A Blogging Vacation (Getting Away to Spend Some Time With the Lord)

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For all of you faithful followers of Joyfully Submitted, I want to take a few minutes to thank you for your support and kind words of encouragement. I LOVE logging in and seeing the start and/or the comment box in the upper right hand corner lit up throughout the day.  If you are like, you probably subscribe to way too many blogs to ever actually read or have the time to even remember them all, so one less for a couple of weeks would actually be a wonderful blessing.  So, with that said, I am taking a 3 week vacation from blogging! Yep, you heard correctly…3 whole weeks..on purpose! “Why 3 weeks?” Well, I am glad you asked!


Have you ever gone on vacation only to return EXHAUSTED and run down because you were unable to enjoy the place you were vacationing because of rushing each day to the planned activities? Well I have, and my ideal vacation incorporates time to relax and do things I am not normally able to do.  Not hard to understand, but why 3 weeks??? The vacation needs to be long enough where I am firmly convinced that I have actually done something differently,  and long enough away from home to become homesick…although I tend to get homesick with a weekend getaway, especially if the kids are not with us :D! Well, there will not be a lot of running around and an overabundance of activity on this vacation!! Exactly the opposite.  So, what will I be doing for these 3 weeks? Another great question!


“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest,                                                                                  a holy day dedicated to the Lord. Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.” EXODUS 31:15

My family seems to be busy ALL OF THE TIME. And having one car, most of our weekends are spent running errands. The world is so busy and schedules get so full!!! Weekends, even Sundays, find invitations to baby showers, or bridal showers, or kids birthday parties, and community groups, or family dinners….what’s missing? REST! And we need plenty of it!! We are just run down.  While VEMMA is GREAT for providing energy, clarity of thought and overall health, we have discovered that it is no substitute for good old-fashioned REST!! And the business of our lives is crying out for SLEEP. Now, while I do not believe that the Lord will strike us dead for working on the Sabbath (we are no longer under the law), I do believe there are terrible physical repercussions to a lack of adequate rest.  So…I will be resting!



“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;                                                   but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalms 1:1-2


“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do                              according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8


                            “In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” Psalm 119:14-16


So often, when we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, we forget what’s really important. While my family spends time each day in God’s Word together, I very rarely get back to it to meditate and spend time with Him all by myself! I am famished for some alone time with my Lord!!! And I am going to go get it!!! My prayer is that I will be able to put some new healthy habits that are both physical and spiritual, in place during this time, primarily rest and time alone with the Lord 😀


“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding;                                                               therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:103-105


In the light of a king’s face there is life, and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain. How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.  The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life.” Proverbs 16:15-17


Remember ALL of those blogs I mentioned earlier that I subscribe to??? Well, they are phenomenal blogs worthy of a lot more than being categorized in my email in individual folders!!! Everyday I am more and more aware that I do not know everything…closer to not knowing much at all in the bigger scheme of things. I plan to take some time to read these blogs and learn from some Godly women who are a lot wiser than me.  There are so many posts that I tucked away for later and never got back to, or that I pinned on Pinterest and forgot about!!! I want to take time to scroll through them, take notes, and learn from them.  And then I want to come back and share with all of you what I have learned 😀


  “Do you thus repay the Lord, you foolish and senseless people?Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you? Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you,
    your elders, and they will tell you.When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.”Deuteronomy 32:6-8


“And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said, “Remember the word that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, ‘The Lordyour God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’  Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them,…” Joshua 1:12-14


We have fallen off of the neat, organized and decluttered track ridiculously since the holidays. I have had a schedule since the kids were little, and over the last couple of years we have slipped off a little bit more each year.  Well, this year we fell off almost completely, and I did not put us back on.  If this sounds like your family (please say that it does and I am not alone!!! :D) then we together are not much different from the children of Israel in Scripture.  They had to be reminded to remember God’s Word, to remember his laws, and to remember his promises over and over and over again because they often forgot… they fell of the track completely!  Where we feel the negative impact of failing to keep up in the areas of a; Our relationship with the Lord, b; our relationships within the walls of our homes, and c; our relationships with those God has put in our lives to be examples and guides to a God honoring lifestyle, they also felt the negative impacts of their failure to remember and their failure to pass on the teachings of their Godly ancestors with situations like losing in battle and being taken captive by pagan nations repeatedly.  If we do not make the primary goals of our lives loving God with all of our heart, soul and strength, teaching our children to love and honor the Lord who created them, and modeling holiness of heart, attitude and lifestyle to all we come in contact with, we will experience losses in battle, and we will watch our children be taken captive by pagan ideas and idolatry. Just like the children of Israel were reminded to REMEMBER God’s word, we must remind ourselves and our children to remember what we have taught them and the disciplines we have tried to pass on to them. But if we forget, if we don’t take time to remember, who will remind them? While our kids may obey our words during childhood, we will live to see them live as we lived in adulthood. I will not be getting organized just for organizations sake.  I will be getting organized for the sake of remembering and reminding all of us of the habits that will help lead them into a prosperous and profitable future, wherever the Lord leads them.


To this all I can say is Proverb 31:10-31!

I will still be updating the Joyfully Submitted Facebook Page, though not as frequently, so I will see you there.  There was a time not that long ago, when the thought of lower stats and fewer followers was an unwelcome thought, but what good is all of this if the Lord is not my #1 fan? I’m gonna go and spend some time with my daddy!! 😀 Soooooo…..



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Our First Giveaway Final Post (last chance to enter)

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Today is the 5th and final post in our 7 Day Supply of Cloth Pantiliner GIVEAWAY!!! A LOT of information has been shared, and there is so much more out there, but our final post is dedicated to user testimonies and feedback, ending with my own 😀  The pantiliners below are made by me, and were completed and delivered to a customer on Friday evening.  She is a 50+ year old woman, who was extremely pleased to have learned about these products, and beyond extremely excited to purchase them for herself.  Here is what she had to say after wearing them for a couple of days;

“I LOVE them!!! They are soooo comfortable and feminine! I am talking them up like crazy and I can’t wait for the women in my family and my friends to begin using these!! Thank You for sharing this with me!!!”  ~Felecia (social worker)

Felecia is a woman who, prior to 2 weeks ago, had never even heard of cloth pads/pantiliners and now she is a very satisfied user:D The items pictured are her order and were taken before being delivered to her!

These are size L-XL (14+) and are made of a combination flannel/flannel and flannel/fleece.

Our second user testimony comes from a long-time user of cloth feminine products, if you consider one year a long-time. 😀

“I started using reusable menstrual pads about a year ago. I had been interested in trying them for about 12 years, but it was just something I put on the back burner. When I finally got them, I was hesitant to try them at first because of the “ick” factor, but pressed ahead because I had purposefully let my disposable pads run out the previous month so I had no choice! I LOVE THEM! I don’t feel like I am wearing a pad at all! Also, the reusable pads seem to be more absorbent. They are so easy to take care of as well.  I just toss them in the washing machine with whatever load I happen to be putting in and I’m done!”  ~ Zakiyyah (SAHM)


These pantiliners as well as the S-M ones fold for easy transport.

Now for the last product testimony…mine 😀

Let me just tell you that I am a very satisfied user of these products.  I received a message on Facebook from a friend who knew I loved to sew and was sewing/making things for the purpose of selling.  She sent me a link to a site and I was hooked almost immediately!! I began to research these products and the reasons so many hundreds of thousands of women use them. And before I knew it, I was making them and developing a customer base! I truly am my best customer :D. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pantiliners and wear them everyday.  They are incredibly comfortable and soft, and very absorbant.  They have proven to be reliable for daily use, including the occasional ‘Oops” when a sneeze or cough causes…you know the rest :P. They have also replaced the need for me to purchase disposable pantiliners ever again.  Paying for these once has benefits for years. Look at the first Giveaway post to see the cost comparisons. The reason I chose pantiliners for the giveaway is because I have found that they are the easiest for women to make the switch to. There’s very little apprehension or “GROSS!!!” comments when it comes to something used for daily protection. Once these are experienced, the next step in a majority of cases are to the cloth pads.  These are definite introductions to a knew experience in feminine care.

I had a customer recently ask me what I hoped to gain by making these and sharing information. I responded that I want to raise awareness, particularly in the African American Community where there is very little if anything known about alternatives to carcinogen laced feminine products.  This giveaway and the past weeks blog posts are just the beginning. As we learn to love the Lord with ALL our hearts, ALL our minds, and ALL our souls, and love our neighbor (yes, our husbands are our neighbors as well) as ourselves, I pray that we could learn to take information like what’s being shared and begin to apply it to our lives and make wise decisions.  We will be changing and making changes for the rest of our lives…and then in the end we will experience the ULTIMATE change…

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be ch anged.For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

So what in the world do these verse have to do with menstrual pads??? EVERYTHING!!!!  All of the changes we experience in life are preparing us for something GREAT!!! We can never get complacent…we have to keep growing and moving and learning…One day we will be permanently changed!!! But until that glorious day we are charged by God to take care of His temple…and we are that temple!!! We have the responsibility to do the things that will care for this body and not to do the tings that will destroy it!! There are many things that are harmful that we do not know, but when we learn about them, and still do them, we will be held accountable. Now, I am not saying that using plastic pads and tampons and pantiliners will send any of us to Hell, but I am saying that because of the extremely dangerous chemicals involved, we may hasten our face to face meeting with the Lord by using them. And while that appeals to some, it is not the way any of us want to see Him. I implore you to make the HEALTHY choice..even if you choose to buy them from a well known manufacturer instead of me, just get them…and let other women know that we have choices!!! And they are good ones!!! I find myself telling women about these everywhere I go. I pray you will too ❤

You have one more chance to enter the drawing to receive a 7 Day Supply of Cloth Pantiliners FREE ($63 value), and one more chance to spread the word about the Giveaway.  Don’t waste it…take all of what you learned last week and make good use of it 😀 God Bless ALL of you!!! Click the link below…

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Our First GIVEAWAY Day 3 :D Cloth vs. Plastic

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Welcome back for the 3rd day and the 3rd post for our very first GIVEAWAY!!! If this is your first time here, be sure to read the previous 2 posts to get caught up on our 7 DAY SUPPLY OF CLOTH PANTILINERS GIVEAWAY!! There has already been some GREAT information shared and I am about to share some more 😀 Todays post will look into the benefits of cloth vs. the dangers of plastic!! It’s serious!! For many of us we don’t think twice about inserting a tampon inside of our bodies, or laying an absorbent piece of plastic next to our skin for hours upon hours.  The media and advertising companies have done a GREAT job at convincing us that our extreme comfort, and a product’s ability to cause us to forget that we even have a period should be at the top of our lists when choosing products to use during our menstrual cycles…but unlike the commercials that present new prescription drugs that list ALL of the side effects, these companies leave all of the good information out, then they put it in writing on the package that is so small you would need a magnifying glass to read it!!! So, what is it that we are putting into our bodies to minimize our awareness that we even have a cycle??? What makes the dry weave cover to the pads work so well?? These and other pertinent questions are answered below… And when you’re finished reading…and you’re shaking your head at the things you didn’t know (like I was), please DO NOT FORGET to enter the GIVEAWAY today!!! Return and enter EVERY DAY for more chances to win!!! 😀


Environmental Impact

From a common sense perspective, the choice to wash and reuse cloth menstrual pads is a simple one, akin to using stainless steel water bottles, cloth shopping bags or rechargeable batteries in lieu of their single-use counterparts. In doing so, we reduce the gross amount of resources consumed and solid waste generated.

It is estimated that approximately 20 billion pads, tampons and applicators are being sent to North American landfills annually . On an individual level, each of the approximately 73 million menstruating people in North America will throw away 125 to 150kg of disposable menstrual products in their lifetime . Moreover, these products require hundreds of years to biodegrade, particularly if wrapped in the plastic bag commonly provided for this purpose as part of their packaging.

Lunapads last at least 5 years with recommended use and care, as opposed to 3 or 4 hours in the case of disposables. While individual cases vary, we estimate that a single Lunapad replaces approximately 120 disposable pads or tampons.

In addition to the waste issue, one must also consider resources consumed, as well as manufacturing processes. Lunapads are made with a combination of three types of fabric, which admittedly use their own share of resources to produce. Critics may reasonably point to the use of conventionally-grown cotton as an environmental demerit to cloth pads. Further resources (water, detergent and energy) are also required in order to capitalize on their reusable benefit. That said, Lunapads are very small and do not require special laundering treatment, making the amount of water and soap required for their maintenance to be fairly minimal. Lunapads is further on track with our stated goal of switching to 100% organic or sustainable textiles, and currently use 100% certified organic fabrics for over half of our products.

Disposable pads and tampons are made primarily of bleached kraft pulp or viscose rayon, the origin of which is wood cellulose from trees. Imagine, if you will, what kind of processing is required to make solid wood into the fluffy fibers found in disposable pads – in a nutshell, a lengthy series of powerful chemical baths. The rayon and pulp are further processed with a variety of bleaching agents to render them white (although not more absorbent), and then treated with another host of chemicals to enhance absorbency or add scent.

While growing cotton requires water and fertilizer, it is an easily renewable resource compared to trees, and requires relatively minimal processing to be rendered into a final product.

Dioxin is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S . While the jury is still out on the direct risk to human health posed by dioxin residue in disposable pads and tampons, its danger to the environment via effluent from factories is well-known. In fairness, progress has been made in recent years to address this issue and oxygen-based bleaches are being increasingly adopted. That said, there has also been an increased adoption of use of Super Absorbent Polymers (SAPs) in the pursuit of “ultra thin” pads, and disposable pads continue to be backed in plastic.

Precisely what all these chemicals and substances are and what their gross environmental impact might be is largely unknown, particularly in the long term. Pad and tampon manufacturers are not required to disclose ingredients of all their products (proprietary information) and many are only listed generically (“fragrance” as an example) on the packaging.

While we are not doctors or scientists, we have had the benefit of almost 30 years of collective experience in talking to women about their health and menstrual products, and can attest to the fact that thousands of women are experiencing allergic reactions to disposable pads and tampons, likely due to contact with the aforementioned chemicals and plastics.


Performance vs Disposables

Waste and health considerations aside, how well do Lunapads and other reusable options actually work? This question is tricky to answer since reusable products are made with such vastly different materials from disposables.

In the case of Lunapads, we readily admit that as soft and absorbent as cotton fleece and flannel are, when it comes to managing heavy menstrual flow over several hours, their performance lags behind that of the ultra thin high performance disposable pads. Ironically, disposable products’ superior performance with respect to absorbency is thanks to all the chemicals and plastics we discussed earlier in reference to environmental impact.

Comfort is another important consideration when it comes to assessing the performance of menstrual products, and in this case we can confidently say that our products are vastly superior to disposable products. Lunapads and Lunapanties are made with 100% cotton and 100% organic cotton, soft, natural and breathable materials that are more akin to clothing.

Knowing performance is important issue for most of us, we acknowledge that reusable pads can’t be expected to perform in the same way as disposables. That said, there are in excess of 100,000 people worldwide using Lunapads who would never switch back, so clearly the chore of washing them is worth the bother. Ask yourself if you would happily return to throwing away used bottles and newspapers rather than taking the time to recycle them for a similar perspective. Many also comment on the convenience of being freed from having to repeatedly buy disposable supplies, particularly in unanticipated situations.

With respect to the DivaCup and tampons, the difference is even more marked. Have you ever felt excessively “dried out” by using tampons, especially towards the end of your period? This is because tampons don’t just absorb your menstrual flow, they also absorb your natural vaginal moisture, which can be uncomfortable. The DivaCup is widely celebrated among customers for being more comfortable than tampons, thanks to its non-absorbent functionality that results in reduced dryness.

So, there you have it. Several more reasons have been shared about why these are wonderful choices for all of us to make.  There are additional things available that we will go over before this GIVEAWAY is over, don’t worry :D! But that is all for now.  PLEASE SO NOT FORGET to enter the GIVEAWAY!!! It was created with you in mind! Oh! And Tell A FRIEND 😀

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Why Use Cloth Feminine Products (FIRST GIVEAWAY DAY 2)

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First of all, let me say how SUPER EXCITED I am to be offerring these in our FIRST GIVEAWAY!!  There are Sooooooo many reasons why you would want to use these AMAZING items, and add them to your life that I will not be able to name, but I will name a few.  Before I go any further, be sure to enter the FREE GIVEAWAY for a 7 DAY SUPPLY OF CLOTH PANTILINERS at the end of this post!   Alright…here we go!!


Approximately 20 billion pads, tampons and applicators are sent to North American landfills annually.

            On an individual level, each of the approximately 73 million menstruating people in North America will throw away 125 to 150kg or approximately 16,800 disposable pads or tampons in their lifetime.

            Disposable pads and tampons are made primarily of bleached kraft pulp or viscose rayon, the origin of which is wood cellulose from trees. What makes these products perform so effectively is the use of high tech chemicals such as super-absorbent acrylic polymers (SAPs) surfactant-laced gels and leak-proof plastic backings. The long-term health and environmental impact of these ingredients is contentious and largely unknown.

            In 1991, the Landbank Consultancy report reviewed the environmental impact of disposable diapers and concluded that compared to cloth diapers, throwaway diapers used 20 times more raw materials, three times more energy and twice as much water; overall they generated 60 times more waste . Disposable menstrual pads are made from substantially equivalent materials and ingredients as disposable diapers.

         [Cloth Pads} will last well over 5 years with recommended use and care, as opposed to 3 or 4 hours in the case of disposable products. While individual use may vary, we estimate that a single Lunapad replaces 120 disposable pads or tampons.

            The cost of reusable products is significantly less than disposables – you can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars over time.

            1,000,000 disposable pads and tampons are now being diverted from landfills monthly thanks to [Cloth Pad customers] having made the switch to reusable products, and tens of thousands worldwide are feeling more connected to themselves and at peace with their consumer choices.

Cost Savings Analysis

Reusable menstrual products present an opportunity for real financial savings, as demonstrated by the table below. We have chosen not to include two ancillary costs: utilities and detergent used to clean washable pads and the portion of property taxes used to finance garbage pickup of used disposable products and landfill maintenance.



Price @

# Per Pack

Cost Per Pad

Pads per Period

Cost per 5 Years

Always Flexiwing Maxi Pads






Stayfree Maxi Pads with Wings






Seventh Generation Ultra Thin Maxi Pads






Natracare Organic Cotton Maxi Pads






U by Kotex Ultra Thin Maxi Pads






U by Kotex Nite Pads with Wings






Cost per 5 Years: $129.99
Whats Included:
2 Mini Pads
2 Basic Mini Liners, 2 Mini Wing Liners
3 Maxi Pads
2 Maxi Liners, 2 Maxi Wing Liners
2 Long Pads
2 Basic Long Liners, 2 Long Wing Liners


Average Cost of Disposable Pads (5 Years) $330.36
Cost of AVG. CLOTH PAD Deluxe Kit (5 Years) $129.99
Average Savings Using [CLOTH PADS] $200.37

Price @

# per Pack

Cost per Tampon

Tampons per Period

Cost per 5 Years

Playtex Regular Tampons






Tampax Pearl Tampons with Applicator






OB Non Applicator Tampons






Seventh Generation Tampons






Instead Cup






U by Kotex Tampons








Unit Cost 

Life (Years)

Cost Per 5 Years

The DivaCup





Average Cost of Disposable Tampons or Cups (5 Years) $332.37
Cost of The DivaCup (5 Years) $87.50
Average Savings Using The DivaCup $244.87

The above charts are used compliments of, a leading company in the manufacturing of cloth feminine products. As you can see the cost savings is HUGE.  Be sure to read the info and even if you have NEVER heard of these or only slighty considering theses as an option, ENTER THE GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a weeks supply FREE.  Click the link below and come back daily for updates and new information…and to enter again! 😀

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Delicious Guacamole! And I know ALL the Ingredients Because I Put Them In!!

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As the New Year rolls on I have found myself doing more cooking than blogging!!! Ukali has had soome time off and I have truly enjoyed ALL of the time we have had together with the kids, extended family, and each other over the last couple of weeks.  I thank God for EVERY second we have had together, and a good part of that time has been spent in the kitchen cooking and trying new recipes!!! My mom blessed me with a new food processor that I LOVE and have already found tons of uses for, and Ukali blessed us with a new Breville Juicer that is AMAZING!!! So there are lots of things that I have wanted to do that are now getting done 😀

My oldest son, Isaiah, loves loves loves guacamole.  I enjoy it as well, but have always been a little resistant to purchasing it as frequently as he would have liked due to the additives, preservatives and long shelf life of store bought quacomole. I thought about making it several times last year but just never got around to it. As the new year has already begun to race by, I decided to seize the moment and just do it!!! I had all of the ingredients and had grown horribly wearied of my excuses in many areas. Do you have things in your life like this? Things you put on the back burner, but you just never went back to the burner to turn it on?? Well the back burners are on and we couldn’t be happier! There are several things I’ll be sharing that were on the back burner last year but have been brought to the front and are cooking as we speak 😀 To start with, here is the guacamole recipe I used today. This recipe is found at



2 Ripe Avocados
1 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 tsp. Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
3 Cloves Garlic
1/3 tsp. Red Pepper
1/2 tbsp. Grated onion… (I actually diced 1/2 red onion and used)
2 dashes red pepper sauce (optional)

Wash, peel, pit and mash avocados. Mix in a small cup minced garlic, salt and lemon juice and let soak for 15-30 minutes. This takes the edge off of the garlic. Add remaining ingredients and use either a food processor (which I gladly used), or mix by hand. Makes about 1 1/2 cup.

I would recommend using either 1/2 tsp. Salt or 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce. This recipe had more salt than we are accustomed to or like, so next time around salt will be decreased. It was still delicious and loved by the whole family, but even the kids recommended less salt without me having to suggest it. ENJOY!!







For additional information on the health benefits of those HUGE Avocado seeds go to


If you have another recipe to share I would love to post it! Leave a comment and let me know how this one turned out for you 😀

To Cook or Not To Cook? To Change or Not to Change?

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Ukali and I realized a little while back that each time we chose not to cook dinner and to spend the money to eat out instead, that we just weren’t demonstrating very much wisdom in the finance area.  And we also were not setting a great example for our children either.  We spent so much time saying that we just couldn’t afford to eat healthy.  It simply costs too much and we couldn’t afford it.  But that wasn’t the truth. The truth was that we chose to spend our money on fast food (pizza, Chik-Fila, Subway, chinese) instead of on food that we could prepare at home.   But something changed this year.  Not something….us! We decided to change our eating habits, so we just did it!  And we have learned a few things along the way.

Here is something that we COMPLETELY REMOVED from our diet!

McDonald’s Hamburger Happy Meal and a cream cake my daughter brought home from church. This picture was taken 6 days after the Happy Meal was purchased. 

This food sat on my kitchen counter for 5 weeks and DID NOT deteriorate at all.  The food shriveled up into some sort of ‘plastic’ feeling substance and just sat there.  Not one single bug was attracted to this, not even the gnats that come out of nowhere when food is left exposed.  So needless to say, we do not spend our money here anymore, or at other places like this. Oh, and the little blackened pieces are apples…who knew!?

Now here are just a few of the things we’ve learned and have put into practice this year. As a result of these changes, along with other healthy practices we have adopted, our household has witnessed 65 lbs. disappear. I want to share a few pics of some of the things we eat on a regular basis…no recipes, just pics. Be sure to read the captions for a description. 😀

Delicious fresh fruit salad made of strawberries, kiwi and red grapes!
A wonderful green salad made with mixed Romaine and organic spinach, with black beans, onions, sweet corn, cucumber, tomato, and green peppers. Seasoned lightly with sea salt and pepper and drizzled in olive oil! One of these accompanies almost every meal outside of breakfast.
Oatmeal made with Steel Cut Oats sweetened with honey and peaches, or honey and cinnamon.
Fruit Smoothie! Add a little Almond Milk and it’s perfect!

Changing some things is a good thing to do, especially when those things are habits that have been proven to be detrimental to our health.  We are always looking to learn how we can do things even better.  What are your ‘get healthy’ habits? How did your family adjust, or has this always been a way of life?  We would love to know what changes have you made this year?