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I made soap!

I made soap! I am excitedly waiting for them to cure, 4-6 weeks seems like an eternity!

This is my oatmeal, milk & honey. It has colloidal oatmeal, goats milk and TX honey in it. It smells so good!

This is my Ocean Swirl. It smells so clean and refreshing!

I did learn something with both, so learning more as I go. Yay 😁 me!

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Soap making

Well, I purchased everything to get atleast one batch if not two different batches of soap done. Unfortunately it is going take awhile to get the supplies to me tho, I thought it would take a few days not over a week.

😔, I guess I have to relearn patience…especially since the setting time for the soap is going to be a month as well.

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Adding to my Skills

To start off, I make a variety of homemade skin items.  What I have made in the past: lip balms (variety of flavors), lotion bars, neosporin (which my family swears by and says is better than the store bought stuff), body butter, eczema cream (which I had some say it saved their poor babies skin), sugar scrubs, sun screen, and more I can’t even think of at this time.

Now I am looking into making soap.  I am in the midst of purchasing items to delve into the world of cold process soap making.

homemade-cold-process-soap

It is an interesting process, the first of it is pretty fast, then once in the mold to set is which is atleast 24-48 hours (since it heats up and then sets), this is all before it can be cut into bars.  Then after un-molding the loaf is to be cut into bars and then they have to set for 4-6 weeks to harden to become the best lasting soap bars.  My first batch is going to be oatmeal, milk & honey with oatmeal inside to feel even better.  I am real excited, can hardly wait until I get my shipment in.

 

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Busy or Productive, which are you?

Have you ever considered when you talk to someone about what you say and what you actually mean?  For example when you say that you are or have been busy and what you actually mean is you have been productive?

When talking to someone, and when asked ‘how have you been?’ or ‘what have you been up to?’ and you respond with ‘busy’, do you consider what that actually means?  I know in my generation (and I have no idea what generation I am in or what my kids are in now, but I digress) we were taught to think more about how we say things before we say them.

Busy

Ok, here is what I mean, do you know what the definition of busy actually is, compared to the word productive?

Definition of busy is having a great deal to do or keeping occupied, according to google.

Definition of productive is yielding results, benefits or profits, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Having Time

So, with that being said, are you busy all the time or are you productive, or to think about it, maybe a mix of both?  In today’s society we use some words interchangeably and sometimes too much.

Here’s another question….when one is being productive are they also busy; which is to say, when one is busy are they being productive s well?  Yea I know, makes you actually think!  There are plenty of times I am busy and not being productive but times I am being productive and am busy!

 

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Clean Green

Cleaning Greener

People have asked me in the past how I clean, what do I use…especially when my kids were crawling and moms would say something like, ‘ugh got to watch if they put their hands in their mouths because of the cleaners I use’. I’d just smile and say, ‘nope not in my house…I can eat or drink just about everything if not everything I use to clean with!’

I am always learning new things to clean with and make my house smell fresher and such.

Why Green Clean?

• Safe for you and your family

• Easy on the pocket

• Highly effective

• Environmentally friendly

Facts

• Many household cleaners contain toxic chemicals. These chemicals may cause short-term and long-term health problems when you use them.1

• Children are often more vulnerable to chemical exposure during developmental stages, and certain chemicals may interfere with the development of their neurological, endocrine, and immune systems.2  Main routes of exposure: eating, drinking, breathing, and touching.

• Younger children have higher respiratory rates than adults, therefore they absorb more air contaminants per unit of weight, meaning they experience a higher inhaled dose.2

• According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside a typical home is 200–500 percent more polluted than the air outside mainly due to toxic household cleaning products.

Must-Have Basics

BAKING SODA

Absorbs and eliminates odor. Use to clean countertops, sinks, and tubs. Sprinkle some baking soda on your carpet and vacuum after 15 minutes for a fresher look and feel.

WHITE VINEGAR

Contains natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. Cuts grease and dissolves mineral deposits.

CASTILE SOAP

Lifts dirt, cuts grease, and eliminates tough stains. Pour a small amount over baking sheets and pans then scrub for a few minutes, and you’ll have clean, shiny results.

SALT

Salt is an effective scouring agent. Pour salt mixed with hot water down the kitchen sink regularly to deodorize and keep grease from building up. Mix salt with Lemon essential oil and use to remove stubborn coffee and tea cup stains.

doTERRA FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL or OLIVE OIL

Great natural cleaner and polisher. Rub it into leather or polish wood surfaces. Flip to page 24 for more details.

BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR CLEANING

Lemon

Lime

Wild Orange

Douglas Fir

Eucalyptus

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

• Purify Cleansing Blend

Thyme

Peppermint

• doTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend

• doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate

• Tip: Replace toxic air fresheners with a diffuser.

Base Ingredients + Essential Oils

Make your own non-toxic cleaning products using these simple ingredients and doTERRA essential oils.

PINE FLOOR CLEANER

Ingredients

• 1 gallon warm water

• 2 tablespoon liquid castile

• 5 drops Douglas Fir essential oil

• 5 drops White Fir essential oil

• 5 drops Cypress essential oil

• 10 drops Lemon essential oil

Instructions

1 Add soap and essential oils to bucket of warm water.

2 Use mop or rag to clean floors.

3 Pour into a spray bottle for cleaning countertops.

Note: This solution does not need to be rinsed off.

ALL-PURPOSE CLEANING SPRAY

Ingredients

• 1 cup warm water

• 1 cup white vinegar

• 25 drops Wild Orange essential oil or other essential oil of choice

Instructions

1 In a spray bottle, combine water and vinegar.

2 Add essential oil(s) of choice. Shake well.

3 Use on counters, wood, glass, stainless steel, and porcelain.

4 Wipe with a microfiber cloth or paper towel.

“LIME” SCALE REMOVER

Ingredients

• ½ cup Baking Soda

• 3 tablespoons water

• 10 drops Lemon essential oil

• 10 drops Lime essential oil

Instructions

1 And water and essential oils to baking soda.

2 Mix into a paste.

3 Rub a small amount onto surface.

4 Let sit for 20 minutes.

5 Wipe off with wet cloth.

References

1. Household Cleaning Products: What Every Woman Should Know. womensvoices.org/safe-cleaning-products/basic/

2. ATSDR Case Studies in Environmental Medicine Principles of Pediatric Environmental Health. The Child as Susceptible Host: A Developmental Approach to Pediatric Environmental Medicine. atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/ped_env_health/docs/ped_env_health.pdf

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Been busy….

I’ve been busy since I last posted. Here are some things that I have done while away.

Here is something I love to make but my stomach hates me for eating too much of when I do. This is what I call barley risotto, it has onions, mushrooms, butter, chicken broth, leftover roasted chicken and yes barley.

Unfortunately my daughters kitty, Bruce, got down and sick, come to find out he has some chronic illness that if stressed enough will bring it on. Poor thing was sick for about a week and really loved medicine time…we mixed it with wet food. He is such a character.

We adopted this cutie, the stressor to kitty :(. Ended up being too much for our whole family, other critters included so we had to give him back. ;(.

Our sweet momma dog, Cleo, left us a few weeks after we got crazy dog. It was very hard for my hubby and I, especially my hubby since he had had her since a pup.

Our sweetie, Dexter, passed away a few weeks ago. Come to find out since ferrets have so much inbreeding they don’t live very long due to tumors or other illnesses. We think he had a tumor on his pancreas.

We got this cutie, Nutmeg, seeing that our other ferret baby seemed to be lonely and depressed due to his brother passing. She is alot of fun and crazy in a very little package. Lol

WIPS and projects is progress…

Will explain them more later! Bye for now!

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Valentines Day…today’s pondering

Valentines day is here…to me and my husband it’s just another day. We show our love for one another each and every day, we don’t need one over another to make it more special. The commercialization of this holiday has soured us as well as the previous fact.I figured I would share some knowledge about this day in history and show that valentines is not all about love, it sure as hell didn’t start that way!

To start:

“The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St.”Valentine’s Day.Feb 13, 2011History.com

Hmmm…, ok to educate those that don’t know, but being a martyr is about death, not love! As defined below:

mar·tyr
a person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs. “saints, martyrs, and witnesses to the faith”. Dictionary.com

So here is some more historic info to throw your way and show yet again this day was about death not love.

The origins of this valentines day festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled.This drawing depicts the death of St. Valentine — one of them, one of them anyway.

Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them.

Hmmmmmmm….yea not happening now days to keep the love alive!!

Those Wild And Crazy Romans

From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.The Roman romantics “were drunk. They were naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be, um, coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right.The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day.Later, Pope Gelasius I muddled things in the 5th century by combining St. Valentine’s Day with Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. But the festival was more of a theatrical interpretation of what it had once been. Lenski adds, “It was a little more of a drunken revel, but the Christians put clothes back on it. That didn’t stop it from being a day of fertility and love.”Around the same time, the Normans celebrated Galatin’s Day. Galatin meant “lover of women.” That was likely confused with St. Valentine’s Day at some point, in part because they sound alike.William Shakespeare helped romanticize Valentine’s Day in his work, and it gained popularity throughout Britain and the rest of Europe.Perry-Castañeda Library, University of Texas

Shakespeare In Love

As the years went on, the holiday grew sweeter. Chaucer and Shakespeare romanticized it in their work, and it gained popularity throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. Handmade paper cards became the tokens-du-jour in the Middle Ages.Eventually, the tradition made its way to the New World. The industrial revolution ushered in factory-made cards in the 19th century. And in 1913, Hallmark Cards of Kansas City, Mo., began mass producing valentines. February has not been the same since.Today, the holiday is big business: According to market research firm IBIS World, Valentine’s Day sales reached $17.6 billion last year; this year’s sales are expected to total $18.6 billion.But that commercialization has spoiled the day for many.

(As it has for my hubby and me!).

Helen Fisher, a sociologist at Rutgers University, says we have only ourselves to blame.”This isn’t a command performance,” she says. “If people didn’t want to buy Hallmark cards, they would not be bought, and Hallmark would go out of business.”And so the celebration of Valentine’s Day goes on, in varied ways. Many will break the bank buying jewelry and flowers for their beloveds. Others will celebrate in a SAD (that’s Single Awareness Day) way, dining alone and binging on self-gifted chocolates. A few may even be spending this day the same way the early Romans did. But let’s not go there.Darkness of Valentines Day

So there you go….something to 🤔 think about.

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Lentils recipe…my way

I saw a recipe for lentils and liked most of it, minus the soy sauce, but adding a few more ingredients.

It was called Canal House Lentils recipe, but I made it my own.

Sauté leeks (that are chopped how you like and cleaned well), minced garlic, and chopped mushrooms in butter.

After about 5 minutes or so, add a tablespoon of tomato paste and sauté for a few.

Add a cup of lentils and 2 1/2 cups water and simmer until done. The directions say 45-55 minutes, mine didn’t take 30, Im still getting used to my stove.

Due to the over doneness of the lentils I added cream and a cup of cooked barley (cooked in 2 cups chicken stock until it adsorbed it all) to add depth and flavor.

I had seconds. Adding some cooked chicken would make it a whole meal.

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Another WIP in Progress

I’ve been working on this afghan for my daughter. It was supposed to be to help her anxiety with our move. Our move was this past September and I kept talking with her and a few things I said to her and her new school helped her get over her anxiety, this time.

But Im still working on the afghan and now her kitty 🐱 decided that my lap was the nap spot to be right now. 😉