Sunday, March 9, 2014

Oil Pulling Challenge - Day Two

WooHoo!!  Today went much better.  I decided instead of trying to do the full 20 minutes in one sitting, to break it up into two 10 minute segments.  Guess what - I did it!!!!  My gag reflex is not getting the best of me!

I am so excited!!  After I complete the challenge each day, my mouth is feeling so wonderful!!  My teeth feel so smooth, not gritty - I just feel good about the whole thing.  I am so glad that I have taken up this challenge.  To do something positive for myself, I certainly can't go wrong.  If nothing more than the positive thinking, it is well worth it!!  I look forward to seeing if I notice anything further as the week progresses.

One thing I want to try -but will wait until next week is adding the peppermint oil.  I want to test to see if there is any real difference with or without it.  I love peppermint, so I am sure it will be a positive.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Oil-Pulling Challenge - Day 1

So, did you decide to take the challenge?  I hope you did.  This will be fun if we have more people.

I made my trip to Wal-Mart and bought some unrefined organic coconut oil today.  I didn't realize that it solidified - very interesting.  You learn something new every day!!!!  It also smells quite fabulous - that is if you like coconut - and I do!!

So this should not be too hard, should it?  OK, got my spoonful and proceeded to melt it in my mouth.  Taste was not bad - so far so good!!!  I set my timer and was going about my chores for the morning.  All was going pretty good - - until - - my dreaded gag reflex!!!  My gag reflex is horrible.  I really tried to not think about it; I even tried to adjust my breathing.  It got the best of me!!!

I lasted about 5 minutes.

That was not even half way!!  UGH!!!

So I spit it out (in the trash can.  You don't want to spit down the drain as this stuff will solidify and you will get clogged drains!)  The after taste was not too bad - pretty good actually.  But remember, you need to brush your teeth to finish cleaning.

That was not the end of though.  I decided to try it again a little later.  This time was even worse than the first - only about 2 1/2 minutes!!!  What am I gonna do????

I am not giving in.  I am going to keep going - try again tomorrow.  So until then - see ya later!!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Oil Pulling Challenge: Non-craft related!!

OK, so blog hopping today I ran across an interesting post about an Oil Pulling Challenge - this caught my attention!  What is this all about?  What is it for?

Well, according to what I have looked at, Oil Pulling is a way to remove toxins, in this case from the mouth - and of course our mouth is one area of our bodies that is loaded with bacteria.  So, doesn't it make sense to pull the toxins from your mouth?

To do this, a person is supposed to put a spoonful of cold-pressed oil in their mouth and swish it around for 15-20 minutes & then spit it out.  Yeah, you read that right!!! - 15 - 20 minutes!!!  That does sound quite icky!  From what I can gather, many people use coconut oil, and it is said that this oil isn't as bad tasting as it seems.  No, it does not taste like coconuts necessarily, but isn't as gross as we think oil should be.  No matter, after you swish and spit, you need to brush your teeth just like you normally do to clean your mouth.  This removes any lingering bacteria.  Don't forget to brush your tongue as well.

I know, you're still thinking that swishing oil is just simply disgusting!!!  You will have that greasy feeling in your mouth - all over your teeth and tongue.  Many posts I have read say this is not the case, but I will have to be the judge of that for myself.  Yes, I am a sucker and will try most anything!!!

So, what am I expecting to gain from this?  Besides the fact that they say toxins will be removed (and removing toxins fights off all those bugs we pass around), there are other reported benefits; and again, I will have to see just what it does for me.  Some of those reported benefits include a cleaner mouth (because the oil picks up the bacteria), whiter teeth, reducing plaque - even helping to stop any decay (some say rebuilding the structure).  There are even reports that it helps with migraines and other aches and pains.

Now, I have also seen where people say it is an urban legend - but basically that article said there is not real scientific proof.  Well in my opinion, everything starts without real proof, so why not test it.  I did not see anywhere that this was harmful in any way.  Heck, we are supposed to take in so much oil each day anyway.  However, in saying that, you do not want to swallow what you are swishing, or you are just counteracting the benefits of doing it in the first place.

Now for the challenge:  Sara @ My Messy Life is beginning the challenge tomorrow, March 8, 2014.  It will run for one week.  She is asking that you comment on her post here - Oil Pulling Challenge - or on one of her social media sites.  You may use the hashtag #OilPullingChallenge so she can see what you are doing & how you are progressing.

Let's all be honest with this.  I am anxious to see if there is any truth to the benefits.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Snow Days Lead to Progress!!!

Sorry for the lull in the posting here - even if it is only the second post!!!!  I have been busy getting some stitching done.  This has been one CRAZY week here.  We have had a week full of snow days, so that means that I have had an exorbitant amount of time to pick up a hook or needle and get some work done - and I have done just that.

I recently received a book I ordered from Amazon by Jan Eaton titled 200 Crochet Blocks.  This is a wonderful book!  There are so many beautiful squares.  But that is not the best part of the book.  She also includes pages in how to plan an afghan with the squares, linking up complimentary squares to each of the 200 she includes.  She even gives color combination suggestions.  I am in love with this book.  In saying this, I went out and bought some yarn and have been playing around with some of the squares.  I have 10 of them done.  I am doing all of them with an H hook and the colors Honeydew, Orchid, Pale Yellow, and Soft White by Red Heart.
Collage of my squares

In addition to those squares, I have started the Red Heart CAL -Checkerboard Textures Throw.  The first block was posted:  Cross-stitched Square.  This was a fun one to do.  Last week when this CAL was announced, I ordered some Red Heart Soft (the suggested yarn) in an orange color.  However, my yarn, which was scheduled for delivery has yet to arrive, so I decided to use some yarn I recently bought from Wal-Mart called Red Heart With Love.  I chose the color Peacock.  It is a very vibrant color, and perfect for this textured throw.
Another CAL I have joined is a Facebook Community - Official CCC Social Group (Crafty Crochet Community).  They post a new square each Sunday.  So far there have been 2 squares.  Here are mine:  
Popcorn Parade

In my first post I mentioned the Moogly Afghan CAL.  The second block was just posted this week, here it is:
It is called the Catalina Afghan Square by Julie Yeager.  I am doing my squares all in Soft White.  I think that this will make the patterns / textures stand out.

My other needlecraft - primitive embroider - has had some progress as well.  While some are ready for framing, some still need buttons added and tea-dyed before framing.
One Familiar Road - from Nutmeg Hare

Time to get back to my crochet hook!!!!!  Hope I have added some inspiration for you!!!!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Starting a New Year Doing What I Love!!!

It has been a while since I have regularly crocheted.  In the past I crocheted all the time, but it has been a year or more since I have picked up the hook. Not sure why I have been a crochet slacker, but with the new year, I have rejuvenated my desire to crochet!!!  I am also going to keep a Ravelry page to track my projects - Sara's Ravelry Page.

To start off, I have decided to join in on a few crochet-alongs.  The first one is the Moogly Afghan Crochet-Along.  I am doing it in a solid color - Red Heart Soft White.

This CAL will entail 24 different 12" squares posted two or three times a month.  The schedule is as follows:
 The first square for this CAL is the Anticipation Mystery Afghan 12" Block.  Here is my square:
There are a couple of pages you can check out more information:

The next CAL I am joining is the Ravelry BAM (Block-a-Month) Crochet-along.  This is a group on Ravelry.  

There are 3 squares each month.  For January we have the following:  
My squares:  
Easy Daisy 
Lemony Lime Citrus

Red Heart also has a CAL starting on January 22nd - Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along.  This one is gorgeous.  It will involve 10 textured squares and 10 granny squares for a total of 20 squares.  Not sure what color I will use.  I will have to see what shades of Red Heart Soft that WalMart has right now and make a choice.

Well, that does it for the crochet hook.  In addition to crochet, I am going to be stitching a few primitive pictures I purchased from Nutmeg Hare.  
Love, Laughter, Life 
One Familiar Road

I haven't started these as I want to get some Warm & Natural to put behind them.  Need to make that trip to Wally World soon. 

Hope that is inspiration enough for now.  See ya soon!!!!!