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DIY for Father’s Day

Foaming Shave Cream

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

2 oz distilled water

2 oz Castille soap

1 oz vitamin E

6 drops lavender oil

Put ingredients in a foaming pump bottle

Shake well to combine, pump and shave.

You can substitute almond, or coconut oil for olive oil. I use Jojoba oil.

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Road trip season

2 ingredients for car freshener baking soda & lavender oil

Summer is on the way -If you need help keeping your car fresh – we have two ideas.

The first is a mini mason jar with a potpourri top – these are available at craft stores. They fit easily into cup holders – I keep mine in the cargo hold with my four legged travelers. Fill with Baking Soda and ad. 10 drops of essential oil – your choice on fragrance – we use lavender – Mix together and put on the top – you are good to go- You can replace baking soda and lavender oil as needed.

Second up – is a wooden clothespin – Let drops of lavender oil soak into the wood and clip onto your air vent – Not gorgeous – but it works –

At home, you can use the clothespin trick on floor vents – remove the vent and clip underneath and replace the vent – so it is unseen

You can also keep a lavender sachet in your car. To refreshen, spray with lavender spray as needed.

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Summer Sprays

Its time for picnics and trail walks. Mosquitos love me and I am allergic to them, so I keep these lavender sprays handy, weather I am on the sidelines or on the beach.

We use 2 oz purple spray bottles, but any color or size will do, check the travel section of your drug store

Kid Friendly Bug Spray

1 tsp carrier oil – we use glycerin or jojoba

1 tsp witch hazel

15 drops lavender oil

2 tbsp water

Combine in Spray Bottle

For kids that don’t want to be sprayed trying spraying onto rope bracelets or felt stickers that will hold the scent.

Cotton Rope Bracelets come in many colors and sizes. Spray can be reapplied as needed.
Felt stickers can be placed on clothes, back packs, strollers, hats. These are more disposable as they only last as long as the sticker keeps sticking and should be removed to wash clothes – look for them in craft stores – Stickers come in a variety of colors and shapes – round – butterfly – owls – flowers as shown

Stronger Blend

1 cup of witch hazel
15 drops citronella
15 drops lemon grass
5 drops lavender
5 drops peppermint.

This has a citronella smell – which is not our favorite – the bugs agree and stay away. If you are heading into the woods or black fly country – this may be more effective –

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Living the Dream

If you have ever dreamed of owning a lavender farm – Now you have a unique opportunity to make your dream come true in a Metrowest Boston community with Top Ranked public schools. Click on link below for real estate listing.

100 S. Main Street Sherborn, MA 01770 Lavender Farm For Sale

Set on 12 acres with a 5 Bedroom, 5 Bath Farmhouse, 20 miles west of Boston. Completely restored with modern additions, conveniences and amenities, including central air conditioning, 5 fireplaces, 1st and 2nd floor laundry, finished lower level rooms, full walk up attic, two staircases and hardwood floors.

The house is set back from the road down a country lane with circular drive. Eat in kitchen with island and pantry. Tavern style dining room with hearth. Raised wood paneling throughout.

Tavern dining room with hearth

Two second floor master bedrooms with en suite full baths, one with whirlpool tub and walk in shower. Additional First floor bedroom with full bath and garden views

Floor plan

Work or study comfortably from home. Oversized 20’x 30’ office with sitting areas, fast speed internet and cell phone service. There is also library with sitting area on 2nd floor and smaller study on 1st floor for additional remote work/study.

View from Office

Enjoy Amazing privacy. House is not visible from the road. Vermont like setting. Convenient to Boston and Providence airports, Amtrak 128 station, minutes to Mass Pike, Rte 495, Wellesley College and the largest mall in New England (Natick)

Back Porch

Watch the changing seasons from open front porch or rear screened porch. Second floor deck with Jacuzzi Hot Tub. Plenty of vegetable and flower garden space. High bush blueberries, Wild Grapes, Sugar Maples- make your own syrup and preserves. Room for chickens, goats, horses or other livestock as well as domestic animals.

Oversized attached 2 car garage with separate work room and locker room, fenced dog run

Abuts conservation land with walking trails through woods at the rear of the property. Brook runs along southern border. Bird watcher’s paradise. Current owners use back yard for a skating rink in the winter and front yard as a golf driving range in the spring through the fall. Walk to Farm Pond. Sidewalks to Town Center and Library.

Sherborn Lavender is the only lavender farm in metro Boston area. Growing 5 varieties of lavender on about 5 acres with approximately 5,000 plants. The farm operates successfully as a seasonal self serve farm stand offering dried lavender and lavender products. Lots of opportunities for growth with internet and year round sales, events and workshops. The current owner operates as a hobby farm – only using Instagram and Facebook for marketing.

Lavender shop is situated in a detached Barn with three bays up at the street, a thousand feet from the dwelling. Not visible from the house with separate driveway/entrance. Little Free Library included.

Only in Massachusetts – Sherborn Lavender

For more information, please contact listing agent through link below

100 S. Main Street Sherborn, MA

Lavender Farm For Sale

Realtor Video

Historically Significant Property

Painting of Farmhouse in original location on Rte 27

Steeped in colonial history, the property was part of an original land grant from the King of England – the original deed can be found at the Sherborn Historical Society.

Known as the Sewell-Ware house, the included farm house was built circa 1690 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Original Gunstock Beams, Front door,Wide Pine Floors, Fireplaces, Raised wood paneling and cupboards remain.

The house has only had five owners in 330 years. The Sewell family owned the property until 1735. The Ware family lived in the house until 1872. The Colford family lived in the house until 1945. The Selfe family owned the property until 1999. The current owners have lived there for 20 years and moved the existing structure back from Rte 27 to its current location. They spent a year restoring and adding on to the original dwelling.

Judge Samuel Sewell

Louisa May Alcott was a descendent of Judge Samuel Sewell, his portrait hangs in Orchard House in Concord. Judge Sewell is the subject of many titles about colonial history and his published diaries are well known references to colonial times. He was one of the Judges at The Salem Witch Trials.

Henry Ware

Henry Ware was born in the house. A Harvard Professor of Divinity and Unitarian Theologian. The Ware family were also the patrons/sponsors of Harvard’s Glass Flowers exhibit.

The Colford Family built the barn up at the street using recycled wood from the original Sherborn Post Office. When they planted a Victory Garden behind the structure during World War II, they discovered a civil war cannon on the property.

The house is a well preserved antique updated for comfortable country living. .

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Maple sugaring

We tapped our maples up by the farmstand. The sap was really flowing this week. We boil the sap outside using a propane Turkey fryer. We use a candy thermometer and hydrometer to know when it is ready. The color is great.

If you want to try it yourself visit Tap My Trees to find everything you need and instructions. Link below

Tap My Trees

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Easter Egg Bath Bombs

DRY INGREDIENTS

1 cup of baking soda

½ cup citric acid

½ cup corn starch

½ cup Epsom Salts

WET INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp distilled water

20 drops essential oil – we use lavender

1 tbsp oil of your choice- almond, jojoba, baby

Food Coloring

Plastic Easter Eggs for molds

1 Tablespoon dried lavender (optional)

Whisk together dry ingredients

Mix wet ingredients separately

Slowly add wet to dry and mix well. Texture should be like wet sand. Add dried lavender and mix in if using.

If you want different colors – divide mixture into separate bowls and cover with plastic wrap to prevent drying. Add about 6-8 drops of food coloring to each bowl for color desired – mix well. For purple use 5 drops red and 3 drops blue.

Fill Eggs with Mixture and Snap Back Together.

You can layer different colors of mixture

Place in Freezer for Quick Set -5 minutes

Then Remove Plastic eggs – using a knife at the seam to pop apart.

Place eggs on paper towel to dry overnight before use –

Makes about 6 egg bombs

Drop one in warm tub and enjoy

For Shower Steamers

Use 1 Cup of Baking Soda & ¼ cup distilled water and 25 drops of lavender oil only