Lavender Lemon Disinfecting Spray

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Natural Cleaning

Ridding our home of chemicals and doing things as naturally as possible has been a passion of mine since we found out we were expecting our first baby over three years ago.
Cleaners today are filled with chemicals that have been linked to a whole host of health issues.
Choosing to do away with these products is about  being a good steward of our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19) and our world.
Natural cleaners you can buy can be pricey. Making our own saves a lot. Allowing us to be better stewards of our finances as well.
Clean Mama, Becky Rapinchuk, has a book that I recently got.
Becky has kindly allowed me to share this recipe for Lavender Lemon Disinfecting Spray with you as a taste of what is in the book. Along with the recipes, Becky shares some helpful tips and information about cleaning and the ingredients used in her recipes. She also shares some amazing check lists.

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Lavender Lemon Disinfecting Spray @godshcicki

Lavender Lemon Disinfecting Bathroom Spray

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vodka (excellent germ-killing properties)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water (distilled or boiled and cooled)

Mix all ingredients, using a funnel, pour into a pray bottle. Give a good shake and spray your bathroom surfaces.
Glass spray bottles are best to use as essential oils can cause plastics to leech some pretty nasty stuff into your cleaner. Here are some great ones.
If you want to check out of the great recipes in the book, you can check it out here.
Becky’s instructions :
Let it sit for about 10 minutes (to kill germs), and then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.  In the bathroom it’s important to avoid any cross-contamination so I wipe in this order with separate cloths – mirror, sink, tub/shower, toilet.
She notes that if your spray bottle is 16 oz, you can simply cut the recipe in half.
Since this has vinegar in it, it should not be used on marble counters.
Check out the original post here. You can click here for Beck’s Speed Clean You Bathroom Post.

Joy to the World


But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10-11

I love the hymn Joy to the World. I had planned to write a nice long post on joy, but life happened, as it is want to do.
I will try to post more on the subject soon.
Have I mentioned that I love Christmas? 
The movies, music and foods. Looking at the Christmas trees in the stores. Decorating.
I have yet to get my tree up this year….but then, ours usually stays up until February.
I find it funny how it’s supposed to be a joyful season, but when you see people in stores there is a decided lack of joy.
Please remember, as you are out and about this Christmas season,  to be Christ’s light to those walking in darkness. Show them the hope and joy we have in Him.
Colossians 4 tells us to be wise in how we act towards outsiders, making the most of every opportunity. 
This Christmas season,  let’s be intentional about living for Him, making the most of each opportunity we are given.
Interesting note, apparently Joy to the World was written not about Christ’s birth,  but about His coming at the end of the age.

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I hate that I do not have more Scripture in here, but I am writing this post on my phone while nursing two Littles. 

Chicken Salad

My Chicken Salad is a recipe that I have used for years. Sometimes I mix it up with the add-in I’ve listed below, but it’s always a crowd favorite. Great for parties or potlucks.
Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

  • 3 cups chicken breast-boiled, shredded and cooled
  • 1 – 1 1/2  cups homemade mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup cube sweet salad cubes, with about 80-90% of the juice squeezed out (I use my hands, though you could use a tea towel)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)

Other options (I would say mix and match according to you taste, but not add everything):

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grapes, quartered
  • 1/4-1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4-1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

While chicken is cooking, mix rest of ingredients and chill in fridge until chicken is cooled (this lets the flavors develop, so don’t skip this step). Once chicken is ready, mix with sauce mix.
Great served on a sandwich with lettuce, a tomato, on crackers, on a sandwich with lettuce, tomato and country (red-eye) ham. Croissants are also amazing with the salad on them.
I cut the chicken into strips (against the grain) and put them in my kitchen aid mixer with the paddle attachment for a minute until it’s the desired constancy, but you can do this by hand or with a fork or with a handheld mixer. If you use a mixer, do it while the chicken is hot.
In a pinch sweet relish would work, but I like the crunch of the salad cubes.
Chicken Salad @godschicki

Peace & Christmas Memories

merry christmas (1)I have not been here as much as I would have liked to be in the past few months.
My granddaddy recently passed away.  He was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer a few short months ago. Finding the source was pointless. Chemo was pointless. He refused radiation. He went downhill much faster than we thought and hoped and prayed that he would. The predicted 6 months was only a bit more than 3.
My biological father died when I was a few days from turning 2. Granddaddy was really the only ‘daddy’ I had known until my mom remarried when I was 8.
We only live a few hours away, so our monthly visits turned into weekly visits at least. Sometimes more. We made it a priority to be down there as much as we could, and then some.
He walked with the Lord here on earth, and I have such a peace knowing he is walking with Him now. I do not mourn as one without hope. I know that we will see him again. That he is no longer suffering and is completely healed. Even before his diagnosis, he was not able to get out and work his garden like he loved to do. He was limited in what he could do, which was driving him crazy.
The hardest part in all of this is, I desperately want my kids to remember him.  Being 2 1/2 and 1 1/8 I know there is hardly a chance of that.
We have pictures and videos, which may just have to do.
My love of Christmas probably comes from Granddaddy. We had gone down Friday for an early Christmas with him on Saturday. He told my mom he wanted to rest up for it and that he was “looking forward to Christmas tomorrow”. He went to be with Jesus around midnight that night. The next day I found a poem he had written about Christmas and the greatest gift in the yard (mixed in with stuff that was going away). I may post that in the future.
Until the last couple of years, when his mobility was challenged, we waited for him to arrive to open our stockings and presents. The last couple of years we did open the stockings before he arrived, but waited for presents.
I remember my Grandma telling the story of their first Christmas without kids in the house. Granddaddy woke her up at 5 asking what it was like to sleep in on Christmas. She told him she did not know yet.
When I was little we used to drive around looking at Christmas lights. I loved the ones that went “Blinka, blinka”. He used to tease me about it every year as we saw Christmas lights begin to go up around the neighborhood.
Decorating the tree was a family event, both at our house and at Grandma and Granddaddy’s.
Christmas will be hard for me this year. This year has been chaotic to say the least, with many ups and downs. Spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally. Through it all, it has been God’s peace and knowing He is Sovereign that has gotten me through it.
I wrote most of the rest of this several years ago. Okay, probably more than 10 years ago now that I really think about it. But I think it is perfect reminder for this season of my life, as it has been many times before. I have added just a bit.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulders.
And he shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
                                                                         Isaiah 9:6

When I was asked to ponder what Jesus means to me, the first thing that came to mind was friend, and he is, but God’s been showing me in the past few weeks that He’s also my Prince of Peace.
  I got the song “I’ve got peace like a river” stuck in my head a couple of times in the past few weeks (and the only part I know is I’ve got peace like a river), and I was thinking about it the other day, rivers are peaceful, but they also go over rocks and hard places too.
  God’s peace isn’t what we normally think peace is. We think of peace as the absence of conflict, but God’s peace goes much deeper. His peace still a troubled mind and brings a calm feeling that no matter what happens, even when life is insanely busy, or you feel as though your world is falling apart, everything will be okay, because God is in control, overseeing everything.
During this hectic season, I pray that He would be your Prince of Peace as well.
Prince of Peace @godschicki
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