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Friday, September 30, 2011

Certified Organic Exfoliating Cleansing Bar- A Pure Miessence Giveaway!

Our skin is our biggest organ and I am very concerned about the chemicals in our everyday products.  I was so happy to discover Miessence Certified Organics. I am relieved that the products are safe and natural. One Group is a great direct sales, work from home, business opportunity. The company is organic and green. It has an outstanding compensation plan. All of the products and their ingredients are beneficial to your skin and body. The Rose Geranium Certified Exfoliating Cleansing Bar came in my Miessence Organic Lifestyle  Pack. It was the very first Miessence product that I fell in love. Well, I did hop in the shower as soon as I received my package. Everything is of superior quality, top of the line, certified organic and safe.

Cleansing Bar - Geranium
The Rose Geranium Certified Organic Exfoliating Cleansing Bar is invigorating and makes my skin feel fresh and new. The natural sisal bag exfoliates your skin leaving it soft and smooth. This extra virgin coconut cleansing bar is hand crafted from organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil from the Pacific Islands and includes organically grown essential oils.

I am going to be giving away a Certified Organic Exfoliating Cleansing Bar. Your choice of Rose Geranium or Tea Tree. There are 10 ways to enter:
1. Subscribe to http://earthloveandcraziness.blogspot.com/ either Google connect or via email (mandatory)
2. Subscribe to the monthly Pure Miessence Newsletter
3. Like Pure Miessence on Facebook
4. Like Earth, Love and Craziness on Facebook
5. Follow Pure Miessence on Twitter
6. Visit my shop and let me know what other Miessence products you would like me to consider for future giveaways.
7. Share this giveaway on your blog
8. Share on your Facebook page
9. Share on Twitter
10. Tell me something that you like about the company

Leave a new comment for each entry.

A random winner will be choosen on Friday October 7th. I will post the winner. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My Sourdough Adventure - It's just the beginning.

 I was at the heath food store and I picked up a little packet of Gold Rush Sourdough Starter. I am such a cheater. All I had to do was add water and flour and it was ready. Simple. I didn't have to mess around with getting my sourdough going. Which is great since I've procrastinating about starting my sourdough. 

Here it is! My always hungry sourdough.
Sourdough has many health benefits. I want to do as much of my baking as I can with it. Sourdough breaks down gluten making it easier to digest and I think my hubby might be a little gluten intolerant.

I have found this great website http://www.northwestsourdough.com/. Northwest Sourdough has a free e-book that is all about sourdough and lots of recipes. Everything you need to know about sourdough is in this free e-book.

My sourdough is keeping me really busy. So far I have made hamburger buns, biscuits, waffles, bagels, crackers, pancakes, whole grain bread, tortillas, tortillas and more tortillas. I have been making homemade tortilla chips and everyone loves them. I don't mind doing it either because they are much healthier and cheaper. I need to figure out a sourdough/flour ratio so I can change regular recipes into sourdough. One thing at a time, Jessica.

We have made these sourdough crackers twice and everyone eats them up quick. They are very easy to make and use up sourdough. You can sprinkle whatever you want on them to season them. We have tried lemon pepper and salt. 

In a few days my sourdough is going in the refrigerator to take a break. My freezer is overflowing with baked goods. Do you use sourdough? What are your favorite recipes?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Grilled Corn on the Cob

I love corn on the cob this time of the year! I especially love it on the grill. It taste better and it is much easier. I am not getting a pot dirty to wash. It is a lot easier to peel when it is prepared this way. I do like to do things as simple as possible.
 I clean the corn up so there isn't any fires.
 You can grill your corn before your other food. Once you take it off of the grill it stays hot for a while. So make sure you have a napkin to hold the corn with when you start peeling. 
 Mmm, looking good!
 Ike found the corn holders in the drawer and could not wait to use them. Yes, Ike is eating his dinner naked. Sometimes it just happens.
 Sam really enjoyed his corn too. I am pretty sure it was the holders.
I grilled extra corn up so I would have some to put in the freezer. Making big batches of food is making my life easier.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Back to School Routine and Chore Charts

Yes, that would be TRYING to get a routine. It is a mad house in my house all of the time. I finally feel like I am getting some things under control. It must be because Ike and Sam are getting a little bigger. 

Nighttime seams to be the biggest problem. Ike and Sam nurse to sleep and it seems like it takes them forever to fall asleep. I have gotten lazy and I will go nurse one of them on the couch to sleep while I watch t.v. or I will let them run around around until 11:30pm. That way they will be nice and ready. Sometimes I just get a little annoyed by it. We also have the problem of one of them or both of them getting up after we lay down (it's hard with two) and going to play or find daddy. 

Here is our bedtime race car to-do chart! This is the best picture I could take. I laminated it so that is why there is a big flash on it. Ike and Sam each have their own car and track. I found some pics online for what they have to do. When the task gets completed they  move the laminated car to it. I did use a little sticky velcro to do this. It won't stay sticking on their forever so I am going to try some poster putty next. 
The 1st picture is ready, set, go. Followed with pic up toys, bath time, pj's, brush teeth, a book, cross the finish line and goodnight. I hope it works to get them to bed and for me to stick to it.

Josie is ten and going into the 5th grade. She really want's an allowance. I think she should have to work for it.  Before school she must make her bed, brush her teeth and eat/clean up her breakfast. After school includes homework, have her school bag ready for the next day and pick up room. Before bed brush teeth and pick out clothes for am. Everyday she must pick up after herself, help around the house, be respectful, ask before doing things and no crying/whining when she doesn't get her own way.
I think this is pretty general for 10 year old. This is the first one of these I have made. I hope it helps keep Josie a little more structured.

How do you get your kids into a routine and get them to remember their chores?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Good Bye Summer

I am sad that life is flying by so quickly. My babies are growing up way to fast and Josie is going into the fifth grade this year. I am glad summer is ending because I don't really like the hot weather. I love fall! I love apple cider, jeans, Halloween, the smell, leaves, the fair and the excitement of back to school. I also love the smell of burning leaves. Fall brings me back to my childhood.  

Josie, Ike and Sam had a good time at the water fountains downtown this summer. 

What will you miss about summer? Are you looking forward to fall?

Friday, September 2, 2011

How often do you eat pizza?

First, I would like to say I have not been very consistent on my blog posts this summer. The reason is I have been busy trying to get organized by staying off of my computer. I have unliked a lot of facebook pages and unsubscribed to a lot of emails to free up my time. Oh yeah, I also have two toddlers that need a lot of attention. 

How often does your family eat pizza? My husband loves pizza. I try to make it once a week or he will end up ordering some or talking me into ordering some. I love delivery pizza but I feel super guilty for eating it.

I am trying to make life easier by making dinner easier. Three weeks ago I tripled my pizza dough recipe and made extra sauce. I made 4 delicious pizza's, froze two of the pizza's whole and froze two balls of dough. The following weekend I just put the frozen pizza's in the oven. Easy, homemade, from scratch, yummy dinner.

Last night I pulled my 2 last dough balls, extra sauce and some chopped red peppers out of the freezer. I don't like pepperoni. I do like pepperoni a lot.  I just don't think it is really that good for us. I am a married woman and I need to compromise. I did put a lot of spinach on the pizza so I though my hubby deserved some pepperoni.