Friday, July 19, 2013

DIY Bug Spray

 Sunset at our new home :)

Well I haven't been blogging as much because we closed on our first house the end of June and have been in full swing of getting settled, getting control of the yard and garden areas as well as attempting to unpack which is a slow but steady process with daily life and kiddos in the mix. We are very blessed and have loved living out in the country again so far. Which brings me to the reason for my post, the bugs have been atrocious. In town the mosquitos were bad, but out on our property they have made their presence a bit more known I think because of the irrigation that happens all around us and on our property as well. The inspiration for my recipe was from Wellness Mama and another blog post I found on pinterest. To check them out follow these links: Wellness Mama Herbal Bug Spray & Make-it-Natural-Mosquito-Spray

My recipe:
  • Recycled a 8.5 ounce detangler spray bottle (At my local health food store I found some amber bottles with sprayer tops, it's a small one that I will probably carry some of this spray in, in the baby bag or my purse.
  • Fill half way with Witch Hazel (very easily found at your local drug store or even grocery store sometimes, I found some at Shop-ko but I am sure Walmart has some as well)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of glycerin *optional* but I have seen it in many natural retail bug sprays
  • Fill the rest of the way with distilled or bottled water until about 3/4 full
  •  Essential Oils: I used several drops of Lemongrass, a few drops of Texas Cedarwood, a few drops of Lavender, Peppermint, Clove bud, and Lemon. I have a big bottle of Citronella but couldn't find it because I am still unpacking, but when I do find it I plan to add a few drops... At least one of these oils are a must: Citronella, Texas Cedarwood, Lemongrass, or Geranium. Citronella is a very common ingredient in many insect repellents. I may add a few drops of tea tree oil as it is a good tick deterrent. Some other oils you can add are Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Catnip. See the photo below for some great oils suggestions also. 
    You need about 40-50 drops of oil, I would say 15 drops of one of oils I listed as a must to start with and then add what you want of the other oils. I added 15 Lemongrass and 6 Texas Cedarwood. You can add a few more drops to make it stronger, just up to your best judgement. Just remember too much of a good thing can result in a bad thing.
  • Once you are done adding your essential oils fill the rest of the way with water, you can also make this in a glass jar with a lid. I put the lid on my recycled detangler bottle and shook it vigorously so it would mix well. If you are mixing this in a glass jar it will appear cloudy at first.
Now you are all set to use it! :) Enjoy.

*Note* for children I would spray on a small area to make sure they do not have an allegic reaction to the essential oils used in this recipe. You can even add a little bit of a carrier oils in this recipe such as jojoba, almond, coconut or olive to prevent a reaction.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Angel Baby Alyse Fund

I personally want to thank each and everyone that has prayed for Dave and Theresa over the past few days. Some of the toughest days of their lives. 5/7/13 their sweet baby girl became an angel. Today 5/8/13 they will welcome their baby into to the world to say goodbye. To read more about Baby Alyse and her family's journey and keep them in your prayers please check out their facebook page

Her best friend Monica inspired me to set up an account where we could all donate to Theresa and Dave through this time. We want to help financially for the medical costs and whatever costs they may need to remember their baby girl.

I run a local Coop for moms both local and across the US and my hosts and I have decided we would like to hold an online auction for cloth diaper items, accessories and items for moms and their babies to raise money to go towards this fund as well... So stay tuned for more information for those who would like to participate as we gather items and sponsors for the auction.

In the mean time if you would like to Donate to the Angel Baby Alyse Fund you may to so here securely over Paypal. No amount is too small. You are not required to have a paypal account to donate, there is a link to donate with out a paypal account as well.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My version of Chicken Spaghetti Inspired by the Pioneer Woman

Today I made a batch of this for a friend that wasn't feeling well and for my family. My family loves Chicken Spaghetti, even my picky toddler. : ) Here is my quick version for those that don't have time to boil a whole chicken fryer, but I have made the Pioneer Woman's version several times as well and it's really yummy too.

  • 2 Cooked large size Chicken Breast (can use 3 or 4 thin cut chicken breasts)
  •  Dry Spaghetti, Broken Into Two Inch Pieces
  • 1 Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup, 1 Can of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 cups Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Finely Diced Green Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Finely Diced Onion
  • 14.5  oz can of Chicken Broth
  • Lawry's Seasoned Salt, Garlic Power, Onion Powder, Salt, Pepper
  • *Optional* 1/8 teaspoon (to 1/4 Teaspoon) Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 cup Additional Cheddar Cheese to sprinkle on top

Preparation Instructions

Cook chicken breast and set aside. Cook spaghetti until al dente. Do not overcook, it will cook the rest of the way in the oven. When spaghetti is cooked, combine with remaining ingredients except additional 1 cup cheddar.

Place mixture in casserole pan and top with remaining cheddar. Cover and freeze up to six months, cover and refrigerate up to two days, or bake immediately: 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until bubbly. (If the cheese on top starts to get too cooked, cover with foil).

Yummy Cheesy Goodness right out of the oven... 

To check out the Pioneer Woman's Recipe Here's a link:

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

March For Babies

*I will be dedicating my walk to my niece Alyse.Sweet Baby Alyse became an Angel 5/7/13 her mom and dad welcomed her into the world to say goodbye 5/8/13. Alyse had a rare virus Cytomegalovirus that led to anemia which led to build up of fluid called Fetal Hydrops. She was given a blood transfusion was in utero and her little body was not able to recover and her heart ultimately stopped beating. She is dearly missed by her parents and family

This cause is very dear to my heart for many reasons and brought really close to home with our neice. *

Please help support The March for Babies. I was invited to help walk and raise money for March of Dimes that hosts "March For Babies" events all over the country. I would love to not only reach my fundraising goal but also encourage support and awareness for premature babies and infant loss. Experiencing Pre-term Labor and hearing the stories from friends that had premature babies that had extended stays in the hospital is what has propelled me to walk for this cause. I feel so fortunate that Grace stayed in my womb for as long as she did, but not all moms are as fortunate and have many more challenges ahead of them.

In April of 2011, Jed was out of town working when I was 34 weeks pregnant and I went into preterm labor, my very kind neighbor drove me to the hospital and Jed made it over the Big Horn Mountain Range in between Powell and Sheridan Wyoming the fastest I have ever seen. Thankfully my labor was stopped, but the medication I was given was heavy duty and could have caused a heart attack so my OBGYN took me off of it at my follow up appointment a couple days later. I would really like to see more research done improving  and learning effective ways of helping women and their babies in these situations. Grace did end up being born 4 days before she reached 37 weeks and in the birth world 37 weeks is considered "to term", even so it would have been nice to have her in my womb just a bit longer. I thank God that she was able to breath on her own and that the only complication we had to face was Jaundice from being early.

Just about month ago Grace at age 1 1/2 years old was hospitalized with RSV, she went in struggling to breath and was at 70% oxygen in the ER, which is very very low. I thank God for watching over her that day. Premature babies are often at much higher risk of developing infections in infancy and toddlerhood, just like Grace did. We now have to watch and wait to see her risk for Asthma in result of her experience with RSV and for her lungs to fully heal it will take 17 months according to her Pediatrician. Through that experience I had many friends encourage and uplift me, it was one of the scariest moments of my life as a mom. Many of my friends sharing their moments in the NICU when their little babies were brand new with complete understanding of the helpless feeling you have when your tiny little one is sick or having a hard time. This is my way of paying it forward to them and to parents across the country who may face a scary situation one day with their babies. Please take a moment to watch this Public Service Announcement to gain a deeper understanding why it's important we continue to learn more and continue to help improve the outcome of Mom's and their babies.
Click Here to Support, Donate, and Learn more about my fundraising Goals for March of Dimes


Monday, April 1, 2013

Why I Do NOT support Autism Speaks

Autism Awareness Month is very near to my heart. My 8 year old daughter Maddy is Autistic. A couple years ago I was educated on the organization Autism Speaks by a fellow mother of an Autistic son. Upon learning this information I have been repulsed by Autism Speaks ever since. No members of the Autistic Community have any direct ties to leadership in the organization and what is even more sad is that little to no funding goes toward supporting members of the Autistic Community. Through the Freedom of Information and several websites that give information on No Profit organizations you can easily research where this organization's money goes; largely to their extravagant lifestyle. This video I have shared up above sums up their organization quite clearly how their money is spent.

Upon researching further I was also angered to learn that Autism speaks in their so called "research" division of their organization advocates Eugenic philosophies, Eugenics = Eradication. Even though they have a budget for "research", very small be it compared to their salaries, they also fail to acknowledge pertinent environmental triggers for Autism. To read more about Autism Speaks and their Eugenic agenda check out this link Adventures in Autism: Does Autism Speaks Support Autism Eugenics?

There are so many other organizations out there that do actually work to support Autistic individuals and their families to find and obtain resources. Awareness is great and education is needed desperately as Autism has grown substantially to 1 in every 50 children born through 2005, but we need more than education, WE NEED ACTION NOW! How many children will it take to change the tide!? 1 in 25? 1 in 10???

These children will grow up and become adult citizens of our society and need to find jobs and deserve respect and support from their communities. Many of these individuals are still largely being denied medical care, resources and therapy that can be very beneficial foundations. My health insurance specifically states any and all medical care in regards to Autism is not covered. The only reason my daughter obtained more intensive Occupational Therapy in Preschool and Kindergarten was because she was on the Wyoming Kid Care Schip program. Wyoming has Child Development Centers that help small children and their families up to the age of 5 years, as do some states in the US. But due to a struggling economy in some areas this can be even more limited at times. My husband now makes enough that we no longer qualify for Schip insurance. Thankfully our daughter has support services at school and her former Occupational Therapist helped me for years implement ideas and ways to support Maddy at home if need be. But many more special needs children in states across our country are not as fortunate to receive such resources. By saying this I do not advocate the government as a reliable solution either, I believe it will be up to individuals in communities across the country to most effectively support the Autistic Community. But that is another conversation for another day.

To learn what organizations you can support that actually benefit the Autistic Community and their families please check out this link, a flyer developed by, that also gives pertinent information about Autism Speaks. Before you donate to Autism Speaks consider the facts...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Maddy & The Eagle Mount Ski Program

I shared this several days ago on my facebook account, but wanted to chronicle it here on my blog as well. April is Autism Awareness month and so many of my posts will be focused around that I am thinking. Maddy has come a long way since her diagnosis. She is continually amazing me with how much she progresses year by year. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to :) Here is Maddy & her classmates from all over Powell, Wy skiing up in Red Lodge, Mt.


The start of my Blogging Adventure

Well I'm a total newbie to the Blog World. But this is something I have wanted to do for quite a while for several reasons. To inspire myself and others, a means of therapy, sharing cool ideas I find on pinterest, my gardening and canning adventures, living life with my oldest daughter with Autism, how to live on less and be frugal, my struggles with PCOS and health, losing weight and exercise; and pretty much anything under the sun that comes to mind! :)

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