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Natural Face Care

April 1, 2014 · 0 comments

My post on homemade face cream continues to be a favorite among my readers. Ironically, I very rarely make that face cream. Mostly, because I’m lazy :)

 

That’s not to say that I buy fancy facial products though. I just can’t spend that much for it, nor do I want all of the *interesting* ingredients soaking into my skin. My daily skin care is pretty simple.

 

Morning,  I wash with a mild facial soap. I don’t have a favorite brand but tend to buy whatever’s on sale at the natural food store and has ingredients that I recognize. I do without the fragrance (or “parfum” as it’s sometimes called). Sometimes I use my own homemade goat milk soap.

 

For toner, I use witch hazel and a cotton ball. Sometimes when I’m really tired, I’ll just clean my face with that in the evening and not even use soap. It takes off dirt pretty well, and I rarely wear makeup.

 

 

Two or three times a week, I’ll use a little vitamin C. It’s the most expensive thing I buy, and it lasts a real long time.

 

 

For daily moisturizer, I use a little bit of almond oil. This bottle lasts a long time, too. My face feels well balanced.

 

 

That’s it. Easy. I like using masks and facial creams when I make them, but it’s not really a daily or weekly necessity. I might give myself a facial a few times a year.

 

Maybe I’d have less wrinkles or whatnot if I used a bunch of other stuff. But I think my face looks pretty healthy so I don’t worry about it too much. Besides, smile lines are good to have, right?

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Rather than join the chorus to rant about Obamacare, I thought it might be more helpful to hear about an alternative. Join us as we talk with Jamie Pyles about Samaritan’s Ministries and hopefully answer any questions you may have about this organization.

 

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If you decide to join, please let them know where you heard about them! For every referral, we get a discount, and that helps to support what we do here.

 

Blessings,

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“I Need to Go to the Store”

January 21, 2014

I say those words far, far too often. In my case, it’s about twice a week, which may or may not sound as ridiculous to you as it does to me. But for as many years as I’ve worked towards decreasing my dependence on the supermarket, here I still am. I find it not only […]

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How To Juggle Multiple Sourdough Starters

December 5, 2013

I’ve been feeling the need to update my post on whole wheat sourdough bread, mainly because baking with sourdough is far, far easier than the recipe I left there. And now that I’ve been at it for several years, I’ve also gotten to a nice rotation in juggling multiple sourdough starters. I get most of […]

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A Happy Home is Not Painless

November 2, 2013

Nothing brings out true colors like the palette of suffering.  I wrote about this earlier and it still remains one of the most popular posts.  Suffering is an excellent schoolteacher, both in your own life and in the life of others.   SUFFERING IN YOUR OWN LIFE   PHYSICAL PAIN   I took a wrong […]

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Fall: Time to Harvest (Fruit), Time to Plant (Ideas)

October 9, 2013

Right on cue, the rains have fallen and the winds have begun to dust the alders and firs outside my home. Autumn is here!  Down the gravel drive, unpicked blackberries lie limp on the vine, their leaves turning reddish and preparing to die down for the season.  I am thankful for it.  I love this […]

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Eat Well

August 30, 2013

pastured eggs, kale, chanterelles, red onions, tomato, fig, seaweed bulletproof coffee on the side   It doesn’t much matter that we know we’re eating junk.  Guilt over the half bag of cookies? Check.  Late night snacking? Check.  Dare I say soda-pop? Check. But, eh, you only live once and a little bit, moderation even, doesn’t […]

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Peasant Bread: Sourdough

January 15, 2013

  Salt. Water. Flour. And starter. That’s how easy it is to gather the ingredients for simple, wholesome sourdough bread.   I remember the folks at Forgotten Way sharing how we ought to for the sake of health and finances “eat like a peasant” more.  Well, by choice or by force, more of us are […]

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Forward

January 5, 2013

The posting trot I was in put my right brain into full drive and allowed the more responsible, list making, planning, fault-finding, detail-oriented left side of my hammer brain to melt into nothing more than an acknowledging nod to the sound of Lola’s rhythmic breath.  I held the reigns loosely and kept my eyes soft, […]

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Basic Herbs in My Home

November 15, 2012

It’s that time of year when harvest is closed and the dark and cold outside foster rejuvenation of mind and body.  It’s a time to find quiet, catch up on reading, pick up the knitting needles (or scrapbooking…or whatever…) again and take advantage of more hours to sleep.  For me, it’s also a time to […]

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Natural Childbirth: Yes, You Can

March 18, 2012
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I'm a mother with two c-sections and four unmedicated VBACs in between them, and I want to share with you my experiences and some very compelling reasons why I believe that yes, YOU *can* also have a natural childbirth. We are currently awaiting the arrival of our seventh baby, and this podcast is as much for me (I need reminders and encouragement, too!) as it is for you.

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Families, Food, and Faith

February 21, 2012

Most moms want their families to eat well, because they recognize wholesome food creates the building blocks for good immune function, amongst other things.  Too many times I think we ascribe the “common cold” (for example) as a matter of germs, when in fact, it could just be an overloaded little (or big) body trying […]

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Natural Face and Skin Cream, Part Two

January 12, 2012

Well, I was so excited about the fabulous cream I made last night that I wanted to share it with you pronto!  And then….something was nagging at me….like….didn’t I blog about that before? YEP.  You can read how I did it here.  So I guess that makes this post “Part Two”. But…seeing as how I […]

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Elderberry Syrup

December 27, 2011

Elderberry syrup is really easy to make, and a great support to the immune system.  Start out with as much fresh or dried berries as you would like.  I used two cups dried. Cover with water, and simmer for about 40 minutes or so, until the berries are soft and the water looks dark with […]

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Healthy, Quick, Easy Schoolday Lunches

September 14, 2011

Update:  Today (Wednesday), we had leftover cabbage slaw (made w/cilantro and homemade mayo), tossed with leftover chicken (our own!) and mozzarella cheese, topped with crunched saltine crackers and onion bits.  It was delish! It is really difficult for me to craft a new lunch every day because, face it, lunch is in the middle of […]

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Thirteen Years Later…

August 2, 2011

…I remembered I liked riding my bike.  But I sold it to a young lady when I was home with my first born trying to recover from surgery and figure out how to nurse, and I was pacing the floors either waiting for the wee thing to wake up from her naps so we could […]

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A Decision, Not a Diet

May 15, 2011
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Meet my friend Cindy who is in the process of finding who she really is as she battles (and triumphs over!) obesity. She is an inspiration and I know you will be very blessed to hear her words. I'm so thankful to the Lord that I know this woman.

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Self-Care

May 5, 2011

It’s the end of day two of alternating bedrest with shuffling feet around the house taking care of whatever I can do in hour-long spurts. Oy, my head. I don’t even care what the propane guy thought of the lady that spoke to him with hair in disarray, pajama bottoms, tied cardigan and obvious children […]

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Homemade Green Mix

March 24, 2011

I was inspired to put together my own family’s green mix after watching one of the homesteading videos in which they did the same. Her mix was far larger than mine (and also I assume way more costly) and I didn’t want to end up with more than we would use within the year, so […]

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Preventing and Healing Dental Cavities

March 8, 2011
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It is very possible to heal dental cavities through the use of nutrition. In fact, decay is caused by a lack of vitamins and minerals in the diet. In this podcast, we'll challenge what *really* causes cavities, and question the current practices of treating them. Get ready to be armed to fight for the health of your family in a whole new way. Long podcast, but lots to ponder!

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Hours in the Kitchen?

December 2, 2010

I recently read a comment about how preparing and eating healthy food sounds like a good idea, but this particular person didn’t want to spend “hours in the kitchen”. I do find it curious that activities such as cooking (and exercise for that matter) that foster good health typically have a bit of dread involved, […]

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Natural Hair Care

October 27, 2010

It’s nice to be beyond the love/hate relationship I had with my hair when I was a teenager (I wanted to say “young lady”, but no, I was a “teenager”). My naturally wavy hair eagerly curled up with perms…until a month later when I was sick of scrunching and wanted to iron it all back […]

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Farmed Fish: A Good Catch

October 1, 2010
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I loved Sally Fallon's word for those who claim to *know it all* about proper politically correct foods: diet dictocrats. These are the same folks that say red meat is BAD, saturated fats are BAD, eggs are BAD, bread is BAD. So it was no surprise that my assumption about fish was: wild fish=good. Farmed fish=BAD. Then I met a solid Christian gentleman who, of all things, farmed fish. And he asked me point blank, "So....what do you think of farmed fish?" Listen in on our conversation and be ready to challenge your own assumptions in the process.

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First Aid Kits: What’s in Yours?

September 20, 2010
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Confidence in reacting to the boo-boos of life is stoked by being prepared for them. I keep two first aid kits: one at home and one in the van. As usual, my focus is on natural remedies and a drugless approach to treating the everyday scrapes, bumps and tummy aches.

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Milk From (Your!) Front Yard

September 6, 2010
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Well, if you have the space....why not? In this podcast I'll share about the benefits of whole, raw milk, share an interview I did with my cow-owning friend, and tell you about my own dairy goats. As usual, my husband pipes in at the end. If you can grow lettuce, you can milk an animal.

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What’s in Your Pantry?

August 8, 2010
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What's in the pantry matters! You do have control over the food you provide and prepare for your family. Learn to create a health-promoting, wholesome kitchen, learn to cook from scratch, and learn to take control of your families bodily AND financial health. It really matters!

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Dr. Mom: Loving Health Care for Families

July 17, 2010
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Even in doing all the preventative measures talked about in Part One, moms still need to have a plan in treating illness when it occurs. It is our responsibility to watch over and encourage vibrant health in our families. Here are some thoughts in treating illness when it happens.

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Summer Goals and the Art of Learning

July 7, 2010

Every summer when the children pack up their schoolwork for a short while my mind goes into overdrive planning all of the things I myself can be learning in the time I usually spend teaching them. Suddenly I have hours of blocks of time that I can devote to research and reading and gardening and […]

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Dr. Mom: Preventative Health Care for Families

July 4, 2010
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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Keeping our families as healthy as we can is ourresponsibility. The Lord has blessed us with amazing provisions to use in supporting our body's attempts to stay healthy. (We have access to clean water in this country, for starters...) Here are some thoughts regarding how to keep your family well, using the methods I've used for at least a dozen years.

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Detox

June 17, 2010

I had the most delicious lunch. It was a baked potato with olive oil, salt & pepper, cut tomato, and a salad with raw red onion and sauteed garlic scapes with oyster mushrooms. The dressing was divine. Here is the recipe for the dressing blend, adapted from 7-Day Detox Miracle: 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 […]

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The Chains that Bind

April 12, 2010

Beware of who you lament your workout (or lack thereof) woes to. Two friends of mine ganged up on me encouraged me to start working out again after I explained whined about my body feeling rather weak, even though I was walking/jogging on my treadmill. “It’s only twenty minutes!” said one.“You’ll feel so great!” said […]

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Finding Courage in DisCOURAGEment, Pt 3

April 2, 2010
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3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Sometimes it is really hard to take every thought captive (listen to Part One) or to get working on what is needed or required (listen to Part Two). Sometimes, our discouragement grows because we just are not as healthy as we could be...so we feel like we're physically and/or mentally dragging. Let's investigate various aspects of how taking better care of ourselves might bolster our courage.

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Natural Face Care

March 6, 2010

I’m pretty fickle about health care products, and can’t seem to find *the* magic potion that I will love for more than a couple of purchases. When I was in my twenties, I bought the fancy (and expensive) department store lotions to combat the “signs of aging”. I laugh about that now! As I learned […]

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Flu Busting

November 9, 2009

It seems like every year we get the same warnings about the flu d’jour (or d’season, as it were). These seem to be mostly brought to us by newsanchors who make it their mission to cause widespread panic and fear no matter what content is on their teleprompter, so although I take steps to protect […]

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