Monday, October 12, 2009

How to Treat Your Acne Naturally

Is there anything more embarrassing than acne? I went all through my teenage years without ever having maybe more than a zit or two... then when I was about 18 I started getting horrible acne. I had to go on 2 prescription medications for it, but those had side effects. The pills caused headaches and the cream caused my face to get dry and peel. It was so frustrating, but then I came across this awesome way to cure your acne naturally and avoid all the nasty side effects, not to mention all the money you have to spend on prescriptions!

Get a lemon, cut it in half, and squeeze it into a small container. You can squeeze it by hand or use a juicer. You can also use lemon juice - just make sure that it is 100% lemon juice.

Add 1 tsp of honey to your lemon juice and mix it up well. There may be pulp in your mixture, but that won't cause any problems.

Wet your face. Sprinkle baking soda on your hands then apply to your face. Rub it onto your face like you would with an exfoliant being careful not to rub to vigorously. Rinse thoroughly.

Apply your lemon and honey mixture onto your face. Rinse your hands well. Leave the mixture on your face for about 3-5 minutes. It will feel a little sticky and may sting just a tiny bit, but this is normal so don't worry!

Rinse your face thoroughly! If there is any residue left over it will cause your face to still feel sticky.


- You can store your lemon and honey mixture in the fridge for future use.

- Make sure to keep the honey and lemon mixture out of your hair. I prefer to wash my face and apply the mixture when I get out of the shower so I can just wrap my hair in a towel to keep it out of my face

Good Luck!

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How to get Rid of Shoe and Foot Odor

Have you ever had to take your shoes off when going over to a friend's house and been embarrassed because of your foot odor? Taken your shoes off at home only to hear everyone complain about how bad they smell? This can be very embarrassing. A lot of foot odor stems from having sweaty feet. This can happen whether you are a man or woman, active or inactive. It can happen to anyone, but you don't have to live this way! Here are some great tips to help you keep your shoes from smelling bad.

Change your socks frequently. Some people need to change their socks a few times a day, but at a minimum be sure to change them daily. Wear cotton socks as they will absorb better.

Make sure to keep your feet clean. Try to wash your feet nightly if you don't already shower daily. Keeping your feet clean and fresh will go a long way toward helping eleminate odors. Be sure to let your feet dry out COMPLETELY before putting shoes, socks, or slippers on again.

Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes. Baking soda neutralizes many different odors and work great on shoe smells. You may want to sprinkle quite a bit in and leave it overnight. Just make sure to tap out the excess before wearing them again.

Never wear wet or damp shoes. These conditions are perfect for growing the stinky fungi that cause the unwanted smells. Always make sure to completely dry out and air out your shoes before wearing them again. If you know that you are going to be somewhere that will be wet, try to wear shoes that can get wet and dry out fast such as flip flops.

If your feet are especially prone to sweating, you may want to consider - as wierd as it sounds - rubbing an antiperspirant on your feet or sprinkling them with baking soda or talcum powder. Also soaking your feet in vinegar has been known to help with sweating and foot odors.

Consider buying shoes with extra ventilation. This will help to keep your feet from sweating as much while airing out your shoes.


You may want to consider consulting a physician if your condition cannot be helped with natural home remedies.

Certain shoes tend to smell more than others when they get wet such as fake leather sandles - so be sure to keep these type of shoes dry!

Be careful how you dry out your shoes. While putting them in the dryer may seem like a good idea, just remember that certain fabrics shrink and you don't want your favorite pair of shoes to shrink!

Never put leather shoes into the dryer!

Hopefully some of these tips will be useful for you and you won't ever have to be embarrassed whenever you take your shoes off again. Just remember that it is a common problem and has nothing to do with who you are!

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

How to turn your Boring Candles into a Fall Masterpiece

This is a very quick and easy craft that can be made just using four different things! You don’t have to be “artsy” to make these either!!! That’s a big plus for me since I don’t have an artistic bone in my body! :)

What you will need…

- A few bright fall leaves
- A pillar candle
- A hairdryer
- Moisturizer

First get your leaves. Maybe you have a tree in your yard with beautiful leaves, but if you don’t, try taking a walk in a park. At this time of year, leaves are pretty easy to find!
Bring them in and rub a little bit of moisturizer on them. This can be any type of lotion that you have on hand. It will just make them a little less brittle and easier to work with while bringing out the color.

Next, use your blow dryer to melt the wax on the outside of the candle.

When the wax is soft, press the leaves that you have gathered into the candle and there you have it!

Your very own fall masterpiece!

Have fun!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Decorating for Fall

It’s that time of year again... School has started, it’s getting colder, and the leaves are just beginning to turn colors. Time to decorate for fall! Here are some easy ways to do this.

Add little splashes of color to a room. Mix bring fall colors such as reds and oranges with neutral toned colors such as greens, tans, and maybe even some blues. Throw pillows, kitchen towels, table cloths and center pieces are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to start.

Bring the outdoors in. Consider using a centerpiece made with various assortments of pumpkins, gourds, pinecones, acorns, or berries.

- Find a rustic pot and fill it with fall flowers. You could even use dried flowers. For an extra artistic touch add a few little twigs throughout them.

- Rustic wooden decorations look amazing in the fall and can easily be made to look “Christmasy” later on.

- Baskets can be decorated with pinecones, acorns, and fall leaves to take on a fall look.

Get cozy!It’s starting to get colder outside so we need to make our houses look warmer and homier. Fuzzy, cuddly, bright fall colored throws and cushions and that pop of color you’re looking for while adding a warm cozy feel to a room.

- Candles can also add that cozy feel to a room. Choose candles that have a warm, fall smell such as apple pie, apple cider, or pumpkin pie.

Check back tomorrow for a great, cheap, super easy craft to turn your boring looking candles into a fall masterpiece!

*Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens*

Friday, September 25, 2009

We Have a Winner!!!!!

Okay, so I am posting this 1 hour early. It has been a LONG day. Well, actually a long week and I am tired. So we cheated just a bit and decided to do this early.
I so enjoyed my friend, Lisa's drawing and seeing her daughter, Sage pull out the name (my name actually) of the vintage glass pitcher. So for this drawing, I enlisted my son, Joshua. Dressed as he typically is, in cowboy gear, he used his cowboy hat to draw the name out of.

As you can see, he really got into this! He has a very serious look on his face :)

And the winner of our first blog drawing is.....


Please contact us with your information and we will get this sent out to you right away!

We hope you enjoyed the fun and please join us again next month for our next drawing!
The time & prize will be announced sometime next month.
~Thanks to all of you for being a part of our blog~

Krisdyn & Jamie

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Our Very First Blog Give-Away!

We are very excited to announce that we are holding our first Blog Give-Away.

Inspired by my buddy, PH (Lisa), Krisdyn and I have decided to host at least one giveaway a month, just as a thank-you for joining our site and reading our blog!

This month we are giving away what you see in the picture.

1 - 1/2 pt. jar of our homemade applebutter

2 kitchen towels

2 pot holders

We will accept entries until Thursday, 9/24/2009 10 p.m. CST. The winner will be announced Friday evening, 9/25/2009 at 10 p.m. Central standard time.
At that time we will need you to contact us with your address so that we can mail your prize to you. You can do this by clicking the "Contact" on the top right under our banner at the top of the blog!

We will be announcing this on drawing Facebook and a few other areas, so expect our number of followers to grow (we hope!).

The only "rules" that we have are that you please post a comment to this post and then we will put your name in the "hat" for the drawing. Also you MUST be a follower of this blog to participate!

*****Please do us a HUGE favor by clicking on our ads and sponsors whenever you think of it. This helps us earn just a bit to keep the ball rolling on here! Thanks!! :) *****
Have fun & Good Luck!!

Krisdyn & Jamie

Friday, September 11, 2009

Baking Powder Biscuits

This recipe is the BEST! Growing up, my dad would make these along with Sausage gravy. It was/is a tradition for him to make these along with the gravy each deer hunting season before we go out. A LOT of memories go along with these.
I hope you enjoy the results!

1/2 cup butter
2 cups flour (I use white, but you can make these wheat as well)
1 Tblsp. sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk

Combine the butter, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut the dry ing. into the butter with a butter knife. Add the milk and mix in until the dry ing. are just wet. Don't over mix.
Roll the dough out to 1/2" thickness on a floured surface. Dip a glass (open end) into flour and use this as your biscuit cutter. You should get a couple dozen biscuits from this recipe.
Place the cut-out biscuits onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 450* for approx. 10-12 min. Watch them close, as you don't want to overbake them either. Remove them when they are lightly browned on the tops!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Are You at High Risk for the H1N1 Swine Flu Virus?

May be you have been wondering if you are one of those at high risk for having complications from the H1N1 Virus. I hadn’t thought about it much until I found out that I was at high risk because of my asthma. What are the other things that can put you at high risk?

Pregnant women – There have been several reported cases of women contracting this while pregnant and losing their babies and even their own lives.

People with medical conditions like asthma, COPD, and who are on or have recently been on a ventilator are at a particularly high risk. The complications from “Swine Flu” can involve respiratory problems and pneumonia.

Other medical conditions such as cardiovascular conditions, liver or kidney problems, diabetes, and weakened or suppressed immune systems can also put you at a higher risk than someone who is completely healthy.

Adults over 65 and children under 2 are thought to have a harder time getting over the flu if they get it.

A tip to remember if your child gets the H1N1 virus is to make sure they are not taking an aspirin based product while they have it. Since et is common to have a fever while fighting the flu children 19 and under would have a higher chance of developing Reye’s Syndrome.

If you are at high risk, there is no reason to worry, it just means you will want to take extra precautions to keep from getting it, which we covered in a previous post.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Tips to Keep from Getting the H1N1 Virus

In the previous post, we covered the topic of the swine flue in great detail, but there's no reason panic. Here are a few steps to keep yourself from getting the swine flu and stay healthy this winter.

Wash your hands as often as possible. Hand sanitizers such as “Germ-x” or “Purell” are also very effective.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth especially when you are out in public because germs can be transferred from your hands to these places.

Avoid being around sick people. Obviously this is not easy to do as you will have to be around sick coworkers. But just try to keep your distance as much as possible.
Do NOT touch surfaces such as doorknobs, railings, etc. The germs can survive anywhere from 2 hours to 8 hours!

After you come home from work or a public place, shower immediately and wash your clothes.

Make sure your eating very healthy! Take vitamin c to boost your immune system. Also, avoid food high in sugars as these can weaken your immune system.

Exercise to improve your overall well-being so that you are stronger to fight this flu off. However, be very cautious how and where you are working out. If you work out at the gym, be especially careful as the many surfaces there are ideal to spread the virus.

These are all great tips to help you stay healthy during this flu season. But even after the H1N1 virus has slowed down, you can still use these tips to keep healthy year round! :)

The Swine Flu - Should you worry???

With the flu season approaching, and apparently starting (as we have all been sick this week), there are some tough decisions placed on us as parents. Do we or do we not vaccinate against the swine flu this year?

I have struggled over this decision for some weeks now and have come to the conclusion that we will NOT vaccinate. In discussing it with my husband, we decided that the factors weigh heavy towards not vaccinating our children.

As with any big decision to become well-informed, I hit the internet. I know, I know...not always a good idea, but there are some great resources on the internet. I specifically like the WebMD site as well as some others. The Mayo Clinic is also a great resource. But the resource I find the most helpful are just other parents like myself. Sharing their thoughts and ideas on such things, on blogs, yahoo groups, etc.
There are so many people who are concerned about this vaccination.

I see that it seems the government is very much for and in favor of the vaccination, but in my research, I found that there are a lot of universities doing independent (government funded) studies with the exact viral strain from this spring and they are not leaning towards the vaccine. In their studies they are saying the complete opposite of what the government is telling us. Their findings are that the strain this fall/winter will not be as harsh as we are being told. That it will NOT "pack the punch" that it had last fall/winter, but will actually be milder. It is showing that it isn't a viral strain that is able to mutate or able to mutate with another flu strain to create a worse one. They also have said that the vaccine itself is more of a worry than the flu, because it has been hurried through so quickly that the studies normally performed on new vaccines have not happened. That's scary! I like what they have found, though. The fact that the flu will not be what we thought it would be and there is nothing to worry about.

According to the CDC, we will have the worst pandemic that we've seen in many years. With 30-90,000 people who will die in the U.S. alone. With 1.8 million people sick and hospitalized with the Swine Flu (H1N1).

Hmmmm....who to believe???? Well, I trust in the Lord, #1. So do not have a fear about this at all, even though I have a son who is "high risk" because of his early (premature by 15 wks.) start in life. He had a lung condition which would put him at high risk with the H1N1 flu. So, I am trusting the Lord in all this. And Secondly, I am having a hard time believing anything the government has to say lately. ((No...not going political here, although I just might sometime. ;) )) I honestly believe that the independent studies that are being conducted by the universities are our best bet and always have been. We've (the nation) always used their information as a basis for issues like this in the past, so why are we not listening now??

Just my opinion. And that is certainly all it is. It was hard to come to the conclusion I did. In one CNN article, I believe it was, the journalist was balking at people who chose not to immunize their children against H1N1 flu and he had the gall to say "Let's just see how she (the person interviewed) feels about the vaccine when her child is lying in the hospital fighting for their life". How cold is that???

I am going to be posting another snippet in the next day or two on how you can help minimize your chances of getting the Swine Flu. Some handy tips I came across that we can use against not only the Swine Flu (H1N1) but just the regular fall flu.
Thanks for listening ;)

p.s. - Picture compliments of my goofy son, Adan. He is actually not sick, just looking a bit that way. lol

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Conquer Your Procrastination - Today!

My little 5 year old brother loves to cut paper into teeny tiny little pieces and scatter them all over the floor so it looks like it “snowed.” One time when he did this, he was asked if he knew that he would have to clean it all up. He looked up and said very seriously, “I might not have to.” He was told that yes, he would and he replied, “Well, I might not have to. Jesus might come back first.”

Procrastination. It is something we all struggle with, coming up will all kinds of excuses for not doing a certain task. Even a little 5 year old doesn’t have to be taught to come up with creative excuses to try to get out of things! I want to talk about a few tips on how to overcome those habits!

Keep your goals realistic. Realize your limits - you can’t do everything in one day. Set long-term goals, then decide on daily tasks that will help you to reach your long term goals in a reasonable amount of time.

Don’t be a perfectionist. This is probably one of my biggest problems! If I don’t have time to do a task all the way, I won’t even start it. I will mess around, keeping very busy with other little jobs. In the end, I get nothing important done and have huge projects that need done with no time to do them. If you don’t have time to finish something right then, still start it and just get as much done as you can! Then finish it later. (And no, don’t put that last little bit off!)

Make a list and set priorities. Don’t even give yourself the chance to procrastinate on an important project! Sit down and write your list and arrange it in order of priority.Tackle some of the bigger things on your list first. If you can see some progress, you will feel better about what you have gotten done and you will be more motivated to get even more done! If you are like me and have a short attention span and get sidetracked easily, it may be a good idea for you to set an alarm reminder for laundry, downloads and backup’s, or whatever projects you are working on that you walk away from and forget.

Reward yourself! After you have reached your goals for the day, take a break and do something fun!

Remember that no matter how well you plan out your day and goals, things will come up that you can’t help. You just have to be honest with yourself on whether this is something you can’t help or if it’s something you are using it as an excuse.Next time you find yourself thinking about putting something off, remember these little tips and jump right in!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Spring Cleaning in August??? You Betcha!

Spring Cleaning Guide

Spring Cleaning

After all of your hard work spring cleaning and organizing
your home, you certainly won’t want to see things back to the way they
were in a matter of weeks. Staying organized takes a little work and is
certainly a learned habit, but for this small amount of daily effort,
you will have a cleaner home and a happier family. Try some of these
tips to help keep your home looking like you just wrapped up your spring
cleaning efforts.

Keep a small basket in each room for things that do not
belong. Get in the habit of checking the basket as you leave the room
for items that might belong in your next destination.

Keep all of your cleaning supplies together, along with
rags, paper towels, scrub brushes, and any other items you may need to
complete any cleaning task. Using a bucket or cleaning supply caddy will
make grabbing the necessary tools a snap when it is time to do your
daily chores.

Sort through your mail each day when it is brought in.
Immediately throw away junk mail, saving only important letters and
advertisements that you are planning to use. Place all the mail in a
designated area and file the bills away after they are paid.

When choosing containers for storage, look for lidded
boxes, bowls, and bags that are clear. When you go looking for an item,
it will be easier to find if you can see into the containers without
opening each and every one.

Every night after dinner, make sure that all the dishes
are cleaned and put away, or at least rinsed and put into the
dishwasher, until there is a full load. Don’t let the dishes get away
from you or you’ll find yourself in the midst of a marathon cleaning

Wipe counters and tables after each meal, knocking the
crumbs to the floor. Sweep up after washing the dishes each night and
use a damp rag to wipe up and spots, splashes, or spills on the floor.

Always make sure the sink looks clean and sparkling. After
washing the dishes, wipe it out well and dry it to prevent water spots.

Set aside a little time each week or on the weekend to do
a more in-depth cleaning. Check the fridge and pantry for expired food,
wipe the stove, cabinets, table, and counters thoroughly, and clean the
floor well. If you have kept up on your daily straightening ritual, you
will be shocked at how quickly the kitchen cleans up.

When you get up the next morning, you will be able to
start your day with a fresh start (without having to worry about
yesterday’s mess!).

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How to Quickly Reduce Pollen Allergies in the Home in 5 Easy Steps

Do you have pollen allergies?? Are you tired, sneezing all the time, & have itchy and watery eyes??

This year has been one of the worst years for pollen allergies in our family. They have been so bad, that I am starting to feel like a prisoner of my own home. All of my children, plus myself , suffer from pollen allergies, so this is a very big issue in our home right now.

With this year being one of the worst years we’ve ever seen, I decided to take aggressive action and have been researching the internet on some quick and inexpensive ways I can help reduce the pollen allergens in our home without having to break the budget. I have listed 5 ways that you can get a jump-start on reducing the allergies in your home and these have ALL been implemented in our home and have actually made a bit of a difference for us all.

Please click on the link below to continue reading my 5 step article on

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Thanks for reading!!

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Friday, June 12, 2009

No Cook Bon-bons

A couple of days ago, my 5 year old son came to me with a book and said "Mom, we HAVE to make some Bon-bons." lol...he has a sweet tooth just like me.
The book that he brought to me was a book that I had as a little girl. It is a well-loved book called The Giants' Farm. Written by Jane Yolen. It's just a real fun book!! And now is one of my sons' favorites.
I thought I'd share the recipe. It's very simple and easy to make.

Stout's Giant No-cook Bon-bons

2 Tbls. Butter
1/8 tsp. Vanilla
10 Tbls. Confectioner's Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
3/4 cup Chopped Nuts (I like to use walnuts)

1. Take butter out of the refrigerator. Let it get soft.

2. Mash the butter with a spoon. Keep mashing it. It will look like whipped cream.

3. Mix the vanilla in one drop at a time.

4. Add the sugar to the butter and vanilla mixture. Add it slowly, one spoonful at a time. Mix and mix and mix some more.

5. Add the chopped nuts a few nuts at a time. Mix and mix some more.

6. Take a large pinch of the mixture with your fingers. Roll it in a ball. Take another, make another. And another. Make twelve balls in all. Put all the bon-bons on a plate that is lined with wax paper.

7. Put the plate with the bon-bons in the refrigerator. Let them get hard.

8. If you want to, you can pour melted sweetened chocolate over these candies. Then they will really be bon-bon. That is French for good-good.

9. Eat!!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tick-tock, Tick-tock...Time's ticking away...

One of my most favorite songs by the late master blues artist, Stevie Ray Vaughan is a song that he and his brother Jimmie did together called "Tick Tock".

Here are the lyrics:

One night while sleeping in my bed
I had a beautiful dream
That all the people of the world got together
On the same wavelength
And began helping one another
Now in this dream universal love was the theme of the day
Peace and understanding and it happened this way

The Sick, the hungry, had smiles on their faces
The tired and the homeless had family all around
The streets and the cities were all beautiful places
And the walls came tumblin' down

People of the world all had it together
Had it together for the boys and the girls
And the children of the world look forwad to a future

Tick tock, tick tock, tock tock people
Time's tickin' away
Remember that
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock peple
Time's tickin' away

I had a vision of blue skies from sea to shining sea
All the trees in the forest stood strong and tall again
Everything was clean and pretty and safe for you and me
The worst of enemies became the best of friends

People of the world all had it together
Had it together for the boys and the girls
And the children of the world look forwad to a future

Tick tock, tick tock, tock tock people
Time's tickin' away
Remember that
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock peple
Time's tickin' away

Remember that, remember that
Remember that, remember that

People of the world all had it together
Had it together for the boys and the girls
And the children of the world look forwad to a future

Tick tock, tick tock, tock tock people
Time's tickin' away
Remember that
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock peple
Time's tickin' away

As I was working in my garden yesterday, I was singing this song in my head. When I think of the words that are expressed in this song, it makes me wonder how far we have gotten away from this. How people battle against one another. Countries against countries, neighbors against neighbors, friends against friends, and even family against family.

I think a lot of times we lose sight as to what is truly important in our lives. We tend to get focused on our own agendas and what WE want, rather than trying to meet the needs of others. Lashing out at those around us if they aren't seeing "our way".

Recently I made a "foot in mouth" comment to a friend. All because I read what she wrote wrong. I lashed out, rather harshly and afterwards when I found out that I had misread her post entirely, I had to eat humble pie. Thankfully she had a kind enough heart to forgive me after I sought her forgiveness. How easily we jump to conclusions and in turn that leads to "fighting and contention".

I'm going to try my darndest to keep my foot out of my mouth today and in the future and sow peace, rather than scattering seeds of discord with those around me.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tip for the day - How to Rid Yourself of **Hiccups**

Nothing is more annoying than the hiccups. Have you ever been sitting in the middle of church, your kids' concert at school, etc. and the dreaded hiccups start in??
What do you do?
You hold your breath. Nope, doesn't work.
You ask someone to scare you. Nah, this doesn't work either.
What are some other things you try?
Nothing, I mean NOTHING works better than one teaspoon of good ol' mustard. Yep! You got it. Straight from the fridge!
I found this remedy years ago when my girls were little. Thankfully they like mustard, well for the most part! lol
But it works!!!! Try it. :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My Personal Bread Recipe

This is a recipe for a Basic Bread, created by ME! :)
You can modify it as needed.

3 cups All-Purpose Flour (For wheat add 1 cup wheat and 2 cups white)
1 1/2 Tbls. Sugar (or honey as a substitute)
1/2 Tbls. Salt
2 Tbls. Vegetable Oil (or Olive Oil as a substitute)
1 package Yeast (or 3 tsp.)
1 1/4 cups water (cool)

This recipe makes 1 loaf.
Let rise once in the mixing bowl. It usually takes about 1 hour. Punch down and then roll out and place into greased pan. Let rise again for approx. 30 min. to 1 hour.
Bake in oven at 425* for 25-30 minutes.


This blog is dedicated to those who wish to live a very simple life.
In this blog, we would like to share all the tips, hints and such that we have so that YOU can live the simple life too!We hope that you will enjoy this blog as much as we will enjoy sharing the knowledge we’ve learned over the years.
We are a mother/daughter team! Both stay-at-home wives.
Jamie, is a mom to 4 children, all of whom she home schools and wife to Gary since 1987. Jamie also runs her own successful online Baby Boutique business on eBay since 2002 and is a sculptor with her works reproduced by a company. Her work can be seen at
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