to live by choice, not by chance;
to make changes, not excuses;
to be motivated, not manipulated;
to be useful, not used;
to excel, not compete;
I choose self-esteem, not self-pity;
I choose to listen to my inner voice,
not the random opinion of others.
- Louise Hay
My beautiful daughter is modelling the adjustable hair ties I created on my down time. They’re great for thick hair and locs!
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-½ cup couscous, preferably whole wheat
-One 32-ounce carton vegetable broth, preferably low-sodium
-1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and diced
-½ cup frozen green peas or frozen edamame, completely thawed
-1 ½ cups finely chopped broccoli florets
-3 scallions, sliced
-1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh or jarred ginger
-2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
-2 to 3 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-2 to 3 ounces baby spinach or watercress
-¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
-Freshly ground pepper
Source: Nava Atlas
1. In a small heatproof container, combine the couscous with 1 cup boiling water. Cover and set aside.
2. In a soup pot, combine the broth with 2 cups water and bring to a simmer. Add the zucchini, peas, broccoli, scallions, ginger to taste, and dill. Return to a rapid simmer, then cover and cook 3 to 4 minutes, until the vegetables are just done.
3. Stir in soy sauce to taste along with the oil, spinach, and parsley. Cook for another minute or two, just until the spinach has wilted.
4. Stir in the couscous. Season with pepper and, if desired, additional soy sauce. Serve at once.
For many women, razor bumps and shaving seem to go hand-in-hand. There are many creams on the market that claim to treat this problem, but how do you prevent it?
1. Always shave wet.
Shaving dry skin can not only be painful, it can also be counterproductive. When you shave dry, you are setting yourself up for nicks and scratches and rash-like irritation from friction. Dampening your skin prior to applying your shaving product cream (bar soap is not recommended) allows the razor to glide freely for smooth close strokes.
2. Change your blade often.
Not only does hair get stuck in the blade, but coarse hair dulls blades quickly, and constant exposure to moisture causes razor blades to rust unbelievably fast. This can make for an – ouch – rough shave! It is recommended that you change your blade when it no longer shaves close. Avoid the urge to simply exert more pressure on the blade. This timeframe will vary from person to person, depending on how frequently you shave and how coarse your hair is.
3. Moisture is key.
Moisturizing the skin after shaving is one of the most important steps in preventing razor pumps. Applying a good moisturizer will calm irritated skin as well as ensure skin stays soft and supple. Some great natural moisturizers/oils for after shaving include: aloe vera gel, coconut oil, olive oil, and – especially in the winter months – shea butter. These won’t just coat the outer layer of skin like many petroleum-based drug store lotions will, they’ll absorb into it.
4. Exfoliate, exfoliate…. exfoliate
Exfoliation is the secret behind skin that is ALWAYS smooth and glowy. You can use a loofah daily with your favourite body wash (mine is Dove Moisture), you can dry brush a few times a week, you can use an exfoliating scrub or body sugar… the possibilities are endless. Go according to your personal preference and incorporate it into your routine.
Why is it so important? Exfoliation removes dry skin cells, which dull the appearance of the skin, and reveals a layer of fresh smooth cells. These newer cells don’t just look and feel better, they absorb moisture more easily.
Instead of searching for that “miracle cure”, try putting these tips into practice consistently. Making sure that your skin stays in good condition and avoiding poor shaving practices is one of the most effective ways to prevent razor bumps.
I am willing to let go. I release.
I let go. I release all tension.
I release all fear. I release all anger.
I release all guilt.
I release all sadness. I let go of old limitations.
I let go, and I am at peace.
I am at peace with myself.
I am at peace with the process of life.
I am safe.
Repeat After Me…
No limits. No boundaries.
I see nothing but increase all around me!
What God has for me…
It is for me!
A frog was hopping around a farmyard, when it decided to investigate the barn. Being somewhat careless, — and maybe a little too curious — he ended up falling into a pail half-filled with fresh milk. As he swam about attempting to reach the top of the pail, he found that the sides of the pail were too high and steep to reach.
He tried to stretch his back legs to push off the bottom of the pail but found it too deep. But this frog was determined not to give up. He continued to struggle. He kicked and squirmed and kicked and squirmed, until, at last, all his churning about in the milk had turned the milk into a big hunk of butter. The butter was now solid enough for him to climb onto and get out of the pail!
“Never Give Up!”
Source: Unknown (A parable)