Enjoy these Grilled Salmon and Vegetable Skewers at any gathering this summer.
Three years ago, when my daughter left for college, I suddenly found myself avoiding my kitchen. I no longer had to cook a meal every night or figure out a way to make leftovers interesting the next day. At first, it was liberating. No cooking schedule or meal planning. I could eat popcorn for dinner if I wanted to.
I love going to day spas. An hour or two of pampering makes me feel like I’ve been on a mini vacation. I always leave feeling rested, rejuvenated and happy. Unfortunately, I don’t always have time to get to a spa, so I have to recreate the experience at home. Fluffy towels, candles, and good music set the mood. My favorite spa products are old school and come straight from the drugstore. Here are five of my favorites:
Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask
A drugstore favorite, this mint green mask has been around for years. I’ve been using it since college. It works well, and the price is right.
Dr Teal’s Lavender Epsom Salt Soaking Solution and Ultra Moisturizing Body Wash, Soothe & Sleep with Lavender.
Epsom salt and a body wash are combined into one. Epsom salt is soothing and therapeutic. The soft lavender scent ties it all together.
Neutrogena Body Oil
This lightweight body oil is perfect right after a bath. My skin always feels soft an smooth after using this.
Gather everything you need, unplug, relax and enjoy your home spa experience.
Becoming a mother in my early 30’s was a great gift. Twenty years later it’s even more precious to me. It’s wonderful to watch my daughter bloom into a bright, compassionate and mindful young woman. Today, I celebrate what it means to be a mother. I also celebrate the trials and errors of being a parent. Of trying to get it right. Hoping her father and I have provided enough tools for her to move through this sometimes confusing thing called life. I celebrate unconditional love.
As I watch her maneuver through, I step back and breathe easily. I know in my heart that she’s got this. I’m always ready in the wings should she a hand, an ear to listen or occasional opinion. I remember reading a poem by Kahlil Gibran in college. It stuck with me then and is even more poignant now.
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
I truly understand those words now. As parents, we are here to guide, provide tools, let go and hope for the best. The rest of the journey is in our children’s hands.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Scents are fantastic accessories for your body or home. I’m always experimenting with essential oils to create blends for new products. My love for fragrances inspired me to study aromatherapy. Currently, I’m developing an organic essential oil room spray line. I wanted to share a room spray recipe that you can make at home. Remember to store your sprays in a cool place away from sunlight. Avoid spraying on linen, fabric and furniture to prevent staining.
Here’s what you need:
Energizing Room Spray
4oz dark glass spray bottle
1 oz vodka
2 oz distilled water
15 drops basil essential oil
15 drops rosemary essential oil
15 drops orange essential oil
5 drops peppermint oil
Combine all of the ingredients into a bottle and shake well.
The finished scent is bright and fresh. Open a window to catch a gentle breeze and let the scent swirl around the room.
It’s the end of the year, a time to reflect on the old and celebrate new possibilities. Get the New Year’s party started with my fun Holiday Cranberry Cocktail. It’s quick and easy to make and goes down smoothly. Plus there’s champagne involved. Who can resist that!
Festive Holiday Cranberry Cocktail
1 oz Vodka
2 oz Cranberry Juice
1 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Combine vodka, cranberry juice, orange juice, lime juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well to chill. Strain into a martini glass filling 1/2 way. Top off with champagne or sparkling wine. Enjoy!
The Holidays are my favorite time of year to have family and friends gather at my home. I know that traveling can sometimes be an unpleasant experience. I remember countless times arriving at a destination tired and annoyed after traveling. When overnight guests visit, I want them to relax and enjoy themselves. A guest room welcome basket can instantly make people feel at home. It’s a thoughtful way to pamper your guests. So where do you start?
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