DIY: How to Make Organic Vegan Deodorant

There are a lot of natural deodorants out there, it’s just that, well… most of them don’t work well. I have tried so many of them and can tell you by experience that just because it says natural that may not always be the case or they just simply don’t work. I have to give a disclaimer as I am giving you a great deodorant recipe, that this recipe may not work for you. I find that it is truly a person’s body chemistry that will determine the right deodorant. So keep this in mind, eating a good diet and drinking enough water can really cut down the odor. If you can find, buy aluminum-free baking soda and all-natural or organic arrowroot powder. You can find them in your grocery store or local health food store or even online. I am going to post two great recipes that I use in my home, one with shea butter and one without, use what you have or what is best for you. All the ingredients I am using in batch are organic, pure and all natural. This is the first time using candelilla wax so I will give you an update on how this works with this new recipe!

Makes (3) 2.25 ounce deodorant sticks

Ingredients:
4 oz aluminum free baking soda
2 oz arrowroot powder
1.75 oz organic unrefined shea butter
2 oz organic coconut oil
1/4 tsp candelilla wax
.5oz organic avocado oil
1ml vitamin E oil
1 ml sweet orange essential oil
75 ml almond essential oil

Directions: Weigh out the shea butter and place into a double boiler or glass container. Measure out 1/4 teaspoon of candelilla wax and add to the shea butter. Heat in double boiler or microwave until melted.

In a heat resistant bowl, add the shea butter and candelilla wax.

In a heat resistant bowl, add the shea butter and candelilla wax.

Next, weigh out the coconut oil and avocado oil and stir into the the melted butters and wax.

Organic Vegan Deodorant

After that you can go ahead and add the dry ingredients by weighing out the baking soda and arrowroot powder and stirring into the liquefied mixture. Mix well.

Organic Vegan Deodorant

 

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Using a pipette, you will measure out the almond and sweet orange essential oil and vitamin E, using a different pipette for each oil, and then stir into the liquid deodorant mixture.

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You can now slowly pour the deodorant into 3 2.25oz. empty deodorant containers. Use the spatula to help get all of the deodorant into the containers if needed.

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Allow your deodorants to cool completely, then cap and label.

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Organic Vegan Deodorant

Here is one recipe if you do not want or have candelilla wax.

Shea Butter Deodorant

3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

3 Tablespoons Baking Soda

2 Tablespoons Shea Butter

2 Tablespoons Arrowroot

Essential Oil of choice (optional)

Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted.
Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot.
Mix well
Add essential oils and let it cool completely and put into a old clean deodorant stick for easier use. (Note: May melt in the summer)
Finally, here is another recipe if you do not have shea butter or do not want to use it.

Coconut Oil Deodorant

Ingredients
1/4 cup of baking soda

1/4 cup of arrowroot powder

4 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, Soft (room temperature)

1/4 tsp essential oil (optional)

Directions
Mix all ingredients together until combined. Store in an air tight container. You can melt and pour the deodorant into empty deodorant containers.

If you have sensitive skin you will want to cut the baking soda down to 2 tablespoons and add 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder.

How to Make Soft Pretzels

Do you ever go to the mall and have that one food item that you must get before you leave?  I do.  I love soft pretzels.  Doesn’t matter who they are from, I just have to have them!

Betty Crocker has a great book called “The Big Bread Book” that I have been making some really good recipes from.  One of those recipes is for yummy soft pretzels (ok, I know I use yummy a lot, but really they are!)  Try them out and let me know what you think!

Soft Pretzels
Serves 16
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Prep Time
35 min
Prep Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  4. 1 package regular active or fast-acting yeast
  5. 1 1/2 cups water
  6. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  7. 1 cup water
  8. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  9. 2 teaspoons coarse (kosher or sea) salt
Instructions
  1. 1. In large bowl, stir 2 cups of the flour, the sugar, salt and yeast with wooden spoon until well mixed. In saucepan, heat 1 1/2 cups water over medium heat until very warm (120-130 degrees). Add warm water and oil to flour mixture. Mix by hand or with a mixer on medium speed for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough is soft (dough may be slightly sticky).
  2. 2. Place dough on lightly floured surface. Knead 5 to 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and springy. Lightly spray a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper with cooking spray, cover dough. Let rest 10 minutes.
  3. 3. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. In a bowl, stir 1 cup of water and the baking soda to make pretzel "wash."
  4. 4. Divide dough into 16 equal pieces. Roll each piece into 24-inch rope (dip hands in pretzel wash to make rolling dough easier). You can also cut 1 inch pieces to make pretzel bites. To make pretzel shape, form rope into circle, crossing ends at top. Fold dough so crossed ends rest on bottom of circle. Bush pretzel wash over both sides of the pretzels. Place pretzel on cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. 5. Just before baking, brush pretzels with reserved wash, sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake 1 cookie sheet at a time for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks; cool at least 15 minutes. Serve warm or cool.
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1. 

In a bowl add the flour, sugar, salt and yeast until well mixed.

In a bowl add the flour, sugar, salt and yeast until well mixed.

2.  

Place dough on lightly floured surface and knead for 5 to 10 minutes.

Place dough on lightly floured surface and knead for 5 to 10 minutes.

3.  

in a bowl, stir 1 cup of water and the baking soda to make pretzel wash.

in a bowl, stir 1 cup of water and the baking soda to make pretzel wash.

4.

Cut the mixture into long pieces or bits and roll into pretzel shape.

Cut the mixture into long pieces or bits and roll into pretzel shape.

Soft Pretzel

5.  

Bake in the oven for 10-13 minutes.

Bake in the oven for 10-13 minutes.

Enjoy!  Try with your favorite dipping sauce.

Enjoy! Try with your favorite dipping sauce.

 

 

How to Make Homemade Sugar Scrub

I love making natural products.  Especially products that I can give away for gifts to my family and friends.  I was in Walmart last night buying some stuff for the house and I decided to check out some of the sugar scrubs that were available for sale.  There was some really neat stuff on the shelf but then I looked at the label and just put the jar down.  There were so many ingredients listed that I could not pronounce.  As someone who makes all natural products as a living, I knew some of the ingredients were not natural and so deemed not so good-by my standards.  I have decided that the only body, bath and home products I use or give away have to be all natural and free from harsh chemicals.

So since I make my own salt scrubs, I decided to make a sugar scrub that was simple in its ingredients to give away as a gift.  This recipe is simple and does not use preservative or any other chemicals.  Plus, this sugar scrub is very moisturizer to the skin without being oily.

What you’ll need:

Ingredients:

2 cups of white granulated sugar

1 oz of coconut oil

1 tablespoon of  sweet almond oil

1 teaspoon of fragrance (I am using sweet pea fragrance oil)

1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin

colorant (optional)

Instructions:

1. In a clean medium bowl, add the white granulated sugar.

Sweet Pea Sugar Scrub

2. Next in a heat-resistant, melt the coconut oil in the microwave at 15 second intervals.  Add the sweet almond oil and mix well.  Add these oils to your sugar.

Sweet Pea Sugar Scrub

Sweet Pea Sugar Scrub

3. With your spoon and your hands, mix the oils into the sugar until full incorporated.  You can add your glycerin and fragrance at this time.

Sweet Pea Sugar Scrub

4. If you are using colorant, add it at this time.

Sweet Pea Sugar Scrub

5.  Make sure the container you are using is cleaned.  Add mixture to jar and label with ingredients!

Sweet Pea Sugar Scrub

 

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Celebrating MLK Day and a recipe for Blackberry Coffee Cake

Celebrating Martin Luther King’s Day has always been a family tradition.  My dad and sister are doing the annual MLK Day 5k walk.   I am always grateful to those that came before me and fought for my civil rights!

This weekend, I made a yummy coffee cake.  I had some blackberries that I was afraid were going to be wasted, so I found this yummy coffee cake recipe in the Betty Crocker’s Big Bread Book.  This is a favorite cookbook of mine because the recipes are super easy and super yummy.  Hope you enjoy!

Blackberry Coffee Cake
Serves 16
This yummy blackberry coffee cake can be eaten by itself or with coffee, milk or other beverage of choice!
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Prep Time
25 min
Prep Time
25 min
Filling
  1. 1 package of fresh blackberries
  2. 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  3. 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. Coffee Cake
  6. 2 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  10. 1 cup butter, softened
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  12. 2 eggs
  13. 8 oz sour cream
  14. Glaze (optional)
  15. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  16. 3 to 4 teaspoons water
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and side of pan and lightly flour. In a small bowl, stir all filling ingredients until mixed and set aside.
  2. 2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and baking soda and set aside. In a large bowl, beat 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, butter, vanilla, and eggs. Alternately, add flour mixture with sour cream.
  3. 3. Spread half of batter in pan. Add the filling on top. Spoon the rest of the batter on top.
  4. 4. Bake for 55-65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours.
  5. (Optional)
  6. 5. In small bowl, mix all glaze ingredients until smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over coffee cake and Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Be careful not to remove cake from oven too soon or it will flatten.
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Blackberry Coffee Cake

1. In your medium mixing bowl, add your blackberries, sugar, chopped walnuts, and cinnamon and mix well.

Blackberry Coffee Cake

2.  In another bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well.

Blackberry coffee cake

 

3. In larger bowl, add the eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla, and softened butter, mix on low until creamy.

Blackberry coffee cake4. Add the sour cream and flour to the creamy egg and sugar mixture.

Blackberry Coffee Cake

5. Add part of the batter to the bottom of your greased and floured pan.

Blackberry Coffee Cake

 

6.  Add the blackberry mixture on top of the first layer of cake batter.

Blackberry Coffee Cake

7. Add the last of the cake better and cook for 55-to 60 minutes until done.

Blackberry Coffee Cake

Enjoy!

 

DIY: Hot Processed Soap

When I first started making soap 2 years ago, I started by making hot processed soap.  I love, love, love HP soap because it is super easy to make and the cure time is low.  I generally let the bars sit for 1 or 2 weeks before using them.  I also don’t have to use as much fragrance or essential oil because they retain scent better.  These bars tend to go a lot quicker so I have learned to add steric acid or glycerin to it to get the to harden up.  I think if you are interested in making your own soap, this is a great first start!  This tutorial is from my eBook, Soap Making the Easy Way.

Cool Water

Ingredients and Equipment:

Lye/Water Solution:

4.7oz lye

12 oz water

Base Oils:

2oz castor oil

11oz pomace olive oil

8oz coconut oil

4oz palm kernel oil

2oz apricot kernel oil

1.5oz cocoa butter

1.5oz Shea butter

2oz sunflower oil

Colorants

1 teaspoon of Colbalt Blue Ultramarine Powder

1 tablespoons of sunflower oil

Essential Oil

1.5oz Cool Water Fragrance

Equipment:

Scale

Immersion Blender

Candy or thermo-thermometer

Whisk

Several spoons

Heat resistant containers

2 LB Wood Mold

 Instructions:

Mixing the lye-water solution

Ingredients to make soap

    Ingredients to make soap

Make sure to wear your gloves, goggles and mask when mixing lye-water solution.

Make sure to wear your gloves, goggles and mask when mixing lye-water solution.

1. Measure out your lye and water in two separate containers.  With your mask, goggles, and gloves on mix the lye into the water.  Carefully set this aside.

Always add the lye to the water.

Always add the lye to the water.

2. Measure out your cocoa butter, Shea butter, palm kernel oil and coconut oil and place them in your Crockpot on high heat until completely melted.

3. Measure out your apricot kernel oil, sunflower oil, olive oil and castor oil and pour into the Crockpot.

 In your Crockpot add your oils.

In your Crockpot add your oils.

4.  Take temperature of lye-water solution.  As with the oils, make use the solution is cooled to between 100-120 degrees.

5. Add the lye-water solution to the oils slowly whisking until solution has been completely poured. 

Add the lye-water solution to your oils.

Add the lye-water solution to your oils.

6. Place your immersion blender into your Crockpot.  Make sure the blender is at the bottom before starting to blend.

7. Blend soap mixture until a thick trace.  It will look like cake batter.

With your blender stir the soap batter until thick trace.

With your blender stir the soap batter until thick trace.

8.  Make sure that the soap mixture is a thick trace.

 Thick Soap Trace

 9. Put the lid onto your Crockpot and let soap cook.  Check soap mixture every 30 minutes.

HP Soap 10. Cook time should be between 2 1/2—3 hours:

 

11.  Thick mash potato consistency.

Thick Mashed Potato Consistency.

Thick Mashed Potato Consistency.

12.  When stirring every 1/2 hour, you will see the consistency of the soap mixture change from a soft creamy mash potato to thick mash potatoes.  Keep stirring!  Mixture will become translucent. 

  

Creamy Mash Potato Consistency.

Creamy Mash Potato Consistency. 

 

Thick Mashed Potato Consistency.

Thick Mashed Potato Consistency.

 

13. Once you have cooked the soap mixture between 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours, it will become translucent.

 

 

14.  You are now ready to add your fragrance.  I am using 1.5 oz of “Cool Water” Type Fragrance. 

Translucent Soap Consistency

Translucent Soap Consistency

 

15. If you are using color, add it now.  I am leaving half the soap mixture the natural color and the other half cobalt blue ultramarine.

                  

Add your colorant to your soap and mix well.

Add your colorant to your soap and mix well.

16. Layer the natural color on the bottom of the mold.

Natural layer of soap on bottom.

Natural layer of soap on bottom.

17. Then layer the blue on top.  Tap the mold on the counter to make sure each layer is evenly layered.

 

Layer blue on top.

Layer blue on top.

18. Smooth out the top layer and set aside to harden.  Usually this can take 10 hours or wait the standard 24 hours before cutting and setting aside to cur

 19. Once you have cut your bars, they are ready to use but if you let them sit for 1 week, the bars will harden and last longer.

I let soap sit overnight before cutting.

I let soap sit overnight before cutting.

 (Cutting “Cool Water” Type Hot Processed Soap into bars using a miter box.)

Hot Processed Soap

I was able to get 10 4 ounce bars out of this batch.

I was able to get 10 4 ounce bars out of this batch.

I used supplies from Green Earth Goodness DIY Kits and Supplies.

 

 

Upcycle Wednesday

Upcycling is a great way to use stuff that you have around that house that you may not have immediate need for.  It is a great way to recycle or reuse great stuff.  I was a the library looking for some sewing books and came across this neat book on making creative things out of T-shirts.  This is a really neat book so I decided to make something just to see how it works.  I am not one to have lots of T-shirts.  I probably have a handful of them but tucked in my closet was a grey T-shirt that I bought in 2012 from Walmart with the tags still on them.  I thought–Yep, this is a great T-shirt to use since it is just sitting in my closet.  I am slightly changing the instructions because I felt it is easier to make this with a sewing machine than hand sewing.  That is my personal preference but if you don’t have a sewing machine, feel free to hand sew away!

So let’s get to it!

Sweet dreams are made of tees by megan Nicolay

Materials Needed:

1 T-shirt

Ruler

Tailor’s chalk

Scissors

Sewing Machine

1 bag of pillow stuffing or a load of T-shirt scraps)

 Materials Needed

Materials Needed
  1. Turn the T-Shirt inside out, cut off the sleeves just inside the seams, and mark and cut a straight line across the shirt, just below the neck band.  Cut off the bottom hem just above the stitching.

Upcycle T-Shirt

Upcycle T-Shirt2. Starting at the top corners, mark straight lines parallel to the sides of the shirt.  Cut along the lines (through both layers) to create a rectangle.

Upcycle T-shirt Pillow

3.  Using your sewing machine, sew the two panels together along all four sides.

Upcycle T-shirt Pillow

 

DSC002204.  Turn the pillow right side out. Stuff it, pushing the stuffing into the corners of the pillow first.

5.  Once the pillow is filled to desired plumpness and sew the opening closed.

Upcycle T-shirt Pillow

 

Kreative Creationz

Eating Clean

pile of sugar

 It is so hard for me to let go of my sugar addiction. I swear it feels like I live on cookies, cakes and pies, OH MY! All joking aside, sugar addiction is a terrible thing to have.

I have been reading the latest addition of Prevention magazine and they have an article called Eat Clean by Anne Alexander.  Anne says the “No. 1 thing you can do for your health and weight this year is to clean out hidden sugars.

Did you know that sugar goes by 50 different names on ingredient labels.  Holy Cow!  Some of these names are: high fructose corn syrup, barley malt, carob syrup, fruit juice concentrate, lactose, maltose, rice bran syrup, and sorghum syrup.

Think about it and look at all the different foods you have in you cabinets, refrigerator, or freezer.  Just about everything in my cabinets have labels with these different sugars.  So really what can I do?  How do I eliminate or reduce my sugar intake?  Good question I know…especially for a bonefide sugar addict!

Make a Clean Sweep!  Here’s how you do it according to Anne Alexander:

1. Ditch soda (there are 39 grams of sugar per can of coke).  Instead opt for seltzer water and infuse it with fruit.

2.  Beware of sugar-packed healthy foods.  Make sure to read the food labels.  When you eat out ask for the nutrition information for the item you want to eat.

3. Watch out for fat-free foods, especially low-fat salad dressings.  Food manufacturers use sugar as a flavor enhancer instead of fat.

It is possible that many of struggle with weight in part because of the amount of sugar we consume in a year.  Too much sugar has also been linked to diabetes.  Over 100 million Americans have diabetes or are pre-diabetic.  I know that last year I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic and have probably crossed over into the diabetic side.

Some things you can do to overcome sugar addiction, loose weight, and become healthy:

1. Limit you daily sugar intake to 25 grams.

2.  Start with a protein and fiber packed breakfast.  Aim for 300 calories, with 15 to 20 grams of protein.  Try eating Greek yogurt with a little peanut butter or oatmeal with 1 cup of milk and 2 teaspoons of peanut butter, or eggs with low-fat cheese.

3. DO NOT GO HUNGRY.  Eating every few hours prevents the blood sugar dips that trigger cravings.  Try snacks that are 100-150 calories.

4. Get a good night’s sleep. Restoring the metabolic harmony between the hormones ghrelin (which triggers appetite) and leptin (which triggers satiety), along with insulin.  When these hormones are working in concert, the result is fewer cravings and less propensity to store fat.

I know people eat what they want, when they want, and how they want.  I know I sure do!  As I get older in age and dealing with health issues of others I understand the importance of eating better.  Truthfully it is hard.  I love food.  I love sweets. And I don’t want anyone to tell me what to eat or not eat.  Plain and simple.  2014 is a different year.  Let’s eat better and get our health in order to live the best lives we can!

IF you are doing something to change your eating or health share it with me.  I’d love to have a network of support to help each other out!

Meatless Monday: Black Bean Burgers

I really enjoy eating some vegetarian and vegan dishes.  It give a great break from meat and the same ol’, same ol!  I try to eat at least one meatless meal a week.  I actually enjoy finding recipes and trying them.  Some are good, some are okay, and some I can simply do without.  I’d like to share them all so that you can try them yourself and see if they are good to your taste buds!

I wanted to make black bean burgers for a really long time but was just a little nervous on how they would taste.  It wasn’t until recently that I got my hands on a vegan cookbook by Chef Timothy Moore.  I was going through this eBook and came across this simple and easy to make black bean burger recipe.  I have to say they are really good.  I used half of a pita pocket and tomato and this was a great lunch for me along with a few cheddar Sun Chips.  Try it and let me know what you think?

Black Bean Burgers
Serves 6
Vegan Black Bean Burgers
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup organic instant oats
  2. 2 tsp onion powder
  3. 1 1/3 tsp garlic powder
  4. 1 TSP yellow or dijon mustard
  5. 1 15oz can organic black beans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet or cassarole dish with parchement paper and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mash the black beans with a fork until semi-pureed.
  3. Stir in the onion powder, garlic powder, and mustard until full incorporated.
  4. Add the instant oats and cover the mixture.
  5. Using your hand, make a ball with the mixture and pat down into a patty shape.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes and then flip over and bake for another 7-10 minutes.
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Using your fork, puree your beans slightly.

Using your fork, puree your beans slightly.

Add your ingredients: onion powder, garlic powder, and mustard to the bean puree.

Add your ingredients: onion powder, garlic powder, and mustard to the bean puree.

Add the instant oats and mix well.

Add the instant oats and mix well.

Form the mixture into a patty shape.

Form the mixture into a patty shape.

Black Bean Burger on half of a pita pocket. Served with Cheddar Sun Chips.

Black Bean Burger on half of a pita pocket. Served with Cheddar Sun Chips.

 

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New Year’s Inspiration

Happy New Year

 I really try not to make any New Year resolutions.  They never seem to work out for me and my little so called life.  Last year was such a doozy that I cannot even fathom setting goals for 2014.  One thing I know for sure is, it that life happens–whether you are ready for it or not.  The best way to get through is to have a great support system.  

In 2013 my grandfather died.  He was 85 years old.  He lived a great life, full of goals and ambition.  I was not that close to him in his later years so his death took me by surprise and left me with this one lesson: love the ones you have, while you have them!

In 2013 my dad was diagnosed with cancer.  This my friends was the hardest battle for our family.  I went to every doctor’s appointments, learned how to make “green” health juice, and battled cancer with my dad.  My dad is the only parental figure in my life.  He has been since I was six years old so he is my everything.  He had his surgery at the end of September 2013.  This picture of him below is my inspiration for 2014 and the quote that I would like to share is simply: “though I am weak, he made me strong!”

After Dad's surgery in September.

After Dad’s surgery in September.

My dad is doing much better now.  He has come through his surgery and has been given a wonder bill of health.  He will continue to be monitored and of course I will be by his side always!

 

Happy New Year and may 2014 be a great one for you!

Angela

 

 

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2014 Calendar Printable

Happy New Year!

What a year 2013 was for me and my family.  I am so blessed to have made through last year.  So many things happened and I was not able to be as active on my blog as I wanted.  there were so many days, weeks and months that I had no creativity at all.  Thank you all for sticking with me.  I am hoping that 2014 will be a better year for me and for this blog!

The first post of the year (or close to the year) is a nice little calendar that I created.  I love calendars and use them faithfully to keep my little so called life organized.  I generally buy a small pocket calendar to keep in my purse but because I have so much to organize this year, I wanted something bigger that I can keep on my desk.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2xFefixe1evODQ2cDZmN1Bfa2s/edit?usp=sharing

Stay tuned for the first installment of the “Making It Homemade” Series!