Baby Popsicle and Slow Growin’

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It was 70 degrees today! A real scorcher. It has been about 10 degrees below average and wet this spring, so the last few days have been SO welcome! We even shared a baby popsicle today. I made them by blending a banana, frozen strawberries and coconut milk in the food processor until smooth-ish and poured them into these little toddler sized popsicle moulds. I bought the mould last year but Bunkers was supremely put off by how cold they were, but today he really liked it! It was nice and messy, too!

Since it has been so cold, all of our sprouts are growing very slowly! And the poor pretty flowers I put together a few weeks ago are looking quite sad… we’ve had a half dozen days in the last few weeks where it hailed and just downpoured and they took a bit of a beating. I should have put them under cover… but most of hail happened at night and I couldn’t get up. I hope they recover!

The sprouts are very slow growing. I’m hopeful they will pick up after this week of sun. It’s supposed to be cold and rainy again this weekend, though! I hope more consistent sun is on it’s way!

Also, I dyed my hair with henna (three times!) this week (and I got a trim – my first haircut in 14 months! And only my second since Bunkers was born!) and I love the final color! It’s quite close to my natural color so it goes nicely with my skintone and maybe I can refrain from dying it for a bit… I like to change it up! 😉

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Gluten Free Cleansing Grains

I’ve been making cleansing grains for my own personal use for about four years, now. I read about them first in Rosemary Gladstar’s book. Cleansing grains traditionally use ground oats as the exfoliation  For people like myself who are gluten free, avoiding even coming in contact with gluten is a good idea, not just avoiding eating it. Most oats have gluten (you can find a gluten free variety), so I opted to use other natural ingredients for exfoliating. I purchase all of my ingredients for body care recipes from Mountain Rose Herbs and I encourage you to do the same. They have fair practices, are environmentally conscious and offer a wide range of organic items. We buy our organic coconut oil for eating there, too.

Anyhow, I needed to make a fresh batch for my shop so I decided I’d take some pictures along the way and post a tutorial… if you can even call it that! It’s just tossing some ingredients together.

I’ve adapted my recipe from Rosemary’s, but if you want to try your hand at making traditional cleansing grains how she describes, then you can find that recipe in her book.

Gather your ingredients:

2 cups kaolin clay (white clay)

1/2 cup apricot kernel meal

1/2 cup ground coconut flakes

1/4 cup lavender flower powder

1/4 cup pink rose petal flower

You’ll also need a large bowl and measuring spoons. Feel free to collect the measuring spoons from your toddler’s play kitchen utensils  Oh, that’s just me? Ha.

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Mix carefully! The clay is extremely light and will fling all over the place if you get a little over zealous with your stirring.

I like to put this in pretty canning jars for storage. This makes a great gift, too! Tie a cute ribbon with a tag and you’re done!

To use, just put 1-2 teaspoons on your palm and make a paste with a little water. Massage into your (dampened) face, work in to trouble spots (nose, forehead). Leave on your face at least 5 minutes. I like to do this ritual in the shower. I put it on my face first thing (after I dampen my face and hair) and then do everything else. I rinse my face off last and that way it’s had a nice 10 minutes or so to sit!

It’s best to just use this once a week or twice at most. Even though it doesn’t feel particularly ‘rough’, it still does a good job of scrubbing and you don’t want to scrub your delicate face skin too often. And some people find the clay to be a bit drying, so keep that in mind if you’re prone to dry skin.