Monday, September 23, 2013

3 Outfit Collages

What I'm wearing - casual church outfit
Green/white checkered button-up with ruffles
Wine-colored corduroy pants
Brown flats
Green gem earrings
Hair - half up, half down
makeup - foundation, mascara, lip shimmer

What I'm wearing - work outfit
Light teel t-shirt
Medium-wash cuffed jeans
Pink Converse
Printed scarf
Pink purse
Green gem earrings, star earring in cartilage
Hair - half up bouffant, half down
Makeup - cover up, foundation, black liner, mascara
(my little curly-top sister in the background)

What I'm wearing - church outfit
Sage green tank top
Sage green cardigan
Green/off-white damask skirt
Tan sequined wedge heels
"Gold" hoop earrings
Hair - twist
Makeup - foundation, highlighter, brown liner, mascara

Sunday, September 22, 2013

"This is love," lyrics by me

Christ set the standard for love: dying to self so that
others might know life.
This is where easy ends
This is where sacrifice begins
This is where my heart bends
This is where my life caves in

This is how dreams are ruined
This is how chains are made
This is what love is doing
This is what kills my hate

This is not what you've been told
About how love behaves
They tell you satisfy your soul
But I say true love waits

And it's hard, and it hurts
And it sets you up to fall
But it's good, and it heals
And it will save you after all

This is where evil loses
This is where righteousness wins
This is where cuts and bruises
Are all worth it in the end

This is where I go last
This is where you go first
This is where I would fast
For you to satisfy your thirst

This is how rejection comes
To those who open their heart
This is why tears may run
When you don't get what you give out

This is love, this is truth
I gave my life for you
It is all in what I do
That made me living proof

Oh, before you loved me
This my love, I gave to you"
(written by Michaela Danielle)

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." - 1 John 4:10

Friday, September 13, 2013

Review - VegaSport sugar free Energizer

I like the berry flavor better than
the lemon-lime flavor
 A little over a year ago I took up running again, and have been running at least once every week since then. Working within my busy schedule, I usually get up at 6 to run 3-4 miles (I'm a distance runner, not speed), and even though I'm thoroughly awake by the time I finish my workout, I sometimes find it hard to work up the energy for an optimal running experience. I stay away from energy drinks at all costs, and rarely drink coffee. Eating healthfully and drinking lots of water and tea gives me more than enough energy to complete my day, but I needed an extra boost in the morning.
 I was aware of several great work-out energizers, but didn't want to load my body with sugar first thing in the morning. I looked up VegaSport, but couldn't justify all the sugar their products have, even though it is natural sugar, and their formulas were the best I had seen. That's why I was so happy when I saw that they had come out with a stevia-sweetened energy powder that was only 5 calories per packet, and mixed easily in water. This morning I got up at my usual time, but had trouble motivating myself to really take off. I mixed the Acai Berry flavor into 6 oz of filtered water and gulped it down. It did have a slightly mineral taste, but was surprisingly tasty compared to most I had tried. I stretched, put on my running shoes, and took off! Our house is half way up on two mile hill that can be pretty steep at times, and I decided to take my usual route - "up and around." I literally sprinted one mile uphill! I felt great! I didn't have time for my usual 3 1/2 miles because I worked extra early, so I did 2, but instead of getting a drop in my energy levels, I kept my energy up all day.
 I appreciate that it doesn't give me a "buzz" or an energy "serge," but helps me keep my stamina and concentration. I'm also caffeine sensitive, and this didn't bother me, so I'm happy about that too!

 My rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

 Note: I've been conditioning my leg muscles for a while, so this supplement only gave me the energy and stamina. It didn't make me suddenly fit, or pump me up.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

DIY Facial Masque Recipe - soothing, cleansing, brightening

There are so many topical body products for women - toners, moisturizers, scrubs, primers, lotions, and more. I've thrown in the towel on trying to keep up! For one thing, they're usually very expensive, or they are filled with harmful chemicals and skin-irritants. But even the top-end brands may contain parabens and synthetic minerals. To save myself the headache of checking labels, looking up words like stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, and rearranging my budget to fit my beauty wishes, I like to make many of my own beauty products out of all-natural and simple ingredients.
 I've been making and using a wonderful cleansing mask I can make using [high-quality] kitchen ingredients.
 In a small dish or saucer, pour 1/2 tsp Aluminum-free Baking Soda and 1/2 tsp raw honey. That's it! (measurements are 1:1 ratio) Then stir together with a toothpick until it looks thick and milky. Apply to your clean, makeup and dirt free face, and smear it all around with your fingers! It will feel funny at first, but I've come to really enjoy it. Let it sit for 10 minutes, or however long you feel comfortable with, but no more than 20 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water and spritz with some organic rose water for an extra radiant feel and look.
 The raw, preferably organic honey soothes the skin and opens up the pores. Because it hasn't been heated and treated, it has every original nutrient and benefit that it is meant to have! And I always try to use organic when putting anything on or in my body. It will find its way to your blood stream either way!
 The aluminum-free baking soda pulls toxins out of your skin and flakes away dead skin cells, thus giving your face a bright, fresh look. Be sure to use aluminum-free, as aluminum is a soft metal that is toxic and irritating to the human body.
Bob's Red Mill (left) and Y.S
Organic Bee Farm (right)
 Refrain from using this masque too often - your body needs time to regenerate - but it really is gentle enough to use even on the most sensitive skin (although I wouldn't recommend it for a young child or baby).  I can usually tell right away if a product is abrasive, or has chemicals in it, because my skin is
so sensitive, and I use this scrub maybe once a month or more to detox the epidermis.
 So put in some harp music, soak your feet, and slice some cucumbers to place over your eyes. The DIY Spa Night is here!