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Top 3 SIMPLE stay well tips

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It is that time of year again.  You will be bombarded with media pushing you to get those oh so friendly flu shots and then hearing about how this is one of the deadliest seasons yet.... Many today are concerned with vaccinations and

what is really in them, anyway? 
I mean they could put anything in them and even the one administering them truly does not know.  
Sorry, call me a conspiracy weirdo, I don't mind.  ◖|◔◡◉|◗
And I'm okay if you subscribe to them vaccinations, you have been given the authority to make that decision, just let me have my authority as well, thank you very much.     
In the meantime this is what we will be doing.
The top 3 stay well tips that we find to be publish-able...    

1.  Excessive amounts of vitamin C. 



Easy.  Any form you can get your hands on that works for your family.

We tend to eat seasonally but fruits high in C are; guavas, bell peppers, kiwifruit, strawberries, oranges, papayas, broccoli, tomatoes, snow peas, and kale. 

And don'…

FDA Approved Chemicals you can put on your Skin that increase Aging

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We are continuing our series of blog posts on FDA approved chemicals that may increase aging. If you missed #1 you can find it here

Yeah, it's true. 
As you are selecting these products to aid your skin, they may in fact be the thing that is making you feel and look older.   
FDA APPROVED INGREDIENT #2 


Paraben
Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Chemically, they are a series of parahydroxybenzoates or esters of parahydroxybenzoic acid.
These CHEAP preservatives are commonly used to increase the shelf life of a product. They keep products looking and smelling great for longer space (than is natural).

First introduced in the 1950s, parabens were to keep the product from spoiling by preventing it from being able to grow mold and or bacteria.

Today, however, we have remembered to appreciate mold and bacteria.  And we know that all are not bad.  In fact if it can grow mold and or bacteria, this means it is alive.  And bein…

FDA Approved Chemicals you can put on your Skin that increase Aging

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FDA APPROVED INGREDIENT #1

Sulfates
Sulfate is a salt that forms when sulfuric acid reacts with another chemical. It's a broader term for other synthetic sulfate-based chemicals you may be concerned about, such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).
Introduced in the 1930’s, sulfates revolutionized the health and beauty industry.  Sulfates were powerful, inexpensive and easy to acquire. Best of all, they were responsible for the foaming lather we’ve come to associate with being clean.  The effectiveness lies within their ability to lift the grease and grime off of skin and hair, dissolve (emulsify) it and then rinse everything down the drain.


Sulfates are powerful, cheap and everywhere not just in lathering shampoos, body washes, face cleansers and toothpastes, but also in household cleaners, laundry detergents and dish soaps. In fact, because they are so effective, sulfates are also used in manufacturing and construction industries to clean an…

Oil Pulling for detox; It REALLY works!

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In Ayurvedic medicine, one of the oldest whole body healing practices, oil pulling is most common.

I was introduced to this practice many years ago and to be fair, really did not give it much thought. I thought it sounded like yet another gimmick and kinda 'woo-woo'. I tried it however because although my mind can keep me 'boxed in' my actions seem to get me out.

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However, the mid is an amazing thing.  Consequently I disliked the oil pulling experience, very much.  To sum it up, "Yuck!".  I did not like the texture, the taste and it kind of made me feel ill.

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That was that. And quite a few years passed by until I thought about it again.

....................................................Fast forward.......................................................

This time I was older. And I had been awaking with a 'yuck' taste in my mouth. So I reconsidered the oil pulling thing again.  I reasoned that maybe this time I could handle…

#Zerowaste; getting real & tips from experience

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It is trending, ditching the plastic.  Just as smoking tobacco has become "dis-tasteful" to some, plastic has become to others.  ...But unlike tobacco's counter part, it is only natural to desire to see cleaner beaches, roads and forget about how much trash is put out each day.

The Native Americans had many practices set in place with their respect and wisdom for the land and its resources.
And as history goes, the industrial age brought great expansion and has inevitably landed us to today where technology allows for us to see just what all our advancements have actually done.

It is kind of a catch 22 in a way.  And now we are found in a cusp, so to speak.  Are we going to continue the way we have been going for the last century?

Many find this revolutionary.  Opportunities arise for catching the wave.  But for some it brings a tidal of anxiety and uncertainty.

As a family that continues to grow, we get all of the above.  We do.

And having begun down our journey ab…

Happy Feet!

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Your feet are your carriage.  Your only carriage.  And they often go for long periods of time with no attention whatsoever.  Especially in the colder seasons when they are covered up by socks and shoes for the better part of the day.   


Personally I do my best to be barefoot as much as possible.  I just delight in the feel of the earth on my soles.  In the picture below my feet were getting a tranquil, enchanting, zen-like experience from this lush green grass like stuff surrounding our garden.
I'm not so sure about 'grounding' or 'earthing' as it seems a bit woo-woo for even me but I do know that this just feels great!  And perhaps there may be something to it hence the reason why I hate shoes.  


Buddha says, "The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground."  And just maybe we feel a sense of belonging when our feet engage with the soil? 

Or perhaps it is just the acknowledgement of our feet, that which carry us around and does so much for us, tha…

Natural Deodorant & why we don't sell it

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"Do you sell deodorant?"
Me; "No. Sorry." 

And for the past year I ponder about it.  ......Should I?