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Plant based all purpose cleaner and dish soap

This is fairly simple, no I’m not joking.. However it takes a bit of work. Now I know we are used to having cleaners made for us, to have them at our disposal. Well guess what most of those cleaners are toxic. The bottles are just tossed into the trash and you open a new one. So not only are they toxic, but it’s wasteful. I know some are thinking that so what if they’re toxic.. Imagine this.. A child finds a bottle of drain cleaner and drinks it. What happens to that child is the stuff of nightmares if he/she doesn’t die. Same if a child consumes bleach or laundry soap, or cleaning products.

You absolutely do not need all of those products being sold to you. There are a handful of basics you should keep in your home.

  • The list is as follows:
  • Baking soda
  • distilled vinegar (apple cider isn’t good for cleaning, but great for hair.)
  • Hemp antibacterial castile soap (tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint for example)
  • Hemp castile soap – scent of choice
  • salt (kosher or sea salt)
  • extras include:
  • borax
  • citric acid (food grade)
  • washing soda
  • Lemons and oranges

Side note: I also keep oregano oil on hand, it’s a natural antibiotic.

So for the cleaner here is what you will need.

  • 1 gallon of distilled white vinegar
  • 5/6 lemons or oranges ( you could probably combine them both but I keep them separated into different bottles.)

Remove the skins from the fruits and place into the skins into vinegar, don’t add the whole fruit or it will be sticky and not clean very well. I leave my solution under my sink for one to two weeks. I give them a good turn when I remember too. It’s not a necessity just something I like to do. I also label my bottles with the date so I can keep track. Once the two weeks is up, take a spray bottle (reuse one if you have it laying around, just rinse it out good with hot water. Especially if it was a bottle with a toxic cleaner in it.) Fill the bottle half way with the vinegar and fill the rest with filtered water, add a teaspoon of antibacterial soap and give it a gentle shake. Remember to shake gently every time you use it. These natural products tend to settle. That’s all there is to it really.

Now for my dish soap

this is so so simple, here’s all you have to do, it’s a 1:1 soap to water ratio

  • 2 cups antibacterial hemp castile soap
  • 1 cup regular scented or unscented hemp castile soap
  • 3 cups filtered water

Now this mix will be much thinner than you’re used too, I assure you it works just as well if not better than the store bought stuff. Just mix all the ingredients together in the bottle and gently shake it. I’m still reusing an old store bought bottle, the top cap is gone but it still has the pouring spout so it’s working just as well. That’s all y’all have to do.

Bonus-

my simple drain cleaner – you’ll need

  1. enough baking soda to fill the drain
  2. a boiling pot (or two) of vinegar and water brought to a full boil

Make sure you fill the drain with baking soda but you don’t pack it into the drain. Bring to a boil the vinegar and water, it doesn’t have to be filtered water, tap water will work just fine. Be carful pouring the hot water down the drain. Doing this should get rid and kill drain flies. I also do this every couple months.

These methods are simple and safe, but be smart you still don’t want to get vinegar into your eyes. and because I need to say it, keep all cleaning products and solutions away from your kids. This is common sense but, ya never know.

Reuse, reuse, reuse. I cannot stress it enough. There is no need to buy a bottle if you have one or two laying around. Also don’t throw the gallon jug out, that can be used to put laundry soap in, or anything else you can think to use it for.

Another side note, I am putting together a way to sell my products hopefully at farmers markets coming this Spring and Summer.

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Homemade body wash

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.

Recipies

Breakfast cookies

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.

Ingredients:

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)

Doubling the recipe

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.

So tasty

My thoughts

The not so pretty, and the beautiful sides of being vegan

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.

My thoughts

Goodbye 2018

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

I’m ready for you 2019!!