Really... She is growing up so fast.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Lyn picked Elaina up from a nap and they snuggled down. Ben was already asleep on the couch. A lazy Sunday afternoon before we head to the library.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
I wish happiness to all. Not a good day for me personally but maybe I can turn it around or go hide under a rock....
Thursday, June 20, 2013
|You can't really tell but Elaina is getting a tutorial from Lyn. She is snuggled in Lyn's lap.|
|We don't have much shade in the front yard but we found a little and then Elaina decided to try to escape...|
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
You see them all over the side of the road and in fields here in the South. Milk Thistle.... I think they are a beautiful and dangerous plant. They can grow huge but approach them with caution. They bite back with their bristles. Well, they are but one ingredient in my homemade yeast diaper rash ointment. I start with coconut oil as my main base. It already has anti-microbial properties that includes ant-fungal properties. I prefer to use organic virgin coconut oil. I seem to have better results with it. I add 10 drops of grapefruit seed oil to two table spoons of coconut oil. I then add 5 drops of tea tree essential oil. And my favorite ingredient comes next, 30 drops of milk thistle extract. You can find all of these ingredients at health food stores, some drug stores, and of course places like Whole Foods. You can buy similar ointments at Whole Foods but you can make it at a fraction of the cost. I make a fresh batch each day and use it liberally at every diaper change. I have yet to have it stain my cloth diapers and it washes out just fine. As an extra measure if I have yeast in the house I use a special spray for diaper changes. I use cloth wipes and to help with clean up I use a spray bottle with a mixture of water, coconut oil, lavender EO, and a mild Castile soap. It is mostly water but the oil in it makes the poop just slide off. Too much information oh well.. :) That is my regular spray. It is so much cheaper than buying wipes and if you are already washing diapers just toss the wipes in the load, no extra work. My special yeast spray has all of the above plus tea tree EO and milk thistle extract added. It has a stronger smell but helps in the remedy and prevention until we are sure the yeast is all cleared up.
I am a Family Herbalist and on a tight budget. I sell my concoctions or "potions" as my kids call them in my Etsy store. If you ever need anything not listed just ask... There is a link to my store on the side bar of this blog or you can go there from this link...
So sick baby gets healthful tea added to some tart cherry juice (such a super food) for sweeting and one her way to fighting her cold.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Most people who know me well or who have heard me whine lately I really want to open my own business. I want to offer services mainly to women and their families especially young children. As a Family Herbalist, Post-partum Doula and a Certified Lactation Counselor I want to expand what I do. I have an online Etsy shop and provide herbal information and products to people worldwide and locally and I offer my CLC services free of charge in mother's homes but I want more. There are a few shops for rent near me but I am drawn to ones near the local creek in my town. This view is of the path leading to the water behind one of those shops. I sat there and watched the fireflies come out. There is a lot of level ground all along the water. I can just see a Red Tent set up there for small gatherings of women. I don't know how my dream will come true but in the end maybe I will be able to offer all types of services. I am working on another degree. This one is in Community Health Education. I am also working on becoming a FAM (fertility awareness method) instructor to help families control their births naturally. After the new year I hope to begin Midwifery training. Midwives cannot attend homebirths legally in Alabama but hopefully that will change one day. I will still be able to use my knowledge to help women with their needs besides actual birth at home...
Thursday, June 13, 2013
A friend of mine is expecting her 4th baby in the Fall. Her next youngest child is almost 13. She wants to try using cloth diapers this go around. Another friend of hers gave her A LOT of BumGenius diapers. I mean A LOT! Pictured here are just some of them. Since she was a bit out of the loop I showed her how to stuff the pocket diapers and we talked about washing and drying methods. I was actually a bit jealous that someone gave her so many really good expensive diapers. She let me have a handful. I don't really need anymore but I am grateful and have already put them to use....
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
We went to the Art Museum downtown and everyone who went had a blast. Their little kids section is awesome. I could have stayed there all day but the kids got hungry. We headed to one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Cheap but good food. We then made a stop by the library and then home we went. I have a ton of pictures of the day. I may upload them one day......
Saturday, June 8, 2013
My simple basket of tools I used to provide some ambiance to our meeting. A red Goddess, a bell, a large vial with rosemary water, fresh cut flowers, and a candle in a lotus flower holder. Hiding in there is a mother figure pendulum...
The meeting went well. As well as going over some readings we get to gossip and talk about the rewards and challenges of mothethood.
Afterwards we headed to Golden Temple... Every child that came got to pick out something including me.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
My favorite flower is the gardenia. It was such a sweet treat to get some wonder smelling blossoms this morning. My living room smells so sweet.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
In Alabama any body of water turns into a swimming hole. Here we are swimming at Buck Creek park in Helena below the waterfall...
Sometimes I think I gave birth to a changling. Elaina is such an olive brown skinned little girl. Next to my freckles we just don't match....
We see them in waiting rooms and we are given them for gifts. We see them high on tops of shelves in nurseries and daycares. But do you ever see children actually exploring them and using them appropriately?
I worked with the kids with them yesterday with Evan's help. I have three different tracking toys. That is what they are. They help children work on their hand eye coordination. They work on beginning, middle, and end concepts. Once shown how to use them even infants right under and right over one year old can master them. They even foster prewriting skills.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Now to get her to eat more liver and drink some orange juice or I am breaking out the spirulina!!!
Eliot is enjoying summer camp. My big girl went on her first field trip. She had fun and was exhausted at the end of the day.
Every dozen or so washes or if we have a run on rashes like yeast, which is rare, even with sometimes 4 children in cloth diapers I substitute vinegar in the rinse cycle with some essential oils. If yeast is an issue I use tea tree oil. If I just want to freshen things up I usually just use lavender EO. The added freshness, anti-microbial effect, and plain good smell is nice. So far I have never had any ill effects on my diapers. Try it, you may like it.