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Moisturizing Lotion

    1 cup of Shea Butter
    1 cup Coconut Oil
    1/3 cup of Arrow Root Powder/Or 2-3 Tsp of Beeswax Beads
  • Soften the Shea Butter and Coconut oil in microwave or double broiler; I melt the Beeswax separate then add to the Shea Butter and coconut oil.
  • Add the Arrow Root Powder and stir well.(If you like a thicker lotion)
  • Add 75-100 drops of Essential Oil all one scent or your choice.
  • I used: .50 drops Lavender
  • . 10 Frankincense
  • . 10 Lemon
  • Transfer to mixing bowl and whip with mixer till soft form peaks then transfer to glass jars.
  • This made 4 small 4oz jars
  • Lavender is healing to the skin and a natural disinfectant

    Frankincense is healing to skin and wrinkles and helps reduce inflammation

    Lemon helps reduce cellulitis deposits and cooling to the body

    Author-Pamela Marston

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    The Old Laundry Days

    I was standing here folding laundry and looking at the cloths pin basket and wash board and the old memories came up from my child hood!! A little of a nightmare I might add !

    I was about 10-12 yo and remember hanging up cloths outside after mom threw them in a basket and out I went to hang those wet things up , not my favorite thing to do mind ya!

    Then back in to the OLD Maytag Ringer washing machine! It was my job to take them out of the rinse water and hand run them through the ringer of the Machine, the spool thingy spun the whole time I was trying to just barely push a piece of wet clothing into it that thing! Well then all of a sudden before I knew it that sucker had me!!!

    It grabbed my fingers then my hand, then went rolling and grabbing my wrist half way up my dang arm!!! Holy Batman I was doomed the thing wouldn’t unlock then finally after mom was banging on the release that monster let go of its grip!!

    Well to this day my right wrist and forearm are a little flatter thanks to LAUNDRY!!!

    So this gal loves our modern washing appliances so much that I make my own soap, softener and kinda dream of hanging my cloths on the line ( If I had one)

    It’s coming this spring ! It’s all about Self-Reliance you know!

    Happy Washing Y’all

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    Home Made SPICE MIXES

    About 25 years ago I started drying some of my own veggies which back then wasn’t very many! I started with Celery and green peppers ; now through the years and more time after having had raised 4 boys things have changed.

    Living in a little River town the past 23 years I began doing a garden again and canning and freezing along with drying veggies and herbs!

    So here are a few items I make with some of my dried vegetables and herbs.

    I dried my own Celery last fall and keep in canning jars. It’s so nice to have for soups, stew and such!

    Author-Pamela Marston

    The jar on left is the Celery, sorry forgot I ran out of Labels!

    The bottom bag is my mix of green peppers, red peppers and jalapeños! So good mixed with Meatloaf,Tacos,Chili and such.

    Cilantro my Favorite herb to cook with or mix in my Italian dishes, I’ll be raising more this year !

    Then last but Best is my Taco Seasoning and Chili seasoning mixes!

    Taco Seasoning Mix

    1. 1/4 cup chili powder
    2. 1/4 cup cumin powder +2 Tablespoons
    3. 1-1/2. Tablespoon garlic powder
    4. 2tsp onion powder
    5. 2 tsp oregano
    6. 2tsp paprika
    7. 2 Tablespoons salt
    8. 1-1/2 tsp pepper

    Put all ingredients in a pint jar and shake to mix well, This makes approximately 1 cup.

    I add 3-4 Tablespoons to 2 lbs of hamburger


    Chili Seasoning

    • 1/2 c chili powder +2 Tablespoons
    • 2 -1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 2 tsp onion powder
    • 5 tsp paprika
    • 1/4 c plus 2 Tablespoons cumin
    • 1-1/2 Tablespoons salt
    • 3 Tablespoons pepper
    • Add 3 Tablespoons and 1/2 cup water to 1 pound of meat
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    Another day Another step closer to my goal!

    More water more steps more work outs!! This past weekend was out of town and out of my normal workout routine! I managed to do treadmill and some different leg weight which put my knee in frenzy for a couple days !! A little Lavender oil rub, deep blue and rest I got through it !

    I caught myself wondering why do I do this!!?? The pain, The time, all the negative nelly thoughts creeping in!

    I know I’m not the only one who has ever thought this! This is why we give up when it gets tough !! THIS is when we regroup and remind ourselves why we started this journey in the first place! Is it about losing weight, a medical issue, to get healthy , or maybe gain weight??

    We each have our reasons and can all be different for each of us .

    So what is your reason I ask?

    Did you set a goal?

    Do you have a plan to obtain that goal?

    What if you have a set back? (we all do eventually) we’re human.

    For me my goal is to lose weight and get healthy!

    I have had little goals I have reached along the journey such as getting off meds, increased strength, endurance, walking , less joint pain lol till the other day!

    Smaller sizes, decrease appetite and remember all these little goals lead to the ultimate goal your working towards! For me I feel these small goals is what gave me the Determination to keep going for my main big goal!!!

    So think about it a while, ask your self what little goals can I work towards while you keep going for the BIG GOAL!!

    Maybe you need a support person or group ? I did and glad I still do! Or maybe a workout Buddie , Books, DVD’s (workouts)

    Do whatever works for you my friend and never quit and remember you will have down days but just pull up those big girl or big boy pants and keep on keeping on!!! I’ll be cheering for you!!!

    Author-Pamela Marston

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    Getting over the Hurdles

    It’s been a little over a year now since I have been on this healthy Living journey and it’s been an exciting and not so exciting times !

    After losing 40+ lbs it was like my body was yelling enough is enough! And it seemed like no matter what I did I just could budge so I re-evaluated my situation and decided ok this is it! I can’t quit now and I made some changes such as increase my water intake change up my work out routine like increased the weights and duration plus added a few new machines ! I know I must not be the only one who has hit a wall! Right?? So this past weekly weigh in I was finally down 1.5 lbs. not a lot but no gain or scale freeze! I’ll take it man! I keep looking at all the non-scale victory’s and you might wonder what these are or like me just think of the scales victory’s but it’s more than that!!

    Like… crossing your legs, tying your shoes, smaller cloths, more energy, compliments, more stamina, more oxygen, no cravings, smaller notched belt, watch, loose jewelry and hey what about getting off medications!

    Less or no more joint pain. Think about it if you have been here or here right now you are truly Blessed!! You can do it so don’t give up! It took a while to get unhealthy and it takes a while to get back to healthy!






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    Never Ever Give Up!!!✌️

    Author-Pamela Marston

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    Dried Herb

    i love drying my herbs and flowers and use them in sachets, wax tarts and cooking.  Here is my dried Lavender that I used for my recent Scent Tarts.


    Author-Pamela Marston

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    Home-made Scent Tarts

    Lavender Fields

    As part of ridding chemicals from our home I have been making my own scent bars/Tarts with natural wax and Essential Oils , not Fragrances which still have chemicals in them.

    The Lavender ones I made with my Own Harvested Lavender and used the flower buds along with some pure Lavender Essential Oil.

    I use a 1/2 pound of natural soy wax (not from a craft store). I order on line at www.Amazon.com

      Weigh out on scale then add to double broiler and heat to 180 degrees F then remove from fire and add
      2 tsp Lavender
      1/2 cup Dried Lavender buds (save half for top of scent tart)
      Stir gently and pour into molds and let harden. I usually let mine set for a few day to season a bit.

    Now just drop into a wax warmer and enjoy and relax! Lavender is good for that!

    Sweet Nothings

    Another Scent Tart I made I using

    • 2 Tsp of Ylang Ylang
    • 1/2 Tsp Cedar Wood
    • 1/4 Tsp Vetiver
    • 1/4 Tsp Clove Bud
    • Cook same as above

    Gently stir and pour into mold, oh I love the Silicon molds I purchased on line also!

    Essential Oils of Yang Ylang, vetiver, cedar wood and Clove bud.

    Note I did not add in coloring to my wax if I did I use natural coloring such as herbs, seeds, fruit and such.

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    Great site for Herbs!

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    Crochet Baby Bunting and Hat

    Using Baby Bernat Yarn that is so so soft I decided to be Frugal and make a Baby Gift ; Especially since I have baskets of yarn!! Noted in earlier post I have been busy making a lot of gifts myself and save money$!!

    So try it look up patterns on some popular yarn sites! I love Lionbrand.com

    This was my own pattern a sorta trial and error kinda thing, but it turned out ok.



    Author- Pamela Marston

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    More Muffins Anyone?!

    Cherry Almond Banana Muffins

    1- sugar Free cake mix (dry)

    4-5 ripe bananas

    1 Egg

    1/2 c 1% milk

    1 bag dried cherries( 6-8 oz bag)

    1/2-2/3 c of slivered Almonds

    1 Tsp Mexican  Vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon

    Mix all above ingredients together well by hand and bake in Large muffin pans sprayed with Pam

    Note batter will be slightly thick, if too thick add another egg (more good protein baby)

    Makes 12 muffins, Bake 350 17-19 min.

    So good and not full of calories!!

    Author- Pamela Marston