Saturday, March 18, 2017

How to make hand grip cushions for your kayak

My kayak "Bluebell" did not have padding on the rim of the kayak opening. Making it hard on the hands when I picked it up. 

To solve this problem -  I took 1/2 inch pipe installation - cut it to fit area - then glued with 6000M all purpose glue.  

This is a very inexpensive fix.  I'm not sure how long the molding will last. Put for $1.25 for 4 sections - but I am fine with replacing as needed. Many of the kayak models that have padding cost over $150 more. That is a lot of padding at $1.25!

I will keep readers posted as to how it wears once I start using it. Living in Wisconsin it is still cold here - 19 degrees! In the middle of April I am headed to Hot Springs National Park for two weeks of camping and kayaking. I will definitely be testing out the molding in Arkansas.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Believe in Yourself Project

Believe in YourselfA new charity called the “Believe in Yourself Project” is helping to replace the poor body image that afflicts many girls and women. This image is heightened by what the traditional fashion industry deems as beautiful: Women are expected to appear a certain way and live up to a manufactured and unrealistic notion of what beauty is. At the same time, strained finances can prevent many girls from keeping up with what’s trending or cool, making them feel isolated among their friends for not being able to afford clothing that is deemed as "in" socially.

In an attempt to promote a positive body image, Believe in Yourself aims to help women feel better about themselves and their physical attributes and to promote healthy self esteem among young girls at an early age, empowering these young women to take on active social roles within their school communities.

Over the past year, UsTrendy  Founder and Believe in Yourself President Sam Sisakhti has given formal dresses to underprivileged high school girls and college students across the country, for them to wear at their school dances. Donations began last winter, and Sisakhti reports that many of the girls in the program have had the self confidence to attend their first school dance.

Over last decade as CEO of UsTrendy, Sisakhti has grown increasingly concerned with the cyber bullying and body shaming that he has seen online. At the same time, he realized the enormous social pressure that many young girls feel to try to be hip and socially cool by wearing clothing that is seen as stylish. Many girls are unable to afford these fashions and can often feel ashamed socially.

These observations inspired Sam to launch the Believe in Yourself Project, a foundation that will provide needy girls with dresses for upcoming dances and at same time promote a positive body image through speakers and mentors.

This week, girls with limited financial resources in the NH Area received dresses.

"It was such an amazing and humbling experience to hear the stories of the girls and see their excitement about receiving a brand new dress to wear for their upcoming dance. Many of them said it was one of their first new items that were not handed down" says Sam Sisakhti.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Homemade Lip Gloss

So far for 2017 I have spent hours outside this winter. Hiking has brought back the joys of cold crisp days in  Wisconsin. I had forgotten how the air smells fresh. How beautiful the landscape and trees are in black and white. How ice crunches and how slippery mud is!

Being outside for hours was doing a number on my lips. My lips were extremely dry and cracked.  I decided to start making my own natural lip gloss. My Lip Gloss is turning into a favorite of my friends and family.

Here is my recipe for 
Homemade Lip Gloss

1/3 cup of Avocado Oil
1/3 cup of Beeswax
1/3 Cup of Coconut Oil
1/3 Cup of Grape-seed Oil
1 Teaspoon of Vitamin E
Essential Oils of your choice 10 - 15 drops

Mix Avocado, Coconut, Grape-seed Oils in a medium size sauce pan. Add beeswax and melt all ingredients.

When oils and beeswax are totally melted add Vitamin E and Essential Oils.  Mix well.

Immediately pour into lip gloss tubes. When lip gloss has set - add top to each tube.
All of the lip gloss tubes in the pic were made from one patch of the above lip gloss recipe.

For this patch I used Lemon Essential Oil - great for healing and the smell is delicious!

You can purchase the lip gloss tubs from Amazon ~ they are a very reasonable price. 

I also make great BODY LOTION  ~ I will post that recipe soon. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bluebell has Landed!!!

Yep, landed right in my living room.  Diesel and I are training for our 2017 Kayaking Season.

I belong to quite a few Kayaking Facebook Groups. Since this is Diesel's 1st experience with kayaking - I wanted to make it as stress free as possible.  I posted about Diesel's needing to learn and I received so many great recommendations.

Here is our plan:
  • Each day we sit in our Kayak - increasing the time as we count down the days
  • We wear our kayaking safety devices - which I purchased on Amazon
  • I wear a waist leash that is only for kayaking - losing Diesel on the water is not something I want to do. I purchased a very nice waist leash from Amazon. Before Bluebell arrived I would leash Diesel to me and we would clean house. It was a great way for him to get used to the waist leash.
  • I have simple commands for kayaking: - Jump In - Sit - Lay - Stay - Jump Out and of course LOTS of Good Boy!
  • Diesel always gets in kayak 1st then I follow
  • I always exit kayak first then Diesel follows.

So far training is going great. Diesel is not nervous or excited about the kayak. 

In fact it is turning into the "same old same old" thing we do in the living room.

We plan to make our madden water voyage during our vacation in April to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. Arkansas will be much warmer in April than it will be in Wisconsin.

I will have 5 adults there to help get one 25 pound Smooth Fox Terrier to behave while kayaking!  Sounds crazy but this is serious stuff!  I have many kayaking trips planned for 2017 - it is key that Diesel is a worthy Kayaker - he will not want to be at home alone! 

I do have a few modifications that I plan to make on the Kayak.  Inside the areas where Diesel's front paws are - I want to add a non skid rubber to the kayak. To prevent his feet from from sliding.  Also, on the bottom of the kayak I want to look for some type on nonskid covering that I can add - covering that will not be sticky or course on my skin.

I plan to check out all the items this Friday night at Canoecopia in Madison. Canoecopia is the Largest Paddling Expo in the World!   I am positive I will be coming home with lots of fun stuff for our 2017 Kayaking Season!

Make sure to stop back to check out what I bought!

Saturday, March 4, 2017


I love GINGER!  My favorite is Crystallized Ginger made using organic ginger and organic sugar.  It is my go to snack when I want something sweet!

I do not make my own - I buy from the Lagrange General Store.  They make the BEST  organic crystallized ginger!

I like crystallized ginger because of the taste but I also like that it is a natural remedy for my arthritis plus 1/3 cup is about 100 calories.

Being active with arthritis is so important - being able to eat healthily and be active is a win win!

Ginger is know to aid in:
Gastrointestinal Relief
Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Protect Against Certain Cancers

I work at our local hospital Emergency Department.  I have not gotten sick from any of the nasty viruses going around.  When I start to feel like a bug is coming my way - I make a patch of Ginger Root and Salt. I know sounds nasty - and yes it it is not the best tasting thing in the world! But it works! I cut up ginger root into small pieces. I place the cut up ginger in a baggie and then I add about a teaspoon of regular crushed sea salt.   I chew the small pieces through out the day. It is amazing how the salted ginger dries up my nasal cavities. 

A few other ways I use Ginger:
  • I add a few drops of Ginger essential oil in my water once a day. Helps with my arthritis.
  • I add Ginger essential oils to my homemade organic lotions 
If you have never tried Ginger - I definitely recommend you give it a try.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Canoecopia 2017

If you are a kayak or canoe lover - you have got to check out Canoecopia.  Canoecapia is the worlds largest Paddling Expo.  Lucky me I am only 1.5 hours away!

The expo is held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The event starts on Friday March 10th at 4pm and ends on Sunday March 12th at 5pm. 

Here are the daily hours:
Friday ~ March 10th ~ 4pm - 9pm
Saturday ~ March 11th ~ 9am - 6pm
Sunday ~ March 12th ~ 10am - 5pm

Tickets cost $15.00 per day or $25.00 for a weekend pass (under 17 get free admission)
Parking cost $7 per day per car or you can purchase a weekend pass for $19.50

Now you know Where and When and How much is time to share just WHAT Canoecopia is!

Canoecopia is a water lovers dream expo.  

Presentations Click HERE ~ Click on the page ~ there are over 100 presenters 
for the event!

Over 100 Exhibitors ~ Click HERE for a listing

Since I am a new kayaker I am super excited about the event.  We are planning on arriving at 4pm on Friday. I for sure want to speak to the kayak rack presenters.  We are hoping they can answer our questions and recommend a perfect system for me and my Jeep.

I also want to check out the paddle companies - I have a paddle but I am feeling the need to get myself another paddle! LOL

Clothes is also on my list - I am hoping that there will be quality kayaking clothing available to check out. 

I guess you could say my card will be tired by the end of the night!  

Make sure to check back for pics about the event and also about my treasures I 
find at the expo!

If you go to Canoecopia on Friday night I will be the crazy lady with the wild gray curly hair checking out everything and acting like a child in a candy store!

Hope to See You There!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

I Am Ready for Spring!

I am definitely ready for Spring.  This year winter in SE Wisconsin has not been bad - but it has been long enough for me.

New Years Eve my friend and I decided on when and where we would camp for the Spring/Summer of 2017.  Let me tell you we have a fun camping season planned.

I will be camping in April in Hot Springs, Arkansas - my yearly family camping trip. I am so excited to get the camping season on the road.

Last year I purchased everything I would need to camp in my Jeep. After numerous camping trips I feel I have perfected the art of camping in a Jeep Liberty.  This year I did buy myself a car top carrier for the 2 week camping trip to Hot Springs, AR in April.  This will be my first camping trip with Diesel (my 2 year old Smooth Fox Terrier).  This is going to be very interesting. Because Diesel is not only going to learn how to camp. He is also going to learn how to Kayak. Yep, Diesel will be a camping, hiking, and kayaking SFT!

He already has developed some serious Hiking skills. He even carriers his own backpack.   Diesel and I hike at least 10 miles a week.  His favorite times are hiking with my friends and their kids. He loves playing in the snow.

Last week in Wisconsin it was 72 degrees on Wednesday and 19 degrees on Saturday (the day this pic was taken).  Not only was it cold we also had about 2 inches of fresh snow. 

The warm days are fantastic - but they also make me crave SPRING even more!
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