You know that white powder-y film you find on grapes? Well, I was doing some research to find out exactly what that is and my results were inconclusive. (If you have the answer, please do share!) The main two answers I found were: it is a fungus or it is a wax coating. Either way, I don’t want to eat it!
So I was very pleased to find that we already had something in the house to get rid of that film. A couple drops of Shaklee’s Basic-H in water did the trick. Basic-H is safe enough to bathe a baby and also safe to wash fruit!
Fill a large bowl with water and add a few drops of Basic-H. Gently wash the grapes under the sudsy water.
Rinse well and pat dry for a much tastier looking bunch of grapes! Wouldn’t you agree?
Also, wanted to share with you a few things that are coming up around here! The first thing is…a new blog design is in progress! Should be easier to navigate and much more organized. (YAY!) I have some amazing leaders on my brand partner team helping me out! They are amazing! Also, I have been asked to be a regular contributor on Day 2 Day Joys which is a blog I have followed and loved for sometime. Such an honor to be a part of Rachel’s Team! My first post over there is coming up next week! And lastly I wanted to let you know about the next series I have going on…Summer Ready Hair and Skin! Coming Soon!
I hope you all are well and that spring has officially sprung wherever you live! ~Kelly
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My oldest son is constantly having allergy issues…we have to be careful and watch what he eats or touches while we are out and about. The crazy thing is that it is not always consistent. It seems that some foods or air irritants bother him sometimes and not others. I try to pay close attention to these things, but it seems that whenever I think I have it figured out, something changes! So here is one of our natural remedies for when his allergies act up; it is also great for pink eye!
This was him on a particularly bad day…poor guy!
Honey Eye Wash~
2 cups water
1/2 cup honey
Bring the water and honey mixture to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. After it boils, let cool completely.
When cooled, fill a bottle with a small tip opening (I used a saline bottle I had washed out). Hold your head over the sink or tub and with your eye slightly open, gradually pour the Honey Eye Wash over your eye. Repeat for the other eye if needed. The unused portion can be saved for up to a week. Just be sure to shake well before each use.
My son’s eye usually clears up in a day or two when we use this remedy. Simple and inexpensive, no eye drops required!
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Hello All! I have missed you! Let me tell you…it has been a SUPER crazy month. We, miraculously, survived a half-way across the country move. We left the bitter, winter cold of Illinois and drove 21 hours, with three small boys in the car, (YIKES) to the sunny state of FLORIDA! I am having such a time wrapping my brain around the fact that it is JANUARY. When we left Chicago it was less than 30 degrees (and I hear has since gotten colder…brrr, sorry!) And today, it was 78 degrees here in Florida! How is that possible? Believe me, I AM NOT complaining! Since we arrived, we haven’t had internet access, TV or hardly any phone service! Felt a little weird, but has also been kind of nice to be “unplugged.” Enjoying Starbuck’s free wi-fi for now and hubby hopes to get the internet and such up and running in the next couple days…
Anyhow…I have been wanting to share this project with you for sometime now! These lotion bars have worked wonders for my son’s skin. He has eczema and psoriasis, so we have tried multiple lotions and creams, but I had never thought about making my own until I came across this post from Miss Information. I just HAD to try it. And I am so glad I did, they are amazing moisturizers, convenient for travel, and so very simple to make.
Vitamin E (liquid or squeeze in capsules)
Also need: Cupcake liners and tins, crockpot
You will need an even amount of Coconut oil, Mango Butter and Beeswax. I used 2 ounces of liquid Vitamin E, but you can use more or less depending on how many bars you want to make.
Throw all the ingredients into the crockpot and let them melt for about 1 ½-2 hours. The beeswax will take the longest to melt. Once all the ingredients are completely melted into a lovely liquid gold, pour into the lined cupcake tins, about half full. Place them into the fridge for half an hour or so until they are completely solid. And that’s it! Simply pop them out of the liners and you are good to go!
Aside from healing my son’s skin, I have found these to be great for cuticles, dry heels, elbows and other patches of dry skin. Mango butter is known for its ability to improve skin flexibility, heal sunburn and skin rashes, and reduce wrinkles in the skin. Your body heat is enough to melt the right amount of moisturizer onto your skin. Each bar lasts a good amount of time and you can store the extras in the fridge and give some away as gifts!
Try them today! Perfect for dry winter skin! How do you moisturize your skin in the winter-time?
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Also, don’t miss the “Cribs Vlog” link-up coming up next week! This is your chance to get a first class tour of several bloggers homes! So pretty up your place and join us! Put together a video tour and share with us all! I can’t wait to see YOUR CRIB! Come link-up February 4-11, 2013!
Really? Popsicles in the middle of winter? Yup! Around here, popsicles go any time of the year. Especially ones that are healthy, high in electrolytes, provide better hydration than water and contain calcium and magnesium! We love making popsicles with Shaklee’s Performance Hydration Drink and I love that it is not made with any artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives. When the kids ask for a popsicle, I can feel good about saying YES!
My boys can mix these up by themselves, just need a little help with the pouring. All it takes is three tablespoons of Performance Powder per 8 ounces of water.
Shake well and then pour into popsicle containers, or ice-cube trays. Freeze for a couple of hours and enjoy a healthy treat! Any unused liquid can be refrigerated to drink later..but never makes it to the fridge around here…too yummy, the boys slurp it right up!