Homemade Owie Cream


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Homemade Owie Cream

DIY Owie Cream With Essential Oils

Now that the weather has warmed up a bit, chances are your kiddos will be spending as much time as possible playing outside.

My daughter used to say that she could tell when it was really summer because she would stub her toe or scrape her knees.

At any rate this Homemade Owie Cream is the perfect addition to your summer survival toolbox!

Owie Cream Ingredients

Items Needed:

1/2 Cup Coconut Oil

1 Tablespoon Almond Oil

2 tablespoons of beeswax

Small glass jar – these jars work great!

20 drops each of:

Lavender Essential Oil

Tea Tree / Melaleuca Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel

Directions:

Add Coconut oil, beeswax, and almond oil in a double boiler (or a small glass bowl inside a saucepan of boiling water).

Owie Cream Process

Continue to heat until all wax is melted.

owie cream process 2

Place melted liquid in a bowl, add Witch Hazel and essential oils and blend until you get a waxy/creamy texture.

Owie Cream Mixture

Pour into jar … and let cool!

Owie Cream

That’s it! This batch should last you a pretty long time as a little goes a long way.

Here’s why this works so Amazing! 

Owie Cream FB

Coconut oil is anti-bacterial and anti-viral and creates a more creamy texture to the wax mixture. It also promotes healing.

The Essential Oils that are used can be applied topically to improve the appearance of your child’s skin. Lavender is also a great addition to this cream for its ability to help in so many ways as well!

Almond oil reduces inflammation and reduces redness.

Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that helps clean and disinfect the area. It will also help with any bruising or swelling.

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: Please store in a cool location out of direct sunlight.

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How to Plant a Vegetable Garden


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How to Plant a Veggie Garden


How to Plant a Vegetable Garden 

 

All throughout the month of May, I will be sharing gardening tips and tricks that will help you look like a gardening pro in no time at all.

Gardening is a fun and relaxing way to save money on your household grocery budget and relive stress at the same time!

Join me as we get our gardens planted and growing for a full harvest that will continue to produce long into the fall season.

If you love to cook, learning how to plant a vegetable garden is one of the most rewarding things you can do. When you grow your own garden, you can harvest fresh seasonal fruits, veggies and herbs as you need them instead of having to drive miles to the nearest grocery store. It just doesn’t get any fresher than that.

Here’s How to Plant a Vegetable Garden in 4 Easy Steps:

Step #1. Decide What You Want to Plant.

This is the fun part. Start by making a list of all the recipes you frequently make. Note which vegetables and herbs you use over and over again, because this will tell you not only what you should plant, but also in what quantity.

Don’t forget to jot down other items your family enjoys, even if you aren’t using them in your cooking currently. Growing your own vegetable garden is a great way to expand your culinary horizons.

This planning phase is a great time to get your children interested in gardening, too. Ask what they might like to grow or make fun suggestions if they are too young to come up with ideas on their own. Pumpkins, ornamental gourds and sunflowers (for their beauty and seeds) are popular choices with kids of all ages. Fast growing plants, such as lettuce and beans, are also great choices for children because they produce noticeable results quickly.

Once you’ve made a list of plants you want to grow, collect mail order catalogs, search online or stop by your favorite garden center to find seeds and transplants. You can learn a lot about what grows well in your area by tapping into these resources, as well.

Step #2: Pick a Location for Your Vegetable Garden.

Just like in real estate, planting a successful vegetable garden is all about location, location, location. If you want your plants to thrive, there are a couple non-negotiable items you will need to provide:

1. Sunshine. Pick a sunny location with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

2. Water. Make sure the location you choose has easy access to water. You will need to water your plants whenever Mother Nature refuses to cooperate, so make sure you have a convenient source of water nearby.

3. Accessibility. Gardens need care, so position your vegetable garden in an area that is convenient to get to with the tools you need to work in it. If you place it too far from the house or garden shed where you keep your tools or in an area difficult to reach with a wheelbarrow, you may find yourself tempted to neglect it.

Make your life easier and plant your garden in the most convenient sunny location you can find.

4. Good Drainage. You may have to do some work for this one, especially if you live in an area with heavy clay or compacted soil. If you find the area you want to plant tends to collect standing water, you will want to build your beds up to protect your plants from overly wet feet.

Step #3: Create Your Garden Beds.

Once you’ve identified where you want your garden, you will need to decide where you want the individual beds within it. As you are doing so, keep in mind the orientation of the sun throughout the day because taller plants or those growing on trellises can cast damaging shadows if they aren’t positioned correctly.

To create the individual beds, many old school gardeners swear by the traditional practice of removing heavy layers of sod, then tilling and amending the soil beneath it before planting your vegetable plants.

Although this method will certainly work, you simply don’t have to work that hard. Instead, you can use the Lasagna Gardening method of building your beds UP instead of digging down to create them. This methods works equally well with raised garden beds or directly on the ground.

To get started, add flattened cardboard or a thick stack of newspapers on top of the ground and then add alternate layers of peat, topsoil, aged manure or barn litter, organic mulch, yard clippings and/or compost.

You can either prepare these beds months in advance or right before you plant. Either way, the layers will meld together into a beautiful, rich soil for your plants.

For more details on this no-dig gardening method, check out Lasagna Gardening, a New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens.

Step #4: Start Planting!

Once your beds are ready, it’s time to start planting!

Before you start digging, you have some choices to make: you can sow seeds directly into the soil, start seeds indoors then harden them off outdoors before adding them to your garden, or plant established transplants you’ve purchased directly into your prepared beds.

Some plants require direct sowing, while others need to be started indoors several weeks before the frost-free date in your area in order to perform well. While you are creating your list of plants you want to grow, make a note of the growing requirements for each so you can give your plants the best chance of survival.

If you decide to follow these four easy steps to plant a vegetable garden, you will be rewarded all season long with an abundant supply of fresh and healthy produce. Plus, you’ll have the added satisfaction of knowing you did it with your own two hands.

Please be sure to check back tomorrow for another new How to Garden post.

Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Dip


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Strawberry Fruit Dip Pin

I have been stalking our local strawberry growers because I cannot wait to make all my favorite fresh strawberry recipes again this year!

If there are any strawberries left, I will try eating them with some of this super simple Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Dip.

Strawberry Fruit Dip Ingredients

INGREDIENTS
1 cup Frozen Sliced Strawberries, thawed and drained
1 cup Strawberry Yogurt
8 oz softened Cream Cheese

*Optional: I also like to add 1 or 2 drops of Lemon Vitality Essential Oil.

DIRECTIONS

Whip together cream cheese and yogurt until well blended.

strawberry fruit dip process

Stir in strawberries until evenly distributed.

Strawberry Fruit Dip Mixture

Refrigerate to firm.

Serve with fresh fruit for dipping.

Strawberry Fruit Dip

More Strawberry recipes:

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Strawberry Cream Layered Dessert

You might also be interested in some of my other recent recipe posts.

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Tips to Make the Most of Your Beach Vacation


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For a lot of people summer is centered on a trip to the beach!

Heading to the salty sand shores of a beautiful beach is such an exciting family vacation and can be an incredibly relaxing with a little planning ahead.

Here are a few ways to make the most of your beach vacation.

Shop and Eat Local

Chances are the beach will be covered with hyped up franchise establishments ready to feed you and take your money. However, if you look around and ask the locals, you will be able to find some really great local places to shop and eat.

Look for a local antique store to find one of a kind souvenirs. Ask for suggestions for that hole-in-the-wall yet best food you’ve ever eaten oyster pub. Find a few quaint and locally owned beach shops to spend your day shopping around.

There’s nothing wrong with checking out the mega gift shops and franchised seafood restaurants, but it will really add a great element to your stay if you can find those local gems to patronize as well.

Find Adventure

Think outside of the box when looking for a couple vacation adventures. The glaringly obvious options will be all up and down the beach – parasailing, swimming with dolphins, etc. But if you ask the right people and do a bit of research, you can find out what the locals do for fun.

Look for nearby creeks or springs to canoe down. Ask the locals where the best places to go to sea comb are. Find a museum or local park to enjoy. Looking for the less obvious activities is a great way to save money and to add rich experiences to your trip.

Purchase There vs. Bring from Home

There are some items that you will do best to purchase at home and others that you should purchase there if you need to pack light. Sunscreen, aloe, toiletries, and other such necessities are going to be more expensive at the local stores. They are in high demand there and you really can’t avoid purchasing them, so the stores know they can increase the price. Make sure to bring those types of essentials from home where they will be much less expensive. Just remember to pack the larger liquid items in your checked bag instead of carry-on if you’re flying. 

If you need to pack light, some larger items could be purchased there. Sand toys, beach chairs, and things of that nature are simple to purchase once you get there and then you can find a family just starting their vacation to leave them with, which will totally brighten someone’s day.

You don’t have to pay full price for this kind of thing. Look for a local thrift or second hand store that is likely to have these types of items for much less than the stores.

Where to Stay

Think outside of the box when deciding on accommodations for your vacation. If it is just you and your spouse, a hotel or condo right on the beach will probably suffice just fine. But you’d be surprised how many quaint places are available for as much as or less than you’d pay for a hotel.

Check with places like VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner), Craigslist, and sites such as that. You’ll find lots of options there of single-owner properties that have excellent amenities and charming personal touch that the hotel chains will lack.

A Few Essentials

Lastly, here are a few lesser known beach essentials that will help make your trip more convenient and enjoyable.

  • Baby Powder – a great way to get wet sand off of your skin as you get off the beach.
  • Skin Glide Stick – chaffed legs is a terrible way to end a beach vacation! These products are so great and easy to use to keep bare thighs from rubbing together while spending a day in your swimsuit.
  • Bed Sheet – a larger flat bed sheet is a great item to lay out on the sand to keep your bags clean and give your whole family a sand free spot to rest. You may want to bring one from home as most rentals have a policy of not bringing linens to the beach.
  • Food Cooler and Containers – Grab a box of Ziploc bags to keep snacks and other items sand free. Make sure and get a cooler as well if only to keep a few waters cold.

These are just a few suggestions of ways to make your beach vacation more enjoyable. Are any of you planning a beach trip this summer? What are some tips you’ve found useful to make your vacation more fun?

More Saving Dollars and Sense Travel Tips:

Tips for a Stress Free Family Vacation

Tips for Road Trips With Kids

 

FREE Vacation Bible School Curriculum!


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FREE Vacation Bible School Curriculum

I have many great memories planning Vacation Bible School with my friends and family and seeing how lives were touched during that week.

I shared this FREE Vacation Bible School Curriculum last year, and I know it was a blessing to many.  That is why I am sharing it here again for those of you already thinking about your VBS programs.

You can download everything from The Armor Of God Vacation Bible School Curriculum FREE!

I remember how much I loved working on VBS each year for the kids in my local neighborhood!  It was a great time to serve as a family while giving kids the chance to see God in us.  I belonged to a very small urban church at the time that didn’t have a lot of extra funds so we used our imagination to come up with inexpensive treats, crafts, and decorations.

Eventually my friend who was in charge of everything decided to write her own curriculum to save on the over priced ones available.  I know she put hours into preparing everything.  This curriculum is completely FREE!

It includes a printable Directors manual, student activity books, teacher handbooks, coloring pages, craft ideas, and much more!

You can also find a Fruit of the Spirit FREE Vacation Bible School Curriculum here.

 

Target Summer Styles Mix & Match


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4.14 Mix & Match Fashion - Target Summer Styles VERTICAL

I have to admit that I am super excited to see the weather warming up so that I can wear my cute outfits for the spring and summer. I love choosing items that I can easily mix

Vanilla Star Destructed Skinny Jeans — $27.99

Doll House Destructed Boyfriend Jeans — $34.99

Merona Chino Shorts — $19.99

Dollhouse Destructed Denim Shorts — $29.99

Nitrogen Crepe Elastic Pants — $64.99

4.14 Mix & Match Fashion - Target Summer Styles 1-5Soul Cakes V-Neck Tee — $22.99

J’aime Inkblot Print Tank — $29.99

John Paul Richard Pleated Tank — $27.99

K by Kersch Graphic Tank — $29.99

Mossimo Denim Button Up Shirt — $22.99
4.14 Mix & Match Fashion - Target Summer Styles 6-10Merona Jana Thong Sandals — $15.99

Merona Celine Ballet Flats — $22.99

Merona Floral Infinity Scarf — $14.99

Double Pocket Belted Crossbody Bag — $39.99

MMS Studio Canvas Tote — $34.994.14 Mix & Match Fashion - Target Summer Styles 11-15

Now that you have your new summer wardrobe figured out, check out these 20 Must Have Fashion Accessories starting at just $6.99 each!