With enough planning and a little help from mom, maybe there is hope for my not so ripe green thumb.
A long weekend worked it’s wonders on me. After spending an evening under the stars watching the ballet, catching up with friends and an evening campfire roasting marshmallows, I was ready to focus on what really needed attention, me, and particularly my health.
Yesterday afternoon found me home alone with a mindset ready to narrow in on what needed to be done. First up, was organizing my Pinterest account. What does Pinterest have to do with all of this, you may ask? I’m loving Pinterest right now [my husband claims he is a Pinterest widow], more than any other social media platform out there, mainly for how useful it is.
In the past few weeks, I’ve found great resources for eating better and consuming less sugar, packing better lunches, and how to go about a gentle detox. Once I reorganized my pins and printed out the information I needed, I was ready to pack a healthy breakfast and lunch for work.
Feeling really good about all of this, I went for a walk and discovered the blackberries in the neighborhood were ready for picking. They were a perfect addition to my vanilla quinoa this morning. Those three hours I spent focusing in on healthier habits has energized me emotionally, which I was in desperate need of.
If you’re looking for a healthier breakfast idea, try mixing together:
– 1 cup of cooked quinoa
– 1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 teaspoon agave nectar
– Sprinkle of cinnamon
– A handful of berries
Heat it up in the microwave in the morning for 60 seconds and you’re good to go. It’s a tasty, comforting and filling breakfast packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants to keep you going all morning.
Making hand soap this week was one of my only creative accomplishments and I’ll be honest, it took a lot to drag myself off the couch and into the kitchen. The past couple of weeks have been draining, I won’t sugarcoat it, and my energy level isn’t where it normally is. But pushing myself to do at least one creative thing was cleansing [pardon the pun] and a bit of a science experiment.
Three simple ingredients: a gallon of water, one bar of soap and two tablespoons of vegetable glycerin is all that’s needed.
First, choose a favorite bar of soap [I chose Trader Joe’s lavender soap] and shred it with a hand grater, just like you would with cheese. One of the best parts of working with soap and water, was that it made clean up a breeze.
Once the soap is shredded, place it in a pot with a gallon of water and heat on the stove on a medium setting. It’s important to note, there is no need for the water to boil. Instead, slowly stir the soap and water over the course of ten minutes or so as the soap melts. Once the soap is melted, add two tablespoons of glycerin [many stores sell glycerin for under ten dollars, especially health food stores] and stir well. Remove from heat and let sit for 10-12 hours.
By morning, my soap had hardened and needed some extra water added to it as well as a quick mix with the electric hand beaters, which helped turn it into the consistency of hand soap. If your hand soap is just the opposite and is runny, add more soap by melting it in the pot and let it reset. Repeat as necessary to get the consistency of hand soap.
With a funnel, you can ladle the soap into a gallon jug and begin using right away. And for under $10, you have enough hand soap to last a while!
The first t-shirt was about two sizes larger than what I normally wear. Minus the top half of the shirt (arm and collar portion), it was the same width and length as one of my favorite jersey style skirts.
I started by trimming off the collar and arms, cutting down the seams on the side and cutting the shirts into two inch strips.
Well, I’ve had so much fun tearing up that old book, that I somewhat regret not taking the other three books home. I had a bunch of dry-rub on prints hanging around and played with transferring them onto the old pages. When I ran out of transfer images, printing on the old pages seemed just as much fun and has the same visual appearance.