Tuesday, October 6, 2015

An Apple A Day

It's the time of year when people in these parts head to Apple Orchards and Pumpkin patches. That made me think about what do apples really do for you? 


If you use it in a facial mask, it will replenish moisture. An apple’s acids help smooth fine lines.  (In a blender puree chop 1 green apple with the skin on and ½ cup sliced green grapes. Add 1 T. lemon juice and ¼ cup aloe vera. Keep blending until a thick paste forms. Apply to your face and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.)

The apple’s skin is packed with an antioxidant called quercetin.  This antioxidant may protect your lungs from pollutants. So think twice about peeling your apples and maybe improve your lung function.

Dandruff a problem? Then use apple cider vinegar directly on your scalp after washing your hair. Leave it on for 1 minute, then rinse off.  The vinegar smell will dissipate quickly.

Love to bake, don’t love the calories?  Use unsweetened applesauce for half the butter or oil in cake recipes.  Your dessert will be naturally sweeter and moister with much less fat.  Applesauce is cholesterol and fat-free. 1 cup has almost as much fiber as 1 cup of brown rice.  

Late night? Use chilled apple slices on your eyes to reduce puffiness just like you would cucumber slices. 

I'm anxious to get out to our favorite orchard and get some Honeycrisp apples. I wouldn't use these for a facial because they are just too good to eat!

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Tips to Prepare Your Skin for Autumn Weather

Our weather is changing and so should the way we treat our skin. Here are some tips to prepare your skin for autumn days… 

 1. Switch from lotions to creams. As the weather gets colder, our skin requires added moisture in the form of balms and creams which are longer lasting and create a barrier on the skin to keep moisture in and harsh winter elements out. 

 2. Moisturize your hands after every washing. There's a reason they say that our hands show our age first! Constant contact with harsh detergents, hand-washing, hot water, cold and wind can dry out and chap hands. To ensure that you are keeping the moisture in, place a bottle of lightweight lotion next to the sinks in your bathroom and kitchen, in your desk drawer, purse and car so you have no excuse to skimp on moisture. 

3. Nip it in the bud by starting a lip regimen now. Wax-type lip balms are great for preventing your lips from drying out, but once they get chapped you need a moisture-rich balm to help repair the damage.

 4. Be kind to your nails and cuticles. Nails are made of keratin which becomes brittle and can crack under harsh, cold conditions. Not to mention what the havoc of up-coming holiday cleaning and dishwashing can do to your cuticles! Soaking your fingertips in warm (not HOT) natural vegetable oils can help reverse dryness.

 5. Exfoliate to restore your natural glow. Dead skin cells from UV exposure, swimming in chlorine and collections of sebum and other debris clogging your pores can make anyone's skin look dull and lifeless. Using a scrub product to exfoliate is a great way to loosen and remove dead skin cells, giving you a new canvas of fresh skin to pamper. 

Are you enjoying our autumn weather?

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Tips for Family Photos

It's that time of year again when families are getting their photos taken to use on their Christmas cards. Autumn, who writes on her blog It's Always Autumn has some great tips on how to get ready for those family photos. Check out her blog here.

When was the last time you had family photos taken? Don't wait to do this. You never know what the future holds. 

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

In Memory

I lost a good friend and former colleague unexpectedly last week.  My heart is heavy and I am still in shock. Bev was in good health (as far as I know). She died from a massive heart attack at her home on a Saturday morning.

Bev and I taught second grade together for many years. In fact, she was on the interview panel that eventually hired me. Bev had a gentleness with children that was a gift. I never saw her raise her voice or become angry. She always had their best interests at heart. After several years with us Bev went on to teach fourth grade. Her kindness and love for students was evident there too.

I remember clearly how Bev tried to include everyone. There were three of us teaching second grade. Whenever I came to Bev with an idea she always made sure to include Merrie in any decision-making. She was always so concerned about others' feelings. She was so easy to work with.

Bev and her husband Don complimented each other so well. Don has hearing issues so Bev was often times his ears. They often joked with and about each other. You could always see the love Bev had for Don and again the gentleness came shining through. They are such a wonderful example of friendship and caring along with love in a marriage.

I can't imagine not seeing or talking to Bev ever again. I just hope she knows how much she meant to me. A little consolation is that we now have an angel in Heaven to watch over us.

Bev we will keep you in our prayers--keep us in yours too until we meet again.

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