Wednesday, June 13, 2018

De-Stress, not Distress

Take a hop on over to our sister blog, to check out our latest post. De-Stress, not Distress to get some simple tips to relieve the stress in your life.

Happy Wednesday!!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

What's in your water bottle?

You may have heard recently that the WHO (World Health Organization) has announced that it is launching a review of the potential risks of plastic particles in drinking water, after a study found tiny pieces of plastic in more than 90% of samples from the world's most popular bottled water brands.

That analysis was conducted by the State University of New York in Fredonia as part of a project from the U.S.-based journalism organization Orb Media, and it involved 259 bottles of water from 11 brands across nine countries.

Of all the bottles tested, only 17 were found to be free of plastic. On average, each liter sold contained 325 pieces of microplastic, including polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate. In one case, a bottle of Nestlé Pure Life contained more than 10,000 pieces of microplastic. High levels were also found in bottles of Bisleri (5,230), Gerolsteiner (5,160) and Aqua (4,713).

They say there's no cause for alarm. They say that the particles pose no threat to human health. They also said the same things about pesticides. Remember DDT

There is no better time than now to ditch the plastics. Between causing hormone disruption, and now particle pollution, plastics just don't make sense. Here are two simple steps you can take at home and on the go to kick the plastic habit and improve your health.
  • Buy a stainless steel water bottle. Fill and refill it with filtered water, and maybe toss a slice of lemon or cucumber in there for a flavor boost. There are many stainless steel water bottles on the market, but the Yeti Rambler is by far my favorite. If I fill it with ice-water today, tomorrow there will still be ice. It's awesome. It's a hot or cold, so you can use it for your coffee, too. 

  • Filter your water. Brita just doesn't finish the job, so give your water a boost by using activated charcoal sticks. Sounds a little weird, right? But these funny looking sticks absorb impurities in water. If you're using a brita (or other filter device), just toss a stick in the bottom of the container to help purify. They have sticks to fit in your water bottles, too! They're re-usable, just boil them for 10 minutes and allow to dry - boom, reactivated! I have a large one for my 2 gallon glass water dispenser in the fridge, along with smaller ones that just hangs around in our Yeti's. 

Pretty simple, right? And for a modest investment (about $35 for the Yeti, and $13 for the charcoal), you can eliminate the polluted bottled water - and the waste from all the empties. Good deal all around. 

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

News, Garden, and Jackson

The new sister website is up... and we'll begin the next Fertility Coaching session in June. If you, or anyone you know, is interested, please contact me and I'll get you more information.

In other news... Joey and Amber are packing up and ready to hit the road. Bill and I leave for our 2-week camping (glamping) trip this saturday, and Joey and Amber leave a week later. They're well prepared and anxious to get going. Bill and I are wondering if we'll survive two weeks in a tiny RV. LOL.  I'm going to write this on a post it, and Bill and I will just keep swapping it during the trip... "I'm sorry for the things I said when we were parking the trailer."  LOL!

The first week, Joey and Amber will still be at home to watch the pups. The second week, Shi, Jared, and Jackson will be house-sitting. I wish we could take the pups with us, but poor Loki gets so violently carsick that the trip would just be tortuous for him. And Hunter... well, let's just say that the camper is too small for his big self. Haha.

I've got the meals all planned out, along with the breakdown of when we need to restock and where. I've printed all the recipes, and have my list of kitchen necessities ready to pack up. All our food will be either made in the Instant Pot, or the electric skillet. We don't have an oven or stove in the RV, just a microwave/convection thing that I've never used. This is truly going to be an adventure for us... a fun adventure or a not-fun adventure... remains to be seen. :-)

The weather is heating up here in AZ... we've been steadily hitting over 100 degrees. Ugh. I know some of you still have snow, and I'd gladly send you some of this sunshine if I could. It is, however, great for the garden! I'm absolutely loving how lush it is! The kale trees (yes, trees, lol) are in full bloom, my lavender and chives are blooming, tomatoes daily, and the snow peas... I've never had so many! Last night we had a huge bowl of steamed snow peas, and another of tomato & basil salad - all fresh from the garden.


The last few weeks have seen a couple milestones, too.... Jackson turned One! Can you believe it's been a year??? Wow!! He's such a dollbaby and one of the absolute lights of my life.
Then, right after his party, was his first Easter! Shi is so creative with her photo-shoots with him, lol. And tell me that kid isn't hamming it up! LOL!!


So... I will try to blog from the road, but I have no idea when or where we'll have internet service. I'm sure I'll be able to upload pics to facebook though... seems like you can always get enough service bars for facebook, right? Ha!

Happy Thursday!!