Crafty Pants

Ooooooh Pretty!

My daughter and I put our crafty pants on today and made some soap. Oh my soul! This was so fun! We went simple and used glycerin soap, dried rose petals, colorant, and geranium essential oils. Simple, fun and safe. You can get your glycerin soap, molds and colorant supplies here on Amazon.

This recipe couldn’t be more simple. I would suggest an adult should cut the soap into small squares. I chose this task because although I’m not always handy with sharp objects; there wasn’t anyone more adultier than me in the room.

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Gather your materials and your happy helper!

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Glass bowl
  • Glycerin melt and pour soap
  • Colorants
  • Essential oils (I now use Plant therapy)
  • Flower petals
  • Soap molds

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This picture does not show the glycerin block very well but it is a 1 lb block.


Plant Therapy Essential Oils

Directions

  1. Cut the block of soap into cubes and place them into the glass bowl.
  2. Place the glass bowl into the microwave at full power. The goal is to melt the cubes of soap. It’s best to do this in 30-second increments, stirring between each time.
  3. While that is heating set your acrylic molds on a cookie sheet
  4. When the soap is melted and stirred, add your colorants and your essential oils to the glass bowl.
  5. Pour your soap into the molds half full and then place your flower petals in the liquid, finish by filling each mold until full.
  6. Make sure flower petals are completely covered in soap.
  7. Place cookie sheet on a level place in your freezer.

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Check your soaps in about 45 minutes. They should be hard and beautiful!

Keep your soaps cool! If they melt, you will have to either freeze them or start all over again depending on the damage.

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Most Unique Dog Names

We’ve had some amazing dog names over the years. Sweet Pea, Bojangles, Maximus, Princess, King George, drover, jebe, and Sparkles. We are however in search of a new dog name for a boy.

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Prerequisites in a name; Unique, rare, interesting and easy to call out. Also, you don’t want something embarrassing while you’re saying it. Nobody wants to be screaming “doody” at the park while calling their dog. So onto the fun!

BOYS

  1. Mr. Bojangles
  2. King George
  3. Alabaster
  4. Mr. Darcy
  5. Mr. Bingsley
  6. Succotash
  7. Worcestershire
  8. Jeeves
  9. Thor
  10. Moses
  11. Snippet
  12. Nubbins
  13. Any of the seven dwarves
  14. Prince Charming
  15. Mallet
  16. Hawkeye
  17. Boyl
  18. Endrematis
  19. Kippley
  20. Mr. Rogers
  21. Happy Pants
  22. Sneaker
  23. pipsy
  24. Pugsley
  25. Grimsley
  26. Gatorbug
  27. Misnomer
  28. Poppa John
  29. LoveBug
  30. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  31. Pooh Bear
  32. Fitzwilly
  33. Curious George
  34. Purple
  35. Pouncy
  36. Napolean
  37. Ernest Hemingway
  38. Jumanji
  39. Mascot
  40. Jiminy

THE LADIES

  1. Persia
  2. Princess Leia
  3. Daisy Duke
  4. Winifred
  5. Penelope
  6. Ms. Austin
  7. The Misses
  8. Lucille Ball
  9. Honeymoon
  10. Frosty
  11. Genie
  12. Bewitched
  13. Buffy
  14. Cranberry
  15. Sassy Pants
  16. Cinderella
  17. Bette Davis
  18. Tinkerbelle
  19. Tinkersmell
  20. Tinker Toy
  21. Gizelle
  22. Pajamas
  23. Prissy
  24. Poker Face
  25. Esmerelda
  26. Noodle
  27. Momma Bear
  28. Bambi
  29. Pollyanna
  30. Darby
  31. Wonder Woman
  32. Fantasia
  33. Andalusia
  34. Stinker Butt
  35. Ms. Lovelace
  36. Amaryllis
  37. Dandy
  38. Tulips
  39. Merryweather
  40. Flower

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There you have it! Have fun with this and feel free to comment and add to the list!

Life Hacks

Flu Hacks

Admit it, you are worried. With new statistics showing this to be one of the worst flu seasons in recent history, you should be.

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I’m not writing this to scare you, but we are ripe for the epidemic pickins. 

We have all pigeon-holed ourselves into our fast-paced lives.

Bank accounts so tight, we can’t miss a day of work, let alone ten.

School policies are strict about too many absences.

Our daycares are too lax on which kiddos are sick enough to warrant a call to mom, after all, she needs to pay her daycare bill.

We’re too busy to wash our hands on a regular basis. Hand sanitizing while driving seems a good alternative, right?

Let’s face it, we’re in trouble here. 

I work in the trenches of influenza. As an EMT, I see the worst of it. Believe me, you don’t want it. You don’t want your kids to get it. We all are needing to get serious about prevention. Time to go to war with the flu.

The first endeavor of war is to identify your enemy.

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Let’s chat about that for a moment. This is only from personal experience, not a medical definition nor a complete description. Please do not use any of my advice or opinions as a replacement to visiting your doctor. It is a general description as felt by me when I was sick with Influenza H1N1.

Influenza Symptoms

  • Serious body aches. The kind where you feel as if your body has been depleted of all of it’s cushioning juices. Thighs hurt, back hurts, shoulders, teeth. I mean an intense ache made only worse by the chills.
  • Fever-How often do healthy adults get a fever? If you’ve been battling a fever for more than a few days accompanied by other fluish symptoms, chances are..you’ve been stricken. Your Dr can tell you which fever reducer works best to help your particular symptoms. The goal is to stay ahead of the fever, not behind it.
  • Sore-throat- there’s a sore throat and then there is a sore throat that feels like your throat has been run through with a soldering iron. The latter one is a good indicator you have something more serious going on than a common cold. By the way, if your throat is sore, you don’t need to swallow 10 times an hour to confirm it. Refrain! Keep it coated with honey, keep a soothing cough drop in. Don’t’ go to the store and infect others. Both of these can be found here!

  • Sneezers- Not to be confused with the cuddly character of Snow White. These sneezes will be strong. According to Web MD; “Sneezes travel at about 100 miles per hour,” says Patti Wood, author of Success Signals: Understanding Body Language . She adds that a single sneeze can send 100,000 germs into the air. I call stuff like that patient juice. EWWWW. Also, being this ill could technically warrant a day of movie binging minus the guilt.  You can watch snow white here!

  • Cough- The pendulum runs wide on this from a hacking dry cough to a chunky wet cough. By all means, cough in your shirt or your elbow. For the love! Do not cough in your hands, because then you will inevitably feel the need to touch a doorknob. That’s called traveling in basketball and it’s a foul. In this game, it will get you kicked off the court.
  • Lack of energy-The kind where you actually consider the use of an adult diaper because it’s too darn ( I totally avoided the lockbox fee on that word) much work to go to the bathroom. Once in the bathroom, you consider using the bathmat for a nap. Load up your bedside table with all the necessary items. Kleenex , Cough Syrup, Cough Drops, throw up bag , water, fever reducer , Essential Oils , Immune builders, and remote.
  • Shortness of breath-  This will feel different for everyone. For some, it will feel like an elephant is sitting on their chest. For others, it might feel like they are breathing through a straw. Shortness of breath is a good indicator that you could need a little help with the flu. Don’t hesitate to call your doctor before it becomes an emergency.
  • The FLU hits you like a freight train. Sudden, severe illness. There is no doubt your body has been stricken with something big. You can’t and really don’t want to play with the others anymore and unfortunately, you will be on the bench for weeks.

 

HACKS

There is a place for diet moderation, modern medicine and immune builders in fighting the flu.  I tend to start with immune builders and diet and then move on to over the counter medicine.

Weapons of war- Essential Oils

They are immune builders and can benefit some illnesses. They are not a cure, nor should they be used as a sole way to treat any illness. I buy my essential oils at Plant Therapy. I have used a few essential oils companies before finding this brand and found most of them to be very expensive. Disclosure: I was once a Doterra rep. Just couldn’t justify the cost.


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Plant Therapy is family owned and ran. They have an Aromatherapy team just waiting to discuss best practice of their products. Safety concerns and proper usage are a priority of the plant therapy family. They also have a first ever of its kind line of Kids safe Synergies! You can have the confidence that you are treating your kiddos with formulations made just for them! Here are my favorites!

Another great item I use religiously is Sambucol. You can get it right here!, usually in 2 days or less! Sambucol is made with Elderberry, Zinc and Vitamin C. It’s a huge autoimmune booster and maintainer. With a choice of gummies, syrup, and lozenges, something will work for you. It has protocols for both preventative and Intense flu therapy.

DIET

  • Don’t- eat Sugar. Sugar is an immune blocker and can at times worsen your illness.
  • Do – eat and drink honey. It coats the throat and helps soothe a cough.
  • Don’t- partake of alcohol. Really? Now’s not the time my friend. Even the old remedies.
  • Do-Drink your water and tea. Lots of it! Doesn’t need to be the caffeinated tea to do the trick either. 
  • Don’t- Eat things that can cause more mucus. Dairy for example.
  • Do-Eat or rather drink broth. If you have true bone broth, fantastic, if not go for the low sodium pre-made.

Prevention, AKA Peace Talks

Now we’re into the nuts and bolts of it! This is what we all could use a little help with. I’m sure you have read many articles speaking of hand washing, cough in your elbow, etc. But this is war folks. We’re going to get a little deeper than that.

  • Wash your hands! Not just when you think of it! set a timer on your phone for every few hours. Follow up with a nice Moisturizer so they don’t crack.
  • Nasal Spray– Oh I know it’s not fun, but man up, or woman up. This needs to be done. Better than your finger..seriously
  • Cough in your shirt or your elbow, consider that coughing or sneezing openly could actually kill someone. Think about that for a minute!
  • Buy yourself some Masks Use them!! To keep you from getting it and also keep others healthy too.
  • Invest in a box of puppies  Use them at the gas pump. Anywhere where you will be touching where everyone else has too! Just do it!
  • Keep a handkerchief on you. Let’s go back in time a moment. Dad did it. Mom even embroidered them! There was a purpose behind it. You always have something to cover a cough a sneeze or a bad smell. And it’s kind of nostalgic! You can find some neat ones on Amazon
  • Every day, take your essential Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint oils and go over all your door knobs, handles, toilet levers, sink knobs, refrigerator handle, bathtub knobs and window blind sticks.
  • Take your shoes off at the door. This should be a no-brainer but we all, myself included need this reminder. Just think about this. How many people spit out their yuck in the parking lot and you walk right through it! GROSS! Nurses, after spending a day taking care of patients stop at the store to get a few things. And again we trudge through all that they do. Drop em at the door!
  • Vacuum, sweep and mop twice a week through the flu season at least.
  • Use that Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint to sanitize your car handles, knobs, buttons, steering wheel and cell phone.
  • At work: Don’t use the common area coffee pot, bring your own thermos or mug. have your own sanitizing wipes you can wipe down your desk or work area. Also, take that same wipe and clean the bathroom door handle and toilet handle. If someone is sick at work now is the time for a little healthy peer pressure. Send them home.
  • When you go to the store; This is a big one! Toss your plastic bags. Don’t want to be wasteful? Then go green, use your own bags, but sanitize those suckers before bringing them back in the house. Throw your jacket in the wash, take your shoes off, wash your hands and if you want to go big, take a shower.
  • Vaseline. You can take a q-tip and put a small amount of vaseline on the tip. Very carefully coat the inside of your nasal passages lightly. this will act as a barrier to anything and everything in the air.
  • Cook at home. I’ll be adding some recipes that will help you in this endeavor!
  • Try to limit your exposure. I know that none of us want to deny ourselves going out but seriously, consider staying home more during the season.
  • Don’t go the hospital unless it’s a true emergency! Hospitals are a cesspool of disease, especially during flu season! I drop off my patients there and during flu months, I wear a mask every time. No excuses.
  • Set up a sanitizing station at your house. If you can do it by the back door, the better. Usually, there is some tile so you can kick off your shoes. Undress, throw your clothes in the wash, hand sanitize and Lysol before spreading that yuck throughout the whole house.

Finally, I want you to pretend you have been exposed to the flu every day. Prepare accordingly because chances are, you have.

 

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Give A “Brownie” About Yourself

Curse words are lockbox words at my house.

Since I don’t want to contribute to the lockbox fund, Let’s use “brownie” and “tomfoolery” for all intense purposes.

I’m that girl, you know the one who wakes up all smiley, perky, jovial, bouncy, animated and vivacious! The person who won’t let you sleep because I’M ready to start my day with you! Mornings are all about ME, selfishly so. I’ll make everyone coffee and breakfast if they want it.

Okay, let’s be real!

I bug them until they take it and LIKE it! I tend to worsen the mood of people already suffering morning woes.

Why aren’t you smiling? tends to tip these unicorny, (new word) bright, sunshiny days into an icy direction.

The joy continues until 2ish in the afternoon when my enthusiasm begins to wane a bit.

By 10 p.m., I hate your face.

No more questions. I don’t want to review your homework. Tucking the kids in at night?

Sure! But their book needs to be a 10 page maximum, minimal words.

Prayers best kept short and to the point. A Superfluous of exasperation releases if you ask my opinion on anything. Please God, don’t show up in my room looking for a meaningful conversation or to talk about intense feelings.

Snuggle? Absolutely, but don’t talk and keep breathing to a minimum.

Don’t call in the middle of the night. My phone is set on vibrate, on purpose.

Unless body fluid is involved. Blood trumps everything.

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I’m an EMT, so I’m good in a crisis. My, at home cool demeanor is slightly different.I try to slink off to my room before the witching hour of social ineptness rears it’s rather ugly head. I know my limitations and don’t wish to inflict others. In an effort to thwart this, I have tried a few remedies.

Tea with a smile? Nope.

Sink into a movie? Negative Ghost Rider. I usually find myself waking up halfway through the movie telling the t.v. to“ hush it”.

Exercise at night? I’ll skip the lockbox fee again and ask; Who does this tomfoolery after dark? Notice exercise only becomes tomfoolery when I’m too tired to participate.

I am a mom of 12 children cleverly disguised as 5. I know it must be 12 because of the number of “tomfoolery” birthdays and holiday dishes. Even though most of them no longer live with me, we are still very active in each other’s lives. So, it’s important to me to be the best version of myself. In this effort, I have found a few things that improve my nighttime nasty.

I began to eat mostly organic. My ultimate goal is to grow my own organic. I’ll revert you back to my children and job on finding time for that. In the meantime, I use Thrive Market. Organics delivered to your door! In the afternoons, I get outside and walk. The fresh air and sunshine help kick the afternoon blahs.

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I started taking a supplement and loved it so much, I began to promote the product.

Le-Vel 2.0 This supplement is designed to be taken as a 1,2,3. Meaning; take your vitamins, drink your shake and wear your nutrition patch. I have a heart condition that disallows most stimulants. I have found though, that just a half a scoop of the shake every other day makes a big difference for me. My energy maintains, my moods chillax, and my pants don’t feel so tight. For those able to enjoy the entire Le-Vel 2.0 experience, it’s a game changer. I’ve had people tell me they have lost 4 sizes. Their energy is sustained. Their mood levels out and their concentration is kick-arse.

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I avoided the lockbox again. Smooth Amber.

Anyway, talk to your doctor before starting any new vitamin or exercise routine, eat organic and walk, walk walk, preferably with a smile.