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Non-Toxic, Homemade Sun Screen

This showed up on my Facebook page and I don’t know who to credit. But it looks like a good recipe:

4 oz. coconut oil
4 Tbsp olive oil
Essential Oil (whichever one you like…a few drops should do it)

Heat the above over very low heat until melted. Then add:
2 Tbsp powdered zinc oxide (“no-nano”, whatever that means

Mix well, pour into container and allow to cool.

American Politics

Talk about a new frontier!  America (and the world) is there.

If you are a woman reading this, all I have to say is stay awake and alert to the changes that are likely to come at you, from attitudes to new laws. Gather together with others and get busy.

As Robert Reich says, “There is no cruising altitude anymore.”

The time is now.  Take action. Democracy is not a spectator sport.


Party Candy Assortment, 60 oz …A Sweet Affair!

Here is a candy assortment that delivers approximately 240 pieces of the most popular candy  – Jelly Bellys, Skittles, Laffy Taffy, Sour Patch, Twizzlers, Atomic Fireballs, Jolly Ranchers, Jawbreakers, Tootsie Pops and more. Packed in asturdy gift box that’s just right for any sweet occasion. Celebrating a birthday or a fiesta? Buying for the holidays, a birthday or some occasion?  Maybe you’re sending a nostalgic gift to someone in the military or away at college? Whatever the occasion, if you want to make it a really sweet one, this assortment is sure to please. Candy varieties were especially selected by sweet-loving, voting members of our small family business. Guaranteed to make candy lovers of all ages smile! Items may vary slightly depending on availability of stock.


Gardening Gifts Set – 1 Pr Women’s Bamboo Gardening Gloves, 1 Kneeling Pad & 1 Essential Tips Growing Vegetables Booklet

Protection, comfortable gardening and success in growing vegetables is the 3-item goal of this excellent quality gardening gift set for women. The gloves, made from spun bamboo fiber, are naturally silky soft, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and odor-inhibiting because they actually wick away moisture. The glove’s palms are coated with natural foam latex that provides extra grip. The gloves come in VERY stretchy medium size, equivalent to a Size 7 or 8 women’s glove. The foam garden kneeling pad is firm but offers comfortable support and excellent protection for your knees, where cushioning really matters! This pad is larger than standard. It is lightweight, water resistant, is designed with a built-in foam handle. It will protect your knees from gravel, concrete, sod and other hard surfaces. The final item in this bundle is a 72-page, detailed and colorfully illustrated booklet chock full of useful, easy-to-read information on garden techniques that insure your success as a gardener. It includes info on garden site preparation, inter-planting, succession planting, tool choice, cultivation, freezing, drying, curing and more; and how-to tips for growing over 42 common vegetables, annual and perennial herbs. Comes shrink wrapped as one unit and is a terrific gift for anyone interested in gardening.

Heartburn at 3 a.m.

So, last night I had gyoza for a late dinner and enjoyed every last bite. But in the middle of the night, I ended up with terrible heartburn. Because I don’t have my gall bladder anymore, I have trouble digesting fats and I guess I just ate too much fat too late into the evening.

But, my new love came to the rescue! I got up and put a drop of peppermint oil on my tongue. Not only did it stop my heartburn immediately, it also cleared my throat, nose and sinuses. I went back to sleep inhaling this remarkable quality oil.

My new love is doTerra Essential Oils. I’ve long used oils and herbs, but sourcing for quality has been sketchy.  Some oils that are, indeed, organic, are mixed with heavy carrier oils; some distillation processes are not that great; and few are tested by third party quality controllers.

Peppermint_lgdoTerra oils are therapeautic grade oils, insanely pure and 3rd party tested. They are of the highest quality of any that I’ve found. I decided to become a Wellness Advocate and sell them.  Here’s a link to my doTerra site.

If you’re interested in therapeutic essential oils, you’ll recognize the quality of this fine product line the minute you begin to use them. They are a bit pricey, but well worth it!


Bamboo Yarn for Knitted Knockers

I love bamboo as a textile. I have bamboo sheets that are soft, silky, warm, cool, antibacterial and wear like iron.  I’m also a knitter and have begun knitting with bamboo yarn…a newcomer on the textile scene.

Here’s a picture of a yarn called Universal Yarn Bamboo Pop Cream. Click on the pic and it’ll take you to Amazon and the description page.

bamboo yarn 

Universal Yarn Pop Cream

Have you ever heard of Knitted Knockers? It’s a group of knitters who knit breast prostheses for women who’ve had mastectomies and don’t want silicon implants. Since bamboo is antibacterial and so durable, it’d be a great yarn to use if you’re inclined to be part of this amazing group.  You can Google them and get the full story on how to get involved.

Osha Root Extract 4oz

Osha Root, or Bear Root, can help relieve breathing problems. It helps clear mucus by increasing expectoration, relieving congestion and making breathing easier.

I’ve used Osha Root for some time, especially when I’m coming down with a cold or experience seasonal allergic responses like sore throat, sneezing, coughing, etc. I used a tincture and just drizzle into the back of my throat. The tincture I use has an alcohol base so it burns, but I have to say, it quickly gets rid of whatever’s trying to brew back there.

Osha Root also increases blood circulation to the lungs, and for this reason, it functions as a support mechanism for emphysema, pneumonia, asthma, and allergies. It has long been used for cold, cough, and other respiratory ailments since the root contains valuable oils, including camphor, ferulic acid, saponins, phytosterols and terpenes.

Because of its range of efficacy, Osha Root is attributed by many herbalists as the best American herb for lung and throat problems.

Even though it’s considered safe with no associative negative side effects, Osha should be avoided by pregnant or nursing women.

Because it’s difficult to cultivate, Osha Root is generally wildcrafted and made available in tinctures, sprays and capsules.

This tincture (above) is made by Iowa Select Herbal Extracts and available on Amazon (click on the pic)

Wise Deluxe Survival Kit

Here’s a version of a survival kit that includes freeze-dried food, not simply high calorie bars.

It supplies 1 person for 2 weeks or 2 people for 1 week  and is packed in a rolling duffel. Contains: Tissues (6 pkgs), 4-in-1 dynamo flashlight, playing cards, waterproof matches, waste bags (2), 50 ft. nylon rope, note pad and pencil, mylar sleeping bags (2), work gloves, 36 piece bandage kit, water filtration bottle, stove w/16 fuel tablets, fork, knife and spoon, sierra cup, water purification tablets (20), duffle bag on wheels, water 8.5 oz (9), Swiss army knife, multi-function shovel, 5-in-1 survival whistle, emergency ponchos (2), hygiene kits (2), dust masks (2), hand warmers (2), tube tent, 1st aid kit, 12 hr bright stick, 30 hr emergency candle.

Meals include: Stroganoff, chili macaroni, creamy a la king and rice, pasta alfredo, creamy pasta and veg rotini, teriyaki and rice, creamy tomato basil soup, hearty tortilla soup, apple cinnamon cereal, brown sugar and maple cereal and crunchy granola.

In the Great Stuff section of this website, you’ll find a link to Mountain House, which also has a wide variety of excellent freeze dried foods. Remember these kits are for short-term emergencies.  If there are more people in your family or you expect to be out of your home base for longer than a few days, you need to get serious about creating a kit that will keep you healthy and strong for at least month.

All survival kits should include cash, a copy of your insurance policies, home mortgage information, medical info and medicines,  copies of birth certificates, your banking info and your credit card numbers. In case you have to really put your life back together, these items will go a long way toward making that a little easier.


Ready America 70385 Deluxe Emergency Kit 4 Person Backpack

I have a pack very similar to this one.  I’m posting this one so you can see what should go into a ‘grab and go’ survival pack…bare minimum.  This pack (available on Amazon) includes sufficient lifesaving supplies  for four people for 3 days, which is what the Red Cross recommends. It includes:

Water boxes, food supply, emergency ponchos,  survival blankets, 4 12-hour lightsticks, 4 pair nitrile gloves,4 NIOSH N-95 dust masks, pocket tissues, emergency whistle, leather gloves, Multi-Tool, 10 yards of duct tape, 4 pair goggles, 3 bio-hazard bags, premoistened towlettes, emergency communication plan/contacts, first aid kit that has 107 pieces, Emergency power station 4-function (flashlight, AM/FM radio, siren, cell phone charger) and a backpack.