Closing out 2019

As we say our final farewell to 2019, good year or bad we now get to start fresh with 2020! Whatever it is we plan to do or want to try to do for the new year a few things to keep in mind. Health as your body is your temple, wealth as you need it to live, and positive vibes to get you thru yet another year! Here are a few websites to follow with some tips on how to get at least your wealth in check and keep a positive vibe at home:

The Penny Hoarder

5 Ways You Can Save $1,378 in 2020 (Even if You’re Awful at Saving Money)


20 Great Stock Ideas For 2020, From The Best Fund Managers


5 Things People With Tidy Homes Don’t Do


Iced Horchata Au Lait

Iced Horchata Au Lait

Here is a little something for all you cold brew coffee drinkers to switch it up! Also special note if you want to just drink your cold brew with cold foam it’s just cold milk in a blender! This recipe comes from a great place I took a few classes at they have been working on their cookbook so I hope classes will be offered soon:



5 ounces horchata (recipe below)
3 ounces cold brew coffee
Optional: 1 cinnamon stick for garnish

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice
  2. Add horchata and cold brew coffee, stirring to combine
  3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick

Horchata:  Makes 1½ quarts


½ cup (4 ounces) uncooked white jasmine rice
½ cup  (2 ounces) blanched raw almonds
1 ½-inch piece cinnamon stick
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon real vanilla extract

  1. Place rice and almonds in a heatproof bowl or pitcher. Break cinnamon into a few pieces and add to container with 2 cups of hot water. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for 6-8 hours or overnight.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and 4 cups hot water, stirring until sugar is dissolved and mixture turns clear. Set aside to cool.
  3. Puree the soaked, rice/almond/cinnamon mixture in a blender for 3 minutes or until smooth. Strain through a cloth nut-milk bag, very fine sieve, or cheesecloth. Discard solids.
  4. Add the cooled sugar syrup and vanilla to the strained mixture and stir to combine. Store in the refrigerator to chill.

Keep checking their website for when classes come back they fill up quick but they are awesome here are a few:

Natural Cheesemaking 101

Foodcrafting 101

Foodcrafting 101

Natural Cheesemaking 101

Natural Cheesemaking 101

Natural Cheesemaking 102

Natural Cheesemaking 102

Coffee 101: Home Roasting + Brewing

Coffee 101: Home Roasting + Brewing

Yoga Classes at Home

One of the things I want to add to my daily routine in 2020 is a workout of some kind. I did Soul-Cycle which is awesome but I don’t always have the time. Walking and kickboxing same I get home too late or too tired to go. One thing I did find that I can do at any hour and at home is yoga, no machines needed and not too much energy either! I found a great studio that has online classes as well as a physical studio if you need that push. The Yoga Collective, sign up on which is even better for the price. I like their site because you can pick the level you want to do of yoga and they have great recipes also all on video:


Three Months or One Year of Unlimited Online Yoga from The Yoga Collective (Up to 90% Off)

  • Three Months of Unlimited Online Yoga $5
  • One Year of Unlimited Online Yoga $15
Up to 90% Off Online Yoga Subscriptions


Yogis can log on any time for selection of classes ranging from challenging power yoga, breath-focused kundalini, and gentle flow sessions. How can you beat that! Check it out on!

Chia Pudding

Not many people know how easy and healthy chia pudding is to make. Most recipes are less than 5 min and cost less than $5 to make. Your key ingredient is the milk you want to use almond, coconut, or cashew. Trader Joe has many options for milks and different flavors. You can also use a variety of sweeteners honey, agave, coco nectar, jam, or fruit. There is also a video to walk you step by step so you can’y mess it up! You can also read up on why chia is so healthy for you, which by the way they sell at Trader Joe too! There are two recipes I found online that everyone loved.

One is the 3 ingredient Chia Pudding:



  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon honey or other sweetener, optional
  • Strawberries or other fruits for topping


  • Pour ingredients into a jar and mix well. Let settle for 2-3 minutes then mix again very well until you see no clumping.
  • Cover the jar and store in fridge overnight or for at least 2 hours.
  • When you’re ready to eat it, top with your favorite fruit and enjoy cold!

Second is for the chocolate lovers the 30 min Chocolate Chia Pudding:




  1. Add the chia seeds and cocoa powder to a mixing bowl.
  2. Pour in the coconut milk and maple syrup and whisk it up until well mixed.
  3. Then place the mixing bowl into the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. At around the 15 minute mark, take the bowl out and give it a stir.
  5. After 30 minutes, serve with some dark chocolate pieces and mint leaves (optional).

Immune Boosting Ginger Shots

I am not big on ginger but did try this recipe and the ginger folks loved it!

Immune boosting ginger shots! They’re a great natural anti inflammatory remedy and taste much better than alcoholic shots.


  • 1 apple
  • 2 lemons
  • 2-inch piece of ginger root
  • 2-inch piece of turmeric root


  1. Wash all the ingredients and peel them if they’re not organic.
  2. Chop the ingredients and put everything through the juicer.

Lavender Lemonade

Recipe is from link below and there way more to try:



  • 6 cups water divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp dried lavender
  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • Lemon slices and lavender petals for garnish
  • Blue or purple food coloring optional


  • Over medium heat, combine two cups of water and sugar, bringing to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Turn off of the heat and stir in honey and lavender.
  • Allow mixture to steep for 2 hours (less if you want less of a lavender taste). Strain the liquid, pressing the lavender down to make sure you get all of those juices into your mixture!
  • In a large pitcher, combine freshly squeezed lemon juice, lavender mixture and water.
  • Feel free to add a couple drops of blue or purple food coloring if you want more color than the lavender provides. Makes the lemonade especially cute for those brunches! Serve over ice.
  • Enjoy!



Doggy Treats

I love to making treats and my doggies can always smell when it’s for them!

Peanut Butter Banana Coconut Treats
I got this recipe source:

1 cup coconut flour or oat flour
¼ cup smooth, unsalted peanut butter
2 bananas

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mash peanut butter and bananas. Add in oat flour and mix until combined. (This might work better if you add the flour in two separate batches.) Use your hands and form dough into a ball. Chill for about 20 minutes.
On a floured surface or sheet of parchment paper, roll dough out to 1/3- or 1/2-inch cut out desired shapes and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Poke each cookie in the center with a fork, to allow steam to vent.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.

I used both oat flour and coconut flour and really prefer the coconut, I did have to research especially for my doggies to make sure the coconut flour was ok for them.
I also find that ripe bananas are softer and sweeter for the recipe.
Source: Posted by Lewis Leung on Jul 05, 2017
5 Reasons Coconut Flour Is Extremely Healthy In Dog Treats
Coconut flour is a minimally processed product. It was originally the byproduct of a coconut after extracting coconut milk and farmers would use it as fertilizer because of its high amount of nutrients.
After extended research of the health benefits of coconut flesh, coconut flour was developed by removing the fat, grating the flesh and then dehydrating it.

1. Gluten-Free and HypoallergenicCoconut flour is gluten-free and wheat-free. According to a study in 2011 by Dr. William Davis, there has been increasing evidence that gluten can lead to lethargy and bloating and may cause tumors and arthritis. Gluten is also a very common allergen among dogs and some may eventually develop an intolerance to it.
2. Rich In Dietary FiberCoconut flour contains approximately 35% fiber. It is commonly believed that dogs do not need as much fiber as humans, but this is not true. Fiber greatly reduces absorption of sugar into the blood stream, lowers cholesterol, and improves digestive health by removing toxins.

3. Low In Sugar and CarbohydratesRefined flours are concentrated in simple carbohydrates which are rapidly metabolized and cause destructive blood sugar fluctuations in the body.
Coconut flour contains less than 10% digestible carbohydrates. It is also ranked with a low score on the Glycemic Index (GI) which measures how quickly a specific food will raise your blood sugar levels.
The slower breakdown of carbohydrates prevents the surge of sugar into the blood and improves the release of insulin. 
4. High In ProteinCoconut flour is a great source of protein for vegans, vegetarians and those looking for alternatives to meat protein.
5. High In Healthy FatsMost of the fats in coconut flour are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These are healthy saturated fats that aid the metabolism. They also destroy bacteria that cause stomach ulcers, dental cavities, and cause urinary tract infections. 

Cold Brew Tea

I love drinking tea so to find a new way to have some of my favorite teas on a warm day is awesome! There are so many new flavors out there the options are endless!


  1. Add 2 tea bags to every 8 oz of filtered water.
  2. Refrigerate teas for 6 – 12 hrs.
  3. Remove tea bag and add any garnish you like or just drink as is.

I also found a great link that details cold brewing tea:


3 Reasons to Cold Brew


Brewing makes all the difference to a cup of tea. Leave the tea bag in too long and it’s bound to get bitter. Take it out too soon and it will taste weak. With cold brewing, you don’t have to worry about timing. Cold water extracts flavors more slowly and naturally so the result is less bitter and more clean than hot tea.

2. NO ICE:

Ice is generally used to cool the tea, but it can also water down its unique flavor profile. When you cold brew, there’s no need to add ice since the tea is chilled in the refrigerator.


Cold brewed tea retains more antioxidants than hot brewed teas. Studies also show that cold brewed teas contain about half (or two thirds) the amount of caffeine.  

Welcome All

I love to DIY and so do my sisters, we don’t always have time but we make it a day when we do! Lots of friends and family are surprised when they find out how easy some projects are to do. And the supplies will run you less than you think. These days everyone wants to be more aware of what they are putting on their body as much as what goes into their body. Depending on what you want to try food, beauty, or home decor here are a few things you might like. I am also going to share the different apps and links I come across that maybe others are interested in.