46 Weeks and a Homemade Remedy

While most families have spent the past week prepping for travel or guests, I spent it cleaning my house for no apparent reason at all, other than the fact that it’s something I can control. No one else can tell me that I have to stop and move to a different room in the middle of mopping the floor. No one can tell me which direction to vacuum the carpet in. No one can tell me when to start and what time to be finished. No one dictates how my house is cleaned, except for me. The Army has no control over what detergent I use or when I decide to toss the sponge and get out a new one. There isn’t a chain of command, uniform, or rank system with my appliances. Each one does its job when I say so. I have power in my house, and no one can take that away from me…usually. Until last night, when our Kirby (bought at $1200 7 years ago) decided to fall out of line and start smoking in the middle of vacumming an area rug. NOT COOL! Complete with smoke, sparks, and a horrible smell, that thing completely flipped out on me. I put myhands on my hips, stared that machine down with my best “Oh-no-you-di’in’t” stare, and shouted, “SERIOUSLY?” Naturally, my nosey children came running into the room asking, “What happened? Is someone here?” To which I responded, “That vacuum cleaner didn’t listen to Mommy, and so I’m kicking it out of the house! That’s why you always have to listen to your Mom.” Idan looked concered, but Cole said, “Okay, you say crazy stuff like that all the time. I’m going back in the other room.” My mom threats just aren’t what they used to be. I’m gonna have to work on that.

Activity #46 Homemade Decongestant

Since I tried the home remedy of a detox bath for my asthma, and hated it so much, I decided to try another home remedy for congestion. This fall air has been horrible, and viruses have been in full swing lately, so we’ve been taking medicines around the clock. I went to the drug store earlier this week, and wanted to buy some Mucinex, but I forgot my license at home. Apparently, I look like I’m under 18, so they wouldn’t let me buy it without an ID. I almost spent $45 on the box, and I’m so glad that I didn’t, because the home remedy decongestant works like a charm! It doesn’t taste the greatest, but it doesn’t taste the worst either.


2tbs water, 1tbs apple cider vinegar, 1tbs honey, 1/4tsp cayenne pepper, and 1/4tsp ginger.

Stir it up…Little Darlin’, Stir it up!

1tbs for Adults and 1tsp for the kiddos

It didn’t smell delicious.

It didn’t taste delicious either.

So, this stuff is awesome. I was totally skeptical after my sucky detox bath, but this home remedy delivered! Within minutes of taking my dose, I was grabbing the tissue box. So nasty on the TMI, I know but if you’re suffering from a cold, sinus pressure, or ridiculous allergies, then this stuff is the ticket. Now, don’t try using this as an allergy remedy though. It’s not good for that. It won’t prevent or treat allergies. It’s just good for clearing the sinuses or helping your coughs to be more productive. I’m actually thinking about making some little jars of this to go along with my Christmas gifts this year! I’m also definitely planning on making some for my soldier man! God knows that dust over there is horrible on the sinuses. Try this out! Let me know how it works for you!

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Until next week, send your crazy to me, since I’m going there anyway!


(btw, sorry I’m a little late in posting. The hubster got me an awesome iPad for my birthday, and I haven’t figured out how to WordPress on it successfully yet.)





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