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Fudgy Black Bean Brownie Recipe Gluten Free No Flour

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiantEagleSlashedPrices #CollectiveBias I've always kept a tight food budget.  I make a meal plan each week and only buy what's on my list. I use coupons when I can and shop the sale ads each week at Giant Eagle to make my dollars stretch further.   Giant Eagle is slashing prices at participating stores in Ohio.  These are permanently lower prices and not sale prices, so I can save even more money every day on select items in dairy, pets, grocery, frozen, household, cereal, and snacks.  With over 5,000 items on the list, I'm sure several things on your weekly shopping trip have had their prices slashed. Even though I do still follow the sales ad to plan my meals, now I can save money on the ingredients that I need to go with the sale items.  I can't tell you how much this helps my budget, so now I'll have extra money left over each week to put

Stress Relief Bath Salts Recipe With Eucalyptus and Spearmint

These stress relief bath salts have Epsom salts and eucalyptus and spearmint essential oils to naturally relief stress. Friends, it's been a week.  This weekend is a big event in our town, so I've been busy helping a nonprofit get ready for Saturday.  I've also been spending hours helping the scout troop get ready for their event this weekend.  Of course, I'm still homeschooling and trying to keep my blog and social media going. This month and this school year can not be over quick enough for me.  I am confident when I say that I am more excited for the end of the school year than the kids are!   David will be done with his first year of college in about two weeks, but he has finals and a few more papers to turn in before that's over.  Then we need to concentrate on his high school subjects to get those caught up.   Thankfully, on June 1, everything stops.  I can spend almost three months trying to catch up on everything that I've put off for

DIY Itch Relief Solid Lotion Recipe

Use this DIY itch relief solid lotion recipe on bug bites, rashes, and other causes of itchy skin.   It's spring, which means allergy season in my family.  When I was a kid, I didn't have any allergies.  When I hit my teen years, I started having seasonal allergies, mostly in the fall.  My doctor thought it had to do with the falling leaves and possibly some kind of mold that grew on the leaves.  I took some allergy medications and went on with my life. Then we moved to the farm with 100s of trees of several different species.  I'm apparently allergic to one of those species in the spring, so I take allergy medications in the spring and fall. Then a few years ago, I got a new allergy symptom.  Itching.   We were working on cleaning leaves on the property.  That area hadn't been touched in about eight years, so there were a lot of dead leaves on the ground and things decaying.   The next day, my hands started itching.  Within a few days, I was

How to Make a Hot Oil Treatment for Hair

Learn how to create your own custom hot oil treatment no matter what type of hair you have.   Last weekend, the boys were camping, so it was a fairly slow weekend.  My daughter and I made it a girls weekend and watched chick flicks on the big screen in the living room with the lights off and did girly things like paint our nails and put weird stuff on our hair. I'm overdue for a hair cut, so my hair is really getting dry and looking dull.  Normally, I use a hair mask, but I needed something that would give me some serious moisture, so I decided to use a hot oil treatment. I had some parsley infused flax oil to use, but I needed a little boost for some shine.  I added some carrot seed oil because it's high in vitamins A and E to nourish my hair.   I was going to create a brand new recipe, but then I thought how that will only help some of my readers.  You all have different hair needs, and you may even have some ingredients at home.  Why not teach you how to

Essential Charms Review and Giveaway Ends 4/4/18

Thank you to Essential Charms for providing me with a necklace and for sponsoring the giveaway. I love using essential oils as a natural way to promote health and wellness.  I used to use a diffuser for aromatherapy, but then everyone in the house was stuck with the same oil.  And there are some times when I atually have to leave my house, and I can't take my diffuser with me unfortunately.  Essential Charms recently contacted me to review one of their necklaces, and they are generously giving one to one of my lucky readers! ABOUT ESSENTIAL CHARMS Essential Charms has bracelets, necklaces, and earrings that diffuse essential oils.  All of their jewelry is made with lava stone to diffuse the oil.   Traditionally, lava is associated with strength, power, and fertility.  It's also said to help provide stability in your life.  All important qualities for today's woman.  The lava they use is ethically sourced from the Pacific Ocean.   Just dro

Copycat Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix Recipe

Save money with this copycat Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix recipe. During the summer, I go through a lot of Italian dressing.  We use it on salads, in marinates, and for other summer recipes.   Even buying the packets and making my own was getting expensive.  I do buy generic, but there's just something about a good Italian dressing that most generic brands don't have. I started making my own copycat Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix recipe because it's much more economical.  I grow some of my own herbs, or I get them in bulk at an Amish bulk food store.   Even when I buy my herbs and spices, they are so much fresher than what is in the store.  This makes all of my food taste better. In the summer, I practically live on salads.  We have a garden, so I'm always picking right from the garden to serve with dinner.  I use Italian often because it's light.  I like the vinegary taste versus using a creamy dressing. I also use Italian dres

DIY Brightening Sheet Mask Recipe for the Face

Brighten your skin with this easy DIY sheet mask recipe with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.    Sheet masks are one of the best new trends in beauty in my humble opinion.  I love having them around because they don't work well and don't dry out.  There are few things worse than finding a mask that you love only to find out that it dried out before you could use it up.   I do a mask every week, but I mix up what I use.  I have large pores, so I usually do a charcoal or a bentonite clay mask.  When my skin looks dull, I look for a DIY brightening face mask recipe. I love this mask because it made my skin glow, and it softened my skin without making it oily thanks to the dry oil that I used.  

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Infused Water Recipes

Make this delicious infused water in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker for a healthy addition to your water. We drink a lot of water in our house.  We very rarely have juice, and none of us really like to drink any type of milk.  The kids like flavored water (thank you Aldi for having dye free drink mixes!).  I prefer infused water.   I usually just have some lemon in my water.  When I try to infuse with cucumber or any other fruit, we get too impatient and drink the water long before it's actually infused. Since I am currently obsessed with my Instant Pot pressure cooker—Seriously, is there anything that it can't do??—I decided to make some flavored concentrate for my water. I don't mind drinking water all day.  I prefer water to other drinks, and I know I feel better when I drink enough water.  But after a long day of working, I really enjoy a flavored drink while I'm relaxing.  Hopefully soon, I'll be sitting on the patio relaxing while I s

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser for the Car

This DIY essential oil diffuser for the car is easy and inexpensive to make. I have an essential oil diffuser in my house and one in my office.  I have few diffuser necklaces so I can take my oils with me wherever I go.  But I didn't have one for my car. Normally, I just diffuse for myself; however, sometimes we all need the effects of the oils.  Especially on long road trips, if you know what I mean. Since I have a craft room full of supplies, I decided to make my own.  I actually had everything in my stash, so I didn't even have to buy anything. This car essential oil diffuser relies on air flowing through your vents to work.  They do work well, but the scent doesn't last as long as a USB powered diffuser.  That's fine with me.  I usually just want my oils to last for a few hours for the trip anyway. Do not rely on essential oils to keep you awake while you are driving.  If you are tired or drowsy, pull over immediately and have someone else who is not

Best Essential Oils for Cleaning + Recipes

These are the 10 best essential oils for cleaning your home.  Plus, there are bonus natural cleaning recipes you can make to clean just about anything in your home! I don't spring clean.  Between work, homeschooling, theater, scouts, and everything else, I just don't have the time.  I used to spend the week of spring break cleaning, but we really need that time to relax and destress. Now I spend the first two weeks of June decluttering and cleaning because school and scouts are over for summer.  I'm not stressed, and it gets the house scrubbed before our annual Fourth of July party.   When I spring clean, I clean the house from top to bottom.  Every cabinet and every closet gets decluttered.  I clean every surface. Every nook and cranny. I've been using natural cleaners for over 10 years.  My younger son has asthma, so I can't use chemical cleaners around him.  After I stopped using chemicals, I noticed that they really bother me when I'm a

Coconut Milk Soap Recipe with Lavender Essential Oil

This coconut milk soap recipe with lavender essential oil from guest blogger, Rebecca D. Dillon of Soap Deli News , is an easy way to add coconut milk to your everyday beauty routine. You can hunt for the perfect homemade face and body soap, but with this luxe coconut milk soap recipe you won't have to. This natural homemade soap recipe is the perfect choice for dry, maturing and even sunburned skin. And with warmer weather on the way, you don't want to skimp out on the best moisturizing body bar possible. Why Choose Coconut Milk? Coconut milk offers a variety of skin care benefits. Adding it to my coconut milk soap recipe is an easy, natural way to take advantage of its skin care benefits on a daily basis. Created by straining coconut meat blended with water, coconut milk is rich in vitamins and fatty acids that skin loves. It's also a wonderful natural moisturizer when used on both skin and hair both in soap or by itself. Coconut milk's n