Just thought I would share a few essential oil tips on video while I am learning how to edit and download video. Not the most professional video, but I am learning and I hope you are too.
Do you have any great essential oil tidbits you can share? Would love some comments.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
I seriously don't know what I would do without this little gem. I have gone through a few wallets, not that they wear out, but that I end up giving mine away to my kids or friends who are in need of some essential oil care. So I make up another one and fill some more bottles so I can have my essential oil favorites close at hand in my purse or car glove compartment.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Can you believe it's time to be thinking about
My calendar designs are ready to order.
Simple, functional, and easy to print out.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
All winter I think about how nice it would be to enjoy a REAL vine ripened tomato. You know the yummy smell of garden tomatoes, there is nothing like it. I wish I could capture that smell and file it away for those dreary, dark days of winter. I feel that way about basil as well. Both are thriving right now in my garden.
The tomatoes in my garden were slow coming on this year, but they are doing well now. So well, that I am scrambling trying to find ways to use them all.
Tomato sandwiches, BLT Sandwiches, salsa, marinara sauce, pasta salads, or just to eat like you would an apple with a little salt, the goodness of tomatoes.
Here is a great recipe I came upon while looking for a homemade tomato soup recipe. It does make a good soup, but the flavor is so yummy I thought it would be great over pasta, and it is. So I adapted a few things and we use it for both. It is also really good over steamed veggies, for those of you who are wanting to avoid grains.
This recipe includes measurements for a single, double and freezer batches.
While I am making it up and I have access to lots of tomatoes, I like to make a triple batch and freeze for QUICK dinners or lunches.
- Tomatoes (chopped canned, or fresh) 4 cups, 8 cups, 12 cups
- Onion (chopped) 1/2 onion, 1,onion, 2 onions
- Garlic Cloves minced 6, 12, 24
- Tomato Sauce 1 can, 2 cans, 4 cans
- Basil Pesto (or 12 basil leaves chopped) 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB (1 tablespoon equals 1 frozen ice cube tray of pesto)
- Chicken Bullion Base 1 1/2 tsp., 1 TB, 2 TB
- Canned Coconut Milk 1 cup, 2 cups, 4 cups
- Sugar 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB
- Salt 1-2 tsp., 4 tsp., 1 1/2 TB or to taste
- If using fresh tomatoes, steam to remove the skins.
- Puree or chop tomatoes, depending how chunky or smooth you want your sauce or soup.
- Pour the pureed tomatoes in a large sauce pan, leaving a little in the blender.
- Add the garlic and onion to the blender and puree to the consistency you desire. (My kids do not like chunks of onion so I blend well)
- Add this mixture to the pan, along with all the other ingredients.
- Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat and simmer until desired consistency. 20-30 minutes.
- Serve over cooked pasta, steamed vegetables, as a tasty soup or use as a pizza sauce.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
This is the perfect time of year to do some STRESS FREE gift making.
I am offering all of my patterns for
50% off regular price.
This offer will be available for TWO weeks only.
August 8- August 22.
Many of my patterns are for fun UPCYCLED items using felted wool sweaters.
Summer is a great time to go to garage sales, tag sales and thrift stores, where you will find wool sweaters a lot CHEAPER.
Check out these posts where I share some fun things to make using felted wool and give a few tips on how to felt wool.
You can view some of my patterns here on the blog, but if you go to my ETSY shop there will be a specific listing for this special sale.
You can by the patterns in sets of 3.
3 patterns for $9.00.
Only $3.00 piece.
You may place as many orders as you want using that listing.
When checking out on ETSY, there will be a place to
"LEAVE NOTE TO SENDER"
Simply type in what 3 patterns you want and I will email them right to you.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Well, trust me, this is well worth your time. This is a simple, cost effective way to care for you and your families teeth!
Here are 4 SIMPLE reasons why I stopped using commercial toothpaste years ago and started making my own or buying natural stuff.
1-NON-TOXIC & SAFE
Have you ever looked into what is in your toothpaste? Here is a quick little post that is a great read about what is actually in commercial toothpaste. Makes you think twice about what you put in your mouth two or three times a day!
With just 4 simple ingredients, you can make a batch of tooth powder up for under $2.00.
If you have ever purchased or checked into NATURAL toothpastes, they are not cheap. Worth it if you can't make your own, but why not Do It Yourself and save money?
Tom's Natural toothpaste runs around $5.00- $6.00.
Redmond EarthPaste is $7.99 plus shipping. (good product, but make your own for a lot less).
3-QUICK AND VERY EASY TO MAKE
You can whip a batch of this up in only 5 minutes!!!
This makes your teeth feel squeaky clean, like you have just had your teeth cleaned by the dentist.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
This has been in the works now for many, many years. I love teaching yoga, especially to those who have never tried it before and to those with physical challenges of some kind. I am so passionate about yoga because I have experienced the many benefits over the years myself AND have seen how it has helped so many other people both EMOTIONALLY and PHYSICALLY.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
previous post, I shared a few ideas of how you can use t shirts to make OTHER THINGS, upcyclling, repurposing or recycling are a few common terms used. I love to repurpose things and I love to sew. When my kids were little ones, I made a lot of their clothes using some of my husband's and I's cool knit shirts.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Knits are "sew" fun work with and there are a lot of things you can make especially children's clothing. Now days, little kids t shirts are usually cheaper just to buy already made, than to purchase a pattern and fabric, not to mention the time involved. But if you have the fabric already and basic patterns are cheap and usually accessible on the internet, then you are set.
Have you priced good quality interlock knits lately? They are not cheap and the selection is usually poor.
|This piece of knit with 5 % spandex was $12.99 yard.|
So if you have a shirt that has good quality fabric, good colors and design, and you don't wear it anymore, MAKE SOMETHING COOL WITH IT!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
If you have been saving your sweater scraps........this is a great place to upcycle them into a cuddly and cozy baby toy.
Sweater Balls & Blocks
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
If you are experiencing some kind of physical ailment or disease or know someone who is, (that should be pretty much everyone) then you will highly benefit from watching this video clip of Dr. Lissa Rankin.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Here is an easy, quick, yummy meal.
I will admit it is not the most nutritional entree, but add some lightly steamed broccoli and you can't go too wrong. This is always a good Sunday meal when you don't have a lot of time, and want some kind of meat & gravy combination. My family enjoys these yummy little "chicken pillows" as they are referred to in our home.
These only take about 15 minutes to prepare and 20-25 minutes to cook.
Makes 8 good size servings.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Sugar cookies are something that I don't make too frequently around here. I only make them for special occasions. First, they take some time, and second, they are just too yummy to have only a few and I end up eating way more than my share.
I hadn't even thought about sugar cookies this Valentine's and my daughter mentioned yesterday that "we need to make sugar cookies". What a great idea!
This recipe is a long time family favorite recipe from my sister Bonnie. It has sour cream in it, yes sour cream. A yummy moist, flaky sugar cookie.
Bonnie's Sugar Cookies
Monday, February 3, 2014
Here is a great video clip with Nick Ortner interviewing Wayne Dyer about EFT, (Emotional Freedom Technique), on the power of FORGIVENESS.
Click on the link below to listen.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Here are a few heart garlands I made for Valentine's day.
If you haven't watched the heart cutting out tutorial yet, you can view it here. See how easy and quick you can whip one of these up using your felted wool sweaters.
|I attached a few acrylic crystal pendants to the ends to add a little charm and sparkle.|
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I just thought I would post a little video tutorial on how easy it is to cut out hearts using your felted wool sweater scraps.
You have been saving your wool sweater scraps haven't you?
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Once you determine where the hot spots are and what items are usually left out, then you can create a plan of attack.
- Do the items have a home? (A place where they belong)
- Is it inconvenience that is keeping you from putting things away?
- Is it a habit?
The biggest thing is to change the way we do things. If we keep doing things the way we have been doing, we will keep getting the same results.
Brooke, from her blog Slow Your Home,has some great little tidbits that her readers shared on the topic of keeping your home clutter free. Check it out here.
So, I have made a conscience decision to not go to bed with anything on the bench at the bottom of my bed.
Keep at it.
Let me know how the clutter busting is going in your home, or if you have any great tips to share. We all would love to hear them!
You can comment on my facebook page as well.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
I have a new plan to help keep my magazine stash in check. After the magazine is a few months old, I go through it again and rip out any my favorites pages. I do keep images of things that inspire me.
|My Visual Inspiration!|
Monday, January 6, 2014
Have you been drinking your GREEN SMOOTHIES?
Try adding 3-4 drops of doTERRA'S Slim & Sassy essential oil to your green smoothie and add a littler kick. It taste yummy and is a refreshing change from your basic green smoothie.
The blend of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger and cinnamon essential oils will help manage hunger, calm your stomach and lift your mood.
I love using doTERRA'S oils topically, for aromatherapy, cleaning,medicinally and internally. I just went to a Green Smoothie Girl workshop the other day, and she recommended this.
By the way if you haven't checked out Robyn Openshaw's website or don't know who she is, look her up, she is quite the gal and you can learn a lot from her. She has several YouTube videos about eating healthy.
Give the Slim & Sassy a whirl!
If you don't have Slim & Sassy, you could just put a drop of each of these oils in your smoothie. I usually put a little slice of lemon or a few drops of lemon essential oil in my green smoothies to help my body absorb the iron. It taste good too.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Clearing the clutter from your home can be an overwhelming task. But if you do it step by step and a little at a time, it can be quite manageable and REFRESHING!
1. CHOOSE A ROOM
Go to the room you have chosen to work on first and do some pondering. I recommend taking some notes for each room. I use list a list from my KEEPING HOUSE SYSTEM that works great.
|You can download the "by-the-room task inventory sheets" here.|
How do you feel in that room? Are there problem areas that seem to always have clutter, or items you notice that are never put away? Perhaps you don't even have a place for those items to live. Everything needs a home!
Keep these notes in a file and implement the things you need to do when you can. Once you have a feel of what needs to be done. Start the cleansing process.