DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

This homemade all-purpose cleaner is effective, easy to make, non-toxic, and much less expensive than the green cleaners at the store!

I prefer to keep our home as chemical-free as possible. After all, we’re exposed to a myriad of chemicals out in the world already; our home should be a place where our bodies can rest from the fight against toxins.

Since most commercial cleaners contain ingredients that I don’t want in my home, I’ve resorted to making my own homemade cleaning spray! It works great, is easy to make, is all-natural, and is very inexpensive.

Vinegar is very effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its level of acidity.

Plus, I love that all of the ingredients are safe so that I feel comfortable letting my kids use this cleaner for their chores. ;)

I use this cleaner on the kitchen table and counters, bathroom sink and toilet, and even the windows. It’s safe to use on all surfaces, though I recommend testing in a small inconspicuous spot first.

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake to mix well.
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If it still smells like vinegar after you clean, the smell usually fades as the surfaces dry.

Do you make your own cleaning products?

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20 Healthy Kid-Approved Gluten-Free Snack Ideas

20 Healthy Kid-Approved Gluten-Free Snack Ideas! Lots of great ideas here. My kids especially love the fruit kabobs!

Our family loves to snack, but since we don’t eat gluten, it can be a challenge to find healthy snacks! Here are some of our family’s favorite kid-approved gluten-free snacks.

1. Apples with Nut Butter

One of my all-time favorite snacks is an apple with almond butter. Cut an apple into wedges and serve with a scoop of your favorite nut butter. Couldn’t be simpler.

2. Popcorn with Coconut Oil and Sea Salt

We avoid bagged popcorn because of the chemicals and artificial flavoring and instead enjoy homemade popcorn! Simply heat a spoonful of coconut oil in a saucepan, add some popcorn kernels when hot, and POP! Sprinkle with some real sea salt and you won’t even miss the bagged stuff.

3. Blue Corn Chips with Guacamole

My list would not be complete without my favorite food – guacamole! I like to layer it with salsa and shredded cheese and serve it with organic blue corn chips.

4. Raw Veggies with Homemade Ranch Dip

Getting your kids to eat their veggies doesn’t have to be a chore! Serve raw veggies like carrot sticks, celery, bell pepper sticks, and sugar snap peas with a yummy dip like homemade ranch (stir the seasoning mix into sour cream for a dip consistency).

5. Smoothies

You really can’t go wrong with smoothies! Plus, you can hide all kinds of good-for-you ingredients in them! Our favorites: simple strawberry-banana smoothie and chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie.

6. Homemade Trail Mix

Most store-bought trail mixes contain unwanted ingredients like sugar and oil. I buy my nuts in bulk so that I can quickly and easily make homemade trail mixes. We like our trail mix made with almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and raisins.

7. Frozen Grapes

Frozen grapes are such a fun treat! They’re like mini popsicles! Freezing grapes is pretty self-explanatory, but here is a step-by-step tutorial for freezing grapes if you need it.

8. Mini Muffins

Muffins made with almond or coconut flour are perfect for those who can’t have gluten. We love these pumpkin chocolate chip mini muffins!

9. Kale or Squash Chips

Kale chips are all the rage and couldn’t be easier to make. We also love squash chips for a healthier potato chip alternative.

10. Yogurt with Fruit

Most store-bought yogurts contain added sugar, so we choose to make our own homemade yogurt in the crockpot. Stir in some pureed fruit with honey or maple syrup to make flavored yogurt. My kids love my homemade strawberry yogurt!

11. Hard Boiled Eggs

If you need a protein-packed snack, hard-boiled eggs are the way to go. I frequently boil a dozen or so at a time so we can have a quick and filling snack on hand. They are also convenient when you need food to-go! My son loves to dip his eggs in seasoning salt – yum!

12. Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Kids love kabobs! Make kabobs with cubed cheese and fresh fruit for a fun and easy snack.

13. Salmon or Tuna with Crackers

Make a quick spread from canned salmon and serve it with nut-based crackers for dipping.

14. Fruit Leather

If you have a dehydrator, homemade fruit leather is a snap to make. The kids will love it too (it’s a healthier fruit roll up – that’s made with actual fruit).

15. Homemade Larabars

Larabars are made with dates, nuts, fruit, and spices and are very convenient snacks. However, at over $1 per bar, they are not so easy on the wallet. You can make your own at home instead and customize them based on your family’s tastes!

16. Ants on a Log

This classic just doesn’t get old. If you’ve never made this fun snack before, simply cut celery (the logs), fill with peanut butter, and top with raisins (ants).

17. Raw Veggies with Hummus

Hummus is strangely a hit with our kids – especially if it’s spicy! Serve it with raw veggies or nut-based crackers.

18. Nachos

Okay, probably not the healthiest option, but sometimes it’s all about the ingredients. Spread a layer of organic corn chips on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Top with shredded cheese and bake at 350° until the cheese is melted. Add salsa, guacamole, sour cream or any other toppings you like!

19. Banana Ice Cream

I know what you’re thinking – first nachos, now ice cream?? Relax, this ice cream has just one ingredient. Yes, ONE. Bananas! To make this “ice cream”, freeze sliced bananas and blend in a food processor until creamy. If you’re feeling crazy, add in a little cacao powder and some peanut butter and prepare to be “wow”ed.

20. Bean Burritos

I love to cook big batches of pinto beans and freeze them in small portions. It’s so easy to grab some beans out of the freezer and heat them up for a quick snack. My son loves bean burritos so I make them for him quite often. I just heat the beans in a small sauce pan (adding water if needed), add a little taco seasoning, and spread in an organic sprouted corn tortilla.

What are some of your favorite gluten-free snacks?

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My Secret to a Good Mood Every Day

My simple secret to being in a good mood, every day! This essential oil "happy protocol" could change your life!

It’s no secret that I love my essential oils. What may not be as obvious is the huge impact these oils have on my mood!

My secret to a good mood is the “Happy” Protocol, as shared by Vicki Opfer.

This protocol was first shared by D. Gary Young, president of Young Living, at a class in Wyoming in 1994, and has been used by thousands of people, since then, to help them live happier lives.

The “Happy” Protocol:

Valor Essential Oil Blend – on the bottoms of the feet, or a single drop on one wrist and hold the other wrist to it for a few moments to balance the entire system.

Joy Essential Oil Blend – a single drop over the heart.

Harmony Essential Oil Blend – a single drop, over the solar plexus area (above the belly button).

White Angelica Essential Oil – a single drop in one hand, rub hands together, and brush over the head, face, chest, shoulders, down the body, right over the clothes, as though applying an angelic shield.

My simple secret to being in a good mood, every day! This essential oil "happy protocol" could change your life!

Spending just 30 seconds to apply these oils each morning has had an amazing impact on the rest of my day!

Want to try these oils for yourself? Click here to learn more about essential oils!

Can you imagine being in a good mood every day? How could such a mood shift affect your family life, friendships, and career? 

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes

Dress up your potato side dish without a lot of extra work! These rosemary roasted red potatoes are delicious AND easy!

These rosemary roasted red potatoes are so good and so easy. They make a great side dish for, oh, just about anything!

I love making these because they look like they took they took a lot of time and effort when, really, they are super easy to prepare. What can I say, I like to make nice meals without actually spending hours and hours cooking. ;)

Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 - 2.5 lbs red potatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut potatoes into wedges. (Cut potato lengthwise, place cut-side down, then cut lengthwise again. Then cut each wedge into 2-3 sections - approximately 1 inch pieces.)
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary.
  4. Add the potatoes to the bowl and toss until well-coated.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Pour the potatoes onto the baking sheet and spread out in a single layer.
  7. Roast for 40-45 minutes, tossing about halfway through the cooking time.
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Enjoy!

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Easy Baked Frozen Fish Recipe

This fish recipe is super easy and you don't have to worry about thawing the fish first! Convenient for busy nights when you have no dinner plans.

That feeling when it’s 5pm and you have absolutely nothing planned for dinner and all your meat is still frozen solid. It’s happened to me more times than I can count!

Not too long ago, I bought some frozen cod fish in bulk. Since I can cook it without having to thaw it first, it’s become one of my absolute favorite “back-up” meals!

Easy Baked Frozen Fish Recipe

Ingredients

  • Cod or Tilapia filet, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temp
  • lemon wedge
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • dried parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Grease a baking sheet (use a pan with raised edges).
  3. Place your frozen fish on the cookie sheet.
  4. Spread the softened butter all over the top of the fish.
  5. Squeeze the lemon juice from the lemon wedge onto the fish.
  6. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parsley liberally onto the fish.
  7. Bake 25 - 35 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fish), until the fish flakes easily with a fork and the center is no longer translucent.
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I don’t know what I’ll do when I run out of my supply of fish!

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