Soy Candles

Making candles is so easy!

I made some this fall using soy pellets. I buy them on amazon, here is a link!

Here is a link for the wicks!

I love using P&J fragrance oils. They make lots of different scents. Since I made them for fall I bought a kit that included: pumpkin pie, harvest spice, cinnamon, gingerbread, coffee cake and apple cider

I just ordered more soy wax and hope to make some spring floral candle scents next. I found the cute glass blown pumpkin jars at Dollar tree. Once I bought them, I never saw them again. They are really cute.

The process is so quick and simple. You can use a double boiler or microwave the oil. I used glass jars in hot water. I’ve seen people use crockpots to help do this.

Once melted, pour into a container, then place your wick. I had no issues w the wick staying in place. If you have a hot glue gun, you can hot glue them in place if you prefer. Before pouring, drip oils into wax to your liking.

This is a very natural way of enjoying candles without so many harsh chemicals!



Easy Dinners w/ Canned biscuits

Some of my fastest and cheapest meals are what I make with canned biscuits !! There are so many things you can use to fill these!

I roll them out, then fill them! I cook them at 350 for 15-20 minutes and they are ready to go!

Tonight I did beans and cheese!

Sometimes I add meat to them from leftovers (ground beef, shredded chicken or pork)

You could also do bbq chicken, buffalo chicken, salami and cheese, meatballs, broccoli and cheese…

The possibilities are endless!

I also make calzones!

Let me know if you have any other yummy ideas!



Winter Wonderland

We have been hit with a lot of snow! I think planning my garden and working indoors on seeds has got me out of my winter funk! I love getting “stuck” and roughing it out. I dream of blizzards where we are all cooped up at home with no where to go.

Saturday, my work was closed. I normally work on Saturday’s so it was really strange to be home. I woke up my kids and sent them outside!

Jackson stayed inside and watched. He had so much fun watching the girls and thought it was hilarious when they threw snowballs at the window!

Even big sister came out and helped make a snowman!

While they were finishing up their snowman, Jack and I made some hot chocolate to warm our girls up!

Winter months are great for movie nights and special dinners. We also enjoy playing cards and board games!

We had chili dogs and onion rings one night and made rootbeer floats. It’s so easy to make a fun night for your family without spending a lot of money!

Before Christmas, I bought lots of movies at Walmart on clearance. We’ve been watching a lot of them on these chilly nights!

In the summer months, we love to explore. During the winter months I try to make our home as comfy as possible. We have a drink station for hot drinks, lots of popcorn, games and art projects we like doing.

We have taken all of our Christmas decor down, and left the snowmen and winter themed decor. We will enjoy it a few more weeks then take out our Valentine’s Day decor!

I know there have been a few of my friends who have started a “no spend” January. I think this is a great idea. It’s sort of a financial “reset” to do after the holidays.

January is always a challenging month for me when it comes to doing hair. Most people have had their hair done before the holidays. I am thankful I am almost fully booked for the month regardless of this. One thing you have to plan for is for the unexpected. I lost two days of work due to the weather. So many cancellations and no shows.

I always plan for this.

This is why it is extremely important to have a savings and a stockpile at home. To lessen the blow, I have been not eating out as often and have been eating from my freezer and pantry. I enjoy planning meals and challenging myself not to go to the grocery store.

Last month I stocked up on diapers and wipes knowing this. I could do cloth if I really wanted to save more money though. I am disappointed in myself with not cloth diapering Jack much. I have cloth diapers, but being a single mom I have fallen back to “what’s convenient”.

My pantry and freezer are very organized. I have enough food on hand to last us months if something serious were to happen. I really find comfort in this. I have always been a prepper. If we run out of something I have back up. The only thing I feel like I can’t keep up on is toilet paper! It’s impossible with so many kids! I always buy angel soft’s scented lavender toilet paper. It’s the best! Thankfully the store is down the street.

I could probably use some more of that and laundry soap. I had the largest supply of laundry soap ever! I haven’t had to buy it in months. I have almost depleted my laundry stockpile, so I need to build that back up. I do this by using coupons and getting great deals. I mainly use Gain and Tide products. I am looking into more healthier alternatives but it really is hard to pass up almost free great detergents.

Of course my summer garden that is now canned helps keep us through winter. We enjoy it so much! We have sweet potatoes still in the bottom of our cupboards and they are keeping well. We have a couple of spaghetti squash I got on sale too that have also been stored.

Tomorrow I will be canning pinto beans! I love canned pinto beans and will be making some ham and beans with cornbread for a dinner. I’m hoping the amount I can will last us until the beginning of fall.

I might make a more detailed post about what to stockpile and a more in depth look into our pantry. Let me know in the comments if it is something you are interested in!



Easy Oreo Truffle Recipe

These are such a hit at my house!!

36 Oreos

1 package of cream cheese

1 package semi sweet chocolate chips

(White chocolate too if desired)

Grind Oreos then blend in cream cheese. I pulsate the cookies in a food processor, then put crumbs in my kitchenaid mixer and mix in the cream cheese.

On a cookie sheet I put down some wax paper. I roll the mixture into little balls and place in the freezer for 30 minutes

I melt down the chocolate and dip the balls.

Toppings are endless! I spooned different left over chocolates, added sprinkles, melted peanut butter and also left over ground cookies!

These are a delicious treat that are fun and easy to make! A must for Valentine’s Day!




KC’s Unbakery and Juicery

I found a hidden gem in south Kansas City, about 1.5mi from UMKC. It’s a coffee house that is tucked away in an up and coming neighborhood called Unbakery and Juicery!

The outside is adorable!

Immediately walking in, the atmosphere relaxes you. The tables are sleek and modern but have comfy pillows. The chairs are also very comfortable. Everything is earthy toned and crisp. There are plants everywhere. It feels like you are in a terrarium.

There were two managers there that were so friendly and engaging. They were very helpful with questions I had and just all around genuine and nice.

They have breakfast, sweets and salads from what I saw. I ordered a matcha latte w honey, a mocha latte and two pumpkin Whoopie pies. I thought their prices were more than fair.

They also have a very impressive retail section. I was interested in most of their holistic items.

I thought everything was delicious! If you are in the area, I highly recommend. This is definitely a must stop for me from now on. They also have a drive thru, which I thought was very convenient.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.8 star rating from me, and I’m someone who has high expectations

Service ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cleanliness ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Location ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would only give the location a ⭐️⭐️⭐️, because it can be a sketchy area. Their lot was very clean and next to nice buildings that are getting renovated. It’s nice to see businesses take a chance in the area and try to make it more trendy. I find this hard in KC, because one street can be nice and a block away it is sketchy. I see why the owners chose this building. It is beautiful & It has a great vibe for what ambience they are going for. It isn’t next to shopping, so if you want to visit there isn’t anywhere to really walk around. Certainly not a deal breaker, this place is a must go to!

‘Chops ‘N ‘Kraut Recipe

This is such a fast and easy dinner! I’ve made this for people on many occasions and if you like sauerkraut, you’ll love it!

First, season pork chops with garlic, salt and pepper (or however you like them)

Then cook both sides in a frying pan

Place in a deep pan, cover with sauerkraut

Cover with foil, then place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

While that is cooking, start working on your mashed potatoes!

I never use instant.

I have a few tricks to making the best mashed potatoes. I add cream cheese, milk and MAYONNAISE to them. Plus salt and pepper. Do everything to taste. The mayonnaise might sound like a weird ingredient, but it helps fluff them up and gives them a great flavor! If you are watching calories, steer clear of these. If you can splurge some, trust me. Every calorie is worth it!

To plate, I put the mashed potatoes on the bottom. The pork chops are tender from soaking in the sauerkraut. Sometimes they fall apart. I add those on top (or you can put sauerkraut, then pork) whatever way you like, as my Papa Jack would say, “It all ends up in the same place anyway”




Growing Inside

One of the most important things about gardening for me, is including my children. I really want them to continue to learn how to garden. There is so much to learn in growing the seeds, planting them, nurturing them to harvest. Gardening is such a lost life skill! I do believe more people are becoming interested in learning how to garden again though!

So many of my friends have reached out to me with pics of their green onions and herbs they are starting. I love that I have inspired some of my readers! I have at least 10 friends interested in doing the lemon and lime trees. How neat is that?!

I know they are teaching and learning with their children too!

Last night, my kids and I got to work! We finally got all my herbs going! We have arugula and stevia planted now too!

I went to Dollar Tree to grab some tape so I could label all of my cups, and I found awesome spring items that were so helpful !!

Plant labels, flower mixes, tiny planters (that I’ll reuse) and starter pots! We got Daisies, a purple flower, tomato and strawberry starters. These are perfect for kids!

I really want these to get established because in two months we will be starting our garden seeds! We will need to make room!

I still have a few things left to plant. I have lemon balm and mint to work on next, and probably others. I just need to get out my seeds and double check.

I thought I would update on a few things. I have already posted about.

Here is my “Christmas” basil

I also added more romaine to my “kitchen scraps” Tupperware container

The original romaine is actually growing very quickly! I have celery in there now as well.

Lastly, my scoby is looking awesome. I am so proud of my Kombucha. It is doing very well. I plan to start bottling soon!

This is a list of what I have growing in my home:

  • Kombucha
  • Celery
  • Romaine
  • Stevia
  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Savory summer
  • Cilantro
  • Thyme
  • Anise
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Flowers
  • Succulents
  • Green onion
  • Aloe

I want to thank everyone who has told me they enjoy my content. Sometimes I feel like I am speaking to no one, but I am reminded by many that they enjoy these posts. I have decided very early on that this blog is for mostly me. It’s amazing to look back and see how far you’ve come. I have always felt this way about Instagram too. I don’t care if I take a million pictures.. they are my memories that I like to freeze in time.

I always suggest journaling, picture taking etc to my clients. It is very therapeutic to have an outlet.

I’m probably the only blogger who didn’t make New Years resolutions for 2019. None here. I just want to keep growing. I want to keep loving myself. I don’t need a new year to do that. Every day is a new start. Fresh page. It’s whatever you make it.

If I could have any mantra for 2019, it would probably be to thrive. I have built such a wonderful life for me and the kids. Everything feels so calm. I am at peace with where I am in my life, and who I am surrounding myself with.

There are so many huge things happening already and we are one week into the new year! More to come, too! I can’t wait to talk about it all.