Gurunanda – my experience

Years ago, I signed up with Young Living just to get the starter package. I loved the lemon oil and reordered that one. Then I started to use it sparingly because they are expensive. I had to evaluate my sore throats. “Is this bad enough to use my lemon oil?”

I debated trying cheaper oils. But what about quality? Looking at Gurunanda, I found that they tested every batch of oil. I was impressed that they sourced directly from farms. With lemon oil costing only $7.99, it’s worth a shot. I tried it in my tea and water like I was accustomed to using my Young Living Oil. It is wonderful! Soothes my sore throat at only a fraction of the cost.

We adopted a dog from the shelter. We fell in love with her. Then they told us she was heartworm positive. Ugh! Couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her to bear her lot in life without treatment. After she was spayed, we brought her home to find she had kennel cough as well. I began diffusing frankincense to help boost her immune system. I finally finished off my sparingly used Young Living oil. I ordered the frankinscense from Gurunanda and decided to try the oregano I had wanted to try for a while. A diffuser with two oils was marked down from near $50 to only $10 and that put my total to just over $25 which qualified me for free shipping. Not only are the oils cheaper but come in a bottle that is .5 oz. That is much larger than Young Living.

My apologies to my Young Living and doTerra friends, but Gurunanda makes natural living so much more doable. Gurunanda has not asked for my opinion nor have I received any compensation or product for this review. It is my unadulterated opinion that Gurunanda offers a spectacular product at the best prices.


I had emptied my worm farm freezer that I thought the ants had destroyed. In the bottom, I found healthy worms and black soil. They survived!!!

So I began filling it back up with lawn clippings and household compostables. It’s full!

My Aldi’s compost bin is full too. What do I do with my compost? I really want a chicken run that I can toss the kitchen scraps and let them eat or scratch it into garden soil.

My garden beds had become seriously weedy. To the point that weeds outnumber the garden plants and it’s debatable whether we should weed it or just mow and start over. My perfectionist mind was waiting for a chunk of time when I could do the whole job. Then I got a brilliant idea. Let the problem be the solution!

I started right outside my kitchen door. I dug down with a shovel and dumped all the kitchen scraps.

I pull the weeds and crumbled the soil over the compost. Then I planted lettuce.

About a week later, I planted carrots beside the awesome stand of lettuce.

Then I planted kale on the other side of the patio.

Then radishes. Then beets. For 20 minutes once or twice a week, I am composting, weeding and planting. I am transforming my space into a fabulous cottage garden. This is doable. This is progress. This may be the best gardening habit ever!!

I asked my boys to bury the canteloupe and watermelon rinds in their garden beds.

David has a jim-dandy canteloupe. It might be too late to make fruit but it’s still pretty neat. Yes, you may get volunteers by burying compost in your garden. But I LOVE volunteers. It’s like Nature’s way of saying, “Good job! Here’s a bonus!”

How is your garden? Still producing like a champ? Gearing up for fall vegetables?

Have a blessed season!

Shiki Futon alternative

I found this tablecloth at a yard sale. It was stained but only $1.

Don’t you just love the butterfly and bee?! I was considering converting to shiki futons because of dust allergies that my son and I have.

This dragonfly! Too cute!! I thought about joining this table cloth to some extra fabric to make it long enough for a homemade shiki futon.

I folded the tablecloth in half with the right sides together and sewed both ends. I turned it right side out. I spread it out on the floor and eyeballed the center. I placed straight pins as markers for two lines of stitching about 2 inches apart to give space to fold. I started looking through my stash for fabric to add to make it long enough.

I found this quilt top made by my great Aunt Iantha. It has the year 1977 stitched in the corner. At this point I decided to use the quilt top for my futon and give the butterfly garden futon to my daughter. I sewed both ends. Turned it right side out. Sewed two lines of stitching to divide it into thirds. It was fabulous that the quilt top was six squares long so each section is two squares long.

I am stuffing the futon with old pillows and comforters. This way I can take it apart and wash each part and hang on the clothesline to allow the sun to disinfect.

To keep the stuffing from falling out, I needed a closure. I contemplated zippers but trying to sew them filled me with dread. I decided instead to make these cute crocheted ties.

My daughter slept on hers last night before the ties were put on and just loved it!

I used a small metal hook to poke a hole just inside the hem of the tablecloth. I pulled the yarn through and made a foundational chain for about six inches.

Each section has three bows for a total of 12 chains for this futon. I will also use 12 chains for my futon. One bow for each square. All the boys are excited to get one for themselves. My linen closet is getting emptied. That is good.

We may have to buy some more comforters or blankets for stuffing but because we are using them inside the cover, they can be ugly inexpensive finds at the salvage store or thrift store. It will still come in at a fraction of the cost of buying mattresses online.