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Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend Assignment: Do You Need This?

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Let's talk about Benadryl!

Did you know that liquid Benadryl works faster than the pill or tablet form?

Do you have any in your pantry?

That's your assignment for this weekend, check your Benadryl supply.  It's one of those things that if you need it you need it immediately!




Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 3/21/2017

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Happy First Day of Spring ... one day late!!!  I hope it is warm and pretty and that your yards are filled with spring flowers and plenty of spring color.

(flowering quince in the photo)


Before we get into this week's 'the ways of my household' post here's a little FYI kind of information for you ... Beginning this week I’m going to pull the pantry filling part of this post out and go back to giving it it’s own post again.  Look for the first Pantry Challenge post of 2017 later this week.


Frugal is as frugal does, so let's see how we did last week ...



We lowered our cell phone bill by $70/month starting in April.  This is a savings of $630 for the rest of the year.   We’ll take it!

Downloaded 4 free patterns for 18 inch dolls over at Pixie Faire!  Thank you to the lovely person who told me about this site.  I’m sorry I don’t remember who it was!   



(yellow bells or forysthia in photo)

My husband needed new dress pants. Belks had a sale buy one get two free, so we purchased 3 pairs for the price of one.  Savings:  $160

We are enjoying fresh eggs from our chickens on a daily basis.

I finished an afghan, a doll blanket and a doll quilt.  I have no idea how to value price these items so I’m going to guess and say $125 after cost of supplies were taken out.  You can see pictures of them HERE.  

We ate leftovers for several meals last week.  Waste not, want not!

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

(hydrangea waking up after it's winter nap in the photo)

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $5920.35, add this week’s amount ($1015) and the total for 2017 thus far comes to $6935.35.


Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27




Monday, March 20, 2017

The Best Books ... Learning About Essential Oils in 100 Days

I'm on day 18 of my 100 day challenge of learning about essential oils and am learning so much.  I have read lots of things online as well as looked at several books.  I can usually tell by thumbing through a book if it is a good fit for my style of learning.  I'm not into anything really technical and deep but I do want something that gets to the point and tells me about essential oils.  I have found that in the following two books ...

Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic use of Essential Oils (8th edition)



The Essential Life - 3rd edition



They give you the oil and some possible uses, including medical, for each.  They also give you ailments and some oils that might be able to help.

These two books suit my learning style perfectly and have become my go-to resources for essential oil information.

Do you have any go-to resources for learning about essential oils?


Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Gift Trunk Additions

This winter I have been steadedly working on items to add to my gift trunk and over the past couple of weeks I've been able to bring a few of those projects to completion.  Want to see?  Good, because I want to show you ... 0:)



This is the blanket/afghan I've been working on all winter. It measures 52 inches x 55 inches.  I crocheted it using this Bernat Baby Blanket yarn and a size P hook.  The stitch is row after row of half-double crochet with  the edge being chain stitching crocheted into loops.  It was very easy and went fairly quickly.

And the smaller blanket beside it  ... well, that is a doll blanket!  It is crocheted out of this Bernat Baby Blanket yarn and measures 26 inches x 26 inches. I used a double crochet stitch to make it with the same style of loops only I placed them a bit closer together to give it a ruffled look.  I know some little girl's who's dolls are going to enjoy their new blankets!


Here's another view.  There is a possiblity that I might gift this blanket/afghan and this doll blanket to one little girl.  You know, a blanket for her and a blanket for her doll. Not sure yet, but that is a possiblity!



This is a doll quilt that I made and machine quilted. It measures 26 inches x 26 inches too. One side is ponies and the other is little butterflies. The edging is jumbo rickrack.  I'm thinking a quilt for another little girl and one for her doll as well, what do you think?

What have you added to your gift trunk lately? Have your hands been busy, too?





Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Preparedness: Extreme Conditions!

Yes, I'm still knee deep in tax preparation but Vicky, the same Vicky who wrote this post, sent me the following.  Vicky is the voice of practical wisdom and I wanted to go ahead and share her thoughts on surving extreme conditions.  Thank you Vicky!

Whenever we are preparing we need to have the thought in mind that we may be under some extreme circumstances. Now the term extreme may mean different things to everyone, but we should always try to glean what we can from any scenarios so we have that bit of information tucked away in case that situation could possibly be one we're in.

Weather is a big culprit against us these days and when preparing you want it to be as affordable as possible and your resources to last as long as possible. When everyone else in the same situation is competing for them there is often little left. We don't always know how long a situation will last so it is important to be good stewards of what we have during those times.

One of the biggest things I see people over look is the fact that they are trying to use what they have for the whole house be it heating or cooling. That may not always be the best thing to do. For example last year here there were issues with propane and people went weeks without being able to get their tanks filled and it was during a frigid time. They were wearing coats and hats and gloves inside their house plus covering up with several blankets too. And they used a whole tank of propane within a week because it was so cold instead of trying to make it last a bit longer and were in the same situation again not long later of being cold, having a cold house and having to bundle up inside the house.

Sometimes it is best to choose one room for these times and just use it. You can easily block the room off and retain heat or cooling easier and not use all of what you have for the whole house which can get costly. Especially if you would have very little to work with. One room is easier to heat up and keep warm than a whole house in an extreme emergency situation.

If the power goes out it is easier to light one room.

We won't have to wear 5 layers the whole time.

It is better for kids than sending them to bed in a cold room. Plus the body heat helps keep the room warm.

It will save a lot in the cost of heating fuel whatever source it comes from than trying to heat the whole main part of the house.

Being comfortable goes a long way in an extreme situation.

Back in the day during blizzards or times of flooding some older people lived mainly in their kitchens. They would block it off with a sheet or blanket and the Mrs. would cook or bake and that was part of their heat source for the day. There is a lot to be said just for the willingness to try.

Are you prepared enough that you would never have to use just one room to conserve your supplies? Do you have supplies that you will have to use wisely to make sure they last as long as possible and you get the most out of them? Do you have a room that would be the best place to hunker down if you had to? 

Would you be willing to for an extended period if needed? How would you do and what would you need?

Vicky

Vicky has given us something to think about hasn't she?

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Sunday, March 12, 2017

How I Treated a Respiratory Issue ... Learning About Essential Oils in 100 Days

I was sick with respiratory issues for 2 days this past week!

First, let me say that I am not a doctor so take what you're about to read with a grain of salt. Consult a physican or other medical personnel for the appropriate treatment needed for medical issues. 

I am learning about herbal remedies and essential oils and having just come from the doctor for a well check-up the day before I got sick, and having a history of dealing with respiratory issues, I felt like this was something I wanted to try to treat myself.  Please note that I would have gone back to the doctor had the following treatment not worked or my symptons gotten worse.  

Here's what I did ...

I started taking cider fire in orange juice every 4 hours

I used Breathe essential oil (from Doterra) in a diffuser.  I was suprised at how well this worked!

I rested, I mean I really rested and did only what was necessary

I drank lemon essential oil in water (1 drop oil to 8 oz water) with a donk of stevia.  I had already been drinking lemon juice in my water but since I'm learning about essential oils I thought this was a good time to try lemon essential oil.  It was more lemony and had a better taste (in my opinion) than bottled lemon juice.  (I've read that lemon water is good for detoxing and respiratory issues.) 

... and it worked!

In 24 hours I noticed a huge improvement. I continued to run the diffuser and drink lemon water for another 24 hours.  I will continue to be on alert for any returning symptons but for now I am sympton free and feeling fine!

What herbal and/or essential oils do you use to treat respiratory issues?

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Learning About Essential Oils in 100 Days ... some basics!

If you are a regular reader of A Working Pantry blog you know that I set challenges for myself.   I taught myself how to crochet through a challenge, I’m learning how to machine quilt through a challenge and now I’m also learning about essential oils through a challenge.

Here are my rules … It’s a 100 day challenge and the days don’t have to be consecutive.  I am using all means of social media, the online world, books, person-to-person conversations, etc to reach my goal of completing this challenge.

I am on day 12 of the challenge and have been very impressed with what I’m learning thus far, and since some of you are learning along with me I thought we’d start at the basics.

I asked my go to essential oil person, Laura, these questions and she graciously gave permission to share her answers.

Which diffuser do you recommend?

Laura’s answer:  she told me about the 3 that Doterra sells and the one that most impressed me was the one that would run all night.  That was what I was looking for …one that would be safe to run for long periods of time ... it’s called the Aroma Lite.  If you’re interested in one, you can ask Laura about it here.

And then Laura gave me this tip … this is one of those things that is going to be so helpful in my venture into essential oils … are you ready, here goes …

Use a rolodex , the old-fashioned kind, to keep your oil blend recipes in that you use in your diffuser.   Now, how neat is that!  As Laura pointed out … thrift stores are great places to find them!!!!  Guess what’s going on my thrift store shopping list???  I love this tip, thank you Laura! 



Do we need to be concerned about keeping essential oils in a cool, dark place?

Laura’s answer: It is best, like we do with herbs, nothing extreme.  (She told me she keeps hers at room temperature.)

Do essential oils have an expiration date?

Laura’s answer:  Yes, there is an expiry date, however, that is ONLY for potency...they will NEVER expire...unless you make a product where you're making, say lotion or facial products...think of all the ingredients in a homemade product, and the shelf life of the least expiring item will, of course affect the product.

Thank you Laura for answering my questions! 

Now it's your turn!  What are some basic tips or information about essential oils you know about that you can share?

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Our Journey to a Mortgage Free Home ... #18

(You can read previous entries in this series HERE.)

In our last post I shared about the porch and how blessed we were to have help to get it completed before a permit expiring deadline.

We had one more big thing to get done and it took a span of 2 years to complete it.

What was it?  It was our flooring!

We wanted hardwood flooring in our house so we saved and scrimped and saved and scrimped until we had enough to purchase it.  Next came the installation and two young men volunteered to install it for us ... free of charge. (They had helped a contractor install lots of hardwood floor and knew how to do it!) This was just one of the many ways God used others to help us in our mortgage free house endeavor!  

Between purchasing the flooring and finding a time that fit everyone's schedule to get it installed, we sat with a huge pile of flooring in our living room floor for 2 years.  It was huge and it took up so much room ... and oh how I wanted this job done.  This was an intense lesson in patience for me personally ... just saying.

I am so grateful for and to the young men who installed our flooring.  They did such a professional job and took such care while doing the work.  I just cannot say enough good about these 2 young men.  Everytime I think of these 2 men I ask God to bless them, they were so good to us.  Today, I enjoy beautiful wood floors because of them!

After the flooring was installed and the sanding done and the finish put on them ... guess what?  We could officially finish moving in ... what a happy day that was!

Oh, there was still plenty to do, lots of little things and there are still several things yet to be done.  But we are content to work on them as we have time and money.  We are so thankful for our mortgage free home, I won't pretend that it has been easy because it hasn't, but the end product has been worth the journey.

We still want to add on a full length back porch, a couple more bedrooms, brick it and several other smaller things, but we rest in the knowledge that if none of those things get done, we still will have accomplished our goal of having a mortgage free home.  We give thanks to God and all the people who were willing to be used by Him to make our mortgage free home a reality.

I hope you have enjoyed our journey thus far, from time to time I will give updates on our latest project but for the most part this is where my sharing our story ends.

I hope it has inspired you!

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Monday, March 6, 2017

The Ways of My Household … 3/6/2017

This past week brought both warm weather and cold weather to our area.  We started the week off with warm temps but by the later part of the week we were getting nightly freeze warnings.  This has been such a strange winter.

The picture is of the redbud tree outside my front door. 

When the weather turned cooler I pulled out the afghan I’ve been slowly working on and added a few more rows to it.  (I’ll share a picture of it when I get it completed.)  I crocheted 1 face cloth this week as well.  Savings:  $4  I have such a long to-do list of crochet items I want to do … I think I am becoming a crochet addict!!!   

We saved $114.26 using coupons and shopping sales for pantry and non-pantry items in addition to the savings below ...

We found these candles on clearance for $4 each; the regular price was $15 each.  They are manufactured by The Yankee Candle Company and they smell really good.  In addition, the jars when empty will serve as great storage containers as there is no writing on them anywhere other than the label.  Savings:  $44   

My husband loves pimento cheese and every once in a while we’ll buy the ingredients needed to make a big batch of it. We did this week and spent approximately $20 for the ingredients.  If we had purchased the pimento cheese ready to eat from the store it would have cost approximately $50.   Savings to us by making it ourselves:  $30

I’ve been working on inventorying and restocking my first aid tub this week and added band aids and antibiotic cream to it.  Both were on sale and we saved $11.50

I’m loving my 100 Day Essential Oil Challenge so much!  In fact, I’m going to give this challenge its own post starting this week.  I’ll be sharing what I’m learning and giving you the links, books, etc that I’m learning from so be watching for this, that way you can learn right along with me if you like.  

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $5616.59, add this week’s amount ($303.76) and the total for 2017 thus far comes to $5920.35.


Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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