Adoptable Kitties

Hi, My long, lost loves! How is everyone? So I’m still moving around furniture, going to barn sales as well as trying my hand at watercolors and oil painting, raising humans and….saving lives. Cat lives. If you’ve followed me for a while you know that my pets always find a way into my photos and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I started working at local shelters socializing and caring for cats and walking dogs. This Spring I started the foster process after wearing DH down!

Ivy, Clover and Holly (from left)

It has been such a special experience and one that I will not stop doing for the rest of life. I’m primarily working with Homeward Trails, which is such a special organization. They seek out animals in need all over the county and outside of the US. They will take in as many cats and dogs as possible from shelters that cannot care for them. I’ve even received a request from a coordinator to grab a flashlight and head over to the 7-11 because someone spotted a mama and her babies hiding amongst the trashcans.

Since Spring is kitty season, we took in a mama and her three babies. It has been an unbelievable experience watching Mama nurse her 1 lb babies and care for them and keep them alive. We almost lost Clover to pneumonia early on.

Holly (Girl), Clover (Boy) and Ivy (Boy) are all available for adoption RIGHT NOW.

Holly
Clover
Ivy

As a girl that loves God, I know that offering empathy is, well, pretty much everything. I am trying to teach my kids this concept more than anything else. Right now my family is not able to travel to Kenya or build homes in Honduras, but we can offer shelter to the littlest of creatures.

Ivy, Holly, Clover (from bottom)
Clover
Mama, Clover and Ivy
Ivy

I love this process so much that we also are fostering Lulabelle. A sweet five year old that has been living in and out of homes and is slow to trust. Sweet Lulu. Greta discovered recently that she loves the piano. If we play the piano, she comes running and rubbing. It’s quite amazing. Lulu is also available for adoption.

Lulabelle

If you have space in your home and heart for any of these babies, please email me. I pray for the perfect homes for these Loves. cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

Mora Clock Redo

This is a reproduction Mora clock. Sadly, not a $5,000 antique Sweedish Mora clock. But, I think it’s still cute and it gives my living room the look I want.

I feel like after Christmas is a perfect time to refresh and rearrange. I get so excited to put away Christmas decor and move furniture! Like, so excited!

A few days after Christmas, when DH was a work, I asked the girls if they could help me move a few pieces around. This all started because I bought a small sofa for the end of my bed in the master. I needed to put my white furniture someplace. I dreamt about it, thought about it for days and planned the whole thing out in my head. I just needed muscle and to cross my fingers in the hopes that the look would work.

The girls literally helped me carry down pieces of huge furniture and we had a great time doing it! I was so excited that I found a spot for my Mora clock and asked if the girls could paint it for me. They are old enough that I could literally leave them alone to do the job. They were thrilled!

Here’s a look at the beginning stages to the end. They taped off the glass part of the clock without me even telling them and go to work.

PS – I used Annie Sloan Old White and sanded some edges.

Coo-Coo

Hot Gift Idea: The Juicer

One of my favorite gift ideas listed in my Favorite Things Post found here was a Breville Juicer. I know juicers were the rage like 20 years ago and then we all got into the Vitamix, but the juicer is back! Here is the one I recommended. (Still on sale at William Sonoma!)

Why is the juicer back? Because of it’s best friend – celery. Again, I cannot take credit for discovering the benefits of celery juice, but when I find something that is life changing I want everyone to know about it! The Medical Medium is the guy that has put celery juice on the map.

Here is a list of benefits from the Medical Medium’s site found here.

Why Drink Celery Juice?

Many of the benefits of celery juice are listed on the website, but some of them include

  • Critical for healing chronic acid reflux
  • Fights autoimmune disease, including Hashimoto’s, Lyme disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and every other autoimmune condition
  • Incredible for constipation and all digestive issues
  • Helps restore the adrenals
  • Contains mineral salts that are critical for the central nervous system
  • Helpful for depression, anxiety, brain fog, confusion, bipolar disorder, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), poor focus and concentration
  • Important for skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis
  • Flushes toxins and pathogenic byproduct from the body
  • Helps stabilize blood pressure
  • Helps eradicate strep bacteria
  • Fights Epstein-Barr and Shingles viruses
  • Brings down toxic liver heat
  • The ultimate gallbladder rehabilitator
  • Eliminates mucus
  • Restores bile production and potency
  • Celery’s natural sodium draws toxic salts out of the body
  • Powerful weapon against SIBO
  • Inhibits viruses, bacteria, and fungus
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Helps repair damaged ligaments & bones
  • Highly anti-inflammatory
  • Powerful way to alkalize the gut
  • Celery juice raises hydrochloric acid 
  • Supports and calms the central nervous system
  • Helps the liver produce bile 
  • And many more!

At the risk of being too vulnerable (not possible, right guys?!) I struggle with many things on this list. I have Hashimoto’s disease, PCOS, a hiatal hernia, GERD, depression, anxiety, PTSD – all of which I take medicine for. And it does a job on my body for sure. There’s little you can do to control aspects of your body when you are on lots of meds, but this makes me hopeful. And so I carry on juicing! Here is how it works. Get yourself 5 bunches of celery for the work week – they won’t last in your fridge more than that without getting moldy. Cut off the hard bottom and the skim off the tops.

Put celery through your juicer, a few stalks at a time. The recommended amount of juice you want each morning is 16 oz. You want to drink it on an empty stomach and use pure celery. Don’t add anything to it! It’s good and you will develop a taste for it.

This is the fiber that is left over and what you do not want to consume. This fiber is why you want to juice and not just puree your celery. The healing properties are in the pure juice that come from separating the fiber from the celery.

Cheers!