Homemade Vitamin Gummies for Kids

First off I want to thank the ladies at  The Eco-housewives for asking me to write a guest post! We went to high school together but lost touch over the years and it is nice to watch their families grow and get to know each other again!

I am married to a very hard working man who is father to my three children aged 1-4 years old. We currently live on the East side of Canada and I am loving the early(ish) spring that they have here! I am a stay-at-home mom and I’m looking into homeschool for my oldest this fall. I am also an active member of the Weston A Price Foundation and a doTerra independent consultant.

I was reading about how Wellness Mama makes vitamin gummies for her kids and thought that would be a great way to get my kids to take their fermented cod liver oil (FCLO).

Why don’t you just give your kids the yummy tasting regular cod liver oil you ask? Because the regular stuff is heat processed, bleached, and deodorized to remove that fishy taste and the vitamins (usually synthetic) are then added back in. FCLO is the old fashion processing techniques, which involves fermenting and a proprietary filtering method, all at low temperatures to preserve the fragile unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins. FCLO is also higher in the wonderful vitamins D, A, and K2 and therefore you can take a smaller does.

If you are interested in more information about FCLO you can visit HERE

So.

Now that you know how awesome the stuff is how to I get my toddlers to take it? I turn it into a candy of course! You could add any number of vitamins to these gummies but be aware that if you add too much oil they will not solidify well (which is why FCLO works well because you can use less!)

 

INGREDIENTS:

Small pot

Ikea ice cup trays (or other gummy sized moulds)

Coconut oil (to grease the mould)

2-3 ml FCLO (or other vitamins, minerals or supplements)

8 tsp of Gelatin

2 TBLS of Raw Honey

1/2 cup of liquid. You could use fruit juice, water Kefir or even Kombucha!

3-4 drop of doTerra essential oil in Lemon or Wild orange. (Optional)

***If you are adding essential oils PLEASE ensure that they are therapeutic grade and recommended for consumption. doTerra is one of the only oils on the market that can be consumed. If you are interested feel free to check out their website. (#342462)

http://www.doterra.myvoffice.com/kimbombak/

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PUT IT ALL TOGETHER!

If you are lucky to have the awesome gelatin that dissolves easily in cold water then mix everything together really well (maybe in a Magic bullet?) and pour into your greased ice cube trays to set.

If Not……

Warm your juice and dissolve your gelatin.

 

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*This is a large batch because my kids eat lots of these!*

Remove from heat and let cool slightly before adding your honey and vitamins and flavouring. If your mixture is too hot your essential oil will evaporate, your honey will no longer be raw and your vitamins may be compromised….so let it cool a little!

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*Measuring out the FCLO*

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*Mixing in the FCLO and the essential oils*

*Putting the liquid in the moulds*

*Putting the liquid in the moulds*

One child serving of FCLO is 1/4 tsp. I put 3 tsp into this recipe to get 12 large gummies…which last me 4 days. Pop them in the fridge to keep them fresh.

WATCH!

*See my babies gobble them up..yummy vitamins!*

*See my babies gobble them up..yummy vitamins!*

 

-Guest Post Written by Kim

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The Great Big Microwave Challenge

The microwave. Fast, efficient…healthy?
This month, I am challenging all of you, along with the other Eco Housewives, to ditch your microwave for one month! It may seem like a major challenge, but really think about how often you use the microwave, and what simple changes you could make to cut it out. I bet you use it, and need it, less than you think!
I have been kicking around the idea of ditching our microwave for some time now, but have hesitated actually taking the plunge. I don’t have any extreme evidence against microwaves, but my biggest issues with them are:

• They ruin the taste and texture of food
• They don’t cook evenly
• People often microwave using plastic, which can leach chemicals into your food
• Microwaving can kill many of the vital nutrients found in food

For more information on some of my reasons for “quitting the microwave,” have a look here. Keep in mind that this is not our article and it might have a few extreme claims.

When it comes down to it, I don’t use my microwave much anymore. We reheat leftovers, thaw meat in a hurry, and pop the occasional bag of popcorn. Even after his initial shock when I told him about our month without a microwave, The Husband shrugged it off and said “we don’t use it much anyway.” Either that or he knows that I might give in to a toaster oven if we clear off counter space.
So the changes are simple enough – heat leftovers on the stovetop, plan supper and thaw the meat early, and make air-popped popcorn. Problem solved, right? For you, it might mean steaming vegetables on the stove, or heating milk in a hot water bath. Perhaps it even means bringing more raw food into your diet. I bet these changes aren’t as bad as you think!

So this is where the one month challenge comes in. Before we kick the microwave to the curb, I want to be sure we can 100% be without it, without MAJOR inconvenience. And I think you should give it a try too! It is just one month!
Here is the challenge, a month without the microwave, to see if this plan is going to work.

The Ditch Your Microwave rules:
1. Let us know, in the com
ments section, if you are in for the challenge
2. Put a “DO NOT USE” sign on the front of the microwave
3. Avoid the microwave whenever possible
4. Keep a list on the fridge for the times you give in and use it (this is not an easy out option!)
5. ABSOLUTELY NO PLASTIC in the microwave
6. Decide, after one month, if you can give the microwave the boot
7. Let us know how it goes! Are we crazy? Do you have a love/ hate relationship with your microwave too?
8. I will check back in at the end of May and let you know the outcome!

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Natural Cleaning Around the Home

Well, Spring has sprung in most parts of the Country so the Ecohousewives are in Spring cleaning mode! We thought we would be nice and share  some of our tried and tested eco-friendly cleaner recipes. We’ve been able to rid our homes of the chemical and petroleum-based ingredients found in most household cleaners by using some very common household ingredients.

Here is a list of ingredients and what their role is in our recipes:

1. Baking Soda: cuts grease, deodorizes, lifts dirt and whitens

2. Borax: Disinfects, fights mould and mildew,whitens

3. Essential Oils (e.g. lemon, lime, grapefruit, tea tree, lemongrass, lavender and eucalyptus): antibacterial, anti-fungal and/or cuts grease:

4. Lemon juice: Disinfects, whitens

5. Liquid Castille soap: Cuts grease, lifts dirt

6. Salt: fights mould and mildew

7. Olive Oil: lifts dirt

8. White vinegar: cuts grease, deodorizes, disinfects

9. Washing Soda: cuts grease, softens water, whitens

NOTE: Borax and Washing Soda are less toxic than commercial products, but are not harmless, so should be used with caution and only for heavy duty jobs.

We will try to hit everyone area in the house, but a lot of our cleaning is done with a simple all-purpose cleaner!

Kitchen

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All Purpose Spray (use on tubs,tiles, counters, microwave, floors etc)

Andrea’s Recipe

1 gallon hot water

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup liquid castille soap

1 Tbsp borax

10 drops essential oil (optional)

Aubrey’s Recipe

1 part vinegar

2 parts warm water

A small squirt of eco-friendly dish soap

5-6 drops tea tree oil (could use lemon instead, but she likes tea tree).

Mix well in spray bottle. Mixture needs a light shake before each use. I have tried using Castile soap instead of dish soap, but it reacts to the vinegar and gets clumpy and oily.

Nicole’s Recipe

2 cups warm water (I use filtered water that I boil)

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp liquid castille soap (dr bronner’s is what I use)

15-20 drops essential oils as preferred (She uses lemon for it’s disinfectant properties

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Dish Soap

 

Liquid castille soap, and a vinegar rinse to sanitize.

Cutting Boards/Butcher Block

1 part vinegar

1 part water

Dishwasher Soap  

1/2 cup borax

1/2 cup washing soda

1/2 cup white vinegar

Add dry ingredients to soap dispenser and vinegar to rinse dispenser

OR an Eco-friendly product such as Bio-Vert

Stainless Steel Cleaner

Andrea’s recipe

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp white vinegar

Drip olive oil onto rag. Rub surface to get rid of smudges. Drip white vinegar on the other side of rag. Wipe and let dry.

Nicole’s Recipe

1 part water

1 part vinegar

Ceramic Stovetop Cleaner

Wipe first with a General-Purpose Cleaner to remove loose dust and food particles. Sprinkle with baking soda. Mist with warm water. Let sit, then scrub in circular motions with a damp (use HOT water) dish cloth. If any burnt residue remains, scrape carefully with straight razor blade, then repeat cleaning.

Garburator

Sprinkle with baking soda, allow to sit and then pour some vinegar down there, let it sit longer then add boiling water to finish. Finally sprinkle some essential oils down there.

Bathroom

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All-purpose Scour (for tile, grout, tubs, sinks etc)

1 2/3 cups baking soda

1/2 cup  liquid castille soap

1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp white vinegar

Toilet Scrub

Andrea’s Recipe

1/2 cup borax

1/2 cup washing soda

1/2 cup white vinegar

(sprinkle dry ingredients onto surface, scrub, and chase with vinegar)

Aubrey’s Recipe

Sprinkle baking soda, pour in 1/4 cup vinegar. Let sit 10 minutes, scrub .

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Glass and Mirror Cleaner

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup water

*Before switching to this cleaner, I had to clean up the waxy residue traditional brands leave behind with a 5% rubbing alcohol-to water-solution.

Dusting

The three of us use microfibre cloths or the Norwex dusting mitt

OR

1 Tbp Apple Cider vinegar

2 cups water

1 dust rag

 

Jetted Tub

 

2 cups of white distilled vinegar

1 cup of salt

Fill tub with warm water about an inch about your highest jet. Add vinegar and salt to the warm water and run the jets for about 15 minutes.  Drain the tub, then rinse the surface and jets.  Wipe dry with a clean, microfiber cloth

Liquid Laundry Soap (use 1/2 cup per load)

7L hot water

1 cup baking soda

1 cup castille soap

1/3 cup coarse salt

or an eco-friendly brand such as Eco Max orange laundry detergent or Eos

Carpets and Upholstery

Deodorize using baking soda mixed with a little essential oil. Sprinkle it over the carpet, let it sit for at least half an hour then vacuum up.

Floors

Use a one part vinegar, one part water solution (with essential oils is desired). If extremely dirty use water with some dissolved baking soda first. Once a month wash with a hydrogen peroxide and water mixture.

Well that about covers it. Happy Spring Cleaning everyone! Oh, and if you have a favourite eco-friendly recipe, we would love it if you shared it with us!

– Collaborative post, written by Andrea

Cloth Diaper Obsession Turned Business

One of the only things I didn't make... A Grovia cover. How could I resist that super cute print!?

One of the only things I didn’t make… A Grovia cover. How could I resist that super cute print!?

I knew I was going to cloth diaper my son before I even became pregnant with him. From the time we began thinking about kids I knew that would be the case. I learned to sew as a small girl so, for me, it was also a no-brainer that I would make them myself. And luckily I wasn’t working so I had a lot of time to fill!

I started off with a simple pattern for fitted diapers and some covers. From there I tried my hand at AIOs (All in One diapers are a diaper that have an absorbent and waterproof layer all in one so you don’t need anything else). I made cloth wipes, two diaper bags, and a diaper change pad. I experimented with different types of fabric, and different diapering systems. To be honest, I was a little obsessed with making diapers and diaper related accessories.

My sons’s entire diaper stash is huge, and I made them all. Does he need as many as I made? No, definitely not. I made him swim diapers, and bibs. I made a lot of stuff! All that obsessive sewing did lead me to somewhere, though. I decided to start my own business! I love making cloth diapers, so why not share that love with everyone.

Little Black Cat Organics Facebook Page

Little Black Cat Organics Facebook Page

It was hard finding time with a very active baby boy getting into everything and a husband who works out of town but I have worked hard on perfecting a diaper that I could be proud to sell and discovering what fabrics I loved the most. I use only natural fabrics. With all my experimenting I’ve fallen in love with them. I mean I wish all my own clothing was only natural fabrics. They are breathable, gently on your skin, and good for the environment – with the exception of some fabrics which must be grown organically to be good for you and the environment. Cotton, for example, when grown and harvested traditionally uses various pesticides and chemicals and is not anywhere close to being “fair trade”. For this reason I try to also be socially responsible in my search and purchase of fabric. I buy all organic fabrics (and fair trade as much as possible) and try to buy local (which can be hard but you can at least support local small businesses that sell fabric). My favorite fabric has to be hemp. It is highly sustainable, grows very well without the use of pesticides or chemicals, grows quickly, and does not deplete soil nutrients, not to mention hemp fabric is super absorbent, soft, strong, antimicrobial, and mildew resistant! You can find almost any type of fabric you need made from hemp.

http://hyenacart.com/stores/littleblackcatorganics/

 

Basically, I stay away from petroleum fabrics (polyester, microfibre, etc). People like the “stay dry” abilities of them, but I’ve only found that they equal more diaper rash and less absorption. Synthetic fibres don’t actually absorb wetness. They trap it in between each fibre, which means they will be susceptible to compression leaks – leaks caused by putting pressure on the object, like a sponge for example. So I’m not so sure how much the baby actually feels dry – sure when you take the diaper off it feels dryish but it’s not being put under any pressure. And since when has your baby or toddler not spent their whole day falling on their butt, sitting on their butt, laying on their backs, moving around all over the place. Seems like the wetness would constantly be getting squished out of the traps. And besides, my son seems to not care either way. He has never made a fuss whatsoever about his butt feeling wet!

So it has taken me over a year to finally get set up. I’ve started small – with just the items I love to make most. But with more and more time on my hands as my son gets older and more independent, I’m exploring more things and will add more and more as I go. I’m excited to see where my small little business will take me!

Stop by and take a look if you have the time.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/LBCOrganics

 

– Written by Nicole