Monday, July 16, 2012

Spontaneous Fishing

Recently, I learned a wonderful life lesson. The old me likes to plan and choreograph all events, even little ones like dinner with friends. Spontaneity has never been fun to me.

Last weekend we had some friends over for fishing. A last minute thing. No time to clean. No time to plan or shop for special food. But I kept calm. Threw some veggies and dogs on the grill, tossed a salad and everyone was happy. My friend Amanda brought a cantaloupe for dessert. The old me would have insisted on more. The new (detoxed and tired) me just went with the flow. And you know what? It was a super fun relaxed time. Husband lit a bonfire, Daughter lit all the tiki torches. Instant party.

The guys all went fishing and filled up the canoe with fish, they were jumping out of the water begging to be caught.

Amanda and I went for a canoe ride too. Except we didn't catch fish. We caught this little guy struggling for life bobbing in the water.

I went to scoop him out of the water and he desperately grabbed onto my finger. He must be some kind of bird of prey, his claws were HUGE. 

Poor little guy. Absolutely exhausted from flapping his wings to stay afloat.

We brought him back to shore and placed him in a box near the campfire. In a few hours, he was dry and flew off.

See, spontaneity saved this little guy, so it mustn't be a bad thing.

Enjoy the day-

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sleepy Time Tea

During my 'down time' earlier this year, I had a lot of time to research and plan for the garden. Blessings in disguise, I guess. One of the things on my list is to grow plants for Shoshanna's Sleep Tight Tea.

I purchased chamomile, lemon balm, and catnip plants in early spring. The only herb I'd end up having to purchase would be the passion flower....that is....until our black cat, Seven, found the pot of catnip. That's him above, sleeping all curled up on top of the pot of catnip after a binge. It would seem that the key ingredient to Sleep Tight Tea is the catnip.

Oh well....

Enjoy the day-

This post shared at Simple Lives Thursday and Farm Girl Friday.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Wall O Water Update - July

Just wanted to give an update on the tomato plants I used the Wall O Waters on this year. I removed them in mid May, dumping the water out and then line drying them to put away for next year. All the extra work of setting them up and taking them down appears to be worth it so far.

I'm hoping you can note the difference in the photo below. Plants on the left and right side of the fence were started by seed (the same kind) in February. The ones on the right side of the fence were planted outside in the Walls O Water in mid March, and are now approaching 6ft tall.

The Wall O Water plants have lots of good size green tomato plants on them, while the plants set out the regular way just have blooms. It will be interesting to see if they catch up to their taller siblings.

Only one cherry tomato was started with the Wall O Water. Not sure if the pictures below tell the story.

This cherry tomato was set out without the Wall O Water and is about 1 1/2 ft tall.

This is the Wall O Water cherry tomato.
The one started with the Wall O Water is very bushy, loaded with blossoms, and is about 4ft tall. No tomatoes yet.

Will give another update at the end of the season....

Enjoy the day-

This post shared at Barn Hop #69, Frugal Days/Sustainable Ways, Simple Lives Thursday, Farm Girl Friday, and Hearth and Soul.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My New Dental Regimen

I broke away from beauty and cleaning 'products' of all kinds a few years back. Now all of my personal care and cleaning mixes are made. (I do plan on listing all of the recipes that work for me soon in one post.)

The challenge has been oral hygiene. I have tried many different homemade tooth powder and paste recipes only to be disappointed.

After many failed recipes, I began to look for different kinds of purchased products. Simple ones. Ones without unnecessary chemicals, fluoride or vegetable glycerin (which coats and prevents re-mineralization of the teeth).

Here's what I've been using for the past few months, and I must say, the results are surprising. Not only do my teeth and mouth feel cleaner, but my gums have never looked healthier.

Good Gums - made with herbs, this tooth powder is easy to use by pouring a small amount into your hand, and use a wet toothpaste to make a paste of sorts. Don't expect suds but do expect clean feeling teeth.

Heritage Store HPM - this hydrogen peroxide based mouthwash is the next step in my regimen. It leaves your mouth feeling very clean. I'll use this throughout the day after eating as well.

Heritage Store IPSAB - this is specifically to strengthen your gums. You know, how the gums start to sag? I've definitely noticed an improvement by using this twice a day applied with a cotton swab.

The biggest and best change I've made was to give up nylon toothbrushes and go with a polyester toothbrush. I love my new toothbrush. It's a big help to us overly-eager brushers. The bristles of Dr. Collins Perio Toothbrushes are suppose to last 50% longer and are ultra soft.

So if you're fed up with poison dental products and want to go a more natural route with amazing results, give these products a try.

This post shared at Simple Lives Thursday.

All of these items can be purchased through with free shipping for orders over $25.

Smile a sparkly chemical free smile and enjoy the day-