Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Elves and Sprites Bring Good Fortune ~


                                                                     Source: Uploaded by user via KeepinIt on Pinterest




May your Halloween be safe and secure, May your children have lots of fun, May the ghosts and goblins be chased away by the angels above tonight~~ May we honor our Savior on this day. May little bellies be filled with lots of candy, but go to sleep tonight after all the fun is over, saying your prayers and brushing your teeth. May all the calories be gone and no pounds added to mommy's thighs....lol.

Have a blessed day

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pain relief is here Yipee!

I live daily in chronic pain, with degenerative discs in my neck and back that are wearing my patience thin and arthritis in almost every joint of my body. Being a mom, a nurse and caregiver of my family, I try to stay with natural and homeopathic remedies for pain. Sedating medications just make me to sleepy to work or school my kids, must less perform as an ER nurse.

I am pretty skeptical about pain relief creams and magic potions that are out on the market these days. Everybody seems to have a product that is going to help my pain...not!

So when I received this tube of Noxicare cream in the mail to try, I used it with an open mind and gave it a chance. I must say that it did take the edge off my aching knees tonight and helped my feet not burn as bad. The joints in my hands and fingers are moving better, so I can type this blog post.

So what is it ? Product Description

Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief is a breakthrough natural, patented pain relief formula that is a proprietary combination of 7 of the world’s most potent natural pain relievers that quickly and effectively alleviate inflammation, muscle aches and nerve pain—with NO known side effects and without a prescription.
The Natural Ingredients: from Noxicare.com

Turmeric

One of the most powerful natural pain relievers known to exist; recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is a powerful herb in the ginger family that contains curcumin as its active ingredient. Curcumin provides the health benefits of turmeric and turmeric extract, useful as an anti-inflammatory agent and as an antioxidant. Studies have shown that turmeric may help reduce the pain and irritation experienced by patients with irritable bowel syndrome and its anti-inflammatory properties help to naturally relieve pain associated with arthritis by reducing inflammation in the joints.
Willow bark

Willow Bark

Has been used for natural pain relief and inflammation since the time of Ancient Egypt and Greece. The use of willow bark dates back thousands of years when patients chewed on the bark to reduce fever and inflammation. Willow bark continues to be used today for the treatment of pain (particularly low back pain, tension headaches and osteoarthritis), and inflammatory conditions such as bursitis and tendinitis.

Ginger

Ginger

Helps relieve muscle pains, arthritis and rheumatism, and is a catalyst for improving the effectiveness of other herbs. Ginger is an effective anti-inflammatory agent used for thousands of years to alleviate arthritis, headaches, rheumatism and sore throat, while also naturally relieving muscle strains and knee pains experienced by athletes. The medicinal part of ginger is the rhizome, an underground stem that most people refer to as the root. Western herbalists classify ginger as a carminative, which settles the intestine and eases pain by removing gas from the digestive tract. This versatile and useful herb also serves as a catalyst for improving the effectiveness of other natural pain relieving herbs found in Noxicare™.

Rosemary

Rosemary Extract

Has served a variety of purposes including topical use for joint or musculoskeletal pain. Ancient Egyptians knew to relieve musculoskeletal pain by rubbing rosemary extract oil into their skin. Today, rosemary has become important due to its natural pain relief ability, as well as stimulate hair growth, boost mental activity and relieve respiratory problems.

Holy basil

Holy Basil

Properties include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral. Holy Basil is a plant indigenous to India and extremely well-regarded as beneficial for many different health problems. Holy basil inhibits inflammatory-causing enzymes that contribute to arthritis and other types of pain caused by inflammation. Holy basil has antimicrobial and anti-viral properties, and expectorant properties as well, useful in respiratory tract infections and during respiratory stress.

Boswellia

Boswellia Extract

Boswellia is a genus of trees native to India known for their fragrant resin which has many pharmacological uses, particularly as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Boswellia extracts and oils have been used to treat back pain and has been compared in effectiveness to steroids in treating Crohn’s disease and other intestinal problems—without causing ulcers like aspirin family medications.

Alpha Lipoic Acids

Alpha Lipoic Acids

Antioxidants used for treating diabetic neuropathy and increasing blood flow to the nerves. Acid Alpha Lipoic Acid is a natural pain relief antioxidant made by every cell in the body, and is also found in foods such as red meats and spinach. It is well known for its proven pain relieving abilities, particularly against numbness, burning and pain often associated with diabetic neuropathy. ALA also helps vitamins C and E work better, and is used to treat and detox the liver.
 

Stars for me 4.5 out of 5 ! I really want to try the capsules next, highly recommend the topical cream! Not greasy or smelly either.

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I only give honest opinions about products.

Featured kids iPad /iPhone App


Guess Moo! - fun musical guide for your child through the world of animals for iPad / iPhone

I was recently provided access to an app called "Guess Moo" via Tomoson.com. This is a learning app targeted at young children and teaches about common animals and the sounds they make. When the child taps an animal, a short poem featuring that animal pops up. Very cute app especially for those moms with animal and farm loving kiddos.

Guess Moo is an iPhone/iPad app for children introducing the sounds and sight recognition of twelve animals including cats, dogs, cows, chickens, horses, roosters, goats, ducks, sheep, pigs, geese and donkeys.


The app, priced at $2.99 and is downloadable from iTunes here.





The age group is 2-5 and I think it would be better for the younger children. The colors and graphics are eye catching and cute. Kids can listen to a few and come back and listen to some more and than take the quiz. Every time they take the quiz it builds memory. The child's hand and eye coordination is developed as they get to pop the balloons before the animals fly off the screen. When the balloons are popped the animals will herd on the ground. Your child can develop cognitive skills, listening skills, general and visual memory, motor skills and reaction time playing this simple cute and fun little game.
I would not pay 2.99 for this app, maybe .99 at the most. The age group is more like 1~3 instead, my friend's 4 year old was bored quickly with it, but his little sis that is age 1 delighted in playing for a good 30 min. of quality time with mommy.
As a homeschool mom, I did like the poetry aspect of the app and the words that my younger one could easily read back to me, if it was more geared toward learning letters and words along with the animal sounds that might be even better.
Stars are 3 out of 5 from our household.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
























Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halloween Happenings~Teaching Unit!




                                                            Source: teacherspayteachers.com via Tricia on Pinterest


Another Fabulous Pinterest Find that I added to my homeschool stash board! Lots of fun to help them learn and have a fun time too! Only $5.00 for a 50 page unit, super cheap, find it here and support the teacher who created it! 

Halloween Happenings : A Thematic & Activity Packet For Halloween. This unit has 50 pages of games, activities and printables all relating to Halloween. ~Halloween Word & Book List ~ Making Connections ~ Five Senses Printable ~ Halloween Rhymes & Verbs ~ Halloween Word Scramble & Web ~ Writing Activities ~ ABC Order Activity ~ Venn Diagrams ~ Word search & Maze ~ Many Graphic Organizers ~ Math Ghost-It Games

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Plague - Germ Warfare

 

Help! Our household is a war zone, the plague is back and has manifested itself in the throat of a 9 year old child. It does not speak.......yet it has a message.... Laden in mucus.

I fear that it is after me.....I hide hoping that the micronutrients and vitamin C that pulses thru my blood will fight the nasty war for me.

The infected child follows me, hugs me, is possessed by this viral creature. She refuses to leave me alone if she is not entranced in the deep sleep. I want to push her away, lock her in the viral containment closet, but the power of motherly love is way to strong.

I must embrace this zombish monster and fight my battles, one Kleenex at a time......sniff......sniff.

 

 

101 Handmade Halloween Ideas for your crafting!

Halloween crafting is always such fun, love to decorate for this holiday. I could not resist sharing yet another list from this awesome site www.everythingetsy.com !



Make it a handmade holiday!
  1. Polka Dot Witch Hat Tutorial – Craftaholics Anonymous
  2. Burlap Ghost Lights – Pottery Barn Knock Off – Burton Avenue
  3. Sparkle Skeleton Pumpkin – Mod Podge Rocks
  4. Halloween BOO Signs {Printables} – The TomKat Studio
  5. Framed Witches Hat – HoneyBear Lane
  6. Cheveron Pumpkins – Tatertots & Jello
  7. Spooky Burlap Table Runner – Polkadot Chair
  8. Halloween Wall Display – Eighteen25/Lil’ Luna
  9. Pottery Barn Skull Face Knock Off – The Country Chic Cottage
  10. Giant Tape Spiderweb – Lowe’s
  11. Mercury Glass Pumpkins – All Things Heart and Home
  12. Eye See You Wreath – Crafts Unleashed
  13. Owl Treat Bag Label {Printable} – The Graphics Fairy
  14. Ghoulish Grown Up Drink Labels {Printables} – Centsational Girl
  15. Lace Halloween Wreath – Craftily Ever After
  16. Simple Bat Lantern – A Bit of Sunshine
  17. Keep Calm and Boo On! {Printable} – The Bonjour Family
  18. DIY Halloween Apothecary Jars – Craftaholics Anonymous
  19. Life Size Gauzy Ghost – The Lettered Cottage
  20. Batty Felt Pillow – Ameroonie Designs
  21. Halloween Pom Pom Wreath – Mod Podge Rocks
  22. Trick or Treat {Printable} – The Three Sweet Peas
  23. Candy Corn Decorations – Thrify Decor Chick
  24. Halloween Bell Jar – Stamptramp
  25. If the Broom Fits, Ride It! {Printable} – Crafts & Sutch
  26. Halloween Bat Frame – A Pumpkin & A Princess
  27. Witch Candy Cauldron – Eighteen25/Design Dazzle
  28. Halloween Party Treat Cone {Printable}–The TomKatStudio/HGTV
  29. Spooky Eyeball Wreath – A Pretty Life
  30. Halloween Cupcake Wrappers {Printables} – Food Art Party
  31. Spiderweb Door Mat – BHG
  32. Googly Eyes Wreath – The Country Chic Cottage
  33. Halloween Burlap Wreath – Just Sew Sassy
  34. Birdcage Silhouette Pumpkin Pattern – BHG
  35. Condemned Sign {Printable} – Brookly Limestone
  36. Spooky Halloween Fence from Pallets – Instructables
  37. Jack O’ Lantern Magnets – Mod Podge Rocks
  38. Monogram Pumpkin – Plaid
  39. Halloween Goodie Bags {Printables} – Love Obsess Inspire
  40. Beware Halloween Banner – Crafts Unleashed
  41. Witch’s Laundry Day Decoration – Crafty Staci
  42. Halloween Glam Wreath – Days of Chalk and Chocolate
  43. Frankenstein Goodie Bags – Summer Scraps
  44. Large Creepy Spider Decoration – BHG
  45. Spider Web Wreath – Mom Endeavors
  46. DIY Halloween Tombstones – Lowe’s
  47. DIY Painted Halloween Door Mat – The DIY Village
  48. Creepy Jar Labels {Printables} – Funkytime
  49. Ghost Cloches – Chic on a Shoestring Budget Decorating
  50. Wicked Witch Silhouette Pattern – BHG
  51. Spooky Halloween Wreath – The Swell Life
  52. Skeleton Vase – Sew Woodsy
  53. Halloween Candelabra – Sawdust and Paper Scraps
  54. Candy Corn Wreath – Bugaboo
  55. Felt Bat Garland – The Artful Parent
  56. Rope and Wire Pumpkins – Someday Crafts
  57. Skeleton Wreath – Ready, Set, Craft
  58. Mouse Motel Pumpkin – Martha Stewart
  59. Halloween Silhouette Wall Art – The Pink Peony of Le Jardin
  60. 4×4 Painted Pumpkins – Ameroonie Designs
  61. Halloween Banner {Printable} – BHG
  62. Spooky Paper Garland Cutouts – Country Living
  63. Sparkle Button Pumpkins – The Swell Life
  64. Kids Ghost Detective Game – Delightfully Noted
  65. Pumpkin Balloons – Martha Stewart
  66. Spooky Halloween Bottles – The Messy Roost
  67. Halloween Screen Tutorial – Crafting in the Rain
  68. Spider Web String Art – A Soft Place to Land
  69. Halloween Bingo {Printables} – The Crafting Chicks
  70. Candy Corn Onesie – The Swell Life
  71. Coffee Filter Spider Webs – The Artful Parent
  72. Outdoor Cauldron Decoration – BHG
  73. Burlap Spider Wreath – Annelily Design
  74. Chicken Wire Ghost – Wacky Archives
  75. Skeleton Leggings – Westsinister Abbey
  76. Halloween Mantel Banner – Finding My Aloha
  77. Book Page Trick or Treat Wreath – Lil’ Luna
  78. Sweet Halloween Jar Labels {Printables} – Kiki Creates
  79. Bat Ribbon Party Straws – Scrapbooks Etc.
  80. Spooky Lunch Box Jokes {Printables} – Peonies and Poppyseeds
  81. Halloween Boo Bunting Wreath – Pretty Ditty
  82. Beautiful Halloween Gift Tags – Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night
  83. Halloween & Fall Pillow Tutorial – Tatertots & Jello
  84. Vintage Witch Halloween Gift Tag {Printable} – Design Lass
  85. Silhouette Treat Bags – Positively Splendid/Uncommon
  86. Floating Halloween Candles – Crafts Unleashed
  87. Enter if You Dare Wreath – Sassy Style
  88. DIY Book Ghost – Cr8tive Compass
  89. Vampire Pumpkins – Martha Stewart
  90. Upcycled Spider Web Vase – Balancing Home
  91. Eat at Your Own Risk Cupcake Toppers – Pumpkin Petunia
  92. Owl In Tree Door Silhouette Pattern – BHG
  93. Halloween Silhouette Board – She Wears Flowers
  94. Burlap Witch Wreaths – Two Oh Two Seven
  95. Slimey Halloween Party Favors – Parties For Pennies
  96. Pumpkin Votive Luminaries – Maiden D’Shade
  97. Spooky Plate House Numbers – BHG
  98. Modern Halloween Candle Covers {Printables} – Living Locurto
  99. Scrapbook Paper Skulls – Mega Crafty
  100. Eerie Candlestick Display – Martha Stewart
  101. Crafty Boo Necklace – Mod Podge Rocks


Handmade Gift List for Her!


  1. DIY Painted Belt – Intergalactic Galactic Galactic
  2. Spoon Ring Tutorial – Kirsten Erickson
  3. Tiny Tassel Bracelet – Maize Hutton
  4. Ombre Painted Flour Sack Towels – Always in Wonder
  5. Boho Upcycled Magazine Frame – Smitten and Hazel
  6. Homemade Lip Balm – Beautylish
  7. Envelope Cell Phone Case – Swell Mayde
  8. Spray Painted Apron – Crafterhours
  9. Fabric Rosette Necklace Tutorial – Everything Etsy
  10. DIY Button Rings – Lana Red
  11. Heart Tote with Leather Straps – Say Yes to Hoboken
  12. Instagram Necklace – Mod Podge Rocks
  13. Awesome Bookplates {Printables} – FreckleWonder
  14. Homemade Scented Candles – A Pair and A Spare
  15. DIY Leather Mustache Necklace – By Wilma
  16. Painted Camera Strap – Design Love Fest
  17. No Sew Duct Tape Bag – My House and Home
  18. Pandora Inspired Bracelet – Happy Hour Projects
  19. Crochet Baskets – All About Ami
  20. DIY Tassel Earrings – Trinkets in Bloom
  21. DIY Lace Doily Bowl – Free People
  22. Spray Paint Rhinestone Necklace – A Pair and A Spare
  23. Studded Sunglasses – A Splendid Assemblage
  24. Ombre Bead Frame – Dollar Store Crafts
  25. Fishtail Braided Anchor Bracelet – Swell Mayde 
  26. Mod Podge Charm Bracelet – Mod Podge Rocks
  27. Camera Strap Tutorial – Everything Etsy/Priddy Creations
  28. Lace Belt Tutorial – Versus
  29. DIY Leather Cuff Bracelets – Mom Spark
  30. DIY Checked Woolen Bag – Just Do It
  31. Pop of Color Key Necklace – Dream a Little Bigger
  32. Coin Mementos & Charms – Lil Blue Boo
  33. Vintage Tea Cup Pincushion – I heart Naptime
  34. Fragrance Reed Diffuser – Sugar & Dinosaurs
  35. Chatty Clay Charms – Polymer Clay Web
  36. Handmade Solid Perfume – Etsy 
  37. Fox Bookmarks {Printables} – Lemon Squeezy
  38. Fabric Scrap Necklace – Sundi and Mike
  39. Knit Shawl Collar Cowl – Purl Bee
  40. Glass Tile Pendant Tutorial – Sugar Bee Crafts
  41. Mama Ruffle Scarf – Living With Punks
  42. DIY Locket Art – Everything Etsy
  43. Cement Garden Stones – Prudent Baby
  44. Microwavable Heating Pads – Tipnut
  45. Fabric Ruffle Necklace – Happy Together
  46. Personalized Recipe Tea Towel – Spoonflower
  47. Felt Flower Brooch – Holidash
  48. Painted Bobby Pin Earrings – The Metric Child
  49. Tiered Hanging Flower Pots – Design Sponge
  50. Copper Dog Silhouette Necklace – Crap at Crafts
  51. Modern Block Print Fabric Napkins – The Zen of Making
  52. Felt Initial Notebooks – Everything Etsy
  53. DIY Lip Gloss – Lines Across
  54. Duct Tape Feather Earrings – Brit + Co.
  55. Vintage Doily Basket – Country Living
  56. Double Chain Braided Bracelet – Studs and Pearls
  57. Cross Stitch Chair – My Poppet
  58. DIY Garden Stepping Stones – Intimate Weddings
  59. Family Photo Throw Pillow – BHG
  60. Homemade Beeswax Candles – A Beautiful Mess
  61. DIY Bird Nest Necklace – Sarah Ortega
  62. Homemade Lotion Bars – My Yellow Umbrella
  63. Scrappy Flower Hexagon Wreath – Lines Across
  64. Girl’s Emergency Clutch – Tidy Mom
  65. Anthropologie Confetti Tumblers – Radical Possibility
  66. DIY Fabric Hair Bow – Simply Homemade
  67. Mama’s Gonna Snap {Printables}–Mary Jane & Galoshes
  68. Crochet Hat Pattern – JJ’s Crochet
  69. DIY Clay Doily Bowl – Soda Pop
  70. Tea Cup Candles – Fancy
  71. Duct Tape iPad Cover – Craftbits
  72. Painted Baskets – The Marion House Book
  73. Art iPad Sleeve – Spoonflower
  74. T-Shirt Plant Hanger – Shop Walk in Love
  75. Coffee Cozy Pattern – Stitch Craft Create
  76. Homemade Herbal Salves – Etsy
  77. Pretty Apron Pattern – Think Liz
  78. Embroidered Typography Art – The Zen of Making
  79. Silk Screened Butterfly Glasses – Dollar Store Crafts
  80. House Stamped Journal – A Beautiful Mess
  81. Mod Podge Fabric Frames – No. 2 Pencil
  82. DIY Clay House Pots – Say Yes to Hoboken
  83. Fork Bracelet – Stars for Streetlights
  84. Wine Gift Bag Tutorial – Kimminita
  85. DIY Rope Bracelet – Made by Girl  
  86. Modern Cement Planters – Apartment Therapy
  87. Bamboo Handle Bag – Everything Etsy
  88. Crochet Bracelet Tutorial – Nicely Created for You
  89. Wine Bottle Wall Vase – Shanty 2 Chic
  90. No Sew Ruffle Tote – Scattered Thoughts
  91. Passport & Luggage Tags {Printables} – The Pretty Blog
  92. Redneck Wine Glasses – Erin’s Creative
  93. Pajama Pants Pattern – Sew4Home
  94. Pretty Potholders – My Girl Thursday
  95. DIY Glitter Rings – Buzz Feed
  96. Ruffled Coin Pouch Sewing Tutorial – Everything Etsy
  97. Shrinky Dink Necklace Tutorial – Hocus Kocis
  98. Simple DIY Bird Feeder – Erin’s Creative
  99. DIY Knot Chain Bracelet – I Spy DIY
  100. Wire Word Necklace – Studs and Pearls
  101. Neon Chain Belt – Inspiration Realization
Wow is all I can say, what an awesome list, credit to www.everythingetsy.com for all the ideas and links posted here. Visit their site for even more lists and awesomeness!! I am going to get busy making some of these for Christmas!

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