Invisalign Done!

My Invisalign journey is over! I’m in the promised land of lovely straight teeth, aligned bite and painless eating.

Invisalign-Close

Phew. I won’t say the year flew by, there were some very tough times, but all in all I’m very glad I took the challenge and am very happy with my results. (Only wish they could grow back receding gums while straightening teeth. Sigh.)

The good:

  • Watching my teeth come back into alignment while no one could really tell I was wearing the trays.
  • My jaw has expanded, and now there is no clicking or pain when I chew, no more getting locked or only being able to open my mouth a finger-breadth wide.
  • Chin wrinkles have melted into my wider jawline.
  • I am smiling more.
  • It’s over!!
  • This list is short compared to the bad, but so, so worth the struggles, and I am very, very happy I have done this, truly loving my results!

[Read more…]

My Morning Routine for Success

How would you like to leave your home each morning relaxed and as fully prepared as you can be for the day ahead? Yes, we all know that unexpected happens, but if you have a routine it will provide the confidence and calm to withstand almost anything that comes your way. It will give you the best chance of a day that flows as peacefully as possible.

1. Rise & Shine. Awaken before the sun rises so I can watch it fill the sky with beauty. Take slow deep breaths, express gratitude for the day ahead, my health, and my eyes which are able to take in the beauty before me.

This morning’s beautiful sunrise!

2. (Optional) Oil Pulling.  This is something I put in my routine about a year and a half ago. My teeth are whiter, gums have stopped receding and are healthier, sinuses are clearer and I’m staying very healthy. [Read more…]

Bye Bye Microbeads

Microbeads are now a thing of the past. Once advertised as a great way to mechanically exfoliate your skin, research from Oregon State University has found them to negatively affect the environment. Once microbeads have worked to remove your dead skin cells, they don’t dissolve, and as they float away through your plumbing, they move along out to the ocean where sea life consume them. Microbeads then become a part of the food chain when we eat fish and other sea creatures who ingest the beads. This is something I really don’t want to think about too long. You, either?

http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/30178/20150918/8-trillion-tiny-microbeads-enter-water-sources-each-day-scientists.htm

Now there is a ban on products containing microbeads, which leads all of us regular mechanical exfoliators to proclaim “now what will we do?”

I have a great remedy, even better than microbeads, and it’s been around a long, long time – think even your great, great grandmother used it! It’s granulated sugar. Yes, sugar.

Sugar scrubs and sugaring have been shown to be excellent exfoliators, and as lovely as massaging sugar over our skin sounds, it is wonderful in case some slips into your mouth (versus a microbead!). The most wonderful thing I love about the effectiveness of a sugar scrub, besides that it really does move the old skin cells along beautifully, preventing ingrown hairs and giving a much smoother shaving experience, is that is melts as you massage it into your skin. No more fish ingesting beads!

http://www.useloveshare.com/FIC/candace/product/?i=14

Apriori Beauty’s Sugar Beet Crystal Scrub!

I love the Sugar Beet Crystal and Enzyme Activated Scrub from Apriori Beauty. Great for your face and body. Very, very gritty, giving you an excellent exfoliation, and dissolves as you continue to massage it around.

Testimonial:

The Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub is my little heaven in a bottle! I have found that when I exfoliate correctly and hydrate my skin with the nutrients in the entire Celloxylin line, my skin is finally normalized. I received a facial the other day and the therapist must have asked me four times, “What products do you use?” I am so happy with my results..!

Peptides for a Younger Looking You

Ever wondered what those magical ingredients were in your anti-aging products and what they actually did to decrease aging’s effects on your skin? Peptides are one of anti-aging’s most desired ingredients, because of the effects they have on the natural support structures within your skin. They are short sequences of amino acids linked by peptide bonds that are similar in structure to proteins, but shorter in length.

Peptides

They play a significant role in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen synthesis. Collagen and elastin are the flexible lattice within the skin that helps maintain its structure and youthful elasticity. Some also block the transmission of nerve signals to facial muscles. [Read more…]

What Stains Your Teeth?

One of the benefits I’ve experienced with daily oil pulling has been whiter teeth. My teeth were set up to stain due to enamel damage from cemented-on braces / headgear / rebelling-from-the-pain-and-ugliness-by-not-brushing-for-days back a few decades ago (before there was such a thing a motrin). With eroded enamel, a love for coffee, blueberries, …make that ALL berries, and chocolate, my teeth were a yukky yellow. Then I began daily oil pulling and within a few months I noticed the stains lifted, and my teeth a nicer shade of white (not the bright white of laser bleached, mind you).

Yellow to White Teeth

Recently, WebMD posted a really nice pictorial of what the common causes of teeth stains are which you can flip through by clicking What Stains Your Teeth?

Some of the common culprits we all know are: [Read more…]

New Easy-to-Clean Hair Brush

Do you spend the time to remove the hair and clean your hairbrush every so often, or do you toss it in the trash and purchase a new one? With 6 heads of hair to manage, I remember my mother filling a basin with an ammonia solution and soaking combs and brushes in every week when I was little. The time consuming tasks of removing the hair from the bristles and core, soaking, rinsing and drying was a mother’s labor. Usually done Saturday nights, we ate hot dogs for dinner because there wasn’t time to cook a big meal with all the hair washing and hair brush cleaning going on.

Well now we’re talking sustainability when inventors of the new easy to clean hairbrush created their new product.

Credit: Image courtesy of Scott Shim, The Ohio State University Easy Cleaning Hairbrush [Read more…]

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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone_broth

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?

Fall 2015 Fashion Trends

Are you ready for Fall 2015 Fashion Trends?

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

“Folklorico”

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-at/Womens-Clothing/Pre-Fall-2015/Trends/Folkloric-Influences/cat53950757_cat47300764_cat47300759/c.cat?cmCat=cat000000cat000001cat41020734cat47300759cat47300764#endecaDrivenSiloRefinements=cmCat%3Dcat000000cat000001cat41020734cat47300759cat47300764&userConstrainedResults=true&refinements=&page=1&pageSize=120&sort=PCS_SORT&definitionPath=/nm/commerce/pagedef_rwd/template/EndecaDrivenHome&onlineOnly=&allStoresInput=false&rwd=true&catalogId=cat53950757

Poncho

[Read more…]

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.

https://www.auraortho.com/invisalign-treatment-procedure/

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…]

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…]

Kentucky Derby Hats

Kentucky Derby hats are my favorites because they are pretty much a mandatory part of the outfit which sets the fun, frolicky, dressy tone for the day. The rainbow of colors seen on a sea of heads create a much anticipated show of fashion and frivolity. Broad, lipsticked smiles on made up faces, matching tea party dresses and mint juleps in hand, are ready for the cameras and much anticipated race.

Here are some of my favorites from last year’s Derby:

http://www.kentuckyderby.com/news/photos/kentucky-derby-fashion

Such a fun day with friends!

[Read more…]

Excellent Natural Oil Hair Treatment

Does your hair fly away when you want it to stay down, or feel dry and “crunchy” between your fingers? You may enjoy a special oil treatment for your scalp and hair which will bring back a smooth, silky texture to your hair strands and supplement the moisture in your scalp without making it greasy.

Beauty magazines and sites recommend Olive Oil, Mayonnaise, Eggs and a whole host of other food items from your kitchen to be applied and left on for a time to treat dry hair. Some advise leaving it on overnight, while sleeping with a shower cap on. Okay, I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of night I would have if I did that! The crunching of the plastic cap, the smell of the oil or eggs, a slimy feeling and potential for oozing is NOT attractive to me at all.

How we suffer to be beautiful, right? [Read more…]

Braces vs Invisalign in Later Life

Braces vs. Invisalign

Raise your hand if you had braces on your teeth when you were growing up. Both of my hands are raised because I had braces – the metal bands with metal brackets, and headgear. For 10 years. My teeth were just fine for 35 plus years after, until my jaw began to hurt, click, and give me earaches and headaches. Once, when I had my teeth cleaned, my jaw locked for 5 months afterward from keeping my mouth open during the hour long procedure. Five specialists later, with no real diagnosis, I just let it go, and got used to the pain…..until I noticed my teeth were moving, and fast.

[Read more…]

New Imaging Technique Better at Detecting Breast Cancers

New Imaging Techniques Better at Detecting Breast CancersHaving Fibrocystic Breast Disease for years has produced dense breast tissue with age for me. My annual mammogram usually goes into an added ultrasound in order to visualize densities with greater definition. Now the Mayo Clinic has developed a new breast imaging technique that can detect breast cancers with much greater accuracy. [Read more…]

10 Tips for Beautiful Looking Ears

“Did you wash behind your ears?” Seems like that was a question Mrs. Cleaver used to ask the Beaver often, yet I don’t recall while I was growing up ever having a specific lesson on how to go about cleaning my ears.

http://imgarcade.com/1/1-carat-princess-cut-diamond-earrings/

A Beautifully Clean Ear!

I do recall hearing over and over to never put anything sharper than an elbow inside my ear. Then, of course, my junior high buddies and I would all laugh and proceed to hold up our elbows in the direction of our ears. More laughter because no way can they reach! [Read more…]

Content Protected Using Blog Protector By: PcDrome.