I have been using Adsense with Google on my blog and all the money I have been making with it has been going into my boys' savings accounts.
I got an email yesterday saying my account was under investigation and would be disabled until things were straightened out. So I fill out all the questions they make you answer and was told they would get back to me.
I got an email today and found out they DENIED my account!
Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what did you do and how did it turn out?
This was such a fun lesson and my Sunday School class LOVED it!!
Above is my six year old son's beautiful work of art!
The lesson I used, was to teach the children was how the Church is not a building rather; it is made of God and His people. God is our foundation and we are the building blocks.
For a fun song to go along with this craft I used "Building Up the Temple," as it is a cute song with fun body movements that help to get wiggles out.
Click each photo so you can print them in the correct sizing. It is best when printed on cardstock as that is much thicker than regular paper. Have the children color them first and then cut them out.
The dotted lines are tabs that you fold and use to glue the 2 side and roof together. If you are using color crayons make sure to tell the kids not to color on the tabs as the glue will not stick due to the wax.
There are so many ways this craft can be applied that your imagination is the limit!
Please, if you are going to share this project, keep in mind that I have drawn this out myself and hold the copyrights to it. So if you are going to share this craft make sure to give us the credit and link back to this sight. Thank you in advance!
Hope you all have a wonderful time with this, I know my Sunday School kids really did!
Ladybugs are also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles,
are an awesome defense for your organic garden. Each ladybug can chow down on up to 80 aphids a day and can eat
as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. They mainly eat aphids, but they
will also eat other small, soft-bodied insect larvae, insect eggs, and mites. They can also assist with pollination in areas where bee
populations have decreased.
Usually the life cycle from egg to adult requires about
three to four weeks, or up to six weeks during cooler spring months
Releasing your Lady bugs:
Buy your Ladybugs locally and ask that they be fed prior to your
purchase. This will help as they will be more likely to bed down as they are
full instead of looking for food right away.
It is best to refrigerate (Not
Freeze) your lady bugs for 1 day; this does not hurt them at all, but does make
them lethargic for the first day or two.
Release your Ladybugs at night into a
moist garden, if the garden is too dry the ladybugs will fly away.
In a large spray bottle, dissolve 1 cup of sugar into about
4 cups of water, add 1/4 of a cup of honey. Shake the mixture vigorously to mix
all ingredients thoroughly. Spray on plants. Lady Bugs are attracted to the
LBs love flowers and herbs so integrate them into your
garden; Dill, Fennel, Feverfew and Cilantro
Keep a pretty dish or bird bath and add rocks into it so the
LBs can sit around the water and have a nice drink and so that they don’t have
to fly elsewhere to find a water source.
Give your LBs a place to call their own! They can be easily
build if you are a do it yourselfer or call around to your local garden shops
and see if they may have some in stock.
Solutions of dish soap and water sprayed in a mist on the
plants will also prevent pests from harming them.
The old school methods of using spray mists of diluted
vinegar/water solutions, neem oil.
Soap and water solutions may take longer, but will do the
job with no harm to the environment.
A garlic and pepper mixture placed in the soil or eggshells
placed around the plants will deter many insects.
Bacillus thuringiensis, a naturally occurring bacteria that
disrupts the digestion of caterpillars and other leaf-eaters. You can also use
horticultural oils, insecticidal soaps and garlic and/or hot pepper sprays.
I am so excited about Spring! I love it! Here in Idaho
Spring and Fall are definitely my favorite seasons with all the wonderful
weather and nature's beautiful colors; Spring's flowers and Fall's leaves.
Another thing I love about Spring....Gardening!! It is one of my favorite pass
Growing up we almost always had a garden and I have to say
working in the garden with my mom, brother and sister are some of my favorite
memories. These are the kind of memories I want to pass on to my boys! There is
something so gratifying about sitting down for a meal and knowing where it came
from and all the hard work that went into it before it ended up on your plate or
in your bowl.
I know many people could care less about organic and
non-GMO, however I like knowing that my food is the same as it was over 100
years ago. Yes it is a lot more work and worth it all. So I did my research and
found that the Natural Grocers in Boise, ID had a beautiful array of
organic non-GMO seeds and I bought a lot of them…maybe too many but we will
figure it all that out as we plot out the garden. I have some great ideas for vertical gardening (thank you Pintrest!)
So what are we planting?
Scarlet Nantes carrots, White Libson onion, Crimson Sweet
watermelon, Speckles Butterhead lettuce, Salad Bowl Blend lettuce leaf, Marvel
of 4 Seasons Butterhead lettuce, Stevia, Minnesota Midget melon, Utah celery,
Early Prolific Straightneck squash, Homemade Pickles cucumber, Blue Lake BP
beans, Gold Rush BP beans, Royal Burgundy BP beans and Alfalfa sprouts! I'm so
Here are my awesome helpers! Making the same memories I love
(Excuse the messy shelf in the background, things are in messily organized mode, due to getting things ready for the move this summer. But
who could resist such cuties in this picture? Not to mention that I could care less about a mess when my babies are making memories!)
I had a bit of a hard time getting them to stay still long enough to get clear pictures as they were so excited!
Quinton's latest smile, he takes after me I guess. I tend to
smile so big I can't see! Ha!
All planted, labeled and watered!
If you are going to use cups as we did above make sure to poke wholes in the bottom of each cup to allow for draining and not over watering the seeds.
One thing I have found out about to keep an organic garden
bug free...is to add bugs! Lady Bugs that is, they are great for keeping aphids
at bay and like bees they help to pollinate your garden. It's best to get ones
you can buy at a local nursery. Local lady bugs are more likely to make your
garden their home if they are familiar with the environment.
Keep an eye here, on The Home of the Heaton's Blog, as I will
be adding my next post all about how to keep your garden organic with out all the pesky pests.
Quinton just had to write a mini story on George Washington Carver (c. 1864–1943).
So we stopped to take the time to watch a documentary on him,
Carver being born a slave was able to, literally, start from the bottom and
become one of the best agricultural scientists of his time, despite the
fact that he was black. After reading about him some and watching 2 mini
documentaries, Quinton looks at me with the saddest eyes and asked:
"Mom why was there ever slavery?"
So I told him that there were a lot of greedy people who wanted people which
they turned into slaves so they wouldn't have to pay them and many slave owners were very cruel and didn't care about the people. Then I explained that there
were slave owners that were good, but it is not good to own people as if they were
furniture. He continued to ask about slavery so I did my best to answer the
questions in a way he would understand.
Next thing I know he is all teared up, and tells me; "Mom people are
people no matter their color, God loves everyone. Slavery is evil and I am so
glad it is illegal now because it would break my heart to see anyone a slave no
matter what their skin color is."
Have I mentioned today how much I love this little boy and his amazing heart? I
am one blessed momma!
For everyone here is the link to the site we went to, it has a great written bio on him and video biographies of him: Click the link to visit the page we just used.
This is his short bio Quinton wrote on him (GWC stands for: George Washington Carver)
"G.C.W. found 100s (hundreds) of ways to use peanuts. G.W.C. was a teacher that helped black people study plants like sweet potatoes. G.W.C. helped black people learn to be farmers and how to get the most out of their crops" -Quinton
It is only 2 items but I feel like I have gotten the ball rolling at least! I would really love for you all to go check it out. The items are for sell for a good cause; My neighbor's sister passed away a couple of months ago and I was helping her go through her sister's things for support. Her brother in law, at the young age of 90 something, just couldn't deal with the stress of it all. He was actually going to just donate it all to a church here in town.
Well, when we started going through everything, I couldn't believe all the wonderful vintage clothing she had. As we all know funerals are expensive, as if loosing a loved one is not hard enough, the financial burden of paying all the bills is tough. So I asked them if I could take them and sell them on Esty. Given their age, I had to do a bit of explaining, and they loved the idea. So 80% of all the processed are going to him and will hopefully give him a sense of relief.
So far here are the items I have listed:
(Click the links under the pictures to go to their Etsy pages)
Life has been insane the last 5 weeks, basically, ever since I started my first accounting class. I was not prepared at all for the intensity of it. Had I known that my husband was going to break his leg in 2 places (he ended up with a plate and 10 screws).... leaving him with a full year until he will recover for the most part....
I would have opted for an easier set of classes.....BUT I didn't know, so I am just trying my hardest to do my best and not get too over whelmed with life.
Just in the last week I have:
Written 2 essays.
Done almost all my homework.
Cleaned the yards (they still have a long way to go before we move).
Been homeschooling my son.
Trying to keep up with the house as best as I can.
Washed, what seems like, 100 loads of laundry
Taught Sunday school.
Helped with church yard sales.
Created images and announces for my church, blog and FB page.
And actually found time to take a shower or two.
All of which I absolutely love doing, but it is quite a lot to deal with in one week.
My favorite thing I have been doing is using a program on my computer to make signs and quotes for the blog, my Facebook page Home of the Heaton's and for my church. Here is a little sample of what I have come up with lately:
Here are some that I have made for our church, I have taken out the address and phone number, but you get the general idea:
Church Yard sales:
Youth/Sunday School Fundraiser (Part 1)
Youth/Sunday School Fundraiser (Part 2)
This is for our Wednesday Night Service:
There are a few more but I don't want to bore you with a bunch of flyers.
The one thing that I haven't been doing is getting my Etsy shop up and running. I have so many amazing pieces of vintage clothing that I need to list on there and I just have not been able to find the time. I have all the pictures taken and everthing is ready to be uploaded, except the descriptions. I need to write them out for each listing. I keep telling myself I just need to list one a day and it will eventually get done. Then the next thing I know, it's 2 am and I have to get up around seven or eight depending on how long my kiddos let me sleep.
I will like to take a moment to brag on my hubby who has let me sleep in 2 mornings, and it was SOOO wonderful!!!!!
Well as much as I would love to sit and write some more (I love writing this blog, even of no one reads it, it is so therapeutic for me) I must go........ My life is beckoning me.
Hope you all have a great week. And just in case I don't get to post until next week, I hope you all have a very blessed Resurrection Sunday (aka Easter).
Since being diagnosed with IBS I have heard over and over
again to drink Peppermint Tea. At first I was a bit skeptical, however I have
drank at least one cup of Peppermint Tea a day and I have now been made a
believer! I have a very inquisitive mind and wanted to know how and why it
worked. I started my search on reputable sites such as: University of
Maryland Medical Center, Harvard Heath Publications, and Web MD. I was amazed
at how beneficial peppermint was.
(Out of all the peppermint teas I have tried, Yogi Purely Peppermint is my favorite)
Here are the benefits that I found:
“Peppermint (Mentha piperita), a popular flavoring for gum,
toothpaste, and tea, is also used to soothe an upset stomach or to aid
digestion. Because it has a calming and numbing effect, it has been used to
treat headaches, skin irritations, anxiety associated with depression, nausea,
diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence. It is also an ingredient in chest
rubs, used to treat symptoms of the common cold. In test tubes, peppermint
kills some types of bacteria, fungus, and viruses, suggesting it may have
antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Several studies support
the use of peppermint for indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome.” (University
of Maryland Medical Center, 2013)
“Benefits of Peppermint Oil: According to the National
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, several studies suggest that
enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules -- which allow the oil to pass through
the stomach so
it can dissolve in the intestines --
may help relieve common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as abdominal
and gas. Non-enteric coated forms of peppermint oil, however, actually may
cause or worsen heartburn and nausea.
Preliminary studies also suggest that dietary supplements containing a
combination of peppermint oil and caraway oil may help relieve indigestion. According
to the Natural Medicines
Comprehensive Database, which rates effectiveness of natural remedies based on
scientific evidence, peppermint oil is possibly effective for: Heartburn, Irritable
bowel syndrome, Tension headaches, Relaxing the colon during barium enemas or
radiologic procedures” (WebMD,
“One explanation for how peppermint oil might help IBS
sufferers is that the oil — and perhaps especially the menthol — blocks calcium
channels, which has the effect of relaxing the “smooth” muscles in the walls of
the intestine. Peppermint oil also relaxes the sphincter that keeps the
contents of the stomach from backing up into your esophagus. That’s why people
troubled by heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux) are advised to avoid
peppermint. It’s also the reason peppermint oil is often sold these days in
enteric-coated capsules designed to bypass the stomach and dissolve in the
small intestine.” (Robb-Nicholson,
Now you have to remember that to everything there are
possible side effects that can occur, especially for IBS sufferers. Here is
what I found on the possible negative effects of peppermint:
“Do not take peppermint or drink peppermint tea if you have
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD -- a condition where stomach acids back
up into the esophagus) or hiatal hernia. Peppermint can relax the sphincter
between the stomach and esophagus, allowing stomach acids to flow back into the
esophagus. (The sphincter is the muscle that separates the esophagus from the
stomach.) By relaxing the sphincter, peppermint may actually make the symptoms
of heartburn and indigestion worse.
Peppermint, in amounts normally found in food, is likely to
be safe during pregnancy, but not enough is known about the effects of larger
supplemental amounts. Speak with your health care provider.
Never apply peppermint oil to the face of an infant or small
child, as it may cause spasms that inhibit breathing. Peppermint may make
gallstones worse. Large doses of peppermint oil can be toxic. Pure menthol is
poisonous and should never be taken internally. It is important not to confuse
oil and tincture preparations. Menthol or peppermint oil applied to the skin
can cause a rash. (University
of Maryland Medical Center, 2013)
“Side Effects of Peppermint Oil
In most adults, the small doses of peppermint oil contained
in dietary supplements and skin preparations appear to be safe. Pregnant and breastfeeding women,
however, should avoid such products because little is known about their safety
during pregnancy and lactation.
Possible side effects of peppermint oil include:
Allergic reactions such as flushing, headache, and
Anal burning during bouts of diarrhea
Although enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules may reduce
the risk of heartburn, their protective coating can break down more quickly and
increase the risk of heartburn when taken at the same time as prescription and
over-the-counter medications that decrease stomach acid and which are often
used for heartburn oracid reflux. It's best to take such drugs at least two
hours after taking enteric-coated peppermint oil products. A stomach condition
called achlorhydria, in which the stomach doesn't produce hydrochloric acid,
also may hasten the coating's breakdown. So people with the condition are
advised against using peppermint oil.” (WebMD,
And of course always make sure with your Doctor knows about
anything you are taking or drinking as they may not mix well with your current
medications or physical ailment.
Hope this has helped at least some people!
D. C. (2007, July). HEALTHbeat Peppermint. Retrieved from Harvard Health
University of Maryland Medical Center. (2013, 05 7). Peppermint.
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WebMD, LLC. (2014). Peppermint Oil. Retrieved from WebMD,
Sometimes Mondays can seem like such a dreaded day. But, does
it have to be thought of in such a negative way? One of my biggest setbacks is
my worry, I worry far too much. With worry comes fear and doubt. Knowing this
about myself I try my best to just sit back, analyze the situation, and more
times than not, I laugh at myself and think, why am I fretting over things so
small. It's our attitude that can make us or brake us. Attitude is our
kaleidoscope, if you have one with many colors and shapes you get joy from its
beauty. On the flip side if you have one that is all black and gray with sharp
ugly shapes the kaleidoscope is not going to be interesting, enjoyable, or
So how can we change our attitude? Do something you have
been putting off simply because you don't have the time or energy. Make the
time, and find the energy, when you do the things you love, it does
something to you, it brings you joy!
When you are in a state of doubt or difficult times, just remember this:
Planing for the future is great, but you need to put that plan into action! It's not going to happen on its own. Sure we can dream and spend time in prayer, but even God wants us to put forth effort before He will bless us.
When your attitude stinks, other people can smell it. Its not very pleasing to you or those around you. It's kind of like taking a drive to a specific destination and you get lost along the way. You have 2 choices, you can become frustrated and angry, or you can enjoy the new found scenery and turn it into and adventure and have fun.
I love Dr. Seuss and this is one of my favorite quotes by him. The end of something good does not mean the end of all good things. Keep those memories close to your heart, turn the page in your life and look for the next wonderful thing that WILL come along.
When people know that you love them, it not only makes you feel good, you are able to share it with some one else. You may never know what kind of positive effect you can have on someones life. This one in particular hits home for me. I've had too many people leave this earth, and knowing I didn't tell them "I love you!" enough.
Don't let this stop at family and friends. You never know what a kind word, or a smile, or just a little bit of conversation can to for a person. You have the ability to change the course of a stranger's life for good.
I know I have posted a video of Kid President before, but I strongly encourage you to take the time and watch these 3 little clips. A positive attitude won't change the entire world, but it my change the entire world for one person.
A Pep Talk from Kid President to You
Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often
I didn't know any of the back ground of this inspiring little man until a few days a go when I found this video about him. Warning: This one can be a bit of a tearjerker!
The True Story of Kid President
Hope you all have a wonderful week, and STAY positive!!
Hopefully the majority of this post will make sense. I have been up night after night. First Quinton was sick with a fever and body aches. Next it decided to hit me and it about wiped me out. After me, Denny had the pleasure to experience it and now it's Jasper that is feeling sick. I tried getting a cute picture of him with his bee wings on and being all snugly, but I ended up with this instead:
I had to chase him around just to get this much lol.
I was so blessed earlier this week when our neighbor and good friend brought over these beauties:
As thrifty as I am, I will actually pay $4 for a dozen for the free range organic eggs from the store, and she brought over three 18 egg cartons of them! And talk about tasty. We have already gone through half of them.
Other than that there has not been a whole lot going on around the Heaton home except home school for Quinton and my college studies. I just started my first accounting class last week, despite the huge assignment load, I am really enjoying it. I was so worried about it for so long (since Accounting is what I am going to school for) and I am doing much better then I thought I would, so that is a huge bonus.
The main thing I am having a hard time with is managing it all with all the sickies going around this house! If it's not the kids keeping me up, it's me trying to get as much done while the kids are asleep. I feel like my head is in a total fog.
This morning, I walked into the kitchen 4 times to get my morning medications and kept forgetting then would walk back out with a cup of coffee or a sippy for Jasper. I even started doing the morning dishes, all with the nagging feeling that I was forgetting something. Finally, after Quinton walked into the kitchen while I was at the sink and asked me if I remembered to take my medication yet, I stopped everything and did it right then. I kid you not, if my head wasn't attached it would have rolled away and I would be staring at a bush or something while my body ran around trying to find it. Then my whole house hold would be in trouble! lol
So as I stumble through the week half awake, and begin to find myself becoming over whelmed with the little things my brain should be capable of doing, I have to stop, take a breather, have a little talk with Jesus and remind myself of this little quote I found earlier in the week:
And on that note....as much as I don't really want to....I have to be getting back to my studies! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Ok so for all my fellow low-FODMAP dieters and healthy people alike, I have to say these are amazing, and like the title says, my new addiction. Think about it healthy, filling yummy, sweet, these pancakes are all in one. You can even give your kids what they see as chocolate pancakes and you can feel good about it!
Another thing that I love about these is how easy they are to make, the recipe is so easy you can memorize it after the first time you make them. Depending on how thick or thin you like your pancakes, you may want to adjust a few things to your liking.
Spring is in the air and the Idaho winter cabin fever is slowly fading away. There have even been two days this week where I had all the windows in the house open. The crisp fresh air felt and smelled so wonderful.
Yesterday, Quinton and I got a chance to sneak away while little brother and Daddy took a nap. I love these special times with him. All the great stories and ideas that he comes up with are awesome. At times I just look at him and think, "How am I so blessed with such an amazing little guy?" He is no perfect angel, as he has a little kink in his halo. Some days, along with his little side kick, Jasper, I have been known to be driven a little bit crazy. But these moments that make it all worth it.
This is the exercise trail that has little work out areas, Quinton wanted to stop and do each one.
This kid has far more energy then I could even think of having!
Trying to do chin ups lol!
Since the above picture's bar was too high, he opted for the shorter one.
"Look Mom I did a chin up!"
The trail map, we were a little out of order, but it was still fun.
Me and my beautiful boy, I love how the sun is shining in on this picture.
And he is off again!
This is an old fireplace in-front of the playground. He wanted a picture inside "The Cave"
He is just as happy as I am that things are finally defrosted and turning green!
Hope you all enjoyed our little nature walk in the park. I know we did!