Sore Throat – 10 Natural Home Remedies

What Caused My Sore Throat?

Before starting a natural remedy for a sore throat you need to know why your throat is hurting. Some causes need to be seen by a doctor. Even if you choose to treat the pain with a natural remedy you may need a medication to treat the cause.

The most common causes for a sore throat are viruses such as cold, flu, and occasionally mononucleosis. Also bacterial infections such as strep throat and tonsillitis can cause a sever sore throat. A sore throat caused by a virus is great to be treated with home remedies. However if you have a bacterial infection a doctor would need to prescribe an antibiotic to clear the cause of the sore throat.

Sometimes when dealing with a sore throat you may need to use natural remedies to treat a cough. Often the constant hacking can cause the sore throat. So the easiest way to treat the sore throat is to treat the cough.

If you only need to treat a sore throat then here are a few tips.


10 Ways To Treat Your Sore Throat at Home

  1. Salt water– Just mix a couple of teaspoons of salt in warm water and gargle. Do not swallow this mixture. Repeat every couple of hours.
  2. Garlic– Okay so this one doesn’t taste great but it works. Get 3 pieces of garlic out and peel them. Take the first two pieces and place at the back of your teeth and chew them. Let the warm juices go down your throat. After you are done swallow them. Take the third piece and suck on it for a few minutes, then swallow it whole like a pill. Repeat up to 3 times a day.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar– This should be done at the first signs of a sore throat. It can often keep the pain from getting worse and if caught early enough it may get rid of it all together. Just gargle a small amount of Natural apple Cider Vinegar then swallow it.
  4. Honey– Take a teaspoon of natural (preferably local) honey every hour. It will coat your throat and give you some relief.
  5. Ginger– I like to take a 3 quart pot and throw in one peeled ginger root. Boil for 15 minutes then simmer for another 15 minutes (longer if you have time). Remove the ginger root and drink warm to help a sore throat.
  6. Cayenne Pepper– OK so this one taste HORRIBLE but it works so I suggest if all else fails, or if you like cayenne pepper give it a try. You can do this multiple ways. If you have access to just powdered cayenne then add a teaspoon to a cup of warm water and drink. I prefer the actual pepper. You can chop it very fine and eat it straight. I like to let it linger at the back of my mouth to let the juices run down my throat.
  7. Peroxide– Gargle peroxide twice a day. Do NOT swallow. Gargle and spit. This is a good one if you have an infection and are on antibiotics. Peroxide is known for being great at killing bacteria.
  8. Onion– If you can take it raw then that is best. If you however are like me and can’t bite into an onion like an apple you may need to try getting creative with how you use it. Do NOT cook it though. The best solution I have found is to chop it down into tiny pieces and add to a cup of warm water. Then wash it down as quick as you can.
  9. Lemon– Again this is one where you get the most benefit if you can eat it by itself. Just cut in half and eat. Water can be used if you don’t think eating plain lemon will work for you.
  10. Mixture– I have found the best thing is to mix a few of these throughout the day. A nice glass of ginger water with honey and lemon added to it makes a good breakfast time drink. Mix apple cider Vinegar and onion at lunch time. Cayenne pepper and garlic at dinner. Peroxide at night before bed.


If your sore throat persists for more than 7 days see a doctor. Any time you use a new product in your body always talk to your doctor first.

Athlete’s Foot ~ 5 Natural Home Remedies

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a type of rash located on the foot or both feet. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that grows on or in the top layer of skin. This fungi typically grows best in warm and damp locations such as between the toes.

Athlete’s foot is contagious. You can get it from sharing shoes, showering in public showers without shoes, or walking barefoot in public places that may harbor athlete’s foot.

There are three different types of Athletes foot. Between the three almost every part of your foot can be infected, and in severe cases the toe nails can become infected. This can lead to cracking, pealing, discoloration, or even the nail coming off. However the most common part of the foot to become infected with this fungus is between the toes.

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

With all the symptoms of athlete’s foot you would think everyone who had it would know. Unfortunately many suffer from this condition and have no idea. Some even think the symptoms are normal parts of age, working on their feet, or just from walking around bare foot. While some things can cause it the symptoms should never be taken as normal. I want bore you with the details of what Athlete’s foot is since if you are here you probably already know what it is. However here are the symptoms if you are unsure.

Painful cracks between and on the bottom of the toes. Peeling blisters and skin. Toenails become yellow. Finally a warm or itchy feeling may be present.

Natural Home Remedies For Athlete’s Foot

  1. Apple Cider vinegar has been one of the most used natural remedies for athlete’s foot (and really almost all other illnesses). The easiest method is to make a warm foot bath and add a cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak for 15-20 minutes. When you finish dry feet very well. Take an apple cider soaked q-tip and rub along the cuticles. Repeat once or twice a day. Do not put your feet immediately back into shoes. You will need your feet to air out for a bit for them to fully dry before putting shoes or socks back on.
  2. Coconut oil is wonderful for so many things and this is another great use for it. When you wake up in the morning just massage into your feet making sure you get it in between toes and around nails. Let it dry into your foot as best ass possible before adding shoes or socks back on to your feet.
  3. Garlic, while a smelly fix, it does work. It is an antiseptic and anti fungal. You can simply apply crushed raw garlic between the toes and on the nails twice a day for one to two weeks. Now you have to be careful with garlic because too much direct contact with the skin can cause added irritation. The best option is to crush 2 cloves of garlic into a teaspoon of coconut oil. You will then add the blended garlic to your feet. Now you get the added benefits of 2 great products at ones.
  4. Cloves can be used in the form of an essential oil or salve. Apply several times a day or twice a day if using in combination with the garlic. Do not eat any clove essential oil or salve. You can also place the cloves in a food processor with a teaspoon of coconut oil and use it just as you would the garlic. Cloves were used in Chinese medicine since many years B.C.
  5. Tea tree oil is known for its many uses. This is another great use. Just apply a 25% oil solution or cream two to three times a day. The only down side is some dry skin has been reported with long term use. If that is an issue for you and your skin just mix it in with the coconut oil just like with the other 2 natural remedies.


While I am very PRO natural remedy you need to keep in mind that when all else fails see a doctor. It’s not recommended to use natural remedies for more than 3 weeks if there are no signs of improvement. Please see a doctor if symptoms do not improve within 3 weeks.

Onion Cheddar Hamburger Recipe – Dinner Under $10

Yummy Onion Cheddar Burgers

This is a favorite in my house. There is nothing like cheddar oozing out of a good hamburger when you bite into it. By putting the ingredients on the inside I have also found this eliminates a good bit of burger shrinkage. The patties actually balloon up as it cooks instead of shrinking.

A good bit of the ingredients are also things we always have at the house, and lets all be honest, there is nothing like a nice juicy homemade hamburger!



Cheap Under $10 Grocery List

  • 1 pound Ground Beef, $3.99
  • 1 Box Lipton Onion Recipe Secrets, $1.29
  • 1 Small Onion, .63
  • 1 loaf Bread, $1.29
  • 1 8oz Block Cheese, $2
  • Seasonings on hand
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Hamburger Seasoning



Prepping and Cooking Your Onion Cheddar Hamburgers

  1. In a medium bowl add ground beef, seasonings, and one packet of Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion mix. Mix with hands until all seasonings are equally throughout the ground beef.
  2. Grab 1/3 – 1/4 a pound of ground beef and flatten on plate.
  3. Dice Onion
  4. Slice half the block of cheese.
  5. Add 2 slices of the cheese and 1 tablespoon of onion to the center of the flattened ground beef.
  6. Fold the ground beef edges over the middle tucking the onion in first. Continue folding and shaping until no cheese or onion is visible. Then shape the patty into a circle with your hands.
  7. Continue this until all of your ground beef has been used.
  8. Refrigerate your patties for 1 hour. If you don’t they will crumble when being cooked. A nice cold patty will stay shaped in the pan better as it cooks.
  9. One hour later heat a pan on the stove at medium heat.
  10. Add the burger patties to the pan carefully and cook 5 minutes each side. Do not flip more than needed.
  11. While your patties are cooking toast your bread. You can always add a bit of better and garlic powder to the outsides of the bread before toasting for even more flavor.
  12. Assemble you burgers and devour!!




What Makes This Recipe So Cheap?

First of all I like to make sure everyone knows that I am in rural, southern USA. Prices are awesome compared to other parts of the country, however with frugal shopping you can find similar prices just about anywhere outside of the major cities in the USA.

I like buying my ground beef in bulk when I find a sale for $2.99 a pound at the grocery store. This time though I wanted to try out some 90/10 ground beef being sold at a locally owned discount food business. They get meats locally and I like the idea of knowing where my meat is processed. This turned out to be a good buy.

I know some people prefer using actual hamburger buns. Personally I think they are a huge waste of money. They usually get soggy just as quick as regular sliced bread, and I always feel like I can’t use them for anything else. Regular sliced bread though is $1.29 for store brand, I can toast it up with some garlic powder on it, and I can use the rest of the loaf for anything I want.

For most of my recipes I assume whoever will be cooking them has the basic seasonings around the house. As someone who cooks often I have an entire seasoning cabinet over my stove. For the basic seasonings I will not include them in costs or in the shopping list because I assume you already have them, and if you don’t you should if you plan on cooking at home on a regular basis.

Similarly I don’t add in “add on ingredients” such as lettuce on these type recipes. I hope that if you eat at home you have these things for other uses. I only included bread on this list because of how much would be needed to make 4 burgers. Why? Most people have bread in their home, but we need 8 slices to make 4 burgers, so in case you’ve used half your loaf you will need to replace it.

If I will be using a lot of one ingredient then it goes on the list to buy.


Southern Bacon Hoppin’ John’s Recipe

Every year I see post after post on social media talking about Hoppin’ John’s followed by the inevitable “What are Hoppin’ John’s” questions. Well Hoppin’ John’s in their true fashion are a southern, southeastern to be more exact, New Years traditional food. Personally, I like to eat it year round. It is filling, easy to make, and in true southern ways, it is greasy and bacony! The recipe changes depending on who you ask, however I was raised in Charleston, South Carolina, and while I know the long, home made version of this, my recipe here will be the one you do if you don’t want to spend the day cooking. So let me start with saying, if you want to spend the night soaking peas,  and an hour cooking rice be my guest. My New Year Day is better spent playing with the kids and shooting fireworks!

While this is a great New Year’s dish, it is a great meal year round.






  • 1 1 lb Pack of Bacon
  • 1 Can of Black Eye Peas Rinsed
  • 1 Red Belle Peppers
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 cup sliced Mushrooms
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 3 bags of cook in bag Rice






Cooking Instructions

  • Cook all of the bacon and place in the refrigerator to cool while cooking the rest of your ingredients
  • Save 2/3 of the bacon grease
  • Cook rice according to package instructions
  • While Rice is cooking dice onion, garlic, bell pepper, and mushrooms
  • Add leftover grease to large pan
  • Add onion, garlic, bell pepper, and mushrooms to grease and saute for or 5 minutes or until tender
  • Leave all grease in pan
  • Add rinsed black eye peas to the veggies during the last minute of sauteing
  • Add cooked rice to the pan with the sauteed veggies and peas
  • Once bacon has cooled crumble or cut into 1 inch piece
  • Mix in bacon
  • Stir fully while on low heat for 5 minutes
  • Serve



Again, you can always cook your peas and rice the long home cooked way, the outcome may be ever so slightly better. On regular days when I cook this I will often use regular rice. I have only home cooked the peas once, and the outcome was so minimally better that I decided not to go that route again. This is a dish we cook at least once every couple of months. Tasty, filling, not all that healthy, but we could do worse! I hope you enjoy. If you aren’t use to southern greasy food, this may not be your thing, and that is ok! If you like southern bacon flavored dishes though, give it a try!


I’m a Bad Mom and That is Okay!

Yes I said it! I’m a Bad Mom!

Please don’t say “oh no, you’re a great mom”. I’m not! It took me a while to come to this point, and for me to realize that I am OK with being a bad mother. My children have a roof, food, clothes, gadgets, toys, and are loved. I have come to the conclusion that I am OK with it just being that.

I created 3 amazing kids, but I am no longer going to pretend I am a great mom. I am someone who wanted children for selfish reasons. My children were all brought into this world so that I could create and be responsible for little people. My lack of family lead me to want to create my own family. Which I did. Now these beautiful little me children are my responsibility, which leads to why I am a bad mother!

10 Reasons I am a Horrible Mom and a Bad Parent

  1. I hate playing with kids! I always have. I would rather talk science or show them how to garden than have a tea party or watch their magic show (did I say I hate magic, well I do I HATE magic even though my oldest loves it). The thing is I have ZERO imagination or creativity! I mean none! I don’t plan on pretending to like any of these things either. I also do not intend to pretend to like playing with dolls or racing little cars around on the floor. I just won’t do it! They can join me outside in the garden or play some minecraft with me, but I will never do the pretend stuff.
  2. I use bad words A LOT!! I mean a lot. I am never going to believe that cussing around my children will some how turn them into horrible people. So yes, I cuss in front of my children. Do I run around dropping the F bomb every two minutes? No, but that has nothing to do with the kids, I just don’t use the F word often. I don’t cuss in front of other people’s children, but mine know that mommy says words that aren’t ok said anywhere other than home or with close friends.
  3. I have zero patience and I’m a control freak! These go together because I am demanding. I want things done the way I want them, when I want them. My expectations are really high! This is not something that goes well with the average view of parenting at all.
  4. I am not a peaceful parent! As much as I like to think I can be a peaceful parent and as much as I TRY to be a peaceful parent, my natural personality leads me to be loud, demanding, and hold my little children to grown up expectations. I keep wanting to be the mom who never raises her voice, that remembers children will be children, and to always treat my kids the way I want to be treated. It doesn’t always work that way for me. I’m a loud person. This goes with the demanding part of me. It’s kind of hard to hold my children to my high expectations AND be a peaceful parent. Sometimes I yell, and (gasp) argue with my tween!
  5. My kids eat fast food sometimes. Once a week we eat food that is horrible for us. Yes I do feed my kids that pink slime (McDonalds) sometimes even though I know it will likely cause cancer for some people.
  6. I don’t home school. This is a big trend right now. I’m happy for those who can make it work, but there is no way in hell I will ever have the want or ability to home school. I really give credit to those who can. Such an amazing ability to keep their kids out of crappy public schools, but my schedule, life, and body will never allow me to home school.
  7. Sometimes breakfast is candy! Yup, I simply give in and say yes to candy for breakfast sometimes! No I do not argue the benefits of a healthy breakfast every single time. I just say “here, have it”
  8. Bed time is Bed time! I mean it. Unless you’re sick, dying, the house is on fire, you have to pee, or there is a burglar in your room I will not come back in and tuck you in 20 times and you will not get up and down. You don’t have to go to sleep, but my kids aren’t going to be bothering me after their bed time. That’s my me time and my couples time with my husband! Sorry, but I have to have uninterrupted time without children each day to stay sane!
  9. I don’t force my children to shower every day. Would I like it if my two stinky boys washed daily? Of course, but I have explained to them the possible consequences of not washing, if they want to deal with it then that’s on them! My toddler gets a bath when she asks unless of course I can no longer tell what color her skin is because she’s covered it in mud.
  10. My kids play a ton of video games and love TV. Everyone in my house enjoys gaming and TV, and (gasp) sometimes a lot! TV’s stay on most of the time in our home and there are 4 tablets usually going at the same time with a possibility that the XBOX might be on too! We are gamers and netflix bingers!

Why Am I OK With Being A Bad Mom?

Until recently I wanted to keep pushing towards being a better parent, to be the parent everyone pretends they are. Then I woke up this morning and said screw it! My kids are smart, healthy, and provided for! I have an 11 year old who is smart beyond my understanding. He’s a critical thinker of all things. He questions everything, and that is amazing! I have a 9 year old who can throw a football further than many grown men. No matter the sport he can conquer it like a natural. He puts me to shame every time he competes against me and I think that is pretty freaking cool! My baby is 4. She is so bright and creative that sometime I forget she is only 4. She’s been drawing little people since she was 1. She draws better than I do. On top of that she has conversations like an adult would. She is the little more amazing version of me!!

So why should I feel bad about being a crappy mom? My kids are cool!! So be NORMAL people! You can read a million studies about what is best for your children, but when it comes down to it if they are happy and healthy, maybe, just maybe, you aren’t that bad of a parent!

To All of You Perfect Parents

No matter how perfect you think your parenting is, reality is we all screw our kids up a little! We just do. You are no different than any of us “bad parents”, your kids might just be screwed up in a different way!

So I will take being a crappy mom, because trying or pretending to be a great mom is exhausting! If my kids will end up messed up either way, I might as well keep myself in the process and not fake it till I make it! After all, we are talking about little people with brains of their owns. As long as they are provided for and not abused they will make it!

I love my kids, they love me! That is all that really matters!


Fast and Easy Chili With Beans

Chili with beans recipe

Ingredients For Quick and Easy Budget Chili:


1 15.5 oz can kidney beans

1 15.5 oz can chili beans

1 Teaspoon Spike Onion Seasoning

1 Big 28 oz can of whole or diced tomatoes (2 cans of rotel can be substituted)

1 Large bell pepper any color

1 drained can sweet corn (or one cob cut)

1 large onion minced

3 cloves of garlic minced

1 pre-mixed packet of chili powder + 1 tsp chili powder

1 pound ground beef



 Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time: 

15-20 Minutes


4-6 People


Cooking Instructions:

Mince Onion and Garlic

Dice Bell Pepper Make sure you seed the pepper. Throw away or store seeds, but do not add the seeds to the recipe.

Add ground beef to a 5 quart pot and brown for 2 minutes.The ground beef should have produced some grease for the pan by now, so add onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Finish browning beef with the onion, garlic, and pepper.

Add all canned items with juices except the corn. Make sure you drain all juices from the canned corn.

Slowly stir in the seasoning packet, Spike Onion Seasoning, and chili powder.

Simmer for 10-15 minutes stirring every couple of minutes.

Serve with crackers, bread rolls, baked potatoes, cornbread, fritos, cheese, or yogurt. 


This is a very basic chili recipe for nights when cooking from scratch or making a big meal simply isn’t an option. 


As a stay at home mom I usually have time to make scratch meals, but since the kids have gotten older and we have more errands to run around to this has become a great quick fix. It’s also super cheap so when I am feeding 2 boys who eat like grown men it helps stretch the budget a bit more. 

easy chili recipe




Reliable iPhone Portable Charging Bank

If you are looking for a good portable charging bank for your iPhone or iPod this is a great buy. When I got it I charged it out of the box for 8 hours before using it.

This plugs into the wall. It charges in the outlet easily. Then when you are ready to use it the outlet plug actually folds back into it so that you don’t have an ugly plug sticking out. The cord that attaches to your iphone is built in. So no worrying about losing it or having to look for another one. The cord actually folds into the charging bank when you are not using it. This is great for me because I probably have 10 of these cords but I always manage to lose them.

After an 8 hour charge it charged my phone in about an hour from 11 percent to 100 percent. Not bad at all. I really like using this when waiting for my kids to get out of school. Being in the car rider line for an hour is boring. So I usually play my phone the whole time. Quite often I forget to charge it to 100% before going to pick them up. So I just have it hooked up while waiting in the line.

On top of all that, this is small enough to fit in your back pocket. So if your kids or you like to play Pokemon Go or just spend a lot of time on your phone you can easily have this power bank on you so that you can charge anywhere!

Best Affordable Food Chopper

We have a small homestead, with a huge garden. I cook every night using veggies from our garden. Slicing, dicing, shredding, are all things that take up more time than it should at dinner time, but we like to use our garden veggies. I was a little reluctant about trying out the Brieftons Food Chopper, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by it’s abilities.

I have to say that this is one of the best kitchen items I have ever owned!! Last night we diced onions, bell peppers, Jalapenos, lettuce, and tomatoes. We were having burritos so I wanted it finely chopped. It was so easy to use, my 5 year old daughter did all of the chopping and even shredded the cheese! Even better was that this thing has a draw sting pull like a lawnmower. So my 5 year old actually loved getting to help with it!

What You Need to Know :

-You can chop just about everything in it!

-Chop, Shred, slice, you name it!

-The divider in the 2 side container does not leak through to the opposite side.

-Easy pull string does the chopping. Easy enough to pull even with arthritis.

-Cleans easy with minimal effort.

-Interchangeable top is easy to remove.

What You Get For Your Money :

– A twin bowl with divider

– Lid with a pulling cord

– 2 chopping rotators

– 2 mixer attachments

– Julienne insert, slicer insert, shredder insert and grater insert

– Safety food holder

This thing is great. I have never had a chopper that I actually felt like helped more than it slowed me down. This is the first time I have ever had a chopper that I like. Most of them make you almost chop the item completely before you can ever even put something in it. So I love this Brieftons Food Chopper!