7 Quick Ways to Help Improve Your Diet

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This is a quick, down and dirty list that you can easily incorporate to help you achieve your goal of eating better. You can even do a little bit everyday over the next few months and would have accomplished a ton. Ok, let’s get down to it.

#1 (or day 1): If you haven’t already done so, clean out your pantry and get rid of the junk. Replace boxed meals with fruits and veges (for the week, this helps wasting money due to spoilage), beans such as lentils, soybeans, chickpeas, etc, and whole grains like amaranth, quinoa, brown rice, etc. I know what your thinking, boxed meals save so much time and energy. How about designating two or three days a week as cooking days. Prepare all meals on those days so that all you have to do is take them out and warm them up. Preparation is just as important as what you eat.

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#2: Replace your regular lattes and coffee with herbal drinks, green tea, fresh fruit and vegetable juices. If giving up coffee completely is hard to do (although many people remark how they feel better without it), then try restricting your consumption to one cup of organic coffee per day.

#3: Boost your intake of EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids). EFAs (also known as omega oils) are obtained from food and converted into substances that keep our blood think, lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation, improve the function of our nervous and immune systems, help insulin to work, enhance our vision, coordination and mood, encourage health metabolism and maintain the balance of water in our bodies. Does quiet a bit for our bodies. Have at least one serving of oily fish today, and several more this week (preferably fish that is sustainably farmed). Start taking flaxseed oil supplements, and throw lightly toasted or raw seeds and nuts into pastas, casseroles, breakfast cereals and salads. Some other sources of EFAs are pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, and hemp seed oil.

#4: Increase your antioxidants. they protect your cells agains the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules producers when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposure to substances such as tobacco smoke, toxic chemicals or over exposure to the sun’s rays and radiation. Have at least five servings of brightly colored fruit and vegetables today. Start by making an antioxidant salad, with berries and other fruits, dark green lettuces, spring onions, toasted walnuts and some calcium-rich feta cheese.

#5: Start taking a good multivitamin and mineral pill. If you are under stress, add a B complex pill and if you smoke or need some help with detoxing, try additional vitamin C in ester C form.

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#6: Increase your whole grains. Eat as many different grains as you can and try to incorporate them into your diet.

#7: Introduce as many dried beans and peas as you can, and enhance their effect by adding a little water and putting them on the window sill to germinate – their shoots are marvelously nutritious.

There you have it. Just making one of these changes each day will put you well on your way to having great health, feeling better and even looking great.

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Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)

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Are you interested in eating healthier and have read and agree with all the literature but are still having a hard time spending the extra money on organic produce and animal products from your neighborhood market? No need to fear, CSAs are your answer. What’s a CSA you might ask?

Well CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is basically your neighborhood local farmer that offers a number of “shares.” It’s kind of like a club membership. With club memberships, you pay your dues in the beginning of the year (or whenever) and you use the club amenities. It’s the same thing with a CSA, you pay for your dues up front then you get your produce.

You might be wondering if this is a new phenomenon. It isn’t although it was first introduced into the US back in the early 80s. CSAs have been around since back in the 40’s. And actually, according to research done by Cheryl Brown and Stacy Miller, its big business. CSA have grown considerable over the past decade, up 150% from 1994 – 2006. In fact, the total nationwide sales in 2005 were estimated at $1 billion, a 13% growth from 2000.

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So again, famers sold shares of produce (or in some cases, meat, eggs, flowers or even honey) to consumers before the planting season began. Shares can range from 12 weeks to year round. Each week the shareowner picks up a portion of produce until they have gotten all the produce they have paid for. This is a win-win strategy for both farmers and consumers in most cases (I’ll explain why I say in most cases later). According to Local Harvest (your first stop in looking for your neighborhood CSA, www.localharvest.org), farmers win by marketing their food early in the year before the begin laboring in the field, the receive payment early and that helps with their cash flow. It is advantageous for the shareowner because they get really fresh food (and often times, organic) for much less than if they go to the grocery store. They also get exposed to a variety of new vegetables and go on a journey with food in the way of methods of preparation and new recipes, in a way they wouldn’t have if they went to store and picked from what was available. It also teaches the consumer the tomatoes aren’t a year round fruit (yes, a tomato is a fruit).

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However, CSAs aren’t for the faint at heart. You have to be someone on a committed path to changing your eating habits, in most cases, have to like greens, are passionate about going on a food journey because you will be introduced to vegetables that you’ve never even heard of let alone seen. Sometimes you may not get as much produce in one week as the next, so you have to be prepared for the variance in the amount of produce you get. Being a CSA shareholder means that you are not only sharing the produce of the farm, but the risk and rewards of the farm and farmer as well. But I must reiterate that you save a whole bunch more on your grocery bill, eat much better, reinvest in your community and cut down on your carbon foot print, making it a great addition (or start) to your sustainable living plan. Just do your due diligence with whatever CSA you choose. Maybe you can start of with a half share or sharing a full share with someone to see if you like it, or find a CSA that doesn’t have 22 week shares but 12 week shares. So start here in your search for more information about CSAs, www.localharvest.org. And get out there and participate in one, it may be the best decision that you’ve made for yourself and your family.

Happy eating!!

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In-Depth Look: Rosemary, An Energy Booster

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Origin: A native of the Mediterranean countries, rosemary has been used as a medicine and a sacred herb for thousands of years. As a medicinal herb it is used primarily as a tonic for nervousness, depression and headaches. It is also one of the classic culinary herbs.

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Therapeutic properties

Rosemary is a very versatile, warming oil, which has the effect of stimulating and unblocking various systems in the body. It may be used in massage blends and compresses, steam inhalations, in the bath and for room fragrancing. Rosemary combines well with many oils, especially basil, lavender; lemongrass, olibanum, orange, peppermint, petitgrain and pine.

The primary action of rosemary is on the circulatory system; it stimulates a weak heart and is useful for treating low blood pressure and cold extremities. Rosemary can also help to clear the blood vessels in cases of arteriosclerosis. Use in the bath or as a massage blend.

Rosemary increases the circulation of blood to the brain and nervous system and can help to improve memory, concentration and mental alertness, so it is a very good oil to use in a burner in any room where people are trying to concentrate. It can also be used to treat lethargy, vertigo and paralysis. It is an important remedy in the treatment of headaches and is helpful for many people who suffer with migraines.

The moving qualities of rosemary make it a good digestive tonic, promoting the flow of bile, helping to unblock an obstructed gall bladder and clearing gallstones. It is also used to treat hepatitis and jaundice.

Rosemary is an antiseptic and antispasmodic oil which can be employed to treat gastrointestinal infection, painful digestion, flatulence and colic. It will alleviate diarrhea and colitis, particularly in weak, nervous people.

It is also a mild emmenagogue (a substance that stimulates or increases menstrual flow), and will help to relieve painful periods. Dilute in a base oil and massage over the abdomen, or add a few drops of the oil to a warm bath.

Rosemary is a beneficial oil for people prone to chronic lung conditions. It is antiseptic and can be used to treat colds, flu and coughs. It is also one of the main detoxifying oils; combine with lavender and juniper as a massage oil to detoxify the lymphatic system.

It is also helpful in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism, especially when symptoms are worse in cold weather. It will also bring relief to sprains and strains, making it a classic ingredient in sports blends. And lastly, it has been an important treatment for problems of the hair and scalp and can be used to treat alopecia and dandruff. It is also a parasiticide and can be used to remove lice.

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Hold On!! Your Breakthrough Is Around the Corner

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A couple nights ago, with one word that I read in a book, I had my breakthrough. If you read a little bit about me, you’d know that I was in the military 12 years and now in the process of reinventing myself. This hasn’t been an easy process. I went straight into the military after college so all I’ve known most of my adult life is the military. I had many WONDERFUL experiences in the military and I would not trade that for anything. However unique the industry of defense is, it is a wonderful opportunity to see places and do things you wouldn’t even dream about. It built in me an amazing self-confidence and developed the ‘I-can-do-anything’ attitude needed to get through life. But, it was within the confines of the military and with the indescribable camaraderie that can only be understood if you are related to military in anyway. With all that amazing stuff came a sobering realization, my identity was tied to the military that meant that when the military was no longer a part of me, I didn’t know who I was.

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I dealt with a mental and emotional fatigue and for the first few months after I left, I didn’t want to do anything because I didn’t know what to do. All I knew was that I wanted to be home with my children. It was for that reason I choose direct sales (even though I didn’t have the slightest clue what I wanted). Even through that experience, I wasn’t sure that I was doing the right thing or what my niche was all about and I certainly wasn’t making any money because I still didn’t know who I was or what I really wanted out of the rest of my life. But then the other day happened, a door opened and a wave of light shone through my dark place.

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I just wanted to give you a little smattering of what was going on in my brain just want to encourage you all and tell you that giving up IS NOT AN OPTION. I know you have a choice in the matter but let me just encourage you to keep going, no matter how frustrating, no matter how tiring, no matter how lonely, no matter (fill in the blank). You’ve got to know that you know that you know that you are a fighter and this will not defeat you because that phrase ‘no matter…’ can be so positive as well. You’ve got to have a ‘no matter what’ attitude, a spirit of ‘no matter what it takes, i’ll keep going.’ You’ve got to know deep down, right in the middle of your gut, that God has you right where you are at the appointed time (in spite and despite of all the resistance and noise that is going on in your mind and physically in front of you).

Just STAND STILL and see the salvation of the Lord. In some cases it may be that you keep doing what it is you are doing and in others it may be to just trust your decision to do something different. Whatever it is, there may be unclarity, just be excellent and unwavering in your faith in God, “knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:3-4) All it takes is less than a split second for God to shine light in your place of darkness and you are suddenly free to walk in what he had already predestined for you. You are now free to be the light that so many other people have been looking for.

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Explosively Boost your Energy to Revive your Life and Achieve any Goal.

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Have you ever woken up and about 30 mins after getting up, wanted to go right back to sleep? How about the 3pm hump? How about the new mom that is trying to get survive the first few months of her precious gift.

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Really, it’s a fact of life, most people have experienced and still experience chronic low energy. Just look at the statistics of emergency room visits due to energy drink consumption. Medical News Today noted that according to a government survey, the number of emergency room visits, between 2007 and 2011, doubled, increasing from over 10,000 visits to over 20,000. Most of the ER patients were between the ages of 18 and 25 however, the greatest increase of ER patients over the past years, have come in those above 40 yrs of age. The number of ER visits increased by 279% with this age group. WOW!! A truly staggering number.

This shows people need some relief and are desperate to find quick, common sense and practical suggestions to boost energy, suggestions that are easy to implement and will help them stay focused on goals and productive – without the risk of ending in an emergency room.

There are many areas of your life that can affect your energy level. If you’ve ever dealt with a stressful event like losing a job or even dealing with a loved one with a debilitating illness, you understand how that can leave you feeling below par. Even being in chronic pain can leave you unable to function optimally or focus on tasks. Of course, diets play a key role in being able to get through a workday and still have energy to play with your kids or socialize with friends.

So below are 5 some simple strategies that you can easily put into practice in any schedule to revive your life and boost energy and stay energized all day long.

#1: Food and exercise

Eat the best foods you can find. Increase your protein in-take (eat high protein snacks throughout the day), refrain from preservative laden food, pre-packaged foods and as much as you can afford it, buy local and organic food. It helps your local community, your health and the earth all at the same time. The following fruits and vegetables are considered ‘clean foods’ because they have limited pesticide exposure:

Onions                        Sweet corn                        Pineapples                         Avocado

Cabbage                      Sweet peas                        Asparagus                          Mangoes

Eggplant                        Kiwi                        Cantaloupe (domestic)        Sweet potatoes

Grapefruit                    Papayas                          Mushrooms

Be sure you move regularly because exercise has been shown to be an effective energy booster. Do something you enjoy doing so that it doesn’t feel like a chore and be sure to switch up what you do if you get bored.

#2: Supplements

Supplements are great to fill in the nutritional gaps that you may be experiencing but supplements such as ginseng, oat straw extract and rhodiola can help to boost energy as well. Magnesium found in bananas, whole wheat and nuts is another way to combat low energy. Always be careful to research supplements that you take and know how to use them correctly.

#3: Change your environment and breathe

Sometimes, something as easy as going outside to eat your lunch or take a 5 min break or even taking a brisk walk will make a huge difference. Also breathing has the ability to relax and re-energize. Try using Dr. Weil’s 4-7-8 breathing technique. They are a good way to get oxygen throughout your whole body and slow down a bit.

#4: Sleep

We really don’t get enough sleep (yes, even me) but it so important for your mind, body and soul. It’s a chance to reset and recharge, giving you what you need to face the day to come and more. I mean if sleep depravation was (and probably still is) used as a torture technique, that’s telling you something. As much as possible, try to get 8 hours of sleep.

#5: Aromatherapy

Scents have powerful ability to change moods, invigorate quickly and positively impact fatigue. Essential oils such as basil and rosemary can help with focus, while others such as citrus scents, geranium and peppermint revitalize and reduce stress. For quick on the go aromatherapy, you can diffuse the scents using reeds or candles. Using pure organic essential oils are worth the investment.

 

Energy Booster Recipe: Quail Eggs on Rye (serves 4-6)

2 tbsp olive oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

½ red chile, minced

1 large yellow bell pepper, seeded, skinned (optional), and finely chopped

2 large tomatoes, skinned (optional), and finely chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

salt and freshly ground black pepper

6 slices of rye bread

1 tbsp ghee, or clarified butter

6 quail eggs

1 tbsp chopped chives

  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and sauté the onion and chile for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions soften. Add the yellow pepper and continue stirring for 2-3 minutes, then add the tomatoes, crushed garlic, and 2 tablespoons of water. Cook over low heat until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and season with salt and black pepper.
  2.  Meanwhile, toast the rye bread and heat the ghee in a medium skillet. Break the eggs into the pan and fry them, removing them as soon as the whites are cook and while the egg yolks are still soft.
  3. Divide the slices of toast between 4 or 6 hot serving plates. Top each slice of toast with a spoonful of sautéed vegetables and an egg. Garnish with the chopped chives, and serve while hot.

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Thanksgiving Week Sales!!

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Hey Everyone!! Just wanted to share a couple thanksgiving week sales. Certified Organic products are the best gifts you can give yourself, family and the earth.
Offer runs from Nov 25 – 30 so ACT NOW!!.

1: Take 20% off these items:
English Lavender Organic Body Collection
Frankincense Organic Spa Collection
Geranium & Orange Body Collection
Pure Indulgence Organic Spa Collection
Rose & Geranium Organic Body Collection
NYR Men Skincare Essentials
Ginger & Vanilla Organic Body Collection
Melissa Organic Handcare Collection
Herbal Organic Bathing Collection
Beauty Sleep Organic Spa Collection

You can find those here: http://moniquebaskin.com/organic-gifts/
(For the men’s skincare, use the ‘Men’ tab at the top.)
Coupon code: BF20

2: Also running a special for the first 50 people to opt-in on my page. Opt-iners receive special deals reserved only for them. Opt-in on the website and receive a special coupon code for an additional 5% off.

Don’t Wait ACT NOW!!

Sale ends on 30 November!!

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Your Skin Will Carry You Through Life

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The most important factor(s) in caring for your skin can be pared down to a few simple tenets of skin care:

1) Understanding what skin is; not just on your face, but all over your body

2) Understand how to care for your skin correctly before the application of cosmetics and skin care products

3) It is not just your skin topically, you must eat properly and exercise in order for your skin to be at its’ healthy optimum.

A brief education on the incredible organ that envelops your whole body

Did I just call the skin an organ? I did, because that is what your skin is, one of the essential organs of your body. Your skin is the largest organ (by far) on your body. Basically, human skin is the outer covering of the body, all of the body. Human skin has many layers of tissue that guard every part of the body; bones, muscles, ligaments and all internal organs. Your skin is the main organ that interacts or interfaces directly with the outside elements, thus it has a very important job to do; an insulator, the first line of defense against airborne or transmitted pathogens, and the main defense against excessive water loss. Seems like an awful lot of work, but those are some of the jobs that your skin performs. While it is not always possible to balance a busy life schedule with the perfect diet and skin treatment, rest assured that the skin has a fantastic capacity for regeneration and rejuvenation. So basically, your skin is incredibly forgiving for whatever transgressions you may put it through, to a limited extent. There are few essentials you must always provide for your skin, and I will get into those in the next section.

The five things your skin cannot live without!

Here are some incredibly basic skin essentials that are neither expensive nor difficult to obtain, so listen up and be prepared to start feeding your skin

1) Cleanliness is essential

Cleansing the skin (not just your face) is the absolute key to skin health. You don’t have to use uber- expensive cleansers and the like, but you should look for non-soap based cleansers that are geared for your skin type. Worried about the cost of a good skin product? Look out for recipes for organic skin products that you can create effortlessly at home and use on your skin! When cleaning your skin, it helps if you rub the product into your skin for at least 35 seconds, giving the cleanser a chance to really get in and do its job. When you clean the skin correctly, you are removing, dirt, unclogging pores and creating a clean slate for the other products that you will be applying. Your skin will benefit far more from organic products than it will from chemical products, so try incorporating as many organic products as you can. Also remember, the cleansing products you use on your facial skin should be much gentler than the product you use on your body.

2) Water, water, everywhere!! Make sure you drink lots of it.

All organs in the body need hydration in order to function and thrive. Your skin is no exception. At the most basic cellular level the human body is comprised of about 75% water, the need to replenish that water constantly is imperative. Drinking 64oz of water throughout the day (more if you exercise regularly) can really do wonders for your body and skin.

3) EFA’s all the way!

EFA’s are essential fatty acids, and they are an important part of any overall health regimen. How fantastic that they are very important for your skin too. EFA’s allow the skin cell membranes and the skins protective barriers to work effectively, thus they are imperative to your skin health. Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are great EFA’s, and widely available at all kinds of price ranges. Plant based organically harvested EFA’s are a quantum leap in quality above regular lab produced EFA’s, so bear that in mind going forward.

4) It’s all about the sunscreen, SERIOUSLY!!

Sunscreen not only helps to protect your skin against cancer, it also moisturizes your skin, and locks moisture into your skin when you are out in the elements, making it an essential tool against aging of the skin. Even when you drive you are being exposed to the suns rays, so use sunscreen as often as possible. So much has been written and discussed about the negative effects of overexposure. Interesting news may be that fully organic and non-toxic sunscreen products abound, so get busy checking those out.

5) The importance of antioxidants and your skin health.

Antioxidants serve a slew of purposes as the primary warriors against free radicals, and the main way to get plenty of antioxidants into your system is by eating them. Veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds, plant oils and seafood. Vitamins C and E are also fantastic sources of antioxidants. All antioxidants are just as important for your skin as they are for every other part of your body, so find the best organic antioxidants you can and start ingesting them.

Now that you have the basics for caring for your skin, spend some time researching the products and select a skin care regimen that works best for you.

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4 Steps To Your Skin Type

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Step 1: Clean Up!

Wash your face thoroughly. Do not use a soap-based cleanser, and do not use a moisturizing type of cleanser. The problem with soaps used on the face is that they leave a soapy film, which will hinder getting the correct skin type diagnosis. The same goes for using a moisturizing cleanser. It will moisten you skin and give you an incorrect skin type result. Also make sure not to over wash or over scrub your face because you can easily dry out your skin by over scrubbing or washing for too long. This ruins any chance of you getting an accurate skin type result.

Step 2: Relax And Be Patient

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Wait for at least an hour, and DO NOT TOUCH your face during this period of time. Your fingers have a great deal of oil on them, and if you touch your face during this waiting period, it may give a false designation of your having oily skin. Work on your computer, send some text message, watch a movie for an hour, or better yet, read some more of my blogs that you may have missed before you determine what your skin type is.

Step 3: A Gentle Dab Will Do
Now take a tissue and gently dab your face in the T-zone region, which is your forehead down to your nose and then on down to your chin.

Last Step: Determine Your Skin Type
Based on the results of the tissue dabbing along your t-zone, you should be able to determine what your skin type is.

Generally skin falls into 4 different categories
A) If you have dry skin, there will be flakes on your tissue, or if no flakes, your skin will feel taught and stretched. Often people who have a dry skin type will have very small pores.
B) If you have oily skin, there will be oil on the tissue. People with oily skin
 will also commonly have large pores and their skin will exhibit a sheen.
C) If you have normal skin, you will not find much of anything at all on the tissue, and your skin will feel neither tight nor dry, or have any kind of a sheen to it. Normal skin generally has medium to small pores that are not particularly visible.
D) If you have combination skin (probably the most common skin type) you will find that different areas of your face will have different results. For example, your forehead might be slightly oily but your nose and chin are dry or normal. Never fear a combination skin diagnosis, there are plenty of products to help you bring your skin into balance

Now What?
You have just done a basic skin type analysis, CONGRATULATIONS! By determining your skin type you can start looking at products designed especially for your skin type and determine which ones will be the most beneficial to you.
Understanding your skin type is important to your skin health and your beauty regime, you do not want to use products designed to re-introduce more natural oils into your skin if you already have oily skin. Doing that leaves you at risk for a potential acne breakout. Take your time to determine what products will work best for your skin type, and if you have specific issues such as acne or dry skin spots knowing your skin type will help you address those too. Always be aware that using organic cleansers and skincare products is far superior to using any type of a chemically produced skincare product. Please also remember that if you have a serious skin condition or a persistent one on any part of your body you should consult your doctor first.

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Be Thankful and Live Your Passion Out Loud!!

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Today (or should I say this morning, it’s 12:54 am after all, I went to be at 6 pm, I was exhausted, what can I say), I am inspired a strangers gratitude and ability to grab life by its horns. She is still smiling despite the abrupt suicide of her mom in 1998. She is still thankful throughout all of life’s screwy curveballs. She is still able to get out of bed and do what it is she LOVES to do, what she is passionate about. So am I.

I’m thankful and determined more than ever to live my passion. So many people quip in passing, ‘Life is to too short’ but how many of those people actually pay attention to the words they’ve just spoken.

Today I too am grateful. I’m thankful for my family which consists of my hubby, child and 2 weims.

More than anything though, I am thankful to be able to live my dreams and pursue my passion with the full support of my family.

You be thankful too and MOST of all LIVE YOUR PASSION OUT LOUD!! You only have one life to live and it’s too short.

That is all.

Happy passions!!

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Sustainable Products Review!! The Mighty ‘Diva Cup’

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***SPOILER ALERT!! NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!!***

Ok, so I thought it would be fun to do a product review today.

I wouldn’t call myself thrifty (I’m not patient nor diligent enough to watch deals and shop the bargain brands). In fact I hate shopping (please don’t judge me). When I have a need, I prefer to jump in my car, go to the mall, try on a couple shirts, pick one, pay for it and drive home. Nope, don’t like spending hours just wandering the mall, trying on tons of clothes, accessories and window shopping. I keep it brief. However I would consider myself an INVESTOR. Not in the traditional sense of the word though. So what do I mean by that? Well, I invest in quality items that will last a long period of time. I prefer to refrain from wasting time and money by jumping back in my car to go purchase the same thing I just bought a month ago. I need my items to have staying power.

For example, I used cloth diapers on my daughter before she was potty trained. Besides the fact that I felt obligated as her mother to protect her in every way possible (including not exposing her unnecessarily to chemicals that I couldn’t pronounce or had even heard of before), I got great satisfaction knowing that I wasn’t buying diapers every week or every other week (MAN, I saved a ton of money). Although, you could argue that there were costs associated with doing laundry every 3 days. I didn’t mind though, I was home with her and laundry is one of those household chores I really enjoy doing (again, don’t judge me, but I get a strange satisfaction from doing and folding laundry).

So when I first spotted a DIVA CUP on the shelf in the store, it caught my eye for one reason alone, I didn’t have the slightest clue what it was. I was looking for sanitary napkins and there they were. I had been in the market for something less wasteful and damaging to the earth for some time, searching for more sustainable products that were earth friendly. I had actually decided on reusable cotton pads, you know, the ones that come in the fancy cotton material with all kinds of designs on them, I just had to pick a vendor. Anyway, I picked up the box and I realized it was for us ladies during our ‘time of the month.’ I was fascinated!! I sauntered over to the store rep and asked her if in fact it was what I thought it was, she whispered, “Yes.” Wow!! This was so cool and so strange at the same time. I asked her if she had used it before, she hadn’t but said she had friends that swore by it (all the while whispering). So of course I had to figure out how this contraption worked and after reading the box, I had the heebie jeebies. I have to do WHAT?!! So needless to say, I put it back on the shelf. The sales clerk laughed and agreed that you have to work your way up to it.

It took me a couple months to finally to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before! Sorry, took a Star Trek: The Next Generation detour (I loved that show!!) Anyway, bought it, tried it (took a bit to get used to the ‘application’ part) and I LOVED IT!!! Almost forgot that I was on my period (I did use a panty liner though in case I didn’t get it in correctly). And get this, I don’t have to buy another pad for at least a year or so.

GREAT product and there are probably some others like it out there but so far, I LOVE IT!!

So if you haven’t explored strange new products and new worlds alike, I encourage you to GO FOR IT!!. You’ll be amazed at the things that are out there and how much more interesting life becomes, simply because you dared to go beyond your comfort zone.

Life is an ADVENTURE!! Live it up!!

Happy living!!

 

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