Friday Reading Check – In

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week!

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The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughn

This novel isn’t due out until May but put it on your To Read list now. Its a wonderful story told from multiple points of view. Here’s the synopsis:

In 1966, Kathleen Eaden, cookbook writer and wife of a supermarket magnate, published The Art of Baking, her guide to nurturing a family by creating the most exquisite pastries, biscuits and cakes. Now, five amateur bakers are competing to become the New Mrs. Eaden. There’s Jenny, facing an empty nest now that her family has flown; Claire, who has sacrificed her dreams for her daughter; Mike, trying to parent his two kids after his wife’s death; Vicki, who has dropped everything to be at home with her baby boy; and Karen, perfect Karen, who knows what it’s like to have nothing and is determined her facade shouldn’t slip.

As unlikely alliances are forged and secrets rise to the surface, making the choicest pastry seems the least of the contestants’ problems. For they will learn–as as Mrs. Eaden did before them–that while perfection is possible in the kitchen, it’s very much harder in life.

I am really enjoying this one and cannot wait to get back to it later today.

 

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Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

This book isn’t my typical read. For example take the subject matter- lepers,  Hawaii, early 1900’s.  But I really enjoyed the story of Rachel, banished from her home and family as a young girl due to a small sore on her body that indicated leprosy.

Sent to live on the island of Moloka’i with the other lepers, Rachel grows up on the settlement and this story is her journey from a small girl into an old woman. I was instantly hooked from page one and felt so many emotions as I read this book.

The idea of lepers being exiled to a colony in Moloka’i is historically accurate which made me so sympathetic towards Rachel and her friends.

Read it, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Does your hair need some LIFT?

 

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If its one thing the natural beauty world needs its more non-toxic hair products. Walk down any aisle of CVS, Target, Walgreens and check out all of the harsh, chemical laden products designed to hydrate, smooth, volumize or bring out curls and you will be overwhelmed with the amount of choices. How about this- read the ingredients on these products and prepare to have your mind blown. Nearly every ingredient is a complex chemical, not designed to improve your hair but disguise the problem.

And  how about truly non toxic products? There aren’t many of those.

As I have often mentioned, finding clean green hair care is what started my own green beauty journey. The fact that silicones are used in most products that smooth hair really left me feeling like my choices were limited. The only thing I could do is not use anything at all.

Josh Rosebrook has changed all of that with his line of super clean, plant infused products that work to improve your hair each time you use his shampoo, conditioner and styling products.

The newest product, Lift gives hair texture and volume…naturally. It’s light and airy, won’t weigh your locks down or leave them crispy, greasy or oil. The best part? Nothing toxic.

Lift is made with organic yucca starch. The active herbal infusions in the product help encourage and maintain healthy hair growth. In this nearly magical product is a powerful  infusion of horsetail, lavender, sage, thyme and rosemary which create potent synergy for stimulating the follicle and scalp. When the follicle is stimulated, the bulb is nourished through increased circulation, lending to stronger, thicker hair shaft!

I have used this on wet hair, aiming the spray near the roots for body and all over volume. I have also used it on dry hair by spraying on hands then running my hands through my hair- this gives hair oomph without the texture. Either way works and leaves you with naturally voluminous locks.

Want this miracle product? Head over to the Josh Rosebrook website. Check out all of Josh’s products by going here.

 

 

Wellness Wednesday: Let’s Learn About Intuitive Eating

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Have you heard of Intuitive Eating? In a nutshell,  you listen to your body and give it the nutrients it craves and you stop eating when you feel satisfied.

Its pretty easy and common sense but because we are barraged with so much salt and sugar laden foods from all of the place, its hard to slow down and just…listen and be mindful.

Be aware of your body, are you eating because you’re bored? Tired? Depressed?  Eat to nourish your body, don’t eat your feelings.

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10 Principles of Intuitive Eating

1. Reject the Diet Mentality Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight. If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating.

2. Honor Your Hunger Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Otherwise you can trigger a primal drive to overeat. Once you reach the moment of excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant. Learning to honor this first biological signal sets the stage for re-building trust with yourself and food.

3. Make Peace with Food Call a truce, stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can’t or shouldn’t have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, bingeing When you finally “give-in” to your forbidden food, eating will be experienced with such intensity, it usually results in Last Supper overeating, and overwhelming guilt.

4. Challenge the Food Police .Scream a loud “NO” to thoughts in your head that declare you’re “good” for eating minimal calories or “bad” because you ate a piece of chocolate cake. The Food Police monitor the unreasonable rules that dieting has created . The police station is housed deep in your psyche, and its loud speaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases, and guilt-provoking indictments. Chasing the Food Police away is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.

5. Respect Your Fullness Listen for the body signals that tell you that you are no longer hungry. Observe the signs that show that you’re comfortably full. Pause in the middle of a meal or food and ask yourself how the food tastes, and what is your current fullness level?

6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor The Japanese have the wisdom to promote pleasure as one of their goals of healthy living In our fury to be thin and healthy, we often overlook one of the most basic gifts of existence–the pleasure and satisfaction that can be found in the eating experience. When you eat what you really want, in an environment that is inviting and conducive, the pleasure you derive will be a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied and content. By providing this experience for yourself, you will find that it takes much less food to decide you’ve had “enough”.

7. Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food Find ways to comfort , nurture, distract, and resolve your issues without using food. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom, anger are emotions we all experience throughout life. Each has its own trigger, and each has its own appeasement. Food won’t fix any of these feelings. It may comfort for the short term, distract from the pain, or even numb you into a food hangover. But food won’t solve the problem. If anything, eating for an emotional hunger will only make you feel worse in the long run. You’ll ultimately have to deal with the source of the emotion, as well as the discomfort of overeating.

8. Respect Your Body Accept your genetic blueprint. Just as a person with a shoe size of eight would not expect to realistically squeeze into a size six, it is equally as futile (and uncomfortable) to have the same expectation with body size. But mostly, respect your body, so you can feel better about who you are. It’s hard to reject the diet mentality if you are unrealistic and overly critical about your body shape.

9. Exercise–Feel the Difference Forget militant exercise. Just get active and feel the difference. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie burning effect of exercise. If you focus on how you feel from working out, such as energized, it can make the difference between rolling out of bed for a brisk morning walk or hitting the snooze alarm. If when you wake up, your only goal is to lose weight, it’s usually not a motivating factor in that moment of time.

10 Honor Your Health–Gentle Nutrition Make food choices that honor your health and tastebuds while making you feel well. Remember that you don’t have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It’s what you eat consistently over time that matters, progress not perfection is what counts.

I copied this list directly from here. 

 

Introducing- Sonny & Dew

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Sonny & Dew is a company that creates all natural, handmade products. Everything I tried had an incredible scent and worked very well.

I want to dive right in to share what I tried!

 

Body Butter- I tried this in the scent of Day at the Beach. It brought me right back to the Jersey Shore where I would lay out and relax  under the sunshine while the scent of salt air and sunscreen would lull me into a deep relaxation.  I cannot get enough of this! Plus the body butter leaves skin soft thanks to a combination of aloe vera and refined shea butter.

Sugar Scrub- this one was also tested in the Day at the  Beach scent. What surprised me about this product was how smooth it was, the sugar granules were not overly gritty and this product was ideal for my  hands which I like to keep clean and soft. Again, the scent….amazing.

Soap- the handmade soap comes in a giant hunk! It contains cocoa butter, shea, jojoba oil and goat milk plus some kind of magic potion that makes me want to use it over and over again. For this one I chose the Egyptian Musk- which is such a pretty scent and I wish  Sonny & Dew made this scent in a fragrance oil because I’d be first in line for it!

Sonny & Dew also make facial care products. I tried the Timeless cream which softens wrinkles. I like to slather this all over my face and neck as soon as I get out of the shower at night!

You can find more natural handmade goodies by going here! These products are also available in several stores in Long Island.

 

 

 

Introducing the first antimicrobial sonic skin care system!

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by Caroline Leavitt

What do Lady Gaga and Oprah know that you don’t? They use Soniclear, the world’s first antimicrobial sonic skin cleansing system, from Michael Todd’s True Organics. It not only stimulates your skin, but it makes it easier for your favorite kin care products to be absorbed. Of course, there have been other sonic skin cleaners, but the problem is that they can be breeding grounds for bacteria.

Soniclear has patent-pending organic antimicrobial technology with an EPA registered antimicrobial (neither one washes out or wears out) that prohibits microbes from reproducing and also interferes with their ability to reproduce. So, as the company  says, “Cleaner skin begins with a cleaner brush” ™.

I tried the Soniclear (you have to remove your make-up first, and never use it on your eyes, by the way), and I loved the gentle, yet stimulating feeling of the brush. And I admit, that afterwards, my skin had a glow to it that I just loved! I can’t wait to use it again!

By Hello Dollface