Ear Candling?

I am not in any way endorsing ear candling or telling you to go try them.  I am  just telling you my experience. I first used ear candles for fun when I was in college. They were advertising where you could go to the salon and have it done or you could buy them at the health food store and do them yourself. I haven’t used them in a while and we happened to see 2 new boxes of them at a yard sale for $.25. They are usually like $7 a box so we got them to do for fun.

Once we used them and I decided to write a post about ear candling, I looked up info about them online. I couldn’t find very many good articles or benefits! Actually, almost everything I read was bad. I don’t know that I have ever been able to tell a difference once I used them- maybe I felt like I could hear better or my head was clearer- but that could have just been in my mind. I am ALL ABOUT alternative medicine and treatments but not sure if these really do anything. What do you think?

Here is the basic process:

  1. You start by cutting a slit in a plate or metal pie pan and inserting the candle. (This will block any ashes from falling and possibly burning you .)

2. You then light one end and place the opposite end in your ear.

3. Once the ash is about an inch long you must take the cone out of your ear and cut that part off of the candle.

4. Once the candle has burned over half way down you can put out the flame and then unwrap the cone.

The fun part is seeing what supposedly comes out of your ear when you unwrap the cone. In some of the articles I read, it says it is just the wax from the cone.

Have you ever ear candled? Did you feel in benefits?


Sara Beth


Sticks & Chicks

Planting a garden takes a lot of work. I am trying to start as many plants from seeds this year because the cost of plants really adds up. I am so impatient when it comes to the seeds sprouting. It seems like it takes forever! So far I have planted squash, zucchini, eggplant, different varieties of tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, okra and spinach.

Watching the garden grow
Watching the garden grow

My dear friend, Darlene, sent me a link to an idea from Martha Stewart for plant markers. They worked perfect for the   bed of spinach and okra I planted this weekend. The plant markers are easy to make and are free!  You just use a pocket knife or vegetable peeler to clear a place on a stick then write in what you have planted with a Sharpie. (Of Course Martha Stewart’s looked a lot better than the ones I made! )

twig plant markers

Our chicken coop is coming along- needs a little more paint and a door. The chickens grow so fast! They will be ready to go into the coop by next week.

Almost a place to call home!

We took the chicks to the assisted living  home next door for a visit. The residents loved them! They told us all kinds of stories about having chickens growing up.

Matching overalls
Loving "Fairy Tale"

My niece, Ava, named the chicks. We have “Butterball”, “Fairy Tale”, “Funky Chicken” and “Henrietta.”

Holding "Fairy Tale"
One of our neighbors holding "Butterball"
Me & Patsy, the activity director
Me & Patsy, the activity director
Stephanie with "Henrietta."

Are you planting a garden? What are you planting?


Sara Beth

Meet Tweety Bird – Our New Project

We recently purchased  a GMC Motorhome named Tweety Bird. She was born in 1973 and has traveled across the country.(To be able to travel across country again she will need some work!)  I invite you to follow along with us as we begin the transformation.

We are beginning to renovate so I thought it would be fun to post before and after pics along the way. I will love any design advice you might have! I am going fabric shopping this weekend to start on the interior. Our goal is to have it ready by summer so we better get busy!

The Kitchen- bedroom in the back
seating area

They all had different design features but this is the basic layout.

I love this advertisement I found! The colors and white curtains really open it up and feel more spacious! I am thinking about using black and white with accents of red, yellow and green.

Tweety Bird use to live with our friend Jimmy
Ya'll come back and check out the progress...

Sara Beth

Sumo's Sweet Stuff

FREE Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer from Vitacost (and Free Vitamin D!) TODAY ONLY!

This is an amazing freebie if you are a new Vitacost customer! I was so I just placed my order.

If you are a new Vitacost customer, you can get a Burts Bees Shimmer Lip Gloss for totally free today only!

Here’s how you can grab this freebie (be sure to follow these steps exactly):

  • Go to  Vitacost and add the Vitamin D  which gets you free shipping on your order! Click here.
  • Next add the Burts Bees Shimmer Lip Gloss Click here.
  • Then go to check out!
  • Type in your $10 voucher code when you checkout. You will have to add PayPal or credit card info, but the total should be $9.98 and should be Free!
  • Hurry before it sells out!

Thank you Family Friendly Frugality for sharing!

Then & Again Home Marketplace

Last weekend I stopped in to Then & Again in Hendersonville. My friend Kathi Johnson has a booth there called “I Found It!” I had been meaning to stop by and am so glad I did!  Her booth is filled with great painted furniture and really unique items.

Then & Again is located in the Maple Row Shopping Center in Hendersonville, TN. (next to Fox’s Pizza)

Store Hours: 

 Tuesday -Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm

  Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm

235 E Main St Suite P Hendersonville, TN 37075

(615) 264-5594 

I love stores like this because you never know what you will find!

I Found It!

Then & Again also carries the new Annie Sloan chalk paint line. If you haven’t heard of it- it is the new craze! They also offer classes and demonstrations of how to use the paints.

There is also a booth that has adorable paper party items like Shop Sweet Lulu.

Paper party items

Lots of cute handmade items!

Happy Wednesday!


Sara Beth

Living Well with Acupuncture

This evening my mom and I had an appointment to visit our acupuncturist. We have been visiting him off and on for about 2 and a half years.We were skeptical when we first started but right off you can feel the benefits. My cousin started going and told us about it. I asked 10 million questions before I went the first time- especially because I almost always pass out when I get shots. But the needles are so small that you don’t really even feel them. After you go the first time and see how relaxing it is you can’t wait to go back. I usually fall asleep right when I lay down and wake up feeling refreshed. It is the same feeling you get after having a wonderful massage.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine. There are many benefits to acupuncture, our doctor has told us he can help anything but a broken bone.  I originally started going for weight loss but now I go for anything and everything! Every time I go I have them work on my sinuses and anything else that is bothering me whether it is a sore muscle, sinuses or just being stressed.

my beautiful mom enjoying her treatment

The first time it truly amazed me was when my sinuses were really messed up. The doctor told me to breath in and you could hear all of the congestion. He then placed a needle on a pressure point on my ear and told me to breath in again and it was completely clear! It was amazing and turned me into a believer. 🙂

Sometimes our doctor will apply push needles or ear beads that will be left in for about 2 weeks. The ear beads are mustard seeds that are placed and then taped on different pressure points.  Ear acupuncture is called Auricular acupuncture.  The ear is a microcosm of your whole body.  That means that you can treat anything by treating the ear points.

Mom getting her ear beads applied

If you have never been to acupuncture I would highly recommend it! If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them as best I can!


Sara Beth

BBQ Nachos

A while back I posted a recipe for Sweet and Spicy Pork. I made it again last weekend and we made nachos with the BBQ. They are so good that we have  had them almost every night this week. (Not really on the diet plan!) But you just follow the recipe for the Pork and then top tortilla chips with the pork, pepper jack cheese, and cheddar cheese. Broil until cheese melts and then serve with jalapenos and sour cream.  At Kroger they have a sour cream with chives that we are loving!

Click here for the Sweet & Spicy Pork recipe.

Happy Friday!

Sara Beth