coconut oil

Back-to-Work Mornings

Daily clothing bags

I’ve been trying to find ways to help me organize myself, so that my weekday mornings aren’t as chaotic as I think they could be. Here are some things that I’ve done so far:

  1. Oatmeal bags: I use a Decosonic to make ½ cup plain oatmeal bags for breakfast. I also make small containers filled with toppings for my oatmeal. This week, I’m eating cinnamon raisin.
  2. Healthy snacks: I used the Decosonic again to make healthy snack bags for the office. So far this week, I’ve eaten rice cakes, popcorn and almonds. It’s working out quite nicely.
  3. Clothing bags (see above): I used large Ziploc bags to organize my baby’s clothing for daycare for the week. Each bag includes a onesie, pants or shorts, shirt and socks. I’m flexible for swapping something out, depending on the weather, but it’s really great to have something to start with.
  4. Slow-cooker meals: My husband is an excellent cook (I will be happily blogging about some of his meals later on). This week, he made a big pot of chili. It’s great and really healthy for lunch. We often make a lot of extra food and put it in the freezer until we need it that day.
  5. Pre-made coffee: Not a huge deal, but I find it helps when I pre-make the coffee in the coffee maker the night before. That way, when I’m all glossy-eyed in the morning, all I have to do is push a button and voila! Coffee will be ready soon!
  6. Coconut Oil: I like to use products that have multiple purposes, like coconut oil. I use coconut oil daily as a eye makeup remover and face/body moisturize. For more ideas on ways to use coconut oil, check out this blog post.

Coconut OilWhat do you do to make your mornings go just a little bit smoother?

On the coconut oil bandwagon

 

Hi, I’m Jenny and I love my coconut oil.

February 2014, I discovered the benefits of coconut oil. I know. I’m a little late. Even though I haven’t tried all the great things that you can use coconut oil for, I am slowly making my way down THE LIST.

What are the health benefits of coconut oil?

Studies have show that intake of coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Even more, it also can help to fight off yeast, fungus and candida.

Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control. People who take coconut oil also tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar since coconut can help improve insulin use within the body. Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. – Dr. Oz 

I love this list of 101 uses for coconut oil from Wellness Mama. I refer to it quite often to look up new ways to use my favourite oil.

From her list, here are a few ways that I have used (and continue to use) coconut oil for:

  1. As a cooking oil
  2. On the skin as basic lotion
  3. Eye make up remover
  4. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
  5. A natural SPF 4
  6. Nighttime facial cream
  7. Sugar shower scrub (equal parts sugar and oil)
  8. Lip gloss
  9. help skin heal faster after injury or infection
  10. Help sooth eczema
  11. Shaving cream
  12. Reduce itch of mosquito bites
  13. Stop cradle cap

Here are a few ways that I want to try to use coconut oil for soon:

  1. In homemade lotion bars
  2. Diaper cream
  3. Massage oil
  4. De-frizz for hair
  5. Intensive natural conditioner (Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave on overnight)
  6. Chocolate coconut clusters
  7. Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
  8. Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
  9. Mix with salt to remove dry skin on feet
  10. A tablespoon mix into tea to sooth a sore throat

Do you use coconut oil? What do you use it for?