My Husband, is a horrible, horrible liar. His eyes and upper lip does this thing & he almost immediately smiles after he does it. so, when he tells me that I make the best granola he has ever had in his entire life – I believe him. That and the fact that him and my son polish off a batch quicker than I can jar it up!
I decided to make a batch of granola mostly because I was bored on maternity leave but also craving carbs & didn’t want the guilt of devouring a batch of cookies.
I now make this every two weeks or so and use it as a snack straight from the jar, on Greek yogurt, on top of oatmeal, in-place of cereal (great with soy milk).
The most important part of this recipe, if you have kids … let them get involved! This is a fun mess to make and if they sneak bites while helping, there are no raw ingredients that can harm them.
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1½ cup raw nuts and/or seeds (I used 3/4 cup almonds, crushed and 3/4 cup mix of pepitas, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and chia seeds)
1 teaspoon fine-grain Himalayan sea salt (if you’re using standard table salt, scale back to ¾ teaspoon)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup melted organic coconut oil
½ cup raw local honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅔ cup dried fruit, chopped if large (I used unsweetened dried cherries)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt and cinnamon. Stir to blend.
Pour in the coconut oil, honey and vanilla. Mix well, until every oat and nut is lightly coated.
Pour the granola onto your prepared pan and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer. Bake until golden, about 21 to 23 minutes, stirring halfway. The granola will further crisp up as it cools.
Let the granola cool completely, undisturbed, before breaking it into pieces and stirring in the dried fruit.
Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, or in a sealed freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. I like to use recycled jars. In the photo we used an old coconut oil jar and an old pickle jar!
I will never win an award for Mom of the year.
My toddler has one volume, loud AF.
I get annoyed by things that shouldn’t bother me at all (the sound of chewing).
My husband, nine+ years later still gives me butterflies.
I never know what to wear even when going nowhere.
My daughter is a stage five clinger but my gawd is she beautiful.
I pin more than I make.
I try – hard – every day.
I watch all the emotional shows and although my husband won’t watch with me, if it weren’t for his weekly reminders I’d miss all the episodes…
This is part of me.
This is us.
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I didn’t pay for the MultiGreens, Deep Relief or the Agilese – I used points!!!
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In addition to all these amazing goodies, we also love bone broth, raw garlic, thieves tea and ACV throughout the day!
I am a person, just like YOU that decided one day to make a few better choices for myself and in the long run changed a whole ton of things around for myself without trying. Yes, you heard me … this lifestyle is really effortless and super healthy.
Here are a few examples:
+ every single day, you brush your teeth, so do I.
+ every single day you put on deodorant, so do I.
+ every single day you put on fragrance, so do I.
The only differences are my product choices. I do not go to the store any buy any of those items plus 13 other things I didn’t need (Target is a jerk like that – admit it).
I buy my from a company called Young Living. I don’t waste money I save money & I am boosting my immune system while brushing my teeth – bet you can’t say that?! When I apply deodorant, I am not risking breast cancer, scary I know but true! Did you know that aluminum compounds within deodorants act as a plug within the sweat ducts and temporarily stop the flow of sweat. However, these compounds can be absorbed by your skin. Just as the parabens, these compounds can mimic estrogen, which promotes growth of breast cancer cells. Like I said scary.
So how does it really save money? Well, for starters each time I use a natural, essential oil based product I am targeting specific needs within my body strengthening my immune system, supporting my hormones, boosting my cells, improving my mood … all of which are protecting my body. This keeps me healthy which prevents any and all sick visits to the doctor. Pregnancy has been the only reason I have needed any medical assistance in the past 3 years! My three-year-old, has not had a sick visit in two years. My husband, well he is a man and wouldn’t go even if he needed it (ha) but hasn’t. WHY? Our lifestyle changes. Along with no medical treatment, nobody in our home is on any medication. Nothing prescription and nothing OTC. We use essential oils tube proactive so we do not have to be reactive.
Another money saver … I make all of the following beauty products:
+ face serum + body lotion + + deodorant + bubble bath + hair product + cuticle cream + perfume + cologne + mood enhancers + personal intimant products + detoxes + healing products for owies big & small + sore muscles rubs + PMS aides … && more.
Sounds expensive doesn’t it? NOPE. Not at all. I save so much money making all of this stuff. I will teach you.
I am running a two-day cash back offer for anyone that would like to start their oil journey! Not only with you get oils, you get a diffuser and and a whole bunch of goodies from me including continued support and education to help you use your oils! If you are waiting for a sign … THIS IS IT – I PROMISE ….
I then turned to my oily team. I know what you may be thinking …. What the hell is an oily team. WELL … it is a group of people that all have the oils, use the oils and want to live a better more natural life just.like.me (you).
The next day, I tried a few drops of Thieves in the diffuser and remember it feeling like Christmas mixed with calmness and a sense of peace. That feeling was part the oils working and part knowing I made the right decision buying this kit.
They helped me get through my contractions for 10 HOURS before the need for an epidural. Essential oils helped me through the labor pain & pushing. I was legit smiling in between contractions and pushing and per my Husband, I didn’t even break a sweat … I have witnesses – no BS! I was calm, prepared and happy.
I use oils daily to help regulate my hormones, to help heal my body and help with the newborn lack of sleep plus toddler energy and mom & wife duties.
Yesterday my sister was shocked when she saw my stomach. It has been three.five weeks and I am only 8lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I do not have a single stretch mark and my stomach, well its pretty flat already with no exercise. Now if I am being 100% transparent I do know part of that is genetic an diet BUT I also know the essential oils, & supplements have been a HUGE contributor to this amazing result. They have kept and are keeping my healthy inside and helping tighten my skin on the outside.
Babygirl needed a little assistance with mealtime. Also me to explain this one as a MOM (not a doctor, not a professional, not an expert, a mom) …
My daughter, just like my son is exclusively breastfed. Both my kids took to breastfeeding really well, both latched and nursed immediately after birth. My son & I had a hiccup free breastfeeding journey for 16 months. My daughter started off well and is still nursing like a champ but she has a few tummy issues that are causing a bit of gas and causes her to spit/throw-up after some of her feedings. Normal, yes. Frustrating and hard to see her uncomfortable, yes. So in comes the oils. I have been diffusing oils which have provided a more calming environment as well as benefits to help her tummy. I have also been using a few oils such as Roman Chamomile and Copaiba diluted based on her newborn status and I am happy to report that she has not lost a meal in two days now! Not a single one. I didn’t allow Facebook diagnose her with colic or acid reflex or tongue tie (the list goes on and on) – I love FB don’t get me wrong BUT people are kinda crazy and can misdiagnose you / your family and cause you to panic and mistreat. FB is a bad as google sometimes. Anywho.
I love that over the past three years I have confidently become my own health advocate as well as my families. I have been doing research (actual paper books not just the internet) and learning how and why oils work. Learning the science behind it all, from professionals. I have been safely experimenting (not on my kids) to see what works best for me.
What I can tell you is….
+ I am happier.
+ I am healthier.
+ I am saving a lot of money & time.
+ My family is healthy & so am I.
This list could go on and on. Have you been paying attention? I think it is apparent. This isn’t B.S. in a bottle. It isn’t a trend.
My life isn’t perfect and well oiled (ha – see what I did there!?), I still have to juggle trying to shower and when I finally get a chance to, I know there is a really good chance I will also hear a baby crying outside the door, a toddler asking me “whats that” “are you dirty” “what are you doing” a husband asking me where the ketchup is (behind the milk honey, always behind the milk), and during that shower I will have just enough time to get the important parts clean & take a few deep breaths. I may not get around to shaving but hey, I am clean!
My toddler still is hesitant to try new things for dinner and will ALWAYS ask for chicken nuggets and string cheese that he will not eat & without fail will end up starving as soon as he gets in bed & eat a yogurt.
My point …. essential oils are great companions in life. All of life. They help. They are amazing and I am so happy I took a chance. Will they FIX everything with just one drop. NO. Can they help? HELL YES.
STEP 1 – Trust me but more importantly, trust YOU.
STEP 2 – Take a chance and gift yourself this amazing oils kit& start your journey today.
This second kit includes:
+ Three (3) 10ml Roller Bottles with your choice of label from my ETSY shop: GraySkyMatters (I will help you decide which roller blend will be perfect for your needs)
+ One 2oz squeeze bottle so you can make a Theives Hand Purifier OR a lotion (I will provide the recipe)
+Three vegetable capsules to make ingestible capsules with (again I will help you).
Baby Girl is still comfortable & resting before her/our BIG DAY! We have 15 days before her actual due date: January 30, 2017.
While we wait, we pack. This time around my hospital bag looks a bit different. This time I will be using essential oils to help me through the process both mentally & physically.
The plan is to spend more time at home vs. the hospital before the actual active labor begins. Fortunately, I live less than one mile from the hospital and have the luxury and staying home a little longer than most. My doctor agrees that I may be more comfortable at home as long as my contractions are not too close together. Moving along …
WHAT’S IN MY BAG?
+ Aroma Baby
+ Gentle Babies
+ The Chemical Free Home, Volume 3
These wonderful guides will not only help as a reminder to myself but also a great guide for my Husband to help apply oils for and to me.
In these guides are recommended application techniques and a helpful road-map when deciding which oils to use for specific needs.
+ Thieves Hand Purifier – hospitals are full of germs. enough said.
+ Ningxia Red – hydration, nutrition and natural energy.
+ Ningxia Nitro – energy, naturally for both myself and my Husband.
+ Rose Ointment – for sore nipples, chapped lips and dry skin.
+ Clara Derm – for post-delivery perineal healing.
+ Progessence Plus – I plan to resume using this amazing product directly after the
placenta is delivered which is when my body will experience a huge hormonal
+ Homemade Lavender Lime Lipbalm – soft lips!
+ Diffuser (not pictured) – if I feel the need to diffuse I will want to have this on hand.
+ En-R-Gee – this is for myself and also my husband. He is going to need the strength
+ Frankincense – every day I put two drops under my tongue for balance, strength and
immune support. This is a must have daily for me.
+ Geranium – to apply to my abdomen during labor.
+ Gentle Baby – for diffusing. this is one of my favorite calming blends.
+ Peace & Calming – it’s in the name. P&C essential oil is a go-to oil throughout our home
for grounding, centering and overall calmness. it is comfort to me.
+ Black Pepper
+ Deep Relief Roller – back pain helper in a bottle! also a great one for my Husband to be
able to grab and use for himself.
+ Valor – to help balance my body both emotionally and physically.
+ Valerian – may help reduce the pain of contractions when applied to the lower back.
+ Labor Blend – this labor blend can help support a healthy delivery once labor has started.
It is a synergy of: Ylang Ylang + Helichrysum + Fennel + Peppermint + Clary Sage.
+ Puffy Mama – I use this blend to help with edema and over all puffiness. it is a blend of
Cypress + Tangerine + Roseseed Hip Oil
+ Release – I am packing this to help with calmness and overall chill. This is a blend that I wear daily as my fragrance. It is a combo of Valor + Release. I like to apply it to my forearms and neck.
In addition tall this oily goodness I have the essentials:
+ comfy panties
+ sports bras
+ cotton pajamas
+ soft socks
+ hair ties
+ toothbrush & thieves toothpaste
+ orange blossom face wash
+ phone charger
+ insurance card & ID
+ Coming home outfit for both myself and baby
+ baby book
+ snacks (for all)
So now, we wait …
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:: 28 weeks ::
baby girl is getting bigger and bigger and more and more active daily. I am so in love with this little lady already. according to my doctor, she is right on track and so am I. I did have to do the three hour glucose test again with this pregnancy. apparently my body does not know how to properly use carbohydrates when I am pregnant. the test is awful and gave me serious anxiety BUT I got through it (with a few tears and a bit of queasiness) but I made it through it … now we wait for the results.
The past week has been a super busy & exciting one. My sister threw me the most amazing, beautiful baby shower.
I was blessed with company and love from some of the most amazing females in my life. we get older and life changes, along with those changes so do our social circles. for me, I have realized that mine has become smaller. if I am being honest, some days that stings but then there are days like this past weekend … celebrating the growing life inside of me & looking around to see the people that took the time out of their life to be a part of mine. those of the really, true friends and the size of that circle no longer matters because I have the realest people around me when the important things in life happen.
I am blessed. so very blessed.
life is good!