Monday, October 13, 2014

Falling leaves.

The weather has been changing finally and it's my favorite time of year. 
No not because of Pumpkin spice latte, I'm in a minority I believe, I think it's gross. I also have never had pumpkin pie. But I do enjoy myself a pumpkin pie truffle or flavored cream cheese. Or anything pumpkin scented. I love the smell of crisp air. I love the sound of leaves crunching. I love the colors of all the disciduious trees. Disciduwhat? Ha. Any other mother or father of a child probably seen the episode of Sesame Street where Chris and Leela rap about trees. 

On Saturday we went to my dad's and it was the perfect night. Cool air, home cooking and a happy kid. 

She really wanted to rake the leaves. Even though the rake was twice her size. Dave remembered that there was one in her sandbox. 

Today we walked around Portsmouth. It was overcast but never rained and cold enough we all wore sweatshirts. 

Classy is bathroom selfies. Oh wait...

I let my minion taste candy for the first time. It was organic so it's like a salad. She knew exactly what to do with it. Which made me nervous. 

And she helped put the groceries away. Man it amazes me daily what she understands. I told her to put stuff in the drawer and she opened it and put it in. Then proceeded to shove it as hard as she could when it didn't fit. She also put cheese in the crisper. My fault. I only said drawer not which one. 

I decided yesterday to try and go gluten free. I know I am the expert on it in our family. I know it inside and out. But I don't know how Dave does it. I can't stop thinking about gluten. I was tested for Celiac via blood test, DNA, endoscopy and it was all negative. I've had a colonoscopy and had my thyroid checked. Everything comes back fine but I feel like crap. Have for 10 years. It started September 2004 when I got h.pylori. I had a zillion tests and basically nothing is wrong with me. I tried gluten free back then, but to be honest I wasn't dedicated because I wasn't Celiac. I am wondering though if I am gluten intolerant. Today was the first day. When Dave went GF he never ever cheated. In 10 years not once ate gluten, knowingly. (Some times places/restaurants lied to him. Grrrr)

Between the pain, migraines, horrible skin and overall complete exhaustion and  insomnia I need to figure out what it is. 

I'm so fussy of an eater. I don't know how to do this. :/

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

She can't drive 55

I'm Eliza has a little car my dad got for her that is at his house. We go over every Saturday afternoon and it's one of her favorite things. We tried taking the floor board out when she first got it back in May but she almost fell right through it she was so small. Since then she started walking and gotten bigger (finally) recently. 

Saturday they tried removing it again. 

She let them know what she thought. 

She went and got it and tried to put it back in. 

She was like, guys you push me around in this. This is how it works. 

To make it up to her my dad made a gas hose for her. She pretended to fill it with her finger until now. 

Then yesterday I got a text of this. 

She's the only one year old I know with her own car, gas station and tree house with solar lights. 

Think my dad has been anxious to be a grandfather or anything?! Ha. 

He really stepped up and took on the role like my Pop was to me. Pop was my entire world. I miss him so much it hurts to breathe when I think about it. 

I really wish Eliza Poppy got to meet her name sake. But then I remember, Pop was my dad's dad, so he had the best teacher in the world to know how to be a grandfather. 

Homemade gardeners salve DIY

A few days ago was my stepmothers birthday. She had a rough week and needed cheering up. Problem is we have very dissimilar tastes. She loves football, nascar and gardening. My dad loves nascar, football and eating so they make a great pair. But gift buying has always proved difficult for her. Last present we got her were some heirloom seeds. But we were a two income family back then. 

So the past year I've had to get very creative about gifts. Our budget doesn't allow for any wiggle room or gifts. 

Enter Pinterest. I looked up different gardeners salves and balms. I came across one that seemed fairly simple and gathered ingredents and then kinda winged it from there  it because my attention span gets annoyed with recipes and I wanted to add some stuff. Ha. 

I know she loves the smell of lavender so I went with that and a little vanilla to soften it. (vanilla essential oil doesn't smell like you'd imagine. It smells more like extract. 

I used this recipe for a guide of about how much of everything and substituted things I wanted to use instead and added as well.

I used 
30 grams coconüt oil 
30 grams beeswax beads
30 grams jojoba oil
30 grams apricot seed oil
15 grams shea butter
30 drops lavender essential oil
30 drops vanilla essential oil 

I dumped the coconüt and beeswax in a double boiler (a metal bowl on top of a pot with an inch of water in pot)

When it was melted I added all the oils and stirred. Poured into a mason jar and let it sit. I didn't take a pic of the final product but it looked like any other salve or balm you buy. 

I took a picture right before I handed it to her. I used one of those turtle shaped elastics to hold it on. Thought it would be a cute surprise later. 

The result was she really liked it. She's a tough egg so I consider this an overwhelming success. She kept dipping her finger in while we were there. And the smell?!? Omg it smelled so good but also so light. Not overwhelming. You really had to stick it to your nose to smell. 

And she now has an all natural no chemical salve to cover her hands with before or after working in the garden and not worry about chemicals!

I had a little leftover I put in a plastic jar
And Dave has been using it. He has major skin problems. BAD. Like really bad. He loved that this really moisturizer and left his hands soft but not greasy at all. He has extremely delicate skin on his hands so for something. To work for him and not hurt is a huge win!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Homemade lip balm DIY

You You The I have been wanting to make my own lip balm since Martha Stewart used to be a mail order catalog. She had a kit and it looked so fun and fancy, and over priced. Well 15? Years later I finally made my own. Best part? I didn't have to buy anything I had it all on hand.

They look great don't they? 

And they're made from....
Wait for it....


Insanity right? I first came across it on Bentley Blonde a few months ago. She just used coconut oil. I added two more ingredients but you don't have to. 

I used

Coconut oil 
Shea butter 
CRAYOLA crayons (I suggest you stick with those. I'll explain in a minute)-
Vanilla and Rose essential oil

To make its super simple
Put a pot of water on the stove with a couple inches of water in it. Use a metal or glass bowl on top as a makeshift double boiler. (Some people use a ladle over a candle to melt. I just don't have a metal ladle!) 

1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon Shea butter
One peeled crayon or 1/4 of one color and 3/4 of anther. Get creative! Break a couple up!
Add a few drops of essential oil if you want to scent it. Totally unnecessary but I like a nice soft scent. 

Once melted pour into a container. You can use old Chapstick tubes, Altoids tins. 
I saw one person use a day of the week pill box. Kinda genius. 

I had these little paint pots. 

Just for starters I used just one crayon per color. I also cut the recipe in half because it made more than fit into the little pots I had on hand. 

From left to right
Violet red, red, carnation pink

Ready to see how they look?

They remind me of lip butters in terms of color payoff. I think if you press harder you get a richer more opaque color. I was just rushing through nap time honestly. :)

I also cut the recipe in half because it made more than would fit into the pots I had on hand. 

Here is me with one layer of the Violet red applied with my finger quickly before we left for gymnastics. (I am also wearing pomade 2) 

The color lasted quite a long time. A waitress and I got to talking and she liked how it looked and I gave her a quick tutorial while everyone with me was laughing because we hadn't ordered yet. Ha. 

You may be asking yourself the same question I asked myself and Dave. 

Is it safe? I can only attest that CRAYOLA is. 

From what's I have been reading about lipsticks lately sounds like this is much safer. Ha. No lead!

Best part? Well besides your own custom color for pennies?
Made in America! CRAYOLA is still made in Pennsylvania!

Any plans for the weekend?

I plan to make some more diy body products. The ones I have so far all turned out great and my body loves them and the lack of unpronounceable ingredients makes me happy. I'd like to not have to buy the insanely expensive "safe" bath products for Eliza!