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Happy Summer!

First off, Lets talk food.

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Fresh, Healthy Foods. Here are a few of the summer time foods I have been preparing.20150716_182406

Loving my Blue Apron Summer Menu options. Other Posts Here and Here.

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Now on to my Garden Blooms.

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Cannot believe how beautiful my day lilies are this year.

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Loving the Purple, Yellow, Red and Orange. Such bright vibrant colors.

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So in love with this little corner of my yard.

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Succulents are doing really well, they love the heat.

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Now to My Furry Babies. Adorable I know.

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Stuart is getting old. Stuart is getting stiff and having problems jumping up and going down things. So when Neocell offered to send him a supply of ArthroPet Wafers I was really happy to have him try them.

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ArthroPet® is an innovative formula that provides chicken cartilage (a natural source of collagen type II, glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid), plus MSM, CMO and Manganese. ArthroPet is a safe and effective natural food supplement.

  • All Natural
  • ArthroPet formula supports the diets of pets suffering articular cartilage and connective tissue problems
  • ArthroPet supports healthy & strong joints
  • ArthroPet is a delicious natural chicken flavor chewable wafer, pets love it every time!

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So I planted the bottle with the wafers on the top near the toys basket to see how long it would take for the kids to discover them.

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He Investigated and Discovered, and he snatched it with his tail a waggin’. You cannot get any food or treats past this one.

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He was so excited I had to let him take it outside to eat it on his own. He loved it.

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NeoCell has been developing and manufacturing all natural, premium anti-aging formulas for over 20 years and is the leading Collagen brand in the world. Our products are naturally based, not synthetic, and are designed to promote youthful health, beauty and total body wellness. We manufacture our own products using carefully sourced food-grade raw materials and our facility exceeds all GMP standards.We strive to continuously bring the best to our customers– products that we and our own families are proud to use, made with Nutrients You Can Trust®.

 

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Stuart shared one of the wafers with Ginger. I don’t plan on giving these to her on a regular basis like I will Stuart. Ginger is still very young and is super spring-loaded with no joint pain or problems, but its good to know they are available for the times she will need it.

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I love these little babies so I was so happy to see if giving this to Stuart would help make his days better and help ease some of his pain.

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So when I started him on the wafers I just tried to note any changes. I did notice that he had a little more pep in his step. Over the past few months he has been hesitating before jumping up on things, or giving a little bark or a whine that he wants me to pick him up without even trying to jump up. So I have seen him able to jump up with ease more and more. So I have to say I really feel like he has benefited from this supplement, and I am very happy about that. I really try to keep an eye on him when it comes to keeping his little legs healthy. A major and common problem with chihuahuas are leg and joint problems. With him getting up in age my goal for him is to keep him happy and healthy. Thank-you Neocell for making such a wonderful product for our fury babies.

Neocell sent me my own supplements a few months ago and I still continued to use them after they sent me the product for the review. See Post Here.

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I was at my Local Health Food Store Dale’s Natural Foods, in Flint Michigan a few months ago and found that they carry both these products in the store, Major Bonus for me. I still have 1/2 of the Collagen Sport Supplement mix left, but had run out of the Biotin Bursts so I grabbed another box of them. I love the Acai Berry Chews so much. I really think it has done so much for nail strength and hair strength.

To find a retail store that sells Neocell products, check out this link.

Now on to some DIY projects I have been so excited to share.

DIY Projects…Love…Love…Love having projects to work on. I love and live to recreate, construct and craft. I always have a project on the deck waiting for me to tackle. So in Bora Bora (Link to Post) I picked up Tahiti Vanilla Bean for cooking, and for some projects I had in mind that I wanted to make. Many more to follow after this one below.

So I grabbed my Vodka and made my own Vanilla (Vanille) Extract as gifts.  I made my own vanilla extract in 2013 from a Foodie Pen Pal Foodie Box I received and was so excited to make my own from fresh vanilla pods from my vacation.

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

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Get your Bean 

Get a bottle to store your extract

Buy alcohol; pure alcohol, colorless and flavorless

– Split each bean lengthwise and drop in your empty bottle

Wait 4 to 6 Months

Enjoy.

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Just made some easy handwritten labels with instructions and information about the Extract.

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I also made flavored vanilla bean vodka for an adult beverage option. Here you only leave the vanilla bean pods in for a few days just to flavor the vodka.

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I made a two options. Coconut and Vanilla Bean and Vanilla Bean.

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They were so delicious over Ginger Ale and Ice. Sorry No Pictures. I forgot to snap one I was so eager to try. I will tell you this. It was very fresh tasting having actual fresh vanilla beans in making this.

Something Fun.

Received my very own Young Living Essential Oils Starter Kit. So excited to try this brand. Being a huge user of Essential oils for years myself I decided to try a brand that you can use internally. Most of my usages over the years has been for Health and Beauty Products.

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Made my own DIY Lip Gloss.

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Used a glass bowl over the water filled pan and kept the heat low for a soft boil which allows the steam to slowly melt ingredients.

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What I used.

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 After just a few easy steps your filling your containers and Cooling them in the fridge for just about 10 minutes or so.

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SO I tried a fun project and reused and EOS container I love so much. Here’s how that works; Once your old  EOS container is used, you can pop off the center grate and screw it into the cap. You then fill with the new ingredients and place in fridge for 10 minutes. After it has cooled you screw and pop container back together and Boom..Reused container that…Wait for it. DSC_2236

Looks Store bought. (Sorry about the terrible nails-Zero time to touch up).  It was such a fun little project to complete, and I seriously cannot believe how much it looks like the real deal. DSC_2238

Feel like I Nailed it! So excited about this project. It was so fun and easy…Except for the clean up. Gotta be honest. Yikes that excess beeswax is a chore to clean out of the mixing bowls and spoons, but then again, it was totally worth it. Look at the shine. I did add a chunk of color from a tube of lipstick I will never wear to get that little hint of color and tint.

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I also made a bunch of other little container for gifts.

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Loved this project and cannot wait to make them again. Christmas is coming up soon.

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Since I had my Bees Wax out I made a Lip, Hand and Cuticle Gloss.

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Ingredients:

Tablespoon Beeswax

Tablespoons Coconut Oil

Vitamin E Oil

Teaspoons Sweet Almond Oil

10 Drops Essential Oils. I used Frankincense, and Copaiba. Both are wonderful for the skin and very healing.

 

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So soft and really makes the skin feel protected. After working into your skin it does not feel oily or sticky at all. It’s like it absorbs into your skin and goes right to work.
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Hoping your summer is going well.

Check Ya Later.

 

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I must share something, I have a New Food Love.  It’s with Wheat Berries.

But First Check out my New Tea Mug. It’s a wide mouth mason jar with a Cuppow Lid. I love it. I received the Cuppow lid in one of my Vegan Conscious Boxes. On a cold day the mason jar also doubles as a hand warmer.

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My new tea mug sure does complement my Oats in a Jar, Jar! I love jars, containers, bins, baskets and anything else that stores and organizes items. I love glass jars for food storage and serving food.

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So on to the Wheat Berries. I found these in the bulk bin section at Whole Foods and needed to try them out. I love grains and this is one I have not tried.

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After soaking them overnight, I drained and rinsed. Then add 2-1/2 cups of water and boiled for 35 minutes. NOTE: Just make sure that you do not let all the water boil out. Stir occasionally. I kept my eye on them the entire cook time, I made the mistake once and walked away while boiling rice, and all the water boiled out and I had a terrible mess in my saucepan. NEVER AGAIN.

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They are very chewy with a nutty flavor, they are now on my favorite list. Not sure why I waited so long to try them. Oh yeah, I know why…The closest Whole Foods is 40 some miles away from me and I have not found them anywhere else. Well now that I know, I can stock up and keep on hand. Win, Win.

I have been adding a 1/4 of a cup of cooked wheat berries to my Oats in a Jar Oatmeal.

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Here’s some helpful information I found on Wheat Berries over at The Food Network.

Wheat berries are a true whole grain! You may not recognize the name, but without these kernels, there would be no flour. Wheat berries are loaded with nutrients and are as easy as rice to prepare — perfect for a meal any time of year.

What are wheat berries?
Wheat berries are whole wheat kernels. They look like thick, short grains — similar to brown rice. Industrious folks grind them into whole wheat flour for baking; you may not have the time to regularly grind your own flour, but it’s a fun thing to try at least once.

When boiled, cooked wheat berries have a chewy bite and subtle nutty, earthy flavor. They’re sturdy enough to handle bold salad dressings and still delicate enough to taste delicious with some milk, honey and cinnamon.

If you like sprouts on salads and sandwiches, add a little water to wheat berries and you can grow your own wheat sprouts.

Why are wheat berries “Healthy Eats”?
Since the wheat kernel is left intact, virtually none of the nutrients are stripped away. A cup of cooked wheat berries has about 300 calories and is packed with fiber, protein and iron. Tasty sprouts are loaded with vitamin E, a cell-protecting antioxidant, and magnesium, which is good for healthy bones and muscles.

What do you do with wheat berries?
Look for wheat berries at a health food store or in the natural foods section of your local supermarket.

Prepare wheat berries in boiling water — just like other grains. Add cooked wheat berries to soups or even chili. Serve hot as a side dish with hearty mushrooms or cold for a satisfying salad full of flavor and whole grain goodness. Wheat berries have nutty flavor so they’re great with fresh vegetables and dried fruit such as cherries or cranberries.

Read more at: blog.foodnetwork.com

Now here some of my snacks from the week.

Kale Chips, always a favorite.

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Hail Merry Macaroons I received in my Vegan Conscious Box. Chocolate Craving CRUSHED by these little Macs.

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I made my husband this Decadent Apple Caramel Cake. He saw it while grocery shopping and added it to the cart. (?)

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It was good, but really sweet. He loved it, and that’s all that matters, sometimes you have to indulge on not so homemade, not so healthy items. At least I used my Egglands Best Eggs…

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* Since finding the Wheat Berries and cooking with them I have now located them at a Health Food Store NEAR my home! Dale’s Natural Foods Store in Flint Michigan. I shop here often and turns out they have carried them all along, I guess I just never looked carefully enough in the Bulk Grain Bin Section. Apparently my Observation skills are at an all time LOW.

Check Ya Later.

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