Monthly Archive for July, 2015

Teeny Tiny School Supplies

And with this last project of Claire's, the School Supply Shopping is DONE! Tee hee!! *snort*

And with this last project of Claire’s, the School Supply Shopping is DONE! Tee hee!! *snort*

*Click photo to enlarge.

Kicking Diet Coke to the Curb

This is the closest to "my name on something" I've ever gotten!

It’s as close to my name on anything that I’ve ever seen!

Guess what I’ve given up? Yes, it’s true. My husband found this one for me when we went to Pearl Harbor in June. Isn’t he sweet? *swoon*

But, yes. I’ve given up Diet Coke. I’ve been dropping peppermint in my water and guess what? After working through my stash, I’ve not purchased anymore, and I don’t even crave it. I’ve not felt sluggish. I’ve not had any headaches. No, REALLY. I couldn’t believe it either. (I’d given up all caffeine for two years when pregnant & breastfeeding, so I knew I could do it…I just wasn’t sure how it would go this time around.)

My husband and Claire are still leery, but so far I’ve not had to dip into the Bail Money Stash at ALL. ‪#‎Allegedly‬

I’m putting together a post about it, but I’m amazed. I’ll try not to hurt myself patting myself on the back. 🙂

This is the water bottle I'm using now. It's "Glasstic," meaning it's glass on the inside and plastic on the outside. Pretty nifty!

This is the water bottle I’m using now. It’s “Glasstic,” meaning it’s glass on the inside and plastic on the outside. Pretty nifty!

Oh, and for the record, I can’t stand coffee and never drink it. So, this means I’m officially caffeine free in the beverage dept. Yeah!

We live outside.

In the summer, the square-footage of our house expands drastically.

Nighttime Reading in the hammock

Nighttime Reading in the hammock

The “3, 2, 1, DONE” Bath Soak

I promise The Casual Perfectionist is about more than Essential Oils, but I *have* to share my latest find! I love sharing potions. Here is another one we tried!

I stumbled across a recipe for a Bath Soak, and as luck would have it, I had all the oils I needed in my trusty kit.

3 2 1 Done BathSoak

I already keep Epsom Salt on hand and use that for soaking in the bathtub already. To the 1 cup of Epsom Salts, I added 3 drops of Lavender, 2 drops of Stress Away, and 1 drop of Peppermint. (Get it? 3… 2… 1… Ahhh.) Sitting in a steamy bathtub with this potion can do wonders.

It feels so good, both Claire and I have tried it, and LOVE it.

Today’s Potion: Glass Cleaner

I’m new to this oil stuff, so when I see recipes that will replace what I use now AND use ingredients I have on hand, I can’t help but experiment. Today’s potion? Glass & Mirror Cleaner.

I have always used “the blue stuff,” and it works, but I’ve never been a big fan of the smell or how it makes my lungs feel.

These ingredients?

> Water
> White Vinegar
> Lemon Essential Oil**
> Thieves Cleaner **

Sounds easy, right?

The recipe I found online made a bigger batch than I wanted, so I broke it down for my little 1-cup-ish glass bottle:

1 cup water
1/2 tsp white vinegar
3 drops Lemon Essential Oil**
1/2 a capful of Thieves Cleaner**

The result?

I COULDN’T STOP USING IT. First of all, it smells SO GOOD. Second, it works BETTER than the blue stuff I’ve been using. Yes. Really.


Definitely keeping this one in my bag of cleaning tricks!!

You old-timers are probably chuckling at me. Who knew these oils work this well? Seriously.

And, yes, I’m a good little girl and store the bottle with a cap, removing the sprayer and cleaning it out. See? I’m learning!

** I use Young Living Essential Oils. If you’re interested in learning more, check out my Essential Oils tab above or by clicking here.

A Passion for Potions

You may have noticed some subtle changes here at The Casual Perfectionist. I’ve changed some pictures on the landing page. I’ve added a tab at the top.

What have I gotten into now? Well, as with most stories here at The Casual Perfectionist, there’s a short version, and there’s a long version.

Claire and I have a new game. I cover the label, and she guesses the Essential Oil ingredients. (She’s REALLY good at it!)

Oh, who am I kidding? They almost always end up being the long version… 🙂

In the past, I’d heard about “Essential Oils,” but I never gave them a second thought. I didn’t really understand them, nor did I feel they would fit into my life. Fast forward to our wonderful trip to Hawaii in May, and both Claire and I got severely sunburned while on a Beach Day in Maui.

Yes, I know I sunburn.
Yes, I know how to apply sunscreen.

…despite evidence to the contrary.

It was a comedy of errors that landed us in our predicament, and there wasn’t anything proactive we could do at that point. (In my defense of Claire’s sunburn, she’d insisted on doing her sunscreen on her face HERSELF. She told me she did it. I believed her. The sun made her fib quite evident. Apparently when your mom slathers sunscreen on you your entire life, you don’t really think you NEED sunscreen. Wrong-o!)

My go-to for all things sunburn-related has always been Aloe. We always bring a bottle with us when we travel.

A teeny, tiny bottle.
A bottle that we discovered would coat only one part of one part of one of us…and that wasn’t going to be enough.

I hobbled down to the ship’s store and purchased a tube of Aloe.

Not only did the Aloe we bring offer no relief, the new tube didn’t either…but what can we do!? I kept slathering it on, hoping the tide would turn.

We were eating one of the awe-inspiring meals in the unbelievable buffet (can you tell we’re new to cruising?), when a woman in a captain’s uniform makes her way through the dining room. She stops at our table and says, “Oh, it looks like you ladies have had fun in the sun!” We chat, and she proceeds to tell me about how I need to get some Hawaiian Kukui Nut Oil for our burns.

What? An oil? Are you out of your mind, lady!?

I politely listened to her and she was quite adamant about it.

The Aloe wasn’t working, and we were desperate. I made another trip to the ship store that night and found a section that had the Hawaiian Kukui Nut Oil.

I begrudgingly bought it.

You know what?

I could put clothes on without crying. I could sit without wincing. The pain wasn’t completely gone, and the redness was still there, but it wasn’t puffy. Claire’s face went many shades lighter within a couple hours.

I was amazed. We dutifully slathered on this oil, and it was amazing how quickly we bounced back from this big ol’ stupid situation.

But then I got to thinking…oil? Maybe there is something to this oil craze.

When I got back, I started researching. There are Essential Oils that can assist with a myriad of different things, from sleep to stress to cleaning your house with natural products. I really had no idea.

Essential Oils are not new. In fact, they’re very, very old. I was so intrigued!

I have a friend who lives near me that dabbles in Young Living Essential Oils. I contacted her, because I was curious. What do these oils smell like? We don’t like things with fragrance here…but I discovered that what we don’t like are artificial fragrance. The “real” smells of the therapeutic grade oils are actually quite pleasant. As with anything, some do not appeal to me, and some have grown on me, and we all have our own tastes, but I was pleasantly surprised.

So, after thinking about it, I decided to sign up for the wholesale discount. I bought the starter kit to see what this is all about, and I’m finding new things to integrate into our lives here every day. I love sharing what I’ve learned and helping others get their oil fixes, too. (Fixes? See what I did there? Punny!)

I got the whole kit, because you get a deal on all these things together, AND you get the wholesale discount on any future orders.

If you’re interested in checking this out and/or getting a wholesale discount, let me know. I’ve set up a tab above for Essential Oils, and my Young Living link can found by clicking here or on the photo above.

My husband, in true form, has started calling me a Witch Doctor. He teases me about my potions and snake oils. Life wouldn’t be the same if he didn’t do that! 🙂

Despite all the jesting, at the end of the day, he asks me to rub a pain relief concoction on his back and then asks for the one that works on bug bites.

At this rate, I’m going to have to order him his own bottle. 🙂

Curious about what this is? Let me know. I’d love to share what I’m learning! I love discovering this new-found passion for old potions. I learn something new every day, and it never ceases to amaze me.

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The Fort

We’ve upgraded things at The Hotel Rasmussen, and we had fancy-schmancy electronic theatre seating recliners delivered for the Entertainment Room.

With big-ticket items come big boxes.

“I’m going to make Claire a little fort!” my husband declared. “I’ll just use one of the boxes. It will be simple.”

Nothing that man does is simple, so when he got out TWO of the boxes, the hot glue gun, and an exacto knife I wasn’t truly surprised. (The tarp was an addition, because apparently it rains now in Colorado. Who knew?)

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Fort original location

Claire had a friend over for an all-day playdate, so they were able to play in the fort.

They also took a break, because that can be exhausting.

They also took a break, because playing can be exhausting.

Then, when they discovered raiders on the horizon, they leapt to action.



…so they did with super-soakers. (I then had them water my plants. I’m a practical multi-tasker, if anything.)

I’ll admit, it’s a great fort, but I got tired of it on the deck. So, last night, my two enginerds scoped out new locations.

They found one in the back 40.

They opted to use the natural resources of the area to secure the fort.

They opted to use the natural resources of the area to secure the fort.

The child labor laws have always been lax around these parts.

The child labor laws have always been lax around these parts.

This particular post was installed inside the fort, through the floor, to keep it in place. Worked like a charm!

super cool new fort

It got too dark to take more photos, so I ventured out today to snap some more.

Fort 1

Fort 2

I love it.
I love Claire’s simple, little, tiny fort.

Woodsy Feel of the Fort

It has a woodsy feel.


So, to the rest of the visitors headed to The Hotel Rasmussen this summer? Your Guest House is ready. 😉