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What Are Carrots Good For

If you’ve ever asked yourself what are carrots good for here’s your answer! The benefits of carrot juice are just about endless but one of my absolute favorites is the benefits of carrot juice for skin.  Watch my video to find out why you should start juicing ASAP!

What Are Carrots Good For

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:  What are carrots good for

Today we’re gonna talk about carrot juice. In fact we’re going to make some carrot juice. Carrots have amazing health benefits. They’re loaded with vitamins and minerals and all kinds of things to help you be healthier.

People often ask me well why don’t you just eat carrots but lets be honest with ourselves how many carrots could we eat? Maybe 4, that would be a lot of carrots to eat. But, if we juice we can get the healing power of an amazing amount of carrots in 1 glass of juice.

So for example with my juicer I can get over 2 quarts of juice from the 10 pound bag of carrots. So that’s a lot of vitamins. With juicing we get those vitamins K, C, B 6, B3, and A. All of those vitamins and also minerals, magnesium, folate, calcium, phosphorous, even potassium in this amazing carrot.

So, let’s make some carrot juice today. We just press the carrot in the top. And it’s just that easy. So like I said from that 10 lb bag of carrots I’m going to get over 2 quarts of juice.

Now you’ve probably heard that carrots are good for your eyes, everyone knows that. Everyone has heard that. So let’s look inside a carrot and you’re going to notice that the inside of a carrot actually looks like an eye. I find that very amazing. So yes it’s true carrots are good for your eyes. And in fact with the high doses of that beta carotene vitamins and minerals we’re getting in carrot juice we can help our eyesight particularly with night vision or looking at things in dim situations.

Also the carrot is going to help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts which is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. So that’s just one benefit, the eyes is just one benefit.

Also the carrots have been linked to the reduction of a lot of different diseases. Stroke, heart conditions, just to name a few. Now if you’re only motivated by aesthetics just think about this drinking carrot juice is going to give you amazing glowing skin. From the inside out it’s going to help your skin. Have you ever noticed if you look at the natural beauty products of the skin lotions how many of them have carrot seed oil extracts in them?

So, today let’s have a glass of carrot juice and drink to your good health.

Jan
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Crochet Onion


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This crochet onion is super easy to make!

This is the last video in my crochet salad play food series, the crochet onion. This just might be the easiest part of the whole salad! Check out the crochet lettuce, and the crochet cherry tomato if you missed them. If you keep scrolling down there is a video and a free crochet pattern for the play food onion.

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Crochet salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know you’re probably sick of hearing me talk about it, but go read this article on the dangers of plastic in toys and you’ll see making your own toys isn’t just about saving money, it’s about keeping your kids safe.  

“Think about it. Plastic toys often contain PVC (Polyvinyl chloride), Phthalates , BPA (Bisphenol A ) which is an endocrine disruptor that can mimic the body’s own hormones has been known to leach. Many synthetic and even some organic cotton based soft toys are filled with petroleum based polyfill which children sleep with and often suck on when teething” Melinda- Ecotoys.com

Our home isn’t plastic free by any means, but we are trying to be really careful about everything we buy from this point on.  One of the easiest places to start is with younger children.  They haven’t watched enough TV to know that they want a Barbie Doll, or a Power Ranger action figure.  They can grow up thinking your toys are “normal” and cool. 

The more we try to keep plastic out of our lives, the more simple our lives become.  Birthdays don’t have to revolve around buying a big pile of plastic toys.  Choose to buy or make toys that will last and encourage your child’s imagination.  We still have legos (because my kids LOVE to build things) but we also have Lincoln logs, and building blocks.

 

Crochet Onion

Crochet Onion Pattern

With an H crochet hook and the white yarn:

Chain 25 and join with a slip stitch

Ch 1, and SC in each space all the way around, join with a slip stitch, cut thread, tie off, and hide

Switch to purple yarn.

Ch 1, 2SC in each space all the way around, join with a slip stitch, cut thread, tie off, and hide

What are some of your favorite environmentally friendly kids toys?

 

Jan
10

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Crochet Cherry Tomatoes


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These are so fun you might get carried away!

Before I show you how to crochet cherry tomatoes I just want to give a warning that these are not meant for small children.  Anything that is small enough to fit down a roll of toilet paper should be considered a choking hazard.  So please be safe!

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Play food is a great handmade gift.

These crochet cherry tomatoes are part of a larger series on how to crochet play food.  Check out these other parts:  crochet lettuce, and crochet onion.

Crochet Cherry Tomatoes

Crochet Pattern for Cherry Tomatoes

 Chain 3, join with a slip stitch

Ch 2, 4 DC in each of the 3 chains (12 total DC), join with a slip stitch

Ch 1, 1 sc in each space around, join with a slip stitch

ch 1, (1 SC, skip 1) all the way around until you reach a natural finish point.  Then join with a slip stitch, tie off and hide the thread.

 

Jan
9

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Crochet Lettuce

 

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Your kiddos can bend this crochet lettuce and unlike plastic toys it won’t snap and break!

Here’s a free pattern for how to crochet lettuce… actually it’s more than just a free pattern it’s a video tutorial too. Just keep scrolling down to watch the video. I’m a bit of a health nut so I’m always a little annoyed when play food sets contain burgers and fries, pizza, and every dessert imaginable.

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This crochet lettuce looks like little flowers :-)

Here are some reason you should make your own play food:

  • Save money- this project only uses PENNIES worth of yarn.
  • Plastic Free – plastic is some scary stuff!
  • Healthy Play- you get to choose exactly what you want your kiddos playing with

 

how to make play food

Crochet salad

I’ve made an entire crochet salad.  Click here to see the other pieces.

Crochet Lettuce

Crochet Lettuce Pattern

 

You will need:

  • An H Crochet Hook
  • med weight green yarn

Ch 3, Join with a slip stitch

Chain 2, 3 double crochet in each space around (9 total DC)

Ch 2, (5 DC in next space, slip stitch in next space) x5

Tie off, and hide the thread.  Repeat until you have enough crochet lettuce to fill you play food bowl (at least).  

Have you ever made a toy for your child?  What was it? 

Jan
9

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Crochet Food


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I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine love to “pretend cook”.  They also love to help me cook but that’s not always feasible, as cute as they are sometimes I just need to get in and out of the kitchen as fast as possible!  I’ve been a mom for 7 years and in that time I’ve had to replace the play food multiple times.  I’m to the point where, quite frankly I’m sick of buying it!  I don’t want to spend money on inferior toys, I’m nervous about plastic period, and I feel bad about all their broken plastic toys filling up a landfill somewhere.  So I decided to make these free crochet food patterns just in case I’m not the only one who’s sick of this cycle.

I’ve been crocheting since I was a little girl and I can’t wait to teach my daughters (and my little boy if he’s ever interested).  As long as you don’t go for super soft and fancy yarn is not expensive.  I rarely have to buy it because most of my projects use up little bits leftover from past projects. 

Craft supplies are one of my favorite things to look for at yard sales and on craigslist.  Just know your prices so you don’t overpay.

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Play food is great for imagination play!

Years ago when my first child started getting into everything I remember my sister being over for a visit and I saw her lay down on the couch (she’s a genius) and start placing orders to my little chef of what she wanted to eat.  Believe it or not if you’re playing with them your kids love to take orders, who knew!  To date this is one of my favorite ways to take a breather while still filling my kids love tanks.  If you have older children you can even keep them occupied by having them draw up menus with the food and prices!  I hope you enjoy this crochet food video and go check out all the other videos too for the patterns!  Crochet Lettuce Pattern

Crochet Food

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT -Crochet Food

Hello, this is Joquena with Modern Homemakers, and today I’m going to show you some play food patterns. I’m just doing a quick video to show you all that there is and my adorable little salad, little close-up in there. The kids are always trying make me stuff with their play food, and it’s stuff Mommy can’t eat, like glutenous pizza with cheese and bacon and stuff on it, and I can’t eat that, so this is a salad that they can bring Mommy and I can actually pretend to be excited about, you know…encouraging healthy eating, whatever you want to say the salad’s for. So I’ll put links below where you can just keep watching my channel, but I’m gonna show you how to make this cute little onion, and I know the kids don’t like to eat onions but I do, and they’re fun to play with. And these little cherry tomatoes, and they’re not even filled with anything; you can squish them and then put them right back, so that makes them pretty cheap. And lettuce, you can even make these in purple and have some radicchio, and maybe that would encourage them to actually want to eat that later. Who knows? Anyway, stick around, I think we’ll start off with “How to make lettuce.”

Jan
8

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How To Save Money On Cable



Getting out of debt isn’t easy.  Trust me, I’m still in the process myself.  As nice it would be to wake up one day and win the lottery I’m not counting on it.  Money probably won’t come in in a big swoop and it isn’t necessarily being spent all in one spot either.  No doubt your finances (like mine) are made up of lots of “little” extravagances.  The problem with “little” expenditures is that they add up to big piles of money.  I’ve heard stories of people going on vacations off of change they’ve saved up over the years!  Today we’ll be focusing on how to save money on cable.  It’s one expense that occurs every month and it can really add up. 

#30 per month = $360 per year  Can you really afford cable?

If you’re wondering how to reduce expenses in order to get out of debt you’ve probably wondered how to save money on cable.  I forgot to mention this in my video but it’s really important if you do decide to keep your cable to look at your list every month when it comes in.  You’d be amazed at the little things that creep on there over time.  If you’re torn about whether or not to pull the plug you can always call the company and see if they are willing to reduce the cost.  If they won’t, cut it and that’s a guaranteed lowering of the price hahah!   

You don’t have to watch all your TV on your computer!  If you don’t want to watch videos on your tiny computer screen when you have an amazing flatscreen you have two “cable company free” options.

Option # 1

Buy a Roku box.  For the cost of a couple months of cable you’ll have the amazing capacity to watch digital content on your tv.  You can install free movie channels like Crackle (watch out if you have little kids lots of inappropriate content!), connect it with your instant queue on Netflix, and even link it to your Amazon library if you want to rent or purchase digital copies.  If you buy the more expensive ROKU with the gaming remote you can get games for as low as $5 that are fun for the whole family like Angry Birds and Pacman… although make sure to get some rechargeable batteries too because the kids play the games so much that they drain the batteries :-)

 

Option # 2

You can also buy an HDMI cable and connect your TV to your laptop.  You might even have an HDMI cable just lying around from that cable box you’re getting rid of! If you have to buy a cable I recommend making sure it’s long enough for you to be able sit down with your computer all the way across the room. The one time extra cost will be worth it when you don’t have to get up every 2 minutes to be a human remote!

The best way to save money on something is to not spend it at all.  So watch my video “How To Save Money On Cable” and I’ll give you some ideas for other ways to get entertainment.

How To Save Money On Cable

The common theme among most tips on saving money is that lots of little actions add up to big savings!  What actions are you taking to save money?

Jan
7

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Hillbilly Housewife

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hillbilly house wifeToday I just wanted to take a moment to recommend a great website for all you frugal mommies, the Hillbilly Housewife.  If you haven’t  been there before, click on the link it’s a must see.  If you haven’t been there in awhile, go back she’s always posting new stuff.  Susanne, aka the Hillbilly Housewife is very down to earth and easy to relate to.  I love her glass half full attitude and her problem solving skills.  If she can’t afford to buy it then she’ll just find a way to make it herself, alas a girl after my own heart :-)

I’ve even got my husband excited about the Hillbilly Housewife site since I started making her awesome dishwasher powder.  I only had to go buy one ingredient to make it, which was pretty exciting.  Except for the citric acid I had everything on hand for making my homemade laundry detergent.  It does a great job, especially since I took her advice about also filling the rinse compartment with vinegar.  Before I started using Susanne’s recipe I was buying those plastic covered gel and powder combos.  Not only are commercial dish tablets super expensive they are made of scary chemicals and coated in plastic.  Yuck!

 Susanne has lots of amazing from scratch recipes, and she even has some gluten free recipes if you’re “lucky” like me and try to avoid wheat like the plague!  Just about any form of bread is exciting in our house since we cut out wheat.  Check out this recipe for Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

I don’t know about you but I LOVE hiding vegetables in my baked goods.  It’s nice to pull one over on the kiddos.  Thank you Hillbilly Housewife!

If gluten isn’t a problem for you here’s a great post on batch-cooking and freezing breakfast foods like pancakes and waffles.  Susanne even gives a great tip on how to flash freeze the pancakes before bagging them up.  If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of trying to pry apart a stuck-together block of pancakes… trust me, this is a great tip!  The advice is still great even if you’re a gluten free family… just use different recipes.

So if I have you thoroughly intrigued click on any of the links below and go pay Susanne a nice visit!

Hillbilly Housewife website

Hillbilly Housewife on Pinterest

Hillbilly Housewife on Facebook

Hillbilly Housewife on Twitter

Do you have any frugal websites to recomend?

Jan
6

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How To Cut A Bob

Here’s how to cut a bob. I’d already cut Isy’s hair before so I don’t give as much detail on haircutting techniques in this video. If you are doing more then trimming a bob you might want to watch my other video how to cut hair into a bob, and even if you aren’t cutting the hair yourself you’ll probably still benefit from learning how to style a bob!

How To Cut A Bob


Jan
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How To Remove Skin Tags Naturally



Today I roped my husband into doing my video for me, as he is now the “expert” on how to remove skin tags naturally. Sorry if this video seems a little disjointed… it was filmed over a series of weeks. We weren’t very good about filming with any sort of regular frequency, so I guess this is more of a before and after :-) If you’re interested, this is the tea tree oil that we used.

 

We’re not doctors. We’re not experts but this worked for us! Everyone’s skin is different so we can’t make any guarantees, and you should always see a doctor in health matters.

How To Remove Skin Tags Naturally

Jan
2

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How To Make Reusable Snack Bags


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Winnie Loves Her Girly Baggies!

It’s the time of year where we all sit around and make our New Year’s Resolutions.  If one of your resolutions was to save money then watch this video to learn how to make reusable snack bags!  It never ceases to amaze me how much money my little family of 5 can spend on food.  Eating out, groceries, whatever it adds up.

One of the food expenses that bothers me most is the stuff you buy at the grocery store that you don’t even eat.

I mean I really hope you’re not sitting around eating paper towels and sipping Windex out of champagne glasses… because they aren’t food.  So why do we spend so much “grocery” money on “non” groceries?  Do we have to?  Should we?  I guess I’m just on a documentary high lately because I just don’t think we need most of that stuff.  So this year I’m going to keep finding alternatives to these non food items.

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She’s begging for princess fabric next…

Baggies are something I’m just plain sick of buying.  I don’t care if you are buying name brand Ziplocks, or store brand baggies.  If you have money problems you can’t afford this throw away luxury.  And even if you have the money, I don’t know if our planet can afford it.  Go watch Bag It if you want need a wake up call to see what plastic is doing to our planet and our health!

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She feels that she wasn’t given enough food

O.k. I’m done venting for the day, I promise!  Here’s your free  how to make reusable snack bags pattern, it’s a PDF so just click and print.  Don’t forget to watch the video for step by step instructions.

Click here for the free pattern if you want to make the bigger version for Sandwich/chips baggies.

How To Make Reusable Snack Bags





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