Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Ways of My Household/Vicky Challenge: 5/8/2018


(Another iris on the door side of our chicken coop smiles at us every time we go to the coop!)
We worked on our shed a combined 2 hours this week.  At an average of $23 per hour we saved $46 by doing the work ourselves. 
My husband found this pot lying on the side of the road and brought it home.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with it!  He looked it up on Amazon and if you purchased 10 of them the cost was $100 so savings to us is $10.
My husband has been working early voting the past couple of weeks and one of his fellow workers gave him these brand new knives.  We looked them up on Amazon to get a price idea and learned that their combined value is $123.59.  Savings to us …  $123.59.
We planted more garden Saturday using seeds we saved from last year or plants that we grew from seeds we saved from last year.  Savings to us …… $25
We spent zero dollars of our grocery budget last week!  We continue to eat mainly out of our pantry.
I stitched up 2 of these pretty pink ruffled pillowcases and added them to my shop, Pillowcases by Patsi.
Our chickens gave us 8 dozen eggs this week:  savings $24  
I made another batch of home-made yogurt this week.  Savings: $15.12  
Not working outside my home:  savings $100.
We continue to cook from scratch, feed the compost bin and do all our normal money saving things that are second nature to us.
My Vicky Challenge savings this week come to ... $343.71.  Add that amount to the total of $3462.92 since March 21st, 2018 and our savings thus far are ... $3806.63.
That's it for me this week, how have you built up your pantry or saved money this week?
patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


My May t0-do/goals list can be found HERE.
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Monday, May 7, 2018

May 2018 'To-Do'/Goals List


(It's been beautiful porch swinging weather! I love this swing that my husband made for me, it's my 'relaxing place!')

April just flew by and now here we are in May and it’s time to check in on how I did with April’s goals and set new goals for May.


January’s to-do/goals list can be found Here
February’s to-do/goals list can be found Here
March’s to-do list/goals can be found HERE.
April’s to-do list/goals can be found HERE.
Here’s my May ‘to-do’ list otherwise known as breaking my 2018 goals down into baby steps …  
Sewing
Complete clue #5 in the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt I’m doing  (I'm not giving up on this, I might have slowed down but I'm still 'turtling' along!)

Work on Shadow Work sewing challenge 

Crochet edgings on some pillowcases and add them to my shop, Pillowcases by Patsi 

Continue to stitch up pillowcases for my shop, Pillowcases by Patsi 

Financial
Fund another 10% of our emergency fund plus the 10% we didn’t get done last month (I don't know if we can do 20%, but we're going to give it a try!)

Purchase one gift card and stash it away plus the one we didn’t get purchased last month 

Earn enough Swagbucks for an Amazon gift card  ... working on this!

Earn $5 Amazon gift card through Bing  ... working on this!

Continue to work on developing secondary sources of income, this month I’m continuing to work on my e-book 

Pantry and Preparedness
Spend $25 on a non-food preparedness item  

Continue working on building up my pantry each week through my $5 or Less Pantry Building Challenge   

House and Other Construction
Continue to work on repair of outbuilding/shed ... working on this!

Spiritual
Continue teaching teenage girl’s Bible class ... in the process!
Teach 1st – 4th grade children’s Bible class ... in the process!

Complete monthly assignment in the Digging Deep Great Escapes Bible Study for women I’m doing ... in the process!

Continue to work on the Philippians Bible study I’m working on 

Blogging
Continue to post on blog daily or as close to that as I can  ... in the process!

Gardening 
Weed and work out garden ... ongoing!


patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Friday, May 4, 2018

I'm Making Essential Oil Roller Bottle Blends ...

I use essential oils on a regular basis, in fact some are just plain staples in the medicinal part of my pantry.  Recently, I realized I was out of one of those staples and getting low on some others so it was time to take time to replenish the stock!

(This little plastic container, with all my roller blends in it, sits on my bathroom vanity ready for use.  It's easy to see when I'm getting low as well when they're all in the same place.)

Here's what I made up and what I use them for ... (I am not a doctor, please consult a physician for medical diagnosis and treatment as some essential oils can interact negatively with prescribed medications.)

I have two different blends that I don't want to be without and the first one is this immune boosting blend.  It is a powerhouse and I use it when I know I'm going to be traveling, when sick or trying to keep from getting sick.  I do not use it everyday, 365 days a year but only under the circumstances just mentioned.

Immune Boosting Roller Blend
15 drops of OnGuard (Doterra), Thieves (Young Living) or Plague Defense (Hopewell Oils)
40 drops lemon Oil
20 drops frankincense
15 drops peppermint
20 drops tea tree oil
15 drops oregano

Finish filling 10 ml roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil or other carrier oil.
I apply this to the bottom of my feet once a day, as needed.

The other roller blend that is a staple at my house is tea tree oil.  It does wonders for sinus pressure for both myself and my husband.  We apply it to the sinus areas every 4 hours as needed.

Tea Tree Oil Roller Blend
15 drops tea tree oil
Finish filling 10 ml roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil or other carrier oil.

I'm trying this new roller bottle blend for allergies, I've heard and read great things about it so I'm going to give it a try.

Allergy Roller Bottle Blend
10 drops lemon oil
10 drops lavender oil
10 drops peppermint oil

Finish filling 10 ml roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil or other carrier oil.
I will be applying this to the sinus areas and to the back of my ears/neck area.

Here's something to remember about essential oils that is important.  When purchasing essential oils for medicinal purposes make sure you are getting 100% pure essential oils.  Not all essential oils that wear the name of essential oils are 100% essential oils!

What about you, do you use essential oil blends, if so, please share!

patsi

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


Come follow A Working Pantry on Facebook HERE.
You can also follow me ... on Pinterest!
Check out my little cottage industry:  Pillowcases by Patsi
If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button. I would be very grateful! 
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 Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay and it helps me keep my pantry well-stocked! 
Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

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