Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Safe and Sound

A song the ladies and I are just LOVING right now.
Purchase the song HERE! 

We saw Taylor in concert this summer and it was probably one of THE best shows I've ever been to - she is an amazing performer!  We are so excited that she is going to be part of this amazing story.

Absolutely loved the books and can't wait for the movies!!
Click for info on the books

Monday, December 26, 2011

My Three Green Girls

Well it's been a looong time since our last post & I am hoping that with the start of a new year, we can change that! After an endless (lol) pregnancy, my 3rd miracle finally arrived in October. A lack of a working laptop, a dislike of typing from my phone, and her crazy weeks of colic kept me from heralding her arrival.  Hopefully as things are settling down we will get back in the swing of blogging. My oldest now has her own laptop and her own room, so I'm sure we'll be seeing more from her!

So without further ado...

My beautiful daughter arrived October 20th, weighing 8lbs 11oz and was 20 inches long. She is named in memory of her Uncle Joe, after her father, and in honor of her great-grandmother. I've dubbed her our "tribute" baby!

Welcome Josie Mikayla Adele!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Minty Madness!

The mint is prolific in our garden this time of year
and so we thought we’d share some
favorite non-food recipes.
Minty Facial Toner
4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 ¾ cups water
1. Bring water to a boil, add mint, take off heat and steep 15 minutes.
2. Strain the mint leaves from the liquid.
3. Pour the liquid into a glass bottle and store in the fridge.
4. Apply to face – no need to rinse!

Fresh Mint Foot Scrub
3 tablespoons ground salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops tea tree oil
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ cups finely chopped fresh mint leaves
1. Combine salt, sugar and mint leaves.
2. Add oils and mix well.
3. Store in a glass container.
4. Massage into your feet and rinse with cold water when done.
Minty Smooth Hair conditioner
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup chopped mint leaves
1 tablespoon honey
½ juice from a fresh squeezed orange
1. Mix well.
2. Leave on hair for at least 15 minutes.
3. Rinse well.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Here's a post for the mama's-to-be

Nothing like unrelenting all day nausea
for weeks on end to put a crimp on
anything computer related!
Our third miracle is will make his/her
spooktacular presence this October.
In the meantime, here's my tried & true remedies for nausea!
1. Anything lemon. 
In my water, candies, tea, protein bars.
2. Spanish olives
3. Decaf black tea
4. Potato chips
5. Gum - lots of gum
6. Sleep - lots of sleep!
And if it doesn't end by 12 weeks, or 14 or 16, it will by 40!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Just say NO!

Eco tip for the week!
A really cool website that lets you
opt out of receiving the yellow pages,
all in one click!

to start saving some trees!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

DIY Boo-Boo Bins

Need a handy way to cart around first aid supplies?
Then you need to make yourself a Boo-Boo Bin!
Easily fits in your purse, the glove box or a backpack.
To transform your tin into a Boo-Boo Bin,
you'll need:
1 empty Altoids tin
Different colored paints
 (the girls used nailpolish this time)
Sharpie markers

First aid supply suggestions:
assorted bandages
butterfly bandages
alcohol wipes
antibiotic ointment
eye drops
yummy candy :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

DIY Facial Toner

Here in our house, we try to lesson the amount of toxins and chemicals we put on our bodies. With a multitude of skin types, we've found this recipe works best on all of us!
Toner Ingredients:
Witch Hazel
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tangerine Essential Oil 
1 repurposed small container
(think shampoo bottles from hotels,
 prescription bottles, make-up jars)

1.  Fill bottle 3/4 full with witch hazel.
2.  Add 10 drops of tea tree oil.
3. Add 4 drops tangerine oil.
4. Cap bottle and shake well.
5. Store in refrigerator.
6. Shake well before each use.

**To stay earth friendly, use an old t-shirt and cut
 into 2 inch squares to apply the toner to your face!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder

This one's an easy project!
You'll need:
toilet paper roll
peanut butter
hole punch

1.  Punch 2 holes opposite each other at the top of the roll.
2. Spread peanut butter all over outside of tube.
3. Roll in birdseed.
4. String yarn through holes.
5. Hang outside near other branches,
so the birds have somewhere to perch. :)

Here are some more creative ideas for toilet paper rolls!
(photos belong to their respective websites)
(click on the underlined ideas above to
get instructions for the other crafts pictured!)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ice Play!

Even in the winter we can continue to help keep our beaches clean.
On a recent expedition to the vet (sans dogs), we decided to stop at a park we've not yet been.  We trooped down to the beach and on the pier and discovered an ice palace. We were also pleasantly surprised to find very little garbage on the beach after such a windy week!