Friday, January 24, 2014

Dry Skin Relief - Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Goat's Milk

It's well into winter and relief from the dry air seems far away. Heaters, fireplaces and air cleaners don't help with the dry skin issue. Even normal, everyday activities like washing clothes, dishes and produce, even just handwashing seems to leave my skin ready to dissolve into powder. That might actually be less painful that the cracking, splitting and peeling that is taking place. 

Wait, I'm a soap maker! I should have soft, smooth, healthy skin, right? Regular use of my goat and cow's milk soaps certainly helps. They are gentle and nourishing. My reformulated lotion bars, with extra coconut oil and shea butter, are easier to spread in winter's colder temps. The thing is, in the drier climates, I find I need to reapply frequently. My homemade lip butters are handy for this. The coconut oil and shea butter are soothing, and heal up our chapped lips quickly. If we would remember to keep using it, the chapping would also be prevented.

My favorite lotion bar in the winter is the Jasmine Rose. Rose oil is reputed to be soothing for dry skin. I like to recycle a 2 ounce size tin or snack container with a tight-fitting lid, smoosh a lotion bar inside, and carry it in my purse for easy application after handwashing on the go, or any time. I also keep a lotion bar next to the soap on each sink in my house, RV, trailer and in my travel bag. Okay, that seems obsessive, but I really am the biggest fan of my homemade soaps and lotions. Of course, that's why I make them. They're all natural and if I'm not happy with them, I know you won't be, so I make sure they're just right.

Want some help with your dry skin? Check out my Etsy shop, or my website, Mrs. D's Homestead.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Back To School - Blogging As Language Arts

One great thing about homeschooling is the flexibility in the schedule. After nearly 2 months off to help with fixing up the RV and trailer, closing up the Homestead and packing for the road, not to mention celebrating the holidays, 10 year old Yak is back to school. He is still working at the conventional "6th" grade level. He is taking more control over his schedule, often completing his work late at night so he can have the daylight hours free for his fort-building work and other projects. I check his work first thing in the morning , write his assignments in his record book and make sure he reads for his minimum 2 hours. Also, during the day sometime, I will sit him down and go over any particular difficulties he may be having in math, spelling, grammar, etc.

This past week he has started blogging. I supervise each post just to make sure everything looks good. I am also his final spelling/grammar check. It's really all his. Sometimes we discuss why using certain phrases may not be appropriate and we discuss online safety issues as we go along. I think he is learning a lot as he works on his blog and he enjoys having people other than just mom see his work.

We would like to invite everyone to check out his blog: and please comment. In fact, I would love it if you would leave a comment here, as well.

Stop by again, soon!

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