Thursday, October 29, 2009
I was flipping through an old cook book my mom gave me when I got my first apartment a few years back, when I came across this recipe that immediately caught my eye. I was looking in the pork section (me likey pork! the other white meat!) for something easy that wouldn't require a lot of ingredients (thus saving me money). I decided the recipe for Peachy Pork Picante was easy enough and looked like it would produce enough left-overs to supply me lunch for work over the next few days. It also fits into my low-glycemic diet pretty well! And, yes, I did just start 3 sentences in a row with "I".
Here's the recipe:
- 1 lb. boneless pork loin
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix (I ended up having to use more)
- 2 tablespoons parsley minced (again, I used more)
- 2 teaspoons veg. oil
- 8 oz. chunky salsa
- 1/4 cup peach preserves
--combined the taco seasoning and parsley
--coat the pork cubes in the seasoning mixture by rolling em around in it. This is where the extra taco seasoning mix and parsley comes in (for me at least)
--brown the pork (bout 4-5 min) on medium-high heat
--add the salsa and peach preserves to the meat and let simmer
T'was so sooooo yummy!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Over here in New Zealand we are in our Labour Weekend so that means a day off this Monday and most schools have a teachers only day on Tuesday so it's a nice little break. Where I live we held our annual AMP show today.
I love it.
Nothing has changed since I was kid. This especially applies to the produce hall where old ladies enter their most fluffy sponge cakes, farmers their most (best?) hay bales, chicken owners their perfect yoke eggs, and kids can enter their most imaginative vegetable models.....that's a small run down of what you may find in there anyway.
This is not exactly the type of things I am "into" however I can appreciate the simplicity that it represents to me. Life back to the basics. "The good ol days" still peeking through our fast life and hyped up culture.
Also as the friend of a prize winning dairy farmer today, seeing the sense of accomplishment and pride in working off the land is somewhat humbling.
Posted by Widge at 12:22 AM
Friday, October 23, 2009
The Black Bra (told by a woman)
I had lunch with 2 of my unmarried friends. One is engaged, one is
a mistress and I have been married for 20+ years.
We were chatting about our relationships and decided to amaze our men
by greeting them at the door wearing a black bra, stiletto heels and
a mask over our eyes.
We agreed to meet in a few days to exchange notes.
Here's how it all went.
My engaged friend:
The other night when my boyfriend came over he found me with a
black leather bodice, tall stilettos and a mask.
He saw me and said,'You are the woman of my dreams. I love
you.' Then we made passionate love all night long.
Me too! The other night I met my lover at his office and I was
wearing a raincoat, under it only the black bra, heels and mask over my
eyes.When I opened the raincoat he didn't say a word but he started to
tremble and we had wild sex all night.
Then I had to share my story:
When my husband came home I was wearing the black bra, black
stockings, stilettos and a mask over my eyes.
When he came in the door and saw me he said, 'What's for dinner, Batman?'
Posted by Anonymous at 9:01 PM
Last weekend I attended a soap making workshop. It was a lot of fun. We used melt and pour soap for the craft. I will eventually learn the art of making soap from scratch, but for a beginner, this was a great starting point.
At the seminar, we learned a lot of creative ways to make soap. The possibilities are endless. You can make your soap as pretty or plain as you like. I liked the fact our melt and pour soap was vegetable based. It's glycerin based too so it's also very hydrating, not to mention it's not loaded with the amount of preservatives that traditional store bought soaps have. As I am on a quest to decrease the amount of preservatives I use in my life this is a good thing. Another nice thing is that you have control over what colorants and scents are added.
We often think of soaps for general cleaning or as a feminine item...at least I'm guilty of that notion. However the instructor gave out a great idea for men. Shaving Soap. Nice!
There would be fewer preservatives and ingredients compared to shaving foam. It would also be a great gift idea for someone who is difficult to buy for. It's a simple item so regardless if you make it yourself or buy some, it would be a well thought out gift. It might also make the shaving ritual for men a little bit more fun. To get into the spirit of things, click here for a great video on how to use shaving soap. I like the idea so much, I'm even thinking about making one for my legs. Cheers!
All the best,
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I got this email in my inbox about a week ago, and just read it today. Thought you ladies would enjoy it.
WHY I LOVE MOM!
Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, "I'm tired, and it's getting
late. I think I'll go to bed".
She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's lunches.
Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the
following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar
container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for
brewing the next morning. She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a
load of clothes in to the washer , ironed a shirt and secured a loose
button. She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back
on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer.. She watered the
plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry.
She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the
desk, wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip,
and pulled a text book out from hiding under the chair
She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope
and wrote a quick note for the grocery store.. She put both near her purse.
Mom then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleanser, put on her Night solution &
age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and filed her
Dad called out, "I thought you were going to bed."
"I'm on my way," she said
She put some water into the dog's dish then made sure the doors were locked
and the patio light was on.
She looked in on each of the kids and turned out their bedside lamps and
TV's , hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the hamper, and had a
brief conversation with the one up still doing homework. In her own room,
she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the
shoe rack.. She added three things to her 6 most important things to do
list. She said her prayers, and visualized the accomplishment of her goals.
About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in
particular. "I'm going to bed" And he did..without another thought.
Anything extraordinary here? Wonder why women live longer...?
Cause we are made for the long haul....(and we can't die sooner, we still
have things to do!!!!)
I am an English as a Second Language teacher in Washington State. In my class, I have students from around the world. They come from different countries, religions, customs, traditions, and backgrounds. I feel so lucky to spend time with the world in my class. Somehow, when we come together each day, we are able to see beyond our differences. Our differences make us unique, but I have found, in my class, that we are more alike than you think. All of us strive to meet our basic human needs of food, water, shelter, safety, etc. Beyond that, most people feel love, peace, happiness, and care for the planet and the things on it are important. This morning I realized that 31 countries have visited my blog. Here they are in order of the number of visitors from each country:
USA, India, Australia, Canada, South Korea, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Sweden, Austria, Turkey, Israel, Brazil, Italy, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Latvia, Estonia, Mongolia, Kiribati, Taiwan, Philippines, Kenya, Thailand, France, South Africa, Egypt, and Singapore.
Peace, in my mind, means living in harmony with each other and with this earth we live on. By achieving peace, we may have to go beyond boundaries of race, religion, politics, countries, etc.
How are YOU, as a citizen of this world, helping to achieve peace on earth?
This may seem like a very BIG question, but the answer may be quite simple. It may be as simple as how you choose to live on a daily basis.
I'd like to share some of your answers in a blog post. So please leave a comment at the end of this post. Don't be afraid to leave a comment. Your comment may be helpful to many people.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
"True love is doing, not just feeling."
I saw this on a church marquee, but it fits.
Posted by Rachel at 11:16 AM
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Posted by Cindy at 9:14 PM
Sunday, October 18, 2009
With their inner child.
Mine is a bit of a misfit and delinquent. Halloween brings it out in me. I get this irresistible urge to prank people.
Hello, my name is Tressa, and I'm addicted to harmless pranking. There I've said it. There is no cure and I am about to fall off the wagon. We have a blue moon this month. It has to be a sign!!!
Here are a few of my favorites:
I just call this one RANSOM. We all know that person who has an unnatural affection for some common everyday item. It could be a remote control, a service bell, a door wreath. You must obtain that item and replace it with an appropriate ransom note. I like to actually cut out magazine letters and paste them on paper, but there are several ransom note generators on the internet that you can access for free. Be sure to ask for cookies or something you really covet like that green sweater. The real trick is to do all this unnoticed. It takes a bit of planning. Its best to make the swap during a family gathering. More people more better. You want to increase the suspect pool as much as possible. Be sure to leave the ransom note in the same place that the item was whether it was between the couch cushions or hanging on the door. Then wait.
Collect your goodies, return the item and expect to get busted....but hopefully you will have cookies so it won't matter.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I posted this on my Safe Space Coaching blog the other day and wanted to share with you all here.
Someone shared this with me recently. He was surprised I had never seen it before. It was so funny to me because it kind of describes my life...as it was. I am practicing non-attachment and the non-accumulation of stuff! What he says is so true....see what you think.
Enjoy (and please pardon the rude bit at the end)....
Posted by Yvonne Anderson at 11:45 AM
So I loved this article on Modern Love that the NY Times ran.
It is an inspiration in a divorce epidemic.
Defiantly worth re posting here.
♥ Single Girl
* It's not totally a bad thing. It does lead for unrealistic expectations
Sometimes it is easy to take your way of life for granted and not realize that the whole world does not do as you do. This is what I have been more and more aware of as I get to know you lovely women around the world.....things like not everyone eats pumpkin pie! Thanks for the piece of info Widgey!!!
Posted by Anonymous at 7:59 AM
Studies say that about 30million Americans suffer from migraine, majority of which are females. Are you one of the many women who suffer from migraine? If you are, then this short writing is for you.
Migraine is one of the most misdiagnosed, mistreated and least understood diseases. I have not met one single doctor who was able to prescribe me with the right drug and give tips I could do to lessen its [migraine] occurrences. I remember seeing a couple of doctors in the past and neither of them believed that someone as young as I could suffer from migraine (I was 10 when I had my first episode of migraine. It was my father who diagnosed me). The doctors that I saw then did nothing but dismiss it as a “really bad headache.” I was simply told to pop mefenamic acid to alleviate the pain. When I hit my twenties, the only two doctors who really understood what I go through every once in a while were my dermatologists. One of the two aged ladies was generous enough to give me two Aleve pills for free every time I visited her. It [Aleve] didn’t rid me off of the pain completely, but I found it to be the most effective pill for my migraine. Advil and Tylenol were no help at all. Then again, you surely don’t want to be forever dependent on drugs, do you?
Now before I give you tips on how to cope with migraine, let me first ask you this question. Are you even sure it’s migraine, not just a simple headache, you’re suffering from? How can you tell if you are suffering from migraine?
- Your headache is generally concentrated on one side of the brain.
- Your headache is accompanied by aura (strange flashing lights).
- The pain is pulsating or throbbing (or something that can be likened to drilling a hole in your head).
- Your headache is accompanied by nausea or vomiting.
- Your headache makes you sensitive to light.
- Your headache makes you sensitive to sound.
- Your headache is made worse by physical activity.
- Your headache sometimes comes prior to your period.
- Your headache interferes with work or daily activities.
- Your headache requires bed rest.
I’m not telling you to be your own doctor and self-diagnose; my only goal is to enlighten you on some of the symptoms of migraine to help you understand those strange and utterly severe headaches you may be getting every now and then.
Pills are not the only way to go about when coping with migraine. Read on for some tips that you could do to help you deal with yours.
Tips for migraine sufferers:
- If you think you’re suffering from migraine, see a doctor. Nothing could be better than seeing a doctor who can help you manage your migraine. After all, only an expert knows how to deal with neurological issues.
- If you live in a country where the sun always makes its presence felt, always have your sunglasses, umbrella and/or cap/hat handy. An umbrella, unlike sunglasses and hats, may not be the most fashionable accessory to prevent episodes of migraine, but it is one of the most effective gears (esp. those umbrellas with heat insulators) you could carry with you on a hot summer day.
- Identify what triggers your migraine whether it be stress, certain foods, weather changes, hunger, lack of sleep, etc. Once you’ve identified the triggers, avoid them. Why risk it? If you know that salt and MSG give you migraine (they’re two of the most common culprits), then why eat foods loaded with salt and MSG? (Sorry to disappoint you ladies, but even sugary snacks can cause migraines)
- Keep a regular sleep pattern. What could be a more effective cure than a good night’s rest? Just make sure you don’t oversleep. Even oversleeping can give you migraine just as well.
- Eat regularly. If skipping meals gives you migraines, then keep a regular eating pattern.
- Exercise. Keep your body and mind healthy by exercising daily. A 20minute walk around the park is enough exercise if you’re one busy bee. You can also walk your dog every morning or try taking the stairs instead of the elevator if you’re headed towards the second or third floor (this is specifically applicable if you’re running late for work and if the elevator at your building often takes ages to go up and down).
- Drink plenty of water. Water does so much for our bodies than you think.
- Learn to manage your stress. Stress is part of daily life. Either you live with it and learn to deal with it or simply, let it kill you.
- Drink unsweetened apple juice. I can’t really explain what it is in apples that helps in relieving any migraine sufferer from the pain it brings, but unsweetened apple juice works considerably okay as a pain reliever (take note: pain reliever, not pain killer). (this particular tip is credited to my spiritual grandmother from
) Springfield, Missouri
- Wear protective/anti-glare glasses. I can’t stress enough the importance of shielding your eyes from harmful rays or glares. All I know is, computers emit some sort of glare and radiation that could possibly be what’s causing your migraine.
*Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert on migraine nor am I a doctor of some sort. All that is written in here are based on personal experience and/or taken from people who have been generous enough to help me deal with migraine by giving tips that work.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
There was a time when nicknames were predominantly stylish or a testament to awe: Joltin' Joe DiMaggio, Broadway Joe Namath, Air Jordan, Wilt the Stilt. Elvis Presley was the King of Rock and Roll. Frank Sinatra and his crew were the Rat Pack. Growing up, we had a friend and her Dad's nickname was Sharky Easy. I thought it the coolest nickname on earth, and how awesome that we, the kids, could call him that too.
My husband has a great nickname from college and one night over many refreshing beverages, my friends heard it. They didn't know it was meant to be reserved to a certain band of brothers so they started referring to him as JohnnyMac. I did too, and before long, my entire family and my friends followed suit. Only months and months later did he let me know, the name was more of a reference point to a certain era of his coming of age. Well, not any more. I told him I can't wait until our son and his friends can call him Johnny Mac. My own in-house version of Sharky Easy.
When you are a kid in elementary school, nicknames are rarely beneficial to your social status. While I was on the front end of peer pressure, I still had my turn. In junior high school, a sassy rascal pants-ed me. This was an unhip version of snapping bra straps (I had no bra straps! dammit!) So I got the nickname Peach Fuzz. In 7th grade, puberty was a long train ride away for me. This was the drawback and benefit of living in an era where all the dairy and meat products were not laced with steroids and antibiotics...girls grew at a normal pace. In 9th grade, a wretchedly sassy troublemaker donned me Flatty McPatty. Again, no bra straps!!!! And who knew I wouldn't grow out of it until high school, literally.
Once that lazy and late visitor puberty finally made me grow upward and outward I was free! Only to find out that creepy Teddy Ruxpin (his nickname because his name was very close and well, he was tiny) would don me with a new nickname that was even worse. I remember my step-dad telling me this pearl of wisdom: Don't react to it. Are you kidding me? I remember thinking....ummmm, I am a teenage girl. Control emotions? You might as well have asked me to wear a prom dress made of scrambled eggs.
A friend once asked if he could set up my roommate with his friend "Porkchop." Ummmm. No. Why the curt response? We were 31 at the time. Do you want to be called Porkchop at 31?
Of course, all of my close girlfriends had nicknames in high school that were more hypocoristic than destructive. Ditto that for girlfriends from college. It is challenging for me now NOT to call my girlfriends those names: TazBudPoo, FernBernWern, NatSprat, Tigger (who was also Snortin Norton), Action Jackson, Bell from Hell, Muppet, Jodio, MarciaGarcia, ShaNaNa.
I am certain this induction into the fun of nicknaming honed my creative skills and I have coined a few nicknames myself over time. And since the universe is fair, I think I have earned the chance to give a few out.
Believe me, none as socially demoralizing as Peach Fuzz. My intent is descriptive rather than malicious. I will admit, I ran with a wickedly clever crew in law school and in the middle of learning about Criminal Procedure and the elements of Tort Law, we spent inordinate time were the absolute worst about nicknaming. I think back and it was a long, long list: RedLegs, Gargamel, The Porpoise, Frosty, Wrinkle, DomPerignon...ahhh, the mere recall transports me back in time.
Once, at my best friend's house, we were discussing her pregnancy and potential name choices. She and her husband were not in agreement. She suggested Hub tell me his selections which I immediately deconstructed by demonstrating the many (and awful) nicknames we could create from said names. His wife, my friend, laughed and said, "SEE! I told you we can not name our baby ___, ____, or _____."
When we found out we were pregnant, as we discussed names, you know I put my brain in overdrive to test and retest the potentially ill-fated nickname our yet to be named baby might suffer. I worked those names from every angle and since the baby's sex would be a surprise, we landed on two very solid names. One for a boy, one for a girl. I think it is every parent's duty to consider the nickname potential. Fun nicknames are one thing. Porkchop is another. And PeachFuzz, well, thats just mean.
The day may come, when my son has a nickname. I hope its a good one. The day may also come where he dishes out nicknames to his friends, or worse, us. Maybe it will only be Johnny and JennyMac.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Last weekend, I was invited to an interesting event in Seattle on the waterfront by my friend. She invited us to a botaki. I had no idea what that was. She explained that is was an event where we would celebrate with song and dance of the Kiribati (pronounced kiri-bas) people. The Kiribati islands are located in the South Pacific along the equator. My friend's mother and stepfather sail there often. They spend most of their time living on their sailboat or with the Kiribati people in their village. This is very rare. According to my friend, there are very few people who know the Kiribati people intimately. They don't allow many outsides into their culture. Julie and Tom spent so much time in the Kiribati islands, that they were adopted by several families on the islands. The elders of the islands are dying and so are their traditions. Julie and Tom have been recording the traditions of these people and have been preserving their song and dance. It is beautiful, to me, to see all the love they have for such a far-off land and such a different tradition. They have sacrificed their own comforts to live with these people and to learn from them. All the discomforts they have encountered are unnoticeable. In the botaki, Julie and Tom displayed a tremendous joy. They danced and sang and there was an enormous amount of food for everyone.
We could not help but feel uplifted up by this event. People from Asia, Africa, America, South America and other countries all came together to experience this intimate evening of celebration in a private home in West Seattle overlooking Puget Sound. The full moon was quite appropriate and seemed to symbolize how I felt that evening.....I felt full of all that is good.
When I was invited to the event, I wasn't sure what to expect. It was something I didn't quite understand. At the same time, I was curious and it sounded fun. I asked my friend what I should bring and she said, "Bring an open mind." So that's what I did. Here's the information we received from Julie before the botaki:
We are very excited that you will be joining us on Saturday for our celebration of unity with the Kiribati Elders and people. The theme for our botaki is E Naaka O.
E Naaka O refers to departure from the known, from routine, from the old, the seen, the everyday, from all you know and impart to others. E Naaka O---it is the wisdom of the Soft Wind blowing, cleansing, purifying, renewing, testing, changing, transforming.
The Elders say we live in the time of the dark moon, but that amid the encroaching darkness there is a tender blossoming that occurs, like the rare Pandanus bloom, the sacred Mataboro— the young, innocent flower that holds its love and promise for us all. It can be seen, felt, and heard in the stillness of your loving heart. It is an opening of great beauty, and the moment is now. (A picture of my husband, Seong Yoon, receiving a fern crown from a dancer)
We will celebrate E Naaka O with the traditional Kiribati dance, called the mwaie. This ancient dance comes from the ancestors of the Kiribati people. The mwaie is sacred and multi-dimensional. It is much more than what you see--an energetic dance in colorful costume. It is a sacred vehicle for journeying into the Beyond, a language that draws Spirit near, and a magic that draws people into unity, strength and happiness.
The dancers have been preparing themselves for many weeks for this day of merging and rising with Spirit. When Spirit comes, it can be very strong. Sometimes, the dancers cry, tremble, shake or scream. This is not nerves. It is the power of the flow passing through. It is different for each dancer, and different every time.
When this happens, you, too, may feel something. This is normal and good. The energies of the mwaie are very healing and uplifting. Take them in. They only bring goodness.
Below is a video of botaki that evening:
PBS Now had this to say about the danger the Kiribati people face:
According to Julie, my friend's mother, The Kiribati are already dealing with contaminated water. Tom and Julie are trying to bring a water purifying system to the islands, but it is expensive. During the last Tsunami that hit Samoa, the Kiribati were prepared to die. According to my friend, they all gathered in the center part of the village to wait for their death, but when it didn't happen, they just carried on as usual. More horrors of global warming can be expected to hit this part of the world, but the people, who have lived the same way for thousands of years, do not appear to be in fear of this. How sad it is that a people who have only sought to live in harmony with nature are the very ones that will most likely be destroyed by it due to the modern world that continues to pollute it. It seems a bit unfair, in my mind, but these people continue to dance and sing and live in harmony with what remains.
Posted by Katherine Jenkins at 10:44 PM
I'm from Canada and our Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching...October 12th! Though it's officially on a Monday, most of us will call it Thanksgiving Weekend. The Americans celebrate their Thanksgiving in November.
I personally love this time of year. We get together with friends and family over a big dinner (usually turkey) and have a good time. The Autumn leaves have turned color and the fireplaces are up and ready. It's also a time of reflection on what you are thankful for...thus the name Thanksgiving.
It's an old holiday here in North America and it got me wondering....is there a similar holiday throughout the world? One where thanks is given? I would love to hear about it.
I myself am very thankful for my husband, daughter, family and friends (new and old). They are a comfort and joy. Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope it's a great one.
Posted by Marnie at 3:33 PM
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I live in South Bend, Indiana. Most people have no idea where that is until I say the magic words NOTRE DAME. Notre Dame is actually a town unto itself these days, but originally its address was South Bend. We also have Holy Cross, St. Mary's, and Bethel College as well as Brown Mackie, Ivy Tech and IUSB. Some would call us a college town and that would be true, but Notre Dame is more than a university, its an American institution which makes us a tourist town. Notre Dame provides the largest employment base in the area and is supplemented by conference halls and numerous hotels providing lodging for Notre Dame related events. I work at the best hotel (yep I said that), Holiday Inn located in the City Center Building....that's us....the tallest building (and the best views) in the area.
So this would be enough to make our community grateful, but Notre Dame also provides Notre Dame sports....the most famous of which is FOOTBALL!!!! We love football around here. Blue and Gold are our colors followed closely by green. We are the FIGHTING IRISH.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Ok I intend NO OFFENCE in this post but seriously, what is going on over in the Northern Hemisphere that requires everyone dedicating their blog posts to pumpkins???? I realise Halloween is coming up but I thought it was at the end of October? In our family we choose not to celebrate it. Ultimately because Gooseman and I agree that is not part of our culture over here in NZ and the "trend" to bring it in over here seems pointless and more insane reason for over the top commercialism. I see the whole fun aspect it can appeal. Dressing up is always fun and trick and treating SOUNDS fun in theory (until the nutters of this world wreck it for all) but it brings me to thinking how different us New Zealanders really are over here. We don't tend to grab hold of the hype that other countries do.
So recently I've come across a whole array of pumpkin delights from pies, dips, pumpkin softies, home decorations, even pumpkin lattes! I can't even get my kids to eat a bit of roast pumpkin in this house.
Since becoming a parent I dread this time of year coming up because my kids are accustomed to so many American TV shows they see halloween as something fun that we are making them miss out on. Every year the moaning has increased and the questions of why we don't go out trick and treating is asked. Local community groups offer discos or alternative halloween parties to attend which I guess are a much safer way to celebrate but it all boils down to the fact that it means absolutely nothing to us as a nation. We aren't even in the right season and I don't know anyone in this country who eats pumpkin as a dessert. (Chippie sandwiches *snort*).
So it's got me thinking.......
what could NZ do to bombard the world with our way of life? Do you support halloween, and what do you do with your family?
Posted by Widge at 12:59 PM
Who knew! Why did no one tell me???
I am so new to all the make-up stuff that this pretty much shocked me!
Did you know mascara needs to be thrown away after only 3 months??
Me? Nope. Didn't know that!
So if you are like me, a newbie at the whole make-up thing, keep yourself informed!
This is a good little article online about it.
Although you would think I would link expiration dates with what happened to me about a year ago. I got pink eye and I am pretty sure it was because of my eyeliner I was using.
Didn't know that to "clean it" you were supposed to roll it over some tissue from time to time then use it. Know where I got that little tidbit of info? The doctor I went to see to treat the pink eye! (Which sucks soo bad! Hope to never get pink eye again! *knock on wood*)
Also, did you know that make-up companies aren't required by the FDA to include expiration dates? Hmmm... should we be worried about this? I mean, everyone goes crazy about food and their expiration dates because it is what we put in our mouths and stomachs. But, should we be a bit more worried with make-up?
I mean, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara is going onto our eyes which are sooo susceptible to
many infections and putting stuff day in and day out that might not have an expiration date on it, how are we supposed to know it is safe?
What if we go to the store, buy the "on sale" beauty product, but it's on sale because it's been there for so long? Would you feel "safer" and better about buying it if it were dated and had an expiration date on it?
I think I would!
And speaking of make-up: can anyone recommend a good primer that doesn't go over $15??? I hate the creases I get when I wear eyeshadow and need to get a primer ASAP. If you can recommend one you really like, that won't break my wallet, I would gladly appreciate it.
About a month ago, I decided to test out two recipes for homemade toothpaste and mouthwash. The recipes were very simple and could be made within minutes for just pennies. So I put them to the test. I have to be honest with you, I had my doubts on how effective these remedies would be. Let's face it, these are items that are instinctively purchased regardless if it's at the grocery or health food store.
Before I go any further...here are the recipes:
The ingredients are Baking Soda, Coconut oil, Stevia and Peppermint oil.
1. Coconut oil: 3 Tablespoons
2. Baking Soda: 4 Tablespoons
3. Peppermint Oil: 20-25 drops
4. Stevia: 3 to 6 packets (I used 6)
Mix until blended and store in a container with a closed lid. You could also substitute the peppermint oil with Cinnamon oil, but I recommend adding a few drops at a time until you get the right flavor - it's strong.
1. 500 ml Distilled water
2. 15 drops Tea Tree Oil
3. 15 drops Peppermint Oil
Shake in a glass bottle before each use.
I used both the toothpaste and mouthwash twice a day along with dental floss (sorry, not going to cheap out on that item). The toothpaste took a little getting used to, as it doesn't foam. It also doesn't taste like traditional toothpaste. Once I got over that, I have to say that I really liked how it performed. My teeth are really clean. Now that it's been over a month, I have also noticed that my tooth sensitivity has almost completely gone away. My teeth are so sensitive, that I have had treatments at the Dentist for this problem along with religiously using a toothpaste designed for sensitivity...so it does make you wonder how this simple remedy can work so well.
The mouthwash is surprisingly strong and it works amazingly well. Only a little is needed. For pennies, it does the job just as well as the store brands.
Overall, I really like the results of both the toothpaste and mouthwash. As stated earlier, my tooth sensitivity has almost gone away so that is an added bonus. For now, I will continue to use these remedies.
For anyone interested in trying these remedies out, I encourage you to do so. It's not expensive to make, so it's worth a try. My experience was a positive one, so for that I'm happy.
All the best,