Thursday, August 12, 2010

Movie Review - Fireproof

I have seen many of my friends blog about movie reviews and then rate the movies. The movie that we just watched a few weeks ago (I know I'm bad at actually getting these blogs done when I actually do something) was called Fireproof. It has Kirk Cameron (who played on Growing Pains back in the mid 80's early 90's). I will be honest the acting wasn't the best but the message behind it is what really got to me. It's about this fireman Caleb in attempt at saving his marriage. His dad takes this "The Love Dare" challenge which takes about 40 days, and tells Caleb that he should do it. There is a different challenge for each day. One day was don't speak ill to your spouse, and another was call and check to see how they are doing.

Caleb's (Kirk) main problem that he struggled with through the entire movie was how do you forgive someone who rejects you. He eventually figured that out because his dad mentions Christ, because Christ forgives us all, even those who may reject him. Watching the show I felt very strongly that I needed to share this particular point. When Caleb (Kirk) was talking to his dad he mentioned how hard it was trying to take the 40 day challenge, and how he didn't want to have to go through life using a crutch. He was referring to Christ, which says so much to me, because a lot of us go through life trying to get by without His help. He is ultimately going to get us back to our Heavenly Father. He atoned for us so that we may all live again as families. I honestly don't know what I would do without Him. This movie has strengthened me and how I need to go about living my life with Chase. It is SO important to communicate in marriage, and to love each other no matter what happens. If you are in need of a marriage booster then this is the movie to watch.

I give this movie an 8.5 out of 10. Mainly for the message that was presented.

Before I forget here is the site that was helpful.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Restaining - Table

Here's the story behind this...

I have been trying to re-do things to start selling. Like distressing furniture, making something that looks crappy into something that looks fantastic! You know you have 1 or 2 pieces lying around that you have been meaning to get rid of, but can't give it up. That's where I come in (and several hundred other people). Anyways. I was filling some holes on a shelf on a few different sides. I wasn't even thinking about it and left it on the kitchen table to let it dry that night. Chase got up the next morning and tried to move it and he thought that it would move pretty easily, but it wasn't he actually had to "PUSH" it to get it to move. Sure enough it left lovely unstained marks on our kitchen table.I guess I will tell you how blonde I can be sometimes... I read on the wood filler can that you can use acetone to take off the wood filler. Not thinking that it would do any damage I used nail polish remover (because it has acetone in it) on the table, and sure enough it totally took the polyurethane coating off the table. I saw that and went hysterical balling my eyes out, knowing that I had "ruined" the table, and thinking that Chase would be more than mad at me. I called him up, and he was calm and said it was alright and not to worry and that he would be able to fix it. I still felt bad for a few weeks until it was finished. But what he did I think was by far better than what was originally there.

Here's the 2 spots, sorry if they are a bit blurry. I used my phone so I could send a picture to Chase to show him what damage I did to the table.

It had to happen the week before I went to girls camp. I told Chase he could work on it while I was gone, to give him something to do. Well he did an awesome job.

Here is what the table looked like before:

Here's what it looks like afterwards:

Looks pretty fancy right? Chase went for a modern look. What do you think? Do you think it looks better or worse? Don't mind if you hurt our feelings. ;)

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Anniversary Gift - Craft

So I had been trying to figure out what to do for Chase and I for a gift for our anniversary. Here's what I came up with. I got the idea from this blog, but made it my own. I have 2 more cans and figured I could use them as gifts for weddings or bridal showers. I know how important it is for married couples to go on dates, and thought this would be a good use for the cans. Plus it's just so hard for me to throw things away, because I know they will end up at the dump and not recycled.

So I took a pringles can:

 Then I spray painted it:

This is what I did to the cap:

 The final product:

The pad I use for my cricket decided to not be sticky the day I did this and so I ended up printing off some of my digital scrapbooking letters and painting the paper. THEN I modge podged them to the can, then modge podged the can. Then attached a cute bow. After the bow I printed off all the date ideas I had collected from various blogs and folded them and put them in the can. I think there is maybe over 100 date ideas in the can. How they fit I don't know. This did not take me very long at all! Maybe 2 1/2 hours tops. But it was over several days. The paper and ribbon are American Crafts products.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

All about Stealth Fiber

I just read an article on Spark People's website about Stealth Fiber. It's crazy what food manufacturers are doing now. We as American's can't trust these big companies any more! We have to stay up on our food. In my Ethic's and Values class last year we learned about the company Monsantos, and how they are a huge corporation and how they are a monopoly. I hope I said that right. I know I'm not a dietitian or anything near to that, but I really think we need to be pro-active about our health and what is going into our bodies, and what the break down is in our system. I think that's why I love Chemistry so much, because it's all made up of that. I'm going on a tangent here but there is a class I want to take at BYU that's called nutrient metabolism. Pretty sweet. Anyways... One thing that I should mention again is to check your food labels.

Here's the article so you can read it here on my blog:

"About three years ago, a friend and I were at a natural foods store in the vitamins aisle. I needed more calcium and magnesium, which I take upon my doctor's recommendation to alleviate premenstrual mood swings. While my friend perused the multivitamins, I strolled up and down the aisle, reading labels. Then I spotted inulin, which I'd read was a great source of prebiotics. As a then-frequent sufferer of stress-related GI distress (this was during my "old life"), I was (and still am) a regular consumer of probiotics, those microorganisms found in your gut and in fermented foods like yogurt and kimchi, which can benefit your immune and digestive systems. In short, prebiotics are what feed probiotics. Anything that helps the good bacteria in your gut thrive and flourish sounded like a great product to me. Besides, I had just read that probiotics were the next big thing in nutrition.

I grabbed a jar, shelled out $8.99, and, upon returning home, stirred two tablespoons into water, just as the jar suggested. It tasted mildly sweet but not too bad. Within an hour, I learned the importance of doing your research before buying any supplement! (Who impulse shops at a health food store, I ask?)

My stomach was visibly distended, hard to the touch, and gurgling loudly. I felt as though I had just gorged on Thanksgiving dinner--I was full and bloated. Later on, I had horrible stomach pains that left me doubled over. Forced to cancel my Saturday night plans, I headed to the Internet and read up on inulin, then chucked my jar in the garbage.

A few months ago, I ate a piece of high-fiber flatbread--something I do not eat--for an afternoon snack and ended up with the same symptoms, primarily stomach pains that kept me from a training run! I read the label after the fact, and a type of added fiber was the culprit. Since then, I avoided these ingredients in all quantities. As I recently read, I'm not the only one who has trouble digesting these added fibers.

You might not have heard of inulin, but if you've eaten high-fiber foods--granola and snack bars, breads, crackers, cereals, and even yogurt--that have popped up on the market in the last few years, you've probably eaten a form of it. Inulins, which are a type of carbohydrate considered to be soluble fiber, are increasingly being added to processed foods as "stealth fibers." What's a "stealth fiber"? Any fiber that is added to a food that wouldn't naturally have it. In addition to inulin, products also use polydextrose and maltodextrin, among others.

Found naturally in onions, garlic, jicama, bananas, and wheat, inulin is found in large quantities in chicory root, which makes it a popular source of "stealth fiber" for food companies. It is added to everything from diet fruit drinks to chocolate bars, muffins to breakfast cereals. Some high-fiber snack bars list it as the #1 ingredient, and it is sometimes listed on labels as chicory extract, chicory root powder/fiber, oligosaccharides, or fructans.

With a taste that can range from bland to mildly sweet, food processers use it to replace sugar, fat and flour; it has minimal impact on blood sugar, making it appealing for diabetics. When added to foods, like granola, snack bars, or cookies, it can make them appear healthier than they are.

For some people, the fiber causes no side effects. For others, who either consume large quantities or are sensitive to it like I am, it can cause some mighty unpleasant side effects. Research has shown that inulin may boost the growth of friendly bacteria in the colon, but SparkPeople's Head Dietitian, Becky Hand, warns not to rely on foods like "yogurt fortified with inulin to have the same health benefits as a high fiber diet."

Joanne Slavin, a registered dietitian at the University of Minnesota at St. Paul, recently studied the effects of inulin. After a night of fasting, participants ate a healthy breakfast that included orange juice mixed either with a placebo or with varying amounts of two types of inulin products: native inulin and shorter-chain oligofructose.

"After their 'fiber challenge,' participants were called several times over two days and asked about symptoms such as gas/bloating, nausea, flatulence, stomach cramping, diarrhea, constipation and GI rumbling.

Those that got any dose of inulin generally reported 'mild symptoms'; the highest scores in every symptom except constipation were reported by those who got 10 grams of oligofructose. The findings are in line with previous research that found the short-chain "sweet" inulin causes faster fermentation in the gut leading to more gas and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Flatulence was the most common symptom reported by all subjects who got fiber although symptoms were 'highly variable' among individuals and many subjects did not experience any, the investigators say."

Though considered both a carbohydrate and a type of fiber, inulin isn't treated the same by your body. Carbs are digested and become fuel; insoluble fiber works like a scrub brush to clean the intestines as it passes through the GI tract undigested, while soluble fiber forms a gummy coating on the intestines and helps prevent and slow absorption of various substances, including glucose and cholesterol. Inulin travels undigested to the colon, where the friendly bacteria (probiotics) in your gut feed on them. The probiotics ferment the inulin. The by-product of any type of fermentation is gas, and inulin can also cause diarrhea, bloating, and nausea. Experts say that though added fibers like inulin are called fibers, they don't have the same benefits as the real deal, which is found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

This article clarifies the difference between fiber found in whole foods and added fibers:

"The most recently accepted grouping by the Institute of Medicine divides fiber into two categories: dietary and functional. Dietary is the kind found naturally and intact in oat bran, whole wheat, beans, prunes, peas, and almonds, and other plants. Functional refers to both the synthetic variety like polydextrose as well as naturally occurring inulin, which is extracted and purified from chicory roots."

Bottom line: We all need 25-35 grams of fiber daily, and our dietary experts recommend eating a diet rich in whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables to reach that goal. If you choose to consume products containing inulin or other "stealth fibers," read up on the side effects and limit the quantity.

I'm not a dietitian or health professional, but I can say that I would rather get my fiber the natural way. While you can get eight grams of fiber (about a third of your daily requirement) from sugar-free jelly beans, should you? One SparkPeople member decided fiber-rich jelly beans sounded too good to be true."