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Batty Bites

Batty Bites

Batty Bites

 

 

I love this time of year and I know I have mentioned how much I love Halloween. I found this super adorbs simple party fun recipe on All You Magazine. These are the kind of appetizers that everyone will enjoy and you won’t have to spend forever trying to get them right! I also like that they are simple enough to incorporate into other holidays. Add some fun shaped pretzels/crackers/treats and make them reindeer antlers or make a top hat and it can be a leprechaun! You can play with the cheeses and use different colored sesame seeds, nuts, cracker or chip crumbs to compliment the cheese ball. You can also make monster bites or witches maybe vampires and ghosts! Soo much fun! Get creative!

 

 

Ingredients:

1 (4 oz.) package organic cream cheese, softened
8 ounces soft, organic goat cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup organic pesto
2 tablespoons organic coarse ground black pepper
2 tablespoons organic poppy seeds
8 organic pitted black olives, sliced
32 organic whole pepper corns
32 triangular organic tortilla chips (blue is fun but any color will do)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mash together cream cheese, goat cheese and pesto.
2. Let chill for 40 minutes.
3. Shape mixture into 16 2-inch balls.
4. Roll in black pepper and poppy seeds to cover.
5. Press two olive slices into balls for eyes
6. Place peppercorns in centers for pupils.
7. Insert chip on either side of ball for wings and serve.

Dancing For The Paws Fundraiser

Dancing For The Paws

Dancing For The Paws

 

We know how much I love rescuing animals and how important the cause is to me. In my opinion pets are not rescued enough and people look for any and every excuse to purchase their pet because having a rescue pet has some sort of stigma attached to it.  This is so far from the truth!  There are some very awesome people who are having a fundraising event called Dancing for the Paws to help raise donatons for a great rescue called Friend of Freddie Pet Rescue.  Here is a little about them: Friends of Freddie Pet Rescue, located at 200 Middle Country Road Middle Island NY, is a nonprofit pet rescue, dedicated to finding homes for unwanted dogs and puppies. Our adoption process is simple and fast. Application, reference checks, home visit. Our adoption fees (like most rescues) are based on age of dog, breed and medical needs of the dog/puppy that is being adopted. Please visit our “up for adoption album” on our page, it is updated daily. Adoption fees include microchipping, up to date shots, spay/neuter and vet care after you adopt. Come and visit our center and fall in love.

You can join in the fun too on Tuesday November 5th from 6:30-10:30pm.  Your participation can help raise money and awareness for some great animals and a great rescue! You might even find a new best friend!! If you can’t attend please send a donation anyway! You can also bring donations directly to Friends of Freddie Pet Rescue or bring to the event.  Rescues can never get enough food, toys, blankets, newspaper, anything to help!  If you need any more information just ask!!! Please tell your friends and family the show will be great and who doesn’t want to have a good time while helping out a great cause!

DIY “Febreze”

DIY "FEBREZE"

DIY “FEBREZE”

 

 

I literally just got this recipe a few minutes ago from one of my besties who swears by it and say her DIY version last longer and is much cheaper than purchasing ready-made fabric/home fresheners. Most people have these simple items at home and can make as much or as little as you want at a time. You can customize the scent of your freshener to the season or just your favorite smells. I always prefer to make my own products because you can usually save yourself money but you know exactly what the ingredients are. That always makes me feel more comfortable than buying something but I can’t lie that sometimes my homemade concoctions don’t always come out right.

Ingredients:

Your Favorite Liquid Fabric Softener (I prefer Method myself)
Baking Soda
Hot Water
Reusable Spray Bottlehttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=fashijonz-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00745X4UC

Directions:

1. Add 3 tbsp. Fabric Softener to empty spray bottle
2. Fill spray bottle with approximately 2 cups hot water slowly. {depending on size of bottle}
3. Add in 1 tbsp. Baking Soda
4. Mix once well and let it settle then mix again until the baking soda has completely dissolved.

Eco-Loverly Fall Fashion Finds

The Fall is upon us and while summer and warm weather may be coming to an end there is plenty about the Fall to be excited about.   Fall does happen to be one of my favorite times of year.  I love when the weather is not too hot but not too cold so you can still enjoy being outside with out being afraid of sweating.  I will miss the beach days but there is always next Spring and Summer.   Since the change in weather is here I figured I would find you some great fall eco-fashion finds that I love and I hope you will love just the same! Enjoy!

Pursue Navajo Tank

Pursue Navajo Tank

 

 

 

 

Pursue Navajo Tank is perfect for fall! The colors and pattern are right on track for the season. I know you might be thinking HEY! That is totally a summer tank but no I disagree! Layered with the right cardigan, scarf and knit hat! It is just what you need for your faux suede and fringe boots!  The highlights of this beyond cute tank are that it is made in the USA, GMO free and organic!!! The graphic is also printed with water based inks. The price is a little steep for a tank $52 but to have good quality ethical clothing I have to give in sometimes.

Pursue Fairisle Drape

Pursue Fairisle Drape

 

 

 

The Fairisle Drape is exactly perfect for fall! No heavy coat necessary and drapes are so easy to move in and coordinate accessories around. I have long been a fan of drapes! This is another item from Puruse and has many of the same highlights as the Navajo Tank in that it is GMO free, made in the USA, and organic but this one also boasts recycled packaging! Which is always a plus to see when you open your box! The price is $56 which isn’t bad for a “coat” of sorts.

Stardust VI Earrings

Stardust VI Earrings

 

 

 

 

The Stardust VI Earrings are probably some of the most beautiful earrings I have ever seen and I would like to have a pair right this very second.  I can’t even explain to you how beautiful I think these earrings are!  The Stardust Earrings are made from reclaimed brass which makes them kind of really cool besides amazingly beautiful. The earrings are also made and developed by a Woman Owned business which is always something I support! I really actually want a pair and will most definitely have it on my Christmas list this year! The price is $88 which for reclaimed/recycled jewelry is actually not bad for this amazingly fab set!

 

 

SPROUT BAMBOO BIRD TREE WATCH

SPROUT BAMBOO BIRD TREE WATCH

 

 

 

The Sprout Bamboo Bird Tree Watch is super cute. Sprout is a pretty popular company and you can totally see why! Their products are gorgeous! The Bamboo Bird Tree Watch is totally my style! I know birds and branches are all over the place right now but none as cool as this watch. Once you are finished with this watch and if you can’t give it to someone you can recycle it! It is compostable, recyclable, biodegradable! It comes in recycled packaging, made from post consumer products as well as plant based plastics! There are many amazing reasons why you should choose Sprout besides their designs! It is only $60 for all of that awesomeness!!!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Not So Latte

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Not So Latte

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Not So Latte

 

 

Lately everyone has been drinking fall spiced coffees and other drinks to celebrate the new cooler season. I have been noticing when I try said drinks they taste almost like perfume or potpourri! I sure don’t want to drink that so this morning it occurred to me that I have all of the accoutrement to make a spiced coffee of my own. How difficult could it be really? I am normally a black coffee drinker so an actual “latte” seems too milky to me usually unless I am drinking the coffee as a dessert or some sort of treat. This AM’s coffee turned out better than I even thought and only took me a few minutes to make.

Ingredients:

Organic Coffee (I used a light coffee with no particular flavor but if you already have a flavored coffee that would probably add to the mix nicely)
Organic Cinnamon
Organic Sugar
Organic Pumpkin Spice
Organic Honey
Organic No Fat Milk

Directions:

1. Brew your coffee as you normally do.

2. Once in your cup add the cinnamon, sugar, honey, pumpkin spice and milk to taste.

3. Stir and serve!

Vegetarian Crescent Roll Taco Bake

Vegetarian Taco Bake

Vegetarian Taco Bake

 

I know I have mentioned probably one too many times how much I love Mexican food. Now that it is apparently football season and I am forced to spend time with people who are obsessed with the sport and the only thing that gives me a modicum of joy is making fun party food. Most of these football fans are terrified of vegetarian foods but I am on a mission to change that.  This comes with a warning however……do not surprise meat eaters with vegetarian meats without warning.  Often times if people aren’t used to eating vegetarian meat it has an effect on them and not warning them is just mean and cruel to them, you  and other party people.

Ingredients:

2 Crescent Roll Tubes
1 LB Ground Vegetarian Meat
1 Packet of Organic Taco Seasoning
1 1/2 cups Grated Organic Cheddar Cheese
Shredded Organic Lettuce
1 or 2 Diced Organic Tomatoes
1/2 Small Can Sliced Olives (optional)
Fat-Free Organic Sour cream (optional)
Organic Sliced Avacado (optional)

Instructions:
1. Lay out the two tubes of crescent pastry, thick sides in. Use some of the left over crescent rolls to to make the center a bit thicker.
2. Season and cook the vegetarian meat. I often add vegetables like grated carrots, onions, peppers ect. to my vegetarian meats.
3. Lay “meat” in a circle inside of the laid out crescent rolls.
4. Add cheese to the top
5. Pull over crescent rolls and tuck in under meat and cheese.
6. Follow the cook time on the crescent roll package.
7. Let cool slightly or add a small dish in the middle then add cheese, lettuce, tomato, black olives,
sour cream and anything else you want, in the middle as.

DIY Moss Bath Mat

Moss Bath Mat

Moss Bath Mat

 

How awesomely fun is this! You can create you own Moss Bath Mat that gets water from the steam in your bathroom as well as from you when you dry off! Make sure to place the mat directly outside of your tub or shower like you would any other mat. I think this is a great use of greens in the home especially if you are someone who isn’t good at keeping plants alive. I personally managed to murder a cactus that has been in my office for the passed 3 years. I think I need a lesson in not murdering plants which is why this mat is so appealing to me. I found this fun little project right here if you want to see the full article.

Supplies:
Plastazote Foam Roll
Scissors
X-ACTO Knife
Stencil
Hot Glue Gun
Assorted moss plugs

Directions:

1. Measure and cut two sheets of plastazote foam from the roll at 24-by-12 inches each. This plastic-foam material is what is used in making commercial moss mats, and is ideal for wet-dry use.

2. Lay one of the sheets of plastazote in front of you and place a large stencil in the center. It can be of any shape you want. Stick simple shapes if you are a beginner.

3. Trace the shape with a white crayon, since the plastazote material is dark in color.

4.. Cut around the shape tracing with an X-acto knife. Cut down through the entire depth of the material, and push out the cutout shape, leaving a perfect hole in the shape of the stencil. Do this as many times as you want on the material. Place smaller stencils around the large cutouts and repeat, as you please.

5. Squeeze a line of hot glue along all four edges of the second sheet of plastazote material. Layer the sheet with the holes over it evenly, pressing the edges together. This creates a single mat of about 2 inches thick. The top layer features perfect molds for filling with moss.

6. Moisten the top layer of the mat after it has dried for an hour. This gets it primed for the moss. Spray it with a fine mist of water from your shower head or a spray bottle.

7. Fill each “mold” in the top layer of the mat with your own selection of moss plugs, which can be purchased online or from specialty nurseries and gardening stores. Irish moss, Spanish moss and some forms of live sphagnum moss thrive well in these living eco-shower mats.

DIY Simple Salt Scrub

DIY Simple Salt Scrub

DIY Simple Salt Scrub

 

I really value the art of DIY. It is something that makes me happy especially when it comes to beauty products. Maybe it is just me but I feel like DIY beauty products seem more luxurious when you put the time and effort to make them your own. The more natural the product the better I feel they work and the better I feel about using them. Now that doesn’t mean you can’t mess up the recipe or find one that isn’t so spectacular but with anything DIY it is mainly trial and error. The same can be said for products you purchase in a store as well. At least when you make them yourself you know exactly what goes into your beauty product and how much. That isn’t always the case for store bought items.

Ingredients:

Sea Salt (any kind you have ready to use)
Organic Essential Oils (any scent or scents of your choice )
Oil (any oil except baby oil)

Directions:

1. Find a clean jar that is easy to scoop the scrub out of but that won’t leak and can be opened quickly in the shower. I would suggest using a plastic container as this does have oil and you are in the shower so a glass jar may be risky. Plastic has its disadvantages too. A plastic jar will absorb any essential oils you add into the scrub, and that means that you can never use the jar in any other purpose.
2. Choose a salt to use. Almost any kind can work for example; sea salt, Epsom salt, kosher salt, or table salt which is usually the cheapest. Table salt tends to have smaller granules, which means you don’t have to break up big salt clumps. Epsom salt has relaxing properties, while sea salt is often used in bath salts. You can also mix salts to have different textures in your scrub. When you have found a salt or salts that you like, fill about half of your container with it. I used sea salt because I had a huge container of it that I am sure I would never have used.
3. Pick an oil to mix with the salt. Almost any kind will do just not baby oil as it does not absorb into the skin. I had a few different kinds at home so I mixed olive oil with a small amount of coconut oil. Coconut is a favorite scent of mine and I considered not even using essential oils but being that I have plenty of them it couldn’t hurt to use both. Coconut oil is very good for your skin as is olive oil so mixing the both I thought might work very well and smell delish. I also added some honey to this mixture which is also supposed to be great for your skin but it isn’t a must.
4. Fill the jar with oil until the oil covers the salt. Make sure the oil gets on to all of the salt. I poured some oil in then shook around the salt and continued until the oil looked like it had covered all of the salt in the container. You can use a utensil such as a spoon or spatula to mix your oil and salt together as well if you like.
5. Add a few drops of essential oils into the mixture. Some popular scents used in many store bought scrubs are lavender (relaxing), peppermint (energizing), orange, lime/lemon, rose, sandalwood, and vanilla. Or you can try extracts, like vanilla, almond, peppermint and coconut. Stir the salt scrub after you put add the essential oil.
6. Use your salt scrub on particularly dry areas of your body. The scrub works especially well on hands and feet too. I use loofah gloves for my body and pumice for my feet. I put the salt scrub on the pumice and scrub my feet with that which removes the dead skin just as well as any pedi place does. If your skin feels a bit oily, you can wash it off with some soap or body wash, but it is not necessary because usually the skin would absorb all the oil depending on how much you added to your scrub. Your skin should feel soft, moisturized, and exfoliated. You don’t have to but for added moisture I lotion my body after I dry off to make sure I am fully moisturized.

Pumpkin Pie Frapp-amazing

Pumpkin Pie Frapp-amazing

Pumpkin Pie Frapp-amazing

 

I am in love with fall! Pumpkin flavored things, especially drinks! When I saw this recipe from one of my fave blogs I had to share it with my loverly greenies!!! This recipe is simple and quick which makes it even better. I know the picture shows the frappe in a mason jar but how much fun would it be to drink out of mini pumpkins or even a cored out apple with perhaps a cinnamon stick as a straw  to give it some extra fall feeling!!

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened organic coconut milk
2 Tbsp. organic canned pumpkin(not pumpkin pie)
1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
1/4 tsp.organic pumpkin spice ground
1 tsp. stevia
5 ice cubes
2 tbsp. whip cream, fat free
1 dash cinnamon, ground

 

Directions:
In a blender add coconut milk, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin spice, stevia and ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass (or fall fruit)  and top with whip cream and sprinkle of cinnamon.
Makes 2 cups

Fresh Citrus Candle

Fresh Citrus Candle

Fresh Citrus Candle

 

 

I just found this on Facebook from one of my friends and I think it is an amazing idea!! This is so simple and a great way to reuse citrus rinds instead of just throwing them out, you can also use the rinds as extra exfoliant in body butters, washes and scrubs! This is a simple and quick way to freshen up your home with ingredients you already have at home! No more having to go out and spend money on sprays, candles or other expensive fresheners. I cannot wait to try this!

Supplies:

Citrus Fruit (orange/lemon/lime/grapefruit)
Organic Olive Oil
(olive, vegetable, olive, coconut, avo, whatever you have at home)
Essential Oil (if you want to mix scents and get fancy)

Directions:
1. Cut the fruit in half.
2. Cut out the fruit but leave the core center attached.
3. Pour oil in to the cored out fruit.
4. Add any other essential oils or even bits of the fruit in to the oil.
5. Light the stem and it will burn for hours.