Poison Ivy Natural Remedies

Most people have gotten into poison ivy at least once, and suffered the consequences. However, some have been blessed with a natural defense against poison ivy’s urushiol oil. They seem to experience no allergic reaction.

My grandpa is such a person. As a young boy, … I shudder to even say this … he ate poison ivy. I don’t know, or remember, why. Maybe it involved a group of little boys trying to outdo each other in double-dares. Who knows, but he learned he’s not allergic to poison ivy. (Do NOT eat poison ivy. Doing so is EXTREMELY dangerous.)

For those not like my grandpa, the constant itchy and burning sensation can be so intense they’ll go to extreme measures to find relief. I read how one person broke open their blisters, and then poured bleach on them. Someone I know poured gasoline on his poison ivy rash.

In this post, we’re going to stick to natural remedies. ;)

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Eating Healthy – Progress not Perfection, Part 3


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Today, we’re continuing the series “Eating Healthy – Progress not Perfection.”

When contemplating how to map out a plan for healthy eating choices this year, here are some more ideas to “chew” on. If you’d like to review the list from last week, click here.

Remember the plan of action:

Pick two or three things to change about your diet, and focus on them for the next 3 – 6 months. While you incorporate these bite-sized lifestyle eating changes into your life, plan what

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Eating Healthy – Progress not Perfection, Part 2


I hope you enjoyed the comical mental image of hysteria, depicted in last week’s post - someone frantically deciding to overnight change their entire way of living and eating.

All kidding aside, I wanted to come up with a helpful list of ideas readers could use to make manageable, bit-sized lifestyle changes in their eating choices. Here’s some “food” for thought.

You don’t have to change EVERYTHING in a single day, week, or even month. Eventually, you may change most things, or even everything, about your current eating choices, but that might be looking back a year

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Eating Healthy – Progress not Perfection


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This is the time of year people start making new year resolutions. Even if you’re the type of person who cringes at the idea of new year resolutions, you still probably entertain some similar line of thought. It’s a new year, a new start, a blank slate. New goals are only natural.

Planning to eat healthier in the year to come is a great goal, and a common one. Sometimes, though, we can go about our goals all wrong. If our goals are not broken down into clearly identifiable,

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Cranberries – Not Just A Thanksgiving Dish


We have three canine children ranging from the ages of 4 to 10. They are our pride and joy. I hope to have goats or cows in a couple years, but, for the time-being, we have plenty of joy (and vet bills) with three dogs.

Cranberries… did she totally forget the title of her post? That’s what you’re thinking, right? Just hold on. I’m getting there.

After spending a lot of money in the last two weeks on vet bills for Bunker, our male Doberman, on a myriad of meds; an emergency ultrasound (that cost me my left

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