Broke Girl Recipes

We’ve all been there. Heck, I’m there at least once a month! When the money is tight, but you still get hungry, make these tasty recipes.

Lemon Butter Pasta

For this recipe, you will need:
– thin spaghetti (1 lb for $1)
– 1 lemon ($0.25)
– butter (4 sticks for $1)

I love this recipe, to be completely honest. We eat this weekly, even right after payday. In total, you can make 6+ services for less than $3. Not bad!

Lemon Butter Pasta

  • 1 lb thin spaghetti
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  1. Cook your spaghetti with salted water until al dente. Drain spaghetti and add 1 stick of butter, the juice of 1 lemon, and salt and pepper to taste.

Cheesy Broccoli Rice

For this recipe, you will need:
– frozen broccoli ($1)
– rice ($1.30)
– cheddar cheese ($4)

This is another staple in our household. It’s tasty, quick, and a crowd pleaser!

Cheesy Broccoli Rice

  • 1 lb rice (cooked)
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli
  • cheddar cheese (shredded)
  1. combine cooked rice, frozen broccoli, and cheddar cheese in a casserole dish. Bake for 15-25 minutes at 350 degrees, or until golden brown.

Sloppy Joes

For this recipe, you will need:
– 1 lb ground beef ($4)
– 1 c. ketchup (<$1)
– 1 TBS mustard (<$1)
1 Tbs brown sugar (<$1)

My husband loves this recipe because it only has 4 ingredients!

Sloppy Joes

  • 1 lb ground beef (browned)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 TBS mustard
  • 1 TBS brown sugar
  1. Brown the ground beef, drain oil, and add ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. Mix together and simmer fo 20 minutes.

Cheesy Fries

For this recipe, you will need:
– frozen French Fries ($1)
– cheddar cheese ($4)
– pickled jalapeños (<$1)

These fries are a favorite of mine! They remind me of the State Fair, with the comfort of home.

Cheesy Fries

  • 5 lb frozen fries (baked)
  • cheddar cheese
  • jalapeños
  • bacon bits
  1. Top pre-baked fries with cheddar cheese and bake until cheese is melted. Top with Jalapeños and bacon bits. 

Vegetable Fried Rice

For this recipe, you will need:
– 1 lb rice ($1.30)
– soy sauce ($1)
– mixed vegetables, frozen ($1)

Yet another favorite. Can you tell I love all of these recipes? This recipe is great because it doesn’t feel like a “cheap” recipe!

Vegetable Fried Rice

  • 1 lb rice (cooked)
  • soy sauce (to taste)
  • mixed vegetables (frozen)
  1. Combine the cooked rice, mixed vegetables, and soy sauce in a sauce pan that has been greased. Sauté on medium heat until golden brown and crispy.

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“Life Hacks” That Didn’t Work For Me

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If you have any form of social media, you’ve seen a plethora of “life hacks” from sites like 5 Minute Crafts or Nifty. Some of these hacks look genuinely useful, so I tried them. There are some great hacks out there, but this list won’t have any. Instead, these are the hacks that I failed at the hardest.

DIY Clorox Wipes


The “Hack”: I tried to create DIY wet wipes from squares, cut from an old towel. The idea is that these “wipes” can be used, washes, and reused, cutting down costs on traditional cleaning methods. I whipped up my own recipe to moisten the “wipes,” this would be the actual cleaning agent. I used vinegar, baking soda, Tea Tree Oil ,and dish soap. This was an excellent cleaning remedy! You can always count on Teat Tree Oil and dish soap to get the job done, and vinegar is a gentle way to clean delicate surfaces. The first use of these wipes was incredible. The wipes really did clean up all my messed, even better than Clorox wipes, but my glee was short lived.

The Issues: The trouble began when I tried to wash these wipes. They completely fell apart in the washer, and they could never be used again. Because the rags I used were knitted together (most are), when I cut the seam, the rags completely unraveled. Buying new rags each time would be a waste of time and money.

How to make it work: This hack could still totally work. All we need to do is use full sized rags, or a different piece of fabric that wouldn’t unravel.

Tie Organization

My husband has gobs of ties, and I have tried everything I can think of to make his collection more organized.

The “Hack”: This isn’t so much of a hack as it is my blatant failure at organization. I tried two methods of tie organization: first, I made a makeshift tie rack from a clothes hanger, and second, I tried actually using a tie rack. The clothes hanger was actually more effective than the tie rack, if I tied the ties in knots. The tie rack didn’t have any traction, meaning the ties just slipped off the rack and hit the floor.

The Issues: No matter how I arranged these ties of clothes hangers or tie racks, the ties would inevitably find their way in a pile at the bottom of the closet. The only resemblance of success was when I tied the ties onto the clothes hanger and tie rack. This worked in theory, but in reality, it only held up for a few weeks. The issue was not so much the idea, but my husband. Sorry! My husband would not, for the life of him, tie his ties back up. He would just drape each tie of the tie rack hook, and soon, they would be back in the floor.

How to make it work: We have ended up designating a specific dresser drawer to his ties; this is effective, but not as storage friendly. A more expensive tie rack might work if each bar had something to hold the ties in place.

DIY Hanging Laundry Basket

A very successful option of this hack by Karisa. Learn from my mistakes and try this, instead!

I tried to make a hanging laundry basket on the fly, because my bathroom is tiny. We have no room for a laundry basket, and, at that time, we were broke. Man, was that project a disaster! Learn from my mistakes.

“The Hack”: I used a hula hoop, an old set of black out curtains, and a sewing machine. I sewed the curtains together and turned them inside out to make a basic bag. Just this bag pattern probably wouldn’t have been an issue. I, then, sewed the edge of my, now, bag around the hula hoop. It was easy, and it was finished within 30 minutes. It was not, however, high quality, long lasting, or safe spacing.

The Issues: The hula hoop made the opening of the bag entirely too big, and because it didn’t have any handles, it was a real pain to carry back and forth to the laundry room. Not only was it a bit inconvenient, it was also hideous. We used it for several months before finally purchasing a more ideal and ascetically pleasing at Target for $3. Worth it? No.

How to make it work: Sometimes, it is just better to spend a few bucks to use something that will do what you want it to, rather than struggle with an ugly, bulky laundry basket, that still ended up costing me $3. If you must try this, I would not use a hula hoop as the opening. Use something smaller and included handles. You could always try this pattern. It turned out 1000 times better than mine!

Clear Labels from Packing Tape

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Months ago, I saw a “labels from paper and packing tape” hack. It is, ideally, very easy. The above picture is not, however made from packing tape. This hack is meant to be a cheap alternative to Cricut labels, which is how the above label was made. In my opinion, this”hack” ends up just being a sad, obvious reproduction.

The “Hack”: Most “hack” websites instruct you to print out your labels on plain printer paper with normal black ink. You are then supposed to place packing tape over your paper, and cut around the tape. In a bowl of water, you place the “label” in the water, and begin rubbing off the paper. The paper section is the back of your “label.” Eventually, you will rub off the paper, and you will have a clear label.

The Issues: This was not the worst “hack” I’ve tried. It did technically make a label, that would stick to glass if you placed it immediately and never moved it again. The issue arose when I tried to readjust the label. This label has almost no adhesive after being dampened. It is also nearly impossible to completely remove all of the paper off the back.

How to make it work: Though this “hack” technically works, it is not a high quality reproduction of the Cricut labels. With the internet so readily available, I would rather purchase glass labels online. Here is a link where you can find some for less than $15.

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Super Bowl Watch Party Recipes

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Hello, all! I know many of you are planning to throw a watch party this Sunday. Here are a few of my absolute favorite Super Bowl finger food recipes!

Copycat El Acapulco Queso

My grandpa has had this family recipe for years, and it has constantly received complement after complement. It is a tangy yet creamy version of the ever loved Mexican restaurant queso. Like El Acapulco’s queso, this recipe is a yellow cheese dip. You and all your guests will love it!

For this recipe, you will need:
– 4 Tbs flour
– 1 stick of butter
– 1 + c. milk
– 1 can Rotel
– 24 slices of American cheese
– 1 tsp cumin seed
– 1 tsp ground cumin
– 1 tsp chili powder

You will start by making a roux. This is incredibly easy. Melt the butter over medium-high heat, and add the flour. Cook the butter and flour mixture for a minute – your flour should begin to look golden brown. This roux will make your queso creamy. If you were to skip this step, you would have a soup, rather than a dip.

Add 1 cup milk and Rotel to your roux. You will mix this all together, to blend in the roux with the liquids. At this time, you will add the cumin seed, ground cumin, and chili powder.

Once it is all mixed, You will add the cheese, one slice at a time, constantly stirring. Once everything is mixed together, continue stirring until the dip is the consistency you prefer. You will add more milk during this time. You just add as much milk as you prefer. I like my cheese dip to be really creamy, so I usually add around 2-3 cups of milk.

Serve immediately with tortilla chips or Doritos!

Homemade Tortilla Chips

This recipe comes from Live Healthy, and it is incredibly easy, tasty, and fresh. These chips will go wonderfully with any dip or guacamole!

For this recipe, you will need:
– flour tortillas
– olive oil
– onion powder
– garlic powder
– dried parsley
– dried basil
– salt and pepper

You will start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. You will then cut your tortillas into fours. Lightly cover the tortillas with olive oil, and sprinkle your tortillas with onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. You want to add seasoning before baking your chips.

After your tortillas have been seasoned, bake your tortillas until they are crispy and golden brown. This will be about 10-15 minutes.

The chips are easily adapted to your preference, too. If you prefer spicy chips, you can top your tortillas with chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. You can also make dessert chips with sugar and cinnamon.

Copycat BWW Spicy Garlic Wings

I love making this recipe for every event! The only thing you actually have to make is the Spicy Garlic sauce, which can be preserved in the freezer for months.

For this recipe, you will need:
– fried boneless chicken wings
– 1/2 c. Red’s Cayenne hot sauce
– 3/4 tsp garlic powder
– 1/2 tsp sugar
– 1/4 tsp black pepper
– 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
– 1 tsp water

Begin by combining all ingredients in a saucepan on low heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, and apply to fully cooked wings. Serve with Ranch Dressing or Blue Cheese Dressing.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Carrie from Eating on a Dime really out did herself with this one. This is such a crowd pleaser, and though it isn’t great for a diet, it tastes so good! You can make a bunch of these little sliders at a time, making it perfect for a crowd.

For this recipe, you will need:
– 12 King’s Hawaiian Rolls
– 3/4 c. melted butter
– 1 Tbs Dijon Mustard
– 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
– 1 tsp brown sugar
– 1 tsp Poppy Seeds
– 2 tbs dried minced onions
– thin sliced deli ham
– thin sliced Swiss cheese

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and combine butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, poppy seeds, and minced onions. Set aside.

Slice your Hawaiian rolls to make a sandwich. You will do this in one piece, instead of breaking the rolls into individuals. This saves a ton of time.

Place the bottom of your Hawaiian roll “sandwich” inside the bottom of a baking dish. You will then layer the thinly sliced ham and cheese atop the rolls. Place the top of your “sandwich” on the cheese, and top with your butter mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown. Cut along the original roll lines and serve.

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Weight Watchers Favorite Recipes from the Pros!

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Hey, guys! This week, I took to Weight Watchers (WW) Connect and asked the pros what their favorite recipes were. After all, these are the people that have lost the weight and kept it off, and these are their go to recipes!

0 Point Soup by Cheryl Gantz

Cheryl has a cup of this soup every morning, and she never gets tired of it. It is filling, delicious, and packed with nutrients!

For this recipe, you will need:
– 1 quart low sodium, low fat chicken or bone broth
– chopped carrots, onions, celery, and mushrooms
– shredded chicken breast
– 2 eggs, beaten (think egg drop soup)

You will bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer until your vegetables are fully cooked (20 minutes).

Rachael’s 4 point Breakfast Delight

This is Rachael’s breakfast!

Rachael’s Breakfast recipe is gaining popularity for good reason! She first discovered a similar recipe in a “little French Bistro,” and her recreation is a close dupe! It has all the nutrition we need for a good day!

For this recipe, you will need:
– 1 Tbs olive Garden Italian Dressing
– 14 gm of mozzarella cheese
– 1 c. Arugula
– 1 egg
– 7 gm Kirkland’s Signature Crumbled bacon

Beat the egg, add the cheese and bacon and scramble like an omelet. Clean the arugula and dress with the Italian Dressing. Enjoy!

2 point Skinny Sundae by Rosie

Rosie’s Skinny Sundae

Rosie makes this dessert when she is craving something sweet, and she thinks this might actually be the best dessert she has ever eaten!

For this recipe, you will need:
– Fat Free Greek Yogurt
– 1 tsp instant cheesecake pudding mix
– Unsweetened Cherry flavored Applesauce
– CoolWhip for toppings
– Chocolate Chips for topping

Mix together the greek yogurt, cheesecake pudding mix, and the applesauce. Remember greek yogurt and applesauce are no points, so you can add as much as you want! Top with whipped cream and a few chocolate chips.

6 point Pizza – Topped Chicken by littletomato00

Littotomato00 considers this recipe a “staple” in her house. It is easy for a quick, after work dinner, and it curbs the cravings for junk food like pizza!

For this recipe, you will need:
– 2 chicken breasts
– 2 TBS mozzarella cheese
– 10 turkey pepperonis
– 1 tsp pizza sauce

Grill your chicken and top with pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperonis. Bake until cheese is melted at 350 degrees, and enjoy!

4 Point Protein Waffles and Ice Cream by lbarber0713

Lbarber0713 has made several versions of these protein waffles, and we think this one might just be our favorite! This recipes makes 3 mini waffles and it is topped with red velvet Enlightened Ice cream.

For this recipe, you will need:
– 1 scoop Bowmar Nutrition Protein (frosted cookies flavored)
– 1 full egg
– 1/2 tsp baking powder

Mix all ingredients and bake in waffle maker. This recipes makes 3 mini waffles and it is topped with red velvet Enlightened Ice cream.

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My Favorite WW Recipes

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Do any of you strive to eat healthier this year? Me, too. I regained Weight Watchers (WW), which helped me reach incredible success in April! I lost 25 lbs!

Granted, this post is not about the wonders of WW, but, honestly, it was and still is a game changer for me. I do not feel like I am dieting when I am on this program, and, as a serial dieter, I have noticed this is the only program that offers sustainable advice and results. Why? Because magic? No. On WW you eat whatever you want in moderation, which has proven to be effective and sustainable for the long term. There are foods you can eat unlimited amounts of, like beans, veggies, fruits, chicken, and shrimp. Having these “unlimited” foods has removed the diet stigma from my brain and allowed me to lose weight.

WW has been the only “diet” in which I have seen results. Nothing else worked. Not the Military Diet, which was recommended by my Army Grandfather. Not the Low Carb Diet that has remained popular for years. Not even calorie counting worked for me. All because I could not get past the mental hangup of dieting.

If you want to try WW, you can get 1 month free by using my link when you sign up here. It costs me $13 a month, but I only do online tracking. I have never tried the meeting, but have heard great things!

Now to my absolute, all time favorite WW recipes!

Skinny Caramel Macchiato – 2 pts

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If you read my previous DIY Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, you know that coffee is important to me. So important that I created my own “Skinny” version. This is only 2 points, and it really is good.

You will need:
– 3 shots of espresso
– 1 Caramel Premier Protein shake

In order to make this delicious coffee, you just need to pour your espresso over ice and then top with your protein shake.

It is a delicious dupe!

For more information on how I make my espresso or espresso alternatives, check out my DIY Caramel Macchiato.

*You can blend the ice, espresso, and shake for a Frappe!

Banana Bread – 4 pts

This is the actual picture of Jennifer’s Banana Bread! Isn’t it beautiful?

I first discovered this recipe months ago, and it has been a staple in our household ever since! This recipe is written by Jennifer at I Save A to Z, but I did adapt this recipe to our own needs.

You will need:
– 5 large, ripe bananas
– 2 cup all purpose flour
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 5 tsp butter at room temperature
– 1/2 c. brown sugar packed
– 1 large egg
– 1/4 c. fat free skim milk
– 1/2 c. splenda (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all dry ingredients. Smash bananas and add to the dry ingredients. Add in wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour into greased bread pan, and bake until golden brown and knife comes out clean (about 1 hour). Cut into 12 slices.

I like to add in Splenda because I love sweets!

Tortilla Pizza – 6 pts

This is Sabrina’s actual Tortilla pizza! Doesn’t it make your mouth water?

Guys, this is a game changer. I love this pizza because it actually tastes like pizza! I originally found this recipe at Dinner then Dessert by Sabrina, but I adapted it to my own delicious needs.

You will need:
– medium sized flour tortillas
– Ragu Simply Traditional Pasta Sauce
– Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese blend
– Pepperoni (optional)

Preheat your over to 450 degrees. Place your tortilla on a pizza pan, put 1 tsp pasta sauce on your tortilla and spread it all around. Add 1 oz (roughly 2 TBS) of cheese, and bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is crunchy and delicious.

I did not add pepperoni because it added another point, but you would want to do that when you add cheese!

Italian Spinach and Tomato Tortellini Soup – 3 points

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This recipe is also decadent and filling, and I am not a soup person, so that is really saying something! This can be made in the crockpot or on the stove top, which is awesome for working moms.

You will need:
– roughly 80 oz. of fat free chicken broth
– 2 large cans of diced tomatoes
– 4 cups of spinach
– 2 TBS Italian Seasoning
– 1 TBS parsley
– 1 TBS basil
– 1 package of cheese filled Tortellini
– Salt and Pepper to taste

Throw all ingredients together in a crockpot and cook for 4 hours on low, or simmer on stovetop for 30 minutes.

One serving is 1 1/2 cup.

“Skinny” Poke Cake – 4 points

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This cake is a creation that I came up with one afternoon when I was craving some Chocolate Poke Cake. This version is pretty stinking great!

You will need:
– 1 devils food cake mix, prepared and baked as normal
– 1 package of fat free vanilla pudding, prepared
– fat free whipped cream

Once your cake is out of the oven and still hot, poke holes across the top with a straw. Pour the pudding over the cake and allow to cool in the fridge. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

This cake makes 16 servings!

I hope you love these recipes! Share your own creations or favorites below!

Affordable DIY Dog Food

I don’t know if you guys know this, but we are animal people. We try to feed our pets the best quality food, but dry pet food can be incredible expensive. We found ourselves settling for low quality, grain-heavy dog food. We looked in to making our own dog food, but we were discouraged because feeding dogs human food seems so expensive. Right? Not really! It is actually cheaper to make your own food that to buy a bag of dry dog food.

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Please do not actually give your dog food that is in this photo. It is for decoration only. 🙂

We initially tried DIY dog food because our Boxer, Emma, started getting sick from several dry dog food brands. She ended up losing a lot of weight and having lots of tummy troubles. After spending a couple hundred dollars at the vet, we realized she was just allergic to the harsh dyes and chemicals in her dog food.

Our sweet puppy, Emma!

After Emma was put on a strict, temporary rice and chicken diet, we delved into experimentation of DIY dog food. The average dogs needs calcium, carbs, protein, fat, and vitamins found in veggies. Dogs do not need their food to be a specific color to enjoy it; big brands dye foods so buyers will be more interested. Dyes are actually the number one culprit for tummy troubles in our household.

Not only have we gone away from dyes and chemicals for our dog’s diet, but our cats also have dye sensitivities that caused us to reevaluate their food needs. We use this cat food and love it!

We created our own dog food using these ingredients:
white rice (carbs) $1.30 per pound
olive oil (fats) $0.30 per ounce
– carrots (vitamins) $1 per freezer bag
– peas (vitamins) $1 per freezer bag
– spinach (vitamins) $1.50 per freezer bag
– chicken (protein) $3.37 per pound
– eggs (protein) $2.50

The great thing about most of these ingredients is they can be stored or frozen for later use.

For two weeks worth of dog food for one medium sized dog, I use:
– 1 chicken breast ($1.70)
– 4 eggs ($0.82)
– 2 TBS olive oil ($0.30)
– 2 lbs white rice ($2.60)
– 1 small freezer bag of carotts, spinach, and peas ($3.50)

I throw all of these ingredients in a slow cooker with enough water to cover everything. I cook this on low for 6-8 hours. Once everything is fully cooked, I shred the chicken and divide the food into 1 cup intervals. I store this dog food in Ziploc bags in the freezer. I thaw out the food in the microwave before feeding our dog.

In total, this dog food costs us about $18 per month/per dog, and it doesn’t make anyone sick! If you, like us, have more than 2 dogs, this may seem steep for dog food. $60 a month for dog food is a lot, but our dogs go through 2 48 lb. bags of dog food a month. If we went through Rachel Ray or Blue Buffalo, like the vet recommended, we would be spending $140 a month on dog food! With that in mind, this doesn’t seem so bad after all!

Just a reminder: never give your dogs chocolate, onions, garlic, avocado, coconut, raisins, grapes, nuts, coffee, dough, or xylitol. Be careful with dairy and other human foods that might cause upset tummies.

Please leave your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions below! I would love to hear what you do in your home.

You should always discuss diet changed with your vet prior to following this recipe.

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CHEAP DIY Pet Flea Repellant

If you didn’t already know, we practically run a zoo. We have 3 dogs and 3 cats. They are a handful, but we love them! And…they get fleas.

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Flea medicine is so expensive! With all of our pets, we are looking at spending near $200 every month for flea prevention, most of which, doesn’t even work very well (sorry, Frontline!). I decided to create my own Flea Repellant and Anti-Flea Shampoo.

You should always ask your vet before using any DIY items on your pet. I have consulted my vet!

Flea Repellant

This recipe makes about 1 oz. of repellant, and I love it! I put this repellant in a dropper bottle that I bought on Amazon.

For this recipe, you will need:
 – 2 TBS. Rubbing Alcohol (I used the lowest percentage) ($.88)
 – 1/8 tsp Tea Tree Oil ($8)
 – 5 drops Peppermint oil  ($8)


Mix all of the ingredients together, and pour into the dropper. You could substitute rubbing alcohol for olive oil, if you are concerned about the alcohol irritating your pet’s skin.

I use one dropper full of the Flea Repellant for each of my cats, and two droppers of Flea Repellant for each dog. I use this once a week, which seems to keep the fleas away! 

Flea Repelling Shampoo

The recipe is awesome, and compares to expensive, organic store-bought products! I adapted Naturally Mindful’s recipe to fit our pet’s needs. Check her page out for more organic recipes! 

For this recipe, you will need:
 – 1/2 c. water
 – 1/3 c. dish soap (I use this on my hair every once in a while, so I don’t mind using it on my pets!) ($.88 at Walmart!)
 – 1 tsp.
Olive Oil ($8)
 – 1/8 tsp.
Tea Tree oil ($8)
 – 5 drops
Peppermint Oil ($8)

Mix all of the ingredients together, and shake before each use. Pour this into an old lotion bottle, or a $1 bottle from the Dollar Tree! Naturally Mindful recommends you make a new batch after 6 months, but I am still using mine! 

I have used this on my cats and my dogs, and it works very well! The oil acts as a light conditioner, though I still condition my pets. 

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12 Days of Christmas: DIY Peppermint Lip Balm

Hey, guys! Christmas is approaching rapidly, but so are our DIY recipes! This is a pretty great recipe, if I do say so myself, and I have a very high standard for lip balm quality.

I really think you will love this product! The ingredients can be pricey upfront, so if you would like to try my DIY Peppermint Lip Balm, you can buy a tube here. It’s only 25¢, which funds future DIY endeavors such as this!

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This peppermint lip balm will sling you right in to the Christmas spirit, but you can use it all year long.

To make this recipe, you will need:
organic coconut oil ($7)
all natural soy wax ($26) – this will make a lot of lip balm! But you can also use it for candles.
Vitamin E Oil ($7)
Organic Peppermint Oil ($8)

In a small, disposable bowl, you will need approximately 1/4 cup of soy wax. You will add 1 tsp of coconut oil to your mixture and begin melting the wax. You don’t want to add all the ingredients at once, because the heat will take away the healing effects of the peppermint oil. To melt the wax and coconut oil, you can use the double boiler method or use a microwave. If microwaving, only microwave in 30 second intervals. Heat until everything is completely melted!

After your wax is completely liquid, you will add along 1/4 tsp of Vitamin E Oil and 20 drops of Peppermint Oil. Stir the mixture together and start pouring it into lip balm tubes immediately! This stuff sets up quickly.

Why these ingredients?

You have a ton of options when it comes to making lip balm. I chose to use a soy wax because it is completely vegan, and I had it on hand. It is versatile and so easy to make candles with. You could use bees wax as a base, but I haven’t had much luck with using bees wax and it is more expensive.

I use Coconut Oil to loosen up the soy wax, so it doesn’t have a candle consistency. You want your balm to glide on with ease, and the Coconut Oil provides this. Coconut Oil is also great for skin. It is a natural moisturizer, and it is safe to eat! You could substitute another natural, edible oil in place of Coconut Oil, but you would need to be careful with the consistency. Too much of a liquid oil would cause the balm to be too runny.

I use Vitamin E Oil to add additional moisturizing affects to the lip balm. You could omit this, if you wanted, but I love it!

Lastly, I chose Peppermint Oil because it provides that sting that I expect out of my lip balm. Sorry, guys, but I do not like lip balm that I can’t feel. This will tingle! The Peppermint Oil, and the tingle that comes with it, soothes my lips when they are dry and chapped. You might be able to replace the Peppermint Oil with another essential oil of your choice. Do make sure the oil you choose is safe for skin and face use; not all are!

I have replaced my once loved Burt’s Bees with this lip balm, and it is a close comparison! My husband even likes it, and he hates lip balm! Let me know if you like it in the comments.

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12 Days of Christmas: Wassail

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Wassail is an apple cider based drink that my husband loves! He requested it at our Christmas wedding, and he has continued to request it annually, as soon as the weather turns cold. Today, I will share with you my simple, Wassail recipe!

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There are many Wassail recipes out there, but this one is our favorite!

For this holiday favorite, you will need:
– 64 oz. Apple Cider
– 5 cinnamon sticks
– 1/2 c. lemon juice
– 16 oz. orange juice

– 1/8 tsp ground ginger
– 1/8 tsp allspice (optional)
– 1/8 tsp nutmeg (optional)

We like our Wassail tart, but you can adjust this recipe to taste. That’s the beauty of it!

You want to add all of the ingredients together. I do not add ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice to my recipe. You can if you like, though.

You can simmer the Wassail on the stove top or crockpot. To simmer in crockpot, place on low for at least 45 minutes. To simmer on stove top, place on medium to low heat until boiling and then reduce to low. You will want to simmer this for at least 45 minutes. Serve warm.

I hope you love this recipe!

4 Products I CANNOT Live Without

We all have things that we cannot live without. I have narrowed my list down to 4 things that I cannot live without. For me, this is easy, but it has not always been that way. For years, I didn’t know how to be content with the products I was using in my house and on my body. I jumped from product to product, unable to “commit.” Over time, I have found some things that I would buy over and over again, regardless of the price. Here are some of them.

4. Tea Tree Oil

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I use Tea Tree Oil religiously. It has the germ killing power necessary for cleaning agents, and it is delicate enough to be used on skin.

I first discovered the rich powers of Tea Tree Oil when I tried a DIY Athlete’s Foot treatment on my husband. For those of you that don’t know my husband, he has some stinky feet. Once he started rubbing tea tree oil on his feet, his feet stopped stinking within a day, and within the week, they stopped itching and peeling.

I use Tea Tree Oil in my DIY All-Purpose Cleaner, and the Tea Tree Oil is what gives my the peace of mind that my kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room are really clean!

I use Tea Tree Oil to kill mold in my shower, to soften my hair and scalp, to make DIY make-up remover, and to 

3. DIY Laundry Detergent

I am not trying to toot my own horn, but this stuff is really great. It make my clothes look and feel great, but it also smells amazing! Honestly, though, I am not very picky about my laundry detergent. I don’t want it to use bleach, and I want it to clean my clothes completely. I care most about how tough it is on my clothes (like many of you, I want my clothes to last and look good for as long as possible), and how it smells. This detergent smells great, and it is gentle on clothes.  Check it out here

2. Downy Unstopables

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I love love love downy unstopables! They make every load of laundry (including my laundry room!) smell fabulous. I mix these with my laundry detergent when I make it, and it holds well in liquid detergent. 

I have used many detergent softeners, but Downy Unstopables are my favorite by far. Many softeners left residue on my clothes and sheets that irritated my skin and felt unpleasant. With the unstoppables, I don’t have any of these problems. 

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1. Roomba

This is number 1 on my list because it is the one I am most in love with. I LOVE my Roomba! It has honestly saved me so much time and effort. Before we made “the switch,” I was sweeping twice a week, and my floors were still gritty. I hated having dirty sock bottoms! When I upgraded to Roomba, that all changed. Really! We have this Roomba, and we have it set up to run every morning at 6 am. We empty the little dirt hatch once a week, and then we forget about it. It really is that simple. 

I have heard some negative reviews on the Roomba, and it would only be fair to talk about those, too. Some reviewers say their Roomba did not work well with multiple pets or small children. I am assuming this is because of pet fur and the likelihood of children leaving their toys in the floor. We have not had any issues with pet fur clogging up our Roomba. While we do not have children, we do often leave bags, shoes, and dog toys in our floor throughout the day. Our Roomba occasionally gets stuck on these things, but we do not mind helping him get unstuck! For us, the pros far outweighs the cons.

Honestly, if my Roomba died today, I would buy a new one tomorrow. That being said, I first bought a refurbished Roomba from Amazon, and I would not recommend that. The refurbished Roomba did not work effectively and was not worth the effort that we had to exert to exchange it. I would recommend just buying it on their website! They have excellent customer service.

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Come back next week to see how we refinished our old, grime-y shower to make it look brand new!

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