I hope you are excited as I am about Spring! The flowers are blooming (tulips are my favorite with lilacs next in line), the leaves are popping out (my car is yellow from pollen...thank God I do not have allergies), my peas & potatoes are growing in the garden, wood chips for the garden are being delivered from the local tree cutting service and the pool is starting to warm up! Oh...Spring is here!!! I am so thankful for all these things and especially for the good winter rains we have had. These rains have helped fill up Shasta Lake and brings healing to our dry land.
I have found that being thankful is extremely helpful in always walking with a good attitude. If I am having a not so great day, I just start thanking God for whatever...like a clean house or a messy house too. Messy tells me that I am busy with many projects and that I am healthy and am able to use my arms and legs and my brain. I am thankful that I am able to wash dishes, for the sun that warms me, for my amazing kids and a great husband....my thankful list is endless!
Speaking of projects, I am always trying something new and my very latest homemade creation is keifer. Every tried it? It is super easy to make and is great in smoothies. There are 36 - 56 kinds of good bacteria in homemade keifer. You ask, "Why do we need good bacteria?" Well good bacteria is necessary to properly digest food and to absorb nutrients. It also plays a big role in our immunity. For more information on good bacteria, I recommend checking out this link from Wellness Mama.
Another project with The Essential Olive includes making deodorant. I have really cute little deodorant tubes for purchase! I have been using my homemade deodorant for a few years now and love it! You can find some of these deodorant tubes at Roses & Rust, April 8-9 at the Anderson Fair Grounds or email me to order yours.
I am also working on a Baby line of products which include a Baby Oil, homemade washable Baby Wipes with a Natural homemade Baby Wipe Solution and a Baby Wrap. My Mom is a is an excellent seamstress and she has made these wipes and wraps. These products will be launched soon! Be watching my Facebook post when the launch comes out!
With summer quickly approaching what do you have planned? We recently purchased a raft so that we can have some white water fun on the Trinity River this summer. We are planning a couple of trips with friends and family. We also have 4 kayaks so we can will have a slew of people going down the river! So fun and can't wait! Along with that, we have a few camping trip set up. My husband and I will probably squeeze in an overnight backpack trip too so that I can use my new backpack! Ya Hoo!
Well don't forget to shop local and support all those mom and pop places that bring a friendly smile to your community. Community is huge these days...getting to know where the products you buy come from and who is making them.
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Enjoy, Be Thankful & Blessings!
The Essential Olive