Category Archives: Healthy Living

Desert Essence® Bath & Body Products

I received samples of the Desert Essence® natural skin care products shown above and am sharing about them in this post!

If you like using personal care products made with all-natural, organic ingredients, the Desert Essence® brand may just be what you’re looking for! Dessert Essence® creates quality products that not only feel great while you use them, but are filled with lots of nourishing goodness and free of artificial colors and fragrances. All ingredients are Continue reading

A New E-zine: Bard & Muse

Happy Monday evening to all of you! I wanted to tell you about a new E-zine a friend of mine is publishing, and this is her first issue! It’s called Bard & Muse. An intro message from the editor explains that the heart of this e-zine is to “sow seeds of inspiration that yield a bountiful harvest…when you come and see here, we want you to leave fuller for it.” So you’ll find inspiration for your soul as well as your garden, kitchen, and home!

You’ll have to check this issue out when you get a chance! I hope you enjoy looking through it—let me know what you think! You’ll find the first issue here.

Tropical Breakfast Parfait

Fruit and yogurt parfaits are perfect for a summer breakfast—it’s nice to have something that’s cool, refreshing, and easy to make! I had come up with this Tropical Breakfast Parfait recipe a few years ago and made it a little fancy by serving it in a vintage glass. If Continue reading

Kitchen Sink Granola

If you like making your own granola, this Kitchen Sink Granola is really handy because there are lots of substitutions you can make, depending on what you happen to have on hand. You definitely need rolled oats and a few other things, but there’s lots of flexibility Continue reading

Black Tea Window Cleaner

Black Tea Window Cleaner @ NancyC

Who would have thought that black tea could be used as a window cleaner? I think it’s a great idea–so many people drink it, so they have it on hand, and it’s a great eco-friendly alternative to conventional chemical-laden cleaners. I didn’t come up with this idea myself–the tea experts at Choice Organic Teas, makers of organic, fair trade certified teas, told me about it and sent me some samples of their black tea to try it out! They sent me their Classic Black, English Breakfast, and Wild Forest Black teas–any black tea should work for making the window cleaner.

I used the Classic Black tea and found that this window cleaner is really easy to make. I was also surprised at how well it cleaned my windows! Here’s how you make it:

BLACK TEA WINDOW CLEANER

What you’ll need:

  • a clean, empty spray bottle
  • 3 tea bags of black tea
  • 1 cup of hot water

Directions: Steep tea bags in 1 cup of water for 4 to 5 minutes; remove tea bags and let brewed tea cool. Pour the cooled tea into your spray bottle. Spray on windows and mirrors and wipe thoroughly with a paper towel or cloth.

That’s all there is to it! it’s nice to be able to clean your windows using natural ingredients instead of chemicals, isn’t it? This sure comes in handy for spring and summer cleaning! Have you ever tried making your own window cleaner?

Linked to Fiesta Friday, Inspire Me Monday.