Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Stress

Is Holiday shopping driving you crazy and getting you stressed out?
Here is stress relief spray you can make to relieve the tension.

Stress relief spray
Ingredients:
4 oz. water
4 drops peppermint essential oil
4 drops rosemary essential oil
16 drops grapefruit essential oil
4 oz. spray mister bottle

Directions:
Combine water and oils in spray bottle, and shake well. Lightly mist your personal space whenever you encounter a stressful situation

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Red Clay Facial Soap

Our Red clay and oatmeal soap is wonderful! Oatmeal is good for sensitive skin and has a gentle exfoliation action. Red Kaolin clay helps to draw toxins from skin and absorbs oil as well. Wonderful for your face. A good soap for oily skin.
http://cupertinosoap.com/page119.html 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Natural Disinfecting Hand Gel




Disinfecting Hand Gel for Caretakers and Kids
Makes: One 4 oz squeeze bottle of natural,
chemical-free disinfecting hand gel


Ingredients:
4 oz organic aloe vera gel
4 drops Peppermint essential oil
8 drops Lavender essential oil
8 drops Orange essential oil

Tools:
One 4 oz PET plastic squeeze bottle

Directions: Add oils to the aloe vera gel, shake
vigorously to combine.

Notes: Apply liberally to hands and rub until
the gel has evaporated. This can be stored in
the fridge and transferred into convenient 1 oz
squeeze bottles to keep in your purse or diaper
bag for hand sanitizing on the go. Store extra
gel in the fridge if you make a large amount
ahead of time.

Avoid purchasing aloe with extra ingredients.
A small amount of natural preservative is fine.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cedar essential oil

 













Cedar is a small alpine tree native to South West United States and Mexico. The essential oil is dry, sweet and woodsy. It is also like vetivert because it grounding and supportive. I may help with oily skin and acne as well as eczema. Cedar essential oil also has antiseptic properties.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Chicken and Dumplings

Well Winter is definitely on it's way, the weather is getting much cooler so it is time for some cool weather foods. Just recently I made one of our favorites, Chicken and Dumplings, it is a comforting tasty dish that my family loves.  The recipe is very easy it takes about 30 minutes.
 Below is the recipe.







          Ingredients
  • 3 cans of chicken broth
    3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch chunks 
    1 cup of carrots small ones or cut big ones 
    3 medium potatoes cut into medium chunks
    1 cup of frozen peas ½ cup chopped onion 
    3 celery stalks chopped
    3 tablespoons of olive oil 
    Salt Pepper Garlic 
    1 bay leaf
     Bisquick – follow recipe and instructions on the box for the dumplings 
    Put olive oil in a large pot, lightly brown chicken and onion, add vegetables, DO NOT add the peas, save them for later, then add the 3 cans of chicken broth, add seasonings. Cover and bring to a boil, when the soup boils add the dumplings. ( Follow directions on the Bisquick box) Add dumplings by the spoonful. When the dumplings are done remove a few of them and then add the peas, stir them into the soup and replace the dumplings. Serves 4 -6 people. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Chamomile

Chamomile is a highly prized herb. It has a long standing medicinal tradition. The Egyptians used it for their beauty rituals. It is a perennial herb that is native to Europe and the United States.  It has wonderful skin healing properties, which include helping to tone skin ,it is good for rashes, it softens the skin and acts as an anti inflammatory. The essential oil is also good for sensitive skin. It is calming and soothing. It is a very valuable herb. It is one of the most expensive essential oils. It also makes a very comforting relaxing tea.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Lovely Linen Spray

Freshen up your linens with this lovely lavender linen water.
Add 30 drops of lavender essential oil ( or any essential oil of your choice) to 2 cups of distilled water and 1/8 cup of witch hazel, put in a spray bottle, shake well and spray away. It will make your room smell wonderful too.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

All about Mint.

 














Mint is a perennial herb with is native to the Mediterranean, it grows wild in Europe and the United States. Mint is cooling and crisp, it can sooth itchy skin and help with eczema. Mint essential oil has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It’s vitalizing and refreshing it energizes the mind and body. Mint also helps clean pores. It has a powerful sweet crisp scent

Monday, May 6, 2013

Green Cleaning



 


















I have been on a green cleaning thing lately. I am moving away from harsh chemical cleaners to all natural ones.  I have tried a number of commercial green cleaning products and they do a fine job of cleaning but they are very expensive, so I decided to try Apple Cider Vinegar for cleaning.

I am quite impressed with the cleaning power of the Apple Cider Vinegar. I have used it to clean the tub, I just sprayed full strength vinegar on the tub and used a scrub brush, it got the dirt right off and left the tub very shiny and smelling fresh. I also use it to clean my kitchen and bathrooms, they are sparkling clean when I am done. I tried it on my kitchen table with great results. I used it to mop my kitchen floor; WOW it got so much dirt off the floor. I sprayed the floor then used my steam mop, the two works really well together.  The best results I got were when I used the vinegar to clean my greasy stove, the vinegar cuts right through the grease!

I read that vinegar is a natural germ killer, the acid kills the germs, and the acid also cuts dirt and grease, that’s why it worked so well on my stove and floors. I use it full strength in a spray bottle. You can buy a gallon for a few dollars. It will last for a month or more depending on how much cleaning you do. 

So give it a try and let me know how you like it and what you used it on. Happy Cleaning!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Rose Soap

Roses are red, and pink and white! This is such a lovely soap. It smells just like a cottage rose garden.  We have added rose petals for gentle exfoliation. This is for our rose loving fans. The cocoa butter gives is a creamy lather and wonderful moisturizing properties.















Roses have been valued for their beauty and has a long history of symbolism.
Red roses mean love, yellow roses mean friendship and white roses stand for purity. Roses are one of the most popular flowers.  They are very fragrant, and their fragrances can vary widely.

http://cupertinosoap.com/page34.html

Friday, March 29, 2013



Meet our Cocker Spaniels Indy (front) and Max (back). Our dogs LOVE to get dirty, REALLY dirty! They swim in the lake, romp on the beach, jump in the bushes to chase rabbits, roll in the mud and grass and then they want to bring all the dirt into the house!  That’s when I get the doggie wash and get ‘em all cleaned up. They are so clean and soft afterward, they also smell great!
Our Doggie wash is great, it cleans, deodorizes and leaves a light fresh scent on your dog. Your dog will love it, and so will you. This dog wash is ph balanced, it also contains coconut oil as a  conditioner. There are some new fragrances: Warm Vanilla, Coconut and Sea Breeze. There will be some doggie perfume spray coming soon too

Monday, February 4, 2013

Strange things done with Ivory soap


















Recently, while searching the web for crafts for kids to do I ran across one that really caught my eye. The craft involved a  bar of Ivory soap. Well anything that has to do with soap is always interesting to me, so I read the article.  When I got to the end all I could do was shake my head in disbelief. 

The blog author put a  bar of Ivory soap in the microwave and cooked for a 1 minute and a half. When it was done the soap had expanded and looked liked foam, it was dry and crusty. All I could think of was, whoa that was really strange and a little bit gross.  So I looked for more info and found a video that said that Ivory has little air bubbles in the soap that makes it float and when heated up expands and dries out. 

Now I am not sure if I would put this on my skin, especially if people are using it for craft projects.  It just seems very odd to me that a soap would do that. What do you think?

Here is the link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1hzatoE1tg