Monday, February 29, 2016

Like a Tundra.


Its this time of year, I start to get antsy for Spring. Its this time of year, I have had it with the freezing weather and snow. REALITY is, we still have a few more months of snow to go. The joys of living near the Rocky Mountains. I do however love taking Winter photos, they are beautiful. It really is breathe taking with some of the views. This day was really really cold, but we ventured out and snapped a few Winter photos. Enjoy.







Friday, February 26, 2016

Personalized Oil Locket Giveaway


Today's post is something I have been wanting to share with you for quite some time, I wanted to share a few things about essential oils and gift you with one of my personalized oil difuser lockets.

I am a Doterra oil user, I swear by these oils and use them every day in my life. Oils are a natural way to treat any medical ailments you may have. From simple bug bites, to allergies and more serious complex diseases. 
I have been using them for four years now, there are a few that I seriously can not live without. For example the "Digest Zen" is something I have been using the most. I got really sick last year due to a food type of poising that had morphed into a post infectious disease in my stomach. I had to change my entire diet and eliminate certain foods. This oil I carry in a bottle and use on my stomach when I'm in pain or discomfort and its wonderful! Last night I came home and was carrying a lot of stress and was experiencing a panic attack, I diffused into the air some lavender and lemon and it helped bring me back down. There are seriously so many uses, I love that I use these on my son as well, he gets a little mixed in a hair water bottle to help with focusing with his ADHD. I use them for different things when he is sick, with fever etc. The list goes on. 
I have a reference book that I go to anytime I need help, it suggest which oils to take and how to take them, you can take by mouth as they are 100% pure and safe. You can use on your body with a carrier oil or diffuse into the air. I have done all. 

I also purchased a wooden oil box holder to carry my oils in, this picture is a little outdated and since then I had to have one custom made because my oils have tripled!


My essential oil diffuser, the lotus

So being a small business owner, I was thinking how wonderful it would be to bring together my love for oils and my love for jewelry and hand stamping together! I came up with these very affordable brass oils lockets, that have felt in the insides. Its there you place just a few drops of oil onto and wear it around your neck. This is really good for trips, stressful events, etc. When you need the oil on the go! The best part about this necklace is the fact that you can also add in a personalized tag!! So its two in one. You also get to pick the size of your chain and the color of the felt.

If your interested in these lockets they can be found in my shop Yourcharmedlife Inc.

I am offering my readers and followers 20% off these lockets only, by using coupon code "essential" at checkout for that amazing discount! 

Now on to the GIVEAWAY! One lucky person will win a personalized oil locket for free, simply fill out the actions below on the Rafflecopter. Each entry is a added point to win. Contest is open to USA residents only. I will email the winner in 24 hours, you have 48 hours to answer me back and if no reply will move to the next winner. 
Have fun & good luck!
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

DIY Chalkboard Wall


This is something I have always wanted to do, so it was our next home project. I wanted a small space that served as a Command center for my family as well as a place to have fun. I choose a small wall by the entry door and it works perfect for our needs. One of the funnest things about the wall, is we get to decorate it for all the holidays. I like looking up chalkboard decorations on Pinterest for inspiration, plus it lets me practice my lettering.

On this wall I also purchased a magnetic board from Ikea to pin all the important papers and cards too, as well as a letter holder with key hooks. Then I added a calendar wall hook and have that hanging there as well, everything I need that helps me keep track all in one space.

what you'll need:
can of chalkboard paint, I used Rust-Oleum brand
paint brush roller, I bought a foam one to leave no textures.
painters tape, frog tape is my favorite
chalk



what to do:
You want a wall that has little to no textures, if you have textures those will show up every time that you write/draw on your board. I even purchased some fine sand paper and sanded my wall by hand to remove any large textures. Once you have done that, I cleaned my wall with a one part Dawn soap 4 parts water solution to make sure it was a clean slate. Tape off that wall with any joined wall spaces. Once tapped off, I rolled on my first coat of paint. Let that fully dry, I even pointed a fan at the wall for faster dry time. Once that dries, paint a second coat on and let that fully dry for 24 hours. Don't touch it for that long. The next day you are ready to "season" the chalkboard, this step is very important as it will help break in the wall and get it ready for drawings/words. If you don't season, you'll draw on it and go to erase and the letters wont come up! So season, it good.




How to Season:
Take your white chalk and hold it long ways and run it up and down all over the board not leaving any blank areas. When your done the entire board should look White. You don't have to apply with a heavy pressure, just be consistent with your strokes. Wait another 24 hours, then wipe it all down. I used circular motions and I found that a microfiber cloth worked better then a eraser. Its my own preference. Then it will be ready for use.

I love our wall, we have had it for half a year now and both my son and I equally enjoy doodling on it. Word of caution, it does leave dust at the bottom. It will make a very small mess under, I just sweep it up and it doesn't bother me.



We got new wood flooring during the chalkboard process!

Halloween 

Christmas


Valentines & what is there now

Monday, February 15, 2016

Potato Soup

Every now and then I come across a recipe that is just amazing, so much that I feel the need you must know! This was one of those. So thick and yummy. Next time going to double the batch, so I can freeze leftovers.
Found on gimmesomeoven

Ingredients:

5 slices bacon, diced
3 tablespoons bacon grease (reserved) or butter
1 cup diced white or yellow onion
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups milk, warmed
1.5 pounds potatoes, peeled (if desired) and diced (I recommend Yukon gold potatoes)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
1 teaspoon Kosher salt, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
optional toppings: thinly-sliced green onions or chives, extra shredded cheese, extra bacon, sour cream

Directions:

  1. Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat.  Add diced bacon and cook until crispy, stirring occasionally.  Transfer the bacon to a separate plate, using a slotted spoon, reserving about 3 tablespoons of bacon grease in the stockpot.  (Discard any extra grease, or you can substitute butter in place of the 3 tablespoons of bacon grease.  Also, if you are short on time, you can dice the potatoes and onion while the bacon cooks to save time.)
  2. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.  Sprinkle the flour on top of the onion, and stir until combined.  Saute for an additional minute to cook the flour, stirring occasionally.  Then stir in the chicken stock until combined.  Stir in the milk, potatoes, and cooked bacon bits until combined.  Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer, but is not boiling.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally every few minutes so that the bottom does not burn.  (The smaller you dice your potatoes, the faster they will cook.)
  4. When the potatoes are soft, stir in the cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt (or sour cream), salt and pepper.  Taste and see if it needs more salt or pepper or cheese.
  5. Serve warm, garnished with desired toppings.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Favorites #16 / Valentines Day


A collection of beautiful Valentines Day themed items, my Friday favorites. Enjoy.












Thursday, February 11, 2016

Printable MINECRAFT Valentines


This has got to be the coolest Valentines ever.
Have you heard of Minecraft?
Its a game for the Xbox system that allows for you to create worlds out of blocks made from materials from the earth.
My son is all about Minecraft, he has had a birthday party theme, posters on wall, every small figurines, Lego sets, shirts, all the book series etc. He loves it.
So I went on our yearly search on Pinterest for some awesome homemade Valentines ideas, I have thing that I cant stand store bought Valentines. It gives me the creeps. Small pieces of paper and that's it? Where's the fun in that? We have managed every year to make out own homemade ones and this year was a person favorite.

I found this idea on overthebigmoon
You will need to visit her site to download the files for printing.

It was super easy to make, we got it done my son and I in one hour.

All you need is to print them, cut them, and have your kiddo sign them.
For the creepers we used Hershey mini bar's and the wrappers fit around them perfectly.
Then seal it with a little piece of tape on the opposite side.
I used double stick tape to put the candy onto the card.

Caleb enjoyed cutting the papers




Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Finches + Parakeets



 4 months ago I was in at Petco getting our two pet parakeets some new branches and I heard a bird singing on this small table. He was all White, someone rendered him to Petco and his name was Gary {my dads & brothers name}. The owner could no longer care for him. He was so excited when I talked to him, hoping all over the cage singing. I couldn't just leave him there. I bought him. He came with a very small cage. A week later I felt bad that this little bird was by himself, so I bought another finch for a friend. It was a female finch. I decided to breed them and educated myself on the entire process. What a experience. They laid 6 eggs, two did not hatch. Four did. I hand feed two of them. It was so fun. Since then we have gotten rid of two of the babies and kept two. We named the two Hopper and Whisper. Love having finches as pets, they are easy to care for and make the cutest sounds. We recently bought them a longer flight cage and stated feeding them dandelion leaves/cilantro/parsley and boiled eggs. These things are just spoiled. My son adores them. We can never have any cats or dogs due to my sons allergies, however birds we can.

Gary & MiMi {mom & dad}


I was hand feeding here

Our other two birds Sunshine & Scissors
We have 6 birds now
see what's in the center?