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Homemade Disinfectant Wipes

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I recently made these wipes with my mom and really like them! My mom sells essential oils so she likes to experiment with different ways to use them. We made a bunch to keep in the kitchen and each of our bathrooms for different cleaning purposes. P.S. they are safe to use on glass, just use a dry rag to dry the surface off after cleaning them with the wipes.

Anyways, on to the recipe…

 

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You will need:

1 quart mason jars

1 cup water

1 cup white vinegar

15 drops grapefruit seed extract

15 drops Bergamot essential oil

 

You can also use lemon essential oil but we were out that day, so couldn’t use any.

Like I mentioned earlier, my mom sells Young Living Essential Oils. You can visit her website to order some! I absolutely LOVE them and recommend them to everyone!

Back to the wipes…

We had extra large wipes, so we could only fit five in one jar. But whatever size rages you have, fill up your mason jar and pour the mixture in on top of them. We made six jars of wipes, one for the kitchen, one for each of our three bathrooms, and two extras.

They work nicely and smell all squeaky clean-like!

I hope you try and enjoy the all-natural cleaning wipes!

Things to Consider as a Future Mother and Homemaker {link up}

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Yesterday I had the enormous pleasure of writing over at A Mama’s Story on things young unmarried ladies can do now in preparation for their future roles as mother and homemaker.

“One thing I enjoy doing is reading about motherhood/homemaking, and listening to mothers discuss different ways of doing things in their home, especially parenting. I pray that one day God blesses me and my future husband with children, so I have been learning about different things and forming my opinions about how I will do things both as a mother and homemaker. I know that there will be numerous things I will have to learn as I go, but I think it is important for young ladies to do their research and have some kind of an idea of where they stand on important decisions. Our culture is so focused on all kinds of education, and so NOT focused on important preparation for marriage and motherhood, which a large majority of women will enter into. But I encourage you, young ladies, to start learning and preparing now for these future responsibilities God may give to you.”

Visit A Mama’s Story blog to read the rest of Things To Consider As A Future Mother and Homemaker

 

Enjoy!

Blessings,

Maiya

 

Calendar/Planner Dilemma – And My Solution

In honor of Mother’s Day being yesterday, I have asked my own mama to post on my blog on Mondays for “Mama Mondays” on Blessings, Bliss, and Bedlam! She agreed and I am so excited to have her publish the second Monday of each month.

She in a wonderful homeschooling mama of eight, pregnant with her ninth, military wife to an incredible husband and father, and Christ-follower. She has been asked a lot about how she organizes this big ole family, so she decided to “tell all” in her first blog post!

So, without further ado, here it is!

 

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For years I had a dilemma when it came to keeping my family’s calendar organized. Which method to use? A paper planner has nice, quick access, but if they have enough space for a large family like mine, they can get pretty bulky. A computer program can have a well-organized look and entering data is usually pretty easy, but a computer is not great for quick reference. And neither gets used by the rest of the family!

 

So which method should I use to keep my family organized?

 

Why not both?

 

To combine the best of both worlds, I use Outlook and print off a hard copy.

 

Once a week, I sit down to the computer to enter appointments, activities, etc into Outlook.

 

Once I finish updating Outlook, I print off the next six weeks of the calendar.

 

The hard copy of the next six weeks is placed on a clipboard and hung up in a high traffic area. If anyone has an activity or appointment they need to add, they can write it on the hard copy. To ask permission for an outing, the kids will usually write the details on a sticky note and place the note on the appropriate date.

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I also have a 17×23 dry erase board hanging next to the clipboard where I write today’s schedule and tomorrow’s schedule each day. We also have a fun countdown going at the top of the dry erase board which is usually for birthdays, holidays, or Dad’s homecoming from deployment.

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With about 15 minutes of planning each week, this method keeps our family well organized. With our time anyway…

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Homemade Cornbread Recipe

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My family loves this recipe! So whenever we have chili or anything else cornbread would go well with, I whip up a batch of this wonderful recipe! I hope you enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 cup cornmeal

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/3 cup honey

1/2 cup yogurt (or sour cream)

1/2 cup milk

1/2 stick butter (melted)

 

Preheat oven to 375*F (see bottom for cast iron skillet tip/instructions)

Mix dry ingredients together and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients and add to dry ingredients. Mix together thoroughly, but don’t beat it.

I love baking my cornbread in a cast iron skillet, and if you would like to do that… pour enough oil into your pan to lightly and evenly grease the bottom. Set it in the oven while your oven is preheating. When it’s ready, pull it out, pour in your batter, put it back in the oven.

Bake for 15-18 minutes

I love to serve this hot with a pad of butter. Yummy! Enjoy!

Freezer Breakfasts

I enjoy trying my hand at making healthy, whole-grain foods, especially for breakfast. But usually for breakfast my family tries to move along quickly so we can clean up and get the kids’ school books on the table to start the day. That never leaves enough time for me to prepare and serve things like pancakes and muffins each morning (unless I got up earlier than I already do) for breakfast. So, a few months ago I started making whole-grain breakfast foods ahead of time, packaging them up in individual serving-sized bags, and freezing them. This has worked out wonderfully!

I whip up a (BIG) batch of either pancake (or muffin) batter…

Be creative with it! I have a basic buttermilk whole-wheat pancake recipe, and then I add it different ingredients. I’ve done banana and pecan, chocolate chip, pumpkin, and apple cinnamon before. I also do the same for muffins, too. If you like doing waffles, or scones that would probably work just as well!

And package them up…

2 per sandwich-sized bags

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And freeze them (we have a drawer in the bottom of one of our freezers for my breakfast foods)…

Make sure when you’re packaging them up that they are completely cooled. Otherwise, the pancakes will be a terror to try to separate from each other after frozen.

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All we have to do in the morning is grab a bag, warm it up, and eat it! Yummy!

I started doing this to try to get whole-grains into our day, and so far it has worked pretty well. Not everyone eats the pancakes/muffins/etc every day, because we also have a couple other breakfast options. But for the most part, I have been happy with how it is working!

Have you ever done anything like this before for your family? How did it work and what did you make?