Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Bunch of Randomness & Word Prints from Pinterest!

Owe, what a night!! We have a "Chore Score Board" for Quinton, every time he does a chore or has a clean room when he goes to bed at night, he earns a sticker. Each time he fills a row with stickers he gets a choice of a prize, a new toy/video game, or a special night with either me or my husband (due to Dennis' broken leg he has been sleeping on the couch so he can prop his leg up on the couch arm)....Anyways, last night Quinton picked that he wanted a special night and he wanted to spend it with his brother Jasper and  me....So I'm sure you can imagine how little sleep I had last...But it is a chore system that works wonders in this house and makes the boys feel special, so it's all worth it in the long run.

For today I don't have a post or video that took a lot of time to put together. What I do have is a post of some of my favorite printable quotes from Pintrest, (click here to visit my "prints and poster" board) also with each print I have the link back to the original web page from which I pinned from by clicking the (click here) under each quote.

Hope you all enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!!
God Bless,
Jacque Heaton

Friday, February 28, 2014

Short Biography Of Me

I have been doing a lot of reflecting lately on my life, from birth until now. Maybe because I try to put myself in my boys' shoes and to see life through there eyes. Maybe because for the first time in years I have had a clarity of mind do to the lack of pain. It is so amazing how pain can alter a person. In my reflections I see so many different parts of who I was and how each part is a piece of the puzzle that makes up my life and who I am today.
Me age 3
Like many people out there, I have had a life of many struggles, growing up in the lower class, my parents divorced when my siblings and I were very young. I, being the oldest, was only 8, my sister 5 and my brother 3. I felt so much responsibility towards my younger siblings, like I was their second mom. Not saying that my mom was bad, in fact she is one of the strongest women I know. She did the very best by us in every way that she could and I am very grateful to her for that. But she was a single mom and at times, worked 2 or even 3 jobs. So a lot did fall to me. This piece is what makes me so strong willed today, and I will admit, I like to have control in most areas of my life. There are many times I have to sit back and remind myself that I'm not the one in charge or that not everything has to be planned out and done exactly so.
The 3 of us at the San Diego Zoo: 1988

My elementary years were difficult, I have dyslexia, and it was very hard for me to read out loud. On the other hand, given almost any book that I could read on my own, and I would become completely lost in it. Books were my escape from the difficulties of life. I was a self-conscious child, if in a room full of strangers I was an instant wall flower. Yet, with my friends I was happy go lucky, energetic and at times simply off the wall. But those friends were few, and the best anyone could have.  Today I am still one who, although no longer a wall flower, does still tend to sit back and observe situations, or people before becoming fully engaged.

Next was Jr. High. The years I wish I could erase from my mind. They were very dark years, full of self-worthlessness, bullies, and the beginning of my self-medication. If I wasn't high off of weed, I was drunk. I had to escape the world that was around me. I couldn't handle it on my own. The thoughts of suicide were often in my mind. Now when I see someone, young or old dealing with the same situations, I am able to know where they are coming from. I understand the drunk or the druggy. I have my story to give them hope.

High school was better, I had good friends, and the bullying was finally over. I had an understanding of who I was....unfortunately it was all about the party. I couldn't stand high school and aside from my handful of best friends that I went to school with, the majority of the people I hung out with were no longer in school. I truly believe it was a miracle that I even graduated. Now as a stay at home mom, and part time college student, want to do my best. I want to do it for me to prove to myself that I can, and to show my children that you can do anything once you put your whole heart into it.

My early adult years were absolutely terrifying, I had, by this time, became Wiccan. To explain this in a nut shell, I was playing with "white magic" or "good magic." We played with tarot cards, and Ouija boards and other things that went along with that. I know some people will think that this is weird or harmless, but it isn't, especially the way we were about it. I got in it too deep, and the more I tried to save myself from it, the worst it became. The partying became more and more, it was as if I was standing on the side lines watching in horror as I threw my life away. It is amazing how easy it is to be over taken and not know how to stop it. I have great compassion for anyone in this state of life.
My Besty and Me!
My Honey and I: Our Dating Years
I know this can sound like such a cliché, but when I was 20 years old, I decided to become a Christian, and a Pentecostal at that, it was the first time in my life that I felt like "ME." I felt real, and alive, I had the self-worth that I had been seeking up to this point. For the first time ever I had hope and despite all the trials life had given me, I had a feeling of forgiveness that overcame the bitterness which had filled my heart. Now just because I was on a path of living for God didn't mean my life was instantly perfect for "he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."(Matthew 5:45 King James Version). The difference now is that I see each trial I go through has a purpose, and at the end of it victory. A beautiful gem doesn't come straight out of the ground perfect, it needs to be cleaned, cut and polished. I may be a diamond in the rough, but I am still a diamond, and God sees what my potential is and what I will become. A heart full of patches is still a full heart!

As God was patching up my wounded heart, He also patched up a relationship that I had given up on, my relationship with my father. Which now, just like my mom, my sister and my brother, is a bond that I am ever so grateful for. Not to mention that my boys absolutely adore their Papa Daryl!
My Dad ( AKA: Papa Daryl) and my boys.
Even through the last 3 years have been the most difficult times (health wise), I am able to look back in awe and astonishment at how far I have come. Life will always give you mountains and valleys (trials and tribulations), the valleys may be hard and the climb to the top of the mountain may be exhausting, you may stumble, or fall, you may endure cuts, bruises and scars. When you reach that mountain top the view is miraculous and worth it all. While you are up there, make sure you look to the next mountain, so while you are going down to the valley, through the valley and up the next mountain, you will have an understanding that victory is at the end and you will be that much closer to your final destination.  

My sister and brother in lay on their
wedding day.

My Goofy Brother, whom I seem to have
 no normal pictures of.
My beautiful mom and sister with Quinton
2013 Family Portrait
I now look at my life as it is today, I have my amazing family, my health, my self-worth, and goals, I give God all the glory for it!

Thank you for taking the time to read my testimony.
God Bless,
Jacque Heation

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Natural Laundry Softener

This one is just far too easy not to know how to do! And again a major money saver!

Just 2 indigence:
1 Part Salt 
3 Parts Distilled White Vinegar

I've recycled an empty lemon bottle.
Use this the same amount as you would your normal fabric softener.
It works wonderful, super cheap, and doesn't effect my family's sensitive skin.
Happy Washing!!

God Bless,
Jacque Heaton

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How To Make Quinoa Flour: w/ Videos and Container Label Printables

The day before yesterday I went to buy Quinoa Flour and I was put into shock!! They wanted $14 for one pound! Well there was No Way I was going to pay that and figured that I could make it myself. I went home and did some research and this is what I came up with:

Part One: Toasting
(listen for the popping sound)

Part 2: Blending into flour
Sift the four and re blend what will not sift for a finer flour 
I first tried doing this in my food possessor, but it was taking way too long, so I tried it out in the blender and it worked perfectly!!

The quinoa I buy organic and is about $4.99 a pound when you buy it in bulk at Winco Foods. There are a few different kinds of quinoa, the one I chose with the basic white as it is my favorite.
I have yet to bake with it, but I will be posting that once I am able:

For your printing pleasure here are the labels I made:
(I printed mine out on aged paper, hence the color difference)

Hope you all enjoyed the post!
God Bless,
Jacque Heaton

Monday, February 24, 2014

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Carrot and Butternut Squash Soup IBS Friendly!

As you all have seen, I have been making all my FODMAP meals in bulk and freezing them. Right now I have a variety of 5 different meals....and it was getting quite boring. So after looking up a few recipes, a lot of which I knew I wouldn't like, I came across a carrot and butternut squash soup. The original recipe was not IBS friendly but it sounded so good I thought I would try a modified IBS version. It wasn't quite a hit with my husband, Dennis, or my eldest son, Quinton, but Jasper and I loved it! And since they didn't like it that means more for me!!

3 tbsp. Onion Olive Oil 
4 Large Chopped Carrots
1 Large Cubed Butternut Squash
1 16 oz. Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1 Cup Almond Milk

Directions for Onion Olive Oil:
1 bottle of your favorite Olive Oil.
5 Sliced Onions
1. Heat the pan with the olive oil to a medium heat.
2. When hot, add the onion (this will pop and splatter so be careful)
3. Saute the onions until they are iridescent.
4. Strain onion from the oil, and let the oil cool.
5. Pour the oil back into it's bottle and relabel the bottle so you can tell it apart from the regular oil.
6. This works for IBS because it only transfers the flavor of the onion to the oil not the the part that irritates the stomach.

Directions for Carrot and Butternut Squash Soup:
1. In a pan add 3 tbsp. Onion Olive Oil, Chopped Carrots and Cubed Butternut Squash.
2. Saute for about 10 minutes or until the carrots and squash are slightly mushy
3. In a pot add the chicken broth, bring to a boil, and turn down to a simmer.
4. Add the Onion Olive Oil, Chopped Carrots and Cubed Butternut Squash to the pot.
(I didn't add and seasoning, if you want to add in some #4 is when you would want to add it)
5. Let it all simmer for 40 minutes.
6. Take half the indigence from the pot and blender it to a desired texture.
7. Repeat with the second half.
8. Add the 1 Cup Almond Milk.
9. Bring back up to a simmer for 5 minutes.
10. Let it set a bit and cool down and it is ready to serve!

This served my family of 4 and gave me 3 servings that I bagged for the freezer.

Hope you all enjoy!
God Bless,
Jacque Heaton