Monthly Archives: August 2017

We Can All Be Amazing

Do you ever have one of those days where everything is just perfect and amazing? Or what about a whole week worth of amazingness? The kind that nothing goes wrong. Everything you do is done well. Everyone you come across has a smile on their face. You go to reach for your Halo Top ice cream and your regular flavors are packed full and in-stock. OK, me neither…..let’s bring it down to reality now LOL. We all have moments in our days where there might be something that was absolutely amazing, right?

What about when you talk with your friends or new people that you meet? Do you ever compare yourself to them or build them up when they’ve done something amazing? Can’t we all be amazing? Absolutely! This life isn’t about me. I strive to always encourage everyone I come in contact with no matter what it is. It not only gives me joy, but that person will shine and we both rise!

So, today is one of those AMAZING days!!!

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I’m excited to announce that the blog tour starts today for the book I’ve been reviewing called So Close to Amazing by my friend, KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms. This is going to be a blog tour of stories and reviews of anyone’s “so close” experiences. We all have them! I’m excited to be co-hosting along with 12 other amazing bloggers. Please join our linky party and share your #soclosetoamazing moments as well as those amazing ones.

So Close to Amazing will be available on September 5, 2017. Pre-order HERE by September 4, 2017 and you can receive some amazing prizes included with your purchase.

You will find this book heartwarming, super funny, filled with faith and there’s even these cute pages with DIY projects straight from KariAnne at the end of each chapter.

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A Blog Tour of So Close to Amazing – Stories and Reviews

August 21 – September 16, 2017

I invite you to link up your book review about So Close to Amazing so we can share with others all of our #soclosetoamazing moments and encourage one another. You don’t even have to have a blog. Just share away! Have you had a DIY project gone bad? Maybe you found that garage sale dresser that you just thought would look so cute if you stripped it and re-painted it in a cute chalky paint color but ended up being a big flop? We want to see these! We’re all imperfect but we’re also here to build everyone up and hopefully laugh a little once we look back on these little mess ups LOL. #soclosetoamazing

PRIZES. Did I mention PRIZES?

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Each time you link up to the party on any of the 13 bloggers, you will be entered to win one of the two prizes. How cool is this?? (2) winners will be announced randomly on Thistlewood Farms blog on September 17, 2017. Good luck!!!

CO-HOSTS

Please visit all of our co-hosts and I hope you enjoy reading all of their reviews and stories of their #soclose moments.

Thistlewood Farms

Botanic Bleu

My Creative Days

A Fresh Squeezed Life

A Delightful Glow

Kim Ink

Not a Trophy Wife

Nourish and Nestle

Bluesky Kitchen

Noting Grace

Not Just Paper and Paint

Sondra Lyn at Home

Evey’s Creations

I pray you will be touched by these heartwarming reviews. It’s been such an honor to stand alongside with these 12 bloggers and to be part of the launch team with my friend KariAnne. If you have any questions on how the linky party works, please email me at wendy@littlehousesimpleliving.com.

Don’t forget to PRE-ORDER So Close to Amazing by KariAnne Wood by September 4, 2017 and get those amazing PRIZES just because she loves you! 

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Blessings!
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How To Make Calendula Oil & It’s Uses

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So what’s all the hype about Calendula Oil? Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is an herbaceous plant related to the Asteraceae family. It’s an amazing herb that has a bunch of health benefits and has a history as a medicinal herb. Calendula flowers are sometimes referred to as pot marigold but really isn’t related to the Marigold at all. This is an oil that every homestead should have on hand at all times.

Making Calendula infused oil is so easy and once you make it, you’re going to say “Why haven’t I made this before!”

Calendula Infused Oil

  • Servings: Alot
  • Time: 4-6 weeks
  • Difficulty: easy
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(1) Quart Size Mason Jar
1 ½ cups of dried Calendula flowers
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cold Pressed

Instructions:
Take your mason jar and fill it up with the calendula flowers. Then, pour the olive oil over the flowers until it’s about 1 inch above covered in oil. Next, put a lid on the jar and put away somewhere in a dark place. The oil needs to infuse for 4-6 weeks. Shake it around gently so the flowers can infuse even greater. Once it’s ready, take a piece of cheesecloth and strain the Calendula oil along with the flowers into a new clean mason jar. Screw the lid on tight and store on a shelf. Good for one year. Make sure you label the jar with name of oil and date.

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So, now that you know how to make it, let me tell you about all of it’s amazing uses!

  1. Excellent for your hair
  2. It’s great as a makeup remover
  3. Amazing at treating acne & scrapes
  4. Wonderful for diaper rash
  5. A natural healing for burns
  6. Used in soaps, lip balms and salves

There you have it. Calendula flowers have amazing healing properties, especially when you make an infused oil. In addition to topically, Calendula flowers can be made into a tea and works great on a sore throat or a urinary tract infection.

Stay tuned as I have some new salves coming out and I’ll be adding my infused Calendula oil to them.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!!!

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I Can Eat Bread Again

breadbeckersSeveral years ago I was told by a doctor that I shouldn’t eat bread or anything with gluten in it. So, I went on a Gluten-Free kick but still had the same stomach issues and “chicken skin” on my elbows. A good friend of mine introduced me to grinding my own flour and I’ve never looked back. I make yummy loaves of bread, bagels, hot dog and hamburger buns, cookies, cupcakes and more!

I had the honor of meeting Sue Becker a few years ago and I learned so much about the myths of gluten intolerance and the health benefits from eating bread from freshly milled flour.

Please join me this coming Saturday in Deland. It’s totally FREE and they aren’t trying to sell you anything. Sue has a passion for health and really just wants people to be made known of the amazing benefits of the flour. Make sure you email Pat on the flyer and let her know you are coming. If you don’t want to drive, I can take a few people with me.

I hope to see you there!!!

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