Thursday, December 29, 2011

New for the New Year

As always, I am looking forward to the turn of the New Year. I love the fresh start and hope to dedicate January to clean slating! I've already begun the clean and purge. There is just something about increased sunshine, cooped up winter days, the putting away of Christmas decorations, and this year the nesting instincts that has me geared up to really get a good grip on the house this year.

We will be in this little cottage for at least another year. Having that clear answer from hubby, and his ideas for home improvements (more new windows!) has me excited!

January 18th, I find out the gender of the baby! After hearing the heartbeat at my last appointment, I think I may be having another boy. The rate was 148 beats per minute. My boys tend to range lower, usually in the 150's. My daughter was in the 160's. Regardless which gender is floating around in me, once I know, I can purge the basement of at least half the baby stuff we've accumulated over the years. A whole gender of baby clothes will be sent out!

I am also renewing my household mission of cleaner and greener living. I will be purging the house of candies and cookies and other junk food. I've already begun carefully label reading at the grocery store (did you know jars of pickles contain artificial colors?!) and trying to buy more organic. Regardless, I try to buy produce that is from the USA (bananas are the exception.)

Besides food, I hope to reduce chemical nasties in the house. I also want to make sure I recycle everything that I can. No more hapless tossing into the garbage.

For myself, my goal is to allow myself relaxation time. I've martyred myself to the motherhood cause long enough. Ever since I finally got my long hair cut, I've realized that it's totally ok for mom to take a breather and in fact helps me be a happier, healthier wife and mother. I got a foot bath massager for my birthday and I went out and bought a shiatsu massager and a jet bath attachment. Hubby remarked how much he likes that I take time to paint my toenails. On top of that I finally bought my first own curling iron and blow dryer! It is true I've gotten a bit frumpy over the years and that is ending.

So, that's that! What are you planning on for the New Year?

Monday, December 19, 2011

I Have Fallen In Love

with a house. My father's cousin is selling a post WWII house not too far away that has stolen my heart. It has many features I have on my list of what my dream house consists of, including a foyer with coat closet, a pantry in the kitchen, a dishwasher, a fireplace (2, actually), and a corner China cabinet in the dining room. Added bonuses are a dry, semi-finished basement, 4 bedrooms, all appliances included, and a good sized piece of land in the country. There is also a two story playhouse, a play cabin, and a large garage with attic storage! I am in love! It would take a miracle and so far hubby is silent on whether or not we want to.pursue it. So, I am doing the best and only thing I can do right now. I am praying about it.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Happy Birthday To Me!


Today, I turn 31! I planned on my 30's being my best decade ever, but 30-31 wasn't exactly a great year. Not horrible, mind you. Just not GREAT. The Lord worked through many hardships and stresses and that alone is a blessing. So, I'm hoping for a better 31! Nothing can top having a baby, though!

It is only the morning, but I've already spent my birthday soaking in the tub, making blueberry muffins, and chatting with a friend on facebook. She promises to save me some cookies from her Christmas baking! Yum!

Otherwise, I'm just spending my day with my kiddos and trying to decide between spending my birthday money at Bulk Herb Store or buy a shiatsu lumbar massager. Hmmmm....decisions decisions.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Oils for Teeth

This weekend I woke up to a toothache. In between two of my bottom right molars it hurts. I'm not sure if it is a cavity in one of the molars, or the gums are infected. Until a see a dentist, I'm trying some at home remedies.

The first thing I did was begin oil pulling. Using extra virgin olive oil, I swish and pull it through my teeth. After just one session, the pain went from sharp to a dull ache. I am continuing to oil pull 2-3 times a day.

I'm also making sure I don't eat on that side of my mouth. I'm brushing, flossing, mouthwashing, and hydrogen peroxiding at least twice a day.

So far, the pain is gone unless I touch that area. Pressing on the teeth is just a tiny bit uncomfortable, but when I floss between, it hurts. So I'm stumped. Is it my gums, or an in between the molars, gum line cavity? I guess only the dentist would know.

I am also planning on starting a course of x-factor butter oil and fermented cod liver oil. The Healthy Home Economist was able to heal her son's cavity this way. Hopefully that'll do the trick.

Any other suggestions?

Thursday, December 08, 2011

A bit of a make-over...and a preggy belly pic!

BEFORE!

DURING

AFTER!

New hair and 13 weeks pregnant!

I welcome the change. I LOVE my hair! So many people thought I would be upset. That I'd cry, if not that day, then the next. I didn't cry. I smiled and I'm still smiling! I don't even really miss my long hair and am excited to do so much with my short hair. Also, the nice surprise, those curls and waves are natural! Who knew!?

Monday, December 05, 2011

Weirdos!


I love being friends with weirdos! I grew up a weirdo from a family of weirdos. It instilled vast amounts of creativity and exploration. When I started re-enacting, I met more weirdos! Weirdos who knew how to brain tan, finger weave, play multiple obscure instruments from time periods past, play the Star Wars theme on bagpipes! I met historical fencing experts, herbalists, historical seamstresses and tailors, wig makers. I met people who still make hominy using their own homemade potash. I met people who collect fantasy-fiction memorabilia like its precious gems. I met zealots, Christians, pagans, liberals, conservatives, libertarians, brain surgeons, war horse experts, authors, the list goes on and on!

Add to that the internet world, and the weirdos just keep increasing! I meet people from all walks, many of whom I'd disagree with on many stances, but there's just something about them that makes me like them! I like REAL people. People who are honest, even if I don't agree with their stances on things. I like people who are genuinely interesting and present themselves, even in their weird way, with confidence and sincerity....and share some basic interest with me, be it simple living, vintage living, farming, gardening, sewing/needlework, certain arts, books, religious beliefs, etc etc etc.

Weirdos are great!

And as a side note, no Gonzo is not my all time favorite Muppet. Rizzo the rat is!