Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Our Cherry Pickin' Adventures



A couple of weeks ago some of Deanne's amazing Wal-Mart friends called and ask if she would participate in a local charity. She had the privilege of going to the Christmas box to learn about this wonderful opportunity.  After this amazing experience and the great love for children that we have, It’s So Cherry has decided to become a participating partner with the Christmas Box.  Below we have included some of the information about this great charity. During the next few months, we will be encouraging our “CHERRY FRIENDS” to join us in supporting this group. We will have needs and ideas for this, also we will be taking donations to the “house” for any of our friends who chose to donate.


Mission: is inspired by the spirit and message of The Christmas Box, a book that emphasizes the beauty and importance of love for children.


The Christmas Box International: partners with local and international communities and groups to prevent child abuse and to improve the quality of life for children who have been abused or neglected.

The Organization: Each Christmas Box House serves as a one-stop assessment center for abused and neglected children, from infants through children up to the age of eighteen. Children in our care receive mental, emotional, and physical care in a home-like, loving environment. During their stay they are exposed to a variety of learning experiences.
 They participate in self-esteem building programs such as Recreational Therapy and a behavioral reward program. They receive dental and medical care and can attend school within the Christmas Box House. Our transitional therapy program helps ease the fears of the children who have been removed from unsafe homes.
 When a child enters a Christmas Box House the first thing they see is a large Christmas tree decorated year round. The children are allowed to choose a toy or stuffed animal from under the tree to join them in their experience at the Christmas Box House.
 Children stay at the Christmas Box House until an appropriate placement has been made or until their environment at home is safe to allow for their return. The Christmas Box Houses are particularly helpful to sibling groups, who would oftentimes be separated from one another because of a lack of homes that can accommodate several children at once.


    The Christmas Box House


Urgent need: Summer clothing and Pajamas sizes 12 month to 12/14 boys and girls.
Financial Donations/Gift Cards: Wal-Mart, Shopko, K-Mart, Target, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Ice Cream and Payless Shoes
Wish List:   All donated items need to be new and unwrapped.

Baby Items:

Summer clothing and pajamas, Onesies, hooded bath towels, crib sheets and waterproof mattress covers
Baby no-tears shampoo, baby bath wash, lotion and soft baby brush and comb set. Please place hygiene items in a Ziploc bag labeled boy or girl
Homemade cloth bag 26×26 with draw string…..using baby fabric
Car and booster seats, strollers (regular and double)

Children:

Jeans, sweats, shirts and pajamas, summer jackets, hoodies, underwear, and $15 Payless Shoes certificates
Hygiene kits include: Dove Sensitive Body Wash, kids shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb/hair brush and wash cloth
Booster seats, children’s books, school supplies and backpacks.
Homemade cloth bags 26×26 with draw string using children fabric also needed fleece blankets

Teens:

Jeans, sweats, shirts, summer jacket, hoodies, pajama bottoms, and underwear, $20 Payless Shoes certificates
Hygiene kits include: shampoo/conditioner, feminine products (Tampons), body wash, toothpaste/toothbrush, deodorant, comb/hair brush and wash cloth
(Suggested sizes for teen hygiene kits: 15 oz Shampoo/Conditioner: 2.6 oz -Deodorant:  -6 oz Toothpaste, Teen toothbrush -12oz. body wash or bar of soap)
Curling irons/flat irons and hair dryers. No dental floss, razors or sharp items should be in the hygiene kits.
School supplies and backpacks
Homemade cloth bags 26X26 with draw string using teen style material ~Twin size quilts~ Duffle Bags size large and X large

Thursday, July 26, 2012

"How To"...the cherry way!


How to Make Potpourri
by Pioneerthinking.com


We absolutely love this site. Try this amazing technique and you will enjoy the benefits of your apothecary jar for months to come!


Where to get your ingredients:
Ask at the florist shop for any discarded flowers, or dry out your own flowers.
Harvesting your ingredients
Handle your herbs and flowers carefully to avoid bruising them. Once the have been bruised you will have lost any value in them for their essential oils.
The best time to collect leaves, roots, flowers and seeds is in the early morning after the dew has evaporated.
Choose plants that are clean, free of any pests or diseases. Choose flowers that are newly opened.
*Always collect 4 times the amount you will need for the final potpourri mix as flowers, leaves etc will shrink when dried.

Drying Methods
The drying process usually takes up to 2 weeks in general. There are two processes for drying flowers and herbs. * Keep in a warm dark place that has good air circulation.
Air Drying: Using a window screen works quite well. It allows air circulation around the plant material. Place the flowers and or herbs on a single layer. Do not pack them tightly together or on top of each other or they will decompose. Takes about one week to be completely dried out.
Hanging: Fasten together several small bunches, tie the stems off with elastics or string. Hang them upside down to dry out.
Storing The Potpourri
Store your "New" potpourri in airtight containers or plastic bags. Store in a cool dark place until needed.
Making the potpourri
To make the potpourri you basically need four main ingredients.
Flowers & leaves
Essential oils
Spices and Herbs
Fixative
General Instructions: After Potpourri is made and dried, add 6 drops of your favorite essential oil to every cup of dried potpourri mix. Keep it in a closed container for a few weeks to allow scent to penetrate plant material. Stir the mixture daily.
Purple Haze
Ingredients:
* 1 cup dried Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) (purple)
* 7-8 drops Lavender essential/fragrance oil
* 2 tablespoons dried Orris Root
* 1/2 cup pink Carnation flower heads (Dianthus caryophyllus)
* 1/2 cup (bright yellow) Lemon Marigold flower heads (Tagetes tenifolia)
* 1/4 cup (pale green) Lamb's Ears leaves (Stachys byzantina)
American Dream
Ingredients:
* 1/2 cup (blue) Delphinium blossoms (Delphinium x cultorum)
* 1 cup dried (red) Rose buds (red)
* 1/2 cup (white) Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
* 1/2 cup (blue) Statice (Limonium sinuatum)
* 4-6 drops Rose essential/fragrance oil
* 2 tablespoons dried Orris Root
Citrus Delight
Ingredients:
* 2 tablespoons dried orris root
* 5 tablespoons Bearberry leaves (Arctostaphylos uva ursi)
* 6-8 drops lemon essential/fragrance oil
* 1/2 cup dried Yarrow blossoms (Achillea millefolium)
* 1/2 cup Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla)
* 1/4 cup dried Safflower flowers (Carthamus tinctorius L)
* 1/4 cup orange peels finely sliced & dried
Wild Flower Fields
Ingredients:
* 1/4 cup dried Elder Flowers (Sambucus nigra)
* 2 tablespoons dried Orris Root
* 1/4 cup Chamomile flower heads (Anthemis nobilis L. or Matricaria chamomilla)
* 1/4 cup Bearberry leaves (Arctostaphylos uva ursi)
* 1/2 cup Calendula (Marigold) flower heads (Calendula Officinalis)
* 2 drops Lavender essential/fragrance oil
Editor's Note:

Orris root helps to preserve the fragrance of the herbs and flowers, it has little scent of its own so it is a good base to use in your potpourri mix. Orris is made from the dried root of the Florentine Iris.
* Use 1-2 tablespoons of the dried orris root per cup of dried potpourri mix.
 
Author:
Pioneerthinking.com - Ingredients for a simple life.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

We had our first "open house" for our cherry friends.  We had so much fun!  It was great to see and meet some of our followers.  We had a chance to preview some cherry deals that we have coming up and show the quality of our products.  It was a huge hit!  I wanted to have pictures of everyone that came, but I got caught up in visiting and only got the pictures I took before it started :).  
I know we had people disappointed that they could not make it.  No worries!!  We will have a few more open houses, so we have a chance to see and meet more friends.  
Want to know when the next open house is?  Just post a comment or email me...I'll get you the details.  





Thursday, July 19, 2012

Our Cherry Pickin' Adventures








We are so excited to be a guest blogger for “Cherry Adventures”. We met “It’s So Cherry” at their booth at the Strawberry Day Festivities when their cute hair accessories and bags caught my eye. I couldn’t resist purchasing one of their adorable, fun, and affordable purses that I had been admiring. Jodi and Deanne’s friendliness started us to talking about small business comradery.
My husband, Matthew, and I also own a small business that we started over a year ago called Fix It Handyman LLC. We started the business soon after we got married and realized that maybe we could make a skill into a living. I owned a condo when I met Matthew. I always had lots of home decorating ideas and “honey-dos” but never had the capability to do it on my own or a honey. He had no idea what he was walking into. But conveniently, Matthew had been working as a handyman since he was in high school, loved working with his hands, and solving problems. During the time we dated, we had refinished all of the furniture in my house, painted walls, installed sconces and fixed my previous make-shift handyman jobs. We realized that if I had the need for a handyman, I am sure there were other women out there who also need one either because their husbands just weren’t handy, lacked the time, or just didn’t have one like me. Since we have started the business, we have taken on building projects, roofing, plumbing, electrical, sprinkler repairs, drywall work, tiling, concrete, finish work, and repurposing items.
Now if you Cherry Friends are anything like me, Pinterest has been the death of us. It has started our creative juices flowing and made our long to-do list even longer. I want to collect every old antique door to make it into a coat rack, build shelves in every awkward corner that I have never utilized, or created elaborate bunk beds for kid’s rooms. One project that my husband did recently for one of his customer’s was taking an unwanted headboard/ footboard and made it into a bench. It turned out adorable and much more functional than sitting in the basement unused.
So the next time any of you Cherry Friends have a creative idea but no handy skills to carry it out, give us a call. You can check us out on our website www.Utah-Handyman.net. Or find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/UtahHandyman.
Jenny Davis

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wrap yourself up!

Cherry friends, in anticipation of posting super cute swim suit wraps (on Wednesday..hint, hint), we thought we would share a few extra ways to wear them.  Need tips on how to tie it like that?  No worries, here is a great you tube video on how to wrap them.  Enjoy!








Thursday, July 12, 2012

Simple Summer Revivals


Cherry friends, it is hot here in Utah!!  As the heat continues, we felt compelled to share our favorite smoothie recipes in our attempt to help you cool down.   Enjoy!!
 Have a favorite smoothie recipe?  We would love for you to share it with us.  There is always room for smoothies :).


Simple Summer Smoothies
 
Berry Fruit Delight
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey (optional)
Directions
  1. Place the banana, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and ice cubes into a blender. Pour in the orange juice, vanilla yogurt, and honey. Puree until smooth.

Strawberry Sensation Smoothie   


"Strawberry and orange flavors will be sure to perk up your morning! Replace fruit, juice, and yogurt flavors as desired for variety.

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 c orange juice
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground almonds
  • 4-6 ice cubes
Directions
  1. Blend the strawberries, orange juice, apple juice, vanilla yogurt, and almonds together in a blender until smooth.

Nectarine Sunshine Smoothie    


"A tart sweet blend of fruit that's a perfect way to greet the day."
Ingredients
  • 2 large nectarines, pitted and quartered
  • 1 banana, cut into pieces and frozen
  • 1 large orange, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
Directions
  1. Place the nectarines, frozen banana chunks, orange, vanilla yogurt, orange juice, and honey into a blender, and blend until smooth.

Green Smoothie     


"This doesn't even taste green! Feel free to play with the ingredients. I'm not sure how well other greens go in this smoothie, but the taste of kale is really easy to cover up!"
Ingredients
  • 1 banana, thickly sliced, frozen
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed meal (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut water (optional)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
Directions
  1. Place the banana, kale, flax seed meal, and coconut oil into a blender, pour in the milk and orange juice. Cover, and puree until smooth; serve.

All-Around Good Smoothie    


"This is a recipe I experimented with to try to get a good amount of vitamins, calcium, protein and fiber in my diet. The great part of this is that I don't get bored with it (even though I drink it every day) because I can change the type of fruit I use whenever I want."
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk (I prefer water and a few ice cubes)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt (some days I leave the yogurt out)
  • 1/2 frozen banana, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons powdered protein supplement
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flax seed (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries (try your favorite fruit!)
Directions
  1. In a blender, blend the milk, yogurt, banana, protein supplement, flax seed, and strawberries until smooth.                                

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Our Cherry Adventures

 Seriously, what can we say...it's a total meeting day!    Oh, and it's a total YES, we go out of our way to find a Sonic to get drinks.  It's the ice, it makes the drinks better...I swear.  Deanne had her hat, and I was lucky to have a chance to throw mouse in my hair and then we had to get to it.
We were going through what we wanted to post on the site and things we had just gotten in...like the bags in the middle pics, they are so great.  I'm totally keeping one!  I tested it out.  I fit three beach towels, two drinks, hats, swim diapers, goggles, sun screen, and I still had tons of space.  Yea, the only question is, what color do I want?  

 
How super cute is my mini-me?  Our matching messy hair and great shades...that's my girl!

Is there something we should be finding for you in our next planning meeting?  Let us know..it's what we do for our cherry friends!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Our Cherry Adventures

This summer we decided to get out and meet some new cherry friends. We set up a booth at the Strawberry Days festivities in Pleasant Grove, Utah. It was so fun to tell people about what we are doing and to show the kind of quality we offer.  I think it is safe to say that our new cherry friends were impressed at that!
 This was a particularly long day for me.  I was up at 4am to run the AF Canyon Half Marathon, and needless to say, I was exhausted.  However, in the midst of the heat and my pain these ladies came by the booth and turned my whole day around.  Their great attitudes and playful spirit was just what I needed...THANKS ladies!
I cannot fail to mention our booth neighbors from Advanced Dental Care.  They were the funnest group of people we could have ever hoped to be next to.  So, a big thanks to all of the group!  We hope to be neighbors at many events to come this summer.
So, in the spirit, welcome to all of our new cherry friends!  What events do you want to see us at?  Let us know, so we can get on it :).

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy 4th of July!!

In the midst of the 4th of July, we thought we would share a few great ideas for your get together's, and a few things to avoid.    First, of course, it's all about what to wear.  Stay trendy and cool from the heat in these cute style choices.  



The picture should speak for itself!  Need I say more...seriously?!!

Who can forget the goods we all indulge in?  So, here is a fun and festive recipe for ya.    

Fruit tart flag
Mini tart shells filled with mascarpone cream (or a cream of your choice) and decorated with blueberries and strawberries.

Fruit-Tart Flag

 classic flag cake: mini

Fruit-Tart Flag

Here's a new take on the classic flag cake: miniature tart shells filled with mascarpone cream and decorated 


Here's a hint to help keep your fruits clean and lasting longer this summer.  
Cleaning fruit - fill sink with water, add 1 C. vinegar, mix. Add all fruit and soak for 10 minutes. Water will be dirty and fruit will sparkle with no wax or dirty film. Great for Berries too--keeps them from molding. I do this with strawberries and they last for weeks!

We want to make sure that we remember the sacrifices our troops make to ensure our freedoms.  Thank you for your service!  We are thinking of you this independence day.  We hope all of our cherry friends enjoy this 4th of July! We would love to hear about your fun activities... or not so fun activities.