Sun Tea

We really love iced tea in our house, and making sun tea is a great way to enjoy your tea.  It’s nice to have the sun do all of the work while I go enjoy the day and do some things with the kids. I put in 12 cups of water, almost 1 cup of sugar, and 4 tea bags. Sometimes I will put in 8 tea bags depending on how strong I want it to be and how much {Read More}

It Only Takes 15 Minutes

In order to develop a habit, I have found that I have to do it daily for two weeks.  I am going to test this out by spending 15 minutes a day straightening up or organizing an are/very small piece of the house.  Those who know me know that I run a small business out of my house, and I have a lot of therapy toys and therapy projects that are in multiple places in the house.  The office and {Read More}

DIY Blackberry Peppermint Lip Balm

I decided to try my hand at making some lip balm and it was pretty easy.  Not only was it easy, but the lip balm smelled and tasted wonderful.  It makes my lips feel good too.  I wanted to make it smell and taste good so I used blackberry and peppermint, and those scents and flavors blend very well. Ingredients: 1 Tbs. Beeswax 1/2 Tbs. Cocoa Butter 1Tbs. Coconut Oil 1/2 tsp. Blackberry Extract 1 tsp. Honey 20 drops of {Read More}

Whipped Home Made Face Cream

I have very dry skin that is definitely showing its age.  I tend to use some very good moisturizing creams, and have a pretty good system to keep my skin from being dry, but I still have skin damage and age spots (Southern California has lots of sun).  I was checking out the creams at the drug store the other day, and noticed that some very expensive creams had essential oils as part of their ingredient list.  One age spot {Read More}

Laugh At Your Kids

I love kids. They are so much fun to hang out with. I may have a very different parenting style than many people, but I think that my style is normal and awesome. There may be a couple of differences in my style though. See if you can spot them. Photo by Alexandra Giese During some free time, my kids and I hung out with some friends and their kids. There were a couple of dogs involved too. I looked {Read More}

Aren’t Essential Oils New Age and Only Used by Crazy Hippies?

Welcome to the our series: The Skeptics Guide to Essential Oils.  Specifically I was very skeptical about how the oils worked and if it was all just an airy fairy new age concept. We are having a whole series with our Oil Explorers group, which is a wonderful group of people who are on an oil exploring journey together.  If you join our team of explorers, you will have the support of a great group of people with access to {Read More}

Bonding With Baby – or Through the War Zone

When I was going to have my first child, I would read stories that would gush about how there was this instant bond with the baby when it was born.  I found that to not be true.  When my daughter was put on my chest, it was like she was this little alien that had suddenly appeared.  I did not have a magical bond with her.  She was just this little helpless creature — my little helpless creature — that {Read More}

Whipped Foot Softening Cream

We all need a little pampering, and our feet are often ignored when it comes to pampering.  Let me start by saying that my feet are really really dry.  I have a condition that affects me on my feet and hands.  I am actually really lucky that these are the only affected areas that I have.  It causes my skin on my feet to reproduce at an extreme rate, so I have dry, dead, scaly spots of extra skin. I {Read More}

Giving Is Harder Than It Looks

We go about our days and live our lives.  We periodically give money to people who are holding signs at the street corners if we feel compelled to.  We donate to charities that we feel fit our giving profile.  We give to church groups and try to be a part of the charitable community.  So all of these ways of giving are fairly passive.  Someone comes to us in a parking lot and we give them our change.  We send {Read More}