Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Homemade Alcohol-Free Hand & Surface Sanitizer

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When I first became a mommy I was a total spaz about germs.  It was like a pharmacy in my obnoxiously oversized mom bag (which was filled with things that could last me through a natural disaster).  I had like 15 different hand sanitizers, sprays, gels, soaps, wipes…you name it, I had it, and it didn’t matter the cost. I bought the best organic, non-toxic products money could buy, because of course, nothing was too good for my new baby. Okay, fast forward 8 years and I am MUCH more relaxed (and knowledgeable) about germs. In fact, I welcome and encourage them.  After reading the many research articles about how we are making our bodies ‘too clean’ and thus ‘too sick’ I changed my tune. I get it, I get how being too clean can damage our microbiome and in turn damage our immune system.  So I backed off – big time.  For me, a step in this more evolved direction was being okay with my kids getting sick, because getting sick equals exposure to germs.  I used to think my job was to protect my children from germs so they wouldn’t get sick.  I remember when my daughter, Skylar (my first child), came down with a cold for the first time at 18 months…I was so sad – I felt like I failed her. How did you get germs in your mouth with all my anti-germ armor!  Now I’m like, hum, my kid’s haven’t been sick in a few months…what’s going on?  I appreciate how important it is to expose the body to germs, and how important it is to build anti-bodies.  

Being the good mommy that I am, I flipped my obsession with NO germs, to how to expose my kids TO germs in the world in a safe way that helps their immune system…and doesn’t kills them.  I recently read an article about this issue, and I was pleased to find out that I am doing the many things recommended.  For example, I don’t bathe my kids every single day (they haven’t hit puberty yet people, when my daughter wakes up, she smells great and looks fabulous – oh to be 8 years old again), I take them to farms, we play with animals, they play outside EVERYDAY, they dig in the dirt, they garden with me, I let them eat food off the ground (unless it dropped in poop or something), they are around other kids nearly all day long, they have never been on antibiotics, I nursed them both, I heal them naturally at home (unless it’s an emergency), they eat a healthy whole foods diet, etc., you get the idea.  

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So I feel like a good mommy again.  Phew.  But all this being said, yes, I still carry hand sanitizer. Old habits die hard.  But here’s the good news, I don’t spray them down like a maniac after they touch the swings at the park.  It’s cautionary sanitzier. You just never know when you need it.  Like when your 4 year old son has to pee at the park, and there is no bathroom, and you find the perfect forest cove for him to go, and of course it ends up all over your hand or his leg or whatever.  Or when your daughter finds cat poop in the sandbox.  It’s just nice to have the good-ole’ sanitizer there for a little clean up. Or if you’re like me…two days before a big vacation I REALLY don’t want anyone vomiting (at least) not until the trip back home.  

Since I’ve purchased every organic, non-toxic, eco-friendly hand sanitizer there is on the market, I am privy to their HIGH price.  And for what?  Some herbs and water?  A small bottle of hand sanitizer can run you anywhere from $4 to $8! Craziness.  So I started making my own, and if you do the math, yep, it’s MUCH more cost effective.  

The recipe I have here uses one of my favorite disinfecting oil blends: OnGuard, from doTERRA oils.  It’s a powerful blend.  If you google “homemade hand sanitizers” you will literally find hundreds of recipes. They are fun and easy to make at home.  Find one that best meets your needs.  For example, I went with alcohol free because the alcohol really dries out my skin, and irritates my son’s skin.  I hope this post inspires you to make your own hand sanitizer (ehem, to use on the important stuff, of course).  

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Homemade Alcohol-Free Hand & Surface Sanitizer
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients into a small bottle. I like to use small glass spray bottles. Be sure to shake well before using.
  2. For a surface sanitizer, you can leave out the vegetable glycerin and double the batch – I like to use these 4 ounces glass bottles. You could also use other doTerra oils along with the OnGuard that are great for disinfecting, such as tea tree oil, lemon oil, oregano oil, or peppermint oil. I would use a total of 50 drops of oil in any combination for surface sanitizer (which is great to use on your counter after handling raw meet). .

 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesdays Week 113: April 16, 2014

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Hello and welcome to Allergy-Free Wednesdays (AFW).

  AFW is a weekly blog hop where folks can share their allergy-free cuisine, gain knowledge about allergy-related topics/issues, and connect with others living or caring for someone with food allergies.

Please read HERE for AFW guidelines before linking up.  Thank you! 

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesday Week 112: April 9, 2014

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Hello and welcome to Allergy-Free Wednesdays (AFW).

  AFW is a weekly blog hop where folks can share their allergy-free cuisine, gain knowledge about allergy-related topics/issues, and connect with others living or caring for someone with food allergies.

Please read HERE for AFW guidelines before linking up.  Thank you! 

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Raw Pepperminty Nutty-Roons

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Join me today over at Ricki Heller where I share these delicious and easy treats.  

Get the recipe HERE.  

Shared on:  Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Raw Foods Thursday 

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesdays Week 111: April 5, 2014

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Hello and welcome to Allergy-Free Wednesdays (AFW).

  AFW is a weekly blog hop where folks can share their allergy-free cuisine, gain knowledge about allergy-related topics/issues, and connect with others living or caring for someone with food allergies.

Please read HERE for AFW guidelines before linking up.  Thank you! 

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Welcome to the New and Improved Tasty Alternative Blog

Hi everyone.  I’m so exited to be back.  Jeez, that was a long break.  But a very productive one at that. In case you’re wondering about that big ole’ school auction I co-chaired, well I’m happy to say it was huge success…and so much fun (but oh man it was A LOT of work)!  Let’s see…oh yes, I love my new job and that makes working on the weekends not ‘so’ bad, as going to work is actually quite enjoyable. The kids are great, Scott is great.  My health is doing pretty well these days too (yay). Before I keep rambling on here, I should direct you to a few links, especially if you’re new to The Tasty Alternative. You can read all about me here.  And if you’re wondering what this blog is all about, you can read more about The Tasty Alternative  here.  

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By the way, you will see a lot of sunflowers around this blog. They are my absolute favorite flower and make me very happy.  

Let’s explore the new blog shall we…

 

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With this new site I wanted to categorize and highlight the healing food diets (aka: food lifestyles) that I have experience with.  I am by no means an expert on these diets, but I do have experience making recipes for these diets and you can find all those recipe up in the navigation bar next to each respective diet.  If you click on Healing Diets & Recipes you will find a brief list of each diet.  A new element I find fun and helpful is dedicating an entire section (page) to each one of these diets with information, resources, and of course, links to popular blogs.  Each diet also has a “Nut Free” section listing all the nut free recipes for that specific diet.  The nut free section can be found at the end of each recipe list (the recipe lists are found in the navigation bar).  

These links will take you directly to the information page for each diet:

Gluten & Dairy Free  

Specific Carbohydrate Diet 

Paleo 

Autoimmune Protocol 

Raw Foods 

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I’ve dedicated a special page to my homemade lotions and beauty products.  These recipes are by far the most popular posts on the blog, so I figured they deserved their own special page.  

 

Holistic healingGreen living

The Tasty Alternative is about Holistic Healing AND Green Living.  Environmental mindfulness is a big part of my life and therefore a big part of my kitchen.  You will find several posts on how to live with more environmental compassion (practical tips) and how to decrease waste in your kitchen.  On the Holistic Healing page you will find posts dedicated to healing disease and ailments with food, supplements, herbs, and more.  

 

Gardening

I’ve dedicated a special page to gardening titled: Adventures in Gardening.  Gardening is one of my favorite hobbies and I’m on a mission to become a better and more efficient urban gardener.  

 

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For the first time The Tasty Alternative has affiliates.  Woot-woot!  With over 2,000,000 hits and over 100,000 visitors each month, I figured it was time to do a little advertising.  But here on The Tasty Alternative, you will only see advertising for companies I use and love…and thus recommend.   You can find these affiliates in the right hand sidebar and read more about each one here.    

 

DSC_0078Thank you for stopping by and checking out the new site.  I hope it’s helpful to those of you exploring alternative diets and looking to incorporate a more holistic and green way of living.  Visit my Start Here page for a list of links sharing more about me and The Tasty Alternative. Have a great day.  Be Well, –Amber 

P.S. Several of my posts are not working correctly due to the transfer (broken and not connecting) I am working on fixing them so thank you for your patience.  

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

March Muffin Madness from Gluten Free Easily

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Join me over at Gluten Free Easily for my gluten free Cinnamon Apple Muffin Recipe (gluten free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, nut free). 

Click HERE for the recipe.  

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Love Cupcakes? Then check this out: Sweet Secrets Cookbook and eBook Giveaway (4 winners)

If you love cupcakes (and come onwho doesn’t) then you must get your hands on a copy of Anna Belle’s cookbook dedicated to all things cupcakes and frosting:  Sweet Secrets!!!  She uses gluten and grain free flours, many dairy free ingredients, and alternative sweeteners.  Get this cookbook just in time for Valentine’s Day!  

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesdays Week 103: February 5, 2014

Hello and welcome to Allergy-Free Wednesdays (AFW).
  AFW is a weekly blog hop where folks can share their allergy-free cuisine, gain knowledge about allergy-related topics/issues, and connect with others living or caring for someone with food allergies.
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Monday, February 3, 2014

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (dairy free, cane-sugar free, nut free)

This chocolate chip cookie is a grand baking success for me!  Woot-woot.  I’ve been trying to capture that traditional chocolate chip cookie flavor in tasty alternative form for years.  Finally, last week, I did it.  If you’re gluten free, or new to gluten free, this is must recipe in your repertoire.  
Enjoy my friends, enjoy!
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