Happy Canada Day! IT’S OFFICIALLY SUMMER!!!! summer time has always been my favourite time of year… not sure if it’s because I’m a summer baby… or if growing up, I couldn’t wait for every summer to some…but something about the summer months.. there really is nothing better. The boys have officially been off school for 1 week now.. and we are barely surviving (hahaha)! No but seriously, it is some of the funnest times having them off for summer and home everyday, taking in every moment, but it is also the hardest. My boys are not easy, any-bit of quiet, calm and play-by-themselves type of boys. They are full on. 100% energy all the time. So that means we have to be full on 100% energy all day long with them. Some days are a challenge, but as soon as they go to sleep and I sneak into their room to look at them sleeping.. I know there’s nothing better. Does anybody else do that? Can’t wait for them to go to sleep… then as soon as they do, you go in and peak on them…. sleeping angels… until they wake up again
Now that it’s summer… it also means POPSICLE season!!! We love popsicles around here! And I try to have homemade popsicles in the freezer at all times. Popsicles are the perfect anytime snack.. especially if you are making them at home. These popsicles are creamy and delicious. Like a pina colada drink.. but frozen!!
We have been picking fresh raspberries from our garden, so we decided to sneak a few in to add brightness and a fresh flavour. They are the perfect red and white treat!
Pina Colada Popsicles
1/2 C Fresh Raspberries
1 1/2 C Fresh Pineapple Chunks
1 Frozen Banana
1 can Coconut Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
Pick fresh raspberries and place raspberries in clean popsicle mold filling about 1/2 way full.
Add fresh pineapple , banana, coconut milk and vanilla to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
Carefully pour mixture into popsicle molds over the raspberries, being careful to leave a little bit of room at the top.
Place popsicle sticks in and place in the freezer to set.
There are so many amazing uses for coconut oil that it’s not just an oil used in your kitchen. I use coconut oil daily, it’s really a product that I cannot live without. It’s really amazing all the uses this simple oil can be used for. I use it literally everywhere from the top of my head to the tip of my toes and everywhere in between. As well as in all my cooking and baking. These are 21 uses that I personally do and use over and over again. It is definitely a beauty holy grail product as I use it in so many of my beauty routines. Here they are:
A Deep Conditioning Hair Mask: apply coconut oil throughout your entire hair before bed, leave in overnight and wash hair in the morning. This will leave your hair feeling healthier and moisturized.
Body Scrub: I like to make my own in-shower body scrubs. Mix organic sugar, coconut oil, essential oil, almond oil and vanilla extract together to create a moisturizing body scrub that you can use all over your body.
Lip Exfoliator: use a small amount of sugar and coconut oil as a lip scrub. Gently scrub your lips in circular motions to exfoliate the dead skin off your lips, this will leave them soft and moisturized.
After shower Moisturizer: If my skin is feeling extra dry, I will apply coconut oil over my entire body to get rid of dry skin.
Soothes Sunburns: Apply coconut oil to your sunburn to help sooth and speed up the burn healing process.
Deep Hand Moisturizer: In the winter time especially, I get super dry cracked hands. I apply coconut oil all over my hands before bed to help moisturize and relieve the cracked hands.
Dandruff Fighter: Massage coconut oil into roots of your hair. Allow coconut oil to sit for about 10 minutes then wash hair as normal.
Make-up Remover: I like to use coconut oil to remove my mascara at the end of the day. Take a small amount of oil on your fingers and gently rub on your eyelashes. This will remove any mascara that is on your eyelashes, as well as moisturize them.
Dry Skin: Sometimes I will get dry skin patches on my face or body. Whenever I notice them, I rub coconut oil onto my skin where the dry patch is to help get rid of them.
Cooking Oil: Coconut oil is the only oil that we use when cooking. It prevents food from sticking and can handle high heat which is great when sauteing or lightly frying foods.
Cuticle Oil: Instead of buying expensive cuticle oils that don’t always work, rub coconut oil into your cuticle and nails to help moisturize them.
Chafing: Thank goodness this one isn’t for me personally… but for my boys. Sometimes if they are sweaty and from running around they will get chafing, rub coconut oil on the bothered area which will relieve the itch or burn.
Chapped Nostrils: Winter time here can be cold and dry which can lead to dry cracked nostrils especially after a few colds and blowing noses. Rubbing coconut oil onto the chapped areas can relieve the soreness.
Baking: In all my baking, I use only coconut oil. I find it really makes a difference, making my baking moist and delicious.
Lubricant: Stop buying that expensive crap.
Athlete’s Foot: From sweating in your shoes can cause athlete’s foot on your toes. Rub coconut oil daily on the effected toes and this will help to get rid of it.
Cast Iron Seasoning: Season your cast iron pans with coconut oil when needed.
Dry Hair Moisture: Sometimes the ends of my hair can feel so dry and brittle, I like to add a small amount of coconut oil just to the end of my hair when it’s dry to help give extra moisture.
Massage Oil: Coconut oil is the perfect oil to use as a massage oil. It sinks into the skin leaving it nice and soft.
Suntan Oil: If you are looking to get some extra sun, use coconut oil as a suntan oil.
Healing Scabs: Whenever my boys have a scrape or scab, I apply coconut oil to it which helps in the healing process.
What are some of your uses for coconut oil that you can’t live without?
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