Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
When I was in elementary school, I was obsessed with the Ramona Quimby books. I'm going to read them again now at age 28 in order and reminisce. I think I must have a pretty good memory because I did really well on this Ramona quiz(except for the Ramona's World questions, which I am pretty sure is new!). I'm just hoping that my library has the old school copies that I used to read because I see that now the artwork and everything is all updated. Let me know how you do on the quiz!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I received the Neutrogena Wave cleansing system to try and review today. It kinda follows the "vibrating" trend that has been so popular in toothbrushes lately, but while I LOVE my vibrating toothbrush, I couldn't say as much for the Wave. Here are my negatives and positives of this product:
- Really cute packaging and color. Bright pink pod-type thing that is water proof for shower use.
- The pads smell great.
- I honestly don't think it vibrated enough to do much.
- The pad took a long time to get foamy.
- The cleanser on the pad wasn't anything special.
- The head was too big to get in nooks and crannies like the creases of the nose.
- I am used to one cleanser removing my eye makeup and washing my face. You can't use this near eyes.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I have received the Vermont Country Store catalog for some time and can spend hours poring over it. I love anything old fashioned and the catalog is like crack to me. I have only recently discovered their website and love it for the same reasons and then some....it's hilarious! The descriptions crack me up! A few examples...
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
- You get a "mini". It is kind of like an avatar, but you get many more choices and you can shop for them at the "mini-mall".
- You can play for "badges". Every Wednesday, Pogo releases badges that you can try to win. They choose the game and the challenge. These are very fun to collect and will make you look forward to Wednesday a little more!
- You collect "tokens". Basically Pogo's form of currency, you earn tokens for playing these games. You can buy stuff at the mini-mall,enter drawings, or just hoard them so all of the others on Pogo are impressed!
For those who already are members, I have some fun stuff for you too! I'm going to tell you about 3 top secret websites sure to help you advance your Pogo "career"!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Things I've been checking out this week...
- The dogs from the Michael Vick case. This man is a sicko. Please check this out and trust that these dogs can be the best pets in the world.
- The 30 day Total Health Makeover. People call me crazy, but this book has changed my life. I don't necessarily LOVE Marilu Henner, just her guidelines for eating and health.
- Truly shameful to admit, but The Gauntlet 3. I mean, I REALLY can't stand some of these people! Evan and Kenny are 20 something girl-haters, Frank is, to put it nicely, a whining wussie, and CT is SUCH a prick to his girlfriend Diem. This is a guilty pleasure that isn't always such a pleasure.
Friday, February 29, 2008
I am lucky enough to receive and try many product samples. One of my favorites of late is Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. Its benefits are:
Personally, I love it. Especially the muslin cloth. The cleanser is a bit too oily to use on my combination/oily skin everyday, but I use it every other day and use my regular Clearasil with my cloth on the other days. The cloth is the best part! It is gently exfoliating but doesn't rub my skin raw. You can get a starter pack on their site for $22.50, a sampler for $8.00, or you can just buy the cloths (probably what I will end up doing) for $5.00. I would like to try more of her products! If you have let me know how you liked them!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The past two days have been a winter wonderland around here! Yuck! I'm just happy I haven't had to go anywhere! We got over a foot of snow! Today we took Mulder, our Amstaff out to run around and play and he had so much fun. Me and Daddy---not so much. I wish I had snowpants like when I was little...
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Me and my honey try to eat quite healthy. We were always pretty conscious of the food that passed our lips, but a month ago, we decided to take it a step further and cut out dairy, refined sugar and ALL meat. The sugar and meat weren't too hard, but the thought of no cheese was heartbreaking at first. I loved creamy dressings, quesadillas, and pizza! So we were fast looking for alternatives to those foods. One of the BEST products we tried was the Drew's Lemon Goddess Tahini Dressing.
It is addictive and we put it on everything from salad to cooked veggies to pasta. It has a creamy texture, but is dairy free and organic! I found it in the Nature's Place section at my beloved Hannaford, but I am sure it can be found at many other stores. I have also tries the Kalamata Olive and the Smoked Tomato. Let me know if you have tried the Sesame Orange!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Just to clear this up, I was a HEAVY caffeine and aspartame user for years. My worst addiction, and you can laugh, but it WAS an addiction was to Diet Mountain Dew. I drank so much of that stuff it was sickening. They ordered it by the case for me at work and all of my favorite stores. Well, I decided one day in a fit of feeling fat to try the master cleanse. It sounded so awesome that I could lose 20 lbs. in 10 days and I was pumped. I bought all the ingredients and started that mutha up! I made it almost a whole day---but it wasn't the hunger that stopped me. It was the HELLISH headache that stopped me. I knew it was from the Diet Mt. Dew. I thought it was the caffeine, which I haven't had since(month and a half!) but I guess it was just a blessing that it made me stop aspartame as well. For people who are wondering what I switched to, it is Polar Vanilla Seltzer http://www.polarbev.com/products_seltzer.html. I keep these people in business! But enough about that, read what this stuff REALLY does to you
A MUST READ
In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick. She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.
By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick.she just knew she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter's name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.
She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd .
On March 19 I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn't find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS
I recalled an article a friend of mine e-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda? She told me that she did. As a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack one open that moment.
I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the diet soda!
I e-mailed her the article my friend, a lawyer, had sent.
My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the diet soda AND she could walk! The muscle spasms went away. She said she didn't feel 100% but she sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me when she got home.
Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed! He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind.
In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in the diet soda...and literally dying a slow and miserable death.
When she got to Florida March 22, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning! She is well on her way to a complete recovery.
And she is walking! No wheelchair! This article saved her life.
If it says 'SUGAR FREE' on the label; DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on 'ASPARTAME,' marketed as 'NutraSweet,' 'Equal,' and 'Spoonful.'
In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant.
I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.
I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. Many people were being diagnosed in error. Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is!
Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition.
We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas.
In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disappear. We've seen many cases where vision loss returned and hearing loss improved markedly.
This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia.
During a lecture, I said, 'If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!'
People were jumping up during the lecture saying, 'I have some of these symptoms. Is it reversible?'
Yes! Yes! Yes! STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels! Many products are fortified with it! This is a serious problem.
Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his recent visit to a hospice, a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!
Diet soda is NOT a diet product! It is a chemically altered, multiple SODIUM (salt) and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight!
These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve 'tissue specimens.' Many products we use every day contain this chemical but we SHOULD NOT store it IN our body!
Dr. H. J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the 'diet products' and with no significant increase in exercise; his patients lost an average of 19 pounds over a trial period.
Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics.
We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact, had symptoms caused by Aspartame.
The Aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance.
Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE. Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks, uncontrollable anger and rage.
Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well.
Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet. So called 'behavior modification prescription drugs' (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place! Most of these children were being 'poisoned' on a daily basis with the very foods that were 'better for them than sugar.'
It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.
Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i.e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy.
Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NEVER be given artificial sweeteners. There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering grand mal seizures and other neurological disturbances talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.'
Herein lies the problem:
There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, and still nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets.
Sadly, MONSANTO'S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED!
There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced. Everybody wants a 'piece of the Aspartame pie.' I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is.
And isn't it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians?
This has been recently exposed in the New York Times.
These [organizations] cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.
Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants. The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.
The bill was killed.It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public. Well, you're Informed now! YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!