Life is:

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Life is crazy, beautiful, wild, exhausting yet effortless, and yes this will be another random post.

First: Our little lady (Judzia) wants to help me work today! Gotta love #Mahkitty!--->

I wanted to apologize to those of you who are following the #BlogLife101 series, because sometimes... life happens & I will try to keep up with the series.. but it may not happen on a week to week basis like I had planned. Again, life happens.

You all know that we are preparing for something new, and we had a very rigorous time frame to work with, but again... life happens and things have sped up dramatically.

Not to worry though... we (the husband and I) are aware that

while life happens every little part of it happens for a perfect reason and turns out more beautifully than we could have ever planned it ourselves.

We will be hosting a few very large yard sales, we are downsizing into an RV afterall, and finishing the packing/ storing/ finding the perfect rig... all while having wisdom teeth removed, working, doing schoolwork, and planning our adventures.

We have decided while we should plan an itinerary (full of homestead tours and travel fun) we shouldn't be control freaks and instead let serendipity guide us. We are stoked about the road ahead and look forward to sharing it with you.

I also have so much more I want to share about blogging and I will get back to the #BlogLife101 series asap! Just bear with me and send happy, loving, peace vibes our way!

Thanks for reading and sticking with us through the tough bits!

DIY Rose Hydrosol

Friday, May 23, 2014

Juliet: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

Over on the Facebook page I asked you:

This recipe is simple, yet amazing! There are other, more complicated methods of making this hydrosol (aka: flower water).
  • You will need several roses, from a garden that does not use chemicals. 
  • A strainer or infuser.
  • Large bowl.
  • Pot for boiling water
  • Glass jar for storing your hydrosol.
-Place rose petals (petals only) in your infuser or strainer, place in your large bowl. 
-Boil water, carefully pour boiling water over the rose petals in your strainer/ infuser. 
-Allow the rose petals to remain in your strainer/ infuser in the water as it cools.
-Press excess water out of the petals as you remove the strainer/ infuser from the water.
-Let cool to room temperature, then pour into glass jar for storage.
-Let your hydrosol cool completely before using.

I will be back next week with a few smart ways to use hydrosol. Until then let me know what you think about this simple recipe in the comments section below or recommend a way for me to use it!

Our 4th year of wedded bliss!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." — Albert Camus

We wanted to take a break today from the #BlogLife101 series and the normal day to day chaos (aka life) to wish each other a Happy Anniversary.

Usually we go to Myrtle Beach SC, for a few nights to escape it all and play at the penny arcade, but this year we have too much going on and not enough time to accomplish it all.

When we first met we had an almost instant feeling of being totally comfortable together and felt as if we had known each other for many life-times.

During our relationship together being in love with each other has been the easiest part of our lives by far. We may have gone through our times of fear, doubt, stress, more stress, and change but through all of that we never had to question whether or not we were right for each other.

So many people (friends and family) have told us that we should write a book about our love for each other and how we make it work. "A book?"- we ask.. "but it's so simple..."

We are simple in our expectations but extravagant in our dreams.When we met in 2008 both of our lives were falling apart and neither one of us were looking for a relationship, so we decided to be best friends first. After being together for a year and a half Robert surprised Kayla in front of all of our friends and family in a suit and tie by asking for her hand in marriage. She said yes!!

We agreed early on that if we had to lie to each other it better be about a surprise. We knew that the only constant in life is change and that we had to be willing to grow and change together. We also figured out early on that money is a game, that was not worth arguing about. We had to decide how much money we needed to live the life we wanted, and figured out how to best use our talents to win the game (aka money).

We. Are. Best. Friends. Still today! We tell each other everything and love spending our time together.

So today, on the eve of our forth anniversary of wedded bliss we just wanted to use our blog for a moment of PDA ;) and share with the world how glad we are that we met!

When you find the one you love, be best friends first & practice the H.O.W.: Being Honest, Open minded, and Willing to change/ grow with each other.

Until next time stay groovy, and in love! -The Winters!!

Lazy 5 Ranch "It's got my bucket"

Sunday, May 18, 2014

We took my little brother to the Lazy 5 Ranch today for his birthday and we had a blast.

Watch the video of our day below!! Thanks & Enjoy!!

All natural bath soak

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Don't worry you are not the only one who forgot to get your mum something... do you want an easy, cheap, but luxurious fix?
For this recipe you will need three things.
  1. 2 cups of Epsom Salt
  2. Peppermint Essential oil (or the essential oil your mom will enjoy the best)
  3. A jar/ container
  1. Add Epsom Salt to container of choice
  2. Drop in 15-20 drops of the essential oil you choose
  3. Place lid on container
  4. Shake to mix
Feel free to print off the label above and place on the jar you choose to use!

If you are looking for a few more easy gifts to pair together try these
I hope all of you lovely Mother's out there have an amazing day with your children. My mom wanted family portraits made for her Mother's Day.. so I guess I'll be saying "cheese" all afternoon!

Do you know of any quick home made gifts that mom would love? Let me know in the comments section below & Thanks for reading! 

Cinnamon and Honey: Does it work?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Two of the most common household ingredients have kept me from being stuck in the bed over the last few days. I figured I should share the results of taking Cinnamon and Honey for the common cold here with you all.

First of all, don't you love my tiny glass bowl in the photos! =D

Back to the topic at hand: I noticed Sunday night that I had a cold coming on, when I had to take a nap between going to IKEA and watching Game of Thrones I knew something was wrong.

The good news is that I have been relatively healthy since I started my all natural journey; with the exception of the occasional kidney stone giving me trouble and one bladder infection I have not been sick since December of 2012.

When I felt this cold coming on I knew what to do immediately and I ran.. slumped rather.. into the kitchen and mixed up this age old remedy.

Yes, I was hit hard with this cold and spent most of the day Monday in the bed. I continued to take the cinnamon and honey 3x a day and now, on Tuesday, I have enough energy to work, take photos & blog about my cold, and catch up on all that I have missed while being sick on Monday.

I'm still taking the mixture of Honey and Cinnamon and I will continue to do so until all symptoms have passed but I can assure you that I've never gotten over a cold this quickly.

Do you use Honey and Cinnamon when you have colds? What else do you use this mixture for? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Thanks for reading! -Kayla

**Update 02/18/2018: While I fully believe in the power of honey and cinnamon I would strongly suggest that you visit your doctor for a diagnosis when you are feeling symptoms of a cold. It could be a cold, it could be something else. I would hate for you to think that you have a cold and actually have bronchitis!**

Time with Nature

Thursday, May 1, 2014

I decided to take some photos in our yard a few days ago, and the pictures turned out so lovely I thought I would share!

We thought you would enjoy a virtual nature walk with us!

Logs wasting, growing some type of fungi in our neighbors yard.

Make a wish!


Can you feel the sun's rays in this photo?

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