Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Clear Away Acne and other Skin Blemishes with Petitgrain Essential Oil!

The therapeutic properties of Petitgrain essential oil are anti-infectious, antiseptic and tonic. It is most useful in clearing up skin blemishes and acne skin, while helping to with calming, toning and revitalizing the skin!

Petitgrain essential oil has a very fresh woody and slightly floral smell and is pale yellow to amber in color which adds to the beautiful, natural golden color to my All-Natural Golden Goddess Soap.

Petitgrain Essential Oil is distilled from the leaves and sometimes the twigs and branches of the tree whereas Neroli essential oil is distilled from the blossoms and Orange Essential Oil is typically cold pressed from the rinds of the fruits.

Please check out my All-Natural Golden Goddess Vegan Soap in my Eco-Friendly Freckles online shop:

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Our First Delicious Homegrown Heirloom Tomato!

This evening Joe and I worked in our inspiring organic, heirloom garden and we picked our first homegrown tomato: a delicious heirloom "Plum Lemon" (pictured above); it was rich, juicy, and had a perfect tomato flavor with a hint of lemon!

Our tee pee style hand-made trellises made out of bamboo tied together with yarn...I think they are fun and kind of asthetically pleasing.

These photos were taken before we did a lot of "de-weeding"...we're getting a new riding lawn mower...yippee! :-D

Our flourishing bean plant growing up some bamboo...

This is our "Roman Candle" heirloom tomato plant...that yellow one is just about ready to pick!

...a cluster of our Heirloom Tommy Tomatoes!

We have a few of these adorable and very fragrant Basil plants.

This is our Heirloom "Black Beauty" eggplant...that pretty flower is going to be a ravishing eggplant soon!

We think these might be "Nebraska Wedding" heirloom tomatoes...but were not sure yet.

This is our WILD heirloom cherry tomato plant...this plant just popped up on its own; it must have grown from a seed from last year's garden.

Our heirloom yellow squash plant...

Working in the garden is so peaceful and is so much fun spending time in the sunshine with someone you love, connecting with nature, and reaping the benefits with a homegrown harvest!

I think these might be some of our Marglobe Supreme heirloom tomatoes.

Heirloom "Green Zebra" tomatoes!!!

Our little baby heirloom watermelon... just a part of our enormous watermelon vine! :-D

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Functional Art Piece for the Baby's Nursery!

I gave my twin sister, Andrea, one of my hand-painted, upcycled decoupage creations for her sweet baby boy's nursery at her baby shower. She absolutely adores it and I am so happy to see her not only displaying it in the baby's room but she is also utilizing it as a functional piece of art. This is what she says about it:

"This was the best, most personalized, and handy gift I could have received at the baby's shower. I love this artful baby's organizer/canister! It holds all of my washable cloth baby wipes just perfectly. I think it will come in handy a lot once the baby arrives. Jessica did so well on the design! I love how it features colorful baby blocks and a smart toddler with his nose in a book; I can only hope for my baby boy to turn out this cute. He has the greatest aunt there ever was. Thank you Jessy. xoxo"

Love - Andy

Friday, July 9, 2010

How to Create a Romantic Atmosphere

A romantic atmosphere can set the mood for a pleasurable and memorable night for you and your loved one...and probably one of the most essential pieces for an enchanting ambiance is romantic candle light. A candle can provide a sense of warmth and love, dim lighting that makes you and your lover look more alluring, and if the candle has a fragrance (preferably from natural origin and an aphrodisiac scent) this will be the ultimate embellishment for encouraging an evening of passion and fantasy! Your personal favorite candle would look romantically exquisite in this Eco-Friendly Freckles hand-painted upcycled decoupage canister created by myself titled: "Arousing Roses":

Here are some more ideas for creating a romantic atmosphere:

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Watermelon: A Natural Viagra!

During this hot summer season, men should try eating watermelon to boost their libido! Check out these articles about Watermelon's Viagra-like effects:

My husband, Joe, made this delicious watermelon spritzer by fermenting watermelon juice with organic, probiotic water kefir grains (converted from milk kefir grains):

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Successful Summer Garage Sale!

My Nana, twin sis (Andrea), and I made some awesome cash and got rid of a bunch of our junk or "other people's treasures" at our very successful garage sale this Friday and Saturday. The garage sale (hosted by our Nana) was quite easy to put together and we made sure to have a clean, presentable garage with everything displayed and organized appropriately. We sold lots of clothes, appliances, and other items...Nana even sold her old car!

I hope this motivates any of you ladies out there to host a garage/yard sale; it is a great way to make some extra cash and it is a lot of fun to do with family and friends (a great time to "catch up"). It definitely helps to advertise your garage sale on Craig's List (this brought us a lot of customers from all over) and to host a sale titled "Huge Four Family Garage Sale" or "Gigantic Moving Sale"...or something of the sort to catch peoples' attention.

The left over items that didn't sell we donated to our local Salvation Army ("Good Will" is great too) feels good to donate, you can right it off your taxes, and you will have a lot more space and a lot less junk in your home...think of all the bonuses! :-D You can even display your Etsy shop items at your garage sale!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Pictures of Our New Baby Miniature Colt!

Aww, our new little baby boy...isn't he cute?!

He is going to grow up and look just like his momma; they have the same colors and markings.

Nursing on his momma, Sweet Cake. This miniature filly colt hasn't been named yet...I will let you all know what his name is as soon as I find out! :-D