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hat is silk? 

The silkworm cocoon

The silkworm cocoon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Silk is a strand of protein fibers made by silkworms in a carefully coordinated process. Rearing of silkworms to produce silk is an ancient practice that dates back to centuries in Asian countries, but is now more advanced. Silk is prized for its natural, soft but tough nature besides its insulating property which makes it one of the most revered and valued fabrics in the world.

It is worth noting that currently majority still sleep on non-silk sheets and other bedding garments with most using cotton fabrics. Even so, this trend is gradually changing as more and more people are rediscovering the myriad of benefits associated with silk. Just like any other fabric, there exist a number of silk varieties in the market. Mulberry is one of the topmost sought silk for its quality.

Benefits of Silk Sheets

I didn't know there's health benefits with using silk sheets!  Sheets are vital components of bedding that play a role in giving that much needed sleep or bed rest. Perfect sheets should be conducive in any weather or season. Although silk has not been utilized in sheets as much as cotton, it reserves a number of unrivaled quality properties that sets it above the rest. Some of these benefits include:

a. Smooth texture

Silk fabric unlike the other commonly used fabrics in sheets such as cotton, is smoother in texture and is nonirritating to the skin. Studies suggest that silk biochemically contains similar proteins present in human hair making it a friendlier companion to your skin and scalp. This limits risks of skin abrasion and reduces chances of bugs laying their eggs or dwelling unseen in it which could trigger skin reactions.

b. No chemicals

As a direct product from silkworm, silk is a natural fiber product. To retain its natural state and limit chemical exposure, silkworms are carefully nurtured and fed on non-chemical feeds. This makes silk sheets safer to the skin unlike other fabrics such as cotton that is exposed to chemicals such as pesticides and industrial chemicals while being processed.

c. Easy-to-clean fabric

Sheets being garments exposed to the body often gets dirty, dusty and greasy due to sweat or lotions. The easy to clean fabric comes in handy. This is where silk sheets beat the competition. Most silk brands are machine washable too unlike cotton and other fabrics that may sometimes need dry cleaning.

d. Hypoallergenic property

The proteins that make up silk is hypoallergenic. The fact that it has biochemically similar proteins to the human hair makes it safer. Therefore those individuals with sensitive skin and scalp are spared the risk of allergic reactions. Furthermore, studies suggest that silk material naturally acts as a repellant for bug, mite and other disease causing microorganisms. These when left to thrive as it happens with other sheets can onset allergies.

e. Skin moisture retention

In as much as cotton sheet is cherished for its topnotch moisture absorption, studies show that this extreme moisture absorption may be damaging to the skin. Over time, the skin and scalp are deprived of its much needed moisture which may leave it dry and crusty. Silk sheets, however, optimize moisture absorption especially during perspiration leaving the body with just the right amount that would not lead to dehydration or discomfort during bed rest.

f. Heat insulating property

Protein fibers used to make silk sheets have a topnotch level of heat insulation. That means in cold seasons you can sleep or rest comfortably under silk sheets and still feel warmer since silk can retain body heat and regulate it well. Silk sheets are also friendly during warmer seasons as they can dissipate the extra heat and still keep you comfortable in your sleep.

g. Light nature

Unlike cotton and most other fabrics, silk sheets are way lighter making them both easy to handle and quick to dry. Furthermore, silk sheets being light coupled with its moisture retention and insulating property can be used in hot conditions without having to worry about suffocating when you opt to grab a blanket.

h. Aesthetic value

Silk is a fabric whose use dates back to the ancient times where it was the preserve of the few such as royals and the mighty in society. Over the centuries, its reverence has been carried on from one generation to another and is still considered a premium fabric. It therefore leaves no doubt the glamour and exquisite appearance it gives the bedding or the sense of satisfaction it gives your mind knowing that you deserve it.

Besides these benefits, silk sheets have also been believed to possess other benefits such as anti-aging. Some believe that sleeping on silk sheets can reduce wrinkles and other skin defects. The bottom line is silk sheets have appealing qualities that make them a-must-have. Firsthand experience is always the best!

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he other evening, our grandbaby spent about five hours with us while her parents were working. sleepingNeedless to say, we sure did not mind.  My daughter warned me she was fussy and had not taken a nap. She was not at our house too long before I finally got her away from my other children and got a chance to hold her close, and rock her.  She rested right on me, as she watched the fish in the aquarium, and was soon, sound asleep.  I stayed in the LazyBoy chair well over an hour as I held my sweet grandbaby, her warm sweet baby breath so close and her little chest rising and falling in such sweet slumber.  I guess I treasure this time so much more, when it’s not so hurried.  

There’s a song by Jenn Johnson, Come to Me, which I love the first few lines:

I am the Lord your God,
I go before you now.
I stand beside you
I’m all around you
And though you feel I’m far away
I’m closer than your breath
I am with you
More than you know

Though this song says how Jesus is closer than our own breath, I think of how I could hear, feel, and even smell my grandbaby’s breath, and Jesus is even more close than that, never taking a break away.  A a mom, there are just times I NEED a break, away from the kids, where I don’t have to hear, “mom when are we going to eat”; “mom, I’ve nothing to wear”; “MOM, she hit me”, “Mom do I HAVE to do ALL these math problems?”, “Mom, I’m still hungry”, “Mooommmm . . . ” til I am ready to SCREAM! I remember when I had several young ones, and it would seem like I had little cling-ons. They were just sometimes too close, too much. Yet, Jesus never tires of us, and WANTS to stay CLOSE – closer than my breath – or my sleeping grandbaby’s breath.  It’s hard to fathom sometimes, but yet, can be so comforting.  

He does not tire of our hurts and pains, and  He wants it known that He is close to us.

Psalm 34:18

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ SPRING!

Posted: May 21, 2014 in Family

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Five Minute Friday: {Blog} BREAK

Posted: May 16, 2014 in Family

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did not know that Lisa Jo was taking a break from Five Minute Friday, until I read it on Twitter and is being hosted here.  I’ve been doing the same the past week or so.  Though I am still doing some writing under a pseudonym for another larger blog, I am enjoying SPRING and less required time on my computer. It was such a long winter, and even though the weather is not totally cooperating with warmth, I am pretending it IS spring!  I went out with 7 ladies for dinner tonight, and I and another were wearing flip flops.  It was barely 50 degrees, but we were both declaring it being spring and so we are acting like it’s spring!  

So during this break from my blog, I’ve been reading more, getting more schooling done with the youngest three so we can be done before the next two who have 15 school snow days to make up, going into mid-June! We’ve been painting, rearranging rooms and de-cluttering.  I even found a maintenance agreement to our washer which I did not realize we had, called, and the next day the guy was out going over our washer that gets heavily used and he was amazed at how clean and well working it was!  Maybe cuz we use it several times daily?!?!?!  It does not have time to build up anything!  My sewing room is all organized – even my fabric, by color or fabric type! And all those little scraps that I was going to make some quilt from someday, GONE!

The table in our kitchen is bursting with vegetable and flower plants, ready for the soil to stay warm, but it appears our spring is taking a break as well.  Soon we will take a break from the science books and be planting our garden outside. Youngest son will get distracted with his bright red bicycle and youngest daughter will find her butterfly net and be chasing butterflies while the rest of us let the warm soil slip through our fingers.  

I’m not ready to take a break from spring or summer though!    

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GRATEFUL

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ust rambling thoughts here after a busy week . . . of the many things I am grateful for.

Grateful  my 20 year old son who lives two hours from home is feeling better after quite a bout with a flu bug and grateful for his kind landlord who mothered him and made him tea.  It sure helped this mama feel better who was too far away to help him.

Grateful for an algebra teacher that goes above and beyond helping her students, including my daughter, spending hours a week after school tutoring.

Grateful for a can of paint that dresses up a door and makes it look brand new.Granddaughter 7 mo

So very grateful that my dear friend Angie is ok, after being in a serious car accident, that totaled her car.  Though she is sore and hurting, I am grateful  I can pick up the phone and still talk to her.

Do you know how very grateful I am for the sweetest grandbaby ever . . . how my heart just loves her so?

Grateful for the Annie play our youngest two daughters were in, the first time experience, and the so many family and friends that went to see, and encourage them!Play1

Grateful for the continued signs of spring – more flowers, trees budding, baby chicks and lamb growing.

Most of all, grateful God’s renewed strength each and every morning and His continue pursuit of me!

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MESS

“What if we simply said, “yes,” right there in the midst of the mess? “

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any years ago, over twenty years ago, when I had 5 children under 4.5 years of age, and the two youngest were infant twins, my mom-in-law stopped by unexpectedly.  My house is never as clean as her messiest day – even though I do not know what a messy day in her house looks like! I realized many years ago, I’d never could measure up to her meticulous house cleaning, but when she’d stop by unexpectedly, it sure would make my heart panic and I’d overheat the treadmill with how quickly I could move – kicking things under the couch, into the closet and into the stove.  I’d try to have her detained as long as possible by the entry door.  But before long, she’d see the mess . . . the baby bathtub on the floor, the oven door ajar from all the pots and pans hidden inside, unvacuumed carpets and many smeared windows.  Oh what a mess!  I am sure I heard her thoughts out loud!  But as I was apologizing and still trying to shove things away, she said to me, “I’d rather see a messy house than not giving attention and love to your children.”  With nursing twin daughters, and three boys that were into everything, there were very few dull, uninterrupted moments.

Through the years, the messes change, which not everyone can understand. My husband’s income was more than cut in half, and updates and keeping up with repairs were at a barely-get-by-minimum. Kitchen linoleum so needs to be replaced from getting torn up where it meets the other flooring. Laminate flooring has seen it’s better days of a dozen kids rolling cars, roller skates (which mom was not suppose to see) and moving furniture back and forth over throughout the years. A large bottle of shampoo went down the  carpeted stairs, how many years ago, where the suds never ended, us giving up on that mess too.  Bedrooms have been switched around so many times, trying to accommodate new a child dealing with nightmares still needing to be close to mom and dad, older children moving out and another older child needing more space.  So, for now, some messes just cannot be changed.  

I am thankful for a new can of paint that can spark things up, but it does not always cover up the heart of things that so need to be repaired – that just cannot be.  In the next ten years, I imagine our home will be almost empty, besides the kids and grandkids coming to visit.  We will have time then then to get more repairs and updating done.  Maybe by then we will downsize.  Maybe our hearts will be more into getting the mess of years of accumulations of things downsized as well.  Until then, it’s still homeschooling, teaching a child how to knit, working on scrapbooks, reading stories, trying to make ends meet, and not panicking about messes.

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ow is the time to look at different craft ideas and special personalized gifts because . . . Mother’s Day is not far away!  The ideas for crafts are endless on Pinterest and the already made items, especially on Etsy are too numerous to count!  So what is one of the hot items for many moms?  How about doing something special for her iPhone?

Wouldn’t she just LOVE a personalized phone iPhone case just for her phone?  iphone caseHow about a monogram iPhone case?  There’s such a variety of ideas on this Etsy site.  I like that some can either have monogram’s on it or full names on it.  Another advantage is that it sure would be identifiable!  This is 3D printed and a full wrap design, so it goes around the sides, top and bottom of the case.  Because it is dyed into the plastic, there’s no worry of it fading, washing off, peeling or even scratching off. How many phone cases have I bought, that in just a matter of weeks has some kind of damage to it from scratching or peeling off. It sounds well worth the investment.  SO, that’s my FIRST hint for Mother’s Day!  :)  

book caseThen my daughter made this unique iPhone Book Dock and . . . I WANT ONE . . .  ok . . . maybe two!  She teaches on her blog how to make one.  So maybe if she does not make me one, one of her siblings will follow the directions and make me one?!?! (or two?!?!?!) 

So for Mother’s Day, us moms can have some pretty well dressed phones!  :)