January 25, 2013

Cool Stuff I Like

Hello friendsies! Well since it seems like the whole wide world is sick, this week's Cool List is all about natural ways to stay well. I'm a big big fan of Epsom Salt baths, have you tried those? We've had the craziest weather here of late ~ a solid week of freezing fog. Have you ever spent much time in freezing fog?? It's like the vapor and water droplets get into YOUR SOUL. And then stay there. So cold! I've been thinking fondly of pulling weeds in spring...and I never think fondly of pulling weeds. Hey, how did you like 'Downton' this week? I thought it was a good return to Season 1 greatness. Except I seriously have no idea what is happening with the prison storyline. I can't understand the accents. Why is he in trouble? Why is he now not in trouble? What's that stuff they keep hiding and finding? I have no idea. P.S. jenny's recaps just keep getting funnier....


COOL STUFF of the wellness variety:

Fab 5 Flu Buster (via The Local Rose, a blog with which I am IN LOVE).

Clove Coconut Tea.

Surviving Winter Guide.

Super C Juice.

How to Healthify Hot Chocolate!

Garden Cherry Kernel Hand Cleanser.

Golden Elixir.

Hot colds and cold colds?

Natura Lung and Bronchial Tonic. (I've used this to great effect on Julia. Always check with your doc about any and all supplements! #legaldisclaimer)

'Healthy in a Hurry' cookbook.

Detox Bath.


Cool Book of the Week: 'A Small Tall Tale From the Far Far North' by Peter Sis. YOU GUYS, this book is so cool! It really is! You seriously have to see this one. I've never seen a picture book like it, it's like a polar expedition map adventure set into book format. Author/illustrator Sis has taken the story of Arctic folk hero and explorer Jan Welzl and interwoven fact with fiction in a really intriguing fashion. There are drawings and maps that are to be used when reading the story. It's really really exciting and yet easy to understand, it feels like you're holding an undiscovered treasure map that also happens to be telling you a story. The pictures are AMAZING, conveying a sense of the cold and sheer vastness of the polar landscape.

Eskimos. Northern Lights. Magnetic mountains. Sled Runners. So much awesome.

Have a lovely weekend! Don't get sick! If you're sick, get better! 

~Melissa

25 comments:

  1. I take a baking soda bath often, but haven't tried it with Epsom salt. I plan to give it a try soon!! I cannot say that I ever spent a lot of time in freezing fog. I freezing just thinking about!!! Stay warm and have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Julia! I think the fog is on its way out and we have a return to the rain. But let me tell you, 39 degrees and raining is a special kind of miserable....:)

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  2. I have never experienced a freezing fog before and don't wish to either. I hope it will lift up soon and you won't be cold for too long! Have a great weekend!

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    1. At this time of year, Cherie, I start getting very excited for spring. Come February, I'll be a spring-crazed lunatic!

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  3. I've been making something similar to that golden elixir, only I make it with a teabag first, to disguise the taste. ;o) It's been quite helpful! I hope you and yours have a happy and healthy weekend!

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    1. COOL! Feel better!!!! J said she had a sore throat yesterday. I was like AAAAAAGH! I gave her a new vitamin liquid for kids I just got, Elderberry tincture, and her lung tonic. (she'll prolly get a tummy ache from all this), but today she said she couldn't really feel it, so we'll keep fingers crossed....:)

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  4. I'm a bather, big time... so I'm totally interested in those detox baths. I've never used epsom salts... I'm intrigued. I'll have to look into that one more. Where do you get your epsom salts?

    We've had that same freezing fog. Ice pretty much closed Utah down yesterday... we started the morning with a freezing rain & freezing fog that turned into an all day snow storm. I was supposed to have girls night last night and it got canceled cause of horrid driving conditions. grrr this winter has over stayed its welcome.

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    1. I just get a big milk carton size at my local drugstore! I love Epsom Salt baths!

      So sorry you have the freezing fog too. Man that stuff was SO BIZARRE.

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  5. oh yeah and what the crap is going on at the prison??? I really wish someone could explain all that too me. and thank you SOO SOO much for introducing me to Jenny's recaps... oh gosh! so funny!!!

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    1. I have cried AND almost had a pants accident while reading Jenny's recaps. True story.

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    2. she is so smart and funny it blows my mind :)

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  6. I think Bates' roomie is trying to set him up by planting a weapon on his bunk and then reporting him for having it to dodgy warden. And then Bates does it back to him..and neither of them shave. Its all just too grim though, isnt it? That book looks great, thanks.

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    1. Thank you Lucy! I've really been utterly confused about which prisoners are friends with which guards and what they're trying to do to each other....they need to get cracking with some kind of resolution to this storyline. I hope it doesn't draw out until next season but I'm thinking it prolly will....:(

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  7. Paul says the roomie is trying to plant drugs in Bates's bunk. Maybe we'll actually find out for sure. Free Bates!

    Anyway, knock wood but I haven't been sick this season. I did have some really nasty indoor allergies a couple of weeks ago, but Paul changed the filters and I've been OK. Being sick sucks.

    Freezing fog isn't too fun, either. I'm familiar with it from time in England. Driving through it at night on a B road is my idea of terrifying. Weather in Kansas tends to be less subtle. We do blizzards and tornadoes pretty well.

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    1. Tornadoes scare me!!!! Extreme weather scares me. Normal weather too :)

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  8. Feel better soon! But if you need as excuse to lay on the couch all day, check out The Woodlanders on Netflix. That should keep you until Downton on Sunday.

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    1. Thanks Christina! I feel fine though (knock on wood), it's everyone else around who seems to be sick with something or other. My poor brother, in a 3 week time frame, got traditional flu, and then a stomach virus. I feel terrible for him :(

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  9. Well I should probably pin all those good healthy things! But first I must ask one question about that book...are there polar bears? Lilac's other animal of obsession (besides horses) is polar bears! So I may really really really need this book, if it has polar bears...Maybe either way actually :)

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    1. Andrew and I are trying to remember...just took it back to the library -- I don't think there was any mention of polar bears! Lots of Eskimos though :) (not implying Eskimos are like polar bears :)

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  10. See, I should have read this post before I caught the dreaded flu... I also love your cool book of the week suggestion. You always suggest the coolest books.

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    1. Oh no!!!! So sorry you caught the flu. Feel better soon!!!! And thank you for the lovely compliment, that just makes my day :)

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  11. Oh, and yes, I am always behind in my blog reading so I know my comment was so last week, but just want you to know that I'm still reading :)

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    1. this too also makes my day!!! ;) make that flu go away!

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