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Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup!


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Last winter, I learned of the benefits of Elderberry Syrup to prevent and treat colds and flu.  Elderberry extract has been proven to have antiviral properties, including against influenza (PubMed). After searching around a bit and seeing the price tags on Elderberry remedies at the store, I decided to make my own!  It’s not hard…  Really!

Growing up in Western NY, my family used to pick wild elderberries.  (I do love elderberry pie.)  Now, living in North Carolina, we don’t have wild elderberries so I had to improvise.  I purchased dried elderberries here.  I love the Bulk Herb Store – They have wonderful, quality products.  I especially love their Brain Booster Tea and their Double-E Immune Booster.  I think next time I order, I’ll try their Stress Buster Tea – What Mom doesn’t need that!

How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup

You will need:

  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 small piece of ginger, sliced thin (I did not have fresh ginger this time, so I used 1-2 T Organic Ground Ginger)  ~Use fresh if you can!
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder (or 2 cinnamon sticks)
  • 8-10 whole cloves (or 1/2 tsp ground cloves)
  • 2 Chinese star anise (a key ingredient in the production of Tamiflu)
  • 1-2 cups raw honey (I think I used about 1 1/2 cups)




  1. Add your dried elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise to a large saucepan.  Pour your water over it.ElderberryIngredientsInPot1
  2. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer, cover the pot and crack the lid.
  3. Simmer for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Remove from heat, remove lid, and allow to cool a bit.  I allowed mine to cool for about 30 minutes before handling.ElderberrySyrup
  5. Pour the liquid through a strainer into a bowl.   My 4 cup glass measuring cup worked for this, but without any extra room.
  6. Smash the berries around in the strainer to get as much juice out as possible.ElderberrySmash
  7. Discard the elderberries and allow the liquid to cool.
  8. Once cooled, add honey and stir or whisk well.RawHoney
  9. Pour into glass containers (jars or bottles) and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.ElderberrySyrupInJars

We take daily during the fall and winter months as a preventative (at least we try to remember daily)!  1 tsp for kids, 1 T for adults.  If we do get sick, we take this dosage every 2-3 hours until well again.

If you would rather purchase your elderberry remedy, we carry Sunshine Heroes Elderberry Immune Chews in the store!

Do you make your own home remedies?  What is your favorite?

Life Through Photos | 10 on 10 January

10 on 10 | January 2015

I am so excited to start up a 10 on 10 photo blog; The 10th of every month I will be taking 10 photos to document the day.

Here is my very first 10 on 10 post…

I started my day by telling my husband I wanted a clean house for my birthday so the cleaning and organizing began. The kids played and napped on their schedule. My husband practiced his archery, I was able to get some work done. In the evening we took a break and went to my moms to have dinner and my oldest helped her make my birthday cake (iPhone photo). The day ended with cuddling and lounging in our semi cleaned house.


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10 on 10 October: First Fall

I feel like I just posted about arriving at our new home here in Maryland, but it’s already October and a month has flown by! Things are not 100% settled in but I did officially unpack my last box last night, so we are in the home stretch of the move. (More on that next week!)

Today was a grey, cool-ish October day. It’s our first fall here and there are already hints of those beautiful colors that I fell in love with while living in North Carolina. It’s still exciting to be in a new place, but every time I check Facebook or Instagram I get pangs of homesickness when I see what all my friends are up to. But we’re not all that far, so we may take a trip down to visit.

Today we went to the Irvine Nature Center in the morning and then stayed home for most of the day. We have begun our potty learning adventure with my son. Today he filled up his first sticker chart so he got to go to the store and select a reward. Definitely a milestone day! How was your day?

Irvine Nature Center - fall flowers


Snack time



It's only drizzle


Black rice


Still unfamiliar


10 on 10 is a monthly photo essay project designed to help us appreciate the beauty in our daily lives. I’ve participated for years and I still see something new each month. Want to learn more? Click the link below to go to creator, Rebekah Gough’s blog. ten on ten button

Featured Natural Product: BabyKicks Nursing Pads

If you’ve had a baby, you’ve likely experienced engorged, leaky breasts! A soggy wet spot (or two!) on your shirt is not only embarrassing, but uncomfortable. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about our Featured Natural Product this month: BabyKicks Nursing Pads!

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BabyKicks is a family business, which was created in 2000. They strive to use only the best natural, organic materials. Sweetbottoms carries quite a few other products by BabyKicks, including: cloth diaper inserts, doublers, burp cloths, and wipes. All of their products are gentle on the environment and your sweet little baby!

You can get your FREE BabyKicks Nursing Pads with a purchase of $25 or more. Just add the product to your cart and use code: FEATURED (or ask at the register, if shopping in the store). If you aren’t nursing, don’t fret. You can still use these absorbent little pads as wipes, or to clean other baby messes!

What to Feed My Gluten Free Kid!

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It all began with my 6 yr old crying at night with tummy aches and crying during the day with cramps. After much trial and error we discovered, among many other things, she has a gluten intolerance.

My child who loves pasta and pancakes and bread, oh my! Now what am I going to do?

Sure there are lots of prepackaged options for kids and adults alike that are gluten free, but in a family with 5 kids, making things ourselves is a must. I had to search high and low and under a few rocks to find recipes that were not only gluten free but something a 6 yr old would actually eat! I know, I was asking for a miracle.

Turns out I found my solution in the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle! There are hundreds of gluten free recipes in there and I am so grateful to have found this amazing offer … but not as grateful as my 6 yr old!   

—Testimonial from Tanya, SBB employee

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is only available through September 15th, 2014. Don’t miss out!
Trisha Gilkerson, from the Intoxicated on Life blog has kindly allowed us to share 2 of the amazing recipes from
Grain Free Goodies,” one of the many, many awesome books included in this bundle!!

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is only available through September 15th, 2014. Don’t miss out!
Cranberry Lemon Muffins (grain-free & sugar-free!):

cranberrylemonmuffinsPrep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

2 eggs
1/4 c. yogurt (or the cream off the top of a can of organic coconut milk)
2 T melted butter or coconut oil
1/8 t. pure stevia extract (or to taste- there is much difference between varieties of stevia)
1 T. lemon juice
1/4 t. vanilla
1/4 t. baking soda
1 t. apple cider vinegar
2 T. xylitol
1/2 c. cranberries chopped
1/4 c. coconut flour
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a mini muffin pan really well. 
Mix together all ingredients except cranberries and coconut flour.
Thoroughly mix in coconut flour.
Chop the cranberries (I used my magic bullet) and then fold them into the above mixture. 
Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 15 minutes.
Let the muffins cool off. I know, I’m always tempted to eat things as soon as they pop out of the oven too. But resist the urge. These muffins don’t taste quite right until they cool off. But after they’ve cooled off, they’re oh so tasty!

Notes:  These muffins freeze well. Pop whatever muffins you’re not going to use into the freezer after they’ve thoroughly cooled and just pull a couple out a half hour before you want a snack.

Basic Grain-Free Meatballs
Cook Time: 35 minutes

1 pound of ground beef or a mixture of pork and beef
1/2 cup almond flour
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup milk or almond milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon coconut aminos

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients until well combined. Form into balls and place on a pan.  Do not stack meatballs.
Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until browned through. Top with your favorite sauce.  Enjoy!

Photo Credit:  Recipe pictures from Intoxicated on Life blog  (Thanks, Trisha!)


10 on 10 September: Welcome to Maryland

We’ve (finally!) arrived at our new home in Maryland, just outside Baltimore. Relocating has been quite a stressful adventure, but it’s starting to feel like the hardest parts are behind us and we’re on our way to making a lovely home here. My husband has actually been here for about a month. He came up with the movers and started work while I visited my parents. I got here with the kids last weekend. So far we have only been to IKEA twice and the library that’s just across the street. Our apartment is smaller than our previous town home so it’s a bit tricky fitting everything in the 840-sq ft. apartment. I’ve always tended toward minimalism so I’ll continue to pare down until we are comfortable. It’s a little-by-little process unpacking everything. I’m actually planning a whole blog post about moving with little ones– so check back for that! (I need to buy a desk, unpack my computer and get internet installed first. Ha!) But I’m taking things easy and just doing a bit of unpacking and a bit of exploring each day. And today’s 10 on 10 couldn’t have been nicer. The thing I love most about my new home is the incredible amount of natural light! We have huge windows that cover nearly the entire wall of the living/dining/kitchen area. I love that I can stand at my sink and see the living room and out the windows to the green view! I also spent a little time trying to wash diapers in our front loader. I think I figured it out amid all the fancy settings. Those things have a bit of a learning curve, no? We are settling in to a nice routine at home and went to the Irvine Nature Center, which is about 5 minutes away (or, would have been if I hadn’t missed the turn!) I think spending a good bit of time outside is imperative for my son’s well being. He’s so much less anxious. So much more joyful. I think this will be our regular hangout. Here’s a glimpse into our day. How was yours? September: Maryland: Morning Light September: Maryland: Diaper Wash September: Maryland: Turtles September: Maryland: Nature Center Room September: Maryland: Sand Pies September: Maryland: Climbing September: Maryland: This is our new house. September: Maryland: Naps September: Maryland: Dinner September: Maryland: Clubhouse 10 on 10 is a monthly photo essay project designed to help us appreciate the beauty in our daily lives. I’ve participated for years and I still see something new each month. Want to learn more? Click the link below to go to creator, Rebekah Gough’s blog. ten on ten button

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2014

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We don’t normally share sales from other websites, however, this one is just too good to pass up and we know our customers will be interested! I have purchased ultimate bundles myself in the past, and can tell you they are worth it for the awesome Bonus deals alone!! (Read on and you’ll even find a bonus from SWEETBOTTOMS available with your purchase!)

As a busy Mom, do you often find yourself and your own health concerns at the very bottom of your mental to-do list? Do you aspire to feed your family healthy meals and to use natural cleaning solutions in your home? But how are you going to find the time and money for all that research and information gathering?

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10 on 10 August: Traveling Texas

My 10 on 10 August  is a traveling one. We were driving from my husband’s brother’s home in Austin, TX to my mom and dad’s in Houston. We’ve been traveling since July and it’s been a whirlwind of family, fun and a few meltdowns along the way. I was planning to post more frequently, but things got a little crazy with the big move– but I’ll post more about that later. Here’s out (slightly late) 10 on 10.

It was a lovely drive down highway 290 from Austin to Houston. If you’ve ever driven in this part of the country there’s a few gentle hills and a wide, open sky. The drive is dotted with scrubby trees, quaint towns, cows, horses and oil well machinery. I had planned on stopping to get some good shots of the landscape but with both kids sleeping I figured I shouldn’t push it.  They both slept for a little more than two hours of the three-hour drive. Jackpot!

There’s nothing like getting home. No matter how old I am, I love getting to my room in Houston and slipping into some comfy PJs. The kids love spending time at Nana’s house.

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10 on 10 is a monthly photo essay project designed to help us see the beauty amid the chaos in our everyday lives. I’m so thankful that I learned about this project (several years ago!) and look forward to continuing it into the future. Just last month we were saying goodbye to Durham and next month we should be settling in to our new home in Baltimore!ten on ten button