Thursday, April 30, 2015

Early Thursday

It is about 5:45 AM now and I have been awake for hours.  I woke up about 2am and have been awake ever since. I decided to do something constructive.  I made dinner for today.  We are having mung beans with spinach and coconut milk over rice.  I did decide to add some beef tips so I browned them and added them.  I work today at 11 so by 10 dinner will have been cooking for 5 hours in the crock pot.. It will almost be done.  The dog and the cat have been my constant companiones this morning. 

I did eat a very early breakfast.  I had an apple and two eggs fried in extra virgin coconut oil.  That is being topped off with a cuppa dandelion tea.  I also loaded the dishes in the dish washer.  My eyes are now feeling heavy.  I put in Independence Day so I do believe it will be watching me in about 15 minutes, as opposed to me watching it. 

I do know I need to try to sleep now a few more hours because it will be a very long day. 8 pm is a long time to be awake when the start of the day was at 2am.  Peace out for now.....nap times and tea are calling me.

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

Monday, April 20, 2015

Castor Oil: I'm In!

I have heard all the hubbub about castor oil and I have decided to try it.  I have only heard good things like it actually will help your hair grow longer and that it is a superior moisturizer.  It is even supposed to make gray hair go away; as in reversing the graying process.  I am all for that. 

Online there are all sorts of castor oil challenges.  I think because it is to so thick that I will use it about 3 times a week for several months and see if there is indeed a difference.  It is thick but I can always thin it with a little olive oil. 

Let the good hair begin to come in.  It is castor oil for me for the next several months.

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Beach Serenity

Whenever I need  little piece of mind I always find it at the beach.  This year I am determined to make it to the beach more than once.  I only went once in 2014. So far this year I have been 3 times!  Making some headway!  I went out to Folly Beach this morning and it was quiet, cold and serene.  There were a few people out but not many.  The wind was doing a constant blow.  I was glad I had my sweater wrap with me.  It felt good and it did a great job of insolating me from the cold. 

The wind and the roar of the ocean cleared my mind.  My spirit felt renewed and the freshness in the air was better than anything found in the city. A beach town in the early morning is very quiet.  There are people around but the ones I saw today looked very unique.  Some would even say savory characters.  Once on the beach it was one family, a few runners and a few dog walkers.  There was even a group of 6 Japanese men working with 2 women on a photoshoot near the Folly Pier.  Odd because I know those two models had to be cold in those little tiny swimsuits. 

I walked.  I scanned the horizon and watched the clouds change color as the sun tried to rise.  It was serenity.  It was peace.  It was me.  The ocean called to all things at unrest n my soul and took then down to the deep, dark depths.  Then it gave me a gift.  A starfish.  A starfish just for me.  My soul loves the sea and it loves me!

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

A Trip To Whole Foods

I made my very first trip to Whole Foods about a week ago.  I must say that I see what the craze is about.  I was blown away as soon as I walked in the door.  I normally go to Earth Fare because it is located on the same side of town where I live.  I ventured out to Whole Foods to just check it out.  It was almost like Earth Fare on crack!  There was so much more as far as selection in everything.  I did end up purchasing a few things and they were just random purchases.  I was like a kid in a candy shop.

I was out of olive oil so I did get a bottle.  Unfiltered....a sort that I never have tried before.  It was just so inviting.  The we came across the olive bar.  I love olives. The bar there was ginormous!  I mean GINORMOUS!  I got olives of various sorts, mushrooms, caper berries and garlic! I was in heaven.  When I got home I had some of the mix before dinner.  It was amazing. So fresh.  Well about an hour later I could not resist.  They were so good, I finished off the entire container. 

I got an onion and what you see in the picture above. Blue sweet potatoes. I have never seen them before.  They were so unusually shaped and blue! Who could not pass those up. That was a pure random purchase.  Then these cheese!  Cheese heaven.  My daughter then randomly decided she needed to make a baked brie recipe she had seen on pinterest earlier in the day.  Well,a brie wheel later and a roll of puff pastry and she was also buying random things! 

The store made us do it!  We did not buy but a few items and we left there leaving behind about $90. It costs money to eat organic, healthy food. We are still excited to have finally gone to Whole Foods.  There was a lunch station that looked amazing!  We can't wait to go back.  It will be in a few paychecks though.  We have to still shop at a "regular" grocery store to be able to buy mega groceries to be able to eat!  $90 will buy a lot at the local Harris Teeter! 

Whole Foods was amazing!  Can't wait to go again.

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Eos Effect

Why are the Eos lip balms so popular?  I am not exactly sure.  I first saw one on my coworkers desk last year.  I had no idea what it was.  I thought it was an office supply.  Then I saw a second coworker with one just sitting and again I had no idea what it was.  I did not want to ask so I just waited and watched.  Lip balm! Well it sure had a different shape. 

After a long weekend I came into work and a third person had one.  Well, I then had to find out what it was.  What brand and why it was so popular. I went to my local Target and found them.  Eos.  They were kind of pricey but I decided to get one.  I had to seeif it worked. 

It works.  The Eos lip balm is pretty amazing. First the shape makes it very unique.  Fun and very easy to apply.  It is made with shea butter, vitamin E and it glides on giving long lasting moisture. It is flavored and feels wonder on my lips.  It is also 100% natural. I love it.  A little goes a long way so it seems like it will last forever.  It gives smooth, soft kissable lips!  Eos!  Try it!

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

The Price of Beauty

The price of beauty is high.  Coming up as a young teen in my home there was not a lot of emphasis placed on skin care of make up.  My mother barely wore any makeup and if so it was almost like she had none on...mainly lipstick.  None of the many small bottle rituals of today.  When I got in high school some of my friends began to use make up and soon I was introduced to the world of skin care regimes and  makeup.  A whole new world.  I started with Charles of the Ritz as it worked well for African American skin as well as Caucasian skin.  They had everything from the skincare to the make up to Charles of the Ritz fragrance that I absolutely loved.  My mom was a little dismayed I was getting into all of that.  I had to. I had skin that was so oily, I could fly eggs on it, if it was hot enough. So much oil.  So much!  There was not a lot of skincare products out there for black woman.  We only had Ebony Fashion Fare and that did not do well with me. While the colors were beautiful, it was oily.  And there was something in some of the frosted lipsticks that made my lips beak out.  Not good.  I rallied on using drug store acne products and Charles of the Ritz.

After college and after major burn out in a large, high pressure job, I decided to work in retail.  Something that I thought would be mindless and would give me a mental break.  I went to work at the cosmetic counter at my Thalheimers.  I started out at the Charles of the Ritz counter which was combined with Naomi Sims cosmetics.  I did very well. So well that I was soon promoted and moved to Estee Lauder.  Estee Lauder, the best of the best.  Soon I was educated in all the products and benefits of their line. It was eye opening.  The line was for all skin types and all people.  That was about 30 years ago.  Once I worked for Estee Lauder I used nothing else for skincare and color.  About 10 years ago I discovered MAC for color, so now it s Lauder for skincare and MAC for color.  It works well.

It works well but of course Estee Lauder is very expensive; but so worth it.  Last week I bought a bottle of Diminish and the new moisturizer for oily skin and for those two very small bottles and jars, they were $54 and $50 apiece.  If those products did not work I certainly would not be buying them for all these years.  It costs to be beautiful!  Diminish minimizes pores and helps with oil.  The new moisturizer is clean, light weight and feels wonderful on my skin.  My face seems to soak it up. 

The price of beauty is high.  Paying $50 for a small jar of cream that works wonders is so very worth it! 

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~