Make your favorite face cream!

Good evening!  If you’re in the northern hemisphere, I hope you are having a wonderful and fun Autumn! The dry and cold season of winter is coming up, and that’s when I amp up my face cream. Don’t spend a ton on fancy creams–make one that works! I want to start by stating my favorite…

Oatmeal Soap benefits :)

In the shower today I noticed someone-most likely my husband Mark- put a bar of oatmeal soap in there.  OK then! I had made some of this wonderful soap that smells SO good, like milk, almonds, honey and oatmeal! With cool weather around the corner it’s a welcoming fragrance. ❤ I REALLY look forward to…

How to make your personalized simple shower scrub

Hi! There are a LOT of shower sugar or salt scrubs out there.  A scrub for the body is to help exfoliate your skin cells. As we age, our skin regenerates at a slower pace.  After the age of forty, or even sooner, a scrub is a great way to retain that youthful glow. There…

Soaps and Reiki

My soaps receive reiki lovin’ by yours truly before they are wrapped up and ready to ship.  🙂  In Florida I was much more involved in reiki. It definitely helped my friends either physically or emotionally!  I love it, and honestly should do more of it..especially to myself!  What is reiki?  Well, according to the…

Winter Medicine: Delicious & Warming Tonic Syrups

Wonderful post! I plan to make my elderberry cough syrup very soon! 💚 You can skip the alcohol but it won’t last as long even in the refrigerator. Gather Victoria When dark, winter days challenge our bodies as well as our spirits, nothing makes a better remedy than old-fashioned tonic syrups. Time tested & true,…

Cucs, Jalopenos, & Tomatoes

Our 2016 backyard little garden is growing better than last year..not sure why. Well, this time we have the powered egg shells and some lime mixed in with the soil for the tomatoes to prevent them rotting out from the bottom.  See those jalapeños?? I NEVER have trouble with them, they grow SO well and…

I heart lemongrass

I was washing the floor with the best mixture of floor soap in the world: baking soda, white vinegar and a squirt of dish soap with plenty of hot water in the bucket, and I wanted to add a little something. I have many essential oils, but especially own a huge (too huge) freakin bottle of lemongrass…

Tomatoes and Summer Fun

Mondays are the best time for my blog posts, since Monday’s are my energy days!  Much to the annoyance of past office colleagues I would stroll into work with a huge smile on Monday and greet everyone enthusiastically; I have NO idea why I am like this, but I have always been like this. 🙂 North Carolina…

Vitamix and Spring Gardens

We finally did it. We bought a refurnished Vitamix. You would never know it was used though-swear!  Even came with a cookbook to get us started.  We’ve been using it every day, twice a day at least: We’ve been making juice instead of buying it. ^^^Above is strawberry lemonade, yum!  A couple lemons peeled, water, and…

Thyme for cough syrup & the holidays

My son and I have had a cold for what seems like forever now. Taliesin has had a cough for a week and I have found this thyme recipe that does help.  Simmer a small handful of dried thyme (larger handful for fresh) in a cup of water, simmer for a half hour at least,…

Springtime homeschoolin’ & fruit water

Taliesin is really studying hard for his finals (CAT) coming up in June:   Fruit water is SOOO easy to make, and it’s so pretty! Last year I was adding fruit to large pitchers of water and stashing them in the fridge..they kept alright but I like this way better: I simply add fruit to…

Filipino chicken stock

I LOVE, LOVE our library. LOVE the cookbooks. I have one out about Filipino cooking. I was feeling really achy today (women stuff!) and decided to have some of this simple stock I made yesterday. I feel SO much better already: Boil some free range organic chicken with bones for 5 minutes. Drain. (this gets…

DIY liquid soap

I love a large bar of soap.  I rarely get asked about making a liquid soap to sell, but many people prefer a liquid soap by the kitchen sink. I agree. There are ways to make it by scratch. Liquid soap is made with potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide normally.  Now is not the…

Nettle tea (yum!)

Southern North Carolina is getting more snow than usual. They don’t plow our side streets, so we have been stuck for a few days. My family wouldn’t mind a little, but we are counting our blessings since we lived in northern Ohio and experienced some really bad winters! Weather like that can really make people…