Homemade Oat Milk

If you’ve been to a coffee shop recently, you might’ve seen a new dairy-free alternative pop up
on the milk list: oat milk. Now, if you’ve never tried it, I can understand why you might be
unimpressed or even think “gross, who is trying to make milk out of oats?”, but I can assure you
that this stuff is legit. Oat milk is creamier than almond milk and milder in taste, so it truly is
universal. I’ve used it in my baking, and even in soups! Anyone with a lactose sensitivity or who
lives a dairy-free lifestyle, you’re welcome. Even those who drink dairy milk on the reg will
appreciate what this healthier, protein-packed option does for their mid-morning latte.

Ingredients:

Yields one 32-oz. bottle
● 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
● 3 cups water

Instructions:

Combine oats and water in a bowl. Let soak for 30 minutes.
Strain and discard water. Add oats to blender. Top with 3 cups of FRESH water.
Blend on high for about a minute or until mixture is smooth. Pour into a cheesecloth-lined bowl
and strain. Discard oats (or save pulp for oatmeal).
Pour oat milk into a glass bottle or jar and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
That’s it! This super simple recipe is not only cheap, but easy! I like to buy my oats in bulk at
bulk food stores to lessen my impact on the planet. Tastes great in coffee (froths up SO well), in
cereal, soups, baked goods, or any recipe that calls for milk! It is a wonderful substitute for the
real deal and is entirely plant-based and nutritious. Enjoy!

5 Essential Oil Blends to Keep You Healthy This Summer

1. Tick Repellent Blend

If you live in an area where ticks are common, then you know that these tiny creatures
can cause a lot of trouble. This blend naturally repels ticks and is suitable for anyone
over the age of 2. Simply combine 6 drops of each of the following oils and dilute with 4
oz. of the carrier oil of your choice.
– Vetiver
– Clove
– Oregano
– Ylang Ylang
– Citrus oil (of your choice)

Combine in a spray bottle to keep on hand!

2. Bug Spray Blend

One of the worst parts about summer can be all of the mosquitos buzzing around. This non-
toxic bug spray blend will let you spend those cool evenings outside without having to worry
about bug bites!
– Equal parts water and witch hazel
– 10 drops citronella
– 10 drops lemongrass
– 10 drops tea tree
– 5 drops lavender
– 5 drops peppermint

Combine in a spray bottle to keep on hand!

3. “After Sun” Blend

The sad truth is that with summer, comes sunburns. This natural blend will help soothe any
existing sunburns for those of us who aren’t always the best at remebering to re-apply.
– 2 tbsp. Fractioned coconut oil
– 1 tbsp. Witch hazel
– 8 drops lavender
– 8 drops tea tree
– 4 drops frankincense
– 4 drops copaiba

Combine and store in a small glass bottle (or container).

4. Wound/Scatch Healing Blend

The great summer weather usually means we spend a lot more time outdoors, whether
we’re hiking trails, swimming, camping, or biking. Sometimes we take an occasional tumble,
and this blend aids in healing any open wounds or scratches collected on your summer
outings.
– 2 tbsp. Fractioned coconut oil
– 2 drops oregano
– 2 drops helichrysum
– 2 drops lavender
– 2 drops frankincense

Combine and apply to any wounds! This is especially great for applying just before you put on a
bandaid (think natural Neosporin).

5. Muscle Soothing Blend

If you didn’t take an accidental tumble on your summer bike ride, you might *at least* be
feeling the after affects of that pretty summer hike (hello, sore muscles). This blend will
soothe sore muscles, and is great for post-workout relief!
– Carrier oil of choice
– 9 drops peppermint
– 5 drops clove
– 9 drops eucalyptus
– 6 drops ginger

Combine in a glass roller bottle and use as needed.

 

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to purchase glass roller bottles to make your own oil blends, click here.

 

Finding Your Summer Rhythm

Summer is arguably one of the best seasons of the year. The days are longer (and warmer),
school is out, popsicles are everywhere, and a lot of people just seem happier. Maybe this is
due to all of the sunshine, or maybe its because those people have figured out the balance in
their lives that is rhythm. For me, an ideal rhythm is one that is grounding, but also provides me
with the freedom to pursue my interests. This could be picking up a new book, planting a new
herb, or finaly learning how to cross-stitch. As we enter summer, I’ve been re-evaluating what it
is that I hold dear to my heart in terms of finding my rhythm. This is my list, and I hope it will
inspire you to dig deep and find a summer rhythm that works for you, too.


Nourishing Body + Mind:

I love to bake. Baking gives me a chance to escape from the “real world” for a bit and slip into
my own headspace. It can be very theraputic, I think. While I love baking as a way to relax, it is
also a great time to pull up a chair and allow the little ones to join in (though this choice might
not be as theraputic). This summer, I am looking forward to perfecting the perfect pie. Stay
tuned for that!

Get Outside:

Summer is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature and those you love. Going for walks,
bike rides, picnics, or even camping trips are all great ways to spend these beautiful months
outdoors. Take a dip in the ocean (or lake), go on a hike, or just enjoy a bonfire with friends. I
am always up for s’mores!

Reserve Quiet Moments Just For You:

The summer months mean longer days, and at times, this can feel daunting. If you are juggling
multiple kiddos at home on summer break, you might agree. This is why reserving tiny moments
for yourself throughout the day is so crucial. Wake up 10 minutes earlier to savor those easrly
mornings alone, or whip up a breakfast that consists of something more than your everyday
yogurt or bowl of cereal. And yes, hiding in the bathroom for two extra minutes can most
definitely be classified under “self-care”. I promise these small moments will feel like little
luxuries.

Indulge in a Slower Pace of Living:

Summer camps, sports, play dates, vacations, sleepovers. Though summer is supposed to be a
time for relaxation and fun, sometimes it can feel like anything but. This is why I give myself the
permission to indulge in the slower pace of living, when I can. Hanging linens to dry in the sun,
planting herbs and watching them grow, taking a nap, or getting lost in a “just because” book
are all ways I give this time back to myself.

 

Summer can feel like quite the balancing act, but its so, so sweet. These moments are fleeting,
and next summer, kids will be bigger and things will look different. Soak up all of that sunshine
(but wear suncreen), and enjoy all that these next few months have to offer!

 

Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils: 3 Easy DIY Recipes

While essential oils seem to be all the rage right now, its for good reason! As more information comes about about the possible repercussions of the toxic and potentially dangerous products that we all pass in the cleaning aisle at the grocery store, the more empowered we are to make changes that are cleaner, more natural, and healthier for our families. Many people have made the change and ditched their conventional household products, and some people have simply invested in essential oils, but don’t know what the heck to do with them or where to start. Here are 3 simple, eco-friendly recipes that harness the natural properties of essential oils to disinfect
and uplift, for a cleaner home and happier family!

  1. All-Purpose Disinfectant Spray
    Fill a 16 oz. glass spray bottle until almost full with vodka or rubbing alcohol. Both vodka and rubbing alcohol are natural disinfectants, so this cleaner is perfect for germ-y countertops, highchairs, bathrooms, the list goes on!
    Add 15 drops of each:
    Lemon
    Lavender
    Tea Tree
    Eucalyptus
    This combo not only smells divine, but is antimicrobial, helps eliminiate odors, and mights mold and mildew.
  2. Natural Toilet Cleaner
    In a squeeze bottle (if you have one), combine:
    1/2 cup baking soda
    1/3 cup liquid dishwashing soap
    1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
    30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
    3/4 cup water
    You can also use a glass mason jar if you don’t have a squeeze bottle on hand!
  3. DIY Goo Remover (Goo Gone)
    In a small bowl or mason jar, combine:
    1/2 cup baking soda
    1/2 coconut oil
    6-10 drops of lemon essential oil
    Mix into a paste and apply to residue. Let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. This works great if you upcycle glass jars to hold food or cleaning products. It gets the sticker/label residue off in one easy step!

To Learn more about essential oils, please email us at contacttrouvaillemarket@gmail.com or sign up, here. If you’d like to purchase these beautiful glass cleaning amber bottles, click here. Or if you’re needing a lable maker for your cleaning bottles, click here.

The Importance of Slowing Down: A Gentle Reminder

The days drag on, but the months and years fly by. Between work, raising kiddos, or even just
performing everyday tasks (anyone else despise laundry?), it is easy to postpone (or flatout
forget) the care that we need to be showing ourselves. When we are being pulled in multiple
directions (if you’re a mother, this might be more literal than you’d prefer), our focus simply isn’t
on what we need or want. It is possible to love your kids with every fiber of your being and still
feel drained. You can enjoy your job and still feel burnt out, tired, or uninspired.

Caring for and working with others can be extremely demanding, and it is important that we give oursleves the same grace that we extend to others. Once we’re empty, we can no longer provide to the best of our ability, so it is truly crucial that we are loving ourselves as well as we love those around
us. Below are some simple ways in which you can reconnect with yourself, even if its after the kids go to bed, or before you head off to work (or both). Self-care, folks! Do it.

Baths

Never underestimate the power of a good bath. Hot water can cure just about
everything, in my opinion. But really. Light some candles, toss in a fun bath bomb
(“French Kiss” from LUSH is my absolute favorite), and relax. Wine optional, but highly
recommended.

Journaling

When we’re busy doing for others, the days can feel rushed. I’ve been so busy at times
that by the time I can sit down & take a deep breath at the end of the day, I literally can’t
remember what I did. Everything just melds together. All I know is that is was a wild and
busy day. Keeping a little journal on you 24/7 is a simple way to jot down important
thoughts or sweet memories whenever they happen. A beautiful journal like those from
Promptly Journals (@promptlyjournals) would make a great mother’s day gift as well!
*hint hint*

Treat yourself to something nice

I know, I know. “Material items are not self-care”. While self-care does entail working on
your heart and mind, sometimes a gift to yourself can help jumpstart that process. I
overheard a mom on Instagram recently saying that she tossed out all of her old
underwear and replaced it with all brand new pairs. While it might sound silly and kinda
ridiculous, it’s the little things in life. Consider treating yourself to a little luxury this
month, whatever it may be.

Get outside

Fresh air and sunshine are goooood for the soul. Take the kiddos on a picnic date to the park, or go on a family walk around the neighborhood. Take advantage of that natural vitamin D and let the little ones run amuck. If you live near mountains or beaches, consider a weekend trip to enjoy what your area has to offer.

 Breathe

Life is hard work. Sometimes you just need a good, deep breath. Don’t underestimate the power of monitoring your breath and taking a second to collect and ground yourself. You’ll be glad you did! If you’re super busy, apps like Calm (it’s free!) can help you remember to pay attention to your body and be mindful of its sometimes complex emotions and feelings.

Top 5 Sustainable Products for Everyday Life

For those who may not know, Earth Day took place on Monday, April 22nd. Earth Day serves as
a great opportunity for us to reflect upon the choices we make everyday, and figure out how we
can be better for both our families & the planet. Learning to live sustainably can take time, and
that’s okay! Even the smallest changes eventually add up. Today, we are sharing with you five
of our favorite ways to live cleaner, greener, and more consciously. The earth will certainly
thank you!

1. Reusable Coffee Cup

If you don’t have a reusable coffee cup, you’re seriously missing out! Not only are they
way cuter than those paper cups from your favorite coffeeshop, but they actually keep
your drink hotter, for longer. No more cold coffee! I know that’s a win for all of you moms
out there. Our favorite KeepCup reusable coffee cup can be found, here.

 

2. Mesh Produce Bags

These mesh produce bags may be one of the easiest ways to cut down on your plastic
use. Load up your fresh fruits & veggies in these guys and ditch those annoying plastic
produce bags for good! Our mesh produce bags can be found, here.

 

3. Bees Wrap Reusable Food Wrap

Say goodbye to plastic wrap, because this Bees Wrap stuff is GOOD. It’s made from
sustainable materials, it’s eco-friendly, AND its washable. Eventually, this wrap can even
be composted, meaning it leaves behind no trace. You can find it, here.

 

4. Metal Straws

If you’re a coffee drinker, then you probably know the cycle: drink coffee, whiten teeth,
repeat. With a straw, you can prevent teeth staining, and honestly, who doesn’t love
drinking out of a straw? These guys are easy to pop into your iced coffee at home, or
bring with you on a lunch date. Our stainless steel straws can be found, here.

 

5. All-Natural Bamboo Toothbrush

These toothbrushes are pretty dang cool. Not only are they organic, eco-friendly, and
biodegradable, but The Humble Co. gives a toothbrush to a child in need for every
toothbrush sold. That’s a win for you, a deserving child, and the planet. Our
toothbrushes are available, here.

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

This cake is THEE best. Truly. If you’re looking for a yummy way to welcome a new neighbor to the ‘hood, show a new mother you care, or simply celebrate someone special in your life, this cake is the way to do it. Fresh blood oranges and extra-virgin olive oil elevate this recipe from a
traditional cake to something you’ll be more than eager to serve your friends & family members.

This cake (and it’s pretty pale pink glaze) would look gorgeous on the table during your Easter celebrations, or give you an excellent excuse to throw a fun spring-themed tea party with your
girlfriends. A slice of this stuff & a cup of tea: heaven. Put this recipe of your “need to try” list ASAP.
*Please note that although blood oranges will result in a deeper pink glaze, they can be expensive and difficult to find. Regular oranges will work juuust fine!


Ingredients:
Cake:
3 blood oranges
1 cup sugar
Buttermilk or yogurt
3 large eggs
1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
2⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive oil


Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan.
Grate zest from 2 oranges and place in a bowl along with the sugar.
Using your fingers, rub the ingredients together until the orange zest is evenly distributed.
Supreme an orange by cutting off the bottom and top so the fruit stands upright on a cutting board. Cut the peel away, following the curve of the fruit with your knife.
Cut orange segments out of the connective membranes. Place in a bowl.
Repeat with another orange.
Break up the segments with your fingers until the orange pieces are small enough to fold into
your batter.

Halve the third remaining orange and squeeze juice into a measuring cup. You will have approx. 1⁄4 cup of juice. Add buttermilk (or yogurt) to juice until there is 2⁄3 cup liquid altogether.

Pour mixture into bowl with sugar and whisk well. Whisk in eggs.
In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gently whisk dry ingredients into wet ones.

Switch to a spatula and fold in olive oil a little at a time. Add orange pieces. Fold and scrape batter into greased pan, smoothing the top.


Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool to room temparature. Unmold cake and place on a rack. Pour glaze over the cake, letting it drizzle over the sides. The glaze will take a while (1-2 hours) to properly set, so don’t wait to do this if you plan to serve the cake the same day, though it can be sped up by
placing the glazed cake in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so.

And there you have it, folks. Please don’t let a few of these seemingly odd instructions psych you out of whipping this up, because IT. IS. SO. WORTH. IT. Everyone within a mile radius will be glad you did, too. If you try this out for yourself, let us know! We’d love to hear how this recipe worked out for you.

Thrifted Spring Fashion

By: Riley McKelvy

Though blooming flowers and warm afternoon breezes are certainly good signs that winter is behind us, it never truly feels like the seasons have shifted until I am able to break out my warm weather clothes that have been hiding away since the leaves last fell. Something about packing
away the chunky knits and cozy layers of colder months to make room for swingy dresses and linen blouses feels a lot like finally breaking up with that person your friends have been telling you to get rid of for far too long; lighter, simpler, and easier.

Today, I’ve put together a few warm weather looks that will hopefully inspire you for your next trip to your local thrift store, or simply excite you, because 75 degree days are actually in the forecast. All of the outfits featured are entirely thrifted or secondhand, to include killer vintage
denim, bold patterns, and accessories that just so happen to be super on trend. Sure, thrifting is fun, but it’s also a great way to save yourself some money while simultaneously saving our planet. When you shop secondhand, you are shopping sustainably, which is WAY cooler than
paying $100 for a dress from that store in the mall that you’ll wear exactly twice. Who’s with me?

Shop our womens collection now for all your spring goodies!