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Hello and Cheers to July. Started out with a small post and it quickly changed into a huge post with losts of recaps. Just felt like I had so much to share, I just went with it.

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Totally loving my Michigan Bamboo Cutting Board! I love my Michigan Mitt.

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We have had some beautiful sunsets lately. Snapped this one just in time.

 

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Recently tried a new Sun screen from Block Island Organics. They sent me a bottle to try out. I really have to work getting into a routine of using sunscreen more regularly. With being on the boat and on the motorcyle, I really need to be better at applying and reapplying. I usally do not burn and tan very easy. So with that I tend to be more relaxed about using sunscreen, but with age I have realized that I am not doing myself any favors. At 46 I have to take better care of my skin. So here is a look at Block Island Organics Sun Care SPF 30.

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NATURAL MINERAL SUNSCREEN SPF 30
An ultra lightweight, non-nano and instantly absorbing natural mineral sunscreen great for babies, kids and adults….

Play Smart. Play Safe.

Visit Block Island and you will find a culture that celebrates life, the outdoors, and making time with friends and family the first priority. The people and values of Block Island’s local community combined with its stunning natural beauty and impressive conservation efforts form the back bone of our company. We hope to embody that Block Island spirit in our brand, bottle it, and bring it to you in the form of safe, quality, and lovable non-toxic suncare and skin care products so you too can get outside and play.

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The ingredients (from the website)

We believe ingredients matter. Thus, we pledge full disclosure of our ingredients and our reasons for choosing them. We intend to build a brand that can be trusted to consistently create great quality and safe products while keeping in mind affordability. That means sometimes we don’t choose the certified organic ingredient because it would cause us to raise our prices too much. Our goal is to keep our prices as low as possible to make our products affordable to as many as possible. The safety of our ingredients is and will always be a top priority. We believe our formulas are the optimal balance of quality, safety, and affordability.

My thoughts:

I just tossed it in my boat bag and applied. First off it smelled good, and spread out on my skin with ease. I always get fustrated when I have to work hard to apply sunscreen evenly. We spent a few hours on the boat and then headed out on the bike for a 3 hour ride.  So I applied it 3 times in the day and a few things I noticed. It did not get sticky or messy. It absorbed and did what it was supposed to do and protected my skin. I also noticed that it covered much better that the normal sunscreen spay that I use. I also realized that my skin felt soft and not dried out. So even after a full day of boating and being out in the sun and also being on a motorcycle with the wind beating me up my skin still felt hydrated. Gotta say I really loved trying and using Block Island Sunscreen.

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About Block Island

“One of the Last 12 Great Places in the Western Hemisphere” ~The Nature Conservancy

Block Island Organics is built on the values and natural beauty that is Block Island, Rhode Island. Only 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, but feeling like a world away, Block Island is a welcome step back in time to a place where shorts and t-shirts are seen in the finest restaurants, phone numbers are exchanged with just four digits, and the homes are without street addresses.

At the heart of Block Island is a commitment to protecting the environment and a celebration of life spent enjoying the outdoors. In addition to being home to more than 40 rare or endangered species, over 40% of open space on the island is protected by an ardent community of conservationists. When not drumming up support for another environmental cause, Block Islanders spend their leisure time walking the 17 miles of beach or the 28 mile network of hiking trails called the Greenway Trails. Numerous other land and water activities including fishing, sailing, clamming, diving, biking, windsurfing, kayaking, yoga, pilates, surfing and just sitting on a porch or the beach pass the time as well. It is this commitment to environmentalism and this celebration of outdoors life that forms the values and core of Block Island Organics. We hope you come visit our island, unwind and get a little break from modern-day stresses, and remember to wear sunscreen!

Store Locator: Sold mostly online, Please go to www.blockislandorganics.com.

Some good cooking going on over here lately.

 

I am hooked on Blue Apron. We have been ordering it about two times a month for about 6 months and I really love this service. The variety and quality is amazing. Posted a ton of dinners in this Previous Post. 

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Made one of my favorite easy go to meals. StoneFire Naan Flatbread Pizza.

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Just used what I had on hand and threw it all on.

 

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Yummy.

 

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Naan is great to have on hand for so many easy dishes. Plus its great to have on hand for the weeks I do not get a Blue Apron order. Throwing a pizza together is super easy. I linked a previous post on Naan Here. I also just like to use it to dip into my hummus for lunch.

 

Organizing my everyday portable essential oils for summer has kept me busy. I love my oils and have been using them for over 10 years for everything from cuts, headaches, bug bites and household cleaners. I love seeing it being used more and more now in people’s homes. I  cannot remember the last time I used store bought house-hold cleaners.

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I love creating and making homemade bug spray. Here is the link to my recipe from a previous post.

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Here’s the Recipe I Use:

  • 4 ounces Witch Hazel
  • 4 Ounces Water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin
  • 15 Drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 15 Drops Citronella Oil
  • 15 Drops Peppermint Oil
  • 15 Drops Eucalyptus Oil
  • 15 Drops Lemon Oil

Mix, Shake Well and put in spray bottles.

Spray usually lasts for a few hours, but is safe to reapply several times throughout the day.

It also has a nice fresh and clean scent!

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In a previous post I made a DIY Neck Pillow for a gift using Lavender Oil. Essential oils are a huge part of my life. I love making Spa type gifts for my friends and family and introdcing them to the many uses of essential oils.

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Picked up a new label maker for $19.99. So excited. Also broke down a bought a big bag of skittles..Great placement at the checkout counter..Fell for it hard, it was tropical flavors after all.

 

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My flowers are loving all the rain and cool nights. They are so beautiful this time of year.

 

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Caught my Ginger girl trying to get a better view of a bird. She is so cute. My dogs love this turtle. I nicked named it Big T. I get pictures of them on it nearly every year.

 

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Previous Big T the Turtle Pictures.

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Hope your summer is going well.  Enjoy.

 

 

 

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Lately mine has been Blue. Blue Apron came into my life via Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. She posted a review of the service and offered 50 readers 2 free meals with Blue Apron, so I jumped on it and received my two free meals and have been hooked ever since.

So here is the deal on Blue Apron meal plan.

How does Blue Apron work?

Blue Apron delivers all the fresh ingredients you need to make delicious meals in exactly the right proportions.

We offer two plans, with no commitment and no fees, so you can prepare delicious, inventive meals at home. We do the menu planning and shopping, and deliver recipes right to your door with all the fresh, perfectly portioned ingredients you need to cook them. All you have to do is cook and enjoy! We have no membership fee, and no minimum commitment. You can skip any week’s delivery in advance or cancel at any time.

With our 2-Person Plan, you will receive one delivery a week, with three delicious recipes and the corresponding ingredients pre-portioned for two. We customize your menu based on your dietary preferences (which you can change or update at any time).

Our new Family Plan is perfect for feeding a family of (4) four. Our culinary team creates four new Family Plan recipes each week designed to appeal to both parents’ and kids’ palates. You can choose to receive all four recipes (in two separate deliveries that you can schedule for when it’s most convenient for you), or you can choose to receive just two recipes per week that are customized based on your dietary preferences,.

We’ve designed our service to teach you how to cook new recipes, expose you to seasonal, farm-fresh produce and reduce unnecessary food waste. By letting us shop for you, we can bring you fresher and higher-quality food than you can get on your own in the supermarket, all at a better price.

How does the 2-Person Plan work?

When you sign up for our 2-Person Plan, you will receive one delivery a week, with three seasonal recipes and the all the ingredients you need to make them, pre-portioned for two. Our culinary team creates six new recipes weekly for this plan, and you receive a menu of three of the six recipes based on your dietary preferences.

How do I skip a week or more of delivery?

If you are going on vacation or don’t want a delivery, you can skip that week before your weekly delivery cutoff.

To do this, visit “Delivery Schedule” under “My Account“. Your future delivery dates will be listed and you can skip a week by clicking on that delivery date and following the instructions to skip.

When will my delivery arrive?

Depending on your location, we offer daytime and/or evening deliveries.

When you sign up and enter your zip code, you’ll see which delivery windows are available in your area.

When your delivery is on its way to your kitchen, we’ll send you an email with the tracking information for your order.

You can check to see your delivery window by logging into “My Account” and clicking on your “Account Info” then looking under “My Plan.”

You can also check your tracking information in the “We’re on our way!” e-mail we send the day of your delivery to help you monitor your order’s progress.

So with that being explained let me show you: How it works and a few meals I have made.

First you get your box!

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Then you check out your goods and unpack it.

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Grab your Recipe card and GO.

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Prep your food.

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Now put together an amazing meal.

Here are my Creations…..and Yes, I do feel like I am ready for Top Chef 😉

Buffalo-Style Chicken Drumsticks with Blue Cheese Sauce and Celery-Apple Salad.

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Banana Leaf-Steamed Cod with Spanish Rice, Yu Choy and Coconut.

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Chicken Charlemagne with Roasted Root Vegetables and Parsnip-Potato Mash.

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Chicken Mulligatawny Soup with Kohlrabi and Basmati Rice.

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Pistachio-Crusted Catfish with Clementine Salad, Israeli Couscous and Roasted Fennel.

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Beef Bolognese with Fresh Pappardelle Pasta and Brussels Sprouts. * My Favorite Meal So Far*.

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Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup with Lemon Grass and Red Curry. *Second Favorite Meal*.

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Macadamia-Crusted Cod with Black Rice and Golden Beets and Avocado Salad.

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Basted Flank Steaks with Beet-Freekeh Salad and Gorgonzola.

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Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashew and Sambal Oelek.

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Also had another Seven meals that I did not photograph because we ate them too fast…Sorry, Not Sorry.

So here are my thoughts on this meal service as it applies to me and my husband. We love it. We don’t get it every week because I do have a freezer full of venison and I love to make chili, Stews and Sauces with venison, but I do like to receive Blue Apron 2-3 times per month. For us it is worth the cost because we are not wasting any food and getting portion sizes we need, and the most importantly the ingredients are fresh, healthy and I do not have to shop for them. I love the variety of meals and feel like I am gaining so many cooking tips, tricks and experience in the kitchen.

After putting them together, I look at my creations and think; WOW, I made that. I Rule this Kitchen.

So those are my thoughts on Blue Apron. I was in no way compensated for this post other that the first two free meals when I first signed up. I just Love this Service.

Hey in other News! I just received the latest Bestowed Box. Look at these goodies.

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You can receive your membership using the discount code LOVEHEALTHY to get 10% off their Bestowed membership, available at bestowed.com/join.

Bestowed also makes a perfect gift – they offer 3, 6 and 12-month gift subscriptions. Check them out at bestowed.com/gift.

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