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

Matcha coconut water ice cubes recipe sports drink healthy rehydrate

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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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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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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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petroglyphs

Above is autograph rock in Southern Colorado (it is on private land, we are criminals).

Native American art and history is something I really enjoy. Therefore, I am fascinated by petroglyphs. I love finding new (to me) ones… 

The pictures below were taken at Picture Canyon, also in southern Colorado. 

Some of them are so old you can barely see them!

Any of my panhandle friends know where I can find some more?!

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hidden treasures


Do you see what I see?! ^^ Try to find the “object” in the above picture before scrolling.


Old sheep herders house in the middle of nowhere – southern Colorado…… I think it is pprreettyy neat!

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garlic nail strengthener

Garlic Nail Strengthener

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Do you have crappy nails!? ME TOO!! Paper-thin nails that always break, peel and bend. Not cool! I’ve tried all of the polishes that promise to give you strong and long nails, but I have never noticed a difference.

The other day, on a rerun of Dr. Oz, they were talking about how garlic can help in strengthening and growing your nails! This may seem weird and stinky but don’t worry…the smell disappears once it is dry!

I just started this method so I will report back on the long term results soon!

Follow these simple steps and let me know if it works for you!

  1. Use any basic clear polish.
  2. Finely chop or mince 1 clove of garlic.
  3. Drain approximately 1/4 of the polish out of the bottle as to not overflow.
  4. Pack the chopped garlic into the bottle.
  5. Put the bottle away to steep for 7-10 days.
  6. Apply 2 coats of polish to bare clean nails and let it dry.

 

*Also…I would like to apologize to my followers for all the annoying e-mails last Friday. I just learned how to use Polyvore and I didn’t realize what I was doing on there was showing up on my blog too. I was trying to make an Albin Home Vision Board.

 

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