Just A Little While

Adventures of a wife and mother

December 29, 2014
by Allison
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Organic face care for tweens and teens.

Avalon Organics Refreshing Cleansing Gel

Nothing makes me read labels like my children.  My oldest daughter is a tween and we needed to start a regular skin care routine, so I started searching for a solution.  After evaluating a number of orgainic products we tried Avalon organics skin care line.  It was affordable, had good reviews, and came in fragrances we liked (citrus or lavender).  For my daughter it is once a day wash with Avalon cleansing gel and moisturize with coconut oil (or the Avalon Oil Free Moisturizer).

I ordered from Vitacost.com.  Use this link and get $10 off an order of $30.  They have the full line of products.  Walmart in Katy, TX also carries the citrus cent products, as well as HEB.

December 13, 2014
by Allison
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Veri Organic Low-Calorie Cola Review

I love cola, but not the ingredients. Veri has a place in my refridgerator now. It tastes like a lightly sweetened cola with only the slightest Stevia aftertaste- hardly noticeable. 60 calories. ( purchased at HEB Katy)

Ingredients: sparkling water, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice, organic caramel color, organic flavors, and organic stevia leaf extract.

Non-GMO, Organic

I think I will try their other flavors soon.


December 13, 2014
by Allison
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Natural Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

Natural hand soap can be hard to find and rather expensive. Make your own quickly, and add a couple drops of essential oil to make it even better.

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup organic Castile soap (scented or unscented)
1 T organic Sunflower oil (moisturizing)
2-4 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Combine ingredients in the soap pump. Shake gently to mix and enjoy. Makes 1 hand pump of liquid soap.

Warning:  Very liquid.  May shoot out and get you from some dispensers.

Essential Oil ideas: buy from me  HERE

Peppermint (refreshing)

Wild Orange or Lemon (joyful)

On Guard (immune supporting)





Find Castile soap at: Target, Whole a Foods, azurestandard.com

August 28, 2014
by Allison
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Math Time Questions

For some reason, the kids seem to have a lot of irrelevant questions during math time. To stop this clever stalling tactic, I asked the kids to write down their questions for discussion after math. It took several reminders, but we finished math in record speed.



July 31, 2014
by Allison
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Kindles for Kids

We have a tradition in our family to award our early readers with a Kindle once they read three chapter books (like Encyclopedia Brown, or Toad and Frog). I find this is a good time to introduce them to all kinds of classics available for free and ebooks from the library. The novelty also helps them forget how challenging the new material is. The Kindle Keyboard is a good option for us because it has a MP3 player for audiobooks and music. RadioShack has kids headphones that will not allow the volume to harm their ears.


July 23, 2014
by Allison
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Resolving sibling conflict

I have found this scripture referenced “Brother Offended Checklist” very helpful for teaching the kid to resolve disputes in a Christ like manner.  We walk to the tack board when there is a conflict. I love the step by step instructions teaching them to search their own hearts and how to reconcile with forgiveness.

Doorposts – Set of 4 Small Charts.

June 18, 2014
by Allison
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Vitamix Tomato Sauce Canning Recipe

20140618-154528-56728668.jpgIt seems like a lot of tomatoes, but it is only three pounds.  To deal with small batches of ripe tomatoes from the garden, I am going to Vitamix them and then freeze them so that I can process them when I have enough.


How easy is that! Four pounds of pureed tomatoes, ready to freeze.

This year I am going to make tomato sauce from our garden tomatoes.  I am going to use a Ball Basil-Garlic Tomato Sauce Recipe http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipe.aspx?r=45 , slightly modified to use the Vitamix.

Half Recipe

Makes about 3 (16 oz) pints

You will need:

10 lb tomatoes (about 30 medium)
1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1/2 large)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp finely minced fresh basil
1 Tbsp bottled lemon juice per hot jar
3 (16 oz) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands


1.) PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
2.) WASH tomatoes; drain. Remove blossom ends. Puree in Vitamix.  Set aside.
3.) SAUTE onion and garlic in olive oil until transparent in large saucepot. Add tomatoes. Add basil.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until volume is reduced by half, stirring to prevent sticking.
4.) ADD 1 Tbsp bottled lemon juice to each hot jar. Ladle hot sauce into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center hot lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.
5.) PROCESS filled jars in a boiling water canner for 35 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check for seal after 24 hours. Lids should not flex up and down when center is pressed.


May 27, 2014
by Allison
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Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins


What to do with that giant zucchini from the garden.  Just half of it made the two cups of shredded zucchini needed for this recipe.


2 1/2 cups  sugar
3 eggs
3 cups Namaste GF Perfect Flour Blend (Costco)
3 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup olive oil
2 cups zucchini, grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup nuts (optional)
3 teaspoons cinnamon
adapted from food.com recipe 17123
Mix all ingredients well and fill 2 dozen muffin cups 2/3 full or make two small bread loaves.
Bake at 350F for 25 min. for muffins or 1 hr. for bread loaves.

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