Whew! We were totally running out of our homemade personal care toiletries. So this weekend the girls and I put together some teamwork in the kitchen and whipped up soap, toothpaste, lip balm and deodorant. We love this soap recipe! It produces a nice hard bar and sometimes we tweak the recipe to use chamomile tea or aloe juice instead of the water. And of course you can add any essential oil that you like.
30 oz. coconut oil
20 oz shortening
14 oz olive oil
24.3 oz water
10.3 oz lye
Next we tried a new deodorant recipe. We’ve been challenged to find one that works, smells great, lasts in the heat, and uses oils I already have on hand. We are pretty pleased with this recipe, but it’s surprising that it doesn’t have any coconut oil in it. I’m hoping the absence of CO will make it more stable in the heat. I’ve made toothpaste in the past, but have been lazy and have bought Nature’s gate more recently. But then I discovered there are sulfates in Nature’s gate. So even though there is no fluoride, I still don’t feel good about using it on the kids daily. This is a great recipe for squeezable toothpaste, which solves the problem of “where did you put the Popsicle stick!?” When I make toothpaste in a jar, we used a Popsicle stick to apply it to the brushes. And it was always getting lost or thrown away. This looks a little funky in color, but tastes great and feels great on your teeth!
5T calcium powder
4T coconut oil
1T arrowroot/ baking powder
2 T bentonite clay
30 drops EO ( I used clove and peppermint)Oh baby, this lip balm is slick!! Almost like lip gloss but not sticky at all. It has a little olive oil for added shine and essential oils for a little minty ( or orange) taste. Once my oils and butters are out, it’s just as easy to mix up a batch of all this stuff all at once. The girls learned how to make a lot of products that they hadn’t known how to before and now our bathrooms are stocked up!
When my kids were younger someone once told me that the days may drag on, but the years will fly by. Well, recently, even the days have been whizzing by. Slow down, life. Give me time to savor each precious moment.
On September 2, 2015 we welcomed the first of a new breed here to our funny farm….baby guinea-shire hogs! We bred the mama berkshire to a guinea hog, both heritage breeds renown for their taste. Both these mamas delivered within minutes of each other, and practically right on top of each other, despite the fact that we had prepared nice farrowing sheds for them with fresh hay. Whatever, pigs will be pigs. Aren’t these little guys cute?! We never tire of seeing new life here on the farm. Coincidentally we have also taken our first hog to be processed by a USDA certified facility and will soon have farm fresh heritage pork for sale to the public!
So local friends, come on out and support the kids! Susie has free-range eggs for $2.50 a dozen and Charlotte has fresh cut flowers for $.25 a piece.
Remember that cute little egg hut that sits at the end of our driveway? Well, keeping it stocked is proving harder than we thought! We have a waiting list of people wanting eggs from us. With 45 chickens of various ages, I thought we’d have plenty to share. But lately I’ve been caught without breakfast grub, because we have sold all of our eggs! So I found a farm in McKenzie that was selling 3 month old pullets (girl chickens that are not yet laying) for a reasonable price. While not the prettiest chicken you ever laid eyes on, these girls are a cross-breed between Rhode Island Reds and Barred Rock, both good laying breeds. They should begin laying eggs in the next couple of weeks.
We tagged their legs so we can tell which are the youngest chicks in our flock when it comes time to cull the old hens.
We are all about customer satisfaction here at the Funny Farm. Oh yeah, and about eating a farm fresh breakfast everyday ourselves, as well!
We won’t start school until the middle of September, but we have been getting ready for it! The kids are super excited to start and so am I. Something new we are doing this year is making “homeschool binders”. I am terrible at record keeping, never had to in Illinois. And I have a terrible memory. And some of my kids thrive on routing and knowing “what’s next?”. So this year, the front of their binder has their name and grade and they got to decorate them (or not) as they desired. On the back cover is a fun little sheet called “about me”. Little ones get to draw a picture of themselves and their family and answer questions like “what I want to be when I grow up” and “I love…” and “I don’t like….”. The big kids have different information about them. Favorite Bible verse, activity, book, etc. 7 fun facts about myself. I think these pages will be so much fun to look back on in the years to come. We think we will always remember that Charlotte hates spiders and loves horses, but we may forget when she is all grown up. Now, we can look back and remember. Inside, will be dividers with chore charts, schedules, daily work lists, book reports, and any papers that need to be handed it or corrected. I am terrible at correcting the kids’ work, so maybe this will make it a bit easier, having it all in one place.These checklists are very basic and loosely formed. I might break out in hives if I feel boxed into an actual schedule! I am acutely aware of the fact, though, that it is much more fun to make a schedule than keep a schedule. More fun to make a binder, than keep up with grading and checking off work in the binder. More fun to plan the school year, than actually do the school work. But these binders have been a fun start to what I hope will be a fun year!
Katie was excited to think she might get a “grade” for the first time ever. I told her it would only be an E for excellent, or R for redo. Bah! She wants grades!! A, B, C, D, F!
Are we raising smart sinners? Do we think good parenting in = good kids out? Do we rely on a “12- step method” to salvation, instead of leaving it to the Lord?
Not usually a fan of “grace-based parenting” as presented by mainstream Christian media. This is the best talk I’ve heard in a long time.