how are you investing?

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For all of you with any money left, be aware of the next expected mergers so that you can get in on the ground floor and make some BIG bucks.

Watch for these consolidations in 2014:

1. Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W. R. Grace Co. will merge and become: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace.

2. Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and Zesta Crackers join forces and become: Poly, Warner Cracker.

3. 3M will merge with Goodyear and become: MMMGood.

4. Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will merge and become: ZipAudiDoDa.

5. FedEx is expected to join its competitor, UPS, and become: FedUP.

6. Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become: Fairwell Honeychild.

7. Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become: PouponPants.

8. Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women will become: Knott NOW!

And finally….

9. Victoria ‘s Secret and Smith & Wesson will merge under the new name: TittyTittyBangBang

what will YOU do when the zombies show up hungry?

Do you have a plan?  Don’t you realize that zombies are coming?  C’mon, people!!  It’s what’s trending now……

Ok, okay.  So maybe there won’t be zombies, but there might be some really, really desperate neighbors knocking on your door if the lights go out.  And when I mean lights……I mean all lights….so pretty much anything with a plug….

Where will YOU be when the coffee runs out??  Oh, mercy….you haven’t even thought about this, have you?  Luckily for you, I have a plan.  I think it’s about time we start stockpilingEverything.  I’ve already started with shoes and skirts.

And don’t just think that I’m the only one talking about this!  Check out www.ready.gov and check out their exhaustive list of stuff you should be planning!  Who knew that we were supposed to be so busy??

Now, if you are a green-living-recycling kind of person, you are going to want to stockpile organic and natural foods.  So after zipping around the net, I have found a fancy-schmancey list of the top 50 storable foods for you to have in your  compound  home. You can find them listed HERE. Now, before you get all technical, not everything is organic, but hey!  It’s zombie time!!  We don’t have the luxury of bamboo forks and eco-friendly tablewear because of the scary neighbors and such.

But for all of us that eat burrito’s from our local gas station, here is a real GROCERY list that you can get from your real local grocery store..you know, before it’s too late……..(source: naturalnews.com)

These items are very low cost, loaded with nutrients, and are easy to  store:

• Sugar (not to eat, but to barter with. Never eat white processed  sugar.) Buy coconut sugar if you can.
• Pepper (a basic spice, easy to store,  easy to barter).
• Mustard (excellent nutrition, believe it or not. Made from  mustard seeds.)
• Raisins (easy to store and barter)
Lard (yeah, lard.  On a cold winter’s night when the heat is off, you’ll wish you had some soup  made with lard… and it’s healthier than “vegetable oil” which is mostly GMO  soybean oil anyway.)
• Butter
Pickled vegetables (all kinds, including  sauerkraut)
• Coffee (even if you don’t drink it, you can barter it. People  will be desperate.)
• Coffee filters (can also be used to help filter water,  cooking oil and other items)
Brown rice (large bags)
• Steel-cut  oatmeal
• Local honey (stored practically forever)
Sardines and  anchovies packed in olive oil (excellent storable omega-3s)
Sea salt (you  almost can’t have too much salt stored away…)
• Yet more sea salt
• And  even MORE sea salt, because you will run out in a prolonged collapse  scenario.
Peanut butter (portable, high calories, which you’ll need)
• Canned meats (long shelf life)
• Canned vegetables (you’ll need the  nutrients)
• Natural dried meats (AVOID all MSG!)
Nuts and nut mixes  (almonds, cashews, etc.)
• Cans of coconut milk or coconut fat (adds  delicious flavor to any meal)
• Spare can openers, kitchen knife, small  cutting board, etc.

You are also going to need to learn how to barter.  Mainly because there is “lard” on that list and I think we could certainly trade it for something better….like, nail polish or a something shiny.  THINK NECESSITIES!

The important thing here is to learn how to barter, and that can be done HERE.

Prepare yourself people!  I can’t do everything!!!

it wasn’t school that little Johnny disliked…just the principal of it….

Little Johnny is at it again….

The teacher asked the class to use the word “fascinate” in a sentence.

Molly put up her hand and said, “My family went to my granddad’s farm, and we all saw his pet sheep. It was fascinating.”

The teacher said, “That was good, but I wanted you to use the word ‘fascinate,’ not ‘fascinating'”.

Sally raised her hand. She said, “My family went to see Rock City and I was fascinated.”

The teacher said, “Well, that was good Sally, but I wanted you to use the word,  ‘fascinate.'”

Little Johnny raised his hand. The teacher hesitated because she had been burned by Little Johnny before.

She finally decided there was no way he could damage the word “fascinate”, so she called on him.

Johnny said, “My aunt Gina has a sweater with ten buttons, but her chest is so big she can only fasten eight.”

The teacher sat down and cried.

what’s on your plate?

Did you know that according to the United  Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, the average American eats 3,770 calories per day?  PER DAY??

So…..what’s on your plate? 

Dr. Gillian Keith has compiled a list of TEN FOODS PEOPLE EAT ON A REGULAR BASIS…(ready?)

  1. Burger meal
  2. Pizza
  3. Spaghetti
  4. Sweet and sour pork with special fried rice (chinese takeout)
  5. Hot breakfast
  6. Steak dinner
  7. Nachos
  8. Ice cream
  9. Chocolate chip cookies
  10. Hot dog meal

These are everyday “dead” foods that we consume as a regular part of our diet!  Eeek!  I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling fatter already!

So let’s change all that and look at some living foods.

Living foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds and nuts, exist in a raw or close to raw state.  They have not been bleached, refined, or chemically enhanced or preserved.  They are plucked, harvested, squeezed and might have a little dirt on them.  (don’t worry, it washes off)

All these living foods were created to cause your digestive system, bloodstream and organs to function at optimum capacity!  Wouldn’t you like to not only live longer, but have a better quality of life?  I know I would!  But where do we start?

Let’s start  by looking at our own plate.  If it needs more “living” foods on it, then let’s go to the grocery store (or if there is one available, the farmer’s market!)

First rule is to purchase fruits and vegetables frequently rather than storing large quantities for days and days in the refrigerator.  And mix it up a bit!  Don’t buy the same fruits and veggies each week.  Buy something new and different!  Choose a variety of colors and don’t forget some fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley and basil.

If you are a meat eater, then the best option is to choose organic, free-range meat and poultry.  Ask the butcher to trim off any visible fat,  or at least choose the leanest cuts.  Go for cage-free, organic eggs and whole grain breads.

If you are really serious, then just shop the perimeter of the grocery store, avoiding the middle aisles that are stuffed with pre-packaged foods and processed, man-made food products.  If you do have to venture into the inner aisles (insert scary music here), don’t forget to read your labels so you can make better food choices.

It will take a little effort to eat healthily, but the end result is definitely worth it!  Psalm 139 says we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”!  YOU are special and deserve the best!  If you make some positive changes to your diet, it is going to have a real and lasting effect on your health!

Honey, ever notice how that male bee drones on about himself?

Well here’s a honey of a subject!! 

I’m just buzzing about this!!  But beeeefore we get all sticky with honey, let’s talk for a minute about the BEE.

Bees are hard workers.  Their motto is ‘work or die’……I wouldn’t know anything about that .. although I do work hard to get out of work….But these little creatures work very hard in the spring, summer and fall and then take a little vacay in the winter. (I LOVE vacay’s!!!)

In particular, honey bees have been around longer than humans.  Did you know that only the females have a sting?  Kinda makes sense doesn’t it?  I’ve been known to throw a few stingers in a fit of rage……

Nutritionally, natural honey contains about 75-80% sugar and the rest is a mixture of water, minerals and enzymes.  One teaspoon is about 15 calories and is high in energy.  But it can do sooo much more!

  • Honey can exfoliate, soften and make your skin and hair look softer
  • Use dark honey for a more healthful recipe and reap the benefits of it’s antioxidants
  • In addition to medicinal properties, honey is supposed to be a good thirst quencher
  • Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon mixed in water reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours
  • Honey is also used as a laxative, but I don’t know  all the poop on that fact
  • Honey with hot water and a slice of lemon is a great way to kick start your day, and better than caffeine

More bee facts

  • Bees fly 55,000 miles to make a pound of honey, which is equivalent of one and a half times around the world!
  • To make a pound of beeswax a bee needs 6 lbs of honey
  • The average hive produces 25lbs of honey per year and one good hive can produce 60lbs in a good season.
  • The honey bee is a gentle insect, but if provoked it can sting both humans and pets
  • 80% of insect crop pollination is done by our hardworking honey bees
  • The almond crop, especially in California, relies on honey bee pollination.

NEXT TIME I HAVE SOME BEE-UTIFUL BEAUTY TREATMENTS…so HOLD YOUR BREATH, like this lady, AND I’LL BEEE BACK with MORE!

using ‘green’ bug repellents on the fly….er, mosquito..

When your backyard is 3 million acres of a Natural Forest, you need a little something with ‘ooompf’ to keep the pesky insects at bay.  However, we’re not about to let some pesky flying bugs ruin an entire summer of backyard barbecues, hikes in the woods or just a walk around the property to keep us indoors!

I grew up in Texas where mosquitoes ruled.  We were the kids that would play in the cul-de-sac during the late evenings when the mosquito truck would pull through the neighborhood, spewing a nasty chemical (DDT) into the air.  We were the kids that chased….yes!  chased the truck, playing hide and go seek and riding our bikes in the toxic fog!  We were practically bathing in it!!  (insert twitch and asthmatic cough here)

Thankfully, times have changed!   There are some natural, ‘green’ solutions to be rid of those blood suckers: (via)

  • Blend of essential oils:
    1. Mix the following essential oils in a 4 oz. container: 20 drops Eucalyptus oil, 20 drops Cedarwood oil, 10 drops Tea Tree oil, and 10 drops Geranium oil.
    2. Add 2 oz. of a carrier oil (such as Jojoba). Mix well.
  • Mint-based bug spray:
    1. Place 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of either catnip, spearmint, or pennyroyal (all in the mint family) in a spray bottle.
    2. Add 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol and 1 cup of water.
    3. Shake well.
  • Herbal insect repellent safe for use on the face:
    1. Blend 4 drops each of sandalwood, cajeput, and lavender essential oils with 2 teaspoons of carrier oil (such as extra virgin olive oil).
    2. Mix well and apply as needed.
  • Vodka Mist Insect Repellent:
    1. Mix the following in a spray bottle: 50 drops Jojoba, 50 drops Lavender, 25 drops Eucalyptus lemon, 25 drops Lemongrass, 25 drops Patchouli, and 25 drops Cajeput.
    2. Add 1 fluid ounce of vodka (to the spray bottle..not your mouth, people!)
    3. Mix well.
    4. Apply jojoba oil before spraying the repellent on the skin.
  • Natural insect repellent lotion:
    1. Place 2 ounces distilled water in a large mixing bowl.
    2. Slowly drizzle in 2 ounces of olive oil while beating quickly with a wire whisk.
    3. After the oil is mixed into the distilled water, stir in 120 drops of citronella essential oil.

Making homemade bug spray helps you go green because…

  • You do not need to purchase chemical bug sprays. Using products containing the insect repellent DEET may be harmful to fish and other aquatic wildlife, as well as human health.

One of the most widely used ingredients in store-bought conventional bug sprays for personal use is N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, as it’s commonly known. DEET, which is designed to repel, rather than kill, insects. DEET is used by an estimated one-third of the US population each year. Although DEET is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is a known eye irritant and can cause rashes, soreness, or blistering when applied to the skin. Additionally, DEET has been linked to neurological problems; according to the EPA, at least 18 different cases of children suffering adverse nuerological effects, as well as the deaths of two adults, have been associated with DEET. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found that DEET causes diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats.[1]

DEET has been shown to have a negative impact on wildlife and water sources in production and during use. DEET is toxic to birds and aquatic life. DEET has been found in approximately 75 percent of U.S. water sources, including the Mississippi River.[2]

SO STAY INFORMED NOT INDOORS…

(1) Cornell – DEET Mosquito Repellent: New pharmacology study of impacts

(2) About.com – The Downside of DEET Insect Repellents: Health and Environmental Risks Associated with the Use of DEET

money doesn’t grow on sprees….

Everywhere you look people are trying to make a ‘fast buck’ and enough just never seems enough!

Success today is measured in the terms of quantity, whether it be wealth, salary, possessions, etc., and we are trained to want more and to do everything possible to get more.  What’s our motivation?  Greed.

This isn’t anything new.  In Luke chapter 12, Jesus is speaking to a very large and unruly crowd (vs 1 says, ‘many thousands’) when someone in the crowd says, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me” (Luke 12:13)

It seems that in asking his question, probably with his brother nearby, the man wants a judge and Jesus can see that his request is selfish…..greedy.  

Luke 12:14 says, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”

This guy has an obvious desire for possessions, so much that he will even try to tell the Son of God what He must do in order to accomplish this desire!  He is angry with his brother and is consumed with his inheritance.  Is his desire for justice wrong?  No, but his motivation is!  

But our Lord, who sees the dark places in our hearts, labels it greed and warns the crowd with these words:  ““Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed, a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Wow.  He doesn’t just warn against greed but ‘all kinds of greed’.  The dictionary defines greed as an ‘excessive or insatiable desire for wealth or gain’.

How much is enough?  When is it too much?

I believe that when something takes first place in your life, whether it be money, your job, your talents, etc., and makes you put your relationship with God second, or third….or last….it becomes your ‘idol’.    

Some of these things may even seem normal.  Has your determination to be fit and healthy become your idol?  How about your job, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your (gasp!) computer and cell phone!  OUCH!!!  I struggle with these things every single day.  Your good things can become your primary things….then your primary things become your controlling things.

Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Before one can seek first the kingdom, they must be a part of it. The only way to become a part of God’s kingdom is to be born again. To put your faith and trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and accept Him as your personal Saviour! Once you have done this, then you can begin to put God first in your life and reap all His blessings….and life with our Savior is enough!

more tips that make you feel stupid…

Have you seen those ideas on the internet that make you smack your head and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Yep, me too.  These crafty tips will totally impress your friends and make you feel glad you have an internet connection. (via)

Let’s get started:

1.  Using toothpaste to hang a picture..

Place a small amount on the back of the picture frame exactly where you want the nail to go..

Once you’ve found the perfect place to hang your picture, press the picture against the wall so the toothpaste leaves a mark. Now, whack the hammer with a nail on the toothpaste spot.  VOILA! This is a great technique for hanging pictures in a straight row, or as a collage.

2.  Open a jar

Place a rubber band around the lid and another one around the jar.  POP!  It’s opened!

3.  Use a mason jar to store leftover wine

Make sure the wine overflows so the jar is completely filled and no air gets into the wine. It’ll store in the fridge for a week, by golly!

4.  Moving a heavy appliance

Spray Windex around and in front of the feet of the appliance you’re trying to move. It will slide much more easily.  (and works best on lineoleum or tile…not sure about hardwoods!)

5.  Keep the mice away!

Rodents are allergic to peppermint. Dab on cotton balls and place in area of infestation. Or, mix with water and pour into a spray bottle; spritz rodent-infested areas with the mixture.

6.  Zip!

1) Tie one end of a ribbon/string through the circular end of the safety pin, tying a knot to secure it in place. 2) Hook the safety pin through the hole in your zipper. 3) Use the string to pull the zipper up.

In the photo: there’s a product that does this, but you could easily make your own.

7.  Put on a bracelet.. by yourself!

It will  keep one end in place while you hook the clasp!

Tomorrow I will share more tips.  If I put them all in one post your head would explode. … and I don’t have a tip for that.

this is how I’m gonna love you…

“I will love you as a drawer loves a secret compartment,

and as a secret compartment loves a secret,

and as a secret loves to make a person gasp,

and as a gasping person loves a glass of brandy to calm their nerves,

and as a glass of brandy loves to shatter on the floor,

and as the noise of glass shattering loves to make everyone else gasp,

and as someone else gasping loves a nearby desk to lean against,

even if leaning against it presses a lever that loves to open a drawer

and reveal a secret compartment.

I will love you until all such compartments are opened and discovered,

and until all the secrets have gone gasping into the world.

I will love you until all the codes and hearts

have been broken and until every anagram and egg

has been unscrambled.”

~ Lemony Snicket

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SWEETIE!

I LOVE YOU!