Wednesday, August 20, 2014

5 Things I Bought That Actually Weren't a Waste of Money

I don't know about you, but I've been guilty of making a few unnecessary purchases a time or two...Just a few (okay maybe more than a few) but every one of them is guilt-inducing.  I have a bad tendency of getting it into my mind that. I NEED something, and then hopping over to Amazon...ordering it..and then by the time it comes...I don't need it anymore.  Whoops.  But, of course, I never return then I've wasted money and have this useless "thing" cluttering up my house. are 5 things I bought that actually WERE worth it. 

This thing is awesome. I LOVE it.  We have an old house with broken screens, and as a consequence we've gotten way too many flies inside.  Enter the bug zapper...this things works wonderfully at keeping the population of flying insects down.  It catches flies, mosquitoes, fruit flies and moths.  The best part is it makes a deliciously, loud zapping noise anytime it kills another flying insect.  It just warms my heart to hear those flies get zapped to their demise.  Go me to the SPCF (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Flies)..I don't care.   Plus, it's totally safe for kids, as there is a grate over the electronic part so a person couldn't possibly get zapped.  


We eat a lot of yogurt in this house and making our own saves A TON of money.  I used to balk at making my own yogurt, because I could never get it thick enough.  However, now that I have a yogurt strainer...I can strain my yogurt and get it super thick and creamy and delicious without any added artificial anything. You DO know that Greek Yogurt is just regular yogurt strained..right? Actually, I didn't know that until a few months ago myself.  Once you get the hang of it, making yogurt is surprisingly easy and saves A TON of money and is way healthier than the store-bought stuff. 


I just started taking Epsom Salt baths, but have noticed a big health benefit from doing so.   Magnesium is such an essential nutrient and is absorbed through the skin, so some people find that they absorb magnesium better this way. 


 If you only buy one essential oil, I suggest this one!  Frankincense is considered by many to be the "king of oils" and has so many uses. I mix it with Castor oil and dab it on anyone who has any illness, aches/pains or even just a cranky mood and it does help. 


 This product I did not actually buy, but was given my first bottle for review.  I have subsequently bought other bottles. This is a very high quality fish oil and taking fish oil is an important part of my anti-depression strategy.  The high EPA especially tends to be effective at combating depression and anxiety. Most people are aware of the health benefits of fish oil and omega 3 fatty acids, and unfortunately most people (myself included) don't eat enough fatty fish to get it from diet alone..which is why supplements can be so important.  The Body Vega brand is a good, high quality brand that is molecularly distilled to be free of all contamination. It contains a whopping 1500 mg of omega-3 fatty acids...which is higher than most other brands on the market.  I've been supplementing with fish oil for several years now, so I've tried many different brands, and I am quite pleased with this one. *

(This post contains affiliate links.  If you click through and order ANYTHING from Amazon...I get a few pennies....doesn't cost you a thing!). 

*While I was contacted by a representative of BodyVega and offered a bottle of fish oil, the opinions stated are all my own. 
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  1. Oh! I had a yogurt maker, but the lid cracked when someone (whom I married) dropped something on it. I haven't replaced it.. :-/ now I must look into this.. Because full fat Greek is hard to find!

    1. You actually don't need a yogurt maker to make yogurt, You can also make it in oven with the light on (when I do that, I put the milk in my crock pot). The yogurt maker just keeps the milk at the right temperature, but there are other ways. . The only reason I like a yogurt maker is that it doesn't tie up the oven for a whole 18 hours (as long as I like to culture mine..but you can let it culture for anywhere from 8-24 hours).

  2. The bug zapper description that you gave totally made me smile!

    And this reminded me that as soon as I can I need to order another giant bag of epsom salts from Amazon! We finally went through the like 20 or 30 lb bag that I bought for Mae and it definitely needs to be replaced. We add just a few drops of lavender and it's the perfect before bedtime bath!

  3. That is some seriously affordable Frankincense oil! Thanks for the suggestion. I just popped over to amazon through your link and purchased it! :)


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