DIY Natural Deodorant

For the last 6 six years or so I've been using baking soda for deodorant. It works for me but I wanted to try something new that was less messy and easier to apply. I found a recipe that sounded good and made it yesterday morning.
The consistency is similar to very thick lotion. I was concerned that it would stay moist and not dry once I applied it but that was not the case.
I know it's not that pleasing to eye but it actually worked very well! Yesterday was a long day and if the deodorant was going to fail me it would have yesterday. The recipe I used can be found here. I used about 8 drops lavender oil and 1 drop eucalyptus / tea tree oil blend. It smells nice and overall I am very pleased with the results.

Do you have any favorite natural recipes you use?

♥ anne


childhood photos

I found a bunch of old photos the other day while cleaning out the garage. So here's a little trip down memory lane-
My 4th birthday (obviously) with a Strawberry Shortcake cake. My sister had the same theme for her 5th birthday just a month an half later. So we are both 4 years old here.

My mom made this for my sister's 1st or 2nd birthday. I think it's adorable!
I posted this one on Instagram the other day. It's of me, my sister and our great Grandma painting patio furniture.
Riding bikes in the backyard.
I remember this day at the beach. I thought these glasses were awesome. Still do :)
With our Dad camping. Take note of the rad Coors coozies to the right.
I wish my kids had one of these to play on! Now a days you'd probably have to wear a stupid helmet to go on one. Anyway, I remember having a lot of fun this baby!

As you can see my sister and I were always together. Even through high school we had the same group of friends and always went out together on the weekends. Looking at these makes me miss her.

♥ anne



This post needs lots of exclamations points!!!! because we finally have shelves! Most of our books have been in boxes in the garage for many years because we've had nowhere to put them but not anymore!
Now they have a beautiful new home thanks to $40 and my husband. I couldn't be more pleased with the end result and this new addition to our home was just what I needed to inspire me to get the rest of the house in order.
And now that we have the space, I won't feel guilty about bringing more books into the house.
I know there are a couple more boxes in the garage so I'll be adding more books to the shelves in the next few days but this is how it looks as of now.
Why didn't we do this years ago?

One of my goals for the new year is to read more and I think I'm going to be way more successful than last year. I started Sweet Thursday the other night so I'm off to a good start! What books are you reading?

♥ anne



As I've mentioned before, we live right next to a nature preserve. I drive past it numerous times a day as I drop off and pick up the kids from school, run errands...basically any time I leave home. I always keep a sharp eye out for any birds or animals that may be around. Early Friday morning as I was driving in I noticed a large bird perched in a tree. I quick went home to get my camera and raced back to get some pictures.
When I was driving by I thought it might be a Golden Eagle because of it's size but after I looked through my camera I saw that it was a Red-tailed Hawk.
I sat there for several minutes watching.
And then it was off!
What fascinating creatures!

♥ anne



Water. The past six months I have been seriously dehydrating myself. Not on purpose of course but it has happened none the less and the consequences have been very apparent in my overall health. Ruben encouraged me to drink a gallon of water daily and I'm happy to report that it's going well. I know from past experience that having a gallon container helps me to see my intake but I didn't want to use a plastic water bottle (for obvious reasons) so I bought this glass gallon jug.
 Last Christmas my dad got us a water purifier and it's been so awesome to have quality water to drink. It gets out all the flouride and other crap in the water. At long last I'm not fearing what I'm drinking every time I take a sip!
I look forward to taking better care of myself this year. I have lots of plans in that department but one step at a time is best for me.

Have you made any resolutions/goals for the new year?

♥ anne


Makin' stuff and Smellin' good

Happy New Year! I hope your 2015 is off to a nice start! Mine has been pretty rocky so far but I'm keeping my chin up and assuming that the difficult beginning is a good sign. You know, like when you've worked hard and then get a great payoff? Yeah, that kind of good sign.

When I'm not getting squished between my car and car door by some super rude lady at the post office* I've been keeping myself busy making things.
Rainbow Clay Bead Garland
Terra Cotta beads and Terra Cotta Ring Holders
Terra Cotta Wall Hanging
I needed some art for the bathroom so painted the above abstract painting. This isn't the best photo. The colors are more vibrant in person but whatever! I'm happy with how it turned out and it has piqued my interest in painting.

On to the smelling good part of this post-
Made with Pixlr - http://pixlr.com/mobile/express/
Back in November I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with my friend Mary (make sure to check out her site here). When she walked up to greet me I was immediately captivated by her scent, she seriously smelled incredible! I don't like to be a copy cat with perfume but I had to make an exception on this. The next morning I ordered Dharma Bum from Sweet Tea Apothecary and I've never been more excited for a package arrive as I was for my perfume. It came and now I smell as good Mary :)

I also wanted to share some of my other delicious body care items-
From the left- St. John's Wort Oil made by Amber. She still has some available on her new, super awesome site which you can visit here. The perfume which can be purchased here. Frankincense Salve made by Mary which I recently received in the mail and am loving and last but not least India Rose Facial Oil made by friend Maia that I use daily. I wish I could describe the smell because it's so good. It's kind of like an earthy, smokey forest.

What is your favorite perfume/scent? Any body care must have's I should know about? Please share!

I also want to say thank you to all those who visit my blog. I appreciate your presence here!

That's all for now :)
♥ anne

*Yes, this happened to me yesterday. After she hit my car door which caused me to get squished, she proceeded to not apologize and then basically accuse me for her mistake. I very colorfully told her to just go and leave me alone. Happy New Year!


Hey, an outfit post!

An outfit post? Yep! Why not?! This is what I wore today to run errands and pick up the kids from school.Shane took the pictures for me. Thanks little fella!
Pants, t shirt- thrifted /  Birks- hand me downs from my mom / sweater- gift from Shannon / earrings- gift from and made by Milla
I was happy to wear this sweater today. It's usually not cold enough for really warm sweaters but today was pretty chilly and it has a deer on it, which made me feel festive, so I wore it.
I hope you all are staying sane through these last several days before Christmas! Anyone have any fun solstice plans?

♥ anne