Sunday, July 30, 2017

Squash Fresh From Our Garden

My neighbor gave me a small plant about two months ago saying it is s squash but he is not sure what kind. It turned out to be a type of Squash we eat back in the Philippines, called 'upo'.

I cooked it the way my mother cooked it and I love ❤️ it. 

Ginisang Upo for our dinner fresh from my garden. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Facial Steamer Natural Remedy for Sinus Allergy

As I've always said and shared, Facial Steaming is the most effective natural remedy for Sinus Allergy. 

I used to drink allergy pills everyday, that even if it says "non drowsy", will still makes me drowsy the whole day. But ever since I started steaming my face at least 2 to 4 mins, before and after going to bed ( night and morning), my Sinus Congestion due to allergy stops giving me Sinus infection.

Yes, I used to go back and forth to my doctor and pharmacy for antibiotics every time I have Sinus infection, ear infections, throat infection all cause by Sinus Allergy, but I seldom see my doctor now. 

I still drink Allergy pills, once I know that some big Sinus allergy attack is coming due to season changes. Or if I forgot or lazy to Steam my face at night or  morning, but other than that, I  am all free from allergy pills.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fancy Bottles for Herb Infused Cooking Oil

I purchased this Fancy Bottles at Michaels two days ago. I have no plan to buy anything fancy at Michaels because their items are all expensive. I was just there to buy chalk coz their chalks are good quality. But then I saw this Fancy Bottles 70% off... woooolaaa!! I have been looking for a bottle to put all my Herbs Infused Cooking Oil.

I have Harvest my Herbs on my Garden and in the process of drying all of them now, so I can use it on my cooking. 

I wanted to infuse my Olive Oil with the Lemon Thyme and Mexican Oregano and this Bottles are perfect!!! 

I put it on my kitchen window and it really looks nice. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Filtering Infused Lavender Olive Oil

 I already started the process of my Lavender Essential Oil Filtration a couple of days ago, and I am so happy how it smells.

I put the Filtered Liquid of Infused Lavender Leaves in a Mason Jar and covered it with Coffee Filter.

It's been in my basement for a couple of days now and the scent on Vodka is starting to evaporate slowly... 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Recycling Coconut Oil Container

I love Coconut Oil. I use it a lot on my cooking. Not only that it is healthy choice but it also taste cook. 

I buy this Bulk Coconut Oil at Costco. The bucket looks nice and I thought of re-using it.

I put my bulk Baking Soda that I purchased at Bulk Barn. 

Instead of buying a big container, why not re use it...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Herbs 🌿 Harvest Day

Yesterday is a  Herbs 🌿 Harvest Day for me. I didn't accept any jobs and reserve the day to work on my garden and harvest herbs to start drying them.

I harvest the remaining Lavender on my Backyard and hanged them in my basement.

Then late afternoon, I Harvested few Parsley on my backyard hoping to have more before the end on summer.  I also harvested from my one year old Mexican Oregano in a pot on my front patio.

What surprised me is the Thyme that I planted last year on my backyard, that I thought was just a regular Thyme. I realized, it was a Lemon 🍋 Thyme. It smells soooo good!! 

I hanged all them outside and I will put it in the basement once the water stops dripping.

I will be using this on my cooking!!!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lavender First Harvest To Dry

It's my first time to harvest Lavender from my garden to dry. I hanged it on the stairs going to my basement because this is a place in my house that is dark, cool and dry

Every time I go to my basement, I can smell the sweet and calming scent of the Lavender and I just love it!!!

I will wait for probably two weeks to completely dry,  and start making my Home Lavender Essential Oil. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Reason To Put Plants In The Bathroom

I am putting more plants in my bathroom because not only that it looks nice, but it also purify the air in my Bathroom.

I put my 3 years Old Peace Lily Plant in my Bathroom because it's getting big and my dog can reach it on my kitchen table. I read somewhere that Peace Lily Plants is poisonous for animals. 

I tried putting my Peace Lily Plant in my living room but the sunlight is burning the leaves so I thought of putting in in our bathroom. Peace Lily is one of the Indoor Plant that is great for Bathroom because it helps in removing molds on air.

I can't wait to grow more of my Indoor Plants to put on my bathroom.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Growing New Vines to Hang Indoor

As I've said on my post about Indoor Hanging Plant Decor, that I wanted to grow more vines to hang on some of the corners of my house and so I did.

I am trying to grow this Pothos Plant in my Kitchen window and once the roots is establish, I will add it on my bathroom hanging plants 🌱 

Then this Vines I am trying to grow in my basement and see if it will survive using my Himalayan Salt Lamp as it's light source. If it survive, I will definitely grow more for some part of my basement.

It will be nice to have plants in the basement as it helps clean the air and absorb moisture as well. I really hope that  this plant can establish a root and grow in my basement .

Friday, July 14, 2017

5 Tier Wood Shelves For Plants

I have organized this Small Guest and Storage Room before but I realized I need more place for my Indoor Plants because I am planning to grow more Herbs Indoor on winter season. So I thought of buying this 5 tier wood shelves at JYSK.

It looks a lot better than the first time I decluttered this room. This room is small and humid so I think this is a good place for some of plants that needs humid environment but doesn't need too much direct sunlight, like my Jade, Evergreen and Aloe Vera plant. I put them on the window so it will get a little sunlight during the day 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lavender Olive Oil for Cooking

I tried infusing Lavender Olive Oil for cooking. It's almost a week since I started the process but I can't wait to use it in my cooking so I tried it on my baked Salmon. The taste doesn't make a lot of difference but health wise, it does!!!

Lavender is not cheap even if I have some on my backyard, so I'd rather use the leaves in making essential oil.

I am thinking of using Rosemary infused Olive Oil for cooking instead because Rosemary have stronger scent and taste than Lavender. 

I can't wait until my Rosemary Plant grow to use it on my cooking and making essential oil. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Indoor Hanging Plants Decor

I love gardening Indoor and Outdoor but it takes up so much space inside my house when it grow. Sometimes I can't believe how fast most of my plants grow. 

I started growing this Indoor vine on my Powder Room. It grow so fast so I started a new pot to put on my bathroom window. Then it grows fast again so I thought of hanging it on my kitchen since there is a hook for hanging plant by the previous owner on my house.

I never expect how nice it will look!!! So I bought 2 more hanging pot at Dollarama.

This my 3 years  Potho Plants I hanged on my Living Room.

I cut some to grow Pothos Plant from the old one,  for my bathroom but I am hanging it on my TV/ Family Room for now until I buy a hook to hang it in my bathroom.

Now I am thinking of growing some more to hang on some part of my house.

I am not sure what kind of vines is this but I think it's a Jade Potho Plant.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Making Lavender Essential Oil

It's been a week since I started the process of Making My Homemade Lavender Essential Oil. I can now see the Essential Oil coming out from the Dried Lavender Leaves. I open the bottle once and I can already smell the strong scent of Lavender..

Putting the Vodka Bottle on my kitchen is very effective on reminding me to shake it to help the essential oil to naturally come out. 

I can't wait to filter it and use it!!! And my Lavender plants are is full bloom now!! I can't wait to harvest the flowers and use it in making my Lavender Essential Oil...

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wider Pot for Mother and Small Pot for Baby Aloe Vera Plant

As I've said on my last post on putting my 2 Years Old Aloe Vera Plant in a wider Pot, here it is. I also put the baby Aloe Vera in a small pot and hopefully, it will also grow big as the mother.

I never use the Aloe Vera Juice as much as I am suppose to, on my skin care products. But since I already have enough Aloe Vera leaves 🍃 , then I might as well use it...

I love gardening!! What about you??

Friday, July 7, 2017

Abondoned 2 Years Old Aloe Vera Plant

Look how big my 2 years Aloe Vera Plant and it's having s baby. I am so surprised that this plant can grow this big because I never really give much attention to it. I just put it on the window of our small guess/storage room and water it once in a while. I guess that's the secret... not to give too much water 💦 because Aloe Vera like dry soil.

I bought this Aloe Vera Plant at IKEA 2 years ago because it was so tiny and cute. But then it got big and I have to transfer it to a bigger pot. My little garden on my living room got so crowded so I have to put it on one of our unused bedrooms upstairs that it's kinda like a storage room.

This year, I have to transfer it again to a bigger and wider pot. It's having a little baby so  I guess I am going to have another tiny Aloe Vera on another pot to grow.

I haven't tried putting it on any of my Homemade skin care product but this time I will try adding it to my body wash. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Herbs In a Pot For Indoor During Winter

My addiction to gardening is getting worst!!! 😂🌺..  Since I am starting to make homemade essential oil, I thought of growing herbs 🌿 indoor for winter. So I have Oregano, Lavender, Rosemary and Spearmint in a pot to put and grow indoor during winter.

 Aside from the purpose of making homemade essential oil, these herbs 🌿 smells good inside the house and bugs 🐜, some pests and mosquitoes hate it.  It's a natural bug and insect repellent.

How about you, do you like herbs??

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Making My Homemade Lavender Essential Oil

Yesterday, we went to this Lavender Farm at Niagara on the Lake. I took some ideas on how will I make a Mini Lavender Farm on my backyard. 

I also purchased some dried Lavender leaves to try making my own Lavender Esssential oil because I can't wait until my Lavender plant are ready for harvest then wait until the flower dry.

So here I am trying to make my own Homemade Lavender Essential Oil for the first time. 

I am using infusion process instead of Distillation because it is easier and safer. 

I put one whole small bag of dried Lavender Leaves I purchased from the farm, and soak it in Vodka. I will wait for one week or two. I put it on my kitchen to remind me to shake it as often as I can for one to two weeks. I tried opening the bottle yesterday and I can already smell the strong scent of Lavender.

The after one to two weeks, I will strain it with a coffee filter to onother bottle and wait for another two weeks using a tea cloth or coffee filter as a cover to let the alcohol to evaporate, and leave pure essential oil of Lavender. 

So let's wait and follow me in this process..

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Saving Jasmine or Sampaguita Flower Plant

I am so happy to see new leaves coming out from my Jasmine plant. I thought it was dead. I was about to throw it and re-use the pot for my other plants, but I was surprise to see those new tiny green leaves..

It was on the window of my guess bedroom. But since my guess have been using the room, I wasn't able to monitor the soil regularly. I thought she was watering it...

So I cut old branches and took it out on my front patio for direct sunlight and rain water. It worked!!! 

I will transfer it to a bigger pot before the end of summer, together with my aloe vera plant, so it will grow to a healthier indoor plant. I am glad I was able to save my Jasmine plant.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Spent Rose Petals For Bath Salt

I just deadhead spent Rose Blooms from my frontyard garden and took the petals to dry for my bath salt.

I love seeing Rose Petal floating on my bath tub while I am soaking myself. It makes me feel so relax. Aside from that, there are some benefits for the skin that I considered true.

It cleanse while it nourishes the skin. Not to mention it's antibacterial properties. 

I put about 2 cups of Epson Salt, 1/2 Cup of Baking Soda, and about 1 Cup of dried Rose Petals with about 15 drops of Esssential Oil. 

I just love it!!!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Mini Pillows with Colorful Fabric for Front Patio

I have this small pillows for few years now which I purchased in Dollarama. It's actually a Christmas pillow but I bought it because I like the size. I actually forgot about it but when I saw it when I was cleaning thr kitchen cabinet in the basement I thought of making a pillow case.

When me and my daughter went to Orfus Road, I purchased a Fabric on sale. It only cost me about $4 to buy this 1/2 yard Fabric and make it a pillow cases for these two small pillow and put it on the 2 chairs on my front patio.

It's not an outdoor fabric but who cares. It's cheap and it looks cute... 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Cleaned And New Perennials for Front Garden

I am so tired but so happy that I am finally done cleaning and putting new Perennials  on my front garden.

Maintaining my big backyard is already hard,  that's why my front garden is always neglected so it's always full of weeds. But this time, I did a lot of cleaning and I really hope that I will be able to maintain it, especially that I put new perennials to take care of.

I purchased the Fragrant Memory Rose at Walmart on sale plus the Asiatic Lily and Shiatsa Daisy from Costco. I think this is good enough number of perennials on my front garden for now. I don't want to crowd it, unless one of them won't come back next year.