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Mama’s Coconut Favs!

5 May

Sometimes I feel like a nut or maybe I should say Coconut or “Coconut Oil” to be exact!   Oh my goodness, what to say about Coconut Oil?  I am going to sound like Bubba Gump from the movie Forest Gump because just like Bubba came up with many ways to use shrimp, I can say that much about the many uses of Coconut!  I honestly am not an expert that can prove  Coconut or Coconut oil to be a super food, but this Mama says, “Coconut Oil is Super!”  Although there are hundreds of uses for Coconut Oil, I wanted to share my top 10 uses.  I’ve also included another one of Mama’s Concoction Recipes using Coconut Oil! I hope that you will enjoy it!

My top 10 Uses for Coconut Oil!

1.  Coconut Oil is great for healthy cooking! Fry or bake, as replacement for all vegetable oil and   margarines. 

  1. Lotions such as my favorite Mama’s DIY Lavender Moisturizing Lotion
  2. I love to use it as a moisturizer in Mama’s DIY Soaps Body wash!
  3. Excellent Mama’s DIY Shaving Cream!
  4. Soothing Mama’s DIY Mandarin Orange Body Scrub to soothe and exfoliate the skin.
  5. Coconut Oil is my #1 carrier oil for use with my Essential Oils!
  6. Mama’s DIY Toothpaste
  7. Mama’s DIY Deodorant
  8. Coconut Oil is excellent by itself for Chap Lips but is even better mixed with Lemon or Peppermint Essential Oil
  9.   Wonderful chemical free sunscreen! Coconut has a SPF of around 4-6 by itself by mixed with either Carrot Oil or Raspberry Oil it raises the SPF to around 25-40!

 

Mama’s Mandarin Orange Scrub

Ingredients:

1 cup                             Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

1 cup                              Sugar

2 to 3 tsps                      Orange Juice

5 drops                          Wild Orange Essential Oil (Doterra Essential Oil)

1                                      Glass Container ( I use pt Canning Jar w/lid)

Directions:

In a glass bowl combine Virgin Coconut Oil with sugar and mix well with a spatula.

Cut Mandarin Orange in half and squeeze juice ( usually yields about 2 to 3 teaspoons) directly into the bowl

Pour in  the 5 drops of  Doterra Wild Orange Essential Oil and continue to mix.

When all ingredients are mixed well pour into glass container or jar and enjoy!

I love to double the recipe and give keep one and give the other as a gift!

Simply tie a Ribbon around the jar and Voila!  ( I love the little Embellished Jute Ribbon)

As you can see Coconut Oil is so very versatile.  I love the fact that I get the wonderful benefit of replacing it to replace a lot of the unhealthy chemicals that are in the products that my family uses every day!  If you have enjoyed my blog post and Mama’s DIY Recipes I would love to hear from you!  Until next time, I hope that you to will feel like a “Nut, or at least a Coconut!”

Mama’s DIY Concoctions

29 Apr

Mama’s DIY Concoctions.

Mama’s DIY Concoctions

29 Apr

Mama’s DIY Concoctions!

Don’t you just love it when you can be creative and it blesses your family or others?  I hope so,  as today’s blog is about giving!  I am a giver!  By stating that I am a giver people may automatically say “well give me this much money or give me this or that!”  The fact of the matter is I’ve not always had money to give, but I’ve had my time and thank God he has given me a few talents that I can use to give to others!  I am an Author and an Artist, so it gives me great pleasure to bless my friends and family with a painting or a book that I’ve written, but I also love to cook!

When a friend is sick I can do homemade chicken soup for them and a big ol’ pone of cornbread from my Grandma’s iron skillet!  When I do something like cook soup and cornbread for a friend, It gives me great pleasure to do it!  I am probably blessed as much as they are!  I thank God that he’s given me my Southern Mama who was a wonderful Southern cook and taught me how to cook as well. The difficult thing is that she never used a recipe and so I rarely do either!   In my home we have an ongoing joke “Mama’s concocting again!” Which by the way is a  title to one of my forthcoming books! I love to get into the kitchen and “create” my own dishes.  I’ve had a few epic fails, but for more times than not, I’ve created meals things that  my family usually brags on.   I’ve also been incorporating  and using healthier ingredients with no complaints!  But this is the real deal, I’ve also been putting them in recipe form  with  “estimated amount” so that I can actually pass them down someday to my grandchildren or great-grandchildren!

Anyway, back to giving.    Do you know that some of my sweetest gifts came not when my family or friends purchased me a gift?  The best gifts that I received were when they did something personally or made something  for me.  For Christmas my boys always make me gifts!  I love and treasure them because they seriously put their time and effort into making Mama something special!Who wouldn’t love a homemade birdfeeder, or a beautiful stepping stone that says Mom on it?  I love them!

In the spirit of giving I wanted to share one of my simplest “Concoctions!” or “Recipes!” with you today.  This is an easy recipe and is great for your home or you can fancy it up and give it as a gift!  Either way I hope that you will enjoy making it!

DIY AIR Freshener or Carpet Freshener

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Ingredients:

I cup                     Pure Baking Soda

10 drops               Lavender Oil or your favorite scented oils ( I use Doterra 100% CPTG)

1                           Small canning Jelly Jar with lid or fancier jar if you have one

Directions:

Pour Pure Baking Soda into canning jar!

Pour in Lavender oil or your favorite essential oil

Place lid on the jar and shake to mix the two ingredients!

Now this is when it can get a little tricky because the lid for your jar has to have holes placed in it! I usually find me an old board, nail, and a hammer!  I place the lid on the board, and I hammer the Nail into the lid in a few places to create holes.  This allows you to be able to smell the wonderful scent  Of the freshener, but also if you were going to sprinkle it on your carpets, then you have an instant shaker!

Variations:

Finally if you wanted to give this as a gift, say for Christmas, you could use Doterra Oils, such as   Peppermint Oil  I love the scents of fall, so I usually also do one with  Clove and Ginger Oil.  Use your imagination and “Concoct” your own Recipe!  To give these as gifts, just tie a pretty ribbon or burlap twine with a little homemade tag! This spiffs it up fancy!

I would love to hear from you!  If you enjoyed this blog with my DIY Concoctions, please let me know and I will post more of my Homemade DIY recipes.  In the meantime if you would like to have this recipe to print, please contact me and leave your email and I will send You a free pdf by attachement!

 

 

 

 

 

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Stressed? Blame it on Adam and Eve!

24 Apr

Stressed? Blame it on Adam and Eve!.

Free Promotion of my book “Tell the Enemy to Scat!”

19 Apr

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18 Apr

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If Oak Trees Could Talk

Inner Peace!

2 Apr

Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Lately, I’ve been writing several blogs about health and healing which focused mainly on the body, however, I feel that without having inner peace the body cannot be whole.  It is a documented fact that stress is directly related to many deadly diseases such as heart attack, high blood pressure, obesity, anxiety and depression just to name a few.   Stress is just the inability to find a safe zone of inner peace, however, not finding that place can put you at high risk!

I am a wife, a stay at home Mom that home schools two boys, a homemaker,  published author, artist, and weekly blogger!  When my life seems too hectic or busy, I personally have to find inner peace!  I realize that there are many ways that people do this, but for me I love to pray and meditate on the goodness of GOD!   My greatest joys are when I can sit on my porch early in the morning before the sun comes up and simply watch and listen to everything coming alive.  As the sun peaks over the horizon, it just reminds that today is a brand new day. Yesterday is gone, but I have another day to live!  I have another day to love the people that God has placed in my life and another day to use the talents that He has blessed me with!

As the birds sing their little songs to the Lord, I too have a song in my heart.  I begin simply by thanking Him for what He has already done for me.  Before I know it an hour has marched by and I have not even touched the surface of all He has blessed me with!  He is ever present with me and my time spent with Him is so precious!  This is how I become peaceful and relieve stress!   I can see so clearly all of the times that I struggled but that He showed up and helped me!   I shake off yesterday and look forward with anticipation to what will happen today.  God, never stops amazing me so I know that He only has more good for me!

As stated I try to meditate and pray in the mornings, but what happens on those days when I don’t get out there on my porch?  Below is a listing of some simple and practical suggestions that I found on the internet that may help relieve stress!  Many of these  work for me.   Some of them I’ve not tried but may the next time I feel overwhelmed and need some relief!

 1. Take a walk.

2. Relax in a long shower or bath.

3. Shopping! Just don’t make a habit of it.

4. It’s time to hang out with friends; either in person or by chatting online.

5. Chocolate, anyone? It always puts me in a good mood!

6. Get lost in a movie.

7. Catch up on your favorite TV show online.

8. Write a list, complete a few items, check them off, and then take a break. Repeat until you’re done.

9. Look at photo albums. Good memories help you to remember happier times.

10. Vacation! Go to the beach, the mountains, or your neighborhood park. It can last weeks, days, or even minutes (mental vacation: picture yourself at a glorious place).

11. Read a book, magazine, or a tweet. Anything that is entertaining and helps you to forget your troubles will do the trick.

12. Take a nap. If you don’t have much time, take a power nap: a well-spent 30 minutes!

13. Make time for your hobby. Write, act, sing, paint, or whatever else you do. Just do it whole-heartedly.

14. Think about the male or female that you’re interested in. Write them a love letter that you’ll give them later or keep to yourself.

15. Dance to your favorite song. Do it with abandon; you know, like no one is watching.

16. Go to a spa or, if you can’t afford it, make your bathroom into a spa. Just make sure to pamper yourself.

17. Take wacky pictures of yourself or of your friends. Not your thing? Take scenic pictures or make ordinary objects beautiful in some creative shots.

18. Sing karaoke. Sing in the shower. Sing in the car and wave to the person in the car beside you. Make sure he’s enjoying the show.

Would love to hear if these suggestions have helped you! Until next time, I hope that you have a blessed and stress free week!

Food is Medicine!

27 Mar

 

Food is Medicine

Food is Medicine

Food Is Medicine!

In my last blog, I shared a very personal story entitled Pathway of Healing.    I wanted to share my family’s story so that when I write articles such as this one, that you will believe me when I say, that I understand how difficult it is to go forward when you can’t seem to grasp the information that is being given to you!  In my blog Pathway to Healing, I conveyed that I understood how it felt to sit before doctor after doctor only to feel hopeless.   Please do not get me wrong, I do not fault the doctors for not knowing all the answers that my family needed to know.    Rather, I want to encourage you to seek out the answers from professionals, but to ultimately seek God for wisdom as to where your answers can be found. After all doctors are mere humans who learn about symptoms of sicknesses and disease. They are Practitioners that practice medicine!  Doctors can diagnose many sicknesses and diseases, and prescribe treatments to help many who suffer.  I am grateful to have several wonderful doctors that my family can go to.   However, it is my personal belief that all healing ultimately comes from God, the Creator of the all earth and everyone on the earth!  It is also my personal belief that God will lead us to our Pathway of Healing, spirit, soul, and body!

2 Corinthians 1:3(KJV)  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

I am currently taking a course on nutrition and health so as to better learn how to feed my family but to also learn how to use many natural remedies or DYI remedies instead of relying heavily on drugs whether over the counter or prescription.  The course has been such a help to me.  It is answering many of my questions as to the benefits of why we should eat or not eat certain foods. Over the past several years I’ve been learning about nutrient dense foods and how using food can heal many issues in the body and relieve many symptoms.  Food is medicine. This could be natural food, or spiritual food.  I also wanted to learn how to share what I’ve learned with others!    I know over the course of many years, that whenever I learned something new I simply tried to implement it. A few examples:  we use local honey not only to replace sugars, but also because it helps my family with allergies.  We use Oil of Oregano in many instances where we need an antibiotic, we’ve replaced our cooking oil with coconut, olive, and sunflower oils!  I simply took it step by step as I would learn the benefits of certain foods.   Now these items are regularly consumed by my family.   I’ve learned not just in this nutrition course that I’ve mentioned but over several years of trial and error what benefits the health of my family.  Because I am not an expert, but a housewife and mom, I found myself shying away from conversations dealing with nutrition and health issues. However, I now realize I’ve gained some wisdom over the years! I may not have a degree but experience is a great teacher! I hope to pass on what I’ve learned to those who may need it!

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