The Latest From Timeless Mama and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

The weather here has been amazing the past week. It has been nice to be able to let the kids play outside. To get to hang out clothes on the clothes line. To be able to hose out the vacuum outside and not have my allergies go too crazy. Of course, the trees behind our property are blooming, so we will see if that makes our allergies go crazy.
Not much Olympic watching this time around. I am more than a little upset at NBC’s lack of coverage. Just out for the buck, people that want to watch without cable are out of luck. Not in the spirit of the games if you ask me, but not much I can do about it.
It has been a more productive week here at Timeless Mama.
Finding a midwife can be a daunting task, I use this list of questions to help make it a bit easier.
Yesterday I shared 5 Reasons You Should Grow Aloe in Your Home.
I am chipping away at some other posts that I am excited about. I am hoping to get at least one more post up this week, but we will see. I am also going back through and updating some older posts as well.
I weaned our oldest son this past week. Some tears and sadness (from me!) and he has asked a few times for milkies. Playing up the whole big boy thing does not seem to phase him much, it is hard on this mama to deny him, but we need to make the break. With baby number four coming this summer it would get a lot more complicated. Since he just had a birthday it seems like a good time. I am proud to have been able to make it to 5 years though!
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

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 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, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!
    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
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    Now, to the link-up! Just click on the blue button below to add your link, and to check out all of the links left by others! Links are sorted randomly, so no need to worry if you join us late in the game!


5 Reasons to Grow Your Own Aloe

Aloe vera is an amazing, versatile plant. It is a hardy plant that can take some neglect. I once left mine in the kitchen window for the winter and forgot to water it most of the time.
Here are some of the benefits to growing aloe in your home.
5 Reasons To Grow Aloe In Your Home @godschicki

Cleaner Air

NASA found that aloe is particularly good at removing formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide from your home. I am planning a post on air cleansing plants in the future.
Earthship notes:
“When the amount of toxins in the air have exceeded healthy amounts the leaves on the Aloe plant become spotted, signaling for help…. One pot of aloe is equal to nine biological air cleaners.”

A Better Night’s Sleep

Aloe releases more oxygen at night which can help you sleep better.

Feeling the Burn

From sun burns to cooking burns, aloe is great at soothing burns thanks to analgesic properties. It contains enzymes that increase blood circulation to the area, as well as reducing inflammation. It helps skin heal and regenerate. It has been shown to have antibacterial qualities, which can help prevent infection.
It should be noted that aloe allergies are rare, but if you have never used it before, you should test a small bit on a small area of skin to be sure that you will not react.

Aloe Juice

I will admit, I have only tried this once, but there are great benefits to consuming aloe vera juice.
*I am not a health care provider, as with any supplements you should consult your health care provider.*
It is said to aid digestion, help balance pH, boost your immune system and reduce inflammation.

Beauty

Aloe is great for your skin and hair, even if it is not burned! In addition to increase circulation, helping to balance, reducing inflammation, and the antibactirial qualities, it is also full of nutrients and antioxididants.
Because of the properties mentioned above, it is good for acne, eczema & psoriasis. The antioxidants help reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles and helps skin repair itself from sun damage.
The boost in circulation that it gives helps regenerate skin, and it contains enzymes that help get rid of dead skin.
It is great for cold sores, and safe to ingest. It helps with bug bites and dry skin as well.
It helps balance your scalp’s pH, is a great nourishing treatment for hair, helps rid scaple of dead skin, nourish hair, and soothes itching.
I use it in my Detangling Spray.
Do you grow aloe? How do you use it?
 

Natural Mama's Guide to Midwife Questions

Natural Mama's Guide to Midwife Questions @godschicki
Finding a supportive birth team is key to a good birth. You do not want to have to be fighting for your birth during the whole pregnancy and labor. Birth is not a sickness to be managed.

Homebirth Midwife vs Hospital Midwife

We homebirth, so these questions are geared towards finding a homebirth midwife.
I plan to write more on homebirth later, but let me just say that it will take a real emergency to get me to birth in a hospital again.
Unfortunately assisted homebirth is illegal in some states, so do make sure that you check your state laws before getting too far down that road. Doctors and hospitals often lobby against it.
It should be noted that there is typically a huge difference between a homebirth midwife and a midwife that works out of a medical practice.
Homebirth midwives are typically more natural minded, whereas ones in a medical practice have to abide by that practices guidelines and hospital guidelines.
Also, if you see a midwife in a medical practice, it is likely that you will have to see all of the doctors there as well since you cannot have a guarantee of who will actually be attending your birth.

Do Your Research

{This post contains affiliate links. This means that the price that you pay does not change, but I get a small commission when you purchase items through my links}

I suggest finding a local homebirth/natural birth group (Facebook is a great resource in this area). Often they can give you recommendations on doctors, nurses, and hospitals in the area that are natural birth friendly.
As with the pediatrician questions, do your research before visiting so that you know your stance on these topics. I highly recommend Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, Husband Coached Childbirth, and Ina May Gaskin’s Guide To Childbirth are great resources, as is the Evidence Based Birth site.
A Natural Mama's Guide to Midwife Questions @godschicki

General Questions

  • What is your birth philosophy?
  • What role do you play during labor?
  • How long have you been practicing midwifery?
  • Where did you train?
  • What is your transfer rate?
  • What is the most common reason for transfer? Under what conditions would you initiate a transfer?
  • Do you have experience with the Bradley Method?
  • Do you have experience with the Brewer diet?
  • Do you have a birth tub for clients to use?
  • How much do you charge and when is it due in full? Do you offer payment plans?
  • Do you have experience delivering breech/twins vaginally?
  • Do you have clients that have had success being reimbursed by ______(insurance company)?
  • How do you feel about chiropractic care during pregnancy?
  • In case of a transfer, do you accompany clients? How long do you normally stay?
  • How do you feel about nursing during pregnancy?
  • Do you use herbs/essential oils in your practice (Please, take a minute to check out the essential oil safety page. There are oils that are not safe while pregnant, nursing or around infants despite some MLM companies claims.)

Prenatal Care

  • How do you handle blood sugar testing? Do you accept a meal alternative?
  • Do you continue to see clients with gestational diabetes?
  • Is how do you handle GBS testing? What happens if I am GBS positive?
  • Are you okay with using only the fetoscope to listen to baby?
  • Are you okay with me declining cervical checks? Even during labor?
  • Are you okay with me declining ultrasounds?
  • Are you okay with me declining most standard testing?
  • If baby is breech, what do you suggest to try to encourage them to turn?
  • How “late” can baby be and still be under your care?
  • What testing do you recommend for post date (after 41 weeks) babies?
  • Are you okay with me taking my blood pressure at home before an appointment and sending you a picture of the reading? (this is huge for someone with white coat syndrome!)
  • If I am approaching 42 weeks, what do you suggest for getting labor started?

Labor/Postpartum

  • Are you trained in neonatal resuscitation?
  • Do you do PKU testing?
  • How do you feel about dad catching?
  • How do you feel about some or all of the kids being present (with someone specifically there to take them out if need be)?
  • What do you do if labor stalls or goes for an extended period?
  • How long do you allow for laboring after water has broken?
  • Do you do placenta encapsulation?
  • Are you okay with waiting for the placenta to be delivered before cutting the cord?
  • Do you have experience with postpartum hemorrhaging? Shoulder dystocia? Cord prolapse?
  • Do you know much about oral ties?
  • What do you recommend for after birth pains?
  • Do you ever pull on cord to deliver the placenta?
  • Do you suture?

What are some of your questions for interviewing potential midwives?
 
 
 

The Aprons and Pearls Linkup

Not much is new around here this week, I have a few posts in the works, but nothing finished. It has been a busy week, and this week will be busy too! Next week is a week off, so I am hoping to get several posts finished and scheduled.
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

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 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, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!
    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
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    Now, to the link-up! Just click on the blue button below to add your link, and to check out all of the links left by others! Links are sorted randomly, so no need to worry if you join us late in the game!


Happy Valentine's Day and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

A bit late, and a bit short, but here we go!
This week has been more productive around the house, not so much on the blog. I did share about the importance of being prepared for enemy attacks.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. I was hoping to have some related posts up, but life happens!
We are half way through our pregnancy! I cannot believe that we are halfway there already! Well, give or take. It is only an estimated due date.
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

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 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, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!
    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
    fe0da277-145a-4965-b39e-a835bbc51409
    Now, to the link-up! Just click on the blue button below to add your link, and to check out all of the links left by others! Links are sorted randomly, so no need to worry if you join us late in the game!


The Enemy

The Enemy @godschicki
Imagine that you are on an African safari. Something happens to your jeep and you are stranded. You are going to be more aware of the dangers around you. Especially if there are lions in the area.
You are going to make choices based on the fact that there is a lion out there seeking to eat you.
Scripture says that the devil is like a lion:

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

Let us think about that for a bit.
What are some are some of the characteristics of the prey that a lion goes after?

  • The Weak
  • The Slow
  • The Young
  • The Old
  • The Unsuspecting
  • The Isolated
  • The Injured
  • The Different

Imagine those characteristics as spiritual things. What are one or more things that you do that might put yourself in one or more of those categories?
Here are some of the thoughts that I had:

The Weak

Lack of exercise and nourishment can leave us weak. Are we feeding your soul daily? Are we working the muscles of our faith?

The Slow

Lack of sleep can leave us slow. Are we taking time to be still with God? To observe a day of rest?

The Young

Are we new in the faith? Have we found a mentor and an accountability partner?

The Old

Has our faith grown stagnant?
Sometimes we get arrogant. We think that we have nothing more to learn about God, His Word, or faith.
Have we grown weary in doing good?

The Unsuspecting

Are we preparing for the devil’s attacks by putting on the garment of praise, love, and the full armor of God? Are we familiar with your weapon?
Are we so busy that you are distracted?

The Isolated

Are we active in a community of believers? We are called to fellowship with fellow believers. Not just get our church from the tv, but really be part of the church body (yes, there are people who cannot get out of their house, but that is where the body should come in through visits, etc).
Sometimes lions will work to isolate prey. He knows that there is safety in numbers.
Imagine breaking a pencil. Not always easy, but very doable. Now, imagine holding a handful of pencils. If you have 10 pencils in your hand, it is nearly impossible to do unless you are the Incredible Hulk or Superman.

The Injured

We all feel broken at times, but we should not stay there. Allowing God to heal our brokeness is important.
Maybe we have been hurt by someone in the church.
Maybe we feel the devil’s attacks daily and that we are losing ground, we have gotten distracted by the storm.

The Different

Unlike the other things, this is not a bad thing. We are called to stand out as people of God. Sometimes that makes us easier prey because we are more visible. In this case, it is encouraging when we face trials for a our faith.
 
 
We must live our lives like we are being sought by a prowling lion. Preparing for the daily spiritual warfare.
How do you prepare yourself for the day, and more specifically, for the enemy’s attacks? What are some verses that you use to sword fight?
 

Aprons & Pearls Linkup

Another quiet week here on the blog. Mostly because I am trying to get stuff done at home!
I did take some time to update a few posts. Mostly just putting Pinnable images on them, but I did redo a few things as well.
We are renewing our focus on prayer, I share a bit about it in Pray Without Ceasing and Prayers in Parenting. It is an important facet of our faith, and we need to be more intentional about it.
There are several posts in the works, I am hoping to he them ready to publish later this week.
I am excited about the Olympics starting this weekend. I will be missing the opening ceremonies for the first time that I can remember.
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

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 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, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!
    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
    fe0da277-145a-4965-b39e-a835bbc51409
    Now, to the link-up! Just click on the blue button below to add your link, and to check out all of the links left by others! Links are sorted randomly, so no need to worry if you join us late in the game!