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“I’m a learnt one”

on May 25, 2014

You hear that saying, “Ya learn something new each day.”  Welp, I am one of those people…I literally DO learn something new each day! 🙂

Y’all know I LOVE AdvoCare, started implementing the THM principles of S/E eating and I’m big on Essential Oils.  Y’all know I’m in the finale stages (praise the Lord) of earning my FNS Certification (I’ve just got my exam left so hopefully this week I’ll get that done!) and that I spend every waking moment (starting at 4:25 am each day) trying to learn how to improve my son’s health through nutrition while removing all toxins/chemicals from our home and replacing them with wholesome, every day, “around the house” items.  I love making my own detergents, soaps, healing salves, etc…

I learned today that I can indeed clean soap scum w/ a lemon!  I’ve tried the whole fruit and cleaning thing before…tried cleaning my bathroom sink w/ grapefruit & salt and just as I suspected the only thing that did was give me extra cleaning to do because there was sticky, pulp residue left behind on that one.  I’m a skeptic by nature, I HAVE to learn things the hard way, the old-fashion way, I have to try it for myself 😉  Though I was impressed w/ the whole lemon soap scum thing I’ll probably stick to my baking soda/vinegar routine for the most part.  However, when it comes to cleaning w/ my pantry essentials and my produce, it does NOT do the trick on clogged drains :/  Unfortunatley I’ve yet to find anything for that besides Drano (of which I can only use when my son is away for the week at his dads, giving time for the “chemical” smell to completely dissipate!).

OH ** Side Bar (before I forget) Here’s a recipe I found on Instagram today…AdvoCare Blizzard!!  Yes, I said it B-L-I-Z-Z-A-R-D and let me just tell ya, Dairy Queen “ain’t got nut’n” on this baby.  I absolutely ❤ finding recipes that call for my Advo products don’t you?  Makes me KNOW I’m doing my body a favor 😉
AdvoCare Blizzard:
1 pkg Vanilla MRS
1 cup of ice (enough for thick shake)
8 oz water OR unsweetened almond milk
1/2 AdvoCare Snack Bar
Throw it all in the blender and blend to desired consistency

Learning to do other things w/ food/pantry items…
Mixed up a “zit/spot” remover for my son.
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 drop lemon juice (though I spilled probably a whole 1/2-1 tsp in it haha)
As soon as you see a “spot” appear (I so hate the Z word lol) dab a lil’ remover (I used q-tip) directly on, allow the paste to soak approximately 10-15 minutes then wash off.  You can reapply as needed but after the second application we saw a difference 😉

My ALL-TIME favorite homemade item is my leg exfoliator made from olive oil (could use coconut, canola, baby oil, just whatever you have the most of), sugar granules and lemon juice.  (AH-HA finally a way to use up the 20 lbs of sugar that I couldn’t bring myself to throw away when we started migrating into sugar-free land).  My sister said her husband (a preacher) asked how my legs were always so shiney (which number 1 made me wonder why is he looking at my legs BAHAHAHA~), that made me realize since I’ve been making my own soap & exfoliator, I haven’t had to use lotion 🙂  Oh, and I swear I don’t have to shave nearly as often as I was (but that could just be b/c we haven’t really gotten into summer and I was letting the forest grow…mental note, pay attention to the length of time between shavings)

Homemade bronzer?  Yes, make-up, I’m diving into making “make-up”, this one kinda makes me nervous but the minute I find a “kabuki” brush to apply it evenly I know this will be another favorite.  I’m always very careful about what goes on my face b/c of my rosacea  (the only moisturizer I’ve ever found that didn’t cause my break-outs is Clinque and I use it sparingly b/c I don’t like paying for it!  I ONLY wear face make-up on Sunday’s for church and even then I’m dying to clean it off, it causes the break-out, dryness and I itch like mad).  Summer is awesome b/c all I ever need is a moisturizer and sometimes bronzer.
Bronzer:
2 Tbsp Cornstarch
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp nutmeg
I.  KID.  YOU.  NOT!  You’ll want to play w/ the ingredients to get the right shade you need (ex: more nutmeg and cocoa for darker, cinnamon for more reddish tone or cornstarch to lighten it)

I LOVE that I can use my Essential Oils for helping my family naturally!  I’ve rearranged our “bathroom cabinet” and thrown most everything away.  I’ve told y’all how I use PEPPERMINT for tension and LAVENDER for soothing skin irritations.  My son loves OREGANO on his feet and vanishing seasonal threats w/ the help of MELALEUCA (aka Tea Tree).  But listen to some of the other household items I’ve been able to replace within the home..

Hairspray (another favorite, I always double this recipe!!):
2 tsp granulated sugar (another ah-ha use)
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 tsp high proof alcohol (should’ve seen me explaining to the ABC clerk that I know ZERO about vodka but I want the cheapest b/c)
5 drop of favorite EO (I chose Vetiver for it’s “calming” effects due)

Body Wash (my son loves this!):
1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/3 cup liquid castille soap (this is the most gentle purchased soap I’ve found so far)
20 drops of LAVENDER EO (son doesn’t wanna “smell like flowers” but doesn’t seem to mind this)

**SIDE BAR** KEEP IN MIND WHEN DEALING W/ PANTRY/FOOD ITEMS IN  YOUR HOMEMADE PRODUCTS, THESE WON’T KEEP A REALLY LONG TIME, SOME ITEMS WILL GO RANCID IF NOT USED RATHER QUICKLY

Hand-Cleaner (goes every where I go and one in the car ❤ ❤ ):
4 oz glass spray bottle w/ water
2 tsp aloe vera gel (this I did have to purchase. **remember that aloe must be refrigerated after opening, otherwise you’ll waste an entire 32 oz bottle that will turn a dark color and become very runny; like I did)
10 drops of Vitamin E oil
30 drops of Essential Oil (I used protective blend for immune boosting properties and I also love the smell)

Ok, so I realize this blog that started off being mostly about AdvoCare has slowly evolved into so much more!  I ain’t gonna lie, I’m a work in progress! I’m always looking to learn how to improve our HEALTH AND NUTRITION so stay tuned…

~AdvoCare products can be purchased through http://www.chellespark.com
~Essential Oils can be purchased through my website (contact me for details)
~If you don’t know where to start w/ purchasing gluten free and/or specialty items not found in your regular grocery store http://www.Vitacost.com is a great resource.  If you have never purchased through them before you can get $10 off your first $30 (or more) purchase using my email as a referral chellemills@ymail.com (this will also give me $10 off my next $30 purchase) http://www.vitacostrewards.com/jIXy3r7 (be sure to click “referred by someone” and enter my email along w/ yours)
~I do NOT know how to share links or get an Amazon affiliate link (I’m willing to learn if you wanna talk me through it lol) but I purchase a lot of my items through Amazon.com

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of Essential Oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of essential oils, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

The information on this site is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.

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