Homemade Homemaker: Deodorant


I think I must try this!


Since I’ve started going more natural and homemade in my house, many of my friends have been asking me how I make things and how much it all costs.  Many of them were intimidated by buying supplies, finding the time, making the mess, learning on their own, etc.  So today I had my first “homemade homemaker” class, where I invite a bunch of friends into my kitchen, provide all the materials, and let them make cleaners and personal care items in my kitchen.

The first item we made was deodorant.  Here’s the recipe, it makes enough for one average-sized roll-up container.  Items needed:

  • 1/8 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/8 cup baking soda
  • 2 ½ Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 heaped Tbsp beeswax pellets
  • 8-10 drops tea tree oil
  • 8-10 drops oil of choice (lavender works well for women, orange oil for men)

Add all the ingredients in a small pot and put…

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Top 10 Most Rewarding (to me) things about Home Schooling.


So, this year we will be going solo and saying good by to online public school!  We will enter the brave new world of traditionally home schooling.  I’m kind of the odd duck in my circle.  See, I’m learning to garden, cook from scratch, and coupon and can, I also practice attachment parenting, child-led weaning, co-sleep and own guns ;).   So you may see where I don’t fit into any “stereotypes”, and I am met with puzzled looks and half polite “oh, that’s interestings” when I say that we home school.  The last couple of years have been trying, to say the least, while home schooling.  We got burnt out in April, un-enrolled from the online school, and took an extended “vacation”.  I’d like to say we have done some really cool things, but honestly, we moved and have been trying to settle in since then.    Since the journey are are about to embark on looms on the horizon like a refreshing summer storm, I wanted to make a note of the 10 things I LOVE about home schooling.  A reminder to my future self of why I am doing this (not in any particular order, just the order as it is coming to me):

  1. I get to watch him learn.  I get to see all of those “ah-ha!” moments when it clicks.
  2. His education is tailored to him.  What HE likes.  Not a cookie cutter bland curriculum that everyone is getting whether its up to their level or too slow for them.  AND we can add in cool stuff like Latin and go as in-depth into Astronomy as we want to!
  3.   I can teach him according to the Word of God how I am instructed to teach him. 
  4. All the gas $ and lunch $ I am saving can go to other things for him such as day trips to museums and Tae Kwon Do classes!
  5. NO BULLIES!!!  I don’t have to worry about the trashy things his “peers” are teaching him!  I can teach him about how character matters, how to do things for others with a joyful heart and how to interact in the real world.  
  6. I don’t have to worry about Common Core Standards, No Child Left Behind or any other “Education Reform” idea that they come up with.  
  7. Home Schoolers consistently score higher than their peers on standardized tests.  Not that I worry about that since he has always scored higher anyway 😉
  8. The top colleges and universities across the nation have noticed and documented how much better their home schooled students do academically, socially, and with the transition into college than their public schooled peers.  I want my children to be those students!  (I remember what a shock the real world was from high school.  Nothing in school or home ever prepared me for it!)
  9. Mamas across the sands of time have been home schooling their children for centuries.  Only in the last 100 years of our entire human history have we sent our children away to be schooled by strangers!
  10. BECAUSE. I. WANT. TO!  😉

So my best tip to my future self for home schooling?  Breath.  Take a break.  Drink a cup o’ joe.  Go to the library or park.  Get out!  He will not fall behind, you are not failing him.  Love them for who they are now, because soon they will be gone!  Let the laundry pile, and dust bunnies settle.  Your children will not remember the dust, but they will remember Mama being mad. 

That’s not a memory anyone likes to have.



Military Open Fire on U.S. Citizens? What would you do?


Came across this on facebook… What do you think?

“Nobel Peace Prize Nominee: Obama Asks Military Leaders If They Will “Fire On US Citizens”

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Shock claim purported to come from “one of America’s foremost military heroes”

Paul Joseph Watson
January 22, 2013

2009 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jim Garrow shockingly claims he was told by a top military veteran that the Obama administration’s “litmus test” for new military leaders is whether or not they will obey an order to fire on U.S. citizens.

Garrow was nominated three years ago for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize and is the founder of The Pink Pagoda Girls, an organization dedicated to rescuing baby girls from “gendercide” in China. Garrow has been personally involved in “helping rescue more than 36,000 Chinese baby girls from death.” He is a public figure, not an anonymous voice on the Internet, which makes his claim all the more disturbing.

“I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not”. Those who will not are being removed,” Garrow wrote on his Facebook page, later following up the post by adding the man who told him is, “one of America’s foremost military heroes,” whose goal in divulging the information was to “sound the alarm.”

Garrow’s claim is even more explosive given that the country is in the throes of a national debate about gun control, with gun rights advocates keen to insist that the founders put the second amendment in the Constitution primarily as a defense against government tyranny.

It also follows reports on Sunday that General James Mattis, head of the United States Central Command, “is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.”

Concerns over US troops being given orders to fire on American citizens in the event of mass gun confiscation first arose in 1995 when hundreds of Marines at 29 Palms, California were given a survey as part of an academic project by Navy Lieutenant Commander Ernest Guy Cunningham which asked the Marines if they would, “Fire upon U.S. citizens who refuse or resist confiscation of firearms banned by the United States government.”

The survey was subsequently leaked because many of the Marines who took it were shocked by the tone of the question.

The US Military has clearly outlined innumerable civil emergency scenarios under which troops would be authorized to fire on U.S. citizens.

In July 2012, the process by which this could take place was made clear in a leaked US Army Military Police training manual for “Civil Disturbance Operations” (PDF) dating from 2006. Similar plans were also outlined in an updated manual released in 2010 entitled FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations.

The 2006 document outlines how military assets will be used to “help local and state authorities to restore and maintain law and order” in the event of mass riots, civil unrest or a declaration of martial law.

On page 20 of the manual, rules regarding the use of “deadly force” in confronting “dissidents” on American soil are made disturbingly clear with the directive that a, “Warning shot will not be fired.”

Given that second amendment advocates are now being depicted as dangerous terrorists by the federal government and local law enforcement, Garrow’s claim is sure to stoke controversy given that Americans are seeing their gun rights eviscerated while the federal government itself stockpiles billions of bullets.

Last week, Gloversville Mayor Dayton King warned that any federal gun confiscation program could lead to a “Waco-style standoff” in rural areas of America.


Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.


An awesome post from my friend over at D.C. Clothesline

The D.C. Clothesline

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

2nd1stWe all know these words, as well as the other Amendments to our Constitution. Yet, not everyone knows what this means. True patriots know what this really means, so do a lot of law enforcement, lawyers, judges, doctors, cooks, construction workers, factory workers, teachers, preachers, store clerks, office employees, sportsmen and the like. We all know, at least I would say 65% to maybe even 85% of the population of gun owners truly know, what those twenty-seven words mean. I could even be “low-balling” the percentage. Regardless of my guestimate, those of us who do know, that, We the People, ARE the militia. We do not wear a uniform, nor do we have military exercises or drills, although some probably do, I cannot…

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I have often wondered myself what the answers to questions like these would be. This is very well written and researched.

The D.C. Clothesline

Imagine you can interview the Founders. What questions would you ask them? How do you think they would respond? I did this little thought exercise and came up with the following: Today it has been my pleasure to sit down with our Founding Fathers and ask a few simple questions about their thoughts on what has become of the US and the Constitution.

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