Monday, April 14, 2014

Womb to Walking Giveaway Event

Welcome to the Womb to Walking Giveaway Event
A wonderful group of bloggers has come together to bring you this great giveaway!


co-hosted by Addicted 2 Savings 4 U

Spring is in the air, everything is blooming... It's definitely baby shower season!  What better way to bring in Spring than with a giveaway??  We've brought together some of the top baby products that you would need from womb to walking - the best for baby's first year - into a great product guide and now we're giving those items away!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wildcrafting Wednesday #132

Welcome to the one hundred and thirty-second edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday and Herban Momma Give Away! Wildcrafting Wednesday is hosted by:
While traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a weekly blog hop for sharing self-sufficiency and homesteading tips, tried and true home-remedies, and your favorite herbal uses. It's a place to gather information on ways to incorporate old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life. It is anything and everything herbal - from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking. It is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients. It is self-sufficient living, homesteading, and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources. If it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it! In other words, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a "one stop shop" for the best tips and simple steps to become more healthy and more self-reliant! Please join us! :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wildcrafting Wednesday #131

Welcome to the one hundred and thirty-first edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday! Wildcrafting Wednesday is hosted by:
While traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a weekly blog hop for sharing self-sufficiency and homesteading tips, tried and true home-remedies, and your favorite herbal uses. It's a place to gather information on ways to incorporate old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life. It is anything and everything herbal - from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking. It is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients. It is self-sufficient living, homesteading, and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources. If it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it! In other words, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a "one stop shop" for the best tips and simple steps to become more healthy and more self-reliant! Please join us! :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wrapsody Baby Duo Wrap Giveaway


Summer is coming!! It's time to think about all those pool and beach days! The Wrapsody WrapDuO is the perfect baby carrier for those hot summer days. It's perfect to wear in the water, but it's also a nice lightweight material, so it's perfect even just for the hot weather days that lurk ahead!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wildcrafting Wednesday Link Up #130

 Welcome to the one hundred and thirtieth edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday! Wildcrafting Wednesday is hosted by:
While traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a weekly blog hop for sharing self-sufficiency and homesteading tips, tried and true home-remedies, and your favorite herbal uses. It's a place to gather information on ways to incorporate old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life. It is anything and everything herbal - from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking. It is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients. It is self-sufficient living, homesteading, and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources. If it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it! In other words, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a "one stop shop" for the best tips and simple steps to become more healthy and more self-reliant! Please join us! :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Making Maple Syrup

We recently had our first experience tapping maple trees and boiling the sap. It has been a fun experience, and I hope to tap a lot more trees next year.

We bought this tapping kit, and tapped the 3 big maples in our backyard. They were all big enough to tap twice. We set 5 gallon buckets under the taps to collect the sap. I wish I had taken pictures of the tapping process, but I wasn't able to. 

Cooking it down is very simple, it just takes a long time because the water content in the sap is very high. 

This is some sap from the maples in our backyard. You can tap any maple; it doesn't have to be a sugar maple. It's best to boil the sap outside, but I didn't have the necessary supplies for that, so I did it on the stove. 


I strained the sap through a cloth and a strainer. The more you filter your sap, the more pure your syrup will be. I strained it again right before bottling the finished syrup.


This is the kind of strainer I used. It's pretty handy, and it fit on the side of the pot, so I was able to hold the sap bucket with both hands.

See the scum that has risen to the top? You need to skim that off every so often. I kept the sap boiling all day, and refilled it whenever it got low. Once I was out of sap, I let the stuff in the pot boil down until it was a nice, dark syrup. Then I let it cool, strained it once more, and bottled it. I used this type of bottle.

Quite a bit of debris/dirt/whatnot will rise to the top over time. This is what I skimmed out over the course of about 2 days. Pretty gross.

The final product after about 3 days of boiling, was a dark, delicious, sweet maple syrup. Yum!

Have you ever made maple syrup? 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Natural Remedies For Ear Infections

We made it through nearly 4 years of parenting without having a single ear infection when my son came down with one a couple days ago. We've all been dealing with a congested cough, sore throats, and such, and then all of a sudden he started sobbing and saying his ear hurts. We got rid of it very quickly using natural remedies, but he was so pitiful while he had it. He went back and forth between crying and sleeping all evening. It was sad. I hope we don't have to deal with another one of those any time soon.

I want to share with you the remedies that I used. Ear infections can be very easy to treat naturally, if you start treating right away. Using antibiotics to clear them up almost always causes more problems, including recurring ear infections, which can then lead to getting tubes put in their ears. If you would like to avoid this potential downward spiral of problems, try these remedies out! 

Remember: The most important rule when using home remedies is be consistent! Use a remedy every hour, on the hour, if not more often. Set a timer if you need to. Just be consistent with your chosen treatments! Don't expect many results if you just use one drop of essential oil, or one clove of garlic a day. 





Natural Remedies for Ear Infections:
Garlic infused olive oil is a very popular remedy for ear infections, and for good reason. It is very effective. There are a couple of ways to make it. If you need some right away, gently warm a small amount of olive oil in a small pot, with a chopped clove of garlic. Let the garlic infuse into the oil for a little while. Drop a few drops of warm (not hot!) oil into the ear, and cover with a cotton ball, or warm water bottle. You can also add garlic tincture to the oil while it’s warming, if you have that handy.

Read the rest of the post at Growing Home!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Can Your Husband Trust You?

Can your husband trust you with his heart? With his deepest, most intimate thoughts, feelings, and fears? Or does he withhold things from you out of fear that you will either mock him, laugh, or tell your friends or family what he said?



I have a tendency to "auto-correct". That is, to correct even the tiniest error. Does anyone else do this? It drives my husband crazy. He'll be talking to someone, and mistakenly say something erroneous, and I automatically correct him, even if it isn't the least bit important. I have worked hard to drop this habit, and have been doing much better, though I still find myself slipping up sometimes.


As wives, we want our husbands to trust us more than anyone else. We expect them to tell us everything on their minds. But do we create a safe environment for them to do so? A man will quickly tire of spilling his heart to someone who ridicules his ideas, or who teases him about his hopes and dreams.



Who can find a virtuous woman?
for her price is far above rubies.
11 
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her,
so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 
She will do him good and not evil
all the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:10-12


One of the marks of a virtuous woman is that her husband safely trusts her. Let us strive to be women that our husbands can trust with the intimate details of their hearts. May we always do our husbands good and not evil, all the days of our lives, whether we want to or not!