Monday, December 31, 2012

End of the Year

Well the last few weeks have been hectic.  Our puppy (she's an 11 year old pitbull) got very sick and right before Christmas we found out she has a mast cell tumor.  Needless to say we were in tears for many days... BUT, as of today the tumor has shrunk, the bleeding has stopped and she is feeling much better.  I joined an amazing community called Tripawds it's an online area where people with similar stories have come together to give support, advice and love. I really don't think my family could have made it through Christmas without all the wonderful people on Tripawds! 

If you want to follow my puppy's treatment please visit Suki's Story

Folks, if you ever have health problems with your pet please check out this website, they give you so much information and the best part is that people have gone through what you have and they can help you through it.  Alright, speaking of puppies, I need to take both of mine for a walk plus given them their meds.  Here's hoping to a great new year with tons of laughter, love and health for humans and puppies alike.  

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Holiday Nails - Candy Canes

Yay! First set of holiday nails... I should have at least four sets to post this month each holiday themed.   Nothing as fancy as other blogs but they still make me smile. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Sometimes, there is just no getting around the fact that you are having a bad day, or month or even year. But everyone needs to remember that in the near future, if you work hard at it, life will be better and as my mother always says, if it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger.

So, in honor of tomorrow, the lyrics from Annie.

The sun'll come out
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There'll be sun!

Just thinkin' about
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
'Til there's none!

When I'm stuck a day
That's gray,
And lonely,
I just stick out my chin
And Grin,
And Say,

The sun'll come out
So ya gotta hang on
'Til tomorrow
Come what may
Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
I love ya Tomorrow!
You're always
A day
A way!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Vinegar VS. Baking Soda

So, I don't know how many of you have heard that pouring a cup of vinegar into the laundry is the best way to get rid the mildew smell in laundry if you let it sit in the washer to long.  I am soooooo guilty of this.  I've gotten a lot better but it still happens at least once a month.  So for the last two or three years I've been dumping a cup of vinegar and re-washing with decent results.  However, recently I read the baking soda works better.  Guess what?  It really does.  So, ladies and gentlemen, baking soda is the clear winner.  Just throw in a 1/2 of baking soda, re-run and no more icky smell.  Now, if you washer machine starts to smell a little funky for no reason (happens quite a bit with front loaders) try out Tide's Washer Machine cleaner.  Works wonders.  Another great product.  Hope this helps. :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Attempt Number 1 - Pumpkin Creamer

Hiya Folks,
I read a blog recently by Ms. Kim at on how to make your own pumpkin creamer.  I'd adapted the recipe a little bit and honestly it came out great.

1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Pumpkin
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Spice
1/2 tsp Cinnamon 

Step 1:  Heat milk. sugar and pumpkin in sauce pan on medium heat until bubbly.

Step 2: Stir in Vanilla and spices.

Step 3: Pour into jar and chill over night.

Step 4:  After pumpkin has settled, strain the liquid from the pulp.  

Step 5: Pour into cute container and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

One Candle Many Seasons

FALL 2012

First fall project, update my many seasons candle.

So, two years ago I bought this candle, I think at Walmart for at most $5.00. This candle (five inch diameter) is honestly nothing special. Although with a little love, it can be a perfect accessory for every season.  It has been through two Halloweens, two Christmas and summer, spring, winter and of course... FALL!  Last year I put it into a hurricane glass and filled it with candy corns, it was super cute.  I'll try to find the pictures.  

This year I decided to do some fall leaves. 
I bought little leaf gems at Michaels for a buck a box and they come with little sticker backs. I just created swirly designs on the sides.  I think I'll do an additional two candles for a cute center piece for my dining room table. 

Blank Canvas 

The Leaves



Monday, September 10, 2012

Getting ready for fall!

Yay! I'm so ready for fall. I can't wait for the cool crisp days and crunchy leaves.  And the smell of Autumn in the air.  I'm ready for pumpkin pie and apple cider. Unfortunately, it's still 90 degrees here.    

So... in hopeful anticipation I've started the first autumn touches for my home and life.  I even changed my blog toward some fall colors.  I'm going to start making fall pillow cases and changing some small  details around the house in anticipation for the first frost.  I started by painting my nails. Nothing to special, but I like them.  


I'll add posts as I go... hopefully. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Basic facts that I didn't know...

Did you guys know all these little things... cause I didn't.  I wish someone had told me.  I mean honestly, I know that this stuff comes naturally to some people but I need to be shown these type of things or told.  Okay so I'm in the process of making a huge lists of tips for myself regarding clothing and accessories.  Here's the first few things I learned today..

1.  If a skirt is business skirt heels should be worn. (I know this seems like common sense, but as my boyfriend likes to point out, I wouldn't last a day on the streets... I lack both street smarts and common sense, so again people need to spell things out... oh well.)


2. If the top is solid funky color keep the bracelet simple and go for a interesting necklace. ( This seems so backwards to me... did I get this wrong?)

3. The easiest outfit  ever, is a collared shirt with a pencil skirt.

4. Sandals should match the shirt (well for all ya'll who have a fashion sense this doesn't apply, but if you're like me, stay safe and match the shoes to the top.)  

5. If the dress is flowy and soft -  make it heavier with boots for a fall look and add a structured jacket.

6. Flow-y dress? Add a straw fedora to make it chic. 

7.  Grandma dress? Add some super funky heels and go for a 50s look with the accessories 

8. Mustard top, gray skirt, red shoes (maybe??)

9. Lacy (or soft)tops go well with plaid or tweed pants...

10. Navy - Fuchsia, mustard, ruby and aqua are all good color combinations oh and of course cream, gray, silver and gold.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Potted Garden

My younger sister and I decided to try our hand at gardening.  Since all I have is a patio, we decided to do a potted garden.  So far, half the plants have died but the other half are going strong.  I may buy a starter tomato plant that is at least 20in already.  But the rest are looking some what decent.  Who knows, this is the first year so we will see how everything turns out.  Does anyone have any suggestions??  

We started our plants as seeds in early March, but most of the plantings started dying after they sprouted.  Then we transplanted them to the big pots and they all died.  So, we bought starters at Nick's Garden planted them and only half survived.  So, we are going to buy a few more plants and see which survive and produce fruits and vegetables.

See below. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Confession Time - Cleaning

So as I have already stated before, I hate cleaning.  Despise it.  Not because I don't like having a clean house but because I don't want to waste my energy on cleaning.  I tried all (well not all, but a lot) the quick fix products out there.  Most of them aren't what they claim to be.  Yea, yea I fell victim to the commercial, but honestly who hasn't at one point or another.  I just wanted to give a quick run view of a few products and then..... confession time.  

  First product, Kaboom($3.97), "When it turns white you just wipe away to reveal a deep clean and a sparkling shine with absolutely no dull residue left behind." I call BULL SHIT!  Sorry folks, this product doesn't work at all!  I tried it on my bath tub, and not only did it not wipe clean, but I couldn't even use it as a good scrubber.  Not on my recommendation list.  Same goes for the Scrubbing Bubbles above.  The foam product, doesn't really work.  
          However, the Automatic Shower kit ($17.87), it works pretty well.  Not perfect, but it lets you clean your shower less, which in my book is worth it.  I would still suggest deep cleaning the shower once a month, but hey its better than once a week.  The only draw back to this product, and the reason I no longer use it, is it just looks so ugly.  
Which brings me to my next product, Tilex, Fresh Shower($3.98)
 I haven't really used this one to much yet, since I didn't feel like cleaning my shower spic and span in the first place.  But I will be giving this one a go.  I'm suppose to spray it after the last shower of the day and it will keep your shower mildew and soap scum free.  I have a feeling it will work like the scrubbing bubble shower kit but this one won't have to be an eye sore.  I'll let you know what I think in about two weeks.  

Know my all time favorite product, COMET ($0.79)! Love this stuff.  Yes, you need to put in a little elbow grease and get on your hands and knees but this stuff eats through, mildew, mold, soap scum, rust, hard water stain and anything else.  I love this stuff, well the powder, not the soft scrub.  For some reason the soft scrub doesn't work as well, maybe I need to give it another chance.  
And here's another trick, the lavender comet powder will seriously take the dinge out of your whites.  I highly doubt its a approved for washing clothes,  but one day, I by accident knocked the powder into the washer machine (top loader) and thank god the clothes in the washer were white.  I probably drop a good 1/4 cup into the machine and I couldn't really do anything since it was already dissolving.  So, I ran the wash, and what do ya know, super bright whites.  Now, if you try this, try it at your own risk.  I add a little comet only once every few months.  I don't know if it's damaging my washer, but it seems to do the trick with the whites, so I use it once in a while. 

And for the confession...

I have two cleaning ladies that come every two weeks to clean the entire house.  I know, I know, why spend money on something that you can do yourself.  The truth of the matter, these two wonderful ladies do an amazing job, clean the entire house in just a few hours, and honestly, I rather work an extra shift than clean.  They cost $80.00 every two weeks and I have a clean house.  I don't have to spend 6 hours every Saturday cleaning a portion of the house.  These ladies take care of everything, the baseboards, the blinds, the dusting, the washing, the scrubbing, the floors, the carpets, the kitchen, the bathrooms and every other nook and cranny in my house.  It would take me about 8 hours to do the same thing these ladies do.  The best part, while they're cleaning the house, I take care of the laundry and usually a specialty project, like organizing the pantry or fixing my craft room.  The projects I never have time to do, all of a sudden I can because I have more free time.  Not to mention, I don't have to buy all those cool products on T.V.  Honestly, if you can work into your budget a cleaning lady, by all means do!  The best $160.00 I spend each month.  So, I can't have the outfit I wanted at the mall, big deal a clean house is worth a hundred outfits!

What do you think?  Would you be willing to get a cleaning lady?? 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Smooth & Perfect

So, I love Sally Hansen nail polishes and I decided to try a new color from their "Smooth and Perfect Color Care" line.  I tried the Whisper (05) color which is a soft lilac color.  Sally claims "This breakthrough nail color hides ridges and imperfections with a breathable porcelain-smooth finish. Enhanced with ginseng, camelia oil and lotus to promote stronger, healthier nails." However, I think Sally didn't deliver this time.  The color is great, even though I had to put FOUR coats on my nails before the color actually came through.  And the other problem, definitely not smooth as porcelain.    I have bubbles all over my nails, and that rarely happens.   (Nope, I'm not a nail polish shaker either.  I twirl my bottles to mix the color.)  Basically I'm a little disappointed.  I love the color and from a distance they look great, but up close they're a pretty mess.  The polish would not go on smooth, it bubbled and overall I'm just not impressed. :(

Cancer - A Hoax Email

Apparently the email I received about cancer was a hoax.  Please read below for the correct information.

The Truth about the "Cancer Update" Email

It has become such a problem, that the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and individual cancer centers like the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have posted warnings on their Web sites. Emails offering easy remedies for avoiding and curing cancer are the latest Web-influenced trend. To gain credibility, the anonymous authors falsely attribute their work to respected research institutions like Johns Hopkins. This is the case with the so-called “Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins.”
The gist of this viral email is that cancer therapies of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy do not work against the disease and people should instead choose a variety of dietary strategies. 
Traditional therapies, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, work. The evidence is the millions of cancer survivors in the United States today who are alive because of these therapies.   We recognize that treatments don’t work in every patient, or sometimes work for awhile and then stop working, and there are some cancers that are more difficult to cure than others. These problems are the focus of ongoing cancer research. 
We’ll go through each statement in the email hoax and provide real responses from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center experts.

Email hoax contentions #1 and 2: Everyone Has Cancer Cells

Cancer is a genetic disease resulting from a variety of mutations and alterations either inherited from our parents or, more commonly, acquired over time due to environmental exposures and behaviors, such as smoking and poor diet. These alterations turn off important cell growth regulators allowing cells to continually divide unchecked, explains Luis Diaz, a clinician-scientist in Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics. This type of cell is called a malignant or cancer cell.  Among the trillions of cells in the human body, inevitably everyone has some abnormal or atypical cells that possess some of the characteristics of cancer cells, most resolve themselves and never result in cancer, says Diaz. 
There is no single or standard test for cancer. There are ways to screen for certain cancers with tests such as colonoscopy for colon cancer, mammography for breast cancer, PSA for prostate cancer, and the Pap smear for cervical cancer, and these tests can detect cancers in a very early and curable stage.  For many cancers, there currently are no screening tests, and they are diagnosed when they begin to cause symptoms.
Diaz and other Kimmel Cancer Center researchers are working on new tests that detect abnormal DNA shed by cancer cells into blood and body fluids and have the ability to find cancers before they cause any symptoms.  Approaches like this could lead to a broad-based screening test for cancer.
Tests like these also are being used to detect cancer recurrences and malignant cells left behind following surgery, and can find cancers that are not detectable under the microscope or in x-rays.
Other researchers are studying cancer stem cells.  They are stealth cells that make up just a tiny fraction of a tumor.  While small in number, investigators believe they may be the cells that drive certain cancers and lead to cancer recurrence. Therapies that target these cells are now being tested in clinical trials.
A team of our breast cancer researchers has developed a method that could make it possible to detect breast cancer from the DNA contained in a single drop of blood.
But, while evasive cancer cells are a challenge and the focus of ongoing research, it does not mean, as the email contends, that all patients, even those treated successfully for cancer, have cancers-in-waiting—undetectable but still there.  People are treated and completely cured of cancer everyday.

Email hoax contention #3: A Strong Immune System Destroys Cancer

When it comes to cancer and the immune system, it is not a matter of strong or weak as the fictional report contends, but rather an issue of recognition.  "The immune system simply does not recognize cancer. In its complexity, the cancer cell has learned to disguise itself to the immune system as a normal, healthy cell.  Cells infected with viruses or bacteria send out danger signals setting the immune system in action.  But cancer cells do not, explains Elizabeth Jaffee, co-director of cancer immunology and leading expert on cancer and the immune system."   By deciphering the methods cancer cells use to make them invisible to the immune system, Jaffee and team have developed cancer vaccines that have successfully triggered immune reactions against prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, leukemia, and multiple myeloma.

Email hoax contention #4 and #5: Cancer is caused by Nutritional Deficiencies and Supplements Will Correct Them

Dietary habits and lifestyle choices, such as smoking, contribute to the development of many human cancers, says Kimmel Cancer Center director William Nelson. Our experts recommend a balanced diet (see response #11) as a way of reducing cancer risk.  In terms of supplements, Nelson points out that while they may help mediate vitamin deficiencies, taking doses above what the body needs provides no added benefit.

Email hoax contentions #6, 7, 8, 9, and 10: Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Harms Normal Cells. Surgery Causes Cancer to Spread

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy kills cancer cells with remarkable selectivity, says Nelson.  There are some temporary and reversible side effects common to cancer therapies, including hair loss and low blood counts.  Limiting and managing these side effects is an integral part of treatment.
Surgery is the first line of treatment for many types of cancer. It does not cause cancer to spread. Cancers spread to other tissues and organs as a tumor progresses and cancer cells break away from the original tumor and travel through the bloodstream to other body sites.

Email hoax contentions #11, 12, 13, and 14: Cancers Feed on Certain Foods

The premise is that cancer cells feed on certain foods, and if a person refrains from eating these foods, the cancer will die. According to our experts, a poor diet and obesity associated with a poor diet is a risk factor for the development of cancer.  However, there is no evidence that certain foods alter the environment of an existing cancer, at the cellular level, and cause it to either die or grow.
While there is such a thing as tumors that produce mucus, the mucus made by a tumor does not result from drinking milk.  And, eating less meat, while a good choice for cancer prevention, does not free up enzymes to attack cancer cells, explains cancer prevention and control expert Elizabeth Platz.
Moderation is key, says Platz. As part of a balanced diet, sugar, salt, milk, coffee, tea, meat, and chocolate—the foods the “Update” calls into question—are all safe choices, she says.  The real concern with many of these, particularly sugar, is that it adds calories to a diet and can lead to obesity, and obesity is a major risk factor for cancer. A balanced nutritious diet, healthy weight, physical activity, and avoiding alcoholic drinks may prevent as many as 1/3 of all cancers. Platz recommends eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and limiting red and processed meats, like hot dogs.
Several Johns Hopkins experts participated in the World Cancer Research Fund - American Institute for Cancer Research report Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective, published in November 2007, which is considered by cancer prevention experts to be an authoritative source of information on diet, physical activity and cancer. Their recommendations for cancer prevention and for good health in general are:
  1. Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
  2. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.
  3. Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods (particularly processed foods high in added sugar, or low in fiber, or high in fat).
  4. Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.
  5. Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats.
  6. If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.
  7. Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).
  8. Don't use supplements to protect against cancer.
Our experts recommend that people meet their nutritional needs through their food choices. While vitamin supplements can be helpful in people with nutritional deficiencies, evidence suggests that supplementation above what the body can use provides no added health benefit. 

Email hoax contention #15: Cancer is a Disease of Mind, Body, and Spirit

Cancer is a disease caused by genetic alterations.  Many times, these alterations occur through our own behaviors—cigarette smoking, a poor and unbalanced diet, virus exposures, and sunburns, says cancer prevention and control expert John Groopman. 
How stress, faith, and other factors influence this is largely unknown.  We would like people to be happy, loving, and stress free, simply because it is a nice way to live and can contribute to an overall feeling of well being, says Platz.  There is no evidence, however, that a person prevents or causes cancer based on his or her state of mind.
Still, we understand that a cancer diagnosis can make patients and families feel stressed and anxious, and these are not pleasant feelings.  So, we offer extensive patient and family services, including a cancer counseling center, pain and palliative care program, chaplain services and a meditation chapel, an image recovery center, and the Art of Healing art and music program.

Email hoax contention #16: Oxygen Kills Cancer Cells

Platz recommends regular exercise as a part of any healthy lifestyle, but says there is no evidence that breathing deeply or receiving oxygen therapy prevents cancer.
On its Web site, the American Cancer Society includes the following statement about oxygen therapy, “Available scientific evidence does not support claims that putting oxygen-releasing chemicals into a person's body is effective in treating cancer. It may even be dangerous. There have been reports of patient deaths from this method.”  Read more
Please pass this information on to family and friends.


Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
Office of Public Affairs

Monday, May 14, 2012

Icky Skin

So, I have god awful skin.  Always have and quite honestly I'm so sick of all the commercials out there claiming they can fix your skin just by trying their product.  First and foremost, I HATE PROACTIVE.  I finally was able to afford Proactive when I was 19 years old.  My skin wasn't great but it was still better than it was from back in high school.  I finally had the money and I decide to give it a try.  I even tried it for the full 60 days.  Yea, right.  My skin was awful.  I've never had such disgusting looking skin.  I was so upset and it took me YEARS to get it back under control.  Now recently because of stress, age (I'm not that old, 25) and life in general my skin started breaking out again.  This time, I'm going to try Burt's Bees products.  Since I'm trying to go all natural in what I eat and use (read the cancer post), I decided to go with these guys.  You can get them most any where and they're not super expensive.  I'm giving it thirty days (maybe sixty) and I'll let everyone know how it works. Here are the products I'm using: 
The spot treatment is 100% natural, the lotion is 100% natural, the scrub is 100% natural and the cleanser is 99.4% natural.  Not to bad right? Also my skin feels clean after using these products.  It doesn't feel tight or dry.  In evening I use the scrub and spot treatment, my skin doesn't even feel remotely dry so I skip the lotion.  (I have oily skin usually so I prefer to skip moisturizers at night.)  Then in the morning I use the cleanser and lotion.  

Icky Skin Week 1 (Yucky) 
Sorry, I didn't realize my skin was so bad till I took a picture.  Well, let's hope Burt's comes through.  

Sunday, May 13, 2012


I just received an interesting email from my mom.  Thought I'd share it with everyone. 


Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer
cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have
multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients
that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after
treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the
cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a
person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer
cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and
forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has
nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,
but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing
 to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day
 and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing
cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells
in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can
cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars
and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often
reduce tumor size.
However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from
chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either
compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb
to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to
mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy.
Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer
cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made
with Aspartame and it is harmful
. A better natural substitute
would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small
amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in
color Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based
 is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat,
 like chicken. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole
grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into
an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked
food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live
enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to
cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance
growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building
healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most
vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw
vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at
temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)..

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high
caffeine Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer
fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or
filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap
water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of
digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the
intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.
13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By
refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes
to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the
body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system
(IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals,
EFAs etc.) to enable the body’s own killer cells to destroy
cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known
to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's
normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or
unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.

A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior
be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put
the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to
have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated
environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to
get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave..

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The little things.

Vegas didn't turn out as well as I hoped.  I got extremely sick.  I coughed the entire trip so clubbing was out of the question, so was drinking and swimming.  However, I still had  a great time.  It is important to remember that the little moments make life great.  No matter how bad things get... there is always something in life that is worth smiling about.  Even though I was coughing and sneezing every few minutes I still had one of the greatest trips of my life.  My wonderful boyfriend walked the entire strip with me and indulged all my little whims.  I got to play the total tourist looking at all the hotels and casinos, watching the free shows and of course gambling. 

We had dinner on top of the Stratosphere.  The food was amazing, the view gorgeous and the company exceptional.  (We went with two of his friends.)  Even though we were extremely under dressed, the boys were handed button down shirts to wear, we still had a blast.  Did you know that the restaurant spins, so you can see  the entire city.  The restaurant, Top of the World, was slightly on the expensive side but the price was well worth the food and the VIEW!! Oh my goodness gracious, one of the most breath-taking views ever. (And folks, I live in Colorado.)  We walked off the elevator and were in a single line being led to our table and all of a sudden you heard a chorus of hushed Wow!  As each of us rounded the corner we all were all awe stricken.  After being seated we decided to order appetizers and entrees which were quite delectable.  We are enjoying our meal when all of a sudden... someone jumps off the side of the building.  I almost choked until I remembered they have a bungee jump ride of the side of the building.  Pretty cool, right!

After dinner our group split up and my BF and I walked down to the Bellagio to watch the fountains.  I have got to say, after an amazing meal the fountains were so romantic.  It was one of those wonderful moments in life where everything just seemed perfect.  We stood quietly, wrapped in each others arms, oblivious to the rest of the world and enjoyed the delightful shows of the fountains, and to make it even greater the song they "danced" to was so romantic little melody.   *Sigh* like I said the little things in life.  

Monday, April 23, 2012

Shhhh... I have a secret to share.

Argan Oil
Ladies, I can't begin to the tell you the amazing benefits of Argan Oil.  I have awful hair, a greasy mess on top and dry, cracked and split ends on the bottom.  I first read about Argna Oil on Celina in Monaco (an amazing girl with the best posts about all things beauty and fashion).  I was a little skeptical about her post but then my friend brought it up as well when we were preparing for Vegas with a little shopping.  Oh my goodness, I bought two super cute dresses at Arden B for 2 for $25.  Eeeekkk it was a super steal!!  Anyways, back to the Argan Oil.  I've been using One n Only Argan Oil, less than $20 at Sally's. My hair has never been softer, shiner and cleaner.  I can finally wash my hair nightly without worrying that I'm drying it out.  It also smells great.  Not to strong but has a slight scent that is quite pleasant.  Honestly, please please try this stuff, a dime size amount does absolute wonders!!  

Monday, April 16, 2012

Killer Cardio and only 15 Mins.

So... I'm going to Vegas in 2 weeks (YIPEE!!!)  The bad news, I need to lose an inch or two.  I have a gym membership and do cardio for 30 minutes at lunch but I felt I needed an extra oomph!  So, I have Xfinity which offers a lot of different types of work-outs.  I choose the Killer Cardio work out by Cathy Syphers which I gotta tell ya kicks your ass!! Holy crap did this thing really work out my entire body.  Maybe not my arms to much but its great for cardio, legs and abs. She starts you off with a light warm up then squats, then jumping squats (those hurt!)  then jumping side lunges, then these swinging criss-cross lunges, then pulsing thingys, then jumping jacks followed by burpees, then push-ups followed by bicycles and to finish off abs.  Folks, I got to tell you this work out is truly killer.  I was sweating like crazy.  I figure if I do this 15 minutes twice a day I'll be ready for Vegas. 

Cathy Syphers

If you have Xfinity and want to try this workout go to... ONDEMAND - Sports & Fitness - Fitness Workouts - Total Body (Scroll to the next page) - Killer Cardio (Scroll to the third page.)  I got to tell you, I highly recommend this workout.  I'll check back in to update whether or not it burned the fat off within two weeks.