Homemade Laundry Detergent

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I started making out own laundry detergent a few years ago.  It seems like with little ones laundry is a never-ending job and we were going through it like water!  I did some research and came across a few different recipes to make my own.  It is actually very simple and works great!  I have never actually figured out how many loads we get with one batch of homemade detergent, but I do know I am saving money!  I will use either Fels-Naptha bar of soap or Dr. Bonners…it depends on which one is cheaper at the time.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer Brand is available at most stores)

Borox (20 Mule Team Borox is available at most grocery stores)

Bar Soap (Dr. Bonner’s, Fels-Naptha, or Ivory)

I like to add a few Tablespoons of Baking Soda to freshen up the laundry as well.  I also add a few drops of essential oils too.  My favorite brand is Doterra, you can order here.

  1. Grate your bar of soap.  I use a grater, but you can also use a food processor until finely ground.
  2. In a large bowl, mix 2 parts Washing Soda, 2 parts Borox, and 1 part grated soap.  (Now is when I add the Baking Soda and about 10 drops of essential oils.)
  3. Store in an airtight container.  I store mine in a glass jar.
  4. Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.

5 Day Clean Eating Crockpot Challenge Group

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Do you struggle with clean eating or knowing WHAT to eat? I am putting together a 5 day FREE clean eating crockpot challenge on October 26th!  I am giving you a complete menu and a shopping list to take the guess work out of nutrition.

So if I can help the process along by giving you a 5 day meal plan, daily accountability, motivation and support, then I am all for it!

What are the requirements?

1.  You must make me your official Beachbody Coach by going to my site and creating a FREE profile.  This way I can send you recipes, meal plans and monthly motivation and tips to keep you on track with your lifestyle.

2.  You must participate for the next 5 days in our online closed facebook group each day!

3.  Commit to checking in 1x per day, rating your day and charting your progress.

4.  Invite 1 friend to join!  Why not bring a few friends along for the ride! There is nothing better than having an accountability partner in the next 5 days!!!!  You are more likely to stick with it if you have someone by your side.

What do you get for joining? 

1.  You get a free 5 day meal plan.
2.  A grocery list
3. A place to check in daily, ask questions, get support and motivation.
4.  Daily tips that have worked for me.
5.  Strategies to handle emotional eating and temptations.

Are you ready to get started?  We will begin the group on Monday October 26th so please reserve your spot today!

>>>>>Email me at tonistoothoff@hotmail.com or send me a message on my like page at www.facebook.com/fitmomma2five  to get enrolled in the free group!

**Note —>  This is for new and existing customers.  If you are already a coach or have a coach you are working with please contact your coach for details on their next group!

Registration ends October 23rd!

Homemade Organic Lip Balm

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I never experienced dry, chapped lips like I have since moving to Colorado.  I have lived in other places that are dry, but nothing compares to here.  I tried several different kinds of lip balm. Some of them helped, but not without the hefty price of $3.50 per tube!

I have been trying to make natural products for our family.  So I figured why not try to make some lip balm?  I made a batch last winter and I have to say it is definitely my favorite lip balm EVER!  I will never buy it again.  It makes my lips so soft!  I even use it on my eczema!

Homemade Organic Lip Balm

2 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil (I buy my Coconut Oil at Costco)

2 Tbsp Organic Cocoa Butter, or Shea Butter (I use this Cocoa Butter.)

2 Tbsp Beeswax (I use this beeswax)

3-5 drops of essential oils, (I use my favorite Essential Oils.  You can order from here.)

Lip balm tubes, 12 (get your here)

You will use a double boiler to melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter and beeswax together.  If you don’t have a double boiler, like me, I just heat up some water in a pot and place a glass bowl on top to melt my ingredients.  Once they have melted I add in my essential oils.

I tie my tubes together using a hair tie so they will stand up while I am filling them.  I use a small dropper to fill them.  I found that these work great.  I can just toss them when I am finished since it is so hard to get all the product out of them.

One batch makes about 12 tubes and lasts us almost a year.  Yesterday I made a double batch.  I put some in a small glass jar since it works great on my eczema too!

Coconut Chia Seed Granola

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My family loves granola!  They will just eat it by the bowl…plain!  If you buy it in the store, you know it isn’t cheap!  Plus are you really sure what is in it? This recipe adapted from my Mother-in-law’s recipe.  This weekend I made 4 batches! That would be a mighty high bill at the grocery store for all this granola!  We like to have it on yogurt, ice cream, or with milk for breakfast.  My daughter even used it as a topping for her Strawberry Pie she made this afternoon.

Coconut Chia Seed Granola

3/4 cup butter or coconut oil

1/2 cup honey

4 cups of rolled oats

3/4 cup chia seeds

1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

3/4 cup sunflower seeds, optional

You can add dried fruit and nuts too after it has been cooked.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Melt the butter and honey together.  Mix the oats, chia seeds and coconut, cinnamon, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.  Once the butter and honey are melted, pour over the oat mixture.  Stir to coat evenly.  Place on a pan lined with parchment paper.  Place in the oven for 1 hour.  Stirring every 15 minutes until golden brown.  Store in an airtight container.