Pistachio Butter made at home

So for all the nut lovers out there peanut and almond not the only nut to make butter out of!!! I found this recipe and the kids love it.


  • 2 cup shelled raw pistachio
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Spread pistachio in one layer on a baking sheet and roast in the middle of the oven for 5 minutes.
  • Take baking sheet out of the oven, stir the nuts and flip them over, roast for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the roasted nuts to the food processor and process for 10 minutes.
  • Add salt, honey and coconut oil and process for another 1 to 2 minutes until the mixture is smooth.
  • Store in an air tight container for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.


  • Roasting the nuts is optional, the nut butter can be made with raw pistachio nuts.
  • This recipe yields 1 1/4 cup total.

Homemade Butter and Buttermilk


  • 1 tablespoon kefir grains
  • 1 quart fresh cream


  • Use 2 quart mason jar.
  • Pour cream in jar and add kefir grains, cover.
  • Allow to ferment for 24 hours.
  • Remove kefir grains with a wooden or plastic spoon to strain out.
  • Shake the jar for 5-10 mins until you see butter clumps and buttermilk separating.
  • Strain out clumps of butter and submerge in ice water bath.
  • Squeeze the butter clump to get the excess buttermilk out, put back in the ice bath.
  • Put in a crock, unsalted butter can be in refrigerator for 3 weeks.

Make Crème Fraiche at home

A few years ago I took a cheesemaking class and loved it, not only did I learn how to make cheese but a few other treats! Kefir is a cultured dairy drink with a sour and creamy taste, and it contains a range of beneficial bacteria. Kefir grains can also be used to make many other things like cheese, butter, and crème fraiche!


  • 1 tablespoon kefir grains
  • 1 pint fresh cream


  • Use 1 pint mason jar, add cream and kefir grains cover.
  • Allow to ferment for 24 hours or until it thickens.
  • Remove kefir grains with a wooden spoon strain out..
  • Store in an air tight container for 1 week in the refrigerator.

Healthy Chocolate-Chia Pudding Pops

Came across this recipe for all the chia pudding lovers! Now you can have pudding and frozen pops:

Source: thefoodnetwork.com



1 1/4 cups 2-percent milk

2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons light agave nectar

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Special equipment:

Four 3- to 4-ounce ice pop molds


  1. Combine the milk, chocolate, cocoa powder, agave and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan and set over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the chocolate melts and the cocoa dissolves, 6 to 8 minutes. Pour the chocolate mixture into a medium bowl. Stir in the chia seeds and vanilla. Let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

Whipped Body Butter

Chamomile Honey Body Butter


1 cup Coconut Oil

4 Tbs Chamomile Honey tea

Small glass jar

Add coconut oil in to a glass jar (I use my glass pyrex measuring cup). Add water to a small pot that will come up to about half of the measuring cup. Use a small pot over a low heat, and stir the coconut oil and tea for 1 hour. Don’t let water get too low add more luke warm water as the level goes down. After let the oil cool down for a few mins and using a fine mesh strainer pour out oil into jar to remove all the tea matter. Let the oil cool until it becomes solid again. You are now ready to whip with a hand mixer for about 5- 7 mins. Use daily and if your home is warm you can store in the fridge!

Sub for coconut oil: Cocoa butter or shea butter

Here are a few other recipes I found that I will be trying they sound amazing:

Source: https://getinspiredeveryday.com


Lemon Cream Body Butter


  • 6 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1 Tablespoon vitamin E oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon lemon essential oil


  1. Place the coconut oil and cocoa butter in a saucepan. Over low heat, warm until just melted.
  2. Remove from the heat. Add the vitamin E oil and essential oil.
  3. Cool until the mixture solidifies, (a few hours at room temperature). Stir the body butter vigorously with a spatula, and then transfer to a clean container with a lid.
  4. To speed up the cooling process, you can place the body butter over an ice bath and stir vigorously until it goes from melted to firm and fluffy.


  • 1/4 cup grated beeswax,
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel, room temperature
  • 1/8 Teaspoon peppermint essential oil


  1. Place the beeswax and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Heat just until just melted with no remaining flecks of beeswax. Try to keep the temperature as low as possible to preserve the benefits the of coconut oil.
  2. Remove the oil mixture from the heat, and hand whisk in the room temperature aloe vera gel and peppermint essential oil until it’s thoroughly combined.
  3. Let the lotion cool to room temperature, about 2-4 hours. Whisk again, or place in the blender and blend at a medium speed for about 30 seconds for a fluffier version.
  4. Note:This lotion will naturally become thicker and more solid over time, as some of the aloe vera slowly evaporates.

Feel Good Goodies

Chamomile-Lavender Lip Scrub


2 Tbs Infused Coconut Oil with Chamomile and Lavender (see below)

2 Tbs White Sugar

Small glass jar or tin

Add coconut oil in to a glass jar (I use my glass pyrex measuring cup). (I like to infuse about 1 cup of coconut oil with 4 Tbs of Chamomile and Lavender, so I can use for other projects at the same time!) Add water to a small pot that will come up to about half of the measuring cup. Use a small pot over a low heat, and stir the coconut oil regularly for 1 hour. Don’t let water get too low add more luke warm water as the level goes down. After let the oil cool down for a few mins and using a fine mesh strainer pour out oil into jar to remove all the herb leaves. Now oil is infused and ready to use mix 2 Tbs with 2 Tbs of sugar until both are blended well! Use the scrub once a week for 3-5 mins on your lips and wash off. Apply a lip balm after.

Coffee grounds and Coconut oil Face Scrub


1/4 cup of freshly brewed coffee grounds

1/4 cup of coconut oil melted

Mix the two together into a paste, than you can either apply as a face scrub direct or make a small scrub bar like pictured. If you want to keep as a paste after mixing, add to a glass jar. If you want to make small scrub bars which I find last longer, use a silicone mold add the paste and freeze. You can apply once a week either paste or bar. Don’t leave on for more than a few mins 3-5 as it can sting (always test on skin first). The acids in coffee grounds is what not only removes dead skin but lightens skin tone. It’s also great for minimizing pores, bonus the coconut oil is a great moisturizer for your skin!

Get Your In Home Yoga Studio Set Up

Home Yoga Studio

If you don’t have time to make it to the yoga studio and you decide to sign up for The Yoga Collective the online studio on (groupon.com). Set up your own yoga studio at home check out these goodies. Every year Target brings out in the bulleye’s section at the entrance of the store, fitness goodies at a great prices! See below all items are between $3 – $10:

  • Weighted Jump rope yes the handles are hand weights
  • 5 LB Kettle ball
  • Bluetooth Speaker with clip on handle
  • Drink Shaker
  • Foam Yoga Block
  • Foam Yoga Roller
  • Yoga Mat
  • Waist Pouch (not pictured)
  • 8 LB Toning Ball (not pictured)
  • Stretch Bands (not pictured)

I got my gear don’t wait too long to get yours this stuff sells fast! Namaste

Doggie Day

Gizmo and Scar

Who doesn’t love keeping their pups happy and I am very guilty, my two Gizmo and Scar well they are spoiled! Today they got two special treats a treat for the tummy and a treat for their paws! Depending on the time of the year and how much walking your dog does they put in some wear and tear on their paws and elbows! My little guy Gizmo not so much but Scar she really loves a paw rub. Here is a recipe I found that seems to work well I did leave out the essential oil only because my dogs are licking their paws constantly:

Paw Balm

Source: The Honest Kitchen Blog https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/blog/diy-paw-balm-for-dogs/

The ingredients: shea butter, beeswax, and either coconut or olive oil. Look for natural and organic versions if possible, and make sure that everything you use is human-grade. And small glass jars.


To melt the ingredients, you can use a double-boiler—or, since the beeswax may be hard to clean, you can mimic the double-boiling effect by placing a glass mason jar in a saucepan of water over very low heat. Combine 6 teaspoons of beeswax, 3 tablespoons shea butter, 3 tablespoons of oil (either coconut or olive), and any essential oils or Vitamin E. Stir the ingredients until the beeswax melts, then remove from heat. If you used a double-boiler, pour the melted mixture into individual tins and wait for it to set; if you used a jar, just want for it to cool, then screw on the lid. Viola!

How to Use the Balm

To use, massage into chapped paws whenever necessary. Most pets won’t lick off this mixture, but the beauty of a homemade balm is that it’s nontoxic and won’t be harmful if your dog ingests a small amount. If licking becomes a problem, try experimenting with adding a drop or two of different essential oils, or removing them altogether.

Pro tips: beeswax is a solid, and it can be difficult to cut/measure. To cut it at home, try heating a butcher’s knife under hot water, then slicing it into small chunks. If you can’t beeswax locally, look for it online—some stores sell it in beads, pre-measured blocks, or shavings, which are much easier to handle. If you’re interested in giving paw balm as a gift, try doubling or tripling the recipe. This balm can also be used if your dog’s nose gets dry and cracked in the winter, too.

Now this second recipe I found was very similar to the baked dog treats I posted before. The plus here is it’s a no bake and because they are frozen will be great come summer time as a cool treat!

Frozen Banana and Peanut Butter Treats

Source: http://www.eatthegrains.com https://eatthegains.com/peanut-butter-banana-dog-treats/

  • 2 large spotted/brown bananas
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil


  • Add your bananas to a stand mixer and use the paddle attachment to mix unti broken down, but still some texture remains. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can use a food processor, hand mixer, or just mash by hand.
  • Add in the peanut butter and coconut oil and mix to combine. Texture should be pretty smooth, but with some small chucks of banana in them.
  • Add 1 heaping tablespoons to bone shaped silicone molds, making about 10-12 treats. Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours to firm up. Store in the freezer and let your pup enjoy!

Simple Things to help out your budget

Used Coffee Grounds

If you drink coffee everyday you should know that coffee grounds are not only for brewing. Coffee grounds can be used for many things from the garden to beauty products. Check out the article below to find out what you might want to use coffee grounds on:

16 Creative Ways to Use Old Coffee Ground

Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/uses-for-coffee-grounds

Wool Dryer Balls and Lavender Dryer Bags

As you can see I love to shop at Trader Joe’s! They have good deals and they carry lots of natural none grocery items I use on a daily. I stop buying dryer sheets a while ago and started using both the wool balls and the lavender bags. Wool dryer balls absorb moisture and help get rid of static cling, but best of all they reduce drying time! Throw in a lavender bag for a smell of the provence plus they can be used up to 5 times in the dryer, than you can use as a sachet in your drawer. Because they are reusable and eco=friendly they make a better deal than using dryer sheets and are less expensive too!

2020 is Here!!!

As we start a new year we need to set our 20/20 vision on the goals for 2020! We are looking at what we eat, how we work on ourselves, and how we will start saving with smarter spending. Here are a few other apps to help save money this new year:

I use this app because who doesn’t buy groceries and you can use receipts from any store that sells groceries. Target, Costco, CVS, Costplus etc. It’s a quick way to get some money back for things you buy on the daily.

Fetch Rewards logo

Check out Fetch Rewards. It’s a free app that turns grocery receipts into rewards. Just scan any grocery receipt, and earn points towards awesome rewards. You’ll earn at least 1% on all listed brands and products, and gain access to exclusive offers that earn you even more points. No more entering codes, completing tasks or jumping through any hoops! Just scan your grocery receipt, and get rewarded.

Use my referral code, 76P5H, during signup and you’ll get 2,000 Fetch Points just for starting.

Download Fetch Rewards free here: https://fetchrewards.onelink.me/vvv3/referralemail?code=76P5H

The Stash app is another one I use where you can invest any amount of money you want on a weekly or monthly basis. You can start out small like just $5 and pick stocks you know like spotify, apple, or netflix. You can also use the Stash Spend Debit to invest where you shop like starbuck, amazon, or Verizon and get stock back rewards. You can watch your investment grow overtime on the app and as you get more comfortable see if you can invest more!

Stash Invest


ACORNS.COM this is the third app I use to also invest with just round ups on my daily spending. Acorns also offers Acorn Spend Debit Card which lets you see stores in your area that have “found money”, which means when you shop you get a percentage of your purchase invested into stock! Check it out one of these apps or all 3 might be for you:

Start investing with Acorns today! Get $5 when you use my invite link: https://acorns.com/invite/94LXHC

Invest your spare change

Set aside the leftover change from everyday purchases by turning on automatic Round-Ups.


Save for later

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Here are some more helpful post from my favorite:

The Penny Hoarder

12 Simple Money Management Tips You Can Start Today

Source: https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/save-money/simple-money-management-steps/

The Smart Wallet

10 Money Apps Every Millennial Should Have for 2020

Source: https://thesmartwallet.com/money-apps-millennial-should-have-2020-2/?articleid=25555