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Crafts, Health, Jarrin, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

It’s winter and the dryness on my dog’s paws are looking cracked. I decided to try some recipes to see what works best and of course is easy to make. This paw protector is wonderful! The scent is great and even though he licks it I know it is safe for him plus protecting his little pads.

Paw protector wax- like substance also helps break down the ice and snow that may collect in his pad. Every time we come in from outside, especially after being down at the ranch I check his paws to make sure there is no snow inside the pad. By applying the paw pad protector this cuts down on the snow accumulation. I just have to remember to put it on him BEFORE we go outside.

Paw Pad Protection for your pet

Recipe

4 tbsp organic shea butter

8 tbsp organic Calendula infused oil  (I have a recipe here)   

2 tsp carnauba wax                    

4 tbsp organic bees wax.          

 4 tbsp coconut oil                        

1/2 tsp vitamin E                      

1 tbsp organic  Sunflower oil.

 30 drops Rosemary Essential oil    

 15 drops Lavender Essential oil.    

10 drops of  Tea Tree Essential oil

In a double boiler, bring the calendula oil, shea butter, carnauba wax, beeswax, and coconut oil to melting point. This should only be about 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat and add vitamin E and your essential oils. Stir again and quickly and carefully pour into your molds. Paw mold, tins, (from any dollar store) or cupcake mold

TIPS

#1. I like to mix the first ingredients in a  4 cup glass measuring cup. I place this in double boiler and stir with a plastic spoon. This helps pouring into my molds easier and using the plastic spoon I can throw away for easier clean up.  #2. I add a tsp of Apricot oil as this oil is helpful in dry chapped skin. #3. Adding a few calendula flowers to the mold make for pretty presentation. I doubled this recipe because of the thick molds used.

Gift Ideas

Paw Pad Protection for dog

Just take paw and place is ointment and rub onto pad. You can also take some in your hand and rub directly onto the paws. 

Paw Pad Protection

Adding tags to your gifts is quick and easy as well as special when you use these little framelits from Sizzix. Using my BIGSHOT I can use material, metal, more than one piece of card stock, it’s wonderful. Makes gift giving fun and easy!

So let me know how your little 4-legged buddies do with this ointment. I hope they like it and it works for you! I invite comments!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Ranch Life
Oh I can’t believe it! For 25 years I have had my little craft room in the laundry room with no windows. My hubby would joke and say, “you can do your sewing and at the same time get the laundry done.” HA HA!
Now that we are empty nesters my man and I got to work creating a new craft room with lots of natural light!

 A new craft room with color and light will make creating so much more exciting! 

I am calling it my Whimsy room! Because of the whimsy decor…so cute!


Here is what the room looked like before we began. Our son  Mitchell.

Craft Room
Now for the fun part…gutting and getting walls ready for new brightness!

We were given old base boards as a donation so I decided to use these as a  crown molding around the room. I painted them white…and added a splash of distressing…

New Craft Room

Dan mounted them…they look so cool against the painted wall!
New Craft Room

We also decided to empty the closet taking out the old racks and will turn this area into the main area for stamping.
New Craft Room

This next part was so fun to do and really makes for a cute window especially a craft room! I wanted a WHIMSY type of room so looking at ideas for window decor I came up with this. What do you think?

Whimsy or what? It was also a project I could do NOW since I had to wait for the flooring to come in. 

New Craft RoomNew Craft Room




New Craft Room
I just took material and cut them into strips tying them onto a white cord made of cotton. I measured the cord out by hanging it on the window so I knew how long I wanted the swag. Lookin’ whimsy for sure!
Even the rod is whimsy!
New Craft Room
New Craft Room

 


Next took some time as Dan has never put hardwood floor in before. The underlayment isn’t tricky but thank God for Youtube. 

Oh the hardwood is so pretty. I couldn’t resist and laid some down to see what it looked like. Getting all his measurements and knowing direction of wood he began the first layers. 
He is so good at stuff like this and being a perfectionist he did it well!

New Craft Room
OK…he finished the floor…

I think it turned out great! The details of this little room will make creating so fun and cheerful!

Isn’t it important to feel good in a place you are creating in?
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Health, Jarrin, Living Naturally
Oh my…if you have read through my blog, you know  I LOVE Calendula! This gorgeous flower is so easy to grow and not only looks beautiful in your garden but is awesome for DIY for body, teas, and cooking. The horses adore it! Calendula is one medicinal herb you will want to know more about. To make this salve the infused oil takes three days to prep. Once it’s made it lasts for 2 years or more and you can make multiple salves and balms with it. New Butter To Try I discovered a wonderful salve recipe and wanted to share. What makes this salve wonderful is the mango butter. Instead of using shea butter, I decided to substitute shea for this as well as add these other ingredients I think you will find just as wonderful! This salve is just plain ol’ filled with substitutions…my middle name in cooking too! But ahhhh so good!Ingredients Needed: 3 tbsp Calendula herbal infused oil (see recipe at bottom takes three days to infuse) 2 tbsp mango butter (substitute for shea butter) 1 tbsp + 1 tsp Carnauba wax (substitute for bees wax, more shinny look, takes longer to melt) 1 tbsp Kokum butter (substitute for cocoa butter…it is a flaky looking butter not to be mean) ¼ tsp Vit E. oil 9 drops Lavender essential oil 9 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil 4 drops Balsam of Peru (this is a VERY thick oil, like vanilla) Jars that are fun…also any small jar work! Labels Directions: 1) In double boiler slowely melt down the Calendula oil, butters, and wax in the jar you will be storing it in. 2) Do not rush this or have high heat or it may scald oils. Stir with a wooden stick or tool until wax is melted. 3) Once ingredients  are fully melted, remove from heat and place on cooling pad. Wait 5 minutes or so and stir in Vit.E and essential oils. 4)  Let rest in room temperatur before using. It will get hard pretty quick. Don’t put lid on jar until fully cooled. This should last about a year or 2. How to make your infused oil What you need: ( click on Bulk Herb Store to get these herbs, flowers) 3/4 cup Calendula Flowers 1/4 cup Rose Hips 1/4 cup Comfrey 1/4 cup Chamomile Flowers 1/4 cup Arnica 1/4 Yarrow Coconut oil (0r any carrier oil of your choice) Vit. E How to make: 1. Fill glass jar 1/3 full of herbal mix and cover with coconut oil. Screw on lid and place jar on top of a dishtowel in a crock pot or Dutch oven.( we love cast iron) 2. Fill the crock pot with water (but not above the year’s lid) and turn on warm for three days or low simmer if using a stove. 3. Check the water level every day to make sure the water hasn’t evaporated and fill as needed. NVER pour cold water over a hot glass jar. 4. After 3 days, strain off herbs from the oil with cheese cloth( while warm) or strainer. Add you Vit. E Label and keep in a dark place. ** All purchases through the affiliate links help support what we do on our ranch ministry! Thank you! God is good! May the Lord bless you as you prepare recipes to keep you and your family healthy! Please let me know if you made some and how you liked it! Keeping it natural as we can around the ranch! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Chlorine bleach is doum hypochlorite, a solution of chlorine and diluted sodium hydroxide. Hum…first when exposed to air, the chlorine evaporates as a gas from the bleach solutions at a high rate, which is why there is such a strong smell with bleach. YUK. WHY do people want that in their homes? Those fumes can cause headaches and dizziness to internal tissue damage of the nasal pulmonary,, and bronchial tissues if exposed or prolonged. YUK YUK! Here is an article for you to read if you want to. https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/chlorine_tech.htm How safe is Hydrogen peroxide? I recommend you read up on this It is important for your own knowledge! http://www.h2o2.com/products-and-services/us-peroxide-technologies.aspx?pid=112&name=Hydrogen-Peroxide Why add vinegar? Vinegar is so easy to find and really it is used in most homemade DIY recipes so one usually always has it around the house. Vinegar has been proven to inactivate certain strains of the flu,(http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008987) including H1N1 as well as others.( http://www.aciscience.org/docs/alternative_hard_surface_cleaners.pdf) From this article an executive at Heinz http://www.greenchicafe.com/vinegar-green-cleaning-101) ( pure 5% white vinegar will kill approximately 99% of bacteria 82% of mold, and 80% of germs when used for cleaning. Your very own DIY Bleach Mix in an amber spray bottle 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% solutions) ½ tsp Tbsp citric acid 1 cup water ½ cup  apple cider vinegarmother” on a label 5 drops of Lemon essential oil (or any citrus blend) Store in dark place as light will weaken the solutions. Lasts up to 2-3 months in dark bottle. I also use this ¼ cup in my laundry in whites. You can test it on your colors if you like. I haven’t yet tried it really don’t need to with the DIY detergent I use. Tips on cleaning your home click here! In conclusion, STOP USING BLEACH YA’LL! It is unsafe, unhealthy, and really why! Let me know what your thoughts are on the subject! I think we all need to hear so we learn from one another! Comment below. God bless you as you continue to improve a healthier way of life. Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
As I sit here typing I can see little cobwebs in the corners of my windows. YUK! It’s time to get to the spring cleaning! Oh if you’re a bleach user…click here for some helpful info! Make a plan While this task can seem daunting, it helps me stay focused. I make a plan to clean one room fully a day, maybe two if the room is small enough like the bathrooms.  Set the task for the day so it won’t seem overwhelming. Personally, I take one day to do it all putting everyone in charge of one room. Check List spring-cleaning-checklist I learned this from a friend who cleans homes for a living and loves this concept.  It just reminds me what I need to do, plus I love CHECKING things off. It makes me feel like I completed something! (The suggested cleaners on the second page really are no big deal plus the links don’t work. You can print off just the first page and have it with you while you clean.) DIY all your cleaning supplies Of course, I am going to recommend this concept! Really folks, all you need is a good polish or dusting spray, floor and counters or sinks use the same mixture. Windows too for that matter. The world’s market out there is selling you a TON of stuff you don’t need. Make a few of these up and you’re set! If you don’t have time, I recommend checking out the all-around cleaner here Counters/shelves really everything sprays: 12 oz Amber spray bottle 5 oz distilled water 5 oz white vinegar 1 tsp baking soda 20 drops of favorite citrus essential oil or Immune Strength for the winter season Floor Cleaner: simple a bucket of water, 1 cup of vinegar, 2-5 drops of  your favorite essential oil Dusting spray wood and fans: 4 oz.Amber spray bottle 1/2 cup almond or olive oil 1/4 cup vinegar 10 drops of lemon essential oil Shake before using Toilet and sinks: Toilet Bubbles Sinks: Leftover parmesan cheese shaker or wide mouth mason jar 1 cup of baking soda 20 drops of Immune Strength Essential oil Window cleaner: 12 oz  stainless steel spray bottle 3/4 cup white vinegar 3/4 cup distilled water 10 drops of lemon essential oil Mix after every spray Dish soap: 1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile soap 2 tsp vegetable glycerin 6 drops lemon essential oil 4 drops tea tree essential oil 4 drops of eucalyptus or myrtle essential oil Pour all ingredients into a GLASS mason jar or bottle. Fill the bottle with water, allowing enough room for the pump if that is what you are using. Shake well before use. Put on the music and your diffuser! Clean out the vacuum regularly and even put your favorite essential oil on the pads in the vacuum. I use a citrus blend just to keep me joyful! My favorite, Spearmint, Orange, and Rosemary. A couple of drops in the vacuum and you will be dancing while you clean! I also diffuse this trio a lot! Amazing aroma in the home! So fresh! As a result of using all DIY all natural cleaning supplies, your spring cleaning and using the check-off the list will be giving you and your family a wonderful place to live life! In addition to being a ROCKSTAR! Remember…when you choose to click on the links on this blog you are helping us reach at-risk kids and suffering families with our ministries. THANK YOU! You help us so we can help others! God’s blessing as you clean the HOME HE provided. Worship while you clean! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Ranch Life, Thyme Out
Getting the itch with the smell of spring! What do I do? YEP, start my seedlings! I make it easy applying some simple steps and making a plan. With each day bringing warmer temps and melting snow, I start imagining what kind of herbs and veggies we want to have on the ranch. Taking a walk around and seeing the seeds that worked last year and the ones that didn’t and making notes along the way. Now I can start my plan. First DIY Step: VISUALIZE Today I took a walk around the ranch and visualized where I want some new growing herbs and flowers. Now that we have our cute tack shack, I want to put some bigger pots on the outside deck where they would get full sun. We don’t have much sun so I need to take what I can get! Next is the area we had the tires with the herbs for the horses to graze through. “Thyme Out Pasture”.  We were given a grant by our local St. Joseph’s Foundation last year in May of 2017 and it worked out beautifully. This area I would like to build out of tin some beds. We used tires to start out and since it was so successful we want to make them bigger. HUM…may need to make a special dinner tonight and chat with Dan about this one! Lastly, both Dan and I agreed we need to enlarge our veggie garden so I marked that out as well. NOTE…we still have over a foot of snow! Second DIY Step: Prepare Your seeds This part is fun! After my visualization and what flowers, herbs, and veggies we need I purchased the seeds. I use Mountain Herb but you sure can get your seeds anywhere. I also have a master gardener in our church who I will also use as a resource. I am excited to learn a lot from him this year! He is 93! After the seeds arrive I get my trays ready. I went to the local nursery where we bring manure and he gives me free dirt as well as these plastic trays. They hold a TON of seedlings!  Another idea is to ask your local nursery for any extra trays they don’t need. You can get these seed pods which are also awesome! They would be an expense vs free, but they work great and easy to use! Wanna try another idea that won’t cost you anything? Make your own! Use eggs shells or toilet paper rolls! Here is 8 ideas; DIY on that! Lastly, fill the trays with soil and get your seeds planted and water at the bottom of the trays! I use popsicle sticks to mark my seeds. Just make sure you mark every tray what they are. How to make your own soil. If you compost, this is a wonderful way to use your homestead soil! Third DIY Step: Window Light, or Florescent Light? We have huge windows in our home and with every window is where I put my seedlings. But this isn’t ideal. I would like to work towards having a warm greenhouse and that is a dream of mine one day, but I also could go the extra mile and get some florescent lights and place the seedlings on a shelf. This is a wonderful way to grow your seeds. However, this would cost me some money. By the time I purchase at least 4 lights and have my hubby link this all up, it would be April. So I have chosen to use my windows and the greenhouse shelves. I found a picture for you of the fluorescent one in case you want to try this. It is a better way! Let me know too I always love to hear what others have done! Fourth DIY Step: Babying your Seedlings Make sure you check your baby’s every day and the trays are full of water. They will drink what they need. The biggest struggle is sunlight for me especially this time of year, hence the fluorescent system but whatever you choose you to pray for lots of sunshine! Once your season begins depending on where your zone is transplanting away! Some I will be putting into planters in April keeping them in our home until May. Most of our gardening won’t take place unfortunately until Memorial weekend. Such a bummer, but it’s Minnesota! God bless you all as you start your own herbs and veggies and living a healthy homesteading lifestyle! Lee
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Crafts, Living Naturally, Paper/Cards, Sewing
Making herbal tea is a daily thing for our family. We enjoy making herb teas using my love of blending many different herbs. But the best part is making it all special especially when I give it as a gift. One thing I love to do is make individual tea bags full of my special blends, but it is hard to find a tea bag that will work so I decided to create my own. I decided to use coffee filters or Bulk Herb Store has some too. Sewing makes it fun as you can add a colored thread to make it match a gift or a theme. Thinking about all this Viking stuff around here, purple thread tea bags would be fun! Stamping is another added love so getting out stamps to go with the persons’ personality or if it’s a special occasion like a birthday.  I, of course, used our touch of simple ranch life which became my platform to make the tea bags. I hope you will find it just as fun and your special touches will be a delight for the receiver. Let me know what you think by making a comment below. I enjoy seeing the ideas as well as ways to improve my own ideas. SO…here ya go! Now for the fun part! Stamping time! Grab some fun background paper and favorite stamps, stamp and cut out. The final step, tape to your dangling string. Done! I am sure it looks adorable. You can go into Amazon and search favorite stamps if you are not into western. Here are some I did. Think how wonderful it would be to get a get well card with a fun box full of tea bags with herbs that will help whatever their illness. Very special and a homemade touch! OH, I love it…enjoy making some and giving them as gifts! Again, let me know by making a comment. God’s blessings, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Ranch Life, The Boys
This is such a fun project! Making a Wholly Snuffle is a perfect gift to give your dog to keep them busy for a few minutes or some even longer. Our dog Cruz loves to have a job! Being a Border Collie he is in constant need of doing some work. If not down at the ranch working the horses, or playing with his agility course, then he has to be doing something to burn off what the Lord has given him. ENERGY and a BRAIN! Get your fleece, scissors, and mat ready… Cut your strips and begin… If you order on the fabric link, our ministry will receive the proceeds! Click the LINK on the sidebar…you will be giving TWO gifts… One for your pup, and one to kids in need of healing and hope!  Put your tail through the loop… To watch a VIDEO click HERE This snuffle gives him just that! By using our homemade dog treat recipe, and breaking it up, sprinkling it around the snuffle, and letting him use his nose for the reward we are making him use his brain too. Such a fun project and gift…We hope you will find it fun too! If you make one, post a picture below! I would love to see the fun colors and creations you make! ENJOY! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee AND Cruz
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Health, Living Naturally
During the summer months we face many bugs! I get stung at least once if not more. Mosquitos are our state bird, and of course the spider bits are no fun. So I found this ointment to be absolutely, hands down the best thing to put on those nasty bites!

It is a bit messy as it is made from activated charcoal which is black. But if you put a bandage over it for a bit, it won’t get on your clothes. It washes off easily too. 

When I got stung, I literally applied this on immediately and the pain was gone, no swelling, and I was back to chores. Great for kids and pets too! I even put it on our horses for those nasty horse fly bits that swell!

Here ya go…make a jar or two and keep in areas you can easily get to! If you order from the links, you are helping our ranch reach kids in need! Thank you! www.truenorthranch.org

 Bug bites, bee sting salve
 6 tbsp of infused oil (I use Calendula see infusion directions below)
2 tsp almond oil
2 tsp bees wax
3 tsp activated charcoal 
3 tsp bentonite clay
20-30 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops of tea tree essential oil
Bug bites, Bee stings

Combine the olive oil, castor oil, and beeswax in a container and place in a pot of simmering water (like a double boiler). It is recommended that you use a container that you don’t mind getting stained, as the charcoal has a tendency to stain. Once the waxes and oils are combined, add the charcoal and clay and mix until combined. Mix in the essential oil and then transfer to a glass jar for storage. This recipe makes enough to fill a one ounce mason jar. Store the salve in a cool dark place.

To use the salve, just put a small amount on the affected area. Cover with a bandage (to help avoid staining your clothes and other things) and leave on for up to 12 hours. The wash off with soap and water. 

You can wash off as soon as the pain subsides. 
I have used this for poison ivy as well. It works. The important part is reapplying if itchiness still exists.

INFUSED Oils

1. Pick 3 herbs you would like to make for your infusion. For this drawing out salve I use Calendula, Comfrey, and Lemon Balm all from my garden or you can click on link to Starwest Botanicals
2. Use a clean quart mason jar. Mix your dried herbs in a steel bowl and place into your jar. Fill your jar with Jojoba oil or Organic Olive oil. Fill jar leaving 1/2 ” of space at the top of the jar so the herbs will hav room to expand. Stir your herbs with a wooden spoon. If the herbs soak up all the oil, then pour more on top to ensure that the herbs are covered. Once all stirred and ready to cap tightly.
3. Leave in your dark pantry for 4-6 weeks giving it a daily shake.
4. When weeks are done, strain your infused herbs into a clean glass amber bottle. Make sure you get all the juices out as you want every bit of the oil. I add a drop of Vitamin E Oil to the mixture to give it a longer shelf life. 
*** The links are affiliate links which we use the funds for our ministry. We LOVE Starwest as they provide free shipping on $75 or more PLUS great service!

Hope you try it! Let me know if it worked for you!
God bless and enjoy the summer and it’s bugs!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Herb Basket, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, Thyme Out

Do you need to try and keep cost down while creating your herb and veggie gardens? Well, here is some tips on getting started with simple DIY’s to start your seedlings.

First you need to plan on how many herbs and veggies you want. You can refer to this spot to see some ideas I did.

Once you have decided on how many you will need begin saving and prepping for your seed homes. Here are some suggestions to get  you started. NO COST DIY’s! That’s the best part!

 

1) Eggs shells: this is my favorite way to plant seeds. I love that they are perfect size and of course it is compost so just put right into the ground when ready to plant. Easy and no cost!

2) Paper Rolls: You will need 1 full sheet of newspaper, tear along the fold. Next fold in half lengthwise. Grab a drinking glass and place it half way on the paper. (picture) Roll and tape bottom and side. Nice size for larger plants like tomato starter.

 

3) Toilet Paper Rolls: Take a roll of either toilet or paper towels and cut in half. The paper towel I can get 3 rolls. Fold bottom over (picture) and ready to go!

 

4) Recycled pots and trays from past purchases: Buying flowers or other items I have kept the containers and now can use as starters. Love the smaller ones!

 

 

5) Egg cartons: The paper egg cartons are great for starting your seedlings. You just have to cut them apart and than plant right into the ground carton and all. Easy Pease!

 

6) Hallowed out oranges, lemons, limes, or avocadoes: Gonna try this one! I haven’t done this before but will this year!

 

7) Old yogurt containers or any small containers: Sure have plenty of these around or containers with no matching lids. What the heck? Where do those go?

 

8) Go to your local nursery for their left over pots or planters: This is my favorite as our local person knows us well as we give them our manure. They always have tons of plastic seed starters they want to get rid of. 


I’m READY to start the planting process. Oh the sun is shinning bright today!



Try some of these ideas to help keep your costs down. If you have any suggestions or other ideas, I would love to see them! Post them below!

Happy Spring and happy planting!
God’s blessings,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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