Does your dog ever act uninterested in the food you are giving him? Is your dog excited when it’s time for breakfast or dinner? Well a few years ago we found it was strange that our small 11lb Pomeranian/Papillon/Chihuahua never really seem interested in his dog food. We tried Wet Food and Dry Food and tried most all of the “quality” dog foods. The last time we switched up his food to find something that he might like our dog ended up with a hot spot on his leg. We found all of this strange and wanted to find a solution.
While we weren’t sure of the exact cause of his hot spot we switched up his food and started making our own. We still don’t know exactly what caused his hot spot but we did find out what he likes and what he doesn’t like. When we first started finding out what he liked we would cook up little bits of the different ingredients to find out if he liked them and/or if he had a reaction to them. We did find out that he likes to eat green beans but they make his stomach warm after he eats them.
This recipe uses real food that our dog loves. You can mix up the veggies for whatever your dog prefers but this is the recipe that our dog loves the most. We have even added Salmon, Tillipia and Ground Turkey.
Homemade Dog Food Ingredients:
- Crock pot
- 2 Frozen Chicken Breasts
- 1 Cup of Brown Rice
- 1 Cup of Frozen Peas
- 1 1/2 Cup of Frozen or Fresh Carrots
- 1 1/2 Cup Frozen or Fresh Sweet Potatoes
- 1 cup butternut squash
- 1/2 Cup Water
Homemade Dog Food Directions:
- Place your 2 Frozen Chicken Breasts in your crock pot
- Pour in your Brown Rice and Water in next
- Then, add all of your veggies
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours
- Store in a air tight container. (Freeze half of this to keep it fresh)
This recipe feeds our dog for about 2 weeks or so and is super easy to re-make. Have you ever made dog food on your own? Let me know in the comments below.
xoxo ~ Jacqui
This recipe for DIY House Cleaner is the perfect recipe to replace all of your home cleaning products. If you were to look at all of the different house cleaning products in your home how many would you find? 5? 10?? 15???. I know that before I found this recipe I had several cleaners for the bathroom, a few for the kitchen and others for miscellaneous purposes for other areas in the house. Plus, you probably have ones for outside as well. This recipe can replace all of your cleaners with just one bottle.
Also, I know exactly what is in the cleaner so I can be sure what choices I am making for myself and my family. This recipe is so simple and basically costs nothing to make again and again.
This recipe does include Dawn Dish Soap and I know that many have opinions on whether or not to use Dawn Soap and if it could be harmful. This recipe doesn’t use very much and you could not use it at all or just use castile soap or something similar if you wish.
Standard DIY Whole House Cleaner:
- 1 Large Plastic or Glass Spray Bottle
- 1 Cup Vinegar
- 10 Drops Germ Fighter (or Germ Destroyer for KidSafe)
- 2 Squirts of Dawn Dish Soap
- Measure out your 1 cup of vinegar and pour it into your bottle
- Next, add your Germ Fighter Essential OIl Synergy to the bottle
- Next add your 2 squirts of Dawn Dish Soap to the Bottle
- Top off the bottle with water and screw the lid on tightly.
- Shake your bottle to mix all of your ingredients
Smaller DIY Whole House Cleaner without Dawn Dish Soap:
- 1 4oz glass spray bottle (Check these at Amazon: )
- ¼ Cup Vinegar
- 5 Drops Germ Fighter (or Germ Destroyer)
- Add the vinegar and the Germ Fighter to your spray bottle
- Top the bottle with water and shake to mix it all up.
That’s it. Super simple and very cheap to refill.
I don’t know about you but this winter we are having here in Michigan has been brutal and it’s only January. It has been snowing like crazy and has been super cold (some mornings as low as -12). Because of this crazy winter I wanted to find/create some delightful winter diffuser recipes to bring me out of the winter blues and remind me how beautiful the weather really is.
All three of these diffuser recipes include some of my favorite essential oils and these blends are so comforting. I hope you can find at least one of these blends that help you remember why winter is so beautiful.
I love diffusing these recipes both while I am at home on a cold, snowy winter morning sipping my coffee or while spending my day at work watching the snow fall from my office.
I do want to let you know that all three of these blends utilize peppermint essential oil and from my research peppermint essential oil is not considered safe to be used around kids.
Winter Diffuser Recipe 01: Winter Blues Buster
2 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil
2 Drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Winter Diffuser Blend 02: Baby It’s Cold Outside:
2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
2 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Winter Diffuser Recipe 03: Winter Wonderland:
3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
2 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil
2 Drops Cypress Essential Oil
When diffusing essential oils be sure to follow some important guidelines:
- Be sure to follow the diffuser recommendations on the bottle of essential oil as some oils should only be diffused for 20-30 minutes at a time. Essential oils are extremely concentrated and you don’t want to overdo it.
- Use only high-quality essential oils. My favorite brand is Plant Therapy but there a lots of quality brands on the market.
- Follow the cleaning instructions of your ultrasonic diffuser. Keeping your diffuser clean will result in more effective diffusion of oils into the air and keeps your device working in tip top shape.
Let me know in the comments below what you think about the blends and what your favorite winter diffuser recipes are.
xoxo ~ Jacqui
Hand Sanitizers are used as some point by just about everyone and you can find hand sanitizer stations just about anywhere you go. So, since it’s the germy time of year I went on the hunt for something extra to keep the germs away. I use essential oils for support against germs in my diffuser and topically on my feet at night but I wanted something that I can use when I am on the go.
Now, obviously it is your best bet to always try to wash your hands but sometimes that isn’t always possible. Have you ever touched something gross on a shopping cart and look for something to clean your hands? This recipe for hand sanitizer is the perfect go-to for these types of situations and can be kept in your purse or anywhere you would like it.
Another reason why I wanted to create my own hand sanitizer is that some of the hand sanitizer you find on the market may not have the best ingredients in them. This recipe does not contain any alcohol.
The Germ Fighter Essential Oil Blend is from my favorite oil company Plant Therapy. This blend is not kid safe so if little ones will be using the hand sanitizer or you will be around little ones regularly i would suggest using Germ Destroyer from Plant Therapy instead.
Germ Fighter Blend Ingredients:
Here is my recipe for a DIY Hand Sanitizer.
Hand Sanitizer Ingredients:
2 oz Flip Top Container
4 tablespoons or 2 oz of Aloe Jelly (My favorite is of course from Plant Therapy)
8 Drops of Germ Fighter (Plant Therapy) or Germ Destroyer (Plant Therapy Kid-Safe Blend).
1 teaspoon of Vitamin E
- Pour the 2 oz or 4 tablespoons of Aloe Jelly into your flip top container
- Add your 8 drops of Germ Fighter or Germ Destroyer
- Add in the teaspoon of Vitamin E
- Shake the mixture well to incorporate the essential oils well.
- Use a dime size as needed.