Tuesday, October 31, 2017

DIY Recipe of the Week {Chemical Free Home}

What's in your cabinets?   

Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home?  Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up.  I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home.  For me, essential oils are another rug on my Healthy Living Ladder.  It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family.
You can read more about that here

Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?    

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients? 


The holidays are coming.

No, really, they are coming! 

I found this really cool idea from Unskinny Boppy and I absolutely LOVE IT, so I'm going to link to directly to her post on her blog so that you can get going on these. 



I love the idea of personalizing each cup with its own Young Living Essential Oil for your gift recipient to decide exactly how much of the essential oil they want to use.  I'm a subtle gal, but I know some who like a stronger scent. 

Think -

  • teacher gifts
  • church group gifts
  • book study gifts
  • bunko gifts
  • hostess gifts
  • co-worker gifts


OH!  What about a gift set with these?  Like including body wash, body lotion, maybe a face mask....oh, the possibilities are limitless. 

*I only uses Young Living Essential Oils for me and my family. Young Living is the only essential oil company that has a Seed to Seal Guarantee, so I know that the oils I am using for my family are pure and unadulterated.  If you would like to start your own oily journey and start living above the wellness line click here and choose "Member" to get started today or go to www.youngliving.com and follow these simple steps



   

Monday, October 30, 2017

Thieves Cough Drops

Statements made in this blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  
This post is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure disease.  



Thank you for sticking around as I went through all of the oils that come in your Young Living Premium Starter Kit.  Hopefully, you have a foundation in place so that you feel comfortable using those oils!  Let's do a quick recap of the posts in case you were unable to follow along:
Lavender Essential Oil here, Peppermint Vitality™ here, Lemon Vitality™ here, Copaiba Vitality here, Frankincense Essential Oil here, Purification® Essential Oil here, Thieves® Vitality™ hereDigize® Vitality™ Essential Oil here, R.C.® here, Panaway® Essential Oil Blend here, Stress Away® Essential Oil Bend here, and Ningxia Red here.

I also shared my love of Thieves Cleaner here, and my love of
 Thieves Laundry Soap.
I shared a little about Christmas Spirit, be sure to get your bottle now so you have it for the holidays.  AND, I shared about using the ART Skin Care System as well as why you need Cyprus Oil in the bedroom *wink*.

NOW I want to share with you about Thieves Cough Drops.


I have to be honest here, I found these to be intense the first time that I used them.  Here is why, though, I had just started using oils and had yet to start using the toothpaste or mouthwash from Young Living and my oral health was not really up to par.  I feel like the reaction I had (as in my inability to tolerate the cough drop when I first tried it) was because I was using oral care products that were loaded with chemicals and sugar.  This is only my opinion.  But, since I started using the Thieves oral care line I can tolerate the cough drop just fine.  So, please, keep that in mind.  I've talked with other people who use the cough drops who have not experienced what I did, so keep that in mind as well. 

Either way - here is the info on it and why it's awesome.  How awesome?  I keep a bag in my purse at all times and have a back up on hand. 



(From the Young Living Website)
"The power of Thieves® and menthol in a cough drop! The triple-action formula of Thieves® Cough Drops offers comfort by relieving coughs, soothing sore throats, and cooling nasal passages. Minty, spicy, and sweet without processed sugar, dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives, these cough drops are made with naturally derived ingredients, including Young Living’s pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and menthol from peppermint."

*I only uses Young Living Essential Oils for me and my family. Young Living is the only essential oil company that has a Seed to Seal Guarantee, so I know that the oils I am using for my family are pure and unadulterated.  If you would like to start your own oily journey and start living above the wellness line click here and choose "Member" to get started today or go to www.youngliving.com and follow these simple steps


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Hey Let's Grow {Final Post}

*I am participating in the Monsanto Hey Let's Grow program as a blogger this year.  Materials in this post were provided by Monsanto.  This is a sponsored post.  The opinions in this post are my own.*

I'm closing out my Hey Let's Grow series with this post.  I had a wonderful time participating in the program this year even if my garden didn't grow.  I learned a lot and am looking forward to planning out my garden for next year in the upcoming months.  



Do you have a garden? 
When do you start planning out what you are planting for the following year?

Do you get starters or do you start your own seeds?
What were your successes this year?
What were your failures this year? 
Are you trying anything new next year?



Friday, October 27, 2017

Home Renovations

SO - my home has kind of resembled a meth lab since June.  I couldn't find any free stock photos of a meth lab, so you're going to have to use your imagination.  Think - plastic walls with zippers and go from there. 
Anywho, at times it's felt like this


That's NOT my home, by the way.  But, it's been difficult to remain organized an on task while living in disarray while our home is being renovated.  I know for myself it's been especially hard to balance work (I work from home), family (my family lives here), and "home" work (work that needs to be done on the home) all during one day.  If it were up to me I'd just power through and get all of the "home" work that needs to be done, done.  But, that's not how it works, nor should it.  I'm not giving up what brings in an income or time with my family in order to paint walls.


And, I've been painting a lot of walls.  Coming into this house we knew that we'd be renovating it and came to an agreement that it would only get done when we had the time and had the money.  I'm not going to squeeze in time at the expense of the important stuff, you know?  Plus, this isn't the first home I've lived in while renovating.  For most of my high school years I had black visqueen as walls and a shop light hanging from a nail in the ceiling of my bedroom.  I know the many ways to utilize a 5 gallon bucket for all of your home cleaning and personal cleaning needs (including waste management).  Seriously, what I'm dealing with now is a walk in the park and it's fine. 
I am really looking forward to actually utilizing my office, though.  I'm hoping so by February 2018.
It's all a work in progress.     

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Scatter Hope {Photo Series}

I know this really great lady who talks a lot about scattering hope.  Actually, she does more than just talking about it, she lives it.  I'm pretty fortunate to know such a person and to have them in my life. So, I thought that it would be cool to do a photo series for the month focusing on Scattering Hope.


Hope exists in the milestones of life.  The big and the mundane.  Hope is there, hope is always there.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Anti-Inflammatory Recipe of the Week

In September of 2015, I started Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis.  I share a new recipe each week to help those who may need to modify their eating habits to better their health. 
Food is medicine - You are what you eat 


You can find out more about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet by going here
Snacks can be tricky, sometimes.  I mean, I can only do so much fruit and veggies before I want something crunchy, and I'm not talking celery sticks either.  Let's talk Roasted Chickpeas, shall we?  1/3 cup, which is one serving, will give you about 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.  Dietary fiber is SO important!  And, you need to get it from the foods that you consume, not a chemical cocktail that you add to a drink each day.  The general guideline is 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed.

I love me a good tuna salad sandwich filling.  But, I get sick of tuna really, REALLY quickly.  And, as a fish-eating vegetarian, I'm kind of limited on what I can eat and I'm super picky.  Like, think your worst toddler nightmare and that's me with limited food options.  Yup, I'm all sunshine and rainbows about food until there isn't any around that I can eat or once I get sick of a certain kind.
Anywho, enough about hangry me, lets talk sandwich filling options!  Now, I don't necessarily use this as a sandwich filling (I'm gluten-free and I hate gluten-free bread), so I will eat this straight up, add it to a salad, or eat it with lentil chips. 

The Garden Grazer makes it super easy to make.  Four ingredients and BAM you're done.  I give you 
Chickpea Avocado Mash with Lemon


How amazing does that look?!

Now, go forth, and eat great food.  Your dietary limitations should not limit you from enjoying great food. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

DIY Recipe of the Week {Chemical Free Home}

What's in your cabinets?   

Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home?  Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up.  I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home.  For me, essential oils are another rug on my Healthy Living Ladder.  It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family.
You can read more about that here

Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?    

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients? 

Let's talk littles!  I have a little, he is 4 years old, and he asks for kisses when he gets a bug bite or carpet burn or when he bumps his elbow.  


He loves it when I use oils on him and I love it when he asks for an oil, "Mama, you got an oil?" 
Why yes, yes I do!

I've also allowed him a little independence by making him an "owie" stick.  And, I feel comfortable allowing my 4 year old to have access to it whenever he needs it or wants it because it's made of plants - no toxins.  *SCORE*
I'll explain how the ingredients work after I give you the directions.


Owie Stick 

  • 10 chapstick tubes (check out Amazon for bulk pricing)
  • 1 Tbl beeswax (white or yellow is fine)
  • 2 Tbl shea butter 
  • 2 Tbl fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 dropper (plastic or glass)

  1. We are double broiling!  You want to get a pan and fill it with water and then fit a heatproof bowl (I use a glass Pyrex bowl) into the put above the water.  
  2. Turn on the heat to get that water boiling.
  3. Put the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil into the glass bowl, stir occasionally
  4. Within 15 minutes, everything will melt down into liquid; remove from the heat
  5. Add 5 drops each of  Young Living Lavender Essential Oil, Young Living Marjoram Essential Oil, Young Living Cypress Essential Oil, Young Living Tea Tree Oil, and Young Living German Chamomile Oil and stir with a wooden spoon
  6. Using a dropper, fill each tube almost to the top, up to the space of the first rim is (where the cap would stop when put on) *do not pour the mixture in from the bowl as you do not want any water in the mixture, it will not form correctly*
  7. When you have finished filling them, go back and top each one off.

Why It Works

Lavender - great for relaxation
Marjoram - may help reduce pain
Cypress - promotes a sense of security and grounding
Tea Tree - used for cleansing
German Chamomile - creates feelings of peace and patience 

Mix that up, spin it around, pour it into a tube, and that's what it's all about - I'm kidding, don't spin it around.  But, what this combination of oils will create is a calming soothing effect that will help your little with their "owie" so that they can get back to chasing the dog while wearing a foam turtle shell on his back, and carrying a train track.  Oh, is that just my guy, quite likely.  But, you get the idea.

   

*I only uses Young Living Essential Oils for me and my family. Young Living is the only essential oil company that has a Seed to Seal Guarantee, so I know that the oils I am using for my family are pure and unadulterated.  If you would like to start your own oily journey and start living above the wellness line click here and choose "Member" to get started today or go to www.youngliving.com and follow these simple steps




  


Monday, October 23, 2017

Cypress Oil in the Bedroom *wink*

Statements made in this blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  
This post is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure disease.  



Thank you for sticking around as I went through all of the oils that come in your Young Living Premium Starter Kit.  Hopefully, you have a foundation in place so that you feel comfortable using those oils!  Let's do a quick recap of the posts in case you were unable to follow along:
Lavender Essential Oil here, Peppermint Vitality™ here, Lemon Vitality™ here, Copaiba Vitality here, Frankincense Essential Oil here, Purification® Essential Oil here, Thieves® Vitality™ hereDigize® Vitality™ Essential Oil here, R.C.® here, Panaway® Essential Oil Blend here, Stress Away® Essential Oil Bend here, and Ningxia Red here.

I also shared my love of Thieves Cleaner here, and my love of
 Thieves Laundry Soap.
I shared a little about Christmas Spirit, be sure to get your bottle now so you have it for the holidays.  AND, I shared about using the ART Skin Care System.

Now!  Let's talk about a little oil that I LOVE to use in the bedroom.  Oh yes, I just went there!  


Cypresss oil is what you want to get now, and I'm totally not joking about that.  This little baby will be out of stock in the next few months once everyone starts ramping up to give their "Oils in the Bedroom" classes prior to February.  And, I swear, it works.  


Here's the thing, and I'm going to get a little TMI here with you, since being diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis, having surgery to remove it, going on chemo, and then going on a medication that puts me in premature menopause things aren't as ... slick as they should be.  *I can't believe that I just typed that*

What is in Young Living's Cypress oil?  Cypress essential oil (Cupressus sempervirens), that's it.  No added chemicals or yuck.  Just cypress oil.  

From an August 16, 2013 article in the Huffington Post titled Vibrator Treats Common Menopause Symptom -
“The lack of estrogen in the body decreases blood flow to the pelvic region. As a result, this can cause vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy, or a weakening of the muscle tone in the pelvic area that can lead to sexual dysfunction and painful sex.”
Being in menopause means that I lack estrogen, which decreases blood flow and causes dryness when I don't want to be dry *eh-hem* and that fricking hurts!

I apply Cypress to my inner thighs (this baby is kept on my nightstand, people) because it helps increase blood flow to increase pleasure.  Oh yes, you just read that correctly.  




*I only uses Young Living Essential Oils for me and my family. Young Living is the only essential oil company that has a Seed to Seal Guarantee, so I know that the oils I am using for my family are pure and unadulterated.  If you would like to start your own oily journey and start living above the wellness line click here and choose "Member" to get started today or go to www.youngliving.com and follow these simple steps



Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hey Let's Grow

*I am participating in the Monsanto Hey Let's Grow program as a blogger this year.  Materials in this post were provided by Monsanto.  This is a sponsored post.  The opinions in this post are my own.*



I'm wrapping up my Hey Let's Grow series this month.  This is the second to the last post that you'll see this year regarding my participation in the program. 

I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my year as a gardener and food provided - it was abysmal.  And, I realize that it totally was not my fault.  I spent time in Texas in May, June, and July taking care of my father who had terminal colon cancer and passed away in July.  Those are some peek growing times in my area.  I couldn't even get my garden in the ground prior to leaving.  Why?  my laziness killed my plants.  *shaking head*


I was so disappointed with what happened this spring and summer that I didn't even attempt to salvage the growing season by planting anything that could be harvested in fall.  I just kind of gave my garden a side-eyed look and walked past it and all of the weeds that had taken it over.  

So, I'm looking to next year.  Next year I WILL HAVE A GARDEN!  

Friday, October 20, 2017

*pause*

So, I have absolutely NOTHING scheduled to blog about today.  Instead, I'm going to pose this question to you -

What is one thing that you can do right now to better yourself emotionally, physically, spiritually, and/or mentally?

Whatever that one thing is, pause and do it - now.  Because you are worth it!

Have a great rest of your day


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Scatter Hope {Photo Series}

I know this really great lady who talks a lot about scattering hope.  Actually, she does more than just talking about it, she lives it.  I'm pretty fortunate to know such a person and to have them in my life. So, I thought that it would be cool to do a photo series for the month focusing on Scattering Hope.


Beauty, history, good - light...Light is everywhere, there is even a bit in darkness.  

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Anti-Inflammatory Recipe of the Week

In September of 2015, I started Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis.  I share a new recipe each week to help those who may need to modify their eating habits to better their health. 
Food is medicine - You are what you eat 


You can find out more about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet by going here

Snacks can be tricky, sometimes.  I mean, I can only do so much fruit and veggies before I want something crunchy, and I'm not talking celery sticks either.  Let's talk Roasted Chickpeas, shall we?  1/3 cup, which is one serving, will give you about 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.  Dietary fiber is SO important!  And, you need to get it from the foods that you consume, not a chemical cocktail that you add to a drink each day.  The general guideline is 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed.

Typically I'm eyeball deep in tomatoes and zucchini at this time of year.  With a warm up in the area allowing for a bumper crop, this year would have been the year to make a few batch of these awesome Salt and Pepper Zucchini Chips.  That is had my garden grown.  *it did not*


Frugal Living Mom did an awesome job on these.  If you are not a fan of the pepper flavor, omit or lessen.  And, she is totally right, 1 lb of zucchini does not yield a whole lot.    

Now, go forth, and eat great food.  Your dietary limitations should not limit you from enjoying great food. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DIY Recipe of the Week {Chemical Free Home}

What's in your cabinets?   

Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home?  Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up.  I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home.  For me, essential oils are another rug on my Healthy Living Ladder.  It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family.
You can read more about that here

Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?    

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients? 


How about making deodorant with essential oils?





Hello?  Are you still with me??  


I know - WHY?  and WEIRD!

But here is the thing, there are a lot of questionable ingredients in store-bought deodorant.  Like, 
parabens, triclosan, propylene glycol, aluminum compounds, and fragrances.  Go and search the interwebs for those bad boys and then decided if making your own deodorant is weird.  Actually, it is still kind of weird because there are natural alternatives out there.  BUT, by making your own you have much more control over the texture, coloring, and smell.  (Listen, I'm all for charcoal and know it's greatness, but I don't need to put charcoal on every part of my body!).  

Here's the recipe that I use.  Obviously, you can substitute the type of oil that you want to use and if you'd like to use white or yellow beeswax.  Do your research on what benefits the different types of oils have for your skin type.  Also, decide on the scent you like or would like to wear.  I've made this unscented as well as with Thieves Essential Oil (because I have a serious addiction to that scent).  You do you on this part, and remember that you can mix up the essential oils to create your own unique fragrance.  I'm a huge fan of the woodsy scents.    

Reuse an old container (that's what I do), purchase empty containers online OR use a small mason jar (I've done this as well).
4 tablespoons of coconut oil (I use the fractionated coconut oil now, but have used the cooking kind in the past and when in a pinch.  Almond oil is great, too, so is jojoba oil.)
3 tablespoons of Shea butter
2 tablespoons of baking soda
3 tablespoons of arrowroot powder
4 tablespoons of beeswax
20 drops of essential oils if you'd like it scented.  If not, omit.  

Instructions - 

Put the shea butter and the beeswax inside a glass bowl inside of a pot with water (we are double boiling here).  You want a slow and even melt happening and no chance of burning.  
With a wooden spoon, stir these two ingredients together slowly as they melt and then add your coconut oil (or whatever oil you are using), and incorporate all of the ingredients together until melted. 
Turn off the heat, but leave the glass bowl inside of the pot with now hot water.
You are now going to add your dry ingredients to the mixture.  Slowly add the baking soda and the arrowroot powder and stir to incorporate so that there are no lump or bumps.    
Now is the time that you would add any essential oils that you would like to add.

Transfer the mixture to either your deodorant container or your mason jar.  It will take about 45 minutes for the mixture to harden in the container.  

I find reusing a deodorant container the easiest because you can just apply it from the container.  If you use the mason jar you need to spread it on like a salve using your fingers.  

  


*I only uses Young Living Essential Oils for me and my family. Young Living is the only essential oil company that has a Seed to Seal Guarantee, so I know that the oils I am using for my family are pure and unadulterated.  If you would like to start your own oily journey and start living above the wellness line click here and choose "Member" to get started today or go to www.youngliving.com and follow these simple steps



   




Monday, October 16, 2017

ART Skin Care System {Young Living}

Statements made in this blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  
This post is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure disease.  



Thank you for sticking around as I went through all of the oils that come in your Young Living Premium Starter Kit.  Hopefully, you have a foundation in place so that you feel comfortable using those oils!  Let's do a quick recap of the posts in case you were unable to follow along:
Lavender Essential Oil here, Peppermint Vitality™ here, Lemon Vitality™ here, Copaiba Vitality here, Frankincense Essential Oil here, Purification® Essential Oil here, Thieves® Vitality™ hereDigize® Vitality™ Essential Oil here, R.C.® here, Panaway® Essential Oil Blend here, Stress Away® Essential Oil Bend here, and Ningxia Red here.

I also shared my love of Thieves Cleaner here, and my love of
 Thieves Laundry Soap.

And, last week, I shared a little about Christmas Spirit.

This week I want to share a little about a new product line that I started using two weeks ago, the ART Skin Care System.  

I have really bad cystic acne that flares up as my hormones cycle through during the month.  So, I figured I'd give this line a try and see what it does for my skin.  My word, it has been working great over the past two weeks.  I'll be doing a recap of it at the end of the month on my Facebook page as I've been tracking the process.  I use the line twice a day (morning and evening) and have also added a homemade charcoal mask once a week (I'll share that recipe on a later blog post).   

Here is the information on the products (as taken from the Young Living website): 

ART Light Moisturizer (30ml)
Water, Isoamyl laurate, Glycerin, Behenyl alcohol, Betaine, Theobroma grandiflorum (Cupuacu) seed butter, Glyceryl stearate, Olea europaea (Olive) fruit unsaponifiables, Sodium stearoyl lactylate, Squalane, Lecithin, Lonicera caprifolium (Honeysuckle) flower extract, Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle) leaf extract, Glycine soja (Soybean) sterols, Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (Guar) gum, Dipotassium glycyrrhizate, Opuntia ficus-indica leaf cell extract, Sodium phytate, Xanthan gum, Santalum paniculatum† (Royal Hawaiian™ Sandalwood) wood oil, Boswellia carterii† (Frankincense) oil, Quillaja saponaria wood extract, Leucojum aestivum bulb extract, Orchis mascula flower extract, Polygonum aviculare extract, Tocopherol, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Benzyl alcohol (natural)
†100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oil
ART Refreshing Toner (4 fl. Oz)
Water, Alcohol, Heptyl glucoside, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch hazel) water, Glycerin, Betaine, Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) oil, Santalum paniculatum† (Royal Hawaiian™ sandalwood) wood oil, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Orchis mascula flower extract, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Camellia sinensis (Green tea) leaf extract, Lavandula angustifolia† (Lavender) herb oil, Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil, Melissa officinalis† (Melissa) leaf oil
†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil
ART Gentle Cleanser (3.38 fl. oz)
Water, Disodium cocoyl glutamate, Coco-glucoside, Glycerin, Decyl glucoside, Polyglyceryl-4 caprate, Sodium cocoyl threoninate, Sodium cocoyl glutamate, Benzyl alcohol (Natural), Glyceryl oleate, Sodium levulinate, Sodium anisate, Sodium phytate, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Santalum paniculatum (Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood) wood oil, Orchis mascula flower extract, Melissa officinalis (Melissa) herb oil, Citrus limon (Lemon) peel oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil
†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil
Contains corn, soy, and coconut/palm ingredients


*I only uses Young Living Essential Oils for me and my family. Young Living is the only essential oil company that has a Seed to Seal Guarantee, so I know that the oils I am using for my family are pure and unadulterated.  If you would like to start your own oily journey and start living above the wellness line click here and choose "Member" to get started today or go to www.youngliving.com and follow these simple steps


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Farming, Food, and Nutrition - OH MY!

Though technically NOT a "Hey Let's Grow" update, I did want to stick with the Farming, Food, and Nutrition theme today. 
As some of you may know, I was part of this awesome experience a few years back through Illinois Farm Families called City Moms.  You can read my posts about that here, here, here, here, here, and here.

And, then this popped up on my Facebook Feed a few days back. 

Why are we more prone to listen to celebrities?

My question for you is, what do you know about farming, food, and nutrition?  And, what more would you like to know?



Friday, October 13, 2017

VeganMania Chicago

On the heels of attending Veggie Fest last month, I decided it would be cool to attend VeganMania in Chicago.  I got information about VeganMania at Veggie Fest and figured the best way to see everything was to volunteer at the event so I signed up as an event photographer and IT WAS SO COOL!



There was easily one hundred people waiting to get in when I arrived at 9am (doors did not open until 10am). 


The location was at the Broadway Armory in Chicago. 


My word, people, the food - THE FOOD!!






And, I'm not vegan.  But, whatever this is, I wanted it. 


Here is the thing, I'm always looking for other food options and am open to trying new things given my dietary restritions by following an anti-inflammatory diet.  So, attending VeganMania was kind of a no-brainer for me.  I wanted to check out my options. 

Additionally, they had music entertainment



Classes



Cooking Demos (I really wish I could have just sat in on all of them, noted for next year)


Panel Discussions


And lots of vendors


By noon, the place was PACKED!


I learned new stuff and am planning on attending next year, possibly as a volunteer again, but likely not a photographer.  Though it gave me a lot of freedom, I would have loved to have been able to sit in on the panel discussions, classes, and cooking demos. 

 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Scatter Hope {Photo Series}

I know this really great lady who talks a lot about scattering hope.  Actually, she does more than just talking about it, she lives it.  I'm pretty fortunate to know such a person and to have them in my life. So, I thought that it would be cool to do a photo series for the month focusing on Scattering Hope.



There is always good around us.  Sometimes we have to look a little harder or uncover some stuff, but it's there.  There is always good around us.  Look for it.  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Anti-Inflammatory Recipe of the Week

In September of 2015, I started Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis.  I share a new recipe each week to help those who may need to modify their eating habits to better their health. 
Food is medicine - You are what you eat 


You can find out more about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet by going here

Snacks can be tricky, sometimes.  I mean, I can only do so much fruit and veggies before I want something crunchy, and I'm not talking celery sticks either.  Let's talk Roasted Chickpeas, shall we?  1/3 cup, which is one serving, will give you about 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.  Dietary fiber is SO important!  And, you need to get it from the foods that you consume, not a chemical cocktail that you add to a drink each day.  The general guideline is 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed.

This recipe comes to you from a Ziplock advertisement.   


Here is what I have done and would recommend -
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 
 
While your oven is heating up rinse and dry your chickpeas.  I use canned chickpeas and just dump them in a colander and rinse them thoroughly with cool water. 

Add the dried chickpeas to a parchment lined baking sheet, you are going to want them to be on a single layer, so be sure to spread them out.  

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes on the middle rack of your oven.  

I'd check them after 15 minutes and then hang out by the oven for the remaining five minutes to make sure that none burn. 

Take the baking sheet out of the oven and dump the roasted chickpeas into a heat safe bowl (glass or ceramic), **keep that baking sheet handy** add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to the roasted chickpeas to coat evenly.  

Now you are going to add your spices!  GO WILD!  I love garlic and onion, but above are a few other flavor options.  

Once you have coated the chickpeas with olive oil and the spices of your choosing, go ahead and put the roasted, oiled and spiced chickpeas back onto the baking sheet and put back into the oven, leaving the door slightly open and turn off the heat.  This will allow the oil and seasoning to set in and make the chickpeas crispy.  

Leave them in there until the oven has cooled off.  Remove from the oven and place your yummy roasted chickpeas into a storage container or bag of your choosing.     

Now, go forth, and eat great food.  Your dietary limitations should not limit you from enjoying great food. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DIY Recipe of the Week {Chemical Free Home}

What's in your cabinets?   

Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home?  Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up.  I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home.  For me, essential oils are another rug on my Healthy Living Ladder.  It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family.
You can read more about that here

Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?    

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients? 

How about making your own dryer sheets using essential oils?  


HOW

Grab your pinking shears (because we are not sewing with this project), and cut up some scrap fabric into squares, you're going to want around six square scraps.  Put those square scraps to the side.  We are going to mix up some liquids next.  Take 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar and pour it into a bowl where you will add 8 drops of the essential oil of your choosing.  Mix it together and then pour into a reclosable glass jar (think canning jar or recycle a glass jar close to that size).  Now add those square scraps of fabric, one at a time, and allow them to absorb the mixture.  Put the cap on your glass jar and then flip the jar over so that all of the liquid is absorbed by the fabric.  When you go to use them, simply pull out a few (I use three at a time), ring out the excess liquid and put into your dryer.  Once you pull out your laundry from the dryer, take the fabric squares and put them back into the glass container with the liquid in them.  

WHY

Vinegar softens clothing and reduces static cling.  Add your own sents using essential oils and you have a customizable scent for you and your family.