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Pink Swirls :)

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Yesterday was a big day for our kiddos. We took our first trip to an "ice cream shop" and they got to pick out whatever they wanted on their sundae. To appease my fear of sugar overload :) we went to this awesome frozen yogurt shop in OKC near NW Expressway and Rockwell. They have live culture yogurt (yay probiotics!) with surprisingly less sugar than I thought would be in it. Depending on flavor, there's 18-24g of sugar per half cup serving. A soda pop has around 40g to give you something to compare it to. I also saw a man coming in with fresh carts of fruit, so their claim that they use all fresh fruit is the truth! Now if only it was organic... Maybe I should let them know about Azure. :)

I was pretty concerned about how the children were going to behave. The seating area is fairly small and I could just see my kids jumping up and down and hollering at people. My concerns were needless, because I failed to think about the fact that they would be inhaling sundaes whil…

Best cookies ever...

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I am officially addicted to these healthy coconut macaroons that Elizabeth from Nourishing Creations posted last December. My husband adds about 2 Tbsp of cacao powder and 1 tsp of cinnamon to this recipe and they are amazing! Totally guilt free, healthy cookies... I'm off to eat a couple... or 6. :)



7 minutes

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I have about 7 minutes to write a somewhat informative post. I don't think it's going to happen. I have tea steeping and a cozy spot on the couch ready for me to sit down and read my book. I'm not sure what to write about. I've had a bit of a blogger's block lately, mainly because I've had more important things on my mind I suppose. We're supposed to be closing on our land so that we can start building our house. Since we're using a rural development loan, more things are involved and like most closings, things have continued to pop up. So now instead of hopefully closing around last Thanksgiving, I'm just hoping we close before spring break! Talk about learning patience. We have been blessed quite a few times though during this extended period before closing. We ended up with better land (with a pond!), a builder more suited to our needs and this week we learned that we should qualify for down payment assistance which will save us a few thousand do…

Giving credit where credit is due...

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Last night I was mildly concerned as Maggie's fever escalated above 104 degrees. She was still very alert, just restless and nauseous. She finally threw up and her fever came down about a degree. I gave her some homeopathic meds and it still started to steadily climb back up to 103.7. I read a book on specific remedies for flu and fever and prepared a different one for her, specifically Arsenicum Album. I gave her a sip of water with the remedy and prayed for it to work. While laying there with my baby's body radiating extreme heat, I remembered what I did last time she was very sick, I prayed, no, I commanded healing in Jesus name and it worked. I had my hand on her head while I prayed and commanded that the virus be taken out of her body in the name of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ and as God as my witness, her head went cool as soon as the words were out of my mouth. Her fever broke and she started sweating and didn't want the covers anymore and fell asleep within a minu…

Wordless Wednesday...

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Homemade coconut milk for snotty noses

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Owen has a yucky cold and doesn't do too well with dairy when that happens, so today I made him organic coconut milk in about 5 minutes. Here is an awesome video tutorial from Tropical Traditions. I bought a gallon of organic coconut shreds through the co-op I'm in for $16. I doubled the recipe from the video to make the amount shown in the above pic... I add a little pure maple syrup to it to sweeten. Healthy and delicious! Yum!


Mommy and Me: Water Kefir :)

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My 17 month old enjoyed helping me make water kefir for the first time yesterday... It didn't last too long, but he had fun while he was up there!



Our new waffle iron!

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After my post a few weeks back on the dangers of teflon, I noticed that our current waffle iron was non-stick and it concerned me because of how long it is on at least once a week in our house. I hopped on amazon and quickly found a cast iron one that will literally last us forever. Seth used it today for the first time. After removing the paraffin wax and seasoning it, it made great, cake-like waffles. They're a great size to break in half and reheat in the toaster too. I didn't realize how many other things we actually own that are non-stick. Our quesadilla maker and loaf pans are on their way to goodwill as well...

Holding Baby Owen...

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Maggie kept asking to hold her Baby Owen... 22 months younger and 5 lbs heavier than his big sissy. :)



Count your blessings...

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;
Love your neighbor as much as yourself.


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Safer cell phones...

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"Recent studies find significantly higher risks for brain and salivary gland tumors among people who have used cell phones for 10 years or longer. The state of the science is provocative and troubling, and much more research is essential. We at Environmental Working Group are still using our cell phones, but we also believe that until scientists know much more about cell phone radiation, it’s smart for consumers to buy phones with the lowest emissions." - Cell phone radiation report from ewg.org.  Have I mentioned that I LOVE the Environmental Working Group? What an awesome non-profit organization that is providing such valuable info in such an easy, accessible way. If you haven't checked out their website, please do. You can spend days on there reading all of the research and information on health topics from chemicals in cosmetics to the safety of your tap water in a national drinking water database. One of my favorite tools on there that I discovered over a year ago was…

Sprouted bread!

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Last week I bought some Ezekiel bread at the grocery store and read up on it. Sprouting grains, like soaking, is another way to make them more digestible and nutritious for your body. This bread is a great alternative to expensive gluten free bread if you don't have a serious gluten allergy. It's available at most grocery stores. I bought this one at Buy 4 Less for $5/loaf. On a cheaper note, Seth made some yesterday. We bought 25 lbs of organic wheat berries from Azure Standard for $10. I sprouted about 2 cups over a 2-3 day period. This was very easy. You soak them in water for 8 hours, drain. I put them in a t-shirt sheet pillow case and hung them from a cabinet knob and dampened them every 8 hours or so to encourage sprouting. After that I placed parchment paper on my dehydrator and dried them up so we could grind them. Turns out, this is not a good idea with a plastic dehydrator. Next time, I just plan on using the oven at it's lowest temp of 150 degrees.




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Owen's first haircut :(

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Everywhere I went the past couple weeks Owen got mistaken for a girl, even while wearing a polo shirt and khakis... Really people? I figured that it was time to trim his bangs and the back a little. On Sunday, we went to our family's hairstylist up the street and apparently I didn't clearly express what I wanted for his first haircut because now he resembles a character off of Dumb and Dumber.




Snow Candy... Little House on the Prairie style.

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The kids love Little House on the Prairie books and ever since reading about making candy with fresh snow, we've been waiting until a day like today to make it!













Stay safe and warm!