Germ Zapping homemade playdough/Calming playdough

What if I told you that you could make playdough in less than 5 minutes in the comfort of your home.

Save yourself a little bit of money, encourage relaxation and focus with lavender playdough.

Keep the germs away with this easy to make germ zapping playdough.

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I often hear there isn’t enough time, and sure it may seem easier to just to pick up a thing of playdough to keep your kids entertained.  But it’s also unbelievably simple to create playdough that is safe for little hands.

Recipe from our home to yours.

Using Young Living Essential oils.

Germ Zapping Playdough

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 Tablespoons oil

3 tablespoons cream of tarter (3 tablespoons vinegar if you don’t have cream of tartar lying around)

1 cup water

5 drops Thieves Young Living Essential Oil

Food Dye is optional

Add all ingredients into a pot and cook on medium heat.  Stirring constantly until dough resembles playdough.

Store in airtight container for up to 2 months.  I do regularly add drops of Thieves.

This is perfect for when you’ve come home from a birthday party, or grocery store.  Of course I have the kids wash their hands first.  This is just a little secret from my home to yours.

Calming Playdough

1 cup water

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 Tablespoons oil

3 Tablespoons cream of tartar

5 drops lavender Young Living essential oil

Food dye is optional.  I usually choose a color that isn’t too overstimulating if I plan to use this as a calm down tool in our house.

Add all ingredients into a pot and cook on medium heat.  Stirring constantly until dough resembles playdough.

Store in airtight container for up to 2 months.  I do regularly add drops of Lavender.

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With two kids with sensory differences these two playdough recipes get a lot of use in our house.  I am a firm believer in essential oils abilities to heal.

I hope you enjoy!

Danielle

 

 

 

Tranquil

I walked into McDonald’s today to let my kids play indoors because of the unbearable smoke from the California fires.

I could feel my anxiety and agitation growing as more people lined up behind me.  The cashier possibly was new, or just hated her job.  Not sure.

But her rudeness immediately started to agitate me.

By the time I had gotten our drink and french fries and sat down with the kids.  I could feel my anxiety taking over my entire being.  It was too loud.  There was someone who stunk.  Then there was the fact that a grown man was lurking in the slide.

I was appalled that not one parent had demanded he get out.  So I mentally prepared myself and went up to the play structure and demanded he get out.

He did.  And the alcohol he had consumed was very apparent.

By the time that fiasco was done I could feel my anxiety slowly creeping.  But having kids I don’t want them to see my own anxieties, I don’t want my personal feelings to reflect on them.

Thank God I always have my Young Living Tranquil roll on in my bag for occasions like this.  I marked one X with the oil on my left wrist, and another X on my right wrist.  And one more down the base of my neck.  When I’m really anxious I will count to ten while touching my thumb to each of my fingers until that suffocating feel dissipates.

I’m not sure why I have anxiety.  I’d guess it’s due to my genetics.  Most everyone in my family struggles with anxiety or depression.  But I also think this world can be to fast paced for people like me.  I’m an old soul, that prefers the company of good people as opposed to a bunch of strangers.  And I need a lot of alone time.  And sometimes that’s hard with two young kids at home.

Once I had ditched my prescribed anti-anxiety/anti-depressant last year I had to find a way to help when my anxiety starts spiraling out of control.

Once I started using Young Living Essential Oils I felt a positive change in my entire body.  Everyday I drink my water with lemon oil.

Diffuse different oils throughout the house.  If I’m feeling unmotivated and depressed I tend to diffuse Tangerine.  It’s citrus scent gives me the kick in my ass I need to get moving.

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When I get that suffocating, overwhelmed anxious feel I have a few different oils I use, but tend to consistently use Tranquil by Young Living.

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I used to think this essential oil potion was a trend, that there couldn’t possibly be any healing in it.  But going back to Biblical times essential oils were used even then.

So here are just a few tips and tricks that I use on a daily basis to maintain a healthy mental state.

  • Exercise, it’s a must.  Sometimes I feel to tired to workout, but I force myself to.  This is where Ningxia comes in to my rescue.  It gives me a clean energy that doesn’t affect my anxiety like caffeine does.
  • Getting out and about.
  • Setting a goal once a week to try something new, even if it’s as simple as pumping my own gas at a new gas station.
  • Drinking lots of water
  • NO caffeine, like ever.
  • Eating a healthy diet, no fast food or processed junk.
  • Prayer
  • Physical labor around the homestead.
  • Using Young Living Essential Oils by using them topically, internally, and diffusing them throughout the house.

These are some of the things I do daily.  They don’t always work and sometimes I slip up and drink caffeine and find myself spiraling into anxiety quickly.

How do you combat anxiety and depression?

 

 

From our fields to your family

Let me share with you how I became a Young Living Essential Oils Distributor.

I’ve been a closet oiler for years.

Not sure if that’s even a term.

I’ve used oils since my first son was born.  My generous mother in law and mom have always both provided me with the oils I need for each stage of my life.  From both Doterra and Young Living.  I’ve used oils for serious baby constipation, I’ve used oils for anxiety and depression.  I make a special potion for the animals when they get injured.  The list of benefits we see daily by using Young Living Essential Oils is pretty significant.

My mama decided to gift me with signing me up as a distributor for Young Living.  You see I actually use both Young Living and Doterra oils.  I know the horror!

But I truly believe in oils and so as long as the oils are pure I won’t discriminate.

I however just adore so much about Young Living.  When I received my starter kit in the mail I was beyond thrilled.

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I’ll be completely transparent.  The idea of making a little side money is nice.  I love staying home with my kids but it’s nice to get a little extra money here and there selling something I truly believe in.  Not to mention by becoming a distributor you are able to use the Young Living Essential Oils and products at a much more affordable price.

Both my kids fall onto the Autism spectrum.  We face some sensory challenges on a day to day basis.  I will never claim to say that essential oils cure behaviors associated with the spectrum.  But I will say combined with diet and exercise I do notice a lot of positive changes.

Not to mention how clean and healthy my house feels.  I ditched the chemical cleaners once I had kids  and started making my own using essential oils and other household products.

I’m not really good at selling products though.  I never want to be that friend blowing up your feed with more obnoxious sales posts.  But I do hope as I embark on this journey with Young Living that I’m able to encourage others that there is healing in oils and hopefully they fall in love with Young Living like I did.

Stick around for different potions and ideas we cook up using Young Living Essential Oils on our homestead.

If you ever have any questions please send me an email or leave a comment.

americanhomesteadco@gmail.com

Danielle

 

5 Simple Steps to add more flowers to your homestead for free

I will cut to the chase on this. I know it can get frustrating reading a wordy article just to get to the 5 steps you chose to click on.

But I love anything free.  And I always love to add to the landscape of our ranch.

One of my favorite things to plant is the potato vine.  It has such a beautiful deep purple color and flourishes in our climate here in Nevada. (we will see how it survives the harsh winter next year)

Find a plant you want to propagate (I chose the Ornamental Sweet Potato)

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  1. cut a piece of the stem (I’ll be honest sometimes I just pinch them off but they say it should be a clean cut)
  2. dip in water
  3. dip in rooting powder
  4. place in the soil appropriate for the item you are propagating.
  5. water generously, I try to keep the soil pretty moist until it perks back up)

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And it’s truly as simple as that!  This method doesn’t always work for every flower, tree, or vine you are attempting to propagate.  I’d do a little googling before trying different items from your yard.  Also generally I put the new start into a pot, our soil here isn’t the most planter friendly.

Also if you have friendly neighbors you will find that people don’t mind if you take a cutting if you see something you’d like to add to your yard.

Happy Planting!

 

The Fate of the Backyard Rooster

When our sweet hen Mabel turned out to be a beautiful Blue Orphington rooster we were a little hesitant to keep him but chose to anyways and he was gifted with the name King Mabel.  Here we are about 8 months into it and I’m leaning towards taking the backyard rooster out of the equation for a bit.

If you’re considering a backyard rooster or find yourself with a surprise rooster in the flock here is my personal experience as a rooster owner.  If you have a rooster let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Pros

Protect the hens from predators.

Less yelling between hens.  They do seem to get along better with the Rooster around.

Introducing new chickens to the flock is a much easier transition with a Rooster around.

They are beautiful!

They do have a fascinating dance they perform to impress the hens.

The chicken family dynamic is pretty interesting to watch.

Fertile eggs.

Cons

I remember only a month ago bragging about the sweetness of my Rooster who is now about 10 months old.  However suddenly he’s taken a more aggressive approach and has resorted to chasing Miss H and pecking her anytime she comes into the chicken pen.

He posts up and now chases me out or lunges when I come into collect eggs.

They are loud.  Sometimes obnoxiously so.  It seems he’s really gotten the hang of his morning alert and it can be a bit irritating for those who sleep lighter.

The mating process appears to be quite violent.  It’s not something I enjoy seeing  in my backyard.  I know it’s nature, but yikes.

So there are my personal pros and cons to owning a backyard rooster.

The fate of King Mabel has yet to be decided.  Stay tuned.