Simple Homemade Granola Bars

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Breakfast foods are one of the biggest sources of added sugars! We think that getting some cereals, yogurt, granola bars, protein drinks, etc. are all ‘supposed’ to be good breakfasts for on-the-go.

BUT, they are LOADED with added sugar, as well as other icky ingredients.

Aside from breakfast, we also love granola bars for just an afternoon snack, or even a late-night goodie. So here is an easy recipe that we make at home. Super easy, good ingredients, and kid-approved! We also like to precut the bars and put some in packaging to grab on our way out of the house.

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Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

  • 1 cup Peanut Butter (Make your own or check ingredients here)
  • 1 cup Raw Honey (We like to use a honey that is solid at room temperature to help solidify the granola bars)
  • 2 1/2 cups Oats
  • 1/2 cup Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Hemp Seeds
  • Dash of Vanilla

Melt Honey and Peanut Butter in a saucepan. In a large mixing bowl combine Oats, Flax, Hemp, and Vanilla. Then combine liquid with oats and mix well. Add to a 9×13 pan for thin granola bars, or a 9×9 pan for thicker bars. Chill until set in the refrigerator or freezer. Then slice and enjoy 🙂

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DIY Dishwasher Detergent

 

One of my FAVORITE DIY projects is detergent for the dishwashing machine. 

We live in the country with very, very hard water. I have tried every brand of dishwashing detergent. Even the expensive and very toxic ones. Nothing worked.

I first tried this recipe to save money, but was HAPPILY SURPRISED to see it do the BEST job of anything else! Since I have particularly bad water I upped the amount of citric acid to a full cup, but if you have a water softener or city water you could consider dropping it down to as low as 1/4 cup if that works for you.

DIY DISHWASHER DETERGENT RECIPE

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda or baking soda
  • 1/c cup citric acid (lemi shine is basically citric acid and much cheaper than buying straight citric acid in the canning isle)
  • 30 drops citrus oils of your choice (my favorite is half lemon/half orange, but any will work)

Mix the ingredients very well. Use a glass bowl (since citric oils will eat away plastics). When you drop in the oils they will bind with the powders and form clumps. Mix thoroughly to insure it is all incorporated with no clumps. If needed, you can use a sifter to make this easier. I store in a regular glass mason jar and keep in the kitchen cupboard. I fill the detergent section in my washing machine (about 2 Tablespoons) per load.

I wish I would have taken before and after pictures of my drinking glasses, because it worked SO WELL!

Enjoy 🙂

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DIY Bite Buster

We love to do as much outdoors as we can during the short Wisconsin summer months. Hiking, biking, swimming, camping, and more. The scenery here is so beautiful, but along with the trees and sun also comes lovely little creatures.

These little winged guys are such an annoyance, but even worse can annoy our skin long after coming back indoors. There are lots of things we all try to ease the skin discomfort and some essential oils are so great for the skin!

I personally love to use straight purification, but having a blend pre-mixed in a roller bottle is so convenient and already diluted for the kiddos. This DIY Bite Buster roller bottle recipe is SO quick and easy to make. You can probably do it within a minute! A must-have to pack in your camping gear.

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DIY Deodorant

Have you ever struggled with confidence because of regular body odor. Some of us just have a naturally stronger aroma than others. I thought I had tried everything and had just given up, but then I found this recipe and love it!

When I ordered my Young Living Premium Starter Kit, I saw a DIY Deodorant recipe from the Young Living blog on pinterest. I decided to give it a try, and guess what, it worked better than any other!

With this recipe I only need to use once a day! My clothes aren’t getting yellow stains, I’m staying dry, have confidence to hug, and more. It’s amazing how such a seemingly tiny factor can impact so much of your life!

Not to mention all the junk that is in the products on the store shelves. I am so relieved to have found a recipe that is not only effective, but also safe!

It takes only a few minutes and a handful of ingredients to make. You could switch the essential oil out for a different scent if you don’t have as much odor as I do. I like Purification best because of its ability to cleanse and purify. Plus it smells great! Just make sure you are using Young Living’s 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Since this is going on your skin, it will be absorbed into your body as well. So using the highest quality and safest oils out there is so important.

To learn more about why we use exclusively Young Living, and how to get started and get your essential oils for the best price click on “Getting Started with Essential Oils.”

 

DIY DEODORANT RECIPE

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Things to note: Some people experience a detox effect on their underarms when first starting this new deodorant. This is because after years of using toxic products your body will try to get them all out. This can cause irritation to the area. Just use less and slowly until this passes (usually 1-2 weeks). Make sure to test the recipe on a small area before using over the entire underarm to see how your body reacts. If you continue to have discomfort also consider using less, or no, baking soda and substituting with arrowroot powder for a gentler recipe.

DIY Outdoor Spray

We live in Wisconsin, so we need to take advantage of the outdoors when the weather is warm! We love to be outdoors as much as we can during the summer months for camping, fishing, swimming, etc.

Living toxin-free is very important to us, but we still need to protect ourselves from outdoor annoyances. No one likes swatting at the air like a crazy person, haha.

This recipe is so easy and quick and we have had some great results using it. We reapply often since it can quickly dry off the skin, so use as often as desired. I love knowing it is safe and effective even for my littlest kids.

DIY Outdoor Spray Recipe

 

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