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Living Green Tuesdays Link-Up #51

Living Green TuesdaysI am so THRILLED to be join up as a weekly host for the Living Green Tuesdays Link-up Party!! Join us (Jasmine from Like a Mustard Seed, Victoria from Green Idea Reviews and myself) every Tuesday as like-minded bloggers come together with their “green” ideas! We love to see things like gardening tips, natural/money saving DIY projects, sustainable living ideas, herbal/natural healing, homemade anything, and more!

(Each week I will feature 2-3 posts from the previous link up party. Each post will be featured both here at Living Green Link-up and on Essential Traditions’ Facebook page.)

 

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Each Tuesday we invite you to share how you are living GREEN! Here are the basic guidelines for the Living Green Link Up:

Share ANYTHING that relates to “green” living aka herbs, gardening, money saving, eco-friendly, ect. (please respect our biblical views). Use the Linky tool below to participate. Share your link new or old (make sure the link goes directly to your post), title, and image. It’s that easy! (No links to businesses please)

Please link your posts back to this Link-Up. Linking back here helps build our little community by sending your readers to all of the other posts shared. Grab the Living Green Link-up button above and paste into your post. Or simply create a text link somewhere in your post.

The idea of this link-up is to build up & encourage other readers as we learn and share our ideas. Be sure to visit other participants, as time allows. Tell them hello and that you found them here!

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Living Green Tuesdays Link-Up #50

Living Green TuesdaysI am so THRILLED to be join up as a weekly host for the Living Green Tuesdays Link-up Party!! Join us (Jasmine from Like a Mustard Seed, Victoria from Green Idea Reviews and myself) every Tuesday as like-minded bloggers come together with their “green” ideas! We love to see things like gardening tips, natural/money saving DIY projects, sustainable living ideas, herbal/natural healing, homemade anything, and more!

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Each Tuesday we invite you to share how you are living GREEN! Here are the basic guidelines for the Living Green Link Up:

Share ANYTHING that relates to “green” living aka herbs, gardening, money saving, eco-friendly, ect. (please respect our biblical views). Use the Linky tool below to participate. Share your link new or old (make sure the link goes directly to your post), title, and image. It’s that easy! (No links to businesses please)

Please link your posts back to this Link-Up. Linking back here helps build our little community by sending your readers to all of the other posts shared. Grab the Living Green Link-up button above and paste into your post. Or simply create a text link somewhere in your post.

The idea of this link-up is to build up & encourage other readers as we learn and share our ideas. Be sure to visit other participants, as time allows. Tell them hello and that you found them here!

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Living Green Tuesdays Link-Up #49

Living Green TuesdaysI am so THRILLED to be join up as a weekly host for the Living Green Tuesdays Link-up Party!! Join us (Jasmine from Like a Mustard Seed, Victoria from Green Idea Reviews and myself) every Tuesday as like-minded bloggers come together with their “green” ideas! We love to see things like gardening tips, natural/money saving DIY projects, sustainable living ideas, herbal/natural healing, homemade anything, and more!

(Each week I will feature 2-3 posts from the previous link up party. Each post will be featured both here at Living Green Link-up and on Essential Traditions’ Facebook page.)

 

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Each Tuesday we invite you to share how you are living GREEN! Here are the basic guidelines for the Living Green Link Up:

Share ANYTHING that relates to “green” living aka herbs, gardening, money saving, eco-friendly, ect. (please respect our biblical views). Use the Linky tool below to participate. Share your link new or old (make sure the link goes directly to your post), title, and image. It’s that easy! (No links to businesses please)

Please link your posts back to this Link-Up. Linking back here helps build our little community by sending your readers to all of the other posts shared. Grab the Living Green Link-up button above and paste into your post. Or simply create a text link somewhere in your post.

The idea of this link-up is to build up & encourage other readers as we learn and share our ideas. Be sure to visit other participants, as time allows. Tell them hello and that you found them here!

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A Long Time Coming…

This is a post a long time in coming.  I have been blogging now for years, probably since 2003 or so.  When I first started, it was simply a way to communicate with other homeschooling/stay at home moms like me.  This was before I knew what Facebook or Twitter ever were.  I blogged when I could about our life and what we were doing–it was more like an online diary or letter to my family/friends scattered all over the world.  I continued like that for many years.  All though the tragedy of our son Gabriel, I blogged, and my blog grew and grew through that.  At that time, my blog was a way for me to work through the sadness and my feelings about the situation.  From there, it evolved into a sort of ministry.  That wasn’t something planned, but that’s what it stared to become.

I came to feel that I had a responsibilbity to my readers that I needed to write certain types of posts and begain “instructing” other homeschooling wives and moms to live a more Godly homelife.  The problem was that I was being influenced by some people that I shouldn’t have been influenced by.  I have passed along false teaching–not out of heart to deceived, but as one being deceived.  I bounced around from everthing from dresses only, headcovering/not headcovering, modesty, KJV only, etc, etc.  My blogging has been a record of the struggles I’ve had with my Faith.  I’ve grown and changed…and changed again…over and over.  I’d slip into a “new” blog with each new incarnation. I evolved from a blogger simply blogging about my life, to a blogger trying to emulate those “big” bloggers that make a living with their blog.

But for me, making a living from my blog is not something that has worked out well…lol!  I spend more to blog than I have ever made from blogging.  The Lord has really shown me that my focus and motivation has been misguided.  I’ve been hypocritcal.  I’ve been misguided.  I’ve been a false teacher.  I’ve let the focus of my blogging become more vanity than God focused.  I’ve let blogging consume too much of my time–taking time and resources away from the REAL ministry that the Lord desires from me–My Husband, My Kids, and My home.  The balance between my real ministry and my blog has, more often than not, weighed more heavily on the blog side.

So, going forward, what am I going to do?  Well for one thing, I will be closing down my current blog.  I will move all the posts from all my blogs over to a free blog host, most likely blogger.  I will close down all my other past blogs and cancel my webhosting–all domain names will point to that blog (until they expire, at which time they will not be renewed).  This new blog will serve as an archive only.  I will not be updating this blog at all.  This will save our family money each month.

Will I blog regularly again?  Yes. How often I’ll update?  I honestly don’t know.  I will only blog when I honestly have the time between, husband, home, children, homeschooling, farm–my real life.  Sometimes daily, sometimes weekly, sometimes monthly–I honestly don’t know.  All I do know, is that blogging has become a chore.  Not a chore I look forward to, but one that I drag my feet kicking and screaming to do.  Instead of feeling obliged to post every single day, I will go back to the way I first began blogging.

I’m no longer going to *try* to be a “big mommy blogger” or a “big food blogger”.  I’m going to take back my blogging and just be *ME*–warts and all.  I will no longer be only blogging through rose colored glasses.  My life is FAR from perfect and I honestly am tired of bloggers that make everthing look perfect, making other women (their readers) feel like failures because they can’t achieve that perfection–in their marriage, children, home, and faith.  Do  you know how humbling it is for me to admit that I’ve been a part of the problem? I’ve been just as bad at making my life/home seem like they are perfect.  If I’ve ever made you feel like a failure because you couldn’t achieve the perfection I was promoting, then I am honestly sorry.  It’s not that I sit down and type a blog post filled with outright lies, but because I only posted about the “Perfect”, I know that it may have led others to believe that I have a perfect life.  While everything I posted about was true–I left out part of the story.  I wasn’t being completely honest by portraying the perfect alone, I needed to balance it with the not-so-perfect.

This new and honest me can admit, that like MANY other stay-at-home wives/moms, that the internet has become an interference to my true ministry.  I will be stepping back, not just from blogging, but also from the internet in general.  I will be less on Facebook, I will be deleting all accounts/pages except for my personal one. I will be leaving some of my Facebook groups. I will be closing down my Twitter accounts entirely (I just have never gotten into it).  I will close down all Pinterest accounts but my personal one.  I will be closing all Google + accounts (again, just never gotten into it).  As for social networks, I will be sticking to just personal Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Not only that, but I will begin weeding through my Facebook account and deleting “friends”–many of whom I do not personally know and have absolutely no interaction with, but have friended me because of my blogs, my old digital scrapbooking persona, my other businesses, and I will be deleting “friends” who I feel are bad influences, either in the way they live or their false teachings.

As for my doTERRA business, I will be keeping a Facebook group open for that, but my “Essential Traditions” page will be closing.  I will also continue my weekly newsletter for subscribers and customers.  The group that will be staying open is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/545384612187870/

As for now, there is not yet a “NEW” blog for you to read.  I may work on that this week–again, I may not.  It honestly depends on what fall on my plate this week.  Wherever it will be, I will be using the www.susangodfrey.com domain name, simply because I already have it and hey, it *is* still me :)  But until that domain name gets forwarded, you can find the blog at http://susangodfreyblog.blogspot.com/

This decision is bittersweet.  I use to enjoy blogging and I want to get to that point again.  But I’m no longer going to try to blog by other’s standards, no longer worry about the number of readers or how to “grow” my blog, no longer worry about how to make money or build up my “brand”.  I’m going back to the very beginning–to the blogging that I enjoyed.

Thank you everyone for walking this walk with me.  I’ve met so many wonderful friends through the years and I still value those of you who have “stuck”.  Thank you for the love and support you have shown me over these last many years.

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Wildcrafting Wednesday #95

Welcome to the ninety-fifth edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday!

Wildcrafting Wednesday is hosted by:

While traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a weekly blog hop for sharing self-sufficiency and homesteading tips, tried and true home-remedies, and your favorite herbal uses.

It’s a place to gather information on ways to incorporate old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life.

It is anything and everything herbal – from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking.

It is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients.

It is self-sufficient living, homesteading, and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources.

If it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it!

In other words, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a “one stop shop” for the past weeks best tips and simple steps to become more healthy and more self-reliant! Please join us! :)

Featured Posts from Our Last Blog Hop

Each week, we get some incredible posts submitted by amazing bloggers. The following posts are our featured posts as determined by our readers.

Crops That Can Be Planted Mid-Summer by Black Fox Homestead

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Preventing Blossom End Rot in Tomatoes by Learning and Yearning

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Dutch Oven Bread – Only 4 Ingredients! by Cats on the Homestead

 

Thank you to every one of our bloggers who linked up and to all of our readers for helping us pick our featured posts!

 

Guidelines for Participation:

1. Please link up your blog post using the Linky widget below. If you are posting a recipe, only real food recipes are permitted please. This means no processed, packaged, or refined food ingredients!

2. Please link the URL of your actual blog post and not your blogs home page. That allows future readers who find this post and go to your link to be able to find what they’re looking for.

3. Please place a link back to this edition of the blog hop in your post. That way your readers can benefit from all the ideas too. This also helps out the other participants who are hoping to get more traffic to their blogs. If you’re new to blogging here’s what you do: Copy the URL of Wildcrafting Wednesday from your browser address bar. Then edit your post by adding something like, “This post was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday” at the end of your post. Then highlight “Wildcrafting Wednesday”, click the “link” button on your blogging tool bar, and paste the URL into that line. That’s it! If you prefer, you can grab the button below and insert it at the end of your blog post. Either way is acceptable! :)

4. Please only link posts that fit the blog hop description. Old and archived posts are welcome as long as you post a link back as described above. Please don’t link to giveaways or promotions for affiliates or sponsors. That keeps our links valuable in the future since a link to a giveaway three months old isn’t going to be worth browsing in three months time, but a link to an herbal tip will be.

5. Posts containing profanity will be deleted without notification.

6. Please leave a comment. :)

7. And bloggers, please check out the other posts and leave a comment for them too. :) I know that we would all love to hear from each other. :)

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Zucchini Lasagna {#THM S Recipe}

zucchini lasagnaI created this recipe for Zucchini Lasagna last year  when we had an over abundance of squash in the garden.  It’s my basic Lasagna recipe that my family loves and the squash worked out perfectly in it!  Using squash as the noodles is a perfect way to lower the carb count of lasagna, and it’s just as delicious (maybe even more so!).   Zucchini Lasagna is a simple and healthy meal.  Serve it with a nice green salad, it makes a complete meal!  My fellas gave it a thumbs up!  You can add any kind of squash you’d like, yellow crookneck, zucchini, pattypan, etc.  You can also slice the squash up into rounds if you prefer.  Zucchini Lasagna is a very versatile recipe.  If you don’t have the squash, it’s simple just to leave it out and make regular ol’ lasagna or try substituting another vegetable like eggplant.

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Living Green Tuesdays Link-Up #48

Living Green TuesdaysI am so THRILLED to be join up as a weekly host for the Living Green Tuesdays Link-up Party!! Join us (Jasmine from Like a Mustard Seed, Victoria from Green Idea Reviews and myself) every Tuesday as like-minded bloggers come together with their “green” ideas! We love to see things like gardening tips, natural/money saving DIY projects, sustainable living ideas, herbal/natural healing, homemade anything, and more!

(Each week I will feature 2-3 posts from the previous link up party. Each post will be featured both here at Living Green Link-up and on Essential Traditions’ Facebook page.)

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Lemon Honey Cough Syrup by Herban Momma

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Each Tuesday we invite you to share how you are living GREEN! Here are the basic guidelines for the Living Green Link Up:

Share ANYTHING that relates to “green” living aka herbs, gardening, money saving, eco-friendly, ect. (please respect our biblical views). Use the Linky tool below to participate. Share your link new or old (make sure the link goes directly to your post), title, and image. It’s that easy! (No links to businesses please)

Please link your posts back to this Link-Up. Linking back here helps build our little community by sending your readers to all of the other posts shared. Grab the Living Green Link-up button above and paste into your post. Or simply create a text link somewhere in your post.

The idea of this link-up is to build up & encourage other readers as we learn and share our ideas. Be sure to visit other participants, as time allows. Tell them hello and that you found them here!

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{Focus on the Oils} Balance Blend

About Balance Blend

Balance BlendBalance Blend is doTERRA’s grounding blend.  It contains Blue Tansy, Frankincense, Rosewood, and Spruce–oils that are geared towards balancing the central nervous system, as well as other body systems.  These oils were selected for their ability to bring about a sense of calmness, peace, and relaxation.  The oils in this blend may help with dealing with various problems related to the muscles and bones, skin, the nervous system, and emotional balance.

Balance Blend Application and Properties

Balance BlendBalance Blend can be used topically or aromatically.

Topically:

  • It is most recommended to apply to the bottoms of feet.  Apply 3 drops to the bottoms of both feet.
  • Apply on your heart, wrists, and solar plexus from neck to thymus.
  • To balance left and right brain, apply on left fingers, and rub on right temple  Or put Balance Blend on right fingers and rub on left temple.  Cross arms and rub Balance Blend on reflex points on bottoms of feet.
  • Apply to reflex points on feet and spine to help with pain relief along the spine.
  • Wear as a perfume or cologne (it smells so good!)

Aromatically:

  • Diffuse into the room as needed to help balance the mind and body.

Balance Blend is Helpful With

Balance Blend

  • Anxiety
  • Back Pain
  • Balance
  • Brain Integration
  • Bursitis
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Depression
  • Diabetic Sores
  • Energy
  • Fear
  • Grand Mal Seizures
  • Grief/Sorrow
  • Herniated Discs
  • Hot Flashes
  • Hyperactivity
  • Jet Lag
  • Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Lupus
  • Metabolism (Balance)
  • Mood Swings
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Seizure
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Health Benefits of Switchel

Health Benefits of Switchel

SwitchelSwitchel is an old Amish drink that they use to serve during haying and other strenuous activities, used to quench thirst and restore electrolytes. It’s their form of Gatorade.

There are many health benefits of switchel.  It’s especially good to be used when you have a cold or the flu and even when your sinuses are acting up, just start drinking it at the first sign of a cold. You can drink daily as a refreshing change from water or tea. It is also a good treatment for acid reflux. The ingredients are extremely healthful, so this drink is excellent for daily use and is also safe for pregnant women.

Let’s take a look at some of the key ingredients to understand WHY it’s so healthy.

Raw Honey

  • Honey is soothing to the throat
  • Has anti-bacterial properties
  • Has anti-viral properties
  • Has anti-fungal properties
  • Is helpful in wound healing
  • Raises blood levels of protective anti-oxidants
  • Helps lower cholesterol, especially the bad LDL cholesterol

Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

  • It’s a natural stimulant
  • It cleanses and restores nutrients to the body so that the body can heal itself
  • Helps remove toxins from the body
  • Supports the immune system
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Helps control weight
  • Improves digestion and assimilation
  • Soothes tight and aching joints caused by arthritis
  • Soothes sore muscles from exercise
  • It regulates the metabolism
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Helps regulate blood pressure
  • Increases concentration and memory
  • Counteracts bladder infections, because it normalizes the pH which causes the infections
  • It is supposed to help balance your body’s pH.
  • Helps clear the sinuses
  • Contains potassium, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon, fluorine, vitamins C, E, A, B1, B2, B6, and beta-carotene

Black Strap Molasses

  • Provides iron for energy and is great for treating anemia. It provides more iron for fewer calories than meat and is fat free. It often suggested for pregnant women to consume when they are anemic during pregnancy.
  • Provides calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Treats constipation
  • Eases joint pain caused by arthritis.
  • Contains manganese, copper, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and selenium.

Ginger

  • Helps control motion sickness, nausea and morning sickness
  • It’s an anti-inflammatory which helps those who suffer with arthritis
    It helps control weight
  • May help by preventing the growth of cancer
  • Helps boost your immune system
  • Contains potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, and vitamin B6.

As you can see, Switchel is chock full of ingredients that are good for you and promotes health. I think it’s right up there with kefir and kombucha tea for healthy drinks!

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Essential Oils for Insomnia

What is Insomnia?

Essential Oils for Insomnia

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Insomnia is the clinical term for difficulty falling or staying asleep.  It can be triggered by a variety of issues, such as stress, drug or alcohol use, anxiety, or depression.  It is often a symptom of an underlying physical or psychological condition.  Thankfully many essential oils have sedative and relaxing properties that can help relieve insomnia.

Essential Oils for Insomnia

  • Lavender
  • Wild Orange
  • Serenity Blend
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Cypress
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Citrus Bliss Blend
  • Marjoram
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Bergamot
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Vetiver

Using Essential Oils for Insomnia

Aromatically

  • Diffuse the desired essential oil(s) into the air.
  • Dissolve 3 drops essential 0il(s)  in 1 teaspoon pure grain alcohol (such as vodka) and combine in a 2 ounce spray bottle.  Top off with distilled water.  Shake well and spray into the air or onto bedding.

Topically

  • Dilute essential oil(s) as recommended and apply 1-2 drops onto bottoms of feet, back of neck, legs, and arms.

Suggested Protocols

  • Combine 6 drops Citrus Bliss or Wild Orange with 6 drops of Lavender.  Apply to big toes, bottoms of feet, around the navel, and back of neck at bedtime.
  • Combine 2 drops Roman Chamomile, 6 drops geranium, 3 drops lemon, and 4 drops sandalwood.    Add 6 drops to a warm bath at bedtime and then combine 5 drops with 2 teaspoons Fractionated Coconut Oil for a massage after the bath.
  • Take 1-3 drops of Clary Sage under the tongue at bedtime.
  • Massage Serenity Blend or Lavender onto the bottoms of feet at bedtime.
  • Mix together 9 drops Marjoram, 8 drops Vetiver, 14 drops Lemon into a roller bottle, top off with Fractionated Coconut Oil.  Roll onto the back, back of neck, and bottoms of feet at bedtime.
  • Mix together 15 drops Clary Sage, 10 Drops Vetiver, and 15 drops Lavender.  Add 3 drops to a warm bath at bedtime and then combine 2 drops with 1 teaspoonsFractionated Coconut Oil for a massage after the bath.
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