Posted in baby, business, grandparents, lorieb.wordpress.com, online purchases

Polkadots and Moonbeams, Unique Baby Gifts

Check out this impressive website, owned by my cousin Julie in Missouri, for the unique treasures offered at Polkadots and Moonbeams. These personalized baby gifts are perfect for showers, birthdays, Christmas, baptisms, or your own nursery.

Unique Gifts for New Beginnings

These beautiful works of art are hand crafted in home based studios, each one made to order, never mass produced. Custom designs are created with the details (colours, names etc) that you specify upon ordering. Orders are received in Rolla Missouri, items are crafted by individual, independent artisans throughout the USA, then shipped to your door. The concept itself is unique and very creative!

Currently, the only items available for international shipping (outside USA) are the silver pacifier clips, but Julie is working on changing that. So, be sure to check back often to see her progress! Because these unique items are made and shipped by different individuals, items ordered together may ship separately.  Please see individual product page for availability times. Your purchases can be delivered directly to your recipient too. If you wish to order several items to be shipped to different recipients, order each item separately.

If you cannot decide which item is perfect for the baby you are shopping for, Polkadots & Moonbeams gift cards are available. They have no extra processing fees and are delivered by email with instructions on how to redeem them.

Let Polkadots & Moonbeams help you celebrate the new beginnings in your life with a unique, customized, hand-crafted gift! Check out the website for further details on all the gift options and company policies.

Posted in food

Customized Cobb Salads; a healthy summer dinner idea

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On a hot summer evening, I like to prepare customized salads for my family.  Traditionally Cobb salads include bacon and many other ingredients arranged in a fancy pattern, but I like to customize mine to suit our food preferences and my food allergies. Sometimes I arrange the toppings in rows, but usually just sprinkle them on as presentation is not my strong suit.

I do include chicken and garlic stir fried in olive and coconut oils, romaine lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, red peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, shredded cheddar cheese with a choice of salad dressing.

Posted in current events, gardening, nature, weather

My Art Gallery…

Have you spent a lot of time looking for artwork for your home?  Much like filling a home with furniture, whether redecorating or updating your old home or decorating a new one, unique and inexpensive artwork is hard to find.  If you read my previous post about the furniture I found/purchased last winter http://lorieb.com/2013/12/12/impulse-shopper you will know how particular I am when it comes to shopping.

This winter artwork for my living room was on my to do list.  I searched through most of the stores in the Ottawa area, as well as on the internet, looking for the perfect picture to be hung above my new sofa.  Even though I had a vision in my head of what I wanted, I could not find it anywhere.  I love a large picture of Monet’s waterlilies on stretched canvas I found years ago for over the bed in our master bedroom, so thought I could find something similar for the living room.  No luck.  What I did find however, are many websites that can turn your JPEGs into artwork.  You can choose from many varieties, including the unframed stretched canvas look I was envisioning.  I found some pictures I had taken in my garden last summer, touched them up with Adobe photoshop, and sent them electronically to Posterjack, one of the companies mentioned earlier.  Within 5 days, I received my new artwork.  My only complaint is that I wish I had ordered larger sizes; they are gorgeous!  I could be talked into selling these and re-ordering larger ones for myself if anyone is interested…

 

A few years ago I also made customized artwork from an old book of botanicals that my grandmother gave me when she moved out of her home.  The book is so old that the pages are coming loose from the binding.  I copied and enlarged the pictures using a colored copier at Staples, then chose mats and frames to compliment the colors and the decor of my family room…

 

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For a third, customized artwork project I used JPEGs of pictures I had taken in Hawaii years ago, enlarged them at Costco,  chose a different mat color to compliment each scene from Wallack’s art supplies store, then framed them and hung them up in my home…

 

If you are looking for new artwork or to update the existing artwork in your home, give it a try.  It is an inexpensive and easy way to use all those pictures you have stored in a shoe box somewhere to make yourself custom-made, unique and memorable pieces of art…

Posted in food, health and wellness, lorieb.com

Customized Vitamin and Mineral Cocktails

If you, like me, hesitate to take pills to supplement your diet, consider creating your own customized vitamin and mineral cocktail to get only the benefits you need without the negative side effects .  For years I have found that every pill (including vitamins and medicine ) I take gives me side effects much worse than the benefits.   I would much prefer to get the  vitamins and/or minerals I need in my food from natural sources like fruit and vegetables, instead of supplementing my diet with pills.   As I get older my list of ailments and health issues grows, but I still feel that I would like to treat and/or prevent only these specific issues…

Years ago, I began making breakfast smoothies for my sons to ensure they started their school day off well.  Check out one of my earliest posts:  https://loreeebee.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/the-joys-of-juicing/   Their smoothies have evolved over the years to suit their needs, but they still love them and it still gives me comfort knowing they are well on their way to their daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables every morning.

I have since started making my own customized vitamin and mineral cocktails.  To find out which ingredients to use, I researched each of my own personal health issues to find out the recommended vitamin and/or mineral.  I then continued the research to find out  the best food source for each of the  vitamins/minerals on my list.  The following chart is customized  for my own ailments and health concerns with the vitamin or mineral and the best food source (suitable for a smoothie) to combat each ailment/concern:

 

Arthritis ALA (omega 3) Spinach, chia seed, flax seed oil
Quercetin Citrus, green tea, dark cherries/berries
Collagen Nuts, seeds, green tea, red/blue berries, vitamin C, gelatin
Cumin/turmeric Cumin/turmeric/curry powder
Bone density Alkaline minerals Calcium Spinach, thyme, molasses, almond milk, dairy products
Manganese Cloves, dark chocolate
Magnesium Coriander, dark chocolate, almonds
Iron Spinach, molasses
Potassium Spinach, avocado, bananas
Energy Co-Q10 Spinach, avocado, parsley, red/blue berries
Cancer Resveratrol Dark berries, dark chocolate, red grape skins
Quercetin See above
Pterostillbene Blueberries, spinach
Menopause Vitamin D Almond milk, dairy milk
Ginseng Ginseng drops/tea
Phytoestrogens Flax seed oil, dark cherries
Memory & Brain Fog Pterostillbene See above
Resveratrol See above
Omega 3s See above
Immune System Co-Q10 See above
Quercetin see above
Co-ordination Resveratrol See above
Cholesterol Pterostillbene See above
Digestion Alkaline minerals See above
Circulation Co-Q10 See above
Toxin Removal (antioxidants) Alkaline minerals See above

My personal, customized cocktail contains fresh organic baby spinach, chia seed, flax seed oil, lemon juice, green tea, dark cherries, blueberries, almond milk, strawberries, cumin or tumeric, molasses, dark chocolate, coriander and avocado.  I created my own recipe from the researched  ingredients  that I like and have easy access to, but there were many more to choose from.  Research your own needs, pick your favorite ingredients, and whip up your own delicious customized vitamin and mineral cocktail today!

 

 

Lorieb is the mother of three sons, residing in Kanata, Ontario, Canada.  She is the proud owner of GARDENS4U, and spends most of her time designing, planting, and restoring gardens.  Her other interests include reading and writing.  Please check out her website at www.gardens4u.ca

 

Posted in food, health and wellness, loreeebee.ca

Customized Vitamin and Mineral Cocktails

If you, like me, hesitate to take pills to supplement your diet, consider creating your own customized vitamin and mineral cocktail to get only the benefits you need without the negative side effects.  For years I have found that every pill (including vitamins and medicine ) I take gives me side effects much worse than the benefits.   I would much prefer to get the  vitamins and/or minerals I need in my food from natural sources like fruit and vegetables, instead of supplementing my diet with pills.  As I get older my list of ailments and health issues grows, but I still feel that I would like to treat and/or prevent only these specific issues…

Years ago, I began making breakfast smoothies for my sons to ensure they started their school day off well.  Check out one of my earliest posts.  Their smoothies have evolved over the years to suit their needs, but they still love them and it still gives me comfort knowing they are well on their way to their daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables every morning.

Smoothie Ingredients by Symptoms

I have since started making my own customized vitamin and mineral cocktails.  To find out which ingredients to use, I researched each of my own personal health issues to find out the recommended vitamin and/or mineral.  I then continued the research to find out  the best food source for each of the  vitamins/minerals on my list.  The following chart is customized  for my own ailments and health concerns with the vitamin or mineral and the best food source (suitable for a smoothie) to combat each ailment/concern:

ArthritisALA (omega 3) Spinach, chia seed, flax seed oil
 Quercetin Citrus, green tea, dark cherries/berries
 Collagen Nuts, seeds, green tea, red/blue berries, vitamin C, gelatin
 Cumin/turmeric Cumin/turmeric/curry powder
    
Bone densityAlkaline mineralsCalciumSpinach, thyme, molasses, almond milk, dairy products
  ManganeseCloves, dark chocolate
  MagnesiumCoriander, dark chocolate, almonds
  IronSpinach, molasses
  PotassiumSpinach, avocado, bananas
    
EnergyCo-Q10 Spinach, avocado, parsley, red/blue berries
    
CancerResveratrol Dark berries, dark chocolate, red grape skins
 Quercetin See above
 Pterostillbene Blueberries, spinach
    
MenopauseVitamin D Almond milk, dairy milk
 Ginseng Ginseng drops/tea
 Phytoestrogens Flax seed oil, dark cherries
    
Memory & Brain FogPterostillbene See above
 Resveratrol See above
 Omega 3s See above
    
Immune SystemCo-Q10 See above
 Quercetin see above
    
Co-ordinationResveratrol See above
    
CholesterolPterostillbene See above
    
DigestionAlkaline minerals See above
    
CirculationCo-Q10 See above
    
Toxin Removal (antioxidants)Alkaline minerals See above

My Personal Concoction

My personal, customized cocktail contains fresh organic baby spinach, chia seed, flax seed oil, lemon juice, green tea, dark cherries, blueberries, almond milk, strawberries, cumin or turmeric, molasses, dark chocolate, coriander and avocado.  I created my own recipe from the researched  ingredients  that I like and have easy access to, but there were many more to choose from. 

Research your own needs, pick your favorite ingredients, and whip up your own delicious customized vitamin and mineral cocktail today!

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