Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Homemade Goodness

Since Kyle and I have gotten married, we have loved the idea of making a lot of the things that we use in our every day life in our own home. Like dish soap, lotion, fabric softener, smoothies, and detergent. There are so many things that I want to make and be able to say "Ya I make my own baby wipes..." but so far the things that we have made.... well let's just say it's harder than it looks. Our first thing that we tried was making homemade body wash. I think the final product was something like watered down melted soap. I still use it but honestly I'd rather use a bar of soap! The second thing that we attempted to make was detergent for the laundry. It surprisingly turned out really good! I think it smells great as well! It was super easy to make and the recipe that we followed said that it would last for almost 2 years until we run out. So I'm excited about not having to buy as much detergent.

Every morning Kyle and I make a smoothie from our Vitamix. It is AMAZING! If you have never had a smoothie made from a Vitamix you definitely need to try it. Kyle says it's like having a Jamba Juice every morning for breakfast! The way that we make it is super healthy. We put in about 2 cups of pure water, 2 spoonfuls of flax seeds, 2 big handfuls of fresh organic spinach, and lots of fruit. Kyle and I love making the smoothie every day! The best part that comes from drinking about 40 ounces of smoothie, each of us, every day is the energy that we get! We feel amazing and honestly it has been quite a while since we've had some sort of cold or sickness in the Tanner's home :)

The last thing that we made was lotion. Ok so we're following a recipe, I have high hopes on this one because I would love to be able to just make my own lotion every time I ran out. I melted things, refrigerated things, whipped the final product... and what do ya know... it worked! The final product looked like soft whipped lotion! I was so excited! Kyle and I poured the lotion into glass jars and put them in the bathroom. Then the real test came... I got out of the shower the next day and used my freshly made lotion. I don't know what happened but my smooth, creamy lotion somehow turned into this moose type stuff. It was so oily!! I honestly felt like I jumped into a pool of oil! The good thing is, is that the lotion will help stretch marks go away and help my skin feel healthy. But ya I probably won't use this lotion until I'm prego because I don't really have any stretch marks to put the lotion on. So for the time being I will continue to use my awesome sister-in-laws lotion! It is amazing stuff!!! If you haven't heard of her products you need to check her out! Her name is Christine Tanner and the product name is "Great". She makes everything from lotion, to chap stick, to this desitin stuff for babies! The price is good as well!

Attempting to make lotion.
Melting coconut oil and shea butter

Letting my awesome lotion cool in the fridge

Final product of my homemade lotion

Yeah can't wait to use it..... When I'm prego...
So it'll be sitting in my bathroom for quite some time.

Detergent... AWESOME stuff!!!

Smells way good too!

Green smoothie... Looks gross, tastes so dang good

The Best blender on earth!

Green smoothie! So good

The best lotion! And they all smell way good!
The best part is, is that these are homemade!

Takes away any redness in your face! Love it!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

"I DO" have a great life!

Kyle and I got married on May 11, 2012 in my backyard. It was a gorgeous, simple event and the weather was perfect! The backyard was a perfect place to have our reception/open house because there were many things that were available that kept the kids occupied while the adults conversed with each other. After the reception/open house, Kyle and I headed down to St. George where Doug Porter lent us his condo for the night. The next day we were on the road again going to Long beach, California where boarded our 7-day cruise to Cabo San Lucas. It was one of the best vacations that we have ever been on. There is nothing more exciting and adventurous then spending 7 days with your best friend and experiencing the world together. 

Married my best friend on May 11th

Loved you yesterday, Love you still, Always have, Always will!

The Money.... I mean HUNNYMOON!!

               On the beach of Cabo! It was so pretty. The water was very blue, but very cold!

We were waiting for our shuttle to pick us up at our hotel in Long Beach, California. The hotel that we stayed at was called Hotel Current, and yes.... the hotel was very current! It was very modern. Both Kyle and I were amazed at little things like the sink and even the neat chairs that were in this hotel. This is an awesome Hotel and would definitely recommend it!

This is in Cabo at the place where you can swim with the dolphins, we didn't swim with the dolphins but we were able to watch a few people who did.

We went snorkeling by the Lovers Beach in Cabo. It was so pretty. There were many fish that were colorful and bright. It was my first experience going snorkeling and I was a little nervous, but that hunk of a husband I have sitting next to me held my hand the entire time which helped me relax and enjoy this amazing experience. 

This is the famous arch in Cabo. One side of the arch is the Sea of Cortez and the other side is the Pacific Ocean. It was neat to see the two collide.

Kyle and I just after snorkeling taking a boat ride.

Kyle went paddle boarding one day. He said that it was really fun and a great experience but a huge workout! It took a little bit to get used to standing on the board and not falling off when you would come across a wave, but by the end he was a pro. 

 The view from the beach! So pretty!

The Carvinal Cruise line that we came in on. It was a very fun and entertaining cruise. 

This picture was taken as we were on our way to go on the zip line course. We took a small boat ride to get to the other side of a lake where we jumped into a van and went for a 45 minute ride up into the mountains in Puerto Vallarta. It was a great experience! Unfortunately no cameras were allowed during the zip line course, so we weren't able to take any pictures. 

At dinner on the Cruise Ship. We looked forward to every night because we were able to try new foods that we would never try if we had to pay for it. There were frog legs, lobster, and many different types of soup like strawberry soup and peach soup. It was fun being able to try new things.

While on the cruise we did everything from snorkeling, to stand-up paddle boarding, to flying through the canopies of gorgeous trees on 14 different zip lines. The cruise line was very fun; we made some friends, attended comedy shows and entertainment shows and spend quality time with each other without having the stress of life on our shoulders. We have now been married for one month, and to be honest I have no idea where the time went! It seems like yesterday that we said "I do" to one another. We have never been happier and are excited to see what life brings us in the next 50 years.