The Cure-All For Everything (almost everything…)

21It all started when I got pregnant…my worst enemy reemerged from junior high – ACNE! It was all over me (in places I never imagined…my face, my neck, my back, my chest…) and there was nothing I could grab from my box of magic tools that was safe for the growing boy inside me. I reached out to my sister – praying she would have an answer (she always does in matters of the personal care) and was introduced to, what I call, the cure-all for everything: Healing Elements by Lemongrass Spa.

I can honestly tell you that, with a little bit of tea tree oil and Healing Elements, my acne problems were solved!

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“Joshua had the worst chapped lips of any newborn I’d ever seen!”

Then my son was born…such a precious bundle of joy. But Joshua had the worst chapped lips of any newborn I’d ever seen! I was very conscious of what I used on him and fled to my drawer for the Healing Elements salve I’d used during my pregnancy. Sure enough, it soothed and healed his lips.

As my little boy grew, we noticed he had eczema – not the most severe case, but bad enough that I had purchased enough lotions to fill a shelf in my bathroom closet (it’s a big shelf!) The hard part was finding a lotion that was gentle on his skin, all-natural (meaning safe if he ate it-because I knew he would…and he did) and reasonably priced.

Again the winner product was Lemongrass Spa’s Healing Elements.

As stated on Lemongrass Spa’s site, “Healing elements contains a special blend of Lavender and Vanilla Essential oils for a subtle essence. Amazing combination of oils for ultimate healing. Every family should have this natural salve which has dozens of uses! Healing elements contains zinc oxide which is the #1 pediatrician’s choice for healing skin rashes for children. Enhanced with Vitamin E oil, calendula extract for soothing itchy spots and shea butter for excellent moisturizing benefits.”

What’s even more important is that I can pronounce and recognize every ingredient listed and that each one has a purposeful reason for being included (no fillers or artificial scents).

We’ve also used this cure-all for scrapes, bruises, diaper rashes, mosquito bites, chaffed skin, body lotion and many other countless things.

Ingredients:

  • Calendula Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Mango Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Beeswax
  • Shea Butter
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Non-nano Zinc Oxide
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
  • All natural essential oil blend of lavender and vanilla

This is the best baby shower present you can ever buy a woman! Click here to purchase from the best Lemongrass Spa Consultant around (not me – I’m only a passionate customer), Celeste Jaimes.

 

Gluten Free, Nut Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free – Can It Possibly Taste Good?

And the answer is…YES!

8005_2Pro-Teen Crunch is made with natural sources of energy, such as, rice, corn and chickpeas. Additionally, psyllium is included in this power packed cereal which helps keep you regular without all that gassiness.

The next question I had to ask when I came upon this gem was, “can it possibly taste good?” And it does! The natural banana flavor is amazing.

Finally, I can actually read and pronounce all the ingredients (click here for nutritional information)!

  • Flour Mix (Chickpea Flour, Rice Flour, Yellow Corn Flour)
  • Cane Sugar
  • Psyllium Husk
  • Contains 2% or less of Low Erucic Acid Rapeseed Oil
  • Salt
  • Calcium Phosphate
  • Sunflower Lecithin
  • Natural Flavors

So far I’ve found this at Kroger stores.

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Book Review: Downside Up by Tracey Mitchell

“Rejection reveals, alerts, exposes, defines, confirms, and is one of the greatest motivators in life.”

This is one of the opening points Tracey Mitchell makes in her book, Downside Up: Transform Rejection Into Your Golden Opportunity. This out-of-the-box view on rejection is an example of how Mitchell takes an alternative look at the role adversity can play in life.

Mitchell relates to the reader from personal experiences in her own life and those she’s encountered. More importantly, she draws relative stories from Scripture to show that rejection is an emotional wound Christ can heal.

The end of each chapter offers a list of “Chapter Principles” to not only serve as reinforcements for Mitchell’s main points, but also as references the reader can easily access in the future. Following the chapter principles are “Words of Wisdom” which consist of Scriptures and famous quotes that relate to each chapter’s main points. Finally, building on her principles and Scripture, Mitchell offers a “Plan of Action” for the reader to directly apply to their personal life in tangible ways that will last long after this book has been read.

Downside Up, by Tracey Mitchell, is not like any other self-help book I’ve read. My pen went dry from all the notations and underlining I did throughout this book. The amount of ah-ha moments made me take this read a bit slower so I could ingest all the extraordinary points being offered.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through the BookLook Bloggers. program. I was not required to give a positive review.

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You can purchase Downside Up: Transform Rejection Into Your Golden Opportunity by Tracey Mitchell here.

Happiness is in Christ’s Infinite Approval

Baby, you don’t have to point out to people you’ve gained weight and are desperately trying to lose it every time you meet with them…

This was a loving comment from my husband tonight as we were wrapping up devotions.  The genuine concern on his face reached a special place inside me that needed to be stirred. Losing weight is hard – there’s no other way around it.  Breaking free from food addiction is hard – there’s definitely no other way around that! What becomes easy is getting caught up in the numbers – how many pounds am I down, how many inches have I shrunk, how many calories did I eat…I’ve become consumed with digits on a scale and have lost sight of what’s important.

Immediately after hearing this from my husband, I opened my personal devotional book and read (written from the perspective of Christ):

In My presence you have infinite approval.  You often judge yourself on the basis of what you see in the mirror, even though you know how fickle and shallow that ever-changing image is.  You tend to be equally enslaved to viewing yourself through the eyes of other people, rigorously evaluating your personal performance and almost always feeling displeased with something you’ve said or done.

‘Enslaved’ is an appropriate word.  You are indeed a slave when you try to measure yourself through any perspective but Mine.  Evaluating your worth based on how you look, to yourself or to others, is always a trap…It [your soul] is invisible to everyone but Me, the One who plans to spend eternity with you.  Though invisible, a well nurtured soul can actually improve your appearance.

…When you look in a mirror, try to see yourself as you truly are – arrayed in perfect righteousness, adorned in glowing approval.

Isn’t God amazing!  Who says He doesn’t speak directly to us when we are struggling?!

This passage addresses so much more than just weight loss.  It speaks to the insecurity I have with myself as a whole.   I can spend hours in a gym or at the office to achieve a false sense of success – but what have I gained if I still see something awful when I look in the mirror?  Only Christ can shift my warped self-image.  Only His infinite approval can shift the way I way I look at me.  So here’s to a new desire – to seeing myself as God sees me.  After all, He is the One I will be spending eternity with.

Jesus Lives – Seeing His Love in Your Life by Sarah Young

Happiness (and weight loss) in Traveling

Most of my weight gain has occurred while I’ve been on the road the past eight weeks.  I’ve traveled from Fresno, CA to Providence, RI – and it’s easy to say there was nothing short of great food EVERYWHERE I went.  I’ve become an expert at finding sinfully delicious deserts (you’d think I would put that energy towards finding the best kind of fruit plate!) which hasn’t helped my waist size shrink.

So, as I ventured out to Chicago for the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair this past week, I was determined to make things different.  Because my major set back is hunger (sounds simple and kind of rudimentary but read on…) and I was driving this trip I needed to make some fundamental changes in order to survive.  Those close to me will attest that when I am hungry I am mean.  I grow 10x’s my size, turn green and destroy everything in my path (if you aren’t catching this reference please choose your favorite search engine and type my exact description in). I am more disagreeable and angry than normal- which sets me on a rampage to find the nearest source of nourishment -which often consists of Culver’s frozen custard and fried cheese curds.  Therefore, I packed a little survival kit consisting of grapes, water and a Naked Strawberry & Banana fruit smoothie.  I know this sounds like little- but grapes satisfied my desire to munch, water kept me surprisingly full and the smoothie is a meal all in itself.