Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rash Cream {homemade}

This past weekend I finally got around to making a fresh batch of rash cream before baby Aspen arrives. I've been meaning to get this done for about month now since we were running low, but when the jar was finally empty, I didn't have a choice. :) 

We use this cream on baby bums and also on rashes/owies. It works great to heal diaper rash, scrapes, burns and we've started using it on the rash Parker developed on his thighs. 
I am still trying to figure out what did, or is, causing the rash on Parker but my thought is maybe from the chlorine pool at school. At preschool they have swimming lessons once a week, and the rash started developing about a month or two ago. It is very dry, red patches, and only on his thighs (where his swim trunks would be). After regular lotion didn't work to clear up the dryness, I decided to try our rash cream... On the rash (genius, I tell you!) The rash is slowly going away, so between the cream, and the fact that they haven't had swimming lessons at school for a couple weeks, we have hope! YAY!!!

If you want to try making this cream at home here is what you will need:
>beeswax 
>Shea butter
>coconut oil
>lavender essential oil (optional)
>tea tree oil (optional) 

I was lucky this summer at the farmers market and picked up a few chunks beeswax! I used about half of one of these chunks (about 1-2 Tbs I'm guessing) 

Parker helped scoop about 2 Tbs of coconut oil into a glass bowl. 

We also used about 2 Tbs of raw Shea butter. I ordered this from Amazon awhile back. It is great for creams and lotions! 

While the beeswax started melting in a double boiler, we got the oil and butter mixed up together and ready to pour into the double boiler. 

The oil and butter melts pretty fast, the beeswax will take a little while. 

After everything was melted together I gave it a stir and set aside to cool and solidify. 

I forgot to snap a photo of the cream in solid form, but after it sets I like to whip it with the blender to give us a fluffy texture and make it easier to scoop a little out of the jar. After it's whipped is when I like to add a couple drops of lavender oil and couple drops tea tree. I just refill the same 4oz mason jar every time! 

Of course I made sure to label it appropriately so nobody thought it was something tasty. ;) 

I am hoping to get some more things made up before our baby girl gets here, but we shall see! 


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday!


It's Thursday again!! We are also officially 2 weeks and one day away from our scheduled cesarean date to meet our little princess! Woohoo!!! 
Well... since it is that time again, I will share the 5 things I am most thankful for this week! 

1-  My husband! He is such a rock for us! He can always stand strong when I am weak, and be my encouragement as a mother. When I am worn out at the end of the day and two little boys are still wanting to go-go-go, my hubby notices and uses that time to get himself some extra play time with them. Even though he has also worked all day, he can be strong and "take one for the team". 

2-  Cold cereal. Pregnant momma life saver. We usually don't eat much cold cereal but at this stage in the game, it's my backup... Even for supper ;) (sorry to those of you who still think that I am Betty Crocker) 

3-  Prenatal Vitamins from New Chapter. This is my first pregnancy using this brand and I am sure Baby Aspen is getting all the vitamins she needs... My hair and skin have been the best out of all three pregnancies! 

4-  Our first snow! It didn't stick but it still lit a little spark of joy in my soul! 

5-  Amazon Prime. I usually like to support small and/or local shops, especially around the holidays but THIS momma's Christmas shopping is just about done, thanks to free shipping! I did order some handmade items so I was still able to make some purchases from small businesses this year. 



Sunday, November 8, 2015

Thankful Thursday



The top five things that I am thankful for this week...

1-  Fresh flowers. I bought a beautiful bouquet at Wal-Mart this week for only $10. It wasn't really in the budget but I have made worse decisions regarding our budget before...

2- Warm Food. Since temps are starting to drop it is so fulfilling to come in from the chilly weather and eat a warm meal! 

3-  Beautiful fall colors. God paints the most amazing scenery. 

4-  Essential oils. We have been on our oily journey for awhile now, and I am so thankful that I made the decision to give them a try! 

5-  Girls Night Out. Seriously. It is happening tonight, with my sister, and I don't have any kiddos tagging along... unless you count the babe in my belly, in which case I don't mind! We are going to get some supper and then head to see Anita Renfroe in Lincoln. I can't wait! She is hilarious and her heart belongs to Jesus, yep, my kinda girl!




Friday, November 6, 2015

Thankful... Friday! :)

       

I seriously intended to get this post up yesterday but I just can't seem to keep my head together these days. I also forgot about a chiropractor appointment that I scheduled for the boys the day before yesterday! I'm usually not this bad, it's pregnancy brain I tell ya!! :) We have been busy lately and will only get busier this month so I hope I don't start losing my head or anything. With chiropractor appointments, OB appointments, cattle, Noah's sick AGAIN (poor guy can't catch a break) and just life! :) 

But even though our life seems a little chaotic at the moment, I wanted to pop in here once a week and share what I am thankful for during the month of November! 

So here it goes, my top 5 for the week! 

1-  Towels!!!  Honestly, they have been a lifesaver around here lately! Noah has been coughing so much that he vomits, Parker has been getting his own glass of water and there is always a little spilled on the floor, and when I get up in the middle of the night to get Noah some water to help his throat... I always spill... So TOWELS!! 

2-  Washing Machine. All those towels and vomit covered clothes and bedding have to be washed somewhere. And I can do it all, in my home, without loading them up to take to somebody else's house or a laundry-mat! 

3-  Coffee. It just keeps me going, enough said. 

4-  Paper plates. I usually hate them, truly, it had been years since we used paper plates in our house-- they are a waste of money. UNLESS I'm pregnant with number three, working Monday through Thursday outside the home (besides this week since Noah is sick), have evening chores to do, and just can't muster up enough energy to do 8,000 dishes every night. 

5-  Grace. So thankful for Gods grace, without it I would certainly be a bigger wreck than I already am. Even though I fail at many things DAILY, I am given grace from my ONE TRUE KING. P.S. He must really love me ;)