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All Natural Lice Prevention Spray

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Daily Lice Prevention Spray



A new school year also means another year to dodge the seemingly inevitable outbreaks of head lice.

When my daughter was in 1 st grade her entire class had a nasty outbreak of lice. It was the worst year of my life because no matter how much we did to get rid of it, she would continue to get it from the other kids in the classroom who did not have parents who took it seriously.

We spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars during our battle with lice.

One of the things her teacher had told us was that contrary to popular belief lice was not a dirty thing, but rather a clean thing.

The lice would not choose to inhabit a head of dirty hair, but only liked nice clean hair. She suggested that we spray hairspray on her hair each morning before sending her to school to make it “dirty” so the lice would jump to a less dirty head of hair.

It did seem to work, but I never liked the idea of covering my 5 year old with the toxic chemicals found in the hairspray but I figured it was better than constantly using the lice poison shampoo on her.

It felt like a never ending nightmare which ultimately ended 2 years later when we brought her home to homeschool her.

This daily lice prevention spray is the perfect way to safeguard your family against these little bloodsuckers.

Daily Lice Prevention Spray Recipe:

INGREDIENTS

1.5oz water
20 drops each: lavender and rosemary
1/2 oz vodka or witch hazel
Optional: You can also add a few drops geranium and cedar wood.

DIRECTIONS

Spray on and brush through before school

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*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am an independent distributor with Young Living, not a medical professional. My uses of essential oils only apply to Young Living Essential Oils. Find Young Living Frequently Asked Questions here.

How to Make Homemade Microwave Popcorn

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Homemade Microwave Popcorn



It’s the weekend and that means many of us will be having family fun movie nights tonight!

You can have a successful movie night without movie worthy snacks like Homemade PayDay Candy Bars, Copycat Kit Kat Bars, and Copycat 7-11 Cherry Slurpees.

Last but definitely not least you’ll want to make up a batch of this super easy DIY Microwave Popcorn that you can easily whip up before the previews have finished.

Plus making your own Homemade Microwave Popcorn is the only way you can know that your handing your family the best popcorn snack available.  Just two simple ingredients and none of the toxic chemical junk in the store bought versions.

homemade microwave popcorn ingredients

INGREDIENTS
1/3 cup Popcorn Kernels
3 tbsp Butter
1 Brown Lunch Bag
Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS
Place ingredients in bag.
Fold top over and place on side in microwave.
Cook times vary by microwave, mine took 2 minutes.

DIY Microwave Popcorn

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Mini Meatloaf Cupcakes

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Mini Meatloaf Cupcakes



It started off at brisk 52 degrees this morning and it has me feeling nostalgic for all my favorite fall comfort foods!

I thought I should share this recipe for Mini Meatloaf Cupcakes which are sure to be a hit for dinner!

This is the perfect kind of recipe for 30 Day Freezer Cooking

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: Make up a double batch of meatloaf meat and stick half in the freezer for a quick dinner on a busy night!

Mini Meatloaf Cupcakes ingredients

INGREDIENTS
1 lb Ground Beef
1 Egg
3/4 cup Milk
1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup Quick Oats
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Onion Powder
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup crushed Club Crackers
2/3 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 tsp Mustard
2 cup Mashed Potatoes

DIRECTIONS
Preheat Oven to 350.
Place mashed potatoes in a zippered bag or piping bag and set aside for later.

mini meatloaf cupcakes process

Combine Ketchup Mustard and brown sugar and mix well. Set aside.
Combine remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.

mini meatloaf mixture

Press this mixture into muffin pan.

Mini Meatloaf Muffin Pan

Spread top of each with the ketchup mixture.

Mini Meatloaf process

Bake for 30-45 minutes.
Allow to sit for 5 minutes, remove from muffin pan and pipe on a mashed potato “frosting”.

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DIY Non-Toxic Fruit & Veggie Wash

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Homemade Fruit & Veggie Wash



One of the first things I like to do when I get home from grocery shopping is prepare my fruit and veggies so that they are ready to eat at any time.

Because we try to shop every single week, I only buy what we will eat up in that time so I don’t have to worry about if it will spoil faster from washing it.

I have found that when it comes to snacking, my family and I will generally grab whatever is most accessible and ready to be eaten.

This is why those packages or cookies or pretzels get chosen so often, they are just too easy not to choose.

So I make sure the healthier options are at least just as easy to choose with the hope that everyone will actually choose them more often than not.

I know my 16 year old son especially is more likely to grab an apple if he doesn’t have to do anything to it first.

Most things just require a quick washing before sticking them in the fridge or in a bowl on the counter like apples, tomatoes, plums, etc.

Other things like grapes will require just a little more work. I remove the grapes from their stems, wash with a DIY Non-Toxic Fruit & Veggie Wash and stick in a bowl with a lid before putting it away.

I also wash and cut up carrots, celery, cucumbers and berries.

This has become my secret and I use it to trick my family into eating better.  Do you have any tricks you use to make sure your family choose healthier options?

DIY Non-Toxic Fruit & Veggie Wash

In a 12-14 oz glass spray bottle mix the following:

1 cup of water
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar

Put 1 tsp. of salt in a small bowl and add 5-7 drops of lemon, lime, or orange essential oil.
Add the oil mixture to the spray bottle.

Shake each time before spraying.

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: You’ll want to use glass spray bottle or  stainless steel on because citrus oils break down plastics and you wouldn’t want that on your food either.

I personally will only use Young Living Essential Oils, especially if I am using them on anything that will be ingested since they are the only Essential Oils I would ever trust.

Read why my family and I Decided to Jump on the Essential Oils Bandwagon and find out where I always buy my oils from.

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter

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Homemade Peanut Butter




Back to School means lots of school lunches.

This recipe for Homemade Peanut Butter is SO easy and only requires 1 ingredient.

Planters Peanuts

INGREDIENTS
Peanuts
Honey (optional)
Salt (optional)

peanuts

DIRECTIONS
Place in food processor and run for about a minute and scrape down sides if necessary. Then process for another 3-4 minutes or until peanut butter has reached desired consistency.

peanut butter process

If using salted peanuts, you do not need to add any extra salt.
You can add honey if you want a little extra sweetness. If so, add about 1 teaspoon per cup of peanuts.

Creamy Peanut Butter

1 cup of peanuts yields a little over 1/2 cup of peanut butter.

How super easy is this recipe!!  I always wanted to make some when I visited my favorite fruit market because they had a machine that you could use to make your own peanut butter right in the store.

Homemade Creamy Peanut Butter

Unfortunately it was a little too pricey for me so I always skipped it.  Now with this recipe I can always make my own!!

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Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Pasta Salad

Summer isn’t over yet, and neither are the barbecues!

This Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is the perfect dish to go with just about any barbecue meal.

Pasta Salad Ingredients

INGREDIENTS

Salad:
1 lb Tricolor Pasta
1/2 Green Bell Pepper, diced
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced
1/2 cup diced Red Onion
2/3 cup diced Tomatoes
1/2 cup Black Olives
8 oz Cheddar Cheese cubed
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan

Fresh Pasta Salad Veggies

Dressing:

1 1/2 tsp Minced Garlic
1/3 cup Balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Oregano
1/8 tsp Honey
Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Balsamic Dressing

DIRECTIONS
Boil pasta, drain and allow to cool.
Combine all ingredients for dressing and whisk until well blended.
In a large bowl combine all salad ingredients and dressing and toss to coat evenly.

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