Super Easy/Healthy Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches

I haven’t posted any new home/beauty products for a while… I think that starting any new routine is difficult at first (especially right now when I am trying to decide which recipes I like and don’t like) but I feel pretty confident that I will get into the swing of things and that posting my projects will be easier over time.

For now, I wanted to post a quick breakfast idea that I have actually been making for a while. This is an updated recipe with more natural ingredients.

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Super Easy/Healthy Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches

The Staples:

English Muffins

Organic Eggs

Sliced Cheese (any kind you prefer)

Ham or Sausage (I just use whatever is on sale) sliced to fit on muffin

Salt and Pepper

Coconut Oil Cooking Spray

Optional Extras:

Red Pepper Flakes

Onions

Jalapenos

Anything else that sounds good!

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Directions:

1. Grease a muffin pan with coconut oil.

2. Crack eggs into greased muffin pan. Top with salt, pepper, onions, red pepper flakes etc.

3. Cook at 350 for about 10-15 min. or until the yolks are semi-cooked. They should still be bright yellow in color but not so runny that they might burst when assembling the muffins (see picture above).

4. Wait about 10 minutes for eggs to cool and assemble sandwiches with cheese and ham/sausage. Wrap in a paper towel and store in freezer using a plastic bag or small glass container.

5. When ready to eat, remove sandwich from container but leave the paper towel. Cook on high for 1 minute on each side or until hot.

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Super Inexpensive DIY Fabric Softener Crystals

Before I started trying to make all of my household products on my own, I was pretty obsessed with those store-bought fabric softener crystals by Downy. They are a little pricey (even with coupons) but they make your clothes smell and feel amazing.

So naturally, I was super excited when I saw people using Epsom salts as fabric softener on Pinterest. I dove right in and made a few batches using the recipes I had found. One called for 10 drops of essential oil and it smelled great in the container but I couldn’t smell it at all when my laundry was finished. The next recipe called for 20 drops of essential oil… still nothing at the end of the cycle.

So… an entire bottle of essential oil later, I finally got the scent I was looking for. I know, I know, it seems like I went a little overboard. Sure, the container of fabric softener crystals smells like someone threw up pure lavender buds in them. But trust me, the smell of your freshly dried laundry will be so worth it. Most of it washes out in the machine, I promise!

Also, I got my essential oils from botanicchoice.com which has tons of sales and promo codes on a regular basis. I only paid 2 dollars a bottle for my lavender essential oil the last time they had a BOGO promo code. At about $1 a lb. for Epsom Salt (which you can find anywhere, really) and $2 for the essential oil, I paid $8 total for 72 loads (6lbs) worth of fabric softener. The downy crystals are around $7-9 dollars a container for less than 1 lb. of crystals!

epsomsaltin bowlHere is my recipe:

1- 6lb bag of Epsom Salt

1- 1/2 oz. bottle of essential oil (any scent you prefer)

Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl and transfer into individual containers (I simply used a rolled up piece of paper and a little bit of tape to make a funnel).

To Use: Pour in 1/4 cup of salts per load at the beginning of the cycle.

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DIY Chocolate/Orange Dry Shampoo

I must admit, I have spent a considerable about of money on dry shampoo over the last few years. The cheap kinds from CVS just don’t work very well or they leave flakes in my hair. I was pretty skeptical when I started seeing these natural recipes for dry shampoo on Pinterest but considering that I was paying around $15 a can every month, I figured it was worth a try.

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Dry Shampoo for Brunettes:

2 tbsp. Arrowroot Powder (Bob’s Red Mill has a great coupon out right now)

2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

10 Drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Just mix al the ingredients together and use an old cosmetic brush to apply to your hair. It smells great and works as well as the expensive powder I used to use. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it’s less convenient than the spray canister I was using before. Of course, considering that this costs less than two dollars to make, it seems worth the extra step of brushing it on my hair to me!

Tea Tree and Honey Face Wash

I’m quickly running out of Cetaphil so I decided that it’s time to experiment with making my own natural face wash. It’s a little nerve-racking because I have sensitive skin and I also use a prescription cream for acne. I need something that is super super mild and up until now, Cetaphil has been my absolute favorite.

But… now that I have been starting to make all of my own personal care products, I am pretty confident that I will be able to make a great substitute at home.

This is my first attempt and so far, it’s working out pretty well!

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Honey Green Tea Face Wash

3/4 Cup Green Tea (Use distilled water)

1 Tbsp. Baking Soda

2 Tbsp. Witch Hazel (I got mine at Sprouts or you can buy here)

2 Tbsp. Raw Honey

1 Tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (I used Peppermint which you can find at Trader Joes)

15 Drops of Tea Tree Oil (I love this brand)

5 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil (buy here)

1 Tsp. Xanthan Gum (You can find Bob’s Red Mill brand almost anywhere)

A blender or food processor

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I know it seems like this is a lot of different ingredients that are slightly difficult to come by, they are staples in every single product I am making right now. It seemed expensive at first but I use very small amounts of each product in my recipes so they last for a very long time and make tons of batches.

1. Combine hot green tea and honey. Let the honey dissolve before adding it to the blender.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend together.

3. Pour into a container with pump and enjoy!

Note: The mixture does get very foamy. But I think the foam works just as well as a face wash as the liquid mixture:)

I’ll update after I have used this mixture for a few months:)

DIY Hairspray

I am definitely a hair spray girl. I have lots of fly-aways which drive me nuts so I always spray the top of my head before I leave the house. I have slowly been transitioning from store-bought personal care products to all-natural home-made products but I have been reluctant to get rid of my trusty aerosol can.

I finally made the switch the other day when I realized that every time I spray that stuff, I also breathe in all the chemicals in it at the same time. It seemed a tad hypocritical that here I am being so careful about the products I am putting in and on my body and then at the same time I am inhaling a bunch of chemicals that the good guide confirmed are definitely not safe for consumption.

I found quite a few hairspray recipes online but I chose to use lemongrass essential oil because it adds a nice sheen to my hair!

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My Recipe:

1 Tsp. Vodka

1 Tbsp. Sugar

1/2 Cup Distilled Water

5 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil

1. Boil the water and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar has disintegrated.

2. Wait until the water has cooled for a few minutes and add the vodka and essential oil.

3. Pour into an empty spray bottle and that’s it!

How I Save on Natural/ Organic Food!

I used Natural/Organic in the title of this blog post because I think that it’s important to be clear that I do not eat solely organic food. I’m not perfect and I’m not loaded so I do the best I can with the budget I have!

My local Ralph’s is my go to place for clearance deals on natural and organic products. They run promotions through their facebook page on a regular basis for $5 off $15 on fresh meat, $5 off $35 total purchase etc. Also, they have a huge selection of antibiotic/ hormone free and organic meat. The great thing about my local store in Tustin is that they are terrific at marking down products that are about to expire and they have TONS of manager specials. Combine that with their great online coupons and you can score some amazing deals!

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My stock up prices in my extreme couponing days (I’m still a couponer- just less extreme) for meat and lemonade would have been about $1.99 a lb. for non-organic chicken and about $1.00 for lemonade. The juices above were $.79 on clearance and the chicken was about $2.50 a lb. on manager’s special and with a $5 off $15 facebook promo. Not that far off from prices I was paying before!

Now, even though I score deals like these on a pretty regular basis, I am still spending more on natural/organic food than I was paying before. But I feel that my health is worth the extra money.  I want to feel good about the food that I am putting into my body and for the first time in my life, I actually do. Real foods with whole ingredients that don’t contain more chemicals than actual food.

So there you have it:) This is how I buy natural and organic food without going broke. Is it a lot of work? Maybe at first, but now I am definitely getting into the groove and I am actually having a lot of fun learning how to shop in a whole new way.

Coconut Oil Lubricant

This isn’t really a recipe as it is just one ingredient but I just wanted to share how much I love the newest way I found to use coconut oil!

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It works great as a natural personal lubricant. The best part is that it has natural anti-bacterial properties so if you suffer from frequent Urinary Tract Infections (like me) or Yeast infections, it’s supposed to help to prevent them. I haven’t been using it long enough to say for sure whether or not that is true for my body (I will update this post in a few months) but I like it as a lubricant so far!

Not to mention, it smells delicious and at about $6.00 a jar at Trader Joes, it’s cheaper than any other lubricant I have ever tried. You only have to use a little bit; a little goes a long way.

After doing a little research online, I’m shocked at the ingredients found in most lubricants. Using these chemicals on such a sensitive part of your body (especially if you are prone to UTI’s) seems like something to avoid. I’m so excited that I found an alternative that I can feel good about using.

At the very least, now I can definitely say I use coconut oil for everything;)

DIY Natural Furniture Polish Spray

Although I am super excited to try every new DIY recipe that I have seen since I began this journey to live more naturally, the frugal side of me is definitely holding me back (and in a good way). Unfortunately, buying the organic products that I need for the recipes seems very expensive (at least at first) because I am buying them in bulk. I know that eventually my costs will go way down because the items that I am buying will make months and months worth of cleaning and personal care products, but for now I am trying to make a slower transition from the chemical-filled products I still have left and the products I am making now. When I run out of something, only then do I buy the ingredients to buy my more natural/organic replacement. It’s not a perfect system, as I am still using lots of products that I am not really happy about ingesting/breathing/putting on my body but the fact is that I am not a millionaire and I can’t afford to just throw things away and spend hundreds of dollars on all new ingredients. Also, I have been using these products for my entire life up to this point and I figure that although I want to make a change, I don’t see the harm in using some of them for a few more months until I run out and then switching to a healthier option. Ok- point made I think. I just felt like I needed to write that out for myself to assure myself that I do have a plan and I am sticking to it!

Now to the important part of this post, a natural furniture polish spray that is super easy to make. I ran out today and I happened to already have all the ingredients I needed in my cupboard already:)

I mixed a few different recipes that I found online and this is the solution that I thought worked best!

DIY Natural Furniture Polish Spray

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Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Organic Lemon Juice

5 Drops of Tea Tree Oil

10 Drops of Lemongrass Oil

Directions: Simply pour all ingredients into a glass spray bottle and shake well before each use!

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Lately, I have been using various glass bottles that fit with the plastic spray bottle heads. I know they aren’t beautiful but I am going to experiment with painting them and see how that comes out. Pictures to follow!

All-Natural Deodorant

This post is a day late… After a Sunday filled with household chores, I attempted to make my newest recipe while I was pretty much dead on my feet. What resulted was a strange yellow mixture that smelled like the corn cake you find at Mexican restaurants. Yep, I had used corn meal instead of corn starch in my deodorant recipe… Because I saw the word corn and just started pouring it in there like no tomorrow. Oops.

But today is a new day, and after trying the correct recipe out, I think I found my new favorite natural DIY project!

I got most of this recipe from this wonderful blog. I just added Peppermint oil to the mix because I think it smells clean and fresh:)

Now, the use of aluminum in store-bought deodorants is highly controversial. Just do a simple google search and you will get thousands of articles debating whether or not it causes cancer or altzheimers. My take on this (which is not professional at all) is that although I am not prepared to make any claim about whether or not store-bought deodorants are bad for you, I would rather be safe than sorry. Plus, if I can make my own for less than I spend at the store, why not?

Natural Deodorant

1/4 Cup Baking Soda

1/4 Cup Arrowroot or Corn Starch (Supposedly arrowroot is better for sensitive skin)

4 tbs. Organic Coconut Oil

8 Drops Tea Tree Oil

8 Drops Peppermint Oil

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I used old deodorant containers to house my new mixture! Its a little less solid than traditional store-bought deodorant but it still works!