DIY Foaming hand soap


We girls all know how easy it is to step into Bath and Body Works and lose control.......every label is prettier than the last and those scents draw you into a sniffing frenzy. Before you know it, you're walking out with a shopping bag on your arm! I admit that I've done it... but now I've started making my own foaming hand soap and shower gel. It's easy and stretches the budget.

DIY Foaming hand soap
What you'll need:
* CLEAR hand soap (any brand... Dial, Softsoap, store brand)
*   warm water
*  empty foaming soap dispenser...I save my empty Bath and Body bottles.

Directions:
Fill the empty container with one inch of soap. Add warm water slowly to one inch from the top to leave room for the pump.
Shake gently to mix.


Pump a few times for foam and you're done! How easy is that?  The large containers of hand soap cost about three or four dollars and can make plenty of refills.

 I like to use lemon scented dish soap to make mine for the kitchen sink.

DIY Foaming Shower Gel
What you'll need:
* Clear shower gel works best to create foam.
* warm water
* empty foaming soap dispenser
Directions:
Fill the empty container with one inch of soap. Add warm water slowly to one inch from the top to leave room for the pump.
Shake gently to mix.
Enjoy!.....and save money.

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PEPPERONI PIZZA DIP

I've been making this dip for a few years now and everyone
 I serve it to says "That's my favorite". 
 It has lots of cheesy, gooey, goodness with pepperoni spicy taste!

PEPPERONI PIZZA DIP

INGREDIENTS:

1 (8 - ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup pepperoni, diced
1/4 cup chopped onions
sliced black olives, to taste
1/4 cup chopped green or red bell pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Chop pepperoni, onion, olives, and green or red pepper into a large. bowl.
3.  In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, and oregano.
4.Add to the pepperoni mixture.
5. Combine and spread into a 9-inch pie plate.
6. Spread pizza sauce evenly over the top..
 Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese on top. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips, raw veggies, crackers, whatever!!

***I've made this in a crockpot for church functions and it works well. Just mix everything above and cook on high for 1 hour. Stir and reduce temperature to low to serve.

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Kindness Rocks

We stopped the car so that I could take some photos of the scenery. And as I walked along the wet dirt road, trying to avoid the puddles from the rain that morning...something caught my eye.
A small rock with some writing on it. I picked it up,
 and turned it over and smiled as I read:
Written on the back was "The Kindness Rocks Project"
Humm..I had to check this out.
  I found that there are groups all over the country working on this project. 
The kindness rocks project is a group on Youtube that spreads positive vibes by painting inspirational messages on rocks. Members leave them in places (some obvious, some not so much) for others to find. A simple gesture that could be exactly what someone needs to get them through their day.

It's time for me to start painting!!

I'm anxious to join this group....to spread a little love, bless another soul, and put a smile on someone else's face!

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Bella Ella

Back in January, we decided we needed a weekend get away and hubby Surprised me with a stay at a Bed and Breakfast in upstate New York.

The"Bella Ella" is an 1889 farmhouse located in Canandaigua, New York near the beautiful Finger Lakes. It's nestled in the rolling hills of wine country ( there were so many wineries, I quit counting). 
 We arrived later in the evening and the door was open. There was a chalkboard sign near the door that said "Welcome Jack and Suzy"  (that's us!)

The holiday decorations were still up!

the house is furnished with beautiful antiques...

Our room had a lit fireplace that made it very cozy...

 and a four poster canopy bed!

 a pretty bathroom with a shower ...

 and another room with a jacuzzi tub! Which I made good use of .... lol

In the morning, Jeri our hostess made us a hearty farmhouse breakfast. She raises her own free range chickens and I've never tasted eggs like that! The pancakes were made with Amish flour...very tasty... and organic cantaloupe with mandarin oranges on the side.

Because we visited in the winter we didn't get to enjoy the lake out back..  sigh

Meet Miss Jeri the owner ( and cook, housekeeper and gardener etc.)
If you are anywhere near the Finger Lakes, check it out!
You won't be disappointed.
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