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How many more? 

How many more mass shootings? How many more innocent lives must be lost? How many more ‘thoughts and prayers’? How many more? 

We are becoming desensitized to the true heartache of these mass shootings. It feels like every other day, it’s another one. And we post about our ‘thoughts and prayers’ but we continue to allow this to go on. It’s no longer good enough. Something needs to be done. And it needs to be done now. 

I don’t want to hear about your 2nd Amendment rights anymore. How many lives are your guns worth? At what point does the safety of everyone matter more than your handgun? 

There is no other side here. You are part of the problem or part of the solution. Either bring forth ideas for common sense gun laws or continue down this path of heartache and loss. 

Let’s show how much these lives lost mean to us and create some real change. Or else we just continue to disrespect their memory. 

To every single life lost, my heart aches for you.

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listen,  friends.

We hear a whole lot about ‘political correctness’, but we don’t hear a whole lot about listening to each other. We don’t hear a lot about trying to understand other people’s struggles. We don’t hear a lot of people trying to recognize the injustices that still exist in our society. 

I am a white cisgender christian woman from an upper middle class family in a progressive state. I have lived a pretty cushy life. There are a lot of struggles I will never understand. That’s not to say I have not struggled, but I have enjoyed the perks of being born into such privilege. It’s time for me to listen. 

Believing racism, ableism, sexism, prejudice against LGBT+ don’t exist anymore, is white privilege. We were blessed with the privilege of not having to experience such injustices first hand. We were blessed with the privilege of being one step ahead at birth. We were blessed with the privilege of not being judged based on the color of our skin, but on our merit. 

Growing up I never even knew racism existed. I was not judged based on the color of my skin, therefore I did not realize anyone was judged based on the color of their skin. No one is born racist, but some are forced to feel the reality of it at a very early age. No child should have to fear how people will judge them because of their skin, who they choose to love, or what gender they truly are. No human should have to fear how people will judge them because of their skin, who they choose to love, or what gender they truly are. 

We are not the ones who decide what is and isn’t offensive to a struggle that we will never understand. We are not the ones who decide what is and isn’t harmful to the conversation about a struggle we have never endured. 

There are many struggles I will never fully understand. That is why I now must listen. We all must listen. The conversation can not be had until we are willing to listen. The conversation can not be had until we recognize our own privilege. 

And now I will listen. 

deodorant. 

It is quite difficult to find a good deodorant that does not have aluminum in it. I’ve been trying for years. 
So recently I decided to see if I could just make my own. 
My first try was a little weird and I don’t feel like it was very effective. It was just coconut oil, corn starch, baking soda and essential oil. 

I did not like it. Didn’t really feel like it did a whole lot and it left a weird smell. Not really BO but just weird.
Then I tried a new variation and so far, so good. It’s still a little weird to get used to, especially since I have to use my fingers and rub it in. But it has been effective in reducing BO. I dig it. Hopefully y’all will enjoy it too! 
2 tablespoons corn starch

2 tablespoons baking soda

3 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons shea butter 

2 tablespoons beeswax {or 1 tablespoon candelilla wax for vegans}

1 teaspoon kaolin clay

20 drops lemon essential oil {or any smell you like}
Melt the coconut oil, shea butter and wax together in a double boiler. 

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.

Poor into shallow glass jar with sealable lid. Leave lid off until it cools completely. 
Hope you enjoy! 
Peace, yo.

lotion.

So in the spirit of reducing waste and no longer using harmful chemicals. I decided to start making my own products. One of the best homemade products I have made thus far, is lotion. It’s amazing. I would never go back.
My sister had me make some for her and she swears by it. She said she uses it after the shower and her skin has never felt better. 
So here’s the recipe. Give it a try!
3/4 cup chamomile tea

2 tablespoons beeswax {as a new vegan, I no longer use beeswax so you can use candelilla wax, but only do 1.5 tablespoons}

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons vitamin e oil

2 tablespoons shea butter

7 drops wintergreen 3 drops frankencense {or whatever smell you prefer}
1. Make the chamomile tea and let steep for at least 15 minutes. 

2. In a double boiler, melt the beeswax and shea butter. 

3. When completely melted, add olive oil and vitamin e oil. 

4. Add essential oils. Then add tea. 

5. Once all ingredients are added, put them in a blender and blend for about 3-5 minutes. The consistency will start to feel like regular lotion. 

6. Put into a glass container with a lid. Let cool completely before closing the lid. 
And there you have it! Use sparingly, a little bit goes a long way! 
Hope you enjoy!
Peace, yo.

plastic, no more.

Guys, the amount of plastic we use is crazy. Whether you recycle or not, it’s crazy. 

Recycling doesn’t get rid of it. Plastic doesn’t go anywhere. While it’s wonderful that people are finding creative and unique ways to reuse plastic, we need to stop producing it. Reuse what we have but we have to find a way to quit our addiction to plastic. It’s everywhere. 

Plastic is no good for you. Whether it’s BPA free or not. Plastic is toxic. 

What to do. 

Only purchase products that come in glass containers that you can reuse. 

Ditch the plastic bags at the grocery store. Always carry reusable bags. {it’s a pain to get used to, I know} 

Ditch plastic water bottles. Buy a glass or aluminum water bottle. {or reuse a glass container you already have} I love mine! I bring it everywhere with me. It saves the planet and my wallet. 

It’s, by no means, easy. But we need to shift our mentality or we will continue to destroy our planet. And we will continue to ingest harmful chemicals. 

Here’s to a more sustainable future!

Peace, yo

vegan muffins.

These muffins are vegan and gluten free! I’ve made them a couple times and everyone loves them! 
1/2 cup oats

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1 banana, mashed

1 can chickpeas (rinse and drain well)

1/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. 

Put all ingredients into food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. 

Put in muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes.

You can add whatever you want to the basic batter. I have done chocolate chips which is delicious. And I have also added one tablespoon of cinnamon which is also delicious. 

Hope you enjoy!
Peace, yo.

laundry day.

In the interest in reducing my waste and no longer using harmful chemical, for me or the planet, I started making my own household products. One of the first things I tried was laundry detergent and dryer sheets. 

I love the detergent. It has a lovely smell, lavender. It’s simple to make and it makes a lot. 

I love the fabric softener as well. It’s also very easy to make. 

The dryer sheets are a little weird to get used to. To be honest, they aren’t my favorite but I don’t mind them. My mom tried them once, and hated them. She no longer uses any dryer sheets. So if they don’t work for you but you still want to avoid the chemicals from store bought dryer sheets, you can just not use any. Even better allow clothes to air dry, less energy use. 

{ detergent }

1 cup super washing soda

1 cup baking soda

1 cup liquid castile soap

40-50 drops lavender essential oil {or whatever smell you prefer}

Using a 2 gallon bucket, fill with hot water. Add washing soda and baking soda first and mix with wooden spoon until dissolved. Then add castile soap. After everything is incorporated, add essential oil. Shake or mix before each use. 

{ fabric softener }

2 cups distilled water

2 cups baking soda

4 cups white vinegar

30 drops lavender {or whatever smell you prefer}

Pour water into a large bowl. Add baking soda and mix until dissolved. Then slowly add vinegar, allowing to fizzle out between each pour. After all is incorporated, add essential oil. Shake or mix before each use. 

{ dryer sheets }

1/2 cup white vinegar

10 drops lavender {or whatever smell you like}

Old cotton rags

Cut rags into squares {about 6 inches}. You can surge the edges with sewing machine, they will keep better but not necessary. Fill mason jar or other resealable jar with vinegar and essential oil. Then add the rags. Shake up. For each use, ring out rag leaving excess in jar, put use. 3-4 squares in each load. After the load, put squares back into vinegar and reuse. You can reuse rags for 40-50 loads. 

Enjoy your next laundry day and I hope these recipes help!
Peace, yo.