Monthly Archives: July 2012

Green Goodness

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I have shown many pictures of juices I have made in the past, and what ingredients were in them…but this time, I am going to add in the WHY I drink these drinks, the benefits they have and the impact they have on my health, mind and body.

Green Goodness

2 handfuls of Kale

1 handful of Spinach

2 stalks of Celery

2 carrot sticks

1 apple

1 peach

Juiced then poured over ice…very tasty, earthy at first, but it is yummy and easy to drink

Here are a few of the many benefits of each fruit/veggie:

Kale: antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, prevent/combat cancer, cardiovascular support, detox, Vit A, C, K  which help in keeping our bones and teeth strong, boosting our immunity, lowering blood pressure to name a few…

Spinach: fiber which aids in digestions, prevents constipation, and maintains low blood sugar, flavonoids (anti-cancer properties), Vit A, C, E, K beta-carotene, zinc…promotes healthy skin, strong bones, healthy blood pressure, and contributes greatly to brain function…

Carrots: improved vision, cancer prevention, anti-aging, healthy glowing skin (in and out), powerful antseptic, prevents heart disease

Celery: Acidity-balancing body’s blood ph, rehydrates body, anti-cancer properties, lower cholesterol, natural laxative, normalize body temperatures, promotes healthy kidney function, relieves inflammation, and more…

Apples: bone protection, asthma help, alzheimer’s prevention, lowers cholesterol, prevents lung, breast, colon, liver cancers, diabetes management and more…

Peaches: anti-carcinogenic, anti-parasitic, laxative, high in fiber, protects eyes, diuretic, and rich in vit, A, C, niacin, and potassium

 

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Oops to Awesome!

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This must have been my 10th time doing this, but the idea finally came to me as I was holding up my “oops” and seeing how it could become something really awesome.  I had just finished filling up the dish washer, the sink was nice and clean and I had the water on and had just flipped the switch for the disposal…when I hear the awful noise that comes when a spoon accidently falls down the drain without you realizing it…Well, I stopped the disposal and held up the spoon…Too sharp now on the sides to use, so may as well toss it out.  That’s when the idea came to me, why not turn it into something?  I bent the spoon and it easily turned into a “hook,” but how would I get it on a wall, I don’t have tools that would drill a hole in a spoon?  Hmm…I searched the junk drawer and found extra stickers for the stick on hooks I have in use in another room…I stuck the spoon to the sticker, the sticker to the wall, and had a cool one-of-a-kind kitchen towel hook!  It makes me smile when I hang the towel on it!  I love it when trash becomes a treasure!

Fiction or Non-Fiction?

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I have always been a big fan of fiction.  I love getting to know the characters, feel their emotions and experience their adventures.  I love to see how characters deal with conflict and how I root for the character and truly grow to care about their endeavors.  I try to read books that help me grow in some way, but most are just stories that I enjoy because they deal with issues I can relate to.  As a teacher, I am always trying to persuade students to pick up a good book and read, fall in love with a new story and a character, one where they will want to read it again and again…I was a late reader, not really diving in completely until I was an adult.  I felt like I missed out so much when I was younger, thinking books were boring and more for academics instead of enjoyment. 

Now, I can’t put books down.  I am never without a book, currently I am reading 1 fiction and 2 non-fiction books.  Now I will admit, when I read non-fiction, it tends to be when I am researching something or am on the internet searching for something, but rarely as a book front to back in my “for fun” reading pile.  I of course would not be quick to admit this, and in fact a week or so ago, I nearly ripped my hubby’s head off for his suggesting of me to read more non-fiction.  It was on a day where I was reading from my favorite author, Jodi Picoult, and had been sitting on the couch all day (not exaggerating) reading her book, The Lone Wolf.  I have a problem sometimes, I tune the world out and get fully absorbed in a book and can sit there for hours on end completely engaged in a story.  I kind of think that’s really cool too, but that’s another topic…The point was, my hubby was saying that for all the time I devot to reading fiction, that I should be reading nonfiction too, that my students deserve that from me.  That I am in a position where I can share so much knowledge with my students, and that I am doing them a disservice by sticking mainly to fictional reading.  After I was done taking it personal and feeling defensive and upset that he would say that…I was able to see how much sense that made, and that it was a helpful but firm suggestion to be better.  I wish my first reaction wasn’t always to get defensive and to know he’s on my side and my biggest supporter, but I am a work in progress…

So now, I have a few nonfiction books that I have been reading non-stop, of course I have notecards and markers handy because with non-fiction there are facts I want to remember and not just breeze through.  I am reading a book about nutrition and it’s inspiring me to eat in a more natural and healthy manner, and I am excited about it…I am learning new things and feeling motivated to put them into action. 

Moral of the story, we all can be better.  Whether that is simply broadening your horizons and reading more, fiction AND nonfiction, or taking the time to find pleasure in things you might have overlooked.  My suggestion to you is think about something you are interested in, or something you would like to learn more about…and then put that in a search engine for books and plenty of fictional and nonfictional titles will pop up.  I remember once, quite awhile back, I was having this same conversation with someone…it was about Bob Marley and how much this person loved him…but she really didn’t know much about him outside his songs.  So I encouraged her to read about it and her love of Bob Marley became so much more meaningful and honest.  Oh wait, that was me….and it was my hubby encouraging me…

Like I said, I am a work in progress and we should ALL aspire to be “works in progress!”

Homemade Crayons…Kind of…

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So I am not making crayons from scratch, but I am making new crayons from old crayons…The pictures will explain…

Random crayons that are a little worn or broken…It is a mix of crayola, roseart, and off brand crayons

I bought this mini muffin pan from a thrift store for a dollar. I wanted to have one that I could reserve for art projects.

I heated the water to a near boil, then turned off and dumped the crayons in. Then, I let them sit for about 5 minutes or till the water is warm enough to touch.

Here, I am peeling the crayons. The warm water ideally makes the wrappers come right off. I found that it worked really well with the crayola brand, but not the others. If you tend to run low on patience, I suggest using only crayola because the others did take a little of time and energy to peel.

Next, lay them flat on a towel so they can air dry. They need to be completely dry before moving on…

Next, you can break the crayons into little pieces…I had my hubby and son help with this part because it is kind of fun getting to break the crayons on purpose!

Now for the creative part! We each created our own individualized crayons…a few for today, 4th of July, and then some other cool combinations of colors.

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes or until the crayons have fully melted. Cool for about 7 minutes or until they appear to have hardened. Lastly, place tin pan in freezer for about 7 minutes.

After the freezer, they should pop out easily…And there you have it, homemade unique crayons! They are great for little kids who are still working on their fine motor skills because of how easy they are to hold.

Do you have other fun family craft ideas that you’d like to share? If so, please let me know!  I love projects that involve the entire family and that inspire time together being creative!  Happy Fourth of July!!!