Monica Whaley

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Bookbinding Bind

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 5:39 PM Comments comments (3)

I had an idea for a book I wanted to put together as gifts and thought it would be nice to make my own. I’ve found a remarkable amount of information and various ways online regarding how to do this. I made my first hardcover journal last night (pictures below). I’m not satisfied with the results (yes, I’m a bit of a perfectionist), but they’re not bad for the first time. I’m planning on using a few different methods to figure out which is best for me. Of course,...

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Not Sold on Paleo

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 2:27 PM Comments comments (2)

I think they have the right idea, but it seems to be a little imbalanced still. The hard core paleos say that grain, dairy, legumes, beans, sugar, salt, and flour are off the table (hee hee), but I’m not convinced. If you look at current hunter-gatherer groups, they are a lot healthier than we are, and they DO eat some of those foods.


According to “Hunter-gatherer diets̵...

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Petrol Purge

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (1)

I’ve always known that tree huggers eschewed any petroleum jelly products, but I didn’t know why. Also called petrolatum, this jelly-like substance is used in many lip balms, body oils, etc. It was discovered as a by-product the equipment on America’s first oil rigs. Chemist Robert Chesebrough worked with the waxy film and discovered that once distilled, it had many beneficial properties. According to the Organic Consumers Association, it’s one of the

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No poo update 1

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 8:58 AM Comments comments (1)

I have already noticed that my facial skin isn’t as oily. I have struggled with that forever. Within half an hour of washing my face (with soap or cleanser), I’m already starting to shine. I went 6 hours today before having to blot! I have showered with no soap and felt/smelled just as clean as with, but didn’t have to smother myself in lotion afterward. I will be looking for a “good” soap (something totally natural-may have to make something) for when I have act...

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Teeth, too?

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 8:56 AM Comments comments (2)

I forgot to mention that toothpaste is another thing I’m getting rid of. Did you know that every tube of toothpaste has to include the number to Poison Control? That has never sat well with me. Anyway, in doing my research, I came across this article and decided to try alternative toothpaste, too. Last night was the first night. I used peppermint castille soap. No, it doesn’t taste like soap. In fact, there&...

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Posted on January 14, 2011 at 8:56 AM Comments comments (1)

After a realy good conversation with my friend Megan yesterday, I think I need to clarify some things from my last post (even for myself). I am ABSOLUTELY NOT saying that we should avoid all chemicals. In fact, we need many of them in the forms of medicine, etc, not to mention the ones that make up our body anyway. It is important to remember that not all chemicals are bad (i.e. medicine) and not all things natural things are good (snake venom might be all natural, but I don’t want to d...

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Paleo Pathway?

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 6:33 PM Comments comments (2)

Recently. I’ve become aware o fsomething called the “paleo lifestyle”. It goes by several other names as well:

  • Paleolithic
  • Neanderthin
  • Caveman
  • Stone Age
  • Hunter-gatherer
  • Primal
  • Low-carb

This all started with an blog I read from someone who had decided to try going without soap and shampoo due to an article he read from someone who lives a paleo lifestyle. In a nutshell, it says that we didn’t &#...

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Goodbye, Francis

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 10:23 AM Comments comments (3)

Francis had been missing for a week, and I was literally sick to my stomach with worry. Yesterday, my friend Heather saw a cat by the side of the road across from our house. She called to tell me, so I went out to look. It was my Francis. I was devastated. I carried him to the back of the property where we live and stayed with him for maybe an hour. After talking to my mom, I realized I needed to bury him. I started that and my other friend Marlene helped me finish. It was really hard to leav...

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Progress Update

Posted on October 20, 2010 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (2)

Well, I’m taking more steps toward being more temple-minded. I went grocery shopping the other day, which doesn’t seem like much. My boyfriend can tell you how much I dislike grocery shopping. However, I’m very aware of how much it affects my food choices. If I have food at home, I don’t eat fast food. I prefer to get organic as much as possible, but since that can be expensive, I’m trying to figure out when it’s beneficial to get organic versus when itR...

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Crochet pain?

Posted on October 15, 2010 at 1:49 PM Comments comments (1)

I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand in 2002, and will have to do the same on my left sometime in the near future. You can imagine the issues I have to deal with to crochet (and knit). So, I’ve been looking online and in stores for some solutions. I’ve found some great crochet hooks that are ergonomically-minded and some ideas on how to make your current hooks more ergonomic.


Most ergonomic hooks have been reviewed by other bloggers, so I won’t do...

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TV Junkie Reform?

Posted on October 4, 2010 at 3:26 PM Comments comments (1)

First, I need to apologize for the hiatus. I was pretty severely depressed sometime last month, and it’s taken me this long to start to get back on track, not only with my blog but also with my Bible reading. Thanks to Angie and Matthias, that is coming back under control. Moving on...


Anyone who knows me knows that I watch TV as much as possible. I have it on even when I’m not watching. I assume this stems from when I was younger and my mom had to work late. I ...

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Changling of God?

Posted on August 13, 2010 at 10:09 AM Comments comments (2)

I noticed something pretty interesting over the week. I was at home watching movies. I had heard a lot about the movie Crash, so I had checked it out from the library. It was pretty interesting and eye-opening. It’s basically about the hidden and not-so-hidden prejudices that we all harbor. It was very real and very disturbing.


What interested me, though, was my abnormal reaction to it. Usually, I just watch a movie and that’s it. This time, I was prof...

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Patriarch Bartholomew

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Patriarch Bartholomew


Non-Catholics don’t have anything like a Pope, right? That’s what I thought until last night’s 60 Minutes (watch). I was introduced to "His All Holiness, Bartholomew, Archbishop of...

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Posted on July 30, 2010 at 11:08 AM Comments comments (0)

To use a word I learned from two friends at camp (thanks, Amie and Emily!). I have talked about accountability quite often recently. When I was talking about it with the bf, he asked me who my partner was, and I didn’t have one! I mean, I talk to my mom, him, and Angie about things, but I didn’t have an “official” set up. So, since I know how important it is, I asked Angie to pray about that for us, and she agreed. YAY! Now we’re talking about when to meet, what ...

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Posted on July 26, 2010 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Pastor Terry’s sermon yesterday was a survey of the book of Ruth. It brought up some interesting questions. He said that Ruth highlights our “Missionary God” and listed three practices that can indicate that we’re in tune with God’s missionary heart:


• Respecting outsiders

• Welcoming outsiders

• Including outsiders


Ruth was an outsider in the sense that she was a Moabite (nationality) and grew u...

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Natural Bug Spray

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Since many have asked me about making natural bug spray, I thought I'd find some good information to share. It's SO easy to make and more effective than store-bought. You can adjust it to your needs.


Natural Bug Spray

Crazy Love!

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:51 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, I'd forgotten how tired,depressed and emotionally spent I am after camp. Sheesh. I cried about everything and my boyfriend had to let me sleep more than usual. Luckily, he's pretty great and I recovered faster than I used to.


I realized something though. This year, I felt like I was fairly emotionally closed off; like I haven't been in years. I'm not sure why, but there you have it. I didn't surrender myself to the experience, to getting to know the campers and other...

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Posted on July 9, 2010 at 2:06 PM Comments comments (2)

I'm off to camp tomorrow! Of course, this means that even if I wanted to, I won't be able to write a blog. What I'm going to try to do is hand-write (ugh) some bloggish things and post them when I get home (or from bf's house - where I'm going after camp for a few days). I make NO promises, but I will certainly try.

No Grad School Yet

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 10:24 AM Comments comments (1)

I missed getting some of my info in to both Kent and OSU, so there's no way I can go to grad school this fall. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I have to assume that if I didn't get in this year, God has a reason, but what do I do for the next year? I don't want to keep taking classes if I don't need any, but student loans start after 6 months out of school. I certainly can't afford those. What a mess.

Crochet stint

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (3)

Some of you may know that I’m into several crafts (scrapbooking, crochet, embroidery, photography, making jewelry, etc.). I tend to enjoy them in phases. I got a new Interweave Crochet magazine yesterday, so I’m somewhat inspired to work on crochet now. I’m pretty picky about what I make. It has to be artistic or useful. No doilies, fake food, etc. I’ve made some stuffed animals for kids, clothes, framed things, etc. I haven’t been able to make too many pieces of...

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