• Introducing Essentials 2nd edition

Is quitting sugar right for me?

Is quitting sugar right for me? Let’s get a little personal today. I’m not one for usually getting too personal on the blog, however maybe I should from time to time. After all, people are curious sometimes right? And if you knew me IRL (in real life) it’s not like anything I’m saying would be a surprise or unknown to you already. Yet as for on the internet, this is personal. There are some blogs that shout about their exercise and dieting efforts. I’m so not that person. I won’t keep it up and then people will notice and judge me, right? I’m a try your best as often as you can type of person. Hmmm… Where to start? As a youth, I wasn’t a terribly skinny person. I always thought I was heavy, but looking back I realize I was not. I just wasn’t as small as my friend. . .

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Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease – anyone?

So I’m going off my own nursing school and mama diagnosis here, but I’m fairly certain the girls have HFMD if not just another virus. Yay me! AppleBlossom started it on Thursday with random tears, complaints if everything aches, pin sized rashes on her feet and that night with a 103 fever. The next morning was with a similar rash on her hands, more complains of all over aches and pains which we wondered if was growth pains plus rash. She later started to show what looked like big bites on her legs and random fingers. We wondered about growth pains and chiggers. But then I was fairly certain about the HFMD after thinking about it more. Everything except anything mouth issues, but for the most part she keeps her hands out if her mouth so maybe she’ll skip that? She’s now (day 3) doing much better except her heels. . .

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Kiss My Face December Kissing Spree!

http://www.kissmyface.com/ Kiss My Face is celebrating the holidays the best way they know how – with a December Kissing Spree!  For each day in December, Kiss My Face will be revealing a surprise deal, exclusively available on its Facebook page.  There will be a new deal each day, ranging from $1 off on select products to site wide discounts at Kiss My Face.com. So hang up the mistletoe and head over to Kiss My Face’s Facebook page, and get ready to start KISSing! Monday, December 3rd, 2012 Deal Ø      10% off Kiss My Face.com Ø      To redeem, log on to Facebook and “like” Kiss My Face About Kiss My Face Kiss My Face, a natural beauty and personal care products company, is a pioneer in the natural and organic industry.  The brainchild of Bob MacLeod and Steve Byckiewicz, two long time vegetarians searching for healthy body care alternatives, Kiss My. . .

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Kiss My Face

Kiss My Face Kids Sun Stick Roll/Rub on sunscreen in a stick Every parent knows it…the dreaded sunscreen application tango.  You try to lather it on as quickly as possible while your kids do everything in their power to squirm and dance their way out of your arms.  With the Kiss My Face Kids Sun Stick and Kids Natural Mineral Sunblock SPF 30, applying sunscreen can be easy and fun.  The formula is 100 percent natural and is one of few all natural sunscreens with SPF 30 and full UVA and UVB protection.  So, this summer say hello to fun in the sun, sans the tango! Kiss My Face Kids Sun Stick SPF 30 ($10.99) ·         Free of parabens, artificial colors or fragrances, nano particles, phthalates and gluten ·         Water resistant ·         Organic Jojoba Oil, Beeswax and Cocoa Butter provide additional moisture to keep skin soft and smooth ·         Available. . .

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The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman, MD

In the new #1 New York Times bestseller, The Blood Sugar Solution (Little, Brown and Company February, 2012), Dr. Mark Hyman – Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center – reveals the secret to losing weight and preventing diabesity. According to Dr. Hyman, a staggering one in two Americans suffers from diabesity, the condition of metabolic imbalance and disease that ranges from mild blood sugar imbalance to full-blown diabetes. Diabesity is one of the leading causes of chronic disease in the 21st century, including heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer, and the numbers of sick people keep growing. One in three children born today will have diabetes. We are now raising the first generation of Americans to live sicker and die younger than their parents.

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LaborLooks Maternity Gowns

It was about two years before AppleBlossom was born that I started blogging and I was a quilt blogger first, and then a book blogger. But when I became pregnant the first time all that changed as naturally I wanted to share the word about some fabulous products that I just fell in love with during my maternity months, and then soon after baby months. While in the two years since she was born I have come across some of my favorite products, by far my most favorite maternity product was something that I got to use during OrangeBlossom’s birth and how I wish I had it when AppleBlossom was born. After AppleBlossom was born we had an extended and highly unpleasant stay in the maternity ward. I know that LaborLooks Maternity Gowns would have helped! This time around in pregnancy I couldn’t help but want one, so I begged. . .

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Santa Poo Pourri

Santa Poo Pourri natural air freshener and spray deodorizer www.poopourri.net A little Christmas Holly, a dash of Evergreen, and a hint of Citrus greet you in the restroom after taking a quick peek at the tree. No potpourri is in sight and yet it smells so good, and then you notice the half eaten cookie on the sink ledge. Ho ho ho! Looks like even Santa has to go from time to time. Being his polite jolly self, he always uses Santa Poo, the essential oil based Before-You-Go bathroom spray from Poo Pourri. Just spray the bowl before sitting on the throne and eliminate unwanted odors before they can get into the air. Stick a two or four ounce bottle or Toilet Paper Gift Set in everyone’s stocking for fresh scented bathroom fun during the holiday season and year round. When I first opened the box I was blown back. . .

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Baby Banz – Sunglasses for itty bitties!

Baby Banz In an ever deteriorating UV climate, Baby Banz is steadfast in its ongoing effort to preserve the sensitive eyes and precious skin of little ones everywhere. Baby Banz is committed to developing children’s UV protective sunglasses, hats, accessories and swimwear that not only protect them from the sun’s harmful UV rays, but are also comfortable, fun to wear and strong enough to last. Products: Baby BanZ wrap-around sunglasses for ages 0-2 Kidz BanZ wrap-around sunglasses for ages 2-5 JBanZ with temples for ages 4-10 Retro BanZ wrap around sunglasses for ages 0-5 Ski Banz ski goggles for ages 4-10 BanZ UPF 50+ UV Swimwear for ages 0-10 Banz Ear Muffs hearing protection for ages 6mo+ BanZ UPF 50+ UV Sun hats for ages 0-5 Most of the time people think about the summer heat and their sunglasses as well you should. But what people often forget is that. . .

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Pee Wee Pilates: Pilates for the Postpartum Mother & Her Baby

Though she yearns for her pre-pregnancy figure, a new mother has little time to devote to exercise; attending to the needs of a newborn is a full-time job. A revolutionary postnatal fitness program, Pee Wee Pilates gives new mothers what no other fitness program or book has to date: a quick and proven method they can do at home to whip their postpartum body gently back into shape and enrich their babies at the same time.

Pilates targets the areas most affected by pregnancy (abdomen, hips, lower back, and buttocks), so new moms will get results fast without having to leave homes or carve out huge chunks of time. Simultaneously, because the baby is incorporated into the Pilates movements, women get to enjoy a loving and fun interaction with their babies. Unlike other mother/baby fitness programs, however, baby is far more than just a prop; the exercises in Pee Wee Pilates are designed specifically to help foster a little one’s development and attachment to mother. Developed by one of New York City’s leading Pilates teachers, Pee Wee Pilates promises to be the hot new “baby and me” exercise program for new mothers everywhere.

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Food, Inc.

Food, Inc. 2008 PG 94 minutes Drawing on Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, director Robert Kenner’s Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry’s detrimental effects on our health and environment. Kenner spotlights the men and women who are working to reform an industry rife with monopolies, questionable interpretations of laws and subsidies, political ties and rising rates of E. coli outbreaks. This morning I was clicking through my Instant View on Netflix as saw a documentary called Food, Inc. Since I was working on some posts I decided to let it play in the background. Wow. What a video and close to my heart as I have been trying and struggling a bit since AppleBlossom was born with getting healthy versus saving money. I do remember when I saw a wholistic doctor a few years back talking about the decision on where to spend money. . .

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Walk

We just got back from going on a walk, we being our little family, Enginerd, AppleBlossom and myself. It’s Labor Day and so he’s home from work. This summer his group has been experimenting with different hours and arrangements and due to that several Mondays I have had him at home with us and I love every minute of that. (AppleBlossom does too, because she adores her daddy). That’s ending soon, but part of me wishes they would continue it. Supposedly there is a change he might be able to rearrange the time and even though he’ll work Monday through Friday, just maybe he can go in earlier and come home earlier to have more time with us, especially as this point in AppleBlossom’s life is changing so fast, so fleeting. “We went on a walk, wearing our awesome new running socks and shoes my feet felt like they could. . .

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The Skin You’re In by Nancy Rue {Preview}

Now that you’re not a little girl anymore you’d love to move beyond cheap lip gloss into the high-fashion world of smudge-proof lipstick, lash-lengthening mascara, and that flirty eye shadow advertised in magazines—because that’s what it takes to be beautiful these days, right? Hang on a sec! One step at a time. In this book you’ll learn not only how to wield those makeup brushes but also how to take care of yourself as you change, from keeping your skin and hair glowing and healthy to finding your own unique style. And you’ll get in on the BIG secret: that true beauty is revealed as you grow closer to God and learn to wow the world by just being you.

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The Truth About Cosmetics

The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21st, 2010 at storyofcosmetics.org, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced by Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.

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Dr. Hess Udder Oinment

As a hand quilter and as person who cross stitches (in my spare time…) my fingers get pricked quite a bit and it just a part of the trade. When it has been a while, and I go back to it, there is always a day or two of sore finger tips until I can get a bit of a callus to protect it. Yet all the time, my saving grace for pain has been udder cream. I first discovered it in the check out line at a craft shop and now I cannot hardly live without it. Just rubbing a bit on my finger tips is all I need and I receive extreme relief. In years past I have always used the brand Udderly Smooth Udder Cream and I love it. But just recently thanks to ChicExecs I discovered Dr. Hess Udder Oinment. “Simply the best healing skin cream. . .

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