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Thursday ?s & Thoughts #1: Coconut Oil

Amanda from SelfSagacity and I are teaming up to bring to you our combined memes into a brand new hop called…

At the moment, this is still a work-in-progress venture. For those of you who have been so faithful in keeping with Amanda’s Thursday Two Questions, then keep doing what you been doing as nothing has changed. At this point, we don’t have an official button for the hop, so please bear patiences with us as we decide.

I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because sometimes it pays to let the cat out of the bag. When I think of coconut the first thing that always comes to mind is the commercial jingle…

I know coconut oil is receiving positive press on its many benefits, but the one thing that interested me initially is its use for personal lubrication. Its natural with no additives or perfumes.

On Sunday afternoon, we ventured to Earth’s Fare to buy some. The only thing I knew was I wanted expeller cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil. Our local whole food store did not have a lot to choice from, but after studying the labels we came to a decision based on the store’s supply. We bought two brands: Nutiva and Garden of Life.

I wasn’t totally flying by the seat of my pants on this venture. A few days prior, I stumbled upon the hard working of one woman who did quite a bit of coconut oil testing. She listed her recommendations; if you would like the low down on her discoveries, then click here.

FYI: Both oils are expeller, cold-pressed extra-virgin, but the Nutiva has a stronger coconut oil aroma & flavor. This will be my first choice for now.

However, I was very surprised to learn about the health-boosting properties from the oil of this nut. Unlike other fats, coconut is good for your heart. I have a good ticker, but others aren’t as fortunate. Coconut oil can help to restore your thyroid with better insulin use by the body and boosts the metabolism. Did you know that when the thyroid doesn’t work properly, then it increases your cholesterol levels? Of course, we all know when the thyroid isn’t functioning properly weight gain is one of the side effects. Another reason to get your thyroid back on track.

One thing that particularly fascinated me was by incorporating coconut oil in your diet breaks down healthy fats in the liver for energy and I found out it helps to reduce that stubborn belly fat. Hallelujah, I am all for that! Also, the antioxidant action of coconut oil helps our body to cease the damage to our skin. Could this mean, I have found the Fountain of Youth? Probably not, but anything I can do to stop unneeded aging then count me in! The oil has been found to be a good moisturizer for the skin and hair, aids in digestion (great for people such as myself with an intestinal disorder), brain function, and it’s an anti-viral/bacterial/fungal fighter.

Armed with these little perks of coconut oil, I made myself a lab rat. Yesterday, I started eating straight from the bottle, 2-tablespoons of coconut oil. I am not sure how soon I will see the effects of my personal science experiment, but as I see developments I plan to reveal my findings.

1. Do you have any experience with coconut oil? (Brands: likes, dislikes)

2. What prompted you to begin using coconut oil?

Check out these 101 Ways to Use Coconut Oil and read this info of some ways coconut can improve your health.

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Thursday Thoughts: Online College Course & Distressed FX App


*I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because I want to be a better writer!*

 
 

I am thinking…casually…about taking online courses to earn a cool, new degree in something. That something is a big mystery to me, though. I want to give financially to our income. I have a desire to buy my our dream house one day, but that will take a lot of money. A lot of money we don’t have. I don’t want DH to be forced to work every single day of his life to pay off a new mortgage.

The soul of my passion lie within my writing. I enjoy giving of myself others, and to be a part of the same circle of people who share in the same passion. However, I am certain as night follows day my talents as an author in the sense of literary substance like a novel has many short comings. There are ideas floating inside that cavity I call my brain, but putting a story plot to paper, figuratively speaking, is a different matter entirely.

Bloggers are authors. There are many writers in Blogosphere who are excellent at penning their craft in a clever, informative, humorous, inspiring creative expressions of themselves. Me…not so much. My artistic niche is very much a work-in-progress. The one thing I can honestly say is consistent in my writing is the passing on of good information to my readers and I regard my efforts as “so-so” at best. I see myself as knowing little about much; meaning I have learned just enough from personal experience or research where I know a little about many things.

That is my cue to share with you, my discovered treasure, a free writing online course. This is an appealing and excellent opportunity to capitalize on freebie resources to boost one’s writing technique. Who knows, this venue may improve my blogging writing which could attract new sponsored posts, and it may springboard the novel hiding inside my head that’s just begging to climb the New York Times Best Sellers list. More money = dream house. More money = DH retires with ease. It’s time to put feet to my dreams so these things can come to pass. Join me in scooping out The Crafty Writer to unleashing one’s fullest potential!

Writing is a strong preoccupation of mine. Yes, I would love to build a career as a novelist or the blogger that I am. Another area of interest is photography. I am a novice, photo hobbyist with limited talent. A writer’s pen or in this case computer is like an artist’s brush. Both love to create. It doesn’t surprise me when my artsy side emerges when I am behind the camera or working with photo editing software to alter my picture to reshape the mood that my image will inspire.

Last week, my friend – Cheryl Tarrant, posted that her Apple photo editing app was newly upgraded.  Intrigued by the process of adding layers and textures to redefine her original paintings or photographs produced cool results.  As I said, I love to get creative and I didn’t hesitate to take advantage of Cheryl’s generous freebie offer.

You can either use images from your camera roll or snap a photo with the app to enhance your photo with one of several preset layering effects or you can do a custom layer, but I did not use that one. Here are a few examples from my iPhone – nothing fancy, just all in fun to road test the app using Cheryl’s preset backgrounds.

Absentia effect applied

 

Lade effect applied

 

I give Distressed FX 4 out of 5 star approval rating and that’s only because I have minimal experience with the product. Get your copy now at the low price of 99¢. It’s not free, but it’s still a good deal!

Hmmm, I wonder… could my photo creations be the monetary highway to achieving my dream house come true?

We are never too old to learn new things. Years ago, I fantasized about returning to school after the kids were grown and left the nest. That day has come, but going back-to-school has gotten more expensive. I joined the 50s crowd almost two years ago. How many 50-year-old SAHM get a job after being out of the workplace 25 years?  The cost of going back-to-school may or may not be justifiable in the end.  DH’s retirement years are drawing near and aggressive money investment is mandatory now, if we wish to enjoy our golden years. However, realizing my vision doesn’t have to be fruitless.

Thanks to technology many universities across the country now offer free online courses for people to learn a new subject or earn a degree. When I was 18, I wanted to study architecture. I lacked the fortitude to pursue a degree in this field because it intimidated me. I’m not a timid girl today and welcome a mind stretch to succeed at something new.

In my search for free online courses, I stumbled upon Open Culture boasting about being the best free cultural & educational media on the web. I must admit, they do have an impressive list to choose from, including architecture which definitely sparked my desire to seriously consider enlightening my brain’s super power.

Another avenue worth investigating for online courses is iTuneU where you can choose from 14 career areas of study with completed lesson plans, lectures, assignments, and material lists. Education done a whole new way for those of us who did it old school first time around via online college courses.

1. Have you considered going back-to-school, what courses are you interested in?

2. Would you seek a new degree or expand upon an existing degree?

 

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Free e-Book offer & Colonoscopy fun NOT


In case you missed my Saturday announcement, my friend and fellow author, Betsy Ashton, is having a FREE e-book download party on Amazon of her book, Mad Max Unintended Consequences.

Get your copy today!
Offer good: August 24 – 31.
 

Tell your friends the good news. Go ahead, hit the share (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) button to announce this big event! You know you wanna and you will be happy that you did. 😉

It’s Tuesday, so you know this means it’s time to get down with randomizing. Boy, is this ever off topic….

Chances are good, if you are reading this in the early a.m. hours then I’m under going, no doubt, one of the most unpopular procedures ever, a colonoscopy. This is my 3rd time in 13 years. From my past experiences, there was no discomfort or pain associated, other than getting prickled for the anesthesia drip. I hate needles! The positive side of having an endoscopy put you-know-where is, I will be asleep.

Speaking of needles, 2-weeks ago I went in for my 2-month follow-up with my GI. He ordered blood work. The gal did a fabulous job. I kid you not when I say I felt nothing! There wasn’t the slightest stick present and yet, there is still a bruise in the bend of my arm. Why is that and how is it that I bruised without pain?

Yesterday wasn’t much fun. I couldn’t eat anything, and not allowed to have anything with purple and red dye since these colors camouflage what the doctor needs to see in the images. My diet consisted of chicken broth, jello, Popsicle, and other liquids. Things did not improve.

Beginning at 3pm, I started my colon prep. This is not the way I prefer to spend my night. On top of that, my tummy rumbled the whole evening, and nightmares about my liquid diet plagued my sleep. Why? That was my entire menu option when I was in the hospital last. I barely ate the food given to me because it wasn’t appealing. It’s a good thing the surgery left me with no appetite. The concerned doctors requested a Nutritionist to see me, but I knew I would be okay as soon once I could have “real food” and leave the liquid diet far behind me. No pun intended.

Dr. L will snip a few samples of tissue for a biopsy. He will look for Crohn’s Disease. Several years ago this was the diagnoses I received, and I was skeptical of it. My symptoms or lack of prompted my doubt that this was the wrong medical call. Interestingly, my June surgery biopsy showed no Crohn’s, which may or may not be conclusive of the non-presence of the disease. However, the colonoscopy biopsy should tell us one way or the other in a few weeks.

Let me leave you with a simple request if you’re 50 or older, then give yourself the gift of a colonoscopy. Although, this article The Importance of a Screening Colonoscopy is a few years old from The Doctor Oz Show it is still good advice. You only have one life, one body. Take charge. Be proactive. It’s your health!

**I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because I care enough to give you the best!**
 
 

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Just a wee reminder, Stacy Uncorked is taking a break from blogging till her move to the Pacific Northwest is complete. She plans to return to Blogosphere next month. We will be looking forward to seeing her back!

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Thursday Thoughts: Parenting, Favorite Age, & Nates

Out of the blue, I got an invitation to test run a new-to-me web-based product that will probably improve my blog writing skill, and I bet you can benefit from it, too. I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because, let’s face it…one I am not a grammar teacher, and two I need help. 

The nice folks at Grammarly have given me a 2-week premium trial period, which I plan to exhaust, and a $50 Amazon gift as a paid sponsorship to promote their product. Next week I will be giving my unbiased review. Be sure to check it out…my post and Grammarly! 😉

Today on Thursday Thoughts, let me share 5 points on, What I’ve learned about parenting

1. IT’S NOT EASY. Surviving 2am feedings, baby barf, soiled diapers, teething, immunizations, and host of other toddler-hood adventures is a piece of cake – a real walk in the park. It’s the tween, and teen years that get yah. You have heard the expression, “Misery loves company”. That’s the personal invitation you’ll get when your kid hits 12.

2. KIDS DO NOT COME WITH AN INSTRUCTION BOOK. What works for one, may not work for another. If it did, managing the lives of multiple children under one roof would not be like herding cats through a minefield.

3. PARENTS ARE NEVER RIGHT AND ALWAYS WRONG. That being said, this explains why kids don’t listen to parenting advice. Instead, they intentionally plunge headlong into one mistake after another like a speeding locomotive without breaks.

4. KIDS SUFFER MEMORY LOSS. Whenever life isn’t showering them with high-tech gadgets and new clothing, then you’re the world’s worst parent. They develop instantly a rare form of amnesia wiping all previous generous and selfless acts done for them by the parent(s).

5. THERE ARE ROSE PETALS AMONG THE THORNS. Despite the hard times, there are good times. Little arms that hug tightly, kisses on the cheek, giggles & joking, story time, baking cookies, helping hands, prom dances, Christmas through the eye of a child, or a sweet I love you at day’s end makes a parent’s heart sink wishing for one more blessed bundle.

This is a work-in-progress list of lessons learned over the years that I hope to expand upon from time to time, and no doubt will grow even more as the years move forward with adult children.

 

***What is one thing you’ve learned about parenting that you would like to share?***

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I’m participating once again in Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous writer’s workshop. From the bait, dangled before my this is the prompt I decided on… What is your favorite age? If you could stay that age forever, would you?

Women go through life feeling so uncertain about themselves. We look in the mirror and often don’t like what we see, or the way we feel about ourselves. My nose is too long. I’m too fat! My clothes are hideous! I’m not smart enough to do… You know what I’m talking about. We’ve all been in that same spot at one time or another. Maybe, some of you are still there and haven’t found the belief in yourself to move out of that mindset. This was precisely how I felt for years. 

Once I hit 40, I thought I would feel like I was “over the hill”. Isn’t this what society teaches us? It used to anyhow until I heard someone say, “40 is the new 30”. My DH told me for years I look far younger than my years. I thought he was being kind as dutiful husband should be, but then shocked strangers learning my true age, remarked, “40? You look to be 20-something”. 

It suddenly dawned on me after years of positive vibes from my own precious DH to see what he was saying was true. I am pretty….not Miss America pretty, even though DH swears that I’m prettier. I know I am not ugly…and while I don’t have the same 18-year body I once had, I knew I was in good shape considering I have given birth to 3… , and I’m not so stupid after years of constant research and learning. I have become a self-sufficient information gatherer on various topics making me a bit wiser than before.

What is my favorite age? It’s without a doubt, 40. I would be perfectly happy to be 40 forever!

***What would your favorite age be?***

 

Does your nates need a lift?

Is your nates too big, too flat, and need to be reshaped?

 

I bet you’ve used nates’ alternative many times, especially when dealing with the kids while exclaiming, “Get off your sorry nates butt and pick up your socks!”

To work your nates, you may want to try the Brazil Nates Butt Lift exercise routine, like me. There’s nothing worse on a woman than her nates sliding south, which will happen as you get older. Not that my nates are beyond hope. In fact, DH likes my nates. But, firming up my nates would be a nice to touch.

Hmmm, somehow nates doesn’t sound as effective in the demand to pick up socks or the exercise program to improve one’s backside. No wonder we use the other word instead.

**Nates is among a list of unusual words beginning with N**

 

 

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