Patriotic Picnic Printable

The first 4th of July printable was such a hit, I decided to do another! Who doesn’t love options?! If you missed the first one, you can find it here!

Use these printables to create a kid friendly, healthy snack for your celebrations! Adding a printable takes only a few minutes, yet makes you look like the Pinterest Queen! #winning

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What you need:

Just print, cut, & tape! Put it a cute basket & take to your 4th of July cookout.

 

As always, thanks for reading! Be sure to share pictures of your festive pouches on social media and tag @coldcoffeegrind!

xoxo,

 

Brittany

4th of July Applesauce Pouch Printable

Hey, all…so I LOVE the 4th of July! There’s just something so nice about celebrating our freedom, celebrating with friends and family, and obviously fireworks. I love creating some type of Pinterest-inspired dish for each holiday but, those festive dishes aren’t always kid friendly….or healthy! So, I decided to create a quick, simple printable for your 4th of July celebrations!

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What you need:

Just print, cut, & tape! Put it a cute basket & take to your 4th of July cookout.

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As always, thanks for reading! Be sure to share pictures of your festive pouches on social media and tag @coldcoffeegrind!

xoxo,

 

Brittany

 

Fight, Focus, & Renew

It’s no secret here, I am a HUGE fan of organic apple cider vinegar. Let me rephrase that, I am HUGE fan of the benefits…the taste, that will grow on you!

Organic ACV has been a part of daily routine for almost ten years now. I started my ACV regimen by taking 2 tablespoons each morning. While I stick with that routine a majority of the time, I have found some ways to make my ACV regimen a little more enjoyable, effective, and taste better.

If you’re new here, check out my post on White House Foods DETOX drink. This is my monthly detox drink which is made with Organic ACV with mother. I drink one bottle of Detox for 7 days each month. You can read more here!

Onto these NEW drinks… FIGHT, FOCUS, & RENEW!

These drinks are all made with organic apple cider vinegar with mother, are ready to drink (although I prefer to refrigerate,) and taste delicious! These drinks are NOT a substitute for my monthly Detox but I do like to trade them out for my daily dose of ACV.

Here’s a little description of each flavor:

 

Fight

  • FIGHT: orange, ginger, and turmeric
    • ingredients known to help boost the immune system.

 

 

 

  • FOCUS: blueberry, green tea, and ginsengFocus
    • ingredients known to help relax your mind and soul.

 

 

 

 

  • RENEW: lime, grape, and mintRenew
    • ingredients known to help rejuvenate your mind and body.

 

 

I love that these drinks were curated with purposeful ingredients!

 

You can find all of these drinks in Wal-Mart, White House Foods Online, or here on Amazon.

Comment below and let me know if you try and which one is your favorite!

 

As always, thanks for reading!

 

xoxo,

Brittany

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Subscription Box

TWO of my favorite things just came together….. my monthly detox regimen AND subscription boxes!

Meet…Apple Crate Co.!

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If you follow me on Insta, you know I am a strong believer in doing a monthly detox with White House Food’s DETOX drink. The drink is made with Organic Raw ACV with mother, lemon, and cinnamon. It’s a simple, 7 day regimen that rids my body of toxins, aides healthy digestion, and reduces bloat. I love that I can do this DETOX while maintaining a my normal diet and exercise routine.

While in the past I have had to hunt down 7 bottles from my local grocery store, NOW my 7 bottles are delivered right to my door each month. Not only is this super convenient, but it’s also the perfect reminder to detox each month.

What’s in the box?

  • 7 – 16oz Detox Drinks
  • Brochure with tips and information on how to get the most out of your 7-Day Detox
  • Goal Tracker Calendar
  • FREE Priority shipping

What’s the cost? The Apple Crate is $30 per month with FREE shipping!

For more information on the actual DETOX, read here!

I also offer FREE online accountability groups where a group of us come together (in a private online group) and do our monthly detox together! It’s a great community that is free to join with your purchase of DETOX! Click here for more information on the groups.

Have questions about the Detox or The Apple Crate Co., send me a message or comment below! I would love to chat.

Happy Detoxing! Here’s to feeling our BEST!

 

xoxox,

Brittany

 

PS: Do you like to share brands you LOVE on your social media? Apply to receive an Apple Crate to share with your followers here!

 

 

Easter Egg Dying!

I was looking for a new way to dye Easter Eggs this year, and I am obsessed with this technique. It’s simple, somewhat clean, and creates BEAUTIFUL eggs!

Ingredients:

Supplies:

  • Paper Towels
  • Tin/Foil Pan
  • Large Bowl
  • Small Cups
  • Spoons

Directions:

  1. Prepare eggs. Pour White House® White Distilled Vinegar into a bowl. Submerge the hard-boiled eggs into the vinegar. Let the eggs soak for 2 minutes. Removes the eggs and dry with paper towels.
  2. In small cups, mix a little bit of each color of gel coloring with a few drops of vinegar.
  3. Spread the cool whip into your tin pan.
  4. Drip food coloring-vinegar mixture over the whipped cream in small drops. Be sure to space the colors apart.
  5. With the end of a spoon, swirl the colors into the cool whip. Be sure not to completely mix the colors.
  6. Roll your eggs in the mixture. Use your spoons to push them through the colored cream. Make sure each egg does one complete rotation and is covered in colored cream. Do not over rotate your eggs through the mixture, too many colors mixed = brown. Brown isn’t very Eastery!
  7. Keep the eggs in the mixture for 30 minutes MAX!
  8. Wipe the cream off the eggs with a paper towel. If too messy, run under cold water.
  9. Voila! You have some beautiful eggs! (Pictures of the steps below!)

If you try this method, take pics and tag me on social @coldcoffeegrind or #coldcoffeegrind ! I would love to see!

 

xoxo,

Brittany

 

 

 

Easter Basket Ideas!

I was trying to change up the typical Easter Basket this year with some new ideas, so I thought I would share!

Benjamin gets so much candy during Easter Egg Hunts with family, so I like to fill his Easter basket with items he can USE and stay away from the sweets!

What items do you fill your baskets up with? Please share in the comments, I would love more ideas!

Easter Basket Items: Click on the word for a shopping link!

Kite

Clear Applesauce Pouches

Cotton Tail UTZ

Handwriting Books

Coloring Books

Melissa and Doug Magnets

Travel Pack Mini Art Set

Magic Ink Pictures

Bubbles

Socks

Underwear

Hat

Sunscreen

Shampoo/Conditioner

Bath Crayons

Flips Flops/Sandals/Crocs

New Swimsuit:Girl/Boy

Beach Toys

Coupons for Activities

Book

Slippers:Girl/Boy

Cuddle + Kind Doll

Sunglasses

Rain Boots

Garden Tool Set

Seeds for Garden

Photo for Pinterest

Thanks for reading and have a Happy Easter!

xoxo,

Brittany

 

Chemical Free Cleaning Hack: For the Bathroom & Laundry

I recently made the switch to using all chemical-free, non-toxic cleaners. Check out the full video for some extremely easy and low budget ways to clean your sink, bathtub and shower, and an easy chemical-free fabric softener.

All cleaners use White House Foods® White Distilled Vinegar and items that can easily be found in your pantry. I also love substituting the White House Foods® Scented Cleaning Vinegar for regular White Distilled Vinegar, but both work for ALL of the mixtures used in the video and listed  below! I hope you guys enjoy this video! All cleaning mixtures and instructions are listed below!

 

Sink Bowl Cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with White Distilled Vinegar, spray sink bowl thoroughly with vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda on top. Let the baking soda sit and vinegar sit for 30 minutes. Use warm water and a sponge to scrub and rinse sink bowl.

Drain Cleaner: Pour 2 tablespoons of White Distilled Vinegar down the drain and let sit overnight. Then in the morning, turn the water on warm and let run for a few minutes. Do this weekly for drain maintenance.

Faucet Cleaner: Pour about a 1/4 cup of White Distilled Vinegar in a baggie and wrap around the head of the faucet. Use a rubber-band to secure the baggie to the faucet overnight. After it sits overnight, remove the baggie of vinegar and run warm water. Do this monthly.

Tub & Shower Cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with White Distilled Vinegar, spray the tub/shower thoroughly with vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda on top. Let the baking soda sit and vinegar sit for 30 minutes. Use warm water and a sponge to scrub and rinse!

Shower Door Cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with White Distilled Vinegar, spray shower door with vinegar. Use a dry microfiber towel to wipe away residue.

Bathroom Floor Cleaner: Mix half a gallon of warm water with half of cup of White Distilled Vinegar in a bowl. Using a mop or sponge, scrub the floor with the mixture. For floors with tile, using a brush and the mixture to scrub stained grout. Mop or sponge and excess water. Let air dry or dry with a towel.

Fabric Softener: Use White House Scented Cleaning Vinegar OR regular White Distilled as a fabric softener replacement. Pour the same amount of vinegar as you would fabric softener. Vinegar creates the same result without all the unnecessary chemicals!

Did you miss cleaning hacks in the Bedroom and Living Room? Read HERE!

How do you avoid harmful chemicals while cleaning your home? Please share in the comments!

 

Thanks for reading/watching. Check back soon for cleaning hacks in the kitchen!

xoxo,

Brittany

Chemical-Free Cleaning Hacks: Living & Bedroom

Before becoming a mom, I really didn’t think twice about the cleaning products I was using or the chemicals they were filled with. If they smelled good and made my house look shiny, it was good in my book.

After becoming a mom, you get sent one article about how your floor cleaner can burn your infant’s skin and you quickly start to pay a little more attention.

I wouldn’t classify myself as a helicopter or Pinterest mom. I am more of you-gotta-do-what-you-gotta-do, it’s a Chick-fil-a for dinner, cold coffee drinking mom. So, when I say that I am sharing some simple replacements for your everyday cleaning products, I mean these are totally doable for the non-Pinterest mom too!

These are my go-to cleaning mixes for the living and bedroom using White House Foods White Distilled Vinegar! After doing a little research, I chose white vinegar as my base for most of my cleaning because it’s non-toxic, yet kills germs. These recipes are great for kid and pet friendly homes! I will be sharing bath, kitchen, and outdoor cleaning hacks in the next few weeks.

For a video tutorial click HERE!

Cleaning Recipes:

Carpet/Rug Cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with equal parts of water and white distilled vinegar. Spray desired area, you may want to test a small area if colors tend to run. Let soak for a few minutes and then scrub with a towel. Next, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on top. Let sit for an odor. Complete by vacuuming baking soda residue.

Wood Furniture Polish/Conditioner: Mix 1 cup of olive oil, 1/4 white distilled vinegar, 2-3 of desired essential oil (I use orange). Dip a microfiber towel or rag into mixture and polish furniture. For best results, polish in the direction of the grain.

Mattress Cleaner: Mix white distilled vinegar with a just a tad of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Every time you change your sheets, spray the mixture your mattress down and let dry before replacing sheets. For a deeper clean (recommended once a month), sprinkle a layer of baking soda after spraying mattress with mixture. Let the sprayed mixture and baking soda sit for an hour and then vacuum mattress.

Window Cleaner: Mix half water and half white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray directly on glass or towel, whichever you prefer, and wipe down your glass for a streak-free clean!

Blinds Cleaner: Mix a gallon of warm water with a 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Saturate a microfiber towel or rag in the mixture and wipe down blinds. Once you have thoroughly wiped down blinds with the mixture, rinse the mixture off with water and dry with a towel.

For a video tutorial click HERE!

White Distilled Vinegar is a perfect option to kill the germs, cut the grease, and remove the grime! If you’re worried about the scent of vinegar, I am obsessed with these White House Foods Cleaning Vinegars that come in three different scents. My favorite is lavender!

 

Check back next week for cleaning recipes for the kitchen using vinegar!

 

 

Sunshine is Coming…

Winter Blues? New Year Slump? Lack of sunshine?

Call it whatever you want, but this time of year always gets me feeling meh. All the cozy, warm holidays are behind us….yet, the warmth of Summer nights and beach trips aren’t quite close enough.

Just a few weeks ago, I was making big New Year goals full of excitement and positivity. But here I find myself at the end of March fighting the slump.

I HATE feeling blah. So, I am sharing some of the ways I fight the slump and try to stay motivated, happy, and feeling my best.

  1. Mindset. When I wake up thinking, “I am so tired” or “I am so not feeling this day,” it results in have a terrible day. So, I literally wrote this quote on a sticky note and read it to myself every. single. morning. “I radiate confidence and positivity!” Let your mind tell your body how it feels, not the other way around. I have pinned some of my favorite positive quotes, here!
  2. Personal Development. It sounds super, cheesy…or maybe super, obvious if you’re into PD. While I was pregnant, I fell in love with personal development books. There are some really great, life changing books out there. Yes, that sounds cliché, but it’s true. If you’re rolling your eyes, it’s okay. I get it. I used to do the same thing, I don’t know if I thought I was above personal development books or if I thought they were a scam. But as I write that I cringe, because now I am the biggest fan. If you’re a novicepersonal-development-reader (yes, I just made that a thing), start small. I have a board on Pinterest of some of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite authors, you can find here. If you are like me and don’t have a lot of extra time to actually read, I highly recommend Audible. You can listen to audio books before bed, in the car, or while you workout. It’s like itunes for books, you can try for free here! OR there are a ton of free podcasts that focus on personal development, as well.
  3. Move your body. Go for a walk. Go to the gym. Find a home workout you like. Just move. Elle Woods knew what she was talking about when she said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” It doesn’t have to be super intense, you don’t even have to know what you’re doing. Turn on some music and dance around your house, seriously..it’s the cheapest therapy you’ll find. Even better, bundle up and get outside and go for a walk…cold sunshine is better than no sunshine.
  4. DETOX. Detox from the tv, junk food, sitting on the couch. When I feel myself getting in a slump, it’s normally after a weekend of eating junk, not drinking enough water, and lack of sleep. I know what to do to make myself feel better, but sometimes in that slump making the first move is hard. So, I start with baby steps. I’ll drink more water. Seriously, water is the cure to everything…just ask any mom. I force myself to turn the TV off at 10pm. Late night Netflix’ing results in late night snacking and exhaustion. Binge watching Netflix is awesome, once in awhile…but if I let myself do it every single night, I am tired, lazy, grouchy, basically I am not the best version of myself, not even a little bit. When I go off the rails with junk food, I always do a simple, gentle Detox. I’ve talked about it plenty of times so I won’t rant again, but if you’re interested in the deets check here. This DETOX helps me get back on track focused on my health, boosts my natural energy, and clears my digestive tract of the junk. Your “detox” may look different, maybe you go into an online shopping spree or an endless candy crush tournament. So my advice is find the things that weight you down in a slump, and detox!
  5. Change it up. Change your routine. I can’t get out of my slumps when I stick in the same routine. Sometimes that means getting out of the house and doing something fun with Benjamin. Sometimes just changing my normal radio station or podcast can work. If we don’t like where we are at (insert middle of a slump), change it!
  6. Treat Yourself. What would make you feel good? For me, a new pair of leggings, a walk around Target with a vanilla latte or a pedicure. Yep, any of those

would do the trick. I’m not saying to go drown your sorrows with retail therapy. But sometimes a latte and a little you time are all it takes. Check out some of my Amazon Favorites here, including my fave leggings that feel Lululemon soft without the steep price! I am also obsessed with this brand, Rad Vibes Only, that offers apparel with positive, fun sayings! You gotta check them out! You can use the discount count ColdCoffeeGrind for 10% off your order! You’re welcome!

7. Talk about free therapy. As cheesy as it may sound, journaling is therapeutic. There’s so many types of journaling, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sit down as your 10 year old self and document the dramatics of your day. I mean you totally can, and I know a lot of people who thrive for that. For me, I love bible journaling, it’s like coloring for adults. I also found a morning affirmation journal to be helpful, each day I list 5 things I am thankful for and 5 affirmations. I’ll share with you my example for today’s entry, it doesn’t have to be super serious, but I think it’s a positive way to start the morning.

    1. THANKFUL
      1. I am thankful for the sunshine.
      2. I am thankful for a warm car to get Benjamin to and from school.
      3. I am thankful for coffee.
      4. I am thankful for Benjamin’s 3429382 different laughs
      5. I am thankful for audiobooks.
    2. AFFIRMATIONS
      1. I am strong.
      2. I am calm, happy, and at peace.
      3. I am a great mom.
      4. I choose to not criticize myself or others around me.
      5. I am doing my best and that is enough.

These are the ways I work myself out of slump. I would love to hear what helps you fight the Winter blues and stay happy! Comment below with what works for you a#nd remember, sunshine is coming! #allthepraisehands

It always sounds easier than the effort it actually takes, but the first step for me is making the decision the feel better!

Until next time!

xoxo,

Brittany