A Day at the Auction

Monday, February 17, 2014

It's no secret that we love being frugal! I have to stop and ask myself as I'm writing this "then why was last night your first time at an auction?"

Some of our best friends in the entire world asked us to join them at a local auction last night so we decided to go. We had a blast!!

There is a certain vibe about an auction that I've never experienced before. People walking around scribbling down notes and being secretive about which item has their eye. Tense emotions when someone tries to outbid them and dirty looks from spouses when they have emptied their wallets for an item they wouldn't normally purchase.. just because they were at an auction! I loved it!

I also loved how no one else seemed to want the items I secretly desired to posses. Like these bottles:

I love small vintage bottles. I have a growing collection.

To be honest the tiny glass mixing bowl is probably my favorite out of the bottles we won, my second favorite would have to be the round bottom flask (sitting next to the tiny bowl). 

Most of the bottles we came home with are over sixty years old, some of them are worth more than we paid for everything at the end of the auction. I can't explain my fascination with tiny vintage bottles however, after watching some people quickly bid on a touch tone phone (a plain one, nothing special about it) I don't feel so bad for collecting these bottles!!

There were so many things that I overlooked before the auction, for instance this set of Russian nesting dolls:

We love decorating with "worldly" items, and we have been looking for a complete set of these dolls. Most that we have found only have two or three of the dolls, we had yet to find one with the tiny doll. To my surprise I outbid everyone on these dolls and I still paid less than I would have for the dolls we found before (with only two or three in the set). Did you notice that the littlest doll is carrying a basket of eggs? Love it!

We will definitely be attending more auctions in the future! We left with most of our budgeted auction money still in our pockets and so many amazing treasures!

Have you ever been to an auction, what about an estate auction? Find anything good? Let me know in the comments section below and as always.. Thanks for reading! -The Winters

Beyond Health and Beauty Products!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hey guys & gals!!

I usually only blog about holistic health, beauty, and cleaning recipes here on ApotheKayla. Once I have fresh veggies in my garden this year I will probably share a few recipes, canning tips & tricks for beginners, and various other from garden-to-table tid-bits on my blog Winter-Stead.

With this being said I am by no means a "food-blogger".

Cleaning up your act by getting rid of toxic health, beauty, and cleaning recipes is great but what about the food that goes in your mouth? The biggest problem with our health today is our eating habits. Do I eat salads all day everyday and avoid fats and sugar.. um NO! I do investigate the food I put in my mouth and take baby steps towards "clean" eating though.

Since I am a beginner to the holistic lifestyle there are a few tips I can share about this subject and then I'm going to leave it to the pro's to give you awesome recipes and ideas!

Tip #1: Make a list of your favorite meals, and meals that your children must have to survive (my little brother LOVES hamburger helper for example). Then try to find recipes that taste the same, that are the same amount of work, and try them out!

Tip #2: Try to wean yourself off of microwaved foods, there is a reason you say "I'm going to nuke this plate of leftovers".

Tip #3: Look in your area for CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), Organic Farmer's Market's, grass fed meat and a Raw Milk source.

BEST TIP EVER: Avoid foods/ restaurants with commercials. The socially accepted norm for foods in America is quick, convenient, and eh' who cares what it's made of; This is the biggest problem. If you want to eat fast food try to find a locally owned option, this way if you want them to serve something specific you can ask the owner and typically these places will carry local beef, veggies, etc.

Alrighty then.. on to the recipes. These are recipes that will take the place of the convenient meals I was just writing about. Each one of these recipes has been written by one of my awesome food blogger friends! Make sure to show some love if you enjoy their recipes!

Easy Whole-wheat Pizza Dough By: Raia's Recipe's

Homemade Taco Seasoning By: Attainable Sustainable

Rosa-Rita Copycat Re-fried Beans By: Attainable Sustainable

Easy Chicken Tenders By: The Organic Kitchen

Whole-Wheat "Goldfish" Cheese Crackers By: Family Gone Healthy

Healthy Tilapia Fish-sticks By: Family Gone Healthy

Homemade Italian Pasta Sauce By: Family Gone Healthy

Curried Chicken Salad By: Deductive Seasoning

Pico de gallo & guacamole By: Deductive Seasoning

Tuna Casserole with Cheese Rolls By: The Provision Room

Homemade Mac & Cheese By: Real Food RN


Chocolate Fudge Sauce By: Recipes to Nourish

Homemade Fudgesicles By: Recipes to Nourish

Whole wheat & Buttermilk Coffee Cake By: Raia's Recipe's

Easy Cinnamon Applesauce By: Food Your Body Will Thank You For

Whole Wheat Carrot Cupcakes By: Raia's Recipe's

These are only a few of the totally healthy versions of the typical American meal recipes out there. Do your own diggin' and let me know which recipes you love that have replaced old favorites at your home.

Thank you to all of the wonderful food bloggers that have contributed and to you all at home who are making healthy choices with me!


Chickens, Snow, and Southern weather patterns...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

We may only have a few chickens, 2 Hen and 1 Roo, but we like to make sure they are happy, healthy, and safe during extreme weather conditions!

These are the four quick steps we took to ensure they were safe during the snow. The weather man is predicting 6-10 inches.

1.Spread a fresh layer of Hay to keep them warm and busy, scratching through it. We use the deep litter method that Fresh-Eggs-Daily recommended. So far so good, using this method the birds stay warm and toasty inside their coop.(Also we picked a few handfuls of grass, before the snow covered it up, as a tasty treat).

2. Use loose hay to seal up any large gaps in the coop. This will help keep them dry and keep the warm air in. There is a ramp that leads to their outside area so the hole on the floor of the coop leading outside will provide air flow without letting in any snow.

3.Cover the outside areas with metal or wood to give them as much space as possible to move around.

4. Whip up some oatmeal; fresh whole oats, garlic powder, and dried basil from our garden last summer! They love this and look hilarious when they get it on their face! <added bonus!! lol

Weather Extremes: In the south the news can predict several inches of snow and then you end up with a bright sunny day. I don't like to close up the coop until I feel the temperature drop, or cover up their outside area (where they have access to sunlight) until I see the snow falling. This means we have to be dedicated to checking the temps outside (not on the television) in order to keep our girls (and boy) safe.

Please bring in any pets that you can bring in, and stay warm/ safe yourself!

Thanks for reading! -The Winters

Uplifting Fragrance Oil

Sunday, February 9, 2014

In the coming months I will be concocting several different types of perfumes, fragrance oils, and body sprays.

I used to be that girl who had to have the latest and greatest perfumes. I had so many scents I could choose a different one for each day if I wanted to. I had my favorites so I'm working to replicate those scents and create new scents that match my current style.

Do you remember the "Pamper Yourself Giveaway?"

One of the prizes was a full sized bottle of a fragrance oil that I have named 'Uplifting'.

The absolute best perk of using essential oils in your perfumes/ fragrances has to be the aromatherapy factor!

Uplifting Fragrance Oil is a simple blend of 100% Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil with 15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 10 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil.

To make you simply fill the container of your choice with the Olive Oil (or carrier oil of your choice), drop in the essential oils, replace the cap & shake!

To use place a few drops of this fragrance oil on your wrists or the side of your neck.

The aromatherapy of this oil is.. well.. Uplifting!

I'm looking forward to sharing more recipes of the different perfumes, fragrance oils, and body spray blends that I have made with you!

Let me know which types of fragrances you like the best in the comments section below!


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