Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Geocaching Adventure Part Two

Treasure hunting, who doesn’t love it?  To learn more about our Geocaching adventures, click on the Geochaching/Letterboxing category on the right side of the page.

What is Geocaching?  Read more here.
Official Geocaching website is here.

Our family has enjoyed Geocaching over the years.  Here are a few of our adventures. Continue reading “Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Geocaching Adventure Part Two”

Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Geocaching Adventure Part One

Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? The thrill of discovering “clues,” sometimes involving a riddle, or simply following a map to the “buried treasure.” However you define it, a “treasure hunt” can be a lot of fun, and a great way to get out and move your body while enjoying time away from your day-to-day grind.   Want to learn more about Geocaching?  Read this post.

"Cache | www.stephsneckofthewoods.com"Our family discovered Geocaching around 2002, back before we all had smart phones with us daily. The Geocaching website was not what is today. Not as many features or interactive maps, just a simple map, and GPS coordinates with a few clues or a riddle to find the cache.
We did not own a GPS unit but instead, borrowed one from a realtor friend. Continue reading “Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Geocaching Adventure Part One”

DIY Body Powder – Ditch the harsh chemicals and make your own!

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There have been reports in the news about health complications linked to harsh chemicals in personal care products, specifically body powder.

Here is a scary article about using body powder “down there”.

Note: after you view how to make it, scroll below to find out why I chose these particular ingredients.

DISCLAIMER: While I do recommend, and have myself used this blend for years, do your own research and use at your own risk.

OK … now ditch those harsh chemicals and let’s make some body powder! Continue reading “DIY Body Powder – Ditch the harsh chemicals and make your own!”

Super Simple DIY Foaming Hand Soap

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Making your own DIY foaming hand soap is super simple to do!

Why make your own?  My number one reason for making my own hand soap is so that I know exactly what ingredients are in the bottle. Number two, buying in bulk makes it easy to be sure that the items I need are always on hand. Unexpectedly find the hand soap empty?  No worries!  Grab the ingredients and quickly refill the bottle. Continue reading “Super Simple DIY Foaming Hand Soap”

Stay Hydrated: Another Way to Keep you Moving Throughout the Day

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"Water Glass | www.stephsneckofthewoods.com"We all know that we need to stay hydrated.  Some people don’t like water and choose other beverages.  I, myself LOVE water.  Pure, fresh, reversed osmosis water, and a lot of it per day.  I prefer to drink from glass, and this is my favorite bottle.  I have multiple.  

Whatever beverage you choose, be sure to hydrate often and be sure you are getting enough fluids.

On the plus side, hydrating well = more bathroom breaks = the need to get up and move! What a simple way to sneak in more steps every day!

Here are a few resources for you:
     Calculate your daily needed water intake (calculator)

     What should my urine look like? (source)

     Dehydration (source)

What is your favorite way to stay hydrated?

 

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Use Your Hand-held Device to Keep You Moving

Electronic hand-held devices (aka smartphones, iPads, tablets etc.) – most of us have at least one.  They make our lives easier. Or at least that is what “they” tell us. However you feel about them, if you own one (or five), put them to use in a healthy way.

There are some wonderful apps out there to track EVERYTHING including food you take in, and what comes out.  No, really!  Go look and you’ll see there are many to choose from that track just that. 

What else can be done with them?  While I don’t recommend using them outside while walking, as your attention may not be on your surroundings, they are great to use in the house when walking around. Continue reading “Use Your Hand-held Device to Keep You Moving”

Meditations through the year: Nature’s Cycle of the Seasons in Guided Visualizations

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Title: Meditations through the year: Nature’s Cycle of the Seasons in Guided Visualizations
Author: Dorothea Breitzter-Kings
Genre: Meditation/Motivation 
Details: Hardcover, 89 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased this book many years ago from a local bookstore

Overview: (from inside cover) In former times, when life was slower and more obviously dependent on our natural environment, we found it easier to live in touch with nature’s cycles.  Daily activities were closely tied in with the cycle of the seasons.

Today’s modern comforts shelter us from the extremes of seasonal conditions.  Many of us, particularly city-dwellers, live in an unnatural environment.  Yet we can all discover a new attunement to nature, rediscover its rhythms, and achieve a new understanding of the rhythms within us.

Through a series of twelve guided meditations, this book promotes a new awareness of nature and our place in the natural world. Read more

The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It – The Complete Back-to-Basics Guide

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Title: The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It
The Complete Back-to-Basics Guide
Author: John Seymour
Category:  Nonfiction
Genre: Agriculture, Homesteading, Gardening
Details: Hardcover, 312 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7894-9332-3
How did I get this book: I purchased this book used from Amazon

 

Overview: A comprehensive, back-to-basics guide that explains how to live independently in harmony with the planet, utilizing natural forms of energy, raising crops and livestock, preserving foods, gardening, carpentry, and other essential skills designed to help build a community and transform one’s life.  The book focuses on the natural cycle of life and how it plays into all things self-sufficient. Read more

The Sacred Sisterhood of Wonderful Wacky Women Book Review

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Title: The Sacred Sisterhood of Wonderful Wacky Women
Author: Suzy Toronto
Genre: Motivational Self Help
Details: Hardcover, 103 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9774956-0-3
How did I get this book: This book was given to me in 2010, by a dear friend

Overview: (from the inside cover) OK, I give up! I finally caved into the pressure from hundreds of women and wrote a book called “The Sacred Sisterhood of Wonderful Wacky Women”. When I developed my first few wacky characters, I never dreamed it would blossom into the success it is today. I believe the appeal of my work comes from the fact that the images and stories are all based on real women. I have been blessed by an abundance of ordinary women who have accomplished extraordinary things. It’s about these unrecognized feats of quiet, female heroism that I write. It’s the best subject matter on the planet. I had a ton of fun pulling this together. I truly hope you enjoy it. Read more