Friday, April 11, 2014

Getting Oily Stains Out Of Dark-Colored Clothing

Oily Stains

A few weeks ago I bought a new pair of cropped pants in a gorgeous coral color (coral is my new color crush!) Of course the first time I wore them I decided to make tacos and ended up inadvertently getting grease on them! Boo!!

Normally I would be quite worried about this predicament because getting grease stains out without fading the colors can be tricky. Fortunately I figured out the answer to this problem awhile ago and it has been my go-to oily stain fighter every since. I have used this method so many times with such great results, I figured it was time I shared it with all of you.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

30-Minute Mini Meatloaves – Quick, Delicious & Easy On The Wallet!

Meatloaf Cakes

Over a year and a half ago I happened to catch an episode of Rachael Ray’s talk show where Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, was preparing his favorite meal! Believe it or not, his very favorite dish is Meatloaf Cakes! As traditional and, dare I say, boring as that may seem, I have to admit a slightly modified version of this recipe has become one of OUR favorite dishes as well!

“Mini” loaves are just more attractive than one big loaf, and the fact that they are “mini” also means they cook much quicker, which is nice when you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry (a common occurrence at my house!)  Add one of the Romney family’s OTHER favorite recipes, Roasted Vegetables, and you have a wonderful meal I’m betting your family will love it as much as mine. :-)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

35 Surprising Uses For Essential Oils Everyone Should Know

Surprising Uses For EOs

My sister Rebecca (Camp Wander) and I were having a conversation the other day about all the different ways we use essential oils in our day-to-day lives and couldn’t believe how MANY there were! It seemed like we could have gone on and on and on! At one point I grabbed a little notebook I keep in my purse and started writing them down….and the idea for today’s post was born! :-)

There are literally hundreds, maybe even thousands, of ways to use essential oils, and those of us who love them and use them find new applications everyday!

Here are just 35 of the ways my sister and I have used essential oils that might surprise you!  I hope you will add some of YOUR uses too!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Beautifully Simple Garden Markers You Can Make In 15 Minutes!

Garden Markers

Yesterday was the first honest-to-goodness SPRING-LIKE day we’ve had thus far this year! I seriously wanted to find a meadow filled with wildflowers and run through it singing “Walking On Sunshine!” OK, not really….but you get the idea. :-) It. Was. A. Picture. Perfect. Day. The kind of day when our minds (and hearts) turn towards getting out in the garden again! So today’s post couldn’t have been more perfectly timed! Britta is going to share another garden idea (the girl is OBSESSED I tell ya!) that’s not only extremely PRACTICAL, but BEAUTIFUL too!

Britta writes:

As I mentioned in my last post, gardening has recently become a favorite hobby of mine, so I am loving being able to learn and share “good things” about gardening here on my mom’s blog! Hopefully some of you out there love gardening too… I’d love to chat with you about it in the comments below! :-) But back to the post…

There are countless products out there that people use to mark where they planted each type of plant in their gardens, but I liked the idea of using something from nature for mine. I also liked the idea of something that would blend right into the garden, as if the earth itself was telling you what was planted there!


Monday, April 7, 2014

My First Children’s Book – “One Good Thing” For Kids!

Jillee Bean Book

When I was a little girl my Dad gave me the nickname of Jilly Bean. I’ve always loved being his Jilly Bean. :-) As I got older and started using my childhood moniker as a “nick” on social media, the name morphed to Jillee Bean because Jilly with a “y” was always taken. Later I dropped the “Bean” and started using just Jillee in forums I frequented, etc. Now you know a little background about where Jillee came from. :-)

Even though I only use Jillee now, instead of Jillee Bean, there is and always will be a “Jillee Bean” inside me. It represents to me the innocence and eternal optimism of youth…and, of course, reminds me of my Dad’s love. That is the memory I carry in my heart of Jillee Bean and the catalyst for deciding to do a children’s book based on those memories. I have always loved to read and believe in the power of reading to change the world! When my nephew/ business partner Scott and I were introduced to Samantha Hollister, a third-generation Disney illustrator and overall wonderful person, we were all inspired to create something for kids that would carry the message of “good things” to the younger generation.


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