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Are Microfiber Sheets a Good Choice?

Cuddly catWhen you go shopping you are likely to find bed sheets made of many different threads. What exactly is Microfiber?

There are variations in the threads, with a blend of cotton, polyester, and nylon being the most common Microfiber. In fact the term microfiber refers to any fiber where the strands are less than a denier in width; a denier is a measurement that is used to identify the fiber thickness of the individual threads. Apart from bed sheets you may have seen the term when buying pantyhose or stockings. A denier is extremely fine, three times more so than cotton. This makes for very soft sheets.

Some complain of static with these sheets but this seems to be the only downside. This is easy to correct with a fabric softener like BOUNCE in the drier when they are washed.

 The advantages of Microfiber Sheets

  • They  need no ironing; they do not wrinkle
  • They do not develop cotton balls
  • They are durable and seem to last forever.
  • If liquid spills it will bead up and be easy to wipe off the sheet leaving no stain
  • There is a significant price advantage over all other sheets, especially King and Cal King.
  • In the summertime these sheets breathe so you don’t sleep all sweaty.

Deep Pocket Sheets
All sheets now add extra inches for deep pocket mattresses but some are better than others. Always check the measurements which will be listed on the packaging.

Green, blue and beige sheets

You may well find you want to switch to microfiber sheets, the ultimate in comfort.

 Quote for the Week
Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone!

Anthony Burgess. 

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

Downsizing

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

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

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!

Woof!

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

 

Martin Luther King

mlkWe remember a great man, who changed our culture and who made America oh so much better!

In this month in the year of 2015 we renew our commitment to equal opportunity and a better life, a better life that each and every American has the right to share.  In his famed speech Reverend King proclaimed that when ‘the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence,’ those documents were a ‘promissory note’ to every American.

We newly renew our support for Human Rights for all.

Dr King believed that our founding fathers saw that we are all endowed with an inalienable right to freedom and our place in the sun,  and that all productive men have a right to share in the wealth of our great country.

We honor Martin Luther King, we keep him in our hearts and in our minds, and we remember him with a deep gratitude.

Inspired by him we can still believe that America’s best days lie ahead.

Quote for the Day

To accept passively an unjust system is to cooperate with that system; thereby the oppressed become as evil as the oppressor.

Martin Luther King 

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Delicious Green Drink

 

 

green drink

Basic Green Drink

Recipe for Green Drink (kids even like this one)

Into a blender throw one banana and some other fruit. I use peaches or pears or an apple.

Chop up one raw zucchini. Add a handful of TJs chopped greens (often chard or whatever is available that is chopped and cleaned and easy from TJs) Add one heaped tablespoon of TJs green berry powder. Add Kangen water just to cover the fruit and veggies. If you don’t have a Kangen machine (sadness) use Crystal Geyser. You do want water that is alkaline in this drink, for your best health results.

Blend and serve on Ice.

May you live a long and healthy life.

Quote for the Week

Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Sasha Cohen

 

Snap-e Pie

Quick and Easy and Healthy also!

Snap-e Pie has become a popular meal in my home. I bake at least two or sometimes even three pies in a week. We like them but I love them even more.for they are easy on my wallet and a good protein substitute for meat and also gluten-free.   Best of all they are easy to make.  One pie takes ten minutes to prepare, and twenty-five minutes in an oven at 300 degrees. There is usually enough in a pie to continue eating for two or three days, unless the kids fall in love and gobble it up, which is entirely possible!

I started making Snap-e Pies because I wanted more protein and a freedom from gluten.

(When we all began eating Snap-e Pies there was an additional bonus. We became “regular” – this was from the psyllium; psyllium is a husk-like product that gives roughage. It can be bought at TJs. )

Here is the basic recipe.

4 eggs
A half a tub of TJs whipped cream cheese ($1.99)
A half a cup of Psyllium or a cup rolled oats (gluten free if you or family members are gluten-sensitive)
A pinch of salt
A pinch of baking soda

Separate the eggs, putting the yokes in the blender together with the cream cheese.

Whip the egg whites with the salt until so stiff that the little eruptions stand up firmly.

Blend the eggs and cheese and fold into the whipped whites. Add the Psyllium and the pinch of baking soda and mix thoroughly. Bake in a baking pan at 300 degrees for twenty five minutes.

This basic pie is delicious if you serve it with butter and Marmite. Marmite is a spread rich in Vita B1 and is an acquired taste. Your kids may love it or hate it. Adults usually love it and so do animals because of the B vitamin factor.   If your kids hate Marmite, serve instead with butter and marmalade.

marmite

Sweet Snap-e Pie

(Here are some sweet variations It is the same basic recipe)

To the blender with the cheese and egg yokes, add grated apple and grated coconut. To the final mix add oats rather than Psyllium and finally, just before baking, add a little box of raisins. Garnish with baked, sliced coconut. (Instead of the coconut you can use honey roasted sliced almonds or spicy pecans.)

 Or

Use banana or peach or pears instead of the apple. Blend thoroughly before adding to the egg whites. I almost always add raisins to my sweet Snap-e Pies.

Snap-E with Sausage and  Cottage Cheese

Snap-E with Sausage and Cottage Cheese

Savory Snap-e Pie.

(These can serve as a meal replacement rather than a snack)

Chop Up a zucchini and press some ginger into the mixture in the blender. Add raisins. It is a sweet and savory variation..

Or

Add hummus to the egggs and cheese. Then add lentils to the final mixture and spread a layer of TJ lentils on top of the savory pie covered with a layer of salsa. Garnish with grated cheese. Yum – delicious.

Or

 Add TJs chopped Asian vegetables to the final mixture. It is kind of crunchy and I serve it with marmite and butter. My husband likes this one

 Or

 Add cooked spinach to the final mixture and garnish with a thick layer of cheese. Trim with tomato slices.

Gluten-free pie savory

Snap-e Pie savory

With the basic recipe so easy and quick and truly healthy, there is no end to the variations you can create. Easy & Delicious!

 

Ruane Manning: Most Popular Wildlife Artist (August 2013)

Some Quirky Facts about Wild Animals

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Wild animal textured pictures.

Ruane is known for his delightful pictures of wild animals, like lions, tigers, giraffes and elephants. Each picture has an emotional quality and one feels the artist’s reverence for our small planet and the wild creatures that share it with us. His images come to life through expert use of light and shade, outstanding composition, and his intimate knowledge of the animals he paints so well. Ruane published his first wildlife print as far back as 1968.

He studied Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and won some art awards there especially from the Philadelphia Art Alliance. He is internationally famous for his sculptures, some of which are in the art collection of  Presidents Reagan, Carter and Ford.

He lives on a farm in Southern New Jersey with his family and many animal friends.

Here are some fun facts about the animals that he paints.

 elephant with baby

  • Elephants are the largest animals on the planet and the females have the longest pregnancy – a full 22 months.
  • Elephants hate peanuts and don’t eat them in the wild, are not fed them in the zoo so don’t think you are giving them a treat if you offer them peanuts.
  • Like small human toddler, magpies, and dolphins an elephant will recognize himself in a mirror.
  • Elephants are very social animals. They form close, lifelong relationships with their families. They support each other, helping family members if injured or sick. They comfort each other just as we would.

Mommy giraffe kissing baby

  • A Giraffe’s tongue is almost 2 feet long.
  •  A male giraffe can weigh as much as a pick up truck! That’s about 1400 kilograms.
  • Although a giraffe’s neck is 1.5 – 1.8 metres, it contains the same number of vertebrae at a human neck.
  • Drinking is one of the most dangerous times for a giraffe. While it is getting a drink it cannot keep a look-out for predators and is vulnerable to attack. Furthermore his neck is shorter than his legs.  Poor beautiful, long-neck giraffe, it has to splay his legs in order to reach the water. Then it really can’t see any attack in the making.

Lion with lamb son of god

  • The roar of a lion can be heard from 5 miles away, it is so loud! On the other hand a tiger’s roar can only be heard from only a mile away. All the same both animals have mighty roars.
  • People are very impressed by lions. Lions have been chosen as the national animal of Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, England, Ethiopia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and even Singapore.
  • Why we admire them I know not for lions are lazy animals, they sleep 20 out of 24 hours a day.
  • They also put their women out to work; Lionesses are better hunters than males and do most of the hunting for the pride.

white tiger in snow

  • Tigers have eyes that are brighter than any other animal found anywhere in the world. Their eyes blaze out at dusk or at night in the light of a torch, with a burning intensity.
  •  A tiger can eat 100 lbs of meat at one night sitting, like that is about 400 hamburgers!  They eat so much because they go many days between meals.
  • Tigers are man eaters, and to be avoided if out alone in the wilds. Yet they also eat frogs, monkeys, porcupines and tortoises, (ugh) when a good man or deer is not easy to get.
  • Tigers are magnificent creatures and unfortunately the specie is sadly endangered. If we learn a little more about them, we can maybe help them grow to grow back in numbers once again. By survey pictures of tigers at Picture Lady, are more popular than pictures of any other wild animal.

  Quote of the Week

Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see that you are afraid of them . . . they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.  

Orison Swett Mardin

 

 

 

About Stemcells and Happiness

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So I have been taking the nutritional supplement Laminine a couple of weeks now and how am I finding it?  It hasn’t been earth shattering but I have become a believer.

Because I had polio as a young child, I was left with a slightly crooked back, I have been in pain on and off most of my life, always needing a chiropractor. My pain was never of a degree that I talk much about it or that I cannot be (sometimes quite spectacularly) productive, but it has always been there in the background.  Sometimes you may have noticed that I limp when I am tired and this makes me crotchety. With the early muscle atrophy from the polio as I have aged, I don’t have the muscle reserves that most others enjoy.

With Laminine it is not that the pain has gone away although I do feel something positive happening in my body and there is some hope that over time the stem cells may even handle the muscle atrophy from the polio. That seems possible to me as this is clearly a breakthrough product. Yet in this tight economy I would not stay on Laminine just for the hope of a future improvement in my muscles. No, that is not why I am already so completely committed. It is all about what I am experiencing with the product right now.

I have been feeling a very satisfying sense of well being – as though the stressors in my life have gone away or that somehow I handle them better. Nothing spectacular – just a good sense of what suddenly seems to be a good life. There has also been a distinct increase in energy. I am sleeping better and it is deep healing sleep. And Laminine is  purely nutrition – no side effects.

I was at the cashier at Trader Joe’s yesterday, a young guy named Daniel. He was excited. He said I made his day. He said it was so good to see a really happy person. I was positively exuding good vibes. Hello? He was actually talking about ME!!!

As my mood improves and my crotchetiness goes away, thanks to Laminine, I think my husband is finding this to be a great investment. I feel the benefit; his life gets better. – Lynn

 Quote for the Week 

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits. 

Thomas Jefferson