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Freecycle – LOVE IT!

January 7, 2011

I’ve been a “freecycler” for a few years now and I absolutely love it.  If you’re not familiar with freecycle, it’s a website where you can become a member (in your area freecycle group) and posted “wanted” or “offer” listings that contain items you either need or want to get rid of.  It’s a wonderful way to reuse items that you may no longer want or need as well as help others out at the same time.  Did I mention it’s only for FREE items?  The whole premise is that any and all items must be GIVEN AWAY, not sold.  It’s a truly wonderful idea and I absolutely love it.

You can sign up at by locating a group in your area.  Where I live, there are three different groups and I’ve joined all three.  In preparing for our new little arrival, I’ve been able to get the following items on freecycle:

  • stroller
  • bouncer
  • Bumbo seat
  • crib sheets
  • crib mattress
  • clothes
  • nursing bras
  • nursing shirts
  • lots and lots of bottles
  • boppy pillow with cover
  • nursing cover (like a blanket)
  • blanket
  • diapers

I have since washed and sterilized everything and now we’re just waiting on little Emma’s arrival.

These are just a few of the items and that’s not including the items that I’ve given away (like maternity clothes I’m not wearing), men’s clothes, children’s clothes, toys, books, etc.

If you haven’t heard of freecycle or taken the time to sign up, you should.  With today’s economic hardships facing so many American families, why not help each other out?  It sure beats throwing it away when someone else can use it (whatever “it” may be).


Molly’s Digest – FREEBIE

January 3, 2011

I am a frugal person and one way I can maintain my frugality is by reading and watching and learning from others.  There’s a monthly publication called “Molly’s Digest” that is a wonderful resource on frugality. 

It’s a pretty neat publication with lots of information on how to save money, but each month has a different topic and ideas.  Pretty cool stuff. 

If you’re interested in your own free copy, you can click here, or on the picture to the right.

New Year … New Direction + How to Clear up Sinuses

January 2, 2011

2011 is going to be an AWESOME year.  I just know it is.  I’m not sure about you, but I don’t do resolutions.  They never last more than a week or two and are sometimes just outrageously ridiculous (like giving up chocolate).  However, I do like to set goals.

Here are my goals for 2011:

  • Serve the Lord more – do all that I can to glorify His name in all that I do and am.
  • Be a better wife to my husband.  He deserves it.
  • Be a better momma to my children – rejoice in the time together with them and appreciate who they are for they are such unique individuals!
  • Blog more!!!  I created this blog to connect with other people, share my homesteading experiences and learn from others … I need to act on that!!!

I’m sure there are more things I can do, but that is definitely a start.  Right now I need to get a steam treatment going for my son … he’s got bad cedar allergies (as do we all in this week).

By the way, here’s what we do for clearing up coughs and congestion in our home:

  • For coughs:  a steam treatment of Olbas oil (it’s much stronger than Vicks) – just boil some water, take it off the stove and add a few drops of Olbas oil (you can find it in the natural / healthy aisles of your grocery store)
  • For congestion:  saline spray in the nose – we don’t buy the commercial saline sprays, but I make one with about one cup of water and a ¼ teaspoon salt.  Mix together and you can either use a neti pot or the medicine syringes you get from the pharmacy for liquid antibiotics.  You’ll want to tip the head back and to the side (slightly) so that the saline solution runs through one nostril out the other side.  I know.  I know.  It sounds disgusting but it works.  Try this several times a day to clear up sinuses.
  • In general: 
    • Rub Vicks on the back, chest and under the nose at bedtime.  PLUS, rub some on the souls of your feet and then put socks on … it really helps keep the coughs at bay during the night.
    • Eat local honey – the pollen that the bees gather from the plants in your area help combat allergies and sinuses – it’s true!!
    • When my children’s cough sounds like it’s getting worse (but not at it’s worst), I put them on an expectorant cough syrup.  It helps to break up the cough and congestion and they cough that nasty stuff up and out of their bodies.  However – if you start Olbas treatments soon enough, sometimes this can help prevent coughs from getting bad.
My disclaimer:  I’m not a doctor, nurse or any other practicing medical person.  I use these home remedies on my own children and family and they work.  In general, they cannot do harm to your family unless your family has an allergic reaction to one of the items listed above.  Also, DO NOT GIVE HONEY TO A CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF ONE.  Consult a physician if you have any concerns.

Email me if you have any questions.


December 11, 2010

I can’t believe April was the last time I posted.  That’s just awful.  But, much has happened since then.  I’m 27 weeks pregnant and our little girl is due in mid-March.  That was a HUGE surprise for us.  I think it took my husband 2 months to get through the shock of it.

Honey Label

My son has started has beekeeping adventure and what was once one hive has now grown into a total of 5 hives.  I just finished his honey label last night.  We’re hoping to have a bumper crop next summer so stay tuned for prices, etc.

Our new addition has been completed (although there’s still some detail work that needs to be finished), but the new addition has now become our living room.

I’ve been busy canning and baking, as usual.  I took a break this summer due to morning sickness.  I would get nauseated just walking into the garden so it made gardening and canning almost non-existent to me.  I hope to continue our garden in the spring again. 

That’s just a quick update for now!  All I really know is that God is good and He provides all that is necessary to survive – and then some!

Product Review: DNG Ben Franklin

April 14, 2010

It’s hard to think of Benjamin Franklin without certain images popping into my head:  electricity flowing down a kite string, bifocals, a printing press and the American Revolution (to name a few).  But, thanks to this month’s new DNG series, Benjamin Franklin, we’ve learned so much more!  It’s incredible the talents, ambitions and successes (and failures) of Mr. Franklin.  And, the wonderful lapbook, weekly activities and reading material made this DNG Series very enjoyable and memorable.  While the activities are too simplistic for my 5th grade son, they were perfect for my 2nd grade daughter.  However, this was a nice “educational” break for my children (considering we’re all experiencing a little spring fever right now).  If your family is studying the American Revolution, this would be a great supplement to the curriculum you’re currently using.  That’s another wonderful benefit of the DNG Series – there are so adaptable to what you may already be doing!

Garden Update

April 6, 2010

Our garden is coming along quite nicely.  The sweet peas are vining up the tomato cages and have lots of beautiful white blooms.  I even saw an itty bitty pea pod (so cute!).  The lettuce is to the point that I can start pulling leaves for small salads.  We planted a second “square” of lettuce and it’s starting to come up now … although I can see that my children planted WAAAAYYY too many in one little spot.  Oh well…lots of thinning to come.

We prepared several squares today and planted three zucchini plants, three squares of green beans (about 135 seeds) and one square of okra (about 18 seeds).  If it doesn’t rain tomorrow I’m hoping that Johnny and the kids can prepare more squares tomorrow.  I’d like about 3-4 more squares to plant the tomatoes.  If we have 4 squares total and 12 little squares per larger square, that’ll be 48 tomato plants (which I need to get this weekend as well). 

The potatoes are doing great also.  We planted both Yukon gold and red potatoes and both sets are growing really good.  We need to put another layer of dirt over the potatoes – hopefully we can do that this weekend as well.

I still need to buy several bags of potting soil for the cucumbers (our soil makes cucumbers taste very bitter).  Hopefully we’ll be able to get those plants in bigger pots this weekend and put them outside by the garden fence.

Other than that Johnny is going to rent a tiller for the larger garden so we can plant the corn and black-eyed peas.  I’m hoping that we’ll get lots of rain this year for a bumper crop of corn on the cob!!!

Oh yeah!  We’re buying pepper plants this weekend as well and those will go up here in the garden we’ve been using for the past three years. 

It looks like the heirloom seeds I planted aren’t growing fast enough.  I may have to transplant them into bigger pots and transplant them for the fall garden. 

I’ll try to post pictures later this week.  The sun was going down too quickly tonight for me to snap a few photos.

Happy Easter!

April 4, 2010

The 2 Most Beautiful Children

We had a wonderful Easter with my in-laws.  I’ll keep this short with a few pictures, but trust that God has blessed each of your lives with a beautiful Easter as well.

God bless!

Easter Cake