Good Friday

There is always a heaviness in the air today. There is always a feeling of sadness knowing that someone who didn't deserve to die, died today thousands of years ago. There is always a reality check for me knowing that the person who didn't deserve to die but did carried the heaviest burden anyone has ever had to carry. 

Isaiah 53:4-5 Surely He took up our pain, and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our inquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.


Seeds, seeds, seeds

I wish I had a green thumb, I really really do. Instead I am the opposite a plant killer. Plants don't seem to stay alive when they are around me. I think I even killed some succulents last year and I thought succulents were invincible especially around plant killers like myself. One reason I wish I had a green thumb so I could grow my own vegetables and herbs. How neat would it be for me to go out into my backyard, pick a few tomatoes, grab a handful of basil and make dinner, well I would need more than just basil and tomatoes, like mozzarrella and balsamic vinegar. Anyways, alas no garden for me like this year and every year. However, one of you lucky readers get the chance to grow your own vegetables and herbs. Do you like carrots, Swiss chard, black cherry tomatoes and baby lettuce blend? If you had dill, parsley, chives, sage and thyme growing in your garden, how would you make dinner using these herbs?

Today I want to feature Laura and Ryan and their organic seed business called Cubits - ethical seeds for edible gardens. Cubits is based out of Toronto, Canada that grows rare, heirloom and organic vegetable, herb and fruit seeds.

Today's giveaway is for 12 packs of seeds total - 6 herb (basil, dill, parsley, chives, sage and thyme) and 6 vegetable (colorful carrots, rainbow Swiss chard, rainbow radishes, baby lettuce blend, mixed beets and black cherry tomatoes)

How cute is their packaging by the way? 

To enter this giveaway you must follow henning love via GFC, email or bloglovin. Please tell me how you follow.

Additional entries:
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Tell me if you didn't win either pack of sees, what seeds you would purchase from them and favorite that pack in their Etsy shop (include link of what seed packet you would pick)
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The winner gets both packets of seeds. This giveaway is open until next Tuesday evening at 9pm PST.
For each entry you complete, you must leave me a comment telling me you did so.


Oil Me Up Tuesday - Thieves

Today is the second installment of my 10-week series, titled Oil Me Up, focusing on essential oils. Last week, I talked about lemon essential oil, read about it here.
(Oily Tuesday quickly needed to go as my sister pointed out and she was right!)

The Thieves essential oil was my introduction to essential oils. I was trying to find a solution to Sean's constant canker sores. When he gets canker sores, he gets them big, painful and that last a few weeks. The key to essential oils is applying Thieves on canker sores as soon as one appears. Don't wait, just start applying Thieves directly on the canker sore as soon as you can. Then re-apply every few hours. 
Thieves is a an anti-bacterial, anti-viral oil. When applying Thieves directly to a canker sore and it is too strong, putting a few drops Thieves into a coconut oil then applying on the canker sore will help. There is no decrease in the effectiveness of Thieves.

One of the best uses of Thieves is to apply to the bottom of your feet or the pads of your big toe when someone in your household or work has the cold or flu, Thieves will give a boost to your immune system. Again, as soon as symptoms appear not in you but when someone around you is sick, apply Thieves and keep applying it to increase the chance of you not catching that cold or sickness.

Other uses for Thieves:
  • Thieves is a headache killer. I have put one drop of Thieves on my thumb and press my thumb on the roof of my mouth for a few minutes then relief!
  • If you have pets, using a few drops of Thieves in water will clean out their cages, water dishes and food bowls. 
  • Diffusing Thieves using the Young Living diffuser will remove 99% of germs. 
  • Relief any toothaches by applying 1-2 drops on gums and teeth
  • Thieves can be used as a bug repellant on your plants and flowers by mixing 8-12 drops with 4 ounces of water
  • Get relief from a sore throat by gargling a tablespoon of water with a drop of Thieves
  • Do your towels smell a bit stinky and musty? Sanitize your towels with Thieves by washing them in 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 3-4 drops of Thieves. Your towels will never smell cleaner!
  • You can make a tea of 1 drop Thieves, 1 drop lemon oil and 1 tablespoon honey if you have a cold or sore throat
  • I added a few drops of Thieves to the dishwater detergent to sanitize our dishwasher. I got great results!
I am just highlighting a few of the many, many uses for Thieves. This list isn't even scratching the surface and then the ways Thieves can benefit your family when added with other oils only multiplies. Thieves is a MUST to protect your family during cold/flu season. 
If you are like me and want to start with just one oil, THIS is the oil you NEED to have. Let Thieves be the gateway into your essential oils journey.
*If any of you are interested in purchasing these oils, I have a 24% discount that I would love to share with you. What is your ailment? Let me explain how essential oils can help you!


Keeping Your Chucks (newish) White

Last year I bought my first pair of Chucks. Ok I take that back last year I bought my first pair of Chucks as an adult. I had a pair when I was younger, like middle school younger and I bought the high top ones. Looking back what was I thinking. Looking back in general to my fashion choices when I was thinking. Anyways before I bought my Chucks, I researched how to keep them white. So I went shopping for: Mr. Clean's magic eraser and Zout, or whatever spray stain remover you prefer.

Every few weeks, well maybe more depending on how often I wear the Chucks and how dirty they get. In between deep cleanings of my Chucks, when the rubber on the sides of the shoes get dirty, you erase away the dirt! 
To deep clean your Chucks and get them to being as new to white as you can. 
First, pull the laces out of your shoes.

With the stain remover, spray the white of the shoe, completely soaking it. After the shoes are soaked with the stain removed, stick the laces inside the bottle of the stain remover leaving the ends of the out slightly. Shake the bottle a bit to get the laces soaked too.

After about 5 minutes or longer depending on how dirty your Chucks are, you will throw your shoes and laces in the washing machine. Use the coldest water available and if you have a whitening detergent even better, but any laundry soap you have works.

After your shoes have been washed, DO NOT dry your shoes. Drying your shoes will heat up the glue holding the canvas and rubber parts together and you don't want this to happen. I usually deep clean my Chucks on a super sunny, hotter day. I dry my shoes and laces in direct sunlight. If there is any yellowness in your Chucks before washing, the sunlight will help remove it. After your shoes are completely dry, lace your shoes back up and enjoy your whiter Chucks.

Hope this helps!


My closet staples

I wanted to share with you all some of my closet staples to create my style. These are pieces that I feel build a foundation for me and don't change season to season. Many of these items can be built upon by other pieces of clothing, maybe a few trends here and there but remain a basic/staple anytime of the year. 
Whether shoes, pants, jackets or tops, having a few basics in your wardrobe is always a must.

closet staples - pants and jackets

closet staples
See that shirt collection, yes that is the same t-shirt in four different colors. I love this tee from J.Crew Factory, it is a lightweight, comfortable tee. One of my fashion rules is if you find something that looks great on you, you buy it in all colors. Plus white, lack, navy and grey are all staple colors.
What are some of your closet staples?
By the way, my white chucks I have owned them over a year and they are still white to this very day. How? I'll share my how I keep my chucks white secret next week!


Another lemon post...

I should just rename my blog to Lots and Lots of Lemons or Lemons All Around or Just Another Lemon because I have a major obsession with lemon. I love it in my water, zesting the rind into recipes, straight eating homemade lemon curd out of a mason jar (don't judge) and then all the time craving lemonade while pregnant. 
I'm surprised my face hasn't permanently morphed into a pucker face from the sourness. 
My poor husband recently mentioned to me, I don't really like your lemon desserts and my response is good more for me then! However, however, this lemon bar recipe after he tried it, he said oh I actually like this lemon dessert! Great, now less for me.
Ok so here is a lemon dessert that my husband will actually eat, why don't you make it and judge for yourself? Don't just take my husband's word for it!

For the crust you need: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar, 3/4 cup butter, diced, partially soft.
For the lemon filling you need: 2 cups granulated sugar, 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest, 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup fresh naval orange juice, 4 large eggs, 3 large egg yolks, and 3 1/2 tablespoon heavy cream.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Use a 9X13 size pan and grease it. In your mixing bowl or food processor, add the flour, powdered sugar and brown sugar. 

Add in the diced butter and pulse or mix until the texture of wet sand. Pour the crust mixture into the greased dish and press until there is an even layer. 

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling because when the crust has finished baking, you will immediately pour the filling. 

In another mixing bowl, add the sugar and flour then combine. Add in the lemon zest, lemon and orange juice. Then add in the eggs, egg yolks and heavy cream then thoroughly stir all of the ingredients together. 

When the crust a light golden brown, pour the lemon bar filling over the crust, return it to the oven and turn the temperature down to 325 degrees F. Bake the bars for 20-25 minutes or until the filling has set. 
Cool the bars at room temperature for an hour then refrigerator for at least 1 1/2 hours before serving. Prior to serving, lightly dust some powdered sugar over the tops of the bars, cut them into squares or bars and serve! 

Then eat to your lemon-shaped heart's content!


Hey hey hey!

Hey followers!
Look over there to the right, see that button with the skull and gold horns?? That button means I am a brand ambassador for Etsy Canada. Yup Etsy Canada, the website, Etsy. They reached out to me asking if I was interested? Yup, little ol' me and of course I love Etsy, that is my go to website for all cute, adorable and homemade/handmade items so of course I said yes! So what does a brand ambassador mean, hm.. first of all 5% commission on any sales driven through my blog. If you click on that button on my blog and then purchase something, it will help my family out greatly. So pretty please, purchase something from Etsy by clicking on that button. It would help a girl out, Caleb is in need of diapers ;-)
p.s. Even though I am a brand ambassador for the Canadian side of Etsy, any Etsy purchases whether the shop owner is from the United States or Canada, I will benefit from.

Aren't a lot of holidays coming up that you need gifts for? Like Easter? Graduations? Mothers Day?
For your children's Easter basket, how about these cute and adorable gifts!

Elephant all-natural wood teethers for babies.

Hand-stamped ice cream spoons for just about an occasion or gift for anyone :-) 

Easter garland - you better purchase this soon before Easter comes!

Let's go back to some more super cute baby items for their Easter basket
How about this tie onesie?

Or this fantastic sensory blanket
Both from My Sunshine Designs

Fancy a love knot ring?

See some items you can't live without? Check out some more great Etsy shops and if you wouldn't mind, clicking on that Etsy button which will lead you to the website and any purchases you make, I will benefit from, remember Caleb can't live without diapers? ;-)