You’re Oat-ally Going To Want To Try This

Oat milk is a non-dairy substitute that has risen to popularity in the past couple of years and can now be found in most coffee shops! Of Course, along with the rise in popularity came the rise in cost and so I started looking to see if I could make it on my own. This recipe was created by my friend Jaelyn Harlow and is by far the best recipe I have found (I love her little additions to the traditional recipe!). As she grows and shares her creativity, I have been inspired to share it with you too. Today I am excited to share her Oat Milk Recipe with you all!

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About The Author:

Hi there! I’m Jaelyn Harlow, but I go by Jae, & if I were to describe myself in a short sentence, I would say that I am a puppy, pizza, coffee, & Jesus lover. I love doing anything creative & I’ve recently gotten into various different home projects. Ever since I started building a life with my husband & new puppy, my goal was to strive to make less waste as a family. My low waste journey has led me to try new things like growing my own sprouts, making my own oat milk, crocheting my own cotton rounds, & tackling many other homemade sustainable projects or household swaps. This has constantly challenged me to embody more intentionality in everything I do! In regards to the world & people around me, I’m striving to learn more, create more, & love more.

Jae’s Oat Milk Recipe

Ingredients:

Step 1:

Blend all ingredinets together for 45 seconds- 1 minute

Step 2:

Strain the mixture through a french press and keep your oat milk in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days! You can also easily double the recipe like I did for even more oat milk yumminess

DIY All-Natural Toner For Acne Prone Skin

Trying to balance my skin has always been a struggle but the more I learn about my skin type the more I discover how to best take care of it. Since I have been ‘blessed’ with very dehydrated but oily skin, toner has become one of my favorite ways to keep my skin from getting too oily when used in combination with a hydrating moisturizer. I have tried a lot of different products but my favorite so far has been the cheapest and easiest to make out of all of them!

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Ingredients:

Step 1: Sanitize Container

Make sure that the container you are using is sterile! Containers that are not sanitized could cause your toner to expire faster or in some cases even grow mold.

Step 2: Combine Ingredients

Combine distilled water, witch hazel, tea tree oil, and aloe vera in your glass mister bottle. It is important to use distilled water to prevent any bacteria from forming in the future!

Step 3: Shake and Voila!

Shake before each use and spritz away!

Its as easy as that! Witch hazel is a great way to balance the PH of your skin and help prevent acne without over-drying

DIY Grapefruit All-Purpose Natural Cleaner

Household cleaners are one of the biggest offenders of containing dangerous chemicals that often get ignored because they are deemed ‘necessary’ to properly kill germs and we would rather have chemicals than germs right?…. Wrong! Recently I have learned that there are plenty of natural ingredients that can be found in your kitchen that are just as effective at killing bacteria and cutting through dirt. Before I start ranting about how great all natural cleaners can be I have to admit- I still hold on to a love for bleach. I love the way it instantly turns yucky things pearly, but I can still only use it very carefully in my bathtub without ruining the carpet and rest of my place, so I needed to find an all purpose cleaner that would be safe on all surfaces in addition to being completely pet safe. After spending a little too much money on natural cleaning products that worked great, I decided to start making my own after realizing how simple the ingredients were! The one that I am sharing with you today has been my go to household cleaner because it works well, is easy to make, and it safe on so many different surfaces (which not only I love but my adventure loving pet lizard loves too)!

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NEED:

  • White Distilled Vinegar
  • A Few Pieces Of Citrus Peels (I use Grapefruit Peels but Orange or Lemon will work too)
  • Essential Oil of Choice (I used Lemon, Orange, and Thyme because of their antibacterial cleaning powers!)
  • Distilled Water
  • Mason Jar
  • Glass Spray Bottle (Click here to see the super useful set I am always buying more of!)

1. Fill Mason Jar With Citrus Peels

I like to use grapefruit peels simply because I eat a grapefruit every morning so it was easy to just throw my peels into a jar instead of in the trash! It is important to not fill over half of the jar with citrus peels because too many peels will cause the solution to start molding while it is infusing. If you find that your solution is starting to grow mold, dump it out and try again with less peels and more vinegar.

2. Add In Distilled Vinegar

3. Place In Pantry For 2+ Weeks

Don’t panic, two weeks goes by faster than you think! You must have patience young grasshopper.

4. Strain Vinegar Into Glass Spray Bottle+ Add Essential Oils

5. Add Equal Parts Distilled Water

Using distilled water helps to prolong the shelf life of your cleaner! I also added dried thyme to my spray because of its antibacterial properties…plus I have to admit I mainly just like the way it looks in the glass bottles.

6. Spray and Enjoy!

When spraying the product it will have a vinegar scent at first but don’t worry, that goes away as soon as it dries and you are left with only the scent of your essential oils.

Have you made the switch to all natural cleaning products yet?? Share with me below your favorite natural cleaner!

Lavender Peppermint Room and Body Spray

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Ingredients:

Step 1: Brew The Lavender and Strain Into Spray Bottle

Boil 2 cups of distilled water over 3/4 cups of dried lavender and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain the mixture into spray bottle using funnel. It is important that you use distilled water for this because the minerals in other drinking water can cause your spray to expire faster.

Step 2: Add Withhazel

Add 1/4 cup Witch Hazel to the spray bottle. Vodka can be used instead if you do not like the scent of Witch Hazel but I prefer Witch Hazel because it is a great more-affordable option compared to vodka. This step in the process is important because it helps the water and essential oils to mix properly and also helps to naturally preserve the mixture.

Step 3: Add Essential Oils

Add 20-30 drops of lavender and 20 drops of peppermint. I added more lavender than I did peppermint because peppermint is a strong scent and can overpower the lavender if too much is added.

Step 4: Add Nozzle, Shake, And Voilà!

Leave enough room in the bottle when adding in the mixture so that it does not spill over when you add in the nozzle. I like to use this mist on linens and as a cooling body spray. Shake before each use and enjoy!

Simple DIY Cold Brew Coffee

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NEED:

OPTIONAL:

  • Coconut Milk

Step 1: Add Coffee Grounds

Add all of the coffee grounds into the larger of the two pitchers

Step 2: Add Water

Add all of the water into the pitcher with the coffee grounds

Step 3: Stir

It is important that you stir this mixture with a wooden spoon- Stirring the grounds with metal can give the drink an unpleasant taste

Step 4: Place in Fridge for 8-12 Hours

Patience young grasshopper…but if you’re not good at the whole patience thing, try making it right before bed so you get to enjoy it that next morning when you wake up

Step 5: Stain and Enjoy!

Strain the mixture in the larger pitcher through a cheesecloth or coffee filter into the smaller pitcher. Prep your coffee how you like it (I like to add coconut milk) and enjoy!

Common Mistakes:

  1. Ignoring that it needs to be coarsely ground coffee
    – brewing cold brew with coffee grounds that are too fine will not only make for a disturbingly gritty cup of coffee but it will make your straining process painstakingly slow. Don’t have a coffee grinder? Order them coarsely ground here! —> Cold Brew Grounds
  2. Not waiting at least 8 hours
    – this will give you a weak cold brew that is comparable to very watered down coffee. So if you know you won’t be able to wait the full 8-12 hours then you may as well just make regular coffee and pour it over a full cup of ice…just saying.
  3. Forgetting your cold brew and leaving it brewing in the fridge for too long
    – set a timer on your phone so you don’t forget to take it out on time! Or pucker up because you’re about to have some STRONG coffee.