Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13, 14 NKJV

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Healthy Tidbits

It's Wednesday so it is time for Healthy Tidbits. The book I am reading for my Reversing Diabetes class "The End of Diabetes" has been packed with invaluable information. There is SO much vital information in this book that it is well worth the read.
Today I wanted to share a bit of information about fiber. In a previous Healthy Tidbits I shared how the recommended amount of fiber to shoot for is 40 grams a day. That information was found in the "Full Plate Diet" book. The sad thing is that with all the health reports and such on the news very little is said about trying to get that much fiber in ones diet. I am guessing the reason is because the media doesn't feel the need to promote the usage of a plant based diet - which is where you will find fiber!

"Beans, green vegetables, seeds, and some fruits are high in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber supplies a gelatinous-like material in the bowel. It is not absorbed and does not give us calories. Soluble fiber is very important. as it slows the absorption of glucose and helps lower cholesterol. Beans are especially high in soluble fiber.

Insoluble fiber - roughage-is important too. It provides bulk to our stool and keeps us regular. And guess what: seeds, nuts, vegetables, and, yes, beans have plenty of insoluble fiber too.

For years, nutritionist and scientist thought there were only two kinds of fiber- soluble and insoluble. Now we know that there is a carbohydrate that acts like a fiber too. It is called resistant starch. It supplies few calories, and most of the calories do not raise glucose levels. It is called resistant starch because it is resistant to stomach acid and digestive enzymes. It is not digested in the small intestines but passes to the large intestine, where it undergoes fermentation. Fermentation means that the bacteria decompose and degrade this starch into simpler compounds. When the bacteria in the bowel degrade the resistant starch, it forms new compounds that have health benefits. resistant starch is important for good health and has beneficial effects for diabetics.

Legumes such as beans, lentils, peas, and chickpeas fall furbelow grains on the list of foods Americans eat. However, legumes are richer in nutrients, proteins, and fiber, and they contain much higher levels of resistant starch. Considering their favorable effects on blood sugar and weight lose, they are preferred carbohydrate source for people who have diabetes or are at risk for diabetes.

Most starchy foods have a small amount of resistant starch in them."

I hope you found this as interesting as I did. And by the way - this is just a tiny bit of the information that I found in chapter 6 "The Phenomenal Fiber in Beans."

Monday night my "Reversing Diabetes" class was cancelled do to all the rains and chances of flooding. I was disappointed but at least it is giving me a chance to get more of the book read before my next class. They will add a class in November so we still get all the information :O)

Oh and it is STILL raining.....ugh.... taking care of chickens when there has been almost none stop rain for several days is a dirty, slick job.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Chilly, Rainy, and Busy

Sorry for being missing in action the last few days. I just haven't had a chance to blog. And then yesterday when I finally thought I had a nice open time frame to blog the Internet was down. I'm guessing some of you reading experienced the same thing. There was a fire that damaged internet provider plus their back up. Luckily they were able to get it back up and running in less than 12 hours. Anyway today I am quite busy with lunch with a best friend and helping with a local churches food bank. Please keep this in your prayers- it has been raining and in the 40's for the past 2 days. Please pray that we can get a break in the rain from about 4:30-6:30 so people can come out and get food without getting rained on.
Tomorrow I will do my best to get on here and get a post or two written. This week my Best Deal and Ways to Save will be in the same post. Can't wait to get it typed up. Y'all take care and stay warm and dry. :)

Friday, October 12, 2018

A Bit More Information on Homemade Laundry Detergent

As I was doing my laundry today- I noticed the date that I had written on a sticker of the date that I started using home made laundry detergent. It has been more than a month and I still have 2/3- 3/4 of the canister full of soap.

I have been thinking about how much better I feel about things now that I have been making my own soaps and such. And as I was thinking I realized that by buying the premade soaps- many times we are paying for convenience. The sad thing is that for so long I just thought that is what we had to do. I fell for the lie hook, line and sinker. I know that in our society there are many people who don't have time or energy to make up their own soaps and I am so thankful that there are so many brands of premade things to choose from. And I am glad that they are there so if I don't have a chance to make stuff up then I can go pick some up. I wish I had have made the change a long time ago. I feel like I had a good mind set about trying to save money and all before cancer and chemo but it seems like going through all of that mess and recovering from it all drained a lot of that focus out of me. I hadn't really noticed. I guess I was too busy trying to take care of what had to be done. And just let some things slide. Ever so often it amazes me what I am able to do compared with just a few years ago. I am so very thankful that I have pressed forward with trying to take care of my and be healthier.

I also wanted to share another little tidbit with any of you that are considering making your own laundry detergent. Fels Naptha has a pretty potent odor to it. So if you are sensitive you may want to go with the Ivory soap. I have found that a 10 bar pack of Ivory soap runs $3.97 at least at my Walmart. I have not priced it else where yet. You may need to use 2 bars per batch since the Fels is like 9 ounces or so and the Ivory soap is about 5 ounces but you would still be saving about 17 cents or so per batch using Ivory. I have heard there is a brand Zote - that is also good to use. I do not know what it smells like. I did not see this soap at my local Walmart. I will check other stores for it. I also heard from a fellow Blogger Renee - that you can find Zote pre-shredded. I have seen this on Amazon. I am guessing it make increase the cost of your soap by buying pre-shredded. But I was told it works great. So that is something that you may want to try out. There are options out there- try them and find what works for you. Buying pre made soaps and all might work best for you and that it just fine to. You find what works for you. Just know I am sharing so that you, too, will know you have options.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

My Best Deal ...series "Candles"

So any of you remember Home Interiors? It was a company that ran kind of like Tupperware and Pampered Chef. Anyway years ago - probably about 20 years ago - I went to a few of the Home Interior Parties and I had a few of the Home Interior Parties as well. One of the things that I discovered from Home Interior is that they made some of the best candles around- at least better than any candles I had seen and I bought some. Twelve votive candles came in a box.

These are the candles I have left. I use them sparingly. I guess because I knew once they were gone - that would be it. You can find some on Ebay and probably other places but by the time you pay for them - you are paying quite a bit.

As I was perusing a local Goodwill - I noticed this box: 

Something drew me to the box. I opened it up and smelled the candles and found a delightful scent that signaled the chance that there were good quality candles. I was kind of thinking that maybe Home Interiors had changed names and that maybe this was that company.

I have since done some research and discovered that Home Interiors did change names and is now called Celebrating Home.

Anyway back to my best deal post - so I looked up these candles and discovered that brand new these candles run $9.00 a box. Plus I am sure you would have to pay shipping as well. Anyway with just taking the 9.00 a box in to account - it make each candle run $1.50.

I paid $2.49 for the box bringing the cost of each candle down to about $.42 a piece! That is a much better deal. Plus they will smell good! I am so thankful when I am able to find something like this - something that is important to have around - in case of emergency and will smell good as well - without having to pay the high prices for them! :O)  

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Healthy Tidbits and My Homework Assignment

Last week I shared that I had started going to a series of meetings called "Reversing Diabetes." Last weeks home work was to read the "Full Plate Diet" book that they gave us at the meetings. This week we got another book and homework assignment. The "Full Plate Diet" book was easy to read through during the week. This new book will take a bit more time- of course they don't expect the whole thing read during the week. Thankfully.
One thing I love about this book is that the last section has recipes!!! I look forward to trying some out!

I also won a little prize! I love free things! Just one more incentive to go and learn more things.

This series of meetings has not been without its pushing me outside of my comfort zone. I was not told that I needed to go through their screening panel last time - someone said they were offering the A1C test for 10.00 so I thought all of that other stuff was just for those wanting to have that test done. So on the second meeting I went through the screening panel - had to have my weight and height taken and blood pressure. That took some preparing myself for- I don't like to weigh especially since the card with info stays with them and there are a lot of people who can see the info. Anyway that is one part that was out of comfort zone - the other is the 20 minute session with a fitness instructor. Each week we do and learn something new - while we are exercising.

One interesting thing that I learned this week was that exercising helps the brain to grow and the synapsis to work better. I am sorry - since I was working out I was not able to take good notes so I may not have said that correctly but you get the idea. Exercising is good for brain health. It helps you think better and to have better memory. Who doesn't want a better memory?!

I look forward to what all I can learn from this book. The book I read last week was revolutionizing for me. It has helped me realize that I need to incorporate more fruits, veggies, and whole grains into my diet in order to get enough fiber. I think I mentioned it last week but 40 grams of fiber is what is a great target to shoot for. Fiber helps the food you eat to move more slowly through the body - helping to keep your blood sugars steady.

I wanted to share just a bit of a testimony with you all about how God is in control of even the little details. So mid -November is my last appointment with my oncologist. It will be the 5 year mark since my surgery!! I had really wanted to get my well woman appointment along with mammogram done before that appointment but when I called my Dr several weeks ago to schedule an appointment - the soonest I could get in was mid December. I was disappointed. After learning a lot of the things I have been learning - I have figured out that it was NO accident that it will be a little over 3 months till my appointment. God knew that I was going to have my A1C tested and with the choices I was making mostly good but too many bad choices- my number would be too high. He graciously allowed me time to get it better under control before it will be tested. I am so thankful for that.

I have been reminded of the importance of exercising especially after meals to help the blood sugar not spike as high. You can lower your blood sugar level by 1-3 points per minute of exercise - when you are exercising after a meal. How's that for another healthy tidbit?! It doesn't have to be intense. Just get up and march in place. Maybe some stepping from side to side. Maybe a walk around the block or two. Just try to add some movement to your schedule after you eat.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Fabric Softener continued

So yesterday I shared about finding myself in a pinch of not having fabric softener so I made some. I made a half batch. Well I wanted to share a bit more information with you just in case someone plans to make their own fabric softener.

So my gallon sized bottle of vinegar was getting low enough that I though I would make a full batch of fabric softener. So I did everything the same way I had done before- except this time I made a full batch. Well when I shook up the bottle of all the ingredients- it didn't seem to all mix together good. I found I still had lumps of conditioner. So what I did was poured some of the mixture into my blender- about half way full. I mixed it for just a bit and wow! I had a wonderful consistency. I continued to do this until I had mixed it all up.

I used a different hair conditioner this time. I don't know if that was the reason or something else, but this time the consistency was thicker. So I am storing my fabric softener in the gallon bottle, but pouring in a portion of the softener into my old Snuggles bottle. I then add about 1/2 cup of hot water and shake it up. I check the consistency and if need be add more water. I should not have to make up fabric softener for at least a month or so. And what is awesome- is that I have used ingredients that I had on hand. No money spent equals saving money! And I love that!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Ways to Save....series ...homemade Fabric Softener

Sometimes we find way to save around our house quite by accident. That is what happened in the discovery of what I am going to share today.

On Mondays I like to do some laundry. I had gotten my lights load washed and still needed to wash my dark load but I had ran out of liquid fabric softener. I really like to use the liquid fabric softener because I like to hang up all my tops and also my towels and such. So I thought I was going to have to wait till I either made a Walmart trip - 20 minutes away or ran to Dollar General - 5 minutes away. As my husband was on his way home from work I was telling him about my dilemma and he suggested that I make my own fabric softener. Oh yeah!!! I can check that out. So I went to google and typed in Homemade fabric softener. And I went to the very first youtube video that they listed.
And this is what I watched:

I don't know about your household but we tend to go through shampoo quicker and end up with conditioner left over. So I knew I had some under the bathroom sink. I went and looked and sure enough I had some coconut scented conditioner - I only had enough to make 1/2 of a recipe but still that will last for quite some time at 1/4 of a cup each wash.

I used my old Fabric Softener jug to mix my fresh batch in.

Here are the ingredients:
8 cups Hot water
3 cups white vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner

So pour your hot water into your jug. Then add the vinegar. Next add the hair conditioner. Put cap on and shake well. Remember to shake well before you use it each time. And use 1/4 of a cup for each load. I measured 1/4 of a cup and marked my lid at where the 1/4 cup would come to for easy reference.. I am VERY happy with how easy this was to wash.

So in 10 minutes I had a fresh batch of fabric softener made up and a load washing in my washing machine. It feels great to be able to make what you need instead of running to the store. And when you already have all of the ingredient on hand it is a win/win!! Money saving for sure because NO money was spent to make this load. I still have enough vinegar and I am sure I will find more hair conditioner if I look in my cabinet. I really think I will continue to make my own.

This making my own cleaners and not only been money saving but it has been fun. I feel accomplished- I was able to make what we needed and continue on in getting my jobs done!!

 I don't make all my cleaners - in fact in a "Ways to Save" post soon I will share a way I save money on something that I feel is a splurge. You can even save money on splurges. Imagine that! 

Friday, October 5, 2018

An Unexpected Resource

I have learned that if I will just spend time being quiet, it allows God to speak to me. Maybe not in an audible voice but with thoughts and ideas that I would not have had any other way. I think it was a combination of that and just a new mindset I have now -because I have been watching shows like "Life Below Zero" and "The Boonies" where the people use what they have, that brought what I think it an awesome idea to my mind. But first lets go back to spring when I saw these beautiful trees at the park that I like to walk at. I loved the purples flowers and so I took a photo of it and posted it on Facebook - asking what the name of it was? 

Vitex (Chaste tree, Vitex Agnus Castus) also known as a Butterfly Bush is what I was told.
I really wanted to get some of these for my yard.

Fast-forward to just a week or so ago- as I was walking, I noticed that the beautiful purple flowers were gone and as I walked by I reached out and I touched where the flower had been and to my surprise some seeds ended up in my hand! What a surprise! As I walked I got the great idea to get myself some seeds and plant some and start growing some Butterfly Bushes for my yard! 

So the next week-end to our surprise we had a 4 day week end with our sweet granddaughter and so this is what we did one of the days. She planted some seeds. We would have planted more but this was all of the containers I had to fit this tray. She planted one in the sand pail as well. 

So this was an unexpected resource in order to get a butterfly bush for my yard. It was exciting to think of a way to be resourceful and to not just run out and buy stuff. It is a way to live- to see how you can make do with what you have or at least come up with it without always going to the store. Be watching for a few more posts about this idea. It is a good way to save money. 

Ok - so here is the part where you too can get some seeds. If you would be interested in some seeds - just leave a comment to let me know or you may send me an email at - to give me your address so I can mail some seeds to you. I will gladly send you some seeds as well! :O)