1. Last week was just not my week. In a matter of 48 hours, my website was hacked and the items in our storage unit were mistakenly discarded by our landlord. All of our holiday decorations collected over the years, along with many sentimental items (Austin’s baby photos! Our honeymoon souvenirs!) were all lost, and we’re pretty heartbroken over it.
To get through the week, while I deleted my blog and started over from scratch to remove the hack, I decided to treat myself to some green juice from Pressed Juicery. My favorite combo is Greens 3 mixed with Greens 4, for a not-too-sweet-or-too-spicy mix.
It wasn’t until I got home that I realized that they gave me the wrong juices.
But, not surprising for the week I’ve had.
2. Luckily, my week has been getting better. I finally found a deodorant that really seems to work. Up until recently, I had been using Tropical Traditions and Simply Divine Botanicals products, but I found the former to be far too herbal-smelling and the latter didn’t seem to last long enough.
My new solution?
Homemade deodorant! I looked up some homemade recipes, but ultimately, they all sounded too complicated for me. I like to keep things simple. So, I just mix a small amount of coconut oil and a pinch of baking soda in the palm of my hand each day (both are in my bathroom already) and apply. It works amazingly well!
Eventually, I may end up mixing a big batch of this stuff for an even faster application, but this method works pretty quickly so far.
3. I’ve also found a super-simple solution to washing my fresh produce.
I used to spend money on that bottled “fruit and veggie” wash available in the produce section of the grocery store, but I’ve found that plain white vinegar is just as effective, at a fraction of the cost! Just spray and rinse with water, like you would with any other solution.
Plus, if you soak your produce in a water and white vinegar solution, then rinse and dry, it seems to extend the shelf life of the produce in the fridge! It works amazingly well for fresh berries and leafy lettuce.
4. Another new item in my kitchen this week? Mila seeds.
A special type of chia seed, Mila is loaded with extra Omega-3′s, fiber, antioxidants and nutrition, but it has the same neutral flavor and binding qualities as traditional chia seeds. I received this complimentary sample from a representative at Lifemax, and have been happily enjoying it in my Vanilla Chia Pudding for breakfast. These seeds come pre-ground, so preparing breakfast is even quicker now!
I can’t claim to “feel” a difference from the boosted nutrition yet, but I do love changing up the ingredients in my daily routine to achieve a well-rounded balance of nutrients, so this is a nice alternative!
5. Despite salt’s bad reputation in some health circles, it’s probably one of the few ingredients I can’t live without.
After all, if you’re using a natural sea salt, I don’t think there’s much to worry about. Salt is critical to our health, and it’s the refined versions, which have been stripped of their natural mineral content, that cause health problems that are traditionally associated with salt consumption. My friend just finished reading an entire book on Salt, so I’m extra interested in these little crystals lately. They just make everything taste better.
The salt pictured above, Real Salt, is the type I use in all of my recipes. It comes in cute little refill packages, which I use to fill a glass jar that I keep over my stove. I always need salt close by!
Reader Feedback: How’s your week going so far? Anything new that you’ve tried?