Archive for 2015

May Basket Tutorial

April 30, 2015

4 (2)It’s a May Day tradition to sneak up to a neighbor or a loved one’s front door and surprise him or her with a basket full of flowers, candy and other fun treats. Celebrate the first of May this year by making these fun, simple May Baskets that your family and friends will love!

Step one is to decide what you want to use for the basket itself. It can be anything you like so this is a chance to get creative. One of the easiest and most popular May Baskets is made of colorful paper rolled into a cone shape and stapled or taped along the sides. Make a handle using ribbon or string and easily hang it on a doorknob. Another easy idea is to decorate clean, empty yogurt containers (Like these from Greek Gods®) with two holes punched in each side for a ribbon handle. Left over Easter baskets also work great, and you can customize them by gluing on silk flowers, bows, and paper cutouts.

Once your have decided what you want to use for your basket, it’s time to fill it. Traditionally May Baskets are filled with flowers and sweets, but you can personalize it for whoever you are giving it to with little notes, toys, and their favorite snacks (Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery™ Cherry Almond Bars perhaps?) Your filling also depends on the type of May Basket you choose to use. If you are using a paper cone, make sure the flowers and candy or treats you put in it are not too heavy that they will cause it to tear or break. If you are using a store bought basket that is shallow, trim your flowers so that the stems fit inside the basket and aren’t sticking out everywhere.

If you are making a May Basket for your fellow gluten-free friends, fill it with some chocolates, your favorite gluten-free candy, and these super simple coconut almond chocolate chip cookies:

Ingredients:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth
  3. Scoop a small dollop of dough onto a greased cookie sheet, making sure each cookie is 1-2 inches apart
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes and let cool for 4-5 minutes before serving

Ideas to Help you Relax Before Bed

March 20, 2015

Sometimes your body is tired but your mind just can’t seem to slow down, which makes it difficult to fall asleep. We’ve come up with a few tips that may help you wind down before bedtime, and hopefully give you a more restful night and a refreshed morning

Lavender

Lavender has long been regarded a soothing herb that can help calm your body and mind. Inhaling the scent of lavender has been known to help lower the heart rate and in turn, help you relax. Try a lavender spray on your pillow or a lavender lotion like this one from Avalon Organics before bedtime.

Stretching or nighttime yoga

Light stretching or nighttime yoga can help relieve tension that has built up in your body over the course of the day and relax your muscles in preparation for sleep. It can be a full routine or a few simple stretches on your bed. This can be a great pre-bedtime ritual for the whole family to do together to wind down from the day, and a fun way to spend time together before bed!

Celestial Sleepy Time Tea

We love a nice warm cup of tea before we go to sleep, especially when it’s as soothing as Sleepytime Extra Wellness. It’s a blend of chamomile, spearmint, and valerian, an ancient natural sleep aid. Try a calming cup before bed to help melt away the stress of the day.

Make a bedtime playlist

On those nights that you’re tossing and turning and you just can’t seem to turn off your brain, music can be the answer. Try creating a playlist with all your favorite soothing songs and listen until you fall asleep. Listening to the melody or lyrics can help focus your mind on one single thing, and slowly bring you into a relaxed, sleepy state.