Pink Lemonade Handmade

Hello, everyone!

Today we are excited to share these gorgeous tassel necklaces with you!  When Paige from Pink Lemonade Handmade asked Kayla and I to try out her necklaces and share what we thought with our audience.  We thought the necklaces were gorgeous and totally our style so we agreed!  The hardest part was choosing which one to try.  There were SO many choices of colors, lengths, designs, and should we go bracelet, earrings, or necklace?Pink Lemonade Handmade Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

 

 In the end, I picked the medium medallion tassel diffuser and Kayla purchased the long tassel diffuser.  Both were gorgeous!

Not only were the styles fantastic but you could also add your favorite essential oil to the leather tassels.    My all time favorite essential oil is peppermint, whether for a headache, stomach ache, or just a quick pick me up, I absolutely love peppermint.  I added some peppermint oil to my tassel necklace and enjoyed my minty scent throughout the day. 

oil diffuser necklace

  The style of the necklaces work great with so many different outfits, which we love.    We highly recommend Pink Lemonade Handmade’s jewelry and because Paige is so awesome, she is offering a discount of 25% off to our readers!!  

Just type in the code Thankyou25.

Pink Lemonade Handmade Essential Oil Leather Diffuser NecklacePink Lemonade Handmade necklace

Tid bit from Kayla:  I absolutely LOVE the necklace that I chose, and I have to admit that I want another one already!  It is a great way to dress up a casual outfit.  And the best part, you can personalize it with a couple drops of essential oils to smell all day long.  I love to add an energy boosting oil to mine for a little extra pick me up.  My baby also loves to smell it, and tries to stick it in everyone’s noses at church while saying, “mell it, hmmmm!”  Oh did I mention that I get asked where I got this quite often?!  Thanks Paige for reaching out to us.  It was right up our alley with our love for essential oils and cute accessories!

Grain Mill Comparison NutriMill vs. WonderMill

 

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Grain  Mill Comparison:

I love to make my own bread and using fresh ground wheat.  My first experience with making bread was when I was twelve years old and my mom gave me the assignment of making our family’s bread.  I have to admit that I hated it at first.  My mom had this old wheat grinder that would spray flour dust into the air and it was so loud!  I had to take it outside and grind the wheat.  Then I had to mix the bread by hand, which I didn’t love either.  My mom eventually bought a Bosch mixer and that was amazing!  

When I was older and started my own family I decided that I wanted to continue to make our own bread.  For my birthday my husband bought me Bosch mixer and I also received a Wondermill grain mill.  I make bread every 1-2 weeks and would freeze the loafs in the freezer to last.    My Bosch mixer handles that amount of dough with no problems and it is SO much better than mixing by hand.  Ha ha.  No surprise there.   I really loved my Wondermill as well and it lasted about 8 years.   I have since bought the Nutrimill and I have enjoyed that as well.  

Now that I have tried and tested both grain mills here’s a list of pros and cons to each:

 

WonderMill Grain Mill Pros:

It’s quiet and mess free.

It’s compacity of wheat to grind is about 8 cups, and the flour bowl capacity is 16 cups. 

I love the detachable flour bowl that comes with a lid for storage.

It’s fast.

Cons:

The machine HAS to be on before you fill it with grain.  I accidentally poured the grain into the hopper before the machine was on and broke it.  My husband took it apart and fixed it, but I didn’t love that it was so easy to break.  

 

NutriMill Classic Pros:

Large capacity at 20 cups of flour and the hopper and flour bowl match so you only have to fill it once. 

You can fill the bowl before turning it on or after.  You won’t break the machine.  Even if you stop during grinding.  

It’s quiet and mess free.

Cons:

It’s not as fast as the Wondermill.

The lid on the flour container is somewhat difficult to put on.  Although I have found adding cornstarch to the rubber rim helps tremendously.  

 

All in all my favorite has been the Nutrimill.  I love that I can’t break it by accidentally pouring in the wheat before it is turned on.  And I love the extra flour capacity of the Nutrimill. 

Here’s my whole wheat bread recipe.

 

Here’s my soaked whole wheat bread recipe.

 

Sanity Saving Chore System

sanity saving chore systemI am not going lie, teaching the kids to be responsible human beings that clean up after themselves is HARD.   I have been using just a rotation schedule for my two oldest.  The downfall to it is that it is usually me nagging them to finish their chores and it is my responsibility to check their work and tell them if something isn’t quite up to par.  I was becoming the enemy in my home and the parent that nobody wanted to be around. I was tired of it and my kids were tired of it.   I was talking to a friend about my dilemma and she told me how she does chores with her kids.  I tried her methods and oh my goodness!  The results were incredible!  My kids finished chores quickly and efficiently and I didn’t even have to check in and make sure things were done correctly.  So without further delay, this is what I like to call the Sanity Saving Chore System.   

To start you will need the following:

Either a Dry erase board, chalkboard, or Paper – anything to write your list on.

Dry erase markers, chalk, or pencil – to write with.

Easy Peasy right?!

We use a dry erase board at our house and I proceed to write down all the things that need to be done in the house.  I add easy things to the list for the younger kids that are just starting to learn chores and for the other kids I break up the chores into manageable chunks that won’t overwhelm them.  

Today my list looked like this:

Living room floor

Dining room floor

Kitchen table

Mudroom

Office floor

 Desk

Sweep kitchen

Half-bath toilet

Hallway

Empty garbage in kids bathroom

 

The little kids’ list would look something like this:

Pick grapes up off the floor

Pick up your dirty clothes and put in clothes hamper

Pick up dirty towels in the bathroom

I then ask the kids to come in and pick a chore from the list.  The first person to complete the chore gets to pick their next chore. I pick a few chores as well and it feels like a family event.  It is then a race to see who can get finished first so that they can do the easier chores.  I have never had the chores finished so quickly.  When everything is complete the kids then go through the list and check each other’s work.  They pick someone to check and go through and tell the other sibling what they may have missed and ask politely for them to finish the task properly.  So now I am completely out of the fray so to speak.  

Sometimes I will pay them for certain chores and add the $$ amount that I am willing to pay for certain items on the list.  It’s a great way for them to earn extra money and it’s easy for me too!

This has seriously changed our chore attitude around the house.  When asked if they liked our new chore system the kids responded with an astounding yes!  So fellow parents, if you are struggling with chores around your house, give this a try!

4 ways To Help Eliminate Eczema

I have been meaning to write this post for some time now, and the time has come.  I have had great talks with two different people just this week about how I was able to manage, deal with, and eventually get rid of eczema on my body.  As I prepared for this post, I did some digging thru my external drive to find images to share with you.  When I see these images it makes me a little emotional, to be honest.  It makes me wonder what people thought when they would see my body covered in red rashes.  Well actually, I know what some thought on my trip to Mexico……the locals laughed at and said I got attacked by mosquitos!  My heart weeps when I see others struggle with what I had once really struggled with.  And because I know the feelings, pain, and the struggle, I want to share this with everyone in hopes that they may find answers to helping, maintaining, or even getting rid of eczema that affects them.  4 ways that I eliminated eczema

So, as to avoid all of my stories of scratching, weeping, bleeding, and wrapping my arms and legs so I wouldn’t scratch or to help maintain the weeping of eczema that I dealt with, I will now share with you things that I believe helped me to continually to get better and to maintain clear skin now for 11 years.  I do believe that it is a process, and everything that I tried helped my progression.  Now these things may not work for you, but if it feels right, give them a try.  Many things that I tried worked for quite some time and then it seemed like my body became immune to it. I was never able to get it completely gone with just one product or trick.  So definitely give things a try, don’t give up.  You can find relief.

  1. Freederm HC.  I often forget to tell people about this amazing cream when I begin to tell them of things that have helped me.  I probably forget because it was 2006 when I used it!  Here is a before and after picture of my legs when I began to use Freederm HC.  This is possibly after a week or two of using it.  I used this cream until it seemed to do all that it could for me, and it was time to try something else.  After using the cream, things did stay improved and eliminated the weeping of the rash.  Freederm HC is highly recommended!4 ways to help eliminate eczema

2. Hazelwood Necklace.   I stumbled on to this site after my sister-in-law told me about their teething necklaces.  I began to read all of the testimonials on the site and came across the testimonials for eczema.  WOW.  I couldn’t wait to get these necklaces for me and my family to try out.  My first order I got a necklace for me and for my oldest son who has eczema as well.  (His just isn’t as extreme as mine was.)  My son noticed how much it helped, that whenever he has a breakout, he goes and gets his necklace on.  The hazelwood necklace helped me out a lot as well and I feel like it was the last step that my body needed to eliminate the majority of eczema that I had.  (Side note: after I saw a change for my son and I.  I got a hazelwood + amber beads necklace for my baby when he was 6 months old.  He has been a dream as far as teething goes, compared to my other three kids.  If he doesn’t have his necklace on for 3 to 4 weeks, eczema starts to breakout on him.)  I absolutely love these necklaces.  Read the testimonials for yourself!!  Oh, and when you click on the Hazelwood Necklace link, you should receive a 10% off coupon.  If not, let me know…  Hazelwood necklace for eczema

(Here is what the necklace with the amber beads looks like.  Just needed to get a cute picture in this post somehow of my little guy.)

3. O’Keeffe’s Hand Cream.  While visiting family in Utah, my husband and I went into a grocery store and I caught this cream out of the corner of my eye.  I figured it was worth a shot.  My hands had massive cracks in them and looked similar to the picture on the packaging.  Oh, how it HURT the first few times that I put on this cream!  But pretty much everything at that point hurt, even water.  I decided to faithfully try this cream, and it helped immensely.  With this cream, the canyons on my fingers and palms were gone!  I keep this cream on hand if and when my hands begin to crack, what a lifesaver!Amazing cream for eczema

4. I eliminated harsh chemicals in my everyday.  Ok, follow me here.  I had come to the conclusion that I needed to minimize my everyday products with chemicals, and limit my hands in water.  My hands have been the hardest to clear up, but they are 90% clear!  

     – I changed my deodorant to Arm & Hammer Deodorant.  By doing this, it eliminated aluminum and antiperspirant.  Now get this, when I changed to this deodorant not only did I feel like I was eliminating chemicals BUT I got all new white shirts to see if the myth that my darling husband told me was true, and it is!  I can honestly say that I no longer have armpit stains in my t-shirts and undershirts.  Fist bump….I’m not kidding!  Can you believe that my husband didn’t tell me why he preferred deodorant over antiperspirant/deodorant until 2 years ago.  When he told me that the antiperspirant is what causes armpit stains, I realized that in the 14 years that we have been married, he has NEVER had armpit stains!  Yes, I admit, my husband schooled me on this and I am pleased. 

     – I know this may sound gross, but I noticed a difference.  I shampoo and condition my hair once a week.  On other days of the week, I wash my hair with baking soda.  That reminds me, I need to refill my baking soda container in my shower!  Check out this post at Hello Giggles, she explains it well.

     – I went from taking a wet washcloth and cleaning my counter tops, to spraying them with tough and tender from Melaleuca and wiping them off.  This keeps my hands out of the water which seems to agitate eczema.  And it smells great!  Win-win in my book.  I also use many other Melaleuca products that due to the fact that they have eliminated the harsh chemicals! 

These are the top 4 things that I can think of right off of my head that have helped me.  What are some things that you have tried and saw improvements on eczema?

 

 

4 Simple Neighbor Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year, finishing up on your Christmas shopping and scrambling for a simple neighbors gift.  If you aren’t to this point yet hopefully we can help you out with these ideas.  If you have already got it done, you are simply amazing, you’re my hero!  

I wanted to share with you a few favorite gifts to give your neighbors, clients, customers or friends.  I simply loved these ideas.

1- Redbox code – SAY WHAT!  http://www.whatmommydoes.com/redbox-christmas-gift-idea/Everyone likes a Redbox code!  My husband and I went to a doctors appointment last week, and when we left they gave us some popcorn and a Redbox code.  I have to say I thought it was genius, I loved it!  Yes, I do plan on doing this…..so neighbors and friends, be surprised when you get yours 😉  I came across this link on Pinterest with a great tutorial on how to put it all together, plus printables!  I haven’t got mine put together yet, so check out how What Mommy Does.  Her tutorial is awesome.

2-Cinnamon Pretzels- Had me at cinnamon and pretzel,  is that white chocolate on top too, OH MY!

http://www.ohsweetbasil.com/cinnamon-sugar-pretzelsDon’t these just look tasty?  Check out this Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels recipe from Oh Sweet Basil.  They even have a video!  I love to see the process of it.  It has convinced me that I am capable of making these.  I think that I just may make some of these as little gifts for family members in a cute little baggie.  That sounds simple and easy enough for me! 

3-You’re the Balm – Hello cute friends and cousin gifts!

http://simpleasthatblog.com/2014/12/eos-lip-balm-candies-free-printable-gift-tags.html

My girls are always wanting to give gifts to their girlfriends.  I love this idea!  I think it is perfect for friends and such.  Check out how Simple As That Blog did these.  Bonus: she has a printable for them!

4- SPREAD a little holiday cheer- Hello Dollar tree!  http://funcheaporfree.com/2015/12/25-1-dollar-neighbor-gift-ideas/

Now if I go to a town with a dollar store in the next week, I just might have to make a quick stop.  I really like how simple and useful this gift is.  I am always in need of a spatula, I mean, who isn’t.  And I am not much of a cook!!!  I love how Fun Cheap Or Free put together this adorable saying to go with a spatula.  Cheap, simple, and completely doable.  I’m sold!  Want to make this gift a little more?  Add a box of good ole brownies!

Tell us some of your favorite gifts that are simple and easy to give in the comments!  I am dying to see!!

 

 

How to love laundry day

Yes, I did say L O V E laundry day!

I absolutely love laundry day.  It is a day that I focus on laundry.  No, it doesn’t always get done on that one day, but a majority of it does.  And on my lucky days when it does get ALL done, I don’t have to think about it at all the REST OF THE WEEK!  Isn’t that awesome?  One huge weekly task is done in one day. Disclaimer: you must have a weeks worth of clothes (underwear especially) to be able to do this.

I am going to share with you tips and tricks to loving laundry day.  It hasn’t always been this way, but when I finally realized a good system to it, I have loved it ever since.  I hope that you can incorporate things into your laundry task to help you love it.

So here is how my laundry day goes….

  1. My kids know that laundry day is Monday. (Yes, I love laundry day and MONDAY! Call me crazy, but it’s my happy day.)  All clothes that are not in the laundry room and sorted by the time I get done with laundry, is their responsibility.  My son learned this the hard way.  My kids sort all of their laundry in the designated bins.  At our house the first bin is jeans, second whites, third colors, fourth towels, and fifth (which is the white laundry basket at the end) is for delicates.  Delicates is anything that doesn’t go in the dryer.Sorting Laundry
    laundry delicates
  2. I usually start my day with a load of colors….due to the fact that the color drawer is usually overloaded by the time two of my kids sort their laundry, so I need to free up some space.
  3. I start my first load first thing in the morning while the kids are getting ready for school.
  4. I go about my morning doing my daily tasks while waiting for the first load to go in the dryer and get the second load started.
  5. Now here is my FIRST BIG RULE: once a load of laundry is dried, you cannot start the next load until you have folded what you just took out of the dryer.  This has been my lifesaver.  Once I figured this out, I began to finally like doing the laundry.  Mostly because I was never overwhelmed with a huge pile of laundry to fold.

Now here are some tips to simplify and love folding your laundry.

    1. Place dried clothes on top of dryer.  You can put them on a counter or anywhere else needed, just take them all out of the dryer so you can begin drying your next load if it’s ready.folding
    2. Fold pants, underwear and such as usual and place shirts that need to be folded over dryer door or a chair or lay them flat on a counter.  Use whatever you have in the room.  By laying one shirt on top of another, it will speed up the folding process. For shirts that you like to hang, I will explain what I do in a minute.lay-shirts-over-door
    3. Once you have all of the shirts that are dried, lay them face down on a flat surface.lay-shirt-flat  Begin by folding the top side (length wise) in half farthest away from you,folding-shirts then fold the other side of the shirt closest to you over the side you just folded. (I use the collar on each side as the fold point.)folding-shirts_1Then take ends and meet in the middle. folding-shirts_2Fold in half and your done.folding-shirts_3  This makes for a great folded shirt and even better for having more room in drawers. I will post a picture of how I put folded shirts in drawers soon. 
    4. Once I have the shirt folded, I place it in the basket of who it belongs to.folded-laundry-in-basket
    5. Now here is how to simplify hanging shirts. Slip your left hand in right shirt sleeve of the shirt.How to love laundry day: a system to hanging shirts
      Add another shirt to your arm until you have a few shirts on your arm. (Sorry so much pink.  If they aren’t pink shirts then the shirts are gray!)How to love laundry day: a system to hanging shirts

Take hanger with right hand and slip the hook side of hanger into right shoulder.  Hang up shirt and continue putting hanger into next shirt.How to love laundry day: a system to hanging shirts
6. SOCKS: Oh how I use to hate matching up socks until I came across this tip. How to love laundry day: Folding Socks SystemLay socks flat and place one matching sock on top of another into a big pile of socks.  When you have them all sorted this way, you put the stack in front of you and start to fold the top two together.  How to love laundry day: Folding Socks System

How to love laundry day: Folding Socks System

If you like to fold another way, go for it!  This just gets them matched up conveniently so you can get them folded quickly.

7. After all of my drawers are emptied, I do my delicate wash clothes.  I hang my delicate clothes on a folding drying rack.  I recently got a new one and have loved it so far.  I can put a lot more clothes on it then I could the old wooden one I had before.

I think that is a wrap!  Here is the end result of my laundry room.hanging-laudry

laundry-is-doneEverything washed, folded and ready for the kids to put their laundry away.  I have them put their laundry away on Tuesday after school, and that leaves my laundry room nice and clean and no evidence that I haven’t done my laundry for the rest of the week.  I LOVE not having to think about it again until next Monday!  Try it out and comment when you fall in love  with doing laundry.  (Just like you would if you were on Dave Ramsey and you were debt free 😉 )

Disclaimer: I don’t restrict myself from doing things  or going places on Monday.  If something comes up, then laundry day flows into Tuesday.  I don’t make a huge deal out of it, I just like to get it done at the first of the week.  Try it out!  It might take a month to start to love it, but it is totally worth loving!!  I even love ironing after 14 years of marriage.  I had hated ironing about as much as most people hate laundry.  

 

How to love laundry day. A much needed task that everyone has to do, so why not love it!! Here are tips and tricks that I love about laundry day.

 

How to find out how many shutter clicks are on your camera

Have you ever thought about how many photos you have taken on your digital SLR camera?  how-to-find-out-how-many-shutter-clicks-on-camera-1

I have been a bit curious as to how many shutter clicks are on my cameras for some time.  I have tried a few times to figure it out but it seemed to take longer than 10 mins to even get to where I may have needed to be for directions on how to do it.  So I always gave up, it just took too much time to try and find out the answers on Google for this particular “how to”. 

Well, it has come time to sell one of my beloved Nikon cameras, therefore the time is now to find out how many shutter clicks are my Nikon D800 which is my backup camera.  So I put in a little more time on Google….because Pinterest sadly didn’t have the answer.  I finally came across a website that would help me figure out shutter clicks on my camera in just a few clicks on my computer.  

Guess what! Not even 5 minutes later, I had the shutter count on my Nikon D800.  All I had to do was upload the last image taken on my Nikon D800 and it instantly showed 18,835 clicks!  It was so easy, so simple, and kind of fun to know how many clicks are on my camera, that I figured I might as well see how many clicks are on my main camera, which is a Nikon D700 .  I knew that it would be plenty of clicks….but it has by far outworked my Nikon D800 by a few clicks.  The grand total for my Nikon D700 is……..194,938!!  

Try it out for yourself at Camera Shutter Count.

How many shutter clicks are on your camera?