Thursday, September 22, 2016

Threads from @shopharperwest on IG!

This boy has given me gray hairs, tired eyes, and a very, very full heart. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Back to school! I can't believe this is Rivers' last year of Pre-k! Last year (and the year before) transitioning into school was really really tough for him. He had major separation anxiety and would cry and cry and I'd have to sneak out of the school and feel awful the whole time he was there and just hope that he would eventually enjoy himself. This year is SO different! He has matured SO much! Drops off are so seamless. He is happy to socialize and walks right in with so much confidence. I almost want him to hesitate and hold on to me a little longer but really I am just so proud of how he has grown. My sweet baby is becoming a little boy. Here's to a great school year! I hope it lasts a long time because my heart can't handle the thought of Kindergarten yet!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Homemade Guac

"I'll add guac please".

Does this sound like you too?! There's nothing like some fresh guacamole! Lately we have been making a fresh batch weekly because we just go through it so fast. My cooking skills are moderate at best, but this recipe is super easy! Anyone can do it! And it's perfect for a tiny helper, so pull up a helper's chair and let your toddler "cook"!

We use 4 avocados for each batch we make. I start by cutting them in two. BONUS TIP! Save the avocado pits!! Avocado seeds are full of antioxidants and fiber and can be used as an extra health boost in smoothies! (more on that later this week!) Right now I'm storing my pits in a bowl next to the sink to let them dry out for a few days.

Rivers squishes the avocado into our big guac bowl and I scoop out what's left with a spoon into the bowl. We love onions so I add about 1 cup of finely chopped red onion to the mix. I use the juice of one half of a lemon for some flavor. New to our recipe is 3 drops of Lime Vitality eo, it really added an awesome extra flavor to the mix! Just a dash of salt is enough to finish your guac off. Sometimes we added finely chopped garlic, but we skipped that this time! Mash it all together with a potato masher, we have this super fancy masher  from Williams Sonoma. It's curved on one side to help to reach into corners of most bowls and pans so you get the ultimate food smash. It's great!

And done! We eat about half of our fresh immediately. It's so yummy that it's hard to stop! We have really enjoyed it with some gluten free pita chips. We don't follow a gluten free diet but we found some chips at Aldis that are just so good that they are our go-to now. We also like to do a burrito bowl dinner with guac. I'll sauté some veggies, put on a pot of rice, open some salsa, chop some lettuce, and have a proper chipotle setup in our own kitchen. Healthy and easy!

Do you have a special guac recipe?! Have you ever made a fresh batch at home?! Nothing beats it! Move over Chipotle, we're not spending that extra $1.90 today! ha!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DIY bath bombs!

Have you ever tried a bath bomb?! They are so fun! Rivers loves them! They fizz, change your bath color, and add a wonderful and therapeutic scent to the tub (thank you, Young Living oils!). Bath bombs can get a bit pricey, though! Luckily they are fairly easy to make right at home in your kitchen with ingredients that you might already have on hand! This was my first try at it and I really think they came out pretty. What do you think?!

Here is the recipe I used:
(note!: I am still working on perfecting my bombs. They were a bit too melty. I think I used too much water this time. Always room for improvement!)

In a large bowl mix: 
1 cup of baking soda 
                           1/2 cup citric acid (found on amazon)
   A pinch of epsom salts

Then I slowly added in:
3/4 teaspoon water
 a few drops of blue and green food dye 
and 10 drops of Young Living Lavender essential oil

Mix and mix and mix it up. A wisk works great! I didn't have a bath bomb mold at that point yet but there is so much room to get creative and find something in the kitchen the works as a mold! I ended up using our bebea brand baby food freezer tray and it worked great! Let the bombs sit for several hours and pop them out and take a bath! 

Here are a few extra tips for a cute bomb:
For decoration add a few dried lavender petals to the bottom of the mold before pouring the mix in. 
Consider using plant based food dyes instead of yucky store bought ones. You're making your own bath bomb, why not go the extra mile and make it totally safe right?! I got mine at a local health store , the brand was India Tree 

Have you ever made bath bombs?! I am always looking to improve my DIY recipes! These bombs came out beautiful and they fizzed and gave my bath a fun color and the therapeutic and relaxing scent of Lavender! I'm hosting a make and take bath bomb party in my home this coming weekend! I bought some new bath bomb molds and am so excited to try them out! 

Friday, August 28, 2015

DIY lavender scrub soap

I'm diving headfirst into a new world of awareness and chemical free living! We have always done our research in buying "green" products, but making your own just takes it all the the next level! I made this soap and it is just so pretty! And I know exactly what's in it. And I'm sharing the recipe here :)

Glycerin soap base. Now I am a soap making newbie! So I used craft store bought glycerin soap base. (In the future, I'd like to explore the process of soap making from scratch! )
Organic raw honey. I got mine from trader joes. 
Young living lavender essential oil. Only the best will do. Get it here
Dried lavender flowers. I got these from the cutest little flower shop in Pittsburgh's strip district! It's called Roxanne's dried flowers. If you are local, check this place out! 
Soap molds. Lots of options here! I got mine from Michaels. In the future I'm going to get silicon molds in fun shapes!

Use a glass container! (Always use glass when heating true essential oils, as they are so pure that they can break down petrochemicals from plastics). Scoop out a good chunk of the soap base and melt in the microwave in a glass bowl for 20 seconds. If not completely liquid, continue melting in 5 second intervals. Melted soap is hot so be careful! I added in one spoonful of raw honey, which melted down almost instantly in the soap mix. Then I added about 5 drops of lavender eo and a handful of lavender flowers. No need to be exact! Give it all a mix and pour quickly into the soap molds. It will start to harden quickly, but if you are impatient like me you can stick them in the fridge to speed it up:). 

Pop out the molds once they're dry and marvel at the gorgeous soap you've made!! I love how the flowers float and makes one side very scrubby and exfoliating! I packaged my soap up in some small baggies and tied them with twine. I've given out a few as gifts and the reactions have been great! 

Enjoy your beautiful and relaxing soap! Is it bath time yet??!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Young Living Love Affair

I've crossed over to the oily side! I started with YL oils about 3 months ago and am loving my experience with each new oil I try! Our diffuser is always running and I am constantly finding and making new DIY's to replace yucky household chemicals. Are you an oiler too? Let's link up!

Follow my oil instagram @KristyLivingYoung
or my personal IG @KristyNay
or if you are also a vintage toy/clothes lover @RiversThings

........I've got a thing for instagram, as you can see :)

Leave your handles below! I'd love to link up with some blogger friends!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thomas's Day Out!

family selfie! getting ready to board! 
From what I hear about little boys in regards to Thomas; you're either a super fan, or not a fan at all. My dude is into Thomas 10000000%! It's all he ever wants to watch. I think both of us could repeat full epodes from memory haha. Thomas's Day Out was perfect for him! If you have a Thomas kid too google the event! I was surprised by how many places host it! We made the drive to Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio. It was about 2.5 hours and rather pricey but SO worth it to see how excited he was!  Here are some photos from our fun day out! 

took a ride in one of Thomas's coaches

he brought his surprise eggs of course :) 

my boy!