Geocaching and enjoying nature!

Lately it’s been getting really bitter and cold out with Winter approaching. I struggle with my mental health during the colder months and tend to isolate myself because being inside and being warm feels a lot better than being cold and miserable. We’ve had some days that reached around 3C but most days are below 0 now. It’s been really difficult for me already and it’s only going to get colder. Today was weird, I stepped outside and it was 12C!! Usually we only get this warmth when it’s raining and there’s not a lot we can do in the rain, but the sun was shining. My husband took the kids out to play ball hockey in the driveway while I poked around in the woods behind our house. Eventually we decided the weather was too nice to stay home and we packed the kids into the jeep to head to the Wetlands Nature Trails for some fresh air and nature therapy!

As soon as we hit the trail we noticed a tiny painted stone sitting near one of the wood carvings. I told my husband I had heard about people putting these painted rocks around town for people to find and we agreed it was a really neat concept, like a massive easter egg hunt. It reminded me of Geocaching, which has a similar concept, if you haven’t heard of Geocaching, pleeeeease do yourself a solid and check out Geocaching.com! So yeah, we decided to see if any Geocaches were hidden in the area while we were there and sure enough there was one listed further in the trail, so we punched it into the GPS and made our way there. Along the way we noticed more of these painted rocks, the kids were going crazy for them, keeping points for each one they found, admiring them for a minute, and then putting them back for others to enjoy.

We had to go into the woods off the trail to find the Geocache but luckily it was an easy find and I spotted it just as hubby walked past. It was tucked inside a cute old tree stump and was in really good condition! Hopefully this cache will be around for a few good years. We left something and took a small homemade heart. Then we set out to finish the trail. By the end of our walk we had found at least thirty or more of these painted stones, it was an absolutely fantastic day!

DIY: Hemp Oil Facial/Hair Oil

I had a really great weekend doing tons of crafty and artsy fartsy things. I have been slacking in that department for a long time. They had always been more than hobbies for me, they were literally my medicine, my soul cleansing me-time. I feel so GOOD about all the things I did this weekend that I feel inclined to share it with you guys. I will be sharing them in a series of posts over the next few days! I considered doing one big clusterfuck post of all the DIYs I did this weekend but for the sake of organization and not overwhelming my followers, I’ve decided to give it to you in small doses. 🙂

Hemp Oil Facial/Hair Oil
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Okay so this one is probably the most minimal effort thing I did this weekend, but somehow I was most excited about it. I’ve been having nasty acne outbreaks lately so I wanted to find a completely natural way to combat it. Hemp Oil is incredibly beneficial for your skin, with lots of fatty omega 3’s, disinfectant properties, and quick absorption, this was a no brainer carrier oil for me. It’s great for people with sensitive skin.

What you need:
– A small, empty bottle to hold your product
– Hemp Oil
– Tea Tree Oil
– Other Essential Oils of your preference!
– Probably a funnel (unless you’re feeling brave)

How to Mix them:
– Fill your bottle 2/3 of the way with your Hemp Oil
– Add 5-7 drops of Tea Tree Oil (Keep in mind this oil can be very potent, but has incredible benefits)
– Add 2-3 drops of the Essential Oil of your choice, personally I chose Lavender and Lemongrass as they both have great effects on the skin and smell lovely!
– Replace the lid to the bottle and shake the shit out of it to ensure the essential oils are thoroughly diluted.

How to Use:
Using it is really simple, cover the opening with your finger and tip to saturate your finger in the oil, or use a dropper if you prefer. Then massage the desired amount onto clean skin. I use the excess on my finger tips to massage into my scalp to promote healthy hair growth! Hemp Oil and Tea Tree Oil are both infamously great for hair.

Shelf Life / Expiry:
Hemp Oil tends to have a low shelf life (in my opinion), so be sure to write it down somewhere so you don’t end up using spoiled product. To increase the shelf life of your products, you might choose a brown bottle instead of a clear one, to preserve the oils.

 

The Scribbler lives!

So it’s been a hot minute since I’ve really updated my blog, minus a few random ramblings here and there and if I’m being honest, I really miss blogging! I’ve had a pretty crazy year so far and I have so much to fill everyone in on but I’m going to do it in bits and pieces because it’s going to take some time. Off the top of my head I can tell you I went to Europe, my kids are growing and doing all kinds of cool and funny shit, I went back on medication for my ADHD for the first time since I was like 17-18, I was diagnosed with a gross thing called Endometriosis, I mean this year has been something else!

The most important thing is I’m back and I renewed my domain with a new fresh name! I was going by The Super Scribbler under the domain katlynblair.com because thescribbler.ca was unavailable back then. LOW AND BEHOLD! It’s available now, I snagged it, it’s miiiiine.

*Cuts Ribbon*

Welcome to the new and improved blog, hold onto your panties ya’ll, I’m back!

20 Links That Will Make You Fall In Love With StumbleUpon, again! (2nd Edition)

You may remember the first edition I did, it was pretty popular gaining over 13k views. Well, I’m here now with round two. Here are 20 new links that will make you fall in love with StumbleUpon all over again! These are links and breathtaking photos I found and enjoyed while stumbling around, I hope something catches your eye and encourages you to start stumbling too! StumbleUpon is a gold mine of knowledge, mindless games, and bizarre oddities you wouldn’t find otherwise!

Staggering Beauty
Weird Skill Books
100k Stars
Tiny House Tour
11 Drinking Games
The key to happiness?
Ragdoll
Beauty Hacks
What is your acne telling you?
Draw a stickman
Letters by kids
Important Tumblr Revelations As Told by Buzzfeed
Lexophiles
Stop Misspelling These Words
Hilarious Online Voting Contests Gone Awry
Factslides
Skittles Vodka
Hair Hacks
Deep Space Photos
What Colour Are You? 

Some Beautiful Photographs:

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Bittersweet Sundays

I think Sunday is both my favourite and my least favourite day of the week. I find something really peaceful about Sundays, like mellowing out after a chaotic week, the calm before the storm; Mondays. However, it’s my least favourite because there’s always that cloud looming overhead reminding me that hubby has to head back to work the next morning, that our week has to start all over, that Sunday will be over when we awaken. Today we took the kids outside and Hubby practiced some Yoga in the backyard with me, we replanted a bush that was growing up on our siding, and then we all hopped in the car and went out for lunch and Ice Cream. It was awesome, sunny, and we had three happy little children. When we got home I did a bit more Yoga outside with my youngest son playing nearby and then went inside and did some more in my bedroom. It was one of those days where I took advantage of the nice weather and free time. Hopefully we can manage a trip to the beach in the next few weeks before Hubby has to go away for a few weeks for training. 😦

Hope you all took full advantage of your Sunday and made it a Sunday Funday. In fact, I hope you are trying your best to make every day a funday. It’s what you make of it.

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4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge!

I found numerous variations of this recipe online and had to tweak it many times to get the consistency I wanted. This peanut butter fudge could NOT be easier! It’s rich and creamy and so easy to make. Perfect for gifts or just to satisfy your sweet tooth! 🙂

~25 SERVINGS (pieces)
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INGREDIENTS
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
3/4 Cup Soft Butter/Margarine
2+ Cups Confectioner’s Sugar

TOOLS
1 Saucepan/pot
A measuring cup and measuring spoons
Mixing spoon
Dish for fudge
Cutting board / Knife

PREP TIME
5 min
TOTAL TIME
7 min

1. Combine your Peanut Butter and Butter in a saucepan over Medium Heat. Let your mixture sit for approximately 2 minutes, stirring occasionally to combine.
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2. While you’re letting your peanut butter and butter mixture melt, take this time to combine 2 Cups of Confectioner’s Sugar with your 1/4 tsp of Salt. Then be sure to grease/butter a dish to put your fudge in. Alternatively you can put wax paper or greased aluminum foil inside the dish to make removing your fudge easier later on! Personally I put mine in a glass dish which I do not butter because my mixture tends to be a bit oily when finished anyway and slides right out.
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3. Once your liquid mixture is thoroughly melted, stir it together completely to ensure it’s smoothly combined, then pour it into your confectioner sugar/salt mixture.
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4. Stir your mixture together and continue adding confectioner’s sugar until the mixture is pliable enough to form a soft ball if you wanted to. But be sure that it is NOT crumbly. It should feel a bit oily to the touch but be solid enough that you can mold it.
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Still needs more confectioner’s sugar!
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Final Result!
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5. Once you’ve reached the proper consistency, put the mixture into your dish and spread/smooth it out evenly (Or you could use cutter’s to do fun shapes, up to you!). Then put it in the fridge for ~2 hours to cool.

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6. Remove from the fridge then remove the fudge from the dish and place it on a cutting board and cut into squares or whatever shape you’d like.
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TIP: You can take paper towel and dab the fudge down prior to cutting if you want to remove some of the excess oil at this point!

You’re done!!

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ENJOY!
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