May Day! May Day!

Well, May just raced in like a dragster, didn’t it?  I can’t believe we are almost HALF WAY through May already.  And my calendar has filled up so quickly because of end of the school year events and programs and paperwork!  How about yours?

It has been a little bit surreal, quite honestly.  The amount of paperwork that explodes out of my kids’ backpacks this time of year is something like a ticker tape parade!  Only I feel more like the cleanup crew instead of the Grand Marshall.  It does help to get a jump on paperwork for next school year, but on top of all kinds of field trips and events – it’s a lot to keep track of effectively.

Last night I sat at the table with my iPhone, my bullet journal, and the piles of paperwork to fill out to get out of my house return to school in a timely manner. ahem.  But thankfully, my iPhone calendar and bullet journal lend themselves to easy recording and reminder setups.  I am thankful for that!  I rely on my phone calendar pop up reminders when I’m on the go – and writing it down in my bullet journal just helps me keep it in my head a little better.

As the school year comes to an end, and kids are antsy to just get summer started already, I am trying to look ahead to make plans for a fun and educational summer.  Y’all – I am NOT good with the heat and since we don’t have central air conditioning, there are days that we retreat to the master bedroom (with the window unit) to watch movies or read or play games.  I find that I can actually do a LOT of homework when the kids are watching Angry Birds for the 47th time.  (and i love the banter in that movie, so it’s entertaining for me, too!)  I am gathering some printables and resources to put together Summer Binders for the kids again, and will share more about that before school ends.

One of the other things I’ve been putting together in recent weeks, that I hope to spend time on throughout the summer, is an Herbal Journal.  Officially, some would call it a Materia Medica, but since I am incorporating a few different things, I’m just calling it my Herb Book.

My interest in herbs began when I was in high school and read a book that talked about using herbs as remedy for something or other.  I got hooked.  The thought that a “weed” in the yard could pose relief for some condition’s symptoms was incredibly intriguing to me.  I found myself checking out more books about herbs.  Yep, even the herbal encyclopedias.  My grandparents resorted to natural alternatives, so they would talk about remedies they grew up with – and of course, my mom & dad shared some things too.

  • Like horehound candy for sore throats.  My dad told me that’s what his mom would use.  I find that completely amazing.
  • Like raspberry leaf tea during the 2nd or 3rd trimester to help tone the uterus and prepare for childbirth.
  • Like lemon for sore throats and colds.

If you, like me, enjoy using naturally-derived products in your home or for your family, then you might be interested in The 2017 Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle.  I was able to get my hands on my own bundle already (because I am an affiliate) and it has been one of the most interesting, most educational bundles I’ve ever seen from The Ultimate Bundles crew!

The Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle contains 16 e-books & printables, 10 e-courses (which are blowing me away), 3 physical bonuses and 1 digital bonus.  I can’t tell you the specific titles I am so excited about (or about price) just yet, but if you think you *might* be interested, just click this link and you can provider your email to be NOTIFIED when this bundle actually goes on sale.  (Entering your email does not commit you to purchasing anything, it just lets you be notified the moment that the bundle is available for purchase).

Some of the topics in this bundle include:

  • How to create your own Herbal Journal and Herbal “Medicine Cabinet”
  • Creating your own naturally-based skin care
  • Parents guide to dealing with cold and flu season naturally
  • Using herbs in cooking,
  • and so much more…

 

If you have ANY desire to incorporate herbs and essential oils into caring for your family, I can tell you that the value of this bundle stretches way beyond the purchase price.  The sale starts Wednesday, May 17, and as soon as I can share more details and product titles, I will do it!