Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Koru Naturals Review - Koolpurrie Restoring Balm and Pure Emu Oil

I am doing my best to switch and use as many natural products as possible in our home.  I no longer reach for the Over-the-counter meds, I reach for essential oils and herbs at the first sign of trouble.  I eat almost zero processed foods (That's just me...still working on the family).  Now that I have my diet changed, I know I need to continue the changes toward my lotions/shampoos.  I was very excited to get a chance to review some very new-to-me products from Koru Naturals.

I recently had the opportunity to try their Pure Emu Oil (Prices varies on size and quantity, we received the 2 oz $9.85) 


Koolpurrie Restoring Balm ($12.50)

The package arrived quickly and were packed very well.  I am always worried when ordering lotions and oils through the mail.  Leaking bottles and broken bottles have arrived a few times.  So I was very impressed with the packaging used to keep the product safe.

Now I have NEVER even thought to use Emu Oil before.  I have used several other oils, but I was seriously snickering just a little.  Who thought rubbing bird oil on your body could help you?  During my research I found so many uses for emu oil!  I had no idea!  Emu oil helps with joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, shin splints, and gout.  It can also help with diabetic nerve pain, insect bites, earaches, eye irritation, "growing pains," and frostbite. It is used for rashes, razor burn, and nicks.  People even use it in their noses to help with the treatment of their colds and flus.  It is even been known help lower triglycerides.  Well this all had me convinced I needed to try this.

So I started this new-to-me Pure Emu Oil from Koru Naturals.  I do have nerve damage in my neck and left shoulder from a car accident 10 years ago.  My fibro makes this flare up and very painful.  I tried the Pure Emu Oil there first.  I put it on, in very small amounts.  This is very unique with emu oil.  It MUST be in small amounts or you will be oiled up good.  It doesn't take but a few drops.  I did not feel instant relief like I hoped for.  But after a couple days, my shoulder did few less swollen and painful to move.  So if you are looking for instant relief, I did not find that.  I did notice though that after skipping it for a few days during my testing period, my shoulder started having a lot of pain again.

The other area I tried it in was on my face.  I am grateful that I do not have any grey hair yet, but am not so fortunate in the wrinkle department.  I could not get a good shot of the difference it made.  I do have some of that oily/dry skin combo on my face, so I was nervous about using Pure Emu Oil on my face.  Within 30 minutes of putting less than a pea size amount on my face, I noticed a smoother look.  

There is no weird smell either.  I really like that the Pure Emu Oil from Koru Naturals does not include any extra weird additives that really just serve as a filler.  You get a bottle of Pure Emu Oil.  I am still out on the natural benefits of the Pure Emu Oil, but from the minor relief I have gotten so far, I will continue experimenting.  We could really use some help in the areas of gout and triglycerides for my hubby.  

The Pure Emu Oil is a great value.  The 2 oz bottle will last me for many uses.  You only need a tiny, tiny amount.  I think that it is really worth the value, and cost  Pure Emu Oil will become a "staple" in my makeup case.

The other product that we were privileged to try from Koru Naturals was the Koolpurrie Restoring Balm ($12.50).  Koolpurrie Restoring Balm is a mixture of an emu oil and Pure Lanolin.  It is a thick balm.  The use for the Koolpurrie Restoring Balm is to hydrate and rejuvenate skin that is calloused and cracked.  

I have HORRIBLE, and I mean HORRIBLE dry skin and dry/chapped heels.  It is embarrasing to wear my sandals.  It is also quite painful sometimes.  I literally have spots where my feet "crack" open.  No explanation and so far the doctor has not found anything to help.  So I literally hobble along sometimes without knowing what to do.  I honestly kept my expectations very low when I started using the Koolpurrie Restoring Balm.

My starting picture will not upload without it blurring, so I only have a picture of what happened with the final results.  I applied the Koolpurrie Restoring Balm daily and put on a pair of socks.  I usually did it at night, but did do it in the morning with no problems either.  (Make sure you use socks!!!  You will slip and slide if you do not!!!).  

My heal went from two medium sized cracks to no cracks and minor dryness.  That is a total and complete different look.  I am used to having trouble putting on socks because of the cracked skin.  I can walk normally, and no pain wearing shoes.  

You would think I was practically bathing in the balm in order to see these results, but I continue to use small amounts.  For my feet, I have been using roughly the amount of a couple peas.  

On to my hands.  I have histamine issues.  So I can tell if I have been somewhere around something that I should be.  My hands get dry, cracked and chapped.  I started using the Koolpurrie Restoring Balm.  You can see the red knuckles from using a new kind of dishsoap.  I had itchy hands.  And they hurt.  My hands had been hurting all afternoon. 

 I put the Koolpurrie Restoring Balm on just before making dinner.  I figured it would wear off and wash off while I was making dinner. My hand felt 100% better. I could actually bend my fingers without pain.  It doesn't relieve the pain I have in my joints, but the skin has been helped big time with the Koolpurrie Restoring Balm.
I am always leary of trying new "natural products".  I wonder if they will actually help or if I will be wasting our money.  Both products that I tried from Koru Naturals have dramatically helped me with my dry and chapped skin.  The Koolpurrie Restoring Balm has had dramatic results for me.  I will continue using this and plan to place an order for more soon.  

I will also continue to use the Pure Emu Oil as I am still wondering about using it long term to benefit my fibromyalgia pain.  This Pure Emu Oil has been a great addition and I can tell when I forget to take 5 minutes to put it on my face everyday.  A bottle appears to be lasting quite a while, so it seems to be a good value for such wonderful products.

Several members of the School House Review Crew had the opportunity to try out various products from Koru Naturals.  Take a little bit of time to see how they used them in their homes.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Week 39 - Mummies, Manna and Just being home

We had a very smooth week.  There were a few ups and downs as we got back into the swing of being home.  Lots of unpacking to do.  Here were the magnets we collected on our 7 week adventure.  Our fridge is very...very full.
 I decided to get a little brave and attempt a recipe creation.  It didn't turn out as I had hoped.  But the mock spaghetti sauce was a hit.  I made paleo lasagna with zucchini noodles.  Joey and Brayden both ate it.  But Joe and I both agreed we didn't love the noodles.  So I will be keep working on this creation.
 Caty started a lapbook about the movie Frozen.  We are looking at all the character strengths that we can learn from the movie.  Caty is not a huge fan of lapbooks, but she is enjoying this one.
 She was making up a song.
In History we reviewed mummies.  The girls are mummifying hot dogs.  We will be uncovering this next week.
 For our family Bible study we learned about the Israelites leaving Egypt and wandering in the wilderness.  So the kids made manna cakes to eat.
 They actually enjoyed this activity.

 Lydia and I went for haircuts...lol
 I thought her hair was cute huh?  Lydia started the Learn to Mod class.  She is making progress on working to understand how to mod a server.  We may have to start a small one just for her to play on with mods.
 Does anyone else's kid do this?  Joey spreads his papers, books, folders and writing utensils all over everywhere.  It drives me crazy!!!  I don't understand how he does this.
 Caty and I are working on site words.  I got a cheap Frozen Memory game in the $1.00 section at Target.  Sight word memory....lol
 Brayden working on his reading comprehension papers.
 Caty continuing her state study.  She is remembering some of the animals and actually telling me the "repeats".  She is starting to recognize more states on the map also.
 One of the badges Caty was working on had a requirement to find 5 things that make you happy, and keep them where you know where they are to help you. These are her 5 favorite things.
 Brayden and I working on his mixed fractions.

 Caty and I were working on finishing up some origami for her Japan project.  This was a real challenge for her.
 Lydia created a Queen Victoria sponge cake for her United Kingdom project.  It was allergen friendly, except for the egg.  Joe said it was wonderful.
 Caty and her project....
 Lydia and her project....
We started a different 4H club this week.  We are really happy with the new club.  The kids can't wait til the next meeting.
The girls did great on their World Thinking Day projects.  I was very hard of all their work.  Next week, Lydia is starting her 4H projects.

I had some ups and downs with my health.  I am quite tired of this illness roller coaster.  The highs and lows are torture.  I almost feel like I can't plan because I have such a hard time if I am not feeling well.

The boys are doing well in their Science.  They started a chapter on Matter right now.  Joey is struggling a bit on his reading comprehension.  So I may have to make some adjustments next week, since I don't want him frustrated.

Next week I have classes to get uploaded for the new session and I have a ton of cleaning to do.  The kids wrecked the house in under a week.  I am not sure how they did it.  So I have to get things back under control.  You can tell the days I don't feel well.  Those are the days you cannot walk through the house the next morning.

Hope everyone had a great week.  See you next week.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Great Commission Films - IndoctriNation Review

We recently had the opportunity to review the documentary IndoctriNation by Great Commission Films ($19.95).

The movie IndoctriNation is based on the research of Colin Gunn, a Scotland-born homeschool father of seven.  He and his family travel across the US in a big yellow school bus.  He wants to understand why public education prevents Christian beliefs and values to be included in the education system, yet secular views and ways of life are allowed.  Why can't both sides be allowed in school? He also wants to understand what the impact this way of thinking will have on future generations of American students.  Is keeping your children home for homeschooling the best option?

During the film, you travel with Colin around the US while he interviews Christian teachers while they speak of the degradation that they see happening in the schools, and yet there is nothing they can do to stop it.  They speak how they feel helpless, but if they speak up, they will surely lose their jobs.  In fact, teachers have lost their job for simply answering questions asked by students about religion.

Interviews also include Ken Hamm and even graduates of public school.  It was very interesting to hear from the former students.  I have to agree with them, thinking back how hard it was to be Christian over 25+ years ago in a public school.  Morals were downgraded then, and I cannot imagine how it is now for students with all the changes in society.

There are many examples provided showing that Christianity is not even to be mentioned.  One example shows a young student delivering her valedictorian speech, and as soon as she mentions Jesus Christ the mic is immediately muted and no one is allowed to finish hearing her comments.  Something so simple as thanking God for allowing her to make it through high school is not allowed.  This is how that student believes, and yet she is not allowed to express her beliefs for fear of offending others.  Where will it stop?

I will admit, that I am very laid back about many things.  I do not homeschool my children for strictly religious reasons.  We allow them to make decisions based on facts and the biblical teachings that we have taught them.  But I do admit that not having the bad influences on them is a great benefit.  Joey has a hard enough time making decisions without extra influences feeding him lies.  

After watching IndoctriNation I will have to say I am even more thankful for having the opportunity to homeschool.  IndoctriNation did open my eyes to how so many things are just plain confusing for typical students, let alone children with special needs.  I am able to give them a well-rounded education from both a typical educational standpoint, but also teach them about honesty, good morals and being the best person they can be.

I found the movie to be a little scary to watch.  It definitely shows the real examples that children can face in public school.  The bad situations that parents can try and protect them from.  I will even admit to having tears in my eyes a couple of times just thinking about the examples of Columbine.  But it also showed me an underlying debate among Christians.  I guess I never thought about the many Christians who decide to leave their kids in public school to have a good influence on others.  It seems that this is a very strong debate in the community.

It was a very eye opening documentary.  It has definitely made me appreciate homeschooling our children even more.  If you are a Christian who is contemplating homeschooling as an option for your family, I do recommend viewing this film.  I did not watch this with our children though, because they have a tendency to misunderstand beliefs.  I was afraid they would not fully understand the debate involved between the Christians.

I would not recommend it though if you are not Christian or do not believe in God.  This is definitely from a Christian standpoint.  There are examples of very religious individuals that, in my opinion, cannot see how extreme they are being in their views.  

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Week 38 - Taking it easy, the 10 Plagues and Cuniform writing

Week 2 in Oklahoma City begins....

We started out the week with a bit of a challenge.  I woke up on Sunday to a huge patch of the carpeting by the kitchen soaked with water.  The tile of the kitchenette was not wet though.  So we had to pack up everything, including our full fridge and move to another suite.  We lost our view of the Bricktown River, but gained extra space in the new suite.  So I guess it balanced out.

We ran our errands early, since we were expecting an ice storm.  Then we walked down to take the kids for movie and ice cream.  They have been begging to see the new Spongebob Movie....me not so much.  But they loved it.

This doesn't happen very often...we took the girls to Coldstone Slab Creamery.  You can see the reflection of Lydia's face in the glass as she watches her ice cream get mixed.

Then we walked to Bass Pro to look for a new cooler.  Everyone had to try the shooting game in the store.  Oh and we explored and did some gift shopping too.

Monday brought schoolwork.  I changed Brayden's to-do list some this week.  He finished his US Presidents book.  He has now read about every US President.  So I am starting him on some research skills with internet scavenger hunts that I create for him.  I am also questioning whether or not he truly understands the fraction work he is doing.  So I am reviewing simple division and early fraction work with him.

This week, the girls covered two chapters in their history book.  We worked on the red/white crown of Egypt....which they are drawing here.
They learned about Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics.  They made their names on "clay tablets" and "papyrus".  They baked the clay in the oven then to make it harden.    

Caty working on her Swaps for World Thinking Day next week.  She was working hard on folding these.

For our Family bible study we learned more about the Ten Plagues and discussed why these were all so bad for the Egyptians.  They made charts to remember each one.  Then we watched a great program about the Navajo on JW.org.

I was very proud of the boys for finishing their next chapter in science.  They are using the Bob Jones Distance Learning.  So we have an online login and they can watch videos from a teacher and then they have reading and worksheets from a textbook also.  Very "school-like".  I was nervous about the two of them working together, but they are doing great.  I was very proud of them for knowing almost all the answers on the test, and they didn't "study" a bunch either.  Just regular work.

Lydia is having a refresher in parts of speech to help her writing.  Caty is working on learning them.  So this week, they worked on Common and Proper Nouns.  There were two noun sorts they did. And then Caty learned about syllables.

We are reviewing a different science program right now.  This week we are learning about Food Chains and the Food Web.  They each made a poster about these ways of life.  Watch for our review on Visual Learning Systems coming in a couple weeks.  (this was the start of our poster for the Food chain)

Joey finished his Understanding Money class that he took on Currclick.com.  I think he learned a lot from it.  Lydia is working on her multiplication, she is currently using Great Parents Academy (watch our upcoming review).  She also played on Always IceCream a few times too.

She and her friends though created a game this week on Minecraft.  They figured out how to play "House" together virtually.  I was amazed at the little social structure they created.  It was pretty cool.

Being silly in Target.

 The kids found a cookie decorating kit on the VDay clearance rack at Target.  So while Mommy was packing from our 2 weeks in OKC, they decorated and ate cookies.

We headed home from OKC, had to stop and get out a couple times to walk around.  Of course we stopped at the Candy Factory for a little sugar rush.  The signs were screaming to us the same way the Wall Drug signs did.  Nice little candy store.  Totally not what I was expecting.

We had a nice week.  Got our work done and we made it home safely.  Now we are unpacking and prepping for next week.  We have a few more weeks of school before we take a short break with daddy on a vacation.  The kids are looking forward to that and our upcoming family anniversary party.  But we have more travels to plan between then and now.

Hope everyone had a wonderful week.  

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