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My Plan for Success: Meal Planning (Freezer to Slow Cooker Sites)

The day has arrived, the first day of school! This year, it isn’t just my kiddos going back to school; I am as well. As my 3 children excitedly prepare for new schools, new teachers, and new friends; I am doing the same thing. I have no idea how this day will go. Will I get lost? Will I make it from 1 building to the next in time? Will I be the oldest person in my class, including the professor? So many questions! But 1 question I don’t have to ask is: What will I feed my family? Because that question has already been taken care of.

Last week, I went through my freezer and wrote down what we already had. Then I scoured some blogs for recipes of Freezer to Slow Cooker meals so that on the nights when I will be getting home in time to eat dinner, it is already made. I used multiple sites because I wanted a variety of recipes and also, just 1 site would not have had enough recipes for my picky children (each picky in his/her own special way).

Today, as I step back into the college lifestyle, I’d like to share these sites that had some really helpful (and tasty looking) recipes that I will be using in the coming months and years. Enjoy! 🙂

 

Sidetracked Sarah –  54 Crockpot Freezer Meals – Recipes & Shopping List

 

Crock-Pot Ladies 10 Easy Crock-Pot Freezer Meals

 

Who Needs a Cape?7 Meals in 1 Hour Slow Cooker Crockpot Freezer Meals

 

Hip 2 SaveFive Slow Cooker Freezer Bag Meals (Make 5 Meals in Just One Hour)

 

Mommy’s Fabulous Finds – 10 Easy Crockpot Freezer Meal Recipes

 

I hope you find these links helpful. I know I sure did!

Enjoy! 🙂


Homemade Toothpaste DIY Beauty Tuesday

For the next few months, I’m going to be posting a DIY beauty recipe or trick that I use on the first Tuesday of the month. I love homemade products because they have fewer ingredients and are generally cheaper.

I’m starting out my first DIY Beauty Tuesday with a recipe I get asked about often: toothpaste.

I’ve been making my own toothpaste for a while now. I have read so many mixed studies about fluoride that I’m not really sure how to feel about it. Therefore, I’d rather be safe than sorry,  so I make my own homemade toothpaste without the fluoride.  It is super easy to make and lasts a LONG time because you don’t need to use much of it. The basic ingredients are coconut oil and baking soda. I add raw calcium powder to help remineralize. I also use my doTERRA essential oils to add flavor. Some people use xylitol to sweeten theirs up, but I don’t really feel that is necessary with the essential oils. I’ve been tweaking this recipe for a while now (because it lasts so long), and I have finally found what is, to me, the perfect formula. Please, feel free to use this recipe as a general guideline. What works for me may not work for you and what tastes great for me may taste terrible to you.

Oh, and be prepared. When you use this regularly, you may end up getting compliments on how white your teeth are, like I did last week. It was super flatteting and sweet to hear, especially since I don’t use any whitening products on my teeth anymore.

Here is the recipe I use:

DIY Homemade Toothpaste
1 TBSP (15 capsules) Calcium Powder (optional)
2 TBSP Baking Soda
2-4 TBSP Coconut Oil, melted
30 DROPS Trace Minerals (optional)
Essential Oils (to taste)
Stevia or Xylitol (optional, I don’t use)

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Mix calcium powder and baking soda (and optional stevia or xylitol) together. Add trace minerals and then coconut oil, one TBSP at a time until desired consistency is achieved. Add essential oils to desired flavor (10-15 drops total should be enough).

Essential oils I used this time: 10 drops On Guard and 5 drops Peppermint.
(If you are interested in doTERRA essential oils,  check them out here.)

Because of the calcium powder I use, my toothpaste ends up brown, so it doesn’t exactly look pretty:

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To use it, I just run my toothbrush under hot water (the heat helps melt the coconut oil) and then scoop a little onto rhe bristles and brush as usual.