Saturday, February 22, 2014

Homemade Soft Scrub!

If you haven't figured it out by now, you will soon learn, that I love anything that works well and saves me money! Another thing you will fined, I love baking soda, Dawn Dish Soap, Distilled Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar, lemon, Borax, and Salt! They are cheap, in almost every home and when you run out of a cleaner, instead of having to run to the store, you walk on over to your pantry.

For today's post here is another one of my favorites: Homemade Soft Scrub


3 cups baking soda
3 tbs Dawn Dish Soap
1 cup water
1 Air Tight Container

First pour in the baking soda (this is your "scrub")

Next add the Dish Soap

Gently pour in the water, you don't want to create suds.

Gently stir and mix.

You want it about the thickness of a paste.

Seal it tight when you're not using it and it will be ready next time you need it.

A great thing about this....If it dries up just add water to it and stir all up again.

Thank you all for stopping by and happy cleaning!
God Bless,
Jacque Heaton

Friday, February 21, 2014

Triphala...Move over Miralax!!

I am going to have to give my sister, Lizzy, all the credit for this post. We have been finding that our 30's have proven how we are definitely related to each other in the form of our similar aliments lol.

In past IBS posts, I have mentioned how much Miralax has helped me, however I was still having some issues with not being able to "go" everyday. While on the phone with my sister a few weeks back, she recommended Triphala, as it has worked really well for her. As soon as I got off the phone with her I put in my order to Organic India (click here for the link to their home page!) (Click here to go straight to the Triphala page)
In just 2 days after placing my order, I found a little box at my door!! I was happily surprised at how quickly my order showed up. Now, my sister has been using this for about 6 months and what she does is take 2 in the morning and is able to go by around noon. I, on the other hand, have only been doing this for almost 2 weeks and have found that taking 1 in the morning and 2 at night is what works for me. So it will work differently from person to person.

For the information here is a snip it I took from Organic India's Triphala page:

Now remember nothing is a miracle pill. You still have to continue to eat lots of fiber and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. I'm not big on just plain water and I love my green tea and LOCAL honey! I first make the tea let it cool to 100 degrees or less (but not cold as it makes the honey harder to dissolve). You don't want the tea hotter then 100 because it will kill off all the good stuff that makes honey so good for you. Also make sure it is local organic honey, local bees collect from the plants around you and helps acclimate you to your surroundings, especially allergy sufferers. Then I add some Stevia in the Raw for extra sweetness.

Note: Honey is on the "No No" list of things you are not suppose to have when on the FODMAP diet, but I have found that it is not one of my triggers.

I can never stress enough for you to keep your doctor involved in all IBS issues and make sure that this is not something that is incompatible with other medications you may be taking!

God Bless, 
Jacque Heaton

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Home Made Laundry Detergent, with Video Tutorial

I know I have posted about Laundry Detergent before (link here). But I have changed up the recipe a little bit and I have added a video tutorial showing just how easy and so incredibly affordable!! It works better than any I have bought in the store and works great for my family with sensitive skin.

Home Made Laundry Detergent

This is only my second video, it's better than the first but hopefully they will be getting better!

Click the picture below to print the recipe:  

God Bless,
Jacque Heaton

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Coupons: The closest you will get to printing money!

I am huge on coupons, it's how my family not only survives but does it in style, with good nutritious foods. It's the closest you will ever get to legally print money!!

There are many different kinds of ways to coupon. I mainly use these five different kinds:

1. Clipping!
The Sunday paper has some of the best coupons that I can find, makes the paper pay for themselves and saves you a ton!

All You Magazine 
(not only do you get to clip the coupons out of the actual  monthly magazine, you can print them off the web site as well)

2. Printing coupons from coupon web sights (Click the site to link to them)
Cool Savings
Common Kindness (this is great for whole foods)
Grocery Coupon Cart
Inbox Dollars

Smart Source
Cellfire (this is both a printer and a reward card loader)
Mommy Saves Big
Quality Health

Some Stores have their own coupons that you can stack!
Target add it with their smart phone app: Cartwheel
A lot of brands will have coupons on their own websites:
Nature Made
Betty Crocker
3M Post-It
Cheerios: General Mills

3. Loading coupons onto your reward cards (Click the site to link to them)
Saving Star (they will pay you to shop)
4. Emailing companies, a lot of them will send you both free samples and coupons. These websites have great lists and links of companies that you can email:
Free Coupons
Bargain Blessings
Cleverly Simple

5. Making money for coupons!
Inbox Dollars:


Checkout 51:

How do I get the best out of my coupons?
Make sure you use them before their expiration date. Create a coupon binder or some form of organization for your coupons. It is always better to combine them with an in store sale. Create a form of shopping list that helps you keep track of your coupons and sales. Here is an example of what I have set up:
(You can click on the picture to see it better)

 Here are some links to blogs I use to match-up my coupons with sales and also have far better tutorials than I could ever give on everything couponing (These sites are how I learned how to coupon so I feel they deserve the credit!)
Queen Bee Coupons
A Thrifty Mom
Coupon Divas
Passion for Savings
Coupon Mom
Hip 2 Save

If you have anything you would like to see added to this post, or if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

God Bless,
Jacque Heaton

Monday, February 17, 2014

Apple Chicken Gluten Free Pasta

This is another great dish that is really easy to make only takes one pot (if you already have your meat cooked)
  • 2 boxes of Barilla Gluten Free Penne Pasta
  • 1 jar of Old World Style
  • 2 Jars of Chunky, Tomato, Garlic and Onion
  • (you can change it up if your stomach is able to tolerate more)
  • 1 Large Can of  Lindsay Olives Whole
  • 1 Small Can of Lindsay Olives Chopped
  • 1 Large Bag of Frozen Broccoli
  • 4 Brest Worth of Shredded Apple Chicken 
  • (Click Here to see how to make the Super Easy Apple Chicken)

  1. Boil the pasta to the directions on the box.
  2. Drain the pasta and let it sit in the strainer for just a bit.
  3. Pore the sauce into the pot and let it start to simmer.
  4. Add in the frozen broccoli and olives and bring it back up to a simmer.
  5. Add in the chicken and again bring it up to a simmer.
  6. Put the pasta back in and mix it all together.

I like to make a lot of this at once because my family loves it, they end up piling a mountain of Parmesan Cheese and mix it all in. I can't do the cheese, so I eat it as is and I love it!  
Then of course there are the left overs!! I bag them up in quart size freezer bags, about the size of a burrito, so they are perfectly sized portions.
Always wait to freeze tomato sauce until it is completely cooled off. As you don't want to shock the tomatoes giving it a weird flavor. And there you go I fed my family of 4 and now have 8 more meals in the freezer!
When un-freezing, I like to put the bag in hot water to thaw them out so they can fit in my bowls.

Money Saver!!!
  • (All was bought on sale and combined with coupons)
  • 2 boxes of Barilla Gluten Free Penne Pasta = $0.75 each
  • 1 jar of Old World Style
  • 2 Jars of Chunky, Tomato, Garlic and Onion =$0.85 each
  • 1 Large Can of  Lindsay Olives Whole=$0.25
  • 1 Small Can of Lindsay Olives Chopped=$0.25
  • 1 Large Bag of Frozen Broccoli=$1.00
  • 4 Chicken Brest all natural free range =$1.88 a pound 

Putting my total coast before taxes at =$13.57!!!

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God Bless,
Jacque Heaton

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Hug Song; One of my absolute favorite songs!!!

This is such a wonderful song that always puts a smile on my face. It was written by Zia Mohajerjasbi. I want this song played at my memorial service 100 years from now.

This is quoted from the video's You Tube page:
In Loving Memory of a Dear Friend: Rebequa Murphy

This was originally made in her honor last February for a memorial service.

Written and Directed by: Zia Mohajerjasbi
DP: Marty Martin

Enjoy and have a blessed Sunday!!!

God bless,
Jacque Heaton