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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Now Open...Etsy

I was so reluctant on opening an Etsy shop. I kept thinking to myself I can never do any of this or I am not that talented. Then in a subtle voice I heard use the gifts that I have given you. You are equipped, because it all comes from me. I knew it was Yahweh (God) right then and there talking to me.

For the past 18 months I have had several people ask how I come up with my ideas, blends, lotions and creams. I tell them that it's just my knowledge of what I know works. I know what oils, and herbs are good for what ailment so I incorporate them in our bodies healing.

About a year ago my husband asked me to keep "lotions" with different healing properties on hand. I started to, but never kept up with it or just made them when we needed them. I have done this before in the past for several family members, friends, and my clients. Last week when I heard the voice I said that is more delaying. I am going to put forth my knowledge and go full force.

I opened my shop. Right now I only have a few ferments, but I am hoping to add several things for healing and natural health. These are blends that I have formulated especially for healing or ailments. I have things from cold, flu, spider bites to back spasms. I am excited to say that shop has opened. I will be adding my coconut sugar scrubs later this week. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wordless Wednesday 5/23

I love the idea of Wordless Wednesday that the Natural Parent's Network does. Each week they have a different theme on what you can submit for your Wordless Wednesday. It consists of a caption and a photo. The photo can be anything. I love the idea, because it gives me a great way to document different stages in our children's lives.

This week's topic is Fashion Sense. So here is my amazing 5 year old daughter Ariah showing off her personality and her fashion sense. As my mom says this shows off her silly personality and her independence. Her words were I look like a princess.

Zumba Time

No matter how much I think I got it down when it comes to working out I am quickly reminded that I don't. I mean come on I do Insanity, Hip Hop Abs, Elliptical, weight training and the list goes on. Then I get invited to Zumba and realize how much it can work you in places you didn't think were possible.

After the warm up song my calves were killing me. I thought there is no way I am going to be able to get through this work out, but I kept on pushing through. Next thing I know it was time for us to go. It was a lot of fun. I thought to myself who cares if I look like Jim Carey from Ace Ventura Pet Detective. At least I lost some calories.

I may go again, since 500 calories in an hour is pretty good amount to lose. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Work Out Of The Day 5/17/2012

Last night I did a short work out. Which I thought wasn't going to keep me sore. Boy was I wrong. I am so sore today. Looks like I will be eating a high protein meal now for breakfast. My circuit work out that I did was only for 25 minutes and burned close to 350 calories. I also did some strength training and cardio in that time. I did it at home and it's a testament that with a few pieces of equipment any one can.

On our weight machine I did the following:

40 lb rows 1 rep of 25
35 lb lap pull downs 1 rep 25

In between I did Wii step ups. I did a total of 500 step ups. My whole work out was 20-25 minutes. It felt really good, but sore today. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Being Modest or Bringing Sexy Back

As a believer of the word and the full scriptures I believe that no biblical, Yahweh (God) fearing women should be wearing this kind of attire. The closer I find myself coming to Yahweh I find I want to be more modest. I want to be try to cover up more and more. I don't believe in completely covering up at all. I think there is a balance with all things, however hearing women say they are bringing sexy back doesn't rub me right. I firmly believe in being fit for your husband. I firmly believe if you are not then you are unable to do what Yahweh (God) has called us as women to do and that is be a wife, mother and servant.

Women should want to bring sexy back, but for our husband only. That should only be talked about in private and in the bedroom. It should not be flaunted about especially on social media, or online in any way. Especially since anyone can save the picture to their computer and use it in any way that they please.

I recently read an article called "Should Christians Wear Bikinis". At first I was nervous. I wasn't sure if it was going to fall with what I felt or believed and I didn't want to become bitter over the subject at all. With hesitance I read it and was rather happy to hear the stance. There is a still a strong divide with women though. Many of them feel it's OK to wear what they want and flaunt it. All I can do is pray that their eyes be opened to the truth. I can only hope that hearts are changed and women see that they are beautiful just the way they are.

Women don't have to wear skimpy clothes to get attention from a biblical man. You gain respect and honor from your husband by being modest, and the biblical women.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Gluten Free Pancakes (Almost Paleo Approved)

I love when I whip something together and BAM a blog post comes out of it. So this morning I was just throwing some stuff together. I have made a similar recipe called Almond Banana Pancakes, but this one slightly different and a TON better. They literally melted in our mouth. 

  • 2 Free Range Organic Eggs 
  • 2 Medium Sized Bananas Smashed
  • 1/4 Cup of Organic/Natural Peanut Butter  (This can be replaced by Almond Butter, Almond Flour or Coconut Flour)
  • 6-8 Ghiradelli 60% Pure Cocoa Chocolate Chips 
  1. Turn on the skillet. I used my cast iron. No butter or oil is needed for mine. Plus the might burn with some kind of oil. 
  2. Smash the bananas in a separate bowl. 
  3. Beat the eggs until smooth. 
  4. Add in smashed bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. 
  5. Mix well. 
  6. Take a small spoon or scoop and pour in pan. They should be about the size of a silver dollar. If they are too big, they may burn and not cook properly. 
  7. After about 45 seconds to 90 seconds flip the pancakes. 
  8. Then take out when ready and enjoy. Eating them slightly warm is best. There will still be some peanut butter in the middle just melted which causes a melt in your mouth sensation. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Food Freedom

The raw milk debate is getting pretty intense. I am not sure where our country is headed and our food rights are going. I wonder and pray that we don't see the day that we aren't allowed to grow our own food, raise our own cattle and have our own chickens. I know the scriptures talk about the day will come. I know that in some parts of the country it is worse than others. I just have to hold steadfast to my faith and know that Yahweh (God) will provide for us. I know that he will provide and stay faithful and I pray that I don't come under his wrath that Revelation talks about.

As of right now I pray and have a heavy heart towards so many things in our country. It saddens me to see the sheeple just walking like zombies, following orders and doing what the norm does. I pray that their eyes will be opened and they won't be deceived any more. It is heart breaking to see these things, but all I could do is pray and do my part.

So today I do have a heavy heart, and am filled with sadness. Not because I believe that they will suffer, because I surely hope they don't. I am saddened that so many people have become blind and have allowed TV, Internet, and Social Media to become their lives. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Why I Exchanged My $4.65 a Day Coffee to $2.50 a Day Juice

I didn't realize how much I was "wasting money" on coffee until the other day. About a month ago we sold our coffee pot and everything it entailed. I couldn't drink it because I would get back spasms and DH was having some blood pressure and heart issues. So we sold it. There was no reason to allow this kind of temptation to stare at us on our counter everyday.

Then last week I thought I want a coffee and decided to stop and get one from our local coffee shop. I got a Carmel mocha, with 3 shots of espresso and some whip cream. (It was extra for one of the shots of espresso). Total $4.75...OK so I paid and off I went. I know that's a whole lotta sugar, and caffeine. I ended up jittery and just not right. So I said I don't want that again.

The  next day as we were moving I decided to make me a juice. I am always curious on how foods work in our body, what nutrients are in them that will feed my body and if I should add more of one vegetable than another. I was curious to find out about cucumbers. I use them in all my juices. I use them instead of apples often or any other fruit. Plus one cucumber can make a whole lotta juice. I was amazed to find out that one cup of cucumber juice can give you enough energy for a good 2-3 hours. I had to put it to the test. I juiced some Kale, carrot, cabbage, 1 cup of black grapes and 2 cucumbers. Sure enough about 15 minutes later I started to get some energy back. (Just to note I was beat. I was out of my thyroid, and adrenal supplements for about 2 days now, plus we were moving all by ourselves.) Next thing I know I had the whole upstairs packed, and done with in 2 hours. The only thing I had left was our living room, and kitchen area. Wowzers maybe there is something in the juice.

I calculated how much it cost me to make one 8 ounce juice and here it is:

2 cucumbers = ..30-.50 each    
4-6 bunches of Kale = 1.00 each
2 Carrots = .15-.25 each carrot ( I pay 3.00 on average for 5lbs of carrots)
1/10th of a Green Cabbage = .16-.25 cents (I pay around 3.00 for a whole cabbage)
1 cup of Black Grapes = .15-.25 for each cup ( I usually get them for 1.98-2.25lb)

Total comes to: $2.21 to $3.00 

Not only is this cheaper, but I am feeding my body nutrients. I know with the Jack Lalanne it kills some of the nutrients and enzymes, because of the high RPM motor. One day I hope to get the Omega juicer though. This by far is the better choice for me. I don't have the jittery feeling, no high calories, no high sugar content, and I am full. Plus it's not pulling nutrients from parts of my body much like the caffeine is.

To reap even more benefits I highly recommend blending the juices together or the fruits and vegetables in a high powered blender. My recommendations are listed below.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Time 4 Learning Review

Time 4 Learning is an online based curriculum. When I first heard about them I thought they were just a supplement curriculum. I didn't expect that it would be what I have grown to love. On their website they offer a FREE 30 Day Trial as long as you are not a member of their website already. If you are a member and want to still do a review of their site they will give you a $25 Visa gift card. So either way it's a win win situation.

My first initial thoughts about Time 4 Learning:

  • The first thing was I always thought it was something that I could use to supplement not as a full curriculum. 
  • I was also under the impression that I would have to supplement a whole lot. 
  • It was only used for younger kids for Pre-K through maybe 2nd grade. 
Here is what I found out about the site and the program. 

  • I LOVE IT!!! It surpassed my expectations more than I could imagine. My kids are actually finishing out their school year on it. 
  • My kids love it too. They ask if they can do more school work. 
  • I have to kick my kids off the computer. The 2nd week my son done the whole 2nd grade Social Studies for the year. I had to stop him and remind him that he needs to go slower, so that way he retains the information. 
  • The parent's get to pick the playground time. I have mine set on 45 minutes, because I have them do at least 45 minutes of work then they can "play" for 15 minutes. 
  • There are extra activities and "games" that they can play. 
  • You do have to print out worksheets, but we don't mind that at all. 
Being that I have starting stages of Fibromyalgia some days are hard, really hard. Hard for me just get out of bed, so having Time 4 Learning is amazing for me. I don't have to stress that maybe school won't get done today. I just tell the kiddos log on to your account and set a timer. They have 45-60 minutes in each subject. Since we are in Missouri and I have to log hours, and they have to have so many hours in a school year we do time for each subject. 

Some things I found I do supplement. Our kids love notebooking, journaling, and arts and crafts. So once a week I have them do a lapbook or a unit study. This helps take a break from the computer and it's extra practice. I also have them do a topic of the day to journal. This helps with handwriting since they aren't doing much of it with an online program, and I feel it's important even if computers are everywhere. I think kids still need to know how to write. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Paleo WAPper

I get a lot of questions about what our diet is. It's hard for me to explain, because we do not do just one type of diet. So here it is we are a Paleo Wapper.
  • We eat primarily Paleo with grains once a week. 
  • We still eat beans as far as pinto, black, and kidney beans. (We soak them overnight for digestive health)
  • We eat grains once a week and that is very rare even then. (Some we still soak overnight)
  • We eat primarily gluten free, but not cassein free. 
  • We believe in lots of good fats to nourish our bodies. 
  • We grass fed beef for it's CLA, and higher nutrient dense foods. 
  • We do recipes from Nourishing Traditions
  • We drink raw milk, and make several recipes from it. (Benefits of Raw Milk
  • We don't eat sugar, processed foods, or artificial foods. 
  • We believe in eating a rainbow of foods. Each day we try incorporate to eat a color of the rainbow of fruit, or vegetables. 
This is our family. This is what fits. We also do Crossfit, Insanity, Elliptical, and weight training. I am considered Obese and I am doing all these things. I am losing weight, but slowly and healthy. I believe for our family this is what God wants for us, because he made these foods for us. I am finding that I am going to the store less and less. 

We don't count calories, because the body doesn't know how to count them. The body knows nutrition. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A New Journey A New Day

This move has been life altering and changing in more ways than I could have imagined. I am finding a new strength in me that I seem to forget that I have. I am finding that there is a lot more I am able to handle mentally as well as physically. I am really starting to love the new me more and more each day. I love the work that Yahweh is putting in me.

I am finding that I have a new relationship with Yahshua, my husband and my kids. Desires of being the Titus women is coming back again. I feel energized and great to say I will. Being a wife and a mother is a gift. A gift to be fully embraced. It is not something to be thrown around, or left for others to do. It's something that Yahweh has allowed me to be, because he knows there will be days that are going to be hard. He knows that he can give me strength to get through each day, because he is loving and faithful to me just as much as I am faithful to him.

A new journey isn't something that can be planned. It is something that we take ourselves into. Each day is a new day to say yes I will. It can be something from as small as go to school as a child, to something as big as being a wife and mother. Not all everyone is blessed with the many blessings as we have been given, but I embrace it all. Each day I look forward to say these are gifts and I promise to treasure, love and care for them as YHWH has for me.

So from one mother to another I say embrace it. Yesterday could have been horrible. There could be paint on the walls, food stuck in hair, or worms in pockets, but one day we will look at this and say those were the good times. I have those days too. Life isn't perfect and neither am I, but Yahweh is and so is his love. His love is what gets me through each day to say Yes I will. Each day is a new day to say Yes today is the day to play a little more with the kids, makes subtle changes to make memories with your children. One day I want to look back and my kids say "My mom was amazing. She taught me everything I know, and she is the kindest, loving women I know." That is what I call wealth and blessed. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Removing Toxicity

I am always talking about removing toxicity from our bodies. I explain it in detail on how foods can damage our bodies in so many ways. I have even taught on the importance of doing a "clean up" by cleansing the body. In the past my husband and I were very strict about who we let around our kids. We have always pushed to have them only around Godly people.

This past 9 months we have experienced first hand what will happen when you let your guard down and mingle with the devil. He seen the opportunity and we both fall in. We started to do things that we knew we didn't agree with. We stopped praying almost completely, because it felt hopeless and useless. Our kids started to have friends that were not believers at all. We allowed these people in our homes, and to our children to be with them on a daily basis.

Then there came a moment when I said NO MORE. my husband is the head of our home, but as his wife/partner that was the line. Our children started to do things they normally wouldn't do. There was strife in my home for the first time in almost 5 years that had utterly shocked me to the core. The breaking moment was about two months ago. I felt so strong in my heart for the past few months we should have moved into military housing. Even though we were in a 2 year lease this is what I felt. I ignored it and decided not to give in thinking it was my flesh and not YHWH directing me. About 6 weeks ago I finally told my husband that I wanted to move on post. We did the application, but never turned in the paperwork. Then 2 weeks later he came to me and said I have been feeling for the past few months to move on post, but didn't want to. He thought I wouldn't want to move. After reviewing our bills (currently doing the Dave Ramsey debt plan), we found no choice but to move on post.

Our rental company agreed to let us out of our lease early. They were a little upset, but after this week we won't have to worry about it at all. In the past week since we have moved on post things have already changed.  There is a peace in my home that I haven't felt in a long time. There is peace with my kids and my husband having the urge to want to pray with them again. I know this was the right choice and ultimately it was the better choice. As I sit here looking out my window watching the kids play I am complete peace knowing that this was the right decision, but we had to remove the toxicity out of our home first. YHWH states many time not to mingle, and fellowship with ungodly and unbelievers. Two days after we made the decision to move on post I opened up my bible and this was the first passage I read. It was complete confirmation to us: Proverbs 23:20 Be not among heavy drinkers of wine Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton become poor, And slumber puts rags on a man.