Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Birthday, tree and goodies

It has been a busy last few weeks. Evie is doing much better, and got over the chickenpox pretty fast. The problem now is that she is covered with scars :(. She has at least 4 on her face, some on her chest, and some on her back and belly. I kept telling her not to scratch because she could scar, but she would dig at them at night. I'm trying some different scar remedies to see if I can get them to go away. Some of them are pretty good sized craters.

Our yearly tradition is to go cut a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Because Evie was feeling so terrible, we waited a week before going to get one. The only time we could go was after Jeff got off of work. By the time we got there, they had closed the area where you could go cut your own tree, so we had to pick one from off the lot. We still got a nice tree. We were all bundled up because we thought we would be out in the cold for awhile. It only took us 5 minutes to find our tree! We took SiSi with us, but she couldn't get out and run around like normal. It still worked out though.

My sweet girl turned 10 years old on the 6th. She had 2 parties. One was with her friends, and it was on the Saturday before her birthday. The girls were all homeschooled, so the creative, energetic, and super imaginative juice was really flowing when they were here :). It was really fun!  Here is Evie at her first party...
The Sunday before Evie's birthday, she asked me to do her hair special. I put it in braids, and she slept on them. Her hair turned out so pretty!

Evie also lost a top tooth on the day of her birthday party with the girls. I wanted to show off how cute she looked :).

On the morning of Evie's birthday, she woke up early and asked if she could open up her presents from us. We said that would be fine, since Jeff still hadn't gone to work yet. She had fun playing with her toys all day.
We homeschooled on her birthday, but had a relaxed, fun day and played lots of games. She had to do some computer work, so Daisy kept her company. Don't you just love how Daisy is sitting, with her legs on the computer??

At night, both sets of grandparents came to celebrate Evie's birthday. We had a lot of fun! We ate some great food, had cake, then played a fun game called Apples To Apples Jr. We had never played it before, and it was really fun!

I have been going a little crazy with making stuff lately. I have been on this homemade beauty products kick. I had been using a deodorant that was labeled "natural", but I found out had a lot of really bad chemicals in it. I have read a lot about women and breast cancer, and many naturopaths and even some doctors believe that deodorant/anti-persperant can be a cause of breast cancer because of all the chemicals. I found a recipe online for making my own deodorant. I LOVE it! It does an amazing job, is super cheap to make, and is good for me! I made 2 different scents. Here they are...

I also made some homemade face cream. This is actually a recipe from my friend April's website. It can be used on your face and body. I really like it so far! On my face it can be a little oily, so I need to tweak the oils to figure out how to make it less oily for my face. I'm using it on Evie's face too, along with therapeutic grade essential oils, to get rid of the scarring.
Today I made a homemade toothpaste, from a recipe I found online. It has baking soda, glycerine, salt, xylitol, and essential oils. I like it. I have only used it today, but it makes my teeth feel really clean.

We are slowly trying to start accumulating baby things. We are borrowing a crib from a couple at church, so that was a huge blessing! I also bought some of these....

Okay, I know it is a bottle, but isn't it the cutest thing ever?? I decided I wanted to do glass bottles this time around. I have read so much about plastic leaching into the food, especially when heated. I wish I had known that when Evie was a baby! Next on the list to buy is cloth diapers. Yep, I'm doing cloth. We did cloth with Evie, and it was great. I know people think it is awful, but it is SO great. No having to worry about running out of diapers! You just wash and dry some. Plus there aren't chemicals, and you aren't filling up the landfill. Plus, there is nothing more adorable than seeing a baby in a cloth diaper :).

Sorry this post is so enormous! I told you we have been busy these past few weeks!!


K said...

Glad to hear that Evie recovered quickly. She is such a beauty. I love the photo of her and Daisy. And in case I forget have an absolutely wonderful and blessed Christmas.

Jen said...

Thanks Kelly!! I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas too :)!

Anonymous said...

I agree, that diaper clad babies are adorable! We are praying for you all and your little one.

I would love to try some of your natural recipes! :) Do you think the face cream would work on preteens?

My girls loved the party! They thought it was great! To bad Evie did not share the turkey pox. Next time?


Jen said...

Joyce - Thanks so much for your prayers! They mean so much!

The face cream is a really easy recipe. I actually cut the recipe in half, and it still made a lot! The link to it is
I think it would work fine for preteens, but you wouldn't want to use much. I'm talking smalling than a pea size. As for the recipe, I didn't have any lanolin, so I used another oil.

Evie had so much fun! I'm so glad your girls got to come!

SchnauzerMom said...

I used to know how to fold cloth diapers but have long sense forgotten. I'm glad Evie is feeling better. She looks very pretty in those photos.

Jen said...

SchnauzerMom, I need to remember how to fold them! I have forgotten after all these years!

winterwren said...

Wow! Your own deodorant! How did you do that? Did you have to buy special containers to put it in? Amazing.

I love all your family photos. And that bottle is extremely cute.

Jen said...

Hi Winterwren :)! The deodorant was actually really easy. I bought the containers from
and they are actually really inexpensive. Also, you can keep reusing them. The recipe for the deodorant I got from here:
You could probably use old deodorant containers, but I decided to buy the clear ones so that I could see how much I have left.

April said...

Such great pictures and oooohhhh, homemade deoderant. I even have a container to use already! I'm going to make this soon myself! Evie's hair is just gorgeous - and your spiral braid (is that what they call it? I can't remember) is too.

I have a chickenpox scar on my face too. I hope the scar remedies work on Evie... I don't think they had scar remedies back in the 50's, but things have progressed a lot since then, so I'm hoping they do the trick. I remember it being very hard not to scratch - especially at night when you really don't know you're doing it!

Jen said...

April - if you try the deodorant, you will have to tell me what you think of it. I really like it so far! Thanks for the hair compliment! It is slowly growing back out. I'm almost to tailbone. Hopefully I won't go and hack it off again :).

I have found SO many more scars on Evie, all over her. I bet she has 20 or more :(. I really hope the scar remedy works. I am only concentrating on her face right now. If it works, I will target the other areas. She must have been wildly scratching while I wasn't looking!