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Local Harvest is Pretty Awesome.

Fresh Fruit

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I was checking out the blogs over at Local Harvest this morning, due to a FB update.  Apparently the last blog written by the owner had some folks in a bind because there was a discussion regarding politics and no one going hungry.

This is what stood out for me, the last paragraph of Erin’s post:

Meanwhile, the rest of our manifesto reads like this: The best food is that which feeds body and spirit. This food can best be found at a farmers markets, through a CSA, and in your own backyard. Cooking fresh, unprocessed food and sharing it with people you love is one of life’s great pleasures. We support farms which place primary importance on building healthy soils, protecting the ecosystem, fair treatment of farm laborers, humane treatment of animals, and a sustainable life for the farmers. Protecting biodiversity on farms and seed saving are both good ideas. Genetically modifying crops is a bad idea, as is the current approach to farm subsidies. Local and regional food systems are of vital importance in this changing world and should be encouraged on every level. There is plenty of work to be done to strengthen and expand these systems, work in which each of us can play a role. Onward!

Yes.  This.

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Solid Lotions…can’t live without it.

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With Spring here, my skin gets dry and itchy and just…horrible.  I have to really watch what I use on my skin or else my skin gets worse.

Something I cannot, and will not, live without is my Owens Acres Lavender Lotion Bar.

It melts to the touch (the one I keep at home stays on my computer so it’s a bit softer) and works on nails, cuticles, hands, arms…its really amazing.  When I massage it into my nails and cuticles my nails look so much better, and my cuticles are so much softer, and I am of the type who’s cuticles get really mangy looking.

Owens Acres sells them in 2 or 4 oz tins, and they come in Lavender, Mango and Lemon scents.  I’ve used all three, and the Lavender is by far my favorite, as the real Lavender Essential Oil is my favorite scent. This gorgeous lotion contains Avocado Oil, Apricot Oil, Aloe Butter, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Beeswax, and Pure Lavender Essential Oil.  I use it at work and since the scent isn’t perfumy or artificial, my co workers aren’t bothered by it.

Owens Acres isn’t the only one who sells Solid Lotions.  I have my eye on Sugared Beauty’s Solid Lotion Bar that comes in a twist up tube.  How handy and indulgent would that be for legs?

If you’re having skin issues this year with the worse than usual hayfever season, be careful with what you use on your skin, you could be making your problems worse.  A rule of thumb I follow for myself when my skin is giving me issues:  stay out of the drugstores for lotions and soaps and stick with handmade, organic products.  My skin thanks me for it.

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Something about me…

Glass vial containing Geranium Essential Oil

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I could sit here and blog about all the issues I have with myself, mental and physical, but it wouldn’t solve anything.  I started this blog because I decided I wasn’t going to age as a complete hot mess, I was going to be 40 and awesome.  I was going to do this by admitting I needed to change some things.

One thing I changed was my sleep.  I knew I wasn’t getting enough rest, I snored something awful, and I was tired all the time.  I finally told my doctor (actually I have a nurse practitioner) who sent me over to the sleep clinic for a sleep study.  Actually, it was a trip over to Pulmonology first.  I answered all of their questions, and they determined that I could so an at-home sleep study instead of having to go to the hotel they use.  Apparently at the hotel they wire you up with everything, but since I never had an issue of acting out my dreams or sleepwalking, I “qualified” for the at home.

So I did the study, and got the results back a few days later.  I was told that a “severe” case of obstructive sleep apnea was 30 episodes a night of not breathing, or choking because my airway became obstructed.

In the 5.5 hours I was sound asleep and was monitored, I hit 680 times.  Well, if I am going to do something, might as well do it well, right?

So right now I am waiting to get my CPAP.  Even with my insurance my cost will be around $300, which is a bit rich for my blood but I don’t have a choice.  In spite of the cost, I know I am going to feel so much better once I get a decent night sleep.  Part of my issues is that I am so tired all the time.  I have a feeling once I get adequate rest, other health improvements will fall in line.

Even better?  I found I could use aromatherapy with my CPAP.  How awesome is that?

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Weather and Headaches

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Yesterday, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the temperature was near 80.  It was a gorgeous day, no doubt about it.

Last night the clouds rolled in, there was a bit of rain.  Today its about 20 degrees colder than yesterday and there’s no blue sky, only dirty looking grey clouds, like clothes dryer lint.

Headaches are rampant today in the house due to the change in the weather, and sinuses are the culprit.  I know from long experience I have the most issues with the sphenoid sinus due to where the sinus pain is.

I’ve had sinus issues for as long as I can remember, and used to take over-the-counter decongestants constantly.  Now I can’t take them at all, or else my heart skips, so I am reduced to more natural remedies.

I have a Neti Pot on order, so I cannot comment on that, but I have heard nothing but good things about them.  In the meantime, I use Saline Spray with a few drops of Peppermint Oil which really works.

This is supposed to be a long, miserable year for those of us who have sinus issues, allergies and hayfever.  Do what you can to keep yourself healthy!

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The Dirty Dozen

Found this on Well+GoodNYC.  Its a lit of the Dirty Dozen, the 12 ingredients we should avoid in our “daily use products”.

I don’t know if this is ALL of the harmful things we should avoid, but for the person who’s just started on the journey of clean products, this is a good start.

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More on Sweet Libertine Eyeshadows

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I posted a bit ago on the glories of Sweet Libertine Eyeshadows, and I am back with more information.

For my dark skinned beauties, do you have issue with certain brands of mineral eyeshadow “silvering” as the day goes by?  That has been my luck with the brand of mineral eyeshadow I had been wearing.  The colors are gorgeous, they don’t bother my super sensitive eyes or the skin around them, but the pigments fade to silver as the day goes by.  There’s great staying power for the shadows, yet the color goes away.

I wore Sweet Libertine Eyeshadows (Cafe au Lait and Raisin Girl) to work this past Tuesday on top of my standard eye primer.  My day was long…I was out of the house at 9AM, and I didn’t get home until 10PM.  Over the course of the day I touched up my lip color and face powder, I never touched my eyes.

I wish I took pictures of myself, but I didn’t even think about it until I got home.  In the bathroom mirror, about to cleanse my face, I realized my eyeshadow almost looked like I just put it on.  The colors were still true, and even though I had some smearing from my black eyeliner and mascara, my eyecolor still held its color.  No silvering at all.

I was a fan before…now I am a TOTAL fan.

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A New Place to Get Together

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I am over at the Healthy Beauty Social chatting with others regarding natural bath and beauty items and having a blast.  There are quite a few experts over there, some who are makeup artists, some who own their own lines of organic cosmetics, and I have never come across the nicest group of people who love what they create and share with the rest of us.  The parent company of the blog, The Healthy Beauty Project has so much beneficial information regarding healthy beauty and the benefits behind using natural cosmetics.  There’s so much I didn’t know, but then again I am no expert, I am just passionate about all of us being healthier.

One thing I have noticed once I quit using over the counter cosmetics:  I feel better.  Maybe its my mind, maybe its my body no longer being hampered with the toxins constantly running through it.  My skin is no longer my enemy, that’s for sure, and I no longer spend my time trying to cover up what I don’t want the world to see.  The layers of products I used to use…thinking back I wonder how on earth was my skin breathing from all the gunk I was putting on it?  How was my scalp healthy from all the chemicals I was using on my hair?

My body is the same way…I feel better with less garbage running through it.  Sure, there are toxins we cannot avoid, but we don’t have to add to them.  The Healthy Beauty Social is a haven for me to talk about my experiences with products with like minded people who are putting less chemicals into and onto their bodies.

The cosmetic industry, in my opinion, makes its money because we women buy into the notions that the aging process is bad for us, among other things.  I’ve been allowing my natural beauty to come through:  instead of clogging my skin up with chemicals, using natural products has healed my skin so I no longer feel the need to have to hide behind layers of foundations and primers and the like.

Aging is a natural process.  There’s no way to avoid it, and I choose to embrace my 40’s instead of pushing them away.

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Food for Thought

Arby's Angus Three Cheese and Bacon Sandwich

A co worker of mine brought in the same fast food meal for three days in a row.  I finally told her, nice sandwich, does she like them?  She admitted yes, but even better, the place where she got her sandwich, fries and Coke screwed up her order once, so they gave her three free meals to make it up to her.  “You can’t pass off free food,” she said to me.

Out of curiosity, I looked up the fast food chain where she was getting her sandwich, and I was able to compile nutritional information for what she was eating.

The only thing that stood out was that her meal contained nearly 4000mg of sodium.

Free or not, I think I will be passing that up.

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