Monday, December 16, 2013

White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Crisps

Warning these are very addicting!  So if you like pretzels, white chocolate, and peppermint keep reading for the recipe!  Even if you don't keep reading, my husband who doesn't like "dried bread" as he calls pretzels thinks these are really good!  They are simple to make and make a great little treat to give away or to eat all yourself! 

1 c. white chocolate melting chips 
5 drops of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil (where to buy)
Pretzel Crisps
Sweet Stripes Peppermint Candies

Melt 1 C. white chocolate melting chips in double boiler
When melted add 5 drops of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil and stir
Dip Pretzel Crisps in melted white chocolate
Lay on parchment paper
Sprinkle ground up peppermint candies on them
Let harden and Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ditch The Dryer Sheets...DIY Wool Dryer Balls


I am always looking for alternatives to items that get used everyday in households. One of those is dryer sheets.  Many people love the smell of dryers sheets and the reduction in clingyness of clothes.  Some people don't realize that dryer sheets are basically a piece of polyester with lots of toxic chemicals and fragrances on them.  

Fragrances can include tens to hundreds of different chemicals, some of which are toxic, and many of which are known allergens, like limonene and linalool. All fragrance chemicals are usually kept secret from consumers. Dryer sheets can contain volatile organic compounds like acetaldehyde and butane, which can cause respiratory irritation. Quats, a fabric softener chemical, is often part of a family of chemicals called quaternary ammonium compounds, many of which are linked to asthma. Acetone, used in dryer sheets, can cause nervous system effects like headaches or dizziness.

If you are like me I really don't want all those things around my family.  But there is an alternative...wool dryer balls!  Dryer balls don’t contain toxic chemicals, they last for hundreds of loads, get rid of static cling and wrinkles, soften clothes, and they actually save time and energy by cutting down on drying time.  They can be easily made by buying 100% wool yarn and winding up your own.  They took me about 15 minutes each and cost me about $2.50 each.  Pretty great deal if you ask me!  

But what about the lovely scent that dryer sheets give my clothes?

  Add natural and safe fragrance to your laundry by putting a drop of lavender, peppermint, purification, or another oil that you love the smell of on each wool ball and you’ll have great smelling clothes for your next three loads!  If you’re worried about cling, you can add a tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse cycle, this helps the wrinkles disappear in the dryer. Some also swear by adding ½ cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle.

Here is the tutorial that I followed.  

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Basement Renovation

When people step into our basement the first thing they say is "Wow, your husband has a lot of car stuff", which I then say, they are actually mine.   Well both of ours now since we've been married for 11 years, but you get the point!  I've been collecting die cast cars, Hot Wheels, and Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth things since I was 14 years old.   There are a few Chevy pieces in the collection but only because my husband likes them so I figured he should be represented at a least a little bit.  

So the basement got refinished and all the car stuff got put up. 

We decided to use corrugated metal for the ceiling, mostly because it looks awesome, but also so we can still access the pipes above, as we have hot water heat on the main level. 


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Homemade Baby Wipes or Cleaning Wipes

I am always on the lookout for ways to reduce the chemicals in our home and make it healthier.  When I found out I was pregnant with Brynlee I knew I wanted to cloth diaper and along with that came making my own baby wipes.  I use washable cloth wipes most of the time, but for those times when we are out and about I wanted disposable too.  By switching up the essential oil used you can make cleaning wipes too!  

1/2 t. fractionated coconut oil
1 t. Dr. Bronners Castile Soap
1/2. cup water
5 drops Young Living Lavender Oil

Other Options:
Young Living Gentle Baby EO for baby wipes
Young Living Thieves EO for cleaning wipes

Mix together and pour over your choice of wipes

I tried using paper towels and didn't like how they fell apart. After some searching I found these awesome Medline Wipes that hold up really even through the wash! Not that I am reusing them, sometimes they slip in there with the cloth diapers. I cut them in half to get even more out of them as one of them is kind of big.  

I only recommend using Young Living Essential Oils as they are 100% therapeutic grade.  Visit for more information.