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Essential Oils: Eden’s Garden

Holy cannoli, it has been forever since I have written a blog post. I’ve missed you guys! If I can be completely honest with you guys, and I’m sure I can be, I really just haven’t had a lot to say or share lately. Life has become pretty routine and I have a pretty busy schedule so I just haven’t had the time, much less the content, to make a post.

About two months ago I bought some essential oils from Amazon by Eden’s Garden but wanted to try them out before I gave an honest review on here. If you don’t live under a rock, then you are probably aware of the craze that is essential oils. Young Living and Doterra are the most popular and also the most expensive. I’m not “natural” enough that I can justify spending upwards of $25 for a small bottle of oil so I researched more affordable essential oil options that would have the same effect and came up with Eden’s Garden. 12 Synergy Blends SetAll of the Eden’s Garden oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade oils made without bases, fillers or additives. Because I do not ingest the oils, this brand was perfect for what I was looking for. I planned to distill the oils and maybe make a few concoctions to on the body for different things.

I searched around and decided to try their 12 Synergy Blend set which cost about $50 – a huge difference in cost compared to name brand oils (you can order on their website here, but I got mine from Amazon here). The synergy blends are simply different single oils mixed together to create a new blend. They have a ton of single oils to offer and I have made separate orders for Ylang Ylang and Peppermint.

The 12 blends you receive in the set are:

ANXIETY EASE: Lemongrass, Sweet Orange and Ylang Ylang

Anxiety Ease

BREATHE EASIER: Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint and Rosemary

Breathe Easier

CLEANING: Lavender, Lemongrass, Rosemary and Tea Tree

Cleaning Blend

FIGHTING FIVE: Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus  

Fighting Five (previously known as Four Thieves)

GOOD NIGHT: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Lavender, Peru Balsam, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram and Ylang Ylang

Good Night

HOPE: Cassia, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Sweet Orange and Tangerine

Hope

MEDITATION: Clary Sage, Frankincense, Patchouli, Sweet Orange, Thyme and Ylang Ylang

Meditation

PURIFY: Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass and Lime

Purify

RELAXATION: Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Sweet Marjoram and Patchouli

Relaxation

STRESS RELIEF: Bergamot, Blood Orange, Grapefruit, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang

Stress Relief

SUNSHINE SPICE: Balsam, Camphor, Cinnamon Bark, Cinnamon Leaf, Eucalyptus and Sweet Orange

Sunshine Spice

UPLIFT: Bergamot, Lemon, Melissa, Orange, Peppermint, Tangerine and Ylang Ylang

Uplift

A pamphlet of the oils comes with the package and lists all of the oils, what is in them, and a ton of different ways to use them.

Obviously, the names kind of give away the oil’s purpose but they can be used so many different ways. I have made my own counter cleaner with the Cleaning oil – 1 cup vinegar, 1 cups purified water, 20-30 drops of Cleaning oil. I just shake it up into the bottle I bought from Amazon and it’s good to go. I have two diffusers from Bed Bath and Beyond and keep one upstairs in our bedroom and one in our living room. I use Good Night a lot in our bedroom and have used Purify a few times downstairs when one of the dogs got sick on our rug (yuck!).

I have also cheated the system a little and have put a few drops of the Fighting Five oil (which kills airborne bacteria and germs) in our wax melt plug-in in our downstairs bathroom. I don’t know about you but the wax always loses its scent after a few uses, so I decided to just leave it in there and change out the oils I drop in and it’s like buying a new wax!

I also purchased a set of roller balls from Amazon and some fractionated coconut oil so I could rub the oils on me for different effects. I made one roller ball with Anxiety Ease and have rubbed it on the bottom of my feet and even my wrists when I start to feel anxious. I also made one with Good Night to rub on the bottoms of my feet before bed. My next roller ball will be Peppermint to rub on my temples for headaches. Would I say essential oils work 100%? No. But they do help and it’s a first step for me before popping medication. If they don’t work, I’ve got no problem popping some pills if need be.

Another fun way to use them is to drop some in our shower. I was a little stuffy one night and someone had told me to put some Breathe Easier drops in the bottom of our shower while it steamed up and it totally worked! It smells a little like Vick’s Vapor Rub which I love so it was fun to shower with the smell all around.

All in all, I love all of these oils. The only one I don’t care too much for is Hope, but considering the price I can’t complain that I don’t like one smell out of twelve.

I can definitely see how people become obsessed with oils and I’m really glad I found this company that doesn’t overprice their oil. I feel good knowing I have made our home a little more “natural” and it’s fun to play around with the oils. Plus, our house smells like an oasis!

Our Trip To Charleston

OUR TRIP ToCHARLESTON

A few weeks ago I told y’all we were taking a weekend trip to Charleston with another couple. None of us had been before so we were excited to explore the town.

We rented a little house in Mount Pleasant through AirBnB and it was such a cute little place and in the perfect location. We were right by the beach so the town had a beachy feel to it and only about a 10 minute drive over a bridge to Downtown Charleston.

We got in around 6pm on Friday night and went straight to eat. We don’t mess around. We went to a little strip of restaurants on the Shem Creek and ate at Red’s Ice House. It was a cool little place with a bar outside and then a bar upstairs.

After dinner we went back to our rental house and played some games and went to bed so we could explore the next day.

In the morning, Mark and I were up earlier than our friends so we walked through the little neighborhood we were staying in. The houses were so cute and had a southern feel to them. I just loved them!

Once we were all awake and ready, we went into Downtown Charleston and I marched us straight into the visitors center. I do this pretty much everywhere I go because the employees typically know all the best places to eat at and see and you can get a map. I love maps. They all made fun of me because you can “just pull up a map on your phone,” but to me it isn’t the same as holding one in your hands.

We grabbed a quick breakfast at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit (which is quite the suggestive name if you ask me). They had a bunch of yummy biscuits to choose from so we got an assortment (jam, cinnamon/sugar, pimento cheese, bacon). It was a super itty bitty little place to order food and no seating inside so we ate outside on the curb. Now that’s what I call “curbside to go” – hah!

After breakfast we were on the hunt for coffee. I believe we ended up at Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer if my memory serves me correctly (not that I indulged in the beer portion). We sipped our drinks out on the back patio for a bit and chatted, making a game plan for the day ahead of us.

We decided to roam around Charleston and just take in the sites. Charleston reminded me a lot of Savannah, but a little cleaner. We popped into a couple of shops and walked through the Farmer’s Market they had going on, but we mainly just walked around. We later discovered via the Health app on our phones that we walked about 22,000 steps that day. Crazy.

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We popped into Sticky Fingers for lunch and ate some BBQ and then went back to our house to get ready to go kayaking/paddle boarding on the Shem Creek.

The girls decided to take kayaks out on the creek and the boys chose paddle boarding (who is the smarter sex here?). As we paddled boarded out toward the ocean before going down a little side river we saw a few dolphins. I was so excited! I have never seen a dolphin that up close and personal in their natural habitat. It was amazing.

We kayaked for about 1.5 hours before we realized we had left behind one of our floating devices on a dock a while back (and by “we” I mean one of the boys). My friend and I decided we would pull up shop and watch for dolphins while the boys went back to get the float. In about a 20-30 minute time span we must have seen at least 20 dolphins. I think I screamed in excitement every time I saw one. It was definitely the highlight of the trip for me.

After we went home and showered, we got ready to go to dinner at Cru. I had read that it was really neat to go to Battery Street at sunset and walk along the street and see all the houses/ocean, so we did that before our dinner reservation. It was perfect timing because the sun was setting and made the prettiest sunset. The houses were also really big and had that southern charm (they are also probably haunted with about 100 ghosts each).

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Dinner at Cru was really good (and expensive). Afterward, we popped over to Kaminsky’s for dessert and Mark and I split a brownie sundae that was to die for. We didn’t even fight over sharing which is huge for us, we don’t share dessert very well.

The next morning we wanted to hit the road for home pretty early so we ate at Page’s Okra Grill in Mount Pleasant. It does have breakfast food even though the name doesn’t sound like it would. They seriously had the best pimento cheese grits I have ever had. (Side note: just about everything in Charleston comes with pimento cheese. We weren’t complaining).

Charleston was a really neat little town and it was the perfect getaway for us. Another city to check off our list :)

How To Make A Tie Apron

TIe Apron

My grandma sent me a couple of pictures of an apron she had made out of ties the other day and it was so cute and creative I told her it had to be shared on my blog. My grandma has always been crafty and would sew us all kinds of stuff when we were kids. I’m not shocked that she made something as clever as an apron out of ties. She was sweet enough to take some pictures and write out, step by step, the instructions on how to make one. I will share what she wrote below :)

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Let’s make an apron out of ties. Are you out of your mind? It will be pretty and colorful, you just wait and see. It’s fun to go to a thrift shop. There are many treasures and a “lot of stuff” there. Look at the ties. They are so beautiful and colorful. So what could you do with them? Have you ever thought of making an apron out of ties? They usually sell for $1 each, but if you are buying nine ties, they will usually let you have them for .50 each ($3.00).

Well I’m going to tell you how to do it step by step. Here goes.

1. Select nine ties that look good together. Tans, browns, blues, reds, tropical prints, solids, burgundy, black, etc. Let your imagination go to work. Ties are made of rich fabric and you will be surprised with what you come up with.

2. Now you’ve got your ties at home spread them out on a table. When you have them arranged to your liking, measure from the bottom 13” to 17” (however long you want your apron) and cut all nine ties.

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3. Overlap one tie slightly over the other and pin in place leaving 2″– 4” open at the bottom so you have a sexy apron. Now use a small zigzag stitch or sew together by hand.

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4. Now take narrow ends of two of the above ties you’ve used in your apron skirt and choose them for the belt, sew together in the middle making one side longer than the other so you can turn it under to finish it off. Use machine or sew by hand.

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5. Take narrow ends of two more ties to make a bib to sew to the skirt. Slant ties so they are approximately 10” apart from outside edge at the bottom and 8” at the top. These two long pieces will go from the apron skirt and up around your neck. (Use whatever distance you want depending on how wide you want the bib.

6. Cut and pin tie strips horizontal 2” up the strip on the 10” slant side, pin another color strip 7” up from that, now pin another strip inside the two. Use your imagination if you want more.

7. Fun part – weave the small tie ends between the horizontal ones with the small points of the tie going up.

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8. Sew bib to apron and then sew belt over that. Now you say “what a mess”! Well, you just finish it off on the inside with bias binding or a plain strip of fabric which you sew on by hand.

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All of the above can be done by sewing machine or by hand sitting around watching TV in the evening. It’s easy and makes you feel so creative. These aprons are creative and classy looking with your selection of ties.

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So there you have it. Grami’s Tie Apron! I don’t know if I’m brave enough to attempt making one myself, but maybe Grami can be convinced to make one for her favorite granddaughter ;)