Tonya’s Butter for Chips Salsa

There is a restaurant that we go to in the mountains near Arrowbear that has the best salsa, and this summer I decided that I wanted to eat that salsa more often so I worked on replicating it.  My son had no faith in my ability to make any salsa that he would like, so he taunted me until I proved him wrong. It is not truly the same as the restaurant salsa, but it is so delicious that no {Read More}

The Cure To a Rough Day

Sitting in a long boring meeting, I had to convince myself that I could make it through. I had to use the behavior techniques on myself that are typically used with the kids that I work with, which is a first-then card. First I have to endure the meeting, then I get to have an ice cream sundae. It made the meeting slightly more bearable. Here is my beautiful reward for enduring an unusually rough day. What is your preferred {Read More}

Sun Tea

We really love iced tea in our house, and making sun tea is a great way to enjoy your tea.  It’s nice to have the sun do all of the work while I go enjoy the day and do some things with the kids. I put in 12 cups of water, almost 1 cup of sugar, and 4 tea bags. Sometimes I will put in 8 tea bags depending on how strong I want it to be and how much {Read More}

It Only Takes 15 Minutes

In order to develop a habit, I have found that I have to do it daily for two weeks.  I am going to test this out by spending 15 minutes a day straightening up or organizing an are/very small piece of the house.  Those who know me know that I run a small business out of my house, and I have a lot of therapy toys and therapy projects that are in multiple places in the house.  The office and {Read More}

Cheesy Vegetable Rice

I don’t share a lot of recipes because I am a very simplistic cook, and most of what I make does not actually require a recipe.  This dish for example does not actually require a recipe, but I will make one up for you so that you can share in the deliciousness of it as well.  I love when I can make a full meal with all of the nutritional basics in one pot.  So for this dish, you need {Read More}

Super Simple 3 Ingredient Ice Cream in a Baggy

For the summer months, my teenage kids wanted to do some science and craft and creating type of activities.  They got their inspiration from the Myth Busters and their line on the show where they say “Don’t try this at home”.  Well, the kids have started a youtube channel called We Tried it at Home.  We will be doing whatever strikes the kids’ fancy.  The internet is full of activities for young kids to do, but our activities are going {Read More}

DIY Blackberry Peppermint Lip Balm

I decided to try my hand at making some lip balm and it was pretty easy.  Not only was it easy, but the lip balm smelled and tasted wonderful.  It makes my lips feel good too.  I wanted to make it smell and taste good so I used blackberry and peppermint, and those scents and flavors blend very well. Ingredients: 1 Tbs. Beeswax 1/2 Tbs. Cocoa Butter 1Tbs. Coconut Oil 1/2 tsp. Blackberry Extract 1 tsp. Honey 20 drops of {Read More}

Carpet Cleaning with Essential Oils

It has been years since I have cleaned my carpet, so it had some dark stains on it as a result of the fun and parties that have happened over the years.  While prepping to host a big baby shower at my house, I decided to try the Thieves cleaner that I have started using.  I mixed 2 capfuls of the concentrated cleaner with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle, then I got busy spraying spots. We sprayed {Read More}

Whipped Home Made Face Cream

I have very dry skin that is definitely showing its age.  I tend to use some very good moisturizing creams, and have a pretty good system to keep my skin from being dry, but I still have skin damage and age spots (Southern California has lots of sun).  I was checking out the creams at the drug store the other day, and noticed that some very expensive creams had essential oils as part of their ingredient list.  One age spot {Read More}