Monday, July 30, 2012
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
PS. If you know any interesting facts about Napoleon, or this chess set please share!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Picking the garden has become a favorite past time for my two smallest girls. Maddie asks to pick tomatoes almost everyday, she also likes to make sure that daddy didn't miss any cucumbers. It is such a huge help! She is learning so much about the plants too, and just how to pick. My older kids went through this stage when they were younger too and now I can yell from the kitchen "I need a sprig of rosemary please!" and minutes later there is a kid at the sink rinsing one off for me. :) Those small things really add up! Things like that make mama's job so much easier!
I just remembered this video from a couple of months ago. It was during blackberry season, boy was there a lot of picking going on then! The big kids were picking enough for a cobbler almost every evening. Claire would stand by the edge of the big garden while Ben picked vegetables and snack on blackberries before dinner. Ben took this video the first evening that she discovered blackberries. It's adorable! "Is it good?" "Muuuummmmm."
Happy Saturday friends!! xo, Sam
Thursday, July 12, 2012
A few henna facts:
In my experience henna lasts about 2- 2 1/2 weeks, but a little less if I am really rough on my hands (like camping!) .
So far I have less than $30 invested in supplies and I have mixed countless batches of henna, it's very inexpensive and goes a long way.
It seems to last longer on certain skin types. For whatever reason my Maddie can wear henna for nearly a month, and the stain is more of a brown color on her, but it's more of a rust shade on me.
Henna tends to continue to get darker for the first 2-3 days. Whatever color it is on day 3 is usually the color it will stay.
You can freeze your leftovers and use them again. The thawed henna will have a more runny consistency than the original batch, but that's usually the only difference.
I usually do henna at night just before bed, let it dry, and then sleep in the paste. I find that the stain is much darker and more even that way because the paste stays on so much longer.
A lot of the recipes call for tea tree oil, you DO NOT have to use this oil to get a good mix. It stinks like gasoline, it isn't so nice to your skin, and it is not great for kids. Many people, including me, use lavender oil instead and it works great and has a very pleasant odor.
Mixing henna will take a little practice to get it just the way you like it, but it's not hard, and I've never ruined a batch! To give you an idea of how much it takes to do henna on the kids and I, I NEVER mix more than 4 TBS of powder and I always have leftover. If you need to see this to get a better idea of consistency just search You Tube, you can watch henna videos all day!
You will need:
An applicator bottle
Lemon juice (I use bottled lemon juice)
lavender essential oil
My routine/ recipe:
Morning: In a plastic container, using a fork, mix henna powder into a paste using ONLY lemon juice, you are looking to get the consistency of toothpaste, transfer to a plastic zip bag, place in a warm place (on top of the fridge works fine). This stage usually needs at least 4-5 hours to sit.
1-2 hours before application: Transfer the henna back to the plastic container. Mix a little white sugar (enough to dust the top of the henna) and lavender oil into the henna mix,this time you want the consistency of hair gel, transfer to a plastic zip bag, place in a warm place on top of a white sheet of paper. The white sheet of paper will actually be somewhat discolored when the henna is ready, it will have a yellow tinge to it.
Evening/night: Get the party started! Apply henna! Let it dry. Sometimes I spray my dry henna with a mixture of lemon juice and water. The theory is that when it is moist it releases more stain. Try it if you like, it can't hurt! :)
This is the brand of lavender essential oil that I use (I buy mine at a local shop) HERE.
This is very similar to the applicator bottle that I use HERE.
You can get a good idea of application and how to design HERE.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
My Granny has had a really bad night and day, she hasn't had any rest at all. Could you join us in prayer? She has been much better since the last time we asked for prayer, she has been able to cook, go off some, even watch the kids while I went to the doctor! But the last several days have been very hard because she hasn't been able to rest, which makes the Parkinson's worse and it just snowballs from there. Today she hasn't been able to get out of bed. OUR GOD is bigger than this UGLY DISEASE!!! Thanks friends. I always know that I can count on you guys. xo, Sam