Monthly Archives: April 2014

Essential Oil Tuesday – Bath Fizzies

bathfizziesI don’t know about you, but I love baths. A few weeks ago, I posted about making your own bath salts.  These are more fun and perfect for the little girl in your house.


  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup oil (almond oil or olive oil)
  • 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil silicone mold


  1. Put citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil in a bowl
  2. Add 8-10 drops of the essential oil Mix together using a spoon and then your hands until you have a mixture close to wet sand texture.
  3. Press mixture into your silicone mold.
  4. Let dry for 4+ hours and pop out of mold. ( I have put them in my Excalibur dehydrator in the silicon on low as well)
  5. To use place in warm bath and enjoy the fizz, bubbles, and fragrance.

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Essential Oil Tuesday – Pillow Spitz

pillowspritzI love making my pillows smell good and helping me sleep better is important. I do this by using essential oils.

This is an EASY recipe and I found a FUN antique style bottle (for half price) at Hobby Lobby that I LOVE!

  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 Tablespoon vodka
  • 10 drops of essential oil of choice (I use lavender often, but a blend would work well too)
  • Spray bottle (Glass is better)

Add  all of the ingredients into your spray bottle and shake well.  Spray your pillows 15 minutes before bed.


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Natural Dye Easter Eggs!

I LOVE finding interesting articles online. THANKS AUNT DONNA for sending this to me! This article was on What’s cooking America. Every year we use different items like the follow list to dye our eggs. Looking forward to the weekend to do it again. 🙂

As most of you know, Elwyn is Anaphylaxis to Red Dye – Easter when she was about 15 months old, I fed her jelly beans and she has a reaction that sent us to the hospital when her heart having to be restarted among other terrible things because of the dyes that I fed her. We have converted the entire house to dye-free and it helps my 3 amigos as well (Autism and PTSD & ADHD can also be effected by dyes and processed foods as well). 


How to make natural egg dyes:

  • Wash hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may impede the color from adhering to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.
  • You need to use your own judgment about exactly how much of each dye stuff to use. Except for spices, place a handful (or two or three handfuls) of a dyestuff in a saucepan.
  • Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye stuff. NOTE: This will be aboEasterEggDye2ut 1 cup of water for each handful of dyestuff.
  • Bring the water just to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color obtained. Keep in mind that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Pour mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye.
  • Use a slotted spoon to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color. NOTE: Allow the egg to sit in the tea for several hours or overnight. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to do this step in the refrigerator.
  • When eggs are dyed to the color you desire, lift the eggs out with the slotted spoon. Let them dry on a rack or drainer.NOTE: An egg carton works nicely as a drying rack. Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried.
  • For a textured look, dab the still wet egg with a sponge.
  • Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen.
Items To Dye With
Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
Brown or Beige
Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea
Brown Gold
Dill Seeds
Brown Orange
Chili Powder

Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll
Greenish Yellow
Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Purple or red grape juice or beet juice
Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea
Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Cranberries or Juice
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
Pomegranate juice
Canned Cherries (with syrup)
Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Violet or Purple
Violet Blossoms
Hibiscus tea
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Red Wine
Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Celery Seed (boiled)
Green tea
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffr


Essential Oil Tuesday –Homemade Bath Salt – Ooooh so relaxing

homemadebathsaltHaving  8 kids in this house, means that mom needs a “retreat” every once in a while…. While, they still bang on the bathroom door while I am taking my relaxing baths (and that could be Tall Man when he is trying to escape from the kids too! LOL), I still try and get at least one relaxing time for myself every week. … This is so very important for ALL moms out there to have their “me” time.


Homemade Bath Salts


  • 1/2 Cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 Cup Sea Salt
  • 10 drops of essential oils (I used lavender from Young Living plus 1T of dried flowers – I used lavender from my garden that I had dried)
  • Airtight jar


  1. In a metal bowl, mix the 2 salts together.
  2. Add 10 drops of essential oil and mix well
  3. OPTIONAL: add dried flowers (I just happened to have dried lavendar flowers from my garden, so I added them.
  4. Store in an airtight container

Dehydrating Strawberries

strawberriesIt’s that time of year again…. SPRING and strawberries are in full bloom at home and available at the grocery store (or as my grandma used to say, “the market.” Every year, I manage to pick up a TON of strawberries and dehydrate them.

What do you use those for you might ask… HELLO? EATING! No really….

    • We have strawberries as every day snacks. I mix them with other dried fruit for car trips and snacks for camping. ( well, and really everyday snacks because that is what I have for kids to grab.)
    • We make our our granola and mix dried strawberries into that.
    • Homemade instant oatmeal becomes strawberries and cream – That recipe is even in my mixes cookbook.
    • You can re-hydrate and mix into fruit smoothies.
    • Infuse dried strawberries in your drinking water or lemonade.
    • Chop fine and put in yogurt.  (If you grind it, you can make strawberry yogurt out of home-made plain (or store-bought)

  • Mix chopped up strawberries with honey and butter for a delicious spread for your morning toast!


Strawberries are EASY to dehydrate too! I pop off the stems, (my chickens love these) slice into 4 or 5 slices, and line up on the dehydrator trays.  Dehydrate according to the directions of your dehydrator.

We have and use 2 of the Excluibur 9-tray Dehydrators (My mom and sister both have these as well!)

Essential Oil Tuesday – Making "Ouchie" Bags

ouchiebags-elMaking “OUCHIE” bags filled with rice or wheat is something that anyone could use. These are also called “heating bags”, wheat heating bags, rice heating bags, etc.

My daughter, Elwyn, LOVES making these now that she learned how to use the sewing machine. {THANK YOU 4-H!!} We love homeschooled kids too!


What do you use these for you are asking? 

These bags can be heated in the microwave to use for headaches or sore shoulders.

They can be frozen overnight in the freezer to help with bumps and bruises.

When warm, they can be put in your pockets to keep your hand warm or in your bed to warm your feet (Tall man appreciates this! I always have cold toes!)

We keep 2 in the freezer and have 2 in the kitchen cabinet to heat when needed.

{Pardon the squawking parrots in the video, they wanted to talk over us!}

Essential Oils Pocket Reference Guide

essentialoilbook-lookwhatigotI am SO impressed with this Essential Oils Pocket Reference Guide and the oils at Young Living that I wanted to SHARE!

I have ordered 20 of these books, knowing that they will be beneficial to everyone who starts using Essential Oils. – Anyone who signs up online with one of the $150 kits (I recommend the Premium Starter Kit ($150) ) at will receive this book as a gift from me.

This 394 page book talks about how essential oils work, how to use safely, talks about different single oils and different blends available, techniques in application and a personal usage section that includes everything from acne to depression, from lice to tonsillitis. (As you can see I have bookmarks of my MOST USED PAGES in mine!)

As my friend Sue said “The gift of health – how awesome is that?”

He's 12… And was supposed to stay LITTLE! Happy Birthday Griffen

griffenbirthday12 years ago (just after midnight) I delivered a VERY little baby boy who was 6 weeks early and not breathing very well. That scared us so badly!!

9 days in NICU he came home… all 4 pounds 14 ounces of him.


Griffen, today, you are turning 12. I can’t believe how big you have gotten (as tall as mom now) and how much I truly LOVE YOU! You are AMAZING!

You make me laugh and have one of the best senses of humor I have even known.

You are a hard worker and an down-right good soul! You are one in a million!

Your smile is contagious and you are so inventive! Some of things you say and do just make me laugh!

I love that you still hold your mama’s hand in public and the way you say “I love you mama” like Elvis! And hug and kiss your sisters still.

I love that you volunteer at church in classes that have littler kids and take the little cub scouts under your wings.

I love that you can build anything out of Legos and on Minecraft.

I love that your 4th of July talent is the “tummy roll”. I don’t think that is a talent that every one should do… or see! HA! Oh Yeah… and Armpit farting can be added to that talent!

I love that you let your sister’s paint your toenails and braid your hair. I love that you will play board games with all of your little brothers, even when you really don’t want to play, just to humor your mom.

I love that you will snuggle on the couch and watch chick flicks with your mama, just to snuggle with me.

I love that you con your dad into snuggle parties every weekend and laughed through the movie “Aliens”. (And tried to scare your sisters by describing ALL of the scary parts to them.)

Happy Birthday Griffen!!

I LOVE YOU!!! I hope that you enjoy the photos!!!

A Kitchen FULL of Mixes

kitchenfullofmixes-blogI have always had a love a passion for cooking. Back in 2012, my husband pushed me to share all of my mix recipes in book.

After we discovered that Elwyn was allergic to red dye and spent her second Easter in the hospital because she stopped breathing due to anaphylactic shock with her allergy to the dreaded red dye (or red-death as she calls it). Let’s just say that 2005 was not a good year for El!

I started researching and trying to find things that were convenient foods like other kids got to eat, but without being processed and boxed up and the store, we started creating and testing our own recipes.

That lead to A Kitchen Full of Mixes, the first in a series of cookbooks from the mom who wanted to learn how to cook from scratch in the ever-changing and busy world and know exactly what was in the foods her kids were eating

Check it out!! 

Essential Oil Tuesday – Homemade Lotion Bars

homemadelotionbars1Living in Arizona (even though we are up in the mountains where it isn’t 1oo-million degrees in the summer time) my skin DRIES OUT! So does all of my children’s. I am tired of putting chemicals like lotion on my body when I can’t even pronounce many of the ingredients. We are lucky to have a place called Honeyman in our area (although still 30 minute drive for me) who sells local honey, beeswax, dried fruit, and even gluten-free items that we can pick up for the Tryst-man.

We have started making our own lotion bars. And the best part is that is uses only a few ingredients. Coconut oil, beeswax and essential oil. (I have experimented with MANY different recipes, including ones with vitamin E and with shea butter – My shea butter ones always come out sticky and never set quite right.


You will need:


  1.  In your double boiler (or make-shift one – pyrex measuring cup in a pot of boiling water, melt beeswax for a few minutes until it starts to liquify. Stir
  2. Add in coconut and continue to melt until both ingredients are melted down.
  3. Remove from heat and wait 60 seconds to cool slightly
  4. add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. We LOVE JOY from Young Living as well as the Citrus Blend from Young Living. (Click here for Young Living Essential Oils)

TIP: Store these in a cool, dry place so they don’t melt on you. You can place them in tins or in small fabric bags.


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