4.22.2014

Oil Me Up Tuesday - Frankincense

Ahh frankincense! Doesn't it remind you of the Christmas season, you know the Three Wise Men brought gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh to the baby Jesus. Today I bring you the gift of frankincense and oh what a gift that you will find in this oil. 

Frankincense is known for HEALING properties. How I have used frankincense is on my sore joints. I have never talked about it about this blog but when I was three I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It went into remission after 6 months and then returned at age 16 and has gone in and out of remission every now and then. Currently, it is in remission but I still get occasionally joint pain. Rather than take my Celebrex, I rub some frankincense on the joint and my achiness and discomfort goes away. 

Check out all the other awesome uses of frankincense. That is the awesome thing about essential oils - they have many, many uses. When you think frankincense next time, think healing. If you are feeling a bit blue, diffuse frankincense. If you need an immune boost, frankincense. 

Please let me help you or anyone you know to get relief. Leave a comment and I will email you back  because I will HOOK YOU UP! 
p.s. I am having so much FUN with this oils series that I am not stopping at week 10, I am going to keep going until well basically until I have talked about every.single.essential.oil available :-) 

4.21.2014

What's a rabbit without a carrot?

*don't forget about my giveaway for 12 packets of organic seeds - 6 veggies, 6 herbs, go here to enter

Last week I was feeling like an oatmeal cookie sandwich, do you remember those Little Debbie ones with the cream filling? You know nostalgia and food go hand in hand? I thought maybe I should tie in something Easter with my desired treats, so you know Easter, rabbits, carrots I decided carrot cake cookie sandwiches. Carrots would make these goodies somewhat healthy right? 

Anyways I wanted to post this recipe last week before Easter but alas some nights with Caleb's feeding/bedtime then wanting to hang out with Sean, some posts just don't come to fruition until later.
Anyways, carrots, pecans, cream cheese filling, good, good, good! Need I say more to convince you to make these and then essentially devour them? 

For the cookies, you need: 1 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup quick oats, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 1/4 cup grated carrot, 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans. For the filling: 4 ounces cream cheese, softened, 6 tablespoon softened butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup powdered sugar. 

In your mixing bowl, cream the butter.

 Then cream the brown sugar, then cream the granulated sugar. 



Mix in the egg and the vanilla extract. Now you add in the dry ingredients, the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. 

Add in the grated carrots then mix again. 



Lastly, add the nuts and mix together. 


Chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator for 1 1/2 hours. 


Heat up the oven to 350 degrees F during the last 10 minutes of the dough chilling. Drop the dough, about 2 tablespoons worth on a baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes. You need to have an even number of cookies to make sandwiches, unless you want to eat the odd cookie ;-) Once the cookies have baked, remove them from the oven and let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before removing them to place them on a cooling rack.  


To make the filling, cream the butter and the cream cheese together. Add in the vanilla extract then mix in the powdered sugar. Whip the filling until it is light and fluffy.

Make sure the cookies are completely cooled before making the sandwiches. Spread some cream cheese frosting on one cookie and then top it with another cookie to make a delicious carrot cake cookie sandwich!

recipe found here

4.20.2014

Today

Life has no meaning without today.
Life has no purpose without today. 
Life would not be worth living if today didn't occur.
What I am talking about is Jesus rising from the dead today! In doing so he conquered death, fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies, and provided a way for us to be reunited with God after our time here on earth is finished. 
As dark as Friday was, today shines brighter than white snow because of what Jesus' resurrection means for me and everyone else.  
Today, life has MEANING.
Today, life has PURPOSE.
Today, life is worth LIVING.
All because God sent his only Son to die on the cross and rise again three days later and that is why we celebrate Easter, that is why I am rejoicing, praising and saying hallelujah today but every day as well!


Matthew 28:6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

4.18.2014

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.

4.16.2014

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.


4.15.2014

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!



4.14.2014

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!