About HealthyGirl

Destiny was a graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.S. in Biology in 2011. She is currently studying to become a Physician Assistant. She has been writing professionally since 2007 and her proudest work is on her blog, healthylivingwithdestiny.com.

Upcycled Wine Bottle Crafts and More….

So this post will be a little off topic, but as you may know, I tend to get off topic here and there. Today I wanted to share some of my projects with you guys. You see…as it turns out you don’t instantly start making money once you graduate from PA school. You have to pass your boards, wait for your medical license, find a job, and then wait to be credentialed. It all takes several months. A graduation in April would likely lead to a job in August. So In the mean time, I have taken a position as a scribe, where I chart what the docs and PAs say, and write up their notes for them. In my off time, I like to craft! I wanted to share with you guys a few crafts that I have been up to lately! The most common craft I have started with was wine bottle crafts. I am still learning the ropes however, as getting the labels off can be quite tricky. I also tried to cut the neck off of a wine bottle using the acetone string method several times, which to my disappointment, did not work. Bashing it against a brick wall didn’t work either haha. I made a shattered mess! Anyways, here are some of my designs..please leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

 

These are some of my upcycled wine bottle deigns. With a little fish netting and pain, these junk pieces of glass turned into timeless turquoise treasures! The pair is $28 or $15 for a single bottle. Customization available.

Turqoise Wine Bottle Craft

With the 4th of July coming up…how could I NOT make something patriotic? So I upcycled some other bottles in the theme of the american flag. Of course it does not have all 50 stars and 13 stripes, but it is still pretty awesome! The set is $28 or $15 each.

American Flag Wine Bottle Craft

Next is one of my favorite crafts, a microwave/freezer safe rice filled neck wrap. This wrap is double sewn for quality and strength. It is partially compartmentalized to keep the heat/cold evenly distributed. I particularly love the model here, he seems to be relaxing himself. However he is not for sale. ūüėČ The neck wrap however, $26.

Microwavable Heat Pack

 

These were some of my first crafting ideas, wine bottle crafts, and I truly enjoyed making them. This particular set is a set of three, although you can order single or a pair if you’d like. They make great table and book shelf decorations. Also, these bottles don’t have a single thing done to the inside, so if you wanted to refill these with water or wine and have a fancy serving bottle, you could! Set of three is $38

tres amigos Upcycled Wine Bottle Crafts

This is a wagon wheel flower I just learned how to crochet. Many more to come, in a variety of colors and sizes. It took me over an hour to learn, but hopefully the next ones will come a bit faster. This particular flower is $3.99 with free shipping!

wagon wheel crochet flower

This particular design is similar to the “tres amigos” of grape wine bottle decor above, However I used more grape like leaves and frosted beads for the grapes. $15

Frosted Grape Wine Bottle

 

This last design was fun to make, as I got to figure out which sea shells would fit through the bottle. Later, when more skill comes I might be able to fit bigger shells inside. The top is tied with a nautical knot, and beach sand is inside the bottle. If one were to order a bottle, the shells would come in a separate bag, so they wouldn’t get lost in the sand. Single bottle $15

sea shell wine bottle craft

If you have ideas for more crafts for me to make, or special requests, let me know! You can check out my Etsy shop here or click at the link at the top of the page. Even a simple “favorite” of my shop would help out tremendously!

Thanks for stopping by,

~HealthyGirl

Home Remedies…A Guest Post by Nancy Madlin

I love home remedies. My mother often used them on me as a child, and I learned to love their wonderful smells and soothing sensations. As I grew up I was fascinated to learn that oils, herbs and other home remedies have been documented in use for millennia, starting with ancient Greece and China. Today I’m thrilled whenever I get the chance to share my enthusiasm for this kind of self-care at home.

 

One good example is essential oils. They are widely available now at a variety of price points starting as low as five dollars, and can help support health in so many ways. The two most versatile essentials oils are probably peppermint and lavender, and each has so many useful applications they would be a great addition to anyone’s medicine cabinet.

Some uses for peppermint oil

peppermint

* Soothes headaches. Dabbing a small quantity onto your finger, and then on forehead, temples and the nape of the neck can soothe a headache in minutes with a cooling sensation and the ability to relax muscles.

* Relieves bloating and indigestion. Try a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water cold, or heat it up and have soothing peppermint tea.

* Freshens breath and reduces cavities. Studies have shown that peppermint is more effective than the most popular mouthwash ingredient at reducing cavities. Its antimicrobial properties also make it excellent at freshening breath. A drop of peppermint under your tongue followed by a glass of water can do the trick, after you brush or whenever you need a breath freshener.

Lavender may be the most popular and versatile

Lavender

With lavender oil, you can:

* Calm anxiety, ease depression, wind down for bed, improve sleep. Lavender oil is so soothing, it has even been shown in scientific studies to reduce PTSD! There are many ways to use it for these purposes: Place a few drops in your palm, then rub your hands together, inhaling as you rub it on your cheeks, cupping hands in front of your face for awhile and inhaling. Or, rub a drop on the bottom of each foot. And my favorite, take an aromatherapy bath by dropping 10 drops of lavender oil onto salt, sea salt

or Epsom salt then swish it in the bathwater. (The salt disperses the oil through the water.)

* Aid healing of burns, sunburn, cuts, scrapes, wounds, exzema, canker sores. Ten drops of lavender oil in one ounce of liquid oil or coconut oil rubbed on these conditions can speed healing.

Talk to your doctor before using oil for conditions you are already treating. If you are already taking medications for sleep or depression, lavender oil can increase the effect, so talk to your doctor first. That same caution is also advised if you are pregnant.

While none of this article replaces qualified medical advice for any conditions, many people have found home remedies to be a safe and personally empowering way to support their health at home.

Nancy MadlinNancy Madlin is a healer in Warwick, NY passionate about physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Join her Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/AllKindsofGoodHealth/?ref=bookmarks. As an EFT practitioner, she assists people in setting and reaching goals. Her email is: goodenergyforlife@yahoo.com.

My First Leibster Award Nominations!!

Well, Great news everyone! This blog has been nominated for its very first award! The Leibster award, and not once but TWICE!¬†The Liebster Award is a buzz word between bloggers, with the word Liebster meaning:¬†‚Äúdearest,¬†sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart.‚ÄĚ

More about the Leibster Award and official rules can be found here.

My first nominator is by Gill Jacob over at Weemidget, at site with a healthy amount of reviews on movies and shows. Check them out here!

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Here are the 11 questions Gill had for me

My nominees are…TO BE ANNOUNCED!

  1. Atena @ www.stylearrow.com
  2. Abbey @ resolution-365.com
  3. Junelle @ everythingabouther.com
  4. Katie @ thesocialbeing721.com
  5. Ravindra @ www.hackersdenabi.net
  6. Jency @ Www.justmevibing.com
  7. Serena @ www.mamasrants.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/an-italian-divorce/
  8. Mary @ www.frenchcountry-fatbottomgirls.me/
  9. Keerthana @ www.weartoloveyourself.com/
  10. Chrissy @ www.alildabofbourbon.com/
  11. TBA

Here are the questions I have compiled for them!

  1. How would you define a successful blog?
  2. Do you feel your own blog is successful?
  3. Which one of my recipes might you actually use?
  4. What is your favorite dessert?
  5. What is your favorite quote?
  6. What are your other super powers outside of blogging?
  7. Which one of my posts actually resonated with you?
  8. What is your ultimate goal for your blog?
  9. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
  10. What would be your super power?
  11. What is your favorite color?

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Now for  11 random things about me:

  1. I actually have a ton of fiction writing that i’d like to finish one day. However, one page blog posts seem easier to accomplish.
  2. I love to do my own and other peoples gel nails.
  3. Red is my favorite color to this day.
  4. I have 3 dogs, small medium and large. (chihuahua, pit bull, husky)
  5. I love the outdoors and jogging and hiking!
  6. Most of my colleagues think I’m nuts for endorsing a low carb lifestyle!
  7. I am learning to garden…we will see how this turns out…
  8. I will be the first in my family to have a Masters Degree
  9. I dont know if I will ever be able to tell the difference between murmurs in real life. Good thing I’m not a cardiologist!
  10. I love meat…especially steak. I dont think I could ever enjoy the vegetarian lifestyle ūüôĀ
  11. I’m currently living in a dorm in Colorado, and it really does feel like college all over again.

So it’s over to the nominees now, remember to follow me and confirm your acceptance of the award below. Will also be mentioning you guys on my social media pages, so private message me via Facebook with your details.

~HealthyGirl