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From the moment I first sipped Red Rooibos tea, I was hooked. On the lookout for a tea with interest, I had found one. Rich in taste, full of flavor, and loaded with antioxidants, this tea has a lot to offer.  That was several years ago.

While taking in the many sights, sounds and tastes of the 2012 West Coast Women’s Show, I made a point of paying a visit to Liz Bandelin’s Tega Tea booth. A welcome stop after spending the last few hours enjoying the endless displays of just about everything a woman could want – jewels, clothing, cosmetics, skincare, food, drink, entertainment and adult beverages.

The world slowed down as I enjoyed the tea tasting, along with a little flavorful chat. I treasured the moment.

I was pleased to see new additions to Liz’s already rich combinations and varieties – Chocolate Mint, Chai, Orange Spice, Lemon Hibiscus, Wild Berry and Green Rooibos teas to name a few. Based on my tasting, I decided to purchase the Winter Berry Blend and the Tropical Sunrise. I was already looking forward to a cup before retiring later that evening.

Tega Teas are the #1 ranked fair trade teas in Canada.  To learn why and to learn more about Rooibos and its many health benefits, go to    http://www.nu-tea.com

My next stop of interest –

Epic Cosmetics and their Clear 60 Minute Skin Care line.

We “mature” women are always on the look out for that special something – the miracle in a bottle that will fix it all. Well, maybe not all, but if it erased even a few years of lines and wrinkles (oh, it almost hurts to say that word) we are all over it.

Now, having said that, this “miracle in a bottle” must pass several very stringent tests. Having educated ourselves in the fine art of healthy living, we “mature” women, have become very discerning.

Not only does this miracle in a bottle have to be effective, it must be natural and toxin-free. No more sacrificing inner body health for outer body beauty. Those days are long gone.

Mladen and Tanya, a local scientist and his beautiful wife, work tirelessly to bring us this “miracle in a bottle”. Clear Skin Care is 100% natural, safe and toxin free, highly effective and loaded with anti-oxidants. Clear Skin Care is making its mark and flying off the shelves of local stores.

Did I mention it is effective? You see, I discovered this skin rejuvenating serum a year ago.

I haven’t even touched on the skin clearing capability this remarkable product has. Chronic problems like psoriasis, eczema, hives and various unknown skin conditions are erased or eliminated within hours or days.

Here’s a little secret. It’s not just for woman, nor is it just for the “mature” woman. Check out their website at  http://www.epic-cosmetics.com/

The treasures one can find at the West Coast Women’s Show are endless. If you missed this year’s show, be sure to make it a priority next year.

What do Tega Tea and Clear 60 Minute Skin Care have in common?

Me for one.

 

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Safe, effective and beautiful

That’s what I find Cheri Watson’s natural mineral cosmetic line promises… and delivers.

Accents Cosmetics is the name of her company.

Needless to say, I love the products; so much so that I feel compelled to re-write my former article.

Some of my readers may recall a post I wrote in 2011, where I introduced you to Cheri and Accents Cosmetics.

Since one of my missions in life is to  live as toxin-free as I possibly can in today’s world, I am so thankful for the efforts and dedication of people like Cheri – people who strive to bring us the very best in quality and purity. People who don’t quit just because the competition is fierce and the market is slow.

Thank you again Cheri.

Here is Cheri Watson, owner of Accents Cosmetics  about to give me the ‘makeover’.

Cheri about to give me the makeover – 2011 Carrie ©
I love the product so much, I use it confidently everyday.
I know that I am actually feeding my skin nutrients…period.! No chemicals, no additives, just good stuff.
Here are some juicy tidbits to consider…
Did you know:
  • Most women absorb up to 2 kilograms of chemicals through their skin from their toiletries and cosmetics over the course of a year!
  • The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that  884 chemicals used in personal care products and cosmetics were toxic!
Those are troublesome stats. 
A little bit about Cheri…
Cheri Watson  began to develop  Accents Cosmetics in 2004. She started her business in Mission, BC. As of fall 2011 her products are now manufactured in Vancouver, BC.

For those of you who want more details…

What does “manufacturing” entail?

Cheri purchases the raw materials from the US, which she uses to make the variety of colors for foundation, blush, eye shadow, and lipstick.

Here’s where it gets personal.

If someone wants a specific color of lipstick, and she doesn’t have it... she will make it for you!

As for her mascara... it is formulated by a Master Herbalist (local).  Cheri has the sole rights to this masterfully crafted recipe. The added touch;   lavender scent.

Having tried several other natural mascaras, I find this one to be my absolute favorite, with minimal smudging and smearing – and so easy to remove, yet stays on all day (if I don’t cry) LOL (now I’m sounding like a commercial)

The reality is, in today’s world of information, most of us aren’t looking for more information.

We’re looking for experts who we can trust to deliver the very best possible.

My expert cosmetic adviser – Cheri of course.

Contact me if you would like more information – Email Me

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A friend and I met for tea this morning and she reminded me that today was the last day of January!

2012 Carrie ©

The comment caught me off guard for a moment. 1/12th of the year is already behind us!

“Where have the last 31 days gone?” I asked myself. Before I could answer, my friend said, “the next thing you know, it’ll be Christmas.”

I gasped, and then quickly recovered, realizing we really do have almost 11 more months to prepare.

Every year many of us declare that December suddenly just “appeared” on our doorstep. How stupid is that? It comes around every year, exactly once every 12 months, or every 365 days; accept for this year which will be 366 days. There are no surprises here.

So this year, I am making a decision. No more surprises.

This year I am putting in my calender that I will start to organize myself today, so that I’m ready for December.

What will that look like?

Does that mean I will do more busy stuff to prepare for Christmas?

Here’s what that might look like, and NO, I do not intend to do more. It merely means that I intend to get the most out of the season, and I will not be caught off guard for the umpteenth time.

More questions come to mind…

Does that mean that I won’t still get the most out of the other months and seasons of the year, because I’m preoccupied with that one month of the year?

Enjoying the beauty of the moment - Jan 2012 Carrie ©

On the contrary, this will be a reminder  to enjoy the moment and season that comes with it.

Does that mean I will spend more money on Christmas?

Most certainly not. I intend to have the time to thoughtfully decide what it is I want to spend on Christmas, and, what I don’t want to spend on Christmas.

Another way to make the most of this wonderful month of the year is by intentionally thinking about who I want to spend it with.

Umm, not sure where aunt Susan fits in… but we’ve got almost 11 months to figure that out.

What about the preoccupation with gifts?

Throughout the year, many fabulous craft fairs and trade shows pop up  just about everywhere in the county. If I’m thinking creatively and ahead, gift giving can actually be fun to do.  I still believe that it’s the thought that counts, not the “how much did it cost?”.

So, that’s my decision.

2012 Carrie ©

January, you’ve done well. As you can see, I’ve had plenty of time to enjoy this season.

February, I have a very good reason to look forward to your extra day.

Yes, I’m ready for the rest of the 11 months.

December, 2012 is starting to look pretty inviting.

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Sweet red beets.  This year my organic garden has a perfect crop of red Beets.  I am so happy!


Red Beets in my garden - Carrie ©

Why do I love my beets so?

Because red beets:

  1. are sweet and juicy ( I never realized how delicious raw beets are)
  2. are anti-carcinogenic
  3. are high in antioxidants
  4. increases oxygen-carrying ability of the blood by up to 400%
  5. were traditionally used to battle leukemia
  6. have been shown to inhibit colon and stomach cancer
  7. help reduce serum cholesterol
  8. help to normalize blood pressure
  9. are a powerful cleanser and blood purifier
  10. help to keep your arteries elastic
  11. help to prevent varicose veins
  12. are high in folic acid
  13. stimulate the function of liver cells
  14. protect the liver and bile ducts
  15. are highly alkaline
  16. help to relieve constipation
  17. are anti-inflammatory
  18. help in detoxification

If you are not use to consuming beets, give your body time to get accustomed to it. This is a powerful food.

(Warning: you may experience red stool!)

Beet juice is so powerful that it you may feel dizzy during cleansing. This discomfort is normal as toxins are being eliminated. It is advised to drink plenty of water to help in the elimination of toxins.”

Harvesting my Red Beets - Carrie ©

Ways we enjoy our sweet red beets:

  • Washed, peeled and sliced into thin slices (served with home-made dip)
  • Grated fresh or diced and added to one of our many varieties of fresh salads
  • Juiced
  • Washed and steamed for no longer than 15 minutes
  • Beet leaves are filled with nutrients as well. Washed and steamed or added to  juicing

2011 Carrie ©

Beets prepared for steaming - Carrie ©

Red beet and carrot juice recipe

  • 1 whole Red Beet (leaves included if desired)
  • 2 medium sized Carrots (green tops included if desired)
  • 1 Apple

Juice and drink immediately.

This is one of my favorite “get started” in the morning juice recipes.

You’re sure to enjoy this next recipe…

Beet and cucumber salad recipe

1 whole raw beet, peel and diced

1 small/medium cucumber diced

1 small sweet onion diced

add dried or fresh dill

add 3 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive oil

Sea Salt to taste

a sprinkle of Mrs. Dash

mix

Let sit in the fridge for a day

Serve with a meal or enjoy alone

Drink plenty of water.

For more detailed information about the benefits of red Beets,

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disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation


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Finally, the lazy, crazy, ‘dog days” of summer are here.

Where did that term ‘dog days’ originate?

Answer: ancient times.

In the summer, Sirius, the ‘dog star’, rose and set with the sun.

During late July, Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather.

They named this period of time… ‘dog days’ after the dog star.”

Lazy, crazy, dog days of summer – Carrie ©

Looking at Fido here, lazing in the hot mid afternoon sun,  ‘dog days’ of summer doesn’t need a star to originate the term.

This adorable puppy merely raised an eyebrow while being photographed.

Too hot to move, but happy for it, it’s a dog’s day for sure.

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Recently bill C – 474 was defeated.!!

This bill, Bill C474,  was a safeguard for our Canadian Farmers!

Bill C-474 was a private member’s bill that would have required an analysis of market harm before new Genetically Modified (GM) varieties are released.

Most people want to the assurance that the food they eat is REAL, wholesome, and good for them.

Baskets of REAL, fresh organic foods - Carrie ©

How can we be sure that what we are eating is just that?

REAL – and good for me.

If you are concerned about what you eat and what you feed your family,  you may want to consider going organic.

How does one “go organic”?


Zucchini growing in my organic garden 2010 - Carrie ©

This article,  Back to simplicity-basic, nutritious, wholesome food”, tells you how.

You’ll find a list of practical steps to help you on your journey to “go organic”.

Every effort is worth the effort. Your body will thank you. Your family will thank you.







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The weight loss secret for today is vitamin D.

healthy living and weight management

Yes, vitamin D is proving itself to be a key in weight loss.

Vitamin D has many significant health benefits, one of which is weight loss.

How does vitamin D have an effect on weight?

  • Our bodies need sunshine to produce vitamin D.
  • Lack of sunshine causes lack of vitamin D.
  • Lack of vitamin D can cause weight gain.

To learn more about the link between vitamin D  and weight,  check out Vancouver healthy living examiner;  Vitamin D and weight loss.

For information on adequate amounts of vitamin D check out this article, What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and can vitamin D help?

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