Monthly Archives: April 2015

Have You Heard of Lemongrass Spa?

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My collection of Body Spritz!

My collection of Body Spritz!

No? Me either a year ago! Let me tell you how I learned about Lemongrass Spa Company.

I started being more interested in natural products when I was pregnant with my daughter. I researched and made my own products for a few years as much as I could. Some were complete flops and others I loved. I wasn’t a huge fan of my personal care products growing mold which some of them did. And it took time to research and buy and find my ingredients. It wasn’t cheap, but I figured it was worth it to be healthy. Finally, time got to be an issue as the Princess grew and needed more attention and I had to give up making most things.

When I first heard of Lemongrass Spa through a facebook party, I have to admit I was a little skeptical. I had tried a few different natural products wasn’t happy with the results. Either they were expensive, STILL had ingredients I was unhappy about, or they just plain didn’t work! Lemongrass Spa products read well, and they were definitely reasonably priced, but did they work? I decided to find out!

I was amazed to find out that they did work! Not only did they work for the purpose for which they were meant, but numerous products could also be used for other things. For example the body spritz is a body spray, but since it is made with aloe vera and other vegan oils it is hydrating for your skin. It quickly cools you down if you have become overheated! And as a bonus it also works well as a hair detangler!

After trying the products I was impressed and I started getting excited about Lemongrass Spa! I am not a sales person, and I would never in a million years dream of being a sales consultant, but the products were so good that I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to share the products with my friends. I am happy to announce that I am now a Lemongrass Spa Consultant. I will be sharing more about my favorite products and their many uses in the coming weeks. If you would like to have a conversation about Lemongrass Spa I would be happy to oblige!

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Menu Plan Monday, April 27!

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SpringRadishes

Another week and another menu plan! I came up with this week’s plan mostly because of what we had on hand. I didn’t have time to shop, so my husband did the shopping and I just used stuff we already had in the freezer. I missed being at the Farmer’s Market, but there’s always next week right?

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is radishes! I used to think radishes were weird, but now I enjoy them in a salad. I haven’t ever really cooked with them, so when I saw this recipe in my pintrest feed I saved it to try later when I get to buy some! (I would use kefir instead of sour cream!)

Food at a Spa Party I gave this weekend!

Food at a Spa Party I gave this weekend!

Sunday
Breakfast:
Grain Free Granola, fruit, coffee
Lunch:
Leftover Salsa and chips from the Spa party (I waaaay over made food for the amount of people who ended up coming, so my husband suggested we use up the leftovers for lunch on Sunday!)
Dinner:
Snack Foods

Rest of the week:
Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Egg salad
Double chocolate hazelnut bread from my gluten-free, vegan cookbook
Paleo Chocolate Cookies with sausage/yogurt for the Princess
Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Dinner:
BBQ Pulled Pork, potato salad, corn on the cob
Waffles and bacon
5 ingredient Honey Mustard Salmon (never happened last week!)
Veggie Soup from freezer!
Pizza, salad
Leftovers!
Childhood Favorite Chicken and Broccoli Casserole (recipe coming soon!)
Healthy Dessert: Strawberry Dole Whip

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Feeding the Hungry Beast

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Sometimes, it’s a challenge feeding your kids. I feel like the past 5.5 years have been occupied with figuring what to feed the Princess, making sure she had enough to eat, and making sure that she had food when she was hungry. Any mom will tell you the terrible tragedy that will occur when you have a hungry kid on your hands and you have no food!

Last summer and occasionally this school year I found myself with the problem of needing snacks quickly when I was on my way out the door for an activity. For some reason house designers in Florida decided that pantries were a completely unneeded commodity and so I had to figure out a way to store snacks in an easily accessible area.

This is what I came up with:

snack organization

I used a 31 Gifts bag called Timeless Beauty Bag. I love this bag because it is so versatile! I was able to fit some of my favorite Trail Mix in some of the pockets, some honey sticks in the elastic, some squeezable applesauce in the other large area, some squeeze packets of almond butter, and when we have some a few dried fruit strips. This handy bag hangs in my kitchen most of the time, but it can also be rolled up and taken on a road trip! It looks like this:

snack organization 2

It makes such a difference to have all of these foods handy in one spot. I think it will be even more helpful when we have to start packing lunches everyday for school next year. You don’t need special equipment to try out this organizational method. Just get a basket or clear out a special drawer–the point is to have everything in one spot!
Happy Organizing!

Menu Plan Tuesday, April 21!

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It’s been difficult the past few weeks when I’ve had to choose between what’s important and what’s critical and leaving some important things undone. But eating is critical (especially for the Princess!) so I’ve chosen to cook instead of blogging about cooking since I didn’t have time for both.

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is peas! I love peas! They are such a nice addition to almost any meal. It is hard to get fresh peas down here in Florida so I rely on mostly frozen and some canned. I can’t stand canned, but everyone else likes them.

Some soup from last month!

Some soup from last month!

Sunday
Breakfast:
Grain Free Granola, fruit, coffee
Lunch:
Out to lunch
Dinner:
Fried rice with peas!

Rest of the week:
Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Eggs
Strawberry shortcake
Blueberry Pancake
Mango Marriage Saver Smoothie

Dinner:
BBQ Chop Wrap from “Happy Herbivore Cookbook”
Strawberry Balsamic plus cashew cheese salad wrap
Fast Slow Cooker Pork Chops
5 ingredient Honey Mustard Salmon
Honey Basil Veggie Kabobs
Pizza, salad
Leftovers!

Healthy Dessert: Blueberry Bliss Bars

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Menu Plan Tuesday, April 7!

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Happy Easter! Since I neglected to take a picture of food this week, here’s one of my daughter before her spring program! She is dressed to represent the country she did her report on: Portugal. Since it is too difficult to find an authentic Portuguese costume, she is wearing the colors of the Portuguese flag, along with a shawl worn as an apron borrowed from her grandmother.

Program Night

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is arugula! I love arugula in salads, and a couple of weeks ago I tried this stir fry with arugula in it and absolutely loved it. I tend to eat a lot of spinach, but it’s nice to add in some different greens like arugula.

I didn’t get this post up yesterday because I was baking our bread for the week! We also made some Breakfast Cookies which the Princess really enjoyed having for breakfast this morning.

Sunday
Breakfast:
Scrambled eggs with bacon, english muffin with dairy free cream cheese from Trader Joes. (It tasted JUST like a cheese danish!)
Lunch:
At Mom’s house: ham, green beans, jello salad, potato salad, carrot salad, cole slaw, apple sauce, and Easter Egg shaped sugar cookies decorated by the Princess
Dinner:
Snacky things

Rest of the week:
Cherry Banana Smoothie (only since I didn’t label the things in my freezer I mistook my cherries for blueberries and ate them all…so we’ll have blueberries instead of cherries this week!)
Breakfast Cookies
Simple Rice Pudding
Chocolate Hazelnut Bread

Dinner:
Black Bean and Potato Nacho Plate
Dutch Baby Pancake (made gluten-free and dairy free!)
Easy Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken (except with Pork!)
Macaroni Salad
Pizza, salad
Leftovers!

Healthy Dessert: Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

If You Clean Your Glasses…

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It’s been a little quiet around here again. I really am thinking of stuff to write, but the finding the time to sit down and do it is tricky. Here’s a little glimpse into what’s been going on around my crazy household, inspired by “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff . If you haven’t ever read it you should!

One day recently I noticed that I wasn’t seeing as clearly. I thought nothing of it at first because it is almost time for my yearly eye exam, but then I glanced at my glasses and they were so dirty I was amazed I could see anything! I cleaned my glasses and saw things so much more clearly.

Once I started seeing things clearly I noticed a huge amount of dust. I shouldn’t have been surprised since it had been ages since we did a deep dusting (maybe Christmas?!). So that Friday we had a family cleaning party. For about an hour the Princess dusted all flat surfaces, Hubby did the floors, and I cleaned bathrooms and the kitchen and anything else I could find in that time period.

That weekend we enjoyed a clean, clutter free house (because the clutter has to go before you can clean!) and I was thrilled. But when the clutter was gone and the dust was gone I noticed something else…my curtains were not the same color as when I hung them. Upon further inspection, I noticed they also had a huge layer of dust on them! I carefully dumped them all in the washer and then when they were done washing quickly hung them up again wet. (I don’t do ironing!) It’s amazing what a different color they are now!

My house seems fairly clean now, but I was noticing the other day that my glasses were looking dirty again…