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The Many Uses of Castile Soap

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Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk to you guys about the wonders of Castile Soap. Castile soap is my number one item for natural cleaning and personal hygiene. Castile soap is a gentle sulfate-free foaming soap made mostly with vegetable oil that is named after a region in Spain where it was originally made. Because it is os gentle it can be used on every member of the household including babies and pets! 
The first scent of Castile soap I bought was peppermint,l but be warned, this one is not the best body wash. It can make the more sensitive parts burn. Since then I have also purchased eucalyptus Castile soap and lavender Castile soap. Lavender is the best for personal hygiene and the others are great for cleaning.
Do you use Castile soap in your household? What are your favorite uses? ~Stella~



Shampoo - Fill a bottle half way with Castile soap and the rest of the way with water. I personally use a spray bottle and spray it on my scalp and in my hair. The consistency is very watery.

How To Optimize Weight Loss Healthily

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It has become a fad to be lean and thin, almost to the point of lunacy. Nonetheless, there is much merit to keeping ones body fat to the absolute necessity only, not more, not less.

January has come around, many have vowed to lose weight, get more active and be more healthy. Why not make this week a yearlong approach, a lifestyle?

Once we incorporate key and essential ' hacks ' in our lifestyle which become daily healthy habits, this is achievable with little to no effort. Many of these I have mentioned in past articles, and shall not elaborate on in great detail for most. . .

Most important, is to ensure that your house is free of ALL processed foods and/or animal products, along with chemical personal care, household items, these vary from deodorants, toothpaste, soaps shampoos, bleaching agents and excessive plastics- specifically for food storage.

Ensuring your dietary intake is wholly fresh fruits and vegetables or at the least, 95% so, is a surefooted way to gain, and mai…

Recipe!! Vegan Peppered Gravy

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Hey guys! My husband's favorite food is Biscuits and Gravy.  Since transitioning to a plant-based diet, we have been struggling to finds the perfect gravy for his favorite dish. 
After months of trial and errors, we ended up using prepackaged vegan gravy for awhile. The other night my husband REALLY wanted biscuits and gravy but we didn't have any prepackaged gravy. So I decided to try again.
I finally came up with the ideal vegan gravy for biscuits and gravy! I am so excited about this, I thought I would share.
I hope you guys enjoy this recipe and let me know if you find a way to make it even better in the comments.
Happy Cooking! ~Stella~ Vegan Peppered Gravy Recipe Makes two cups
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk - 1 cup vegetable broth - 1 teaspoon pepper - 1 clove of roasted garlic - 1 dash of chili powder - 3 tablespoons of flour - 3 tablespoons of cooking fat (I used vegan butter)
1. Add the cooking fat and flour to a pan. 2. Mix together until they form a sandy like cons…

Clementine Jam!

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Hello all! Today I wanted to share with you this yummy clementine jam recipe! Thie recipe only has three ingredients, that's it!
**Please remember that your jam will only be as good as your clementines, so choose wisely!**

The perfect clementine, will be a bit firm but not too firm. You want to easily squeeze it but you do not want it to have indentations in it after you squeeze it. The perfect one will be fragrant and have a thin skin. The best time to purchase clementines is in later winter months (January - February). This is when they are in season.

You can store them at room temperature for a week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If your clementines are very ripe, you may want to put them in the refrigerator if you do not plan on using them right away!

Happy cooking!

~Michele!~



Clementine Jame Recipe Makes one jar of jam
You'll need
3 pounds of clementines (they're often sold in 3lb bags) a cup of sugar the juice of 2 lemons

Directions:
Peel the clementines and b…

Natural Cleaning: Top 4 Cleaning Recipes For The Car

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Hey guys! This is the last part of this series! I hope you were able to find some super awesome recipes to use around your home. Please feel free to bookmark these pages and reference them for later use.
If you would like to learn more about zero waste and natural living please check back every Monday. Our goal is to share a post about those topics every Monday until further notice! 
If you have not checked out the other installments in this series, please do if you are interested. So far we have gone over five natural cleaning recipes for the kitchen click here to check it out. To check out four natural cleaning recipes for walls and carpets click here to check it out.  We have a post for five natural cleaning recipes for the bathroom click here to check it out and we also have a post for laundry recipes click here to check it out.

~Stella~ Car Wash - 1 gallon of water - 1/4 cup castile soap - 10 drops lemon extract
1. Fill bucket with ingredients 2. wash car normally

Tire Wash - 2 cu…

Recipe!! Mashed Cauliflower

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Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you a super quick and delicious recipe for cauliflower. This recipe is great if you ar eon a low carb diet, or if you are trying to count some calories. It is even perfect if you do not want something as heavy as mashed potatoes.
This mashed recipe as a similar taste and texture to mashed potatoes, in fact my family can not tell the difference between this and traditional mashed potatoes. Feel free to season this up just like you would for mashed potatoes. Cauliflower takes on the flavor of whatever you cook it with.
If you wanted to add more flavor you could use vegetable broth to steam the cauliflower. This is a favorite in my house and I hope it would be a favorite in yours also!
Happy cooking! ~Stella~




Mashed Cauliflower Recipe
Makes 6 servings

- 1 head of cauliflower separated
- 1 head of roasted garlic
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
- Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Steam cauliflower.
2. Add steamed cauliflower, roasted garlic, salt, and pepper int…

Facial Routine with Healthful Choices

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The Face:



‘What lays manifest in the physical, is a mirror of the internal’ ~ Jan P. López.

The skin on one’s face is the most sensitive part of the body, we wash often, moisturize and expose to the sun daily. In order to maintain healthy skin, it is imperative to hydrate the body effectively by consuming as much fruits and vegetables daily along with drinking sufficient amounts of pure water. Diet plays a major role in the appearance and health of one’s skin.

In conjunction with the above, it is also important to ensure t whatever goes on the skin is safe and nourishing. It is 100 %true that ’if you would not eat it, perhaps it should not be on the skin. '

The skin is  porous and the largest organ of the body and  thus easily transports whatever it  comes into contact with  to the bloodstream in a matter of just seconds.

So, let us look at some of the very natural ingredients/items which can benefit the skin and its natural health, as well as a brief overview of how to use them.

Ma…

Recipe!! Oatmeal Apple Cups

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Hey guys! Today I wanted to share a super yummy breakfast food today. This morning I had time to make a really awesome breakfast. I went to the store last night they had the really pretty gala apples in the reduced produce bin. I bought two big bags of them.
I thought thew gala apples would make a perfect star for my breakfast dish. I absolutely love the flavor of gala apples, they are my second favorite! (Granny Smiths are my first favrotes!) As expected they made a perfect addition to the oatmeal. 
This was the perfect breakfast but would also make a perfect dessert! I hope you enjoy making this recipe as much as I did!
Happy cooking! ~Stella~


Oatmeal Apple Cups Recipe
Makes 2 Servings

-2 Gala Apples
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
-1 cup chopped almonds
-1 teaspoon Vanilla
-1 teaspoon Cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon Allspice
-1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
-1/3 cup maple syrup (or any sweetener)
-1/2 cup oatmeal
-1 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Cut the apples in half and scoop out the insides. B…

Recipe!! Vegan Naan

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Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you a recipe for naan.

Naan is one of my favorite bread recipes, I mean who doesn't love bread? The reason naan is so wonderful is because it is so flexible! It can be used like a flat bread for pizza or sandwiches. It can be eaten with soup or even on it's own. Honestly, the possibilities are endless.

The traditional naan recipe has eggs in it, so I wanted to figure out a way to make it with out the eggs. I did a bunch of research, tried a bunch of recipes and ended up coming up with this one.

The reason I came up with this recipe, and like it above all of the others is because all of the ingredients are things that I always have around.

I hope you guys try this recipe and end up loving naan as much as I do!

Until next time!
~Stella~



Naan
Makes 8 servings

- 2 cups all flour (plus a bit more to flour the surface you are working on)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 almond milk
- 2 tablespoons olive oil

1. Combine all of the ingredi…

Natural Cleaning: Top 4 Cleaning Recipes For The Walls and Carpets

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Hey guys! This is the second to last installment in this series! I hope you have been able to find new natural cleaning recipes to use around your home. 
If you have not checked out the other installments in this series, please do if you are interested. So far we have gone over five natural cleaning recipes for the kitchen click here to check it out. We have a post for five natural cleaning recipes for the bathroom click here to check it out and we also have a post for laundry recipes click here to check it out.

~Stella~
Wall Cleaner
-1 cup water
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 6 drops lemon essential oil

1. Combine all ingredients in plastic bottle
2. Spray on wall and wipe off


Carpet Deodorizer
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup baking soda
- 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil

1. Mix all of the ingredients into a mason jar or container
2. Sprinkle over carpet
3. Let sit for a few hours
4. Vacuum


Flea Carpet Cleaner
- 2 1/2 cups baking soda
- 10 drops orange essential oil
- 10 drops citronella essential oil

How to Embark on a Toxic Free Personal Care Routine

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I like to advise people on healthier options to partake of in their lives, one such area to jump start this process is that of personal care and products involved therein. I generally no longer purchase commercial care products mentioned here.

In this toxic world we live, there are many reasons to avoid as best as possible, all contaminants that which we are exposed to. The body stores toxins in fat cells, at their point of saturation, the environs are at threat to acidity, leading to a condition called acidosis, which is  precursor  to several diseases: Heart,  Strokes, Cancer, Diabetes to name  a few of the  life-threatening ones are the most prevalent and ones which can undoubtedly be avoided.  It is in OUR  best interest to keep our products used daily, frequently and even from time to time as ' clean ' as possible. Our water, food, and air are main contributors to anatomical contamination; the mobile phones and television sets are on this list as well.

As for products, the…

Recipe!! Sweet Potato and Brussel Sprout Veggie Roast

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One of my all-time favorite things to eat is a really good vegetable roast. Not only is it super easy to make it is also a really good way to use veggies that are getting ready to go bad. This particular recipe is for sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts because I have recently ended up with a bunch of them.
I do not recommend peeling the potatoes because this is where most of the nutrients are in it. I am a firm believer in eating to fuel my body, not for pleasure. So it is important for em to keep in mind where the nutrients are in the food I am eating.
All though it calls to be roasted for 45 minutes, it does not require any work during those 45 minutes so you are free to do whatever else you need to do! 
This is one of these dishes that would be perfect if you meal prep. You can through this all together in a container and it can sit in the fridge for about a week.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!
~Stella~

Sweet Potato and Brussel Sprout Veggie Roast
Makes 6 servings

-1 pound of Sweet P…

What’s for Dinner: Meatless Monday’s?

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As promised I wanted to share with you all the details of Meatless Monday’s with me and my girls. When my daughters were daycare age they attended a preschool that taught them how to be healthy and make good choices. One of those healthy options was Meatless Monday’s. They only served the children meals that did not include meat on Mondays. I thought What?! Wow! Thanks for the help! Because we all know it’s hard to get babies and 2-year-olds to open wide for vegetables. I immediately found myself participating in the whole deal too! I was so in love with this concept for a couple of reasons: One it was a healthy option that the entire family could benefit from and two I found it interesting and easy to complete Mondays meal.  (Not hard to figure out there is No Meat On Mondays!) As time has gone on this concept has grown into one of the girls and I favorite things we share.
Having no meat on Mondays has taught them that eating healthy is necessary. I won’t go into the need of have vege…