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Country Sampler Autumn Decorating

The 2017 issue of Country Sampler Autumn Decorating provides cozy ways to give 
your home a beautiful seasonal welcome. Tour fabulous fall homes & discover 
how to dress your rooms in fall style and get creative with 100+ DIY projects.

In this issue, they have featured our Book Page Fall Wreath and that is exciting!
I hope that you will pick up a copy and check out all the fall decor ideas in this issue.
Sometimes all it takes to bring in a fall look is to update your existing home decor by 
adding touches of silk fall leaves or fall foliage from your own front yard.  

This is not a promotion, I simply wanted to share with my wonderful readers all the lovely
fall ideas including my wreath in this current issue.  I hope that you get your copy
and enjoy all the wonderful ideas featured.  

Thank you for your support!

Essential Oils

I know that by now many of you have noticed the essential oils fuss online and now out in the market near you. When I came across the essential oil craze, I was curious about why they were so popular.  I have seen oils in the past, but never knew anyone who used them except for aroma benefits and DIY ideas.  As I dug a little, I met Wellness Advocates and Distributors of a few essential oil companies.  The information that I gathered was pretty interesting, even too good to be true in some cases, so I kept digging.

I noticed that some of my friends were now using these oils as well.  When I asked them why they used them and what were the benefits they shared their experiences with me.  It was not until I received a sample blend that I actually tried these oils.

Please know that not all oils are the same.  You may purchase a $4 bottle at a store and get a pretty cheap version of an oil and it will not serve for anything beneficial.  How do I know?  Well, I have tried them and can testify that not all oils are the same and that only a select few are worth your time, health and money.

As I used the blend (oil mixture) given to me, I began to notice the benefits of the oils.  I was in awe and could not believe how it was working. My bottle was finished and I wanted more for my family. I tried three companies, and now I am down to one.  I have become a full-time member and have begun using many of their products in my home.  I have gotten rid of most of my store bought products due to the harmful ingredients associated with them.  All you have to do is google the ingredients to any product in your home and you will see how much toxic ingredients they contain.  You may also download the app: Think dirty, shop clean; with this app, you may scan products to learn about their ingredients.  It's no wonder there are more illnesses today than many, many years ago, but I won't get into that right now.  My focus is providing my family with a healthy alternative and living a healthy lifestyle.

Right now, I will share just a little of what essential oils are and will continue to share information as I continue with my journey using essential oils.

Essential Oils are nature's volatile aromatic compounds generated within the plant such as shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, seeds or another source from which it is extracted through steam distillation, hydro-distillation, or cold pressed extraction.

The power of an essential oil lies in its constituents and their synergy.  Each essential oil is composed of 200- 500 different bio-constituents, which make them very diverse in their effects. No two oils are alike.

Some of the ways that I use Essential Oils below:
 (NOT store bought):

You may inhale the essential oils right from the bottle or with a diffuser.  You will gain their health benefits simply by breathing in their aromatic scents.

You may apply essential oils anywhere to your exterior body, (not in your eyes or in your ears). Dilute the essential oils with a fatty oil such as coconut oil, V-6, Enhanced vegetable oil complex, olive oil, etc..It is not recommended to apply citrus oils to your skin if you will be exposed to the sun.

For more information on the chemistry and uses of essential oils from Young Living, I recommend visiting their website. If you want to become a member of the Young Living community, please Click Here for more information.

DIY: Linen Spray with Essential Oil
Transform your daily routine with essential oils. You may use oils for an afternoon pick-me-up, some bedtime serenity or even for improving your mood. Research shows that rosemary can improve cognitive function and memory. Peppermint oil may combat fatigue and increase alertness, and you may be able to lift your spirits with citrus oils. For subtle, but long lasting aromatherapy, diffuse oils in a diffuser or put a drop of essential oil in your hands & rub them together, then take a few breaths by cupping your hands over your mouth and nose.

Today we will learn How to Make Linen Spray by using Lavender Essential oil
for a nice and comforting aroma for your linens.  Another name used is
Pillow Spray, use it for a fresh and clean scent for my pillows and sheets.
If you are already using Essential oils, a great way to recycle your essential oil bottles
is to turn them into spray bottles or rollers.    
You may find Essential Oil Black Atomizer Spray Tops available
online as well as Roller Fitments with Caps.  You may also just buy
the 2 oz Glass Bottles already with the spray tops.

To this recipe, I added 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom salt, but you may use original
witch hazel without alcohol instead.  Below you will find a list of what you will need.

The amount of water you use depends on the size of your bottle.
You may mix the liquid in the bottle itself or use another container
for the mix and then pour it into your bottle. I used a very small glass for the purpose of this tutorial. I also use Young Living Essential
oils for their great quality, but you may use the oil of your choice.
Follow the directions on the images below.
linen spray
Now isn't that easy?  I keep my linen spray on my night stand and love it.
I have tried this recipe with rubbing alcohol and I have to be honest, I don't like it  
because the alcohol overpowers the essential oil, so do not use rubbing alcohol. 
My personal favorite is the Epsom Salt, it does not have a scent and it really helps disperse the oil.
There you have it. I hope that you enjoy this little DIY for your home.
Do you have a favorite essential oil scent for making a pillow spray or linen spray?
 Let me know in the comments below.

linen spray

Slim Wallet: RFID Front Pocket Wallet Review

*Disclosure: Kindnz Sponsored the item on this post. All views and opinions expressed are my honest 100% opinion.

I received this Slim RFID Wallet from Kidzd so that I may give the company feedback on their 
product and also share my opinion with you.  At first, I wasn't sure about the wallet because it looked so slim.  I wondered if it was of poor quality.  When I received it, it surprised me to see how well made and practical it really is.  It holds cards well and it certainly is comfortable to carry around.  The durability looks promising, but only time will tell.  (Update: So far very durable.)
This is a convenient Super Slim, lightweight & minimalist wallet, it looks classic, fashionable & functional. The wallet has 6 card slots, 1 ID Window and 1 cash or receipt pocket in the top center. The wallet is also a RFID Blocking Wallet, this means that it keeps your vital information secure. It secures your credit cards and other RFID-chipped Cards, ID, etc., so it protects your personal information from being stolen. This technology allows you to remain SAFE and PROTECTED from electronic pick pocketing & blocks all RFID scanners and readers.

One of the great features is that it is simple, compact & ultra slim. The design makes it easy to slide into your front or back pocket. It has a clear finger glide for the ID window making it quick and easy to take your cards or money in and out.  By looking at it, you may think that our credit cards will probably not fit, but they do!!  It is soft and comfortable to place in your pocket.

I honestly recommend this wallet for people who do not want to carry bulky wallets in their pockets or in their purses. My husband loves it and has replaced his old wallet with this thin one. I cannot express how satisfied he is with this new wallet.

If you are interested in buying one for yourself or a loved one, check out their website and look at their collection. You will also get 20% off your purchase by using the coupon code: KINOFF20

I love the convenience of this wallet, it saves so much space and it is light to carry.  It is sturdy and well stitched.  It certainly makes for a sweet gift!
Thank you for dropping by today!

Old Glory Berry Pie

old glory berry pie
Hello, and Happy Independence Day Weekend!  Today I wanted to share
with you this delicious Patriotic Pie recipe from, thank you tiphero!
I have added a couple of extra things to mine.
It is a perfect patriotic dessert to share with family and friends during the celebration
of our Nation's Independence.  It may look harder than it really is, but it is pretty simple.

The ingredients that you will need are as follows:

Makes 1 (9-inch pie)
Approximately  2 hours & 45 minutes

  • Pie dough shells (2) 9 inch
  • Star cookie cutter (2 inches) and/or (1 inch)
  • Knife
  • 4 ­½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced 
  • 1­ ½ cups fresh blueberries

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract, divided
  • 1 large egg, beaten for egg wash
  • orange or lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a pinch of sugar for sprinkling over the pie




1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 Celsius).

2. On a lightly floured surface, place your dough.  If it's on a pie plate, turn upside down
and gently unfold the edges so that it will lay flat on the surface.

3. Roll it flat with a dough roller, if you have one on hand.

4. Cut out your stars using the cookie cutter and cut the stripes with a knife. Set it aside.

5. In a bowl, combine sugar and cornstarch and mix well.

6. Take ¼ cup of the sugar mixture and a ¼ teaspoon of almond extract and add it to the blueberries in a separate bowl.  Add the cinnamon and a pinch of zest to the blueberries.
Toss to coat.  Set aside.

7. In another separate bowl, add the remaining sugar mix to the strawberries and add
¼ teaspoon of almond extract and another pinch of zest, toss to coat.

8. Take a piece of aluminum foil and fold it in half several times to create a two inch- wide strip.
Fold the bottom corners so that it fits well inside the pie dish, separate the sections by 1/3 and 2/3 areas.

9. With one hand holding the foil in place, gently pour in the strawberries into the 2/3 section, then the blueberries in the 1/3 section. Gently level out the berries and remove the foil.

10. Using the dough that was cut out for the stars and stripes, place the stripes over the strawberries making sure to leave space between the stripes.  Lay out the stars over the blueberries.

11. Brush the dough carefully with egg wash, sprinkle lightly with sugar, then cover the
edges of the pie with 2-inch strips of foil to prevent burning or a crust shield.

12. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, then remove the foil or crust shield,  reduce
heat to 375 degrees and continue to bake for 60 minutes or until the edges are golden and the
fruit is bubbling.

13. Cool pie for an hour before serving.  Goes well with vanilla ice cream!



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