Beware Microbead Laden Toothpaste

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Hey There!
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Today, as I was trolling the interweb for no particular reason, I stumbled upon this article. I must say, I’m pretty horrified about the whole thing; so much so that I felt it necessary to share with all of you. Of course, you could click the article and read it for yourself, but I’ll give you a quick lowdown in case you aren’t in the mood.
Polyethylene
Basically, the microbeads that some toothpaste brands (such as Crest’s Pro-Heath and 3D White) include in their products are absolutely horrible for you, and I strongly recommend that you never purchase this type of toothpaste ever again. I’m doing you a favor here. First of all, the microbeads are just that… micro beads. Teeny tiny synthetic plastic balls. That we willingly put in our mouths – and scrub on our faces! Some face washes have these beads, too. The tiny balls are made from a material called polyethylene, which is the most common plastic in our world; think water bottles and grocery bags.
Rose Petals in a Jar

Rose Petals in a Jar

Seriously though, I don’t want to ingest these things, nor do I want them lodged in my pores or between teeth and under gums. They are non-biodegradable, for Pete’s sake! Illinois has already stepped up to the plate; they have banned products using the beads for polluting the water system and ending up in the bellies of fish and other wildlife. They are also getting lodged in dental patients’ gums, where they collect bacteria, which can cause infection. NICE.

When brushing your teeth with this toothpaste, the gum channel (“sulcus”) is getting scrubbed with pieces of plastic, some of which become trapped. This is one way gingivitis begins. If left untreated, it can lead to infection that can move from the gum into the bone that holds your teeth… that turns into¬†periodontal disease… which is bad news.

Wising up, Crest has agreed to eliminate the plastic beads from products as of March 2016. Until then (and forthright), avoid microbeads!! Tell your friends, too. By not purchasing these products, we are saving the mouths of fellow Americans, helping out the water system and letting fish live another day. To do so, check packaging and look for polyethylene as an ingredient. Avoid product that contains polyethylene.

Well, that’s my informational burst for the day. In other news, I went apple picking today! It was glorious – more on that later. I also went climbing today with Max and Sarah and had a really good climbing day for the second day in a row!! I think maybe I’m actually progressing a little bit.
Finally, I have made another great dehydrator success! Max bought my beautiful roses last week, and once they lost their spark, I dehydrated them. They came out great, and SO fragrant; fruity almost. I definitely have potpourri and rose tea in my future. What else can be done with dried rose petals? Anyone?
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Good night, turtle doves. Kisses and Hugs.

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Ebola Distress

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‘Sup Babes?

As a forewarning, today’s post will be a bit of a downer. I’m sorry. I’ve just been cruising through my e-mails and came across some tidbits of information that I thought would be beneficial to share with all of you. It’s a little depressing, but life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies – boo.

I’m on the list service for UNICEF, an organization that does a lot of good for those less fortunate and in need around the world. Someday, I wouldn’t mind being employed by them – but I need a stable financial backbone first.

In the most recent e-mail I received from them, they focused on Ebola – a disease of humans and other primates caused by an ebolavirus that is usually acquired upon contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal. Symptoms of Ebola start anywhere from two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, and include fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches. Vomiting, diarrhea and rash follow soon after, and then comes the decreased functioning (and potentially the failure) of the liver and kidneys; some affected people may begin to bleed both internally and externally, too, including the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Sounds fun, huh? Ebola is also known to kill more than 50% of the time, with children being particularly vulnerable.

According to The World Health Organization, the Ebola epidemic is growing, threatening as many as 20,000 people over the coming weeks. Now, the disease has spread to another country – Senegal. Altogether, Ebola has claimed more then 1.900 lives in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. This high death toll makes it the deadliest outbreak in history, with close to 300 new cases reported in one week, and that was solely in Liberia.

To help the region try and control this epidemic, UNICEF has been taking various steps. These include airlifting health supplies to Liberia (the country that has been hit the hardest), distributing sanitary supplies to Guinea, spreading vital prevention messages throughout Sierra Leone, deploying response teams for Nigeria and using various forms of media to help disseminate vital lifesaving information throughout the region across West Africa. The scary thing is that most of the people affected in these areas of West Africa had never even heard of Ebola before the outbreak.

Unfortunately, there is no easy cure for Ebola, so sharing information like this is a critical way to spread awareness and hopefully combat this evil disease. A handful of experimental vaccines have undergone trials to determine if they are effective treatments for infected humans, but finding a proven cure is a ways away. Containing the epidemic and raising awareness, as well as distributing proper medical supplies is the best we can do at the moment.

SO … do your part and spread the awareness! Or better yet, go and visit UNICEF’s website and donate time or money; you never know how far your dollar will go, and every little bit counts.

I hope that I didn’t ruin your night with this, but just in case… here’s a picture of these two adorable little kitties that Brenna brought home from the animal hospital today. If anyone in the Northeast is looking to adopt a cat… please reach out to me! One is a baby; she’s only 3 months old and is absolutely gorgeous, and the other is an equally beautiful momma cat. At least, I think she had kittens at one point the way she acts around the baby. Both have fabulous personalities and are in need of some love!

Momma Cat

Momma Cat

Baby Kitty

Baby Kitty

Luurve

Luurve

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Show Me The Honey: Local Love

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Bonjour Beauties!

Might I say that it is a boootyful day out, today! I love this time of year. It’s sad because summer is coming to a close, but I adore the autumn, so it’s also exciting that another awesome season is coming up! Best part = rock climbing outdoors is best in the fall. YES. Not to mention all my cutest outfits are more geared towards autumn months.

I don’t work until 2 today, so I’m currently posted at Brewed Awakenings in Wakefield munching on a delicious spinach bagel with bacon, egg, cheese, sausage and tomato until Sarah meets me at the Peace Dale gym to go rock climbing!! Good start to the day. How have all of you been?

I had two nice, small surprises within the past 24 hours that I want to share with all of you. It’s a little bit dorky, but that’s just how I roll.

First, Max and I were hanging out at his older brothers hunting/fishing shop (I’ll dedicate a post to this some time), and there were two older gentlemen there hanging out with Alex and talking shop.

Then I noticed the box on the counter… FULL of fresh and beautiful fruits and veggies! I died. Naturally, being who I am, I bee-lined to the box and promptly shoved my nose in it, admiring the harvest and taking in the intoxicating smells.

Yeah, I went there.

Yeah, I went there.

Granted, I may have looked like a freak to some, but the guy who grew all the beauties obviously loved how into it I was. He came over and started naming all the produce that I was gawking at – there were some brands of tomatoes that I had no idea existed, and you best believe I absorbed it all.

This is a Russian Oxheart Tomato and I love it.

This is a Russian Oxheart Tomato <33

Hold my heart in the palm of your hand

Hold my heart in the palm of your hand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This guy was awesome. He clearly harbored a passion for gardening and growing produce, and the enthusiasm was contagious (for an odd egg like me, anyway). I was told to bring some home for myself to enjoy, so I ran out to my car to get a reusable bag and you best believe I took some for the road – and maybe I ate a tomato or two there, too.

Of course I took photos; these were just so gorgeous I can’t get over it! And I got to eat them :)

An interesting fact that the gentleman taught me is that homegrown/locally loved tomatoes tend to bruise much easier than their commercialized counterparts. Why, you ask? Well, because the tomatoes that you see in the stores are genetically modified overtime to be better equipped to roll down conveyer belts. Hence their perfectly round shape and tougher skins. So don’t be so quick to turn down ugly fruit and veggies! Those usually taste the best.

Pretty Produce

Tomatoes and Peppers, Oh My!

Then, the second small surprise came this morning. Being directionally challenged like I am, I took a wrong turn getting from Max’s house to Brewed. Normally, I would get stressed out by this, but I decided to turn down a neighborhood-looking street and came upon a dead end.

At one house near the cul-de-sac, there was a local honey sign!! Thus, I whipped out my wallet, threw $6 in the tin collection can and snagged myself a small jar of local, homemade honey. I’m sorry, but does it get any better than that at 9am? No, I don’t think so.

Local Honey

So yeah, that’s how my day has been so far. Hurray for hump day! I’m going to go outside and hang around until Sarah gets here, but I’ll touch base with y’all soon. Peace and love xxoo

Application Creation & Acid Reflux Aid

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How’s it hanging, my turtle doves?
Looks like my last few posts have been enjoyable :D Here’s to hoping I keep the joy a-flowin’!

So listen. I have this great idea I need to capitalize on – now, maybe I say this almost everyday about something twirling around in my head, but I consider it a good day when I drum up an idea/creation! Hell, sometimes I count making a diesel sandwich a victory; the little things count, too.
Anyway, now I’m making it my newest mission to create an app. Hopefully my dad (or even brother) can be a help with this, BUT if any of you darlings reading this have any special knowledge on app creating – like smart phone applications – reach out to me! Let’s create something together!

That’s pretty much all I have the energy for at the moment; I worked both days this weekend, ew. I also just really wanted to make sure you all know that I was thinking about you! And for being so awesome, here’s some information you may find useful for yourself or a loved one today or sometime in the future:

Some of you may have heard of a thing called Acid Reflux Disease. If you haven’t…

At the entrance to your stomach is a valve, which is a ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Normally, the LES closes as soon as food passes through it. If the LES doesn’t close all the way or if it opens too often, acid produced by your stomach can move up into your esophagus. This can cause symptoms such as a burning chest pain called heartburn. If acid reflux symptoms happen more than twice a week, you have acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Source.

Basically, acid reflux (aka heartburn) really seems to stink, and it’s more common than one would think. There is a customer of mine at the juice bar who suffers from said evil heartburn, so he asked me to look into what foods would sort of ease his suffering.
Ecstatic that someone at work actually wanted to use me for knowledge that I’m so chock full of and eager to share, I got right to it! Here’s what I came up with.

Foods To Ease Acid Reflux Disease:

- Oatmeal
– Ginger
– Aloe Vera
– Salad *
– Banana **
– Melon (honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon)
– Fennel
– Chicken & Turkey, NOT fried, no skin
– Wild Fish & Seafood, NOT fried
– All Roots & Greens (green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, etc)
– Celery
– Parsley
– Couscous & Rice, Bulgur Wheat

*no tomatoes, onion, cheese or high fat dressings!
**99% react well with bananas, though for some it has the opposite effect.

And there you have it!! Hopefully this was of some help or interest to you. Now, because I’m smoothie and juice obsessed and aim to please, I have plans tomorrow at work to concoct a drink that utilizes some of the above mentioned ingredients. Therefore, stay tuned for an acid reflux aid shake! The name could use some work, though…

Kisses and hugs. Time for bed!

Seattle & Olympia Washington

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Hey babes.

Look at me, blogging again! :D

As I was going through some pictures on my phone, I realized that I never told you guys about the rest of my trip out West that I took back in March! I mostly caught you up on my trip to Portland, Oregon, so I won’t say anymore about that… but I didn’t even touch upon Seattle, Washington. Oh my!

In a nut shell, it was absolutely fabulous. I stayed with yet another friend that I studied abroad with, Kaitlyn. She’s outrageously awesome and I really wish we lived closer; we have pretty similar mentalities/senses of humor, and my time spent with her was always a great one.
She actually doesn’t live in Seattle, so I started off my trip with Kaitlyn in her hometown, Olympia. It’s a small town, but my host knew a TON about it and was always spitting out interesting facts, and I sort of loved it. It was quirky with really awesome shops and all the people were unique, which is my type of crowd. I also sang some karaoke at one of the many bars in their downtown. Might I mention that I killed it?

It’s been a while since my epic adventure, so I can’t really recount many details with you, so my apologies for that. I can tell you though, that directly after I arrived Kaitlyn took me to a wine and beer festival that was happening in Olympia. I did mention that town was awesome, didn’t I? Kaitlyn’s dad also showed up and treated us to a bunch of free booze (yes), and another kind gent at the festival gave us some of his booze tickets… so you can imagine we were pleased as punch. Drunk off it too, hehe.

Us at the Wine Fest!

Us at the Wine Fest!

Kaitlyn is a nature girl like myself who happens to work for Fish and Wildlife, so of course we did outdoor adventuring. I can’t remember the names, but here’s a picture of some crazy rapids she took me too. That girl knows so much about the nature in that area it blows my mind; I loved it.

Water Rapids
As I mentioned, Olympia is a unique town.. so of course the decor had to match. Feast your eyes:

Me chillin' with my super homies

Me chillin’ with my super homies

Pizza Pizza

Sweet Drinking Fountain

Sweet Drinking Fountain

Moving on to Seattle — I really enjoyed this city! However, they are in some SERIOUS need of a juice bar chain, (that I of course plan on starting, so don’t try and take my idea. I will find you.) there are Starbucks on every corner, of course, but it borders on too much. I mean, I understand that Seattle folk love their caffeine, but come on!

Obviously, I was taken on the general tourist route to see all the sites…

Space Needle

Space Needle

All I could think of was Grey’s Anatomy here ^^

Artsy Fartsy

Those flowers!!!

Those flowers!!!

One of my favorite places was Pike Place Market… SO AWESOME. You guys know about my love for Farmer’s Markets, and this was humungous! Everything from food to candles to hot pepper raspberry jam *drools*.

Spiky Yummy Fruit

In Front Of PikeRidin' Dirty

Kaitlyn made me take all the fun touristy pictures, so I went along with it. Actually, now I’m really happy she did. Including this one of the very famous Seattle “gum wall”. Yes, you heard that right. It was pretty gross, as my face shows. Of course I added to it! She made me chew gum for it, haha.

Yummy Gum

Gum Wall
After spending our first day in Seattle, we both went to spend the night at a close friend of Kaitlyn’s; yet another cool person whom I enjoyed spending time with. She had a cat who liked to hang out with us and was incredibly artsy – I actually noted some ideas of hers and totally plan on using them down the road.

The next day was my last one out West :( so we packed our bags and headed back into Seattle for one last adventure. We spent the day exploring and absorbing the sites, then drank various beers from multiple bars (oops) and not too long after I had to get dropped off at the airport. Overall, it may have been a short trip, but it was an amazing one and I definitely plan on spending some more time out there in the future. Entrepreneurship out West, here I come!

Well, there you have it. Sorry if this was sort of a disjunctive post… I worked super late today and I’m starting to crash. Have a great night my darlings!! x’s and o’s.