My sister-in-law’s friend is an awesome resource for green living. When exchanging some information on green personal care products, she recommended trying witch hazel as an astringent. Now I haven’t used an astringent since the high school days of Sea Breeze when I thought I should parch my skin dry to get rid of a little pimple. So I was a little hesitant about drying my skin out with any sort of toner. But witch hazel is a winner! I have been using T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel for the last two months or so (usually twice a day) and the bottle is about 1/2 of the way gone. After it is finished, I am going to to give Thayer’s Witch Hazel with Rose Water a try as I have heard good things about it as well.
Last year before we headed to Ukraine my mom came up to help me get the house in shape before we left. The area that needed the most help: our bath tub. I am not a fan of cleaning the tub. I know there are lots of great cleaners out there for the shower/tub, but so many of them have such harsh chemicals that I just can’t use them. I have tried more natural every day shower sprays, but they didn’t work that well.
But this summer I happened upon a great idea for cleaning the shower during one of my internet “bunny trails”. It suggested using a dish wand filled with dish soap (you can choose a natural one) and some white vinegar. Keep it int he shower and use it to wipe the shower down. It has been fabulous! Not only is the soap scum kept at bay, but I also wipe down the shower head in order to keep away build up from there. Cleaning the shower and tub is now really easy!
We are finally back into the swing of things here in the Crispin household after a busy and fun summer. The spontaneity of the summer is fun, but picking back up old routines is nice too. Blogging was hit or miss this summer, and I think may continue to be so as the pace of life doesn’t seem to be slowing down. But I did make a list of some things from this summer that I learned of or read about that I wanted to share. So over the next few days, I will post some of my favorite finds from the summer of 2012.
As a Penn State Alumni, the past year has brought about many emotions and thoughts. Both Joe and I have restrained from commenting publicly on everything that has transpired. But Joe has now broken the silence in what I have found to be the most helpful writing on the Penn State scandal:
This summer has been a fun time of getting a little bit back into shape now that I finally have a break from pregnancy and breastfeeding, which I have been doing one or the other of for the last 8 years! Here are a couple of favorite tools that I have enjoyed this summer:
1. The Fitbit
The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret. ~ Nido Qubein
This was the quote I read yesterday on the wall of the gym I go to. Definitely an inspiring word for not only a workout, but life in general. But after my workout as I was mulling it over in my mind, I realized that for most human beings, it doesn’t go far ENOUGH. We don’t want to just avoid pain, we want joy as well.
That is why the teachings of John Piper, specifically his term “Christian Hedonism” (the idea that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him) has been so powerful in my life. It is not an idea he made up, but something he found over and and over again that Jesus calls us to in the Bible. For example, in Matthew 16:25 Jesus says:
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Often, as Christians we focus on the “giving up” part. And don’t misunderstand me, there is a huge counting of the cost in Christianity. But it is not without reward. Jesus is always pointing us to the rewards along with the rules/limits/costs. He understood that as human beings we are driven by delight and not merely duty.
So today I would encourage you to look at an area of life that may be a struggle, think about what promises/rewards/blessings/benefits the Bible promises when you are obedient in those areas, memorize a pertaining Scripture and pray God would do a work of grace in you to trust in Him in that area of your life.
Have a great Tuesday!
I wanted to recommend the God’s Design for Sex series as really helpful tools to have around the house. We have chosen not to go with “the talk” when it comes to sex but to try and honestly answer the kids questions as they come up. For the most part, up until the past year, Abby’s questions had been pretty simple and she didn’t dig any further. But once she did, I explained sex pretty simply to her. To have the first two books around was a great way for us to continue to share and help answer additional questions she may have. Elijah has listened in and understood. And Naomi has also listened, but didn’t seem to be too interested in the topic. As I said, right now we own the first two books, but in the next few months, we will purchase the third as something for Abby to read with either Joe or me. If you have any other suggestions on good books for children that deal with sex from a God-centered perspective, please leave your ideas in the comments section.
My dear friend Angie shared the Paper Coterie website with me a few months ago. I was looking for some decor for our basement play area and she suggested the re-usable posters from Paper Coterie. I ordered them right away, but just a few weeks ago was able to finally put them up. And since then every person who is down in our basement comments on them. I am so happy with them.
It is a re-usable, stickable poster that goes on the wall and comes off cleanly. And at $14 it is such a steal! They have tons of great designs and they are really customizable. We currently have 7 of them up in our house, but here are the four in the basement:
When we traveled back a few weeks ago, I was once again traveling on my own with the kids. So I had purchased a Who’s Shoes Kids ID Kit as a precautionary measure. Of course, no one likes to think about their kids getting lost or being separated from them, but I would rather be on the safe side. So after I put the info. on each of the tags, we went over with the kids what to do if they were to somehow be separated from me.
I also take a few other steps to ensure safety with the kids while we travel:
1. We try and schedule flights so we aren’t tight on time. Running through an airport is an easy way to lose a kid. We always take our time getting on and off the planes too. We aren’t in a rush, so we don’t need to act like it.
2. We use strollers for the younger kids. I try to keep as many kids confined as I can when we travel. And the older ones know they need to touch the stroller as we walk.
3. For bathroom trips, we look for family bathrooms or just all pile into one stall together when we can. No one ever stands on their own.
Please leave any of your safety tips for traveling with kids int eh comments section. Have a great Wednesday!