My favorite hand made deodorant recipe

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This is legit people…it is natural deodorant that actually works and it’s super easy to make in minutes!

Try it yourself!

1/4 cup of Baking Soda (aluminum free!)
1/4 cup of Arrowroot powder
6-8 tablespoons of Organic Coconut Oil
4-6 drops of your favorite Essential Oil (I used uplifting Joy this time)

Warm a sauce pan on low and mix all the ingredients together until it’s soft enough to fold and stir it all together well. You don’t want your coconut oil to melt all the way.
Then simply fill an old deodorant container or glass jar. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to set up.
Use daily…everyone around you will be thankful!

Raspberry Rhubarb Applesauce

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Alright, this is a parenting WIN!

Not only does it include 2 fruits, it also has a Vegetable!

Yes! Rhubarb is actually a veggie and has so many awesome benefits:
It is about 95% water but is also high in potassium, Vitamin C, fiber and calcium!

Put this in your own squeeze packs for lunches and on-the-go snacks!

This is what you need:

4 Organic Apples ( which ever kind you like, I used Fuji)
2 12-14 in stalks of Organic Rhubarb
A handful of Organic Raspberries
1 tsp of Cinnamon

What to do:

Peel and core your apples
Dice your Rhubarb stalks

Place them in a pot with 2 cups of filtered water and boil for about 10 minutes or until you can plunge a fork through them easily.
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Then place them in your blender or Vitamix
Add the cinnamon and raspberries
Pulse a few times until it is as chunky or smooth as you like.

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Easy? Yeah!
Yummy? DEFINITELY!

Coconut Chia Chick-Nugs

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Lately, Lochlan is getting to the age of eating those “kid foods”….mind you I am not the kind of Mom that plans to feed my kids Mac & Cheese and Chicken Nuggets for every meal. Even when out looking at these types of foods….I’m pretty much disgusted with the options.

Today I decided to try out my own chicken nugget recipe…no junk, no grains, just real food and nutrients! To my surprise they were quiet easy to make!

This recipe was adopted from Paleo Spirit and re-imagined by me!

What you need:

1 lb of ground chicken ( I used local pastured-raised from Creswick Farms)
1 pastured organic egg
1/4 cup of organic Coconut Flour
1 tsp of Redmonds Real Salt
1 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of garlic powder

Combine all of this, go ahead get your hands in it! Just don’t mush it toooo much.

Wash your hands and preheat your oven to 375 degrees

Now your hands get messy again…

Take about 1 Tablespoon portions and roll them into meat balls and place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper ( or whatever you prefer). You should end up with about 20-22 of them.

Next, mix in a separate bowl:

1/4 cup of Organic Coconut Flour
1/4 tsp of Redmonds Real Salt
2 Tbsp of Chia seeds

Gently coat each meat ball in this “breading” mixture and then flatten out in a nugget shape on your baking sheet.

Once you have them all breaded and shaped, place them in the oven for 15 minutes.

Last step:

Melt 3 Tablespoons of Organic grass-fed butter or Ghee

Take your Nugs out and dip each one in the butter, coating both sides and return them to the baking sheet with the opposite side up ( to brown each side). Once they are all dipped in their butter bath, return them to the oven for 5-7 more minutes to get crispy!

You just made your own healthy Chick-Nugs too!

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Lochlan loved them!

Lochlan’s Lunch

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Plant-Based plate today!

I think it’s important to have some meat-less meals throughout the week, even though we tend to follow a PALEO type diet, I think over consumption of animal proteins can also have it’s negatives.

So today we have:

Hilary’s Eat Well: The “World’s Best” Veggie Burger
Organic avocado
Organic tomato
Organic green apple
Organic raspberries

You can find the veggie burgers Here

I was surprised that Lochlan actually likes them as much as I do! Best part is there is no soy or other fake food garbage in them!

Num num!

What things really look like:

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Lochlan’s Lunch

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On the plate today:

Organic Kiwi fruit
Organic peaches
Grass-fed, organic, non-GMO Colby cheese
Organic Red Peppers
Applegate Organics (non-GMO) all Grass-fed Beef Hotdog

He also had a mommy made vitamin-pack applesauce squeeze pack.

Happy healthy eating everyone!

Lochlan’s Lunch

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Now that Lochlan is the big ONE, “food before one is just for fun” is well….done.

We are still happily nursing on demand and will continue to do so for as long as Lochlan wants.

However, the need to help him start to wean and introduce him to healthy foods has become more important now. Because of that I have been inspired to start a series of ” Lochlan’s Lunch” posts to hopefully help give parents good ideas of what foods to offer toddlers.

Now with that said….at this age, there is not a lot of actual eating involved. But the practice of sitting down for meal times and “playing” with healthy foods is the first step to developing the skills to participate in meals and make healthy choices!

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On the plate today: fresh, organic blueberries, raspberries and pineapple. Sweet potato and chia chips ( organic, non-GMO, no grains). Sautéed organic zucchini (in ghee with Himalayan pink sea salt). Organic garbanzo beans. Left over organic, free-range chicken breast and Bubbies sauerkraut. He also loves MamaChia squeeze packs, also pictured.

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Lord, Thank you for the knowledge and funds to help our family eat healthy. I pray that all parents have the opportunity to offer themselves and their children real, healthy food.

Striped & Scarred & Stretched & Sublime & SUPPORTED ( my 4th Trimester Bodies Project Experience)

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Support: to give approval, comfort, or encouragement to. To be actively interested in and concerned for the success of…
synonyms: comfort, encourage, sustain, buoy up, hearten, fortify, console, solace, reassure

Before I had my son, during my pregnancy, I felt that I had very little support…don’t get me wrong, I had A LOT of people that were excited for us, happy for us, people that couldn’t wait to squeeze our precious baby and shower us with gifts. But the people I needed, the people/women/mothers that I worked hard to find we’re ultimately the ones that would get me through my pregnancy, birth, postpartum and Motherhood as it is today.

These are amazing women that know the struggles, both emotionally and physically of entering into Motherhood, who show compassion and support all because they are passionate about it and want to see others have a great experience. Sometimes, a better experience than they did.

I was the first of my close friend group to be having a baby, I was one of the very few women in my family planning to breastfeed ( neither my mother, her mother or my husband’s mother had ever breastfed) and I was the first to be attempting a home birth. For all of these realities, I needed to look out of my “box” for support. I was suddenly flooded with friends with kids that I had known from the past or just met, I started joining groups like Le Leche League for breastfeeding support and gaining knowledge from my midwife about birth and breastfeeding. My husband of course was tremendously supportive of all of my wants, needs and plans. But when it really came down to it, I needed more. I discovered online support like Birth Without Fear where I was able to read hundreds of stories of women that had traumatic births, beautiful births, loss and joy and everything in between. It helped me learn that no experience was the same and we all have our unique story to tell. Most of all I learned that I could go through all this and feel more than ordinary doing it, I could feel empowered as a women and enter into Motherhood with strength and confidence.

My due date came and passed.

These resources became even more important now, going post-dates was very normal. I waited confidently that my baby would come on his own time.

At 41 weeks +3 days, I was starting to lose it. I scheduled a visit with my back up OB and got an ultrasound to make sure everything was looking normal. He was perfect and estimated to be 9lbs. I thought…”ok, no problem…these are usually over estimated by a pound or more”. We all agreed ( including my midwife) that we were not going past 42 weeks. My induction was scheduled for later in the week.

The next days were very emotional for me as I felt my home birth slipping away. But the morning of our scheduled induction I went into labor on my own. 14 hours of early labor at home, a check-up from my midwife and a long relaxing day resulted in slow progress. We decided to head to the hospital. I thank God that I was in active labor when I arrived and labored naturally and fairly quickly for 18 hours. I was fully dilated for 7.5 hours with no pressure, no need to push and my boy was not in the least bit interested in moving down. I consented to a C-section and immediately started to grieve the birth I wanted but didn’t get to have. I had an amazing, strong and beautiful boy at 9 lbs 8 oz and 23″ long. For that I will always be grateful. I certainly can’t argue with success but I pray for a VBAC with our next baby.

Shortly after shedding the weight of an almost 10 lb baby and nursing was going great, I lost the majority of the weight I had gained. But my body was revealing to be much different. I would see my body in the mirror, see my scar, my stretch marks and all of the loose skin that was once stretched around my son. I had never felt more beautiful in my skin than when i was pregnant. Now, I wasn’t sure what to feel about it, but I knew I didn’t feel confident anymore and I didn’t feel beautiful or sexy anymore. Thinking about anyone seeing it, even my husband, was down right embarrassing. I realized I was never prepared for this part, I had never found my support for this part.

Thankfully, I found Ashlee Wells Jackson and her amazing calling, The 4th Trimester Bodies Project. I would find myself reading the stories and scrolling the gallery of pictures of real, raw, beautiful mothers daily. My confidence began to grow again. My self-worth began to increase again. I wasn’t the ONLY mother out there that looked, felt and WAS different now. I felt supported in this new body of mine. This project truly inspired me and I knew I needed to be a part of it in hopes to help grow the project and help inspire others as well.

I was blessed to participate in the project on March 8th, 2014 which was so special to me because it was my son’s actual due date. Meeting Ashlee, her daughter Nova and her business partner and make-up artist Laura Weetzie Wilson was such an exciting honor. Our session was very relaxed, comfortable and focused on myself, my son and our story. We chatted casually about natural skin care and healthy lifestyle while my son and Nova played and I was pampered with hair and make-up. The shoot itself was quick and my interview was a fantastic way for me to tell our story. I only wish I would have prepared myself better for it…once the camera was on I sort of froze up. I know that I have my own unique experience to tell, but I also know there are many women with much more painful stories than mine and many with very healing and joyful stories.

This is the picture chosen for the gallery and eventually the book.

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I had a hard time choosing an image out of the many that Ashlee took. Mainly because I am still struggling to see my body look the way it does now. I look at this image and wish I would have looked confidently at the camera, in a “look at my body now! Look at what it did!” kind of way. Instead, I see a women that is confident in mothering but is still hiding herself. I am thankful to see that, it’s the reality that I am still on a journey of self-discovery and of self-love. I don’t know how a few months, more pregnancies and births or years will impact my body in the future. But I know now that there is support there for me to turn to.

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Thank you Ashlee for your support, for spending your time dedicated to this message and for spreading love and empathy among women.

Valentine’s Day Heart Gummies

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Happy Valentine’s Day crunchies!
I attempted and succeeded with my first Valentine’s Day treat for Lochlan’s play group party.

Now….it took my a while to figure out what I was going to bring because this is a very crunchy group of momma’s and babes.
You know…the kind of parents that would freak if you brought the classic candy hearts, sugar cookies or God-forbid a regular fruit snack with artificial colors and no actual fruit!!!!

Oh wait! I’m totally that mom….

Please don’t give him that fake white cheddar, GMO filled, gluten ridden cracker you call a CheezIt! Yeah…I’m a freak, maybe someday I’ll lighten up. Not likely….

Hope you all enjoy your sweets and your Valentine is good to you!
The recipe is adopted from Small Footprint Family
I chose not to add probiotics this first go-round…in case they turned out bad. They turned out pretty awesome!
I used:
1 can of Full Fat coconut milk
1 cup of Organic Maple Syrup
1 cup of Great Lakes Beef Gelatin
1 1/2 cups of puréed frozen organic raspberries and strawberries
1 Tbsp of Madagascar Pure Vanilla Extract
Pinch of REALsalt
A splash of organic beet juice for added color

I will definitely be making these a lot in different flavors!
Enjoy!

Dear Lord, I pray that everyone feel your love and the love of a neighbor, friend, family member, spouse and/or child today and everyday. Your love is why we are all here. May we love ourselves and each other more, using your example. Thank you for your unconditional love. Amen

Happy Valentine’s Day from my little Valentine love bug!

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Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

What’s for dinner tonight?!

I decided to try something different. I usually make one spaghetti squash per week this time a year, they are SO versatile! Our favorites are spaghetti squash “boats”….ground beef or turkey with crushed tomatoes, fresh basil and raw cheese on top, load it all into your shredded S.S. and it’s an awesome dinner! Another great one is a southwest style, with beans, corn, cilantro and taco meat of your choice. Delish! Options really are endless if you use your imagination, or Pinterest ( that works well too).

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Seriously, this was even better than I imagined.

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Thoughts so far?
One more?

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Ok, ok…here’s the breakdown:

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash:
1 organic Spaghetti Squash
1.5 lbs organic free-range Chicken Breasts
5 cloves of organic garlic, diced ( I use a lot, you don’t have to)
1/4 tsp Paprika
1Tbsp of coconut oil
1 small organic onion, chopped
1 cup of fully fat organic coconut milk
1/3 cup of Frank’s Red Hot ( the original doesn’t have yucky ingredients)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
2 Tbsp of fresh organic cilantro
1/2 cup of fresh organic scallions
1 lime
REALSalt to taste
Blue cheese crumbles to garnish ( I used local Raw Blue Cheese yum!)

Preheat your oven to 350. I place my spaghetti squash on a baking sheet for 30 minutes until I can safely slice it in half. Once soft, slice in half lengthwise and melt coconut oil on each inside and placed down on the baking sheet. Cook for another 30-45 minutes or until you can easily shred it with a fork.

In a skillet on the stove add 1/2 Tbsp of coconut oil and cook chicken on low-med heat until you can easily shred it. Once the outside of the chicken is cooked add in your diced garlic cloves and paprika. Once your chicken is fully cooked, shred it and set aside in a separate bowl ( with all the garlic)

In that same skillet melt the other 1/2 Tbsp of coconut oil and add chopped onion, sauté until soft and translucent. Add coconut milk, frank’s red hot, garlic powder and onion powder, salt as desired ( about 1/4 tsp). Add chicken back in, stir together to coat chicken well and simmer on low for about 10 minutes.

Shred your cooked spaghetti squash and add it to the chicken mixture. Should be about 4-6 cups total to add, depending on the size of your squash. Stir to combine. Plate it up and garnish with cilantro, scallions and blue cheese as much as your want.

Enjoy!

5 Hands Christmas Challenge from Hands and Hearts More Than Full.

My opinion is that everyone should read this wonderful blog post and take the 5 Hands Christmas Challenge. I would like to add, if you do still want to buy a gift, try shopping local! You never know what unique gift you will find and you are helping to support the community!

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Thank you Crista!

Merry Christmas to your family!