Monday, March 9, 2015

Hawaiian Punch Good Girl Moonshine (How I got my kids to stop drinking pop)

I should probably start this post by saying that my kids don't have pop (soda, Coke, whatever you want to call it) or sugary drinks a lot. I try to make them drink water throughout the day but they don't like it and I have to remind them constantly to get them to drink it. They get most of their sugary drinks from our frequent trips to Chick-Fil-A where they are allowed to choose from Sprite, Root Beer, Lemonade or Sweet Tea so even if it's only a few days a week that adds up to a lot of sugar. I have tried and tried to get them to drink water with fruit or with very small splashes of juice but it's still a struggle to get them to drink enough of something they don't really enjoy. That's where GGMS (Good Girl Moonshine) comes in. I made the regular version and the kids weren't fans so I found a recipe for Hawaiian Punch version and tinkered around with it until it was perfect and my kids now beg for it all day.

First, you will need Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zingers Tea, Watkin's orange, raspberry and banana flavoring, ground ginger, apple cider vinegar(ACV) and some kind of natural sweetener (Stevia, THM Sweet Blend, Truvia, Swerve, etc.)


I have found the perfect combination of the ingredients and flavorings for us but if you don't like it try different combos until you find what you like. If you aren't used to apple cider vinegar I would start with 1 tbsp and work your way up until you get the right amount.

One tip for those of you who never seem to have enough measuring spoons. I buy the 100 ct. plastic spoons from Walmart and use one for my sweetener and one for my apple cider vinegar. They are almost exactly a Tbsp. and if I accidentally throw the bag of sweetener away with the spoon inside I don't mind losing one of these. 

Trim Healthy Mama Hawaiian Punch GGMS Recipe

  • 4 Raspberry Zinger Celestial Seasoning tea bags
  • 2 tbsp THM Sweet Blend or sweetener of your choice 
  • 2 tbsp (between 1-4 tbsp)apple cider vinegar ( I use Bragg's and suggest buying an organic brand that includes the mother) 
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Watkin's orange flavor extract 
  • 1/2 tsp Watkin's banana flavor extract
  • 1/2 tsp Watkin's raspberry flavor extract
Put all 4 tea bags in a 2 quarts of cold water overnight or for a few hours. Remove tea bags, add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Pour over ice and sip all day. 

We keep 2 or 3 jars steeping at our house all the time because everyone loves it. I mean what's not to love? It tastes like kool aid/hawaiian punch, no sugar, no carbs, no fat,  and ACV and ginger are great for you and your immune system. It doesn't get much better. Now the kids are planning to go the whole month of March without any sugary drinks at all. If they make it they get $15 and so far it hasn't even been hard for them. They love this stuff and I'm happy to lose the $45 if it means they are not drinking empty, sugary calories. What makes this even better is when you are in public and your kids start asking if they can have moonshine when they get home and you agree without a second thought. :)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Young Living Essential Oils

   I am so excited to share this post today! I have had so many people asking me how to get these oils I am always talking about so I decided the easiest way to answer everyone would be through a blog post. 

  I'm sure that most of you know that I have a big mouth, especially when it comes to natural health. Once "the oils"(that's what my kids call them) started working I couldn't stop talking about them. We've had so much success using them for allergies, heartburn, skin issues, sleeping troubles and stress. I've also used them to make tons of beauty and cleaning products. I just want everyone to benefit from them like we have so I try to share them with as many people as possible. 

  First, here are just a few reason why I chose Young Living Essential Oils over other companies.
Here is a great website that talks a little bit more about the Seed to Seal guarantee. 

Also, if anyone is interested this is my favorite blog post about essential oils. She tells what they are, where they come from and what they can be used for. 

Now, onto what this post is really about. How to order your own oils!

There are so many choices and it can get confusing so I'm going to try to make it at as easy as possible. First, you have to choose between becoming a wholesale member or a retail customer. 
 To become a wholesale member you do have to spend 50PV (PV is usually equal to the dollar amount of most items) per year to keep it active.

Next if you decide to become a wholesale member you have to choose a starter kit:

Basic Starter Kit-$40

When you purchase the Basic Starter Kit, you will receive 10 YL oil sample packets-2 each of Lavender, Lemon, Peace & Calming, Peppermint, and Thieves, a 5 ml bottle of Stress Away essential oil blend, 2 NingXia Red samples, AromaGlide roller fitment, and information about Young Living’s essential oils, plus your lifetime wholesale membership.

Basic Plus Starter Kit- $75

Another option is to purchase the Basic Plus Starter Kit, which saves you 35%, as compared to purchasing the Basic Kit. This kit comes with everything in the Basic Kit, plus a FREE home diffuser!
Premium Starter Kit- $150
The third option is to purchase the Premium Starter Kit, which gives you a 37% discount, and is honestly the kit with the best value. This kit comes with everything in the Basic Kit, the free home diffuser, AND the Everyday Oils Kit. In this kit you will receive 10 of Young Living’s most popular essential oils ( Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Thieves, Valor, Purification, Frankincense, Peace and Calming, Pan Away, and Joy) which have a multitude of uses. 

Premium Starter Kit with Aroma Diffuser-$160
The Premium Starter Kit with the Aroma Diffuser is the exact same as the Premium Starter Kit but it has a different diffuser. 

If you need a little info before you invest in one of the premium kits here are just a few of the things the 11 oils can be used for.

How to buy Young Living Essential Oils Step by Step:

1. Click here to begin the enrollment process.

2. Select Wholesale Member to get the 24% discount, or select Retail Customer to pay full price.

3. Make sure my member number 1646602 is in both the Eroller ID and Sponser ID spots.

4. Fill out all of your personal information.

5. Choose the kit you want (I really recommend one of the Premium Starter Kits) then proceed to checkout. You can skip the Essential Rewards for now unless you really want to start the rewards program right now.

6. You can always add more to your order if you are interested in other things.

7. Make sure you confirm your order.

8. Now you are done!!! Yay! Your oils are headed your way.

If you have ANY questions or concerns please send me an email at

Monday, July 22, 2013

My baby turns 3, a tea party and a great review

Last Tuesday my beautiful baby girl, Ellie, turned 3. We spent the week planning her tea party so we didn't have a fancy party on her actual birthday. She did say that she wanted donuts instead of cake and she wanted to blow out candles so we bought Dunkin Donuts and made a donut cake.

Mammaw and Pappaw bought Ellie a Monster's Inc. bike and she loves it!!

It was such a fun night but after the small break it was right back to planning for her tea party. Everyone was getting over colds and not feeling great but we still got everything together. For our tea party food we had cream puffs with dark chocolate sauce, meringue cookies, heart shaped sugar cubes, cream cheese mints, mini cherry pies, cupcakes with whipped cream cheese icing and Pillsburry Chessman cookies (They are Ellie and Barak's favorite cookies) and daddy bought blueberry and raspberry lemonade to put in the tea pot. I made Ellie one of my favorite dresses ever, the Tulip Sleeve Dress by FooFoo Threads Childrens Patterns (It hasn't been released yet but it will be VERY soon.) using some amazing tea party fabric. She looked like an angel and it was the perfect dress for a tea party.

Ellie and my grandma, Meme.

We had such a great day visiting with friends and famly. Ellie had so much fun!!!

Now for the great review part. My business, BEEkeeper's Boutique is the weekly featured critique over at The Crafter's Critique facebook page. I love the outfit that I sent her and I really love the review, it's a great feeling to know that someone appreciates the time and love I put into the things I am creating. Here is the review and some photos of the custom outfit I sent to her.

Now that all of the the kid's birthdays are over it's time for me to really start planning our homeschool year and getting some things sewn for the craft fairs I am hoping to enter this fall. Anyone else already planning for fall?

Friday, July 5, 2013

4th of July

We had the best time yesterday!! My kids played  their little hearts out. It was so nice to have friends over and to watch all of the kids enjoy the day. Here is our day in pictures. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of myself sewing Ellie's outfit until the very last second. :) Don't let these pictures fool you. There was very little eating going on by the kids. 

 Football and basketball.........of course.
 Getting ready for the at home fireworks show. So much more fun that driving downtown and sitting in traffic.

 Now for the not so fun part. Cleaning up our mess this morning! Ellie had to wear her outfit again for a little photo shoot for my shop, BEEkeeper's Boutique. Sorry for the shameless plug! :)

I can't believe that the weekend is really just starting!! Now we are all anxiously awaiting Despicable Me 2 tomorrow and hopefully we will be able to sneak the boys away to see the Lone Ranger sometime this week. I love summer!!!!
Did everyone else enjoy Independence Day??

*patterns: Harper's Pillowcase Top by  Create Kids Couture and Lily Ruffler Capris/Pants by brownie goose

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Abby Seersucker One Piece Swimsuit Review

For those of you who don't know I just recently started BEEkeeper's Boutique on Facebook. My shop is named for my 3 amazing kiddos, Barak, Ezekiel, and Ellie. I started sewing a few years ago after I had tried every other kind of craft there is. Beading, scrapbooking, knitting, and cake decorating just to name a few. Finally, I had my daughter and I wanted to sew her these cute boutique outfits so badly so onto Pinterest I went and I taught myself to sew. Sewing is the first thing I have ever done that I haven't got tired of, as a matter of fact I love sewing more and more everyday. Well, enough about me let's move on to the star of thew show....... this amazingly cute swimsuit.

When I was picked to do the review for the Abby Seersucker One Piece Swimsuit  by Haute Diggity I squealed with excitement...literally. I squealed out loud and scared my children half to death. Anywho, I was super excited but I was afraid at the same time. I was worried about the seersucker and to be honest I have tons of swimsuit fabric and that darn leg hole elastic gets me everytime. It's always so wrinkly and hard to fold and so I had just decided that sweet Ellie was destined for a life of store bought swimsuits. But I decided to go for it, I was going to make this swimsuit even if the elastic killed me. :)
 My first step was picking my fabric, and I knew right away I was going to try making this with Tutti Fruiti from Joann's.I have tons of this stuff in so many cute prints. I honestly think it was made for this particular pattern. I mean can you get much cuter than an octopus and polka dot swimsuit. I think not!  There have been so many people asking about using it in place of the seersucker and I would give it 2 thumbs up. It worked awesome and is super light weight so it dries very quickly. There is a lining in this suit and I just used a really cheap pink broadcloth that matches the polka dot.
 Now for the fun part, the swimming in it. Well, it's just over 70 degrees here so it didn't happen. I know, I'm bummed too. I kept waiting to take the pictures because I just knew it was going to warm up.....well I was wrong. It just keeps getting cooler and cooler here. So I did what any other great parent would do, I sent her outside in it anyway. Lol.
 She loved it! I mean it, the wind was blowing and after the pictures I kept asking her to come in and change her clothes and she down right refused. After we played outside we ran to Chick Fil A to get drinks and she wore it there too.
 Once it warmed up a little the kids all begged to get in the sprinkler so I decided this would be a good test for the suit. I know I am a horrible mother for letting my children freeze for the sake of a pattern test but it made us all happy even if it was only for a few minutes. This suit is perfect for running through the sprinkler and playing water games. Ellie would run through and get soaked and be dry minutes later. I've heard people wondering if the seersucker would chafe and I can say that even after running around in the sprinkler and all around the yard for hours today that it didn't rub or chafe her skin at all.
So the last thing I want to comment on is the fit. This swimsuit fits perfectly, not too tight but not falling off even when it's wet. I hate that traditional bathing suits are always sagging or riding up and this one was just beautiful through all the things we threw at it. I really can't say enough good things about this pattern. The pictures, the tutorial, the pattern pieces and the design are all beautiful. If you don't own it, you should. I'm so excited to make her more!!
 Here are a few more shots just because she looks so cute in this suit.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My first attempt at making a pattern

I can't get my pictures to upload to Facebook for some reason so I decided to post them here for some feedback. Here is the dress I wanted a pattern for. I looked everywhere and couldn't find one like it so I decided to make my own.

Here is the site you can buy the dress from but now I can't find it's exact location.

Here is what I have made so far. Keep in mind that this is  made out of an old sheet, it hasn't been hemmed, topstiched,there are no buttons or ruffles, and none of the seems are finished.

I think when I pick the actual fabric I am going to make it out of I will make the skirt a bit wider. The picture didn't look like it had many gathers so I made it small at the top and flared it outtoward the bottom but I think I like a regular square of fabric really gathered because Ellie loves to twirl. :) 

Hopefully I'll have a real dress done by the end of the week. 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Flare Leg Capris

This might just be my favorite thing I have made Ellie! These were supposed to be flare leg pants but somehow they were too short and I'm so glad because they look so cute as capris! :)

I made them out of flannel and they are so soft and cute! She spilled tea all over them yesterday and when I got them out of the washer today they looked brand new! I plan on making her tons of these as capris and pants! I just love them!!!

Here is the pattern I used: