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Fall is right around the corner, and so are the nasty little germs that come with it. It is not even September, yet my boys have managed to pick up on the sore throat bug that is going around this week. Time to start planning, and making

your home made remedies! The Lord provided so much for us to use to fight colds & sickness. Before running to the doctor, try what is in His medicine cabinet first. ūüôā
This is what my boys and I are making this weekend. Thought we would share….Kids Honey Lemon Sore Throat Lollipops RecipeWhat you’ll need…
Honey: 1 cup, but use as much or as little as you like.
Essential Lemon Oil: 3-4 drops if you are comfortable with that
or pure organic lemon extract 1 teaspoon
Lollipop sticks
Candy thermometer
nonstick cookie mat or hard candy moldHow many lollipops you get will depend on what size you make them.

Have ready ahead of time your nonstick pad and lollipop sticks so that when the mixture is ready to work with, everything else is too.

Using a medium sized pot, place on the stove, add hone, lemon oil and candy thermometer. You want the honey to reach 300 degrees. Once mixture is to temperature take off the heat and work carefully and quickly to spoon out about a teaspoon size bit of honey onto the mat and then place your lollipop stick into the blob. Let honey cool completely before removing.

Wrap them in wax paper with a ribbon, saran wrap, or whatever tickles your fancy.

Then sit back with a good movie, cuddle & enjoy. ūüôā

*just a reminder: Do not give honey to children under the age of 1 ! ūüėČ

~April
Photo: Fall is right around the corner, and so are the nasty little germs that come with it.  It is not even September, yet my boys have managed to pick up on the sore throat bug that is going around this week.  Time to start planning, and making your home made remedies!  The Lord provided so much for us to use to fight colds & sickness.  Before running to the doctor, try what is in His medicine cabinet first. :)<br /><br /><br />
This is what my boys and I are making this weekend.  Thought we would share....</p><br /><br />
<p>Kids Honey Lemon Sore Throat Lollipops Recipe</p><br /><br />
<p>What you'll need...<br /><br /><br />
Honey:  1 cup, but use as much or as little as you like.<br /><br /><br />
Essential Lemon Oil: 3-4 drops if you are comfortable with that<br /><br /><br />
 or pure organic lemon extract 1 teaspoon<br /><br /><br />
Lollipop sticks<br /><br /><br />
Candy thermometer<br /><br /><br />
nonstick cookie mat or hard candy mold</p><br /><br />
<p>How many lollipops you get will depend on what size you make them.</p><br /><br />
<p>Have ready ahead of time your nonstick pad and lollipop sticks so that when the mixture is ready to work with, everything else is too.</p><br /><br />
<p>Using a medium sized pot, place on the stove, add hone, lemon oil and candy thermometer. You want the honey to reach 300 degrees. Once mixture is to temperature take off the heat and work carefully and quickly to spoon out about a teaspoon size bit of honey onto the mat and then place your lollipop stick into the blob. Let honey cool completely before removing.</p><br /><br />
<p>Wrap them in wax paper with a ribbon, saran wrap, or whatever tickles your fancy.  </p><br /><br />
<p>Then sit back with a good movie, cuddle & enjoy. :)</p><br /><br />
<p>*just a reminder: Do not give honey to children under the age of 1 ! ;)

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Hardly anything makes my skin craw. The exceptions being maggots, cockroaches, and lice. ¬† A new school year is starting for most and that brings with it sports, friends, Awanas, and LICE! Homeschooler’s are not an exception. 2 years ago when my third child was 3 months old my daughter brought home these little buggers from T-ball.¬† As most do, I freaked out.¬† We bought all the products on the market.¬† The hair poisons and spray poisons for bedding and furniture.¬† My mom came for a visit and we went crazy .¬† We washed all the clothes we own,¬† cleaned every room spraying down beds, pillows and we¬†quarantined toys.¬† It took a lot of time and was stressful with a new baby.¬† I poisoned my older children’s, husband’s and my own head with store-bought lice removal chemicals.¬† It was horrible, especially since I¬†was breastfeeding.¬† I feared I was poisoning my baby and my children,¬† but the Dr.’s assured me it had no effect on them.¬† A week went by and while sitting at the dinner table I saw a little black bug dart across my daughter’s forehead. AHHH!!! the lice were not gone.¬† I called the DR. again and they said to do another treatment.¬† So, unfortunately, I did.¬† I cleaned the whole house again. ¬†A week or so later‚Ķ we still had lice!¬† I started researching alternative methods.¬† I couldn’t stomach poisoning my family yet again.¬† I tried all the over the counter natural products and several off the internet without success.¬† That’s when I broke down and just cried out to the Lord to remove this plague from my family. I surrendered it over to Him.¬† I did all I could do and was spent. Then I found The Lice Program. ¬† This website was full of great information and research. I learned why I could not get rid of these nasty pest.¬† They had become a super bug.

“A new strain of hair or head lice has been around infesting people all over the world for a number of years now. The lice are not killed by modern shampoos and chemical treatments currently available in the drugstore or chemist‚Ķ¬† Unfortunately, most members of the public are still unaware that a ‘resistant strain of head lice exists. They purchase lice shampoos only to discover later, after their money is spent, that the lice have not been killed by the treatment. They may then try other methods, like the traditional combing through with a lice comb, or by applying ‘alternate’ lotions and potions, but find they are still unable to eradicate the lice infestation.” from The¬†Lice Program’s website.

These people studied the reproductive cycle of head lice and came up with a program that eradicated these pest without chemicals. ¬†The only thing you need for this program is a lice comb. This¬†program uses the ‘combing’ technique in such a way as to remove the lice in stages which interrupts and disables reproduction.

Here is the graph showing the action you should take each day based on the lice’s activity.

The 21 day lice program    
Not started yet ->  Still reading THE PROGRAM
Entering the war->  Day 0 VIP
Removing the Layers->  Day 1
Getting the evaders->  Day 2
Re-arming (Rest)->  Day 3
Re-arming (Rest)->  Day 4
Final Sweep 1->  Day 5 VIP
Re-arming (Rest)->  Day 6
Facing their 2nd attack->  Day 7
Re-arming (Rest)->  Day 8
Getting the 2nd Wave->  Day 9
Re-arming (Rest)->  Day 10
Re-arming (Rest)->  Day 11
Final Sweep 2->  Day 12 VIP
Re-arming (Rest)->  Day 13
Critical Action a->  Day 14
Critical Action b->  Day 15
Super-Critical Day->  Day 16 VIP
Re-arming (Rest)->  Day 17
Re-arming (Rest)->  Day 18
Belt & Braces day 1->  Day 19
Belt & Braces day 2->  Day 20
Last Chance Day->  Day 21 VIP
Program Over->  LICE GONE!!

 

The cool thing about this program is that you don’t have to bomb your whole house, or even comb everyday and it works! ¬†There are days of rest and the combing method takes care of reinfestation¬†from¬†any lice around your home . I still changed pillowcases and towels daily.

We just used this method while in the shower.  I even put conditioner in my hair to make the combing easier.  Check out their web page.  There is detailed information for each day of the program along with lots of helpful advice.  You  have to follow the directions precisely. My hope in sharing this is not to make you itch for the rest of the day, but to keep lice from potentially being a traumatic event in your life.

Common Myths about Head Lice

  • They spread disease.¬† They are annoying but not harmful. They can cause itchiness of the scalp but even this rather benign symptom often only appears with a prolonged infestation of weeks to months.
  • You can get them from pets. No, you can‚Äôt. And your dog or cat won‚Äôt get them from your kids. Head lice like people, not animals.
  • Having lice means your children are dirty.¬† Head lice prefer clean hair.
  • Lice jump and fly.¬† They just crawl off one head and onto another, or from a piece of clothing to a head.
  • My child does not have an itchy head so she couldn‚Äôt have head lice. ¬† ¬†¬†80% of people never have itching symptoms The itching is caused by an allergic reaction to the louse bite. Much like mosquitoes head lice leave behind a residue of anticoagulant, anesthetic and saliva when they take a blood meal. Most people do not react to these substances right away, but some people do develop an allergic reaction over time.
  • I should use a pesticide on every surface of my house if my child has lice¬†Off of the body, lice can only survive for a day or two. Nits that hatch will die if they¬†don’t find food within hours. There is no need to clean every inch of the house.

What to look for.

Head lice can be detected by looking closely at the hair and scalp for nits, nymphs, or adults. Locating a nymph or adult can be difficult because there are usually only a few of them, and they move quickly. If you have dark hair the eggs might be easier to see.¬† They are white and resemble dandruff.¬† The only difference is that they are super-glued in and you won’t be able to blow them off.¬† The best way to see is to comb through your hair with a lice comb dipping it in scalding water and seeing what is left behind.

If you know of an outbreak among friends tea tree oil has been known to dieter lice.  Boys keep hair short and girls keep hair in a pony tail or braid.

-Theresa

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; 

Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.But I have trusted in thy mercy;

my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:3-6

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I have always heard so many good things about lavender so when I started my herb collection earlier this summer, I bought a lavender plant.
I still am not sure quite what to do with it. To be honest, I haven’t yet taken the time to do any

 research, but I love the way it looks & smells!
I saw this recipe for Lavender Lemonade, and I knew I just had to try it. It’s so simple, how could I not? So tonight I went and snipped a few buds off of my plant, and once they are dry I will let you know how it turns out. :)Besides the fact that the fragrance of lavender is one of my favorites, lavender is an herb with many wonderful attributes! Lavender essential oil can be inhaled, added to bath water or applied to the skin to provide support for migraines, dizziness, and digestive disorders. Trials in 1980 showed that lavender is effective as a antibacterial and antimicrobial against dental decay. Research in 1976 showed that it purifies and deodorize the air, killing many microbes within 3 hours after exposure to the oil. As an antiseptic and disinfectant and with the ability to heal wounds, lavender essential oil is part of my first aid kit. Applying undiluted lavender oil to a burn and then following with cold water to remove the sting will assist in healing.

With the sedative action of lavender, a mild infusion (tea) of the lavender buds promotes natural sleep. Adding its antispasmodic action, drinking the tea supports insomnia, poor digestion, migraines, and irritability.

But now for the lemon in lavender lemonade… Of course lemon is full of vitamin C, but did you know that there are compounds in lemons called limonoids that have been shown to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon? Scientists from the US Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are now investigating the potential cholesterol-lowering effects of limonin. Another study indicates that lemons may provide humans with protection against inflammatory polyarthritis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis involving two or more joints. Lemon is also an antiseptic that can be used on insect bites and stings. It can even be used straight on warts. You probably already knew that it is great for cleaning, and home made hand sanitizer.

If you don’t have a lavender plant, you can order the buds online. Go ahead and try it! Your body will thank you. ūüôā

Yields a little over one quart

4 cups of water
4 fresh organic lemons, squeezed and seeds strained out (but leave in some of the pulp)
1 tbsp dried lavender buds
1/8 cup raw blue agave nectar

Pour one cup of boiling water over lavender buds.
Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
Combine remaining 3 cups of water with lemon juice.
Mix with steeped lavender water.
Add agave nectar and stir.
Chill before serving.
The amount of agave nectar may need to be adjusted to taste.

I can’t wait to try it!
~April

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‚ÄúThe writing is on the wall.‚ÄĚ ¬†What does that mean to you? ¬†Doom? ¬†That is EXACTLY what it meant for King Belshazzar.

During a banquet he held for his nobles, his wives and concubines, they drank from goblets of silver and gold that had been taken from the Temple in Jerusalem, all the while praising the gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron and wood. Imagine his surprise as he watched a disembodied hand write words on a wall! He called for Daniel, who interpreted the mysterious writing for Belshazzar, declaring God’s message that Belshazzar’s pride had brought his downfall and that his days as king were numbered. That very night the king was assassinated, and Darius the Mede took his place.  You can read the passage here, in Daniel 5.

What does the writing on your wall say about your walk with God?  Your marriage?  Ask God to reveal to you what you have been sowing and building with your words and actions into your life and marriage.  Wives, have you been encouraging your husband with your words?  Have you been his #1 cheerleader?  Husbands, have you been nurturing your wives, enabling them to be all God created them to be?  Have you been protecting your wife?  Have you been leading her in the way God intended?

The writing on the wall doesn’t have to mean doom for your marriage.  Our God is the god of second chances! Thank God for the hope and power of the resurrection! Take what God reveals to you and give it to Him.  Seek His forgiveness.  Choose to walk away from the wall changed, empowered by His truth, and walk out His Word in your marriage.  God is the god of hope- as long as you are breathing and willing to let the Holy  Spirit work in you, He will change you.  Let Him change the writing on your wall to a message of HOPE!

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God’s Beauty Spa

Here are some of my favorite ¬†beauty treatment recipes, straight from God’s creation – ¬†pure and untouched by man made chemicals. ¬†Especially when you buy organic ingredients.

For the BODY: Brown Sugar Lemony Body Scrub (my mom has done this one for YEARS. She’s 56 years old & still has beautiful skin)

This particular scrub has lemon, which works as a natural disinfectant. It will open up and cleanse clogged pores. The oils from the mixture will

 leave you with soft, healthy glowing skin.1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup sea salt, 2 tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil, ) 1 tbsp of honey, 2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 tbsp of your favorite essential oil (I recommend bergamot for energy, eucalyptus or spearmint for stress relief and lavender or jasmine for something more relaxing.)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until it turns into a paste. Apply to moist skin in circular motion using your fingertips to help skin cells slough off faster.
Rinse off with warm water, and use fave moisturizer.TEETH: Strawberry Bleach Mask

This natural mixture will remove any stains and discoloration on your teeth. Crush or blend one ripe strawberry and mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Apply the mixture on teeth with toothbrush and let it set for 5 minutes; then brush with your regular toothpaste. Repeat once a week.

FACE: Honey Oats Face Scrub

Combine 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon finely ground almonds, 2 tablespoons dry oatmeal and some lemon juice or yogurt and mix into a facial scrub. Massage mixture gently onto face, then rinse with warm water. Use fave moisturizer.

Deep Facial Cleanse:

1 part castor oil, to 3 parts sunflower (or olive) oil. Put it a bottle, and shake well. Hold your head over steam from the faucet. Once pores are open, rub mixture in. (Don’t be afraid of putting oil on your face, your skin has oil in it naturally!) Let sit for about 5 minutes, and then lay a HOT, wet, washcloth over your face. Allow the steam to evaporate the oil. Repeat 2-3 times, until the oil is lifted & your skin has a healthy glow!

For face lotion, I have my own mixture of shea butter, coconut oil, rosehip oil & vitamin E oil that I am still perfecting. It turns out different every time I make it, so I will withhold the info as of right now, as to how I make it. If you want, just play around with those ingredients, and even add a few of your own & let us know how it turned out! ;D

Enjoy God’s beauty ingredients, and have a spa day right in your kitchen!
~April

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Saw this on “Kalyn’s Kitchen” via the “Organically Natural Child”, and just had to post it. ¬†I am a sucker for anything zucchini, and I can just imagine what all that cheese & sauce slapped on it is going to taste like! ¬† I will most¬†definitely¬†¬†be stopping by the grocery store on our way home from church tomorrow to buy the ingredients. ¬†It will be the perfect quick and easy (not to mention, healthy) Sunday lunch!

Cut slices of zucchini about 3/4 inch thick, then brush both sides lightly with olive oil.

Grill the zucchini slices on one side for about 7-8 minutes, or until there are some grill marks and the zucchini is starting to get tender. (If the slice has one side that’s larger, grill that side first so it’s the top of the pizza.) If you don’t have a grill, this could definitely be cooked under the broiler.
Remove the zucchini slices from the grill and put on a cutting board with grilled side up so you can carry them into the kitchen to add the toppings.
I put about 1 T pizza sauce on the top of each zucchini slice, but the amount will depend on how big your slices of zucchini are. You can heat the sauce if you’d like, but next time I might not bother. (I think¬†Basil Pesto¬†or some type of white sauce would also taste great on this.)
Then put other toppings as desired on top of the sauce. I added a pinch of pizza cheese, a few slices of turkey pepperoni, and then a slight sprinkle of additional cheese. (I used to laugh when Emeril said on TV “We’re really cooking here,” but you can see there was no food stylist for this shot. Sorry about the messy photo, but you get the idea.)

Then put the topped pizzas back on the grill (or under the broiler) and cook for 7-8 minutes more (or probably less time for broiling.)

Remove pizza from the grill and serve hot! This pizza will be a hit with zucchini-loving adults who like pizza. I’m not sure if kids who were real picky about veggies would eat this, but I’m guessing quite a few kids would like it.
Ummmm, yeah…. that would be me, the “zucchini-loving adult”. ūüôā ~April

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As a mother of four small children I don’t get to the store very often. ¬†When I do the last thing I think about is deodorant. So I usually go with out. About a month ago I was cooking dinner for the family and noticed that I really needed to buy some deodorant. ¬†At this point in my life a shower is a sacred and unfortunately an experience I don’t get to partake in as much as I’d like. I was cooking with extra virgin coconut oil and as mot of you surly do I rub a little in my hair and on my lips. (if you don’t, I’m sure you will now) This time, for some reason, I decided to rub some in my arm pits too. ¬†And wouldn’t you know it, fresh as the dew in spring time! ¬†Well.. the point is it worked! ¬†I then searched the web and found tons of homemade deodorant recipes and from them came up with my own from what.

Here is what I did.

I used:

2 Tablespoons of Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut oil

1 Tablespoon of organic Shea Butter with natural Hawaiian Kuki nut oil

1 Tablespoon of cornstarch or Arrowroot powder. (Some cornstarch brands contain GMOs or talc.  Do some research. I just found out Argo contains GMOs so I will be using something else in the future)

1/2 Tablespoon of baking soda

Mix the dry ingredients. ¬†Soften the oil and butter so they mix well and combine ingredients. Store in a small jar or plastic container with a lid ¬†rather than an old deodorant container. ¬†When your house gets warm the oil gets runny. ¬†Take your fingers and massage a bit in your pits and you are good to go. ¬†If you don’t like runny, store it in your refrigerator. This deodorant has worked very well for me. ¬†It keeps me dry and I love the tropical scent of the coconut and Kukui nut oils. ¬†You can scent yours however you want with essential oils. ¬†Will I buy deodorant again, ¬†no way. ¬†This is so easy to make and doesn’t have those nasty chemicals that regular deodorant has.

Aluminum compounds:  It has been suggested that there is an association between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease.

Parabens: A reproductive toxin that acts like estrogen. Estrogen is known to drive the growth of cancerous cells.

Triclosan: is classified as a pesticide by the FDA.

Talc:  is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Propylene glycol l: is a neurotoxin and may cause kidney or liver damage.

These are just a few of the harmful ingredients in deodorant.  The list goes on.  All the more reason to make your own deodorant. The only downside is your fingers get a little greasy while applying.

-Theresa

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4

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