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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.

diy rose water homemade rose petals

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.

diy rose water homemade rose petals

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).

diy rose water homemade rose petals

Simmer until the petals lose their color.

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

diy rose water homemade rose petals

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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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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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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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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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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diy dark spot corrector

 

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For some annoying reason I have been battling dark spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, on my forehead, upper lip, and under my eyes…I look dirty! My best friend, who happens to be a dermatologist, told me it is from the sun. The dark spots are a new thing for me and it is not something I can learn to accept. Pretty skin is important to me…So I did some research and found a few remedies I wanted to try (in addition to hydroquinone cream). Aloe vera has beneficial skin healing powers, it contains all kinds of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties while helping your skin shine brighter and lighter. I read that aloe vera works on hyperpigmentation by encouraging the skin to regenerate new skin cells while also moisturizing and cleansing. Even though dark spots are pretty difficult to treat I thought it was worth a try! After reading through several different recipes I decided to make my own very simple aloe vera mask with coconut oil and lemon juice. The acidic juice will also help lighten the dark spots and give the aloe vera gel a longer shelf life.

Gel may have a slight pink tint due to oxidation.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Lemon juice
  • Coconut oil

Method:

  • Cut the end and rough sides off the aloe Vera
  • Using a sharp knife, slice off the top rind to expose the gel
  • Using a spoon or the knife scoop the gel into a bowl
  • In a small food processor add approximately 3 to 4 heaping tablespoons of gel
  • Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Add 3/4 the juice of 1 lemon…more than half but not every drop
  • Blend for approximately 1 minute

To use:

  • To use as a mask apply to face and neck for approximately 10 to 15 minutes (it’s really slimy and slippery so apply mask in appropriate location, like the bathtub)
  • To use as a toner, dip cotton ball in gel and rub on face and neck, focusing on dark spots. I like to do this at night then wash my face in the morning and continue with my normal routine.

These remedies can take up to a week or more for any discernible results to be seen.

Keep the concoction is your refrigerator, it will last for approximately 1-2 week(s).

My aloe vera leaf was big and I had leftovers/extra…I blended the remaining gel with lemon juice to create aloe vera juice. I kept it in my refrigerator and consumed 1 to 2 tablespoons per day.

 

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