Slow Cooker Applesauce

Slow Cooker Applesauce

Ready for Fall?

Here’s a simple recipe that will make your house smell amazingly like the best of Fall! Since preschool is only 2 days a week, I wanted to do something fun with my little guy on his day off.

Not going to lie, I have Fall on the brain. And apple cinnamon is my favorite Fall smell! Plus, c’mon apple picking is a fun activity for the kiddos. So perfect mommy and me fun day!

Preparation

In order to make a whole Crock-Pot worth of applesauce, you’ll need a half bushel of apples.

  1. First, soak the apples in a sinkful of water and a capful of Thieves fruit and veggie soak.
  2. Peel and cube apples. (I toss all my scraps in a bowl to compost later.)
  3. Toss cubed apples in large Crock-Pot with 4 cups water, TBS. Cinnamon, and sugar if desired. (I prefer mine with no added sugar.)
  4. Cook on high heat for 6 hours, stirring occasionally. You can turn the heat down if it begins bubbling.
  5. Let cool for about an hour before eating or storing in freezer containers.

One crock made about 4-5 jars worth, but I chose to freeze most of ours in Tupperware. So far we’ve made 2 crocks-worth and an entire pan of Apple crisp, which the boys refer to as Apple Crunch.

I’m not sure what they like more, picking apples or eating them. What’s your favorite apple recipe?

Honest Review of Thieves Household Cleaner

Honest Review of Thieves Household Cleaner

As you may be well aware, I was introduced to essential oils in Fall of 2017. My only interest was in lavender essential oil, which I thought was just a smell good oil. Was I ever wrong!

I thought essential oils were just a trendy product. I was wrong about that, too. Like many people who have never tried them or are new to the process, I was clueless. Essential oils have literally been used for thousands of years, which earns them a lot of credentials (for their health benefits) if you ask me!

I still plainly admit that I still rely on modern medicine. If my doctor prescribes me a prescription, I have no problem taking it. If I have a migraine, I immediately pop an Excedrin. And I absolutely 100% still vaccinate my children!

But, I love this idea of mindfully living! I love the idea of switching out as many harmful chemicals as possible! I love the idea that I can hand a Thieves spray bottle over to my little helpers without worrying if they’ll get some cleaner on their skin. And I LOVE the smell of Thieves!

Gorgeous blue glass bottles actually have a purpose. The blue glass protects the fluid from UV rays that can weaken the EOs strength.

We don’t typically question the big brands we grew up. But, it’s natural to question things we aren’t as familiar with. So, let’s see if I can answer anything you might be curious about!

Is it actually effective to clean with?

According to some sources, it is over 99% effective in killing germs. Apparently you can order petri dishes on Amazon and do your own at-home test. However, in being transparent, I have never done the lab testing myself. I do know that the cleaner works well enough to remove that boiled over gunk off my stove top, as well as other problem-areas. I also trust the research I’ve done and the reviews of my friends who also use essential oils. In fact, the Hudsons’s YouTube channel (I shared with you earlier) is BIG into essential oils and have great things to say about the health benefits!

What does it smell like?

It smells like baking spices, therapeutic-style. The essential oils (in order) used in this are clove, lemon, cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus. The cinnamon definitely stands out in the rankings!

How do I use it?

There are so many ways to use Thieves household cleaner! You can use it an an all-purpose spray, glass spray, scouring scrub, disinfectant, toilet bowl cleaner, laundry detergent, spot cleaner, degreaser, mold and mildew cleaner, wood polish, appliance and stainless steel polish, and mop solution.

Check out the Pin I made for you below!

How long does one bottle last?

That 14.4 Fl. OZ. bottle is ultra concentrated. So basically I add 1 capful of this divine goodness to a spray bottle and top off with water. The very same spray bottle should last you a few weeks. If you have a bottle of this on hand and use it for EVERYTHING, it may last anywhere between 6 moths to a year depending on how much you’re cleaning and how concentrated you’re using it.

PIN ME! Here’s a chart for reference!
Any time you need a little extra strength, just add another capful. I didn’t even add the toilet bowl cleaner because I literally just add a capful right in the toilet and scrub! Easy as pie!

Here’s a link to 29 DIY cleaners made with Thieves household cleaner!

Please post in the comments if you’ve you ever thought about trying essential oils! Feel free to ask me questions about them!

Who’s already with Young Living? What’s your favorite product? This is probably my favorite because it’s practical, effective, and smells good!

As with most of my essential oil posts, I’ll share my link with you here to the Young Living catalog (affiliate disclosure below). Feel free to ask me any questions by email or in the comments!

(*** If you buy anything from Young Living through this link, I’ll receive some free products for sharing with you!***)

Have a great day, friends!

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Burt’s Bees Beauty

Burt’s Bees Beauty

In the recent YouTube video from Burt’s Bees, models were asked, “how would you define beauty?” Their answers were simple, “beauty comes from within” and “everything natural.” These models talk about embracing and celebrating yourself.

Burt’s Bees is a company I can get behind. In my early teenage years, I always carried around a Burt’s Bees lip balm. I was never one to follow the crowd for the sake of following. I just wanted to be accepted for myself.

As I was about to become a new mom, these products were even more fitting in my life. My mom and sister threw me a Burt’s Bees themed baby shower, with a bear and bee diaper cake and all. They gifted me every single Baby & Mama product that was available at the time. It was like striking gold! All of the products were gentle and effective. The soaps and balms lasted well through our third baby.

Recently I’ve noticed a wealth of other Burt’s Bees products at my local grocery stores. It’s so exciting trying new products from my favorite brand! So I just wanted to share my thoughts on these amazing remedies!

These are just a few of my favorites!

Right there, in the middle is the classic lip balm I always have on hand. But I absolutely love the peppermint balm now, too!

You can also find their tinted lip balm in natural shades!

Did you know they make cough drops?

Actually, well-known cough drops tend to be made with sugar, which is what bacteria thrive on. Meanwhile, honey contains antibacterial properties. So these are my top choice!

Say hello to my new makeup routine! I don’t feel like myself when I put on too much makeup, nor do I have much time for it these days. I’ll be working on building up a little bundle of goodies to go with this. But this is my basic trifecta! Mascara (in black), lip and cheek stick (in sand), and peppermint balm are all I need! Plus these leave my skin feeling smooth and hydrated!

Here’s the new one that I’ve been so excited about! Burt’s Bees now has toothpaste! Ah! YES!!

To those of you who have been keeping up with Momma Bird Blog, you know that soap and hygiene products are a HUGE deal! As I’ve spent loads of time researching detergents, I found a huge list of big No-No’s! Look at the products Burt’s Bees doesn’t add!

They don’t add:

  • SLS
  • Triclosan
  • Parabens
  • Artificial flavors and sweeteners
  • Preservatives
  • Dyes (Red, Blue, and Yellow)
  • Plastic Microbeads

So basically, you won’t be cleaning your mouth with toxins, bacteria growers, and a whole bunch of yuck! Plus the taste is literally the freshest mint taste!

You guys, I don’t talk up brands unless I use them and LOVE them! Burt’s Bees products are phenomenal as always!

I can’t wait to try some more of their shampoo/conditioner, lotion, rosewater, lipstick, concealer, and highlighters! AAH SO EXCITING!!

Check out their hashtag #burtsbeesbeauty on Instagram to see what other women are saying about it!

Natural Sharpie Remover (Works on Skin)

Natural Sharpie Remover (Works on Skin)
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When you show your toddler how to write their name, chances are they’ll be more inclined to practice on their own. And chances are if you have a toddler, they will find permanent markers that you didn’t even know you had.

My toddler recently practiced his A’s in Sharpie on our Golden Ecru walls. Then in few short seconds of his undercover work, he managed to add some black strokes to his face also. Sometimes I try to wash the pen ink off with a wet cloth, or let it fade with the week (instead of washing with harsh chemicals). But I’ve been using this one natural miracle remover!

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