Thursday, July 8, 2021

ESO Room Spritzer

Room sprays or "spritzers" are a good way to freshen the home. They are great for linens and towels when you need a refresh, or even spritzed on the family room couch or pillows. 

Here is one of our favorite room spritzers using spearmint, tangerine, and joy. 


Monday, April 20, 2020

Families in the Kitchen: Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza Dough

As a family, we have been cooking a little bit more together and having some themed dinners. One of our family favorites is homemade pizza. It is also a good dough to make breadsticks and garlic knots. We typically get two pizzas using this recipe.

1 teaspoon of active dry or instant yeast
4 cups of all purpose flower
1 teaspoon koshers salt
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Sprinkle yeast over 1 1/2 cups of warm water (not lukewarm).

In a mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Recycling Old Markers = Homemade Watercolors

My preschool art class absolutely loved this project! I just chuckled but in all honesty it was a project that they spent the most time on in weeks. It was so much fun to watch their faces glow in what started as a science project and turned into an art project.
The students noticed that the markers were slowly loosing ink and they needed to be thrown away. I mentioned to them that if they found a marker that had no ink, just place it in the empty box and we will do a science project. Over the course of the day the markers grew in number.

Each of the students volunteered to take a certain color of marker and place it in a jar. They each poured water over their specific color of marker. Afterwards we notice in the green and blue marker jar (Ocean Blue) that the color was coming out of the tip of markers and into the water. It was easier to see in just that it was in a glass jar, as the other colors did the same thing in their white cups. We continued to let the markers sit overnight and see how much stronger in color they became the next morning when they came into school.

Art Project

Take white glue in a bottle and move it around your page forming shapes or just squiggle lines around your paper. Next sprinkle salt on top of the glue, let it sit for just a moment and then shake the excess salt off of your paper.

Then you will take your homemade watercolor and gently "paint" the salt and watch the watercolors spread across the glue/salt mixture. The students really have a lot of fun watching the paint move.  When I say "paint" really what is taking place is that we gently place the tip of our paint brush on top of the glue/salt mixture and it does all of the spreading. You really do not use brush strokes.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

English Cucumber Quick Pickles

Quick pickles are also known as refrigerator pickles. The vegetables that you are wanting to pickle are soaked in a brine made of vinegar, water, and salt. They are stored in the refrigerator and do not require canning. Quick pickles are a nice change to add to any potluck, family gathering or even gift. They are super simple to make.

In a pot add the following ingredients and boil/simmer for several minutes:
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp mustard seed
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves - cracked
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 bay

In the meantime cut your English cucumber in thin slices and place in a glass bowl. Pour the vinegar mixture over the the cucumbers. Let the mixture cool off for one hour. Pour excess out. Spoon the cucumbers and some vinegar into a glass container (air tight) and place in refrigerator.

Another good thing to add to the cucumbers mixture are thinly sliced onions, carrots and celery.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Homemade Shower Bombs

My teenagers are all over making homemade shower bombs! It does not matter if they are not feeling their best, just want to relax after a workout, or an evening of making shower bombs with their friends. Our theory is the simpler the process...the better.

The essential oils that we use to make our homemade shower bombs are solely Young Living essential oils because of their Seed to Seal Process. Granted, I know that there are other companies that are out there a that are just as pure, so it is our personal preference. 

Shower Bombs
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 15 drops of your desired essential oil
  • Cupcake liners. You can also use the different forms that you can purchase and IKEA like ice cube trays that come in all shapes and sizes. For the purpose of this tutorial we are using the cupcake liners. 
Place the paper liners in cupcake pan. Mix the baking soda, cornstarch and water in a porcelain dish.  The mixture should be putty like. Fill the liners 1/2 full.  Let them sit and cure overnight OR bake at 350 F for 15 minutes and let cool.

After the discs have dried or cooled, add 15 drops of your essential oil to the top of the discs.  One thing that we have started to do is not to add the essential oils on top of the baking soda mixture until we know what we are wanting to use them for. That way we do not have multiple containers in our home but one, and then can customize to what we are needing to use them for.

Store in a sealed container with the liners wrapped around the mixture. When you use the shower bombs peel the paper liner off of the baking soda mixture, and place at the bottom of the shower where they will dissolve after time.

There are several essential oils for your shower bombs that you can use. Below are a few ideas for you: 

  1. Orange Essential Oi
  2. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  3. Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
  4. Lemongrass Essential Oil
  5.  Eucalyptus/Peppermint/Lemon Essential Oils (this is a combination of oils put together)
  6. Orange/Lime Essential Oils (this is a combination of oils put together)
  7. Peppermint Essential Oil
  8. Lemon Essential Oil

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Coconut Oil Lotion Bars with Essential Oils

Coconut oil lotion bars are one of our favorite DIY projects. We change our essential oil blends with each recipe so that we all have a mix of "flavors/scents". This is an excellent recipe if you are wanting to heal split/cracked fingers and cracked heals.

Below is the basic "core" recipe that we use. 

  • 1 part coconut oil
  • 1 part pure beeswax (we purchase beeswax in small pellets)
  • 10 drops (or strength to your liking) essential oil - we tend to like our blends a little stronger than most. 

Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together in a saucepan over low heat. 

Once melted take the pan off the heat and add your essential oils and stir slowly. 

Pour the melted mixture into the lotion bar molds.

Let them sit until they are cooled. We typically wait overnight and have them sit on the kitchen countertop. After they are set, wrap them in individual wax paper sheets for easy storage. You can use washi tape to tape the ends of the wax paper. 

In terms of storage, we have washed Altoid containers and placed a lotion bar inside with the wax paper and given it as stocking stuffers and special thank you's to friends and family. 


Ideas for Essential Oil Blends:
  • Peppermint + Orange
  • Citrus Fresh
  • Thieves + Lemon
  • Lemon + Lime
  • Peace and Calming
  • Rose and Sandalwood
  • Lavender and German Chamomile
  • Jasmine and Patchouli
  • Lavender + Geranium + Tea tree
  • Jasmine + Patchouli + Sweet Orange
  • Cedarwood + Patchouli + Vetiver
  • Ylang ylang + Lemon
  • Peppermint + Lemon + Lavender

A BIG Thank You

We wanted to give a BIG Thank You to those who helped us in gathering the coloring/art pages for Partners with Ethiopia. We received "fun" mail and read wonderful notes that families and classrooms made for the children. Our hearts are full...thank you. 

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