I hope everyone can see the vid. I’ve had issues embedding on here in the past.
Completely organic body butter, is actually insanely simple to make.
1 Cup Water
3 TBS Chamomile (Fresh or Dried )
1 Cup Coconut Oil (Unrefined, Cold Pressed, Organic)
Step 1 : Bring to a boil chamomile (about 3 TBS), with about 1 Cup water. It doesn’t have to be exact. The idea is to boil the chamomile to rapidly infuse it with the water. Then sift it using a few paper towels or cheese cloth. You’re not eating it, so use what you can to strain. It MUST be a fine strainer.
Hold onto the brown/yellow water. You’ll need about 3 TBS of the newly infused water.
Then add you infused water to your coconut oil. Simmer gently until the oil is melted.
Mix well. Freeze for 10 minutes. (Some people skip this step and just blend. However, I like the chamomile to be completely infused with the oil. Flavored, so to speak.)
During the freezing process, prepare your jar. I went with a simple DIY beaded jar. Once your butter is back to it’s ‘cold pressed’ state; whip it, mash or simply spoon it in the jar. This part is all about consistency preference.
I prefer it thick. And it’s amazing on the legs and feet!
1 Cup Sugar
1 Large TBS…heaping…Coconut Oil ‘Unrefined, Cold Pressed, Organic’
Peel, dice and mash the avocado. Add sugar and coconut oil. Mix into a paste. Set to chill 10 minutes in the freezer.
Here’s my daughter trying it out…
Sugar Scrub can be just about anything you can create. Strawberry? Banana? Green Tea? Mint? What ideas can you come up with?
In a word: #AWESOME
Honestly, I love this thing. I’ve had many computers throughout the years. Actually, my first computer was a Commodore 64. That was back when you had to type a full page of coding just to change the font color. Everything was a process. I believe I was 9 or 10 at the time. From that point on I have lived, ate and breathed computers. Anybody recall the first chat rooms? How about avatars? You weren’t really you, but rather some hot model pulled from an ad. You just chose how perfect you wanted to be and presto change-o.
My original websites were written entirely in coding. And with each new device, more coding had to be learned. But it was like a symphony to me. Pure logic. I just had to make it fit.
So naturally, I’ve had a lot of gadgets in my life. I think one half of my brain is fully paints and easels; the other half purely gadgets and gears. And a new computer sets me in ‘kid in a candy store’ mode. Much to my sheer delight, my husband got me a new toy for Christmas this year. I was even happier when I saw the color!
Just a few weeks prior, I was moaning about all the black cords, huge processor and overall dust pattern on the bedroom computer. Honestly…it’s an eyesore. I did however need a computer in the family room. I’m prone to late night blogging and my husband gets up at 3:30 am. Essentially, I barely used the bedroom computer and had no desire to have the clunky thing in the family room.
The HP All-In-One has ONE cord going into the wall. The other two cords are white and specifically for the keyboard and the mouse.
The WebCam is built in….so naturally…I had to try it out….
The keyboard and mouse are also aesthetically pleasing…
As far as speed, I’ve had zero issues. I’m a Netflix junkie and the video playback is flawless…
(Obviously I’m correct about my brain being two halves of wacky…I can never decide between Comedy and Horror…Go figure.)
And it’s equipped with Cortana…basically she’s Siri for an HP.
And of course, there’s plenty of help…
It runs the Windows 10 program, which honestly, I didn’t love when it first came out. Too many issues with game play on already existing games. But they seem to have worked out the kinks and now it’s growing on me. The apps are handy and I love having instant access to my e-mail.
To be clear: This isn’t built for major league gaming. It’s not Alienware . (I have a 17 year old son…believe me when I say, he’s insanely picky about his gaming gear. So my opinion is based on his opinion of how fast the ‘on screen’ reaction time is.) But it is fast! I use it for internet based work and play. With the use of iCloud for easy file storage and transfer, I haven’t had an issue. Yes there’s a HUGE amount of storage, however in the past I’ve learned not to over-stuff a computer if you can help it. Homework for the kids, photos, social media, movies etc…it’s genuinely a great gadget.
Plus…yep…you can pop in a DVD!
This one was purchased at Best Buy, so I’m going to post the specs directly from their site. I’d be here all night if I typed it all out….
And no..I’m not a paid reviewer. This is a non-paid site. If you’re paid, then you’re swayed!
This is an honest review based on my own experience with this particular computer. I pay for this domain, so technically …I’m paying to share this review with you.
Microsoft Windows 10 operating system
Windows 10 brings back the popular Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.Learn more ›
23.8″ Full HD LED display
Native 1920 x 1080 resolution showcases your games and HD movies with impressive color and clarity.
8GB system memory for advanced multitasking
Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
SuperMulti DVD/CD burner
Reads and writes to a wide variety of media formats, including DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, CD-R/RW, DVD-RAM and double-layer DVD.
1TB hard drive for ample file storage space
Holds a significant collection of digital photos, music, HD videos and DVD-quality movies. 7200 rpm spindle speed enables rapid read/write times for handling large files and complex applications.
Cloud support lets you access your files anywhere
Store your photos, videos, documents and other files on Dropbox for secure access across multiple devices. Fees may apply.
Built-in webcam with two microphones
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.
Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer
Supports SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.
2 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices
Also includes 2 USB 2.0 ports to connect more accessories and peripherals. The USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).
Wireless and wired network connectivity
Built-in high-speed wireless LAN connects to your network on the most common Wi-Fi standards. Gigabit Ethernet LAN port plugs into wired networks.
Bluetooth 4.0 interface syncs with compatible devices
Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the computer and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.
Multimedia software package included
CyberLink PowerDirector, HP Recovery Manager, HP Support Assistant, HP Games Powered by WildTangent, Netflix, Snapfish.
Microphone and headphone jacks.
Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Core, Atom, Ultrabook, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.
That’s about for it now. I honestly have no cons to this gadget. Typically I have an entire list of whimpering and whining, but nothing comes to mind as of yet. That could change a few months from, but for right now….TWO THUMBS UP!
This was at Tower City in Cleveland, Ohio. Included are photos of the Cleveland Public Square Ice-Skating Rink. But the true comedy was the Choo Choo Train.
As a giant toddler at heart, I wanted to ride the Christmas train with my kids. My daughter is a teenager, so I naturally had to force her. And…it went well…yeah ok. She’ll probably run away screaming the next time I ask.
Just keep replaying it…for some reason it gets funnier :D:D (For the record, that isn’t my kid in the back…I have no idea whose kid it is…but the whole thing was hilarious. Just a little guy, enjoying the trip!)
If you don’t see the video below, just click the link above. And keep scrolling for the pics of Tower City and the Public Square Ice-Skating Rink.
To keep up with our travels: #homefreekids @homefreekids
33 Amazing Sculptures From Around The World
I’m smack in the middle of the biggest artist’s block known to man. I’ve got canvas, acrylics, oils, brushes etc…and my mind is blank. This is typically when I Google search ‘madness’, so to to speak. Randomly typing in the first words that come to mind. The ‘images’ feature, by far, is my favorite Google feature. Today’s search was so fascinating, I feel the need to share. Maybe it’ll help you with your artist’s block, inspire a novel or just help you unwind. Today’s search : Odd Sculptures
Which ones are beacons of hope, fantasy and illusion? Which ones are the artist’s amazing rendering of their waking nightmare? You decide.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m either sleeping with the lights on tonight….or grabbing a bowl of popcorn and watching Stephen King movies…but I’m definitely inspired.
As much as I’d love to toss aside $50 like it’s nothing, I would be doing myself a huge disservice. I like Pottery Barn and IKEA as much as anyone else, but money is money. You’ll get it away from me, when you pry it from my cold dead hands.
You know what they say: Necessity is the mother of invention…or in the this case, ‘wanting’ and ‘frugality’. But before we go any further, I want to be clear…decorative items are just that…DECORATIVE. They serve a visual purpose only. I’ve often shook my head in disbelief at the large sums of money that people throw away to essentially STARE AT AN OBJECT! Appliances, bedding etc…of course, buy new and with a warranty. But to look at something across the room?! What a waste.
Here are a couple of items directly from the Pottery Barn website….
Admittedly, they are lovely…but I’m cheap!
So here’s what I did for a Valentine’s theme vase.
I also frequent local Thrift-Stores. Stay away from fabric items that can retain bed bugs. Everything else, you can scrub in the garage prior to entry. Bed bugs can also hide in the crevices of dressers. So be wary. Those are items you have to bite the bullet on, but can often find fabulous sales if you do your homework.
Today’s find was just what I was looking for! Two tall candle sticks.
A side note: These candle holders were $1.40 each at the Thrift-Store.
Here’s the average price on Google’s Shop Search:
(Remember, it’s about the ‘look’. These are decorative items.)
Have fun with it. Every now and then grab a couple items. Keep in mind your overall theme. And never pay full price. You’re paying for a label. I’ve never gone into someones home and started looking at the labels on the bottoms of their decor. Nobody does that, unless of course…they lack manners. (Or it’s your best friend, then by all means…share you money saving tips!)
Here was a fun one I did last night….Clearly I have Valentine’s Day on the brain. With this many hints literally right in front of him, hopefully my husband will remember it!
Most of us already own stuff that we can up-cycle or refurb. Take a look around. What are you sick of looking? Give it a fresh new look. And check out the Flea Markets, Thrift-Stores and Dollar Stores, before you spend your hard earned cash.
Top 20 Valentine’s Day DIY Projects
The Pinterest bug hit this morning with a vengeance! As a result, we’ve created a few things and surfed the net to keep our minds in the Valentine’s DIY spirit. Here are a few things we found. By ‘we’, I mean my daughter and I. Of course… one can only surmise at this point, that I yanked her into my crazy crafting hot glue obsession. At least…she liked the throw blanket that we picked up for a whopping $5…. Go us!
So we of course…hot glued a bunch of stuff. The best part about hot glue, is the fact that you can PEEL IT OFF! You can re-use all your dollar store goodies for other DIY projects.
And we went nuts on the fireplace…..
So join us in all of our gluey, crafting, Pinterest obsessed glory! Here’s our Top 20 Valentine DIY ideas….
It’s that time of year. The New Year is upon us! For some of us, this means we’re buried neck deep in darkness, freezing temps and a strong need to create a positive atmosphere. The holidays are over (although we still have Valentines Day for all Pinterest lovers everywhere), and it’s time to settle in for the winter doom and gloom….or not.
Drawing on the Pantone Report, 2017 is guaranteed to be bright and vibrant. I sincerely hope that you LOVE color!
*Links and credit included
Without further delay, here are the top picks for 2017 interior design and decor.
It doesn’t take a trained eye to notice the clean, eclectic, bright and yet classic pattern of 2017’s design trends.
I don’t know about you, my lovely reader, but I can craft and Pin with the best of them! Dollar stores, craft stores and thrift-stores can make this years interior design projects much less expensive. And when you create the design, it holds a much deeper meaning. When you’re relaxing on the sofa enjoying your splendid handy-work, give yourself a pat on the back and stare in awe at your incredible artistic vision.
Currently I’m working on some Valentine’s goodies…that should keep me occupied for a while. Happy Bargain Hunting!