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What to Give for a Goodbye Gift?

Two colleagues have recently made decisions to move their careers forward in different directions. What do you give someone as a going-away gift?

One is from England, so I’m thinking maybe this sweet tea cup and saucer, with a sampling of calming teas…


Lovely Tea Cup and Saucer – found on Etsy – click to purchase.

Or a lovely Sugar Scrub – maybe too personal?


Sugar Beet Crystal Face and Body Scrub

Or how about a plant for their new office…. who wouldn’t want gardenias blooming on their desk?


Desk plant with flowers!

Maybe a gift card? But then the question is for where – you really need to know where they like to shop and to eat – could be too personal or even impersonal. Hmmm….


Gift Card

Maybe flowers and a lovely “Best Wishes for Success” card?


Good Luck!

Or something sweet?


Box of Chocolates

Probably a good fall-back – especially with a nice note of thanks.

Hmmm, well, what other suggestions do you have that aren’t too expensive but communicate appreciation and wish them the very best?

Oil Pulling Results

It’s been one full year since I began oil pulling, and I’m very excited to share my results! First, this is what I have done for the past year, missing only one day:

First thing each morning, swished and “pulled” one full teaspoon of Organic Coconut Oil around and through my teeth for 10 – 20 minutes. (You can read more about the what and how of oil pulling in my post “Oil Pulling.”)

I must also tell you that after a few months, I had my teeth cleaned and my dental hygienist said my gums looked noticeably healthier, but I shouldn’t expect the recession to grow back.  She then had the oral surgeon stop by to examine my gums and provide a consultation. [Read more…]

Protect Yourself from Sun Damage

Are you frustrated trying to understand the difference between UVA and UVB sun damage, let alone what SPF means? Here’s a great discussion about everything from ultraviolet rays to best ways to protect yourself from sun damage, to how to know which SPF is right for you, from the Mayo Clinic and Apriori Beauty:


Protect Yourself from the Harmful Rays of the Sun

Sun Protection 101
According to the Mayo Clinic, the best sunscreen is one that you’ll use generously and according to label directions. Confused about the best sunscreen to use? Wondering whether sunscreen can be harmful? Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, offers the following guidance …

“Start by remembering the bigger picture when it comes to sun safety and what you can do to protect yourself. For example:
• Avoid the sun during peak hours. Generally, this is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — regardless of season. These are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, even on overcast days.
• Wear protective clothing. This includes pants, shirts with long sleeves and sunglasses. Top it off with a wide-brimmed hat. Also, consider investing in sun-protective clothing or using an umbrella for shade.
• Use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply regularly.”

What does a broad spectrum sunscreen do?
There are two types of UV light that can harm your skin — UVA and UVB. A broad spectrum, or full spectrum sunscreen is designed to protect you from both UVA AND UVB rays. Not all sunscreens offer broad spectrum protection.

UVA = “A” for Aging
UVB = “B” for Burning

UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots. UVB rays can burn your skin. Too much exposure to UVA or UVB rays can cause skin cancer. The best sunscreen offers protection from all UV light.

Does the best sunscreen also have the highest SPF?
SPF stands for sun protection factor, which is a measure of how ell the sunscreen deflects UVB rays. Manufacturers calculate SPF based on how long it takes to sunburn skin that’s been treated with the sunscreen, as compared to skin that has not been treated with sunscreen.

Theoretically, the best sunscreen has the highest SPF number. It’s not that simple, however. When applied correctly, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 will provide slightly more protection from UVB rays than does a sunscreen with an SPF of 15. But, the SPF 30 product isn’t twice as protective as the SPF 15 product. Sunscreens with SPF’s greater than 50 provide only a small increase in UVB protection.

Also keep in mind that sunscreen is often not applied thoroughly or thick enough, and it might be washed off during swimming or sweating. As a result, even the best sunscreen might be less effective than the SPF number on the bottle would lead you to believe.

Rather than looking at a sunscreen’s SPF, choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from UVA and UVB rays!


Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/best-sunscreen/art-20045110

Bone Broth – Tried it yet?

Bone broth is gaining popularity among those seeking healthy living, wellness and disease prevention. I began to seriously think about trying some when someone asked me what I thought about it for aiding healing of Crohn’s and Celiac’s diseases.


Pot of Bone Broth Simmering on the Stove

Dr. David Samadi recently posted about bone broth:

“Bone broth is made by boiling animal bones, herbs, and vegetables into a flavorful, bone-marrow filled pot. Experts believe bone broth helps with digestion, joint pain, memory, and dull skin. “

In his post about Bone Broth Cocktails, he discusses the many benefits from drinking this magical broth, which includes an excellent source of minerals, healing the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract, decreasing inflammation throughout the body, and boosting the amount of collagen and elastin available to our joints, skin and nails.

My Whole Foods Market has started selling it by the cupful, in chicken, turkey and beef varieties. Today, I waited and waited for it to be readied for serving until I could wait no more as my frozen items in my shopping cart were melting. I am intent on trying it. Not sure about the cocktail unless it is a hot toddy before going to bed. Now that sounds very relaxing, comforting and probably a very good time to drink it, as your body may absorb the nutrients better as you rest though the night.

Have you tried bone broth yet? If so, what are your thoughts, why do you drink it and what health or beauty benefits are you experiencing?

Tour de Life

Each year, I enjoy following the Tour de France to observe the weeks of rigorous competition, yet more so for the scenery. There are the quaint little towns surviving hundreds of years and many wars, as well as the lush fields of flowers and row upon row of vineyards. The tree canopied country roads, narrow city streets and dangling mountain paths are relaxing, sometimes breathtaking, as I sit in my comfy chair with my feet up. I can’t even imagine the test of strength and endurance the riders go through day after day for three full weeks.

This year’s path traveled some very interesting terrain, and got me to thinking about the analogy to life. We are all on a “tour” or journey of life.

Everyone begins so beautifully, fresh as blossoming flower – or two!


Sunflower Fields Along the Tour de France

Crashes happen, more so in our youth, as we are beginning to test our wings and gaining experience along the path of life. Sometimes things happen we have no control over. Can we get back up and keep pedaling or let it take us down?


Crashes Happen Along the Way

God is always there, guiding and watching over us.


Cathedral along the Tour de France

Those hairpin turns are incredible. They can confuse us, take our energy, overwhelm us at times.


French Alps Hairpin Curves

Then there are are the green pastures of rest, rejuvenation, glory after accomplishment and pure enjoyment of our passages of life.


Col de la Croix

The goal is in view! Our final days, built on years of experience, coming to the finish of a hard fought race. How did we ride?


Riding into Paris – Champs Elysees – Tour de France

Heaven at last!


Sunset in the French Alps



Vibrant Summer Skin

Tips for Vibrant Summer Skin by Candy Dye

I highly recommend exfoliating consistently in the summer to nourish your skin, which just as important as exfoliating to keep your skin hydrated in winter. Exfoliating in the summer helps to prevent dry, damaged skin due to rising heat temps and exposure to sun. [Read more…]

Help for a Curling Iron Burn

I need to slow down – I’m moving too fast, always in a hurry! In the past 6 months, I’ve have two curling iron burns on my left hand from whipping the iron around, hurrying to get going somewhere.

They were both second degree burns – both blistered and were pretty angry and red. I didn’t break the blisters open, so as to keep them free from bacteria and help them heal naturally. Here’s the first one 2 weeks after the burn.

Second Degree Curling Iron Burn

I applied the Apriori Beauty Night Repair 3 Deep about 5 – 6 times a day, the size of a small pea, keeping the area moisturized and with all the great nutrients in the cream there to soak in.


Apriori Beauty’s Night Repair 3 Deep Night Moisturizer

They both healed beautifully! The scabs from the blisters are completely gone, skin has a slightly visible scar (I burned the same area twice), which is very light, skin is smooth and fine. I know in a few months you won’t even be able to see it!


Two Weeks After Burn Treated with Night Repair 3 Deep

The new burn is the circular area on the right of the original burn. The new one is just a week and a half old, looking very nice after the blister scabs have just come off.

(Click the photo of the Night Repair 3 Deep if you would like to order one).

Easy Healthy Self Tanner

Easy Healthy Self Tanner, by Candy Dye

I have a new twist to my nourishing body moisturizer that adds a little color to my hidden-from-the-sun pale skin. This little twist is a creamy veil that I add a little (or a lot) to my dollop of body lotion. It allows me to control level of intensity of color shade, so that as summer goes on, and my skin picks up a little color of it’s own, I can minimize or maximize the color. [Read more…]

Effective Weight Loss Therapy in an Electronic Game?

Effective Weight Loss Therapy in an Electronic Game?

Psychologists look out! There’s a new form of cognitive, visual and behavior therapy coming that may be quicker, easier, less expensive and simpler than weekly therapy. This new “behavior change intervention” in a simple computer game could improve the ease and success of cognitive-behavior therapy for those needing to consistently make better choices leading to healthier lifestyles.

“Psychologists at the University of Exeter and Cardiff University have published a study that shows that participants lost an average of 0.7kg and consumed around 220 fewer calories a day whilst undergoing the week of training.” Those in the study group kept this weight loss off at a 6 month check point after the study ended. That’s pretty significant if you ask me! [Read more…]

Fall 2015 Fashion Trends

Are you ready for Fall 2015 Fashion Trends?

Fresh from a Neiman Marcus luncheon fashion show, here they are!





Fringed Heel


Fluffy Dress Length Vest


Fringed Bag

(I LOVE) White!


White with Fringe

This is just gorgeous in real life, with the movement of the fabric and fringe, will be comfortable, beautiful and fun to wear!

 Reds – from orange-red to blue-red to burgundy, separates and mixed reds in layers.



 Midi length is back!



And … Chunky heels, spots (think leopards and cheetahs), and backpacks are still going strong.

All photos credited to the Neiman Marcus website.

Happy shopping!


Infrared Light Therapy for Clearer, Sharper Thinking?

I’ve been using Far Infrared Light three to four times a week for the past five years now, together with three other therapies, to give me a non-sugical facelift. I really love my results, and have been reading with great interest about research on additional uses for far infrared light. Knowing it has a positive effect on wound healing and tissue regeneration of the skin, there are now studies looking at deeper light therapy, particularly into the brain, with positive findings.


Derma Firm Illuminator Home Face Life Gadget

“We are applying a technology that’s been around for a while,” says lead investigator Dr. Margaret Naeser, (of the VA Boston Healthcare System),”but it’s always been used on the body, for wound healing and to treat muscle aches and pains, and joint problems. We’re starting to use it on the brain.”

Utilizing scalp electrodes to transmit the infrared light into specific areas of the brain, are producing promising results for individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder where cognitive therapy alone has been effective up to a point. The researchers tested individuals who have had cognitive therapy, and found improvement in their thought clarity and more.

“The LED therapy increases blood flow in the brain, as shown on MRI scans. It also appears to have an effect on damaged brain cells, specifically on their mitochondria. These are bean-shaped subunits within the cell that put out energy in the form of a chemical known as ATP. The red and near-infrared light photons penetrate through the skull and into brain cells and spur the mitochondria to produce more ATP. That can mean clearer, sharper thinking, says Naeser.”


Our Cell – with Mitochodria

The mitochondria is the “power house” or engine within our cells. If the infrared light treatment helps to stimulate or “rev up” the cell’s engine, thereby producing more “fuel” (ATP), this will be a tremendous option for so many who have neurological issues. Hopefully, after it becomes a proven adjunctive therapy, researchers will explore its application for those with epilepsy, autism, depression, dementia and other neurological issues which could be life changing.

“Neuropsychological testing before the therapy and at several points thereafter showed gains in areas such as executive function, verbal learning, and memory. The study volunteers also reported better sleep and fewer PTSD symptoms.”

I’m looking forward to learning more about this application in the future.

Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Veterans Affairs Research Communications. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

Journal Reference:

  1. Margaret A. Naeser, Ross Zafonte, Maxine H. Krengel, Paula I. Martin, Judith Frazier, Michael R. Hamblin, Jeffrey A. Knight, William P. Meehan, Errol H. Baker. Significant Improvements in Cognitive Performance Post-Transcranial, Red/Near-Infrared Light-Emitting Diode Treatments in Chronic, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Open-Protocol Study. Journal of Neurotrauma, 2014; 31 (11): 1008 DOI: 10.1089/neu.2013.3244

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Invisalign – My First Update

In my post, Braces vs Invisalign in Later Life, I was just 5 days into my new orthodontia “liners” and struggling for a daily rhythm for drinking my morning coffee, eating throughout the day and speaking coherently. Now at the 1/3 of the way point, I will give an update.


Invisalign Tray

In trying to establish a balance with new rituals, I can say I think I have forged an acceptable schedule for managing timed drinking and eating, always followed by brushing my teeth. What was once a leisurely ritual of slowly sipping and relishing my two cups of morning coffee has now become a timed sport. All other eating is planned and scheduled with a clock and toothbrush. [Read more…]

A Cup of Green Tea with Your Apple Boosts Health Benefits

Health benefits of an apple and a cup of green tea.


The old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, has just become more valuable for staying healthy! Certain substances within apples and green tea, known as polyphenols, are proving to be beneficial in protecting us from chronic diseases. [Read more…]

When to Toss Your Makeup

Do you know when to toss your makeup?

Makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. While some products have expiration dates on them, there are many newer products with more “natural” ingredients, including preservatives. These may have a shorter antibacterial window of time. [Read more…]

Stress and Your Inflamed Skin

Stress & Your Inflamed Skin

It would certainly seem true that when you’re stressed, your skin shows it by the development of a large pimple in a most undesirable location (read Does Stress Cause Acne?), a new patch of eczema springing up, and the flaring up of your rosacea, right?

Scientific research has yet to confirm – until now. [Read more…]

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