Monday, November 24, 2014

Giving Thanks


Thanksgiving is this week! I love this holiday - because I really love food...and family...but mostly the food my family makes!


One of my favorite traditions is right after we sit down to dinner, we snap a photo of everyone sitting around the table. It's always fun to go back through these and see who was able to come home - and how our hair styles have changed. My mom usually has past years up on her bulletin board. 

Here's a few links for you to peruse over the holiday:
  • Still need a stuffing recipe? Check out our recipe HERE.
  • Need a bit of last minute fall decor? Check out my fall printables HERE.
  • Thanksgiving Bingo HERE
  • Thanksgiving Charades HERE
  • If you can make the November 28th deadline, send cards for the elderly in nursing homes, info HERE
  • Send holiday cards to troops, info HERE 
Don't forget to make your hand turkey!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Coloring Stamped Images {100th post}

I found a stamp set that I wanted to use for my holiday cards. It is a basic stamp, but the photo example showed it beautifully colored in with a wintery feel. I asked my crafty friend, Becky, what she would use to color in the photo. We talked about a few options and I decided to give each of them a try. 



The four different methods I tried were colored pencil, color chalks, pens and watercolor with stamp pads. Here are photos of each method to help you decide which look you want for your holiday card. All of the methods I demonstrate were easier than I anticipated. While all the methods look slightly different, I think they all look nice.



Monday, November 10, 2014

Anti-Aging Eye Cream

I'm not sure how I stumbled across this recipe for anti-aging eye cream but after reading the ingredients, I knew I had to try it. Sometimes I think, "holy cats how did I get all those wrinkles?!"

The recipe I am talking about comes from Simple Life Mom. In addition to shea butter, it calls for nine wonderful essential oils, plus sweet almond and apricot kernel oils. Over on her blog you can read great information about why each ingredient was chosen. So head over to her post HERE and grab the recipe.




Monday, November 3, 2014

Book Review: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils

I have been on an aromatherapy reading spree the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy these book reviews as much as I enjoy reading the books.




Book Title: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism 
Author: Julia Lawless

Published: 1995, reprint 1997; Element Books
(There are other additions available, this is the version I have.)


Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Review: "Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art"


Book Title: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, Second Edition
Authors: Kathi Keville and Mindy Green

Published: 1995, 2009; Crossing Press
Summary provided by publisher: "A comprehensive guide to the art and science of creating therapeutic essential oils and herbal preparations, and using them in health, beauty, body care, massage and more."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Recipe Round Up Vol 2 {Fall Edition}

My first recipe round up was so popular, I decided to make it a reoccurring feature. Fall is my FAVORITE time of year, which I may have mentioned a lot lately. Because of this, I think there are soooo many good fall recipes for crafting and DIY beauty care, as well as tasty snacks that I had to put together some of my favorites.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Card Craft Inspiration

The holiday's are coming....fast. I plan to make some card packs for gifts this year. Maybe you are, too?! Here's some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.