Lavender has been a part of beauty and wellness rituals since ancient times. In Ancient Egypt, it was only the royal families and high priests who were allowed to use lavender in their cosmetics and oils. Today it is still widely used in bath and cosmetic products. Lavender is thought to work as a mild antidepressant, antiseptic, pain reliever, and is supposed to calm nerves and promote calmness and relaxation.… Keep Reading!!!
Images and text by Jamie Grumet. Posted on January 10, 2015.
This recipe for all-natural bath bombs is so much fun. Kids and adults will love the playfulness of the ice cream shape, and the best part is that they are just as enjoyable in the bath!
You can customize the coloring and flavors however you’d like. We decided to make chocolate and strawberry flavors at the boys’ request.
We were inspired to make some chocolate covered frozen banana penguins thanks to an idea we got from “Adventures of Our Crazy Life” blog. Here is the recipe for our version of this REALLY EASY and fun treat.
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We got this ingenious marshmallow shot glass idea from Cheri at The Watering Mouth. Since we really had a difficult time getting the liquid into the shot without it leaking almost immediately after, we modified this recipe a bit to make it a little more kid-friendly, and also easier for those of us who are slow pourers.… Keep Reading!!!
Our favorite simple homemade lotion recipe, which Samuel has helped us perfect. (He now prefers this as his daily moisturizer.)
And while this delicious smelling lotion is safe enough to eat, we suggest that you use it as a moisturizer instead of a snack.
We hope you enjoy it!
“Spa water” is a great way to keep kids hydrated during the day. The water is naturally flavored with fruit, and when it it is served in pretty glasses, it is sure to be a hit.
How to make cucumber cups:
A number of years ago Tom and I ordered some grilled artichokes at one of our favorite restaurants in the Napa Valley. No matter what else we order at the restaurant, we never fail to order their grilled artichoke. The restaurant gave us a general idea of the ingredients in the marinade, so after a few tries of our own, this is a close match.
I was thinking about “Forks and Corks” this morning and why I am spending time doing this Blog. I started this Blog mainly because I love to cook and enjoy the whole process of cooking, serving food to old friends, new friends, and family. I have recipes that I simply want to share. But besides sharing recipes that Tom and I like, it became clear to me as I was talking to our … Keep Reading!!!
Before I start with the recipes, I just had a flash-back of a pizza story. I was very pregnant with our first child, Ali. Tom was in Graduate School and although Tom had about 5 jobs to keep us going, I was the “Big” Breadwinner! Hah! Our big “splurge” was when we would go to a pizza restaurant in Berkeley. About 5 married couples would join us, of which so happens … Keep Reading!!!
This is a fun partial lesson in thermodynamics! Honestly, chemical cold packs or homemade ice cream from a baggy are probably better illustrations of thermodynamics, but I just wanted a semi-acceptable reason to make pop rocks with my kids…So, thermodynamics it is.
In this experiment, we will be observing an endothermic process, which is a reaction when the system absorbs energy from its surroundings in the form of heat. (The opposite would be an exothermic process which would be a … Keep Reading!!!
This is a great moisturizing body scrub for dry skin. The banana contains Vitamin C and B6 and a large amount of antioxidants and manganese. The sugar helps remove old skin cells, the coconut oil and coconut butter work as moisturizers and are antimicrobial, the Shea butter provides vitamin A, and the apricot kernel oil also provides vitamin A as well as vitamin E and C.… Keep Reading!!!
The boys love this tea during chilly afternoons, or during our spa and yoga nights.