Apr 23, 2014

Farina's Winery and Cafe Grapevine, TX - a great place to have lunch @GrapevineTXCity #GrapevineTXUSA

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Farina's Winery & Cafe...where friends meet.

When it comes to things to see and do in Grapevine, the list is Texas-sized....and that is huge!!

My friend, Susan and I meet at Farina's for lunch to catch up on things which is located in the heart of Grapevine, TX on Main Street. A very nice cozy place to have lunch. We really enjoyed our glass of wine and the meal we chose. We both chose the same exact meal....hey hanging with good friends that likes what you like is a good thing!

Susan and me - right before I got a new do - I'm blonde again now. Susan owns Sunshine Glaze Art Studio in Southlake where my son takes art lessons on Friday mornings. That's how she and I met. We've come to realize we both like the same things!! That's pretty rare to find.

A yummy light lunch for us. Grilled fish and asparagus with a bowl of fruit. Perfect with our glass of wine. We also ordered a brie cracker appetizer which was a great start to lunch. I did forget the exact name for it though...oops. Shopping afterwards.

Inside Farina's Winery and Cafe

Grapevine boasts more than 200 restaurants, 7 winery tasting rooms, more than 20 hotels and exciting festivals and events. Whether you're traveling here for a girlfriend getaway, a family vacation, a business trip or a weekend escape, you'll find there's something for everyone.

Grapevine is where I lived before I met Tracy. It's a lovely town. Susan has also lived there. I think most people I know have lived there at least once!!! Love the town. If you get a chance, go there. Main Street Days is coming up in May. Grapefest is in September. 
Apr 21, 2014

Go to Paris for Less - Girls' Guide to Paris

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Have you ever wanted to go to Paris, but didn't know where to start planning your trip? Here's the guide to the coolest place to visit. Wished I could go!!!

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Maintain Outdoor Seasonal Suffering - Zarbee's Naturals

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It seems this seasonal suffering is a never-ending story around my house. Every spring when my husband and I go outdoors to work in the yard, i.e. flowerbeds, mow, pull weeds, or just to play with Brody in the backyard we start to sneeze and our eyes start to water... and worse, that awful congested feeling where we can't breathe comes into play. Regardless, if I use a nose spray or not, I still always find myself going back inside before the work or play is done. My husband on the other hand sticks it out only to suffer later. 

We try our best to find a natural solution to help us maintain our outdoor seasonal suffering so we can enjoy being outside more. Luckily, we've been introduced to a new natural solution for congestion called Zarbee's Naturals - a 100% drug-free dietary supplement with natural Butterbur.

Zarbee's Naturals
  • Made with natural Butterbur Ze339 (a pure herbal extract from the leaves of a unique variety of the Butterbur plant
  • Works fast to help you breathe easy w/out side effect such as drowsiness
  • Safe for routine use
  • Free from drugs, alcohol, gluten, dyes and dairy
  • Safe for the family 12 years and up
  • Physician developed & recommended
  • Clinically supported 
  • Available OTC at CVS and Target nationwide
  • A 10-tablet pkg SRP $8.99 / 30-tablet pkg SRP $18.99 

A couple of remedies my husband has found that helps him control his sneezing and congestion is to immediately take a shower and use a soothing sinus shower steamer, which I've been told is no longer available to purchase, and the other is to turn the a/c on no matter if we need it or not. That can get a little costly, I know, so that's why he is determined to find another solution. For me, my remedy is to wash my hands as soon as I come in and if needed wash my face, particular wash out my eyes

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Widely available in Europe, and originated in Germany, the powerful natural defense Butterbur leaf is known to help congestion fast and effectively and clinical studies supports findings. Zarbee's Naturals uses the purest form of the plant extract, derived exclusively from the leaves. Zarbee's Naturals is now available in the US and may help you maintain an active outdoor lifestyle.

Brody's #2 - I don't dare miss his t-ball games for any reason!!

I like that Zarbee's Naturals is available over-the-counter and is free of all the bad stuff. After reading more about Butterbur, I'm intrigued at what the plant can do for sufferers like us, and hopeful that this is the solution to our seasonal sufferings and congestion. I look forward to breathing better this spring with the help of Zarbee's Naturals. 

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All-Natural Insect Repellent Recipe with Essential Oils

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It's beginning to look a lot like.....BUG SEASON....Yep, it's that time again! It's also a wonderful time for camping, gardening, hiking, and other outdoor adventures. We welcome the enjoyment, but not the bugs, so that means we must protect ourselves against threatening and harmful bites. But before you reach for that bottle of spray that contains DEET or other harmful chemicals, consider making your own. Safe for your entire family.

Natural Insect Repellent Recipe

You'll need:
  • small spray bottle 
  • funnel (optional)
  • 50-75+ drops (total) of essential oils (cinnamon, lemon, wild orange, rose geranium, eucalyptus, lavender, melaleuca or tree tea) (where to buy 100% pure essential oils
  • 3 tablespoons carrier oil (olive, sunflower oil, etc.)
  • 5 tablespoons witch hazel (avail. at Walmart in the pharmacy section or at drugstore)
Different oils repel different bugs, so it’s best to use a combination of essential oils to ward off several types of insects.
  • cinnamon oil (mosquitoes)
  • lemon eucalyptus or regular eucalyptus oil (mosquitoes, ticks, and lice)
  • orange oil (fleas)
  • rose geranium (ticks and lice)

Mix carrier liquids first, then add essential oils. I used a mixture of the above to mine. I have a few oils that I have purchased from several different online places but my main source for 100% pure essential oils is doTerra. I used over 20 drops of cinnamon as this is a fragrance oil and is the least expensive oil of all the ones I have on hand.

Using essential oils to make your own solutions (for anything) is a little costly at the beginning if you don't already have pure essentials oils, but well worth knowing you're using no harmful chemicals on yourself and your family. Plus, there's other ways to use essential oils...and most of the time only a few drops will be all you need.

Don't forget...You'll need to re-apply this natural product after about an hour or after swimming or exercise. Be sure to shake bottle before each use. Enjoy your spring and summer...outdoors!

May Flowers $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Ends 5/12/14

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Apr 20, 2014

Sunday Stroll Giveaway Link Up - 4/20/14

Mommie..Again has agreed to co-host Sunday Strolls with me!! AND so has Christy's Cozy Corners. So now you can enter on here or on Mommie..Again or on Christy's Cozy Corners and the links will appear on all three! Please feel free to link up all your wonderful giveaways here!! Link directly to the giveaway. Those linked to websites or main blog pages will be removed. Please use blog name, giveaway title and end date when posting. Post some, Enter Some, Win Some!
Apr 18, 2014

DIY Soothing Coconut Salt Scrub

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Do you love the smell of coconut? It's a fragrance that I just want to eat every time I smell it! Okay, it's time to get your body glowing and smooth for the warm spring months upon us now with this all natural soothing coconut scrub.This coconut scrub is perfect to rid away dry winter skin to make way for fresh youthful skin. Enjoy!

Soothing Coconut Salt Scrub

Items needed: 
  • 15-16 oz. glass jar
  • 1 cup Tropical Traditions 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Pink Himalayan salt (where to buy)
  • 1/4 cup doTerra Fractionated Coconut Oil* (where to buy) or another carrier oil
  • 8 drops Geranium Essential Oil or another fresh floral/herbal pure scent
  • 8 drops doTerra AromaTouch Massage Blend or another relaxing soothing favorite


  1. Melt virgin coconut oil in microwave. 60-90 secs.
  2. Add Fractionated Coconut oil to melted oil.
  3. Then add Pink Himalayan salt.
  4. Stir until combined.
  5. Add EO's - I'm using Geranium and doTerra's AromaTouch (8 drops each) which is great for soothing and relaxation. Geranium has a fresh & floral scent to it which these two will compliment each other. (where to buy)
  6. Let sit until coconut solidifies, stirring every 15 minutes. Can be put in refrigerator to speed up process.This steps can take about an hour.
  7. Stir until well combined and store in airtight container.
  8. To use, rub on skin and rinse with warm water - Enjoy!

*What is Fractionated Coconut Oil by doTerra? It's a light weight therapeutic grade all-natural carrier oil that instantly absorbs into the skin and leaves the skin feeling smooth and non-greasy, which makes this oil a perfect solution for topical therapies. Excellent for dry skin and will not clogged pores. Not edible.

Please note: Substitutions may be used for the coconut oils, salt, and essential oils that I used. For the very best in your DIY home crafting, make sure you use 100% pure EO's and the highest grade salts (do not use table salt)