Homemade Baby Wipes 

So when I was pregnant with my first, a friend asked if I was going to make my own baby wipes. I quickly responded with a “No, probably not.” It seemed unnecessary. Sure, I prefer natural products, which is why she asked, but who has time to make wipes? It wasn’t until recently that I realized making wipes would be really easy. It is better for baby (chemical free ingredients that agree with your baby) and cheaper. The whole process took about ten minutes! It was fun and the wipes smell super good.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 roll of strong and soft paper towels
  • 2 cups of warm water (to help ingredients mix)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Witch Hazel
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon of baby oil
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoon of baby wash (I use Honest)

Optional:

  • 1/2 Tbsp 100% Aloe Vera (especially if not in baby oil)
  • Baby safe essential oils

Directions

Cut paper towels in half using a serrated knife, set aside in air tight container. I used Via because they’re both strong and soft. I normally prefer a paper towel not made with chlorine but, I couldn’t find one strong enough, and a thin towel would disintegrate as you use it…gross!  Warm the water and add all ingredients, mix and pour over paper towels. Remove cardboard center and pull center paper towel piece so it’s ready for use. Place lid on and all done! Time to go clean some baby bums 😉

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Salted Chocolate Almonds 

So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted- I have lots of ideas to try out and post about, I’ve just been busy with a little home renovating and all day nausea…..yes, I’m expecting a baby in the fall! We were super surprised since our first born came just last year! Why not keep the good times rolling?

I attempted something simple last night. I’ve been trying to up my protein since it is recommended that I eat 70 grams per day. That is a lot for me, considering I’m not much of a meat eater. So almonds it is! I wanted to try and jazz up these, some what boring nuts in a healthy way.

This is one of the more simpler post but still fun and classy.


Ingredients

A couple handfuls of raw almonds

1/4 cup Homemade chocolate chips melted

Ground Himalayan pink salt

How To 

To start, gather ingredients and create assembly line of almonds, chocolate and salt. Dip almonds in melted chocolate one at a time and place on parchment paper. Let cool and repeat dipping if chocolate seems to thin. Before completely cool sprinkle almonds with salt. Not only do salt and chocolate go well together they make the almonds look beautiful! Keep in fridge and serve.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Homemade Chocolate Chips 

 

 Okay, I already know what you’re thinking. Homemade chocolate chips? Why would I make something that is so easy to buy? I thought the same thing before I found reasons to make my own. It started with an intolerance to dairy that developed after I was pregnant with my first son. I found non-dairy chocolate chips at a local natural grocery store but, they were double the price of the semi sweet ones I used to get at Trader Joes. It was then that I started doing research and came across some recipes for chocolate chips and thought it would be great to make them sugar free. Another perk about making your own is using all cacao products as opposed to coco. I love adding cacao powder to my hot drinks and smoothies. Cacao, according to the ORAC scale, is the highest antioxidant food that we know of! Anti-cancer and beauty power, yes please! I love finding new ways to add it to my foods.

I soon came across a recipe by Forest and Fauna that captured exactly what I wanted to create. I tried this recipe and loved how they turned out. I love the flavor the maple sugar gives it and the soft texture of the chips from the cacao butter and coconut oil. I give Forest and Fauna full credit but, thought I’d share my spin on their recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs Cacao butter
  • 2 Tbs Coconut oil
  • 5 Tbs Cacao powder
  • 3 Tbs Maple sugar

How To

In a medium sauce pan bring about 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Place cacao butter and coconut oil in glass cup and place in sauce pan. Keep glass cup in sauce pan till cacao butter and coconut oil have melted. Once melted mix in cacao powder and maple sugar until completely combined. I first tried using coconut sugar but, that was a mistake because it doesn’t completely dissintergrate. Forest and Fauna had the brilliant idea to let chocolate mixture cool in a silicone trivet, which also works as a mold. Spread chocolate evenly over trivet and place in freezer for about an hour. Since I use coconut oil the mixture is on the softer side, letting it freeze for longer is better. Turn trivet over and work out chocolate chips into a bowl for storage. Store in fridge. Yum Yum Yum!