Natural Tick & Lyme Disease Prevention

A great reminder post about tick prevention, now that *most* of the snow is gone!

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As yucky of a topic as this is, I thought this was a very good and informational article by Whole-Fed Homestead about ticks, how they work, and how to use natural products, and common sense, to help prevent being bitten by the little buggers… it is so hard to decide between using something chemical that has proven nasty side effects, but is effective, and some natural options which require more effort and applications, and may be less effective. Either way, there are pros and cons. Every year, we weigh it out and often use both methods. But I felt this article covered a lot about how ticks work, which helps me decide what to do to protect myself and my children. Good luck!!

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Hand Poured Soy Candles

Forestville Candle Company LogoTwo teenage daughters of a good friend of mine have started a business for themselves, hand pouring soy candles. Their business is called Forestville Candle Company and they have an Etsy store that I would like to share here: ForestvilleCandles.

I’ve been a “regular” candle buyer from them since they started selling their candles before Christmas because I LOVE the glow of candles, and the fact that these candles do not emit toxins in the air.

Their scents are delicious! Some smell so good, I could eat them! (but not quite…). In the winter, I really liked their Balsam scent, and Peppermint. This spring, they have a huge selection and a variety of sizes to choose from… I have been burning Lemon in the house recently and it has helped my mood immensely on the more dreary spring days. My other current favorites are Cucumber Melon and Lily of the Valley…. none of their scents are overpowering, but they fill the house with a warm, comforting aroma. I just love them! forestvilleCandle2

If you need yet one more reason to purchase non-toxic candles from an entrepreneurial pair of teens, part of their proceeds go toward Feed My Starving Children, an organization that is dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children worldwide. So not only do you get beautiful aroma and wonderful ambiance, you also help support a couple of good kids in their efforts to build their savings accounts, & you also help other children around the world… !

Check out Forestville Candle Company and tell them Jennifer sent you 🙂

 

Catholic Mom’s Bundle

I don’t often buy into these “bundle” things, but this one seems to have some good stuff for me for Lent this year, and it’s being offered through a blog I’ve been following for many years now, Equipping Catholic Families. They have all kinds of nice Catholic crafts and projects for Catholic families. This Catholic Mom Bundle is $25 til March 1, and it has some really nice things that seem to match up with what I am feeling called to do for Lent this year, personally and with the kids. For instance, there are a couple of craft projects that I think will help me slow down and focus more on “quiet”, especially since I am planning to significantly reduce my amount of screen time, starting Ash Wednesday.  There are some pretty printables and a Lenten journal for moms, as well as some Lent crafts for the kids. Check it out HERE.

Images and information credit: Equipping Catholic Families and Catholic Mom Bundle.

MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP ICON: HOW TO INTERPRET

One of my very favorite icons .. Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Because I need perpetual help! I love being able to read icons…

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HOW TO INTERPRET THE MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP ICON.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help is a Byzantine icon that is believed to have its origin sometime during the 13th -15th century. The icon is known for being miraculous; over the centuries countless healings and special graces have been attributed to it, so much so that the image has been honored and venerated by many Popes.
The miraculous icon is painted on wood and measures about 20″ in height (54 x 41.5 centimeters) and depicts the Virgin Mary, under the title “Mother of God,” holding the Child Jesus.

1: Greek Characters:

  •  Largest and near the top of the icon, we see the Greek letters
  • ΜΡ θΥ = Mother of God; over the angel on the right is inscribed
  • O AP M = the Archangel Michael;
  • over the angel on the left is O AP I O = the Archangel…

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Homeschooling

Homeschooling is not just “doing school at home…”

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I thought this was a great graphic which describes what we are trying to do at our home school… it has taken me several years to actually get to this point, where I’m not trying to necessarily recreate a whole “classroom atmosphere” at our house, replicating what is being done at an institutional school. There is teaching and learning being done in most homes every day, but in our home and in most homeschooling homes that I know of, its a constant awareness of every single opportunity to teach something, and it’s not always something you find in a book.

This graphic was shared by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool, another great blog and website for us homeschooling moms! Check it out!

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine” –Hippocrates

My husband Dan gets these emails periodically from the USDA about farming practices and farms across the US who are doing interesting things. One of the more interesting ones came in the other day about a farm in New Jersey, which is run by a doctor. He and his family bought a large acreage and now runs a farm in conjunction with his practice…

From the USDA article: “Two farmers help Dr. Weiss with the farm and run the Doctor’s Farm Market, with ‘doctor’s tips’ and ‘doctor’s recipes’ next to each fruit and vegetable…” Read the article Healing Patients on the Farm here. You can visit the doctor’s website at www.myethoshealth.com.

Ethos Farm in the Early morning Autumn light and frost covering the land

Image and info credit to Dr. Weiss/Ethos Health/Farmers.gov

 

Natural Tick & Lyme Disease Prevention

As yucky of a topic as this is, I thought this was a very good and informational article by Whole-Fed Homestead about ticks, how they work, and how to use natural products, and common sense, to help prevent being bitten by the little buggers… it is so hard to decide between using something chemical that has proven nasty side effects, but is effective, and some natural options which require more effort and applications, and may be less effective. Either way, there are pros and cons. Every year, we weigh it out and often use both methods. But I felt this article covered a lot about how ticks work, which helps me decide what to do to protect myself and my children. Good luck!!

 

Homemade Honey Lip Balm

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Recently, I purchased some beeswax from friends of ours who used to have bees (Cindi and Pete from Rush River Fiber). I had intended to use it to make lotion, and when I was looking for recipes online, I ran across all kinds of interesting and fun looking lotion and lip balm recipes. I tried my hand at it and while I think overall it was a success, the beeswax had a very high honey content and it wound up quite soft for the little twist tubes I had purchased to put it in. BUT… it tastes DELICIOUS! 🙂

So when I ran across this post by Whole-Fed Homestead, I thought – hey, this is the route to go!!! I have not used their method/recipe yet, but the next time I make a batch, I’m going to follow their method. Thanks to Crystal from Whole-Fed Homestead for letting me repost her recipe here to share with you! (her recipe even made it into Mother Earth News Magazine!)

 

 

 

Authentic Self-Love…

“Finding Yourself” – Ven. Fulton Sheen’s Guide to Authentic Self-Love

catholicsistaslogoAn article by guest writer Victoria Keiser on Catholic Sistas, sourced from Venerable Fulton Sheen’s book: Three to Get Married. A great read.

We have Fulton Sheen’s book and I don’t believe I’ve read all the way through it yet, but plan to go get it off the bookshelf right now! Leave a comment here or over at Catholic Sistas if you would like to share your thoughts on your journey of “finding yourself” where God has led you…