What I ate in a Lent day

Breakfast: Oats, cocoa nibs, coconut flakes, dates, maple syrup. Topped with blueberries.

Lunch: leftovers and these yummy yummy nut butter balls that I can now make with my Ninja blender. (Is is bad to love a blender so much? Seriously this one piece of machinery changed my lent)

Dinner: Vegan chimichangas with lentil stuffing and the yummy cashew “cheese” sauce made with of course the Ninja.

Desert: Banana “ice cream” with cocoa nibs topping and coconut flakes.


What’s in my fridge? Lent version

Here we are again… another Lent is upon us. So let us play the game of… what’s in an Orthodox moms fridge?

Fridge is mostly free of all dairy. Since we got a few days to go here we do have eggs and cheese for those breakfasts. I have lots and lots of veggies. I use a combination of different veggies pretty much in every meal. From eggplant to zucchini to lots of lettuce and cilantro. I also loaded up on sweet potatoes and mushrooms. I try not to use any fake cheese or fake butter or anything like that, I might later but the key is pacing yourself here people.

Along with veggies come lots and lots of fruits. I have loads of bananas cause I use them in smoothies all the time every day. Kids eat it for snacks and husband eats it with almond butter sometimes for breakfast. Apples are a great snack for me, the boys love this as a snack also. This year we are splurging in avocados for Lent. They make a difference with food tastes by a lot! The boys love eating avocados and love the food that they mix with avocados so you know… whatever saves me from a food struggle is a win for me.

Alright on to my pantry. So yes I have a food processor and it helps with making my own sauces but I am not one to soak the beans in my fridge so the pantry is a place for my pinto beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. There’s cashews in there and trail mix for a nice snack as well. Yes that is a big box of espresso in the back. I’m a mom of three.

That pretty much covers it all for now. My boys are fairly young so I am not going to make them fast but so far they do eat the fast friendly meals for dinner. My oldest son was never a meat eater to be honest ( potential monastic? Hmmmm) this is just the start though. Everyone that’s fasting always comes to this point in Lent where all the veggies and all the fruits and all the fake stuff just doesn’t cut it anymore.

I will try to do a “what we ate” kind of post sometime soon and then later on in Lent so we can all see the persevering difference.

DIY: Deodorant

Today I wanted to share with you my deodorant recipe. Now just a note but natural deodorant still makes you sweat, but sweat it not an unnatural thing! This deodorant will not leave any white marks on your shirts and no you really do not smell after using it. You may sweat but you won’t smell! So here is what you need:

1/4 tsp essential oil

1/4 cup of cornstarch (can use arrowroot)

1/4 cup baking soda

1/2 cup of coconut oil

Combine all the ingredients and there you have it. I put mine in a jar and use a popsicle stick to put it on my armpits so my hands do not become oily. If you have a recipe that you use for deodorant please share it with me, I always like hearing different ingredients that can be used for one purpose.

Colds and flu oils

Let’s talk wellness again. This time let’s focus on the cold and flu with kids and essential oils. First off, I’d like to say that this works for my own kids, I am not a doctor, so if you choose to use this recipe for wellness in kids please note that all oils work differently with bodies and babies before 1 yr old should not use this blend. Alright with that said, I wanted to share this blend with you because with kids usually there are some oils that are too strong such as eucalyptus. This is a gentler mix I use mostly as a back massage because we do not use diffuser a lot in our home due to sensitivities to smell.

What you need:

Ravintsara 10 drops

Ho wood 5 drops

Palmarosa 5 drops

Thyme Linalol 5 drops

First, blend oils together in the same order given. If you want to use a diffuser then use 6 drops of the blend in your diffuser. Use 1-3 drops in 1 tsp (5ml) of carrier oil for a back massage. Depending on the age of your child, use a small amount each time. You can leave out ho wood if you do not have that oil. For carrier oil I like to use sweet almond for kids but coconut oil or olive oil will do. If your child has a fever then it is best to consult your physician if you plan on using oils along with other treatments.

I hope this keeps the bugs away from your kids and help recovery process.

DIY: toothpaste

Today I wanted to share with you my favorite toothpaste recipe. It is so easy to make and you only need 3 ingredients. Here we go.

What you need:

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1.5 tablespoons of baking soda

10 drops of peppermint essential oils

Combine in a container and store in bathroom. That’s all folks! Super easy and chemical free. It might be a bit getting used to after you ditch the Colgate or Crest, but so is a chemically free life and then you wonder… how did I ever live like that before?

Sickness season

We are at the end of September here and the cold and flu season is upon us soon. Let’s prevent those colds getting to us and our kids. I wanted to share some basic essential oil recipes to prevent bacteria and viruses sneaking up in your home.

First, I wanted to share with you the secret weapon against bacteria and virus you can buy at our local health store. Colloidal silver. It can be bought in sprays and also added to lavender oil. On its own I use it on my kids before we go anywhere especially during the flu season. There is always interaction with other kids here in seminary so that is one way to help avoid bringing those bugs into our house.

There is a broad-spectrum room spray that is a good combination that covers both bacteria and viral if you are not sure what’s going around.

What you need:

Thyme 10 drops

Oregano 12 drops

Palmarosa 10 drops

Lemongrass 9 drops

Clove bud 4 drops

Dilute oil blend into 2 tsp (10 ml) of distilled white vinegar then add the mixture to around 3 1/4 tbs (50 ml) of warm water in a spray bottle. Shake well and leave to cool and shake before each use. If you would like you can use this in a diffuser but some people do not like the smell combo and children can be sensitive to it. Try to prevent the water in the spray from falling onto delicate materials and wooden furniture.

I hope this help some of you keep healthy this season. Next time we will focus more on childrens care with essential oils to help them naturally with common colds and coughs.

DIY: Body wash

Today I wanted to share a DIY recipe for body wash. Recently I started diving more into organic and natural living and started doing some basic essential oil blends for things like sleep and immune booster. So far I have made my own face wash and toothpaste and now body wash, here is the recipe for the body wash.

What you need:

1/4 cup Coconut oil

1 teaspoon Calendula oil

10 drops Favorite essential oil

1/4 cup Raw honey

1/2 cup Dr. Bronners castile soap

An unused bottle

Start off by melting the coconut oil indirectly, this means to put a cup of hot water in a bowl, then in a smaller cup put in the coconut oil, then put the coconut oil cup into the water cup. Make sure the coconut cup doesn’t sink into the hot water bowl. I used a bowl of hot water then put the oil in a small plastic cup and had the cup float in the bowl.

Then once the coconut oil is melted add in the honey. Mix it all together and add your drops of essential oils (I used lavender for its smell and skin healing). After that I added the calendula oil and mixed that all in together (you can also use vitamin E oil). Lastly I mixed in Dr. Bronners soap slowly with the rest of the mixture and put it in an empty plastic bottle for the shower.

Please note that it most likely will not lather up but it does get you clean. I use a baking soda or brown sugar scrub beforehand then finish off with this in the shower. Leaves skin smooth and chemical free!