Rooster & Hens on Linen Pillow Cover

Yet another awesome graphic from The Graphics Fairy.  I was missing the laying hens that I had to give up when we moved to town and couldn’t resist putting this one on a pillow too.  

 

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You can find the image here: http://thegraphicsfairy.com/free-vintage-chicken-graphics/.  An if you’re interested in purchasing this pillow check out my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/187840683/linen-pillow-cover-with-chickens

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Kefir Smoothies

Both of our girls have had issues with food since they were very small.  We’ve been gluten free for almost 4 years and our youngest also has pretty major issues with dairy.  This last year we decided to increase our probiotics to see if that would improve some of the digestion issues.  Our whole family took probiotic supplements for a month.  Our girls actually really liked these chewable probiotic tablets by Metagenics http://www.metagenics.com/mp/products/ultraflora-childrens.

We also made our own sauerkraut and I started keeping live kefir.  I have managed to keep my kefir alive for over a year now and we have smoothies for breakfast 2 or 3 times a week.  My youngest, who gets really sick from even small amounts of dairy, is not bothered by the kefir smoothies at all.  Can’t explain why that is exactly but I think the addition of kefir into her diet has really helped her to be able to eat a normal diet without as many issues.

I keep my kefir grains in a mason jar on the counter and this is what they look like when they’ve done their job.  Not a great pic but they stay at the top when done and the bottom of the jar gets watery.

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All I do is scoop them out of the jar and put the kefir grains into a new jar to start the process over again.  Depending on how warm it is in my kitchen it usually takes 24 to 36 hours for 2 Tbsp of kefir grains to ferment  2 cups of milk or half and half.

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I either use organic whole milk or organic half and half.  I’ve found that using half and half makes a really thick yogurt texture.

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I put the kefir minus the actual grains into the blender and add the following to it:

-Approximately 2 cups kefir “yogurt”

-2 or 3 Tbsp coconut oil

-1/4 Cup orange juice

-1 Cup berries or other fruit

-1 banana or avocado

In the summer when I have fresh spinach from the garden I’ll add a cup or so of that too

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If there is any left after breakfast I pour it into popsicle molds in the freezer and have a great healthy alternative to ice-cream for an afternoon snack.

 

Butcher Block and Iron Pipe Bedside Table

My husband has been asking me to buy him a bedside table since we moved to our new house.  Buy one – right. Silly boy should have know I was gonna build something.  I went on Pinterest and knew immediately that I wanted something industrial.   When I have time I am totally going to build this: http://diyshowoff.com/2014/01/03/pantry-organization/.  This pantry was my inspiration for my table project.

 

We had some left over butcher block scraps from our kitchen that I was able to use up and only needed around $20 in pipe and fittings from the hardware store to build him a table.  It turned out so well that I already bought the supplies to make side tables for our sunroom.

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Was so excited about how well it turned out that I didn’t bother to take the stickers off before posting.  Might be there for another year or so….

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All that I used on the butcher block is danish oil.  Don’t really have a preference on brand but this is what I used: http://www.rustoleum.com/en/product-catalog/consumer-brands/watco/danish-oil

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Here’s a picture of the pipe and fittings that I used.  All together it only took me an hour once I had the supplies to actually build it.  

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This is half of the parts or one leg.  I also added caps as the “feet” of the table.  I used all 3/4″ pipe and fittings.

Essential Oil Blend for Congested Kids

When my girls were little babies it drove me nuts when they had colds and I didn’t know how to help their congestion.  Vick’s in my experience isn’t that great and smells less great.  Decongestants aren’t recommended for small children and I’m really not a fan of them anyway.  Over the years I started adding essential oils to the humidifier and now have a blend that I use every time someone is sick in my house.   It’s effective and smells great.

 

Humidifier Blend

In the warmer months when the air isn’t as dry I use this diffuser.

Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential Oil Diffuser

I purchased it on Amazon and it can be found here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GJRG3K/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I’ve been really happy with this little diffuser and as an added bonus it lights up and changes colors.  My youngest uses it as a nightlight even when we aren’t using it as a diffuser.
The diffuser holds approximately 1 cup of water and I add the following essential oils to that:

2 Drops Thieves Oil

2 Drops Lavender Oil

2 Drops Peppermint Oil

4  Drops Eucalyptus Oil

 

In the winter I use a larger humidifier that holds a half gallon and I double or triple the amounts for that.

 

 

Springtime Bumblebee Pillow

I’m sick of winter!  Today I decided to ignore the snow outside and make some spring pillows.  I think this one might be my new favorite.

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I got the awesome bumblebee graphic from www.thegraphicsfairy.com.  Based on her recommendation I always use Lesley Riley’s Tap transfer paper and it works very well as you can see.

Bumblebee on Chair

 

Want one of your own?  You can find them here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/185120761/bumble-bee-on-100-linen-pillow-cover-18