Aprons & Pearls Link Up

Probably not too deep of an intro today. I over did it a lot last week and I am trying to get caught up on dishes, laundry and putting party things away from this past weekend. Add to that I little boy who is not feeling well (he got a big bite of a gluten filled biscuit the other day and is really feeling it).
But I am chipping away at it. One step at a time. Relying heavily on this verse today…

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

Aprons & Pearls Link~up

What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow.
-Martin Luther

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About the Aprons & Pearls Link-up

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave up to three links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

  • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, Oil Selling or the like).
  • Life happens and we all get behind sometimes, but for each link you leave, please comment on at least two posts (1 link=2 comments, 2 links=4 comments, 3 links=6 comments).
  • Comments should be meaningful (at least 10 words and relevant to the post) and use keywords from the post title.
  • Add the Aprons & Pearls Button below to either your post or your sidebar so others can join in.
  • Use the hashtag #aprons&pearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
 
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Essential Oil Safety

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Essential Oil Safety @godschicki
This can be a touchy subject, and I might hear from some essential oil brand enthusiasts/consultants, but please hear me out before you comment.
Essential oils are an amazing natural resource that are purported to help with almost any condition under the sun, supporting physical and mental health.
That said, they do need to be used with caution.
There are companies out there that swear to the complete safety of all of their oils for all ages and situations (pregnancy, nursing, etc), because of their purity, advocating unsafe practices (using undiluted-neat- and ingesting).
This is the big reason why I do not recommend the big brand name MLM companies (Young Living and doTerra).
An oil’s purity is something to be considered, but the purity of an oil cannot remove compounds that are part of the plant’s oils naturally. For example, peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary contain cineol 1,8 and methol- compounds which can cause young children (under 10) to experience trouble breathing. Another example would be using oils containing camphor while pregnant, as it can cross the placenta and become toxic to baby, other oils may interfere with natural hormone levels. There are several oils that should not be used for either children (and it varies by age group) and women who are nursing or pregnant (see below resources for more information). It also does not account for allergies (since oils are super concentrated, you may not even know you have an allergy until you use it).
As for purity, both doTerra and Young Living’s purity has been called into question by third party testing. So, just be sure to research and not simply take the company’s word for it.
The use of oils should be researched before embarking in their use.
 
Some brands advocate use of oils internally. This stems from French aromatherapy, where you can visit a doctor who has been certified to oversee such things, who will take your medical history, medical conditions and medications into account and make a recommendation. The willy-nilly consumption of essential oils is dangerous and has lead to poisonings.
I am by no means a medical expert, or certified aromatherapist, and I do not have all of the answers. I am just learning a lot myself, but I oft see unsafe practices encouraged and no caution given. The following links are helpful resources, by experts.
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Endition by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young [Affiliate Link]
It is a rather expensive book, but one I plan to invest in getting soon. Right now I have my library copy checked out.
The Hippy Homemaker has a wonderful series on Essential Oil Safety, with a lot more information, including lists of kid safe and pregnancy/nursing safe oils:
An Introduction to Essential Oil Safety
Learning About Essential Oil’s Safety Cheat Sheet
While the following link is from 2014, I still see many of these perpetuated today and she has links to great articles.
The Barefoot Dragonfly’s 10 Epic Essential Oil Myths & Dangerous Uses 2014
<a href="http://www.weedemandreap.com/essential-oil-myths-dr-pappas/” rel=”no follow”>Weed ’em & Reap 10 Essential Oil Myths Tackled By Dr Pappas
Dr Robert Tisserand’s Myth Page
Dr Tisserand  Interviewed on Ingestion, Dilution and Other Safety Issues
Do you use essential oils in your home? What is your favorite way to use them?

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Sweet & Sour Sausages

Okay, so not the healthiest food, but a slightly healthier version of a great party food or a once-in-a-while treat.
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Sweet & Sour Sausages

  • 16 ounces high fructose corn syrup free grape jelly
  • 20 ounces ketchup
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (to taste, but be aware that the flavor intensifies as it sets)
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon onion powder (to taste, flavor also intensifies as it sets)
  • 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (depending on how sour you want it)
  • 2-3 pounds Uncured (No Added Nitrites) Smoked Beef Sausage

Mix the first five ingredients in either a crockpot or medium sauces pan. Slice sausage and add to pot/crock. Heat until meat is heated through.
As I mentioned before, a slightly healthier version of a party food or treat. If I make it for dinner, I usually serve over rice with some stir fry veg.
This sauce is also amazing one meatballs.

Handy Homemaking Tool & Link-up

I am a note taker and planner. When I was newly married, I read a bit of advice that has been some of the best logistical advice I have read.
The List Pad @godschicki
Put a list pad on your refrigerator so that as you are working in the kitchen, meal prepping, cooking or cleaning, you can write thing down that you see you are running low on-right away.
Those last two words are key! It keeps us from running out of things (for the most part!).
As I go about my kitchen tasks, I can see that we have half a gallon of milk, I can jot down that we will need milk. As I see that we are running out of carrots, I can jot that down.
A lot of it is knowing how you use things, how quickly you are currently using products. I say currently because there have been times when we go through apples fast, others times we struggle to use them before they go bad. The way you use things as kids grow likely changes from time to time, so always bear that in mind when making your shopping list.
Another list pad I use on the refrigerator is a list of left overs we have in the frig, and the date they were made (you could use your weekly menu and mark things off as they are used up).
Menu planning is a whole post in and of itself!
If you are more technologically inclined, Google’s Keep app is great. Once my list has been made on paper, I oft put it into Keep (there are several note taking options-one of which being a check list which works well for shopping lists, they are even shareable. Say you call hubby to run to the store on his way home because the kids are sick. You can make up a list and add him as a collaborator, you can even edit in real time (if you start typing something else on the list and he has the app open, he can see you typing…which is pretty awesome if you ask me. Sorry for the ramble, this has been a much used app for us!).
I might write more on ways to use Keep later, but the cheap tool of the list pad has been wonderful.

Aprons & Pearls Link~up #5

No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children; for upon her time and strength demands are made not only every hour of the day but often every hour of the night. She may have to get up night after night to take care of a sick child, and yet must by day continue to do all her household duties well; and if the family means are scant she must usually enjoy even her rare holidays taking her whole brood of children with her. The birth pangs make all men the debtors of all women. Above all our sympathy and regard are due to the struggling wives among those whom Abraham Lincoln called the plain people, and whom he so loved and trusted; for the lives of these women are often led on the lonely heights of quiet, self-sacrificing heroism.
-Theodore Roosevelt, 1905

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About the Aprons & Pearls Link-up

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave up to three links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

  • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, Oil Selling or the like).
  • Life happens and we all get behind sometimes, but for each link you leave, please comment on at least two posts (1 link=2 comments, 2 links=4 comments, 3 links=6 comments).
  • Comments should be meaningful (at least 10 words and relevant to the post) and use keywords from the post title.
  • Add the Aprons & Pearls Button below to either your post or your sidebar so others can join in.
  • Use the hashtag #aprons&pearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
 
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Giveaway

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Grace Filled Speech

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

Colossians 4:6 NASB

Grace Filled Speech @godschicki

I love word studies, digging into the meanings, which is done a lot in this post. Just a warning, but I think it’s well worth it.

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘grace’? The word used for ‘grace’ in the above verse is Charis,  which is translated:

    1. grace

      1. that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech

    2. good will, loving-kindness, favour

      1. of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues

    3. what is due to grace

      1. the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace

      2. the token or proof of grace, benefit

        1. a gift of grace

        2. benefit, bounty

    4. thanks, (for benefits, services, favours), recompense, reward

 

If  anyone thinks  himself to be religious,  and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives  his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.                       James 1:26

We are going to break this down a bit.
The word for ‘religious’ used here means to fear or worship God.
Let’s talk about that bridle for a minute. That word, chalinagōgeō, means :

  1. to lead by a bridle, to guide

  2. to bridle, hold in check, restrain

A bridle is not something that magically appears on a horse. It has to be put on.
This man’s religious worship is…
Mataios, which is: devoid of force, truth, success, result.
If we are not intentionally guiding or holding our tongue in check, our worship is devoid of truth.
Ouch.
What we say if we call ourselves Christ followers matters. Why?
The Bible commands it.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:29

Sapros, the word used here for unwholesome means:

  1. rotten, putrefied

  2. corrupted by one and no longer fit for use, worn out

  3. of poor quality, bad, unfit for use, worthless

And that word for grace? Yup, charis. In this case, benefit.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
Ephesians 5:1-4 (italics mine)

Aischrotēs, the word for filthiness, is translated obscenity, filthiness.
Mōrologia, silly, is translated foolish talking.
Coarse jesting is the word eutrapelia, which  translates to scurrility (making offensively rude or abusive remarks), ribaldry (ribald meaning obscene, vulgar, coarse) and low jesting.
These things are not fitting for Christ followers who are admonished to be imitators of God, offering our lives as a fragrant sacrifice to God.
Our speech is a telling reflection of our what is in our hearts. The soil of our hearts bears fruit into our lives.

“For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.”
Luke 6:44-45

Is you speech full of that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness? Does it benefit those who listen? Would someone listening to you talk know that you are different?
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Beeswax Candles & Link~up

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Homemade Beeswax Candle & Link~Up @godschicki
I love lighting a candle at home. There is just something about a lit candle that sets a lovely tone in the house.
I had quite the collection of candles.
Unfortunately, the majority of candles produced commercially are made from lead wicks, synthetic scents and waxes (paraffin and soy) that put toxins (and carcinogens) into the air.
Beeswax on the other hand clears the air, emitting negative ions purifying the air.
Beeswax is not as cheap as other waxes, but it burns longer and brighter, cleaning the air instead of adding toxins. (For more information on how this works and some added benefits, you can read this article)
They are also a snap to make! I have read that making them at home is not always as cost effective, since homemade versions might not burn as long, but I think it is worth it.

How to Make a Beeswax Candle

You will need:

  • A Heat-Safe Glass Jar (canning jars work well)
  • Beeswax (You can also source it locally, try for organic though)
  • Metal Free Wick*
  • A Small Pot or Double Boiler

Start your wax melting gently over med-low heat (if you are using a double boiler you could use medium heat).
Set your wick in the center of your container using a couple of drops of melted wax. It is important that you center the wick as best as you can. If it slips while pouring, try to get it back in the center.
Pour wax into jar and allow to cool (you do not want to speed the process by sticking it in the frig because cooling too fast can cause wax to crack, it will not affect the burn of the candle, but some people do not like the way it looks).
There are some recipes out there that call for mixing the beeswax with coconut oil or other oils to help them burn more evenly (beeswax has a rather high melting point, so it can cause ‘tunneling’ around the wick, adding oils lowers the melting point). Since you should not heat these oils to the smoke point because they can produce toxins, I am a little wary of using them in a candle.
There is debate as to using essential oils to scent candles as well, for much the same reason. I use essential oils in a diffuser to scent our home, so I really did not feel the need to put it in the candles.
Tunneling does not bother me much, since I melt down the wax left after the wick has burned down to make a new candle.
Some things to know about burning beeswax candles:
The first time you burn your candle sets the stage for the rest of the candle’s life. It is recommended that you not trim the wick for the first burn, and that you burn it for an hour per inch in diameter of the container (3 inches=3 hours), you really want the entire ¼ inch of wax on the top melted, so, given variances in wick and wax, you may need to go a bit longer. After the first burn, you do want to trim the wick to ¼ inch before burning.
When you burn the after the first burn, you will want to burn it for a good stretch to prevent tunneling, but as I mentioned before, the leftover wax can be remelted to make a new candle.
For General Candle Burning Safety, you can visit the National Candle Association’s Candle Safety Page.
*Mommypotomus has a nice tutorial with a great guide to choosing the right wick size.

Aprons & Pearls Link~up #4

I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.
-Helen Keller

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Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave up to three links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

  • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, Oil Selling or the like).
  • Life happens and we all get behind sometimes, but for each link you leave, please comment on at least two posts (1 link=2 comments, 2 links=4 comments, 3 links=6 comments).
  • Comments should be meaningful (at least 10 words and relevant to the post) and use keywords from the post title.
  • Add the Aprons & Pearls Button below to either your post or your sidebar so others can join in.
  • Use the hashtag #aprons&pearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

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Have you ever made beeswax candles? Do you like to burn candles?
 

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Aprons & Pearls Week #3

It should technically be week #4, but I spaced it last week in the midst of the chaos that is my life right now. I nearly forgot this week. I just remembered on my way to bed. This week will be quick, but I hope that you will hang in there with me as I figure this link-up thing out. Feedback and ideas are welcome! Also, if you are interested in co-hosting, please let me know.

Aprons & Pearls Link~up #3

“The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and
purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies.” ~ J.R. Miller

What a wonderful encouragement.
Making my home lovely is something I strive for. Most days I fail miserably. If you have been around a while, you know that I have dealt with clutter for a while and that I am working my way through it. It has not been easy. I find that my biggest issue is finding time and energy to get stuff done.
I truly want a clutter free home, but making that happen is a struggle with  3 and almost 2 year olds.
I am making progress, though it is much slower than I would like.
But filling my home with love and prayer and purity is something that comes much easier. Getting in the floor with the kids and playing around, cuddles, and praying are things that we do throughout the day. I need to start some more intentional Bible reading with the kids. They are such sponges!
Next week the link up may be a post of s series of posts that I am planning on natural ways to make your home smell lovely.
What is a way that you intentionally ‘make’ your home?
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About the Aprons & Pearls Link-up

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave up to three links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

  • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, Oil Selling or the like).
  •  Life happens and we all get behind sometimes, but for each link you leave, please comment on at least two posts (1 link=2 comments, 2 links=4 comments, 3 links=6 comments).
  • Comments should be meaningful (at least 10 words and relevant to the post) and use keywords from the post title.
  • Add the Aprons & Pearls Button below to either your post or your sidebar so others can join in.
  • Use the hashtag #aprons&pearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

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It Has Been a Rough Couple of Weeks

I just realized that I missed setting up the Aprons and Pearls Linkup this week. Week #3 and already failing. Let us try again next week shall we?
It has been a yucky rainy week and a half. Add to that an over-tired, hormonal, pregnant mama. And all of the drama that comes with two small kids. It was quite a recipe for not much getting done around the house.
I did, however declutter over the weekend. The catch-all that was my closet is now (mostly) put into order. I got 9 bags of donation stuff out and filled up our trash and recycle cans (they were half full already).
Yes. It was a lot of stuff. I meant to take a before picture, but forgot. People say I should feel good about it, but my back and dust allergies have been killing me ever since I started, so it is a bit hard to say right now.
I put into practice a lot of things that I have learned from Dana White, over at a Slob Comes Clean. Seriously, check out her podcasts, they have helped me figure things about my thinking out. No Keep box….put things away right then. Extras…well, I did keep some extras that will get used. Two decluttering questions. Container concept. There were some more, but I cannot think of them right now.
If I do laundry everyday, getting through it all in a week, or just do a laundry day, I do not need 8 black tank tops (I wear them as undershirts for modesty, and they are handy when nursing-I can pull these down and my over shirt up) (among other colors!), I kept 3. I do not need 20 it’s-okay-to-get-messed-up-shirts. I kept 5. I have two that I kept to make rags out of, but they have already been cut-up.
There were clothes I got at the thrift store and did not like the way they looked on me. Shirts that I have had for year that do not fit anymore, or that I will likely not wear for a few more years because they are not very nursing friendly.
Shoes that I was given but have never worn, or do not fit right, or that were just worn out. A few single shoes got chucked too.
I went through my stash of notebooks/journals that was in there.
I still have more clothes (and journals) than I really need, but it is a start. Usable stuff to pass along and stuff that is not so usable stuff junked.
Hoping the weather gets better soon. I really want to get to the pool. And use the clothes line. And do some more gardening.
Playing around with ideas for a series on making your home smell good naturally. I have a few posts planned out, in my head. I have about 100 ideas swimming around my brain, just need to put them onto paper, so to speak.
I have nearly everything gathered for a big home blessing giveaway. Just a few things that I want to make, and well, I need to get a few more things caught up first.
Working on establishing a routine. Failing miserably thus far, but tomorrow is a new day, though a busy one! And our routine will be off…a lot.
The Bible study that I have been apart of at church is nearly done for the summer. One more week. Of course, I am about 2 weeks behind, so I will have a bit more to do. I am planning to simply write out the Scriptures that I am reading this summer. I haven’t decided what book(s) yet.
We are looking for a midwife for the birth of our little one. There are several in the area, and we are meeting with them to find the best fit. We would love to use the ones we have use before, but one of them moved out of state and the other is due in October (and we are due in November), so that is not going to work.
Wow. For a no-one-topic update type post, this has really turned into quite a ramble.
I would dearly love to leave you with some witty words of wisdom, but this mama’s brain is pretty much dead (hence the rambling!).