Summer Solstice DIY Summer Body Perfume Splash 2016.

 

Summer Solstice Summer Body Perfume Splash Recipe 2016!

This time of year…man, is my favorite. Living in southern Georgia can be VERY hot…but once you’ve lived here for a while…it just becomes a part of you. The heat…the sun…summer nights…fans…bugs…and the water life. It just is. I wouldn’t have it any other way…

 

For this summer I’ve decided to create a Summer Body Perfume Splash recipe that is based around Valerie Ann Worwood’s basic base splash recipe from The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. Her basic base recipe is as follow:

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of High Proof Vodka
  • 4 ounces of White Wine or Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cups of Spring Water
  • 27-31 drops of your desired essential oils

Directions Verbatim:

“First blend the essential oils together. Add them to the vodka and shake well for as long as you can. Leave them all to settle, then add the vinegar. Pour the whole mixture into 2 cups of spring water and again, shake well. Finally, pass the liquid through a paper coffee filter. The longer you leave the essential oils in the vodka and vinegar mix before adding the water, the stronger the scent will be.”

Which finally brings me to my personal blend for you! Combined with the above I decided to use the following essential oils for the Summer Body Splash 2016 blend:

  • Grapefruit for joyfulness. 5 drops.
  • Lemongrass for the inspiring soul. 5 drops.
  • Sweet Orange for a brightening smile. 5 drops.
  • Lemon for renewing this Summer Solstice. 5 drops.
  • Patchouli for sensuality and a summer of love. 5 drops.

Blend like above and spray on like perfume!

Love & Moonlight,

Kelly

HAPPY SUMMER!

New Moon in Libra with Cocktail Monday on Point!

I’m going to make this short and sweet…as this Sleepy Hollow Cocktail has already gotten me feeling good. In honor of Cocktail Monday (the Monday I come off call) I present to you… THE SLEEPY HOLLOW.

Ingredients:

1/2 oz of Absinthe (to swirl around your cup and discard)

2 oz of mezcal (I used 100% agave Hornitos :medium aged: tequila)

1 oz of St. Elizabeth Allspice dram (I used Drambuie)

2 dashes of angostura bitters

1-2 sprigs of rosemary for a smokey fragrance.

Directions:

Swirl the absinthe in a cup and discard. Then add the mezcal (tequila), dram, angostura bitters with ice in a shaker and drain into the cup (with the residual absinthe)…garnish with the rosemary and light it on fire for a smokey fragrance. Serve immediately. (Serves one).

So above is my photo of my Monday Cocktail...pretty pleased and ready for bed as it is my MAMAS night cap (it’s gone now)…did my yoga tonight…with hip openers…and topped the night off with this cocktail! Tomorrow I’ll be sore…I know…but I feel good right now!

THE MOON, however, is in LIbra tonight...so it is fitting to just BEEEEE! No right or wrongs matter tonight…because with the Scales of the Libra teaches us…without the wrong there would be no right…you have to have both…so just BE…and don’t fuss. Let it go… πŸ™‚ It’s a NEW MOON…so set an intention for this lunar cycle…maybe it could be about letting go of something…

Love & Moonlight,

Kelly

HAPPY NEW MOON AND COCKTAIL MONDAY!!!

RECIPE FOUND HERE!

Mercury…I’m done with your tricks! New Moon Cocktail Monday…get here fast!

  
Ah yeeea! The Mercury retrograde is over! Mercury, I’ve had fun with your tricks this past retrograde! Although you managed to have a water pipe bust in my yard, had my AC fail to work because of an electrical problem, had the cops called on us because we partied too hard in the backyard (even though we sent out flyers to the neighbors to warn them of the music and it was only 10:30 pm) had my parents hit a deer with an Icelander riding in the back, and had me working over time…I’ll have you know I’M STILL HERE…and ready for this upcoming NEW MOON on MONDAY aka COCKTAIL MONDAY!!!

Feeling pretty aligned and ready to shake off any Mercury residuals and fledge forward! You can’t stop me now Mercury! Cocktail Monday and the new moon could not have come at a better time!!! Been on call too long…two weekends in a row deserves a special cocktail once Monday rolls around! (Monday is when I come off call!)

So here are the ingredients to my Monday cocktail! I’ll be making a Sleepy Hollow! Yes…yes…and yes…don’t be frightened by those ingredients! I think this is going to be a good one! 

So prepare yourself if you want to have a cocktail with me this coming LIBRA NEW MOON ON COCKTAIL MONDAY! I’ll be posting pictures and affirmations in regards to the Sleepy Hollow recipe and Libra influence to the moon!

HERE is where I found the Sleep Hollow Cocktail recipe! 

Love & Moonlight,

Kelly…fully prepared!

Blueberry Full Moon Dessert! Blueberry Torte.


Okay okay…It’s pretty clear I’m not a food stylist! haha. Check out my blueberry torte…and its whipped cream moon! hahaha uh…

Besides that my version is ugly… I’ll have you know, that this recipe is actually pretty tasty!

Blueberry Torte from Mom via Barbara Fallin (Family great aunt)

Ingredients

1 1/2 pack graham cracker crumbs

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup sugar

3 TBSP milk

8 oz cream cheese

1 cup of chopped pecans

big tub of cool whip

can of blueberry pie filling

Directions:

Look at this pic…I’m being lazy!

Just so you know…this was a childhood dessert my mom used to make ALL THE TIME! That and a “Melt in Your Mouth”…I’ll have to share that some other time!

HAPPY FULL MOON!!!

Love & Moonlight,

Kelly

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe for the Blueberry Full Moon

The Blueberry Full Moon is coming up this Saturday August 29th, 2015…and it happens to be a SUPER MOON! A Super moon typically happens 4-6 times per year and it’s when the moon is really close to the Earth. So this full moon should be a BIG ONE! Crossing my fingers that the night sky is clear!

In preparation for this months Blueberry full moon…here is a second recipe! Blueberry Frozen Yogurt inspired by THIS RECIPE!

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients

1 small package of fresh blueberries (washed and then frozen over night)

Yogurt (eye ball it for smooth blending…can be plain or flavored…we tried vanilla)

Honey or Agave Nectar (a squeeze or two for sweetness)

Lemon juice (a squeeze for balance)

Directions

Blend it! haha.

Side note….I roughly went along with the recipe linked above. This was my version. I added some splashes of milk to get the blueberries to blend easily…but it turns out that if you don’t eat it right away then the yogurt gets kind of foamy…I think the milk did that. Also, if you don’t like textured food (bits of fruit) then you probably won’t like this recipe because it has a lot of blueberry bits. My oldest daughter wasn’t a fan of all the blueberries. Next time I’ll plan on using less blueberries and more yogurt per my girls request…and NO milk. Just yogurt, blueberries, agave, and a splash of lemon!

Love & Moonlight,

Kelly

P.S. I have ONE more recipe from my mom that I’ll share ON the Blueberry Full Moon morning! (August 29th!!!)

Blueberry Cobbler Recipe for the Blueberry Full Moon

August’s full moon is called the Blueberry Full Moon or the Sturgeon Full moon…a time when both are in season! In preparation for the upcoming Blueberry Full Moon on August 29th (the day before my birthday!!!) I want to share some blueberry dishes leading up. First up…my Grandma’s Blueberry Cobbler recipe from Alvin and Imogen Duke.

Blueberry Cobbler from Grandma via Alvin and Imogen Duke.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Fruit (for this recipe we will be using blueberries.) If you want to make an apple cobbler you will need to add 1 tsp of cinnamon to the apples. If you want to use canned fruit use the liquid it comes in!
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 cups of sugar

For the dough:

  • 1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup milk

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

While you are making the dough bring the 3 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar to a boil until the sugar is dissolved for the sugar water. It might look like a lot of sugar water but you will use it all! Also go ahead and melt that stick of butter in a 9×13 dish in the oven.

To make the flour cut the shortening into the flour and then add the milk. Kneed the dough until it is smooth. Roll it into a rectangle.

Put the fruit on top of the dough and then roll it into a log. Cut into small circles about 1-2 inches thick. Place the cut circles flat into the melted buttered 9 x 13 dish and then add ALL OF THE SUGAR WATER. Yes, it looks like too much (might even make the circles float). But trust me…it makes a delicious blueberry goodness…you need all that sugar water.

Bake until brown around 55 minutes. Serve it WARM! That’s the best! Even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Love & Moonlight,

Kelly

Summer Solstice 2015 Herbs & Essential Oil DIY Project from The Walden Moon | Lifestyle by Kelly Walden

For this Summer Solstice 2015 I’ve got three Herbs and Essential Oil recipes for you!!! Please on your own time review the warning and caution signs on the essential oils before using!

The Summer Solstice is a time when the days become long and the nights become short. It is also a time when we spend most of our days outside. And that means…bugs and sun. For this summer solstice 2015 DIY project I will be showing you how to make:

  • Bug Spray
  • Bug Itch Spray
  • Anti-aging Serum

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Recipe for Lemon Balm Bug Spray source

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Handful of fresh Lemon Balm
  • Handful of fresh Mint (I used spearmint)
  • Handful of basil
  • Handful of catnip
  • Witch Hazel (one bottle)
  • 1-2 drops of Basil Essential oil
  • 1-2 drops of Citronella Essential Oil (I used citronella java)
  • 1-2 drops of Lemongrass or Lemon Eucalyptus Essential oil (I used both)
  • Distilled Water
  • Dark glass Spray bottle (I used a four oz glass bottle)

Directions:

Place the fresh herbs into a glass jar with a bottle of witch hazel and place in a dark and dry place in your house. Let the witch hazel extract the fresh herbs for one to two weeks.

Once you have let the fresh herbs extract in the witch hazel for a week or two…you are now ready to make the Lemon Balm Bug Spray. To a four oz bottle fill it up half way with the witch hazel herb base, fill the second half with the distilled water and then add your drops of essential oils. Shake and spray.

Fresh Herb Leaves from left to right: Basil, Catnip, Lemon Balm, and Spearmint. Β Β 

Witch Hazel extracting the fresh herbs.

Essential oils used for this Lemon Balm Bug Spray.

Overall this really did keep the mosquitos away!! I’m not sure if it keeps gnats away…will have to use it again to be sure! One thing I do recommend though…if you are camping…try really hard to keep the bugs out of the tent (even spiders)…because while you are sleeping you can’t reapply in your sleep to keep from being bitten.

Another thing I’m going to try in the future is vanilla and water…something my Grandma came up with…I’ll let you know the recipe and if it works!

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Recipe for Bug Itch Spray for Sandflies and Mosquitos

source The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • 10 drops of Lavender
  • 10 drops of Eucalyptus
  • 10 drops of Thyme (I used Red Thyme)
  • 1 oz dark glass spray bottle

Directions:

Add your drops of essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus, and thyme) into the glass spray bottle. Fill up the rest of the bottle with the sweet almond oil. Shake and spray on bites.

Ingredients and supplies for Bug Itch Spray.

This really works well for sandfly and mosquito bites…My sister tried it on some ant bites and it didn’t work as well. Β <—-update she reported back and said that about an hour later after she put it on she forgot the ant bites were there…so I guess it’s not so much for instant relief…but it does work!

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Recipe for Anti-Aging Serum source

Ingredients and Supplies:

(modified for a two oz bottle)

  • Sweet Almond Oil (or jojoba oil)
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 4 drops Rose essential oil (I used Rose Absolute in jojoba oil)
  • 4 drops Helichrysum essential oil (I used Helichrysum in jojoba oil)
  • 4 drops Sandalwood oil (I used Sandalwood in jojoba oil)
  • 4 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 2 oz dark glass bottle

Directions:

Add all the essential oils into the dark glass bottle and fill up the rest of the bottle with the sweet almond (or jojoba oil). Shake before each use.

Ingredients and supplies for the Anti-Aging Serum.

Overall time will tell if it really works…. πŸ™‚ I will say though, the Geranium does not smell good! hahaha. But it feels good when you apply the serum to your face! It’s moisturizing.

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For the sake of not making this post too long…I’ll end it here but will come back later with the benefits of the essential oils used in these recipes.

Until then…have a pretty Summer Solstice!

Love,

Kelly