Friday, August 30, 2013

Inspiration/ 36 Easy & Creative Halloween Decorating Ideas

Raven Wreath
Better Homes & Gardens

While some of you may be still enjoying the last few days of Summer, we are switching gears and getting a little head start on Halloween!

Our first go to resource for Halloween inspiration, and for that matter, pretty much any other inspiration, is 
Better Homes & Gardens. While this is not a sponsored post for BHG,  we can see ourselves in the projects and we just love the inspiration and want to share it with others.

So get ready for inspiration overload and have fun planning your Halloween decorating!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Recipes For Kicking Off A Healthy Autumn Into Fall!

Butternut Squash Fries/ Urban Poser

Do you have a little of the Autumn that is to come already gently calling? Have you started dreaming about the Autumn comfort food you will be preparing? Here are just a few of some of the Autumn foods we have our eye on.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Healthy Living/ Super Fruit Sweet Rolls

Looking for a clean, Sunday morning breakfast roll? 
Or just an any time roll?
Here you go! 
We used Brittany Angell's, of Real Sustenance recipe for Blueberry Sweet Rolls and made them Super Fruit Sweet Rolls perfect for an early Sunday morning breakfast.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Homemade Bacteria Buster Countertop Spray

Do we really need yet another natural cleaning recipe?!

We have been combing through our new book,
The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood. The book offers over 600 natural, non-toxic and fragrant recipes to create health and beauty and a safe home environment.

In the past we showed you recipes for diy natural cleaning recipes, and while they are fine, today we want to share with you how to make yet another, all natural bacteria buster for your countertops with only 4 easy to find ingredients! 
Of which you may already own.

So to answer the question above, we say "YES", we do need another simple natural cleaner!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Have you given any thought yet to flu prevention for this upcoming season? Will you be one of many standing in line for the official "flu shot", or are you looking for a natural inexpensive, effective remedy you can make right at home for your family?


Just as we have come to adore coconut oil, we have found the same passion for Elderberry syrup.
 Black elderberries,  (sambucus nigra) have been shown to prevent flu and speed up recovery of those who have the flu. {source}

Monday, August 19, 2013

Healthy Living/ Berries & Cream Popsicles

We are taking advantage of the last few Summer vacation days we have left before back to school on Wednesday. 

We are also enjoying a few more Summer Popsicle recipes, like these Berries & Cream Popsicle's during these hot August days here in California. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Back To School Printables

Back to School Breakfast by DimplePrints FREE PRINTABLES 4
Tatertots & Jello

Has school already started for you?! We will be back to school this Wednesday. We think there is always a reason to celebrate something everyday, even going back to school, so we found some really fun BACK TO SCHOOL printables that can be used to celebrate the occasion!

We hope you have a fantastic school year!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Cranberry Orange Cookie Recipe Review

We recently had the opportunity of participating in a recipe
review of Cranberry Orange Cookies for 
Brittany Angell of Real Sustenance, who has a new e-book coming out in September 2013 that is sure to be filled with lots of great recipe ideas for those with dietary restrictions or for those who just want to clean up their diets.

Brittany Angell is the Author of the best-selling Essential Gluten Free Baking Guides Part 1 & Part 2, and is founder of the fast growing allergen free food blog, Real Sustenance.

If you or someone you know and love is looking for tasty, easy to follow, allergen free recipes, look no further than Real Sustenance.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Back To School Chunky Monkey Muffins

We are quickly approaching back to school time with excitement and a little sadness to see Summer ending, but hopeful for what lies ahead. 

Over the Summer we have made a lot of nutritional changes due to some pesky seasonal allergies and food sensitivities, and want to continue these good habits going forward, especially with school morning breakfasts and lunches.

So, in honor of back to school, we have a tasty and simple recipe that meets our food guidelines, gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, and can be made the night before or in the morning.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Make Your Own Lemon Lavender Aromatherapy Candle

How can one not love the scent, never mind the taste of lemon and lavender. Whether you are baking and enjoying the scents or burning a fragrant aromatherapy candle, it is pure joy!

We have found a wealth of knowledge on aromatherapy, essential oils and recipes using essential oils from the 

Such things as this recipe for making a beeswax aromatherapy candle.

Friday, August 9, 2013

diy/ Easy Chair Reupholster

Do you have some chairs in need of a face lift? 

Maybe you don't have the money to take them to a professional upholstery shop and want to tackle it yourself?

 Maybe you are a little nervous, but excited about doing it yourself and want a quick and easy way to do it? 

Well, all of that was us recently. Until we took a leap of faith and just did it.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

diy/ Brass Chandelier Makeover

We went out with the brass and in with the class! Not sure what we are referring to? Let us explain. We had for some time a functional but not very appealing brass chandelier in the home which we avoided taking pictures of or getting into pictures because it was.... ugly. Yes there are more important things in life to be concerned about, but we just had to address this.

The only recent pictures we have of our brass chandelier was from Halloween last year. {Which we will show you}

We looked for sometime trying to find a reasonably priced replacement that would suit or decor taste, but try we did with no luck.

After a little conceiving, permission was granted to spray paint the old one!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Recipe/ Triple Berry Cobbler/ Paleo Vegan Gluten & Refine Sugar Free

Is it really impossible to have the best of both worlds? 
To have your cake and eat it too?
Humm, while you ponder that, we will let you know that we think you CAN have the best of both worlds, at least when it comes to "healthy" and "dessert" as we have found out here with our Triple Berry Cobbler.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Garden/ Teacup Bird Feeder

Have some cracked or chipped tea cups that you simply cannot part with but don't know what to do with them?
We did. Some just too pretty and too sentimental to toss.
So, we finally got around to making our teacup bird feeder we have had on the "to do" list for sometime now.