Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I Can Do it Myself!

Do you have a "I can do it myself" kid? My granddaughter Hailey is very independent and has been for quite some time. She loves to be able to do things herself as it gives her a sense of accomplishment and that also goes for washing up at bath time.

So back when she was three years old I created our "Lance The Leopard" Foaming Bath wash for her. I of course got the idea from the popular KanDoo soaps as I loved the concept.

The difference in my soap and theirs is the ingredients.

Lance the Leopard

Sleepy Time- Foaming Bath Soap With Organic Lavender Essential Oil
Ingredients :
Deionized Water, Saponified Coconut Oil, Goats Milk, Sunflower Oil, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Organic Lavender Essential oil

Kandoo - BrightFoam Body Wash Pump, Magic Melon Scent

Ingredients :
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyquaternium-7, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-4, Methylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Panthenol, Phytantriol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol, Proline, Green 5, Yellow 5.

We have a whole line of skin products just for your little ones. Natural and Organic.

So, what would you rather use on your toddler?

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wordless (Kinda) Wednesday

My cat wakes me up almost every morning by pawing my face and meowing.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Homemade Deodorants

Homemade deodorants! Why didn’t I think of this sooner! They are inexpensive, have no harsh chemicals and seem to work.

Deodorants work by neutralizing the smell of the perspiration. Deodorants are more healthful because they don’t interfere with perspiration, a natural cooling process. Here are a few simple recipes, which are fun to make because they can customize with your favorite scents.

Baking Soda: Baking soda works wonders because it neutralizes the odor of sweat. Just sprinkle a light covering of baking soda onto a damp washcloth. Pat on. Don’t rinse.

• Basic Deodorant Powder: 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch, a few drops essential oils such as lavender. Place the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Sprinkle a light covering of the powder on a damp washcloth. Pat on. Do not rinse. Or use a powder puff.

• Basic Liquid Deoderant:1/4 cup each witch hazel extract, aloe vera gel, and mineral water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, a few drops antibacterial essential oils such as lavender or tea tree oil (optional). Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to blend. Makes 3/4 cup with an indefinite shelf life.

Right now I’m trying the Basic powder recipe and so far, so good!

Have you ever made homemade deodorant? Do you have a recipe you would like to share?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Homemade Remedies

I’m always looking for homemade remedies that work. Wednesday , on Dr.Oz I learned you can use garlic for an earache. There are two ways that were mentioned. One was put a clove of garlic in your ear(Not too small-you don’t want it to get stuck) , cover with a band aid and let it sit there overnight. Another way is to infuse olive oil with garlic cloves, and use a few warmed (NOT HOT) drops in the ear canal.

Personally, I have used many homemade remedies and here are a few.

Aloe Vera plants for cuts and small burns. You just need to cut off a small shoot , slice it open long ways and rub it on the cut or burn.

Sore throats and cough : A spoon or two of honey works great when sore and a hot drink of hot water or tea, honey and lemon helps with coughs. (Honey is NOT recommended for children under two)

I was just told via an email, that you can put Vick's Vaporub on your feet, cover with socks and it will relieve your coughing. Has anyone tried this?

What are your surefire homemade remedies?

Enjoy !