The most depleted vitamins in your body.


I’ve often wondered what are the vitamins that most people are low in.  What do they do?  Where can I find them?  I hope this little article can help you figure that out.

  1. Vitamin A. Benefits of Vitamin A include improved vision, a healthy immune system, and works with cell growth.  You can obtain Vitamin A from animal products (Retinoid) which include: eggs, whole milk, liver and fortified milk and cereals. Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) can be found in sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and apricots.  Vitamin A deficiency is usually found in people with poor diets or digestive disorders.
  2. B Vitamins (including B12 and Folate). B Vitamins include: thiamine, B12, riboflavin, folic acid (folate), and B6.  Low vitamin B levels can contribute to heart problems, brain development, anemia, memory loss, fatigue, weakness, digestive problems, and red blood cells.  Vitamin B can be found in fish, meat, poultry, eggs and dairy.
  3. B12 (see number 2)
  4. Vitamin C. Also known as ascorbic acid. A great source of Vitamin C is fresh fruit, especially citrus.  Vitamin C is most well known for preventing scurvy.   It also helps reduce colds, infections and increase iron absorption.
  5. Vitamin D. We often hear that a great source of Vitamin D is sunshine.  It is, but Vitamin D can also be found in herring, mackerel, tuna, sardines, and fortified dairy products, fortified juice and fortified cereal.  Deficiencies in Vitamin D can cause rickets, weak bones, bone pain, low calcium, and weakened immune system.
  6. Vitamin E. Vitamin E can be found in eggs, nuts, vegetable oils, green vegetables, and fortified cereals.  It helps to promote strong immunity, healthy skin and eyes.  Vitamin E deficiencies are rare.  Long term Vitamin E overuse has been linked to strokes.
  7. Folate (see number 2).
  8. Omega 3. Omega 3 fatty acid helps to improve brain function, digestion, reduce inflammation, and helps to regulate hormones.  It helps to lower blood pressure and slows development of plaque in arteries. Omega 3 is primarily found in fish but in smaller amounts in Walnuts, Flax seed, Canola and Soybean oil.

What do you think about this list.  As always, talk with your doctor first before starting any type of vitamin or supplement.


*The information provided above is for entertainment purposes only.  Everyone’s situation is different.  Always consult a doctor or other medical professional. Writer does not accept responsiblity for information contained in the article.  Sources for information is WEB MD.



Basic First Aide Kit


sharon-martin-151572When I wrote my original post on how to prepare for a disaster I didn’t know we were going to have two major hurricanes go through only a few weeks later.  I will still be writing posts on emergency kits and the like each month.  I’m not a prepper person, but I believe that we should all have basic supplies in our home in case of emergency. Here is a list that I have put together for a basic first aid kit.  Am I missing anything? Let me know in the comments!

Here are some items in a basic first aid kit.

  1. Sterile Gloves
  2. Cleaning agent for wounds
  3. Antibiotic ointment
  4. Various sized adhesive bandages
  5. Thermometer
  6. Aspirin/pain reliever
  7. Anti-diarrhea medication
  8. Antacid
  9. Laxatives
  10. Tweezers
  11. Scissors
  12. Compress dressings
  13. Adhesive cloth
  14. space blanket
  15. breathing barrier
  16. cold compress
  17. hydro cortisone ointment
  18. rolled bandage
  19. sterile gauze pads
  20. first aid booklet
  21. tape
  22. hydro cortisone ointment
  23. sunburn treatment
  24. cold pack

What would you include in your own kit?


10 Ways to Save $.


Sometimes saving money is harder than squeezing water out of a rock.  After you pay all your bills how much do you have left?  Sometimes you have no choice but to try to nickel and dime yourself.  In my 10 ways to save $ series, I’ll be listing some ways to try and save cash.  Here are ten tips to help you save money.

  1.  Have a 24 hour rule.  Sometimes an item is so good you just don’t want to leave it behind at the store.  Do you need it?  Probably not, but want?  Give it the 24 hour treatment.  If it’s still there perhaps it was meant to be.
  2. Save change. It takes awhile but change can really add up.
  3. Subscribe. So many subscriptions, so little time.  Really!  Magazines, boxes, gym memberships.  Let some of them go.
  4. Have family gift limits.  It’s crazy how some families will spend on Christmas. Have the tough conversation before the holiday season.  Also, tell people gift cards are okay.  Especially if you are tired of getting a sweater or Christmas ornament.  Help get things you or your family need.
  5. Carpool. Know someone who lives and works by you. Save some gas and carpool!
  6. Eat in Season. In season produce is always cheaper than out of season.  It tastes better too.
  7. Downsize. Can you live in a smaller house or apartment? Do you need all your furniture?  Sell some of it for extra cash.  A smaller home also means hopefully smaller bills.
  8. Have a home energy audit. Many power companies offer this service. Learn to conserve power. Help your wallet and help your environment.
  9. Volunteer at events. Many times you get to see events that you could not afford otherwise.  Check this out.
  10. Cheap vs Quality.  Buy quality instead of quantity.  It’s better to buy more expensive/better made shoes than cheap ones.  It will save you money and pain!

What other ideas do you have for saving money?


Our Major Remodel

After years of saving my husband and I finally decided to renovate.   We decided to remodel our main level.  So that meant a complete kitchen gut, all the flooring on the main level, and a tiny half bath was also gutted on the main level.  At first we were not going to do the half bath, but we ended up including it as well.

We had originally wanted to also add more lights. It can get really dark on the main level.  Most of the windows we have face North and don’t get a ton of sunshine.  However after pricing it out.  To add 12 additional lights would come to a cost of about 10,000+.  The biggest expense would have been to take down the ceiling on the main level to install the lights.   There would be no point in just cutting holes in the ceiling due to not knowing where the existing electrical components were.  So we scrapped that idea.  We just could not afford it.  Not even after saving for 11+ years.

There were several other problems I wanted to address.  Storage was a huge concern. We had so many things out in the open due to no space.  I really wanted things to be put away.   The second was durability.  The previous owner of our home had dragged things across the real wood floor, marking it up beyond repair.  In addition, we had the traditional “builders white” carpet in the home.  Needless to say that after 25 years it was no longer white.  We needed durable flooring that could withstand just about anything. The same was true of the counter tops. I also wanted a new more modern paint color.  As you can tell from the “before” photos I’m not afraid of color.  I just wanted something more current.  I also wanted color that was a little more “me.”  I prefer the neutral tones. So we went with grey.

The next thing I did was draw up what I wanted on a mock floor plan.  Our kitchen is small.  It does not have a lot of storage space or counter space. I always thought our kitchen was not a good use of space. So we did a complete gut job.  I kept the kitchen “triangle” the same.  The triangle is a work space that consists of the sink, oven and refrigerator.  That way we didn’t have to replumb or redo electrical.

I took the cabinets all the way to the ceiling.  I also removed our pantry and put in cabinets.  The pantry was also another poor use of space.  It also was not big enough.  I put in cabinets to use as the pantry.  I added a peninsula for extra counter space.  I also made it so we could sit at the peninsula and do work or eat.


We booked our remodel through a major brand name hardware store.  We used their normal contractor who they always use. What we didn’t know at the time is we are the last job they are doing together.  This will come into play later.

We started demo of the entire main level in mid-May.  We were told that they would be done with the complete remodel by the end of June/early July.  We figured it would be early July because almost every remodeling job runs over.

Demolition of the entire main floor started and it took two men two days.  It was so loud!  The men got a little carried away and demoed my half bath sink/vanity.  Since they had removed it, we decided to go ahead and replace it too.

Everything was delivered at once.  Our entire garage was filled with either furniture from our home or materials for the job.  Our upstairs and basement was filled with everything else. Sometimes I feel like I am in a hoarder home with little trails everywhere!

Since our kitchen is unusable I have been eating out too.  Honestly, I never thought that I would hate eating out or eating take-a-way as much as I do.  I guess when you have been doing it for months it can get a little annoying!

Here is what it looked like before:



Check back soon to see our “during” and learn about our remodeling nightmare.


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Banned Books Week


The week of September 24th is Banned Book Week.  According to the website “there was a 17% increase in the number of banned book complaints in 2016.  According to the article “2017 Banned Books Week Celebrate Our Right to Read”, most banned book complaints go unreported.  Join readers, book publishers, authors, journalist, rights activists, librarians and schools in celebrating one of our fundamental rights to free speech.  Let’s all read a banned book! Here is a list of some of the more classic books that continue to be challenged below.

  1. Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck
  2. Catch 22 by Heller
  3. Brave New World by Huxley
  4. Animal Farm by Orwell
  5. The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway
  6. As I lay dying by Faulkner
  7. Farewell to arms by Hemingway
  8. Their eyes were watching God by Hurston
  9. Invisible Man by Ellison
  10. Song of Soloman by Morrison

Interested in what are the most challenged books of 2016?  Here is a list compiled by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association.  Check out their website at :

  1. This One Summer by Tamaki
  2. Drama by Telgemeier
  3. George by Gino
  4. I am Jazz by Herthel/Jennings
  5. Two boys kissing by Levithan
  6. Looking for Alaska by Green
  7. Big Hard Sex Criminals by Fraction
  8. Make Something up: Stories you can’t unread by Palahnuik
  9. Little Bill Series by Cosby
  10. Elenor &Park by Rowell

How do you feel about Banned Books?  Is there ever a reason to restrict the public’s access to a book?


It’s Banned Book Week!

September 24th through September 30th is banned book week.  Celebrate one of your greatest freedoms, the freedom to learn, by reading one of the most banned books in the United States.  Then ask yourself if it really deserved the objections or not.  Would you ask it to be banned?

  1. The Great Gatsby
  2. The Catcher in the Rye
  3. The Grapes of Wrath
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird
  5. The Color Purple
  6. Ulysses
  7. Beloved
  8. The Lord of the Flies
  9. 1984
  10. Lolita
  11. This One Summer
  12. Drama
  13. George
  14. I am Jazz
  15. Two Boys Kissing
  16. Looking for Alaska
  17. Big Hard Sex Criminals
  18. Make Something Up
  19. Little Bill
  20. Eleanor and Park

How many banned books have you read?  Let me know in the comments.unsplash33

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What are anti-oxidants?

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You hear them all the time in the news, in your favorite women’s magazines.  But what are anti-oxidants really?  And why should you care?

Anti-oxidants are a substance that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism.  It reduces damage due to oxygen, such as those that are caused by free radicals.  Some well known anti-oxidants are enzymes, vitamin C and E, and Beta Carotene which are capable of countering the effects of oxidization.  It is theorized that anti-oxidants may also help reduce your risk of cancer and age related macular degeneration.

A few things that you can find anti-oxidants in are Green Tea, Nuts, Tomatoes, and Sweet Potatoes.