Archive | April 2014

Working out

With being off work this weekend, I noticed something.  Usually, I will want a long nap on Saturday and Sunday.  Even with working out for 30 minutes yesterday morning, my afternoon nap time was just falling asleep long enough to start dreaming, then I woke up and was ready to go again.

Today, I woke up at 5:00 and couldn’t get back to sleep.  I think perhaps I was too excited about teaching class this morning!  Anyway, I came home, feeling like I needed a nap.  I did the same thing as yesterday — just nodded off, woke up and was energized again.  I got up and did a 50 minute Turbo Jam workout.  It felt great!

I think the change in the weather here has done wonders for my energy level, not to mention feeling a sense of joy in my heart, even in the midst of still going the grieving process.  I broke down and cried again last night over missing my brother, but my tears didn’t last long.  It will be interesting to see how I do tomorrow — it will mark 19 years since my miscarriage.

Since we are supposed to get rain overnight, I’m hoping it will improve the pollen count so that I can go for a long walk when I get home from work.

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Homemade Dove Body Wash

Dove Body Wash
2 cups water per bar
Grate bar with a cheese grater into what looks like fine grated cheese, put in a pan, add water and heat on medium heat till soap is dissolved, remove from heat and let cool. It will get thicker as it cools. Once cool put into bottles or any container.

**Must use dove moisturizing cream bars or olay moisture bars for this recipe. These are not considered bar soap, but a moisture bar. Any other type of bar soap you end up with either mucus or a hard gelled up glob!!!

You can add more water to make it a little thinner, once it cools. If it is too thick for what you like, add a little cool water at a time and stir to get the thickness you prefer. 

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Working out – physically and emotionally

I haven’t posted an update on working out for quite some time.  “Life” has happened, and that caused quite a disruption to my working out.  After my brother died on March 14, I had to save all of my strength just to function and get through the days.  I am trying to get back to the routine of working out, but am only managing to get it done 2-3 times a week, whereas, previously, I was working out 5-6 times a week.

I have still been working on inner thigh squats.  I can do those even while at work.  That has helped me to keep the muscles in that area pretty firm.  However, I have neglected my arms and they are getting flabby again.  I’m not happy with that because I worked so hard to get them firm.  I need to get back at it.

I really would like to see my midsection slim down, but I feel like it’s an uphill battle, and I’m just not sure I have it in me to get it done.  Maybe once the pollen count goes down some, I can start doing more walking + working out, and just maybe I will see some results which will motivate me once again.  It is hard to be dedicated when you feel like you aren’t getting very good results.

Emotionally, I am doing very well.  Even after someone dies, life does go on.  You have to get back to the daily routines, even if you don’t feel like it.  It has been good for me.

After speaking at my brother’s memorial service, I had so many people tell me what a good job I did, that I am a gifted speaker, etc.  In fact, my mother said, “You are a natural.  You should be a preacher!”  Anyway, that stirred up the passion in me to teach again.  With working f/t outside the home, and working every other weekend, teaching isn’t something to which I can commit on a long-term basis.  However, I will be filling in this Sunday in my adult Sunday school class.  I am so excited!  Spending a lot of time preparing for this weekend has been good for me.  It’s gotten me focused on something other than the loss of my brother.  But oh, Lord, how I do miss him!!!

The warmer weather and longer days have also done a lot to lift my spirits.  I had several really good days this week, and I attribute that to making the Lord the focus of my days.  His presence this week has been so intimate and precious.  I told my hubby that one day, I literally felt like He had wrapped His arms around me and kept me in His arms the entire day.  It was pure bliss.

Car Spray Recipe

Aromatherapy Car Spray Recipe

  • 1/8 c. high-proof vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • 1/8 c. distilled water
  • 30-40 drops essential oil blend (sweet orange or lavender is great for calming kids)
Combine in a small spray bottle. Shake well before using. Don’t spray directly at anyone, just toward the car ceiling, or the back of the car if no one is sitting there. 🙂
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Interesting Tidbits

The devotions I write are being translated into Polish (I am half Polish), Hindi, and Indonesian languages.
The first time I submitted something to try and get a professional writing assignment, I got the job! It’s not much money, but I am thankful for it.
My best friend from my childhood gave birth to her firstborn just 35 minutes after I gave birth to my firstborn. One of my online friends in England was giving birth by c-section to her daughter at the exact time I was having my own c-section. They were both emergency c-sections. The lives’ of all four of us (moms and babies) were in danger. I also share the same wedding anniversary with my English friend.

I met our current governor on two different occasions. One was local, the other was at Homeschool Day at the State Capital. When he was here locally, I also met the attorney general for our state. DD had her picture taken with all three of the local news anchors.

When I worked at the hospital while pregnant with my daughter, my boss was a man who used to be a priest. He married a woman who used to be a nun.

We know a hs family who lives in the house where dh’s maternal grandma grew up. We also know a hs family who lives in a house where dh’s paternal grandparents lived many years ago. Isn’t that an odd coincidence?

Homemade Whipped Body Butter

Whipped Body Butter

  • 1/4 c. shea butter
  • 2 Tbsp carrier oil (I used sweet almond and avocado)
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 25 drops essential oil (optional)
On a double boiler (I just used a Pyrex bowl placed in a bowl of really hot water), melt the shea butter together with the carrier oils, stirring well.
Once the shea butter is completely melted (remember – do NOT heat shea butter on high heat, or it becomes gritty), place the bowl containing the butter/oils into an ice water bath and cool slightly.
Stir in your vitamin E and essential oils (if you’re using them).
With a hand mixer, begin whipping the melted shea and oils together. It may take 5-10 minutes before you start seeing a whipped consistency, but it will happen.
Once you have a consistency you like, transfer to a lidded container. Should keep 6 months (especially if you use the vitamin E to help preserve).
Whipped Coconut Body Butter
I scooped out about half a jar of coconut oil, put it into my kitchen aid mixer and whipped it up for about 7 minutes and there you have it!!  You can add a few drops of scent, if desired.
Recommended to use it is after bath or shower when skin is still wet.  Scoop out some and rub all over, let it soak in for a minute, then lightly towel off.
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