Archive | April 2012

What’s in my bag???


What’s in my bag???.

Some nice products and details.

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Collateral Victims of Our Society …!!!


Collateral Victims of Our Society …!!!.

AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER…

AN AMAZING PROJECT…

It’s definitely something worth checking out and taking note of… heart warming and worthwhile… it’s always heartbreaking to hear stories of children being left… but… these are the stories and projects we need to see, hear about and know about… pass this along and share it! ¬†If you can… HELP!

Thanks for taking a look!!

Let’s talk Mary Kay and apple cider vinegar


Let’s talk Mary Kay and apple cider vinegar.

I like this idea a lot… great tip!

The apple cider vinegar… I will be picking some up myself at the next visit to my local grocery store!

PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW IT WORKS… IF YOU TRY IT!! ūüôā

It’s all in the Genes… or is it?


Dribble-Drabble for April 7, 2012

Greetings and Happy Early Easter 2012… or for those that aren’t celebrating this “Easter” some aren’t celebrating until the 15th… (Orthodox) Happy VERY Early Easter…

Today was a decent day… I took my daughter to share in something I have had to pleasure of doing in the same exact park and town as a child… Easter Egg Hunt… although… I’d call it more of a “race” these days… it’s “ready-set-GO!” kind of “hunt” so… frankly I’d rather call it a “race” rather then a hunt personally… but I digress. ¬†Later on in the day we shared in a celebration of life and¬†remembrance¬†of a special relative that lived a long, happy life. ¬†I feel good about knowing this lady and her family… my distant, yet, loving extended family. ¬†My love and cheers for celebration of her life and family… here’s to you Lois Blanchard… you made a lot of people better by being here and I am thankful to have known you.

I also got to thinking about genetics and how it plays on our life, skin, health and so on… how important is genes to how we appear as we grow older? ¬†Do you think it’s a huge part? Or rather just a small portion of how we handle our lives and health as we age? ¬†Do we use it too much as a crutch per say and if we see our aging family members not doing so well… is it therefore an excuse to let ourselves go… or perhaps a trigger internally that makes us step up and realize we have to take the “bull by the horns” so to speak and show everyone WE CAN live longer then our previous ancestors and prove we aren’t a statistic? ¬†How do you handle it? ¬†Do you laugh it off and blame genetics for your “bat wings”? (if you have them… you know exactly what I am talking about!) Does that make it an excuse? If you have brown eyes and wished for blue… do you change them? by wearing contacts… regardless if you need them or not? What do you do?

As for me… well I guess I am a road map of mistakes and corrections. ¬†I grew up with a loving, ¬†close-knit extended family that tended to make slight excuses… we are a happy bunch of loving people… for the most part. ¬†We are also a family that has evolved… because as a child I recall hearing excuses that now would not be tolerated or would be laughed at and then not acted upon. ¬†Meaning… as a child I recall us all being happy… however, a bit unhealthy, and eating a LOT of YUMMY fattening foods… well that still happens… to a certain extent… but, now, I would say we have evolved… we have learned and made that YUMMY food just as great if not better… yet,¬†lessened¬†the unhealthy parts… added olive oils rather then¬†vegetable¬†oils, just as an example. ¬†I also watched as my extended close-knit family aged they slowed on the drinking and smoking… most of them stopping all together and having an occasional drink for a¬†celebratory reason. ¬†Times are changing. ¬†I watched as my beautiful aunts aged and have admired their beauty, and I aspire to be like them. ¬†Loving, happy and healthy.

I come from two strong blood lines… Scandinavian and the other side with some mixed American Indian and European in there too. ¬†The high cheek bones in my family shows the Indian… the very ‘white’ skin on myself and my daughter from the Scandinavian ancestors. ¬†I know I have good genes… but, I also know I have to take care of this body… and in my 20’s I wasn’t so good about it… I have scars and marks on my health… I use to weigh over 400 pounds… I took measures to change that person and have tools in place that I still use. ¬†I try to drink a lot of water to keep my skin healthy and I avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking… I try to cleanse my skin and live a healthier lifestyle.

I am however a huge stress-aholic… I tend to worry about things I have little control over… I am in love with someone that is on the other side of the world currently from me… it’s a difficult… but not impossible to believe. ¬†I just worry and that’s something I have to work on. ¬†Worrying can cause wrinkles… and depression and stress can cause medical issues… trust me, I have endured said medical issues in my recent past. ¬†This is not a path I take lightly. ¬†I work on this part of me every single day. ¬†NO ONE should take worry, stress and depression as something not to be concerned about… be conscience that it’s something that can happen… it’s life… it happens. ¬†Just accepting it and getting up and doing your daily things can help… there are days when I don’t want to…

So… all this can certainly do things to our skin… yes… it can! ¬†all those things we ingest… either by chewing it physically, taking it mentally or emotionally… or even environmentally… it’s something we have to consider as we care for ourselves. ¬†But… NO WORRIES… we can take precautions… moisturize… if you do choose to have a celebration and have a lot of drinks… combat that with a LOT of water and healthy foods… flush your system… the sooner you can get that toxin out of your body… the better you will feel! ¬†Sun screen and sun blocks… are definitely something that are extremely important… regardless of how well you tan… sunscreen doesn’t stop tanning… it just protects you from the harmful rays that can cause wrinkles… freckles and the big “C” word…. cancer. just because you didn’t have cancer in your family… doesn’t mean you aren’t immune to getting skin cancer! ¬†Younger and younger people are getting skin cancer. ¬†It’s extremely preventable so why not take that quick precaution?? ¬†Your 40 year old self… or your 80 year old self will happily thank you… with healthier skin!!!

We all need a break from our routines… I am not perfect… who is?! I like greasy… awful… fried onion rings and mushrooms… OMG I LOVE fried mushrooms… seriously… and they are so greasy!!! I always feel a bit guilty for eating the darned things… and therefore I rarely do… but… when I do I try really hard not to beat myself up for doing so and then I eat healthy and drink lots of water… and go on with my life….

I am an emotional eater… I guess I could say I am in “rehab” and I try really hard not to¬†berate myself for choosing to eat something bad… because the old me would… and then I’d give up and eat a ton more REALLY bad stuff and then be even worse off… and get really down on myself… nowadays… I choose to eat something not so good for me… and enjoy it… and then move on. ¬†We all need a break from being “good”.

So… I wonder if I made any sense… or I just really rambled on and on… My point is… think about how you take care of yourself… and imagine how you will appear in 10 years… will your old self be happy with how your younger self took care of your body, skin and health?

Curious… IF you didn’t know how old I was… would you think I was about a month (OMG scary!!! hahaha!!) away from turning the big 4-0??? I usually have surprise… I like that feeling… I might not appear 20… but… appearing younger then my age… now that’s something that I take to heart… and I am very very proud of!!!

Cheers to you all… and best regards to your Easter Sunday… and best wishes to you all!!! and thank you for reading my ramblings… if you have the patience to get to this part… I am very grateful and appreciate your patronage!!

until next time!

 

Yes… I know, it’s been a while, My Bad!


Dribble-Drabble for April 2, 2012

Hello All!  Remember me?

Sorry… I have been M.I.A. for a little bit…. I actually don’t have a great excuse, well one that I think would float well… I have been working a LOT, but, I do know I could have probably found a little bit of time to write ‘something’ so… again, my bad for not doing anything.

I could say I got tied up with my daughters birthday, then working more hours then I was accustomed to, got side tracked with getting Girl Scout cookie sales finished and over with (yes, Dad, I still have your 10 boxes and I still know how to use the post office and I even remember your address… but I somehow have managed to procrastinate entirely TOO long—sorry), or I just got lazy… that’s probably more to the point! ¬†My past few weeks have been a bit of an emotional roller coaster at times for me…

Why? well… those that know me well enough to know my emotional roller coaster… there’s just one thing that makes me a bit off kilter these days… but in the same sense it’s also one of the highlights of my day… the thing that brings light, happiness, a smile and deep satisfaction in the knowledge that I have someone so incredibly devoted to me… and that’s also the hard part… you see we are currently separated by 10,000 miles (give or take a few 100 either way for good measure of course).

I have found myself to be a social ‘butterfly’ if you will… with age, of course, I have learned I can be a loner… but not for extreme periods of time however. ¬†I need people to feel. ¬†I like to be around human beings. ¬†I like to interact and when I lack this ability I find I struggle emotionally. ¬†I know I can go out and spend time with strangers or family or the few friends that I trust… but… in the back of my mind and deep down, I know there is something missing.

Spring Break starts this week for my daughter… she’s with me this week and I am looking forward to having some much needed time off with her… I managed to get a decent amount of time off and I might even be able to catch up on some posts I have been considering…

In the mean time… I have been daydreaming about things, life, future, winning Mega Millions!!! LOL!!! I imagined some pretty amazing things I could/would have been spending some of that¬†unfathomable obscene amount of cash on…

I had spent a lot of that money on a dream spa!!! I would have created an amazing spa with some of the most impressive new machines on the market, hired some of the best and most talented Esthetcians I know and create a “Coop” type of work environment… so eventually everyone would have been able to invest into a portion of said spa and they would be controlling partners… and be able to make more money as they increased their ownership. ¬†I have heard of this working before and it sounds and sounded pretty interesting to me.

Just think… if you had millions upon millions at your disposal, what would you spend on making the most amazing, spectacular spa around?? ¬†I would also make certain that the spa was able to provide some affordable menu items… so even the average American could enjoy a little indulgence occasionally! ¬†That’s the one thing that makes it so incredibly impossible for the regular person to even be able to enjoy a facial or other treatment for beauty… the cost!!! ¬†I am the first to understand you have to be able to make enough for cost and using said machines… but… come on!? Who here thinks that it should literally cost as much as some of these fancy spas charge? ¬†I realize there are special extremely costly products for some kinds of procedures, but, if you think about it and break down the cost associated with each person and the amount of actual product used on each person… most of these spas are making a huge profit!!

I have always believed anyone should be able to afford at least a little something extra IF they wanted to pamper themselves. ¬†There are so many that would benefit from just a small amount of TLC given to themselves….

So often we are doing so much for so many people that we forget to do something for ourselves, or we feel guilty for indulging in something costly for US.  Why is that?!

Any ways… I suppose since I didn’t win the big jackpot… I will be dreaming about winning and hoping I manage to do all the things I want to do on my “wish list”.

Do you have a Wish List or  Bucket List? Something that you either keep physically or mentally a list of things you want to accomplish, see, experience, or do before you leave this life?

I have one… it seems to grow and change a bit over my life… but… a few things have remained:

  • visit Europe – I am a huge History Geek… I want to touch and experience history in front of me!
  • swim in the south Pacific…¬†preferably near Fiji
  • parachute
  • visit Japan
  • See a Broadway show in NYC
  • Drive a Vespa ¬†while visiting Italy
  • own a Harley Davidson
  • get more tattoos
  • ride in a hot air balloon
  • snorkel off the great barrier reef
  • road trip all over New England States…

it’s nearly 1:30 a.m. way too late or too early for my behind to be even up… let alone attempting some form of a post… this was complete nonsense and my ramblings… ¬†more of less it was just me letting you know I am still alive, kicking and breathing…

So if you read to this far… thank you for taking time and reading my utter useless ramblings… please be patient with me… I do have some good ideas coming… since Spring is suppose to be here (although outside feels more like Fall or winter) and I know that means sunshine… and I figured I might try to conquer the post about sunscreen -vs- sunblocks ¬†or maybe something about products for the skin? ¬†perhaps make-up tips… since I have a photo shoot I am planning to do soon and I need to brush up on my skills on red lipstick… which can be harsh if done improperly.

So like I said… I am alive… please be patient and thank you for reading my ramblings… I hope you at least enjoyed it or got a good laugh… perhaps a chuckle or eye roll??? NO? :-/