Wild Orange Dark Chocolate Bark

14508527_10209350949103992_1152666752_nI’m a sucker for dark chocolate. I categorize it under “health food”. Seriously, dark chocolate has lots of  perks other than tasting sinful. So I thought I would combine my love of Wild Orange essential oil and my obsession with dark chocolate into one beautiful love-child. I give you: Wild Orange Dark Chocolate Bark.

Wild Orange Dark Chocolate Bark

Ingredients:

  • 15-20 Dove dark chocolate candies
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Mixed nuts, salted or unsalted, about 1/2 a cup
  • 4-5 drops of doTERRA Wild Orange Essential Oil

Line an 8×8 pan with wax paper. In a bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave until completely melted. Use a silicone scraper to stir. Add 4-5 drops of Wild Orange to the chocolate. From here, you’re going to pour the chocolate into the pan. Spread it out with the spatula, but not too thin. Add the nuts, and move them around so they’re mostly covered with chocolate. Lastly, sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the top. Stick in fridge for about 30 minutes, or until completely solid. You can use your hands or a knife to break the chocolate bark into random pieces. Enjoy!

A Review of Tide’s New Purclean Laundry Detergent

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The other day while shopping at Target with my mom, I saw a sale on Tide laundry detergent. We do a lot of laundry around here with Poo-caso child, so I thought I’d better stock up.

We usually use Tide because they have a lot of great scents. But this one I had never seen before. It’s called “purclean”, and according to the label, it’s the first bio-based detergent. The fragrance, Honey Lavender, is what really attracted me, as it sounded so simple and natural.

I’m used to seeing Tide in a bright orange container, but this one was clear, with a simple, clean looking label. If you know me, you know that I’m wacky about smelling things. I of course popped the top off, eager to know what Honey Lavender smells like.

The scent is…natural. It’s not aggressive or in-your-face florally strong. If laundry detergent had a personality, this one would be laid-back, down to earth, and easy going. 😀 So I got two bottles, and in my domestic bliss, was very excited to do my first load of laundry with it.

When the load was finished and I took the clothes out of the washer, I caught the Honey Lavender aroma and was very pleased with it. I then tossed them in the dryer without a fabric softener sheet, which I had just run out of.

Long, boring, story short, when the clothes were all dry and folded, they still smelled clean, and had the pleasant scent, albeit a little less noticeable after being in the dryer. One thing I dislike is that the laundry detergent fragrance goes away the next day. I like my clothes to smell like they’ve just been washed, and for it to last longer. As far as getting the clothes clean, I noticed absolutely no difference between the Purclean and the detergent I usually use, which is generally Tide Original.

Despite what my fascinating tale may lead you to believe, I am not at all picky about laundry detergent. I do like Tide the most, but I have no qualms about using another brand. If given the choice between the Honey Lavender Purclean, and, say, Tide with Downy fragrance, I’d choose the latter. No hard feelings, I just need something that is going to smell fresh days after being washed, especially with a toddler.

I hope that you found this review helpful!

UPDATE: Since writing this blog post, I noticed something very strange happening to my laundry. Pictured below is the insane amount of suds that are generated when I use the new Tide detergent. At first I thought it was because I put too much in, so I tried using less next time. The same thing happened again. Then I thought maybe the load was too heavy, because sometimes if I put two blankets in at once, for example, too much water is absorbed and it becomes uneven. Nope. The load of laundry I did when I took this pic was very small, and I used a tiny bit of detergent. My only other thought was that it was my washing machine causing this, like it had some weird suds disease.

I must mention how frustrating this was. A little bit of excess soap doesn’t bother me, but what I didn’t like was having to wash everything twice, just so that the clothes weren’t soaking wet and soapy. I wanted to get to the bottom of this, so I decided to do my next load of wash with the other bottle of detergent we had in the laundry room, to test what would happen. I think it was Arm & Hammer.

Suspecting that the suds were caused by the Tide, I was not at all surprised to find that things were perfectly fine when I used the Arm & Hammer. No suds, nothing out of the ordinary. The moral of the story is that I am now a little leery about using the Tide Purclean in the future, and will probably go back to the original. Beware!14657784_10209439963969308_954734_n.jpg

On Guard Powerhouse Smoothie

14518483_10209339838306229_301294193_nSomething about getting in spinach, flaxseed, and other super foods before 8am makes me feel very smug. 😉

This recipe uses doTERRA’s On Guard essential oil blend, which helps support immunity. It’s a combination of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary and wild orange. My first thought of On Guard was that it smells like Autumn. It is very strong, it only takes a couple of drops to lend big flavor to this smoothie. Here’s my recipe:

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Kid Approved On Guard Powerhouse Smoothie Recipe

  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 handful of walnuts
  • 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter with flaxseed (I used Teddie)
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 2 frozen peaches
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 cups of almond milk or regular milk, depending on desired consistency
  • 2-3 drops of On Guard

Blend well, until it’s a smooth consistency. Enjoy!

 

You Know You’re a Mom When…

  • You enjoy the smell and crispness of  a brand new diaper
  • You can pour a new sippy cup while driving
  • You put your whole soul into singing along to the toddler tunes CD in the car
  • Your new normal is standing up to eat
  • You can’t stand how spaghetti sauce temporarily stains the whiteness of the high chair tray
  • Silence really is VERY suspicious
  • You’ve cleaned poop off the walls
  • And out of your child’s hair
  • You’ve sprinted like there’s no tomorrow, child in arms, into the grocery store so that a certain someone can go pee. And that certain someone is you.
  • You can also hold your pee like a camel holds water
  • Going to the grocery store alone is like a spa getaway
  • You have to smuggle food from the drive thru window into your car as if it’s narcotics, just to avoid your child begging “Paaaaaaaaaa-leeeeease!!?”
  • You let your child stand up in the grocery cart, despite those salty looks from other shoppers, because junior likes to cart surf and will hear nothing of being “Buckled in”
  • The things you used to judge other mom’s for in your pre-mom days, you yourself are now doing
  • Your car keys have been dropped into the dog’s water dish
  • Your child has eaten both dog & cat food
  • You’ve had your toddler in the bathroom with you while changing your tampon, and she goes to the bathroom cabinet and grabs a new one for you. Thanks, honey
  • You’ve woken up with your shirt covered in chocolate
  • You’ve changed crib sheets THREE times in one day
  • You wish your Samsung washer had a “Poop” setting
  • There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with having every  single sippy cup clean and accounted for in the kitchen cabinet
  • Walks in the stroller are great for exercise and for the opportunity to get outdoors, but also for strapping down your little busy bee love bug for 15 minutes
  • Your man has found one of the kids’ cheerios in his belly-button, and maybe eats it

The Housewife Drinking Game

14483611_10209336312858095_25951453_nConsider this your motivation to scrub your house within an inch of its life. 😉

The Housewife Drinking Game

Supplies:

Vodka, or your favorite drink

Vacuum

Paper Towels

Window cleaner such as Windex

The name of the game is to take a sip each time one of the following happens:

  • The vacuum cord gets tangled
  • You have to change the vacuum bag
  • You have to bend over to pick something up (a sock, trash, etc.)
  • Each time you change paper towels while cleaning windows
  • You find a dirty dish that’s not in the kitchen

Once the house is sparkling, treat yourself to a glass of wine and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.