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DIY Face, Body, Hand & Foot Scrub

September 21, 2014
I am always pushing proper skin care, but often times the best products can have the highest price tags!
Today I want to show you how to make an assortment of highly beneficial skin scrubs using nothing but common household ingredients.
Hope you enjoy! =) 

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DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaners

September 21, 2014
Hey everybody!
 As a new mom I am constantly worrying about what Oliver can get into, and it’s a valid concern considering youngsters put everything in their mouth!
 
  I was doing some research on what household items cause the most problems with children and to no surprise household cleaners top the list. After a bit of pinteresting and googling, I’ve put together my favorite DIY non-toxic cleaner recipes with my personal touches of course.
Hope you enjoy! =)
 

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DIY Instant Oatmeal Packets

September 10, 2014
Hey everybody! I recently did a video on a few of my favorite meals right now. For the morning, I LOVE oatmeal. It’s a great breakfast for if you have a busy day ahead of you. Today, I thought I would share with you an instant oatmeal mix you can pre-make at home and take with you on-the-go. 
Hope you enjoy! =) 

Basic Oatmeal Mixture:

All you need are quick or instant rolled oats, powdered milk, oat bran, cinnamon, chia seeds, and few pinches of salt.
First add 2 cups of your quick or instant rolled oats to a large bowl.  
For cooking at home I prefer steel cut oats, but for oatmeal on-the-go quick rolled oats is what we need.
Then measure out about a 1/4 cup of Powdered Milk and add it to the mix.
 
Next up add a 1/4 cup of Oat Bran.
Add in about 2 tablespoons of chia seeds or ground flax seeds.  For this I’m using chia, but I do enjoy both of these amazingly beneficial ingredients. 
Measure out a 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. This should start smelling pretty delicious right about now :)
Last, but not least, add a few dashes of salt (about a 3/8 teaspoon worth).
Mix, Mix, Mix!
There you have it.  The perfect “base” recipe for Instant Oatmeal!
All that’s left to do is sweeten it!
If you like a more basic oatmeal go ahead and add about 4-6 tablespoons of a sweetener to the mix and you are good go (amount varies depending on the sweetener of your choice)!

For me, I prefer to sweeten with fruit and brown sugar.  Check out my two favorite combinations below. 

Blueberry Almond Instant Oatmeal:

You’ll need dried blueberries, brown sugar, sliced almonds, and the instant oatmeal base from above.

Toss in a good helping of dried blueberries to the instant oatmeal base.  The amount is totally dependent on your liking!
Add some sliced almonds.
And finish it off with about 4-6 tablespoons of brown sugar.
Mix, Mix, Mix…. And there we have it; 6 servings of scrumptious  Blueberry Almond Instant Oatmeal blend.

Apple Cinnamon Sugar Instant Oatmeal:

You’ll need dried apples, granulated sugar (you can use brown sugar if you prefer), cinnamon, and the instant oatmeal base from above.

Add a handful of chopped dried apples to the instant oatmeal base.

Premix 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to make the perfect cinnamon sugar blend for this recipe. Add to the mix.

Mix it all up and you have a delicious Apple Cinnamon Sugar Instant Oatmeal blend.



Heating Instructions:

BOILING WATER TECHNIQUE: In a bowl, add 1 part oatmeal, 2 parts boiling water, and stir. Let stand for 4-5 minutes to thicken. Give it a stir, and eat up! 
MICROWAVE TECHNIQUE: Add 1 part oatmeal and 2 parts cold water to microwave safe bowl.  (Allow plenty of room for the oatmeal to expand.)
 For instant oats, cook uncovered on high for 1 minute, give it a stir, and eat up! For quick oats, cook on high for 2 minutes, let stand for 2 minutes, give it a stir, and enjoy.
(NOTE: All microwaves are different.  Heating times may vary)


Base Oatmeal Recipe w/Sweetener:

2 Cups of Instant or Quick Rolled Oats
1/4 Cup of Powdered Milk
1/4 Cup of Oat Bran
3/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons of Chia Seed or Ground Flax Seed
3/8 Teaspoon of Salt


Hope you enjoyed this post! 
Until next time. 
xo, Rachel 


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Teethers

September 5, 2014
My son Oliver is definitely in his teething phase. It seems to me that he’s been teething for sometime, however he just cut his first tooth this week. I thought I would share with you the teethers I have for Oliver, and my thoughts and feedback on them. 
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Out of all of these teethers, Oliver likes Sophie the best. I think babies love it because it really doubles as a toy/teether. It squeaks, but has all these great little crevices for baby biting joy. His second favorite would be the Como Tomo teether. He bites on the three prongs the most. They are a bit shorter, so Oliver is less likely to gag on it (which he does sometimes with Sophie). The chew beads teether can be worn around a parents wrist, so it’s great for traveling. Finally, these water filled teethers can be thrown in the freezer, and used for swelling and pain relief. Overall, I think it’s beneficial to get a few teethers, and see which one your child likes. Since babies tend to teeth for a long time, its well worth the investment. 

hope you enjoyed this post
xo, Rachel 

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Skin Savers

September 5, 2014
For daily skincare I use a combination of different products by Kate Somerville, Origins, Dr. Hauschka, and Tarte, depending on what I feel my skin needs at the time. Obviously, I don’t use all of the products listed below at once. That would clog my pores, and take a very long time to apply!
 Just think of these as recommendations for things to pick up and choose according to your skin’s personal needs.

Skin Savers


Cleanser First Aid Beauty - Mild cleanser for everyday use. 

Retin-A Dermatologist - A powerful skin refining cream that must be prescribed by a dermatologist. Excellent for breakouts, enlarged pores, and sun damage. 

Retinol Kate Somerville - a mild version of retin-a, that can be purchased over the counter. Retinol cream is great for anti- aging, and evening out the skin tone.
Eye Gels ToGoSpa - I buy these at a pro beauty shop called Naimies, but you can find gel patches anywhere. They’re fantastic for special events, or days when your eyes feel a little too puffy.
Eye Cream Tarte -The skin around the eyes is particularly fragile. A mild eye cream is an essential in my skincare routine. 
Face Serum Kate Somerville – Anti aging treatment serum for every day use. This is usually applied before a moisturizer. 
Face Cream Dr Hauschka – perfect for everyday use, and not too heavy. It also smells gorgeous. 
Face Moisturizer Origins - Antioxidant rich moisturizer for dryer skin. Gives your skin extra protection from free radicals on the skin. 
hope you enjoyed todays post
xo, Rachel 
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my CURRENT mommy favorites!!

September 1, 2014
As a new mommy, I’m always finding fun new products for my son Oliver.
Oliver is 8 months old now, and he’s definitely made a transition into a few different items. Here are a few items i’ve been OBSESSED with! 
Ever since I first saw these adorable Freshly Picked moccasins on Shark Tank, I knew I wanted to find a pair of these shoes for my son, and support this entrepreneur mother and her adorable moccasins.. 
These are the camo print! 
When they came in the mail, I literally screamed! 
Oliver is just starting to stand up, and it’s the perfect timing for these amazing soft sole shoes. 
How CUTE are they?? They look so cute with everything he wears! I ordered a size 2 so he could grow into them a bit. I’m gonna be giving a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins away on EVERY social media platform of mine. Leave a comment below telling me your favorite baby company/brand for a chance to win a Freshly Picked color and size of your choice. I will be giving them away on my Pinterest, Youtube, and Instagram also.  

If you read my blog regularly, or you follow my mommy Instagram account RachelsMommyFaves, you’ll know that I’m a HUGE fan of Aden and Anais products. This Bamboo Dream Blanket is my NEW favorite item from them. I used the bamboo swaddles a TON when Oliver was a newborn, and I still use the baby wash and lotions for bath time. This blanket is the perfect blanket for his age, and especially going into the colder months. It’s super cozy and soft, and he loves to snuggle with it.

I wanted to start trying a Sippy Cup with Oliver, so I decided to get this one from Nordstrom. This is the ZoLi ‘BOT’ Cup. It has a weight on the bottom of the straw, so it’s easier to get the water, and the little straw is a perfect starter Sippy Cup. Oliver absolutely LOVES this cup.

Find These Items Here:  

Hope you enjoyed this post!
xo, Rachel

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Poshmark Closet

September 1, 2014
I started a PoshMark closet a few weeks ago, and I wanted to share it with you.
I’m adding clothes in the future, but I started with Jewelry and Accessories first. 
Everything I earn from this store I will donate to Childrens Hunger Fund, and I will also personally match whatever I earn, and donate that also. I believe it’s important to donate often and in private, however I also wanted to encourage donating on my blog and instagram. There are so many wonderful causes to donate to, it’s just a matter of what you personally feel passionate about. Myself and Byron feel very blessed to enjoy a beautiful life, and wonderful food on a regular basis. Many children don’t even have access to clean water and one meal a day. Even a few dollars makes a difference. 
Shop my closet HERE!! Happy Shopping! 

xo, Rachel 
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DIY Potpourri for Summer and Fall

August 30, 2014
Hey everybody!  I know these DIY potpourri’s are super popular on pinterest, but I’ve been a fan of these for years. One of my good friends growing up had a home that always smelled amazing. Her mom taught me about these potpourris back then, and i’ve been using them ever since. They make your home smell SUPER YUMMY! I’m gonna share with you my two favorite recipes. One for Summer and one for Fall/Winter. 
SUMMER BLEND:
It couldn’t be easier!! All you need are fresh Lemons, Rosemary, Whole Cloves, Vanilla Extract and a dash of French Lavender.
first add an inch or two of water to your sauce pan.

Take a couple sprigs of rosemary and add it to the mix.
 add a little clove
and a dash of french lavender for a great floral scent
I also add a small amount of vanilla extract, and let the mixture simmer on low to give the home a beautiful fragrance. Just make sure you don’t forget that it’s on the stove.. =) if you are worried, you can use a crock pot instead. It’s not necessary to keep it on all day. Let it simmer for 5-10 minutes a few times a day for a wonderful smelling home. 
FALL BLEND:
For a perfect Fall Scent, we’ll be combining classic harvest ingredients that bring the season to life.  All you need are fresh Oranges, Whole Cloves, Vanilla Extract and a couple of Cinnamon Sticks.
Slice or peel an orange, and add it to your sauce pan (pre-filled with about an inch or two of water).
I add two cinnamon sticks to the pan, but you can also use traditional cinnamon.  
I also add a good helping of cloves to the mix.
add a small amount of vanilla extract.
Place this simple mixture over a high flame and bring to a boil..
Reduce the heat to Low and add water as needed. 

Hope you enjoyed this post! I know your nose sure will :)
Until next time. 
xo, Rachel