The Gift of Time ~ A Mother’s Treasure

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The Gift of Time ~ A Mother’s Treasure 

(Guest post by JES)

The best gifts in life are made up of minutes and seconds.

It is the time and energy you give to your children.

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It is the moments poured from your soul and into their little hearts. It is something that money can never replace and gifts can never satisfy.

It is you, dear mother.

It is those mornings you sit with your child as you read together from books. It is those afternoons spent stirring a batch of cookies. It is the evenings spent embracing them, showering them with kisses.

It is your investment of time.

It is precious, invaluable.  Just like your children… for they are your gems.

They are the only treasure that you may take with you to heaven.

Forego the fancy toys and the glittering electronics… It is the memories spent with you that will always be cherished.

Won’t you wrap yourself up these next few years in a box with pretty string and offer yourself to your family?

Your time, dear mother, is the best gift that you can ever give.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time…” ~ Ephesians 5:15-16

I hope you will take a moment to visit JES at Strangers and Pilgrims On Earth. I believe it is one place you will want to return to time and time again. Also, she has a dear link-up, and I would encourage you to share your posts there if you blog.

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3 Ingredient Kool-Aid Recipe

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3 Ingredient Kool-Aid Recipe

Did you know you could make a beautiful “Kool-Aid’ alternative with hibiscus flowers that tastes like ‘Kool-Aid’, too? With the downside of dyes and aspartame in Kool-Aid, many people are going to safer more natural drinks.

I just saw hibiscus flowers are on sale at the Bulk Herb Store for the last few days of July at a really good price, and thought I would share this Cool Recipe as we reach the height of summer. This is a really great price given that you can also dye cloth and yarn with red hibiscus flowers. Their sale ends July 31st.

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My ‘Better Than Kool-Aid’ recipe is made like a tea using three herbs and served cold on ice:

Stevia leaf is known for its amazing sweetness and smoothness~

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Hibiscus flower gives off its bright red color and has a sweet tart taste that really quenches your thirst~

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…and Peppermint leaf is so cooling on a hot summer’s day~

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Besides tasting terrific, a great thing about my alternative is that it is sugar-free and dye-free. It has a lot of extra healthy benefits as it’s loaded with Vitamin C and bioflavonoids.

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Here is the simple recipe:

Pour 2 cups of boiling water over:

~2 TBSP Hibiscus flowers
~1 to 1 1/2 tsp Stevia leaves depending on desired sweetness (fresh or dried herb)
~1 tsp Peppermint leaves (fresh or dried herb)

Let steep for 15 to 20 minutes then strain into a 1/2 gallon pitcher. Add several cups of ice and fill the rest of the way with cold water. Stir and enjoy!

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Haytime Switchel: The First ‘Gatorade’ Thirst Quencher?

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Haytime Switchel: The First ‘Gatorade’ Thirst Quencher?

Summertime is HAYTIME for many of our rural farm friends. Mmmmm…can you smell the fresh cut hay?

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Taken here at Berry Hill last July – Thank you, Amy!

We just completed our second cutting here at Berry Hill Farm. Keeping hydrated is a priority, and I was reminded that Ma Ingalls made them ginger-water also known as ‘switchel‘.  

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Nothing was ever so good as that cool wetness going down her throat.  At the taste of it she stopped in surprise and Carrie clapped her hands and cried out, laughing, “don’t tell, Laura, don’t tell till Pa tastes it!”

Ma had sent them ginger-water.  She had sweetened the cool well-water with sugar, flavored it with vinegar, and put in plenty of ginger to warm their stomachs so they could drink till they were not thirsty.  Ginger-water would not make them sick, as plain cold water would when they were so hot.  Such a treat made that ordinary day into a special day, the first day that Laura helped in the haying. ~The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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This haytime, I decided to make switchel with black strap molasses, a bit different but similar to My Version of Good Girl Moonshine. The molasses makes it a lovely rich mahogany color but also is a great source of iron.

According to Wikipedia, switchel came to the colonies by way of the Caribbean.  It was a very popular summertime drink, and by the 19th century it was known as haymaker’s punch because of its frequent use during hay harvest.

The sweetener Laura wrote about her Ma using was ‘sugar’, but she does not mention if it was brown or white. Switchel can also be sweetened with honey, molasses, or even maple syrup for a healthier alternative.

The homemade recipes likely varied with what the farm women had on hand, but the goal was the same…to get keep the hard-working men well-hydrated to get the hay in. The hay was vital to feed their animals during the winters when grass was not available. Switchel may well have been the first form of Pedialyte or Gatorade. Switchel and Good Girl Moonshine would make awesome alternatives for runners, athletes, and active families.

Basic recipe:

4 cups of cold water (~1 quart)

2 TBSP raw honey (for all the live raw enzymes that bring vitality to a working body)(real raw honey often needs mixed into warm water first to help it mix into cold drinks)

2 TBSP molasses, optional

1/4 cup of cider vinegar (see health benefits)

1 teaspoon of ginger (see health benefits)

1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon sea salt (to replace electrolytes -sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium- lost in heavy sweating)

Add all the ingredients except the water to a quart jar, cap tightly, and shake to mix thoroughly. Top up with cold water and serve. Enjoy a glass yourself; your body will love what it does for you as you serve and bless your family with the work of your hands!

“The LORD will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands.”
~Deuteronomy 28: 12

By doubling and tripling the recipe it’s an easy-to-make replacement for expensive, mass-produced, and worrisome chemical-laced commercial ‘energy drinks’, many of which are downright dangerous! So forget the Gatorade! Keep it simple and safe, staying cool and hydrated with real food and water.

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The Secret To Enjoying Herbs All Year

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The Secret To Enjoying Herbs All Year

What’s the very best way to preserve fresh herbs? It’s taken me a long while to find out! Growing herbs such as parsley, basil, chives, tarragon, cilantro, garlic, and dill in my garden since before we were married, but I’ve had to fail many times in order to learn how to preserve those marvelous flavors before the chills and bluster of winter could damage their tender leaves.

Freezing makes them un-recognizable with no texture; drying takes away much of their flavor, and putting them into ice cubes with water? What an unappetizing mess!

What Is the Secret?

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The secret is preserving the essential oils of the herbs.

The biggest reason for these herb’s distinctive aroma and taste is the essential oil content in their leaves. Simply drying or freezing them destroys the oils, but freezing them *in oil or butter* (fat, which is like the essential oils of each herb) preserves them beautifully with texture, flavor, and color intact! And storage of your herb butters and oils is made easy when packaged in thin, flat layers in a quart Ziplock freezer bag.

A particular herb’s powerful yet fabulous flavor can make an ordinary dish spectacular. Simply break off the approximate amount of herb the recipe calls for, no thawing necessary.

Here are a few ideas of how to use them:

Add cilantro in olive oil to Southwestern Corn and black bean salad~

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Salmon with lemon and dill~

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Baked potatoes with Parmesan chive butter~

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Throw a wedge of tarragon butter into green beans.

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Herb butters are also versatile because you can spread them on sandwiches, melt on pasta, or drizzle on popcorn – anything that tastes good with butter and herbs! You can even replace plain butter with herb butter when making savory quick breads or muffins.

Plan to whirr up a few batches of herb butters and oils; you’ll be extravagantly rewarded all winter long with flavorful meals, salad dressings, or even cheesy herb breads or crackers. Oh, how our families will appreciate our good planning. Hm…I think I have a few more ideas for next years herb garden.

How to Preserve Fresh Herbs in Oil or Butter

  • Rinse or wash herbs and remove heavy or thick stems. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Place herbs in food processor with 1/3 cup olive oil or coconut oil for every 2 cups leaves, OR 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) per 2 -4 cups of leaves.
  • For either oils or butters, add garlic or a second compatible herb for extra flavor (ex. parsley and dill).
  • In your food processor pulse everything together, scraping down sides of bowl from time to time, until all leaves are chopped and you have a nice consistency.
  • Package up 1 cup herb oil or herb butter in a 1-quart freezer bags, burp to remove trapped air, and then flatten. Freeze flat.
  • For best flavor, use within 6 months.

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Deborah & Co. Halftee /Cami Review

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Deborah & Co. Halftee /Cami Review

Hello there! I’m Jacqueline’s daughter. Mother and I have a wardrobe-extender to shout-out about today that may or may not be on your radar. We’ve been eyeing 2 of Deborah & Co.’s halftees (aka a cami or shell) and are thrilled with the opportunity to review both!

We had so much fun trying on different outfits with our new halftees and posing with Mother’s little Nikon Coolpix S6400 point-and-shoot camera

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The cropped halftee above (on Mother) and the full length halftee (on me) met all our expectations. The sizing was exact, not running too large or small, and the fit was ultra comfortable. We have always been impressed with the quality of Caroline’s products.

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“Higher Neckline? I’m reversible!”

The difficult thing about layering to make things modest is the extra bulk that it creates. You can eliminate unflattering bunching with the halftee. (This is not a replacement for a bra!) It fits snugly – never, ever have we had a problem with one riding up or moving without our consent. Both halftees open up a whole world of options.

The cropped halftee does away with the heat and bunching of a full t-shirt. Now Mother can layer tops that she wouldn’t wear before because of a too wide or too low neckline, or even wear it under a sweater without having to add the bulk of a whole cami.

The full-length halftee can double as a tank or a tee with cap sleeves. My favorite way to put this layering piece to good use is to use it under sweaters or shirts that you don’t want buttoned.

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Maybe you know we love to bargain shop for clothes. We have lots of separates that we love to pull together and the basic shell is how we do it. Deborah and Co.’s cami selection, including nursing tanks shells, will keep you covered all year round!

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My father took me to a Joshua Bell concert as a gift for my college graduation. Being the frugal man that he is, he wore his tuxedo from almost 30 years ago, and bought tickets from the nose-bleed section of the theater. We enjoyed our evening so much!

I had so much fun planning my outfit to match my Dad!

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Black velvet flats: Crocs, $??, bought on Ebay four years ago

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“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” ~Audrey Hepburn

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12 Signs That Someone Is Repentant

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12 Signs That Someone Is Repentant

There are times in everyone’s life that it is helpful to know the true state of another’s heart. Is there godly sorrow and true repentance or worldly sorrow and temporary change?

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” ~1 Corinthians 7:10

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When there is true, lasting repentance, restoration can occur as in Galatians 6:1.

In his helpful little book Church Discipline, Jonathan Leeman offers some guidance:

A few verses before Jesus’ instruction in Matthew 18 about church discipline, he provides us with help for determining whether an individual is characteristically repentant: would the person be willing to cut off a hand or tear out an eye rather than repeat the sin (Matt. 18:8-9)? That is to say, is he or she willing to do whatever it takes to fight against the sin? Repenting people, typically, are zealous about casting off their sin. That’s what God’s Spirit does inside of them. When this happens, one can expect to see a willingness to accept outside counsel. A willingness to inconvenience their schedules. A willingness to confess embarrassing things. A willingness to make financial sacrifices or lose friends or end relationships. (p. 72)

These are good indicators, and I believe we can add a few more.

Here are 12 signs we have a genuinely repentant heart:

1. We name our sin as sin and do not spin it or excuse it or call it an “issue”, and further, we demonstrate “godly sorrow,” which is to say, a grief chiefly about the sin itself, not just a grief about being caught or having to deal with the consequences of sin.

2. We actually confessed before we were caught or the circumstantial consequences of our sin caught up with us.

3. If found out, we confess immediately or very soon after and “come clean,” rather than having to have the full truth pulled from us. Real repentance is typically accompanied by transparency.

4. We have a willingness and eagerness to make amends. We will do whatever it takes to make things right and to demonstrate we have changed.

5. We are patient with those we’ve hurt or victimized, spending as much time as is required listening to them without jumping to defend ourselves.

6. We are patient with those we’ve hurt or victimized as they process their hurt, and we don’t pressure them or “guilt” them into forgiving us.

7. We are willing to confess our sin even in the face of serious consequences (including undergoing church discipline, having to go to jail, or having a spouse leave us).

8. We may grieve the consequences of our sin but we do not bristle under them or resent them. We understand that sometimes our sin causes great damage to others that is not healed in the short term (or perhaps ever).

9. If our sin involves addiction or a pattern of behavior, we do not neglect to seek help with a counselor, a solid twelve-step program, or even a rehabilitation center.

10. We don’t resent accountability, pastoral rebuke, or church discipline.

11. We seek our comfort in the grace of God in Jesus Christ, not simply in being free of the consequences of our sin.

12. We are humble and teachable.

“For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal…! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.” [italics mine]
~ 2 Corinthians 7: 11

(Reprinted from Jared C. Wilson’s The Gospel Coalition)

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What Will Keep Someone From Being Repentant?

Several years ago C.S. Lewis wrote a book entitled The Screwtape Letters. Screwtape was a master demon who wrote a series of letters to his nephew Wormwood, a demon in training.

Someone who had obviously read Lewis’s book had written another letter patterned after it. The letter begins:

Dear Harshwood,
I understand that you are about to graduate with honors and begin your work on earth. I’m glad that your training went so well. I would like to give you one piece of advice, one bit of devilish wisdom that I feel will be very useful to you as you begin your tour of duty on Earth.
One of the most important things I learned about humans during my time there was that they think very highly of themselves. For the most part, they consider themselves to be good, moral and upstanding people. The faults, the shortcomings and even the sins of others are very obvious to them. But when they look at themselves all they see is what they want to see, which of course are their good points. My advice to you, my dear Harshwood, is to encourage that kind of thinking. Encourage it for all its worth. Our Enemy wants them to see their sins as He sees them, so they will turn back to Him. But that’s the last thing we want.
I encourage you to blind their eyes, their hearts, and their souls to that revelation. Encourage them to think only of their good points and you, my dear friend Harshwood, will succeed in damning thousands of human beings to the fires of Hell. When Pastors and Evangelists preach about repentance convince them that there is no need for them to repent, that the pastor is really talking about the person sitting in the balcony or on the other side of the church. Convince them that they are in pretty good shape, that there is no need for them to repent, and then you’ll have them. For you see my dear Harshwood, when human beings start thinking about how good they are, they get filled with pride, and when that happens they are as good as ours.
Good luck on your tour of duty. My heart goes out to you as you use every trick, every scheme, every evil desire, every good intention, every proud thought to win souls for the god of this world, our Lord and Master, Satan himself.
Signed Your Devoted Teacher,
Twisttape
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“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

~Psalm 51: 10-12

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50+ Aspartame-Containing Products To Avoid

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50+ Aspartame-Containing Products To Avoid

Since aspartame first hit the U.S. market in the mid-70s, doctors contended that tumors were skyrocketing in the general population. There is also the mysterious rise in diseases such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Indeed, as an RN in the operating suites during the 70s/80s, it was certainly a topic of interest as we conversed amongst ourselves. While I was in the heart rooms, my best friend went into neurosurgery, and we discussed the rapid rise in the numbers of brain lesions. The experience made such an impact on me that as a new mother I shied away from foods containing this additive.

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I am asking you to do your research and read labels prior to purchasing children’s vitamins on the retail shelves, many of which have ‘quietly’ switched to aspartame and acesulfame K.

Also, beware of baby foods and yogurts which contain may aspartame. Be a label reader! If you find a company that does add it, let them know you are aware of this. Please consider making your own baby food, so you know what’s really in it.

Don’t be fooled to buy a health food labeled “No High Fructose Corn Syrup” to find there is an even worse ingredient – Aspartame! I find it very duplicitous that they then tell you it is so good for you!

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As Christians we, and our children, need all the wisdom and critical thinking skills possible in this world. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”~Romans 12: 2

Here are some (just some) of the products to BEWARE of:

Children’s Advil Jr. Chewable contains aspartame:

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Leading Edge Research asked some questions and found other pharmaceutical companies with products that contain aspartame, many of them for children! To see the complete list of these children’s multivitamins for smaller chains stores like CVS, PIGGLY WIGGLY, PAYLESS, ECKERD, OSCO, MARSH,  MEIJER, SHOP’N SAVE, PAY’N SAVE, PEOPLES, etc. go here. And note that these are only the companies that bothered to respond to the request:

  • Childrens TYLENOL chewable tablets
  • Junior Strength TYLENOL chewable tablets
  • PEDIACARE Cold-Allergy Tablets for Ages 6 to 12 (and other formulas)
  • CENTRUM Jr. Vitamins
  • MYLANTA Natural Fiber Supplement, Sugar-Free.
  • METAMUCIL, Sugar-Free
  • ALKA-SELTZER PLUS Night-time Cold Medicine (all three formulas)
  • BUGS BUNNY Vitamin Products (ALL)
  • FLINTSTONES Plus Calcium Multivitamin Supplement (and other formulas)
  • DIMETAPP Cold and Allergy Chewable Tablets
  • HEALTH BALANCE Childrens Chewable Multivitamin
  • ZOO CHEWS Animal-Shaped Chewable Multivitamin
  • EQUATE Chewable Vitamins Animal-Shaped (with Iron)
  • MIEJER Circus Shapes Children’s Vitamins
  • ANIMAL SHAPES Chewable Vitamins ( several formulas)

One-A-Day and Centrum chewables are some of the most popular. This site warns us that there are often differences between website labeling and product package labeling. (Check labels as formulations are subject to change).

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What vitamins do your kids take? I hope not these! Flintstones Vitamins proudly claims to be “Pediatricians’ #1 Choice”!

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Infant Pedialyte~

In general, children should not be exposed to diet chemical sweeteners under any circumstances; through medications, in foods, drinks, gums, candies, or flavored waters. And there are over 10,000 products your children are exposed to that contain aspartame and other chemical sweeteners on the market today – many not labeled as sugar-free.

As of July 2000, all Pedialyte products, including flavored and freezer pops, contain the chemical sweetener acesulfame-K, plus artificial colors, and artificial flavors.

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Gerber Replenish Oral Electrolyte Hydration solution also contains Asesulfame K.

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Many of Wal-Mart’s brand “Equate” products contain aspartame~

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All diet sodas~

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Lesser-known diet sodas brands contain aspartame~

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Ricola ‘sugar-free’ lozenges and other supposed healthy products found in health food stores~ (check ingredients as not all have aspartame)

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Of course, Equal and NutraSweet, your tabletop sweeteners~

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Check out the Smucker’s Sugar-free line~

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Also MANY brands of coffee creamer products~

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Kool-Aid products~

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Crystal Light Pure Fitness and their other products~

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Most gums, breath fresheners, and mints~

What’s on that happy little rack full of sweets, sugar-free breath mints, and colorfully labeled gum that’s “recommended by doctors who chew gum”?

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Great Value and Royal sugar-free gelatin desserts~(check labels as ingredients/formulations are subject to change).

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All sugar-free Jell-O brand instant puddings~

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…and Jell-O brand gelatins (jello)~

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and Jell-O brand snack packs~

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Almost all sugar-free candies~

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Slim-FastSnackWells, hot chocolate mixes, Dannon’s and Yoplait yogurts~

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Fiber-One by Yoplait and Nestle products~

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Breakfast cereals and drinks ~General MillsCarnation, and others~(check labels as they are subject to change).

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Please stop consuming all products containing this chemical.

For those who have brought or stocked up on products containing aspartame, a reputable grocer will arrange to refund you for these products, opened or unopened. Be gracious and tell him/her the products make you sick. The grocer can return them to the manufacturer for a store refund. The manufacturer should get the message. So, will the grocer.

Finally, for those taking aspartame who simply want to observe a healthy diet, replace your aspartame with real sugar or honey. Although it may have more calories, it offers a far better solution than being poisoned. Those who want to manage their weight problems are advised to seek a healthier course of action like eating more whole foods, vegetables and fruits and getting regular exercise. True and sustainable weight loss cannot be achieved through a quick fix without a change in lifestyle. Set a personal example to be healthy and watch yourself regain your life.

Instead of aspartame, consider using honey (preferably raw and local), pure maple syrup, organic un-refined Sucanat or Rapadura (or Florida Crystals) which have all the naturally occurring trace minerals, or buy or grow stevia herb. I am also checking out coconut sugar.

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Dr. Janet Hull counsels aspartame victims worldwide and has witnessed nine out of 10 clients restore their health by following the Aspartame Detoxification Program. Begin with detoxifying your body of all residual chemical toxins from aspartame’s chemical make up of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol and their toxic by-products, and within 30 days your symptoms should disappear.

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For a Kool-Aid alternative this summer (the sugar-free varieties contain aspartame) consider this identical-tasting, quick and easy, drink that is sweetened with natural stevia herb! ———–>

Help protect your health and the health of those you love from being seduced by the sugar-free diet craze. This is meant to inform, not scare, and I hope you will share it with your husband and older children. Let them read it for themselves; it may make a difference. The last thing we all want is to be unwittingly debilitated and dumbed-down!

The key is to become a LABEL READER and consider boycotting these companies that sell this poison. Do it for yourself and for your family. If you are thirsty, there is nothing better to quench your thirst than good, clean water!

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  “True healthcare reform starts in your own kitchen, not in Washington.”  ~Anonymous

What products are you aware of that contain aspartame? Would you add the name of those products into the comments so that others might learn of them?

Can you think of any other Mamas you want to share this with? Please help me get out the word. Thank you.

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The Woman Behind ‘Roe vs. Wade’ (and what I didn’t know)

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The Woman Behind ‘Roe vs. Wade’ (and what I didn’t know)

Few Supreme Court rulings have been as consequential as Roe vs. Wade, but not many know the true story of the pseudonym-cloaked plaintiff ‘Jane Roe’. For some reason, I distinctly remember the morning I read about it in January of 1973; my sweetheart and I were to be married later that year. Oddly enough, this story and my life are forever intertwined, for 18 years later after battling infertility partly due to an abortion, we miraculously gave birth to our firstborn son on the 18th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.

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The life of Norma McCorvey, otherwise known as ‘Jane Roe’, is a fascination human interest story, indeed, it is much more than that. Gleaned from interviews, court testimonies, and memoirs, Justin Taylor of The Gospel Coalition shares 5 things you may not know about her:

(1) The name “Jane Roe” was created over beer and pizza.

In 1969, Norma was 21 years old, divorced, and pregnant for the third time. (The first two children were placed for adoption.) After seeking an abortion but finding out it was illegal, and then driving to an illegal clinic only to find it closed, adoption attorney Henry McCluskey referred her to two young lawyers in Dallas, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee. Weddington (who had traveled to Mexico a couple of years earlier to have an abortion) was seeking a class-action lawsuit against the state of Texas in order to legalize abortion. It was an unlikely party at the corner booth of Columbo’s pizza parlor in Dallas: two recent law-school grads in business suits sitting across the table from a rough and uneducated homeless woman. The lawyers needed a representative for all women seeking abortions—one who was young, poor, and white. They just didn’t want her to cross state lines to get a legal abortion, or the case would be considered moot and dismissed. Without money and five months pregnant, Norma was the ideal candidate. After downing several pitchers of beer, they agreed on using the pseudonym “Jane Roe.” 

(2) Jane Roe didn’t know the meaning of “abortion.” 

Weddington and Coffee told Norma that abortion just dealt with a piece of tissue, and that it was like passing a period rather than the termination of a distinct, living, and whole human organism. Abortion was a taboo topic in 1970, and Norma had dropped out of school at the age of 14. She knew that John Wayne movies talked about “aborting the mission,” so she thought it meant to “go back”—as in, going back to not being pregnant. She honestly believed “abortion” meant a child was prevented from coming into existence.

(3) Jane Roe never appeared in court.

Her lawyers drafted a one-page legal affidavit, which she signed but did not read. This was only the second [and last] time she would meet with her lawyers. She would not be called to testify and attended none of the trial. She found out about the Supreme Court ruling from the newspaper on January 23, 1973, just like the rest of the nation. Few on that day understood the implications of Justice Blackmun’s instruction that Roe vs. Wade was to be read in conjunction with its companion case Doe v. Bolton, which effectively made abortion legal at any stage of pregnancy for any reason. 

(4) Jane Roe never had an abortion.

Norma had already given birth and placed the baby for adoption before the three-judge Texas panel ruled against her in May of 1970, long before the Supreme Court decision in January of 1973. She was in a committed lesbian relationship and would not become pregnant again. Abortion continued to be a part of her life, however. She went on to work in abortion clinics, holding the hands of women and offering reassurance as they terminated their pregnancies, and making appearances on the Roe anniversaries.

(5) Jane Roe became pro-life.

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In 1995, while working at the clinic, Norma became haunted by the sight and sound of empty playgrounds in her neighborhood. she began to see it was the result of what she once called “my law.”

The decisive change came when she met Emily Mackey, a seven-year-old girl whose parents were protesting at the clinic where Norma worked. Young Emily, who had almost been aborted herself, cared for Norma, showing love and genuine interest, later inviting her to church. Through little Emily’s strong truth and grace, along with those who shared the gospel of Jesus with her, Norma became convinced of the pro-life position and also professed to follow Christ.

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The final vote in favor of Roe was 7-2, with five Republican-appointed Justices and two Democratic-appointed Justices in step. Justice Harry Blackmun, who wrote the Majority opinion for Roe vs. Wade, was appointed as a conservative by Richard Nixon but eventually became one of the most liberal justices on the Court.

‘The Chief’, as the district attorney of Dallas Henry Wade was known, prosecuted Jack Ruby the shooter of Lee Harvey Oswald who assassinated President John F. Kennedy. 

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Sarah Weddington was the young attorney who represented ‘Jane Roe’ before the Supreme Court. She enjoyed much professional success after Roe v Wade. Today, Sarah Weddington has ‘no regrets’ about her part in this case.

As of last year, there have been approximately 57 million legally induced abortions in the U.S. since 1973—nearly the current population of California and Texas combined – but Weddington has no regrets.

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Today, Norma McCorvey is dedicated to overturning the terrible decision. Oh, how the Lord desires to do miracles in our lives and ‘restore those years the locusts have eaten’ (Joel 2: 25-26)!

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” ~1 John 1:9

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.~Psalm 147:1

Roe vs. Wade had a destabilizing effect on our lives, a lot of our friend’s lives, and in my humble opinion, the disastrous effects have never stopped.

My generation and beyond are now living witnesses to the destructive forces that occur when the laws of a country do not line up with Truth. In nursing school, my colleagues and I were slowly led to accept “the fact” that the pre-born fetus wasn’t particularly valuable. It is also interesting to note that, in Latin, “fetus” means “little one,” referring to the relatively small size of the preborn baby.

The understanding, long held in medicine, to “First, do no harm” has seemingly become irrelevant. Even though a baby’s heart begins to beat at 20-23 days, many overwhelmingly deny the person-hood of an unborn child. Most public schools continue to teach children that the baby a woman is carrying is just a blob of connected tissue and not a living baby, and therefore, this lie is perpetrated on future generations and informs decisions about sexuality, the value and greater purpose for life, and how they relate to others. It also takes a devastating emotional toll on the abortive mother often reaping lifelong turmoil.

It is my desire that this post is not seen as a condemnation of those who have faced the devastation of an abortion or used by the evil one to cause more guilt, but rather a call to prayer to our Heavenly Father to change our hearts, have mercy on us, and rid this horrendous blight from our land. May we, like Emily Mackey, reach out to the hurting souls all around us. You never know what impact you can make.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” ~1 Chronicles 7: 14

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Best Herbal Healing Salves: Summer Giveaway

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Best Herbal Healing Salves: Summer Giveaway

Have you walked down the body care aisle at your local supermarket lately? Thousands of colorful skin care bottles and tubes vie for your attention. Every day most of us use products that we think are safe; but the truth is that they are NOT. Manufacturers don’t have to tell us so. Ever since 1938 – when the FDA granted self-regulation to the cosmetics industry – such products can be marketed without government approval of ingredients, regardless of what tests show!

Thankfully, more and more people are starting to become aware and find other sources.

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God’s gift of natural herbs, as our ancestors knew – properly grown and prepared – can effect a much better outcome than anything the skin care industry can offer. Why not consider a better way, the way of herbal healing?

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Lately, I’ve not been able to make everything myself. I searched for a source of truly natural herbal healing products and found The Salve Garden for the smaller health challenges of life -diaper rash, eczema, dry skin, bug bites, poison ivy, bee stings, etc. Ingredients are nothing more than healing organic herbs and ingredients I already love:

Extra Virgin Coconut or Olive Oil
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Ashley over at The Salve Garden desires to help you live a simpler, healthier life by providing natural, affordable alternative to body care products and over-the-counter creams. It is her goal to leave you feeling satisfied about product performance and to promote health rather than destroy it.

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This week, we are giving away a bundle of THREE AMAZING HERBAL HEALING SALVES, all of which we have loved using:

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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea ~ Danger Or Help?

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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea ~ Danger Or Help?

Is red raspberry leaf tea a help or a danger? A lot of people say that red raspberry leaf tea is for use all the way through pregnancy to have an easier labor, while others say that it is only helpful for inducing labor. Some people say that it can cause a miscarriage if you take it too early in your pregnancy. So can we discern the truth?

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First off, there are many wonderful things to be said for Red Raspberry Leaf (RRL), my favorite herb (alongside dandelion and elderberry). According to Susan Weed’s Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (in it’s 24th printing), the benefits of drinking a raspberry leaf brew before and throughout pregnancy include:

~ Easing of morning sickness. Many attest to RRL’s gentle relief of nausea and stomach distress throughout pregnancy.

~ Preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage. RRL tones the uterus and helps prevent miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage from a relaxed or atonic uterus.

~ Reducing pain during labor and after birth. By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery, RRL eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation.

~ Assisting in the production of plentiful breast milk. The high mineral content of RRL assists in milk production, but its astringency may counter that for some women.

~ Providing a safe and speedy parturition. RRL works to encourage the uterus to let go and function without tension. It does not strengthen contractions, but does allow the contracting uterus to work more effectively and so may make the birth easier and faster.

~ Increasing fertility in both men and women. Red raspberry leaf is an excellent fertility herb when combined with Red Clover.

Other benefits:

RRL contains huge amounts of Vit. C, and it is probably one of the best bases for homemade energy drinks and other tea blends. Also, it’s caffeine-free. I have read it reduces leg cramps and improves sleep during pregnancy, as well as, it eases the symptoms of PMS and endometriosis.

The Raspberry Leaf Tea Story shared earlier on Mothering.com:

Tea made from raspberry leaves is the best-known herbal aid in pregnancy. Rather than go into all the traditional lore about this herb, we present the following lengthy account, because it is both contemporaneous and highly specific.
“My mother was born and raised in Scotland, coming to america at the age of 26. Whenever a member of her family became ill or had a health problem, her mother had consulted a herbalist or herb doctor. As a result of this, I was treated with herbs as a child.
“Mother had always told me that red raspberry leaf tea would prevent miscarriage and was excellent for pregnancy and childbirth. When I became pregnant, I immediately sent for some raspberry leaf tea and began taking one cup of it each day, made from one teaspoon of dried leaves added to one cup of boiling water and steeped for 15 minutes. I had a very normal pregnancy. Then I went into labor, I truly expected to have an easy labor and delivery because I had faithfully taken the tea. While it is true that I did not have a complicated or extremely difficult time, it was not by any means easy. The tea had not lived up to my expectations.
“It was not until sometimes after the birth of my daughter that I read a book my mother had brought with her from Scotland entitled Dragged to Light by W.H. Box of Plymouth, England. In it I found the secret of just how to take the tea so it would truly work wonders during labor and delivery. Box said, ‘On one ounce of raspberry leaves pour one pint of boiling water, cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain, and when the time for delivery is approaching drink the whole as hot as possible.’
“There were a number of testimonials in the book written by women who had used this herb. Several took the strong solution over a period of time before going into labor. They were instructed in that case to take a wineglassful three times a day. They had ‘only two stiff pains and it was all over’ or ‘no after pains and very slight before.’ They never made it out of the house. Box’s instructions were, ‘But those who take the tea considerably before the time should not leave the house when the time is approaching as many mothers are delivered almost suddenly when at their work, to the great vexation of doctors and nurses.’
“When I became pregnant again I was determined to try it that way. I still took a cup a day as I had before. but this time when I went into labor I made a strong solution of it as I had read in the book. I put it in a container and took it to the hospital with me. I wasn’t sure how quickly it would work and I didn’t want to have the baby in the car. I didn’t think they’d allow me to drink it in the hospital so I drank half of it in the parking lot. I was afraid to drink all of it as it was so strong and I didn’t personally know anyone who had taken it this strong before. I had been having strong contractions but by the time I registered and was taken up to the labor room the contractions were so mild I hardly felt them. Upon examination they said I was ready to deliver and would not even give me an enema. In the delivery room I was quite comfortable and hardly felt anything. One hour after entering the hospital my son was born.
“In the recovery room there were several other young women who had just given birth also. They were moaning and groaning. I couldn’t imagine what they were making a fuss about as I felt like I could have gotten up and gone home. I had always read and heard about women getting after-pains with a second child. I never had even one. This was also the testimony of a number of women who were treated with the tea by Box.
“Later I thought I would have had an easy time anyway since it was my second child. I was anxious for someone else to try it. A friend of mine was expecting a baby in a few weeks and she had been taking a cup of the tea daily and was also going to take the strong solution when she went into labor. She had had two previous pregnancies and both times nearly miscarried and had to take drugs and be in bed a good deal of the time. Both deliveries were extremely difficult. When she became pregnant this time she began spotting and it looked like she would have to go through the same kind of trouble she had before. Having used a herb I had given her for another problem, with success, she asked if there was a herb for this problem and I recommended raspberry leaf tea.
“She started taking it and the spotting stopped immediately and she had a normal pregnancy, much to the amazement of her family who remembered her difficulties in the past. When she went into labor she took the tea as I had and told me she had only 25 minutes of hard labor before her baby was born.
“I have told a number of women about this amazing herb through the years, but no one else seemed interested enough to try it. However, 1978 my daughter became pregnant and she was very much interested in having an easy delivery. She took the tea each day and had a normal pregnancy. She, too, took the strong solution of the tea with her to the hospital and also being a little wary drank only half of it. When the doctor examined her, it was late in the evening. He said the baby wouldn’t be born until six o’clock in the morning so he went home. She was having hard contractions at this time and I was very disappointed and felt the tea hadn’t worked. An hour and a half later we received a call from our son-in-law saying we had a little grandson. The tea started working and the doctor had no sooner reached his home when he had to turn around and come right back to the hospital. My daughter said the next time she is going to drink all of the tea.” — I.A., Utah

More information I found on the reliable Bulk Herb Store’s website under Red Raspberry Leaf, cut herb:

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Calcium
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is full of a naturally occurring calcium that is easily absorbed by the body. In the smooth muscle of the uterus, calcium controls the depolarization of the cells. That in turn, allows the uterine muscle to receive oxygen and work efficiently. In other words, without a sufficient supply of calcium, only part of the uterine muscle will work as it should. This will strain the rest of the uterine muscle beyond reason, generating heat and stress on an already taxed body.
Getting enough calcium also eases the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Calcium helps to regulate the hormones your body is flooded with every month. If your calcium supplies are adequate your body will not have to release as many of the hormones that cause PMS . Women who suffer from PMS have elevated levels of these hormones during their menstrual cycle, and the symptoms of PMS, like cramping, irritability, and depression are all very similar to other calcium-deficient symptoms.
Magnesium
Magnesium helps to control the frequency of contractions by mitigating the repolarization of the muscle cells and slowing down the absorption of certain hormones. It is also needed to metastasize calcium to your bones.
Seven years ago there was a flurry of warnings over the web not to use large amounts of red raspberry leaf during early pregnancy. I always take the safe road, so I cautioned pregnant ladies to only drink a cup or two a day of raspberry until they were 5 months along. Now trusted researchers go on record as saying that Raspberry is safe for pregnant women. (WellTellMe forum on first trimester use)

And finally: Red Raspberry Leaf Tea – Can This Herb Ease Childbirth?

by Stacelynn Caughlan Cl.N., CH

“First recorded in the 1500’s, red raspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries in Europe, China, and both North and South America. This popular tea has earned the reputation of “herb-supreme” amongst pregnant women. According to folklore it can relieve almost any discomfort of pregnancy from morning sickness to leg cramps. And there may be good reason for its reputation.
Raspberry Leaf Tea contains a variety of components -most of which have yet to be identified- that produce a direct effect on the pregnant uterus. They have been shown to strengthen the uterine wall, relax smooth muscle, and help to make delivery easier and speedier by helping the uterus contract more efficiently.
Historically women have taken raspberry leaf tea throughout their pregnancies up to and including childbirth. Many mothers extol this herb’s ability to make childbirth easier and less painful. In a letter to the editor of the medical journal The Lancet, Dr. Violet Russel wrote “I have encouraged expectant mothers to drink this infusion. In a great many cases labour has been free and easy from muscular spasm.”
Some women also drink the tea throughout their labour, or suck on frozen cubes made RRL tea. It reportedly helps expel the placenta, and its nutritional value is thought to be responsible for encouraging and enriching the mother’s breast milk. Many women continue to drink the tea long after childbirth as it is thought to help restore the reproductive system and continue to help nourish the new mother.
NOTE: Some medical and popular media make reference to raspberry leaf tea as something to avoid during pregnancy for risk of miscarriage. This notion stems from a study conducted in 1954 where fractions were isolated from Rubus sp. and applied in vitro to the uterine tissues of guinea pigs and frogs. The scientists discovered such things as one fraction acted as a spasmolytic whereas another caused uterine contractions. Herein lies the risk of isolating the parts of a whole. When used as a whole plant, neither action is exacerbated and the herb is deemed safe. If a mother is prone to miscarriages she may feel safer avoiding raspberry until the third trimester. This is a herb with centuries of safe use behind it, there is usually little cause for concern.”
References:
C.J. Briggs and K. Briggs, Canadian Pharmaceutical Journal, April 1997
Rosemary Gladstar, Herbal Healing for Women 
Susun S. Weed, Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year 
Joy Gardner, Healing Yourself During Pregnancy, The Crossing Press, 1987
Aviva Jill Romm, The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices

There’s a difference between making it medicinal and making it just a beverage:

To make a medicinal tea, you’ll use 1 TABLESPOON of RRLs to 8 oz of water. To make a beverage cup, it’s 1 TEASPOON. A HUGE difference. The tea bags you buy at the store of RRL are medicinal strength. Most of what I have found is that one ‘beverage’ cup, sipped slowly through the day, for morning sickness is fine. 

Always talk with your doctor or midwife and do your own research before taking any herb when pregnant. I am not a doctor, so don’t take my word for it. Seeking wisdom through prayer is always my first recommendation. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” ~James 1: 5

To Brew:

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Pour 8 oz. (1 cup) of boiling water over 1 tsp – 1 TBSP of Red Raspberry Leaf. Cover and steep for 10-20 minutes and drink as a tea.

And you can keep a gallon container of the prepared tea in the refrigerator so that you don’t need to brew it by the cup. For a gallon, use 3/4 cup to 1 cup of Red Raspberry Leaf per gallon of boiling water. Pour it all into a glass gallon jar, cover it, and leave it overnight to get stronger. Strain it in the morning and drink it over several days.

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If you have access to them, you can pick fresh red raspberry leaves right from the plants. Then you don’t have to dry or chop up the leaves unless you want to store them for over winter!

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