No Bake Energy Bites

When we look at the grocery store, premade bars and snacks can be expensive and loaded with things that we might not really want in our home.

Energy bites are a favorite, quick snack(sometimes even a quick meal on the go) in our home.

The nice part about them is that this is a base recipe meaning that you can add in your favorite protein powder or swap out chocolate chips for nuts or raisins or even a healthy candy-coated chocolate :) 

So lets get to it!
No-Bake Evergy Bites
* 1 cup organic rolled oats
* 2/3 cup organic shredded coconut flakes(unsweetened because the sweetened is loaded with things we don't want or need)
* 1/2 cup creamy nut butter(we prefer peanut butter)
* 1/2 cup ground flaxseed(healthy fiber or add in some protein powder)
* 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips(this can be left out or you can change it for something fun10
1/3 cup honey(raw is what we use)
* 1 Tbsp chia seeds(optional but so good that I think you should add it :) )
1 tsp vanilla extract

Go ahead and add all of these ingredients to a bowl and mix well!
We tend to make a 3x-4x a normal batch but we are feeding a small army plus they keep well in the freezer.
Once they are mixed well, you can roll or scoop them into 1 inch balls. 
Place them on a cookie sheet(I line mine with parchment paper for easy clean up) and freeze them for 3-4 hours. 
Then store in a ziplock baggie in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 6 months.
Okay, I literally laughed out loud because I am lucky if they last a week here!! 
So there you have it a healthy and super easy recipe everyone in your house will love!
Some fun additions that we like to add are essential oils like cinnamon bark, clove, nutmeg & ginger.
Be creative!

Please share ways that you make energy bites! I am always looking for new ideas!!

God Bless!
Amanda 

DIY Beach Waves (light hold hair spray)

DIY Beach Waves (light hold hair spray)
So, I do not wash my hair every day and have little tricks that help me to keep my hair manageable and not gross ;) 

I do up days, dry shampoo, headbands, scalp treatments, and one of my summer favorites- beach waves!!

Beach waves is a nice non-toxic way to get a little bit of texture and hold for your hair. 

Click here for a quick video on how I make it!

DIY Beach Waves (thank you for sharing this Lindsey Elmore)
This spray will give a bit of texture and manageability to hair.⁣
Ingredients⁣
* 1/4 teaspoon epsom salt⁣
* 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt⁣
* 1/8 teaspoon citric acid⁣
* 1 tablespoon vodka⁣
* 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil⁣
* 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil⁣
* purified water, hot but not boiling⁣
* 4 drops cedarwood essential oil⁣
* 4 drops bergamot essential oil⁣
* 3 drops tangerine essential oil⁣
* 2 drops spearmint essential oil⁣
Instructions⁣
1. Combine salts, citric acid, vodka, jojoba, and vitamin E oil in a small spray bottle.⁣
2. Add hot water to almost fill the bottle. Attach sprayer and shake vigorously to dissolve salts.⁣
3. Open the bottle and add essential oils.⁣
To Use⁣
1. Shake gently to incorporate before each use.⁣
2. Spray generously on damp hair.⁣
3. Scrunch hair with hands to encourage waves, and allow to air dry.⁣

I just love what it does for my hair and hope that you do too!

God bless!
Amanda

Roll Ons for Baby

Roll Ons for Baby
Roll-Ons for Baby
Sometimes the one thing that stops us from using something more natural is simply knowing how to use them. These roll-ons make using oils even on the littlest ones in our home simple and easy! Grab yourself some cute roller bottles from Amazon and your Young Living Essential oils(if you don't have them yet, let me help you). 

These roll-ons will give you some quick tools to help you when you need it the most. 

They also make an amazing baby gift!

Babies Roller Bottle Kit

Sniffles(seasonal/sinus blend)
5 drops lavender
5 drop frankincense
5 drops lemon
Top with carrier oil
Apply to the bottoms of the feet, spine and under nose
 
Sleepy(sleep blend)
2-5 drops lavender
2-5 drop frankincense
Top with carrier oil
Apply to the bottoms of the feet and spine
 
Tummy(digestive blend)
2-4 drops cardamom
2-4 drops fennel
2-4 drop orange
Top with carrier oil
Apply to the bottoms of the feet and belly
 
Teeth(oral support roll on)
2-4 drop orange
2-4 drops copaiba
Top with carrier oil
Apply to the jaw line or gums
 
Cool Baby(body temp blend)
2-4 drops peppermint or copaiba
2-4 drops patchouli
Top with carrier oil
Apply to the bottoms of feet, spine, and naval
 
Tiny Airways(respiratory blend)
2-4 drops cardamom
2-4 drops frankincense
Top with carrier oil
Apply to the bottoms of the feet, spine and chest/back

Here is a video on how you can make the complete set on your own~ click here
Enjoy and stay well!

Blessings!
Amanda

Elderberry Gummies

Elderberry Gummies

Elderberry Gummies

Elderberry syrup is amazing for us so why not take the process one simple step further and make gummies!

It is not as hard as you may think- it’s actually super simple.

All you need is 1 cup of your already amazing homemade Elderberry Syrup and a few other ingredients and it literally only takes about 5 minutes to make.

Elderberry Gummy’s Recipe

• Coconut oil to grease your silicone molds

• 1 cup of Elderberry syrup(we prefer homemade)

• 1/4 cup of unflavored gelatin

• 1/2 cup of hot but not boiling water

Mix up 1/4 cup of the Elderberry syrup with 1/4 cup of gelatin. Whisk together completely. Then add in 1/2 cup of hot water and mix. Finally add the remaining 3/4 cup of Elderberry syrup and combine completely. Pour into greased silicone molds. Put the molds into the refrigerator until completely set up(this typically takes 1-2 hours). Remove from the molds and store in an air tight container for up to 3 weeks(if they last that long😉).

Here is a quick video showing just how easy it is!

https://youtu.be/H4RwpaZn0r8

I hope you enjoy these delicious immune boosting treats!

God Bless!

How to Make Yogurt

How to Make Yogurt


Making your own yogurt isn’t as hard as one may think. It is actually a very simple and easy thing to do plus you have the added benefit of knowing exactly what is in your yogurt.

There are two ways that I recommend making yogurt: the good old fashion way(aka stovetop) and the new-fangled way(aka in the Instant Pot). Both ways require two simple ingredients: milk(raw or store bought but I recommend at least 2% or thicker) and a starter yogurt(plain yogurt or Greek yogurt)


The Old Fashion Way


Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of milk- preferably raw or whole
  • 8 oz of starter (plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Heat milk in a stainless steel pan over medium heat until it reaches 165-185 degrees.
  2. Cool, either by sitting on the counter or in a cool water bath until the temperature drops to 110 degrees.
  3. Add culture-2 oz of starter (of yogurt from a previous batch, store-bought yogurt) per quart of milk(so 8 oz for a gallon). Gently stir just enough to incorporate into the milk.
  4. Pour into mason jars and put the jars into the oven with the light on for 8-24 hours. I like to place in warm water (110-115 degrees) and put in the oven but some just place the jars in too. The light should provide a consistent heat of about 110 degrees.
  5. Put jars into the refrigerator until the yogurt is cold and set.
  6. Once the yogurt is set you can pour off the liquid whey from the top or strain the yogurt using cheesecloth for a thicker consistency(Greek yogurt).
  7. Enjoy!

The New- Fangled Way


Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of milk- preferably raw or whole
  • 8 oz of starter (plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Pour milk into Instant Pot(IP), hit yogurt button and then hit adjust until you select the “Boil” option
  2. Walk away and it will shut off when it is done (magic!!)
  3. Once it is done boiling, you can allow to cool on its own or put it in a cold water bath until the temperature is down to 110 degrees
  4. Once the milk reaches 110 degrees you can gently add the starter yogurt
  5. Again select the yogurt button and adjust it from “boil” to anywhere from 8-24 hours.
  6. Once the allotted time is up, put yogurt into mason jars and allow it to cool and set up in the refrigerator.
  7. Once the yogurt is set you can pour off the liquid whey from the top or strain the yogurt using cheesecloth for a thicker consistency(Greek yogurt).
  8. Enjoy!
 
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