Leap Year + Morrocco Method + a Giveaway

>> Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day/Year! As you know, Leap Year occurs every four years and is to synchronize with the Georgian calendar. Basically, it takes 365.242199 days of a solar or tropical year for the earth to circle the sun once. Our calendar, which is 365 days, is short of a solar year by nearly 6 hours so by adding a day every four years, this will be corrected. Otherwise, after 100 years, our calendar would be off by about 24 days. So it could get wacky!

There is a little catch to all of this: a leap year has to be evenly divisible by 4. Years that are evenly divisible by 100 are not leap years, unless they can also be evenly divided by 400. So back in year 2000 that was a leap year but 1800 was not. (source and source)

So let’s “leap” ahead to hair. What does one have to do with the other? Nothing really. But, today is leap day and I am hosting a giveaway from Morrocco Method, which is leap (for joy) worthy, so there you go.

Anyway, have you ever had a bad hair day (or days)? I mean a really really bad one? Like some bad dates in my past, I’ve had my fair share of bad ‘dos.

Let me tell you a story.

Back in my younger days, I was clueless about hair. I still am today but that’s okay. I’ve learned some valuable things from my past mistakes.

I have naturally curly/wavy hair. But back then because of how it was cut, it was usually more wavy and less curly without much style to it so it weighed down and made the layers underneath pretty flat. Well, I wanted fuller, curlier hair so I used to get partial perms underneath from time to time. No biggie.

One day while flipping thru a magazine, I found the ultimate hair I wanted. I ripped the page out and took it to the great and powerful Oz known as my hairdresser.

She said "sure, let's do it!" Even with my already wavy, somewhat curly hair, she said I could achieve this very look or close to it with a light perm. She would just take the curlers out of my hair before the full time was up. Did you catch that? So instead of 45 minutes (or whatever) in my hair, it would only be 30 minutes (or whatever).

So I sit back and read a mag or two while the clock ticks. Time’s up!

She takes out a roller. Hmm…interesting…then another and another and I’m thinking, “Whoa! That’s some curly hair!” I think she could see on my face what I was thinking (and fearing). She tried to reassure me that it seems curlier than it actually is. Then the reassurances turned into, it will settle down soon. Then it turned into, let’s wash some of the solution out as soon as possible.

I kid you not, my hair was so tightly curled it didn’t relax AT ALL after washing that stinky solution out, nor did it calm down after a day or two and I couldn't wash my hair yet because there was the fear it would look even worse. Well, let's just say I ended up assuming the role of Little Orphan Annie. It truly was that bad. I went to work horrified, but I couldn’t call in sick for bad hair days (there'd be too many). I got many weird looks from my coworkers and seriously, was called Annie from then on. One of my bosses teased me by asking (often) where’s my dog Sandy. Ugh, it was horrible! I was teased relentlessly.

It took a year and a half before it was all gone (should've shaved my head). Needless to say, I never had a perm again nor did I ever see that hairdresser again.

That bad hairdo story beats out some of my others: cutting my own hair; using Sun-In on my dark hair (hello orange!); a mullet; a hairdresser (who was really a barber in disguise) who blew out my hair so straight that it left me with a conehead shape and this just minutes before I had to go to a wedding rehearsal; too many highlights and not any lowlights (I didn’t know!).

I’ve learned to value good and honest hairdressers since then. I also stick with safe styles and extra layers if I want it more curly – no perms. ;)

Thankfully, Morrocco Method has wholesome products for your hair. To get it healthy and maintain it but also styling products to hopefully prevent bad hair days.


If you're not already familiar with Morrocco Method, you can read up on my past reviews here. Even if you are familiar with MM, you might not be aware of Anthony's other website, The Hair Shaman. The title makes perfect sense, don't you think? It's a more interactive way to get in touch with The Hair Shaman himself to ask personal questions, read up on various articles and learn the ins and outs, the good, the bad, and the ugly of hair.

Now, let’s move onto the giveaway.

Morrocco Method is giving away a $30 gift card to one reader!

To gain entry using Rafflecopter below (click 'view comments' if you don't see it; might take a moment to load), just simply post about one of your worst hairdos (you can keep it brief or make it as wordy as you want -- you won't be judged). Bonus entries, too. Winner will be selected at random.

Time to enter! Good luck!


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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, February 23, 2012

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This n That

>> Monday, February 20, 2012

Hey hey! I feel like this month is going kind of slow but on the other hand, I can’t believe it’s nearly over. I dunno, it’s just craziness. Work’s been keeping me busy busy so I’m behind on things…like catching up on blogs. I’ve been trying though! I’ll catch up eventually. So if you haven’t seen me yet, you will.

Valentine’s was a lovely day for us here. Hopefully, for you too. We exchanged presents and cards, nothing too fancy because that’s just how we roll but I did splurge and get some goodies from Heathy of Sweetly Raw. We dug into the treats before properly taking pics.


Can you blame me?

The caramel pecans? Oh yeah! So nummy! I have to admit some goodies didn't make it to the photoshoot. Oops. Yummy, though. :)

And in Sam fashion for V-day, he got me flowers…to PLANT!


Primroses. They smell so wonderful!


Speaking of primroses, have any of you read "The Hunger Games"? I just started reading it. I’m already looking forward to the movie. If you've read the series you'll get the primrose correlation.

Vegan Cuts was having a sale on some items made by Lori and Michelle of Pure2Raw/Twin Cakes Bakery so I jumped on the deal on the last day. Can’t wait to try them!

It’s to tie me over until I can get my butt over to Raw Vegan Source to stock up on supplies. I think I mentioned my need to shop but I just haven’t had the chance. Sure, I could get some of the stuff I need online, which hubby did, but we also like to support local business so soon I’ll be making my way over. And when I do, you can be sure I’ll blog all my finds!

Spring is coming! Ahh…love love love it! I’m so looking forward to more sun and warmth and seeing the blossoms already is making me really happy.


We were on a walk when the scent of these caused us to look around and find the tree. We would’ve missed it otherwise.

Spring also means getting ready for gardening. Sam just ordered a bunch of seeds; some are really fun and interesting ones. I’ll try to make a list of them all when we get them. My plan is to be more involved in gardening this year than I have in the past. I’m hoping for better weather, too.

For those not on twitter or facebook or my friend on facebook (sniff), I mentioned that I’m teaming up with Morrocco Method again for a giveaway. So if you missed out last time, you’ll have another chance in the next couple of weeks…Feb 29th to be exact.

Thanks for reading.

Peace.


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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ponderings...

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Guest Post: Helping Kids Become Raw Foodies

>> Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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The Raw Diet is a really healthy and energy-boosting diet option which can be embraced for a lifetime. Anybody living on these diets really does see and feel the benefits and improvements in their bodies. It’s possible to incorporate raw foods into children’s diet from their first taste of solid food and then you can be instrumental in the growth of a new generation of raw foodies.

It’s a fact that kids can be really picky eaters, especially when trying something for the first time or cooked differently. If you’re introducing raw foods to a child who is used to the textures and flavors of cooked products, it will take some time to get them to make the big change, because that’s exactly what it is. There are plenty of things you can do as a parent or relative to help your children embrace and enjoy a raw food diet, if introducing it when they’re a little older.

Get involved together

All get involved when preparing meals. Have your kids help you prepare all the ingredients and then you can answer any questions or anxieties they might have. Young kids love feeling of responsibility and helping out mom or dad so getting involved with food prep is a great way of introducing them to all the raw foods you have to choose from. When living on a regular diet, it can be more dangerous to allow young children to get involved because of the heat involved in the cooking process but this is not a problem with raw foods. Although there will be knives and slicers used, you can keep that part of the prep to yourself and let your kids enjoy the mixing or designing the plate layouts. Also, you can buy safe plastic alternatives of knives and slicers, so your child can imitate the process anyway and feel fully involved. Once the meal is made, the kids are much more likely to want to eat it when they remember the work they put in to make it.

Fruits aplenty

Have fresh fruit available at every turn. Young kids who are given the opportunity absolutely love feasting on bananas, berries and other fruit. You can use these favorites to teach your child how healthy these foods are and begin to introduce more exotic fruits like kiwis, guavas and mangoes. The more choices available, the more exciting it becomes and then, over time, a small slice of one of the more exotic fruits can serve as a treat and you can phase out those cookies, cakes and baked goods they used to crave.

Enjoy the great outdoors

Plan a family day out and end it with a family picnic, packed full of raw foods. Kids love adventure and if you combine your raw food diet into the fun outing experience, they’ll associate the foods with a fun time. Whether you visit the local beach, park or trek down the local nature trail, you can be sure your kids will love it, burn off some energy and importantly, build up a healthy appetite. Bring out the picnic and you can all enjoy the fabulous variety of raw foods you’ve prepared. It’s also a great memory so when you next serve raw foods at home, your kids will remember the fun outing.

Be a role model

Your younger kids look to you for examples and the right thing to do. This is a great sign because if they see you munching on nuts, seeds and fruits, they’ll want to do the same. Even if it takes a little time for them to give up their old favorites once they see you and the rest of the family embracing all things raw, they’ll eventually come round. Especially if you introduce some of the great raw food snacks available like natural cacao, trail mix and yummy fruit smoothies.

The change won’t happen overnight and it probably took time for you to truly make the swap to a wholly raw food diet. Once you begin the process, involve your kids at every step but don’t be disheartened when they still lust after a cookie or French fry. These things will soon be out of your life and you can, as a family, live as dedicated raw foodies.

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Rose Knut's kids sleep on organic latex mattresses and are taken to school in a hybrid car, but diet is one of the most important parts of their lives. It's not to late to adopt raw food as a way of life.

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DIY: Face Scrub

>> Monday, February 13, 2012

Hello and happy Monday! Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Do you love or hate V-day? I used to loathe it. My expectations were too high or too low, not sure which but I got to a point where I treated it as any other day, just a day. Of course, things have changed so now I enjoy it. But, no matter how you feel about it, I hope it's a good day for all.

By the way, thanks for your comments on my worst first date post. It's long in the past so I can definitely look back on it and laugh (while shaking my head). Everyone's got to have at least one bad date right? Sad that some of you have had worse! I feel for you.

Another BTW, I haven't announced the winner of the Morrocco Method giveaway yet because I haven't heard back from them yet (I emailed them). Sooo, if they don't respond very soon I'll have to choose another winner and maybe it will be one of you! Stay tuned.

Boy, I'm chatty.

Okay, now, for today's post. Sugar Face Scrub. I. Am. In. Love. Seriously. It's the perfect exfoliate. Pure cane sugar, castile soap, sweet almond oil, and essential oil -- all organic, of course.


There are many other variations I'd love to try but this one I made is courtesy of my friend, Victoria of Mommy Is Green; her post with the recipe can be found here.

Like I said, it's the perfect exfoliate because the sugar dissolves somewhat so it's gentle and I've used it 2-3 times in a row (it just feels so good!) without any issues but I try to limit to just once or twice a week. Plus with the addition of essential oils, you can make the scent to your liking. I used sweet orange -- mmm, so springy!

Have a good day!

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My Worst Date

>> Friday, February 10, 2012

Hey hey Valentine peeps! I thought in honor of the Day of Love, I'd share with you my worst (first) date story. I lived to tell the tale so you know, in the end, everything turns out a-ok!

*I do not have any pics from said sorry tale (this is a good thing in retrospect), so all pics you see are courtesy of other sources.

K, here we go...it's long, sorry. If you've got a few minutes to spare, feel free to read on.

Not sure if this counts as a true first date but there was this guy I was sorta seeing. We “hung” out a lot but he never took me out officially (should’ve been my first clue this guy was not worth my time). Well, an opportunity came around where I took HIM out. My company was organizing a river rafting trip and I’d always wanted to go so here was my chance. I paid for the trip and invited him. Figured if he said no I could ask someone else to join me. Well, he said yes.

Real date set…

On the day of the trip, I picked him up and drove the 2 hours to the river. It was a gorgeous day. Sunny and hot. Perfect for a raging river boat ride. Ha! Anyway, the drive over, as I recall, was uneventful. Boring convo I bet.

We get there and find our group. Now, if any of you have gone river rafting, you know they go thru the many safety rules and tips.

Before I go any further, let me preface this by saying I can swim. I know how. Thank you mom for getting me swim lessons as a kid. Unfortunately, it didn’t include swimming in raging water but I know how to keep afloat. Some people in our group did not know how to swim. At all. Never swam in their life. Sweet!

The safety rules I remember are:

no, this is not me
• If your guide says “high side” all of you jump to one side of the raft to keep it from flipping but wait for your guide to tell you because he/she is the pro and knows best.
• If you fall into the rapids, get in sitting position. It will help keep you from going under as you bob down river. So they say.
• The other thing is hang onto your oar! It’s supposedly a great thing to hold on to when being carried down river.

You see where this is going don’t you?

We don our lifejackets and helmets and split into various boats. Time to go! Not sure how many of us there were but I think we split into about five or so boats.

The river we’re about to venture on runs alongside a highway so every so often there’s an overpass across the river. Obviously plenty of room for rafts to go under the bridges but also, these areas are more “rapid-y” -- lots of fast moving water swirling and splashing around the huge pillars holding up said bridges.
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Our fun group, which it was, got into a large raft; fits about 8 or 10 of us. Our fearless guide was a young punk (probably my age at the time, 21ish) who loved adrenaline rushes. He’s been a professional guide for a brief time. Two members in our group did not know how to swim. But hey, we’re wearing life vests. We each have an oar. We’ve got an experienced guide. What could possibly go wrong on this beautiful day?

Meanwhile, my date and I are having fun. I ignore any overly sarcastic jokes he makes and continue to think he likes me. Oh how young and naïve I was (nice way of saying stoopid)…

We started out going thru/over some small rapids but since this was my first time on such an outing, they were so fun! Nothing too scary. People on the river banks were waving to us, we were laughing and splashing water on each other with the oars and just having fun. Our guide was funny and I could tell he liked to be competitive, so there was play between us and the other boats as well.

We got to a part of our trip where we had to stop and walk around a dam while carrying our raft. We ate lunch and just chilled for a bit before we started our second leg.

Now the good part.

We get back in the water. Our guide mentioned that this part of the river will have more rapids and they’ll be more powerful too. We were so pumped! We were following one other boat, all the others were trailing.

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Remember how I said our guide has a competitive edge? And remember those concrete pillars every so often for the overpasses and the swirling, fast moving water around them?

Well, we’re cruising along when our guide gets the little twinkle in his eye that says trouble. But we’re all excited and having fun so when he says, “let’s beat the boat in front of us,” we think, “okay!”

He’s telling us to paddle harder and faster. We’re gaining speed on the boat in front of us. I can’t remember if they were even aware of our little race yet but hey we were catching up and they’d better watch out!

Or should we??

We’re paddling more and more but we can see the overpass ahead with those huge pillars awaiting our arrival. We look to our guide who doesn’t say anything except to paddle faster. We do. We’re getting closer and he still says paddle.

By this point, all of us are getting a little nervous, minus our guide. We seem awfully close and going too fast to keep doing what we’re doing without a crash. But still no word from our guide. He’s bent on catching up to the first boat. The other boats aren’t that far behind because they’re starting to go faster too. Probably trying to get in on this stupid race we now seem to be in.

We keep looking at each other wondering what to do and hesitate each time our guide says to paddle. We’re certainly not putting our all into it anymore. I think someone even asked the guide who in turn said we’re doing okay.

My thoughts? Boy, that pillar looks big. And hard. And boy, that water doesn’t look fun anymore.

Well, we as an amateur group of river rafters decided we needed to take matters into our own hands. We had to do something and we had to act fast. Our guide was worthless. He was completely oblivious. My date laughed. He thought this was exciting!

Our moment was here. We knew we had to high side or we’d crash into the pillar. Our brilliant guide finally came to his senses as he saw what we had been seeing this whole time. He shouted, “high side!”

Crap.

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Next thing I knew we were falling in the water. Everybody crashing into each other and the fast water. It was like hitting the ejection button one second before impact. We did flip but we had all fallen out before our bodies hit cement.

&%(@#$!

I kept telling myself get in sitting position, hang onto your oar. Over and over and over. The raft was gone and people were scattered.

All of the other rafts, including the one that obviously won the race, had to somehow pull over quickly and safely and start throwing out ropes. With most people behind us and few in front of us, time was short.

So I’m trying to get in sitting position to help stay above water. Yeah, good one. Who thought of that stupid rule? It was not working for me. Panicking apparently doesn’t help either. But hey, good thing I have my oar. Nope. One of the non-swimmers who was flailing nearby just swiped it from my hands. Great, now what?

I kept going downstream but thankfully, water was starting to calm a bit. But I still wasn’t in the clear. I’m away from where everyone is on the banks and the rapids are carrying me fast.

While I’m in the water, struggling, wondering if this was the way I was going to die, I see my date over on the bank laughing his ass off, thinking this is a hoot. Who was this idiot? I liked him? Wow. If I get out of this alive, I definitely need to get my head examined. He wasn’t helping anyone else either. Not me, not the others pulling people out or throwing ropes.

Finally, I caught the last rope just in the nick of time. Seriously. I knew I was going to be okay but I held onto that rope so tight there was no letting go.

I get out, breathless, soaked, crabby and scared. I barely spoke to my date after that. He was clueless and didn’t care anyway.

Where it was sunny and hot before, I’m now in the shade and shivering. I’m no longer having fun. Wishing I was anywhere else but here. Crashing our raft sure put a damper on things (excuse the pun).

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I looked back to where we had crashed and our boat was wrapped securely around the pillar, completely on its side. There was going to be no easy way to get it down. So now we’re down one boat and a guide. He was staying behind to figure out his mess.

The rest of us split up among the rest of the boats, which meant sitting in the middle. Definitely not fun. But everything had changed. It was quieter, less jovial. Rapids weren’t the same after that.

After a time though, we started to relax a bit and smack talk our inexperienced guide and what had happened. We laughed that he had to figure out how to get the raft down. I even laughed about my oar being ripped away from me. She obviously needed it more than I did.

We started seeing more sun, too. Some people along the river were bbq’ing and playing games when we came by. They mooned us.

Now, the story doesn’t end there. There’s more.

We get to the end of our trip but obviously, it took way longer than it should have (by a few hours), which meant, our ride (shuttle) was gone. It’s getting late now and the sun is setting. I’m getting cold because I’m still damp. Ugh.

Oh but hey! We’re saved! The head guide guy (?) had a van there and was willing to take drivers only to their cars then they’d come back and pick up their own crews. My date and I cheated and both got in the van.
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The van was a gem. ::sarcasm:: It was similar to the A-Team van only uncooler. It was old and uncomfortable. There were no seats other than the driver’s and passenger’s so we were crammed in the back, sitting on stuff and the wheel humps.

This guy was driving crazy fast too, which doesn’t help when you’re not really seated and the road is windy. About halfway there, he gets a flat. Okay, no biggie. Just pull over and change it.

Oh don’t tell me…he doesn’t have the proper tools! ::sigh:: He/we start flagging down trucks and vans in hopes someone has whatever it is we need. A car stopped but they couldn’t help. So Mr. Van Man goes and runs for help somewhere while we hang out on the side of a dark (twilight) road.

It seems forever goes by when help arrives. No, not Mr. Van Man but another passerby. Forget Van Man, we get his van fixed and take ourselves to wherever we’re parked. He is on his own.

I’m still damp once we get to my car so I change my clothes in the bushes since there was nowhere else to. My date and I soon hit the road again for home. My date drove us home but just being in my car made me feel so much better.

On the way home, my date and I talked about the events of the day and I tried to laugh about it. I wasn’t quite there yet (I am now!). My date told me about his future plans and wanting make some improvements in his life to be a better person and blah blah blah, meaning it was time for us to go our separate ways. So YOU, Mr. Bad Date Guy are breaking up with ME? Not that we were really much of an item, but gee, thanks.

I then went home while processing everything and went to bed.

Thankfully,
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Phew! There you have my Worst First Date story.

What I learned from Mr. Bad Date Guy is he was still a boy and I also learned what I didn’t want in a man. He taught me I deserved better.

I’m so glad dating days are behind me and I’m so glad I haven’t had bad dates with Sam. In fact, only best dates with him! True story. If he had been with me on the rafting trip, he wouldn’t have been laughing. No doubt he would’ve jumped in and pulled me out. I never doubt his loyalty and love for me.

My husband isn’t always traditional and likes to be different and creative; he's sentimental and a romantic. So for one Valentine’s day, instead of bringing me a bouquet of flowers that would eventually wilt and die, he brought me a rose bush to plant so I’d always have fresh flowers. Aw! Our first date was him asking if I’d like to go out with him from 10 (PM) to 2 (AM). From date one, we’ve been together. I've got myself a winner, a Mr. Good Date Guy and all around best friend and husband who’s also the best daddy. I purposely don’t share many more details because I like to keep them extra special.

Anyway, if you’ve got a story you’re willing to share (worst or best) I’d love to hear about it on your blog or in comments. Everyone’s got one I’m sure.

Happy Valentine's Day!

xoxo

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, February 9, 2012








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Love

>> Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Love everyone. I'm not talking Valentine's Day love, I'm simply saying love. Whether they be difficult people or complete strangers or whose beliefs are different than your own, just love.

xo

P.S. I know it's not Thoughtful Thursday, that will still happen, but I felt compelled to write this today.

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Super Weekend

>> Monday, February 6, 2012

Hello super friends! It was a super weekend with super awesome weather here! It was practically spring! YS2 took a few bike trips outside.

Did you watch the Super Bowl? I did not. I love football but didn't care about either team. Sorry fans of either. Also, it helps if one has TV...we don't, by choice, so no game or commercials for me. I watched the halftime show online (tsk tsk MIA!). :)

So instead of watching the big game or eating tons of food, I was making raw onion bread. What's sad is I only had enough flax seeds for onion bread so I made a double batch. Not that I'm complaining mind you, I just was in the mood to make more raw stuff. Yeah, I could've gone to the store but I didn't feel like it. Actually, if Raw Vegan Source was open on Sunday, I totally would've gone shopping. You wouldn't believe how long my list is and now it's even longer. When I do go shopping in the near future, I'll have to close my eyes and cover my ears when it comes to the total.

horrible pic I know! It was literally snap and go. I purposely didn't post the 'before' pic because it looked like barf!

I make onion bread every so often. It's so easy and doesn't require many ingredients and they're usually ones i have on hand. Plus, it's a hit with my boys. Especially the munchkin, YS2. Seriously, 24 hours later I'm missing two trays of it.

So anyway, if you are in the mood for onion bread I really like the simplicity of Raw LouLou's version. I used tamari instead of nama shoyu and added in a 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast. Mmm!

If I had all of the ingredients for Sarahfae of Addicted to Veggies Chewy Graham Crackers I so would've made that too.

In fact, I realized I need at least two dehydrators. Wouldn't that be so awesome? I'd have one for savory eats and one for sweet treats.

One thing I've been in the mood for are flax crackers. Anyone have a good recipe or link?

I feel like Seinfeld at the moment. This post is a whole lot of nuthin'! But onion bread is good. I just didn't mean to make a whole post about 'em and then not have any decent pics to show. I've been really really wanting to get more into raw foods and this was my chance to blab about it. Forgive me?

Anyway, I want to make flax crackers. Help me out!

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Giveaway: Morrocco Method

>> Friday, February 3, 2012

Hello my friends! Got a fun post for you today as it involves a giveaway. Now, before you get all excited and completely ignore my words, wait. Let’s have a chat. Don’t worry, you’ve got time to enter…and you have to see what this is all about anyway.

Are you familiar with Morrocco Method? If not, I’ve reviewed their products here and here. Me likey their hair products.


Morrocco Method was founded by Anthony Morrocco, who knows a thing or two about hair and holistic health. He’s been researching them for over 40 years! Anthony had seen a whole host of hair and scalp issues go untreated, unresolved when he began his career. Much of his knowledge and expertise comes from studying Ayurvedic and Chinese herbalism so when you combine that with modern science you’ve got Morrocco Method. His goal was/is to successfully treat hair and scalp problems and not just cover it up with more styling products or an expensive new ‘do.

All MM products are carefully designed to healthify (okay, not a real word but it works), strengthen, detoxify and nourish your hair no matter its needs. Each product contains the finest botanicals and minerals (92 trace minerals!) harvested from all over the world. (source)

MM supports fair trade, meaning farmers and workers and all others involved are paid fair and treated fair. So a typical product might cost a little more but you can be rest assured that all those involved in making that quality product was paid fairly.

“We have followed the principles of Old World farmers who understood that planting, harvesting and storing foods according to the lunar cycle maximizes the energetic potency of the plants.”

They also support sustainable natural resources. So not only is the product inside pure, but the packaging is recyclable. They do mention the use of Styrofoam in some packaging. It is reused/recycled, not purchased. They acquire it from packaging they’ve received so in turn they reuse it.

Also, no animal testing. They are a cruelty-free company. They don’t experiment on animals and they don’t purchase from companies or suppliers who test on animals either.

Speaking of animals, they have a line of raw vegan products for your pet! Well, if you have a dog or a cat or a horse.

Many of their products are raw and/or vegan (a few are bee-gan) and will help with whatever your hair type, needs, or conditions are; check out their useful website, too. You’ll find they offer more than just hair products.

Now, if you recall I recently gave you a history lesson on the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon. You can read it here.

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Morrocco Method has introduced two new products: Blood of the Dragon Styling Gel and Styling Dragon Pomade.

See the connection now? It is the Year of the Dragon! And well-respected hair, too. :)

I haven’t used the gel but love the pomade. I use it in my hair every day and we even use it on YS2’s wild, long, beautiful coppery hair (sigh -- I love his hair). I trust MM for his hair.

The giveaway:

The fine people at Morrocco Method are generously offering one reader a very lovely prize package.

Winner’s choice of:
Blood of the Dragon Styling Gel or Styling Dragon Pomade + a shampoo/conditioner combo (full size)!

Believe me you don’t want to pass this up. Aaand…it’s OPEN TO ALL! Tell me that isn’t extremely generous!

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, February 2, 2012

This is the last installment of my "healing journey" (pride, humility, and forgiveness) via Thoughtful Thursday (next week's TT will be back to "normal"). Thanks for hearing me out. I had pretty much moved on from what I now deduce as a toxic relationship but for whatever reason it'd been on my mind. I believe I'm at a point now where it no longer hurts me but something to learn from and simply move on. I'm happy and at peace with my life and where I'm at so today's focus is on peace and happiness.

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“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”
~Peace Pilgrim
"The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good."
~Bertrand Russell
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
~Buddha
"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances."
~Martha Washington
“Peace is not something you wish for; It's something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.”
~Robert Fulghum
"We can travel a long way and do many things, but our deepest happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences. it is born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home."
~Sharon Salzberg
“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”
~Mahatma Gandhi
"It doesn't matter how long we may have been stuck in a sense of our limitations. If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn't matter if the room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years -- we turn on the light and it is illuminated. Once we control our capacity for love and happiness, the light has been turned on."
~Sharon Salzberg
“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”
"No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change."
~Barbara de Angelis

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