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Ack- tomorrow is Monday, My joyous weekend come’s to an end…

Tomorrow I will do what I do every morning.  I will wake up and hit snooze and then 3 minutes later I will get up.  As I lay in bed during those 3 minutes thinking – ugh I don’t want to go to work, what if I just don’t go in, why not go back to being a stay-at-home mom…. Then the alarm goes off again and I sober up from my lazy, unrealistic, uncaring half asleep dream state and I crawl out of bed.  Then it’s off to the kitchen and grab of cup of coffee (hubby makes it before he goes to work and always leaves me a big cup on the hotplate).  After that I will go wake up the 2 redheads and get them ready for school while holding world war 3 at bay.

Well I feel I must share my joys over the last weekend.  First off, it was a 3 day weekend due to a snow day on Friday. So my weekend started early.  Hubby and I decided to go check out a 2015 GMC Acadia finally.  We went and checked it out, drove it and signed some papers.  We left with it and the 2006 PT Cruiser stayed behind to never be driven by us again! Yay me! I’ve wanted and SUV for years and we needed more space.  PT couldn’t hold hubby, 2 red heads, 2 labrador retrievers, me and luggage.  The Acadia holds all that comfortably.  Also, I feel safer sitting higher up off the road!

Another joy this weekend is I realized that next weekend is it for Girl Scout Cookie booths! That and I only had 1 – 2 hour shift this weekend!  I love doing things with my daughter but cookie booths can be miserable.  Luckily I like the moms I’ve been paired up with and my daughter gets along with the other girls really well.

One last joy is that I have solidified my spring break plans for the most part.  I start with heading up north to Portland for Girl Scout Girlfest.  It is a lot of fun for her and I enjoy myself too.  Then come back home and stay at home for 3 nights before heading to my sister’s house for 3-4 nights!!!!! I am SUPER EXCITED about that!

Alas, we have installed the vinyl plank flooring we bought in both the living room and kitchen.  I want to post pictures but we have yet to finish the trim.  Cold wet weather makes painting outside painting difficult, and hubby hates finish work!  I will try to get a post made about that soon.  It was quite an ordeal!

Anyways, be kind, passive and forgiving.  Tomorrow is never guaranteed!

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Ear ache – No More!

Hi everybody, how’s the weather where you are at?  No matter what it is I bet you or someone you know has had a cold!  Well if you have then you know how miserable they can be.  I use my Breath Easy to get relief.  Last week my daughter had a cold but this time her ears started to bother her.  She kept saying that one of them hurt and it was hard to hear from.  So I did what I always do: I Googled!  I looked at many ideas on how to treat ear aches naturally and decided that ear drops are probably the best way to start since the drops will hit the spot that’s hurting.  Weighing out the different options for ingredients I went with garlic and mullein infused olive oil.  Here’s why:  Olive oil, absorbs well and long shelf life. Garlic is antibacterial and antiviral as well as reduces swelling ( you can find that information here and here.)  Mullein is antibacterial as well (read it here).

Does it work?  Heck ya!  After one application to each ear my daughters symptoms totally disappeared. This is my go-to from here on out for earaches!  Want to make it?  Ok, here we go!

First, get your ingredients

Olive oil, mullein, garlic and bottle with dropper.
Olive oil, mullein, garlic and bottle with dropper.

In pan add 1/4 cup dried mullein

1/4 cup Mullein
1/4 cup Mullein

Then add 5-6 chopped garlic cloves (I forgot to chop them, easily distracted at times I guess )

5 garlic cloves
5 garlic cloves

Then add  just enough olive oil to cover

Olive oil to cover
Olive oil to cover

Then turn to low for 30 minutes.  My pans get too hot so I did 15, rest off burner and 15 more on low009

15 minutes on low twice or once for 30 minutes
15 minutes on low twice or once for 30 minutes

Now all you need to do is strain it and I do it like this.  Put unbleached muslin over big measuring cup (easier to pour from), pour oil in and let strain by hanging from a doorknob.  Ring out all the good stuff  once it’s cool too.

See how gravity pulls all the oil out?  Once it's cooled and done dripping I squeeze all the oil out that I can!
See how gravity pulls all the oil out? Once it’s cooled and done dripping I squeeze all the oil out that I can!

Pour into bottle and label

I made more then I needed!
I made more then I needed!

I covered the smaller bottle’s label with packing tape because I wanted to warm it up slightly before using.

To use you just warm up lightly (do not get hot or it will hurt).  Lay on side with affected ear facing up and drop in 3-5 drops of oil.  Leave in for 5 minutes and then put a washrag over ear and flip over so that gravity can help it drain back out. Rub oil around ear if desired to soak in and get max benefits.  Repeat every few hours as needed.  Store in a cool dark place an it should last for quite a while.

I hope you enjoyed this blog and I answered all your questions.  Feel free to comment or ask a question!