Throwing out the old, creating the new

That’s a fancy title for this post.  I will maybe link it in to being scriptural later on. 
I get in random moods sometimes where I am so sick of living with a bunch of chemicals, so I go psycho and throw a bunch of stuff away.  Thursday and Friday were days like that.  🙂  I feel like if I don’t do it then, it’ll never get done.
Justin got home from work to find me having had thrown away all of the shampoo we owned, all conditioners, all toothpastes, all mouthwash, all mousse and hair gel, all hairspray, all deodorants, all face washes… what else?  Then I sat down and decided the next day (Friday) I’d just make a crapton of formulas and see what works best for us.  I did that, and for now, here’s our recipes (some we already made previous to Friday and have been using – and these are just the listed ingredients.  If someone is actually interested in how much of each ingredient we used, please ask!):

Shampoo (Justin’s)
Dr. Bronner’s Orange Citrus scented soap, diluted

Shampoo plus Conditioner (Courtney’s)
Castile soap
Coconut oil
Apple cider vinegar
Pureed cucumber
Pureed lemon

Marshmallow root (what turns it into a gel)
Apple cider vinegar
Jojoba oil
Essential oil

Essential oil

Baby lotion
Coconut oil
Cocoa butter
Essential oil

Coconut oil
Baking soda
Essential oil
Vegetable glycerin
Coarse mineral salt

Coconut oil
Baking soda
Arrowroot powder
Sunflower oil
Tea tree oil
Essential oil

Coconut oil
Cocoa butter
Tea tree oil
Essential oil(s)
Sweet almond oil

Tea tree oil
Essential oil

Baby body wash
*We mainly just use water since soaps aren’t necessary on a baby, but otherwise we’ll use Dr. Bronner’s mild baby soap until Mal can use ours

Adult body wash
Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap, diluted

Teething gel
Coconut oil
Cocoa butter
Clove oil

Acne wash

Shaving cream
Cocoa butter
Grapeseed oil
Castile soap
Tea tree oil

We’re still in the process of finding an effective styling gel/mousse, and sinus/migraine relief… balm, probably.  For quick relief while Justin’s at work.  We’ll be using peppermint oil and lavender oil most likely.  In a few weeks our project is to create our “natural medicine cabinet”.  🙂  I’m excited for that too!

I so enjoy living this way.  And who would have thought it’d be so cheap and easy!

Here’s how this post is scriptural:

^ that post is from December something.  I was going to post it but forgot.  Justin saw it and recommended only writing purpose-related posts… that offended me a bit because I thought I was, because I’m being a good steward, but he’s right.  I’ll work on this.

I wanted to copy and paste a comment I posted on facebook just a few minutes ago, on a group of which i am a part of.  It’s a group for christian ladies seeking prayer, advice, encouragement, etc.  The post I commented on asked what our New Years resolutions are.  So you’re in the loop, here’s ours: 

Well… where do I start?  😉
There are so many things we’re implementing into our lives lately, beginning over the last six months about.  This year is going to be amazing, we just know it.
We started the year off by creating a ‘Thankful Jar’ that JulieAnne had shared of a bit ago, that’s been fun.  I’m looking forward to reading them at the end of the year already, since Justin and I haven’t shared our thankful notes with one another, kind of as fun surprises for one another too once we read them on new years eve 2013.
Mal is doing so well, we’re so blessed by him.  I can’t wait to see what we experience with him this year.  Yep, he’s already growing so fast, but oh how lovely our time has been.  He makes my Shortly after Mal was born we went ‘completely natural’ with our lives- no processed, packaged foods, we threw out all of the chemicals in our house, and now we make most of the products we use.  I’m jealous of Pamela Reed, if I could move to a farm now I would, haha- *that’s a dream of mine, is to someday live on a farm.  Where we can raise our own cows and chickens, and for fun a fainting goat 😉 Where we can get raw milk, raw butter and raw cheese, cage-free eggs, all grass-fed or with non-GMO feed.  Kind of a weird dream, but whatever.  Justin’s dream is to live on Lake Michigan.. so I have no idea where we’d find a farm on Lake Michigan, but here’s to hoping 😉  If it was near an Amish community, that’d be best.  I love homemade everything, and Justin loves making wood items.  It’s like we’re going back in time or something- should have been Amish.  ;P

Anyways!  Our natural lifestyle has also brought on our convictions toward medical interventions- we’re so against this.  I know many of you won’t agree with me, but again, our convictions.  We don’t use medication or mainstream items, it’s as simple as that.  We believe that God created our bodies to function properly and correctly.  We believe that with the proper and a natural diet, our immune systems are the best fighters of disease.  We’re those weirdos you’ll see who research everything thoroughly before acting and who makes and drinks kombucha, makes our own sauerkraut and kefir, makes our own toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, lotions, cleaning solutions, and “medications”, who don’t vaccinate their kids,and believe in extended breastfeeding.  Being stewards of our bodies is SO important- I grew up in a household opposite of these beliefs, so I’ve seen the results of poor habits. We’ve completely changed our diet, and this year we’re working on an exercise program that suits us best.  Basically though, we’re following The Maker’s Diet, and with all organic.. well, basically everything, not just produce.  That’s how God made our fruits and veggies, was organic in nature.  I am so thankful for support and encouragement by others such as Amy, who live this way too.  I am soooo thankful to God (haha!  Gotta tag everyone, right?;]) for stretching our dollars and making it possible for us to do ALL of this on a $10.50/hour budget.  We used to get government assistance but we chose to stop benefits because we didn’t want it to become a crutch for us (*though, I am SO tempted to go on them again since discovering that Oryana accepts EBT cards!  But that wouldn’t be right.  We’re so poor we were getting $300/month for groceries!  And it’d be even more since Mal’s here…it’d be so nice, but if we’re making it now living on organic food, that wouldn’t be right).

Sorry, I ramble.  But I get excited.  Our medicine cabinet was our latest project- instead of tylenol, ibuprofen, neosporin, etc., it includes tea tree oil, benzonite clay, colloidal silver, elderberry syrup, and we make sure to always have fresh garlic and raw honey around.  God created these foods to be so powerful for a reason- our “medicines”, our food,is right before us.

But alas, we enjoy vehicles and don’t plan on getting a horse and buggy anytime soon. 😉  but it’s been lovely not having a tv the last three years (but it’s been AWESOME having aprojector so when we rent movies it’s projected on the wall, equivalent of a 150″ tv, hehe)

Sorry, rambling again.

There’s so much we’ve changed in 2012 and we plan to continue change into this year.  We have several new spiritual disciplines we’ve incorporated and began this morning, that we’ll get in a routine with especially during the church fast, which will then become habits/part of our lifestyle.

We want to increase our giving by a lot this year, but we’re not sure by how much.  We give to the church our 10% by check, any extra by cash, and do “outside of the church givings” by cash and debit card.  We believe to be giving at least 30% by the end of the year.  Before we bought our house and got more bills, we were up to 35%.  Maybe we’ll be there again soon.  C:

I don’t know if it’s possible since I’m still breastfeeding and my periods have not returned, but we hope to get pregnant within the next couple of months again- God’s timing is what we want though.  Whenever it happens, I do ask your agreement on a healthy pregnancy.  We’ll attempt a homebirth again.  Our midwife is an amazing, God-fearing woman who lives in Marion.  I trust her with my life.  We kind of want twins, mainly to get it over with since we want maybe 3 kids total, haha.. but whatever we receive, we’ll love.

In this new year, we thank God for new beginnings.
❤ Newness and a refreshing year in our marriage, clarity on the discipleship of our children, basically a brand new life health-wise… and spiritually, this will be the most growing year for us yet, I claim it ❤ We thank God for new beginnings with the church, for healing, and for clearer perspectives. We thank Jesus for being the foundation of our family. I thank Him for more knowledge, wisdom, and boldness. I thank Him for His spirit already being in Malachi, our little prophet, claimed since before conception. And Father, I thank You for prosperity. In our relationships and in our finances. I thank You for restricting my urge to buy all of this health stuff, as You know i want to, haha. I just thank You SO freaking MUCH, again, for opening our hearts and minds, even though my family is filled with those in the medical profession and who oppose us, so that we were able to find Truth and see the true benefits of Your creation. I pray this year Lord that more people's eyes, ears, hearts would be opened in these last days, and that our lack of knowledge would be so little as to where it wouldn't destroy us. I thank You for my life, Justin's life, Mal's life, and our cutie Unger's life. He just fits our 'tarded little fam so well :} i thank You for the lives of those around us and i pray that this year we're able to give back to them as they have to us. ❤ (i could go on and on, so I'll end it here)

Yep, that was what I posted.  Most of it, y’all already know.  I will probably continue that prayer later on in this post.  But for now I just wanted to talk about, I guess what you guys want to talk about.  I need an output for what I learn, but I am stuck in what to share.  So, help a sister out, wouldya?  🙂 

what do you struggle with?

Have you found your purpose yet?

I am SO determined for this to be a purposeful year.  Justin and I are starting the Daniel Fast next Sunday for ten days, that’ll be awesome.  I can’t really fast food since I’m breastfeeding, but we’re fasting other things, and expecting the start of lots of growth.

Comment here and direct my output, would you?



One response

  1. Jake and Amber

    “Anyways! Our natural lifestyle has also brought on our convictions toward medical interventions- we’re so against this. I know many of you won’t agree with me, but again, our convictions. We don’t use medication or mainstream items, it’s as simple as that. We believe that God created our bodies to function properly and correctly. We believe that with the proper and a natural diet, our immune systems are the best fighters of disease”

    Hey guys, I appreciate your opinion while having a different view of my own. My future wife and fellow Christian, Amber, would not survive without ‘medical intervention’. There are numerous medications, inhalers, insulin and breathing treatments she needs daily to just to live another day on this earth. Many peoples’ health circumstance is no fault of their own and some of us have to do whatever we can to survive. Please remember that while yes, God is in control, not all modern medicine or medical professionals are unneeded. They are a large part of why my love is still alive today. Btw, I do appreciate and admire both of your passion for natural organic living as well!

    The future wife:
    Hi guys I just wanted to share with you something I have learned through my life. I was born with a missing chromosome on gene F507. This is a genetic disease, it’s hard to see it coming, as it can come out of recessive genes. There are a lot of other diseases similar to mine (Cystic Fibrosis), that are genetic and require medication to survive. After Adam and Eve had fallen so has the human race, including our bodies.
    “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Cor 4:16

    As I have learned from personal experience that God blesses those He loves, even with modern medicine.
    “As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
    3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” John 9: 1-3
    I agree with you both on practical, non dependent on medication, ways to heal sickness. I wholeheartedly agree and avoid use of such things as aspirin =) But I just wanted to share some of what God has taught me, in the case that you ever face a disease in the family or know a close friend, that you may understand how God is still healing them, even if there life depends on medications. I felt convicted to share this, I love you both, thank you for your blog and openness.
    God Bless,

    January 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM

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