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January 2017

Graze Box Unboxing and Review

Graze Box

I was so excited to get my Graze Box in the mail! Like you’ll see in my unboxing video, sometimes running out the door and remembering snacks, sippy cups and toys to keep my kids occupied while we’re out in public can get difficult. My mind is all over the place with getting everything I need for them, I usually forget the snacks.

After seeing Graze Box, I knew this was going to solve the issue. My girls won’t have to eat stale snacks in a baggie from weeks ago at the bottom of the diaper bag anymore! They can have a different snack every time and it will stay fresh!

I loved the look of this box. Not only was it pretty, but it’s biodegradable, 100% recyclable and made with wood from a sustainable forest! All pluses in my book!

In a full-size box, you get 8 snacks. These are the ones I received!

I know I mentioned it in my video, but I LOVE BANANA! So, I was so excited about the banana shortbread with caramel sauce.

It was so good!

My daughter was right over my shoulder when I started going through the box to try things. She couldn’t wait to get something. She tried the “Stars and Stripes”.

After she took one bite, she grabbed a blanket, curled up on the couch and these were gone in no time! I think it was safe to assume this was going to be a winner.

My husband tried the “Soy Roasted Seeds”. He was pretty impressed. The packaging is great, tasted good and how convenient they are going to be to have, you can’t go wrong!

The ingredients are great quality and for $14, it’s well worth it!

They have a great deal going on right now. You can get your 1st and 5th box FREE, just by using the promo code LIZM1D4DB at 

If you’d like to see more about Graze box and my unboxing, check out my video below!

Have you tried Graze Box before? Share your comments down below!

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Healthy Lactation Cookies To Increase Milk Supply

Lactation Cookies! Boost That Mommy Milk!

I loved making lactation cookies when I was nursing my youngest daughter. I made multiple recipes, trying to find the perfect one. My issue was that most of the recipes were loaded with sugar, butter, and other junk. I just couldn’t do it. I needed to find a healthier organic recipe. I found a few different recipes that were okay, but not ideal. So, I decided to make up my own.

I am not a baker by any means. Which is probably why the last batch I made wasn’t great. Don’t get me wrong, the taste was great, but my steel cut oats were like little pebbles. I ate them anyway and they did the job! I filled my freezer with milk and was happy!

I’ve been waiting for the moment to redeem myself from my pebble cookies, and I finally got that shot! A friend of mine has been concerned about her supply. She went back to work and is currently under the weather, so I offered to make her some cookies.

Bring on the COOKIES!

Now, like I mentioned before, I wanted to make a healthy lactation cookie. Full of GOOD fats and tons of fiber! I didn’t want to use butter or white sugar. If you prefer to use butter and sugar, I’ll include the measurements in the recipe. I love that these can be dairy free, by buying dairy free chocolate chips. You can add dried fruits or raisins to really kick up the flavor. Make it your own!

Gather your ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour (I forgot it to put it in the picture…oops!)
  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 3 Cups Steel Cut Oats/Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips (do not use bittersweet)
  • 1 Cup Organic Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 2-4 Tbsp Fenugreek
  • 3 Tbsp Flax Seed Meal
  • 6 Tbsp Hot Water
  • 3 Tbsp Brewers Yeast

Step 1. Soak steel cut oats in milk.

*If you are using old fashion rolled oats, you can skip this step.

To avoid crunchy cookies and uncooked steel cut oats, do a quick soak. I read you can soak oats overnight to soften, but I didn’t want to wait. Here’s what I did.

Pour 3 cups steel cut oats in a glass bowl. Cover the oats with milk (I used almond milk. I’m sure water would have the same effect, just won’t have same texture).

I do not have a microwave, so I warmed the bowl for 20 mins in my toaster oven. Cook until the oats have absorbed the liquid.

Set aside.

Step 2. Prepare the flax seed.

If you have whole flax seeds you’ll need to grind them in a coffee grinder to make a meal. Put 3 Tbsp of flax meal into 6 Tbsp of HOT water and let sit for 5 mins. This will turn gelatinous. Do not use flax that is not ground. Whole flax seeds will not be absorbed.

Step 3. Grind brewer’s yeast.

Depending on how you buy your brewer’s yeast you may have to grind it. I couldn’t find brewer’s yeast in powder form. So, I found it in tablets and then ground them into a fine powder using my coffee grinder.

Step 4. Cream together coconut oil and sugar.

 Get your mixer out and cream together the oil and the sugar. Now, if you’re not a coconut fan, you are more than welcome to use regular butter and sugar. You could even do half and half white and brown sugar. Make it however you want it. I just prefer coconut oil and coconut sugar!

Step 5. Add in flax and other wet ingredients.

Add it all in and give it a mix.

Step 6. Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add supplements.

This is where you can go nuts. You can decide what you want to add and how much. I chose to use 1/2 cup coconut flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour. You can use whatever flour you have on hand. Add your salt, baking soda, and brewers yeast. Then, when adding your supplements, you choose the amounts. I personally use a lot of fenugreek. I feel like it really covers the bitter flavor of the brewer’s yeast. Plus, it gives it a great maple flavor!  You can also add blackstrap molasses and blessed thistle supplements for an added boost. I’d just double check with a doctor to make sure you have no sensitivities or health conditions.

Step 7. Pour the wet mix into the dry mix.

Slowly add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir. Don’t over mix.

Step 8. Add the oats and fold in.

Step 9. Add chocolate chips.

You can also add any dried fruit to this mix. You can also rehydrate any dried fruit to make it plump up with baking!

Step 10. Bake the cookies.

Make round balls and flatten with your hands making discs that resemble cookies. You can also take spoonfuls and drop the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-15 mins at 375 degrees F. This will create a soft cookie.

You can store in the refrigerator to keep them longer. Enjoy!

When I would make and eat the lactation cookies for myself, I would eat a cookie at every meal. You can up your intake if needed.


Healthy Lactation Cookies to Increase Milk Supply

Lactation cookies are a great way to increase your breastmilk supply! I made this recipe to be as healthy as possible with a lot of fiber and nutrition, great for you and your baby!

  • 3 cups organic steel cut oats (soaked)
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp organic flax seed meal
  • 6 tbsp hot water
  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup organics coconut palm sugar
  • 3 tbsp brewer's yeast
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2-4 tbsp fenugreek
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a small bowl combine flax seed meal and hot water, set aside for 5 mins. In a mixing bowl, cream together coconut oil and sugar with a hand mixer. Add in flax seed meal, vanilla, eggs and mix well. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking soda, fenugreek, brewer’s yeast. Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Fold in oats and chocolate chips. Form round balls of dough and lightly press out with hands to form cookie shape. You can also take spoonfuls and drop directly onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 12-15 mins and cool on a wire rack. These will be soft and chewy. Store in an airtight container. Can be refrigerated to extend shelf life. 

Once you have a supply going, remember there are many more uses for breast milk than just feeding your baby. Check out all of our suggestions HERE!



Mountain Man Beard Oil

Guest Blogger – Brenna Jo Whitson, Crunchy Mountain Life


In case you didn’t know, Mountain Man has a pretty impressive beard. We have been married for almost 10 years (together 13), and I can remember when the beard made its first appearance, and I was hooked. I love facial hair.

When we first met, back in college, he was this sweet, baby faced country boy, who basically stole my heart from the word go. He came into the University’s photo lab (where I worked in the evenings), in his overalls, Carolina hat, and blue eyes…I. Was. Done.

As the years went on, he started growing in his facial hair. First it started with the goatee and small mustache, then it began to evolve. I should add a side note here that I am almost 2 years older than my man, and I really liked how the facial hair made him look older than me. Selfish? Or genius? I’m going with the latter.

Honestly, I blame myself. There was a time during our engagement (a month before the big day, to be exact), when he had come to pick me up for church one Sunday morning. I was living at his parents home at the time, and when he walked in the door, I saw he had shaved his facial hair. OFF. Like, completely gone. He looked so young (yet still very handsome), but still! I remember the first words that came out of my mouth… “You’re growing that back for the wedding, right?” His response, “I guess I am.” That was the last time he ever shaved it completely off.

And the rest is history.

Mountain Man is the epitome of the “evolution of the beard”. He had a beard before beards were the in thing…cool…hip…in get the picture. And he prides himself on that. The same goes for his love of flannel…but that’s another post for another time.


This was shortly after we started dating. Y’all, I tried so hard to find a pre-facial hair picture. (I know of only ONE, and I cannot find it!)


Our wedding day in 2007. We were just babies <3


2009….as you can see, it is slowly growing.


Three years later, with an 11 month old J-Man. A little father/son time, telling fishing stories. This is circa 2012.

2013 and another kid later. It seems to grow with each consecutive child. Hmm…maybe it’s not my fault, after all…?


About 6 months later in April of 2014. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was pregnant with Little Miss T in this picture.

After we found out we were pregnant again, Mountain Man said he would trim the beard after baby #3 was born… This next image was taken in February of 2015. As you can see, Little Miss T had made her arrival….and the beard is as big as ever. 

But today, with my nagging persuasive arguments, he does a pretty good job of keeping the fly aways in check. So handsome.

Also, ladies who don’t have to pull teeth to get your man to take a picture…I’m completely jealous. I told him he didn’t have to look at the camera. Sigh. He was way more compliant when we were dating. 😉

He is certainly one of a kind. The best, in my opinion. And his beard deserves the best as well. That’s why I decided to create the perfect, manly oil, to help him keep his beard looking its best.

For this recipe, I opted to use Avocado Oil for the base, but you can really use any other oil you like: Almond Oil, Jajoba, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, etc. I chose Avocado Oil for it’s many benefits for hair. It’s known to moisturize dry, brittle, and damaged hair. It’s very lightweight, making it absorb into hair and skin more easily, and it contains some beneficial vitamins such as A, B, D, E, protein, and amino acids, to name a few!

The Oils

Choosing the perfect essential oils that I wanted to incorporate took some time. I hemmed and hawed over this for several months, and finally made a decision a week before Christmas. I’m not indecisive at all. I think.

The oils I finally settled on, make the perfect blend of manliness and yumminess. It needed to be manly (of course), so my manly Mountain Man would want to use it, and it had to smell yummy (for me), because I live with him. When we snuggle up on the couch, on a chilly winter night in front of the fire, I would like to have something nice to smell, other than sawdust. Mountain Man is a furniture designer and builder, so he always smells of sawdust. Which is not a bad thing. It’s definitely manly (which he enjoys), but it doesn’t cover the yummy category for me.

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir is a good cleanser for the skin, and is known to help ease skin irritations. Plus, it smells like a Christmas tree, which makes it a no brainer for me.


Sandalwood is good to help support dry skin and hair. It’s also known to help with calming and relaxing. So if your man deals with any sort of stress, this can be very beneficial to his emotional health as well.


Frankincense is one of the most prized and precious essential oils due to its extensive health benefits. It was used anciently in everything from perfumes to lotions for soothing the skin. Plus, I just really love the way this oil smells, so in the mix it went!


Melaleuca is such a great skin oil, that I knew it had to be included. It’s renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on skin, and it’s also used to promote a clean, healthy looking scalp, along with clean, thick and healthy looking hair, so why wouldn’t it help with the beard area as well?

Get Creative

Now, just because these are the oils I chose, that does not mean you can’t experiment and find a blend that you prefer! I know plenty of people who hate the smell of Frankincense, so they would opt to leave that out. It’s ok! Some other manly scents you may want to try include, but are not limited to: Cedarwood, Cypress, Vetiver, White Fir, Arborvitae, Petitgrain, and Rosemary. Each has a unique smell and list of ways they may be beneficial to skin and hair.  I get my oils through dōTERRA only because I trust their purity. If you need help with essential oils, shoot me a message!

You can’t have a rockin’ beard without taking care of it (with some premium Beard Oil)…and you can’t have a rockin’ Beard Oil recipe, without a label, right? So here is a free printable label you can use! (Or you can click the image below)

This printable is perfect to attach to your bottle of Beard Oil, whether for personal use or if you’re giving as a gift! Ladies with bearded men, this makes a great gift. It helps him take care of his furry face friend, while looking and smelly amazing for you.

And Guys, this makes a great gift for your fellow beard-o’s. It shows you care, but in a manly way.

Let’s move on to the recipe, shall we?

Mountain Man Beard Oil

A combination of manly and delicious. This beard oil will not disappoint!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 4 oz. glass spray bottle
  2. Avocado Oil
  3. 8 drops Douglas Fir essential oil
  4. 6 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  5. 5 drops Frankincense essential oil
  6. 3 drops Melaleuca essential oil
  7. Label (check out my free printable!)
  1. First, add the essential oils to the bottle, then add your avocado oil, leaving about 1/2 inch space in the bottle (to ensure there is no spillage when the spray nozzle is attached).
  2. Shake well, attach label.
  3. Beard on.
By Crunchy Mountain Life


About Brenna Jo Whitson Crunchy Mountain Life

I’m a wife to my flannel wearing, bearded mountain man, and mama to 3 beautiful Crunchy Mountain Kiddos. J-Man (5), the Nugget (3), and Little Miss T (2).

We live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of NC, in a home my handy (and handsome) husband built. We cloth diaper (about 90% of the time), baby wear, use essential oils, are bettering our food habits by buying, cooking, and eating REAL food, and LOVE Jesus!

Read more from Crunch Mountain Life HERE or visit her over on FACEBOOK!