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Heather is the mom behind the blog, Cookies For Breakfast. Reality TV addict. Natural living enthusiast. Accidental hippie. Comedy ninja. Loves big sunglasses, seasonal cocktails, and of course, cookies for breakfast.

Natural Pest Repellents

Now that summer is in full force, all kinds of creepy crawlies are back in our lives.  Unfortunately, traditional pest repellents are filled with toxic chemicals that are dangerous to you and your family (children and pregnant women are especially susceptible).  Pyrethroids and pyrethrins are of particular concern – these are the primary ingredients in most household pesticides (contained in over 3,500 registered products!). 

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3 Natural Ways To De-Stink Your Diaper Pail

As parents, we have all been there, thinking, “How can something so small and so cute make something that smells SO bad?”

There is nothing worse than a stinky diaper pail.  The feeling of dread when you flip open the lid, and the fumes come wafting out.  The games of “rock, paper, scissors” you play with your partner, trying to get out of emptying the pail.

You could make it a game to see how quickly you can toss in a new dirty diaper without letting too much stink escape, OR, you could try our three favorite ways to keep your diaper pail smelling fresh!

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3 Natural Ways To Remove Pesticides From Produce

Many people are going organic these days, but it can be hard to afford an all-organic lifestyle when it comes to buying fruits and vegetables.  Additionally, the organic selection at traditional grocery stores can be limited, especially at certain times of the year, so you are forced to buy non-organic produce.  Either way, it is helpful to be able to remove some of the pesticides that coat the outsides of non-organic produce!

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

 

If you have a little one with a dairy allergy/sensitivity, or if you try to limit dairy in your diet overall, it can be hard to find great dairy-free recipes for desserts.  There are hundreds of recipes for cookies made with butter, cakes made with milk, and pies made with cream – but when it comes to finding a delicious dessert without the dairy, it’s a big challenge.

This insanely good, must-try-immediately recipe for chocolate crinkle cookies uses coconut oil instead of butter, vegetable oil, or shortening.  The cookies have the perfect crispy exterior, soft, chewy inside, and just the slightest hint of coconut flavor that compliments the chocolate perfectly. 

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6 Amazing And Healthy Desserts From Chocolate Covered Katie

We have partnered up with Chocolate Covered Katie – healthy food blogger extraordinaire – to share some of her seriously amazing dessert recipes.  And the best part?  They’re all healthy!  Each recipe features at least one unique, unexpected and deliciously healthy ingredient, and many are perfect recipes for children with food allergies or sensitivities!

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3 Simple Steps For Calming Angry Skin

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We’ve all been there. You’re feeling adventurous and try a new moisturizer, or primer, or foundation, and have a horrible allergic reaction on your skin. Or for some unknown reason, you wake up and your skin is puffy, red, blotchy, and itchy. Trying to cover it with makeup only further irritates it, and then you’re left with an even bigger mess.  Many drug store moisturizers, washes, and toners contain chemicals which will make your skin even angrier, so this is a great time to seek out natural remedies that will get your skin calmed quickly.

Try our favorite three skin-calming steps in succession, or try one or two separately, depending on the severity of your symptoms. You’ll be feeling fresh, de-puffed, de-itched, and redness-free in no time!

Try these creams or use our home made remedies below


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4 Simple Ingredients to FIGHT Acne

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Sadly, acne doesn’t stop when we graduate high school.  Adult acne – whether it be a permanent condition, related to pregnancy hormones, or caused by stress – is an annoying and often embarrassing condition.

If you get an occasional blemish or if you are constantly battling with your skin, try our simple, all-natural, 4-ingredient acne-fighting face mask! 

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DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

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Is there anything better than sitting out on a gorgeous spring day, with a bucket of sidewalk chalk, and the blank canvas of a driveway? We think not.

And what could be more fun than actually making your own sidewalk chalk paint with your child? It’s the perfect springtime craft to do together as the weather warms up and you’re itching to get outside. It’s as easy as easy can be, and the best part is your hands don’t end up covered in chalk dust, since you’re using paintbrushes to make driveway art!

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4 Simple Ingredients to CLARIFY Skin

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In an average day, our skin is exposed to hundreds of irritants – free radicals, pollution, sweat, grime, and makeup, to name a few.  These irritants can do a number on skin, and make it appear dingy, spotty, and dull.

We are going to show you a natural face mask that contains 5 ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen, and will help clarify  your skin – meaning, clear out the junk! This is critical to preventing breakouts, and keeping a youthful appearance.  Proper skincare goes a long way in terms of anti-aging effects, which is something we all can get excited about!

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Non-Toxic Diaper Bags: Ergo Organic Travel Pack

Moms love to be prepared for any and all types of situations and catastrophes when out with their children. Sometimes it’s so hard to squeeze diapers into a diaper bag, because it’s so full of other kid stuff that there’s no room for actual diapers. And when something is actually needed out of the bag? Forget it. The contents of the bag can get so disorganized, so jumbled, so messy, that it’s a huge ordeal to dig out whatever it is you’re looking for.  The Ergo Organic Travel Pack will make your life oh-so-much-easier!

The Ergo Organic Travel Pack is the ideal diaper bag for three reasons: it’s babywearing-friendly, dad-friendly, and clutter-friendly.

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Stay Cozy This Winter While Babywearing With The Boba Vest

Winter Babywearing Made Easy (And Cute!)

As a huge babywearing fan, I struggle with managing to babywear in cold weather. Sure, you can bundle yourself and your baby up in coats, stuff your baby into a carrier, and squeeze together the clasps over all the extra bulk, but take it from me, neither of you will be super comfortable.

Enter the Boba Vest. Made of the softest fleece you can imagine, suitable for back and front carry, and actually easy to put on, the Boba Vest is the best solution to winter babywearing issues.

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3 Benefits Of Probiotics For Your Baby

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There’s a whole host of reasons to start integrating probiotics into your baby’s diet. The same can be said for toddlers and older children – the benefits at all ages are numerous.

Probiotics are microorganisms (bacteria) that have wonderful health benefits. Your digestive tract naturally contains over 500 different types of healthy, good bacteria, and supplementing with probiotics helps boost the amount of healthy bacteria in your body – and in turn, helps strengthen your immune system.

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