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And it Will Smell Like Fall Too

Photo: www.naturalbeachliving.com

Even though I have lived in South Texas for a very long time, every year I long for the feeling of fall we had growing up in Kansas. We don’t have much of a fall here and it doesn’t happen until about late October so I have to manufacture it!

My son is really too old for playdough but I thought I would give it a try anyway. The idea of playing with squishy playdough that smells like apples and cinnamon was just too big of a draw for me. It seemed like a bit of a stress reliever too. A great addition would be Essential Oils. Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil smells amazing and supports immunity. Save this recipe for Christmastime and sub out the Cinnamon Bark for Peppermint Essential Oil. What a great gift for kiddos too!

Thanks to Kimberly from Natural Beach Living for sharing this taste of fall and fun with us!

A More Healthy Way to Take on Mold

With all the flooding in South Texas in the past week and still happening, the go to for clean up is usually bleach. But is that really the best thing to use? It might not be…

Bleach does kill mold but it’s not as effective as you might think. Bleach consists of 90% water which is the exact liquid that got the mold growing in the first place. Also, bleach is meant to clean non-porous surfaces – not to soak in to wood and wall-board. So the wall may look clean but may not actually be free of mold.

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Make the Most of the End of Summer

In some parts of the country you creative types are already looking at worsted weight projects and toasty slippers. But down here in far South Texas, we are still in the thick of summer. Wherever you happen to live, there is still time for a few last weeks of tank wearing weather.

To help you (and me) out, I did a little research to seek out my last summer pattern. Whether you choose to sew or knit, here are a few simple patterns that are ready to go.

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Make Your Own – Almond Butter

This is a throwback post from 2 kitchens ago but its such an easy and healthy thing to make it is worth repeating!

If you have ever priced or purchased Almond Butter at the market then you will know how expensive it is. Well, if you have the supplies pictured above you can make your own for less and control the ingredients included (think sugar)! I did not attempt this without any guidance. I found this great recipe and tutorial at Katie’s blog Dishin’ and Dishes. She goes through the steps with great pictures so that I could make sure that what I was doing was right. It seems like your food processor will go on forever but just be patient, the almonds WILL turn into butter. A great addition to the almonds is Cinnamon Bark essential oil – you only need a drop or 2! (Here’s the kind I use.)

 

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A Crafty and Early Autumn!

Just like my post about soup, I push the fall crafting season up too. Even though it is not getting much cooler yet in South Texas, I’m ready to start making! So I looked around at some really great nature/autumn related projects and I thought I would share. How do I decide which one I start with? 🙂 You?

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