1. This is the first year I’ve had a successful garden!
We don’t have a ton of room in our apartment complex for a full vegetable garden, but I’m very pleased with how my organic cherry tomato plant seems to be thriving. Each week, I’m able to collect a bowl of ripe cherry tomatoes for my salads, and they taste amazing.
I’ve also attempted to grow a red bell pepper plant, but the first (and only) pepper of the year so far has been teeny-tiny. I’m hoping it will have better luck next time…
2. I found a flea on my dog for the first time in years.
Fleas don’t seem to be very common in Southern California, so I haven’t had to worry about them since we lived in the Midwest. I’m hoping this was just a fluke, but to be on the safe-side I tried making my own homemade Flea Control, using therapeutic-grade essential oils mixed in a carrier oil. I can’t bring myself to put any of those flea chemicals or pesticides on my small dog, so I’ve been relieved to find that this homemade remedy seems to be working. Plus, Yasha smells great!
I used a mix of DoTerra’s peppermint, lavender and tea tree oils, all of which are thought to be pest deterrents. (Thanks to Laura for sending me the oil samples!) I also filled a spray bottle with the same oils, diluted in water, and sprayed it over our carpets and furniture to make sure there aren’t any critters being tracked around the house. Wouldn’t that be perfect before welcoming a new baby? Yikes.
3. I’ve been attempting to make homemade fruit snacks, with little luck so far.
I was trying to make a vegetarian version, using agar agar, but the texture just isn’t right! So, I decided to try experimenting with some grass-fed gelatin this week. I was surprised to read that there may be some pretty cool health benefits associated with consuming high-quality gelatin, including:
- It may help tighten loose skin (i.e. after weight loss or pregnancy)
- It may improve digestion
- It may help reduce the appearance of cellulite
- A good source of dietary collagen (helps with skin elasticity)
- May be good for joint health
- A source of protein
Since many of these benefits are especially helpful for pregnant women, I’ve been trying to find ways to add gelatin in my diet without resorting to eating fruit snacks daily. I first tried it dissolved in hot water, like a tea… and I nearly gagged. Gelatin doesn’t have much of a flavor or scent, but it definitely needs *something* to hide in. So, I’ve been dissolving it into my favorite chia pudding! Since the pudding is a bit gelatinous on its own, the gelatin is 100% undetectable. Whew.
For more ideas on how to use gelatin, check out these tips from Wellness Mama!
4. I got a new “chair” for my home office.
My tailbone is starting to suffer from working at a desk all day long, so I finally decided to try sitting on an exercise ball for part of the time. I can already feel it improving my posture, and as an added bonus, I’ll hopefully be able to use this ball during labor next month.
5. My house smells like Fall spices already.
I’ve been working on my Fall recipes early this year, so that the blog will remain up and running even when I’m on maternity leave. My latest experiment has been with vegan buckwheat-based ginger cookies, but they keep turning out more like a cake than a cookie. Since I’ve already perfected the Grain-Free Ginger Cookie (which is also vegan), I may just dive into making some gingerbread bars or cakes instead.
It’s a good thing I really like Fall spices…
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