Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wensday show & tell homemade mittens

Feeling the chill of the Autumn breeze will defiantly give you a reason to bundle up. That is exactly what I'm going to do.

So I've been looking around for some warm gloves for O & found out that the ones she had was missing a pair. Now what am I going to do. Well growing up I alway try to be resourceful and work with what I have. ( that's probably why I have a tendency to save everything...)

Okay, I've been meaning to make her a pair of mittens. I remembered that I read a book that showed how to make a pair of recycled mittens. The book is called Gorgeously Green, I borrowed it from the library. You should check out all the organic beauty tip, home remedies, and recycled projects. Love everything in that book!!

If I can up cycle some of my old clothes and save money, why not. I had an old sweater that I used for making O a pair of leg warmers, which I made last winter. Why not use the left over for a DIY mittens. So since I've been putting this project aside for a while, I guess now is better then never.

This is such a simple project all you need is a pair if scissors, warm stretch material, a hand pattern, and your sewing kit. Now you could place your hand down on your sweater & trace around it. Just be sure to leave about a half an inch around your hand so that you don't sew it to small. (I learned that the hard way... Hehehe!) Then all you do, to finish your do it yourself mittens, is to line it up good side to good side and sew around the outside. Flip you mittens right side out and your done! Hope you will give it a try and save some money.

Last but not least a big Congratulation to the "San Francisco Giant" for sweeping up the World Series Championship!!
Go Giant!!!

Live, love, & keep learning:0)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Family Food Friday

When I think of family I think of holiday get togethers, Sunday feasts, special occassion with potlucks, & any reason to eat together. Family is what you may agree is the bases of why we do certain things or the motivation of our accomplishments.

Fridays are the end of school week and you need a fast dinner plan, at least that's what I would want. What is better than a "Pizza Party!" (Insert Smile)
Okay, so you don't need to put up decorations or any party signs, but a little preparation will be in order. Then again why don't  you make it a Friday Pizza party for the family movie night. We always find ourselves around food and family, why not make it a pizza night. The 3 "F" words, Family, Food, & Friday!

Here is a recipe that will be easy and kid friendly. First one is used with English muffin, your favorite tomato sauce, diced sausage or pepperoni, & mozzarella cheese to top it off. Make sure to cut up some vegtables that are bite size for the little ones. Toast it in the oven and your done. Individual mini pizza that are fun and delicious. Or you can try this that is cooked in cupcake pans. 

Well I hope however you spend you Friday that it is with people you love and that you enjoy being with. As always live, love, & learn! Have a blessed day or night:)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Roots

Well, it has been raining on & off for a couple of days here in the bay. I thought it would be a great opportunity to share a beauty secret that has been long used in my family for years.

If you said coconut oil then your right.

Now coconut oil is good to add to your diet because of its health benefits. Coconut oil contains health benefits for hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion, dental care, bone strength and metabolism. Coconut oil also has the power relieve you from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer.

I've been researching an all natural product to help with my dry scalp. I first tryed olive oil but it only worked for a temporary time. For a while I was trying different shampoos and was not getting the results I was looking for.

Now I've never had this problem before so it was all new to me. To my surprise I could not believe how in one day I was seeing results. I was ecstatic when I finally found a product that was full of protein, all natural, don't have to worry about my child coming across it, safe to eat, and helped me get rid of my dry scalp.

I've been using organic coconut oil, which you can find at your local health store or at your grocery store. If your a do it yourself kind of person then you can try making your own organic coconut oil.

My mom use to make this using a pan to layout the coconut meat and letting the sun melt the oil off. Then she would mix it with the famous mosooi flower or better known as the ylang ylang flower. Which has such a beautiful smell, I'm telling you this flower has such a fragrant smell to it. Back home we dedicate a week of celebration for this flower when it blooms.

Well hope that help someone and as always live, love, and never stop learning:0)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Rain Day Fun!!

On a rainy day here are some ideas that I found. These will keep your little one busy with fun. First one is a cafe stand, paper roll car, cereal box dollhouse, & cardboard box dollhouse.

Enjoying the rain and have a blessed day or night. Congrats to the Giants 6 wins now World Series:) Let's Go!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday show & tell

I figured since I've been recycling cardboard I would show you a recent project. I was looking for a quick option to dollhouse furniture. I used soap boxes for legs for a chair and used a medium size boxes for tables. I don't remember where I got the idea for the chair but the rounded design was inspired from a wing chairs. I made a table out of a small medium size popcorn snack box & popsicle sticks for legs, now that was my original idea. But your free to put a small cloth for a table cloth or spay paint a more uniform look. O ecstatically played with these easy recycled cardboard dollhouse furniture. Tip: to reenforce the legs hot glue toothpicks or coffee stirs to size and brace them to the legs of the cardboard chair.

With election in a few weeks away I hope you will take advantage of the mail in ballot. It will exclude you out of standing in line so you'll have additional time with your family or yourself. Remember to vote Live, love, & keep learning.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Night lights & student loans.

Got out the house for a few hours. Needed some fresh "city air"... (cough!! Lol) no but really, I had a good time out. We ended our night at the Hyatt. My baby love the lights and rocket-looking elevators.
It beats sitting on the bed or couch all day. I've been busy with keeping track of my school loans. While looking around I came across this great site www.studentloanwhiz.com it has lots of great information on how to manage your loans to what to do if your in a hot seat with your finances.

I'm telling you I wish I knew about this site when I first got out of school. Like did you know that they have several programs that you can apply for to cancel out your debt. So if you or someone you know is in or thinking of attending college then do them a favor and refer them to this site.

Okay got to go have some ice cream for a late dessert:) As always live, love, and keep learning.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Flexible eating with flax ingredients

Okay so I've been hesitant to bring his topic up because it's very personal to me. Something that I've been dealing with behind closed doors. Don't worry it's not a bad secret! But it can be life threatening if not taken care of. You maybe asking how does this relate to flaxseed? Well, I've been making little changes to my eating habits (which sounds better then saying diet, hehehe!)

On my quest to healthier choices, I've been researching types of foods I should eat and easy recipes to make. While looking around, I came across a story of a young lady who was suffering with sever abdominal pain, and her core complaint would happen after eating.  She explain that she had celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. 

Now what is celiac disease or gluten intolerant you say. It's when your body can't breakdown gluten as normal. Basicly there's this protein that is found in foods like wheat, barley, and rye, just to name a few, that the body won't properly digest. 

After listening to her story it sounded all to familiar. I alway had stomach pain from when I was younger. One summer it got so bad, my mom made me drink this smoothie-like green plant. (that was not a jamba juice favorite, if u know what i mean) To top it off it did not help, unless a few days after count. 

So years go by, I seeked out a specialist but did not get much help. Other doctors would tell me that I needed to eat more fiber, cut off on red meat, or be more like a vegetarian. (now i can't quite all meat, but i can do without the red. Okay!) When that didn't work I decide to monitor my food. Luckily for me, flaxseed was used in several gluten free recipes. Yeah! I already had a big bag of it, which I used for my fruit smoothie. Yummy! Try it you'll like it. Make sure to buy frozen organic fruits they are more cheaper. I get mines at Costco, whole food stores. 

Here is our take on a Mickey mouse gluten free Flax seed milled pancake. That was mouth full, try saying that 10 times. Live life, love God, & stay healthy.

Flax Buttermilk Pancake

  1. 1/4 cup flaxseed ground
  2. 2tsp baking powder
  3. 1 cup buckwheat flour
  4. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1 tsp sugar
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  8. 1 egg 
  9. 1tsp canola oil
Mix dry ingredients first then the wet in deprecate bowls. 
Add liquids to the dry and gentally mix until combined. 
Happy Fleet week!!

Cook like normal and enjoy.