How to Make Easy, Homemade, Natural Face and Body Wash

How to Make Easy, Homemade, Natural Face and Body Wash

I love, love, love, my new homemade face and body wash! I've been using this for several months now, and love it! It is gentle, effective, and all-natural, with no harmful parabens. It is also oh-so-easy to make!    The best part?....It only uses two ingredients, Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap and essential oil (unless you count water, which would make it a whopping three!)  First, use up a bottle of store-bought foaming hand soap.  Next, pour Dr. Bronner's Pure Castille Soap into the empty bottle, filling it about one-fifth to one-fourth full. I use Dr. Bronner's Unscented Mild Baby Soap. It is wonderful for baby wash, as well as for family members with sensitive skin. You can buy this at Amazon, Target, or Trader Joe's.      Then fill up the rest of the bottle with water, leaving room for the large foaming pump. Finally, pour in several drops of your favorite essential oil. My favorite is orange. Shake it all up, and you are done! This one simple recipe can be used for natural hand soap, baby bath, face wash, and body wash! Try it and let me know how you like it!    Linked up at: The Modest...
Why I love doing Laundry, and How You can Too

Why I love doing Laundry, and How You can Too

You may be looking at this title and thinking, “WHAT?! Is she for real?!” For most of us, laundry is a pain. A time-wasting task that menial and tedious as they come. And yet, we have to wear clothes so we have to do laundry. But yes, I assure you that I am quite serious about the title of this post. I love doing laundry, and this can be you as well! Schedule it First of all, I recommend that you make this inevitable task a part of your automatic daily or weekly schedule. You want to be intentional. You may even want to consider setting one day aside for laundry.  It should be something you don’t even have to think about doing, or ever wonder if you should do it or not that day. You just do. What works for me is throwing a load in first thing every morning. Do what works for you. You will be absolutely amazed at the amount of stress that is relieved when you routinize daily tasks so that procrastination or deliberation is not an option. Definitely read “Stop Wasting Time On Trivial Decisions” to learn more about this simple trick! Pray Now, this other tip is what I really wanted to talk about, and will  transform your laundry drudgery into something truly sacred... As you fold each family member’s article of clothing, PRAY FOR THAT PERSON. Thank God for that person. Intercede for that person. Pray a blessing over that person. What better way to redeem that time than in prayer? And what better way to be reminded whom to pray for than...
It’s Not Up to You

It’s Not Up to You

Today, after a sleepless night thinking and worrying about all that needs done before school starts, and feeling perfectly inadequate for the task of the upcoming year of homeschooling, my dear husband told me to go for a walk...a long walk. Now, to clarify, my husband knows that I cherish my long walks in the glorious sunshine through the beautiful nature preserve, and that they do amazing things to help me calm down and refocus.So, it was a truly loving suggestion. When I got to the lake, I sat and watched the lovely ducks as they humorously dunked their heads in the water, with their feathery bottoms straight up in the air, and their little webbed feet wriggling. Whole groups of them were doing this, over and over, much to my amusement. Then, as I was marveling over these amazing creatures and their entertaining ways, it occurred to me that I Can't Make a Duck! No matter how hard I try, I'm fairly certain that I will never be able to make a duck! I could think as hard as I could about making a duck,  and I could worry about it as well, but I still would not be able to make a duck! There is only one Person that I know of who could make a duck, and that is God. He is so incredibly wonderful, powerful, and creative, and I am simply dust. Who am I to think that I am anything, compared to the majesty of God? In light of this new revelation, I realized that I Can't Be a Good Wife, Mother, or Homeschool...
Stop Wasting Time On Trivial Decisions

Stop Wasting Time On Trivial Decisions

Have you ever taken the time to think about just how much time you waste on unimportant decisions? How much time could you save if you didn’t have to think about what to wear,  what to eat, what to buy, or what to do?   Personally, I often struggle with taking too long to make decisions. However, learning to make quick decisions on non-essential things is vital to reducing stress and increasing productivity.   In addition to making decisions faster, research has also shown that we actually have a limited capacity for making decisions in a given day.   Each decision we make, no matter how small, draws from this decision tank, decreasing the number of decisions we are able to make for the rest of the day.   Therefore, cutting down on our number of mundane daily decisions, will save our decision-making capacity for the truly important decisions. Steve Jobs took this idea to heart, and frequently wore the same outfits and ate the same meals day after day, cutting down on the number of decisions he would have to make.   Don’t waste your time deliberating on email wording. Make sure you say what you want to say, and then send it.   Don’t worry about what to wear. Get rid of most of your clothes and only keep what you truly love. Less choices will actually make you happier, and keep you from being worn down.       Save time and energy by making fewer decisions   This doesn’t mean you should not  spend any time on the decision-making process. There are dozens of brands of...
One Fascinating Principle That Could Change Your Life! The 80-20 Rule, and How it Can Increase Your Productivity

One Fascinating Principle That Could Change Your Life! The 80-20 Rule, and How it Can Increase Your Productivity

80% of what you're doing...might not be worth it. While you may know about the laws of physics, you may not have heard of the “80-20 Rule,” or "Pareto’s Principle," named for the Italian economist who discovered it. Knowing about this one principle could change your life! In 1906, Vilfredo Pareto created a mathematical formula to show that 20% of people in his country owned 80% of the wealth. Over time, this idea has evolved and proven to be uncannily  true in many other areas, and can be life-changing when applied to your business, and even your life! How so? Well, basically, 20% of what you are doing is resulting in 80% of your results, while 80% of what you are doing is only yielding 20% of your results! For example, if you are in business, 80% of your sales will come from only 20% of your customer list. Take extra care of those customers! 80% of your customer service headaches are from only 20% of your customers. Don't let that 20% get you all bent out of shape! If you have a sales team, 80% of your team sales will come from only 20% of the salespeople. Give extra attention to that 20% who are really motivated! 80% of all your advertising dollars and efforts are yielding only 20% of your sales; conversely, 20% of your advertising produces 80% of your sales. Think of all the time and money you could save by eliminating the 80% of advertising that is not effective! A huge time-waster can be  social media such as Facebook...now, much business takes place there, and I am very grateful...
More is Less

More is Less

Why are you doing what you are doing?   It’s so easy to lose track of what the real point of our lives is, but the “why” is the most important part. Why are you doing what you're doing? Why are your goals in life what they are? Why do you live and work?  It’s easy to go through life day by day just getting through your daily to-do list, but we need to examine our lives and ask, "Why am I doing this? What purpose is it serving?" Coastal Conservatory is oriented toward "Intentional Living for Cultivating the Family Enterprise."  Examining our thinking to ask ourselves "Why" we are doing "What" we are doing is a first step toward living intentionally. In times past, the great mistake of our culture was the belief that more material possessions would lead to fulfillment. Today, this current generation, for the most part, has rejected the idea that more stuff leads to happiness, but has merely exchanged one mistake for another. Today, the ruling idea is that more experiences lead to happiness. Reminiscent of Dostoyevsky's Dimitri Karamozov; more travel, more recreation, more creative pursuits. The object has changed, but it’s still just more, more, more. Even among Christian homeschooling circles, the idea of more being better is still followed. It might not be more possessions, but more activities and events, even church activities and events. More lessons, going to more places, more, more, more.  We think that if it’s in the name of education or religion, doing more and more is a good thing. But what is lacking most is families devoting time to be together, living interactively with God and...