Thursday

I am BACK + NEW website Design





I am back and ready to get going on awesome things happening in The Valley!!  I'm totally revamping the entire website and can't wait to show you!

Until then follow along on Instagram @sweetlifeinthevalley 








Monday

Sweet Home Life * Homemade Natural Cleaner




Cleaning is, of course, a never-ending job. As with all tasks around the home, my philosophy is that it is always easier and more enjoyable if you have a good tool and good products to work with for your job. We try to keep things natural and non-toxic when it comes to cleaning our home so I make this recipe for my kitchen and bathroom cleaner. This all-purpose all natural spray cleaner recipe is easy to make & cheap as can be. The vinegar in it is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial & anti-fungal so it kills all those little bugs. It is also very safe to use around the kitchen & your children.

Items needed:
-32 oz Spray bottle
-8to 10 drops Dr. Bronner's castile peppermint, lavender or almond liquid soap - 5 to 10 drops of our favorite essential oils for added fresh scent
-1/2 cup white vinegar
-2 teaspoons Borax
Combine all ingredients in spray bottle fill bottle the rest of the way with water then tip bottle back and forth gently until ingredients are mixed. Less that a $1 a bottle to make. You can't beat that!
Did you know that Borax is a natural mineral that is used to kill ants & fleas and is anti-fungal.

Wednesday

Must Have Gardening Tools * Sweet Gardening



Spring is here! It's time to plan your garden if you haven't already. These are a few of my must have garden tools. I use them all daily when gardening. The watering can is great for hanging plants. I don't like the sun in my face so a good hat is a must. Hand tools are soo important for planting and weeding.  A good pair of gloves will save your hands and cuticles. A cart to carry away weeds or carry larger tools around the yard is helpful.
What are your must have gardening tools?



Thursday

One Great Recipe * Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries with Dipping Sauce

French Fries are one of my favorite foods. Sweet potato fries come in a close second. One of my favorite things to do is to add some fresh rosemary to the sweet potatoes while frying in the oil. The rosemary releases the flavors into the cooking oil and adds a slight hint of rosemary to the fries. You can cut and fry fresh sweet potatoes but I have found frozen sweet potato fries work just great. Maybe even better. We used the Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz here.


I make a simple dipping sauce to go with the Sweet Potato Fries made of mayonnaise and a hickory smoked bbq sauce. It is very easy to make. Simply add equal parts hickory smoke bbq sauce to a bowl. Add 1 tsp of cracked black pepper. Using a butter knife mix in a criss cross back and forth. Do not over mix. This way you will get a good flavor blend while dipping. Super easy & super delicious.






This project has been compensated as part of a #OreIdaFries shopping mission for Heinz with #CollectiveBias Do you have a favorite brand of fries? We are happy we were asked to write about heinz sweet potato fries because we love them- for real! 

Monday

A Little Note * Pure Essential Oils

Just a little note to let everyone to know I decided to start selling doTerra pure essential oils again. I use them so much for so many things from cooking & baking & candy making to making my own kitchen cleaner to helping my major migraines so I thought it might be a good idea to get them at whole sale pricing.

If anyone has ever wanted to try pure essential oils for cooking, baking or candy making they make great favor oils. I am getting the Cinnamon oil, Orange Oil, Peppermint Oil, and Wintergreen Oil for making candies for the holidays this year. I make my Lemon & Lime cupcakes with the lemon & lime pure essential oils for the flavoring. The Orange oil would be great for cupcakes and frosting too!

- I love to use the Peppermint oil in my water when I exercise. It gives me a little pick up to keep going.

- I use the Lavender on my kids pillows to help them get to sleep. Lavender helps with relaxing.

- I also love to use Melaleuca for any kind of fungal, bacteria or viral topical problems. One time my son got a staph infection from a public pool slide and the first thing I did was have him take a bath with the Melaleuca in it. It nipped the infection in the bud before we were even able to get to the Dr. the next day. It is one of my first aid must haves.

- One oil blend I always keep on hand includes the Breathe Respiratory Blend which is like vicksvapo rub but without the petrochemicals in it. I mix my Breathe oil with some coconut oil and rub on chest and the bottom of feet. It's great for colds and allergies.

- For migraines the perfect combo is mixing a couple of drops of peppermint oil with a couple of drops of lavender oil and rub on forehead temples and back of neck. I then use a heating pad/rice bag and put it on the back of my neck. Add some caffeine and a dark quite room and I feel much better.

If you want to order some pure essential oils let me know and I will place an order for you sweetlifeinthevalley@gmail.com subject oils


xo











P.S. If you already get oils from the health food or natural food store doTerra pure essential oils are most likely the same price or less and most likely a much better quality too. 




note-all opinions are my own.

Tuesday

Pure Essential Oils for your Headache * PastTense

Let me introduce you to my life saver. It's the doTerra PastTense- a blend of pure essential oils I use for my headaches. For me it works fast and better than pain killers. I carry it in my purse AT. ALL. TIMES. I am writing this post because I just used it on my head and the back of my neck because I had a headache coming on and wanted to stop is right way! If you get headaches give it a try.

Is there something you like to use for your headaches?

This is what doTerra has to say about it.

"PastTense dōTERRA's proprietary blend for tension and the discomforts associated with headaches, provides calming comfort with the strength of CPTG essential oils of wintergreen, lavender, peppermint, frankincense, cilantro, marjoram, roman chamomile, basil, and rosemary. Packaged for convenient application in a roll-on bottle. For aromatic and topical use."


p.s. I am an independent doTerra distributor but as always unless I believe in something and really love it I write about it other wise it wouldn't be on my blog. All opinions are my own :) 
I decided to sell doTerra pure essential oils because first, I tried them and love them and got hooked on using them for everything from making my own cleaners to adding them to my recipes to helping my headaches.  I needed to support my addiction. Second, I needed something to keep Sweet Life in The Valley thriving as in an income since I am a single mom doing it all on my own.

Sunday

Pretty Vintage Aprons * Flirty Aprons

Confession: I collect aprons. Not just any old aprons but pretty aprons. I like them to have color, charm and to look nice hanging in my kitchen as well as look nice on me. I wear aprons to cook, clean, and garden. It always makes the chore so much more pleasurable when wearing a pretty kitchen apron.




Flirty Aprons, you may have seen them in the mall, sent me one of their aprons. I chose the Marilyn Swanky Brunette. It has a beautiful vintage rose print with an accent of a mocha dotty print. Three things I love about it... 1} the vintage roses 2} the layers of ruffles 3} the fit. It fits better than a lot of aprons I have tried on. Who knew you had to try on an apron to see if it fits well. I didn't until I started my collection.



Flirty Aprons is having a fun contest Flirty Aprons ~ Freedom from domestication with a little Sugar n’ Spice campaign. Get 20 % off  with the promo code BB20 on aprons for the next six weeks. For their contest you purchase a new Flirty Apron and then create a video of you creatively destroying one of your ugly old aprons. All YouTube videos must include Flirty Aprons on the title.



This posting was sponsored by Flirty Aprons through Broadcast Bloggers. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday

In The Garden * First Fruits


The first signs of a garden harvest are in my garden. This year I planted 5 varieties of peppers. This is my first Jalapeno popping out.


Over the weekend I roasted peppers with chef Jeffrey Saad at the Waldorf Astoria in Park City. I am so excited to try roasting each of the varieties and tasting the differences in their flavors and planning recipes around them.

This is my first heirloom tomato growing nicely. It's the first year I have grown heirloom tomatoes and they are coming along wonderfully.


The basil is ready to use. Tonight we are making grilled margarita pizzas with garden fresh basil on top. And for dessert we are making these yummy chocolate chip cookies.


All the herbs are coming along very well. I am so exited for my dill. I am going to be pickling thin sliced onions, green beans, peppers and cucumbers this year.


Much of our little forest of mint is being transplanted over in the corner of the yard under the hammock. I will make a nice cool refreshing and relaxing nap in the summer afternoons.
How is you garden coming along this year?

Friday

HELLO LIVE



Hello all my Sweet Life in The Valley friends!

I just wanted to pop in and give you an update on what I've been up to just in case you haven't been over to Sweet & Simple Magazine in a while.

I'm organizing and hosting a conference! Yes, a conference and it's all about using Facebook Live, Periscope and Youtube Live/Connect.

Guess what?
If you're a blogger, social media influencer, a small business owner or a brand you should be using at least Facebook Live right now! If you sell Jamberry, Norwex, doTerra etc, etc, etc you should be using these apps. I mean it, Right now! These apps are a new way to connect with your true potential readers and customers in an authentic and very effective way.

I just watched a girl on periscope last night who was talking about her Jamberry business. I asked her if she was using Facebook Live in her Jamberry Facebook group and she said she just started using it and it totally changed her business and she can't wait to do more Facebook Live parties!

If you you're not sure where to start with Facebook Live, Periscope or Youtube Live/Connect you should join us at the HELLO LIVE Conference. We'll teach you how to use these apps from how to login and the features of the apps to more advanced ways of using them.

If you're on Facebook you might have seen some of your favorite people using Facebook Live like Holly Homer from Quirky Momma or Alison Prince (Utah local!) and Shelley Coates from How Does She These amazing ladies have 2.6 million and 1.5 million followers so chances are you've seen something they or their contributors have posted. They are killing it on Facebook Live! Holly was named by Mashable as one of the top 10 Facebook Live Stars to watch!

Guess what all 3 of the Bloggers/Social Influencers/ Facebook Live Stars will be spilling the beans at HELLO LIVE and sharing their tips with us on how they are killing it on Facebook Live.



Here is some more info about HELLO LIVE, our theme and a link to the tickets which by the way are SUPER affordable! Only $57 each person for the group/team tickets and only $95 for the individual tickets.

BUT HURRY prices go up on July 4th.

I know what it's like just starting out with a very small budget and I wanted to make HELLO LIVE accessable for everyone.


It's time to be more confident, more influential, more prepared and more ready to just be you! LIVE.
Learn how to use the newest and most influential form of social media networking and marketing,
 HELLO LIVE is an interactive live streamed conference for influencers & small businesses.
 Broadcasting LIVE from the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Park City, Utah AUG 26 & 27 2016


P.S. If you're in Utah you should join us at our Friday night party in Park City. It's going to be sooooo much fun! 
Tickets will be free for all HELLO LIVE ticket holders on a first come basis so don't wait to buy your ticket!


xo




Sunday

The Hearth Society is here- Hooray!!



Hello Everyone! My new premium subscription website The Hearth Society is LIVE. The Hearth Society is for makers of Food & Home. 

All this month we are giving away some of my favorite home & food items to 6 lucky winners.
 Giveaways include items from ...

Le Creuset + Fiskars + Silpat + KitchenIQ + Packit + iCoffee

All throughout December get a FREE 1 week trial membership. 
Go sign up and check it out. Merry Christmas! xo April