Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

healthy living~ winter care for your feet

 dencam photo of jewel chewing on her foot-pads-bear pawdicure

Let’s talk about feet. Winter time is a great time to get those feet back into shape after a summer of flip flops and bare feet running around causing tough calluses. Did you know that when bears den in the winter they remove (chew off) the hard crusty pads of their feet so when they emerge in the spring they have soft fresh paws. Watching the bears, Lily & Jewel, chewing away at their feet reminded me of my own dry calloused footpads. And since I don’t particularly feel like chewing on my feet, here are some homemade recipes I have used in the past, give them a try. (unless you prefer to chew….ha!)

Foot Scrub- 
This scrub is quick and easy to make and leaves the feet feeling soft, smooth, tingly and refreshed

¼ cup cormeal
¼ cup ground oatmeal
1 tablespoon sea salt (or table salt)
Tap water
A few drops of lemon or peppermint oil (or juice works too)

Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl with enough water to form a creamy, gritty paste. Add a few drops of the essential oil and stir again.

Sit on the edge of the bathtub, or in the shower and massage your feet with this mixture—really scrub all those rough areas and between toes. I find this quite invigorating. Rinse and dry thoroughly and follow with an application of a thick moisturizing cream.

NOTE: If you use the tub or shower, make sure to clean them right after this procedure; the cornmeal might swell and clog the drain. I usually do this using a washbasin in the tub and toss the contents in the garden for mulching.

Foot Soother- 
This recipe softens leathery feet, deodorizes, and helps fight foot fungus. Following the foot soak, use a pumice stone or pediwand to buff away and softened calluses.
 
2 cups applecider vinegar, raw or processed
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin

Place ingredients into the foot tub with enough water, warm or cold, to cover your feet and ankles. Swish feet to blend.

Soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Pat dry and follow with a coating of moisturizer.

NOTE: have a nail fungus or athlete’s foot? Soaking your feet in just the apple cider vinegar is the absolute best medicine around…it even beats out prescription topical medicines. You can reuse the vinegar multiple times, I swear by it !! great for fingernails too.

Monday, January 30, 2012

a different kind of meditation

A friend recently wanted me to show her how to meditate. I knew that my particular style, sit down and reside within your own mind, style of meditation was not for her. So, I suggested to her another form of meditation, one that I learned from Madisyn Taylor of the Daily Om fame.  It is working beautifully and perhaps she will share some of her poetry with me for Journey. My friend did suggest that I share this information with everyone else,  here is what Madisyn had to say:

“The creation of any kind of art can be as much a form of meditation as a vehicle for self-expression. Energetically splashing colors of paint onto a canvas can be like casting the weight of the world off your shoulders, while raising your voice to hit the high notes of a song can inspire you to release your fears so you can reach new heights in your own life. And then there is the act of meditation that can take place when you create poetry. Sculpting your thoughts and emotions into a poem can take you on a journey into your inner universe where your conscious mind is momentarily cast adrift.

“Like other forms of meditation, writing poetry requires that you stay fully present during the process, rather than focusing on any outcome. In doing so, you release any inhibitions or ideas of "what needs to happen," so that your thoughts can flow freely through you. When you write poetry, you are able to see the reflections of your innermost self imprinted on a page.

“If you'd like to experience poetry as a meditation practice, you might want to try this exercise: Set aside twenty minutes where you can be alone in a quiet space. You may want to look at poems other people have written to see if there is a style of poetry you would like to try. You can also try writing in freeform. The structure of the poem will then organically reveal itself to you. When you are ready, sit down with pen and paper and let the words flow. Don't think about what you are going to say next, and don't worry about spelling, grammar, or logic. Instead, be as descriptive, visually precise, rhythmic, or lyrical as you want to be. When you feel complete, put the pen down, and read over what you've written. Appreciate this work of art you have created. You may even find that thoughts and emotions you had repressed before are now making themselves known so you can process and release them. Writing poetry as a form of meditation lets you slow down your mind long enough for you to get out of your own way, so that your soul can freely express its deepest yearnings.”

 Need a little help learning about poetry? Here is a site my friend found that she liked:

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my harps - Dalcasian, Dusty, and Nimway
(yes, they have names)
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articles this week:
a different kind of meditation
winter care for your feet
valentine's strawberry torte
webcam news- faith is active, cubs are noisy
fun friday photo~ yotie in the rain

don't forget to visit  Journey  pages for pics and webcam updates 

Friday, January 27, 2012

fun friday ~ fun things to do with stuff

A good friend of mine sent me an email showing some fun things to do with household items. 
Here are a few of the ones I really liked ~ thanks Robin




A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant.




Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels. 





Gotcha! Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose.






Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.




A tip for packing. Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can find them in just about every drugstore or even hotels.









Re-use a wipes canister for storing plastic bags.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

webcam news~ the cubs have arrived

update- Thursday am--- Lily & Hope's den-cam back up and running, finding them asleep pretty much the same as we saw a few days ago. 
jewel is a mama 

The first cub born 5:25 am pst and the second at 6:40 am. on sunday, 1/22. You an hear little baby sounds, Jewel's back is to the camera most of the time, protecting the little ones from the cold outside.  What excitement!!!! oh-oh now i am going to be hooked to this computer.... ha!  I highly recommend you peek in on this wonderful event. She will most likely keep them hidden, mainly from the cold for a few days, however you will be able to hear their little "baby" sounds. 


update- we have been seeing the little guys off and on as Jewel shifts around and cleans them...and there is a heap of nursing- you can tell by the purring-motor sound they make. check the site often, fun things are happening.  If you go to the den-cam site and click the "archive" button it will show you special events recorded of the babies. 

Jewel's den- see and hear the babies
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Lily & Faith

The technical team ‘borrowed’ the modem destined for Lily’s den shed so they could evaluate the cell signal reception near Jewel’s den shed.  Unfortunately, the modem didn’t survive the workout it got yesterday in the extreme cold and needs to be replaced.  This means the Lily and Faith’s Den Cam will remain down until a new modem arrives from PixController.  It is proving a challenge to keep 2 cams going this year.  We are anxious to resume monitoring Lily and Faith.  Is Faith still suckling or has the cold weather driven them into a deeper sleep?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

meal ideas ~ turkey chipotle chili

Super yummie, you control the spiciness with the chipotle chili- the two tablespoons is for average heat, add more for really spicy or less for that milder taste. We love this dish with some sweet cornbread. 

Turkey Chipotle Chili

2 cups chopped onions
3/4 cup chopped green sweet pepper
1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn
2 tablespoons bottled minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped chipotle 
    chili peppers in adobo sauce*
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano, crushed
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 cups chopped or shredded
   roasted turkey breast
15 ounce can diced tomatoes, 
     undrained
15 ounce can tomato sauce
15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup finely snipped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped green onions 
2 tablespoons lime juice
6 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt or sour cream

1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven, cook onions, sweet pepper, corn, and garlic in hot oil about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in chili peppers and tomato paste; cook for 1 minute more.
2. Stir in chili powder, oregano, cumin, and coriander. Stir in broth, turkey, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and black beans. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
3. Stir in cilantro, green onions, and lime juice. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Serve with yogurt. Makes 6 servings (1-2/3 cups each)

Tip
Because chili peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chili peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.   

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

healthy living~ winter skin saving facial masks

The winter this year is really taking a toll on my facial skin, perhaps due to new medication I am taking or just the fact that I am getting older. Not wanting to spend the time making a moisturizer I looked on the Web for some suggested products that were recommended.

Well, needless to say that 98% were quickly crossed off because of all the chemicals they contained. Two were left: One by L’Oreal, it looked to be just the ticket- a little pricey at $15.00, but if it worked it would be worth it--- OMG as soon as I opened it...it went into the trash! It was as if I had opened a bottle of cheap perfume- egads, why would I want that on my face. The next one I tried was by Oil of Olay, “Complete for sensitive skin”, it is great…almost. No scent, no gueyness—however, it does cause a mild redness to my skin. Not sure the reason and I do like the product-so I will see if it is just that my skin is not use to having anything on it but natural things. My mother used Oil of Olay and it has been around for a long time, so I do trust the product. But for right now, I will continue to take the time to make my own products to avoid using toxic commercial products and nourish, cleanse, heal, and protect.

Application of masks is one of the most ancient forms of beauty treatment all around the world. In old times, women of nobility used to apply many exotic substances on their face skin in order to keep it smooth, silky and beautiful and protect from aging and elements. In the North, traditional societies used animal and fish fats to shield their skin from cold and dry winter air. 

Here are 5 that I have used in the past~
 all wonderfully simple and gets the job done.

An avocado mask is perfect for dry skin that may become very irritated in the winter. It is easy to make: mash the flesh of avocado with a fork, add a touch of extra-virgin olive oil, and apply this smooth, fragrant mixture onto your face.
This nourishing mask will supply your skin with a whole range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and softening agents to fight winter dryness.

A cultured milk mask is a simple and effective cure for tired skin. Just apply a bit of natural yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream on your face avoiding areas around the eyes. Relax for 10-15 minutes and rinse your face with cool water.  This mask softens, rejuvenates, and restores a natural pH balance of your skin, thus, protecting it from negative influences of winter air.

An oatmeal mask is a great remedy for skin beaten by a cold wind. To make it, mix together in equal proportions raw oatmeal flakes, egg yolk, and honey. Keep the mask on your face for about 20 minutes, wash with lukewarm water, and pat dry. After the application, your facial skin should feel very soft, refreshed, and healed.

An egg white mask is good for oily skin with large pores. Smooth a beaten egg white all over your face, let rest for half-an-hour, and rinse with water. This mask will refresh and tighten your oily skin and will make it look much healthier than before. In the winter, it will create a natural barrier to protect your skin from harsh winds and frost. 

 If you have combination skin suffering from winter elements, try a softening banana mask. Mix mashed banana with fresh sweet cream and apply this wonderful mask all over your face for 30 minutes. It will smooth, soften, moisturize and nourish your skin whenever necessary and will make you forget about the cold, harsh, and nasty winter outside!



Also: here is a link to my post last November about protecting your skin in winter.
healthy living~ protect your skin in winter 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Simplificating continues…meltdowns to healing

Simplificating continues…

Just before the end of the year I decided to simplificate my work life, which involved way too much of my energy. So, after 16 years in the ER I changed my position to a non-patient care position. I needed to, especially if I were to regain some of my energy and place it in another “more important” area in my life.  

Wow, did I feel like a fish out of water when I began my training. It was so different, but then on the other hand it was marvelous to go home without feeling like I had ridden a rodeo bull for the past ten hours.  A couple of weeks ago I went “live” (without someone standing over me) the first week was okay- referring to my notes and asking help when needed.

Last week (my fifth day on my own), I got hit with the worst my new position could get hit. I had 14 admits, 15 discharges, and 5 transfers within 5 hours, phones and patient call bells ringing off the hook, people needing this and that…. barely getting the paperwork caught up by the end of my 8 hour shift. Everyone now tells me that it was the worst it could get- truth be told……right smack in the middle of it all.... I had a meltdown; a rather embarrassing meltdown. 

I went home feeling crushed, had I made a mistake, was it like this a lot, if so could I do this?  **A little side note: on my way home my off-ramp was closed down… 10 miles later I was turned around and pulling in my drive** oh yea, life played with me that night.

Needless to say I didn’t sleep very well, and was scheduled to return the next afternoon. When I finally rolled out of bed—almost ready to call it quits, I sat down and pondered, meditated, just what the situation was. And I decided that the new position was still the best option for me right at this time in my life. When I got to work, Lisa, my preceptor, took me to the side and bravo’d me for getting past the night. (she assures me it is a rarity and the worst it could get) The meltdowm—it’s okay everyone understands. A jest was made that if you were to have a meltdown; best have it at the “newness” of a job-when you have an excuse- than 6 months down the road. This is true.

It did make me aware that I am vulnerable to “meltdowns” especially since I am in a new environment and NOW my newest “workplace goal” is to “learn to relax-go with the flow- take one thing at a time- and…don’t get frustrated if I am not perfect!“

Has my life been significantly Simplificated by this new position—you bet!  Was it worth the change--- words cannot explain just how much.  Also, peeking into the ER, my old haunt, in the midst of the flu season made me realize just how fortunate I was to have slinked out at the right time.  Ha!

I miss my fellow ER co-workers a whole lot and get to see them from time to time, but I would like to let them know that this was really the best thing for me. 

          I am healing. 



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sunday's sunrise

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what's new... click on the link and take a peek at  jesse's blog:

berner tails ~ bunnies, geodogg'n, & new cubs for jewel

articles this week:
simplificating continues ~ meltdowns to healing
winter skin saving facial masks
turkey chipotle chili
webcam news- jewel is a mama, cubs have arrived
fun things to do with stuff

don't forget to visit  Journey  pages for pics and webcam updates 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

news flash~~ cubs born sunday morning

a quick news flash for everyone....
jewel is a mama 

The first cub born 5:25 am pst and the second at 6:40 am. as of right now I can hear little baby sounds, Jewel's back is to the camera, protecting the little ones from the cold 21 degF outside.  What excitement!!!! oh-oh now i am going to be hooked to this computer.... ha!


I will keep everyone updated, hopefully with some pictures on Thursday's posting.  I also highly recommend you peek in on this wonderful event. She will most likely keep them hidden, mainly from the cold for a few days, however you will be able to hear their little "baby" sounds. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

fun friday photo~ hot kitty cools off

Tiera, sleeping in her heated bed.....slips out her paw to cool down.

have you ever slipped your foot out from under the covers when too warm?
(i am not sure she is glaring at me because i am laughing or taking her picture)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

wildlife cam news~

         Update on the Hornby Island Eagles - For two years, we were privileged to have a live, intimate view of a beloved pair of bald eagles, Mom and Dad Hornby, and their eaglets Phoenix (2010) and Alexandra & David (2011). The webcam was retired in the autumn of 2011. I do not know why, but information and pictures will continue through the website HEGPS – Hornby Eagle Group project society. Here is a link to their website if you wish to visit.        HEGPS     i will post updated photos here.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

meal ideas ~ sugar cookie bowls

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream. I haven't tried this yet, but plan to as soon as I can, it sounds like so much fun.

Sugar Cookie Bowls  Makes:12 bowls.

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions:
step 1
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray the outside of each bowl cavity of an fancy muffin pan with vegetable pan spray.
step 2
In medium bowl, combine flour and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition.
step 3
Roll out dough on generously-floured surface to 1/8 in. thickness. Cut 4-1/2 in. circles from dough.. Drape one circle over each bowl cavity of pan, pressing to form smooth surface.
step 4
Bake 11-13 minutes or until cookie cups are firm and golden brown. Cool on pan on cooling rack 10 minutes. Loosen bottom edges of cookies from pan using small spatula. Carefully remove cups from pan and cool completely. Wash, dry and spray pan; repeat with remaining dough.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

healthy living~ get fresh veges from your gutter-garden

Gutter Gardens Grow Produce without Taking Up Space


We all want fresh vegetables; many of us really don’t have the ground space in our backyards. But, I bet you’ve got the side of a house or fence where you can hang some rain gutters. If you’d love to do a little at-home gardening but don’t have much space to do your planting, a simple gutter garden might be the perfect option.

It's hard to argue with the health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables and fruits: Lower blood pressure; reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and probably some cancers; lower risk of eye and digestive problems; and a mellowing effect on blood sugar that can help keep appetite in check. 

Most people should aim for at least nine servings (at least 4½ cups) of vegetables and fruits a day, and potatoes don't count. Go for a variety of kinds and colors of produce, to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs. Best bets? Dark leafy greens, cooked tomatoes, and anything that's a rich yellow, orange, or red color.

Monday, January 16, 2012

seeing just how your time is spent

 ** this is a re-post of an article i wrote a couple of years ago; someone asked about it trying to remember exactly what i did to keep track of all my plans. So, here it is Sandy, may this year be exciting and fun.**


  Have you ever wonder where the time went, what did you do with that time you didn’t notice pass you by?
     Well, I do, a lot, actually I use to wonder. Several years ago, I got an idea from my childhood days of my parents putting stickers or marks on a calendar of all my accomplishments and goals.  
      Thus, began my sticker book.
      In a calendar, either a small wall, mini wall, or pocket planner,  I have a series of daily, weekly, monthly, projects and goals in mind and have a sticker for each one. I keep a legend of what each sticker stands for; every time I complete or accomplish one of these I get a sticker on my calendar.  At the end of the week, month, or year you can look back and see what you have done with your time.  I even have stickers for “pajama” days, special days and events. I think this is a great idea for everyone. Little stickers are getting harder to find; so, I have a series of miniature ink stamps that I may have to use one day. However, for now I love those colorful fun stickers.
     There have been many times I have done something that I would have procrastinated…except for wanting to see that sticker on the page.
    You can even have a secret prize for yourself for keeping the calendar going all year.
     If you hang your sticker calendar on the wall at your computer, desk, or anywhere you will see it daily,  you’ll be more likely to keep it going… plus, it also shows everyone just how busy you really are.  :)


     Perhaps you can start a “sticker” chart for the New Year for goals and things you want to accomplish. Have fun with this and if you have any questions, comments, or ideas of your own I would love to hear them and even share with others if you allow.

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Owls and Stuff

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berner tails ~ buds, brushing, & bunnies~wahoo

articles this week:
news flash~ webcam postings are here
seeing your time
fresh veges from a gutter garden
sugar cookie bowls
fun things to do with stuff
fun friday photo~ hot kitty cools off

don't forget to visit  Journey  pages for pics and webcam updates 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

news flash~~ wildlife webcam excitment

 I apologize for not getting the WebCam posting going sooner, 
but we do have some exciting news.


jewel's den site
Jewel
jewel on camera
     3-year-old Jewel, the daughter of June and younger sister to Lily, is going to provide us another look into the winter denning and possible birth of cubs like Lily did two years ago when she had Hope. 

       This is an opportunity of a lifetime for all, but especially for anyone who loves wildlife.  I have provided links to both WebCams- Lily& Faith and Jewel’s; you will have to wait about 30seconds for the advertisement to finish, remember this is what helps pay for you being able to view the wonderful event. I have also included the links on the “WebCam2012” page.

Is Jewel in labor?  the NABC thinks so!  We’ll have to look back in the archives to pinpoint the first signs, but about 5 PM, a Den-Watcher noted that Jewel looked uncomfortable holding her head stiffly.  Now her ears are shivering and she’s making little sounds (very unusual) being picked up with the newly positioned microphone.  We’re watching for contracting head muscles like Lily showed as she clenched her teeth.

Here is a link to her DenCam~  NABC ~ Jewel's den webcam
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Lily & Faith's den
Lily & Faith
in their den










Lily-Faith Den Cam was down for a  couple of days;  as the den cam came up, we found Lily and Faith nearly in nearly the same position as when we last saw them on Sunday.  They hadn’t a clue we were gone and haven’t a clue we’re back!  We’re interested to see if Faith has fallen into a deeper sleep during this cold weather or if she will still beg to suckle. Remember last year Lily was giving birth to Faith and Jason while still having Hope (a year old) in the den with her.  It will be interesting to see what happens with these two just being alone together.

Lily & Faith’s Cam ~ NABC ~ Lily & Faith's den webcam
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*** news about the Hornby Island Eagles, they had returned to the nest and are now away for the winter. They should return in the spring to hopefully have another season of eaglets. Keeping fingers crossed, remember these  two eagles are over 25 years old and at the end of their nesting period- we can only hope for another fun year like last year. I will keep you posted.
              
 I have decided to use the Thursday “Being Green” slot for wildlife webcam news. – much more fun!

Friday, January 13, 2012

fun friday~ football and the blonde

A guy took his blonde girlfriend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team's bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked it.

"Oh, I really liked it," she replied, "especially the tight pants and all the big muscles, but I just couldn't understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents."

Dumbfounded, her boyfriend asked, "What do you mean?"

"Well, they flipped a coin, one team got it and then for the rest of the game, all they kept screaming was... 'Get the quarterback! Get the quarterback!' I'm like...Helloooooo? It's only 25 cents!!!!"
 
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This was sent to me by a friend, I loved it! Thanks Angie, once again you’ve made me laugh. I am not a fan of sports; I do feel that playing a sport while in school is very beneficial, but professionally….. no. I boycott anything to do with professional sports until... “the players make a decent wage.” Hellooooooo? ha!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

being green~ got an old computer??

Several friends purchased new computers for the Holidays and had asked me if I had any ideas what they could do with their old one. (knowing that Steve and I go through getting  new computers frequently.) I did have a couple of suggestions beyond trashing it- please do not let it get into our dumps. Take it to a recycling center or…. ,
.                                                     Make Someone Happy
The next best way to use your still working old computer is to make someone else happy!
You could offer the computer on your local www.freecycle.org group or ask friends, family, and people in your community whether anyone needs a computer for simple tasks. Alternatively, you could donate your laptop or computer through an official organization, such as http://www.computerswithcauses.org/. Or as we usually do, donate it to a local high school program, such as a Regional Occupation Program – ROP, or a local Veterans program. Yes, I do remove the hard drives and dispose of them separately, for privacy.

Turn it into a Media Station
Load all your music and videos onto this computer, if necessary supply it with an external hard drive, set up your favorite media player, listen to Last.fm, install a TV tuner card and record movies, record music from radio stations, download MP3s, stream music throughout the house using wireless speakers etc.
There are many more options of how you can use an old computer for entertainment purposes, just be creative!

                                             Create an External Hard Drive
If parts of your laptop or desktop computer hardware are broken, you can salvage the working parts. So if the hard drive is still working, you can dismount it and transform it into an external and portable hard drive for your new computer. You’ll have to invest in a USB caddy, which can be acquired cheaply through eBay, Amazon or your local hardware dealer. Be sure to get the right format and connector for your hard drive. For a laptop hard drive, you’ll need a 2.5″ IDE or SATA caddy. For a regular hard drive, generally a 3.5″ IDE or SATA caddy is in order.



Make Money
You can dismantle your entire broken computer or laptop and sell the working parts on eBay. Hard drive, RAM, A/C adapters, motherboards, graphics and audio cards, and even 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

meal ideas~ chicken with a twist

Chicken and Pepperoni

Craving an easy and flavorful dish that is reminiscent of pizza? Add zesty pepperoni, olives, an herby tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese to chicken for a family-friendly dinner.

3-4 lbs meaty chicken pieces (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks), skinned
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 ounces sliced turkey pepperoni
1/4 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (2 ounces)

     1. Place chicken in a 3-1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Cut pepperoni slices in half. Add pepperoni and olives to cooker. In a small bowl whisk together chicken broth, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning. Add to mixture in cooker.
     2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3-1/2 hours.
     3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken, pepperoni, and olives to a serving platter. Discard cooking liquid. Sprinkle chicken with cheese. Cover with a lid or foil and let stand for 5 minutes to melt cheese. (or broil in over until melted)

Serve with a green salad and some toasty garlic bread.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

healthy living~ natural homemade poo recipes

Poo Recipes???....ha, made you think twice~ 

Natural Homemade Sham...poo Recipes

Cleanse your hair naturally by making your own shampoo at home with pure, simple shampoo recipes. Homemade shampoo has many advantages over synthetic manufactured shampoos.  Avoid all the harsh chemicals and customize your own shampoo tailored to your needs. Not only can you make an organic shampoo for dry itchy scalp, but you can make it moisturizing as well. Super easy ways to make your own natural shampoo that you can customize to your specific hair care needs is liquid Castile soap then add the oils and essential oils needed for your hair type. Castile soap is fairly cheap, and remember that you really only need a dime to quarter sized amount to cleanse.  Have dry hair and an oily scalp? Or dandruff yet dry ends? By adding the correct oils to your blend, your shampoo can fit just what you need. 

Simple Shampoo Recipe
Ingredients
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup liquid Castile Soap
1/2 teaspoon sunflower or other light vegetable oil

Directions
Mix together all the ingredients. Store in a bottle. Apply onto wet hair and scalp, massage into lather and rinse thoroughly. A drop or two of any scented essential oil- such as vanilla, lemon, or clove-- added will some excitement to this blend.

Moisturizing Castile Shampoo
Great for Dry, color treated hair

Ingredients
6 oz Liquid Castile Soap
1/2 teaspoon avocado oil
1 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions
Apply to wet hair and lather with a gentle massaging motion. Rinse thoroughly.

Lavendar Castile Shampoo
Great for an Oily Scalp

Ingredients
6 oz Liquid Castile Soap
5 drops lavender essential oil

Directions
Mix together all the ingredients. Store in a bottle. Add a tablespoon of carrier oil if the shampoo is too drying. Wet hair. Lather. Rinse.

Tea Tree Castile Shampoo
Great for dandruff, broken out or dry, itcy scalp

Ingredients
6 oz Liquid Castile Soap
5 drops Tea Tree essential oil
1/2 teaspoon Jojoba oil

Hair Loss Castile Shampoo
Great for thinning hair and hair loss

Ingredients
6 oz Liquid Castile Soap
5 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
3 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Directions
Mix together all the ingredients. Store in a bottle. Use as you would any shampoo, rinse well.

Itch Reliever Castile Shampoo
Great for eczema and allergic dermatitis

Ingredients
3 oz Liquid Castile Soap
1 tablespoon Stinging Nettles (herb)
1 tablespoon lavender (herb)
1 cup distilled water

Directions
Steep the herbs and water in a covered pan for 30 minutes. Strain and allow to cool. Mix with remaining ingredients then bottle. Apply to wet hair, massage into lather.  Rinse

Beer Shampoo: great volumizing shampoo!

Ingredients
3/4 cup beer (any  brand)
1 cup inexpensive shampoo

Directions
Boil the beer until it reduces to 1/4 cup. Cool the beer and add it to the 1 cup of inexpensive shampoo. Apply to wet hair and lather with a gentle massaging motion. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat if necessary
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Note:   Please, always be careful when using essential oils and herbs. Some have health effects so always check the label for warnings