Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime
– author unknown
It’s been a minute huh? Ok, here’s a very fast update. I’m on the Bulb’s advisory board! (Yaaaay Me!) And I’m also now a certified in CPR for youth and adults.
For the last 6 weeks, home-schooled students across Charlotte from 3 years old to 16 have been learning how to grow food in small spaces. These kids were from very diverse walks of life. I taught Urban Horticulture and the focus of the class was self sufficiency.
Each class was taught in a age appropriate group using engaging strategies to encourage creativity and exploration. The students face literally lit up with our weekly gardening adventures.
So far we have successfully learned how to make:
Raised Bed Gardening
The biggest take home for these students were
For me, it was verification that parenting greatly reflects a garden.
We all begin as seeds. The better you tend to it the seeds, the better it grows, and the more fruitful it will be. To do the opposite is perilous. Too many weeds and wild animals will destroy it.
Disclosure—> I am not a master gardener or carry any degree in the science of horticulture. I am just a mom that believes in self sufficiency and have learned so much from local master gardeners and lots of trial and error with my little guys in tow.
Phew! Can you believe we are headed into the winter season already? There is nothing more pitiful than to look in your child’s eyes and see pain, congestion and low energy. Over the years, I’ve put together some of my favorite herbal blends for my family. Because they don’t always like my culinary creations, I try to mix it up a bit with power herbs to reach the same goal of a high immune system.
Kombucha-A happy gut is a healthy body. The main part of your immune system is in your gut, so keeping it supplied with good bacteria will help make a stronger body. There are a few ways to do this but a good probiotic and/or fermented foods in your diet like kombucha will help populate the good bacteria in your body.
Powdered herbs into blender shakes/Smoothies– ADD IN cod liver oil, collagen/ food sources of vitamin C with some berries, steamed greens and coconut water every day to make sure we are starting off on the right foot.
Soap -When flu prevention experts advise you to wash your hands, they don’t mean a light drizzle of water. As mama always said, use soap and warm water — and rub hands for 15 to 20 seconds. Sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice while rubbing, to keep track of the time.
What You’ll Need
A natural bar soap of choice. Homemade bar soaps usually work well and my other favorites are Dr. Bronners, african black soap, and Kombucha soap (available here).
Distilled or filtered water
A dispenser: Reuse an old soap dispenser, use a glass one or metal one, or make one out of a mason jar by drilling a hole in the top and hot gluing on the top of a soap pump dispenser.
Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 25 mins
1 part Elderberry
2 parts Rose Hips
2 parts Echinacea puroporea
2 parts Chamomile
2 parts Astragalus
Combine herbs and use 1tsp of the mix per cup of boiling water. Let steep at least 20 minutes up to 8 hours for full medicinal effect. Drink 2-3 cups a day as needed to support immune function.
Mouth Wash (if you have a Doterra or Young Living connection, you’re good! )
How To Make Homemade Mouthwash
1 cup of Purified Water
¼ tsp salt
5-10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil (depends on how strong you want it)
4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
2 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
Optional: 1 tsp baking soda
Glass bottle (essential oils can degrade plastic)
Getting our herbs and spices from our garden and local farmer’s market is nice too. Being able to grab Western medicine is easy. But do you really want to be completely dependent on someone else for your healing. Let’s be like the ants and do more for ourselves. It works!
This list, as simple as it titled, needs to be shared. – Hand Washing
Bring out the Minions! We are gonna have a ball! Our Valentines’s Day Party for kids in the QC is getting on or roll!!
Every year it get’s better! And to think, it all powered by Charlotte moms!!! Queen City Stay At Home Moms to be specific.
The first thing we did was bring back our guest from last year. They deserve it. Our venue was overbooked & I was notified 2 days before the event and although we found another venue, and still had fun, it was not the same. We felt awful about it! So bringing them back for free was just a result of good upbringing.
This year’s theme is Minions! The children will LOVE it! Having a dedicated Pinterest board does help as well! This year we added a karaoke Dj and invited one of Charlotte best family centered non profit service organizations to join in.
If you have children, do not miss this party! Everyone is welcome! But you gotta get your tickets! Follow along on Facebook for more updates. See you soon!
Your Mom Maven in the QC,
Jabela, QC Supermom
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Did I tell you about my “40 by 40” mission? Okay, so here it is. This October, I will be 40. Clothes I loved from years back, I can’t get in them any more. It’s beginning to show in my face and I can’t suck it in anymore. Because of those reasons, I’ve been hitting the gym 5 days a week for a total of 13.5 hours a week. Well, it caught up with me last weekend. I was a mess. I couldn’t move my pelvic area from the front to buttocks. The pain was crippling to say the least.
But the Classes Were Fun!
As the organizer for Queens Fitness, I couldn’t miss a workout! Sunday Night it came to an end. I was bedridden,broken, and bored! First thing I did was fast. The plan was to minimize trips to the bathroom. I didn’t want to break anyone’s back either.. Needless to say, I loved the fact that had so many shoulders and hands to take care of me. Yet loathe being dependent. I pulled out my phone and began to look for low toxic remedies. ( well, I actually call my local herbalist, but it took her too long to respond & I had already taken 2 store brand pain pills ) Here’s what I found:
Capsaicin Relief Recipe –
Capsaicin the substance that makes chile peppers hot, has been found to reduce pain in arthritis patients when topically applied repeatedly over several is weeks. Researchers have found that it reduces substance P which is found at nerve endings and is involved in transmitting pain signals to the brain.
You will need…
-3 cups of grapeseed oil, or any other oil like almond, jojoba, or olive
-3 tablespoons of ground cayenne -1/2 cup of beeswax
-3 tablespoons of turmeric -2 tablespoons of ground ginger
-A double boiler
Mix together 3 tablespoons of ground cayenne, 3 tablespoons of turmeric, and 2 tablespoons of ground ginger. Add this to 3 cups of grapeseed oil in a double boiler and stir until mixed thoroughly. Warm over medium heat for 5-10 minutes and then add in 1/2 cup of beeswax. Stir until the beeswax has melted completely and everything is blended together, and then remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes take it out and whisk it together and then refrigerate for another 10, blending it once more at the end. Put in a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid in the refrigerator, where it will keep for 1 ½ weeks. Apply as needed for pain, but with this cream, rub in as much as you can and then let it dry before rinsing off. The turmeric will really stain. Important note on use!
* If you prefer to skip grating and use weight to measure the total should be about 2 oz. THIS recipe came from ‘Massage By Denise’ -go there for the directions…
If you don’t want the little bits of spices in there, follow the steps below to get a smooth infused oil to use in the cream (this makes it easier to get absorbed.)
Mix together your oil and spices for whichever recipe you choose to do. Heat over medium heat in a double boiler for 15 minutes, and then remove it to cool and infuse for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, strain through a cheesecloth and reserve the infused oil. After it is strained melt the beeswax in a double boiler, and pour in the infused oil. Stir until blended thoroughly, and then follow the same steps for chilling, whipping, and storing as above.
Warning: These spices stain. Wear an apron or clothes you don’t mind putting at risk when making these.
And the classes will be fun again after I’m back on my feet!
Yesterday, I had 2 (two) 15 year olds today, I have 2 (two) 16 year olds. They are a year apart, but one girls birthday is the 22, the other is the 27th and the third daughter – another year apart birthday is the end of next month. They have been cooking for years. Which is a great life long skill. So this part of her Sweet 16 Book is easy.
What is the “Sweet 16 Book?” It’s the mega life hack book for all teen girls. The purpose of this book is to ensure that I haven’t missed anything in my mission in preparing them for adulthood. I want their future husband, employees, and friends to view them as a blessing and not look at me crossed eyes for sending them out the house ignorant and useless.Also the goal is to answer the question what else is there to know beside your left and right turn signals from the drivers testing booklet.
Today I’m covering RECIPES:
These recipes will make them look good at any dinner party. First up is easy,
Chinese Fried Rice
1 Cup Cooked Brown Rice
1½ Cups Frozen Peas and Carrots
1 Medium Onion diced
2 TBS Olive Oil
1 TBS Garlic Powder
¼ Cup Soy Sauce
Sautee diced onion in the olive oil until onions are cooked through.
Add in frozen peas and carrots and cook until warm throughout.
Add in rice and let it sizzle for about 2 minutes on each side before stirring.
Sprinkle in garlic powder and soy sauce.
Recipe Two –
Turkey Sausage Jambalaya Recipe
1 Green Bell Pepper chopped
4 Cloves Fresh Garlic chopped (about ¼ cup)
2 Medium Sweet Onions chopped
2 Medium Tomatoes chopped
1 Package Polska Kielbasa Turkey Sausage chopped into ¼ inch pieces.
2 Cups Brown Rice
2 Cups Chicken Broth
3 Cups Water
1 TBS Chili Powder
1 8oz Can Tomato Sauce
1 TBS Oregano, Pink Salt & Pepper
1 TBS Butter
Melt the butter.
Add in chopped green pepper, onion, and garlic.
Sautee pepper, onion, and garlic for about 5 minutes or until onion starts to turn clear.
Add in chili powder, oregano, salt, pepper, tomatoes, and your favorite Polska turkey sausage.
Sautee for 10 minutes. Pour in chicken broth, water, tomato sauce, and rice.
Bring to a boil and cook on medium heat until rice is tender and liquid has completely evaporated.
Teacher’s Appreciation Day is coming up! If you’re like me, you end up waiting until the last minute before you have something to present. your child has a cool gift to share. I tend to look for gifts that are original, reflects my child, useful and of course cost effective. As a holistic mom coach, it also has to promote wellness! That’s all!
In our home, we have one in college, two in charter schools, two in homeschooling circles and 2 just enjoying the adventures in everything their older sibling do. so for us, me, this is a fun, creative time.
I must say that we are a “Work For Gift” family. I tell my children all of the time that “I do NOT reward back behavior.” I carry that rule onto teachers gifts. I allow the children to reward the teachers they feel has helped them the most. That way I will be sacrificing my money on those that have really contributed in making a difference in my children’s life. Sometimes it’s every single one and other times it’s just 2 or 3.
Consider it an investment in your child!
YES, Charter, tutor, and home-school circle teachers count too! For us, this is as special a holiday as Mother’s, Fathers, Grandparents Day. On average, teachers spend up-to 8 hours a day with our child. They are indeed part of your child’s well being team! Showing gratitude to them is a way of saying thank you for all that you do. Once in a while, everyone needs to hear that!Those cookies above can be purchased from the teen vegan baker, Cassie’s Sweetz! Another great idea is gift cards! If you have a service like The Big Sister, you can offer a free night of childcare for your teacher , who would really enjoy a night out way from the children. My last idea is
for the little ones. My two youngest guys will be participating in a “Mommie and Me” craft workshop. We will pay just $5/child and created a simple, cute, gift, functional gift for me.
By now you may know that we do not celebrate Easter. But we love to play with our food and for that reason, we don’t have to wait for a holiday to do so. We have learned over time which plants and fruits to use to give us wonderful colors that the children LOVE!
FDA.gov: “Without color additives, colas wouldn’t be brown, margarine wouldn’t be yellow and mint ice cream wouldn’t be green. Color additives are now recognized as an important part of practically all processed foods we eat.”
CSPInet.org: “These synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods, but trigger behavior problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody. The Food and Drug Administration should ban dyes, which would force industry to color foods with real food ingredients, not toxic petrochemicals.” Lisa Leake Of 100Days Of Real Food
So what is a food color? It’s a food color, or color additive, is any dye, pigment or substance that imparts color when added or applied to a food, drug, cosmetic, or the human body. There are two categories of food colors that are permitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): certified color additives and colors that are exempt from certification. Forget all of that. The FDA will allow questionable “food -like” things in our food. Take the initiative and make your own. It’s not that hard.
Here’s the top four to look out for:
RED- usually has Red 40, crushed bugs The primary reason is to make up for color losses in foods which occur when food is exposed to air, light, moisture,modified, and variations in temperature. (These popular colorants, which today are used to impart a deep red shade to fruit juices, gelatin’s, candies, shampoos, and more) INSTEAD TRY:
Red cabbage, boiled or juiced
Beets/beetroot (boiled or juiced)
Red bell pepper (roasted and pureed)
Paprika (add powder directly, or dissolve in water)
For purple/ blue- aka “FD&C Blue No. 1” This sucks because too much of these fun, and pretty food-like items will destroy your gastrointestinal system. INSTEAD TRY:
Red cabbage, boiled or juiced
Eggplant/aubergine skin, boiled or juiced
Beets/beetroot (boiled or juiced)
Cassie Sweets make GMO treats of all sorts using plants as color bases*
Green- I know that you don’t want a bladder tumor, but it can happen with an overload of green food dye. INSTEAD TRY:
Kale, boiled or juiced
Spinach, boiled or juiced
Water cress, boiled or juiced
Yellow/Orange – My young boys would grab this JUST because of the color!
When you eat things with Yellow 5, you lose zinc through your urine and saliva. If you have ADHD, you lose it even faster than someone without ADHD (Ward 1990, 1997). Zinc, an essential trace mineral, is required by hundreds of your body’s enzymes involved with the metabolism of protein, carbohydrate, fat and alcohol. Zinc is also critical for wound healing, sense of taste and smell, immune system function, bone strength, thyroid function, blood clotting, cognitive functions, prenatal development, and sperm production. Even a mild deficiency can produce a wide range of physical and mental problems. INSTEAD TRY:
Carrots, boiled or juiced
Saffron (not our favourite choice as it tends to be expensive and imparts a fairly strong flavor)
Turmeric (either dissolve in water or add powder directly – it has a fairly mellow flavor that is easily masked)
Golden beets (they impart a very dark yellow color – almost brown!)
Tests on lab animals of Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 showed signs of causing cancer or suffered from serious flaws, said the consumer group. Yellow 5 also caused mutations, an indication of possible carcinogenicity, in six of 11 tests.
These risks are just not worth my families health. The first thing you can do is become more food-label conscious. I guess it’s like they say when you know better, you do better!
OK, let’s face it, you gotta do laundry. My family runs the washing machine at least four times a week. Can you imagine the amount of laundry powder we go through?
I get so frustrated because I love the good smelling strong powders but I also want to stay away from the strong toxins many of them have while saving money. It was a few years back that I decided to learn how to make my own. Now I have the best of all three worlds. My clothes smell dreamy, feel of toxins and we save money with each load.
Try these recipes and see how you too can be toxic free like me….. well, at least in the laundry room. This mixture will wash about 60 loads. Enjoy!
bar bath soap, grated (your favorite brand)
1 cup arm & hammer super washing soda laundry detergent (a laundry booster)
Cover with water and simmer over medium heat until all soap is melted, stirring occasionally.
Pour into 5 gallon bucket.
Add washing soda and borax.
Add enough hot water to fill the bucket.
Stir & let sit overnight to gel.
Use 1 cup per load.
NOTE: You can pour this into old detergent containers or leave in the bucket. For fresh, clean laundry without chemicals, make your own powders and sprays.
16 cups baking soda
13 cups of Borax
12 cups washing soda
8 cups grated castile or glycerin soap flakes*
3 tablespoons lavender, lemon or grapefruit essential oil
Combine baking soda, Borax, washing soda and soap flakes. Add essential oil and mix with a wire whisk. Use 1⁄8 cup per load. Yield: This recipe makes enough powder to last a family of eight for six months.
*Pre-Wash Stain Spray
1⁄2 cup white vinegar
1⁄4 cup baking soda
3 cups water
Stir together and fill a labeled spray bottle. Spray on soiled spots just before washing. Always test a hidden spot first.
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
1⁄4 cup lemon or grapefruit juice
12 cups water
Store in a labeled plastic jug. Add 2 cups per load along with detergent.
Extra tips: For extra-clean clothes, follow your detergent with 1/2 cup of washing soda, an all-natural laundry booster. Add baking soda to wash water at the same time as detergent to soften and freshen clothes and linens. These work well for us. The children love to help with these projects, also. I allow them help select the soap pieces, pour dry items and capping bottles. It makes them happy, so have fun with it!
Okay, now here’s a little from my son’s game Monday. We had a ball! It was so clear that it’s More than just a game.
I did it! I procured a hula hoop! I walked into the local thrift store and walked over to the prettiest, biggest, brightest, most sturdy hula hoop I have ever seen in my life. It was almost like the movies. The AC was blowing in my hair, there was a glow on my silhouette with each step I took. As quickly as that happened I snapped out of the dream and tuck my $5 exercise equipment into my cart. Yes friends, I am the proud, 30+ year old, owner of a bo·na fide adult hula hoop!
Hula hooping is a never-ending relationship with play, movement, designed to
bring fun, play, meditation, creativity, and a smiling face to EVERY body, no matter your size, shape, age, or fitness level- SuperHopper
When I start new things, I like finding other people that some what resembles me to get advice from. This lady impressed me. You can actually see her waist coming along nicely.
and this one….. I found it great for learning techniques and strategies for using my hoop. The “Unleash The hips!”
Hula hooping can provide similar results as other types of aerobic activities such as dancing — including salsa, hula, belly and swing dancing. An average woman can burn about 165 calories in 30 minutes of hula hooping, and an average man can burn about 200 calories in 30 minutes of hula hooping. The plan is to hoop at least 3 days a week . Now that my son is back in school I have to figure out something to replace it. I also figured out ways to recycle it when I wear it out.
Cozy reading fort, made with a hoop.
You heard it hear! Hula Hoop and tule
As with anything new, please check with your doctor before using any kind of hula hoop if you have medical concerns, especially a history of back problems. And as with any physical activity, stop hula hooping and consult your doctor if you develop pain or other symptoms.
It think it will work. Afterall, Kelly Osburne and FLOTUS can’t be wrong. Oh gosh, I’m still stoked on my saings. The one I have is listedfor over 30 dollars. By checking out the thrift store I saved over 90% for the same EXACT item. Stop sleeping on the 2nd hand stores ya’ll!
I am not a hoarder! I only like to keep great information together for future reference. And I have no problems getting rid of things. Contrary to what my family may say. For example, my magazine from 2006, it will be recycled today, right after I rip out the reference friendly bits that I need. I came up with a plan. Sort, compile, and back up everything starting with my overcapacity file cabinet.
It’s amazing what you can find while cleaning up. Instead of stapling, storing, and stuffing, I’ve recycled others information into a new gift to share!
What took up needed space in my file cabinet is now recycle, reduce and reused. With so much information I figured there was no better time to write my 2nd book. So I enticed my husband to take the children out for a few hours over the last 4 weeks and BOOM! I have a quality product to show for all of that quiet “Me Time!”
Take a look. This collection is great for new moms, teens, baby’s, and dads with over worked body parts. It’s a teaser, if you want to see more, you’ll have to visit my gift shop. I have over 50 all natural treatments there. Many of the ingredients you can find in your kitchen or local health store. You’ll love every one of them. I did!
2 heaped tsps of fine oatmeal 1 tsp, baking soda
Combine ingredients. Add enough water to make a paste. Apply and gently rub skin. Rinse and pat dry.
High Energy Smoothie
½ C of plain yogurt ½ banana ½ mango ½ cup orange juice ½ cup of ice
Blend & Slurp.
Aromatherapy for Pain Management
2 drops of pine oil 3 drops of eucalyptus 3 drops of frankincense
Put in 20 ml carrier oil jar*
Use this up to 3 years for best results.
Add 4-5 drops of peppermint, rosemary, and thyme to a large bowl of water . Soak for a few minutes and air dry feet on dry towel.
¼ C of your favorite herbal tea, strongly brewed
8oz liquid castle soap
Add soap and tea. In a pot, stir mixture until well blended. After usage, store in capped bottle.
Combine oils and butter into heated proof cup. Place cup in boiling water and melt. Remove from heat and stir well with a popsicle stick. Place water, borax and glycerin in a separate —– (This process was way too long to post here. I’ll have it in a book for you. Just know thatit is really good 🙂 )
CoCo Mango Foot Bar
1 lb CHOPPED organic goat milk melt and pour base soap
½ C COOLED* fresh coconut, grated, flaked and toasted till golden 2 oz of organic mango butter
Grind coconut and set it aside.
Melt melts in double broiler. Pour the melted butter over the melted soap base. The sprinkle coconut on top. —-Too much to share here. Get the book in 2 weeks and have it all to enjoy at home..
So you like them or Naaah? LOL, that’s how the young ones suggested I ask. Take care ya’ll!
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