How-To Use Epsom Salt – 8 Amazing Uses

Epsom Salt

If you have never used epsom salt before then you should definitely read the rest of this post because you have stumbled upon a golden nugget here. I hadn’t started using it until a few years ago. I really wish that I had known about it when I was in high school playing basketball, volleyball, and running track. It would have really helped me recover a lot faster…. even though looking back I recovered way faster back then than now!

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Essential Oils and My Family

Essential Oils have become a huge part of my families daily routine.  When I started using them all I had was melaleuca (tea tree oil) and peppermint oil. I had no idea what to do with it for the first 6 months that I had them. They just sat in my pantry with the jar of pickles that had been forgotten  until my husband started to get a nasty sore throat/cough/the yuck.

He was going to go to Walgreens and grab some decongestant, but last minute decided to grab the melaleuca and peppermint, heated up a warm cup of water, and put 2 drops of melaleuca and 3 drops of peppermint into the cup. He then proceeded to gargle and spit the whole glass. The effects were AMAZING! He instantly had relief. This was great because whenever he had picked up this bug before, it had lasted at least 2 weeks if not three. I had to learn more.

Essential oils

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Starting Vegetable Plants Indoors/ Miniature Greenhouse

Spring is officially here! Thankfully a few weeks ago Kal and I planted our starters for the family garden. I am so excited to get started early this year because last year was a complete failure.

We learned that: our soil is pretty much clay and cannot sustain anything but weeds and more weeds. It even killed tomato plants. The one plant that I counted on to at least bear a few pieces of fruit. I have never seen a plant curl in onto itself like those poor plants did. So this year we have decided to plant the majority of our garden in raised beds.

Thankfully my husbands work had a few leftover crates that will work perfectly for the space that we have. That way we can bring on our own soil, fertilizer, and add whatever else this year to make sure that we have a good harvest throughout the summer. (I’ll update with the transplants later this spring) I am in desperate need of some GMO free/ organic/ way cheaper produce than what we are getting now.

It is crazy the prices that are put on produce with these labels. Especially when it would seem to be cheaper to grow. I guess they have to pay for the label, which as we all know can drive up a price in ridiculous proportions!

This is the finished product!

Row of Plants

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Easter Kids Project

“He Has Risen” Painted Plank

Plank Painting

He Has Risen Matthew 28:6

This little Easter project is great! All you need is a piece of wood, any size will do, a few colors of non-toxic acrylic paint, a few brushes or sponges, and a permanent marker. I also grabbed a poster board to put under the board to soak up extra paint, and some styrofoam cups cut in half, so that I had a disposable place to put the paint.

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Teaching Young Children about God

I have been struggling with how I can teach my kids about God and how to introduce them to Him. I know that my toddler has a very short attention span, but when he started to sing the whole alphabet and count to 20, then started singing other songs that we sing, I realized that he can memorize just about ANYTHING. The Bible tells us to talk to our children about the Lord and for us to memorize His Word, to keep it close to our hearts.

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Make-It-Mine Dream Ice Cream Cake

26th Birthday Cake!

This birthday was a little hard for me. It wasn’t a “milestone birthday”, we didn’t do anything extra special for it, except for make this CAKE! Oh man, I really feel like I went overboard on this one. It was a lot of work, but worth it! The mixture of creamy vanilla ice cream, chocolate cake,         cinnamon-vanilla salted caramel, and marshmallow cream cheese frosting. Even listing all these ingredients out makes me it seem even more ridiculous.

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That Periodic Workout

 

We have all felt that awful rock bottom, too busy to find a consistent 20-25 minutes of peace where you actually want to use that time to exercise. I know that if I get BOTH kids asleep for anything more than 20 minutes I am going to take the “me” time. This has only happened, maybe 5 times since Colton has been born. Not too shabby, but I could totally use more time like that.

Black n White

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Moms Day In ( A “Typical” Day)

Everyone has their opinion about what a stay-at-home mom’s day looks like, but the only ones who know what it actually looks like, are the moms.

Kal and Colton

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Swimming, Treading, Floating, and Drowning Faith

When I think about how I have grown in my faith through the years, I have to think about all of it; not just the good times, but the bad times, and the times that I didn’t even know if I was going anywhere. I think of these times in terms of swimming towards God, treading water, floating, or what feels like drowning.

Jesus pic

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Maple Glazed Banana Bread Bundt Cake

Maple Glazed Banana Bread Bundt Cake
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This banana bread really takes it to the next level. You can taste the buttery richness in the maple glaze, while the banana bread has an amazingly moist, classic, banana flavor that you won't forget!
Servings Prep Time
12-14 1 Bundt Pan 80 Minutes
Cook Time
65-70 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-14 1 Bundt Pan 80 Minutes
Cook Time
65-70 Minutes
Maple Glazed Banana Bread Bundt Cake
Print Recipe
This banana bread really takes it to the next level. You can taste the buttery richness in the maple glaze, while the banana bread has an amazingly moist, classic, banana flavor that you won't forget!
Servings Prep Time
12-14 1 Bundt Pan 80 Minutes
Cook Time
65-70 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-14 1 Bundt Pan 80 Minutes
Cook Time
65-70 Minutes
Ingredients
Banana Bread:
Maple Glaze:
Servings: 1 Bundt Pan
Instructions
  1. Directions: 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bundt cake with cooking spray
  2. 2 Soften butter, cream together the sugars until smooth Maple Glaze: In a medium bowl add the melted butter, vanilla and maple syrup. Carefully mixing the powdered sugar.
  3. 3 Beat in eggs and smashed bananas
  4. 4 Add flour and baking soda
  5. 5 Mix in the salt, cinnamon and nutmeg last, until just combined
  6. 6 Pour into the prepared bundt pan, bake at 350 degrees for 65-75 minutes
  7. Maple Glaze: In a medium bowl add the melted butter, vanilla and maple syrup. Carefully mixing the powdered sugar
  8. Pour around the top of the bundt cake and let it drizzle down the sides and into the center
  9. Let set for at least 15 minutes before serving warm
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