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 »

High Fat, High Protien Diet for Children

My son has been struggling (very dramatically) with constipation issues over the last 5 months – and for someone only 14 months old, that’s an awfully long time!  I tried increasing his liquid intake, decreasing his milk, increasing fibre, and it wasn’t until I started to decrease wheat products that we began to see a difference.  The Doctor was of ... Read More »

Home Remedies for Headaches


  I tend to get headaches when a new weather system is heading our way – and they’re even worse when I’m pregnant.  I try to keep Tylenol as a last-resort, even when I’m not pregnant, because I think that headaches are caused by something particular in my environment / day (not wearing my glasses, not drinking enough water, staring ... Read More »

Earache Remedies – Natural Care for Sore Ears


Because of all the interest and discussion about the Homemade Cough Remedy, I thought I’d share our remedies for earaches. We were away for the weekend and didn’t have much with us to treat any problems, but my 4-year old came to us, crying about his ear.  I gave him some Tylenol and hoped that would help – I really ... Read More »

Homemade Cough Remedy


Our house in the winter time is constantly full of coughs.  We have puffers for 3 of the boys, and a diagnosis of “possible asthma.”  That just means that they end up pretty sick from a common cold, and their coughing is constant.  Even throughout the night I hear them coughing and coughing.  The puffers seem to help sometime, but ... Read More »

Toilet “Learning” Strategy


I’m so used to using the phrase toilet training,  but apparently the correct phrase is “toilet learning.”  Either way, we’re working with our 3-year old who has absolutely no interest in sitting on the toilet (“I’ll do it later, Mommy.”). I came across this guest post on the blog, I Can Teach My Child  I love this blog, and the idea ... Read More »