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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Yard Free of Fleas and Pests??

A Pest FREE Yard

Is it really possible to organically minimize the amount of fleas and pets in your yard?  

It very much is!  If you haven't heard about beneficial will quickly love learning what these "little guys" can do!

Here's what ARBICO Organics have to say about Beneficial Nematodes...

"Beneficial Nematodes are live, microscopic organisms (non-segmented roundworms) that occur naturally in soil throughout the world.  They are parasitic to insect pests that typically have a developing (larval or pupal) stage of life in the soil; however they have been known to parasitize above ground stages of adults, nymphs, and larvae." (ARBICO Organics)

Beneficial Nematodes are applied to the soil where you want to eliminate pests such as fleas, ticks, grubs, fly larvae, fungus gnats, and many, many more!  (Over 200 pests!!)

The nematodes actually get inside the pest and infect it with toxic bacteria...this bacteria in turn kills the pest within 24-48 hours.  The nematodes feed on the bacteria and the host insect tissue.   
ARBICO Organics-Beneficial Nematodes at work

"Beneficial Nematodes are considered to be one of the most lethal parasites known to kill plant pests." (ARBICO Organics)

Our personal experience with the Beneficial Nematodes:
We applied these beneficial nematodes to our yard last year and I can honestly say I do think they have helped.  We are not seeing near as many pests in the yard and with pets around, that is a major plus!  Fleas are rare and I am happy!  We used the TRIPLE THREAT COMBINATION variety and also applied them twice within 2 weeks apart.  We spent a  fortune sizable amount of water to keep the soil moist for the duration of the application, but overall, I am happy with the results.  

If you are interested in finding a way to minimize your outdoor pests and keep down the use of insecticides and chemicals using one or more of ARBICO's Organics Beneficial Nematodes may be what you are looking for!

This link will take you to ARBICO Organics's page for FAQs on their use and application.

If you are interested in learning more, this company has much to offer in the way of Beneficial Insects- which alone can help control certain pest populations, such as Ladybugs or Green Lacewings for Aphid control and Beneficial Mites for various not-so-beneficial mites such as the Two Spotted Spider Mite. They offer Milky Spore Powder for Japanese beetle grub control and many more.

This has been a post I have been wanting to share of my own accord, I was in no way compensated or am affiliated with ARBICO Organics, although I would purchase from them again and will reapply our Beneficial Nematodes as needed!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Broccoli Salad

Picture of Broccoli Salad in a Bowl

This recipe is versatile in that if you don't have an ingredient on hand, sub it with something else you like...vegetables make great salads :) Also, I don't measure when I make this, I just eye the amount that seems right for me.  Depending on the amount you want to make, you can likely do the same.  

Here's the list of ingredients I usually use to make a fairly large bowl of broccoli salad- large enough to feed as a main dish with a side of protein for a family of 5 or 6.

  • Cleaned broccoli florets, broken into small bite-sized pieces (about 1 large bunch)
  • 1 bag of broccoli slaw
  • 3 boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/2 onion grated
  • generous sprinkle of real bacon bits
  • 1 small zucchini or yellow summer squash, chopped (optional)
  • homemade olive oil mayonnaise (about 1/3 cup)
  • sprinkle of apple cider vinegar (about 1 TBSP)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Mix together in large bowl and serve with a side of grilled chicken breasts or salmon as a complete meal.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Raw Milk Symposium-Watch For Free!!

A Campaign for Real Milk


Symposium Free for the Public and Government Officials through Live Streaming

The annual raw milk symposium presented by the Weston A. Price Foundation will be available to the public and to government officials through live streaming (and archived).

The session will feature raw milk experts and activists, including Mark McAfee, owner of the largest raw milk dairy in California and chairman of the Raw Milk Institute, Pete Kennedy, president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and Sally Fallon Morell, founder of A Campaign for Real Milk.

The session will be held Monday November 10, 2014 from 9:15 to 4:00 PM, Eastern Time.

To access the session on November 10 or anytime after, go to:


9:15 - 10:30 - Raw Milk Legal Updates for Canada and the U.S., Karen Selick, LL.B and Pete Kennedy, Esq.

10:45 - 12:00 - Producing Safe Raw Cheese, Sally Fallon Morell
Cheese is a processed product, and whether raw or pasteurized, it needs to be produced under strict sanitary conditions. Sally Fallon Morell will share her experience as a cheese maker on sanitation, plant maintenance and record keeping, and will provide tips on how to pass your FDA inspection.

1:15 - 2:30 - RAWMI Progress and Lessons from the Listed, Mark McAfee
RAWMI food safety success; creating a bright and safe future for raw milk.

2:45 - 4:00 - A New California Raw Milk Dairy, Cynthia Daley, PhD
This session will focus on the steps required to pass through the grade A permit and licensing process, including all state and county agencies that are involved and their associated costs. We will also cover the details of the on-farm Risk Analysis & Management plan to meet & exceed the needs of state standards as we work toward safe production methods for raw milk.

The Raw Milk Symposium is being held immediately following FOCUS ON FOOD, the Fifteenth International Conference of the Weston A. Price Foundation, which is Friday, November 7 – Sunday, November 9 in Indianapolis. Click here for conference details, to register or call (540) 722-7104.
The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the nutrition education nonprofit, The Weston A. Price Foundation. Based in Washington, DC, WAPF is the leading advocacy group promoting broader consumer access to safety-tested raw milk. Contact or visit and

Interested in this year's WAPF conference?  See below:

Fifteenth International Conference of the Weston A. Price Foundation
Friday, November 7 - Sunday, November 9

Register by October 24th and get a big bonus!
The Wise Traditions Conference Library includes recordings from all of our conferences for the past seven years. If you register by October 24, you can view all these talks for free for four days between November 19-22, 2014.

Click here for conference details
or call (540) 722-7104

Thursday, October 16, 2014 & Dr. Brownstein

All these and more questions are answered here with LOTS of links and resources to browse.  
Mary Shomon- from

Mary Shomon, patient advocate and author has put this website,, together to help you.  

This site is all about getting YOU the information and empowerment you need to be proactive in your thyroid treatment and care.

Meet up with Mary on her Facebook page.

Dr. David Brownstein

Another great source for your thyroid is the book by Dr. David Brownstein, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders Third Edition .  

Dr. Brownstein wrote the book on Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It - see that post here if you missed it.

Also, don't miss out on some informative blog posts from Dr. David Brownstein too, visit his blog here!

Some of his recent blog posts include:
Check it out! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Have You Met Joette Calabrese? If Not- Read on!

Picture of Joette Calabrese-From www.Homeopathy
Meet Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(NA)

Let me introduce you to this amazing woman!

She is a certified classical homeopath who teaches and consults all over the world.  She began her homeopathy studies in 1986 and has since then been awarded many accreditations.  Some of the world renown homeopaths she has studied with include Dr. Prasanta Banerji and Dr. Pratip Banerji.  She is an honorary board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and was also awarded the Activist Award by the WAPF in 2013.

She contributes many articles to the WAPF journals and online archives.  One of which was my absolute favorite article (from the Winter 2013 journal) ....
My Dad and the Dead Cardiologists.  Please take the time to read it, a whole new world may open up to you! If you are unable to read the article with the link above, you may click here to read it in PDF form, or even chose to print it.

Or maybe you prefer to read about Poison Ivy and Poison Oak?

Whatever your area of interest, I'm sure you'll find it here at her website 

Call her office Monday- Friday EST from 8:30-4:30 at (716) 941 -1045 to schedule your FREE 15 minute consultation with Joette.  Find out if homeopathy is right for you and your situation.

Still want more?  Purchase one of her many courses to help educate yourself on the proper remedies and uses according to each proposed case.  Looking for a more intense syllabus, check out her Good Gut, Bad Gut Syllabus!

Don't just stop there!  Be sure to sign up for her FREE informational posts and tips that she shares.  You'll be glad you did!  :)

As a side note, I can testify to the healing power of homeopathic remedies in my own family.  Years ago, when my daughter had an ongoing sty (of months and months) that would continually come and go; I took her to a local homeopathic doctor.  After treating her with the prescribed remedies, her sty disappeared and NEVER returned!  Since then, we have used many homeopathic treatments and always been pleased with the results.  What have you got to lose when homeopathic treatment is safe and even compatible for concurrent use with prescription medicines.  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Meet Donna Schwenk and Try Her Kefir Breakfast Pudding!

Donna Schwenk's telling about her kefir breakfast pudding recipe!

Now you have kefir and you don't know what to do with it?  You need to meet Donna Schwenk!  She'll inspire you to try new and exciting recipes with your kefir and ferments!

Donna is the Kansas City Chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation and also the founder of Cultured Food  She has been culturing and fermenting food since 2002 and even offers a membership called, Biotic Pro Members, for those wanting access to her online classes.  Very good for beginners and those wanting to learn more!

Click the image above to watch the short video and see how she puts together a Breakfast Kefir Pudding in just minutes.  If you want more recipes, using your kefir, just click here at and help yourself to MANY, MANY wonderful recipes!  These recipes aren't just for kefir, but lots of cultured/fermented foods!  WONDERFUL!!

If you are short on time and just want to skip ahead to her recipe, here it is:

Picture of Kefir Breakfast Pudding

Ingredients for Breakfast Kefir Pudding
  • 1 cup kefir
  • ½ Tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¼ cup oatmeal, any kind, old fashioned, steel cut, rolled.
  • Any fruit; bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, etc. Extra for topping.
  • Sweetener maple syrup, honey, stevia
  1. Add kefir to a a ½ quart canning jar.
  2. Add all other ingredients in jar.
  3. Cap jar with a lid and shake vigorously.
  4. Place in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, you can add more fruit or sweetener of your choice.
Now, go run over to Cultured Food and get busy culturing your foods!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Free Guide to Healthy Living Book

A Guide to Healthy Living by Dr. Dale Jacobson, D.C,.a Free downloadable book
If you attended the last WAPF Chapter meeting (or read about it), you might remember this name...Dr. Dale Jacobson.  This was the man interviewing and discussing with Organic Pastures owner,Mark McAfee, in the video, Raw Milk the Whole Truth (aka The Raw Milk Controversy.) 

Dr. Jacobson is a pioneer in his own right, promoting the healing benefits of raw milk, kefirs, clabbers, and ferments for the past 20 some years!  

Aside from his knowledge on this, he also has been a chiropractor for 33 years, manages a 20 acre farm, and is an avid yoga participant.  He has written this book, Guide to Healthy Living, that is available to his patients in the Nevada City, CA region, but so graciously made it available online to others, free of charge!

This, Guide to Healthy Living, has over 340 pages of information!  It is broken into 3 parts:  Part 1-Essays on Personal Health, Part 2-The Mom Section, Part 3- Strengthening Exercises to Help Prevent Injury and Promote Healing.

Click here to download this book.

You can visit his website here at and find many points of interest under the sections Dale's Book and Resources.  So even if you aren't local to his area, you can still benefit by the information he has made available.