Friday, April 22, 2011


Baby Wipe Recipe

wipe sized container that seals.
soft paper towels we use Viva by Kleenex
Organic (really your choice, recommend Aveeno) baby wash
Organic (again your choice regular or organic) baby oil. I like to use sunflower oil because it is natural. Baby oil is scented Mineral oil which is a petroleum by product. Again your choice of oil but you want something lite. Jojoba oil is also a good choice.
Rosemary essential oil

With a carpet knife or good kitchen knife cut the paper towel roll in half. If you can work then center roll out that makes the wipes easier to use. I use the paper towels that have 3 sizes per sheet and tear each individual one.

I use 1/4 cup of oil and lotion. mix together in a bowl with 20 drops of Rosemary essential oil. The Rosemary oil will cut down on bacteria growth without having to use a preservative. The recipe calls for equal parts of water (boil and stir into the mixture) but I have a hard time mixing oil with water so I lightly spritz the paper towels so they are barely damp.

now put 1/4 lotion solution in the bottom of the container. put half the paper towels in. put 1/2 the lotion solution in the center. top with remaining paper towels and top with remaining lotion solution.

CLOSE box. Turn upside down. every ten minutes flip the box to other side until wipes are saturated all the way through.

This product will go bad after about a month because it contains no chemicals so don't make it until you are ready to use it. Babies like warm wipes. DO NOT put a wipe warmer on this concoction because it will encourage it to go bad sooner. You CAN hold the wipes in your warm mommy hands for a few seconds before use to take the chill off.

Diaper Cream
This takes 2 weeks to make but you make 8 4oz jars!
2 cups calendula flower
1 cup comfrey leaf
1 cup chamomile flower
1 cup lavender flower
4 cups of oil ... olive, grapeseed, or sweet almond work the best

Place the Herbs and oil in a glass jar. Cover tightly with a lid. Place in a warm sunny place (like a picture window for 2 weeks.

set up a double boiler (after the 2 weeks have passed... it is OK if it goes longer than 2 weeks!)
Using a strainer lined with cheesecloth, strain the oil mixture into the double boiler. (gently wrap the cheese cloth around the herbs and squeeze as much oil out as you can.) heat on low setting for 20-45 minutes. If you see "floaters" that escaped the first strainer, when mixture is cooled to room temp, strain it again!

Back in the double boiler warm mixture to 150 degrees and add 1/4 cup of beeswax for each cup of oil. Stir occasionally to make sure beeswax is melting. Either buy beeswax pellets or grate it off of a block. I put in the ratio to the oil in case you need to scale back the recipe to make a smaller amount.

Once the beeswax is melted take a tablespoon and dip it so there is a small amount pooled in the spoon and place on a paper towel in the freezer for about 5 minutes. pull out and check it. If the consistency feels too thick add more oil an ounce at a time. If the mixture seems to thin add more beeswax.

When you get the consistency you want add a tablespoon of Rosemary Essential oil or Orris root (root of white iris dried ground and grated) IF you have a special scent you want for your ointment now is the time to add the essential oil or scent. You will need about a tablespoon for entire mixture but start with a dropper full and stir, then smell... add it to your sense of smell. let the mixture cool. beat it every 10 minutes with a wire whisk to prevent separation. When at room temp pour into your 4 ounce containers. Refrigerate unopened containers or give to friends with babies.

Once again, this is a natural/organic product. IT WILL GO bad within a month. If the mixture turns color or starts to smell different, toss it.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Favorite Christmas Story/Baseball Story

Song of the day, "Tears in Heaven" Eric Clapton

Quote of the day, "Cooperstown is the Greatest place on Earth" Bob Feller

Back in the day when I worked two jobs and went to college full time, oh and when I still had a heart and gave a crap about the world and it's going ons'. An curious thing happened. I was working my 2nd shift job at a gas station and one of the veteran employees came in and he said, "Jenn I need to tell you what I did on my days off." I said OK and listened and wept as Rich told me this story.

Background, Rich is a lifelong resident in Saugerties NY and a Mets fan. His neighbor and good friend Smitty had a son born with a genetic disorder where all his organs were in the mirror image of normal organs. All backwards even the heart was backwards and on the wrong side of the chest. Smitty was also the chief of police. His son had been entered in the "Make a Wish Foundation" and his number was up. He was 11 at the time and we will call him Little Smitty.

Little Smitty was not expected to live to see one say nothing about making it to the unheard of 11 years old. But a body born defective can only mature so far and then begin to compromise the promise of tomorrow. I know not the outcome of Little Smitty as I left New York and I weep as I write this.

His make a wish was drawn. His wish was to see a baseball game live. He loved the Yankee's. He is forgiven. He was only a kid. Boomer, Jeter, Strawberry, were all fresh. Joe was still catching and Darrell hadn't been busted for cocaine. And it was a night game in the fall. I remember there was the fear that little Smitty would come down with something.

A limo came to the house and took the Smittys and Rich to the ballgame. When they got there Little Smitty (not the entire family, just the one that counted) was invited to the dugout. He got to watch the game from the dugout! Lucky 4 star word. Joe talked baseball trash with him and Jeter tossed a ball with him and Boomer told him he could be a Yankee one day if he got his little butt better. They made the kids life. The Yankee's made a memory for me. They embraced this little boy and gave him the game of his life. They even won that night.

There were more words than that. The Story from Rich went well into the night. He kept remembering little things that they could see from their prime seats. In the end, it was good. Real Good. Little Smitty even got a Christmas Card that year signed from everyone on the team.

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Cute Baseball Story

Song of the day: Take me out to the ball game

Quote of the day: "
A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings." ~Earl Wilson (More Baseball quotes)

I played ball. I liked to get dirty. I liked the smell of clay soaked into sweat soaked skin. And that was only the first day I tried out way back in 3rd grade. Yes. You used to have to try out to make a ball team. Back when we were not a sensitive crowd. Back when there was no crying in baseball.

I can recall 3rd grade. Tryouts were up and coming. I'd been practicing with the boys on Juniper street in 29 Palms. Baseball season was the only time we took breaks from playing war and shooting each other up with BB guns. I had run into the 5th grade teacher, Mr Gimby, and he was singing "Take me out to the ball game" and there were a group of kids do-whopping around with him. I watched the whole course of the song. They finished up and he addressed my by common name, "Hey Kid, why didn't you sing along?" I introduced myself and informed him that I just made the team at Knotts Berry Park. Then I drew in breath of deep and blurted the horrible awful truth, "I didn't know the Dodgers had a theme song."

Let me back up a second. I was not stupid by any means. I was in the top of my class as far as brains and common sense went. I watched Baseball and the President on TV and once in awhile Felix the Cat. I'd just never heard the song.

"Well Kid (ignoring I had a name now) it is Baseballs Anthem and not the Dodgers theme song. But we all know the only team that plays good ball is the Dodgers."

I was not one to speak back to adults or grown up's in general. Spanking was allowed in schools, teachers were Gods, and parents were to be listened to and not argued with. I spoke. "I favor The Indians. They played good ball last week." And they had. We had a minor debate about players and stat's and he started to walk away.

"Hey Mr Gimby, will you teach me that song one day?" And he promised to jot the words down and pass them to me at recess if I promised to only sing it with the "Dodgers" and not some ambiguous team in his presence. I agreed.

Now as an adult I think of the song from time to time and you know what? I am an Avid Cardinals fan. Converted from being an Indians fan for over 30 years! To this day the words only sound right in my head with the Dodgers as the team of fame. It is their "theme" song.

The words he wrote down and I memorized were:

Take me out to the ball game
Take me out to the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks
I don't care if I never come back
Because it's Root Root Root for the DODGERS
if they don't win it's a shame
in the old ball game!

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Inventory trailer

Saturday, April 02, 2011


BOOK OF THE DAY - all cats have asperger syndrome


PRODUCTS to support Autism



I will hopefully have a web domain up and running by Friday. IDK things suddenly in the air.

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