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The Yoni “Vagina” Egg [Video]

I can’t believe I am writing about this, but I am. Have you ever heard of a Yoni Egg? Well I hadn’t until I was scrolling through my Instagram feed last week and a picture caught my attention. It was a beautiful egg-shaped stone. The caption read, The Yoni Egg. I read a few of the comments and what stuck out for me was, “Can you use it during sex?” WHAT? Can you use WHAT during sex? This egg-shaped stoned? The response was, “Yes, your partner will enjoy it as well as you can reach a wonderful orgasms!” Ummm ok, I went into research mode – What is a Yoni Egg?

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Yoni is a Sanskrit word for Vagina. It is a semi precious stone that is inserted into the womb space for reasons of enhancing energy, creation, and womb wellness. Source

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Benefits of the Jade Yoni Egg:

  • Feel more grounded and centered in yourself
  • Be more in tune with your sensuous capacity
  • Massage your Yoni from the inside
  • Experience pleasant aliveness in your feminine center
  • Increase your flow of sexual hormones
  • Develop stronger orgasms and pleasure
  • Heighten the responsiveness of your G-Spot
  • Maintain healthy reproductive organs
  • Support you tantric practice
  • Improve pelvic and bladder health
  • Prevent incontinence in later years

Here a short (2:51) video of a doctor explaining what the Yoni Egg is and how it works. I was so surprised to see so many videos of videos about The Power of Yoni!

Now she explains it a little different. She talks about Kegals vs. Yoni Eggs! Interesting for sure (4 min video)

FYI: I have not tried this. I just learned about it and wanted to share. Will I? Hmmmmmmmmm, maybe.

Have you tried it? How was it? Check one out HERE!

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I Found A Lump in my Breast

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the month women are encouraged to get Mammograms. One thing that I hear often from women that don’t go is, “I am so afraid to go because I heard it hurts!” I just think to myself, “Really? It hurts!” Well I am under 40 and I had to fight to get a mammogram for YEARS because I found a lump in my breast in my late 20’s. Every doctor, clinic, etc. would not give me one because I was

  1. Under 40
  2. Insurance wouldn’t cover it because I was UNDER 40.

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Well fast forward 7 years. I still had this lump on the side of my breast. I felt healthy, and at the time had 2 children but I still had this lump. I really just needed peace of mind. I believe if something was wrong with me “healthwise” in 7 years I would have known. I still just needed to know what this lump was. Finally, I had a new doctor and new insurance. I told the doctor my concern and when she felt it, she honestly really didn’t know what it was. That concerned her. FINALLY SOMEONE CARED ENOUGH! She did what she need to do and I was able to get a MAMMOGRAM! I wasn’t nervous about the mammogram but more about what they would find. Long story short – It wasn’t cancer, “PRAISE JESUS!!” It was a lymph node. Right after the Mammogram, they kept me for an ultra sound to be sure and that’s when they confirmed it was a lymph node.

Did the mammogram hurt? Not really. Was it uncomfortable? Yes. Were the rumors you heard about it smashing your breast true? Yes, but only for a little while. It wasn’t the kind of pain that would ever keep me from getting a regular Mammogram once I am 40. So that got me to thinking about all the things we do as women that actually do hurt or just as uncomfortable….but we do them REGULARLY.

1) Paps Smear: this hurts and is uncomfortable no matter if your doctor is a man or woman. That cold instrument being forced inside of you, not to mention when the doctor says, “Umm scoot down a little more!” Ugggh. Then they stick their finger up there. I just close my eyes and hold my breath!

2) Giving Birth: I had 3 C-Sections and they all hurt more than a Mammogram! The delivery and recovery.

3) Dental X-Rays & Teeth Cleaned: I hate getting the X-rays, but it must be done to get my teeth correctly evaluated. They put those strips in your mouth and you have to hold it for what seems like hours while they pierce into your gums and snap a picture.

4) Beauty Treatments: Botox (not me!), Lip waxing, Eye-brow threading, Bikini waxes (I tried it! in my Tamar Voice!) and more – we do all these things to look good but are afraid of a Mammogram?

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being most painful. My mammogram was about a 2. I walked out of that place saying, “Thank you Jesus!” Thanking Him because I was able to finally get one and thanking Him because I was given GOOD NEWS! So when I hear women who CAN go get a mammogram but chooses not to because of fear – I want to scream. I was running to the doctor to get mine. It’s nothing to be afraid of.

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One of the earliest signs of breast cancer can be an abnormality that shows up on a mammogram before it can be felt. The most common signs of breast cancer are a lump in the breast; abnormal thickening of the breast; or a change in the shape or color of the breast. Finding a lump or change in your breast does not necessarily mean you have breast cancer. Additional changes that may also be signs of breast cancer include:

  • Any new, hard lump or thickening in any part of the breast
  • Change in breast size or shape
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Swelling, redness or warmth that does not go away
  • Pain in one spot that does not vary with your monthly cycle
  • Pulling in of the nipple
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly and appears only in one breast
  • An itchy, sore or scaling area on one nipple

Ladies, our health should be our #1 priority. Take the time to get your check ups, physicals & Mammograms!

Skin Care

5 Quick Green Tea Benefits

I am not a coffee drinker, but tea all the way. I like all types of tea but GREEN TEA is my morning drink of choice because of all the many benefits. I like to add a touch of honey for a natural sweetness.

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Benefits of Green Tea:

1. It makes your metabolism faster

2. It relaxes and slows your heart rate.

3. Weight Loss – It helps you burn fat.

4. It has no calories.

5. Diabetes – It keeps your energy levels stable by balancing sugar levels

6. Heart Disease Prevention – It protects against the building of clots and vessel tension.

7. Skincare – More powerful than Vitamin E, which prevents against skin damaging elements in our body.

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Are you a coffee or tea drinker?

Skin Care Smart Simple Stylish Wordless Wednesday

Wordy Wellness Wednesday :: The Egg White Facial Mask (Video) #WW

I had never heard of the egg white facial until I saw my friends picture/post on FB.

FB is the news isn’t it! LOL!  I have found about so many things (good & bad) on social media first. Ok, that’s another post. 2013-09-11_08-51-13[1]My friend Yolanda, who is the creator of Seeing it Their Way posted this video one day and of course, I had to try it. She also has some great hair tutorials too! I have Hair Envy when it comes to her!! Love her BIG HAIR!

Benefits of an Egg White Mask:

1. It helps to tighten your pores (Wrinkle Prevention) – Soon after you apply this mask, your skin will start to feel tight as it dries. Some people believe its effects are similar to a short-term facelift. At the bare minimum, the egg whites tighten pores and remove dead skin cells.

2. It removes black heads – It was amazing to see my black & white heads on that mask once I pulled it off. It was like the eggs went deep into my pores and grabbed them out! If you do it right, meaning no talking after you apply it and let it dry all the way – you should be able to see the blackheads come out. It’s better than squeezing your nose, which I am guilty off.

3. Skin is less oily – Egg whites draw oil from the pores while tightening the skin. I don’t have oily skin so I really never noticed this benefit.

I also found out you can add a few strawberries too (mashed up of course). The strawberries act as an astringent and are great for oily skin. They are loaded with Salicylic Acid which is a great treatment for acne too. You can also had honey for a skin moisturizer.

Conclusion: I do this mainly on date/special event nights, because for me it’s serves as a mini natural face lift.

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#WW :: My Sour Cream Facial Results

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I absolutely love June Ambrose’s Style & Skin! I follow her on Instagram and she is Living Life! Her skin is FLAWLESS. She takes pictures with and without make-up often and you can tell she takes care of herself from the inside out.

One night while scrolling through images, I saw this one pop up! The caption read: Fridge Fine..Sour Cream Mask! Spread 1 to 2 teaspoons across a clean face &  neck,avoiding the lips & eyes. Remove with a wet washcloth after 7-10 mins  then splash! The (alpha-hydroxy acid) helps speed cell turnover, brightening  dull complexions!

So, I tried it.
2013-09-11_08-50-55[1]Initially, I felt silly. It was cold but went on smooth. I kept it on for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, you can tell it gets tight on your skin and seems to disappear. Afterward, I wash my face off with warm water. What I can’t get off with water, I use a soft towel.

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I can immediately see a difference in my skin after I do a sour cream facial. My face seems tighter, brighter and just a tad bit youthful. My husband even noticed a slight difference. He was there when I washed it off. I have started doing these once a week or on a day I have a cool event to attend.

Benefits of a Sour Cream Facial:

  • Active Ingredient is Lactic Acid – which naturally removes the dead skin to promote new skin cell generation, even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
  • Helps skin retain moisture.
  • It’s a natural exfoliator and boost the production of collagen (which forms connective tissue that supports the skin.)

Additional ingredients: You can add a half of banana & a teaspoon of honey for additional benefits, but right now I stick with plain sour cream.

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Sneak Peak: The Egg White Mask! Stay tune for the next natural facial post!

Do you do home facials or go to a spa? What are you favorite facials to give yourself? Please share!!

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I Finally Bought Some #Vibram Five Fingers (Video)

I am too excited about my new arrival. This is NOT a sponsored post. No one sent me shoes to review, test or try. I have wanted these shoes for over a year and ended up buying something else instead. Although my plan B works. I couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting the real thing. So, I had a little extra mulah in my account and decided to see if I could find any specials. Whaalaa!! I found these Vibram Five Fingers on www.6pm.com for $39.99 and FREE SHIPPING! Honestly, I was mad because when I first saw them they were $36. I went back a few days later and the price went up. #lovetosave  In the video below I explain why I wanted these shoes.

Video of me trying on my Vibrams!

So, I went to Amazon & Ebay to compare prices. They were actually higher then 6pm.com. Their prices averaged around $50. I then went to the actual Vibram website to get details and the actual shoe I was ordering was …. wait for it…. $90!! I immediately knew I had a deal and ordered the shoes Tuesday. It’s Friday Morning and they arrived at my job. I wasn’t expecting them until next week. I can’t wait to workout in them this evening.

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Also, when  you order these shoes make sure you visit the website and follow the guidelines for measuring your foot correctly.

1 .Stand with your heels against a wall

2. Slide a ruler under each foot. Measure the distance from the wall to the tip of the longest toe.

3. Enter the longer of the two measurments below (in inches) Note: If you fall BETWEEN sizes, you should round UP to next size
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Vibram FiveFingers® footwear is designed to optimize your fitness goals, allowing your foot to move more naturally during your workout. Whether you’re crushing a crossfit session, hitting the yoga mat, or doing some cardio, using our minimalist fitness footwear encourages your feet to stay connected to the ground. This allows your foot to move and flex as if barefoot giving you a better sense of awareness and allowing you to train at the highest level possible

Do you have a favorite work out shoe? Or have you tried these?

Living Smart, Simple & Stylish!

Living Simple Skin Care

Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream Review

A few weeks ago I was sent Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream to review. I actually use Aveeno products so I was honestly excited to get this in the mail. I currently use their Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer for day time use and recently purchased their daily skin scrub.

I have never tried their night cream but quickly added it to my regimen. The bottle is not that big, only 1.7oz, so don’t use alot at one time. I quickly noticed the sweet smell and how light it was. It went on my face very smooth and left my skin feeling moisturized. In the morning, my skin still felt soft.

 

I am a realist and didn’t expect miracles or to look 10 years younger but I will say my skin was still soft in the morning. I wanted to keep touching it. My skin didn’t look dry or tired either. I liked that. I don’t wear make-up often so good skin care is a must. I still have some left in the bottle and will continue to use it until the jar is empty. I like Aveeno because its a trusted brand and they use quality ingredients. I even trust their products on my baby. I have been using them for years and have not been disappointed.

You can read the reviews of others users at www. aveeno.com. The bottle retails for around $16.99, but if you are like me – you will find a coupon!

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Living Smart:: Flu Epidemic & Natural Remedies to HELP!

What do you know about the “Flu Epidemic” 2013?

 

Have you or your family been effected at all? It seems like every time you turn on the news, they are talking about how wide spread the flu is. I was watching World News Tonight and wanted to share (cause that’s what I do!) some information about what is currently going on with the statistics and some natural ways you can help your symptoms.

It seems that the FLU “Major” Outbreak has hit every state except California, Mississippi & Hawaii, but with that being said, the CDC is still reporting the peak may be over!

This season hit a a month early with 6 or more weeks to go. With that being said, there have been reported shortages (especially in the south) and the shot is only 62% effective if you do get it. What does that mean? It means, that if you get the shot, there is still a 38% chance you could STILL get the FLU. Also, there are currently 3 strands of FLU out there this season, so the flu shot could protect you from one and not another! SMH!

You can visit www.FLU.gov if you would like to know where you can go get a FLU shot! My personal doctors office is out, so I will be looking on this site as well. I went to two CVS’s last week, only to be turned away. I went to the health department, but honestly I didn’t feel like waiting in line. I spoke to my “Baby” Doctor this morning, he told me “GET THE FLU SHOT! YOU’RE PREGNANT!” So, I am off on the hunt again trying to locate this SHOT! I told them that if they recommend pregnant women get the shot, they should supply the shot in their office! It’s more money for them once a year! They loved the idea!

Home Remedies:
Many people (like myself) do not like medicine if there is a natural alternative. Here are three that I learned about.
1) Elderberry pill – (extract form) – It is commonly used in the first stages of a cold, as it is a high antiviral. It also works well for nasal and chest congestion.
2) Tumeric – It’s actually an Indian seasoning – It contains cumin and helps the virus from spreading in your body. Curcumin decreased viral replication in infected cells, but also seemed to protect other cells from becoming infected
3) Chicken Soup – can help clean up congestion and affects white blood cells. A study found that there is a mild anti-inflammatory effect that reduced symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.
The test soup recipe contained chicken, onions, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, carrots, celery stems, parsley, salt, and pepper. But canned soups were also found to inhibit the movement of neutrophils in the research.

 

Also, keep your hands clean and out of your face! Most virus are transmitted through the eyes, mouth and nose! And people unknowingly touch their faces 20+ times day! Keep your hands out of your FACE and Sanitize those hands!!!!!!

So, I hope this post help a little and gave you some information you can use. Please share with friends.

Did you get the FLU shot? Are you? I have only had one and that was last year. I am going to get it this year because the pregnancy. It supposedly protects a newborn for up to 6 weeks after birth.

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Living Smart & Simple: Have you tried Sassy Water?

How many of you like water? *I am not raising my hand right now*
Although, I do drink it. I don’t like to drink it without a lemon. I try to drink it more often, 1) because I am pregnant and it’s good for me and the baby 2) It’s the best thing for you to drink – for you body, so many benefits.Well, yesterday I put a fact status on FB – Drinking 6 cups of Cold Water a Day – will allow you to lose an extra 5 pounds a year! that I got from watching 20/20.

Well one of my FB friends (Amber) commented about Sassy Water and how it helps her knock out her 64 oz a day and her stomach is flatter! Sccreeeeeetttccchhhh! Back up!! Did she say FLAT TUMMY!


So, I googled Sassy Water and low and behold, one of the benefits is a flatter tummy because of the ingredients! So simple to make, I am surely going to make this. Not JUST BECAUSE OF THE FLAT TUMMY (I am prego remember) but because the ingredients are natural (great benefits) and the reviews say, it’s just adds a kick to natural water!
 
 
Sassy Water
2 liters water (about 8 ½ cups, use good quality water, filtered if need be))
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
12 small spearmint leaves.
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight.
Drink the entire pitcher by the end of each day.
 
This is from the Flat Belly Diet. It is delicious. The cucumber and lemon are natural diurectics. The ginger and spearmint help relieve bloating. I just really like all these flavors together. I use purified water. Drink this throughout the day. Cook time is the time it is refrigerated overnight. Susie Cook’s
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Breast Cancer Awareness – Risk & Symptoms

October is National Breast Cancer Month. Have you had a mammogram this year? Have you had one last year or the last 5 years. I am under 40 but I did have one last year because I felt a lump. I also have had this lump for 9+ years with no symptoms, so I was pretty sure it wasn’t serious. I really wanted a Mammogram to be 100% and have peace. I am thankful that it was just a lymph node.

I am grateful that I never stop inquiring about the lump, even when the doctor said it’s probably nothing. It was something to me and finally after so many years, I had my first mammogram. It wasn’t as bad or as uncomfortable as everyone made it seem. When I have to do something for my health, I just suck it up and do what needs to be done. Many doctors don’t push for women to get mammograms before 40 but so many women are getting breast cancer before 40, that I am not sure why that law or requirement has not been updated.

While researching Breast Cancer, I have learned that Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and second most common cause of cancer deaths among black women. At the time of diagnosis, blacks more often present with a higher stage of cancer. Although the death rate for breast cancer has declined over the past 20 years, the rate of decline has been slower for blacks. Black women are 1.4 times more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. Compared to whites, blacks have a lower rate of cancer survival for each stage of breast cancer at diagnosis. These differences have been partially explained by differences in types of tumors and access to treatment services.
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Breast Cancer Signs & Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle
  • A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea
  • A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast
  • A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple
  • A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed)
  • Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple
  • An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast
  • A marble-like hardened area under the skin

These changes may be found during a breast self-exam.
Medical organizations don’t agree on the recommendation for breast self-exams, which is an option for women starting in their 20s. Doctors should discuss the benefits and limitations of breast self-exam with their patients.

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Slightly higher risk
  • Distant family history. This refers to breast cancer in more distant relatives such as aunts, grandmothers, and cousins.
  • Previous abnormal breast biopsy. Women with earlier biopsies showing any of the following have a slight increased risk: fibroadenomas with complex features, hyperplasia without atypia, sclerosing adenosis, and solitary papilloma
  • Age at childbirth. Having your first child after age 35 or never having children puts you at higher risk.
  • Early menstruation. Your risk increases if you began menstruating before age 12.
  • Late menopause. If you begin menopause after age 55, your risk increases.
  • Weight. Being overweight (especially in the waist), with excess caloric and fat intake, increases your risk, especially after menopause.
  • Excessive radiation. This is especially true for women who were given radiation for postpartum mastitis, received prolonged fluoroscopic X-rays for tuberculosis, or who were exposed to a large amount of radiation before age 30 — usually as treatment for cancers such as lymphoma.
  • Other cancer in the family. A family history of cancer of the ovaries, cervix, uterus, or colon increases your risk.
  • Heritage. Female descendents of Eastern and Central European Jews (Ashkenazi) are at increased risk.
  • Alcohol. Use of alcohol is linked to increased risk of developing breast cancer. Compared with nondrinkers, women who consume one alcoholic drink a day have a very small increase in risk, and those who have 2 to 5 drinks daily have about 1.5 times the risk of women who do not drink.
  • Race. Caucasian women are at a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer than are African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American women. The exception to this is African-American women, who are more likely to have breast cancer than whites under the age of 40.
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Long-term use of combined estrogen and progesterone increases the risk of breast cancer. This risk seems to return to that of the general population after discontinuing them for five years or longer.Source

Ladies, please get check! It could save your lives!

 
Also, it’s a pleasure meeting all the BLOGGER Ladies (BLM) on our First BLOG HOP!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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5 Things I Can’t Live Without!

A few weeks ago I hosted our monthly Mocha Moms meeting and our topic was, what are “5 things that you can’t live without!” The Mochas had to bring the items and talk about why they were so important to them. It was a very interesting night. We learned alot about each other and learned about alot of new products as well. Today, I decided to share my 5 things.

1) Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap.
Sold at Target for $4.99

This soap is known as an acne prone face & body bar. I usually don’t have breakouts and I thought using this would keep it that way. I originally bought this soap for my face but now I use it all over. I have even washed my hair with this soap. If you rub the bar on your hair under the shower water, it will suds up so quick and didn’t leave my hair dry like normal shampoo. I feel it keeps my skin clear and it doesn’t have all the unnatural toxic ingredients most commercial soaps do. I love it!

2) Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer, SPF 30.
Sold at Walmart, Target for an average price of $14.99
I go back and forth between Olay and Aveeno Moisturizers. The real important part of # 2 is the sunscreen. Sunscreen is a great anti-ager! And I happen to get great moisturizing coverage and sunscreen protection from Aveeno. I like their positively radiant because it promotes that it evens out skin tone & texture and it’s supposed to give you a natural glow. Supposed too! Also when I visited a dermatologist she said Aveeno & Neutrogena are great products for your skin.

 3) Bernetta’s Body Butter Blend
Sold at Etsy & Beauty Depot, Marietta, GA $10-$17

Now what can I say about this product. This is a product that I created by accident. I don’t have a relaxer and would mix all natural products for my hair and one day rubbed my skin. I was amazed at how soft my creation for my hair left my skin feeling. I changed a few things, added a few things and Whalaaa > Bernetta’s Body Butter Blend. It’s made with a foundation of Shea Butter and Coconut oil but added in are more natural oils and a scent. My family no longer uses lotion but uses B3. We use it on our face, skin and hair. I am also amazed at how much it has sold since February once I started marketing this product! God has truly blown me away! I must say, the summer time hurt me a little because this 100 degree weather melts my product in the mail. I need a way to figure this out! Any suggestions?

4) Revlon Color Stay, Caramel
Sold at Walmart for $9.99

Now this is something I CAN live without but it’s something I discovered that I have added as truly a staple in my beauty regimen (when I do wear make-up). For the most part, I wear make up once a week, when I go to church. Now since I going to more events, I like to spruce up the face and wanted a makeup that was inexpensive and gave great coverage. I was watching SimplYounique on YouTube and her face is ALWAYS BEAT! She did a make-up tutorial and she uses this product! I tried it and I loved the coverage. It was so light, it felt like I didn’t have anything on. It also matched so perfectly that it looked like I didn’t have make-up on but instead a flawless face! And the fact that it was only $9.99 was the biggest plus. At that price and the amount I use, I am still on my first bottle and I bought this in May! I apply it with an E.L.F foundation brush ($1 at Target) and it goes on so smooth! This is my new foundation.

5) My EVO
Many carriers offer Driod Phones, I happen to be with Sprint.

Ok! I have never had an iPhone, iPad, or iPod so I can’t really miss what I have never had. I went from a PALM Centro to Blackberry to HTC Evo 3D. I love my phone. It does so much more than my blackberry ever did and like everyone else, I carry it everywhere. I love the speed, the apps, the picture quality although to be a blogger I really need to get a camera! But honestly, just like your purse – my phone is something that I have to carry every where I go! It’s how I stay connected. Now, if I only could log in to my Walgreen’s account and print these 1000 photos I have on here!

What about you? What are 5 things that you can’t live or rather not live without?

Living Smart Skin Care

I Tried Dry Skin Brushing & My Skin Is Smiling

Have you ever tried Dry Brushing you skin? I have been trying this technique for the past three days and I can feel a difference in my skin. This past weekend, I went to my husbands family reunion and we started joking about how ashy my husbands legs were while we at the beach. His aunt Martha is a health guru! She eats and only uses all natural things on her body – so you know I love my talks with her. I just soak it in. She mentioned he needs to dry brush his skin. I asked what is that? And it started from there. (There is a video at the end of this blog showing you how to do this!) By the way, his aunt is 54 and skin is so smooth and soft and she definitely doesn’t look her age. Not a wrinkle anywhere!She takes awesome care of herself.

skin brushDry brushing involves rubbing the skin with a dry natural bristle brush. The process, which can be gentle or rough, may help slough off some dead skin cells.

The Benefits Of Dry Skin Brushing• Dry skin brushing helps to shed dead skin cells, which can help improve skin texture and cell renewal.

• Dry skin brushing increases circulation to skin, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, which greatly aids the lymphatic drainage of the entire body. When the body rids itself of toxins, it is able to run more efficiently in all areas.
• Dry skin brushing also helps to tighten the skin because it increases the flow of blood. Increasing the circulation to the skin can also help lessen the appearance of cellulite.
• Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymph canals to drain toxic mucoid matter into the colon, thereby purifying the entire system. This enables the lymph to perform its house-cleaning duties by keeping the blood and other vital tissues detoxified. After several days of dry brushing, you may notice the gelatinous mucoid material in your stools.
• Dry skin brushing helps with muscle tone and more even distribution of fat deposits.
• Dry skin brushing also rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.
• Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores. Healthy, breathing skin contributes to overall body health.
• Individuals who sit at a computer screen all day long will particularly take pleasure in the benefits of skin brushing. People who have inactive lifestyles or jobs usually experience stiff and sore necks and shoulders that reach even into their arms and down their spines and into their lower backs. Increased blood flow begins entering the areas brushed and you will experience an increase in electromagnetic energy that permits you to feel energized and invigorated.

How to Get Started With Your Skin Brushing Regimen

1. Purchase a natural, NOT a synthetic, bristle brush. (vegetable bristle)
2. Purchase a brush with a long handle, so that you are able to reach all areas of your body. Best-case scenario would be one that had a removable head with a strap for your hand.
3. Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning. If you are feeling ill, please do it twice a day until you feel better.
4. Skin brushing should be performed prior to your bath or shower and your body dry and naked.
5. Begin brushing your skin in long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction. Always brush towards the heart. Try and brush several times in each area, over-lapping as you go.
6. Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken.

7. After brushing your skin, rinse off in the shower. Paavo Airola, author of Swedish Beauty Secrets, recommends alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold. This will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
8. After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oil, such as almond, jojoba, sesame or coconut.

9. Don’t forget to clean your skin brush using soap and water once a week. After rinsing, dry your skin brush in an open, sunny spot to prevent mildew.

10. For a thorough lymphatic cleansing, perform skin brushing daily for a minimum of three months
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