Sunday, April 7, 2013

Homemade Deodorant

I've been wanting to make deodorant for a long time mashaAllah. The commercial deodorants are bad for us and I have been looking for just the right homemade deodorant with easily assessable materials. 

Here is a simple deodorant that I personally believes works well, it did not stain my shirts, and smells good

Equal parts

Baking Soda and Cornstarch (arrowroot if you have it)
add Coconut Oil until it reaches a consistency you like
5 drops of tea tree oil.. or a cap full

It was simple and it works. I lined our muffin tin with muffin liners and put them in the fridge to solidify alhamdulilah mashaAllah and it came out great! I then put them in ziploc bags , labeled them and put them in the freezer or fridge, Only because with the weather getting warmer, coconut oil will turn back to a liquid. I have no problems getting mine out the fridge and putting it back in its bag after showers.

"“Women and fragrance have been made dear to my affections, but prayer was made the sweetness of my eyes.”-- Prophet Muhammad SalAllahu alayhi wa salaam

Homemade Bread Recipe and Making Bread In A Crockpot

Alhamdulilah spring is here and summer is approaching. Sometimes sisters do not like to bake much bread in the summer because the oven makes the whole place extra hot!

Which is understandable, I usually make cooler foods in the summer... lots of salads,  tuna fish etc and fruit salads. My family really enjoys it mashaAllah and there are days where being over a hot stove in the heat can be a bit unappealing! So I learned recently how to bake bread in a crockpot.

In the past I would let my bread rise in the crockpot, even preheating it prior to placing the bread in. There is a setting on our crockpot that has a warm selection. While I am mixing and kneading, the crockpot is being warmed for the bread to rise in. After I am doing I turn the crockpot off and let it rise inside, on top of parchment paper. After a hour f rising time ...Then turning the crockpot on low I let the bread cook inside for 1 and half hours.

If you do not mind the shape of the finished product it will make a good bread mashaAllah! I don't mind the oval shape, neither do the children. I read this no knead recipe online and after mixing it you dont have to knead it, just let it rise.



No knead bread recipe on the link is where I also read about how to make bread in a crockpot:

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon (1 packet) yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup boiling hot water
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Directions  
  1. Add yeast, sugar, salt, and flour to a food processor fitted with a blade attachment.
  2. Process on low for 1 minute.
  3. Slowly add water, then oil.
  4. Process until dough is no longer sticking to sides, and forms a ball.
  5. Remove dough, form into ball.
  6. Place in greased bowl and cover with a towel.  Let rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.  Recipe from:  No knead bread recipe
Since I do not have the food processor I just mixed everything as usual mashaAllah alhamdulilah
I let mine rise in the crockpot and then after it rise I follow the next step of turning it on low and letting it cook for 1 and 1/2 hours.


Foods that you may want to make in the summer time:

Fruit Salads
Pasta Salads
Vegetable Salad
Tuna Fish Sandwiches
Hummus
Vegetable Wraps
Vegetable Tacos

What could you add?

If you use the stove or oven it's best to do it early in the morning when it is cooler out. Your crockpot is your best friend too!! It does not make the house hot and you can cook your dinners in there that you would normally cook on top of the stove

Crockpot recipes: Slow Cooker Meals












Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Love,d Cloth Diapers- Review, Thoughts, and Diapers

Alhamdulilah it's good to have some time this morning to write up a blog post. I have been busy with our move and homeschooling alhamdulilah but I'm excited to talk about our latest product review on Love,d cloth diapers.

Why are we using cloth diapers? 
1. Its good for the environment. Hmm 5 children... How much did i contribute to disposables in the landfill? I dont want to know.

2. We are saving money. 5 children, how much did we spend in the past!

3. Toxic free is the way to be. I read theres some cancer causing carcinogens in disposables, do i really want them on tahleels bum?

4. That wet bag makes me happy! Makes travel easier.

5. Another reason to use my washboard. Saving electricity im letting the sun dry them. Good natural whitener

But we really go into more detail in our book here: Diary Of A Cloth Diaper Muslimah Mama

SubhanAllah we were sent a lovely set for Tahleel, which included:
 size M polar fleece diaper cover in "ivory" a moisture resistant and breathable diaper cover
Size M pull up pant style diaper made with 2 thirsty layers or organic bamboo fleece and 100% cotton gray and white pattern
Size m/l 2 sized pocket fitted diaper with green snaps and top stitching 



One mashaAllah I really love how the diaper looks and feels, I think it is very well made, not shabby at all mashaAllah. It fit Tahleel very well which gave him a good fit around the legs area (nothing came out the sides of the diaper) and the snaps help with adjusting just in case he needed a looser or tighter fit.  

Alhamdulilah two,  as I mentioned the snaps, the great thing about this style of diapers is that it can adjust with your baby as he or she grows. Even if your child is a bit small the snaps can be tighten around the belly area. 

And three alhamdulilah the material is very nice mashaAllah!! Not flimsy and rough, but soft and breatheable material. I washed them several times and they still look new, not stiff, not rough, and it's holding up very well. Some people may be a bit turned off by WAHM products because they may expect it won't hold up as well as store brand since it's factory made, but mashaAllah I find that when I purchase products from WAHM's there is a lot of love, time, and quality you can see in their products, because they also use them themselves mashaAllah, 9 times out of 10 they know what to look for, they know what families are looking for, and they understand the investment people make when they purchase products. I found this with Love,d mashaAllah alhamdulilah. I purchased the baby carrier for the spring look and I love babywearing mashaAllah!!



MashaAllah and Love,d along with cloth diapers makes beautiful baby carriers! This one I love, the color is beautiful, it's not thick and carrying my son did not hurt my back mashaAllah, What a great way to step into spring, by wearing such a happy color and carrying Tahleel in it. He was comfortable, I was comfortable. Win Win!

Visit the shop online madebyloved.etsy.com and share with your friends! Natural, hand made materials for moms and children. Dalecia takes time to make sure her products are well put together. I'm sure you won't be unsatisfied with what she has to offer mashaAllah!