USMAWIFE's SparkPeople Blog USMAWIFE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SIMPLE TRICKS TO REMOVE PESTICIDES FROM FRUITS AND VEGETABLES <BR> Many fruits and vegetables are grown with pesticides and coated with food-grade waxes. Pesticides are mainly used during the cultivation of crops and in some cases may remain as residues. Some fruits are also coated with food grade waxes to maintain shelf life and improve appearance such as color and firmness. According to the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), high levels of pesticide residues exposure has been linked to all kinds of diseases. Unfortunately, a quick rinse in wat... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:29:35 EST 5 simple ways to start loving yourself again, starting now Here are 5 simple ways to love yourself again, starting now: <BR> 1. Celebrate yourself, as you are right now. <BR> When you wake up each morning, thank yourself for everything that represents you. Thank your eyes for allowing you to see, your smile for making others smile, your hair for protecting your head from the sun, your body for giving you the ability to move, your mind for allowing you to think, your heart for letting you feel, etc. <BR> You are literally a walking miracle, so don’t... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:03:31 EST long few days ahead will update later Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:23:20 EST Always remember The shadows are lengthening for me. The twilight is here. My days of old have vanished, tone and tint. They have gone glimmering through the dreams of things that were. Their memory is one of wondrous beauty, watered by tears, and coaxed and caressed by the smiles of yesterday. (MacArthur Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:22:14 EST Don't Wait for the moment I read this last year and soon after went and reconnected with some of my close friends from college days So glad I did <BR> <BR> <BR> There was a guy that was born with cancer. A cancer that has no known cure. He was 17 years old and could die at any moment. He was always at home, under his mother’s care. <BR> <BR> One day he decided to go out, even if it was just once. He asked his mother for permission and she agreed. Walking down his block he saw many stores. Stopping at a music sto... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:56:48 EST Five funny facts of life <BR> 1. Having 1 child makes you a parent but having 2 makes you a referee. <BR> <BR> 2. Marriage is a relationship in which 1 person is always right and the other person is always husband. <BR> <BR> 3. You can't buy love but you pay heavily for it. <BR> <BR> 4. Wife and husband always compromise, husband admits that he's wrong and wife too agrees with him. <BR> <BR> 5. Our language is called mother tongue because the father never gets a chance to speak! Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:43:47 EST The benefits of silence I close my eyes, then I drift away, into the magic night I softly say. A silent prayer, like dreamers do, then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you. ~ Roy Orbison <BR> <BR> Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. ~ Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> How beautiful it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged. <BR> <BR> Silence is a very good language of expression. You don’t say anything, but silence says everything. So don’t get en... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:14:31 EST daily inspirations Sometimes you just have to turn the page to realize there's more to your book of life than the page you're stuck on. Stop being afraid to move on. Close this chapter of hurt, and never re-read it. It's time to get what your life deserves, and move on from the things that don't deserve you. Don't try to fix what's been broken in your past, let your future create something better. <BR> <BR> Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 06:53:04 EST How many of you love your husbands <BR> There was a group of women gathered at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with your husband. <BR> <BR> The women were asked, 'How many of you love your husbands?' <BR> <BR> All the women raised their hands. <BR> <BR> Then they were asked, 'When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?' <BR> <BR> Some women answered today, some yesterday, some didn't remember.. <BR> <BR> The women were then told to take their cell phones and send the following text to th... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:02:20 EST Real love Real beauty lies not in the physical appearance, but in the heart. Real treasure lies not in what that can be seen, but what that cannot be seen. Real love lies not in what is done and known, but in what that is done but not known. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 13:44:51 EST Quotes for good relationships Never ignore a person who loves you, cares for you, and misses you. Because one day, you might wake up from your sleep and realize that you lost the moon while counting the stars. <BR> <BR> People who ignore those who (truly and unselfishly) care for them eventually get what they deserve. One way or another we are to learn how to be a better person. If we don’t learn while the caring people are in our lives, we’ll be shown eventually. ~ Kim Smithers <BR> <BR> First they ignore you, the... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:12:44 EST Thursday I am very sure I have made a decision but not going to say what it is yet <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:17:34 EST Hump day long day getting thoughts together Wed, 15 Jul 2015 21:10:17 EST Men are deep thinkers What deep thinkers we men are... I mowed the lawn today, and after doing so I sat down and had a cold beer. The day was really quite beautiful, and the drink facilitated some deep thinking. <BR> <BR> My wife walked by and asked me what I was doing and I said 'nothing'. The reason I said that instead of saying 'just thinking' is because she would have said 'about what'. At that point I would have to explain that men are deep thinkers about various topics which would then lead to other questio... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:08:41 EST This Sheriff makes good use of prisioners while saving the state money SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN ! <BR> You may <BR> <BR> remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, who <BR> <BR> painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates <BR> <BR> wear pink prison garb. <BR> <BR> Well......... <BR> SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN ! <BR> <BR> <BR> Oh, there's MUCH <BR> <BR> more to know about Sheriff Joe ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 <BR> <BR> million dollars a year on stray animals, like <BR> <BR> cats and dogs. Sheriff... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:23:39 EST Smart wife A married couple is travelling by car from California to New York. <BR> <BR> Being seniors, after almost eleven hours on the road, they were too tired to continue and decided to take a room. But, they only planned to sleep for four hours and then get back on the road. <BR> <BR> When they checked out four hours later, the desk clerk handed them a bill for $350.00. <BR> <BR> The man explodes and demands to know why the charge is so high. He told the clerk although it’s a nice hotel; the ro... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:14:06 EST The difference between wives and girlfriends <BR> <BR> <BR> Difference between Wife & Girlfriend <BR> <BR> Wife is like a TV & <BR> Girlfriend is like a MOBILE. <BR> At home you watch TV, but when you go out you take your MOBILE. <BR> <BR> Sometimes you enjoy TV, but most of the time you play with your MOBILE. <BR> <BR> TV is free for life, <BR> but for the MOBILE, if you don't pay, the services will be terminated. <BR> <BR> TV is big, bulky & most of the time old. <BR> But the MOBILE is cute, slim, curvy & very portable. <BR> <... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:54:49 EST Daily inspiration for Thursday Set aside your concerns while you spend a little time in prayer and <BR> allow God to be the one who comforts you Thu, 9 Jul 2015 13:08:45 EST wed inspiration <BR> <BR> Keep your mind open to the possibility that things can turn out even <BR> better than expected. <BR> <BR> We often don't realize how heavy the weight of worry is and how much <BR> energy it requires until we are able to let go of it. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 12:50:20 EST Life is to short For those three members who offered me advise yesterday, thank you <BR> <BR> I thought on it and praying on it Tomorrow I will talk to my doctor to see if he can figure out how to get this virus tested. I have dropped 4 lbs from last thursday through today <BR> <BR> my bp was up put figured it was due to me talking and laughing during the test <BR> <BR> Today I learned my 40th reunion is next year. Mentioned it to hubby and his response was like and.... I know he does not want me to... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 21:14:58 EST spending sunday relaxing About 730 pm last night I gave our dog half of a pill that our vet presecribed for anxiety <BR> <BR> put the half in a wad of peanut butter which sat on a slice of american cheese he gobbled it all down in one bite <BR> <BR> we waited and waited for it to work but it did not through the fireworks. <BR> <BR> this morning it still has not worked So my thought is that I put to much peanut butter around the pill and it did not get absorbed liked it should <BR> <BR> last night finished... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 12:34:52 EST July 4th today I just stayed at home an worked on some knitting projects. <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Jul 2015 20:00:17 EST 25 AWESOME TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL LIFE!!! <BR> <BR> 1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant. <BR> <BR> 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. <BR> <BR> 3. When you wake up in the morning, Pray to ask God’s guidance for your purpose, today. <BR> <BR> 4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. <BR> <BR> 5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds. <BR> <BR> 6. Try to m... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:32:18 EST wise sayings Never force yourself to have a space in anyone's life because if they really know your worth, they'll surely create one for you. <BR> <BR> “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” ~ Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> “I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.” ~ Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> “Do not speak about your money in front of a poor person. Do not speak about your health in front of a si... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 15:42:36 EST Hump day another long day <BR> <BR> last night a good friend called. mentioned that we had not heard from another friend in a while, he connected us and we had a great conveeration. <BR> <BR> his wife is my little sister from college <BR> <BR> today was slightly busy but I am home and going to relax Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:09:18 EST 2015 is now half way over where did it go? Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:55:09 EST insane monday the week started with me getting about 4 hours of sleeping again up at 4, fixed hubby's lunch and then tried to do some computer things <BR> <BR> started to fall back to sleep around 7 something but of course the phone rang and woke me up. the tech wanted to come out between noon and two to replace the part in ourtelevision <BR> <BR> So now I was up <BR> <BR> started doing more house stuff and of course the phone kept ringing with more telemarketers <BR> <BR> then stupidity popped in a... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:16:13 EST quotes about women When a woman stops trusting you then you can still be in her life but there is no way that you can be in her heart.. Aarti khurana <BR> <BR> “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” ~William Shakespeare <BR> <BR> Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult. ~ Charlotte Whitton <BR> <BR> Women: Can’t live with them, can’t bury them in the back yard without the neighbors seeing. ~ Sean Williamson <BR> <BR> If a man ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:41:56 EST long days continue it is a bit after 9 pm on friday night <BR> <BR> hubby has been up since 330 this morning and i forced him to climb into bed after he got home at 8 pm tonight, ate half a sub he has to be up again at 3 am tomorrow and praying he gets sunday off (his regular day off to get some sleep <BR> <BR> i was up with him putting together lunch since today was to be crazy with lots of shipments in and out <BR> <BR> right now i can't go to sleep as their are thunderstorms in the area and the dog is f... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:12:42 EST Thursday Got about an extra hour of sleep this morning before we had to had to get up to go to DMV to get our drivers license renewed Shockingly we were in and out within 15 minutes <BR> <BR> Spent the afternoon cooking lots of veggies that I can reach in the frig and eat . Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:01:25 EST So disgusted well my doctors appt did not happen <BR> <BR> Hubby did not get home until 9pm and there was no way i was going to have him drive to Charleston which is 8 hours round trip <BR> <BR> yes I was ticked off that he did not take the half day yesterday like he promised, <BR> <BR> So my followup from the surgery is now July 15th but I know I have to change it again as I do not want a 330 pm appt which gets us home at 1030 at night <BR> <BR> I also wanted to to to Charleston to stop at the af... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:42:25 EST Another long day after a hot bath, got hubby and headed up to bed around 10 I however did not fall asleep for another hour <BR> me <BR> And just as I got comfy, the alarm went off another 4 am morning Today though, hubby was only supposed to be working a half day since he put in lots of days in including giving up two of his days off <BR> <BR> After he left, I stayed up with the laptop on my lap and working on my cardigan while I listened to the morning news. <BR> <BR> My friend whose husband had th... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:57:29 EST Long Day Mondays usually start at 4 am in our house. But thanks to the dog and some idiot firing off fireworks last night, did not go to sleep until 1130 ish and then tossed and turned making sure I did not over sleep <BR> <BR> Laid in bed with the laptop while hubby showered and then left for work <BR> <BR> Was considering going back to sleep as I had a doctors appt at 1015 but that did not happen. <BR> <BR> Hubby left at 5 and around within the hour I heard something and then him yelling up it'... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:16:39 EST How to treat yourself Trust yourself more than you trust the pressures of society and the <BR> ways other people try to influence you. <BR> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:41:51 EST what would you do in life..... If you knew you couldn't fail what would you do in life? <BR> <BR> Seriously no trick questions- if you knew you couldn't fail, now what? Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:29:56 EST Loving your country seems not to be a good thing for some In several older blogs I have written how a couple we know is being treated so badly by the VA. <BR> <BR> quickly upating now <BR> Although the promised to refill the pain pump ithey replaced in stomach, the doctor is now refusing to do it as the VA has stopped reimbursing for drugs from a compounded pharmacy <BR> <BR> His pump went dry two days ago. On top of that last week he went into the hospital and was given 6 pints of whole blood as he had no red blood count showing on his lab <BR> ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:19:34 EST Such a cowardly act in a Charleston Church Last night in Charleston SC, a group of people gathered in a church to have a prayer meeting <BR> <BR> During that meeting, a young man walked in and shot 10 people, 8 were killed there, one died in the hospital and the 10th victim, lives saying that the shooter said he was going to let them live so that they could tell everyone what the shooters intentions were <BR> <BR> We have drive by that church many times on our trips to the hospital and it was such a peaceful looking place where peop... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:04:52 EST Today is National Vegatable day What is your favorite and least favorite veggies Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:59:11 EST Finding a friend within you Today I found a friend, who knew everything I felt. She knew my every weakness, and the problems I've been dealt. She understood my wonders, and listened to my dreams. She listened to how I felt about life, and knew what it all means. Not once did she interrupt me or tell me I was wrong. She understood what I was going through and promised to stay on. I reached out to this friend to show her that I care, to pull her close and let her know how much I need her there. I went to hold her hand, to... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:56:42 EST Wise words from a friend Remember the childhood rhyme of "Sticks and Stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me".? This is my translation, words are hurtful ... <BR> <BR> Sticks & stones may break my bones, the words are ghosts that haunt me; pain from words has left its scar on this heart and mind so fragile, the cuts and bruises have now healed, but the words are always remembered. <BR> <BR> The truth is, words are hurtful and stick with you. As you begin a new day, think about what you say to someon... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:39:42 EST The story of the three old men. <BR> <BR> A Woman came out of her house and saw Three(3) Old Men with Long White Beards sitting in Her front yard. She did not recognize them. <BR> <BR> She said "I don't think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat." <BR> <BR> "Is the man of the house home?", They asked. <BR> <BR> "No", She replied. "He's out." <BR> <BR> "Then We cannot come in", They replied. <BR> <BR> In the evening when Her Husband came home, She told Him what had happened. <BR... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:38:29 EST its sad how quickly It's sad how quickly people can forget about you <BR> <BR> until they want something from you Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:47:44 EST cooking for enjoyment i found some recipes I have been wanting to try and figured today was as good a day to try them <BR> <BR> First made a batch of peach pineapple salsa with red onions, fresh corn, and a very light oil and vinegar dressing <BR> <BR> then I am making baked beans with three types of beans for dinner tomorrow along with some ribs that I have marinating in a homemade sauce <BR> <BR> and last tonight will be corn bread with some mild chili peppers Fri, 12 Jun 2015 19:52:10 EST thursday I am so tired of dealing with life and stupidity <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19:13:54 EST those with a 100 weight loss and eating eggs From Coach Jen <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Our press folks are looking for someone who has lost 100 pounds or more while eating eggs as part of a healthy diet. <BR> <BR> Do you (or someone you know) qualify? If so, send me a SparkMail. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:57:47 EST Its never to late sometimes you just have to forget about the person you once were and move on. <BR> <BR> It's never to late to be who you might have been Tue, 9 Jun 2015 20:22:21 EST facing the fire If your going through hell keep on moving- face that fire! <BR> <BR> Walk right through it- you might get out before the devil even knoowwws your thereeeee!!! Mon, 8 Jun 2015 06:24:12 EST simple thought life is short <BR> <BR> examine yours and see if you are happy Sun, 7 Jun 2015 16:50:37 EST The people in our lives Have you ever stopped to think about if you hadn't met a certain person in your life, it would be completely different? I occasionally think about this and realize that each person makes some type of impact on your life. It could be just a brief moment in passing. Maybe they will change your life in some way or maybe you needed to change their life. I've come to realize that we don't just meet people by accident. My world would be totally different and I wouldn't be who I am without all the d... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 09:22:43 EST Going into the weekend I want the weekend over already <BR> <BR> This would be the first time I have been able to attend my college reunion and I was not allowed to go. This is still a result of all the issues that happened when I went to Vegas last Feb. (I did not get drunk or arrested there thank goodness but other issues happened <BR> <BR> I also got fit with family issues about an hour ago and this one is not going to go away anytime soon. When my MIL and my DIL meet, it did get a bit ugly <BR> <BR> So ... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 19:12:17 EST