Baby Mark

It’s been…yeah. Way too long since I posted here. Thought about it a lot but the further behind in life I got the less blogging seemed like the thing to do.

So. Let’s see. Since I last checked in on the blogging world we got pregnant with a very surprise baby. He made it past those perilous first weeks and into the safer waters of the second and then third trimester. The Doodles and Cman were super excited to be getting a little sibling. Doodles voted, lobbied, prayed and then acted in complete and total faith that said sibling would be a girl. The poor ultrasound tech that delivered the news that the baby was a *boy* and not a girl received the death stare and was informed she must be mistaken…check again by the Doodles. Finally resigning herself to the reality that two little brothers were immediately on her horizon she adopted a philosophical attitude about it.

Our little BabyMark arrived after several weeks of off and on midwife mandated bed-rest, LOTS of prodromal labor and exhausting life logistics as we shuttled ourselves back and forth from The Farm Birth Center and the little cottage that became our home away from home as we anticipated Mark’s arrival.

He was born into the water just like his siblings were. We were blessed to have the most supportive, loving and cheerful group of labor support ever. Our Farm birth experience was amazing and we’ll always remember the wonderful women-birth-servants who work there with such respect, kindness and professional wisdom.

Life with three is interesting. It’s a bigger struggle to get things done, that is for sure. Laundry and household messes seemed to double overnight. I love the freedom to take a few minutes, an hour or a day as needed and just focus on our three little people. Still keeping up with work as I am able to in between caring for a bigger than ever personal life.

Both Cman and BabyMark are in cloth diapers. Need to write another blogpost about cloth diapers again. Still a huge fan and cloth diapering has saved us so so much money in addition to being a totally fun fashion statement. Cman loves choosing between different patterns of pocket diapers and is already making his own sense of style be known. Think brilliant orange diaper with soccer balls on it. Hands down favorite!

The next few months promise to be overwhelming. Have to produce both a Beeyoutiful Catalog, a BeeyoutifulSkin Makeup Catalog and prepare for a huge conference all at the same time. Somewhere in there will be attending the birth of a dear friend as a Doula if all goes according to plan.

It’s a crazy, wonderful, loving, demanding, fulfilling and exhausting life I am blessed to live right now. These little peoples years may be the hardest in terms of juggling personal life and business needs but pretty sure it’s safe to say they are the sweetest and the reality of how incredibly lucky I am to enjoy every one of our children is never too far from my reality. 

Hopefully I can get back to posting every so often again. At least any yummy food stuffs. Delicious food still makes me happy. Very happy. 

The wee hours of the morning have arrived and the littlest one will be waking up soon to eat so I’d better close this out. A few pictures are attached below for your viewing enjoyment! They were taken by our wonderful birth Photographer, Cindy Sarlo.  We were thankful to have her there to document labor and our first moments of meeting sweet BabyMark. 

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Rosemary Lemonade: Simple and Delicious

Rosemary Lemonade

Rosemary Lemonade

A favorite beverage in our house is fresh lemonade. The tart sour of fresh lemon juice mixes beautifully with the sharp sweetness of Beeyoutiful’s debittered liquid Stevia. A really nice treat graduates to something bordering on the divine when a sprig of fresh Rosemary is added. Allowing the lemonade to steep with the rosemary for 30 min or more gives it such a unique and delicious flavor! The longer the Rosemary is left in the Lemonade the richer the flavor becomes. Not only does the Rosemary add an amazing flavor you get all of the health benefits that Rosemary brings to the table as an herb as well. 

Want to take it to the next level? Mix 50/50 Black Mango tea with this Rosemary Lemonade and serve over ice. You are officially ready for front porch sitting on a warm spring or summer day. Enjoy!

 

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies: Grain and Dairy Free

Our kids have been sick over the past week. Because of that I’ve had them on a strict no treats diet to help their bodies fight it off better. They are almost totally better now so last night I decided to make them a treat!

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies: Grain and Dairy Free

Ingredients

  • 4 Ripe Bananas
  • 1 Cup Raw Almond Butter
  • 2 Free range eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Honey OR French Vanilla Liquid Stevia to taste.
  • 2 Teaspoons Coconut Flour (leave out if you use Stevia instead of honey)
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup Dried, unsweetened Coconut Chips. Can substitute with Flakes
  • Small bag of gluten free mini chocolate chips (Optional!)
  • Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger

Pre-heat oven to 350. Mash Bananas up until smooth. Add Almond butter and mix until well blended. Add Eggs, honey (or Stevia) and Vanilla. Add Baking Soda, Coconut Flour, Cinnamon and Sea Salt. Mix well. Taste and adjust sweetener if needed. Add chocolate chips and Coconut Chips. Mix well. Prepare baking pans with Parchment paper. Pour dough onto paper using 1/4 cup measuring cup. Cookies will expand while baking so leave plenty of room. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool before lifting off of the pan. If you can’t wait, scrape it off with a spoon and enjoy with raw milk.

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Garlic Kale Salad

I’m not a huge fan of raw greens. For many reasons. One of which is the issue of the anti-nutrients that cooking or culturing neutralizes in greens. So, even if I loved them, raw greens are still not a great idea from a nutritional standpoint on a frequent basis. A couple of years ago though I had a delicious raw kale salad served as a side at a slow food restaurant. It was so yummy 2 years later I still think about it every time I prepare Kale. So, tonight, I threw together a knock-off version of it using the delicious, mild and delicate curly leaf kale provided by our wonderful Winter CSA. Got some recipe ideas from a couple of on-line sources and cobbled together my own. It’s yummy. I ate 3 servings of it in one sitting.

Garlic Kale Salad

  • 2 bunches curly leaf kale (although any kind of Kale will do)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (raw is useful because the extra enzymes in it make the kale more nutritionally accessible in it’s raw state)
  • 3 large cloves raw garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cultured g/f soy sauce (Can substitute Coconut Amino Acids in it’s place if soy needs to be avoided at all costs)
  • 1 minced anchovy fillet or 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste (this is totally optional but please don’t leave it out even if you typically think of anchovies as disgusting. It simply adds a bit of mild salty tang with no residual fish taste once it’s blended into the whole recipe)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Strip leaves from the stems (discard stems). Wash and dry the leaves. Tear the leaves into small pieces and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add Parmesan, oil, lemon juice, garlic, soy sauce, anchovy (if using), pepper and salt. With clean hands, firmly massage and crush the greens to work in the flavoring. Stop when the volume of greens is reduced by about half. The greens should look a little darker and somewhat shiny. Taste and adjust seasoning with more Parmesan, lemon juice, garlic, soy sauce and/or pepper, if desired.
  3. Leave for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop. Can be made a day ahead and stored in refrigerator. Tastes bolder and more flavorful the second day!

Garlic Kale Salad

KidTales

Our kids are pretty hilarious. At least we think so. I don’t normally share their stories on my blog and typically they get posted in snippets on facebook. Have decided to dedicate some blog space to the funny, crazy, exasperating or amusing stuff our kids fill our lives with.

Tis only fair. They firmly believe in tattling on each other or us to the world at large. Plus one day I’ll want accessible documentation that they really did do all the things I vaguely remember them doing.

As a point of reference, Doodles is 5 goin’ on 6 and Cman is 15 months old.

Doodles is on a bathroom privacy kick. For herself of course, as parents we still don’t qualify as requiring privacy in the bathroom. Heh. She’s starting to grasp the concept of knocking first but it still evades her in times of crisis. Crisis being defined as a stubbed toe, hang nail, feedback on a meal or an announcement of how she happens to be feeling at the moment.

This afternoon she’s in the bathroom with the door shut humming a tune from Dumbo while she brushes her hair for the umpteenth time. C knocks at the door. Doodles says “Who is it?” C knocks again triggering a full on sisterly lecture: “Is it my brother Caleb??? CALEB! You know that girls need their private time! You can’t just interrupt a girl in the bathroom like that! What could you possibly need? You are wearing a diaper so if you need to pee just goahead and pee already and if you need to poop I know Mom will change you and I just played with you and right now it’s my PRIVATE TIME brushing my hair and maybe my teeth so just *leave*”

C knocks again and smooshes his nose against the crack in the door and croons “Hi dere” in a sweet baby voice.

Cman Standing at a door

Cman Standing at a door

Insert long pause from inside the inner fortress of a girls private sanctum before the response in a choked up emotional voice…

“Ohmygoodness. You just said Hi to me. That is *so sweet* of you! (opens door) Ok you can watch me brush my hair I guess.”

C with a huge grin trundles straight into the bathroom lugging his truck. He all but gave her a high five. Totally a triumphant moment for him.

The master button pusher just got played by a 15 month old. I enjoyed it for all of 30 seconds before it dawned on me that now I have *two* of them fully capable of master level button pushing.

I’m officially in trouble x2.

Learning What Not to Be

Seems like everything related to the world of being a Mom is complex, complicated, fraught with controversy at every turn and chock full of freely expressed personal opinions. Not to mention the black and white “this is universally wrong” and “these things are universally good” camps.

It can be exhausting. As if just the straight up survival of pregnancy, kids, work and life wasn’t tiring enough. It’s important though so we keep slogging through information, keep digging down to the next layer of reserves and keep searching for any small improvements over where we are.

Lately I’ve been trying to come to grips with what being a Good Mom means to me. And, subsequently, to my kids. I grew up in and run around in a lot of homeschool circles. Along with a lot of very conservative Christian crowds where the definitions and teachings of what constitutes the high and holy calling of being a wife and mother can get pretty close to 100% martyrdom with calls to lay down your life, your sleep, your right to self, and any number of other ‘selfish’ things. Conversely I’ve seen a lot of women who just flat out don’t “get” why their life priorities, bodies or anything else should have to change to accomodate children. Children should simply arrive into their lives with as little discomfort as possible, be scheduled into submission as soon as possible and life inconveniences caused by said children is to be resented to the fullest.

Either end of this spectrum has me squirming in discomfort. It seems increasingly difficult to choose my own path of what constitutes me being a good Mom to our kids. Sometimes my priorities shift on a day to day basis and other times I feel comfortable making a plan and holding the course for weeks to months at a time with only the most minor of tweaks. I am still a very long way from figuring out what I should be…but, I do feel as though I’ve gotten a lot closer to what I should not be.

Our kids need a Mom who is their Mom. As unique as they are. And, if you’ve met my kids you know that is preeeeety far down the scale from normal or average. I should not be like any other Mom who is following a life plan that reads more like a personality profile dictated by a Preacher, Teacher, Politician, Psychologist or the opinionated neighbor down the street.

I should not be guilted into a deferential facade when socializing around parents who’s parenting philosophies differ sharply from my own. Even if they freely express disparaging comments about the very parenting techniques I am choosing to use.

I should never ever be ashamed or embarrassed by our children. Motivated to work harder on problem areas? Sure. Pray they don’t catch some awful disease from the bugger they just consumed out of their nose? Absolutely. But that is a whole lot different than smarting under the shame of a child who has failed behavioral expectations by being ::shock:: a child. Even a precociously brilliant social un conformist of a child.

I should not let my world revolve around our children to the point of my entire being and identity is swallowed up by who and what they are. Or what they are eating. Or pooping. Or saying. Or wearing. Mommyhood may be what takes up the vast majority of my mental, physical reserves and time these days but it should not be what primarily defines me as a human being. My husband married a woman who was not a living incubator, doubling as a milk cow or a drill sergeant attempting to structure a daily routine and work around offspring. He deserves to see a glimpse of the pre-child woman he married every so often and amazingly enough, kids deserve to see that Mom is a whole lot more than *just* Mom. Keeping that woman with interests and conversational abilities beyond what the 2 yo managed to flush down the toilet today alive may mean cutting corners off the idealistic self imposed perfect Mom profile we all keep in the back of our minds to flog ourselves with occasionally. We all know we can’t live up to the Perfect Mom Profile and it’s very existence is merely a tool by which to torture ourselves with yet we hang onto some customized version of it anyway. I should not model self torture to our children.

I should never ever pretend to be perfect. Our kids are gonna fail. Are going to make mistakes. I’m definitely going to fail them and fail myself. A harder lesson than achieving life success is learning how to accept that life is hard. Life is messy. Life contains mistakes. Sometimes a lot of them. Personal responsibility, learning how to apologize and work to make wrongs right are far more valuable lessons than learning how to build a good image.

I should not rescue them from life. Every instinct of my mother-bear nature wants to help them up the ladder at the playground. Wants to intervene when the bully kid walks up and fires off an insult while evaluating if my kid is their next favorite target. Wants to hide them away from the ugliness that rears it’s head in even the most innocent places of the world around us. Wants to pretend that childhood is all lemondrops, rainbows, unicorns, magic and marshmallows (hfcs free of course). There is a time and place for appropriate parental involvement and presence to be made known. But our kids deserve the chance to see if they can figure out how to balance on their own before being swooped down on by RescueMom. If they can come up with a way to deal with the bully and turn them into a friend. To identify and express outrage against the injustices of this world as only the mind of a child can.

And perhaps most important of all? I should not be afraid. Of being different. Of being the same. Of failing. Of getting old. Of being tired. Of not getting enough done. Of doing too much. Of pushing too hard. Of being too lenient. Of being a Mom. Even if childrearing is by far the scariest thing I’ve ever done. It’s Ok though. One day I’ll actually go skydiving and then childrearing won’t seem scary at all.

I’m off to kiss our sleeping kids. Sweet rosy cheeks tucked away in bed with unruly blonde hair spilling all over the place. I should not allow my heart to actually burst with love and adoration as I gaze at them. On second thought, maybe I can just let that one slide. Just this once.

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Chocolate Nut Fudge Brownies: The Healthy Version

Chocolate Nut Fudge Brownies

Chocolate Nut Fudge

  • 1 Cup Coconut Cream (Can be purchased here: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com)
  • 2 Large Pastured Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Honey
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Organic Raw Chocolate (Can substitute with whatever cocoa you have on hand if necessary)
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla
  • 1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips (Optional!)
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans (I personally used Pecans)

1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees (300 for convection oven). Grease an 8×8 Pan. I used Spray Olive Oil.

2. In a large bowl measure out all ingredients and mix until combined. My Coconut Cream was very lumpy and because I chose to mix by hand small lumps were still present in the batter. If you wish everything to be fully mixed definitely use a mixer. We personally like the little tiny chunks of the pure coconut cream in the brownies. Added nice moist texture. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 20-25 minutes. Try not to over bake; the top will be slightly crispy and the middle is fudgey and *very* moist.

Allow brownies to cool in pan before attempting to cut. These are incredibly tender and fudge like. Slice into small bars and enjoy!

Fudge Brownies!

Back in the Saddle Again

After the birth of our little C-man I quit work. As in, really quit. Walked away, didn’t do from home projects or anything else. Attempted to start up a little home biz doing crafty things and had a lot of fun crocheting projects. Didn’t sell a single item but it was fun regardless.

DaMan shouldered everything I had previously been helping with and soldiered on alone for the first time since we started the company. After a few months of that I had a “please come back” job offer on the table. Which I declined. Again. And again. And again and again. I really really meant it this time. I WAS DONE. Finished. Kaput. No.more.work.

Finally they came up with a scenario even my cold hearted anti working woman’s heart couldn’t say no to. After some negotiations it was decided that I would come back and run the company for 2 months while DaMan worked from home part time and did full time childcare. This new structure was set to commence at the beginning of Nov.

November saw my return to work life off with a bang. Our little family traveled by train from TN to CA to attend the Weston A. Price 2012 Conference being held in San Jose. It was time to take the http://www.beeyoutifulskin.com makeup line public in a big way. 3 days and 3 nights on a train going there and the same to return. Along with about a bazillion lbs. of luggage since we were packing 1500 catalogs and all the supplies and full makeup inventory to supply a booth in addition to our personal belongings. Ooph. It was epic, super hard, super amazing trip.

Caleb waving hello to me in the train car on a brief walkabout on one of the stops

Caleb waving hello to me in the train car on a brief walkabout on one of the stops

Our poor kids are going to be champion travelers whether they like it or not the way we drag them all over the place. At the conference one of the ladies that came by the booth asked where those “free range children are??” Momentarily confused, thinking she must be referring to one of the many free range farmers represented at the conference and perhaps one of their children she quickly corrected me “No no those two little blond kids who just free ranged around saying hi to everybody and visiting. They were so cute!!” Oh (gulp) THOSE free range kids. Those are mine. Yup. Free range kids.

Free Range Kids

Free Range Kids

We were blessed to work with a lot of people who pulled their weight plus some in the days leading up to the conference and then through the super long, super hard days of the conference itself. What happened at our booth is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. We had a *crowd* of ladies from morning till night, oftentimes standing in line to check out the makeup. The excitement and positive response to the line was wonderful and overwhelming. The three ladies who worked with me at the conference spent loooooong hard hours on their feet and woke up the next day to do it all over again…and again. They were amazing. It was so wonderful to get to meet so many women in person who are excited about a truly pure makeup. Made all the hard months of work that went into the line feel worth it.

BeeyoutifulSkin Booth at the 2012 WAPF Conference in San Jose

BeeyoutifulSkin Booth at the 2012 WAPF Conference in San Jose

We are scrambling to get caught up from the conference whirlwind now that we are back in TN. Top priority is to get a http://www.beeyoutiful.com catalog out the door. Speaking of if you have a story to tell involving you, friend or family member and a Beeyoutiful product I’d love to hear about it! If it is something we end up publishing you’ll be getting something as a “thank you” as well.

I’m overdue to work on some other writing projects. Will try to be back and blog about something that is actually interesting or informative soon.

MellowMallows: Homemade Marshmallows

Our family is going on what we hope to become an Annual camping event with friends and family. It’s been fun to plan and anticipate the trip. One of the top items on my “to buy” list for the trip was corn syrup free marshmallows. Because the Doodles has such severe reactions to High Fructose Corn Syrup and Corn Syrup it’s become a no-fudge or exception item. We stopped by Whole Foods in hopes of finding the pillowy treats there. After searching the store top to bottom I finally found some tiny little bags of powdered treats. I did mention tiny right? The price tag *wasn’t* so tiny. At more than $6 per bag and figuring that it would take at least 3 bags just for our small family to have 2 nights of roasting around the fire it made them way too expensive for my budget.

A friend came to the rescue and posted this recipe for homemade marshmallows. I love Alton Brown. He loves food and manages to mix science and food together in ways that my brain can actually understand.

Since his recipe called for a couple of items on my DoNotBuyEverAgain list I decided to modify it with some ingredient substitutions and changed up the amounts as well based on what I had on hand.

    • 3 packages unflavored gelatin (I used Knox)
    • 1 cup ice cold water, divided
    • 1 1/2 cups raw sugar
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup Powder Sugar
    • 1/4 cup potato starch
    • Olive Oil Spray
    • Optional! All Natural food dye added until desired color is reached. We chose to use Pink because these are primarily for the Doodles and she kinda has a thing for pink right now.

    Directions

    Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.

    Knox Gelatin

    Knox Gelatin

    Knox gelatin mixed with cold water

    Knox gelatin mixed with cold water

    In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, honey and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 12 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.

    Bubbling honey and sugar mixture

    Bubbling honey and sugar mixture

    Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and food dye drops (if you decide to use any) during the last minute of whipping.

    When syrup was first added to gelatin

    When syrup was first added to gelatin

    Starting to get nice and thick!

    Starting to get nice and thick!

    While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.

    Combine the powdered sugar and Potato Starch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and potato starch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.

    A side note about reading labels: The last time I bought powdered sugar it used Arrowroot powder which I prefer. This time it had Tapioca Starch. Label reading fail.

    Label on back of powdered sugar bag

    Label on back of powdered sugar bag

    When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

    Mallow Mixture in prepared pans

    Mallow Mixture in prepared pans

    Tops dusted

    Tops dusted

    Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners’ sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. I cut most of them in the squares as suggested but experimented with cutting one in a heart shape. It came out pretty cute!

    Pink HeartaMellow

    Pink HeartaMellow

    Pink Mallow Squares

    Pink Mallow Squares

    These were pretty delicious. My Man informs me they remind him of Peeps because they have a softer, more delicate texture than regular marshmallows do. I trial roasted one over a hot eye and they melt faster than the average mallow that is for sure. They will be *amazing* in hot drinks.

     

 

First Aid for Colds

We are all familiar with the necessity and just good ol’ common sense of keeping around a First Aid kit in our homes and cars. It isn’t that we plan for accidents or injuries to happen just makes sense to be prepared for that “just incase” possibility. These days our injury oriented first aid kit is stocked with items like Miracle, OwEase, Bee’s Aid and various essential oils. The homeopathic form of Arnica and activated charcoal have also become permanent fixtures.

I’ve been thinking lately that I should keep an illness first aid kit stocked. Not that I am planning on illness but if preparedness with a scraped knee or bee sting is common sense why wouldn’t the same rule apply for colds, sniffles or allergies? If we get sick there are certain items I need and often times don’t have on hand. Some of them are easy to replace and others not so much. Especially for the items that require a lot of effort to find or might be difficult to find at all it is especially important to deliberately keep those items on hand.

So, what would a First Aid Kit for Colds look like in our house? I made a list. Cuz I love lists. Lists are my friend. They help me out a lot in life. You should make friends with lists too if you haven’t already. 😉

  • Raw local Honey. Indefinite shelf life. Can be difficult to locate so always keep a supply on hand.
  • Real from healthy bones and joints from scratch Chicken or bone Broth to the tune of 1/2 a gallon minimum standing by in the freezer. I wrote about how to make bone broth and about some of it’s incredible healing properties here.
  • Jars of rich bone broth

    Jars of rich bone broth

  • Herbal Teas from Traditional Medicinals My personal favorites are the Throat Coat for Kids, Throat Coat for Adults, Breath Easy and Gypsy Cold Care. These Teas are shelf stable for a good long while and are wonderfully soothing and beneficial. Especially for those prone to asthmatic complications of various illnesses.

    Breath Easy

    Breath Easy

  • Fresh Garlic, preferably organic. Whole Heads of garlic last me anywhere from 1 to 3 months depending on the average temp in my kitchen. I re-stock as soon as I’m down to 1 head. Poultices use up garlic pretty fast and for an average cold for 4 people doing poultices several times a day you can easily use up 5 to 6 heads worth. So, when I re-stock that is the amount I shoot for. We also eat a lot of fresh garlic. If I see it starting to sprout or shrivel I make a point of using fresh garlic for the next couple of meals and replenish the supply my next shopping trip. Need to learn how to do a garlic poultice? I made this video a while back and it covers the how-to in all it’s simplicity. 🙂 Just click Garlic Poultice Tutorial
  • Winter Breeze. This is one of the best products ever. It’s a necessity in our house. You know about Vick’s Vapor Rub? This is like that only waaaay better. Better FOR you because it doesn’t have icky petroleum based ingredients and WORKS better due to the high powered ingredients it’s made from. It is super effective and actually helps to kick whatever the problem is much faster because the oils in it are antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti viral not to mention lung and sinus soothing and nasal passage opening. Massaged over chest and back if there is a tight cough, on the soles of feet for pretty much everything and around the nose for sinus pressure and stuffy noses. Child safe and (after testing for sensitivity) safe for use on infants feet.
  • BerryWell. This is a one stop shopping spot for convenient yet incredibly effective cold and allergy superhero. It’s expensive and sometimes goes out of stock but it has a VERY long shelf life so there is no reason to wait till the last minute to get it and risk having to wait a week or more to get it in your hands. It works best the earlier into a situation you take it so having it on the shelf ready to go is by far the best policy. I try to keep 2 to 4 bottles on my back shelf for that *just incase* scenario.
  • Probiotics. I’m fairly flexible on which one, but infusions of broad spectrum good bacterial are crucial for helping the gut get a handle on whatever war is being waged in the body. The vast majority of our immune system is regulated in our yards of GI track so dumping some reinforcements down there when dealing with an illness, even if it isn’t a stomach oriented problem is a good policy.
  • Essential Oils. These multi faceted tools are useful for everything really and First Aid for sicknesses is no exception. Not only can they be used in a myriad of remedies to directly fight the illness and symptoms in the body they can also be used in cleaners around the house to keep the sickness from spreading.

Those comprise my Sickness First Aid Essentials. All of these items are multi faceted. You’ll probably find yourself reaching for various ones for totally different reasons than an illness. The trick in my experience is to keep them on hand because illnesses don’t come with a 1 week advance notice so you can have time to scramble and assemble some last minute troops to fight it with. Wish I had a dollar for every time a desperate Mom called me when I was taking customer service calls with Beeyoutiful begging for a next day shipping option and willing to pay a ridiculous amount to have it shipped fast because her family had been struck down by an illness of some sort and she was out of Berrywell or some other crucial immune boosting supplement.

Doodlebug curled up in her chair on a cold winter day

Doodlebug curled up in her chair on a cold winter day

Be prepared! Get prepared! Go take stock and make sure you have enough resources on hand to fight something from day one.  And while you are checking your families sickness inventory let me know what you consider to be crucial. What is the one thing you never ever want to be without no matter what?