Monday, March 9, 2015

Fighting the Cold and Flu with Clean Hands

As you may know from a few of my recent posts including homemade herbal cough syrup recipe and homemade herbal tea recipe, this has been a harsh cold and flu season in our house. Add to that our crazy allergies that came on quick just a few days ago, and you have a lot of germs! We know the importance of keeping our house and common surfaces clean, but we also know how important clean hands are too. One of the easiest way to fight the cold and flu and keep it from spreading, is by keeping clean hands.

We were provided this great graphic to serve as a reminder of why hand washing is so important and how to do it properly. Feel free to print it and put it in the kid's bathroom, guest bath, work bathroom, or anywhere you think it might serve as a helpful reminder!

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Hand Washing Basics


Saturday, February 21, 2015

DIY All-Natural Oatmeal and Honey Scrub Great for Face, Body, Hands, & Lips with Free Printable Labels

DIY All-Natural Oatmeal and Honey Scrub

Here in the high desert, Winter can be very harsh on the skin. As the winter months roll on, your skin starts to really show the damage and regular lotions alone just don't cut it. As counter intuitive as it may seem, exfoliating is a huge part of keeping skin fresh and hydrated. It sloughs of dry, dead skin cells, and allows for new, renewed cells to form. Although there are tons of commercial products on the market, we prefer our DIY all-natural oatmeal and honey scrub to aid in dealing with dry skin.

Easily made from items most people will find in their cupboards, our oatmeal and honey scrub is great for the face, body, hands and lips, and is even edible! As a fan of lipstick, I noticed that as the winter progressed, my lipstick started to look cracked and uneven. My lips had dried out and began forming a layer of dry, dead skin on the top. Simply using a small amount of this all-natural oatmeal and honey scrub on my lips worked wonders at creating a fresh pallet to put lipstick on.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Using Plastic Chocolate Candy Molds For Hard Candy, A Precautionary Tale

Bubbling Hard Candy Syrup

I am not an amateur in the kitchen, not even an amateur at working with candy molds. I am however, quite the amateur hard candy maker! Melting and pouring chocolates into molds is more my candy making style. Which would explain why I had way more chocolate molds than I had silicone candy molds. It didn't even occur to me that what I was about to do would result in melted plastic and inedible "candy", or in our case, homemade herbal cough drops.

When I set out to make the homemade herbal cough drop recipe, I rummaged through my bins of candy making supplies, and keeping the desired size in mind, grabbed a plastic mold that fit the bill. Although it was Christmas themed, I thought the size would work well. I must have thought at least four times before I began pouring the syrup that I should use the silicone molds instead, but I wasn't a huge fan of how deep they were.

Homemade Herbal Cough Drops For The Cold Or Flu, Long-Term Food Storage Friendly

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A few weeks ago the kids came down with a cold that plagued them with sore throats and a nasty cough. After running out of our store-bought cough drops, and not wanting to take two sick kids to the grocery store, I decided to make some at home. The homemade herbal cough drops for the cold or flu are easy to make, and more likely than not, you already have the ingredients you need.

We started with my cold and flu busting homemade herbal tea and even made a homemade herbal cough syrup .  You can us the herbal tea recipe I used, or just some herbal tea you have around the house. I have read that simply honey is better than any other cough medicine for alleviating a sore throat or cough, so using another liquid should be fine too as long as honey is the base ingredient.