Thursday, July 30, 2015

7 Places to find Boxes and Shipping Supplies for Selling on Ebay for Free

Finding just the right packing box is not as easy as it looks when you are selling on Ebay. Right now we have decided to go with small items to cut down on shipping costs.

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1. There are free USPS boxes that you can get by either calling the home office and asking for them or by going online at and ordering a limited amount. Don't expect them to come right quick. They will come in 5 to 7 days. If you order by phone you can order more than the limited quantity online. At your local Post Office you may be able to get some free packing tape if you ask. I've heard this works for some.

2. Newcomers:  You can often find people that just moved into the area and leave their boxes for you for free.

3. Another way to get that special box is to make your own. I just took a small box and opened it up. I spread it on a great condition cardboard piece and penned around it and cut with a box cutter making sure to have a hard surface underneath; I used my sewing board under it.

4. Supermarkets and big box stores have boxes that they offer at a certain time of day or if you talk to a certain person so just ask and see what you can find.

5. Then there are poly bags that you can order online through Ebay or Amazon or any Shipping supplies store. What I have been doing is making my own for now since we have just started. I take a nice thick trash bag and cut it to size and then take my hair straightener and put it on the coolest setting and run it along three sides of the perimeter quickly or it will melt too much.

6. The Dollar Stores often have the manila colored mailers that you can find for a reasonable price.

7. Save the boxes and shipping supplies like paper and packing peanuts that you get from ordering things online or even from buying things at the store. Friend may even decide to pass you thier boxes and shipping supplies if you let them know that you are recycling that way.

If you have sources that I haven't found yet let me know!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Ebay Journey Begins!

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Last week I started my new business. Yeah! I am so excited but it is taking a lot of work for me to learn all that I need to know to succeed. Especially since I haven't sent but a handful of letters since I got married about 14 years ago.  It just hasn't been in the budget.

I know that's sad.  That doesn't mean I haven't written to several people online and made some really cute letters with nice backgrounds. I do that all the time. Anyway, I have had to learn a bunch about how to ship things inexpensively and where to find supplies for shipping and how to spot a good treasure.  I have also been learning about how to take a good eBay picture and getting that right is a challenge in itself.  There is so much to learn that I could be at it forever and probably never learn it all. It's fun though, I am enjoying it for the most part.

I will try to keep you updated on how we do. I have a feeling this is going to take quiet a while to get going full swing because of the time it takes for sales to be available in your bank account. If you are doing this as a business and have any sage advice for this newbie please leave me some comments I would love to hear from you. If you would like to learn how to have a business like the one we are starting, please comment on that as well.

If you would like to check out my Ebay items check here: jenifer7jenifer (paste in search bar on ebay)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Liposomal Vitamin C Part 2

If you missed the first post here it is: Liposomal Vitamin C Part 1

Disclaimer: This is not to be used as medical advice only information. For medical advice consult your health professional.

Here goes! I have finally come up with my tolerance level of Liposomol Vitamin C. It was right at 6 grams like most other people. I could probably get down one more gram but since I have read that the tolerance of most folks is 6 grams  I will just stay there and see what my results will be. I wanted you to know this because any more than this and you are risking a case of gastrointestinal upset.

I do not make it the conventional way with sunflower lecithin because I wanted to cut down on any extra costs in our budget so I went with he lecithin that I had available from my chickens. Egg yolk has a lecithin that I have coming to me daily.

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Liposomal vitamin C Recipe:


1 or 2 egg yolks
6 grams (6000mg) of Ascorbic Acid caplets or powder
Cranberry/apple juice or the juice you prefer
1 tsp. honey


1. With a coffee grinder grind your 6 1000 milligram caplets. It takes about 10 seconds.

2. With your stick blender or what ever you have blend the egg yolk and vitamin c powder for about one minute.

3. Then mix this with your juice and honey.

4. Drink this down holding your breath and keeping your jug of juice handy so you can chug a little juice after because it has a very bad eggy aftertaste. Some people will not need to hold your nose and if you concentrate on the vitamin c taste it won't bother you at all that the egg taste is there.

Do your research to see if Vitamin C is for you!

That's it. That's how I do it for now. Who knows I may break down and buy the powdered kind and the sunflower lecithin in liquid form that would work easy too. Here is a video on that process.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Back Yard Water Park Part 1

Today for cleaning their rooms the kids got to have a fun water park day.

Homemade Water Sprinkler: First we made our own fun water sprinkler out of an old vinegar bottle and some duct tape. Later we added a small strip of plastic that we had around the yard for the slippery factor.

Water shakers/pourers: Then we took some old plastic containers that creamer comes in (My Mom saves for us) and made some water shaking fun! Need I say there was a whole lot of shaking going on. Plus when that got old they decided to take the lids off and pour the water on. The zildren know how to have fun, at the least the younger ones do. The older more sophisticated ones decided to walk to the library. They don't like it when their feathers get wet. They don't know what they were missing.

Tomorrow we want to do some more fun things so be sure to check in and see what we have thought up! We are all about good CLEAN fun, well at least watery.

What do you do for water fun in the yard?

Liposomal Vitamin C Benefits Part 1

Note: Remember I am not a doctor do not take my advice as medical!

I have been researching Liposomal Vitamin C because I would like to benefit from getting more vitamin C in my system. I am working on a daily drink that will work good for my regimen and will soon have the kinks worked out. I have been conferring with a man I met online through his videos on natural health and have really enjoyed his input.

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Here are some of the benefits that I have found in my research that some are reported to have from using this type of vitamin C:

weight loss
helps in the production of collagen-used in (bones,skin,discs,tendons and ligaments)
eye health
fighting cancer
heart health
lung health
blood sugar
immune system
hair and skin

Here is a great story about how this type of vitamin C works on a lot of people. I hope to write more about this subject soon, it has really fascinated me!

To check out Liposomal Vitamin C Part 2 click now!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Egg, Sausage and Spinach Casserole

This recipe feeds 9 people if you add side dishes
 or if you want to use it for a light breakfast or a light lunch. 


10 eggs 
1 table spoon of real butter
1/4 cup  milk
1 cup nacho cheese
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon oregano
10 to 12 leaves of fresh spinach
1 package of cheddar sausage links, sliced


1. Set oven to 375 degrees.

2. Wisc together all ingredients accept sausage.

3. Pour into an oiled casserole pan. 

4. Add the sausage placing the slices in a row.

5. Bake for 30 minutes or until the egg bounces back when you press with your finger.

Friday, May 29, 2015

How To Clean A Shower Head

If you have hard water deposits and your shower head no longer sprays at full force, don't throw it out just clean it up like new.

clear plastic bag
rubber band, twist tie or strong tape


1. Fill plastic bag 1/3 of the way full with vinegar. I buy the strongest that they have.

2. Take the bag to your shower and put your shower head into the bag.

3. While holding your bag of vinegar onto the shower head take a rubber band and bring it up over the bottom of the bag and secure.

If you have a very large shower  head then you will want to use a twist tie or a strong tape.

4. Come back in about 2 hours and your shower head will be beautiful again!

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Monday, May 25, 2015



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2 tbls. minced garlic
a little fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
8 crushed crackers
4 cans of spam smashed
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 c. shredded cheese plus 1/2 c. sprinkled on top
4 fresh eggs


1. Smash all ingredients together thoroughly.

2. Form into thin patties with your bare hands, or any other way you can get it done. If you don't like gooey texture then wearing gloves would be in order.

3. Fry on griddle for 7 to 10 minutes on one side then flip and continue the same on the other side.

4. After both sides are fried remove to a baking sheet and sprinkle the other 1/2 c. of the cheese on the top of the patties to melt. Turn the oven on warm and leave in the oven until the cheese melts.

5. Dress your burger with anything you like on other types of burgers.

Note: do not add any salty seasonings because spam is already salty.

Dressing Suggestions:

pineapple slices

These are really great family favorites. Let me know how yours turns out!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Eggs Con Nopales

Someone gifted us some great nopales packages and we have really enjoyed them. Add some eggs and you have a great breakfast or brunch. Did you know that Nopal or Prickly Pear Cactus is good for normalizing blood sugar. When you cook it it is kind of like cooking a okra a little slimy but doesn't taste like okra. Try it you may like it!

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Eggs Con Nopales


enough eggs for your family
a tablespoon of milk
cooking oil
4 nopal leaves sliced
2 caps full of lemon juice
picante sauce
green onion chopped
about four shakes of Parmesan cheese
plain yogurt


1. Coat your pan with a spray of cooking oil and fry your nopales with the lemon juice until all of the pieces have changed to a duller green color.

2. Wisc up your eggs and seasonings and add them to the frying pan. Cook until done.

3. Warm up your tortillas for about a minute in the microwave.

4. Serve while warm.

                                 Mrs. Jenifer Harrod

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Faux Skirt Steak

Things have been tight with several trips to the E.R. and prescriptions to fill. This is a recipe for when you don't have much but you are making what you do have appealing to the masses or to the zildren in our case. I admit I am not a spam lover but I am adventurous so I have taste tested this and it really does taste great! I was pleasantly surprised. Isn't it great when the Lord cooks with you and shows you just what to combine for a pleasant meal.

Faux Fajitas:

3 cans of Spam diced
1/3 cup of diced white onion
4 spoons of minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons of fajita seasoning
a pinch of fresh cilantro
5 hefty shakes of Louisiana hot sauce
1/4 cup of picante sauce
a spoon of plain yogurt (per tortilla)


1. Coat large skillet with vegetable oil.

2.  Add diced onions, spam, garlic, seasoning,cilantro and picante sauce to pan and cook on high stirring constantly till onions are translucent.

3. Add your hot sauce and and stir in pan to coat. Cook another minute to blend the flavors.

4. Build your fajitas with the mixture and add a dollop of plain yogurt on top. Delish!

Recipe by Lonnie Harrod

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