PB SALTED CARAMEL COOKIES

Cookies have a special place in my heart. They’re one of my favorite treats and I love baking them. I love how versatile they are! They’re my favorite Christmas treat to make, too. They make amazing gifts for neighbors or coworkers, and there is a flavor for everyone.

These cookies are one of my new favorites. The flavors are so good and they’re easy to make!

PEANUT BUTTER SALTED CARAMEL COOKIES

GRAIN-FREE | VEGAN OPTION

1/2 c creamy peanut butter

2 eggs or flax eggs

1/3 c melted coconut oil

1 t vanilla

1/2 t pink salt

1/2 c coconut sugar

1 1/3 c Namaste Foods quinoa flour

7 Cocomel salted caramels

Mix together all ingredients except flour and caramels. Add in flour and mix well. Roll into one inch balls and top with small slice of caramel and extra salt if desired. Bake at 350 for 7-10 minutes.

Makes about 18 cookies.

I hope you guys enjoy these gems as much as we do! Be sure to use #naturallychelsrecipe on Instagram so I can see!

VANILLA CARDAMOM SCONES

Since going gluten-free, I have been working so hard on some good recipes. I have always loved baking, but baking gluten-free was so different from what I knew. I am finally feeling like a got this gluten-free baking thing down, and am ready to start sharing more of my creations!

I teased these delicious scones on my Instagram the other day, and I am so excited to be sharing them with you guys now.

These scones are:

simple to make

delicious

gluten-free

sugar-free (they do have honey)

paired perfectly with tea or coffee

They would be a great neighbor and coworker gift, or a great addition to your Christmas breakfast! I hope you guys love them as much as we do!

vanilla cardamom scones

GLUTEN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE

1 c. organic quinoa flour by Namaste Foods

1 c. organic gluten-free perfect flour blend by Namaste Foods

1/3 c. avocado oil 

1/3 c. plant based milk

2 organic eggs

1 t. vanilla 

3 T. raw honey

1 1/2 t.  cardamom

1 t. cinnamon 

1/2 t. pink salt

In a mixing bowl whisk together eggs, milk, avocado oil, honey, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, and salt. Using a rubber spatula, add in flours. Bake at 350 for 17-20 minutes. These make about 10 small scones and 7 larger scones.

Top with Coconut Cult, raw honey, almond butter, coconut whipped cream, or any other delicious topping! There are so good, I have them baking in the oven as I write this, and can’t wait to devour them.

I hope you guys try this recipe out! Be sure to use #naturallychelsrecipe on Instagram so I can see them!

*this post is sponsored by Namaste Foods. I have been buying their organic flours since I went gluten free, and have loved them!

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE ORGANIC GIRL (gifts for all budgets!)

It’s Christmas shopping season and I know that comes with a lot of stress. In an effort to help everyone cut down on that stress (because we all know that stress is the enemy!) Here is a quick and easy guide for gifts of all sizes and prices!

FOR THE BOOK LOVER

YOU ARE A BADASS- $7

THE TAO OF PARENTING- $9

MINDFULNESS DAY BY DAY- $15

TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR FERTILITY- $17

WOMAN CODE- $20

FOR THE FOODIE

VITAMIX- $400

NATURALLY CHELS RECIPES (my ecookbook!)- $3.99

FOR THE TECH LOVER

DEFENDERPAD- $98

DEFENDER SHIELD WALLET PHONE CASE

FOR THE BEVERAGE LOVER

HEALTHY HUMAN LIFE TUMBLER- $20

KOMBUCHA HOME BREWING KIT- $49

MATCHA POWDER- $40

MATCHA WHISK SET- $11

VITAL PROTEINS COLLAGEN PEPTIDES- $43

FOR THE NON-TOXIC LOVER

THE DIVA CUP- $26-30

BIG BERKEY- $288

SALT LAMP (2 PACK)- $24

ORGANIC IS THE NEW BLACK TEE- $26  plus free shipping!

KOSMATOLOGY HAND SOAPS- $9.99

SAVVY REST KAPOK PILLOW- $109-139

FOR THE BEAUTY LOVER

COCOKIND CHLOROPHYLL MASK- $18

JADE BEAUTY ROLLER- $27 (on sale from $35!)

COCOKIND COLLECTIVE- $35

ANY KOSMATOLOGY GIFT SET

PLUME LASH COLLECTION- $95

PLUME BROW COLLECTION- $133

ANYTHING FROM THE CHOOSY CHICK

There are tons of great ideas out there big and small! I hope this little list helps you with your gift giving this year!

What are your favorite wholesome, organic, or non-toxic gifts to give?

*this post contains affiliate links

DIY SHAMPOO FOR HAIR GROWTH

These days I often find myself considering cutting my lengthy hair. It’s grown so much over the past year, and I can contribute that to three things 1- oil training to the point of only washing my hair every 7-10 days. 2- coconut oil and aloe vera hair mask before each wash 3- using my homemade shampoo for hair growth.

That being said, I want to share my recipe with you! It is super-simple, only a few ingredients, and works WELL. It is a money-saver, too which certainly never hurts! I think that you are all going to love this recipe, and hope that it makes your hair long and healthy!

DIY shampoo for healthy hair & hair growth

1/4 c Dr. Bronner castile soap 

1/2 c water

2 t castor, avocado, or coconut oil 

15 drops of any combination of the following essential oils: peppermint, lavender, sage, frankincense, tea tree, cedarwood, rosemary, thyme. My favorites are peppermint and lavender. Frankincense, cedarwood and sage. Tea tree, cedarwood and frankincense. Lavender, sage, and rosemary.

I add all ingredients to my blender, and blend for about 30 seconds. Pour into a bottle (of any kind, you can even reuse an empty shampoo bottle!). I recommend doing a hair mask prior to washing, which also helps for hair growth by using coconut oil and aloe vera  from roots to ends. Leave it in for as long as you can (you can do coconut oil for a full day before washing).

what kind of castile soap?

I love using castile soap! There are so many great uses, and it makes a great shampoo! My personal favorites for shampoo are tea treeunscented, lavender, and peppermint. I do not add extra of the essential oil when using a scented soap (if I use the tea tree, I don’t add more of that oil into my shampoo.)

I also love that this soap is organic, non-gmo project verified, fair trade (coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and olive oil are all fair trade), vegan, and cruelty-free! You couldn’t ask for a better product, in my opinion.

does is work?

I contribute a lot of my hair growth to using this shampoo as well as to oil training. My hair is so healthy! But I know that many people will read this recipe and wonder if it will really clean their hair. The answer is YES. This is what I use almost every time I shower and my hair gets really clean, and stays really clean looking for about 1 week (sometimes a bit longer). I have noticed that when I use other products, they don’t clean my hair as well as this stuff, so I usually stick with my homemade version!

I also want to share with you that my hair has definitely not always been like that. I used to have really oily roots and an irritated scalp. This was back when I was a teenager, using toxic hair products and washing my hair every single day.

Because my hair is really long, I often shampoo with this stuff twice. There is so much hair I am working with so a double shampoo is usually necessary.

I would love to hear from those of you who try this recipe, and I hope you love it as much as I do! Tag me in your social media posts and be sure to use my hashtag #naturallychels

*This post was sponsored by Dr. Bronner’s

BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY SALES

I will be honest, I don’t LOVE the idea of black Friday. I don’t wait in line Thanksgiving night, I am cuddled up with my family, eating pie and relaxing after days of cooking. But that’s just me! I do love a good sale, though, especially online! I am also loving that some brands are releasing holiday gift boxes, so I will share those here too. I love gift boxes because it makes gifting so simple for some people, and shopping is a breeze! Plus, they are SO dang good. There are some great ones going on with my favorite brands this year that I am crazy excited about.

black Friday and cyber Monday sales to check out

Kosmatology 30% off Thursday-Monday with code CLEAN30

The Choosy Chick 15% off Friday-Monday with code GOBBLE *does not apply to glamorous box

Organically Becca “Organic is the New Black” tee 15% off with code BLACKFRIDAY through Monday

Vital Proteins free 5oz collagen peptides with $75 purchase with code PEACELOVECOLLAGEN

RMS Beauty 20% off entire site no code needed

Savvy Rest 20% off everything with code BLACK20 Friday-Monday

Dr. Axe 20% off site wide plus 2x rewards with code HOLIDAY20

Defender Shield 15% off site-wide plus free shipping within the U.S.

gift boxes to check out this holiday season

Cocokind Skincare has some INCREDIBLE new releases and gift box options

Plume holiday boxes will be released MONDAY 11/27

The Choosy Chick Green and Glamorous Box for LBBC 20% of proceeds go to Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Kosmatology has several amazing sets and their holiday hand soaps are my favorite!

If any more come up that I think are great, I will be updating them here! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

JADE ROLLING BENEFITS AND HOW-TO

Jade rolling is something I quickly grew fond of doing. If you are looking for a simple and inexpensive spa treatment for home use, look no further than a jade roller! The benefits are endless, so jade rolling is truly for everyone.

I have been using a roller from Jade Roller Beauty and I love it. Great quality and a great company. I have been really impressed and would 100% recommend buying from them.

what is a jade rolling?

Jade is a stone used in Chinese medicine that helps cleanse and drain the lymphatic system.

benefits of jade rolling

  • clears toxins
  • tones facial muscles
  • improves skin elasticity
  • promotes lymphatic drainage
  • helps clear breakouts on jaw and chin
  • stimulates blood flow
  • reduces puffiness
  • stimulates collagen production
  • can minimize pore size
  • headache relief
  • boosts circulation
  • reduces inflammation
  • helps clear sinus congestion

how to use your jade roller

After regular cleansing, exfoliating, masking, toning, etc….

  1. apply moisturizer or face serum
  2. forehead and temples: start with the large side of your roller in the center of your forehead closest to your hair line. roll the stone gently, moving down toward your ears, to your temple. always move outwards, away from your face. repeat 4-7 times, covering you whole forehead. move slowly, without applying too much pressure. repeat on the other side of your forehead.
  3. eyes: using the small end of your roller, roll gently over eyelids and under eye areas. starting in the inner corners, rolling out to your ears.
  4. nose and cheeks: start in the center and roll away from your nose, toward your cheeks. roll over cheeks toward your ears. again, repeat 4-7 times.
  5. chin and lips: using the same technique, roll gently across lips and chin toward ears.
  6. jawline: roll gently along jawline to your earlobes. then, starting at the chin, use a sweeping motion upward toward cheekbones, then out to your ears.
  7. neck: start at the top and roll downwards to collar bones.
  8. rinse, apply toner and moisturizer (I love using this after a mask + jade rolling)

cleaning and storing

after use, wipe roller off with a damp cloth and dry. do not use hot water, harsh cleaners or soaps. I recommend storing in the fridge, but you can store it wherever you like and place it in the freezer a few minutes before each use if you like it cold. it doesn’t have to be cold, but I like it that way.

how often to use

you can jade roll 2-4 times a day, but I personally use it once a day. I love it so much though, that if I had more time, you would catch me doing this 4 times a day! each session will take about 5-10 minutes but you could do it in as little as 2 if you didn’t have much time but still wanted to squeeze it into your routine.

after-care

your skin should be flush after. your body will be detoxifying so you will want to hydrate with TONS of water! flushing with water will help this process a lot.

I would love to hear from you! have you tried jade rolling?

*Jade roller gifted by Jade Roller Beauty

DIFFUSING AND ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BEDTIME

I have been a long time essential oil addict. From diffusing, to adding them to my soaps, showers and baths, to using them topically. There aren’t many things I don’t use essential oils for!

I want to share a bit about how and why we use essential oils for sleep and relaxation. In an effort to promote better sleep, we have been using essential oils in our night time routine for years. It’s evolved and changed a lot, but here is where we are at now!

why use essential oils?

There are so many different essential oils. They are a great holistic approach to be used topically or by diffusing for many ailments and various symptoms. You can use oils to promote relaxation, energy/focus, to treat a headache, nausea, PCOS symptoms, just as a few examples. You can also diffuse oils as a non-toxic alternative to candles and toxic air fresheners. Many essential oils are great for cleaning, skin care, and homemade products like my homemade non-toxic deodorant  and so much more! The options are endless with essential oils, and that is way we use them so much in our house.

I love using oils to promote relaxation and better sleep for my whole family. There are a variety of oil combinations to use, and ways to use them, so here are a few of my favorite ways!

essential oils that promote better sleep

lavender

frankincense

bergamot

sandalwood

chamomile

patchouli

cedarwood

ylang ylang

vetiver

there are so many more… but this is a good start and some of my most used for this purpose.

my personal favorite blend to diffuse for restful sleep

3 drops lavender 

2 drops frankincense 

2 drops cedarwood 

1 drop ylang ylang 

topical use sleep blend

10 drops lavender

5 drops frankincense

5 drops ylang ylang

5 drops bergamot

combine drops with 1/2 cup coconut oil. apply to wrists and soles of feet before bed.

oils for bedtime bath

10 drops of any combination of the following oils:

lavender, frankincense, sweet orange, peppermint, lemon.

essential oil brands

As you may know, there are so many different essential oil brands. I trust and like oils from:

doterra

mountain rose herbs

vitruvi

I personally don’t use any store bought essential oil brands, because I am picky about what oils we use. I would highly recommend these brands listed. I have been using many of them for years and trust their quality. I like diffusing all these brands, and though I have not used Vitruvi oils topically, I have loved diffusing them! I think that Vitruvi oils would be a great option for diffusing because they are a great price.

I also want to mention that I have been using Vitruvi focus mist and wake roll on.  Both of these are incredible, so while I have not tried their sleep roll on and sleep mist yet (have to get one next!) I would recommend it based off these products! I will share more about these two in my next essential oil post on oils that promote focus and energy (coming soon! sign up for emails!).

what diffuser to use?

I have tried tons of diffusers over the years. Many of them break after so much time of consistent use. Lately, I have been using Vitruvi  white stone diffuser. It runs for 7.5 hours, uses ultrasonic technology to diffuse, and is so beautiful. It also has an optional light which I love! The quality of this diffuser is amazing, and so far I am really impressed!

I have used young living diffusers several times, and they always end up breaking! The doterra ones are pretty good, but Vitruvi is a much better quality than any that I have used. Highly recommend it if it’s in your budget! I also think it would make a great Christmas present for just about anyone.

Do you use essential oils for sleep or relaxation? Join the conversation on my Instagram!

*Vitruvi gifted this diffuser and their oils to me for this post. These are my own opinions and views. I would not recommend any product (gifted or not) that I did not believe in, love, or use myself! We have been using these products since they day I got them, and I truly have been impressed with the quality.

EMF’s and Tips to Protect Against Them

It seems as if everyone is “plugged in” these days. We carry our smart phones with us everywhere we go, we are binge watching on Netflix, streaming Pandora, scrolling social media, and searching things on the internet. Electronics surround us everyday, everywhere we go, which means that EMF’s do too.

I first want to say that EMF’s are a lot to think about, pace yourself, and do what works for you and your family! This stuff is all over, so we can only control so much. I don’t do anything that is too stressful for me to do. It’s a work in progress, and I am okay with that! We are all on our own journeys.

What are EMFs?

Harmful EMF (electromagnetic field) radiation is produced by these electronics we are using and seeing. I personally feel like learning about EMFs can get complicated, and I want to keep this as simple as I can, so if you are wanting to read more about the how, I suggest reading this.

EMFs can carry low or high energies, which then tells us if it is ionizing, or non-ionizing. The health risks of these forms of radiation is overwhelming. And while some believe that non-ionizing radiation might be safe, most of these technologies are too new to know.

How can we protect ourselves?

There is a lot of amazing information on the DefenderShield website about the scientific research and proven methods to reduce exposure such as:

Time: take technology breaks when possible, and shut them off when they are not in use. Things like turning off your laptop when you are done, or shutting down your phone at night can cut back on some of the radiation levels traveling throughout your home.

Distance: keep a good distance from your devices. The further you can be from the radiation source, the better. It is even said that a small amount of distance can make a huge difference!

Shielding: Shielding devices from DefenderShield can absorb and deflect the radiation at it’s source.

More Tips to Try

Turn the WiFi off sometimes. Put your WiFi on an automatic timer, so it’s turned off late at night while you sleep, or during the day if you’re at work. This can help cut back on the radiation from having it on 24/7.

Keep phones away from your body. So many people keep their phones in their pockets! Try to get used to carrying your phone in a bag, or something. Even better, just set your phone down somewhere and take a break from being sidekicks 🙂

Become good friends with airplane mode. I use airplane mode as often as I can.

One of my personal biggest EMF concerns is my cell phone, because I use this more than other electronics, carry it with me, etc. I have been using the DefenderShield wallet phone case for a couple of weeks now, and I am loving it. You keep the case completely closed while talking on the phone, which blocks up to 100% of EMF radiation from the face of your phone! I have had a lot of you ask me over on Instagram if the phone case makes it hard to hear, or for someone to hear you on the other end. There is no difference in volume with this case! It’s incredible. I can hear everything great, and so can the other person I am talking to. This case protects virtually 100% of the EMF radiation from your cell phone face, so I feel so much safer carrying it around now. Plus, the quality of the case is really impressive!

They have DefenderPad’s too, which protect against EMF’s and heat from the bottom of a laptop or tablet. These are great for people who set their computer in their lap! DefenderShield has a range of amazing products to protect against EMF radiation that I would strongly suggest.

If you do not have a DefenderShield case, or DefenderPad, you can use speaker phone when making calls, opt for a text, and always set the laptop on furniture instead of your body.

If you are interested in purchasing from DefenderShield, use this code to get 10% off your total purchase! Code: naturally10

What do you do to protect against EMF’s? I would love to hear from you!
*Thank you DefenderShield for this amazing phone case

 

DITCHING THE TOXIC PILLOW

Have you ever considered the toxicity of your sleeping environment? We spend one third of our lives sleeping, which is a lot of time spent in your bed. This is why our sleep conditions and environment can play a major role in our overall health.

There is a lot I can get into about creating a less toxic sleep environment, but for now we are going to focus on one thing, one really big thing: your pillow.

Dangers of conventional pillows

There are so many different types of pillows out there, so I will focus on cotton and down. Cotton is one of the dirtiest crops in terms of pesticides. It’s widely used in pillows, mattresses, sheets, bedding, etc. These things are also treated with chemicals to be flame-retardant. Then there is down. Not only is the process of collecting the feathers inhumane, but they are often contaminated with allergens that only get worse over time. Feather pillows are also more likely to contain mold and fungi. Not things you want to be sleeping on every night!

Organic Pillows

There are a lot of organic pillow options out there, but I have been loving this one from Savvy Rest. It’s filled with kapok, a great down alternative. Kapok is a fiber that feels silky-soft, and is so cozy. It’s a natural fiber resembling cotton, but way more luxurious. My kids have been using organic cotton pillows, which are really comfy, but they are no comparison to the kapok! This fiber also naturally repels moisture, a huge plus.

Overall, conventional pillows can be full of chemicals and toxins, which we are then laying on, sleeping on, and breathing in. It’s no good! But it’s not something many of us even consider.

Customizing Kapok Pillows

I do need to be completely honest that when I first laid on this pillow, it was WAY too stiff for me. It felt so cozy, but it was too full for me. You wouldn’t believe how easy a fix this is, because you can completely customize your kapok pillow to your personal taste! All you have to do is unzip and remove some of the fibers. Then you can re-use the fibers in a throw pillow, or something so none of it is wasted. Another idea is to save the filling you take out for later on when the fibers have been compressed down a bit to fluff it back up again! After doing this, it was basically like laying on a cloud!

 

Have you swapped out your conventional pillows?

Have you ever heard of or tired kapok?

 

 

 

*This post contains affiliate links. *This pillow was sent to me for review, and I would never share anything I don’t fully love. trust, or believe in.

VANILLA COCONUT COLLAGEN PANCAKES

My family loves pancakes, and I love coming up with new pancake flavors and combos. They are one of my favorite things to get creative with. I use a pretty basic “base” recipe for most of my pancakes, but this one is a little bit different.


These pancakes are:

delicious

fluffy

sweet

and full of gut-healing collagen!

So good. I won’t waste any time getting right to the recipe, because you are going to want to make these!

Vanilla Coconut Collagen Pancakes

3 c. stone-ground wheat flour, or gluten free flour blend

2 heaping scoops Vital Proteins Vanilla Coconut Collagen Peptides

1 t. baking soda

2 pinches pink salt

2 t. cinnamon

1 egg

2 T. coconut or avocado oil

2 T. local raw honey

2 1/2-3 c. filtered water

Optional: coconut flakes

Mix dry ingredients together, then add egg, honey, oil, and water. Mix well in a stand mixer, until batter is smooth. Add in a handful of coconut flakes if desired ( I don’t love them in mine, but some people love it!).

On a greased (I use coconut oil) griddle, using a batter spoon, cook each pancake for a few minutes on each side. I turn the heat on my griddle to the highest setting, and usually only need 1 minute on each side to get a beautiful golden-brown.

Top with maple syrup, coconut, cacao nibs, nut butter, fruit, you name it!




I hope you enjoy this recipe, and make sure to use my hashtag on Instagram so I can see! #naturallychelsrecipe

Chels