De-tox continued…

So, I weighed myself today. I weighed the same. I’m sure the de-tox is more about substantial toxin-removal more than weight loss. The body can’t be deplenished of it’s nutrients completely. I still eat the same. For example: This morning I had bacon, sausage, eggs with chorizo, coffee with plain creamer. Snack was a 100 calorie pack, guacamole with chips. Now, I’m finishing my first packet dissolved in water. We will see by the end of the week..how I feel overall.

De-tox continued…

Day 3 on my de-tox. I feel I have lost weight. Surprisingly, I don’t have alot of energy. This could be due to Adia crawling in bed with me anywhere from 12:00 at midnight or 1:00 a.m. in the morning. Every now and then my stomach will tighten and this usually means I will be passing some of the toxins soon. Today, my stomach wasn’t agreeing with me but this is normal within the first few days of de-tox. Because your flushing your system completely of harmful toxins. This is all I have for today’s entry. I will weigh myself tomorrow to see if I’ve lost any.

Started a De-tox yesterday.

I basically add 1 serving of concentrate to a quart of water ( 32 fl. oz) Shake to mix. Drink until the last sip dissolves. Repeat everyday for 7 consecutive days. I have kept myself full of liquids to keep from dehydration the obvious. I eat the same. It will gently cleanse my body/system, assists with elimination of toxins, prepares the body for a weight management regimen, supports internal antioxidant activity, supports liver health, supports GI (gastrointestinal health) and helps promote a sense of well being. Contains all * organic* ingredients. Honestly, I feel light as a feather, I guess thats a good thing right? I will share my progress along the way…

Organic Gardening

Spring time is finally here! This usually means it’s time to get our garden’s prepped..out come’s the garden tools, out comes the barnyard soil, and hopefully out comes the beautiful veggies. Today, Matt and I bought our ” rich” soil for the garden being the soil in our yard is dry and this isn’t typically the best soil for plants to thrive on. We bought barnyard manure mixed with soil which does wonders for the garden so I hear…we will see. This year we are planting eggplant, cucumber, onions, tomatoes, squash, beans ect… and a few herbs we’re going to grow on the front porch. There is nothing like going out to your backyard and picking “homegrown” veggies.

Matt pouring the barnyard soil.

spreading the barnyard soil.

Dark, rich, glorious soil.

Deciphering what to do for my 24th birthday.

My 24th birthday is in two weeks and I’m pondering on what to say when friends/family ask what I want to do. Camping is the first thing that came to mind. I would like to sit around a campfire with some of my closest friends, drink a few cold one’s, stuff my face with good food, and listen to the sounds of nature while sleeping underneath the milky stars. Or there is the thought of a new Kitchen Aid Mixer in a deep red color instead of my re-sale shop find hand mixer that is well, kinda lame. It has no rhythm and it’s just not jiving’ like it should. Maybe a vintage weight scale? Other than that..I really can’t think of anything that I just need. Maybe that’s part of getting older..we need less.
I’m just happy that I still have a kick in my step, pages to fill, memories to make, and friends and family to share the sparkle with.

The dirty essentials in composting the garden.

While walking down to the garden last week, I spotted two Canadian geese. Aren’t they pretty?

Step 1. spread collected newspaper on bed of garden.

Step 2. Spread my compost in various places. Simple, there is no fancy form to it.

Step 3. Try not to get attacked by red fire ants..Ouch! Mission failed.

Step 4. Find an “organic” way of getting rid of these suckers!

A simple solution (literally).

I have decided to make my own laundry detergent. The benefits and possibilities are endless! These are a few reasons why: I buy a 1/2 gallon of 7th generation laundry detergent every couple of weeks after it’s gone on sale for $5.00 or less. The detergent is concentrated and equals out to 33 loads. After two weeks, I refill my gas tank, drive to the store to pick up another 1/2 gallon. Some of you may be thinking, Why not 1 gallon? The particular laundry detergent I buy is specialized being it is a “greener method.” Therefore, it tends to be higher in price and smaller in size than brands like, Tide or Downy. This is my reasoning for waiting for it to go on sale.
Every-time, I start up my Jeep Cherokee, I can’t help but think..Gas=$$$

Conversely, making your own laundry detergent is cheaper and less toxic. Many generic laundry detergents contain numerous chemicals that cause allergic reactions. The internet has been a great resource for finding a variety of homemade laundry detergent recipes. Some people like adding naturally derived plant oils to their laundry detergent. Lavender and Sandal-Wood are some of my favorite’s. Being, I enjoy earthy undertones. I feel satisfied in knowing my penny’s are being saved and my family is taken care of. This will be my first time to make homemade laundry detergent. I plan to stick to a simple recipe that consists of borax, washing soda, and natural soap.

How to make laundry detergent:

4 cups hot boiled Water
1 natural Soap Bar (see the directions below for tips)
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup Borax
Directions

Grate the soap bar using the coarse side of your cheese grater. I buy clear vegetable glycerin or olive oil soap bars from my local bulk food store, and many web sources suggest using Fels Naptha or Ivory soap.

Combine the soap flakes and hot water in a large saucepan. Stir over a medium-low heat until the soap is melted.

Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of very hot water. Add the melted soap mixture, the washing soda and the borax. Stir until all the powder is dissolved.

Fill the bucket up to the top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

What If It’s Really Lumpy?
I just made a batch with a new laundry soap bar and my homemade laundry soap came out really thick and lumpy.

I tried mushing it with a spoon, then with my potato masher, and then finally I just put my hands in and squished away the lumps.

It was surprisingly fun, and I’d definitely recommend making it with your kids. It’s a great alternative to squishing around in mud!

Next morning, stir the essential oils into the laundry soap mixture.

Transfer your homemade laundry detergent to a bunch of clean used laundry jugs.

To use: Shake the bottle before each use to dissolve any lumps of gel that might have formed while it was sitting. Use 1 cup per load for top-load washing machines, and half a cup for front-load washers.

This recipe makes enough homemade laundry detergent for 45 top loads or 90 front loads. If that seems like a lot, reduce the recipe by half (although it’s not going to go bad – it’s soap!)

I hope you can join me on this journey! 🙂