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Friday, April 17, 2015

Online Shopping: Fabric

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The following is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own, you are welcome to visit my disclosure page

A question I get quite frequently is, "do you ever buy fabric online?" Yes, yes I do! Since I have access to such wonderful fabrics in Japan six months out of the year it doesn't happen often but when there is a specific fabric I'm looking for and can't find it in my current country, I'll order it. I typically keep to Etsy and only because those are were the only two places I knew of but recently I stumbled upon some attractive and unique fabric designs in an unexpected place, Minted! You know that feeling you get when you discover something truly amazing and want to tell everyone? That's me right now! Have you heard of Minted? The last I knew Minted was an online place where I could go for Christmas cards, friends it's so much more than that! First, lets ogle at some prints shall we?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Banana Oatmeal Cookies {GF, DF, No Added Sugar}


We've been on so many baking adventures the last couple months; I now have more varieties of flours in my pantry than I even knew existed! After surviving an elimination diet and adding foods back in, we discovered that dairy is the culprit of my 7month old's eczema- total bummer.

At first I tried to remake all my old recipes without dairy but that usually ended in a lot of disappointment on my end (however my Soft Molasses Crinkles and Peanut Butter Rolls were still awesome) so I've made peace with letting go of some recipes for now and moving forward into lands uncharted!

Disclaimer, if I were to choose between a normal oatmeal cookie and these banana based cookies for a dessert, I'd go with the traditional one without hesitation. That's not to say these aren't good, they just taste more of the breakfast variety, which totally earned me mom points offering my son cookies for breakfast!

Yes, bananas are the glue that holds these cookies together. I'd seen quite a few banana recipes during my searches for gluten/wheat/dairy free foods, I had two way over-ripe bananas sitting in the fruit bowl, plus I was out of chocolate and itching for some sort of treat.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Etsy Love {{3}}

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We're back to our normal days around here after an incredible week with a friend in town. We're down to the last month in Japan so I'm beginning to get more serious about packing and tossing. Here's to a stress free month leading up to a great move. 

TheTwentyFingers: $10.00

Friday, April 10, 2015

Kyoto: Nara Side Trip, Land of the Deer

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When we were planning our Kyoto trip I suggested we visit Nara to see the deer. Chris was super skeptical about heading to Nara, not because of the deer but about traveling to Kyoto to not see Kyoto. After making my case that I thought heading to Nara would be a great addition to the trip for Gabriel we scheduled it in. 

After visiting the land of a thousand tori gates we hopped on a train to Nara and then bused it to Nara park. I knew there was said to be deer but I didn't fully grasp what we were getting ourselves into. On the bus just before our stop I looked out the window and saw a couple (really stress 'couple') deer which I quickly pointed out with excitement to Chris. If I only knew what was to come... 

We got off the train, crossed the street and found ourselves right in front of a little stand that sold crackers to feed the deer, we thought this would be a good idea but in retrospect I wish we had passed. The deer near the stand were crazy aggressive! I had this sweet image in my head of calmly, quietly and sweetly hand feeding these deer as I pet their fur and scratched them behind their ear... What really happened? They chased me while nipping at my jacket and Brenik's feet until I not only got ride of the crackers but also put my wallet away because my wallet was the exact same color and they thought it too was edible. Chris was a little more successful because he quickly fed them rather than trying to bond with the wild animals.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Essential Oil: Geranium

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Geranium is serious competition for my previously mentioned favorite air purifying oil! The smell is  delightfully uplifting and the hint of sweet is the perfect compliment to the beautiful spring weather we're starting to experience.

Besides using geranium to cleans the air, I've used it in homemade shea butter based hand cream to combat dry skin and wrinkles. Other common uses for geranium include balancing emotions (relieving stress, anxiety and tension), calming minor aches and pains, natural perfume, digestion issues, insomnia and circulatory problems. Geranium is also said to be helpful for people with autism because of its ability to address agitation, environment stress and physical stress.

If you're new to essential oils you may be interested in reading my 'Getting Started' post. If you're looking to purchase any oils and don't already have a wellness consultant, feel free to visit my page {HERE}. If you have any oil questions you are also welcome to leave them in the comment section or email me at rootandblossom{at}gmail{dot}com. Above information can be found in the book Modern Essentials a Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils 5th edition. Also, I am no doctor, just an oil enthusiast who enjoys sharing her love of essential oils. 15ml bottleRetail Price: $36.00, Whole Sale Price: $27.00

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