Quick and Healthy Keto-Friendly Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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This morning, around 12:30am, I submitted my manuscript to my publishers, and the process of turning my thoughts into a New York Times Bestseller has officially begun (that’s not quippy, that’s my goal – and it’s scary to actually write it out!). I reached out to some blogging friends of mine from the Billionaire Blog Club, asking for some guest posts to continue sharing awesome information with you all while I work on my book. Dan and Erika from Have Butter Will Travel reached out with this amazing recipe for keto-friendly vegan pumpkin pie smoothie and I am so excited to share it today!

Side note: Joining the Billionaire Blog Club is the best thing I ever did to grow my blog, and if you’re on my blogging email list, you saw in my email that by following the steps for proper keywords, my Laundry Without Hookups post is now on page 1 of Google! BBC opens again this Friday for a limited time, so be sure to sign up for the free 12-day bootcamp and start learning all the best blogging tips! 

Without further ado, meet Dan and Erika:

We love smoothies at Have Butter will Travel and wanted to create a keto vegan smoothie that will keep you full all day. We love the flavours of pumpkin pie and wanted to include this with some healthy fats into a delicious smoothie.

It can also be a little tricky to find good keto recipes that are also vegan, so we wanted to share this one for our keto vegan friends. This smoothie is a quick and easy breakfast or an excellent mid afternoon snack.

Who are we at Have Butter will Travel?

Hi, we are Dan and Erika the creators of Have Butter will Travel!

We met and fell in love in 2006 and have been exploring the world together ever since. We have both struggled with our weight for most of our lives and have tried every weight loss diet plan around without finding long lasting success.

In July 2016, we started on yet another weight loss attempt, but this time it was a success and we have since lost over 95kgs (210lbs) between us! Click on the links to find out more about Dan’s story and Erika’s story. Following a ketogenic/LCHF way of eating has changed our lives in so many positive ways, aside from the weight loss, and is the new ‘normal’ for us now.

We started Have Butter will Travel so we can share our two passions – low carb eating and travelling. When we started out with low carb eating we struggled to find information out there specifically for Australians, so we hope we can provide some helpful resources to get people started and set them up for success.

What is Keto/LCHF?

The ketogenic diet is a low carbohydrate way of eating that changes your body from using carbohydrates as its main fuel source to using fat. In addition to being low carbohydrate, the ketogenic diet is also moderate in protein and high in fat.

Low carb high fat (LCHF) is the overarching term, which includes the ketogenic diet, where carbohydrates are more limited. As a general rule, the macronutrient ratio for a ketogenic diet would be 5% of your diet from carbohydrates, 15%-25% from protein and 70%-80% from fat. This varies depending on your individual health conditions and activity level.

What is Ketosis?

When you restrict your carbohydrates and increase the fat in your diet, over time your body will move into the state of ketosis. Being in ketosis will switch your main fuel source from glucose to ketones, which is fat-burning mode!

These are some of the awesome benefits we personally have experienced from being in ketosis –

  • Fat loss
  • Dramatic decrease in hunger
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy
  • Improvement in mental clarity
  • Elimination of joint pain
  • No more snoring
  • Less headaches
  • Improvement in blood sugar readings
  • Improved blood pressure
  • More balanced emotional state
  • Regulation of menstrual cycles

Is it possible to be Vegan and Keto?

Yes, of course! We are not vegan, but know of people that have successfully incorporated keto into their vegan lifestyle. It may be more difficult to increase the healthy fats in your diet, as the options are more limited, and your carbs may need to be slightly higher as you will need to eat more vegetables.

Great vegan keto food choices are nuts and seeds, healthy fats like olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil, leafy green vegetables, berries, nut butters and products like dairy free cheese and yoghurt.

Some of our favourite keto vegan recipes are:

Chia Pudding

Making keto chia pudding is one of the easiest and yet most rewarding things to do in the kitchen! Such minimal effort and ingredients for a delicious and portable breakfast, snack or lunch. We like to use coconut milk as it gives a really creamy pudding.

Nut and Seed Granola

Finding store bought granola without dried fruits and grains can be tough, and if you do find one it is usually pretty expensive. We prefer to make our own so we know exactly what is in it and also we can adjust the sweetness to our preference. Our recipe includes butter, but you can easily swap this for coconut oil for a vegan option.

Guacamole

Avocados are a great source of healthy fats on a vegan ketogenic diet. Having some guacamole on hand is so handy as you can pop it on top of a salad to add extra flavour and creaminess or on the side of some grilled vegetables. We also love to serve it with some seed crackers when we are craving a crunchy snack.

Keto doesn’t have to be all bacon and eggs. Our mantra at Have Butter will Travel is finding the keto that works for you, if keto vegan works for you, that’s awesome.

Keto-Friendly Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This smoothie is like a pumpkin pie in a glass, just minus all the sugars and carbs. It’s really easy to make for breakfast on the go or a quick snack. It is packed full of healthy fats and will keep you going all day long.

Keto-Friendly Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

 Prep Time 5 minutes

 Servings 1

 Calories 342 kcal

Ingredients

  • 0.25 cup Pumpkin puree
  • 0.5 cup Coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp Almond butter
  • 5 drops Liquid Stevia
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice
  • 4-6 Ice cubes

 

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a high-power blender and blend on high until smooth and combined. 
  2. Pour into your favourite glass to serve and sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top. 
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 297
Total Fat 33g
Saturated Fat 22g
Sodium 18mg
Potassium 491mg
Total Carbohydrates 11g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g

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Zero Waste Living and Recycling For Beginners

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Have you been interested in zero waste living and recycling but thought it would be too expensive or too difficult?

My name is Amanda, and I have always loved recycling. Even before I understood anything about carbon footprints and landfill concerns, donating excess items to charities and thrift stores rather than throwing them away has always made sense to me.

Throwing away anything of recyclable value makes my stomach turn.

When I first moved out, I contacted my apartment complex to beg them for a recycling receptacle. In Iowa, I asked for and then regularly filled 6 recycling bins on a weekly basis. At our current townhouse, I’ve already contacted the front office, asking for a recycling receptacle.

I made the switch to a reusable water bottle and started using a French Press for our coffee (though now we use a Ninja Coffee Bar, which is also zero waste as it does not require any sort of filter).

Being eco-friendly has always been important to me, and as my life has gotten busier, I’ve searched for ways to make recycling and a zero waste lifestyle easier.

Here are 4 easy ways to transition to a recycling and zero waste lifestyle:

Reusable Water Bottles

Reusable water bottles are possibly the easiest switch of all to make to improve your sustainability. Switching to glass or stainless steel water bottles saves an average of 300-1400 plastic water bottles per year.

There are several brand options for you to choose from when it comes to water bottles. Target and Kohls both have large selections of water bottles to choose from, including customizable colors and messages for a personalized encouragement to hydrate smart.

Changing How I Shop

I’m always looking for ways to improve sustainability and go green in our daily life. Enter, my new favorite subscription ever: Mighty Nest.

With MightyNest, I can put my shopping on auto-pilot. $10 a month (that’s it, no extra taxes or fees!) gets me a delivery with something new to integrate into my zero waste lifestyle. Here’s a peek at some of our deliveries:

  • Dryer balls (set of 3) – we love these! They reduce static, eliminate any need for dryer sheets, and you can add a light scent of your choice with just a couple drops of essential oils prior to the drying cycle.
  • Snack skins (1 sandwich and 1 snack) – as a mom on-the-go with two littles, both of whom now eat food, these are lifesavers! I typically put some sort of gluten-free snack in the snack bag for Tristan, and I use the sandwich bag as a holder for Dean’s pureed fruit and veggie pouches, a spoon, a couple carrots (to gnaw on) and a bib. This way, we are prepared if we happen to be away from the house longer than we expect, without risking a mess in my purse. I’ve been very impressed with the strength of the velcro. Plus, they are super cute!
  • Swedish wood towels – I wrote about these paper towel alternatives recently. These are miracle workers. Recently Tristan spilled an entire sippy cup (open, of course) full of orange juice on the kitchen table, and one Swedish towel soaked up all of it quickly.  Apparently they are picking up in popularity – last week I saw some for sale at our zoo!

Mighty Nest has an entire online store as well, with lots of other zero waste products for sale at a discount. I can always add them to our monthly order and still get free shipping. Next month I’ll be adding an order of bamboo toothbrushes to replace our current toothbrushes.

Sign up for your first delivery of 3 dryer balls for $3 by using this link, or use this link to get bees wrap as your first delivery for $3.

(psst…keep reading to learn how to score a free month of MightyNest!)

Recycling Made Easy

Let’s face it, recycling can be a pain. And with varying recycling laws, it can be confusing to know what you can and can’t put in a recycling bin.

As a general rule, anything with a 1 or 2 inside the recycling triangle symbol is safe to be placed in the curbside recycling bin, so start there.

That’s great and all, but what can you do with every other number inside the recycling symbol? Obviously there must be something, but if it involves a trip to the recycling center, suddenly the rates of recycling plummet.

DoSomething.org is an incredible organization, dedicated to all sorts of socially good causes. By signing up with them and pledging to “Rinse, Recycle, and Repeat,” you get access to a free shipping label, which you can apply to a 10-pound box of empty recyclable containers (most commonly personal care products). DoSomething.org will then deliver these empty containers to be recycled into all sorts of things, even park benches!

Are you in college? Getting involved with DoSomething.org puts you in the running to receive up to $5,000 in college scholarships. It makes me so happy to see socially aware college students getting involved and making a difference!

Clothing Donations Made Easy

I love the ThredUp online thrift store for more than just the ease of shopping. My favorite part of ThredUp is actually their selling process. As I wrote in my Completely Honest Review of ThredUp, you get very little back when you sell clothes, but I do it simply because their process is so easy.

How easy is it?

Go online to ThredUp.com and request a clean out kit. In just a few days, you will receive a self-addressed, postage-paid bag. Fill it with gently-used clothes for women or children, and either place it on the porch for your local postman to pick up or drop it off at the post office.

I am totally guilty of driving around for weeks with Goodwill donations in my trunk. This method is so much easier for me to go through things, bag them up, and put them on the porch. It’s one less thing to worry about, which translates into an increased chance of me actually doing it (just being real here).

If you’ve never shopped at ThredUp.com before, use my link to sign up and get a $10 credit to use on your first purchase

Putting It All Together

Hopefully this post has shown you that a zero waste and recycling lifestyle is not only a good thing, but also super easy and inexpensive for anyone to implement, no matter your budget.

Right now, between working full-time, being a present mom to my two busy boys, nurturing my marriage, and writing my book, I don’t have the time to dedicate to many extras – but my conscience won’t allow me to not be responsible with my little patch of earth.

If I can implement these changes, you can too!

Recycling my excess and taking steps towards a zero waste lifestyle help limit what goes in the landfills, and encourages production of products made with recycled materials.

Want to win a free month of Mighty Nest?

I love Mighty Nest and share it with everyone. Thankfully, the wonderful people of Mighty Nest have graciously given me two free month cards to gift to my readers!

From now through April 23, 2018, enter to win a free month of Mighty Nest from me! 

To enter, like the Crunchy Hippie Life Facebook page and share the contest post.

Winners will be announced on Facebook and Instagram on 4/24/18!

Don’t forget, even if you don’t win, you can score your first month for just $3 using this link for dryer balls or this link for bees wrap.

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10 Healthy Meal Planning Tips For The Whole Family

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Guest Post by Peter Minkoff

Whether you’re looking to eat healthier as a family, or just avoid going on a shopping binge every time you walk into a grocery store, meal planning can go a long way in helping you cut your costs, save time, and stay healthy. Let’s see what you can do to keep the process as simple as possible and check at least this one parental worry off your list!

Plan to plan

Much can go wrong if you constantly keep your meal-planning time flexible. Make a commitment to spend an hour or two at a specific time during the week and stick to your little family appointment. For example, Saturday at noon should be reserved for planning your next week of meals, later that day, at 5pm, you can go grocery shopping, and Sunday morning can be reserved for making the meals ahead.

Make your little cookbook

No matter the size of your family, every member has their own favorite dish. You’ll want to make a list of meals they love, and then see how many of them you can make your main meals. Categorize them according to the type of recipe and the complexity of ingredients, so that you can swap and mix when the need arises.

Think seasonal thoughts

A significant part of keeping your meals as healthy as possible is using fresh, locally-grown ingredients that are available during the year. Your yearly meal-planning can be focused on dishes that contain items currently in season, so there’s another idea as to how you can make your family cookbook even more organized! Also, you probably don’t want to spend your summers next to a hot stove, so you can keep your recipes practical and weather-friendly, as well.

Ready-to-eat options

No, this has nothing to do with those canned meals and microwave dinners, on the contrary, the idea of meal planning serves to help you use as little processed food as possible, and go for fresh, whole food to make your own meals. However, if you don’t have the time or the know-how to make brilliant dishes, you can use ready-made healthy meal plans put together by people who specialize in healthy nutrition and can create a plan perfect for you and your family.

Get organized

If your kitchen is a mess, you won’t be able to put your plan into action. Get rid of all expired products, and items you’d like to banish from your diet, such as those candy bars, chips, and soda. Instead, use the first grocery day to supply your kitchen with fresh produce and go-to essentials, such as spices, healthy snacks, and containers in which you can store and freeze your meals.

No meal left behind

For families that often end up throwing out leftover dinners and lunches, it’s time to use your meal-planning to make the most of your cooking. Make one evening each week a “leftover” night, when you’ll repurpose, eat, or freeze the meals that would otherwise go bad and end up in the trash.

Plan around your life

As the famous saying goes, life is what happens to us while we’re making other plans – take this into account even for this simple aspect of your life. Some weeks at work will be more hectic than others, while your kids might be away for a school trip for a few days on some other week. Make your meal plans work for you, and schedule, prep, and cook based on your availability and the rest of your schedule.

All meals matter

It’s too easy to skip breakfast when you’re in a hurry to prepare for a job interview or drive your kids to school, but planning ahead should help you keep track of all main meals of the day. When there’s no time to make breakfast, there should be some Greek yogurt, dried fruit, nuts and seeds waiting, so it only takes a few stirs and your breakfast is ready. Using leftovers will also help, since you can repurpose meals from the day before for your next day’s dinner.

Delegate

Even if you’re the foodie expert in your family, that’s no excuse for the rest of the gang not to take part in the process, especially when it’s time to pitch new ideas, keep track of the food calendar, and thaw the food when the schedule says its time.

Plan your snacks

These sneaky little buggers are often the key culprit of weight gain and various health issues, but you can prevent them by always having some healthy options at hand. Fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit are always better than a sugar-loaded muffin from the store.

 

With a diverse menu on your hands and some practice, you’ll quickly master the art of meal planning and make your cooking sessions a much easier process both on your time and your wallet.

 

Peter is a frugal living and lifestyle writer for Voice Boks magazine. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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Non-Toxic Household Cleaning Supplies To Use For Your Spring Cleaning

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The weather here in St. Louis might be completely confused as to what season it’s supposed to be, but I am not. It is spring time, and that means one thing:

Time for spring cleaning.

I much prefer to use natural products around the house, both because they are cheaper and because they are healthier for my toddler and infant sons to be around since they are all over every surface.

It’s also very nice that these recipes contain various combinations of a few basic ingredients, most of which are already in my pantry. I love knowing exactly what I’m introducing into the environment around my babies.

Most common ingredients in almost every homemade cleaner:

white vinegar

essential oils 

castile soap

baking soda

Related: 5 Eco-Friendly (and cheap!) Paper Towel Alternatives

 

All Purpose Cleaner

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photo credit and recipe from The Bold Abode

Dean is crawling all around now, and sticking everything in his mouth. To protect his little system and keep him safe, we really like this natural all-purpose cleaner.

Adding extras like lemon essential oils give the cleaner a “classic clean” scent, as well as add the benefits of the essential oil’s cleansing properties.

If you choose to add citrus essential oils to your cleaner, be sure to either use a glass spray bottle or a plastic bottle specifically designed to hold essential oils. Otherwise, the citrus oils can eat through the bottle, and then you would have more things to clean up.

Tub Scrub

homemade shower cleaner

photo credit and recipe from One Essential Community

This shower cleaner mixes together in about a minute, and lasts for a long time. It leaves the shower soap scum-free.

We don’t currently have hard water, but this spray would still be just as effective as if we did have hard water.

I love how cheap this shower spray is to create and use. Paired with a scrub brush from the dollar store, this is super affordable and it just works.

Window Cleaner

homemade window cleaner

photo credit and recipe from Farm Girl Inspirations

When I was little, my grandma taught me to use plain vinegar in a spray bottle and wipe down the mirrors and windows with a crumpled up page of newspaper. It leaves the glass with a streak-free shine, but also leaves the room smelling like vinegar.

This version doesn’t smell as harsh, especially if you add a few drops of essential oils to the mix.

I’ve still not found anything better than a crumpled up piece of newspaper when cleaning glass though. I imagine something like a Swedish dish cloth would be the best reusable option that won’t leave behind pesky tiny fibers all over your clean surface.

We have two Swedish dish cloths and I absolutely love them. They are so incredibly absorbent (one dish cloth recently soaked up 4 ounces of orange juice with ease!), strong, and even dishwasher-safe.

Air Freshener

homemade air freshener

photo credit and recipe from Bren Did

Story time: When I was in college, my lab partner and I stayed at school late so we could spend more time on our dissection. However, we had a social function after that, and we smelled strongly like formaldehyde. So we drove to Walmart and bought a bottle of Febreze and sprayed ourselves heavily with it, like a preteen boy who has just bought his first can of Axe.

This was obviously before I became the crunchy hippie I am today.

That story makes me horrified at my younger self.

Now we use a homemade air freshener, and we can create our own scent blends for pennies on the dollar.

This is also good for spraying in shoes, gym bags, and other stinky things.

Wood Polish

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photo credit and recipe from Mom 4 Real

Did you know that homemade wood polish not only smells great and is a very effective dusting spray, but also that it helps buff out scratches?

It’s true!

During the packing process from our Iowa-to-Nevada move, we scratched up the floor to our living room in one. long. scratch. down the center of the room.

After I spent over 20 minutes trying to color it in with 4 different colors of crayons, I remembered that olive oil on polished hardwood blends scratches in like normal. And voila, 2 minutes later, the whole room looked brand new.

Toilet discs

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photo credit and recipe from One Good Thing By Jillee

If there’s one chore I hate, it’s cleaning the toilet. Thankfully, my saint of a husband doesn’t mind, so he cleans them for me. One thing we agree on though is the use of toilet discs. The fizziness helps clean the toilet with minimal effort, without adding all sorts of harsher chemicals to the air.

I like this recipe especially because you don’t even need a mold for the tabs, you can just dry them on parchment paper. Super simple and super cheap.

Stain remover

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photo credit and recipe from My Frugal Adventures 

Can we please take a moment of silence for all the adorable baby clothes and accessories that have been sacrificed to baby poop or pureed broccoli spit-up?

So many cute clothes and bibs. Why they even make white baby pants and onesies is completely beyond my comprehension.

This recipe contains Dawn dish soap, so it’s not completely “all natural,” but it is a simple and effective stain remover for sure.

Keep it in a squeeze bottle (old ketchup or mustard bottles work) and apply to stains before washing. Don’t forget to air-dry stained clothes until maximum stain removal is complete, as heat will set in the stains.

Related: How to do laundry when you don’t have hookups

Zero Waste Cleaning Supplies

Don’t forget about your other cleaning supplies! Paper towels are truly harmful to the environment and honestly an unnecessary expense. I much prefer washable options like old socks (awesome for dusting!) or old work t-shirts cut into rag size.

I love this idea of using old towels to make reusable swiffer pads from Natural Nesters!

diy swiffer pads

I always hated the wastefulness and expense of single-use mop pads, so this option is much better for the environment and your pocketbook. The instructions require very minimal sewing, so anyone can do it, even if you don’t have a sewing machine.

If you just really hate sewing, I’ve also gotten away with tucking long rectangles of old t-shirts into the tuck spaces of swiffer dusters. It works very well, requires new sewing, and unhemmed jersey knit still holds up well to repeat washings.

While I haven’t ever personally used Norwex cloths, I’ve heard from multiple friends that they are awesome. I like the idea especially since you just use water and then can wash them. I’m all about washable options.

Be sure to check out this post for more ideas on paper towel replacements and other zero waste cleaning supplies options.

I love to find ways to make our lifestyle more eco-friendly, zero waste, and healthy. By making our own cleaning supplies we can limit the trash created by the repeated purchase of plastic bottles and containers, limit the exposure of our children’s systems to the harsh chemicals of standard cleaning products, and still ensure a clean living environment for our family.

And when a box of baking soda is $0.62, it’s also a crazy-cheap way to live, which I’m all about.

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9 Homemade Beauty Products That Make Perfect Frugal Gifts for Her

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I grew up in the 90s, when every girl got either a shower gel gift set from Bath and Body Works or a collection of Lip Smackers lip balms as a gift for basically any occasion.

As nostalgic as these things make me, the ingredients make me shudder.

I have a (general) rule that if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t use it.

I’ve been on the hunt for some frugal homemade beauty products to make as gifts for the ladies in my life, especially as Mother’s Day draws near.

One of the biggest struggles of my mom life has been doing those simple things to feel pretty again. In between the constant spit-up, dirty diapers, and the need for showers to last under 3 minutes, it has been  difficult to give myself some pampering.

And also, can we please take a minute and talk about how expensive buying natural products can be? I’m all for organic, vegan, locally-sourced skin care, but I’m not about to fork over a bunch of money for it, especially when I can make my own.

So when I found these recipes, I was overjoyed! And bonus: You probably already have most (if not all, depending on your current level of commitment to the natural lifestyle) ingredients in your cabinets.

9 Frugal Homemade Beauty Products (That Make Perfect Gifts!)

Coconut Oatmeal Sugar Scrub

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photo credit and recipe from Meg O. on the Go

Sugar scrubs are a super easy DIY project, and completely customizable. Choose between white and brown sugar, customize the oil (for body scrubs I prefer avocado, coconut, or jojoba), and even add in some essential oils if you want (but please avoid citrus oils as they can make the skin photo-sensitive).

I really like this recipe because of the addition of the oatmeal. Oatmeal is gently cleansing, as well as soothing to dry or itchy skin.

This scrub is perfect for sensitive or dry skin.

Plus, it smells like oatmeal cookies. Totally a plus.

Homemade Rose Water  diy rose water

photo credit and recipe from Frugal Family Home

Did your grandma ever talk to you about rose water?

Mine didn’t, but I learned about it on my own. And apparently it’s a classic addition to the skin care routine.

Rose water balances the oils on the skin, gently correcting oily skin. It’s also soothing, and aids the skin in healing in case of sunburn.

Word on the street is it plays a big part in smoothing out the skin and shrinking the appearance of pores.

15-Minute Lip Balm

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photo credit and recipe from A Better Way to Thrive

My husband and I are addicted to lip balms. But ever since we realized that the alcohols in most lip balms and chap sticks actually dry out the lips (great marketing, I guess, since it means you need more?), we became much more careful of what we actually purchase.

I prefer to make them at home to keep the costs down, plus I like to play with different essential oils and create my own.

Also, one time I melted some chocolate in my lip balm concoction and it was one of the best life decisions I’d ever made. So keep that in mind. Maybe create a Thin Mint-style by melting some chocolate chips and adding a drop or two of peppermint essential oil.

DIY Dry Shampoo easy diy dry shampoo recipe

 photo credit and recipe from Living Well Spending Less

As I stated above, showers for me in this stage of life are about 3 minutes long before Mr I’m-ONLY-Happy-When-Mommy-Holds-Me is totally over me not holding him.

It’s for this reason that I love this recipe for homemade dry shampoo.

I’ve used this recipe for a while and it blends well. I don’t have anything to compare it to as far as store-bought, because I’ve never been a fan of aerosol-powered products, but I really like this recipe. And I smell like a cookie, so that’s perfect for me!

Homemade Bath Bombs

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photo credit and recipe from A Beautiful Mess

Are there really moms who have time to take a bath? If you happen to know one, add a few of these beauties into her gift. They are gorgeous, easy to make, and perfectly customizable.

Plus, since they are dry and won’t “go bad”, your supply will last a long time.

Which is good, because I don’t know many moms who have time for regular baths.

Aloe and Green Tea Facial Scrub

easy diy aloe green tea facial scrubphoto credit and recipe from Sweet Simple Living

Every good skin care routine includes an exfoliating step to scrub off the dead skin cells and bring the fresh new cells to the surface. So of course this step should do double-duty!

Aloe and green tea are both so beneficial to the skin. Aloe is hydrating, and the caffeine in the green tea stimulates blood flow to the cells. Combined, these are an anti-aging powerhouse.

Maybe don’t mention that it’s anti-aging when you gift it, but consider your audience.

My tired-as-a-mother eyes would be allllll about anti-aging right now. 29 is too early for wrinkles, thank you very much.

Lavender Milk Bath
homemade lavender milk bath recipe

photo credit and recipe from My Frugal Adventures

 

 

Another bath recipe? I know, I know, but this one is so soothing and relaxing, I had to include it! If there is one thing I know from navigating motherhood alongside my friends, it’s that just because we are sleeping, that does not mean we feel relaxed.

Sometimes Mama needs to chill.

Milk in the bath is an age-old tradition, meant to aid the skin in restoring fatty acids and soothe irritated skin.

Along with milk, this recipe also calls for magnesium-containing epsom salts, which help the muscles relax, as well as aids with a gentle systemic detox.

So basically, if you know a stressed-out and over-exerted mama, this is your go-to gift for her. And also, maybe offer to watch the kids for an hour while she soaks.

Peppermint Foot Soak

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photo credit and recipe from A Cultivated Nest

Another pampering classic, the foot soak is amazing after a long day of chasing little people, or working outside the home, or when you’re just in need of a reset.

Since the feet have the largest pores on the body, they are a great choice to utilize when you need to detox (or give your body good things, like magnesium).

Foot soaks can be scented or non-scented. The peppermint in this recipe is both soothing and energizing, restoring your feet to their best function.

Cinnamon Vanilla Whipped Body Butter

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 photo credit and recipe from A Cultivated Nest

And finally, I couldn’t have a homemade beauty products roundup without including the number one beauty gift classic, the body butter.

Whipped body butter is lightweight, nourishing, and moisturizes the skin without leaving it feeling heavy or slick.

Because a little goes a long way, it’s an inexpensive gift as well. There is no need to give someone more than 4-8 ounces of body butter. It will probably take them a long time to use it all up.

Wrap It Up

So there you have it – my top 9 frugal homemade beauty product gift ideas. Gift them to your mom, mother-in-law, college bestie, or yourself (I won’t tell).

I may or may not be making some of these again for myself this week during my GYST day. All the recipes are so simple, they will be easy to add to my day, and the benefits will last for months!

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