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Elusive Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

There are several things that I have been coming across lately that have a TON of different uses. One of these items is Apple Cider Vinegar. Other than just being used for cooking, there are so many different healthy uses for something that you may already have in your cupboard!

Elusive Uses
Now before I start sharing, I will say that of course I am not a doctor or a scientist. I haven’t personally tested all of these things and I am making no claims or telling you to use anything. I am simply sharing what I have come across. If you have any questions or worries, don’t ask me! Consult your doctor.

This is also not an exhaustive list. I’m sure there are many other uses. With that said, here are some of the uses I have come across for apple cider vinegar.

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Health Uses

Diabetes
Apparently, apple cider vinegar can have a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels and can improve insulin sensitivity.

Weight Loss
Some studies also say that vinegar can also help you feel more full and therefore cause you to eat less.

Sinuses
It can help break up mucus and also has antibacterial properties, to help with sinus infections.

Sore Throat
Gargle a mixture of ⅓ cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water to help heal that throat!

Digestion and Acid Reflux
Take one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar daily, in a large glass of water.

Skin Irritation
Apply directly to anything from bug bites to sunburn, or soak in a bath with one cup of vinegar.

Warts
Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and leave it on the wart, cover, overnight.

Other Health Uses
A detox to cleanse kidneys.
Reduce inflammation from arthritis.
Relief from allergies and asthma symptoms.
Help bruises fade.

Around the House

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Weed Killer
If you search the internet, you will most likely find several different recipes to use apple cider vinegar, or just plain vinegar as an herbicide.

Neutralize Odors
Simply fill a bowl in your home with apple cider vinegar.

Other Uses Around the House

Use as a disinfectant cleanser. One part apple cider vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle
Use as a window cleaner.
Repel fleas from your pets. Also must be diluted with water.
Make a fruit fly trap. A thin layer in a cup with a drop of dish soap should draw the flies in.

Health and Beauty

Hair Rinse
Many say that apple cider vinegar can be used to help remove product build-up in hair. Once weekly can use a rinse of ⅓ cup of vinegar and 4 cups of water.

Facial Toner
I don’t have an exact recipe for you here, but apparently you have mix up a facial toner and cleanser. I’ve seen many and don’t know which is best, so find what works for you.

Oral Health
Though of course apple cider vinegar is acidic, and you need to be careful not to damage your tooth enamel, apparently gargling with some in a diluted form can help eliminate bad breath and whiten teeth.

Foot Odor
Wipe down your feet with apple cider vinegar to eliminate smells and odor-causing bacteria.

Other Health and Beauty Uses

Can be used as a natural deodorant.
Can help with dandruff.

Book Review: Time Riven by Jonathan E Seyfried

Well, I just finished reading another book. This time it was Time Riven, more of a sci-fi/time travel story.

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First, here is the description from the back of the book:

For years, time travel cured disease, freed the innocent, and convicted the guilty.
They thought it was safe.
They were wrong.

In the near future, the science of time travel is developed and regulated by the US government. The safety and benefits of time travel have become taken for granted by the American public. As work begins on the roll-out of private sector time travel, the government agency in charge of its regulation comes under attack.

Daniel Macon, Director of Security for the Department of Chronological Integrity, must discover the identity of a rogue chrononaut before time travel is turned against the country. As he pursues his adversary, he discovers that there are dangers in time travel that have been hidden from the public and the nation’s leaders.

The Secretary of DCI, his longtime mentor, has deceived him. An agent he once fired for incompetence becomes Daniel’s most trusted ally. A liaison officer from British Intelligence reveals an unimaginable fate for humanity. The inventor of time travel goes into hiding.

In the first book of the Time Riven series, the battle lines are drawn.

Daniel’s war against the future begins with a brutal attack on his own family.

 

AND MY THOUGHTS:

I enjoyed reading this book by Jonathan Seyfried, a history teacher from Santa Fe, New Mexico. And I was glad to find out after I read it, that it is actually the first part of six book series.

I was definitely sucked in once I started reading and didn’t want to put the book down. The author did a great job of explaining the time travel technology used in the story, making it easy to understand for those not so scientifically inclined. The story occurs in 2034, and though, of course, things have changed, you find yourself understanding the possibility of what could happen between the present day and that year.

Though this is not a genre of book I have read recently, I definitely found myself wanting more, and as I stated previously, happy to know that there will be more to the story of Daniel Macon.

If you want to check it out, you can find it here on Amazon.

 

Book Review: Roadkill by Daisy White

Recently I read the book Roadkill by UK author Daisy White.

Now, don’t be put off by the title. I initially thought it was a horror book, but once I read the description and subsequently the book, it most definitely is not. It is a mystery, perhaps a thriller as well. It is geared towards young adults, and although I am past that age group, I enjoyed it anyway.

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Amazon Description of the Book:

2 am is “Dead Hour” when the vast stretch of motorway is quiet; deserted apart from the body of a teenage girl, sprawled across the fast lane…

Eighteen year old Caz is struggling to come to terms with the death of her older sister Rose, who died in a supposed hit and run accident. Caz is determined to find the driver who killed her sister, and discovers Rose was involved in a dubious social networking site for thrill-seekers; LIVEWIRE.

Caz soon realises the only way to reveal Rose’s killer, and take the revenge she craves, is to participate in the game that killed her sister…

And win.

MY THOUGHTS

The length of this book definitely makes for a fast and easy read, which is probably fairly common for a book geared toward young adults. It’s been a while since I was a young adult so I don’t totally remember!

There were a couple of transitions from scene to scene, or where Cas is having a memory,  where I got slightly confused and had to go back and re-read a couple of times until I found a way that it made sense. And to be honest, I had an inkling who the killer was early on, but couldn’t suss out why. So although not completely unpredictable, I will still in a bit of suspense waiting for that explanation. There were a few phrases that were a little bit foreign to me, but that can be explained away because they author is from the UK and I am from the US!

In general, I would say the book is well-written.  I definitely wanted to finish it without setting it down once I started. I would certainly read other books by this author if given the opportunity. The characters are well-developed and described in a way that you can actually envision them in your head.

I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

 

Find this book on Amazon: Roadkill

And also check out the Author’s Website: Daisy White

 

I Need Your Help- Winter Drinks for Grown-Ups

Hey everyone!

I am putting together an upcoming blog post and I am asking for your assistance.

I am compiling a list of winter beverages for grown-ups, and by that I mean ones with booze!

I have some in mind already, but I would love to add some more. Are there any favorites any of you have?

 

Please let me know!

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Book Review: Forgiven by Terri Roberts

Recently I was given the opportunity to review the book Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace.

Cover of the book

Cover of the book

 

This is a true story, dealing with the shooting that happened in October of 2006 at an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania. On that day, a man entered the school, shooting ten young girls. Five of those girls passed away and the shooter also ended up taking his own life. Many people most likely recall the story, at least to some extent. This story is related from the point of view of the shooter’s mother.

At times, it is a difficult read, emotionally as you experience Roberts’ pain over the loss of her son, and also dealing with the horrible thing that he had done. However, the story is a one of hope and God’s grace.  Terri takes us back to the beginning, when her son was born and leads us up to the day of horrible event. She takes us through her journey with her own health problems and how she formed a lasting connection with the very Amish families that were affected by what her son had done.

This is definitely a book to pick up. We don’t often hear the story from this perspective, as many times only the direct victims voices are put out to the media.

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I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this review.

 

Find this book on Amazon HERE.

Welcome to December!

Hello everyone!

I have a lot of new posts planned and also some updates to the rest of the website.

Some of you may know, but some of you may not be aware that in addition to this blogging thing, and crafting stuff, I also write for a couple of publications.

This month, my interview with Metal Allegiance is the cover story over at Screamer Magazine.

Metal Allegiance

 

So go check it out HERE and stay tuned for more fun posts!

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