Homemade Mosquito Trap

For those of you who have a problem with mosquitoes!!

Connie Leeper's photo.

WITH WARMER WEATHER COMES MOSQUITOS! WITH SUMMER APPROACHING I THOUGHT I’D SHARE THIS AGAIN

 

Have you noticed the Mosquitos are Already out! Here is a homemade trap to help keep you and the kiddos from being a blood donor!!!

HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP:
Items needed:
1 cup of water 
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1  2-liter bottle

HOW:
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)

Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.

 

 

 



Why Buy or Purchase Organics?

If you’re looking to minimize your exposure to pesticides and artificial hormones, organic is the way to go. But in a sea of shelves flooded with products, how do you know that what you are buying is actually organic? It’s simple. All you need to do is learn to decode the packaging and percentages. With this cheat sheet, you’ll find out how you can shop smart for organic food and get the most for your money.
What does organic mean?
Before products can be labeled as USDA organic, they must be certified by a USDA-accredited agent. According to the USDA, here’s what an organic seal means for…
Crops: No irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were used to produce the crops.
Livestock: In raising animals, producers “met animal health and welfare standards, did not use antibiotics or growth hormones, used 100% organic feed, and provided animals with access to the outdoors.” While this applies to land animals, keep in mind that there is currently no such thing as USDA certified organic fish.
Multi-ingredient foods: The product has been verified to contain “95% or more certified organic content.” Any ingredients that are specifically identified on the label as organic have been certified as such.
Keep in mind that some foods, particularly from local or small farmers, may be produced using organic standards but have not been officially certified as organic.

How do I know if what I’m buying is organic?
Most organic food is labeled with a green USDA organic seal, which certifies that it has 95% or more organic content.
For a food to be labeled 100% organic, all ingredients, including processing aids, have to be certified as organic.
Foods that say they are made “with organic ingredients” must be made up of at least 70% certified organic ingredients. The remaining ingredients do not need to be organically produced, but they can’t be made using certain methods.
One trick to use on loose fruits and vegetables is to check out the price look up (PLU) sticker. Organic products are more likely to have a five-digit code beginning with a nine, as opposed to four digits for most conventionally-grown produce.
Is organic food more expensive?
Organic foods are often, but not always, slightly more expensive than their conventional counterparts. In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from 20% more to double the price for organic foods because they often cost more to produce. However, some organic foods like bread or coffee may actually cost the same or even less, so be sure to price check before writing off an organic choice.
Gardening Time….just around the corner!!
When organic items are not easily found in stores, growing your own garden or having garden pots if you live in a very small space growing on a deck or indoors in front of a sunny window or garden door (such as herbs, green onions, sprouts of various varieties, etc). One word of caution if you choose not to eat GMO’s remember that includes buying organic seed. Organic seed can reproduce as nature intended but GMO seed will not. Seedless fruits & vegetables are genetically modified, I no longer complain when I have to pick out numerous seeds from my fruits!! Locally grown produce at Farmer’s markets are a fresher more nutrient option versus store bought. It sometimes takes days to arrive at our stores, stored again then we purchase them to store them for days in our fridges…how much goodness is left? Just do the best you can and choose wisely.

  • I have purchased organic seeds from my local area such as Superstore & Peavy Mart & seeing more & more items come available. Also organic sprouting seeds (check out my website for pictures of the sprouts I grow in my kitchen all year long).
  • Just stumbled onto this bread…very excited with the product as well as their very informative website. This is a Canadian made product using local farmers in Alberta & Saskatchewan. There is very short informative videos explaining all ingredients, also introducing you to these farmers as they explain the crops they grow. You may even know who they are! Please checkout their website http://www.onedegreeorganics.com Must say I am VERY impressed with everything about this family based company and I am sure our Great Great Grandparents would be also as the ingredients are what they would recognize. Real, Untampered, Natural Foods made from grower to our kitchen tables NOT a science experiment from a LAB ( which unfortunately is a high percentage of our food chain these days). Our Health & our Lifestyle is a personal choice…I just choose not to be a LAB RAT!! Creation has served my past generations well and I choose to continue on that path.
  • I have DVD’s explaining the dangers of GMO’s, the hidden truths, increasing health issues & growing numbers,etc. Please contact me if you, your family or organization wants to borrow them FREE of charge. The more we know the more we can make educated decisions about the health of us & our families. Helping our future generations live a happier, healthier life….very Simply!

 

Everyday Cleaning Ideas & Recipes

Kitchen:

Cleaner for stainless steel sinks

Sprinkle with baking soda, table salt & soap grade pure essential oil of choice (I love lemon). Scrub in circular motions to kill bacteria, remove tea/coffee stains. etc. Rinse well; do on a regular basis.

Stainless Steel pots & pans cleaner

For an alternative to s.s cleansers or SOS pads to remove potatoe scum or stubborn food stains – use salt can add baking soda for a finer polish.

Kitchen Spray

(For fruits/vegetable to wash & remove oil base pesticides & to disinfect sinks after doing dishes)

Add to spray bottle; 1 pearl size drop NSP concentrate with 5-10 drops s.g. lemon essential oil fill with water shake before spraying produce; rinse well. Can also spray with diluted vinegar water to preserve produce for longer periods.

Alternative to Draino   (For kitchen/bathroom sinks, shower & tub drains)

-place 1/4 cup baking soda in each drain

– 5-8 drops lemon essential oil

– then pour approx. 1/2 cup vinegar on top (watch it bubble up) leave for 10 minutes then pour kettle of boiling water down each drain.

A fresh, clean, sanitized drain. Do on a regular basis more often when someone in the household is sick.

TIP:  Removal of garlic/onion smelling hands….when doing dishes rub a silver or stainless steel spoon for several minutes, takes the smell away instantly!

Washing Windows & Walls

1 pearl size drop of NSP concentrate in an ace cream pail; fill with warm water (please do not use more concentrate I learned from experience more is NOT better… a little dab will do ya!)

Bedding/Towels/Clothes

PRESPOT with Nature’s Fresh &/or for stubborn/ greasy clothes add straight NSP concentrate on area & leave for 5-10 min. 1 pumpful of NSP Conc. to washing machine also front loading (adjust according to water hardness) can add essential oils to water (lemon for darks only as it would stain whites or light colors), lavender is clear & can be used for all laundry, tea tree great for athletes foot or pets bedding, etc. Add 10-20 drops in fabric softener dispenser top off with water. Vinegar can be used as a safe bleach. With using this concentrate there is no need for fabric softener. Fabric softener comes with huge health risks to children, pets & adults not to mention the years of service taken off your dryer not to mention yours.

Floors

2-3 drops of NSP  with essential oils can be added to the water.

Carpets/Upholstery for Home or Vehicle

Prespot with diluted NSP conc. &/or Natures Fresh…let stand. Then use one pump full of NSP conc. pure in steam cleaner fo each  tank full. Safe alternative to the chemical versions as children & small pets play & lay on floors & we all sit on the couches & chairs.

Bathroom Sprays

Spritz/spray bottle filled with water add 5-10 drops of soap grade essential oil combination. Cinnamon & Pine are great deoderizers can add orange, lemon, eucalyptus for cold & flu season. Shake & spray!

Tub Cleaner

NSP concentrate is a non-abrasive, safe cleaner for acrylic, fiberglass, porcelain tubs or showers; use diluted in a pail of water; rinse well.

Shower Base Cleaner

Sprinkle base with baking soda to cover; then sprinkle with S.G. essential oils evenly as possible. Section 6″ x 6″ square space on shower base pour on vinegar & as it foams scrub vigorously in circular motions with bristle brush. Do section by section until the entire base is done then rinse well.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

1 pump of NSP conc. with 10 drops of lemon or pine S.G. essential oil. Scrub with brush. Vinegar can be used in between times also.

Oral Hygiene

To disinfect toothbrushes…spray or spritz your brush with SilverGuard liquid regularly; more often when sick. Replace brush every 3 months. Can also be used as a mouthwash to remove bacteria causing odors, the Silver gel can be used for toothpaste & gum health.

For quick bathroom touch ups keep a spray bottle with water, 1 drop NSP conc. with S.G. essential oils; shake, spray, wipe…done! Mirrors …the same as windows.

Soft Soap

I make my own using a small pump bottle add pure, undiluted NSP conc. with essential oils of your choice. You can suit it to the season, for pleasure or prevention of illness. Citrus (1 or more varieties of lemon, orange, grapefruit, bergamot) with lavender is nice, for cold flu season can use or add: eucalyptus, thyme linalol, myrrh or sweet margoram….be creative!!

SAFE Aromatherapy Plug Ins

A plug in device with blank removable pads you add 1-5 drops of essential or combination of to target when & what you want to achieve. Some ideas: LAVENDER( lavendula augustafolia)- calming & balancing to the nervous system, calming a colicy/fussy child, overtired, overworked, relaxing, insomnia, anxiety,etc. Great for overnight house guests plug in ahead of time, works for about 3 hrs. To disguising cooking smells in kitchen (garlic, onions, fish, sauerkraut) I use cinnamon & orange. For morning, refreshing, learning or remembering, etc lemon or any citrus for mind stimulation, energy, awakening. Also plug-ins for vehicles just for a pleasant aroma or for long drives, fighting sleep use lemon or Tei Fu oil for awakening.

HAND WIPES FOR TRAVEL OR DAY TRIPS

I use my diluted NSP concentrate with lemon essential oil that I have at the kitchen sink…spray paper towels till damp fold individually sometimes I add more lemon to each wipe & then place in a plastic snack bag. Fits nicely into your purse, backpack, etc. Much safer than the chemical laden commercial version. You can also do the same thing with facecloths. Great for travel, hiking, picnics, places where water is not accessible or available.

For more information on Pure Essential Oils, NSP concentrate, Nature’s Fresh there is more detailed explanations on my website. These ideas I have shared with you I have used for my family, our home & office for over 15 years. I am confident you will enjoy the peace of mind  knowing  these ideas are SAFE, ECONOMICAL, EFFECTIVE, SPACE SAVING (not 15 varieties of chemical bottles under your sink), ENVIRONMENTALLY KIND TO US & OUR PLANET.  Have FUN creating your own ideas hope you enjoy using mine!!

 

Why water is so important…..

Why is WATER so important?….

WATER is the principal constituent of the body, our bodies are mostly made of water. 65% of the body weight of an adult male and 55% of an adult female. Water is the principle constituent of ALL body fluids (blood, lymph, tissue fluid), of all secretions (salivary juice, gastric juice, bile, sweat) and all excretory fluids (urine). Excessive loss to dehydration re: hot weather temperatures, physical activity, working outdoors, exercise, lack of intake of water, etc. Thus we need to be mindful to replenish that delicate balance to achieve the highest degree of health. We can survive for only a short time without water intake.

Drink only PURE not tap/chlorinated water and all OTHER fluids do not replace our water intake such as all soda pop and coffee, they dehydrate the body further. Try not to drink any fluids during a meal as it dilutes the gastric fluids needed to digest our food, approx. 20 minutes before & after is better. Some people who are TASTE people and water just is a real struggle to drink I suggest to add chlorophyll for a mild spearmint taste and is an overall body tonic, body deodorant, for over acidity (an alkaline system is a healthy system) & much more; also great for cat & dog breath, hairballs and general good health as they have the same systems we do so don’t forget to give your pets pure, clean water too! Adding lemon &/or lime wedges I also like to add cucumber slices to a pitcher of water & let it flavor for several hours or overnight for a mild, refreshing drink (did I mention healthier?) for those hot summer days.

Some facts on WATER

  • 2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs
  • 1 glass of water 30 minutes prior to a meal helps digestion
  • composes 75% of the brain
  • helps carry nutrients & oxygen to the cells
  • moistens oxygen for breathing
  • helps convert food into energy
  • protects & cushions vital organs
  • helps the body absorb nutrients
  • makes up 75% of muscles
  • regulates body temperature
  • makes up 83% of blood
  • removes waste
  • accounts for 22% of bones
  • cushions joints
  • 75% of Americans are chronically DEHYDRATED (likely applies to half the world population)
  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger
  • Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism 3%
  • One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
  • Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue
  • Preliminary research indicates 8-10 glasses of water per day could significantly ease back & joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short term memory, trouble with basic math & difficulty focusing on the computer screen or printed page.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, slash breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

ARE YOU DRINKING THE AMOUNT OF WATER YOU SHOULD DRINK EVERYDAY??

See my new link http://www.clrhealing.com/water for more information on my website.

And view the SANTEVIA website for products and more information on alkaline water .

Hope you found this helpful and I promise if you drink water you WILL NOT RUST as one wonderful man used to tell me would happen.

LAUGHTER…the BEST medicine!!! So laugh on & enjoy the rest of this wonderful summer while it lasts.

WELCOME BACK

As a fellow business owner in Bashaw I would like to “Welcome Back” Bashaw Meats & Sausage who have just (RE) opened their beautiful new building recently. They have high quality meats & sausage of all descriptions and are most willing to accommodate you & your families needs (gluten-free products, no hormones, antibiotics, etc.) Please check them out and we all wish Darren & Carrie all the Best ……new building…but same awesome service & product.

Our Fine Feathered Friends

Hummingbirds  RE: Feed

As I mentioned in my launching letter I love my little birds and the hummingbirds are one of them. We have a feeder that has a suction cup that sticks to our front room window & we so enjoying watching them feeding. Now we need air traffic control for hummingbirds, they are coming none stop.ImageImageImage LOL I think they are getting fueled up for their long trip south bound soon.  As most of you who know me know how I preach nutrition I try very hard to be mindful also for our birds, animals & the planet in general. So which brings me to the homemade recipe I use instead of the commercial brands with artificial colour etc. 

Instead use a colourful feeder to attract them. Image

Recipe

4 parts water (pure not chlorinated city/town water)

1 part sugar ( I use organic cane sugar)

Bring to a rolling boil; cool completely then add to cleaned feeder. Sit back; enjoy viewing the very grateful, smiling hummingbirds.Image

How to Easily Grow “Live Living Food”

sprouts

This picture shows growing sprouts from seeds. You will need cheesecloth, an elastic and a glass bowl (seems to avoid mold). Soak seeds (cover with pure water if possible) for 6 hrs (when draining water from seeds use for house plants). Drain and then put soaked seeds in dish covered with cheescloth, secure with elastic band and place in warm area in kitchen, ie. sunny window. Water and drain morning and night.

In 4-5 days when fully sprouted, place in fridge. For use in salads, wraps, smoothies, etc. Be creative!

This is an excellent way to get fresh organic live foods. Even if you have a small living space or its winter in your area. There are many varieties of sprouting seeds available. This is also a fun thing to do with kids of all ages and encourages them to eat healthy!