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Where to Find Calcium.


Calcium is a mineral that is a vital part of bones and teeth. The heart, nerves and blood clotting systems also require calcium to work.  Women are often told the are especially prone to calcium deficiency.  You can find calcium in white beans, figs, sardines with bone in, salmon with bone in, bok choy, kale, blackstrap molasses, almonds, oranges, sesame seeds, and oatmeal.  From what I read we need 1000 mg of calcium a day.


Disaster During Our Remodel!

New Cabinets going in!

Well our remodel hit a snag! We were abandoned by our contractor.  So now we are scrambling to get our project done.  We started our project to remodel our main level in our home in mid-May.  As of the end of September, it still is not finished.  It was supposed to be done at the absolute latest by the end of July.  Our contractor stopped showing up and returning our calls and emails.  Thankfully the big box retailer (Lowes) we booked them through has been trying to help us.  They are getting their other contractors to try and finish our project.

Cabinet doors and new lights.

Of course the other contractors have their Fall schedules filled already.  So we are being sloted in between jobs. Which we understand.  You can’t sideline someone else’s job to complete yours.  Our kitchen and main level is about 60% finished.

Our kitchen cabinets are in and our sink is running.  Some of the cabinets need shelving put in yet, and molding done.  We need electrical on our dishwasher, garbage disposal and outlets completed. We also need plumbing done for the dishwasher and for the half-bath.  We also need molding and touch ups done in the half-bath, living room and front entrance.  We also need the molding redone on all the doors.

Floor to ceiling cabinets. Storage!

Slowly but surely it is getting done.  The Lowes manager has been very good about communicating with us.  People have asked us if we would use Lowes again due to what has happened.  We have responded “Yes.” Lowes didn’t let us down.  It was the contractor.   In fact, once Lowes learned of the contractor leaving the stepped in to make it right.  If we had just hired the contractor without going through Lowes we would have been out of luck (and money.)

The painter has started.
Bathroom is painted. New flooring in.





What is a Capsule Wardrobe?


Everywhere you go in the blogsphere you see ideas for capsule wardrobes. In my Pinterest I have a section on wardrobe that is full of writings on capsule wardrobes. The capsule wardrobe is a concept that had is origins in minimalism.  It is a great way to access and live with what you have.  More importantly it is to use what you normally wear and get rid of what you don’t. That pink polka dot dress you have “just in case” you go somewhere that you could wear it?  Gone!

Many different blogs and magazines have different definitions of what a capsule wardrobe is.  I’m not going to get that specific. I just am going to include the basics in it.  I personally decided to try a capsule wardrobe when I gained a lot of weight due to a medication change.  It was very hard for me to find clothes that fit much less ones that I like to wear that are plus size.

I often read that a capsule wardrobe includes up to 37 pieces of clothing.  It a stress free way to manage what to wear.  It’s also a great way to save money.

Some of the basic items in a Capsule Wardrobe include:  A white t-shirt,  a white tank, a classic button up t-shirt, denim jeans, cardigan, blazer, wrap dress, shorts, flats, boots, and sandals.  The great thing about the capsule wardrobe is you can add anything you want after a basic stage.

In future I will be posting photos and lists of how my capsule wardrobe is coming along.  Stay tuned for that.

Another focal point of a capsule wardrobe is color.  Usually you choose one prominent as your base.  Then another as a secondary base.  Finally, two to three other colors for accents.  For me, I would like to have had charcoal as the base of my wardrobe.  However, it is very difficult to find that exact color.  So I went with Navy.  My secondary base color is black.  For my accent colors I am going to use: charcoal, kelly green, and teal.

Have you tried a capsule wardrobe yet?  What is your wardrobe like? Did you find it easier to use?  More fashionable?  I’d love to hear your results!



My October Goals.


jennifer-burk-118076I’ve always been a big goal setter.  Lately however, it has been difficult for me.  So many things have gone sideways I just feel like I cannot get anything done.  It’s frustrating. So now I will try again.   Here are what I am planning on doing for October.

  1. Clean out the freezer.
  2. Photocopy cookbooks.
  3. Read 2 books.
  4. Exercise/Walk dog
  5. Drink more water.

Should be easy right?  Honestly I’m not sure if it will be the way my summer and early Autumn have been going.  I can only try right?  I’ll let you know how everything is going in future posts.



The Different Types of Journals You Can Keep.


I love to journal.  I always have. I have kept a journal since I was 12 years old.  Sometimes I look back and laugh at what I have written.  It’s a long meandering story that never has details.  I have found that keeping a diary helps to keep me sane.  It is a place where you can vent your frustration, organize your thoughts, and plan your future.

While the standard journal is something that everyone knows there are various types of journals.  Here are a few types of journals:

  1. Specific Occasion: This is a journal that you only keep for a short period of time.  An example would be like studying abroad, or adoption.
  2. Smash:  A book where you tape or glue anything from photos or news articles that you wish to keep.
  3. Dream Journal: A place to write down what you dream about at night and try to interpret them.
  4. Specific Topic:  A journal that is used for a specific topic such as work or weight loss.
  5. Nature: A journal where you keep track of observations of the outdoors or your garden.
  6. Gratitude: A journal listing what you are grateful for in life.
  7. Travel:  A journal kept of your travels including writing and photos.

In my personal journal I like to combine all types of journals together.  It’s easier for me to keep everything all in one place. I’ve tried to keep things separate but I find it doesn’t work. I personally need everything in one spot. Do you keep different types of journals?