Entry No. 50

FullSizeRenderI’ve grown to adore hot water bottles.  My grandmother gave me one as a tween, a time when I had a horrible case of the Flu.  I remember looking up at her confused {it wasn’t the fever} and asking what to do with it.  I gingerly held the nearly too-hot-to-touch, rubber bottle in my hands. She said you sleep with it, it’s supposed to make you feel better.  I’m guessing I still looked a little lost as, she shrugged her shoulders and left the room.

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 10.59.41 AMSee, I’d grown up using heating pads, electric blankets… The hot rubber bottle full of water was just strange to me.  Not any longer. The electric stuff, it’s great and serves it purpose but just cannot do what a Hot Water Bottle can. Heating pads are stiff, for the most part, require electricity and don’t make that special sing-song sound of water sloshing gently on the inside.  Wrap the Hot Water Bottle {it’s called a Hottie in many other countries} in a soft cover and the comfort is complete.  The cover serves to keep the bottle hotter longer and keep the hot rubber from touching tender skin.  Call me old-fashioned, but I’d prefer a little football of warmth beneath my covers to a heating pad any day.

I’ve begun selling these covers in my Etsy shop {see them here} and sew them in my studio, upstairs in my home.  Hot Water Bottles can be purchased at Walgreens, CVS, and on Amazon.  My favorite brand is German-made; Fashy.  To fill and cover your bottle, open the cozy and bend back the top of the cover.  Slip the bottom of the empty bottle into the bottom of the cover.  Fill the bottle according to your particular bottle’s instructions, close the bottle and slip the top of the cozy over the bottle.  Cuddle. It’s that easy.  Soothing, comforting, therapeutic – amazing.

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Entry No. 38

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So, I’m dabbling in more homemade. Homemade baby wipes actually.  Needing the store less has been so appealing to me lately.  You know, not having to run out for this and back out for that.  I’ve decided to give my own version of household cleaners a try, with much research of course.  Nobody wants creepy-crawlies living on the counters.  Truth be told – we don’t need heavy duty chemicals to get the job done.  Every chemical is not bad… it’s just a term… the air we breath is a chemical.  {smile}  More often, I’d like to wipe things down in my kitchen without color coming out of my clothes.  I’d like to mop without using extreme caution if any of my floor-dwellers are nearby.

Quality homemade; it makes for simpler living and, for me, simple living isn’t about buying more things to save time or a million new ways to do a million things.  It’s about God’s order thriving in my home, an easy yoke and light burden.  Simple living involves all that helps clear my heart and mind to better hear His voice on a daily basis.  Simple living inspires creativity and creativity leads to producing more than we consume, giving more than we take…  Well, keeping on topic, my first stop was baby wipes.  I ran out of them and guess what – I didn’t run out to the store. This gave me an extra fifteen minutes of devotional time, another ten of family time and saved me a few dollars too.  Anyway, here’s my baby wipe recipe.  They’ve been working great for about a week now.

I love not needing the store.

Hello, Better Baby Wipes

2 Cups Distilled Water {tap will give you mold sooner than later}

1 Tablespoon Castor Oil {naturally cleansing/non-acenegenic}

2 Teaspoons Witch Hazel {soothes skin irritation and inflammation}

1/4 Tsp Liquid Castile Soap {optional}

.5 ML Fragrance Oil {also optional} I don’t use Essential Oil in baby things as it is incredibly concentrated and can be irritating to adult skin; all the more delicate baby skin. Fragrance Oil can be found in the soap-making section of a local craft/hobby store. The other items are available at pharmacies and health stores.

Cut a roll of Bounty Paper Towels in half. Use select-a-size if you like, I use full size.  Add liquid ingredients to a container large enough to hold the half roll of paper towels and still close properly.  Stir them well and stuff the paper towels into the container.  It’s good if the oil is still swirling and distributed when the solution meets the paper towels.  This way even amounts of ingredients will coat the wipes.  Close the lid and turn the container upside down for several minutes.  Then, they’re ready to go.  I remove the tube in the center before wetting the paper towels.  This isn’t hard, you just have to work it loose slowly and slip it out.  Once the wipes are made, pull from the center each time you need one.  Store away from direct sunlight, preferably in a room that is not overly warm.