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About me

Hello and welcome!!

My name is Andrea.  I love cooking almost as much as I love eating.  I love sunshine and flowers and wine.  I love to read, and I collect old currency.  I like growing vegetables in the summer, and making hearty stews in the winter.  I am rarely found without my camera. I read labels and try not to buy processed foods.  I make my own cleaners and beauty products, and try to be frugal.

I have two loves of my life: my 5-year-old daughter, Elle, and my baby boy, Jude. They inspire me to try my hardest every single day.  They are the reason why I created this blog… to reduce toxic chemicals in the food they eat and in our environment, so their little bodies can stay healthy and thrive.   

babyphoto by KoRedfield

During the day time, I work in education and finance.  At night, I spend time with my kiddos, make dinner, give baths, and indulge in my shows (although, Grey’s Anatomy is now on my soon-to-be-cut list, due to their recent decision to kick of McDreamy). 

On my blog, you will find homemade real-food recipes, homemade beauty products, healthy household cleaners, and a few odds and ends.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Business, am currently working on my master’s degree, and have worked over 11 years in finance, so I like to share helpful financial tips on my blog. 

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Carrot and Coconut Oil Face Mask

Today, I work on learning as much as I can to live a healthy lifestyle.  I am not yet where I want to be, and still have leaps and bounds to get there, but am taking it one step at a time (and sharing my experiences here!).

The great thing about eating well, exercising, and being conscious of the environment is that it makes you feel great! Take a gander around, and let me know what you think!

Have any questions, comments or concerns?  Contact me at homemadeforelle@gmail.com!


Dians August 26, 2017 at 8:48 am

I am new to EO. I haven’t made anything yet. Just collecting oils containers etc. Getting all the info I can. Found your website and love it the best. Love that you have a few ingredients and the recipes seem so easy. Thank you. Will keep coming back to YOU

Andrea August 29, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Thanks for the great feedback, Dians! I am so glad the information has been helpful 🙂 I love my essential oils, and will keep sharing more recipes!

Mary Martinez August 17, 2017 at 7:17 pm

Please help me I’m 5ft and weigh 265 pounds..im real frustrated.

Rishav March 22, 2017 at 1:43 am

Hi. I was wondering how to increase the tea tree facewash shelf life ..
As I saw it last for a 2 to 3 weeks only.
Would love your help to it .

nazi August 25, 2016 at 10:24 pm

hi Andrea this is Nazi,I am from India thanks for ur beauty tips

Suzanne May 1, 2016 at 7:42 am

Hi Andrea….
I just happened upon your page, and I love everything about it…..and the information you share. Please don’t ever change!!
I have lost a substantial amount of weight in the last several months from “clean eating”…. and your page is a God Send for me.
I love the the variety of topics you cover….. and truly appreciate the time you devote to this site!!

Andrea May 9, 2016 at 8:35 pm

Suzanne – congrats on your weight loss! That is fantastic! I am so glad you are enjoying the page, and I appreciate your feedback 🙂

kayla g February 8, 2015 at 11:15 am

How long does the scent last in the beeswax wax melts in a burner?

kayla g February 8, 2015 at 11:14 am

How many hours of scent does the beeswax wax melts in a warmer last. Lets say compared to pink zebra sprinkles

Andrea February 8, 2015 at 4:24 pm

I usually burn mine for around 8 hours, unless the liquid is evaporating more quickly than that.

ghazalaasim December 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Guide me i also love cooking, planting

Kelly November 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Hi Andrea! Just found your page through a recipe shared on FB. Did a double tae because not only did I like the recipe, but the name of your page caught me by surprise because I have a 2-year-old daughter named Elle 🙂 I think it was meant to be 😉 Look forward to exploring your ideas…thanks for sharing them. I already see you have good taste!

Andrea November 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Hi Kelly, That’s great to know you have a 2 year old named Elle — it’s a great name 😉 Thanks so much for coming by, and I am thrilled to hear you like my site! I hope you’ll come back frequently 🙂


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