Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Funnies

This video is terrible quality but it's hilarious!

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Home Remedy for Ear Infections

Today, I'm welcoming a new lovely contributor to DWYH! She will be sharing with us insights in healthy living and natural remedies. Jill is a Christian and has been married to her dear husband for 11 years. She's a homeschool mom of 4 and is thankful for the grace and mercy God bestows on her moment by moment of her daily life. One of her passions is reading and researching about health and home remedies, and sharing with others the knowledge she gains. You can find her blogging at Jill's Home Remedies.

Ear infections are one of the most common reasons that parents take their children to the doctor, and they tend to happen more frequently in the winter. There are two types of ear infections: viral and bacterial. Antibiotics cannot help the viralinfections, and many times viral ear infections safely clear up on their own. The bacterial infections, however, can become more serious.

I've treated all ear infections effectively from home for years with my 4 girls. The thing I love about home remedies is that they are effective for all ear infections, both viral and bacterial; plus it is healthier to use home remedies when you can (and saves a costly doctor's trip!). Too many antibiotics can lead to health problems, including increasing a child's risk of developing asthma by 3 times, if they've had antibiotics before they're a year old - but that's a whole other story! :)

What are some effective

remedies for ear infections?

Using colloidal silver. I put 2 drops of colloidal silver in each ear 3

times throughout the day, I also give silver by mouth (about 1/2 tsp. for children and 1 tsp. for adults) 2 or 3 times a day. After the first few days, I put a drop in the ear 1-2 times a day for a total of 10 days to make sure the infection is gone. I always continue a treatment for about 10 days, and not stop when they feel better - it can come back or not being completely gone - just like with anti-biotics. Colloidal Silver boosts the immune system and kills the infection.

I took one of my kids for a regular check-up as a baby and found out she had a double ear infection - which I did not know because she wasn't in pain, nor miserable - just a runny nose. I used the method with silver as described above, and brought her back to the doctor in 2 weeks just to hear from him that the infection was gone ~ and it was!

Many times kids can have ear infections and not have much pain, if any at all. I watch for the symptoms of fussiness plus pulling or playing with one of their ears. That shows the ear is causing discomfort, but not necessarily pain. With the ear infection I just treated, I recognized the continuous cough, runny nose, fussiness and saw her pull on one of her ears when I laid her down to sleep. If I suspect an ear infection, I put silver in both ears, and not just the one that appears to be the infected one. The other ear could be infected also, but not as bothersome, and drainage could go to the other ear during the sickness to cause an infection in that ear. I always treat both ears because the silver is safe!

I always order my silver off the internet because the price is about half the cost of buying it in a store. I buy a 16 oz. because it's the best deal and a GREAT savings! My co-pay for a doctor's visit is more than twice of what I pay for one bottle of colloidal silver - and the bottle lasts for several sicknesses - this is such a money saver for me! 16 oz. Colloidal Silver Or, there is the option of an 8 oz.

I have also used onion and garlic for ear pain. One of mine were up crying constantly with ear pain, and I administered a few drops of silver and also cut an onion and garlic in half. I alternately placed the cut side of the onion and garlic against the ear and held it there. It took the pain away, and she was fine by morning. (You can also place the cut side of an onion against both ears and hold it in place with ear muffs while they sleep. In the morning, it will have pulled all the gunk out!) I've only used this once because the few times my kids have had an ear infection were without pain. They mostly feel only discomfort. You can have your family free of ear infection and pain in no time with simple, inexpensive home remedies!

*Have you ever used this remedy for ear infections? What natural remedies do you use for these nasty infections?

Please swing by Jill's blog and check out more amazing remedies!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall Fashion Ideas

If your shopping for some fall clothes or trying to find some cute ideas for fall

clothes for family pics {as the case with me} I've found a few outfits I thought

were adorable and doable!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Sewing: The Basics

A few months back I opened Don't Waste your Homemaking to contributors who have a passion for Jesus and have a particular area in homemaking that they thrive in. Today, I'm introducing the first contributor, Sarah from Why Sew Serious. She is basically amazing! She will be sharing what you need to get started sewing.


I’m a twenty-five year old wife from New


I absolutely love being my husband’s helper these (almost) four years.

I spend my days teaching English part-time,

welcoming tourists at our Christchurch airport and keeping house.

To relax and recuperate after a year full of earthquakes, I sew, sew, sew – oh, and did I say sew?

I am a self-taught beginner and have only ever been to one class, so all the posts I’m going to be writing about will be for people like me – who love fabric and using their fingers actively, but don’t really know where to start! So join me as we learn all about the basics of sewing, in particular quilting and other homemade goodies for the house. Check out my blog too, at Why Sew Serious.

What You Need – The Basics

When I started to sew, I didn’t really know what to start with – except a needle and thread! So, I thought I’d start with the basics of sewing equipment. Sewing can be an expensive hobby – but it doesn’t need to be. Some people spend a lot of money (and I mean, a lot!), but I haven’t and deliberately choose to find what I need cheaply. This can be done through sales, searching at different shops, or even online.

You can pick up good sewing needles anywhere – make sure they’re from a good maker and come in a range of sizes.

Thread. Everyone likes different brands – the one I’ve seen that most sewers like, and which I buy, is Guttermann. It doesn’t knot at the most annoying times, as cheaper brands do, and is reasonably price. You can buy thread at different lengths. If I made a quilt, I would go through two 250m sized-threads.

Pins/Pin Cushion/Unpicker. I go through pins – but only because I lose them all the time! Good pins are a necessity and having enough is a must. Keeping them in a pin cushion that is ready at hand is a good tip, and you can also buy pin cushions that wrap around your wrist. As much as I hate unpicking and used to avoid it at all costs, if I want my sewing to look accurate, sometimes I have to. So, unpicker’s are a hated but necessary tool.

Scissors/Rottery Cutter. I used both of these interchangeably, but I must be honest and say I haven’t mastered the rottery cutter yet. Mature quilters use their cutters for everything, but I’m still learning, so I like using scissors mostly. But both are needed. Buy a good brand for both, they’re worth the money.

Ruler. I’ve picked these up as I’ve gone and must say that now that I have them, I love them. This is when you do use your rottery cutter rather than templates (which I make handmade with cardboard). They are easy to measure and once in place, you slice along the edge with the cutter.

Mat. When you use your cutter, these self-healing mats are fantastic and you won’t destroy that tabletop! It’s also got measurements on it to help everything align rightly.

Sewing Box. Invest in one of these – they’re cute and great to store everything in.

Machine. My sewing machine is the most basic and cheapest you can get – but for what I do, it’s all you need. If you like embroidery, invest in a more high-range machine, but the basics are excellent all the same. Make sure it has different stitch types and lengths as well as a button-hole setting. They usually come with extra bits and bobs, but what you need to invest in are “bobbins” – the thread holder that is put inside the machine. You need quite a few for different colours you use.

Well, I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any other ideas about what you think you need to start! Happy sewing everyone!

*Please welcome Sarah to this blog by leaving her some lovely comments and make sure you say whether you are a sewer or wanting to learn!

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Unwasted Homemaking Party #27

Wow, we had a little over 40 linkups last week! Sorry, about the thumbnails being so tiny, I'll fix that for this weeks party! Hope everyone has a lovely week, I'm preparing for a Cowboy party this weekend, hope to post pics next week!
Here are a few of my favorite linkup projects from last week!

Jazz up your ritz crackers for this fall and winter with Ritz S'mores!

This lovely gal has taken ordinal decor candles and turned them to fab decor!

Get ready to party {Homemaker's style}. If your a blogger...
Please copy the code under the 'Unwasted Homemaking Linkup Party' to the right of this post and place it somewhere on your blog. {I want to make sure we continue to grow this party :)} IF NOT I will have to deleted your link! I hate to do this but, I put alot of effort into making this party grow and if anyone links they need to use my button.
Keep it related to Homemaking... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family tradition, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft etc.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Autumn Decor {2}

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Unwasted Homemaking Party #26

Again, I'm loving all the new bloggers linking up!
There were SO many a m a z i n g posts this week!
Here are a few of my faves from the last party!

Do you have an old bookshelf laying around? Grab it and make a homemade dollhouse with this amazing tutorial!

Check out this lantern decorated for fall, it would make a great addition to any autumn decor you already have!

How cute are these ribbon candy corns ? Check out this tutorial to make it yourself!

Get ready to party {Homemaker's style}. If your a blogger...
Please copy the code under the 'Unwasted Homemaking Linkup Party' to the right of this post and place it somewhere on your blog. {I want to make sure we continue to grow this party :)} IF NOT I will have to deleted your link! I hate to do this but, I put alot of effort into making this party grow and if anyone links they need to use my button.
Keep it related to Homemaking... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family tradition, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft etc.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Things Worth Writing Down

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Funnies: Clown

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Autumn Decor Ideas

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

Source: via Clare on Pinterest

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How grace affects our daily lives {short video}.

How does grace affect a christian's life daily? Great short {2 minutes} Q&A with Mark Driscoll and Douglas Wilson.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Little Girl Shoes {complete tutorial}

I'm super excited about todays guest tutorial!
How cute are those adorable shoes?
Who's the master mind behind these little shoes my little gal would love to
slip her feet into?
Rebecca, my 'real' life friend and an a m a z i n g photographer! If you live near her you definitely need to set up a family shoot a.s.a.p.
If you don't live nearby
you at least need to go to her site and check out pics and get ideas for your photographer {yup, she's that good}! On to the cute shoes!
Totally Tutorials Tuesday
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