Friday, October 10, 2014

Being Thankful

Life has been busy, hectic, even chaotic lately. It has thrown me a few punches but I am pretty resilient, and I have plenty to be thankful for.  And, in light of us heading into the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, it seems the perfect time to write about being thankful.  

I am thankful for my beautiful family who has supported me through my highs and lows.  I am thankful for my health and the happiness I have been blessed with. I am thankful that through every difficult experience has come a lesson learned and the ability to dust myself off again.  I am thankful for the health of my family and friends and the memories made with them with each day, each season, holiday, visit and chat. I am thankful that the life we experience today in our country is for the most part peaceful. I am thankful that my family has a roof over our heads and healthy food in our bellies when so many people do not have this shared experience unfortunately. I am thankful to have so much to be thankful for.

I asked Son what he's thankful for.  He said that he is thankful for all of his grandparents and his Great Gramma.  He is also thankful for his teddy's because, as he said, he "couldn't sleep well without them".

I asked Husband what he is thankful for. He said he is thankful for his family, his job, his home, living in Canada, farmers that grow our food,  and his health.

There is, of course, so much more that we are all thankful for.  

Sometimes it is the small things that I am thankful for, like being able to make and enjoy this gluten free pumpkin pie this weekend.  This is a fantastic recipe. An oldie but a goody. Go ahead and give it a try!

From our family to all of you, 
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Smiling Tomato?

It's been forever...or what seems like forever since I took the time to sit down and write a blog article.  I mean, really...I've gone all summer without even giving a garden update.  Well, I'll give you a short one. It was a disastrous garden year.  Nothing has really grown well. We got some celery, and baby tomatoes, a couple cucumbers, a little bit of kale, and a bowl full of roma tomatoes from our 8 tomato plants - but nothing much to brag about.  Yesterday I decided to make a toasted tomato sandwich for lunch with one of our home grown tomatoes. So I sliced it up, and looking back at me was a smiley face.  From the look of the smile though it seems this tomato was confused and thought he was a jack-o-lantern.

Well, whatever the case, yesterday was the perfect day for me to receive this hidden smile.  I have been working so hard to prepare for participating in the Etsy: Made in Canada show taking place this weekend (in major Cities across the country - maybe there's one near you).  I'm very excited but exhausted from the prep and so very nervous to be taking part in a show of this magnitude!  
So my smiling tomato was exactly what I needed. And it tasted great too.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Why I Don't Use Conventional Shampoos - I Use a Shampoo Bar!

Today I was reminded of why I don't use conventional shampoos. You see, I went for my once a year hair cut (twice a year at most) and they asked me if I wanted my hair washed as well. I love getting my hair washed by someone else - it has a pampered, spa effect on me - so I said yes.  Silly me. Fast forward to a couple hours later and I realized that my scalp was irritated and it felt like it was burning.  I couldn't wait to wash my hair again with my own shampoo bar.

I stopped using conventional store bought shampoo many moons ago.  At first I used a manufactured shampoo bar, then I used the no poo baking soda soda method, and then I made my own shampoo bars.    You might wonder why.  Well, for several reasons.  Do you know what's in your shampoo?  Lots and lots of chemicals, some of them carcinogenic.  And some shampoos contain gluten.  Going gluten free has lead me to read every ingredient of every product I use. Once I read the ingredients I wasn't so pleased with the products I had been using. I looked for alternatives and wasn't totally satisfied, so I formulated my own shampoo bars.  Hands down, it is the best shampoo I have used.  My hair is healthier and softer than it has ever been, and I love that it is made with only natural, environmentally and health friendly ingredients.  

If you've never looked at what's in your shampoo, I dare you to take a peak at the pamphlet below, and then read the ingredient label of your shampoo. No really, I dare you.

There's some downright scary stuff in there! If you're not convinced, or if you're looking for more information, try 

Okay, so here's my shampoo bars:

And here's what's in them: Saponified avocado oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut milk, shea butter, castor oil, coconut oil, water, and essential oils.  Not so scary at all.  A great natural alternative to the chemical laden store brand options, with the fabulous bonus of being gluten free.  If you're interested in trying them out, they're available from my Etsy shop.

No parabens, no SLS, no formaldehyde, no phthalates, no fake fragrances. Just simple, natural ingredients formulated to gently clean and nourish your hair. Now go read your shampoo ingredients label...