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How to Get Your Kid to Eat Cauliflower and Other Vegetables with Three Simple Ingredients

Hi family, friends, and blog lovers! Summer is final here! And, it’s so good to be blogging today. In this post I will discuss what’s new with my little Jace Evan and share a few of my favorite cauliflower cooking recipes. I will also share some great ways to get your kids to eat cauliflower and broccoli with just three healthy and simple ingredients.

About Jace. . .

He went to the doctor’s office sometime last week to get a weight and height check. Dr. Jolly wanted to check his calcium and iron levels to make sure they were improving. I am happy to report that he is doing much better! When this problem first occurred we were told that increasing his intake of foods that are high in calcium and iron would help significantly. In this case, it worked wonders! We started with green leafy vegetable. This was VERY hard. Although we never introduced sugary, processed, or junk foods into Jace’s diet, he still did not have an appetite for most healthy foods. There were only a few foods that we could get him to eat without holding him down and spoon feeding him ourselves – oatmeal, blueberries and strawberries, yogurt, and %100 whole wheat bread. Giving him the grains worked wonderfully because these foods are rich in iron. Therefore, it was most beneficial in increasing his iron levels. The yogurt helped increase his calcium levels quite a bit, but not as much as we would have liked. To be honest, I do not believe that the blueberries and strawberries helped for this particular issue. But I am very grateful that he has developed a healthy appetite for good fruits. Strawberries and blueberries are powerful immunity boosters, so I know they helped in this regard. And blueberries are loaded with powerful antioxidants.

During Jace’s visit we learned that he is 19 Ibs and 3.5 ounces, and 28 inches in length. Yes! He is still a little guy for his age. The doctor said she would like to see him gain a little more weight. Although she is showing some concern for his weight, I disagree. Both Austin and I are very small people. Both of our maternal families have very small and petite people. I was only 5 Ibs when I was born and Austin was 6Ibs when he was born. We are just small people. I believe that Jace has inherited that from us. I also believe that because Jace was a preemie, he is a little under the growth curve. Good news is, he is not doing so bad that he needs to go to doctor’s every other week anymore. So we are excited about that.

We have been including more and more healthy foods in Jace’s diet. We try to avoid any sugary processed foods. So far, we have given Jace broccoli, cauliflower, spaghetti squash, carrots, grapes, cantaloupe, pineapple, bell peppers, and tomatoes. We are working towards including zucchini and spinach into his diet this summer. Jace is exceptionally special. He is one of the few kids that I know who will eat broccoli plain. Most kids avoid broccoli altogether by “hiding” it under the dining table or feeding it to the dog. Not my Jace! He loves broccoli. I’m sure this food has also helped increase his iron levels as well. Cauliflower, on the other hand, does not get a fair chance with Jace. He does not like this food all that much, at least not plain. The rest of my family feels the same way about cauliflower as Jace. They do not actively seek out the leftover cauliflower in the refrigerator the next day like I do. So, what do I do to get them to eat this wonderful vegetable that’s high in calcium, iron, vitamins C, B, B-6, and B-12? I spice it up with healthy and flavorful condiments.
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First, I use coconut oil. After removing the stem from cauliflower, it will naturally fall apart. I then break the larger florets into small bite-sized florets using a knife. I then wash the small florets using water and an all-natural vegetable wash, and set it to the side in a large bowl. Next, I prepare a baking sheet by placing aluminum foil on the bottom of the pan, and lightly coating it with coconut oil. You can also use unsalted butter (not margarine), if your family can stand to include more fat in your diet.

I place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and coat the vegetable with coconut oil. Following this step, I take 3-5 chicken bouillon cubes and crush them into a coarse like powder. I sprinkle the chicken bouillon powder over the cauliflower. This vegetable then gets baked in a conventional oven at 350 degrees for about 10-20 minutes or until the cauliflower is slightly softened. That’s it! My family LOVES it! More importantly, they all eat it! You can also use lemon essential oil from a trusted source to liven this side dish up as well. Just be sure that the essential oil you choose to use can be taken internally. Here is a more formal recipe below.

Cauliflower Bake

1 head of cauliflower

3-5 Chicken Bouillon Cubes crushed into a coarse powder (I use McCormick’s)

5-6 Tablespoons Coconut Oil or Butter

3-4 drops Lemon Essential Oil

*optional, can add pepper to taste

Follow directions above in this post...

So that’s how I get my kids to eat their vegetables with three simple ingredients! Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions, or questions. I would love to hear about how you get your kids to get vegetables they find unappetizing. As always. . .

Live to Embrace Motherhood,

Teameaka

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Look Who’s Walking: Jace is 15 Months Old!

Hi family, friends, and blog lovers! It’s summertime! I love this season; it’s one of my favorites! I am excited to start taking road trips and spending some much needed time with my family. I am even more excited to visit my son, Ahmad. We will be going to the Saint Louis Missouri Zoo this summer with Ahmad. We are all excited to see him. I will be sure to blog about it when we get back!


It’s been too long, five months since I last blogged! WOW! There is so much I want to catch you up on, but I don’t even know where to begin.

In this post I will definitely catch you up on Jace’s growth and development for the last several months and I will share a few tips on how to get a good night’s rest using essential oils and diffuser blends. Getting a peaceful night’s rest is something that is seriously lacking in the Grover household. But, I have found ways to reduce anxious feelings and evoke a peaceful night’s sleep. Keeping reading and you’ll discover some really cool diffuser blends that can calm you as well.

Since I have blogged last, Jace has gone through MANY changes. Although he is growing up to be a healthy, handsome, and smart little boy, there were a few health concerns. So I had to take a mini hiatus from blogging. We also have had to replace a lot of plumbing and have major repairs done on windows and soffit and fascia of our home. Thus, you can see why I haven’t been blogging much lately.

Dr. Jolly did a regular 12-month routine baby checkup on Jace. Unfortunately, the results of this checkup was very disturbing. During his 12-month routine wellness check, Dr. Jolly ordered test to check Jace’s iron, calcium, and hemoglobin levels. He also received vaccines for HepB, MMR, and Chickenpox. BOY was he cranky that day!

Unfortunately, his body was deficient in iron, calcium, and hemoglobin (production). Since then, we have been working really hard to normalize/stabilize those levels. Jace was 18 pounds and 24 inches long at the time of his 12-month wellness check. Dr. Jolly was also a bit concerned with his height and weight; he didn’t gain any weight, and he didn’t get any taller. She mentioned that this may have been the result of him having an iron and calcium deficiency.


So Dr. Jolly had blood tests ordered for the last 4 months. Each month from February – May we would go to Saint Catherine’s Hospital in Kenosha, Wisconsin to have our little Jace tested. After Dr. Jolly received his lab tests, she would have a nurse call and talk to us about his progress or lack thereof. This was a very painful process, and we are still going through it. Thankfully, he is doing much better and we are very optimistic about his health, and we have faith that he will continue to get better. Mostly, we were advised to feed him foods high in iron and calcium. Since we have been doing that we have seen remarkable improvements. Jace’s iron and calcium levels are stabilizing.

As I stated before, all of these issues started when he was about 12 months old. So I wasn’t really able to blog much during his 12-15 months’ milestones. There was A LOT going on.

I do miss blogging very much; I plan to start blogging again more regularly this month.

In regards to his current growth and development….

Jace started walking when he was about 11 months-old. He started with a few steps here and there, like most babies. When he was 12–months old he took off walking, and he has been walking ever since!

I stopped feeding him breast milk when he turned 13 months old. He is now eating “big boy” food. He is in LOVE with Strawberry Oatmeal. It is his favorite food! It’s so funny watching him pick and choose the foods he likes versus the foods he does not like.

At 14 months of age, Jace started to run a little. That was fun until I got too tired to chase after him. I haven’t been able to keep up on taking pictures as much as I used to. But I do have these images from when he just turned 14 months old.

Jace is now 15 months old. However, he will be 16 months old in about a week. I am thrilled! I love watching him go through each stage!

He is now at the stage where he is getting in everything! I am finding myself running a lot more these days. Unfortunately, I am not running to lose weight L. Jace keeps me very busy chasing after him. I do have a good routine for him, which is nice.

We took Jace to a farm a couple weeks ago. He was able to see horses for the first time. He really liked that. Although we didn’t let him touch or pet the horses. He is still much too young for that. I think we will wait a month or two before we allow that. Still, he loved watching them eat, run, and play. He seemed to get a really good laugh out of them running.



Although Jace is doing MUCH better, he has been having a tough time sleeping at night. I have tried several different things to get him to be more relaxed and calm. So far, I have found that using essential oils in a diffuser help both of us get a good night’s sleep. I have various diffuser blends that I use to help induce calming and relaxing feelings and reduce anxious feelings. This is most helpful for Jace and I to get a peaceful night’s sleep. If you want to learn more about essential oils and get some awesome recipes for topical, internal, and aromatic use, read my blog post “Essential Oils for Beginners: Essential Oils You Should Have in Your Medicine Cabinet. Here are a few of my favorite essential oil blends to use to get a peaceful night’s sleep:

Recipe 1: “Sleeping in the Forest”

  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Sandalwood
  • 2 drops Cedar wood

Recipe 2: “Be Still My Soul”

  • 3 drop Lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 1 drop Calming Blend

Recipe 3: “Sleep, Baby, Sleep”

  • 2 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops Vetiver essential oil
  • 2 drops Frankincense essential oil

Recipe 4: Deep Sleep

  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops Vetiver essential oil
  • 1 drop Grounding Blend essential oil

Recipe 5: Sweet Dreams, Baby

  • 2 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 2 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops Sandalwood essential oil

You have probably noticed that I included Lavender Essential Oil into every one of these recipes. That is because Lavender is my “go to” essential oil when it comes to diffusing oils to get a peaceful night’s sleep. Lavender Essential Oil is widely used for its calming and relaxing abilities. Some common uses of Lavender Essential Oil include . . . easing feelings of tension and anxiousness, and evoking peaceful sleep. That’s why I use it most.

Vetiver is also known for evoking calm feelings; It has a grounding effect on emotions, as do Ylang Ylang. I have found all of these essential oils beneficial in helping me and my Jace get a peaceful night’s sleep. If you want more information on essential oils and their uses, please feel free to contact me. Also, feel free to share your favorite recipes or suggestions for recipes in the comment box below.

As always…

Live to Embrace Motherhood,

Teameaka


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Essential Oils for Beginners: Essential Oils You Should Have in Your Medicine Cabinet

Hi family, friends, and blog lovers! I’m back with a helpful post on Essential Oil Use for Beginners. Several months ago, I started a new category on my blog called “Essential Oils: Gui…

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Essential Oils for Beginners: Essential Oils You Should Have in Your Medicine Cabinet

Hi family, friends, and blog lovers! I’m back with a helpful post on Essential Oil Use for Beginners. Several months ago, I started a new category on my blog called “Essential Oils: Guide and Recipes.” I intended on posting information about essential oils – how to use them and what they are commonly used for. I also wanted to share a few of my favorite essential oil recipes with you. However, my son got very sick, and I was unable to make regular posts. Now that my little Jace is doing much better, I am back to blogging full time, and I intend on sharing a few of the things that I have learned about essential oils over the years. I am excited to be blogging about this! As many of you may, I am a doTerra Wellness Advocate. I LOVE being a Wellness Advocate because I get to share my experience with essential oils with people I meet. I was first introduced to essential oils back in June 2012. My adopted mother introduced me to them and she taught me about the benefits and various uses of essential oils. Due to financial restraints, I didn’t start using essential oils right away. I was still in college and trying to save every penny to buy books and school necessities.         My mother sent me an essential oil kit in December 2013. This was the very first time I used Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. She also sent me a copy of a book that explains the benefits of using essential oils and safe and practical uses. I began to see immediate benefits from the usage of essential oils. But I still was unable to use my financial resources to purchase them. My mother sent me another essential oil kit in December 2014. After we had Jace, our financial situation changed a little bit and we were able to invest in essential oils and becoming a Wellness Advocate. I LOVE being a Wellness Advocate because I can share my essential oil experiences with people I come in contact with and help them address physical and emotional issues that make their lives a challenge. If you are visiting this page you probably want to know more about essential oils, how to use them and some benefits that can come from using them. The primary and practical uses of essential oils are to enhance one’s overall emotional and mental well-being. They are often used for physical concerns as well. There are several essential oils that EVERYONE should have in their medicine cabinet, especially those of us who use essential oils daily. These oils can protect you and your family against seasonal and environmental threats, support the immune system, promote healthy respiratory function, and aid in proper digestion. As a bonus . . . you can add most essential oils to your food for flavor. Essential oils like frankincense, lemon, lavender, and peppermint are carefully extracted through a distillation process from plants, roots, and other natural sources. These sources have remarkable healing properties that can promote mental, emotional, and physical health. Adding the right essential oils to your medicine cabinet can help you to protect your home and family against seasonal and environmental threats. Essential oils are most commonly used to:

  • Improve Digestive Health
  • Support Immune Function
  • Balance Hormones
  • Calm Anxious Feelings and Occasional Stress
  • Restore Mental Alertness
  • Protect Against Seasonal and Environmental Threats
  • Promote Respiratory Health
  • Evoke Peaceful sleep

These are just a few ways in which essential oils can benefit the mind and body. Now, let’s take a look into what’s in my essential oil medicine cabinet!

My Essential Oil Medicine Cabinet                                               

Frankincense: This essential oil is said to be “the king of all oils” because it has various uses. But it is especially good to have in your medicine cabinet to help with the following concerns… Support occasional respiratory concerns, bug bites, support the immune system, reduces sad and anxious feelings and calm emotions, help restore mental alertness,

Melaleuca: This essential oil is most renowned for its rejuvenating and cleansing effect on the skin. It is great for promoting healthy immune function, protection against seasonal and environmental threats, and to soothe occasional skin irritations.

Peppermint: It is commonly used for digestive health, healthy respiratory function and clear breathing, and to reduce fatigue and low energy.

Rosemary: It is used to support respiratory function, healthy digestion, and stress reduction. When combined with other oils such as basil, frankincense, and lavender it can soothe the body and stimulate the mind.

Wild Orange is known for its powerful antioxidants and is most commonly used to promote overall health.

Lemon is mostly known for its cleansing and purifying properties. Lemon is commonly used to naturally clean the body, aid in digestion, support healthy respiratory function, promote positive mood, and clean counter-tops, tables, and other surfaces.

Lavender is widely used for its calming and relaxing abilities. Common uses of lavender include easing feelings of tension and anxiousness, evoke peaceful sleep, reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, and to soothe occasional skin irritations.

Oregano: It has powerful antioxidant properties, and is commonly used to promote healthy digestion, respiratory function, and immune support.

Cinnamon: It is most beneficial for circulatory support, supporting healthy metabolic function, repelling insects, and maintaining a healthy immune system.

Clove: This essential oil is also a very powerful antioxidant and can help support cardiovascular health.

Eucalyptus is most commonly known for its purifying properties. Some common uses of this essential oil…. It can help lessen feelings of tension and promote relaxation. It can also promote clear breathing and clear air ways. You should also have a carrier oil (an oil derived from a vegetarian source that is excellent for dilution and application) on hand such as fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, or jojoba oil. These are all my favorite oils because they are rich in Vitamin E, which is excellent for moisturizing the skin and hair.

Here are a few ways you can use the essential oils in my medicine cabinet…

Make a 10 ML Roller-ball combined with essential oils and a carrier oil.

Homemade Protective Blend (use topically)

  • 5 drops Clove
  • 8 drops Wild Orange
  • 5 drops Cinnamon bark
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus
  • 3 drops Rosemary

Use: combine all oils and put in a 10 ml roller bottle. Fill the bottle with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil. Let blend stand overnight so that oils are well mixed. Roll down the spinal column once every 2-3 hours, or massage the mixture into the temples or to reflex points (e.g. sole of feet) every two hours or as needed. For aromatherapy purposes, put 3-4 drops into cool mist diffuser.                                                                                                             Seasonal Allergy Blend (use topically)

  • 6 drops Frankincense
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 6 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Peppermint

Use: combine all oils and put in a 10 ml roller bottle. Fill the bottle with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, or grapeseed oil. Let blend stand overnight so that oils are well mixed before use. Massage the mixture into the temples, behind the ears and to the reflex points on the sole of the feet every two hours or as needed.

Diffuser Blend (aromatically)                                                                                 Put one drop of each frankincense, lavender, lemon, and peppermint into diffuser. Run diffuser for 3-4 hours OR add 10 drops lemon, 10 drops lavender, 8 drops melaleuca, 8 drops frankincense, and 6 drops peppermint to a 16-ounce spray bottle. Fill the bottle with distilled water and let stand overnight before use. Use mixture as a disinfectant and use frequently to kill bacteria and seasonal threats.

2. Make a cold, flu, and allergy pill using gel capsules.                                                                                                               

Allergy Shot (internally)

  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 32-ounces of distilled water or 1 tablespoon honey or vegetarian capsule

Use: (1) Put oils into an empty vegetarian capsule one drop at a time, add a drop of honey. Take as often as needed. OR (2) Put oils in 32-ounces of water, add stevia or honey for sweetness/flavor. Make as often as needed. OR (3) Make a Homemade Cough Syrup by adding the essential oils to 1 tablespoon of honey.

3. Make a detoxifier to clean and purify the body.                                                                                                                       Recipe 1: Lemon Detox

  • 8 drops Cinnamon
  • 8 drops Lemon
  • Stevia to taste
  • 32 ounces (1 quart) distilled water

  Recipe 2: Body Purifier

  • 4 drops Clove
  • 4 drops lemon
  • 8 drops Wild orange
  • Stevia to taste
  • 32 ounces (1 quart) distilled water

  Recipe 3: Liver Cleanse

  • Juice from half an organic lime
  • Juice from half an organic lemon
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop melaleuca or lime essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil

Directions: In the morning, before eating or drinking anything other than pure water, squeeze the lemon (and lime if using) into a small glass, add one drop of Lemon Essential Oil and one drop of Peppermint Essential Oil. Stir and drink. Repeat daily for 28 days.

4. Make diffuser blends to purify the home, get a good night’s sleep, and help prevent seasonal threats.

Recipe 1: Calming Blend

  • 3 drop Lavender
  • 3 drops Wild orange

Recipe 2: Good Night Sleep Blend

  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops lavender

Recipe 3: Spice Blend

  • 2 drops cinnamon
  • 2 drops clove
  • 2 drops wild orange

Recipe 4: Protective Blend (prevents seasonal threats)

  • 1 drop cinnamon
  • 1 drop clove
  • 1 drop frankincense
  • 1 drop eucalyptus
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop wild orange

Recipe 5: Good Night Clear Breathing Blend

  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 drop peppermint
  • 2 drops frankincense
  • 1 drop clove

I know that this is probably a lot to take in all at once for those of you who are beginners. If you have any questions about anything on this blog post, please contact me via Facebook, Instagram, or twitter. I hope to hear from you.

Live to Embrace Motherhood….

Teameaka


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10 + Ways to use Essential Oils for Occasational Discomfort

In this post, get some really awesome 5 step essential oil recipes, and learn how I use essential oils to manage occasional discomforts.

Hey family, friends, and blog lovers! I’m back… with some really cool DIY Everyday Essential Oil Recipes. Last month, I added a new food page and category to this blog. This month, I am adding a new page and category for essential oil uses. I absolutely LOVE essential oils. They are my favorite oils to use!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been using essential oils for about two years now, and I have seen a huge improvement in my mental and physical health.

Recently, I have been using a lot of recipes from Pinterest. And I was able to come up with some really cool DIY Essential Oil Beauty Recipes of my own.  So far, I have made recipes for bath salts, body washes, homemade soaps, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents and stain removers, coconut milk co-wash and conditioners, and leave in conditioners and hair oils. Let me just say…they are ALL AMAZING!

I have included essential oils in every one of these recipes.

I absolutely LOVE essential oils, and I am excited to share my many many DIY essential oil recipes with you.

Today, I am going to share my DIY Essential Oil Recipes. These recipes include a Soothing Blend, Clary Sage, Peppermint, Cinnamon Bark, Lavender, and Respiratory Belnd of essential oils.

Later, I will post a Beginner’s Guide for using essential oils. So look for that post in the near future!!!

First, let’s talk about why use essential oils. There are several reasons why you should use essential oils.

The primary and practical uses of essential oils are to enhance one’s overall emotional and mental well-being. Essential oils have been used for many many years. In Biblical times, only the rich had access to oils, because they were expensive and hard to come by. Today, it is more affordable and anyone can gain access to essential oils. The properties in essential oils are all natural and was designed by our creator to protect, soothe, calm, and invigorate the body.  Most essential oils out there CANNOT be ingested or used topically. But there are some essential oils out there that can be used topically, aromatically,internally, and you can even use them to clean your home. If you want to know more about them, feel free to contact me. As I mentioned before, using essential oils is an all-natural way to improve your emotional, mental, and physical being. I will talk more about essential oils primary uses and benefits in another post.

My beautiful mother purchased a Rub infused with essential oils for me when I was pregnant with Jace. It’s amazing! My hubby put some of the Rub on his finger tips and spread it over my lower back and massage the rub into my skin. Within 5-10 minutes my aches and discomforts were reduced. It is REALLY strong because it includes a lot of hot oils (oils that burn when they come in contact with the skin). And like all hot oils…You MUST use a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil to avoid burning your skin. You don’t need to use a lot  to get the job done! Just put a small amount on your finger tip and rub the lotion into your skin to see feel out the desired amount. The first time I used this rub, I applied it to my skin as though I was using lotion to moisturize my skin. That was a VERY BAD idea! My skin was burning for HOURS! Don’t make the same mistake as I did. Use this rub with EXTREME CAUTION.

The soothing blend essential oil can also be applied topically, if you use a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil. As mentioned before…use this soothing blend with caution and never use it without a carrier oil.

Now, let’s get started!

This first recipe is for menstrual cramps, and I use Clary Sage or a monthly blend to manage discomforts. Although the repository blend is typically used to help promote clear airways, I like to use it with the soothing blend to enhance my emotional and mental state and relieve sinus tension during my menstrual cycle. Mostly, I get really bad head discomforts! The Breathe blend help alleviate discomfort related to sinus tension during menstruation. I also use peppermint because it has a cooling effect and soothes and relieves discomforts. The Cramp Relief Soak concoction that I made includes the Soothing Blend, Breathe, Clary Sage, and Cinnamon Bark. I know, I know. You essential oil life long masters are probably thinking…”why would she do that? Why would she list Cinnamon Bark as an ingredient?” Well, let me tell you! Cinnamon Bark is known for its usefulness with occasional discomforts. People have been using this oil for centuries in combination with clove oil, to relieve tooth discomforts. It can also be used to ease discomforts associated with menstrual cramps. Also, the Cinnamon Bark has a sweet smell, unlike the Soothing Blend and Clary Sage oils. The Cinnamon Bark will offset the strong vapor rub like smell. Clary Sage is known for alleviating menstrual cramps as well. So, this is a good essential oil to use when you’re menstruating. The soothing rub and blend was designed to soothe muscle aches and joints. So, I really like using it! But, you can also use the following recipe to alleviate those pesky menstrual cramps and head discomforts.

Cramp Relief Soak  

Ingredients:

3 cups Epsom Salt

1 cup Sea Salt

1/2 cup Baking Soda

6 drops Soothing Blend Essential Oil

6 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

2 drops Respiratory Essential Oil

1 drop Clary Sage 

1 tablespoon Sweet Almond or Fractionated Coconut Oil

Directions:

Step 1: Combine Epsom and Sea Salts in a large bowl. Mix well.

Step 2: Add Baking Soda and  mix into salt mixture.

Step 3: Add Essential Oils, a few drops at a time. Be sure the oils are completely mixed in the salts.

Step 4: Add Sweet Almond or Coconut oil. Mix well.

Step 5: To use for a bath: put 4-5 tablespoons into a hot bath. Use as needed.

*Replace Cinnamon Bark or Clary Sage with Chamomile or Peppermint, if you prefer. You can also use a few tablespoons of peppermint leaves in placement of Peppermint oil. 

Head Tension Relief Balm

This second recipe is for head tension. Ideally, it’s for menstrual related head discomforts, but this concoction can be used for any type of head discomforts.

Ingredients:

10 drops Lavender

10 drops Soothing Blend

5 drops Respiratory Belnd

1 tablespoon Beeswax

2 tablespoon Shea Butter

5 tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil (not fractionated)

2 teaspoons Fresh Lavender Leaves

Directions:

Step 1: In a medium saucepan, melt coconut oil and Coco and Shea butter.

Step 2: Add Beeswax. Stir until melted.

Step 3: Remove the pan from the heat and let mixture stand for five minutes.

Step 4: Add essential oils and stir using a medium size wooden spoon.

Step 5: Pour the mixture into 4 oz. Mason jars, and wait for the mixture to cool and solidify.

*If you want to make your own decongestant or chest rub, add 5 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil. 

To use for head discomforts: apply a generous amount of the balm to the nape of the neck, temples, and forehead to relieve sinus tension or head discomforts

The great thing about this recipe is that it has many uses, and can be easily altered. You can change the recipe to include essential oils such as rosemary, past tense, frankincense, peppermint, ylang ylang, and basil. The Head Tension Relief Balm can also relieve discomforts associated with muscle discomforts, back and occasional neck discomforts, cramps, and spasms. If you decide to alter the recipe because you want the same consistency or texture that a balm provides, but you want to add other oils for different purposes, always add more drops of cooler oils and fewer drops of hotter oils. For example…if you want to make a vapor rub using rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon and lavender, you would add 10 drops lemon, 10-12 drops lavender, 10 drops rosemary, 6 drops eucalyptus, and 2-3 drops peppermint. Remember, there is NO real science to making these recipes. You can alter these recipes to your liking.

Well those are the two recipes of the day. Stay tuned!!!!! More to come. I will be posting my Sweet Wild Orange, Lemon, Rosemary and Lavender, and Cinnamon Bark recipes soon. As always…

Live to Embrace Motherhood!

Teameaka


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New Holiday Recipe, and a New Healthy Food Category!

In this post, I share my Easy, 7 step, Holiday Rosemary Rabbit recipe, and discuss my new healthy food category on this blog. 

Easy Holiday Rabbit

I am excited to start a new Healthy Food Category on this blog. I LOVE cooking. More importantly, I LOVE cooking HEALTHY FOODS! I intend to share a few of my favorite healthy dishes on this blog with you. I hope you enjoy them! Jace is getting older, and he is very independent now! Sometimes he can be clingy, but I am finding it much easier to cook and clean again, and I am LOVING it! I finally got my Pinterest account up and running, and I will be pinning my recipes and craft ideas on there as well. 

This is my very first food post on this blog. I am sooooo excited to share my Holiday Rosemary Rabbit recipe. This year, my family and I started a new tradition for Thanksgiving. Instead of eating turkey, we decided to eat rabbit. I know you are probably thinking, “Why in the world would you want to eat rabbit meat?” My kids were unsure about eating rabbit meat at first too. And I am not sure that they enjoyed the experience. My husband and hope that they will come to enjoy it, in time. Anyway… My husband and I have been doing a ton of research on meats that are high in protein, but that are lean and (more) healthy to eat. 

It turns out,rabbit meat is one of the most healthiest white meats available on the market today. It is high in protein, easily digestible,  super lean, and contains the least amount of fat among all other meats sold on the market today. Rabbit meat is also almost cholesterol free, and is cheaper than most other meats (if you raise rabbits).

This was our very first time eating rabbit. I must say…

It was quite an interesting dish. Rabbit meat is very similar to chicken, in regards to flavor and taste. However, the meat can be a little bit tougher depending on how you cook the meat. Also, It does not produce any fat/oil when it cooks. Therefore, you should add a little bit of fat or oil to keep it from drying out. For the recipe below I used a few strips of bacon and wrapped each slice around the rabbit to prevent it from drying out. I also put several rosemary sprigs in between the bacon and rabbit to get that gamey flavor.

Ingredients:

1- 2 or 3 lb Rabbit, whole or quartered 

2 cups veal stock

1-1 1/2 tsp. Tomato Basil Mrs. Dash

1 tbsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. onion powder

2-3 tsp.  MSG free Meat Tenderizer

1/4 tsp. black pepper

4 thin strips of pancetta or pork bacon

a pinch of salt

a pinch of onion flakes

5-6 rosemary sprigs

2 cups stuffing

Cooking Twine

Tbsp. coconut, grape seed, or olive oil (optional)

Directions:

Step 1: Wash meat and spread rabbit meat out as flat as possible and place it on prepared pan (I used a 9×10 casserole baking dish).

Step 2: stuff the cavity of the rabbit with your favorite stuffing, and wrap cooking twine around the meat. My husband removed the rabbit’s hind legs; however, we cooked the detached legs with the rest of the rabbit in the same baking dish, as seen above.

Step 3: season rabbit meat on both sides with Mrs. Dash, garlic powder, onion powder, meat tenderizer, black pepper, and onion flakes. Sprinkle pinch of salt over top.

Step 4: pour 1 cup veal stock over rabbit and rabbit legs. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Step 6: Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Step 7: Cook rabbit thoroughly, basting with the remaining 1 cup of veal stock for 45 minutes – 1 hour. 

Slice and serve with rosemary red potatoes or rice. 

For more info on the health benefits of eating rabbit meat, go to this link here.


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Look Who’s Stepping: Jace is 9 Months Old

In this post, read about Jace’s growth and development for month 9, and get an awesome milestone checklist for your nine month old baby!

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Hi family, friends, and blog lovers! It’s a glorious Motherhood’s day! I have not been blogging much lately. However, that will soon change after the holidays. I have been keeping busy with the kids, home projects, and my church callings. Also, I have been helping my girls with their EFY fund raiser. We are having so much fun with that. So far, we have raised enough money for one of my girls to go to EFY. We are hoping to raise a little more before Christmas. If you want to learn more about our fundraiser to help my girls go to EFY, you can read all about it by going to this link. I will write another post at the end of next week and talk more about items that sold in the November Holiday Basket.

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Things are going wonderfully for our family. Everyone is doing well and we are preparing for the holidays. We are not planning to take any family trips, but we are excited to spend time together as a family. Unfortunately, Austin is working on Thanksgiving Day. Sigh! We are planning to have a “Thanksgiving Dinner with Dad” day. Austin has Monday, November 23rd off. Therefore, we are going to have our Thanksgiving dinner on that day.

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Jace is growing exceptionally well! He had is 9 month checkup this week. He is just growing up to be such a strong and healthy little man. He is now 17 pounds and 24.5 inches in length. Dr. Jolly is very pleased with his growth, and so are we!Jace 9 month check 3

Jace also received his very first flu shot this week. Surprisingly, he responded to the shot very well. I expected him to get irritable and cranky afterwards. He did not whine or cry throughout the day, and he did not get a fever. I was one happy mama!

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Developmentally, Jace is doing great! He has reached a point in his development where he is very clingy with mom and dad. He is beginning to recognize the difference between familiar individuals and strangers. He is having a much more difficult time accepting strangers (people that we know but that he does not know). Although, Jace has always had social anxiety and social separation issues, he hates being away from mom and dad.

One of the biggest milestones that Jace hit this month is… Jace is beginning to take some of his first steps. It is AMAZING! I cannot believe that this little one is already trying to walk. I am very pleased at his progress. But I am having a hard time seeing this one grow up. I say this every month… “I am embracing the moments, but they are fleeting.” Jace can also stand up while holding things in his hands, and he can pivot/turn his body in the direction he want to go. He is coming along. Before you know it, he will be walking.

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Jace is still teething, obviously. The last couple of nights have been rough. His two top teeth are coming in. So, he has been a little cranky. But, he is not as cranky as he was when the two bottom teeth came in.

I have been using doTerra’s lavender and on guard oils to help alleviate pain and discomfort. I am amazed at how well it is working for him.

I just use 1-2 drops of both oils and mix it with a few more drops of a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil). And I rub that on his gums a few times a day. It works very well.

I love watching this little guy grow. It is fun going through the milestone checklist and marking Jace’s development and growth.

Here is a milestone checklist for 9 months of age. It outlines what baby should be doing at this age. I find it helpful. I could just as easily use my psychology textbook on childhood and development, but I prefer to use this checklist provided by the CDC. It is a lighter read and I only have to read one or two pages. The info provided by the CDC is very similar to most of the texts I have, and the info is updated quite frequently. Anyway… If you are interested, you can go to this link or visit the CDC’s website here.

Well that is all for today! I will be making a Motherhood Quote of the Week post soon. Stay tuned! Until then…

Live to Embrace Motherhood

Teameaka