Many women are choosing to give birth at home or in a birthing center, thus leaving the hospital L & D behind.
Some have noted it is due to insurance carries, and the high cost it entails to have a baby in hospital.
Others are wanting a natural birthing process, following a birth plan of their own in a stress free environment.
Whatever you choose, it is best to explore all of your options, and choose the one that fits best for you and your family.
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3 tablespoons gelatin
1/3 cup lemon/lime juice (you can also use water and just add extra lemon or orange oil)
3 tablespoons honey
Optional – Non-toxic, vegetable-based food coloring ( I used India Tree)
Optional – A few drops of lemon extract or food grade lemon/orange oil
Whisk lemon/lime juice, honey and gelatin in a sauce pan until there are no lumps.
Heat over low heat until it’s nice and melty, stirring constantly.
Add food coloring and/or extract if desired – you’re almost done now!
Grab an ice cube tray or silicone mold. You can use a basic pan, too, and then just cut into squares or use a cookie cutter after it’s set.
Pour in the mixture, then pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to firm up. Once they’re out of the freezer they will stay firm at room temperature.
Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
1 T. Dish Soap (Make sure it is clear dish soap).
1 T. White Vinegar
2 Cups Warm Water
Directions: Mix it all together. Make sure the water is warm. Scrub the stain with a washcloth and blot dry with a towel.
Choose 3-5 all natural oils from the list to make your homemade bug spray.
*Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint
Natural Witch Hazel
Distilled or boiled Water
Vegetable glycerin (optional)
How to Make Homemade Bug Spray:
Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top
Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using
Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be.
1 tablespoon oat or rice bran
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cream
Heat your ingredients gently on your stovetop, stirring until well blended. Then, be sure to use your cleanser while it’s still warm.
(Makes 30 ounces)
As this lotion contains water, it should be refrigerated in warm weather.
4.5 oz coconut oil
1.5 oz emulsifying wax
16 oz distilled water
8 oz glycerin
10-15 drops essential oil (optional)
In a microwave safe bowl, combine the oil and wax. Microwave for about two minutes or until melted. (This can also be done in a double boiler on the stove if you prefer to not use the microwave.)
Heat the water in the microwave or on the stove until simmering.
Combine the water, oil/wax mixture, glycerin and essential oil, if using. Stir thoroughly.
Pour into desired bottle(s). 4 ounce mason jars work really well; then store the rest in a bigger jar in the refrigerator.
Easy Homemade Shaving Cream
What You Need:
1/3 c. coconut oil
1/3 c. shea butter
1/4 c. olive oil (you could use a different oil like almond or jojoba, whatever you have on hand)
Start by melting the shea butter and the coconut oil on a low heat on the stove top. It doesn’t take very long to melt.
Once it’s melted, pour into a container and add in the olive oil and stir. Set this mixture in the fridge and let it hard.
Once it’s solid again you can take it out of the fridge and put it in a bowl you can whip it in.
Whip it! Do this for about 3 minutes or you can do it until it’s light and creamy.
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark area when not in use.
Use as you would any store bought shave cream! Could be used for shaving for men or women.