• Mental Horizons,  Random

    Finding Community

    “What do you think it will take for Geoff to want to move here?” a good friend asked me. We were sitting in a covered area next to a brewery at a picnic table finishing up the french fries the kids had left in their rush to get back to climbing trees. Even Skye was running around, following the older kids to the tree and circling the bottom, observing how they climbed. It was a fair question. I knew I loved the area and, if we had to quasi-settle, it would be where I chose, but it also needed to be somewhere Geoff would love, too. My answer, finally, came…

  • Food & Beauty

    Rosewater

    I was never a huge fan of rosewater, mainly because it seemed frivolous, until I started making my own. Now I know how incredibly useful it is, as well as easy to make at home. I have a pot simmering on the stove right now full of rose petals and a huge jar cooling on the counter of the batches already made and waiting to be put into cute jars to hand out to friends. “Who brought you roses?” Geoff is eyeballing the roses in the sink, savvy enough to spot red roses, but a little confused as to why their stems have been removed and they’re rinsing in a…

  • Boat & Home,  Food & Beauty

    Bath Bombs

    For Christmas this year, Skye and I gave out bath bombs as teacher and friend presents and they were quite a big hit. With a great scent, giving a pretty package with bombs in it is a special gift, even more so because Skye helped me make a mess make the bath bombs. Even without a 3 year old helping, this project makes a mess, so be warned and be prepared to clean up afterwards. 8 oz baking soda 4 oz citric acid 4 oz corn starch 4 oz epsom salt 2-3 tsp coconut oil food coloring essential oils (we used lemon and rose) isopropyl alcohol (Many recipes I found…