8 Spice Blends & Seasonings You Can Make At Home

A couple weeks ago, we tried a new recipe from Erin Chase’s $5 Dollar Dinners. Cajun Chicken Fettuccine….YUM. This was one of the very first times we used a recipe that called for a homemade spice blend. Uh… what? We never thought about making our own spice blends! Totally crazy because it was amazingly easy and delicious. 

Since then, I’ve been searching around for more spice blends. It’s amazing what you can make yourself, and, you can avoid weird ingredients and chemicals that you can’t pronounce. You know, those ones that we definitely shouldn’t be putting in our food. 

Check out these 8 Spice Blends and Seasonings you can make at home!

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Easy DIY Holiday Gift: Soy Candles + Giveaway

 

Some people are just tough to shop for. Others, you don’t even think about getting a gift until you’re almost out of time. And sometimes, you just need some cute, simple gifts on hand for those unplanned situations!

I love practical gifts that people will actually USE. If you’re going to spend your hard earned money on a gift or devote some down time to crafting something, you might as well make it worth your while! Your wallet will thank you and so will the person receiving your gift!

Candles are one of my favorite things ever. I have a plethora of different scents for different parts of the year. When I was asked to try out Labor of Love Co.’s Soy Candle Making Kit (Retails at $25.00 + $5.00 USPS Priority Shipping)*, I jumped on the opportunity because it was right up my alley- easy crafting and quick. Both huge pluses with two little ones in the house and not much down time!

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DIY Natural, Disinfecting Cleaning Solutions

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Image courtesy of The Sans Serif
Image courtesy of The Sans Serif

 

As a semi-crunchy mama, some of my favorite things to find are “recipes” for more natural cleaning supplies. Plus, with our current renovation, we’re trying to save money when we can. Making your own cleaning products has two HUGE perks! One, you know exactly what ingredients are in your cleaning products. Two, they’re cheaper and you can make big batches!

This week, we’re sharing some awesome “recipes” for natural DIY cleaning products that disinfect- SUPER important when you have kiddos around who love to make big messes with things they shouldn’t be touching ;)

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Try them out and let me know what you think! Thanks to our wonderful guest blogger for giving us these awesome “recipes”!


DIY Natural, Disinfecting Cleaning Solutions

It sometimes seems impossible to maintain every room of your home and always keep it clean without store-bought cleaning supplies. A lot of people think this way, but, the truth is that there are many other options. The cleaning supplies you purchase regularly from the store may work, but, they also leave unpleasant residue and contain various dangerous chemicals that could endanger your health and the health of your family. Switching to natural cleaning supplies is a good alternative. This way you will save yourself money and time because you will prepare the special products yourself, using cheap ingredients that are very easy to find.

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t rely on toxic store-bought cleaning supplies and test the effectiveness of the natural homemade cleaners. After the first cleaning you will immediately notice a big difference. The eco-friendly products will not only eliminate the microbes and the grime faster, but, they will also leave a nice smell that will freshen up the air in the premises of your home. The disinfection of all surfaces and fabrics will be easier than ever, when you don’t have to worry about the effect of the chemicals or how much product you use. We are happy to help by presenting several recipes for effective natural cleaning solutions.

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Citrus All-Purpose Cleaner
This is a simple but very effective recipe that will allow you to keep every area of your home always thoroughly disinfected.
You will need:
(1) Clean jar with a lid
(1) Orange
(1) Bottle of white vinegar
Remove the peels of the citrus fruit and put them in the jar. Then fill almost the entire jar with white vinegar. Leave the jar in a dark place for about 10 days and then use the liquid to disinfect the counters in the kitchen, the bathroom tiles, bathroom counters, and anything else you like.

Baking Soda Cleaner
The baking soda will miraculously remove all unpleasant stains and grime from your bathroom and kitchen.
You can mix a little water with baking soda in a bottle or in some other container and apply the solution on the tiles in the bathroom, on the tub, on the sink, and other similar areas. Rinse with clean water and a clean rag. Before you know it, you will have a sparkling clean home. If you want to make the product smell better, you can add several drops of your favorite essential oil, too.

Disinfecting with Essential Oils
Essential Oils can be very effective when it comes to disinfection. You can count on them for the removing of pimples and other skin problems, as well as for the elimination of dangerous microbes and stubborn grime. Each essential oil has its own special qualities.

For greasy stains, for instance, you can prepare a solution of 12 drops of lemon oil and water.

You can combine several essential oils too and use the product for the effective disinfection of the toilet. Just mix together 5 drops of lavender, lemon and peppermint.

The results will surprise you for sure.

Thanks to those special natural cleaning solutions, you and your family will be always protected. As you can see, they are not only easy to prepare, but, also require simple ingredients that you will be able to find without any problems. That is enough reason to give up the expensive detergents and various other cleaning supplies and start making your own products. This is a great way not only to save some money, but, also guarantee your safety and the safety of the other members of your family. There is no need to hesitate any more, so start making your own cleaning products right now.

The article is kindly contributed by N17 CarpetCleaning


What are YOUR favorite essential oils and homemade cleaning products?
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The Crunchy Mamas Natural Beauty, Skin, & Wellness Products + Giveaway!

As a part-time crunchy mama, I am always trying to find alternatives to our every day products, especially when it comes to things we put on our skin!

I love finding companies run by fellow crunchy mamas who feel the same as I do about the products we use. Even better? Natural and chemical free products for a reasonable price. With kids, it’s hard to justify forking over a ton of money for the natural alternatives to our beauty and skin rituals. Believe me, I get it! We have enough expenses with kids as it is :)

I was so excited to find this amazing company, The Crunchy Mamas, run by two mamas based in Oregon. Not only are their products great, so are they! Some of the nicest mamas you’ll ever have the pleasure of knowing.

When we connected, I couldn’t wait to try some of their stuff!

When I received the goods, of course I tried them IMMEDIATELY ;)

Her Pit Natural Deodorant, Mint Lip Balm, & Honey-Lemon Lip Balm
Her Pit Natural Deodorant, Mint Lip Balm, & Honey-Lemon Lip Balm

Now, I’ve tried pretty much every “natural” deodorant out there and none of them have ever worked for me. I’m serious, you guys. Like, I want to smell as good as the next person and I have nothing against the previously tried deos, but, I’m pretty sure they were made to do the opposite of deodorant. I was way more self-conscious and felt way smellier when using said previous deos. So, I was a little skeptical to try out ANOTHER natural deodorant.

MIND BLOWN. I was completely shocked by how well the Her Pit Deodorant works. You only use a pea sized amount for each underarm and it smells so good! We went to our local rodeo and it was HOT out. Like, sweat as soon as you walk outside, hot. I wore the Her Pit all day and never had to reapply and I smelled good all day. My family appreciated that I smelled good all day after wearing natural deo ;)

What’s even better is the ingredient list- seriously so simple and effective!
“organic unrefined coconut oil, organic cocoa butter, organic shea butter, redmond clay, arrowroot powder, baking soda (aluminum free), vitamin e, organic lavender essential oil, organic sweet orange essential oil.”

YES. That’s it!

Next, I tried the lip balms (not at the same time, promise).

Mint Lip Balm & Honey-Lemon Lip Balm

I’m always cautious when using mint lip balms because every time I do, my lips are not happy. This was NOT the case with the lip balm from Crunchy Mamas! For once, my lips were happy and tingly- not swollen and ouchy! Plus, the mint smells so refreshing without being overpowering. These mamas have got their mix down just right! This minty delight is a perfect lip balm for summer’s hot days!

The Honey-Lemon lip balm is AMAZING as well! Subtle scent, but, still potent enough to smell delicious. You kind of want to eat it…but, you shouldn’t ;)

Both lip balms go on super smooth and keep your lips hydrated for a long time before reapplying is necessary. These lip balms have become my new favorite and I am crazy picky about lip balms!

The ingredients in these lip balms are just as great as the deo!

  • Honey-Lemon: organic unrefined coconut oil, beeswax, raw honey, organic lemon essential oil
  • Mint: organic unrefined coconut oil, beeswax, organic peppermint essential oil, organic rosemary essential oil, organic spearmint essential oil

Seriously you guys! How amazing do you feel when the stuff you put on your skin, face, and lips is this natural and clean without tons of chemicals you can’t pronounce?


Since these mamas are so awesome, they’re letting us do a giveaway with the above products!

Enter and you could win:

(1) Her Pit Natural Deodorant

(1) Mint Lip Balm

(1) Honey-Lemon Lip Balm

The giveaway is running from Wednesday 7/29/15 through Wednesday 8/5/15 and you can enter below or through our Facebook page by clicking here!

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*Disclaimer: I received the above products to test and review at no cost to me in return for my honest and truthful opinion. All opinions are my own. Products provided for giveaway will be sent to a randomly selected winner by Crunchy on the Weekend at no expense to the winner.*

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