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Did our Bodies survive the Holidays!?

Its been a while since I have been on here and I’m sorry to have let my readers down, But life and situations really got in the way!

As a new year starts and the thoughts and plans of new year resolutions it seemed fitting to start !  Wouldn’t you agree.  I still have been plugging along on my health journey but I will admit this Christmas season really was hard and I was pretty good until the end!  Then all hell broke loose along with my will power!  Man I already have been up and down for the past 3-4 months and really getting down over it.

I had reached the point where I almost gave up but then with the help of some family members and close friends I agreed I had come to far to quit!! and did I really want to buy new bigger cloths AGAIN…….NOT.  when  they became too big I gave them all away purposely so I wouldn’t gain back into them!  Does that make sense?

For different reasons some good some not I had almost quit my exercise routine totally but a few days a week if I was lucky!  Then I began getting stiff and sore  some joints didn’t want to move some bad pain setting in;  And then the big one!!  WEIGHT GAIN!!!

Yup you heard me I HAD GAINED WEIGHT!!  not one or two pounds but 8-10!!!  Holy Cow!!  yup this was it I was on a DOWNWARD SPIN BACK TO THE FAT ELF!!   Friends that scared me, I looked at that picture of me and thought what am I doing!!

Has this ever happened to any of you???  Do you remember how you felt?  What did you do??  Please tell me you pulled your big panties/briefs up and hit the road running again!!  Well I did just that and not many days ago!   Guilt, shame, embarrassed, a failure, you get the idea all these things above come rushing into your head and then the depression hits ya BAAMB!!    ok so now what!  well first I looked into my closet at the cloths and thought $$, I can’t do this again and toss all these nice cloths out for bigger ones!! no way man!!  Then I prayed for strength  ask my hubby to back me up,  by the way he was NOT for me quitting! and he could lose a few pounds himself  lol.

So we have to get a plan in place, prepare, prep, grocery shop etc. etc.  then the fun begins!  measure, track, and move!!!  Water, Water, Water!  And that ladies and gents is a tough one for me!  I’d rather have diet pop!  But I have been drinking flavored waters and that helps a lot, so hopefully it may help you!  just watch for sugar!  A definite no no!

Did I mention STRESS!   Well that was a big factor and still will be in my household!  Its called life and yes it will get in the way and blind your healthy site for sure!

With Momma, in the  nursing home with  problems and hubby with new health issues and appointments out of state its been pretty stressful;  and Im a stress eater!

News alert!  Working out is great for stress and weight loss;  It is for me at least!  at my lowest weight I was working out 5-6 days a week and drinking water!  toned, trim, and energy to boot!  And that’s folks is where my goal is today!  more water, workouts and healthy eating.  Sound good?  Sound hard?  Sound Impossible?  Is she for real?

YES, YES, AND YES!!! (no for not impossible). If you have the will you will find the way!

That is it for me now, and I wish you all the best of luck and healthy living this year!!  You can do it… you got this… never give up…..YOU give me strength to keep going!!!

ROCK ON!!!♥♥♥Healthy Living At Least Trying

 

 

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Another Day Another Egg

Rooster or Hen

Ok so I raised them all as chicks not knowing what they were yet until the day came to move them out the their new home “The Coolest Coop in town” The Coop Is Done

As time went by a few months I was wondering are these two beauties Roosters or hens?? Then one morning I heard a weird noise sorta like a crowing noise and yup!! The black and white one was a Rooster!!! Bummer! So I watched the other one and one day I could of swore it crowed also! That is until today I go out and hang out with the chicks and their in the coop sits this black and white one and next to that box a white hen sitting in her box. Hmm I thought what’s that crazy rooster doing!! Neither one would come out as I had treats with me so I left and came back 90 min later and both were gone and her lays one brown egg right where my so called rooster was sitting!!

And here she is I think it’s a she is sitting now! Go figure!! So this chicken Moma is on guard duty!

Happy Days at Yellow Banks Urban Homestead!

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The day has finally come

Months of chicken mothering

Today finally paid off!

After months of caring for little chicks day and night, feeding , watering, cleaning vents, cages and the endless supplies and food today was the day it all paid off with this “One Little Egg”

Sitting there all by its self in the nesting box wanting to be celebrated!!

So yes chicken Moma it all was worth it! I have bonded with all nine of them and even the Two Roosters!!

My first time raising urban chickens and I love every minute of it .

So stay tuned for further adventures at Yellow Banks Urban Homestead .

Ps. What come first the chicken or the egg???So You Want To Be A Chicken Moma

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Reusable Non-Paper Towels

Save money, Less Waste and Prettier!

Are you tired of wasting money on paper towels that you keep throwing away and buying again time after time! I’m ; I could use the money on fun craft items!

It’s been on my mind for about a year now and recently visiting some awesome fabric shops with my friends I found some really cool fabric for my paperless reusable Towels!! And it’s so easy to do!

Here is what you need.

. Cotton or cotton blend fabric for top

.Terry material or cotton fleece

. Thread, straight Pins, Sewing Machine, and some music to sew by!

I cut squares of 13×13 of too fabric and bottom fabric.

Pin together with right sides together. See around edge leaving an opening to turn, then sew all around the edge and sew an X across the middle of both sides.

I’ll be folding mine and putting in a cute wire basket with a bow next to my sink!!

That’s it’s! Eazy Peazzy!!

Make themes, Gifts, and Napkins too!! That’s my next project!!

Just some more natural ideas on this “Ol Urban Homestead ”

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Make A Plan

Well it’s been a while since I been on here and it’s been a busy time here on the homestead!

So busy that I’ve not been to the gym lately but I have been working outside a lot and using my workout machine so it’s not all bad!

How about you? What’s your plan? Do you slow down come summer or quit the gym and workout at home? I think its good either way as long as you don’t quit totally!! I also have some weights sitting near my chair to remind me to get lifting!! It’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs and that’s normal we all are going to have weeks with a gain ! We just have to shake it off and start new the next day believe me I know how easy it would be to just say who cares anymore I messed up so why try anyway!! Been there done that!

Gain 2 pounds, lose 3 and sometimes plateau for a month!! That was hard on me knowing I have only 30 pounds to go and man it’s been the hardest! But I’m NOT giving up I think about it this way ; where was a I a year ago? A lot lighter ! Well there you go so why throw in the towel when you have come this far and done so good ! See what I mean , Look at it from where you were and then where you would like to be!!

Have a plan make a strategy like what will you do when you have a gain ? What’s your plan? Write it down then go back to it when you need it. And you will need it , We all do!!

So pull up those big girl or guy pants and hang in there you come to far Baby!!

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Soggy Plants and Muddy Pants

Spring finally came but so did storms and too much rain!

Spring a time to plan and plant, watch your flowers bloom and start thinking about gardening along with what you want to plant for your fall harvest.

Thinking Spring Thing Fall also

First spring here in Illinois began with the new raised garden beds, new soil and new plants and seedlings but Mother Nature didn’t want to let go of winter and and had cool days and night and THEN came the rains and I mean down pours day after day!! At that point the seed had surfaced and little green plants growing well searching for the sun! All was going good until the second round of rains and more flooding ! My boxes were drenched for days yes they drained but slowly because the rain never stopped!! Flooding all around us as we live on the Mississippi and she has reminded us since May 1st that she is mightier than us!!

Road closings, Levees being built and reinforced. Now my plants are soggy and some droopy, But the weeds are still growing! Imagine that!! So out I go gloves,boots,tools, hat and spray for the Gnats are swarming every where!! So I pull the weed while I slap at the gnats while slinging mud on my face plus I’m getting bites everywhere!! So I don’t finish that day and slowly and sadly walk back to house muddy pants , muddy face and all and pray for sun the next day. So what do we do in this situation ?

Give up! NO! Can’t do that so much has been invested to grow and harvest your food ( and I think of the farmers not able to get their crops planted also). Word is already out that food prices will be going up due to all the crops not getting planted in the Midwest!

I held some seedlings back to plant later and letting them harden a while but it’s soon time to plant them also.

Change of plans had a sunny afternoon so I planted those puppies!! Next week we have 6 days of rain coming too! We have to keep trying and not give in so I will be planting some of my starts in containers that I can move around and get out of the rain so they are not drenched and hope for the best!

Another option would be if all else fails due to rain and storms would be stocking up on Dehydrated veggies and herbs from food storage type stores to to add to your pantry. We can’t plant meat but we can raise our own if possible or purchase from a non GMO farmer or meat market then freeze or can the meat! I have canned turkey with carrots and was delish!! Plus it’s handy to open and dump and heat to eat!

First Flooding

The garden after first storms

Now at the time of this writing the plants have grown little and all is soggy and muddy and their are no bottoms in the boxes just landscape fabric maybe that was my problem! But this is an unusually rainy season!

on a good note I made some garden markers out of old silverware for the garden plants!

I painted them then sealed with a spray glaze and put them in appropriate places! Not bad

So all is done but a few garden plants so now weed and pray!

Chickens are growing and doing fine despite the gnats!

All is busy but rewarding at YellowBanks Urban Homestead🌻

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Thinking Spring Thing Fall also

Seems like springtime and we’re all rushing around planting buying flowers seeds and springy items! But now is the time to think of Fall also. Like what did you plant that maybe didn’t do well or what you would like to try this year.

In the Fall were all harvesting and canning, dehydrating or freezing our good so by thinking of what you want this fall to put up we have to plan for it! Like buying jars, seal bags, freezer bags and don’t forget to check your dehydrator that it still functions! I’m not the only one thinking Fall I noticed all the stores had their canning supplies out so check out your jar supplies and tools you need to do it.

For those of you who never dehydrated I will share a few recipes for you!

1). Dehydrating Jalapeños: First Gather them up wash in cool water , Then Alice them leaving them whole seeds and all you will have a circle , I slice mine about 1/4-1/2 inch thick .

Then arrange them flat on each tray of you dehydrator and use the clear trays so the seed don’t fall into the motor.

I set the heat on med/high and it takes about 2-3 days for mine, then I bag them in a sealer or place in jars being sure they are dry! That’s it! Great for chili or tacos in the winter!

2). Dehydrating Tomatoes, I pick around 2 pounds and rinse them well and slice thin, thin I say and lay the slices flat on the clear tray because they will stick awful to the screen trays!

These take about 2-4 days depending how you sliced them.

Once totally dry I grind mine up with a stone pestle till fine then put into small jar. The powder can be reconstituted with a little water if you want paste or I just dump some into soups and stews, taco meat, roast, about where ever you want some tomato flavor!! Not as much bulk at all and great for small spaces like me!! So that’s it just plan ahead to prepare! Enjoy!

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Family Helping Reach Goals

Family time working together to help with self-sustaining goals.

Still working on the coop and fencing for run area, and must say it was great having family helping us and all working together for a common goal!

I never felt so proud of them all stepping up to the plate helping their parents meet our goal with the gardens and chicken preparations plus we have fun teasing each other, and listening to them teach each other or give guidance and help, makes me smile thinking we did something right! Our Third son made a gate with all refurbished wood and his added little touches! He’s a true junkie red neck!

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The inside coop is done all but a plug in and other son will finish that up this week plus he built the nesting boxes and walk ramp. Everyone had a hand in the projects from first son to last with garden boxes to fencing; A good day for us all and pizza for the hungry crew!

Mamas eggs are still in the incubator and will be hatching .

One hatched 2 Days ago now waiting for some more baby’s to keep my little one company! A few finishing touches and things to get ready!

update on chicks!  My 2 little ones passed and now have 6 new ones waiting to get big enough to move outside and when weather cooperates!

Feed, bedding, water and food containers, light, to keep babies warm for they will be inside house till it warms up more here plus get a little bigger.

This is a new adventure a long time coming for me and I couldn’t be more excited having a little touch of farm life or another step towards more self-sustainment in our little urban homestead!

Back to the gardening; I have starts to transplant to larger containers now and within a few weeks can harden off and transfer to garden boxes!  Thanks to Mary’s Heirloom Seeds!   And I have starts coming up in the garden now from Marys seeds also!

I did plant some seeds this week such as lettuce, sugar snap peas, and one row of green beans.

My goal is to plant only what we can eat, can, dehydrate and freeze! Along with kitchen herbs and some medicinal herbs. It’s a great feeling when you can grow and produce your own food!

What are you all growing this year? Mine will be Tomatoes, Green Beans, Potatoes, Green Peppers, Garlic, Cucumbers, onions, and Herbs.

Having said all this leads me to where are all my supplies to get this all done?! Well I must admit mine are all over!! So it’s time to organized these tools for canning and more in one place and don’t forget the jars and supplies for dehydrating and freezing. It’s so much easier to have these similar supplies together for when they will be needed! Check, goal accomplished plus this way you will know what you need to purchase prior to harvesting your food.

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So planning and setting goals to accomplish makes life a little easier plus when the family comes together to help makes it all worth it and a little entertainment!

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All electrical in coop is finished all left to do is paint out side, chicks to young and too cold yet to be out but maybe my 3 bigger ones in a week or two . So now more planting to do plus some of my first seeds planted are up such as sugar snap peas, lettuce, green beans and that’s it for now. yard decorations a few to do!

Happy Spring Planning🌱🐓

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Awesome Moisturizing Exfoliant/Mask

All Natural Skin Care With Essential Oils and Dried Harvested Lavender.

 

A great skin care product that uses all natural ingredients and easy to make that you can use as a  Exfoliant and or mask, Plus the skin benefits from the essential oils! which makes this a three for one easy to use regime!

As you know their are so many skin care products on the market and have a list of ingredients that you can’t even produce or chemicals that you wouldn’t want on your face so why not try something natural.  I will say if you look, their are some that are now beginning to use some natural essential oils .  The use of essential oils such as lavender, geranium, neroli, rosemary and rose are none historic anti-aging choices for mature skin, and frankincense, carrot see, and helichrysum rejuvenate skin by encouraging the formation of new skin cells.  Herbs such as Gota kilt and emollient herbs like marshmallow and comfrey.

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Natural Exfoliant/Mask.                             Pkm

Because this lady here is of a mature age I will be making my recipe to us ladies happy and smooth skin!  It is a great product to use for people who work out side a lot  to to exfoliate all the debris and clogged pores removing all the gunk from our face and not to mention exposure to the sun!  With the great essential oils that are so helpful  for skin rejuvenation, promote skin cell growth, help with wrinkles, removes dead skin cells,  skin problems, and the massaging the face as your washing also helps with circulation in the face.  So what do you get a healthy glowing soft clean skin!  I know there are things we can’t stop with aging, But we can at least try our best to take care of our skin plus it won’t be so bad when we really get older!

It’s not  something we have to do everyday but at least 2-3 times a week especially if you have oily skin or out in the environment working around dirt, dust or chemicals,  But my thinking why not at least every other day.  So let’s do this!  It is so simple and fun to make.

Ingredients you will need:   Oatmeal (dry), cornmeal (dry) , essential oils,  a food chopper, glass jars with lids.

  • 2 cups of dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of dry cornmeal
  • carrot seed essential oil
  • 1 cup dried Lavender Buds
  • peppermint essential oil

Mix the oatmeal and cornmeal together  then pour into food blender/chopper and blend till almost fine leaving some chucks of oatmeal,  Pour 1/2 of that into a bowl, Then add the dried Lavender buds and blend together.  Now add that to the bowl and stir all together.

Now it’s time to add the Essential Oils!

  • 20 drops of carrot seed oil
  • 7 drops of peppermint oil

 

Transfer blended mix into clean jars and apply lids!  Thats It!  so easy and smells so good.

How to use it:

Moisten your face and add enough water to a  tablespoon of powder or so and apply to moist face and gently scrub around avoiding your eyes;  You can even leave it on for 10 min for a mask.

 Just play around and have fun with it and you will feel invigorated and relaxed from the oils!

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Keep Fighting The Fight

Staying Strong In Your Journey

Don’t throw in the towel! Don’t give in! Believe me I know its tough and their WILL be road blocks and bumps to sway you off course , But you have to stay the course shake it off and move on. You want to reach your goal right? Right! Me too! And I have had plenty of obstacles making my journey rough and rocky! Heck we all have! Food is the necessary evil and it’s everywhere!! The good , The bad and The ugly!! We as humans have to have it to survive BUT its what we have that will sustain and maintain our health, like the right choices, amounts and the ways it is prepared! We’re getting complicated now huh! Yup how our food is prepared can make or break our healthy choices.

For instance

Added Oils, sugar, butter, nuts, shortening, and many more!

This all will make you slip right off your health journey!

I’m not saying their all bad, but we have to plan them in moderation when we do! And eating out can be a night mare for healthy food choices!! How do we know what they add to prepare or addition to! I do know some sit down restaurants will omit oils and such if you ask them too or bring them on the side for you to distribute. Just plan your eating out wisely and ahead of time to do the best you can.

Another warning is the drinks and desserts!! Of course water is the best and safest option and then unsweetened drinks and no wine is sweet! Sorry but like I said you can plan for it! Nothing is ever forbidden if you work and plan for it. One other obstacle that may be rough for you is the company you eat with such as spouse, partner, family, friends, and coworkers! Yup you heard me right! It’s not that they don’t care or love you it’s just they forget , don’t know or that they DO Love you! Crazy huh!

Think about it didn’t a grandma always cook you a scrumptious meal and dessert to show her love for you?! See where I’m coming from? Then theirs some who want to test you or see you fail they either don’t care or want the old fun you to eat everything so they don’t feel guilty or intimidated !!! It happens man!!

Aww come on just this time!!

Well little do they understand that this just one time may just be enough for you to give in AND give up!! Also maybe they need to get healthy and won’t and don’t want you to either!! That’s happened to me a lot! Misery loves company!!

Sometimes we just may have to bite the bullet and BS and just tell them how you feel (nicely) and ask for their support in your health journey, especially if your like me and have done this healthy eating thing millions of times! Let them know your serious and would appreciate their support! It’s your life not theirs and if they love you and want you around then they will get it, and maybe it will be a wake up call for them too!

It was that way for my hubby and some family members. Be strong and fight for what you want!💪

So don’t ,I say DON’T ! throw in the towel!!

You are worth it and anything worth it is worth fighting for!!

Ok so what do we do in a weak moment or times when you DO feel like giving up for any reasons? Birds of a feather stick together!! Right? Right!!

It’s time to re-evaluate your course have you been on cruise control and too comfortable? Well let’s shake this show up!!

Time to tweek your plan, food shopping, your goals, and your Honesty!! How? you might say.

Well it’s a health journey right and you want to stay strong right? well let’s make a plan a mini goal you might say .

Write down the foods you know that you can have or want that will help you reach your goal. (diet) hate that word! But you get that!

Get rid of all trigger or unhealthy foods! Like cookies, candy, anything that triggers you ! You know like the M&Ms where you can’t eat a serving of 6 But eat the whole damn bag!! That’s a trigger food my friend! Mine is those darn frosted soft sugar cookies!!

Inform your significant other and family of your intentions to get healthy and would appreciate their support! Just do it you will feel better and not have to explain your decision constantly !

Go Shopping for your healthy foods!! This is the fun part! You’ve wrote them down now go out and get’em but stick to your list and please don’t go hungry, eat before you grocery shop!

Now if your anything like me once you get home , If your hubby or whoever, is like mine and isn’t on a healthy journey or not as strong as you please keep Your food in a different cupboard! Like your crackers , salad dressing, ketchup , low cal snacks etc because when they get hungry man they WILL eat it!! Of course you both need fresh fruit and veggies and I-either make my own wheat bread or buy light breads oh and I will tell you I did not give up my butter! I refuse to eat that plastic margarine!! Yuk! I just eat a serving unlike in past times 1-2 Tablespoons of it!

I also read and get ideas for recipes on line like healthy girl, WW and health magazines all have good ideas. I include all the food plan choices , meat, veggies, fruits, healthy oils and carbs but I choose to eat those in moderation they tend to bloat me bad! AND Water,Water ,Water! Fruit juices have sugar and or fructose! Pop I rarely do and feel better for it, I prefer ice tea, and occasionally crystal light, and love my flavored waters!! Crystal Ice! All SF also.

I mentioned earlier I plan on times when I want to eat out or have a special treat like a piece of BD cake, Anniversary, things like that! What I do is really watch what I eat the day before and do a few more exercises or longer walk the day before, of and after, I try to work out daily anyway so what’s a little longer! If not daily at least 3-4 days a week! Honestly in the summer if I’m working in the yard hot and heavy and a lot of steps in,then I will not workout, I feel I already got it man!! Little hint I love wearing the i watch and fit bands to help you track your activity. (check this link out lastly for more info and recipes)

Healthy Living At Least Trying

So what are you thinking? You got this! Don’t throw in the towel ! It’s not easy but not hard if you have a plan and some support, sure you will have rough days and rocky road heck we all do BUT stop and think about it don’t you want to meet your goal, lose weight, get stronger, live longer, maybe get off medications, Insulin, new cloths and not to mention Energy!! You get it?? Theirs more reason to do it than not to do it!!! Do it for YOU!! That’s the key folks not him , her, parents, kids, But YOU!! YOU Matter! YOUR HEALTH MATTERS!!

This was my reason! My health and not being able to walk much or do many activities.

My before and So Far!

I have not reached my goal yet for I have 30-35# to go and this last bit of weight has been the toughest for me ! But I’m not giving up I will continue to fight this fight till the end💪

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