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10 uses for apple cider vinegar

I am quite sure that most people have a bottle of apple cider vinegar in their home and I am equally sure that many of these people have no idea of the endless ways that apple cider vinegar can be used for the health of your body and home.  I am here to say that …
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Homemade Squeezable Remineralizing Toothpaste

I have been using homemade toothpaste for a few years.  This toothpaste works great but recently I discovered that my daughter has weak tooth enamel.  Our dentist recommended that we dab fluoride on her tooth daily and I am just not comfortable with that.  I researched remineralizing teeth and began my quest to create my …
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neem

I like so many other people have eczema.  I have been examined by a dermatologist and prescribed a steroid cream for eczema, which I will most likely never use.  I avoid chemicals in my life whenever possible and choose to treat my eczema naturally by using neem salve. When I have an eczema flare up …
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Homemade Natural Bug Spray

My family and I live in Florida.  We have beautiful beaches and rivers to explore.  We also have bugs, lots and lots of bugs.   Bug spray is often a necessity when venturing outdoors.  I seem to be a magnet for mosquitos, if there is one in the area it will bite me multiple times, …
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photo credit:  woodleywonderworks

I have three young children, ages 7, 4, and 2 and nighttime complaints of aches and pains are not uncommon.  These aches are generally due to growing  pains.  There are two periods that growing pains typically occur, ages  3 to 5 and then 8 to 12. Signs of growing pains:  My children typically complain of …
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Homemade Natural Sunburn Relief Spray

My family lives in Florida.  I am married to a surfer and we have five beach loving children.  We try to avoid sunburns but sometimes they simply happen.  I like to treat my families sunburn naturally.  I have several homemade natural sunburn remedies that help to provide relief from nasty sunburns but one of our …
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Hemp Hearts

I have been loving chia seeds for quite some time now but I am quickly falling in love with hemp hearts as well.  I started adding hemp hearts to mine and my children’s morning smoothies several months ago and have no intention of stopping.  I notice an increase in energy and feeling of well-being in …
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Homemade Electrolyte Drink For Kids

My kids have battled a few viruses in the last few months.  I feel as though sports drinks have been recommended “because they need electrolytes” on more occasions than I can count.  Two of these recommendations were from physicians.  I am somewhat surprised that so many people think that you need to consume these store-bought …
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photo credit:  Kidspot Daily

I have been putting off writing this post for some time now.  Honestly, I wasn’t sure if people wanted to know about, or if I even wanted to share, our families pinworm experience.  This morning, a few mamas in a natural parenting group that I am involved in had a discussion on pinworms and natural pinworm remedies.  I explained …
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Onion Cough Syrup: Th Healing Power Of An Onion

My family has been hit hard this week by a yucky bug.  We all had coughing, congestion, and fever.  Audrey seemed to be the most sick.  She maintained a very high fever for 5 days. I have read and been told about the healing power of the onion but I never actually tried it…until now. I …
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Audrey playing at the park

This is the second day that Audrey has had a high fever.  She has been averaging 103 degrees farenheit.  I have been holding off on giving fever reducers and letting the fever simply run its course.  This is something I would have never done with my first child, Alex. With Alex I did not trust myself …
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Garlic Mullein Ear Drops

Earaches and ear infections are a common occurrence in children.  If you take your child to a traditional doctor for an  ear infection you will most likely be handed a prescription for an antibiotic and possibly pain relieving ear drops.  Instead of a using a prescription you can easily make a home remedy using three ingredients that will both heal and soothe …
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homeopathic photo

All of my kids recently had a birthday.  Alex turned 6, Ava 3, and Audrey 1.  And of course you know what birthdays bring…cake, parties, presents and the  ‘well’ doctors visit.  It has been 4 days since this ‘well’ visit and I now have 3 sick kids.  I can tell you that I am OFFICIALLY done …
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