Archives for May 2016
While researching homemade cleaning products, I made a shocking discovery. Did you know that many brands of baking powder use aluminum in their products? That’s right, a metal that is believed to be a potential cause of serious health problems could be lurking in your kitchen.
I’m guessing that many of you are familiar with the push to avoid antiperspirants, which contain aluminum. Now I’m not going to lie, that is not easy transition to make. Deodorants that work well and do not contain antiperspirants are few and far between. In fact, I don’t blame anyone for refusing to forsake their beloved antiperspirant.
But let’s be honest, does anyone have a brand loyalty to baking powder? Personally, I buy whatever is on sale. As long as it does its job, it works for me.
For that reason, when I found out that my Clabber Girl Baking Powder contained aluminum and that Walmart sells Rumford’s Aluminum-Free Baking Powder for virtually the same price (both under $2.00), I was more than willing to make the transition.
Am I late to the game on this one? Is it a known fact that many baking powders contain aluminum? (I wouldn’t be surprised…) I would also be interested to hear if any of you know of any other easy ways to cut out potentially harmful ingredients in food?
I went out to Office Depot and purchased a keyboard, ergonomic mouse, and gel wrist rest, but none of that seemed to do any good. I even figured out how to use the mouse with my foot (LOL), but that didn’t seem to work, either.
At that point, I was pretty discouraged. I’m in my early 20s, and I’m already having to deal with this? I thought. That’s just not right.
After doing some research, I determined that I needed a new desk. My old one was about 50 years old and had been handed down to us by my in-laws. Not only was it not the correct height, but it did not have enough room underneath for a proper office chair.
So I did more research and ended up purchasing a sit-to-stand desk, which has a hand crank that allows me to adjust the height. It cost $300, but it’s built like a tank.
When I’m not standing, I sit on an exercise ball. I take frequent breaks to stretch my arms, wrists, and back and am also very mindful of my posture throughout the day.
I sleep with wrist braces, which I purchased for $16 each at Walmart, so my arms don’t curl up. I’ve also become a pro at voice texting and swipe texting on my iPhone. Oh, and I’ve been taking 450 mg of turmeric to heal any inflammation.
That sounds quite complicated, doesn’t it? It’s only been a week since I started the full regimen, but it seems to be helping. Have any of you struggled with carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis? If you have any suggestions to share, I would be very grateful!
To all the animal lovers out there: Y’all are going to love this post. :)My hubby recently cashed in on his joint Christmas present from his grandparents and me, which was a four-hour guided fishing trip on a local lake.
The weather was beautiful, and we had a wonderful time catching fish, but the highlight for me was feeding the two ducks that touched down beside our boat and swam along with us.
The male duck looked pretty normal to me, but the female was a much lighter shade than any of the female ducks I had ever seen.
She also had a beautiful blue feather, which you can kind of see here…
Is it just me, or does the angle of her beak make it look like she is smiling?
They stuck really close to the boat and at one point came up beside the ladder and looked like they were trying to find a way in. Am I the only one who thinks these ducks are absolutely precious?
1. Dog Breed
Call me crazy, but I really like dachshunds (aka “hotdogs”)…they’re just so cute!
3. Boy/Girl Names
I’ll have to keep those a secret for now. 🙂
“Come Thou Fount”
5. Style of Music
Hmm…my top three are hymns, bluegrass, and contemporary Christian.
6. School Subject
I always enjoyed French class and language arts.
7. Vacation Spot
8. Relaxation Technique
Exercising. I don’t usually like jogging, but we belong to a gym, and I enjoy the elliptical.
9. Bible Verse
I have lots, but one is Romans 8:32.
I don’t usually have time to read anything other than the Bible, but I love historical fiction. Growing up, my favorites were the Little House on the Prairie books.
11. Letter of the Alphabet
Maybe E? LOL.
12. Bath and Body Products
I usually just buy whatever lotions are on sale and are either unscented or have a natural scent.
13. TV Show
Little House on the Prairie (and When Calls the Heart)
It sounds like most of you would like me to host a giveaway of one of Mr. Handsome’s paintings. Great idea! It’s going to take him a little bit of time to whip one up, so we will have to put that giveaway on the back burner. (He is currently working on paintings for two of his sister’s birthdays.)
You have been such loyal readers that I would like to do a giveaway now, while we wait for the painting. I wanted to raffle off something with meaning, so I spent a few days thinking it over and came up with something that I think you all will enjoy: fancy hair clips! Feel free to keep them for yourself or give them as a gift to a friend.
One winner will receive a pair of Lilla Rose heart bloom bobby pins…
…And the other will receive a Lilla Rose felicity flexi clip (size small).
To enter, follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. Two of the entry options are mandatory, and the others are optional, but the more you do, the greater your chances of winning.
The first mandatory entry option is to submit a comment telling me which hair clip you would prefer. The second is to visit each of the tabs below the blog header (Meet Ellie, DIY Wedding Planning, Recipes, etc) and search through the posts that are linked to on each of those pages. One of the posts has a message in hot pink at the very top. Simply submit the title of that post as a comment to this giveaway post. (Hint: It’s in a post that is linked to in one of the first five tabs.)
This giveaway is open to all readers, but those under age 18 must have permission from their parent or guardian.
When we first arrived, we drove past the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the center of the city. On Sunday afternoon before leaving, we decided to go see it up close and discovered that there was an observation deck on the very top.
I was eager to go up there, and although Mr. Handsome was tired and ready to get on the road, he agreed to go with me. You can either pay $2 a person to take the elevator or walk up all 330 stairs for free. Being the frugal folks that we are, we took the free route, and oh my was it challenging!
Even though the observation deck was no higher than our 15th-floor hotel room, it was still a neat experience and provided a beautiful view of the city. But I would not recommend it to people who are claustrophobic. It was quite cramped in there!
Happy Saturday! I figured I would have a little fun this afternoon and compile a list of my favorite things. I would love it if you all would share your answers, too! And if you come up with more questions, let me know, and I’ll do another post.
What’s Your Favorite…?
Dark Chocolate all the way!
2. Board Game
I love all board games, but my favorites are Settlers, Bananagrams, Dutch Blitz, and Yahtzee
4. Childhood Memory
Vacationing with my family
It changes all the time, but currently I’m into Whole Wheat Chex
6. Type of Cookie
White chocolate macadamia nut
7. Sport to play
8. Sport to Watch
Hockey or basketball because they’re both fast-paced. I’m not a huge fan of watching sports, but my husband is, so I’ve learned to enjoy it.
9. Candy from Childhood
Root beer flavored Bottle Caps
My cockatiel from childhood
11. Clothing Store
Second-hand/consignment stores are the best, but I also like Maurice’s
12. Breakfast food
13. Pop/Soda/Soda Pop
I prefer juice, but if I had to choose a pop, it would be Ginger Ale
My husband! (aka Mr. Handsome)
|Anne and me|
First off, thank you for all your wonderful ideas of how to celebrate one million pageviews! I’m going to talk with Mr. Handsome and get back to y’all soon.
Remember when you submitted questions and feedback to my “Ask Ellie” post? I look at those comments frequently and have been using them to plan my blog posts. (Feel free to continue to submit ideas, either as a comment or via email–email@example.com.)
A few of you asked me to blog about my college years, so here goes!
I chosen a state school with a student population of more than 40,000. Not only was tuition significantly cheaper than private or out-of-state schools, but I had heard from multiple sources that the journalism department was very strong. (With scholarships, my education costs were very reasonable.) I also had a friend from church who was a sophomore in architecture and had great things to say about the academic strength of the university.
My friend had told me about the house she lived in on campus, so I visited and absolutely fell in love with it. Of course I was nervous about attending such a large, public school, but she assured me that this house would provide a close-knit community of caring girls to lean on.
I ended up being accepted into both the university and the house, and my friend’s words proved true. I was blessed to be able to stay in that house during all five of my semesters on campus, so I never had to experience true dorm life.
I lived with 37 other Christian girls in a four-story house. We did all our own cooking and cleaning, which meant we paid significantly less than those who lived in the dorms. Next door was a house full of Christian guys who kept an eye on us. (Don’t worry, we had plenty of rules–which we made–to prevent shady things from happening.)
Each girl shared a study room with one or two others, although we slept dormitory-style, with 20 girls in one large attic room and 18 in the other.
|My study room in freshman year|
You may be surprised to hear that I have never slept better in my life than I did during college! Even though everyone went to bed at different times and the door was constantly opening and closing, no one ever complained. I rarely ever woke up. The room I was in–called the “warm dorm”–was kept at a constant 65 degrees, and the other–the “cold dorm”–was somewhere between 15 and 50 degrees, depending on the season. (In the winter, they kept the windows open…)
Every week, each girl prepared one or two meals for the entire house and cleaned one or two areas; bathrooms were always the worst. Every Sunday after church, we had the guys over for lunch, which meant we had to make food for 70 people. (The boys prepared dinner for us on Saturday nights, but let’s just say that many of the girls elected to make their own food.)
We had plenty of social events and study parties, and there was always someone to talk to. It truly was a great way to spend my college years! I’ll be forever grateful to God for the life-long friendships I made while living there, especially the one with a gal named Anne. She introduced me to her family, and a certain brother of hers and I really hit it off. LOL. Click here to read more about how I met Mr. Handsome.
Oh, and by the way, I graduated with a bachelor’s in journalism and concentrations in both business and public relations.
I told myself that I was going to check my Nashville Wife pageview meter every night before bed so I could watch it switch over from 999,999 to 1,000,000. But alas, my busy life got the best of my, and I missed it…
So today, I’m at 1,026,000 pageviews. Woohoo!
Of course, I couldn’t have done it without my wonderful readers. Y’all are the best! I love sharing my life with you and chatting with you via the comments section.
Please feel free to share your suggestions for my blog, either as a comment or an email (NashvilleWife@gmail.com). Many readers have done that already, and I hope many more will!
Lastly, we must find a way to celebrate this milestone. Any ideas? Someone mentioned doing a giveaway. What do you think I should raffle off?
As always, I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 🙂
Have a blessed day!