Jul 24

DIY Two Minute Bug Spray

Every Saturday we have a family tradition of walking at a nearby forest preserve…even in the skin melting Florida summer humidity!  The boys have come to expect it and ask about it throughout the week,  “Is is Saturday yet?”  The first time we went walking there, the boys complained about how tired and hungry they were, so the next time I brought the wagon, snacks and lots of WATER to cure all of the grumpiness and they have loved it ever since.

Unfortunately…the mosquitos have also loved that we come there every week!  I am not at all a fan of the long list of unpronounceable ingredients on most store-bought bug sprays, so we needed to come up with our own effective solution.  Well, last weekend we tested out our recipe and NOT ONE of us came home with mosquito bites, YAY!  And we didn’t spend our whole time saying, “Keep moving!  The bugs are swarming!!”

I love how simple the recipe is to put together and you will too!

DIY Two Minute Bug Spray

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Ingredients:

2 ounces Filtered Water

2 ounces Witch Hazel

10-15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

10-15 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Ready?  It’s too easy…I used a 4 ounce spray bottle.  Fill half with filtered water, half with witch hazel.  Add essential oils and that’s it!  Shake well and you’re ready to go!  Safe for kids too!  Spray all over body especially neck and ankles (at least that’s where mosquitos always get me!) avoiding the eye area.

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DIY Two Minute Bug Spray 1

Have you tried any bug repellant recipes that have worked for you?  Please share!  :-)

~Blessings!  Kelly

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Jul 21

Leading Little Ones To Love God’s Word

In a recent series at church, our pastor taught on the greatest gift we can bestow upon our children…”The Blessing.”  He spoke on ways to work through things we may or may have not received from our parents and how to bless our own children.  Simple really, but sometimes the words may not come as easily as they should.  What our children really need to hear is that we LOVE them and that we are PROUD of them.  No. matter. what.  And even more importantly, they need to know the love of the one true God.  They need to know about the relationship our God longs to have with each and every one of us.  God’s Word can be misunderstood as a book of rules, but it’s real message is RELATIONSHIP.

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”Dueteronomy 6:7

 

 Teaching our children should be part of our everyday life, not just during church or family devotions.  While family devotion time is an excellent idea, if we are not living what we are teaching, we will just push our children away from God instead of drawing them nearer.  Teaching them as we walk in the way will keep it fresh and natural instead of forced and uncomfortable.

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I love what our pastor said about this, “You know what’s so special about sitting, walking and lying down?  NOTHING!!” Just being a godly example to our children can have the biggest impact on them!

Incorporate it into your daily life, make it fun, be the example of love and relationship.

This knowledge has caused us to relax more in our family devotion time.  We have mixed it up more, by reading from the Bible one day, a picture book another day or watching JellyTelly Videos, etc.  Just making it fun!!

These are some of our favorite books and resources that we have been using as we “walk by the way.”

To read the rest of this post, head over to DAY2DAYJOYS.com where I am contributing today!!

~Blessings, Kelly

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Jun 29

Hialeah VBS Missions Trip

We just wrapped up an exciting and fun week of Vacation Bible School at our Church!  This year’s theme was “Agency D3, ” Discover, Decide, Defend who Jesus really is!  I loved hearing my boys discuss their daily “mission” on the way home from church.  Each day they would have a question about Jesus to research, such as “Is Jesus really God’s Son?” or “Did Jesus really die?”  I love the passion, excitement and joy on all the kids faces.  I worked the registration table and then floated around filling in for helpers…with my littlest munchkin tagging along.  His favorite job was passing out snacks!

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Recently,  we were presented with an opportunity to bring this same VBS experience to a church plant in one of the most unreached population areas in the country.  We have prayerfully decided that it would be a great local missions trip experience for our family.  So, two of my sons and I are looking forward to a trip to Hialeah, Florida in August!  While we are gone, my middle son will be spending the week with his Grandma and Papa being thoroughly spoiled!

Hialeah is a city about 20 minutes outside of Miami.  Three South Florida counties—Miami, Broward and Palm Lake—comprise one of the most challenging missions fields in the United States with an estimated population of 10 million persons—a figure that includes undocumented persons—who represented more than 175 nationalities and speak in dozens of languages.

We’ll have the chance to minister directly to kids – bringing the gospel to them in a fun, interactive way.  And it is an amazing opportunity for training our children in how to serve and gives them experience as missionaries – without leaving their state!

We will be staying in bunk-house style mission housing and working at the church.  It has not yet been decided if VBS will be in the morning or evening, but during non-VBS hours we will help with clean-up, painting and general bettering of the church grounds and other random jobs.

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We would love if you would remember us in prayer while we are on this trip!

Prayer requests:

~ Safety in travels and in our time with the children/families

~Wisdom to teach and encourage the children about God’s love for them

~Unity among our group of volunteer families

~Strength and energy for a busy week

~And most of all that God would be glorified in all that we do!

Make sure to follow us on Facebook so you can see pictures and updates throughout the week!  We are so excited to see all that God has planned and can’t wait to be a part of it all!  We can’t do it without your help, thank you so much!

Blessings! ~Kelly

 

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Jun 02

WHY SUPPLEMENT + TOP 10 SUPPLEMENTS YOU SHOULD TAKE EVERY DAY

Americans are some of the most overfed and yet undernourished people on the planet, and it shows.

The United States ranks 40th in the developed world for life expectancy even though we spend far more per person on health care than any other country. A new study from the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine says that the life-expectancy gap between the US and other developed countries is only getting larger.

Shocked? We should be!

Proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle plays an important role in helping prevent many major diseases (like heart disease, diabetes and even cancer), but getting proper nutrition in our modern world can be a challenge.

Let’s take a look:

Our bodies cannot produce many of the nutrients we need, so they must be found in the food we eat and the supplements we take every day. Additionally, if the food we are eating is lacking nutrients, then supplementing can really be beneficial in staying healthy.

Most people say that they eat well, but research shows that 80 percent of Americans are not eating enough servings of fruits and vegetables.i We are also not getting enoughOmega- 3 oils (EPA/DHA), antioxidants, B vitamins or a host of other nutrients our bodies need.

The nutritional content of our food has changed. A 2004 study of common crops showed a decline in the nutrient content between 6 and 38 percent over the past 50 years.ii

The amount of processed food that we eat has been on a steady climb ever since the invention of the refrigerator. Today, most of us eat more processed food than non-processed food. Convenience has become more prized than quality.

Our high stress and fast paced lives increases our needs for nutrients, especially the B vitamins.

The world is a much more toxic place than it used to be. Our bodies are exposed to more pollutants and under more oxidative stress than ever before. We need optimum nutrition in order to help our bodies battle these stresses.

None of us are perfect, there are days when you might eat well, but then days when you don’t. A multivitamin, along with other key nutritional supplements can be the insurance policy you are looking for to fill in those nutritional gaps that may leave us vulnerable.

Why Supplement + Top 10 Supplemments

We created this list of the top supplements you should take every day in order to maximize your overall health.

Multivitamin

The first place you should start is with a multivitamin. This lays the foundation and gives your body the basic nutrition it needs. But you don’t want to stop at only a multivitamin because your body could use so much more.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids (such as EPA and DHA) have been shown to help lower triglycerides, stroke and heart disease risk, help with blood pressure, and have also been shown to be helpful in dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, depression, asthma, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, and dementia.i

Vitamin C

Most of us don’t get nearly enough vitamin C in our diet. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production, wound healing, the absorption of iron, and our immune system. Since vitamin C is rapidly used in the body, look for a sustained-release form.ii

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for calcium metabolism; if you want healthy bones you need vitamin D. Vitamin D also supports our immune system and having optimum blood levels of Vitamin D may be helpful in cardiovascular health and may reduce your risk of certain cancers, and even depression.iii

B-Vitamins

The B vitamins help regulate carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. They help with DNA synthesis and repair, help to lower homocysteine, and are helpful for functions from stress management to energy metabolism.iv

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is not as well known as other nutrients, but it is essential to our health and generally lacking in our diet because we don’t eat enough green leafy vegetables. Vitamin K is essential for bone mineralization, normal blood clotting, and wound healing.v

Calcium

Most people know that calcium is important for bones and osteoporosis is a major concern with our aging society, but calcium is also helpful for maintaining normal blood pressure, and may play a role in weight loss.vi

Antioxidant

Antioxidants are essential for protecting our bodies against free-radical damage–which may be one of the reasons why we age. The best sources of antioxidants are fruits and vegetables; look for supplements containing vitamins C, E, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zinc, and selenium.vii

Probiotics

While not a nutrient, probiotics make our list because they are essential for proper digestive functioning. Probiotics are microorganisms that support the normal functioning of the whole digestive tract and may reduce the tendencies many have for constipation and diarrhea. They also help with excessive gas and even conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.viii

Lutein and Lycopene

These vitamin-like compounds found in food are great antioxidants.ix They also support a strong immune system and help maintain overall wellness and long-term health of the eyes, heart, skin and lungs.

I only use the Shaklee brand supplements because they are the best and most trusted brand out there. To read why I chose Shaklee, go here.  I have been using Shaklee’s supplements for 2 years!  They are the only supplements that I give my kids and I love the results from them. I love them so much that I became an ambassador for the company!  I highly recommended them to anyone looking for natural product that actually works.

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Have a Blessed Day!  ~Kelly

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