OH MY WORD Soft-Hands Balm

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This stuff stays on your skin (even hands!) for a long time even when you’re busy moving about. I have made many oil mixes, salves, balms, creams, etc, and this is by far my favorite one. My daughter and I have been rubbing our hands together all morning to feel the softness. 🙂 This would make a great homemade Christmas gift!

OH MY WORD Soft-Hands Balm recipe:

  • 1 oz bar of beeswax with an amazing smell
  • 1 Tbsp Jojoba oil
  • 2 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 heaping Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • a small squirt of honey
  • a few drops each of lavender and chamomile (I used my own pre-made blend I call “CALM down” which has slightly more lavender than chamomile.)

Melt in the microwave in a glass container till completely liquid. (You can also do this on the stove, but steer clear of heating glass on the stovetop…I may have broken a jar that way before.) 😀 Be careful…I suggest letting it sit in the microwave a little while till you can pick it up and mix it. If it has hardened by that point, just melt it again a few seconds. Pour into containers while liquid and place in the fridge to harden. I love saving containers for this purpose, but you can also find empty, new containers on amazon.com.

All of these ingredients can be found on Vitacost at a low price! I love the things I get from Vitacost, and have had great customer service since the very beginning. I highly recommend them, and I highly recommend spending $49 (especially on products you’d normally purchase anyway) to get free shipping. 🙂 Here is my referral link for you to get $10 off, and me to get $10 off. Thank you! 

Do-it-Yourself Ollas

 Some days are yogurt & fruit popsicle days…

 And others are homemade Maple View ice cream days! Mmmm…

It has been quite hot here! And speaking of hot, I have a fun gardening find for you to try out! We recently found some plans for do-it-yourself ollas…An olla is a slow-watering pot and can be pricey and difficult to find. Since we…ok, fine, I’ll own it I have trouble remembering to water the plants daily, this is an excellent option to at least try out. 
We found these terra cotta pots (we are trying 2 different sizes) at Home Depot and they were very cheap. We also visited the discount area in the tile section and found a large and very inexpensive tile to break up & cover the bottom with. We had Gorilla glue already, and it is waterproof, so we used that. Here is a picture of one of them in use…

I found some flat rocks to cover the tops with. This picture shows how well it is working! The ground around the olla is wet…just enough to keep the roots of the tomatoes around it moistened. And as you can see, the area outside that is dry! I think this means it is working great! We have yet to fill them up again. I believe we put these in on Sunday afternoon, so I will report back and let you know how long it takes till they’re empty again. We also started some cuttings from these plants using rooting hormone, so I will let you know how that works after a few more days.

On a separate note, I got a Vitacost order today! (Click the link for $10 off your first order and I’ll get $10 off as well! Thanks!) Some of this is from a “Be” box…$13 for $70 worth of items from a certain category with free shipping, some are free samples, and some are to replenish my essential oil/supplement collection. 🙂 I have already used some of my supplements and added some oils to my homemade eczema balm. I am so excited to see the results! I love Vitacost! I strongly suggest you check it out if you haven’t yet. So many great products at such great prices.

We got the CHICKENS!!!


We got the chickens!!! I’m so very excited. These girls are so fun to watch, and just beautiful birds. The official waterer came today (we were using a jug since plans changed quickly…we didn’t want them to all be eaten by the neighbor’s dogs) and along with it, 2 books.

I refuse to pay shipping for Amazon when I can get free shipping at $25+. 🙂 “M for Mitten” is a Michigan ABC book with all kinds of facts about Michigan. Very cool. “Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child” is suuuuper cool. I can’t wait to read and refer to it often. 🙂 “More than 300 natural, nontoxic, and fragrant essential oil blends.” Well, sign me UP!!! So after I read this, I will be an official, self-titled, Natural-Mama who can offer you an NRx (Natural Prescription) for just about any ailment. This book has numerous recipes, explains the benefits of many oils and plants, and talks about the Caveman Diet (something we’ve been talking about for a LONG time and are trying to slowly eat more of). This book is not just for kids. These recipes can be used for young and old alike. I can’t wait to boost my oil collection and try some of these recipes. I’ve had some beeswax waiting for a good blend. 🙂 BUH BYE, ECZEMA! 😉

If you’d like to talk about backyard chickens, please feel free to comment. We are loving it. 3 eggs so far…And we’ve only had them 2 mornings. 🙂 I think once they become more comfortable with us and their new home, and establish their pecking order, they’ll be less stressed and lay better. 

Hopefully, Keith will be able to finish the coop this week!!! It’s difficult reaching all the way down to the bottom for those eggs! 🙂 

Haha…we also found out Tucker’s true-calling in all of this chickening. He’s a chicken-dog! (Like a sheep-dog for chickens.) They were pecking at each other yesterday and started getting louder with each other…Tucker barked 2 sharp barks at them like he was telling them to STOP IT! Too funny. Good boy, Tuck.