Blueberry Morning Face Mask

Hey there,

Happy Tuesday! ... or is it? Well, it is for me, because I got this twofer. I made this project for Birt.co and now I'm sharing it here. Which means, less (or more) work for me. I can't tell, I just keep my little hands, heart, and mind busy and whatever comes of it, comes of it. 

This mask is super simple and it only takes 3 ingredients. Mash the things up and it can double as face wash? Yup, see oatmeal produces saponins, which clean your skin.

To see the whole tutorial go to my Brit+Co tutorial!

Naturally Sweetened Vanilla Rice Milk

It's been raining here in southern California. Which is amazing and we need it so badly. I also love going outside to do yoga in the rain. Not like the heavy, crazy, blackout rain, but like the light sprinkle, sunny rain we get in-between. In California it's sunny even when it rains. There are probably parts of the country where it's 5° right now.

I hope you guys have some place to do yoga, too. I remember when I was in North Carolina and going through my teacher training, I'd run into the studio on cold days and peel off my outer layers, scarves and what-have-you and sitting in that warm studio was just like heaven. Partly because of the yoga and partly because coming into a warm space after being in the cold is just one of the best feelings. Oh and fireplaces, hot chocolate, and snowy windowsills aren't bad either. Someone take me to Colorado, for like a week. Then I want to come back to California and hang out by the beach. I want it all. Why can't I have it all? Snow when I want it, beach when I don't. 

I was at the grocery store yesterday and I was going to pick up some rice milk. I love rice milk, but the big container is teetering on the edge of $6 and I feel like that's just too much. I mean I have a blender. I have rice. And I even have dates, to boot. Why do I need to spend $6? Because somedays (most days) I want to be a lazy-bones, but really aside from saving money. It also saves waste and I know for sure I'm getting the freshest product. Oh, I also appreciate it more, because I made it. It's good to be connected to your food and feel good about what you're eating. So, suffice to say I decided to make my own and now I can have cereal with homemade rice milk. 

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I used my dates and homemade vanilla extract to sweeten it. But it's totally optional. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 4 cups water + 4 more cups for later
  • 2 cup of uncooked rice 
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla 
  • pinch of salt
  • 5-6 pitted dates

Directions: 

  • Soak rice in four cups of water overnight. 
  • Strain and discard water. 
  • Blend rice with 4 fresh cups of water, dates and vanilla. 
  • Strain mix through a cheesecloth

I think if I'm going to get a picture of the rain I should have a super fast shutter speed, but I think this is pretty cool. It looks like little sparks of energy.

Most Popular in February

I have been such a lazy bones. I think it's been two whole days since I've posted. I meant to go the store to get a few supplies of things I had planned, but I did yoga and took a nap instead. So. it. goes. 

If you have the option between working and doing yoga, I hope you choose yoga, at least some of the time. I've been working over at Brit.co, and I have to say I really love it. I love finding different artist to feature and giving back some of the exposure that's made such a big difference for me in my little blogging career. I hope someone's like, "Hey that feature got me a lot of business and really turned stuff around for me. I was just about to give up." That's what I think about all day, exposure = chaining lives for the better. Helping people make art, that's what I like to do. 

I've been even making some of my own stuff over there, too. (?) I know right, just shy of a year and already such a busy little one. I got another offer on a feature offer for a website in my in box and I'll be in the magazine in May (!!!)

Oh, I'm there above the fold. No biggie. 

What is life?

Magic. 

I'm super excited to share what was most popular this month. Thanks to everyone for your continuing support. xoxoxoxoxo 

All-Natural Rosemary Mouthwash - This is the one getting published in Willow and Sage. Check for it in May. 

Homemade Food-Safe Wood Sealer

Organize Your Scarves

I can't believe it's taken me all of these years of being a scarf enthusiast to figure out a hanging planter for scarves. I mean I feel like this was really obvious. Speaking of obvious, I kind of steer away from easier projects, even though those are what do the best out there in the pin- tweet- insta- sphere. I just think to myself, "No, that's too obvious, no one is gonna ..." but you do. You like stuff that's manageable. Everybody likes manageable stuff. So here it is, a totally manageable scarf hanger thing, to put your scarves in. I feel a little like Charlie Kelly giving a sales pitch right now. 

So this is an old plant hanger, that I found at a garage sale and then stuffed with it with coco fiber and put a fern inside. Well, sadly that fern was left behind in one of my many moves. Same thing with that dahlia I was so generously nursing. I took the dahlia and planted it outside (which needed to be done anyways) and I gave the fern away to a happy home. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • Allllll your scarves
  • an old hanging planter 

Directions: 

  • Put your scarves in the planter.
  • Hey make sure it's all clean first, because I feel like that could be problematic later. 

Blood Orange Brownies

Can we just take a minute to jam on my subpar brownie cutting abilities. I know presentation is everything, especially in blogging, but I like to think you come here for the stories, too. 

I was reading one of those Buzzfed things about musicians and celebrities who were banned from SNL. Turns out Frank Zappa was banned from the show because of something called "mugging" (I don't actually know what that means) and also because he was adamantly against drug use. I guess the cast of SNL, at the time, took a different stance. No judgment, I just think Frank Zappa might be the most interesting person in the world. 

Listen to him speak to it for a second, somewhat profanely, but not too outrageously, mostly to make a point. 

See what I'm saying, interesting. I mean being a musician in his time was a lot about using, but I just think it's brave to take a different stance. To do what you feel instead of what you see everyone else doing, even if it ends up futile, which it won't. I mean can you imagine how many kids went to see The Mothers of Invention, what was, at it's time one of the wildest bands out there, thinking that if they wanted to be like Zappa they'd have to stay clean. I think there's some magic in having that kind of influence over young people and using it to promote organic creativity. The idea that this wild spirit that moves him to perform, and write, and make music just lives inside him, without needing any provocation. I think there's beauty in that.

Like I said, I think it's brave. Let's all burn some bridges in our own careers and go way against the grain. No? Okay, maybe I'm getting carried away, but I'm definitely going to work on getting more conviction in my life. For what? Not sure, but this is happening.  

Aside from designating Frank Zappa as my official guru, I also made brownies. I used the recipe from Domestic Fits. I added a bit of blood orange zest to make them orange flavored brownies. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 /14 cups of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest - I used a blood (Moro) orange
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup of flour

Directions: 

  • Pre-heat oven to 325°
  • Mix up cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, salt and butter. It should look really grainy and make sure it's all one color and constancy. 
  • Mix in eggs and orange zest.
  • Sift in flour.
  • Grease a 9 x 9 pan, before adding batter.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes on middle rack.