new york.

heading into the Hudson Valley we were greeted with the stunning beauty that I remembered from living there two years previous.

returning here was more than just a place to stop over and see friends, it was type of cleansing; a needed return to put a new memory on the place that had left us with such melancholy feelings the last time we were here.

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staying with the dearest of friends (and realizing we shared not only the same childhood, but the same dish pattern from the fifties–I mean. whoa.) combined with two amazing children,  the boundless knowledge they share as a couple and a perfectly feisty cat named Lucky;

well. it was just perfect.

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armed with books, hot showers and good meals we set off for Brooklyn.

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exploring the city

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9/11 memorial
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WWII memorial
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WWII memorial
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japanese market.
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winter florals.
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papaya dog

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off to new jersey…..

All images © 2013-2016 Jeannie M. Starks / two daisies life

seriously.

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Renting often means ugh, seriously?

and in this case, it was a lot of. well, “OK let me just go ahead and clean that mysterious weird splattering on the wall because apparently you were in too big of a hurry moving two floors up (and now you have to see me EVERY DAY) to take of that yourself.” seriously.

yesterday I had finally made my way to the stainless steel sink in the kitchen. at least I hoped it was stainless, it was an odd shade of rusty brown…..a mix of the high iron content water around these parts and what I’m guessing is years of never being scrubbed.

now, typically I would take out the strong powdery cleaner in the round green can that I was raised on, but this day, this day I had received my ‘Oil Mail’ containing doTERRA’s concentrated cleaner. so, I sprinkled some baking soda, a little bit of kosher salt for added grit and about 10 drops of OnGuard Concentrated cleaner all directly into the sink and went to work with a scrubby.

worked a charm! and smelled heavenly. (OnGuard contains: wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils)

seriously.

(ps: oh, and it’s on sale this month. 10% off. talk to me about oils on twitter, facebook or by using the form via the link up above.)