Pinterest Thursday-Body Wash

15 Aug

With all of my research into gluten free and dairy free recipes, I ended up researching homemade recipes for household products too.
Here is one of several I have tried:

Do you know about the benefits of raw honey for your skin? I didn't either until recently, so I created this luxurious Sweet Orange and Honey Body Wash.

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This turned out pretty good for my first foray into body wash. It lathers up great, and works very well.
The kids didn’t care for the smell of honey, so I did add more essential oils to compensate, but I will definitely continue to make this recipe going forward.

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Wednesday Words

14 Aug
Day 8: The {21} Challenge

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Happy Girl Layout

13 Aug

I am still working my way through the stack of papers I bought at Jo-Anns at the beginning of the summer, and am making wonderful progress. Here’s a layout using up some of the leftover scraps.
I really love how it turned out!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Maggie Holmes; Letter Stickers: American Crafts; Other: Heart Punch
I will have another one up next week (which I actually like even more) so stay tuned for that!

Book Review-Becoming Us

10 Aug

Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn is a modern fictional novel, and is book one in the Haven Makers series.
Summary: Emily is new to California. In fact, she’s new to a lot of things-moving across the country, being away from family, and starting over in an unfamiliar place. As she and her family struggle with their new environment, can they put the past behind them for good or are they destined to end up right back where they started?
My Thoughts: This book actually hooked me from the first page. I don’t normally enjoy first person narrative books, but my attention was snagged right away. I immediately wanted to know everything about Emily, and her past. I empathized with her frustrations and hesitancies in starting somewhere new, and I cheered for her and her family as they found a new family of friends to surround themselves with.
Only a great book with wonderful writing can draw me into a book so quickly and thoroughly, and this book did it for me.
I really enjoyed this story, would read it again, and consider it worthy of being on my shelf (and I am pretty picky about the books I put on my shelf!) I am also looking forward to the next in the series.
This is the first book I have read by Robin Jones Gunn-but it won’t be the last. Pick it up-it is worth the read!
I would like to thank Waterbrook & Multnomah for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you!

Kid Craft Friday

9 Aug

The kids made a ton of art during the spring, and I didn’t post many pictures of their projects. So, today I thought I would show you two made by The Girlio that I never got around to posting!
Light Up Circuit Skyscrapers:

Cave Paintings:

Pretty fun art!

Pinterest Thursday-Brownies

8 Aug

Here is yet another recipe I made from this book:

Cooking for Isaiah (eBook)

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This time, I made brownies.
Actually, I have been making this recipe all summer long at our house.
It has been a huge hit, and I almost always have them in the house.
A bonus? I am not a brownie person, so I am not tempted to eat them! 🙂
*I decreased the sugar in half, and they still work just fine. My mom has also made these with half the sugar, walnuts, and with coconut oil, and those are pretty tasty too.

Wednesday Words

7 Aug
Switch work with school

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