Black and White

Hi!
I’ve got a few things in the works for content for this week but none of it is ready yet, so I thought I’d show you some pictures we took using my camera’s black and white/gritty film feature.

I hope you have a great Memorial Day!!

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Driftwood

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Handsome Hubby 🙂

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Picnic with the kids.

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My Sweet Ethan

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Adventurous Eliana

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Fingers. Eliana took this picture! Pretty good for a 3 year old.

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Curtain.

 

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Eliana getting kisses from our dog, Lucy.

Springtime Scenes

It’s been raining here a lot lately- it is spring in the Pacific Northwest, after all.

However at some point almost every day, there are breaks in the cloudiness and the sun peeks her head out.

Just enough time to pick some dandelions…

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and to do some cool tricks in the grass.

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The flowers are blooming so beautifully!

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There are baby cows next door and on the surrounding farms. (I know, they’re called calves. I just like saying baby cows better.)

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The kids got to see one being born last week- they thought it was the coolest thing ever. I missed it, so we don’t have any pictures. 😦  We were taking care of some friend’s cows, and the one day I didn’t go help feed them, a baby was born right in front of everyone!

How is it looking around your house? Is it still looking like winter, or are there flowers springing up everywhere?

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Happy Spring! 🙂

Spring Is Coming!!

This morning the sky is gray and cloudy, and it’s still somewhat chilly

but…..

stepping outside onto the front porch, I hear birds singing.
Spring is coming.

There are daffodil shoots coming up in the backyard,

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The heather is blooming like crazy.

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Something else springing up from the ground, pushing its way through the black soil.

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Gorgeous white flowers are blooming along the front of the house-

they look nondescript from the top, but get down on their level and….

Oh my goodness. God is so awesome.

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The pussy willow tree is budding, as are several other little bushes around the yard.

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I’m so excited for everything to burst into green and color and for baby cows to appear in the field next door!

We had sunshine this past week, and it was 60 degrees!

The kids and my mother and I spent a lot of the day outside, pruning overgrown bushes and cleaning up; getting ready for new growth. The sun had warmth. It was wonderful!!  More days just like that are coming. And I’m welcoming them with open arms. 🙂

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My three-year old, Eliana took this picture. Amazing!

Our Life in Pictures

Hey, everyone!
It’s been a bit since I did an informative post, mostly because I’ve been pretty busy lately, but hopefully later this week I’ll have something to share . For now, here are some pictures of my beautiful everyday life:

My dad brought home a bunch of branches from a tree job he did, and this is how he and my brother (in the excavator) got them out of the back of the truck. Pretty smart, I think! It sure was cool to watch!

My dad brought home a bunch of branches from a tree job he did, and this is how he and my brother (in the excavator) got them out of the back of the truck. Pretty smart, I think! It sure was cool to watch!

My current knitting project: a scarf for my mama. I hope I get it done before it gets too warm to wear it!

My current knitting project: a scarf for my mama. I hope I get it done before it gets too warm to wear it!

Eliana and I made cookies Saturday morning while Hubby and Ethan were at a men's breakfast.
Eliana and I made cookies Saturday morning while Hubby and Ethan were at a men’s breakfast.

Cookies! (my mom actually made these ones)

Cookies! (my mom actually made these ones)

Yes, we have an indoor clothesline. Because we have lots of wool clothing. And it rains so much we always have things to hang up to dry!

Yes, we have an indoor clothesline. Because we have lots of wool clothing. And it rains so much we always have things to hang up to dry!

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My to-do list today. I can cross off "blog post" now! :)

My to-do list today. I can cross off “blog post” now! 🙂

Books from the library. We go about once a week, and the kids love it!

Books from the library. We go about once a week, and the kids love it!

My fabric stash. I can't wait to make something from that fabric on the top! Don't know what I"m going to make yet though.

My fabric stash. I can’t wait to make something from that fabric on the top! Don’t know what I”m going to make yet though.

Oranges and grapefruit are on sale right now. They're a little bit of sunshine in the rainy days!

Oranges and grapefruit are on sale right now. They’re a little bit of sunshine in the rainy days!

We had  a lovely weekend full of bonfires, pruning bushes, easy dinners and lots of sitting by the fire reading. I hope you have a great week!!

Re-Mineralizing Tooth Powder

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about tooth re-mineralization, how it can reverse cavities and even heal them without having to go to the dentist.

Say, what?!

That’s right. Read this mom’s testimony about how she healed her son’s cavity.

The original idea of healing cavities as opposed to drilling them out comes from Dr. Weston A. Price, DDS. He was a dentist back in the 20’s and 30’s and discovered that cavities come from nutritional deficiencies and once those are corrected, the cavity heals itself.
He has a book on it called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration that I’m planning on reading- I haven’t read it yet but the subject is fascinating.

Not having health insurance; this is of some interest to our family since we don’t really have the funds for paying for the dentist.  My son has cavities in his molars, and I’d really love to heal them without having to go to the dentist.

I studied up on the subject and decided to purchase some Fermented Cod Liver Oil/ Butter Oil Blend and also make some Re-Mineralizing  Tooth Powder.

Dr. Price found that the combination of butter oil and fermented cod liver oil worked best to replenish nutrition needed for healthy teeth. Let me tell you, it doesn’t taste good. But it works, and it’s less expensive than going to the dentist!

The idea behind the tooth powder is to replace minerals back into the teeth that are lost over time. Bentonite clay is a great mineral resource, and it binds toxins together to remove them from your body. You can also take it internally, but be warned: it’s a laxative as well!

Using Bentonite clay in your tooth powder leaves your teeth feeling super squeaky clean, way cleaner than using just baking soda and salt, which is what I was using before. My teeth also look whiter than they did, and they stay clean-feeling all day long as opposed to just a few minutes. It’s a cosmetic grade clay that I also use in my face wash, it gently exfoliates and leaves your face feeling really soft.

I found this recipe for the tooth powder at Frugally Sustainable– an awesome website chock full of frugal, sustainable goodness. I seriously visit Andrea’s site all the time, she has such great articles! There’s more information over there about tooth re-mineralization as well- just click on the link.

Here is my version of the recipe:
(I didn’t have any essential oils, so I just skipped using them.)

4 Tbsp. Bentonite Clay

1 Tbsp Baking Soda

1 Tbsp. Myrrh Gum Powder

1/8 tsp Ground Cloves

1/8 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

2 packets of Stevia in the Raw (optional)

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Mix everything together in a small jar, and sprinkle a little bit onto your tooth brush. We used WAY too much the first time and our mouths were SUPER clay-y.  Not cool. So just a tiny bit goes a long way.

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This recipe makes about 4 oz, which will last a very long time. All four of us in our family use it and I imagine it will last us several months, since you use such a small amount each time you brush your teeth.  The kids like it, it tastes nice and clove-y and leaves your mouth feeling nice and clean. We’re still getting used to the lack of minty- freshness, but if you wanted to, I imagine you could add peppermint oil to remedy that.

You can get the clay and myrrh gum powder at Mt. Rose Herbs– it’s pretty affordable and they have great customer service and such a variety of wonderful products! (I don’t get any money for saying that- it’s just true!)

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Since we’ve begun using the tooth powder and the cod liver oil, I have noticed that all of our teeth look whiter and I think my son’s cavities may be getting smaller- it hasn’t been that long, so I can’t be sure. If they are, you will hear about it!! 🙂  What do you use for toothpaste? Have you ever thought of using tooth powder, or do you use a different recipe? I’d love to hear about it!

P.S. None of the links in the post are affiliate links- I haven’t gotten to that point yet in blogging. They’re just links to where you can buy the ingredients for the powder, if you want to. 🙂

Shared at Wildcrafting Wednesday and The Homeacre Hop

Fall is Here!

It’s officially fall, my favorite season!

The mornings are chilly, with fog wafting over the fields and the days still mostly sunny and warm.
It frosted this morning for the first time, and boy did the heat from the woodstove feel nice this morning as it warmed our sleepy house!

I love fall.
I love the changing colors, the coolness of the outdoors, getting to wear sweaters and seeing pumpkin stands on the side of the road.
I love making apple crisp for dessert and chicken soup for supper, with homemade biscuits and settling down for a nice lively card game after dinner with my family.
I love seeing my breath in the air as I exhale, the crispness and chill that tries to creep into my bones but is banished as soon as I step in front of the toasty warm wood stove with a cup of hot tea in my hand.

The Italian Prunes are ripe on the tree and my mom and I picked all of the good ones a couple of days ago. There were quite a few, so we decided to make prune (or plum? what’s the difference, anyway?) butter.

We made some in the crockpot, let it cook overnight and….its kinda gross. It looks good here, but when it was done, it just wasn’t very good.
It wasn’t totally gross, as in ‘just can’t eat it or I”ll gag’, but I’ll be honest: if there was another choice to put on my bread, I’d take it.
So….we put it in the freezer (because that’s what you do with food that you don’t really like but don’t want to throw out just yet) and might make some muffins or something out of it.
I’m kinda disappointed because it smelled amazing and looked really good, but when we tasted it…yeah. Not so good.

In other news,
Monday was Tim and my (Tim and I’s? Mine and Tim’s? Grammar help??) 7 year anniversary and we went out on a lunch date to celebrate.
We had lunch at this cute little bakery in Coupeville and then walked on the pier, then went thrifting.
Here are a few pictures from that, it was a gorgeous day!!

The Coupville Pier

That bird sitting up there is a Blue Heron

Gorgeous, Huh? I still kinda feel like we’re on vacation…haha it’s just so beautiful everywhere you go. I can’t believe I took this all for granted when I was a kid. It’s so nice to be back. 🙂

Hey, next week is Kid’s Clothes Week Challenge, and I’m going to be participating again!

If you want to know more about it, check out the Elsie Marley blog and sign up, it’s so fun!
You sew an hour a day for a week and see how many things you can make for your kiddos. (Or grandkids, or friend’s kids.)
I’m going to be making Christmas stockings and maybe some doll clothes, and possibly something else if I can find anything cool on Pinterest, which I’m sure won’t be hard. 😉

That’s all for today’s ramblings, come back in a few days for something new!

Life In Washington

We’ve now been in Washington for not quite a week and it already feels like home.
It might help that it was my home for 18 years, but even the rest of my family is settling right in as if we’ve always been here.
Of course, we still have moments of adjusting- the coolness of the nights chills us all to the bone, even though it only is in the 50’s and we miss our Tennessee friends. (Hi, friends! We love you!!)
We’ve yet to make any new friends, but I know we will at some point.

But overall, life is good.
Tim has been able to work several days with my brother Scott’s boss doing concrete and replacing broken pipes, digging holes, that kind of work. Even though it’s only part time and probably temporary, we’re incredibly thankful.
The kids have been playing outside and roasting hot dogs over a huge fire and digging in the dirt pit and helping Tim split wood to deliver to someone. (Another odd job to earn some money!)
God is taking good care of us. 🙂

(Lest you think everything is perfect, Ethan is currently grounded in his room for repeatedly disobeying and hitting his sister. Life is not all sunshine and giggles.)

Here are a few pictures of our beautiful home, and some fun we’ve had since we’ve been here.

Here I am, taking pictures of clotheslines again..but isn’t this one pretty? My daddy made it.

A water pump in the back yard. It still works.

My mom’s gorgeous hydrangeas

Itailan Prunes- what could be fresher than just picking them off the tree? Organic at it’s finest.

Ethan watching the cows next door.

Ellie going on a walk down the driveway

Blackberries from the bushes right down the driveway. I made blackberry cobbler with them Yum!

My awesome Daddy, workin’ on the bulldozer.

My sweet Mom, picking blackberries with me

My Parent’s house- and now our’s too!

Tim and Ellie splitting wood together

Ellie’s first time playing in the Puget Sound. She loved it!

Playing at Double Bluff- so much fun!

Cookin’ hamburgers with Poppa Don

Cows!!

What our mornings look like around here.

Road Trip: Finished!

We made it to Washington!
A day early, actually.
What a surprise and a blessing!

Our trip was really pretty smooth, and we managed to make great time, even with crazy crosswinds in South Dakota and wildfires in Montana, Wyoming and Washington.
We camped two nights and stayed in a hotel one night because I really wanted a shower and because I was really cold the night before. (we didn’t have enough blankets!)

The kids did have a really rough time on the second day and we were SO thankful when the day came to a close. Two crying cranky kids in a corolla is not fun.
Try saying that three times fast! 🙂

Overall though it was a great adventure! I can’t say I’ll want to do it again any time soon…I’m glad we’re done travelling and can rest and have a wonderful place to live. It’s so beautiful here!
I’m thankful God brought us safely across the country and kept us from killing each other on the way. 😉

Okay.
Pictures.
Here are a few of our trip- my favorite ones.
I took almost 200 altogether but that would be way too many to share on here, so you get eight carefully selected photos.

I have a thing for barns…I think I probably took around 20 different pictures of barns or silos.
This one is in Missouri, I think.

C’mon though, how beautiful is this??

Golden waves of grain in Iowa

Cool stripey rocks in South Dakota

Beautiful sunset near Buffalo, Wyoming

Lots of smoke in Montana- there were two wild fires burning there when we went through.

There was also a beautiful train bridge hugging the side of a mountain.

Beautiful colors in Montana!

I didn’t get any pictures of Idaho (although I wish I did- I think personally it was the most beautiful part of the trip!) but I was driving and Tim couldn’t find the camera.
If you ever get a chance to take I-90 through Idaho though, you should. Its gorgeous. Just be prepared for tons of twisty turns and huge mountains.
Next time I’m going to share some pictures of our new home, then after that I’ll have some sewing projects I’m working on and maybe a few crafts.
Thanks for sticking with me even though it’s been pretty quiet here on the ole blog!
Moving is always crazy, and I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine and trying to post two or three times a week.

Check back tomorrow for pictures of our new home. 🙂

Natural Body Care Series:A Discovery Of Face Wash From An Unlikely Source

A couple of nights ago I was taking a shower and reached for my face wash, then remembered that I’d used the last of it the day before and forgot to buy more.
(drat!)

Face cleanser is one of those things that I’ve wanted to make on my own but am kind of scared to/don’t have the money to buy expensive essential oils and beeswax or shea butter or anything like that, so I haven’t made it on my own yet.

I was kind of in a pinch, because I needed to wash my makeup off before bed so I just grabbed our Homemade Tooth Powder and used that.

Now, before you think I”m crazy, let me tell you what’s in it.
It has baking soda, coconut oil, a tiny bit of salt and some peppermint extract.

Guess what gals? It worked great!

The peppermint made my skin all tingly and clean and refreshed, the baking soda and salt exfoliated my skin and the coconut oil moisturized it and took off my makeup, leaving my face fresh and clean and feeling soft.
I am SO happy I discovered this!!

I used it again last night and man, I loved it even more the second time since I knew what to expect.
If you’ve ever used Burt’s Bees Deep Cleansing Cream with Soap Bark and Chamomile, that’s what it reminded me of.  Except without the soap bark or chamomile. But you get that same feeling on your face as you do with the Burt’s Bees cleanser.

Anyway, if you want some frugal face cleanser, try this out! Just follow the recipe I have on my
Homemade Tooth Powder post and add in about a teaspoon of coconut oil and you’re in business.
I love that natural ingredients have so many different uses!!