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Dry, Cracked Skin Remedy?


I’m no scientist or dermatologist.  I do not claim to be a knowledgeable person on all things medical.  On this issue, I claim experience helps.  What I’m about to tell you is not FDA approved nor cure any diseases.  Please consult a real physician for your medical needs.  With that disclaimer said: I think I might have discovered something.  I haven’t blogged in a while but I was so excited to wake up this morning to share this little tidbit of info!!

It’s winter.  The snow brightens the ground with its white beauty.  The air is crisp and well, cold.  It’s about 20 degrees right now and it’s supposed to snow tonight, Friday and Saturday, to my anticipation!!  I love snow!  There is much hoar frost outside wonderfully glistening on everything.  My skin is typical lizard skin this time of year.  I also cut my finger a few years ago and hit a nerve and the spot is still numbingly painful.  Well, the blood doesn’t come to that part of my thumb and the skin has been slowly losing its luster.  And my other fingers have slowly been following suit. Lotion doesn’t cut it. Another odd thing about me is I am very OCD and old “skool” and wash all my dishes by hand.  Oh, yes, I do. (And I have 4 kids so don’t even try to say it’s because I have nothing else to do.)  I only use the dishwasher as a drying rack and it holds a ton more than those counter racks.  Anyway, I digress.  So, last night at 2am (you read that right) while I was finishing the last of my dishes, I had an light bulb go off!!  Breakthrough, maybe!!  I had read around a couple years ago about how sea salt was good for your skin; how people have experienced their best skin during visits to the beach.  Possibly because of the salty sea water.  So, last night, I decided to add salt to my HOT dish water.  I mean, my fingers were bad.  So as I washing dishes, the water felt slimier than usual.  I think water softener is made from a form of salt?  We have hard water but I remember some friends having soft water and I didn’t really like to shower in it because the water felt slimy.  Anyway, my hands are soft and only a slight residue from the dryness remains.  I was impressed- I AM impressed!  I don’t know the science behind it but I will be salting my dish water from now on.  Maybe it reveals the lack of salt within ones body?  I know I don’t sweat enough.  I’m not an easy sweat-er, meaning I don’t sweat easily, besides my pits- TMI!  So, that’s it.  It’s the little things in life, people!


DIY, Natural Moisturizing Cream

September 30, 2013 Leave a comment

At about 3 months, my infant started having this diaper rash.  It wasn’t a typical diaper rash.  So I set out to put some more natural cream on his sensitive baby skin.  Their skin is so thin that they absorb everything so much faster and easier.  After all the Pinterest exposure, I’m sure I could come up with something.  I had coconut oil and jojoba oil.  So, I just mixed some  parts coconut to 1 part jojoba oil.  The coconut oil is solid and it melts right in your hand.  At least it does in mine.  I just mixed them in a container (the one that I would be storing it in) with a stick.  I can’t say it healed it up completely but it definitely moisturizes.  It seemed to help the first few days but after a week, it still wasn’t completely cleared up.  Took him to the doctor and it seemed to be yeast and moisture makes it grow.  Well, there goes that moisturizing idea.  The cream is still good, but not too helpful with a yeast rash.  You either need to let baby go natural, or get yeast cream.





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Homemade Baby Food

September 30, 2013 Leave a comment

I’m a thankful woman… You know, the kind that likes to do stuff at home?  The kind that takes joy in being at home, doing homey things like cooking, cleaning, taking  care of kids, albeit tiring, though satisfying.  Just call me Mrs. Happy Homemaker.  AND I made my own baby food the other day.  What?!

I have a fairly new infant (6 month old) whom recently started eating solid foods.  If you lived with me the last 6 months, you’d wonder how I got anything else done but make breast milk.  I’m no Martha Stewart.  Admit it, she may be some kind of mad, but she’s got skills.  So, I was feeling accomplished as I prepared, from scratch, some homemade baby food and froze a supply.  So easy!

Here you see butternut squash.  It didn’t take much effort, really.  I don’t know why I don’t and didn’t do it with my other kids.  Every mama should (not guilt-tripping, though).  We peruse the baby food aisle as if that were the only choices we had, though I didn’t have those thoughts this time around.  Those little jars, albeit cute, contain, what, a tablespoon worth of food?  In essence, as an adult, you’d finish it in one bite.  And we would pay how much for each jar?  So, I feeling motivated while shopping last week, decided to buy a whole butternut squash to make my baby some food.  “It’s not that hard,” I mentally convinced myself.  And it really wasn’t.  I didn’t buy a really big one this time.  I wrapped the whole thing up in foil and baked it in my little toaster oven for an hour or so at 350 degrees while I went about my day.  When it dinged, I just left it to cool for a while.  I don’t even remember how long.  I didn’t worry about.  When I was ready and had time, which was waaay later, like at midnight, I scooped and scraped out the soft, good-for-you supply of vitamin A for baby.  I scooped portions into each section of an old school ice cube tray and froze it.  I didn’t do anything fancy.  I didn’t even mush it.  I figure I can do that later when I use it for actual eating.  Right now, I just needed to get it in and put away to freeze.  After an hour or so, I popped them all out and stored them in a container.




This is the result after freezing.  Ready to go when I need.  Isn’t that cool?  I’m feeling so domesticated!



In the meantime, I have been just blending up some bananas and pears and homemade apple sauce I jarred (canned) last year.  I just let the bananas ripen on the counter for a few days to let it develop its vitamins and nutrients.  To make it thinner (watery) for my beginning eater, I just add water or apple juice for the desired consistency.  I have also steamed yams.  Really though, just about everything can be made in the crock pot.  You can start a different pot of something every night.

It just feels good to know what my baby is eating.  Although, I have mixed in the commercial baby rice cereal mix (poison, I know) for the added nutrients.  I plan to discontinue this practice though.  At least until he grows up and eats what we eat.  Then he can consume all the cancer-causing foods that we eat!

Confessions of a Wannabe Super Mom

Yes, I want to be a super mom.  I want to be able to do it all.  Why not?  But, realistically, I can’t, and I don’t.  And that’s okay.  But, I try!  I think to strive for excellence.  Excellence should be within the Christian perspective.  It is our aim.  Do I do it all perfectly?  No.  Do I do it all, at all?  No.  But it is my desire to and I strive to that end.  I shall, that in all I do, I do it for the glory of God (Colossians 3:23).   Whatever we seek to do with our hands, we should put effort to do it well (Ecclesiastes 9:10).  Do I always do it well?  No.  But that was and is always my aim.  Am I going to complain and pout to the world that I can’t do something?  Well, maybe.  I need to stop that.  I shouldn’t whine in self-pity for attention.  I need to keep on.  I’m going to keep on going, keep on trying.  Am I perfect?  No.  Are my kids perfect?  No.  Is my house picture perfect.  No.  But, OH, there is Pinterest!!

I’ve always wanted to have a family with lots of kids.  Ten would have been really cool!  My husband differs on that idea.  Well, we just had our (technically) 5th.  Our last baby did not survive the first trimester but we are thankful for our heavenly Father’s grace.

I’ve only come from a family of 4 children.  Not too big, not too small.  We were far from perfect.  We were very dysfunctional, actually.  So, my desire has nothing to do with my upbringing.  If that were the sole example, I should be running from anything “family”.

I’ve always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom and I’m so thankful that I am blessed to do so and that it’s also my husband’s desire.  Although I never thought I’d be a homeschooling mom, here I am.  I am thankful for being able to be at home with my kids and see their progress at each stage of their lives.  Surely, if they were in public school, I’d be the involved mom who’s always at the school bugging the teachers and being a nuisance asking tons of questions.  That’s how I was with my oldest who attended public school off and on.  But even better, I get to supervise and see each stage of their learning first hand.

Since I was a young girl playing house,  I used to pretend to do all the things the modern woman might make you feel is ancient, traditional and belittling of a woman’s full potential.  Well, that’s what I wanted to grow up and do- have a family and take care of them doing all those “boring” things- cook, clean, love on my family…  There are so many things as a mom that I “get” to do and it blesses me to do them, right down to changing those sometimes nasty diapers.

So, what does it mean to be a super mom?  I’m sure that can be left up to interpretation.  For me, do what you do and try your best to do it well.  Don’t know how?  Learn.  In the age of google, not much can’t be learned.  Know your limitations and be okay with it.  But don’t go around throwing pity speeches about “poor you” and what you can’t do.  There’s also always the old fashion way, seek someone older, wiser, knowledgeable and ask.  Experiment (not on your kids – well, that depends on what it is!).  So, go… and be excellent.  May the Lord bless you in your pursuit.

Serve Your Home First

Do you ever find yourself having more fun helping other people do things in their home rather than yours?  I have, and I’ve thought that there may be a sign of the sin of covetousness.  Of all the opportunities that arise to “help” or serve others, our hearts should first yearn for the love of and in our own homes- our family.   Opportunites to serve in our home are endless, as a wife, mother, woman, man, brother, sister, son, daughter…  Your first order of business is to your home.  Cultivate your home and those who live with you with love, grace, order, compassion, truth, honor, joy … the list goes on.  Our service to the outside world should spill out of our service inside our homes.  When we have our priorities straight, we teach our family the same.  Live what you believe and preach.  I preach this to my kids and I pray that I might be a living example of what I preach.  Caring for my home and all that is within is not a burden, but a blessing.   I have much to care for and I shall be thankful that I have anything at all to care for.  Sure, everyone gets tired and needs a break.  Afterall, God did create a day of sabbath rest.

Every time I wash dishes, I have to remind myself how blessed I am that I had dishes to dirty.  Those dishes were full of food, of which filled my belly that I do not hunger.  Every time I wash clothes, I must realize I’m blessed that I have covering to keep me warm and the machinery and all the necessary supplies to clean clothes so easily; not to mention the accessibility to water and electricity that flows through to make it all possible.  Even if I may not get the sleep I need or want, when I’m awakened by my kids, I need to be thankful that I have the great responsibility and honor of caring for their precious lives and the joys they bring.  As much as I have to do in a day, my motivation and thoughts have to be upward, focusing on the rewards of being diligent in my responsibilities, the rich rewards of working unto the Lord.

We are complainers, sinners by nature.  But scripture tells us not to complain.  It’s a tough line for sure.  Where is the line between complaining and just plain sharing your burdens with one another so that we ought to be able to care for each other?  May the Spirit give us all wisdom in that.  But let us be all the more diligent in guarding our hearts and minds so that we might offer ourselves as a holy, living sacrifice, worthy of the calling to which we’ve been called.  It’s an all-encompassing task and no doubt, takes great strength and perseverance that only the good LOrd can provide.  Fight the fight.  Run the race well, good and faithful servant.  In all things, glorify your father in heaven.

Set High Goals

William Piper (Pastor John Piper’s father):  “You will fail some but will also reach some,”   in “Traditions”  by Noel Piper

Setting high goals for you and your family is not bad in itself.  I say it’s a good thing.  If you have proper perspective in setting goals, what matters is that you are diligent in pursuing those goals in respect to everything else important in life.  Planning, organizing and being prepared are all good and right.  It’s not setting yourself up for failure but an aid in keeping focus.  A disorganized life can lead to chaos and stress, and who flourishes in that state?  It does not make you better than others but it will likely make you more productive.  It says that you are preparing for the best, but also prepare for failure as none are perfect.  It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get it all done in one day.  Goals should be realistic but don’t be afraid to dream big or differently than others.  Some people will have the same vision, others not so much and that’s okay.  There are people who we aspire to be like for reasons we have concluded to be worthy of replicating and that can be a good thing, too.  But that doesn’t mean you have to be exactly like them and then beat yourself up just because you don’t measure up exactly.  We all have strengths and weaknesses.  I’m inclined to the thinking that where you are weak, you should seek those that are strong in those areas.  You don’t need to be encouraged in what makes you weak, lazy and unproductive.  This is different from rest, fellowship and family time.  I consider those under the umbrella of ministry and productive time because you’re building relationships with people you love, and hopefully you are spurring one another in love and growth.  So, if I’m inclined to procrastinate, I don’t think it’s wise and beneficial for my personal growth to continually surround myself with like-minded people in that respect who will always agree with my procrastination.  I don’t find that encouraging.  I’m not speaking of “never” hanging out with like-minded people.  After all, you’ll likely find something, evenif it’s just one thing, you have in common with everyone.  But all too often I think we find excuses to excuse or justify our behaviors, namely laziness.  I have those moments and then I think, “ugh, I wish I had been more productive.”  I never find myself regretting getting something done and being productive.  Have you?  I think a lot of our guilt of not getting things done is not necessarily “man’s expectations” but our own conscience telling us what we already know, what “should have been,” but we like to excuse ourselves because “we’re human” and “God is gracious and doesn’t expect us to be perfect.”  Yet God calls us to work and good deeds and in all things, do unto God’s glory.
I don’t believe in all work and no play.  But I do think it’s wiser to work before play.  That’s what I’ve grown in and teach my kids.  We seem to be losing this motto more and more in our culture.  We have adults still living at home, overweight from lack of physical exercise and work, spending more time on electronics inside than in the real, outside world, content to mooch off their parents.  Sad.  So are we doing such minds any good when we continually okay delaying maturity by always making excuses for them?  “Oh, they’ll catch on,” “they’re not ready yet,” “they’re just not built that way…”  The list goes on.  I’m not neglecting the real disabilities some people have.  I’m addressing those that don’t but make excuses.  It’s always someone’s fault or external circumstance that prevent us from moving forward.  We need to just step up and admit our weaknesses and mistakes, take responsibilities for them and move forward with a plan to change and improve.  We can all improve.  It’s a lifelong process.  We’re all inclined to some extent and form of laziness and we have to be honest with ourselves for the sake of God’s glory in all things, thus, for our and our family’s good as well.

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Parenting Tidbit #7; Excuses, Excuses

Don’t Set a Precedent or Bad Example of Excuses