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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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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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black mesa images

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One day while surfing the internet I came across this ^^ breathtaking photo of my ever loved Black Mesas. (read about my love here)

Stanley Harper of Black Mesa Images is the artist and I am so in love with his work.(check out his facebook page here) Not only does he have some great shots of Black Mesa but he has perfectly captured the entire panhandle of Oklahoma. I found myself looking through every single picture, I couldn’t get enough…. I am such a sucker for the sky, living in the flatlands can do that to you. We may do without a lot of things out here in No Mans Land, but God makes up for it by painting us some of the most gorgeous skies! I have always had a passion for sunsets, but Stanley’s night shots of the milky way and all the stars are my favorite. The lightening strikes are pretty rad too. I love photography, someday I hope to have the equipment and knowledge to take killer photos of the sky. (he has a pretty fabulous collection of nightscapes for sale on his website)

 

Where do you get your inspiration?!

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Zac turns 30

  

Happy 30th Birthday to this hot piece…I love you. Presents and breakfast in bed. Hope it is one for the books. #30years30beers

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diy facial toner


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Creating  your own products is fun, and you know what is going into them. If you really look into what you are letting your skin absorb from store-bought items, it can be scary. Green tea is great for your complexion…it improves the skin’s elasticity, helps draw out impurities and reduce large pores. Plus its cost-effective, and great for gift giving!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Green Tea bag or 1 T loose tea
  • Lavender Essential Oil (90 drops total, 15 per bottle)
  • Boiling Water (2 1\2 cup)
  • Bottle for storage (6)
  • Labels (6)

Method:

  • In a large bowl pour 2 1/2 cups boiling water over 1 tea bag or approximately 1 T loose tea.
  • Let steep for 3-5 minutes.
  • Strain with cheese cloth or remove tea bags.
  • Put in the fridge to cool.
  • Put 15 Lavender drops in each bottle.
  • Funnel cooled tea into bottle.
  • Attach label

Let me know what you think!

Side note: the inspiration for this post comes from- www.xovain.com

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Shrimp Ceviche 

  

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Ceviche is a great dish to enjoy on the beach in Mexico or, in my case, the couch in Oklahoma. This recipe is light, refreshing and easy to make. I just love it.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 lb shrimp, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions

  • Remove the tails from the shrimp.
  • Place the shrimp and half of lime juice in a bowl.
  • Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • In a different bowl mix the remaining lime juice, red onion, jalapeño, tomato, garlic and cilantro.
  • Let veggies soak 15 minutes.
  • Combine both bowls and season with salt.
  • Serve with saltine crackers.

 

I hope you like it!

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tabouli|tabbouleh-tomayto|tomahto

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Tabouli is a Lebanese dish from the Eastern Mediterranean, it is light, citrusy and fresh. My mom introduced me to this dish a long time ago and I have been hooked since. One of my family’s favorite places to eat is Joseph’s restaurant near Drumright, Ok. Not only do they serve my favorite tabouli they have the best steak sauce I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. I love Joseph’s food so much my husband took me there to eat before he asked me to marry him. Since I am not able to find tabouli in Boise City, I decided to learn how to make it. I hope you like it as much as me!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Bulgur wheat
  • 3/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup Lemon Juice (approximately)
  • 3 T finely chopped Parsley (approximately)
  • 6 to 8 Green Onions
  • 3 Tomatoes (approximately)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

Directions

  • Rinse bulgur wheat in a fine strainer
  • In a bowl combine rinsed bulgur, olive oil and lemon juice. I used the juice of 5 fresh lemons. Depending on your personal taste you can add more or less lemon juice. The bulgur will soak up the oil and juice.
  • Chop parsley, green onion and tomatoes then add to bowl.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Refrigerate for a few hours, preferably over night.
  • Taste and correct seasonings
  • Serve with wheat thins or crackers

You can eat on this for a couple of days. I think the longer it is in the refrigerator the better it tastes.

Let me know what you think!

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