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April 7, 2014

{Hol:Fit Hacks} Remove Labels Easily + DIY Green Cleaners

Who's ready for a little awesome DIY project to kick off a new week?
I love this discovery because it's not only easy but it upcylces something that most of us are not able to recycle in our areas....

I am a bit of a glass hoarder....I have 2 cupboards full of empty masons and my pantry shelves are lined with glass containers full of pretty things to cook + bake with. {you can watch my pantry tour video from 2 years ago should you feel like it}
I purchase the large case of smaller perrier bottles from Costco and enjoy them daily by cutting my home brewed kombucha 50/50 with perrier {extra fizz!}. So I always have lots of empties...

But not a big fan of labels + sticky residue hanging around on my pretty glasses. So in today's hack I'm going to show you how to easily remove the gunk and then turn those bottles into something very useful as a health trooper.

Fill a sink with hot water and 1tbsp of baking soda for every jar/bottle you plan to soak. For extra quick dissolving - add 1 drop of doTERRA lemon essential oil for every jar/bottle. The lemon oil just on its own will remove adhesive from anything {nature's goo gone}
Let the glasses soak for at least 10 min and do a peel check. Some bottles like Pelligrino + Perrier will peel off super easy
Steel wool will help to get that last little bit of adhesive off the stubborn ones.

Store your masons for later use. The sparkling glass water bottles are what you'll need today because they fit perfectly with standard spray heads!!! This is great incentive to dump the harmful chemicals in your cupboards {ahem windex} and use the spray head for your new creations:

I'm making up a bunch of bottles to have at the London stop of Hol:Fit Healthy Bliss this weekend!

Click on the Essential Oils Tab at the top of the website for more info on how to infuse your life with oils!
Peace, love + healthy-hacking,

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April 4, 2014

When Your Child is Sick...

There's not much else that matters when your child is sick. It's been a rough week at our house - starting with Chloe last weekend coming down with some type of flu...me waiting to see if/when Emme would catch it to. Sure enough just as Chloe was feeling better yesterday, Emme was up all night with nausea and is now passed out on the couch next to me as I type this. There's a lot I should be doing right now but I feel compelled to sit and scribble this out to you.
I struggle when sickness comes into our home because I immediately feel at fault {as all mamas experience}. Was the food not nourishing enough? Too much technology while I 'bought' myself time to get some work done? Have I forgot to make sure they washed their hands before they ate? On a good day as a parent - you are never alone in your thoughts. Quoting Sofia Loren "A mother always has to think twice. Once for herself and once for her child."

As I look back on this week, I remind myself that kids do need to be sick once in a while - otherwise how will their immune system be carefully challenged as they grow? The lifestyle we lead as a family  has brought us through this awful winter with pretty solid immune systems...but when sickness hits, I have a game plan I'll share with you.

*the advice below is not meant to replace that of your doctor.*

The most important thing to know is that, by design, your body has within itself unbelievable capability to heal.When sickness takes over - the priority is to support the body as it works it's magic. Take a fever for example - this is one of the body's most useful approaches in healing. By raising the body's temperature it is killing off certain bacteria and viruses sensitive to these changes.

Here is what I do for my kids to support their little bods as they heal:

DIET: Lots of water, clear soups with garlic/onion and smoothies {coconut water, tbsp ea hemp + chia seeds, banana and pineapple is great}. Coconut water to replenish if they've been throwing up.

If they are feeling NAUSEOUS I make a massage oil of 1 drop doTERRA Digest Zen blend + 3 drops carrier oil and rub that into their belly + low back. They also like to inhale the peppermint oil. Fluids are the most important thing - limit foods. Again - work with this in making them comfortable but this is all part of their body's way of healing.

To relieve the discomfort of FEVER, I dilute 1 drop of doTERRA pure peppermint oil in 3 drops of carrier oil and massage this into their feet, the backs of their neck, their ear lobes and down the spine. I do this 3x a day and monitor their temperature to make sure it doesn't go past 102 degrees.

To support their body's goal in fighting a VIRUS, I apply doTERRA OnGuard essential oil blend directly to the bottoms of their feet 3-4x per day. OnGuard is 90% effective in stopping an infected virus cell from duplicating. It is better to apply this in small amounts throughout the day. I also diffuse it throughout the house and oil pull it with 1 tbsp olive oil in my own mouth every day.

If they are CONGESTED, I make a massage oil with 2 drops doTERRA Breathe essential oil blend + 4 drop carrier oil and massage that into their chest. I also put it in a small diffuser in their rooms. If they are having trouble settling - I will apply it directly to my own chest and snuggle them into me while they sleep propped up.

I clear my schedule as best I can. I think it's important to just be there as much as you can - for extra snuggle time. I like to put a calming channel on youtube such as this one and lie with my girls on the couch. It relaxes them when I pretend to put makeup on their face with my fingers as they close their eyes. Lots of REST + CUDDLING is important - I try to limit stimulation.

I really hope this provides you + your kids some relief when you face the next sick day. As you can see - I now incorporate doTERRA certified pure grade essential oils into so much of my + my family's routine. What a difference they have made! If you're looking to get started with the oil - the Family Physician Kit comes with everything I mentioned here and a few other gems.

You can check out the Essential Oils Page I created below the Hol:Fit banner above to learn more.

ps...If you live in London, ON - I'm hosting an essential oils, green smoothie + optimal health habits event on April 12th from 6-8pm...you should come!
Love + healing,

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March 9, 2014

Weekend Crockpot Granola {& bar magic}

It's the weekend. 
March Break is here. 
Aaand we lost an hour of sleep last night due to DST.
Obviously granola making is a must do in this type of situation.

Getting all the cooks in the kitchen to make some healthy, quick nutrition for a fun week ahead sounded good to me.

And man, I'm glad we did this because I'm about to share with you another recipe that will be on constant rotation in your pad.

I've called this weekend crockpot granola...because well, it's made with a crockpot {hello zero dishes} and you kinda need to be around to stir it around a few times so it doesn't burn....hence the weekend aspect.

You'll wonder how you every dusted, vacuumed + folded fresh laundry without  the smell of maple cinnamon granola filling your home.

What I love about this recipe:
I said "say cheese" ....???
  • It's no fuss: you melt the liquids in the crock first then add your dry and let it do it's thang
  • It's school-safe: this recipe has no nuts at all
  • It's customizable: want nuts? go for it! Sub them in for the seeds
  • You can double it and make the easiest-granola-bars-on-mama-earth by adding 2 eggs to 2 cups of the granola. {see linked recipe for full details}
We use up the granola throughout the week by topping it on coconut yogurt, smoothies, or on it's own with almond milk
Topped on a yummy smoothie: 1c almond milk, 2 cups kale, 1 cup frozen blueberry, 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2 banana, 1 tsp cinnamon. 
After the granola has cooked for 3-4 hrs, you can take 2 cups of it and make granola bars with it.

Hope you enjoy this recipe - let me know when you make it and if you add any awesome ingredients!
Also - it's been a while since I update the RECIPES page above so I've done that also.

Happy baking...hardly ;)

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