Saturday, July 27, 2019

Favorites for July

It has been awhile since a 'favorites post' so here we go. Some of my favorites this month:

Of course my most favorite thing of the month has been Charlie:

This little guy (and he is little, only weighs 6 pounds and stands about 7 inches from floor to top of his back) He is such a sweet and good doggie. He likes to sleep with me but isn't really much of a lap sitter.


My favorite pet products for the month is this little car seat. I got it off Amazon at Devoted Doggy. Bailey was able to sit on my lap and see out the window, but Charlie is just too little. And this, not only lifts him up, but keeps him safe with a strap that keeps him safely in place. The lining can be taken out and washed too. Another plus. So far we have only gone on a couple of rides but he seems to like it. 


When I lost Bailey at the beginning of the month Paige made me my very own Build-A-Bear to snuggle. I have loved it. I can press it's little paw and get this message in her voice:
"I love you granny. Have a nice day"



There is nothing like a cool, blue drink to freshen up your summer, is there? This brings back memories of a favorite club Richard and I used to hang out in back in the 80's called The Islander Club. The drink is a Blue Hawaiian and here are the ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Blue Curacao
  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce sweetened coconut cream
You can add ice and blend it in the blender for a frozen delight! 

A new breakfast favorite this month has been sauteed zucchini and cherry tomatoes. I have this several times a week with toast. Wish I was still growing my own zucchini! 
What is your favorite summer foods?

My most used essential oil this month has been Frankincense. I had gout starting in my big toe again and I really, really wanted to head that off. So I studied up and found that if Frank is rubbed topically on the toe and you drink plenty of cherry juice you would help. I tried it and 'viola' it helped. A little soreness still there but nothing like I have had in the past. Frankincense oil comes from the resin of the Boswellia Tree.
Bet you didn't know that, did you? It is known to relieve inflammation and can also be used for minor skin ailments like wrinkles, acne and dry skin. It once was burned during  funeral preparations (long, long ago)to decrease the odors of decay. We have probably all heard of Frankincense and Myrrh from the Bible, haven't we? I am a new 'oiler' so this is part of my education. Ha! Ha! Cherry juice is known to help reduce uric acid which is what causes gout when it builds up in your body. 

My favorite body scrub and loofah this summer comes from Grove Collaborative. I order from them about every three months so I can replace my loofah that often. And since it is only me here my body wash will last that long too. They have several kinds but this has been my favorite for summer. The fragrance is citrus and ginger. Nice!! And the loofah is made from recycled plastic if you are into that. I love Grove Collaborative. 

I think that is about it for the month. What have been some of your favorites for July! Care to Share. 

24 comments:

  1. What a thoughtful gift from Paige! My girlfriend had a similar car seat for her aging mini .. but I'm afraid our girls would find a way to get out. That's interesting about the Frankincense oil. Where do you get yours? One of the ladies in Bible study is a distributor for Young Living essential oils, but her stuff is WAY expensive.

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    1. The car seat might not be for everybody but it is for us. I get my oils mostly from Simply Earth...not too expensive. Places like Young Living and Doterra are pretty much pyramid schemes.

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  2. Just look at that little face!Charie is adorable!
    I have a car seat like that for my Kaiyo.

    That Build-A-Bear is so cute! What a thought thing for Paige to do!

    My favorite summer foods are watermelon, cucumber tomato salad, and foods cooked on the grill.

    No, I did not know that about Frankincense oil.

    My very favorite thing from July is my new 8 qt. Instant Pot.

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    1. I do not have an Instant Pot. I love my crockpot though.

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  3. My only new find is True Lemon Wildberry drink mix and True Lemon Infusions (especially the strawberry and raspberry flavors).

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    1. I will have to look into those. They sound delicious.

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  4. Charlie is so adorable! I know I said that before, but so cute and so small! Good idea with that pet basket for safety on car rides. Interesting about your cure for gout with the essential oil and cherry juice! That drink looks yummy! don't know why I never thought of sauteing veggies for breakfast, but your mix sounds delicious! So sweet of Paige with the Build a Bear!

    I'm trying to remember if I have any favorites for July, LOL. Its another month that has gone by too incredibly fast!

    betty

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    1. I agree. Every month goes by incredibly fast anymore.

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  5. Nice list there Paula. I love how thoughtful Paige was with the bear and yes Charlie deserves his place at the top of the list!

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  6. My roommate had one of those baskets for her little dog. The dog won't stay in it anymore, but enjoyed it initially. (It lasted a good year, though.)

    My favorite thing this month is my little Arctic Air cooler. It's like a mini air conditioner. And my favorite thing this year is the strawberry pineapple lemonade at Wienerschnitzel. I hate lemonade, but I love this drink.

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    1. I imagine it is something they might grow tired of and not stay in it anymore. Yum pineapple lemonade sounds really good.

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  7. I got into essential oils while in China. This summer I discovered, while trying to cool off, that a drop or two of lemon, with a drop of peppermint, gives that "York peppermint patty" cooling sensation. Apply your carrier oil to a forearm, rub both forearms together and then smear on the stomach, too. Then the lemon... same actions, then the peppermint. It's great after we've been running errands in the late morning and I take a quick "cool-off" shower before the rest of the day.

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  8. Hi Paula - so pleased Charlie is a success. I'd have that salad for supper with some fish; I drink a great deal of water ... but some wine too. Some of the flavoured drinks are interesting - though I must say I go back to tonic water ... though just remembered grapefruit and lemonade is good and thirst quenching - cheers Hilary

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    1. I enjoy a glass of wine too. Not too crazy about plain tonic water but I don't mind the flavored ones.

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  9. Cherry Juice has long been a help for gout. My husband used Tarte Cherry pills and they also worked. That new dog of yours if so darn cute. He is one lucky pup - after such a rocky start.

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    1. He is so cute but I just worry about him constantly and I wonder if that is good for either of us.

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  10. What a sweet thing for Paige to do after you lost Bailey. Love shows up in many ways we can't predict, right? And little Charlie is a sweetie. I am going to send the info about the Devoted Doggy. She and her children have small dogs and might be interested. What a cute/safe way for the dogs to ride in the car! It's fun to come to your blog again and just catch up! I am a tired gram and can only imagine how you feel because you took in two grands! Good job!!!!! Now about the essential oil frankinsence. LOVE IT! I buy an unscented bottle of lotion and put drops of frank in the lotion and stir it in. It's got an earthy comfy scent and I really like it. I also add myrrh exxential oil drops to the same bottle of lotion. I like it. GN likes it and I give the scented lotions with my Christmas gifts. I do the frankinsence and myrrh and the recipeiants have to figure out the gold for themselves. :-)

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    1. I never thought of using my essential oils in unscented lotions. Thanks for that tip. Yes I do understand the being tired. It is not easy at our age to raise children. I am glad it is over for me.

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  11. I love veggies for breakfast, too, but it wasn't always that way. I love scrambled eggs with a side of sauteed veggies - garlic, red onions, zucchini, kale, and red peppers.
    That dog basket looks great. I should look for one of those for my little Enzo. He loves to sit on my lap when I'm a passenger in the car, but I know that's not the safest place when I'm in the car.

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    1. Yes a scrambled egg with the veggies would be good. Never thought of throwing in the kale. I will try that.

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  12. Your breakfast looks good, but I wouldn't want it for breakfast. Lunch or dinner though sounds great. I've never seen a car seat but what a great idea. I often see both from my car or when I'm walking dogs in cars just simply not safe with their heads out the window or sitting on the drivers lap which is really dangerous to everyone. The blue drink looks so pretty, but sounds sweet and I tend to not like sweet drinks.

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    1. To me it doesn't matter what I eat at what time of the day. I worked the night shift for over 25 years so often I think of breakfast as supper. And we often have breakfast as the evening meal. We all have different tastes, don't we?

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