With the arrival of autumn, I’ve been doing more decluttering and sorting. Boxes of donation items sit by my back door, awaiting the next trip to town. Shelves and drawers can “breathe” a bit more, and so can I. Old magazines, outgrown clothes, and other unneeded items from previous seasons of life are departing.
But there are some books that I refer to on a regular basis. Practically every day, I am making or using something from the Healthy Living eBook Bundle. (Which helps eliminate the clutter of old recipe & craft magazines and cookbooks!)
Here is a glimpse into a recent day in our home, using ideas from this book collection. (This is not an exhaustive list of every activity; just a bit to show you how these books are part of my daily life.)
While doing my morning Bible reading, I sip on a cup of herbal tea (such as to keep up my energy, mama’s milk supply, or to soothe seasonal allergies). We begin the day with a healthy breakfast smoothie and a hearty, but quick breakfast. I serve up spoonfuls of an immune-booster syrup (which is eagerly swallowed, since it has a nice flavor).
I check the jars of homemade yogurt that have been culturing overnight, and tuck them into the fridge. We go let the backyard chickens out of their coop. When coming back inside and washing up, I reach for a homemade lotion bar and lip balm before starting our homeschooling.
I toss some seasonal veggies and the organic meat I got on sale into the crockpot or soup pot for a quick supper that will simmer all day. I hand out healthy snacks (without packaging!), whether we are at home or on the road doing errands. The baby has recently begun exploring solid foods, so he gets a bit of baby food, too, for eating/playing with.
I turn my attention to the boxes of ripening fruit from our backyard trees. I choose a couple favorite canning recipes for my apples and pears, and start filling the canner and slicing fruit.
I apply a kiss and a homemade herbal ointment or homeopthic remedy to the inevitable owies that appear in a family of little ones.
Since I am canning, the kitchen is full of jars, fruit, and hot water. I hand my children plates of a simple lunch, and cups of raw milk or kefir. (Someone comes back minutes later and asks for more homemade bread.)
While children are having their quiet time, I go over my “real food” budget and grocery list. I start meal-planning for the month ahead, and make sure to start a bit of budgeting/planning for stocking the pantry for upcoming holiday meals.
Once the canning is wrapped up, I start bread dough rising in a warm oven. Then I reach for that homemade lip balm and lotion bar again. I mix together a tea blend for an afternoon cup.
We take a jar full of scraps out to the compost pile, worm farm, or chickens.
We sit down to our seasonal, simple supper, and then direct the children toward their bedtime routine. I sprinkle some essential oils into the bathtub, and make sure I dash some herbal baby powder onto the youngest before tucking him into pajamas.
We close the chicken coop, and bring in the eggs. An especially excited child (after a special, fun day) gets a calming tea or homeopathic remedy to help settle and rest. I comb a natural oil or blend into our daughter’s curly hair, and braid it.
I wash up with my favorite homemade body scrub in the shower, and once again, reach for that homemade lotion bar and lip balm. After a healthy bedtime snack, I prepare a glass of water with a few herbal tincture drops added, and head to bed.
Someone has a cough. We dose them with a homeopathic or homemade cough remedy, and go back to sleep. Sweet dreams!
Just a friendly weekend reminder: This $300 value set of books is on sale this week only for $29, and the sale ends today, Nov. 3rd! Plus, with the wonderful Free Gifts (worth $49) included in this deal, it is almost like getting “paid” to buy it!
Disclosure: I own all these books, and use them often- as you can see! I did receive some free copies for review purposes. I earn an affiliate commission from each book bundle purchased through my link. Thank you for your support of our family!