Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We try to eat healthy foods. Superfoods. (Great book!) Rarely do we eat out and fast food never sounds appealing. We feel better when we eat well. High fructose corn syrup is the enemy - as is enriched anything. Many people falsely believe that healthy food doesn't taste very well. Au contraire! So, I decided to pass along my current top 5 favorite healthy food products.
First up, Stonyfield Farm Organic Lowfat Strawberry Yogurt. I've never been a fan of fruit yogurt, but this is reeeally close to dessert. Very creamy. Yum. And no HFCS or artificial sweeteners. This was purchased from Whole Foods.
Next is a new find from WF, it's R.W. Knudsen Organic Goji Berry Juice. This juice is heavenly and it incorporates a Superfood.
Another good snack is Kashi T.L.C. 7 Grain Crackers found at Walmart. If you need more fiber and whole grains, these delicious crackers make it easy.
My favorite cereal is Nature's Path Organic Pumpkin Flax Plus Granola Cereal. Again, it's the best granola I've come across (even Charlotte asks for this for breakfast!) It's available at Walmart, Trader Joe's and WF.
Lastly, Triple Leaf Tea Cold and Flu Time. This tea is a little tougher to find (also available online here). At the first sign of feeling a little under the weather, we drink a cup or two and start to feel better right away. Continue drinking the tea as directed and it definitely shortens the duration of your cold. I give this as gifts to family and friends. It even tastes good!
Do you have favorite health foods? I'd love to hear about them in the comments!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
She was my swap partner for the Falling (tea) Leaves swap. It's incredible, but she managed to send my very favorite tea AND my husband's favorite tea... Celestial Seasonings chamomile and true blueberry. How did she do that??! Also sent, a variety of other teas, wild cherry hard candies, two mini doilies, decorative fall leaves, a blueberry scone recipe and a delightful cranberry toile tea cup and saucer. Unfortunately, the Post Office was unkind to the package and the tea cup handle broke in 4 places, while the saucer broke cleanly in half. But that's what superglue is for :) Everything is wonderful. Thank you Angelena!
Here's what I sent to Little Mountain House:a vintage tea towl, a tea sandwich plate and cup set, a box of delicious gingerbread tea and a brown and white polka dot apron that I made just for her.
I had this vision of an apron (mom, stop rolling your eyes) that I wanted to make for her. That's how it is with me, I come up with something in my mind and then have to find it or make it happen. Without a pattern, I started cutting... and created my first half apron. And my first ruffle! I put two running stitches (starting in the middle and working out) to create the ruffle without breaking the thread.
What really set in my mind was to create a removable, decorative (thrifted) lace panel on the front of the apron.
I wanted to create a hostess-type apron. She can wear it while working, then attach the pretty lace panel via the hooks and eyes to dress it up a bit when the guests arrive. The apron turned out as I envisioned, so it was difficult to part with! It was a joy to make, and I hope that she enjoys wearing it.
Be sure to check out Rebecca and Danielle's swap too. They exchanged a vast amount of goodies. Well done, ladies!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Next up, four children's book at 20 cents each. (C is a book hound since she doesn't watch tv.) The red velvet vintage child's Christmas apron was scooped up for $1. (They're never too young to start the apron obsession, are they??) This pretty blue floral tea cup was a steal at 25 cents. (I bought that for my neighbor who has been under the weather.) Lastly, you'll notice the icky fake wood grain on my little dutch girl. She has a secret though...
the front plate swings away to reveal some type of hiding place. Well, I don't actually know what it is, but it will be a secret hiding place. It needs a coat of paint first. Grand total = $3.30.
Also purchased, more aprons for my shop, shipping supplies and an umbrella stroller. Our dog recently broke C's stroller, so I bought an identical replacement - in a different color - for $2.
Many folks were feeling generous this weekend. I tried to buy a wiffle ball for C to play with, but the man insisted on giving it to me. Also, the woman holding the yard sale with shipping supplies chit chatted with me about children and foot surgery. Before I left, she gave me an art set for my daughter, two Christmas placemats and a Christmas doormat - all brand new! Now that's a thrifty weekend :)
He was given a medal of thanks. School children made him sweet thank you cards. He deserves each one. For all those cold nights outside on the ground, for the train ride to the Czech border wondering if WW III awaited him, for time and self-sacrifice, he deserves to lead a parade.
Whenever I meet a vet, I thank them. Every day should be Veterans Day. They truly know what it means to serve.
Thank you, Dad. I'm so proud of you.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
After measuring the pillow, I cut the fabric to size with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, plus 3/4 of an inch in the length for the no-sew velcro. 20 minutes later... Bunny got to try out a pillow.
Then another bunny tried out the pillow. She now carries it everywhere. For less than 50 cents, I made a pillowcase that matches Charlotte's bedding. And her size :)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Last week was also our wedding anniversary. We had our annual dinner out, just the two of us. It's so foreign after having a baby! We also took in a movie. In the theater. It was very enjoyable to get out with just my dear H. (Btw, we saw Fireproof. Highly recommended. Tip toe past a little corny acting to hopscotch into a wonderful message.)
Like I said, busy, busy, from one tree to the next!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
For years I have struggled with oily hair, daily shampooing and switching shampoo to keep my hair "confused". Turns out that I was the confused one. Shampoo and conditioner were the problem. I went no-poo. I'm never going back.
Honestly, I didn't think it would really work. I enjoyed my hair smelling like a pina colada. But, I was willing to try going no-poo for two weeks. There was trial and error involved (I needed more baking soda per washing and acv every other day.) Without harsh chemicals, my hair is no longer being stripped. My hair actually stays clean longer. Here's the bonus: I'm saving money too!
How do you go no-poo? I've found a couple of links for you here and here.
There is no lather with baking soda, but that's a good thing. When the acv is rinsed out, the strong smell goes away. My hair is actually soft without a store-bought conditioner! It's a better, natural alternative for my daughter (whose former baby shampoo had anesthetic to make it "no tears".) I use a parmesan cheese shaker for the baking soda and a squeeze bottle to mix my acv conditioner with warm shower water.
It's easier than you think. I'm going on 10 months strong!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
There is so much more that I'd like to share, but it's all part of another big surprise on the horizon. Since you're at my mercy, you'll be forced to practice the virtue of patience.
Have you started down the path towards Christmas preparation? Have you scheduled your family photos? Have you purchased a few gifts to stash away? Are there any decorations out yet?? Do share!