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Healthy Pumpkin Muffins With No Flour, Oil, or Refined Sugar

Enjoy the flavors of fall with these healthy pumpkin muffins made without flour, oil, or refined sugar. I'm an autism mom, and picky eating is common in kids with autism.  When my kids were little, I made their baby food, and they didn't have salt or sugar so they would accept more foods. For a few years, I was feeling rather good because my oldest ate broccoli like other kids ate potato chips. Then he turned three.  When he was three, he would only eat nuggets, fries, pancakes, and peanut butter and jelly.  When I say that was all that ate, I mean that was literally all that he ate. With help from an SLP and OT, we got him eating seven foods by the time he was 8-years-old. One thing that he would eat was bread.  I quickly learned how to hide veggies and other healthy things—like chia seeds and wheat germ—in the bread.  I would shred carrots and other veggies to hide in the breads because it was the only way to sneak any vegetables besides ketchup in him. Those days

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

These pumpkin spice overnight oats are a quick and easy way to get a healthy breakfast. I thought mornings would be easier since we aren't rushed to catch the school bus, but they are not much easier since we started homeschooling.  Mornings are rough for all moms, amiright? I am not a morning person, but I function so much better if I can wake up before the kids so I can have my coffee in peace before I start my day.   I use this time to check my email, browse Facebook and Instagram, and play my favorite game on my phone.  After I'm done with my coffee, I grab breakfast, start dinner prep, and then start teaching the kids.   If I take time to make a healthy breakfast, that's less time I have for myself.  I don't like to sacrifice that time, but I want a healthy breakfast that's high in protein to keep me fueled. Enter overnight oats.  I can prep these the night before when I have more time and the atmosphere is more relaxed in our home.  When I wake up, I

8 Practical Teacher Gifts for Back to School, Christmas, or End of School

Thank you to Dynatrap for sponsoring today's conversation.  As always, all opinions are my own. Even though my kids are now homeschooled, and maybe more so because of it, I believe that public school teachers should qualify for sainthood.  And kindergarten teachers should have a special place in Heaven. Now that your kids and their teachers have settled into their routines, you might be thinking about a thank you gift for the teachers.  Or maybe you're thinking ahead to Christmas, or maybe you're reading this months from now and want and end of the year teacher gift.  Either way, these are practical teacher gifts that most teachers would love getting.   I showed my appreciation to my kids' teachers with small gifts for Christmas and sometimes the end of the year.  One year between three kids, I had 14 teacher gifts to give.  Yikes!   For that reason, I'm including some cute DIY gifts that you can make inexpensively so no one gets left out. Even

Apple Pie Spice Foaming Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe

Gently scrub and cleanse at the same time with this luxurious apple pie spice foaming whipped sugar scrub recipe made with essential oils. Pumpkin spice season isn't over, but we're taking a bit of a break to move to apple pie spice.  Apple pie spice is the the middle child of fall.  It doesn't get nearly as much as attention as pumpkin spice or cinnamon. Sugar scrubs have been really popular lately as we head into cooler weather, so I wanted to make one with this new essential oil blend.  But I didn't want just a simple sugar scrub. Sugar scrubs are a great way to naturally exfoliate your skin, but they leave your skin oily.  This is great when your skin is really dry, but not so great when you want to get on with life after you use the scrub. I'm always on the computer of my phone.  I don't want my hands oily after using a scrub. This scrub is a foaming whipped sugar scrub, so it has castile soap in it for the foaming part.  It cleans whi

Pumpkin and Kaolin Clay Natural Face Mask For Oily Skin Recipe

Exfoliate your skin and naturally moisturize with this DIY pumpkin and kaolin clay natural face mask recipe. If you've been reading my posts the last three weeks, then you know that we are all about pumpkins this month.  Don't worry, I'm switching to apples soon! I've been making this pumpkin and kaolin clay face mask recipe for years, but I haven't blogged it before now.  I like it because it's so easy to make, yet it's quite a powerful face mask. This mask has just four ingredients and takes about 2 minutes to make, but don't let that fool you.  It's full of ingredients that help exfoliate your skin, moisturize, and help reduce acne. I don't have acne prone skin, but I do have large pores and oily skin.  This natural face mask recipe works well at clearing out pores and balancing oil production. I wouldn't recommend this mask if you have sensitive skin because the pumpkin might irritate your skin.  It should be good for normal skin

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe With Coconut Sugar

This skinny pumpkin spice coffee creamer recipe has no artificial ingredients and tastes amazing. When I started eating healthier, one of the things I dreaded giving up was my beloved flavored coffee creamer.  I actually didn't give it up for the first year because I didn't realize just how easy it was to make at home. I started by making my own powdered coffee creamer , which is really easy.  I had made coffee creamer before, but it wasn't, well, creamy.  I like cream in my coffee, and I don't think skim or 2 percent milk cuts it.  My powdered coffee creamer uses coconut oil, so it is creamy and doesn't taste like coconut.   I always have my powdered creamer, but sometimes I also make a liquid.  While the powdered tastes great, I prefer using a liquid for the taste.   In years past, I always bought pumpkin spice coffee creamer.  This year, I decided that I didn't want the extra ingredients, so I set out to make my own.  Now I wish that I&#

DIY Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Wax Melts

Celebrate pumpkin spice season with these easy wax melts made with essential oils. Yes, it's another pumpkin spice tutorial.  I just can't help myself.  I love pumpkin spice season! Today, I'm going to show you how to make a DIY pumpkin spice essential oil wax melt.  You can pop these in a tart burner and enjoy pumpkin spice in just a few minutes. Back in the day, when I was selling my soaps, lotions, and other bath products, I also used to sell candles and wax melts.  I had a lot of fun making candles, but it was a lot of work. When you make candles, you have to test each fragrance in each wax with different wicks.  The right percentage of fragrance to wax might be fine for one scent. but the next one won't work.  It's the same with wicks. Each new scent or container can take several tries before you get it right.   Luckily, wax melts are a lot easier to make.  Since there's no container or wick, you just have to test the wax and the

DIY Pumpkin Spice Perfume With Essential Oils Two Recipes With and Without Alcohol

Now you can smell like pumpkin spice all the time with this easy DIY pumpkin spice perfume made with essential oils. If you've been visiting the blog over the last two weeks, then you know that's pumpkin spice season.  My pumpkin spice posts from last year and this year and getting a lot of shares and views, so I'm assuming that you're loving them. If for some reason pumpkin spice isn't your thing, then give me a few weeks to get back to regular programming. Today, we're learning how to make a DIY pumpkin spice perfume with essential oils.  Again, you can adapt this to any type of recipe by using different oils. I like wearing perfumes, but they bother my husband's asthma.  I've found that I can wear perfumes made with essential oils, and they don't bother him.  The alcohol in the perfume does bother him, so I use cyclomethicone for the base. I'm going to give you two ways to make this DIY pumpkin spice perfume, so you can choo

53 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Get fall cooking inspiration with this list of 53 healthy pumpkin recipes.   There are approximately 5,325 ways to use pumpkin to make a healthy food.  I wanted to feature some healthy pumpkin recipes this fall, but I just couldn't decided which recipes to feature. While I love baking, especially with pumpkin, I unfortunately do not have the time to make one of everything to share.  So I did the next best thing and created this huge roundup of 53 pumpkin recipes . I sorted them by category, so it's easier to navigate for you.  There are even some pumpkin treats for your favorite pooch.  My dogs really love pumpkin, so I make them pumpkin treats all year.   When I was making this list, I considered recipes with no white flour or white sugar to be healthy.  A few recipes looked really good, but they had white sugar.  I would swap out coconut sugar, so I made a note of that.   You can also use maple sugar or liquid stevia, but I do not know the conversio

Pumpkin Spice Latte Natural Face Mask Recipe (Great for acne prone skin!)

Naturally exfoliate and nourish your skin with this pumpkin spice latte face mask.  I told you guys it was pumpkin spice latte week!  And this isn't even my last PSL post for the season, so be sure to come back for more next week.   Not only is pumpkin great for pies, desserts, and drinks, but it's also wonderful for your skin and hair.  I mainly use clay or charcoal masks on my oily skin, but for a mask made with fresh fruit, pumpkin is my favorite. This natural face mask recipe is inspired by the Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte, so for best results, sip a skinny PSL while you're waiting for this to work.  Okay, drinking it won't help the mask work, but it is yummy! This mask is great for oily skin or those with large pores, but it can be used by those with normal or oily skin.  Skip the cinnamon if you have dry skin or sensitive skin.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Soap With Whipped Melt and Pour Icing

These pumpkin spice latte soaps look like a little cup of coffee complete with a whipped cream topping. I may be a little bit pumpkin spice obsessed.  As I was making my editorial calendar for fall, I was brainstorming new ideas.   I made a pumpkin spice latte melt and pour soap recipe last year that was really popular.  Then I thought, what if I made a soap that looked like a PSL? And don't forget to make yourself a skinny pumpkin spice latte to sip on while you make this adorable soap.   I thought about it for a few days and finally decided how I was going to make it.  I was going to use clear melt and pour soap for the coffee and white for the top, but I really wanted it to look like whipped cream. You can whip soap that you make with lye, but I wasn't sure how to whip a melt and pour.  I figured that out, and I love how it turned out! PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE SHAPED COFFEE SOAP WITH WHIPPED MELT AND POUR ICING You'll make this soap in t

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

This skinny pumpkin spice latte recipe has almost half the calories and one-third the sugars as the one from a coffee house, and it tastes amazing! One of my guilty pleasures is stopping by Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts for a fancy coffee.  It's not one that I partake in often just due to the cost and the calories, but when we have an early appointment or I just want a special treat, I'll stop to grab a cup. I've been awaiting the pumpkin spice latte since last winter.  I want the flavor, but I don't want all of the calories and questionable ingredients, so I started experimenting at home to make a skinny pumpkin spice latte recipe. Most copycat skinny pumpkin spice latte recipes call for a milk frother.  I don't have one, nor do I want to clutter my small kitchen with specialty tools.  I skipped the froth and instead added whipped cream on top. If you have a milk frother, feel free to use it.  You could also use a blender to whip this before you he