Natural Homemade Detangling Spray

This is a post I wrote for my old blog and never made public, so today I am moving it over here.
I found this recipe over at Creative Christian Mama and thought I would give it a whirl.
I did make mine a bit differently, mainly because I got one bottle of oils mixed up with another, but, I really like how it makes my hair feel.
If you are pregnant or using on a child under 10, omit rosemary as it is not safe for use by these individuals. For more information on essential oil safety, please check out the essential oil safety page.

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Natural Detangling Spray (and Conditioner)

Homemade Detangling Spray @godschicki

 

Mix everything up (I used a whisk) until well combined…..spray on tangles, allow to set for a bit and brush. Easy peasy. Shake before use.

Natural Hard Lotion Bars

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Natural Hard Lotion Bars @godschicki
I fell in love with hard lotion bars after receiving a sample from MadeOn. They have a great product.
I wondered if I could make some at home. What I ended up with was some amazing bars of lotion.  They soften my dry feet and hands (after catching up on dishes, your hands can get funky). I think the next time I make it, I might up the beeswax or subtract a bit of the coconut oil. They are a bit softer than I was hoping for, but not bad.

Natural Hard Lotion Bars

Not having a double boiler, I used a stainless steel mixing bowl over a pot of boiling water. You could also use a glass bowl or set a glass jar on a metal canning ring in a pot of boiling water. Or a double boiler.
If your beeswax is not in pastilles form, you might want to chop it up a bit. Break up your cocoa butter into some smaller pieces.
Melt your first three ingredients over med-low heat. You want them to just come to melting. Once those are melted, turn off heat and add coconut oil, allowing to melt. Mix well.
Pour into molds or prepared baking dish. Allow to cool over night. If you use a baking dish, just cut up the block into desired size. Store in a cool, dry place. I put mine in baggies just in case they get a little warm. I do not want them sticking together.
To use: let bar warm up in hand a bit and rub over skin.
You could add a few drops of lavender oil, but I used unrefined cocoa butter, which gives the bar a slight chocolate smell. If you use unrefined coconut oil, you will get a slightly coconutty scent.
As I mentioned before, I might decrease the coconut oil by .5 ounce or increase the beeswax by .5 ounce. These bars are quite nice, if ever so slightly softer than I would like.
 
 

Giveaway

Now through July 25th, 2016 you can enter to win my big Christmas in July Homeblessing Giveaway! Please take a minute to check it out. I am giving away a lot of items that I have found useful as a Christ following, natural minded, homemaker. This includes some pampering items, such as homemade hard lotion bars….

It Is Finished

It Is Finished @godschicki

Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well  as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen.

John 20:6-7

In Jesus’ day, there was a way that a carpenter would let their client know that a job was done.
Picture a carpenter, dirty from working hard to complete a job. After splashing water over his arms and chest covered in sweat and sawdust, he grabs a nearby towel and dries off.
Folding the towel in half, and then half again, he places it on the finished work and leaves.
The message was understood by the person inspecting the work. It is finished. The work is done.
Imagine the message this conveyed to the disciples who would have been familiar with the tradition. Coming to the tomb on that Resurrection day, to see the cloth folded and set neatly aside.
It is finished.
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Laughter

Laughter @godschicki
 

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22

I love to laugh. Thankfully, my days are usually filled with quite a bit of laughter. The kid’s laughter is infectious. Seeing them get the giggles over something makes me laugh.

Sometimes it is had to discipline them because they make me want to laugh.

Watching them watch a movie is a lot of fun. B. especially. He really gets into them, and though he has seen them multiple times, he still finds certain parts to be hilarious. I wish I could watch movies like that!

The kids and I went to the zoo twice last week since the weather was so nice. This included a lot of laughing in excitement over seeing animals they usually only see on tv.

Sometimes, the one kids gets to laughing which causes the other to laugh which causes the first to laugh even harder and that makes the second laugh harder and so on…..Those are some of my favorite times.

This post is really just a bit of fluff and an update.

In other news…..

We finally got to 200 likes on Facebook! When we reach 250, I will do another giveaway. Since it is for Facebook followers, I think I am just going to post it there. If you are not already following on Facebook, please take a minute to ‘Like’ Timeless Mama (you can connect with me via the bar on the left).

I recently found out that most, if not all, of my health issues stem from adrenal fatigue, which is nice to know, but since the biggest way to recover is rest, I do not know that I will be recovering until the kids are grown! I am trying to take care of myself with some supplements and resting as much as I can. I may post more about that, along with some resources here in the future.

Decluttering is going slowly, but it is going. I got rid of a whole bag of jeans that where hole riddled (if you are getting rid of jeans, check out how they can be turned into shoes to help people at SoleHope.org), I filled up our trash can outside, and have a big box of stuff (including some never played with baby toys-which is prolly why I did not mind getting rid of them, since the kids never played with them) to take to the charity thrift store. Progress is being made, just ever so slowly.

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3 Ways to Help Listen to God's Voice

3 Ways to Help Listen to God's Voice @godschicki
This week’s Loft Prompt is Listen.
When I first read it, I thought of an experience I had at camp one year.
I think it was my first year as a counselor.
We set up an activity in the gym. Having lined up chairs in two rows, in a windy path. Gathering the campers on either side we explained the game.
The goal was for one camper to follow a leader’s voice through the windy path, around a few obstacles that had been placed after the camper was blind folded. The catch? We instructed the rest of the campers to yell at the one camper who was ‘it’. Nonsense or wrong directions around the course before them.
With their fellow campers yelling, the camper who was walking the path had to listen carefully for the leader’s quiet words.
This is such a great exercise to illustrate an important truth: as followers of Christ, we have to listen to God’s often quiet voice. Sounds easy, but when we get the world’s nonsense and contradictory voices loudly yelling at us all of the time, it gets hard.
I have worked with young kids for more than half my life now. It is so much fun when they begin to talk.
Often it is hard to tell what they are talking about though. Unless you spend time with them. The more time you spend with them, the easier it is to understand them.

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

John 10:1-5

 
To listen to the quiet voice that God often uses, we must spend time with Him. To know His voice in the crowded lives we live, we must know how to listen.
Here are some ways we can ‘tune in’ to the Lord.

1) Spend time in His Word.

When we are filling our hearts and minds with God’s word to us, it is easier to recognize His voice.
Also, God will never speak to you and contradict His Word. If you know His Word, you can recognize voices that are not from Him. Remember, Satan know Scripture too and tries to twist it to tempt us, knowing the Word and context of verses is important.
How are you Feeding Your Soul?

2) Run away from ‘stranger’ voices.

How often today do we run from ungodly things? I mean, really, when was the last time you put down a book because it got raunchy, turned off the TV because it was portraying things clearly against the Word of God, or changed the radio station because a song with questionable lyrics came on? I talk a bit about this in my posts, Lessons from the Garden and What Are You Eating
When we cut out unnecessary voices, it makes it easier to hear God’s voice.

3) Cut the busyness

This kind of goes along with spending time in the Word, but is slightly different to my mind. Be Still.
When we are going, going, going from one thing to the next, we get so busy we have a hard time hearing anything.
Taking time to be still in the Lord’s presence is important.
As a mom of two kids under 3, I know this is probably the hardest for me, but work hard to make it happen regularly. Night nursing sessions are a great time to just be still before the Lord. We are also working on having quiet times during the day. Time to turn off devices.
 
 

What do you do to help you listen to the Lord’s voice? Can you think of a time you know the Lord spoke to you? What did He say?

 

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.