June 9, 2009

A Plug, Some Shortcuts, and Adequate Fiber Intake

I am eagerly awaiting the UPS man. Why? Because I just started selling Creative Memories and my kit is on its way! I'm so excited! First of all, who doesn't love to get a package delivered?
I decided to start selling Creative Memories because I love their products. I've never really wanted to get into traditional scrapbooking because of all the 'stuff' that it takes to do it. I know myself, so I know that I would feel compelled to own every color of paper and every cutter they make. Plus, I don't really have a 'space' that I could designate as a scrapbooking area in my house. The kids would be messing with all my stuff and I don't see myself having the time to get it all done in one sitting.
Then, I discovered the new digital scrapbooking program, Storybook Creator Plus.
Seriously. This is the answer to all of my scrapbooking problems. The price of the program is actually reasonable when you factor in all the supplies it would take to make a traditional scrapbook. Then, you can download different page designs, papers, and embellishments to make an unlimited assortment of things. I am hooked. Many of the downloads are free, or you can pay anywhere from $3.95 and up for them. Either way, you can use them over and over, as many times as you want. No more having to worry about running out of paper or adhesives or your cutters getting dull. Plus, you can sit down at your computer and work on a page for whatever time you have, without having to set up a bunch of things, clear off a table, or have anything to put away when you're done. Creative Memories found a way of taking all of the things that kept me from scrapbooking out of the equation.
And I'm just getting started...
The above picture I made from the program. Once it was finished, I discovered some ways to make the next one even better. This was my mom's present for Mother's Day, in a 12x12 frame.
So, anyone interested in any Creative Memories products or even just to ask questions, go ahead and email me at ruralsuburbanhousewife (AT) gmail (DOT) com. Okay, I'm done with the plugs.
So, about a few other things I've been up to....
Now, we're all about saving money these days, are we not? I think I've shared this before, but I have to tell you that I just made my SECOND batch of homemade laundry detergent and I'm tickled pink! I follow the recipe as directed, only I immediately use a funnel and pour mine into three old Tide bottles that I kept. I still let it sit for 24 hours, and I just give the bottle a good shake before I use it. That takes care of most of the clumps or separation that can occur when the consistency changes. It seems to work really well for my clothes and I've had no complaints. I used a really yummy smelling soap, but the smell all but goes away completely in the detergent. That's fine. I've also learned how to make my own fabric softener and I can still make my clothes smell any way that I want.
I estimate that I am saving around 20-30 dollars a month with just these two things. And my laundry seems to be just as clean. It's actually really easy to do and so worth it! That's one money-saving shortcut that I just had to share again!
Something else that has been on my mind lately is fiber intake. (DUDE...I'M OLD NOW!!!) Not really, but I have recently realized the importance of getting enough fiber in your diet. I didn't really understand how LITTLE fiber I was getting until I started keeping track of it. My goal is 25-30 grams of fiber a day and I can proudly say that I actually do eat that much. I just had to start paying attention to how much fiber is in the things I buy. My snacks all have fiber in them. I found a line of bread that has a ton of fiber in it without being 'grainy.' My whole family is eating a lot more fiber now.
Granted, there are some...*clearing throat* SIDE EFFECTS from increasing your fiber intake that cannot be ignored. Let's just say that the first couple of weeks you'll want to always be in a well-ventilated area when you're around other people. And, don't get too far from a restroom! Now, they say that you shouldn't just jump up to the amount of fiber you should be getting right away. They say to do it gradually. But, I just didn't think I had the brainpower to remember to add five more grams to my diet every few days. I'm sort of an 'all or nothing' type of gal and I just decided to GO FOR IT. The first few days, the gas pains were so bad that I was sure I HAD BEEN STABBED. I've had three kids, so abdominal pain isn't something that really bothers me...so long as I know the cause!
I also discovered that things that CLAIM to be high in fiber often are NOT. You really have to read labels. People are taking fiber supplements like crazy but could usually get more fiber from a bowl of All-Bran or an apple! Seriously! I am LOVING my All-Bran these days! I have stocked my pantry with snacks that are chock-full of fiber and I just sort of do the math as I eat each meal. I even have my kids hooked on Fiber One bars! (But I only allow them each one per day, if that, for obvious reasons....)
Anyhow, those are the happenings around these parts! Have a wonderful day!

1 comment:

Tanya said...

Kudos for making your own detergent - okay, I'll admit I'm too chicken to do that - but making my own fabric softener - why didn't I think of that?! Gotta try that, because we don't buy it that often anyway.