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Vitamin C Toner By Pure Lux LLC

I ordered this product and used it on my face after my shower at night. The smell is different but pleasant. I did notice that my skin has tightened and my skin looks brighter that it used to. I received this product strictly for review and was not paid to write this review. I do recommend this product and was pleased with the results!resize_8c6b7874673d8c004e34798ccfc9a14473b2ffcf5c2bb6f534dede46b7e665a76d7b59fc256256


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Midori Spring Ceremonial (Emerald) Matcha JULY

The product I am reviewing is Midori Spring (Emerald) Matcha. is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. It’s special in two aspects of farming and processing: The green tea plants for matcha are shade grown for about 3 weeks before harvest, and the stems and veins are removed in processing. It is known for being used for tea ceremony. The ceremony involves preparation, serving and drinking. I enjoyed the flavor of Matcha and sweetened it with a little bit of Stevia. The hardest part of preparation was making sure that the powder did not clump while brewing. I used a wire whisk and was successful with getting most of the powder to not clump. The flavor is pleasant and a bit thicker than a common green tea. So following the directions for preparation is important to get the best tasting Matcha possible.Matcha has some therapeutic benefits. It improves mental focus, gives an energy boost, and has the antioxidant catechins, especially EGCG in green tea leaves, is one of the main reasons that many health-conscious people consume green tea leaves or matcha specifically. I enjoyed testing this product and enjoyed the taste. This product is wonderful to use in baking!



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Asana Beauty Eyelash Serum Review

downloadThis product did irritate my eyes a little bit. I have been using this product now for two weeks and have noticed some re-growth on both sides. I had injured my left eye about a year ago and lost some lashes that never seemed to grow back. They are now growing back.



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Reviewed Natural Skin Lightening Cream with Hyaluronic Acid by #Asana

I am very happy with this product. It did fade some darkened areas on my face and I used it on my hands/forearms. My face was nicely moisturized and my skin was soft to the touch while using this product. I highly recommend this cream!I gave it a 4 out of 5 star rating!71jyGTAgqGL._SX522_



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Black Bean Enchiladas


These enchiladas are packed with complex flavors. And they have plenty of nutrition and antioxidants from the black beans, tomatoes, and garlic. A wonderful dish for Meatless Monday.


  • 1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 1  (8 Oz. Size) Yellow Onion (finely Chopped)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Cooked Or Canned Black Beans
  • 15 ounces, fluid Canned Tomato Sauce
  • ½ cups Water
  • ½ cups Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 1  (1 Oz. Size) Jalapeno Pepper (seeded, Finely Chopped)
  • 8 ounces, weight Grated Vegan Cheese (Mexican Style GoVeggie Preferred)
  • 13 whole (5 1/2 Inch Size) Corn Tortillas (gluten-free If Desired)


1. Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin powder, and salt. Cook another 2 minutes. Add the beans, tomato sauce and water (see note) and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low. Mash the beans with a potato masher and simmer 5 minutes.
2. Remove the bean mixture from the heat and strain, reserving the sauce. Transfer the strained bean mixture to a medium bowl and mix together with the chopped cilantro (save 1 tablespoon for garnishing), jalapenos and half of the cheese.
3. Preheat oven to 350°F.
4. Spread ½ cup of the sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Microwave 5 tortillas at a time or follow the package instructions to soften. Scoop about ¼ cup bean mixture into each tortilla and roll it up tightly. Place the filled and rolled tortillas in the baking dish seam-side down. Finish all tortillas.
5. Dip a pastry brush in the sauce and brush the ends of each tortilla. Pour the remaining sauce evenly over the enchiladas.
6. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the enchiladas, cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil, bake for an additional 2-3 minutes until the cheese is slightly brown.
7. Garnish with the remaining cilantro before serving.

1. If there is any remaining bean mixture, it can be used as a filling in tortilla shells without any further cooking. Add lettuce if desired.
2. Due to different recipes of making tomato puree, the liquid content may vary. Gradually add excess water when making the bean mixture if necessary.
3. This recipe was inspired by a beef version on by Joyce@Light Orange Bean

Muscle Memory, Trauma and Massage Therapy

Riding a bicycle, playing the piano, handwriting, dancing, typing on a keyboard, learning to speak a language – even learning how to give a good massage – all these things, and more, are thanks to muscle memory. Other things that can be included are life events causing not only physical, but also emotional trauma. Everything we do and everything that happens to us and around us affects the nervous system, including the brain and the muscles enervated by each experience. Learn how massage therapy can help to release and even assist in healing the imbalance caused by trauma to the body and mind.

Muscle Memory, Trauma and Massage Therapy

The body remembers what the mind forgets is something mind/body therapists say when it comes to both physical or psychological trauma and the body. Massage therapists often see proof in this when working on clients. The client starts to tense up when a certain part of the arm is touched, may laugh when getting a foot massage, or start to cry as they relax during a back massage. It seems to come out of nowhere and may startle or confuse both the therapist and the client. Why and how does this happen?

What Is Muscle Memory?

Muscle memory is related to such terms as motor learning, body memory and cellular memory, though each means something slightly different. The basic hypothesis for all of them is that the physical body retains a memory of what the mind experiences and the mind, or brain and nervous system, retain a memory of what the body experiences.

Most people have heard that once you learn to ride a bicycle you never forget, even if you haven’t ridden one in years. You may have a bit of a shaky start, but within a few minutes, those once idle neurons will reconnect and start firing. Once again, rider and bicycle will become as one and go merrily on their way.

If muscle memory did not exist, we would probably have to relearn our basic experiences every day. Would there even be concert violinists, great athletes or stage actors if our mental and physical memories did not coexist and respond cooperatively?

Muscle memory and the mind/body connection is realized when a person no longer has to think about  what is being done, the body and mind go on a kind of automatic drive. The physical aspects are the easiest to understand. They are experienced on a daily basis. The muscle memory connected to psychological trauma can seem to some to be a bit more ethereal or even evasive when trying to comprehend the why’s and how’s of it all.

The Relationship Between Chronic Pain and Trauma

Chronic pain is generally defined as prolonged pain lasting longer than usual for natural healing. That is, once the physical wounds have healed or the danger related to emotional trauma has passed. It is said that time heals all wounds. For some people the visible wounds may appear to be healed, but the pain lingers on for months or years. It can be debilitating, interfering with day-to-day activities and lead to depression and anxiety that prohibits functioning in any kind of normal way.

The effects of trauma can last a long time. One example would be the phantom pain or irritation a person feels after a limb is amputated. A reason sometimes given is that it is due to muscle memory, the pain is felt or perhaps generated by the brain and acts as if the limb still exists, and the trauma is ongoing. Another example would be in the soldier experiencing post traumatic stress after his truck hits a land-mine. For years afterward he may feel the pain of the explosion every time he gets into a car. The reasons are complex and elusive.

The Physiology of Trauma

A physical trauma – something like a car accident, exposure to toxins, injury from an explosion, a physical assault – creates a reaction between the mind and body involving the autonomic (sympathetic and parasympathetic subdivisions) nervous system. It is that flight, fight or freeze response of the sympathetic portion reacting to an often life-threatening situation. Cortisol and norepinephrine are released and, along with other stress related hormones, affect the digestive process, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing as well as other body functions. These hormones act by rallying up stored energy to invigorate and mobilize muscles. An increase in these hormones long term can also negatively affect reproduction and the immune system.

In the brain, the amygdalae along with associated neural networks (part of the limbic system) generate a state of hyper-vigilance that can last well beyond the actual event causing the original trauma. The amygdalae, which also stimulate the hippocampus with regard to long-term memories, are responsible for memories associated with emotional events. If the trauma, whether physical or emotional (or both) is not addressed early on, the result can be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as chronic pain. This chronic pain can be in areas associated with the original trauma or located throughout the body.

Long after the trauma, deep within the brain, the subconscious mind remembers. Within the limbic system lies the memories associated with the event or injury. The smells, the sounds, the tastes, the textures, the visuals – all the senses are stimulated during a trauma and stored to form a kind of emotional picture within the brain.

Take for example a young boy playing Little League baseball. He slides into first base and brakes his arm. His brain may associate the pain he feels with the sound of a bat hitting the ball, the smell of ball-park hot dogs, the dust and dirt cloud around him as he falls, the cheering of the crowd, the feel of his uniform against his skin. All stored by the brain, so if a similar situation arises, the body and mind can react to protect the physical and mental integrity of the individual. Later in life, perhaps playing catch with his son, or maybe even watching a ball game, the adult experiences pain seemingly out of nowhere, maybe in his arm or leg. Some how the brain has re-associated that visual or action with what happened so long ago. A kind of cascade effect is created from brain to muscle and starts to recreate that original pain. This is just one example of muscle memory coming in to play when it is related to trauma.

Can Massage Really Help?

Massage and other forms of bodywork can be of great benefit when it comes to retraining the brain and muscles to become rebalanced and reactive in healthy, pain-free ways. With regard to emotional trauma, bodywork along with various methods of psychological talk-therapy can be very helpful.

Massage therapy can bring healthy touch to someone who fears touch because of chronic pain or emotional trauma (especially those arising as a result of child abuse, sexual assault or combat related injuries). For someone new to healthy touch, starting out with Shiatsu techniques, or even non-touching therapies such as Therapeutic Touch, Reiki or other energy work can be very helpful. As time progresses, Cranial-Sacral techniques, Polarity Therapy and Swedish massage can be used. As the person becomes more attuned to his or her body, modalities such as Trigger Point Massage, Rolfing and Feldenkrais Movement Re-education can be used as well. These more rigorous styles of bodywork should not be used on someone who is experiencing bodywork for the first time.

Retraining the body is not something done quickly; it takes time to create new connections and for the brain to remember original pre-trauma neuronal pathways. For the massage therapist this type of work can be very rewarding as improvement and progress is eventually seen in the client’s posture.

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Swedish Versus Deep Tissue

There is a difference between Swedish and Deep Tissue. Most clients think that any type of massage will do. It is a not a one size fits all theory. Each massage is different for each client. I generally do a moderate pressure during my Swedish. Today I explained to one of my clients that she would receive more benefits from a deep tissue versus a Swedish. She asked me what’s the difference? I explained to her that my Swedish x twice the pressure and intensity was the best way to describe the difference so she would understand. I also enjoy educating my clients on why they have knots and thickened tissue on certain areas of the body. I even go as far as naming the muscles for them. My belief is that they should be educated on their own anatomy. More intense techniques are used other than the techniques of effleurage, petrissage, and tapotement. Deep tissue is based more on the therapeutic benefits to correct those knots, thickened connective and scar tissue which attaches to the muscles to make them sore and tight. This can even cause postural imbalances in the anatomy. So for those of you who are curious, this is my explanation on why deep tissue is more therapeutic than Swedish.

.Swedish is just for relaxation!11665361_1450423985259521_1372778643879819594_n



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Hydration is Vital

Massage therapists preach hydration. The reason is as a matter of fact, there is more than just one. Drinking water prior to the massage makes the skin more supple for manipulation and very easier glide for the therapist. We break up toxins in the muscles during manipulation.Drinking water after flushes these toxins out and prevents soreness from setting in. Water is needed on a cellular level for the body’s processes. One of the greatest usage of water occurs in the intestinal tract to expel (as you guessed it!), more toxins. Water is great for your skin which is the largest organ of the human body. Drink water because it is good for you. With the earth warming itself we do feel the after effects of this. Drink water in place of soda or alcohol. These products will dehydrate the body. Cheers from my glass of water to yours!


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Seems Like Forever

It seems like forever since the last time I was here. I promised myself that I would focus more on writing my thoughts, insights and explorations of this life. It has been a rather hectic six months. A blooming business, helping open a new day spa, bonding with my new bicycle and ending a relationship that needed to end for way too many reasons. The main one was we were a total mismatch. This is not what I came to write about however. It was what it was.

In the past six months I have taken many new paths. Moved into a new place. A new position. Started reviewing products. There seems to be an endless list to do. Learning new modalities for my profession to expand my boundaries and my client base. Reconnecting with past friends. Making new friends. Mentor younger people. Being a better mom to both daughters and cats. Reminding myself to take care of me.

My latest venture has been expanding my mobile business and creating new ways to keep my repeat clients for the day spa. So I created a business page on Facebook and got my Google+ verification to prove my legitimacy and credibility as a massage professional. As a matter of fact, I have not ridden my bike in about a month due to not having time. I also on occasion pick up extra work doing corporate chair massage which I have decent skills for.

This week it’s about studying for my CEU’s for my profession, I’ve opted to not have television for the next six months so that my productivity lasts. That TO DO list will shrink.



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Pumpkin Stew

Ingredients for stew:   20141014_105850  The coconut milk should be canned and not drinking coconut milk. This is the only inconsistency of the pic.

The first step to preparation is to puncture some holes in the pumpkin before putting it in a pot of water that is slightly salted. Put five holes along the middle and five holes near the bottom of the pumpkin so that the water steams in and cooks  the pumpkin meat.

20141014_104941 Be sure to put a lid on the pot! I only took the pic like this to give you and idea on how it is steamed. Steam it for approximately 45 minutes to ensure it is thoroughly cooked. When finished cooking, drain the water and set to the side for an hour to cool. Next you will boil the large sweet potato in lightly salted water for 15-20 or until it is soft enough to mash. Drain water. Let the potato cool for a few minutes before mashing.  While it is cooling, cut the 2 stalks of celery, 3 carrots, 1 onion, and 1 red pepper. Make sure they are chunky cut. Take the frozen peas and corn out of the freezer to partially defrost.

Next you will cut the pumpkin into quarters. Clean out the seeds and stringy insides. You can either throw out the seeds or save them to roast. They are so delicious and healthy when roasted. After cleaning the skin off the pumpkin place the meat into a large pot. Add one teaspoon of sage and one of nutmeg. Add the mashed sweet potatoes and the can of coconut milk. Return to stove and cook on medium heat just to get the mixture hot again. Add the cut veggies making sure to stir to ensure that the flavors are blended well. Add Nature’s Seasonings to pumpkin mixture. Once it begins to boil, turn the stove to simmer.


You can now add the peas and corn towards the last 15 minutes of simmering of total time of 60 minutes.

You can either serve immediately or even let it sit for a bit so the flavor becomes rich. Any good stew, casserole, or pasta dish usually taste better the following day so that the herbs have some cure time which makes the flavor more robust.


So delicious, nutritious and filling! Enjoy!



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Invitation to a Health and Wellness Webinar

Hello my friends..please join me on this health/wellness presentation this evening.  Warmly, Gina Cracchiolo Bennett

Cindy will be giving another wellness presentation via webinar tonight at 9:00pm EST (link below). Please forward this to invite those you know and care about to watch. They will be given some great health tips and learn about a great store that will not only save them time & money but will give them healthier options for their home & body too. Just a great option that everyone needs to know about!
Date: Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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Make Passive Income with Affiliate Marketing

Here is an excellent way to make passive income. Very simple. It’s called affiliate marketing. After you join as an affiliate, you will get links from the companies you choose to market. You post these on your social media web pages and get your followers to click the links so they can get the product or you can also have them become one of your affiliate members so they can also make passive income. Here is one for you to get started.  <a href=””> <img src=”” border=”0″ alt=”bongs glass pipes waterpipes” />





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Share your thoughts on Animal Cruelty.


I am an animal rights activist and like getting peoples’ awareness in check. One resolution is to make sure and get your pets spayed and neutered to prevent overpopulation. There is no reason for animal cruelty or violence towards them. I also am an advocate against factory farming.

Originally posted on Puppy Doe’s Campaign to Stop Violence Against Animals:

1/ do our poll (above).

Share your thoughts.

2/ What do you think is most important to help end animal cruelty within our generation?

3/ Some countries are doing more to end animal cruelty than other countries are.

In general, do you think your own country is doing..

* more than enough..

* too little..

* i dont know..

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HempMeds In Las Vegas II


I re blogged this simply because I find marijuana and amazing useful plant. I support it being decriminalized. My belief is that it will create a whole new market for business and more jobs that many so desperately need in this country.

Originally posted on Cannabidial – Stay Tuned:

HempMeds Addresses Cannabidiol (CBD)-Only Laws & Dispels Scarcity Myths

LAS VEGAS, July 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HempMeds, the world’s largest distributor of award-winning CBD-rich hemp oil products, is headed to Vegas as a sponsor of the CHAMPS trade show July 15-17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Representatives from HempMeds will be at CHAMPS demoing and selling CBD-rich hemp oil products to retailers who are registered attendees of the business-to-business expo. HempMeds(TM) Director of Public Relations, Andrew Hard, will be available to answer questions about controversial state CBD-only laws and CBD-rich hemp oil product availability dispelling a myth that there is a shortage of the product in the US.

Including Nevada, 23 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws on the books. Eleven other states have since enacted cannabidiol (CBD)-only laws — but industry insiders want consumers to take a closer look at problems that these CBD-only…



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