Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Soft and Shiny!

I colored my hair last weekend, I usually do it myself and just get something off the shelf.  I don't color frequently, but the gray was getting a little too noticeable for my taste!

One thing I have found is that you really have to moisturize really well after coloring.  I saw a post on facebook about a coconut oil hair treatment.  I got out my fantastic google abilities and started reading about it.  I decided that it wouldn't be hard to do, so why not give it a try.


You will need:
a jar of coconut oil ( I used extra virgin, cold pressed)
shower cap
hair clip

How to do it:

Take a handful of coconut oil ( depending on the length of your hair more/less) and work it through your hair, paying special attention to the ends and areas that need more moisture.  Don't worry if your oil has hardened,  it will melt as you work it with your hands.

Once you have your hair saturated, put it up in a clip (if it is long enough to require this) and put on the shower cap.  Yes, you will be stylish, but luckily you don't have to go anywhere for a while!

You have a couple of options at this point.  You can wait 30 minutes or you can use a hair dryer to heat the hair for 15 mins.  Either one will work, just depends on how much time you have.

When your time is up, hop in the shower and wash your hair.  You will have to shampoo twice to be sure to get all the oil out.  Be sure to use a healthy shampoo.  You want to avoid parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate.  Sodium laureth sulfate is ok.  It is a mild detergent, but you do want to avoid the sodium lauryl sulfate.  It will strip the hair and damage the cuticle.

Then you will just style as usual, but your hair will be shiny and super soft!  I wish I had taken a photo of my hair right after.  It looked pretty.

I'm thinking I'll do this treatment a couple of times a month!

If you try it, let me know what you think!

Monday, January 28, 2013

What the pH?

I've been helping to teach a class on health locally.  I am having a blast and learning right along with our students.   The class is called NEW START.  It is God's lifestyle/diet based on Genesis 1:29.

 Each letter of our class name corresponds with what this lifestyle is all about!

N - Nutrition
E - Exercise
W - Water
S - Sunlight
T - Temperance
A - Air
R - Rest
T - Trust in the Divine Power

The class is taught from the Bible's perspective and also from a scientific perspective.  It is very interesting, indeed!

I am teaching about our pH levels and how this affects our body. I've just recently begun testing my own pH levels and just find it so interesting.

Our bodies thrive in an alkaline state.  If you are too acidic ( if you eat the standard American diet then this will most likely apply to you), your body is in a state of disease. Cancer can begin to form if your pH level gets below 5.5.  So, it is important to know about your own pH levels.

Testing it fairly easy, you will need a test kit.  I am using this type of kit and you can get one from amazon or look in your local health food store.

You can test using urine or saliva.

To test yourself -
use a 1-2" test strip
test the first void of the morning (after 4 am)
Place the test strip into urine stream, shake off excess fluid, match to color chart immediately.  You should be in the 6.8 - 7.2 range.  5.5 is acid, 7.0 is neutral and 8.0 is alkaline.

use a 1-2" test strip
REMEMBER - anything you put in your mouth (food, water beverages or toothpaste) will affect the outcome.
Drip fresh saliva from under the tongue onto the test strip.  Do not allow the test strip to touch your mouth. Compare to the color chart immediately.  Your results should be the same for the urine testing.

From personal experience, the urine testing is easier.  You would think that it isn't, but it is!
Be sure to keep track of your results in your journal. I was pleased that the first day I tested my results were 6.8.  This morning it was down a little - 6.4.  So I need to work on making sure I eat more alkaline foods!

In order to get your body into a more alkaline state, eat plenty of dark, leafy greens, avocados, drink lemon water ( with no sugar added), most vegetables, sprouted beans, grains and seeds.

You will want to avoid the most acidic foods such as alcohol, artificial sweeteners, cheese, coffee, soft drinks, meats.

FACT:  to neutralize one glass of cola with a pH of 2.8, it would take 32 glasses of alkaline water with a pH of 7.4!  32 glasses of water for 1 soda.......

Here's a GREAT alkalizing Power Smoothie:

1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked over night in 1 cup of water ( or you can use 1/4 slivered almonds)
1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
1 scoop of dried greens ( such as barley max, wheat grass or macro greens)
2 limes juiced
2-3 packets of stevia (not truvia, must be regular stevia) or 1 tsp raw honey
6 ice cubes
add extra water until desired consistency is achieved

In a blender process the almonds and soaking water until smooth. Add all other ingredients and blend adding more water as needed.  Enjoy the high pH wonder drink!

I'll be keeping you updated with my results and I would love to hear yours as well if you decide to give this a try.

If you are local and are interested in checking out our class, we are offering a guest day on Sunday Feb 3.  YES, I know it is Super Bowl Sunday, but we will have you home in plenty of time to watch the game!  If you want more details please feel free to contact me!  I'd love to have a packed house on Sunday!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Dreaming and Wishing

Well, since it is January that means it is time for a new vision/dream board!  The past couple of years, I've had friends get together and we've done ours at the same time!  LOTS of fun and I love seeing what everyone puts on their board.  But this year, I did mine by myself!  Don't cry, I was totally fine with it!

I thought I'd give you a look at mine!

I want to focus on my family, my health and get some rest and relaxation, maybe a little vacation time as well this year!

Everyone has different visions for how they want their year to go!  So, your board will probably look completely different from mine!

I keep the actual board in my office right by my desk, then the photo is my screen saver on my computer.  I LOVE that I can see it many times each day and I love being able to see things I've accomplished throughout the year!

If you make one, I'd really enjoy seeing it.  Send me a photo or post it on your facebook page and let me know it is there!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

family love

New Year's Day was a laid back day for us.  Just what we needed to start the year off right!

I wasn't feeling great, had a headache all day long and a little bit of a tummy ache too.  So, I took it easy, just enjoyed hanging out with Brian and then we had dinner with the kids!  Perfect day!

Since I didn't post much through Christmas, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite photos.....

We had 3 wonderful Christmases with our family!  I think everyone was more than pleased with their gifts!!

I think that is what I love most about the holidays, getting to spend time with family!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

No stinkin' resolutions needed!

Happy New Year!

We had a great time last night with friends!

Dinner was ever so tasty and even more enjoyable with my dear friends.  Then we headed to another friends house for a easy, fun evening!

We were home and sound asleep by the time 2013 made it's appearance!  Not a bad start!!

Every year I make a few resolutions that I stick with for the most part, but this year I am not going to make any resolutions.  I only want to love more, live more, laugh more and just be kind to others.  That is one goal that I think I can stick with!

Last year wasn't the best for us, but we made it through with the love of family and friends.  That is all I need to focus on for now!

So, thank you to each and every one of you for sticking with me through this rough year.  I am looking forward to 2013 and a MUCH better year!

Many blessings to you and yours in the coming year!