Bend Soap Co. Review. & inside scoop on a sale!

Raise your hand, if you are one of many moms who care greatly about your health and the health of your families! I am right there with you, my friend! There are so many items we eat or use, that can be a good health choice or possibly a bad choice and sometimes those results don’t show for years. One of the first things I changed, when I started researching and learning on my health journey, was personal care products.  When I realized some of my health/hormone issues were  caused by my chemical filled soaps and lotions, I began to search for healthy options that actually work.

Goat milk Soap
Bend Soap Company

I came across Bend Soap Company this past summer and after stalking them on FB for a while, I decided to give them a try! A big thing I liked about Bend Soap Company was that they are a family owned and operated business! I took advantage of a sale they do about once or twice a year. It is called the “Bulk Scrap” sale and it makes a high quality product like theirs affordable to my shoestring budget. I ordered a couple different scents and they arrived quickly.

I was very pleased with how the soap lathered and washed back off! my skin felt clean without feeling dry. Sometimes with this kind of soap it can leave a film on your skin but it didn’t! Occasionally I lather some up in my hands to wash the front of my hair and it worked great, it didn’t leave it feeling gunky or dry!  A nice benefit to ordering the bulk soap was that it also gave me a good hostess gift stash, and who doesn’t love a good smelling soap!

They offer other products like deodorant, lotions, and Milk bath. I have also tried the unscented deodorant and was happy with the results. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter to receive notice of the “Bulk Scrap” sale!  According to their FB page, it is in the near future!!

Dorcas For #TheDelightfulCottage

Bend Soap Company
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How I Became a healthier Wife & Mother

My Plexus Journey
My Plexus Journey
My Healthy family

I knew something needed to change!!

I had brain fog, headaches, and fatigue, I was also dealing with Endometriosis pain, as well as adhesion pain from 2 C-sections.  Life was not a cheerful place I felt very blue and this was not normal for me.  I had tried the traditional approach for my pain, over the counter pain meds, and a prescription for birth control.  They would give some relief.  During my “time of the month” I had to take oc pain meds( Motrin, Excedrin, Tylenol) the full strength, alternated every 2-3 hrs, and wash them down with caffeine or coffee to get relief.  I was not comfortable with all the side effects of the bc, or the painkillers, but I had to function somehow! The Doctors  only answer was “deal with it the best you can and when you need stronger pain meds we will get a prescription for you, and when you can’t control it then we will schedule a hysterectomy”!! I wasn’t even 30!!  We know we wanted to have at least one more child! So I decided to start figuring this out on my own!! I began researching endometriosis and fatigue, the info was enlightening yet confusing! It appeared to be some sort of deficiency or imbalance, but what exactly caused it, the professionals differed on!!

One thing became clear, I (we) needed a diet change! The American diet is killing us! I started out simple, just cutting out high fructose corn syrup and highly processed wheat products. I also began to limit my sugar intake and pay closer attention to food labels. It is surprising what ingredients are in food! Around this time I also came across a medical journal article talking about Estrogen Dominance and what to do to help re-balance the body.  This was a huge turning point in my research! I now had a list of vitamins and minerals, to supplement my diet with, as well as info on how beauty products like hand cream, deodorant, body wash and shampoo were causing more of an imbalance. So I also changed my toiletries to more natural formulas.

In Feb of 2010 we became pregnant with our youngest son. During this pregnancy I developed a severe case of Diastasis Recti (muscle separation in the abdomen wall).  My recovery and journey back to normal (whatever that is) was very long and painful.  I still was sure I’d need the hysterectomy in the future. We felt that if we couldn’t control the Endo naturally we would need to go the stronger med route( so many health risks).

It was in the summer of 2011 and I realized I hadn’t planted or weeded my flower beds, this was highly unusual for me, I am an outdoors person! I was still dealing with Endo pain and pain from the Diastasis Recti! I was discouraged, some months things felt like they were getting better, than the next month they would regress. I knew the answer was out there, I also knew I needed higher quality supplements but wasn’t sure were to find them. It was around this time that I discovered Trim Healthy Mama eating plan and face-book community. THM was a huge answer to prayer, I learned even more about how our bodies and food work together. I was encouraged by other ladies results and this helped me continue to research.

Enter Plexus! I kept hearing about the pink drink and passed it off as a fad! One day I read one of my friend’s personal health story and I knew she wasn’t the type to share something if it wasn’t legit! I chatted with her, and seriously gave the products some of my research time. I was shocked to realize that they were most of the same supplements I was already taking. One of my big issues/headaches with my current supplements was quality control and what to take with what!! Plexus had already done the research for me and had a simple plan.  All their products were dye and GMO free (big deal to me). What I was reading lined up with research I had already done. The focus was on gut health and as I had learned, the gut is the root of all our health!  I decided to try the Triplex for a couple months –Big changes- less headaches, more energy, less endo pain! I then added the multi-vitamin (xfactor) and the omega (megax) . I began to realize I had not reached for the pain meds, the sodas were not as appealing, and I had plenty of energy for my mom sized days!

As each year passes and I look back and see the big leaps forward my health has taken, I can’t help but praise the Maker of the Universe for the timing of his blessings. I am happy to no longer fear the need of a hysterectomy, I have zero endo pain and naps are now a fun luxury instead of a necessity to get through my day!

I look forward to a future of many years of enjoying activities with my boys, a homestead with our own meat and a big garden and orchard! What is your dream my friend?? What if plexus is your answer as well??

I’d love to help you, please contact me if you have any questions. I am on facebook and IG #thedelightfulcottage

Dorcas For the Delightful Cottage !!

The links included are to my plexus website.

Food boys hate, & a Cleaner Fridge!

Food my Boys Hate!

Help me out, am I the only mom who buys good food to fill the fridge for her family, only to find out they hate it? We eat a lot of yogert, or at least we use to! I have had a stash of it in the fridge for a while (way to long)! I would ask the boys during lunch packing “who wants yogert?” and they responded with gagging noises!!! This mama is fed up. So I started thinking, how can I use this all up?

A Cleaner Fridge.

I pulled all the yogurt cups  out of the fridge and emptied them into a large measuring cup. It was 8+ cups of yogurt!!! Now I have an empty clean fridge drawer to refill, not with yogurt tho!

I pulled a bag of frozen strawberries out of the freezer, some milk, protein powder, a bit of super sweet and the vanilla. We are going to have Strawberry Grande smoothies for supper. I split the strawberries into 5 sections and blended them ,one chunk at a time, with the milk and sweetener and protein powder. After that was blended, I topped of the blender with yogurt and a splash of vanilla. It made 4 huge beer mugs of smoothie with enough left for a refill.  I then pulled out my stove top popcorn popper and popped a Mega bowl full of popcorn topped with nutritional yeast and Himalayan pink salt.

What foods does your family refuse to eat? Have you discovered unique ways to use this food?

Dory ~ Copilot for The Delightful Cottage

 

Does Mom need this?

Mom needs
Mom needs
How do you know the difference?

Is this truly a want or need? This is the question I try to ask myself every time I am shopping. To say I love to 2nd hand shop would not be overstating, and I also enjoy the convenience of my amazon prime account. Often I catch myself putting things in my cart because they caught my eye. Shopping in real life or online is fun as long as you don’t have buyers regret later. I have discovered that if I pause before checking out and take a hard look at my cart, and ask myself “want or need?” I am much less likely to have regret later.

Want or need?

I am currently shopping for a new stevia shaker.  This has become a need. I buy my stevia from THM in a baggie and then transfer to my shaker.  The one I use now was from a purchase of stevia a couple years ago, but it is not very air tight and it just looks yucky. Amazon has a couple nice ones, but I am not sure I’ll be happy with them. Will they be air tight, are the holes fine enough, is it durable? I don’t want buyers regret.

Reality Check

I double checked the bank account and decided that it is not a need right now. Funny how that works!

Walking through goodwill last month I saw a cute tote that would work for toy storage. I picked it up and put it in my cart. As I continued shopping I realized I have plenty of similar things at home, crates, totes, baskets ect… maybe I should just re-purpose one of those for toy storage. It is such a freeing feeling to put something back and realize that you don’t need it!

Truly a Need ?

Sometimes there are true needs, like new work or school clothes, new tires, or a vegetable seeds for the garden. If it is a real need, we will find that often we already have the means to fill the need! This is especially true if the budget is tight and we have been careful to not squander our resources. Sometimes we have to get creative and make it ourselves or sell something to purchase something else. Bartering with a friend who has the needed skill could also be an option. I would gladly do sewing for a friend who liked to paint, or babysit for a friend with graphic skills.

It is a tricky thing, Want vs Need ! If we really stop and think about what we have it helps put it into perspective. Working on our spirit of gratitude also help immensely! If we are grateful for what we already have, only then will we truly be satisfied with what we have.

What are your current wants or needs? What have you re-purposed lately to fill a need?

Dory ~ Copilot for The Delightful Cottage

 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, Proverbs 13:6a

 

Am I a Homesteader?

Am I a homesteader?

I am a bit of a homesteading junkie! I love the term homesteader, it seams so steady and current. So I ask you, and myself, what does one need to do to “be a homesteader”? What kind of property must you own? Do you have to own livestock or chickens?  Oh wait, maybe I already am, I have goats & chickens! Must you grow all your food? Well than count me out! I decided to check for an official definition to answer this question!

The Definition of a Homesteader.

Lets start with what a homestead is,

homestead

A homestead is a house and surrounding land owned by a family — often, it includes a farmhouse.

Most people have homes, but not everyone has a homestead: that means your family owns more than a house. The homestead often consists of a farmhouse and land devoted to crops or animals. You’ll find a lot more homesteads in rural areas than in cities. Often, a homestead is passed down from parents to children for generations. 

What is a Homesteader? A homesteader is a person or family who occupies a homestead! So by definition to be a homesteader you must own a homestead.

I guess I have answered my own question, I am not an official homesteader. I have animals but they do not provide me with income or food (lazy chickens). I do not own the property or the house.

homesteader mini moments
Moments in nature at TDC

So how do I become a homesteader?  I must be a property owner, of property that can support my family with food from gardens and land enough to raise some type of animal for income and food!

Why would I want to become a homesteader? Oh I can give you reasons all day. Where do I start? I guess a little background on us might help you understand why we want this. We both come from families that are culturally country folk, no city living here. My husband grew up on a working dairy farm. He grew up milking cows, feeding calves, driving tractor and 4-wheelers. There was no lack of things to do.  I grew up upstate NY and spent many hours helping with dairy cows on my paternal grandparents farm or beef cows on my maternal grandparents farm. If we were not on my grandparents farm then we were likely stacking wood for one of my dads firewood customers, or weeding the acre of garden or playing in the stream or in our forest hideouts.

We want our boys to have that life. The chance to experience the hard rewarding work of animal care or harvesting a crop.  The realization of were food comes from and how much work it takes to get it! To grow in their realization that God is an awesome creator to have created all this and blessed us with earth to care for.

We want this life because we really want to grow more, much more, of our own food.  Vegetables & fruit for our own use and possible to sell would be a dream come true. Raising animals for our own meat and also to sell would be wonderful as well! We are working towards this big dream.

“A Goal is just a dream with work boots on” Dave Ramsey

How about you? Are you a real honest to goodness homesteader? Or are you with me, wish and working towards that goal of being a homesteader?

Dory ~ Copilot here at The Delightful Cottage.