS.  

FIRST, IT WAS EASY TO SIGN UP – LOTS OF OPTIONS FOR CLASS TIMES AND WAS VERY INEXPENSIVE.   SECOND, THE CLASS WAS TO THE POINT.  KIM McCRAVEN, RN, TAUGHT THE CLASS AND DID A GREAT JOB PRESENTING THE INFORMATION WITHOUT IT OVERWHELMING THE GIRLS.  


               A FEW TOPICS

* QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE BABYSITTING 
* ADULT, CHILD, INFANT CPR/AED
* KNOCKED OUT TEETH 
* ALLERGIC REACTION/ EPI PIN
* BITES & STINGS
(SNAKE, SPIDER, TICK, BEE…)
* CUTS/WOUNDS
* CHOKING
* ASTHMA
* POISON

 
 
 
NOW WATCH THIS SHORT INTERVIEW WITH THE GIRLS AND SEE WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE CLASS



“NOW I CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE IN BABYSITTING BECAUSE I AM PREPARED IF SOMETHING HAPPENS.  AND I THINK MY MOM FEELS BETTER ABOUT ME WATCHING MY YOUNGER BROTHER. “  – Taylor Benson

 
“THAT IS CORRECT.” – Mom
 

VISIT CodeOneCPR.com FOR MORE INFO

READ ANOTHER POST I WROTE WITH MORE DETAILS ON THIS COMPANY HERE

TO DECREASE THE RISK OF YOUNG PEOPLE GETTING POISONED, CONSIDER SWITCHING YOUR HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS TO A CHEMICAL-FREE OPTION.  CHECK OUT MY DIY RECIPES – HONESTLY TOO CHEAP AND EASY NOT TO DO.

ALSO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS HOMEMADE PLANTAIN TINCTURE FOR BITES, STINGS AND CUTS.  IT WORKS SO GOOD!  

HERE IS ANOTHER GREAT OINTMENT TO HAVE ON HAND.  IT’S A KIT YOU CAN BUY TO MAKE THE SALVE, AND IF YOU REALLY DON’T WANT TO MAKE IT YOURSELF, BUY IT FROM SISTER SALVE!

OK.  THAT’S ALL FOR NOW.
THANKS FOR READING!

DIY BUG SPRAY

DIY Bug Spray : I made this bug spray for Taylor to take to camp last summer.  Not only did she use it, but it worked and her friends ended up using hers instead of theirs!  win win… win.  Anyway, it’s time to set up our line of defense against the pesky bugs. 
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BUG SPRAY
(I doubled this recipe for the bottle shown)

2 oz jojoba oil
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
20 drops lemon grass essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
You should also make TICK SPRAY (HERE) to keep close by.  
They were so bad last year!  

EW!

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If you don’t want to make it and just want to buy it, you can buy this bug spray from my daughters ♥ Of Eden ♥ online boutique.  She has all kinds of useful products that are chemical free and completely effective.  

→  SHOP NOW   ←

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DIY AFTER-SUN LOTION

I’ve stumbled upon the best solution for my skin after spending a glorious day in the sun.  It’s kinda obvious and super easy and cheap.  I used this for the first time last summer after getting a burn from using a chemical sun screen. BOOOOO!  I normally use a natural brand but this particular pool day I didn’t have any and used my friends.  
Read HERE to find out why we switched to natural in the first place.  
Anywho, I used this DIY lotion on my burn and it worked better than anything I have ever used, ever!  I applied it at least 4 times a day for the first 3 days.  
1.  It seriously soothed the burn.  
2.  After a few days, my daughter and I both realized that my skin was super SOFT!  She asked what I was using and asked me to make her some!  lol 
3.  And finally, my peeling and itching was minimized.  
So from now on we use this:

GUEST PRESENTATION AT SCHOOL – DIY FUN!!!

My daughter, Taylor, attends a super cool school called Cedar Hall.  It’s a school on a farm!  The classical learning style helps develop a love of reading, learning and exploring.  
The hands-on “farm” learning teaches the students about life and gives application to what they are learning.  
WE LOVE IT!
 
I was honored last week when I was invited to do a demo and show the kids how easy it is to make chemical-free common household (and school) products. 
 
 IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!
The entire Middle School.
 
As you can see, I pulled out my stash of goodies from my “chemistry lab” and handed out a sheet with the recipes for them to follow.
Are YOU curious as to what we made???
Well, I thought I’d be a nice blogger and share with you 🙂

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We made hand soap and all-purpose spray for both the girls and the boys bathrooms.  Each decided on the essential oil “flavor” they wanted.
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TOOTHPASTE
We all made a batch to take home and try out. 
* 1 part Baking Soda
* 1 part Coconut Oil
* 5-10 drops of essential oil:
peppermint  spearmint  eucalyptus  grapefruit
lemon  lime  cinnamon  rosemary  orange
* And everyone gets their own toothpaste container! 
 
NO DOUBLE DIPPING IN MY TOOTHPASTE!!! 
The spearmint was the most popular, followed by peppermint and orange.  A few tried cinnamon and we decided it “tasted” like those Christmas cinnamon brooms… 
so not for me.
I did warn the kids that this tasts/feels salty because of the baking soda.  Add more coconut oil if you want and you can add a little stevia or sugar to sweeten it… but that seems weird to me because we are trying to remove sugars from our teeth, but some recipes add it.  
Check out how easy this is on my DIY Toothpaste video.


 Right now Tropical Traditions has their Coconut Oil on Sale!
This is no doubt the best quality you can get and I absolutely LOVE this awesome company.  
Click HERE to take a look and buy.

STUFF TO KNOW ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS
* Citrus oils pul toxins out of plastics and should only be used with glass.
* Essential oils should not be used undiluted on the skin.  Some can be used with “carrier oils, waxes,     butters, alcohols, or other diluting measures
* Do not take essential oils internally – especially wintergreen and eucalyptus
* If you’re allergic to a food, you will be allergic to that oil.
* Most essential oils are high in antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral properties… good for cleaning!
* If you use product on a child under 5 yrs, use half the amount of essential oils
* Always test a small area of your skin first to make sure it isn’t  going to irritate your skin
Click HERE for other DIY Products I make!
I buy all of my DIY products from 
They have an impressive amount of high quality brands to choose from, with such a LOW price!  Shopping HEALTHY, NATURAL, and ORGANIC doesn’t have to be expensive!  
Check them out HERE and order a few Essential Oils to start your own Homemade Collection!
And if you’ve never shopped with Swansons before you will get a $5 coupon as a THANK YOU for choosing them!
Here are some of the wonderful products that came to my door last week from SwansonVitamins.com
Tis the season!
LOVE THIS!
Frankincense & Myrrh!
My absolute favorite Natural Deodorant!
Finally something that works!
Makes the winter season a little less cold (along with my UGGs!)
Go shop and I’d love to know what you pick up!
Goodbye for now,