A better Me

I have been starting to make changes in my life again to be healthier. I have been a bit lazy in recent times with everything going on so it is time to get back to it. First, I have a homemade toothpast. I did research and came up with my own mixture that has actually been remineralizing my teeth and minor cavities I had, as well as decrease the sensitivity. Not to mention it has whitened them from the commercial whitening paste I had been using for months. I can’t promise it works for everyone but it did work for me. Mine is a mix of coconut oil,baking soda, ground cloves, salt, powdered egg shell(heard it was the best way to get calcium over using a powder form), and a few drops of tea tree and peppermint essential oils. I just sort of blended everything together so I dont have exact measurements, I did fill up a small baby food jar with it.  I am going to see what happens after a month but I think I will need to get the rest of my family on board with it if it really does heal my cavities. 2 are noticeably healing(small holes and one was pretty deep), and I had dark sticky spots on two molars that are getting lighter as well. I wish I took pictures but i was too skeptical to believe it!

Second, I have been doing a 30 Day Ab and Squat Challenge.  I am on Day 14 and still going strong. My last challenge I failed after the first week. I have noticed some changes at this point and am feeling better about myself already.  It is an easy way to get into a routine and starts out easy for those who are out of shape like myself.

Next will be getting back to no-poo since I have stopped when my baby was born a year ago. I definitely notice the difference since my hair is a lot more frizzy as well as dandruff coming back.

Starting January I am going to attempt a 30 Day Whole Food challenge as well as another workout challenge.  I have a lot I want to do, I just need to keep my mind on it to follow through!

 

Unschooling

Such a taboo topic. Education in a form not in a classroom, or even a curriculum. Letting the child choose what they want to do and learn. While I went through public school myself, I had a hard time. I didn’t like learning or sitting in the classroom. I wanted to read. All day, every day. Just anything my heart desired.  Sitting in a class made that hard and I would get in trouble for it. I hated reading anything that was assigned, and most of the time never did more than skim through and look online about the book. I don’t want that for my kids. I want them to love learning and enjoy every aspect. To reach out and fulfill their goals, what ever it may be.

My oldest is 4, he is fascinated with calculators right now and learning basic math. All because he wants to learn. He learned his letters and colors because I had posters and he was always asking what something was. My 3 year old is more into his toys right now than learning things his brother is and that is just fine too. He is learning how to make things balance, how steep a hill he needs for cars to race down, or just creating a story for his stuffed animals. They both like to play video games and watch tv. They crawl into bed with me as they need to fulfill their desire to be close, they tell me when they want to eat, still working on getting them to recognize they are tired but it will come with time. Watching them play is beautiful because they are learning.

For now it is something we are trying to fully get into as our lifestyle, not just for education but time will dictate if we need something else for our family. So far this is working out and all we need 🙂

Birthday Week

My birthday was yesterday. Happy birthday to me:/ Another year old, another year wiser, and three kids and two dogs later… Husband was home for 3 days so we did 3 days of celebrating and going out to dinner. We enjoyed our time together since the last time he was home it was only for a day. He has been gone since the middle of August. So it was a nice change to go out and spend time as a family, and have a date with no kids. Our babysitter is amazing to say the least.

All the same, it also means I have been eating like crap since the hubby has been home. I need to get back into the swing of things and eating healthier. My favorite lately is Tuna Burgers. I found this great recipe online and need to find it again to share. Basically it is 2 cans of tuna in water (drained), italian seasoned breadcrumbs, 1 egg, salt, pepper, grated carrot. Mix it together and cook in a pan. I eat it with a little mayo and mustard, no bun. It is amazing. Once I figure out what site the recipe is on, I will share it.

2 months in to being a Trucker Wife

I finally got to see my amazing husband this past weekend, after he had been gone for 7 weeks. Negative aspect to him coming home though was that on his way through our city with his load, he hit a buck. Well the buck completely ripped out the left head light and did quite a bit of damage to the bumper and fenders. So hubby stayed here longer than planned and had to get his loads changed for someone else to pick up. Then I had to drive him about 2 hours away to get a new cab so he could get back to working. It was a great time together though. Then we got great news today that they accepted him onto a dedicated fleet so he will get home most weekends and most nights! Just when I am getting used to running the house alone:p

It is hard though running the house with three boys all under 5 and two dogs. I get to do all the grocery shopping, running my oldest to soccer practice and games, trying to get to meetings with our homeschool group, making sure all the bills are paid, walking the dogs at least 4 times a day,  plus anything else that comes up. It is a lot of work to say the least and I have gotten so overwhelmed on more than one occasion. I wish I was still near my family but I don’t miss the high rent where they live!

OTR (over the road) trucking isn’t a career for everyone. I know my hubby loves being in a new place every day so I support him and run everything at home. A trucker may be strong, but his wife has to be even stronger!

Earning extra cash while shopping!

Saving money is on most people’s minds. Especially families with one parent who stays home. I use a few different apps to get cash back for grocery shopping. Yes that’s right, I got shoping, upload my receipt and check off a few items. Then get cash back!

My top earning app so far has been Ibotta. It covers a wide amount of retailers and products. You can download it at ibotta.com , this one I get cash to my PayPal or you can get a gift card. If you use my link to join, it helps us both out as we can get bonuses for  being on a team and redeeming a certain amount of products each month!

Checkout51 is another one I use, which I haven’t been as successful with. Even $0.25 back of each shopping trip can add up though! Even more if you buy more of the products that are offered (which isn’t a wide variety). When you reach $20 you can get a check.

Receipt Hog is simple, just upload your receipt after shopping and you will earn tokens or spins depending on the retailer. You can download that at receipthog.com and add my referral code bruft686 , we will both get extra spins when you do! This app you can get PayPal cash or Amazon gift cards.

The most recent one I have started using is Snap by Groupon. I haven’t found many good offers yet but as I said before, any cash back adds up! You can download the app here Snap by Groupon This app you have to reach $20 before you can cash out and you will receive a check as well.

Just a few ways to earn some cash back from your shopping, no matter how small of an amount. If you take the time to plan your shopping, check your apps for available products and remember to input the details after you get home then it will add up fast!

Disclaimer: The above apps posted are with referral links that do give me credit for joining. Some apps do give you a bonus when you use my link. Others will give us both bonuses overtime as we reach certain levels as a team. They cost nothing to you for using the link.

Back to the Open Road…

Well my husband has decided to take the plunge and go back to truck driving after 5 years away. The only difference is we are now 250+ miles away from any support I may have and we have three young boys, instead of me living 20 miles from my family and only pregnant with our oldest. So it is going to be a huge change for all of u when he leaves in two days. This time we went all out though and upgraded to new phones with a mobile hotspot device, tablets and a new laptop for him so we can fully stay connected even while he is hundreds of miles away from us. I need to find activities for the kids and figure out how to do grocery shopping since I usually go alone or with him to help wrangle the kids! It is going to be hard but worth it when we can move where ever we want!

Steak Marinade

Finally back to cooking! I made Strip steaks, kale salad and corn for dinner tonight. So here is my marinade for my steak. Sorry I forgot to take pictures!

2 tbls A-1 Steak sauce (My family loves A-1 !!)

3 tbls olive oil

2 tbls lemon juice

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tbls basil

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a large ziploc bag and place steak inside. Marinade for 20 minutes to a few hours. Makes enough for two steaks.   I pan-seared in butter and finished in the oven, but you can do it on the grill too.

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Accident and Recovery

Sorry for the hiatus yet again! My husband was in a motorcycle accident the end of May so it has caused quite  few problems for our family. We are finally past it all and so thankful he wasn’t worse off and that he has had a full recovery. He still has to gain the strength back in his left arm but from breaking three fingers and destroying the ligaments in his shoulder (and having surgery to repair it) he is doing a lot better than anticipated from his doctors.

I haven’t been doing much cooking or experimenting lately either but I know I need to get back into it and start posting recipes again! I did make a really good dry rub for steak that I will post here soon. I am glad I wrote it down while I was experimenting to remember it.

Here is to a wonderful rest of summer and the fall that is rapidly approaching:)

Checking In

I have  been busy with life so I haven’t had time to post. Between school and my oldest son starting soccer, I have been a lot more busy that I thought I would be! No new recipes that I have tried and no new projects. The only positive is that my sunflowers are finally starting to bloom, and my strawberry plant has strawberries growing again!

I hope everyone has been doing great and is ready for summer because it is right around the corner:)

Baby Cereal Banana Pancakes

So I have baby cereal, this is my third kid you would think I would know by now that no one ever likes it or wants to eat it… Well I decided to experiment in making pancakes. My 4 year old loved them and so did my 7 month old. My 2 year old ate one but wasn’t a big fan. I tried a few and they weren’t too bad though I don’t think my husband would eat them willingly! I tried looking up recipes but none really suited what I was looking for, so I made my own concoction.

1 cup Baby Cereal

2 eggs

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 4 oz container banana baby food

11/2 tbsp  melted butter

1 cup Water

Butter or cooking spray as needed

1. Heat a pan over low heat

2. Mix all ingredients, adding more water as needed to reach desired consistency

3. Grease the pan (this is a must I found even with my non-stick pan) and pour desired amount of batter on to pan and let it cook until the top is all bubbly and edges start to turn light brown. This took about 2 minutes.

4. Flip pancakes and let cook for another 2 minutes until bottom is brown and it is cooked all the way through.

My older two boys enjoyed this with syrup but me and the baby ate it as it was. It is a little dense but has a good banana flavor and is yummy:)