Let’s Get Moving Tip – Hydrate Regularly

"WaterBottle | stephsneckofthewoods.com"We all know that we need to hydrate.  Some people don’t like water and choose other beverages.  I myself LOVE water.  Pure, fresh, reversed osmosis water, and a lot of it per day.  I prefer to drink from glass and this is my favorite bottle.  I have multiple. 

Whatever beverage you choose, be sure to hydrate often and be sure you are getting enough fluids.

On the plus side, hydrate well = more bathroom breaks = the need to get up and move! Here are a few resources for you:

     Calculate your daily needed water intake (calculator)

     What should my urine look like? (source)

     Dehydration (source)

Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Letterboxing Adventures

Treasure hunting, who doesn’t love it?  To learn more about our Geocaching/Letterboxing adventures, click on the Geochaching/Letterboxing category on the right side of the page.

Geocaching is a lot of fun!  And so is Letterboxing!  There are not as many Letterboxes out there but they are well worth finding. 

So what is Letterboxing?  Here is the official website. 

In short, it is just like a Geocache, in that you use a GPS and follow clues to find the cache.  A Letterbox has something special … a rubber stamp.  Many stamps are custom made, others are commercial but the symbol or picture mean something special to the owner.  Those who Letterbox, have some type of notebook and their own rubber stamp and ink pad. 

When you find the cache, stamp your book with the  “cache stamp”. Then stamp the “cache book” with your stamp.  Below is an example of my Letterboxing book, rubber stamp and ink pad.  I had a custom rubber stamp made from a favorite gorilla picture.

This is a page from my Letterbox book.  I stamp the book and then write the details of where I found it, the name of the cache, date etc.

While searching for a Letterbox does take a bit more prep work than simple Geocaching, it’s fun when you find stamps for your book. Give it a try! I’d love to see your book and all the fun stamps you collect.

The House Witch – A Yearly Visit

 

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Since 2015, we have had a visit from our house witch each October 1st.  Esmeralda stays all month and leaves us by November 1st, sometimes bringing friends, other times not.  And just for fun, I snap a quick picture each day to show her activities. 

Click here and follow along on Instagram to see what she is up to daily.

Below are a few of the pictures of activities I have caught.  Do you have any traditions involving “visitors” for the holidays? Continue reading “The House Witch – A Yearly Visit”

One Second After by William R. Forstchen

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"Sitting on Books | stephsneckofthewoods.com"Title: One Second After
Author: William R. Forstchen
Category:  Fiction
Genre: Science Fiction
Details: Softcover 350 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased the book at full price in March of 2018
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Overview: (from the back cover)  In One Second After, New York Times bestselling author William R. Forstchen brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real. A story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, that sends America back to the Dark Ages. A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) . . . that may already be in the hands of our enemies.

Months before publication, One Second After was cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. It has been discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warned could shatter America. In the tradition of On the BeachFail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future . . . and our end. Continue reading “One Second After by William R. Forstchen”

The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour Book Review

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"Sitting on Books | stephsneckofthewoods.com"Title: The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It
The Complete Back-to-Basics Guide
Author: John Seymour
Category:  Nonfiction
Genre: Agriculture, Homesteading, Gardening
Details: Hardcover, 312 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased this book used from Amazon
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Overview: A comprehensive, back-to-basics guide that explains how to live independently in harmony with the planet, utilizing natural forms of energy, raising crops and livestock, preserving foods, gardening, carpentry, and other essential skills designed to help build a community and transform one’s life.  The book focuses on the natural cycle of life and how it plays into all things self-sufficient.

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Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Geocaching Adventures – Part Two

Treasure hunting, who doesn’t love it?  To learn more about our Geocaching adventures, click on the Geochaching/Letterboxing category on the right side of the page.

What is Geocaching?  Read more here.
Official Geocaching website is here.

Our family has enjoyed Geocaching over the years.  Here are a few of our adventures. Continue reading “Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Geocaching Adventures – Part Two”

Super Simple DIY Foaming Hand Soap

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Making your own DIY foaming hand soap is super simple to do!

Why make your own?  My number one reason for making my own hand soap is so that I know exactly what ingredients are in the bottle. Number two, buying in bulk makes it easy to be sure that the items I need are always on hand. Unexpectedly find the hand soap empty?  No worries!  Grab the ingredients and quickly refill the bottle.

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Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt! Geocaching Adventures – Part One

Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? The thrill of discovering “clues”, sometimes involving a riddle, or simply following a map to the “buried treasure”. However you define it, a “treasure hunt” can be a lot of fun, and a great way to get out and move your body while enjoying time away from your day-to-day grind.   Want  to learn more about Geocaching?  Read this post.

"Microcache | www.stephsneckofthewoods.com"Our family discovered Geocaching around 2002, back before we all had smart phones with us daily. The Geocaching website was not what is today. Not as many features or interactive maps, just a simple map, and GPS coordinates with a few clues or a riddle to find the cache.
We did not own a GPS unit but instead, borrowed one from a realtor friend.

So, we set out on one of our early Geocaching adventures.  Back in the early days of caching, we did not always find what we were looking for.  Sometimes, the coordinates were inaccurate.  Other times, fellow “treasure hunters” were not always careful and did not place the cache back in the exact location after their find. Other times, “muggles” would find the cache and removed it altogether.  It was a bit frustrating at times.

But as with any good treasure hunt, don’t give up – try and try again.  Over the years the site improved, Geocachers became more and more common and they seem to be more careful with their finds. Continue reading “Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt! Geocaching Adventures – Part One”

What is a Chaffle anyway? The Low Carb/Keto Craze that Everyone is Talking About!

What is this latest low carb/keto craze, that has exploded all over social media?
It is a CHAFFLE!  But what the heck is a chaffle anyway?

A Chaffle is basically a waffle made of egg and CHeese, hence the name.

I’m unsure who actually came up with the name “Chaffle,” or if there was a specific recipe that started it, but I have seen many variations shared, from egg and cheddar cheese, to egg, cheddar and mozzarella, with additional spices and without.

But wait … there’s more!  Want something a bit heartier?  Add some ground sausage. Maybe some onions and peppers, or how about making a pizza flavored one, with pepperoni and spices? Continue reading “What is a Chaffle anyway? The Low Carb/Keto Craze that Everyone is Talking About!”

Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Susan Worwood Book Review

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Title: Essential Aromatherapy
A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
Author: Susan Worwood
Category:  Nonfiction
Genre: Naturopathy, Aromatherapy
Details: Softcover, 190pages
How did I get this book: I purchased this book many years ago (1995ish), full price from a Borders Bookstore
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Overview: (from the back of the book) This lively A to Z reference shows us how to prepare and use essential oils as holistic healing agents.

Over the centuries, people have regularly turned to nature for cures, comforts, and cosmetics. Essential Aromatherapy reveals the secrets of this art and organizes every essential oil you’ll need into accessible, alphabetical listings of individual oil profiles, applications, and the physical and emotional conditions that warrant their use.
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