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StorybookWoods
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Interests: travel, knitting, calligraphy, classical music, wine, homemaking, history, parties, tea, homeschooling, brewing, nature walks, charlotte mason, chocolate., england, old children’s books, susan branch, making bread, entomology, cooking, drawing, sewing, baking, france, decorating, crafting, cozy mysteries, cottages, old building
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Well this is the last Hygee post. I had fun with this and it did inspire me to enjoy my days more, even though they are cold and grey. I was reminded to stop, enjoy, be grateful and embrace the life God has given me. On that note I am going to leave you with this last little thing, breathe. It is such a small, simple thing we do without even thinking about it, but it is something that we also do not use enough. I mean we all breath, but slow, deep, thoughtful breathing can change your health, your mindset, your life. I have been learning about this 4-7-8 breathing technique. Here is a good video by Dr. Andrew Weil. Take the time to stop, appreciate, deep breathe and be thankful xox Image from Related articles Bloom, Being Slayed Bloom, Browned Butter Trick I Have Graduated One Day At A Time Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Storybook Woods
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In trying to detox from the holidays I have been drinking lotsss of vinegar water, but also this turmeric tea. Although there is no actual tea, it is more of a hot beverage I keep in mason jar in my fridge. Ready to warm up as I want. I find this quite refreshing. I have to say since Christmas my metabolism has kicked back up. I lost the weight I gained over Christmas plus two more pounds. I really think raw apple cider vinegar is something we should all drink. Plus fresh citrus, turmeric and ginger are also so healing to the body. Citrus Thyme Turmeric Tea makes 1 pint mason jar 1 slice of lemon, I have been using meyer lemons lately 1 slice of orange (if fruit is small use 2 slices) 2 slices of fresh ginger 5 slices of fresh turmeric some fresh thyme, or fresh herb to your liking * 1/2-1 tsp of raw apple cider vinegar Add all ingredients, except the vinegar, to a wide mouth pint mason jar. Fill jar with boiling water and cover jar with lid. Let the tea sit on your counter for a good 20-30 minutes depending how strong you... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Storybook Woods
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Make some Pressed Herb Evergreen Candles Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Make a moss and birch ring. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Did you make some Candy Cane Syrup? Now make a Candy Cane Soaked Chocolate Cake. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Make a cup Forested Fir Tea. Another post and recipes about the powerful properties of pine and evergreens. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Is your hair drying out from all the cold weather like me? Give your hair a warm honey coconut oil treatment. I use this twice a month and it makes my long hair soft and shiny. 2 TBL raw coconut oil 2 TBL honey Put on a junky shirt. Warm the two together and mix (It might separate a bit but do not worry it will still work). Apply to hair with your fingers, especially the ends. Put your hair up with a band or large hair clip. The longer you can keep it on the better. I leave it on all day, but leave on at least 2 hours. Then wash your hair. Image from Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Try growing a water plant! Image from Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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When was the last time you played a card game? Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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There is nothing like a hot bowl of porridge in a cold winters day, but with my grain-free diet I could not eat oatmeal (too carby for my body). My friend shared me her version of grain-free and that got my mind going. It took me a while to get a recipe down, but I love it and it is easy. Please check out my notes about the recipe. If you eat oatmeal check out how I make it for my family. Or try out my Lavender Pear Oatmeal ! Grain-Free Porridge makes 1 serving ⅛ cup flax meal (or finely ground flax seeds) ⅛ cup almond flour 1 TBL chia seeds 1 TBL sesame seeds 1 TBL hemp seeds 2 tsp coconut sugar, or more if you want it sweeter small pinch of sea salt stir all together in a small bowl. Pour ¼ cup + 1 TBL boiling hot water over porridge. Let porridge sit 5 minutes uncovered. I then reheat the porridge in the microwave for 1 minute on high. I enjoy my porridge topped with raw cream, unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted pecans, walnuts and a little fruit (like dried sour cherries). Notes This porridge is quite... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Find a comfy spot, a warm blanket and do some embroidery. above image from Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Set some candles out in a bucket of sand. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Go see how many different pine cones you can collect! Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Play with some clay. I particularly love air-dry clay to work with. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Make your tea time fun! Treat! Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Farmgirl Freckles has a wonder post with bath soak recipes. As a girl who takes a hot bath everyday I cannot get enough of these !! Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Make your own paint with water pages Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Have leftover candy canes from Christmas? Make some Candy Cane Syrup Related articles Christmas Glimpses of My Home Churchmouse Christmas Menu A Year of Storybook Woods Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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A bouquet does not have to be flowers. Whats green in your garden? image source unkown Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Bling up some gloves image from Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Make some homemade chocolate lip scrub for these cold days. I made a batch and used coconut sugar with a combo of coconut oil and avocado oil. It is amazing and yummy!! image from Related articles Orange Chocolate Cookie Dough Bark, grain-free Raspberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream w/ Chocolate Bits Roasted Pear Sauce Cake, grain-free Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Make some whipped feta to bling up those winter veggies! Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Make your family a batch of coffee snickerdoodles, Espressodoodles! Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Reuse those Christmas cards. We make gift tags. Or make a wreath. Or bookmark Or jar lid covers Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Storybook Woods
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Go out in nature and find some stillness. image from Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Storybook Woods