it’s all about priorities…..

pri·or·i·ty

noun \prī-ˈȯr-ə-tē, -ˈär-\     plural = pri·or·i·ties

: something given or meriting attention before competing alternatives….
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ring, ring………aloe?

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You’ll want to answer the phone if this little beauty calls!!

Did you know that aloe vera is a real part of weight loss and fitness program?  Well, it is!  When you injest aloe, you can begin your quest to lose weight and to gain muscle massE-How tells you how…here!

Aloe vera is also extremely important for all types of digestive problems and can help you recover from colitis, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and other digestive illnessesHow?  It helps to cut and dissolve mucous in the intestines and it supports the replication of healthy cells that line our digestive tract.

Aloe vera has also shown the ability to inhibit arthritis, edema and inflammation!  What are you waiting for? 

And how about skin irritationsPlease!  Natural News tells you how HERE…

Here are a few ouchies that can be treated with aloe:

  • abrasions
  • acne
  • arthritis
  • athlete’s foot
  • brown spots
  • burns
  • eczema
  • hemorrhoids
  • insect bites/stings
  • poison ivy
  • poison oak
  • psoriasis
  • rashes
  • scars    and the list goes on and on!!

Just cut a leaf of aloe veraTry this!

1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 cup organic strawberries

1/2 cup goji berries or blueberries

1/2 of aloe leaf (remove the skin, keep the gel)

Blend, baby, blend!  Add water or ice if you want….serve cold……ALOE!!!

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hey, maca……………rena

Maca…..maca root…..Peruvian ginseng….Andes Aphrodisiac (Yikes!)

We’ve talked about many different superfoods and supplements  (remember What the heck is Moringa?) but today’s lesson, my children, is about maca. 

The Quechua people, descendants of the Incans, have grown this superfood  at super high altitudes!  Imagine trying to harvest your crop at 10,000 feet above sea level!  Legend says that during the Incan days, the warriors would consume maca before entering into battle to make them strong.  However, (close your ears, children) after they conquered the city they were prohibited from using it to protect the women from (gasp!) excessive sexual desires of the men!  Let’s move on….

Maca was so freaking fantastic during the pre- and post-Spanish times that it was used as currency.  (Didn’t the crazy Mayans use the cacao for currency?)

 Maca has the ability to balance and stabilize the body’s glandular-hormonal system, nervous system, cardiovascular system and musculature, says David Wolfe in his book, Superfoods.  Many people say that it cures fatigue, infertility, menopause symptoms (holla!), and the treatment of cancer.  It’s often sold in pill, liquid or the most popular, powder.

Since it is considered a superfood, it can be used over a long period of time without any harmful side effects.  Most people just use one tablespoon of the powder and add it to smoothies, (which is how I use it), nut milks, juices, coffee…or whatever your little heart desires.  I think it has a slightly malted flavor and some use only as flour, since it can have somewhat of a bitter aftertaste.

Some say to eat it raw….which is how I use it in a beverage, but others have said that  Maca MUST be eaten pre-cooked (gelatinized) to obtain all the therapeutic benefits and to keep the digestion problems at bay.  The Peruvians may have done it for thousands of years, but that doesn’t make it safe…or even tasty.

Bottom line?  Lots of benefits, no harmful side effects (when taken as directed).   If you’re going into battle, you might try some in your morning coffee….but when you conquer the city…leave it alone….leave the women alone.

lipstick on your forehead will NOT help you makeup your mind…..

Pretty is as pretty does”, is something my grandmother used to say.  We all know that we don’t need makeup to be beautiful……….however…

Come on.  It does help cover up some .. well, imperfections. 

A couple of things to consider when you are trying out some new products…

  1. Don’t use foundation to change your skin color!   The goal is to enhance not alter.
  2. When it comes to cleansing – think gentle!  Pain and cleanliness have nothing to do with each other.
  3. Rinse, rinse, rinse.  Remember that water is only gentle when it’s tepid.
  4. A 3% hydrogen peroxide solution is a great disinfectant for blemishes, causing minimal to no irritation to the skin.
  5. Please.  There is NO such thing as a safe tan.  Put on your sunscreen.
  6. Ok, sunburned?  A bottle of vinegar added to a warm bath will soothe your skin and make it feel extra soft.
  7. Exfoliate at least twice a week.  This will get blood flowing into the face.  Try baking soda for a gentle scrub.
  8. Sensitive skin?  Use a Pepto Bismol mask!  Apply straight from the bottle with a cotton swab or cotton ball.  Let dry and rinse with cool water.
  9. Don’t over moisturize.  You may not need it all over your face.  Concentrate on the drier areas.
  10. Massage leftover hair conditioner into your cuticles.

Honor God with the body He gave you!  When you look your best you can bring honor to God.

if you missed beauty school, here’s a make-up session…

Don’t you just love beauty secrets?  I can’t hear you, but I’m just sure you nodded.

Let’s just get right to them.  Some may be new and some you may already know….but please, ladies….SHARE these with a friend or enemy.  It’s time to brighten up this planet and I’m ready to do it, one girl at a time…..

Let’s start in the kitchen: (don’t forget to test these concoctions on the inside of your arm or better yet, on a friend first,  to test for a reaction)

  • AVOCADOS…mash a ripe avocado and gently dab on undereye puffiness and dark circles.  Place a cold damp washcloth over eyes for about 15 minutes.  Rinse off.  You are moisturizing and de-puffing at the same time.
  • CHERRIES…mix a couple of tablespoons of cherry juice with one tablespoon of sea salt.  Massage over dame skin and then rinse.  This is your glowing treatment!
  • EGGS… add an egg to your shampoo to produce volume and add shine! (no, don’t add to the bottle…place in your hand)
  • MILK…add dry milk powder to water to make a paste.  Massage gently onto face and then rinse.  This will make the skin silky smooth, as the milk’s lactic acid takes away dirt and debris.
  • YOGURT…mix one teaspoon of yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon of dry oatmeal.  Massage into lips, rinse and then apply a little olive oil.

NEED A SKIN SOFTENER?  Brew about 10 ginseng tea bags in a large teapot.  Pour into bath.  Ginseng helps soften, tone and refine skin.

GOT A TUBE OF BROKEN LIPSTICK?  Heat it with a hair dryer, then reattach the broken piece and place it overnight in the refrigerator.

NEED A BELT?  No problemo, just use a scarf in contrasting or matching colors.

WRONG COLOR LIPSTICK?  Just mix your own colors by dipping a lip brush into your lipstick tubes.  Mix the colors on wax paper until you get the color you want.

WANT A GREAT FACIAL CLEANSER?  Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with just enough water to make a paste.  Smooth over damp skin and rinse with warm water.

GOT REDNESS?  Milk and yogurt applied to the skin will help to reduce the redness.

Some of the cheapest cures and treatments can be the quickest and most effective!  Remember to exercise (without makeup, please!) Get at least eight hours of beauty sleep, so your skin can repair itself and drink plenty of water.  It’s also a good idea to place a humidifier in your bedroom to keep your skin hydrated while you sleep.  And finally, when it comes to grocery shopping, read your labels!!!  Shop the perimeter of the store (where the fresh food hangs out) and smile, smile, SMILE!!

excellent ways to use your essential oils…

There are different ways to use essential oils.  Inhalation, application and oral use are three common uses.  Whichever method you use, make sure to use the freshest essential oils you can find, which is within 12 months of opening the bottle.  (Note:  To make your own dilutions for skin care, be sure to add two to five drops of essential oil to a good quality vegetable oil, such as sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, borage seed, evening primrose or olive oil)

Here are some lovely ways to use your essential oils (via)

Body Mist:  Add 5-10 drops of an essential oil to 4 ounces of water and shake well.  Take care when applying citrus oils to your face; these oils are photosensitive, meaning they can make your skin more prone to sunburn from ultraviolet light exposure.

Shampoo:  Add a few drops of lavender, basil, cedarwood, or patchouli oil to your shampoo to treat dandruff or an itchy scalp.  Rosemary oil can promote hair growth.

Skin cream:  Mix a couple drops of rosemary or rose oil into your face cream to boost it’s anti-aging capabilities.

Hankies:  Place one drop of essential oil on a handerkerchief or tissue to be used during an emotional emergency.

HumidifiersAdd one to nine drops of oil to the water in the reservoir.  Tea tree oil is a good all purpose antiseptic and antimicrobial. 

Fire logs:  Put one drop of cypress, pine, sandalwood or cedarwood oil on a fire log at least a half hour before burning.  One perfumed log per fire is sufficient.

Room sprays:  Add about four drops of oil per cup of warm water to a plant sprayer.

Here’s the skinny on….skin

What is detoxification?

Detoxification  is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymph and skin.  Our bodies do it everyday, naturally!

There are different types of cleanses and they each come in all shapes and sizes to be tailored to your individual needs.

Today I thought we would talk about a skin cleanse.  Everything that is going on inside you shows up on your skin.  It’s our largest organ of elimination and detoxification.  Think about it….when your colon becomes overloaded or your liver can’t efficiently filter the toxins coming from the digestive tract, your skin will begin to sweat them out, through rashes or boils.

Eeew.

Our skin mirrors our emotions and our hormone balance, also.  Most of us are toxic to some degree.  Dr. Colbert says in his book, The Seven Pillars of Health, “It’s similiar to forgetting to take the trash cans to the curb on trash day, and the garbage piles up in your garage.  Your cans eventually overflow, and the stench worsens.  You feel sick just walking near them.  After a few weeks the smell of the garbage is so bad that you can even smell it inside the house.”

 Got Stress?  It’s going to show up on our bodies through our skin texture, spots and blemishes.  You will lack energy, start experiencing environmental and food allergies and develop excessive mucus production.  And don’t even get me started on how it can throw a woman’s hormone balance off!

However there IS good newsOur diet is the quickest way to change our looks! Remember living foods? Our food is a gift, a blessing from God!  He wants us to enjoy our food and gave us many choices!  The term, ‘vegetable’ refers to foods we obtain from the leaves, stems, flower clusters, roots, tubers, seeds or fruits of plants.  They are loades with complex carbohydrates,  amino acids and essential fatty acids.

Here is what Dr. Rex Russell says in his book, What the Bible says about Healthy Living:

Three Principles God wants us to use for healthier lives

  1. Eat only substances God created for food.  Avoid what is not designed for food.
  2. As much as possible, eat foods as they were created – before they are changed or converted into something humans think might be better.
  3. Avoid food addictions.  Don’t let any food or drink become your god.

It is also essential to begin healing the skin from within, starting with the least expensive treat:  WATER!  Be sure to drink plenty of this gift!  Water is the single most important nutrient four our bodies and is considered a ‘miracle cure’ for many health conditions.

Here is a great detox water refresher!

3 quarts of pure water

2 lemons, sliced

1/2 cucumber, sliced

10-12 mint leaves

Add ingredients to water and let infuse overnight.

So, we’re eating clean, living foods and drinking sufficient amounts of water…..what else?  Stick around…….tomorrow we are going to take a bath…….together.

what will YOU do when the zombies show up hungry?

Do you have a plan?  Don’t you realize that zombies are coming?  C’mon, people!!  It’s what’s trending now……

Ok, okay.  So maybe there won’t be zombies, but there might be some really, really desperate neighbors knocking on your door if the lights go out.  And when I mean lights……I mean all lights….so pretty much anything with a plug….

Where will YOU be when the coffee runs out??  Oh, mercy….you haven’t even thought about this, have you?  Luckily for you, I have a plan.  I think it’s about time we start stockpilingEverything.  I’ve already started with shoes and skirts.

And don’t just think that I’m the only one talking about this!  Check out www.ready.gov and check out their exhaustive list of stuff you should be planning!  Who knew that we were supposed to be so busy??

Now, if you are a green-living-recycling kind of person, you are going to want to stockpile organic and natural foods.  So after zipping around the net, I have found a fancy-schmancey list of the top 50 storable foods for you to have in your  compound  home. You can find them listed HERE. Now, before you get all technical, not everything is organic, but hey!  It’s zombie time!!  We don’t have the luxury of bamboo forks and eco-friendly tablewear because of the scary neighbors and such.

But for all of us that eat burrito’s from our local gas station, here is a real GROCERY list that you can get from your real local grocery store..you know, before it’s too late……..(source: naturalnews.com)

These items are very low cost, loaded with nutrients, and are easy to  store:

• Sugar (not to eat, but to barter with. Never eat white processed  sugar.) Buy coconut sugar if you can.
• Pepper (a basic spice, easy to store,  easy to barter).
• Mustard (excellent nutrition, believe it or not. Made from  mustard seeds.)
• Raisins (easy to store and barter)
Lard (yeah, lard.  On a cold winter’s night when the heat is off, you’ll wish you had some soup  made with lard… and it’s healthier than “vegetable oil” which is mostly GMO  soybean oil anyway.)
• Butter
Pickled vegetables (all kinds, including  sauerkraut)
• Coffee (even if you don’t drink it, you can barter it. People  will be desperate.)
• Coffee filters (can also be used to help filter water,  cooking oil and other items)
Brown rice (large bags)
• Steel-cut  oatmeal
• Local honey (stored practically forever)
Sardines and  anchovies packed in olive oil (excellent storable omega-3s)
Sea salt (you  almost can’t have too much salt stored away…)
• Yet more sea salt
• And  even MORE sea salt, because you will run out in a prolonged collapse  scenario.
Peanut butter (portable, high calories, which you’ll need)
• Canned meats (long shelf life)
• Canned vegetables (you’ll need the  nutrients)
• Natural dried meats (AVOID all MSG!)
Nuts and nut mixes  (almonds, cashews, etc.)
• Cans of coconut milk or coconut fat (adds  delicious flavor to any meal)
• Spare can openers, kitchen knife, small  cutting board, etc.

You are also going to need to learn how to barter.  Mainly because there is “lard” on that list and I think we could certainly trade it for something better….like, nail polish or a something shiny.  THINK NECESSITIES!

The important thing here is to learn how to barter, and that can be done HERE.

Prepare yourself people!  I can’t do everything!!!

even more tips to make your head explode..

Yesterdays tips were pretty cool, right?  Well, hold onto your face, because there are more ideas coming…

1.  Use a small paint roller to put lotion on your back! 

That’s just freakin’ brilliant…

2.  Can’t reach that item on the top shelf?  No worries!

Ok, my husband makes fun of me because I actually have been doing this!

3.  Unclog a drain

1) Pour 3/4-1 cup of baking soda in the drain. 2) Pour 1/2 cup vinegar in the drain and immediately cover the drain with a plate. 3) Wait 30 minutes, then uncover and run hot water for 2-3 mins. 4) Repeat for really tough clogs.

4.  Unclog a toilet

1) Pour 3/4-1 cup of baking soda in the drain. 2) Pour 1/2 cup vinegar in the drain and immediately cover the drain with a plate. 3) Wait 30 minutes, then uncover and run hot water for 2-3 mins. 4) Repeat for really tough clogs.

5.  Get rid of roaches

Place bay leaves in all nooks and crannies to keep the roaches away!

6.  Overly sensitive EMO smoke alarm?

Secure with a rubber band. Now you’ll never have to get on a ladder to turn it off every time you cook or take a shower.  DON’T FORGET TO TAKE IT OFF AFTER COOKING….otherwise you will be on the news, because of the fire, and look silly…

You are now officially informed! 

Now…….go do something.