Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Beginning of My Journey to Save Money and Eat Healthier: Spring Rolls

I am on a mission. First I want to save money, but I also want to eat healthier. I'm trying to cut back on our grocery bill or at least stay within budget (we've always gone over) and I thought it would also be a great time to try and eat healthier because meat is such an expensive item for us. We are actually already over budget for this month on our groceries, so my husband and I decided we would really try to use up what is in our cupboards and try making some vegetarian meals as well.

Now, if you don't know, my husband is a Chef, even though he doesn't like to admit it, he's a great chef. He is the genius behind these delicious spring rolls or rather burritos as that is what mine looks like! But, because he is such a genius and works so quickly and is so familiar with the ingredients he can just throw stuff together and it turns out tasting great. I on the other hand need everything written out to the last little teaspoon of salt. I can have some freedom with very familiar meals such as pasta, but for the most part I need a recipe. In conclusion I had to have my husband write down the exact ingredients and amounts for these spring rolls, so please enjoy!

Spring Rolls 

4 servings


1 Finely Sliced Carrot
1/2 Bunch of Chopped Cilantro
1/2 cup Cashews
1 Diced Mango
1/3 cup sliced Cucumber
2 cups Lettuce


1 Tbs Honey
juice from1/2 of one Lime
1 Tbs Soy Sauce
1 tsp Fish Sauce
1 Tbs Seracha
2 Tbs Sesame oil


Slices of avocado
Spring Roll Wraps


Mix together the filling in one bowl and mix together the dressing in another. Slice up your avacado and set aside. Get a large bowl of cold water and pull out how many spring rolls you want, I think we used about 4-5. Run a few paper towels under cold water, wring and lay flat on the counter. Put a spring roll wrap in the bowl of water and let sit for a second before flipping and doing the other side. Remove  the spring roll wrap and lay out on the damp paper towel. The wrap should be ready in just seconds you will know when it is floppy and sticky. Lightly dress your filling and place as much of the filling as you want in the middle of the wrap, place a few slices of avocado on top and roll up your wrap. The paper will stick to each other and contain the filling.

This was my first time using spring roll wraps, they were really fun and surprisingly very easy to use. I highly recommend using them yourself if your looking for a healthy alternative to bread or wraps. Also, I couldn't believe how filling they were!

Have you ever used spring roll wraps before? If you have would you share your favorite fillings and dressings with me? I'm looking for other ways to use them since I'm just starting out. Thanks!  

Friday, July 18, 2014

I'm Back!

Hello! I'm back from my sabbatical! And I'm filled with ideas and excitement for this little blog and you! My wonderful followers who have stuck with me through this lull.

My hopes for the future of this blog are really to continue where I left off, with toiletry detoxing recipes, organizational post's, my favorite things and hopefully some recipes! The change I want to make is to be more real and open with you, to share more about my life and what I'm going through. I really want to start conversations where we can help and encourage one another. After all this life isn't easy, but there are some really beautiful things to share with each other. For example these last two days my husband has been out of town and I really don't do well with that, I get scared and have a hard time sleeping, bottom line I hate when he's not here.  At the same time I'm dog sitting and my daughter is in the terrible two's so there is a melt down literally five times a day, my nerves are on their last string. Then this morning my daughter peed all over my favorite recliner, but to make up for it she has been doing the three kisses with me over and over again:

1.) Butterfly kisses (you hold your eyes up to each other and flutter your eyelashes) 
2.) Eskimo kisses (you rub your noses together)
3.) Kisses on the lips.

 It has been the sweetest thing and just fills me with so much joy and love for her and makes up for all of the big awful messes she makes.

I want to leave you with one last thing, I will be doing a guest post over at A Peek Into My Paradise on Wednesday July 30th it will be on how to make the transition from vacation to home stress free! Please feel free to check it out!

Also I would love to know what you would like to see on this blog, more crafting, diy, inspiration? Let me know below in the comment section. Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Taking a Break

I'm so sorry to have to leave you in this way, but I'm going to take a short break from my blog. I'm currently just uninspired as far as trying to put what I'm doing on my blog. We're trying to get a lot of things done over the spring/summer to improve our home and my mind and time is just really wrapped up in that right now. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day, I know I did! My husband made me garden boxes and bought me a bunch of herbs and strawberries!

I'm going to continue to make and experiment with my lotions and balms so if your interested in anything, please e-mail me.

Also, I'm game for any guest post's in the meantime! 

I hope you all have a wonderful summer!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Homemade Gift Baskets

I've been having a lot of fun putting together these pretty little gift baskets full of homemade bath and beauty products. You can actually find some of the products on my Etsy shop on the right hand sidebar of my blog.

I used this basket as a wedding shower gift. I filled it with lip products, foot products and a lotion bar. I got most of my packing from the second hand store for about $.25-$.50 each. The ingredients I already had and the foot scrub and foot soak were mostly made of epsom salt, kosher salt and baking soda very inexpensive products. 

So not only was this basket really fun to make, but cheap too! It did take some time, but it was worth it!

This gift basket is for my niece who will be turning four. I filled it with kid friendly bath and beauty products that won't cause any harm.

This perfume is just witch hazel with a little drop of perfumed oil (not essential oil, which would also work though).

This Garden Fairy Bath is just dry milk, grated soap, and dried herbs/flowers.

This lip gloss is was made with my homemade version of natural vaseline with a little bit of flavored oils (you can find these at your local grocery store or craft store). 

So simple, yet looks kind of complicated : )

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mirror Makeover

I don't have anything really exciting to share with you today. It has been another crazy week that has gotten away from, especially with the holiday, but it time well spent with my family.

This mirror I got for $7 at the thrift store and after I bought the dresser (you can see the post on that makeover here) I thought that this mirror would match nicely. I used the same chalk paint that I used on the dresser Annie Sloan's Old White. I loved the way it turned out, but I was a little worried about the before color showing through the chalk paint since it was this crazy blue green color.

I kind of liked the before color, but not for our bedroom, for a teenage girl maybe, but not for an adult bedroom. I wanted more subtle, soothing colors. So, I sanded the mirror down as hard as I could to get as much of the turquoise color off hoping it wouldn't show through when I went to sand down the chalk paint. Well, that obviously didn't happen.

But, the color is so gentle that it totally works! It even kind of matches the green hue of the glass top on the dresser. And you really don't notice it unless you look closely. I love the way it turned out, so yet another success using the chalk paint! I have some coffee tables I want to tackle next with this awesome paint!

Thanks for visiting today, any comments would be appreciated and read thoughtfully by me!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DIY Felt Car Air Freshener

I'm so sorry I didn't post this Tuesday, this week has totally gotten away from me. But, I wanted to get on here anyway and wish you all a Happy Easter! I'm really excited to get a little extra time with my husband and possibly do a little yard work!

Also, I thought I'd share this little craft that I just finished today. I'm very happy with the way it turned out even if it's not as fancy as the one where I got the idea from, you can check out the entire tutorial at Design Sponge.

But, I'm really happy I made them (one for my car, one for my husband's) because its something that you can keep using by just putting a few drops of essential oil on the felt. I filled mine with the suggested lavender flowers and then I put about six drops of lavender essential oil in each just to make it extra strong smelling.

I was originally going to make a flower for myself, but then I saw these on Pinterest and thought what a nice alternative because it would be something my husband wouldn't be embarrassed to hang in his car!

I hope you give them a try!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My First Real Attempt at Indoor Seed Starting

I'm calling this my first REAL attempt at indoor seed starting because a few years back I tried starting seedlings indoors in egg shells. I put them by a sunny window, watered them faithfully and saw no sprouting whatsoever. So, this year now that I have my own yard, a nice sunny one at that, I'm ready to have a real garden. I'm still sticking to raised beds, but I plan on a good harvest and since we are poor first-time home buyers we need to save where we can, so I really wanted to start my own seedlings. I think the biggest help that I've had in doing this well three things to be exact. First being that the previous owner left this awesome grow light, I had to put new bulbs in but it was all put together. I rigged it up in a closet with hangers and hooks above a bookcase. Its pretty sturdy and most important is that my daughter cannot reach it : )

I started off with some old herb seeds in the tins and made newspaper pots for the new seeds. This is where my second helper comes in. My sister-in-law introduced me to this book called Little House in the Suburbs it is full of great information on making your home and yard sustainable no matter where you live. So, I scoured their website for gardening information and came up with these newspaper pots which I thought were such a great way to save money and they were fairly easy to make if not a little time consuming.

And as you can see after two weeks my seedlings did begin to pop out! Now, for my third helper in this story. I don't know if they would have popped out so soon if it wasn't for my sister suggesting a little celophane over top of the pots. As soon as I put a layer over them it kept them moistened longer and very soon they started to come out of their shell. I really think the celophane did the trick with these ones. I keep a spray bottle full of water right next to them and spray them a few times a day. I feel like they are my little children because I keep checking on them all day seeing if they need water and who has come up and who hasn't. It is so much fun! 

Only one of my herbs survived which I'm excited about because they were old seeds. I just don't know what herb it is! 

Well, as you can see I'm truly a beginner in this arena and would love your advice, comments and thoughts on how you go about starting your seeds or if this inspires you to start your first seeds. Like I said I got most of my information from scouring Little House in the Suburbs website. You will find most everything you need right there to start your own seeds and garden.

I will keep you updated on how my seeds do in the future!

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