Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving {2013}


I hope you all are having a wonderful day and spending time with your families. This year has been a lot of firsts, including my first holiday solo. My son is with his dad today and I'm OK with it. I have a turkey in the oven and catching up with some house work. All is well.
 
This morning Caleb and his cousin made some rainbow loom bracelets together before heading off, Caleb was more than ready to get his day going.
 
What are your plans today? Plan on shopping Black Friday?
 

Yesterday evening we went to our church service and shared out "thankful banner" with the church and walked it down the isle and then had some yummy pie after. Love spending this time with my son, took us hours of gluing on fruit loops and putting glitter on all the letters.



Today starts the biggest sale of the year for Black Friday, in my Etsy shop. For hand stamped personalized jewelry take 15% off for the next 2 days.
 

 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Natural Homemade Cough Syrup

 
 
 
 

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Hmmm...what else can I do naturally?...Oh yea a cough syrup! It is after all Flu season and it seriously pains me to have to give my son any medication on top of what he already has to take daily. So I went on a hunt for a homemade remedy. Most if not all, lead to pretty much the same ingredients as this one. My son is not pleased with the taste of it, so I double the honey than what is listed. I also take out the pepper. I kept mine in the fridge for 1 week, during the time of the sickness then dis-card and make new and fresh every time. A tip, so the texture is not all weird for kids, I would grate the Ginger as small as you can.

Also wanted to toss in there that The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that honey should not be added to food, water, or formula that is fed to infants younger than 12 months of age.
 


 Natural Homemade Cough Syrup
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp raw, grated ginger
1 tbsp raw, organic apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice (for maximum potency) or filtered water for a mellower potency
1 tbsp raw honey {I really laid it heavy on this}
Dissolve cayenne and ginger in cider vinegar and water. Add honey and shake well. Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough. Always shake or mix up before using.
 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Chicken Chilaquiles


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Yes please. Sign me up again, this had some KICK to it. I love spice so the more the merrier. This was great, something new. Thick with great textures. I did a few things differently and worked out fantastic, I cooked my chicken first in my slow cooker for 4 hours on low. Then shredded it and added as directed. I also love using my seasoned cast iron skillet, always adds additional flavors.
 
Found this one here

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, in puree
  • 2 canned chipotle chilies in adobo, finely chopped (about 1 heaping tablespoon), plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from same can)
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 small cooked rotisserie chicken (about 1 3/4 pounds), skinned and shredded (about 4 cups), carcass discarded
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves, chopped, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  • 4 cups (about 3 ounces) tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 3/4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/4 cup)
 

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Combine oil and garlic in a large (3-to-4-quart) saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and sizzling, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Step 2

    Add tomatoes with their puree (breaking tomatoes up), chipotles and adobo, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil; season with salt. Reduce heat and simmer rapidly until lightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Add chicken and cook, stirring, until hot, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in chopped cilantro.
  4. Step 4

    Divide chips among four shallow bowls; top with chicken mixture and sauce. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, sour cream, and feta. Serve.




Monday, November 18, 2013

DIY Bath Bombs


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The journey of hand made continues....I have learned so much on how to do things naturally and on the cheap, so why not try my hand at bath bombs. Can I say how fun and easy these are too make? I have completed two batches, to date. I originally was looking for something that I could add to my sons bath water when he has a cold, something too sooth him. They work wonders with essential oils. This a huge hit in this house hold. I would love to create some just for fun with some added in fresh flowers and sprinkles etc. So that's on my to do list before Christmas! Think Christmas gifts here!
 
Some hints/tips: I use a little less citric acid than calls for so that they last longer in the tub. The amount on the instructions will use up faster. I eliminate 1/4" or less. Also, whatever you do do not store these in the bathroom, the water humidity will activate the bombs. {Found this out the hard way} so store them away from water sources.} I went on a hunt for citric acid and found it {4 stores later} at Sprouts Farmers Market in bulk. Its cheap, no worries. For the molds, make sure they are NOT silicone {like I bought}, you need a HARD mold. Ice cube trays, or cute candy hard plastic molds work best. Hobby Lobby have the cutest containers to store them in. Dont be afraid to double the batch to yield more!
 
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hand Stamped Moon {GIVEAWAY}

 
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Here is your chance to win one of my hand stamped sterling silver necklaces, from my Etsy shop yourcharmedlife.
 
Perfect for a mom or grandmother!
Would make a amazing Christmas gift

Easy entries via rafflecopter below, open to USA only.
Runs for 7 days and winner will be contacted
 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Adventure Time Birthday Party


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My sons birthday party was this weekend and turned out fantastic! He invited some kids from school and all his cousins, to a small local arcade Nickel A Play here in town. Most games were free and few required the nickels. Caleb's theme this year was "Adventure Time". I found all the supplies online like the cute popup tree with figurines and then Bimo treat bags, then I printed out coloring pages from the net and added them to the goodie bags. The cake was hard to find anyone who even sold that character design, so I printed out what we wanted and they did screen print on the cake. We found matching table cover, plates and banner online as well. Then found the shirt for him at Walmart.



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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

DIY Vapor Rub



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Its THAT time of year......the time my poor son gets sick on a monthly basis. I enforce hand washing, send hand sanitizer to school and use a 'preventative oil rub on his feet'. But lets face it, kids get sick. So for the last year, I have been changing out normal store products for natural homemade ones. One of these that was on my list was a homemade vapor rub. I keep hearing that the Vicks is not so great for little ones and that there are a ton of harmful chemicals in it. So, I made our own and wow do we LOVE it! It smells fantastic, feels great on the hands and my son enjoys putting it on. It renders a nice amount and is cheaper on the pocket book in the long run. I keep ours in the fridge to keep it a little more firm
 
 
How to:
 Author:

Ingredients
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil (olive oil, jojoba, grapeseed oil etc. will also work)
  • 2 TBSP Beeswax pastilles
  • 30 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 20 drops Tea Tree essential oil (optional)
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil (optional
Instructions
  1. Once beeswax and coconut oil are melted, remove double boiler from heat and add essential oils.
  2. While the mixture is still liquid, pour in a 4 ounce jar. You will have about an ounce left over.
  3. A lip balm tube, tin or jar is great for the excess so you can take it on the go!
  4. The mixture will not take long to harden but if you want to speed up the process you can put your jar in the fridge.
 
 
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Monday, November 4, 2013

More Halloween

 

WHEW! Had enough of these darn Halloween posts? We have seriously been THAT busy, you know what? I LOVE it, it drives me "batty" to have to stay home for the weekend. I am a busy body and prefer a busy schedule to keep me busy and my mind running.
 
So Caleb was off for a 1 1/2" week Fall break, I sent him to class with some treat Halloween goodie bags for all the kids in his class. He was excited to pass them out. Same day we passed out all of Caleb's b-day invites as well, happening all too fast! His birthday is coming up on Nov 8th and his party is on the 9th at a small arcade here in town.
 
Caleb also hand drew his first pumpkin design for his pumpkin, scaled to fit and outlined it. I did the carving, it turned out just perfect!