Beauty

Laundry Day Tips + Tricks

August 2, 2018

Hey guys! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I wanted to share a bit of my laundry routine with you. I have help with cleaning my home when my work schedule gets crazy, but we are always at work maintaining one part of the property or another. We’re constantly working towards improving and keeping everything tidy and operating smoothly.

I like to split my laundry schedule between two days. Doing bedding, linens, and towels in one day, and the rest of the clothes on another day. I wanted to share a few quick tips of mine that I use when doing my laundry.

TIP #1: Brighten Your Laundry with Lemon Juice

Did you know adding 1/4 cup of lemon juice to your wash cycle is an all-natural way to whiten your laundry? Not a fan of bleach? Give the natural route a try!

Tip #2: How to Keep Your Towels Fluffy

The more we wash our towels, the more detergent builds up and causes them to be stiff and scratchy. Adding some distilled white vinegar, and/or baking soda, to your wash cycle will help lift the built-up residue and restore your towels to their fluffy selves.

Tip #3: Use Fresh Herb Sachets

I love to add dried herbs to sachets to keep my laundry smelling fresh between washes. Here I’m using a little rosemary and eucalyptus I picked from my garden.  Place the sachet on your linens, inside your dresser drawers, or even under your pillow for the most terrific aroma that is 100% natural and FREE.

Tip #4: Use Aromatherapy Sleep Spray

A restful nights sleep is essential! One thing I love to do is to use an aromatherapy sleep mist on my bedding.  All it takes is distilled water, a few drops of sleep essential oil (can be substituted for lavender or chamomile essential oil), and a few drops of witch hazel. Shake it all up in a spray bottle and give your sheets a light misting. If you want to take it to the next level, you can even mist your sheets and then use a yardstick on a long flat object to run across the top of your bed.  This is how you get those perfectly pressed hotel sheets!

I hope you enjoyed this post.  I’m excited to keep testing out products and giving you all my honest feedback. I’m also excited that Grove is giving all of my followers a free gift with purchase offer for NEW customers. When you sign up with Grove through my link (www.grove.co/Racheltalbott) and spend at least $20 on your first order, you get this great FREE offer! It’s only available for a limited period of time, so jump on it! Free offer details include:

Grove Co. Walnut Scrubber Sponge, Set of 2
Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent 2X Concentrate
Grove Co. Wool Dryer Balls, Set of 3
Free 60-day VIP Trial
Free shipping

And if you already use Grove you can get a free set of their Walnut scrubber sponges using the same link and it’ll auto apply.


XO,
Rachel

Home

My Garden Update

June 19, 2018

This week Byron and I will be married 11 years. We started our life together in a 900 sq ft apartment, and we had a small garden on our balcony with 2 or 3 herbs. We have enjoyed the process of expanding our knowledge and experimenting with our garden over the years. My husband is good at many things, including his green thumb. He’s been experimenting with very basic farming on our property, and we are excited to expand over the next several years. We just bought a tractor, so we have a bit of work to accomplish once we get started. Here’s where we are at so far.

The front of our property has a few citrus trees, a garden bed, and my husband started experimenting with some landscaping. We have spaghetti squash, carrots, radishes and watermelon growing. For landscaping, my husband had the vision to have flowers growing under the base of the tree, so he started the process.

He prepped the soil under this tree, and then you can see in the second picture the start of one of the trees.

Close up of the flowers we planted under the trees and the water system Byron installed.

Our rosemary bush is going crazy!! It’s so big that the dogs often run through it and smell quite lovely! I wash before using of course (=

In an effort to create more privacy on our property, in addition to a more aesthetically pleasing front yard, we planted a variety of jasmine that creeps along the fence. It’s growing beautifully.

We have a eucalyptus tree growing, with the most beautiful fresh eucalyptus. I love to pick some an add it to bouquets around the house. It smells divine!!

We planted white roses behind my music studio, and it’s already looking so beautiful. It was extremely bare before, and I’m loving the roses. I’m excited to be able to step outside my studio and pick some fresh roses.

My husband planted my favorite flowers outside of my studio. He was the first boy to ever send me my favorite flowers (Gardenias) and we also had them all over our wedding. It was such a romantic gesture for him to plant me an entire garden of them. They smell absolutely intoxicating.

Some of these herbs we’ve had from the conception of our garden. We are growing sage, cilantro, thyme, oregano, several varieties of mint, spearmint, chocolate mint, orange mint. We have lemongrass, anise & chamomile too!

My husband built this beautiful garden bed for even more chamomile. Can’t wait to make organic chamomile tea.

Our newest test was a small pumpkin patch for the fall. It takes about 130 days for pumpkins to grow, so we have a bit to go. We are seeing some sprouts, but our puppy Jazzy has been a little bit of a bad girl and digging up some of the seeds. We are growing giant pumpkins, fairytale pumpkins, and Jack-o-lanterns. If our puppy lets them grow, they should arrive around early October. Fingers crossed.

We also have cucumbers and a variety of peppers growing in our garden bed located in the backyard.

So that’s where we’re at.  Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed.


XO,
Rachel Talbott

Food

Foodie Vibes: Iconic Cafe

June 13, 2018

Hey Guys!
It’s been a minute since I’ve had a chance to get out and grab a bite…Between camping trips, school drop-offs, keeping a house with 3 acres of dirt clean (seems impossible at times), and raising a couple of rambunctious boys, dining out has become a distant memory!  Luckily, when I was able to squeeze in a lunch between errands, I knew exactly where to go. Hearing raves about a new spot in town, I headed for Iconic Eats.

Let’s start with the main and work our way back because MY GOODNESS you can’t go wrong with the pizza we ordered. The Truffalo Cauliflower Pizza is delicious and then some! We opted to make it vegan, with cauliflower and cashew cheese, but chicken and cheese are available if that’s more your thing. This place definitely caters to many types of eating. Classic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Keto—there’s a little something for everyone.

Cooked in a traditional pizza oven, the crust is classic (not too thick and not too thin), while the rest is certainly a unique and tasty reimagination of the pizza we’ve all known. Topped with a truffle infused buffalo sauce (mind-blowing), red onions, parsley, cauliflower, and a house-made cashew cheese, this pizza is going in for the win! With the perfect amount of savory, heat, and tangy flavor goodness, all the components were there.  Not too crunchy, but able to hold the toppings without flopping, packed with flavor, and a filling treat. A re-order, no doubt!

Back to the start(ers), we ordered a side of fries and roasted veggies (only $3.50 each) and they were massive! Flavor was on point all around.  The fries were golden and crispy with an added bonus of a balsamic reduction drizzled on top. Got to appreciate the details. The veggies were tossed in oil, roasted, and seasoned with salt, which could have been a little lighter, but altogether both sides were well worth the modest price tag and definitely hit the spot.

Iconic Eats definitely found a new patron in me and is an easy crowd pleaser with the classic, vegan, gluten-free, and keto alternatives to almost every dish! I love seeing a restaurant be so inclusive of all types of eating and they’re nailing the recipes at that! Everyone wins with this one.


Hope you enjoyed this post!

XO,
Rachel

Home

Garden Diary: Home Depot Garden Event

June 1, 2018
Hey Guys!
 Over the weekend Byron and I got an invitation from Home Depot and PopSugar to attend a special garden-to-grill event. We don’t get many chances to get out these days, but since this was right up our alley (with everything we’re working on #aroundthehouse) we definitely wanted to attend. The event was held at the most stunning Victorian-style farmhouse in the heart of Hollywood—the Lombardi House.
 As a family, we’ve been spending way more time outdoors lately.  Moving from stacked suburbia to open ranch land will do that to you. As much fun as space can be, it involves a TON of work and head scratching…Why is my lawn covered in holes? How come the grass grows over there, but not over here? Why are these insects dead set on destroying every herb in our garden?! Hence, the best part of the event! They had gardening experts there to help us with the plethora of questions we had about upping our green thumb game!
 Very inspired to do a vertical garden, like this one.  They’re simply stunning and definitely on my radar as my hubby and I experiment with our gardening and craftsman skills.

One of the biggest issues we’ve been facing has definitely been the insects assassinating our herbs overnight. You may have seen that we’ve been planting and drying herbs to experiment with cooking and DIY tinctures and tonics. The only problem is the bugs seem to do more experimenting than we can! After chatting with one of the experts at the event, they recommended an outdoor insect guard by Sevin that’s specifically for herbs and produce. It’s safe for edible plants and to use around pets, so I’m excited to give it a try. How beautiful are these dried herbs they had at the event?

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Food, Health

Tea Obsession

March 12, 2018

Hey Guys,
It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE tea enthusiast! I’ve recently been delving into the coffee pool, but tea has been my jam since childhood. We’re talking 11 years old, sitting down with a cup of tea, and watching Titanic. haha

Tea is also a lifesaver for your throat as a singer. It’s a must have. Needless to say, I have a tea for every occasion.

Honey lavender is a great blend for that time of the month.  If I have a little loose red raspberry leaf, I’ll throw that into an infuser and make this blend even more potent and effective. Very soothing and a great anti-inflammatory for relieving cramps.

Tazo makes a pretty good vanilla chai if you like your tea on the toasty-sweet side.  I’m definitely a sucker for anything chai. I even sell two loose chai teas in my shop Pacific Thyme, and Tazo chai can be found at most stores.

Other brands you’ll find in my tea-stash are Celestial, Yogi, Numi, etc…Big fan of the Trader Joe’s Jasmine Green, but I was actually out this week… also loving their Winter Wake Me Up. (; Trader Joe’s to the rescue once again!

Juniper Ridge is a really great choice that I’ve been enjoying! Very earthy flavors that bring the outdoors into a cup. Also, love the sustainability and fair trade factors that this particular brand stands behind. Definitely bringing these back into Pacific Thyme when we get closer to winter! They make a Douglas Fir that is SO YUMMY!

For all my loose tea enthusiasts, I’ve been playing around with a bunch of different blends! I love the freedom that comes with making loose tea blends. This particular brand, Plum Deluxe, has a fun tea subscription which is great for keeping the selection fresh and fun.

I’ve been playing with a lot of blends by Luna Tea Company in the shop and the reaction we’ve received has been spectacular! We literally can’t keep them in stock and love supporting this maker! Her descriptions of each tea are fantastically hilarious and make a great read!

If you haven’t tried this brand yet, we currently have 10 flavors at PacificThyme.com and would love to hear your feedback on what you think about them! We want to make sure you love them as much as we do.  So far people have been raving over the Green Queen and can barely keep it in stock!

The only thing to remember with loose tea is you’ll need an infuser or loose tea bags.  If going the tea bag route, I prefer unbleached and bio-degradable! Just another way to mix up my compost and get one step closer to living a greener life.

I hope you enjoyed this post!


XO,
Rachel