Friday, October 27, 2017

Cute & Free Halloween or Thanksgiving Craft

Soda Bottle Pumpkin
Cute & Free Halloween or Thanksgiving Craft

2 - 2 liter soda bottles
2 - 16 oz green soda bottle
1 - roll of painters tape, masking tape or stickers
1 can of chalkboard spray paint
1 can of orange spray paint
Old newspaper as drop cloth 
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Stick out of the yard or a dowel rod 

Rinse and air dry soda bottles. Cut 2 liter bottles 1/3 of the way from bottom of bottle. It's easier to cut them in half, then trim down.

Now, squeeze together the opening of one bottle and insert it into the opening of the other.

Next, using your lighter, char the rough edges of the outer bottle. Don't burn one area too long or it will wilt the plastic.

Layout newspaper to use as a drop cloth and begin painting bottles with chalkboard paint. Once dry, flip over and chalkboard paint the bottom.

While you allow that to dry, begin working on the green soda bottles. Cut out the top 1/3 of one of the bottles and begin cutting around the center to make one long curl.

Using the other green soda bottle, cut out the top 1/3 and use the smooth surface to cut out teardrop shaped leaves. You can use the lighter to wilt areas of the leaves to get the desired shape and look you want.

You can also use the lighter to get tighter curls by charring the inside of the curls.

Use painters tape, masking tape or stickers to put a face on your pumpkin.
Once the paint is dry, attach tape cutouts to the pumpkin.

Now its time to spray with your orange paint. Allow top side to dry and flip over and paint bottom. It will take about two coats to get complete coverage.

When the pumpkin is completely dry, it's time to remove the tape stickers and begin glueing on other pieces.

Cut the curls into 3 pieces and hot glue them on the top. You can use the lighter to char the inside of the curls to tighten them up a bit.

Next, break about a 2 inch section off the stick you collected from the yard and hot glue it on the top, center.

Now it's time to attach your leaves. 

It's ready to display with your Halloween decor.
Soda Bottle Pumpkin

It could also be made without the face for Thanksgiving decorations.
Soda Bottle Pumpkin

Or paint it red to use as an apple. You can also use different size bottles to make several shapes and sizes. 

Class Craft:  Teachers would want to do all the cutting and chalkboard painting of bottles and have students place stickers and brush paint their pumpkins. They could collect leaves, sticks and vines to decorate pumpkins. I would suggest a sticky glue to attach those to pumpkins.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review / 8 Week Challenge: Day 60 ~ The Results

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review / 8 Week Challenge: Day 60 ~ The Results

Just a reminder to those that may have missed my blog post:  My husband is no longer a part of this experiment due to a New medication that his doctor prescribed. Due to certain side effects of this medication, he could no longer participate.

Things I was Experiencing Prior to Thrive use:
Perimenopausal mood swings, extreme responses to mundane situations, lack of energy, and weight gain.
Mobility challenged with muscle loss, depression, and weight gain
Carb and chocolate cravings.

Benefits that I've experienced after 60 days of using Thrive:
More & Sustained Energy
Low to No chocolate or carb cravings; but I have noticed an increase of cravings from the first 30 days.
Mood & Emotions leveled and appropriate for the situation
Drinking more water
Clothes are looser and tummy is smaller; about the same as the first 30 days
Appetite control has dropped off from the first 30 days.

I took my measurements and weight at the end of the first 30 days of this challenge. All measurements are the same and have not changed. My weight loss? 0

A breakdown of what's promised of the products and my results:
Weight Management:
As a weight management, I'm not impressed. Others I know have lost weight, but they are younger, healthier and more active.

Mental Acuity:
I've seen No improvement in my ability to concentrate on tasks at hand. I still have what I call 
"MAD - Menopause Attention Deficit."

Appetite Management:
The appetite suppressant was very notable during the first 30 days, however, it dropped off the second 30 days.

Supports Energy and Circulation:
Yes, I've had More and Sustained Energy throughout the day and evening.

Healthy Joint Functions:
I haven't been experiencing the knee pain that I was previously, so I think that it has helped. 

Calms General Discomfort:
I believe that it does, but I'm really not a good judge on this due to my health issues.

Digestive and Immune Support:
Well, I haven't gotten that nasty virus that everyone seems to be passing around, so I believe it helps.

Lean Muscle Support:
As I've stated before, I don't work out, so I can't be a reliable judge on this. However, I have noticed that my thighs do look healthier. 

Mood & Emotion Stabilizer:
Yes; not only have I, but my husband has noticed a difference in my moods. My emotions are calmer and my reactions are more appropriate for the situation.

I will continue my Thrive regiment beyond this experiment. Though I'm disappointed I haven't lost weight, I feel the other benefits make it worth sticking with.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 54

Thrive Le-vel Review Day 54

Well, I'm nearly to the end of my 8 week Thrive challenge, and I've got mixed reviews. Be sure to join me on the 22nd for my entire assessment.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 49

Thrive Le-vel Review
Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 49

I'm still Thriving! I must note that my sleep routine has been drastically altered. What I thought were just flukes of early rising have become my new norm. In the first 30 days of taking Thrive, I was waking after 6 hours sleep, now I'm down to 5 hours a night. I'm not sure; this maybe a "normal" experience, but it was definitely unexpected by me. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 42

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 42

I'm still at it; still doing my Thrive routine. Unfortunately, I can not say the same of my husband. He has been put on a new medication, per doctor's orders, and I fear that his results would be tainted. With that being said, he is still drinking the shake each morning, as a meal replacement. However, I will no longer include his experience, as he is not doing a full Thrive regiment. Its a bit disappointing, but it can't be helped.

Praying for Las Vegas, the Victims, the Families and our Country.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Yellowing Nails Cure ~ Its probably in your medicine cabinet already

Yellowing Nails Cure with VapoRub

Did you know that yellowing Toe Nails is caused by a fungus? No worries! You can easy cure it in as little as 2 weeks. Simply rub VapoRub on clean, dry nails. Using a cotton swab, rub the medicine on your nails and cuticles, paying special attention to under the nail. Do this everyday for two weeks and it will clear up the fungus. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 39

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 39

Good Morning!
I wanted to share something I've noticed about my Thrive experience and see if its just me. The two times that I've had high carb meals, while taking Thrive, I've seen a severe drop in energy. Its so bad that it concerned me of my sugar levels. Though my A1C has been fine for years now, I did have gestational diabetes when I was pregnant and the feeling is not exactly like that. I don't get that "sugar high," I just feel exhausted and sleepy. I'm not sure if this is Thrive associated, or just my changing body, but it Does make me want to ward off carbs.