Wednesday, May 2, 2012

10 ways to Save Money, Save your Health and Save the Environment...

These are all changes I have made. So, I know they can be tough adjustments, but I also know they save money!  I hope you can improve your health and the environment while saving money!

1.  Use Washcloths for dish washing and Hand Towels for drying instead of sponges and paper towels.

  • purchase a 12 pack of inexpensive thin washcloths for around $4.00, instead  of  expensive brand dishcloths that come 2 for $5 or sponges which if replaced when dirty can cost a lot.
  •  designate these washcloths for the kitchen

2.  Stop buying "SAD" drinks

  • Skip the juice, coke, energy drinks, alcohol, wine (okay for special occasions but if you suffer from chronic pain/autoimmune disease even one glass may potentially exacerbate your symptoms and/or interact negatively with your medications). 
  • Juice is not good for you for many reasons (high sugar content, preservatives, it's stripped of fiber) 
  • Soda, diet or otherwise, do we really need to go there?  
  • Try herbal tea hot or cold, water with a squeeze of lemon, lime, orange or fresh ginger. Ginger lime is my favorite combination. 
  • Use Stevia as a natural sweetener.  The flavor of stevia takes some getting used to, but didn't you have to get used to drinking coffee and alcohol?  It is no different, you just have to acquire the taste.  The liquid favored Stevia are my favorite.  They are an upfront cost but last a long time so you still save money. 
  • Use a splash of natural mineral water (not chemically carbonated) only on occasion because it is on the acidic side and you want to maintain alkalinity in your body for maximum health.  It can also get expensive if you are drinking the entire bottle.  
  • Take Green tea or Yerba Mate supplements for energy.

3  Cut and Dye your own hair 

  • This is tricky but there are many YouTube instructional videos and you can maintain a simple cut.  I have done this for the past year.  
  • Choose a low or no ammonia dye that is not permanent or harsh.  It won't  lift brown to blonde, but it will cover gray and you can go slightly darker, slightly lighter or a different shade of your natural color.  I chose to do something fun and have been using a cinnamon red/auburn on my wheat blonde locks and bonus... premature gray gives natural highlights!

4.  Buy Simple Wholesome Foods and save.

healthy inexpensive vegetable nut snack
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  •  A bag of beans, or split peas can make a filling supper of chili or pea soup.  Packaged foods can actually be very expensive cereal, chips, cookies, candy bars, granola bars, crackers are all around $4 for a package.
  • Try bulk oatmeal and add fresh/frozen berries or banana.  
  • Raw almonds, dried fruit and dark chocolate chips make a great snack. 
  • Get creative and use what is left in the refrigerator and cupboards, don't waste food.  Take inventory of what you have and so a search for highly rated recipes with those ingredients. 
  • You would be amazed what you can do with a bag of potatoes!  This might be my next blog. My favorite way to fix potatoes is homemade oven fries.  You can make your own healthy vegetarian chili cheese fries with this bag of potatoes and a bag of pinto beans! I try and use cheese as a     condiment now it saves on money and is healthier. Don't get me started on factory farms...try and buy dairy that is cruelty free. Kids will also love this meal.

5.  Cook Meals at Home don't eat out

  • There are many recipes that take little prep time and are much more healthy and satisfying than a trip through the drive through and may even save in future medical bills.
  • Make your own coffee and cut back...I love instant coffee and I used to be a coffee snob.  I have one cup a day with creamer (that is one of my "cheats")

6.  Get rid of your cable/satelitte t.v. and watch Netflix $7.99 unlimited, Hulu.com and other channels like cwtv.com, abcgo.com.

  • You may have to wait a while for your favorite shows to come on instant streaming but ins't instant gratification what caused some of our financial woes? 
  •  If you have a family you can set these up to play on your television and it will teach you kids patience rather than instant gratification.    

7.  Make your own beauty products using  simple inexpensive ingredients.

  • Witch hazel with a little essential oil (that can be used in multiple ways) is an inexpensive facial astringent. 
  •  For blemishes use tea tree oil at night and apply with a cotton swab instead of expensive lotions and creams.  It really works and you only need a little bit!  
  • Use coconut oil for full body moisturizing. 
  • Combine coconut oil and tea tree oil to make a great anti-fungal moisturizer for your feet.  
  • Be sure and get unrefined extra virgin so it smells nice and has all the heath benefits.
  • Cinnamon essential oil combined with Coconut oil makes a warming rub for sore feet and shoulders (it can burn a little like capsaicin creme so careful!)
  • I love these essential oils that are less than $5 for organic therapeutic grade: Cinnamon, Eucalyptus/Lemon, and Sweet Orange.  Of course, there are many other wonderful scents but they can cost a lot more.  Don't use these directly on children or pets or where they crawl/walk.  Also, make sure you are knowledgeable about essential oils before using them.  Don't use them directly on your skin. They almost always need to be diluted with a carrier oil and don't ingest them)

8.  Use trial Internet Antivirus Software or Free Versions

  • There are so many different companies with even Total Internet security that offer free 30 day trials.  I have been trying every different company from Norton, AVG, McAfee and have had free protection for 8 months.  If is somewhat of a hassle to uninstall the old software and sign up and install the new software but is worth if for premium protection.  
  • There are also many free versions available that offer less features but have decent antivirus protection if that is all you need.

9.  Make your own cleaning supplies 

  • Of course vinegar and baking soda are great for scrubbing chores.  
  • Pour vinegar down a clogged drain, spoon or funnel in baking soda and cover.  Let it sit for about an hour and follow up with boiling water. Repeat until the clog is clear.
  •  Use vinegar and essential oil to make a surface cleaning spray.  I like vinegar and eucalyptus lemon.

10.  Cut out all pricey entertainment and find free fun

Inexpensive entertainment pets children
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  • I have cats.  So, I consider them my entertainment.  I play with them and make videos of their funny antics and who knows it may pay off!  The money spent on food and vet bills is worth the trade.  
  • You can also go to a park and play. Sports that consist of one ball are fun and low cost (football, basketball, soccer) 
  • Play board games, make your own if you don't have any! Kids love creating games and it's quality time with them.  Card games are great inexpensive fun, well unless you are gambling!
  • Be creative...how did people entertain themselves in the "olden days"
By making these changes, even though some may be difficult, and honestly some have been.   They could potentially save you hundreds of dollars a month and your health and environment will improve as well!   Let me know how it goes!





Sunday, April 29, 2012

When you can't find Sushi...make your own!

homemade sushi, healthy veggie wrap, eat to live recipeIt has been over a year since I have had the pleasure of enjoying  sushi!  Isn't that a crime in some states?  I am currently residing in a small Midwestern town where the closest Sushi is almost two hours away. When I lived in Southern California I always loved to pick up the veggie sushi tray at Trader Joe's as a light meal or lunch.  There is no Trader Joe's around here either. So, I decided it was time to make my own Brown Rice Veggie Sushi.  Brown rice veggie sushi is a great option for the Eat to Live "Diet" (Lifestyle change).  Making it yourself is ideal because you can add exactly what you like.  I actually don't care for the vinegar or mirin that is usually put in the sticky rice so I left that out and made mine with a little onion powder and cayenne instead.  I chose cucumbers, carrots and avocado for this roll with the Nori on the outside so you get more of it!  Well, not only are there no Sushi Places here, but there aren't any stores that carry some of the main ingredients.  For this dilemma I turned to online shopping and found  Nori toasted Sea Vegetable and pickled ginger.  If you are concerned about radioactive sea vegetables (did I really just type that?) , I purchased organic Sushi Nori from Eden Organics whose company has a through detailed description of testing for safety.  So, I am going to take my chances and enjoy it.
Note: All of my longer recipes have a Chronic Pain/Fatigue/Illness Modification at the end for those of us who love to cook but are limited physically!  Now let's get started...

First get all of your ingredients together and take your sushi mat...oops I completely forgot to buy a sushi mat!!!  Never fear I found a new use for my lightweight cardboard postal envelopes although I highly recommend buying a mat.

Recipe/Ingredients:


My Sticky Brown rice cooled (I found an organic faster cooking brown rice, with a 15-20 min cook time. Cook as the package suggests.  Then add more water (about 2/3 cup for 1 cup rice) at the end and bring to a boil again. Add one teaspoon onion powder and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper.  Leave the lid off and stir until the water reduces down again and you have a moister sticky rice!  Spread on a plate or cookie sheet and let cool in the refrigerator)
Sushi Nori/Sea Vegetable wraps (toasted tastes best and you can buy them pre toasted)
Cucumbers
Carrots
Avocado
Pickled Ginger
Tamari or low sodium Soy Sauce
Wasabi

Tools:

Sushi mat
thick plastic wrap or  zip bag
cup of warm water
good cutting knife

1.  Position your Nori square on  your plastic on top of the sushi mat (or postal envelope if you are a blonde who now dyes her hair red and forgot to purchase one online!) Note: If you use a postal envelope better make sure to reuse it for its original purpose so as not to violate Federal Law!

2.  Dip you fingers in warm water and press a layer of sticky brown rice about an inch and a half from the border.  A thinner layer of rice means less carbs and more room for vegetables.

3.  Layer your thinly sliced Julian vegetables (cucumber, carrot,avocado) lengthwise on top of the pressed rice

4.  First take the plastic and use that to wrap the Nori over the vegetables.  Make sure you use that one and one half inches to go over the mound of vegetables and overlap with the other side of the Nori (see below) 

5. Press the sushi into a roll or log shape.


6.  Now go back over the same  roll/log with the sushi mat over the plastic to form a tight roll and release.  


7. Now you are ready for the "Dab and Roll" technique.  Wet your fingers with warm water and dab the water on the rolled Nori with the vegetables and then some on the empty side  and the roll (just and inch at a time) .  Dab more water on the roll and what is left of the empty side of sushi and roll again and seal the edge with a little more water.  This gives you all the nutrients of and entire square Nori Seaweed.

8.  Now we are ready to slice the roll. Start in the center, dip your sharp knife in warm water and on a cutting board slice the roll in half, then slice the half into thirds.

9. Serve with picked ginger and wasabi mixed with tamari or low sodium soy sauce.  This will keep your tummy felling full and nourished!


Chronic Pain/Fatigue/Illness Modification:  

Get out all non perishable cooking and food items and leave on counter
*REST 5/10 min
Cook Sticky Rice 
*REST 5/10 min while it cools 
Clean and Chop Vegetables sitting at the table, put back in Refrigerator
*REST 5/10min
Finish Preparing Sushi Roll 
*EAT while RESTING!

For more information on Eden Food Safety visit: http://www.edenfoods.com/articles/view.php?articles_id=199 

~xoxo Shawneen Nicole     

 Recipe Links:

http://vintagedistress.blogspot.com/2012/04/sustenance-smoothie.html




Saturday, April 28, 2012

Almond Mocha Victorian Butterfly Necklace

My latest creation...




Available at: www.etsy.com/listing/98621855/mocha-almond-butterfly-pearl-and-brass



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Free Altered Image Mother's Day Card

I created these Vintage Style Photo Images using a Cameo from one of my jewelry collections.  Feel free to use it in your arts and crafts to create a lovely Victorian Mother's Day Card.
Don't forget about Grandmothers, Godmothers, and other wonderful Mother's you may know!





This item is for personal use only and is not intended for sale or redistribution without written consent.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sustenance Smoothie

My  "Sustenance Smoothie" is loaded with antioxidants, it is  energizing, nutrient dense and can enhance your mood.  I sip on this during my morning routine of chores and writing.  I still have varying symptoms but
 it is my opinion that the damage done to our bodies in regards to nutritional deficiency most likely started in the womb. It is going to take more than a few months of "healthy" eating to heal chronic pain, fatigue, and/or auto immune disease, but it is a great place to start! These are some powerful supplements, please check with your doctor if your are taking medication, pregnant, nursing, etc.  I always double check my medications with vitamin and supplement interactions on www. drugs.com as well.  I like to double check what I am told by the doctor and/or pharmacist.  I am my own best advocate and I like to be informed.  I am only using this as a temporary booster since my Immune System has been severely weakened over the past few months.  I am currently reading "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and I am on the fence as to whether or not we can get most of our vitamins and minerals from diet alone. I have done may restrictive diets before mostly for health reasons.  I will talk more on this later, now let's get to my delicious smoothie... 


Ingredients...I use powder supplements in capsules, just open, pour and blend into smoothie. Less pills to take!  I chose ingredients and listed some beneficial properties for my particular ailments.  Of course I could write an entire blog on each of these and have not included an exhaustive list of benefits.

  • STRAWBERRIES antioxidants, anti inflammatory, anti cancer 1/2 cup
  • BLUEBERRIES antioxidants 1/2 cup
  • ACAI BERRY JUICE a nice change in flavor and have powerful antioxidants 4 oz
  • COCONUT WATER (not milk) a good source of potassium which many people don't realize they are deficient in, this can also cause muscle pain and cramping and of course electrolyte imbalance which can be especially dangerous if you are taking certain medications.  It also has an interesting flavor. 4oz
  • GREEN TEA  adored for its anti cancer properties, I have a jasmine green tea which adds a nice floral element. It is also good for energy and boosts the immune system 6oz (brewed)
  • MORINGA this is an amazing plant that has more potassium than bananas, more calcium than milk, more vitamin A than carrots and more Vitamin C than oranges! capsule varies
  • YERBA MATE http://guayaki.com/mate/2931/Health-Benefits-of-Yerba-Mate.html  this is a site for the tea but it has some good information.  If you are addicted to coffee or Redbull switching to Yerba Mate tea and energy drinks is great.  I use the powder supplements for this smoothie.  It gives you even focused energy, you don't get the jitters and then crash. capsule varies
  • ASHWAGANDHA has the amazing ability to calm frayed nerves while energizing at the same time, boosts immune system capsule varies
  • ELEUTHERO an adaptogen repairs adrenal glands, it is sometimes called Siberian Ginseng but it is NOT ginseng.  This site has a good description although I don't agree with the evidence section.  This stuff is strong if you take it too late in the day it will keep you up all night.  capsule varies http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/eleuthero
  • NIACIN or Vitamin B3 (get the Flush free kind!) energy, nervous system, adrenal glands/hormones, circulation, possibly helps osteoarthritis and depression  *careful excess can cause liver damage  capsule varies
  • MAGNESIUM MALATE (There are several types of magnesium and they all serve different purposes, this is the best for muscle pain.  Whatever you do don't get Magnesium Oxide it basically passes through your system with minimal absorption and it is what most stores sell!)  capsule varies

I blend all of this together in a  personal size take and go blender.  You just take the blender off and it becomes your cup.



 http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-51101-Personal-Blender/dp/B00065L6CU


I do take other supplements in addition to those listed in the smoothie such as liquid B12, D3, DHEA and biotin.  At night I also take a Borage/Flax/Fish Oil Supplement with more Magnesium and Valerian to relax my muscles.  Oh and don't forget the Elderberry and Melatonin!  Some of this is a new routine so I will need to give it a few months to see if there is an improvement in my Immune system, my Endocrine system, and my newly increased bone and joint pain. Who knew all of this could come from a Smoothie and I have not even started to talk about probiotics yet.  I will eventually add them into the smoothie...more on that later. 

I hope you might try my Sustenance Smoothie and benefit from it.  Add your own flair, personalize it so it works for your body's needs!
~ xoxo Shawneen Nicole

Conspiracy at Forest Bay High Book 1 Update:  I had to put my novel on the shelf for almost 2 weeks but I have written more than 38,000 words and 140 pages!!  I am getting so antsy and excited to finish it but I want it to be polished and perfect before I release it. http://vintagedistress.blogspot.com/2012/03/my-vision-for-conspiracy-at-forest-bay.html

Pea Soup Procrastination  I have prepared Pea soup three time since I posted, I just can't get the liquid measurements right.  They are different every time, I just add more when it boils down!  Will I post this Autumn Remberance Pumpkin Pea Soup Recipe before Autumn?



Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nancy Drew's Subliminal Influence...40 day update

I have been remiss to post as 40 days has passed and I did not make my goal of 40,000 words in 40 days.  However, all is not lost, I do have close to 25,000 words or about 84 pages and I have done some heavy revising and editing of the original manuscript, changed the genre or rather added a genre.  I could not figure out why I had such tremendous writers block.  I finally discovered it was due to limitations in writing police procedure and real life "rules" that I really wasn't interested in researching or writing.  I love fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction such as the X-files not CSI...what am I doing to myself!  So, I still have my characters in a Nancy Drew nostalgic murder mystery setting with a little dystopian, paranormal/fantasy fiction subtlety mixed in but not necessarily dominating the story.  Oh and don't forget the little bit of romance and high school angst.  I have always been an odd duck, we shall see if anyone else likes this mix of  genres!   When I designed these covers I had not looked at a Nancy Drew Book in Years, the resemblance is a mystery to me!

  • Upcoming Posts: Recipes-Pea soup 3 ways...I have not forgotten about Autumn Remembrance Pea Soup (Pea/Pumpkin, Pea/Broccoli, Pea/Carrot and the Endocrine System: Natural Remedies for PTSD.   ~xoxo Shawneen Nicole
  • sneak peak... Broccoli Pea Parmesan Soup...Recipe coming soon!  I am working out exact measurements as I like to keep recipes in my head and throw in about a handful of this and a pinch of that, just eyeball it!!  It is delicious, nutritious and easy on the wallet for these tough economic times.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Vision for my eBook Conspiracy at Forest Bay High Series...

I am almost halfway finished with my first novel of the Conspiracy at Forest Bay High Murder Mystery Series, The Golden Locket of Death.  I made some minor alterations to Book one's mock cover and subtitle.  I am so excited to write this series and already have ideas for the second, third and forth novels so I designed mock eBook covers for those as well.


 Conspiracy at Forest Bay High 
An Introduction to the Murder Mystery Series

Nicolette "Nicole"  an intelligent but slightly neurotic Forest Bay High School biology teacher is not only obsessed with solving her parents murders but also has a penchant for attracting the wrong men with her classic beauty and innocence. Danielle,"Dani", a Forest Bay High School Senior and self proclaimed tech geek, copes with life in the foster care system though humor and a sassy attitude.  She is unaware that her cleverness and unassuming natural beauty are more intimidating to others than her harsh exterior.   Drawn together by a tragic murder this unlikely pair will spend the school year together solving murders and uncovering wild conspiracies at Forest Bay High School. Each Book in the series takes place during a different season and the stories have a nostalgic vintage tone with a modern plot and setting:  


 (Fall)  
Conspiracy at Forest Bay High
Book 1:  The Golden Locket of Death

(Winter)  
Conspiracy at Forest Bay High
Book 2:  Murder on Misty Mountain Trail

 (Spring)   
Conspiracy at Forest Bay High 
Book 3:  Murder at Coastal Rose Inn 

(Summer) 
Conspiracy at Forest Bay High 
Book 4: (Title to be announced*) 
*After graduation Dani and Nicole will venture to Spain for a Summer Abroad Program where murder and conspiracy await!


@Stay tuned for individual book descriptions and the April/May release of  Conspiracy at Forest Bay High Book 1: The Golden Locket of Death. ...
                                                                                                         ~xoxo Shawneen Nicole

Related Posts

40 days to 40,000 words...My First Novel!

http://vintagedistress.blogspot.com/2012/02/40-days-to-40000-wordsmy-first-novel.html

Novel Update and a few Secrets Revealed!

http://vintagedistress.blogspot.com/2012/02/novel-update-and-few-secrets-revealed.html



Saturday, February 25, 2012

I created my eBook cover today!

So, I decided to work on my eBook cover today and this is what I came up with. I had so many other titles I wanted to use but it seems there is nothing new under the sun. Literally everything, even some really obscure names such as Orla Shire were all taken. I like Forest Bay though because the setting is in a fictional area of Northern California similar to Big Sur, with the beach and lots of trees. A majority of this story takes place in fall so I think this photo I took works and I wanted to give it a vintage eerie feel. Having the cover now makes it feel more tangible!  xoxo  Shawneen Nicole


copyright 2012 Shawneen Nicole Lee


Friday, February 24, 2012

Novel Update and a few Secrets Revealed!


I am long overdue for an update on my challenge 40 days to 40,000 words: My first novel.  It is day 24 and I am at 12,000 words so I am moving at half speed.  The tone of this novel is turning out to be somewhere between a Nancy Drew Mystery novel and a John Grisham Novel, switching the courtroom to the classroom, and I love that.  These are two of my favorites! (not that I claim to be as good of a writer!)
My mini goal is to be up to at least 20,000 words total by March 1 and that would put me back on track for 40,000 words in 40 days.  


Some other tidbits about this novel: 

1. The main characters are the middle names of me and my sister.  The teacher Nicolette goes by Nicole (my middle name) and her student is Danielle (my sister’s middle name) and goes by Dani.

2. The main character of the teacher is loosely based on me and includes some of my real life experiences and interactions with people during my career.  Good and bad.  I don’t know why it took me this long to realize writing is a great way to take power over the “villains” in my life.

3.  I will be writing about conspiracy theories that I am interested in or are of my own invention…it’s going to get wild; I have a vivid imagination so I’ve been told!

4.  There is a lot of talk and detailed description of food and meals the characters enjoy, so you may want to eat before you read this novel or have some tasty snacks on hand…I will be sharing the recipes from the novel in some form (most of them are my own creations.)

5.  This is one in a series of teacher/student high school murder mystery conspiracy fiction novels I will be writing.  I also have a darker paranormal supernatural betrayal/revenge fiction novel I am working on writing.  It is a Trilogy and will take a bit longer to finish (6 mo, a year maybe for book one?) as it is deeply wrought with raw emotion and pain linked to my past and present.  Even though it is dark and emotional, the characters hold on to their fragmented hope.  They are very unique yet relatable and the storyline is completely original yet timeless. Back to my current Mystery Series which is more suspense/action and deals which the characters relationships it does have some violence and sadness but is more lighthearted and triumphant, with some humor and romance.

6.  I FINALLY KNOW WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP!!  Writing really suits my health and physical limitations right now, and it suits my personality.  I have been paid to write before but that was technical writing so I can’t say that it was enjoyable other than I got to work from home part time for a year.  My mind has always been bursting with ideas like a nonstop filmstrip that I can’t turn off.  Finally channeling that into something concrete is exhilarating.  I hope people enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it!

xoxo Shawneen Nicole

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

40 days to 40,000 words...My First Novel!

So my mind is finally in the right place, and this does not mean that there is not complete chaos about me and I am still suffering the same and sometimes more pain and illness than usual.  However, there is just that moment for a writer when the dam has finally filled up and the flood gates open and all the ideas just come together and start to flow.
I have read other authors such as Jordin Rubin's Makers Diet and his 40 days to cleaner eating and lifestyle based on Jesus' forty days of fasting, as well as Pastor Rick Warren's 40 days of Purpose.  Forty is a significant number so I thought I would challenge myself to 40 days to 40,000 words!  This is the minimum number of words you need for a work of fiction to be considered a novel, thus completing my first  young adult high school conspiracy/murder mystery .  Although, I think I will feel more like Moses wandering in the desert for forty years or Noah on the ark while it rained for forty days and forty nights!
My novel itself is not spiritual by any means, just entertaining, my journey however is, which I may share at some point.  I have already been designing the characters and have the plot mapped out, and I have a head start of 1,296 words.  I am very excited about this novel and I can't wait to share it!  I am hoping to self publish on Amazon.com for $2.99 a copy within the next two months.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I hate to see my Students cry...Pretty Little Liars

Here is a clip from the hit show Pretty Little Liars, with one of my previous students, the brunette, Janel Parrish.  I am so proud of her , she is a lovely girl and was an excellent student.  By the way she never wore as much make-up if even any when she came to class!

http://www.hulu.com/watch/320813/pretty-little-liars-broken-hearted#s-p1-sr-i1


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Winter Kitty Natural Perfume Oil and Clove Lip Embellishment Review...

My Winter Kitty natural perfume oil sample and clove lip embellishment arrived actually a few days ago.  Right after I finished posting about it I went downstairs to feed the two kitties left behind by my rotten old neighbors when they moved. (A sweet calico and one of her kittens that must be around 7 or 8 months old)  I would take them in but I have a full house with my Maine Coon and the two kittens I took in that were abandoned on my doorstep this past October.  So, hoping I will come across someone who would like this sweet kitty duo!  After, I gave them some kibble and water I checked the mail and was pleasantly surprised that my order had arrived in two days!  I immediately tore open the package and went for the lip embellishment as my lips are in DISTRESS.  I have been so ill for so long and my lips are dry and raw.  My current lip balms are not healing.  Well, I did struggle with this tin as I guess they have progressed since the days of Lip Smackers when you pushed the front and slid the lid?  These are a back lift and slide.  This is a very rich emollient healing blend with a hint of clove, not overpowering at all.  I applied this several times, not because it wasn't lasting but because I LIKED IT SO MUCH!!  I was amazed that by the next evening the painful rawness had completely subsided.  This is a very therapeutic healing blend, better than any "natural' lip balm I have tried in the past.  I also love that it is in a tin (although it is available in a recyclable stick as well).  The tin is great because the kittens are not tempted to knock it off my nightstand and play with it! I also did not hesitate to try my sample of Winter Kitty Natural Perfume Oil and it is a deliciously unique blend.  It is much more crisp than smokey as I though it might be, not heavy at all.  It is a lovely blend of Frankincense, Rose, Mint, Vetiver, Douglas Fir and Vanilla essential oils of the highest quality.   There are no fragrance oils and no fillers in this blend which is perfect for those with chemical sensitivities, and other health issues.  I am looking forward to purchasing the full bottle and would recommend both of these  finds!  available at www.forstrangewomen.etsy.com

xoxo  Shawneen Nicole

Emmett Thanksgiving  Day 2011
 P.S. Autumn Remembrance  Pumpkin Pea Soup will have to wait until later this week as my paperwork is taking longer than anticipated and I have a kitten that needs to go to the vet.  He has a lump under his right arm on his torso under his skin.  I am hoping it is nothing and he seems fine otherwise, but cats can hide their pain very well.  Say a little prayer for Emmett my precious wee babycat

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012 What to do?

I have 12 minutes before it it no longer New Year's Day!  Let's see if I can get this post in with a kitty on my chest purring and blocking my view of the laptop screen.  I spent a lot of time today on my new packaging for Vintage Nickel and I changed up my banner.  I am really happy with the banner and  I think it is original as I have not seen another shop with anything quite like it! Here it is a row of  "photos" of select items...or check it out at the site www.vintagenickel.etsy.com

There is a photo of the packing in the middle, but here it is below for your viewing pleasure.  It is just a rough mock up (I would like to print it on glossy paper). The photo and digital artwork are all mine...


Don't miss Tuesday...I will be making my beautiful Autumn Remembrance Pumpkin Pea Soup!!  It is so delicious and healthy.  Tomorrow I will be taking care of some nasty paperwork so have a Happy Day!  

~xoxo  Shawneen Nicole