Friday, November 7, 2014

Hello Again

In the past few months, I have dreamed of what I'd write about in a "resuscitating the blog" post.  Well, here it is.

Why I let this page fizzle out:

My second son was born in February of 2013.  Precious as he and his brother are, I let blogging ideas pretty much consume my thoughts.  I was fixated on coming up with great posts, so much so, that I would plan entire days around completing crafts or making foods that I wanted to write about.  It was daunting, tedious, and there ultimately wasn't much to gain....without a great deal more work.

When people say, "Don't blink!  Your babies will be grown before you know it," I feel rushed to suck up all the joy and cuddles that one can fathom.  It is a pressuring phrase! is true.  They do grow quickly, and I needed to spend that first year and half of little Jo's life focusing on him and his big brother.  That decision prevented a great deal of stress, believe it or not.  Being present for my babies has been so wonderful and rewarding.

You know what else?  I was afraid of coming across as a show-off, narcissistic, know-it-all with the material I was posting.  Doing arts/crafts and coming up with recipes are two things I deeply enjoy, but I never wanted to make any one (especially moms) feel that they were not "measuring up", because they weren't also spending way too much time trying to perfect something that they really didn't have the time to do, like I was.

I am very grateful to still have the ability to jump on here and write any time I want.  If I continue to create posts, the focus of the blog may shift a bit.  Reason being, my focus has shifted as well.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Homemade Nail Fungus Cream

If you have ever had nail fungus, then you know it can come out of no where, it doesn't mean you're a "dirty" person, and it never wants to leave once it finds a home in your nails.  It is stubborn to say the least!

Many of the topical nail fungus treatments out there don't do the job, and they usually contain some ingredients that aren't safe during pregnancy.  

If you'd like to use a nail fungus cream that is sure to KNOCK OUT the fungus, then I recommend making your own using essential oils.

This stuff is strong, and you can be confident that it will kill the fungus.  

Here is the recipe:
1/3 cup of melted coconut oil
25 drops of Oregano essential oil
20 drops of Lemongrass essential oil
20 drops of Malaleuca essential oil

Melt the coconut oil over low heat in a double boiler or just stick it in a bowl, and put it outside on a hot day.  Then mix your essential oils into the melted coconut oil.  

It may take several days for the coconut oil to re-solidify, because of the low viscosity of the essential oils.  You can see in the picture above, that my mixture is still not completely solid. 

How to use this cream:
Cut the infected nail down as far as you can without pain.  Use a fresh q-tip to apply the cream generously to the nail, twice daily, for at least two months.  It is vital to stick with it, or the fungus will just go ahead and have a party in your nail bed again.  You may not see results for up to a year, because the nail has to grow out completely to fully eradicate the fungus.  Dr. Weil also recommends eating 1-2 cloves of raw garlic daily, as it contains significant anti-fungal properties.  

Why it works:
Oregano, Malaleuca, and Lemongrass essential oils have very strong anti-fungal, chemical compounds.  Plants have to defend themselves against bacterial, fungal, and parasitic predators, to name a few, so it only makes sense that the oils they produce, have the power to also help us to fight off these things.  Oregano, for example, is such a potent anti-fungal, that it is capable of destroying resistant, mutated fungi, which result from strong antibiotic therapies.  

How to order essential oils:
If you are looking for essential oils, I recommend using doTERRA's certified, pure therapeutic grade oils.  You can find them at my doTERRA store.  If you'd like to receive wholesale prices, 25% off retail, please comment below or email me, and I can help you sign up. 

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

How to Clean Your Dishwasher Naturally

The dishwasher and washing machine are a couple contraptions I never really thought I needed to clean before I became the keeper of our home.  I mean c'mon; aren't they supposed to clean themselves while they clean our clothes and dishes?

It turns out that there are a lot of ways these overly used machines can get gunky.  Grease, soap scum, pieces of food, etc. can coat the inside walls and corners.  This can make them look dingy and smell stinky.  It can also decrease their efficiency, so cleaning them about once every other month is a good idea, and may even release your inner cleaning super woman!

I will be doing a post in the future on how to clean your washing machine, but today I'm going to tell you how I clean my dishwasher.

You will need:
-two coffee cups
-enough white vinegar to fill both of the cups
-an empty, icky dishwasher
-Citrus Bliss essential oil or essential oil of choice
-baking soda
-Domo is optional, but he is a good cheerleader.

1.)  Empty your dishwasher completely, then take out the bottom rack and make sure there is nothing gross lingering down on the bottom.  You'd be surprised about what you can find!

2.)  Place one cup on the bottom rack and one on the top, then fill them with white vinegar.

3.)  Drop four or five drops of essential oil into each cup.

4.)  Turn the dishwasher on its hottest cycle, then let it run the entire time.

5.)  Next, you can sprinkle one cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher floor, and run it on its hottest cycle again.

The vinegar helps to get in there and loosen grease and gunk, while it sanitizes and removes musty odors.

Citrus Bliss smells like Heaven, and can make your whole house (and dishwasher) smell glorious!  Why not clean with boring vinegar and baking soda, and have some delicious smells going on in there, too?  It really helps to add extra fighting power to eliminate odors in the dishwasher!

The baking soda does a lot of work, too!  It freshens the smell, and really brightens the dishwasher by removing the build-up that the vinegar didn't get.  The two work hand-in-hand.

Do you see those cute, little toes on the rug up there?  Oh, how I love my little guy!  My two-year old was "helping" to clean mama's dishwasher.

Citrus Bliss includes:
Bergamot, Clementine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Tangerine, Vanilla, Wild Orange

How to order essential oils:
If you are looking for essential oils, I recommend using doTERRA's certified, pure therapeutic grade oils.  You can find them at my doTERRA store.  If you'd like to receive wholesale prices, 25% off retail, please comment below or email me, and I can help you sign up.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Homemade Diaper Cream

When I had my first son, it took me a while to finally settle on a good diaper cream.  We literally had tubes and jars of different creams everywhere in the house.  Not many of them worked.  Some had chemicals in them that I wasn't too fond of.

I WISH I had known that I could have very easily made my own!

It looks a little messy in that jar, but don't let it sway your feelings about using something this awesome!  I am in love with the simplicity and effectiveness of this recipe.

You will need:
1/4 cup unrefined, organic, extra virgin coconut oil
10 drops of Malaleuca essential oil
5 drops of Lavender essential oil
5 drops of Balance essential oil blend  (my favorite!)

In a double boiler, slowly melt the coconut oil, or you can just put it outside in a bowl on a hot day!  Mix the oil drops into the melted oil, then let it solidify.  For applying, I just use a q-tip.  This cream can also be used for other bothersome yeast infections.  

So, don't worry about getting that prescription cream or all those other diaper creams you're unsure about.  Just go ahead, skip it all, and give this a try.  I promise you'll be glad to have a jar of this at your house!  

If you aren't familiar with Balance essential oil blend, here is what it looks like.  It has so many uses, such as in this diaper cream and balancing mood (fighting anxiety) when used aromatically.

Yep, this oil deserves to be the little, shining star of this huge picture!  I love it.  

How to order essential oils:
If you are looking for essential oils, I recommend using doTERRA's certified, pure therapeutic grade oils.  You can find them at my doTERRA store.  If you'd like to receive wholesale prices, 25% off retail, please comment below or email me, and I can help you sign up.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Homemade Garden Tags

This is a fun, little craft that you can include the kids in.  One recent, boring day we got out a bushel of supplies, plopped it all on the kitchen table, and got to work making garden cards for our Spring (if we ever get it planted!) garden.

You will need:
popsicle sticks (large or small)
sturdy colored paper
seed packs for inspiration
laminate covers

We picked out a few seed packs that would be fun to turn into tags, and cut out the corresponding shapes to match.  Each fruit or vegetable cut-out got its own background, then was laminated (at the same time as all the others).  We then glued popsicle sticks to the back of the laminated cards.

I meant to label them before laminating, but I might just write what they are on the sticks.  I think they look kind of nice without any writing as well.  Below are some pictures that show the process.

My guys really liked being involved, because they got to play with paper, glue, and (kid-safe) scissors.  They aren't old enough to cut out the shapes yet, but I imagine that this would be a really fun thing to do with older kids.

 It was St. Patrick's Day, hence all the green!

Linked up with:
Simply Designing | Ginger Snap Crafts | Lady Behind the Curtain | Creations by KaraSomeday Crafts | Life with the Crust Cut Off | The Turquoise Home
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