Chamomile Simple Syrup


I’ve been tweaking this until I got it right for about a month.  I LOVE using about a 2-3 teaspoons of this syrup mixed with unsweetened sparkling water. SO delicious and refreshing.  Also great in black tea.


1 Small Saucepan
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Water
4 Tablespoons (1/4 cup) Dried Chamomile Flowers
Fine Mesh Strainer



Over medium heat, add all ingredients to saucepan and stir to get water and sugar to combine. Let it come to a simmer. This will take about 5-7 minutes, but you want it to gradually heat.

Once it comes to a simmer, stir occasionally, and let it simmer without a lid for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and let infuse for 15 minutes.

Strain and push out as much liquid as you can from the chamomile.

Pour into jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator.

Yields about 1 cup syrup.

No Stink Spray


A friend mentioned needing an additive to  make “Poo Pourri” spray be effective. She suggested Dispersant-Solubol. Doing further research, I believe Polysorbate 20 will get the job done, but i have not tested this yet as I ordered the first suggestion.



1 ounce spray bottle
1 large drop from Dispersant-Solubol bottle
30 drops Essential Oils (I used 15 Lemongrass, 10 Grapefruit, & 5 Lemon)
Distilled Water to fill the remainder of the bottle.

Add all ingredients and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE. Shake before each use as well.

The bottle shown is about 1/2 ounce and I just poured half of my pre-made mixture into the clean bottle.

Use recipe above, but add 10 drops Spearmint and 20 drops Lime Essential Oils.

We had our carpets cleaned today, and, even though I haven’t gotten around to labeling the bottles yet, the carpet cleaner used the spray! It was STINK FREE! Don’t ask me how I know.

Layered Soap and Sugar Scrub Bars

Layered Soap and Sugar Scrub Bars

2 Soap Molds (Mine are approximately 3 1/4″ wide x 2 3/8″ x 1″, but adjust recipe for your molds).

For First Layer:
2 oz Clear Melt And Pour Soap Base
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Rubbing Alcohol in a Spray Bottle

For Second Layer:
4 oz Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base
1 teaspoons Jojoba Oil (or other Carrier oil)
20 Drops Essential Oils
Soap Colorant (Optional)
4 oz Sugar


For First Layer:
Melt Clear soap in double-boiler, or use a small sauce pan with 1 inch of water and a glass measuring cup. Once soap is fully melted, remove from heat, and add Lavender Essential Oil. Stir to combine, and pour into your molds dividing the soap equally. Spray with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles, and let cool completely.

For Second Layer:
Melt Goat’s Milk soap using instructions for First Layer. Once soap is fully melted, remove from heat, and add Jojoba Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, and Soap Colorant if using. Add Sugar, and stir to combine. Spray the First Layer with Rubbing Alcohol again, and then pour sugar scrub layer into molds and allow to cool completely.

Remove from molds and package!

If you use plastic molds, I find the soap comes out MUCH easier if you place them in the freezer for 5 minutes once soap has cooled completely. Then, they take a little muscle, but they will release much easier.

My Cruise Kit

Essential Oil Cruise Kit

We’re going on a Cruise for vacation, so I definitely wanted to be prepared. This is the first time we’re cruising with a child (she’s 5), so I made sure everything was Kid-Safe.

From left to right:

After Sun Spray from!

So, full disclosure. This did NOT fit all in a 4 oz container as suggested on the blog, but I just used the full measurements for everything EXCEPT the distilled water and added that at the very end as much as it would hold with room to shake.

Motion Sickness Inhaler
10 drops Ginger and 5 Drops Grapefruit (for my 5 year old and maybe ME!)

Calming the Child Inhaler
15 Drops

Tummy Ease Roll-On
2 Drops Roman Chamomile, 2 Drops Spearmint & Two Drops Ginger in a 10 ml roller-bottle filled with FCO
This will be good if any of us eat too much and need some tummy relief. Apply a couple of swipes to the abdomen and rub in.

Better than Kisses Roll-on
I keep one of these on hand always. Works great for going around cuts and scrapes (no essential oils on open wounds please!), and also is a great headache relief because of the marjoram!

Germ Destroyer Spray for surfaces
2 Ounces witch hazel or vodka, 2 ounces distilled water and 2% (~70 drops) Germ Destroyer.

I think I’m set. Now come on Saturday!

Egg Geode

Egg Geode

What You’ll Need

  • Egg
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Food coloring
  • Alum powder (look in the spice section of your local grocers)
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels
  • Bowl
  • Beaker/glass
  • Spoon
  • Pushpin

A friend shared this science experiment with me, so I had to try it with my daughter who will be 5 in a few weeks.

First you have to remove the yolk and egg white from the egg by using a pushpin to make a small hole in one end of the egg and a bit larger hole in the other end. Then blow through the egg until all the yolk and egg whites are removed from the big hole.

Then, to get my eggshell in half, I poked a few holes in the egg shell like I was cutting it in half length-wise until I could get my scissors in to finish the process. Once the egg shell is in half, remove any extra shell and use a paper towel to carefully dry the inside of the egg. Then…you wait. We waited about an hour for the inside of the egg to dry completely.


Once the shell is dry on the inside, pour some white glue into the egg and use a paintbrush to coat entirely. Then pour about a tablespoon of alum powder into the shell and make sure it’s fully coated. Pour out the excess. Then…you wait. This time we waited about 5 hours to make sure it was completely dry, but Steve Spangler Science suggests overnight.


Next I added 2 cups of very hot water into my Pyrex measuring cup along with 3/4 cups alum powder and 30 drops food coloring. Mix until combined.




Well, I sank the shell before I got a picture, so I resurrected it so I could show you. Just requires a tiny bit of pressure to get it to sink.

Egg Geode

Then, you wait…The directions said to wait 12-15 hours, but as you see with mine, it crystallized completely instead of the middle being concave. We waited 14 hours.

When I went to remove the eggshell, I had to pour out all the liquid so I could find it.

Overall, this was FUN! My daughter loved helping where she could and is amazed with her crystals.

Almond Flour

Almond Flour

Adapted from Spinach Tiger


2 Cups Almonds, unsalted


In a medium saucepan, boil 3 cups of water. Add almonds to boiling water and then set a timer for 1 minute. Remove shells as quickly as possible. You should be able to “pop” the shells right off using your thumb and index finger. It works better for me to blanch 1 cup at a time because as the almonds got cooler, it was harder to remove the shells.

Let air dry for 2 hours on a paper towel-lined baking sheet.

Once dry, use Blendtec or Vitamix blender to pulse for 5 seconds and use a spatula in between to move ground almonds from the corners and under the blade. Continue until you have a fine powder.

Refrigerate or keep cool.

My Favorite Spray Hand Sanitizer

Germ Destroyer Spray Hand Sanitizer

Adapted from Hello Natural


1 Tablespoon witch hazel
2 teaspoons pure aloe vera gel
2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
30 drops Plant Therapy Germ Destroyer (1.7% dilution)
Distilled water


In a 2 ounce spray bottle, add first four ingredients. Top with distilled water. Shake before each use.

Alternatively, you can add 10 drops each lavender, frankincense, and tea tree as per the original recipe instead of the Germ Destroyer.