Do You Have Time for Yourself?

Pumpkin Enzyme Mak

Pumpkin Enzyme Face Mask

Sometimes, being a mom gets to me. How do you come up with different dinners 365 days out of the year? And play all of the roles that moms have to play? Nurturer, counselor, healer, cleaner, chauffeur, hair dresser, seamstress, judge, teacher, etc, etc…. No wonder women learn to multi-task. Without multi-tasking abilities, things would most likely fall apart.

I have so many friends who are even more super-moms than I will ever be. I still have enough selfishness left that I actually don’t mind nurturing some of my own needs as well. But, I have friends who always put their kid’s needs before their own, and many times, they don’t even get to their own needs at all. There just aren’t enough hours in the day…

As much as I think those super-moms are amazing, I honestly wouldn’t want to be in their shoes. I can’t even imagine being so dedicated to motherhood that I would feel guilty if I wanted to do something for myself…

I remember when my kids were small. I would divide the day into different parts. First a few hours to work on my business or just be creative, then lunch, then a walk in the park, then make dinner, story time, bath time, bed time, and then more me-time. Everything had its own time throughout the day, and I always carved out a tiny bit of time for myself.

I just had to feel like I could do something creative, even though I was a mom. I wanted to show my kids that it is ok to take care of my own needs too, just like I care for everyone else’s needs…

To me, allowing my creativity to flow is something I do as an expression of joy and self-love. But, if I get overwhelmed and stressed, it affects the flow of creativity, and then I have to use other means to get myself back into the flow again…

Sometimes, when life is too much, I often jump into a nice, warm bath that helps me stress down and relax. Yesterday was one of those days where I just felt like withdrawing from the world because I needed to recharge my batteries. So, I put on my favorite Pumpkin enzyme chocolate mask and hopped into a nice relaxing bath. I lay there in the water with eyes closed, and just felt myself detaching from everything outside my bathroom.

The smell of chocolate always makes me happy, so I kept the mask on for 20-30 minutes before I finally washed it off. My skin felt super smooth and very soft and moisturized after the treatment, and I actually felt ready to face the world again, after just 1/2 hour in hot water!

It is quite amazing how my energy just came right back. I reflected over how easy it was to use skin-care and self pampering as an excuse for self-love. This is exactly why I created this product line! So the next time you feel stressed and life is too much, I highly recommend that you try my prescription for self-love. Put a mask on your face and hop in a warm bath. You won’t be sorry if you do…

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Food that Nurtures Your Skin

Food that nurtures your skin

Food that nurtures your skin

I am not a nutritional expert. I’m not even really interested in nutrition, because I usually let my intuition guide me when it comes to foods. But when it comes to skin care, you can actually make your skin look a lot better if you eat specific foods that nurture your skin from the inside. So, I have made a list of foods for anyone who is interested in bringing health, well-being and skin care together.

Water – of course! Water is the most important thing on your list of foods/drinks that affect the skin. If you hydrate properly, the skin will benefit too. So, drink lots of water, but not too much. You don’t want to flush out too many minerals, because that will make you dehydrated even if you drink plenty. So, use your intuition on this one…

Protein – Protein is important for building collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin is what holds your skin together and makes it elastic, plump and young looking. So, a good source of protein is necessary as a building block.

Walnuts and sardines – these are rich in healthy fatty acids, especially omega 3’s, which are anti-inflammatory and prevent dryness and eczema

Leafy greens and berries – these are full of antioxidants that prevent sun damage from free radicals, and can also repair the skin. I actually add antioxidants to many of my products to assist the skin from the outside as well. The rosewater toner and the cream foundation are good examples of products rich in antioxidants.

Green tea – green tea has many uses. It can turn up your metabolism and help you lose weight, and it contains polyphenols, which make the skin more elastic. And, of course, it also contains antioxidants, so I use green tea in many of my products.

Tomatoes – these contain lycopene, which is one of the main things that can actually reduce cellulite!!! And, it also improves the skin’s natural SPF.

Dark Chocolate – Yes, chocolate is actually good for you! It can hydrate your skin, increase circulation and lessen rough scaly skin.

Olive Oil and Coconut Oil
– the skin needs good fatty acids to stay healthy. So, don’t be afraid to add healthy fats to your diet.

Avocado oil – this is the best oil for frying. It can handle up to 500 degrees before it turns toxic, and it has a very mild flavor, so this has become my favorite cooking oil…

So, these are healthy foods with skin benefits. Spring is the perfect time to start eating lighter, such as fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. My philosophy has always been that if you take good care of yourself, you’ll last longer. And if you can keep yourself healthy and happy, you can radiate youthfulness and feel really good about yourself! So enjoy your fresh foods. Your skin will thank you…

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Aspartame is Pure Poison

Drink full of aspartame

Drink full of aspartame

I have written so many blog posts about the dangers of putting toxic chemicals on your skin, but it is even worse if you eat or drink the toxic chemicals. So many people are under the delusion that if something is sold in a super market, it is actually safe to eat or drink, but nothing can be further from the truth.

Today, I read a story about a woman who was basically dying. Nobody could figure out what was wrong with her. She had muscle spasms and was in enormous amounts of pain. She had no energy, and eventually, she ended up in a wheel chair because she could no longer walk by herself. The docs did lots of tests on her, and even though they couldn’t find out what was wrong with her, they suspected MS.

She felt like she was dying, so she put all of her possessions into her daughter’s name and decided to take one last trip before her time was up. This is when a friend of hers asked her if she was drinking diet sodas. Her answer was yes! The friend told her not to drink it and see what happens, and within days, she was able to walk again, and her pain levels were greatly reduced!!!

Aspartame was originally made by Monsanto as a neurotoxin to get rid of ants. But, after they discovered that it had a sweet flavor, they decided to use it as a sugar substitute in the diet industry!

The problem with Aspartame is that it breaks down into formaldehyde and formic acid at body temperature. This is probably what caused the golf war syndrome. Diet sodas were sitting in very warm conditions, so by the time they were drinking the sodas, the Aspartame had already broken down into toxic components.

The lack of calories have made Aspartame drinks very popular in the diet industry too, but it actually had the opposite effect on the body. Aspartame tastes sweet enough to fool the body into thinking that you have sugar in the blood, but when the body produces insulin and then tries to put the sugar into the cells for energy, it gets really confused because there is no sugar there. So, it sends a message to the body to eat more carbs. Eventually, your pancreas will wear itself out and you’ll end up with diabetes.

You’ll also find another reason why Aspartame actually makes you put on weight. It is toxic. Anything toxic has to be filtered out of the body through the liver, but when the liver gets overworked, it will simply store the toxins in your fatty tissues for a later time. This is why, if you fast, you’ll experience symptoms of detoxification because the body releases toxins when you fast.

So, PLEASE, put Aspartame on your list of poisons to stay away from!!! Children and diabetics are especially susceptible to the effects of this dangerous poison! It should have a skull and two bones crossed pictured on it, that is how harmful it is. And, you can find it in so many things in the super market. Diet drinks, of course, almost all kinds of chewing gums, anything diet or no-sugar foods, like power bars and jams and jellies. Read the labels!!! You can only blame yourself if you don’t.

Recently, they have even started calling it different names, since the name Aspartame is no longer a popular name on labels. Equal and Nutrasweet are basically Aspartame disguised under a different name. They also recently came up with another terrible sugar substitute called Sucralose. This thing is a cross between normal sugar and chlorine!!! It can basically wipe out your whole gut flora!!!

So, the moral of the story is, STAY AWAY FROM ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS of any kind!!!! They can harm your body more than you can imagine! The truth is, they can actually kill you, in a slow, terrible, painful way…

Please share this article with your friends. We have to educate people before it is too late!

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How to Use Moisturizer

How to use moisturizer

How to use moisturizer

Using a moisturizer is the most important thing you can do for your aging skin. This is because dehydration is the main reason why we develop wrinkles. It is even more important than aging, smoking and sun exposure. This is because the skin can only stay smooth when the skin cells are filled with water.

It is a little bit like what happens when you leave a peach on the kitchen table for too long. All of a sudden, the flesh of the peach gets softer and before you know it, the surface of the peach will develop wrinkles. The same thing happens with your skin if you don’t use a moisturizer. And, no, it isn’t true, that drinking enough water will keep your skin moisturized. Research has shown that adding moisture to the surface of the skin is way more effective when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated.

I also want to debunk another myth that many people suffer from; the idea that oil is moisturizing! I have even heard people from other skin care companies criticize formulas that contain water and telling people that such products is a waste of money. Nothing can be further from the truth!

The cells need two things – water AND oil, but water is what moisture truly is! Not oil! Oil can repair and regenerate the lipid barrier in the skin cells because the cell wall need lipids to keep the water inside the cells from evaporating. But, if your cells have low water levels, oil is not going to make your skin more moisturized! It will simply protect the skin from losing water, but your skin can still be dehydrated under your oily products.

For hydration to happen, you need to add WATER! And the best way to add water is to combine the water with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid can hold water in your skin cells just like those little crystals that you can add to your flower pots when you don’t want the soil to dry out too fast. Hyaluronic acid is the best moisturizing ingredient on the market. It can actually increase the water levels in your skin cells, and plump your dry cells right back up again. As a result, it will make small lines and wrinkles go away or at least become less visible.

You can make your moisturizer work even better if you combine it with face oil or a heavier cream or balm. As a rule, the thinnest product goes on first, so you put the serum on first. Then you add oil, so the lipid barrier that stops the water from evaporating, can be nurtured and repaired. If your skin still feels dry, you can add a cream instead of the oil, or even a face balm, such as the mature skin cream. Your foundation goes on top of everything else, so you can ensure a more even application.

Basically, the more mature your skin is, the more layers you need. A younger person may be totally fine with just a layer of cream foundation or tinted moisturizer, while I know from my own experience that my skin always does better if I use a moisturizer serum first, followed by a few drops of face oil, and then add the foundation as a last layer.

I even made a little movie yesterday about how to use the hyaluronic acid moisturizer serum, and I’ll keep making movies about how to use the rest of the products too. So stay tuned. Here it is:

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Techno Problems

I had the most awful week last week. It all started when I decided to put a new plugin on my website to make the pages load faster. They did load faster, but unfortunately, the plugin broke all the menus on my website so you couldn’t open any pages.

So, I deleted the plugin, and the menus were still broken. I called tech support and they tried to restore the site, but no luck. After 2 hours, the menus were still broken. Then I tried to upload the theme again, and this time, the whole site collapsed, and all I was left with was a white page with an error message.

I totally panicked and called Tech Support at Hostmonster, and their server was down, so they couldn’t even help me.

I reluctantly went to bed at midnight, and got up at 4:30 the next morning to try to get my website back on the air. I had to call Tech Support 5 times that day, because every time they thought they had fixed the site, it collapsed and disappeared again! After working on it for 13 hours straight, I finally got everything back up and running again. (totally fried!!!)

In the mean time, I was seriously worried about customers trying to go to my website only to find that it had disappeared, or that you couldn’t actually open any of the pages. So, I’m writing this post just to let you know that if you ever go to my site and find that it is a total mess, please let me know so I can fix it ASAP.

I also want you to not give up on my site if something like that happens again. I’ll be working on it 24/7 until I get everything back to normal. So, just try again later, or even the next day, and hopefully, everything will be fixed by then.

So, thank you to all the people who ordered today, after my website had recovered from the collapse. You showed me that my website is back to working order, and it gave me a nice confidence boost to see that you didn’t give up on ordering from my site. And, I wanted to let anyone else, who visited my messed up site in the last few days, know that everything is working now, so it is actually possible to order products again!

Big sigh of relief!!! Glad that’s over…

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Live From the Heart

Natural Skincare business with heart

Live from the heart

Ever since my divorce last year, I have been mulling over what it means to actually live from the heart. I figured that the only way I can create a new life for myself, is by figuring out what didn’t work with my life up to now. If I can’t figure that out, then I’ll just keep making the same mistakes again and again. But, if I can learn from the mistakes I have already made, then they weren’t really mistakes at all, just steps on my path.

I think the most puzzling of all was when I realized that my marriage of so many years had become a relationship where no relating was required!!! I guess that is what happens when you get so comfortable within the structure of marriage that you no longer have to make an effort. You are basically just stuck with each other, and sadly, you have traded your love in for security and comfort.

Being a romantic by nature, that is the kiss of death for me, because I love being in love and sharing my love and feeling that flow of love that fills my heart from within, and needing to express that love… This is where my passion, inspiration and creativity comes from, and trading it in for security is simply sad!

As I was wondering why people choose security over love, I realized that living from the heart takes more courage than most people have. The heart is wild and free and works in mysterious ways. It can’t be controlled with promises into the future, or with legal contracts. Love will create its own bond between people, but the question is, how much do you trust that your love is strong enough to keep you together if you don’t have a legal contract backing you up?

Many people will argue that you should be able to have both, and that marriage doesn’t kill the love. And, I agree, love should be able to survive a legal contract, but from my experience, the security of the contract is often enough that people feel like they don’t have to try so hard any more. They don’t have to care as much, or put as much effort in, because they have already caught you, so now they can focus on other things rather than keeping the love alive.

The thing that makes love so beautiful is the flow that naturally radiates from your heart. It flows very much like a river flowing down the mountain. If you were able to put the river in a box, could it still be called a river? No, because it is not rivering any more when it is inside the box. It is the flow that makes it a river, and it is the same with love. The lack of flow inside a legal structure can simply make it stale.

The first step in discovering what love truly is, is to discover self-love. Self-love is unconditional acceptance of self, loving thoughts about self and loving actions towards self. Once the love flows within your own heart, the flow will become big enough that you can share that love with others as well. But the biggest difference between real love and imitation love, is that real love happens from a place of sharing, and imitation love is all about getting…

One of the things Spirit has told me many times was: “Don’t try to get love from someone who doesn’t have it to share.” That was another huge lesson for me to realize. It is so easy to resent someone for not loving you, but when you realize that they aren’t feeling a flow of love inside themselves at that moment, then you can easily understand why they can’t share it with you either.

So, after mulling over this issue for quite a while, I realized that if you want to live from the heart, you first have to start listening to your inner guidance and accepting how you feel, and then you have to have the courage to do what your guidance is telling you, and also have faith that what is happening is exactly what you need for your experience at this moment in time.

Easier said than done, I know, but you can always start by practicing self love. And, remember, skin pampering with luxurious natural skincare products is a super easy excuse to love yourself more, since it is something you have to do every day if you really care about your skin. I hope I have given you a few bits and pieces to mull over, and hopefully, you’ll do something that makes you really happy today! Remember, happiness is your nature!

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Using Lip Liners

Using Lip Liner

Using Lip Liner

Lip liners – do you use them, or not? I know that all the makeup experts who are doing makeup on mature women insist on using them. But, personally, I have always hated those things. They have a tendency to make your lips look harsh and painted, and the dreaded “ring around the mouth” where the lip liner remains after your lip stick has rubbed off, is unbelievably unflattering!

The problem is, mature lips do lose their definition and plumpness over time, and lining a little bit can definitely make them look more defined. But, how to line them so you don’t end up looking like a clown is the tricky part.

So, I decided to experiment a bit with some of the lip liners that are just taking up space in my cabinet. There are two options – you can either use a lip liner that is as close to your natural lip color as possible, or you can use a lip liner that is close to the color of your lip stick.

For a more natural look, I would recommend choosing one that is close to your natural lip color. That way, you can use it with all of your lip sticks, and you’ll save space in your cabinet if you only have one or two pencils instead of 15.

My favorite lip liner is from NYX, and the best color is called “Natural.” You can get NYX on, or from your local Bealls store. What I like about the NYX pencils is that the colors look very natural, and that the texture of the pencil is soft enough that it can be smudged.

Yes, smudged!!! This is the secret to applying lip liner in the most flattering way!

Apply the lip liner softly at the outer edge of your lips. Don’t overdraw more than a smidge if you have to, because overdrawing your lips is a sure way to make them look fake! And, PLEASE don’t make a pointy cupid’s bow!!! Just follow your natural lip lines! So simple!!!

After you draw your lines, rub your lips together to smudge the lip liner into your lip area! This is the secret to making your lips look nice! You want to smudge your liner enough that if your lip stick disappears, there is no longer a ring around your mouth. The edge of the lip liner will still line your lips, and even out undefined edges, but it won’t look harsh any more.

Once you got your liner nicely smudged and you like the edge definition, add some lip stick or lip tint on top of the liner. If you want your lip tint to last longer, try putting it on with a lip brush. For a little extra glam, I always add just a drop of lip gloss to my bottom lip, and then rub the lips together.

Why gloss on top? A little bit of gloss adds a bit of luscious plumpness to your lips. So, as long as the lip gloss doesn’t have glitter in it (and mine doesn’t), lip gloss can be a mature woman’s best friend. It just gives your face a fresh glow.

So, try this for the holidays! And, remember, it is easy to refresh your look with one of my lip tints. You don’t even need a mirror to put it on. Just rub it on discretely, like a lip balm, it is so easy….

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Menopausal Changes

Natural Progesterone Cream for Menopausal Changes

Natural Progesterone Cream for Menopausal Changes

This post is about the menopausal changes we as women go through sooner or later. We all talk about hot flashes and mood swings, but almost nobody talks about the thinning and drying up of the vaginal mucus membranes. All of a sudden, you may find that sex is painful, and sometimes even impossible, and that the skin becomes so fragile that it will crack and even bleed if you go too far.

If you don’t opt for estrogen replacement therapy, these are menopausal changes that will happen to most of us sooner or later. Sad but true. My mom did estrogen therapy for 10 years, and when the doctor took her off the medication, all her suppressed hot flashes came back anyway, so there wasn’t really much of a point in suppressing them all those years. Plus the estrogen therapy is made from horse urine that is collected in the most horrible way, and my conscience won’t allow me to use supplements that are associated with abused horses. Besides, estrogen replacement therapy can also increase your chances of breast cancer.

So what can we do about these menopausal changes? I consulted with my favorite book about menopause, “Menopausal Years,” by Susun Weed, and she recommended Motherwort tincture, 25 drops three times daily, to thicken up the mucus membranes again, so I went to amazon and found a big bottle of Siberian Motherwort. But, I figured that there has to be something else we can do to balance out the hormones as well. Since Google is my friend, I went there to learn more about the menopausal changes we go through and what to do about it.

I found that the real culprit when it comes to thinning skin, isn’t actually estrogen. The thinning is caused by a lack of progesterone. Luckily it can be extracted from wild yam and put into a cream. Evidently, the body can use it better if it is extracted from the yam, rather than just using the yam in its natural form, because the extraction gives you a higher concentration of progesterone.

I discovered that the progesterone levels gradually decrease from our thirties until menopause, and then they become almost non-existent. Increasing the progesterone levels with a cream can actually reverse this process, and the best thing is that progesterone can protect you from developing breast cancer as well! And, it can be produced without any abuse of animals!

I was also surprised to find that it isn’t just menopausal women who need extra progesterone. Women with bad pms, painful lumpy breasts, periods too close together or too profuse, with weight gain around hips and butt, can also benefit because they are likely to be estrogen dominant. Adding some progesterone can balance everything out nicely. So there is one way of applying it for women who are in menopause, and another way of using it for women who are still menstruating.

I got really excited! This was obviously the way to go. But, you know me…. I only want to use natural products without parabens and other nasties. Therefore, it took me a while to find a truly natural formula, and that is what I want to share with you today. It is called Proges Cream and it is made by a company called Bountiful Bird. It costs $29.00 for 3.5oz on and it comes with detailed instructions on the back on how to use it. The ingredients are: Water, aloe vera, wild yam extract, micronized progesterone, chamomile extract, vegetable glycerin, Siberian ginseng extract, licorice extract, vitamin E, evening primrose, milk thistle extract, sorbic acid, grapefruit extract, and grape seed extract. Some of the herbs are even organic! So, I bought a bottle, and I really like it!

I’m excited enough to share this information with all of you, and I encourage you to try it if you think you need it, and share the info with your friends as well! All I want for Christmas is my soft skin back….

At least, now you know what to buy for yourself for Christmas!

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Take Care of Your Feet

Take Care of Your Feet

Happy Feet

Today I want to write a blog post about honoring your feet.

So many people tend to neglect their feet. They squeeze them into horrible pointy shoes with crazy spikey heels that completely re-distributes the weight on your feet. This changes your posture, makes some of your leg muscles work overtime, and causes all kinds of foot problems down the road, such as bunions etc.

The problem is, that when your feet don’t feel good, it affects the whole rest of your body as well. The feet are the foundation that the whole rest of the body sits on, and if the foundation starts to fall apart, everything else gets shaky too.

I know that sometimes, an outfit, or a work situation, needs you to wear heels, and there is nothing wrong with wearing them once in a while, but there are a few things to look out for. For example, a chunky heel is more stable and easier to walk in than spiky heels. It is also good to change the heel height every day, so that the body doesn’t get stuck in the same position day after day. And, most importantly, please make sure your shoes don’t squeeze your toes together. If they do, they will inevitably cause bunions at some point…

It is also important to take the time to give your feet some loving, tender care once in a while, like a foot bath with eucalyptus and epsom salt, or a foot massage with a nice, rich cream, such as the Lavender Lotion.

Lavender Lotion by the Natural Cosmetics Shop

Lavender Lotion by Green Beauty Cosmetics

What I do, before I massage my feet, is to rasp off any dry, chapped or cracked skin first. Once you get rid of the dry, rough spots, the lavender lotion can really do its magic and make the skin silky soft again.

Lavender Lotion by the Natural Cosmetics Shop

Lavender Lotion by Green Beauty Cosmetics

Have you tried the lavender lotion yet? If not, I would like to offer you a free sample if you put in an order before the end of this month. It also works great to soften the skin on your knees and elbows, and as a rich hand cream for very dry hands. As far as I’m concerned, the lavender lotion is the perfect cream for keeping your skin soft as the seasons turn..

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New Review of Green Beauty Cosmetics Products

I’m soooo excited! A blogger named Kristina Stone just wrote a really lovely review of some of my Green Beauty products. Here is a link, so you can check it out. She has the cutest little baby and mom website, and she put so much information into this review that it would be awesome if you could share it with your some of your friends on facebook. Thank you Kristina!!!

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