The reason I slap my husband.

Whoa-whoa. Don’t freak out. There is a perfectly logical reason why I slap Matthew a lot.

See that. I told you my slappings are legit.

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Creepy New Health Gadget Wants to Get Inside Your Brain

Ummmm… wut? I knew right away when I saw hid.n follow me on Twitter, that I would not be interested in their product. Not everrr. I suppose the intentions are good, but… just take a look at this.  hidn watch

Has the race for the next best health gadget finally gone too far? Do we really need help measuring our stress levels by way of a sleek watch that’s hungry for our psychological data?

This is just way too creepy. I don’t want this watch all up in my cranium. I’m perfectly fine with self-identifying my stress, then acting accordingly by activating my “restore mode” setting: A couch-azzing marathon with extra-large bowl of cereal and a good movie to help me relax and melt the stress away.

How do YOU handle stress? Do you think this watch is creepy or cool?

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Shaving Our Cat’s Butt (A Day in the Life of Yum Yucky)

Ewww. I hate that we have to deal with this. Kitty needs her butt shaved every few weeks to prevent poop nuggets from sticking to her long hair. Come join us in this annoying family chore. Let us all shave Kitty’s butt together.

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I Used Fresh Stevia Leaves To Sweeten My Tea. Here’s what happened next.

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It’s been about 4 years now since I’ve been using those Stevia extract packets you buy at the store to sweeten my tea and bake with. Stevia is a zero calorie, natural alternative to using regular sugar or those frightful chemicals, Splenda and Aspartame.

So I thought to myself: What would it be like to use actual, fresh Stevia leaves to make my tea sweet? I put on my science hat and got to work.

I broke off a small sprig from my Stevia plant I keep outside on my deck. The plant doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. I don’t water it. Normal rainfall alone has kept the plant thriving. I crushed the leaves between my fingers to crack the membrane, then dropped it into my tea. It created a film on top of the tea that mostly likely can be attributed to the oils and other natural parts of the leaves mixing with the liquid.

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After letting my tea seep for the normal time frame, I noticed it was a bit too bitter because I had actually let the teabag seep too long. As I sipped the tea, I noticed only a minor hint of sweetness that very much tasted like the Stevia extract packages. However, I was not at all impressed with the level of sweetness it offered. It was barely noticeable and probably wouldn’t be noticeable at all to someone else if they weren’t paying attention.

But alas! As I got towards the bottom of my tea cup, I noticed the sweetness becoming more pronounced until the bitterness of my tea was taken away by the sweetness of the leaf.

MY CONCLUSIONS

1. Stevia leaves can be an effective sweetener for your drinks — but only if executed properly. It’s gonna be trial & error experimentation.

2. You would need to use a heck of a lot more Stevia leaves than what is pictured to actually raise the level of sweetness to satisfactory. This would make for a cup of tea that is so overwhelmed with leaves, it might be difficult to drink.

3. Stevia leaves need a lot of time to infuse into the liquid, which means your drink will be cold by the time the level of sweetness reaches a status of “good enough”.

4. Stevia leaves may be a better option for making a large jug of iced tea that can infuse over a longer period of time — maybe a few hours.

What do you think of my experiment? Although it didn’t quite yield the results I had hoped from, I learned from this and found enjoyment in working with food straight from nature instead of from a package. 

Enjoy your tea! Or coffee. Or soda.

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My Top 10 Natural Health Products on Amazon

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Forget about all the introductory chitter-chatter. Let’s jump right into the list!

1. Colloidal Silver Liquid and Gel: If you haven’t yet witnessed my carrying on with nonstop talk about the benefits of using colloidal silver, then listen up now. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t drag your feet. Learn how this natural antibiotic has the power to effectively treat eye infections, pink eye, ear infections, burns and other issues without getting a doctor involved. Check my Colloidal Silver Reference Page for a plethora of important info on silver.

2. Bromelain: This is a natural steroid that fights inflammation. It’s especially important for Matthew, as he needs it to naturally control his sinus and allergy issues. But alas! Not all Bromelain products are created equal. We’ve done the trial and error, and found Nature’s Plus Ultra Bromelain 1500 mg capsules to be the best. >> Bromelain Fact, Benefits and Risks.

3. Oregano Oil: This oil is hailed as the most powerful natural antibiotic on the planet. Extensive scientific research has been done to back this up. But be warned, you must use Oil of Oregano very carefully to prevent injury, and it’s not recommend to be handled or consumed by young children unless they can deal with the extreme heat factor (which is NOT very likely). Read my full write upon this oil before you decide to acquire any. >> Oregano Oil Facts, Benefits and Risks.

4. Shea Butter: I don’t use the lotions found at the drugstore. Why? Because they contain harmful, toxic ingredients that are proven to compromise your hormones and cause other damage to your body. Read my post on Mineral Oil: A Toxic Evil Lurking in Your Beauty Products for the entire scoop. Then get yourself some shea butter or Coconut Oil.

5. Nutiva Coconut Oil: I’ve tried a ton of different coconut oil brands. Nutiva is the best in quality and taste. Not only can you cook with coconut oil, you can also smather it on your body and lips as a natural moisturizer. Other brands you can get at the store do work just fine, but if you want to try the best, go with Nutiva.

6. Buddy Bear Probiotic Chewables: These tasty chews are part of my natural defense arsenal to prevent my kids from getting the stomach virus (vomit and diarrhea flu bugs) during the cold months. And yes, it works damn good. Read my full post on Proven Methods to Prevent Stomach Flu and stock up on Buddy Bear Chewable Probiotic for the kids when colder months approach.

7. Sweet Almond Oil: Almond oil is a fantastic, healthy alternative to smather on your body for all the reasons mentioned in my Toxic Mineral Oil post. Additionally, black people may find this to be a wonderful moisturizer for the hair. I’ve tried a few different almond oils at the store, but found this Sweet Almond Oil to be of good quality. It contains no fragrances or fillers; 100% pure goodness.

8. doTerra Terra Shield Natural Bug Repellent (for the body): There are some fantastic sites on the Internet to help you whip up your own natural bug repellent that doesn’t contain the harmful ingredients in drugstore brands, but I prefer the non-DIY route. I buy doTerra Bug Repellent formula instead. It does a kick ass job at keeping the mosquitoes from biting without having to come up with my own non-toxic concoction.

9. Honeysuckle Forsythia Tea for Cold & Flu: This tea will reverse a coughing spell, including the painful kind due to mucous in the chest, within about 15 minutes. Honsysuckle Forsythia Tea is nasty, yet has an acquired taste that you get used to. I discovered this tea after doing thorough research on the benefits of Forsythia used in Chinese medicine. Keep it on deck in your house. It’s a must. I previously wrote a consumer/customer review of this tea on Amazon. You can read it here.

10. Freeze Dried Foods: If you’ve glanced through my Supply List For Emergency Preparedness, it’s no mystery that I’m big on being ready for anything, as much as in my power to do. Keeping freeze dried foods on hand, those that can last 15 or more years, is an important way I am creating security for my family in the event an uber-emergency should strike. To take the plunge into freeze dried foods, I recommend you start out with protein items like diced chicken or turkey. Freeze dried is not cheap, but if you buy a little at a time, you will have a very nice storage of emergency food supplies that will not be quick to spoil.

So what’s your own Amazon list of favorites look like? Tried Amazon Prime yet? Snag your 30-Day FREE Trial and give it a whirl!

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