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Pineapple Vinegar

Get ready to love the smell of your cleaning products!

I love using every part of the food that I’m working with. I use my bones to makes stocks and broths, orange peels become my air freshener and furniture polish, celery leaves go in salad and any scraps go to my animals instead of the garbage.

I’m not telling you so I can pat myself on the back. It’s a segway- trust me.

One thing that I LOVE making with my scraps is vinegar. And my favorite vinegar is pineapple vinegar.

Pineapple vinegar has long been a tradition in the West Indies. It can be used to make curtido (Latin American saurkraut) and also makes a great scented cleaner. I personally mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and get to cleaning. It cleans well, smells amazing, and isn’t harmful if the kids get ahold of it.

Let me cut the chit chat and get to the recipe. I get my recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, Nourishing Traditions. If you don’t already own it, I encourage you to get a copy! I omit the whey that is suggested in the book because it is optional and whey hurts my stomach.

Pineapple Vinegar

Skin and core of 1 pineapple

2 quarts filtered water (At least no chlorine. You don’t want the water to kill the good bacteria that is needed to make the vinegar.)

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes

Place all ingredients in a large glass container and cover with a cheesecloth to keep bugs and bad germs out. Leave on counter for 36 hours. Remove pineapple pieces and strain vinegar into clean jars. Cover tightly. This vinegar will keep for several months if kept in a cool place. Mine has never made it that long!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

 

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Placenta Encapsulation: It’s not Weird! It’s Science!

You might have heard of placenta consumption. Whether you have a ryan goslingfriend that has done it, or you have heard of celebrities like January Jones
giving it a try. 
Consumption has been known to be controversial, but many eastern countries and more recently western countries believe it to be restorative. The placenta is the organ that surrounds the growing baby in the womb that nourishes the baby through the umbilical cord. Placenta consumption (placentophagy), which is centuries old, has gained popularity again in the United States in the past decade, mostly in the form of encapsulation. As a Encapsulation Specialist, I have spent the last couple of years learning a great deal about the placenta and had the pleasure of consuming my own with my last child. It was a wonderful experience!

What is Placenta Encapsulation?

Placental encapsulation is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills. It is taken by the mother and it is believed to have a vast amount of health benefits.  It is taken shortly after giving birth and taper off as needed. It can be saved to use later in life; whether is be for menstruation, depression, menopause, etc.

What are Some Benefits?

The placenta is FULL of beneficial hormones and chemicals designed just for your body! Iron, estrogen, oxytocin, testosterone, cortizone, and interferon-just to name a few! While there has been no official scientific study on the benefits of placentophagy (a real shame), traditional study and holistic customs recognize a great deal of advantages that come with encapsulation!

  • It reduces postpartum bleeding at a faster rate.
  • It speeds up recovery. The stimulation of the shrinking uterus is increased.
  • It helps combat postpartum depression, something with which I personally struggled in the past.
  • It is known to increase milk production.
  • It can decrease pain levels shortly after delivery.

Is Encapsulation Safe?

Encapsulation of the placenta has shown to carry no risk if it is taken by the mother that produced it. It is not recommended to take the pills of another mother, as this was not your placenta and not your blood. It also should be noted that capsules need to be refrigerated like any other meat.

The Bottom Line?

There are a number of benefits and very limited risks to placenta encapsulation shown by women all over the world. If you feel like this idea is right for you, call your Midwife, Doula, or OB for more information!

Sources:

americanpregnancyassociation.org

placentawise.com

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children

[The opinions expressed on my blog are based on my own research, thoughts and experiences. Please keep in mind that I am NOT a health professional so please do your own research and consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or health. You should always do what is right for you.]

A Unique Use for Bentonite

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Wow that felt good to get off my chest. My kryptonite is cheese. Yummy raw dairy cheese. Any kind of hard, creamy, or stinky cheese you can imagine-I’m on board. What I’m not a fan of is pre-shredded cheese.

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I prefer to buy it by the block. Though it is safe, something about eating cheese dusted with bleached, chemically produced wood pulp (also known as cellulose) is weird to me. While this is a “fiber”, there are no nutritional benefits from it.

I do miss the convenience, though, of just opening a bag and pouring the cheese into whatever dish I am cooking. But in case you haven’t noticed, grating a bunch at one time and then storing it makes the cheese cake up. Hence the need for the cellulose.

So I was thinking: I wish there was something I could incorporate into shredded cheese that wasn’t just safe, but had benefits to it!

Enter the solution: CALCIUM BASED BENTONITE CLAY POWDER

First, let me tell you some great benefits that come with internal use of bentonite powder.

  • It allows cells to receive more oxygen

Bentonite clay helps to get oxygen into the cells because it has the ability to pull excess hydrogen from the cells, leaving room for oxygen to take its place.

When cells have more oxygen entering them, you feel more energized and your body can repair itself more easily from illness or hard workouts. (source)

  • It boosts your immune system.
  • It takes care of tummy and bowel troubles.
  • It helps balance out your pH levels. Read about the importance here
  • It restores your gut wall.

I gave it a try and I have never looked back! Just shred a block of cheese while you’re doing your food prep for the week. Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of powder on the shredded cheese and toss. Put in a ziploc baggie and you have freshly shredded cheese that doesn’t cake up!

ENJOY!

[The opinions expressed on my blog are based on my own thoughts and experiences. Please keep in mind that I am NOT a health professional and AM NOT ALLOWED to claim that essential oils can cure, treat, or prevent illness, so please do your own research and consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or health. You should always do what is right for you.]

My Last Week to Cohost Wake Up Wednesday

This is my last week to co-host the Wake Up Wednesday link up party. I’ve had a great time! Please follow the link to post links to your blog posts or posts from other bloggers you love reading!

 

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Thanksgiving-Style Brownies

I’m really excited about this Thanksgiving twist on brownies! Gooey chocolate, crunchy walnuts, and guess what? Dried cranberries! It makes a luscious treat for Thanksgiving or any time of the year!

Sweet & Simple Projects: 

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Ornament

Easy to make pipe cleaner Christmas tree ornament. So cute and a great kids activity!
You can make your own pipe cleaner tree ornament using a just a few simple materials, and the end result is a sweet little tree ready to hang on your real Christmas tree. This is a great craft to do with kids!

Hot & Cold Rice Bag Tutorial

                             Creative Pink Butterfly
                                          
    A rice bag is probably one of the smartest things one can have lying around  your house (in their designated area). It is also super-easy to make! You can even make any size or shape you want. You can make hand warmers, like A Bee In My Bonnet or a foot warmer like V and Co. Today I am going to show you how I create a shoulder bag. The great thing about this design is that it sits comfortably around your shoulders. You can of course use it for other body parts such as backs, stomaches, feet, etc. It is 40 x 15 cm and is divided into four sections. This prevents the rice from going to one side only

Green Beans with Cranberries and Walnuts

Whether you are looking for the perfect seasonal side dish, or just love green beans, this dish is for you. They are coated in delicious butter and garlic, and then topped with cranberries and walnuts for a dash of sweetness and a bit of crunch. The key to keeping these green beans vibrant and bright is making sure to plunge them in an ice bath (see directions), and completely cool them down before continuing the cooking process.
Cookie Dough Cupcakes | Tackling Life
I knew before even making these that the guys would love them! How can you not like raw cookie dough? And dough without egg makes it safe to eat. Which meant I snuck a little bit while making them

The Reality of Getting Ready With a Child

                                      Winks and Eyerolls

Oh the carefree mornings…back when I was able to walking around as I pleased, take my time to make sure my makeup looked nice and the perfect outfit was picked out. This all seems like a distant dream. Those mornings aren’t around anymore and that’s ok. As a working mom (who is not a morning person), I’m going to tell you about my realities of getting ready with a child.

Mama’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

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Since it has turned all fall-like and cozy-feeling I’ve been making this {raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, processed sugar-free} chia pudding concoction with pumpkin for breakfast and snacks…anything to add more pumpkin to the season! Our visit to the pumpkin patch was just perfect for that crisp autumnal day!

Cocktail: Texas Lemon Drop Martini

If you have an upcoming holiday party or bachelorette party, these Lemon Drop Sugar Cubes are the perfect on-the-go mixer to make this simple Texas Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail. What makes this a Texas Lemon Drop Martini?? The Dripping Springs Texas Vodka of course. This vodka is pure and smooth…making it the perfect pairing in this cocktail.

Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess

The Holiday season is almost upon us. To this day, side dishes play just as an important role as the entrée in our house. Here are twenty-five feast worthy side dishes. 

This is such an easy and inexpensive DIY project. You can make your own Chevron Tray on the cheap…or you can choose a different pattern if chevron is not your thing.I was able to use a 40% Off a Single Item coupon at my local craft store…so the tray cost me around $5. The scrapbook paper was under a $1. I had the Mod Podge (decoupage) on hand…but if you don’t you can grab a bottle for $5- $10 depending on the size. I also sealed the wood with poly (optional).



November Beauty Favorites

   Unfading Beauty

My Bare Minerals Ready foundation was running out and was on the search for a paraben free and natural foundation. I loved my Bare Minerals but i was looking for something with a more natural look and not too heavy.



In the beginning i had a love hate relationship with the Tarte airbrush foundation ,the coverage wasn’t so good compared to Bare Minerals Ready  and it didn’t cover much of the redness in my face.

BLUEBERRY CREAM CHEESE PIE

My husband loves blueberry cream cheese pie and every year at Christmas, it’s his one request.
Of course, the boys also have favorites for Christmas, but though their so-called favorites may vary a bit, my husband’s request is always the same.

DIY snowflake necklace – Perfect gift for your girl friend

Vikalpah

Today I am sharing my first post for Christmas this year. It is about making a beautiful snowflake necklace for your sister, friend or your wife /girl friend (If you are a guy reading this post ;)) to gift this holiday season or may be one for yourself. It is so easy to make and you will be surprised “How gorgeous” it looks. If you can’t afford for real diamonds then this is something you should make to impress your girl. I am sure it has more value than the real diamonds if it is handmade jewelry by you.(Don’t you agree ? :))Lets start making!!

Coffee Filter Trees

If you have been following my blog a little, I think you can tell that I like to recycle, up cycle and use materials in new ways.
One of my favorite materials to use is coffee filters.
They are inexpensive and very versatile. 
I have used them for many projects.
With Christmas around the corner, I wanted to share an easy project today.
Coffee Filter Trees!
The other day I decided to use some of the fun fabrics I have to make some Christmas throw pillows for the living room.  I have had this Christmas Tree pillow on my Christmas Pinterest board for a long time so I was ready to give it a go.   I got my inspiration from this Christmas Tree Pillow Tutorial I followed on Inspired Honey Bee.  She actually got her inspiration from a tree pillow on Style Me Pretty.  I didn’t follow the tutorial exactly but I do love how they turned out! 

10 tips to make sending Christmas cards easy

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mail boxes, christmas, mail, packages, letters, post
Sending Christmas cards should not feel like a chore
Whether you are planning your USA Thanksgiving or not, Christmas comes faster than Rudolph can blink his nose, and if you send out Christmas cards (See one of my most popular posts on this very topic) there is no time to waste.
Last year I shared a few tips on how to make sending out Christmas cards easy instead of a chore that we dread, or worse, that we feel obligated to do. Here’s my updated list:
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Girly Multitasking: Make the Most of Your Workout

I feel better about life when my nails are painted.  It’s such a silly “first-world” thing that I’m almost ashamed to admit it…almost.  But I say that because I know I’m not alone in that fact.  I realize all of my male readers are currently rolling their eyes at me or clicking off my blog, BUT before you do, hang with me a second.  

I Am Officially a Curler

 
To be honest, that title is a stretch.  In reality,  I am now a member of a Friday night mixed curling league.  So I am assuming it is official.
For those readers who are from the Southern US or other parts of the Globe, you may have no idea what I am talking about.  For starters, being a curler has absolutely nothing to do with HAIR!

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies

Look no further for a kid-friendly treat this fall because this recipe for Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies is not only delicious, but these cookies are adorable! Get all the fall fun of pumpkin pie without grossing out your picky eater. These cookies are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dinner, school party, or work party! 

WHIMSICAL CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

All The V’s

We’re not a family of serious people, for the most part. I mean, just look at the decor on my desk: a Minecraft “torch,” a Doctor Who thermos that started leaking and was repurposed as a pen holder, a desk calendar from Someecards that currently says “Congratulations on not being sterile,” and there are very tiny painted characters from the Half Life video game series lined up under my monitor that my husband painted for me, because he’s awesome at painting incredibly tiny things and is also silly and nerdy like me. We’re dang near sole mates, I tell ya. Silly, nerdy, dorky sole mates.

Make Your Own Princess Hair Tie Holder

Gym. Craft. Laundry.

I am still in the middle of my decluttering project but I had to share this next craft with you guys.  Pea has long, luxurious, snarly hair so I always put it up.  If you have a little girl with long hair or long hair yourself you probably have the same problem I have…




Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub

You Brew My Tea

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub
Who doesn’t love the smell of baked goods? Sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and other spices being warmed up in the oven creating an irresistible smell. They make an amazing scent for homemade body products too- Like this delicious Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub.   This scrub exfoliates gently and leaves your skin soft, moisturized, and fragrant. I like to keep a jar of this on the shelf next to the shower and use it a couple times a week for a quick spa experience. It also makes a wonderful homemade gift in a pretty jar with a simple tag attached to identify the scent.  What is your favorite body product scent?
 
 

Baked Cinnamon & Sugar Pumpkin Donuts

An easy, baked recipe. And what is great about this recipe if you don’t have a donut pan, just use a mini-muffin/cupcake pan and make these into donut holes. YUM!

With the cinnamon and sugar coating and the pumpkin and spiced donut, you seriously won’t be able to get enough.

I have always thought that donuts were hard to make, that was until I made them.

This fall will be known in our family as the “Donut Year” well become recently I have only made a few.

Including:


Infused Water

Robyn’s View

You know that you are supposed to drink those 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. But what are you to do when you can’t stand the taste of water? Maybe you think it lacks flavor at all and doesn’t interest you; maybe you think it has an off flavor that you can’t just get past because of the treatment to make it drinkable. Whatever the reason you are turned off by water, you can improve the taste and the nutrition of your water by infusing it with fruit.

Rustic Log Holiday Card Display

Anything & Everything

Pretty soon those beautiful family Holiday cards from your friends and family will start filling up your mailbox.  Will you have somewhere to display them when they do?  Well now you will.  I have always been the one that just places them all over the fridge, just crowding up space and leaving it looking even more cluttered than it already is.  So when I stumbled upon some branches from my neighbors tree that he had just trimmed, I jumped on the opportunity to take a few off his hands :)

 

The Importance of Daddy Time

In celebration of my husband’s recent birthday, yup my sister and husband’s birthdays are 4 days apart. November is a party month for us 🙂 Anyway, I thought I would take a break from the typical mommy post to talk about the importance of daddy time. My little guy has always had such a great relationship with my husband and I am so thankful for that. I am extremely blessed that I have a husband who from day one has been very hands on. This is going to sounds bad to admit but here we go…I didn’t even change one of little man’s diapers until he was three weeks old and my husband went back to work. Daddy award is deserved right there! 

Mason Jar Gift Bags Tutorial

                                       
Do you like to give gifts in mason jars? There are so many ideas for what to put inside-candy, jams, cookie mixes, candles, even sewing kits. Here’s how to wrap them up so the contents are a surprise: cute fabric drawstring bags! 

South­ern Grits & Germany

A Mothers Shadow

Grits
Can you for­give some­one who has wronged you or your family?
Can you love an enemy?  I have an expe­ri­ence to share that will encour­age grat­i­tude and extend­ing a help­ing hand.

Totally Rad 80’s Things Your Kids Need to Know

Before streaming, dvd’s, or cd’s.  There was the 80s.  Back when using your tape recorder to make a mix tape off the radio was cool.  A time when real people worked at the radio station, and you could call and dedicate a TOTALLY AWESOME song from White Snake.  Madonna was as scandalous as we got, and regular people still smoked cigarettes on TV.
Boy have times changed for the good and bad!  But you all know that as a child of the 80s you have a responsibility to share the neon pink, big-haired, blue-eyeliner days of the past.

Thanksgiving Decorations

thanksgiving collage
I love decorating for the holidays!  Each holiday is so different that it’s fun to come up with new things. I’m in love with my THANKS sign. It was so simple to do but makes a big statement. First, I sprayed my board with a texture spray paint. It is so cool, it looks completely different that regular spray paint 

DIY: Super Easy Snowflake Pipe Cleaners

Living Frugal with Erika

I love to find simple crafts to do indoors during the colder months. If you are looking for something fun, try this out! Not only is it a simple and fun craft, you can use them to decorate the house! Our kiddos love to see their decorations on our house! You can pick up the supplies needed at most any store and will not break the bank for this fun craft!

Bee’s Wax Christmas Ornaments

My cousin Amy brought a crock pot full of bee’s wax on her visit last weekend.  We wanted to make a few projects with it.  When I went downstairs to find candle wick to make candles, I found a Christmas chocolate mold instead and I thought to make ornaments with it.

Yellow Coconut Cake with Cocoa Buttercream Frosting

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Tender yellow cake is layered with fluffy cocoa buttercream, and all gently sweetened with the floral notes of raw honey.  Fresh milk, eggs with richly colored yolks, and dense coconut flour combine to make a cake of substance that won’t throw you into a sugar-spiral.  It is nice to enjoy your food without having to pay the price for it later!
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Slouchy Gray + A Fun Announcement.

How are your layering skills? Fall is a good time to get some practice runs in, before winter takes hold and we’re all bundled up three sweaters deep. Use this transitional period to figure out how to mix pieces that keep you warm without overdosing on the bulk.
 
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Um, there’s nothing better than a nice warm bowl of creamy chicken noodle soup to chase away the frore, fall chills. I usually make this creamy soup every fall (and winter) for my family. And it always turns out delicious! This soup will seriously warm your family up this fall (and winter), and it’s also perfect for those chilly days when you just cuddle up and watch TV with your family (um…who doesn’t love cuddling up with their family, right?). Your family won’t believe you didn’t spend all day chopping, stirring, and cooking this creamy and delicious soup. You can use whatever veggies you like — but I like to use carrots, celery, and an onion mix. You can use rotisserie chicken, baked chicken breast or leftover grilled chicken from the night before. Sounds super simple, right? That’s because it is.
 

Fall Chalkboard Sign

Don’t you just love it when a project turns out even better than you anticipated? This one sure did! I’d had this picture in my mind of a chalkboard sign with a pumpkin on it for quite some time and I found the perfect plastic platter at Dollar Tree for the base.
 
Friendly Public Service Announcement: This recipe is fully loaded. Fully loaded with all the decadent sorts of ingredients you would expect from an Ultimate Chocolate Brownie – if you are on a diet, anti-sugar, anti-butter, anti-chocolate, anti-eggs, and really you just like raspberries then I kindly suggest you buy some fresh raspberries and do not read any further, doing so will be harmful to your blood pressure if not your health ;-) This recipe is that good it comes with a warning – haven’t done that before! It is a sometimes treat, all things in moderation, moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips yadda yadda yadda……… 
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I grew up eating coconut right from the shell. Just as you see pictured here. Mmmm. It was kept on ice and opened when sold. The coconut water is so delicious. Double Mmmmm. And the flesh is really soft and sweet. Triple Mmmmm. Alright enough reminiscing.
That someone wasn’t me. I lie to my kids all the time.  I’m not just talking about the trifecta of deception:  Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.  I don’t creatively bend the truth.  I straight up lie like Pinnochio.  Am I ashamed?  No.  Lying to my kids saves my sanity, not to mention time and money.
Starbucks-Inspired Cinnamon Dolce Latte Recipe | www.pinkrecipebox.com
Let me set the scene for you. It’s the middle of June, 90+F in Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. The sun is beating down, we’ve been riding roller coasters for hours on end and our clothes have literally begun to drip with sweat. It’s time to re-hydrate. What drink do we choose to freshen us up on this scorching hot day. Why, a round of Cinnmon Dolce Lattes from Starbucks, of course.

Cornucopia Snack

It’s that time of year where we celebrate all that we have been blessed with! Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year! I love all things fall, football, comfort food, and my birthday and Thanksgiving has them all! 
This cornucopia snack is easy to make and the perfect sweet, salty snack to enjoy this Thanksgiving season! 

Texas Turtle Sheet Cake

Paper DIY Christmas Ornaments

GirlfriendsAreLikeShoes

handmade tree decorations

I found this adorable musical note paper at Michael’s and knew right away that I wanted to make some Christmas ornaments out of it.

I looked for a template to use and found this tiny box template at Craftsy in the free downloads.

I didn’t print the template out on my musical note paper, instead I edit it to plain white and just print out  a copy I could use as a stencil.

How to Make Mini Bolts for Storing Fabric

A Vision to Remember All Things Handmade Blog

I have this thing, weird as it may be, about being able to easily see ALL of my fabric.
Its a little difficult at times, especially with all different sizes of fabric.
This is the solution that I use for my fabric that is close to a yard to 2 or 3 yards.

Creamy Lamb StewUpstate Ramblings

Fall just seems to lend itself to soups and stews, and one of my favorite meats to use in stew is lamb.  So when I was asked to create a lamb recipe by the American Lamb Board I made this rich and creamy lamb stew, inspired by Indian flavors.


Whenever I wanted to sew something bigger than a hat or a ball, there’s that additional cumbersome work that needs to be done BEFORE any cutting and actual sewing can happen: tracing the large pattern from the template onto the fabric. Oh, I hated that! I wanted to sew, not to trace and draw and then observe how much I missed the desired pattern line…



Until I found out about this easy solution to do it:


How to Make Your Own Baking Powder

Raia’s Recipes

Baking powder. It’s the white fluffy stuff that makes your pancakes and biscuits rise, and it can be found in the kitchen of most baking moms across the country. But do you know what’s in it? Let’s take a look at the ingredients in one of the major brands of baking powder found in most grocery stores:
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So You’re Thinking of Becoming Minimalist (and a Wake Up Wednesday Link Up)

Minimalism can be a scary word. We like our stuff and our routines. To alter that makes us very uncomfortable. So what is minimalist living? It’s not making sure you have a certain strict amount of things or that you go without something essential. That’s not the point. It’s living stress free. Not letting your things control you. It’s freedom to not fret over having the next best thing or more than the neighbors.

There are many benefits of minimalism. One of the most important to me is the beneficial effect it has on children, found here.

I don’t mean to say that it’s bad to have material possessions, but we should not let it lead to bondage, unhealthy relationships, and idols. Theminimalists.com summed minimalism up in one sentence: Minimalism is a tool used to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.

So does this sound like something that interests you? Then continue reading to learn steps to start your journey to minimalism.

First- Decide what is excess. Some examples of what my family found as excess are: Smart phones, cable, more than one television, conventional toilet paper, too many toys (especially ones with batteries), and a low amount of outfits and shoes per person. One area I really struggle with is cloth diapers. They’re like potato chips or tattoos for me. I can’t stop. I had to step back and ask myself, “How many do I REALLY need”. Basically, decide what you define as necessity. If you really think it’s a necessity to have a television in every room of the house, then roll with it. If you decide it’s a little much, then move to the second step.

Second- Rid yourself of those extras. Give toys to Goodwill. Sell your expensive electronics. If you decide a basic talk and text phone is sufficient for you, make some money by selling your smart phone. Put that money toward debt or a $1,000 emergency fund. A couple of years ago we decided to downgrade from a 51″ screen to a 21″ since we only use it to watch movies and we were able to finish paying off a credit card! What could you do with an extra minimum payment a month? If minimalism hasn’t lost you yet, continue to step 3.

Third- Maximize (didn’t think you’d see this word, huh?) family time. Turn off the television. Put down your cell phones and tablets. Spend time with the people you love. One of the most detrimental effects of excess is the damage it can do to a family. No communication, a dad that disconnects as soon as he hits the couch, children that go straight to their rooms to troll social media-these are the things that can create tension and discontent. Reintroduce yourself to your family. Game nights are a fun tradition. Eating dinner at the table as a family is a great thing if you can all be home at the same time. It is important to not let screen time be your only source of entertainment.

Lastly- The most important thing when trying to become minimalist is to remember to take baby steps. Unless your family is a lover of all things extreme, it is best to make changes a little at a time. Start out with just limiting phone usage. After a while, you might realize you don’t need all the excessive features of a smart phone and be ready to make the switch to a basic. The boys and I use cloth wipes instead of toilet paper, but my husband still prefers paper. That is just fine! There is no need to force him to get rid of something he views as necessity. One day he may decide to make the switch himself, and we will only need it for guests. Baby steps keep you from losing your sanity and keep the rest of your family on board!

If this sounded interesting to you, give it a try and let me know how you do. If you have any more suggestions on getting closer to minimalism, comment below.

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TEXAS-STYLE CHILI WITH HOMINY

Platter Talk

Glitter looks awesome in crafts, fashion & every girly thing. I am not mostly comfortable with my long nails but whenever they are long, I like wearing any color on my nails. Although I am a fan of nail art & everything related  manicure but I RARELY do it for my own nails, You will may be curious to know WHY..but seriously I don’t like it much for my own nails.As I have already a bit pinkish nail color so I never mind without painting nails. haha.. a good excuse..

15 Apple Home Decor Ideas

Whether you need some last minute ideas for your fall table or you just love decorating with fruit, this round up is sure to inspire! I love the way apples look as decor year round but they look especially festive for the holidays! Apples are so versatile, they will go perfect with fall or winter decor. I hope you like this collection of apple home decor ideas and please remember to pin from the original source when possible!
The expression, “to live within your means” gets thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean?
If your “means” is your income, then it could encompass everyone from people just getting by each month, to those who have substantial savings.

Bloggers Make Money with ShareASale

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If you love creativity and gardening then I am sure you will love this new gardening trend.  Creative people always come with amazing DIY ideas and gardeners are not exceptions.
A garden doesn’t have to be big, time-consuming to construct, or conventional. 
One of my favourite and essential skin care items is facial oil.
My skin is normally combination/oily. But it’s winter and I don’t have the funds to go on a tropical vacation, so my skin is super dry and dehydrated.
Enter facial oil.
 
 
tint
Here is a super EASY DIY. When I first came across this idea I instantly knew I had to try it! I love the look of tinted Mason Jars…Turquoise and Green seem to be the hot colors right now, but you can actually tint mason jars any color you like.

Deja Vu is My Current View

Being A Wordsmith
During the month of October last year, I had a lot going on:
I finally published my novel, Acting On Her Behalf, after 16 years.
I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress after 10 months of blogging. 
My friends, Dino and Margaret from Detroit, celebrated their wedding anniversary in New Orleans with me and Hubby.
The Deuce needed 2 Halloween costumes: 1 for his school’s theme and 1 for trick-or-treating in our subdivision.
Let’s fast forward to October 2014…

When God isn’t pleased with sharing…

Today’s is a tough subject and I am preaching to ME! You all are welcome to listen in…
This isn’t just about gossip, although gossip is a huge problem.
This isn’t just about talking behind our brother or sister’s back, but that is wrong too. We all are guilty.
I’m not just touching on the subject of “Oh, let me tell you about ‘Jim and Judy’ so you can ‘pray’ for them…”, when the time spent telling the prayer request could have been spent actually praying. Ouch.

The Search for the Last Flower

Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting my blog. I’ve been working on this story for a while now. I was supposed to post the first installment of this short series two weeks ago but the story took on a life of its own. It’s finally done and it’s a little longer than I had anticipated. So I will be posting three times a week until the end. I hope you will follow the series all the way through. I appreciate any feedback you leave in the comments below. Thank you and enjoy. 
I love to share baked goods and sweet homemade treats during the holidays.  They make beautiful gifts and can be easily packaged and shared with plenty of family and friends throughout the season.
So here at the Smith House, it’s all about holiday truffles and bonbons!
And over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing all sorts of fun recipes, gift ideas, and ways to share your own beautiful homemade treats.

Fall Decorations 2014

Home Is Where The Heart Is

When do you decorate for Fall? Do you decorate for a general Fall theme or do you change it up for Halloween and Thanksgiving? Most of my decor for Fall is of pumpkins and leaves and I add the color orange to my decor colors. Majority of my Fall decor is from my Mother-in-law. Each year, I like to change up my decor little bit from the year before. Plus I like to add to my Fall decor collection.

Perfect Coconut Pie Crust {Easy}

Deep Roots At Home

This coconut pie crust recipe is soooo easy; it looks amazing when served and tastes amazing, too.  It has only two ingredients (magical words, right?).
As we prepare for sweet family times of Thanksgiving around the dinner table, I decided to think ahead about the pies I might want to make. To make a very pretty pie and to save some time for myself as well, I decided to do several pies this year with a coconut pie crust. This low carb, gluten-free crust will be helpful for family and friends watching ingredients, as well.
You can add your family monogram to an entire set  or personalize one with the first initial of each guest at your table, using them like a place card, and then a pretty keepsake to take home that can be used in other ways.  You can make up a half dozen in less than 30 minutes and make a big impression on your guests.
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