Lucky Heart Pennies

When you’re little finding a penny on the ground is exciting! It’s free money! But best of all a FREE WISH!
I used to think long and hard about what I wanted to wish for, would it be another Strawberry Shortcake doll? baby sister? or the world’s biggest bowl of ice cream? The possibilities were endless! I still get excited as an adult to find a penny and make a wish, but this time the wishes are more for good health and good fortune and not so much dolls and candy.
So a few days ago the kids and I grabbed a handful of pennies from a piggy bank and some sidewalk chalk, we walked around town drawing pink and orange hearts, leaving behind a lucky penny for someone to find and bring a little joy into someones maybe not so happy day, as we walked by a few of our hand colored chalk hearts later that day the kids gleamed with excitement, the pennies were gone! We had fun talking about who would have picked the penny and what their wish might have been? Did they even make a wish or just place that shiny coin in their pocket to carry around for good luck?
What ever the outcome, adding even just a little happiness into someone’s day made us feel lucky too!

Our family was inspired to do this fun project by someone else’s simple gesture, we hope this will inspire others to leave a bit of joy around their town.


Tea Tree Oil Homemade Healing Cream

A couple years ago I had a life threatening reaction to Neosporin, it was our go to remedy for all cuts and boo-boos but I was directed by my doctor to never use it again. So I went in search of an alternative. 

Turns out Tea Tree Oil a great  natural way to fight everything from Minor scrapes to Acne, Lice and Yeast Infections, to Cold Sores, Dandruff, Fleas, Warts, Psoriasis, and More.
 It can also be use to make your own Shampoo, Lotion, Soap, Face Cleaner, Body Wash, and Toothpaste. 

We already use Tea Tree oil de-tangler on our dog to keep her coat nice and smooth and ease the pain of brushing her.

 It can also be used as a natural Household Cleaner, Shower Sprays, Bathroom Disinfectant, and Kitchen Spray. Just a few drops goes a long way!

Homemade Tea Tree Oil Healing Cream

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 TB beeswax (where to buy) equals 2-3 oz. if using bars 
  • 1/2 TB raw honey
  • 10 drops tea tree oil (where to buy)
  • 3 drops black walnut or pecan oil
  • diffused lemon verbena 
  • glass jars 

In a saucepan melt over low heat the coconut oil and grated bees wax (or beeswax pellets), while stirring mix in the olive oil and honey. Once everything is fully dissolved, turn off heat then add in oils. Pour into jars and stir for 5-10 minutes until fully cooled and smooth. 


It’s really trial and error to get the cream to your liking but this recipe will get you started with using Tea Tree oil as a healing cream.

Adding more or less beeswax will determine the thickness of your healing cream.

I really enjoy the aroma of this Tea Tree Oil and I look forward to a more natural way of healing.

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Marshmallow Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

I’ve been making rice krispie treats for over 20 years and never thought anything of it. It’s a pretty simple dessert just white marshmallows, butter and rice krispie cereal, totally yummy and the kids eat them up. I recently had comment left on my candy filled rice krispie treat eggs post mentioning how she felt they looked bland, which got me to thinking. First I tried the colored marshmallows pink lemonade and blue raspberry flavored, they tasted awful. So I happen to have packages of marshmallow peeps in the house and thought why not!

They turned out so pretty and taste really great, keeping their peep flavor and color to give the treats that pop!

Take the peeps out of the packaging (10 peeps) and in a glass bowl microwave them until they
 are nice and fluffy, about double their original size. It took me 45-60 seconds in my microwave.

Then add in the rice krispies, I didn’t measure but so start with 1 cup then add 1/2 cup at a time 
until it’s the ratio you like. Then spread it into a greased 8×8 inch pan.

Let them sit for about 30 minutes to firm up and then cut into squares and serve.

 I would never have tried using marshmallow peeps if it wasn’t for a fellow blogger!! Comments can spark ideas and lead to new and great things! Please feel free to share your thoughts on my blog.

DIY: Shrinky Dink Rings

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Shrinky Dink project and I forgot just how much fun they are!
There’s so many options and ideas but I decided to try and make some rings. Sounds easy enough,
though it wasn’t without a lot of trial and error and some sore finger tips, even slight blistering can occur with this project.
First off was to track down the supplies, I didn’t have any recyclable #6 plastic so I needed to buy the actual Shrink Dink sheets.
The local craft store had them in clear, solid white or inkjet printable. I just needed the clear for this project.
I also had to find the right ink, sharpie wasn’t working as well as I had read. On the packaging it lists several kinds of ink to use.
It MUST be a permanent ink. (I found sharpie markers and paint markers to wipe off)
Finding the right length and width for the rings took some time.
 Then we needed something to wrap the rings around while they cooled. 
A medicine syringes tended to be the right size, the ones Target gives you for children’s medicine.
I also heard that Chapstick works for some, not in our case. 
Just take a ring you wear and find a cylinder shapes object it slides snuggly over and that heat won’t damage.

Measurements for Shrink Dink rings are:
5 inches by 3/4 inches – ages 5-8
5 1/4 inches by 5/8 inches – ages 8-10
5 1/2 inches by 5/8 inches – ages 11-14 
(young adult or women with slender fingers)
5 3/4 inches by 1 inch – adult female
if making the fox ring for ages 11-14:
6 1/4 inches in length by 5/8 inches
(length is longer since the face and tail must overlap)

Stamp the design onto the plastic sheet then measure, cut to size and round the ends.
Bake at 325 degrees for 2-3 minutes
Here’s the tricky part, it cools in 5 seconds!!
So I didn’t even remove it from the oven and just rolled it right on the pan slightly pulled out from the oven.
It will be hot, I did not get burned and it isn’t any worse than using a hot glue gun.
My best project tip:
** The rings can be reheated for 2 minutes and reshaped over and over again**

Got a fun Shrinky Dink project, leave a comment and share!

Quick no sew Halloween Costumes ideas

If you have an hour and are handy with the hot glue gun here are two easy no sew costumes I put together for my girls.

VAMPIRE BAT

What you’ll need:
 $3 Walmart umbrella in black
10 black pipe cleaners 
elastic in black
3 safety pins
metal headband
black feather boa
Bat Wings:
Simply dismantle and remove all metal and plastic parts of umbrella, you’ll only be using the umbrella’s material.
Now cut it in half, you can use this for two wings but I preferred to use one half and attach it on like a cape across the back of the costume.
No hot glue 3 pipe cleaners to each wing (you will only need 3 if you do one wing like i did).
Then attach elastic loops at the ends the wing to go around the wrists (this is for the single bat wing version only).
Now dress your little bat in black clothing and pin the wing on along the shoulders and neckline.
Headband:
The headband was made by hot gluing a feather boa and bending 2 pipe cleaners around the headband into a bat ear shape. I used 2 pipe cleaners per ear (4 total)
CHERRY PIE

Click here to read full post with detailed instructions on the cherry Pie Costume.

DIY: ugly light quick fix

I love retro but this is one ugly light fixture. I wish it was as easy as just changing it but we have low voltage wiring running throughout the house which left us in the dark for 4 days after changing the chandelier in the dining room and another 2 weeks trying to resolved the problem, so I’m stuck with this ugly light fixture in all it’s green metal 60’s glory.

 I started with quilting strips cut to about a 1/2 inch wide (but left over fabric scraps would work just as well)
I then wrapped the fabric around the part of the light I wanted covered and hot glued the ends closed. 
This way I can easily remove the fabric if I wanted to change the color or revamp the light fixture in the future.
This project took about an hour to complete and cost nothing since I already had everything I needed.

Problem solved…well at least dressed up.

Birthday Mini Cakes for One!

Fall in our house is another name for birthday season with three celebrations in 3 weeks I’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen bake up some sweet treats.

Every year the birthday girl/boy gets to pick out their favorite cake for me to bake, the responses I get can range from a festive pumpkin cheesecake to pineapple cupcakes with lemon frosting.

So while I was up early this morning making some reward carrot and cream cheese cupcakes for my super helpers, Luna and Stream, I poured the extra batter into a donut pan. Short of time I had an idea what if I stacked two of the donuts together and frosted them into a mini cake.

Voila! It was the perfect serving size for one and the end to birthday cake leftovers.

I’m so excited to have an easy way to make individual cakes for my very different cake lovers because you really can have too much of a good thing believe me, just try eating three layer cakes in 19 days.


Scrumptious Carrot Cake Recipe:

2 cups granulated sugar
3 cups of finely shredded carrot
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup of canola oil
2 cups flour
3 xl eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla *optional


bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes