How Knowing Your Plants Can Save You Money

For way too many years, I took for granted the “weeds” that were growing in my yard. I thought they were good for nothing but making my yard look bad. Then after learning a common weed in my garden was actually edible (and not half bad) I wondered else I didn’t know about the weeds in my yard and garden. Turns out, it’s a lot.

It is important to note that you should NEVER consume plants/weeds that have been treated with weed killers or certain lawn products. If you’re not sure, it’s best not to consume it.

Just another weed in my yard?

A landscaping company posted a picture of a weed I commonly see in yard.

Crushed or chewed then placed over a bug bite, mosquito bite, bee sting, rash, or acne as a poultice and bandaged these plant is said to be able to help draw out toxins. Do a quick search and you’ll find several recipes for salves and balms using the broadleaf plantain. It’s said to be a digestive aid as well. B&D Landscaping’s facebook post has a wealth of information about this plant and uses.

Broadleaf plantain is also edible in salads or added to recipes.

That Sticky Plant

On another occasion, while harvesting raspberries from the wild raspberry bushes we have growing in our yard, I came across this invasive weed. It was so long and sticky. It was starting to wrap around the raspberries. I wondered what it was since it was touching some of the raspberries we were going to consume. Turns out this weed has many names: Clevers, sticky willy, coachweed, goosegrass, and a few other names.

Probably my favorite thing to learn about these was that you can make “coffee” with them. Cleaver is actually part of the coffee family. Yes, those little sticky, fuzzy berry looking things. You can pick them off, dry out, then roast them in the oven, then grind them up and make coffee. Be warned the process is time consuming. Picking all those stickly little berries off takes a while and you need a lot to brew a pot of coffee. I tried it though. It wasn’t half bad. The leaves and stems are edible as well and can be added to stir fries, salads, and soups.

Cleaver is said to have diuretic properties and has been used for kidney and urinary tract ailments.

People actually plant this one on purpose!

Purslane. This is the one I often saw growing in my gardens. Almost looks like a succulent to me. I found out that not only is Purslane edible but quite nutrient dense for a little plant containing antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iron, Potassium, and Manganese. Phew! Now that’s a hard working plant.

You can eat it raw by itself, mix it into your salad, or add it to your dish. You can easily find Purslane seeds and plants online. In fact, Purslane is commonly grown, on purpose, in many other countries.

The multitasker of the weed world

Dandelions, we all know them. Dandelion greens can be eaten. The petals can be turned into teas, wine, jams, or jellies. You can use the root for dandelion root coffee.

Dandelions are also said to have medicinal properties. A quick search will have you finding tinctures, tonics, and many other medicine cabinet ideas for dandelions.

The more I learn the more I realize the culinary adventures and medicine cabinet stocking I can do. And that saves me money! I’m also interested in learning more.

I love seeing companies like T1 payments that care. Donating to the South Florida Fairchild Botanic Gardens. I truly believe that there are so much more we need to learn about plants. There could be one out there that could be the cure for an illness, or an affordable option to help stop hunger.

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Create Images For Your Needs with DesignCap

As a blogger and social media influencer, I used design websites and software fairly often. There is one in particular I had been using for years which will remain nameless. One day I decided to cute expenses and got rid of that website. Then I realized how much I used it. When I decided to sign up again they raised the prices. I felt like I had no choice though. Having no graphic design knowledge, I needed simple. Then I came across DesignCap.

DesignCap is very affordable even offering a free option. The top tier account is DesignCap Plus and it’s still more affordable than that other site I was using.

Design cap is not just for header images and social media headers though. They offer templates for infographics, business cards, invitations, reports, brochures, and more! Making this a great tool for businesses and entrepreneurs to use too. Create images for your needs. Pull from DesignCaps stock photos or your own.

Here is just one example of the eye-catching templates on DesignCap:

Brochure template front
brochure template back

DesignCap is easy to use and requires no graphic design experience. You can use one of the templates or create your own designs. Add in your own business pictures, change words, fonts, sizes, whatever you want.

DesignCap is localized to 7 different languages including: English, German, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, French, Chinese.

The site was so easy to use. They offered more options for images, icons, colors, and fonts than the old site I was using. I created the header images for this post in a matter of minutes. It was so easy, no stress or frustration. I encourage you to try it out today.

Visit DesignCap.com to create an account.

I was gifted the DesignCap Plus account to try it out all the features for this post. No other compensation has been received.


Sculpey Shape-It, Bake-it, Wear-It Party with Tryazon

I received a Sculpey party kit at no cost as part of the Tryazon program.

All the gals in my family, well we like to get a little crafty. I’m not saying I’m Martha Stewart, not even close. I just like to get creative. Particularly I like to get creative with something functional or fun. Like jewelry, for instance.

We had a chance to host a Sculpey Shape-it-Bake-it-Wear-it Party with Tryazon. My nieces, future sister-in-law, and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. My brother and my dad enjoyed watching the kids design and create.

I’ve used Sculpey products in the past for other craft projects. I can honesty say I’ve never tried making jewelry with it before. We had a pretty pearlized white sculpey clay and the pearlized aqua color you see in the pics.

We received everything we needed to each create a bracelet with 3 charms each thanks to Tryazon.

It was fun to see the interesting designs that each person came up with. Everyone had different design ideas truly making each piece unique. The kit came with fun decals that let us add designs to the charms easily. After we’re done creating all we had to do was bake them and attach them to the bracelets!

This was my finished bracelet. I went pretty basic with mine. I’m more minimalistic when it comes to my jewelry. My daughter on the other hand loved adding embellishments and her own clay creations to her charms.

Check out Tryazon for your chance to host parties like these. There were 99 other Sculpey parties happening this month. If you see my posts with the #charmedbysculpey hashtag, I’d love it if you’d share it on social media.

Check out these and other Sculpey product on the Sculpey website. Have you used Sculpey products before?


I Put Glitter on My Tires

When it comes to vehicles, I tend to be a minimalist. I’m not into the bright colors, add-ons, fancy lights, etc. If I were to pay for any vehicles add-ons it might be tinted windows. BUT that’s not to say I don’t like to add little touches to make my vehicle my own.

A while back I saw posts about a temporary spray you could put on your tires to make it glittery. I thought, that could be fun right? Black Magic tire color is the temporary touch I like without the commitment. I had bought some but had been hesitant to use it. Actually when I bought it, it was a pourable that came with a sponge to apply it. I can’t decide if I like it or not. It’s not as glittery as I thought it would be but I’m kinda glad about that because I’m not a super flashy person.

Yea it’s fun but it also gives me the opportunity do a good check of my tires. Proper tire maintenance can add life to your tires. That includes tire rotation. After all, even with glitter on them they won’t look any better if they’re flat.

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My Fall Cleaning Check Off List

Fall cleaning is big for me. It really started when my older boys started school. I started realizing that we always get sick after the kids go back to school. Also clearing out space for the holidays and knowing my impending seasonal depression was on the horizon. I have a list of things that are ALWAYS done during my fall cleaning. I’ve added more things over the years

My ALWAYS do Fall Cleaning List

  • Clean door hands, faucets, cupboard handles, etc and spray with lysol disinfecting spray
  • Scrub carpets
  • Clean grout
  • Wipe down kitchen cupboards
  • Sort through kids’ toys. Clean, throw out broken toys, donate toys that can be donated.
  • Wipe down walls
  • Clean out kitchen cupboards. Throw out expired items.
  • Clear shelves in other parts of the house. Wipe them down and rearrange items for a fresh look.
  • Take down curtains and wash them
  • Clean out stove
  • Clean mattresses
  • Sort through clothes. Donate items that no longer fit. Take inventory of seasonal clothing for next season to see what is needed.
  • Clean out garage
  • Check vehicle fluid while in the garage including check the oil and battery leads.

Fall Cleaning As Needed

These things are done several times throughout the year but I use this time to make sure these items are taken care of

  • wash all bed sheets and pillows
  • wash all blankets and throws throughout the house
  • wash coats
  • Wipe screens on tvs and other electronics
  • wash stuffed animals
  • clean windows
  • sweep porch
  • Clean interior of vehicles

It sounds like a lot of work, and it is BUT I always feel so much better when it’s done. Reducing clutter helps me with my seasonal depression. Paying close attention to frequently touched surfaces helps reduce some of the germs. Thorough cleaning helps reduce dust that can add to seasonal allergies.

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