February 29, 2012

Love Food Hate Waste (Repost!)

I posted this almost a year and a half ago and thought a repost was worth it!  Lots of great recipes, tips and fresh ideas...check it out!

Tired of throwing out those bad bananas and dinner leftovers?  Love Food Hate Waste site is packed full of great information on storing, freezing, and preserving your food and the recipe section is what I get most excited about ... awesome recipes to use up those eggs, bread crumbs, onions, lentils and so much more, before they go bad.  Save yourself some time by making two meals out of one.
You may even want to jump on the "Food Waste Friday" band wagon and start blogging your weekly waste.  I can see the benefits, it may really help to start eliminating your food waste when you realize you're going to have to post it for the world to see each week!  Who knows, maybe I'll start doing it too...

February 23, 2012

Year Subscription Better Homes & Gardens $1.28 (Still Available!)

I found this deal through Hip2Save.com's post and I was SO excited when I found that my local Walmart carried the specially marked boxes of Baking Soda for only $.64 each (must buy 2, total cost: $1.28)!  Take a peek at your Walmart or Target (or other grocery stores) if you're interested in a free year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens (or to give as a gift this holiday season)!  I mailed out my order form with the receipt a few days ago!  And remember you can do SO many things with baking soda (natural cleaning, toothpaste, etc)!

February 22, 2012

The Quantum Cleanse (includes meal ideas)

I decided just a few days ago, after reading an article in Natural Health Magazine, that I was going to start a 3 week cleanse.  Since I'm also nursing a 5 week old, I have to be extra careful and make sure that I stay healthy and balanced, and don't cut out too many calories or just drink juice for 3 weeks. So far, as of day 3, I feel great and never hungry...I can't wait to kick the caffeine and sugar addictions and start feeling more energetic (I'm expecting it'll take 3-7 days for that)!

The Quantum Cleanse (from the magazine) is based on a book by Kathy Freston called The Quantum Wellness Cleanse: the 21-Day Essential Guide to Healing Your Body, Mind and Spirit.  I haven't read the book but the one page article was easy to apply and fun!

Basically you're eating a gluten-free, vegan diet for 3 weeks.  Here are the 5 main points:
  1. Eliminate Sugar and Caffeine - which lead to unstable energy levels
  2. Eliminate Animal products (including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy) - difficult to process/digest
  3. Eliminate Gluten - causes inflammation
  4. Drink at least 64oz of water a day (herbal tea counts toward this), I would aim for half your body weight in ounces, with a minimum of 64oz.
  5. Make each meal a combination of a whole, gluten-free grain, a low sugar fruit and/or vegetable and a vegan protein. I also aim for 3 small meals and 3 snacks a day.
Some other things recommended to help boost the benefits are:

  1. Try Your Best to Sleep 6-8hrs Every Night! I was happy the first night I got to sleep 5 1/2 hours solid since Sadie was born, and that was just last week (she was over 4 weeks old).  So my plan is to be in bed earlier, hope for the best and try to take power naps during the day.
  2. Exercise. Moving around and working up a little sweet 4-6x a week will help eliminate those toxins.
  3. Soak and De-stress! Massage, yoga, or a hot bath with mineral salts are all great complements to a cleanse.
  4. De-toxify Your Products! This is how I started making healthier changes for our family, getting cleaner makeup, bath, hair and cleaning products, or making them myself!  Search my blog for some ideas and check out your purchases on cosmeticsdatabase.com and see how they rank! 
  5. De-clutter Your Mind. While a clean and organized home feels great (and you may want to throw that in too during your cleanse), a fresh mind is so important.  With four kiddos 5 and under my mind is crazy most of the time.  A few things I NEED to do everyday to stay sane: Quiet time. Whenever I can find it or make time for it I need a few minutes to read my Bible, pray and reflect. Sometimes I may even squeeze in some journaling too.  I also make a list of things I need to do the next day before I fall asleep. Having a list can GUIDE you during the day to make the most of your time.  Don't let it GUILT you if you can't get it all done.  Prioritize each list and brush the bottom items off to the next day if you need to!  Also, keeping a calendar is a must for me. I like to know what next month looks like even from 4 weeks away.  It helps me plan our busy life ... times 6.

If you're interested in trying this out yourself, here is a link to the full shopping list of items you can buy and enjoy and create a meal plan from (skip the first list, and go to the bottom of the page).  Here are two recipes recommended by Natural Health.  And I use a FREE online family calendar (with smart phone apps) called Cozi to make my meal plans!  Here is my 2 week meal plan, my food is listed first/then my family's.

February 20, 2012

Oh Jojoba!

I have used Jojoba oil on my hair for months now.  I love how it quickly conditions and moisturizes dry strands.  But I've recently heard of using it to moisturize nails or as a natural eye makeup remover.  This got me curious as to all the uses of Jojoba, so after a simple web search I found some of these great ideas!

Things You'll Need

  • Jojoba oil
  • Sterile cotton ball
  • Oil-free cleanser
    • 1
      Wash face in the morning with warm water and an oil-free cleanser. Pat the face dry with a towel.
    • 2
      Saturate a sterile cotton ball with jojoba oil. Jojoba oil can be purchased at your local health food store or online.
    • 3
      Gently dab your face with jojoba oil, being careful not to saturate your face in it. With your fingers, rub the oil into your skin lightly. If you have used too much, dab the excess off with an additional sterile cotton ball.
    • 4
      Repeat once daily, or as needed, to provide moisture and pH balance to your skin.

      Things You'll Need

      • Jojoba oil
      • Hot oil treatment
      • Shampoo
      • Conditioner
        • 1
          Mix together a combination of 50 percent jojoba oil and 50 percent over-the-counter hot oil treatment to make a pre-shampoo, deep conditioner. Apply to hair, one inch below your scalp and work down. You can leave the mixture in for 15 minutes or wrap your hair on top of your head in a towel for an hour.
        • 2
          Add about 2 tsp. of jojoba oil to your regular shampoo to enhance moisture.
        • 3
          Use as a daily conditioner by adding a few drops into your regular conditioner. You also can place a few drops in your hand, rub hands together and run your hands and fingers through your hair before conditioning.
        • 4
          Put a few drops of jojoba oil into your hands, rub them together and work the oil into the ends of your hair before blow drying. This method helps keep split ends and frizzing in check.
        • 5
          Rub a few drops into your palms, rub your hands together and smooth the jojoba oil over dry hair to keep frizzing down and to add shine.
        • 6
          Apply a few drops of jojoba oil to hair tangles to help work them out without hair breakage or damage.

        • 1
          Select high-grade Jojoba oil. Organic oils boast higher quality and contain the essential oils needed for body repair.
        • 2
          Identify splitting or peeling nails or nails with vertical ridges. Vertical nail separation or splitting indicates a lack of moisture or body oils flowing to the nails. It may also signal an aging process you can help combat using Jojoba oil.
        • 3
          Apply Jojoba oil to your nail plate and cuticle by placing oil droplets on the nail and massaging it.
        • 4
          Coat your nails with Vitamin E. Jojoba oil helps clear a path for the Vitamin E's absorption and helps condition your nails.
        • 5
          Treat your nails with Jojoba oil and Vitamin E at least twice daily. Consider treating your nails more times a day if you routinely immerse your hands in water.

          Things You'll Need

          • Jojoba oil
          • Tea tree oil
          • Washcloth
          • Bowl
    Use jojoba oil to cleanse the skin. Since jojoba oil is non-comedogenic, it can be rubbed onto the skin without fear of causing more acne. There is a method of cleaning the skin with oil that not only clears the pores of bacteria and impurities, but will hydrate the skin and will balance out the oil production. Rub 1 tsp. pure jojoba oil on the skin affected with acne, using more pressure on areas that have the most breakouts. The jojoba oil will stick to the impurities and sebum. Continue to rub in the oil for one to two minutes. In order to pull the oils back out, the pores must be opened by applying hot water to the skin. Apply a hot, steaming cloth to the face until it cools, then wipe away the rest of the oil.
    Use jojoba oil to treat acne spots. To spot treat acne breakouts, pour 1 tsp. of jojoba oil with five drops of tea tree oil, mixing them well. Pour the oils into a glass container, seal the container and store it in a refrigerator. When you want to use the oil on pimples, dip a cotton swab into the container and apply the oil to the skin where the breakout occurs. There is no need to apply the oil to unaffected areas---only apply it to the blemish. Repeat up to three times per day.
    Use jojoba oil to moisturize the skin. Jojoba oil can be used to condition skin that is both oily and dry, and will moisturize the skin without clogging the pores. Jojoba oil loosens and melts sebum, making in an effective moisturizer for acne-prone skin. Place three to four drops of jojoba oil in your hands and rub them together well. Gently smooth the oil onto clean skin, massaging the oil in carefully until it is absorbed. Use jojoba oil on the skin twice per day, in the morning and at night.

    • Overnight Lip Conditioner
    • Apply jojoba oil onto your finger tip and rub directly onto your lips before going to sleep. You'll have soft lips by the morning.
    • Ingredient to Exfoliate
    • Safely exfoliate your lips by smoothing jojoba oil on your lips and then brushing your lips with a toothbrush. This will help dead skin cells slip right off.
    • Lip Balm
    • Mix beeswax with jojoba oil. Place the mixture a small portable container and apply to lips generously.
    • Lipstick remover
    • Remove your lipstick by pouring Jojoba oil on a cotton applicator or sponge. Gently swipe makeup off the lips.
    • Heal your lips
    • Apply jojoba oil on cold sores to sooth, relieve, and heal your lips.

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