Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How to prevent swine flu!

Don't do this!


(ha ha ha... Got this cute forward~ I just had to share!)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Be still my heart!!!

I've been contemplating for nearly a year now on how I want to decorate our master bedroom. I love love love the colors brown and blue together. And I am crazy nuts about retro/modern patterns. Thankfully, so long as it's not too expensive (or girly), RD doesn't mind what we sleep in. So... we are looking into purchasing this bed-in-a-bag (Geo Soft):

Specs:
Bed in a Bag includes:
  • One Queen Comforter (86 in. W x 90 in. L)
  • Two Standard Shams (20 in. W x 26 in. L x 3 in. flange)
  • One Queen Flat Sheet (90 in. W x 102 in. L)
  • One Queen Fitted Sheet (60 in. W x 80 in. L x 12 in. pocket)
  • Two Standard Pillowcases (20 in. W x 32 in. L)
  • One Decorative Pillow (7 in. W x 15 in. L)
  • One Blue Throw (50 in. W x 60 in. L

  • We're looking into pricing and customer reviews... but I am totally smitten. Isn't it just DARLING?!!!

    Other bed-in-a-bag prints we're looking into are:
    1) whirl
    2) avalon
    3) chevron
    4) plaza

    We are really leaning toward the Geo Soft because you get more bang for your buck and it'll go fine with the pleated white bed skirt we already have.
    Keep you posted!!!

    Tuesday, April 14, 2009

    Getting rid of an ear infection

    RD and I have been dabbling into the realm of alternative medicine/herbal remedies for the last year or so. For anyone interested, I'd like to share how we treat ear infections in our home.

    Garlic has long been used for medicinal purposes. We, too, have found it quite useful in curing bacterial infections of various kinds. I'm not a doctor so if you have any questions and/or concerns, please consult your physician. Just sharing what has worked for us.

    Step 1: make garlic oil.
    I just buy fresh garlic cloves from the grocer and crush them into a small bowl. I usually use about 5 cloves. Add enough olive oil until...

    Step 2: ... it looks like this. (approx. 3 tbls)
    Stir well and let set on counter for at least an hour.

    Step 3: strain the oil.
    I just use paper towel.

    I dump the garlic off of the paper towel and use it for cooking later. The oil?... That's what I use to treat the ear infection.

    Step 4: apply liberally to the outer ear.
    Apply to any part of the ear that is exposed. I soak a Q-tip and wipe the garlic oil all over... behind the ear, around the jaw, down into the neck area, etc. (Please make sure that the oil is body temperature!) The garlic soaks into the skin tissue immediately and begins its work at killing off the infection. Don't worry... it does not hurt as it absorbs.

    I apply the garlic oil 3-4 times daily. We see ear infections clear up in about 24 hours! Just to be on the sure side, we go ahead and apply it for 2-3 days afterward just to make sure it's completely gone.

    Stinks to high heaven but works so well.
    We call our children "little stir fry" when they're getting the
    Garlic Treatment. :-)

    Has anyone else used garlic for medicinal purposes?

    Monday, April 13, 2009

    Homeschool reading

    Finished:



    Starting:

    Sewing Projects

    I'm here, really I am!!! :-)


    Here's how that "K" onesie turned out. Give it another wash or two and the frays will look even neater! I loved the idea so much that I made some more for "Baby K" in 3-6 month sized onesies.

    And for those of you just dying to know what Rebekah had....



    A BOY!!!
    Kal Michael M.
    born: 3-17-09 (St. Patty's day!)
    @: 7:55am
    9-1/2 lbs.
    22 in. long
    Gently birthed at home with a midwife.
    Here's me lovin' on my new "nephew" just hours after he was born.
    Momma and baby!
    Proud dad!
    Yea! And here's baby Kal sportin' his way cool "K" onesie!

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    On the subject of sewing projects...
    I've been teaching Arianna how to sew!

    Here's her first sewing project: sewing a button.
    Here's her second project: an Easter ornament.
    I gave her some extras of my sewing supplies so she now has her own sewing stash... to which she is thrilled to have! She loves sewing... and she's pretty darn good at it to (if I might add).
    I'm so proud of you, honey!

    Here's a quick project that I just finished. There is this hideous gap under our microwave cart that reveals a tangled, gnarled mass of electrical cords. Drives me nuts every time I look at it. So... I covered it up! ;-) I was able to quickly hand sew three little "curtains" that I nailed to the bottom of the cart. I then glued on buttons (I LOVE the blue on brown look!) to cover the nails and give it a little more aesthetic appeal. Here's what it looks like.

    (front)
    (side)
    (side)
    Much better!

    More sewing projects to show coming up!
    (Did I mention that I am REALLY loving to hand sew?!!!)

    Thursday, April 02, 2009

    Pestincides OFF (continued)


    Thanks so much for all the comments and recommendations concerning the removal of pesticides from produce. I know veggie washes do not remove ALL pesticides, but it is certainly better than merely rinsing. Like "New Life on a Homestead", we too are on a limited food budget so it is financially impossibly for us to afford going organic at this time. Here is an article that is a highly recommended read about preparing a produce wash.

    We're also going to try and go organic on our garden this year. *fingers crossed* Here's our line-up:

    -cherry tomatoes
    -peas
    -garlic
    -watermelon
    -pumpkins
    -lettuce
    -carrots
    -squash

    -daisies
    -canterbury bells
    -marigolds
    -lavender

    What are some non-pesticidal (is that a word?) ways to keep the critters and bugs off your crops? We've had just a HORRIBLE time with squash bugs, especially, in the past.