Month: May 2018

SELF CARE TIPS AFTER A FAMILY EMERGENCY

SELF CARE TIPS AFTER A FAMILY EMERGENCY

Back in May of 2017, I rushed my mother to the hospital. She was vomiting even after having just water, extremely lethargic, and complained of pressure on her chest. Within 20 mins of filling out ER forms she was rushed into emergency heart surgery She […]

PRODUCT REVIEW – CANUS SOAP

PRODUCT REVIEW – CANUS SOAP

I never thought I’d be doing a review for soap. I needed to because you see I am allergic to coconut. I have been for many years and as time progresses I find it more and more irritating. With the rise of the going natural […]

MY GLASS COLLECTION

MY GLASS COLLECTION

So in my journey of living a simpler life I took notice of how often we use plastic as a means of “convenience”. For awhile I have been cutting back on living a disposable life. It has been hard but once I truly started taking it seriously I was amazed at how simple has been confused with convenience which in reality is just a way to justify the just toss it and don’t worry about it lifestyle. Think about it. It’s easy, simple, fast to just take a small mac & cheese cup and toss it into the microwave for a single serving. Look at how much time you’ve saved, and you don’t even need to do the dishes! But, all you’ve done is add to the trash pile and add to the amount of chemicals in your body. Is that really better? I don’t think it is. Can it be time consuming to make a fresh batch of mac & cheese? Sure. But you get to control what goes in it, you get to control what you store it in and yes you can make single servings. Take a look at meal prep folks and freezer cooking folks. I’d love to go into my love of meal prep and freezer cooking but this is not what this post is about. This post is about my ever growing collection of plastic free/less storage.

GLASS!

I love glass. I love the sound it makes when they clank together. I love hearing rice & beans pour into it. I love the fact the smell of old herbs don’t linger in the container. Trust me. You don’t want your peppermint suddenly tasting/smelling like oregano. Plus if they break it’s okay. Make it into something else or just recycle it. It’s glass!

My collection is an ever growing one. I am a huge fan of Pyrex and Anchor Hocking because they are durable and inexpensive. However my favorite source of glass storage is jars. Jars from jelly or pasta sauce (I haven’t gotten to a point of making and storing it myself, yet.). I’ve also been given containers from friends (those are the best kind of friends).

Here are some great sites that share ways to go plastic free as well as waste free!

TREEHUGGER | TRASH IS FORTOSSERS | ZERO WASTE CHEF

Do you have a glass storage collection? What other ways to do reduce your plastic usage? Tell me about it below.

ALOE, THAT BEAUTIFUL SPIKY MAGICIAN

ALOE, THAT BEAUTIFUL SPIKY MAGICIAN

You hear people talking about Aloe all of the time, but it’s not some new trend. People from all over have been using Aloe. For burns, digestive benefits, skin care, etc. Suddenly more and more people are paying attention to it’s benefits. I think it’s […]

A RELAXING EVENING

A RELAXING EVENING

Your morning really starts the night before. The way you wind down for the evening has a direct impact on how your morning goes, and kind of the day as a whole. Taking time for yourself before bed is highly important. This is your time […]

1 SIMPLE THING FOR BETTER MORNINGS

1 SIMPLE THING FOR BETTER MORNINGS

Water.

Yep, that’s it. Okay, thanks for stopping by see you at the next post.

Okay, okay there might be a little bit more. It’s true though, water is something that will make your mornings better. I always thought it was ridiculous and just a way to get people to drink more water. I would see people all the time talking about how a glass of water in the morning is all you need to get the day started right, lemon water this, lemon water that.

I hate lemon water. I am not that fond of plain water to be honest. Yeah I said it. I think water is gross. It has no flavor and yet, it does. With that being said I still decided to listen to the wellness folks and started drinking water first thing in the morning. I was always a coffee drinker as soon as I woke up. Then I moved onto tea (caffeinated). I now realize those are horrible choices. W

When you first wake up you are dehydrated, especially if you are a mouth breather like me when you sleep. Adding caffeine only adds to that dehydration. It also speeds up your body’s elimination process too much. As strong as your body is, it’s also a delicate little flower and needs some tender loving care.

Now I am not that person that rolls over as the sun shines a soft light into the room, and grabs the water that has been sitting next to the bed all night and chugs it down with glee. There is this thing called morning breath and it is gross. Just gross. I need to rinse my mouth out. I just do a simple hydrogen peroxide and water combo. I feel like a human after I do this, not some heavy breathing monster from beyond. Now it’s time for water. Supposedly room temp is best for your digestive track, don’t quote me on this. I do notice I am less likely to get bloated when drinking room temp as opposed to ice cold, however I live in Florida so the summer requires ice water 24/7. Y’all, they were all right. Water, just simple water really gets the day started right.

There are many reasons why I will keep doing this but the main reasons are:

1. A Clear Head. I tend to wake up feeling like my head is in the clouds and usually sporting a slight headache. I think this is because of my sinus issues that cause me to sleep with my mouth open more often than not and thus makes me more dehydrated than normal. As soon as I am half way done with my second glass of water, I feel dramatically better. Makes for focusing on work easier.

2. (TMI) Improved Eliminations. Not everyone wants to talk about this but we all do it. It’s important to have healthy bowel movements. Water certainly helps that by helping prevent the colon from taking the moisture it needs to function properly from your stool.

3. I Drink More. Surprisingly enough, I will end up meeting my water goals. I don’t know how it works, it just seems to work for me. I end up actually wanting to drinking more water through out the day and before I know it, water goal met!

Do you drink water as soon as you wake up? Thinking about it? Discuss it in the comments!

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SIMPLE LIVING – LAUNDRY

SIMPLE LIVING – LAUNDRY

One thing I was so excited about when moving to a house was the clothing line. I have always wanted a clothing line. I have always wanted my clothes out in the sun drying with the breeze. I didn’t really know why until I got […]

MY RESTART

MY RESTART

I wanted to start documenting my self-love journey which includes fitness so, as hard as this is, I felt getting my feelings, fears, joys, etc out would help my healing. I just lost my best-friend and love of my life all in one shot. No, […]

BOOK REVIEW: YEAR OF YES by Shonda Rhimes

BOOK REVIEW: YEAR OF YES by Shonda Rhimes

I rarely read books writing by stars or well-known folks about themselves. I don’t know why I just never really had a desire to. I finally went against my normal routine and decided to get Shonda Rhimes book, A Year of Yes. I’ve seen interviews with her and I have always found her entertaining and always felt like she was dropping little bits of wisdom every time she speaks. Plus I am not immune to the appeal of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder. I didn’t forget about Private Practice. I just don’t care for it.

At any rate I decided to take the plunge and got the book when I saw it on sale on Amazon. I grabbed the kindle version because I have been trying to scale down and I tend to collect way too many books. As I began to read I found myself getting bored very easily. Just like I thought, reading about someone talk about themselves is insanely BORING. At least to me it is. Then I get a notice on my kindle that I can get the audible version for like a buck. Again some special sale. I do love a sale. So with so many people saying nothing but good things about this book, I decided to give it another shot.

Let me tell you. Books where people are just talking about themselves are so much better in audio form! She has a way of talking that just makes you comfy. A bit of humor & loads of sarcasm (I am the sarcasm queen). She talks as if she is in a room with you having a casual conversation. A book that took me weeks just to get past chapter one was finished in a couple of days. I’d listen when working out, when crafting, when running errands. I laughed with her, I felt her insecurities, I loved every min of it.

This book isn’t some mind-blowing kind of thing, but it is a nice read/listen. Getting into her mind a little bit was nice. I would recommend this book whether you are a fan or not. If you are expecting secrets to success or a how does she do it sort of thing, this is not the book for you. If you are however, interested in a book that makes you smile, laugh, and nod your head in agreement and understanding. This is for you. It’s just simple a nice book.

You can get the kindle & audible versions using my affiliate links. I get a small fee from amazon when you use my links. Thank you if you do!

Kindle | Audible

Have you read this book? What are you opinions?

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TOP  6 FAV MOVIES

TOP 6 FAV MOVIES

I will confess, I am not a huge movie person. There are so many I haven’t seen and I am okay with that. There are a handful however that I must watch over and over. These movies some how still creates the same reactions as […]