Saturday, July 23, 2016

Apple Cider Vinegar Relaxing Bath Rinse

Ah, a relaxing bath can do wonders for the soul. Just the chance to sit back and know that the troubles of the day are being washed away. Apple Cider Vinegar is a great cleanser. It washes away soap scum and it is a natural way to wash away some bacteria. This is super simple to make and you have most of the items around the house already.

Here's What You Need

1 cup of water
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
2 sprigs of fresh mint
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
5 drops of peppermint essential oil

Here's What You Do

Heat your water and vinegar. As soon as it comes to a boil add the mint, rosemary and fennel seeds. Turn down your heat to low and allow them to cook for about 5 minutes. Allow it to cool. Once it is cooled strain out the solids. Pour it into a bottle and add your essential oil. Store it in a cool dark area. Add about a cup to your bathwater.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

There's A Moment

Have you ever had a moment or a discussion when there is a moment when you think to yourself this is the silliest conversation I have had in months. That's what happened to me the other day. Actually, it was an entire incident that made me think this is truly foolish.

You see I was at work. Yes, work always seems to be the center of a lot of foolishness in a person's life doesn't it? I was gathering up my equipment for the days work. I got the first piece I needed and put it at my work station. I walked away to get more equipment. I returned with my equipment. What did I see?

I saw a co-worker, the rhinoceros playing bagpipes with stinky breath if you want to know which one, rearranging my work space. She was taking my equipment. I walked up and looked at her. I didn't say anything. I just stopped. She informed me that I had more work on that equipment. I said I saw that. And then she finally said alright, I just didn't want to look for more equipment. I simply replied okay. And she went off with the equipment.

I shook my head and thought to myself that conversation was pointless. In fact, the whole incident was pointless. Why didn't she just ask if she could have the equipment? My initial conclusion was she's crazy. But that isn't really true. She's not. She just had a moment when she didn't want to deal with the every day problems of co-workers. But at that moment it was a little crazy wasn't it?

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Why Murder

I'm really fortunate today to have a guest post by Lauren Carr. She is the author of the new book Candidate For Murder.

Book Description:

It’s election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the local year-round residents who have enjoyed their rural way of life and the city dwellers moving into their mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed gate community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clothes lines.

When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees on the town residents, Police Chief David O’Callaghan decides to make a statement—by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run as mayor of Spencer!

What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight Gnarly becomes the front runner—at which point his political enemies take a page straight out of Politics 101. What do you do when you’re behind in a race? Dig up dirt on the front runner, of course.

Seemingly, someone is not content to rest with simply embarrassing the front runner by publicizing his dishonorable discharge from the United States Army, but to throw in a murder for good measure. With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the gang—including old friends from past cases—dive in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!

Author's Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The twelfth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Candidate for Murder will be released June 2016.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
You can learn more about Lauren and her books through the links listed below.

Why Murder?
By Lauren Carr

One day when I was visiting my husband at our church, where he works as the administrator, a young pastor approached me. At this point, he had known me for many months, but had only just discovered that I wrote murder mysteries, which he considered quite peculiar for a middle-aged church lady.
“Do you ever kill anyone you know?” he asked with worried expression on his face.
“Of course,” I replied. “I also kill complete strangers.”
His eyes grew big and he ended the conversation.
When most people think of murder mystery writers, they envision Agatha Christie (a soft-spoke elderly woman), Richard Castle (loveable guy with a boyish-charm and a wild imagination), or maybe Sherlock Holmes (extremely intelligent gentleman with more than a touch of arrogance).
While each of these writer types may impress readers, there still remains one underlying question. Sure, they may each contain that wonderful combination of writing talent and wild imagination, but why—why use that combination to write murder mysteries?
After all, it goes without saying. Murder is the ultimate violation that one human being can inflict on another. It is a theft of one’s life. When someone commits a murder, they are ripping a mother, father, daughter, son, husband, wife out of their loved ones’ lives—an act for which there is no way to compensate the living victims.
So why would an otherwise normal person (at least I think I’m normal) use her talent writing murder mysteries? Some might think that is endorsing murder, as a writer friend told me her church group saw it.
Not really, is how I respond to that.
A mystery is a puzzle. Mystery writers love puzzles. Some love crossword puzzles. Others, like me, love jigsaw puzzles. I grew up reading mysteries—from Bobbsey Twins to Nancy Drew to Agatha Christie and Perry Mason. But I didn’t start writing murder mysteries until I was in my thirties. Until then, I wrote humor.
Murder mysteries, I told myself, took a special talent that involved creating the puzzle and taking it apart for readers to solve. I didn’t think I could be clever enough to do that. But then, after reading mystery after mystery in which I solved the cases way too early, I realized I needed more of a challenge. Like a crossword puzzle fan who finds that the challenge is gone, I needed to exercise my brain by taking the challenge up a notch.
It was time to create my own mystery.
In books falling into the mystery genre, a detective or amateur sleuth works through the clues (puzzle pieces) to piece together the crime in order to reveal the culprit. When the crime is murder, then they are looking for the identity of the killer.
The next question might be: Why write murder mysteries?
Because murder is the ultimate crime that one can perpetrate on another human being. That makes it the ultimate puzzle—failure to solve the puzzle means the killer goes free. A murder mystery is not like a jigsaw puzzle in which you throw up your hands and dump the pieces back into the box if you can’t finish it. Failure to complete the puzzle is not an option.
While there are some murder mysteries in which the killer is allowed to escape to challenge the detective another day, many murder mystery writers, like me, create a world between the pages where the killer is always held accountable for his or her crimes.
Wrong has be righted.
Justice prevails.
All is right with the world, which is something that murder mystery writers can’t get from a crossword puzzle.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party 130

Have you ever had days when you just feel like enough something has to change. You just think to yourself that this isn't working something has to be different. I think I hit that point this week. Things came to a head with a situation. I don't know how that situation is really going to work out, but something is going to change. I know it will. It's the how will I get to the point that it will change is the key. That's what I'm figuring out today. Hope everybody had a wonderful week. And enjoy the linky party!

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10-Minute Outdoor Candle Planter
Garden Therapy
I was strolling through my local garden center a few weeks back and saw the most brilliant use of terracotta – outdoor candle planters! I quickly gathered the materials and went straight home to make my own, and I LOVE how it turned out!

Distressed Harlequin Art Deco Side Table
The Interior Frugalista
That's right, Mr. Frugalista found this tiered Art Deco side table on a local online auction site, which has become a go-to source for furniture. It had already been chalk painted in Duck Egg Blue, distressed, and dark waxed and was selling for a very good price. Sold to the highest bidder!

Adult Coloring Review
Paulette's Papers

Premium Colored Pencils (SET OF 72) Soft Core Lead Ultra Smooth in 72 Individual Colors (No Duplicates) in a Beautiful Tin Case – Pre-Sharpened – Highest Quality – Perfect for Artists & Beginners

Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Say hello to my very first chocolate cheesecake for Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt! This chocolate peanut butter ball cheesecake is epic though. It has Nutter Butters crushed up into cookie balls and placed into the cheesecake before it’s baked. They are firm which I love. They don’t fall apart when you’re cutting the cheesecake or getting a fork full.

DIY Lavender “Essential Oil” Tincture
Hello Creative Family
I’m so excited to officially launch our Think Ahead Handmade Gifts series today!!! I hope that you all had a chance to read my post on Tuesday where I introduced the concept of the series and gave you all the opportunity to sign up for our Handmade Gift Givers Club. If not, hop on over to our Handmade Gifts Made Easy post and take a peek!

Easy DIY Burp Cloths
The Lost Apron
These burp cloths are quick and easy to make.  They are great for your baby, to give to a new mom, or as a simple baby shower gift.  They are made with a cloth diaper on one side and fun fabrics on the other side.  Make a set in a variety of fabrics.

Walking on Sunshine
And I've been doing really good at taking the photos, writing the ingredients
down as I go along so I can blog about the recipe with you too.
 I'm sure we've all seen the video floating around on Facebook of the Hasselback chicken stuffed
with cheese, tomatoes and basil.   I made a few changes from the recipe the video showed and
it came out delicious.  Really easy and my husband is already requesting
this recipe for dinner again

Flour On My Face
This Mango Peach Salsa recipe is an old recipe from back in 2011. It is so good that I have made it so many times I can’t even count.

Rose Bakes

A couple of weeks ago I went on the search for a recipe for a cake like this for my sister-in-laws birthday.  I wanted something new to bake for her, and since she loves cookie dough, this seemed like a perfect cake!

Baked Mac n’ Cheese with Hot Dogs & Tomatoes
You Brew My Tea

Baked Mac n’ Cheese has been a favorite of mine since childhood, but this particular recipe is the creation of my mother-in-law.  In fact, it is something that my Beau has been telling me about for years now.  So, this year for his birthday, I finally indulged and bought the ingredients to make this dish just for him.

Today, I thought I'd share Noah's birthday cake for this year!  He is a huge fan of peanut butter cups (more of an addict).  It's to the point where we can't keep them in the house because we'll both finish off a bag in a couple of really.  So, when it came time to craft up the perfect cake for him, I knew exactly what to make!

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