A friend of mine shared a FaceBook page that I immediately took to. The company is Pulp Street Creations run by a husband and wife team, Shauna and Jason. They are Etsy artists, based in Tennessee (up on their mountain, as Shauna says), and sell their wares. Read the rest of this entry
While we’re in the middle of the dog days, it has me reminiscing for the fall and winter time produce. My favorite of which is the pumpkin. This amazing fruit (yes, fruit! It’s not a vegetable!) is supremely versatile, delicious, and nutrient packed with a minimal caloric impact. I’m not quite sure why it isn’t utilized more, outside of pumpkin lattes, cookies, candles and other home decor fragrances, pies, and breads (the latter two I will feature recipes for here). I believe it’d even make a great baby food!
So what are these amazing health benefits you might ask? Well, lets see:
- Per 100g it only has 26 calories. Yet contains no saturated fats or cholesterol!
- It is high in minerals, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and E.
- One of which is Vitamin A. Per 100g of pumpkin it contains 7384mg of Vitamin A (that’s 246% of your RDA)!! What does Vitamin A do? It is an anti-oxidant needed by your body to maintain skin and mucous membrane health. It is also essential for vision and studies have shown it can help prevent lung and oral cancers.
- It’s a natural source of poly-phenolic flavonoids, aka carotene, that convert in to Vitamin A in the body. You’re gonna have the pretties skin, eyes, and mucous membranes EVER.
- Pumpkin is rich in xanthin, an anti-oxidant which has UV ray filtering properties that stay in your retina. It’ll help protect your eyes from age related macular disease later on.
- It’s a great source of B-complex vitamins, such as folates, niacin, B6, thiamin, and pantothenic acid (Pregnant Ladies: Take note!).
- Lastly, it contains the minerals copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. That benefits your organs, muscles. bones, teeth, joints, and everything in between! This doesn’t even begin to go in to the benefits of their seeds, but I’ll save that for when I find a way to prepare them that I actually like and isn’t salt-laden.
A while ago a friend of mine posted a picture on Instagram of a candle. She said it smelled amazing, so good even her cat loved it! The best part? Buried in the wax was a REAL ring. I had to, had to, had to have this candle. That’s when I went to their website (www.diamondcandles.com) and perused through their scents. The one I settled on was called Cupcake. How could I resist? I love cake! After all, what fat kid doesn’t? I even love cake flavor ice cream. Haha.
The description of the candles was this,
“What is the perfect dessert that basically has no calories because compared to a whole cake is almost nothing? What’s really more like a cake vitamin? Cupcakes are one of our favorites treats for all occasions. Let’s enjoy the smell even when we aren’t taking our vitamins.” Read the rest of this entry
If you’ve seen my Facebook page, then you already know this. If you haven’t? Well, here’s what I’ve been doing! I have started making wallets and coin purses out of patterned duct tape. I am trying to sell them to supplement my income a little. I am currently not employed, I’m a part-time student, and I’m waiting out the next two months until I can take my Registered Dental Assistant exam with the Dental Board of California. Please feel free to go over there to check out all the patterns. There’s over 70 different ones!
Need some more incentive to go take a peek? Well, when I get to 100 likes on my page I am having a giveaway. I will make you a custom wallet and purse set out of whatever tape I have in stock that you like and will send it to one random winner. So please, share this blog and go like my Facebook page. It’s also a great way to get updates when I post to my blog if you don’t follow it here. Also, if you recommend someone to my Facebook and they like it and tell me you sent them? You both will receive $5 off of your wallet purchase if you choose to get one. They really are awesome.
Lastly, if cool crafts, a giveaway and discount doesn’t convince you to check me out? Maybe tugging at those heart strings will. Being that I am the sister of an Army Soldier that has served in two deployments, one to Afghanistan and one to Iraq, supporting the troops is a HUGE deal to me. So until the end of June I am offering a 10% discount to all military service members, active or veteran. All you have to do is send me a picture of you holding up your enlistment photo. For everyone else that makes a purchase in the month of June I will be sending 10% of all proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project. They are an organization that helps wounded warriors readjust to life stateside with their new disabilities. They raise awareness, offer support, and run programs for the warriors as well as their families. This is an amazing cause that I’d love to support.
At this time I’m only able to accept Postal Money Orders or cash, as I’m still working on getting a PayPal account. Please use the below contact form to inquire about making a purchase, where to send your payment, or if you have any questions.
This is not a sponsorship by Duck brand Duct Tape or the Wounded Warrior Project. This is all me. If you’d like to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit them at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
A family favorite dish at my house is sweet carrots. It’s an old dish but they like how I make mine. You’ll need just a few ingredients to get this done.
We have this with just about anything. Last night it was hamburgers, baked beans and the carrots. Another time was white rice, teriyaki chicken and the carrots. It’s also a great holiday feast side. If your kids don’t like veggies? Try this.
So here’s just another simple, healthy recipe that I made the other night. It’s inspired by the Kraft website once again. All you’ll need is a frying pan, tongs, large bowl, can opener and a large knife.
Recently I went to the doctor and found out that I’ve gained 50 pounds back from the 90 that I lost. SUPER disappointing. On top of that, my blood pressure was raised. Combination of weight gain, stress, stress causes weight gain, weight gain causes higher blood pressure. Crazy vicious cycle. Anyway! I need to further my endeavors in to eating healthier (and exercising more). I started looking in to Paleo diets considering my doctor recommended low carb, low sodium, less red meat, more fruits and vegetables, less processed foods and cutting out fast food altogether. That’s when I found the Kraft website, and they had recipes! While it’s not vegetarian, vegan, or clean, it is healthier than lasagna or spaghetti.
I’m going to try to blog more about my weight loss, new diet, how I exercise, how I snack. Maybe even vent at times to seek support. Thanks for coming along!!
Here it is, after a short sabbatical, another Lenten meal. It’s Spinach Balls! I got the recipe idea from CTFxC’s “Grinch Balls”. These are delicious. I serve them over Alfredo pasta. We need to modify these to be meatless, though. So instead of chicken stuffing we will be using plain bread crumbs.
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This was my skin before treatment. Horrible acne (in the follicles, so it’s more blackheads, enlarged pores and minor breakouts), dry and oily skin, flaky patches, and the worst of all was the eyelid dermatitis from a reaction to an allergen in the soap I used while I didn’t have eye makeup remover.
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