I’m so excited, like jump up and down excited :-) My sister is in a new reality show featuring her husband and 6 adopted kids. She and her husband have such an amazing marriage that I’ve always respected her advice and found encouragement that there really are still happy long term relationships out there!
If you’ve been filled with a sad void like me since Jon and Kate broke up, you don’t need to be sad anymore. Their new show MeLisa and Ryun Forever Family is AMAZING. It’s a reality sitcom style show the whole family can watch. Family safe shows are a must for me, that’s why we watch so much of the Duggars.
Can you imagine having cameras follow your every move? I can’t. I don’t know if I’d be willing to get out of my pajamas every day haha! Clearly she feels pretty confident in her wife & mothering abilities.
Because she’s my sister I pulled some strings and asked her to do an exclusive interview for Modern Homemakers. Don’t forget to keep scrolling down to watch the trailer for their show.
I asked MeLisa and Ryun to list 5 things about what makes their marriage work:
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Are you ready to learn how to make flower hair clips? This is a no sew project so it’s a great place to dive in if you’ve been wanting to start crafting. I made these because I can’t afford those adorable boutique bows and I was sick of drooling over them in other people’s hair haha!
I’m going on a 30 day juice fast. I’ll be taking daily videos to say how I’m doing and to give encouragement. Here’s day 1.
Modern Homemakers theme song and intro, Day 1, I’m going on a juice fast, because I’m sick of looking like this, and feeling sick all the time, I want to look like I did before kids, I need to be healthy and alive for these guys.
I don’t know if I had the flu or what but I was sick yesterday so I thought why put off starting my juice fast I was gonna do in a couple weeks when I had the kids nicely in school and whatever why not start it today because I feel like crap anyway!
So my throat’s sore, I wasn’t hungry anyway, and I think this might be the perfect way to start a juice fast. It’s like, it’s the end of the day and I’m getting ready to watch a movie with the kids and I’ve already been a zombie all day and wanted to nap and that was nothing to do with the juice because I was already sick so, it’s like a 2fer, I got 2 things out of one sick day.
Anyway, I decided to go 30 days this time. I didn’t really have a set amount last time I did the 18 days and that’s been I think 3 months since my last juice fast. I still have a video I haven’t posted, cough, anyway it’s been you know I’ve not had any dairy, I’ve had juice still every day since that fast.
I stepped on the scale this morning and I couldn’t believe it, I’d lost like another 8 pounds or 9 lbs, since the stop of my last juice fast because even though I wasn’t doing a juice fast I was still having juice every day. SO, that’s encouragement for anyone who’s not ready of willing to do an entire juice fast yet. It’s slower but there are still results.
So, that’s exciting. Sorry I sound so horrible I’m all congested. Anyway, I decided I was going to do it right this time because I didn’t know starting weight and everything last juice fast. So, 241.2 is our starting weight which once again I was in the 80’s or 90’s when I started my last fast. So, that’s a number I can say enthusiasm.
I don’t want to be at it forever and I won’t be for much longer now, but 241.2 and I did my own measurements but 53, 53 hips and 46.5 waist and which is funny I was looking at I had taken my measurements for sewing patterns like, was it 6 years ago that we lived at the rivergate house?
I don’t know, it was from years ago when we rented a house and I still had those papers taped up. And it’s like HEY I’m back to those measurements now, little bit smaller in some of them actually. So that was exciting. I can start using real sewing patterns again without altering everything. Anyway, I am so out of it because I have the flu. But, juice fast number 2, day 1 pretty much done with day one. And looking forward I had so much improvement just in my quality of life in the last juice fast.
Looking forward to see what this one will do and a few days when I don’t have my cold or whatever it was, yeah it was more than a cold way too much time spent in the bathroom. I have to go back to the kids, but um please join me on my juice fast or at least add some juice to your diet. Just start making some changes, once again not only did I lose all that weight during my last juice fast which was only 18 days long I lost somewhere between 20 and 40 pounds I wasn’t positive about my start weight but I not only kept that weight off for 3 months I lost 8 more pounds just because I kept drinking juice. I can’t think of anything more encouraging than that myself, so be encouraged.
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If you’re looking for new juicing recipes you have to try my Mexican Corn Juice, it’s a totally awesome taste explosion! You might also like my Spinach Apple Juice.
- 4 ears corn
- 1-2 jalapenos
- 4 limes
- 2 bell peppers
- 1 large onion
- ½ bunch of cilantro
- 2 stalks of celery
This is one of my favorite juices. It make seem weird, but we’re gonna use corn today and we’re making Mexican Corn Juice. Modern Homemakers, helping moms video intro and theme song. Hello it’s Joquena and I keep getting request for juice recipes. So, this is one of my favorites and it’s super easy. If you want the exact measurements follow the link in the description and go back to my website.
But everything here is what I’m using in the bowl. So the first thing we’re going to be using in corn on the cob. Which is still raw, and I’m not going to have you watch me do all 4 pieces here, but you’re going to take a knife and cut the corn off. So you kind of just keep turning, I should have grabbed a better knife, but I’m injured right now I have like 2 cuts on my hands and I’m afraid of my big knives at the moment. So you can see that comes off really fast, and you’re going to do the same thing to all 4 ears.
Okay, I’ve got all 4 ears shaved off and since I didn’t bring down my big cutting board I’m just gonna juice stuff 1 at a time instead of incorporating. So you’re gonna want to make sure if you do it like I’m doing stir! It actually makes a really pretty, it’s almost like a rock layer but it’s all liquid and you can see all the different colors. You can see this recipe has so many vibrant colors, yellow and orange if you used red bell peppers you’d have that, green, the purple from the onion. Green limes and jalapenos.
Pause just a second, the juicer always puts out a little liquid at the beginning. Now I don’t think I’m going to shoot the video today, I just want to go drink my juice, but I am going to save all my pulp and you can put it in your freezer if you want to trust me to eventually film the video, and I am eventually going to make, I’ve made them before they’re really super yummy especially if you’re doing all raw. They’re kind of like a tortilla cracker, chip, tortilla chip but it’s a cracker, and it’s I make them out of the salsa juice too, but I think I like the salsa juice ones a little better.
Super yummy, they have like flax seeds. All sorts of healthiness in them. But if you don’t trust me to put that recipe up any time soon I don’t blame you because I just go the last day of my last juice fast put up and that was oh I don’t know 3 months ago that I did that juice fast. So cough, I haven’t earned trust. OK, got all the corn in, and isn’t his silly? Ii mean it looks like corn meal almost. All that in there, and you can see we’ve got like a frothy yellow, and we’re going to go ahead and add in something pretty next. Taking our bell peppers and slicing them just so they fit in the juicer.
So I had them halved already, but that’s 2 bell peppers. I made this in, I have lots of juicers, I made this in my breville once and I would definitely recommend tasting before you think you’re done in the breville, because it was not the same consistency at all. And I had finished and I was like oh I don’t like this and it’s too late, so if you’re using different types of juicers it’s kind of like when you’re cooking real cooks take their spoons in the kitchen unless they’ve made that recipe a million times, and they taste it as they’re going along. So, you can do the same thing right in here, stir your bowl when you think you’ve got a good amount and just take a sip of it.
See what it tastes like. I like things spicy, you might not want things very spicy. I like things so spicy it makes people cry sometimes. In a good way. OK, I’m gonna take an onion, and you can use a white onion too, I just kind of use whatever I have. And I am just slicing it small enough to fit through the juicer and I’m gonna run in a couple stalks of celery at the same time because it’s just gonna go fit in
Celery works like the salt. I’ve been working on this recipe for some time and initially it’s like oh I just want salt in there. And I went, duh, celery’s a natural salt what are you thinking? OK, I might be to the point where I have to pour some out. You might want to halve my recipe if you’re not willing to take a risk on such a large quantity.
The corn is exciting because it has a natural sweetness in it, thus corn syrup. I would not want to make this my primary juice because we all get enough corn in our diet to begin with let’s face it! But when you’re doing a long juice fast you need the variety or you go crazy. Gonna put this in, and then I’m gonna pause and pour. I’m gonna put this here in case it drips any because I want that for my crackers.
I’m not going to make you watch me do this to all of them, but if you have a citrus juicer you can use that or with your limes you can just cut off a bunch of the outside. If these were organic you can even zest them into a jar and put that into the freezer and you’ll always have lime zest when you want lime zest. Man these limes smell good. You can see what I’m doing, this lime is not perfectly in its prime it’s giving me a hard time.
We’re gonna do that to all 4 limes. I’ve got all 4 limes peeled. As you can see they’re not perfect and beautiful, they’re gonna be in my tummy it doesn’t matter. Gonna squish this, oh there’s still the purple onion color coming through. I know they’re called red onions, but they look purple to me. Am I alone on this. I think that’s just a little silly. All right this next step is very important, depending on whether or not you like things spicy. On the recipe I say 1-2 jalapenos I’m saying 2 because I’m using my garden ones and they’re tiny. I’ve seen ones in the store that are like this big. And there’s one more thing if you don’t like it spicy cut it open and take out the seeds because that makes it even spicier. But guess what I like? Spicy.
So I’m just gonna put the whole thing in there seeds and all. And then you need half a bunch of cilantro. If you’re using like store bought cilantro. I went and got store bought cilantro so I could give you a reference. When you buy a bunch it’s half of that, or a good handful. And herbs are just so good for you, like cilantro is really good for heavy metal detoxing. And I should put half as much in there next time in the juicer, but I’m making it work, oh look at those muscles. And the next tricky step is will I get it to fit in my jar. I was trying to use my pretty empty organic juice jar here. And we’ll slide this over.
Make it work, make it work. It’s gonna be close people. Cheating here, I’m gonna pour a little so I’ve got room. Make it work. And then make, make, make sure that you mix this. Or you’ll get all lime, or all the peppers that you just poured in the top or something else horrible. And I’m gonna let you in on a secret, this tastes better the next day. This is like the only juice in the world that actually tastes better the next day. All of the flavors meld together. This will taste good right now, I’m gonna have some right now, I’ve been waiting all day for this. But it actually tastes better the next day. Put my lid on so no more oxygen gets in there and just one fast reminder, save this pulp if you’re interested if you have a dehydrator I have a raw cracker recipe that I came up with that I happen to love. Because there is no time like a juice fast to save up all your pulp. You will never make that much pulp in normal day to day life even if you have a quart of juice a day there’s just something when you’re doing a juice fast.
Ok my hands are totally dirty. There’s a reason this is one of my favorite juices. It’s that good. So, it may look crazy, go out on a limb. This is a good juice people. Especially if you’ve been having carrot juice or mean green every day and you’re like ahhhh I’ve got to have some variety. So, if you’re looking for other juice recipes I’ll put a link after this but I have a spinach apple juice that is like one of my daily staples. I love that juice. Please subscribe to our youtube channel, looking for yummy juice recipes? Spinach Apple Juice.
Breaking my juice fast, so here’s juice fast day 19. Thanks everyone for your support. Sorry it took me so long to get all of these up (it’s actually been like 3 months since I did this last juice fast… insert awkward coughing) Anyway, I’m so glad I did this fast and I’m currently on day 5 of my new 30 day fast. Although a juice fast is never easy, at least I knew what to expect this time! That said, everyone please have patience if I don’t get things done as quickly as I like, after all… it’s going to be a long month!
Modern Homemakers theme song and intro, Day 19, I’m going on a juice fast, because I’m sick of looking like this, and feeling sick all the time, I want to look like I did before kids, I need to be healthy and alive for these guys.
Hello! Todays the day I end it all. Day 19, I actually already ended it, at lunch, anyway, what an amazing transformative experience. I am down 4 sizes top and bottom. The bottom took longer to catch up. 4 sizes down, getting to wear new clothes, yay.
It’s just so exciting. I have so much energy and I’m definitely feeling happier having had my salad today. It just took me awhile to process that, and I’ve been getting definitely to the point where I was grumpy a lot with the fast, so I decided that we were going to be done.
But I am going to do, trying to do all raw, but I live in a rinky dink little town that in the middle of nowhere, so I’m gonna do the best I can with that. I can’t get all the produce and stuff I want to. I ordered a bunch of my nuts online and I’ve been feeding my husband amazing things the whole time I’ve been juice fasting, I’ve been giving him raw food.
And he’s just like “we’re not going back” And if one of us comes home from the store with stuff the other one has permission to throw it away. So anyway this is the amazing raw feast. I made for my family tonight. Basically I’m going to learn to have a life without taco chips. And I love pico, so we’re gonna use the lettuce to wrap it up and this is some carrot pulp.
I’m still drinking lots of juice so that’s from my carrot pulp from making my juice we’ve got some raw soaked walnuts mixed in there, chili powder, and our strawberries are our dessert. And we’re just gonna load up our own burritos. Without any of that yucky flour that’s just gonna make us uhhhh for hours afterward.
And me sitting down here on the ground, my kids are so excited. Mommy wasn’t able to do stuff like this. This would have killed my back and I would have been… mmmm I didn’t even want to sit at the dining room table my back hurt so much when this first started. And it’s just so nice, to have so much less weight, on my body, so look forward to some raw recipes starting to pop up all over the place.
Because that’s our focus now. Thank you for joining me on my journey and I hope that I’ve encouraged you to make some healthier choices for yourself. Because I really do feel that my health is in my hands and the same thing for you.
I would recommend eating something way simpler and smaller to break your fast. I was instantly full and uncomfortable… although it did taste amazing. Please subscribe to our youtube channel.
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Here’s my juice fast day 18 and I’m wearing a brand new pair of pants that’s 4 sizes smaller the pair that I was wearing at the start of my juice fast, yay!
Modern Homemakers theme song and intro, Day 18, I’m going on a juice fast, because I’m sick of looking like this, and feeling sick all the time, I want to look like I did before kids, I need to be healthy and alive for these guys.
Feeling great, I’ve pinpointed that the time I want to quit every day is between 4:30 and 6:30. And that’s when my kids drive me crazy, so what I’m doing today is I’ve just been bracing for that all day and I know that’s my weak point and I’m not gonna let it get me.
And today I drug my mom in town and we’re going out to a movie and I’m going to battle head and nose first not eating popcorn in the movie theatre. So I’m sneaking in a straight pineapple juice and some spinach juice and some stuff like that, so that I can you know have something when I’m smelling popcorn. There’s just something, even though it’s stale in my theatre, there’s just something about that smell. I just want it. Anyway, I just feel great, I’m excited new pair of pants that I fit into today.
I just feel so much energy and I’m so glad I didn’t quit yesterday. My husband asked me again, he’s like “I support you either way, but will you be happy with your decision tomorrow if you stop today?” And I wouldn’t have been. Because I’m not there yet.
Starting to see so much more healing, I’m noticing it’s not completely gone, but my dandruff, like I’ll scratch my head and I’ll realize I’m not doing that as much anymore and it’s like it used to be like gross like under my nails and it’s not doing that anymore. So that’s almost healed. So anyway, just get started if you haven’t gotten started. Your health is in your hands you can totally change your life.
It’s not like this destiny to be like your ancestors before you. It’s in your hands to have health. So have a great day. Please subscribe to our youtube channel.
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Ready to learn how to make a belt? This is a beginner pattern, and although the crochet belt is for a girl you can make it fit any size waist. Keep scrolling down for the typed pattern and watch the video for step by step instructions.
Chain 6, turn, skip 2 spaces and work 4 double crochet across. Repeat until you have 72 rows of 4 double crochet.
Push the belt buckle through the bottom middle of the 2nd row of double crochet and fold over the belt buckle. Use the crochet hook to “sew” the loop closed.
Chain 6 and join with a slip stitch to the other side, forming a loop. Chain 2, and join with a slip stitch to connect it to the side of the belt. Work 4 double crochet across , and join to the side with a slip stitch. Cut, tie off and hide threads.
My mom’s gonna show you how to crochet a belt. That’s right and you can make it whatever color you want and we’re using scrap pieces from broken belts, or you can go buy new hardware. Keep watching to find out how. It’s really easy. Modern homemakers video intro and theme song.
So I’m going to show you how to make a crochet belt and I’m using old hardware off of a broken belt we have several of those the kids are hard on them. But you could go to the craft store and buy one. I’m gonna use this right here. And you can see this is an old belt where it was just right on there. If you had a bigger belt piece, like you can see these are different sizes, if I were using this pink one I would need to make it smaller obviously than a belt that would go through this big one. I’m basing it off of this larger one.
OK so we’re going to take our G crochet hook and whatever yarn you’re choosing, I’m choosing this little variegated red, it’s just scrap yarn. This does not take very much yarn. And we’re gonna make a loop put our hook in and chain 6. So 1 2 3 4 5 6 now we’re going to take the hook and we’re going to skip this first space and this second one that we did and go in the third loop from the hook. Wrap around grab some thread pull through and we’re going to make a double crochet.
So wrap around go through 2, wrap around go through 2 (how to double crochet http://youtu.be/4x85y3qxt3a) if you’ve never done a double crochet I’ll put a link to a video in the description, or in the video wherever I manage to put it and that will help you with more detail on the double crochet.
So we’re going to work 4 total double crochets. That was 1 2 3 4 and that gets us all the way across. So that’s 4 all the way across then we’re going to chain 2, and we’re going to turn your whole project and we’re going to work 4 across again. So you’re not counting the chain 2 as a double crochet so 1 2 3 4 see how pretty that is it starts changing the colors. I love variegated yarns they’re so purty. So that right there that you did, I hope you enjoyed doing it because we’re going to have 72 total rows of these double crochet. So you’ve got 2 down, go do 70 more and I’ll show you what to do with the belt. You should size your belt to the waist of whoever you’re making it for.
An easy way to do this would be to copy the size of a belt you know fits. OK so we’ve done our 72 rows of double crochet, and now I’m going to cut, you know a big chunk of tail here. I don’t want to pull the whole ball through my project. But I don’t want to have to hide more threads than I have to. And I’m going to take this and I’m going to knot that end piece , tie it off, pulling that through.
What we’re going to do is take our belt buckle piece and we’re going to kind of put this in front and I’m going to go down a couple rows and into the middle and I’m going to poke the center part of the belt through there. See how that’s right in the middle at the bottom of the second row. And then we’re gonna pinch this over and what we’re gonna do is take this excess thread we have here if I can get it to work with me, and I’m pulling it all to this side and we’re going to kind of use the crochet hook to sew it without actually having to go get a needle. See how I pulled that through? And we’re going to go back and forth just like sewing.
And I have this big tail of stuff and it’s knotting up on me. I did that and now I’m going to push the hook through and go grab it from the other side. I’m grabbing this and pulling it through, and then we’re going to come from this side so it’s just like sewing but we’re doing it with the crochet hook. Pulling that, you can see my arm because the strings so long but I’m pulling it off. OK I think one more stitch should do it
You can see from this side, I did get a little bit of string there, but you don’t really see the stitches, it’s all you know locked within there. And I’m going to go ahead and tie that off too. Just so things don’t move around, so making a loop, twist it, so I twisted the yarn and I’m going to pull this through to knot that off. And then what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the loop.
Now this belt actually came with a metal loop I could have just incorporated that. But my first belt I made didn’t, and I just wanted to cover it both ways. So I could have just pushed that on there if it came with it, but I’m going to crochet that band. So the reason I made this tail so long is so that it doesn’t have to be another thing for you to hide.
Go in and chain 1 2 3 4 5 that should do it you might need 6 youd don’t want it to be too tighht, then I’m going to connect that on this side. So you can see that’s just a really thin loop. Now what I’m going to do is kind of twist the project so that I’m looking at it this way and I’m going to chain 2, and I’m going to do a little slip stitch here in the side of the project so it’s connected on the side.
And then I’m going to work 1 double crochet in each of these chains all the way across. 123 ok, so I’ve done 4 double crochet across 1 2 3 4 and then we’re gonna go in , you can see I can put my finger through here. But it’s not really attached and we’re go in and just work a slip stitch at the top. And that connects it on each side. And you can see I can put my finger through and I’ll have to go get a model and we’ll see how this looks. But we’re gonna cut this off and tie it off and we’re just gonna hide the thread in the body of it.
And you’ll do the same thing to the other end I’m unraveling that a little and we’re just gonna work back and forth. Since it’s a variegated yarn I’ll try to stay within that same color. And I had it cut pretty long, and I’m getting bored so I’m going to cut it shorter yet again. And just kind of fuzz that with my hands. So let me go get a model and I’ll show you what it looks like.
OK this is my beautiful model Eowyn, and what are you wearing today Eowyn? What is it? A belt? OK move your hand a second, whooo! Please subscribe to our youtube channel you might also enjoy gluten free cornbread.
If you’re looking for 4th of july crafts, here’s a great one. As a bonus I’ve also included some fourth of july games if you keep watching to the end, it’s a twofer
Once you’ve finished your toilet paper roll 4th of July rockets here are some games you can play with them that are great family fun! What are your plans for this fourth of July?
It’s juice fast day 17 and I’m about ready to be done with this cleanse.
Modern Homemakers theme song and intro, Day 17, I’m going on a juice fast, because I’m sick of looking like this, and feeling sick all the time, I want to look like I did before kids, I need to be healthy and alive for these guys, please subscribe to our youtube channel.
Day 17, I’m trying to figure out how long I’m going to go today. I was fine all day, and then I don’t know evenings seem to be hard for me. Probably touching everyone’s food, but I was touching food all day for everyone, I don’t know. Anyway trying to figure out how long. Definitely still have lots of productivity and lots of energy throughout the day, I mean I was on my feet all day did fine with that. I’m definitely moody tonight, moody, moody, moody. I don’t know what to do about that.
Trying to stay strong and not break, but I’m whiny and moody tonight. So, I went and grabbed some groceries and walked down all the aisles and stared at other people who were overweight and that kind of helped me keep going. Probably a horrible thing to admit to doing. But anyway, I was walking down all the aisles and looking at all the foods that can’t be a part of our diets anymore, and that was interesting too. Anyway, day 17 I’m going to keep it short. Today I’m just glad I continued. That’s it. Looking for yummy juice recipes? Spinach apple juice. I’m not a doctor. This is just my juicing journey. You should always consult with a DR before making any radical changes to your health or diet.
Here are my 3 kiddos in their pj’s singing ring around the rosie. Little Gideon sure thinks it’s funny. And no, I will not admit how late in the day it was that the kids are still wearing their pj’s and haven’t had their hair brushed It’s Summer! As a side note if you want to be really grossed out go read here to see what this song was really about!