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.


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.



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. =)

Bleach VS Peroxide


This was sent to a list I am on by someone named Gena.  None of this is me talking about my own experiences, but I will be trying these things for sure!

This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana (a doctor’s Wife), and I want to share it with you. She was over recently for coffee and smelled the bleach I was using to clean my toilet and counter tops.  This is what she told me.

‘I would like to tell you of the benefits of that Plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. What does bleach cost?
My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, And most doctors don’t tell you about peroxide. Have you Ever smelled bleach in a doctor’s office? NO!!!

Why? because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor’s offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!

Did you also know bleach was invented in the late 40’s? It’s chlorine, folks! And it was used to kill our Troops. Peroxide was invented during WWI in the 20’s. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals.

Please think about this:

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and Water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without Harming your septic system like bleach or most other Disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it’s not a drastic change.

11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help get rid of boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.

14. Another place it’s great is in the bathroom, if someone has been careless & has wet on the floor around the toilet & it’s begun to smell of urine. Just put some peroxide in a spray bottle & spray. In the blink of any eye all the smell will be gone & the bacteria eliminated!

…It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising… there’s a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner!’

Gena also adds: Particularly, I sanitize my lambar nipples (for bottle babies) by soaking them in water with peroxide in it. (You can see it BUBBLE.) It doesn’t melt latex nipples!! 

Here is an entire website about using peroxide: Using Hydrogen Peroxide