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Schoolhouse Review: Beloved Books – Sugar Creek Gang Audio Book

When my oldest son was young, I spent many years struggling to teach him to read. At the time, I began having him listen to audio books. My thought was that he would at least hear the words and maybe it would help with his auditory processing (at least he would know how the reading should sound, and how the words should sound).

Now that he is older, I have seen the benefits of having him (as well as the other kids who always wanted to join in to listen) listen to audio books. For instance, when we were living in Spain, my daughter and I spent time studying each week, taking classes, and practicing our Spanish. He was able to quickly pick up pieces of the language just by listening to others speak. He is now learning Japanese, which I believe is because he has developed the listening skills needed to learn a language that sounds so different from our own.

I was recently given the opportunity to review a set of audio books from Beloved Books, called the Sugar Creek Gang. The Sugar Creek Gang audio series is a dramatization of the original Sugar Creek Gang books written by Paul Hutchens in 1939. The adventures are told from the viewpoint of Bill Collins, a young boy growing up near Sugar Creek in Indiana. When the story begins in book 1, 10 year old Bill belongs to the Sugar Creek Gang, a group of six boys who are constantly finding themselves in all sorts of adventures.

Although my oldest son loves audio books, I didn’t know if he would think these were too young for him or not. I put them on for the younger kids to listen to and he immediately started listening along. Before long he had listened to the entire 6 CD set, and continues to listen to them. I think this attest to the fact that the stories are 1) very interesting and engaging, and 2) the messages are timeless. Here is what my son had to say about the books:

The Sugar Creek Gang starts off by introducing you to the gang, which consists of a handful of boys. The book describes the boys very good so that even younger children will know the names of all of them. The speaker is very clear, and makes the story fun and entertaining. You do not have to listen to all the CD’s in order, but it does help you understand the story better. The story is about a gang that just tries to have general fun. They encounter fun adventures along the way, like the robber, a bear, and many more. The stories are both entertaining, as well as biblically training. The main character (Bill, a boy in the gang) is saved and is proud of it. He goes to church every week and sometimes invites his unsaved friends to go with him. He wishes all boys were saved, and throughout the CD, sees other boys come to Christ. There is also a leader of the gang (Big Jim) who is a Christian. He is a good example of a good leader–he sets biblical rules for the gang, such as no cursing, being home for dinner, minding your parents, etc. Not all the boys in the gang are saved though, but most all of them follow good morals and over time become influenced by the boys that are saved. Overall the Sugar Creek Gang is a great CD set that is fun to listen to and good for learning about God.

The stories are written in order, and meant to present Bill’s life over several years, as well as lead the listener closer to Jesus. As a parent, I was so impressed by how easily Bill explains difficult concepts in the context of real life. For instance, in one episode, one of the boy’s newly saved dad is tempted to begin drinking again. Instead of just telling the listeners how bad drinking can be, Bill shows the impact that drinking has on this dad’s family. (Note: Everything he talks about is done in a very modest way. After all, this series was written in 1939 and they certainly spoke differently about things than we do today.) We see poor Circus’ (the son) heart break and hear the fear in his voice, as he finds out about the drinking.

In another episode, Bill and Little Jim were trying to save a kitten when they found themselves riding in a washtub in the rushing waters of an overflowing creek. Both boys feared they might not make it home alive, when Little Jim remarks, “It’s better for us to drown than for Little Tom Till or Big Bob, cause their not saved.” It takes great maturity in Christ to be willing to lay down your life for those who may not be saved. This is type of character trait that I want my son’s to exhibit.

There are six audio book series, and each contains six books for a total of 36 audio books. Each series is $54.95 or you can buy the entire set for $279.95 (a $50 savings). These would definitely make a great Christmas present, especially since the entire family will enjoy them!

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Upcycled Desk = Boy’s Tool Bench

After ending up at the wrong museum for a blogger meet-up, my little man could not be pulled away from the tool bench. It was then that I came up with the idea to somehow make him his own tool bench. I tried making one from scratch. After having the guy at the home store cut out the wood for me, my hammering skills proved inadequate and the project was a bust. I continued to have hope, thinking up an easier way to accomplish my goal. I scavenged the thrift stores in our area hoping to find a solid wood sofa table or hall table. I didn’t have any luck finding one, but I knew immediately when I saw this little white computer desk for $15 that I had struck gold.

After having my son stand next to the desk, I realized it was a bit too tall for him to work at comfortably. My husband took the desk apart and cut off 5 inches from each of the “legs”.

After putting it back together, I sprayed the desk with 1 can of primer. I was told it wasn’t necessary to prime it, but because I was painting the desk red, priming it first would make it nice and bright. My goal in choosing red was to match my husband’s Snap-On toolbox, so I wanted it really shiny. After the desk was primed, I sprayed on 2 coats (2 cans) of red paint.

To create a divider drawer for all the bolts, screws, and nails, I bought an office supply plastic tray. The tray was a bit too wide for the keyboard pull-out, so I sawed off the back portion of the tray. I had to take a bit of sand paper and smooth out the rough edges after cutting it apart. I had my older son screw the plastic tray to the keyboard pull-out before attaching it back to the desk.

For the pegboard on top of the desk, I used a portion of a crate we had left over from our move. However, to replicate this, just measure the top of your desk or table to find the length of wood you would need. Then decide how tall it needs to be. Have the guy at the home store cut 2 pieces the desired length and 2 pieces of the desired height minus 2 inches (see illustration) from a 3×1 board. Then have him cut a piece of pegboard the total length and height.

Nail the boards together as pictured in the illustration. Place the pegboard over the frame and nail it down to the board. Place it upright on the edge of the desk. Drill holes through both the frame of the pegboard and the desk. Bolt frame in place.

For a finishing touch, I laid down a ribbed shelf liner to protect the surface of the work bench. I also picked up several small hand tools to complete our bench including small screwdrivers, a leveler, a measuring tape, and lots of screws and nails. I also added in a tub full of small pieces of wood so that he can practice hammering. I have also found that small cardboard boxes are easier to get a nail or screw through. This lets them practice without getting too frustrated.

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How to Make Dirt Toothpowder

Sometimes I wonder how much is too much to share about myself on my blog.  This is one of those times. I will know you truly love me if you stick around after you find out I brush my teeth with dirt toothpowder (as my children affectionately call it)!

Over the years, as I have studied natural health and herbalism, I have realized–
1) how many everyday items I was using are not that healthy (even ones bought from “health” stores) and
2) how dependent our family was on these manufactured products.

In an effort to choose the healthiest options available, I have also been blessed to find that in the case of toothpaste, the healthiest option is also the cheapest.

One thing I want to add before sharing how I make our dirt toothpowder, is something I didn’t quite understand when I began my herbal/natural health studies. When I decided that yes, I could make my family’s toothpowder, I set out to find the right recipe. As if there had to be a right way and all the rest were wrong. As if getting it wrong meant that my children’s teeth would all rot and fall out.

This is the beauty of learning to make your own toothpowder (or any health care product for that matter). You are able to decide what to use, use what you have on hand, or customize what you are going to use based on your needs. God has generously provided man with herbs and natural substances that can do more than one job. In the case of salt, it can season our food, give us vital minerals, be used as a cleanser, and the list goes on.

But what if we don’t have access to the ingredient we need. Guess what, God has also provided herbs and natural substances that can be substituted for one another.

With all that said, there are many, many toothpowder recipes out there. This is just one that I have put together for our family. I been using it for about 6 months now and have been very pleased with it. My teeth have a much cleaner feel to them. I have one tooth that has lost a filling (I know, I need to have it taken care of but haven’t decided what to do about it–still researching). Before, when I was using regular store-bought toothpaste, the tooth was very sensitive and often caused me pain. Now that I am using the toothpowder, I don’t have any pain from it. My kids have also made the adjustment nicely. In fact, they often offer their input and I will sometimes make adjustments based on their inputs.

Dirt Toothpowder Recipe


1/2 cup Bentonite Clay
1/4 cup Sea Salt
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon Sage Leaf
1 Tablespoon Peppermint Leaf
40 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Grind sage and peppermint leaf in a coffee grinder until powdered.

Mix all ingredients in a zip lock bag or bowl. I like mixing in a bag because I can use a rolling pin to break up any lumps.

I use emptied baby food jars to give each their own little jar of dirt toothpowder. This batch made almost three jars of powder.

When you get ready to brush your teeth, just wet your toothbrush and lightly tap toothpowder with the bristles. Brush as regular.

Feasting on the Gospel

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This morning at church, our teaching elder did a wonderful job of illustrating a deep Biblical truth to us.  He was talking about how ideally, our bodies need physical food a little at a time throughout the day.  This keeps our bodies functioning at an optimal level.  There are some people that may only eat one large meal a day, and that is fine.  They are still getting nourishment, but their bodies may not function the best throughout the day.  If, however, we decided to not eat all week, then have a huge feast on Sunday, our bodies might not be doing very well at all.  We may not die immediately, but slowly over time this would wear and tear on our bodies and we wouldn’t live very long.

This is exactly how are spiritual lives are.

It was about this time in the service that my youngest one was not sitting quietly (he is 18 months and there are still times I have to take him out of the service).  Our church meets at a hotel meeting room and today we happen to be placed next door to another church that meets there.  I came out of the service and sat in a chair in the foyer.  From where I was sitting, I could hear the other church service (their doors were left open).  I could hear a movie playing and thought, “what in the world are they watching?”  A gentleman from church walked by and said, “They are doing a series on the Avengers.  Each week they are focusing on a different character in the movie.”

I was stunned.

I wanted to cry.  It broke my heart to think that these people came here for a feast.  Most of them probably don’t eat all week, and they came here to be served white rice.  Something full of fluff to dull the ache in their bellies, but lacking all nutritional value.  How short lived it’s benefits will be!

As we drove home, the kids and I were talking about this scenario when thoughts of my mother flashed in my mind.  My mother was a beautiful lady, both inside and out.  She was very vibrant and full of life.  But during the last weeks of her life, she stopped eating and taking in nutrition.  Before she passed away, death had slowly crept over her.  We began to see the physical manifestations of a body deprived of nutrients.

I think we see this same manifestation in the lives of malnourished Christians.  As a believer who feels we are called to exhort our brethren to good works, I personally have sometimes focused on the outward symptoms rather than the inward nourishment.  It is easy to see the outward sinfulness of others and be ready to offer a quick fix solution.

If we see someone dressing immodestly, we can easily point out the fact that they should be dressing more conservatively.  Or the friend with the unruly children, they need to disciple and train their children according to the Word.  And while yes, we would be 100% correct in our conclusions, we must go much deeper than simply diagnosing the problem.  We must offer the gospel message as a means of first nourishing their spirit.  When they begin to take in Jesus, the symptomatic problems will begin to correct themselves as the Holy Spirit begins the work of sanctification.

As I was leaving church today, I saw a young lady leaving the other service dressed in cut-off short shorts.  My instant reactionary thought was, “I can’t believe she wore that to church!”  After I had scolded myself for not being loving and kind in my heart, I then thought to myself, “She hasn’t had a decent meal in a long time.  You would dress just like her if you were starving.”

And I would.

Lord, help me to both feast on and feed others the richness of Christ alone.


Today was one of those days that can only be described by the word blessed. There are just some people in world who answer the call to be the hands and feet, and when they do, their impact is amazing.

Yesterday, I received a call from a friend who also lost her mother to cancer this summer. She invited me and the kids to join her and her kids at her friend’s house for the afternoon. I had never met her friend, but thought an afternoon of Christian fellowship sounded great.

When we arrived at the friend’s house, we were met by the welcoming committee…at least 30 chickens and several kitty cats. Right away my three year old noticed the “playground” calling his name. As we entered the home, we were greeted by two of the sweetest women you will ever meet. Both of them were the epitomy of a meek and quiet spirit.

We were escorted to the living room where we were met by four of their teenage children. As we found seats around the room and settled in, the hostess welcomed us and read from 2 Thessalonians.

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

She paused and prayed.

The young ladies and gentlemen began to play on the harp and violins. As we sat and listened to a beautiful selection of hymns, my thoughts were of David as he played his harp for King Saul. All the worries of the moment seemed to melt away as the music filled the air. Our hearts were moved as the young people shared their gifts in an effort to bring comfort to the hurting.

After a time of music, we were served an array of refreshments. The little ones enjoyed the popcorn, watermelon, and juice boxes, while us older ones feasted on pinwheels, baked delights, and tea.

Then the really special part took place. The ladies began to ask my friend and I about our mothers. They asked really deep questions that we probably hadn’t even thought about before, at least not consciously. They allowed us to talk and reminisce and share all that we have gone through over the last few months. It was such a healing time as we shared openly and without fear.

Here were two women who had never met me before, giving their time, resources, and attention to me to facilitate my healing. They didn’t ask for anything in return. They just poured out the love of Christ on a fellow sister who was in need.

I am so thankful for older women who are willing to be an example of a Godly woman. Women who are willing to serve. Women who put others ahead of themselves.

I am so blessed.

Tutorial: English Paper Piecing – Hexagon Flowers

Here is a little project I have been working on for at least a year. I pull it out ever so often and work on a few blocks at a time. I am hoping to create enough flowers for at least a baby quilt.

Recently, my younger girls wanted to learn to sew by hand. This was a nice project for them because it uses paper templates. Even with uneven sewing, their blocks turned out very sharp. Maddie turned hers into a pot holder and Hannah is going to make a doll quilt when hers is completed.

What You Will Need:

Hexagon Template – I find it best to print these out on card stock. Make sure that they are cut out exactly on the lines. Also, when printing, make sure the “scaling” setting is set to NONE. If you prefer a larger hexagon template, please see my downloads page.

Fabric scraps – Cut your scraps into 2 inch blocks

Getting Started: Making the Flower

1. Cut out paper templates.

2. Take one hexagon template and lay it on a fabric block. Trim edges to leave a 1/4 inch seam allowance (or more) around the edge of the template.

3. Folding over one side of the fabric, baste the fabric to the template. Work your way around the hexagon, turning down each side and basting it to the template as you move around.

4. Continue creating hexagons until you have 7 of them. I like to use printed fabrics for the six petals, then a solid fabric for the middle.

5. Taking two hexagons, place them right sides together. Whip stitch a pair of edges together, being careful not to stitch the paper template (we will remove it later).

6. Pick up another hexagon and sew it to the next edge.

7. Sew side seam together. You will have to fold the middle hexagon in half so that the two side pieces can be placed right sides together.

8. Continue until all the hexagons are sewn together.

Creating the Quilt Block

Now that you have a flower sewn together, it is time to create a quilt block with it. There are two different methods for sewing the flower. This method removes the paper templates before the flower is sewn to the fabric.

1. Press the flower using a steam iron. Make sure to press the back side, holding the iron in one place for several seconds. You want to make sure the edges of the flower are set before taking the paper out. You can even use starch on them if you prefer.

2. Carefully cut out the basting stitches, then remove the paper templates.

3. Take a block of fabric (I am using 8 1/2 inch blocks here) and press it flat.

4. Fold the fabric into fourths. Align the flower with the folds of the block of fabric. Pin the flower to the fabric.

5. Unfold the block and pin the entire flower to it.

6. Place block in an embroidery hoop. Sew the flower to the fabric using a blind hem stitch. This is the same stitch I use for my quilt binding.

7. Remove block from hoop. Press (I still need to do this) and use in a block setting of your choice. I plan on turning the blocks into snowball blocks (triangles in each corner) and then using sashing between all sixteen blocks. Hopefully it won’t take me another year to finish!


Just a few ideas to use these hexagon flowers…

of course, many different quilt settings including Grandmother’s Flower Garden
pot holders
baby bibs
Christmas stockings
table runner

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Schoolhouse Review: Kinderbach

My oldest daughter started piano lessons shortly before her sixth birthday. She started learning on a hand-me-down keyboard that played “I’m Your Venus” as a sample song, over and over and over. We told her that if she stuck with the piano, we would buy her a real one. Thankfully, she continued playing and we were able to pass along the old keyboard.

In the 12 years since she started playing the piano, music has become a large part of our family. Our four oldest children all play at least two instruments each. Kendra has taught several children how to play the piano, including our two girls. I was excited when I was given the opportunity to review Kinderbach, an online piano lesson music program for young children.

Originally, I had hoped to use Kinderbach with Hannah, who is seven years old. The age range for Kinderbach is ages 3 to 7 (although older children may enjoy the program if they are beginning piano students). I thought that she would be considered a beginning student. I guess because I compare her playing to the older children’s playing. However, once we started with the program, she complained that it was “too easy”. I had her stick with it for a bit because it is a really neat program and I knew that even if it was just review, it would be beneficial to her.

Meanwhile, my soon to be four year old little boy has been begging to “do Kinderbach” everyday. So we switched gears. I printed out the beginning worksheets and have been working on piano with him. To be honest, I had my reservations about doing piano with someone so young, especially a little boy. But I think this is where the Kinderbach program really shines. It is not a typical piano lesson. It is a program geared toward young kids. It makes learning the piano seem like a game, not a lesson.

How It Works

There are six levels to choose from. Because Isaac is so young, and a complete beginner, I started him on level 1. Once you choose a level, there is a PDF lesson book that goes along with each level. It has worksheets to use with the lessons. I printed out the entire lesson book so that all the sheets would be available when I needed them. Each level has 10 weeks worth of classes and each week contains four lessons. I found that it was best if I sat with Isaac during the lesson.

Generally what we have done is sit and watch a few lessons at a time. Isaac loves the songs and the moving around activities. He is a typical little boy in that he doesn’t like coloring very much. What we have done to help with this is to do “pretend” coloring. So for instance, in one lesson you had to color the apples. Some were on the ground and some were on the tree. Depending on whether or not the notes were high or low determined whether you colored an apple on the ground or in the tree. It would have taken us all day to get two apples colored. Instead, I just had him color the apples with his finger. It was fun for him and he could then move on quickly to the next sound.

The lessons are a mixture of songs, worksheets (coloring, cutting, pasting), moving around type activities (rhythm instruments, moving hands high, then low), and keyboard/piano activities (finding the two black keys versus the three black keys). I should add here that you don’t have to have a piano to do the lessons. A keyboard is actually advantageous in that you can move it around where you need it for the lessons.

Cost of the Program

Kinderbach is $19.99 for the monthly subscription or $95.88 for a yearly subscription. This rate is good for the entire family, which is a huge savings over the cost of private music lessons. If you are wanting to try Kinderbach out before you commit to a subscription, a day pass can be purchased for $5.95.

Overall Opinion

As I mentioned before, we had a rough start with this one and I didn’t think it was going to work out for our family. I am happy that Isaac has been able to enjoy this program. It really is a neat program. I sometimes feel guilty about not being able to take the younger kids to all the neat classes being offered, like I did with my older kids. Programs like these make up for that. He gets to have the fun class at home and I don’t have to cart kids all over town. Not to mention the cost! With six kids, classes could get very expensive, very quickly! Twenty bucks is very reasonable, especially if you have more than one child using the program. I think this a great program to supplement our children’s learning!

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UFO Sighting (Unfinished Objects)

The weather is getting cooler here in Kansas and for the ladies of the house, this means we are working on projects. Kendra and the girls have started their Christmas knitting and I am working on several “just because” projects. And my list is growing.

I recently discovered Craftsy. Do you know about Craftsy? Craftsy is an online plethora of crafting goodness. There are classes of all sorts (quilting, sewing, knitting, baking, cheesemaking, beading, and soooo many more), some are free and some you pay for. There are tons of patterns, both free and for sale. And then there are the crafting supplies…fabric, yarn, and all kinds of goodies at a really discounted price.

So these yummies just arrived in my mailbox today! I haven’t bought any fabric in a really long time. But when I browsing the Crafty classes, I noticed they had a Civil War Block of the Month (BOM). For those not familiar with BOM’s, basically you work on one quilt block per month and at the end of the year you put them all together to form one large quilt. The Civil War BOM class is on sale right now for $29.99. Once you sign up, you have indefinite access to the videos for the class, so you can work at your own pace and go back over it as many times as you like.

I have always wanted to make a Civil War quilt. I love the reproduction fabrics and learning all the history behind the block patterns. Kendra has been wanting to learn to quilt so we may work on this one together.

Online Quilting Class

If you are just learning to quilt (or would like to), there is another Block of the Month that is geared toward beginners and it is FREE! This is a great way to learn a little at a time. This is also a great project for younger girls…a free home-ec class.

And one more little project…

I am making a wall hanging quilt pattern. I have had this pattern in my mind for over three years but have never been able to complete it. I finally drew out the embroidery design on illustrator (it will have a middle block with embroidery). Actually the entire pattern is drawn out in illustrator, I just need to find time to quilt the sample piece for it.

Here are the sweet fabrics I will be using for it. Can’t wait to finish everything so that I can share it with you all!

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Schoolhouse Review: Beeyoutiful Skincare

A few years ago, I said goodbye to pricey facial cleansers and started making my own.  I wash my face with my handmade soap.  I then spray on a simple toner and apply a moisturizing cream I make from beneficial oils.  My skin has greatly improved, both in clearity and softness.

I usually only wear make-up if we are going somewhere special (church, appointments, activities) which ends up being once or twice a week.  I use a brand name mineral foundation, along with eye shadow, blush, and mascara.  I have been pleased with them to a degree, but had always hoped I would find something more “natural”.

Last month I found it.

The Review

I had heard of Beeyoutiful before, but I thought they only sold vitamins and herbal supplements. I didn’t realize they also sell skin care and natural make-up. I was excited to see what they had to offer.

As part of the Homeschool Review Crew, I was given the chance to review Beeyoutiful’s mineral foundation, two mineral eye/lip colors, the foundation brush, and the combo brush. The set came in a sweet organza bag along with a DVD explaining how to apply the make-up. Because I have worn mineral foundation for years, I didn’t think I needed to watch the videos. I was wrong. I needed to watch the videos. I’ll explain why in a bit.

The Products

We were given a trial size (1/5) of the foundation…generally enough to last several weeks. As I said before, I don’t wear make-up very often, so for me even the trial size last a long time. Before the review, I was given a choice of three sample packets of foundation to help me choose the correct color. Samples are available for $1.00. I would suggest buying a few of them to try before deciding on a color. It really helps to see the foundation on your skin before deciding. There are 24 shades available to choose from. Unfortunately my namesake shade was too dark for me and I had to go with Genevieve. (I love that the shades have names! Great marketing technique…so much better than light beige 102!)

I received one trial size mineral eye/lip color and one sample size of mineral eye/lip color. For the trial size I chose Sea Sand (a somewhat sandy color with a purple tint) and for the sample I chose Heather Dew. Because these colors can be used for both eyes and lips, we were instructed to pick out colors that could be used for both.

The foundation brush we received was a full, lush, stubby little brush that did an excellent job of blending in the foundation. The combo brush is an all purpose brush with different brushes on each end. One end has more rounded bristles. I used this end for my eye shadow and lip applications. The other end has shorter bristles in a row. This was great for creating an eye-liner effect with the eye shadow.

This mineral make-up is very different than others on the market. I noticed right away that the foundation is a very fine powder. After some investigation, I found that it is made of mica, iron oxides, titanium dioxide, ultramarine blue, and zinc oxide. There are no fillers added to the foundation.

I did a little more research to find out what these ingredients were and if they were good for my skin. Here is what I found out from the Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary

mica – earth mineral that gives a shimmer to make-up
iron oxide – iron compound used as a coloring
ultramarine blue – inorganic pigment
zinc oxide – anti-irritant, earth mineral used as a thickener, lubricant, and sunscreen
titanium dioxide – earth mineral used as a thickener, lubricant, and sunscreen (There was conflicting information on titanium dioxide. One sources said that the micro particles could enter the skin and were not good. However, the Cosmetic Cop seems to explain why this would not happen…

Titanium dioxide is typically micronized and coated for use in cosmetic products. The micronizing makes this somewhat heavy-feeling ingredient easier to spread on skin, not to mention making it more cosmetically elegant. Micronized titanium dioxide is also has much greater stability and can provide better sun protection than non-micronized titanium dioxide. Micronized titanium dioxide does not penetrate skin so there is no need to be concerned about it getting into your body (well, unless you eat the stuff). Even when titanium dioxide nanoparticles are used, the coatings employed have a larger molecular size that keeps the nanoparticles of titanium dioxide from penetrating beyond the uppermost layers of skin.

All ingredients received a rating of a smiley face or a check and a smiley face. I take it these are good ratings.

The Application


Here is why I needed to watch the video and why you probably do to…

Instead of just dipping the brush into the powder and puffing it all over your face, there is a bit of a technique to applying the foundation. First I washed my face and applied my toner. Then I tapped out a bit of the foundation into the lid. I added in a dollop of moisturizer and mixed it all together. If the shade is not dark enough, add in a little more foundation.

mixing foundation and moisturizer

Once the foundation is mixed, swirl the foundation brush into the foundation picking up as much as possible.

foundation loaded onto brush

Buff the foundation all over the face. Notice that there are no foundation lines at my jawline. The foundation goes on ultra smooth and has a very natural finish.

Next, I used my Heather Dew sample on my eyes, with the Sea Sand as an eye liner. I dipped the rounded end of my combo brush into a bit of water, then into the minerals. It took several applications to achieve the level of color I wanted. For the eye liner, I just used the other end of the brush.

For the lips, I used the same rounded brush. But this time I ran it across my peppermint lip balm several times, then picked up the minerals. This is great because I love the feel of my lip balm, but it has some color added to it!

The final me (excuse the red nose, I have a terrible cold)…

The Price

Mineral Foundation – $25.00 for 2.58g
Eye/Lip Minerals – $10.00 for .45g
Samples – $1.00
Foundation Brush – $11.00
Combo Brush – $6.50

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Teaching the Young Women

Titus 2:4 @ponderthepath

Yesterday was a beautiful, crisp autumn day here in Wichita.  A friend invited me and the kids to join her for Cowtown museum’s education day.  Cowtown is a living history museum, set in the 1800’s.  The kids were able to talk with a man about buffalo’s, see what was in the chuck wagon, and pet the milk goats.  There were wool dyers, yarn spinners, soap makers, and wheat grinders there.  My oldest daughter remarked, “What’s funny is that we do all these things ourselves!”  Yes, we do.  I guess that is why the man dying the wool looked surprised when my daughter asked him what mordant he was using to set the dye.

So throughout the morning, we explored the museum and ended our time there with the children shucking dry corn, then grinding it in the hand grinder while I wandered through what was left of the herb garden.  As we were gathering to leave, a young mom with a toddler stopped me and commented on what a nice family I had.

“You have six children?” she asked.  Upon reflection she must have been watching us for a while, because we were somewhat separated at the time and mixed with the other family we had come with.  I told her yes, I had six children.  She then asked if I homeschooled.  Yes again.

“How do you do it {homeschool the older ones} with your little ones?”  At this point, I wasn’t sure if was asking because she thought it was impossible (there were tons of school kids there, so I thought she might be a parent to one of them) or if she was just curious as to whether it really could be done.  I gave her a pat answers, something about working while the little ones napped.

Then I saw that look in her eyes.  “I try doing that, but I just feel like I am not doing all I need to for my older kids.  I have an 11 year old and an 8 year old, but the 3 year old and 1 year old take up so much of my time…”  At this point I realized she didn’t want a game plan on how to do it, she needed to be encouraged and know that she could do it.

Thankfully my oldest daughter was there with me.  It seems to add some credibility when you say that they will turn out OK even if you don’t get to everything.  What really matters is being together as a family and giving them that desire to learn.  Lighting the fire.

As we were parting, she quickly asked, “Do they fight?” to which I quickly replied, “Everyday.”  I assured her that it was part of the process.  We are all sinful and being sanctified daily.  Kids will fight, but it is our jobs as parents to lovingly (still working on this myself) lead them in the ways of the Lord.  And yes, as they get older, we do begin to see the fruits of our labor.  It makes my heart sing when I hear my oldest daughter teaching the younger girls how to work things out biblically.

As we were driving home, my daughter stated, “That was neat how the Lord led us to talk with that lady.”

I was then reminded of a promise I made to myself one day.  I was at a conference walking around the booths when I came across a family business.  The couples’ children are mostly all grown, and have all contributed amazingly to the business.  I waited until the lady was available and I timidly asked her how you go from homeschooling to family business.  Just like the lady I met, I didn’t need a road map.  I just needed an encouraging word to let me know that if I stuck with it the Lord would bring us along.

Instead, I got a rushed, “Well I discuss that on this CD…”

I have never felt more deflated.

And I promised myself to never do that to anyone else.  One of the requirements of being a Titus 2 older women is to teach the younger women.  We need to give encouragement and training freely to the younger women the Lord has placed in our paths.

Now I don’t say all that to let you know that I did something right and this other woman did something wrong.  Rather, I would like others to see that just taking a little time can really bless others.  No matter where we are on our journey, there is always someone one step behind us that could use our encouragement!