October 24, 2016

Healthy DIY ~ 7 Ways to WIN by Losing

Chicken Spanakopita

Commonsense Tips

1. Exercise in the morning—before breakfast.

2. DO NOT skip breakfast.

3. Eat several small, healthy meals throughout
the day.

4. Eat more slowly and savor your food.

5. Keep a daily journal of your weight loss goals and your progress.

6. Take up a fitness hobby you really enjoy such as Zumba dance, swimming, or tennis and participate regularly.

7. Drink lots of water.

Source: "Dr. Oz's 100 Weight Loss Tips"

Zumba Fitness ~ Another Great Way to WIN by Losing

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Image: Acquired Taste (Flickr)

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October 17, 2016

DIY ~ 40 BEST Emergency Preps for Moms

Better to Prepare a Year Too Early ... Than a Day Too Late !
"As the cleanup begins in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew ... we are reminded of a bit a Ground Truth: There is no substitute for being fully prepared early. Because once a disaster strikes a wide region, and once some key items such as generators are desperately needed, they can’t be bought even with an entire handful of gold coins. So it is better to be prepared a year too early than a day too late."–JWR
"Did you know that September is National Emergency Preparedness month? Little-by-little, I'm making good progress purchasing the items on the following wishlist. As I go, I'm feeling much better prepared to tackle the household inconveniences brought about by the next rain storm, power outage, flood, or earthquake. Remember: One is like None, Two is like One."–Susannah's Kitchen

Survival Mom's Indispensable Handbook

Portable Solar Panels

The Definitive Water Survival Guide

Solar-Heated 5-Gallon Water Bag (with Spray Nozzle) ~ 
for Washing Dishes, Pets & Showers

5" Battery-Operated Personal Fans

Solar &Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio
Includes LED Flashlight, Smart Phone Charger with Cables


Storm-Proof Matches With Case

Complete Home Canning Guide

Water Purifier & Dispenser ~ Filters up to 5000 Gallons

Solar Power Storage Pack for USB, AC, etc.
Food Safe 5-Gallon Storage & Utility Buckets

Hand-Crank LED Flashlight

Heirloom Vegetable Seed Bucket
10-yr Shelf Life, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO

Manual Food Processor  ~
Chopper, Mandoline, Juicer, Ice Crusher

Manual Multi-Purpose Grain Mill

Super Bright Hand-Crank LED Lantern

Personal Water Filter

115-Hour Odor-Free Oil Candles

Harvesting Edibles in Your SW Neighborhood

Solar Oven with Reflector & 2 Roasters

Pre-Seasoned 10-1/2" Cast Iron Skillet

Breathing Manual Laundry Washer 
(Use w/ 5-Gallon Bucket)

Portable Toilet Seat for 5-Gallon Bucket

Heirloom Organic Seeds for 2 Acre Garden

5-Gallon Solar-Heated Portable Shower

The Definitive Small-Space Gardener's Guide

  Folding Grocery Cart, Kids & Garden Wagon

Kitchen Composter w/ Charcoal Filter

6-Gallon Rigid Water Storage Container

Non-GMO Red Wheat Berries

Non-electric Portable Mini-Washing Machine
#1 Best Seller 
6-Person Cabin Tent

No-Cook Emergency Survival Tablets
30-Day Food Supply, 25 Year Shelf-Life

Essential Home Canning Tools

Ball Jelly Jars

Universal Emergency Survival Water Distiller

  Portable Two-Burner Propane Gas Stove-Top

Water Filter & Pump Kit

Pinto Beans Emergency Food Storage

Sports Water Bottle w/ Cooling Personal Sprayer

Wild Edibles in Your PNW Neighborhood

Shortwave Radio Stereo with MP3 Player & Recorder

Top Image: ModernEventPreparedness (Flickr)

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October 8, 2016

Recipe | Homemade Pico de Gallo

Pioneer Woman's Easy Party Recipe 

It doesn't get any better than this! Serve with chips alongside, or fill mini-tortilla shells to make appetizer bites (above). You can also use this fresh salsa as a condiment for fish, eggs, tacos and enchiladas. And if you mix it with mashed avocado and an extra squeeze of lime, you'll take your guacamole to a whole new level of deliciousness. Arriba!

  • 5 whole plum (Roma) tomatoes
  • 1/2 large white or red onion
  • 3 whole jalapeno peppers
  • bunch of cilantro
  • juice of half a lime
  • salt to taste


Dice jalapenos, tomatoes, and onions. (Remove seeds from jalapenos for a less fiery pico.) Next, strip the cilantro leaves from the stems, and chop up the leaves. Discard the stems. Combine these ingredients together in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of half a lime on top. Add the salt, and give pico mixture a good stir. Serve.

Make fresh Pico de Gallo in 6 seconds (really!)

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Source: Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Photos: SassySampler + StacySpensley (stitched), CandyTX &amp, angietorres (Flickr)

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