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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Its Not About The Bunny....



It is all about a cross and a Savior that gave His life for mine!



Have a Blessed and wonderful Easter Day today


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Coconut Oil : 100 ways to use it in your household


This has to be the most versatile oil in my kitchen and bathroom cabinet now, I love it!
I found this awesome list on the web with a list of over one hundred ways you can use coconut oil.
You will be amazed at what it can do for your skin, hair, scalp, lips.....any sore noses. My hubby has a chronic skin condition that we have tried all sorts of creams and prescriptions to help ease the discomforts and itch. I tried using coconut oil on it instead and he says it works much better than anything he has ever tried before. 
It even makes grilled cheese sandwiches taste much better than using butter, and I am a (or was a) butter-holic before I discovered coconut oil. 
Trying it on the dogs now also, one has a sore spot on her paw and the other one has a rash on her little belly that is red, we will see how it works. 

The Awesome 100 ways to use Coconut Oil in your Household List
Credit to : Megan at
Please consult with your doctor first if you are planning to use Coconut Oil to treat a medical condition and use at your own discretion.
Health:
  • Eat a teaspoonful for an energy boost or take a spoonful with your vitamins to help increase absorption.
  • Use Coconut oil to help soothe chicken pox, shingles and other skin irritations and rashes.
  • Another health use- apply it to athlete’s foot, ringworm or other fungal infections
  • Dab a little on a baby’s diaper rash
  • You can also use the oil to help with cradle cap.
  • Spread a thin layer on a burn to quicken the healing time
  • Ingesting Coconut Oil is said to help thyroid conditions.
  • Use in replace of massage oil
  • Consuming Coconut Oil while nursing is said to increase your milk flow
  • Apply to bug bites to sooth itch and sting
  • If you happen to get nose bleeds in the winter, coat the inside of your nose with a small amount.
  • It is said that taking a spoonful will help reduce and eliminate migraines
  • Massage into tired, achy or sore muscles to help relieve the pain
  • Mix a small amount with oregano and apply to the first signs of a cold sore
  • Dab on a canker sore to speed up heeling and help soothe the pain
  • Ingest a small amount and let it dissolve in your mouth and run down the back of your throat to ease the discomfort of a sore throat
Beauty:
  • Use as a super conditioner for your hair. Apply to dry hair, then shampoo as normal.
  • You can also use it as a styling agent for dry hair. Rub a small amount into your palms and apply to hair.
  • Put some in a small container to use as lip balm.
  • Dab a small amount under your arms to use as a natural deodorant.
  • Use it in place of shaving cream
  • Add a small amount to your bath water to create a moisturizing soak
  • Use as a make-up remover
  • Use around your eyes to help prevent wrinkles
  • Use to reduce the visibility of stretch marks
  • Apply to stomach when pregnant to aid in preventing stretch marks
  • Use as a mascara brush cleaner
  • Brush on eyelashes to help strengthen them
  • Use on pimple and acne to help heal it
  • Apply on cracked or rough heels
  • Massage into your nails and cuticles to help strengthen them
  • Mix with the spice nutmeg and apply to blemishes for 15 minutes. Wash off and notice a difference in your skin
  • If you wax at home, Use on your skin after waxing to help with the redness and to remove any access wax.
DIY:
  • Use it as a base for a homemade body scrub, toothpaste or lotion.
  • In addition, you can also use Coconut Oil as a base for a vapor rub.
  • Try mixing it with lemon balm, tea tree oil or rosemary for creating an insect repellent
  • Use instead of WD-40
  • Mix with baking soda to create a non-toxic form of Goo-Gone
  • Use as a metal polish, however, test a small area first.
  • Also use it to season cast iron pans
  • Use to remove chewing gum from the bottom of your shoes
Home:
  • Use to condition your wooden cutting boards
  • Use as a leather moisturizer. However, test a small area first!
  • If you have gum stuck in your hair and before grabbing the scissors, try using a small amount of coconut oil. the gum should come right out.
  • Use as a guitar string lubricant
  • Use a little on a damp cloth to clean a slimy shower. Wipe the surface again with more oil followed by spraying with vinegar and wipe dry
  • I’ve read Coconut Oil works as a non-toxic flea treatment for cats and dogs
  • Use on artificial or real plants to shine leaves in replace of the chemical-filled spray that can be purchased.
  • Add a small amount to a cloth to detail the inside of your car
  • Use to clean brushes and hands after painting with an oil-based paint
Cooking:
  • Replace the less healthy oils in your kitchen with Coconut oil
  • Add a teaspoonful to smoothies to help add flavor and added nutrition.
  • Use to oil your pans and baking dishes instead of pan spray
  • Put a small amount on toast and add cinnamon for a healthy cinnamon toast
  • Use as a base for homemade candy, such as chocolates.
  • Mix with garlic and use it to make food extra flavorful
  • Add a teaspoonful to soup for added nutrition
  • Add flavor to baked goods
  • Make your own peanut butter with the base being Coconut Oil
  • Use to lubricate scissors when cutting up sticky things such as marshmallows for recipes
  • Use instead of shortening when making pie crusts or biscuits

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Inspiring Our Younger Generations~Musical Talent


Who inspired you when you were young, a parent, a mentor, a teacher, maybe nobody bothered to inspire you at all. Artists are creators of inspiration in many media, some use paint, pencil and paper or canvas to inspire, some photographic artists use a camera lens to capture precious moments in time for years to come to enjoy. Music tends to sooth a savage soul, calm a inwardly deep thought and inspire us to flow upward, not downward in a spiral. Music can change lives.
Even the musical artistry of a novice 12 year old can inspire you, make you wonder, where does this inspiration come from? Did someone or something inspire him to create? How we can keep this creativity flowing.........spiraling...... upwardly........... in a direction of positive life changing momentum.



Please head to You Tube and "view" this young artist's video, he will celebrate his 13th birthday very soon and to inspire him as a birthday present his mother requests as many "views" to get to 100,000 if possible. He is creating music with a free web program and wants more professional equipment to work with, as he needs and deserves. This is a surprise for him, as he does not know his mother's "mommy friends" are sharing his work all over our social media.
As an artist in many different media myself, I rely on the inspirations of other artist's, positive role models, musical artistry to keep me motivated, creating, writing,blogging, painting, designing more and more. We must keep our younger generation inspired so art, no matter the media, will live on for many centuries to come to enjoy and be inspired.



Friday, March 8, 2013

St Patrick's Day Facts and Some Lucky Stuff


I was looking for some St Patty's Day facts to teach the kids about and I found a great fact list assembled via the "Kaboose" website.
Below you will find a list of fun facts we've assembled about the Irish holiday St. Patrick's Day. Test your knowledge with our St. Patrick's Day IQ quiz or create your own "True or False" quiz using the information below.
Want even more info on St. Pat's Day? Go to our main St. Patrick’s Day holiday page for more Paddy's Day fun. You’ll find festive recipes, crafts, books, games, clip art, printables and more!
Facts about St. Patrick's Day Holiday
  • St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.
  • Many cities have a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Dublin, the capital of Ireland, has a huge St. Patrick’s Day festival from March 15-19, that features a parade, family carnivals, treasure hunt, dance, theatre and more. In North American, parades are often held on the Sunday before March 17. Some paint the yellow street lines green for the day! In Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green with a special dye that only lasts a few hours. There has been a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston, Massachusetts since 1737. Montreal is home to Canada’s longest running St. Patrick’s Day parade, which began in 1824.
Facts about Saint Patrick
  • St. Patrick was born in 385 AD somewhere along the west coast of Britain, possibly in the Welsh town of Banwen. At age 16, he was captured and sold into slavery to a sheep farmer. He escaped when he was 22 and spent the next 12 years in a monastery. In his 30s he returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. He died at Saul in 461 AD and is buried at Downpatrick.
Facts about the Irish
  • 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 US Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.
  • Some American towns have “Irish” names. You could visit: Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia; Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio.
  • The harp is the symbol of Ireland. The color green is also commonly associated with Ireland, also known as “the Emerald Isle.”
  • The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south, and orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.
  • The name “lephrechaun” has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan,” which means “a kind of aqueous sprite.” Or, it could be from “leath bhrogan,” which means “shoemaker.”

Facts about Clovers
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14!
  • One estimate suggests that there are about 10 000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
  • Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
This infographic I found in Pinterest was also very interesting and educating: 




Saturday, March 2, 2013

Dr Seuss Quotes To Share On His Birthday

Happy Birthday dear friend of ours, Dr Seuss celebrates a lifetime of learning for all children young and old.
We love all of his books here at our house and have a vast collection of them we have loved on for several years now. I do love his quotes and little Seussisms though, like these below. Please enjoy.

                                                   Source: Uploaded by user via Mommies on Pinterest



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