Chemical Free Beauty Routine

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Everything I do, as far as my beauty routine goes, is chemical free except for my deodorant. (Which I am working on. I want something that actually keeps me from smelling bad, which seems to be one of the more difficult things to do.)

However, I thought I’d share everything else that I do!

The cups are my vinegar and baking soda for my hair, the left bar is Dr. Bronner's and the right bar is the Canus goat's milk soap!

The cups are my vinegar and baking soda for my hair, the left bar is Dr. Bronner’s and the right bar is the Canus goat’s milk soap!

As far as my shower goes, I do no-poo for my hair. (If you’d like to read more on that you can see my post about it.)

Then I use Dr. Bronner’s organic lavender bar soap on my body. The biggest thing about using bar soap and using natural soap, is that when you switch, it feels so different. We’re so used to the ‘clean’ feeling chemicals give you. When your in the shower and still wet, your skin will feel different because its not stripped of everything you naturally have to protect your skin. Once you get out of the shower and dry off your skin feels better then ever, but it definitely takes some getting used to.

For my face (and my baby!) I use Canus goat’s milk soap. I swear it gets rid of my black heads, plus my face is incredibly soft after using it.

Once week I use the simplest sea salt mask on my face to soften it. (see the end of this post for the recipe and instructions =)

For my stretch marks from pregnancy, I use coconut oil.

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Its helps restore the elasticity in your skin and will tighten it back up. It has done so much for my stretch marks. They were bright red 2 months ago and they’re already a very light pink. My stomach’s skin is almost back to its natural tightness, even my fiance is impressed.

In between hair washes, I use a homemade dry shampoo on the roots of my hair to suck up some of the excess oil from the no-poo switch. And, I would actually suggest using it even if you haven’t switched. Its super helpful anytime. Especially if you have someone who won’t let you in the bathroom alone very often…… Like a baby……

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It works amazingly. Just put it on your roots with a make-up brush and comb it through. Its made with cocoa, so it smells good, and you can find the recipe over here at Wellness Mama’s blog.

To whiten my teeth I use activated charcoal once a week, and I brush with Earthpaste.

Super Easy Sea Salt Face Mask

So for the face mask I mentioned earlier, all you need is about a teaspoon of good quality sea salt and a few drops of water. (No seriously, just a few drops of water.)

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Add just enough water to make the salt wet, like so ^^, and rub it evenly all over your face.

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It should look like your face is horribly diseased and peeling.

Let it sit for 15 minutes, or until its dry again, and rinse it off with warm water. It’ll make your face dry (but soft!!) so rub a little coconut oil on to moisturize.

No-poo Update:

I told ya I’d update my no-poo journey.

This is how my hair looks now-

Oh my god! Half of it fell out!!

Oh my god! Half of it fell out!!

So. Much. Volume!!

Its still in the adjusting stage, so my scalp over compensates on its oil production. It also feels a little rough when its drying, but once its dry its pretty soft. Nothing super exciting yet! Just tons of volume =) I’m hoping it adjust before my wedding in September!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

This was shared on Party Wave Wednesday!

Real Food Teriyaki Chicken!

In my daily routine of opening the refrigerator and staring blankly  trying to decide on something to eat, I decided to try and make some teriyaki chicken with mushroom and arugula rice.

Only thing, store bought teriyaki sauce is full of crappy things and tons of high fructose corn syrup… And I had no idea how to make homemade.

So I decided to make it up as I went.

I seriously thought it was going to be insanely awful and I was gonna be so mad I wasted so many ingredients… But it turned out soooooo good!!

So, without further ado,

Homemade Teriyaki Chicken, with organic rice, mushrooms and arugula

You’ll need:

2 chicken breasts (pastured and local would be the best option)

1/2 tsp. chopped ginger

1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup honey (I used raw, but that’s just cuz that’s what I have around the house, it will be heated up so raw is not necessary)

1/4 cup Bragg liquid aminos (soy sauce alternative, GMO free!)

Organic black pepper

1 tbs. arrow root powder

Organic shitake mushrooms (I used shitake purely because it sounds kinda like teriyaki)

Organic arugula

1 c. of organic brown rice

I'm a huge nerd... my pepper is in the TARDIS =)

I’m a huge nerd… my pepper is in the TARDIS =)

Step 1: Get a super adorable baby and strap it to your chest**

(**This step is optional, but it adds extra cuteness to your meal, and cuteness melts hearts!!)

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Once your baby is sufficiently strapped on, combine the ginger, vinegar, liquid aminos, honey, arrow root powder and pepper in a sauce pan over medium heat.

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Whisk while cooking until it starts to thicken and bubble. (the arrow root powder is a corn starch alternative, it will thicken the sauce without all the GMOs regular corn starch has)

It should look like this, bubbly and thick and sticky

It should look like this, bubbly and thick and sticky

Once the sauce has thickened, you can remove it from the heat and put it in a separate bowl for later. It’ll look like this-

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At this point I’d take a break to talk to the little bugger strapped to your chest and have your heart melted by some big ole eyes before continuing.

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Cute your chicken into cubes (or leave it whole, its really just your preference) cook it on medium heat until its almost cooked through.

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Put half the sauce on and finish cooking it all the way through. It should look similar to this when your done

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Do to the fact that there’s not artificial colors, flavors or corn syrups, it won’t look dark brown once its on your chicken like the stuff you get at the store.

In a separate pot (or if your me, the same pot because your only have one….) add 2 cups of already cooked organic brown rice and half a pound of sliced organic mushrooms and cook over a medium heat until the mushrooms are as cooked as you want them. I wanted more of a salad so I didn’t cook it very long. Add in a very huge handful of arugula. I just cooked the arugula until it was slightly wilted.

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And viola!! The most delicious teriyaki chicken ever!!

Use the rest of the sauce on the finished product and over your rice =)

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X’s and O’s

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

This post is linked to Party Wave Wednesday, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, The Gathering Spot, Teach Me Tuesdays, Thank Your Body Thursday, Old-Fashioned Friday, LHITS DIY Linky, Natural Living Mondays, Fresh Bites Friday and Mary’s Kitchen Real Food Challenge Linky!

Project Bun-way and other news…

So Annie’s Homegrown brand foods was having a contest called Project Bun-way, in which they will send 25 semifinalists a 9′ by 9′ piece of fabric to create something with. The winner receives $1,000 for a charity of their choice and a 1 years supply of Annie’s foods.

I’m a semifinalist =)

I’m super stoked and can’t wait to get my fabric and start sewing!!

Also, if you remember this post:

Toxins… Toxins Everywhere!!!

Where I mentioned I would be making some Paleo junior mint squares, I did. And they are delicious!! Go make some!!

However, mine didn’t look nearly as fancy =P

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My fiance has been devouring them.

Speaking of my fiance, in my last post, I mentioned he got a call from a job…. He got it!!

So we will be moving within a month!

Yay!

So I have just been super busy with life. Looking for a new place to live, dealing with lots of paperwork, driving 45 minutes to where this new job is for his interview and soon orientation… Just super busy.

I hope to post later today about something that’s actually interesting and informative!!

X’s and O’s

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

”I Gotta Have Raw Milk….”

…Is the first thing that crossed my mind when my fiance told me he got a call from a good (way better then where he is now! Yay!) job, all the way across the river.

In the town I live now there is an Amish farm 10 minutes away that sells good quality raw milk and I’ve been getting milk there for ages. So, I was kind of having an internal freak out when I realized the county we’d be moving into for his job, isn’t as high of an Amish population and doesn’t have as much agriculture. I suddenly realized I might have to drive an hour to get my milk.

So, as I was looking online (www.realmilk.com,under the Real Milk Finder button) I found this super cool (kind of ingenious, year round farmer’s market type deal) service.

Your Family Farmer

The Farm Store- The genius behind this service.

The Farm Store- The genius behind this service.

This particular service is only available in certain areas in PA, so if your in PA check it out! If not, check it out anyways!! Its such a nifty idea and there might be something similar in your area as well =)

The service has a van that has coolers in the back and they drive around areas of PA to what they call drop points. You Place an order online, pick the closest drop  point and meet the van there to pick up your order. They have raw milk, grass fed meats, raw milk cheese, eggs and tons more! And you just have to go pick up your order at the bi-weekly drop point.

Now that I have discovered this, I will definitely be using it! Weather I move or not =)

Just needed to share!

X’s and O’s

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

Toxins…. Toxins Everywhere!!!

Ever since embarking on my journey to crunchy land, everywhere I look I see toxins.

I have a completely new view of the world.

I work at a grocery store on the weekends so I see all kinds of people buying all kinds of crap. On Friday a couple of girls came through my line and bought $200 worth of only frozen prepared foods. Not one single fresh item or anything to cook with. I just wanted to tell them how bad it is for them and how much cheaper it would be to prepare their own meals (but I’m not the preachy type and its probably against the rules of my job…)

I look at everyone’s hair and think to myself, “How many chemicals did you use to style your hair with?? Do you know what’s in your hair dye?” I’ll be the first to admit I still do some non-healthy things and have non-healthy habits and am not passing judgement on anyone, but once you realize whats going into everything you use and eat you see it everywhere.

Its scary and so few people see it!

I want to help people see it and realize its not as hard as it seems to cut such things out =)

 Even my fiance is starting to get the crunchy fever bad. He looks at all our food before we buy it in the store to see if there’s high fructose corn syrup in it (which there isn’t anymore! Yay!!) and is learning about GMOs and organically grown things right along with me.

OK, I’m stepping off the soap box now….

In other news tomorrow I will be making these:

Click the picture to go to the website and get the recipe =)

Click the picture to go to the website and get the recipe =)

Paleo Junior Mint Squares made with whole, simple ingredients from Swiss Paleo. Which is definitely a good website to go check out and learn more about Paleo living =)

I also bought some coconut flour today and will be experimenting in the kitchen with that making so grain free baked goods. I have been really sick the past few days so I’m stoked to be trying out some new things and getting back in the kitchen!

I will share how everything turns out!!

X’s and O’s

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

Officially No-poo!!

I’m so excited!! I finally started my no-poo shower routine =)

[If your like my fiance and think that I mean I’ve giving up pooping, it actually means not using any shampoo =)]

Instead of using ‘traditional’ shampoos and conditioners, I will be using baking soda and vinegar. My reasoning for this is that shampoos cost 4 or 5 bucks a bottle. Essentially, your paying for health hazards and t0 kill your hairs natural beauty. We use chemical filled shampoos pretty much from the time we’re born, so your hair never really has a chance to be naturally beautiful.

So how do you go no-poo?

I take two cups into the shower with me. 1 has about a tablespoon of baking soda and the other has about 2 tablespoons of vinegar.

I first take the baking soda and add shower water to the cup and mix it with my fingers. Then I pour it over my hairs roots and massage it into my scalp.

Then I add some water to the vinegar (I’m using white for now but will switch over to apple cider vinegar once I get more). I pour the vinegar over the ends of my hair and mush my hair around to get it covered and rinse it off.

While your hair is getting used to being cleaned naturally, there’s generally a transitional period of time where your hair will be more oily. This could take anywhere from a couple days to months. Since I just started I don’t know how long it will take for me, but I keep my hair up all the time anyways, so it doesn’t bother me.

This is my hair before, all chemical shampoos and conditioners. Excited to look for change and natural beauty!!

This is my hair before, all chemical shampoos and conditioners. Excited to look for change and natural beauty!!

I’ll update it as I go along and tell  you any differences I notice in my hair =)

So far, after my first wash, my hair feels the same as usual just is slightly more greasy then usual, but not much.

Can’t wait to keep going and documenting my progress! The more natural I go the better I feel about myself, inside and out. I feel physically better and emotionally better, then before. I’m still not as chemical free as I’d like to be yet, but I’m getting there and noticing a difference already. I definitely believe chemicals mess with your body in such ways that your mind and body become off balance with one another. Which can have some pretty devastating effects on ones self.

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{naturally bright red} Potato Soup!

If you recall my post from last week, I bought some little colorful potatoes. Well, I finally made them into soup!! And here’s the recipe =)

{naturally bright red} Potato Soup!!

Locally Homegrown potatoes

2 organic beets

Whatever broth you like best (I used chicken broth because I haven’t had a chance to make good bone broth yet)

Sea salt and organic pepper

1/2 organic onion

1 c. Raw milk

2 tbsp. Raw butter

2 tbsp. Your favorite flour

When I cook I don’t measure anything so this won’t be exact as it could be =)

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Start off by cutting up your onion, potatoes and beets {don’t skin the potatoes or beets, so many nutrients are in the skins, if they are real dirty you could rinse them off but leave the skins on}. I had tiny potatoes so I just cut them in half and I cut the beets down to about the same size as the potatoes. If you don’t cut them into equal sizes they won’t cook at the same pace and one or the other with be super mushy or under cooked.

Just wanted to show you the inside of the purple potatoes cuz they're so pretty =)

Just wanted to show you the inside of the purple potatoes cuz they’re so pretty =)

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Put them all into a soup pot and fill it with just enough broth to cover them and sprinkle in some salt and pepper. Put on the lid and bring it to a boil.

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Once its boiling turn down the heat (about medium-low, lid still on) and let them cook until the potatoes and beets are tender when you stick a fork into them. Mine took about half an hour, but my pieces were very small, if your pieces are large it will take longer to cook through. Once they’re cooked you can remove the pot from the heat.

In a separate pan melt the butter on medium-high heat. Once its melted add the flour and whisk it constantly until it starts to bubble. Once its bubbling whisk in the milk. As you whisk it will start to thicken up.

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Once its the consistency of pudding, pour it into the potato/beet pot.

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Stir together and that’s it!!

My picture of the final soup turned out awful =( because of the horrible lighting in my kitchen, but its a lovely, creamy red color.

Its super delicious and super pretty!

This post is linked to Party Wave Wednesday, Thank Your Body Thursday and Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways