Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Happy New Year my Enlightened Homemaker friends! I hope you all had a great Christmas and are ready for a great New Year! I love the new year. I love goals and the chance to sort of start a new. I love looking back on the year to see where I started and where I ended up. There were set backs along the way, but all in all, I feel I did travel in an somewhat upward path. I feel that I learned so much and gained a deeper testimony in the miracles of God and the love he has for me as an individual. I have learned that this life is a blink and that what we do with it has tremendous repercussions. I have realized that life moves much faster the older you get and that amid the chaos and craziness we must stop and enjoy the moment. We are expected to work hard in this life, but we are also taught that we must have joy. Finding that balance is the challenge. Always a challenge. I have realized the blessing of good friends and influences in my life and a sincere "thanks" goes out to all of you who have sustained me in my efforts and nourished me along the way. This blog has been my journey of enlightenment this past year and I thank you for not only being on the journey with me but contributing greatly along the way with inspiration and insight. Sisterhood is a wonderful thing. We all need each other to get through this life and to become the mothers we want to be. Thanks for sharing. May we continue in 2009 to become even better!
As far as goals for this upcoming year, I have pondered what I need to focus on; what my family needs, what I need, what my relationships need. There are always the basic goals of shedding the winter coat and getting ready for swim suit season, but those goals seem so trivial compared to the tasks we have at hand this next year. We all know that this world is a different place than the world we grew up in and it will only continue along that downward path. Raising our children in this environment is tough, scary and exhausting. We have not only the influences of the world on them to worry about but also the effect of the economy in providing for them. My thoughts continually go to the idea of FORTIFICATION (please read that carefully) . Our job is to make our homes the refuge from the storm. I cannot control the value of the dollar, the cost of a gallon of gas or the lack of morality in the world but I can at least attempt to control what happens inside the walls of my home. To fortify my home I must do so both spiritually and temporally. Spiritually will entail a more valiant effort at scripture study, prayer and family home evening. It will entail a monthly meeting with each child to see where they are and the personal progress they are making. It will entail understanding what is going on in their worlds and how to best protect them from what is out there, ie, internet, cell phones and other influences. It will mean I need to work on my own ability to be inspired so I can know what I need to be doing to make this all happen. Temporally I need to make sure that no matter what happens with this troubled economy that I will be able to provide for my family. I need to make sure that my shelves are well stocked for meals for the year , general supplies are on hand and savings are increased. These goals have always been important to me but this year I feel a more of an urgency that it needs to happen now. I know we all feel this and procrastination needs to not be an option. This year will be a dedication on my part to self reliance. Our crazy world right now has the idea that our government should be the ones to take care of our every need. Pay off our debts, schooling, food. We are in charge of ourselves, our families. It is our job. I am not going to be waiting for Obama to deliver a basket of fruit to my door when the world is starving. I hope that we are all taking this seriously.
May we all be inspired this upcoming year and continue on the upward path. May we focus on what is truly important and what we need to be doing as mothers of these incredible little spirits. I am thankful for another year. Another chance at growth and becoming who I need to be.
Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I have always had my home sprayed but after Tate was diagnosed with autism, I became aware of the dangers of pesticides and chemicals so I switched to an earth friendly company. I made sure that they sprayed only on the fence line or house line, no where near toys, fruit trees or the garden. They assured me that they would never spray in that area. So, I went with it. Then, a cute little college bound boy came soliciting his bug spray company and in pity , I decided to go with him. He assured me that they would never spray near my garden, trees or heavy traffic areas. I felt OK with this as we have black widows and I don't want them sharing my backyard picnic bench with me or my children. I know I should probably do away with the pest control all together, but I thought I was getting sprayed responsibly. Today I realized that I made a mistake.
I came home from my 1st graders class party and saw the bug spray truck outside. First, I noticed that my entire driveway and walkway was completely hosed down, soaking wet. My front door, the handle, the windows, the stroller next to the door. All of it, drench. I went in, taking off my offending shoes and looked in horror at my back yard porch. All drenched. Kids shoes, bikes, picnic bench, toys, etc. Nothing left untouched. Then, I thought in horror....my garden. Please, don't be in the garden! He was headed out back to his truck. I ran to him and asked if he was in the garden.
"Oh, no mam. I knew that looked like food you would eat so I only sprayed around it and on the soil by the plants. I only sprayed the bottoms of the fruit trees, not the leaves also."
My heart sank. I went in, shocked. I looked in the back. My soil was soaking. My plants, misted. My fruit trees, wet with chemicals.
Call to the company. I want my service cancelled. I explained why. He informed me that I couldn't get out of my contract. I was still under control at this time. I asked for a supervisor. He said he would have one call me.
Heather from corporate called and said she talked to "Daryl" the bug man and repeated what Daryl had told me. She said that the chemicals do not hurt humans. Here is where I came unglued. Here is where I lost it altogether.
SAFE! Are you kidding me? Are you going to take a drink of it or let your children sit in a stroller drenched in it? Do you want to eat lettuce from the garden that you planted months ago and nurtured daily so your children can eat food that has not been sprayed with bug spray only to get that hard work stolen from you? Do you understand... Heather.....that a little bug spray goes along way and that for children with autism it is even worse? Do you understand that I have paid thousands of dollars in bio medical treatments to get these pesticides out of Tate's body and paid $600 for special orthopedic shoe inserts that were just hosed down with chemicals!
I was a nut case at this point. I could barely talk. Tears streaming down my face. How could she understand. How could she understand that everyday I am fighting a battle to remove autism from my child's life and in this one small instance of a routine pest control spray she just knocked us back one giant leap to recovery. I wanted her to know that what the world deems as "SAFE" is a joke. That there are 1 in 100 , at least with autism and that it is because we are making that happen. I wanted her to tell her employees that spraying our food, our toys , our strollers is NOT ok.
She was sorry. I asked again....I want my service canceled. She reminded me that I would have to deal with bugs. I told her, ma'am....I will take my cockroaches if that means I will have clean lettuce to eat.
Welcome back little pesky friends. Until I find a natural solution to rid you off my premises, enjoy your stay. It may be short. Please stay out of my house, a nice warm bush will be sufficient.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Thanks for the info , Tracey!
(Check out her blog to the right for more info)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Most of us are keenly aware of the situation in the world right now. It happened almost overnight it seemed, although it really was a work in progress. Many have been hit hard already, many just waiting to see how they will be affected. I think about this all the time. What are WE doing to prepare our homes, our families, our neighbors with the hard times that are to come? Are we the type to be the one thinking that if a hurricane came, we would just sit in our homes and hope that it would pass us by? Or, are we boarding up, preparing, getting ready so that IF the storm hits, we would be fortified.
My thoughts go in so many places on this topic and I really can't stop thinking about preparation these days. I think about our materialistic world, one in which I am present in and participate in. If you look at it from the outside, we have too much and waste too much. I was at the cabin last year working along side my grandpa Reid who is a child of the depression. I was using a rake, one which had to be from that era itself and the handle snapped. I told him that I would put it in the garbage and grab another one of the 20 plus rakes that he keeps around (he never throws anything away, another depression trait). He told me, "Don't throw it away, I will just put a new handle on it from a scrap I have laying around." I thought about the 20 plus rakes. I thought that surely we didn't need another one. Then, I thought about why he has so many. He values things. Our generation gets rid of something the minute it has a little scratch or problem. We are quick to replace instead of repair and reuse. I long for that society. The old saying "Eat it up, wear it out, use it up or do with out" should be back in style. The main reason our world is in such a mess is because we have shunned this saying altogether. We have spent more than we should, we waste food, money and think we need things that we don't. What have we been teaching our children? We want it all. We will now reap what we have sowed. There is hope. We can start now. We can teach our children what is important and correct our habits. We have started this in our family. We are watching what we spend even moreso and the children understand why. They get it. Our income may not be affected greatly now, but I am not going to wait. If you aren't the one affected now, great, but use that opportunity still to stock up, save and prepare because you can always then be in a position to help another in need. Besides, who knows if you will be spared. I think we are all to be touched by a little hardship.
It is overwhelming to think of where to start especially if you are in a financial hardship right now. But, it can be done little by little. First thing, start organizing your home so that you can find places to put extra supplies in. I junked out everything I could and even though I am the farthest thing from a pack rat, I still had several bags of donations to take out. I found extra space that shelves could be added. I created space I didn't think I had by eliminating things that I think I needed. This was all free. Next, start listing what you need to store. I love the website of Wendi Dewitt. You can check it out here. She breaks it down simply and tells you how to make a meal list and what to store. You can spend time learning how to can meats, fruits and saving for the equipment. There is another important thing we should be doing. Learning. Learning skills that we don't learn anymore. Learning to be resourceful. Do you know how to sew a hem? Cut bangs or little boys hair? Take care of a garden? Cook healthy meals on a budget?Make Bread? We need to get back to the basics and we need to create a network of friends who are willing to share their talents to teach these things if needed. This is all free. We can lean on each other more and utilize what we have here. Co oping with others who may have skills in areas that we need and offering up our services. My mother's ward had a neet program a few months back. They had a free rummage sale, so to speak. They had the members bring all items they wished to donate and made a store. They put up signs in different rooms for children's clothes, adults, household items, etc. People were then free to "shop" for what they needed for no cost. Consecration of goods. She lives in a nice area and thought this may be a bit of a pride issue for people. They got the hang of it and came out with some great things. We should be doing this type of thing in our communities. Helping each other out. Learning to be resourceful and share. Our society is out of practice.
This is a lot of rambling. But, I needed to get it off my chest. I read a very sober article last night. You can read it for yourself. It is from an interview with a man named Gerald Celente. He is a CEO of a trendsetter forecasting company who is famous for forecasting with accuracy the stock market crash of 87, the collapse of the soviet union and the current mortgage crisis. He is known as the modern day Nostradamus.I do not take this for prophecy but it is from a man who researches and gets it right. He gave this speech below on Fox news a few weeks back and even if he is only 1/4 right, it is scary. Take it for what you want, but at the very least, do something. No one was ever hurt by being prepared.
"The man who predicted the 1987 stock market crash and the fall of the Soviet Union is now forecasting revolution in America, food riots and tax rebellions - all within four years, while cautioning that putting food on the table will be a more pressing concern than buying Christmas gifts by 2012.
Gerald Celente, the CEO of Trends Research Institute, is renowned for his accuracy in predicting future world and economic events, which will send a chill down your spine considering what he told Fox News this week.
Celente says that by 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation, that there will be a revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts.
"We're going to see the end of the retail Christmas..we're going to see a fundamental shift take place..putting food on the table is going to be more important that putting gifts under the Christmas tree," said Celente, adding that the situation would be "worse than the great depression".
"America's going to go through a transition the likes of which no one is prepared for," said Celente, noting that people's refusal to acknowledge that America was even in a recession highlights how big a problem denial is in being ready for the true scale of the crisis.
Celente, who successfully predicted the 1997 Asian Currency
Crisis, the sub-prime mortgage collapse and the massive devaluation of the U.S. dollar, told UPI in November last year that the following year would be known as "The Panic of 2008," adding that "giants (would) tumble to their deaths," which is exactly what we have witnessed with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and others. He also said that the dollar would eventually be devalued by as much as 90 per cent.
The consequence of what we have seen unfold this year would lead to a lowering in living standards, Celente predicted a year ago, which is also being borne out by plummeting retail sales figures.
The prospect of revolution was a concept echoed by a British
Ministry of Defense report last year, which predicted that within 30 years, the growing gap between the super rich and the middle lass, along with an urban underclass threatening social order would mean, "The world's middle classes might unite, using access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in their own class interest," and that, "The middle classes could become a revolutionary class."
In a separate recent interview, Celente went further on the
subject of revolution in America.
"There will be a revolution in this country," he said.
"It's not going to come yet, but it's going to come down the line and we're going to see a third party and this was the catalyst for it: the takeover of Washington, D. C., in broad daylight by Wall Street in this bloodless coup. And it will happen as conditions continue to worsen."
"The first thing to do is organize with tax revolts. That's going
to be the big one because people can't afford to pay more school tax, property tax, any kind of tax. You're going to start seeing those kinds of protests start to develop."
"It's going to be very bleak. Very sad. And there is going to be a lot of homeless, the likes of which we have never seen before.
Tent cities are already sprouting up around the country and we're going to see many more."
"We're going to start seeing huge areas of vacant real estate and squatters living in them as well. It's going to be a picture the likes of which Americans are not going to be used to. It's going to come as a shock and with it, there's going to be a lot of crime. And the crime is going to be a lot worse than it was before because in the last 1929 Depression, people's minds weren't wrecked on all these modern drugs - over-the-counter drugs, or crystal meth or whatever it might be. So, you have a huge underclass of very desperate people with their minds chemically blown beyond anybody's comprehension."
The George Washington blog has compiled a list of quotes attesting to Celente's accuracy as a trend forecaster.
"When CNN wants to know about the Top Trends, we ask Gerald Celente."
- CNN Headline News
"A network of 25 experts whose range of specialties would rival many university faculties."
"Gerald Celente has a knack for getting the zeitgeist right."
- USA Today
"There's not a better trend forecaster than Gerald Celente. The man knows what he's talking about."
"Those who take their predictions seriously . consider the Trends Research Institute."
- The Wall Street Journal
"Gerald Celente is always ahead of the curve on trends and
uncannily on the mark . he's one of the most accurate forecasters around."
-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Mr. Celente tracks the world's social, economic and business trends for corporate clients."
- The New York Times
"Mr. Celente is a very intelligent guy. We are able to learn about trends from an authority."
- 48 Hours, CBS News
"Gerald Celente has a solid track record. He has predicted
everything from the 1987 stock market crash and the demise of the Soviet Union to green marketing and corporate downsizing."
- The Detroit News
"Gerald Celente forecast the 1987 stock market crash, 'green
marketing,' and the boom in gourmet coffees."
"The Trends Research Institute is the Standard and Poors of
The Los Angeles Times
"If Nostradamus were alive today, he'd have a hard time keeping up with Gerald Celente."
New York Post
So there you have it - hardly a nut job conspiracy theorist
blowhard now is he? The price of not heeding his warnings will be far greater than the cost of preparing for the future now.
Storable food and gold are two good places to make a start."
My two cents (and Gerald's) for the day. Take something from it. Start somewhere today. I do not get discouraged by this information. I get motivated and I find peace in knowing that if I am prepared, I need not worry. I look forward to the opportunity we have to grow as a family in learning to become more resourceful and to value even more what we have been given. It is a lesson for all. Are we listening?
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
We have a few children with wart problems in my house. We see a dermatologist and can't seem to get rid of them. There are a couple different oils for warts, depending on the type of wart, but for the general raised wart, lemongrass is working for us. You want to put it on the wart 2 times a day and it is best if you put it on a cloth or gauze and cover it so it maintains saturation. I made the mistake of putting it on a band aid and covering it. The finger turned orange from the band aide. I would recommend a clear band aide or something else! I have even just been putting the oil directly on the wart and not covering it and they are still shrinking daily. I am sure this is a slower process but works for the lazy person. I am impressed, and... it smells great!
I am sure many of you are up at night with little ones with croup, coughs or general congestion. It is the time of year. I also have a child with asthma so anything regarding the chest is an issue for us. I have decided to take my son off all asthma medication this year as it is very hard on the liver. However, since asthma has landed him in the hospital a good 4 times a year, this had to be a gradual process. It has taken me two years, but we just kicked the last of the meds and he is asthma free. He has been for two years. I owe it to liver cleanse, vitamin B, Spice of Life and exchange. You need to keep them healthy to begin with so if they do sink to the asthmatic level, they don't sink so low. Boost them up. Hopefully this eliminates the problem altogether but if they hit the low, exchange is a good blend for lung issues. You can also make a tea with peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus. One drop each. Add warm water, a little honey and sip. For the little croup kids, you can ever so tenderly go rub some exchange on their chests and throats when they are sleeping to help them open up. You can also use eucalyptus and even across the bridge of their noses. I hold my hand above their nose for a bit so they can inhale it. It works great. Infants can use this but weaken in a bit in some coconut oil.
Lavender is a great calming oil. It has so many uses, one of the most versatile of them all. It is an antiseptic, calming oil to help with anxiety and depression, headaches and migraines, hypertension and earaches. Great for throat infections, bronchitis, asthma, sinus congestion and provides allergy relief. Helps stimulate production of gastric juices and aids in digestion. I love it for its calming effects. Put a few drops in a bath, rub some on the soles of the feet of the little colic child or toddler who needs to relax a bit. It will help the asthmatic calm down in an attack. It is great for headaches especially when mixed with peppermint and rubbed on the forehead and the back of the neck. It is a natural insect repellent and helps with bites and stings. It is a great oil to have on hand.
I am placing an order this week if anyone is interested to save on shipping. The cost is as follows:
First aide kit: $110
(includes Lavender, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, tea tree, spice of life and fysical thera p)
I can order anytime if you want to order at a later date, just let me know. Check out the website and look at all the oils. Great stuff!
Friday, November 28, 2008
the 2008 turkey king.... Mr. Eric Lee! Although, I have to say, they were all three delicious and very hard to choose just one. We had one BBQ'd, one smoked and one herb roasted. Great work boys! I had a great time just hanging out all day with my entire family. I have six very funny brothers and six beautiful sister in laws all made possible by some incredible grandparents and a set of the best parents possible. Thank you all for being my family! And, because I ate quite a large handful of candy corn and never once said my thank you's, here you go....
I am thankful for....
Of course, my family. My Sweet wonderful husband who has never said an unkind thing to me in his life even when I have deserved it. Who never talks about anyone in any unkind way. A husband who lets me be sassy and still somehow thinks I am "it." A husband who lets me stay home and be a mom and even with puffy eyes and chubby thighs still makes me feel like a super model. I am thankful for my children and their many, many talents. For their desire to please and succeed. For their good hearts and desire to choose the right. For the way that my children are patient and loving with our little Tate. I am especially thankful that this week Tate started to say "mom", or sometimes "om". Either way, the most beautiful music there is.
I am thankful for my home and the beautiful neighborhood that I live in. For such great neighbors and friends who support me in all I do. I am thankful for my health and my energy. For grocery stores on every corner and cars to get there. I am thankful that I can go to church and worship how I please. I am thankful that I have faith that there is a God in heaven who loves me and wants me to succeed in life. Who is there when I am sincerely "done".
I am thankful for the wonderful friends that I have made from this blog who have taught me so much. Who have inspired me to learn more and share. I am thankful for it all. I have had such a blessed life and can't wait to see what the next year has for us! We all talk about what hard times these are, economically, emotionally, politically. But, we can't look past what plentiful blessings we have daily. Our freedom, our family, our church our health. We are blessed. I am thankful!
For a little something now to share....
I made some delicious pumpkin pancakes Thanksgiving morning and thought I would pass the recipe along. This is a great time to stock up on canned pumpkin. I bought several for $1 per can. These are good until the end of 2011 so stock up! They would be a welcomed addition to the year supply for a bit of variety. Here you go....
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 T brown sugar
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. allspice
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 T. vegetable oil
2 T. vinegar
Mix together milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Stir into pumpkin mixture just until combined. Add more milk if necessary. Cook on griddle.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
1 lb mild Italian sausage (jimmy dean)
½ c. Finley chopped onion
¼ c. olive oil
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 ½ quarts diced tomato
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp lawreys seasoning salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp sugar
Other ingredients needed to make lasagna:
1 ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 ½ cup mozzarella cheese
¾ lbs noodles
1 lb cottage cheese
Saute onion in olive oil. Add sausage and cook until brown. Drain oil. Add the spices and sugar and blend well. Add tomato paste and tomato sauce. Fill each can with water and add to meat. Add diced tomato’s (including the water).
Simmer 1 hour uncovered (there have been times when I haven’t had time to simmer for an hour and it still tasted great)
Cook noodles, drain and rinse in cold water.
In a 9x13 pan cover bottom with some sauce. Place noodles side by side, top with ½ cup Parmesan, ½ cup sauce and spread around, ½ cup mozzarella, ½ cup cottage cheese, ½ cup sauce. Repeat steps and end with a layer of noodles and put the remaining sauce and Parmesan cheese and garnish with mozzarella.
You can cover and chill for 2 hours or over night.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Yum. This is a runny lasagna! Mmmmm!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
2. Heat pint jars in a 250 degree oven for 20 minutes, without rings or seals. One pound of butter slightly more than fills one pint jar, so if you melt 11 pounds of butter, heat 12 pint jars. A roasting pan works well for holding the pint jars while in the oven.
3. While the jars are heating, melt butter slowly until it comes to a slow boil. Using a large spatula, stir the bottom of the pot often to keep the butter from scorching. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes at least: a good simmer time will lessen the amount of shaking required (see #5 below). Place the lids in a small pot and bring to a boil, leaving the lids in simmering water until needed.
4. Stirring the melted butter from the bottom to the top with a soup ladle or small pot with a handle, pour the melted butter carefully into heated jars through a canning jar funnel. Leave 3/4" of head space in the jar, which allows room for the shaking process.
5. Carefully wipe off the top of the jars, then get a hot lid from the simmering water, add the lid and ring and tighten securely. Lids will seal as they cool. Once a few lids "ping," shake while the jars are still warm, but cool enough to handle easily, because the butter will separate and become foamy on top and white on the bottom. In a few minutes, shake again, and repeat until the butter retains the same consistency throughout the jar.
6. At this point, while still slightly warm, put the jars into a refrigerator. While cooling and hardening, shake again, and the melted butter will then look like butter and become firm. This final shaking is very important! Check every 5 minutes and give the jars a little shake until they are hardened in the jar! Leave in the refrigerator for an hour.
7. Canned butter should store for 3 years or longer on a cool, dark shelf. [It does last a long time. We have just used up the last of the butter we canned in 1999, and it was fine after 5 years.] Canned butter does not "melt" again when opened, so it does not need to be refrigerated upon opening, provided it is used within a reasonable length of time.
Raygon (2 bottles)
For those of you who ordered other oils, I placed that order also so I will get them all to you next week. If I don't know your number or address, please email them to me.
Stay tuned.....I will be blogging about a liver cleanse with oils and also about a cookbook.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I went to a breakfast club meeting at Joe's farmhouse grill the other morning and we noticed that Joe himself was there. I had to go over and introduce myself to him. I had to let him know how much I love his restaurants and all that he stands for. He has worked hard to preserve the landmarks around here. He has restored some old buildings, kept up his farmland and uses his own produce in his restaurants. I wanted to thank him for that, for keeping things real and not selling out. He is the real deal. It just so happened that that day they were giving out 3000 free 1/2 pound burgers, fries and a drink for the locals. That is just how he is. I of course came back and got my free burger along with a coupon for a free breakfast and another talk with Joe. I shook his hand and with that I will be his new loyal friend. He has his farm stand now open for the public on Saturday mornings and Wednesdays at Agritopia for those who also want to be his loyal friend.
What is my point? We need to take care of each other. We need to support those businesses that go the extra effort and don't sell out to the "man". In return, we will be taken care of. It may take an extra buck here and there, but when you are in need, you have the loyal friends behind you. You will have a real person to deal with, not an automated system that never gives you a real person. I should have been a 50's housewife and lived in a small town but since I am not, I have made my own small town by getting to know those who I do business with and sticking with them. Thanks for all of the perks my loyal friends! Thanks for knowing my name! Thanks for the free burger ,Joe and for the pears, Julie and TJ! They were ever so sweet!
So, here is the deal. Since we all need to take care of each other, especially in these times, let me know on this blog if you have a business that you want some loyal friends to come to. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you have to offer. You can let us know any great deals you have or offer a discount by mentioning this blog. Free advertising. One big happy blogging family. Thanks to all my loyal friends out there! Love ya.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thanks for being patient. I promise, it is worth it! I will be blogging weekly about other oils to use.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Another great use for Spice of Life is for cleaning. You can take 10 drops in 2 1/2 C. water in a spray bottle. Shake and spray. Shake to mix before use each time. It is a great disinfectant and can be used to clean floors, counters , tubs, etc. Did you know that 1 gallon of pinesol has enough phenol to kill and adult 3 times over! It is also very easily absored through the feet after mopping and any residual on the hands. I learned in the oil class that our feet have over 300 pores per square inch. Wow. Think of all the chemicals we soak in. That is another reason why putting essential oils on your feet work so well.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I watch as my oldest sits at the table doing his homework, connected at all times to the cell phone ,interrupted every few minutes with the buzzing of a new text message. He is always at the phones beck and call. The I Pod is in his ear, always a sound in his head. I get in the car,quickly tune into Rush and Hannity, my stress level rises as I stress about our countries future. I go to they gym, quickly plug into the radio or TV filling my head with more noise and unbeneficial info. My phone rings, I run from hear to there, listen to children's complaints, get on the Internet, stuff my brain with too much info, etc.... So goes the day. I wonder, now with everything always at our fingertips, do we ever stop to just listen? Are we ever just still and think? Are we so filled with noise in our lives that we don't leave time for thoughts and inspiration? Do you remember the days before cell phones when the times that you left the house no one could call you? You were alone, no interruptions. You had time to think. The time before the internet when you didn't spend your time blogging or surfing. The time before I pods when you went for a run you were only left to your thoughts. My concern is that we are so filled with other peoples' thoughts that we don't think for ourselves. I have been pondering this idea and turned it off for a day. No noise in the car. No noise at the gym. No noise on my walk. I just listened. I thought. I enjoyed it. I thought about how much I love my family. How much I am blessed. What wonderful friends I have and how much I have learned in my life. I felt relaxed. My head was clear. I felt free.
I am grateful for the internet and cell phones. I can tap into such great information at my fingertips desires. I can call my children on my cell phone when I am not home to see how they are. Technology is wonderful. But, we need to be silent. We need to let our brains rest and let us be inspired. Inspiration does not come to those minds who are too busy to receive it. I remember an experience some years back as I was going about my daily chores, hurrying as usual to get them all done before I needed to leave for the day. I was hauling laundry furiously back and forth from the laundry room to the bedrooms. My little one year old was crying. I kept repeating, "one minute, let me finish." I was on a sprint, folding, dusting, wiping. I didn't want to stop. He was still crying. I didn't stop. He was finally silent. I kept going. Then, as I was still in my sprint with laundry in my hand, a voice almost audible said "stop!" I did. I was inspired. Go check on your baby! I listened. I found him. He was silent. He was blue. He wasn't breathing. I was too busy to check on him before. I gave him CPR and he started to breathe. I was so intent on getting the master list done. On working constantly, on always staying busy and "noisy" that I didn't listen until I was practically yelled at. Until it was almost too late.
So, I think... what are we missing by being so filled with noise in our lives? Whether it be noise from radios, cell phones, computers....noise from our busy lives and constant, unrelenting agendas. Always in a rat race to get things done and use every minute in our days if not more. We need to "Stop!" We need to just listen. We need to be inspired. Meditation works miracles to stress levels. We can become renewed. Ready for what comes our way. We can dump info that crowds our head before we fill it with more. Even the Lord took a day of rest after he created the world. We so need to give ourselves a rest. Turn off the radio. The election is over. Go for a run without the i pod. Turn off the cell phone for an hour. Just listen. Think. See what comes to YOUR mind before someone Else's voice blurts in. My two cents for the day.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
This blend of spices is nothing new to the world. These spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and pepper, to name a few have been used for centuries. History also reveals that during the black plague, cities that were rich in trade of many of these spices using them as perfumes and medicines were virtually spared of the disease.Why? These spices and herbs have powerful disease-fighting properties. They stimulate the immune system and have anti-microbial properties that equal or are better than modern day antiseptic and antibiotic drugs.
This blend is helpful for such things as:
colds flu fevers coughs sinusitis sore throat bronchitis viral infections
immune stimulant minor infections Epstein Barr bacterial infections
clears airborne bacteria respiratory infections swollen glands
My personal experience? My daughters friends were coming down with strep, she came home with a sore throat . I put a drop on the back of her hand and had her lick it. The sore throat was gone in the morning. My son had a fever one night. I did the same "lick-trick" and he woke up without a symptom. Now, when I hear of my kids being around another sicky or they feel something coming on, they get a drop or two. You can also put this on a little piece of apple to get it down them. It tastes like cinnamon. It works. I swear by it. This is nothing new, they have used it for centuries. We Americans prefer to spend hundreds of dollars going to the Dr. and subjecting our children to harmful drugs. My children never miss school. If they get a bug, it is gone in less than an evening. I don't even remember when the last time was one had to stay home from school other than the little guy. I also don't remember the last time any of them saw a Doctor for an illness. It has been years, we're talking 3-5 years! Check it out! Remember, each little vial has about 300 drops in it so it will last for quite a while.