Deodorant 

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Today I want to discuss deodorant, more specifically finding one that works for me. 

When I was younger I could use just about anything. 

As I got older, going through just about every kind of deodorant on the drug store aisle, and a really bad infection under my arms (and I kid you not, it was bad) later the only deodorant I have found that minimizes odor, sweat, and doesn’t make me have an allergic reaction is Dove Advanced Care deodorant. I have been using it for more than a year now.   

I have heard that native deodorant ranked well by a test group so I wouldn’t mind trying it. 

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Cleaning Products

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Over the years I have used so many different cleaning products it isn’t funny. Some worked well, others not so well and some left me with allergic reactions.

The last part has a lot to do with why I prefer more natural cleaning products with fewer chemicals.

I am also very much a diy person, so there are somethings I totally will diy – like laundry powder using grated Fels Naptha soap, super washing soda and borax. It gets clothes clean.

For my own cleaning purposes I prefer Mrs. Meyers Clean Day and Seventh Generation cleaning products. I do keep some Lysol and Clorox (and bleach) around for tough or really dirty situations, but for normal circumstances I like Mrs Meyers Clean Day for cleaning house. It. Totally smells better too.

Scentsy 

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Several months ago a friend of mine had hosted a Facebook Scentsy Party, which I had attended. I was skeptical at first, mainly because there are how many other products out there (including candle warmers and oil infusers) that are along the same idea. I decided to give it a try, and it took a little while but I found a couple of favorite scents that I use on a day to day basis. 

My two favorite Scentsy fragrances are: coconut lemongrass and sunkissed citrus. Both are light, clean, fresh scents that make a room or open area smell good without being super overbearing. 

There are several other scents I like, that are rated below my two favorites. Tahitian Black Orchid is my #3 scent. My favorite autumn scent is Pumpkin Roll, my two favorite winter scents are Silver Bells and Very Merry Cranberry. I also like Luna and Woodland Suede. Both Luna and Woodland Suede are stronger scents that I have to be careful with and use them in a large open room for a short amount of time. Luna reminds me of going to church with my grandparents as a kid, I can’t tell you why it does, it just does. 

I also have 5 warmers (I know, I am probably crazy). I have the cherry tree warmer, the one titled “Yukon” with the woods and the moose on it, as well as chasing fireflies (and it looks like a mason jar), as well as a pumpkin with a witches hat (for autumn) and a night light with a sand dollar on it. I love cherry blossoms, especially Japanese Cherry Blossoms, which is why the cherry tree one is my fave. I bought the Yukon warmer because I like the northern theme, and it fits well with the shower curtain and shower curtain hooks I recently bought for when I can move out. The sand dollar nightlight warmer is for the guest/main bath when I am able to move out, as it will go with the theme I have in mind for that. The Chasing Fireflies one will be for my kitchen. 

Giving up Coffee?!?!?!?!?!?

Why would anyone in their right mind give up coffee? 

That is the same question I had asked many times over than many years I drank coffee. Then one August 1st, a couple years ago I had decided that I was going to do just that – give up coffee. I had stuck to that for close to a year, then over the course of time coffee and energy drinks had slipped back into my life to be about a weekly occurrence. 

The past few weeks I have really been feeling the adverse side effects of all the coffee and energy drinks I have been putting in my body. I haven’t been feeling as good. I have had headaches, been restless and jittery, and just felt off. It came to a point this evening, after having had a soy latte this morning. I was restless, feeling a little off and like I just needed to go out and go hiking. 

I know black tea still has about 47 mg of caffeine (about half that of a cup of black coffee), and when I would get a blackberry rebel from Dutch Bros I would get anywhere from 80 – 160 mg of caffeine, which is crazy. 

I am tired of the adverse side effects between the caffeine and sugar in coffee and energy drinks I have been putting up with for far too long. 

Blog Changes

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I have come to realize that this is the blog I spend the least amount of time on and seem to have the least amount of content for, but don’t worry I am not shutting it down. Rather I am expanding on it, in addition to Gluten Free & Dairy Free living I will also be blogging about homemaking stuff, natural cleaning products I will be trying and like, as well as homesteading stuff when I am able to get my own place and have a garden (and can have some chickens and other animals for food). 

I definitely don’t consider myself to be a hippie or a hipster, or really a part of the whole crunchy granola, amity types. A lot of why I want to be able to live a lifestyle that includes homesteading, has more to do with the fact that I have food intolerances and our modern food that is genetically modified and has been changed so much in the past 65 years. I want to know where my food comes from and I have more control over what I put in my body. Here in the city, I am so much more reliant (by force) on grocery stores and who knows where some of the food comes from. 

It also ties in with my love of history and learning from how they lived, but with the modern conveniences of electricity, indoor plumbing, refrigeration and gas stoves. Though I would love a wood burning stove for winter (for heating, and to make soup). 

GF/DF Muddy Buddies

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Today has been a busy cooking day! This morning I had made Baked Oatmeal, which I posted the recipe for. I had also gone to Bob’s Red Mill before coming back home and making Gluten Free and Dairy Free Muddy Buddies, as well as Chicken and Potato Soup and Bruschetta topping for my sandwiches this coming week.

The last time I had gone hiking with one of my best friends the subject of snacks had come up and some how Muddy Buddies had come up, and I hadn’t had any since before I had to go Dairy Free and Gluten Free, and she was like “duh, take the recipe and substitute what you need to substitute to make it without dairy and gluten”, so today I did that. I must say that they turned out amazingly well.

  I took the Original Recipe and tweeked it. So here is the modified recipe, and what I did today.

Recipe:

9 cups Corn, Rice, Chocolate or Honey Nut Chex cereal
1 cup Ghirardelli Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Earth Balance Vegan Spread
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups powered sugar

Directions:

  1. In large bowl measure cereal and set aside
  2. in 1 quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and vegan spread uncovered on high for 1 minute; stir. microwave about 30 seconds to 1 minute longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. stir in vanilla. pour mixture over cereal stirring until evenly coated. pour into 2-gallon resealable (ziploc) bag
  3. add powdered sugar. seal bag; shake until well coated. spread on waxed paper to cool.
  4. store in airtight (rubbermaid/tupperware) container in the refrigerator.

Notes:

I used 2 – 12.5 oz boxes of honey nut chex, one bag of Ghirardelli chocolate chips and most of a 16 oz container of Peanut Butter (with 1/2 cup of spread) and got about 18 cups of Muddy Buddies.

Baked Oatmeal

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Today I am going to share with you the baked oatmeal recipe I use.

  
Ingredients:

3 cups Bob’s Red Mill gluten free old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1 cup blue diamond almond coconut milk

1/2 cup earth balance vegan spread – melted

1 cup dried fruit (I used dried cherries and dried cranberries from Trader Joes)

3/4 cup unsalted pecan pieces from trader joes

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 

2. Grease 9 inch rectangular Pyrex baking dish with vegan spread

3. Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl

4. Add eggs and vanilla 

5. Add melted spread

6. Add milk 

7. Mix well and spoon into baking dish

8. Bake in preheated oven for 40 – 45 minutes or until set

Serve warm with milk and brown sugar 

Yield: 9 servings