What Can Collagen Peptides Do For You?

What are collagen peptides and what can they do for you? I asked myself this recently because I had heard rumors that they are good for hair and nails.

Well, my nails have always been strong and beautiful, but my hair is another story. When I was young, it was thick, strong, and lustrous.

Over time, however, after experimenting with lots of things as a young woman, having children, and having the genes that came from my mother and grandmother, my hair has become so thin you can see through it.

I’m vain about it, so I color it also. I do not perm it anymore — not in several years, because I don’t need that kind of damage to what is left of my hair. It is dull, lifeless, and takes lots of time, work, and products to look even halfway decent.

I’ve even bought wigs for the inevitable time when I lose even more. Most days — especially if it’s windy — I have resorted to wearing caps.

So when I heard about these collagen peptides and what they can do for me and my hair, I went and bought a sample to try and today was the day.

I’m happy to report that they do not alter the taste or color of the beverage you put them in — for me it was a smoothie — so that right off the bat was wonderful. (It was a strawberry/avocado smoothie, btw.)

Collagen peptides are a form of collagen that is easily digestible and they have been formulated into a powder,  pill, or food supplement.

Here are the facts/benefits from one brand of collagen peptides:

  • Easily digestible
  • Flavorless, odorless, and soluble in hot or cold liquids
  • Made from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hide
  • Supports healthy hair, skin, and nails
  • Supports joint and bone health
  • Promotes weight management
  • Supports gut health
  • Aids with skin elasticity and hydration

As we age, our natural collagen production slows down and most of us don’t eat collagen-rich foods like our ancestors did — foods like bone broth, organ meats, and bone marrow.

Collagen is the primary building block for skin, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones. It is also located in the blood vessels, teeth, and corneas.

There are different types of collagen peptides. The kind I tried, made of bovine hide, then there is marine collagen, made from wild-caught red snapper scales. Matcha collagen is made with matcha green tea and collagen peptides and this one is packed with antioxidants. If you love green tea, this would be an excellent choice.

Personally, I like the option of a no flavor added kind of protein.

I intend to do more research, buy more of these single-dose packets, even though they might be expensive, because I want to get my hair back and of course, if I can look more youthful because my skin is getting the hydration and elasticity back, what a bonus!

I’ll keep you posted on my results in a month-I’m marking it on my calendar now — and if you want to try some for yourself, here is a link to purchase them.

I would love it if one of you wanted to do a month-long trial with me so we can compare results! Who’s in??

Collagen peptides are keto and paleo friendly, so just drink your smoothies, or whatever you want to add them to as you normally would. They can be stirred into any hot or cold beverage, soup, or pudding.

There is even coffee creamer made by this company if you want to do it that way! Once I get my packets, maybe I will add one to my next cup of coffee to see if it is really tasteless. (I don’t use creamer since I make bulletproof coffee every day.)

Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them.

By the way, I know I have neglected my site lately, I may even change it all together once I finish my transcription course, but I just had to share this discovery!

I wish I would have paid attention earlier, because I have been hearing about them for years! Now we know, so lets grow hair, skin, and nails together!

A Letter to My Readers

Afternoon everyone and sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.

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The truth is, I don’t know what I want to do at the moment.

I’ve got to be honest here and say that besides all the studying I’m doing, the time I’m spending with my Dad, and all life’s other interruptions are only partly to blame.

It seems that somewhere in all this Coronavirus mess, I’ve lost the will to be on such a strict dietary lifestyle…what the heck…I’ve simply fallen off the keto wagon.

Oh, there are days when I still behave, but there are so many more that I don’t.

So, with that being said, I’m trying to decide what to do with my site. It needs an overhaul. It needs some change. I need to do something I’m passionate about and turn the website into something that supports that.

Maybe once my transcription studies are over, I can make this site my business website, because honestly, I don’t want to lose it…especially since I already pay for it’s maintenance and upkeep.

I’m a writer, I’m a student. I’ve been working on so many projects at once, my head is spinning. I write on Medium, I blog. I have studied everything from copywriting to transcription, yet I’m not proficient in anything yet. I’ve tried all sorts of things with this website, yet not made a dime-but that’s ok. It was never about that, I just thought it would be nice if it worked out that way.

When it all clicks together, I’ll know it. Until then, I’m weighing my options and working on a solution.

So, I’m asking for patience as I try to work it all out-once again-change will come, I’m just not sure when. I may put up a sign that says I’m “taking a break”, or “pardon my dust” as I work on something new, something to that effect.

I appreciate any comments or suggestions you might have and I hope you all stick around to see whatever I change my website to (it will probably have to do with my writing in one way or another). A place to offer my services once I’m confident enough to advertise them.

I have a long way to go. I hope my blogger buddies, friends, family, and all my other followers will be here when the dust settles. Thanks for supporting me and trusting me for this long.

I’ll keep you posted!

So-Called Healthy Foods and Why You Should Eliminate Them or Replace Them Now

Do you know what one of the biggest so-called healthy foods is? Yogurt! Why is this a bad thing you might ask? Let me answer and fill you in on some better options for this and others.

Most store-bought yogurt is full of sugar. Sugar is bad and raises your odds of becoming diabetic, causes cavities, and wreaks havoc on a healthy gut. Yes, yogurt has active yeast cultures, that’s how they get away with marketing it as health food.

As someone who follows a keto lifestyle, yogurt is not in the cards for us unless one makes it themselves, or chooses one with low to no sugar; but what about carbs?

One brand, Dannon makes a Light and Fit version with only 7g of sugar and 9g of carbs. Well, that’s better but the best I’ve found on the market is only sold by Kroger, called CarbMaster.

It has 5g total carbs and only 2g of sugar!! Some flavors only have 1g. It doesn’t pack a protein punch coming in at only 9g, yet toss that yogurt in a smoothie with some flax or chia seeds and BAM! You add protein (8g per oz.) and fiber for a win, win!

What about wheat? All the nutritionists say to get a whole-grain serving of _____ to achieve a balanced diet. (fill in the blank with your choice) Wheat is as bad as sugar for your gut.

In general, unless you make breads yourself from almond flour, coconut flour, or cheese and egg,  it is not healthy !

Read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis if you don’t believe me. Another great book that explains it all is Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter.

Ok, let’s try a cereal bar. Those are healthy right? Wrong!! Most cereal bars are chock block full of sugar!! In addition, the carbs are off the charts, not keto at all!

I’ve talked before about these new keto protein bars, they could replace the cereal bar you’re eating right now. Try 6g of carbs compared to 23g!!

How about 9g of carbs and 2g of sugar? That sounds good, right? Not to mention simple ingredients and plenty of protein, vitamins and minerals.

Check out this post to remind you which bars I’m speaking of. It’s time to get back to cooking! Eat whole foods, eliminate sugar, wheat, and carbs if you want better health, not to mention, a smaller waist!

Stomach problems? IBS? Diabetes? Cardiac issues? It’s all coming from your gut. Get better gut health, these problems disappear. Yes, it’s a change many aren’t brave enough to undertake. Just do it!

It is easier than you think, really. Once you toss out all the junk (anything from a box or a bag), get a few staples, learn to prep meals ahead of time, the rest just falls into place.


Coconut oil

Almond milk, coconut milk

Heavy Whipping Cream


Cheese-cheddar, mozzarella, mixed shredded cheeses, pepper jack



Almond flour

Coconut flour


Low carb vegetables-Romain lettuce, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, grape tomatoes, cucumber

Low Carb fruits-berries-blueberries, strawberries, raspberries

Nuts-pecans, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, macadamias

Grass-fed butter

Dark chocolate-over 72% cacao

Nut butter

Toss vegetable oils and use coconut or olive oils for cooking, (or butter-real grass-fed butter, like Kerrygold), eat salad, meat and vegetables, toss cookies, crackers, chips, and candy-make your own healthy versions.

Once you get rid of the cravings for sugar and carbs, your energy returns. Brain fog lifts. You can focus, exercise, start feeling more like your old self again. And honestly, you won’t miss it! (the sugar)

With all the great recipes out there (check out my Pinterest page) there are lots of tasty options, even desserts you won’t believe are sugar free! Snacks, even adult beverages. So go ahead, change is good in this case!

More lists are on my Pinterest page as well as quick start keto guides, yummy recipes, and more! Are you game to make the switch?

Try it and let me know how you get on. Be committed, now is a good time, while we are stuck at home. Learn to cook if you don’t know how. You tube is full of how-to videos!!

A Quick Review of Two Tasty Keto Protein Bars

Today I have a quick review of two tasty keto protein bars, one from Fit Factor and one from Primal Kitchen.

If you follow me regularly, you know I’m a fan of fitness guru Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple. Well, he has a company called Primal Kitchen and recently I sampled two of his delicious keto bars.

The first was peanut butter flavored and the second was coconut lime. Yummy! The texture was so different than any protein bar I’ve ever tasted, not chalky, or gummy.

In these bars there is 9g protein, 2g of sugar, they are gluten, grain, dairy, and soy free. He uses cage-free eggs and sweetens the bars with monk fruit extract.

It took the second bite to appreciate the creaminess and mouth feel of the bar, a small square of delicious protein packed goodness.

Mark’s company also makes all sorts of things, like condiments, protein powders, dressings, and marinades, all keto approved. Check it out by clicking the above link. (no, I’m not getting compensation)

The second bar I bought a whole box of, I loved them so much! They are from Fit Factor and the flavor I chose was Coconut Crunch. The picture on the wrapper shows chocolate, but there’s none in this bar (except for chips).

I like them as a meal replacement, especially breakfast when I’m tired of eggs-trust me, it can happen.

Some would use them as a snack, or a pre-workout bar. That’s fine as well. There is 67% fat, 16% protein, 10% net carbs, and 1g of sugar in each bar!

They are chewy, yet the nuts and chips give that crunch we all crave. The coconut flavor is satisfying, yet not overwhelming. To me it tastes just like a candy bar.

I’m out, so I need to run to the Vitamin Shoppe and buy some more! A box of 12 bars is $22.99 and had I not just gone on a trip, they would have lasted longer!

Next I want to try the Cookie Dough flavor! Or maybe Chocolate Covered Strawberry! At 20g of protein per serving, these are the perfect keto snack, or meal replacement!

They also deliver 16g of fiber, 6g net carbs, and only 3g of sugar. 0 gluten, but they do contain cashews and almonds. They also give you 15% of your daily calcium requirements.

Pick up a single bar at any Vitamin Shoppe, online or in-store. That way you can taste them before committing to an entire box.

I hope you enjoyed this review and do yourself a favor and go get a sample of these delicious Keto Protein Bars! Trust me, they are the best I’ve ever tasted!




Keto Biscuits Made Easy

Today’s post is about how to make easy keto biscuits, essential if you miss Grandma’s warm, flaky biscuits or bread in general.

The key is finely ground and blanched almond flour and the secret to making moist, tasty biscuits is sour cream.

I got my recipe from Yummly


Start with : 1 lg egg

add 1/4 C sour cream

1/4 t sea salt

1 Cup finely ground almond flour (blanched)

2tsp baking powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix all ingredients together and drop 6 mounds onto silicone mat or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet-don’t mash down

Bake for 15-18 minutes-serve warm

That’s it, easy peasy! Now you have enough biscuits for a week’s worth of delicious keto breakfast! Serve warm with real butter, a dab of sugar-free jam, or sugar-free maple syrup.

Also great with an egg and cheese, or an egg and bacon. However you normally eat your biscuits, now you have a keto version that also tastes great!

From Chaffles to Fathead dough, I like to have different versions of alternative bread from time to time. For me they have to be low-carb.

What are your favorite bread sources? Share them in the comments and check back here often for more recipes, tips and tricks.



Fight Viruses With These Six Essential Oils

Did you know you can fight viruses with essential oils? Yes! Besides having antibacterial and antifungal properties, these 6 essential oils also fight viruses, in the air, on surfaces, and inside your body.

Another good reason for using essential oils, especially these six I will discuss here, is that they promote healing, lift your spirits and give you a sense of well-being, help with focus and energy, and keep your house smelling clean and fresh!

In one German hospital air disinfection test, bacteria were reduced by 40% after twenty minutes, 80% after 1 hour, and 100% after 9 hours using essential oils of pine, thyme, mint, lavender, rosemary, clove and cinnamon.

But the key to how essential oils perform in virus suppression is found in aromatic molecules.

Several different essential oils have prominent anti-microbial and virus-inhibiting effects because of the phenols, terpenols, and aldehydes they all possess.

A few of my favorites

Here are the top six essential oils for fighting topical and airborne viruses in your home:

  • Tea Tree
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon

How to use essential oils to fight bacteria and viruses

  • Topically

Make a blend of your choice with around 4 drops per 10ml of a carrier oil, such as almond oil, jojoba oil, or fractionated coconut oils and rub your chest and body when you feel a cold or flu coming on.
It will aid in diminishing your symptoms as well as attacking the bacteria and viruses causing your infection and illness.

  • As a cleanser

To effectively kill surface germs, add 25 drops of essential oils to a spray bottle filled with 250ml of distilled water and spray down frequently used surfaces in your home, office, and vehicles.
You may also add to your mopping water essential oils to clean your floors.

  •  Air purification

Diffuse 8-10 drops of your choice of essential oils in a room diffuser to purify the air of germs and viruses.

My choice would be a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, thyme, and lemon. All have the necessary antiviral properties to rid your home of nasty viruses and also freshen the air.

Tee tree plant courtesy wikipedia

Tea tree oil is amazing for killing fungus, mold, and for destroying bacteria and viruses. Combining tea tree and eucalyptus makes a potent formula for killing E. coli and fighting staff infections. 

Also known as melaleuca, tea tree oil is one of the most popular essential oils and is especially helpful in steamy, musty areas like bathrooms and sickrooms.

Tea tree oil supports a healthy immune system, fights blemishes, freshens breath if used in toothpaste and/or mouthwash, and cleanses the air.

Peppermint essential oil is stimulating, helps with focus, can relieve upset stomach, and supports a healthy digestive and respiratory systems. 

Added to a carrier oil, peppermint essential oil also makes a great massage oil for sore muscles, freshens a glass of water or iced tea, and calms menopausal surges when mixed with witch hazel to make a cooling facial mist. (avoid the eye area!)

Also used in toothpastes and mouthwash, peppermint essential oil kills bacteria for fresh breath and healthy gums.

It’s compounds such as camphor, carvacrol, and menthol are resistant to many perilous strains of bacteria, such as salmonella, staph and E. coli.

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Lemon essential oil makes an excellent cleanser due to it’s antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. It can be used for disinfecting metal surfaces, dishes, clothes and even your body!

After an illness, adding several drops of lemon essential oil in the wash cycle will kill odors and bacteria from your clothes.

Making an effective homemade all-purpose cleaner is easy by adding lemon essential oil to white or apple cider vinegar.

Lemon essential oil also purifies the air, so it’s great for the diffuser as well as lifting mood and spirits.

Add a drop of pure, 100% therapeutic grade lemon essential oil to your water or iced tea for a quick energy boost!

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Eucalyptus essential oil is a great antiseptic due to it’s germicidal qualities, so it is suitable to treat cuts, wounds, abrasions, sores, and ulcers. Mixed with tea tree oil it becomes the perfect germicide cleansing solution. 

In the late 1800’s, eucalyptus oil was used for the treatment of respiratory conditions such as asthma, flu, bronchitis, and coughs.
It is still highly recommended today for relief of colds, and congestion of the upper respiratory tract.

This is the very essential oil used in products like Vicks VapoRub because of its ability to reduce the muscle spasms that can narrow the airway making it difficult to breath. *This makes the oil and effective fighter of bronchitis and asthma, but should only be used in a carrier oil, or mixed in a lotion.

*hot essential oils like eucalyptus, cinnamon, thyme, and oregano will burn the skin if used neat. 

I could go on and on about the benefits and uses of eucalyptus essential oil, however, to be brief, I’m highlighting the uses that are most helpful in dealing with the situation we find ourselves in today with the Coronavirus.

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Lavender essential oil is great for boosting the immune system, it is the most well-known of all the essential oils, promotes calm, is included in many body products, as well as laundry products, and can aid in getting a restful sleep.

Use of lavender essential oil has been around for centuries as an effective stress manager as well as an anxiety calmer.

Calms skin irritations and helps heal bug bites. It is effective for treating fungal infections, so it might help with yeast infections, ringworm, and/or athlete’s foot.

Research has also shown some effectiveness for treatment of migraines, and headaches, hair growth, and wound healing.

Lavender essential oil has a pleasant scent which is why it is in so many formulations of body products, and used in a diffuser by the bed can sent one off to lala land in no time.

Although it calms skin irritations, it is recommended you use a couple of drops with a carrier oil just to be safe.

Diffusing the oil is the safest method for most applications, you can purchase an inexpensive diffuser almost anywhere these days, I have used everything form $50 dollar brands to one I found at a garage sale for $3 and they all work the same. To save time and money, I’ve included a good one here. 

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I prefer small, portable diffusers so I can move them around to whatever room I’m working in, there are also wearable diffusers, and car diffusers so you can take your essential oils to go!

Cinnamon essential oil is another common oil with a variety of uses. It’s tasty but *hot, so use with a carrier oil, in a diffuser, or diluted in food and drinks. It is an extremely potent antibacterial, has been researched as an effective use for reducing blood sugar, and has a warm, spicy, exotic fragrance.

Cinnamaldehyde is the compound that makes cinnamon essential oil perfect for the treatment of various ailments, and has been widely reported to kill bacteria and viruses.

Wonderful for diffusing during the holidays,  it can evoke pleasant memories of childhood Christmases around the fireplace, tasty aromas of cinnamon baked goods, and treated pinecones tossed in the fire will have your house smelling like a cozy winter’s night.

Some studies suggest cinnamon essential oil is effective for combating Streptococcus mutans (a type of bacteria linked to cavities) and that is why it’s found in some mouthwash and toothpastes.

Side effects that are possible warn against the use of cinnamon essential oil by pregnant women, and can possibly thin the blood, so always check with your doctor before use if you use blood thinners. The reason is because the compound in cinnamon EO is coumarin which can be toxic to the liver and kidneys if overused.

Cinnamon has many benefits and uses including pain relief, infection fighter, decreases bad cholesterol, stimulates libido, fights parasites and more.

Well, that’s my list of the six best essential oils for fighting viruses although there are others. Please do your own research and buy quality essential oils, which by the way, do not have to cost a fortune.

Check out my suggestions by clicking on the links and explore the many options there are for diffusing and using essential oils creatively.

There are roll-ons, blends, diffusing jewelry, the sky is the limit!










*Make sure to use quality 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, especially if using on or in your body.

*Disclosure: Mentions of associated products, services, or businesses within the content of this blog may or may not be noted as an affiliate in every reference. I only choose to promote products that I myself use and trust, same as with businesses and services.

*Always check with your physician or aromatherapist before using essential oils in case of potential side effects.


Coping With Corona

Good morning everyone!

I know I have been absent lately and for that I apologize. I have been focusing on my other blog lately because I have not had much to say here, I failed in so many ways on this blog, I struggle to maintain it, honestly.

I am having difficulty the same as everyone I imagine, dealing with the isolation and worry, anxiety and stress that the virus is causing right now…I’m trying to stay keto, which is easy during the day, it’s the glass(es) of wine I’m having every night that make me feel like a fraud. It’s Cabernet at least!

In all seriousness though, it may be wrong, but it’s how I’m coping. If that makes you want to unfollow me, I understand. But I am trying, and I want to share that lots of bloggers out there are keeping me sane!

I have had enough of news and negativity, I choose to read uplifting, funny, or entertaining news instead. I’m watching too much tv, but that is my way of escaping.

During the day, I write, do housework, yard work, crafts, cook, and read…I limit my tv watching until night for the most part. Now, if I’m crafting, I watch a show on Netflix, the latest is a guilty pleasure called Grace and Frankie. Check out my other blog for that review.

I’m trying to stay away from sugar as usual, and I make an effort to eat as healthy as possible but we have had a few cheats here and there. When I sin, it’s usually with alcohol. Wine, margaritas, or the occasional “adult” root beer…Diet root beer with vodka and heavy whipping cream is a keto root beer float. Delicious!

I am using my essential oils religiously.  Frankincense  and or lemon in my water every day, and I breathe in peppermint oil every morning to clear my head and help me focus.

I drink my bulletproof coffee every morning as well, getting that healthy dose of coconut oil and real butter for the fats I need. Peppermint oil as well as Frankincense are antibacterial and can help with many things from energy to focus, from settling your stomach, to helping with concentration.

These are the things I’m doing to cope as well as staying connected to friends and family through texting, FaceTime, social media, telephone calls…however I can hear another voice or see a friendly face. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. The hashtag #inthistogether is everywhere.

I’m working on a story for a competition, writing  on my blogs and Medium, and trying to get exercise when I can, sitting is so horrible for you. I’m guilty of sitting too much these past few weeks, so when the weather is nice, I try to walk at least.

How are you guys handling and coping with the crisis? I hope I don’t lose you, I consider you all my friends and family just as much as my close friends and family are.

I just wanted to check in and say Hi, I am with you, I have missed being here, and I will try to do better!  I hope you are all well and keeping your sense of humor in tact! Stay safe, and be healthy!

What are Chaffles? Healthy Waffles! Delicious!

What are Chaffles? Healthy and Delicious Waffles!

Most of you know I had done a previous post on Waffles being healthy. Unfortunately, due to an error on my part, I trashed that post and can never get it back.

So. I’m doing a new post on Chaffles, what they are and why they are taking the keto world by storm.

Whether you follow a keto, Paleo, or any other kind of diet, these things are delicious and nutritious, as well as versatile and easy to make.

As soon as I found the recipe, I knew I had to make them.

Whipping out my Belgian waffle maker, however, soon made me realize I had the wrong “tool” for creating the perfect Chaffle, which is a cheese and egg creation perfectly legal on all low carb diets.

The very next chance I got, I rushed out to get a Dash mini-waffle maker-that is the right appliance for perfect Chaffles every time.

See, the Chaffle is used as a bread substitute in most recipes. Each Chaffle is like a slice of bread or a bun for sandwiches, burgers, heck even tacos!

That makes them very versatile and you are going to love making and eating them as much as I do!

Important to know: the recipe makes two Chaffles, so put exactly half the recipe in your pre-heated, greased Dash mini-waffle maker.

The basic recipe for a Chaffle is one large egg and a half cup of shredded cheese. Some add a 1/4 t of baking powder to make them fluffier.

That first bite of a bread-like sandwich was pure delight. I was hooked and wanted to try all the variations one could make with this thing.

Since then, I have made churro Chaffles, chocolate Chaffles with a creamy peanut butter spread in the middle, Wonder Bread Chaffles, and they were all delicious!

You can even make dessert Chaffles like the Oreo Chaffle with a sweet creamy spread in the middle.

They are great for ham and cheese sandwiches, burgers, pulled pork…whatever you can imagine!

Play around with all the recipes and whatever you do, go get a Dash! They can be found everywhere from Target to Amazon. $9.99 is all you’ll pay!

They even make one now that can cook 4 Chaffles at the same time! Make a bunch and freeze them for grab and go meals.

Check my Pinterest board for lots of tasty varieties! All the recipes can be found there like this original one I started with.

Here is the nutrition info for a basic Chaffle: per Chaffle! Calories: 150 Fat:  12g Carbs: 1g Fiber: 0g Protein: 9g Net Carbs: 1g

Please do yourself a favor, go get your Dash, make some Chaffles and report back to me! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, new recipe ideas, whatever!



Why You Might Want to Stay Away From Salon Pedicures

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After visiting my doctor today for what looked suspiciously like a toenail fungus, let me tell you guys why you might want to stay away from salon pedicures.

I’m a summertime girl, love my flipflops and pretty nail polish. So, normally I go once a month or so and have a professional pedicure so my toes look great.

Evidently, one of the two salons I frequent must not sanitize their equipment properly, or bleach the floors after several pairs of feet walked on them that day.

I absolutely do have a nasty toenail fungus. You might think, so what’s the big deal about that? I’m about to tell you.

First, I consulted the internet who said any number of home remedies would cure it, including Vick’s vapor rub, tea tree essential oil, and mouthwash.

They were wrong.

My new podiatrist told me that fungus is a highly contagious organism that feeds off of your nails, spreads to your other nails, and likely, your PARTNER’S nails!!

So now, in addition to the expensive office visit, laser treatment, and multiple medications (topicals) that I will have to apply to kill these beasts, so will my husband.

My lovely new medication kit

We shower together, so unless we were in the habit of bleaching the shower floor after every use, he is also likely infected. (we’re not)

So I came home and bleached the heck out of both shower and tub.

In addition, you get a kit with your medications and a special shoe spray that you must spray all the shoes you normally wear at least once a week.

So that’s done as well.

Tonight, I will have to bath or wash my feet, then put another topical medication on them.

All together there is a lotion, a nail oil, and the shoe spray that must be applied.

We will have to bleach the shower frequently and treat our feet and shoes for several weeks, maybe months, until all this is gone. 

I will follow up with Dr. Woodly in 1 month.

Now, still want to go to the salon? I’m thinking when all this is over, I’ll paint my own, thanks!!

Or, I will make damn sure the salon I go to knows and can prove how well they sanitize their equipment and floors.

The assistant that did my treatment told me it could have been as simple as stepping on the floor barefoot where an infected person had been, then inserting my feet in the warm water where the fungus is having a party.

(Fungus likes warm, moist, dark places where it can thrive.)

So, next time you think of going to the nail salon for those sandal perfect pedicures, think again.

This foot is worse, but it’s on both.

Sorry for the ugly, graphic pictures, but I wanted y’all to see exactly what it looks like. The nail darkens, flakes, gets thicker, and even breaks in some places, because the fungus is literally eating your nail.

The takeaway here is, sometimes you must get treated by a doctor, alternative methods will not work!

I like my essential oils like all of you do, but they are not strong enough to get through all the layers of your nail.

The treatment starts with trimming and buffing your nails, then they use the laser on them which kills the outer layer where the fungus is.

Next they applied the medicated oil to each nail and rubbed it in.

They also gave my shoes and socks a complimentary spray so my treated feet didn’t go back in untreated shoes.

Then the third step in the treatment will be tonight after a bath. (In my nice, clean tub. 😊)

The good news is the fungus is treatable, it just takes a while and the treatment cost today was close to $600!

I can paint my nails if I want, but I’ll have to use a special, breathable nail polish ($9) from Sally’s. I’ll probably wait on that a while.

When my mom used to say, “Suffer to be beautiful,” I had no idea!🤣🤣 😥

What Keto Staples Can be Found at Sam’s Club for $10 or Less?

What keto staples can be found at Sam’s Club under $10? Turns out, quite a bit! I found this great post on Pinterest by Hip2Keto and I decided to break it down for you.

I scanned her list and found at least 20 items under $10 that you can eat or use in your recipes for your keto or low-carb diets.

In her wonderful article, Mary sited the nutritional info of each item and also included foods from Costco. I’ve never been there and we use Sam’s, so that’s my reasoning for my post.

I was trying to concentrate on inexpensive items, some are in bulk, that might save us all some money in the long run to feature here. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Snacks and Nuts

Member’s Mark Parmesan Crisps 9.5 oz. $9.76

Member’s Mark Creamy Almond Butter-240z. $9.98

Member’s Mark No-Stir Creamy Peanut Butter-40 oz. 2ct $8.98

Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Dip and Salad Dressing Mix- 16oz. $8.58

There are more keto snacks available, such as nuts and beef jerky, the prices are higher than $10 though, so I left them out.


Member’s Mark Himalayan Pink Salt (10.58 oz.) $3.98 or (38 oz.) $9.98

Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise 36oz. 2pk-$8.88

Frank’s Red Hot Sauce-25oz. 2pk-$6.74

They also have olive oil and coconut oil, as well as almond flour-just not for under $10


Member’s Mark Beef Franks 48 oz. $8.98

Member’s Mark Chunk Light Tuna 5oz. 12pk-$8.24

Member’s Mark Premium Natural Chunk Chicken Breast 12.5oz cans, 6pk-$9.98

Rotisserie Chicken 3lbs. $4.98

Hormel Original Pepperoni 2lbs Value Pack $9.52

Member’s Mark Hard Salami-22oz ( Prices may vary)

Cheese and Dairy

Member’s Mark Jack Snack Cheese 19.5 oz. $7.48

Land O’ Lakes Heavy Whipping Cream 1qt. $4.58

Member’s Mark Exceptional Quality Cream Cheese Brick 3lbs $6.98

Member’s Mark Salted Organic Butter 16oz. 2pk- $8.98

Mini Baby Bel individual cheeses 0.75oz, 48pk- $8.98

Frigo Cheese Heads string Cheese 1oz. sticks, 48 pk- $8.98

The Happy Egg Co. Organic Lg Brown Grade A Eggs, 18 ct -$5.28

Bottled Water $3.98

Plus, they have a wide variety of fruits and veggies acceptable on a low-carb diet you would have to price for yourself. We sometimes get the big bag of broccoli and I think it’s around $4.00

All the items I listed for under $10 are also 0-2g of carbs (except for the nut butters) per serving.

If you want the macro breakdown of each item, check out Mary’s post on the Hip2Keto website and check it out before your shopping trip.

Or, if you shop at Costco, her list cover’s their prices and nutritional info as well.

So now you know, if you want to save money, head to Sam’s Club and purchase a few of these items as you can afford to, over time, your fridge and pantry will be stocked!

Items purchased in bulk mean less trips to the grocery store, thereby saving you money!


(I’m not making any money from this post, just sharing the good news!)