Over night Oatmeal: Pumpkin edition!

By now I am sure you have heard of Overnight Oatmeal. I hope you have even tried it! If not you are really missing out!

For those who don’t know:

Overnight oatmeal is exactly what it sounds like. I mix jars of oatmeal with “stuff” and let it sit in the fridge overnight. Next morning I have an easy breakfast! This also makes an awesome mid day snack! Honestly that’s when I am more likely to eat it too. The stuff can very by mood.

I use old jelly jars with lids, but most people use Mason Jars.

Basic recipe:

I eyeball all of this when I make mine so I do not always know exactly how much. I make about 4 at a time and they are good for about a week I hear. (They never last long in my house!)

  • 1  cup dry oats (do not use quick oats of oatmeal packages)

I buy mine in bulk by the pound. I pay about 50cents a pound and get enough to make other people look at me crazy. Thankfully my bulk store keeps big barrels of the stuff.

  • about 1/2 cup of liquid

You could use water, but I wouldn’t. I have used liquid whey, Kefir, Milk, Ninxgia Red all with good results. You can also use Almond or soy milk if you are Vegan/Vegetarian

  • about 1/2 cup of yogurt

This can be optional but I think this is one of the best parts of it! If you choose to skip it, make sure to add extra liquid.

  • Flavor

Go crazy here! This is the fun part! My favorite is fruit, flax seeds and maybe some honey. I have used essential oils (Thieves vitality was really good!) and went nutty on the nuts and spices! Top it with granola for some texture!

Here is a fun Pumpkin flavored recipe!

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1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup pumpkin puree (I use homemade but you can use can, just don’t get the pie mix)
1 Table spoon of sweetener (brown sugar or maple would be best in this one!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup oats (Never quick oats!)
2 teaspoons chia seeds (optional for extra creamy!)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon clove

 

I add dry stuff to the jar first and shake it up really good to mix everything up. Then I add the wet stuff and stir with a chopstick. Put the lid on and put it in the fridge. In the morning enjoy!

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The Beginner’s Guide to Toxic Free Hygiene

We are bombarded with so many chemicals every day. Some of the most toxic stuff we use are part of our basic hygiene! The biggest struggle most people have when ditching the bad is getting past the normal and basic needs. This is to help you make the switch from Toxic to Sustainable easy. Need more help? I have a Facebook group too! It is still small but feel free to join, ask questions, give feedback and learn! Sustainable Hair care and Hygiene

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Oral Health Care

This is a post that may not be as popular with a lot of people. I am going to be very honest with you, my reader!

I use Fluoride Toothpaste.

I know you are thinking I am a bad person, but I will explain why later! Until then, here are some things when I was not using Fluoride Toothpaste.

Oil Pulling

Not sure how I feel. Yes, it whitens teeth, if done correctly, it seems to improve your oral health. I did see less plaque on my teeth, and some oils do clean. I used to use coconut oil for 10 minutes, then spit it out and used sunflower oil for 10 minutes. Coconut oil helps clean and could help with infections in the mouth and the sunflower oil made my mouth feel cleaner and made the biggest difference on the plague. Sometimes I used essentials as well. (Peppermint, orange, thieves, or clove)

Review:  Not a big fan. I only do it now if I have a toothache, or notice the plague getting bad. I always have to follow with brushing my teeth too.

Also, I do not buy that it is detoxing your mouth. Anyone who has mixed oils will see that change of color in oils. Try making a homemade mayo sometime and you will see what I mean.

Homemade Toothpaste:

Here is the recipe I like: 1 part baking soda, 2 parts solid coconut oil and a little essential oil. I tend to use a tablespoon. (1 tbs baking soda, 2 tbs coconut oil, 1 drop peppermint oil)

Review: Works good, my mouth always felt clean, and the baking soda whitens. For homemade this was really good.

Flouride Free Toothpaste you can buy

I like the Thieves Aromabright toothpaste. I have nothing bad to say about it and it tastes really good.

We used this for a while, I am not even sure how long (years for me and maybe a year for the rest of the family).

On Going Back to Fluoride

We decided to go back to fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride it absolutely toxic, but you spit it out. We have decided the risk is worth it as we noticed our teeth hurt more and we got gingivitis. I noticed my teeth starting to become more brittle when using fluoride-free options. I could fight the gingivitis but as a family, we feel that fluoride toothpaste works best for us. I have yet to find a brand I would recommend and we are using the lowest cost ADA recommended one for now.

As part of my quest for zero waste I will be changing that, but right now I do not have a zero waste recommendation.

If fluoride free works for you, let me know what brand you use. I have tried a lot and never found one I am really happy with.

Toothbrush

I have a family of 5. We buy toothbrushes in bulk. Recently while reading zero waste blogs I realized I never even thought about my toothbrush! I was reading a post written by someone in Hawaii, and she said while walking on the beach she found 14 toothbrushes! That made me sad and disgusted at the same time. We will use the ones we already bought but I am looking into new ones now!

ISince I have such a big family I have to think about price and that is one of the reasons I am looking at this brand. (Also it is Prime, and I feel better using that when I order because I have been a victim of the bait and switch.)

Dr.Perfect Bamboo Toothbrush Soft Natural Bristles (12)

Read more about me and Bamboo Toothbrushes

How the Toothbrush changed my home

More on Deodorant

I have posted about a homemade deodorant in the past. I since found a better one and realized I never shared it on the blog. Overall I have a lot more information about Non-Toxic Deodorant.

I have two recipes that I highly recommend because they seem to work for everyone. This is one of those things that you have to test before you find what works.

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My Facial Cleaners

As part of my ongoing changes to become healthier and rid my house of Toxins I have learned so much, and hope to keep learning more!

Face Cleaning Oil

Something I have testing on my own skin is that sometimes you need to use oil to remove oil.

For really bad oily days or when I am having a breakout, I have a routine that seems to really help. First I rinse my face using really warm water. This opens the pores and helps remove some of the oily buildups from a hot summer day. Then I use a little Argan oil on a cleaning pad, with a drop of Frankincense and use that on my face. You can also premix this in a bottle, and use a mix of good oils for skin.

Fill about half of 15 ml bottle with a good skin friendly carrier oil: (Good examples are Jojoba, sweet almond, and Argon)

Mix up to 5 drops of any of these oils. I would not use more than 2 drops of each oil. This is listed in the order I would use them myself:

  • Rose
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Jasmin
  • Ylang-Ylang
  • Lavender
  • Lemon (Warning do not use if going to be in sunlight, better for before bed. I would only use 1 drop at most)

A lot of people suggest tea tree, this can be used but I recommend using it differently. It can irritate skin and also mess up the PH. This is better if you are having a fungal (or Skin yeast) or PH issue that needs to be balanced out. If you are having a fungal or yeast skin issue it may help to seek a Dr too. I admit that is not an issue I have had to deal with directly so I can not be sure how good it works.

Fill the bottle up the rest of the way with the carrier or even a second carrier oil.  Use this on a cleaning pad, let it set about 5 minutes, then clean your face with witch hazel and rinse with cool water.

As part of my Zero Wast efforts, I now use reusable ones I have made! DIY Cotton Face Scrubs

Don’t want to make any but want to reduce waste? Contact me about making some for you!

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Facial Cleansing Pads

Cotton rounds or reusable ones
A container with a tight-fitting lid
2 cups distilled water (or you can boil tap water for 10 minutes, and allow to cool)
1 Tablespoon Dr. Bonners castile soap unscented
1 Tablespoon witch hazel
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (Recipe to make your own)
3-5 drops of your favorite cleansing oils. (Stay away from citrus in the summer!)

I do this before bed on the days I feel very gross. Most nights I use just a bar of soap and warm water with a cold water rinse.

DIY Shampoo Recipe

I am No Poo so this recipe comes from a friend at work!

My friend is allergic to almost all “fragrance,” and she is not ready to go No Poo. It is okay is she never does because she found something that works for her! If you are not ready to get started with No Poo then this may be the thing for you!

She follows with an ACV rinse. You would also follow with a coffee rinse if you have dandruff or Tea rinse for oily hair. Make your own Apple Cider Vinegar

I know my work friend is very happy with this and I can say her hair looks really nice!

DIY Beard Oil

Father’s Day is coming! Do you need a last minute gift idea? How about Beard Oil?

  1. Fill the dropper bottle up 3/4 of the way with the oil base you chose.
  2. Add in 2-3 drops of each essential oil.
  3. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with vitamin E oil or the carrier you picked. (Never fill to the very top. You need room for the dropper too.)
  4. Mix by rolling in your hands. You may need to mix before each use.

Don’t have time to make some? You can order the Shutran Beard oil!