Monday, February 29, 2016

A Natural Homeopathic Sick Day

I've been sick for the past week and although I couldn't take time off work, I was able to rest over the weekend. Here are some of my cold survival necessities: Ricola Natural Herb Cough Drops, Purple Onion Tea, Nova Homeopathic Therapeutics for a Cold, doTERRA Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Adele Covers ‘Vogue’ March 2016, Straight Outta Compton DVD.

Had I taken the Nova Cold sooner, I may not have gotten so sick, but I'm glad I was able to take the time to hopefully get better soon. I use the Eucalyptus oil as a "vapor rub" to help me breath through my nose, without the Vicks Vapor Rub mess (but I love that product too). You can read about Purple Onion Tea, here. Ricola are my favorite cough drops, I just love the flavor. I'm not much of a magazine reader, but this a beautiful cover by Annie Leibovitz called to me and I thought a fun read would keep me entertained.  Lastly, I hadn't seen Straight Outta Compton in theaters so I was happy to rent the film and I loved it! As a 90s kid, it was the soundtrack to my childhood. The film was well acted, very informative and brought back so many great memories listening to these songs as a kid on the school bus.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Salvation Mountain

My goal this year was to make it to Salvation Mountain, here in Southern California. It took an entire day, but it was a lot of fun, an amazing piece of folk art and I am so happy to see it and climb it! The Mountain is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of lead-free paint. Salvation Mountain was created by artist, Leonard Knight (1931–2014). It encompasses numerous murals and areas painted with Christian sayings and Bible verses, though its philosophy was built around the Sinner's Prayer. It took many years for Leonard and after he discovered his faith, his  journey and art piece became a reality.

The Folk Art Society of America declared it "a folk art site worthy of preservation and protection in the year 2001. In an address to the United States Congress in 2002, California Senator Barbara Boxer described it as "a unique and visionary sculpture... a national treasure... profoundly strange and beautifully accessible, and worthy of the international acclaim it receives". 

It took Leonard Knight. 25 years of hard labor, an endless amount of adobe clay, 100,000+ gallons of paint, thousands of hay bales, a number of tires and car parts and one man with unwavering faith to build a mountain.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fir & Firewood Candle Review

Name: Capri Blue, Fir & Firewood - Iridescent Jar
Scent: Fruity, green aroma of apple, clove, fir, pine needle, white birch, cedar, vetiver and musk
Cost: $28.00
Review: I had gone to Anthropologie to get another Fireside candle, unfortunately, it was sold out. But I found a Fir & Firewood which is similar in scent. The difference is the fruity and green apple, thankfully it isn't too strong. It is a good replacement for Fireside and it has a beautiful copper top. Though I would only buy it again if I can't find Fireside. In comparison to Thymes, Frasier Fir it does have a more nature smell. Thymes, Frasier Fir can have a manufactured, artificial "tree scent".

Name: Thymes, Frasier Fir - Votive Set (3)
Scent:  Home with crisp, just-cut forest fragrance that evokes seasonal celebrations, holidays and the winter solstice.
Cost: $18.00
Past Review: Click Here

Name: Illume, Fireside
Scent: Nutmeg, incense and patchouli combined with oakmoss, amber and cedar
Cost: $38.00
Past Review: Click Here

Friday, February 5, 2016

Favorite Snacks

Here are the snacks and drinks that have been some of my favorites and would happily buy more of. With an additional non-food item at the end. Many of these foods were from my Try the World subscription box.

Top Row: Perugina Limoncello Dark Chocolate Bar, Ines Rosales Cortadillo Citrus Crumble Cakes, Piana Degli Ulivi Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Middle: Confitures a l ancienne Powdered Hot Chocolate, Orientines Moroccan Orange Peel Cookies, El Almendro Turron, Zenbunni Chocolate Cali Almond, Zenbunni Chocolate Wishing Well Walnut

Bottom: Bake Love Koo Sweet and Salty Cookies, Le Palais des Th├ęs Variety Pack of Flavored Teas, Alpine Cheer Home Fragrance -Bath & Body Works