Monthly Archives: February 2016

Colorado Garden & Home Show, Feb 13-21, 2016- Attend for Free!


If you’d like two free tickets to the Colorado Garden & Home Show, post your name (first name) in the comments below, and I will pick a winner tomorrow evening. The Colorado Garden and Home Show is an amazing show case of vendors across the front range and the vendors are offering special discounts to attendees.  Lots of swag, and lots to explore.  The show started Saturday, Feb 13, and goes through the 21st, but beat the crowds and attend on a weekday.  You can either park on the street around the Convention Center (2-hr limit) or at the Convention Center itself, and explore as long as you wish.  I am going back later this week to get a few deals I wanted to do research on first.  Don’t miss this show, and if you want free tickets, comment below for your chance to win.  Kids are free, so only adults need tickets.

Disclaimer:  In exchange for free tickets to giveaway here, I was compensated with free attendance for two adults.


DIY all-natural, deet-free bug spray – Bugger off!

bug spray using essential oils all natural deet freeI know, I know, another DIY recipe (or as I call them, potion) for something, but I have oils, I have all-natural products right here in my home.  So, why not?   We recently went to Florida in January and got bitten alive – yep, in January.  Now I will not leave home without this spray.  For traveling, I will put this formula into bottles with a roller ball, so we can travel with the spray.   With all that is going in South America and now Florida, mosquitos are spreading some disease and illness. I’d rather be protected and have my children protected.   Deet and other chemicals are not for babies or kids, so making my own repellent is very attractive to me.  We are going to Texas in June (yep, June- hot and ack), and here is what may await us:   Zika Virus threats 

Recipe for all-natural big spray: You need-

  • 1 glass spray bottle – Mine is Cobalt Blue (see picture) – get yours by clicking here.
  • 3 ounces of witch hazel (liquid, not pads)
  • essential oils (become a member and get yours at 24% off here)–  12 drops of Citronella, 5 drops of thieves, 5 drops of peppermint, 5 drops of Purification, and 5 drops of Rosemary.  I like Citronella the best, and it is the star of this mixture, in my humble opinion.  The 2nd best oil is a Purification and Lemongrass combination if you have that in lieu of Citronella.
  • 1 oz or more of distilled or filtered water to fill the rest of the bottle

Recipe for all-natural bugger off oil: You need-

  • 2oz plastic bottles with lids (easiest to travel with as well, so you can transfer your mixture and take with you when you go).  They look like this:
  • In lieu of witch hazel, replace with 3 oz of sunflower oil or carrier oil of your choice (be careful re: allergies and suncare- do not use an oil that can leave the kids unprotected from the sun)
  • Same oils as above.

All natural deet free bug repellent spray and oilThat’s it!  I will report back after our Texas trip how it goes and how well it works.  I wish I had my insect repellent oils in FL with me, but alas, I cannot cry over dried and crusty insect bites now.

Must have Accessories for Essential oils:

*Disclaimer:  These statements are not FDA approved.  The statements made here are my own and not attributed to young living.  The experiences are real, and my own.  I received no compensation for this or other posts on essential oils.  I am a distributor of these products because I believe in them.

**If you want pure essential oils for this and other great things, don’t forget to read all my posts on Essential Oils, and get started on the starter kit.  It is a life-changing journey.

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DIY Deodorant without Baking Soda

Check out my DIY Deodorant post for all recipes

Deodorant using essential oils without baking powderI previously posted about making your own deodorant, and those recipes have worked out great! But, I promised a DIY Deodorant recipe without baking soda.   My daughter is reaching an age where she needs deodorant and I am so happy she can use this all-natural, homemade deodorant.

DIY deodorant ingredients using essential oils without baking sodaThe recipe is simple and yields one small container of deodorant.

What you need:

Melt the Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and Beeswax on the stove.  I just melt it into a measuring cup for easier pouring, over low heat, stirring often.  Once melted, add in almond oil and vitamin E and arrowroot.  Stir, and remove from heat.  Add in the essential oils to your liking, and pour into a deodorant casing (be careful that it does not holes on the sides or it will fall through, OR into a jar, or container.

Since this was for my daughter, I put the mixture in a small container she can dip a popsicle stick into and apply to her underarms.  It’s easy to apply and melts when in contact with the skin, so work quickly when applying.  If you want to pour into deodorant casing, you can always wait until it thickens, pour in and immediately place on a tray in the freezer for quicker drying and less mess.  You can buy empty deodorant cases like the one shown here:

Accessories for your essential oils:

*Disclaimer:  These statements are not FDA approved.  The statements made here are my own and not attributed to young living.  The experiences are real, and my own.  I received no compensation for this or other posts on essential oils.  I am a distributor of these products because I believe in them.

**If you want pure essential oils for this and other great things, don’t forget to read all my posts on Essential Oils, and get started on the starter kit.  It is a life-changing journey.


N’awlins gal in Colorado – Parade of Mardi Gras King Cakes

New Orleans Tasty Donuts' McKenzie cake
New Orleans Tasty Donuts’ McKenzie cake

I grew up outside of New Orleans.  I moved to Colorado in 2002, and since then, have always searched for comparable king cakes for Mardi Gras. Nothing compares to New Orleans king cakes, so far, especially my favorite from New Orleans: McKenzie’s or Tastee Donuts, but here are some options you can try if you miss the Big Easy in the Mile High City.


Note: If you come across other options, please share them in the comments.  We want to hear from you!  

1)  Rheinlander Bakery-  I posted about Rheinlander king cakes and they even improved their recipe.  Below are my two previous posts on Rheinlander King Cakes.  Rheinlander is an amazing bakery located in Old Town Arvada, Colorado.  They have amazing pastries, coffee, and made to order cakes.  Their king cakes are good, and freshly made, and they have improved their recipe a lot.

Rheinlander King Cakes for Katrina Mardi Gras

The bread has just enough cinnamon, and the icing and sugar are not overwhelming. King cakes vary in price based on size, and come in several different filling and flavor options.  I still tend to go with cinnamon but there is apple and pecan.  I do not like all the extra filling and things.  i like the idea of sweet cake with light icing and sugar.  I like how Rheinlander provides a baby and some beads and a history on the King Cake and the cheapest is generally about $24.99 (goes up every year).  I find this is a bit pricey for king cake, considering you can have one shipped with all the fixings for $30 (includes overnight FedEx).

Mardi Gras King Cakes for Katrina- Rheinlander Bakery in Arvada, Colorado

Happy Mardi Gras- follow up review King Cakes for Katrina & Rheinlander Bakery in Arvada

2) Whole Whole Foods carries king cakesFoods is the latest (just since 2014 for us) to start selling Mardi Gras king cakes and they sell these for about $14.99 – they go up each year.  You can choose from filled, generally raspberry, apple or plain cinnamon.
The sugar is a bit coarser and definitely different than the sugar on a traditional New Orleans king cake but these are not very sweet, and I like that.  The bread is fine, and the toppings are not overwhelming.  You can pick them up and they tend to be fresh, but as with all things baked in Colorado, you have about 3 days to enjoy, freeze or toss.  Things just get dry here quicker, especially bread and pastries.  Of course, you can always make your own, which Whole Foods encourages you to do.  Here is a recipe to make your own delicious knock off King Cake.  Will it come to close my favorite from New Orleans?  Probably not, but worth a shot!

3) King Sooper’s or Kroger’s – King soopers just introduced, this year (if they had them in the past, I never found it at my local shops), the Mardi Gras King Cake.  It is about $6.99 with the card, and is a round, flat (not risen very well) Cinnamon roll with icing on it and sugar.  The sugar is like the one from Rheinlander, but this cake is super sweet.  You can’t have a lot, but it is flavorful and basically a giant cinnamon roll with icing on it.  Add in the purple, yellow and green and some beads, and voila! King Soopers Mardi Gras King cakes It is a Mardi Gras king cake.  It’s okay, but the price can’t be beat for sure if you are having a Mardi Gras party in the Mile High City.  Since the Broncos were in the superbowl this year, I got myself a Blue, Orange, and White one this year in hope they do not get crushed like last time.  Don’t forget y’all, Peyton Manning is a hometown New Orleanean, even though he is QB for the Denver Broncos.

I plan to review more if you can share where I can get more King Cakes, but ’til then, Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler and have a very Happy Mardi Gras!