>> Sunday, March 25, 2012
Howdy friends! It's been almost a week but welcome to spring! I took a couple days off from work to have an extra long weekend (love!) and it was quite timely, too. Our weather improved. Maybe I should take more days off… ha ha! Guess I should warn you now that in the near future a picture-heavy post is coming because I love spring and seeing all the blossoms and new life I can’t help but take a bazillion pics.
>> Thursday, March 22, 2012
>> Monday, March 19, 2012
I’ve really been enjoying getting into greener ways of keeping my house clean. It might take a few minutes to whip things together (if that long) but these are non-toxic and just as effective, or more, than the stuff you buy. Plus, they’re way cheaper.
My advice for most household cleaning DIYs? Buy a big thing of baking soda and a big thing of white vinegar (hello Costco!) and you’re pretty much set to make anything.
Today’s DIY is tub scrub from good ol’ Martha.
Tub Scrub by Martha Stewart
- 1 cup baking soda
- Several drops anti-bacterial essential oil (I used peppermint – she also suggests tea tree, rosemary or eucalyptus)
- 1 tsp liquid soap
- And enough water to form a paste
It works. It really does. I was skeptical at first but thought, why not try it? Oh the relief! I’ve used the toxic stuff in the past, because, well, that’s what I grew up using but it’s made me sick (literally). And with bathrooms being not very well ventilated to begin with it’s horrible being stuck in a small space with toxic fumes enveloping you. And then I think about those toxic fumes getting to everyone else, especially YS2.
I will admit that for the more troublesome spots, a little more “elbow-grease” is required but not much. And when considering your health and the environment (and pocketbook) it’s a minor detail.
So, now I’ve got a non-toxic solution to a clean bathroom without poisoning everything and everyone. Oh, and it’s good in the sink too.
>> Thursday, March 15, 2012
>> Monday, March 12, 2012
Hellooo! I feel like I’ve been away for so long, too long. I’ve popped in here and there but it’s been awhile since I sat down and gave my blog (and you) a little more attention. I was so busy that I completely forgot about my blog anniversary, which was in February. Funny. Oh well. Woo hoo. I do feel a little out of touch and definitely a lot behind. I always feel guilty posting on my blog before I’ve caught up on everyone else’s. Like I'm being selfish but here I am.
I find that when I do have breaks, usually in the late evening, blogging isn’t at the top of my list. I’m more likely to do something a little more mindless such as Pinterest (and pin like a mad woman!) or watching Survivor. I’m in my downtime period now so hopefully I’ll be a little more present, here and there.
Being busy then follow that up with laziness, I still haven’t done my raw foods shopping. Grr. How many times have I mentioned this?? So instead I made some semi-raw/rawish "no-bake energy bites" (found on Pinterest, thank you very much) with ingredients I already had. Delicious! It’s like cookie dough. The original recipe uses honey and advises against using agave because it’s thinner/less sticky than honey. Well, I didn’t have any honey but did have agave. So guess what I did? I used agave and added more peanut butter. In total, I’d say about a ½ cup of peanut butter. I didn't toast the coconut but all other ingredients/measurements were unchanged. Turned out great! Takes like 2 minutes to whip up so if you’re not (very) raw, this is an easy recipe to make and adapt to suit your tastes. It can also be made more raw, too. For me that will have to be for next time…and use cacao nibs. Mmm!
|as usual, I used my cellphone...go to the actual blog and you'll see how tasty they really look|
Many of my lunches, and sometimes dinner, have been a salad between pieces of bread. You know a veggie sandwich. It’s a mostly raw meal except for the bread and condiments. Pretty basic and easy but that's what I like sometimes. I love mine with groundstone mustard, Veganaise, Bubbies horseradish, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, sweet red pepper, Bubbies bread and butter pickles, and olives. Oh, and a drizzle of balsamic dressing and a dash or two or three of black pepper. Mmm! So good.
A bit of randomness:
Love this pretty kitty at the kitty shelter. We're not ready for a pet yet but she's a total love and hard to resist.
Because this past weekend was the first weekend I didn’t have to think about work in awhile, it was interesting because at first my mind hadn’t really caught up yet. I kept thinking I’ve got work to do but then had to remind myself that nope, it’s chill time! So I got crafty. Yes, crafty. I haven’t done much in way of crafts for a while so I was really excited about it. It turned out to be a great way to relax.
YS2 and I also went for walks...spring is showing up more and more. I love it!
Going back to crafts, would it be weird to do a giveaway for you guys that was something I made? Nothing fancy but I have something cute in mind and thought it might be fun to share.
Well, I’m done writing for today. Thanks readin'!
>> Thursday, March 8, 2012
>> Friday, March 2, 2012
Good morning and happy March! Our weather as of late has been fooling us into believing it’s December still and not March. We’ve been having cold damp weather, including snow. Ugh, I’m so ready for spring. And spring makes me think of green things and St. Patrick’s Day!
The best green foods one could reach for (St. Patty’s Day or any day) is the whole, natural kind like spinach, kale, chard, collards, lettuce, etc. No chemicals, no additives, nothing harmful or weird. And one excellent way to get those greens is SMOOTHIES!
Green smoothies…mm! Even kids love them! If you’ve never tried one, you’d really be surprised to find how great tasting they are (okay, sometimes when experimenting things can go wrong but follow a tried and true recipe to start and you’ll see).
Hilary Greenleaf, author, educator, and nutritionist, has put together a great e-book and guide on green smoothies, titled, The New Green Smoothie Diet: Going Green Never Tasted So Good.
She gives the reader an introduction to green smoothies, from the basics to the benefits, to the how-tos and the whys, plus so much more. Of course, there are recipes. She has categorized them so depending on what you’re targeting, i.e. detox, weight loss, increased energy, or health issues, you can follow the tips and recipes to help you achieve your goals. The recipes are simple enough with many ingredients easily found at your local market or grocer.
Interested in a copy of your own? Well, you can buy the Kindle version here or you can enter my giveaway.
*Kindle not required.
So whether you’re new to green smoothies or an expert, all can enter for a chance. The e-book is available in all formats (Kindle, ePUB or PDF).
To enter, just click on ‘view comments’ for the Rafflecopter widget to display below (be patient if it’s slow) and get started. Giveaway will go for a week.