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Healthy Hot Chocolate

Healthy Hot Chocolate

My daughter loves, I mean LOVES hot chocolate, but I prefer her to enjoy it without having unnecessary ingredients and loads of sugar.  This version uses only pure and nourishing ingredients, and still satisfies that hot chocolate craving. (Note: If you have access to raw […]

DIY Essential Oil Shower Steamers

DIY Essential Oil Shower Steamers

Try these simple DIY Essential Oil Shower Steamers to add that Day-At-The-Spa feeling to your everyday routine! You make the steamer itself and then store them in an airtight container until you are ready to use them. Simply add the essential oils that your mood […]

Coconut Milk Egg Nog

Coconut Milk Egg Nog

Egg nog is what my husband looks forward to most during the holidays. I have to agree with him, however, store-bought varieties can be really frustrating to me, with all the ridiculous ingredients added to preserve, thicken, and sweeten it.
 
A good quality cream (preferably raw if you can find it), is what delivers the rich, creamy texture of egg nog. Cream is also rich in healthy fats, vitamin K, and many more nutrients too, so don’t shy away from it! 
 
So once you combine delicious cream with egg yolks, grass-fed gelatin, and coconut milk, you have yourself a creamy, nutrient-packed festive drink!
 
(And if you’re wary about consuming raw egg yolks, please don’t be! Raw egg yolks are highly digestible and full of readily-available nutrients. Just make sure you buy only true organic eggs from pastured hens!)
 
Coconut Milk Eggnog
 
Top Benefits & Uses for Colloidal Silver

Top Benefits & Uses for Colloidal Silver

Years ago I was introduced to colloidal silver and was a little hesitant about using it since I had heard that it could turn your skin blue. The crazy thing is that it can if  you use a low quality solution that contains salts and […]

Creamy Sweet Potato Broccoli Soup

Creamy Sweet Potato Broccoli Soup

This is my 4-yr-old daughter’s favorite soup right now.  She gobbles it up without question, while repeatedly telling me how I’m the best cook in the whole world. 🙂  It’s also very easy to make, and oh so good for you!    

The Alchemist – A Bookshelf Must Have

The Alchemist – A Bookshelf Must Have

Early this Spring a dear friend of mine, who is a freelance writer and Nonfiction Writing student, and I were out enjoying the beautiful views of Montana on horseback. We often did this when I could drag her away from her pile of books and convince her she needed a break. These moments seems to be a kind of a therapy session to me more than anything. It is hard to explain the healing nature of a horseback ride in breathtaking country to someone who has never experienced it for themselves. Oftentimes our conversations consisted of the day to day topics such as school, work, relationships, world news topics, dating, etc. On this particular ride the topic of literature and good books were brought up (derived from one or two of the previous topics I listed which we had been discussing). She mentioned to me a book she had read that I HAD to read as soon as possible….The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Now I am a lover of books in general. It is not uncommon to find me curled up in a cozy blanket with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa. I love getting swept away in romance novels, elevating my heart rate with a good mystery or action packed read, transporting in time with a historical  story, or even finding personal growth with a self help book. When a book comes highly recommended from someone who is as well read as she is I knew I had to bump it to the top of the list.

I cannot remember the exact context of the conversation were were having at the time but it had to do with choices in life and the paths we are meant to take. There are often times you come to a crossroad in life; whether in your career, personal relationships, schooling, etc. and we are faced with choices that we must make. The scary part, for me anyways, is making sure I make the right choice or decide to walk the path that is going to get me where I want to be. What is so scary about that you might ask? Well, the fear comes from not knowing the consequences of your choices. Granted, we have a pretty good idea of certain outcomes. You graduate high school, you choose to go to college and choose a major that you are interested in that holds financial or fulfilling  promise, you choose to move to a new town where job opportunities are more prevalent, and now you have done everything you can to set yourself up for the successful life you have desired. But as we all know…life doesn’t always go as planned. There are mountains to climb and valleys that seem to swallow us up all along the way. Not to mention that google maps app has not updated and takes you somewhere you never intended on going (metaphorically speaking…or not).

Life. It is never ending in trials and surprises. The joys and lessons you find in the little things…That is what this book is about. You accompany a young man, Santiago, that did what he thought he always wanted. He dreamed of being a shepherd because of the adventure it brought into his everyday life and the companionship of his sheep. He was living his dream until one day advice from a stranger opened his eyes to what he could truly become.

This book is full of adventure, a quote on every page that will speak to you, uplift you and motivate you, unlikely friendships and even a little romance. In a review my friend wrote she stated: “I highly suggest reading this novel with a pen in hand to circle encouraging lines and write in the margins. On days bogged down with doubt, you can flip through the pages and read the gems [there are many] Coelho placed in the pages for exactly those days. The almost childlike simplicity of his writing exercises one of his recurring messages: the simple things in life are often the most beautiful. The simplicity of Coelho’s writing makes for a quick read and his ideas make it worth reading again. The Alchemist reads like an adult fairy tale while working with themes of faith, philosophy, happiness, love, and more.”

What I love most about this book is the hope it brings into your heart and mind as you read it. Everytime I read (or listen) to this book I pick something up I hadn’t before or it speaks to me differently because I am in a different place in my life. It encourages you to have dreams and to pursue them with your whole heart invested. Not only does it encourage you to dream but it doesn’t sugar coat it. In any pursuit of your “personal legend” (or dreams) you are going to face trials, you will need to learn and grow, you will need to put in the work and the time. Dreams are rarely achieved overnight. You may even get sidetracked at times.

If you are looking for that next good read, give The Alchemist a shot. It is a short, easy read but one that is well worth your time. I promise you will find yourself returning to it time and time again.

See some of the most famous quotes from The Alchemist here.

Being busy is a good thing, right?

Being busy is a good thing, right?

Several years ago I was talking with a business coach and I was telling her how busy I always was and she said to me “Are you busy on the right things though?”. The statement stopped me in my tracks and in one instant I […]

The Benefits of Grounding or Earthing

The Benefits of Grounding or Earthing

Recently I was chatting with my sister and she mentioned “grounding” to me. In the context she gave it to me, I instantly became lost. Her words to me were, “I am not surprised you don’t know what grounding is because it’s something you do […]

Essential Oil Infused Pine Cones

Essential Oil Infused Pine Cones

I love walking by a counter, tv stand, coffee table, or bookshelf in my home and getting a quick whiff of a delightful aroma. This often is created by the use of a candle, potpourri, or synthetic air freshener. With the use of essential oils we can eliminate the toxic chemicals and create a beautiful/natural aroma using diffusers and (one of my new favorites) essential oil infused pine cones! Not only do they smell wonderful and are all natural but you can create unique blends that are specific to your needs (aromatherapy and potency). Oh, and they make beautiful natural decor in your home!!

 

Want to make your own?! Here is what you will need:

 

  • Spray Bottle
  • Water (I used about 2 oz, the amount will vary depending on how many pine cones you are wanting to infuse and their size)
  • Pine Cones (Big or small, use what you think will work best for you. I chose smaller pine cones for this batch because I knew I was going to use them in an arrangement.)
  • Ziplock Bag
  • Essential Oils
  • Optional additions: cinnamon sticks, dried rose buds or petals, dried sage sprigs, dried lavender, etc.

Directions:

 

  1. Put water into your spray bottle. This will vary depending on how many pine cones you plan on infusing and how big they are. I used about 2 oz.
  2. Add your oils to the water. Use whatever blend or single oil you like! I chose to use dōTERRA On Guard® (protective blend), dōTERRA Wild Orange, and dōTERRA Clove. For this batch I used 3 drops On Guard, 2 drops Wild Orange, and 2 Drops Clove. Add more or less oils to the water depending on the potency you are trying to achieve. I did have a little “mixture” left over that I threw in my diffuser…it was heavenly!

  1. Place your pine cones in a Ziplock bag (make sure the pine cones are as clean as possible) and spray your oil/water mixture into the bag, saturating the pine cones. When you feel like they are coated sufficiently, zip up the bag and let them sit for 24 hours. The longer you let them sit in the sealed bag the more infused your pine cones will be.
  2. After your 24 hour (or longer) wait, remove the pine cones from the bag and let them dry completely.
  3. Make your arrangement. This is the fun part!! I made this batch with the intention of them going into a country themed room in my home. I selected a favorite piece of pottery given to me, placed a candle in the center (decorative only/unscented), and placed my infused pine cones around it. I topped the arrangement with a small deer shed antler I had laying around and a few cassia sticks for that extra kick of cinnamon scent (it’s seriously one of my favorites!!). Depending on your oil choice and the aroma you are trying to achieve, you can add cinnamon or cassia sticks, dried rose buds or petals, dried sage sprigs, dried lavender, etc. to make your own special potpourri. Large infused pine cones alone, strategically placed around the home are just as beautiful as an arrangement.  

Have fun with it and give your home that special touch with these DIY, all natural, beautiful, custom essential oil infused pine cones!

Is it Cinnamon or is it Cassia?

Is it Cinnamon or is it Cassia?

  Is it Cinnamon or is it Cassia…and what’s the difference? Most people don’t know that the “cinnamon” they are purchasing from the store is usually “cassia” or that there is even a difference. While they are related in both species and genus (Cinnamomum), they […]