DIY Beauty Serum

As many of you already know, I’ve been using essential oils for many years now, mostly in our cleaning supplies.  Recently I started exploring different ways to incorporate them into my everyday life and how I could use them to support my overall wellness — and possibly get rid of some of the chemicals that are in the things I use every single day.

Last week I decided to whip up some facial moisturizer using expeller pressed coconut oil and frankincense essential oil.  Let me tell you, that was 5 minutes very well spent!

DIY Beauty Serum

Benefits of Coconut Oil:

  • Helps Hydrate Skin
  • Helps with Premature Signs of Aging
  • Delays the Appearance of Wrinkles

Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil:

  • May help Smooth the Appearance of Skin
  • Supports Skin Health when applied to Wrinkles, Age Spots or Scars
  • Lifts Moods and Increases Inner Strength.
  • Inspires Balanced Emotions
  • Helps to Ease Tension

 

As you can imagine, when you combine coconut oil and therapeutic grade frankincense essential oil — you have a powerhouse beauty serum!

The batch I made was big enough for a half-pint canning jar (the size typically used for jellies).  From there, I’ve separated it into little tubs, which should be plenty for at least a month’s worth.  You need very little of this beauty serum, like just a fingertip (or two) for your whole face. Amazing I tell you!  Each little tub cost me less than $1 to make!  Great things DO come in small packages!

Beauty Serum with Essential Oils
How to Make your Own DIY Beauty Serum

In a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of coconut oil, in its solid state.
Whip for about 5 minutes until it is light and airy.
Drop in 20 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil.
Combine the oils by mixing again.
Then store and enjoy the benefits of using essential oils!

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Oh, Mother’s Day

I know its been awhile since I’ve last posted here. There are a lot of reasons for that, many of which are hard to put into words. Even though you’ve not seen me on the front end of things, I do still monitor comments and emails regularly.

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Mother’s Day week has been very hard for me for the last few years. Holidays of any kind were always an excuse for me to celebrate with family and friends and lots of food. As a teenager I used to use these holidays to my advantage so I could have parties, which my mom would plan and execute so perfectly for me every time.

I’ve struggled within a lot this week. So many things in my everyday life remind me of my mom. Especially this week when the hostas that I got from her house before we had to sell it, came back! I just knew that I had (somehow) killed them last year and I was incredibly upset. After a tough day and a quick walk around my yard, I seen them and instantly smiled from ear to ear.

Flower Garden

The above picture is of my flower garden she helped me clean out when we first bought this house — and she got stung by a bee (which she was allergic to!), but wouldn’t let that stop her from helping me (after a quick shot from the Epi -Pen).

The woman who I loved to hate, hated to love and yet, loved so deeply.

Oh, Mother’s Day. Its just not the same.

Family - Ponca Arkansas

I’m well aware that I have 4 children who call me Mom.

Even on days that I feel that I belong in an insane asylum, I know that they love me and appreciate me.

I’m able to hug them, kiss them and tuck them in at night. Something that I know some mother’s can’t say.

But, my mom isn’t here. I cannot hug her, I cannot kiss her and I can’t tell her I love her.

Mother’s Day hurts.

There, I said it.

It just plain hurts..

It doesn’t just hurt me, either, but other people who’ve lost their moms, women who struggle week after week to conceive, and even those who struggle with their relationship with their mom.

Its the day I love to hate, hate to love and yet, it comes every year. And my kids? They love it — so I’ll pretend I love it, too.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God upon every remembrance of you. ~Philippians 1:2-3

Speaking of monitoring comments, this week I received a spam comment on a post that I had forgotten all about. It was nice to be reminded of it — and was a little gift from above. If you didn’t catch it the first time I posted it, here is my daughter’s Letter to Jesus.

Dehydrating Strawberries

This fall I finally replaced my dehydrator that died in the middle of gardening season a few years ago, while full with hot peppers.  A dehydrator is a great tool to have in any frugal kitchen, as it allows you to preserve foods {everything you can imagine!} with little effort.  A dehydrator is especially perfect for those that are afraid of home canning, yet want to preserve their garden harvests or be able to take advantage of good sales and have limited freezer space.

Last week I came across a steal of a deal on strawberries at our local discount grocer, and I knew I needed to cash in.  With an investment of $24, I came home with 24 overflowing pints of gorgeous, juicy strawberries.  My children were convinced that they were experiencing heaven in the middle of winter!

While my kids can pack away strawberries faster than any person I’ve ever seen, I knew that there was no way all 24 of those pints would be eaten before they spoiled.  In order to allow us to enjoy them longer, I decided I would pop them in the dehydrator so we could enjoy them in our cereal, granola, and in our oatmeal.  Maybe I should make up a batch of Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream!

Strawberries, as well as most dried fruits, are super easy to dehydrate and they’ll last for about a year if stored in an airtight container.

How to Dehydrate Strawberries

First gently wash and hull your strawberries.

Using a sharp knife, or egg slicer, slice strawberries in thin slices as uniformly as possible.  If the slices vary too much in width, some will be dried far earlier than others.

Place strawberry slices in a single layer on dehydrator racks and dry for 8-12 hours (I did mine overnight) at 135°.

If you do not have a dehydrator, you can dry your strawberries by placing strawberry slices in a single layer on baking sheets in an oven placed on it’s lowest setting.  Be sure to check slices every hour or so and remove any that are completely dried.

Your dehydrated strawberry slices are finished when they are crisp.  When you break them in half, no moisture should be present.

Store in an air tight container, such as a glass jar.  If you seen any condensation forming on the glass, place your strawberry slices back on the dehydrator rack and dry until no moisture remains.

Printable Coupon Roundup {December 20th}

 

*TIP* If you shop at Dillons or Kroger a lot and you have a plus card, be sure to load their electronic coupons to your card. The coupons come off automatically AND almost every Friday afternoon they add a coupon for a FREE item. You can load the coupons to your plus card through their website or their free app for your phone.

 

Automotive

Baby & Toddler

Books & Magazines

Foods

Health Care

Home Entertainment

Household

Personal Care

 

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Freebie Roundup ~ Teen Vogue Magazine, Aquafina Flavor Splash and more! {December 20th}

Here are this week’s list of free samples. But act fast – these freebies won’t last long. TIP: It’s always a good idea to create a separate email account for freebies and e-clubs like those listed below that require an email address. That way you aren’t bombarded by emails in your personal or business email account throughout the year.

Free Samples

Freebies

 

Printables

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FREE Halloween Printables

How is it already October?!  Holidays do not have to be expensive, especially when you choose to do a DIY Holiday.  Halloween is no exception to that.

Take advantage of these FREE Halloween Printables to do crafts with your kids or spoof up your home.

6 Free Frameable Printables

Printable 3D Jack’O’Lantern

Free Printable ‘Don’t Eat Frank’ Game

Free DIY Halloween Bunting Flag Banner Printable

‘Boo!’ Frameable Printable and Matching Cupcake Toppers

15 Spooky Bottle Labels

Halloween Pinwheel Printable Template

Printable Halloween Banner with Complete Set of Letters and Numbers

Printable Party Kit with banner, favor bags, food cards, cupcake toppers, and more!

Printable Halloween Treat Boxes

Printable Party Pack with invitations, banner, game, treat cones, and more!

Pumpkin Pop Printables

Candy Pillow Box Template

Printable Ghost Box Template

Printable Coffin Template

Printable Halloween Party Checklist

Fall Colors Halloween Party Pack with cupcake wrappers, banner, treat holders, cupcake toppers, and more!

Halloween Chevron Printables

Halloween Lunchbox Message Printables

Frameable Halloween Subway Art

 

 

Don’t forget to check out these other DIY Halloween Ideas!

Favado Grocery App

I’ve been waiting not-so patiently to tell y’all about a very exciting new grocery app that will change the way you shop (and save money!).  The best part?

It’s free!

So, while you may already be saving money on your groceries every month, the brand new Favado App will help you to find the unadvertised deals and coupon matchups in over 65,000 grocery stores and drugstores across the nation, helping you to save up to 70%!

Get this—the Favado App will even notify you when your favorite items are on sale!

 

 

 

Features of the Favado App

  • Top Deals and Sales along with coupon matchups for every item compiled by top saving experts like myself.
  • Ran out of something?  Search within Favado to see who has it on sale this week.
  • Compare prices to find the  best deals at the stores you shop at.
  • Create your own customized shopping list.
  • Personalize the deals you want to see so you never miss when your favorite products are on sale.
  • So much more!

Get started today!

 

  1.  Sign up for an account with Favado.
  2.  You’ll receive a confirmation email, then you can complete the registration process.
  3. Download Favado to your iOS or Android device and start saving!

 

Y’all, I cannot even begin to tell you just how excited I am about this app.  Seriously, it is amazing and absolutely revolutionary! It has the power to change the way you shop and them amount you spend on your groceries–all in the palm of your hand.

So tell me—what feature of the Favado App excites you the most?

 

Crock pot Italian Chicken {September 22nd}

Chicken is one of those foods that is so versitile when it comes to crock pot cooking. There are a ton of recipes that call for chicken and it’s probably my most go to base item when using my crock pot. This Italian Chicken recipe is very delicious and even though I served it over whole wheat penne pasta, just about any kind of pasta would work.

Crock pot Italian Chicken

Crock pot Italian Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 packet dry Zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken in the crock pot and sprinkle the Italian dressing on top.
  2. Combine cream cheese and cream of chicken soup in a small saucepan over low heat mixing together until cream cheese is melted. Pour over chicken.
  3. Cook on low in the crock pot for at least 4 hours, 6-8 hours is better.
  4. Once chicken is done you can leave the chicken whole, cut it up or shred it.
  5. Once you have cut up the chicken, place it back in the crock pot and stir into the sauce. If the sauce is thicker than you'd like, you can thin it with a little milk.
  6. Serve on top of pasta or rice.

Notes

http://www.gettingfreedom.net/crock-pot-italian-chicken-september-22nd/

My family really enjoyed this meal. I did too although it calls for dry zesty Italian dressing and I only had bottled dressing, so I used about a cup of it. Also, if you prefer, instead of using store bought cream of chicken soup, you can make your own using Phoebe’s recipe. Not only is it cheaper, but you also control what ingredients you use.  When it comes to cooking, you don’t always have to follow the recipe step by step. Sometimes {not always} substitutions are good ideas. Next time I just might try it on mashed potatoes.

Crock pot Dump Cake {September 15th}

For this week’s crock pot recipe, I wanted to show that you can make more than dinner in your crock pot. You can make desserts too.  I was going to show you that you can make a box cake mix in the crock pot and then post the recipe for a raspberry glaze. I was going to. But reality hit and the box cake didn’t turn out quite right. So on to plan b which luckily for me worked out.

Easy cherry dump cake.

All you need is four ingredients. Cherry pie filling, can of crushed pineapple, a stick of butter and a yellow cake mix. The pineapple is optional, it tastes great with or without it.

 

Crock pot Dump Cake {September 15th}

Crock pot Dump Cake {September 15th}

Ingredients

  • 1 can of cherry pie filling
  • 1 can of drained crushed pineapple (optional)
  • 1 box dry yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick of butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Spray the inside of your crock pot insert with cooking spray.
  2. Pour your cans of cherry pie filling and pineapple into the bottom of crock pot and mix together.
  3. Top cherry/pineapple mixture with dry cake mix.
  4. Drizzle melted butter on top of cake mix.
  5. Using paper towels or a clean hand towel, cover the top of the crock pot and then cover with the lid. The towel, paper or cloth, will catch the condensation so it doesn't drip onto your cake .while cooking. Cook on low for 2 1/2 - 3 hours and do not remove the lid during that time.
http://www.gettingfreedom.net/crock-pot-dump-cake-september-15th/

 

I didn’t have any ice cream, but this dump cake is perfect along side a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can also mix things up a bit and try  using a chocolate cake mix instead of yellow.

Whole Chicken in a Crockpot

Easy  meals are my favorite.  Which make crockpot meals rank pretty high on my list of go-to recipes.

One of my absolute favorites is a whole chicken in a crockpot.  During our busy sports seasons and the fall and winter months I make a whole chicken in a crockpot a couple of times a month.  It makes enough for our family to make multiple meals out of and my crockpot is the one doing all the work.

Whole Chicken in a Crockpot

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Whole Chicken in a Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 whole chicken

Instructions

  1. Rinse your chicken and place into a large crockpot.
  2. Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings. Our favorites are paprika, garlic, salt and onion powder. Although I often sprinkle it with a little bit of parsley, too.
  3. Cook on low for 7 hours or high for 3-4.

Notes

Most of the time I just sprinkle my seasonings on top of the chicken, so the measurements are purely estimates.

Don't throw out the liquid that is left in the crockpot! After you've removed all of the chicken from the bones, throw the bones back in the crockpot with the reserved liquid and place on low overnight. When you wake up you'll have chicken broth.

http://www.gettingfreedom.net/whole-chicken-in-a-crockpot/

For this meal I made a homemade honey mustard sauce and drizzled it over our chicken, which I served on fresh spinach with a side of roasted vegetables.

So good!  And incredibly easy!