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January 2019

22Jan

Valentine Oreo Pops

Have you ever tried to make cake pops?  I have and the result was #pinterestfail.  I’m going to leave cake pops to the bakers!  But, I love the way they look and it’s fun to have a cute little treat on hand for Valentine’s Day.

Instead of spending hours trying to perfect my cake pop game, I figured out a cake pop hack.  This isn’t exactly a cake pop, but it’s covered in white chocolate, decorated and sits on a little stick.  And best of all, the recipe takes about 15 minutes.  If that’s not winning, I don’t know what is.

Valentine Oreo Pops

Valentine Oreo Pops Recipe

All you need is a package of oreos, white chocolate chips, some red and pink sprinkles and lollipop sticks.  (I found the sticks at Michael’s Craft store in the baking aisle.)

  1. Pour out half the bag of white chocolate chips into a microwave-proof bowl.  Cook for 30 seconds at time (stirring in between) until completely melted.
  2. Gently wiggle the stick in between each oreo.  I say gently because it’s easy to break the cookie.  I found the key was twisting the stick, using a double stuff oreo and not puttting it in too far.
  3. Spoon the melted chocolate on the top of each oreo.  It’ll come down the sides and make it look completely coated.  Place the oreo on a piece of parchment paper.
  4. Be ready with your sprinkles because the chocolate will start to harden.  We played around with different varieties of sprinkles.  I cut a heart out of a piece of paper to use as a template and that worked well too.

This would be such a fun project to do with kids.  Or it’s an easy treat to give away as gifts.  I won’t tell if you just want to make them to eat yourself!

And if you’re looking for another easy recipe for Valentine’s Day, check out my 2 ingredient mini cherry pies.

 

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21Jan

DIY Herbal Salve

One year for my birthday my mom gave me a locally made salve/body balm.  As soon as I opened it, I fell in love with the smell.  Then I put it on.  It soaked into my skin like no other lotion ever has.  I started using it on cuts and scrapes, my son’s eczema and even sunburns.  I quickly deemed it THE MIRACLE SALVE.

I’ve been using it every day for over a year.  My skin is smoother and more hydrated.  Any skin problem can be solved with this stuff.  Then, one day she went out of business.  After trying a few other salves that did not live up to this one, I decided to learn how to make it.

I looked on the back of the tin for the ingredients and started googling ‘how to make a salve.’  It’s actually quite simple.  All you need is a type of oil and either shea butter, beeswax or both.  They’re melted together and turn into a spreadable balm or salve.

The key to the salve I loved so much is the long list of herbs.  The herbs are infused into olive oil (either by the sun or over low heat).  The list looks daunting, but I found them all on Mountain Rose Herbs and Etsy.  Buy just one ounce each and it will last a very long time.

I purchased the other oils listed on Amazon as well as the shea butter and beeswax.  After making this a few times, I think I’ve finally nailed the ‘recipe’ and I’m so excited to share it with you!

DIY Herbal Salve

Herbal Salve/Balm for Extreme Moisturizing

Herb Infused Olive Oil

Take a quart jar and add 1 Tablespoon each of these dried herbs

  • St. John’s Wart
  • Calendula
  • Comfrey Leaf
  • Burdock Root
  • Black Walnut Hulls (Powder)
  • Dandelion Nettle
  • Heartsease
  • Goldenseal

Add olive oil to the top of the jar and let it sit in the sun for 2-3 weeks (stirring every other day).  If you’re in a hurry, you can do it in a double boiler for an hour.  After the olive oil is infused, strain out the herbs with a piece of cheesecloth.

How to make the salve/balm

  1. Mix 4 ounces of the infused olive oil with 1 ounce almond oil, 1 ounce hazelnut oil, 1 ounce jojoba oil and 1 ounce grape seed oil in a double boiler.
  2. Add 1.5 ounces of beeswax and 1 ounce of shea butter over low heat.
  3. Stir until completely melted.
  4. To test consistency, dip a spoon in the mixture and place in the freezer for 2 minutes.  That will be the finished consistency of the balm.
  5. Once you’ve reached your preferred consistency, add 10 drops each of peppermint, lavender, eucalytpus, patchouli and sandalwood.
  6. Pour into a container and it will harden as it cools.

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15Jan

Valentine Mini-Session 2018 Orange County / Los Angeles

Valentine Mini-Session 2018 Orange County / Los Angeles

Celebrate Valentine’s with a mini-session for your kids or the whole family!  You can use my valentine’s day themed (simple) props or just use the scenery and take photos you’ll love forever.

The mini-sessions will be on February 2 at Huntington Beach Central Park.  The session fee is $100 and the digital image fee is an additional $300 for kids OR an additional $350 for the whole family.

Click the link below to sign up and reserve your session.  Directions will be emailed once you book your session.

February 2 2:30pm

February 2 3:00pm

February 2 3:30pm . BOOKED

February 2 4:00pm

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12Jan

Moms Getting in the Photo

We were all there for the moms getting in the photo movement.  It was the wake up call that we didn’t have as many photos of our moms that we wanted.  Moms realized their kids didn’t need them to be anything other than present. I’m so lucky to have client moms that are not only willing, but excited to get in the photo.  And when you’re happy and content, it shows.  Your kids will thank you now, in 10 years and when they are a mom themselves!

mom in the photos

 

Photos by Kristin Eldridge, Los Angeles Family Photographer

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