6.29.2014

Tie Dye Blanket

I wanted to make a light weight blanket for my son for the summer. All the blankets we have aren't really summer weather. I wanted him to have something that was lightweight when we went out to dinner, or run errands. 

Materials
  • Rit Dye - and color you like 
  • 2 Yards of gauze fabric - I found mine on Amazon
  • 6 cups very hot water
  • About 5 rubber bands
  • Large spoon
  • Large pot
  • Thread, needle (or sew machine)
  • Scissors 
  • Rubber gloves
Directions 
  1. Take the fabric and lay out on the floor
  2. Twist the fabric from the center until it forms a sometime like the picture below
  3. Take your rubber bands and secure the fabric all around
  4. Add hot water to pot, add the dye, and then add your rubber banded fabric (wear rubber gloves while using the dye)
  5. Take the spoon and push the fabric under the hot water, and let the fabric sit in the water for about ten minutes, or depending on how dark you want the fabric
  6. Empty the dyed water (I dumped it down the drain in our shower), and then cut the rubber bands off the wrapped fabric
  7. Rinse the fabric out with cool water
  8. Wash the dyed fabric in your washing machine (alone) with a small amount of detergent 
  9. Let air dry
  10. Both ends of the tie dyed fabric will fray, so trim, and then sew about 1/2" of both ends to prevent fraying in the future from washing 
  11. Enjoy!





xoxo, p&c

6.26.2014

Relay Foods

If you are looking for quality groceries that supports your local food community, I really suggest using Relay Foods. It's like a farmers market online! You can now spend less time battling the grocery stores, and spend more time with your family. I couldn't tell you the last time I have been to the grocery store. I order all of my meats, and some other items from Relay Foods, and the rest I get from out local farmers market! I could probably get all the items from Relay Foods, but I also enjoy shopping our local farmers market with the family!




Each Wednesday my husband goes to one of Relay Food's pickup locations (which isn't far from our house), and then we are set for the week. I find that their prices are about the same, if not better than the actual grocery store. The best part is you're supporting your local farmers. The meat we get is local, and I like it a lot better than what we get at the regular grocery store! They also have items that are for people on special diets - Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan, and Dairy Free. Which works out really well for my Paleo lifestyle.




If you have a Relay Foods in your area, and haven't tried it here's a link where you can spend $50, and get $30 off your entire order! https://www.relayfoods.com/friend/ZJ3ETY

 
xoxo, p&c 





6.15.2014

Zabana Essentials Deodorant Review

I have finally found a deodorant that I absolutely love. When I first started to throw away a lot of my beauty products, I had no idea where to start. So, while I was at Target I bought Tom's of Maine deodorant. I didn't feel 100% dry. After trying two of Tom's of Maine's deodorants, I decided to go with Zabana Essentials deodorant in Lemongrass. It was recommend to me on my Instagram post by the Organic Green Beauty, and I am so glad she recommend it. It's not a strong smell, and it keeps me dry during the day. I am sure Tom's of Maine's deodorants are great, but it just wasn't something that worked well for me.



Zabana Essential's deodorants are organic, vegan, and 100% natural. They do not contain any harmful chemicals, and they are handcrafted! Their shipping is really fast, and they send personal handwritten notes with your order.

Check them out http://www.zabanaessentials.com/ !!

xoxo, p&c


6.09.2014

Tomato, Red Onion, and Cucumber Salad

Now that the farmers markets are open - it's time to make all those wonderful refreshing summer dishes! One of my favorite summer side dishes is tomato, red onion, and cucumber salad. This side dish is super easy to make, cheap, and can go with so many things! I love it with grilled chicken, or steak.

  • one large cucumber 
  • one large tomato 
  • two small red onions 
  • one cup of apple cider vinegar 
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • large bowl
  1. Clean the cucumber, tomato, and peel the red onion 
  2. Dice the cucumber, tomato, and onion into medium size pieces
  3. Place the cucumber, tomato, and onion in large bowl, add the apple cider vinegar, and salt & pepper
  4. cover plastic wrap
  5. let sit in the fridge for about an hour, and serve
  6. enjoy!!

xo, p&c

6.07.2014

Carrots | Baby Food

Last Sunday, I went to our local farmers market, and I picked up some carrots to make baby food!



This is another really easy recipe! You can even make apples, and add to the carrots!

Carrots Puree
  • three large carrots, cleaned, peeled, and cut into medium size pieces 
  • boil water in large pot
  • add carrots
  • boil on medium high temperature until carrots are soft - i just stuck them with a fork to check consistency 
  • add carrots to blender or food processor
  • add water - I added about two ounces of water 
  • pour mixture into trays, and cover with plastic wrap
  • freeze
  • remove food from trays, and place into labeled freezer bags




xoxo, p&c