Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cucumber Lemon Water Detox

We all know that drinking a lot of water is beneficial for your health. It is your body’s best beauty secret. Drinking 8-10 glasses per day is important because every cell in your body needs it. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.  Water helps energize muscles. Cells that don't maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue.  Water helps keeps your energy level high. It keeps your skin moisturized and glowing and your hair strong and shiny.
I’m going to be honest, I do NOT drink nearly enough water.  I drink way too much coffee and diet coke.  I’ve just never been a big water drinker but as I’m getting older, I’m really starting to see how I need to make this a new habit for my health.
Flavored water is very refreshing, and the pairing up of cucumber and lemon is a fantastic combination considering the health benefits and the great taste.  

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Some Amazing Benefits:
Cucumbers Cucumbers are natural diuretics and will help your body release water.  Cucumbers contain silica which help your build healthy muscle tissue as well as known for helping your skin stay clear and smooth.
Lemon – Is a superfood that aids in digestion, Dr. Oz says could “be a wrinkle fighter”.  Lemons  are also a good alkaline source with helps balance your ph levels, supports weight loss.
Mint –  Is known to help stop stomach aches, reduce headaches and decrease congestion.   It also kills harmful bacteria, keeping your mouth naturally clean.
Ginger – Aids in circulation. Helps cleanse out your system, aids in digestion, and settles your stomach. A little goes a long way, so I'd start by grating a small piece into your water and add more to taste.  Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory, which can help in reducing joint pain and aches.
All these ingredients have many health benefits, but essentially all help aid in digestion. Cucumber and Lemon water will cleanse your body and leave you feeling refreshed.

  • 2-3 thinly sliced lemons 
  • 1 thinly sliced cucumber
  • 15 mint leaves
  • 1/2 tbp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 gallon of water

  • Step 1: Always wash fruits and vegetables.
  • Thinly slice the lemon and cucumber.
  • Step 2: Place all your ingredients in a container and fill to the top with water.
  • Step 3: Steep in fridge overnight and enjoy the next day.
Try this for a week and let me know how it worked for you.  I'm truly feeling great since I started my healthier lifestyle.  Hope you enjoy.


Friday, April 17, 2015

The Chain Linky CLIMB @ Sew Crafty Angel

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It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
Networking means helping each other grow!! 
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Here's how the Giveaway & Co-hosting works - the co-hosts from the previous month's CLIMB will have the opportunity to participate in a Giveaway during the next CLIMB - that gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!!  (If you would like to co-host please sign up at the end of this post using the last "Linky")
Please welcome The April 2015 Chain "Linky" CLIMB
week#4 co-hosts:
April from "April Noelle"
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April Noelle 
April is our permanent week#4 co-host.  Checkout what's been happening on "April Noelle" lately:

An Unusual Week of Feeling Accomplished
Keeping Track of Homeschooling Your Toddler
CrossFit vs Other Gyms
Bev from "Eclectic Red Barn"
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Eclectic Red Barn
Bev is our permanent "fill-in" cohost.  Checkout what's been happening on "Eclectic Red Barn" lately:
Thrifty Reasons to Save Old Containers 
Bed Pan Planter
Chicken & Kale Soup
Carrie from "Daily Musings"
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We are thrilled that Carrie is joining us again!  Checkout what's been happening on "Carrie Ann Tripp - a.k.a. Daily Musings" lately:
Nicodemus's Night Light 

 Miriam's Ministry
April Showers of #ThursdayTheologyBlogs

Colleen from "Butterfly in the Attic"
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We are looking for wonderful Bloggers like YOU to cohost the May 2015 CLIMB!!
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Blushing Peach - Colorful Granite Beachstone from Lake Michigan, 48 Inch Adjustable Necklace, Black Cord, Recycled Glass Krobo Bead Unisex Necklace Simple and elegant. Stone. Glass. Fiber
"I have found and drilled this Lake Michigan beachstone, hand strung it onto a quality waxed cotton cord and topped it with a rosy peach recycled glass Krobo artisan bead, all depicting the colors from this beautiful natural granite beachstone. This casual unisex necklace can be worn long as is - perhaps for layering with others, or you may snip and re-knot the cord to your liking and is 48 inches"
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party #64


 week #64

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party
@ Sew Crafty Angel


We are so excited to have so many amazing bloggers party with us.
Check out this weeks Featured linkups.

Thank you so much to all those who share your blog in our party.
Last week we had  391 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
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This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

Creatively Homespun

I have to admit, these are super easy…

So I actually didn’t measure or trace anything? I “eye-balled” most of it. OOPS! I’ll give you instructions and then show you where you can find a pattern

Painted Guitar: Americana Style
Re-do It Yourself Inspirations

We have a few "first guitars" hanging around our youngest son's room. I'm currently working on a complete room makeover for this tween and decided to upcycle a couple of these tattered toys. My first victim of this particular DIY is this one...

Gaining Blog Views: Link Parties
Hello! Last week I started a series called Starting a Blog, to chronicle my experience from starting a blog so far. Last week focused on actually starting your blog and the technical aspects of beginning a website. It is a good idea to start from that page first. Today I will start the discussion about how to gain views. This post will focus on promoting your blog through link parties and how to optimize your photos for them.

Rebel Chick
I’ve been making this recipe for close to 20 twenty years. Yeah, I know. I just dated myself.

It’s the “Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie” recipe from ABC Distributing’s “Grandma’s Favorite Cookies” cookbook. Did you ever work in an office that received the ABC Distributing catalog? It was so full of awesome stuff!!

DIY Lavender Bath Bomb (Lush Copycat)
A Mother Thing
Nothing quite hits the spot like a good old bath bomb. Stick it in the water as you fill up the tub, and it fizzes and releases wonderful smells, while coloring the water and relaxing you instantly. But they tend to cost way more than they should, and when you can easily make them at home for a fraction of the price, why not whip up a batch yourself? These make amazingly wonderful gifts for the ladies in your life, and they are awesome to have on hand on those days you just want to indulge. For a home spa day, they are essential!

Memory Quilt: Polaroid Design
Nicer Than New

Today I want to share with you  a fabulous way to preserve memories, especially if you have a ton of t-shirts or jerseys just laying around taking up drawer or storage space: A Memory Quilt.  This one is designed around the shape and design of Polaroid photos!

Easy Beer Bread: Savory Pesto-Flavored Variation
~Taylor-Made Homestead~
When planning the food for the group each of us brings certain elements of the meals.   it was requested that I bring several different items but one such item was to bring bread of some sort (pesto bread was the recommendation).   Of course I could just buy the bread but I always prefer for both financial as well as environmental reasons to make these things myself whenever possible

Faux Fireplace Bookcase
Thrifty Girl. Big Dreams.
I am beyond excited to share with you my newest project.

A faux fireplace bookcase.

I would love to have the real deal but I knew financially that would not be happening anytime soon. So what do frugal, crafty, do-it-yourselfers do? We browse Pinterest.

Then after finding this beauty on a Facebook yard sale page…

Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar…I can make it!
Hope in the Healing
I love oats. I love oatmeal. I can just eat it plain, when I am being really good. I also like it with a teaspoon of honey and almond milk. When I am on the road I will even fix me some quick and easy oatmeal with the instant packets. Not my favorite but when you are living in hotels it is better than most of the other things they offer and you know what is in it. I love oatmeal cookies, oatmeal granola bars, no bake chocolate oatmeal dropped cookies…get the idea? There are not too many things with oats that I do not like.

Grandma's Legendary Zucchini Bread Recipe
"Born Again" Farm Girl

One of my favorite childhood memories is that of my grandmother's zucchini bread. There was just something extra special about how she made it. You know how sometimes you close your eyes and go to your “happy” place? My grandpa’s kitchen, with a slice of her zucchini bread, has always been a “happy” place memory for me.

Reese's Slam Dunk No Bake Cheesecake
Spaceships and Laser
I love any reason to get together for a party. With basketball championships right around the corner, I'm excited to invite friends over for delicious treats and lots of cheering together. These Reese's Slam Dunk No Bake Cheesecake are absolutely delicious and oh-so-easy! 

Classic Layered Salad with Avocado Cream
Nicer Than New

When I asked my sister-in-law what I could bring to our Easter dinner, I was told all was covered off except a salad or vegetable.  With a simple main course of pineapple ham and scalloped potatoes, I decided to make a classic layered salad. With so many crunchy vegetables in it, there would be no need for another vegetable dish!  I love making (and eating!) layered salads.  For this one, I added a cream dressing with avocado added.

Make Your Own Bug Repellent with Essential Oils
Stephanie Lincecum

I'm not a fan of summer. Well, that might be a little harsh. Breaking it down a bit, I'm really not a fan of weather above 80°, and I'm not a fan of bugs. Wasps scare the bejeezus out of me. Gnats and mosquitoes annoy me to seemingly no end. Even if I try to enjoy the milder warmth of early morning or late evening, they are there to ruin it for me.

Make an Herb Garden from a Pallet
Pink When

This is the project that I made in a few short hours with my old torn up pallet, a Kreg jig, drill, and some paint! The transformation was amazing, and if you have an old pallet around, I would whole heartedly tell you to give this project a try.

Excellent Pin Growing Pinterest Resources
Earning and Saving with Sarah Fuller

Pinterest has proven to be a powerful traffic driver for many bloggers including myself. In fact, it is my number one traffic source. Pinterest’s visual nature and the ease of bookmarking items of interest on this virtual bulletin board has yet to be matched.

Make Your Own Italian Seasoning Mix
A Cultivated Nest

One of the great things about making your own homemade Italian seasoning blend is that you can adjust the amounts of the spices to suit your taste.  You could add more basil if that’s what you like or no red pepper flakes if  that’s what you prefer. Play around with this recipe and customize it to your tastes! You probably already have everything you need to make it right in your spice cupboard or pantry.

Spring at the Homestead - A Pictorial
I'm not in much of a writing mood. How about just pictures for today?

Ciondolo di primavera
Miss Quilling
Ciao a tutte! Oggi mini post per farvi vedere un nuovo ciondolo

Coconut Key Lime Pie Bites
A Sprinkle of This and That

One of my favorite desserts (actually there are many), is key lime pie.
A bite of key lime pie is like a little tropical taste of Florida.
So, I took my key lime pie recipe and jazzed it up a bit.  Added some coconut and made that favorite pie into mini bites of tropical paradise!

5 Ways You Are Damaging Your Hair and Don't Even Know It
Audacity to be You

1. Combing - How you detangle and style your hair can be a major factor to why you are not retaining length and ultimately leading to breakage. Make sure you start at the ends of your hair and work your way up. This insures less breakage and you are not tugging on the hair. Also take into account to use a wide tooth comb to do this process. My favorite comb to use is the Hecules Sageman. If you don't want to use a comb try finger detangling. In my opinion this is the safest way to rid your hair of tangles because you can actually feel the knots in your hair.

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