After re-potting, my Christmas Cactus is FINALLY getting lots of blooms on it. : )
Well, here we are at the end of another week AND the end of another month!!!!! I know I said this last year around this time but I think this year will be another year that will fly by. But I am, however, looking forward to saying that it's Spring instead of Winter despite what it looks like outside. This weekend we are to be in the 40's - bring out the shorts!!!! : )
Once again, throughout the week, I kept writing things down that I thought about and wanted to share with you. Some will probably be obvious, others being reminders, and hopefully something new will pop up. : ) So, here we go:
*I had mentioned a while back that it's good to buy organic produce if you can and I buy organic produce only if we eat the whole thing. What I failed to mention (and this is probably one of the obvious ones) is that even if you buy produce that you have to peel and won't be eating the whole, remember to still wash the outside of it!!! (avocados, grapefruit, oranges, etc.) Think of all those hands that handled that piece of fruit or vegetable before you got your hands on it and once the knife slices through it, those germs get inside.
*When getting ready the other morning I was reminded of how we should look at ourselves from all angles before calling it good. That goes for makeup, hair, and clothes. We should have a hand-held mirror that we can check the back and sides of ourselves to see if everything is okay. This doesn't mean that we have to be a Narcissus but there have been times when I've been rushed and caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror at a store and said "whoops" - not good. LOL
*A couple of health tips (again, I'm NOT a health care provider, I'm just saying what works for me - you would need to do your own research or do what you feel is best for you). I have mentioned coconut oil - I have learned that this oil is a fat burner and since putting a Tbsp. in our oatmeal every morning, I have noticed that even though I may not be losing weight, I am losing body fat. I actually have a figure again with a noticeable waistline!!! : )
Next, throw the scale away! As women we KNOW when we have gained weight and our clothes are what tells us. The numbers on the scale fluctuate so much simply by gaining water weight through eating too much sodium or any number of ways of gaining. Numbers can depress us. I suggest to opt for a healthy lifestyle of exercise, eating foods that will help you and not harm you, and adapting healthy behaviors like good sleep, being careful what you watch and read, building relationships that build you up not tear you down.........I know that you know. : )
Lastly, before you do or eat ANYTHING ask yourself if it's something you should be doing or eating or will you feel awful the next day if you comply to your craving. For example, I used to have my favorite potato chips in the pantry (sour cream and onion) and whenever I needed something to chase the blues away or just got bored with other food, or I just............really wanted to eat them! I KNEW what I was going to feel like after eating them (stomach problems, bad taste in my mouth afterwards, etc.) yet I GAVE IN. I didn't stop to think. So, I never have those in our house again to tempt me. This goes with eating all junk food, or getting high fat/high calorie/high sodium take-out and eating it all, or drinking. Whatever it is for you that gets you into trouble and makes you feel sad and depressed afterwards because you know it wasn't a wise choice, just stop and think first.
Once you begin eating healthy, your body really does get used to it and you will eventually find that the junk food you loved and craved will no longer taste good anymore - it will seem sweeter, saltier, and not as flavorful as it once did. So, my encouragement for you is to begin by not bringing in those foods that you know are not good for you and will only make you feel awful. And then begin the process of bringing into your home healthy foods that will take care of your mind and body. It really DOES work. : )
*I have been buying a product at Walmart for quite a while now and the product, more often than not, has been faulty. I usually just toss it away but the other day I noticed the Walmart address on the product so I though that I would just send them examples of what is faulty and write a letter letting them know. This is my thought and I don't know if many people do this very often and I think we should if we're spending our money on it. The letter you send should be very polite however - it's not meant to vent your anger and be unkind, but I'm thinking that most of the time companies don't know if their product doesn't work or not and unless we tell them how are they to know? So, instead of tossing it aside, speak up (nicely) and let them know.
*I just finished another George Eliot book (I'm always sad when I'm done but fortunately I have another one waiting). : ) Before I read the other I'm going to change gears and go to another Grace Livingston Hill book that a friend recently gave me:
She is another favorite author of mine and have many of her books. Here is a line from this particular book - "..............the house seemed less and less like a home, and more and more like a furniture display in a great department store. There wasn't a thing in it that one could feel like loving and keeping." You will find in GLH books that homemaking and homekeeping is important and she writes within her characters a sense of wanting that in their lives. I'm looking forward to reading on!
Encouragement for you - get some really good books and begin reading! Be careful and be wise in selecting and you will fill many hours of your life in a positive way.
*Another thing that I worked on this week is a garden notebook. I went through the one that I have and pulled out all the articles that don't interest me anymore and organized what was left. I wanted one that was more personalized and one that I could write in more often and keep decorating, so this is a very simple one that I started (nothing fancy!):
Very simple, very basic, but it feels more organized and there are so many more pages to fill with all kinds of things, articles, and information. What I find is that I can get carried away in the Spring and plant things I know nothing about or too many of some, etc. - this really had me sitting down and thinking through what I really wanted to do. Again, some of it is obvious to me but there were places that I had to make certain about and now it's on paper as a reminder (plus it was a good reason to use markers, and cut and paste). : )
I think now comes the March to-do's and March tea party theme. So amazing that it's March already. March is such an in-between month especially for us in the northern climate where we still have snow and there really are no outdoor projects to work on as yet, so this to-do list is VERY small!!!!
*If you live in areas where you CAN actually do outdoor things, this is the month to clean your garden equipment and make sure that everything is in good working condition.
*Make homemade products - body and home - experiment and find what works for you and your home. Have fun with this!!!!!
*I know Easter is in April this year, but some pre-planning is good. Write down all the who's, what's, when's, and where's now and jot things down as you think of them. Start pulling out your Spring/Easter decorations and pretty up your home. Is there anything you can make? I'm in need of some pretty Spring dinner napkins so I'll be making a trip to the fabric store soon.
*Keep up with decluttering!!!!!!!!! Again, once the weather is nice and you won't feel like, or have the time to be indoors, use this winter time we have left to keep organizing and getting rid of stuff you don't use or need. We're working towards Simplicity! Using everything we have and loving everything we have.
That's it! VERY easy.
MARCH TEA PARTY THEME:
*Decorate with pots of shamrocks and float votive candles in pretty glassware and/or pretty bowls.
*Serve mint ice cream, shamrock sugar cookies, and some gingerbread.
*Play Irish music in the background.
I don't know about where you live, but around here St. Patrick's Day is a big deal (especially in the bars). I pray that you don't succumb to that and that if you do celebrate (because it IS fun to celebrate) you will set an example to others that we, as Christians, can have a really good and fun time without alcohol.
One idea is to invite family/friends over for a game night. Set out lots of appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks and just have a fun and silly time over games. Or watch a funny (and appropriate) movie - still serving food and beverages and sit around afterwards talking. Make it meaningful and memorable. Again, finding ways to celebrate silly holidays like this is very helpful in keeping life uplifting and fun since there is SO much serious stuff going on. It helps to balance this life out a little.
And I have a little give-away for you -
It's an appliqued cookie cover that I made for the month of March. It's made out of felt and decorated (as you can see) with Shamrocks and buttons. What you do is when you take a plate of cookies somewhere (church, school, etc.), just put a piece of plastic wrap on top of the cookies and put this cookie cover on top. It just adds a bit of color and fun to your goodies. This measure 13" across and it would have to be spot-cleaned. So...........if you are someone who would enjoy this, just let me know in the comment section and I will assign numbers to your names and then draw a name/number next week and send it out to you! (I'm sorry - this will be just for the U.S.)
Well. I think I'm finally done. I'm posting this on Friday instead of my usual Saturday morning because I have things to get to tomorrow and I need to begin early, so I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you got a little something from it. God bless you in your homemaking this weekend - remember to do something because something is ALWAYS better than nothing. : ) See you later!