Thursday, January 8, 2015

December Health Progress

Last month I decided to post a monthly update on our health progress, which includes interesting books I read and some new things we did or try.

You can read about our Health progress in November here

In December I read book about Health:

The Immune System Recovery Plan by Susan Blum, MD

This is a must read book if you have any autoimmune disorders, such as MS, lupus, celiac disease, crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Thyroid problems, etc.
This book gives you interesting information about how exposure to chemicals, heavy metals and certain diet choices can trigger your autoimmune symptoms. By removing these triggers you actually can stop suffering from your symptoms.
"Dr. Blum masterfully presents the latest scientific information and gives patients practical, natural, and safe ways to help the immune system heal" - Joel M. Evans, M.D.

While reading this book I learned that when we are shopping for Vitamin E, there are two different forms - synthetic form, which usually listed as dl-alpha-tocopherol and is not good, and a good-quality vitamin E, which contains d-alpha, or mixed tocopherols. 

Also I plan to add Selenium as our daily supplement. Selenium is a mineral which is important for our immune system and most of people are usually low on this mineral.

Health Updates this month:

1. I drink green smoothie every morning for my breakfast. I finally came up with my own combination which contains:

 2-3 leaves of kyle, one banana, lemon juice, coconut milk and water. I add pineapples pieces or cranberries when we have some. 

2. I added Vitamin E to our daily supplements.

3. I received my first order from Vitacost. If you follow this link, you supposed to get $10 of your $30 order. I ordered Buckwheat honey, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Noni Juice and pure Eucalyptus oil.

4. We finally completed our first parasite cleansing/detoxing this month. 

Here is a great article, which will convince you that everyone has parasites and you probably need to do this cleansing. I did my own research and found very gentle herb pills on Amazon, which my kids, my mom and I took for 10 days. My 18 y.o. daughter was very unhappy in the beginning, because she didn't want to take any "unknown herb pills" but at the end even she said her stomach feels much better now. My 13 y.o. son just believed me that after kissing dogs and cats, fishing, swimming and exploring woods, he needs some parasite cleansing. Overall I am very happy with this experience and plan to do it every 6 months. I noticed that my level of energy increased, I wake up much easier every morning and I am less irritable after I completed this cleansing.

5. I discovered that Marshall's/TJ Maxx has a nice section with organic food as well as soaps and creams. 

Thanks for reading and stay healthy and happy!

Friday, January 2, 2015

December Passive Income Progress

I started tracking my passive income this summer.

My June passive income was $261.00

My July passive income was $209.67  
My August passive income was 235.62
My September passive income was $212.97
My October passive income was $140.37
My November passive income was $207.05

In December I bought more shares of BBL and also WIN. I used to own WIN but then sold it and now I own it again. 

My December dividend income was the best out of all months of this year!

In December I received dividends:


Here you can see my progress for 12 months


I earned an interest of $31.23
$34.04 in points on my Discover card
$  1.00 in points on my Amazon card
I received $3.00 gift card from Sears, 
               $10.00 gift card from Best Buy
               $10.00 gift card from LL Bean
               $15.00 gift card from Kohls
               $10.00 gift card from Palais Royal

Gift cards were perfect for Christmas Shopping!

I finally accepted AMEX offer to get their credit card because receiving 20% back if I used the card 20 times per month was the offer I could not pass by. So next month Discover points will go down and I will see how Amex points will work for me.

My total financial passive income for the month of December was $377.91

I was very impressed with this month!

At this moment my goal is to have $1k in monthly passive income from dividends and other financial institutions.

Thanks for reading and please share your thoughts and progress.