From the garden to your glass!

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I love to make fresh water prettier and taste it too by using awesome herbs and or flowers.

I prepare them in a pitcher, serve it by the glass in old time jars (from an antique mall) or in a gorgeous goblet. Today my recipe is with rosemary, mint and flowers.Organic or home grown is best. I rinse the herbs first and clip what I want to add to the water.It is so fun and refreshing too. I don’t use ice. I use fresh bottled water that is room temperature. I allow the herbs to mesh with the water and infuse it with the aroma and flavor. My fave’s are mint,rosemary,peppermint,fruits,veggies and flowers. If you want to use ice in it once this is infused and prepared of course you can do so.

As for flowers I buy  flowers that are edible and I buy them at Whole Foods Market just for decoration no infusion needed but they do make a lovely addition. Most of the box mix contain marigolds and pansies. So colorful!

And the best part? YOU can actually eat them.

If you’re looking for a fun thing to or to do with your family or sweetie this summer…this is a wonderful thing to do together and tasty too.

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I also like to place them in an ice cube tray one flower per cube space and freeze. Pop on in your next drink or add flower cubes to your festive summer punch bowls. So FUN to do and pretty to look at while you sip away. Please note: these flowers are edible. read the box from the store. AND I do not eat the rosemary etc. only the flowers that are edible. Or you can just look at them and enjoy the colorful sight in your glass or pitcher.

 

 

Give the Earth some love today!

IMG_1052 earth day blogToday is the day… Earth Day.  Time to start to be more green or continue our quest.

Plant a tree! I am on the hunt for a lemon tree.

Plant and grow your own herbs. It doesn’t have to be big start small. My new pretty crop outside my kitchen door is filled with basil,parsley,peppermint,rosemary and spearmint.

Try reusing your small plastic and paper bags from shopping and line your garbage bags with them. Grab another for your car to tidy up your car after the day.

Save and recycle those extra hangers you may have from the dry cleaners.Next time you have clothes to be dropped off for dry cleaning again give them to the cleaners for reuse.

Need an instant lip conditioner and don’t have any or want a quick fix?

Dry lips can be smooth in seconds. Just got to your kitchen closet and grab some organic coconut oil. Swipe a 1/2 teaspoon or less into a mini bowl and apply on your lips. Any extra can be rubbed on your cuticles to soften them up.

Make fruit or veggie infused water daily. Fill it in a to go bottle and enjoy on the go all day. Or just have a pitcher handy with a fun yummy mix. So much better for you than a sweet tea,iced coffee or soft drink!

Oily skin or hot flashing?  Start using Asian Powder papers. 70 sheets of joy to a booklet that fits in your purse for on the go refreshment and touch ups.

Did you know there are bamboo and other eco-friendly and vegan loving makeup brushes? Give them a whirl.

Shop with using reusable totes.

Say Bye Bye to plastic straws…they not only cause wrinkles around your lips they are bad for the earth.

So enjoy a little green in your life and do some good too!

Take time to smell the daisies,herbs and grass today.

This Girls Gone Green!

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Enjoy somewhere where there is GREEN tonight or on Earth day.

Soak in that luscious green view that is so healthy for you!

Bite into a beautiful crisp GREEN apple and or other green fruit you love. Savour the taste on your tongue. I love my apples sliced with a big piece of Brie melted on top.Sensual YUM!

 

photo makeup base.JPGDon’t throw out the last amount in the jar. Use a mini spatula and go ahead and scrape out of that jar or tube or any other container.photo bottles eco.JPG

Don’t throw out those glass bottles use them again and again by refilling with pancake syrup  from a larger bottle. Reuse perfume bottles and or make some D.I.Y. spa delights and have them on hand for an awesome spa day or night! I LOVE this type of recycling.photo Thyme

Support a farmer and buy some fresh herbs and cook without herbs and spices from a plastic bottle or jar.

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Treat yourself to a steam bath facial with fresh tea,flowers and herbs. Your skin will love you!

Hope you enjoyed these Eco-friendly tips please come back for more on Earth Day.

Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

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I bought myself some flowers and reflected there is so much beauty EVERYWHERE even when there are days in this world that no one seems to care.

It is a glorious day even though the sun is not making a guest appearance in my part of Florida today.

Today I will celebrate Easter the Polish way.I will prepare Pierogi,Kielbasi,beet soup and a box of Polish pastries I found it in town by a miracle.

I miss my mother’s touch in so many ways. She would shape the butter into a Easter bunny with cloves as eyes.I will miss those beautifully stained hard boiled eggs and fresh from the bakery oven Polish bread.When I was younger she would fill the basket of food for me to take to church and have the priest BLESS the food before my sisters and my twin would devour it all on Easter Sunday. I miss the mass in  the Polish language and the pretty hymns. But I have beautiful memories to enjoy all day.

Happy Spring! ENJOY a new season in your life. 

*Did you know why you see Pussy Willows along with the Easter lily at stores around Easter? They are a  Polish, Russian and United Kingdom tradition.Also, I never knew this but the pretty Narcissus flower symbolizes spring and rebirth.It is a traditional Easter flower in Northern Italy and France.It was originally the Easter flower by Ancient Greeks.

 

 

 

Beauty From the Garden & More!

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Flowers and herbs….Can make you feel better and healthier! I am trying to enjoy them even more before the winter chill and frost arrive in Florida. I love fresh mint,rosemary and other herbs growing outside my door.

Surround yourself with them to make you happy!

  • Eat parsley to freshen up your breath!
  • Make a cup of cozy hot tea with fresh peppermint or mint!
  • Bathe in bubbles and the scent of some fresh rose petals to stress less.
  • Place eucalyptus branches in your shower and steam your way to breathing better from allergies.
  • Add edible flowers to a salad. and make your day more beautiful and even better.
  • Massage your shoulders gently with grape seed oil and a smooth and soothing river rock from your garden supply.
  • Can’t get to sleep…use Chamomile to help you get those ZZZ’S.

Enjoy the beauty of these simple things I promise they can make your heart sing.

Say hello to a happier new you!

GUYS…Last Minute Gifts for your wife for Mothers Day!

If you’re looking for a few awesome gift ideas? You’ve come to the right place.

if you have not had a chance to get her a gift…Guys you CAN do this!

  • Write her a LOVE LETTER or make her a CARD from scratch. You can do it in less than 5 mins. or a bit more.
  • Give her breakfast in bed on a faux silver tray (from a party OR dollar store)
  • Bake her muffins,fresh cookies or her fave cake.
  • Book an appointment for her for a massage, haircut or luxurious makeup session.
  • Pull flowers and other greens from your garden and create a pretty bouquet.Tie a pretty ribbon around them.
  • Order a few magazine subscriptions  to her fave magazine is a very useful gift. all you need is the postcard that is inside Every new magazine on the news stand.Fill it out,mail it and you’re good to go.
  • Draw her a bubble bath complete with fragrant bubbles,a candle,spa music,eye mask and cozy bath pillow.
  • SPEND some time with her. Not in the same room watching sports,but actually spend time with her.
  • Go to Whole Foods Market by some yummy things. pack a basket with a blanket and have a meal in the park.
  • It is all about the LOVING little things! It doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • YOU CAN DO THIS! (and with ease) Don’t stress.

How to get a Perfume custom-made just for HER for Valentine’s day.

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Want a ONE OF A KIND fragrance for yourself or that special someone? It is as easy as 1,2,3!

Here’s how mine happened:

I called 404-202-5503 or you can e-mail after viewing their website…info@blendparfumstudio.com
I told them I was interested in creating a custom all for me kinda fragrance!

They e-mailed me a questionnaire to answer.What are my fav’ colors,flowers,foods,desserts and a few more questions.

She asked me what I wanted to name the fragrance…I told her Naughty Kisses!

She got back with me in a couple of days and what arrived at my door?
This beautiful, sexy floral delight.

For $75.00 and up depending on the size you too can order your own sweet,floral,exotic, sexy sensation too!

Or you can visit their posh and pretty studio in Atlanta (HOTlanta) and play and watch them whip up your perfume delight.
Personalized,personable FUN! I smell delicious. Can you smell me?A touch of peach,musk and more. I love mine you will love one too!

Great UNIQUE GIFT IDEA!Brides,corporate,Girl’s Time Out and more!
What a great experience!!!

By the way, I was not paid to say these words.They are from my heart.

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