stop & smell the roses

diy rose water homemade rose petals

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DIY rose-water because…..well…..I LOVE ROSE WATER!

Rose water has moisturizing and anti inflammatory properties making it refreshing on hot days – use it on your face as a toner – put some in your bath water – use it to mop your floor – pour some into your rainbow vacuum water – use it to freshen up bedding or furniture – want a natural perfume? bam rose-water – or even use it to cleanse unwanted / stagnant energy!

It can also be used to flavor certain dishes such as tea or lemonade (but I find myself using it most frequently in my skin care routine.

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To make rose-water you will need to choose a rose that is fragrant. (I used (what I believe is) pink fragrant roses originally from the Hand Rose Farm in Tyler, TX)

Pluck the petals from the roses – discard the bulb and stems.

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Place the rose petals in a large pot and fill with just enough purified/distilled water to cover the rose petals – too much water will dilute the rose-water and you want it to smell as strong as possible.

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Place a heat safe bowl in the center of the petals, and cover the pot with a lid.

Place on a medium heat.

As the petals simmer, steam will collect on the lid of the pot and drip into the bowl – that rose-water will be a more pure form than the rose-water that is in the pot (but the rose-water in the pot is still good stuff).

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Simmer until the petals lose their color.

Drain/strain the liquid into a jar and voilà! That is your rose-water!

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Store in the refrigerator.
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matcha coconut water ice cubes

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Need a healthy sports drink?! This is for you.

Coconuts are naturally packed with everything you need to rehydrate. Known for having a high concentration of potassium and sodium coconut can help to restore electrolytes.

Unlike manufactured sports drinks, coconut water is naturally healthy and contains 2 grams of protein per cup (and we all know protein helps in muscle recovery after workouts).

Coconut water has a mild flavor but is definitely an acquired taste for me….that is why I started making these cubes….the matcha helps mask the taste.

Matcha can assist the body in increasing endurance, metabolism and help drop excess abdominal fat. It naturally increases your body’s energy and heat production during your workout which tells the body to burn more calories….on top of that is has a significant amount of antioxidants.

To make the cubes you will need:

    matcha powder
    coconut water
    a freezer
    mint/lemon juice/berries (optional)
    2 ice-cube trays

Matcha coconut water ice cubes recipe sports drink healthy rehydrate

Matcha coconut water ice cubes recipe sports drink healthy rehydrate

Matcha coconut water ice cubes recipe sports drink healthy rehydrate

In a bowl, combine 1 cup coconut water with 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder. (one 16.9 fl oz container of coconut water contains 2 cups water)

Stir until matcha is dissolved.

Fill ice-cube trays half full of the matcha mixture and freeze.

Matcha coconut water ice cubes recipe sports drink healthy rehydrate
Matcha coconut water ice cubes recipe sports drink healthy rehydrate

Once frozen, fill the other half of the ice-cube trays with remaining coconut water.

Freeze.

Throw the cubes in a glass of water on the way to the gym… (or try in a smoothie)

(If you want extra flavor you can add mint, lemon juice, or berries before you freeze)
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i got it from my mama

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Raise your hand if you wanna age gracefully…

Is your hand raised!?

Mine too.

My mom taught me the importance of proper skin care from a young age and she looks pretty awesome for a 55 yr old!……(Hi, mom! Don’t be mad at me for telling the world your age 😉 )

A consistent skin care routine is key to keeping your skin young and vibrant. Over the last few years I have been trying to make an effort to add less toxic products to my routine. After all the whole point of cleaning your face/ body is to remove dirt and grime…not add to it!

If you look at the ingredients in most grocery store brands you will find chemicals you can’t pronounce and parabens that can actually damage skin.

Your skin is your biggest organ, anything you put ON your body goes INTO your body….take a second to really think about that…kinda scary, huh?!

the cottage greenhouse skincare natural healthy

 

Mom has introduced me to hundreds of products throughout the years. The Cottage Greenhouse being the most recent….

She gifted me the ginger and agave set for Christmas and I am really liking it (…almost time to restock).

 

 

My sister and I have eczema so we have to be careful what we use. This brand is gentle enough for both of us and is inspired by fresh and wholesome ingredients….based out of Denver, CO it is paraben free, never animal tested, & formulated with up to 98% natural ingredients….(not 100% natural but definitely a step in the right direction).

 

 

Side Note: My biggest tip to you (that I learned from my mom) is to never pull on your skin… if you have eye makeup that won’t come off, NEVER scrub with a wash cloth……use a cleaner, lotion, or oil to help remove the leftover mascara. I feel like this is common sense but scrubbing/pulling stretches your skin and can cause premature wrinkling. (…and fuck wrinkles, am I right!?)

 

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anti-aging jade therapy


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Jade facial rolling is based on an ancient traditional Chinese medicine technique where you use a jade stone tool to massage/manipulate the muscles and fasciae of the face/neck while stimulating acupuncture energy points and promoting lymphatic drainage.

Anti aging jade therapy stimulates meridian points, revitalizing chi to tone and improve skin elasticity for a more radiant, youthful appearance. It helps reduce wrinkles and the signs of aging (Read about meridian points here)

If you have heavy eye lids that get puffy like mine then you are going to love this tool! It gives instant relief to puffiness, swelling, or tired eyes. Jade has properties that allow it to remain cold on contact…even in warm weather (you can put in the fridge to make it extra cold).

Use upward movement, from eye brows to flatten forehead lines. From center of forehead, roll along eyebrows towards the meridian points between the eye and ear.

Close eyes and use smaller roller starting from the inner corner of the eye and roll across eyelid toward meridian point near ear. Roll under the eye to same meridian point, focusing on any puffiness, crows feet and wrinkles around the eye area.

Use small roller and press gently down on meridian points by the ear. Hold for a count of three, exhale and repeat. This helps relax the face and relieves any tension. Great for headaches.

Roll smaller roller from eyes down and around base of nose to meridian point on side of nose. Press gently down on meridian points either side of nose. Hold for a count of three and exhale. Repeat. This helps relieve any sinus congestion and relaxes tension along smile lines.

Use larger roller. Start at nose and roll across cheeks to meridian point near ear. Roll from center of lips over upper and lower lip towards ear. From center of chin, sweep up towards ear. Roll upwards from bottom of chin to meridian points under lower lip. Press down for a count of three, exhale and repeat. Using larger roller, roll along jaw line towards the ear. Then roll under the   with upward movements from neck to chin. Starting from meridian point at base of skull behind ear, roll around to center of collarbone and up neck to jaw to drain the lymphatic waste and smooth wrinkles in the neck area.

Never roll back and forth!

This is the roller I have. (Roller came with images and instructions used, check out their website here).

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gift wrap

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I hear a lot of people say wrapping presents is the worst part of the holidays, I completely disagree….

It is my favorite part!

Each year I set out to create a theme for my wrapping….I casually mentioned to my sister that I wanted to use cotton and (being the thoughtful person she is) she parked on the side of the highway, ran out into some random field, and quickly snagged me enough to wrap 100 presents……hahaha I love her. The cranberries and cinnamon were an after thought, I needed some color and conveniently had both!


I am pretty happy with my results and I can’t wait to give them to my people!

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odo ban

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Odoban is my jam…. I don’t know how I would function without it…. The absolute best multi-purpose product, hands down. You can use it as an air freshener and to eliminate pet, smoke, and mildew odors….It effectively controls and inhibits the growth of mold and mildew. Killing 99.99% of germs, it cleans, disinfects, sanitizes and deodorizes upholstery, bedding, bathrooms, floors and whatever else you can think of.

Are you guilty of leaving your clothes in the washing machine too long? Add a little bit when you rewash and never worry about stinky towels or clothes again.

It will freshen up carpet. Or you can spray it on your stripped mattress the next time you wash your sheets.

I also spray my trash can, because we all know those can get nasty.

It eliminates odor without leaving a strong after smell…And it actually ELIMINATES odors instead of trying to cover them up.

 

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pumpkin patch


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This post is a month (+) over due… (most pumpkin patches are already done/closed for the season) but it was my first time and I want to remember it! (Blogging is basically my new scrap booking)

We went to the Meyer pumpkin patch between Dalhart and Stratford, TX. It is located on a family farm in the middle of an irrigated corn field! (There was a corn maze available but we did not walk through it) It was super windy the day we went but we had a lot of fun. They give you your own 4-wheeler and trailer and let you go explore. Meyers grew all the good stuff – both white and orange pumpkins and all kinds of gourds – in all sizes!

We picked out our favorites and decorated our home. I love pumpkins….I see a lot of people already decorating for Christmas but I’m holding onto them as long as possible.


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open windows

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If you live in the panhandle of Oklahoma and have not been living with your windows open you are missing out. Our fall has been amazing…ideal temperatures. 75 degrees as I write this with a low of 56 for tonight.

…(Listen to it, Summer! I think you could really like a few of these songs)

 

She Treats Me Well – Ben Howard

Bloom – Odesza

Take It Easy (Ever After Lasting Love) – White Denim

Cane Shuga – Glass Animals

Coins – Local Natives

When I Get My Hands On You – The New Basement

Fineshrine – Purity Ring

Gooey – Glass Animals

Here In Spirit – Jim James

Hey There – Dej Loaf, Future

Murakami – Made in Heights

Real Love Baby – Father John Misty

Run Run Blood -Phantogram

Sunshine – Powers

Listen to my spotify playlist here

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diy okra wreath

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This project was super easy…..I picked and saved a bunch of the big hard okra from my garden. (Most gardeners throw it away) Then…I dried it by sticking it in the oven on a low heat for 5-7 hours.

Supplies:

  • Dried okra
  • Clear acrylic coating spray paint
  • Wire wreath frame
  • Hot glue gun & sticks
  • Accessories/accents/add ons

Steps:

  • Spray the okra with the acrylic and let dry
  • Hot glue the okra to the wreath frame in a circular direction
  • Once you have desired amount of okra… fill in cracks and hide glue spots with your choice of accessory
  • You are going to have a lot of hot glue hairs….just pull them away with your fingers

 

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rock candy suckers

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Rock candy is so pretty…so why wouldn’t you want to make them at home!? I thought they would be a super easy project that I could enjoy, no problem….but I wasn’t successful the first time I tried making these. I did something wrong and they did not form crystals…they didn’t do anything. Darn it! But the second time I made sure I let the sugar-water reach a rapid boil and it was a success! I love the way they turned out.

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Supplies:

  • 8 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Cups Water
  • Candy thermometer
  • 5 Jars
  • 5 Clothes pins
  • Food coloring
  • 5 Candy sticks

The night before, soak sticks in water for about 20 min then roll in sugar. Place on paper towel or plate and let dry overnight.

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Gather jars and designate a remote area to place them. (They need to sit untouched for 1 week for crystals to form)

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In a medium sauce pan bring water to a rapid boil.

One cup at a time add sugar and let dissolve completely before adding next cup. Once all the sugar is added and the sugar-water is clear, remove from heat. (I let my sugar water boil for a while, like 10 min…..my water temperature was anywhere between 250 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit)

Add food coloring drops to jars.

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Once cooled, pour sugar-water into jars…this mixture will make 5 suckers. (I doubled it)

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Put stick through a clothes pin and place into filled jar. Make sure the stick is not touching the sides of the jar.

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Cover and leave alone for approximately one week or until crystals are at desired size.

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….and TADA!!

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Enjoy!

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