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I am known as the Picture Lady, AKA the Creative Home Maker. My husband and I live in Southern California in a mall mountain village that has its own Log Cabin Post Office and Log Cabin General Store and Log Cabin Church. If Log Cabin is not your thing, you may still agree that in these trouble times, turning your home into a Safe Haven is a good idea. In this blog I shall be sharing insights on how to create the better life, giving you ways to get back into the comfort zone and bringing a smile to your lips. I am hoping that in some small way my tips will suggest ways to help you to close the door, and leave a troubled world outside. Home is the key; my husband and I have a passion for improving your quality of life.

The Story of Shea Butter

The African Sun can fill your Skin and Hair with Joy

 African Shea Butter is made from the nut of the African Shea Tree, grown mostly in West Africa. It has been around for a long time but I had never heard of it until a year or two ago. I have been so impressed by Shea Butter that now I carry the product. It is unbeatable as a skin rejuvenator.

Because Shea Butter stimulates cellular activity, it is the king of all the vegetable butters, with skin care properties superior even to Cocoa Butter. It contains all the necessary rich fatty acids that rejuvenate and moisturize the skin, providing the essential vitamins needed to make the skin look and feel smoother, softer, and healthier.

The nut is most prolific in Ghana where successful efforts have been made to establish small ‘woman’ business enterprises to harvest the Shea Butter Nuts. Traditionally, the African women have processed the Shea Butter, and the successful methods they use have been passed down to them from generation to generation. It is only recently that they have had some help in marketing this superb product.

Buying Shea Butter is a good thing to do, because the money these women earn raises their standard of living. They are now only beginning to be able to afford basic necessities, like schools, clinics and clean water. Creating more independence for women raises the culture in a land. In fact it could raise the culture of the planet.

In the words of Hilary Clinton:

“Well, I see it now from the perspective of having traveled so extensively, and we know that where women are marginalized, where they’re demeaned, where their rights are denied, there is the likelihood you will have less democracy, more poverty, greater extremism. The United States is the model. I want to point out that it’s not only about American women, which of course is our first and foremost concern, but it’s about the example we set, and the message we send to women all around the world.” Hillary Clinton

Shea Butter Village

Why is Shea Butter only now catching on and gaining in popularity? Could it be that it is now easy to promote good products on the web?

This is a good product. The oil or butter promotes skin renewal, increasing circulation, and accelerating wound healing. Vitamins A & E soothe, balance and hydrates the skin, while providing the necessary skin collagen that handles wrinkles. Vitamin F is rich in fatty acids that repairs damaged skin and hair.

I am also convinced that Shea Butter is part of the reason I keep my natural hair color as I age. I have been using it now for over ten years and I have few if any gray hairs. Shea Butter has become an essential part of my senior quality of life.  Shea Butter as a skin care remedy also works for me. If I wake in the night I instinctively reach for my pot as it is as if the skin is asking for a boost. It is a delightful moisturizer – and it feels sooooo . . . good!

Quote for the Week

Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favour compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, or the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.
T. A. Edison

The Five Stages of Disease

Understanding Detoxification

suffering dog

Disease is really a process that goes through several stages before it appears as a specific medical disease. This alternative health concept is quite different than the medical concept that disease can appear suddenly where there was only health before. Likewise, in treatment for disease, alternative health differs from the medical concept of healing.

Alternative health sees the first three stages of disease as normal body processes to combat the toxic influences on the body. A cold helps to more rapidly detoxify the body with a runny nose and fever. From an alternative health point of view, it should be allowed to run its course. The body is handling the cause of future ill health by rapidly (if unpleasantly) detoxifying. Medicine sees the same cold symptoms and prescribes something to stop the symptoms (the sneezing, runny nose and fever) and therefore doesn’t address the actual cause of the cold.

You might look at “cold/flu season” as as nature attempting to clean out the body following the “holiday season” with its ritual overeating of meat and rich, sweet, alcoholic foods. If this detoxification is prevented, future problems are allowed to grow.

Tina Johnson and Dr. Chris Morris, a naturalistic doctor (one who uses food, herbs, water and natural means to cure; not surgery or drugs) explain it this way: The body becomes ill by stages. (I have used different names for these stages in the hope that the names are more recognizable.)

Elimination — When the body is first presented with toxic substances that impede the body’s normal function, the body attempts to eliminate them. Such substances could be from normal digestion such as uric acid from digesting meat; a bacterial infection such as strep throat; a bee sting or even pesticides. These would be neutralized by the liver and then eliminated through pooping, peeing, coughing, sweating or exhaling.

Irritation — When the body is overwhelmed by toxins and the normal elimination channels are not sufficient to expel all the toxins as they come in, the body throws additional means of elimination into gear. Such means might include skin rashes, bad breath, diarrhea, etc.

Inflammation— When even the additional means of elimination are overwhelmed and insufficient to handle the toxic load, the body tries to localize the toxins and the resulting location becomes inflamed: red, swollen, hot and painful. Calling it tonsillitis just says the toxins “have taken up residence” in the tonsils; tendonitis says they’ve accumulated in the tendons (the tough white bands at the end of muscles that anchor them to the bones). Fever, from an alternative health point of view, is very favorable as the high temperature kills viruses and bacteria if it is not prevented. A cold is the body’s way of eliminating toxins on a faster, broader scale.

All the above stages are usually quickly resolved and health restored if we catch the problem early and apply remedies to help the body heal itself. However, if they are ignored and the toxic load continues to overwhelm the body, the disease that is now obvious becomes very difficult to cure.

Chronic disease — If the body is prevented, instead of assisted in eliminating toxins, the body attempts to quarantine the toxins by sacrificing a particular organ or system to prevent death. Here, after all three of the preceding stages, we find growths and chronic disease such as ulcers, irritable bowel, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc.

Organ failure, or cancer — Unable to reverse the chronic disease(s), the body begins to die.

Peter Glickman – Author of “The Master Cleanse

Note from Picture Lady

WARNING: your body starts the detoxification when you have too much “dirt in the system” – it is like a car, it runs much better when you have done the regular lube.

For those of us trapped in the rat-race and struggling to make a living by working 24/7 in a business, or doing a 9-5 job, we may need to cut back on the gradient.

When you begin to feel funny, a get cold-like symptoms – perhaps runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, rashes, headaches, or other aches and pains it is fine and well to know that this is just one big house-cleaning; but how are you cope with working!

Delox can sometimes get in the way of working.

We at Picture Lady Health have found some additional  products that expedite and alleviate the detox.

  • Baths with Epsom salts
  • Eliminator One promotes regularity: this is essential in moving the toxins through your body and out.
  • Eliminator Two – the Colon Cleanse. Do before you do a major cleanse.
  • Liver Cleanse – when experiencing adverse symptoms, we cut back on food and only juice two days in the week (can be done on a weekend) and take the herbal drops and teas. (If you work for yourself and work 24/7 because you also work on the weekend, don’t juice only  but also eat fruits and veggies.
  • To substitute for food when experiencing detox, we recommend this delicious green drink
    green drink
  • Kidney Cleanse – herbal. This is very effective in increasing a feeling of well being after a weekend’s cleanse.
  • Natural Kidney cleanse: This is an effective and inexpensive blood thinner and kidney cleanse:Take the stems of cilantro and boil these for ten minutes at night.  Strain the water and refrigerate. Drink the juice.
  • We have discovered a food supplement that really works for us. It takes the stress out of life and will make the effects of a detox much easier on you. If this is of any interest to you,  please email me at lynn@picturelady.com for more info.

Lynn, the Picture Lady


 Quote for the Week

It’s very simple. Keep your body as clean as possible, your mind as clear as possible. That’s all you need.

And do it in anyway you can, in your own way. It doesn’t matter.  

Swami Satchidananda 


Is Health a State of the Mind?

To recapture Health we need to recapture the Wonder 

young, adult and old

In the 1950s kids lost their innocence.
They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term —the generation gap.

In the 1960s, kids lost their authority.
It was a decade of protest—church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.

In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self.
Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion….It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.

In the 1980s, kids lost their hope.
Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.

In the 1990s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.

In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore.” 

― Ravi ZachariasRecapture the Wonder


Moving to a Smaller Home. We are so used to “big” in America. With a European husband and raised in Africa, I may have a different view. This is how I see it, that when you choose a simpler lifestyle and consciously create an aesthetic transformation in your new-small-home, life actually gets easier. Perhaps the biggest benefit you are going to find is time. The less “stuff” you have the more time you seem to have. For life is not about what you wear, the stuff you own or the house you live in. It is about relationships. It may even be easier to create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere for your friends and family, leaving a troubled world outside, when the space is small and affordable. Mirror with lamps Mirrors are good, especially if placed alone on a short wall. (Note: You can select your mirror online with Picture Lady and we will bring it to the show) Here are some tips to help you decorate to do this. The first thing you absolutely MUST do is remove all the clutter
Furniture with a glass top, or a filigree, makes a room look more spacious. Rather than several different colors choose several shades of the same color. The small room will appear less fragmented Bright colors advance, and cooler colors recede. You want to choose cool colors like sage green or a soft teal or lavender for a small room. Much can be done to create the idea of a bigger room with a careful selection of pictures. Scenery that fades into the distance makes a room look twice the size.

Cafe at LakeChoose furniture that has built in storage, like nesting tables, or a bed with drawers or an ottoman. Choose only one or two medium sized pictures. A lot of small pictures make the room look busy. Sorry, that family photo-wall and that glass cabinet may have to go. There is a solution: Choose only two or three precious photos and turn these into a collage with PHOTO TO ARTWORK. (Remember the photo-work is free) Last but not least, every room deserves a little “bling”! Find one outstanding or unique item that makes everything around it look expensive. It doesn’t actually have to cost you much. In my sister’s front room her focal point is an antique lamp that she got for free at a flea market! May you have lots of fun decorating for downsizing! Collage

Grandparent’s Day

About Grandparents

Grandparents grew up in an easier age, when America was prosperous, and some were able to accumulate assets. If they managed their mortgage and investments wisely they are now able to be there for their children and grandchildren, providing needed help in these hard times. In that earlier, caring age giving help was fashionable.

We are forced nowadays to turn to our parents, or grandparents more often than we would like for some very needed financial help.

Giving them a photo-to-artwork is a delightful way to even the score and to say thank you.


Some interesting senior citizen facts and statistics
  • Glamorous Grandparents: Today’s grandparents are not the sweet old bumblers we read about in Agatha Christie novels. The majority are working-age Boomers between the ages of 45 and 65 and they are a growing demographic: In 2010, there were an estimated 65 million grandmothers and grandfathers; by 2020, they predict this number will have grown to 80 million.
  • Affluent Grandparents: It is estimated that working grandparents command 46% of all household incomes. If you add in the grandparents who are no longer working, the share of the nation’s income rises to 60%. Where are they getting their money? Some have inherited from their parents and some still get generous pensions from the good old days when corporations treated workers as family.
  • Grandparents in the Downturn: They have been hit by the recession, especially if they did not invest wisely or give a priority to paying down their mortgage in the good times. Bad economic conditions are harder when you are old. But compare their rising share of the national income to the recorded income of their children’s generation which has declined from 43% to 36%.
  • Helping Grandparents: Households with ages 55 or older spent 7.6 billion on infant foods, child equipment, toys, games & tricycles, a 71% increase since 1999. It is not unusual for grandparents to invite a laid off son or daughter into the home with their children. Grandparents still belong to a generation where it was all about sharing and caring.
  • Achieving Grandparents: In March 2009 a 100 year old Canadian swimmer set a new world record in back-stroke. He was able to swim 100 meters in just 3 minutes and 52 seconds. In August in Huntsville a 91 year old grandmother and her granddaughter in the family canoe, won first place in the Fox Lake Regatta.

Often children visit the grandparents during the summer months.  This gives parents time together and time for work, or time for special work projects. A Photo-to-Artwork gift is a great way to say thank you.  If it is ordered early you will have it well in time for Grandparent’s Day on 7th September

kid collage

When a grandparent passes often it is good to create a portrait to keep them in living memory in the family. This keeps the heritage alive.

When you come into my home, the Heritage Wall is like a magnet and everybody goes there to admire it. It brings the family together, providing us with our history – a pictorial story of the family including all our loved ones that have passed.

“The family loves Photo-to-Artwork. Really excellent work! Thank you.” – Carol B. W.

(Pictures for a collage can be e-mailed straight from the phone)

Quote for the Week:

Grandparents bestow upon their grandchildren The strength and wisdom that time And experience has given them.

Grandchildren bless their Grandparents With a youthful vitality and innocence That help them stay young at heart forever.

Together they create a chain of love Linking the past with the future The chain may lengthen, but it will never part …

~Author Unknown~

Single Dads

Single Dads

supermanThe saddest thing I have ever been asked to do on a Photo-to-Artwork was to take the Mother out of a Picture. Children survive best with both a Mother and a Father but it doesn’t always work out that way. Mom had been in the background of a beautiful Father, Mother/Son picture, but had gone effect of substance abuse and she had run off.  Dad was responsible and although it was hard he chose to be both Mother and Father to his little girl.

I am dedicating this post to all Dads, but especially to Single Dads because I have come to admire these courageous and very special people, who stick around and raise their kids alone.

It is not easy to keep up with all the Mom chores; fix the food, do the cleaning and all those wife things that do not come naturally to a man. A cleaning/cooking lady should not be considered an extravagance, even in these hard times.

The main thing that goes wrong in Single-Dad homes is that the Father hat gets sacrificed. Being a Dad is all about those fun things, the romp on the beach, the pony rides, and the Memorial Day Barbecue. It is about laughing together.

A Single-Dad-Family often succeeds or fails, not so much by what Dad does, but by the degree of support he gets from his extended family and the other groups to which he and his little family belong. Long ago when his family first fell apart, it was that sense of belonging that went away. If the community (maybe a Church group) rallied around him and continued to include the family in group activities, Single Dad and his kids have a chance to come through. A great deal of goodness comes from recognizing, acknowledging and admiring the Single-Dad, which is something we can all remember to do. Making their good life possible can depend on people like you and I who are outside the inner family. The time single dads most need our help is after the children are grown and he has done his job.

A Church, an extended family a Social group can always rally round and help him create a new life.

Never, ever see the Single Dad as the victim because the Mother walked out. He, also, could have run and that he stuck with the family makes him truly special.

Thank you all you Single Dads for what you do.

Quote for the Month

The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced you are unemployed.

Author Unknown

How to Stay Healthy

Orthodox Medicine and the New Wellness Movement 

Your first step to finding true health and a quality of life is to seek out true knowledge in the field of health. To attain a quality of life one needs stable data. A good starting point is to define the two main schools of healing, for each should have its proper place in your life,.

There are two schools of healing, “Orthodox Medicine” and the “Wellness Movement,” sometimes called Alternative or Integrative Health. Neither is exclusively right. Both schools have good and bad doctors. Orthodox Medicine has good and bad medications, good and bad procedures, and the Wellness Movement has good and bad adjustments and supplements.

People are different and we all respond differently to healing. We even respond differently at different times. For this reason neither approach is the one and only.  There are times when  it is right to seek an orthodox solution, and but for most of the time it is possible to save money and a gain better control of your health by finding a doctor who practices Orthodox and Alternative or Integrative Medicine.  The Wellness Movement has many effective solutions especially in the area of prevention.

These are relevant questions: When do you want to see a doctor, when a chiropractor, when a therapist, and when a nutritionist?  Also when is it right to go to the Emergency room?

What is Orthodox Medicine

bottles of pills

Orthodox medicine (or conventional medicine) is founded on western principles, and uses therapies such as drug therapy, surgery, and psychiatry.  It seeks to alleviate pain and discomfort, and it traditionally treats symptoms rather than causes. Over the last century orthodox medicine has codified an arsenal of new effective breakthroughs like cataract surgery, non invasive laser surgery and DNA testing.

This is not necessarily a wrong solution, nor is it always the right solution, for it  is dependent on how far the bad condition of the body has advanced.  Natural healers who throw out surgery, chemo or laser therapy are as far off base as the orthodox cut-happy Surgeon who sees $$$$ in the slightest malaise.

I have a friend given back surgery who was actually doing well with chiropractic. She now still has her pain but she can no longer go to a chiropractor. She used to work but now she cannot. Another friend suffered from incontinence which can be handled by exercise and or internal adjustments.  She was given a net to lift up her organs. This petroleum net lasted less than six months until the body reacted adversely to the foreign object. She too has suffered.  If you have any doubts at all about a procedure always seek a second opinion.

It is important to correctly judge when a condition has advanced beyond the point where the body can heal itself; so it is always wise to do the blood work, do the x-rays and to find out as much information as you can before getting surgery or taking toxic medicines. It is never a good idea to go ahead blindly.  It is your body and you will have to live with the consequences if what has been done is wrong.

In conclusion Orthodox medicine sees a dangerous situation in the body, and correctly bypasses its natural healing properties. In a truly dangerous situation like an accident this is the way to go.

What is Alternative Medicine?
This is a natural approach that has been growing as more new knowledge comes in from the east (via the Internet) or is resurrected from a time before orthodox medicine gained its funding and its acceptance.

Wellness is based on Balance
Alternate medicine includes old folk remedies and many herbal cures.  The basic premise on which alternative therapies operate is that sickness is often self limiting; for the body can heal itself if its balance or communication is restored.   In a little while the pain or discomfort goes away, leaving in its wake a sense of well-being. Most alternate therapies seek to help the body to heal itself – Alternate medicine looks at the fact that many “symptoms” are detox-crises – that any bad condition can be monitored and that it is often short lived. So why take medicine which is toxic or undergo unnecessary surgery when it is going to fix itself with rest and good eating. When not feeling well, it could be that the body is simply ridding itself of toxins.

Chinese medicine is one example of an alternative medical system. Chinese medicine has a variety of therapies, including Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbal medicine. Alternative medicine also includes Naturopathy, Chiropractic & Homeopathy. Naturopathic medicine grew out of alternative healing systems of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but traces its philosophical roots to Ancient Greece (circa 400 BC).

A newcomer to the Wellness Industry is Alkaline Water.. The Ph of the blood has a great deal to do with your health and the body’s ability to fight off infection. Eating well takes time to organize, time and to prepare the foods and eating organic is expensive. You  may have the best of intentions but it may just not be practical to make it actually happen. About water; not all water is the same.  The basic premise of water therapy is that the body is 70% water. It operates on the premise that if properly hydrated the body is better able to shed accumulated toxins. This is a proven concept.

The Wellness Movement focuses on a healthy balance in the  body, but also a balance of mind, body and spirit.   How you live, how you eat, and how you think and love are all important and to organize your life so that what you do results in an overall feeling of well being.

The trick is for the doctor (but even more important for you) to know when to use what remedy.  As we evolve we may find that there are healers who are well educated in, and able to effectively practice both Orthodox and Integrative Medicine,  as did Hippocrates.

Quote for the Week

The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well. 


Mother’s Day

Share what your Mother means to you with your Family and the World.

Little Pictures

Man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but it is his love for his mother that is the most lasting. In earlier times a son or daughter would be asked to suppress this love; caring was considered soppy, a mere weakness in a world dominated by force. There was even was a time when women were regarded as chattels, as mere property.

Sadly this is still true in many cultures in a backward world.

We have won the battle for women in America, and we did it in the last hundred years. What will we do with the next hundred years?

We have new channels for sharing our ideas. We need to share not only with our special ones but with the world how we see family, and how we see the gentle art of mothering.

My daughter-in-law acknowledged her Mother on Facebook last month for her assistance on a project. I am sure her mother smiled.

A Facebook friend posted his “limitless” love for his new wife.   He described what she had done to be a mother to his three daughters from a prior marriage.  I cried.  What a strong and loving man to express himself so clearly.  “Limitless” was his word.  I am sure his new wife smiled.

Can you speak up next month. Can you post to the world, so that your Mother and the world knows just exactly what she means to you?

Be sure to tell her also, so that she smiles too.


Quote for the month

It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding. 
— Erma Bombeck


Cleanse your Kidneys

<p>Years pass by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted entering our body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments and how are we going to overcome this?</p>
<p>It is very easy, first take a bunch of parsley or Cilantro ( Coriander Leaves ) and wash it clean<br />
Then cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot and pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down and then filter it and pour in a clean bottle and keep it inside refrigerator to cool.</p>
<p>Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidney by urination also you will be able to notice the difference which you never felt before.</p>
<p>Parsley (Cilantro) is known as best cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural!</p>
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CLEAN YOUR KIDNEYSYears pass by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted entering our body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments and how are we going to overcome this?

It is very easy, first take a bunch of parsley or Cilantro ( Coriander Leaves ) and wash it clean. Then cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot and pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down and then filter it and pour in a clean bottle and keep it inside refrigerator to cool.

Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidney by urination also you will be able to notice the difference which you never felt before.

Parsley (Cilantro) is known as best cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural!

There are no side effects. There is no hidden agenda, just good wishes for your improving health.— with Rebe Bustamante and 48 others.


Valentine’s Day

Many have touched the edges of my life – coming and going and scarcely leaving an impression. But you are uncommon. You and you alone have made a difference in my life.
You bring me warmth and you bring me cheer and more affection than the last four relationships I only partly enjoyed.

So on Valentine’s Day as I find myself human alone this year, I am grateful.  I think just how very special you are. I want us always to stay cuddly close!


Cute dog


Quote for the Week

Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

Mark Twain