Life Lately and What I am Loving

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I have been quiet in this space for a couple months now {not on purpose} so I thought an update was necessary.

Our lives are in such a busy season right now.  Between our jobs, designing jewelry, running after a 2 year old and being new homeowners with a ton of projects, things are HECTIC.  It is such a good season in our lives, filled with excitement, but it is incredibly frustrating not being able to do as much as we want, as quickly as we want.  

So far though, being a homeowner is the best.  We are not even near being done and already we have seen such a transformation.  We have loved really making it our own and being able to do whatever we want to the place.  It is nothing like we imagined our first home to be, but right now it is perfect.  We are excited to continue moving forward with the projects and to see how our house comes together and becomes our home.

Aside from house projects we are adapting to Cash moving to a big boy bed, lack of sleep again, potty training, and teething.  What use to be an easy bedtime, where we could put him in a crib with books and he would read to himself and eventually fall asleep, now consists of one of us laying with him/rocking him to sleep every night.  Typically a few hours later he is crawling into our bed or one of us is sleeping with him in his bed.  Last night, he was just not going back to sleep, which means today was a LONG day.  "NO" is pretty much all he says right now and he is really showing his independence especially while out shopping.  I actually try to avoid the store right now {which is hard during Christmas} because it is chaotic.  He tests my patience all the time and is really making me practice remaining calm.  He truly is making me grow as a person because I must admit, I am not very patient.  He is teaching me how to become more patient and not just "react".  

On the other side though, he is loving Christmas and just loves all the Christmas lights.  We really limit TV but have made an exception during this time, letting him watch the Christmas Classics when they come on TV.  He has really fallen in love with Charlie Brown.  He is becoming such a little boy and loves trucks, tractors, farm animals, and trains.  He does good playing by himself for a little bit which is nice for this momma to get a few things done.  He gives lots of kisses and makes sure to wipe my kisses away.  He is such a good helper and is learning so much.  As much as he pushes my buttons, I would not trade it for the world.  I love him more than I ever could have imagined.

A couple weeks ago, I wrapped up my last show for 2016 and am looking forward to working on new jewelry designs come 2017.  I temporarily put my Etsy shop on vacation mode but regularly post my latest pieces on Instagram so if you see something you want, just message me and I would be happy to get it to you!  

Lately, I have been on a hot drink kick {probably because of the cooling temps :) }, so I thought I would share my favorites with you along with some of my other favorite things.

+ Turmeric Lattes - {this one and this one are my favorites} are becoming quite the thing, so naturally I had to try one.  I have been making them for the past couple of weeks and really love them!  

+ Matcha Lattes - I got on this kick last year but have redeveloped a love for them recently, I will post my recipe soon!

+ Pumpkin Spice Coffee - For the most part, I stopped drinking coffee for awhile but have picked the habit up again in the past month.  I make a Pumpkin Spice Coffee that is so much better than Starbuck's #PSL.  It is just coffee, organic half and half, about 1 tsp. coconut sugar {to taste} and a little bit of Pumpkin Pie Spice.  I swear, it is sooo good.  It is not overly sweet, which bothers me about the Starbucks version.  I really need to stop the coffee habit again, as I can really tell it affects my mood and emotions but this drink has made it so hard to give up on a cold early morning.  

+ Celebrations Cookbook - This is the first book I made sure to pick up on its release date.  Tonight I made the Curry Pumpkin Soup {I substituted in Butternut Squash} and it was incredible. I have not been disappointed in a recipe yet.  This weekend I hope to try out some of the Christmas Cookie recipes.

 

+ Missing, Presumed - I am currently reading this book and am totally into it.  I am always on the look out for new, good books and I recently saw this recommended on Book of the Month Club's Instagram account.  While I am not apart of the club, I like following them on Instagram to get ideas, then I check the book out at the library. 

+ Boutiques - I don't shop for clothes a lot, but lately I started following some boutiques on Instagram that make it hard to not buy all the things.  Currently my favorites are Piper & Scoot, Wren & Ivory, Dottie Couture, CupsheClad & Cloth and Hazel & Olive.

Since it has been so long, I could go on and on but I will conclude it there.  Thank you so much for reading and make sure to be enjoy this season.  Take care of yourself, drink plenty of water, eat a lot of greens and get outside.  

DIY Oil of Oregano

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A few weeks ago I posted on my Instagram that I was trying out making my own Oil of Oregano.  I actually had no intention of posting it here but it was a popular post so I thought it may be useful information for others.  

Oil of Oregano is something that I have wanted to try for some time now as I have read that it can be great for battling Candida.  Buying all these herbs and following a special diet for Candida can crunch the budget though.  It is totally worth it and way less expensive than other medical routes but still...

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So a few weeks ago I was going through my garden to move my herbs inside for the winter.  I had an abundance of oregano and was wondering what to do with it.  Then BOOM, it came to me, I should try making my own oil Oil of Oregano.  I am not sure why I didn't think of it sooner and it turns out it is super simple to make.  

So the next time I was at the health food store I checked the ingredients of their Oil of Oregano to make sure I could actually make it.  Sure enough, it was just oregano and olive oil.  I headed for home and proceeded to make my own that afternoon.

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I had a good idea of what I needed to do but I googled how to make it just to be sure I was on the right track.  I found one on Mercola's website that I used for reference as well my canning knowledge to whip up this Oil of Oregano.  Mercola has a ton of information on the benefits of Oil of Oregano so check them out to learn more.  

The main thing I know is that a little goes a long way and you don't want to use it long term.  You use it for about 10 days and then go off of it.  I have a actually read that when treating Candida you need to switch up any of your anti-fungals because the Candida adapts to them and the anti-fungals will no longer be effective at killing the Candida.  If you have ever treated Candida make sure to comment below and let me know what has worked for you.  I am always looking for more information.

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So now, onto making the Oil of Oregano

Oil of Oregano

Ingredients:

  • olive oil {enough to cover all of the oregano}
  • oregano {enough to fill a half pint jar 3/4 of the way}

Directions:

  1. Add a half pint jar and lids to a boiling pot of water to sterilize the jar.  Let it soft boil for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove jar and lids from the water and set on a clean towel.  Turn the water down so it is just simmering.
  3. Chop the oregano.  Using a mortar and pestle grind the oregano to release the oil of the oregano {you can also do this with your fingers}.
  4. Add the oregano to the jar.  Cover the oregano with olive oil {make sure all of the oregano is under the olive oil otherwise it will go moldy}.
  5. Place the lid on the jar and put it in the simmering water.  Turn the heat off and let the jar set in the water for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the jar from the water and place it in a window with a lot of sunlight.  Let it sit for the next 2 weeks.  Each day shake the jar.
  7. After 2 weeks, strain the oil/oregano through a cheesecloth.  You can store the oil in the half pint jar or put it in a sterilized bottle with a dropper to make dispensing it easier.

*Note: Mercola suggests 4-6 drops per day for 7-10 days.

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Dandelion Tea Latte

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Fall is officially upon us and boy does it feel that way in Western Colorado.  It is a cool crisp day (hello leggings and chunky sweaters) and on the way to Vitamin Cottage this morning I couldn't help but notice the leaves starting to slowly turn to beautiful shades of yellow.  Next week we will head to Denver and I am looking forward to the drive through the Vail valley and how beautiful it will look, but Vail never seems to have problems looking beautiful. :)

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Cooler weather means lots of hot beverages in our house.  Mornings are made better and brighter with something to warm you up and get you ready for the day.  After lunch nothing gets you through the afternoon like something to warm and perk you up and nights are wrapped up with a calming/soothing herbal tea.  I have shared on here recently that while I enjoy coffee I am on a little break from it while dealing with Candida.  A little while ago I shared on Instagram that I was trying out a Dandelion Tea Latte and it seemed to be of interest, so I thought I would share my recipe here. :)  It is not a sweet drink, so if you like your coffee sweetened simply add some honey or maple syrup.  If you like your coffee with cream or plain lattes you will love this version.  

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Dandelion Tea Latte l wanderingroot.com

I chose to do a Dandelion Tea Latte for a very specific reason though.  Since I am detoxing and ridding my body of Candida I have been trying to support my liver and Dandelion Tea is great for your liver.  With the holidays coming up and alcohol consumption on the rise adding this tea to your daily beverages can help your liver make it through the holidays too. :)  Dandelion Tea has a lot of other benefits too.  Check them out here

Do you drink Dandelion Tea?  If so, how do you enjoy it?  I am always looking to try something new!

Dandelion Tea Latte l wanderingroot.com
Dandelion Tea Latte l wanderingroot.com

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Dandelion Tea Latte

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add 1 cup of water to your coffee pot.  Add the Teeccino and brew as you would coffee.
  2. Once the Teeccino has brewed, add it to your mug and add the Roasted Dandelion Tea bag.  Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. While the tea is steeping, add the coconut milk to a small saucepan over medium heat.  
  4. Once the tea is done steeping, remove the tea bag and toss.
  5. Once the coconut milk is to a temperature of your liking add it to the tea mixture.  If you have a frother use it to make it smooth, creamy and foamy.  If you do not have a frother, add it to a blender and blend on high for 15 seconds.  This will make it creamy and foamy. :)

Note:  Feel free to adjust this to your liking.  If you like a stronger latte use less coconut milk or more Teeccino.  If you like it creamier, use less Teeccino or add more coconut milk.  Use this recipe as a base to make it your own. 

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