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My Next Review:Nerium AD


See below for Contact Information Product Guide Product Ingredients Anti-Aging Experts Review "Although I have formulated thousands of products during my 40+ years in the skincare manufacturing industry, I have never seen a product that delivers results as quickly and effectively as NeriumAD." — Don Smothers
Chief Executive Officer
NaturTech NeriumAD Results Finally, a product that provides the satisfaction of real results with the confidence of real science. NeriumAD Age-Defying Treatment is a night cream developed from the
patent-pending extract of the Nerium oleander plant. NeriumAD contains the most effective age-defying ingredients, chosen for both their individual and synergistic benefits. These premium ing…

Paleo Pesto Chicken on Spaghetti Squash

SPAGHETTI SQUASH: In advance bake your spaghetti squash ( I usually do 2 large squash to feed our family of 9), see directions here: HOW TO BAKE SPAGHETTI SQUASH.  And don't forget to save your seeds and ROAST THEM just like pumpkin seeds. BACON: Next Fry up some bacon or BAKE IT IN THE OVEN, reserving the fat (it's like gold around here, I use it for everything!).  Crumble the bacon and use it as a garnish. MEAT: Then either grill some chicken breast or thighs or slice and pan fry your chicken in some bacon grease with salt and pepper (unless you are using leftover meat or seafood).  If you are pan frying your chicken, after slicing it please be sure to dab dry (I use paper towels for this) before placing it in the pan of hot bacon grease.   Oh, and I typically figure on one piece of chicken per person.
TOMATOES: Chop up some fresh ripe tomatoes to garnish your Pesto Chicken with if desired. PESTO SAUCE:  3 cups fresh basil leaves, (you'll kind of have to shove them in there…

Serve Veggies and Make a Good Impression

Want To Make a Good Impression? Serve Vegetables Throw some vegetables on their dinner plates and your family will think you’re a hero. No, really. Thinkstock Brussels sprouts, broccoli, green beans—people may not think they’re so icky after all.
MORE: How to Sneak In Beauty-Boosting Vegetables
Sponsored by Birds Eye, researchers at Cornell University Food and Brand Lab set out to explore how some of our least favorite foods (vegetables!) impact our perception of the meal and the person who prepared it.
As part of the study, they conducted a national survey with 500 moms who had two or more children under the age of 18. A variety of meals were shown with and without vegetables. Participants were then asked to rate those meals and the cook on a scale of 1 to 9 and to describe both from a list of attributes.
What they found was surprising: Vegetables don’t always have people turning up their noses.
Ratings given to meals (steak, chicken, pasta, etc.) without a vegetable avera…

Frankinscense Oil and Its Benefits

Health Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil The health benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti septic, disinfectant, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine and vulnerary.
Frankincense Oil is extracted from gum or resin of Frankincense or Olibanum tree, whose scientific name is Boswellia Carteri. Main components of this essential oil are Alpha Pinene, Actanol, Bornyl Acetate, Linalool, Octyl Acetate, Incensole and Incensyl Acetate. Frankincense has been a popular ingredient of cosmetics and incense burners since ages. Its instances have been found in the remains of ancient Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon civilizations. It is also associated with religious activities.
Apart from being used as a cosmetic and as a fragrance, it has numerous medicinal uses, which are summarized as under.
Anti Septic & Disinfectant: Frankincense Oil is good as an a…

What Is Your Workout Dosha?

What’s your workout dosha? Lots of things explain why you love insanely hot, slow Bikram sequences, while your best friend would rather be running the city streets on a 40-degree day. But from an Ayurvedic perspective, the workout you’re most drawn to may be the one your body needs the least. (Bummer!)
“Like increases like,” says Ayurvedic expert Monica Bloom, author of the blog, Hey Monica B. “So, if you’re a fiery, competitive person (a Pitta constitution in Ayurveda), you’re going to want to literally race. But that will just add more fire. What you really need is to slow down, to create balance.”
And certain times of year can really set off your dosha. Fall, for example, is Vata season according to Ayurveda, so you may feel more scattered and need some grounding yoga sessions. (And put your iPhone down more often.)
So what types of workouts do you and your dosha need? (You can find out your dosha here.) These are Bloom’s workout recommendations for each dosha:
Monica Bloom…

Pomegranate Salad

Green Olive, Walnut & Pomegranate Salad
Source: Turquoise: A Chef’s Travels in Turkey by Greg & Lucy Malouf
Notes: Use the amounts as a guide. I added a bit more of almost everything. Also, make sure the green olives are good. If you are able to taste them — from an olive bar, for example — before you buy them, that is ideal. Remember: if you don’t like the olive before you chop it up and throw it in the salad, you probably won’t like it any better when it’s in the salad.
Substitutes for pomegranate molasses: Pomegranate molasses is syrupy in texture and both sweet and tart in flavor, so if you really want to add a splash (which is all the recipe calls for) of this ingredient, then you want something like a mixture of honey and lemon or brown sugar and cranberry juice. I found lots of good ideas from the Food52 community as well as a recipe from Simple Recipes, but all I ended up doing — did I mention I’ve been feeling super lazy? — was splashing in some white balsami…

Paraben Update!

Paraben update: New research on beauty’s most problematic preservatives
“Parabens,” the term for a group of preservatives used in mainstream beauty products, wasn’t always a dirty word.

In 2004, Dr. Philippa Darbre, a research scientist at the University of Reading in the UK, published a small but pioneering study that showed high concentrations of parabens in human breast tumors.
Women everywhere flipped over their moisturizers to read the list of ingredients.
“That first paper shocked people because it was the first time intact parabens had ever been measured in the human body,” says Dr. Darbre. And while the study did not show that the chemicals cause cancer, it sounded a serious alarm.
Why? Parabens, which prevent bacteria from growing in beauty and personal-care products, are able to mimic or interfere with estrogen in the body, and exposure to estrogen is one of the primary influences on the development of breast cancer.
Since then, several studies have detected and r…

Vanilla Kissed Hand Cream by Shannon

Vanilla Kissed Hand Cream I just bought some new vanilla bean pods to make homemade vanilla extract. If you don't know how to make it yourself, click HERE for my tutorial.

 So anyhow, I realized I still had some vanilla extract from last year in my herb pantry and decided to make a Vanilla Kissed Hand Cream with it.  This recipe makes a small batch that will last about 30 days or so.  I added in a bit of grapefruit seed extract to help very mildly preserve it along with the alcohol from the vanilla extract, but I still suggest you store it in the fridge and fill a small container to be used within 7 days at a time.

Vanilla Kissed Hand Cream
20 grams jojoba oil
15 grams coconut oil
11 grams emulsifying wax
3 grams stearic acid
2 grams liquid lecithin
20 grams aloe vera juice
30 grams vanilla extract
2 grams grapefruit seed extract
30 drops benzoin resin

Place the jojoba oil, coconut oil, emulsifying wax, stearic acid and lecithin in a small glass measuring cup. Place the aloe vera jui…

4 Superfoods to Cure

4 Superfoods to Cure Your Digestive Issues and Give You More Energy By Danielle Keenan When my digestive system needs a little cleansing, I make a smoothie with some of my favorite superfoods: dates, dark sweet cherries, chia seeds, and coconut oil. 
These four foods don’t get enough credit for their digestive benefits!
Although chia seeds and coconut oil have gotten their share of buzz recently, dates and dark sweet cherries sometimes get a bad rap for their sugar content.
Here's why these superfoods deserve a second-glance:  1. Dates
Dates add the perfect amount of sweetness and consistency to many recipes. They contain numerous vitamins and minerals, elevate the amount of healthy bacteria in the belly, and are easily digested to provide greater energy within 30 minutes of consumption. In order to get the best digestive and laxative effect from dates, soak them in water overnight and use in your smoothie, or drink the syrup-like dates alone. 
2. Dark Sweet Cherries

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3 Minerals for ENERGY

Three must-have minerals for more energy Are you healthy but wiped out? Could be you're short on thyroid-supporting minerals
You might count on coffee, tea, or (your dirty little secret) Diet Coke to put that morning pep in your step.
But if you’re regularly tired or exhausted, it could be that your thyroid, responsible for energy, is running on fumes. (Even if you—and your thyroid—are pretty healthy.)
And a shot of caffeine just can’t help with that.
Susan Blum, MD, a functional medicine physician (and a Dr. Oz Disease Detective) says three overlooked minerals are helpful to all women—not just those hitting the snooze button and using Starbucks to get through the day.
“Even within the normal range of healthy thyroid function, there is better and still better,” says Dr. Blum, who checks for low T3 hormone levels in her patients. (The T3 hormone is the “gas” hormone in your BMW of a body, which increases metabolism, energy, and heat in cells. When it’s low, it’s a caus…

Using Essential Oils

Inspired Living: Using Essential Oils to Boost Mood, Enhance Performance
Danna Norek's Inspired Living Articles Written by Danna Norek of Aura Sensory      Today I’d like to talk to you about using essential oils in different ways to boost your mood, intensify concentration, and overall enhance your olfactory experience.  Essential oils can do this without inhaling the toxic chemicals used to make most other airborne scents and “environment enhancers” like air fresheners, candles, incense oils and more.

     I was reminded of the power of natural aroma the other day when I stepped outside to our magnolia tree in full bloom.  The tree is huge, so the blooms filled the air with a pungent sweet fragrance. That, combined with the warm and slightly humid air instantly invigorated me.

     It also transported me back to my youth and brought on feelings of nostalgia from my youth and smelling the warm scent of lilacs and magnolia in the spring time.  Scent is …

DIY Thyme Toner for Clear Complexion

What you will need:
Fresh or dried thyme. I used dried which I found at my local health food store in bulk.Apple cider vinegar. You can read all about the benefits here. Glass container to store toner. I used am empty vitamin E jar.Cheesecloth or strainer Glass jar. I used a mason jar. Here is what you do...
Add about 1/2 cup of raw apple cider vinegar into a glass jar and heat it the microwave for about 30 seconds. Add about 3 tablespoons of thyme.

Let this sit for up to two hours.

Place the cheesecloth on top of the glass jar and carefully pour the liquid into your toner container.
You now have the ultimate acne and age spot fighting toner! You can use this nightly. Apply it with a cotton pad, let dry and then apply your moisturizer on top. To prolong the shelf life of your toner keep it in the fridge. My suggestion would be to only make a small batch at a time and try to use it up within two weeks.…

Neiman Marcus Dip

Neiman Marcus Dip This chunky little dip packs a lot of flavor  for having so few ingredients. We're not sure why it is called Neiman Marcus Dip. Maybe because it taste so "rich"... Like a million bucks. Whatever the is good!
 It just takes 5 ingredients. Fresh green onions straight from the garden. Thanks Jeanne! Shredded cheddar cheese. We love the little hand held grater from IKEA.  It holds all of the cheese inside,  then you can put it anywhere  you want it...on the chopping board,  straight in a casserole, or right in a bowl.  Easy as can be. Chop the onions. Grate the cheese. Then dump in the bacon bits,  almonds, and mayonnaise. Stir and refrigerate for a few hours  so all of the flavors blend together. Now if you have picky onion haters in your family  like we do in ours...   (You know who you are Amber & Cory)   then just leave out the onions.    Usually when we make it we stir everything together  but the onions, set aside some for the haters,  then throw the onions i…

Honey and Cinnamon to Cure Colds


DIY Wine Cork Magnets

DIY Cut wine corks in half, hot glue to magnet and now you have cute cork magnets
This a great little extra for those homemade gift baskets!!

10 Ways to Make a Bad Day Better

10 Ways to Make a Bad Day Better By Jennifer Jarrett It is very likely that we have all had at least one day where the Universe seems to be conspiring against you, where you just feel kinda funky and everything else seems to be reflecting that same funkiness back to you and where your life feels like a personalized version of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

We don’t have control of most things that happen to us and around us, however, we can control how we react to these moments and days where life just seems to push back really, really hard. Do we react with intense emotion and frustration and then carry that negative juju with us all day long, letting it muddy-up everything else we do that day? Or, do we just accept the reality, recognizing that it is what it is and that there is nothing that we can do to change what happened so why should we allow it to doom the rest of our day to disaster?

I’ve tried both tactics, and from experience and …

Trouble Area Workout