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A Bravery Feather

When my girls were really small I would take feathers out of the feather pillow or feather bed and put it in their hair and tell them they were bravery feathers, you know, like Dumbo had. They would giggle and tell me they tickled and flounce around the house with them in their hair or tucked in their braids. Have you ever felt like you just needed a bravery feather to do some task that seems insurmountable? I know I do. This blog was one of them. 
Related Article: Have Courage And Be Kind

 We were walking through such hard times and we felt like that for over a year as we thought about starting a blog and sharing our lives, but it just seemed so scary and to be honest I just felt so insignificant and rather boring. 

 One day someone came to me and told me that what I feared is that I didn't have anything worth sharing. Wow, was that ever true? Because this is just life for us, this is just what we do... but recently I realized that this is not what everyone does. 

 This is not their …

Organic All Purpose Cleaner

With all the junk that is in cleaners and even the food we eat at the Rosevine Cottage we like to be as careful as we can with chemicals.  One great way we would like to share with you is with the use of Grapefruit Seed Extract. GSE is a great cleaner for so many things.

32 Oz Spray Bottle  Water 50 Drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
Fill a bottle with water and add GSE. Shake, and use. Or add 35-40 drops to your sink water as you are washing your fruits and vegetables or you can put 25 drops or so in a 32 oz sprayer and keep to spray your veggies, fruit, or even meats to make sure the bacteria is gone and they are safe to eat. 
 This spray is safe for counter tops, your baby's high chair tray, just about anything.  It is really amazing stuff.   I hope that you check it out.  It is an inexpensive way to keep your house clean and keep your family safe.

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Believing The Worst

Why is it that people seem to always believe the worst about others? I was struck by this comment a couple of days ago on Facebook and I began pondering it.On an episode of “Robin Hood,” the peasants in a town were shocked when the sheriff told them that Robin Hood was killing innocent people. Then, in turn, they quickly turned against him. One of Robin’s men commented that he wondered why they bothered giving them the last of their food when they hated them. Why do we hunger when all they do is hate us?

That is an interesting question, is it not? How is it that people and mostly those who we would think to know us best think the worst of us? People you work beside, pray beside, play golf with, or go to church with, or like Robin fed and cared for. It is hard to imagine and harder yet to go through, as I see a blogger on Facebook being torn apart by her fans on the Internet.

I think many of us have walked through this and Christ has walked through it. They sing "Hosanna" and …

A Great Granola Recipe

In this house we try to eat as healthy as we can.  That means not eating refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup and even soy products.  This brought us to making things ourselves and not buying things in bags and boxes.  Granola is a simple way that you can begin this process in your house.  You control what goes into it so you control what goes into your family.  This particular recipe has no oil in it. We have made it with coconut oil added in the honey but if you do decide to add some healthy fats to it, please remember to store this in the refrigerator. If not, it can be stored in the cupboard.

Ingredient List: 4 cups of oats (we use organic rolled oats)
½ cup raw nuts that you are going to toast in your oven ½ cup of raisins or chopped dry fruit. We love to use all kinds of fruit. We have an orchard so we use our apples and pears that we sliced thinly and dehydrate. Then we put them in this with raisins and
Ok, back to the recipe.

½ cup warm raw honey can also use re…

Organic Cheese Its Crackers

These are my very fancy Tornado Cheese It Crackers.  They  are wonderful but really have nothing to do with a tornado, except I ate an entire batch in my basement when I was hiding uh... er... seeking safety during a tornado warning with my family (Sorry, not kidding here. Ok, I shared, a little.)

It is funny though, it seems every time I make these little gems the weather turns bad and I end up in my basement clutching a bowl of them... that sounds bad, doesn't it?

Moving on... Well anyway, it is a really easy recipe and your children will think you are amazing (You are, right?) and you don't have to worry about the chemicals, food coloring and preservatives in that OTHER cheese crackers at the store. Make sure you store these in an airtight container after they cool because they will get stale. Yeah, right... as if they will last long enough to get stale!

These are great for a snack alone, with apples and grapes, on top of potato or mushroom soup, topping your favorite sala…

Citrus All Purpose Cleaner

Orange, Lemon or Grapefruit PeelsVinegarOrganic Castile Liquid Soap
Save all of your orange, lemon or grapefruit peels and place them in a mason jar (or other jar that seals on top).  Fill it to the top with vinegar and replace the lid. Sit it in your cabinet for 7-14 days (I do 14) and it really releases the citrus oil from the peels. 
 Take 1/2 cup of the vinegar and pour it into a squirt bottle with 1 cup of water and 1/2 tsp. of liquid Castille soap (This actually can be used this with just the vinegar, but I like the Castille one too).

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How To Save Money on Organic Fabric Softener

How To Save Money on Organic Fabric Softener

Who doesn't love to save a few dollars? I know we do, especially when you are trying to live as healthy as you can and things add up quickly.  That is when we discovered this tip to make your organic or any really fabric softener last longer.  Interested? Well here is our super easy tip on how to save money with still getting the same quality of softening to your laundry! I mean, who can beat cheap and healthy?

2-3 Containers of Organic Fabric Softener
Several inexpensive sponges, cut in 4 pieces.  

2 Gallons of water for every bottle of softener

Pour the contents of the softener bottles into a 5 -gallon bucket. You can buy these at your home improvement store or get them free at places like SAM's and Walmart in the bakery if you ask nicely.

Then fill your empty fabric softener bottles with water and pour into the bucket with the softener. For every bottle of softener, you add 2 bottles full of water.

Now take the package of sponges (mine had three in the package) and cut into 4…

Easy Alternative For Fabric Softener

This is totally natural and is disinfecting and it really helps to make your towels more absorbent. 
Add 1 cup of vinegar to your cycle for soft fabric.  

It will also help to lock in the color of your clothing so they do not fade on one another if you sometimes have a habit of not separating your laundry and making your whites the color of  your dad's jeans... uh, um.  Moving on, right?

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Galactagogue Cookies

This recipe is just delish to start off with but to those nursing mommies out there it is said that these great cookies help to increase your milk production when you eat them (please don't eat the entire batch at one time, not good) but seriously these are really yummy and we love to make them when we have company not just new moms but for everyone. I hope you give them a try. I think you will agree they are good stuff.

1 1/2 cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour 1 3/4 cup Organic Oats 1 teaspoon Baking Soda 1 teaspoonPink Himalayan Salt 3/4 cup Organic Almond Butter or Peanut Butter 1/2 cup Grass Fed Butter, softened  1 cup Organic Ground Flaxseed 3 tablespoon Brewer's Yeast 1/3 cup Water  1 teaspoon Organic Cinnamon 1 cup Raw Sugar 1 teaspoon Organic Vanilla 2 large Organic Free Range Eggs  2 cup Organic Chocolate Chips 1 cup chopped nuts of your choice  Optional: Organic Chia Seeds to taste

Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, beat almond (nut but…