It’s Prime Time


Depending on your age, that phrase will mean different things to you.  =)  What I’m talking about today, however, is Amazon Prime.

Do you enjoy Amazon shopping?  Shopping online?  Just in case there is someone out there who hasn’t heard of this before, let me tell you about the benefits.

  • You can order anything you want in the Amazon Prime category at the Amazon website and have FREE two-day shipping… even if it’s only one item!  Isn’t that crazy?
  • You have access to Amazon Prime Videos, which is similar to Netflix… except it’s included with Amazon Prime.
  • They have an app for your smart device
  • You can earn 5% back if you use the Amazon Prime credit card.
  • They have a referral program
  • Every year on PRIME DAY, you will be offered special deals available to no one else. Deals on Audible, Kindle Unlimited, Amazon Video, Amazon Music and Amazon Shopping for electronics, wedding or baby registry, home services and MORE!

 

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Guess what?  Prime Day is TODAY!  If you are already a member, check it out!  If not, go join Amazon Prime and take a look at those deals!

 

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Oatmeal, it’s what’s for breakfast


I have to admit, oatmeal used to be one of my least favorite breakfasts – unless it was maple oatmeal from a packet.  But I have learned to really like it a lot!  It is just SOOO healthy!

This is the way I have been eating it nearly every morning.

 

The one at the top right is mine.  It is raw steel-cut oat flakes topped with organic dried cranberries, raw pumpkin seeds, 4 or 5 apricot seeds, a handful of raw almonds, a large handful of large coconut flakes, a small handful of ENJOY LIFE mini chocolate chips (they are gluten free, dairy free, nut free and soy free!), 1/2 banana sliced, a sprinkle of chia seeds, a pinch of bee pollen, frozen blueberries, a drizzle of unsulphured organic molasses and a spoonful of raw honey.  Then I top it with milk.  YUM.

My husband has started to eat it every morning too!  It just does a body good, ya know?  His is on the left.  He eats the same type of oats, bananas, coconut flakes and chia seeds, but he varies his with raisins and pecans instead of all my other stuff.  He likes his sprinkled with raw organic sugar and topped with milk.

I like to have grapefruit also.  First.  Grapefruit first…before the sweet breakfast.  If you have ever tried it the other way around, you know why I am emphasizing that.  =)

My grandmother, who lived to be 98 years young, ate oatmeal with raisins for breakfast every single day for the last several years of her life.  She loved it.  I believe it is part of the reason she lived so long.  And she was healthy and mentally alert right up until the end!

I have to admit.  I don’t eat them every single day.  Sometimes I have french toast, an omelet, waffles, pancakes or on festive days maybe a cinnamon roll… but *most* days, it is this healthy, delicious oatmeal.

Why eat oatmeal for breakfast?

Here’s a quote from Healthy Eating that pretty much sums it up.

Steel cut oats differ from old-fashioned, rolled oats in only one way: Steel cut oats are not rolled flat into flakes. Instead, the whole toasted oat grain, or groat, that is used to produce rolled oats is cut into thirds to yield steel cut oats. Steel cut oats — also called Scotch, Irish or Pinhead oats — are nearly identical to old-fashioned, rolled oats in nutrition. Regularly eating steel cut oats gives you the same health benefits as rolled oats, says Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N. A diet that includes oats may decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

If you want more details, just click here and head over to their page to read more about it.  In summary, eating oats contributes to a longer, healthier life.

DISCLAIMER:  The link in this post to the ENJOY LIFE mini chocolate chips takes you to my Amazon store.  They will pay me a tiny commission for sending you over to them to buy it.

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Make Your Own Tooth Care Products


finished tooth products

Last week we made 2 new tooth products to care for our teeth.  I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but couldn’t find a recipe that I liked.  The first one was horrible.  It tasted like soap!  These, however, are very tolerable and I feel I can recommend them.

Homemade Tooth Powder

  • 4 parts bentonite clay
  • 1 part baking soda
  • 1/2 part myrrh gum powder
  • 1/2 part ground cloves
  • 1/2 part ground stevia
  • 1/2 part ground neem leaves
  • essential oils of cloves and cinnamontooth powder

Upon our 16yo son’s first use of this, he said it was like brushing his teeth with dirt, but now, about 3 days later, he really likes it.  I can definitely taste the cloves and cinnamon and find it leaves my mouth and gums with a very clean and fresh feeling.

There is also a recipe here which we are going to try.  This recipe is promoted for healing gums, tightening teeth and even healing teeth.

 

mouthwash

Homemade Mouth Rinse:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • cinnamon leaf essential oil
  • peppermint essential oil
  • rosemary essential oil
  • tea tree essesntial oil

 

Other ingredients that can be used in a mouth rinse:  one recipe called for Rum or Vodka in place of the vinegar.  Vinegar is much less expensive.  Others called for fresh herbs boiled in water, but that takes a lot longer and has to be refrigerated.  This recipe I listed does not need to be refrigerated.

My mouth feels fantastically fresh and clean after rinsing with this!

Other herbs that are good for healing and astringent:

  • sage
  • chamomile
  • golden seal
  • anise
  • lavender
  • thyme
  • calendula
  • white oak bark
  • oak bark
  • oat straw
  • comfrey root
  • horsetail grass
  • lobelia

 

No Shampoo? No Problem!


I have a confession to make =)  I have not used shampoo since July 6th.

Why would I do a crazy thing like that? 

A couple of reasons.

  • One, it saves money
  • Two, it is healthier for my hair

Just like the bar of “soap” you buy at the store, shampoo strips your hair of it’s natural oils.  Actually, most of the bars you purchase are not really soap at all, but detergent in bar form.  They are full of chemicals and additives that dry your skin.  Shampoo does the same thing.  Even some organic shampoos, which are very expensive.  It may not save a whole lot for one person to give up shampoo, but what about a family of 7?

I read about not using shampoo quite a while ago.  It’s often called the “No poo method”.  I even attempted it, but there is a breakthrough period and I gave up too soon.  This time around I determined that I would wear hats or whatever I needed to get through it and I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks already!

Here is a picture my daughter just took for me.  It’s breezy outside, so my hair is blowing, but you can see how healthy it looks.

3 weeks with no shampoo

The first time I also tried to “wash” my hair with baking soda and it was gritty and I didn’t like it.  This time I have only scrubbed my scalp with my fingernails and then twice I have rinsed with apple cider vinegar (ACV).  I think I’m going to make it! =)

I like finding little ways to save money and be more natural.  I now only use my homemade soap, homemade deoderant and it looks like I won’t be using shampoo any more either.  Next is toothpaste. =)