Friday Favorites

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This week seriously flew by. I was a little busier than usual and I attended a webinar on Herbal First Aide & Wildcrafting by 7Song and John Gallagher last night. I’m ready for a quiet-ish weekend and to get a few things done around home.

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Just got my seeds for these Pusa Asita Black Carrots in the mail this week. Crazy stoked to plant these this year!!!

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Soooo, it’s 10 degrees here today, and I actually felt warmed by the sun. My fingers did feel like they were going to fall off when I was out snuggling my mom’s horse because my gloves are torn to shreds, though.. Soooo, needless to say, it’s still sweater and sweatshirt season here and I saw this on etsy and have been swooning over it.

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I love the idea of this! I actually rubbed beets on my cheeks once when I was in a goofy mood working in the kitchen I used to work in, and after rubbing them all over my cheekbones, then wiping off the excess, I actually got compliments! hahahaha It didn’t look that bad at all except that I’d done it pretty unevenly. So, I can see how this would work wonderfully.

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I LOVE this print. Well, really, I love everything in RiverLuna’s shop.

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At least once a week, I see what’s new on ModCloth. My wishlist is pretty huge… But I more or less find ideas for sewing projects or things I want to search for in thrift stores. This pillow, though. Oh man. I just miiiiiight have to.

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I’m sooo bad about buying journals and notebooks just because they’re pretty. This set is amazing.

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One of my dear friends owns this clock. I adore it. I’ve loved Salvador Dali’s work since childhood, and this sort of tribute to The Persistence of Memory is just darn lovely.

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Ahhhhh, this pillow. It would be perfect on my bed next to my Moon Phase Pillowcase I made!!!

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This article is really interesting. I’m amazed at the difference between those of us who grew up before or on the beginning end of the social media craze and the kids that are in the middle of it now. My friends and classmates growing up didn’t usually get phones till we were able to drive, and even then, if you had unlimited texting you were lucky. I remember trying to only send and receive under 50 messages a month. I’ve spent time with some of my younger relatives that would rather spend their time snapchatting and scrolling through their facebook feeds than picking up a book or painting or going outside. I get it, social media has a time and a place (hey, I, myself am a blogger and have instagram & snapchat, and promote my photography business via the web), but I’m interested to see how social media and our attachment to cell phones affects the youths today that have been inundated with this stuff since elementary school.


So that about sums up some of the cool things I’ve found this week!

Happy friday, friends! Here’s to a lovely weekend!


DIY Whipped Body Butter with Essential Oils


Anybody else getting some crazy dry skin this winter? I usually like to use coconut oil as moisturizer, but this dry air has my skin needing something with a little more staying power. Soooo, it was time to whip up some simple body butter. I added in essential oils that I love to give it scent, but you don’t have to! It’s got a slight smell to it with the combo of cocoa butter and coconut oil, anyway, so if you do choose some oils to use, make sure they’ll work alongside those smells. Vanilla would be crazy amazing in this too.

This would be fun to make and give as gifts along with some essential oil bath salts and homemade soap! Orrrrr, get some friends together and have a little homemade cosmetics party! Any of my girls in? I think we shoulddd.

Anyway, here goes the recipe. Quick process and simple ingredients.



  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1/4 cup Shea Butter
  • 50 drops of Essential Oils of your choice- I used cedarwood, peppermint, and tangerine

Melt all ingredients together over a double boiler to combine.

Pour melted ingredients into a glass bowl if you’re using an electric mixer or into the stainless steel bowl of your Kitchenaid mixer if that’s what you choose to use to whip up your body butter. Allow it to cool so that if you press a finger into it, it indents but doesn’t break.


Once cooled, whip with an electric mixer or Kitchenaid mixer with whisk attachment for 5-7 minutes. (I used my paddle attachment and it worked pretty well, but would’ve been better had I used a whisk attachment. )


When you pull the beaters out of the body butter, it should form stiff peaks. Scoop into a jar and keep at room temperature.


Use to treat your dry wintry skin. I like to load my tootsies up with it and put on some thick socks before bed.


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Weekly Wishes #17



Happy Monday, my friend! I’m linking up with Melyssa and lots of others over at The Nectar Collective to share my weekly goals for this week, as well as the progress I made last week. Come join us and set some goals for yourself!

My friend Courtney at Broad and Main made a printable weekly organizer and I’m using that this week to help myself keep on top of my goals. I had a not-so-productive weekend since two of my dear friends happened to both be in town. Well, it was productive in the sense of me actually being social (I lean toward being a bit of a hermit) and seeing some ladies I loooove, but I didn’t get much done around home.

Last weeks goals…

1. Feel 100% better! I’ve still got a little bit of remnants of that cold lingering. I’m gonna hit the medicinal herbs pretty hard this coming week.

2. Keep reading Sand County Almanac. I made another good dent in it!

3. Get back into my workout groove this week since I sure didn’t last week. I sure did!!


This weeks goals…

1. Finish another embroidery project! I finished one over the weekend. I want to get another done this week. I’ve been working on stockpiling a few and opening an etsy shop. Here‘s one of the designs I’ve been working on. I just posted the photo below on my instagram yesterday.. This is the one I finished over the weekend.

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2. Keep reading Sand County Almanac. Reinstating this one for the week. Gotta spend more time reading!

3. Keep up with my workout routine. I can do it!

4. Get the painting that’s in my brain onto paper. I walk around with a head full of painting ideas and don’t always spend all the time I should getting them on paper.

5. Organize my computer files and my office. Things have gotten a little wild during my rest period of cold virus fightin’.


What are your goals for the week?

Friday Favorites

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Another lovely Friday morning. I’m cat/house sitting for my mom while she’s in Arizona, and I looooooved waking up and rolling over to a snuggly cat by my side. Sooooo precious. Perfect time to write a post about my favorite things from this week.

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I looooove these earrings. I think they’re absolutely stunning.  I would wear pretty much everything in their shop.

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I love these beads. I might have to get some and make some sort of statement necklace?

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These spoons are amazinggggg. I’ve been looking for some prettier spoons for food photos for my recipes here…. I always feel silly using plain old boring silverware. These spoons might be a good option.

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Crazy Cat Lady candle?! They swear it doesn’t smell like litter. I have a few friends that this would be a great gift for. They make soooo many scents I like that I seriously can’t choose which one to try first. The soy wax is GMO free and biodegradable, too. Heck yeah!!!!

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I looooooove old school botanical illustrations. I’ve been day dreaming for a few years of a botanical illustration tattoo sleeve… But heyyyy, for now, I’ll settle for this mug.  It’s crazy adorable!

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I ADORE this shirt. I really love Farm Sanctuary (one of my many dream jobs!!!), and this shirt is adorable. I love this color.

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Acure is my favorite brand for shampoo/conditioner. I’ve been using it for months and of all the natural brands I’ve tried, this one is one of the few that doesn’t leave my hair dull or feeling like it’s covered in some sort of waxy-ish buildup. The Mint + Echinacea one smells amazinggggg.

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I wannnnnnt this sweatshirt. Check out the back! Do you ever see something at a store or online that you really want, but don’t buy and then still think about it days/months/years later? When I worked at Target in college, they had a nice, thick sweatshirt that was black with a white zipper and white draw strings that I wanted, but I didn’t buy it. And I haven’t found one again that I liked as much. Actually, a few of my friends that I like to thrift shop with have had to put up with me searching for “dream hoodie” for years now anytime we go to any thrift store…. This hoodie sorta reminds me of that hoodie, but has my favorite of Herbivore Clothing’s designs on it! Yeahhhhh!


Happy Friday to you!!!


DIY Essential Oil Congestion Balm


Anybody else getting nailed with these crazy viruses that are going around? I had a cold three weeks ago… Annnnnnd got another over this last week. This last one was given to me by youngest niece who sucked on a sweet potato chip while I wasn’t looking, and when I turned around she stuck it in my mouth. Ahhhhhh, germ sharing. It’s true love.

Anyways, this last one was awful as far as congestion goes, so I dragged my sleeping butt outta bed one of the days that I was totally miserable and whipped up a batch of this Essential Oil Congestion Balm. I used it on my nose and rubbed it into my chest. You could also apply it to your feet!! It helps open the airways a bit. I even used it as lip balm.



  • Essential oil blend- 30 drops peppermint, 15 drops eucalyptus, 20 drops lemon, 15 drops ginger
  • 2- Tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 1- Tbsp candelilla wax- I can’t remember where I bought mine.. Mountain Rose Herbs doesn’t sell it so I must have purchased it online elsewhere
  • 1- 2 oz Tin or other container
  • double boiler


Melt down wax and coconut oil in top portion of double boiler.  Whisk in essential oils.

Pour into container and let harden. Then use to help clear the lovely sinus and chest congestion that comes along with cold season.


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Weekly Wishes #16


Happy Monday to you! I’m linking up with Melyssa and lots of others over at The Nectar Collective to share my weekly goals for this week, as well as the progress I made last week. Come join us and set some goals for yourself!

Last week’s goals…

1. Bust out my darn paints! I didn’t use my watercolors or oils, but I did do some painting with ink. I’m hoping to have some new pieces up in my online shop this week!

2. Finish the book I’m reading. I made a good dent in it! I’m reading the Sand County Almanac, and it’s good but it’s a slower read. 

3. Get back into my workout groove this week. I had good intentions but go nailed with ANOTHER awful cold. Then, nine house guests. 

4. Make some new recipes. I was too sick to cook anything but pasta and steamed veggies for two days.

I’m keeping this week’s goals simple… I’m running back and forth from my house to my mom’s all week to care for her cat so I won’t have much free time till weekend.

1. Feel 100% better! The cold I had kicked my ass. I need to invest some energy into getting my immune system functioning really well again.

2. Keep reading Sand County Almanac. I think I can make time to finish it this week!

3. Get back into my workout groove this week since I sure didn’t last week. I can do it!

What are your goals for the week?

Friday Favorites

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This article is awesome!!! My oldest niece is going into school this coming fall and I’m already worried about what she’s going to be eating for lunch for the next…. 13 years. It’s amazing how low our nutritional standards for children’s school lunches are.

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Paprika is one of my most used spices. And smoked paprika adds so much wonderful flavor to dishes too. It’s been one of my favorite spices this week.

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This ring is mind blowingly stunning.

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I watched Frida for the… fiftieth time the other day. Frida Kahlo has been my favorite artist since my childhood. These earrings would be such a simple little reminder of Frida.

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This hoodie, too!

Happy weekend, folks!