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May 02, 2011
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In Light of Recent Events

John 8:1-12

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.  Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?”  This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”  And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.  Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”

She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”


Mark 15

Jesus Faces Pilate

Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate. Then Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”

He answered and said to him, “It is as you say.”

And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing.  Then Pilate asked Him again, saying, “Do You answer nothing? See how many things they testify against You!” But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled.

Taking the Place of Barabbas

Now at the feast he (PIlate) was accustomed to releasing one prisoner to them, whomever they requested.  And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion. Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them.  But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”  For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.

But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them. Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”

So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!”

Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?”

But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!”

So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.

 

 

In Light of the political climate right now and mourning for those that were murdered on 9/11 and all the other injustice and pain all over the world, I am reminded of the light among the darkness.  There is always a sense of relief when the murderer is destroyed, but it's death upon death and darkness upon darkness.  Only the light can cast away the darkness.  I believe that Jesus was who He he said he was.  He is the way, the truth and the life.

Whatever deception Osama Bin Laden bought into defined his life and death and for that my heart is heavy, not relieved.  I know if I stood in front of him he would have probably killed me too, but perhaps this is apart of the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - there is no sting in death for those who believe in Him.

Todays news casts are more tragic than ever.  Death upon death, darkness upon darkness, blood for blood.  I am so sorry if you lost someone during this war or at any point.  I can't imagine what it would feel like.  Miscarrying was hard enough. My heart aches for you and for the middle east and all the families that have lost so much as well because of this war.

 

I am of no political party and of no denomination.  I just really believe what Jesus said.

 

This post was not meant to offend anyone or accuse any particular party of any particular thing.  I find the words of gospels compelling. I had to share.

 


 

 

April 08, 2011
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The Whole Laundry Detergent

ELLO!  Happy Friday! I hope Spring is making everyday brighter and better for you as it is for me.
I must say that life is truly good right now.  Nothing in particular has changed, life is just really good.  Things are still hard, the daily grind is still in motion, and the darn debt is still slowly but surly being worked off, but life just feels good and is moving with forward motion!  Spring is on its way and I'm feeling healthier and literally brighter everyday!  Thank you Father!

One of the things that is making me so happy is the glorious discoveries I have made in regards to laundry detergent and I must share those discoveries with you!
I found a ton of laundry detergent recipes on a bunch of different blogs and websites.  There is so much information at our finger tips.  Its amazing.   The biggest and most exciting part of this homemade laundry detergent is how ASTOUNDINGLY cheap it is to make!!

IT'S SOOOOOOOOOOO EASY.

I set aside a Saturday to make the detergent and 30 minutes later I was done. HA! I was like "WHOA! what do I do now?".  Let me stress, if you have a food processor or ANY arm strength whatsoever, making this stuff is so easy.  Plus, most store bought detergent ends up costing roughly $.20-$.40 per load while home made detergent ends up costing a little over $.01 per load!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELLO! SAVINGS!   Here's the Recipe...

Laundry Detertent Recipe

~ 1 quart Water (boiling)

~ 2 cups Bar soap (grated)

~ 2 cups Borax

~ 2 cups Washing Soda

Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted. Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail.  Add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.  Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.  Cover pail and use 1/4 - 1/2 cup for each load of laundry.

Note on Bar soap -- I used Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile soap bar  (not to be confused with Dr. Bonner.  I don't think the Bonners have any kind of soap business :).  I chose this because it's the most organic and pure thing in regards to soap that I have found thus far.  I really like the peppermint smell too.  Its different and refreshing, but you can literally do WHATEVER you like.  Castile soap comes in other scents or comes scent free! :) Whatever you like.  I DO NOT, however, like to use castile soap on my body, hair or teeth so I am still working out what recipes to use for body wash, shampoo,
and toothpaste.  For me, castile soap is put to best use in my laundry detergent. If you don't want to use castile soap bars then the next best options are Ivory or Fels Naptha soap bars because they are also made with little or no chemicals. I don't use either of these two soaps myself because they contain the ingredient Lye and there is debate on whether or not it is harmful. 

Of course I'm not going to keep it in an ugly orange pail...  I'm going to put it in a beautiful blue glass jar and pour it into my measuring cup for each use. :) The bottle makes the detergent easier to pour and is more aesthetically pleasing than a "hunter's orange" pail. WIN WIN!

I couldn't find the washing soda at any store in my area so I ordered it from acehardware.com.  It only took a couple days to arrive. This too must be stored in a beautiful container right??? :) It must be.

Borax can be found in most stores in the laundry section.  There is great debate over whether or not it is completely natural, but it's natural enough for me.  I like it.

 

I also made powdered laundry detergent.  Here is the recipe -

~ 2 cups bar soap (grated)

~ 1 cup Washing Soda

~ I cup Borax

Mix well and store in an airtight container.  Use 2 Tablespoons per full load.

 

I don't like this recipe nearly as much as the liquid detergent because I don't think it cleans as thoroughly and its hard to keep the ingredients evenly mixed.  The soap isn't as heavy as the soda and the borax and so it is unevenly distributed into the washer (I have a top loading washer and front loading dryer).  This recipe is just not my fav! It's prettier and chic-er, but I guess that's not the MOST important thing... or is it? haha!

(I think I may have found an awesome powdered detergent recipe...  I will update and let you know as soon as I try it!)

 

 

I hope this inspires you to make your own laundry detergent and save some cash! I'm loving it!

 

 

 

April 01, 2011
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The Whole Deodorant

Organic Homemade Deodorant

Ingredients:

7 Tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil

¼ Cup baking soda

¼ Cup arrowroot powder

5 drops Sweet Orange essential oil or essential oil of you choice


Because of the lovely fact that natural deodorants DON’T WORK and I’ve read very scary things about the long term effects of antiperspirants and because I’m a hippie at heart – in the best sense – I’ve decided to make my own deodorant! J The Huz and I are one of those natural couples that are totally willing to experiment and try new (or old) things that most people are not willing to try until proven effective and worth it! Well, let me tell you…this is THE BEST THING since sliced (soaked, sprouted and fermented) bread! I think Cliff was a little hesitant because -- while this is probably TMI -- we both totally stink. HAHA! I mean, who doesn’t?! It’s nothing surprising! If no one stunk, there would be no need for deodorant and it’s a multimillion-dollar industry. I get the feeling most people smell really badly. J Hehe.

Cliff was nervous that it wouldn’t work and he would have to spend the day being unsure. I was nervous but not as nervous because I was just teaching out of the house that WHOLE day and could take care of any stink that was un-deodorized as needed. When Cliff came home he walked up to me with his arm in the air and said, with a HUGE smile on his face, -- “SMELL ME!!!!!!” – He proceeded to then shove his armpit into my face. Naturally, I hesitated to breath in through my nose, but to my great surprise and relief, Cliff’s pits smelled like sweet coconut and that was all!!!!!! IT WORKS!!! Haha. After years of odd smelling, expensive, “natural” deodorants, we finally found THE WHOLE DEODORANT! J Woohoo!


At first I was keeping it in small mason jars. That was fine, but it was a little annoying to have to scoop out and put it on with fingers. It is an extra, inconvenient step. And while I’m against the idea of over indulged convenience, deodorant dispensers are a great invention! Therefore, I did a little experimenting and found that when warmed to roughly 76 degrees Fahrenheit, the unrefined coconut oil liquefies! I mixed it all together and put it in a clean, reused deodorant dispenser and VUA LA! Homemade, awesome, convenient, inexpensive deodorant! I stuck it in the fridge to solidify quickly. This stuff is so fun and awesome. (SIDE NOTE – be careful not to heat the coconut oil too much. If you do, it may destroy the nutrients and properties that make the coconut oil effective against bacteria and fungus (gross word). We learned this the hard way – STINKY DAYZ. Refined (heated over 110 degrees) coconut oil may be smoother and nicer looking; it just won’t be as effective.

Coconut oil is awesome. You can eat it and it will make you healthier and skinnier, you can put it directly on your skin and experience amazing moisturizing results, you can make a plethora of home and body products, and you can put it under your arms and it will kill odor-causing bacteria and funky dunk smells while still allowing you to sweat! FYI - we are supposed to sweat. It’s like really important that we do.

I find all of this intriguing and empowering. Knowing what is in each product I use gives me a sense of pride and eases my mind! I’m having a ball with all this!

A Whole Big Hug and A Whole Big Kiss,


 

January 31, 2011
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January 18, 2011
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Show at the Global Bean this Saturday night!

Come one, come all! I am playing at the Global bean! :) 8pm Saturday evening.  Enjoy Coffee, Tea, Wine, Beer, food and some killer vocals ..........

 

January 18, 2011
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Organizational Skills!

Organization list
1) Pay bills and budget for rest of the month
2) Laundry area (in my house also known as the dinning area, office and back door entry way..hehe)
a. Painting supplies
b. Candles
c. Detergent
d. Make cardboard boxes cute (big post coming about this)
3) Bedroom
a. Hang mirrors
b. Put away the stinking (well it is clean! Just clean laundry.. hehe
4) Closets
a. Art supplies
b. Music
c. Binders
d. Electronics
e. Sport stuff
f. Shoes
5) Clothes
a. Get rid of MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ☺
6) Bathroom
a. Throw away all that is not needed
b. Keep glass and some safe plastic bottles so I don’t have to buy more!
c. Oh yea --- clean the bathroom… haha
7) Kitchen
a. GOODBYE UTENCILS WE DON’T USE!
b. Goodbye dishes we don’t use
c. Utilize storage better
8) Computer
a. Backup all big files
i. Pictures
ii. Logic files
9) Going to consignment
a. Some clothes
b. Little TV
c. Bread maker
10) Going to goodwill
a. Clothes
b. Lampshade
c. Misc

Our wonderful, little 600sqft cottage literally leaves us with no room for extra. Anything☺. Its crazy how much stuff we can BUY and then how quickly that stuff becomes clutter or forgotten stuff in the closet!!!! AHHHH! I’m not sure where this incessant (NEW) need to organize, clean and make all our own home products has come from, but I’m going with it. It’s like I gotta get this stuff together before the other things (the illusive “other things”) can come together.

What do your lists look like? Do you need lists? I’m honestly curious in what fashion you get this stuff done. Are you the up at 4am to get it all done for the day? The get it done just before people come over (eh hem, I surely don’t know anything about that!)? Or are you the fly lady 15 minutes a day to a perfect house type? Do tell...

XOXO,
Antoinette

January 17, 2011
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Gorgeously Green

pictures from www.gorgeouslygreen.com

Hello all you lovely people! Hope you are sleeping at this time of night! Since I am NOT, I thought I would share with you this awesome book I got for Christmas! Sophie Uliano is just amazing and inspiring!


I have been compelled lately to conserve in anyway possible - money, energy, food, ect -- and to use a popular phrase "REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE". In the next couple days I will show you how I have begun! I have made my own laundry detergent, a homemade chalkboard, an all purpose cleaner and shampoo. Oh, let me tell you -- this is just the beginning! Most of this is experimental, and so far so good! I am trying to figure out what works for us and what doesn't.


I find all of this so much fun. I am loving these creative, fulfilling ways to conserve and be a better steward of what I am given! Also, there is so much my home just does not need! We don't need chemicals to achieve a clean, disinfected, yummy smelling home. I mean we really really really don't need all that. it's just the pull of the culture! Well, i say - REBEL! :) I mean did you know Lemongrass essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal, a disinfectant AND SMELLS BETTER than any lemon-ish nasty chemical cleaner out there!?

 

Anyone out there have any homemade, chemical free recipes that you use?? I would love to hear about all it!

 

Well, I should probably try to go to bed now that it is 1:06am....... haha ~ NIGHT NIGHT!

 

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