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”Just the Way You Are…”


that Bruno Mars song, it’s quite catchy.  it’s a beautiful song, really.  it might make you feel inadequate.  or maybe you feel like the girl being sung about.  i don’t know if he’s actually singing about a real girl or an imaginary dream girl but if we are honest, any living woman with a heartbeat wants that song sung to her with the passion the words should invoke when spoken, especially in song. i’m not talkin’ a pick up line or smooth lip service for selfish gain. i’m talkin’ say it and mean it to the woman you love. every woman wants romance, not just to be treated like a piece of cheap meat.  this song invokes the desires of a woman, the innate need to be loved and cherished by a man.  God created us with a desire for love and to be loved and because of sin, we are always searching, needing…  man who becomes husband is to fulfill such love as Jesus loves the church. those are big shoes to fill.  our needs are so emotionally complex.  but simply put, men who become husbands ought not forget the romance they pursued to get the woman to become their wives. and wives ought not forget the needs they longed to fulfill in the husbands they hoped to gain. both have needs but dare i say that men have the greater responsibility to love his woman in a way that safely encourages her affection for him. keep love pure.  desire your spouse.  more than the physical.  love is a deep ocean of needs. the greatest pursuit of all mankind.  marital love should be held in high esteem and pursued with the passion it requires till death do you part.  so, go ahead and sing this to your wife in all your passion.  good singing or not, i bet you’ll at least get a smile of appreciation, maybe some laughs, if not lucky!  😉 wink, wink.

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Dry, Cracked Skin Remedy?


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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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Categories: Homemaking, Uncategorized

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.

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

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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!

EASY Homemade BBQ Sauce

September 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Okay, so it’s not totally homemade but definitely easy!  There are 2 ways you can make this with ingredients you probably already have on hand.  And if you find ketchup without the HFCS (that high fructose stuff), all the better.

1.)  Mix ketchup and brown sugar;  2 parts ketchup/1 part brown sugar.

2.)  Mix steak sauce and brown sugar; 2 parts steak sauce/1 part brown sugar.

See a trend?  Brown sugar is the star ingredient here.  You don’t even have to cook it.  Just stir.  The brown sugar just magically melts in the into saucy goodness.  You can experiment to your taste preference.  If you like it sweeter, add more brown sugar.  Add a touch of Tabasco or other pepper sauce of your choice for spice.  So, when you’re in a pinch and don’t have the store-bought bottle, don’t fret!  (Unless you don’t have any of the above ingredients.  Then boo-hoo you!)

MMmmmm….ribs….

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Coconut Milk, Not All Are Created Equal

September 21, 2013 Leave a comment

I’m not receiving any royalties for this endorsement.  I’m not a professional.  I just love food.  Sometimes, too much.

I like curry.  I make curry.  It is good.  It requires coconut milk.  I’ve tried several different brands of milk and so far, none compare to this one:

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This is not the type you drink straight or use on cereal.  It’s pretty dense and concentrated, in my opinion.  Although, I have diluted this with 2 cans of water to make my own milk for cereal because I’m lactose intolerant.  You don’t want to know what happens when I have straight cow’s milk.

So, next time you make curry, use this good stuff.

 

 

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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.