Thursday, December 26, 2013

21 Brilliant Benefits Of Beeswax

Photo by prettydreamer.workshop

Lately I have been making a lot of salve for gift-giving. Dream-y salve, all-purpose healing salve, warming salve, and even naked salve (much less exciting than it sounds!) One of the key ingredients in salve-making is beeswax. Beeswax is used in many skin care products because it provides a protection against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe. It also offers anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral benefits making it helpful in treating skin irritation.

But did you know that beeswax has a multitude of OTHER uses besides cosmetic? I didn’t….until I did some research. This versatile by-product of honey production has several uses around the home as well.

Here are 21 uses for beeswax you might not be familiar with:

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Our Christmas Eve Random Acts Of Kindness Tradition


It’s a day I look forward to and dread all year long. Even though I really do try and do Random Acts Of Kindness at times other than just Christmas, for the last few years in our family we have made Christmas Eve a day when we all make it a point to do something significantly random. :-)

Last year I titled my post “Random Acts Of Kindness…Easier Said Than Done…But So Rewarding!” and that title could easily be reused for today’s post. While doing a random act of kindness sounds pretty easy…I think most of us tend to over-complicate it and make it harder than it actually has to be. But maybe that’s part of the experience that helps us to grow as individuals. Getting outside our comfort zone for a few minutes and taking a leap of random kindness.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Last Minute Stocking Stuffer & Neighbor Gift Ideas With FREE Printables!

stocking stuffers

The last few days our front door has been getting a workout as friends and neighbors drop by with gifts and goodies! Sunday night our next door neighbors actually brought over a freshly-baked homemade apple pie! That’s when I really started to get nervous! I had yet to come up with something to share with my neighbors. I also hadn’t thought about stocking stuffers either! Yikes. December 23rd! Yep, I’d better work fast!

Fortunately I was able to come up with a few last minute ideas for both neighbors and for stockings that I think will work well and thought I would share them with you (just in case you’re in the same boat as me!)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Norwegian Pancakes – A Christmas Morning Tradition

norwegian pancakes

Happy Monday everyone! Can you believe that tomorrow is Christmas Eve? I really can’t! It’s all coming up so fast….but I’m excited!  I love the time we spend as a family laughing, talking, relaxing, playing, and especially EATING! :-) I love all the traditions we have surrounding holiday meals. Ever since I married my Norwegian husband we have had Norwegian Meatballs on Christmas Eve….and the last several years we have added Norwegian Pancakes to our traditional Strawberry Waffles breakfast on Christmas morning. I make them gluten-free, but you can make them with regular flour as well.  No other changes need to be made, just change out the flour.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Simple Hanging Dish Towel 2.0

hanging dish towel

I know there are only a couple of days left until Christmas, but in case you are still searching for a simple handmade gift idea for someone on your list, I have just the ticket! Today’s post is a practical idea and a simple, last minute Christmas gift idea all rolled into one!

This is the second post I’ve done about hanging dish towels…which shows how passionate I am about the subject. The first post I did was about a year and a half ago and was the result of one of my pet peeves….dish towels that I hang on the oven door that inevitably end up on the floor!

While I still like the IDEA of the original hanging towel idea…I’ll admit it wasn’t the most ATTRACTIVE option. So when my neighbor Cathy brought me over one that she had made, I was inspired to try an updated version. Version 2.0.

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