Friday, March 30

49 Wonders of Vinegar


In my quest to support a greener environment and create a pure and simple life for my family, the switch from chemical and bleach cleaners to vinegar was made. In a time where chemicals seem to have replaced bacteria and viruses as a main threat to our health, this change was an easy and efficient way to reduce our exposure to harmful, hormone altering chemicals that commercial house-hold cleaners contain.

Over the years I have enjoyed the ease and effectiveness of vinegar. It is definitely a "natural wonder" and can be used in so many ways!  Keep in mind, all of these tips are for use with "White Distilled Vinegar", the type you find on your grocery store shelves. If you dislike the scent of vinegar, add some fresh squeezed lemon juice or a couple drops of lavender essential oil (mix well).

 Vinegar
all natural, economical, antibacterial,
environmentally friendly & non-toxic.



  (No matter how many edits I do - "Spacing Issues abound"... (HTML coding skills not in my repertoire - yet...)

1. Kill weeds. Spray full-strength on growth until weeds have starved.
2. Kill unwanted grass on walks and driveways.
3. Deter ants. Spray vinegar around doors, appliances, and along other areas where ants are.
4. Gum remover. Heat up some vinegar in the microwave and soak the area that's stuck to the gum. The chewing gum will dissolve.
5. Polish car chrome. Apply full-strength.
6. Remove skunk odour from a dog. Rub fur with full-strength vinegar and rinse.
7. Keep cats away. Spray vinegar on areas you don't want the cat walking, sleeping, or scratching.
8. Wash fruits and vegetables. Mix three parts water to one part vinegar and put the mixture in a spray bottle. Before washing, spray fresh produce with the liquid to remove bacteria and pesticide residues.
9. Floor cleaner. Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 2 gallons hot water.


10. Freshen wilted vegetables. Soak them in 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.
11. Getting Rid of Fruit Flies/Gnats in Your Kitchen. Place a bowl filled with 8oz. water, 2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar and a couple of drops of dish soap to attract the fruit flies. Always eliminate the source of attraction, i.e., ripened produce.

12. Easily clean your mini blinds by wearing pair of white cotton gloves. Dip gloved fingers into a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm tap water, and run your fingers across both sides of each blind.

13. Condition hair. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to add shine while dissolving sticky residue left by shampoo.
14. Relieve dry and itchy skin. Add 2 tablespoons to bath water.
15. Clean a hairbrush by soaking in a white distilled vinegar solution.
16. Soothe a sore throat. Pour a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then spit out.
17. Treat sinus infections and chest colds. Add 1/4 cup or more of vinegar to a vaporizer.
18. Deodorize the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
19. Eliminate onion odours. Rub on your fingers before and after slicing.
20. Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards. Wipe with full-strength vinegar.
21. Make nail polish last longer. Wipe fingernails with cotton balls dipped in white distilled vinegar before putting on nail polish.

22. Cut grease and odour on dishes. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water.
Avoid this...
23. Clean a teapot. Boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot. Rinse away the grime.  
24. Freshen a lunchbox. Soak a piece of bread in vinegar and let it sit in the lunchbox overnight.
25. Clean the refrigerator. Wash with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
26. To remove soap residue that makes black clothes look dull use white distilled vinegar in your final rinse.
27. Clean and deodorize jars. Rinse mayonnaise, peanut butter, curry and mustard jars with vinegar when empty.
28. Clean the dishwasher. Run a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month to reduce soap buildup on the inner mechanisms and on glassware.
29. Clean stainless steel. Wipe with a vinegar-dampened cloth.
30. Remove stains from pots. Fill the pot with a solution of 3 tablespoons of vinegar to a pint of water. Boil until stain loosens and can be washed away.
31. Clean the microwave. Boil a solution of 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen food particles from microwave walls and deodorize.

32. Get stained white socks and dingy dishcloths white again. Add 1 cup white distilled vinegar to a large pot of water, bring it to a rolling boil and drop in the articles. Let soak overnight.
33. Eliminate cooking smells. Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.
34. Unclog steam iron. Pour equal amounts of vinegar and water into the iron's water chamber. Turn to steam and leave the iron on for 5 minutes in an upright position. Then unplug and allow to cool. Any loose particles should come out when you empty the water.
35. Rid the windshield wipers of road grime by wiping them with a vinegar-soaked cloth.

36. Remove lint from clothes. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of the washing machine. This also helps to brighten fabric colours.

37. Freshen the washing machine. Pour 1 cup of vinegar in the machine and let it run through a regular cycle (no clothes added). Will dissolve soap residue.

38. Remove tough stains. Gently rub vinegar on the stains before placing in the washing machine.
39. Eliminate smoke odours from clothes. Add 1 cup of vinegar to a bathtub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.

40. Remove decals. Brush with a couple of coats of vinegar and allow to soak before washing off.

41. Clean eyeglasses. Wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.
42. Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar for each litre of water.

43. Water or alcohol marks on wood.  Stubborn rings resulting from wet glasses being placed on wood furniture may be removed by rubbing with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and olive oil. Rub with the grain and polish for the best results.
44. Clean the wheel of a can opener using white distilled vinegar and an old toothbrush.

45. Stop insect stings and bites from itching by dabbing them with a cotton ball saturated with undiluted white distilled vinegar.


46. Soothe sunburn with a spray of white distilled vinegar, repeating as often as you like. Ice-cold white distilled vinegar will feel even better, and may prevent blistering and peeling.

47.  When poaching eggs, add a little white distilled vinegar to the water. The whites stay better formed.

48.  When boiling or steaming cauliflower, beets or other vegetables, add a teaspoon or two of white distilled vinegar to the water to help them keep their colour. This will also improve their taste, and reduce gassy elements. This also works when cooking beans and bean dishes.

49.  Make pasta less sticky and reduce some of its starch. Add just a dash of white distilled vinegar to the water as it cooks.


Why only 49 Wonders of vinegar?? 
Hoping that you will comment with
some of your own tried and true uses.

Interested in additional Vinegar uses and information - Click here 1001 Uses Vinegar




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Tuesday, March 27

Quick and easy; Tips & Tricks


Looks like we are back to more seasonal temperatures   
for a while... giving us all some extra time to complete 
Spring Skin Prep
(See previous posts - Spring Skin Prep)


If you already have your skin and body "Spring Ready"

here are a few pure and simple
(purple)
Tips & Tricks:



Apply skin care/treatment products to the skin - in the order of thinnest
to thickest. This allows the thinner products like serums etc. to penetrate the
skin (and work their magic).


      


    If SPF creams irritate the delicate skin surrounding the eye area - it may be due to the chemicals causing a reaction. Instead try unscented mineral sunscreen (containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) or a gentle Baby Sunscreen.





    When travelling by air - slather on the SPF 45+ and avoid the window seat. As altitude increases so does the level of harmful UV rays. (Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to boarding the plane).





    To help avoid chin and cheek acne breakouts (not to mention viruses and germs in general) - clean your cell phone daily.  30% of viruses from your phone get transferred to you as you touch it and as your phone lays against your face. Clean your office and cell phone with antibacterial wipes.


    Natural antibacterial hand wipes are a better and environmentally friendly alternative. Natural hand wipes are paraben-free, biodegradable, and use 100% plant-based essential oil ingredients to kill germs.

    When buying hand wipes, always check the label and avoid wipes that contain the following ingredients:
    • “fragrance” or “parfum” – synthetic chemical fragrance compounds that could contain
    • phthalates (linked to endocrine and reproductive problems)
    • triclosan – can contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
    • Click here for a natural antibacterial hand wipe (Purple Essentials antibacterial soap and wipes are currently under development...)




    To remove stubborn stains in nails - soak in warm water, and baking soda for 5 – 10 Minutes. Follow up with a buffing of nails with fresh lemon slices.
    The natural oxidizing agents help to remove stains.


    To condition nails - Soak nails in small glass dish, filled with 2-3 Tbsp virgin olive oil (warmed) and ½ lemon (juice) for 10 minutes. Rinse + pat dry.





    Cancel out blemishes - with a dab of honey. All natural honey contains phytochemicals that provide powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.



    These qualities make it an effective treatment for zapping blemishes and reducing inflammation as it helps to speed up the healing process in skin cells and fights infection. Dab a small amount of honey onto affected area after cleansing skin in the evening and repeat nightly until skin is clear.




    Until next time ...


    Live Purple!

    Friday, March 23

    Up-to-date...


    Update on what's been going on...


    Family -  One amazing Son, deciding on which University he will attend in the Fall.  The other amazing Son, navigating his way (quite well) through his 1st year of high school.
    So proud of each of them :)

    Where did the time go...?


    Website - feel a bit repetitive saying this... "it is under construction"... and will be for another month or so...  We are very excited about getting it completed and launched, for your browsing pleasure!  Who knew it was going to turn into such a big. multi-layered task?!  With the new site, you will be able to view each product and learn about their individual uses, along with each product's pure and simple ingredients and directions.  While waiting for the new site to go "live", please feel free to contact us, if you would like any information regarding Purple Essentials products.






    Product line launch - still in the plans... when the new site launches, we will be having our celebratory launch party for all!  Looking forward to this!



    New products  - I am excited to share this info with you!  I just finished designing the Purple Baby product labels and they have been ordered.  As soon as they arrive (approx 3 weeks), our fresh & natural baby line will be available for all those sweet babies, who deserve pure and simple baby products, to soothe and nourish their skin.


    Purple Baby Products:
    • Baby Butter
    • Baby Lotion
    • Baby Powder (non-talc & cornstarch free)
    • Baby Wash (organic)

    Wishing you a wonderful Spring weekend ~


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    Tuesday, March 20

    Happy Spring!


    It's official, the first day of Spring 2012 is unfolding right now.  What a wonderful day it is!

    I hope, you are all exfoliated and moisturized (even de-fuzzed), as the next couple of weeks look to be filled with double-digit temperatures. 

    Remember Spring is a time for renewal and rejuvenation - take advantage and enjoy it to the fullest.

    "It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" ~Mark Twain


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    Monday, March 19

    Spring skin; Ready-Set-Bloom!


    Part 3 - Spring Skin Prep

     

    Taking inventory of your body after it has been tucked away and bundled up all Winter long, can be an eye-opening experience.  Once we acknowledge our dry - flaky - pale skin, unattended body hair and callused feet - baring our limbs and getting ready for our skin revealing wardrobe, can feel overwhelming.  Take a few simple steps and you can enjoy silky, smooth and radiant skin, just in time for your warm weather reveal.

    Key steps to Spring ready skin

    Body - Skin care is about more than just your face. It is essential that you provide your body's skin some extra TLC.  Just like your face, your body will benefit from three essential steps:

    1. Exfoliation -  Remove the oldest dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface. Exfoliating once or twice a week is usually enough to achieve improved texture and smoother skin; however, people with oily skin should exfoliate more often than those with dry skin.
    2. Moisturizing -  Apply skin nourishing emollients to the external layers of the skin, to aid the skin in feeling softer and more pliable.  This helps to increase the skin's moisture content by reducing evaporation.  Moisturize daily, preferably after bathing (while skin is still damp) to maximize moisture in the skin.
       
    3. Protection - Limit sun exposure.  Wear a sunscreen and avoid being in the sun through the peak-damage times (usually 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the northern hemisphere). Using skin care products that offer ultraviolet protection is one of the best ways to help keep your skin looking and feeling youthful and fresh.  Use sunscreen SPF 30+ every day and reapply regularly whenever you're outdoors for extended periods. You can also cover skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats, when outdoors.
       
    Solutions to common
    Spring skin challenges

    Do you have red or white bumps on your arms, legs or buttocks that look similar to goose bumps?  This can be due to keratosis pilaris, a genetic condition that causes extra skin cells to build up around individual hair follicles, giving you a bumpy texture and a polka-dotted appearance. 

    Tip:  Application of a skin nourishing daily moisturizer can help to soften the bumps and use of an exfoliating body scrub or polish when bathing (1-2 times per week) can help to reduce the bumps even more.  (Purple Essentials Whipped Body Creme and Body Scrubs help to moisturize and exfoliate with pure and simple, skin nourishing ingredients).







    Do your knees and elbows resemble a dry, ashy desert area?  Many people suffer from dry, ashy skin on their limb joints.  It can be helped with exfoliation and deep moisturizing.  Use an exfoliating scrub 1-2 times per week, when bathing, and follow with a deep moisturizer.

    Tip: Before going to bed at night, apply a nourishing body butter (Purple Essentials Mango Body Butter works well) to the effected areas. Cut the toe area off of an old (clean) cotton sock - shimmy the remaining band of the sock over the body buttered area, to keep the Body Butter on your skin and off of your clothes and sheets. Remove in the morning.





    Do your feet make that "scratchy noise" when they slide against the sheets?  Before you break out the sandals, you may want to book yourself a pedicure or do one at home.   Pay close attention to your heels and toes.  Are they dry, callused, even cracked?  Once again, the key to getting them silky-smooth, is exfoliating and moisturizing. 


    Tip: Add 3 cups of warm milk and one cup of honey to a large basin, stir until blended and soak your feet for 25 minutes, massaging the liquid into your skin. 
    Use a handful of a sea salt based body scrub to exfoliate dead, dry skin off of the feet.  Rinse with warm water and gently push cuticles back to the nail bed with the back of your thumb nail, and pat dry.  For a deeply moisturizing treatment apply a layer of thick body cream or body butter to feet  and cover with clean, cotton socks, sleep and remove in the morning.  (works well for hands too).




    Have you neglected your body hair for weeks, even months, through the Winter?  It might be time for substantial de-fuzzing of areas that will soon see the sun.
       
    Tip: Plan to do a thorough exfoliation 2 days prior to having any hair removal treatments performed (ie. waxing, sugaring etc).   Your aim is to loosen and remove dead skin cells, which will help to make hair removal easier, by lifting small hairs and removing dry skin. A great place to visit for de-fuzzing (sugaring or waxing) Solace Esthetics (Stacia Power).

    Interesting fact: hair follicles begin to form during the tenth week of pregnancy when the fetus is about the size of a peanut. By week 22, there are approximately five million hair follicles all over the body, and not a single additional follicle will ever be produced from that point forward.






    Looking a little pale?  A faux-tan can warm up your pasty colour.

    Tip: Be sure to exfoliate 2 days prior to faux-tanning, to achieve even coverage, colour and avoid streaks.  You can also use a natural bronzer and mineral makeup to create a sun-kissed glow.  For an all natural, organic sunless spray tanning session.  See Jada Lombard at The Green Bath & Beauty Company. *Remember that you will still need to protect your golden skin with SPF 30+.




    In preparing your skin for those balmy Spring and Summer days ahead, remember the key steps are to;
    •  Exfoliate
    •  Moisturize
    •  Protect

    Happy prepping :)
      Live Purple!

    Thursday, March 15

    Spring Clean Your Skin



    Spring clean your skin - find your glow.


    Spring Skin Prep - part 2:  Facial Care & Cosmetics

    When the seasons shift, it's time to adjust your skin care routine.  So, as we head into the warmer weather, now is the time to modify your skin care products and cosmetics to help rejuvenate your skin and brighten your complexion.

    Following months of cool Winter weather and dry indoor heating your complexion may look dull and washed out.  This lack of brightness comes from a build up of dead cells.  Lucky for us, skin responds quickly to some well aimed TLC.


    Key steps for a glowing Spring complexion:


    Cleanse  - To detox your skin and deep clean your pores, try a clay based facial mask.  Clays offer tightening and toning properties, while drawing out impurities from the skin.








    Exfoliate (regularly) - Exfoliating facial skin not only removes dull, dead skin cells and evens out it's overall tone and texture - the process actually helps to generates the growth of new skin cells, while lessening visible signs of sun damage and age spots. The practise dates back to ancient Egypt and has since evolved to a well researched science. Exfoliating at home is quick and easy with a gentle scrub containing tiny spherical grains.





    Moisturize & Nourish - The dense moisturizing cream that you have been using on your face through the chilly months, may be a little too heavy for the warmer months. With increasing heat and humidity, skin can become oily, which can lead to acne and blemishes.  While moisturizing is always an important step, changing to a lighter version will help to keep your complexion clear and bright.






    Protect - Although it might not be beach weather just yet, wearing sunscreen everyday is vital to keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful.  Wearing an SPF of at least 30 is recommended by health and skin care professionals even during the Winter months. As the warmer weather approaches it is essential to take steps to protect your skin.  If you are hoping to get a head start on your summer glow, remember that a skin damaging burn is possible even in cooler Spring weather.

    **Remember to apply SPF30+ to all exposed skin, paying attention to those often missed areas: your fingers, toes, backs of ears and lips.





    Makeup - With the focus on flawless, glowing skin this Spring, makeup colours should lighten up too.  Refresh your look with a luminous face and just a hint of mineral colour, with either a focus on soft eyes with sheer pastel colors and well-defined brows; bronzer for a sun-kissed glow on the cheeks and eyes; or metallic and sparkling shadows in lighter shades paired with soft pink, coral or nude shades on the lips. For daytime use a lip gloss, rather than a lipstick, and switch from black mascara to dark brown. Instead of a liquid, full-coverage foundation, move to a tinted moisturizer or mineral powder instead.


    By making adjustments to your skincare routine now,
    you will be able to enjoy smooth, glowing skin through the warmer weather days ahead.


    Ahead:  Spring Skin Prep - part 3 - Body. 



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    Monday, March 12

    Spring Skin Prep

    More beautiful tulips :)


    With the upcoming forecast of double-digit temperatures, it looks like we will all be foregoing our heavy sweaters, wool socks and winter boots - in favour of lighter layers, skin revealing pieces and even toe-showing sandals. 

    Out of sight-out of mind.  With our feet and limbs tucked into warm layers through the cooler months, we often don't notice the neglect our skin has endured until that warm Spring day arrives and we wish to wear short sleeves, shorts and sandals... yikes!

    As you begin to shed your layers of protective clothing with the arrival of longer, warmer days, your spirits will be soaring but your skin may still be crying the Winter Blues.  Through the "Brrrr-Chilly" months, skin can become dehydrated, overheated and undernourished.  Leaving you with dry, itchy skin, rough spots, and a lack of youthful glow. 


    The good news is, it doesn't take long to see that soft and supple skin re-emerge.  Start now, and you can prepare your skin for the "big reveal" in the near future.


    Steps to prepping your skin for Spring:

    Part 1:  Before we get to topical ways to prepare your skin for Spring - let's go right to the most long-lasting and effective way to help skin look it's best.

    Nutrition is a key element to healthy skin - Spring is an ideal time to revamp your dietary habits - to detox your body/skin and increase your energy.  Here are some helpful ways that you can begin prepping your skin for Spring:


    • Drink herbal teas - this helps to increase hydration in your skin and organs while helping to detox your body. 

    • Drink green tea - substances known as catechins, which are found in green tea, can stimulate the body to burn calories, in turn decreasing body fat, while helping your organs to detoxify your blood. These same catechins are also rich in anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, giving green tea added benefits.

    •  Try a specific detox blend - personally, I enjoy Pukka Detox Tea - (organic aniseed, fennel & cardamom tea: to cleanse & revive).    Click here for a great TEA site.

    • Drink plenty of clean and pure water - this helps to hydrate your skin and organs. Water is essential to skin's regeneration and metabolism, producing new skin cells and growing hair follicles.  Visible brightening that you see in your skin after consuming water, is a result of transported nutrients and increased circulation that that water in your body creates.

    • Sip ginger tea twice a day - following a meal. The ginger will help to relieve bloating and boost digestion so your  body works more efficiently.



    • Drink hot water with lemon juice in the mornings - it will help to keep you hydrated and the vitamin C it offers will help convert toxins into a water-soluble form that is easily flushed away.

    • Increase your intake of fibre and fresh fruits and vegetables - Spring is an easy and economical time to increase your fibre and nutritional intake by taking advantage of fresh, green vegetables and fruits. Make the most of the lush growing season of asparagus, baby greens like spinach, and strawberries. If possible, try adding organic foods to your diet, where possible. The less toxins and pesticides in your food, the less residue left for your spleen and liver to process, and the healthier your skin will be.
    • Click here:A wonderful local source of farm fresh and organic produce, delivered to your door.
    • Incorporate skin-healthy foods into your diet.
    Some examples:
    Olive Oil
    Salmon
    Sunflower Seeds
    Brazil Nuts
    Wheat Germ
    Flax Seeds
    Citrus Fruits
    Sweet Potatoes
    Avocados
      Broccoli
     Green Leafy Vegetables


      Up next:  Part 2 of Spring Skin Prep... Face Care + Cosmetics


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        Friday, March 9

        Weekend ahead...



        Just a quick post to THANK YOU each of you, for keeping up with my blog.  I am wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, filled with some fun and relaxation!

        Remember daylight savings time - Sunday March 11th @ 2am. Clocks SPRING ahead 1 hour for us lucky North Americans.
        (I don't know about each of you, but I have a difficult time adjusting to this change).

        This weekend looks like more website building here (turns out, it is a BIG job - thanks Honey) and some Soy wax candle making... maybe even a batch of new Pink Grapefruit soap. (plus groceries, chores etc...)  Hence the pic of my favourite fuel - SB Cinnamon Dolce Latte (nf/nwp).

        I promise, Spring Skin Prep is coming soon - early next week :)



        Live Purple!








        Tuesday, March 6

        You are better than that



        My life has provided me with some truly wonderful friends.  I value their friendships and cherish each of them, as they bring so much to the table and my life. Through the years we all manage to collect a unique set of friends - each pal tends to offer a specialized role in our lives.  When we least expect it, we learn a thing or two from our friends.

        Recently I spent an afternoon with one of my inspiring and trusted cohorts. We talked, we laughed, we shared some latte time and tried to catch up on each other's busy lives (not so easy when you are chatting, giggling and getting off track). Little did I know, she was going to open my eyes and mind to a fresh concept.

        Now, this lovely woman is a Sista-Friend, the kind of chum who will tell it like it is (when things need to be heard), while she supports and encourages - helping me to see myself from an angle that I hadn't really noticed before.

        At one point, we were "window shopping" through some stylish boutiques, playing the "What do you want vs. What do you need" game.  Along the way we stopped to try on a few pieces of clothing... this is where my dear friend let a jewel of a phrase fly! 

        As I tried on a blouse that looked "fine" (more of a want than a need) but wasn't doing anything special for me, my Style-Guru-Buddy said "It's nice but, you are better than that".  It took me a second to register what that comment could mean... and then, I got it.  She was right.  I would be "settling" if I chose that blouse.  It wasn't anything exceptional.  It didn't make me feel or look great.  It was "just nice"... The blouse was alright, simply not the best choice for me.

        That comment made me think... Days later, I can still hear the phrase play through my mind.

        It might seem like an insignificant event or even a conceited statement.  To be clear, I am not talking about a monetary or appearance issue... and it's not about the blouse... more of a "doing what's best for you" - "don't settle for less" - realization.

        This "Ah-ha" moment has me thinking...

        How often in our day-to-day lives,
        do we settle for things, when
        "we are better than that"?

        It can apply in so many areas, from what we put into and onto our bodies to how we spend our time.  Everything we participate in and accept into our lives...
        Here are a few of the ways that I have found to incorporate "You are better than that" :
        • Skin and body care products - enjoying all the goodies! - no more saving the "good stuff" for another time.  I am better than that :)
        • Diet - eating healthy and nourishing foods - avoiding easy processed foods. I am better than that :)
        • Exercise - hitting the trails and the weights with increased determination - not looking for excuses to get out of workout time.  I am better than that :)
        • Social activities - Spending time with positive inspiring people - not participating in toxic gossipping.  I am better than that :)
        • Clothing - wearing "the good" lingerie and clothes - not saving them for "just in case".  I am better than that :)
        • Emotions - saying what I feel and what I mean (nicely) - not pushing thoughts and feelings aside.  I am better than that :)

        Chalk up another lesson learnt from a valuable friend. (Thanks go out to her)
        I am now practising a (non conceited) "better than that" attitude... where I remind myself not to settle. 

        What are you better than??  Please share...

        A wise woman once said...

        “Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth.”
        Oprah Winfrey
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        Still ahead - Prepping your skin for Spring...

        Saturday, March 3

        Spring is in the air - somewhere



        As March came upon us like a lion this past Thursday, and the current temperature is a chilly -3 C with snowy wind gusts of 70 kmh... it has me questioning the signs of Spring that I had been enjoying; warm sunshine, patches of grass greening up, early bloomers poking through the soil. Will they be gone for awhile? Will they return quickly and allow us all to move on from Winter? How much longer will we need to wear our winter boots??

        With Spring's official arrival set for Tuesday, March 20th, the next couple of weeks are almost certain to be filled with unpredictable weather and temperatures. Then there will be that sweet, inviting scent - that feeling of renewal, where everything is possible and we are at our best - SPRING! (Reminder - clocks jump ahead on March 11th @ 2:00am)

        As the days get longer and we have more sunlight to soak up, I find that fresh cut flowers call my name, salads are tastier and sunsets are somehow even more impressive. Spring fever is unavoidable, for young and old (thank goodness).

        With the warmer weather around the proverbial corner, we will all be putting away our winter boots, while shedding some layers and showing more skin. Much of that skin may be crying the Winter Blues.  Coming soon... Spring Skin Prep.






        Salad with honey roasted pecans













        "Spring is when life is alive in everything"
        Christine Rossetti




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