Friday, August 31, 2012
Hi everyone, ok so I just wanted to let everyone know that I have just changed the url to my blog. So it is no longer missretroblog.blogspot.com. I am now at www.missretroagogo.blogspot.com. Thank you all so much for being a follower and I will be updating my blog soon. Have a lovely day!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I'm sorry I've been away for some time everyone but I've got some exciting news! We are expecting baby #2!!! That's right, I am 7 weeks pregnant today and we couldn't be more happier or ecstatic. We have been trying for 5 years and back in 2009 we got pregnant but it was a blighted ovum so I lost it. This year the Lord decided to finally bless us with a brand new bundle of joy from heaven. I know I haven't been blogging for quite a while but I've been extremely busy with trying to keep up with all the sites that I run and not to mention keeping up with my daily vlogs on Youtube. I hope you guys understand and I will try to update more often than usual and keep you guys updated on what's going on. I plan to vlog throughout my entire pregnancy so I will make sure to post those videos up for you guys. Either way, if you haven't already done so, please subscribe to my channel at www.youtube.com/missretro03. See you guys soon! :)
Friday, July 27, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
So when I went to the country back in December I traveled a lot to different places and saw lots of the costumes and I walked into a cheese factory that had books on amish recipes and home remedies. I was amazed by their alternative way of living and how much healthier lifestyles they all lead. I personally am a 100% believer in holistic and alternative medicine. I am not so much of a prescription drug supporter unless extremely necessary. I have come to believe that eventually prescription drugs fix one problem but cause a greater one down the road. So here I will share with you all a few amazing remedies from the amish. I hope you all enjoy and find it very helpful.
Alternative Medicine/Home Remedies
- Blood CleanerAnything you use as a blood will thin your blood and if high blood pressure is a patient's problem, it should not be used, as it will raise the blood pressure more. Sassafras tea/red clover blossom tea/strawberry leaf tea/dandelion root or leaf tea- Brew any of these teas as you would Chinese tea and drink one cup a day for three weeks.
- Liver Ailments Eat rhubarb sauce and it will get rid of mucus and acid of the liver
- Rosemary Herb is used for many ills, for example failing memory or as heart tonic. Is also used to flavor beef roast, chicken, tomato soup.
- Sage Use teas as remedy for flu, sore throats, and nervous headaches. Makes men wise and improves their memory faculties (hence, sage plant). Also use for flavoring for chicken stuffing and sausages.
- Female Problems/Painful Periods: Use tea made of red raspberry leaves - 1 tsp. dry crumbled leaves to 1 cup boiling water. Sweeten with honey and drink hot. Use no more than 2 cups in 24 hours.
- Pneumonia: Drink bone set tea, hot, twice a day. Drink lots of fluids: 3 c. hot water with 1/2 c. lemon juice sweetened with honey (drink hot, all in one day).
- Whooping Cough Medicine: 1 lemon sliced thin, 1 qt. water, 1/2 pt. flax seeds. Simmer 3-4 hours. Do not boil. Strain while hot. Add 2 oz. honey then water to make 1 pt. Dosage: 1 T. 4 times a day. In addition a dose after each sever fit of coughing.
- Cough Syrup: Put 3 whole eggs in the shell in a pint jar and fill with vinegar. Put a jar flat on top but do not screw lid on. Let stand 4-5 days till the shell gets soft and slightly black. Lift eggs out and fill the jar up with honey. Mix and use. Dosage: 1 t. 4 times a day.
- Bee Stings: Cover infected parts with dampened salt. Or, Soak with Listerine. Or, Make thick paste of baking soda and water and let dry. Or, put wet clay or mud on sting. Or, Vicks applied to sting will give relief.
- Fainting: A drink of vinegar is a sure cure for fainting.
- Earache: Dip cotton in molasses, put in ear and the pain will cease.
- Sore Throat: 1). Take vinegar and make it strong with salt and red pepper (black may be used) and gargle often. 2). Gargle with blood root tea, made with a 2" piece of root. Cut fine and brew in one cup hot water. Let simmer a minute. Gargle as hot as one can stand.
- Arthritis: 10 t. apple cider vinegar to a glass of water at each meal. Use honey instead of sugar.
- High Blood Pressure: Eat apples, grapes, cranberries or their juice. Eat a small amount of honey at each meal. Drink any of the following teas: Chamomile, Blue Vervain, Comfrey and Catnip.
- Fast Relief for Boils: Apply Vaseline to the boil, then slice a juicy lemon and put 1 slice on the affected spot. Remove this every day and put a fresh slice on until it's gone. This usually takes 3 days.
- For Fever: Take the white of an egg and beat with a spoon until foamy. Add a little sugar and a little hot water. Drink it and you will be surprised how soon the fever will be gone. (Note: Eggs must be free of salmonella when used raw these days!)
- Nose Drops: Mix together 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. baking soda, 1 cup boiled water. Put a few drops into the nose whenever necessary or, pour some into the palm of your hand sniff up into the nostrils to flush out the head. Emit through the mouth. Very healing.
- Poor Man's Gargle: Mix well 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. vinegar, and 1/2 cup warm water. Use as a gargle several times a day. Just as effective as high priced sweet tasting ones.
- Foot Powder: Mix 1 oz. baking soda and 1 oz. corn starch. Put in bottle with a shaker top. Dust onto feet every morning before putting on shoes.
- Dandruff: Use one tablespoon of nettle tea to a quart of water. Just pour boiling water over nettle. Cool and massage this tea into scalp often.
- Obesity: Chick weed will help you reduce. Steep a heaping teaspoon to a cup of boiling water. Drink one cup of the tea an hour before meals and at bedtime. Searack, burdock and nettle can be used the same way with good results.
- Nerve Medicine without Drugs: 1). Blue Vervain Herb: Brew 2 tsp. crushed leaves and flower head in 2 cups boiling water. Drink one cup warm before retiring and one cup next day. Sweeten with honey. 2). Catnip and chamomile tea will serve equally well. Use blossom only. With catnip, use any of the plant.
- Asthma Congestion: Add 1 oz. of the inner bark or pith of the wild cherry tree to one quart of water and boil down to one pint. Add 1 cup of honey and 1/3 c. of horehound candy (melted). Mix well and take 1 Tbsp as needed.
- Burns: An aloe vera plant is a very good first aid for burns and scalds. Break off leaf - the slippery ooze will seal off air from burn and will stop the pain in a few minutes. Severe of deep burns need the care of a physician. Leave burn uncovered whenever possible. This hastens healing. A paste made of unsalted lard and flour will also aid in taking the pain from burns.
- Diarrhea: 1). Drink juice of canned blackberry and/or blueberries. 2). The leaves of the shrub of blueberries are made into a tea. Drink a cup several times a day. 2 tsp. dried leaves plus 1 pint boiling water.
Around the Home:
- Weed Killer - Mix together 1 gal. white vinegar, 3 c. salt, 1 reg. size bottle detergent. Spray on weeds to kill on the spot. Works fast.
- Pantry Plant Food: 1 t. baking powder, 1 t. Epsom salt, 1 t. saltpeter, 1/2 t. household ammonia. Stir together and mix with 1 gallon of lukewarm water. Water with this in place of regular watering every 4-6 weeks. This works very well to perk up houseplants, especially vines and ivy.
- Varnish Remover: Mix 1 cup ammonia, 1 cup Borax, 1 cup salsoda, 2 cups water. Put on with paint brush. Let soak for 20 minutes or so and wash off with soapy water. Then rinse with clear water.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Ok, so every year for the Christmas holidays we go up to our mountain cabin in Tennessee. Even though I was born and raised in the city of Miami, I think I am a country girl at heart. Cause every time I go up there to TN I never want to leave. I feel that that's where I belong. Ever since I was a little girl I have always wanted to be part of that life. I always dreamed of having a big farm with lots of animals and having a nice country style home. The southern hospitality up there always makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Here are some great pics that I took on this trip. I hope you all enjoy it.
Here are some pictures I took from the top of our mountain cabin drive-way.
I am almost sure some day my dream of living in the country will come true. Look at this picture I took while taking a drive in the country on our way to Sevierville. The view is simply breath-taking. As you drive by there you feel so much calm and peace as if you're engulfed in a magical surreal world. A dream if I may, which honestly, I would never want to wake up from.
It is a vivid visual delight. If you've never been to Tennessee, I suggest you take some time, some day, to go up there and delight yourself in the beauty of nature and the great southern hospitality. If visiting Sevierville, Tennessee, there is a host of activities that will keep almost anyone occupied, including local attractions, sightseeing opportunities, shopping ventures, eateries, and outdoor sports for all athletic levels. Whether you prefer soaking in a hot-tub, or fly-fishing in a mountain stream, Sevierville will provide adequate leisure options for tourists. If eating is the highlight of your travel, then a 15-minute drive to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge is the norm. Tourists can sample southern cuisine, tavern food, funnel cakes, and candy shops by the dozens. Shoppers will be happy to know that Sevierville hosts up to 120 name-brand outlet shops; in addition there are antique and specialty shops tucked away along the countryside. Venturing beyond the city limits you will find everything from apple cider to fried zucchini.
Here's another amazing picture I took while driving in Sevierville!
And this is one of my absolute favorites!
It's a great place to bring your family; tourists should know that many local residents are Southern Babtist, and are very tolerant, but swearing and disorderly conduct are frowned upon. Common manners, however, will provide the expected southern hospitality Tennessee people are known for.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Cleaning your bathroom may sound like an arduous task but with these easy to do tips, you and your house help will be grinning away to a clean loo in no time!
Check for clogging in the drains, WC or washbasin pipes. To de-clog, pour boiling water into the drains followed by a cup of vinegar. Do not use the bathroom for a few hours. In fact, this is best done at night. You may also try a commercial de-clogger. If the stink persists, get a plumber (a tried-tested one, preferably) to check all drainage leading to the sewage point.
General bathroom hygiene is a must. On a daily basis, clean the toilet bowl using a good commercial toilet cleaner. Opt for reliable cleaning liquid soaps to clean the washbasin and countertop. For the floors, use a squeegee to get rid of excess water, and then get your help to sweep and mop. Make sure you wipe all the sanitary fittings using a wet cloth, dry off with a fresh cloth. Also clean the mirror using a soft cloth to remove water marks.
Follow a deep-clean routine once a week. Get your help to scrub floors, wall tiles, tub and shower stall thoroughly. She can use an old toothbrush to clean any mold or fungus growing in the tile grouting and in corners. For the mirror, use a commercial glass cleaner. But make sure you never spray directly on the mirror. Instead, spray it on a pad of cloth, and wipe the glass. Finish off by rubbing with a folded newspaper.
If you are using a shower curtain, get your help to clean the ends; she needs to dip the curtain end in half a bucket of warm water with soap suds. Leave for a while and brush clean. Always spread out the curtains after bath to allow for dripping and air circulation.
Avoid dampness. Make sure there's effective cross-ventilation. Switch on the exhaust fan after you've used the bathroom. The floor must be dry. Also, never leave wet towels or bathrugs in the bathroom.
You can place potpourri in a bowl or use commercial bathroom fresheners. Choose a perfumed toilet cleaner with disinfectant. Avoid phenyl - it has a strong smell.