Monday, September 1, 2014

Be Prepared - September

I've been such a slacker on my blog and I apologize. Having a new baby and being on maternity leave has made me a bit lazy. I promise to do better, so onto this month's preparedness.

This month we are to collect Salt in all it's forms.

  • Sea Salt
  • pickling salt
  • table salt
  • rock salt
In addition to collecting salt you should also be collecting items for your 72 hour kits.
  • Duct tape
  • emergency candles
Salt is great resource to have on hand as it is used not only for cooking but for preserving. When canning you use a canning/ pickling salt to preserve the foods you are working with.
To learn more about the many uses of salt, go to this link, it has a ton of ways to use it.

If you would like to order salt in bulk check out Emergency Essentials for a great deal!
To print off the full file for September go HERE.
#emergencypreparedness #foodstorage

Monday, August 11, 2014

Be Prepared - August

Sorry this post is late but I've been busy with this pretty little girl.

Now on to this month's prepardness list. This month it is all about the veggies, canned and dehydrated.

You can visit my July post for links on how to can and dehydrate the veggies.

Additional items to stock up on this month are mess kits for each family member, flares, walkie talkies and lighters.

For the full August list click this link.

#foodstorage #emergencypreparedness

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tiny Prints Deal

There are some fantastic deals going on over at Tiny Prints.

Enjoy 25% Off Holiday Card or Invitation Orders!
When: Now through July 29th
Promo Code: JULYHOL14 
Link: Tiny Prints

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Enjoy Free Shipping With Orders of $49+

When: Now through July 29th
Promo Code: FREESHIP49
Link: Tiny Prints

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Other Promo Codes

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

doTERRA - Emergency Oils

Today I want to share what oils you should have on hand in you emergency kit.

As you read through what each of these oils do, you will find that most double up for the same ailment.

Clove: It is used for topical pain relief and a drawing salve to pull toxins from the body. Good for acne, constipation, headaches, nausea and toothaches.

Frankincense: It's an enchnacer to other oils. It facilitates clarity of mind, accelerates all skin recovery issues and reduces anxiety and mental and physical fatigue. Reduces hyperactivity, impatience, irritability and restlessness. Helps with focus and concentration.


Lavender: Use for agitation, bruises, burns, leg cramps, herpes, heart irregularities, hives, insect bites, neuropathy, pain, bee stings, sprains, sunburn, and sunstroke. Relieves insomnia, depression, and PMS, and is a natural anti-histamine.

Lemon: Use for arthritis, colds, constipation, coughs, cuts, sluggishness, sore throats, sunburn, and wounds. It lifts the spirits and reduces stress and fatigue. Internally it counteracts acidity, calms an upset stomach and encourages elimination.

Lemongrass: Use for sore and cramping muscles and charley horses (w/ peppermint and drinks lots of water). Apply to bottoms of feet in winter to warm them.

Melaleuca: Use for bug bites, colds, coughs, cuts, deodorant, eczema, fungus, infections, microbes, psoriasis, rough hands, slivers (combine with clove to draw them out), sore throats and wounds.


 Oregano: Use as heavy-duty anitbiotic (internally with olive oil or coconut oil in capsules or topically on bottoms of feet - follow up with lavendar and peppermint). Also for fungal infections and for reducing pain and inflammation or arthritis, backache, bursitis, carpel tunnel, rheumatism and sciatica. Always dilute!

Peppermint: Use as an analgesic (for topical pain relief, bumps and bruises). Can also be used for circulation, fever, headache, indegestion, motion sickness, nausea, nerve problems or vomiting.

AromaTouch: Use for relaxation and stress relief. It is sooting and anti-inflammatory and enhances massage.

Breathe: Use for allergies, anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, congestion, colds, coughs, flu, and respiratory distress.

Deep Blue: Use for pain relief. Works well in case of arthritis, bruises, carpel tunnel, headaches, inflammation, joint pain, migraines, muscle pain, sprains, and rheumatism. Follow with peppermint to enhance effects.

 DigestZen: Use for all digestion issues such as bloating, congestion, constipation, diarhea, food poisoning (interal), heartburn, indigestion, motion sickness, nausea, and stomachaches. Also works well on diaper rash.

 On Guard: Use to disinfect all surfaces. It eliminates mold and viruses and helps to boost the immune system (bottoms of feet or internally; use daily).

Purify: Use for ariborne pathogens, cuts, germs (on any surface), insect bites, itches (all types and varieties) and wounds. Also boosts immune system.
TerraShield: Deters all flying insects and ticks from human bodies and pets.
* the information is from my Modern Essentials books, which is a great resource to have with your essential oils.*

Monday, July 14, 2014

doTERRA - Melaleuca Oil

I wanted to share my most recent experience with doTERRA oils.

My daughter had a huge diaper blowout a few days ago that burned her bum and leg. :( Poor girl was miserable.

That night I had her soak in a bath of Epsom salt and Melaleuca oil for about 10 mins. Then before putting on her diaper I poured a couple drops of the Melaleuca oil directly on her burns and then covered them with butt paste. The next morning those burns looked so much better. It's now Monday and her burns are pratically gone just from applying a few drops of the Melaleuca oil.

This is a great staple oil to have in your Essential Oil kit. It does so many things.
- antibacterial
- anit-infectious
- anti-inflammatory
- a strong antiseptic

It helps with the following symptoms and more.

- Coughs
- Cuts
- infected wounds
- infection
- inflammation
- sunburn
- wounds
- earache

If you would like order some you can do so at

#doterra #essentialoils #livewelllivesmart

Monday, July 7, 2014

New Items

It's been awhile since I posted a new item for my Etsy shop. I've been slacking. Well I finally dusted off my sewing machine and got to work. A couple of months ago I was on pinterest and found this really cute wallet. I thought that this would be perfect to use up my scraps of fabric with. There was a free pattern on that blog, so I printed it. The pattern is easy and it only has 3 pieces to it.

Here is the result of what I have made.

Items have already been listed in my shop. I will be posting more in the coming days.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Be Prepared - July

I can't believe that it's July already! I hope you all enjoyed your 4th with fun and saftey. I've got about 3 weeks left before baby girl makes her appearance. This coming friday will be my last day of work. I'm looking forward to 9 weeks of paid vacation time to get ready and meet this new addition.

Well anyways, how did you did with your June food storage preparation? I have to be honest I didn't as well as should have but I did get a few items checked off, like sugar and jams.

This month's focus will be on fruits and fruit juices. You can do a couple of things when it comes to fruit.

You can can it, buy it already canned for you, or you can dehydrate it.

Canning - here is good site to get you started.

Buying it - look for sales at your local grocery stores. Usually during the Summertime some will put out a special to buy by the case.

Dehydrating - this form is good to make raisins, apricots and bananas. Here is a great blog on how to do it, b/c i'm not very good at it.

Here is July's full file for items to collect.
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