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5 ingredient deodorant

hello friends!

this post has been a looooonnnnnnggggg time coming!

i gave up deodorant about 10 years ago after reading about all of the disgusting toxins that exist in most commercial brands. i wasn’t into making my own products yet at that point, so i just went without! eventally that became…. hmmmm…. unacceptable. haha. i needed to find a solution without exchanging my health for a social circle.

ingredients:

2 T arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)

1 T baking soda

1 T coconut oil

1 T shea butter

10 drops essential oil (i used orange)

melt the shea and coconut oils in a double-boiler. while they’re melting, measure out the dry ingredients into a bowl or mug. pour the melted oils into the dry ingredients, and mix them well. then add your preferred scent, mix, and pour into your storage container.

oh!!! i want to talk about this: please don’t buy dollar store cheapo plastic containers for all of your potions! the chemicals in the plastic leech into your “natural products”, and basically defeat the purpose of making your own. i use glass jam jars which can be purchased at canadian tire, amazon, or any department store once canning season starts. they’re reusable too!

as for application of the deodorant- yes, you have to actually use your finger to apply it, and it’s not weird. i mean, you already made the deodorant in your kitchen and are storing it in a jam jar– embrace the fact that it’s an alternate form of odour control with alternate forms of application.

as to the efficacy of the product? i love it! otherwise i wouldn’t share it. it doesn’t leave white marks on my dark clothing (apply AFTER getting dressed), and i don’t stink. it’s an “apply once a day and walk away” product.

let me know if you try this! i know several of you have been using my toothpaste recipe with great results, and i love hearing the feedback!


(LOCAL FRIENDS ONLY: as always, if you’re wanting to try this recipe but don’t want to buy the ingredients- just message me and i’ll give you a sample to try.)

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March 16, 2018 at 12:16 Leave a comment

closure

i wrote a lot last year about my new year’s resolutions, but the posts dwindled as the year progressed. so obviously my NYR to blog once a month, was a bust. here’s a break down of the 10 hopes & dreams i had for 2017:

  1. ✔️bible in a year: done, and doing it again this year- join me!
  2. ✖️blog each month: nope. i did well at the beginning of the year, but time is a speeding bullet.
  3. ✔️don’t waste: i feel like i did so well with this one! a lot of veggies were turned into stock, and i made a “leftovers bin” in the fridge to highlight what needed to be eaten. some foods sadly ended up in the compost bin. overall though, there was definite improvement and i’m calling it a success.
  4. ✔️meal planning: i got the whole family involved with picking meals to add to the menu, and made good use of the “click and collect” feature at my local grocery store. by far this was my favourite resolution of the year, as it didn’t use up my time, but rather saved it.
  5. ✖️woodworking: nah. this was a “good intentions” goal, but my life wasn’t ready for it yet.
  6. ✔️music: i practiced my flute ALOT this year! in the beginning my face hurt and i felt like i couldn’t breathe, but by the end of the year my fingers knew the notes without my having to look up charts online. if you remember, i had planned to reward myself with the purchase of a piccolo. i qualified for that reward, but piccolos are way more expensive than i thought! i might just reward myself with a tune-up on my old old flute.
  7. ✔️stretch: so good. i turned into one of those wierdos who HAD to stretch all the time regardless of the public situation, but my joints and sore muscles are very thankful for the success of this NYR.
  8. ✔️french: french netflix, podcasts, and duolingo got me through. i’m sitting at 61% fluent (according to duolingo), and i accidentally use french words in english conversation from time to time. i’m pleased with my progress so far, and can’t wait to be actually fluent some day.
  9. ✖️knit: maybe i did this one, maybe not. i dunno, i definitely didn’t do one every month, but i did make a lot of things. i just didn’t really keep track, so i don’t feel comfortable marking it as complete.
  10. ✖️home improvement: kind of the same as the knit goal– i did alot! sometimes 3 things a month, sometimes zero. so i don’t know if it averaged out sufficiently.

so i scored a 6 out of 10, and that’s better than any of my highschool grades. i still got a diploma at the end of HS though, so i’m calling 2017 a success. i learned a lot about myself through the successes and the failures, and i learned to keep it simple for 2018.

this year’s resolutions have to compete with another, longer goal that i’ve been working towards. i’ve always been goal-oriented, but flighty. so i’m returning to my monthly resolutions this year to keep me focused on my larger goal, while experiencing smaller victories month to month.

this post is getting long and wordy, so i’ll post about my 2018 goals in a separate entry. i just really hate movies/books/conversations that don’t give me closure, and leave me asking questions that can’t be answered (Inception, i’m looking at you👀), and i didn’t want to do the same thing on my blog.

how about you guys? did anyone make it through 2017 with a completed resolution (or ten)?

January 12, 2018 at 16:46 Leave a comment

family night

one of my sisters mentioned to me today, that i haven’t blogged since june. oops! my plan in january, was to blog once a month. the goal was to enjoy blogging again, but honestly, having a monthly expectation did more harm than good. i don’t like expectations placed on my creativity! i’m already a busy girl, and setting up a blogging schedule for myself just made writing feel like work.

there are a few blog posts that i’ve written mentally however, and one in particular that i’ve really been wanting to get out of my head to share with you.


several years ago, when the midgets were still very midgety, and derek and i had been working with teenagers long enough to know that sometimes families co-exist without relationships, we decided to “someday” have a weekly family night.

the pace of life picked up, then sped up, then snowballed out of control. we started to co-exist. it was time to actually do family night. here’s how it’s done:

step one: look at your calendars and pick one of the very few nights in your week when you can all be together. if you don’t have one day out of seven where you can be a family, then i suggest that you reprioritize and shuffle. once you have a day– set it in stone. issue an edict. make it law. nobody makes plans on that night.

step two/three/four… whatever. there’s really only one step (that’s why step one is the hardest and most important!)

everything else is up to you. this is how we do family night:

tacos. every single thursday. haha. tacos are one of our favourite meals, and everyone looks forward to thursday nights just for the food. your family can pick whatever meal(s) you want- just make it something that you can look forward to.

alternate planning: we take turns being responsible for what we do on family night. it really doesn’t have to be extravagant. sometimes we watch a movie, sometimes board games. derek does these really elaborate family nights where he basically turns our house into an escape room. elliot’s a fan of popcorn and the animated star trek series. i seriously get afraid when it’s anne’s turn to plan family night!

we take turns planning because we’re all different! with each of us taking turns being in control, we gain more insight into what our fellow family members are really great at, and where they find joy.

that’s the basic recipe, friends! time+food+creative freedom.

i know that we’re all in different seasons of life. i’m sure that the time will come when the kids have jobs that don’t have flexible schedules, or something will come up and we’ll just get out of the routine. *shrug* that’s life! but for NOW, in THIS season, derek and i have the amazing privilege of getting to know these not-so-little humans on a deeper level, and i’m embracing family night for as long as i’m able to.

i encourage you to give it a shot! carving out time isn’t easy, but you will never ever regret doing it!

October 25, 2017 at 12:29 Leave a comment

when life explodes

i’ve been working really diligently at pursuing my hearty list of new year’s resolutions, but the fact is- sometimes priorities HAVE to shift.  this post is about how i intend to have success in 2017, even after my world flipped upside down.

without giving too many personal details: my husband spent all of march sick, and almost all of april in the hospital. he’d been recovering at home since then, until a partial return to work this week.  

with each new phase of his illness, we have had to re-adjust what is “normal” in this house.  schedules have had to alter, and priorities have had to be down-graded.   the details are different in my story, but it’s a familiar scenario to most of us who set goals and try to keep them, no?  you’re in a groove, it’s great, then BOOM.

it’s okay to reprioritize. it’s the right thing to do when your goals are not as important as the moment you’re living in. i want to encourage you in this, because i believe it to be the difference between success and failure.  

my daily goals of practicing french, stretching & reading my bible did not fit with my new daily routine of biking to the hospital/home to feed the kids/back to the hospital.  the reality of life is that there are only 24 hours in every single day, and we are accountable for how we use them.  instead, i climbed 8 flights of stairs rather than using the elevator. i listened to french podcasts while cleaning the house once vising hours were over.  i read my bible more, desperately clinging to My Anchor in this storm. 

life is not static, and our goals and schedules must flex with it.  if you’ve been working on a new year’s resolution and were surprised with roadblocks as well- i encourage you to remember that the real goal is still exactly where it was when you started; it’s not too late to pursue it.

May 19, 2017 at 10:25 2 comments

trying new things

there’s no delicate way to avoid being laughed at for this, so i’ll just come out with it: i’m taking ballet lessons. i started in january, at the request of anne’s ballet teacher. anne’s been struggling to stay focused in class for a little while, and i was “strongly encouraged” to join in the class with her.   

if you know me, then you know that i’m the most tom-boyish, awkward, clumsy, and uncoordinated human in the world. it’s okay if you’re laughing at the idea of my dancing– i certainly laughed for days at the idea of joining the class! i laughed for days, i brainstormed ways to say “no”, i laughed some more, and then i said “yes”.

also this winter, i finally said “yes” to skiing with my friend krista, who has been inviting us to join her for years. we’ve always had something else happening on fridays, but this year the calendar finally supported the homeschool skiing lessons schedule. i’ve tried skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice climbing, and various other winter sports. and although they are a lot of fun, my lack of coordination means that i am good at none of them. 

if you were to ask me what i fear the most in this life, i would answer “regret”. so as much as i had every confidence that i would embarass myself in ballet class, and bounce down the ski hills, i HAD to say yes.  

and now, as ski lessons give way to spring, and ballet transitions into recital preparation; i can say that i’m so glad that i didn’t say “no” to either of these activities. i want to be the sort of person who always challenges herself, is always learning, and one who faces intimidation and fears.  

a year ago, my friend liz and i confronted our fears of “the man section” at the gym, and decided to pursue weight-lifting.  we refused to be intimidated by unfamiliar machines and our own inexperience. familiarity and experience came quickly.

i want to encourage you, reader, to try new things. i want for you to feel intimidation, and the accompanying pride when you overcome.  suprise yourself, and maybe you will inspire others in the process.  as my husband has wisely said to me too many times: don’t let fear run your life.  not great to hear when i’m standing on the kitchen counter screaming that i saw a mouse,  but great life advice nonetheless.  

so, what will you say yes to?

February 26, 2017 at 22:01 Leave a comment

january=success

despite (or maybe because of) the scoffers and naysayers (aka: my sisters), i have successfully completed my hefty to-do list for the month of january regarding my list of new year’s resolutions.  you can see the full post here, but i’ll summarize below:

  1. bible in a year: on track! loving the bible project app, and totally recommend it. 
  2. stretching after working out:  i started out january with an ankle injury and no time to rest it, but modifying my workouts and stretches has kept me successful with this one.
  3. meal planning: stayed consistent with this.
  4. not wasting food: i was far from perfect on this, but i did order my groceries online as planned, and that definitely cut back big time on the wasted food. also, my freezer is full of jars of veggie stock! room for improvement next month, but also experienced an improvement compared to 2016.
  5. blog once per month: yup.
  6. practice flute 3x per week: i’ve loved being reunited with my flute! fave thing to do: put on some beatles music and play along with it.  i’m in the band!
  7. practice french every week day: finally broke the 40% mark! i’ve been struggling with getting out of the 30s for so long, and that threshold felt reeeaaally good!
  8. knit something: i knit a clapotis scarf out of knit picks chroma, and although it was a boring knit, it was a perfect project to get back into the craft, and the self-striping yarn kept me interested.
  9. home improvement:  i mudded, repaired, and sanded every wall on my main floor, plus the back stairwell that has been neglected for over a decade.  huge task, but what a relief to have it finished even if my house is now covered in drywall dust.
  10. woodworking: this was by far the most intimidating item on my list! it had been too long since i’d built anything, i couldn’t make a decision, and i was honestly just intimidated by the whole process.  odd, considering how comfortable i used to be in a woodshop. time does strange things.  anyway,  i eventually settled on an easy project from anawhite.com to get me back into “it”, and i had a lot of fun! the smell of sawdust will always feel like home to me. 

and now it starts all over again! choosing projects for february and finding time to complete them. i’m definitely enjoying the feeling of productivity that accompanied january, and am looking forward to another big list at the end of this short month.

how are you guys doing with your new year’s resolutions?

February 4, 2017 at 15:55 1 comment

i’m in the 8%!

i have literally been obsessing over what my resolution will be for the new year.  i have a healthy post-it note board of options, plus a brain-full that haven’t made it to paper.  

normally i wouldn’t agonize over such a decision, because, who does?  it’s your standard new year’s resolve to try to be better for maybe a month or two.  however!!  i actually completed my NYR for 2016!  the internet tells me that 92% of the people who make resolutions, don’t keep them.  so, i’m celebrating this!

in light of the fact that NYR success is possible, the decision becomes more significant.  as a non-decision-maker, this leads to the abnormal “agonizing” mentioned in the previous paragraph.  there’s just so much room for improvement! 


i was whining to a friend about how impossible it was to choose just ONE area to improve upon, and she shot back “why choose?” –good point!  

my 2016 resolution was to basically become an adult. more specifically, to do dishes, sweep the floors, and clean the bathroom before bed each night.  i know some would cringe at the fact that i wasn’t already there, but we’re all programmed differently!  for me, this was an area of self-improvement that i knew i needed to make.  it’s been so great to wake up to a house that’s ready for me, instead of being presented with a “to do” list each morning.

as for the daunting post-it note list, i want to tackle it all.  i know that it’s too much to focus on, but instead of making cuts to ensure success, i’m going forward with a plan.  you may not care to read it, but part of the commitment process involves “telling others”, so here i go!

  • bible in a year: daily, and with a friend for accountability (already coordinated).
  • blog: basically just take the mental blogs that i write all the time, and actually put them onto the site. aim for once/month, but i’m not going to make up content if i have nothing to say.
  • don’t waste food/ meal planning:  i’m already a pretty decent meal planner, it’s the “going shopping for the planned meals” part that i have a hard time with.  i’ll often grab containers of fruit at costco because i’m already there, but i really only needed 3 apples, not the giganto bag.  not sure if that makes any sense to you, but trust me- it translates into food going into the compost bin.  action plan: shop for groceries online and go pick them up. make something out of the food about to spoil (like apple crisp!), or don’t buy it at all.
  • woodworking: fun fact- i used to be a carpenter.  my plan to get back into my shop is pretty simple: schedule one small project each month. i have a pinterest board of things that i want to make, and i feel like setting myself a 2017 goal is just the kick that i need.  one of the warmer months will definitely be a “clean out the garage” month if i’m to have any success though!
  • music:  leave my flute out of its case, and practice 3 times each week.  i tell my kids to practice their instruments daily, and i feel like this is something that i can set an example in.  also,  i plan to buy myself a piccolo at the end of 2017 if i have been successful in this resolution.
  • stretch: i already have pretty good habits for waking up and doing daily cardio, and my gym buddy and i are lifting weights thrice a week.  so i feel like stretching NEEDS to be added to this schedule if i’m going to be able to stay in it. action plan: add 10 minutes of stretching to each morning workout.
  • french: i’ve always wanted to be fluent enough to speak to my french half of the family.  i’ve been doing duolingo for a few years now, but i need to make it more of a commitment.  action plan: duolingo every week day, 50xp. also, when  costco gets the french smart books back in stock, i’m going to buy and work through them.  goal: to be able to communicate with our host family the next time our youth group does a missions trip to quebec.
  • knit/crochet: i go through phases on this one, and i’m looking to be more consistent.  the plan is pretty similar to the woodworking one: pick a project for each month and do it.  part of the goal with this one is to be off of my phone when watching a tv show with derek, and to stave off carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • home improvement: again, one project per month. some of it will be DIY, and some of it hired out. if you’ve ever been in our home, you’ve seen plenty of half-projects. walls that are drywalled and mudded, but not primed and painted. my goal is to complete our projects.

so there you go. basically broken down into manageable time frames and more set-up for success.  the last thing that i have to do is pick out the monthly projects and schedule them, but i have lists and pin boards already made, so it’s just a matter of picking and choosing. the sticky note wall that i just wrote on, will be at the top of the home improvement list :)

what do you think? am i taking on too much and setting myself up for failure? (if someone says “yes” to that last question, you’re basically locking me into success because i excel at being stubbornly defiant!).  i absolutely love that i completed my 2016 NYR, and am looking forward to a year of seeing my goals accomplished, and wistful regrets disappearing. 

anyone else in the 8% club with me? 

December 30, 2016 at 23:36 2 comments

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