Friday, January 30, 2015

Pretty pictures

Happy Friday everyone! I hope your day is going as good as mine. I was going through my camera and found a few pictures that turned out really good and I want to share them with you. I have always loved taking pictures and have been trying to learn how to take better ones over the past few years. I think I have a pretty good collection going on and I want to share them with people who I know will also enjoy them. The most beautiful things are found in nature in my opinion. I try and capture this beauty any chance I get. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I love food!

Hey everyone I hope you are enjoying your day! I got up super early today to do a little workout session at home and some nice yoga stretches. I think early morning workouts are going to be a normal things for me now. 

Anywho I was in the kitchen yesterday wondering what new and delicious things I could make and I saw two loaves of of bread that just had the butts left. I don't eat them and neither does the hubby so they usually get thrown away now that we don't have chickens to eat them. I hate wasting food so I was trying to figure out what to make with them when suddenly it came to me...croutons! I love those little buggers but they are kinda spendy for good ones. I figured it couldn't be too hard to make so I looked up a couple recipes and kinda mashed my own together. I hope you like this recipe and use it for yourself!

Decide how much you want to make. I used four pieces of the butt end and it make like half a quart sized ziplock baggie. If you want more just cut up more bread. So I cut the bread into little chunks or squares and put them in a medium sized bowl. Then I drizzled about three tablespoons of olive oil (I didn't measure I just kept adding in doses until it looks good and covered). I then added the seasonings: johnny's, garlic powder, salt, pepper, a pinch of chili powder, and Parmesan cheese. I then mixed it all together really well and popped it in the oven at 350 for 25 minutes. DE-FREAKIN-LICIOUS!! 

If you like croutons you absolutely have to make this they are so good! I'm starting to really like this whole cooking thing. :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

D.I.Y Hairspray!!

Hey there everyone! I said in my last post that I was going to try and make a couple things. I did it! This morning I got a spray bottle and made some hairspray potion :) Honestly I was skeptical to weather it would work or not, but it's the best working hairspray  I have ever used. My hair stayed put all day even those stubborn little hairs. If you want to see the recipe I used go to I also put 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil for shine and some conditioning. I love it and I recommend it to everyone! Also I want to mention that in my toothpaste recipe I posted I put the wrong amount of coconut oil. It's actually 4 tablespoons not 2. I added more peppermint oil and a little water to mine because it did get hard overnight and now it's fine. I also added honey to make it a little less salty.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Making toothpaste

Hello there! I want to thank everyone who has been checking out this blog, I think it's awesome that you all are interested in my life so thank you for your support. 

As you know I have been trying to keep an active lifestyle to stay fit and healthy. For me this is really important because of my health issues. I have had to face obstacles that most people haven't had to. I have been slowly working my way from walking to jogging. It's going good so far and every day I am able to go a little further. Today I ran up and down 20 stairs which may not seem like much but to me it feels amazing. Last summer I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. While in the hospital I couldn't even walk around the hallways until the last couple days. When I got home I was not able to do the things I had once done like lift weights and go on long walks. It killed me to have to take things slow and work back up to where I was before. So now for me to be able to go on a walk for two hours without stopping and to run up and down stairs is a huge deal for me. 

So in addition to exercising and eating better I have also been looking at making my own things like healthcare products and beauty products. Last night I made toothpaste! It is so super easy to make, I will be the first to admit that it does not taste that awesome but it is so much better for you than the chemical crap in regular toothpaste. The recipe I used was:

3 tablespoons coconut oil melted
6 teaspoons baking soda
about a half teaspoon organic peppermint flavoring or you could use essential oils. You can have any flavor you want I just prefer mint. 

That's it you just mix it up and your good to go. If you try it let me know how it worked out for you. I am going to make my own hairspray and some coconut oil spray for getting rid of frizziness. That's it for today I hope you all have a great day and I will talk to ya later!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fit chick!

Since moving back to Redmond I have been taking my little Miah bear for walks almost daily on a trail by our house. We love it! It has been so nice for both of us to get out and breath some fresh air...well as fresh as we are going to get in town ha ha! I feel great when we get back, it puts me in such a better mood! I lost about ten pounds when I was in the hospital for five days so i am trying hard to maintain this weight and so far have been doing really well. It's awesome having the body I want. I still have curves and would not change that for anything. Every woman is different and there is no one perfect body type, there is nothing wrong with a little curve nor is there anything wrong with none. It's all in what you are comfortable with and what  you think looks good.

                                                           Not ashamed to admit I love my back!
                                                          Finally comfortable in my skin!