Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WasteLESS Wednesday ~ Repurposing For The Birds

Remember the Birds when you Repurpose!

found on Pinterest  ~  let's follow there!

Source: via Pat on Pinterest

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil Giveaway at Grace's Blog!

News Flash!

Coconut Oil Giveaway is going on

Recently I have written about the benefits and uses of Coconut Oil - Coconut Oil ~ Health Benefits, Uses, and More, Hair Care ~ Coconut Oil and Vinegar,  and The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil ~ Dogs .  I have mentioned that I have been researching this topic, reading whatever I can get my hands on to find out more.  My study has led me to Tropical Traditions, a company that has a very high standard for its products and a good reputation.  I not only found online users with testimonials, but a friend who lives in the same city as me, also loves this company and has been purchasing from them!

So, when I was offered the opportunity to try their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, I said "Yes!"  And, the bonus is that they are offering to giveaway one quart of this product to one lucky winner!  To enter this giveaway, please visit my sister blog, Growing Old With Grace.   The Giveaway runs from 12:01 am EST on May 29th to 12:01 am EST on June 15th. 

So...scoot on over there and get your entries in!  You could be the ONE to reap the benefits and enjoy the uses of this marvelous product - Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Important Info:  If you click on  a Tropical Traditions link here and decide to place an order with them, please enter User ID: 12125243 after you select "Referred by a Friend" on your first time order.  I will receive a voucher for each referral and you will still get a free copy of their Virgin Coconut Oil Book.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day ~ Drink Plenty of Water

It's a long we typically spend out-of-doors if the weather cooperates.  This is just a little reminder to stay hydrated...drink plenty of water while you are out playing, BBQing, boating, hiking, relaxing.

Wear a hat and slather yourself with sunscreen.  Wear loose-fitting clothing - a fabric that will breathe.   Have loads of fun, but take the proper precautions.   Think of me as your "other Mom" harping at you to keep you safe and healthy!  Hey...I just want you back here on Tuesday looking fit as a fiddle, not blistered and worn out! <<<giggle>>>

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Four Natural Remedies for Depression

Depression is a very common occurrence nowadays – to the extent that people are literally disabled with depression at higher rates and at younger ages. There are many problems with antidepressant medication – lots of side effects that are often as bad as the condition itself!  But wait!  With some investigation on your own (or with the help of your health care provider), you will find that there are safer, and effective natural remedies for depression out there.

Here are four:


Several studies have proven that exercise can be just as effective for mild to moderate depression as therapy or antidepressant medication.  Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s happy hormones. The hardest part of this remedy might be in getting the depressed person to exercise, so coaching and accountability may be needed here.

Omega 3s

Omega 3 fatty acids are showing amazing promise in studies as a natural remedy for depression.  This is especially true among pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.  These women are often unable or unwilling to take the risks of antidepressant medications. Omega 3 fatty acids inhibit inflammation, which can play a role in depression. You can obtain Omega 3s by eating foods such as salmon, grass-fed beef and flax seeds.  Or, by taking supplements, which is easy and inexpensive, too.


Sunlight is a freebie!  And easy to take advantage of.  It is absolutely essential for good health and good mood.  Too much may be concern for cancer, however, in moderation, the sun is our friend especially if we have a mood disorder. Or are sensitive to light deprivation.  This might be true of you if you feel sad or blue on overcast, rainy days or in the wintertime.  While some may be able to simply spend time out of doors in nature, others might need to invest in a light box to use during the winter.  It will expose you to light that mimics the sun’s rays.  In some cases insurance companies will reimburse for these products as long as you have a diagnosis of Seasonal Affective Disorder.


Can you believe it?  Food plays a powerful role in how we feel.   (Take chocolate, for example – just kidding!)  Eating spicy foods for example, releases a flood of endorphins in our bodies.  Eating white stuff, like flour products and sugar, on the other hand, causes our blood sugar to get out-of-balance, which can lead to chronic mood disturbances. Does this sound like you and your low mood?  Try eating a high protein diet with frequent small meals – for instance, every 3 hours, focusing on whole foods, avoid caffeine and other stimulants.  
There are certainly other herbal remedies that have been effective for those who are depressed, and it’s certainly worth a good look at these options before considering expensive, potentially dangerous medications. Talk with a Naturopath or your health care provider about your feelings and see if you can find a plan that will help you feel happier again - naturally.

I am not an expert on any subject.  I pass along information that I have found useful and that I feel may be helpful to others.  The reader is encouraged to do their own research in order to make more informed decisions.

The statements contained in this blog have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Always seek the advice of your Health Care Provider before making diet or life-style changes.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Does Klout Influence You?

A while back I signed up at to see what the fuss was all about.  I am still on the fence as to whether it really means anything or not, and I still don't know how the site works.  I can just  barely function on it.  But...nonetheless, I have a Klout Score of 50 (whatever that may mean) on my Thrifty Frog account, and I have earned "Perks." 

So, I was totally surprised when I opened Saturday's mail to find this!

Packets of Tea and Honey!   The card says "Dear Influencer" and tells me I have "a ton of Klout."  Isn't that nice?  It certainly brightened my day!  And, HB (HoneyBunny) says it tastes great!  (I am not a tea drinker, sorry.)

So, perhaps this will "influence" me to pay more attention to their site and get more perks! brainer!

I was given a free product or sample because I'm a Klout influencer. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WasteLESS Wednesday ~ Recycle / Repurpose In The Garden

Recycling and repurposing in the garden...

Hoppy Wednesday to everyone!  Get your "green" on!

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil ~ Dogs

by Dogs Naturally on July 8, 2011 ·

coconut dog

Although supplements can be a confusing topic for many pet owners, most dog owners have heard of the benefits of feeding fish oils. There are however, a variety of oils that you can also use to your dog’s benefit, each with different actions and benefits.

Coconut oil consists of more than 90% saturated fats, with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Most of the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). The main component (more than 40%) of MCTs is lauric acid, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).

Most of the coconut oil benefits come from the MCTs. For example, the lauric acid in coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid have similar properties and are best known for their anti-fungal effects.

In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.

According to Dr. Bruce Fife, certified nutritionist and naturopathic doctor, coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects you from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil improves any dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.

Fed regularly to pets, coconut oil may have multiple benefits:

Skin Conditions

  • Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,and itchy skin
  • Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
  • Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
  • Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
  • Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings


  • Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
  • Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing

Immune System, Metabolic function, Bone Health

  • Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
  • Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes
  • Helps reduce weight, increases energy
  • Aids in arthritis or ligament problems

Integrative Veterinarian and Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Karen Becker, says “Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs. Coconut oil is a rich source of MCTs. I recommend 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily for basic MCT support.”

Why not give coconut oil a try and introduce it to your dog? It offers many benefits for your dog and is a more sustainable and less toxic source of oils than fish.

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Dogs Naturally – who has written 204 posts on Dogs Naturally Magazine.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hair Care ~ Coconut Oil and Vinegar

My research on Coconut Oil and its many uses and benefits has taken me on quite a journey.  From our toes to the hair on our heads, it seems there is something good that it can do for us!  Couple that with the many uses of vinegar and my mind is boggled!

There's no way to just blog once about either.  Too much information.  Too much debate.  So, today I am taking one conditioning.  Let's see what Coconut Oil and Vinegar can do for our hair.

Coconut Oil:
Depending on whether the Coconut Oil is in liquid form or solid, take just enough in your hand to cover your hair and scalp.  Rub it in, cover it with a shower cap or plastic wrap and wait 2 or more hours.  Some recommendations say to let it stay on overnight.  I'm not sure I want to sleep with plastic on my head, but you may decide that is the method for you.

After the time period has passed, rinse your hair (several times) to eliminate all of the oil.  It is said this can perk up dry hair and add lustre and shine to your tresses.  I can use that!  HB (HoneyBunny) has dry scalp, so I am thinking this will help his itching and flaking.  We'll be testing it out this weekend.

Vinegar is also a wonderful hair rinse.  Just mix 1 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of warm water and work it into your hair as you would with any commercial rinse.  Rinse again with plain water.

As a dandruff fighter, mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 2 cups warm water and massage scalp.  You could leave it on for as long as one half hour if desired.  It is recommended to rinse in this manner at least once a week, or as often as once daily.

This, too, we will be testing.  We like the idea that these are natural rinses and we are not using the stuff made with chemicals and petroleum.  Another baby green step for us!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Going Green ~ Freshen Up With Baking Soda

Baking soda is the housekeeping secret that our Grandmother's knew and used!  Why we think we need to by all that chemical and petroleum-based stuff is beyond me.  My cleaning closet is full of it.  BUT...not for long.  When it is used up, it will be replaced with a homemade cleaner which just may do a better job, will certainly be "greener" and will definitely be cheaper!

A mason jar filled with baking soda and a little essential oil makes a great freshener for carpet, upholstery and mattreses.  Just poke holes in the lid, put some rockin' music on, and start shaking your booty, Girls!  And, your baking soda...heehee!

We have dogs.  They aren't allowed on the furniture, but who knows what goes on when we are away!  Last week we came home to find the couch pillows on the floor on the other side of the coffee table.  Hmmm...something suspicious about that!  No one barked a confession, so it is still a mystery.  On the off chance that a four-legged critter did get paws on the couch, I will sprinkle some of my baking soda mixture on it, let it sit awhile, and then vacuum away the doggie smell that may be lingering.

Saturday is cleaning day.  This week I will strip the bedding and wash all of the sheets and blankets.  The quilts, too, if I have time.  Then I will sprinkle my baking soda mixture on the mattress, wait a bit, and then vacuum it.  With some assistance, I will turn the mattress, clean under the bed, and treat the other side of the mattress just as I did the upside.

Just plain baking soda would work fine, but if you like a little fragrance, just add about 4 drops of lavender (or your favorite oil) essential oil to 1 cup baking soda, put in mason jar and shake it up.  Be sure you cover the holes in the lid before you shake to mix it up or you may be freshening the entire room from top to bottom!  Giggles.

A sifter or strainer will help with the sprinkling if you don't have a shaker.

The vacuum will get rid of any dust mites and other foreign matter.  The baking soda mixture will deodorize your mattress and give it a fresh, clean smell.

What do you use to freshen your fabrics?

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WasteLESS Wednesday ~ Reuse Old Socks

Once again, Pinterest has piqued my interest with ways to use old or orphaned socks...

Source: via Beth on Pinterest

Have fun monkeying around with this idea...hope you have a great Wednesday!
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Coconut Oil ~ Health Benefits, Uses, and More

Coconut Oil.  I am hearing those two words more and more lately.  I read about it, hear about it, see it on store shelves.  It didn't really register as a health item until I read an article and watched a very good video by CBN the other day.  Click here for more on that.

After reading about coconut oil and its proposed benefits, I decided I need to look further.  So here I am, letting you know what I found out in my online travels.

There are many, many uses for coconut oil.  It is good for the skin as a moisturizer or to heal athletes foot and more;  it helps keep you healthy in general; it is known to help and/or prevent specific health issues such as chronic fatigue, eczema, hot flashes (this got my attention!);  when taken internally; externally it can help with back pain, allergies, herpes.  It can be used in place of butter, and kitchen oils for cooking and baking.  There are even benefits for dogs.  And, lest we forget...many claim it is great in the area of weight loss!  Sign me up, Martha!  I want to lose some fluff!

This news is so exciting to me that I just want to run out and buy a train load of the stuff!  But wait...I need to find out where to buy it.  I now know to only buy "pure" or "non-hydrogenated" coconut oil.  A Google search let me know there are many online stores that sell organic coconut oil, and my local Walgreens carries one of the brands listed.  Some Walmarts also carry it.  It is often found near the olive oil.  I will check my local stores before I resort to paying shipping costs.

In liquid form it can be put in water.  In solid form it can be added to foods, such as oatmeal, pudding, and ...well, that is why I need to find a cookbook!  Typical doses are (by our weight):
  • 175 lbs & up - 4 Tablespoons daily
  • 150-175 lbs   - 3 1/2 Tbsp daily
  • 125-150 lbs   - 3 Tbsp daily
  • 100-125 lbs   - 2 1/2 Tbsp daily
  • 75-100 lbs     - 2 Tbsp daily
  • 50-75 lbs       - 1 1/2 Tbsp daily
  • 25-50 lbs       - 1 Tbsp daily

There is so much information out there that I could blog for weeks about each category of its benefits.  Just take HB (HoneyBunny) and I, for instance.  Our ailments include Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Depression, Allergies, congestion, sagging energy, acid reflux...and the list goes on.  All of these are areas that are benefited by coconut oil.  Why would I not want to try it?  Some claim to see results quickly, some found it took longer.  HB has an appointment with his Primary Care guy today and we will bring this up to him and ask his opinion.

Look for more on this subject here as I delve into this further.  I see coconut oil in our future - and I don't even own a crystal ball!  Where have I been that I didn't know all this before?  Who know blogging could be so educational!

A great source for more information is:  Hybrid Rasta Mama's blog post: 160 Uses for Coconut Oil and Health Impact News Daily

**I am not a medical expert. Always consult your physician before trying a new diet or supplement. Ideas expressed here are my own opinion or from articles on the internet. Doing your own research is highly recommended.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Here's my dilemma...I think I want to plant a garden.  The idea of composting is nagging me, too.  The two ideas go together and fit right in with my "going green" journey.  Why am I having such a hard time deciding if I can do this?

My back will scream if I attempt to bend over to plant or weed, so I would need a raised bed.  But not the ones that I see in the gardening shops.  I would need something that is counter top height or close to that.  That would make my back and my knees happy.  Someone would need to build such a high raised bed for me.  And, how many would I need?  We also have a lot of trees in the backyard, so sun is an issue.

You are getting the picture, I can tell.  I can hear you.  You are saying, "Man...she can sure find plenty of excuses!"  Yep...I can.  Why do I do that?  I love home grown veggies.  I even enjoy working in the dirt.  At least I did when I was younger.  But, lots of little ol' ladies garden and manage just fine.  Why not me?

As for composting, I know just the right corner to begin one.  I am ready with a homemade bin for under the sink, and I have my eye on a couple of easy compost bins that could be built or bought.  I have a vision!  No...I haven't acted on it yet.

Rain barrels are on my list, too.  We need them whether we garden or not.  We live in the desert.  We need to save the water.   So, how many years must I think about them before I get some?  That answer hasn't popped into my head yet.

Do you ever torture yourself with indecision like I do?  Or procrastinate until it is ridiculous?  What are you putting off for another time?

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