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}

Carpet Cleaning with Essential Oils

It has been years since I have cleaned my carpet, so it had some dark stains on it as a result of the fun and parties that have happened over the years.  While prepping to host a big baby shower at my house, I decided to try the Thieves cleaner that I have started using.  I mixed 2 capfuls of the concentrated cleaner with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle, then I got busy spraying spots. We sprayed {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}

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}

Smelly Shoe Solution

I have a teenage boy with very smelly feet in my house. His feet are so smelly that it is considered a form of torture to be shut in a room with his shoes. We tried powders, sprays, deodorants, and Lysol to no effect. Those trials resulted in smelly shoes that had a hint of citrus (or whatever smell the spray had). So after some internet research by my dad and I, we have found a solution that I think {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}

Teaching Kids to Listen and Learn Self Control

I have two children with very different personalities, and I work with children in my job as a pediatric Occupational Therapist. One thing that I have learned about kids in my many years with them is that no two are alike, and no two will respond in the same way to the same input. There are basic similarities though, and it is our job as the adult to learn to read each child and try to figure them out to {Read More}