MY NATURAL BABY SERIES - KYRI AGE 1 - 1 & A HALF


My baby. Oh how you've made my life so wonderful! You have brought our whole family so much love and joy. You are so hilarious! You love dancing and playing in your pool. You fall asleep on bike rides, you love wearing your cool dudes (sunglasses), and you always cheer us up if we are having a bad day. You don't mind eating off our plates at dinner time and you always eat all your veggies first. I know if you could live off one thing it would be peanut butter! Your favourite thing to wear is your birthday suit and it's really helping along with the potty training. You get so excited when I put on your cute little owl shoes because it means something fun outside is about to happen. Your brother makes you smile the most and you copy everything your sister says. You love animals and call them all Good-boy or bo (like our dog, Mugsy Good-boy). You love strawberries and dislike raspberries, which are mommy's fav, so I'll gladly eat them all for you. You love your 7am morning boobies and cuddles. You are growing out of bath time and all of your onesies. You can't use a spoon to save your life but you try every time and it's so cute to watch. You love playing and being goofy with your daddy. I think daddy is your favourite word. You know dog, bunny, banana, ball, butterfly, frog, worm, bird, tree and plane from your favourite book. If mommy let you you would eat every flower in the garden. Surprisingly sauerkraut is one of your favourite foods. You've been a great sleeper, except when I need you to nap! You call yourself Titi (instead of Kyri). You love pushing your tricycle around the backyard backwards. You climb every big rock you see. You have an amazing disco booty, and you can keep a beat. You have a great voice and you sing along to every song. I give you a dirty towel and you put in the hamper for me. You help pass me clothes out of the dryer. You grab things off the counter and freak mommy out. You had your first big owie at 15 months, a burn on the hand (so sorry that happened). You help mommy pull weeds, water plants and move rocks. You run like the wind when I grab the sunscreen. You love having your hair brushed when you are done your bath but dislike me washing your hair. Your new saying is "Poop in there" which sounds like "Poo'n'air". You say it all the time! We love all your funny personality and your loving gentleness.


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MY NATURAL BABY SERIES - BABY KYRI 6 M - 1 YEAR






DIAPERS: We still use natural disposable diapers at night, the Naty brand. During the day Kyri wears cloth diapers. She has many brands but they are all snappy-button ones this time. Her old velcro ones were Bum Genius All-in-one cloth diapers. I loved the velcro ones and I love the button ones. Go cloth diapers!
I apply this brand of baby bum jelly, from Clayborn Comforts, to her bum after baths and poopy diapers. It is the only bum jelly that really works! and it's organic. Kyri wears a hazelwood necklace or an amber necklace to help prevent rashes and skin irritations. Hopefully diapers will be done soon. Mommy doesn't love scraping the poopy diapers off in the toilet but she does what she has to do.



PLAY TIME: Kyri's favourite toys are her tricycle, her big wooden animal farm box, and her pushing/walking toys. She loves books and tries to read along. She absolutely would love to dance 24/7 if she could. She has an awesome skip, tippy toe, limp move that she's made up and she rocks it! Kyri loves going in her pool outside. Even when it's fresh cold water. She dives right in!

Her favourite play time that doesn't involve toys is playing on mom and dads bed. She loves crawling the pillows and I grab her legs and pull her to the front of the bed. She just laughs and laughs.

She loves singing songs, playing 'round and round the merry-go-round' and 'this little piggy'.

Kyri loves playing with pots and pans with her good friend Finley!


Her favourite spots are the pool and her sandbox but her ultimate favourite is to climb to the top level of the garden and play in the veggie garden dirt. She puts rocks in there, touches the kale and feels all the prickly zucchini, gently.


BONDING: Tod loves getting Kyri every morning. As soon as the alarm goes off at 7 Tod wakes up and gives her big kisses and brings her into our bed. We all lay there while she eats and try to get another half an hour of rest, before our monkey starts crawling all over us.

Kyri and I bond the most while I potty train her. We read, sing and talk to each other.

We bond really good during her feeding before bed too. When it's dark and she is calm. She still loves poking me in the mouth with her finger when she eats. I sing Sunshine you are my Sunshine to her, just like my mom sang to me.

I also love bonding with Kyri when we have a shower together. I pick her up and she just loves when the warm water hits her back and her head. She plays with my necklace and I just kiss her face over and over!


SLEEPING: At one year Kyri was sleeping soundly in her crib. She sleeps with my baby blanket, that was handed down to Seth and now Kyri. It has a couple small holes but we treat it with love and respect. She has transitioned, in the last 6 months, from sleeping on her tummy, to her back, then her side, now her tummy with her bum up in the air.

Over the summer she has gotten hooked on the sound of the fan. Now that the weather has been a little bit cooler we haven't been turning the fan on and she wakes up from noise in the kitchen. I guess people get easily addicted to white noise.

Kyri goes to bed between 8-9pm and wakes up at 7:30. Naps....all over the place. I'd say around 1 years old she slept at 11am-1pm for 3 months. Then she started sleeping around 2pm-4pm. Now she has only been napping in my arms, as soon as I move she is up for good.


BATHING: Kyri is still a water baby. She laughs, kicks, rolls over, lays back, swims, and floats. She likes having baths with mommy or alone. I've been bathing with her less and less as the months go on. I get in the way of her playtime! She used to love getting her hair washed but now she despises it! She loves pouring water into other containers and playing with toys that make bubbles. They make her laugh.

We is still using the Clayburn Comfort shampoo. It smells like lavender and chamomile and lathers so soft. It is perfect for baby skin and it's organic and tear free.


POTTY TRAINING: Kyri has been practising potty training since 3 months old. It is called elimination communication.  Your baby doesn't necessarily have to pee or poo, it's just to help them get used to the idea of being on the toilet. She now poos and pees on the toilet often. Not everyday but some. We clap after she goes and she gets very excited. I bring her on the toilet with me whenever I need to go and also when I notice her pushing.

While she sits we read her book and go over the names of the animals, colours and shapes. She loves copying my words. We sing songs like Sunshine, you are my sunshine and she tries to sing along. Also twinkle twinkle little star and the itsy bitsy spider are fun!


PLAY DATES: Kyri loves playing with her friend Finley. Finley was born a day before Kyri. Although Finley really loves his boy time with Kyri's older brother Seth. Kyri doesn't mind. She loves being around Jess and I when we have our girlie talks. Kyri gets play time with our great dog Mugsy everyday. She hugs him, pets him and says Good-boy, which sounds like Goo-bo! Mugsy loves Kyri back.


CLOTHING AND LAUNDRY: Cloth diapers only require a 1/4 of the normal amount of natural detergent to be used. Natural detergent must be used with cloth diapers. No fabric softeners, dryer sheets or bleaches are ever used. It is the safest, most natural way to do laundry.

Kyri was wearing her velcro baby genius cloth diapers at one year. They were leaking pretty bad, she was getting bigger and her pees were larger. So at 13 months I switched to a snappy cloth diaper and she wears 2 inserts and they hold everything in perfectly. There is no leaking and she doesn't go through as many clothes as she used to.

I still wash her cloth diapers every 2-3 days. Machine wash on heavy - hot and cold. In the summer hang to dry.




FOOD: I read Pregnancy, Childbirth and Children's Diets by Dr. Joel Robbins and have been following it very closely with Kyri. It is a quick read by a nutritionist who has great advice on what you should be eating during pregnancy, what your babies first solids food should be and when, and how to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your children's diets.
At one Kyri was eating all raw but now that she has developed more digestive enzymes, because she got more teeth, she has been eating all the same food as us. Since we eat all clean food she has been getting tons of nutrients during all of her meals. She still eats 90% raw. During dinner she might have some cooked rice, brown rice noodles or quinoa.

She loves sprouted buckwheat, apples, oranges, strawberries, cucumber, sauerkraut, hemp seeds, any and all of my desserts (no chocolate for kyri), coconut milk ice cream - agave sweetened, fruit popsicles, fruit smoothies, frozen cut blueberries, and cut grapes.


She's eaten too much banana, avocado, mango and kiwi. She now throws it on the floor!

Kyri doesn't eat meat (I gave her a piece of fish once and she spat it out), bread, and chocolate. No refined sugar, gluten, unfermented soy, dairy, white rice, white pasta, white flour, table salt ( sea salt - yes! ), and any type of packaged foods with preservatives.

She's never had McDonalds or fast food, she's never drunken any pop or juice. Only water, herbal tea, lemon water, and homemade nut milks. She absolutely thrives off of our diet and I am so happy to say, in the past six months she has NEVER been sick.


HEALTH: Kyri has had 1 cold, at 6 months old, that lasted 2 days. I'm assuming it was just a quick toxin release because any cold that I've ever had lasted two weeks, not two days. Or she just has an amazing immune system that kicked that cold's butt in 48 hours.

At 11 months she had a fever for 3 hours due to teething.

From 1 year to 1 and a half Kyri's immune system has been rockin. No sickness over the summer, no allergies, a sneeze here and there, but no read eyes, no reaction to pollen whats-so-ever.

Way to go healthy diet, healthy pregnancy and healthy baby! Plus breastfeeding helps!

She's never had any vaccines or antibiotics, over the counter drugs or prescription drugs.


GAS AND CRAMPS: If Kyri farts she says TOOTS! and toots lead to poops so we run to the potty! She never gets bad gas cramps.


BABY CARE: Finding natural/organic brands online is easiest. Your local health food store should carry some good brands of baby shampoos and washes.

Her baby bum Jelly by Cayborn Comforts is our favourite to prevent diaper rashes. It works great.
(We never had to use baby powder)

Eco-friendly toys are best. Toys made out of cloth, untreated wood and 100% silicone are said to be the safest.

Always wash new clothes before using. Same with baby blankets, bedding and fabric toys.

Let baby furniture off gas in your garage for a month before letting baby use them, like cribs, car seats and chairs.


MOMMY WEAR: I bought a Bravado bra when Kyri was 1 month old. I was using bras from Walmart before and they were AWFUL! But this bravado bra was/is like heaven on earth for breast feeding mommys. It is thinly padded, never leaks, has a clip that is easy to use and is so darn soft! Here is a link to their website. I highly recommend spending $50 on one bravado bra rather then two or three cheapos.


ROUTINE: I had Kyri on a pretty tight routine until summer started. Then it was always changing. She was great everyday. I'm sure once school starts again she will have to have her nap before I get the kids, or she can sleep in the car. At this age I pretty much she let her be as she wants. She's happier that way.


BABY SITTERS: Mommy gets to work out twice a week so Kyri is with Daddy or Grandma during those times. We all know how important it is for Kyri to get some time away from me so she feels comfortable being around other people. Babies need to learn to be comfortable around other people. They need love and comfort from everyone. Chloe, her older sister, has been babysitting too, so mom and dad can see a movie each week. We love it!


BREAST FEEDING: Breast feeding is so important. It helps prevent allergies in their future years and is the base of their health for the rest of their life! I am feeding Kyri 4-7 times a day and am loving every minute of it. I know that one day soon our cuddle time will end and so I try to cherish the time I have with her. She is growing so fast and I know she will self wean in the next 6 months. Some days she rarely wants any boobs, some times she only wants them. She makes the funniest face when she sees a boob! With her mouth like an O and she says "OH!" in her low santa voice! haha She does it just to make me laugh. She some times feeds for 10 minutes at a time, sometimes it's 1 minute. Everyday is different.


ACCESSORIES: Kyri has a B.O.B. stroller that we bought used online. She got used to it at 3 months and now loves it. She is so quiet when she goes for walks.

Her high chair is a easy clean chair with no fabric. It was the cheapest high chair we saw at Target and it was on sale, half off, so we got it. It's blue and super great.

We sometimes eat dinner in the living room, we sit on the couch and watch movies so we put Kyri in her bumbo that has an attachable tray and she loves using that.

Kyri uses her baby bouncy chair once a day, while I am in the shower. I strap her in and she just plays with any toys I give her before I jump in the shower. She has been in that chair since she was born so she is used to it.

We had a baby seat installed on my bike and have been biking every evening. She loves it. She fell asleep once!


PARENTS: Parenting is hard work! People don't talk about it much but at times you want to rip out your hair (not because of Kyri, mostly the older kids). But we do it because it's our job and our responsibility. We don't always have to love it but we do it because we want wants best for them. Even when we have to be strict and "mean".


DISCIPLINE: This is a touchy subject but I'm going to be honest. I spanked Seth's butt when he was a bad kid. I was spanked so it only seemed like it was the right thing to do. Then around 5, when I spanked him, he would laugh at me. Said it didn't hurt and then called me names and it wasn't going the way I had planned. So Tod and I decided that since it clearly wasn't working we would switch to other forms of discipline, like the dreaded time out at the table, staring at the clock for 10-15 minutes seems like a life time to kids. Or making him do lines at the table. Now with Kyri she has been having a couple spazzy moments, or yells because she doesn't get her way. As soon as she acts out she gets put in a chair in her room. She has her cry and then comes out when she's done and she knows that's what happens. She knows she needs to cry it out before she comes out. I don't shut the door. She just knows how it works! I'm not looking forward to giving her a time out at the table when she is older, she's my sweet little hunny bunny, but I guess I have to do what I have to do.


I'm looking forward to all our new adventures together throughout the fall and winter months!

11 SILENT KILLERS IN YOUR KITCHEN

I have had so many reminders over the past year that what I am doing and how I am eating is benefiting my life. Time and time again fate has let me know I am on the right path. I have had the craziest, almost out of this world experiences. And I know I am only experiencing them because I am coming up to my 3rd year of eating a clean diet. My brain is functioning at higher, cleaner levels, with balanced hormones.

Last night I had the most powerful realization. I've always been into visualisation. I guess its my way of meditating and letting God know what I want out of my life. I had a flashback of when Tod and I were first dating, we were on our third date, out for lunch at our favourite lunch spot. It must have been cold out because I remember us wearing our coats and scarfs. I felt a bit shy and uncertain about life, where it was headed and I wondered how much Tod really liked me. After we ate our lunch we talked and a crying baby kept interrupting us. I didn't mind but we both noticed the baby crying. Tod asked me if I wanted more kids. It was a topic I hadn't thought about in a long time. But as soon as he asked me I had this overwhelming feeling of happiness, love and security. I smiled and said "Yes. I want more children." Tod smiled and said "I think I do too." 

And from there on our dreams have always involved having more and more yummy cutesy babies. To love and to build our family tree. We want many grandchildren (hoping for many. No pressure kids...haha)

The happiness I felt on that day came flooding back to me. And I new I had envisioned Kyri on that day. I had imagined my future and NOW I am living it! I was so weired out that I started to cry tears of joy, uncontrollably. It was so obvious that Kyri was that happy glimpse into the future.

I am living the live I had always wanted for myself. I am healthy, happy, motivated to run, I have a great loving, hard working husband, who gives me massages when I least expect them, who tells me to get my butt out of the house and go see my girl friends when I need it. Tod is my best friend and lover. He gets me and helps me. I have three amazing children. Who are a pain at times but I love them to death. I am strict with them when I need to be and loving when they need me to be. I have a wonderful chill dog who licks my face way too much. I have wonderful family who calls me every couple days just to check in, they baby sit and we share healthy food together. I have a great sister and brother who are happy and are fun and supportive. I have wonderful girl friends that support my way of life and they tell me they are proud of me. I am creative, goal driven and a tad bit silly. I have security, love and happiness and that's all I ever wanted. I had to work darn hard to get it all but it's worth the work and I won't stop working until the day I die. 

(You gotta give love to get love, just like how you have to eat healthy to be healthy)

And that is something worth being proud of.
For my future goals and dreams I want to help people become healthy and complete their goals. I want to help people become healthy so they can feel THIS amazing and discover more out of life. Feel new feelings. Accomplish new goals and be proud of themselves.

I am a woman who wants to share her love and passion. I hope one day my story and life will inspire someone enough to make changes to their life.

So just in case if anyone wants to listen to my tips on how to make small changes to becoming healthier, here is a list on how I switched up my kitchen. (It's a bit intimidating but it's all about the baby steps.) and I should probably add - you should talk to your health care provider before making any dietary changes.... (if your into that).


11. Foods labelled fat-free, light or low fat and switch to regular foods that contain the regular amount of fat, just eat it less or not at all. The foods labelled fat-free and low fat have been altered by chemicals that will kill your system so fast you'll wonder what smacked your system and put you in that hospital bed. Triple coronary bypass. Instead of using sour cream, use vegenaise! You can always find a healthier substitute! Like coconut milk or almond yogurt! Same with chips, salad dressing, cream cheese, sweets, you name it. If it says light, low-fat, or no fat, put it back and keep walking!


10. Ditch the seasoning salt like Lawry's and switch to brands like Mrs.Dash that have no salt added, just spices and dried veggies. Cut the table salt and refined sugar out of your seasonings. It tastes just as great and you can always add sea salt to your dinner after it's cooked. Celtic sea salt is what you should look for instead of regular table salt. It's light grey and wet. You have to dry it out on the counter for days before using. And buy a heavy duty salt grinder. 


9. Kraft peanut butter & jams are loaded with bad sugars, rotten peanuts & berries, and preservatives. Honestly, the peanuts that go into making peanut butter are the moldy, dark peanuts that they can't put into bags to sell as salted peanuts. These moldy peanuts can cause a fungi called AFLATOXIN, which is a bad bad bad carcinogen (cancer forming), and when eaten with animal protein can cause liver cancer. Reference - The China Study writen by T. Colin Campbell. Switch to organic peanut butters that only have 1 ingredient, peanuts! And I have only been able to find 1 jam brand that doesn't contains refined sugar or cane sugar. But you can make your own at home. Blend fruit, add chia seeds and let chill. Chia seeds will make your fruit gelatenize.


8. Fridge condiments like ketchup, mayo, margarine, mustard, sweet & sour sauce,  and BBQ sauce....they all have tons of bad ingredients like refined sugar, table salt, hydrogenated oils, MSG and other preservatives. Save your arteries and clean out your digestive system by buying organic brands like Organicville, which makes tons of condiments, sweetened with agave, molasses and honey. 


7. Juice, pop, coffee & alcohol. Now this one was the hardest one for me. 1, because who doesn't drink juice and 2, cuz I used to love to mix alcohol with juice. and who doesn't love the refreshing fizz of a nice glass of pop!? So once you've done enough research on what pop and alcohol are ACTUALLY doing to your system...you'd never touch the stuff again either. Besides, alcohol was making my life worse, not better. I learned about pasteurization and how it kills vitamins in juice and without the fiber from the fruit, the sugars are digested too fast, giving you a spike in blood sugar levels and it's really bad for your body. Even kids get way too much sugary drinks (they don't and shouldn't have any! Even juice boxes). Coffee...is very acidic and is a stimulant, using your bodies adrenaline to give it the high you want to start your day, but all that adrenaline being produced causes your body stress and no one needs extra stress so switch to green tea or yerbe mate tea to get your natural healthy morning kick start. Even morning lemon water will give you a great deal of energy to start your day. (Click on lemon water to read more.) Swap out juice and pop for water and herbal tea, sweetened with unpastuerized honey. Never let the tea water come to a boil so it doesn't pasteurize the honey. (Raw honey has so many health benefits you don't want to kill them all.) Also try Kombucha, which is a naturally fermented tea. It's fizzy, tastes great and has amazing health benefits.


6. Packaged, freezer, ready to go foods. Switch to home cooked meals, then freeze. Don't even buy frozen pees. Eat what's in season and sold locally. Worried that you can't find local oranges cuz you don't live in California. Red peppers have more Vitamin C then any fruit or veggie and help your body absorb iron, in fact iron won't be absorbed if your body doesn't have adequate levels of Vitamin C. So eat your spinach or kale salad with red pepper! No more frozen McCain's pizzas, or perogies. Put back the frozen fries and those microwave pastas....it's all so bad for you. And you feel bad after you eat them! Make extra soup and freeze that. or an extra lasagna for those busy days. Bye bye Green Giant and bye bye preservatives.


5. Excuse my rant - Hormone injected, GMO soy fed, caged up, antibiotic filled pork, beef and poultry. Switch to organic grass fed, free range animals like bison, and eat sparingly - once or twice a week. (You'll notice a huge change in how much better your poop will be, the less meat you eat. You'll be done in 2 minutes or less, yes... pooping. They will be solid and they won't be uncomfortable. You'll go twice or more a day - per each meal. And you'll feel great!) This meat is honestly changing the way our children are growing, they are too being filled with hormones. Kid are growing larger and are going through puberty earlier and earlier. Red meat is a stimulant, which is very addicting. We get a high off of this stimulant without even knowing it. It increases our adrenaline, just like refined sugar or coffee. The high levels of adrenaline that are being pumped out for every meal are creating a huge down warn toll on our bodies that leave us week and lethargic. Toxins levels are high in meat as well, just read The China Study! And since most people eat meat with every meal you can see how, after time, people loose their quality of life.


4. Pasteurized dairy like milk, ice cream and sour cream. Pasteurized dairy is very acidic to the body. It is hard to digest and when your body is brought down to low acidic levels it needs to regulate it's pH. The body does this naturally. It uses stored nutrients to regulate it's pH levels. Stored nutrients like calcium from your bones. So over time.....if you eat to much acidic food you'll develop osteoporosis. But we were told milk makes strong bones! Ya well I would say that too if I was trying to sell you something. The calcium is added synthetically to milk, meaning it's not real organic calcium, like from almonds! It's fake useless garbage. Why do you think osteoporosis levels are sky rocketing? Dun dun dun. ALTHOUGH through years of research my favourite author and friend, Ron Garner, the author of two amazing life changing books, found that plain yogurt and cottage cheese is mildly alkaline. So buy organic and eat it in moderation. Look for no sugar added and please switch to almond milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, unpasteurized cheeses and to make desserts creamy, use blended cashews or coconut meat. I have MANY recipes that do not use dairy to help you on your health journey.


3. White refined products like white flour, white rice, table salt, and white pasta. All of these used to be in my home. I never thought twice about eating them. Yes I heard that whole wheat was better for you but that's it. I thought What the hell...I'm young. Nope! Wrong! By taking this stuff out of my kitchen, I cleared my skin, I lost weight faster, my period cramps went away, I wasn't bloated anymore and I felt great. Honestly all of this fake, man made starchy garbage makes people feel like garbage. Take it out of your diet and kitchen and I promise you, you will feel like a whole new person. No it's not a simple task but if you take it out of your home, it's not there to cook or bake with right! Try swapping out your white pasta for brown rice pasta. It's so good and gluten-free (easier to digest). Swap out white rice for brown, basmati or wild rice. Switch out table salt for celtic sea salt and white flour for oat flour, brown rice flour, coconut flour and almond flour. I have tons of recipes that use all of these ingredients! Please try some here.


2. Brown sugar and other bad baking. Switch out brown sugar for coconut sugar, maple syrup, brown rice syrup or molasses. Always buy aluminum free baking powder. Make sure your extracts are pure. Try vegan baking or even raw desserts for cleaner treats


1. And the most deadly silent killer is...white refined sugar. TOXIC! Yes I have been talking about refined sugar in most of these points but honestly it is THE worst! It's in everything. I dare you to go to your fridge and read the ingredients on 5 packages of food, or drinks, or condiments...look at any and you'll see that sugar is usually the 2nd, 3rd or 4th ingredient. That's a lot of sugar in your food and drinks. In the average home it's eaten in every meal. It takes tons of stored nutrients to digest this harmful food. The difference between refined sugar & sugar in fruit is that refined sugar has been stripped of all it's nutrients, has been bleached, packed and labelled as natural and we have all been fooled by it's sweet taste, but when our bodies are telling us something is wrong, something is wrong. This is a straight up drug. There have been shows like 60 minutes that have done segments on how powerful refined sugar is to a child's brain. It's worse then crack. and children eat refined sugar in every meal? No wonder they can't focus in class, no wonder diabetes is sweeping the nation and no wonder woman are having a hard time loosing weight. It's in everything! But if I can ditch it, so can you. Refined sugar doesn't live in my home. It's been banished now for over 2 years and I haven't felt this good since I was a kid, honestly! Switch out refined sugar for unpasteurized honey. Learn how to bake with it. Use it in your tea! Change your life!

References

Conscious Health by Ron Garner
Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr
The Disease-Free Revolution
Whole Foods to Thrive by Branden Brazier
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK & CHOCOLATE TREAT

Simplicity.

All you need is almonds and water to start...and a bit of time.

First you need to soak 1 cup of raw almonds over night, covered in filtered water.

Then the next day, when you have half an hour to spare, drain and rinse the almonds, then take the skins off the almonds by pinching/ squeezing them off. Discard skins in the compost. Now add 2 cups of filtered water to your blender with the skinless soaked almonds and blend on high until smooth.


There shouldn't be any chunks of almonds left. Only a thick creamy liquid.

Pour into a tea strainer or cheesecloth and strain. If using a tea strainer you'll have to stir with a spoon and press down to push out the liquid until there is only a thick almond pulp left. Save this pulp for cookies, baking or other delicious treats.

Add another 2 1/2 cups filtered water to the almond milk you have just strained. There should be a total of 4 1/2 cups of liquid. Store in a large mason jar or washed glass juice container.

I like to leave my almond milk unsweetened and unflavoured, in case I need to use it for baking.

To flavour. For vanilla add a bit of sweetener, such as stevia, unpastuerized honey or maple syrup, and vanilla. So either a the vanilla bean seeds or vanilla extract.


For chocolate add cacao/cocoa powder and sweetener. I like to add a bit of carob powder to my chocolate goodies for a traditional chocolate flavor.


I strongly recommend making some chocolate almond milk, heating it up, then pouring it over vanilla coconut milk ice cream! It's such a wonderful treat. Reminds me of my Oma and Opa's house.


HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK
Makes 4 1/2 cups


  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked over night and rinsed
  • 4 1/2 cups filtered water

1. Soak the raw almonds, covered in filtered water, over night.

2. Drain and rinse the almonds. Pinch off the almond skins and place in a high speed blender with 2 cups of the filtered water. Blend on high until smooth.

3. Strain almond milk through cheesecloth or a tea strainer. Save the thick pulp for other treats.

4. Add the rest of the filtered water, 2 1/2 cups, to the strained almond milk. Store in a mason jar or glass juice container in the fridge. Will keep for 3 weeks


Recipes that contain almond milk:

Gluten-free Seriously Awesome Pancakes, my fav!

and you can add it to any type of shake or smoothie!

MY DAY GOES LIKE THIS. 2014


Every morning I have the pleasure of waking up beside my sweet sweet toddler Kyri. Tod usually wakes up around 7 each morning, to either work, run, or work out. So as soon as Kyri wakes up, Tod brings her to me and we have boobie and snuggle time. If I'm lucky she sometimes falls asleep for another half an hour. I love my morning time with her. We play with my ear plugs. I put them in her ears, she puts one in my nose, I put one in her belly button, she puts one in her mouth and I quickly take it out. "Big Yawn".


Kyri climbs off my bed and I seat her in her bouncy chair and do up the straps. I give her her tooth brush and while I brush my teeth in the shower she brushes her teeth in her chair. Kyri loves being in her chair. She talks and plays to herself while I wash up. I usually only wash my hair twice a week so my showers aren't very long.


Me, after my shower. Yikes. I gotta do something with that hair...or not!


While I put on my make up, brush my hair and get ready, Kyri looks through my stuff in the vanity cupboard. Here she is looking at movie tickets. Tod and I saw Guardians of the Galaxy the night before. I then do her hair, change her bum and get her dressed.


Kyri's all ready for the day and is still loving these movie tickets.


On the weekends daddy puts on music first thing and Kyri and daddy dance! After Kyri finds her favourite hat of course.


We love this disco record. It's a compilation of great songs from the 70's.


Kyri's height. All of our heights are on this wall.


Saturday morning is Seth's morning, to rise and shine, drink his morning shake and start vacuuming the house. He gets allowance so don't feel too bad for him.


After dancing with Daddy Kyri comes back into the bathroom with mommy to help her do her make up. Mommy only wears natural make up, mostly organic.


Thanks for the smoochin!


I need my morning lemon water. Half a lemon squeezed in warm filtered water. I drink it slowly, then wait 20 minutes before eating fruit. I usually have an apple and a banana, or a morning shake, filled with fruit, berries, wheatgrass, maca, chlorella and spirunlina.


Take my lemon water outside with Kyri to visit the vegetable garden. We like to see how our plants are doing each morning.


Ooo the cauliflower is starting to grow inside. 4 more zucchini are sprouting. The lettuce has all gone to seed. There are red onion and kale that is ready. Cherry tomatoes & large tomatoes are green. 1 cucumber. No watermelons. Strawberry flowers are blooming and blackberries are ready to be picked.


Spider webs everywhere lately. They are hungry too!


Try not to destroy their webs Kyri.




Kyri! You can't eat your apple through your dress, you funny monkey!


Kyri likes to sit in all of the chairs in the backyard. She is big enough to climb up and climb down.


Time to grab Seth and go pick some blackberries. Seth invited the neighbours to join us.


Bringing a board so he can place it in the ditch to reach the ones on the other side.


All done picking. Now it's time to grab groceries for dinner.


Heading down the big hill downtown. I love how we can see the ocean from here.


After shopping we put the groceries away and grab a piece of banana bread to snack on. I always share with Kyri while Seth eats his piece to himself. He hides or else he has to share with his sister.


Boobie time.


Our neighbours knock at the door and ask us to join them for a beach day adventure. We say sure! Our neighbours bring their adorable daughters and puppy. (While daddy works.)













We come home and shower off outside. Seth takes Mugsy for a walk around the block.


Popsicle time while Kyri naps. I relax on the computer for a bit.


Feeding Guiny.


Awake from her nap, giving her bunny a sweet kiss.


Seth washing dishes.



Some food from the day. Fresh picked blackberries. Gingersnap cookies. Zucchini Lasagna.


Sauna then Kombucha then bed. G'night!

Check out my post from last year.

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