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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Family Updates:)

FIrst and for-most, I am 20 weeks pregnant today. Just one more week till I find out whether we're planning for a little boy or girl. That is, if he/she cooperates:) Still lots and lots of movement which is a good consolation.

Jonathan is trying to go through terrible's again. Don't think so buddy. We're nipping it in the bud again so as to not have a seriously out of control little dude like my daughter was when she was younger. Other than that, he does pretty well with the chores he has and is getting better all the time. Tonight, while daddy was helping Lyshie, I got out the new little dry erase board we bought for Jonathan at the homeschool convention. He loved that he got to work on his own board while sister and dad worked on the other one. Talk about a sense of pride - in a good way. I can see him learning to write his number very soon while watching sister.

Lyshie is growing up into a young lady. It's a slow and painful process for all. lol! There's a part of her that wants to be all grown up, but a part that is still such a little girl. I'm so glad we have her here at home instead of sending her to an educational institution. I fear we may have lost her already had we. She's learning how to prepare and cook easy meals which is where I think we should start. It's so much easier to get excited about something if you start out easy and get great results. She's learning the love of easy one dish oven meals and crockpot meals. I'm loving having her in the kitchen more and more. It's getting to be much more of a joy! Before, she would complain about the heat of the oven, or having to stand in one place and stir. I suppose part of it is getting better simply because of her getting older.

Matthew is still with GM and we'll find out the week of the 20th what their plans are for him. Please continue to pray.

I probably had the worst day I've had in years yesterday. My hormones must have been way off and it was just horrible. Praise God he's so good and today was a new and wonderful day. WE're doing well getting through school and are looking towards the end very soon for the school year. It's amazing how time flies and just how much children can learn if exposed to the proper materials. It does my heart good to see my children excelling. I still can't believe this is what God has for me. I would have never even gave homeschooling a second chance before I had children or even the first 3-4 years of my daughters life.

On another note, I'm also finally starting to meal plan again. I'm feeling not as queasy on and off which makes cooking much easier. Yeah! Tonight was mexican, tomorrow is italian and friday is chinese. Woot!

Well, that's all for now. I'll probably not post again till next Wednesday when we find out the gender and health of Baby Kaake:)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Salvation Army Deals

While on the way to the mall for my son's b-day, we stopped in at the Salvation Army. For $13 and change, here is what we came home with....

4 pair of shorts for my son - brand name and like new.
1 short sleeved shirt for my son
1 sleeveless shirt for my son
Renaissance style dress for my dd - like new for dress up
New package of bamboo handles for my dd to make a purse.
The Elves and the Shoemaker book and cassette tape

We're now almost done with his summer clothing and this helped tremendously. Yeah! I have learned over the past year that if we don't need it, I'm not going to buy it. We've had too much stuff just sitting around getting used. Granted, it was all resale items, however, it just took up way too much room. So while it may be pretty, if I don't need it, it's not coming in my house;).

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Jon's birthday:)

We had a lovely day despite daddy being gone. I didn't want my little Jon's birthday just passing by. It was such a very nice day here and got over 70 degrees! We went out around 11:30 to DQ for my son's birthday meal where we were able to eat outside. You'll see in the pix that I let them eat dessert FIRST since it was a birthday. This NEVER happens in our house.

Next we went to Salvation Army and got some great goodies which I'll post here soon.

On to the mall where they had the cutest play area for Jon to play in. He had so much fun. He played on the slide at least 90 percent of the time.

Next we went to Target to find him some sandals which we didn't find but we did find Lyshie some Easter sandals.

Last but not least, we went to the library. Jon loves all the Veggie Tales movies they have there. There he was able to get a movie he wanted to see and it was a free rental. Yeah!

It's so hard to think that our son is already 3 years old. He is everything we could ask for in a little man. Here's to 3 amazing years with little Jon:)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Baby Kaake 4 1/2 month in utero pix...

Just thought I'd give some updated baby bump pix;)

Some updates to this site...

I have taken the time to merge my natural living information and homeschooling information into this blog. It seemed silly to have them in different places since they all are a part of our lives and how we live. So, you'll be finding many more posts on this blog from now on. Enjoy!

Cleaning Recipes/How Safe Are Your Cleaning Products

When you become a parent you walk down all the “child safety” aisles in the stores. What do most parents pickup? I did a study on a forum I’m on and here’s what the “numbers” show as of 5:12 p.m. today.

75% of mama’s use cabinet latches. This is the most popular used safety feature in these homes. Wouldn’t it be much more safe to make sure what you have in your home is safe to your child if they accidentally get into your cupboard?

Our family chooses to use a training program coupled with safe household products. We’ll get into “training” another time. For now let’s focus on the safe household products and a few statistics.

Each year, over 1 million children are accidentally poisoned in their homes. 250,000 of these victims are hospitalized. 3,000 of which end up in intensive care. Dozens more actually die. Thousands of children and adults permanent problems and injuries through contact with chemicals in the home, each year.

Ok stay at home moms, this ones for you. Breast Cancer is the number one killer in women between the ages of 35-54. The biggest group of women have one thing in common. They are stay-at-home moms. Why is this?

Cancer is also the number one cause of death for children. Do you really want to know why? The big reason why we are seeing such HUGE losses to cancer is because our homes contain several cancer causing (carcinogen) agents. Guess what they come in the form of? Your every day household cleaning products. My family always said “it seems like it’s in the water” when they would hear of another person who found out they had cancer. Well, they were close. Great Health and Wellness has tons of information on specific cleaning products to steer clear of. Also, check out the Breast Cancer Fund site as well as Slo County Moms for more information and statistics. Below is a list I have acquired from online. You can get more information from them at the Consumer Law Page. This is not me being wacky, this is plain and simple statistics.

By Richard Alexander

AIR FRESHENERS: Most air fresheners interfere with your ability to smell by coating your nasal passages with an oil film, or by releasing a nerve deadening agent. Known toxic chemicals found in an air freshener: Formaldehyde: Highly toxic, known carcinogen. Phenol: When phenol touches your skin it can cause it to swell, burn, peel, and break out in hives. Can cause cold sweats,convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma and even death.

AMMONIA: It is a very volatile chemical, it is very damaging to your eyes, respiratory tract and skin.

BLEACH: It is a strong corrosive. It will irritate or burn the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. It may cause pulmonary edema or vomiting and coma if ingested. WARNING: never mix bleach with ammonia it may cause fumes which can be DEADLY.

CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY SHAMPOO: Most formulas are designed to over power the stain itself, they accomplish the task but not without using highly toxic substances. Some include: Perchlorethylene: Known carcinogen damages liver, kidney and nervous system damage. Ammonium Hydroxide: Corrosive, extremely irritable to eyes, skin and respiratory passages.

DISHWASHER DETERGENTS: Most products contain chlorine in a dry form that is highly concentrated.# 1 cause of child poisonings, according to poison control centers.

DRAIN CLEANER: Most drain cleaners contain lye, hydrochloric acid or trichloroethane. Lye: Caustic, burns skin and eyes, if ingested will damage esophagus and stomach. Hydrochloric acid: Corrosive, eye and skin irritant, damages kidneys, liver and digestive tract. Trichloroethane: Eye and skin irritant, nervous system depressant; damages liver and kidneys.

FURNITURE POLISH: Petroleum Distillates: Highly flammable, can cause skin and lung cancer. Phenol: (see Air fresheners, Phenol.) Nitrobenzene: Easily absorbed through the skin, extremely toxic.

MOLD AND MILDEW CLEANERS: Chemicals contained are: Sodium hypochlorite: Corrosive, irritates or burns skin and eyes, causes fluid in the lungs which can lead to coma or death. Formaldehyde: Highly toxic, known carcinogen. Irritant to eyes, nose, throat, and skin. May cause nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness, memory loss and shortness of breath.

OVEN CLEANER: Sodium Hydroxide (Lye): Caustic, strong irritant, burns to both skin and eyes. Inhibits reflexes, will cause severe tissue damage if swallowed.

ANTIBACTERIAL CLEANERS: may contain: Triclosan: Absorption through the skin can be tied to liver damage.

LAUNDRY ROOM PRODUCTS: Sodium or calcium hypocrite: Highly corrosive, irritates or burns skin, eyes or respiratory tract. Linear alkylate sulfonate: Absorbed through the skin. Known liver damaging agent. Sodium Tripolyphosphate: Irritates skin and mucous membranes, causes vomiting. Easily absorbed through the skin from clothes.

TOILET BOWL CLEANERS: Hydrochloric acid: Highly corrosive, irritant to both skin and eyes. Damages kidneys and liver. Hypochlorite Bleach: Corrosive, irritates or burns eyes, skin and respiratory tract. May cause pulmonary edema, vomiting or coma if ingested. Contact with other chemicals may cause chlorine fumes which may be fatal.

If you’ve read down this far, I congratulate you on caring about your families health enough to start thinking about making a change. So, the question you may now be asking is “well now what do we do?”. You have a couple of options.

1. Find a reputable company with SAFE cleaning products that you can purchase at a reasonable price.


2. You can make your own cleaning products with very inexpensive products you may already have in your home.

We use a combination of Seventh Generation and Trader Joes products along with lots of white distilled vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice.. Contact me for more info. Below you will find cleaning recipes!!!

All Purpose Cleaner
This works good for cleaning the table and counters, washing windows, mopping the floor, cleaning the toilet, etc...

White distilled vinegar

1. Mix 1/2 part vinegar to one part water in spray bottle.
2. As an added boost, add in essential oils of lavender, tea tree, rosemary or citrus.


Carpet Freshener

Corn Starch
Essential oils if you'd like it smelling good.

1.Fill sugar shaker bottle with cornstarch. If you're using essential oils, sprinkle a few drops in and shake well till mixed.
2.Sprinkle cornstarch on carpet and let sit for 15-20 minutes then vacuum.


Carpet Stain Remover
I've combined a couple things I saw online and changed some ratios. This actually got 4 year old stains off my carpet! Yippee!!!

Very warm water
All purpose cleaner with lavendar essential oil

1. Use 3oz very warm water and 2 oz shampoo.
2. Place in spray bottle and swirl till combined.
3. Spray the shampoo mixture on carpet stains - not too much or it will be almost impossible to clean up. Let sit for 3 minutes (this is important).
4. Scrub with a nice scrubbing brush, then spray with all purpose cleaner.
5. Scrub again and then use a dry cloth to wipe away an excess soap/water.
You may need to spray a couple more times with the all purpose cleaner to get the soap suds out. Just keep working it with a dry cloth

Carpet Stain Remover #2 for stubborn stains

Please remember to do a spot test for this. This of course will work well on white or cream colored carpets. I would not try it on anything dark unless you do it in an out of the way area. Give it at least 24 hours to see full results before moving to a bigger spot on the carpet.


Pour peroxide directly on stain and blot or rub out. I used this on grape juice and it was the ONLY thing that worked.

Dishwasher Cleaner
This is best done once a month as a maintenance. However, I used my dishwasher for at least a year before I did this. It worked great!

White distilled vinegar

1.Get a 1 cup measure and fill with vinegar.
2.Place on bottom rack of dishwasher and run a hot, long cycle.


Drain Cleaner

Baking Soda

1. Dump 1/2 cup baking soda down drain.
2. Pour 1/2 cup vinegar down after baking soda.

This will clear most drains by itself. I had a very horribly bad clog in our sink. I waited till things started bubbling up into the sink and skimmed them out. I kept repeating pouring down baking soda, then vinegar and skimming things out till it stopped working - then I took a plunger and with 3 good plunges, my drain ran free.


Furniture Polish
I have yet to use this one - I'm just waiting for mine to run out.

1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup lemon juice

1. Put into glass jar with mister sprayer - you can find these at health food stores.
2. Shake well to incorporate.


Laundry Detergent

1 bar fells naptha or castile soap grated
2 cup borax
2 cup washing soda

1. Mix together and keep in closed container.
2. Use one tablespoon per load.
This makes over 150 loads for around $4-5


Metal Cleaner
I have not used these but found it online here. Let me know if any work for you:)

*Aluminum: using a soft cloth, clean with a solution of cream of tartar and water.
*Brass or bronze: polish with a soft cloth dipped in lemon and baking-soda solution, or vinegar and salt solution.
*Chrome: polish with baby oil, vinegar, aluminum foil shiny side out.
*Copper: soak a cotton rag in a pot of boiling water with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 cup white vinegar. Apply to copper while hot; let cool, then wipe clean. For tougher jobs, sprinkle baking soda or lemon juice on a soft cloth, then wipe. For copper cookware, sprinkle a lemon wedge with salt, then scrub.
*Gold: clean with toothpaste, or a paste of salt, vinegar, and flour.
*Silver: line a pan with aluminum foil and fill with water; add a teaspoon each of baking soda and salt. Bring to a boil and immerse silver. Polish with soft cloth.
*Stainless steel: clean with a cloth dampened with undiluted white vinegar, or olive oil. For stainless cookware, mix 4 tbs baking soda in 1 qt water, and apply using a soft cloth. Wipe dry using a clean cloth.


Mold and Mildew Cleaner
White distilled vinegar
Essential oils - Lavender or tea tree are best

1. Put vinegar full strength in a spray bottle.
2. Add several drops of essential oil and swirl bottle together.
3. Use full strength on affected area. There is no need to rinse.


Soft Scrub 1
Baking Soda

1.Sprinkle area with baking soda and moisten with water or your vinegar/water solution.


Soft Scrub 2
1/2 cup Baking Soda
Liquid dish soap

1. Pour baking soda in bowl.
2. Squeeze enough dish soap in to make a paste and stir.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sewing again for my daughter - skirts.

I do not yet have pictures but below are a couple patterns I have used for my daughter in the past and plan to again;) I get a lot of fabric for $1.00 per yard at Walmart.

Elastic Waist Skirt

Peasant Skirt - This is my daughter's favorite because she can still run in them and not feel like they are stiff around her legs.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A day of cleaning and singing!

What a fun day. We've decided to take a day off and clean, clean, clean. We've been cleaning out like crazy! If we haven't used it for at least a year, it's going. That of course does not count baby items that we'll need soon. Not too long ago I ordered my sons birthday gift from amazon. Along with it I purchased the Cedarmont Kids Action Bible Songs Cd. We got the shipment today and opened up the cd right away. We've been singing and singing like crazy. Both the children love learning new songs. It does my heart good to hear them singing songs about the Lord. It's very precious!

Here is a list of songs on this cd. I purchased it for only $3.98.

1. Onward, Christian Soldiers
2. Rise And Shine (Arky, Arky)
3. Zacchaeus
4. Father Abraham
5. I'm In The Lord's Army
6. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
7. His Banner Over Me Is Love
8. Jesus Bids Us Shine
9. O Be Careful Little Eyes
10. Happy All The Time
11. Jesus Loves The Little Ones
12. Isn't He Wonderful
13. One Door And Only One
14. Behold, Behold
15. If You're Happy
16. This Little Light Of Mine
17. Climb,Climb Up Sunshine Mountain

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Baby Kaake Update - Progesterone...

This is probably my most exciting announcement aside from announcing I'm pg and soon finding out what I'm having. I had a lab done to see if my progest levels were going up after I had stopped taking the progesterone supplements for a week and they did! I'm so super excited. My body is now doing what it's supposed to be doing and baby Kaake is doing just fine. Apparently you're not supposed to feel movement every day but I sure do with this one. Several times every day and sometimes so hard it makes me totally stop what I'm doing out of shock. This little one is going to be a bruiser. lol

I also looked at my ticker and did a double take when I realized that I'll be 17 weeks tomorrow! It doesn't at all seem possible. Sometimes it feels like time is flying and others it seems like it's just slowly keeping on.

Anyway, so here's to celebrating baby Kaake being just fine. I'm still in shock and awe. God is awesome!