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Relay for Life: Tomorrow

Published July 10, 2015 by lynn k scott

The day is finally here; or will be tomorrow.  I’m making my Relay post now because tomorrow, there is just no way possible for that to happen.

We will wake up around 5:00 a.m. and get ready to pack up the cars and leave for the Relay around 6:00 a.m.  My daughter, who is nine, will be spending the next 24+ hours with me at the Relay.  She is very excited to be a participant and is looking forward to manning the booth and selling items to add to our team donation.

This will be my first year being a team captain and I can guarantee it won’t be my last.  This will be a way for me to honor my sister, Kathi, while we support those who have won or are still fighting their battle.

The theme of the Relay is “Movies”.  Being my co-captain and I are both military moms, we chose to go with a military-type movie.  We didn’t have a lot of time to choose and picked, “Max”.  I contacted a local movie theater to see if they had any promotional posters.  As luck would have it, they did. Phew…I didn’t know where I’d get a Malinois on such short-notice.

I’ve printed up words and laminated them:  Honor, Loyalty, Semper-Fi.  We are going to hang them around our booth.  We’ll hang our poster and decorate with red, white and blue streamers.

We received some donations to raffle off:  a tutu dress, an afghan, and a few other items.

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We will donate some homemade brownies for the dessert part of the evening that will take place at midnight.  We are going to also sell homemade cookies, biscotti, muffins, popcorn balls (gluten-free) and brownies (gluten-free) lip balm, glitter crayons, earrings and rings.

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We should have a lot of fun.  The lil miss is looking forward to staying up as late as she wants.  I don’t think she’ll make it much past midnight, but we’ll see.  I am pretty much taking the 12-6 shift to be walking.  For me, that is “my time” to remember my sister.

The luminaria dedication is at 9:00 p.m.  I am glad it’s then because I was in tears when my daughter started decorating the luminaria bags.  I shed a couple more when she completed them and almost lost it when I received an email about a caption for Kathi’s picture for the dedication.  At least the red circles that develop under my eyes will be somewhat masked by the darkness of the evening; even though the track is somewhat lit up.

1st bag

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I am excited for tomorrow and what it will bring.  Each year we will continue to grow our team and make more strides to wiping out cancer and making it a permanent memory!

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DIY Natural Deodorant

Published March 29, 2015 by lynn k scott

Over the last couple of years, I have been removing chemicals from my life, my home and my food.  It’s a lengthy process and one many people balk at.  They either think making your own products is time consuming or they cannot get past the commercialism that has surrounded their entire existence and they think purchasing pre-made items is the only option.

I beg to differ.

While I can’t remove 100% of chemicals from my life (I’ll never stop dying my hair – grey is not an option lol), I can do my part to minimize some of them; esp. what I ingest or what goes on my body.

That being said, I discovered an AMAZING DIY (Do It Yourself) deodorant that is more effective than anything I’ve tried previously.  Believe me, I’m all about testing out recipes before passing them along to friends and now my followers.

I made this recipe a couple months ago.  It really lasts quite awhile and is easy to use.  I will caution, should you choose to add an essential oil, please remember you should store your finished product in a glass container, as essential oils can pull from the plastic it’s held in.

I haven’t purchased deodorant in the last couple of years.  Yup, I’ve been making it myself for that long and thanks to this deodorant recipe, I have found my favorite!  It’s really quite simple; only 3 ingredients.  You just need coconut oil, baking soda and arrow root powder (found in the spice aisle).  Oddly enough, I use arrow root powder in gluten-free cooking, so I had plenty on hand to try this.

I admit, I was a bit skeptical, but I made up a batch, used it right before I took my daughter hiking and it worked like a charm!  I simply store mine in a Pampered Chef glass mini measuring bowl with a plastic lid.  I use my fingers to apply.  Not a big deal.  I’m at the sink and just wash my hands.  Not to mention, I’m being green by using dishes and not having to throw a container away every so often.

So there you have it.  Give it a try.  I bet you will be pleasantly surprised and odor free!

Making Glitter Crayons

Published January 14, 2015 by lynn k scott

My youngest child was born on New Year’s Eve nine years ago.  You can imagine how planning a birthday party on that date could be a bit challenging.  This year, we decided to postpone the party about three weeks.  Since she’s a winter baby and we have an indoor ice rink near us, she asked for a skating party.  The theme?  Frozen, of course.

Ok, so I’m a little late to be jumping on the Frozen bandwagon.  However, the theme fits so here I am pulling this skating party together, just weeks after Christmas and trying to find goodie bag items for Frozen or that can be tied into this theme; all while not breaking my budget.

I found some cute items at Michael’s.  Little Frozen flags for the cupcakes, cupcake wrappers, mini notebooks and pencils. However, when starting to price the Frozen party favor items, all I could think was, “good grief”.  I could have about 10 children at this party, so that means several packages of each item.  Pass.

What to do?  What to do?  I know….PINTEREST!  I found lots of suggestions, many food options, which I didn’t need.  Yet, one DIY upcycle was calling out to me:  glitter crayons!

I read several “recipes” for this and they were all similar.  Start out by gathering all the crayons that are blue, white, teal and gray.  You can use any color crayons, but these are Frozen colors, so I can stick to our party theme.  Peel the crayons and put them in a pile.

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Once you have all the crayons peeled, break them into smaller pieces, if they aren’t already broken.  Next, preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grab a muffin tin.  I used a non-stick, mini muffin tin.  I have seen where silicon muffin tins were used too.  Add a little glitter; your choice of color(s).  Add the crayon pieces, but make sure they don’t stick out over their individual cups.  Add a bit more glitter on top of the crayons.

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Once that’s complete.  Put in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes.  Keep an eye on them, as they will met quickly.  Mine took exactly 10 minutes to liquify.  Make sure you don’t have any solid pieces before removing the melted crayons from the oven.  Let cool.  I let mine cool overnight, but I’m sure it wouldn’t take long if you had an anxious child waiting to use the new creations.

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After the crayons are cooled, simply turn the muffin tin over and the crayons should pop right out.  I have seen a couple ways to help make the crayons remove easily from the tin. Some recipes call for you to use cooking spray before adding the glitter and crayons and another one says to put in the freezer after it’s cooled.  I didn’t do either and had no issues with the crayons being easily removed.

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When all is said and done, you will have cute new party favors to put in your goodie bags. You could change up the colors for say Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, etc.  Save those broken crayons.  You can always use different shaped pans and create a bunch of “new” crayons for hours and hours of drawing enjoyment.

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