Friday, September 17, 2021

Starting an Organic Life

This is a sponsored post for Diamond links. 

I recently celebrated my 40th birthday. I have decided that I want to live a more organic lifestyle. I’ve always thought that organic meant more expensive. I was wrong. Organic may be a little more expensive, however it’s really not much more. Eating organic foods can possibly make you a bit healthier. Eating fruits and vegetables that are sprayed with chemicals is not a good thing. Let’s be honest, I don’t always wash my fruits and vegetables every time. I’m trying to make a better effort to do so. The pandemic is having me rethink all kinds of choices I’ve made. We are all definitely more aware of our surroundings. 

Every year around this time I am reminded of my tumor from 2014. I am also reminded of my surgery and how painful and scary that whole experience was. It’s reminded me that something could happen at anytime. I should make a better effort. 

While I have started my research to make better choices for my family, I have noticed that the Internet is full of click bait, fake articles and tips. It’s hard to find a trustworthy source when it comes to organic living. It’s important to know where your products are coming from. It’s also good idea not to get sucked in to trends, because most of the time it’s not going to work the way you want it to. 

I found a great resource called Organic Bunny. You can follow them on Twitter for very insightful information and new product information. They also have an amazing website full of products that anyone would love. They have things like makeup in beautiful colors. They also have tons of home products like tote bags and sleep items. I think the whale planter is absolutely adorable and it would definitely fit in with our sea life and beach decor. I also learned that there’s pet toys that my cats would love to play with. 

They have everything including dental products like recycled toothbrushes. We go through so many toothbrushes and it just gets thrown away, why not use one that was made from recycled materials? Organic Bunny also sells little pet bow ties. Charlie would look very sharp in a little bow tie. Noah went through a phase where he thought Charlie needed a bow tie. They also sell poop bags that are biodegradable. Can you imagine how cool that is? Of course, you still want to throw it away. It helps reduce the trash in the landfills though. 

I admittedly have some trouble sleeping at night. I would be very interested in seeing how some of sleep products that Organic Bunny sells work. It would probably be better for me. Maybe I need a satin pillow too. 

I can’t wait to pick out some items and go shopping. Definitely follow them on Twitter and check out their website for all things organic. I think it’s a common idea that organic just means food, in reality it means so much more.  There’s so many choices and organic products than there were ten years ago. I’m really excited to start this journey and see where it takes me.  

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Empowering Women in Small Business

 This is a sponsored post for Diamond Links. 

When you decide to start your own business, it is a very exciting time. It can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. You come up with a great idea work out the logistics of what you want to do and you get to work. There’s a difference between a business and a successful business. Anyone can start a business, but the key is to become successful. Even with the greatest idea, you may need some help getting it off the ground. Rarely, does a business just take off right away. Having a successful business takes a lot of work. More women owned small businesses the better. I feel like they reach their clients in ways men can’t especially when it comes to women’s products. They’ve lived it. 

We all have other things going on in our lives besides our businesses. We have families and other commitments that also need our attention. It’s often something you can’t do all by yourself and still be able to have time for family or sleep. What if I told you that you can get help with starting or running your business? You can easily create a support system and get help with all the things you aren’t sure of. When I started blogging, I didn’t understand what search engine optimization was. I had to spend time learning how to do. I had to do a lot of reading to figure it out. If I could go back, I would have definitely hired someone to help teach me. 

If you have a mentor who can help empower you to grow and lead by example, it’s definitely important. Remember that not everyone will be a match.  As women we should all empower each other and lift each other up. It doesn’t seem like not long ago, women were not going to college. They were homemakers and stay at home moms. Thankfully, that narrative has changed drastically. 

It is so important to take your education seriously. It is almost a must have to be successful. There’s so many different things you can go to college for. You get to make that decision. It’s your future that is at stake. I started talking with my son about where he wants to go to school and what he wants to be. He’s a freshman in high school now, so we are starting to have those conversations. 

After you decide what you want to do and finish school, it’s important to find another woman who will help you and want to see you succeed. Find someone who will empower women

You need to find someone in your field to help you grow and learn. That doesn’t just go with owning a business, it could be other fields too. If you are interested in entertainment, you can contact a professional like Nancy Etz who can teach you the ins and outs of the entertainment business. Entertainment can be a really hard field to break in to because it can take a lot of auditions or knowing the right people who can help you get your foot in the door. What’s that old saying? It’s all about who you know. 

Friday, August 27, 2021

Pearberry Fruit leather recipe

Here is my recipe for Pearberry Fruit Leather:

3 pears
1 container of blackberries
1 tablespoon of honey

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees

Cut up pears and place in the food processor. Add the blackberries and purée until there are no lumps.  Add honey and mix it up. 

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and  spread it evenly.  Bake it for about 5 or 6 hours until completely dry. 

Remove the fruit leather from the cookie sheet carefully and cut in to strips and enjoy. 

My fruit leather is really thin. It is really good this way. It melts in your mouth and doesn't hurt your teeth, like the thicker stuff does. It's also a little crunchy. We love it though. Noah tried to attack it this morning, I thought it would be great for lunches.
If you would like it thicker you could use a smaller cookie sheet or increase the amount of pears and blackberries.