Brush Your Teeth

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If you have a challenge with snacking, shortly after a meal, try this trick.  Brush your teeth.

I was one of the many people who find themselves snacking shortly (within 30 minutes) after a meal.  But why?  

Sometimes boredom, other times the “fullness” of the meal had passed, and I felt it was time for something sweet.  Yes, unfortunately, the snacks were rarely healthy. Continue reading “Brush Your Teeth”

DIY – Body Powder

Who has not used body powder at some time in their lives?  As a baby, a child after a bath, or as an adult, to help with chafing, etc.  But is commercial baby powder safe?  Read more about it here.

For the last few years, I have been making a safe, DIY body powder.  So simple to make, with all the benefits of a commercial powder and none of the worries. Continue reading “DIY – Body Powder”

Almond Milk

Almond Milk is an excellent substitute for use in baking, with morning coffee, or as a general dairy alternative, in a low carb/keto lifestyle.  Do you use it?  It is a fabulous choice!

Many commercial brands are less than ideal though.  One popular brand on the market contains the following ingredients:

ALMONDMILK (FILTERED WATER, ALMONDS), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF: VITAMIN & MINERAL BLEND (CALCIUM CARBONATE, VITAMIN E ACETATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D2), SEA SALT, NATURAL FLAVOR, LOCUST BEAN GUM, GELLAN GUM, ASCORBIC ACID (TO PROTECT FRESHNESS).

CONTAINS ALMOND.

What is “Natural Flavoring” anyway?  (Not to mention the other ingredients) Continue reading “Almond Milk”

Whisps – A Favorite Low Carb/Keto Snack

I recently found a new favorite snack … Whisps.  Such a wonderful little crunch, that fits perfectly into my low carb/keto lifestyle.  The multipack arrived today, so three of us in the household decided to find out which variety was our favorite.

Get a variety pack for yourself here

Three of us tried the crisps:
Myself –  Currently following a low carb/keto lifestyle
My husband – Currently doing Weigh Watchers
My 24 yr. old son – Eats an average diet, anything, and everything. Continue reading “Whisps – A Favorite Low Carb/Keto Snack”

Cooking Meat and Veggies in the Sun Oven

"Meat Veggies- SunOven Done (01) | stephsneckofthewoods.com"Have you ever cooked with the sun?  It is amazing! 

No need to heat the house, make a mess in the oven, worry about burning your food, or paying for yet another appliance that uses electricity.

Plus … it is fun!

As long as you can see a shadow, you can cook in a Sun Oven!

Below is what I made for dinner. Continue reading “Cooking Meat and Veggies in the Sun Oven”

The Day We Met Johnny Depp … sort of

It was a warm day back in October of 2007, my birthday in fact.  My Hubby, daughter with her friend, youngest son,  and I, all took a trip to Washington, DC. A new attraction had opened, and we had discount tickets for that day only.

As usual when we visit D.C, we parked just inside the Beltway and took the Metro into the city.  If you have never visited D.C before, I recommend taking  at least a full day to walk about and explore.  Wear comfortable walking shoes as the Metro is the best way to get around. Continue reading “The Day We Met Johnny Depp … sort of”

Let’s Get Moving Tip … Using a Hand-Held Device

"Cell Phone | stephsneckofthewoods.com"Electronic hand-held devices (aka smartphones, iPads, tablets etc.) – most of us have at least one.  They make our lives easier. Or at least that is what “they” tell us.  However you feel about them, if you own one (or five), put them to use in a healthy way.

There are some wonderful apps out there to track EVERYTHING including food you take in, and what comes out.  No, really!  Go look and you’ll see there are many to choose from that track just that. Continue reading “Let’s Get Moving Tip … Using a Hand-Held Device”

Games Gorillas Play by Kathy Darling

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Title: Games Gorillas Play
Author: Kathy Darling with Debbie Freed
Zoo pictures by: Brian Ray and Angelo Calcaterra
Category:  Non-fiction
Genre: Children’s
How did I get this book: I purchased the book at a yard sale
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Overview: This story is about 2 young gorillas, Mopie and Hondari , who grew up in the Bronx Zoo, and how they play with their human friend, Debbie.  The book shows various activities and modes of play. Continue reading “Games Gorillas Play by Kathy Darling”

Parenting Adult Children

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I was thrilled when each of my three children were born.  Each a joy and each with their own set of challenges while raising them.  No two children are exactly alike and my three are each very different in many ways.  They are all caring, intelligent, and am proud to be their mom, but as they have grown into adulthood, I sometimes find it hard to “parent” my adult children.

Do they still need me?  Maybe “need” is the wrong word.  Or, maybe not.  Do they still want me to be a part of their lives?  Yes, I can confidently say they do.  But, they also need to be treated as the adults they have grown to be, with all that entails. Continue reading “Parenting Adult Children”