• February 25, 2015

    Essential Oils Carpet Odor Killer

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    My husband and I have two pets, a corgi and a cat.  We love them to pieces, but they both shed like mad and stink up the house if we’re not careful.  So, I vacuum once a week and use this odor killer as often as needed to keep the carpet clean and smelling fresh.  I imagine this same mixture could easily be used on furniture as well, if needed.

     

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    Ingredients:

    • Baking Soda
    • Essential Oil – You can use whatever oils you like depending on what you hope to accomplish with them.  For instance, Lavender is a nice smell in a bedroom to help you relax and sleep.  On Guard and Cinnamon will kill germs and yuckies that thrive in your carpet.  Lemon leaves a lovely, uplifting scent that feels really clean.

    Directions:

    • To make the odor killing mixture, combine a small box of baking soda with 5-10 drops of essential oil.  Mix thoroughly before beginning the cleaning process.
    • Run your vacuum over the carpet you want to neutralize.
    • Sprinkle the baking soda mixture over the whole carpet.
    • If your carpet is really stinky or has long fibers, work it in as much as you can.
    • Let it sit for a while – an hour or more if you can.
    • Vacuum it all back up and enjoy your fresher smelling house.

     

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    Pro Tip:

    Ensure the oils you use are safe for your kids and pets before using!  Some animals, like birds, are extra sensitive to some oils and great care needs to be taken to ensure they aren’t hurt by your cleaning product.

    I keep my odor killing mixture readymade in an old glass jar.  Be sure to only use glass or metal containers when using essential oils – never ever plastic!

  • February 18, 2015

    Galentine’s Re-Cap

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    I love being a woman.  I love all of the things we get to do and say and be.  I love dressing up and looking nice.  I love kicking butt when nobody else thought I could.  I love making beautiful things and sharing them with others.  I love being friends and sharing life with other women.  I love the women in this world who aren’t afraid to put themselves out there and become amazing role models for the rest of us.

    One such woman is Amy Pohler.  I have loved her in SNL and Baby Mama, but her portrayal of Leslie Knope in Parks and Rec is by far my favorite character of hers!  I love Leslie’s tenacity, enthusiasm, and the way she so deeply loves and commits to her friends.  She’s the woman who knows how to play the corporate/government game but doesn’t let it get her down.  She’s the one who never gives up.  She’s the woman who makes cakes and cards and plans whole day excursions for the birthdays of her office-mates.

    This is a woman who is all in all the time.

    I watch her and think to myself, “how can I be like her?  She is smart and fun!”

    So, this year, I took some notes from her playbook of loving on the people you love:

    What a great idea, isn’t it?  Galentines day?  I love it!

    *grin*

    The trouble I have, though, is that so many of my dearest lady pals live far, far away from me.  We all started out in a tiny Colorado town and were as close as any girls could be.  But, as we grew up and outgrew that tiny town, we were scattered to all of the ends of the earth.  Literally.

    This makes Galentine’s Day brunch a little difficult, so instead I decided to send cards to each of my favorite girls to let them know I miss them.  I admire them.  I am so happy that they are happy.  None of us have built a life like another of us – one has kids, one just left the military, one took some time to drift before jumping in to a career in art and beauty, and one writes this blog.  We’re all so different, and that is what I love about us!  Despite different life choices, we remain good friends.  We are finding ways to stand the tests of time and distance.

    Maybe Galentine’s Day is a little corny, but I think we could all use a little more corny in our lives.  There’s nothing like knowing how much someone else adores you and wants you to be happy, no matter how that looks for you.

    I think this is a tradition I want to start and keep up.  And I think next year I will try to be a little more organized and get my local gal-pals together for some actual brunch and celebrating each other.

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  • February 11, 2015

    Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce

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    While I don’t have much use for the typical Valentine’s Day, I do rather like having an excuse to eat decadent chocolate!  I assume you feel the same way about chocolate as I do, regardless of whether or not you love Valentine’s Day, so enjoy my new favorite recipe!

    Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce

    By Erin Published: February 11, 2015

      While I don't have much use for the typical Valentine's Day, I do rather like having an excuse to eat decadent chocolate!  I assume …

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      Instructions

      1. IngredientsGather ingredients and preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
      2. Sugar-Water-MixtureIn a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, and salt over medium heat. Stir continually until fully dissolved then set aside.
      3. Melt-ChocolateUsing a double broiler, melt all the chocolate. Once it is melted, transfer chocolate to a mixing bowl made of metal, glass, or ceramic.
      4. Combine-ButterCut butter into pieces and slowly combine into chocolate.
      5. Combine-Sugar-Water-MixtureBeat in sugar-water mixture and eggs.
      6. Wild-OrangeAdd 3 (or more, if you want a stronger orange flavor) drops of Wild Orange doTERRA Essential Oil.
      7. Prep-the-PansYour cakes will be baked in a bath of boiling water, so prepare a large pan that will hold your smaller cake pan or ramekins. Boil water, then pour the batter into small cake pan or ramekins. Fill the larger cake pan with water around the smaller pans.
      8. HawtBake cakes for 45 minutes. When done, the center will still look wet - this is expected. Remove small dishes from the large pan and let cool in the refrigerator overnight.
      9. Sauce-IngredientsFor the Raspberry Sauce, gather together the following ingredients: 2 1/2 Tsp. Cornstarch 3 Tbsp Sugar 1/3 Cup Water 12 oz. Raspberries
      10. SauceIn a small saucepan, combine ingredients and cook over medium heat. Mash up the berries and stir constantly until boiling. Once boiling, continue to stir for 1 minute.
      11. Strain-the-SauceStrain the sauce over fine mesh to separate seeds.
      12. Enjoy!Pour sauce over cake and enjoy!

       

      Pro Tip:

      The Raspberry Sauce is also amazing over ice cream and yogurt!  This recipe makes a large batch, so if you don’t choose to cut it go ahead and treat yourself to even more yummyness!

      The cake is very dense and rich – it would be lovely with some whipped cream to go with the sauce.  Also try some mint!  Mmmmm!

       

    • February 4, 2015

      Top 5 Valentines That Won’t Make You Sick

      This time of year every store is covered top to bottom with red and pink.  There are hearts everywhere and cheap, ugly stuffed animals abound.  roses cost twice as much as normal and jewelry stores prepare for the rush.

      I kind of hate it.

      Don’t get me wrong, I love being loved and I love telling people I love them.  It is great that there is a holiday designed just to encourage love.  What causes me to struggle with Valentine’s Day is the cheapness of it all – It just feels so meaningless, you know?  So, this year I set out to find Valentines that wouldn’t make me feel queasy and sick inside.

      I hope you’ll agree, these Etsy Valentines won’t make you sick either!

      Your Face

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      Cute Butt

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      Charming

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      I Choose You

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      Hate Everyone

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