AeroGarden Tiny (Cherry) Tomatoes

Just wanted to add a few photos I took here and there of the harvests of my tomato plant growing in the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra (LED).  It’s been going for like a year now, and just keeps on producing, one harvest after another after another, and now there are more flowers all over!

Above are several different harvests, the plant before and after pruning (be sure to remove dead leaves and trim it for the best health and optimum production) – and as you can see, even though I’ve been lazy often, and sort of neglected pruning it/cleaning it up, it’s been VERY hardy and just keeps on giving.  VERY easy to grow.  (If you couldn’t tell, I’m quite fond of my AeroGardens)

Before I forget, here are the seeds I used for this plant.  One seed grows a huge plant so quick and just keeps producing, I feel like I’m going to get another whole year out of this one!

My random tip for easily storing seed packets: fold them down then use a hair pin to keep them pinched closed.

Did I forgot to mention how just OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD-DELICIOUS the ripe tomatoes are right off the vine? Pick a few, give them a quick rinse, and just pop them in your mouth like cherries. So very sweet and tasty.  Year round and super simple.

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DIY Layered Scented Beeswax Candle

I had some wax leftover from making chapstick, and figured I’d try making a candle with it!  It turned out awesome, so without further ado, I’m sharing!

You will need:

Get started!

  1. Take your candle jar, and fill it with beeswax (to measure how much you will need), and pour it into a Pyrex measuring cup or other container safe for high heat.  Measure out the same amount again, and set aside
  2. Cut a piece of the crayon for the bottom layer of the candle and add it to the measuring cup with the beeswax.  Use as much or as little as you like, depending on how dark of a shade you want the candle to be.  I used a lot for the bottom layer (and less for the top layer to make it a few shades lighter)
  3. Get a saucepan or another stove-top safe container, place the measuring cup with the beeswax and crayon inside it, and fill the saucepan with water, making sure the level isn’t too high and you don’t get any water inside the measuring cup
  4. Place over medium-high heat, and heat until melted, stirring occasionally with the butter knife
  5. While your beeswax is melting, secure the candle wick to the center of the bottom of your candle jar with a bit of glue
  6. Remove the measuring cup from heat and let sit for a few minutes, then stir in the fragrance: use as much or as little as you’d like (10-20 drops for a smaller candle)
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  7. Making sure to keep the wick straight, pour the now-scented melted wax mixture into the container, it should fill it about halfway
  8. While it cools, repeat steps 4-7 with the other half of the beeswax you reserved in step 1, using either a different colored crayon, or, as I did, adding less for a lighter color this time.  You can also use a different scent to mix in, just make sure it would compliment the first one
  9. Let your candle cool at room temperature, trim down the wick to about a half-inch, or leave it to trim before use
  10. Top it off with a lid if you got one, and store until ready to use 🙂
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CAUTION: Please please please, be VERY careful with handling things in this how-to, they get very hot.  The water is clearly boiling, the glass heats up and can burn you, and clearly the wax is HOT HOT HOT.  Just please use common sense and handle things with care.  Good luck and happy upcycling!

NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite.  You are of course, welcome to purchase them from any other source 🙂 these links may earn me a few cents if you do make the purchase using them.

Simple Facial Moisturizer

EDIT: This one is my favorite BY FAR! You only need a little at a time, so it lasts a while, it goes in REALLY smooth, and smells great!  Not to mention, super easy to make.  No more store-bought moisturizers for me!

Sometimes, less is more, and this one has the base ingredients for a very smooth application, and it won’t clog your pores!  In addition, the oils in this recipe are all known to help with acne, so it made my PMS much less crappy by clearing my breakout and preventing more! 🙂

Here’s what I used:

Same how-to as always:

  1. Heat all the ingredients except for the glycerin and essential oils in a double-boiler (or as I do, in a Pyrex cup submerged partially in boiling water)
  2. Add the glycerin and essential oils
  3. Mix!!!
  4. Pour into your container
  5. Let cool in fridge
  6. Apply the wonderfulness!  You only need small amounts at a time, so this will last you a while 🙂

 

NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite.  You are of course, welcome to purchase them from another source, or try a different brand, but please ensure you read some reviews first, and get quality, organic ingredients, for something you will be putting on your body.