Saturday, December 26, 2015

Remodeling the Kitchen For a Large Family

This Christmas I got a wonderful present from my sweet husband. He started the remodel of our kitchen and also has plans to remodel our laundry room. We were cramped at the dining table because of our island so the first thing we did was to remove that old thing and my wonderful children helped to accomplish that for us!

Zeke did the majority of the knock down work. He loved it!
Once we got that done we found a place to install our sink because the sink and dishwasher were in the island! My husband had to run the wires from the dishwasher back under the house and the pipes from the plumbing as well, cut and cap then patch the floor where it had been. Later we plan to put new flooring but not right now.

Plumbing and wiring.
I'm so happy with my new sink area!

The next things are going to be upper cabinets in another part of the kitchen; also a panel for under the dishwasher. I'm so excited!

I hope everyone's Christmas holidays were great! Don't forget to check out our items on ebay!

Friday, December 11, 2015

What To Do With Fake Flowers!

Often in my new line of work, I come across fake flowers and I just love it when I do! They are so fun to use in all kinds of ways.

Photo by Rawich at 

1. The very first thing that I do when I get them is to wash them. The easiest way to do that is to put them into the top rack of the dish washer and push them down good so that they are secure. After you wash them make sure you check the bottom of the dish washer to make sure nothing was left behind. I suppose you could do the same thing in the washing machine just eliminate the spin cycle. This I haven't tried yet; let me know if you have tried this and how it works for you.

2. Next dream up or be inspired by a project! Here is a board that I made from Pinterest! I started with easy flower pens and added so many many more that looked so fun! I hope this inspires you to create something fun and useful!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Learning, Learning, Learning on Ebay

I have had to learn some majorly important things for selling on Ebay. You don't instantly wake up with amazing sales without learning a whole lot of things. Here are some key points that you must know to succeed!
Photo by num_skyman at

1. Inexpensive but excellent shipping practices. (see videos and links below for explanations)

a. Tyvek mailing bags that you get for free from are your friend. You can make priority work for you by making your tyvek larger.
b. Priority boxes that you get for free from the post office can be lengthened with another of the same box-just NOT the flat rate ones. They also have to be the same size. These are called Frankenboxes.
c. You can make just about any brown shipping box into a priority box on ebay with your shipping label and selecting Priority Shipping.
d. Wrap everything that you ship in a packing material of some kind. I look around and let my friends know that I am looking for shipping materials to recycle. So far that has worked out great!
e. Shorten boxes that have too much space in them to avoid paying for extra box weight! Just cut off the flaps and make new slits in the corners of the box for new flaps and fold.
f. If you do have extra space you need to fill so that nothing bumps around so use Styrofoam. I can never score free Styrofoam so I get my kids to cut up what Styrofoam that we come across into small chunks. Then I put that into those plastic grocery bags or small white trash bags so that the little white pieces of Styrofoam are not everywhere when they open the box. You can also fill boxes with paper or large bubble wrap.
g. You can cover things that you sell in file folders or cereal boxes etc. and protect that way with less weight.

2. Don't sell things that are dollar items or two dollar items by themselves. This will drive down your profits and limit the amount of items that you are able to list. Group those items together and list them as an auction but start out at the absolute lowest price you are willing to take on the items or close to it!

Tyvek bags to wrap with!
Frankenboxes (its a little long but stick with him and it gets better)

My Ebay Journey Begins
7 Places To Find Shippimg Supplies...
Where To Look For Merchandice
Three Important Tools

Let me know if any of this was a help!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Instructions On How To Make Homemade Gingerale

Homemade Gingerale is a lot like making sourdough from scratch: you have to have a starter or in this case, a "Ginger Bug."

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I like to make a nice big batch of it when I make it; enough to make at least a 2 liter bottle full of soda when I am finished. So I start out with more of a bug than other folks.

Ginger Bug:

2 (3 days so 6 total) tablespoons Ginger Root
2 cups Purified Water
2 (3 days so 6 total) tablespoons Sugar (sugar feeds the bug and turns into probiotics)
Coffee filter or paper towel and rubber band for covering. (it needs air)

1. First get a clean glass container and use only wood or plastic to stir or add ingredients with because that will insure that the probiotics remain alive.
2. Then slice up 2 tablespoons of ginger root and add then to the glass. Then you must use purified water without chlorine added.
3. Add to that 2 tablespoons of table sugar or turbinado sugar. If you use table sugar add a twist of sea salt or shake for the mineral content. You can also add a little molasses for that as well if you have some handy.
4. Stir that up well with a wooden spoon or a plastic something. Sometimes I just use a clean straw. Leave in a warmer part of your kitchen to sit with a coffee filter or paper towel on top. You could also use cheese cloth if you have it handy. I leave it on top of my refrigerator because heat rises.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 every day for 3 days or so until there is a little bubbly froth on top then you know it is ready.

Gingerale Soda:

Purified water
1 tablespoon sliced Ginger or more if you like.
1/3 c. to 1/2 c. of sugar
Plastic Funnel
Cleaned 2 liter plastic bottle

1. With clean hands strain the Ginger Bug into your 2 liter plastic bottle.
2. Add your sugar through your funnel.
3. Fill with purified water until the bend at the neck of your bottle. The bottle needs a little air room.
4. Cap your bottle and shake or use a long skewer to stir your bottle.
5. Wait 3 days for the fizz to be ready or check the bottle by giving it a little squeeze if it is not hard then you are not finished: wait a few more days.
6. When you are finished you can place your drink into the frig and get it nice and cold before drinking it.

I am just perfecting this recipe so if you have done this and you know something else that is also good for this let me know in the comments please!

Enjoy this great for you healthy drink!

Ginger Uses: (check out these links)
For Pain
For stomach
To Combat Viruses and more!
Recipes using Ginger ad much more!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Grateful Life!

I want to be grateful everyday for those who are around me and for the gifts that I receive from the Lord! Today I want to thank the Lord for my husband. He has gotten up early every morning no matter how he feels and gone to work in order to support our family.  He has pushed us, lead us and been a Godly example to us every week. Specifically this morning, I am thinking about how happy I am that he thought to bring something home for me. This told me he was thinking specifically about me and all that I do. Its good to know that the man beside you is also the one in your corner!

He likes to have fun too!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ice Cream Cake


2 brownie mixes
1 chocolate boxed ice cream
1 vanilla ice cream
1 bottle of Smuckers hardening chocolate topping
1 package of birthday Oreo's

1. Bake your brownie mixes in one rectangle pan.
2. Leave your box of chocolate ice cream out for a little while and then take a large knife and cut it in half so there are two rectangles.
3. Lay them on top of a cooled brownie cake side by side or you could layer them if you wish.
4. Take your box of vanilla ice cream out to thaw. This will be your icing.
5. Take some of your oreo's and make a layer of them on top of the ice cream. Then put this all into the freezer while you do the next step.
6.  Remove your vanilla ice cream from the box and put it into a large mixing bowel and beat with an electric mixer before it is totally thawed.
7. Bring out your cake from the freezer and take a rubber spatula and spread it onto your cake covering your cookies.
8. Chill the cake again if the icing is runny.
9. Put the remaining cookies around your cake at the bottom.
10. Drizzle the chocolate topping over the top of the cake allowing it to drip over the edges.
12. Add candles if you wish. We added our candles then put the topping.

Let me know if you try it please!

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Love Bakes Good Cakes

Fall Happenings

We have had three birthdays lately and are going toward our fourth. I have made three cakes and one of them was my very first attempt at making an ice cream cake. It was a hit; you can't go wrong with ice cream.

We have also been enjoying visits from our bird friends who like to come and eat off our sunflower plants. The plants don't look so pretty anymore but the birds enjoy their rest and a great healthy snack. The sunflower seeds were a bit small for me to remove but the birds did a great job of it.

Birthday Girl!

This is my first ice cream cake does anyone want the recipe?

Mmmmm good! 

Gifts From Nana

Putting On The Sprinkles

So pretty!

I think this is the black and yellow Silky Flycatcher.

Upside Down Talent!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

One Of My Favorite Baby Songs For Playing With Baby

Photo by imagerymajestic at

The next time you hold your baby and feel like making your baby smile or laugh a little then this is the song for you. My Mom used to sing it to all of us kids and I sang it to all of my kids. I found out our version is just a little different than the first versions of the song were back in the early 1900's or even earlier in England. The web site called at Mama Lisa had an article on it if you are interested in the original version. If you have other songs like this or a different version I would love to hear from you. I think they are precious pieces of history.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

How To Lay A Sleeping Baby Down Without Waking Him Up!

With my first child it was pretty quiet there were not 6 other children to make noise on a regular basis so nap time was quiet time. That was all well and good until your baby was sleeping in your arms and you had to answer the call of nature or something randomly decided to fall or the phone rang or any number of things happened. It was really bad when it was everyone's sleep time and something made a noise. The floor creaked when you decided to get a snack, the neighbors next door decided to have a loud party, or you just decided to put the child down because he was finished nursing and made too much noise or maybe jostled him a bit too much. What can be done, how can this stress be eliminated or at least lessened?

My sweet sleeping Nora

  • Allow noise in your home. Good Christian music, lullabies,  the television, the Bible on audio or even DVD, recordings of children singing. Don't make people tip toe around. talk at a normal tone of voice even while the child is nodding off to sleep. All of these behaviors are learned. Its ok to wind down with your baby. To give them a warm bath or read to them but don't get super quiet in your tone. Reading slower and slower helps but don't adjust your tone. You are training your child to have silence; and this is just impractical in most homes. 
  • The second thing you need to do is to talk to your child when they fall asleep in your arms and you need to move them to another place. Just talk softly to your child without saying their name (people normally respond to their name) and tell them that you are getting up and walking to the bedroom so that you can lay them down (or wherever you want to lay them) continue to tell them that until the move is completely made and then say a prayer for them to stay asleep and be happy and healthy because this isn't fool proof. Keep at it until this is learned. 
  • Try a sleep aid. Lavender is a great essential oil and there are even lavender bath soaps and lotions with lavender in them. Dropping some of the oil onto their bed or making a sachet out of lavender flowers is also good. When my children were young I would make them a baby powder out of corn starch and enough drops of lavender essential oil to make a great smell. It was wonderful. I wish I had some now. Try it and you will see. 
  • The Prairie Homestead has a post about other oils that will help bring sleep as well. A post at ElemenoPkids is a great idea for toddlers wind down time as well. You might try this when you have to get the baby to sleep or babies and you have an older child that needs to go to sleep as well. Here is another great read for using oils to relax and put you to sleep.

My sweet sleeping Loty.

Let me know if any of this makes since to you and if it helps. Thanks!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How I Treat Severe Hand Eczema

My son likes to play outside and be a boy; getting dirty and messy and digging in the dirt. This is not the greatest thing for his hand eczema and he often finds himself with a pretty bad case of it. We then take drastic measures to heal it up. Here is the latest thing that I have tried for it and it really helps a bunch!


Gulf wax or paraffin wax(see end links for more info)
coconut oil


wax warmer or
crock pot or
rice steamer

note: test it first before using


1. Warm up your oil till it is clear.

2. Then unplug it and wait for it to get cool enough I like to wait until I see it getting a little white again.

3.  Wash your hands and dry them. If you have open sores either cover them with a tight bandage or wait until that is healed before dipping.

4. Then dip the hands in wait until they stop dripping and then dip again and one more time. (It always reminds me of those wax statues.)

5. Allow the wax to remain on the skin for 15 minutes up to about 45 minutes.

6. When you are finished with the wax treatment then just start from the wrist and pull it down into your warmer for use another time. You can use it more times until you feel like there isn't enough for a proper treatment or that there are too many impurities in the wax.

There are proper warmers out there for doing this and some salons or health shops offer this service if you are too nervous about doing this.

Below are some links to where you can find some wax warmers and large quantities of wax made just for this purpose, online. (these are affiliate links)

What happens: The Paraffin soaks into the skin and provides moisture and healing and also a barrier for the skin for up to 2 weeks after the treatment. Sometimes this is enough to get on top of the treatment plan again with other easier methods and internal methods.

Revlon Moisturestay Quick Heat Paraffin Bath, RVSP3501

Dr. Scholl's Quick Heat Paraffin Spa Bath

Wax melts:
NURTURE Infused Therapeutic Paraffin Unscented 6lbs

Oyd Paraffin Bath Refills

Note: You can also use plastic covers on your hands and feet for treatment of arthritis. 

Zeb has had to do this about 3 times now to go from sand paper to soft hands

Zoi just wanted to join the fun

Zena (pronounced like the flower) wanted to have manikin hands

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Mom The Super Hero!

Note: I recieved a free shirt for this review. Although it was free I had already decided that I really liked thier products before I spoke with them. You decide.

The other day I came across this great web site that has homeschooling t-shirts for children and adults. Their prices are super reasonable or I would not have even taken a second look. (You know how I am, sometimes even resale prices are even too high for my budget!) I ordered a t-shirt and am now reviewing it for them.

I decided on a fitted women's t-shirt which goes for around $12. I looked at the sizes and decided that the Large was what I wanted to go with because I don't like my t-shirts to be too snug. When it arrived I was so happy with; it because I just loved the color it is a beautiful teal color. the texture of the t-shirt is great too. It is very soft and comfortable on the skin.

Sometimes I feel like there are so many nay sayers out there and wearing a t-shirt would make our life a little more credible. It would announce to the world that we are proud of what we do and would like to share our joy with others. If you want to see what all they have you can stop by The Original Homeschool T-Shirt Company and pick out great t-shirts for the whole family! They also have totes, bumper stickers, mouse pads, mugs and hats! Take a look and start "homeschool stylin"!

my hair was pulled back
Leave me a comment below telling me what you think of my new shirt and which one you would pick!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

How To Tell If A Chicken Is A Rooster Or A Hen; A Pullet Or A Cockrel

When you first get a hatchling or are picking out a chick from a group of chicks, many times you would like to know whether this chick is a male or female. It is important to have a lot of hens verses roosters because too many roosters don't get along with each other after a while. Take my word for it; we have lived and learned this the hard way!

an old rooster we used to have

Different ways to determine the sex of your chick:

  1. Buy from someone who only sells female chicks or pullets. If you do this they do the hard work for you and you don't have to worry about it.
  2. Wait until the chick is about 6 months old and they will either be crowing or they will not. but that will take some patience and sometimes you just don't have it.
  3. Another way that I have heard about is to check the wing feathers if one row is shorter than the other then it is female and if they are the same size then it is male. that only works with some breads so that doesn't always work.
  4. A way that I like is to check the thickness of the chicken's legs. The male legs are generally thicker than the females. As they get older generally the male will start to get spurs on the back of his legs but this is generally. Occasionally though there will be a hen with spurs or a hen that crows. So this isn't always the case. 
  5. You can learn to vent sex a chicken but it takes years to be a pro at that. If you do learn that maybe you could make the big bucks. lol
  6. If you have an older chicken getting some nice wattles then you can compare wattles and if the chicken has smaller wattles than another one that you know to be a rooster then you may possible have a hen. 
  7. Longer tail feathers are a sign that you have a rooster. But that takes time too. Usually they will start to get really colorful as well, because with birds the more colorful they are then they are a male.
Whichever way you decide to use always have a back up plan just in case you need to get rid of a rooster.  We were introduced to a farm who will take roosters in and I was really happy about that. We get pretty attached to our birds and don't like to see them killed.  (mostly my son) Maybe you aren't like us though and you could use fresh chicken meat. whatever you decide is great just don't ever decide to fight a rooster it is illegal and just plain cruel! (ok, maybe that was random fyi)

Let me know if you have found another way that works good for you I would love to hear about it!

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Prayer Activities For Children

I wanted to just sit down with you this morning and share some thoughts that I have been having lately. I hope these thoughts are a blessing to you.

Lately I have been talking to my children about PRAYER! There is so much we need to know about prayer. Most people including children want to know about how to get their prayers answered. they want to know how to have power in prayer. How to see the miraculous in the everyday life. But many never scratch the surface of how to really know God! How to get a hold of God and get his favor in your life. I'm not saying that you are wanting his material blessings so much although that will follow but how to actually form a correct prayer.

The Lord has been teaching me these things personally so I thought that it would behoove me to teach these same things to my children because I see some lacking in their lives. The first thing that we did on our prayer journey was to make a sort of chart. On this chart we wrote our needs on one side and we wrote our wants on the other. We called this the George Mueller wall. From this thought we learned about George Mueller. The children were really inspired when we started seeing God answer our prayers needs and wants.

During this time of learning I began pointing our to the kids that God really desires for us to communicate with him!  He wants a relationship with YOU! He made you so that he could have great conversations and teach us as we go through life. He wants to give us solutions for our problems.  He wants to lead us to the place where he wants us to serve. He wants to grow us everyday.

So many times he wants us to talk to him and we don't. So he tries to create these moments in our lives where all we can do is to rely on him. At least from his point of view. Sometimes we are so dense that we just panic and think that there is just no hope and begin to get depressed.

After this God began to work on me about how or the methodology behind how we address God in our prayers. Isn't it great how God gives you a taste of what he can do for you first and then he tries to reach you on a more deeper level. He knows how to hook you. He IS the all-knowing one!!!

If you read the model prayer God gives us a method by which we should pray. The first part of the prayer shows us how God would like to be addressed. He wants you to acknowledge who he is! 
So we did a little exercise of prayer where all we did was pray and tell God what we were thankful for and telling God who he was. We told him he was the great physician, the provider, and the giver of good gifts.

I also spent days explaining how that we should treat God with more respect than we have. We should not only come to him and beg like a puppy but we should try to carry on a conversation about him and about us too. Tell him our hopes and dream and fears as well.

Today I want to go a little farther with that thought and make a poster with the attributes of God. Then I want to have the children to pick out from this list what they want to talk to God about. Then I want to speak to them about how that God wants us to do this because many times we as humans need this in our life so that we will recognize these good things about God because we have a tendency to set ourselves up as deity. We tend to set ourselves up as all sufficient! If we don't, those around us in the worldly circles, tend to try to convince us through media, books movies and friendships that we are in control and this is our world! If we are not connecting with God every day we will take the reigns and place ourselves in Gods special place! That is why every day we need to lift God up to his elevated place and know who he is!

Constantly we have to focus on what God is doing! The Devil wants to gain an inroad into our lives and destroy how God has been blessing. I believe it is so much like how God was working with the children of Israel. Many times they lost sight of how God did truly love them and how he was taking care of them just because they were seeing some dark days and dark times. But God often wants to lighten those hard times if we would just reach out to him and spend some quality time with him in prayer.

Have you been thinking about prayer lately?

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wordless Wednesday on Tuesday

Our unexpected trip to the E.R. was because our sweet Zebedee decided to make some green pudding and the glass pudding bowl accidentally fell on his big toe. So far he is fine we will know more by the end of the week.

Zach came along and was having a grand time describing the finer points of something or other.

This is what we do when we have been to the E.R. more than a couple of times lately.
It really works, every time!

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