Saturday, August 17, 2013

Science Project Completed

A few minutes before this little guy came out of the chrysalis I was watching it, and thinking when will it come out. Well, after about half hour I left and DD came in from outside and informed me that the butterfly is out. "What!" I replied. I was so disappointed... :D

Yes, around 12:30pm today. I have to write this first before watching my children let it free outside. One project done for their home learning science project. More to go.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Science Project (part 5)

Todays' children science project update. We don't really know how to keep the parsley stem fresh if this chrysalis will be there until spring. DD put the sticks there but it decided to hang itself on a fresh stem. We will see I guess.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Science Project (part 4)

Yesterday, DD and I changed the water where the parsley are resting and the paper towel at the bottom of this fish tank. During movie time (before bedtime) I looked inside the tank and the caterpillar was checking the top side of the tank. DD said, it is looking for a place to hang. I was like, "what, it's not even that big yet." Well, this morning, this is was we saw.

I had a hard time taking picture because it is hanging upside down. The picture above is taken through the glass.

This one is taken from above but out of focus. To see the first caterpillar I saw outside, on how big it was click here --->> caterpillar bigger than my little finger.

Biomagnetism Therapy

This is my second child (not my second kid), and I'm happy to announce that this is the last session for him. Yes, we were in the doctors' office around eight-thirty this morning. His appointment was nine o'clock. He got less magnet on him today because the doctor did the magnet three separate times. We got into talking and he mentioned that he treated a NYC couple who wanted to have children. After two sessions (3 months apart), the third time should be six months after the second, and the wife is ten weeks pregnant.

The therapy worked with FIL back and motion sickness problem, it worked with DH hip problem (it turned out it's not his hip, he can only feel it in that area), and my second ODS (picture above) motion sickness. And guessed what, he is taller than me now by two inches. What I am saying here is, try alternative healing first before putting all the chemicals in your body. The sad part is, they do not take any type of medical insurance. We pay cash, so I don't really know how they handle people with medical insurance.

His office is located in Stockton Family Practice in Stockton NJ. You can google the office name and read more information.

This post is part of health education for my children, to show we are using alternative healing for them. While waiting for him to finish, I read the first chapter of his History book titled, "The Human Odyssey volume 1." I also asked him some questions about Earths' imaginary lines; to differentiate latitude and longitude, meridians, as well as; how many years in decade/century/millennium? He answered them all correctly after listening to me attentive. Well, actually this is not the first time we cover this lessons. He only reviewing what are coming in our History lessons this year.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

(Mentha x piperita) Peppermint Extract/Ruby Tuesday

Make sure you do some research before using this yourself. It doesn't mean that you will get the same result as I.
Below is a picture of a mint plant that appeared in our yard not to long ago. Maybe it was always there, but DH always string trim it not knowing what it was. However, this one looks hairy and the one I used to make the extract has nothing.

Here is what you need to make your very own peppermint extract.

Mash the peppermint leaves gently with you hands before putting in the jar. Then cover/submerge the leaves with grain alcohol, cover and store in a cool dry place. Start testing within a week for potency.
Below is what the appearance of three weeks old peppermint extract. I think this one is ready to be strained and place in a dark bottles with droppers. I will be using this for cooking, making home made toothpaste and lip balm. Please utilize the internet for uses and medicinal properties.

More wild mint (i think, unless the people who own this house before us planted it) flowers, Yes, they have the smell of mint but very faint.

I also dried some, my pint jar is already full. Hopefully I can get another pint before the frost gets here. I will be using it for tea, when my children gets sick. It worked amazing when two of my boys were sick at the end of June. This is what it looked like after an hour inside my dehydrator.

Please join us at Ruby Tuesday 2.

Monday, August 5, 2013

(Impatiens capensis) Jewelweed/Mellow Yellow Monday

Jewelweed is best known for its skin healing properties. The leaves and the juice from the stem of Jewelweed are used by herbalists as a treatment for poison ivy, oak and other plant induced rashes, as well as many other types of dermatitis. Jewelweed works by counter-reacting with the chemicals in other plants that cause irritation. Poultices and salves from Jewel-weed are a folk remedy for bruises, burns, cuts, eczema, insect bites, sores, sprains, warts, and ringworm.

Slice the stem and rub its juicy inside on your skin where itchy.You can also brew chopped jewelweed until you get a dark orange color. I was thinking, hmmm my jewelweed is yellow how can I get orange color? Well, what I have here is the yellow kind, not the red one and not as effective (so they say from what I read). Strain the liquid and pour into ice cube tray. When you have a rash, just grab one of these cubes and get instant relief. They also said, that you can keep it, up to a year. I don't know about that, because when my ice trays stays in the freezer for a while the ice disappeared. :D They also suggested to canned it, that maybe I can do.

Isn't nature great! Yes, and I am learning every day about wild plants medicinal uses. It's very easy to make and they grow every where in your yard. More MMY, click the link to see more and to join.

Summer Movie Club

As part of summer Cinemark summer movie club, my children, their Aunt (my SIL) picked a few of their movies to watch. We saw Happy Feet and Oceans so far. I don't really take them out myself because I can't afford the popcorn and drinks in the movie theater. SIL always buy it for them.

Anyway, during the movie Oceans, all of them didn't last very long before complaining they didn't like it. Who can blame them, it's educational. However, they sat quietly and finished the whole movie. This week, they are showing Chimpanzee as part of the movie club.

It is very cheap to see the movie, but my children goes there for the popcorn as well. I guess when you pre-paid for food it will be cheaper. It is ten movie for $5, prepaid. Yes, it runs for ten weeks. And you only go there to watch your pick, it's $1. They offer a lot of discounts, like with the popcorn you get a free refill when paying for certain size.

Anyway, just jotting it down here for my children 2013-2014 education portfolio that I need to complete before June 30, 2014. So, I covered the one Body of Water/Nature for their science lesson. As for me, I can't stop thinking about those school of fish they showed in that documentary. It made me miss seafood more...ack...hehehehe

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Science Project part 3

Day 5 inside the house:

This is the second time my children project molted. And they saw the old skin before it got eaten. Now the caterpillar is much lighter in color and getting bigger too.

The children were very lucky this time, because the first time, they didn't even saw the old skin. It only change in color. Maybe they will be able to see it come out of the old skin next. Crossing my fingers. :D

Friday, August 2, 2013

Science Project part 2

DD woke up this morning and like the day before since we got the caterpillar, she goes out to the living room and check on it. She ran back to the classroom and inform me that the caterpillar change. So, I grabbed the camera and took a picture. The single white color on the back is gone, and replace by multiple greenish ones. Three days and one leaf later, we will see if this thing will eat today.

If you are wondering about the black speck at the bottom, those are the caterpillars' poop.