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Peppermint Sugar

We decorated our house for Christmas this past weekend but like most projects, the house ended up in a little bit of a mess afterwards.  So, I’m busy getting the house back in order and will be back later in the week with a Christmas tour of our house.

In the meantime I just had to share something new I have discovered.

Peppermint Coffee!!!

Why am I so excited about it?  Well first let me preface by saying a don’t drink a lot of coffee… it’s sort of like a special treat for me. I love it.  I really do, but usually if I drink for more than one or two days in a row I end up with a headache.

In case you don’t make a habit of keeping up with every detail of my life or are new here at Color Transformed Family (welcome!),  for over seventeen years I suffered from migraines.  It’s a whole other story and you can read more about it here. The short version of it is that now I am able to keep my migraines at bay by eliminating certain foods from my diet.

Occasionally, I splurge on my diet and treat myself to a cup of coffee or something else.  Coffee is a tricky one though because most flavored coffee contains artificial flavors and other chemicals that can give me a headache.  Boo!

So, I normally use unflavored coffee and stick to using just milk and sugar to it.  Friday I was craving a cup of coffee so I decided to treat myself. I poured my cup of coffee only then to realize we didn’t have any sugar!  And then I remembered that I had a jar of peppermint sugar scrub that I made a few weeks ago at a holiday party.  I took a few pinches and added it to my coffee, mixed a little milk in, and then took a sip.

Peppermint Sugar

YUM!!!

It was delicious… and free of artificial flavors.

How?  Here’s the recipe.  Check out how simple it is.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

2 cups of white or cane sugar

¼ cup organic extra virgin coconut oil

10-20 drops of Young Living  Peppermint Essential Oil

Red food coloring (optional)

Directions:

1. Pour sugar into medium sized mixing bowl

2. Add coconut oil until desired consistency is reached; stir

3. Place a few drops of peppermint essential oil into the mixture

4. Divide your sugar scrub mix into two equal portions

5. Add a drop or two of food coloring into one of the portions (be careful not to add too much!)

6. in mason jar, alternate pink and white layers of sugars to create a “candy cane” effect. Press sugar down with a spoon to compact between layers.

This recipe makes several jars worth so you can give the rest away as last minute holiday gifts if needed.  And the red food coloring is totally optional.  It does make for a cute candy cane looking presentation if you use the food coloring.  I used food coloring because I originally intended to use this as a sugar scrub… but now it doubles as sugar for my coffee!

The next day I tried my new concoction out on Michael Luke and he loved it!  His favorite part was that the peppermint was not super overwhelming but instead a light refreshing touch to the coffee.

You could easily add this to homemade hot chocolate too if you wanted.

For more information on how to purchase a bottle of Peppermint essential oil individually or for information on purchasing Peppermint essential oil as part of an amazing group of oils with lots of other goodies click here

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Focusing on Thanksgiving

FYI… IT’S THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING!!! Did this sneak up on anyone else?  Ok, it didn’t actually sneak up on me but it did get here a lot quicker than I thought it would.  I have been extra careful this year not to use the “C” word (Christmas) around my girls until after Thanksgiving.

Why?  Because commercially, except for grocery stores, its almost a forgotten holiday.  And Thanksgiving is such a good one to focus on!  So we’ve spent the past few weeks talking about Thanksgiving.  I’ve been reading them one book over and over again that talks about why we celebrate Thanksgiving.

I love this book because of how simple it is.  It gives illustrations of what Thanksgiving is not and then ends with what Thanksgiving is… a time to give thanks to God who gave us everything. The girls really seem to enjoy it.

Another book that I love is Balloons Over Broadway.

This book gives the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well of the science of making all those amazing balloons you see every year in the Parade. I have always been a sucker for the parade and look forward to my girls falling in love with it too.  Esther is most excited that after the parade comes a REALLY big meal.  She has a special place in her heart for food. 🙂

This week I plan to continue to keep the focus on Thanksgiving. To do this we are taking a break from our normal school curriculum and will instead be working on some Thanksgiving crafts and projects.

I searched Pinterest last week for some ideas.  I like projects that are easy, meaningful, and don’t require me going out and buying a lot of new supplies.  Here’s what I came up with.

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We have almost finished working our way through learning to write the alphabet and I thought this would make a fun review.  It’s like sneaking a little school in without them even realizing it.  Not that they would mind really. Noah and Esther go crazy for school.

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How cute is this?   This craft encourages the children to verbalize what they are thankful for.  Plus, from a mom’s standpoint it looks super easy!  Every once in a while we need one of those crafts that only takes five minutes to prepare.  
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My girls are at that stage where they love tearing paper and then gluing it to a piece of paper.  They are also pretty huge fans of tracing their own hands. Something tell me this project will be a hit for them.Handprint-Footprint-Turkey-Kids-Crafts(source)

Paint!  Seriously when can you go wrong with paint and toddlers. Well, except that it’s normally a super stressful time for mom and requires a good bit of cleanup but the kid’s enjoy it.

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Ok, I think I am most excited about this one.  The girls use www.abcmouse.com as part of their school curriculum and have recently worked their way up to the color by number sheets.  Noah is pretty good at them.  I’m saving this little activity for the actual Thanksgiving day activities. It may help keep some little hands busy while they wait on Thanksgiving dinner.  Not that I would need to do that or anything.

So what are some of the ways your family focuses on Thanksgiving each year?  Do y’all have any special crafts that y’all like to do together?

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Decorating a Plastic Pumpkin

This Halloween will be the first time for Noah to go to Trick-or-Treating.  She is already practicing saying, “Trick-or-Treat and walking around the house with her pumpkin.   Or as she likes to call it her “apee” (translated alpple).  I’m not sure why she thinks they are apples but she will figure it out soon or enough.

Anyway, I am super excited about her getting dressed, going to the parades, and Trick-or-Treating door to door.  This year she is going to be a little flower and I want her pumpkin to be a fashionable accessory to her outfit.  So I decided to decorate hers to coordinate with her costume.

2013-10-10 13.25.20This project was super easy  I used things I had laying around the house so it didn’t cost me anything.

If you want to decorate a pumpkin for your little one here is what you will need.

Decorating Supplies

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  • Plastic Pumpkin (I had an extra one in the attic but I have seen them at Wal-Mart for a $1.)
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Ribbon for Trim

To start with I laid the yellow piece of fabric down and traced the opening of the top of the pumpkin.  Next I came out about an inch and half from the circle and started drawing triangles.  I didn’t measure them or worry about keeping them the size.  Keep the project simple and don’t stress out about it.  In the end no one will notice if one triangle is bigger than another.

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You end up with something like this. If you don’t want triangles you could draw scallops.  That would be cute.  Next I cut out the center and then used my pinking shears for cutting out the triangles.  If you don’t have any pinking shears use your typical scissors.

2013-10-10 07.05.42Do the same thing to next piece of fabric except make your triangles smaller.  I chose to use two fabrics because I wanted layers around the rim of the pumpkin.  You can add as many as you want.

(I don’t have any pictures for the rest of the project because Noah decided to join in on the fun at this point. When you add a toddler and a hot glue gun you don’t really have time for the camera.  I’ll talk you through it though.)

Next, I added hot glue around the rim of the pumpkin and laid the bottom layer of fabric on top.  I tried to align the notches up with the handles.  If it doesn’t work out just cut the notches in a little more. After the first piece was glued down I added the second.

Then using my scrap pieces of fabric I cut 1″ strips about 6″ long from both pieces of fabric. I used these pieces to tie around the handle of the pumpkin.  I think the handle turned out to be my favorite part!

Finally, I used some ribbon I had lying around and glued it around the rim of the pumpkin to cover up the raw ends of the fabric and give it a finished look.

2013-10-10 13.25.20I did end up trimming the triangles in front of the face because our pumpkin looked like Emma, our yorkie, when she is in bad need of a haircut.
2013-10-10 13.25.35In less than 30 minutes you can have a decorated pumpkin for your little one!

What are you or your little one dressing up as this year?  Do you still like to dress up?  I do but it’s always hard to come up with something new every year.

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