So I ran out of the body wash I bought, so I decided to make my own. Since I’ve decided to severely scale down the amount of products in my home, I wanted to try making body wash. It’s cheaper and I know what I’m putting on our bodies.
Here’s the recipe:
You’ll need a container – reuse what you have if you can. 1 1/3 cup Castile soap (I used hemp eucalyptus and hemp rose) 2/3 cup oil (I used coconut, but you can use almond, grapeseed, olive oils) 1 1/3 cup filtered water
You can double this, but I already doubled it since my container was larger..
Prices for products Hemp soap: I got on sale for $5ish Coconut oil: I already had this one – $8 Water: free Total: roughly $15 (rounded up)
I can make several batches with these products, so all in all I’m saving. It smells awesome too. It’s so much more gratifying to make your own products. Yes people will think you’re crazy if you tell them you don’t buy certain things anymore, and just make it.. Think of it this way, you won’t have any questions as to what you’re putting on your body. Major plus there, and you’ll be saving money.. I mean come on.. we all want to save money.. give it a try I think you’ll come to like it. Just remember it will be thinner consistently than store bought stuff. Also remember to give it a shake before you use it, just for good measure.
Vegan dark chocolate chip, and peanut butter oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies. Phew that’s a mouth full.. we absolutely loved these cookies. They are sweet, savoury, with just the right amount of vegan goodness. Y’all need to make these ASAP.
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour (unbleached)
1/2 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup date sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegan butter softened
3 tbsp agave nectar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 tsp plant milk
splash of water (helps with mixing)
Preheat oven to 350°, line a cookie sheet with compostable parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and go to town mixing. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop onto the cookie sheet. Once the mixture is on the cookie sheet use a fork to push it down a bit. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes. Edges should be golden brown. Wait a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Thats it.. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. This recipe can also be doubled, and made into granola bars. Kid tested, kid approved.
When your life mission is to save the world one animal at a time, it gets lonely. Like really lonely. Making friends has never been my strong suite and most times I’m by myself. However I do have a few good friends. Feeling quite lonely wishing I had my own vegan tribe to surround myself with. Be able to talk with other moms who are on the same journey. It is socially more acceptable to be a meat and dairy eater than it is to be vegan or plant based eater. You cannot walk into any grocery store and find what you’re looking for. I have to travel over a bridge then another 20 minutes to just get my protein nut milk. I’m looking into ordering it. Perks of living on an all seasons island I guess. I did try joining a vegan/vegetarian group on Facebook, I also tried making my own group. Nothing took off, and the group I joined is quite stagnant. The number of restaurants here that are vegan or have vegan options is extremely minimal, two within a twenty minute drive. I digress..
With all of that said, being vegan is one of the best choices I’ve ever made, and I hope to go fully plant based within the next couple years. My girls are both vegan, but mostly for their health. I am able to find things like vegan mac and cheese, and Trader Joes has started to carry some more vegan options. However you need to be careful. check for eggs and milk, because even though it says “meatless” it could definitely have dairy in it. I started checking not just ingredients, but what clothing is made out of. Careful not to buy anything made from animals. Also medications, and hair products I’ve been checking too. I just love how I feel eating vegan, all the vegetable I’ve been eating saved me from the flu. However I did get a cold, and a sinus infection.. Those two things I can manage while managing a household. A flu I could not handle my household had I gotten the flu..
This coming weekend is Superbowl weekend, we have a couple friends coming over, one of which is trying to eat healthier. So I’ll be making vegan options for her and I. The men (who are not vegan) will be eating non vegan items. GO PATRIOTS!!
Lead by example and others shall follow. That is my main goal in life, hoping others can see the good in veganism, and try it. Try it out, maybe not everyday, but possibly bring back “meatless Monday”, try the vegan cheese, try some of the substitutes. I don’t want anyone to throw themselves into it 100 percent at first. I tell people, try being vegetarian for a bit, and incorporate some vegan days.
Vegans don’t wish cruelty upon animals or others.. Here’s my problem.. The outspoken mean vegans.. I know you want to make a point, I GET IT.. However do you honestly think yelling in someones face, telling them they’re a murderer is a good way to get anyone to change their ways? No it absolutely is not. I saw a post on my Facebook new feed that utterly disturbed me. At a PETA protest in Sydney there was a man roasting a dog, a DOG y’all.. This is absolutely ridiculous to me. If you care about all animals why are you doing this?? It’s every level unacceptable, disgusting, and is definitely not what most vegans are about. I prefer facts of what the food you are eating is doing to your body, over that harshness.
Like I said, it’s not all a pretty picture, but I just wanted to put my thoughts out there. However random it may sound.
Be kind, love all, and only spread love and happiness.
That’s right today is the final day of 2018, I know I cannot believe it either. Where did the year go? I’ve had many ups and down, and felt defeated many times. I’ve also had moments of clarity and brilliance. From starting my homestead Instagram page, to creating this blog, and finally ordering my DNA kit from ancestry. I started my vegan journey in 2018, it has been a hard journey from meat eater for 32 year to vegan. Not even going to lie, it’s been really hard, I’ve had times when I’ve caved, but I’ve had times when I was stronger than I thought.
So lets talk goals for 2019, do you have any? Here are my top three goals.
Go fully vegan from year beginning to year end, and so on and so forth.
Eat more plant based and less meat substitute based.
Bring my home into full Eco friendly status – within reason
So what do my goals mean exactly?
Simply I will not eat meat or dairy from 2019 on. I want to plant gardens and maintain them properly. I may take a class on gardening to help reach this goal. I’m going to get a compost bin instead of just using a hole in my yard, yes I currently use a hole in my yard to throw scraps into. Sometimes I just throw veggie/fruit/ bread and other non meat or dairy scraps into my yard for the animals to eat. I also want to get rid of the rest of my plastic in my home. I want to figure out another way to throw trash away that doesn’t consist of using a plastic bag. Most importantly for my health I’m going to try my hardest to stop eating processed meat substitutes. This doesn’t include tofu (because I’m not crazy), seitan, or tempeh. I also want to branch out and try other fruits and vegetables I haven’t before.
Now to the things I’ve accomplished in 2018
I’ve removed disposable plates and cups.
I no longer buy pasta sauce in plastic containers
I no longer buy spices in plastic
I no longer buy sandwich bags or paper towels
I stops using store bought laundry soap
I stopped buying water jugs
I started buying in bulk
I no longer use bags if I forget mine in the truck
I removed 99.9999 percent of harsh chemicals from my home
I bought a water filter for my kitchen sink
We stopped using the Kerig and just use a regular coffee pot
I’m sure there is more but that’s all my foggy brain can think of at this moment.
So I will be sending 2018 out with doing less damage to the environment, not having part in the killing of animals, not taking baby animals away from their mamas, and not drinking/using the milk of cows. I look forward to a fantastic 2019, hoping it brings opportunity with it. I’m excited to find out what my true DNA is, and possibly finding my real father or relatives. Hopefully losing the last 40 pound or so I need to lose. Possibly exercising more, can’t promise anything there. Vegan is the future and I fully support it with every being of my human body. Love thy self and love thy body.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates