Wednesday, December 7, 2016

5 Wonderful Winter Wellness Tips


“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” 
~ Benjamin Franklin

There is nothing like prevention when it comes to winter wellness. We are able to avoid many of the seasonal sicknesses by applying the following lifestyle practices. Is there anything that you can add to our little list?



1. Drink plenty of herbal teas - This is a gentle and warming winter habit that you will enjoy! I like to keep a teapot out all day filled with herbs. As it is consumed, I refill it with more hot water to keep it available to all who could use a soothing cup. Immune building herbs such as elderberry, rose hips, peppermint, hibiscus, lemongrass, citrus peel and nettle are all good choices (mix and match your favorites). Echinacea should be added to teas as soon as you feel the cold/flu symptoms coming on but discontinue use after a few weeks in order to avoid an immunity (you can take the other herbs as often as you please but echinaceas effectiveness will decrease if used continually). Ginger, honey and lemon stirred into hot water also makes a nice (and medicinal), warming winter beverage.


2. Drink homemade broths and stocks - Nutrient-dense bone broths provides the body with much needed minerals, immune-boosting and infection fighting powers and overall health support. Keep a thermos filled with hot broth and serve in between meals as a warming beverage, use as a base for soups, stews, sauces and in place of water in rice. 


3. Eat lots of onions and garlic - What a tasty way to provide immune support! The sky is the limit to using these medicinal foods. Both being a part of the allium family, they contain allicin which is an immune stimulating compound which promotes the activity of white blood cells to destroy cold and flu viruses (among other immune support benefits). Eating the foods raw is more favorable. Try adding them to homemade salsas or sprinkle raw garlic over pizzas with a drizzle of olive oil and herbs. 


4. Stock your pantry with (and use) medicinal spices and foods - Stir herb infused honey into teas, pour herbal syrups over pancakes and herbal honey into hot oatmeal. Add plenty of the immune building spices to your meals such as turmeric, cumin, cayenne, ginger, coriander, fennel, black pepper, curry powder and cinnamon. You will find many of these kinds of recipes in our ebook here.



5. Enjoy essential oils - If you have an essential oil diffuser, add the citrus oils, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender and/or the Thieves and On Guard Blends. These will help to purity the air, kill bacteria and keep moisture in the dry winter air. If you run a fireplace, keep a pot of water filled with some essential oils in the room to help avoid dry coughs that can bring on the croup in young-ins (or place pot directly on wood burning stove and continue to add water as it evaporates). Apply the On Guard and/or Thieves oil blends onto the back of neck, front of neck and shoulders when going out in public (or frugally make your own here). Make up some "Get Well Soon Spray" which will not only disinfect but also cleanse the stale indoor air. Use it as a room spray, germ killer and sanitizer for door handles, sink handles and telephones.


Besides keeping hydrated, balanced nutrition and getting the proper amount of sleep each night, these are easy ways to keep a healthy home during the cold and flu season. To your health, dear reader! 
All the fine print. This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sMonday's MusingsMake Your Home Sing MondayGood Morning Mondays,  The Scoop, Tuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersThe Homesteader HopWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadAwesome Life Friday Link UpFive Star Frou Frou Friday, and Shabbilicious Friday. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. This post may contain affiliate links (which are merchant links that help to support this site at no additional cost to you if you purchase an item through them). 

Greetings, dear ladies! For the new few months, I will be sharing a few pre-scheduled posts (and round-ups) as I prepare for and enjoy a wonderful extended visit with out-of-town family. With that being said, I will not be able to do much online "visiting" and commenting but would still love to hear from you in the comments should you desire to share. Thank you for understanding and have a lovely week!
Love, JES

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 134


"A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband..."
~ Proverbs 12:4
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemakinghomeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, sewing, crafts, etc). ~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

Greetings, dear ladies! For the new few months, I will be taking a break from the features as I prepare for and enjoy a wonderful extended visit with out-of-town family. I will continue hosting the link up but am sorry that I will not be able to do much online "visiting". Thank you for understanding and have a lovely week!
Love, JES

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On to this week! For the sake of our readers, please link up appropriate and wholesome home-related articles and leave out any giveaways, advertisements, etc. Thank you for understanding! I can't wait to see what you all have to share! 

**Please also note that the posts shared on this link up from other bloggers do not necessarily reflect my own personal views or opinions (meaning I do not condone every article that may appear here). Like all literature, please discern everything you read with the Holy Scriptures as your lens.**

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ebook Tutorial Tour, Free Printable Tabs, Give Thanks Discount & Other Tidbits! :)


“And to all this she must yet add something more substantial,
in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.” 
~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Hello there, dear reader! Before I go into complete house hibernation (with my houseguests and enjoying their company), I wanted to answer some of the questions I was getting on our ebook (100+ DIY Projects to Make with Fruit Scraps) as well as highlight some of the tutorials from the ebook from other lovely bloggers. I also wanted to share some printable tabs for your convenience along with some other idea-like tidbits! :)

photos courtesy of Annabel at The Bluebirds are Nesting

For instance, I was asked if the buyers were permitted to print the ebook out. The answer is YES. If you purchased it, feel free to print it out for your household! Annabel at The Bluebirds are Nesting had hers printed out in full color and bound. Her copy looks really nice (she shared pictures above)! She also wrote up a review for those who are interested in more information. Her blog is one of my favorites and I encourage you to make a visit over!


I printed ours in black and white and had it spiral-bound with a plastic cover. I found it less expensive to take a copy of the PDF file to a printer-shop than paying for our printer ink. I personally love a hard copy of this type of information, for around our area, electricity isn't taken for granted. Another thought with the black and white copy, is that you can color in the matching labels yourself if you would like to have a brighter and prettier product display (as that was initially my drawback for having a black/white copy).

My daughter wanted a color copy (and also wanted to have it for her hope chest). At this point (because our printer ink is expensive), I suggested she print out each recipe as she uses it so that we are not wiped out of ink and it affords us the ability to not pay for ink on recipes she isn't interested in using at this time. She can place the recipes in a binder and conveniently add to it. She can slide in the "cover page" into the front binder insert slot. This may be a solution to some of you who wanted to print out color copies but were concerned with the printer ink; just print the recipes you need as you go along to ease the "printer-ink pain" and store them in a 3-ring binder.


Many had hoped for a hard copy but once I put the figures into Amazon self-publishing, the book would have ended up costing over $35 with all the full-color photographs and labels (yikes!). I wouldn't even pay that! The idea of the ebook PDF format is that you can choose what you want to do with it depending on your budget and needs. 


For those of you who have chosen to print it out, I have prepared some tabs which you can glue onto each chapter for convenience should you desire them. Just follow this link: free printable tabs. The tabs are best printed on card stock, folded in half, affixed with glue to each chapter section and staggered as you attach them.

photo courtesy of Jan at The Nerdy Farm Wife

And lastly, I wanted to present our "Ebook Tutorial Tour" which share some of the posts that featured a few of our recipes from the ebook by some lovely ladies. Jan at The Nerdy Farm Wife shared a beautiful tutorial for our Lemon Honey Bee Balm. Her blog is filled with many neat bath, body and herbal recipes and I am sure you will enjoy your visit there!

Photo excerpted from our ebook, 100+ DIY Projects to Make with Fruit Scraps.

Shelle at Prepardness Mama shared this quick recipe for our Spicy Seasoning Blend. It is fun to fill the pantry with homemade mixes such as these and our Ebook is full of them!

photo courtesy of Lynn at Quaker Hill Farm

Lynn at Quaker Hill Farm shared her rendition of our Autumn Simmering Potpourri. Her pictures are just gorgeous and I can practically smell the potpourri from here! Can't you?


Sandy at Herbs and Oils Hub shared our recipe for the Mulling Spice Medicinal Honey. This is a flavorful and medicinal electuary which is perfect for cold and flu season and/or preventative health. An "electuary" is simply powdered herbs and medicinal spices mixed with honey (or other sweeteners). Such a pleasant way to make the medicine go down! 



We shared a guest post at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home of our DIY Frugal Version ~ On Guard® or Thieves® Protective Oil Blend. For those of you who purchased the ebook, this tutorial shares more detailed pictures for making a medicinal oil which may be helpful to you.


We also shared a guest post for our Lemonade Lip Balm at Raising Homemakers. For those of you who purchased the ebook and wanted a quicker way to infuse your oil, visit here for an easy method!



And finally, we shared our tutorial for the Apple Cinnamon Scrap Syrup right here on this blog for those of you who are interested. It is one of my favorites! 

Susan R. from Tasmania kindly shares a picture of her homemade Lemon Astringent from the ebook.

Well, that is it! I hope you have enjoyed the tutorials we have shared or the Ebook if you purchased it. If you did purchase the Ebook and were willing, I would really appreciate if you would take a moment to leave a quick review on Amazon here! It would be VERY helpful!


If you liked these recipes, you will find 100+ more frugal ideas on how to use up those nutrient-rich fruit scraps in our Ebook here (which also includes printable labels making it a great gift-giving resource)! And to "give thanks" for reading this little blog, I would like to offer a 25% discount for the next 48 hours with the following code: 25thanks2u

Happy kitchen-crafting, ladies!
All the fine print. This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sMonday's MusingsMake Your Home Sing MondayGood Morning Mondays,  The Scoop, Tuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersThe Homesteader HopWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadAwesome Life Friday Link UpFive Star Frou Frou Friday, and Shabbilicious Friday. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. This post may contain affiliate links (which are merchant links that help to support this site at no additional cost to you if you purchase an item through them).

Greetings, dear ladies! For the new few months, I will be sharing a few pre-scheduled posts (and round-ups) as I prepare for and enjoy a wonderful extended visit with out-of-town family. With that being said, I will not be able to do much online "visiting" and commenting but would still love to hear from you in the comments should you desire to share. Thank you for understanding and have a lovely week!
Love, JES

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 133


"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
~ Colossians 3:15-17
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemakinghomeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, sewing, crafts, etc). ~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

Greetings, dear ladies! For the new few months, I will be taking a break from the features as I prepare for and enjoy a wonderful extended visit with out-of-town family. I will continue hosting the link up but am sorry that I will not be able to do much online "visiting". Thank you for understanding and have a lovely week!
Love, JES

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

On to this week! For the sake of our readers, please link up appropriate and wholesome home-related articles and leave out any giveaways, advertisements, etc. Thank you for understanding! I can't wait to see what you all have to share! 

**Please also note that the posts shared on this link up from other bloggers do not necessarily reflect my own personal views or opinions (meaning I do not condone every article that may appear here). Like all literature, please discern everything you read with the Holy Scriptures as your lens.**

Please copy the button below (html code is in box below it) and share on your blog post or side-bar so others can come and join in the link up as well!


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All the fine print. This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sMonday's MusingsMake Your Home Sing MondayGood Morning Mondays,  The Scoop, Tuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersThe Homesteader HopWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadAwesome Life Friday Link UpFive Star Frou Frou Friday, and Shabbilicious Friday. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. This post may contain affiliate links (which are merchant links that help to support this site at no additional cost to you if you purchase an item through them).
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