Chocolate Chia Pudding

I love chia seeds!! They have fiber, protein, and low carb. I have a major sweet tooth and since I’m on a grain free and sugar free diet I need to find ways to curb my sweet tooth. Chia seed pudding is a great way to do that. This pudding is versatile to eat for breakfast or snacks. This recipe is for breakfast because it uses coffee, but you can substitute the coffee for whatever you would like to create your pudding. I have made a couple of changes to the recipe myself. I did try it with the coffee and it was really good, but I am a true peanut butter lover at heart!! I love it!! So I made a few changes to the recipe. Change 1 I used chocolate almond milk to replace the coffee and for change 2 I replaced the nut butters with PB2. For those of you who don’t know what PB2 is, it’s powdered peanut butter. You can also mix and match and customize this for whatever you are in the mood for. Adding different flavorings or different kinds of fruit is a good way to do that. I will be most definitely playing with this recipe🙂

Here is the original recipe http://paleomg.com/overnight-chocolate-coffee-chia-breakfast-pudding/

Here the recipe I made with the changes

Ingredients
  • ½ cup chocolate almond milk
  • ½ cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of PB2
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Blend brewed chocolate almond milk, coconut milk, PB2, vanilla extract, honey, and cocoa powder in a blender.
  2. Place the blended mixture into a resealable large jar (or 2 smaller jars) then add chia seeds. Seal jar and shake. (I used 2 smaller jars and placed 1/8c of chia seeds in each jar)
  3. Place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 3+ hours.
  4. Eat up. Breakfast is served.

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Homemade Face Wipes

This post goes along with the one I just posted about my homemade face wash. I made these wipes again to help clear my face. I wash my face in the morning with the face wash and at night I use these to clean my face. I like anything fast, easy, and efficient when it comes to getting ready for bed. By bedtime I’m tired and I’m just ready to go sleep. That is what makes these wipes so great. I do a couple of quick swipes around the face with one wipe and Voila I’m done. I don’t recommend using  these to take off eye make though. I tried it and it did not work so well for me. I ended up using eye make up remover. These were very simple to make and I had everything on hand except for the Bounty Napkins. Make sure if you are going to make these you get Bounty Napkins! They are thick and will hold up for what you are using them for. The cheap off brand napkins will fall apart. I did a little research for my skin type on the internet to find out which essential oils are good for combination skin types and breakouts to customize my wipes.

Here is the link to check out how to makes these wipes  http://campwander.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/make-your-own-beauty-swipes-cleanse.html

These are mine, and like I said I customized mine using different essential oils. I added a few drops of  tea tree oil, thieves, and lemongrass to the original recipe

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What you will need

Empty baby wipe container

Bounty Napkins (22 cut in half to make a total of 44)

Rubbing Alcohol

Water

Coconut Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

And any other Essential Oils you would like to add

Recipe:
1  1/2 C. very warm water (to melt coconut oil)
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon Rubbing Alcohol (for emulsion)
3 drops Lavender EO
3 drops Lemon EO
Add 3 drops of any additional oils to customize now

Pour the fragrant coconut water around the stack of napkins slowly…giving the liquid enough time to soak in.  You may want to turn the box upside down for a few minutes for even soaking too.

Homemade Facewash

I have just recently turned 30 and I started to notice not long before my 30th birthday my face started to breakout really bad. Not only did I notice it, but my mom did too. I have no idea why this started happening, but I need to fix this problem ASAP!! The only things I can think of are hormonal changes because lets face it, 30 isn’t old, but I’m not exactly considered a spring chicken anymore either, or it could be all the junk I was eating around the Holidays. I have heard that people can suffer from adult acne and pray to GOD this is not the case for me! I did suffer from slight acne in my teens and had to see a Dermatologist and I don’t want to have to deal with that again. I mean come on, I can’t be 30 and have my face look like a hormonal raging middle schooler, that’s just to much for one person to handle!! Plus it doesn’t help that I look like I’m 15 to top things off,  I really would look like a hormonal raging teenager! Not good for my image, just kidding🙂 Anyhow, my mom does her favorite thing in the world and that is to jump on Google and read her essential oil handy-dandy book to research everything and anything!! My aunt does the same thing by the way🙂 Very useful those 2 are!! My mom came to me and told me to try this essential concoction on my face. I did try it for a few days, but one of the oils was little to harsh to put on face straight out of the bottle. So I did a little investigating myself and found a bunch of things on how to make your own face wash. My mom had all the oils I needed with her on hand, I had the rest in my pantry except for the castile soap. That was the only ingredient I had to go purchase. I made this face wash and have been using it for a couple of weeks now, and have to say my skin looks a lot better!!! I will continue to use this from now on and won’t go back to buying over the counter face wash. The best part is that it’s all natural!! Give this a shot if you suffer from breakouts.

Here is the recipe for the face wash http://beautytips4her.com/homemade-natural-facial-cleanser-more-expensive-is-rarely-better/

This is what mine looks like. I used an empty shower gel bottle to store it in, nothing fancy. I also changed the oils to create mine. My mom and aunt are distributors for a company that sells essential oils, they have everything under the sun, so I used purification essential oil and Frankincense essential oil to customize mine.

facewash

 

What you will need

Castile Soap (I bought Lavender Castile Soap from Whole Foods)

Chamomile Tea

Favorite Oil  (I used Coconut Oil, but almond, grapeseed or olive oils are good options too)

Favorite Essential Oils

Empty bottle

Recipe

1/4c Castile Soap

1/4c Chamomile tea

3/4tsp Favorite Oil

8 drops of Favorite Essential Oils

 

Brew a cup of Chamomile Tea and set aside 1/4c to cool down. In a small bowl mix all other ingredients together and the add tea. Pour Mixture in a empty bottle and its ready to use.

Lifestyle Change

Hey everyone! We are now in 2014 and I have decided this year to be healthier by creating a major lifestyle change! I decided to go grain free and sugar free, which to all that know me, know it is a HUGE DEAL!!!! I love sweets and bread, oh heck who am I kidding…..I LOVE FOOD in general, but I need and want to be healthier along with wanting to get off all medications.
I gave it major thought, and I was going to try the paleo diet that a lot of people are on right now. I can’t do this diet because it gets crazy expensive and I don’t have that kind of money right now, plus it’s strict. You have to stay away from all grains, beans, legumes, dairy, and sugars. Basically anything high in starch. This for me is not doable because come on lets be honest, like I said I love food, and giving up beans and dairy is where I draw the line, if I already have to give up grains and sugar!!! Lol I decided that grain free is more doable for me. I still eat beans and cheese (which I love) and have more options. I cut out all grains and use almond flour, coconut flour, and sunflower seeds as substitutes for flour. I cut out sugar except natural sugars from fruits, honey, and maple syrup. I use swerve as a sugar substitute. I eat a lot of seeds like chia, pumpkin, etc, and all nuts.
It’s going to be hard and I know this, and I’m going to have highs and lows, but this is a roller coaster I’m going to have to ride. This section will have recipes that I’m using along with progress up dates to help get through this healthier lifestyle change. So for week one I am proud to announce that I did great and lost 6 lbs🙂 Hope you guys try out some of the recipes!
Wish me luck everyone, here is to eating healthier.

Love, Stephanie

DIY Christmas Presents

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all!!! I hope everyone is having a very Merry Christmas so far!! My Christmas morning was awesome!! We had a big breakfast followed by opening presents which brings me to this post. A few weeks ago I posted a blog about how I made half of my presents this year and how excited I was and couldn’t spill the beans early!!! WELL, Now I can because all the presents are opened and accounted for!!!!🙂

For my Comic Book fans in the family which are the men in the family. I made slippers and a chair covered in comics. My aunt got a basket of homemade goodies. Inside the basket was lavender peppermint body scrub, cocoa butter lavender peppermint lotion, lavender silk hand scrub, brown sugar lemon lip scrub (everything was made with natural ingredients and essential oils), and I threw in a pair of shea butter infused socks!!

Slippers

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Chair

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Basket

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I am very excited that everyone loved their presents!!!! Sometimes, homemade is the way to go!! LOL

Merry Christmas again everyone and enjoy the rest of your day!!!!

Love, Stephanie

Make it yourself gifts

Well this year has been rough for me financially, but I won’t let that stop me from giving this holiday season. I decided to make almost all of my Christmas presents this year and keep it very low on the pocket. I had to cut the amount down by almost 50%, give or take a few here and there. I am very proud of what I did and excited about the gifts. I can’t wait to give them. I can’t spill the beans just yet obviously, but I have been taking pictures of my projects and will post them after Christmas in my DIY category, so everyone can take a look at what I have made. I hope you guys won’t let financial issues keep you from gifting. Sometimes homemade gifts are the best ones, even if they are small and less expensive. You still have time, Happy Gift Making!!!

Love, Stephanie

Comic Book Coasters

My brother’s birthday is tomorrow and I needed to get him a present. I was low on cash so I decided to do a DIY gift I found on Pinterest. It was Comic Book Coasters. He loves Ironman and he loves Super Heroes and comics just generally speaking. We don’t have coasters and he brings his drinks into his room all the time so what better gift to make then Ironman Coasters!!! They were very easy to make and relatively inexpensive. I live near a comic bookstore. I went there yesterday and took a look around just to see what I could find. The comics were not expensive from what I could see they started at about $2.50 and went up from there. As, I strolled around the store I hit the jackpot!!! They had a dollar section towards the back of the store!! Well as we know it didn’t take much thought about what to do next. I went in the room and did some searching. It was a mess back there, what do you expect for a dollar. I had some time to look and SCORE!! I came across an Ironman Comic Book!! I checked out and went on a journey for everything else I needed to get my project done. Oh and for the record, coasters are very hard to come by these days and so are coaster holders. After a long hunt for coasters, I finally ended up at Target and they had a pack of 4 cork coasters for about $3. I couldn’t find a holder for the coasters and this is where I had to get creative. I found solid colored plastic bowls in the section where the kid dinnerware stuff was and I ended up purchasing that for a $1. Then I went to Micheal’s and purchased mod podge, the smallest bottle was about $3.50 and the brushes and sponges I needed to complete this project were $1.50.

Here is my final project! I hope my brother likes them!!!!!

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What you will need to complete this project:

Comic Book

Coasters

Coaster Holder, I used a plastic bowl (optional)

Mod Podge

Brushes, Sponges

Scissors

All I did was trace and cut the pictures I wanted to use out of the comic book to fit each coaster. I then took the mod podge and a sponge and spread the mod podge on the cork coaster. I placed the pictures on top of the mod podge to glue it down. I used my fingers to gently rub out any air bubbles or wrinkles as best as I could. I let the pictures dry about 20-30 minutes for each coaster. Then I did about 3 layers of mod podge on top of each picture on the coasters to seal them, waiting until each layer was dry before applying the next one. Then I cut out more pictures for the bowl and repeated the same process as the coasters.

Here is the website for the coasters. I did mine differently. I actually purchased coasters to make it easier.

http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2011/09/diy-geek-coasters-by-man-podger-david.html

Happy Gifting,

Stephanie