Wellness Wednesday – Challenge Check-in


(MR) So it’s been a week since I started my October challenges.  Thought I’d let do a little update on how it’s going. The Ultimate Blogging Challenge has been a lot of fun.  I’ve been posting every day and connecting with other bloggers too.The health and fitness challenges are going great too! 10 minutes of “me time” – this one ... Read More »

Challenge Yourself!


For the month of October, I have gotten involved in a number of challenges.  I’m a very competitive person, and I do better with goals if I have a challenge or competition.  These challenges all happened to fall on the same month, so I’m doing a lot of self-improvement these days.  It’ll be a great way to head into the ... Read More »

Getting a Reluctant Napper into Bed


This isn’t a long or complicated post, but I thought that I’d share anyways, just in case it might help someone else get their little person into the crib for a nap!  My little guy is now 25 months.  He still sleeps in a crib – we’re happy about that, he doesn’t seem to mind, and he’s only climbed out ... Read More »

Oral Rehydration Solution (Homemade Pedialyte/Electrolyte Subsitute)


 Over (Canadian) Thanksgiving, our whole family (well, except for the 2 month old infant, thankfully!) caught the stomach flu – or gastroenteritis.  Blech.  The only thing worse than spending the day throwing up (and other things) is having to watch your almost 2-year old get sick all over himself – it’s such a traumatic and scary event for the little ... Read More »

Helpful Hints for Calming Aching, Swollen Throats


 JvO  Wow.  It’s been a few months since I’ve posted!  In the meantime, I finished work, had a baby, had several colds, mastitis, and the flu.  The sore throat that I experienced seems to be making its way around again, based on the statuses I’ve seen on facebook!  After all, ’tis the season! I thought I’d jot down some of ... Read More »

25+ Natural Earache Remedies


MR – When we first published our post about Earache Remedies, we were just looking to share a few ideas that worked for our kids, and were looking for more hints and tips from others.  And wow – did we EVER get a lot!   That post is our most-viewed and most-repinned of all our posts.  At some point in time, ... Read More »

All-Natural Cooking Spray


Saw this pin a few weeks ago…homemade cooking spray.  I thought you would need one of those fancy pump oil-spray bottles (ie. Pampered Chef), but apparently you can do it with just a spray bottle and some water with the oil. As I was reading the instructions on my no-name “Pam”-type spray, I saw the ingredients: Canola oil (okay), soy ... Read More »

“I Can’t Believe it’s Not Ice Cream!”


It looked too easy – ice cream made from four frozen bananas processed in the food processor until it became smooth and creamy. Add a scoop of peanut butter, some cocoa powder and it’s done.  And it’s supposed to taste like ice cream? I tried it with 2 of my kids. They loved pulsing the food processor, and of course, ... Read More »

Homemade Deoderant


I’ve been toying with the idea of homemade deoderant for a long time.  There are so many chemicals in that store-bought stuff, and we’re always looking for ways to go more natural.  I think I’ve pinned about 6 different versions of it, and most of them use a combination of coconut oil, cornstarch and baking soda.  This one seemed the most ... Read More »