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Can you smell the turkey? 

The holiday is so close we can taste it! We are dreaming of turkey covered in gravy and Grandma’s cooking.

Thanksgiving at Grandma’s means lots of little feet running through the house, deep belly laughter and the smell of delicious food. It’s a chance for the family to let go of squabbles and simply gather around the table. Grandma’s cooking is something everyone can agree on.  

Gratitude can be overlooked in the midst of feasting, football and family. Grandma put together a list of ways you can practice gratitude this Thanksgiving: 

  1. Send out hand written Thank You letters to friends, family & neighbors.
  2. Put a reminder in your phone to let someone know you appreciate him or her every day for the next 7 days.
  3. Go out of your way for someone to show that you care.
  4. Give to the needy by donating to a food bank, providing someone with a turkey or volunteering.
  5. Do that one task your partner has been asking you to do.
  6. Invite someone to Thanksgiving dinner that has nowhere else to go.
  7. Do activities that bring family and friends closer like board games, tree trimming or baking.
  8. Make a list of things you are thankful for & look at it daily.
  9. Do something for your health. Show gratitude for your life & body.
  10. Have a long conversation with someone. The best gift you can give is your time.

While it may seem tedious to practice gratitude, it can actually make you happier! So, the next time you’re struggling at a gathering this holiday season, try practicing thankfulness.

Research by UC Davis psychologist Robert Emmons, author of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, shows that simply keeping a gratitude journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.” – happify.com

Gratitude takes practice. Some days thankfulness is easy to find and on other days it’s just not. Days that we’re frustrated, angry or weak are the perfect opportunities to practice gratitude. Something like writing down 5 things you’re grateful for can help you remember the good things in life and bring you back to a place of peace.

The next time you’re walking into a situation that may be stressful, stick a reminder in your phone to pop-up & tell you something good.

Grandma practices gratitude by mindfully choosing ingredients that go in her soap. She is grateful for her family and that motivates her to give them products that nourish.

 Find a method that works for you & let’s all be happy this holiday season.  

  

PS: Grandma loves you and we think sharing Grandma's 12 Days of Christmas is great way to say, "I appreciate you!".

 

 

One: Make personal time a priority.

Schedule lunch dates or appointments to get your nails done. Put things in your schedule that build you back up and give you confidence.

 

Two: Do something that exerts energy.

This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym. You could go for an evening stroll, play with the kids or do chores you enjoy. Do something that takes the restlessness out of your bones.

 

Three: Quiet time is necessary.

Finding quiet time doesn’t have to be sitting in silence. For some it may be turning off electronic devices for an hour. For others it may be sitting and reading a book or taking a long bath.

 

Four: Spread kindness.

When you do something kind for someone else, it brings YOU happiness. Spreading kindness is a great way to remind yourself of the good that is in the world. Grandma gives out extra goodies in most orders so you can spread the love. 

 

Five: Keep learning.

Make time for personal development. Maybe it’s a deep conversation with a friend or maybe it’s reading an inspirational book.

 

 

Grandma knows that we all need to be hugged and lifted up from time to time… that’s why she makes her products with you in mind. All of Grandma’s soaps are free of detergents, dyes, fragrance or other additives. Be good to you and be good to your skin.

 

Relax tonight and do something for you. 

Why Lye Soap?

October 28, 2016

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Explore the benefits and restorative properties of lye soap. Our mission is to provide a natural product that nurtures skin rather than strip it of natural oils. Our top ten frequently asked questions address the ingredients, soap making process and benefits of GRANDMA’S Lye Soap.

 

ONE: Does GRANDMA’S Lye Soap have any additives?

GRANDMA’S Lye Soap is made with only three ingredients: food grade lard, lye and water. There are no detergents, fragrances, dyes or other additives to irritate sensitive skin, and it retains 100% of the natural glycerin created during the soap making process.

TWO: Why are additives in other soaps harmful to skin?

Chemicals to enhance fragrance are a large part of what makes other soaps potentially harmful. Harmful chemicals that are meant to produce pleasant scents can cause skin rashes or migraine headaches. Triclosan has been banned and sodium lauryl sulfate and other surfactants are common soap ingredients, which create a stronger lather and help the soap rid your hands and body of bacteria. These ingredients can irritate skin and disrupt the endocrine system. 

THREE: Can lye soap burn or harm skin?

GRANDMA’S Lye Soap is NOT harmful to skin. Soap making involves a chemical process where lye and oils are combined in exact amounts to form soap. This process is called saponification. Once curing is complete, the soap will have no traces of lye.

FOUR: Is GRANDMA’S Lye Soap a vegan product?

No, GRANDMA’S Lye Soap is not a vegan product. Our soap is made with lard. Vegan soaps are made from fats or oils of vegetable origin.

FIVE: Why does GRANDMA’S use lard (pig fat) when most soap is made with tallow (beef fat)?

Pig and human DNA are very similar. For years physicians have used pig heart valves for human heart valve replacement. Pig skin bandages have saved may burn victims’ lives and help to relieve pain. Lard is more conditioning and has restorative properties than tallow.

SIX: Does GRANDMA’S Lye Soap relieve symptoms of dry, itchy skin?

GRANDMA’S Lye Soap has no detergents, dyes, fragrance or other additives. Unlike ordinary soaps that contain detergents and other additives, GRANDMA’S Lye Soap won’t strip precious natural oils from your skin.

SEVEN: Is GRANDMA’S Lye Soap safe to use for children?

GRANDMA’S Lye Soap is safe for babies and children’s tender skin. Our mild, rich lathering bar contains no detergents, dyes or fragrance to irritate tender skin. Our GRANDMA’S Baby Bar, fortified with Calendula Oil, is another alternative for use on smaller children. 

EIGHT: Why is GRANDMA’S Non-Detergent Laundry Soap better than regular detergent?

Detergents remove oils from clothes, including the natural oils produced by your own skin. Surfactants in detergent are the main agents that strip away oils, an action that can seriously irritate the skin. GRANDMA’S Non-Detergent Laundry Soap contains no detergents, dyes or fragrance to irritate sensitive skin.

NINE: Why should I buy GRANDMA’S Non-Detergent Laundry Soap over earth friendly laundry soaps?

There's no federal standard and no required verification for terms such as "earth friendly". This means there is no guarantee the product is less harmful, better for skin or even better for the environment.

TEN: Why does my dog want to eat GRANDMA’S Lye Soap? Is it harmful?

Many dogs seem to be attracted to all natural soaps, whether it is because of the oils or fragrances that are used. Typically, diarrhea is the only result from the pet eating the soap. However, if you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to consult with your

 

Some of the best childhood memories are messy.

 Fall has everyone reminiscing about playing in leaves, the smell of warm cookies, kettle corn and carving pumpkins. Just because we’re getting older doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of the activities that made childhood special.

 When work schedules become overwhelming our personal lives can become dull. Take time to enjoy the season and make new memories with loved ones. Throw your own pumpkin carving party, eat too many pumpkin cookies and buy a pumpkin spiced latte.

“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin

Each new season is an opportunity to start fresh. Leaves are falling and the weather is beginning to crisp. Let the cool air revitalize your sense of adventure and creativity. Don’t look up from your desk in December and wonder what happened to 2016.

There is still time to make wonderful memories. Use Grandma’s pumpkin carving designs and delicious pumpkin seed recipes to embrace fall.

 

Pumpkin Carving Stencil Downloads:

 

 

Pumpkin Seed Recipes

Roasted Pumpkin Seed:

 Ingredients:
1 ½ cups of whole pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons butter, melted
1 pinch salt
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
Toss seeds in a blow with melted butter and salt. Spread seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Cinnamon Toast Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1-teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons white sugar
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
Mix butter, cinnamon & salt together in a bowl
Place pumpkin seeds in a large bowl and pour butter mixture over seeds; toss to evenly coat. Spread coated seeds in a single layer onto a baking sheet.
Bake & stir occasionally until lightly browned for 40 minutes.
Sprinkle sugar over seeds until coated evenly.

 

Pumpkin carving is a dirty job. Grandma’s Grime Away Bar is perfect for cleaning up after fall crafts.

 

 

Natural Fall Scents

October 14, 2016

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When we think of fall we remember the scents of apple pie, cookies and cinnamon.

Naturally, many of us are picking up our favorite fall scented candles and it is no surprise particular scents remind us of this time of year.

 MoodMedia.com says that 75% of all our emotions are influenced by what we smell!

 “We are 100 times more likely to remember something we smell over something we see, hear or touch!” - moodmedia.com

 Grandma cares deeply about the ingredients she adds to her soap and this prompted us to look into what ingredients influence the powerful smells that make up our favorite candles.

 Did you know that many scented candles are a source of indoor air pollution? It’s important to look at labels when buying candles. Many of them put off chemicals that are just as dangerous as second-hand smoke!

 Some of the candles you see at your regular grocery store are made with paraffin wax. Paraffin is a petroleum waste product that is bleached before turned into wax. It creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned. Both benzene and toluene are carcinogens.

 Some aromatherapy candles can also be harmful. Watch out for aromatherapy candles with synthetic oils. Synthetic oils release microscopic particles that can cause health problems when inhaled.

 After finding this information, Grandma encouraged us to get back to basics. Why not fill your home with the actual scents that inspire our favorite candles.

 We believe in using products that are safe for our bodies and good for our soul.

 Rather than burning the potential harmful oil, Grandma put together a few of her favorite stove top simmer recipes that will fill your home with scents of fall.

Simply add ingredients to a small pot of water and adjust ingredient quantity to your liking.

 

Fall Spice Simmer Pot Recipe

Clove, Cinnamon Sticks, Apple Juice

Fresh Fall Simmer Pot Recipe

Orange Peel, Cloves, Cinnamon Sticks

Sweet Fall Simmer Pot Recipe

Cloves, Cinnamon Sticks, Vanilla Extract

Fall Nights Simmer Pot Recipe

Dried Lavender, Anise, Nutmeg, Cloves, Cinnamon Sticks

 Grandma’s products have no detergents, dyes, fragrances or other additives. We believe that simple is better, which is why we recommend trying these simple simmer pot recipes to keep your home smelling like all of your favorite fall scents.

Get back to basics. Explore Grandma’s thoughtful made natural soaps here.

Fuel With Love

October 06, 2016

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Recipes  

We all need time to refuel in order to flourish.   

It’s easy to lose sight of personal time when we put everyone before ourselves.  While carving out a few hours for personal time may be difficult, there are small ways we can fuel with love each day. 

“Self-care isn’t selfish. We can’t serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brownn

Fueling with love is anything that inspires, encourages, revitalizes and nourishes. It refuels your tank and allows you to be more present in daily life. Whether it’s scheduling lunch with friends or reminding yourself that you are loved, fueling with love is about being good to you.

One simple way to refuel on a daily basis is by making food choices that fill your tank with energy. 

What we eat determines our energy levels, ability to focus and how our skin appears. Eating well can even change mood. 

When you’re good to your body, it’s good to you. Fueling right can give you that extra boost of energy in the afternoon and help you sleep deeper at night. Taking care of yourself is just as important as: work, family, the kiddos and all your other responsibilities.  

Grandma’s October Herbal of The Month, Oatmeal Milk & Honey, inspired us to share simple oatmeal recipes that will help you fuel with love this fall.  

We chose one quick healthy recipe and one recipe to indulge our sweet tooth. 

Blueberry Oatmeal:

We recommend using steel cut oats or Quaker Oats 100% Natural Whole Grain with this recipe. This blueberry topper has all the warm and delicious flavors you could ever need on a fall morning.  

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1½ tbsp water 
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup dried oats, cooked

Directions:

  • Combine blueberries, water, honey, vanilla extract, and salt in small saucepan. Stir to combine.
  • Sprinkle cornstarch in mixture and stir.
  • Bring to a boil, then let simmer until thickened.
  • Serve on top of oatmeal.

 

Slow Cooker Coconut Spiced Oatmeal

This is a great over night recipe. Prep ingredients before bed, throw everything into the slow cooker, and wake up to a delicious sweet treat.

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups steel cut oatmeal 
  • 8 cups water
  • 1, 15 ounce can cream of coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Serve immediately or freeze in individual servings.

 

While fueling with love could mean eating well, it could also be a night without TV, or a week without social media. It can also be your skincare routine. Don’t use products that strip your skin of its natural oils. Nourish, replenish and fuel your skin with love.

Fuel with love this month and get 50% off Grandma’s Oatmeal Milk & Honey herbal bar

Share how you refuel by using #FuelwithLove on Instagram & Twitter.

 

Recipes are from apple-of-my-eye.com

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