Descanso Gardens

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What an amazing place to take your kids. Seriously. It’s a place where you don’t always have to say “no” or “don’t do that” constantly to your children. They can run around, free and wild, on acres and acres of beautiful land. Some have gardens, some are rural, some are just wide open spaces with trees. You will find mazes, koi ponds, fountains and streams. Bring a lunch and lay on the grass and relax. If you forget lunch they have a wonderful cafe with outdoor seating. This place is so close by to the Los Angeles residents that it is now a favorite in our family. It took us 17 minutes to get

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Glass Bottle Maintenance (a.k.a. Algae Anyone?)

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Last year I switched out all of my plastic from my cupboards for glass mainly because of all the health related research that has been published over the last year about plastic leaching chemicals like BPA and other nasty things contributing to Miscarriages, Alzheimer’s and Cancer etc. The FDA has yet to make a final call on banning some of these chemicals in our plastic so obviously we have to do a preemptive strike and protect ourselves first. No use being the guinea pig! So we switched out all of out Tupperware and drinking containers for glass and it has been absolutely wonderful. I did run into one tiny problem with glass though, in the carafes and water bottles I began to notice a light green film at the bottom, algae. I am not afraid of algae, some is even good for you. But no, no I don’t want algae in my drinking water. And in some of my bottles it is downright impossible to get in there and clean the bottom. So, I googled a way to get the algae out and was SHOCKED to hear advice telling me to use BLEACH!!! Seriously OMG. I would drink algae any day of the week before I put a downright POISON in my beautiful glasses to clean them!! I was laughing out loud, but at the same time I had no solution to my problem. And now I do.

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Earache Remedy

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So poor poor little Jack got a horrible ear infection when we went to Ireland last year which escalated into such a disastrous situation that he needed 2 doses of antibiotics. Nightmare. Poor kid. I of course never saw a sign or even knew what to look for, I thought he just had a regular old cold. So this time around, our family for Christmas decided to bond together and all get a cold at the same time, AND to spread that cold to all of the aunts and grandparents as well. Christmas spirit and all, why wouldn’t we? Now that we are all better, I notice Jack tugging on his ears. It isn’t anything yet, but I see the warning signs beginning. A trip to the doctor confirmed it is the beginning of an ear infection (post trauma sets in from my last experience) and they of course want him on antibiotics. I, on the other hand, would like to share a recipe that you can try in the beginning or even middle stages of an earache to try and solve the problem before having to resort to antibiotics. This is a powerful and effective alternative that I highly recommend, and the less antibiotics you give your child the better. This remedy is known to work every time as long as it isn’t chaos madness like our Ireland experience. All these ingredients result in a strong natural antibiotic. It’s great for adults too! Here you go!

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Homemade Bone Broth

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This recipe is an amazing addition to your weekly routine in that it’s an excellent source of minerals and known to boost the immune system (I think everyone I know had a cold this winter) as well as improve digestion. It’s high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content make it great for bone health, and fans of the recipe who include it in their regular diet speak of it as though it is a super food in that it increases energy and wellness feelings.

 

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