Emergency DIY

I ran out of dishwasher detergent this week. Do you ever buy multiple boxes of something when it’s on sale and then use up the last one before you realize you’re on the last box? Well, I do, and that’s what I did with the dishwasher detergent.

Then I remembered that I have all the ingredients required for making all my household soaps. There they sit under my kitchen sink, just waiting to be turned into foam soap and laundry detergent and even dishwasher detergent.DSC_0012I had used homemade detergent in another dishwasher and had not been satisfied with the results. But now my only alternative was to remove all the dishes I had just loaded into the dishwasher and wash them by hand. This called for an emergency DIY.

And it worked! And it’s so much less expensive than the detergent I had been buying! Want to try it?

Here’s the recipe…

Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup baking soda

Combine and store in an airtight container. Use 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons for each load. Experiment with your own dishwasher and use less if you notice residue on your dishes. You may also add a little white vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher. 

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Family Business

Blogging about our beginning led me to reflect on how our business has impacted our family.

Before we were officially launched, we decided to involve our children as much as possible.  They listened in on phone calls with city hall while we were learning about business licenses and sales taxes. They watched us count the cost of inventory and office supplies and shipping materials and website subscriptions. They helped us with proofreading and organizing and planning.

The whole family has been involved in every aspect of the business including purchasing inventory, advertising, selling, preparing orders for shipment, remitting sales taxes, and renewing business licenses. Two of our children earned school credit for Business Math and General Business. One is presently working on credits for Entrepreneurship and Career Preparedness. Some have been more involved than others, but it has been educational for all.

And I don’t see how there can be any better place than Helena to operate a family business. The other business owners in this town have welcomed and supported us and have been an important part of our children’s education and work experience. My son started attending Helena Business Association meetings with me when he was an elementary student, and all of our children have helped at First Fridays. Helena is an awesome place to live and raise a family- and to own a family business.

So has owning a business been good for our family? Absolutely! It’s obviously a blessing to have access to great health supplements, and the income from providing supplements for others is a good thing, too. But it’s been really great to be able to introduce our children to the real world of small business with a real business.

Thank you, friends, for making all of this possible for our family!

First Friday July
Melissa and Matthew at Helena First Friday, July 2014

 

Beginning

Day two of the November Post Challenge, and here goes my first post!

I’d like to share the story of the beginning of our family business.

A long time ago, when we had five children 9 and younger and I was definitely NOT feeling like SuperMom, I saw a Beeyoutiful ad for SuperMom multivitamins in a homeschool magazine. I had taken other vitamins over the years and had never noticed any change in my energy level or overall health. I decided to give Beeyoutiful a try.

By the time I got to the bottom of the bottle (about 8 weeks), I noticed a big difference in the way I felt. I had more energy, less sleepiness in the late afternoon, and my iron level began to improve. After that, we tried other products from Beeyoutiful: Tummy Tuneup (probiotic), SuperDad and SuperKids. Then we discovered Miracle Skin Salve. We loved every product we tried.

We told our friends, and pretty soon, we were ordering products for friends every time we ordered for ourselves. After several years of gathering group orders, we decided to take the plunge and start our own business. We’re not much bigger than we were at our small beginning, but it’s still kind of a dream come true. I get to manage a business while staying at home with my family and providing a useful service for other people as well.

small business dream

I’m a day behind on the post challenge. I don’t know if I’ll double up or run behind or combine some themes in the next few days, but I love having some themes for inspiration. Let me know if you’re taking the challenge, too!

November Post Challenge

November Post Challenge final

This blog has been heavy on the health side lately. I suppose that’s understandable since the stated purpose of the blog is to share our health discoveries! Still, I want this site to be more than a journal of health issues and a series of supplement suggestions! Nutrition and supplementation are important, but there’s more to an overall healthy life.

So, I’m challenging myself to blog outside the box next month. I’ve compiled a list of 30 themes, one for each day of the month, and, no, I haven’t planned any posts ahead of time! This really will be a challenge!

Will you do this with me? Wherever you post, whether it’s your own blog, your Facebook page or an Instagram account, will you let these themes inspire you, too? Please let me know if you’re accepting the challenge! I’d love to include some of your posts here.

No rules, no gimmicks! Just write or draw or take pictures- whatever you do best- and post it. I can’t wait to see your ideas!

How do you feel?

After seven years of baby steps, I’ve finally started making leaps and bounds in the health department. I’m genuinely shocked at how much better I feel.

  • NO JOINT PAIN – I can now run 2 miles without stopping to stretch. A year ago, I couldn’t walk even half a mile without experiencing pain and swelling in my knees.
  • NO ABDOMINAL PAIN – I haven’t felt even a twinge of that perpetual right-side ache since I gave up the baby steps and started really working on improving my health.
  • BETTER SLEEP – I fall asleep within minutes and typically wake only once or twice during the night- and I go right back to sleep. THIS IS HUGE! I have never slept well, so I really do feel like a new woman! As in, is this really me??

So, how do you feel? If you want to talk about making your own leaps and bounds or even taking your first baby steps, I’d love to hear from you. Comment or email me. I would love to encourage you as you make your move toward feeling better. I’m not a health coach. But maybe I’m a health cheerleader!

Back to Bone Ami

I never realized how difficult it is to get the necessary Vitamin D, calcium and magnesium in food! After a month of keeping a food diary and tracking my nutrients on Cronometer, it has beome apparent that even my healthier diet with 6-9 cups of fruits and vegetables every day is not supplying what I need for bone health.

So, I’m turning to an old supplement friend, Bone Ami. This time, I’m choosing the liquid version which supplies 400 IU of vitamin D, 500 mg of calcium, and 250 mg of magnesium in every dose. The liquid form is more readily absorbed, and, in case you’re wondering, it tastes really good! I still have to make good food choices to reach my target goals for these nutrients, but the goal is now possible, thanks to Bone Ami.

My next bone density scan should happen in October 2018. I lost ground from 2012 to 2014 and barely maintained from 2014 to 2016. I’ve been told that women in my demographic can’t gain bone density, that we just have to work hard to keep from losing. Maybe that’s true- but what if it’s not? I’m giving my bones my best shot. I’m eating well, nourishing them from within, and I’m exercising, strengthening them from without. And now I’m giving them a little extra help from Bone Ami.

So, friends, is it possible? Have any of you actually gained bone density? Have any of your Bone Densitometry reports ever shown improvement? I would love to hear some success stories!

Bone Ami Liquid 2

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