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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sweetsation Makes Bubbles Good For You

Sweetsation Makes Bubbles Good For You
Written by Cyndi Curtis April 10,2015

  • review for sweetsation bubble bath

I love my job- well actually blogging isn't a job. I kind of think of it as a lifestyle. I made the change to this "lifestyle" of blogging a few years back- and it's been a learning experience. I admit you have to be a quick learner and more importantly, willing to learn above all.

Luckily I have both a will to learn and generally I have a fairly decent learning curve(sometimes not). Reviewing products is a fun think to do, but I don't want to hang my hat on it, yet sometimes you peep(yep it is fine to use Ebonics in your forties) this great little product that calls you to try it.  That is what happen to me with Sweetsation. It's a bubble bath product that has some purpose.  There is so much I like about it here is a few:

  • Ingredients like Calendula and Chamomile
  • Soft Pineapple scent
  • Gel like consistency
  • Loads of bubbles
  • Non drying on skin
  • Rinses away clean
  • Free of Sulfates,parabens and detergents
  • Organic!
Overall because of all the listed goodies above, this product really is great for all ages but the price is best suited for those of us adults who need a good organic, skin softening bath product since it is slightly pricier than most bath products at this level(suggested retail price about $18 bucks). I personally wouldn't spend this amount on my kids bubble bath. NOT to say our kids aren't worth it but for those of us who are budget savvy- we would DIY our own kiddie bubbles and save this one for gifting or special occasions.

Although, I did see my "invisible hand" app shows it at newegg for about nine bucks. I didn't venture over to that website to confirm it but it is worth checking out.
Pop over to SMS Blawgg's store for recommended goodies
Visit SweetSations facebook page; for coupons and updates.

Smiles & Happiness to you!

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Water Pills, High Blood Pressure and Naturals

Written By Cyndi Curtis
March 2015
I remember water pills as a way we in our twenties would use them to lose weight. At that time we didn't understand our bodies or ourselves exactly too well. Today, I think we(women) are more knowledgeable about many things-even at younger ages.

Water pills are no longer known for losing weight. They reduce water weight gain. We know also, that we cannot just run to the store every and anytime for a quick fix to our body acceptance struggle. We understand more the value of nuturing ourselves inside out. If we actually don't follow it to the letter- we are ever aware of the value of nurturing self.

Today I simply wanted to share a new way to reduce water weight gain not as a diet aid but more of a maintaniance thing. If you have high blood pressure- and aren't on prescribed meds but you may need to be if you don't focus more attention on the issue and reduce your salt intake - this may help.

Of course I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on tv(laugh now)... I simple found a remedy that works for me and I wanted to share it. I found a all natural caffeine free water pill that is said to support fluid balance. The small sized pills are a vegetarian formula and are 60 caps. Watch the very quick video below.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Too Easy Way to Get Supplemental Energy

Written by Cyndi Curtis April 2, 2015

Last week I was sent this B-12 serum to try. I did get kind of excited since I always liked the results I had with my past B-12's supplements. In the past I used a sub lingual b-12 and it worked perfectly. I could notice an increase of energy and that helped me trim down a little. It's well documented that the American diet lacks true nutrient dense foods, at least in terms of our everyday average consumption. That is why I started taking supplements- to boost my nutritional intake. I could tell I wasn't getting all the good stuff in my diet and I felt slack-y. I was able to try this serum with B-12's in it and I was hooked. It is pricey, I am not sure I see the average person dropping more than 10 bucks on ONE supplement. With that said, I do think it is a useful product. Vitamin B-12 supports blood cells and has much to do with DNA. B-12 delivers energy helping to defeat certain types of anemia.

In 2004 there were trials done using B-12 topically and a placebo. Over all participants rated the B-12  topical use as relatively good. Topically, B-12 shows promise for dealing effectively with symptoms from atopic dermatitis. This causes, redness, swelling, itchiness and may cause the dermatitis to spread.

According to the University of Maryland , all b vitamins help convert carbohydrates to glucose. They also state that all b vitamins are not stored in our bodies.

The max absorb b 12 lotion is a contender for minimizing eczema but note that to really see any visual improvements this lotion should be used for 6-8 weeks so a proper informed decision is made of the benefits of using it. Another words put it on your scaly bits, reddened itchy areas for several weeks and assess the results then. By the way, I think you should know the b-12 serum lasts about 30 days and is measured with a pre measured dosage pump. The ingredients list is pretty transparent and easily viewed on their webpage.

Maxasorb Vitamin B 12 Serum
Retail cost $19.99

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

How to Treat Scars Like a Boss

How to Treat Scars Like a Boss
Written by Cyndi Curtis March 15, 2015

 I end up with some knarely scratches on my hands- not very lady like. So when this product came across my craft room desk, I was definately peaked. Anyone who reads my blog knows by now- I'm a fan of a majority of serums because they heal the skin. My favorites being organic of course but I hardly ever get into creams. Here is one I do like enough to post about.

Insta-naturals sent me this medium sized tub of scar cream. The cream is thick ,white and has a slight flowery scent and it happens to help fade scars. I started using this on my hands because I know they take a beating between being my cat's scratching post to the ganglion cyst. I had removed about five years or so back. I remember the doctor saying, you days of being a hand model are over. Very funny doctor...

In case you are wondering a ganglion cyst usually shows up on the hands and sometimes the foot, They fill with fluid and cause some pain in the area for some. I know the surgey leaves a yucky looking scar and mind is on the top side of the hand. So off to use this scar treatment cream in conjunction with the scar gel I also have from the same brand.

Insta-Natural scar gel

There is tricks to how to use products that claim to heal, if you want to get the most of out them you need to do more than just slather it on and hope for the best. Some do's are listed below.

  • Don't just buy random products that you think will help
  • Research ingredients and note their healing properties 
  • Buy products that are all natural, better yet- organic
  • Try to find a way to test a product first if at all possible- say a beauty counter locally
  • Promise yourself not to never skip the most important step- exfoliation
  • Use twice daily
My routine with almost any cream(and I don't love creams, I'm a gel or serum type) is to;

  1.  Prep the area a few times(2-3) with a mild cleanser. 
  2.  Exfoliate the area with a decent scrub.
  3. Use in conjunction with another healing serum or gel
 So far I like the scar cream, I mainly like the scent and the texture is okay- it isn't overly "greasy" but it is of course a cream so it will have a fair amount of slip. Reading the label tells me there is a bunch of good natural ingredients in it- so it's not made with anything toxic. I will be using this over the next few months to see if the scars on my hand fade. With new scars results can happen within weeks, however with older scars like past surgery or kitty claws.. the results take over 2 -6 months. Small price to pay to get my hands looking more lady like again.

Again my thing will be to alternate use of the scar cream, with the scar gel. What can I say, I get bored easily and I just like the gels better. I reserve the cream for my night time routine, like after bath or before bed.

Oh, and another helpful way to really get the products you like to sink into the first few layers of the skin- a derma roller(not for hands but fleshy bod parts like the thighs, cheeks, upper arms and so on).

Again cleanse first, exfoliate the area with a mild soap and roll any derma roller over the area were scaring or stretch marks are visible. The derma roller has hundreds of tiny needles that peirce the skin- after you quickly apply a healing serum or cream to the area rolled. I may have a
another post coming up dedicated to using a derma roller and healing products, so check back if you can.

Insta-naturals stretch mark and scar cream 
retails; $21.47  4.oz tub

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Potato and Salmon One Pan Meal

                                                                                                                                                                    Potato and Salmon One Pan Meal
written by Cyndi Curtis on March 14, 2015


I was super hungry today and when I went to the pantry, it was pretty bare. I had some of this and some of that but none of what I had hoped to find. Buried in the back was this can of salmon. I looked at it and walked away. Back in the kitchen I noticed a basket of potatoes and I thought Wa-la! A recipe was born. A easy one at that. 

I was back in the day in a very long term relationship with a Cape Verdean Man who's family prepared these wonderful recipes from their Island. When they sat a hearty bowl of cachupa- I though I died.  Do you ever get like that, where a food looks so warm and soulful you want to dive into it like uncharted waters- an adventure you can get lost in the experience? Well cachupa did that for me. In fact it would be how his mother and father would try to lure me over to their house for large family functions that I would shy away from. His mother would say" Ahh, Cyndi, come-a over-a for some-a food, I make-a you some-a cachupa!" Nirvana calling...

It always hooked me in for a ride to Mai's house for dinner-reluctantly. I loved her, just not big family dinners- I was raised a only child. So this leads me into another yummy Cabo Verde meal it is made with white fish, potatos, onion,black olives and chick pead- it's baked too, in a covered dish- steamy cooked goodness. 
Enter my quickie version, albeit with some things left out.

This recipe is easy, quick fairly wholesome and it's better than micky D's or any over prepared nastiness we fall victim to. Here is what you will need.


1-2 potatoes cut up in smallest cubes/diced
1 garlic clove
1/2 an onion diced small
3 teaspoons of coconut oil( or other light good for you oil)
1/2 a teaspoon of Celtic salt( or other finishing salt)
1 canned salmon,( or 1/2 fresh salmon pre cooked)

optional: Braggs liquid aminos all purpose seasoning from soy protein.

Wash potato
Dice potato into small cubes
Turn on stove top on low or medium add coconut oil
Dice onion
Chop garlic clove small

When coconut oil is hot add potato to fry pan. Toss potatoes untill covered in hot coconut oil-fry for 10 minutes on low to medium or until soft and golden slightly crispy brown. Add garlic and onion and blend into the potatoes moving them around the pan so as not to burn the onion and garlic.
Open the can of salmon now- drain well.

When the garlic and onion appear to be soft, place the salmon in the fry pan. You can toss the entire contents of the canned salmon in, breaking it apart while in the pan. If you don't want to cut the salmon into four or six pieces- you can mash it into the pan- this will make it cook up crispier in the end.

Cook everything together for another 10-15 mins until precooked salmon reaches 160 in temp(fully heated salmon). Same goes for the precooked fresh salmon- cook it until the salmon is a nice hot temp inside.

Plate this dish immediately- you can spritz on the Braggs liquid aminos now for taste. You can also use a dash of finishing salt( himilayian or celtic). Keep in mind the liquid aminos is already naturally salty( much like soy sauce is) so if you want you can leave out either one.

This recipe is fairly good for you. Yes you are frying the food but you are using coconut oil and only frying to cook the thinly diced foods until they are soft. The canned salmon isn't ideal if you are very health conscience but it is gluten free( canned salmon). The brand I had on hand was Walmarts Great Value. The ingredient lists: salmon, water and salt.
 Opt for fresh salmon you previously cooked. That would eliminate the canned product. Another option is to add a handful of black olives (cut in halves) into the pan time with garlic and onion.

I hope you try this easy warm and very filling quick meal soon.


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Friday, March 6, 2015

One Pot Fusilli Stoup

One Pot Fusilli Stoup
Written by Cyndi Curtis
March 6, 2015

Fusilli Bucati from # HemisFares , ricotta cheese,artichokes,and oilve oil infused with truffle oil. The recipe is below.

This is what the #HemisFares Brand Looks like straight out of the packaging .

A Fusilli Wonderpot of artichokes,crushed tomatoes,Ricotta cheese and a dash of this and that. I have to say when the fusilli comes out of the packaging it's a very long piece of dried pasta. This pasta is folded over and dried by folding it in half. I broke my fusilli at the half way point and threw it in the pot. It's such a pretty shape - reminds me of curly hair when wet with it's 'S" pattern.

The finished fusilli,artichoke and Ricotta wonderpot- plated. I drizzled olive oil infused with truffles with a dash of pepper too. The truffle infused oil was very unique. If you haven't had truffle oil Aldi's has a olive oil infused one. I could have omitted the dash of black pepper and the hot pepper flakes( yes I'm one of those people always putting hot pepper flakes on everything). If you use truffle oil- I would say you don't need any pepper- it(truffle oil) adds a woodsy,peppery flavor all it's own. Besides I only used the truffle oil/olive oil at the end when plating the fussilli stuoop(wonderpot). Is it a soup,stew or pasta plate? I guess it's anyone's interpretation. I created this dish, using the one pot method- easy to make and easy to clean up afterwards- one pot! This meal is budget friendly, warm and satisfying for a middle, end or Sunday weekly meal. I stopped into Aldi's market to see if they carried artichokes and truffle oil since I didn't have these things at home already. The artichokes in a jar were all natural, and priced at $2.49, as was the truffle oil(shocker). I was also able to pick up the ricotta cheese there at 2.49 as well. I didn't have to purchase pasta, since I received this pasta product for free to try it and offer my take on it. I also received coupons for it. I would be happy to send you if you would like one( that's if I have any left)!
  Here is the recipe.

One Pot Fusilli Stoup

1 package of Hemisfares Fusilli Bucati Pasta.
1 can of crushed tomato
1 jar of all natural artichokes halved
1/2 a cup of ricotta cheese( whole milk)
2 tablespoons butter
2 table spoons grey salt( or table salt)

Begin by getting a full pot of water ready per package instructions for boiling pasta, add the salt to the water for flavor. While the water is heating up, you can tear apart or cut the artichokes in quarters, or leave em as is. Cut up any garlic you may want to add now. Make sure the garlic is diced or mashed well. 
Once the pot is boiling, drop in the pasta. Let this cook for 10 minutes or so, then empty the can of crushed tomatoes into the rolling water.Let the pasta cook a few more minutes with the tomato sauce- a total of 13 minutes is good. Turn the heat down to low, and fold in a half a cup of ricotta in a heaping spoon. Make sure the water isn't poping and splashing out of the pot. If the heat is too high you will have an erupting pot of sauce spotting your stove top red.
Turn off the heat as soon as you fold all of the ricotta in( 1/2 a cup). Let the pasta sit for a few minutes with the heat off.

Walk away.. it will thicken upon standing.

At this moment you may wish you had done up some fresh crusty but lightly garlicky bread. Oh well, it can't always be perfection. Besides this being the first time you made this Fusilli Bucati Stoup, you can get wild with it the next time since by then you would have mastered this easy warmly satisfying no meal meal.

Okay.. get back to the stoup- get your bowl( you need a bowl NOT a plate-trust me). The creamy sauce is bekoning you!
In your bowl, you can add olive oil or truffle oil. Don't need but a drizzle of truffle oil which I think is an aquired taste. If it's olive oil you have- a teaspoon will do- shake on some hot pepper flakes if you like spicy or do some fresh grated parmasan cheese.  When you taste this hot out of the pot you will feel like a grilled cheese sandwich, or crusty bread and maybe even loads of grated cheese.

The next fusilli pot.. could be pepperoni or artisan sausage!  

I hope you enjoy!  I started a Instagram page.. smsblawgg come check it out!



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Friday, February 20, 2015

Winter Storms Ragin' and Some Upcoming Bitz

A crafted by Cyndi and Alishaelaine(my daughter) Cell Case

Much craftiness is happening on the down low in my cold craft room..
I bet where ever you are right now you have a layer of winter's kiss all over the back yard. My state has been noted as a State of Emergency due to these storms. I am a New Englander( woot-woot) and I am supposed to be used to the cold and storms and traffic. Nope, I'm not. Kentucky babied me for the past five years so I abandoned my Northerner's thick skin. It's made me pretty complacent.  How complacent you ask? I haven't purchased a shovel in 5 years! How is that for complacent?

The storm cloud that started the storms creeps in

Little Blogging and Much Visiting's Going On

I have to admit, I haven't been blogging or writing much in the past few weeks. It's all been about hanging out and trying to be warm. I also had a great visit with one of my daughters for a few weeks.
With the mail delayed because of  the storms all the goodies I usually await to try and review are now coming in and my bedroom looks like the back of the post office receiving area.

 Here is what I just got in;Valencia organic rose hip oil which is reminds me a lot of sesame seed oil- it's rich but light consistency makes me feel a bit lush- like I am indulging on a expensive product that someone waited till my birthday to give me. I also have  Team Innovations Garcina product with a bonus slender cleanse product to also try. I am so excited to be trying Amara Organics vitamin C ( Hyaluronic Acid) serum and huge bottles of  Pura d or's organic conditioner and shampoo!

Reviews Galore

  • Valencia rose hip oil
  • Garcina weight loss product
  • A cleanse supplement
  • Amara vitamin C serum
  • Two 16 oz bottles of Pura D Or  organic shampoo and conditioner 
and so much more coming as well and I will be sure to keep you updated on the best buys,value vs quality and how your hands on some of these wonderful products.
My pretty albeit unusual cell case made by me

I have been crafting too. However, I mainly had to paint a room, seal a floor and take care of my 2 dogs and four cats all while a storm has rushed in. All the painting and floor staining and sealing happened just before she arrived. I tell ya I been busy but staying in out of the cold too. I believe the Garcina product may end up a contest for the month of March- so watch for that on the facebook page for the black and white checkered flag. You can also check the blog contest page here too.

Has anyone out there tried Garcina Cambogia? Please share your thoughts on it(I have tried it, and I am back to using it for the past 7 days. I would love to hear any thoughts on our facebook page.


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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Freely and Uniquely You

#cyndicoach #audioboom

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blogging Like Julie Powell and 3 Things Not To Do

The Truth About Blogging

The truth about blogging is it can be really enjoyable. Writing a blog offers a sense of belonging and acceptance. When we start blogging most of us blog for the love of sharing what we think we have to offer potential readers. Knowing that when we started blogging we had exactly no readers. We effectively blogged for ourselves.  I knew that going in, and it was fine with me. For me that worked. I was living on a 18 acre farm with two goats,  2 dogs and a barn cat and her kitties. I had just left a job as a program coordinator in a great non profit. Relocating was lonely. My husband was always busy with his own things and when he was home, the land needed tended. If you only knew what a city girl I was- that statement would seem super funny to you. I started blogging to share myself in an authentic way while I discovered my new lifestyle.
Julie Powell - 'Julie And Julia' Screening At The Paley Center For Media
Photo Credit:Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images North America/

 When we blog, bloggers all need to meet a certain acceptability among our sponsors. So a blogger picks up a sponsor- who will offer them payment(hard dollars in the ole bank account or Pay Pal) or compensation in the form of products like 1 year free membership to a meal generating site, or a free product or samples. Sometimes bloggers are given more to share the love- with their readers.
Good right?

It is good, because we like free products. When free products visit our mail boxes- it's like someone out there loves us and we never even had to kiss em to get it. Here is the rub.  New bloggers may expect blogging to be super easy- just plop yourself down on some comfy place in the house and log on and hit keys aimlessly- or write about the funny faces your cat makes. The truth is, blogging is a business. You get paid, you get readers and you have responsibilities- duties if you will- to your sponsors( and readers as well).

I know when I started blogging for me it was about sharing my voice, my opinion on things with the world. Sounds easy and low stress, right? It isn't the blogging thing grows and grows until finally you realize as the blogger- someone is actually reading. It is all down hill from there. Why?

Because you feel obligated to that reader, and subsequently the dozen other readers and the next hundred readers and suddenly you got sucked into- what I call blogging expectations. I am always telling my daughters, anything worth doing is worth doing well. As it should be applied to blogging too. I always give my best- when I follow my passion.

I see online, in Facebook and other blogs that behind the scenes bloggers are marketing their asses off. We are joining blogging groups, friend groups and posting our links everywhere we can- just for the extra eyes who may visit our blogs and by God's good grace- like it on Facebook, sign up for email alerts on our posts, comment on the blog or just click the dang link to our blogs. It's sickening in a way.

Remember how innocent we started- just to share ourselves, voice our opinions and hope that someone out in the void would respond? Back in the early days of your blog it was all about that- just hanging out in front of your screen, writing about something that resonated with you and possibly someone else. It was like what I imagine space would be; floating, waiting, thinking, wondering and looking- until a faint message comes through out of the void.

Now, sponsors like people visiting your blog. That to them means you matter to someone out there. If you matter enough( in terms of visits to your blog or comments) you might get the opportunity to earn yourself a complimentary product in return you will be required to give a review. A review, I am sure you know is an opinion on the product offered. 

Oh how new bloggers claw at this goal. When I started getting readers, I wanted to keep them coming back. I figured from what I had read about bloggers- reviewing products was fun and interesting to a wide audience.  I wanted to enjoy products I would otherwise not get the chance to experience. There is nothing wrong with that. It's more about keeping the numbers up. Because if you can't get people to visit your blog click a link stay a minute or comment- you may not get a chance to receive any new complimentary products again. My father always told me everything is math. I hate math. I like the unknown, the challenge the mystery. I like authenticity. I do not like knowing a blog isn't all about sharing my humble opinion- but it's about math- getting visits equals numbers.

This is what I don't like about blogging. If you are a new blogger and you think oh, it's easy or it's just about sharing constantly- you are in for a let down. Check facebook for blogging groups- often they are run by other bloggers who want to monopolize on other bloggers- or sadly keep tabs on there successes or just to have a "blogging soup", where it can get clicky.  

Three Things To Know

1. Don't get hung up on blogging groups- Why? If you expect people to visit your blog by the hundreds, expect to also visit those same people's blogs in return. It is very time consuming.
2. Blogging groups are a dime a dozen- If you have to join, peek the quality of the group- smaller member numbers may be do able than say a group with alot of bystanders.
3. Expect to spend several hours a week marketing your blog- in groups,forums and in comment posts.
4. Watch out for dead ends-  Groups that simply ask you to post your link and require you to reciproate can cost you lost time. Time better managed on researching good content.
5. If you want to be successful in blogging- It's time to think of your blogging efforts like your own home based business.

Grab a blog business plan templates and get this, there are over 11 million results yielded by google search from the term blog business plan templates. Unless you just want to vent,using a blog as a way to keep you on a time line like Julie Powell did in Julie and Julia. Yes, the writer of the book who blogged about her hopes of cooking much like Julia Childs got some wealth from the whole movie..and I am sure her blog brought her in some residuals as well. Still she started authentically- hoping to keep herself honest in her goals. She wanted to share her goals and keep herself on track. Julia Child has been known as being unimpressed with Julia Powell's blog ,

 What kills me is no one ever shares how that blog(about food got so many views). Could it be it was hung on Was her blog always there or was it moved from say Blogger or Wordpress first? website is extremely popular, and being there means you are almost "there" that place that where all intermediate bloggers dream of graduating to the next level in blogdom.  I can't say if I will get there, but I can tell you I will go from blogging to writing other places. What do you want to go with your blogging efforts?

Do you find your blogging efforts used to be more about the passion than a business?  Are you in a fantastic blogging group that supports blogging comradely? Do share it...
#thetruthaboutblogging  #Makemoneyblogging

STANDARD DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Please note, I only ever endorse products that are in alignment good ideals and I believe would be of value to my readers.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Never Ever Give Up- But Do Take Time for Yourself

Have You Ever Wanted To Throw In The Towel?

I have at least ten times in my lifetime. I think the most defeating time in my life is when my mother Elaine passed away of Pancreatic cancer. I will never give the word cancer a capital letter- it doesn't deserve it. The destroyer, that is what I call it.
It doesn't matter if I am an only child. The destroyer picks anyone and sucks the life from not only them but their loved ones- the ones left behind.  Today isn't any anniversary of her passing or anything, it's actually just another day.  Like fight club, the rule is unspoken, the first rule of fight club is, you don't talk about fight club. I can't talk about her passing without choking up and falling to pieces. I physically, feel sick like my own heart would just stop- like hers did.

So like fight club, I don't talk about it. I always felt as if no one wants to hear the pain. All it ever does is make others feel displaced. With a ragged face full of streams of tears red cheeks and a runny nose, I'm the one feeling as if I was vacuumed up and out into space floating in the darkness, someplace near Jupiter- mighty alone. That's why we never talk about fight club- a.k.a the destroyer or what it did to the once lively sweet person who it took away.

Nope today isn't an anniversary of her death, it's just a gloomy winter's day where I am. That cold outside may be creeping into my thoughts-drumming up the pain. Today, I actually feel like throwing in the towel. That white cloth that signifies, I quit.  

There are people that count on me. The daughters, the husband and the friends. They count on me to be their rock of something. I even think my blog readers need me for a small "something". That is all important to someone who feels like throwing in the towel. I know we all feel like that at some point in our lives- it's being fully human. We aren't super hero's from comic books or movies. We are fully human, breakable. As breakable as we all are, there is one silver lining too. We are also repairable. We can be uplifted and made whole again. We can find at least one reason to keep it moving forward and onward because we matter- even when we want to go hide or give up on being positive.

We are repairable, yes breakable but wonderfully human. I just cheered myself up! Even though I am an only child of a mother who is no longer with me- I still count and what I do matters good or bad.
You too should face your worst day remembering you matter, don't ever give up but in order to stay well and strong you need to respect your limits. Take moments for yourself. I choose to write about it because I believe woman should stick together and even through an invisible string( like I am blogging today)- share encouragements. If you are missing something or more importantly someone in your life right now- or last week or five months ago... go forward knowing they would want the best for you!

I started blogging because I wanted originally, to write a book about my relationship with my own mother. I started thinking a blog would be the very best way- and somewhere along the way, it became something else. Never give up, never, ever-ever-ever give up when you sense there is even one small flicker of light. It takes dedication and belief in yourself (and even a little bit of belief in others) take time for you- embrace that feeling of throwing in the towel- if only long enough to realize you are important. What you have to share is important- to someone.

Enough of the serious.. let's remember today is the last day of the giveaway! Hey we still gotta look good even if we may not feel so awesome at the moment. Well, my gift to all my readers and blog peepers- a free bottle of vegan all natural hyaluronic acid serum.  It's a small way to say thank you for reading or skimming my blog..making a comment or sharing it with someone else by social media.
I wish you goodness in the new year. YOU CAN DO IT! YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL PERSON AND WORTHY OF SO VERY MUCH..~

Go be fully human!


Up coming posts cover more facial serums.. recipes and probiotics.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Go For Artisanal Fermented Foods- with recipes

If you think grilling is stellar in 45 degree weather just in time for the foot ball game- then you better stop and pick up a few jars of Saverne Artisanal Kraut. Of course there are two hundred recipes on how to make it yourself but why bother? Going to the store, buying the right cabbage, preparing it and waiting for the whole fermenting process to happen, skimming off the yucky stuff..Geez, do you really have that much time on your hands? (kidding,just kidding)! I just wanna eat kraut not watch it turn into kraut.

I am always one to try new recipes at home,   I cheat  because I only take on a recipe that seems simple enough for me to complete without being bored or messing it up. That's why I love to take on new soup, bread and sauce recipes. I wasn't really looking for kraut when I stumbled upon Saverne Kraut.  I was scanning certain isles for new organic or fun products in my local wally world. That's when I laid eyes on these two glorious jars on the top shelf- two lonely flavors of distinction- Craft Beer and Sriracha.

By the photos you can see which one I chose- craft beer. The sriracha is a distinct blazon red orange color- very festive looking. Either flavor costs the same price at least in my region it does.
For $1.68 you can get this in your tummy in under 5 minutes. Saute, fry or bake yourself some meat to go with this and you'll have a man/boy friendly meal ready for hours in front of the tube. The raw food revolution has started to hit me, I'm a die hard meat lover. I love spicy, crispy meats( it's partly my nationality- why I love crispy, I blame it on my Panamanian heritage). Try one of these recipes to start it up.

1 Chicken Stir Fry ( don't forget the egg rolls)
2.Kraut Soup
3.Pork belly Lettuce Wraps

 I have one piece of advice if you try your hand at pork belly- get it from a organic grocery store or farm fresh store.   I would never buy pork belly from a value market ever - the quality just isn't there (it's too chewy).Kraut is good for your gut too, it helps retain or replace good bacteria/flora within the digestive process. Anything properly fermented aides in the gut flora. If you visit  the Saverne website you will see more recipes and even a great way they package the kraut which seems to be a method of packaging that is lighter than the glass jars( I like jars because they are reusable). I reuse jars as candy jars in the pantry, craft jars to hold my pencils and brushes in my craft room, as well as decorative DIY jars for gifting or submitting as a maker.

I guess I could make my own fermented kraut. I just think this one I found from Saverne is so good  I don't really need to. The flavor explodes with the first  mouth( Craft Beer Flavor). It has fennel in it, and the craft beer is highly noticeable.  Once you get into these flavors and you like them, you will more than likely skip making it yourself the plain way. You may still dabble in creating your own kraut at home, but you will undoubtedly start using ingredients that you didn't imagine would be so damn good. Thank Saverne for that.

Check out the Saverne website here.

 Go get your healthy gut on!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Much Needed Winter Skin Care Tips

What Skin Care Product Am I Using?

I have been lucky enough to be able to test out a plethora of skin care items this year. I have some favorites and I have some I did just okay with. I am listing just one that I would like to share with you here and now. You will have to make your own assumptions by grabbing up one for yourself.
I tried the Yalmeh Youth Creme and I would like to share with you my thoughts. 

1,It does contain some beneficial stuff like grape seed oil, aloe vera,vitamins E& C respectfully among many "natural oils,gels and extracts" per their Amazon page.

2,The creme does have a lux feel to it. The creme is thick but not goopy, great for around the eye but not on lashes.

3. As someone who loves a perk to going out on a limb and purchasing a new product I never used before- Yalmeh has a 90 day MBG( money back guarantee).

4. Thirty grams(30g) is gonna cost you $24.95 and you may qualify for free shipping if a order on Amazon totals more than $35 bucks.

I tried out the smaller version of this product and I can say a small amount is all I needed. It is not a gel which is what I usually like but it held it's own. It's a cream which would be ideal for those with truly dry skin(wrinkles around the eye) because it's a light cream emollient.

My not so quick skin routine is...

I always wash my face typically three times (twice in winter, I,tone and then use a serum followed lastly by moisture.Often, if not each time- I will dab extra moisturizer at the corner eye and laugh lines as well as cheeks and jawline since that is my dry areas in the winter months.

I'm into packaging that products come in so the box make me smile. It's a happy box. :)

Yalmeh super youth eye cream makes nice stocking stuffer but since this holiday is over(Christmas) I suggest this as a nice little gift for a aunt or mom for mothers day in a gift basket or gift bag filled to the brim with special goodies! There isn't anything more fun than getting a treasure trove of beauty products coupled yummy bits.

Is there a fabulous natural, organic or just plain great product that worked for you in your beauty routine?

 If you haven't entered yet- remember to enter the latest giveaway hurry it's ending 1/15/15!


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

4 Places Online To Get Paid To Write or Blog

Written by Cyndi Curtis
December 20, 2014
It's almost Christmas and right after Christmas is when most of us moms start gearing up for two things, bill paying and finding ways to make our dollars stretch even further. Some of us do this by increasing our savings weekly via couponing or power buying( buying bulk) or we start looking for more ways to increase the bottom line. I should add some of us are also getting back on the diet bandwagon- losing weight.
 I'm no expert blogger God knows I am always learning something new each week about blogging.   I like how blogging hasn't gotten "old" yet. It's a personal no-no for me that once something is tired or played out- I gotta get onto the next thing for a while or forever. All I know is that if you are a crafty, creative woman who can write well enough- there is a pretty good chance there is money for you to make in blogging. Again- do what you love.

So, since I'm on this blogging journey with other women bloggers, I want to share some sites I recently found to help gain some creative bucks as we write and blog. Maybe it's old news to some but I hope these few websites with help newbies and middle of the way bloggers increase their blogging opps so all can get a jump on this blogging fun stuff in the new year. Here is a few simple sites to visit that may add to your writing wallet.

  • Freelance Switch- This is their twitter feed. The webpage has a writing area-go there for opps.
  • A wide range of writing opportunities are posted.
  • MediaBistro- All sorts of writing opportunities, so have a resume ready. Seasoned bloggers/writers would benefit from a visit to this site.
  • Content,article and blog writing opps.

I hope you discover a opportunity to branch out the online skills you need and create additional income funnels for yourself. Don't stop with just these few websites, there are many more and even more being created in the future. If you know an even better site that lists blogger opps and writing opps please share so we all have a chance to grow our skills and fatten our wallets!

Remember to put all your heart into whatever you feel is worth doing AND do it well!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Quick-n-Easy Balloon Wreath and Ways to Jazz It Up

What I like about easy crafts and DIYs they prove its genuinely about the F-U-N and less about money.! Simple and fun... get the kids in on this one and make a few.

What you'll need

You will need at least, 2 packs of balloons, a wire hanger say it like that Joan Crawford movie) WIRE HANGERS! See Joan, wire hangers have purpose. Check out the tutorial I did on GC.
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Go from this to that

Just think of all the variations of this easy wreath. You can add a big green or read bow making it super festive or even a red striped bow. Another idea to make this simple ( and approachable) wreath special, garland! I say opt for all one color balloons like all red, all white or all green and poof you got a high yielding wreath on the down low in terms of cost. Besides kids will like this cheery wreath as part of their room decor during the holidays. Just remember balloons are a choking hazard for really young kids so hang it high on the wall and make sure the balloons are tied tight to the wire.

Got fun.. then make it.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

What I learned during Esthetic Training + Product Review

It's Cyber Monday and I have three products to introduce share. Read on to discover all about Insta- Natural and the benefits of the toner,serum and eye gel. Maybe there is a contest in the future with a chance to win one product.

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 I'm almost sure no one is reading blogs today, at least not until later this evening. I'm only here because I must tell you about a few products that actually show visible results for my patchy,dry winter skin.

 First up is the hyaluronic Acid Serum this cobalt blue glass dropper bottle is packed with a hydrating gel made with green tea, vitamin C+E and I love that this company offers you a 100% money back "G"(as in guarantee not a grand for those Ebonics sayers out there). This serum goes on with out effort - it absorbs into the skin within seconds,


* Vitamin E and C feeds the face nutrients
* Serums have smaller molecules to deliver the good stuff deeper
* Vegan formula
*Jojoba oil
*Plumps up fine lines
* Glass bottle

The DIY-er in me loves the idea of a cobalt blue (reusable) glass bottle and the green conscience consumer in me likes the idea that nothing will ever leach out into my products over time. Lastly, the 2 oz. bottle retails for $16.45- this makes it a very accessible serum.


Insta-Natural has this pretty seemingly rose scented toner. This stuff is perfect for me since during the first few days of use I noticed how gentle it is on my skin. The toner is organic and contains vitamin C. You would use a toner after cleansing the face with a good cleanser. I always lather my face 2-3 times with a good cleanser. I am currently using  Shea Moisture's Olive Oil bar soap.Next  mist your face( my least favorite part especially in the winter months- it's chilly). I noticed neither product made me break out or have any adverse effects( I have sensitive/sensitized skin).

Why it's good

*Tea Tree Oil
*Witch Hazel
*Natural and Organic ingredients

It's also hydrating and contains a MSM formula which helps the skin retain elasticity. I can't stress enough important toners are in the process of any face routine. The toner is in a 4 oz spray bottle and retails for about seventeen bucks. Onto the next goodie..

The Eye Cream by Insta-Natural
Okay here is the Big Lebowski, the pearl in this oyster is- the eye cream. The youth express(choo -choo coming through) is a awesome eye gel- it should be called crazy simple eye gel even though there is nothing' lazy country afternoon ' about it. 

What's good?

* Reduced puffiness
*No parabens
*No sulfates
* Can be used elsewhere on face

I used this before contouring around my nose. After I washed my face, toned, serum  and moisturized my face- I used this youth express gel around my eyes.  I had to try this because, it reduces puffiness -so I wanted to test it. Generally my face gets puffy the day after a function in which I consume wine,condiments or salty foods. This gel worked nicely on reducing both my puffy eye area and with a simple glide down my nose and laugh lines- poof be gone, and it was after a mini facial massage in these areas using certain light finger presser. I used product sparingly when I applied.
This 17 oz product is a pump bottle giving a measured dose. The eye gel sells for $19.97 and is more than enough eye gel to last me 2-4 months.

I would like to thank the Insta-Natural people for sending me such great skin care products to review. With such high quality products that work- who wouldn't rave and want to share?

Giveaway Alert****

I may be doing a give away on this product over the next few weeks. I will post it on the contest and giveaway page here on the blog and most likely on one of my social media pages. I will give away ONE of these products! Yay..!

If I do a contest here is what  I learned during my esthetic training: washing the face 2-3 times removes a few layers of dirt,sebum and dead cells. I have since always washed my face OCD style for over 8 years now. The answer to the question will be: washing the face 2-3 times.( Geez I hope this will be fun for us both)!

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Re- Making of a Rental House

 A tiny peek into my holiday house this week. While you are having a wonderful feast with friends and family- we will be getting a quick bite and painting( in between laying around and playing with our six pets.

It's no secret I owned a few homes in my time. A pretty country house in the woods of Rhode Island and a so called investment property walking distance to water views in Riverside. Both times I should have realized I'm lousy at staying put. I like to move around- freedom. I also had a bad experience with my investment property.

Now, I simply lease rental properties from farm houses to in the town center homes. I also have a natural gravitation toward older homes( don't ask me why) I seem to enjoy making it pretty. Of course that is at the heart of DIY-ers. We like to re cycle items and give new life to things- most of the time. Simple reasons are;

 I won't have a forever stamp on my check book when a monthly lease payment comes around nor do I have the grand homeowners expenses like boilers, roofing problems or zoning/property issues and hefty insurance. I like leasing because I can DIY a lot of things in a leased property-making someone elses property look even better than when I came along. Upping my street cred.

 I started a new project in our small bathroom.

The photo above is of the magic of painters tape and a few contrasting colors I painted on the bathroom wall. I was into it, when I started and then something happened.. I changed my mind!
I am actually in process of redo-ing the redo. Oh, I love paint! It's a beautiful thing. Now to master it!?? I will be posting the updated bathroom look in a bit. For now, don't you have something you can be off- redoing? :)

 Above is another project paint, room. So much for the cute holiday decorations this year- I'm a slave to paint. How do I get away with such wild abandon in painting and refinishing other peoples properties? It's street cred. Also, I'm not a novice, I have been DIY-ing an improving my surroundings for over four years. It helps to be a bit creative and good at it too, of course ultimately I always ask first if an owner might allow me to "upgrade" his/her property. This is common with people who flip houses. They live in the property, repair it and sell it, moving on to the next project or taking a needed break. I currently don't flip houses( but I did work with a private investor years back that taught me about this industry). The value could be raised slightly on properties with beautfications made to it, but moreover it's raising the leasee's comfort level during their stay and creating a inside 'curb appeal' for the owner. The picture also shows an outdated border in which I decided to paint right over. Not so sure this is ideal but we shall see in the final photos coming in the next several weeks.

*** The above picture shows a totally stripped floor using no commercial stripping agent- just a common household staple, elbow grease and a steel wool pad( two or three of them). 

 Have you ever painted a room or furniture in one color or design and stepped back and suddenly changed your mind? 



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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gemstone Love
Photo credit: C.Curtis/Coach Cyndi
The holidays at right at our doors and all I can think about is getting my little hands on some new gems. I have been into gems since I was a kid. Before blue birds( Girl Scouts) my mother could always find me in some nondescript spot. thumbing around through river rocks.  I was naturally drawn to nature as a kid. Today I sort of turned that interest into a career booster. I use gemstones in my personal life- daily. I sleep with a. Geode on my nightstand. I also have over a hundred rock collection. I have gemstones like Amethyst, rose quartz, adventurine and so many more to include what might be construed as normal everyday rocks.

Today I use them for elixirs to mineralize and as a alkalize for common tap water. 
I don't want to bog down this post with a bunch of techy rock lingo, I will say they are extremely natural healing. I'm not one for magnet therapy but I am a user of natural stones/ gemstones that have resonating powers.
Here are a few simple ways to use a Drusy stone, geode, natural stone or gemstone to help the body to repair or rejuvenate.

* Take one half gallon of ordinary tap water. Place two or three clear ( quartz  ) stones in it and cover water container on counter for 12-24 hours.  Thus will energize the water. Stones are known to alkalize water. There are negative ions and positive ions- real crystals naturally impart a life force to water.

*Use gemstones in bath water to help draw impurities out of the water( and the skin). In a warm bath gently drop 4-6 palm sized gemstones or rocks ( geodes too) into the water. Soak for 30-45 minutes( or until water is not warm enough any longer. This will absorb unhealthy energies in the meridians, cleanse the water by acting as a "magnet" for stresses. The water will have a slightly alkalising if the stones are large enough. You may also use a cup of Epsom salts to add to the mineralisation effects.

* Draw a tub of hot as you can stand it bath water. Allow it to sit for several minutes before you get in. Before getting in, place a large stone/ geode into the
 Water- get in as usual. Remove the stone after 10-15 minutes. Use a palm full of Moor Mud( if you don't know which mudd is truly moor mud.let me know I supply it on my holistic site). Place no less than a palm size or 1/2 cup of the mud in the bath. This is relaxing and soothing to the body as you should feel relaxed but re energized. Rest right after this bath. No electronic devices for the night. Ideally,do this before bed.

You can find a world of reliable information on the properties of stones. You may even come across a few people who utilize stones in their lives. I am one of those people. I have been using my stones for years doing some of these same uses above..
My all time go to for insomnia? I take a jade stone, amethyst or adventurine always palm size or slightly smaller and lay prone. I hold one stone in each hand down by my sides. I may also place one stone on a burdensome part of my body, like my forehead( for headaches or because I can't shut off my running to- do list). I make a choice to allow the stones to guide me to a point in which I reach clearer head. I usually drift to sleep and I didn't even know what hit me.
One word of advice here - there are fake stones out there. Also stones that are artificially dyed, heated or treated in some way. These stones should be avoided if possible. They will not give the benefits of 100% authentic gems and stones( to include geodes) and should be avoided.
As a Holistic Coach specializing in Karmic Coaching I believe alternative remedies can have a huge impact on the little things. I like simple and I love things that give inspiration.


In the months to come I will be hosting a page here dedicated to products I use faithfully and I know have worked for me- and here is the bonus- I will be providing discounts and some freebies to a few lucky people so look for those contests on the contest page here on the blog as well.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gummy Bears and Fruit

Pintrest Fan?

Have we bumped into each other on Pintrest lately? If not hurry up because I am looking for a Thanksgiving short cut or a big turkey recipe that makes me want to RUN out and buy a big bird and slave over it all day.I don't have an instagram account but I am crazy over Pintrest.  Where else can I pin cat memes and recipes all in one place and then send it to my daughter with a note attached?? Hurry Pintrest with me now. Now what do gummy bears, a juicy piece of meat or fruit have in common? Answer: they all go tumbling down into the gut and yet they are not all beneficial to it.

Belly Detox

Did I mention to you that I am on my fifth day of my simple belly(gut) detox. Now, I am not testifying to any weight loss(yet) but I am saying- mama, I like it. Just pop over and see the quickie tutorial. Nothing foo-foo here, just two cloves a day for 10 days. That famous Television doc had me so inspired to do this but what really grabbed my attention on this topic was a few Youtube Vids. Yep I was totally ready to dive into any gut remedy that was presented to me. Who said fear isn't a great motivator? I will say, at about day 3 of the remedy I started to experience less stomach bloat and some very real bowel movements. I did not stop eating meats entirely- I ate much less meats( probably 1-4 ounces at two meals) and the double the veggie intake. I pretty much had 2 -5 ounces of veggies at each meal x's two. Other ways to get that gut flora in order is with teas, tumeric or papaya seeds and honey. I haven't tried that yet but I'm thinking it may be much milder in general. I'm happy with the garlic gut detox.. it's just very peppery going down.

Sharing is caring

While surfing Doc Oz's website, I noticed he has another business outlet called ShareCare. I was curious so I clicked and clicked away. I was whisked off to his other site- apparently he does more than just heart surgeries. He is everywhere. This site(sharecare) offers real age solutions for almost every aspect of a persons life. Can you say'cha-ching'?

Well I am back to surfing for more eyebrow raising things and to eat my citrus too. Thanks for peeking into this post and let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below or on my Facebook page but make sure you like or friend me first!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pennies and The DIY

Here is another quickie.. Ahem DIY! Go from five easy to find items to a unique candle holder for the holidays. Check  out just how easy it is.


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