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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fever Remedies

Over the past few days my ds has been having a light fever accompanied by runny nose. Of course the typical modern day remedy for fever is acetaminophen or ibuprofen. But there are also old fashioned remedies that actually help fight the infection rather than just alleviate the pain and temperature.

Here are a few common remedies found in the Amish country and old English remedies that use common substances from around the home:

1. Use chopped raw onions on the soles of the feet overnight for fevers. Wear tight socks to keep the onions in place. For babies and small children, a thin layer of cloth may be put in place between skin and onion to prevent blistering. Mrs. Eli Bontrager

2. To rid a child of fever, bathe them in strong warm vinegar water. Fannie J Stutzman

3. Rub vinegar on the forehead, temples, palms of your hands, and bottoms of your feet to get rid of fever. Repeat as needed every 20-25 minutes. Melvin & Inez Mullet

4. Put a wet vinegar rag on the breast, change off every time the rag feels warm will drive the fever out fast. It also works on the feet if fever isn't too high. Daniel A Hershberber

5. Goot:
3 T fresh chopped Garlic
3 T Olive Oil
3 T Coconut Oil

Chop garlic and add warmed olive oil and coconut oil into a blender. Once the mixture becomes milky, pour the mixture through a strainer. Put mixture into wide mouthed jar and let cool for an hour. This salve is a wonder drug and can be stored for several months. The longer it is stored the stronger it becomes. To help fight fevers, colds and infections rub the salve on soles of the feet, inner arm, temples, around the ears, forehead etc. Can be used as an antibacterial ointment for cuts and scrapes too.

Variations: Use 2 T Olive oil if Coconut oil is not available
Add Tea Tree oil, Rosemary oil, and/or chopped onions to add to potency

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A hidden untimely birth

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
(Psalms 34:1-22)

At 4:30 this morning I encountered extreme contractions and cramping. I sat on the toilet in the bathroom and moaned my way through them. I can understand how a woman feels that she must go to an emergency room to help her relieve herself of miscarriage pain. However, I knew in my spirit that entering an ER room would 0nly make my experience worse and take the peace and spirit out of the situation. A time where mom and unborn have time alone and undisturbed.

I was dripping lots of blood and felt as if my body was trying to get rid of everything. I felt like I was dry heaving. I did not realize at the time that my cervix was opening so that the contents that were not producing life could be expelled. It almost felt as if I was in transition phase of labor. I made my self a cup of raspberry leaf tea to give me strength. The night before I drank a glass of milk with liquid chlorophyll and chocolate (kind of like a mint milk shake) to give me iron because of all the blood loss. I warmed up a rice sock and placed it on my aching back and cramping uterus. I spread some progesterone cream around my belly and back. I prayed that Jesus would be near as the pain was very excruciating. By 5:15 or so I felt extreme pain and took some Tylenol. I decided to walk around outside to keep my mind off of the cramping that I was experiencing. I walked around the block and also walked down to the river on the other side of our dike. I could still feel the sharp pains but I knew if I kept my mind on watching the stars in the sky, listening to the sounds of the early morning and thinking about keeping my steps the pain would seem as if it did not exist.

I returned to our apartment. My husband and my son still sleeping through all the menace I was experiencing. I folded my legs up and sat in our lazy boy chair in a fetal position. I covered my self with a blanket and fell asleep upright. I soon realized that I was falling asleep and I felt more comfortable so I decided to sleep on our couch instead.

After about an hour or so of sleeping my son cried as he realized that mom was not in the bed room. We currently co-sleep so he is very aware of my absence. I really hoped that I would not feel anymore cramping so I reluctantly went to the bed room to feed my son. The cramping was not present so I fell asleep again.

At 9:00 in the morning I awoke. The cramping had ceased. I sat on the toilet. Some bleeding occurred and then right as I was about to leave the toilet a plop came out and into the toilet. I knew instantly that this was indeed the contents of placenta and baby. I picked up a poking stick, old yogurt container and rubber gloves to retrieve the contents. I looked at it and all I could see was a small amniotic bubble containing the contents where the embryo should have been.

I called my husband on the telephone telling him about what had just happened as he was at church practicing some music. He knew that I had been cramping in the early morning. When he returned home he looked at the displeasing contents and had a little cringe in his stomach knowing that the pregnancy had failed because the baby simply did not properly develop. I put the contents into the fridge while we went to church. I somewhat surprised my self that I was brave enough to enter the church building after recently releasing miscarriage material.

We did not mention anything to anyone in the church about a pregnancy or a miscarriage. We felt in our hearts that it would be best to keep it to our selves and not stir up strife. After the service, I went to Wal-mart and picked up a small craft box that would hold the undeveloped baby we named Sam. I also picked up a string of flowers. My husband and I plan to bury baby Sam later today. It is almost as if we are burying a secret pet.

No one, except strangers know of baby Sam's existence. We have chosen to keep the existence of our unborn child a secret from those who know us personally (family and friends in our neighborhood). Not because we do not love those people but because we wish not to be judged by them and would rather have mercy from the Lord and his everlasting love fill our lives. We may share the existence of Sam a few years down the road, but right now it is simply in our hearts and mind.

Baby Sam will always be remembered deep in our hearts. We hope to meet baby Sam in heaven with the Lord some day.

Here is a passage of scripture that describes untimely births:

Job 3:1 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
Job 3:2 And Job spake, and said,
Job 3:3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
Job 3:4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
Job 3:5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
Job 3:6 As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.
Job 3:7 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
Job 3:8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.
Job 3:9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:
Job 3:10 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
Job 3:11 Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
Job 3:12 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
Job 3:13 For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
Job 3:14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;
Job 3:15 Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
Job 3:16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
Job 3:17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
Job 3:18 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
Job 3:19 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
Job 3:20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;
Job 3:21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
Job 3:22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
Job 3:23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
Job 3:24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
Job 3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
Job 3:26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.

Early Garden

On Saturday, March 21st, hubby and I tilled our garden. It was a beautiful 70 degree day and we simply couldn't resist. We plan to put in early crops that are tolerant of frost. As you can see, our garden is quite small. We plan to expand it to allow room for tomatoes and such.

Also take a look at how our transplants are coming along. They are growing quite nicely despite the obvious look that they are in need of nutrition and fresh air. I plan to start additional transplants to add to our collection.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Heathy Hot Breakfast Cereal

1 cup dry oatmeal (ground in food blender)
1/2 cup quick barley (ground in food blender)
1/2 cup brown rice (ground in food blender)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup plain malt o meal
1/2 cup rye flour
2 T flax seed (is considered a gentle laxative)

Mix all of the above ingredients into a covered container. Oatmeal, barley and rice should be ground to a consistency like rough flour. Shake the container. You may add other grains or subtract grains from the above recipe to your desire.

When all is shaken together, you may cook one serving size with 1/3 cup of the above mixture and one cup of water in a 2 quart pan. Multiply the number of servings to suit the number of hungry stomachs awaiting a delicious breakfast. Bring the mixture to a slow boil and stir for 3-5 minutes. When the cereal is thickened, remove from heat. You may add butter, salt, honey, syrup, your favorite jelly, cream or anything that tastes great on hot cereal. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The sad realities of life: Before life endures

This story is so real and I cried the entire time I read it. Without putting our faith and trust in the Lord, the medical establishment attempts to diminish the realities of life and the powerful effect it has on our emotions and well being. By squashing our emotions and acting as if they do not exist we become ill. Putting our trust in strangers is not real faith. Putting our trust in Christ who knows and loves us is real faith. It is so sad that women simply want to "get it over with" if there is a flaw in a pregnancy so they run to the nearest hospital, sign up for a D & C and attempt running away from the realities of God as the perfect creator. They don't even attempt to embrace the emotions or the realities of life.

Yes.....there are sad stories to home birth. Some sad stories are predictable. Others are not.

Life is so fragile and so precious.....let us embrace every part of it.

Some pregnancy troubles.

I'll try to keep this short. I'm not sure how many folks read my blog. Been having some slight bleeding lately. I went to the nurse-midwife today.....(I know tough self-medical care girl goes to another person for help) and they did some checks. I wanted to make sure that the pregnancy was not ectopic. Kinda hard without 200$ ultrasound. Checked my Hcg (which I could not do on my own) and it was quite low.....lower than it should be as it showed 6 weeks pregnancy rather than 8 week. I am hoping that things will clear up soon as this problem is really bothering me and making me worry about the condition of this pregnancy. I am still hoping God steps in and carries this baby to full term and healthy delivery. I know he has the power to do so.

By the way we did refuse an ultrasound (because I know they often want those scans for legal purposes and not always for medical purposes). I felt it was best as an ultrasound is invasive on privacy at this stage and I don't want the stress of knowing the baby does not have a heart beat right now. I'd rather just let nature take its course.

Further more, we have not told family, friends, co-workers or any other typical questioners and concerned folk about this pregnancy. We were planning to wait until at least 13 weeks and even until 20 weeks.

The only ones that know are those who read my blog, the nurse-midwife that attended me, the triage nurse and the midwife assistant....as far as I know.

If this does lead to a full miscarriage I plan on having it alone and not in a hospital environment.

Tear tear. God hears our silent tears.....

I am going to continue studying on home birth and keeping positive about this pregnancy coming to full term!

Monday, March 16, 2009

How To: Performing Your Own Prenatal Checkups

I have been researching on the methods of prenatal care that are performed in both the hospital/clinic setting and by experienced midwives. I recently checked out the book Heart and Hands: A midwife's guide to pregnancy and childbirth by Elizabeth Davis from our local library. The book contains very accurate information that is medically reliable when learning about the process of pregnancy and childbirth. I have also read some of my husband's nursing books and study guides about maternity and childbirth. I do find that a lot of information is left out of the books....for the practical reason that nurses generally are not involved and responsible for checking the actual condition in certain circumstances regarding prenatal, labor and postpartum care. Heart and Hands book really informs a person when actual emergency situations arise in pregnancy, labor and child well being where an actual doctor will be needed. Rather than implicitly implying that the doctor will know all and we cannot make judgments regarding health and circumstances.

Honestly, whether a women chooses to give birth in a hospital, birth center or at home, reading Heart and Hands will give the women more knowledge about the process of labor. I have found that many of the mainstream pregnancy books are written in format's for 8th graders and really leave out a lot of important information that a women in the labor room needs to know in order to protect her self and her child from mistreatment and harm.

When you are doing your own pregnancy cares, it is an excellent idea to pick up some basic medical sheets to help you know that you are checking all the necessary components in a healthy pregnancy and labor. This is good in case reference and contact with medical personel is neccesary. If there are terms in the charts you don't understand...pick up a simple midwife book and learn some good things ;)

Also Cascase is an excellent site that offers excellent supplies for all the prenatal and birthing needs.

Any way.....thus far I have outlined basic techniques in prenatal care and they are as follows:

Physical Examination




Protein/Glucose in urine

Blood Pressure (130/80) and above is a concern

Pulse and Temp

Breast Exam

Cervical condition

At 16 weeks do bimanual exam (size of uterus with measurement in cm)

10 weeks fundus barely above pubic bone

12 weeks a few centimeter above pubic bone

16 weeks midway between pubic bone and umbilical

Pelvimietry (this is not practiced as redily because it has been replaced by ultrasound.....less acurate and more hospital control)

Size of pelvic inlet

Diagonal conjugate

Obstetrical conjugate

Ischial spines

Interspinous diameter

Pubic arch

Intertuberous diameter

True pelvis

False pelvis





Symphysis pubis joint

Sacrococcygeal joint

Sacroiliac joints

Leopold’s maneuvers







Fetal Heart Tones

Audible with fetoscope at 20 weeks

Replaced by utrasounds (palpation, fundal height assessment, fetal heart auscultation)

Lab work (may be done at a selfcare-selftesting center or supplies may be purchased online)

*CBC – Determines whether anemic (HGB and HCT are indicators)

Syphilis, Hep B (HBV), Hep C (HCV), HIV

Pap (recommended) (STD’s and abnormal cells)

Rubella anibody titre

Blood Type


Kidney infection


Genetic screening

Alpha-fetoprotein screening and Triple screen


Chronic villus sampling

*Glucose Testing

*Group B Strep

Way to reduce chances of newborn infection

Take twice a day with breakfast and dinner

2 capsules lactobacillus acidophilus (2 billion per capsule – try Nature’s Plus)

1 capsule Echinacea – 350 mg

1 capsule garlic – 580 mg

1 gel or capsule vitamin E – 500 mg

10 day regimen

6 capsules EHB by NF Formulas (an antibacterial supplement)

Tea trea oil suppositories (soak a cotton ball or small tampon with 50/50 blend of tea tree and olive oil every 4 to 6 waking hours

400 mg vitamin C every four waking hours


Nausea – Ginger, Pulsitilla, Sepia, Nux Vomica, Ipecacuanha, Antimonium Tartrate, Argentum Nitricum, Petroleum, Sulfur, Tabacum

Anemia – Dandelion, Nettles, Kelp, Parslet, Yellow Dock Root, Floradix Herbs plus Iron

Heartburn –Slippery Elm

Sleep Difficulties – eye cover with flaxseed and lavender, Skullcap tincture, Valerian tincture, Hops tincture, Aconite


The Last Six Weeks

Lack of flexion – press the occiput (back of baby’s head) down into pelvis while pulling the sinciput (forehead) toward you

Dilation – opening diameter

Effacement – softening or shortening of the cervix depends on how far the baby has descended and how much pressure is exerting on uterine tissues

Uterus Layers – external – longitudinal layer, internal – circular layer, middle – connective layer

Descent – measured according to relationship between level of presenting part and the ischial spines

Vaginal Muscle Awareness and control -try the elevator exercise



Take pill with vitamin C and vitamin B-complex plus more fruits veg. and whole grains. No more than 100 mg total in one day

Strive to maintain HCT of 34 or HGB of 11.5 throughout most of pregnancy

Mean corpuscular volume and mean corpuscular hemoglobin microcytotic, macrocytic megaloblastic. Highly recomended to resolve this as hemmorage and problems in birth occur with low oxygen blood levels.

Problems with weight gain


Threatened – whenever the mother has vaginal bleeding with cramping and backache. Usually bright red blood loss

Two cups blood is the maximum safe blood loss. If the miscarriage lasts for more than a day she is at risk for infection

Brownish bleeding for many weeks may indicate missed miscarriage

Disseminate intravascular coagulation ---leftovers after miscarriage occurred

Ectopic Pregnancy – Dangerous – Caused by BCP!! Contact Doctor immediately if this occurs as it can be life threatening!

Hydatidiform Mole – more common in pregnancies over 40 – can lead in invasive cancer Contact Doctor immediately if this occurs as it can be life threatening!

Bleeding late in pregnancy – ruptured cervical polyp,

Placental abruption- Marginal, concealed, complete

Placenta previa – placenta implanted low in uterus

Never do a vag exam if there is bleeding late in pregnancy. Care should be done in hospital as can be lifethreatening.

Gestational Diabetes.


Readings of 160/100 may require medical intervention

Preclampsia – swelling, hypertension, swelling and excessive weight gain

Polyhyramnios/Hydramnios – excessive fluid in uterus. Shows high fundal height for gestational age. Can be found in multiples.

Oligohydramnios - little fluid in uterus. Results when fundal hight is low and fetus is cramped. Can be resolved with drinking more fluid.

Multiple Pregnancy – Fundal height greater than gestational age is typical with twins. Homebirth is still posspible.

Breech Presentation/Transverse-May be massaged to be rotated. Transverse presentation need to be in hospital care as can be lifethreatening

Small for gestational Age-

Large for gestational Age-

Postdatism- Pregnancy past 42 weeks. Up to 19 percent reach this point. Problem when amniotic fluid is low.

That is about what I have for now. I will add more later as needed. I hope to develop a basic chart that shows when an emergency arises that alternative health professional care is absolutely needed.

Remember, just as all elderly people do not choose nursing home care, home health care is always an option and studies show that home health patients live healthier and longer lives as they continue to maintain control of their own circumstances rather than giving their health-need circumstance over to others. The same can be said of home birth care..... In both cases.....education is the key to success ;)

Sorry about the formating.....there was an error in the HTML on this post. I may edit and place the outline in a different format to give the HTML a break.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Keep living in the Spirit!

In today's modern world we end up lost in a mass of chaotic routines and nonsense theories. Keep our eye's on the Lord and our hearts open to his instruction....let us breathe in the spirit.....let us live in the spirit....let us love in the spirit.....

We can dance but unless we are dancing in the spirit we have lost our eternal guide.
We can perform but unless we are performing in the spirit we are leading others astray.
We can speak but unless we are speaking from the spirit we are loosing control of our tongues.
We can think but unless we are letting our minds over to the spirit in the Lord we are thinking incorrectly.

Thank-you Lord for dieing and rising again so that we can eternally live in the spirit for you and you alone Lord.

1Th 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

1Th 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.

Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Eph 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Hymn: Thou Hast Words of Life

This Hymn is taken from Zion's Harp (Apostolic Christian Church of America) # 203

Oh, how joyful is the hour When we, Lord, draw nigh to Thee
And the words of life and power from thy holy lips receive.
May we not in vain assemble Round thy word, O Lord today;
Into our hearts meek and humble write the word of Life, we pray!

At thy feet, O Lord we linger; Speak to us in accents clear!
Let us hear thy word so tender Eagerly with godly fear.
Teach us follow thy e3xample teach us to devote our time;
This so short a time, though ample For eternity sublime.

Teach us to escape destruction Through the power of Thy grace,
All offense, with Thy instruction to forsake and to efface.
And according to thy pleasur Think and speak, endure and choose,
Striving on ward toward that treasure, as we have no time to lose.

Open Lord our understanding, as to thy disciples there.
May our hearts be e'er demanding wisdom's light with thee to share.
Heavenly Light that oft has banished many dark and dreary spots;
Light,O Lord, in us replenish; In Thy light we stumble not.

And Love's holy fire, we pray thee, Pour into each spotless heart,
That in joy or in affliction Ne'er from thee we may depart.
May we never feel encumbered with the cross that we must bear,
Gladly leave in self-denial what thy kingdom cannot share.

Let Thy word bring light and gladness, strength and power to our heart;
May it be the living motive causing each to do his part.
Help to store in careful keeping what this day we may receive;
Manifest thy healing power in all who thy word believe.

This is a wonderful hymn that shares how reading of God's word gives us strength and power in this ungodly world. Let us continue to reflect on God's word on this day of rest.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Spring Cleaning

Here is my to-do list and the places I need to clean before gardening begins. This does not include typical weekly cleaning:

Dish cupboards (wash interior surfaces of cupboards and sort dishes in proper order)
Under the sink
Behind deep freezer
Behind and on top of the refrigerator
Pantry cupboard (remove out-dated food items)
Canning jars (sort unused jars and food jars)
Drawers (wash surfaces of utensil drawers)
Linens (soak dingy wash clothes in non-chlorine bleach and/or bleach solution to remove stains)
Replace tote-container with a more appealing storage for onions and potatoes
Appliances (clean beneath and use tooth brush to remove dust in crevices of appliances)

Living Room:
Wash the seat cushions of couch and chair
Disentangle the cords behind the entertainment center
Remove unused items from the top of the entertainment center
Sort through the videos and donate unwatched videos

Office Space:
Sort out drawers in my desk and husband's desk. Throw unused/non-usable items.
Sort out printer stand. Throw unused/non-usable items.
Sort mail basket (may take a few hours)
Sort important papers file
Sort office supplies tote drawer.

Typical weekly cleaning routine.
Clean under sink and remove unused items

Linen closet:
Sort extra supplies (toothpaste, lotions, shampoos etc) shelf. Remove out-dated items. Donate hair dryers, irons not planning to use.

DS Bed room:
Sort through ds toy box and put stuffed animals in a separate "hammock"
Remove toys not played with for a long time and put in a storage place for new baby or later
Go though shoe/sock shelves and store small or unused items
Go through dresser drawers and store small clothing
Figure out a different way to "hide" laundry basket and diaper pail.....hmm
Wash rocking chair cover and alter to hide dirty green color
Remove and/or rearrange pictures on the wall to look more appealing

DS Closet:
Sort Craft Dresser
Sort Paper items and gift wrap so it is in a neater pile or container
Fold ALL cloth in cloth totes so it is not wrinkled (put aside in shrink wash if it was purchased but not preshrunk)
Organize yarn box by color

Our bedroom:
Sort through my clothing drawers and remove clothing not worn for over 1 year and donate. Try to keep set number of t-shirts etc.
Sort through lotions and potions drawer and donate or discard unused items
Sort through head covering/hair care drawer. Remove unworn items and sort in an organized fashion
Sort through Craft drawer and organize
Clean area around night stand

Our bedroom closet:
Go through my clothes and remove/donate clothing not worn in over one year and/or not planning to wear anytime soon
Remove any shoes that are too tattered to wear in public and/or donate unworn shoes
Refold fallen blankets or lumpy blankets. Place a freshener bar of soap in the midst of the blankets

I believe that should cover about everything. Of course there are other little corners of our small apartment that we were creative with storage that I will have to clean out....hopefully I will not forget to conquer those measly messes

Beautiful day today and great knitting supply

I believe the temperature was in the 50s-60s today. Much of the snow was melting. My ds and I went for a walk to a small cheap nick-nack store full of items for one-dollar. I purchased a few sewing/craft supplies at the store and some bubbles for my ds. He also spent some time outside kicking a large ball around, catching bubbles and exploring like a typical toddler.

While shopping today I came across a great idea for extra cheap size one-two knitting needles. Simply use some bbq skewers! The bbq skewers I purchased were 1.15$ and I recieved over 100 pieces. That makes room for a whole lot of knitting projects! Typically 5 double pointed wooden size-one needles at our local knitting shop are at least 8 dollars! That is expensive....especially considering that the needles break easilly at such a small size. The bbq skewers are great because they already come with a pointed end. If you want double pointed needles for making socks simply whittle the opposite end down and make it pointed. If you want a flat tip on the non-pointed end, place a piece of duct tape, mini piece of round cardboard glued or other "sticky" piece for a flat end. And don't for get to have fun!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Natural Hair Care

Today we see many different kinds of hair products available on the market. Vary few of the hair products are promoted by Godly manufacturers. In fact many of the hair products are advertised in magazines and on TV with the use of lust and Hollywood nonsense. Also some of the products actually do more damage to your hair than good because they contain so many strange chemicals that the average person cannot read.

To overcome these disturbing trends made by man we must turn to scripture! Yes scripture gives us advice and encouragement on how to keep our hair beautiful ;)

For one thing, many are familiar with the passage about women keeping long hair as a covering. Also there is reference to long hair in the love between Solomon and his lover. Not only that but there are several passages that mention God knowing the number of hairs on one's head. Furthermore, one cannot forget how much Christ valued the women who dried his feet with her hair.

So since it is so obvious that God loves us down to the last drop....even to the last hair on our head, it is important that we value what God has created on our body.

Today I made some simple homemade shampoo. I plan to try other conditioners and hair lighteners and products as well from the recipes found here.

Today I made shampoo from a simple recipe which I altered slightly for different scents and potency.

Chamomile-lavender-tea tree shampoo:
6 Chamomile tea bags or 2 heaping tablespoons bulk chamomile herbs
4 T soap flakes (I used non scented)
1 1/2 T glycerin (found in the skin care/ aloe vera section at a local pharmacy)
1 1/2 c. boiled water
7 drops lavender essential oil
7 drops tea tree essential oil

Soak the chamomile tea in tea bags for 20 minutes. Add the soap flakes. When soap flakes are dissolved add the essential oils and glycerin. Pour the warm mixture into a 16 oz bottle and let sit in a cool place for some time. The mixture will become goopy like store bought shampoo given enough time. Use like regular shampoo.....

I plan to try a hot oil treatment soon as it is recommended to deep condition long hair at least once a month.

The Lavender Rosemary Hot Oil treatment is as follows:
1/2 c soybean oil
5 drops rosemary
5 drops lavender

Warm oil slightly. Cover hair. Wrap with plastic wrap or shower cap and warm towel for 20 minutes. Rinse, shampoo.

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