What’s New on SLPerryman.com and What’s to Come

Over the last week I have been working on this site adding new content.

If you look in the menu section you will see a few new additions to the site. My goal is to continue adding new content to the site over the next month or so.

So what’s New?

Aspiring Authors– I was an aspiring author not too long ago. I understand the confusion and unbelievable amount of information you have to learn when first starting out. I created this page to compile all of the information and resources I have found useful into one easily accessible place for anybody who aspires to someday become a published author.

Downloads– This page is a sub-page for aspiring authors. Here you will find handy printables to help you on your journey to publication. You will find everything from fill-in-the-blank Outline Sheets for your next project to help make your ideas flow smoothly, to checklists, and even printable Book Promotion Site Lists. I will continue adding new printables to the page as time goes on so check back regularly or sign up to my email list to be notified when there are updates made.

Winners Circle– This page is dedicated to my giveaways and the winners of the giveaways. Each time I host a giveaway I will post an announcement on the welcome page, blog, as well as in the Winners Circle. If I have multiple giveaways going at the same time they will all be listed in the Winners Circle together.

Store- You will notice that the store tab has moved but is still live so if you want to make purchases you still can.*

*More things to come.

What’s to come?

Realms Merchandise-Very soon you will be able to purchase The Realms Series apparel. I am working on getting some Realms Creature Plushies made as well as some surprises. More on that at a later date.

Free Book when you sign up to my mailing list offer– Very soon I will be offering a Free eBook when you subscribe to my mailing list. If you are already subscribed you will automatically receive the free book when it goes live.

Print and Audio book availability– In the next few months Sapphire’s Destiny will be available to purchase in audio book and paperback formats through the Store. Keep your eye out for the announcement.

Book Promotion Newsletter– Soon you will be able to sign up to receive special emails with Free or Discounted Book Deals. These emails will be sent out once DAILY with new deals every day. Current Newsletter Subscribers keep and eye on your mailbox for the Launch Announcement.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.

Homemade Cough Drops- How to Treat a Cough Naturally

My son was sick a few weeks ago and my 20160424_223551husband has been sick for the last 2 weeks, I was feeling overly confident and celebrating the fact that I have been dealing with sick boys for almost a month and hadn’t even gotten a sniffle yet. I was feeling pretty good about myself.

I woke up super early yesterday; we had to drive 2 hours to visit my in-laws in Missouri. The whole way down there I felt fine. We get down there and since it was such a nice day we decided to go mushroom hunting. 2 hours into the forest my sinuses started hurting. I brushed the feeling off as allergies, though I don’t know why because I’ve never suffered from allergies in my entire life.

We trudged through thick forest for well over 5 20160424_223559hours and my only concern was that I would catch a bad case of poison ivy (no symptoms of that yet but I’m super allergic so I will update later) and need to be thoroughly checked for ticks.

Fast forward to today… have you ever gone swimming in a public pool? You know the kind where you can smell the chlorine from 8 blocks away and it never fails, as soon as you get in, someone splashes you in the face and chlorine water rockets up your nose. You spend the rest of the swim trying to get your nose to stop burning but its persistant and won’t stop. Well I woke up and it feels like Satan set up shop in my sinuses and is roasting marshmellows.

Halfway through the day he migrated to my voice box and decided to torture me some more by using a brillow pad to clean my vocal cords and it just so happens that I am completely broke and out of cough drops.

So I decided to get creative. Have you ever been so broke that you turn into a inventor/scientist/researcher? Ya, I’m there.

After a little over an hour on pintrest (my new favorite app) and googling stuff I have on hand, I finally created my own version of Cough Drops.

1 cup white sugar

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons honey (any kind will do)

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground clove

3 drops spearmint oil

1/4 cup powdered sugar (if you don’t have any powdered sugar put 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar into a blender until powdered)

Mix sugar, water, lemon, honey, ginger, clove, and spearmint in a saucepan and boil on high for 20-30 minutes, stirring constantly, until it thickens to the consistency of syrup or just a bit thicker. It should be thick enough that when you use a spoon to drip some on a paper towel, it beads up and starts to harden. Be careful not to burn the sugar or you will have to start over.

When it reaches the correct consistancy, spoon small dollops onto parchment paper and let cool until it hardens into candies (you can purchase a mold here). If the mixture starts to harden in the pan before you get it poured out, just turn the heat back on and get the mixture soft again.

Once hard, lightly sprinkle powdered sugar over the candies until coated so they don’t stick together and place in a zip lock bag.

Cleanup is a breeze! When you are done boiling the mix and spooning it out, fill the pan with hot water and boil until all of the sugar mix that is left disolves, rinse out with warm water, and wipe down the counters.

This recipe makes about 3 dozen lozenges or more depending on how big you make the dollops. Mine turned out a little funky because I didn’t have a mold but they work all the same.

This summer I’m going to make a huge batch of these and pass them out to all of my family and friends just before flu season hits. They will make excellent pre flu season gifts!

Have you ever made your own cough drops? What are your favorite ingredients to add to homemade cough drops?

Share them down below in the comments:)

Dandruff: What I Use and What I Avoid

For years I have suffered from dandruff and over the years I have tried so many products hoping to help ease the itching of my dry scalp. You name it, I have probably tried it.

The problem first started my junior year of high school. I didn’t notice it much at first, it just felt like my scalp was a little irritated so for the most part I ignored it thinking that it would go away on its own, blaming the itch on winter related dry scalp problems.

About 2 months into my senior year, I was out roaming the local woods and low and behold I got a bad case of poison ivy. I don’t even have to touch the plant to catch it, I can walk by 20 feet away with the wind blowing toward me and Bam! Little itchy blisters start showing up randomly all over my body and I have to go to the doctor and get a shot in the fatty flesh of my hip to rid myself of the pesky blisters.

It was right about the same time, during the height of my impending itching, that I noticed my scalp itching non stop as well. I was under the assumption that I had accidentally scratched my rash and then my head, spreading the nasty little blisters onto my scalp. So 3 tubes of cream, 2 shots, and 4 bottles of calamine later my body was rash free but my head still itched.

Being in high school is hell, we’ve all been through it but most go without being picked on. I was not so lucky. A girl in my class decided that my incessant itching of my dry scalp meant that i had head lice and that is exactly what she proceeded to tell anyone that would listen. The rumors spread and by the end of the week I found myself sitting in the nurses office being examined like a preschooler. of course I was clean but that’s besides the point. needless to say I was quite pissed and ended up putting my fist through the school wall.

After a long conversation with the schools councilor, principal, and nurse I decided it was time to do something about my issue; and no I’m not talking about anger.

So I bought every kind of dandruff shampoo on the market and started to experiment. Head and shoulders was okay but not as good as selsun blue. T-gel helped for all of 5 minutes but made my hair dry and damaged. I tried medicated, normal, moisturizing, and everything in between an spent hundreds of dollars on special lotions, shampoos, hair oils, and even tried adding expensive essential oils. Still nothing would last.

After my son was born I noticed he had dry skin all the time. I tried lotions which is how I found out that he has sensitive skin and can’t use some of them. One day I noticed that he was able to use baby oil and Johnson and Johnson vanilla oatmeal lotion  but only in very small quantities. The problem was getting him to sit still long enough to put it on him.

That night as I was giving him a bath a thought struck me “What if I put a little bit of both into the bath water?” and vioala! His skin was amazingly soft and there was not a single bad reaction. So I thought “I wonder if this would work for my dandruff?” and amazingly after a few uses it did.

Personally I hate the smell of baby oil so I bought a small container of mineral oil in its place and it works just the same. I use an old lotion bottle fill it half way with baby lotion and add 4 tablespoons of mineral oil and the rest is water. Shake it really well until its well blended and as I take a shower I rub it into my scalp before I shampoo. It works like a dream, no more itch, and better yet it makes my hair feel healthier.

Of course this is just one case of what worked for me and it is not guaranteed to work for you but it could be worth a try.