Do You Brush Your Teeth Enough…

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I will shamefully confess that one of my healthy ambitions this year is to be more diligent about my dental hygiene.  There. I said it.  How pathetic, right?  But truly, I haven’t been always so diligent.  Working from home is one reasons I blame for my sometimes lack of dental diligence.  But really, I’m pretty sure pure laziness and habit play a bigger role.  I *know* flossing is important, but do I floss on a regular basis?  Um, yeah, no.  I *know* brushing teeth at least twice a day is very important, but do I always do so?  Um… well, I think you get the picture.  Oh, and if you want to be encouraged to do a better job of it – just do some researching on the areas of health – besides the actual mouth – that are or could be hurt by having subpar brushing/flossing habits.

So when Toilet Tree asked if I would like to do a review on something in their line, my eye went to their sonic toothbrushes and this thing I had never heard of, and frankly, sounded a bit like something that would be most unpleasant – an oral irrigator, and I noticed they had a combo unit.  I am proud to say I have *diligently* been brushing and …irrigating? (lol, that doesn’t sound right.. but it’s like flossing, so I’ll just say flossing from here on out, k?) for about a month or a little bit more.  My teeth feel very clean, whiter, and my gums have even been less puffy and red and more a pink like they should be.  I have used an electric toothbrush before, so that wasn’t much to get used to.  I like the features this has – with the 3 speeds it is very customizable.  But the irrigator – that thing honestly kind of scared me, haha.  It shoots water at you through this very small nozzle at a surprising pressure/speed.  I’m still working on not getting water misted up on the mirror, but it is now quite fun to use!  I started using it on the least pressure setting (soft)  and tried the normal setting the one day and my gums bled, so I knew it was working!  I continued to use the soft pressure setting for about 1-2 weeks because I didn’t want to make my gums sore.  But now I like to go back and forth between the soft setting and the pulse setting.  The actual unit is sleek and quite nice looking.  It’s easy to hold and operate, and it’s all together, which is nice.

What is one area you are putting more effort into this year?  It’s the end of February, I know, but everyone always starts out strong early January, (and then often falls away from their plans) so I think a month or so in it’s a good reminder – if you’ve fallen off the path of any of your healthy habits, now is just as good a time as any to get back on the path!

Have you ever used an oral irrigator before?

The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green review

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The Mark of the King (Bethany House, January 2017)

Sweeping historical fiction set at the edge of the continent

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2iKM4uj

My Thoughts:

Wow, I really enjoyed this book!  Not enjoy in an easy-going summer flippant read at the beach sort of thing, but a truly great piece of writing – that grabs your soul and mind and heart and doesn’t let go!  Easy summer reading may have its place (it’s not my first preference, though).  This had a bit of everything, from moments of heartbreak, shear terror, moments of joy, of excitement.  One minute I was rooting for a character because I believed redemption could occur, and the next minute I wasn’t sure just what to hope for. I would cry for how people were treated, then cry some more because of loss or even the illusion of things lost.  To be able to send a reader on such an emotionally turbulent ride – to me – is a sign of a great writer.  As you’ve probably gathered from my past book reviews, I love history, and historical fiction when mixed with a powerful Christian message is probably my favorite literary genre/subcategory.  I really didn’t remember much from my school days about the early colonization of Louisiana in the 1700s (if I learned much about it, I had forgotten), and so the historical element was so intriguing to me, as well as their interactions with the Indians.

No, this is not a book to read as easy fill-in-some-time kind of read, but it will draw you in and not let go.  It will cause you to have all kinds of emotions.  It will cause you to stay up late to finish reading it.  If that’s your idea of a good read, then I highly recommend you get busy reading!  🙂

See what other people are saying: http://litfusegroup.com/author/jgreen

*I was given a copy for free through Litfuse.  I was not required to give a positive review and the opinions and views expressed are my own.

Green makeup look for a New Year

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Are you all happy it’s 2017?  I am.  Not because I thought 2016 was the worst year ever or anything, but because a new fresh start is always a welcomed thing.  2016 taught me several things. I had moments of laughter, tears, friendships, hurt, joy.  It’s all mixed up, and I can’t separate the bad from the good.  If I wished away 2016, I’d also have to wish away those happy moments – and I dare anyone who is all gloom and doom to tell me there was absolutely nothing good about your year.  Yes, there was.  If you say no, you weren’t looking for the good.  So start 2017 off looking for the good, for the happy little moments you may have overlooked in the past.  Each year, each month, each week,… each day, really, is made up of highs and lows and some joys are worth searching for.  They’re not always so obvious, but they can be found if one is of the mindset to find them.

I don’t necessarily do “resolutions” each year, but I still kind of do – I just don’t call them that in my head, haha, so that I don’t have that mental pressure of keeping them I suppose.  (Anyone else do that?  Tell themselves whatever it is you want to work on isn’t really a resolution).  I have many many areas I want to improve on this year, but today I’ll just mention one of them – being a bit more organized.  I am naturally not an organized person.  I know some people are all about spreadsheets, schedules down to the minute, and folded socks, but that’s not me.  But I do believe being organized – whatever that looks like to you – is an important thing because it orders your life and impacts your whole outlook basically.  So since redoing my room (which has actually been amazingly simple to keep tidy – probably the longest I’ve gone so far without a huge mess that needed to be cleaned up), I have been looking at other areas I can organize.  A simple one is my makeup/beauty area.

I used to use those clear stackable small 3-drawer bins for my makeup.  I would try to organize it and make it look so pretty, but if you use mineral makeup that comes in the small round jars and try to organize it in one of these, you know that it doesn’t take long for things to get disorganized.  As soon as I took one jar out, the rest would cave in and roll around.  Before I knew it, everything was all a mess – the blush was mixed into the eye shadow, the mascara was swapped for the brushes (I know… end of the world problems, right? haha).  Enter the solution:

A few years ago, I got a beautiful jewelry armoire from my aunt and uncle and had used the sides and top for jewelry and the drawers for various things.  The drawers are flocked and some of them are divided up, which makes for the perfect solution because the dividers act as an organization system for me, and the flocking helps keep things secure and from always rolling around when something is removed.  I think an economical and easy solution for this if you don’t have an armoire would be to get shelf paper with a rubber/texturized surface – I would think that would have the same affect as the flocking.  I didn’t take a before picture, but here is a current picture of my makeup drawers (and bonus pic of my nail polish):

Makeup and beauty is definitely a fun, creative outlet for me.  I am not very artistic in the drawing/painting sense, and yet, playing with makeup makes me feel creative and artistic.

Here is a look I did recently, a green look:

Products used:

100% Pure primer (I have dry skin, but this still works amazingly; they do have one that’s not mattifying that I’d like to try sometime)

Everyday Minerals jojoba base in Ivory 1N

Honest Beauty Luminizer Powder in Midnight Reflection (under face category)

100% Pure cream eye stick liner in Black Pearl

Redeeming Beauty Minerals eye shadow in Honor

Korres shimmering shadow in Green White

100% Pure Maracuja Blackberry mascara

Silk Naturals brow gel in Medium Ash

Silk Naturals lippie in Winter Rose (discontinued) (last picture)

Hope you all are having a great start to 2017! 

How do you store your makeup?  Does it work for you organised that way?  (Some people have their makeup all mixed together in a cosmetics bag and that is organised for them – there’s no “right” way to organize!)

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Plexus

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Continuing our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways….

Giveaway #3 (there will probably be a total of 7, so stick around because there are lots of realllly great goodies still to come)

You’ve read about my favorite product of the year, and so how fitting that it should be today’s giveaway, right?

I know, I know, I *know* this sounds are corny as corn chowder, but it is true that these products have changed my life!

So I’ll let you go read that post where I gushed about Plexus above but I’ll also share a bit of info on this post.

But first off, I get this all…the…time – people who are healthy minded and somehow think Plexus doesn’t line up with their view of health.  A Plexus sister of mine said it so eloquently so I am sharing her words here:

“If you came to my house right now, you would see that we use coconut oil for everything, we use natural laundry detergent, my kids take fermented cod liver oil, we don’t do food dyes or artificial sweeteners and we are huge kombucha drinkers.
I am painting a picture for you of the way we view our bodies and what we put into them. Why does this matter?? We are a Plexus family and their products line up with our family’s decisions about health. Plexus Slim is a natural product for the masses that doesn’t artificially make you feel good from caffeine and stimulants. It is sweetened with stevia and is gluten and GMO free.
Do I wish we could get all of our nutrients from food? Sure!!!!! But the reality is that we need supplements to fill in the missing spaces of our diet. Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough. I do not advocate quick fixes or diets…I advocate minds changed, resetting the body and balancing blood sugar. This is my 22nd month using Plexus products and my body has never been healthier.”

Plexus addresses 3 really keys to our health, that I feel everyone should be aware of and do whatever they can to improve these areas – Gut health, Inflammation, and Blood sugar balance.  So so key to so so many issues we face as individuals, families, and as a nation as a whole in our health story.  People ask me – or usually tell me, haha- that they don’t need to lose weight, and therefore, Plexus isn’t right for them. I have to kindly let them know that the Slim (the Plexus product Plexus is most known for) is all about balancing.  If a person is at a good healthy weight, it won’t make them lose weight.  It works at balancing the blood sugar, which in turn helps the body function so much better, and when the body functions so much better, then weight is just naturally stabilized to a healthy range.  And speaking of weight since I’m talking about that now, haha, some people lose weight very fast and virtually effortlessly (my dad for instance…he’s lost over 25 pounds without really trying since he started the TriPlex (Slim, Biocleanse, and Probio5).  He didn’t eat horribly before, he actually ate pretty healthy because he was one of those people that isn’t real picky and will eat whatever’s in front of him, and my mom has always cooked healthily.  But he noticed a very quick difference in that he actually desired salads and squash and cabbage – where before he would just eat whatever, now he looked forward to eating healthy foods).  But for others, it isn’t quite as fast or dramatic.  For myself, for instance, I feel I have been healing so very much in my body, and I can’t wait for the weight component of it to kick in more, and I also have to do my part with eating good and exercising and not use Plexus as an excuse for poor decisions. I know apparently others areas of my health have taken precedence, and I am just sooo thrilled with that and actually have such a great outlook and hope for what will come!  If someone were to ask me “What should I take?”, my hands-down answer would be the TriPlex combo.  And if you’re dealing with chronic/acute pain, also add in Ease.

With their 60-day money-back guarantee, it is the perfect Christmas gift to give yourself or to someone you love – it is truly a gift that gives back.  Or if you are wanting to save the most plus share with your loved ones and make it your business, this is the easiest and most generous company I have ever been with (I haven’t been with that many, but I was with one other direct sales company, and while I loved their products and the company, it wasn’t as easy or as generous as Plexus).  It literally costs you only $34.95 to join as an Ambassador – you have no monthly website fees, but you get your own website for people to order from.  You don’t have any monthly minimums or quotas you have to make in order to still get the discounted rate.  You have no product you have to stock.  And you have an amazing team that is growing like crazy and has some of the most kind generous and authentic ladies and gents in the world on it (okay, so I may be slightly biased, but I was blown away with all the help and kindness).

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The Nativity Story

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Hope you all are having a good start to the weekend.  I have a fun weekend planned, with family and harp music involved, which to me is always a great combination.

Don’t forgot to enter the giveaway #1 of the Christmas giveaways.

And today, there is a giveaway #2 – Kristin from Exploring Domesticity is hosting a fun giveaway for what sounds like yummy comfort food, so head on over and enter.

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Keep your eyes open because it won’t be too long before giveaway #3 is announced.  (There won’t be 12 giveaways, but the giveaways will run over the course of these 12 days, if you were curious/wondering).

Any fun – even if mundane – things happen lately?  Today, I went to a surplus store – which is so fun to go “scout out” what you can find…only problem is, yes, the cookies were organic and gluten free and would have cost a lot lot more at another store, but did I really need 2 boxes?!   Therein lies the problem of the surplus store.  It’s a love/hate thing.  But you can’t beat iceberg lettuce for $0.50 a head or a 3-pack of romaine for $1.50, so I’m telling myself that made up for the cookie indiscretions.  🙂

Do you have any Christmas movie traditions?  Mine would be watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” Christmas Eve, and watching “The Nativity Story” at some point leading up to Christmas.  This evening I watched that and just thought of something I’m sure I’ve known, but just dawned on me (Don’t you love when that happens?  The Bible never gets old!).  So the shepherds in the fields – when the birth was announced to them and they left the fields to find him, they were literally leaving their occupation, their way of making money because I’m sure many, if not all, of the sheep would have wondered off by the time they returned.  But none of that mattered.  Something – no, someOne – was more important and required their worship.  That just struck me while watching the movie this evening.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend – do something fun! 🙂