Saturday, April 11

OOTD: tweed and print


Outfit Details
Top: h&m
Skirt: thrifted
Boots: Target
Watch: thrifted
Earrings: n/a







Tuesday, April 7

Current Obsession: Dried Flowers

I know it's spring and everyone's thinking about fresh flowers but dried flowers is really a constant obsession of mines.  I love them just as much as I do fresh flowers. I love using them to decorate all year round. Recently I wanted to find different ways to display my flowers. I usually just throw them in small vases or lay them around amomgst other decor within the house, but with the help of Pinterest I think it's time to get a little creative.



Dried flowers are very delicate so I'm curious to know how this lovely hair clip stays beautifully arranged. Nonetheless, its beautiful and I would totally rock it.





Adding dried rose petals to your tea can enhance the taste. Rose petals complement many black and green teas; adding a hint of a sweet and tangy taste. Click the link to learn how to dry your own rose petals for tea.

I'm in love with this! I plan to recreate this and put it in one of the corners in my bedroom.



Adore!


There's many diy projects you can do to repurpose dried flowers. This Lavender Linen Spray is one way I'd like to try. Click the link for the recipe.

My home is filled with warm d├ęcor and colored walls so I use baby breath to brighten up my space a little. I love fresh ones in the bathroom as well.


When I buy fresh flowers I look for arrangements with baby's breath and statice flowers because they're my favorite dried flowers. These purple statice flowers have been on my dressers for months now. I can't seem to let them go.

I love dried flowers in body products such as soap or body oil. If you make your own why not get a little fancy and add some dried flowers that complements the scent.

For tips on drying flowers and which flowers are best dried check out gardening.about.com


Currently drying out my bridesmaid bouquet from last week. Can't wait to find a place for it.





Sunday, April 5

Blueberry Muffin w/ brown sugar and cinnamon crumb topping



I'm a blueberry lover and so is my family. We eat them in and on everything. Pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, lemonade, and our favorite, MUFFINS. My family especially love Wawa's blueberry crumb muffin and starbucks blueberry yogurt muffin. I've always wanted to try to attempt to recreate these two favorites and found a crumb recipe that seemed worth a try.

Muffin Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
about 1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (I used 1C)

Crumb Topping Recipe:
2 tbsp white sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp butter, cubed and softened
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls them add wet iningredients to dry and combine well. Fold in blueberries then pour into muffin cups.

Mix crumb ingredients with fork (or fingers) and sprinkle over muffins.

Bake for about 25mimutes or until done.
Original recipe 


These muffins have to be some of the best I've ever had. Just as good as Wawa's and yes, I'm saying better than Starbucks. I will say I didn't expect this simple recipe to be so delicious but I guess simple and fresh ingredients is just simply all you need sometimes.


My only disappointment is that my crumb topping didn't come out crumby. I may have used too much butter so I'll try to tweak it for next time, if not I've master my crumb for my banana bread so I can always just swap the crumb recipe. Nontheless, you still get all the topping cinnamon, sweet flavor and texture so it's not really a disappointment.

Happy baking!

Saturday, March 14

Recipe 4 of 50: Crock Pot Taco Chicken


A friend made this dish for our girls weekend last week. After the first bite I was addicted; we ate the chicken mix just about every day on tortillas. I made it Thursday once I was able to get all the ingredients and had time to throw it in the crock pot early since it cooks for 8 hours. The first night we ate them on tortillas. The boys added lettuce, shredded cheese and sour cheese but I didn't put anything mines because they're just that flavorful. My mom took some for lunch the next day and ate hers on crackers and I threw some over brown rice and topped it with cilantro (tons). You can really have fun with this stuff. Get the original recipe over at recipeknead.com

Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs. chicken breasts
  • 1 (16 oz.) jar salsa
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
  • ½ lb. (8 oz.) frozen corn
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • ½ Tbsp cumin
  • ½ Tbsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups dry rice
  • 8 oz. extra sharp cheddar
  • ½ bunch cilantro

Place chicken on the bottom and everything except the rice, cheese and cilantro on top. Cook on low for about 8 hours. Once finished use fork to shred chicken.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 11

DIY: Whipped Body Butter

The cold temperatures these last few weeks have had a tremendous affect on me and the boys skin. Nothing was able to keep Kamari's dry skin moisturized and Auden's eczema got so bad that it started to bleed; despite using otc topical medication. I got fed up of reapplying lotion and coconut oil all day and whipped up some all-natural body butter for us. I'm so glad I did and regret not doing it earlier. Not only has the body butter dramatically improve Auden's eczema, but his scarring as well. I don't think his skin has ever recovered this fast without the aid of otc medication. So I had to share my new body butter recipe.


In a mixer I whip desired amount of Shea butter then add in melted cocoa butter, melted coconut oil and a few drops of lemon essential oil. I don't measure anything anymore because I tailor my recipe based on our skin needs. I always whip the Shea butter first and add my melted ingredients last so I can get an idea of how much of the body butter I'm making. Depending on my skin needs determines how much of each ingredient I'll add in. For instance, in the summer I'll use less Shea butter and more coconut oil so that my body butter isn't as heavy.
 
Shea butter benefits:
evens skin tone
absorbs quickly w/out leaving greasy residue
restore elasticity
rich in vitamins A, E and E

Cocoa butter benefits:
helps improve eczema*
absorbs easily and helps retain moisture
reduce dark marks
rich in vitamin k
contains antioxidants

Coconut oil benefits:
absorbs quickly
strengths skin
fights fungal infections
helps improve eczema
strengths and promotes healthy nail growth

 
 
If you have never made body butter and would prefer to follow a recipe, check out loveandcupcakesblog.com for a simple recipe. Before you know it you'll be making alterations and tailoring your body butter to fit your skin needs. Whether you want to try a natural approach to tackle a skin condition or you want to renew your skin, experimenting with natural butters and oils can be easy with just a little research and patience.


*Cocoa butter contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), a substance that inhibits the production of the immuno globulin IgE. IgE is known to aggravate symptoms of both dermatitis and eczema.

Wednesday, March 4

DIY: Yarn Wall Hanging

Finally got around to making Auden's wall hanging following ispydiy.com instructions.


What you'll need:
Yarn
Rope
Scissors
Copper Tubing
Dowel
Painters tape
Tube Cutter


I purchased the yarn from micheal's and the rope, copper tubing, dowel, and cutter was from home depot.

Changes I made:
I had my husband cut about 1' off the dowel which was 4' long.
I burned the end of the rope that I cut so that it wouldn't unravel.
I used the painters tape to make the angle cut.
It wasn't mentioned in the ispydiy post but cutters are needed to cut the copper

DIY: Steam Facial



Facial Steaming Benefits:
  • Opens up pores so it's good for prepping your face before applying a mask; removing toxins; and unclogging pores.
  • Hydrates skin
  • Loosens blackheads and whiteheads
  • Helps shed dead skin
The facial should be done no more than once a week and no longer than 15 minutes.


Steps:
1. Cleanse or exfoliate your face w/ a gentle cleanser
2. Put water (just under boiling) into a basin
3. (Optional) Add herbs and essential oils (start w/ 1 drop) 
4. Drape towel over your head and basin and steam for about 10-15 minutes 
4. Cleanse and moisturize facial or apply a mask.


I added a bag of green tea, a handful of rose pedals and 2 drops of  lemongrass and lemon essential oils to my hot water (should have used 1 drop each). I draped a towel over my head and steamed my face for about 10 minutes. This facial is very relaxing so I waited until everyone was in bed to do it and unwind. To add to a calming atmosphere I dimmed the lights and played some SZA while waiting. I cleansed my with Cetaphil before and after making sure to rinse with cool water to close my pores and a light moisturizer.

I felt refreshed and serene afterwards. All I wanted to do was crawl into bed; which I did. I wish I could do this every night, unfortunately I can't but I will be adding this to my weekly routine. Ladies this is the most affordable spa-like facial you'll get a home. You can also find steam tabs at Lush if you don't have herbs and essentials.