Sunday, November 19, 2017

Baby Bok Choy Soup

It's soup season! Which is my absolute  favorite thing about cold weather. Sort of. Anyway, this soup introduced a complete new vegetable into my kitchen. I've never done anything with Bok Choy before. I didn't even know it was a kind of cabbage until after I started looking it up. Which I definitely should eat more of. 

Anyway, Bok Choy soup is completely new to me. I wasn't sure how I would like it, it seemed a little simple in the ingredients department. And the "broth" looked a bit simple too. I wasn't sure how flavorful it would be because I'm used to broths taking quite a bit of time.

But it works! I actually really enjoyed this soup. It is the perfect side soup to accompany asian foods, like my favorite orange chicken and rice.  

It's also vegan.

I got the recipe from Family Feedbag, click here to check the complete recipe out for yourself.

 I had the prettiest, freshest baby (HUGE still),Bok Choy!

Started off cooking up the onions and garlic for the full 15 minutes per the recipe.

Sometimes after starting off the broth I added in my Bok Choy...

 The finished soup...yum!

In conclusion, this is getting pinned, because I will definitely be making this again!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Veriditas Botanicals Organic French Lavender Essential Oil

I can't live without Lavender Oil. And I'm not just being dramatic. It just makes my life so much easier now that I've discovered how to use it. 

Veriditas by Pranarom’s Lavender essential oil is from farms in the French Alps where the scented purple flowers are cultivated in neat, long rows against the backdrop of the mountains. While Lavender grows all over the world, the French Alps are known for producing the world’s best Lavender essential oil. The finest Lavender available is grown at the highest altitudes and is produced in limited quantities; we sell this oil as Lavender Reserve.

They have a ton of great info on their site, click here to get to it.

I don't necessarily go for Organic oils. Although I've read some convincing arguments on why one should stick with Organic oils. I pretty much just bought it because it was 20% off. And the other brand was not on sale, although you do get a larger amount for a way cheaper price. I just figured I would buy this one then and purchase the other brand sometime later. 

So I paid around $8 for 5ml. Which is about a teaspoon. Seemingly expensive but for most things you really don't need to use a lot. 

To be honest, I'm not really sure what I used most of this bottle for. It wasn't until it was mostly gone that one night I rubbed a drop into some sweet almond oil (about a 1/2 teaspoon) and rubbed it on my neck, temples, and around my nose. And I fell asleep! Which for me is a miracle. It takes me hours and hours to fall asleep. I usually can't fall asleep until I'm completely worn out from lack of sleep which is about once a week. 

But anyway, that drop of oil knocks me out in about 30 minutes. I sleep deeper and a little longer without waking up. Then I can go throughout the day without feeling extra tired. Which was odd the first week. I was constantly surprised I wasn't tired all day. But then oddly enough I will be exhausted all day and get a burst of energy at night. I'm a night owl. 

It smells exactly like the Tisserand French Lavender Oil from what I remember. For the best scent it should be diluted or else it will smell kind of ammonia like. It's hard to describe, but it's not a bad scent. Just....strange. Diluting it helps, but I usually have to use a whole, fresh drop if I'm trying to get to sleep. Premixing doesn't not work for me for sleep. 

Some people diffuse Lavender oil. Since this was on the pricier side and Lavender oil doesn't last in my diffuser, nor does it spread far, I feel like I'm wasting it in a diffuser. So I don't use it that way. 

There are so many things you can do with Lavender oil, you can make body lotions, scrubs, massage oils, room sprays.....etc and on and on.

It's good at deodorizing, amazing to put on cuts and burns, great for skincare. It's also great for aches and pains.Wonderful for stress relief.  It's one of the most popular oils for very good reason. And I found this to be of high quality. I really like it. 

My bottle is pretty much empty and if it was on sale I would have picked up another. But I kind of wanted to try out some of the popular brands you can order online. I ended up ordering a bottle of Plant Therapy's Lavender and after a couple of months using it, I will probably do a review on that too! 

Gnarls Barley -Crazy

Ya'll remember this song? When it came out it was all over the radio. I didn't really start to like it until they stopped playing it. And for some odd reason I could never figure out who Gnarls Barkley was. Until I found out it was a group. Then I forgot again. And now that I googled it again I remember. 

But I like this I thought I would share. Although you probably already heard it a million times. 

Here's to a million and one.

I also kinda like this slow version too.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Samples Review: Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, Chloe, Bella by Vince Camuto Perfumes

I love perfume samples. The other day I was in Sephora, finally using a gift card, and I picked up a great one and put it on. Except I paid no attention to what it was. And I would go back and take a look, but probably won't get around to it. But I really should. But..I won't. 

Anyway, I did get a sampler from another MACYS order I placed. I picked up another 217 brush. I complained to customer service and they let me get it for the sale price I was supposed to get it for. And sent a little sampler. YAY!

1. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream
This smells very basic, generic, and forgettable. It just didn't smell like anything special or unique or anything I would need to have. I had the original Daisy and I really liked that. I almost thought I liked it the third or fourth time I used it, but then it went back to smelling generic again. Needless to say, not a big fan!

2. Chloe
I had a full bottle of this too. It's a nice rose perfume. It's nice and it doesn't smell grandmother-y. Which is good.  But smelling like a Rose is not really my thing. I just don't feel like I look like I should smell like Roses. Roses do the best job of smelling like roses, I think. But if you are a fan of Rose perfumes, it might be worth checking this one out. I think it's one of the most popular rose perfumes. 

3. Vince Camuto Bella
I saved the best for last. This was my favorite of the three. It smells like a nighttime fragrance. More sophisticated. It seemed to last most of the day too. It almost smells a teeny bit masculine. But not too masculine. I would buy a full bottle based off the sample. Worth giving a sniff! Since I'm not the best at describing scents it's supposed to be nectarine blossoms, Italian bergamot, jasmine water, and white amber. Mmmmm.

Found any new great perfume scents for Winter worth checking out? Let me know in the comments!


Monday, November 6, 2017

Lavender Bath Tea: Best Lavender Bath Ever!

I love, love, love bath stuff. For awhile I was into Bath Bombs (from Lush), tried a couple of bubble bars, lately I've really been into bath salts. But what about bath tea?  I've heard of it, but quickly dismissed it. It sounds extra boring. How can a couple of dried flowers scent up a whole bathtub of water?

I kind of stumbled on it accidentally. I ordered a bunch of dried Lavender on Amazon. I had wanted it for months. For what? I have no idea. I tried making some Lavender Tea. Some Lavender lemonade. I stopped using it as a flavor, only because I wasn't sure if it was actually food grade. 

It sure does smell good though. And I want to use it for something rather than just opening up the bag every now and again. I've heard you can make Lavender pillows out of it. Which sounds like an amazing thing to make. And one day I just might. 

Anyway, one day I was lost in the wonderful world of youtube when I stumbled on a couple vids for making your own bath salts. The next video was DIY bath tea. The video had a bunch of ingredients I don't have, and don't feel like purchasing. So I decided to just use plain old Lavender.

I put a TON in a sachet. Maybe about two cups. I ran it under the water...then threw the whole thing in the bath, making sure to squeeze it periodically  to get all the heavenly scented Lavender  scent out. It actually made the whole bathroom smell wonderful. Who knew?

And then I went to bath heaven. I seriously did not not want to get out. I kept running more hot water to stay in longer. 

I think it was one of these best baths I've ever taken. I think next time I might try and add some oatmeal that's been run through the blender next time. 

In the meantime I've been hanging the little sachet to dry. It still smells amazing. I don't think it will yield a whole other bath-but I might try it anyway. 

Have you ever taken a "bath tea" bath? 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Tisserand Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil Review

I went from not using essential oils at all, to them being a must have! Eucalyptus is one of those must have oils for me. I don't think I knew much about it when I purchased it. I just wanted it to make scented Shea Butter and oils. I had no idea what it was used for or how it smelled. I bought it at TJ Maxx for $5.99. I have no idea how much the oil would normally cost, or even where they are sold. I have never seen this brand in stores!

Tisserand claims:
Extracted from gargantuan Australian trees spanning skywards for up to 100 meters, Eucalyptus essential oil is used in a plethora of modern treatments, for everything from a common cold to reviving tired muscles.
Eucalyptus proved a valuable traditional remedy to the native people of Australia who soaked the leaves in boiling water to release a powerful vapour that helps clear chest conditions and coughs.
Used in massage Eucalyptus can boost the circulation and warm cold hands and feet. The perfect remedy for the stresses and strains of the colder seasons.

Eucalyptus Globulus 

So Eucalyptus is a must have oil for me. I haven't been sick in over a year but when I did catch a little cold this is one that cleared my airways right up. You know when your stopped up and can't breathe through your nose? So your forced to breathe through your mouth and your mouth gets all dry and then it hurt to close you mouth and swallow and you basically feel miserable? Not with this oil. I just dabbed some on my nose and went about my day. I advise diluting it in some carrier oil though or else you can get a chemical burn. Which is not cute. Trust me, I know!

It can also be helpful to diffuse it in a diffuser at night to help keep your airways clear as you sleep. Of some people boil some water and put it in a large bowl and add a couple drops. You cover your head with a towel and inhale. I haven't tried it, but I imagine it can really help.

Another one of my favorite ways to use it is to dilute in some carrier oil and massage it into any areas of pain. Really massage it until your skin gets warm. And relief is guaranteed. Or at least it has been for me. I sometimes use it on my neck, since the chairs at work are terrible and sometimes my neck can hurt a bit. This takes care of it. It could also help with sore muscles from working out. My favorite carrier oil for pain relief is castor oil.

It has a strong,, woodsy, herbal medicinal scent. I like the scent. Especially mixed with some Lavender or Grapefruit. It would probably mix really well with orange and anything citrusy actually! And of course, you can always do the stress relieving blend of Eucalyptus Mint. Or Rosemary- which is an oil I have so I might try to make a blend with that and see how I like it. 

It comes in your typical essential oil packaging. And you get a decent amount at 9 ml. 

As always, do lot of research before you use essential oils. Eucalyptus is not safe around children (it can cause respiratory issues), and always use caution if pregnant, or taking any medications or if you have any medical conditions!

I love this oil! And this brand has been good to me. Also, it has lasted a long time. I have a half a bottle left now and I'm pretty sure that I will have it for quite a awhile longer, which is good because I don't want to be without it!