Monday, October 29, 2012

What Love Looks Like (2)

Here are some more pictures of what love looks like in my life. After going to NC and visiting my daughter Amy and my grandchildren Jackson and Hannah,  I went to Memphis to see my family there.

I had such an a wonderful week with my grandchildren Land and Lila, my son Rob and his wife Megan, and my daughter Hannah. My daughter Paige drove over from Arkansas and we all enjoyed being with each other and catching up.

           My daughter in law Megan (aka) with my granddaughter Lila
                                            My son Rob with Megan and Lila
     My grandson Land occupying himself with Uncle Rob's phone
My daughter Paige took a night off from work to drive over from AR
                                      Another great week with my amazing family

I totally forgot to put this picture up last week of my granddaughter Hannah doing her best Hollywood!!

Have a great week everyone!!!
Until next time,

Thursday, October 18, 2012

What love looks like!

So if anyone is wondering what love looks like, take a look at these pictures of my awesome grandchildren that I love and adore!! I have had the most incredible week!!! I am in North Carolina visiting my daughter Amy and my 2 grandchildren, Jackson and Hannah. So I just wanted to deviate from my normal blogging and share my week in pictures with my family.

                Here is my grandson Jackson playing at this fabulous park in Pinehurst NC

                 This is my granddaughter Hannah playing a musical instrument at the park.

                                    Jackson clearly loving being pushed in the swing!!

                           Hannah thinking about whether she wants me to push her higher!

Jackson voluntarily went to jail!

    No visit would be complete without a trip to the toy section of Walmart!

                                   Reading bedtime stories rounds out the day!!

I have had such an amazing week. Not only did I get to spend time with my family but Amy has helped me put the finishing touches on my Real Raw Beauty website that I will be launching this month. I am sad to be leaving her and the grandchildren but I am heading to Memphis on Friday to spend time with her older sister Hannah and my son Rob and daughter in law Megan. All in all such a great month!!

Until next time,


Monday, October 15, 2012

Water-Do you drink enough?

The other day my daughter posted a video of David Wolfe, and in the video he talked about someone that he had helped lose weight and get healthy. One of the requirements was to drink 2 liters of water each morning before you have tea or coffee. I do drink water all through the day, but I was not drinking 2 liters, (especially before morning tea) so I started doing this on Tuesday of this week. I am loving drinking all this water!!! It removes toxins and makes your skin look even more amazing!!
I ran across this article from a site called and thought I would pass on this wonderful information.
Enjoy and drink up!

Functions of Water in The Body

Functions of Water in the Body
The human body is anywhere from 55% to 78% water depending on body size. A rule of thumb, 2/3 of body is consists of water, and it is the main component of human body. Did you know that your tissues and organs are mainly made up of water? Here is the %:

  • Muscle consists of 75% water
  • Brain consists of 90% of water
  • Bone consists of 22% of water
  • Blood consists of 83% water
The functions of water in human body are vital. The water:
  • Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells
  • Moisturizes the air in lungs
  • Helps with metabolism
  • Protects our vital organ
  • Helps our organs to absorb nutrients better
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Detoxifies
  • Protects and moisturizes our joints
Every cell in your body needs water from head to toe. That is why it is so important to drink enough fluid. Take for example, brain consists of 90% of water, if you do not supply enough water to your body, your brain cannot function well, and you will get headache or migraine. Hence, next time, if you feel fatigue and headache, it may be the sign of dehydration.

Harmful Effects and Symptoms of Dehydration

The Harmful Effects Result from Dehydration:
  • Tiredness
  • Migraine
  • Constipation
  • Muscle cramps
  • Irregular blood pressure
  • Kidney problems
  • Dry skin
  • 20% dehydrated – Risk of death
Symptoms of Dehydration
Here are some of the symptoms that you need more water:
  • Dark Urine – Dark Yellow or Orange in Color: Urine is generally pale yellow to clear when you have sufficient water intake. Dark color or strong smell indicates that you need to drink more water.
  • Dry Skin: Skin is the largest body organ and requires its share of water.
  • Thirst: Thirst is the most obvious sign that you're already dehydrated. It is always a good practice to drink more water when your are not thirsty, don’t wait until you're thirsty.
  • Hunger: Most people mistake hunger for the indication to eat more, whereas in actual fact, they may be dehydrated. So before you have your meal, grab a glass of water.
  • Fatigue: Water is a source of energy and gives you a boost in energy.
How much water should you drink a day to avoid dehydration? A common approach is drinking 8 glasses of water a day, is it sufficient?

Here is a little formula that I ran across: Take your weight and divide it by 2 and it gives you a guide to how many ounces of water recommended per day.

Are you getting enough water?

Until next time,


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Traveling Healthy

I have been doing so much traveling this summer that I just wanted to share with my readers how I travel and eat healthy.  I am sitting in the lobby of the downtown Marriott in Tampa Fl typing out my blog waiting for my husband to get out of meetings, so I decided to sit and write about my trip and tell you how I travel.   My greatest purchase to date is my Blendtec Blender!

I do not go on any trip without it. We went to Mexico in August and it traveled in the overhead bin right along with me. I have learned a few secrets about traveling with it though. For one I never check it because I see how they throw the luggage around, (it's a little on the expense side, but so worth the investment.) Secondly,  I learned that you have to scrub it down before you pack it because I have left small traces of protein powder on it and they have pulled it off the scanner and taken to the side to do a swab test. I actually have to pull it out of my carry on bag and place it in a tray by itself just like a computer or I can be guaranteed that it will get pulled and searched and just make me have to take extra time going through security. But now that I take it out each time and it is sparkling clean, it rolls through the scanner with no problems.

So every morning that I am traveling I feel like I am at home. I pack most of the ingredients that I put in my smoothies and right there on the spot I blend up my breakfast!! It is so wonderful to be able to travel with it!!

 I bring plant based protein powder, hemp seeds, maca root powder and Diatomacious Earth, coconut oil and Health Force Chlorella Manna. I just buy the coconut water and banana's after I get to wherever I am going. I have to scale the ingredients down from what I do at home because I don't have enough room for everything! It is a little bit of a hassle sometimes to carry all of my stuff, but it is so worth it to be able to make my smoothies and feel great all day.

Raw nuts, goji berries, dates and raw chocolate are also in my bag.

I also take my Yerba Mate tea. Most hotel rooms have a little coffee maker in the room, but because it makes your tea water taste like coffee I usually go to down to the restaurant and get a mug or carafe of hot water, (which by the way I always take my own big mug since I don't like the little coffee mugs in hotels!)

So these are a  few travel tips that I live by to make my trips much more enjoyable. If you have some good travel tips let us all know about them!!

Until next time,

Monday, October 8, 2012

Washing with Oils

Washing your face with oils is a very old ancient tradition. This old tradition is now being re birthed into the 21st century. Something that seems so foreign is now becoming very normal.  The idea of putting oil on top of oil seems counter productive. But what some of us don't understand is that knowing what oils to wash with not only cleanses your face but moisturizes it also.
Washing your face with the perfect blend of oils will not break your face out. Break outs are caused by hormones, bacteria, toxins and dead skin cells. When you wash your face with oils, they will dissolve the natural oil that has hardened with impurities and gets stuck in your pores.
Apply the correct oils to your face and they will go deep into the pores and it will draw out the dirt and grime to the surface where it can be wiped away. The essential fatty acids are a necessity for the health of cell membranes and the acids in the the oils restore the skins natural moisture balance and help prevent dryness.
When you wash your face with  the right combination of oils, your face will not only be clean but you can use the oils to moisturize, hydrate, rejuvenate, remove toxins,  heal and diminish fine lines.
Make sure that you not only cleanse your face properly but that you are also drinking plenty of water. I saw a Youtube yesterday by David Wolfe and he said to drink 2 liters first thing in the morning!!! That is even a lot of water for me!!! Water helps remove the toxins which in turn help with making your skin look better! I also take Diaotamaous Earth and Detox Daily for my personal detoxing. I have written previous blogs about both of them. Give it a try!! You will not be disappointed. Radiant Skin is a great place to start when you begin to transition to the process. You can purchase it now at
Until next time,

Monday, October 1, 2012

Kombucha on Tap

Most of the time when we think of something on tap we think of beer!! Well if you live in the NW you can actually get kombucha on tap!!! At one of our local Whole Foods in Portland you can take in your growler and they will fill it up with the your favorite flavor of kombucha. So I no longer have to continually buy the small bottles. In fact I have 2 growlers that I fill up every week because I love it that much and I love all the benefits!

The ancient Chinese called it the " Immortal Health Elixir".  Kombucha has been around for more than 2000 years, and it known for it's history of preventing and fighting cancer, arthritis and other degenerative diseases.
Kombucha is a fermented tea that is often used for medicinal purposes. You can buy it commercially or you can make it at home by fermenting tea using a kombucha culture known as a "SCOBY".(Symbiotic combination of bacteria and yeast)

Sometimes you have to try out a few flavors to determine which one you really like. All kombucha tastes are not alike. But the benefits are the same. It contains beneficial acids that can aid in digestion and detoxification as well as ward off pathogens. It definitely fits into the category of fermented raw food. People who drink kombucha report benefits such as enhanced well being, increased energy, and even weight loss. Research has shown that it may have anti-microbial effects against harmful bacteria like E-coli. It is also known to promote youthful skin and hair.

I absolutely love it, because when I drink it I feel energized and  invigorated. If you have not had kombucha, pick one up the next time you see one in the grocery store and give it a try. I will have to say that I have never made my own but my son Rob has made his own kombucha and it was amazing!!

Until next time,

P.S. If you haven't clicked on the Real Raw Beauty page at the top left give it a click, also you can read about it on my Real Raw Beauty page on facebook.