Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Upcycled Blue Jean Underpants

My girls and I only wear skirts and dresses unless you consider what we wear under our skirts and dresses. I have the girls wear what I call underpants or you may say leggings or something of that nature. Whenever my oldest girl goes out biking we have come to the conclusion that a thicker material needs to be worn so that when she has those accidents and falls her skin doesn't rip as well as her clothes.

 So the first thing that I did was grab an old pair of her brother's jeans and some ruffle from an old dress. I cut off the bottom shin section and down and added the ruffle to make it cutsie for her. she really loved those underpants and wore them right away. Then the other day I came across a pair of girls jeans that someone had given us a while back and I had stored away. I decided that I would make these into another pair of under jeans for Zoi. It was fun. This time I cut scallops into the legs with scissors and then I took a cute stitch and stitched around the scallops on the edge to prevent raveling. These were a hit as well.

I would have taken pictures but I have misplaced my camera for now. There are products like this on etsy that you can look at for reference. Everything I do has to be easy and fast!

Have you ever tried anything like this?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Hectic Day in My Life

Today, I woke up tired and decided I needed to make some breakfast for the kids. My body did not want to cooperate on this project but I kept thinking about the beautiful warm cinnamon rolls (I used the recipe on my blog for Crescents I'll tell you how I didn it later). I finally got up and read my Bible and dressed. I picked up a few things around me because I knew that this day was most likely going to be a challenge.
You see, yesterday my husband got sick after working in the sun and we thought it was just over exhaustion in the sun. Then last night, Loty woke me up with a dirty shirt and he told me that he had thrown up. So I had to get up and take the sheet off of the bed and wipe it down with soap and water and then spray it with vinegar. I stuck the sheet and blanket and clothes in the washer and started it and then got him set up with a new sheet and pillow on the couch.
Zena was feeling bad last night and she woke up feeling bad this morning. Then the inevitable finally happened and she feels better now. Loty was feeling better this morning and doing just great but then he started feeling bad again a few minutes ago.  I cleaned that up and he rested for a bit and then he was off again to play. So far so good on the kids. So I did some more laundry and encouraged the kids to begin their chores. I found out that it would be better to pay them on Monday when they would normally start their chore charts or like today. (after the long weekend)
Then I was thinking about my dog and how she needs her garlic oil supplements for de-worming her. So I popped a couple of those pills and wiped them onto my hand for her to lick off. She did that and then I fed her some of her dog food because she has been not eating very much.
Later I went out and cut the old roses off the bush so that they could grow back pretty and watered both he dog and the vegetable pots. I now have two little yellow squash and a couple of tomato blooms.
I still need to do more laundry and start more dishes and prepare for lunch although it will be a little later since they woke up later.
............I'm back now I had to take care of an issue with Loty. At least he got to me pretty early and we got it before there was a mess every where. So he is taking him a little bath again. I'm glad that I thought to but a spray bottle of vinegar and water by each toilet for cleaning the toilet it really has come in handy today.
Loty and Nora in my brother's trailer at the parade
All in all, I am very thankful that this sickness isn't too severe. They have been sick but they are happy too for the most part. Please keep us in your prayers today. There are some pretty fussy moments that I need to stay cool and calm through. So far so good!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Zach's Crochet Gift!

Zach's handiwork!

Zach and I were so happy this morning after he finished my crocheted hat! I wanted to tell you about how he worked so hard so that I could be happy. He learned how to make this hat from a you tube video and started making them a while back for stuffed animals.

 He really likes to make things that will make me happy. He even likes to do all of his chores to make me smile as well. Firstborns tend to be this way. They enjoy making you spring forth into a dance or a song or an urgent hug and kiss. Don't miss the opportunity to seize the moment with your first born. Make a big deal out of their efforts and their bond with you will grow and their needs for affirmation and love will be met.

How about you do you have a story that you could share with us in the comments about your first born?

Ephesians 6:4b but bring them up in the nrture and admonistion of the Lord.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Recipe for Snow Dough

We have been making sensory boxes for the kids to get out each week and I just love that cool dough that you can get from the store and shape. It looks a lot like fine sand and comes in different colors. Well, we ran out and so I decided that we could make our own. Here is the recipe that we used.

Snow Dough

White flour- about 3 or 4 cups (or whatever amout that you want to make we jsut had a shoe box size)
Mineral oil- half a bottle (or baby oil we didn't use this my husband is allergic to perfumes)
Drops of various food coloring to create rainbow colors. (you could also use glitter but I was out)  

Mix it all up with a fork and add some toys to play with.

Have you tried this before?

Monday, May 21, 2012

How to Listen to Good Christian Music At Home Without Paying a Lot

I know a lot of new Christians find it hard to invest in a whole lot of good Christian C.D's to listen to at home. So here is a solution that I have used for a while. (You could probably listen to your music on your smart phone too, I don't know my phones aren't too smart:)
Go to You Tube dot com and type in the songs or the groups that you like to hear and select add to below the viewing area and write in the name the group in the section where it says playlist. then every time you find a song by that group that you like just push add to and then select the group and it will add another song. At the end of all your adding just go up to the top where you are signed in and click on your name and then you can see all of your playlists. From there just select the one you want and it will play all of these songs until you turn it off.
adding songs
the playlist

How about you do you have any good Christian music on Playlists?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Zach's Newest Find!

Zach was researching about science and found this really cool fish called the dinofish by some. It was once believed to be extinct by evolutionist but later was discovered in a group of African islands. Here is the link that he found about this amazing creature that God created for us to enjoy!


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Friday, May 18, 2012

Organizing the Children's Chores with Easy to follow Chore Charts

Yesterday, after much thought; I came to the conclusion that we needed to reward the children on a regular basis with a chore system.  Yes, we have tried many ways before but everything seemed either to wear off or fail miserably. Before today,  I had just been telling them to do each chore and staying on them until it was done sometimes giving them coins for motivation.  In the Duggars book, I learned a little about thier system. They have chore packs and have to do them with a buddy if they are small. They also have juridictions. Then they change those jurisdictions up every month. Jurisdictionas are just certain places in the home beside thier room that they had to work on.

From this concept I adapted my own system that I believe will work great for our "zildren." I took out 7 different colored folders and added some notebook paper (you could use a computer gererated paper I'm just out of ink right now -we forgot to put that into our budget) and I wrote out each chore that they were responsible for.Then to the side of each chore I wrote the days of the week so that they could mark off each chore. After that, I attatched a pencil to the folder with some yarn for marking. (I hot glued the yarn to the pencil and attatched it to the folder with a hole punch.)

Then on Friday like thier Daddy they could recieve thier reward. Each chore was worth 1 penny and that made it doable for our house. I also told them that if they did anything extra they could have 5 extra minutes on the computer after school and we made a place on thier chart for this as well.  So far many of the children are enjoying doing their chores this way and it has been a big help not to have to tell them over and over or discipline them negatively.

Below is and example of what it would look like:
Every day they would put a / over the day that they did their chore. For example for Friday there would be a F with a / over the top of it and so on.

                                                    CHILD's NAME

1. Make bed                                                                                            MTWTFSS
2.Dress your little brother                                                                       MTWTFSS

Also for chores only done once a week
3. Take out laundry in the kids bathroom                                                       [M]

Then the extra credit for computer time.
They would check each box.
Extra Credit                                                                                          [    ]  [   ]  [   ]

For the little ones I drew picture to help them know what their chore chart said. You could also do this by finding images from the internet or even take your own photos to make it more personal.

Make Your Bed

Put away your clean clothes

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Organizing the Give Aways!

I've been thinking of ways to supplement our needs and wants as well as give back to the community around us. I thought about going to get a garage sale permitt but that is pretty hard to do when you have a lot of children to take along with you to the courthouse.
 I have came up with starting a face book page for our area that offers freebies and makes needs known or even desires. Kind of like getting the hand-me-downs that you are really looking for. This is part of my re-organization project. I plan on making these things available for about a week and then if they don't get taken then I will take them to the thrift store.
 Either way I give to the community as well as find some things that I have been looking for without breaking my budget.

What do you think? Could it work?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Spray Deodorant and Stick Deodorant Recipes

Today's post is going to be short and sweet. I hope you enjoy reading short post as much as I like writing them. First I want to tell you about the stick deodorant that I made. It is really good and very simple. The only thing that I liked more is the spray deodorant because to me it is so much simpler and faster. Anything that I don't have to do extra work for or make sure that I have the right ingredients for is really super. This is also really for us great because my husband is allergic and breaks out if deodorant has any perfumes in it. Here they are!

Spray Deodorant:


One Spray Bottle (we used one from
One Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol (91% its stronger than regular but still very inexpensive)


Pour into the spray bottle and spray it under you arms morning and evening.

Product Details

Stick Deodorant:

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup starch
2 tbls. of shortning or coconut oil
Optional- add 20 drops of essential oil like tea tree or even a tsp. of pepermint extract

Smash this mixture together with a fork or spoon and then add to an empty deodorant container. If it gets to a warmer room temperature with the coconut oil in it it will melt a little. Also wait to use it for a day so that it will set up and harden. (with the coconut oil) You can also store this mixture in a small mason jar and use it that way.

How about you have you tried either of these alternative methods and saved money?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Baking Soda and Water Shampoo Plus ACV Conditioner

Lately, I have been using a more natural recipe for shampoo. I had been wanting to try this for some time and had done it once before with a different recipe and not liked my results. So I found another recipe and tryed again and with some modifications for my hair type I was able to tweak it. Its super simple and works great! I also wanted to go natural for the conditioner and opted for the Apple Cider Vinegar recipe. Besides this recipe only costing you pennies it is very good for your hair as opposed to dosing your scalp with tons of harmful chemicals. I haven't got but one of my children to use this method yet but it really has made a difference in how often we buy shampoo.

Baking Soda and Water Shampoo (or  the no-poo method)

Combine 1/4 cup or less of baking soda with about a quart of water
Heat over the stove until disolved just until boiling.  Remove from heat and allow to cool. After the liquid has cooled pour into your choice of contaier. Some suggestions for containers are: old shampoo bottle, musturd container, mayo or katsup containers, or buy a new squirt bottle container.
If you want to you can add essential oils to give it a sent.

To use: Pour all over the hair and shampoo as normal and rinse. It will be cool so prepare yourself.

To read about how I used this shampoo in an emergency situation read the post Injury, Blood and Nauseousness.

ACV Conditioner

I can't say enough about Apple Cider Vinegar for your health. Your shampoo can be more healthy as well.

In a quart container add 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and stir. That's it you are done.

To use: Pour on the ends of your hair leave for a few seconds and rinse. The smell of vinegar does not remail in your hair. I have found that using an old mouth wash container works good for this. I just fill the lid about two times for each rince.

Have you ever used the no-poo method? Tell me about it in the comment section below. I sure like hearing from you.

I no longer use this method but if I am in a situation where this is all I had I would know what I could use. I just didn't like the cold feeling on my head enough to continue using it for a long period of time.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Injury, Blood, and Nauseousness

This Sunday was un-like any other Mother's Day that I have ever experienced. I was taking one of the church vans back to my house while my husband was about to take off to deliver all the the bus children back to their homes and then I received an unexpected call. I answered the call to here that I was supposed to bring that van back to the church. I thought it was kind of odd but I did it anyway. When I got there I found out that my sweet little Zena (pronounced with a ny sound like the flower) had fallen on the church bus before they had left and she had busted the back of her head open. My husband reassured me that the bleeding had stopped and that I just needed to get her home and shower her so that we could see the wound better and know how to proceed. I was unprepared for what I saw really.

There was blood all over her and my sweet Mother was there helping to apply pressure to her head and calm her. She is THE BEST around these types of situations. I just love her for that. I stayed calm and took her to our family van and a sweet girl from the bus ministry asked her Mom if she could go with me to help. She was such a blessing. She sat with Zena all the way home and talked to her. Then when we arrived at our house I took Zena to the shower and got in with her and just aimed her head under the shower head while our little friend was helping me with the twins (because they had to be with Mommy too.) I put a little of my baking soda and water shampoo on her wound and then I put regular shampoo on the ends of her hair to get all of the smell out. (Blood always stinks to me. )

Then I got her some new clothes and put the old bloody clothes into the sink to soak. Then she sat at the space heater to warm up. Then I was checking to see who was at my door and found Granny and Papa. Then not too long after I got Zena's clothes on her, Daddy showed up with the church bus and we were ready to go to the emergency room. She definitely needed some tending to. I usually don't go the doctors for much of anything but I thought that the hole in her head was a little too big to heal without a little outside help.
So we were off and my Mom took us. Our dear Pastor and his Wife arrived to help us with the insurance info and just be there for us.  Zena was great she didn't throw a fit or cry. She wasn't in much pain only when they were touching her in the wound area and the numbing gel helped a lot with the four staples that they put in her. They were small staples. I asked what they looked like so that Zena wouldn't be too afraid (and me too) They showed them to us and we were both relieved.

I bent down so that I would be eye level with her and talked her though the procedure because I knew that I hadn't ate and that I was likely to get sick to my stomach if I saw what they were doing. Then when they were done with the last staple I glanced over and I saw the smallest smidget of blood smeared on a cloth and I knew I was in trouble. I hollered out the door to my Mom for some gum for my stomach but it was to no avail. I started blacking out and it wasn't going away. All of the sweet nurses were on the spot and carried me over to the gurney and I had to wait it out. They put a wet cloth on my head. I slowly recovered and was able to go.

I was planning on going out to eat with my Mom so I called my hubby and told him that I was going to take Mom and Dad and Zena to eat and be back later. Zena got to have some ice cream but I was still feeling very sick to my stomach so we headed back and I took a rest. I asked Zeke to make me some Chamomile tea. That seemed to burrow my strength and calm my stomach enough to make it back to church that night. Zena was none the worse for wear. I left her in the nursery just in case she needed to have any pain medicine but the nursery worker was thinking about sending her back to me she was so active.
I am so blessed to have my sweet Zena. God just as easily could have taken her home to heaven with him. Thank you Lord for the blessing of my blessed Mother's Day even though it was rough and tough to go through I still have my sweet heart children. I am Blessed!

the staples

Zena on her good side:)

Upcycled Weekend Craft

Ecc. 10:9
10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do , do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest

This weekend I purposed in my heart to make some upcycled un-paper-towels. Mine were pretty easy until it came to putting the snaps on. I didn't have a new fangled plastic snap system so I used my old fashoned sew on snaps several hours later I finished my project. What I used was some old towels that were not as big as I really like to use and some left over material from someone's quilting project that they gave me. Now I need to buy a paper towel holder for them to roll off of. When I do that I will show you how they look.

 A word to the wise: Buy the new fangled plastic snap system before attempting such a project. I am pleased with my un-paper towels I even saw my husband take one out and use it! Although I wished I would have had a great snap kit like this one.

What about you? Have you made your own un-paper towels?

This is the snap kit

This is the plastic canvas

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lorenzo's Oil A Great Mother's Day Gift!

I watched this movie last night while everyone was sleeping because I just couldn't sleep. I guess I got all wound up last night with the kids. But I just had to tell ya'll about it. It is one of the best movies I have ever watched. Susan Sarandon was excellent in portreying a mother who was there for her child in a very bad medical situation.
If you haven't seen it Netflix has it and of course you can get it from If you are a natural medicine fan you will be gladly suprized by the turn of events in the course of the film.

What about you, have you seen this great film? What did you think?

You can also watch the movie instantly for Mother's Day from Amazon.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Why are Magnesium and Calcium so Important?

Magnesium and Calcium are the two elements that are leached out of our bodies when our PH is not correct and our body is acidic. You see, our body naturally tries to correct its own PH, but in doing this it causes damage to the body. Just what kind of damage happends when this occurs? I'm glad you asked. The symptoms of Calcium deficiency are numerous but some of them are: back pain, neck pain, and muscle cramps. While the symptoms of Magnesium deficiency include muscle cramps, cronic pain, mental stress, joint pain and the list goes on.  I have been trying to become more healthy (because I suffer from chronic pain), so that I can enjoy more time with my little ones while there is still time. Below are some ideas on how you can include these into you diet.

Nora and Mommy

Magnesium in the diet:

Fish-Halibut and Tuna
Vegtables- Artichokes, Broccoli, Corn meal, chick peas, Spinach, potatoes, tomatoes and more
Fruit-Banana and dried Figs
Grains- Brown Rice Wheat Flour, Oat Bran and more
Nuts and nut milks which are fun to make

Calcium in the diet:
Vegtables: Green leafy vegtables like Spinach, kale, collard greens,

If you are taking supplements for calcium it is important to note that getting too much calcium is just as harmful as not getting enough as it causes the same damage. So if you are getting a lot of dietary calcium and taking a supplement and it doesn't seem to be doing any good check to see if you are taking too much.
Also not balancing your Calcium with Magnesium will result in damage because the two work hand in hand kind of like tension and release.

What has been your experience?

Monday, May 7, 2012

How to make Freezer Jam

Freezer Jelly or Jam

This weekend I had the pleasure of making some freezer Jelly with the strawberries and blueberries that I bought from the store. Then I stored the extra into these little containers so that I could have more for later and  it wouldn't go bad. I don't really preserve the jelly because I don't have all of the tools. So when I saw these at the store I picked some up and now we will have some jelly ready in the freezer for when we are finished eating what we currently have. Its a whole lot easier as well.

Jenifer's Jelly or Jam Recipe:

Fill the jar that you will use or jars with water and transfer it to your boiling pan and then add your fruit of choice (you can also just use fuit and not pectin if you use an extra lot of fruit and less water)

add a cap ot lemon juice (to preserve color)

also add a tbl. of real butter (to reduce the bubbles)

add about 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of honey depending on your preference and the size of container

add the amount of low sugar pectin that your size of jar calls for 1 tbls. up to 3 for the quart jar.

boil for 5 minutes

smash up the fruit (if you want jam, stain if you want jelly) and then

pour into the jar or freezer container of your choice.

freezer containers

blueberry jelly

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Zeke's Awesome 10th Birthday!

Zeke is a ray of sunshine! He brings energy and exceitement everywhere he goes.  He is helpful and loves to do many things. 

Among his interests are:
 adventure trips,
 Martial arts,
 becoming a butler,
 reading, biking,
Bible study,
and monkeys
just to name a few:)

Zeke had the best Birthday ever!  All of the Zkids felt like it was thier own party. It was a day we won't soon forget!
One Happy 10 year old
Dry Ice from Dad
Bike from Nana
The cake once said, "Zeke the King of the Monkeys."

Zeke's,  "two lumps of coal"

Granny came in with a new rod and reel with all of the goodies.

Here is one of Zeke's favorite songs to leave you with!

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