Creations & Blogging

So it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged… my apologies… but it’s also been a long time since I’ve created something new with my soaps, maybe January? A lot of life got in the way of creativity… did I mention I’m a single mother with a four year old? Some days she can be a handful, other days, the outside world is the trouble & we are the only things that make sense & fun out of it…

But alas today’s post is about NEW creations. Today I made a foaming hand soap (for my daughter) ingredients: olive oil, castile soap, h20 a course, cedarwood essential oil, tea tree oil, orange essential oil, & clary sage essential oil.

But what to call it? It smells… earthy, LIGHT, kid-friendly, & clean (so you can smell their little hands to be sure they actually washed them instead of just running the water… my four year old is a tricky one.) So: blog-o-sphere I’m asking, what to call it? And should you think you can’t possibly guess without smelling it- well, order some- if on your order you pick a name & yours gets chosen I will refund your money directly to your account OR you can have a gift certificate to my etsy shop- customer’s choice.

Will post link to etsy & photos later- for now- tell me what you think!

Tandem Breastfeeding on Television Means…

tandem breastfeeding on television

Tandem Breastfeeding on Television: Phil & Lil breastfeeding on the show “Rugrats”

Today my daughter was watching an old episode of The Rugrats, and I noticed that Phil & Lil, as they reminisced about their first laugh together, brought the scene up of them breastfeeding together. I was surprised & happy to see such a normal representation of breastfeeding on television (granted this aired, what, 10? 15 years ago originally?) I suppose times have changed, but not too much. Still, Tommy’s mom (the ‘normal’ mom) bottle-fed while Phil & Lil’s mom Betty (the ‘radical feminist’ who’s token outfit sports the female symbol on her chest) is the one breastfeeding. But you know what? I’ll take it. =) I love that my daughter can watch mainstream television & feel normal because she too was breastfed just like them.

Check out www.daughterotmoon.com (my new website) for articles on healthy living, natural parenting, & a selection of medicinal, all-natural soaps & cosmetics.

Honey for you skin

Image

Some facts you probably didn’t know about honey…………

Honey contains nutraceuticals (powerful antioxidants) which are effective in removing free radicals from our body. Making it great for rejuvenating aging skin as well as skin that has been dulled by over exposure to sunlight.

Honey heals your skin. It possesses antimicrobial, antibacterial, & antifungal properties.

Honey also helps in promoting autolytic debridement (it carries away dead tissue so that live tissue can regenerate over the skin or wound). It also speeds up the healing process by stimulating wound tissues.

Perfect for sensitive, aging or cracked/damaged skin. Because of its regenerative properties & natural texture honey softens & gently cleans your skin. Due to its gentle nature and strong ability honey is the perfect ingredient for skin care, especially for our delicate faces.

Check out: www.daughterotmoon.com for more articles on Ingredient Facts!

Did you know chamomile could do that?

Did you know that chamomile has anti-tumor properties as well as the ability to soothe the redness from irritated skin?

Further benefits include…in aromatherapy applications Chamomile Roman is helpful for issues of nerves, migraine, acne, inflammation, insomnia, menstrual problems, & dermatitis. Useful to counteract anger and to relax us spiritually and physically without causing drowsiness. Mild topical pain-killing benefits. Helpful for irregular periods and the menstruation pains associated. Anti-inflamatory properties help reduce skin redness and soothe irritated skin. It has anti-bacterial, anti-tumor and  antiseptic properties as well.

Continue reading at: http://daughterotmoon.com/ingredient-facts/essential-oil-facts/chamomile-roman-oil/

Cooking Together

So I’m adventuring into cooking again. It seems that creating is the key… whether cooking, writing, or making cosmetics; I’m happiest when I’m creative. And tonight I got to do that with my daughter, how cool is that? Tonight we made lasagna (which, while it sounds simple, this working mom hasn’t made lasagna in about a year). Although a few years ago, when she was a baby the lasagna had homemade sauce as well, I’m cooking with baby steps; after all, I am still working two jobs & being the full time single mommy. So, excuses aside– it’s time to cook! Here’s the recipe I improvised tonight:

“Lasagna With Hidden Veggies”

Ingredients:

3 cups fresh organic baby spinach (trying using the ‘baby’ variety because it’s less bitter & organic because spinach is a high pesticide product when bought conventionally & fresh because it contains the highest quantity of vitamins & nutrients)

1 lb part skim ricotta cheese (part skim because mama’s gaining weight, haha)

8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese (reserve a little for topping the lasagna)

1 jar tomato marinara sauce

1 egg

1 box lasagna noodles

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

(Protein option for us carnivores: 1 lb beef or turkey. Vegetarian: 1 block of tofu)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. For us meat eaters, brown the meat in a skillet on the stove; drain grease into empty jar to discard safely (did you know that kitchen grease down your drain clogs your drain & puts dangerous oil particles into our water system?) & set aside.

3. Blend spinach with tomato sauce.

4. Mix cooked meat into the tomato/spinach sauce.

5. In a separate bowl, mix together: 1 egg, parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, & shredded mozzarella. (If you’re using the tofu meatless option, mix the tofu into this mixture for color coordination.)

6. Layer lasagna: First put lasagna noodles in bottom of pan. Then put the cheese mixture on top. Then put the sauce mixture on top of that. Then the noodles again, etc until the pan is filled. Ideally the last layer is sauce & sprinkle with remaining shredded mozzarella)

7. Place in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Let stand 5-10 minutes before cutting into & serving. Enjoy!!

Let me know how it turned out! Were your kids or hubbie surprised or oblivious to the veggies? (that’s what I was after!) 

Endocrine Disruptors: A Toxic Result of Plastic pollution

My Brain

The endocrine system is essentially the system through which our glands, lymph nodes, gonads, pancreas, and other hormonal organs operate. The instructions given by our endocrine system through different hormones cause many of the fundamental processes that keep us alive.

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can alter the endocrine processes by simulating the chemical structure of a hormone or acting in a similar manner when processed through the body. Endocrine disruptors exist in nature, but the most toxic ones have been synthesized by man.

Understand that a small change in our endocrine system can have devastating long term effects on our emotional and physical health. So, this understood, endocrine disruptors must exist in small quantities in very few highly dangerous industrial conditions, right?

Wrong. The sad truth is that many endocrine disruptors exist in our everyday lives in the form of pesticides, dental sealants, perfumes, soaps, and common disposable plastics…

View original post 529 more words