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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Overnight Cure for Mild Sunburn

Let me just start by saying, I don't know the science behind why this works. My best guess is whatever opens the pores in you face, opens the pores in you skin allow them to breathe and heal.

Noxema! After you shower rub noxema face wash into your skin and leave on while you sleep. When you wake up in the morning your sunburn will be nearly gone and any pain you had will surely be gone. Quick, easy and relatively inexpensive.

Hope this tip comes in handy as the summer time approaches, well at least for those of us here in Southern Nevada.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and suffer from a number of the symptoms. I'll spare you the details. But I thought I'd share some resources for improving your health if you happen to have it as well. The blog (Naturally Knocked Up) listed below has a lot of good information about how to improve your eating habits whether or not your looking to become pregnant.

Books: *PCOS Diet Book by Colette Harris

            *Positive Options for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 
              by Craggs-Hinton & Balen, M.D

            *What to do when the Doctor says it's PCOS 
              [Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome] 
              by Hammerly M.D & Kimball

Websites: *PCOS Support -

                *PCOS Support -

                *Blog about Lifestyle Changes helping with Fertility            

                *Healthy Eating & then some                                    

Hope this information has been helpful by being gathered together. Good luck on you journey!

Does anyone have any other resources they'd like to share?

Note: See also this page:, for more information on weight loss and insulin resistance, updated June 13th, 2011.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pepperoni Dinner ~ Easy Casserole {Recipe}

13 oz. Rotini noodles                     
3 cups shredded cheddar           
1½ cup parmesan, divided (½)     
2 eggs, slightly beaten             
½ tsp salt                          
1 pkg pepperoni                    
1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half              
1 cup broccoli peaces              
1 can mushroom slices, drained
1 jar Ragu Double Cheddar

Begin by prepping veggies if not already done. Fry pepperoni in frying pan, then add veggies, cook until tender. Boil noodles until tender, drain. In large bowl mix noodles, cheeses,  eggs, salt, & sauce. Add pepperoni mixture, stir well. Pour into 9x13”pan. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. Bake at 350° for 20 min.  

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

One Thing Leads to Another: Shiny Sink & Flossing

Recently, I realized some things lead to another automatically. I know the connotation here, please let me explain.

The first one is "Shining Your Sink" from  the Flylady website. The thing is your not going to want to take all the dishes out of your sink every evening, stack them on the counter and then shine your sink. So by default you rinse the dishes put them in the dishwasher, then shine your sink and then you want to wipe down the counters and stove. So Shining Your Sink translates into cleaning the kitchen.

The second one is flossing your teeth. The dental hygienist is constantly telling me if I only have time to floss or brush that I should floss. The thing is once you floss, why would you stop there, naturally you just feel compelled to brush. So start by flossing and then you'll brush and your teeth with thank you!

What one thing leads you to do two good things, or more?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What's the Hurry & the Use of Pitocin!

Today I found a couple of really good articles I want to share with all the women out there. They are both about Pitocin, synthetic Oxytocin.

Every time I hear about a mother being given Pitocin, it makes me cringe. And that was before I read these articles. I guess deep down in my gut my body knew that couldn't be a good thing. In my mind, why on earth would someone not want to allow their baby the maximum amount of time in the safe confines of the womb. A place where your body and theirs are so in sync, all nutritional needs are being met. (I know there are circumstances which warrant, use of pitocin and induction, I think they are fewer than current use). The thing I found most disturbing is that the medical profession uses it like it was water, I'm not one for thinking the FDA necessarily has our back but this stuff isn't even FDA approved; but you don't hear doctors telling women that. It all seems kind of sneaky, and sneaky usually means something's wrong.  I hope you enjoy these articles. Please let nature do its job, your body and your baby know how to get here in the right time.

Article #1: Pitocin's Untold Impact

Article #2: Little Known Facts About Pitocin  

Friday, May 13, 2011

How to Make Crumbled Bacon ~ Easy & Economical

Photo: Mitchell Feinberg; food styling by Sarah Jane Crawford
So at some point my Dad mentioned that he would buy the "Ends & Pieces" packages of bacon because its the same stuff just not as pretty but usually much cheaper. My husband and I like to put bacon into our macaroni and cheese to give it some protein. We were buying Kirkland Crumbled Bacon from Costco. A 20 oz. bag for $7.99. That equals about 40 cents an ounce. (Other places I found selling it online for the "sale" price of $14.29) We are always trying to save money, and who isn't these days. So when if finally crossed my mind about the "Ends & Pieces" I decided to look into it. Here's what I found: A package of ends and pieces at my local (Henderson, NV) Smith's was $5.79 for 3 pounds ($1.93/pound). That's about 12 cents and ounce. Most of the sales for bacon in my area were 2 - 1 pound packages for $7 ($3.50 per pound).

So then I just fried it up as usual, then put it in my food processor till it was a good crumbled consistency. Not only was it not too much work but I could multi-task while waiting for the bacon to fry. Best of all it tasted so much better! I can't even describe how much better the flavor was! Better flavor for much less money, now that's a good deal.

Update: Check out this post on "How to Make Bacon without Getting Burned by Popping Grease".

Friday, May 6, 2011

How to Make Two-Bite Brownies

I don't know about you but I'm always kind of afraid to try something new when it comes to baking, because baking seems so touchy. I took the leap yesterday and made Two-bite Brownies like you can get from the store. These are great for people who love the edges of brownies. Anyway it was really simple. I used a boxed family-size brownie mix and my mini muffin pan. Greased the bottoms just like usual and filled the muffin cups about half full. Bake at directed temperature for about 15 minutes. Very easy and makes a great treat for a party where bite-size individual portions are best. Hope this takes the guess work out of it for you!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

~ How to Organize Frequently Used Paper Work ~ Part 1: Family Calendar & Filing

Today I'm going to help you take a step towards home management, and organization. This step alone will save you a lot of time, mainly in the area of time spent searching for things you knew you'd need sometime and put it somewhere that you were sure you wouldn't forget. I think typically some people put a lot of these things on there fridge, but if you don't need to look at them daily then they just blend in to the background and you forget its there.

The first thing I would suggest is a big family calendar, one with enough space to write everyone's appointments, meetings, visits with friends, etc. I like Amy Knapp's Big Grid Family Organizer. Each month has a monthly projects list, a place to write Don't Forget items, a quote, holidays in most countries, mini previous and next months calendars and a place to write Projects for the month. Each day has 7 lines to write on and a box below to write what's for dinner. Train your kids to go look at the calendar when they want to know what's for dinner and that should eliminate the same question being asked by multiple members of the the family. That right there will eliminate time wasted and stress. A word of caution though, don't rely on this if you can't stick to it, your family will quickly learn that what the calendar says isn't reliable and begin asking you again. When you purchase your calendar I also recommend buying a pack of pens that comes in a variety of colors that you will leave with your calendar all the time. I like Pilot Precise V5 Extra Fine. Then have each member of the family pick a color. They then can write their appointments on the calendar in their color, after first clearing it with mom or dad, whoever is in charge of scheduling and planning. Don't forget to choose a color for the family as a whole, this color will then represent an event that everyone is expected to attend. Then as you go through your piles of paper, write down appointments you have scrawled on post it notes and scrap paper. Write down any events you have been invited to and then on the date you need to rsvp by put a note to do so. Hopefully this will eliminate the small, most likely to make a bigger mess pieces of your pile. Make sure you throw away, shred, or recycle the papers you've just added to your calendar. This is important, if you casually add them back to your pile or just leave them sitting there, your not getting anywhere.

After you've finished with the calendar check out my post on My New Filing System. Even if you prefer to have a more elaborate filing system, using this simplified version for now will help you to clear the paperwork clutter and ease your mind, because you will be able to find your bills and know where your tax information is and that anything else you might need is in the third folder. Now before I go on let me just say this: I can not get a system to work for me in which you "handle a piece of paper only once" as I've read over and over from organizing books and websites. It just doesn't work for me. If it works for you that's great and by all means stick with what works but if it doesn't, hopefully this will help. After you've set up your 3 folder filing system I want you to go through your piles of paper one at a time and pull out anything that should be in those folders and put them in there.

My hope is that by doing that your paper piles are significantly reduced. I'm hoping that all that is then left in your piles is: things to do, important reference paper that you just don't know what to do with and warranties and instruction booklets. In the next post of this series, I will continue to talk about what to do with the important reference papers.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Crunchy Smore's Munch {Recipe}


12oz. Graham Cereal (store brand was better than name brand)
12oz. Milk Chocolate Chips
12oz. White Chocolate Chips
4t Coconut Oil
2C Mini dehydrated marshmallows


Set aside 1 cup each of milk and white chocolate chips. In large bowl mix cereal, remaining milk and white chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Spread in thin layer on cookie sheets. In small microwavable bowl mix 1 cup white chocolate chips with 2t coconut oil. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir until all chips are melted. Use spoon to drizzle over cereal mixture. Repeat with milk chocolate chips. Place in the fridge or freezer to harden chocolate. Break apart and store in an air tight container.

Recipe by: MrsKD