Easy DIY Skin Cleansing Face Mask for All Ages

12
May
2016

Easy DIY Skin Cleansing Face Mask for All Ages

It’s time to let our skin shine this summer! I love the feeling of soft, smooth skin and I was thrilled when my daughter shared one of her favorite DIY face mask recipes with me.  

I may have an occasional blemish here or there, but my main focus is to help my skin in its maturing state. This recipe is great for all ages – from teens to mature adults (I think that is what I call myself now at almost 50!).

Why Are These Ingredients Beneficial?

Bentonite clay pulls out toxins, chemicals, and even heavy metals. The clay also helps provide oxygen to cells and has an alkalizing effect. Bentonite clay is rich in beneficial minerals, such as magnesium, silica, and calcium.

The alpha hydroxyl acids in apple cider vinegar help keep skin pores open and dissolve dead skin cells. Moreover, apple cider vinegar treats occasional blemishes, restores the natural pH of your skin, and minimizes the appearance of pores.  

When mixed together with other beneficial, skin-supporting essential oils, you can easily create a mask that can safely and effectively be used for maintaining healthy skin. I love that! It’s effective, inexpensive, and great for the entire family.

Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil (also known as Tea Tree) has long been valued for its cosmetic benefits, especially for its natural skin-cleansing benefits. Tea Tree’s intrinsic properties cleanse away dirt, toxins, and dead skin, giving you healthy-looking and feeling skin.

Lavender Essential Oil is very helpful for using to keep your skin in a healthy state. It’s balancing and gentle on the skin, promoting relaxation too.

Both of these essential oils come in the Premium Starter Kit too!

Easy DIY Skin Cleansing Face Mask for All Ages

The Easy DIY Skin Cleansing Face Mask Recipe

DIY Face Mask with Essential Oils and Clay

Here is what it looks like as it is drying. It isn’t pretty, but it is effective! Please do not pin THIS picture on Pinterest. đŸ™‚

Combine the bentonite clay in a small bowl. Please do not use a metal utensil or bowl when working with bentonite clay. Add in apple cider vinegar to make a spreadable paste.

Add 4 drops of essential oils and stir. Apply to the face for 10-15 minutes.

To remove the mask, wash your face with warm water and a washcloth. I especially love applying this and then taking an Epsom salt bath as well. The perfect relaxing evening – and all DIY!

Use up to 3 times a week and enjoy vibrant skin for summer!

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Dinner Planning Made Easy with eMeals

24
Mar
2016

eMeals: Spinach and Sundried Tomato Stuffed Flank Steak

Dinner – dreaded dinner. It comes every single day and if we aren’t careful and have it planned it can truly mess with our budget and our evening mood.

I have been using eMeals now for over 5 years. Can you believe it? One of my family’s favorite recipes actually came from eMeals many years ago!

A lot has changed with how they deliver their fabulous menus. Now you can even get it all on an APP on your phone. It is quite simple and gives you no excuse for not planning your menu (which we all know saves you money too).

If you haven’t tried eMeals, this is your chance. You can get a 14-day trial for free and see if it fits your family style. They have a lot of menu plans to choose from (making it easy for a variety of dietary needs).

Here’s a great recipe that is on our menu for this weekend.

Paleo Perfection: Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Flank Steak

Want an impressive entrée that’s surprisingly simple to make? Our Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Flank Steak is just what you need, and it’s featured in this week's meal plans such as Paleo, Low Calorie, Low Carb, Mediterranean and Gluten Free. The vibrant-colored filling is a robust combination of sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, fresh spinach, and bacon. Better still, you can prep most of it ahead.

Posted by eMeals on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Give eMeals a try and see how they can take the stress out of your meal planning. They have sure helped me!

Image Credit: eMeals

Easy DIY Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

29
Feb
2016

Easy DIY Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

Over the years I have made changes in what I eat, cleaners I use, and what I put on my skin – all in an effort to bring complete health into our home. When we are intentional about the choices of products we use, it is amazing how the body can thrive!

One of the things I have been unable to switch over to was a homemade dishwasher detergent – until now! Finally, I have a simple recipe that is cost effective and truly does the job.  

Young Living Essential Oils Dishwasher Detergent

This recipe was shared on the Young Living Facebook page, so I thought I would give it a try. I did make a batch using Purification, but from now on I will be adding citrus oils instead. I love the fresh scents of Orange and Tangerine!

Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

This is the recipe and the links to the ingredients. I love using Amazon Prime for my household needs!

Mix the ingredients all up – super simple! Add 2 T per dishwashing cycle. I am experimenting to see if I can get away with less. I will let you know.

By using the Purification essential oil you are making a batch that will cost you $3.54 for about 12 loads. By using a citrus essential oil, like Orange, I can reduce the cost to $2.74 or $.23 per load. It certainly is not the cheapest detergent around, however, I love knowing exactly what I am using and to be honest, it was simple to keep on hand.  

I store it in a glass jar under my sink with a cute little scoop.

Still waiting to get on board with essential oils? You’ll get a bottle of Purification in your Premium Starter Kit – so you can easily try out this recipe with it or your Lemon essential oil.

 Get Started with Essential Oils

Yummy Instant Pot Recipes for Busy Moms

18
Jan
2016

Yummy Instant Pot Recipes for Busy Moms

Yes, if you read my newsletter that week you know that I am part of the Instant Pot rage (this is the pot I got). It sat in the box for nearly 3 weeks from its delivery – I was nervous and scared to try it.

I joined a couple Facebook groups and saw how others were using their Instant Pot and decided to try a simple test – brown rice! It was super easy and quick, and I am happy to report I am giving away my rice cooker – one more appliance gone! The rice was perfect.

My second test was a chicken recipe. Then I also made hard cooked eggs, which also turned out great, and a quick bath of applesauce one morning with frozen apples. Two words – quick and easy – music to my ears!

My favorite part of using the Instant Pot is that I can cook FROZEN meat and it doesn’t take all day and it turns out great! There are some days where I forget to take my crock meal out of the freezer or even decide what’s for dinner, so with the Instant Pot on your side, you will still have success!

So here is a fun roundup of Instant Pot recipes that I have tried so far or will be trying in the next few weeks. You can also follow my Instant Pot Pinterest board too! If you have favorite slow cookers recipes, you can use this converter to make them into Instant Pot recipes too so they take less time.

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

I made a ham yesterday for Sunday dinner and this will be in the pot in the next few days!

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Mexican Pork Carnitas

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Mexican Pork Carnitas

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Chicken and Lentil Soup

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Chicken and Lentil Soup

Pressure Cooker Crispy Potatoes

Pressure Cooker Crispy Potatoes

Pressure Cooker Chicken: Fork-Tender Chicken in Just 30 Minutes!

Pressure Cooker Chicken: Fork-Tender Chicken in Just 30 Minutes!

I just picked up another free-range-organic chicken for 50% off at my grocery store – so good!

Sweet and Orangey Brussels Sprouts

Sweet and Orangey Brussels Sprouts

Pressure Cooked Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic and Green Chilies

Pressure Cooked Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic and Green Chilies

Instant Pot Mexican Casserole

Instant Pot Mexican Casserole

Paleo Instant Pot Mexi-Meatloaf

Paleo Instant Pot Mexi-Meatloaf

Chicken Chile Verde in Under 30 Minutes

Chicken Chile Verde in Under 30 Minutes

Are you excited? There are a few super time savers in this collection – I love homemade refried beans (so good and my family loves them).

Enjoy!

The Best Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe EVER!

21
Dec
2015

The Best Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe EVER!

We all have family favorite recipes. I shared one a few weeks ago and I am sharing another one with you, my wonderful community of moms!

I have been known for my famous Stuffed Mushrooms since I was in high school – and that is a long time! I can recall making this recipe in my Home Economics class for the first time and was so proud to make it for my parents for the first time, which…ahem…was about 28 years ago! My dad still talks about these mushrooms to this day – so, yes, they are that famous!

We will be making these for our Christmas Eve dinner and I thought it was the perfect time to share this recipe. I have altered the recipe a bit to make it Gluten Free and it is still just as good!

Even if you have family members who do not like mushrooms, try this one on for size. My six year old who won’t eat mushrooms in anything else will eat these!

I love and recommend using only Young Living Essential Oils in recipes – this one is perfect to try them in!

Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms
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Ingredients
  1. 20 extra large White Mushrooms
  2. 5 T olive oil
  3. 1/4 cup red wine
  4. 3/4 pound sweet italian sausage
  5. 1/2 onion diced
  6. 2 clove garlic minced
  7. 2/3 cup gluten free bread crumbs
  8. 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  9. 2 T parsley
  10. 1 drop Taste of Italy Essential Oil (or 1 drop Oregano or Basil)
  11. 3 T melted butter
  12. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and chop them finely. Set aside. Place the mushroom caps in a shallow bowl and toss with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and red wine. Set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage, crumbling it. Cook the sausage for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until it's completely browned. Add the chopped mushroom stems and cook for 3 more minutes. Stir in the chopped onions and garlic and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the gluten free bread crumbs, stirring to combine evenly with all the other ingredients. Remove from the heat, stir in the Parmesan, parsley, and drop of Taste of Italy Essential Oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste, Cool slightly.
  4. Fill each mushroom generously with the sausage mixture. Arrange the mushrooms in a baking dish large enough to hold all the mushrooms in a snug single layer. Drizzle the melted butter over the tops of the mushrooms. Bake until the stuffing for 50 minutes, until the stuffing is browned and crusty.
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