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Food, Healthy Eating
Some days you just need a little pick me up. A little smile. Something to give you a boost!

The winter has indeed been VERY long. It is April 16 here in Minnesota and we just got another 6 inches of snow on top of 10″ last week.

I’ve had it! So I decided to make up some smiles of goodness.

These little treats are fast and easy to make plus they are made with wonderful ingredients that won’t leave you feeling guilty.

Silicone molds  come in a pack of fun shapes will bring on even more smiles plus they’re inexpensive!

Adding the smile treat to the tops of desserts, ice cream, or a little touch of delight to a tea dish for sure will add that smile!

I know the snow will melt…ONE DAY…but until then…onto making some goodies!
Chocolate smile

Ingredients:

1 cup Coconut oil
1/2 cup of Organic Honey
1/4 cup Organic Cocoa Powder

Directions:
1. Place oil and honey in a sauce pan on simmer.
2. Add cacao stirring constantly.  
3. Add your favorite essential oil 1-2 drops. I like orange or lavender. I split the mixture so I had 2 favors.
4. Pour into molds and freeze for 45 minutes.

Chocolate smiles
Pictures edited with Pic Monkey. Great program, easy to use!

Chocolate Smile

These little treats are fun to make for any occasion. I put mine in a mason jar and keep in the refrigerator and pull them out whenever I need a pick me up or to share with guests. 

We will be having 20 guests coming to the ranch for a visit in the snowy conditions tomorrow so these treats will be fun to share. Hopefully they will put a smile on their faces! I am making hot cocoa too. I can’t believe it…APRIL and I feel like it’s December. Oh well…

Enjoy and have a happy smiley day!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

 

Cholorine bleach is doum hyprochlorite, a solution of cholorine and diluted soduum hydroxide. Hum…first when exposed to air, the cholorine evaporates as a gas from the bleah solutions at high rate, which is why there is such a strong smell with bleach. YUK. WHY do people want that in their homes? Those fumes can cause headhaches and dizziness to internal tissue damage of the nasal pulmonary,, and bronchial tissues if exposed is eiteh servere or prolonged. YUK YUUK! Here is an article for you to read if you want to. https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/chlorine_tech.htm

 

How safe is Hydrogen peroxide?

I recommend you read up on this It is important for your own knowledge!

http://www.h2o2.com/products-and-services/us-peroxide-technologies.aspx?pid=112&name=Hydrogen-Peroxide

Why add vinegar?

Vinegar is so easy to find and really it is used in most homemade DIY recipes so one usually always has it around the house. Vinegar has been proven to inactivate certain strains of the flu,(http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008987) including H1N1 as well as others.( http://www.aciscience.org/docs/alternative_hard_surface_cleaners.pdf)

From this article an executive at Heinz http://www.greenchicafe.com/vinegar-green-cleaning-101) ( pure 5% whie vinegar willkill approximately 99% of bacteria 82% of mold, and 80% of germs when used for cleaning.


Your very own DIY Bleach

Mix in an amber spray bottle

 

1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% solutions)

½ tsp Tbsp citric acid

1 cup water

½ cup  apple cider vinegar “mother” on label

5 drops of Lemon essential oil (or any citrus blend)

Store in dark place as light will weaken the solutions. Lasts up to 2-3 months in dark bottle.

 

I also use this ¼ cup in my laundry in whites. You can test it on your colors if you like. I haven’t yet tried it really don’t need to with the DIY detergent I use.

Tips on cleaning your home click here!

In conclusion, STOP USING BLEACH YA’LL! It is unsafe, unhealthy, and really why!

Let me know what your thoughts are on the subject! I think we all need to hear so we learn from one another! Comment below.

God bless you as you continue to improve a healthier way of life.
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Love these quick to use toilet bubbles! I won’t call them what the world is calling them…just don’t like the term, so bubbles is my word! I love these because it only takes a minute to drop them into your toilet and scrub and clean quickly! For this time of year with bugs flying around getting sick easily, well I need a quick and easy cleaner. Plus, it is all natural keeping our home free of unwanted chemicals!

Isn’t it nice to know you can have your children help do the chores around the home because you don’t have to worry about the harsh chemicals in the products they are using? I AM! Breathing in toxins like bleach can be extremely harmful especially over time. So get rid of the junk and make NEW, CLEAN, AND FREE of harmful ingredients!

Here ya go…easy to make, easy to use!

1/2 Cup citrus acid
1 1/2 cup baking soda
30 drops of Immune Strength essential oil
30 drops of Organic Lemon essential oil
You can add another favorite oil if you like, I love the citrus ones like Orange, Lime, or Tangerine.
1/4 cup Water, may need more
Silicone candy trays

1) Mix first 2 ingredients. I use a whisk for this.
2) Next add your essential oils. Mix well.
3) For the water you will want to add slowly just a little at time, and mix with your hands. You will add as much water as needed to make the mixture stick together.

You will feel like your childhood days of playing with wet sand. Once it holds together, you can put into your molds.


Once filled, let dry for about an hour than take a knife and scrape the top to get them smooth. 
Any left over from your bowl or this process put in your toilet and have a good clean!

Allow to dry for 24 hours before placing them in an air tight container. I use a mason jar of course!

I assure you by switching to using all natural home cleaning supplies will make you and your family healthier and free from harsh chemicals. Congrats on making that choice today!


Plop in your bubbles and see how wonderful your bowl will be!
God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Crafts, Health, Ranch Life

 

These organic herbal bath bubbles(aka bombs) you will make are not only your own creation, but will offer you healing as well . These bubbles are filled with fresh organic herbs to heal your body while you soak, and the aroma of the essential oils will just enhance this time for you to relax and unwind.

There is nothing more relaxing than knowing your soaking in all natural ingredients! More rewarding, is making them and giving them as a gift! This makes it extra special!

(If you want a visual click link on bottom of page)

Each bubble is unique to your own ideas. Add herbs to give color but also think about what the herb is offering in terms of healing. There are recipes out there for these, but they put food coloring in the recipe. I just couldn’t! It would be taking away what I want to implement in my lifestyle.

The same goes for any recipe I come upon. I will change it if it has ingredients that will not benefit. YES, at times I will add the ingredient, but for the most part, I really try and find a natural way to make what I creating better.

 

I hope you will find the bubbles fun. Here is the basic ingredients and below are other herbs and oils that will be wonderful for your spa bath.

 

First…you need to make yourself a cup of tea. I made my Christmas Delight tea so you can use the tea for color to your bubble later. As the herbs were steeping I took a bit of the strained herbs into a small cup so I could add to my bubbles.

 

Dry Ingredients:

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 Cup Arrow Root Powder

1 Cup Citric Acid ( I used a pestle and mortar)

1 Cup Dead Sea Salt (optional I used in one batch and omitted in another this is the part that causes the fun bubbles but can get messy…careful)
**Omit salt if you are using these in a hot tub.

Mica for sparkle

Plastic clear Christmas balls ( I had one large one and one small for left over at end to make one colorful bubble)

Time To Make:

Mix together in a steel or glass bowl. It can be fussy when not mixed well. Use a whip as well to make sure to get all the clumps out. You want a nice smooth mixture. Feels like sand! 

Now pour into your dry ingredient bowl

  • 1 Cup of Organic Coconut Oil Melted

Mix with your hands.  
Now add your color using the herb of your choice. The Beet Root makes wonderful pinks and reds.

Next add the Mica color for the sparkle if you want that.

You will want to add just enough of the above about ½ cup of your base into a separate bowls if you want different colors and oils for each bubble. So the next 2 steps you continue using only a little of your base.

  • 4-6 drops of Essential Oil of your choice (I use only Blends as it adds so much aroma to the spa)
  • Herbs (suggestions below) for color 1/2 tsp or more for darker (start small and add to your liking)

 

 

Now…use your hands to mix. If it doesn’t bind in your hand than add just an eyedropper of water until it will clump.

Put your colored nice smelling mixture into one half of your ball bubble. Press firm filling it well.

If you want a different color for the other half, than get some of your base, about ½ cup and mix in your herb for color. You won’t need any more essential oil so you may need your dropper of water for this part especially since you added drier ingredient with your herb.

 

Continue to mix and clump and fill your other half. Both half balls should be chuck full of mixture and now put them together forming your bubble. Carefully pull one half off, flip into your palm, and take off the other half. Lay on tray and let dry for 10-20 minutes.

 Now you got beautiful bubbles to add to your bath or give as gifts!

 

Let dry on tray for 24 hours. Wrap in saran wrap and keep in cool place. If they fall apart just squish a little together back into ball. Mine did a little bit and cracked but went back in to patch up.

A perfect bubble ball filled with goodness and, gives you a wonderful spa experience.

 

 

Herbs for Color Choices: Bulk Herb Store

Turmeric (yellows)

Saffron (yellows) Expensive

Christmas Delight Tea (reds, pink)

Rose Petals, (grind for color keep whole for pretty top)

Lavender whole (add for smell, not color)

Beet Root Powder (reds, pinks)

Carrot Powder or juice (orange)

Matcha Powder  or Nettles Powder (green)

Blueberry Juice (purple)

Put the whole herbs in the bottom of your bubble when forming to give a pretty look.


Essential Oil Blends:

I used Fitness Blend full of wonderful oils. Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint, Cinnamon Bark, Celery Seed, Ginger Root AMAZING!

 

Aligning…GO TO oil ( like a chiropractor in a bottle)… Rosewood, Spruce, Frankincense, German/Roman Chamomile Mix WOW! My husband’s favorite!

 

Citrus Blend…Orange, Grapefruit, lemon, Lime AWESOME in my daily water intake! LOVE this oil!

 

Single Essential oils that you would enjoy in your bubbles:

Peppermint

Lavender

Chamomile

Myrrh

Tea Tree

Grapefruit

 

 

HAVE fun making your bubbles for you or for gifts! I hope you will make them with a child…so fun to teach them about healthy living and how each herb does something amazing for your body!

God bless you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter

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Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Do you need something to sooth an upper respiratory passage way, but want to do it naturally? Do you ever get bug bites, dog bites, bee stings, or other injuries and want to stay clear of medicated fillers?
Do you want to save yourself money in the long run by making it yourself and of course using natural ingredients in the process? Well…here ya go! 

Around the ranch I have gotten bitten by more animals, insects, and yes Stinging Nettles while harvesting them, that I need to grab my salves to save the day.

**We do not claim in these post that they will treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. This is for educational purposes only and for you to try and live free of harmful chemicals.

For Upper Respiratory 
Basic Vapor Rub:

8 oz of Almond Oil (carrier oil)
3/4 oz Beeswax Pellets (the more wax you use the harder the consistency)
25 Drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
Glass Mason  Jars

How to:
1. Put beeswax and oil in a double boiler on low heat until wax melts. Stir consistently. 
2. Remove from stove top and add essential oils.
3. Right away pour mixture into your glass jars. Place lids on lightly so oils can work into salve but yet allowing for cooling. 
4. Label
 Wonderful for those achey nights trying to sleep.

If you want a more stronger menthol smell to your salve, add 1 tsp of organic Menthol Chrystals. You will add this with your oils step while mixture is still hot.

Ouchy Salve…Or no more tears!


Infuse these Herbs:Follow Infusing directions here.
Herbs found on Bulk Herb Store link
Lavender
*Calendula Flower
Chickweed
Comfrey Root or Leaf
GoldenSeal
*Lemon Balm
*Plantain Leaf
*Yarrow
*St. John’s Wort
** If you don’t want to use all of these, pick the * ones for the most drawing out and soothing properties. 

Once you have your infused oil follow next steps:

1 Cup of Ouchy Infused Oil
5 Tablespoons Beeswax
12 drops Peppermint essential oil
12 drops First Aid essential oil (amazing blend for skin healing)
1 Teaspoon of Honey
Glass mason jars

Directions:
1.In a pan on your stovetop, melt beeswax into herbal infused oil. 
2. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients and stir well
3. Pour into mason jars allow to cool with loose lid.
4. Label
** Other essential oils I added to mine to help with burns and bites are Lavender, Relieve Me,
Tea Tree

Love how salves work! I can’t claim anything, but with all the wounds we face around the ranch these salves have worked! Healing and bruising is much less, PLUS no chemicals are on my body or my family!

Hope you find success in trying these and they work for you!
Let me know what you think! You may help someone else by your comments!

*Remember by you purchasing through our blog, you are helping us reach kids, teens, and adults in need through our ministry. All proceeds go directly into our ranch ministry. THANK YOU!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Crafts, Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Living in Minnesota this time of year can be brutal on our skin. With this wonderful homemade lip gloss recipe using only natural ingredients, will help your lips be protected from harsh conditions.  PLUS, it is all natural using fresh herbs even in the color and luster shine! Can you believe how herbs give color? 
SO FUN TOO!

Here is what you will need:

1/4 Cup of Infused Oil (recipe below)
3 tablespoons of shea butter
4 tablespoons of Beeswax
2 teaspoons cocoa powder (optional)
2 teaspoons of Honey
15 drops of your favorite essential oils (peppermint, orange, grapefruit, tangerine)
1/4 teaspoons Vitmin E Oil
Stardust Mica 

Beet Root (adds the color, you will add 1/8 tsp at a time to your color desire)



Directions:
1.) Mix first 5 ingredients together and heat in double boiler until hot and melted.
2.) After its melted, add essential oil and cocoa powder or Beet Root.
3.) Next add your Vitamin E oil and your Mica color. I use Red…I only use about 1/8 tsp but you can add more if you really like BLING!
4.) Pour into your lip gloss containers. If you want to use different colors you can pour the mixture into different cups, but work fast as it does set. You may have to reheat to get to liquid form to pour easily. 
I didn’t do this and the balm got lumpy and not smooth.
*** peppermint oil and the coca powder make great gifts for anyone on your list

Infused Oil ( all organic herbs are from Bulk Herb Store, if you can not fine them or out of stock I go to Mountain Herb)

Rose Petals
Lavender Buds
Calendula Flowers
Lemon Balm
Cloves
Beet Root ( want this for your color too)
Hibiscus ( this is an EVERYTHING herb for your tea blending)
Comfrey
coconut oil

How to make:
1. Fill a glass jar 1/3 full with equal parts of each herb. Cover herbs in coconut oil, melted. Place lid on jar.
2. Set jar on top of towel in a crockpot filled with water, on warm setting for 3 days. Watch water level and be very careful not to put cool water on a hot jar, as it could explode.
3. On the third day, remove the jar from heat, let cool, and strain your herbs. Squeeze well to get every nutrient from your herbs. Now you have and Herbal Infused Oil! Label and put in dark place.

So much fun making these for me and my loved ones!
Hope you find it just as enjoyable!
God’s blessings,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

Our boys just love treats! We do many tricks with these guys so we always like to reward them for going the extra mile. We do not treat our boys by hand with the kids we serve as this can lead to bad behavior from the horse. They can get a little nippy or aggressive so we will treat them by placing the treat in a bucket. When I am asking the horse to bow, one of the tricks, I will give it to the horse versus the child. I would suggest implementing some good behavior training for yourself as well. There is nothing more annoying than a pushy horse! 

Hope you find the recipe enjoyable to know you are giving your horse the best. Not only from your kitchen but from the heart as well.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrot grated
  • 1 apple grated
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Herb of your choice (or two)
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp. salt
  •  1/4 Cup Flax Seed
  • Favorite herb
  • 1 cup rolled oats NOT QUICK
  • 1 cup flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, mix carrot, apple, coconut oil, and molasses together.
  4. Fold in salt, seed, herbs, oats, and flour until well mixed.
  5. Spread dough out in one big piece on the cookie sheet.
  6. Score dough with a knife to make it easier to break apart after baking. (Or, roll dough out and cut with cookie cutters)
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.
  8. Let cool.


Because there are natural ingredients in these treats, you must keep in a dry cool place and use within a couple of weeks. I am SURE your horses won’t mind! It is a treat that is healthy and safe! You gotta love that feeling!

Store these treats in a glass mason jar or a sealed bag. I don’t like to use glass around the ranch, but it does help to keep the treats much fresher. 

Enjoy and 
Love deeper, talk sweeter
Lee



 

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Health, Living Naturally

Dirty dishes! YUK! Glass that I love getting all foggy like even though the package says it won’t streak! Well, so done with that I am making my own! I looked for a way to make my own little dish capsules that will clean my dishes using only natural soaps and not perfumes. I put together this recipe and it works AWESOME SAUCE!!! I think you will like it too! Remember it hardens quickly so put your mixture into ice cube trays or molds. I love the silicone ones like the flowers. If for some reason yours are not drying or harding fast, leave them overnight before taking them out of the silicone trays.

They look adorable in the jar too! Enjoy making your home become naturally clean inside and out!

God bless!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

Natural Dishwasher Soap Capsules

Ingredients (using no Borax) :

Directions:

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl

  2. Gradually add vinegar a little bit at a time and mix well (some fizzing will occur and the mixture will start to clump) You may not need the entire amount of vinegar, so add it a little at a time.

  3. Mix in castile soap and lemon essential oil

  4. Pack well into two ice cube trays (take your time doing this and make sure they are well compacted)

  5. Set ice cube trays or your silicone one out to dry for at least 24 hours in a sunny spot

  6. Take tabs out of trays and store in a tight-lidded container

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