Saturday, December 11, 2010

This Week- Venting Space

This has been a rough week all the way around.  Between work and potentially getting fired (which has to be the devil working because Lord knows I do my best, even though I'm not perfect), issues with my husband, feeling sick, worrying about a friend, working three jobs, having anxiety out the butt, and so on, I just need a break.  I feel like no one hears me, or cares to really stop and think how Im feeling when I say that I'm struggling.  I tell my husband that I'm out of whack because of them switching my antidepressant and he takes it personally and says Im neglecting him.  So now on top of feeling crazy and sad for no reason, I'm neglecting HIM!  But I won't get started on him.  That could last days right now.  I'm exhausted.  I just want things to be ok and the stress to calm down.  Thats all I want.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Venture

Ok.  So, the Hubs and I are doing Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover.  If you are not doing this, you should!  Go over your finances together with your spouse every night or every other night and plan every dollar!  It will turn your life upside down!

Other Exciting News...

I'm going to be an aunt!!!!  Well, not biologically, but as close as possible to biological!  My best friend and sister in Christ has a little peanut and is due June 11!
     note to Peanut:  I will love you forever and will be here for anything you may ever need.
            PS- Aunties are cooler than moms, remember that when you get j/k

I am now a Preferred Member of Melaleuca!  It is a non-toxic, green company that sells the best of natural and science combined products for your household, body care, supplemental, etc needs.  I'm super excited about these products and how great the company is!!  If you don't know anything about them, check them out.  No...SERIOUSLY!  You try one thing and I promise you will be satisfied.  I have never met someone who has tried even one of the products and not liked it.  Im so excited about it that I wish I could order everyone one thing...of course...Dave says I can't do that and Mike says keep my head out of the clouds...but if I could...I would.  Best bang for your buck (saving you because it is all concentrate) and it won't expose you to toxins like formaldahyde and bleach and aluminum.  I better stop while I'm ahead, because I can go on FOREVER!  I LOVE THIS STUFF!!!!!     It will change your life!

Oh, and jewelry party this Saturday at 2pm at my house.  PLEASE MAKE IT!!!  Its going to be a BLAST!  I'll make some snacks......Just sayin....

A Toute A L'heure!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Recent Projects

Its probably been about a week since the last post.  Since then, I've stayed pretty busy!  I have been researching online how to make products at home that are safer for me and my family (because I LOVE them so much) that are safer on our bodies and on the environment.

I truly believe that changing these simple things can have a huge impact on our lives.  Half the time we have no clue what we are putting on and in our bodies and how it is cycling through our waters just for us to consume again.  For example, liquid fabric softener contains high levels of carcinogens.  We cycle it through our washing machines and back into the water system, just to use/consume it later.  Fabric softeners are smothered in fragrances to cover up the chemicals and release over time, especially in heat.  I don't know about you, but when I get sweaty from going running, the last thing I want is to come home and know that the heat from my body is causing my clothes to release toxic chemicals onto my porous skin!  I would site a website that I am getting this info from, but I would like to challenge you to research it yourself so that you can see for yourself and don't have to quote someone's blog that says they researched it before posting "information" on the subject.

I have also started making my own laundry detergent, deodorant, hand soap, and disinfectant spray.  And yes, they all work!  And work just as well as the crap on the shelves!  Its nice to know that I don't have to worry about putting known cancer causing agents in my armpits, an inch away from my breast tissue, or that I can safely clean the kitchen after cooking with raw meats and eggs without my kids inhaling toxins from the crap sprays.

I challenge you to look at what you are using on a regular basis and decide if its right for your family.  Research it, understand it.  I will gladly help you in any way.  I'll even make the products for you!  Just tell me what you need and I'll excitedly (and cheaply) make it just for you!

Happy Researching!

A Tout A L'heure!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Healthy skin!

I have been fighting my skin since a very early age and have been on everything short of Accutane.  Nothing has given me that smooth feeling AND look.  Talk about embarrassing and frustrating.  I mean who wants to walk up to a teller window or interview someone who looks like they havn't washed their face for week?!  That is how I felt, talk about some self esteem issues stemming way back!

Well, thanks to an old friend posting faithfully on her blog about how to improve your quality of life safely and naturally, I have really been meddling in all of the natural ways to improve my skin.  I originally started off with Baking soda wash and ACV for toner, but was missing the moisturizer.  Then I purchased Coconut oil.  I added coconut oil as the moisturizer.  I think that was a great intro into the natural side.  I wasn't too abrasive and it weaned my skin off of the nasty SLS filled "acne washes" (oxymoron right?!) and nasty chemically lotions and acne creams that have NEVER worked even a tiny bit on my skin.

Last night I decided I would try, with what I have at home because my husband will kill me if I go buy everything i want to try unless its in the grocery budget lol, the Oil Cleansing Method.  I suggest looking it up online and trying it.  It involves Castor Oil and EVOO.  The castor oil pulls the dirt out of the pores and the EVOO is full of vitamins and is a great moisturizer.  I'll make sure when I try the full cleanse that I will post and let ya know how it works and what I think of it.

What I ended up doing instead, was washing with Baking soda, then rubbing a little bit of EVOO on my face and placing a hot wet rag over my face for a minute and letting the steam open my pores and moisturize away.  Then I wiped off the oil with the wet rag and applied a tiny bit of Tea Tree Oil to a cotton round and rubbed all over my face.  Tea tree oil is a great antibacterial and antifungal and it smells cool too!  I woke up this morning with the softest skin!  I'm so pleased!  And my skin is VISIBLY clearer!  I was shocked!  Something so simple that has been in my house the whole time and I'm just now figuring it out!  Of course, this is the first day, so I'll get back with you in a couple days and let ya know, but I can't imagine not seeing amazing results in a couple days if I am seeing such amazing results in just one night.  I urge you to try it.  Its wonderful.  Plus that self esteem goes up just a notch... :)

A toute a l'heure!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Orzo Explosion and Naan-chos!

Tonight, I decided it was time for a change up.  I've been rotating the same ingredients and making the same meals night after night.  My husband was less than thrilled lol.  So, after changing up the grocery list and converting it to more healthy options and more organic options, I came up with a couple good recipes myself!

Orzo and bean explosion!

1 cup organic Orzo
1/2 Green Pepper
1/2 Onion
Cut up, and cooked, chicken breast (best if you the same seasoning on the chicken while being cooked :))
1 can 365 brand organic black beans drained
1/3 cup chopped spinach
Rosemary, Thyme, Sea Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Parsley to taste

How To:
1. In a sauce pan, fill 1/3 to half full water, boil 1 cup Orzo about 9 minutes.  It is a similar to both rice and pasta so check for tenderness but not mushy-ness.  (BTW, there is about 6g protein for only 1/3 cup! Not bad!)
2.  In a skillet, cook cubed chicken breast, green peppers, onions, black beans, spinach and seasonings on EVOO until onions and green peppers are a little soft but not brown, and chicken and beans are very warm.
3.  Drain Orzo when it is finished cooking, add a little seasoning, and combine the two groupings into one bowl.

You can eat this just in a bowl as I like to, or you can put it in a wrap like my husband!  Other suggestions would be to add tomatoes or other veggies you think would be good!


Chicky Naan-chos!!

Whole Wheat Tandoori Naan, cut into triangles
1/2 cooked, cut, seasoned chicken breast
Organic Italian mix cheese, Mozz, Parmesan, etc to taste
1/4 cut chopped spinach
Rosemary, Thyme, pepper, garlic to taste

How to:  
1.  Cut Naan into triangles, and brush a light layer of EVOO on top.  I use EVOO cooking spray in the pan to prevent sticking but just plain EVOO would probably work.
2.  Bake triangles for about 3 minutes and pull out to put toppings on it.  
3.  Place a couple pieces of cubed chicken , then a little spinach, and then a little cheese on top.  Then add seasonings.
4.  Bake for about 4-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

Side note:  Naan is a traditional Indian flatbread.  It can be used for Pizzas, as a crouton alternative after being toasted for salads or soups, or wraps.  It has 5g of fiber, and 7g protein in each one.  It also has 115g potassium in each one.  It also has 26g of whole grain in each.  It is a little high in sodium, 420mg, but in moderation is an excellent substitution for conventional bread.  I recommend Whole Food's 365 brand.  It is a great price and the quality is excellent!  

If you are wanting to try these, let me know how it goes!  I'm always up for questions and suggestions!  

A Tout A L'heure!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I'm slightly goofy...

So... I decided I would like to try and soften my hair up.  Its been unmanageable and sticky and gooky and tangley with all the experimenting.  So... I thought a deep conditioning coconut oil treatment would help.  I must say, after 24 hours and 6 washes (with 4 different shampoos), my hair is rather soft (!!!!).  I apparently used way too much, go figure, and ended up with a greasy lookin head!  I knew that I had to have an actual shampoo and conditioner.  So, while grocery shopping at my favorite place ever, Whole Foods, I picked up Kiss my Faceshampoo and conditioner!  I was up and scrubbing away around 6:15 this morning!  My hair hasn't smelled this fresh or felt so soft in two weeks!  AMAZING!  Now I know not to listen to all the websites saying that it is ok to drench your hair in coconut oil and that you will only need to wash once or twice to have great supermodel soft shiny hair.  Trust me, if you want that, use a TINY bit and you'll be fine.  One of my fellow bloggers suggested only using a tiny bit on the ends.  I will def keep that in mind for next time.  LOL

We also bought, while at WF, Shea butter everyday body wash.  I used it for the first time this morning as well and its really nice!  Its not that squeaky kind of clean, its a soft clean.  And I got unscented, but it still smells clean!  And feels great! 

We are getting two of the girls today for the weekend and I'm super excited!  They are so precious!  I'll post again later! 

If you have any questions or advice or info of any kind, please leave me a message!!! 

A tout a l'heure!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Hair Experiment

Ok, for those of you who don't know,  I have found enough research (some of which has been done and reported on by other fellow bloggers) that suggest the products for you hair that we consider normal...aren't so great.  I'd like to make them less normal in my life and my family's.  Certain chemicals such as SLS and parabens wreak havic on your skin and hair.  For example, SLS is a known acne causant, but it is most definitely listed on the ingredients of my most beloved face scrub.  WHY?!  Any of you who know me, know that I have the worst skin and nothing seems to work on it!  Well, now I have a clue why!  All the shampoos and conditioners that I have used all have these toxins in them.

So, what I am trying currently, and struggling with in all honesty, is a combination of things.
     1.  Baking soda to cleanse and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) as a rinse.
     2.  Dr. Bronners Baby Mild Castile Soap w/ or w/out ACV
                 Side note- Dr Bronners is actually very good all over body wash...FYI
Right now, my hair is detoxing and stripping the bad nasty chemicals and buildup off making it nasty feeling.  It doesn't look dirty, but feels grimy and kinda stiff.  I have long hair so brushing it when it is like this is causing some tender headedness.  But today it is less grimy and easier to work with than the previous week of trying the switch.  I am planning on keeping at it for another week or so and if need be, try a shampoo/conditioner from Whole Foods.  I've been researching the 365 brand lately.  They had good reviews on the products before their last "improvement" on the products and now there is a constant complaint of a "chemical" smell to them.  That doesn't reassure me haha.  I am going to skip that brand I think!  I guess I'll keep ya posted!
Feel free to ask questions, I'm new to this, so I may have totally confused you!!

A Tout A L'heure!

Well Hello!

Welcome to my first post!  I'm so excited to have this blog and share my life's lessons, struggles, and learnings!  A lot of my posts will be health related, but I may include funny stories about my husband and/or kids.  Sometimes things are just too funny not to share!

A little about me...
     I am 25, live in Central Indiana.  I recently (end of July) got married to my wonderful husband Mike.  I have 5 step kids, 4 of which are girls.  I'm always looking for fun and creative things to do with them and keep them busy and healthy.
     I am trying to currently learn and try as much as I can about natural living.  I'm experimenting with SLS free products, coconut oil, green items that aren't as harmful on our bodies or environment.  Finding healthy alternatives that fit my family's needs is very important and I strive to make our lives the best they can be!
     Lastly, but most importantly, I love Jesus!  I lean so much on Him and would be nothing without Him.  I fall short and show my humanoid side quite often, but the Lord knows my heart and the work He has done and is doing in it.  I am blessed and owe EVERYTHING to Him!

I will pick up later with some info on something I've learned recently, later!

A tout a l'heure!