Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Autumn Soup

As the nights get longer and the days a little colder, I realize that Summer is coming to an end. I love soup in Autumn. This one I made a few days ago and it was really yummy with butternut squash, spinach, and wild rice!

1 cup wild rice
1 onion chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
herbs of choice
2 1/2 quarts stock
1 medium sized butternut squash diced
4 cups dark leafy greens
salt and pepper

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DIY: Quilt Made from Sample Fabrics

Originally quilts were made from scraps of fabric that were used for something else. Like when someone's dress was worn out they then would cut it up to use it to make a quilt out of. People lived more with the notion of "fix it up, wear it out, make it do or do without." Now quilting is a hobby, but I like the idea of taking something that was once used as something else and when it no longer is needed for that purpose, instead of throwing it away, finding another purpose for it. Example: I use torn socks as rags to clean with. I was taking a sewing class earlier this year and my teacher was getting rid of a sample fabric book that came from a home fabric store. So I decided to make a quilt for my little girl. It's still more glamorous than what original quilts were I'm sure. Thank you mom for helping me finish the quilt after Brigitte was born!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Why I No Longer Use Toothpaste

I can't believe that's I had my baby a month ago now! It has been hard trying to find a juggle between everything while trying to figure out being a new mom. I think I'm starting to get the hang of it now. There are so many things I've wanted to blog about but could never find the time to do so. I'm now finally feeling like I can set the time aside though. Right before I had my baby girl I had been reading about how people have been able to re-mineralize their teeth and reverse tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease. There are even books on it! So before you think it's impossible to do so and you have a cavity that needs filling, look at all your options before you drill a hole in your tooth and fill it with a foreign substance, think of it this way: if you have low bone density doctors say you can rebuild the density right? Well the same should be with our teeth too. Our teeth aren't dead, they're living. So I did some research of my own as to what I should and shouldn't be doing for the health of my teeth. I found a great tooth powder recipe and Ora Wellness. My husband and I have our own container of the tooth powder.

  • 4 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay
  • 3 Tablespoons Calcium Magnesium Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Powdered Mint Leaf (optional, or can use essential oil)- Powder in blender, food processor or coffee grinder.
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of Cloves Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon (or more to taste) Xylitol Powder
  • Essential oils for taste- completely optional but Peppermint, Spearmint and Cinnamon are good. I buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.
I get my toothbrush wet and dab a little of my tooth powder on the top bristles. I then swish a couple of drops of Ora Wellness in my mouth with water as a mouth wash. Since I've been using it, my teeth feel cleaner when I wake up in the morning than it normally did, and I've noticed that my teeth have gotten whiter! All the ingredients can be found either on Amazon and grocery store (like baking soda, duh). There
are so many things i normally would put links to but I don't have the time for. Look up about flouride dangers, and the ingredients in my tooth powder. Also remember that decreasing your sugar intake is a must to re-mineralize your teeth. And keep in mind that doctors and dentists, yes have their place, but that they are also in business. Many things our bodies can heal itself if we give it the chance with proper nutrition so asking your dentist if you can re-mineralize your teeth, he isn't in the business to say "yes you can" he didn't go to school to do that.

*I'm not saying don't go to your dentist, you still should get a deep clean every 6 months, etc.