I discovered a tall Tea cup on a shelf in a store in Asia. I purchased it in my travels to the Orient. ✈️ . What’s so interesting it has words across it not a design with an Asian theme. I love ❤️ sipping from this unique cup. Especially with my flower 🌺 tea.
As it’s Chinese 🧨 New🎉 Year 🧧 which is a fifteen day celebration I thought I’d share what it reads.
Ten Ways to Good Health
Less alcohol … More tea
Less meat … More vegetables
Less salt… More vinegar
Less sugar … More fruit
Less eating .., More chewing
Less words .. More action
Less greed … More Giving
Less worry … More sleep
Less driving … More walking
Less anger… More laughter
Aren’t these words awesome?
Simple words yet so true and how I try to live my life.
Do you like this as much as I fo?
Gotta get some rest I’m on TV 📺 in the morning on River City Live TV here in sunny but very cold Jacksonville Florida.
I was looking for a refreshing recipe and felt in the mood for mint. So I went to my personal recipe box for food, beauty and fun. I made a yummy cool Mint Julep drink with fresh mint. I also prepared a fresh facial steam.
I wanted to detox my pores a bit and give them a breather from makeup, pollution and more.
What you will need for this recipe:
1 bunch of fresh peppermint or spearmint leaves
1 gallon bottle of water poured into a pasta pot (pretend you’re making pasta)
1 glass Pyrex like bowl
Bring water to a boil and allow it to cool a bit. Pour this water into a bowl.
Crush up some great mint in your hands to let the aromatics come out.
Place the leaves on top of the water.
Place a tea towel over your head allowing your face to be uncovered.
Keeping a safe distance allow the steam 💦 to reach your face.
You’ll start to notice a bit of moisture to your facial skin and feel like you’ve been “working out”. That’s good!
Your pores are getting a workout,dead skin will slough off a bit and your your skin will love you for it all.
You can enjoy this facial steam once a week. I like to do it for at least 10 mins. until the water cools to lukewarm and your face is glows & dewy.
Do not put your pretty face in the steamy water. Just near it and allow the steam to rise and meet your face.
I know it’s easier said than done but the last few weeks I have stopped to take some peaceful breaths and breathe. I took some time off from blogging.
I MISSED you and posting but I have enjoyed getting caught up with myself, my house and my life. I really enjoyed it. Even the quiet times.
As we’ve started a new year I have HOPE even though the world seems to be crashing down around us. So much going on. Ever changing. It’s a different world 🌍 we’re living in.
And I am looking forward to what lies ahead. My guest speaking and event calendar is getting pretty full already. But I promised myself to take time to enjoy ALL the beautiful little things in life. You know… there are so many.
How are you? I hope your holidays were lovely and that you started the new year well. If you have any beauty, skin or wellness questions I’m here to help.
I am back on TV this week on River City Live on WJXT-4 in sunny Jacksonville Florida with some beauty ideas to pack in your evening bag to look Gorgeous on The Go”! Over the Christmas or Holiday parties or on New Years Eve you want to look and feel fabulous! Right?
Before a party I always eat some fruit and drink lots of water. Don’t go hungry or thirsty. Before I put on makeup I like to use a hydrating illuminating mask like ESW Plant based sheet masks. It’s cruelty-free, vegan and clean ingredients. Like Matcha Almond Milk.
It gives my skin a radiant glow!
There are a few must-haves I think you need:
Hair spray like Chi’s Hair care Helmet Head is a lifesaver for your or HIS hair.
A lip balm,bold lipstick or sexy shimmer lip gloss are good choices. I also pack a conditioning lip balm for my husbands lips too. I like A Method’s Vitamin C Kissed Lip Balm.Baby its cold outside!
Find a petite Eyeshadow and highlighter set like the one I discovered by Guide Beauty so many pretty colors perfect for the holidays. Shine On and apply over eyelids, cheekbones,decolette or over a lipstick to shimmer on!
IF your face tends to shine or look oily try Powder Papers I discovered on one of my trips to Asia. My clients and I are addicted to them! They are travel friendly, powder and blot oil in one blot. Love how fresh they make me feel. Selfies and other family photos call for this beauty find!
A dash of fragrancegoes a long way. Carry a perfume or cologne sample and or a mini hand lotion I like Spongelle’s new lotion packets for a quick fragrance and skin softening touch-up.my favorite is the “Sugar Dahlia” and the “French Lavender”.
So I hope you enjoyed these tips besides what you love to use and do and paint the town red, pink, silver or gold!
I know we are all under pressure to manage our TO DO list this month. Wether holiday shopping or simply doing what you need to get done. We need energy. And not sugary things. Sip your fruit and veggies.
So I wanted to share one of my many smoothie recipes that I enjoy with you.
What you will need for this recipe:
1 cup of frozen pineapple
3 handfuls of fresh spinach
1 frozen banana
1 cup of coconut water
A few pieces of fresh mint leaves
1 squeeze of fresh lemon
1/2 cup of water (optional)
Place all your liquids in the blender. Add your green 🍃 leafy veggies, blend for at least 25-30 seconds. Lastly add fruit and herbs. Blend until smooth.
Pour into a tall glass and enjoy. It is even more delicious when you share it with those you ❤️ love!
I like to play with this creamy refreshing recipe! If you don’t have one fruit or veggie substitute with another. It’s so much fun and better than buying them. Do it yourself and know what’s in it!
Wow! I never expected the last few weeks to be filled with so much adventure! NO comfort and joy for me. I know I’ve been MIA … it’s so unlike me!
But I wanted to fill you in on why I have not been blogging. I’ve been traveling for work. Puerto Rico, Santa Barbara, LA and beautiful Palm Beach. I love traveling and exploring wether it’s work or play. Airplanes are my happy 😊 place!
First there was a late in the season hurricane in 🌴 Florida.
Then while that was brewing I got sick with an upper respiratory infection. Thank goodness no flu or Covid.
Next I got attacked by three angry 🐝 wasps! Three different times!!! While minding my own business. It was bad.
All with Shop Small Saturday events at my studio and my Holiday Open House 🏡 weekend for my beauty cottage. Needless to say… I’m exhausted from all of this and the steroids I had to take too.
But I wanted you to know I have not forgotten about you and my blog too.
In a hurricane , tropical storm or just life now… we NEED comforting.
Here are some of my personal tips to help!
❤️ Take a warm comforting bath before the storm or you lose electricity. Or if the storm passes you or just any day chill out in a bath 🛀 even if you are a shower person. IT will make you feel better!
I like to use Epsom salt and a few dashes of essential oil. Rose, lavender or lemon. I like to add shower gel to the tub for bubbles.
(Not crafters oil fragrance) The real thing!
❤️ This is NOT the time to go on a diet! Eat and drink things that comfort you. Bake some cookies from scratch. Make a pot of cozy hot chocolate or Chai tea.
❤️ Try taking a nap or at least try and get a good nights sleep. It really helps with stress! It also is so good for your health!
❤️ Or give each other a massage. The scalp, shoulders, hands or feet. Even the family can get in on the fun.
Practice a bit of meditation. Or start yoga. I have not been doing it for many years but I have added it to my life. It makes such a big difference.
❤️ Meditation 🧘♀️ calms the mind. If you don’t what to do. Just be still and quiet. Surround yourself with a salt lamp or a faux candle. Illuminate your space.
❤️ I’m not a doctor but my massage therapist and doctors over the years suggested I take one magnesium supplement at night. They say it relaxes the body and acts like a muscle relaxant. I practice that and it is quite effective. Sweet Dreams!
❤️ Spray your sheets or towels with lavender oil or peppermint oil. One calms and the peppermint lifts spirits.
❤️ Still feeling stress ? Chew gum or enjoy a hard candy. I love a candy brand called Jolly Ranchers!
❤️ Keep hydrated! Drinking Water 💦 is your body’s best friend. But a little Prosecco helps too. Or whatever floats your boat!
If you have a tip that you’d like to share with me. I’d love to hear from you.
I hope a few of these tips help and comfort you! Hurricane if not. We ALL need to take comfort.
Spice It Up …Fall has arrived even though we don’t feel it in Florida. The temperatures in the 90’s this week! Wow. Today on TV I shared these with our TV viewers on a lifestyle morning show on River City Live… on WJXT-4.
But it is going to feel like the chill of fall before we know it. Let’s get in the mood and spice your life up with something new. Perhaps something or some place you never tried before!
A great way to do this is with a new sweater or better yet buy a pair of cozy socks! Say goodbye to boring black,white or blue and color your world too! I just discovered this awesome brand called JOHN’S CRAZY SOCKS! So many sock styles to choose from for guys, gals and kids too. The fun socks I purchased are so ME with luscious lips all over them.
Check out … Browse:www.johnscrazysocks.com Feel even better about your purchase knowing you are supporting a small business owner who just happens to be born with Down Syndrome. His company donates a portion of your purchase to Special Olympics. The holidays are coming. Great gift idea too.
Adding fall decorative touches in your home is nice. But how about adding some spice to your kitchen by trying out new and exotic spices like Vietnamese cinnamon and or French Lavender for your culinary adventures. I have had a party in my kitchen with these spices and herbs.
•Love sipping coffee? Tea? Smoothies Or Hot Chocolate? Me too.
Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Shop is coming soon to San Marco in Jacksonville Fl. But you can also find this coffee shop around the country. The brainchild started by a mom Amy Wright who is co-owner and named the coffee shop after her two children Bitty & Beau who were born with Down Syndrome. Why not stop in when they open their doors here and enjoy a NEW place to sip your coffee and enjoy a delicious treat too. They employ amazing people with disabilities. Now that’s something to brag about! Guests love the vibe and coffee too!
Try a new autumn inspired self-care treat like Honey Heel glaze and or hand and body lotion like Honey Chai. Men love this scent and products too. Self care never smelled or felt so good!
A new lipstick can change your life! Really. The trending hues for fashion and lipstick are cinnamon and metallic and earthy colors. But still think about PINK to brighten up your face to go with the new fall fashions.
Let’s celebrate the beauty of fall 🍂 and all it has to offer us.