Earth Day iscoming up and I am proud to say that I have been trying to be more earth friendly. In the hopes of getting myself and my family more healthy in our eating habits, I have not been buying processed foods like I once did, I have been adding Gardening to my hobbies list, and I have been trying to find more natural ways to cure sickness instead of seeking out pharmecuticals. I am so blessed to live in this day where there is so much technology to do the things that were once hard, but sometimes, back to the basics is what we need. To help support our precious, beautiful earth and spread awareness, wear it!! Using my Freezer Paper Tutorial HERE with written instructions. I have made a few Earth shirts and state shirts. I love them. They are simple.
I love Mother's Day. Not only is the best day ever for me, but I also loooove to celebrate my beautiful mother. She is funny, beautiful, creative, hard working, determined, and the best Grandma around. I am so glad that I get to have her as my mommy. I am very much like her in many ways. Sewing being one of them, then add hairstylist too. It's fun bonding with her over something that no body else in my family really does, with the hair. Sewing has been picked up by a couple of my sisters, but we all sew differently so it's fun for my mother to craft with each of us and see our skills and ways of doing things. I have even been able to show her a thing or two.
With Mother's Day just around the corner, I decided to start planning fun little projects. I have lots of material I would like to see gone out of my stock pile, getting used by my long list of To Do's. I am on a big natural kick right now. Why not? WHy not try to save the planet. Every little bit counts. Napkins is a fantasatic way to contribute. In my house with three kids, we go through alot, so I resorted to buying from the Dollar store. WRONG ANSWER! they are like tissue paper. Don't waste your time. So then I was getting the cute printed ones from IKEA. Then I thought, I need to use the fabric napkins I already have more often, that lead to...MAKE MORE CUTE ONES!!!
My mom just moved states, and so as a little house warming gift/Mother's Day gift I thought napkins would be great. And I would have a matching set as well.
I used an Amy Butler fat quarter bundle purchased from this shop HERE. She has a Great selection of fabrics. I did these two ways to accomadate the serger owners, and the NOT serger owners out there.
So each fat quarter will make two napkins, so grab however many you need.
Start by washing and ironing
Cut them in half on the 22 inch side...so 11 inches
If your serging, just serge around the edges. Simple!
Now if your going to use your sewing machine, fold over and press each corner 1/2 inch.
Then fold over each edge 1/4 inch and press
use a zig zag stitch so the fabric edge is in the center. This will keep it from fraying, and its cute. It just takes a little more time per napkin.
Look at all those cute colors!!! Spring is here... Mom will love it I think.
Our dear sweet Greyson started having weird bumps showing up on his back and belly. They were red or large, but were there...not soft baby skin like he should have. It remained for a couple weeks, and I just blamed it on the colder weather. So I began applying lotion morning and night to see if it would help. Not so much. Then within one week it turned red, spreading all over his entire body. I made an appointment to see the Dr. and she prescribed an ointment for a Yeast Infection. I went along with it because my girls have both had something like this as well around this age, so I took the new info and ran with it. No good. The rash got worse, spreading to his face and is diaper area. One evening it was pretty bad I could tell he was trying to itch his neck, using his forearm. Not satisfying the itch, he grew frustrated and began crying. I put him in the bath and realized his genitalia was also itching him. I ran an oatmeal bath and let him soak. What is usually a fun experience, his bath time was filled with pulling and itching his privates. I gave him some benedryl to calm the pain and irritation for the night. The next day I went back to the Dr. He then thought it was Eczema or an allergic reaction. So we proceeded with an oral steroid to relieve the rash that was then all over head to toe, eyelids, toes and all. It immediately started clearing up the next morning. Yay!! We for a follow up appointment and voila...Diagnosis: Eczema.
OK. Now what? A Daily ointment steroid. Huh? I don't want him jacked up on medication. SO that's when I looked into making home remedies for Eczema. Homemade creams and such. I jumped on that and got brewing my own cream HERE. A lot cheaper than a prescription. So While doing that research I learned that Eczema is food allergy related. The Biggest triggers for it are Dairy and Wheat. The world around me started spinning, the sounds in my home went muffled and muted. The newly found information was popping out of my iPad screen. I ran my fingers through my hair and rubbed my face in frustration. "I have that kid...the food allergy kid." I though to myself. "What am I going to do...reading every label...spending tons of money on special foods....wait...how do I know if it is wheat or Dairy he is sensitive to?" I continued.
I then started reading on how to do eliminations diets.
10 days to 2 weeks for each thing you are testing. HOLY MOLY that's a long time if I can't figure it out right of the bat. You have to eliminate 1 thing at a time so you know if it changes the reaction. all other diet remains the same. HERE is my Pinterest Board on Eczema.
Okay...I thought back. When did the little bumps start? In December when he went off formula and went to whole milk...along with eating regular meals that we were eating. Everything. I'm hoping at this point that it is the milk and the eggs and cheese. So frustrated and stressed at the time and discipline this is now going to take me I begin praying to Heavenly Father that I can do this. We can do this. I know I have good resources amongst my friends who have kids with food allergies and such so I know I got good back up. I first turned to my family. Did they have anything like this happen to their babies? Yep...My niece has very sensitive skin, and gets rashes. They modified her diet slightly and seemed to help. Ok...
Target here I come. I immediately marched to the milk isle to see what my milk replacement options were. I had no idea what to do. Luckily the sweet man stocking the fridge assisted me. He and his wife are diabetic. They drink Almond milk. "Tastes fantastic!" he exclaimed. Sweet. Sold. I bought two cartons and my eyes about popped out at how expensive it is for a 1/2 gallon. There goes our cheap Milk bill.
I came home and breathed. Called a friend who lent their support. I cried a little. I got this. Here we go 10 days.
That following week I attended a group activity where I learned about Plant Based Eating. No Animal products, no processed foods, or very minimal. I thought it was just about how to incorporate more vegetables into my families diet. We could all use that right? Then it hit me. The information. What are we putting into our bodies? I'm not going to go into the whole science behind it... you can watch FORKS OVER KNIVES, a documentary that explains it all. How eating animal products such as milk, meat, cheese etc... creates disease in our bodies. Heart disease is the top of that.
If we are putting bad things into our body more than good things, we will have bad bodies right? true. How can I fix it, not mask it or cover the symptoms of disease...? Put good things in your bodies.
If I take the bad stuff (the dairy) out of Greyson's diet, then the eczema will go away! My heart just swelled and I had this overwhelming feeling that this diet plan was for him and my family. All the things that we think we are getting from eating meat and partaking of dairy products can be found more in our whole foods. Easy replacements. Eating those other things can be done sparingly...20% of your diet, is safe that the rest of the 80% of the whole foods can over take. But here is what I love. You sick? got disease? Lets take it away with diet. No medications. That means, no steroid cream for Grey. I'm in, you bet! I will use the homemade cream on a daily basis and only use the steroid if absolutely necessary. It has worked thus far. He is a happy, cute kid again.
My life has changed since adopting this new diet plan. My eating habit is amazing. meals are more flavorful and my arthritis in my knees is almost non existent. I compared them to old lady knees. I could barely get off the floor or sit down. I couldn't even kneel down for family prayer without pain. Now I can. There are such great resources out there. Pinterest being my number one. I have found out amazing things about our whole foods. What they do for us, what they can help fight or enhance. HERE is my Plant Based Eating Board. You can look and follow it. I also Follow this guy HERE on Facebook. I don't juice all my meals, but I make some crazy power house smoothies in the mornings. My life has changed. My kids I know are healthier. My husband even notices how he feels now after he eats a meal with meat in it. We don't crave it, we don't need it. Life is good, God answered my prayer by having me go to that meeting so I could figure out what to do about Greyson's situation. I am now a firm believer that if you aren't feeling good and disease is taking over with all the medications and such that you think keep you going, change your diet. Its that simple. You can do it! Do it for yourself, do it for your family, your kids. You will feel the way God intended you to feel. You will enjoy life. You will have LIFE.
Yellow awesome project! Found these cuties in the Yellow bird Yellow beard etsy shop. So cute and creative. I love all the mixed matched colors. Looks as though it is felt sandwiched between two fabric pieces. She even put magnets on the back so they can be used on boards and fridges. Super cute!
Ok so if you have been following me on Pinterest and on my Facebook page you know I have been gardening. It all started on regrowing items from kitchen scraps like celery, romain, mad green onions. Onions...working great. I trim as I need to and they are right on my kitchen window sill. Celery, I have about 5 going...they are growing, but its a long process with those...the romain?...not working much, yes it grows but I'm not sure it ever grows into the once big head of lettuce it once was. I can't find any success stories out there on regrowing romain. I guess you can at the small leaves. This one I have pictured is the biggest one I have. I have had it for almost 2 months. Most lettuce takes just about 1 1/2 months. I'm gonna rip these babies out and plant more greens that I have actually planted and are about ready to harvest from the little seeds. Soooo moral of this story...don't waste time with regrowing romain. It takes less time to grow from seeds.