Survival Hax: Tactical Flashlight {REVIEW}

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I recently got the chance to do a review for a Tactical Flashlight. Boy am I glad I said yes. (I was given the flashlight, at no cost, but I am not otherwise being compensated for my opinion)

The Principal opened the box, turned it on and immediately said “OH COOL.” If you get an OH COOL then you know it’s a good product.

What we liked about the Survival Hax Tactical Flashlight:

It’s rechargeable

It comes WITH a charger and 3.7v 18650 battery (Not all cool flashlights do)

1000 Lumens

This thing lit up our backyard. To give you an idea we are on rural 5 acres with nothing but trees behind us.
We could see quite far into the trees from our deck. Distance to the tree line from the house is about 25 yards.
We could also see all the way down the driveway which is 100 yards.

Long Lasting Battery

5 hours on low, 3 1/2 on high

Durable

Although it isn’t American made, it feels durable. It’s made of high grade aviation aluminum.

5 Light Modes

  • High
  • Medium
  • Low
  • Strobe
  • SOS

Comes with

  • Battery
  • Charger
  • Soft Sleeve Case
  • AAA Adapter
  • Lanyard

 

Would we buy more of these?
YES! While we have many of the little 3 packs of lights from Costco for around the property, this light offers much more and would be great for hiking or our BOBs.

I will be ordering some for Stocking Stuffers. I am excited to check out more of Survival Hax products on Amazon.

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Essential Oil Gifts for Your Favorite Guy

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Essential Oil Gifts for Your Favorite Guy

Nothing says I Love You like something homemade.
These recipes are also frugal, so bonus.
For obvious reasons I use only CPTG essential oil.

If you would like more information on how to purchase oils go to this page and if you are wondering how to start your own at home business go here.

One thing I love about my favorite oil company is that there aren’t a ton of different products, therefore, I feel, focussing on the oils.
It is so easy to make your own.
I buy the majority of my supplies from Amazon using Amazon Prime to get free shipping.

Homemade Shaving Cream

“If you have not yet tried making your own men’s shaving cream, I have to beg you to try it at least once. Nothing out of a can feels as nice or smells as nice as this Homemade Mens Shaving Cream”

Read more here

Homemade Hand Scrub

I think this would be a great replacement for that harsh ‘orange scrubbing’ stuff under the sink. You know the one in the gallon pump jug.

“Hubby and I recently went to a mall and we were drawn into a popular store where they sell anything and everything scented.

I couldn’t find anything remotely pronounceable, so we didn’t end up buying anything. But my husband did fall in love with a hand scrub that was at the little washing station. So I decided to make it myself – and use essential oils for an extra therapeutic kick!”

– See more at: http://simplyeo.com/hand-scrub-recipe-for-men/#sthash.SFzMSxlc.EaWDYIsT.dpuf
Read the rest here

DIY Aftershave Balm
This would go under Not your Father’s Aftershave

“Put your lotion-making skills to work and make a soothing aftershave balm for men. Formulating products for men isn’t very different from making a regular moisturizer, but men usually want a lighter-feeling lotion, so I’ve used a higher water-to-oil ratio to formulate a thinner product. This recipe makes approximately 250 grams or 8oz of finished lotion.”

Go here to read more

Natural Cologne

“There’s nothing like a nice-smelling man, but sometimes aftershaves and colognes are a bit overpowering. Mix him his own personal scent that he can spritz all over — and won’t cause others to hold their breath as he walks by. And this man spray also does a great job of quickly making spaces smell better.”
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You can also visit my store.
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I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
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Homestead Blog Hop #98

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

There’s a new kid on the block! Mama Kautz is not going anywhere, but WholesomeFamilies.org is going to be where the majority of my time is spent. The homeschooling and prepping content will stay here. All wellness and essential oil content will be moved.
I have been a blogger for 10 years and feel now is the perfect time to do a rebranding if you will.
I hope you will join me over there!

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Four Safe Essential Oil Blends for Baby - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

1. Four Safe Essential Oil Blends for Baby from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

Melt-and-Pour Soap, a Shortcut to Making Your Own Soap - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

2. Melt-and-Pour Soap, a Shortcut to Making Your Own Soap from Oak Hill Homestead

Why We Drink Raw Milk (And Eat Raw Dairy) - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

3. Why We Drink Raw Milk (And Eat Raw Dairy) from Easy Peasy Life Matters

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
  2. Link up to three posts each week.
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
  4. Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
  5. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
  6. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
  7. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us. Please note that all giveaways, contests, and the like will be deleted from the blog hop, as well as anything not family-friendly.

***Please note: in order to maintain the awesomeness of the hop all posts that don’t meet the above guidelines will be deleted.***

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Tessemae’s All Natural {Review}

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Review of Tessemae's by @MamaKautz

I know you may be thinking what the heck? A review for salad dressing? This doesn’t have anything to do with preparedness. It kind of does. Healthy eating, in our house, is considered part of our preparedness plan. We need to be in the best shape possible, not a round shape, but physically fit to be ready for the SHTF. That said, I am also getting away from writing about prepping and moving towards wellness. (Find more goodness at WholesomeFamilies.org soon)

On to the review.

I LOVE THIS BRAND!

End of review.

Kidding!!

Can I tell you why I love it?
I can? Cool!

#1 All Natural
The story goes that Tesse was a mom to 3 boys (so am I) She was tired of the ingredients in your run of the mill dressings. (so am I) So Tesse created her own, all natural line of dressings and marinades. I don’t what I love more. That she is a mom like I am going after her dreams, or that I can fell COMPLETELY at ease with my sons using these products on their food. I could pronounce all of the ingredients!

#2 Labeling
I love that their labels are so easy to read. Want Paleo? It’s on there. Dairy, Gluten, or Sugar free? It’s on there. Kosher? Yep, it’s on there. Doing a Whole30? Some of these are even on the approved food list for Whole30!

Honey Balsamic Marinade by Tessemae's

#3 Delicious!
I took some of our Zaycon Foods chicken breast and marinaded it in the Honey Balsamic marinade overnight. Grilled it the next evening and oh my gosh!! SO GOOD!
I did enough chicken to eat throughout the week and it was great tasting every time!

Tessemae's All Natural Dressing and Marinades

You can find Tessemae’s on Facebook and Twitter

You can purchase your own Tessemae’s on Amazon. If you are in the NW you can find it at Fred Meyer, QFC, or Target.

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Homeschooling with Netflix {American History}

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Netflix American History

I am doing a series on Homeschooling with Netflix.
I will cover American History, Ancient History, Literature turned Movie, Math and Money, Health Class, Nat Geo, Science, Christian Viewing, and Documentaries.

This are movies on American History that we have watched and enjoyed.
I included the Netflix commentary, as well as our own, because some of these were watched ages ago

Colonial & Revolution Era

The Crossing
“A stirring dramatization of George Washington’s surprise attack on the British Army’s German mercenaries at Trenton during the American Revolution, based on the book by Howard Fast”

Johnny Tremain
“When an injury bars him from pursuing his trade, Revolutionary War-era silversmith’s apprentice Johnny Tremain (Hal Stalmaster) finds a new life in the ranks of the Sons of Liberty army, taking part in the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere’s legendary ride.”
(A little dated, and the kids thought it was a little cheesy. That said they watched it in it’s entirety and liked it.)

Civil War

Gettysburg:The movie
“The fiercest battle fought on American soil comes to the screen in a realistic production that painstakingly re-creates the events of three fateful days in July 1863 — from the actual battle locations to the uniforms and boots”

Glory
“Loosely based on the letters of Union commander Col. Robert G. Shaw, this Academy Award-winning drama follows the first group of African-Americans to serve in combat during the Civil War — and shows how they helped turn the tide of the war.”
(We love all things Civil War.)

Lincoln
“Director Steven Spielberg takes on the towering legacy of Abraham Lincoln, focusing on his stewardship of the Union during the Civil War years. The biographical saga also reveals the conflicts within Lincoln’s cabinet regarding the war and abolition.”
(Lincoln is our favorite President. This was a great movie.)

WWII

Memphis Belle
“A U.S. bomber plane’s crew is ordered to hit a heavily defended German city. Capt. Dearborn (Matthew Modine) leads his men into battle while their commander and a public relations officer (John Lithgow) await the squad’s return in this film based on a real World War II mission. Amid friction between the captain and his co-pilot (Tate Donovan), a scandal erupts when a medical officer’s dishonesty is exposed.”
(Very engaging. Especially when the realized my dad was in the Air Force at the end of WWII)

Paper Clips
This is from 2004, but the age of this documentary doesn’t take away from the impact. A must see for your middle schooler to high schooler.

Recent History

Dear America: Letter’s Home from Vietnam
“Set to a 1960s soundtrack and accompanied by authentic news footage, still photos and home movies, these readings create an honest snapshot of a tumultuous time.”
(This was PG13. We really enjoy Dear America stories. Great listening on road trips. This didn’t disappoint.)

The Help
“In 1960s Jackson, Miss., aspiring writer Eugenia Phelan crosses taboo racial lines by conversing with Aibileen Clark about her life as a housekeeper, and their ensuing friendship upsets the fragile dynamic between the haves and the have-nots. When other long-silent black servants begin opening up to Eugenia, the disapproving conservative Southern town soon gets swept up in the turbulence of changing times.”
(Another PG13. I have watched it a few times and still get angry at how the country was then.)

Remember the Titans
“The year is 1971, and the people of Alexandria, Va., are none too pleased when African American Herman Boone is given the nod to head a newly integrated football team. As the season progresses, however, their contentious attitudes begin to change.”
(Another great watch for recent history.)

What movies would you add to this list?

Netflix: American History
Netflix: Math & Money
Netflix: Christian Viewing
Netflix: Nat Geo
Netflix Science
Netflix: Ancient History
Netflix: Documentaries
Netflix: Literature turned Movie

Amazon.com Widgets

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Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
**********************************************************
Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
You can also visit my store.
**********************************************************
Please use discretion if using oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
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Add These Essential Oils Experts to Your Natural Solutions!

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Essential Oil Summit FREE To register and attend!

The Essential Oils Revolution 2 starts on August 22nd, and tens of thousands will learn expert tips, strategies and secrets for using essential oils to regain their health safely and effectively.

Will you be there?

What you could learn at The Essential Oils Revolution 2:

Why essential oils are truly nature’s best medicine
How to use essential oils safely and effectively
Tips for regaining control of your health
Home recipes, guides, safety protocols and best practices
And so much more!
Register immediately to make sure you’ll see the free talks: http://bit.ly/RegisterEOSummit2

Purchase all of the expert talks (price GOES UP when the event STARTS on MONDAY): http://bit.ly/EOSummit2Order

Once you own the expert talks, you can listen to the audios on your computer or mobile device, read the complete transcripts and share this important information with family and friends.

If you learn even one fact from one expert that changes your life, it will be worth it!

The online access package for all of the expert talks is $59 now through Monday morning at 10 A.M. U.S. eastern.
After that, it increases to $79.

Owning the talks also gives you access to eCourses, guides, eBooks and other advice from the expert speakers, at no additional charge!

Click here to learn more about owning this expert advice:http://bit.ly/EOSummit2Order

See you at the summit!

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Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
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to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
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You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
You can also visit my store.
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I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
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Homestead Blog Hop #96

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

 

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Easy Peasy Zucchini Muffins - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

 1. Easy Peasy Zucchini Muffins from Easy Peasy Life Matters

How to Make Cucumber Pickles - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

2. How to Make Cucumber Pickles ~ 4 Different Methods and Recipes from Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

 

The Easy Way to Water the Garden - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

3. The Easy Way to Water the Garden from Oak Hill Homestead

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to the Homestead Blog Hop somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!
  4. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.

Let the Party Begin!

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**********************************************************
Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
**********************************************************
Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
You can also visit my store.
**********************************************************
Please use discretion if using oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
**********************************************************

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Top 10 Ways to Begin Prepping

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10 Ways to Begin Prepping @MamaKautz

This post is the show notes for my first Podcast. Be easy on me! I am still learning and excited to bring you more content this way.

Understand that there is no way to prepare for every possible scenario. What is my worst case scenario may not be yours. These are my Top 10 Ways to Begin Prepping. A few tips to get your started. This list is exhaustive and may be the beginning of a series.

I prep for:

Possible job layoff.
You never know when the company your spouse works for will decide to downsize.

Weather
For North Idaho it’s snow. In 2008 we had one storm stall over us and dump 36 inches of that white stuff in one day.

Economic Collapse
If you have been watching the news for any length of time you know our country is in trouble. I’m not going to get political here, but if you want to chat please feel free to e-mail me.

Worst Case Scenario
For me this is death of The Principal or one of my kids. I also list EMP under this category.

We started prepping about a year ago.  I am listing these in order of OUR importance. This will be different for you. Please use it as a guide.

#1 Gather Supplies for an Emergency Kit

AKA 72 hour kit. This is the go to kit for power outages, etc… If you watched the news during Katrina or Sandy you know it can be more than 72 hours for government response.

  • Easy to cook food. Think camp stove ready
  • Manual can opener
  • Bottles of water
  • TP
  • Extra blankets if it’s winter
  • Candles and matches
  • Flashlights
  • Extra Batteries
  • Prescription medications
  • First aid kit

 

#2 Water

We purchased 6 55 gallon barrels from Craigslist. We lined them up under the eave of the house for rain water collection. PLEASE check your local laws.
We also purchased a hand pump for the well. Water is the priority for sanitation and human or animal consumption. We lose power we lose water and toilet. You can Youtub hand well pump and build this for much less than we paid.

#3 Food

I started couponing and putting back canned food. Food that we don’t normally eat so the suggested rotation won’t be that easy. That said, I don’t think we have 2+ years, or whatever the shelf life of some canned goods claim. We have also purchased a few of the long term storage food stuffs. There are many brands. Pay attention to calories to serving size ratio.

#4 Self Defense

If the power is out for longer than a couple of days people will start to get brave. Especially if you are in the city or suburbs. Self defense doesn’t have to be a firearm. Although, it is what I chose. I also have a concealed carry permit.

#5 Cash

We make sure to carry some cash at all times. If you are at the store and the power goes out your debit card will be worthless.

#6 Full Gas Tank

Again. No power no debit card. Or if prices start to go higher than they are now, lines could be long. I rarely let my tank go below half.

#7 Phone Charged

I am OCD about my phone being charged. The first time mom got sick, in 2008, I didn’t have a car charger. My cell phone died in the middle of calling siblings about her scheduled open heart surgery. I always have a back up to my car charger. This little portable one is good. I also have a this solar one in my preps.

#8 Car Emergency Kit 
We have basically a scaled down version of the 72 hour kit in the car. We travel mountain passes either direction from us. You never know when they might be closed for avalanche control or snow removal.

#9 Emergency Radio

This technically should be in your 72 hour kit, but I didn’t want it to be overlooked. We have one that hand cranks and has a solar panel for charging. It also has a cell charger outlet on it.

#10 Faith

This should be number one I suppose and this sounds cliche. Heaven forbid you NEED any of the above. You prep for the worst and hope for the best. He knows where our world is and isn’t surprised. Just keep the faith.

Here is a list of 72 hour kit:
72_hour_kit
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Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
**********************************************************
Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
You can also visit my store.
**********************************************************
Please use discretion if using oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
**********************************************************

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Homestead Blog Hop #95

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

 

Who is in full on homeschool planning? This is our 10th and last year.

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Black Currant Benefits and its Brain Boost - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 1. Black Currant Benefits and its Brain Boost from Thyme to Embrace Herbs

Manage Your Organic Garden Pests the Natural Way - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

2. Manage Your Organic Garden Pests the Natural Way from Organic 4 Greenlivings

The (Container) Garden Runneth Over - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

3. The (Container) Garden Runneth Over from Hostile Valley Farm

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

Just right click and ‘save image as…’

Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to the Homestead Blog Hop somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!
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Homestead Bloghop #94

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

August? How the heck is it already August? How are you gardens going? Curriculum ordered yet?
Do tell!!

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Zucchini Texas Sheet Cake - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 1. Zucchini Texas Sheet Cake from Easy Peasy Life Matters

Trench Composting: How to Recycle Your Food Scraps without a Compost Bin - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

2. Trench Composting: How to Recycle Your Food Scraps without a Compost Bin from Organic 4 Greenlivings

55 Best Chicken Coops For Practical People - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

3. 55 Best Chicken Coops for Practical People from Farming My Backyard

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Cleaning your Dishwasher without using Chemicals

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Cleaning your Dishwasher without using Chemicals @MamaKautz

In the last year I have gotten rid of most of the chemicals in our home. I hadn’t thought that those chemicals had bothered me in any way. I was wrong. If I go down the cleaner aisle at the grocery store I get a headache almost instantly. Who knew? I sure didn’t. The toxins were having a negative impact on me and I wasn’t even aware because I didn’t know any better.
Now I do and I want to share what I have learned with you so you too can get rid of the chemicals and toxins in your home.

Our dishwasher was G-ROSS! It doesn’t help that was have a ton of iron in our water so it stains everything. Dishwasher. Toilet. Shower curtain. I am sure my mother-in-love thinks I don’t ever clean because of the stains.
Well, I didn’t want to use harsh chemicals to clean the dishwasher. So with a little elbow grease, a long handled scrubber, and a few drops of Lemon and a few Purification blend essential oil I went to town.

Inside gross dishwasher
Seriously. How gross is this. I can’t even…..

More gross dishwasher parts
I soaked these parts in Lemon water. Lemon is a degreaser and these parts needed it. BAD. I also scrubbed these with the long handled scrubber. I sure wasn’t gonna touch this stuff bare handed.

Much cleaner dishwasher
It might not be perfect, but it is MUCH better than it was.
Bonus: No chemical fumes. When I was done it smelled fresh and clean. So safe I could have used child labor.

The scrubber I used was similar to this one:

I really should have used these:

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The Best Enchilada Sauce Recipe Ever

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The Best Homemade Enchilada Sauce Ever @MamaKautz

First of all I am not going to be come a foodie blogger. Seriously. I HAVE to share this recipe with you.

It was so good. Leftovers the next day were better. I think I will try this again in the crockpot and see if that makes a difference as well.

Ingredients
2 C. Chicken Broth
2T Olive Oil
2T Flour
1T Garlic Powder (or more if you like garlic)
1/2 t Salt 1 t Cumin (I used 1.5t because we really like cumin)
2T Chili Powder (We used hot chili powder)
Pièce de Résistance 3 drops of Lime Essential Oil
Instructions
Put Olive Oil in sauce pan over medium heat
Add spices until fragrant
Add Chicken Broth Reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes

Enchilada Seasonings
I buy my seasonings at a local store. I am all about supporting small businesses.

Seasonings and Olive Oil
Seasonings and olive oil, before I stirred. This is a red sauce. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the acutal enchiladas because they were so yummy and disappeared quickly.

Lime-Essential-Oil-Yummm-300x258
I thought, on a whim, lets add some Lime. I was going to add 2-3 drops, it was more like 5 or 6 but it only added to the flavor. SO GOOD!

I am going to make a HUGE batch of this sauce and can it for my food storage.

Do you need Essential Oils of your own? email me Oils at MamaKautz.com

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What to Use Clove Essential Oil for

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What to use Clove Essential Oil for

Clove oil is good for oral support….Do you have a teenager in braces? Clove oil can help alleviate that monthly adjustment discomfort.

Use Clove oil with Wild Orange to kill the sugar monster.

Place one drop of Clove in two ounces of water and gargle for a soothing effect.

Helps to clean the teeth and gums while promoting fresh breath.

During your nightly routine, add one drop of clove to your toothbrush before applying toothpaste.

During the Fall and Winter season, diffuse three drops Clove, two drops Cinnamon, and one drop Wild Orange for an invigorating scent.

Not all EO’s can be used internally or even topically. This is where essential oil companies are different.
Please use common sense when using EO’s and if you have ANY questions please e-mail at Oils@MamaKautz.com

Want to host a class and get free oils? E-mail me!

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5 Uses for Arborvitae Essential Oil

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5 Uses for Arborvitae Essential Oil

This little gem does not get enough attention. Sourced in Vancouver, Canada, Arborvitae is best known as the Tree of Life. It protects against seasonal threats and has powerful purifying properties.

Insect Repellent

Combine 10 drops each of Eucalyptus and Lemongrass, and 3 drops of Arborvitae in a 2oz spray bottle and top with witch hazel.
Give it a shake, spray, and enjoy!
SO much better the other toxic sprays that are available.

Cologne
Combine with Cedarwood and Frankincense for an earthy, toxin free cologne

Wood Preservative and Polish
Mix four drops of Arborvitae essential oil and two drops of Lemon essential oil with a carrier oil for a effective wood preservative and polish.

Emotional Support
Arborvitae, when diffused or applied topically (dilute for sensitive skin) can help a person process through control issues, rigidity, trust, and fighting with reality.

Promotes Healthy Cell Function
Protects against environmental and seasonal threats. Diffuse or use topically.

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Homestead Blog Hop #92

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Our 2nd oldest got married on Sunday. It was a perfect wedding with perfect weather and sunset in North Idaho.

Oh real quick, I will be in Kalispell, MT the 2nd week of August. If you would like to host an oil class or have a wellness consult email me Oils at MamaKautz.com and we can make that happen!

Now on to the hop… Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)
Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)
Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)
Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)
Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)
Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop - Clean-Eating-Baked-Potato-Logs from Easy Peasy Life Matters1.Clean Eating Baked Potato Logs from Easy Peasy Life Matters

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop - fresh-lemon-leaf-tea from Thyme to Embrace Herbs2. Fresh Lemon Leaf Tea from Thyme to Embrace Herbs
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Homestead Blog Hop #91

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

We are in Wedding Week….Lots of little details coming together. So exciting! Have you had a wedding in your family recently??

Now on to the hop… Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)
Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)
Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)
Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)
Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)
Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Homestead Blog Hop Feature from Organic 4 Green Livings1.Organic Herbs that you can Grow in Your Garden from Organic for Green Livings

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop from Thyme to Embrace Herbs2. Bindweed Medicinal Uses in All Her Glory from Thyme to Embrace Herbs
Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop from Hostile Valley Farm
3. Keeping Goats Amused from Hostile Valle Farm
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Uses for Tea Tree Essential Oil

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Ten Uses for Tea Tree Oil
“Tea tree oil, or melaleuca oil, is an essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odor and a color that ranges from pale yellow to nearly colorless and clear. It is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.” source

Respiratory Support
Steaming water with a few drops of melaleuca in it. Be careful not to get a steam burn, but place face over steam with towel over your head, making a ‘tent.’

Mouth Support
1-2 drops directly to sore, with a cotton swab, twice a day.

Homemade Cleaners
Great for keeping germs at bay. 4 C. water + 2T Vinegar + 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil.

Homemade Mouthwash
Didn’t prep enough Scope? 1 1/4 C. distilled water and 6 drops of oil…add Peppermint oil for taste.

Laundry
A few drop in your detergent will help with mustiness. (I am going to research cleaning the front load washer with this as well)

Mold
Melaleuca added to some Apple Cider Vinegar as a cleaner. This would be great for my window tracks.

Skin Tags
A cotton ball with a couple of drops of melaleuca on it placed over the skin tag. You can use medical tape to secure the cotton ball if you’d like.
The skin tag should loosen and fall off on it’s own.

Ticks
A drop or two and the tick will unlatch.

For Hair
Tea tree oil has proven very beneficial for the health of your hair and scalp. Tea tree oil has the ability to soothe skin. To make homemade tea tree oil shampoo, mix several drops of tea tree essential oil with aloe vera gel, coconut milk and other essential oils like lavender oil.

Homemade Deodorant
I have a great recipe here I used Lemongrass in that recipe, but Melaleuca would have been more effective.

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Insta Pot Recipe Round-up

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A Round-up of Recipes for your instapot

Have you got an Instapot yet?
I wanted to share a roud up or recipe posts by my favorite bloggers!

Jill at The Prairie Homestead has 21 of her best recipes over here.
Jack at The Natural Homestead (formerly Paleo Mama) has a list of low carb recipes.

Then Nom Nom Paleo also has her favorites in this post.

Last, but not least, the Nourished Homestead has a whole CATEGORY for her posts on the Insta Pot.

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doTERRA Wellness Advocate Volunteers with Alzheimer’s Association

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I wanted to share a little story with you. While I don’t know anybody personally that has been impacted by Alzheimer’s, I love what doTERRA stands for and the global impact they are having! Someday I would love to do a service project much like this Wellness Advocate is doing. My project would be educating single moms on taking care of their children naturally.

“As Alzheimer’s patients succumb to pneumonia and infection, a doTERRA Wellness Advocate strives to help.

During her years of college, doTERRA Wellness Advocate Mary Gauldin began volunteering for the North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Her love of the elderly and her desires to care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease connected her with those she worked with, and when her grandpa was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it only fed her desire to help the cause of eliminating Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that occurs because of the degeneration of the brain, and it can interfere with memory, thinking, and behavior. These symptoms are likely to influence a person’s ability to perform daily tasks like walking, remembering, and swallowing. The loss of everyday capabilities can also lead to additional health issues such as infection. For example, people with Alzheimer’s are at a greater risk of getting pneumonia because of complications associated with swallowing. Swallowing inabilities can cause individuals to inhale food and liquid into airways which may lead to infections like pneumonia.1 Aside from pneumonia, other infections and side effects that can occur from Alzheimer’s symptoms include urinary tract infections (UTI), the flu (influenza), and broken or fractured bones from falls.2”

Read more at doTERRA.com

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Homeschooling High School: Curriculum that Worked for Us

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Homeschooling High School. Curriculum that Worked for Us

Our Favorite Homeschool Curriculum for High School

Homeschool curriculum choices can be over.whelm.ing!
Like, over the top, make you crazy trying to choose which is best for your children, crazy. If you are like me, each child has a different learning style, but you can’ justify 2 or 3 or even 4 different sets of books to cater to each child.

I don’t call myself an expert, but I have gone around the block a few times and read my share of curriculum catalogs.
While we have run the gamut of styles from K12 to Unschooling, I have really enjoyed Charlotte Mason style the most.
I use (loosely) Simply Charlotte Mason as a guide. There is also Ambelside Online.

We are on our 10th year of homeschooling and down to only 1 child who will actually be enrolled at the local community college.
This list is of our favorites for high school. All 4 of my kids enjoyed these curriculums. Yes, they all had different learning styles, but they enjoyed the Charlotte Mason style of schooling.

Critical Thinking
Anything from Criticalthinking.com

History:
Living History. Books from the library. This is where I use Simple Charlotte Mason as a guide. The books are listed in age appropriate sections by era.

Literature
I use the Simply Charlotte Mason literature list as a guide as well. I get the books from the library or search Amazon for free downloads.

Math:
Teaching Textbooks.
We have tried Saxon and Math U See. Teaching Textbooks seems to be the best for our family. The kids watch the cd on the computer and it teaches them as they figure the problems.

Science:
Apologia for Science.
We have loved ALL of our Apologia science over the years. I have heard both good and not so good about their Biology. My kids aren’t going to an Ivy League College so this works for us. There is also the Living Science list. I will get these books from the library

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A List of Items that are in My Bug-Out Bag

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What's in Your Bug Out Bag

This list is highly dependent on your location. In North Idaho we have real seasons. Snow in winter. Hot summers. The contents of this bag needs to be rotated accordingly.
You also don’t want this bag to be 80 pounds. If you have to actually hike out 80 pounds will feel super heavy rather quickly. Some of these items could be in your Everyday Carry (EDC), but I can’t make that decision for you.
Remember, skills are better than any gear. Knowing how to build a shelter is better than carrying a 2 man tent or tarp.

SHELTER

Small Tarp
Rope
Paracord
Grommet kit
Sleeping bag

TOOLS

Folding shovel
Folding bow saw
Leatherman multi-tool
Solar Charger ~ This will come in handy. Odds of a grid down situation are small so you will still have technology.
Flashlights
First aid kit
Essential Oils
Hand held radio

FOOD/WATER

I suggest a quality water filter straw. Water is heavy and hauling it could be cumbersome. A reusable bottle, like this HydroFlask, would be ok.
Water purification tablets don’t take up much room either.
Mountain House freeze dried food is portable.

CLOTHING

Change of clothes ie: good socks, underwear, long sleeve and short sleeve shirts
Hiking boots or good hiking shoes.
Zip off leg pants

FIRE/COOKING

Matches in waterproof carriers (3 different ones)
Flint & steel – plus back ups for your backups
Magnesium fire starter (like this one)
Bic lighter
Cotton balls soaked with vaseline
Backpacking stove. This one has great ratings and is affordable.

HUNTING/FISHING

Snare wire (and knowledge of how to set) Thompson is a good brand. More found here
Foldable fishing rod/reel
Small fishing kit packed in a .410 shell
Guns and ammo

This list could be exhaustive. Again, you will have to carry it all so consider that when packing.

Survival at Home has some great articles covering BOB’s:
Why you Need Glow Stick in your Bug out Bag
Dollar Store Preps
Top 3 Bug-out Bag items People forget

You can also find lots of bug out bag books on Amazon.

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Homestead Blog Hop #90

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Eeeek Less than 2 weeks until The Wedding! The house is coming together. It’s been an amazing journey!
What do you have going this summer?

Now on to the hop… Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more... 

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)
Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)
Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)
Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)
Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)
Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

2. Beneficial Flowers from Wildwood Country Acres
 3. Catching a Wild Bee Swarm from Faithful Farmwife
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Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to the Homestead Blog Hop somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!
  4. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
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Travel Bins for Road Trips with Kids

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DIY Travel Bins for Road-trips with Kids

We road trip to Seattle fairly often…6 hours away. We also LOVE road-trip vacations. Here are a few tips that I have used and tweaked over the years to keep the kids entertained.

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This is our dry food bin. Basically anything that doesn’t need refrigeration. It was large…but not enough for a week at the beach. (Yes, I allow junk food on vacation)

I like doing this because it makes packing the car easier. Also nothing get squished.

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This is actually the same bin…left is end view. Books and DVD’s go in this bin, as do any markers or coloring….LOTS! of Mad Libs.

We always tend to over pack.  Best of intentions to do those Mad Libs but then a book on tape catches our attention and that is all we end up doing.Little House on the Prairie is a fave (found here) I love the bin to keep their stuff organized. I can tell you when we travelled with 4 they each had their own bin and that became messy. It was easier to have one bin per 2 kids. One in the front bench and one in the back.

What do you do when taking road trips? Any tips you want to share?

Some favorite audio books that we have listened to on road-trips:

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Homestead Blog Hop #89

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Can you believe it is almost JULY! Seriously, where has this year gone!?

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

DIY Laundry Detergent - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

1. Laundry Detergent Recipe from The Woolly Homestead

Making Salves and Ointments - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

2. Making Salves and Ointments from Oak Hill Homestead

Through Wisdom a House is Built - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

 3. Through Wisdom a House is Built ~ A Practical Application from Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

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Guidelines for this Get-Together:

  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to the Homestead Blog Hop somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!
  4. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.

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Normalcy Bias

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Do you Ever Suffer from Normalcy Bias @MamaKautz

Glen Tate, author of the 299 Days seriesoften talked of people having normalcy bias. Kind of head in the sand, not really looking outside of their normal, day to day lives.

The normalcy bias, or normality bias, is a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects Wiki

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I did a super quick Podcast about this topic. How I, myself, have had a case of normalcy bias. Wanting the world to just be normal. I know, define normal. I want to not have to think about the what if’s. Part of my problem, if you want to call it that, is my personality feels it. If I read too much or watch too many YouTube videos and I start to get anxious. I know we are not to worry. I know that I am saved by grace, and honestly, know if anything does happen that I am going to be ok. For my own mental state I need to not read every blog post or watch every YouTube video. I can see fear mongering in some of it and steer clear of those sites.

What do you do when you sense normalcy bias coming on? Power through or unplug?

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**********************************************************
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**********************************************************
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Homestead Blog Hop #88

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

 

What are you starting to plan for winter prep? I know it is just now summer. We are thinking about how much wood we will need and canning stuff.

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Garlic Parmesan Asparagus - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

1. Garlic Parmesan Asparagus from April Tells All

Helpful Herbs Lamb Quarters - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

2. Helpful Herbs: Lamb’s Quarters from Hostile Valley Living

What About the Goats - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 3. What About the Goats? from Oak Hill Homestead

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to the Homestead Blog Hop somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!
  4. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.

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Herb and Essential Oil Education at your Fingertips!

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Raise your hand if you’ve been let down by the conventional medical system. Me too!

While we originally started using essential oils for preparedness reasons we quickly learned that we NEEDED them in our daily lives. From sleep support to mental challenges that come with an empty nest. We also started using them to clean with and make our own green products. It is night and day comparison to how we feel now compared to BO or Before Oils.

It was that first taste of success that encouraged me to keep going, keep learning, and keep using these natural methods to promote both wellness and healing for my own family.

Fast forward years later and we’re still using them, now more than ever. Our natural medicine chest is brimming with herbal remedies and essential oils (among other things) that really do work. My kids know that when someone’s sick or hurt, that’s where I’ll head first.

I love this shift that’s taken place. Though I didn’t know anything about this stuff when I started, it’s honestly been easier than I expected to learn and really grow confident in using natural remedies to care for my health and my family’s health. 

Maybe you’re ready for that next step, too. Maybe you’ve been dabbling a bit, but you want to get serious and learn more advanced information.

Or maybe you’re more of a beginner and just need some step-by-step tutorials, recipes and safety information to help you feel good about moving forward.

Regardless of where you’re at, I’m so excited to introduce you to something created just for you, to equip you with more confidence, skills and know-how as you use herbs and essential oils in your own home. 

It’s called the Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle.

It’s a collection of 20 eCourses, eBooks and printables that bring together science-backed, time-honored remedies and information, in one comprehensive package, at a price that’s too good to miss.

Here are 5 titlesWith these resources at your fingertips, you’ll be able to:

  • Separate fact from fiction as you choose quality herbs and essential oils.
  • Confidently prepare salves, syrups, tinctures, and teas.
  • Properly dilute oils for topical use.
  • Learn blending principals for aromatic use.
  • Incorporate essential oils into easy and effective herbal remedies.
  • Know which herbs are safe for pregnancy, babies and children.
  • Use printables to organize your essential oils for safety and ease of use.
  • Create beauty products, herbal baths, and even gifts for friends and family.

You can get this entire herbs and essential oils library, worth over $400, for less than $30. That’s 92% off what it would cost to buy everything individually!

(Not to mention, it’s the price of one doctor or hospital copay, or filling a prescription or two.)

Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary is a full-service apothecary and clinic offering small batch hand-made herbal products to enhance your health and wellbeing. With your bundle, you’ll also receive a special coupon for 50% off bulk herbs and essential oils!

The bundle is available for just 6 days, from now until Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. That’s why the Ultimate Bundles team can offer so much, because they only have permission to sell it for such a short period of time.


Learn more or get your bundle now!



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If you think getting all these herb & essential oil resources for less than $30 sounds like a steal, then make sure to go HERE to see exactly what it includes and grab yours before this deal ends!

For those of you who likes lists I gotchu:

  • 101 Essential Oil Blends for Topical & Aromatic Use by Rachel Zupke of Mason Jar Values ($7.99)
  • 5 Multi-Use Herbs (And What to Do with Them) by Sarah Josey of Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary & Clinic ($17.00)
  • Best Herbs & Essential Oils For Labor & Delivery-Audio Class & Transcript by Jenni Wilson of Natural Oil Mom ($19.95)
  • Cold & Flu Season: Are You Ready? by Carol Little   ($9.99)
  • Common Sense Home Remedies Book #1 – Head, Throat & Chest by Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Home ($2.99)
  • Common Sense Home Remedies Book #1 – Skin Troubles by Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Home ($2.99)
  • Common Sense Home Remedies Book #1 – Tummy Troubles by Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Home ($2.99)
  • DIY Lavender Creations by Stacy Karen of A Delightful Home ($5.99)
  • Essential Oils Planner by Amy Bayliss of AmyBayliss.com ($5.95)
  • Essential Oils: Separating Truth from Myth by Kristen Smith of Smithspirations ($9.95)
  • Essential Oils: The Herbalist’s Toolkit by Amber Meyers of Herbal Academy of New England ($4.99)
  • Handbook of Home Remedies by Wellness Mama ($24.00)
  • Herbs & Oils: Beyond the Basics by Jessie Hawkins of Vintage Remedies ($197.00)
  • Homegrown Healing, from Seed to Apothecary by Chris Dalziel of Joybilee Farm ($9.97)
  • How to Create Healing Herbal Baths by Kami McBride of Living Awareness ($19.99)
  • Mama and Baby Herbal Wisdom by Kate Tietje of Modern Alternative Mama ($7.95)
  • Safe EO Labels – Set A by Lea Harris of Using EOs Safely ($19.99)
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Adaptogens by Heather Dessinger of Mommypotamus ($14.99)
  • The Essential Oils Course by Edie Wadsworth of Living Life in Grace ($39.00)
  • The Healing Foods: Nature’s Pharmacy for Better Health by Dr. Karen Lee of DrKarenSLee.com ($9.99)
  • Using Essential Oils Safely & Effectively by Natalie Vickery of The Family Herbalist ($12.50)

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Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
**********************************************************
Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
**********************************************************
Please use discretion if using oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
**********************************************************
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Surviving Summer with Essential Oils

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Spring is in full swing and Summer is just around the corner.
With Summer comes bugs and sun!
Here are the essential EO’s to have to survive the summer.
Surviving Summer with Essential Oils

    Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint are a killer combination for seasonal support.

1-2 drops of each to a shot glass of water would be effective at knocking out that discomfort.
We also have these in a veggie cap and make one up daily.

Bug Spray
Protective Blend
This super concentrated blend only needs to be applied every 4-6 hours. A couple of drops on exposed skin. You can also use 15-20 drops of Protective Blend, with water or Fractionated coconut oil, in a small, dark, glass spray bottle. You want the bottle to be dark so the oil doesn’t loose it’s effectiveness. (found here) If you choose water, shake before each use.
If you’ve already been bit try a couple of drops of Lavender or Melaleuca oil to relieve itching.

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Sunscreen
Recipe for your own, homemade suncscreen.

Avoid citrus oils in sunscreen because they are photosensitive.
I recommend Lavender because it is soothing to the skin.
This lotion needs to be stored in a dark ie; not opaque container. Sunlight will cause the oils to breakdown and loose effectiveness. I found these, but not in individual containers. Maybe have a lotion making party with your friends.

Sunburn Spritzer if you didn’t get the sunscreen in time:

1 oz Water
2-4 Drops of Lavender
1 Drop Helichrysum (both found here)
1/2 teaspoon of Pure Organic Aloe Vera

Do you have any GO TO recipes for natural alternatives?
Share them in the comments!

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Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
**********************************************************
Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
**********************************************************
Please use discretion if using oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
**********************************************************
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Homestead Blog Hop #87

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

 
Operation Overhaul of our house is in full swing. New flooring and paint throughout the living areas (not office and bedrooms.) Have you ever done something of the like? What are your favorite colors to paint?

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Best fruits to grow in a container garden - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

1. Best Fruits to Grow in a Container Garden from Organic 4 Greenlivings

9 Epic Uses for Castor Oil on Your Face - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

2. 9 Epic Uses for Castor Oil on Your Face from Natural Alternative Therapies

DIY Peppermint Infused Muscle Strain Medicinal Massage Oil - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

 3. DIY Peppermint Infused Muscle Strain Medicinal Massage Oil from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to the Homestead Blog Hop somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!
  4. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.

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Pressure Canning Pinto Beans

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How to Pressure Can Pinto Beans for Long Term Food Storage

Clean and rinse beans to make sure there aren’t any rocks etc.
I then soaked 3/4 of a cup of beans in each jar full of water overnight.
Next morning drain water and refill with fresh water

These need to go for 70 minutes at 10 pounds.
SUPER easy. For me, even better than Mylar bags for long term storage.

One pint of home canned is about 2 store bought cans. Those beans are packed in there where a store bought has more water.

Rough break down of cost

Canning jars: $7.50 per doz (.62 per jar)
Beans roughly .25 per jar full.
So around .87 a pint
Not including electricity for the stove
And more bang for your bean in terms of servings.

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Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
**********************************************************
Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
**********************************************************
Please use discretion if using oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
**********************************************************
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7 Must Reads for the Beginning Prepper

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7 Must Reads for the Beginner Prepper

7 Must Read for the Beginning Prepper

This list of 7 Must Reads for the Beginning Prepper is short and sweet. A great start to the Post Apocalyptic genre. These are in no way to scare you, but they will make you think. Don’t go crazy prepping after reading them. Pace yourself. Whatever you do, don’t forget to continue living. Don’t ask my how I know this.
Let me know what you think after you have read a few.

After America was the first or second book I read when I started prepping 4 years ago. It is of the Post Apocalyptic genre. The Amazon reviews suck, which is probably why I liked it. It is the 2nd in a series, but I didn’t read the first and I was fine. Why is it on the list at all. It was eye opening for me and helped push me to start prepping. Not that the scenario in the book is likely, but it made me think.

One Second After is also post apocalyptic in nature. I took notes while reading this one. I learn more from books that aren’t text-booky in nature, and for me this was a great book for that. It’s about an EMP (Electro Magentic Pulse) hitting America. This scenario isn’t as far fetched as one would hope or think, whether from the sun or one of our enemies. An EMP has the potential to destroy our technology advancements. This story is about a man who struggles to keep his family safe and alive.

Patriots written by John Wesley Rawles who coined the term American Redoubt, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Alson Eastern parts of Washington and Oregon. Now this book is about economic collapse…..So, pretty eye opening for the beginning prepper and I believe, pretty realistic. Of all of Rawles’ books this is the best one. They can be read as stand alones or as a series.

How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It. Also by Rawles. I picked this one up at Costco actually. This book is more of a how to in nature. As with most educational books, you want a hard copy, not a digital. You want to be able to access them at all times.

Survival Mom…This was the first book I bought myself. Mother’s Day 2012 at a bookstore in Portland. If you know me you know as much as I LOVE books, I rarely purchase them new. This one wasn’t even on sale, that is how much I wanted it. It is a great how to and practical for the ‘average mom’ meaning not a survivalist oo rah type of book.

Preppers Blueprint (review coming soon) I started reading this for a review and it is fabulous! 56 chapters PACKED full of information. I have the digital (for the review) I will be buying a hard copy.

Prepper’s Long-term Survival Guide. You can read my review to see why I recommend this one. “Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living” It is another how to book, but while they might overlap in a few topics, they are from different authors, therefore different perspectives and a-ha moments.

Food Storage for Self Sufficiency and Survival. I also have a review for you to read. This is nothing but food storage. How to, best ways, etc. Again, you’ll want a hard copy as a reference for your home library.

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I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
**********************************************************
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Zaycon Bulk Meat for Food Storage

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Zaycon bulk ground beef

I wanted to share with you real quick that Zaycon has ground beef back.
I have purchased their bacon, chicken, and ground beef and have never been disappointed.
Before you say “Oh, I don’t need THAT much ground beef. Or Chicken” Notice nobody says they don’t need that much bacon.
I love Zaycon for their bulk options for food storage. I have pressure canned all of their meat with success.
You can read my instructions about ground beef and also my review about their chicken thighs. I also pressure canned their bacon.

I feel a sense of urgency with storing food so I wanted to pass this tip on. Enjoy!

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Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
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Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
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to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
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Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
**********************************************************
Please use discretion if using oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
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Homestead Blog Hop #86

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

 

I have something VERY COOL in the works for my favorite readers! You guys! I can’t wait to show you! Stay tuned!!

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Cleavers - An herbal remedy for you and your cat - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

1. Cleavers, An Herbal Remedy for You and Your Cat from Oak Hill Homestead

How to Build a Duck House - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

2. How to Make a Duck House from The Cape Coop

Growing Lavender from Cuttings - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

 3. Free Lavender Plants From Cuttings Using An Existing Plant from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

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Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to the Homestead Blog Hop somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!
  4. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.

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Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
**********************************************************
Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
**********************************************************
Please use discretion if using oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
**********************************************************
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Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

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Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

This is by far the easiest, homemade, frugal cleaner I have made. Protective Blend foaming hand soap. You don’t have to use the branded soap dispenser it is just what I had on hand. I actually plan on using these. Much cuter in my kitchen and bathroom, they just aren’t foaming.

Why use Essential Oil Foaming Hand Soap

This Protective Blend protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system.
This recipe for foaming hand wash is a wonderful, all-natural alternative to the antibacterial hand soaps that are on the market today.

• Supports healthy immune function
• Protects against environmental threats
• Cleanses surfaces
• Purifies the skin while promoting healthy
circulation
• Energizing and uplifting aroma

Homemade-Foaming-Hand-Soap

You can find my choice of Castile soap here

Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby-Mild Castile Liquid Soap contains no fragrance and replaces it with double the olive oil, so it is great for people with allergies or sensitive skin. Of course, it is great for babies as well! All soaps are certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program. All soaps are also certified Fair Trade. Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottles source
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Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
**********************************************************
Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
**********************************************************
Please use discretion if using oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
**********************************************************
Occasional Useletter
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Some of Our Favorite Educational Apps

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Educational Apps for K-3 @MamaKautz

Screen shot from my iPad.

I have a folder for each subject.

I got the iPad for school

 

Since my their (my kids) tastes change so often I am posting an update of our their favorite apps. Most of these apps are free. I sometimes will pay .99….not more than, say, $2.99…unless it is something I think they will love and use…
Geography Apps

Geo Walk HD – 3D World Fact Book – Vito Technology Inc.

Google Earth – Google, Inc.

Stack the States™

Stack the Countries™

Learn US State Flags and Capitals – Quiz and Study Guide – mindwarrior
 

Science & Critical Thinking Apps

Cross Fingers – Mobigame

Moon Globe – Midnight Martian

SkyORB

Anatomy 3D – Organs – Real Bodywork

Periodic Table Shoot ’em Up – Brian West

Rush Hour Free – ThinkFun, Inc.

 

History and Citizenship

Presidents vs. Aliens™
… Yes, I thought this was not an ok app at first…same people that made Stack the States…12 year old LOVES IT and is learning.

USA Presidents

U.S. Quarters – Wooblue, Inc.

US Presidents (Match’Em Up™ History and Geography) – EnsenaSoft
 

Math

undefined – Marcel Widarto

Fractions App By Tap To Learn

Math is Easy – Prime Factorization and Equation Solver

Math Battle

Pearl Diver HD

Math Bingo – ABCya.com
 

Language Arts and Spelling

BrainPOP Featured Movie – BrainPOP®

Grammar Dragon – NRCC Games

Bluster! – McGraw-Hill School Education Group

Story Maker HD – BlueFinger
 

 

Art Apps

Van Gogh’s Dream

Monet HD
 

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Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
**********************************************************
Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
**********************************************************
Please use discretion if using oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
**********************************************************
Occasional Useletter
Essential Oil Newsletter

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Dear Mom of the ADHD Child, You WILL Be Okay

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Dear mom of the child with ADHD

Dear mom of the ADHD child,

You will be okay!
You will have days when you want to pull your hair out.
You will have days when you see hope.
You will be judged if you choose to medicate.
You will be judged if you don’t.
You will be accused of being a bad parent.
You will be accused of not discipling enough.
Or too much.
People will take pity on you.
They will look down their nose at you.
Doctor’s will give you advice. So will Grandma. And the neighbor. And the teachers.

Until they live an HOUR in your life, they don’t know.
They don’t know the struggles you have every morning getting ready for school.
They don’t know the struggles every afternoon to get homework done.
They don’t know you worry that your child isn’t eating enough because the medication curbs their appetite.
They don’t know you sometimes don’t want to answer your phone because you are afraid it is the principal. Or the bus driver. Again.

Who doesn’t judge?
Who doesn’t accuse?
Who does know?

A loving and merciful God!
Do you know Him?

He knows your daily struggles.
He knows you get discouraged.

He LOVES your child even more than you do!

He hears your prayers!

He CHOSE you to be this special child’s mama.
YOU!

You know why?

Because YOU are the BEST mama for your child.
Nobody else!

I am HONORED He CHOSE me to have not just a child with ADHD, but also a child with ADD.
Sixteen months apart.

They are in their 20’s now, and I am here today to tell you about it.
You know what that means?
I survived.

No, it wasn’t a cake walk.
There are full periods of time in their young lives that are a blur to me.
There are also great memories.
There were many adoring kisses and handfuls of dandelion bouquets.
Many ‘look mom’ moments as they were daredevils on the playground.

Friend, I am here today to tell you

YOU WILL BE OKAY!

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Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
**********************************************************
Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
**********************************************************
Please use discretion if using oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
**********************************************************
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Essential Oil Newsletter

Photo Credit: Mama Kautz’s daughter

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Homestead Blog Hop #85

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

 

Lots of seasonal changes going on here at our little homestead. Seasons of life and Spring to Summer.

How do you handle them?

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Make Your Own Honey, Rose & Oat Face Cleanser {DIY} - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

1. Make Your Own Honey, Rose & Oat Face Cleanser {DIY} from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

Setting Up for Goats - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

2. Setting Up for Goats from Hostile Valley Farm

10 Things I've Stopped Buying - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

 3. 10 Things I’ve Stopped Buying from Oak Hill Homestead

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  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to the Homestead Blog Hop somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!
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Homestead Blog Hop

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

I am traveling again for oil education. Love to visit Portland, but happy to head home.

Do you love to travel?

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Feeding Your Backyard Ducks - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

1. Feeding Your Backyard Ducks from The Cape Coop

Hanging Basket How-To - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

2. Hanging Basket How-To from The Freckled Rose

How to Make Calendula Medicine - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

 3. How to Make Calendula Medicine from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

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  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!
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Dehydrating Frozen Corn

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I thought I would try dehydrating frozen corn. I used Costco’s organic frozen corn that they had in stock.

Dehydrating frozen corn is easier than you might think

The large bag was only around $4. The nice thing with frozen corn? I can just throw it on the tray and set the dehydrator. I forgot about it honestly and the corn was in there for about 24 hours. It didn’t need that long, but it didn’t hurt the corn either.

DehydratedCorn

I ended up with one tray fitting in one jar. It doesn’t look like much once it dries.

tube
I used my vacuum sealer to store it for long term.

lid
This vacuum seal lid in the wide mouth size worked swimmingly. The regualar size? Not so much. Every time I pulled the lid off the seal broke. Could be operator error….maybe.

inner jar
I came across a video where she used regular jars inside a vacuum seal container. Once you pop off the tube, after it goes through the cycle, it seals the jar.

secondjar
With this method you can use jars other than Mason jars. I save all my glass jars. There is something they could be used for. In the shop or the craft room. This has been a great way to re-use them and not just throw them away. Mason Jars can get pricey as food storage containers if I am not using them for canning. But re-using other jars is great!

rehydrate
This is how easy it is to re-hydrate. About 15 minutes soak time.

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Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
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Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
**********************************************************
Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
**********************************************************
Please use discretion if using oils that are not CPTG oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
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5 Side Effects of Essential Oils

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Side effects of essential oils

I have compiled a list. A list of things that the “Experts” neglect to tell you when you start using essential oils.
These are in no particular order and can happen when you first start using oils or at least in the first few months.

#1 Make New Friends!
The experts don’t tell you that as a result of using Essential Oils that you will smell funny and people will want to know what that smell is. As a result you will start talking about oils and they will want to use them too. This will happen anywhere. In the bathroom at
the movie theater, in church, or maybe the checkout line at Target.

#2 You will quickly realize you need ALL.THE.OILS
Because there is “An oil for that” you realize you need all of them. Every single oil and oil blend. Then you get your free Oil of the Month and use it up so fast that you need to order another bottle. You can’t possible wait until the next month so you end up with 2 orders very month.

#3 Your family will think you are crazy
Ok. My family already thinks I am crazy because I am a prepper. They will tell you that your ‘hippie’ oils are weird. Then, they will get a mosquito bite (because they refused your bug spray) and ask you what to use to get the itching to stop. You will give them Lavender and then the itching will stop.

#4 You will be happy and energetic
A side effect of essential oil use is happiness and a sense of well-being. The experts don’t share this tidbit with you. How the blends Elevation or Citrus Bliss will make you so happy and uplifted. Or that using Life Long Vitality will give you energy and your 75 year old Mother in Love wants to know “What have you given her?” She has so much energy!

#5 You friends will call you the Oil Pusher
Because you love how the oils make you feel you want everybody to feel the same way. You love them and want what is best for them. Soon, you will find yourself telling people how great the oils are. Just about any ailment one has can be treated with an oil. Your friends will stop telling you what their problem is because they don’t want to hear, again, what oil is best for their runny nose or paper cut. No, they don’t want another sample of Lavender or Peppermint, thank.you.very.much.but.no.

These are just a few of the side effects that you don’t hear about. I could go on and on, but my diffuser needs to be refilled.
What are some side effects that you have experienced?

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Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
**********************************************************
Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
**********************************************************
Please use discretion if using oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
**********************************************************
Occasional Useletter
Essential Oil Newsletter

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Homestead Blog Hop #83

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Our youngest child just bought his first car!

Do you remember your first car? What was it?

Mine was a Datsun Station Wagon

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Incubator 101 - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

1. Incubator 101 from Oak Hill Homestead

Mullein's Healing Bridge - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

2. Mullein’s Healing Bridge from Thyme to Embrace Herbs

Solar Cooking Boneless Breaded Pork Chops - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

 3. Solar Cooking Boneless Breaded Pork Chops from Taylor Made Homestead

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DIY Lip Balm

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Make Your Own Lip Balm

melting
Melting down all of the ingredients in a ‘double boiler’ of sorts. A bowl over a pot of boiling water.

melted
It took awhile for the beeswax to melt down. The Beeswax Pellets would probably be easier to melt down.

fillingtubes
I used a dropper (found here) to fill the tubes individually.

finishedtubes
Arial view of finished tubes. (find tubes here)

lipbalmtub
Arial view of little tubs (found here)….think Carmex….only this was a FAIL. Carmex is soft. This balm gets soft from the warmth of your lips. You can’t get to your lips with the little tub so I have to pop these out and melt them down again.

 

 

DIY Lip Balm
2014-06-09 22:06:41

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DIY Essential Oil Lip Balm

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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz Beeswax
  2. 2T. Coconut Oil
  3. 1T. Shea Butter
  4. 1T. Cocoa Butter
  5. 20 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  6. 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Instructions
  1. In a double boiler melt everything, except essential oils, together until well blended.
  2. Remove from heat
  3. Add essential oils
  4. Stir
  5. Pour into lip balm tubes
  6. Place the tubes in the refrigerator after capping
Notes
  1. I used 8-10 drops of peppermint and it was super mild…..If you want it a little zingy add more.
  2. You could also use Wild Orange Essential Oil
By Mama Kautz
Mama Kautz http://mamakautz.com/

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Homestead Bloghop #82

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Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Was your Mother’s Day wonderful? Mine was. We went hiking in Coeur d Alene and then had dinner at Bardenay’s. The weather and coming were great!!
What did you do?

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Chicken Coop Sliding Door - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

1. Chicken Coop Sliding Door from Oak Hill Homestead

New Goslings in the Brooder - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

2. New Goslings in the Brooder from Hostile Valley Farm

18 Tips to Build a Homesteading Community - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

 3. 18 Tips to Build a Homesteading Community from Rabbit Ridge Farm

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Homestead Blog Hop #81

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Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Can you feel it? The warmth of the sun!? We survived another winter….Like for real! It’s over and summer is close!
What big projects do you have planned?

I will post ours soon.

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

Jenn – Little House on the 100 Farm (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Homemade Toiletries First Attempts - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

1. Homemade Toiletries – My First Attempts from An Island Family by Grace

How to Naturally Repel Snakes - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

2. How to Naturally Repel Snakes from The Rustic Elk

How to Control Blood Sugar Level Naturally - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 3. How to Control Blood Sugar Naturally from Organic 4 Greenlivings

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Today is the LAST Day for the Ultimate Bundle

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As a courtesy, I thought I’d remind you that your chance to buy The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (2016 Edition) expires in a few hours.

Although over 40,000 people have already bought their bundle and said hello to stress-less homemaking, others are hesitating, wondering if this bundle is really for them.

Well, I guess that depends…

Do any of these situations describe you?

  • You’ve known for quite some time that you needed to make changes in your home or your family, but just don’t know how.
  • You’ve been eyeing some of the eBooks and eCourses, but they’ve just been a bit too expensive to justify (or maybe you’ve been wondering if they’re any good?).
  • You’re eager to get your home more organized, and you’re tired of feeling like there’s just too much to do (and not enough time).
  • You want to practice self-care in the midst of it all, but it’s hard to justify the time and cost to do the things that will help you feel and function better.

If any of these resonate with you, I invite you to pick up The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (2016 Edition), which contains 93 hand-picked, high-quality eBooks and eCourses that will help you feel more like you’re winning at homemaking and mothering.

On the flip side, if all these statements are true, you should NOT pick up this year’s bundle:

  • You’ve already got from-scratch, eat-at-home meals totally perfected.
  • Your family is 100% on board with household routines and helping out with chores.
  • You’re taking great care of yourself, feeling fit, energetic and happy all the time.
  • You possess infinite amounts of patience and wisdom in mothering.
  • You’re saving money left, right and center with all the frugal, DIY goodness you’re constantly whipping up.
  • You’re the queen of birthday parties, holidays and celebrations, and never feel frazzled in the slightest.

The combined value of the resources and bonuses in the bundle is over $1,000, but you get EVERYTHING for 97% off!

Click here to get your bundle today:

https://us154.isrefer.com/go/homebundle/a1882/

If you buy the bundle and realize it’s not a perfect fit for you, no problem. As always, the bundle comes with a 30-day no-hassle guarantee. UB will happily refund your money if it’s not right for you.

So there’s really no risk in trying. But there IS a tremendous amount of upside for you, your family, and your home.

Join me, and open the door to new possibilities in your homemaking!

P.S. Don’t forget that after 11:59 P.M Eastern Time, the bundle comes off sale for good. Now is the time to act if you think this bundle might be just what you need!

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What I LOVE About the Ultimate Bundle

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I am going to share with you MY faves of this years Ultimate Bundle Homemaking Edition.

Now, I won’t lie. There is A LOT to read. And you will want to read ALL.THE.THINGS! So much so that you may not read any of it.
Don’t WORRY! Just read what pertains to you now. Let the other books sit. I can tell you this from experience. And for $30 it is still so worth it!

The season I am in right now makes these categories my favorites:

BUDGETING

We are getting back to Dave Ramsey and the EveryDollar app is our friend. These books are timely.

  • Family Budget Challenge by Shannon Brown at Growing Slower ($37)
  • Frugal Fresh Start by Stephanie Jones at Six Figures Under ($4.99)
  • Kids’ Responsibility & Money Management Kit by Stephanie Morgan at The Peaceful Mom ($7.99)
  • The Peaceful Mom by Kimberlee Stokes at The Peaceful Mom ($7)
  • ORGANIZATION & ROUTINES

    I don’t do well with either. I dislike rules and routines.

    ORGANIZING

    SELF CARE

    Ever since finding essential oils I am ALL ABOUT self care! We have to take care of ourselves to take care of our families well.

  • 6 Pillars of Well-Being; Establishing a Thriving Self-Care Practice by Lisa Byrne at Well Grounded Life ($29)
  • Animals: A Grown-Up Coloring Book by Amy Blevins at Homeschool Encouragement ($12.95)
  • Color Me Inspired Volume No. 1 by Dawn Nicole Warnaar at Dawn Nicole Designs ($10)
  • Color Me Inspired Volume No. 2 by Dawn Nicole Warnaar at Dawn Nicole Designs ($10)
  • Experts on Diastasis Recti by Beth Learn at Fit2B ($34.95)
  • Jumpstart Your Creativity by Jennie Moraitis at Little Girl Designs ($24.98)
  • My Weight Loss Success Plan by Sarah Robinson at Sidetracked Sarah ($17)
  • The Housework Action Pack by Jennifer Hoffman at Healthy Moving ($19.97)
  • Upstream Field Guide by Tsh Oxenreider at The Art of Simple ($59)
  • Your Retreat: A Guide to Giving Yourself a Personal Planning Day by Erin Odom at The Humbled Homemaker ($3.99)
  • WORK FROM HOME

    Last, but not least, Work from Home….Who else is with me??

  • 5 Steps to Landing Your First Work at Home Job by Cate Hoepner at The Fabuless Wife ($2.99)
  • A Work at Home Mom’s Ultimate Guide to Building a Business, Blog and Brand by Lisa Marcia at Work at Home Mom University ($3.99)
  • Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook by Abby Lawson at Just a Girl and Her Blog ($25)
  • Direct Sales Business Planner by Emily Rooney at My Love for Words ($15)
  • Summer Sanity Savers for the Work-at-Home-Mom by Prerna Malik at The Mom Writes ($9)
  • The bundle contains resources designed to help you:

    • cut down your time in the kitchen with crockpot freezer meals and make-ahead breakfasts
    • organize and declutter your home
    • teach your kids to clean (and create a chore system that works)
    • save money by making DIY personal care and cleaning products
    • create realistic weight loss plans and add more healthy movement to your life
    • learn how to keep your kids safe online
    • start your own business or find a great work-at-home job
    • get the mothering encouragement you need on the hard days (no matter what stage your kids are at)
    • and even relax and recharge in the evenings with a little adult coloring

    Included in the bundle is also over $300-worth of incredible bonuses from companies that I love – such as a FREE Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($19.95) and a FREE online class from Craftsy ($29-$69).

    Sounds amazing, right?

    Check out The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (2016 Edition) right here!

    https://us154.isrefer.com/go/homebundle/a1882/

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    The ULTIMATE Homemaking Bundle

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    Does being a mom and homemaker ever feel a little too hard?

    There’s no question that you love your family like crazy and you’d do anything for them, but we all know it can be an exhausting job.

    If you’re anything like me, I bet you wish your home felt more put together and peaceful, you kept up with housework better, you were more consistent about serving healthy, homemade meals and you weren’t running ragged so much of the time.

    Because these families of ours? They matter more than anything else. Our job is so important, and we really want to do it right.  But so often, we end up feeling discouraged and even like we’re failing.

    Maybe you wonder how you can keep up with it all and still have the energy and intentionality to be the kind of mom, wife and woman you want to be.

    Now, I know as well as you do that homemaking is never going to be stress-free (though it sure sounds nice). But what if you had more (and better) tools to help make it stress-less?

    That’s why I’m over the moon to tell you about something very special happening right now called The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2016.

    It was created to give you a plethora of amazing, high-quality resources to take some of the stress, overwhelm and difficulty out of homemaking and mothering.

    To make you feel like you’re winning more often.

    And to bolster you in the work you’re doing, because every awesome, hard-working mom deserves a little help sometimes.

    The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 93 hand-picked eBooks, eCourses, and printables, on topics that matter to moms such as:

    • organization, routines & creating a cozy home
    • recipes, grocery shopping and meal planning
    • budgeting and saving money
    • motherhood (no matter what age your kids are)
    • cultivating a strong marriage
    • faith (for you & your kids)
    • and even self-care (like exercise, weight loss, life planning and coloring books!)
    • and much more…

    You have a full year to download the eBooks and printables and take the online eCourses, and everything you’ve downloaded becomes part of your permanent library, so you can go back to it whenever you need it.

    Plus, it comes with these FREE bonus offers from companies who know what homemakers need and want. Some are 100% free; other are yours for the cost of shipping only. You’ll get:

    • FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and FREE 60-day VIP trial with FREE shipping from Grove Collaborative ($30 value)
    • FREE Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-$69.99 value)
    • FREE Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($24.95 value)
    • $15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press ($15 value)
    • $15 Credit to Hope Ink Shop PLUS Two FREE 8×10 Art Prints with Any Purchase ($71)
    • FREE SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate from Bloom Naturals ($15 value)
    • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt.com ($30)
    • FREE 1-Year MollyGreen.com Membership ($29 value)
    • FREE Hand Massage Routine Videos from Melt Couples Massage ($24 value)

    It’s available for just 6 days – from now until Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. That’s why the Ultimate Bundles team can offer so much, because they only have permission to sell it for such a short period of time.

    The total value is an astonishing $1000+ (plus over $300 in bonuses), but you get it for just $29.97. That’s 97% off what it would cost to buy everything individually!

    Learn more or get your bundle now!

    If you think getting all those homemaking & mothering helps for less than $30 sounds like a steal, then make sure to go HERE to see exactly what it includes and grab yours before this deal ends!

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    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
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    Homestead Blog Hop #80

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

    I am off to NW Montana this week. Love to travel! This trip is just The Principal and I for 2 days of work. Do you travel?

    Now on to the hop…
    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

    Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

    Jenn – Little House on the 100 Farm (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

    Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

    Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

    Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

    Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

    Fresh Blackberry Leaf Tea - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

    1. Fresh Blackberry Leaf Tea from Thyme to Embrace Herbs

    Mother's Day Gardening Gifts - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

    2. Mother’s Day Gardening Gifts from The Freckled Rose

    Storing Goat Milk - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

     3. Storing Goat Milk from Oak Hill Homestead

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    Aftermath II: Struggle for Independence Review

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    Aftermath II Review by Mama Kautz

    You can read my review of Book 1 Aftermath: A Story of Survival over here and I am FINALLY, only a few months late, sharing my thoughts on the 2nd book in the series.
    Like book 1, this was a great read. I love this genre and I also love supporting new authors.
    As with most self published authors there will be typos and maybe a few grammatical errors. I don’t feel there were so many that it took away from the story. There have been books I couldn’t finish because of there errors.

    While I recommend reading book 1 first, this could be a stand alone.

    Jimmy Walker is the main character in the series that takes place after IT happened. Basically the SHTF and they find themselves in a Post Apocalyptic world. They avoid the U.N., they overcome the local bandits, but now they have winter coming.

    Like I said this is my favorite genre. Is it as good as Lights Out? I would say a strong 3 out of 5 stars.
    I see lots of potential in the author and can’t wait to read more.

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    10 Uses for Diatomaceous Earth

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    I am super excited to share 10 Uses for Diatomaceous Earth with you today.

    Before now I had only heard of DE, but never used it. I asked my FaceBook ‘fans’ what they thought. Here is what they said:

    Danielle S. says “In my smoothies (yep, I eat it!). In the garden for various reasons.”

    Deborah W. says “We sprinkle it on dog food and chicken feed. Seemed to keep the flies down. Flies were terrible where we lived in CO”
    Guess what I am doing right now?

    Alicia V. and Joy E. both agree the hen house is the place for Diatomaceous Earth. Keeps dust mites down and is great for their dust bath.

    I decided to use it in our chicken coop.

    Before diatomaceous earth in chicken coop @MamaKautz
    All nice and clean. Make sure you aren’t spreading just on a messy, poop filled coop. That is totally counterproductive.

    Diatomaceous Earth in Chicken Coop @MamaKautz
    I spread it in their coop and also their run, which is about 15×15. The 2 pound bag was plenty to do both areas.

    Don't spread diatomaceous earth on a breezy day Note to self: don’t spread diatomaceous earth on a breezy day.

     

    I did not feel the need to wear a mask or anything. I have read that you SHOULD, and gloves…so do your research, don’t follow my example. Unless of course you like to live on the edge.

    OK. That is 5 things you can do with Diatomaceous Earth. Here are 5 more because I did say 10 uses for Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (Now that I can pronounce it I love writing…er typing it.) Diao-Tum-A-Shush

    Food Storage

    I had NO IDEA you could use it in your food storage buckets. I found this little ditty, by TexasPrepper2, on YouTube. It’s worth a watch for a little education.

    Internally

    Again, no idea! You can make capsules of it, just like my essential oil veggie caps, and take it internally. Of course ONLY FOOD GRADE. I know, I would like to say this goes without saying, but there is somebody out there that would read this and use the wrong kind, then blame me for not telling them. So, I told ya.
    The purpose of using DE internally would be to detox your body of icky stuff. You don’t want to take too much too fast or you will feel gross. If you don’t have any gel caps you can mix 1/2 tsp in honey or throw it in your smoothie or juice that you just freshly made. (Did you know we started juicing? No? Well, I will have to share at a later time)

    Sprinkle on Pet Food

    Helps keep flies away. Excellent idea for summer!

    Sprinkle on your Dog or Cat, or other critters

    Helps keep fleas and flies off of them. I would use this cool mason jar contraption to sprinkle it on them. Again, my preference. Also safe to use in their bedding.

    Deodorant and Toothpaste

    I make my own deodorant. I read you can use diatomaceous earth in it. I am SO making some. Just replace the baking soda with diatomaceous earth. Here is my recipe for deodorant and one for toothpaste.

    This list really is endless! I am going to stock up on diatomaceous earth for our preparedness supplies.
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    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
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    Essential Oil Newsletter

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    Homestead Bloghop #79

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

    On our way home from NYC today. Boy, do I miss my chickens

    Now on to the hop…
    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

    Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

    Jenn – Little House on the 100 Farm (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

    Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

    Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

    Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

    Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

    5 Ways We've Saved Money This Week - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

    1. 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week from Medium Sized Family

    Helpful Herbs: Saffron - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

    2. Helpful Herbs: Saffron from Hostile Valley Farm

    Off-site gardening: Factors to consider before starting roots away from home - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     3. Off-site gardening: Factors to consider before starting roots away from home from Backyard Farming

    Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

    Just right click and ‘save image as…’

    Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Guidelines for this Get-Together:
    1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
    2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
    3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

    Let the Party Begin!

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

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    Front Porch Friday April 15th

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    Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

    Mama Kautz and Kathryn of Farming My Backyard bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

    Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

    Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

    • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
    • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
    • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
    • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
    • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
    • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

     

    Mama Kautz

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    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
    Occasional Useletter
    Essential Oil Newsletter

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    Homestead Bloghop #78

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

    See you soon New York!! Hope your weather is better than it has been lately!

    Now on to the hop…
    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

    Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

    Jenn – Little House on the 100 Farm (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

    Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

    Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

    Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

    Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

    12 Questions Before Your Chickens Arrive - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

    1. 12 Questions Before Chickens Arrive from Hostile Valley Living

    Establishing a Garden Plot: Building Up the Beds - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

    2. Establishing a Garden Plot: Building up the Beds from Growing Wild Roots

    Making Soap with Goat Milk: Cold Process - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

     3. Making Soap with Goat Milk: Cold Process from Oak Hill Homestead

    Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

    Just right click and ‘save image as…’

    Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Guidelines for this Get-Together:
    1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
    2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
    3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

    Let the Party Begin!

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

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    Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for your Favorite Prepper Mama

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    Mother's Day Gift Ideas for your Favorite Prepper Mama

    You have a month to get your mom (or your kids their mom) a Mother’s Day gift. I am going to share some of my favorites. (Hear that kids?)

    These Mother’s Day gifts could be for prepping, homesteading, or just because.
    We started prepping about 4 years ago and I am amazed at some of the stuff we have acquired.
    Now, books and hands on knowledge are better than stuff in my opinion. You can’t really bug out with a dehydrator. It’s best to have the knowledge already in your head. Much lighter to carry if you ask me. But these things are nice to have and use while we can.

    One of the first things I started to learn about was food storage. Canning and dehydrating. I use bother water bath and pressure canning. I also love to dehydrate.
    Some books I like:


    A food strainer was handy for the tomato sauce.

    Then when it comes to dehydrating I love the Excalibur. Don’t forget the sheets to make fruit leather.


    After food storage was just generic preparedness. You never know when the power might go out because of a snow storm or spring thunderstorm. Gadgets are fun to have around.

    I bought this solar phone charger to use last summer when Boy Child #2 competed in Ironman. Outlets were hard to come by and it was great to hook to our backpack and charge cell phones.

    In an emergency you may need to boil water. The Kelly Kettle is great for that and uses easy to acquire fuel sources.

    Multi tool anyone? Always good to have on hand.

    Or how about these Mason Jar oil lamp doohickeys. Because, well, Mason Jars!

    or this style is cool too!

    I love preparedness books but these three are my favorites.
    Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios
    The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster
    (Not light reading, but educational and eye opening)One Second After

    I should go without saying, but a Wholesale Membership for the Essential Wellness Team is the gift that gives all year. Saving 25% off retail prices of essential oils and an amazing knowledge skill to have down the road.

    These may not seem practical from a guys standpoint, but boy are they some cool ideas.
    Another idea would be continuing education classes at your local community college.
    Maybe self defense or shooting lessons at the gun range.
    What would you add?

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    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
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    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
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    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
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    Essential Oil Newsletter

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    Front Porch Friday April 8th

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    Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

    Mama Kautz and Kathryn of Farming My Backyard bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

    Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

    Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

    • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
    • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
    • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
    • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
    • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
    • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

     

    Mama Kautz

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    **********************************************************
    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
    Occasional Useletter
    Essential Oil Newsletter

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    Homestead Blog Hop #77

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

    Ahh Spring is FINALLY in North Idaho. Are you loving the sun? Started the garden? Share what you are up to!

    Now on to the hop…
    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

    Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

    Jenn – Little House on the 100 Farm (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

    Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

    Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

    Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

    Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

    How to Make Rose Hip Medicine - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

    1. How to Make Rose Hip Medicine from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

    Learning Your Grandparent's Skills - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

    2. Learning Your Grandparent’s Skills from Little House on the 100 Farm

    Growing a Garden: Organic Pest Management - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     3. Growing a Garden: Organic Pest Management from Flaws Forgiven

    Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

    Just right click and ‘save image as…’

    Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Guidelines for this Get-Together:
    1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
    2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
    3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

    Let the Party Begin!

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

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    Recipes to Help you Live a More Toxic Free Life

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    Toxic Free Living How to Reduce your Toxic Load @MamaKautz

    Toxic Free Living

    Did you know you can clean with essential oils too?
    They have lots of great cleansing properties.
    I am all about natural, fewer toxins in our home.
    Do you know how many toxins are in your home? The same toxins that you expose your children too?
    They are in your shampoo. In your air fresheners. Your laundry soap.
    I have been using natural cleaners for about 3 or 4 years. Now I can’t even walk down the cleaner aisle without getting a headache.
    Perfume section of a department store is completely out of the question.
    The long term effects of these cleaners are horrific. They can cause cancer,asthma, allergies, and infertility. This isn’t even a complete list. Why hasn’t the FDA cracked down on cleaners instead of going after people who want to make soap in their own kitchen? I know it’s the EPA that regulates cleaning supplies.

    (source)
    (source)

    Here are a few super easy DIY recipes you can make at home. Some say but I don’t have time or money. I can honestly say DIY is cheaper. It also healthier. You either pay with your time now or the doctor later.

    Homemade Febreeze

    I use 8-10 drops of purification blend in a brown, glass spray bottle.
    Fill the rest of the bottle with water and you are good to go. I use this everyday, especially where the dog sleeps. It is a great, fresh scent and best part no headache!

    Replace your Lysol

    Protective Blend has been proven to *********
    2 TBSP Protective Blend Concentrate in large spray bottle full of water (Or 8-10 drops of oil in 16oz of water)
    Excellent for countertops in the kitchen and bathroom.
    I also use this for toilet and tub. Safe for kids to use too. (I am all about child labor in this house)

    Carpet Deodorizer

    2-3 Drops of your choice of oil. I like purification blend or any of the citrus oils
    1-2 Tbsp of baking soda (depending on size of room)
    Stir together
    Sprinkle on Carpet
    Let sit for 5 or 10 minutes
    Vacuum

    Homemade Lip Balm

    1 oz Beeswax
    2T. Coconut Oil
    1T. Shea Butter
    1T. Cocoa Butter
    20 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
    10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

    more instructions

    Shaving Cream

    1/3 C. Coconut Oil
    2T. Almond Oil
    1/3 C Shea Butter
    2 T Castille Soap
    10-20 Drops EO of choice. I used Clove.

    More instructions
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    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
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    Front Porch Friday April 1st

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    FPF Code

    Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

    Mama Kautz and Kathryn of Farming My Backyard bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

    Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

    Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

    • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
    • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
    • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
    • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
    • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
    • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

     

    Mama Kautz

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    **********************************************************
    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************


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    Homestead Blog Hop #76

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

    Who is getting their garden planning done? Leave a comment if you are.

    Now on to the hop…
    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

    Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

    Homestead Blog Hop Hosts - come link up your homesteading posts every Wednesday

    Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

    Jenn – Little House on the 100 Farm (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

    Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

    Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

    Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

    Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

    Basic Lambing Supplies - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

    1. Basic Lambing Supplies from The Woolly Homestead

    Assemble a Chicken First Aid Kit - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

    2. Assemble a Chicken First Aid Kit from The Cape Coop

    Egg Recipes When You've Got Too Many Eggs - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

     3. Egg Recipes When You’ve Got Too Many Eggs from Idlewild Alaska

    Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

    Just right click and ‘save image as…’

    Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Guidelines for this Get-Together:
    1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
    2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
    3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

    Let the Party Begin!

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    Front Porch Friday March 25

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    Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

    Mama Kautz and Kathryn of Farming My Backyard bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

    Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

    This post by Early Bird Farm about a Solar Set Up was cool!! I can’t wait until we get solar here!

    Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

    • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
    • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
    • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
    • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
    • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
    • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

     

    Mama Kautz

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    **********************************************************
    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
    Occasional Useletter
    Essential Oil Newsletter


    The post Front Porch Friday March 25 appeared first on Mama Kautz.

    Homestead Blog Hop #75

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

    Getting excited for our trip to Upstate NY.
    Who wants to do coffee?

    Now on to the hop…
    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

    Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

    Homestead Blog Hop Hosts - come link up your homesteading posts every Wednesday

    Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

    Jenn – Little House on the 100 Farm (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

    Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

    Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

    Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

    Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

    6 Vegetable Plants to Start Indoors - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

    1. 6 Vegetable Plants to Start Indoors from Growing Wild Roots

    Growing a Garden: Starting with Seeds - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

    2. Growing a Garden: Starting with Seeds from Flaws, Forgiven

    Homeschooling on the Homestead 2016-2017 - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     3. Homeschooling on the Homestead 2016-2017 from The Woolly Homestead

    Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

    Just right click and ‘save image as…’

    Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Guidelines for this Get-Together:
    1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
    2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
    3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

    Let the Party Begin!

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    ABC’s of Essential Oils ~ J

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    ABC's of Essential Oils J

    Jasmine

    • Evokes feelings of joy, peace, and self-confidence.
    • Helps balance mood throughout the month.
    • Promotes a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.
    • Nourishes and protects the skin and scalp.
    • Reduces the appearance of blemishes.

    Juniper Berry

    • Supports healthy kidney and urinary tract
    function.*
    • Reduces the appearance of skin blemishes.
    • Natural skin toner.
    • Acts as a natural cleansing and detoxifying
    agent.

    **********************************************************
    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
    Occasional Useletter
    Essential Oil Newsletter


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    Homemade Taco Seasoning

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    Homemade Taco Seasoning

     

     

    I try to cook from scratch whenever possible…read: When I am not being lazy.

    My family really LOVES this recipe for homemade taco seasoning.
    I use it in ground beef or shredded chicken.

     

    Homemade Taco Seasoning
    2014-05-21 15:47:09

    Great with Ground Beef or Shredded Chicken

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    Ingredients
    1. 2 tsp Chili Powder
    2. 1 tsp Onion Powder
    3. 3/4 tsp Garlic Salt
    4. 1 1/2 tsp Paprika
    5. 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
    6. 1/2 tsp Sat
    7. Dash Cayenne
    Instructions
    1. Add spices to 1 lb chosen meat
    2. 1/4 to 1/2 C water
    3. Stir
    4. Cook long enough to boil off water
    Notes
    1. This is equivalent to one store bought packet
    Adapted from Mama Kautz
    Adapted from Mama Kautz
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    Front Porch Friday March 18th

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    Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

    Mama Kautz and Kathryn of Farming My Backyard bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

    Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

    Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

    • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
    • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
    • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
    • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
    • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
    • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

     

    Mama Kautz

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    Homestead Blog Hop #74

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

    :::Yawn:::
    Pass the coffee please. Oy This Spring Forward thing is tough. The Principal had to fly to CT for training on Sunday so he lost not 1, not 3, but 4 hours! He’s going to need an IV of coffee this week!

    How are you adjusting?

    Now on to the hop…
    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

    Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

    Homestead Blog Hop Hosts - come link up your homesteading posts every Wednesday

    Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

    Jenn – Little House on the 100 Farm (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

    Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

    Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

    Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

    Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

    How to Breed Your Heritage Chickens - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

    1. How to Breed Your Heritage Chickens from It’s a Prairie Full Life

    Make Your Own Lemon Extract - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

      2. Make Your Own Lemon Extract from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

    Home-Cured Bacon - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

    3. Home-Cured Bacon from Hillsborough Homesteading

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    2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
    3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

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    Morale Boosting Foods for when TSHTF

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    So the Shizz has indeed HTF. You have rice and beans. You have wood and propane. You have used coupons and stockpiled toothpaste and body wash. But do you have Morale Boosting Foods?

     

    Morale Boosting Foods for when The SHTF

    I asked my Prepper Peeps what are some foods that you will miss when TSHTF….Yes, I said when, because I do believe that something will happen in our lifetime. Obviously, or I wouldn’t be a Prepper.

    #1 Chocolate

    • Chocolate Chips
    • Chocolate Candy Bars
    • Hot Chocolate
    • Chocolate Sauce

    #2 Desserts

    • Cake Mixes
    • Cookie Mixes
    • Pre-made frosting (check shelf life dates)
    • Brownie Mix

    #3 Drinks

    • Gatoraid
    • Tea
    • Coffee
    • Starbucks Instant Coffee (Thanks @NetDep911)

    #4 Snacks & Treats

    • Popcorn (Thanks @SurvivorJane)
    • Fish Crackers
    • Costco Almonds (The Principal likes these)
    • Hard Candies (Thanks, again, (@NetDep911)

    I would suggest vacuum sealing or Mylar sealing what you can. Even the pouches of cookies or cake mix.
    Maybe make mini MRE’s only for snacks.

    • Instant Coffee
    • Or Hot Chocolate
    • Candy Bar
    • Snack Bag of Almonds

    To make it frugal buy the candy when it’s on clearance after a holiday. Easter is coming up and who wouldn’t love a Cadbury egg when TSHTF.
    Also, a great way to stockpile the cake mixes and cookie mix is by couponing. These aren’t items I normally eat, but will be fine in this scenario.
    I suppose if you were super motivated you could mix all the dry ingredients in a mason jar with a label. We have chickens so eggs aren’t an issue.
    I’m not talking an everyday or even every week occurrence, but Birthday Cake will still go on!

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    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
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    Front Porch Friday March 11th

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    Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

    Mama Kautz and Kathryn of Farming My Backyard bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

    Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

    Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

    • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
    • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
    • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
    • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
    • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
    • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

     

    Mama Kautz

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    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
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    Homestead Blog Hop #73

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

    Are you in Upstate NY? Boston? I will be there next month! I would love to meet you! Email me TeamKautzOils at geemail dot com. We can make it happen!

    Now on to the hop…
    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

    Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

    Homestead Blog Hop Hosts - come link up your homesteading posts every Wednesday

    Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

    Jenn – Little House on the 100 Farm (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

    Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

    Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

    Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

    Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

    Creative Uses for Eggs - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

    1. Creative Uses for Eggs from Day’s Ferry Organics

    Making & Freezing Hashbrowns in Bulk - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

      2. Making and Freezing Hashbrowns in Bulk from Prepare & Nourish

    10 Reasons to Grow Your Own Organic Food - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

    3. 10 Reasons to Grow Your Own Organic Food from Grow a Good Life

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    1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
    2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
    3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

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    ABC’s of Essential Oils ~ H

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    ABC's of Essential Oils H

    Helichrysum

    • Apply to the temples and back of neck
    when needing to tune in to tasks that require
    concentration.
    • Apply to wrists or back of hands and inhale
    deeply to promote a sense of clarity.
    • Use at work to stay on task or when feeling tired
    mid-afternoon.
    • Diffuse or drop on a clay pendant and place on a
    desk or in other key areas in a classroom.
    • Study-time blend.
    • Your go to focus blend.

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    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
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    Front Porch Friday February 4th

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    Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

    Mama Kautz and Kathryn of Farming My Backyard bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

    Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

    The Cape Coop is chosen again this week with How to Build a Mini Coop (not the car) out of recycled material.

    Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

    • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
    • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
    • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
    • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
    • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
    • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

     

    Mama Kautz

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    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
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    Homestead Blog Hop #72

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

     
    Ah! Home Sweet Home!
    I spent 11 days traveling for my oil business. Feels so good to be home. I missed my chickens Now on to the hop…
    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

    Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

    Homestead Blog Hop Hosts - come link up your homesteading posts every Wednesday

    Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

    Jenn – Little House on the 100 Farm (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

    Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

    Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

    Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

    Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

    Easy Scottish Oatcakes Recipe - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

    1. Easy Scottish Oatcakes Recipe from An Island Family by Grace 

    3 Ingredient Homemade Natural Toothpaste - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

      2. 3 Ingredients for a Natural Homemade Toothpaste from Taylor Made Homestead

    Rose Hips and Their Secret to Health - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

      3. Rose Hips and Their Secret to Health from Thyme to Embrace Herbs

    Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

    Just right click and ‘save image as…’

    Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Guidelines for this Get-Together:
    1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
    2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
    3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

    Let the Party Begin!

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    **********************************************************
    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
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    ABC’s of Essential Oils ~ G

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    ABC’s of Essential Oils G

    Geranium

    • Apply directly to skin or enjoy an aromatherapy
    steam facial to beautify skin.
    • Apply to skin after a shower for a smoothing
    effect.
    • Add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner
    for a healthy, vibrant glow.
    • Apply under your arms after a sweaty workout or
    a day in the sun.
    • Place one drop in the palm of your hands, rub
    hands together, and cup over nose and mouth
    and breathe slowly for a calming, grounding
    effect.
    • Add to your next DIY potpourri.
    • Naturally repels insects.

    Ginger

    • During a long car ride along windy roads, diffuse
    or place a drop of Ginger in the palm of your hand
    and inhale.
    • May help to support healthy digestion.
    • May help to support healthy joint function.
    • May help to reduce bloating, gas, and occasional
    indigestion.*
    • Apply over lower abdomen for a soothing
    massage.
    • May help reduce occasional nausea.
    • Great to add to your dinner for enhanced flavor.
    • Use one to two drops in place of whole ginger in
    favorite recipes.
    • Diffuse to help create a sense of equilibrium.
    • Diffuse for added energy in late afternoons.
    • Delivers antioxidant protection.
    • Use with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a
    stimulating massage.

    Grapefruit

    Add to your teenager’s nightly facial routine to
    improve the appearance of blemishes (avoid sun
    exposure).
    • Diffuse while dieting or trying to lose weight to
    increase motivation
    • Use as part of your morning and night facial
    routine.

    **********************************************************
    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
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    Front Porch Friday February 26

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    Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

    Mama Kautz and Kathryn of Farming My Backyard bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday

    Anybody in Minneapolis area want to do coffee? I am traveling for my oil business this week and would love to meet you!

    I loved this post from The Cape Coop on Spring Garden Prep.

    Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

    Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

    • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
    • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
    • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
    • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
    • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
    • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

     

    Mama Kautz

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    **********************************************************
    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
    Occasional Useletter
    Essential Preparedness Newsletter


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    Homestead Blog Hop #71

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

     
    I am in Minneapolis for a week. I have to say it’s very different than LA California where I was earlier this month. If you are in the are shoot me an email! We can do coffee (mamakautz at gee mail dot com)
    Now on to the hop…
    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

    Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

    Homestead Blog Hop Hosts - come link up your homesteading posts every Wednesday

    Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

    Jenn – Little House on the 100 Farm (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

    Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

    Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

    Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

    Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

    Cast Iron Cooking - Meatloaf - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

    1. Cast Iron Cooking: Meatloaf from Homesteading On Grace 

    DIY Foaming Hand Soap - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

      2. DIY Foaming Hand Soap from Alba Rosa

    Helpful Herbs - Columbine - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

      3. Helpful Herbs: Columbine from Day’s Ferry Organics

    Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

    Just right click and ‘save image as…’

    Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Guidelines for this Get-Together:

    1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
    2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
    3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

    Let the Party Begin!

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    ABC’s of Essential Oils ~ F

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    ABC’s of Essential Oils F

    Fennel
    • Have Fennel on hand when enjoying a big meal to
    promote digestion.*
    • Take internally to promote healthy digestion.*
    • May help to promote healthy metabolism, liver
    function, and circulation.*
    • May help to support the health of the lungs and
    respiratory tract.*
    • Use with fractionated coconut oil for a soothing
    abdominal massage.
    • Take a drop of Fennel in water or tea to help fight
    sweet tooth cravings.*
    • Diffuse in your home or office to encourage a
    productive day.
    • Apply to skin for a calming, soothing effect.
    • Provides important antioxidant benefits.

    Frankincense

    • Diffuse during your yoga practice to focus your
    intention for the day.
    • Take one to two drops in a Veggie capsule to
    support healthy cellular function.*
    • Add to moisturizer to reduce the appearance of
    blemishes and to rejuvenate the skin.
    • When traveling somewhere dry, apply
    Frankincense to maintain healthy looking
    fingernails.
    • Apply to the bottom of your feet to promote
    feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.
    • After a day of outdoor activity, massage
    Frankincense into hands and feet for a warming
    and soothing effect.
    • Add one to two drops to your water to support a
    healthy metabolism.
    • For a soothing massage that leaves behind a light,
    uplifting fragrance, use Grapefruit.

    **********************************************************
    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
    Occasional Useletter
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    Front Porch Friday February 19

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    h2>Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

    Mama Kautz and Kathryn of Farming My Backyard bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

    Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

    This week I picked DIY Natural Dog Shampoo by The Cape Coop. Our Ruger, a 2 year old Golden Retriever, is the stinkiest pup ever. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

    • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
    • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
    • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
    • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
    • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
    • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

     

    Mama Kautz

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    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
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    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
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    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
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    Homestead Blog Hop #70

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

    I think I mentioned this last week….but I have my garden on my mind….and we can’t plant until May. The struggle is real.

    Now on to the hop…
    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

    Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

    Homestead Blog Hop Hosts - come link up your homesteading posts every Wednesday

     

    Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

    Jenn – Little House on the 100 Farm (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

    Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

    Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

    Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

    Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

    Feather Pecking in the Chicken Coop - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

    1. Feather Pecking in the Chicken Coop from Oak Hill Homestead 

    How to Compost - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

     2. How to Compost from Farming My Backyard

    What to Look For When Buying Homesteading Land - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

     3. What to Look For When Buying Homesteading Land from The Rustic Elk

    Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

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    Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Guidelines for this Get-Together:
    1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
    2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
    3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

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    ABC’s of Essential Oils ~ E

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    ABC's of Essential Oils E

    Eucalyptus

    • Helps lessen feelings of tension.
    • Promotes feelings of relaxation
    • Promotes feelings of clear breathing and open
    airways.
    • Ideal for creating a soothing massage experience.
    • Has purifying properties that can be beneficial for
    the skin and for cleansing surfaces and the air.
    • Found in mouth rinses and oral hygiene products
    to freshen breath.
    • Diffuse during the winter months to invigorate
    you on a cold, dreary day.
    • Add to a spray bottle with water and use it to
    wipe down surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom.
    • Place one to two drops in your hand and inhale
    deeply to clear the mind.
    • Add one drop to moisturizer and apply to skin for
    revitalizing benefits.
    • Place a few drops in your morning shower to
    invigorate and promote vitality.

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    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
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    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
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    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
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    Front Porch Friday February 12

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    h2>Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

    Mama Kautz and The Rural Economist bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

    Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

    This weeks featured post is Murano Chicken Farm Brooder Basics. Great timing as it is almost chick season.

    Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

    • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
    • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
    • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
    • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
    • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
    • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

     

    Mama Kautz

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    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
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    Essential Preparedness Newsletter


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    Homestead Blog Hop #69

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

    The Principal and I got to spend 4 blissful days in Long Beach, CA. The weather was AMAZING! It was great to leave the homestead for a little while and see the sun. Do you ever go anywhere in February? I think it will be a new tradition.

    Now on to the hop…
    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

    Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

    Homestead Blog Hop Hosts - come link up your homesteading posts every Wednesday

    Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

    Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

    Amanda – Idlewild Alaska (Facebook/Pinterest)

    Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

    Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

    Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

    41 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

    1. 41 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient from The Rustic Elk 

    Easy Meatball Soup - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     2. Easy Meatball Soup from Prepare & Nourish

    7 Tips to Help You Create Healthful School Lunches - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     3. 7 Tips to Help You Create Healthful School Lunches from Grounded and Surrounded

    Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

    Just right click and ‘save image as…’

    Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Guidelines for this Get-Together:
    1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
    2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
    3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

    Let the Party Begin!

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    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
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    ABC’s of Essential Oils ~ D

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    ABC's of Essential Oils D

    Douglas Fir
    • Promotes feelings of clear airways and easy
    breathing
    • Cleansing and purifying to the skin
    • Promotes a positive mood and sense of focus

    Digestive Blend

    Before a road trip, apply one to two drops for a
    calming aroma.
    • Have Digestive Blend on hand when enjoying heavy
    holiday or vacation meals to promote digestion.
    • When traveling or trying new foods take
    Digestive blend to soothe occasional stomach
    discomfort.
    • Add to water or tea to maintain a healthy
    gastrointestinal tract.
    • Eases feelings of queasiness.
    • Use with fractionated coconut oil for a soothing
    abdominal massage.
    • Helps reduce bloating, gas, and occasional
    indigestion.

    Dill
    • Supports digestion and overall GI health.
    • Purifying to the body’s systems.
    • Diffuse with Bergamot and Lemon to lessen stress
    and anxious feelings.
    • Add to marinades, soups, and salads to enhance
    flavor.
    • Promotes healthy digestion.
    • Use when canning to help preserve garden
    vegetables.
    • Add one to two drops to an herbal tea before
    bedtime to promote a restful sleep.
    • Provides important antioxidants.

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    Front Porch Friday February 5th

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    Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

    I am excited to welcome Farming My Backyard! What a great fit to our hop! Make sure you check her blog out.

    Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

    This week’s featured post is by Strangers and Pilgrims and a Liquid Vitamin Tincture.

    Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

    • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
    • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
    • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
    • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
    • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
    • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

     

    Mama Kautz

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    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
    Occasional Useletter
    Essential Preparedness Newsletter


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    Homestead Blog Hop #68

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    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

    So happy you are here!! Thank you for linking your blog posts up with us every week!

    Now on to the hop…
    Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

    Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

    Homestead Blog Hop Hosts - come link up your homesteading posts every Wednesday

    Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

    Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

    Amanda – Idlewild Alaska (Facebook/Pinterest)

    Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

    Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

    Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

    Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

    Can I Put My Compost Bin in the Chicken Run? - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

    1. Can I Put My Compost Bin in the Chicken Run? from Farming My Backyard 

    Frugal Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with the Kids - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

     

    2. Frugal Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Kids from Medium Sized Family 

    how-to-can-dried-beans

     

    3. How to Can Dried Beans from The Rustic Elk

    Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

    Just right click and ‘save image as…’

    Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

    Guidelines for this Get-Together:
    1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
    2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
    3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

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    ABC’s of Essential Oils ~ C

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    ABC'S of Essential Oils ~ C

    Essential Oils that begin with C

    Cardamom
    Closely related to Ginger, Cardamom is known as an expensive cooking spice and for being beneficial to the digestive system.*
    Supports healthy gastrointestinal function*
    Promotes clear breathing*
    Add to foods to enhance flavor
    Helps alleviate occasional feelings of nausea or motion sickness

    Cassia
    Pronounced Cash-uh or Cass-ee-uh
    A close relative to cinnamon, Cassia has a wonderful fragrance and thousands of years of historical use.
    Promotes healthy digestion
    Supports healthy immune function
    Warming, uplifting aroma
    Maintains healthy cardiovascular system

    Cedarwood
    Cedarwood essential oil has a warm, woody, balsamic fragrance that relaxes the mind and body.
    Promotes clear skin
    Has a soothing, grounding effect on the mind and emotions
    Relaxing and calming aroma is perfect for massage therapy
    LOVE this in my diffuser every night to sleep.

    Cilantro
    I have this in my preparedness kit for cooking.
    From the leaves of the Coriander plant, Cilantro Essential Oil is commonly used for its fresh and tasty flavor.
    Aids digestion
    Gives food a fresh and tasty flavor
    Cleanses and detoxifies

    Cinnamon Bark
    Another one in my preps for cooking.
    Well-known for its use as a spice, Cinnamon also has many unique benefits.
    May promote healthy circulation
    Maintains a healthy immune system
    Long used to flavor food

    Clary Sage
    Clary Sage essential oil is known for its mood-lightening properties.
    Apply to abdomen for a soothing massage during menstrual cycle
    A favorite of women
    Used to lift and lighten mood

    Clove
    A favorite among health-care providers and health-conscious individuals, Clove is more than a popular cooking spice.
    Powerful antioxidant properties
    Supports cardiovascular health
    Cleans teeth and gums

    Coriander
    Popular across many cultures for various uses, Coriander essential oil provides a myriad of health benefits.
    Promotes digestion and eases stomach upset
    Supports relaxation
    Warm, spicy flavor

    Cypress
    Distilled from the twigs and foliage of the cypress tree, Cypress essential oil is popular in spas.
    Provides energizing boost
    Improves appearance of oily skin
    Invigorating scent

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    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
    Occasional Useletter
    Essential Oil Newsletter


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    Front Porch Friday January 29th

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    h2>Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

    Mama Kautz and The Rural Economist bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

    Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

    I LOVE these raised beds by The Cape Coop. We have them, but haven’t painted them. I think maybe we will stain ours this Spring.

    Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

    • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
    • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
    • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
    • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
    • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
    • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

     

    Mama Kautz

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    **********************************************************
    Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
    It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
    Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
    I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
    of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
    to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
    **********************************************************
    Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
    You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
    you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
    **********************************************************
    Please use discretion if using oils.
    I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
    I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
    approved by the FDA.
    **********************************************************
    Occasional Useletter
    Essential Preparedness Newsletter


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