Have you heard the buzz about Veggie Spaghetti? Veggies spaghetti is exactly what it sounds like- we take a vegetable and spiralize it to look like noodles. They are a great alternative to pasta and they add an extra serving of vegetables! They are a great way to create new flavor combinations that you and your kids will love! Check out recipe below! You can purchase veggie spaghetti in select varieties at your local Coborn’s- let us do the work for you! Continue reading “Veggie Spaghetti”
There are a lot of homemade play dough recipes out there. I have tried a few and let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty. So I wanted to share with you a recipe that actually works and is fun to make with your kids.
Foaming hand soap was one of the first things I started making on my own when I began to transition to natural products in my household. This recipe is extremely simple, super cost-effective and knowing the ingredients are safe for my family to use is an awesome extra perk.
For this blog I am using a foaming soap dispenser that I purchased online. However, you could also reuse a foaming hand soap dispenser that you already have on hand from one of those bath stores, I think you know the one I am referencing.
Free Printable Label
Once again, I have provided you with free printable labels. Click here to open and print using Avery 42395 labels.
- Empty Foaming Hand Soap Dispenser (About 8 Oz. Container)
- ¼ Cup Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap
- 2 Drops Veriditas Good Samaritan Essential Oil
- Distilled Water
- 2 Drops Scented Oil of your Choice i.e. Lavender, Lemon, or Orange (Optional)
- Add liquid castile soap to the soap dispenser.
- Add essential oil(s).
- Slowly pour water into the soap dispenser, leaving about 1 inch of space at top so mixture does not overflow when replacing cover.
- Replace cover, close and lightly swish to mix.
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When I started making my own natural products for around my home, one of the hardest things for me to give up was my bleach-filled bathroom cleaner. I knew how many germs gathered in the bathroom and I wanted to make sure that every time I cleaned it, they were GONE. With this homemade cleaner, I feel just as confident that the germs are gone and it is great for sinks, toilets and showers and, the best part, no harmful chemicals! No more need to wear thick gloves or leave the bathroom window open and only clean when the kids are clear of the area due to toxic fumes. In fact, now the kids can HELP with cleaning the bathroom!
Get it at Coborn’s
For this blog I used Veriditas Essential Oils from Coborn’s. Veriditas are Certified Organic and Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, conveniently sold at your local grocery store. In fact, I purchased all of the items for this blog at Coborn’s. From the Veriditas Essential Oils to the Empty Spray Bottle. You will typically find all of these items in the Natural Foods Department, however some Coborn’s stores have their natural and organic items integrated throughout the grocery store, so just ask an employee if you need some help. The distilled water is by the bottled water and I found the spray bottle by the brooms and other cleaners.
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You can also Click Here and print a label for your bottle. Simply open the file and print on Avery 42395 labels and stick to your bottle, or if you want to be crafty, you can cut around the shape to make it really cute.
In the recipe below it calls for 15 drops orange and 15 drops lemon. I actually use 8 drops of each. It is really your own preference, do what smells best to you.
Also note that depending on the size of your spray bottle, you may be able to double this recipe for twice as much cleaner!
- 2 Cups Distilled Water
- 1 T. Super Washing Soda
- 3 T. Liquid Castile Soap
- 15 Drops Veriditas Good Samaritan Essential Oil
- 15 Drops Orange and/or Lemon Essential Oil
- Empty Spray Bottle
- Pour distilled water into a large bowl
- Add Super Washing Soda.
- Quickly stir together to dissolve Super Washing Soda.
- Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
- Pour mixture into an empty spray bottle.
- Shake before each use.
Coborn’s, Inc. Senior Administrative Assistant
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Spring is finally here and that’s a great time to try essential oils. You’ve likely heard of essential oils, know someone who uses them or use them yourself. And everyone has an opinion on what’s the best brand or the best way to use them. I just want to share some of my favorite, easy ways to use essential oils and maybe include some education along the way!
What are Essential Oils?
So what is an essential oil, anyway? They are highly concentrated, aromatic essences of plants. They are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than dried herbs. Essential oils are 100% pure plant oils and are very different from synthetic fragrance oils.
Different plants have different amounts of oils. It takes 50 pounds of eucalyptus to make one pound of essential oil. But it takes over 2000 pounds of rose to make the same amount! That is why different oils have different costs.
Different oils also have very different properties. They can be relaxing, energizing, nourishing or balancing.
Essential oils are very concentrated. Please take time to learn about their properties and actions before you use them. Use reputable information. Oils are great fun, but very powerful.
Now, onto the fun! There are endless ways to use oils throughout the day. I jumpstart my morning by sprinkling a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint in the shower, away from where I stand. The hot water activates the smell and the smell wakes me up! Quick and easy.
Next stop is my poor, winter weary face. Earlier in the season, I was so dry and dull and nothing was helping. I found a simple recipe for a facial mist. It’s just 4 ounces water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin and 24 drops of the oils best suited to your skin type. I used lavender, geranium and sandalwood that is blended with jojoba. I put it all in a small spray bottle, shook it and spritzed it. I use it before my moisturizer and another light spritz to set my makeup. After a couple weeks, a salesperson in a store actually complimented me on my lovely skin. That wouldn’t have happened a few weeks earlier! And it was a much less expensive solution than those miracle creams. And likely safer.
Remember that your skin is the body’s largest organ. Whatever you apply topically absorbs into your bloodstream. It’s the reason medicine can be applied via a topical patch. So slathering ourselves with chemicals that you wouldn’t ingest just doesn’t make good sense to me, personally. There are so many great options. If you don’t want to make your own products, there are many high quality, safe skin care items that use essential oils, like our great local friends at Purple Prairie. (I had to get my local angle in here!)
Another favorite way to use oils is with a diffuser. There are many styles to choose from, we have three at home that are electric. You simply fill them with water and oil. They can be like mini humidifiers, adding moisture and great scents to your house. My teenage son was waking up with a dry throat this winter, so we put one in his room. Adding lavender or neroli oils give the added benefit of better sleep. Plus diffusers are a much better choice than spraying chemical air fresheners in your house. Do you really want to breathe that in?
Speaking of spraying chemicals in your house, another great way to use oils is in DIY cleaning products. You can find great recipes online. I get email newsletters from Aura Cacia and it just recently included tons of great ideas. One favorite is to put 18-27 drops of your favorite oil on a cotton ball and vacuum it up! It’ll stay in the bag and freshen while you work.
Spring is a great time to fill your house with the fresh smell of lemon, orange and grapefruit. In the winter, I prefer the earthy smells of pine, vetiver, and sandalwood. But when they weather warms up, I am ready for sunny citrus smells. It’s all about what you like!
I hope you were able to find my blog helpful. Visit your local Coborn’s and fun Aura Cacia oils and Purple Prairie skin care in the Natural Foods Department.
Coborn’s, Inc. Natural Foods Category Manager
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