A home remedy, a recipe and a cleaner

So earlier in the week I started feeling rather yucky, sinuses, sore throat, headache, body ache, etc. it was more than just allergies, but not enough to be diagnosed as a cold either. I’m not one to pop a bunch of pills, so I made up a very nice “tea” that I drank probably 3-4 times a day for two days, and here I am on day four, almost 100% better. My tea is far from spectacular, but since it helped, I wanted to share.

1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 tbsp. local honey (organic and raw are bonus options, but local is a must)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1-2 tsp. Black pepper (I’m guesstimating, as I just gave a few good shakes of the pepper shaker.)

Two lemon slices, or about 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
2-4 drops of clove oil (it’s an essential oil with many great properties and uses, one of which, is for numbing– goodbye sore throat!)

Mix everything together in a mug/teacup and drink while warm, or as hot as you can manage it without scalding yourself.

That’s it! 🙂

I will also say that I had a ridiculous craving for boiled cabbage. Upon review, I discovered that cabbage is loaded with vitamin C! Even more so than oranges. Funny how the body gets you to give it what it needs, isn’t it?

Now for the toddler recipe- I have several that I will share, but this is one of my favorites. Mostly because of the shock value, but also because I love making really yummy things that are actually good for you, and thereby good for your wee ones as well. I really enjoy this recipe because I actually tricked a friend into eating it once. Her reaction when I told her what it was, “that’s disgusting! …….But it’s good”…..ahhh, success! I first came across the recipe here
I’ve tweaked it a little, but by all means, I want to give credit to the awesome edible harmony site!

Beneficial Chocolate Pudding/icing

1 avocado, halved, pitted and scooped
2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
4 dates
1 tbsp. honey
2 tsp vanilla
Dash of salt
If you want to use it as frosting, add 1 tbsp coconut oil

Toss everything into a food processor or blender and pulse until mixed well, then let it mix on high about 2 minutes. You want to make sure the dates are thoroughly pulverized. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator. You can also freeze and make yummy pudding pops, but make them small, since they melt kind of fast.

Lastly, I want to share my absolutely favorite site for homemade cleaners. Namely my everyday counter/all purpose cleaner. Natures Nurture
This was my first resource when I originally went “green” and I tell as many people that I can about her, so why not spread the love in the World Wide Web, right?

Anyway, that’s all for today, enjoy your weekend! (Mine includes laundry, shopping, and general housework, how about yours?)

I’ll add some pretty pictures later, but I think everything is fairly simple, so pictures will just be a bonus.

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Two weeks of flowers

Today’s post is a little change of pace from my norm. It’s about marriage. Sort of.

A few weeks ago, I started a challenge with an online group that I am part of called The Orange Rhino Challenge. It is a self challenge to not yell for 365 days, yep, a whole year. Without yelling. I’ll wait for you to stop giggling and/or scoffing, but hear me out. First of all, it can be applied to only yelling at your kids, or not yelling in this case, but we are kicking it up a notch, and including no yelling at your spouse, too. Yep, thats right, no yelling at the person who doesn’t know how to change the toilet paper roll, the paper towel roll, a dirty diaper, or wash a dish, complains when your food isn’t up to par with what grandma used to make, and if the house isn’t clean the way “he” likes it, and lets not forget the one who will call you from three rooms away to hand them something two inches out of their reach, or complains when your only tv show is taking away his tv time because the DVR only records two at a time, and he’s already recording something else…. yep. thats the one. no yelling.
Now, secondly, the point of the challenge isn’t to see who the biggest liar is by saying they went a whole year without yelling, but instead is a challenge to be self aware when you do. It’s surprising how, when faced with the challenge you catch yourself getting ready to yell for absolutely no reason, ok, maybe not no reason, but it certainly isn’t really necessary? I will interject here by saying that my favorite variation of the yell is the creepy wild-eyed whisper. Its loads more effective and my vocal chords don’t hurt. Plus, I get to feel like a Sith Lord. Always a fun bonus. Additionally, it helps to keep things from escalating to a scream match where everyone is angry and no one is listening. It’s amazing for the blood pressure too (most of the time).
If you’ve ever reacted badly to a situation,as an instinctual reaction just jumped out, only to have to tuck your tail between your legs later and go back and apologize for losing it? Or blame it on PMS and the lack of dark chocolate available in the house? Well, this self-check helps to limit those moments. Just read up on it, and give it a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Thirdly, when you “mess up” and yell, you have to start back at “Day 1” and begin your count again. Naturally, as the year progresses, I’m sure most of us won’t have a clue to where we stand in lieu of the numbers, but we will all, or most of us (hopefully) gained a better understanding about what sets us off, and how to catch it, and how to live our lives with our families without having to yell. In reality, who WANTS to yell? I don’t think anyone does, not really. Now before you go all crazy on me about it, and don’t bother with reading the actual challenge page, you are, of course allowed to yell in order to keep your child from taking a nose dive off the sofa onto the hardwood floor.

Anyway, that’s all on the challenge for now, I hope to update you as the year progresses, and hopefully I will be doing well (FX!) So far I haven’t has to do a reset, for the record, and i believe my start day was Feb. 6, 2013. I’ll double check and get back to you. Now onto my flowers……

Me and the Mister have been together for almost 14 years, and he has surprised me with non-holiday flowers maybe twice in that time, and that was in the early years. However, the past two weeks I have been the very happy recipient of some lovely daisies and other flowers that I can’t identify, as I am botanically defunct, unlike most women, who can prattle off 50 species of rhododendron at the drop of a hat. I would like to also mention that the flowers have only occurred since I started the above mentioned challenge, and no, my Mister hasn’t a clue that such a challenge even exists, much less that I am a willing participant. He’s just reaping the benefits. Now let me first say, that I am not one who demands flowers, ever, for any purpose. I agree, to some extent, with the schools of thought that think its immoral to destroy something beautiful and remove it from nature just to have something decorative sit around in stagnant water and wilt only to be thrown in the trash, and the waste of money, etc., etc. However, being that my beloved husband took the time to think of me and show me a romantic gesture, I will treasure those flowers every day that I sit down to a meal with my family and get to enjoy the lovely centerpiece and all that it represents, even if only for the guaranteed 4 days.

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This weeks flowers

Update: My start date was February 14, I have to chuckle, because, as Mister and I decided to keep low key with Valentines day this year, I honestly didn’t realize that it was my OR Challenge start date. Oh, and I did get flowers for Valentines Day, so I guess it’s 3 weeks of flowers. 😉

Coconut face scrub

As part of my change to going all natural, one of the ardent things for me to give up has been my god-only-knows-what’s-in-it face cleaner. I mean, come in, a girls face is nothing to mess with, but at long last, I will link you here to check out my absolutely favorite all natural face scrub! Trust me, the coconut oil really doesn’t cause horrific side effects (like clogged pores) but instead it is the perfect combination to clean and get the benefit of the coconut oil! And swear my fine lines are somehow getting “filled” in the process too!

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recently ive been dabbling in organic living- whether it be cleaning organically or making my own all-natural beauty products. ive always admired people who lived strictly organic and natural lives but i didnt think it was something that would be so easily adopted into my own life, especially because of the cost of buying anything labeled “organic” is astronomical. but after talking with so many friends and doing my own bit of research, i eagerly and quickly learned that this could be an extremely easy transition- and even better- that living organically could be done essentially cost free to me! im looking forward to sharing all of the new organic lifestyle changes ive made but even more so, i would LOVE to hear any tips, advice or thoughts that YOU have for me. please…share away!

my very first project is an organic coconut oil face scrub. its ok. i know…

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Time for a revamp

So I feel, after some “friend pressure”, that I should add another category of topics to my blog (not that I have much here, but I digress). Healthy baby food options. I am the proud mum to a 1 yr old slightly tomboyish little girl who, like her beloved mum (that’s me!) enjoys food. And not always the healthiest ones. What a dull world it would be if we all just absolutely adored Brussels sprouts, am I right? (I would like to interject here by saying that I do in fact love Brussels sprouts, I mean- they’re miniature cabbages! Anything in “mini” form is okay by me. Much preferred actually) Any-whoo, I, like many moms, do not like to feel that we are depriving our children of those yummy delicious treats that our non-health based friends kids are enjoying! Oh how I hate the judgmental glances and poorly hidden insults by some people! Yes, my child is a year old and has NOT had a doughnut, or hole of said doughnut, a cheeseburger, nuggets of any sort, cake from a grocery store or bakery, etc., etc., ad nauseum. Therefore, I will be featuring a health-based foodie recipe for the munchkins in our lives on a regular basis, as well as provide information regarding children’s health in general. I’m not going to turn into strictly child based though! I’m FAR too “something shiney!” for that kind of nonsense. This just adds something to the mix!

a charity, some wool, and a good idea

Earlier this month a friend of mine announced that she would be holding an auction online to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society 5k run that she is doing next month and asked if anyone had anything they would like to donate. My heart said: but ofcourse!! my brain said: are you nuts? HOW are you going to find time to do this one?? But, where there is a will, there is a way, and by Jove I knitted up a matching hat and scarf set! Using some bulky wool that I picked up a couple of years ago at my LYS when I was asked to make a bunch of cowls for a friend, which I did, but I had a LOT left over as she only wanted so many of each color. I used the pattern for the shroom hat on Knitty.com and then after much trial and error I did up a scarf using the same k,p,yo, that the shroom pattern used, and I am happy to say that it came out much better than I expected (mind you this has nothing to do with my lack of faith in the pattern, more so my lack of confidence in my knitting). I was just thrilled that I was actually able to not muss something up to the point that it was even worthy of being donated for such a worthy cause, and dare I say…perfect? For the first time (I think ever) in my two years on this knitting journey, I didn’t miss a stitch, drop a stitch or miss my count throughout not one, but TWO projects! This is a thing of total bliss for me. And to top it all off, I am also, for the first time properly blocking something! I am positively thrilled beyond belief by these, albeit viewed by most as miniscule, accomplishments. It’s things like this that allow me to put back on my rose-colored glasses, if only for a day, and live a day on the absolute bliss that comes from creating something, and creating it ideally perfect. Aside from dd, whom I am honored that something so amazingly perfect calls me “mom”, this is a first for me. And today is a good day. Happy journeys to you, whatever they may be, and may you have a journey so ideal that you get to put on your rose-colored glasses too!

My favorite quote of all time

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish based on it’s ability to fly, it will live its life believing it is stupid.

 

~ Albert Einstein ( I love that man)

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