Homemade Thieves Foaming Handsoap!

Each time we run out of hand soap, I keep the bottle…I drive to the store or place my YL order thinking about how I am going to actually make it myself this time….but reality kicks in and I just buy another bottle of soap.

Today was a new day! And, I realized how easy it is to make your own foaming hand soap! And, I love it! (And, I cleaned out all those empty bottles I had been hoarding away for this moment!

Feels so good to be stocked up on homemade hand soap….now onto laundry detergent….

Thank you Simply Being Mommy for the recipe.

The school field trip that takes over your kitchen…

I wanted to be the kind of parent that was available to volunteer to chaperone every field trip! Not that I think my kids can’t do it alone, but I love adventure and exploring new things!

Last year we took the annual school field trip to a local farm. The admission price was $11 per person but you could take home whatever you wanted….or could carry I guess.

As many of my veggie friends withered and died on my counter top last year, I determined to be more prepared for this year! And I was going to get my moneys worth in veggies!

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We went moderate in our veggie gathering this year because we didn’t want to waste any. (Well, I’m sure the chickens wouldn’t have minded…)img_7404

Meal One: Bacon, Kale, Potato soup. Thanks to kitchenistadiaries.com for the recipe! I had a family of 5 over for dinner when I tried this amazing recipe out, then made 5 large containers for the freezer
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Next Up: Beet Kvass! Thanks Wellness Mama for the history, usage and recipe!!!img_7415

On to: Pickled Beets, Veggies and Cucumbers! Thanks for Backyard Farmer for the mix and recipe (package shown)img_7418 img_7420

Meal Two: Chili! I like to soak dry beans overnight, then put them on a high simmer for a few hours, then add chunky fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions and spices. I then put it all into a crock pot and let it simmer until dinner!img_7422 img_7423 img_7424

Warning! This year I picked a few hot peppers and didn’t realize it! Please use gloves while de-seeding the peppers! If your hands turn into hot-fire-fingers like mine did, rinse in apple cider vinegar 3-5 times and let air dry!img_7426

Meal Three: Brussel Sprout Hash with Eggs and Bacon. This has become one of my favorites!! We are trying to be as “plant-strong” as possible and minimize grains, and this recipes fills you up with good veggies and fats (and the kids like it too!)! Thanks to FeastingAtHome.com for the recipe (I used scrambled eggs instead and omitted the aleppo)! img_7435

Meal Four: FAIL! Colcannon, with potatoes, leeks and bacon (oops forgot the cabbage!). Food Network made it look so good. It wasn’t terrible, but I won’t make it again, well, unless I decide to add the cabbage next time.img_7438

We also shucked ALOT of corn (this was the first stop at the farm on the hay wagon and the kids got a little over zealous…) but it was a great thing to share for the Sunday School party! The anise made my house smell amazing for a day and the basil simmered on the stove the next day making my house aroma amazing once again!….Mmmmm

Next week: Pumpking Pie and Carving!

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“Trying”

I was making cookies last night for my husband’s birthday and God taught me something.

My husband’s favorite cookie is “chocolate no-bake” cookies just like his mom makes them. I can’t copy her exactly, but I can come close enough for it to count.

Usually when I make this recipe however, I make it my way….half the sugar called for or sub honey, coconut flakes, chia seeds…you know, the healthy version.

But, since it was his birthday I decided to concede. 🙂 I was measuring out the ingredients warming up the milk and butter, tossed in the cocoa, put the oats, vanilla and peanut butter in the bowl and then realized…..I was out of sugar. I did have some powdered sugar and I figured it was just a finer processed version so I used it.

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Lets just say, my husband was disappointed.

Thats when God spoke to my heart.

“But I tried.”

“I used all that I had.”

“I did most of it his way.”

“I even drove to the store to get the needed ingredients and tried to fix it!”

I cannot live my life with my husband as the final judge of my actions, or intentions, but I do have the power to offer my best. However, I also need to realize that sometimes what I have to offer is not what he is looking for or needs in his life. God put us together, so I have to be willing to bend and learn, especially when my task oriented self needs to be a little “sweeter.”

He held my hand!

img_7473Its been one month since I started anti-anxiety medication. I have noticed a big difference in my first born son. At the beginning of the school year this year we were struggling with tics (slapping leg, squeaking noises, “I hate you,” clearing throat/cough, snapping fingers, etc. He has had Lyme disease for just over 4 years now and we have many health challenges. He also struggles emotionally and doesn’t like to be touched, doesn’t hold eye contact well or express his emotions.

We tried adding supplements for calming (GABA, DHEA, a protein shake, Brain Power essential oil blend, Relieve It essential oil blend, Mineral Essence, Vitamin D (Garden of Life), and others) as direction by our Naturopath. We did see some positive results but still were looking for answers.

We contacted the local Child Find organization to conduct an evaluation. We had a well child visit with our pediatrician, a phone interview for possible autism and got on the list for the Children’s Hospital for an evaluation. (BTW I was very impressed with them! They really sought to know my child and not just assume that I was making up his Lyme issues. They all watched videos and read articles about Lyme, including this one that I thought was interesting about Lyme manifesting like Tourettes)

We got him into a former one day school that he was familiar with and considered homeschooling.

We talked with the teacher and tried to find some ways to give him breaks throughout the day (kinetic sand, books on cd, etc).

We paid $300 for an evaluation from Brain Balance Center and learned about a possible left brain dominance and him possibly not growing out of baby reflexes.

But I think the thing that has been the most beneficial is me. I hate to say it because I don’t like that fact that I am taking medication, but this change in my brain has helped me to be calm. Release the pressure of performance that I put on myself and didn’t realize I was putting on my kids. I have started to enjoy life, to laugh again, to really SEE my kids as individuals, and have had more consistency helping them navigate choices and consequences.

I am not perfect. But now instead of being mentally and physically exhausted as each day ends, each night we have essential oil foot rubs and pray for a friend and family member and I am truly interested in what their best and worst part of their day is!

While I was standing during worship this last Sunday singing in my characteristically off key way, he reached up and held my hand. There was no pomp and circumstance, he didn’t look at me, he didn’t say anything. He just held my hand. It was a beautiful victory!

On of those days…

It was one of those days. You know what I am talking about.

I switched on the frankincense resin burner and put my head in my hands. Soon the aroma wafted all around me.

It reminded me of reading Leviticus in the Bible. The people would use frankincense as part of their ritual before the Lord for cleansing of sin.

Leviticus 24:7
“And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD.”

This is just one example of the sacrifices the Jews of the time of the writing of the Tanakh would conduct. I am grateful today that Jesus sacrifice has gone before me and allowed me to come boldly to the throne of grace to find restoration!

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Unwanted Visitors

School has started. Along with the start of school comes unwanted visitors. Sometimes, those visitors go unnoticed, and sometimes they cause a stir. In our house, things got stirred up quite a bit! My daughter has curly hair, so we decided to go the traditional route with the Walgreens back to school special. That didn’t seem to work, so we tried it again along with a hair cut… img_7240

Still had some unwanted visitors, so we tried an essential oil mix for two days in a row. We were pleased with how soft our hair was and that we didn’t see or feel the affects of our previous visitors! img_7208

7 days later we tried the Walgreens special again as the box directed, but also brought out the big guns, our essential oil mix with hair caps and spray. screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-2-57-39-pm
Head: 6 pumps of V-6 + 4 drops Thyme + 4 drops Geranium + 4 drops Lavender

Spray for the beds, curtains, stuffed animals, clothes (after a wash + heat treatment in the dryer if possible): 1/2 cup witch hazel + 8 drops cedar wood + 8 drops rosemary + 8 drops melrose (or melaleuca) + water

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The downside of unwanted visitors: Unwanted visitors! Yuck!

The upside of unwanted visitors: 1. Down-sizing of stuffed animals / toys / clutter and a system to organize them. 2. Going through clothes and getting rid of ones that are too small or out of season. 3. Amazing sleep after spraying all the curtains, beds and pillows with our spray! screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-2-59-24-pm

“That’s my song!”

My son has Lyme disease. We saw a change in his behavior in December 2011. He had a seizure that was ruled inconclusive in March 2012. He had ticks bites that didn’t heal in June 2012. We saw our MD/ND about it in September and thus began our journey. A few years ago I heard this song, but I didn’t know the significance behind it until later. I told the kids about how these brothers wrote this song for their sister who struggles with Lyme, just like our family does. The other day, my son heard this song and said, “Thats my song!” Its hard when God allows a struggle in your child’s life, but I have to remind myself that although I am a part of his history, this is HIS story, not mine and its my job to teach him to rely on God.

Here is a link to the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaSM1G37yhU

Here is a link to the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmTmTMcdxOs screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-2-48-59-pm

We love our Ningxia Red!

When I first started with Young Living 7 years ago I had tried the Ningxia Red, but I hadn’t “bought in” to the concept. We have a juicer and do a lot of nutrient dense and micronutrient foods so I didn’t figure we needed another. After hearing Dr Ollie Wenker talk about Ningxia’s benefits and cancer and other health topics, I wanted to give it a more serious look. Now, 3 years later, I am so impressed by the benefits we enjoy as a family! Can’t imagine going back! Here is a great video about the seed to seal process!

Gluten Free Moist Banana Nut Muffins

I am in love with banana bread. Don’t tell my husband.

I can make a few loaves and they won’t last the day! Especially if its spring butter season and my favorite amish friends are churning it! I love to slather it on!

Since going gluten free to help my son with his Lyme, and shedding some unneeded pounds for myself, I have not made banana bread.

Today was a mom and son date so I asked him what he wanted to do. He said, bake banana muffins! So I scoped the gluten free baking aisle….I had a coupon for Pamela’s Gluten Free Pancake and Baking mix.

We tried this recipe: http://www.pamelasproducts.com/banana-bread/ (we did less sugar and more ripe bananas!)img_7252

……Mmmmmmmmm! We are in love again! img_7254

But this time I froze half so the kids can take them to school…..oh the depravation!