Reusable Supplies At Trader Joe’s

So if you shop at Trader Joe’s you know they don’t only have groceries, they also have lots of great household and beauty items. They carry soaps, facial products, pet treats, and great kitchen extras from cutting boards to reusable bags. Here are a few you need to keep an eye out for and pick up if you see them they sell out quick:

Tired of throwing out plastic bags from your produce use the reusable bags take them with you in your freezer bag or tote bag so you can pack all your produce and your bags are washable!

These are new if you love buying flowers every time you go there but again hate having another plastic bag to throw out use these to carry your flowers in, now if they could only start wrapping flowers in paper instead of plastic!

These I was lucky enough to grab two before they ran out, washable lunch bags they are roomie enough to take snacks and your lunch but when they start to get gross like all lunch bags do you simply wash them YAAA!!

And when it comes time to wash use these reusable lavender dryer bags they smell ammmmazing and you can also put in a small bowl instead of throwing out they will smell up any room!

34 DAYS TO HALLOWEEN

It’s the end of September means time to take out all your best Halloween decor and check what few add on you need to be ready for the big day! Check out all your local places to pick up small things to help out Michaels, 99 cents, Dollartree, Big Lots, Cvs, Walgreens, and Target. Here are a few DIY tips from http://www.thesprucecrafts.com, remember if you see something at the store take a picture to figure out how to make yourself:

62 Spooktacular DIY Halloween Decorations

  • 1 of 62DIY Floating CandlesDIY Floating Candles
  • Grab some empty toilet paper rolls and a bag of LED tea light candles to recreate the floating candles from Harry Potter with this clever DIY from Eating Bender that will leave everyone who sees it spellbound.
  • 02of 62DIY Apothecary JarsDIY Apothecary Jars
  • Decorate your mantel or coffee table with a cluster of your own handmade apothecary jars that will leave everyone curious to read the labels and see what is inside the curious bottles.
  • 03of 62DIY Yarn SpiderwebsYarn Spiderwebs
  • Cover the outside of your house, trees, or even walls with these easy to make DIY yarn spiderwebs.
  • 04of 62Magnetic SpidersMagnetic Spiders
  • Make a spooky first impression when people visit your door this Halloween with DIY magnetic spiders that us affordable plastic bugs that can crawl across your door.
  • 05of 62Glitter SkullGlitter SkullGlitter Skull  Little House on the CornerGo glam this Halloween and add a bit of glitter to your decor by making your own super simple to make glitter skull.
  • 06of 62Yarn Wrapped Candy Corn DecorationsYarn Wrapped Candy Corn Decorations Occasionally CraftyWrap up some styrofoam cones to make these cute candy corn decorations to use within your home.https://2c3914443419978b8bbfe92ef4915dfb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
  • 07of 62Faux Mercury Glass Potion BottlesFaux Mercury Glass Potion Bottles Uncommon DesignsGive the illusion your home is a wizards or witches home by displaying these DIY mercury glass potion bottles this Halloween.
  • 08of 62Flying Paper BatsFlying Paper Bats LandeeluEnhance your stairwell or any wall within your home with a swarm of paper bats.
  • 09of 62Weathered TombstonesWeathered Tombstones Rust 2Create realistic looking weathered tombstones to create a cemetery on your lawn with this DIY that the whole family can work on together.
  • 10of 62Faux Black CandlesFaux Black Candles Thrifty Crafty GirlSkip the fire hazard of using real candles by transforming battery operated tea light candles to look like dripping black pillar candles
  • 11of 62Floating Cheesecloth GhostFloating Cheesecloth Ghost Love and LaundryAdd some floating ghosts to your Halloween decor by making them with inexpensive cheesecloth.
  • 12of 62Printable Spell Book CoversPrintable Spell Book Covers The Idea RoomRecover books in minutes to look like ancient spell books with printable spell book covers to stack in bookcases or on mantels.
  • 13of 62Paper Mouse SilhouettesPaper Mouse Silhouettes By Stephanie LynnCut out mouse silhouettes from black cardstock to give the illusion that your home is infested with rodents.
  • 14of 62Trash Bag SpiderwebsTrash Bag Spiderwebs How About OrangeEmbellish your windows or door frames with spiderwebs made out cutting trash bags
  • 16of 62Funny Lawn TombstonesFunny Lawn Tombstones Amy KristAdd some humor to your Halloween decor by making tombstones with funny messages on them.
  • 20of 62Illuminated Ghost GarlandIlluminated Ghost Garland Taryn WhiteakerThis cute DIY ghost garland is made out of patio lanterns and is perfect for illuminating the path to your home or your front porch.Illuminated Ghost Garland from Taryn Whiteaker 
  • 21of 62DIY Cement Pumpkin Candle HoldersPumpkin candle holders Oleander and PalmGet ready for Halloween by making some pumpkin candle holders that will look amazing in your home by filling mini plastic pumpkins with cement. Once complete the mini cement pumpkin candle holders would look amazing with black or orange candles on a table in your home.
  • 24of 62DIY Ghost PinatasGhost piñata Make and TellEven if the people at your Halloween party are too old to go trick or treating, chances are they will still want to get candy. One fun way to give out small pieces of candy to everyone is making a ghost pinata that will keep guests entertained as they take turns trying to break the pinata to gain access to the candy inside. 
  • 25of 62DIY Trick Or Treat BannerTrick or treat sign A Beautiful MessIf you are looking for some quick Halloween decor this printable trick or treat banner is perfect, all you need to do is print the candy corn colored letters and string them together on a piece of twine to create your own banner that you can hang up.
  • 27of 62DIY Mini Rose Gold Pumpkin PlantersPumpkin plant holders Oleander and PalmInstead of candy, send the adults at your Halloween party home with a stylish mini rose gold pumpkin planter for them to bring home with them with this quick DIY.
  • 28of 62DIY Creepy Cocktail StencilsCreepy cocktail toppers Sugar and ClothMake your own creepy cocktail stencils to add a raven or spider design to the top of your cocktails or even latte this Halloween.
  • 29of 62DIY Spooky Bones DisplaySkeleton hands in a jar Earnest Home Co.Begin transforming your home into a haunted mansion for Halloween this year by adding a spooky bones display to a side table in your home. By using plastic bones from part of skeletons that are sold at Halloween stores you can repurpose the bones to present them in a new and unexpected way this Halloween in a few easy steps.
  • 31of 62DIY Bleeding CandlesBleeding candles RevamperateFor an expensive decorating idea add some bleeding candles to your home, that you can make by dripping red candle wax over the top of a regular white candle. 
  • 33of 62DIY Costume Award TrophiesCostume award trophies Make It Love ItThere is nothing like a little competition to get everyone excited for your Halloween party this year. When inviting your guests this year to your Halloween party let them know in advance there will be a costume contest, and if you wish you can let them know what the awards will be given for. Prior to your party using plastic skeletons you can make the costume trophies for things like best costume, best couples costume, most original costume etc, which can be handed out at your party once the winners have been selected. 
  • 34of 62DIY Spider Wall ArtSpider wall art Design ImprovisedTemporarily change your home’s decor leading up to Halloween to add a subtle eerie feeling by hanging some spider plates, which can be made in minutes using white plates and window clings.
  • 36of 62DIY Pumpkin Candy HolderPumpkin candy holders Persia LouIf you are hosting a Halloween party having a candy bar is essential so that guests can help themselves to their favorite sugary snacks all night long. Instead of just filling multiple bowls with candy, one creative way to present sticks of candy is to have them sticking out of multiple foam pumpkins. The creative presentation will impress your guests, and makes for a great centerpiece for your food table too.
  • 37of 62DIY Temporary Halloween Cup DecalsHalloween mug Sugar and ClothHelp your family warm up after trick or treating outdoors with a warm of warm apple cider or hot cocoa in a festive jack-o-lantern themed mug by making your own cup decals which you can temporarily stick on any cup on Halloween, such as stylish copper mugs. 
  • 38of 62DIY Halloween Pumpkin Place CardsHalloween place cards Everyday ReadingBefore you go out trick or treating as a family, have a fun spooky themed dinner by decorating the dinner table with homemade pumpkin place cards that can be made by using mini pumpkins and decorating the tops of each pumpkin with paper silhouette shapes that has each person’s name written on them. 
  • 39of 62DIY Halloween Cupcake ToppersBoo cupcake toppers Sarah HeartsThis Halloween bake a batch of black velvet cupcakes to bring into the office and decorate the tops of the cakes with vanilla frosting and some printable cupcake toppers with spiders and ghosts. To save time before on Halloween morning before you go to work, pre-assemble the cupcake toppers and store them in a small bag before adding them to the cupcakes once you arrive at work.
  • 40of 62DIY Skeleton Hands Halloween WreathSkeleton hands Tired and TrueGive you home some extra curb appeal this Halloween by decorating the exterior of your house with Halloween decor, such as hanging a homemade wreath made out of plastic skeleton hands which looks amazing hung on a front door.
  • 41of 62DIY Spooky Metallic Pumpkin Place Card HoldersPumpkin and spider name tag holder FreutcakeAre you hosting a spooky themed Halloween soiree with your adult friends? Help them find their seat at the dinner party with some metallic pumpkin place cards that will help to add some spooky ambience to your home.
  • 42of 62DIY Ghost BottlesGhost bottles ProperGet ready for Halloween by making some adorable ghost bottles by recycling old bottles and giving them a new look by painting the exterior. Then on Halloween, you can serve drinks to your kids, such as pumpkin colored orange soda or “ghostly” white milk as part of their after-school snack.
  • 43of 62DIY Spider StrawsSpider straws Sarah HeartsMix up your own custom Halloween drink this Halloween, such as a green slime lemonade, and garnish the drink with a white and black spider straw that you can prepare in minutes as the kids are getting their costumes on.To make your own DIY spider straws grab a pack of plastic spiders and black and white paper straws at the store and read the tutorial at  Sarah Hearts on how to assemble the straws and mix together your own green slime lemonade.
  • 44of 62DIY Skull VotiveSkull votive Monica Wants ItQuickly create a grouping of creepy skull candle holder that will illuminate a skull design. To make your own skull votive you will need: small glass candle holders, tea light candles to go inside the holder, and vellum paper to print the skull design onto. After you have printed the design simply wrap the vellum around the candle holder and you will have an easy knock-off of the Pottery Barn skull candle holders. To download the skull template to use on glass candleholders and to read the full DIY instructions visit Monica Wants It.
  • 45of 62DIY Eek Cake TopperCupcakes Handmade MoodIf you decided to provide some variety on Halloween and will be serving either cupcakes or cakes in addition to more traditional Halloween candy you can dress up a plain homemade or store-bought cake by making your own eek cake topper that can be cut out using your Silhouette machine and stuck into the top of a cake.To learn how to create your own eek cake topper using a Silhouette machine visit Handmade Mood to watch the instructional video.
  • 46of 62DIY Bloody CupsBloody glasses Almost Makes PerfectCreate a vampire-themed Halloween party by decorating some inexpensive second hand or dollar store glasses with red craft paint to create custom dripping blood glasses perfect to serve drinks in all Halloween night long. To learn how to dip your glasses in red acrylic paint to get the perfect bloody drip marks in no time at all read the wonderful tutorial at Almost Makes Perfect.
  • 47of 62DIY Decorative Chalkboard SkullsSkull DIY Pretty Life GirlsTake regular white plastic skulls available at the dollar store and transform them into decorative chalkboard statue by adhering them to a​ candlestick holder and painting them with chalkboard paint. This simple to make decorative skull would look amazing as an accent on your bookcase, a fireplace mantle or clustered together with varying heights of chalkboard skulls on a kitchen table.
  • 48of 62DIY Halloween Party CupsJack-o-lantern cups Stephanie WhiteMake your own set of Halloween party cups by dressing up inexpensive orange paper cups with vinyl that can be stuck directly onto the cups. As a fun activity for guests on Halloween provide a variety of pre-cut Jack-o-lantern eyes and mouths so that everyone can create their own signature face on a cup which will also help them easily identify their drink throughout the night. To download the Jack-o-lantern faces that can be cut out of vinyl, and to read the full DIY details on how to make your own DIY Halloween party cups read the full tutorial below.
  • 49of 62DIY Trick or Treat PumpkinTrick or treat pumpkin decal Sarah HeartsIf you find yourself on the morning of Halloween without a Jack-o-lantern ready, fear not you can quickly make a stunning pumpkin without carving by downloading this trick or treat template that you can cut out on vinyl to peel and stick your design right onto your pumpkin, and your beautiful trick-or-treat pumpkin will be done.
  • 50of 62DIY Spider PlatesSpider plates Earnest Home Co.Frighten your family on Halloween by serving up dinner on some handmade spider plates that are made by using a spider stamp to create the design. Best of all when Halloween is over you can easily wash away the stamped spiders and re-use the glass plates year round, or stamp them with a new design.
  • 51of 62DIY Boneyard LanternSkull vase Oh My CreativeLight up the interior of your home on Halloween night with a stunning handmade DIY boneyard lantern that is made by gluing small plastic skulls onto a glass vase. The end result is a spooky vase covered in skulls, each skull having glowing eyes to light up your home.
  • 52of 62DIY Skull VaseSkull Vases The Pretty Life GirlsTake a regular plastic skull that is available around Halloween for a few dollars and turn it into a chic skull vase that is perfect to use year round in your home with just a coat of paint.
  • 53of 62DIY Stitched Ghost NapkinsGhost napkins Christina WilliamsSet the table on Halloween with some super cute hand-stiched ghost napkins that can be made by using white thread to outline a ghost on a black napkin.
  • 54of 62DIY Mercury Glass PumpkinMercury pumpkin A Night OwlMake your own sophisticated mercury glass pumpkin that is perfect to dress up your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
  • 55of 62DIY Vampire CandlesVampire pumpkins FreutcakeDecorate your home by carving a few white mini pumpkins to look like vampires and add a red candle to the top of each to resemble dripping blood for a creepy centerpiece this Halloween.
  • 56of 62DIY Gumball Boo SignBoo DIY sign My Sister’s SuitcaseAdd a big boo sign to your home to decorate your home for Halloween. This fun sign is made using cardboard letters as the base, and is decorated with orange, black and white gumballs.
  • 57of 62DIY Skull BottleDIY potion flask Endlessly InspiredTransform a regular leftover bottle that you would have tossed into the recycling bin by decorating it to look like scary apothecary potion bottle with a bit of paper mache and a small plastic skull.
  • 58of 62DIY “It’s All About The Candy” SignCandy sign Artsy Fartsy MamaFor kids, and even some adults Halloween is all about the candy, so why not create a playful sign that says that to decorate your home.
  • 59of 62DIY Spider PinataHomemade spider piñata Oh Happy DayAfter your children have returned from Trick-Or-Treating have a fun-filled activity waiting for them that will give them even more candy. With your free time one evening, assemble a cute spider pinata to use on Halloween so that everyone in the family can take turns having fun swatting the spider until it breaks and spills candy all over the floor.
  • 60of 62DIY Bat Straw TopperBat straws Alice and LoisQuickly transform any drink into a Halloween themed one by cutting out paper bats that can be slipped onto straws for a quick DIY the kids will love.Continue to 61 of 62 below.
  • 61of 62DIY Boo DoormatBoo doormat Design ImprovisedFor Halloween create a festive doormat to dress up your home’s exterior to let your neighbors know you will be giving out candy on Halloween. This super easy stenciled boo doormat is the perfect spot for kids to wait for candy while they ring your doorbell, and it is affordable to make too.
  • 62of 62DIY Wicked PillowWicked pillow Stephanie WhiteToss this handmade wicked pillow onto your sofa for Halloween as a quick way to decorate your living space.The printable iron-on transfer design can be found below and ironed onto any blank p

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Do you ever go to the market and see tons of zucchini that is so beautiful price wise almost free! If you buy a good batch how many times can you serve for dinner without someone saying again. Well no need to worry now with this recipe no one including the kids will be asking that question. Thanks Better Homes & Garden for this recipe that everyone will love all week possibly:

Ingredients

I3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 ½ cups coarsely shredded, unpeeled zucchini

2 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)1 ¼ cups dark chocolate pieces

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of two 8x4x2-inch loaf pans; set aside. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Make a well in the center of flour mixture.
  2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, zucchini, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add zucchini mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in nuts (if desired) and 3/4 cup of the chocolate pieces. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pans, spreading evenly.
  3. Bake about 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on rack.
  4. In a small saucepan cook and stir the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate pieces over low heat until melted. Drizzle melted chocolate over loaves. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

Just incase you want to skip the chocolate:

Zucchini-Oat Bread

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray

1 ½ cups sugar

2 ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 

1 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking powder

¾ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda3 eggs 

1 cup applesauce

¼ cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla 

2 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

¾ cup raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon of the sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon; set aside.
  3. Combine flour, oats, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and remaining cinnamon; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat eggs with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes or until foamy.
  4. Add remaining sugar, the applesauce, butter, and vanilla. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating on low speed just until combined.
  5. Stir in zucchini, nuts, and raisins. Spoon into prepared pan. Sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon mixture.
  6. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on rack. Wrap and store several hours before slicing. Makes 16 slices.

Homemade Cat Treats Recipe

Finally found a recipe for cat treats that is simple and my cats loves so I assume delicious! It’s great also because if you use an airtight container you can store up to two weeks. Make sure to look for no salt, skinless, boneless salmon preferable in water so your kitty has fresh healthy treats. And if you are looking for more pet recipes check out http://www.thecookierookie.com:

Ingredients

10 oz canned salmon undrained***no salt

1 egg beaten

2 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Pulse 10 ounces of undrained, canned salmon in a food processor to chop as finely as possible.
  3. In a stand mixer, combine salmon, 1 egg (beaten), and 2 cups whole wheat flour until dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add up to 1/3 cup water. If it’s is too wet or sticky, add a bit more flour. The dough should be tacky but not sticky.
  4. Roll dough on a floured surface until about 1/4-inch thick. Use a 3/4-inch cookie cutter in the shape of your choice to create your treats.
  5. Place treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. When they’re slightly browned and crunchy, they’re done.
  6. Allow to cool before serving.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Smoky Sweet Potatoes with Black Beans & Corn

Looking for a great salad for these summer barbeques, sweet potatoes, black beans, and corn with some pickled red onions sounds delicious. Head over to your favorite Framers market to pick up all fresh ingredients and have a few friends or family come over to enjoy. Make sure to share with all the vegans friends too they just need to leave out the cheese!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Arrange the grilled sweet potato rounds on a platter and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the chipotle dressing.
  2. Evenly scatter the mango salsa, black beans, corn, cheese, onions, serrano, and cilantro on top.
  3. Drizzle with more chipotle dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • ½ cup avocado oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 chipotle pepper from a can of chipotles in adobo
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a small food processor, combine the oil, lime juice, chipotle, honey, garlic, cumin, salt, and several grinds of pepper. Pulse until combined.
  • See the above blog post for serving suggestions.

Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 2 medium ripe mangos
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated
  • ½ jalapeño, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, more to taste

Instructions

  • Peel and dice the mangos according to this method.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the mango, onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, jalapeño, and salt. Chill until ready to use.

Grain-Free Nutty For Nut Bones Dog Biscuits

I love being a proud dog mom too, so when I find a treat recipe for my fur pets I will try it out! Dog biscuits are great and you can sometime frost with peanut butter also for an extra treat. http://www.prouddogmom.com has this great nutty treat to share and if your pets like it check out her book also with more recipes:

Proud Dog Chef: Tail-Wagging Good Treat Recipes 

http://www.amazon.com/Proud-Dog-Chef-Tail-Wagging-Recipes

INGREDIENTS  

  • 2 cups super-fine almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter ***no salt
  • 1/2 cup water

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Combine almond flour, coconut flour, ground flaxseeds, and ground ginger. Whisk together.
  3. Add peanut butter and water. Mix together.
  4. Knead mixture until it forms a dough ball.
  5. Using a rolling pin, roll dough ball out to approximately 1/4 inch thick and use a cookie cutter to stamp out biscuits.
  6. Bake in 350º oven for 18-20 minutes. They should come out crunchy!

NOTES

Since this recipe is loaded with healthy fats, the dough will be a bit greasy. That’s why, when rolling out this dough, I like to cover my dough ball with a piece of parchment paper and then use a rolling pin to flatten.

Quench Soap Store & Youtube Channel

If you love buying artisan soaps from the framers market, stores, or making yourself you need to check out this store and youtube channel. Quench has a variety of vegan hemp products for sale soaps, bath bombs, scrubs etc. Well the owner of Quench takes it one step further she started her youtube page (see below link). She not only speaks about how to make the soap yourself but also insight to the business side incase you want to start your own brand! Check out her page I posted this one because wedding season is here so making soap favors is a great idea:

SOURCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHn16Fz9jBtabSxLwvv7O1Q

Check out her story below:

OUR STORY

Why Hemp Oil?

We started out by adding hemp oil to our lemon shandy soap and quickly noticed something: these soaps felt DIFFERENT. Creamier and smoother, these particular hemp soaps felt luxurious in our shower. And after the shower? Even better. We couldn’t deny how much softer and more quenched our skin felt. And our customers noticed too: our lemon shandy soap quickly became a best-seller. A decision had to be made and it was pretty easy: add hemp oil to ALL our products. 

Some known properties of hemp oil:

  • Won’t clog skin’s pores.
  • Known to balance out skin and reduce oiliness, dryness, and irritation.
  • Contains vitamins fatty acids that benefit skin health.

Try our products and FEEL the difference for yourself.

Smaller Batches = Better Quality

Here, at Quench, we handcraft products that feel, look and smell out-of-this-world amazing. Every bar of soap, bath bomb, body butter, and lip balm has been handcrafted, hand-poured and hand-pressed in small batches from our home in Midland, Ontario, providing an experience that’s uniquely special for every customer.

A luxurious treat for the eyes, nose AND skin

Most soap companies prefer to keep their soaps and bath bombs as simple and as easily to replicate as possible in order to produce them in larger batches quickly. Not here: our focus is to provide a product whose design will take your breath away. No two soaps or bath bombs are exactly the same. Our beautiful products aren’t just pretty: they’re formulated with skin-loving ingredients that work to retain your skin’s natural oils once you step out of your tub.

Making beautiful soap the old-fashioned way

“Your soap looks like fudge” is our most common comment we hear. Why? Because we make our soaps using the cold-process method that allows us to design, pour, and sculpt our soaps in our signature “peaked” design. We love the delight our soaps bring to people because it reminds us how truly unique our products are.

Shower, Bath and Beyond! We got you covered

Quench handcrafts wonderful body butters, sugar scrubs, bath bombs and lip balms with the same high standard as our soaps. Every product is formulated to provide the same luxurious experience.

Raising the bar on bath time

Once you go handmade, you never go back: let us take care of you in a way those big box guys never can.

We are proudly:

         

Pickled Red Onions

Want something to add some spice to sandwiches, hamburgers, salads, or any other food. If you love onions raw or grilled, here is a new twist. Check out this easy recipe from http://www.loveandlemons.com

Ingredients

  • 2 small red onions
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt

optional

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon mixed peppercorns

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the onions (it’s helpful to use a mandoline), and divide the onions between 2 (16-ounce) jars or 3 (10-ounce) jars.
  2. Place the garlic and peppercorns in each jar.
  3. Heat the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Stir until the sugar and salt dissolve, about 1 minute. Let cool and pour over the onions. Set aside to cool to room temperature, then store the onions in the fridge.
  5. Your pickled onions will be ready to eat once they’re bright pink and tender – about 1 hour for very thinly sliced onions, or overnight for thicker sliced onions.
  6. Once you make them, they’ll keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

6 Ways Dogs Can Benefit From Coconut Oil

There is always coconut oil at my house either for baking or using on spa treatments, it’s not too expensive and smell great. Best part is you can use it for yourself and also on the furkids, check out the link from http://www.thepennyhoarder.com for great tips:

Coconut oil for dogs is a common way that pet parents can introduce health and wellness to their pets—both because it’s an affordable shelf staple they typically already have at home and because it has an abundance of health benefits for dogs.

How can you use coconut oil to boost your dog’s health and wellness?

Below, we explore six great ways to improve your dog’s health and quality of life using coconut oil.

The Science Behind Coconut Oil for Dogs

While not every veterinarian agrees on the health benefits of coconut oil for our canine friends, the science definitely leans in favor of usage, especially when moderated. While coconut oil is not a cure-all, many scientists and vets in the community argue that coconut oil for dogs can:

  • Make them smell better.
  • Do wonders for a dog’s skin conditions, including dry or itchy skin, hot spots and even bites or stings.
  • Give dogs a glossier coat.
  • Help with coughing and hairballs.
  • Aid in digestion thanks to the medium chain triglycerides (MCTs for short). Some vets even say the medium chain triglycerides of medium-chain fatty acids like coconut oil can boost brain energy and cognitive function as your dog enters its senior years.
  • Help with bones and joints, even soothing the effects of arthritis.
  • Support metabolic function.
  • Fight off viruses, fungi and bacteria via coconut oil’s lauric acid.

Coconut oil alone cannot ward off every dog’s skin conditions or any virus your dog is exposed to, and it likely only helps ease the pain of arthritis but does not prevent it altogether.

Think of coconut oil as a good supplement, not a replacement for a well-balanced diet, especially the essential fatty acids that must be included in your dog’s diet.

Wait, Essential Fatty Acids?

The word “fat” often carries hurtful, negative connotations in our society, but when it comes to your diet — and your dog’s diet — fats serve an important purpose. Good saturated fats like medium chain triglycerides, for example, are a fuel source for us, giving us the energy we need to go about our days.

The lauric acid of coconut oil is considered an antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial acid. Coconut oil also contains important unsaturated fats (both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats) with known benefits.

6 Ways to Use Coconut Oil to Boost Your Dog’s Health

Is coconut oil good for your dog? It can be. The benefits of coconut oil are varied. But how do you best introduce coconut oil into your dog’s routine? Here are six unique ways to use coconut oil to improve your dog’s health and wellness:

1. Use With Food to Improve a Wealth of Skin Issues

Ingesting coconut oil is its most basic use and likely its most effective. If your dog likes the taste, it can be a good addition to a meal to help with itchy skin, flaky skin, rashes, nutrient absorption, digestion, joint pain and more. Just plop a small amount directly into your dog’s food bowl at feeding time. Many pet parents recommend using small amounts of the oil as dog treats.

How much coconut oil to use

Remember: Everything in moderation. When adding coconut oil to your dog’s meal, start with a very small amount and up the dosage gradually (or risk upsetting your dog’s tummy and potentially ruining your carpet). Your dog’s vet can likely supply a recommendation based on your pup’s breed and weight.

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A good rule of thumb is roughly a quarter teaspoon for a small dog (think Yorkies) up to 1 tablespoon for a big dog (like a Great Dane).

2. Cover Up the Taste of Meds

If coconut oil proves popular as a treat or at dinnertime, it can be an effective way to disguise your dog’s medicines. Given coconut oil’s unique texture (kind of like peanut butter—and thus a good replacement for peanut butter), it can be easy to hide a pill in. Your dog will come to love medicine time!

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3. Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

Coconut oil offers antimicrobial properties that make it a good substitute for doggy toothpaste, especially for dogs that aren’t a fan of the flavor of the over-the-counter paste. (It’s also much cheaper.) Use your finger or a commercial dog toothbrush (or even a child’s toothbrush) to rub the oil directly on your canine’s canines once or twice a week.

4. Apply Coconut Oil to Your Dog’s Skin and Coat

The benefits of coconut oil extend beyond oral use cases. It’s been shown that coconut oil improves your dog’s coat and skin when applied properly.Warning: Rubbing coconut oil into your dog’s skin and coat can be a little messy, but many dog owners swear by it. You might want to put an old beach towel under your pup.

If your dog has flaky, itchy or dry skin, apply some coconut oil directly to the problematic area. You can even rub the oil into your hands and give your pooch a full-body massage (dogs have such a rough life, eh?) to spread the oil around the fur and skin.

This can be particularly helpful in response to an allergic reaction. Make sure to follow up with a visit to the vet to determine the source of the reaction.

And of course, don’t be surprised if you find your dog licking itself a little more than usual. Just monitor to ensure it doesn’t eat too much.

5. Use it as a Defense Against Fleas and Ticks

Not only does coconut oil serve as a moisturizer for your dog, but it can also be a natural flea repellant.

But a caveat: As someone who has tried natural at-home flea and tick repellant recipes, I find the over-the-counter stuff to be more effective. I advise relying on coconut oil as an added repellant, not the sole repellant, or else you might welcome fleas into your home and put your dog at a higher risk of contracting Lyme disease.

6. Promote Healing of Wounds

Finally, you can use coconut oil on the skin to help heal wounds, as it has natural antibiotic properties. Veterinarians have specifically found coconut oil good for cracked paw pads, cuts from rough play at the dog park or even self-inflicted wounds by dogs who nibble at itchy paws during allergy season.

Happy 4th of July

Whatever activities you have planned or have not planned yet have a Happy 4th of July celebrating, here are a few ideas from http://www.goodhousekeeping.com:

12 Fun Fourth of July Activities That Will Make You Feel Extra Patriotic

1 Bake some patriotic desserts.

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You can’t celebrate America’s birthday without some red, white, and blue desserts! After baking some of the best cupcakes, brownies, and 4th of July cakes, the whole family can join in on the festive decorating — or even compete in a friendly bake-off.

RELATED: 30 Festive 4th of July Cupcakes to Celebrate America’s Birthday in Style

2 Have a backyard movie night.

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Level up your standard movie night by setting up a screening — and some cozy seating — right out on your lawn, then picking out an All-American movie that’s perfect for the holiday. Don’t forget the popcorn!

RELATED: The 25 Best Patriotic 4th of July Movies to Watch This Holiday

3 Go camping in your backyard.

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It’s not a 4th of July celebration without a campfire and some s’mores! If you can’t make it to a real campsite this year, try a little backyard camping instead — just set up a tent (along with a great cookout, of course), and cap off the night with some scary stories around the fire.

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4 Have a game night.

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Looking for something that’s fun for the whole family? Organize a game night with some of the best board games — and if you want to make it on theme with the holiday, try out some special patriotic games (like 4th of July bingo or some American-themed trivia).

5 Have a jam session.

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It’s no party without great music, so get some sing-a-long tunes going with your favorite patriotic songs on the guitar (or even just on the speakers). Belting out “Party in the U.S.A.” is a must, obviously!

RELATED: 15 Patriotic Fourth of July Songs You Need to Add to Your Playlist

6 Get a backyard barbecue going.

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Fire up the grill for some great eats! Hot dogs and burgers are essential, of course, but don’t forget the tasty apps (and some festive drinks to cool off in the heat).

RELATED: 59 Easy 4th of July Recipes Your Family Will Devour

7 Get crafty with the kids.

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What better way to keep the little ones occupied than with a fun holiday craft? Plus, these easy-to-make flower pots double as a great 4th of July decor!

Get the tutorial at Lolly Jane »

8 Have a backyard picnic.

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It’s obvious that spending the 4th of July outdoors is ideal, so why not bring food and drinks right to your backyard? You’ll appreciate the sunshine and get a good meal in, too.

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9 Make a splash in the pool.

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Celebrate the fourth while sitting in a pool float with a drink in hand! It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny day with the whole family.

RELATED: 15 Ultimate Swimming Pool Games to Play This Summer

10 Get active outdoors.

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Go for a hike, a long walk, or even a family bike ride this Independence Day. Bonus points if you all have red, white, or blue bikes!

11 Light up some sparklers.

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If you can’t make it to a fireworks show this year, light it up with some sparklers — they’re like a much safer, hand-held version of fireworks! Plus, they make for a fantastic photo op (especially if you have some fun, festive 4th of July nails to match).

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12 See the fireworks.

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Of course, you might still be able to enjoy some fireworks safely from your home this year — in which case, don’t forget to sit back and enjoy (and practice good fireworks safety)!

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RELATED: Here’s Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe This 4th of July