So, February 2012 marked the close of http://www.traditionalsimplicity.com. It may come back eventually. I believe it will. For now, I’m holding on to this one piece of free web space to eventually gather my thoughts, transitions, food and faith journeys. My apologies to my previous Traditional Simplicity follows. Life required for me to let something go and blogging was one of them. As I gather the pieces of life back together and reset priorities, this blog will fall in there somewhere in the future.
Traditional Simplicity has moved. Please come to my new site to connect for nourishment of your mind, body, and soul. Look forward to seeing you there!
Good Monday morning! Today is miessence Monday. It is also February 1, which means Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away now. Have you thought about what you are getting your special someone? It seems flowers, fragrances, and jewelry tend to list high on the gift giving selections. If a favorite fragrance is on your list, may I suggest you consider an alternative?
Miessence certified organic botanical perfumes are hand-blended in the traditional artisan method of natural perfumery using rare and exquisite botanical extracts, absolutes and essential oils solely as their aromatic source. They are imbued with a debth of character lacking in synthetic perfumes. Reasons beyond the purity of these perfumes to anoint yourself and/or a loved one:
To attract and seduce the opposite sex.
To improve one’s mood or state of mind.
To boost one’s level of self confidence.
To refresh, energize, calm, or nurture ourselves.
Love, wild, free, calm, delicious, brave, and calm are six wonderfully designed blends offered by miessence. Wonder which scent to choose? Take this quiz to help find your signature scent. Respond in the comments to share your signature scent quiz answer.
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In my past, I have always enjoyed working with numbers and math. For two and a half years, I was a bank teller at a local bank. I got a weird enthusiasm about helping others balance their out of control checkbook. Some might say I’m a little crazy about managing finances. Although, I never was really taught about finances as a child. My parents taught me how to save, gave me an allowance for farm chores, and showed me how to operate a checkbook. When we turned sixteen, it was our responsibility to purchase our first car and everything that goes with it (insurance, maintenance, etc.) That was the extent of my financial “teachings.”
October 2008, I made the connection with Crown Financial. They are a Christian based. As it states on their site, “God is using Crown Financial Ministries around the globe to teach His financial principles and transform lives.” Through their Money Map program, I feel like I now know how God’s wants me to manage finances. I am so thankful for the opportunity, I hope to become a Money Map coach in the future. In the meantime, I am going to review the steps in the Money Map over the next several weeks here on Finance Fridays.
Lastly, I follow many blogs about finances, who are christian based. A blog I just discovered, onemoneydesign, is having a book giveaway today. “Money and Marriage God’s Way” by Howard Dayton is a great book to kick start changes in your marriage’s finances. Check out the giveaway here.
Every Wednesday, I hope to share what is for dinner. This will help everyone get a glimpse into what I serve my family. We are transitioning into a 100% real food, no processed, food diet. Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon is a first building block towards success. We have already tried several recipes from this book with a lot of success. Some recipes we have made already include: minestrone soup, chicken patties, butternut squash, liver and onion, and the very delicious Peanut cookies.
Today, I have a chuck roast in my crock pot cooking in filtered water on low. We will be making Potato Quarters from Nourishing Traditions to go with the roast. These are a modified french fry from what I have read. In an effort of cleaning out the pantry, I may throw in a can of vegetables. This is it: What’s for Dinner Wednesday.
To Make Potato Quarters:
4 large potatoes, washed but not peeled, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Toss potato cubes in butter, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place in a well-oiled stainless steel baking pan. Bake at 450 degrees until bottoms are crisp, then turn occasionally until desired crispness is obtained.
With the holiday season coming to a close, many people are thinking about cleaning their homes. Going through old toys, clothes, tools, etc. to either throw out, donate, or pack away is happening in households across the United States. I know, I am. Over the holiday season, many of us eat way too much and quite unhealthy in retrospect. Did you have one too many cookies or pie slices? I know I did. In doing so, the week following Christmas, I felt more sluggish than normal and tired. This is the results of not necessarily eating nutrient dense food. So, what can we do? I chose to increase my intake of In-Liven for one week.
In-Liven is a raw, fermented, probiotic super food. What does this mean? Raw means nothing was cooked. Fermented means just that – fermented. Think sauerkraut. It is a fermented food. Super foods are foods that have been proven to be very potent and healthy for one’s body. Foods like spirulina, barley grass, asparagus, and more. Probiotic means good bacteria. These bacteria are produced by fruits and vegetables, not fast-tracked from fecal matter. Yes, some probiotics are developed just that way. In-Liven also contains enzymes, vital amino acids, and a spectrum of essential nutrients.
It is suggested to take one teaspoon 1-3 times daily. Personally, I take one teaspoon daily for maintaining good bacteria in my digestive tract. This also supplies the vital nutrients to my body daily. In times of sickness or after times like the holidays, I may take up to 3 teaspoons daily. For about two dollars a day, I take this one teaspoon of In-Liven in a cup of apple juice every morning. Add a banana and I am set for my day.
We cannot make any medical claims, as MiEssence representatives. Although, I can personally say my husband and I both noticed health benefits within our first month of eating In-Liven. Some of the results we saw include: diminished headaches, digestive regularity, increased energy, and oddly enough, the desire to eat more raw vegetables. Many of us do not have enough good bacteria in our bodies and I have always been a firm believer of some good bugs making us healthier. This is just one way we have increased our “bug” intake in our home.
Today as I was making my homemade laundry detergent, I thought about using my all purpose cleaner for laundry detergent. MiEssence BioPure Household Cleaner is absolutely fabulous. It makes cleaning enjoyable for me, in the first time in a long time. BioPure includes probiotic bacteria, enzymes, antioxidants, and vanilla extract. I love when I spray down my entire kitchen or bathroom with the solution, it smells wonderful. It is so refreshing versus the toxin laden commercial cleansers that make you gasp for a breath of fresh air. While it smells so delicious, good bacteria is going hard to work breaking down all the bad bugs on the surfaces of my home. Then, you simply use a damp cloth to wipe it off the surface. Granted tough spots do require an extra spray or some elbow grease, but I think it is well worth it to use those good bugs. Read more about BioPure here. If I decide to start using it as an alternative laundry detergent, I will let everyone know. I have heard it works wonderfully as a stain remover. The best part is I figure it cost a little over a $1 for a 250mL solution mix.