Tuesday February 14, 2014

Its been three weeks and $2,000 later, my truck is still in the shop. We finally got the fuel pump and lines and seals all replaced, only to discover the high pressure oil pump was out too. I’m still waiting to hear from the mechanic if there is anything else wrong once he get the oil pump in. I really hope not! In the meantime I’ve had to resort to renting a car, as my husband is out of town working all the time, and I can’t be this long without a vehicle. So we have the rental car fees on top of repairs! My oh my! That got expensive quick!

You would never know it today, being that we are knocking on almost 70 degrees, that two days ago we were covered in solid ice! I was going to try and get some pictures but on the way out the door to walk Sugar, my feet slipped on the ice and sent me crashing down the steps and I slammed into the side of the rental car. All I could think at first was, “Oh, I hope no one saw me!” LOL My second one was praying I hadn’t broke anything since my left leg was folded up under me and my ankle was at an angle it should never be in. Thankfully nothing was broken and I managed to slowly get to my feet. I was in horrible pain! My left foot and ankle and whole left side was just excruciating pain. I sliced open one of my finger on my right hand and slammed the underside of my right arm where I was trying to grab on for dear life! My poor dog, I must have startled her because she piddled a little in the doorway, but was looking at me like, “Come-on and quit playing, I got to go!” So I hobbled her to the field so she could do her business, and hobbled back.

young living essential oilsAs soon as I was back in, I grabbed my Young Living Essential Oils and started putting oils everywhere I hurt, which was pretty much everywhere. I never wished for a bathtub as much as I had at that moment so I could have just soaked! Almost considered renting a hotel just so I could soak in a tub, but then reconsidered it when I thought of having to clean it and detoxify it with Thieves first. So I opted to just keep apply oils to myself.

Then yesterday, my daughter woke up running a fever of 103. So I began putting my oils on her and diffusing Thieves in my Home Diffuser. Thankfully by the end of the day her fever was gone and she was feeling so much better.

young living essential oilsMeanwhile during all this my husband ended up spending about 36 hours straight on one location, got to come home for only a few hours to get a short nap then had to leave again at 11pm last night to be in south Mississippi by 7 am this morning. So yesterday between oiling myself and my daughter and diffusing I put together a bag of Young Living Oils for him to take with him.

So in essence its been a very hectic several days, but I am so incredibly blessed to have my oils to help my family stay healthy and heal rather than having to run to the doctor for every little thing. And the oils are AMAZING for relieving stress!

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Till next time,

Rachele T.

Taken care of the “Doo-dee”

As a Full-Time RVer there are just some things that have to be taken care of on a regular basis that most people don’t really give a second thought too. One of those things is taking care of human waste. Yes, there’s more to it than go and flush when you live in an RV. Even when you have a full-hook up there are still extra steps to be taken to ensure things are hygienic and properly done.

Since being in our RV this has become a weekly “doo-dee” (LOL, pardon the pun) for me mostly, to make sure that the tank is properly cleaned & flushed and ready for another week. Unfortunately, it’s not something that can just be left open and drain on its own for several reasons that I won’t go into details on, yuck!

shitter_full_cousin_eddieI do have to find some humor with it though and each week I get a picture in my head of Cousin Eddie from the movie Christmas Vacation standing out on the curb in his bathrobe exclaiming “Shitter was full!” And I have to chuckle to myself as I get through with this most unpleasant, but necessary task.

Along with emptying the tank there is also maintenance that has to be done to it after each cleaning to ensure that any “unpleasant” smells will not waft into our small and enclosed home. First there is the “special” very expensive paper that has to be used, then there is the many different commercial treatments, powders, drop-ins, colored chemicals, and funky thick liquids to add that are supposed to make sure things are “pleasant” and will help things to flush out properly without getting clogged.

The reason for my post today is not to gross you out, maybe get a chuckle on my behalf and be thankful you don’t have my weekly “job”. But I wanted to share a few things I have learned that have helped in this area without the use of expensive, toxic chemicals. Maybe you have a weekend trailer or live full-time in your RV also. I discovered this all-natural method that works better than the chemicals when I ran out of our normal treatment and didn’t have the money to go buy any more of these costly add ins. So I used what I had in my cupboard. I have perfected my recipe over the last few months and even in our Texas 100+ degree heat I have found this to work far better than anything I have bought yet.  It has worked better than the commercial treatments to eliminate the odors, and I have had no problems with clogs or undissolved paper stopping up the exits. Unfortunately, we still have to buy the expensive paper, but I found the Scott Rapid Dissolve Bath Tissue has the best value for the money and works very well with this recipe.

My All-Natural RV tank treatment.
Add this to your tank after each cleaning along with enough water to just cover the bottom of your tank, maybe 2 quarts or so. These measurements are approximate as I’m more of just dump it in and eyeball it. 🙂

1/2 -1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup BORAX
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 Cap-full of essential Oil (I like to use Pine Needle Essential Oil)
1 cup White Distilled Vinegar

I pour each of the dry ingredients into the bowl first. Then I add the essential oil to the powder ingredients. I use the cheaper brand oils for household tasks like this, but I use my Young Living Essential Oils for medicinal, aromatherapy, and/or topical uses. Then I add the white vinegar and add water into the bowl and using the bowl scrubber I stir it around to dissolve the powder ingredients. Once its all dissolved I flush the bowl, then refill it will water again to rinse the scrubber brush, then flush again. I then clean the seat, lid & bowl with my Thieves Essential Oil Household Cleaner. (Please contact me if you would like some more information about it.)

To freshen things up during the week, I keep a spray bottle under the bathroom sink with a 4:1 ratio of white vinegar to water, 1/2 cup baking soda, and a cap full of the Pine Needle Essential Oil. I use this mixture to clean the bowl with during the week. You just want to avoid any bleach products or any other commercial product with bleach. **WARNING*** Bleach mixing with the ammonia in urine can cause very toxic and deadly fumes. So NEVER mix bleach with ammonia products!

I hope that this recipe will be of help to others, and if you have found a method or all natural remedy you use to keep your RV tank clean, fresh, and flowing good, share with us in the comments below. I would love to hear what others have been successful using so that we all may benefit by helping to share our knowledge and personal experiences with each other.

Till next time,

Rachele T.


How to Make Your Own All Natural No Poo Shampoo Alternative

Have you considered switching from the chemical laden commercial shampoos but also don’t want to spend four times as much to buy those “alternative” and supposed “all-natural” hair products you find on the store shelves?  I have. I’ve tried switching to some of the “no-poo” methods of just baking soda and apple cider vinegar, but wasn’t very pleased with how dry my hair was after a short time. I came across this great article today on Sara’s blog, with some great recipes for some more alternatives to making your own healthier all-natural no-poo shampoo alternatives. There are several recipes for adding the moisture back into your hair and some better ways to transition your hair into your new hair regime.

Visit Sara’s Blog Here to learn how to make your own Homemade All Natural No Poo Shampoo Alternatives for healthier Hair!