Summer time is fun time..also some school time…which we make as fun as possible. Really, anything is a learning experience, right?😀
We have these old, really old books from Piccolos in Belmont, an awesome antique store. $20.00 for all those red books on children’s classics. Dated 1912. Really, not THAT old. I love old books! Dated similar is that smaller brown book; it belonged to my grandfather. It was his elementary math book! Now it’s Taliesin’s, and he uses it! The larger brown book on the left there is from England (also from Piccolos) and it is dated 1806. Title, The Guardian, from London. The book is old to the point where the ‘s’ are ‘f’. Pretty cool! I love old books!! I think (or hope) Tali appreciates, too.
I’ve been trying to take photos of birds, particularly, hummingbirds at the feeder. I’ll be out on the deck, and not have my camera at the best moments!! So here are a couple for you! I took the one of the hummingbird hanging out on the clothing line today. Hurricane Hermine is around here but we are only getting the tail-end of it. Some wind, some rain here near Charlotte, NC. I really hope everyone else is alright.
Got a new product, asked for by my hubby: Mountain Man Beard Balm. Nice and smooth, with lots of illipe butter. A butter that is my favorite actually even more so than Shea. Here is some info:
Regarded by some as the richest of all butters, illipe is made from the nuts of the Shorea stenoptera, a species of the Dipterocarpaceae plant family. It has been used for centuries to treat skin problems.
The illipe trees is native to Malaysia, typically found in Borneo. The nuts, which are collected from the forest floor and dried in the sun until the shells are brittle enough to be separated, are 50% fat, are then pressed to extract this nourishing emollient. Containing oleic, palmitic, stearic and linoleic acid, illipe butter is similar in composition to shea butter but has a higher melting point, making it perfect for use in facial skin care products.
So the family’s been trying to be more spontaneous; especially myself and my son. We love to plan things out before we do them– I’m talking at least a couple weeks in advance!
When I saw a Rankin Lake in Gastonia North Carolina and I realize it’s just a few miles from us, we decided let’s go check it out even though it’s pretty hot outside it was almost noon .
What a beautiful place and felt very safe! There was even a ranger who explained everything to me about the paddleboats, kayaks, canoes, and a beautiful trail, very clean one mile .6 around the beautiful lake. Turtles and fish everywhere! People looked healthy jogging or paddling canoes. Our type of place. We plan to go often!🙂
It’s always nice when you find a place close by you never always have to travel far to enjoy life.
This year I haven’t added any new soaps to my line, not including my temporary summer soap, Bora Bora. However, I have noticed my Charcoal Aloe soap, with skin loving activated bamboo charcoal, is a low seller. It has a few die-hard fans though; and there is no way I wanted to dismiss a soap with charcoal ! !
Bamboo charcoal: Make pores smaller and cleaner, Take care of oily skin, Deep clean your skin, Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations, Rid your hair and skin of toxins. Yes, try this in your hair! (from Best Health magazine)
I gave the soap a new look (no more green-it always looked odd to me) and ADDED HEMP OIL.
Some hemp oil benefits – Regenerates & Energizes The Skin’s Protective Layer: Due to its high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp oil has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It is especially useful for dry, tired or dehydrated skin and nails. It increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues. Also, known to help against varicose veins and psoriasis. Great for luscious hair!
New name: Activated Charcoal & Hemp soap. Same wonderful, fresh scent! Smells a bit like Irish Spring soap to me. **I’ll add photo once I get my Gmail working correctly!!** Here it is!! ^^^
Our 2016 backyard little garden is growing better than last year..not sure why.
Well, this time we have the powered egg shells and some lime mixed in with the soil for the tomatoes to prevent them rotting out from the bottom. See those jalapeños?? I NEVER have trouble with them, they grow SO well and fast! I slice them thick and store them in a jar in the fridge with white vinegar. They’ll keep for almost-ever, and the vinegar itself is great for flavoring Mexican style dishes.
Son Taliesin and I went blackberry picking! Yum! I am searching for raw blackberry recipes because I don’t feel like cooking in this North Carolina’s heat.
I had stopped posting blogs as I was (still am) very busy with homeschooling Taliesin..but I decided to start up again! Woot!
It’s soooo cold here in southern NC..trying to keep warm. We were in Florida with the in-laws last week..Lego Land! Warm and lovely, but I do NOT miss the heavy traffic! Orlando that must be all year I would predict.
I was washing the floor with the best mixture of floor soap in the world: baking soda, white vinegar and a squirt of dish soap with plenty of hot water in the bucket, and I wanted to add a little something.
I have many essential oils, but especially own a huge (too huge) freakin bottle of lemongrass I use for lip balm. I added a capful, like a tsp. in the bucket and what a great scent it added to the home!🙂
I haven’t posted in a while…family from Ohio coming to visit and my son’s 13th birthday party. Seems like yesterday he was just a baby!!
When I went to school, we Always started that glorious day (I used to like school lol) the day after Labor Day. Ah, school in the 70s! Anyway, it was good enough for me, so it’s good enough for Tali to start at that time as well. However, I decided to start school today! Yeah! I have some awesome workbooks by Spectrum and a couple Lit books from used homeschool fair, so why not, I am too excited!
Taliesin, however, is not…lol. To be expected, I guess. I play some relaxing, but not sleepy music, and set a nice mood for learning. Maybe some Native flute, or Asian themed music. Such a nice way for continuing to bond with your child!
There is a lot of info. out there and the computer for reference is a homeschool mom’s (and dad’s) best friend. Here are some links I hope you find helpful. Cheers!
Mondays are the best time for my blog posts, since Monday’s are my energy days! Much to the annoyance of past office colleagues I would stroll into work with a huge smile on Monday and greet everyone enthusiastically; I have NO idea why I am like this, but I have always been like this.🙂
North Carolina has had some record hot days this summer! I think everyone has! Thankfully, we have gotten a LOT cooler, 78 degrees now as I write this..so my Roma’s and cucumbers are doing well again…tomatoes can take a lot of heat, cucs not so much. I have the basil along the tomatoes so they are happy, growing a little bush!🙂
I want to say something about tomatoes..they love egg shells (powdered in blender) and soil without so much nitrogen. There is special ‘tomato soil’ sold for this reason, but this year we forgot and so there were a LOT of little green tomatoes with black rotted spots on the bottom. Also, this year, I did not blend the egg shells to a powder..I just crushed them up..I think that wasn’t enough? :( a spray took care of this thankfully!! We now have lovely, meaty Roma tomatoes.
As an ‘unschooler’ (no rigid schedule) we school off and on all summer long. Summer is so much fun for homeschoolers…so much time with his homeschool friends in this wonderful, happy secular (accepts families of ALL faiths) group, swimming, playing games, eating out and movies. Today though, Taliesin, after playing with a friend down the street, is doing some math. I can’t believe he will be in 7th grade! !
We finally did it. We bought a refurnished Vitamix. You would never know it was used though-swear! Even came with a cookbook to get us started. We’ve been using it every day, twice a day at least:
We’ve been making juice instead of buying it. ^^^Above is strawberry lemonade, yum! A couple lemons peeled, water, and a couple handfuls of frozen strawberries. Gotta add a touch of sugar too. Still so healthy and fresh tasting. I’ve been making my version of ‘V8’..but I haven’t been counting the veggies/fruits in it so…a couple apples cut in half, piece of lemon, tomato, kale, celery..I think that’s it. So it’s a VF5: veggie fruit drink. I add water and some ice too. Lots of water, as I want a drink, not a veggie smoothie. That just sounds gross to me. Here is some salsa I attempted:
We’ve been making hot soups, and tomato sauce also. Taste so fresh, if you use fresh tomatoes, or at least hot house fresh smelling ones from the grocery store.
That leads me to my next subject: Spring Garden!!🙂
My dear hubby made 3 raised plant beds for me. No more stooping forever pulling weeds!! Thanks, Mark! We have cucumbers in one of them, roma tomatoes in another, and lettuce in the third one. We plan to add one more next year.
We buy our plants from Fords on Main Street in Gastonia. Always strong, healthy plants! I’ll post more photos as they grow.
My Shea Butter lip butter balm flavors have changed over the years due to flavors becoming obsolete or just not a favorite. I started this business making only lip balms as I LOVE a GOOD lip balm–I keep one in my car, purse, bedside and pocket!
I love my newest flavor: Isle of Apples, named after the Isle of Avalon. King Author, Morgana..love them all! This lip balm has a green tart apple flavor that is far from boring, I’m really happy with it!
Another flavor is Herbal Tea, which includes essential oils of peppermint, rosemary, and a hint of eucalyptus. My friend who had a cold sore said it cleared right up after using this lip balm. I was actually trying to duplicate Burt’s Bees and did a pretty good job, though mine is not as minty strong; people just didn’t seem to like it.
Wild Cherry Blossom is a yummy black cherry flavor that is my personal favorite!
Lemongrass is a fav for many, just simple lemongrass essential oil added.
Strawberry Fields has been out since the beginning, as Herbal Tea. A flavor/smell like a sweet strawberry pie!
Sunshine Orange lip balm I really like, like fresh OJ in the morning, refreshing! Reminds me of the sweet tangelo juice in Florida!
My son and I have had a cold for what seems like forever now. Taliesin has had a cough for a week and I have found this thyme recipe that does help. Simmer a small handful of dried thyme (larger handful for fresh) in a cup of water, simmer for a half hour at least, strain, then stir in a quarter cup of honey into the ‘tea’- give or take a tablespoon. Store in fridge about a month. Honey is wonderful for the throat anyway, so this really soothed us! A friend named Tammy spoke of Colloidal silver.I am reading up on it!
It is not too later to order some great soaps for stocking stuffers!
My Solstice, and Frankincense & Myrrh have really sold well this year! *Thank you so much for a wonderful year*❤
Great karma comes immediately in so many seen and unseen ways when you buy from local, small owned business!
On Thanksgiving my step-mom and dad come down for a fun feast: Turkey, sweet potato casserole, roasted rosemary potatoes, apple coleslaw, rolls and broccoli casserole. YUM! Of course, the traditional spinach dip too, and nuts galore.
For the December holidays it is just us; hubby and son- nice and quiet…opening gifts by the fire and burning the Yule log for a bright new year…and a non-traditional dinner of homemade bread, lasagna and salad-served on a formal dining table with pine tree plates.🙂
***HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!*** luv, the Faerykissnaturals family ❤ Teressa
Weather here in southern North Carolina in October could be 85 one day, and 68 another day…as this week predicts. We have been spending time outdoors on the deck hitting the books and drinking some tea. Taliesin prefers almond milk with Ovoltine! Sounds yummy to me.
OK, it is VERY east to get distracted on the deck…birds, squirrels after the corn we put out, and a praying mantis today:
Leaves here are still pretty green, so I don’t have any nice recent pics to share yet of that scene. Here is one of Zulu, our cat, having a little fun. He is like dog more than cat, I swear. He meows to be let out, and uses the tree line in the behind our house as a litter box, then literally knocks on the door, or jumps to grab the doorknob, to be let in! Woo hoo, good boy! He frolics (for real) around the yard, jumping and skipping around. Well, that is what it look like! Love our kitty. I hear black cats are especially bright, I have no idea, this being our first black cat.
Noelle from Bayberrywoods Candles and myself had a blast at the Organicfest in beautiful Asheville, NC. Our tents were near a large, spouting fountain..I mean really, a lovely city! I’ve been here before, but only then for fun! Yet this was just as fun! The people were so nice, happy, and I made record sales! All my deodorants sold out and I brought so many! Thank you so much, Asheville, for your warm reception.