I begin my journey into soap making almost 2 years ago. It all started when I read this post and began to understand how easy and cost-effective making my own really is! I am by no means a soap making expert. I usually stick to pretty basic recipes and I haven’t experimented much with scents or creative designs. Hot processed soap is the way to go for me. Cold processed takes a long time to cure and I’m just to impatient for that! Determine Your Method There are so many recipes and soap-making methods out there. I would also recommend borrowing a few of these books from the library if you really find yourself wanting to know more: Handcrafted Soap by Dolores BooneThe Soapmaker’s Companion by Susan Miller CavitchThe Natural Soap Book by Susan Miller Cavitch Why shampoo bar soap and not just baking soda? What a great question! I have long hair and I was so frustrated. I really didn’t want to be dependent on store-bought shampoo! So I set out to create a solution! Gather The Supplies Alright! Lye
Conditioning Herbal Vinegar Hair RinseA few months ago I shared with you my love for washing my hair with homemade shampoo bars! Today I want to follow up that post with my conditioning herbal vinegar rinse in order to round out my family’s natural hair care routine and hopfully give you a little inspiration. Click this link to see my handmade shampoo bars… Simply put…we use vinegar and herbs to condition our hair. Using vinegar as part of your natural hair care routine will restore it’s natural shine and leave the hair follicle full of life! Vinegar also acts to improve circulation in the smallest capillaries of the bloodstream — this helps bring the blood supply, along with all of the nutrients and oxygen, to the scalp. Rosemary is an excellent hair cleanser and stimulates hair growth. The Recipe Directions: 1. 2. 4. 6. 8. How to use this Conditioning Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinse After shampooing and rinsing your hair, spray the herbal rinse on your hair and massage into your scalp.Avoid the eyes! Notes -Variations include:
Create a Pebble MosaicMix mortar in batches Mortar, rather than concrete, must be used in mosaics. There’s sand in the mixture but no gravel, so it’s smoother than concrete and adheres well to the stones. To install a mosaic I work with small batches of mortar one bag at a time, covering a 3- or 4-square-foot area. Being organized is important because I have to work quickly. To prepare the mortar, I use a wheelbarrow and a hose with a spray nozzle. When a batch of mortar is the consistency of stiff pudding, I pour it on the layer of compacted gravel. I pay a lot of attention to how the stones fit together. After I've embedded rocks into an area of wet mortar that's begun to set, I place a piece of 1/2-inch-thick contractor's-grade plywood over my work and step on it to press the pebbles to a level even with the top of the form (slideshow photo #8). The slower the mortar cures, the stronger it will be.
How to Grow Cucumbers cucumber trellis – My Raised Bed Vegetable GardenI LOVE Burpee’s Seeds! Burpee offers the greatest selection of vegetable varieties. Have fun exploring their web site. This compost tumbler is affordable and easy to use. drugstore.com Order Biota Max at www.biotamax.com Put my name (Marian) in the referral box so they know I sent you! I love this sprinkler and these tomato cages.
51 Fantastic Uses for Baking SodaI don’t mean to sound seditious here, but I have a rebellious plan to combat the ills that many corporations are perpetrating in the name of fighting grime and germs. My main gripe is about the environmental pollutants from cleaning and personal care products that we wash down our drains and into our water systems, resulting in situations like the chemical triclosan (a pesticide added to many products as an antibacterial agent) being found in dolphins. So the simple plan is to encourage everyone to use baking soda in any of these 51 applications. Baking soda also makes a perfect stand-in for many personal care products, which are adding their own twist to the toxic tangle of pollutants and personal health (mainly in the form of synthetic fragrance (and it’s almost all synthetic), sodium laurel sulfate, and parabens). So exactly how does baking soda fit into my scheme to make the world a better place? Personal Care 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Cleaning Love This? 13. 14. 15. 16.
BlogFrom ancient times there has been a weekly portion (Parashah) from the first five books of Moses (the Torah) and an ending (Haftarah) from the Prophets read on the Sabbath in synagogues around the world. This portion is given a Hebrew name drawn from the opening words of the Torah passage. An illustration of this practice appears to have been recorded in Luke 4:16 where Yeshua (Jesus) arrived in the synagogue in Nazareth and was asked to read the portion (Isaiah 61) from the Prophets. We have found that in perusing these weekly readings, not only are we provided opportunity to identify in the context of God’s Word with millions of Jewish people around the world, but very often the Holy Spirit will illumine specific passages pertinent that week in our intercession for the Land and people of Israel. The readings for this week are called B’Shalach— “In the sending away” (by Pharaoh of the people) TORAH: Exodus 13:17—17:16 HAFTARAH: Judges 4:4—5:31 *Exodus 13:18b. *Exodus 13:21-22; 14:19-20.
The meaning of "Shalom"Most know that the Hebrew word shalom is understood around the world to mean "peace." However, "peace" is only one small part of the meaning. "Shalom" is used to both greet people and to bid them farewell, and it means much more than "peace, hello or goodbye".... Hebrew words go beyond their spoken pronunciation. Each Hebrew word conveys feeling, intent and emotion. According to Strong's Concordance 7965 Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Of course, there is only one way to find TRUE shalom - and that is in the Word of YHWH. If you'll recall, Yeshua is called Sar shalom, Prince of Peace, which perfectly describes the ministry and personality of our Messiah (Isaiah 9:6). Luke 2: 8. In other words, the word shalom is a mighty blessing on several levels! Proverbs 18:21 tells us there is life or death in the power of the tongue.
Win Free Garden Seeds - Small Footprint Family0StumbleUpon Oooooh, I’m so excited and I think you will be too! Our first giveaway of 2012 is sponsored by Clear Creek Heirloom Seeds! Would you like to win free, heirloom garden seeds? Winner will be announced Monday, February 13, 2012. January and February are the months when most gardeners in the U.S. are planning their gardens, starting seeds indoors, and getting ready for the spring growing season to begin. But these aren’t just any, run-of-the-mill garden seeds from any old seed company. Clear Creek Seeds specializes in Heirloom, Non-GMO and Open-Pollinated (non-hybrid, saveable) vegetable and herb seeds. Clear Creek is also family owned and operated, and Becki over there is a dear person who is deeply concerned about GMOs contaminating our food supply. Their seed packages contain large quantities of pure seeds compared to other companies, and are priced very reasonably at $1.95 each. Signing up for my mailing list is all you have to do, either below, or at the top of the sidebar.
Peaceful VignetteDo not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been, but also where you are going. from "Peace", author unknown Happy New Year. Relaxing a bit since Christmas week, and taking a stroll down memory lane with my 2011 reviews, allowed me to focus on why I started blogging. Do you know what these are? I didn't think about what their original function was when I purchased them, but they are vintage graters. I knew right away what I wanted to do with them though. Look at the really cool shadows they create. I have a piece of foil protecting the base. They now reside on the desk next to my front door. Even more so in the dark. I'll be back with redesigns, finds, tutorials, and more.
Master Tonic 101Also check out Whole Food Probiotics 101! LOVE the "Master Tonic" recipe? Pin it on Pinterest! Master Tonic looks like it cures everything and is easy to make and have on hand. [I did not peel my garlic this time --- MUCH EASIER!!] (photo credit: Simi Amiet) Master Tonic Ingredients 1 part fresh chopped garlic cloves (antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitical) 1 part fresh chopped white onions, or the hottest onions available (similar properties to garlic) 1 part fresh grated ginger root (increases circulation to the extremities) 1 part fresh grated horseradish root (increases blood flow to the head) 1 part fresh chopped Cayenne peppers, Jalapenos, Serranos, Habeneros, African bird peppers....any combination of the hottest peppers available Preparation · Fill a glass jar 3/4 of the way full with equal parts of the fresh chopped or grated ingredients. · Close and shake vigorously and then top off the vinegar if necessary. · Shake the tonic daily a couple of times. I was brave. P.S.