Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe

image-1-2Recently I had my 6 month check-up at the dentist. Both my doctor and hygienist commented on how healthy my mouth was, and asked what I do to keep my teeth and gums so clean. When I told them I just floss and use my homemade toothpaste*, my hygienist asked me to tell her the recipe so she could try it. I’ve had so many people ask how I make my toothpaste so I thought I’d share it!

coconut oil toothpaste recipe

 

Ingredients: (most of the ingredients below can be purchased from Vitacost)

  • 5 tbsp Calcium Powder
  • 2 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 3-4 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract (optional)
  • .5-1 tsp Trace Minerals (optional)
  • High-Quality, Ingestible Essential Oils – I like peppermint, orange, or lemon (optional)

Instructions:

  • Mix powdered ingredients together in a bowl
  • Add melted coconut oil until you get your desired consistency (keep in mind your toothpaste will harden a bit after a few hours – unless you are storing it in a very warm area!)
  • Add any optional ingredients until you get a taste you like
  • Store in an air-tight glass container

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That’s it! I’ve been brushing with this homemade toothpaste for almost 2 years, and since then I’ve had no new cavities, and it has even kept some of my almost-cavities (teeth that are “on watch”) at bay. I should also mention that I floss every day and water rinse my teeth after every meal, so it’s not just the toothpaste alone that will keep your teeth healthy.

Do you make your own toothpaste? If so, do you use any additional ingredients that I don’t list above?

*Original recipe and additional information can be found here. I modified the recipe slightly for my own preferences and tastes.

 

 

DIY Starbucks Drink | Matcha Green Tea Latte

 

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There are only two drinks I order at Starbucks: an iced latte (with an extra shot because #caffeine) or an iced matcha green tea latte. If you haven’t heard about the benefits of matcha, it has a ton of antioxidants, aids in heart and skin health, stimulates brain power, and can boost weight loss. It also tastes amazing! I frequently get asked by friends and family how I make my Starbucks copycat green tea latte, so here it is!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp pure matcha green tea powder (I get mine from Vitacost – it’s a great value, organic, and you can get it shipped to you in just 2 business days! Use this link to get $10 off your first order with them!)
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup (this isn’t necessary unless you like your matcha on the sweet side like I do)
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) milk or milk alternative
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions:

  • Measure out 1 tbsp of matcha powder and pour it into a small mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 cup of milk or milk alternative.

milk and matcha green tea

  • Whisk these together (a bamboo whisk works best) until the mixture begins to froth and the matcha powder has dissolved.

matcha green tea whisk

  • Add 1 tbsp simple syrup and whisk until well combined.

matcha green tea simple syrup

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  • Pour mixture into a cup filled with ice. Add a straw and enjoy! You can also add whipped cream to the top if you’re feeling really indulgent!

vitacost matcha green tea

This is my favorite treat and gives me so much energy without the shakiness and future crash that coffee often causes! It is also delicious served hot on a cold day! Let me know in the comments if you make it and how you like it!

green tea latte with book, glasses, succulent

 

 

#EXPLOREMORE | Crested Butte, Colorado

 

Colorado mountainsA few weeks ago we celebrated Connor’s birthday by taking a weekend trip to the mountains. We packed the Jeep with camping gear, mountain bikes, and s’more provisions, fueled up with Starbucks iced lattes, and set out for our first destination: Hartman’s Rocks. This Gunnison trail system is one of our favorite places to mountain bike because of its flowy, fast trails with easy climbs and long descents.

We spent a few hours at Hartman’s and then made our way to Crested Butte. Upon arrival we ate orange dark chocolate ice cream at our favorite shop and then went in search of our campsite just outside of town. After settling in our spot right next to the river, we roasted brats over the fire (which took for.ev.errrr. because someone bought raw meat lol).

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In the morning we hopped back on our bikes for a ride that took us deep into the changing Aspens, finishing in town. If you ever visit Crested Butte, you must fuel up with caffeine at Camp 4 Coffee as well as pizza at The Secret Stash. That’s exactly what we did. We partied extra hard and got a pizza with french fries on it…PRAISE THE LORD! After our bellies were chock full of coffee and pizza, we biked some more, this time climbing back into the mountains and finishing at our campsite. Our legs were jelly by this point, so we cracked open some ice-cold Coconut La Croix (we don’t really drink so this is our version of a “cold one” haha) and soaked our tired muscles in the freezing river.

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When we visit Crested Butte we feel like we’re on a movie set or something. It’s a perfect little town with some of the BEST trails and views in Colorado. Each time we go, I make a little video about it using my iPhone (because it’s convenient and easy to carry while I’m biking). This year’s video was all shot on an iPhone SE without any external lenses. It obviously isn’t DSLR level, but I was pretty surprised with the quality. And I’m a firm believer that if you can’t make an entertaining video with an iPhone, you won’t be able to make one with a $6,000 DSLR or drone either. Story is king and gear is probably the last thing you should worry about. Anyway, for this video every frame was so beautiful and colorful that I decided to make it a kind of fluid Instagram feed, using popular adventure hashtags to inspire people to get outside. Hope you enjoy!

 

I’m Launching my Videography Business Website!

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After weeks of hard work and a lot of help and advice from talented friends, I’ll officially be launching my website for my freelance videography business – Alix Bruson Films – this Tuesday, September 20th at 1:00 PM MST! I’ll be posting the website URL via this blog, Instagram, and Facebook at that time!

A little bit about my videography business and my vision for it:

I started Alix Bruson Films because I love storytelling through video, and I realized there weren’t many high-quality, affordable videography options for individuals, start-up companies, and small businesses. Alix Bruson Films is interested in telling STORIES, especially those of small makers, crafters, organizations, and regular individuals – in other words, “the little guys”. I’m interested in telling the stories that might not have been told yet because of the sometimes high cost of freelance videography. I value relationship-building and collaborating with clients, meaning I prioritize getting to know you and hearing about your vision, working alongside you to bring your story to life.

I’m so excited about launching this business and getting my website up and running! Be sure to check back tomorrow, September 20, at 1:00 PM MST to find the website link and check it out!

YWAM DTS Outreach

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It only took me 5 months after returning home from YWAM to edit this video, but better late than never! I had SO much footage that I shot mostly on my iPhone 6 as well as my Canon Rebel T3i. I wish I was able to capture more of the ministries we did – especially in Greece – but due to the nature of the situation there, filming was really limited.

A little backstory so that this video makes more sense: Starting in January our DTS outreach team spent 2 weeks in Windale, Australia doing mostly youth ministry and speaking in churches. We helped organize a big carnival-type event for the local kids there called “Summer Blast”. Then, we flew to Lesvos, Greece where we worked in the refugee camps for 1 month, ate 2 gyros each every single day, and pet a lot of cats (mostly my friend Tina and I). After that we flew to Berlin, Germany where we spoke in churches and organized free programs for refugees like English classes, community game/dance nights, and home visits. I’ve said this before, but Germany was my favorite part because we got to practically serve people in so many creative ways and build relationships with them. Plus Germany is just awesome and I love their culture!

I hope you enjoy this little glimpse of what was a life-changing 10 weeks for us!

 

Dream Big and Take Risks

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My best friend recently texted me this quote she heard at a work conference: “God won’t tie your soul to a dead-end dream”. That simple sentence struck me to the core. It conveys something I’ve been learning over the past few months, namely that God gave you your dreams and that it’s one of His greatest joys to see you fulfill them. But to be honest I didn’t fully believe that until a few weeks ago.

When I wrote my last blog post, I was positive that God would provide me with a job, and prayed that whatever it was, it would be His very best for me. I didn’t want to settle for some second-rate career where I’d be miserable. I was also convinced that He wanted me to work a full-time writing/social media job in the non-profit sector. Because of my personality type and being a perfectionist, when I have a task or project to do, I get fully absorbed into it. It’s like I have blinders on. That’s what happened in this job search. I was working hard, but I wasn’t asking God for guidance. After months of applications and interviews and getting absolutely nowhere, I began to get really frustrated. He closed door after door and instead of taking a hint and coming to Him for answers, I kept trying to do everything myself. I just thought I wasn’t working hard enough, and the solution lay in me trying harder.

Then I injured my foot and was forced to slow down a bit. I couldn’t walk or run or drive, and of course I had no job, so I kind of had nothing else to do but spend time with God (I know, bad Alix). Once I committed to being still and waiting on Him I felt God speak really clearly. First He told me to do a 3 day entertainment fast (no social media, Netflix, etc.). After the fast was over I pressed Him on what to do next. Why wasn’t I able to get any of these jobs I felt so qualified for? Was I looking in the wrong field? What the heck was I supposed to do??? Then I felt like He told me to start my own videography business. SAY WHAT??! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE making videos. I’ve been doing it since I was 10 years old. I think video is one of the most effective and inspiring forms of communication. Strangely, video work had been an unexpected part of almost every job I had recently interviewed for, and the thought of getting paid to film and edit made me SO excited. But start my own business?? That is a super intimidating venture. In fact, the only reason I hadn’t tried to make a living off of videography up until this point was FEAR. I had always made up excuses like, “I’m not talented enough”, or “I don’t have nice enough equipment”, or “I don’t have time”. So I told God that if this was really Him speaking and that if He truly wanted me to do this, I was going to need a sign. A big, obvious one.

Less than 48 hours hours later, I received an email from a non-profit where I had applied for a social media position a few months earlier. The lady told me that due to budget, they weren’t going to hire for that position after all (classic Alix job search woes). However, she went on to say that she was really impressed with my video work and experience (which we had discussed in an earlier phone interview). She asked if she could hire me to make a video for the non-profit. This was my big, obvious sign that I had asked for.

So now I’m taking the leap and starting my own freelance videography business. Maybe you think I’m crazy, and maybe I am. But instead of being like Gideon in the Bible and asking God for a second super obvious sign, I’m stepping out in faith believing that this is what God has called me to do. After all, what do I have to lose if I’m wrong? I want to live my life taking risks because I have no desire for a “normal”, boring life sitting safely on the sidelines.

This past week I have been working on my business plan. It has forced me to reflect on the why of my decision to start a business. Yes, I’m starting this business in part as a direct response to God’s voice, but why did He call me to do it? When I think about that, I’m reminded of the passion I’ve had for making videos since I was a little kid. The passion I had somehow managed to sweep under the rug and forget about because it was too scary to dream about anymore. Other than sports, making videos is still the thing that brings me the most joy and makes me feel most alive. It allows me to tell stories without words, which I think I value so much because of my introverted personality.

I hope that if you’re struggling to find your calling and you feel like all the doors of opportunity are being shut in your face, you’ll take a moment to be still. Maybe you’re looking in the wrong place, trying to open doors that God didn’t create you to open. I hope you’ll go to Him for answers. He’s the one who created your dreams, and then created you to live out those dreams. We do not have a cruel God who gives us dreams and ambitions just to crush them. We have a God who takes great delight in helping us discover (and re-discover) our passions and purpose, and then helping us live them out.