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Homemade NY Style Bagels

Homemade NY Style Bagels – A Simple Recipe


How To Make Homemade NY Style Bagels :


After I had posted my pictures of my homemade NY style bagels on Facebook,  I received so many requests for the recipe and even for me to make a  “how to” video. So I set up my camera and started recording.

Homemade NY Style Bagels

This is a very simple recipe. The best part is you know exactly what is going into your bagels, and there are no ingredients that you can not pronounce!

In this video I am using a Kitchenaid Mixer. It is the classic plus model.  I have never owned a mixer like this until just last month.  I can’t believe I have waited so long to get one.  This style of mixer makes the task of making homemade breads, pizza dough or of course bagels so easy!!

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Making NingXia Red Soda


For today’s post I wanted to share another way I like to use Young Living products. Today’s product is Young Living’s NingXia Red.

NingXia Red® is a naturally delicious, nutrient-infused wolfberry drink that
will energize, fortify, and replenish your body. Rich in wide-spectrum
antningxia red imageioxidant activity, NingXia Red has the highest levels of naturally occurring,
age-defying S-ORAC activity to help support immune function, cardiovascular
health, and nourish the eyes. NingXia Red also contains lemon and orange
essential oils rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene to promote healthy
liver function. Ningxia wolfberry, the primary ingredient in NingXia Red, has
been cherished for centuries for its health, energy, and longevity benefits.
Whole Ningxia wolfberries and other nutrient-dense fruit juices, like blueberry
and pomegranate, make NingXia Red the perfect choice for optimizing wellness and
stepping up to a whole new level of health.



I also used in this video a product that I am enjoying quite a bit, it is a Soda Streamer.Soda Streamer

You can get one starting around $79 from

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Homemade Foaming Hand Soap with Young Living Oils


I have been searching the internet for a simple recipe to make my own Essential oil foaming hand soap. After a bit of trial and error, here is what I have come up with.

What you will Need:

Foaming soap dispenser: Homemade Foaming Hand SoapI happened to have one I purchased from Young Living, I am sure most of us have one from Bath and Body Works or even Dial now has a foaming dispenser.

Young Living Essential Oil: I used Thieves in my recipe.

Distilled Water or Spring Water: Of course these are the best choices vs your tap water.

Decorative Rocks: Totally optional… But I think they look cool, or colors marbles also would be nice. Also a tip the rocks help to mix the soap inside the container.

Unscented Body Wash:  I used “Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Wash”  unscented all natural Body Wash, This makes a great base.

Homemade Foaming Hand SoapStep 1: Add rocks to bottom of the soap container>  I filled mine up about 3/4 of an inch worth

Step 2: Add Body wash> my body wash had a pump, so I added 12 pumps worth (enough to just cover the rocks)Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

Step 3: Add the Young Living Thieves Essential oil> I used 8-10 Drops

Homemade Foaming Hand SoapStep 4: Fill the rest of the container up to with in 1 inch of the top with your Distilled or Spring water.

Step 5: Replace the foaming pump cap and carefully mix the container. The rocks will do most of the work for you.

Step 6: You are ready to pump away and viola foaming hand soap with all of the goodness of Thieves essential oil.

Young Living Thieves Oil has antiviral and antiseptic properties.  This oil blend contains the oils of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus and Rosemary.

You can purchase your Young Living Thieves Oil right here > Young Living Thieves

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Essential Oils for Hair Care Using Young Living Oils


Essential Oils For Hair Care :


One of many ways I use my Young Living Essential Oils is in my daily hair care routine.  Using Essential Oils for Hair Care will:

  • Nourish your hair
  • Calm your split ends
  • Acts as a styling agent
  • Aromatherapy for you during the day
  • All Natural – why add chemicals to your hair?

My favorite oil to use in my hair is Valor!!

Valor essential oil blend is formulated to empower the mind and increase self-confidence. This uplifting blend combines the balancing properties of spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and frankincense essential oils to help you visualize and attain self-empowerment. Designed to increase feelings of strength and courage and can help you reach your fullest potential.

Essential Oils for Hair Care



You can apply any Young Living essential oil to your hair.  Your choices are endless.  Here is my video I did showing you how in use my favorite essential oil Valor in my hair care routine.




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Big Bang Theory Whip App Review


Big Bang Theory Whip App Review :

I enjoy some of the more random apps you can download on a smartphone.  The one I will be reviewing in this video is the Big Bang Theory Whip App .

Big Bang Theory Whip App

You can down this app from Android’s Google Playstore and also for the Iphone it is available through your Apple app store. You should search for the name “Big Bang Whip” and you will find it easily.

For those that are fan’s of Big Bang Theory you may recall the episode where they introduced “The Whip App”


I did this video just after my Thryoid Removal surgery, so you also get a nice look at my scar right after my surgery (exciting I know!!)

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FaceBook Pirate Speak Easy to Change The Language You See



FaceBook Pirate Speak

A stereotypical caricature of a pirate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FaceBook Pirate Speak is an entertaining Internet Easter Egg I came across the other day.   Here is a way you can change the language that you view on your facebook page to “Pirate Speak”  ahoy matey!!!  Give it a try, I promise you will get a chuckle out of it !!

Since filming this video, I found an easier place to find the language options.  Just go to your account settings (upper right corner) it looks like s wheel > Then about 3/4 of the way down the menu you will see account settings.  After clicking on account settings you will see the language option.  This is where you can change up the language.  Here is a direct link to make it easy for you to find.  FaceBook Edit Language option



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Google Losing Gravity | Internet Easter Egg

Google Losing Gravity

Easter eggs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Google Losing Gravity :


You may not realize it but there are alot of “Easter eggs” on the internet.  What is an Easter egg you ask?  It is a hidden message, or inside joke.   The latest one I stumbled upon is called “Google Losing Gravity”.

Check my video that walks you through how easy is it to locate this Easter Egg.  I just love these neat tricks and gems you can find on the internet.  Give this one a try.

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Burn Treatment Lavender Essential Oil From Young Living


Burn treatment lavender essential oil:

Burn Treatment Lavender

I have had the joy of being introduced to an amazing line of essential oils and health products by a company called Young Living.  Since I love showing people the products I love, today I am bringing you a video of how I treated a burn I got this week cooking.  I know shocker, right?  Yes I do cook… when the stars are aligned (big chuckle).  If you want more information on this lavender oil or any other of the products Young Living offer,s look to my link at the top of my blog, or you can contact me with any questions you may have!!

Riteaid Deal Shopping 11/10/12 with Joanne


Today for Pajama Friday, I am going to tell you how Riteaid paid ME money to take product out of their store.  I know it sounds crazy but watch this video and learn.  You can save money with out even buying a single Sunday paper or cutting a single coupon!  Thanks Riteaid!!

This video features a coupon blog that I follow at  This is the site I follow to get 90% of my couponing deals!!  Thanks Lauren!!!

If you look to the right column of my blog, you will see my favorite Coupon Bloggers that I personally follow.


Cooking with Joanne — Making My Favorite Cup of Coffee!


On today’s video this Pajama Friday it is all about me!!  Shocker I know.  But you really need to know how to make my favorite cup of coffee.  I mean really what kind of friend would you be if you didn’t know how I take my coffee!!


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