Thursday, October 23, 2014

Soaping again

Another beautiful thing happens when the air begins to chill. I feel the need to fluff my nest. The need to put a little more useful things by. The desire to create a haven. 
Soaping is part of that. 
The first two pictures show my Holiday Spice Soap
It has turned out so nicely and I will look forward to using this and gifting it as well. 
Here's my recipe.
Btw, if you are new to Soap Making, I have a Soap Making 101 tutorial that will take you STEP-BY-STEP through the process. My friend Ashlee taught me, I teach you and we all win! Right? 

Holiday Spice Soap
12 oz olive oil
12 oz coconut oil
7.5 oz shea butter
6 oz canola oil
5 oz cocoa butter
3.5 oz corn oil
2 oz castor oil

6.5 oz lye
16 oz cold water

1 T cinnamon
1 T cloves
1 T cocoa

.25 oz Rosemary Essential Oil
.5 oz Orange Essential Oil
.5 oz Clove Essential Oil

At trace add your Essential Oils and then bring back to trace. Ladle half the batch into your pan and then mix spices into the remainder of the batch and ladle on top. You can use a butter knife to make swirls or figure 8's through your mixture.
Allow to cure 6 weeks before use.


Oatmeal and Honey Soap
1 oz beeswax
2 lb lard
6 oz olive oil
4 oz coconut oil
2 oz cocoa butter

16 oz cold water
6 oz lye

1 T. Honey
1/2 cup pulverized oats
1 T scent (I used an oatmeal and honey scent from Brambleberry)

At trace add honey, oats, and scent


I really love the flecks of oatmeal in this one. It will be a nice, mild, facial cleansing soap.

Happy Soaping!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Emergency Candles: Do it Yourself

As we begin to enter the cooling off of the year and realizing there are times when we could use extra candles, I found an idea through Pinterest that I was determined to replicate!
You only need a few items and you are set!
I've made links for them throughout the post in case you are interested in ordering any of them. I plan on ordering more wax soon! 

First you will need these candle wicks. You are only using 12, so you will have plenty extra for other projects or for another set or two of these emergency candles!
Every time I hear half-pint, I think of Little House... don't you?

You will need a dozen half-pint jars. You can buy these or you can use some you have or you could even look around for them at yard sales and thrift stores. No matter how many jars I have, if I see some in good shape at a thrift store... they go in my buggy. I use them for EVERYTHING! 
Not. Even. Kidding.

You will also need wax. I bought this, the wax is a 5 lb bag of Soy Wax, found here.
It's inexpensive and melts and pours super easy.
Begin pouring your wax in. It took the whole bag for my 12 candles. I poured in half and then started my double boiler.

I have a candle wax pitcher, but you could use a #10 can with a little squeeze on one side so you could use it to pour. Or an old pot. Whatever you can fit into another pot with hot water, sorta the double-boiler method to melt down your wax.

While your wax is melting down, take your jars, the wicks and your glue gun and pat a bit of hot glue on the anchor of the candle wick. Stick it to the center (or close to the middle) of the jar and proceed for all 12.

If it is not perfectly centered, do not fret. It's fine.
Take your melted wax and pour into your candle jars.

Once poured, get a bit of aluminum foil and tear it into a small square. Make a small opening in the center and slip your wick right through. This will help the wick stand up straight while the wax cools.

If your kitchen is cool, like mine... you will see the translucent wax become opaque. 

Once completely solid, pull off your foil and snip your wick.

Done and Done!
The great thing about these is that you have a basic candle, not a fru-fru, smelly one, but one that will burn for 40-50 hours! This is great! If you burn it around 4 hours at a time, your candle could last about 10 days! Not bad for the very small amount you paid for this little jewel!
Total Price:
Soy Wax- $14.69
Candle Wicks- $8.69
Jars (if purchased and really depending on WHERE you purchased, I'm going to estimate)- $10.00
That equals $2.78 per candle!

If you, like me, have jars picked up from thrift or left over from canning, then the price drops considerably! Making things 
This is a great project that is fun for your kids to help you make. Also you are teaching them to be prepared. Something, in these days and times, you can't be TOO much of. 
Hope you enjoy!





Monday, October 20, 2014

Overwhelmed


Wow.... Is that word even enough?
 Honestly though, I can't think of a word to even explain how I am feeling. You guys and your outpouring of love and affection have truly overwhelmed my heart. I am so grateful for your kind words. Your calls, emails, messages and face-to-face talks have touched me. I know I don't face this fight alone. I know there are many others who struggle or have struggled with these same issues. It is a hard fight. I know, I'm still fighting and will be fighting for a long time, I'm sure. I know that the Lord and His goodness have allowed me to say what I've said and to do what I've done so far and with His great strength, I will be victorious... WE will be victorious! 

So, it's just a short note this morning to tell you how much I appreciate you. This little ole blog, even on its BEST day has NEVER experienced this kind of love and affection. 

So to you...

THANK YOU!

Y'all have blessed my heart in a way, I will never be able to express. 

Xoxo
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Desperation

I am a 38 year old vibrant woman, trapped in a very obese body.
I know this is no shocker to anyone who has seen me. But the feelings I'm about to pour all over you through my words... you may not realize. 

I started out as an chunky child. I grew into a hefty teen. And then into an overweight young lady. Now, I'm an obese almost middle-aged woman. How did I get here? 

In my whole life I have been 'the sweet one'.  I'm the sweetie. I've always been ok with that, because I enjoy being sweet... I will say though, I have always longed to be beautiful too. Not just 'on the inside' Or, 'You have such a pretty face.'  Thanks, but you know what else is there or meant to be said. 

I've allowed my weight to creep up and leap up all my life. I finally ballooned in the past year. I'm not going to share my weight with you yet, simply because I cannot bear it. It is physically painful for me to speak it aloud or type it...
You will know soon though. 

I remember as a young person my family trying to encourage me to lose weight. As a little kid, I remember getting 'the look' at me because I wanted to eat so much. It was comforting. It still is. It was a pleasure. I had no self control over it. I'm just learning that now. Sigh... 
I went to weight watchers as a kid, as a teen, as a young adult. I went to weight clinics. Telling me to take this pill or drink this shake and don't eat. I tried my own things here and  there.  I even got to a point that I had made a promise to myself that I would lose some weight by my wedding anniversary as a gift to myself and my husband. Unable to do it by control, after the first 20 or so pounds, I began vomiting almost every time I had a meal. I lost. And then it all came back plus more. 

See, all this life of mine, I have been controlled by food. By not allowing myself to be self-controlled. It was a horrid, vicious, terrible feeling.

Now let me tell you who I am inside. I am strong. I've always been told how strong I am. There have been precious few things in my life that I have wanted that I did not achieve. I was very active despite my weight. I played softball, I learned to water ski. I remember very patient parents who would go round and round and round in the boat because I would not give up trying. I HAD to accomplish it. I HAD to do it. I couldn't accept the fact that I could not do it.
And eventually I did it and I did it WELL!
I then learned to drop a ski and before long I could even come up on one ski. It was something I wanted and I did it!
I played volleyball. I was in the band as a color-guard. I made color-guard captain in my senior year of high school. I made homecoming court, I made prom queen. I was outgoing and alive. I loved living!

I still do...

Although I have allowed hurt and pain to overcome my efforts. I allowed it to drown out that woman inside. If you really know me, you are allowed to see my real self. I have become timid though, because I am inside such a fat person. A person whom is hard to recognize. 

It became easier for me to stay away from people because of the embarrassment of myself. I felt ashamed that I have hurt my family because I am so big. I know that my husband and children honestly do not look at me that way... but I feel like it. I know they would be proud for me to be thinner, but they LOVE me unconditionally.  And for that I am beyond thankful. I don't think I would have been able to finally get to this point if it weren't for their love. 

One day I hit an all-time low. My family and I went to an amusement park. I wanted to share with them some of the most fun things I loved as a girl. I went to ride a ride with my kids and I could not fit. Right there in front of TONS of people, I was trying to get myself in a ride. I was so humiliated. I wanted to break down and cry right there in the amusement park. I wanted to run away and hide. I couldn't believe I had allowed myself to be so selfish that I was now hurting my family and having to be embarrassed publicly because *I* could not control myself enough to stop gaining weight and now I couldn't share in my favorite ride with my kids. 

I didn't change right then... I just held on to that hurt.

I've had to come out of my shell. I've had to get back into civilization. I've decided it's past time. My kids and my husband need it. I need it! There are people I love and I can bless... but I can't do it when I am hermitizing myself out of fear or shame. It's punishing everyone.

So, the change had to come.

Today I am thrilled to say that I'm down 41 lbs. I wrote the above months ago, when I determined I would begin. I still have lots to lose, but finally, I'm headed on the right direction. 
Thank You, Lord!! 
And thanks to Trim Healthy Mama 



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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Trim Healthy Mama: Chocolate Pea-nutty Shake


I've been following Trim Healthy Mama for a few months now. I'm always looking for new, yummy ideas. 
I needed a light lunch, since I had fried eggs with ham for breakfast. Yum! 
So I am going to have a salad with this. 

Here's what I made! 

 Chocolate Pea-nutty Shake
3/4 cup fat free cottage cheese
1 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp cocoa
1 tsp peanut butter extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
Truvia to taste
6 or so ice cubes 
Blend on high
THM [FP]

I hope you enjoy!