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Building A House/Building A Home

I am building a house! I am building a house! I AM BUILDING A HOUSE!!!

I have to keep telling myself this because I still can’t believe it. Never did I think I would be doing this by myself, but here I am. I bought 3 acres in July! Now I am in the process of approving floor plans. I chose a builder and sent him floor plans that I drew up myself.

On a side note: I could sit and look at floor plans for a week straight and never find a plan that I love…or even like. Am I weird?

And…Pinterest is my best friend right now!

I found an exterior of a house that I fell in love with. Then I decided to draw up my own plans. A few tweaks had to be made, of course, because I am obviously no professional. Since I first sent in the plans I have decided to do a story and a half instead of a 1-story house. So a few more tweaks had to be made. Mainly the stairs. Right now I am waiting to get the plans back from my builder so I can either make more changes or approve them.

My friends tell me that I am going to hate this whole process. But I don’t believe them. I am super excited to start making decisions on colors, flooring, and fixtures. My whole life I have dreamed of building my own home. Let the fun begin!

So far I have gotten my driveway location approved and I now have an address.

What are your thoughts on front porches? I MUST have a porch with rocking chairs and maybe a swing. It has to be welcoming and comfy.

This will be the view in the front:




I can’t wait to document this whole adventure.

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Whole Foods Plant Based Diet

Since I watched the Forks Over Knives documentary, I have stared reading both the Forks Over Knives book and the Engine 2 Diet. Let me tell you, there are some pretty interesting facts in both of these books. It really opens your eyes to the way our society eats and why there are so many diseases and overweight people.

I have to be honest, I don’t know if I could ever eat a 100% whole food/plant-based diet. I would miss dairy a whole bunch. Plus, I love seafood. I do not have a hard time eating a lot of fruits, veggies and whole grains because I love those also.

Here is what I have done so far: I have NOT had red meat in over a week. I also haven’t had eggs in over a week. I have used Almond Milk instead of milk about 80% of the time. The only real meat I had last week was a few slices of bacon….and let me tell you, my body let me know that it was not happy about that! Over the weekend I was out-of-state shopping with family. And of course we ate out every single meal. Mostly I ate fish along with my fruits and veggies but I did have chicken for 1 meal.

I really can’t complain about how my 9 year-old eats. He loves fruits and veggies. He will usually try anything at least once. I have been trying some new recipes with Broccoli and Cauliflower from Pinterest and they have been a hit. But my boy is a meat and potatoes man. He loves his meat and potatoes. So in an attempt to get a little more veggies and  little less meat on his plate I just reduce meat portions and increase everything else. He usually has oatmeal with a banana for breakfast so I can’t complain about that.

We are making slow gradual changes in our house. I don’t know if I will ever be able to eat ONLY the foods that go along with a whole foods/plants based diet. I do believe that it is much healthier for you and that you CAN get all the nutrients you need eating that way. We will continue to make small changes towards this goal.

A few items that I bought at the grocery store the other day that I have never bought before and have no idea how to prepare….Couscous and Quinoa. Anyone have any good recipes they would like to share that include these ingredients?

Please share your story of eating a whole foods/plant-based diet. Was it hard for you and your family?

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

I finally broke down and am making my own laundry detergent. As I said in a previous post, I am a die-hard Purex fan. I have used Purex for more than 10 years. A friend and I found this recipe on Pinterest. Oh, what did we do before Pinterest? My friend tried it first and loves it. Now it’s my turn. As I’m typing this, I have my first load in the washer with the new laundry detergent. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

I spent about $8.38 for the first batch. I also had to buy a container which cost me about $7.50. I’m keeping track of how many loads I can do so I can compare it to my other detergent.

Ingredients for Homemade Detergent

So pretty...and it smells great!

I will let you know how it works.

Have you tried making your own laundry detergent, fabric softener, or dishwashing liquid? Let me know how you like it.

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