My Silent Words to the Nurses

She may have heart failure, but her ears still work.

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This woman is my mother-in-law. She’s raised 3 strong, handsome and good sons, and buried one. She’s laid one of her five daughters to rest, and the other four would, and do, anything for her. She is cherished by nineteen grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. She watched her husband, and father of her children, take his last breath on this earth, then laid him in the ground.

She is strong. She is proud. Give her some dignity. At this stage of her life, dignity is a distant memory. Do you think it’s easy having to let everyone take care of you, when you were the one taking care of them? As you provide care for her, treat her as you would your mother or grandmother. Be compassionate, empathetic, and kind.

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When you are in her room, and you repeatedly tell the other care providers, “she’s very heavy, much heavier than I thought”, or “she had a diaper on when she arrived”, she can hear you. Do you know why she’s heavy? It’s because her heart is not working the way it should. She is full of fluid, in her lungs too, which is why we are here. Yes she’s heavy, but a month ago she was thin. She wasn’t wearing a “diaper”, she was wearing ladies Depends underwear. Do you know why? Her heart is not working properly and she is very weak. It takes time to get to the bathroom. How do you think your words make her feel. As you situate her in her room, give her dignity. Cover her legs, she is a modest woman.

Remember, her ears still work.

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Mom with her son, my husband

Have you ever not been able to get air, to breath. Have you ever felt the panic of gasping for air, as your lungs refuse to take it in. Try it sometime. Hold your breath for as long as you can, then hold it longer. Do you feel like you will pass out? She has pneumonia, fluid build up and heart failure and everything that goes along with it. She didn’t ask for this, and she doesn’t want to be here, but here she is. All I ask is that you give her dignity at this stage of her life.

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Mom with my grandson, who she helped raise.

She’s not just another patient. She’s the woman who raised my husband into the wonderful and good man he is today. She held my babies and helped me to be a good wife and mother. She cared for my grandchild from infancy to grade school. He had recently had open heart surgery, but she took him in without fear. She loves the Lord her God and her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren with all her heart. Her mind is as sharp as a new razor. So as you provide care for her… remember…

…her ears still work.

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My mother-in-law and me

 

My Hairprint Experience

I was spelunking around the internet one day, looking for an alternative to chemically coloring my hair, and covering my greys.

I stumbled upon Hairprint in a blog. I read the comments about the product and decided to check it out.

Pros:

1. All natural.

2. No harsh chemicals to burn my scalp.

3. No strong smell.

4. Hair is soft and clean!

Cons:

  1. Expensive (compared to other home hair treatments)
  2. Time consuming
  3. Messy

Here is my Photo Experience Journal

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I washed my hair with Hairprint’s Chelating Shampoo 2 times before using the kit. This rids your hair of any residue from hair products you’ve used, and prepares it for Hairprint.
2 before hair
My “Before” pic. It’s hard to see the grey hair in this photo, but there are the shiny strands you see.
3 gather supplies
Gather your supplies. You will also need a dark-colored towel. Gloves are included in the kit. Hairprint gives you real nice gloves. They’re longer and stronger than the flimsy gloves that come with home color kits.
5 wash hair
Step 1 is to wash your hair with the Pretreatment shampoo. Rinse and towel dry.

4 pretreatment shampoo

6 combine
Combine a Restore powder with a Restore liquid in a non-metal bowl.
8 changes color
Mix till completely combined, the color will turn from salmon to reddish.
9 gloves
Put on your gloves, the mixture turns black, but that’s normal.
10 protect your skin
Remember to protect your skin from staining. Quickly smoosh some petroleum jelly around your hairline.
11 apply
Starting at the roots, apply the foamy mixture to your hair, then work it through to the ends.
13 wait 15 min
Set the timer for 15 minutes.
17 work thru to the ends
You can hang around like this for 15 minutes, but a hair clip is preferred! LOL
15 get ready for no 2
Squeeze out any excess mixture from your hair, and prepare Restore #2.
16 another 15 min
Apply the 2nd set of Restore liquid and powder, just like the first.
18 another 15 min
Set your timer for another 15 minutes
19 clean bowl for 4th step
While you wait, wash your bowl to prepare for the Complete step.
14 safe mode
Certified “Made Safe” !
read instructions
Read the instructions for step 4 Complete, then rinse out the Restore mixture with warm water, and towel dry. You’re ready for Step 4.
20 complete step
Prepare Step 4. This mixture will foam, but will not get as fluffy as the Restore.
22 apply complete
Apply the “Complete” mixture just as you did the “Restore”
23 3rd 15 min
Set the time for yet another 15 minutes!
12 work thru
Put a clip to hold your hair away from your face and neck. Get your towel and get ready to rinse.
rinse it out
This is blurry, and I’m not bleeding! lol, I’m rinsing my hair with warm water.
24 wash and conditioned
Shampoo & Condition, this is what I use.
26 final hair
I blow-dryed my hair, so I could see the color better. It did not completely restore my hair, but it’s much improved!
27 less grey
Less visible grey, and very soft and clean feeling.

I think I will probably do another application as soon as I can order another kit. We’ll see if all the grey is restored to my natural color. Hairprint didn’t burn my scalp like the home color kits do. I like it and sill definitely use it again! 🙂

http://www.myhairprint.com

Be Phabulous with Organic Beauty

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Be Phabulous with Bella Cuore

Safe, Effective, Gentle, Clean & Green Beauty

Wellness Pantry: Moon Juice

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The Blue Cocoon is a balmy blue enchantress that greets your skin with cool serenity, melting on touch to a fluid potion that tenderly envelopes you in the most decadent azule calm. Mystical blue tansy eases feelings of emotional anxiety while releasing heat and providing nourishment and relief to delicate, inflamed and irritable skin conditions.

The Result: A complexion that is quiet, and a mind that is clear.

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Jane Iredale Mystikol Powedered Eyeliner

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Crazy for Make up!!

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Come see all the brands we offer!!

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Bath & Body:

 

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SKINCARE!

 

 

Scents & Gifts

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Wellness

Our mission is to be your source for 100% toxin free beauty. All of the brands we carry are free from the nasties, parabens, synthetic fragrances, dyes, chemicals, phthalates, formaldehyde and other toxins that are found in your everyday skincare and cosmetics.

Bella Cuore Organic Beauty opened its first store on Main Street in Historic Downtown Rochester, Michigan in 2013. Quickly becoming the go to place for eco minded beauties! The name Bella Cuore means beautiful heart in Italian chosen to remind us about true beauty, a healthy kind of beauty that should always start from the inside…. nourishing your body, mind, & soul. Bella Cuore Organic Beauty is a store on a mission to redefine the beauty industry by setting higher standards in the U.S. for beauty stores. We believe no one should have to sacrifice their health and values for beauty. Our unique approach to improve health and change the beauty industry encompasses every aspect of the Bella Cuore Organic Beauty experience, from the moment you walk into our store, to using our hand-picked beauty products. We pride ourselves in bringing you a careful selection of highly effective, organic/natural, toxin free skincare and cosmetic brands. Every product we carry must meet the highest in organic and natural standards and certifications. Our products are wholesome for you, your family, and for our planet. So “Don’t forget! “True” beauty is achieving a bella cuore’! Shining that from the inside out and helping the world, with toxin free products of course!” ♥
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Sleepy Time

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Sleepy Time Balm

Relax and unwind. A delightful, calming balm has a relaxing scent perfect for bed time. Essential oils of Lavender, Chamomile, and Ylang Ylang give this balm its signature scent – one that pleases the senses and helps with calming the body and helps promote sleep.

Apply to the temples, chest, or anywhere you would like to breathe in the aroma.

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Essential Oils, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil

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Thick As Thieves

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Thick as Thieves Handmade Salve contains a classic blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils.

This classic blend  is derived from the 17th century four thieves saga.

The story has it that during the height of the bubonic plague in the France, four men were notoriously robbing the infected dead or nearly dead of their possessions without themselves becoming sick. The men were apprehended and traded their secret for a reduced sentence. While there is no official record for the herbal blend they used, there is a general agreed upon recipe which is used to this day. Please remember this is just a historic tale, it is not an indication that this product will cure the bubonic plague or any other illness or condition.

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Vintner’s Daughter

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Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is a luxurious multi-correctional infusion of 22 of the world’s most active organic and wildcrafted botanicals. At the heart of this powerful treatment is an energy dense phyto radiance infusion. Combined with highly targeted essential oils, our formulation combines anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, skin firming phytoceramides, nourishing fatty-acids and powerful anti-oxidants to help fight signs of aging; stimulate cellular turnover; maintain skin elasticity; strengthen capillaries; inhibit melanin production; prevent wrinkles; deliver oxygen to cells and protect against free-radical damage. The small particle size of our proprietary formula allows our active botanicals to deeply penetrate skin’s layers and because the skin fully recognizes the plant actives as the nutritive building blocks of its own structure, skin becomes more healthy, radiant and youthful.

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PROCESS:
We begin by sourcing the world’s most potent, organic and wild-crafted botanicals with the singular goal of creating the most active and luxurious all-natural product possible. Each ingredient is chosen for not only its individual capabilities, but also how it works synergistically with other ingredients. It takes many weeks to bring these ingredients together and ensure that every drop of our formula is infused with the highest levels of powerful skin renewing agents. After our formulation is complete, Active Botanical Serum is sealed in a violet-colored glass bottle that harnesses specific light rays to increase the energy level of our serum while in bottle.  All of this is done to ensure that our serum protects and nourishes your skin at the highest level.

VIOLET GLASS:
Vintner’s Daughter is bottled in a dark violet Miron glass that energetically activates our botanical formulas. The technology was developed by a Swiss scientist named Yves Kraushaar and how it works is simple; the sun emits visible and invisible light parts that enable all plants to grow. It also emits light that accelerates molecular decay. Miron violet glass works like a natural filter that only lets the sunlight that protects and improves quality in, thus lengthening lifespan and actually increasing potency of our products. This means that our products will not only be optimally preserved but will also be energetically enriched.

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Safe, Clean, Effective Green Beauty | Bella Cuore Organic Beauty

Bella Cuore provides Non-Toxic, Effective, Carefully Curated Organic Beauty Products, Skin Care Products, Hair Products, Bath and Body Products.

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Vapour was founded with the principles of performance and purity as our first priorities. Vapour Organic Beauty is committed to creating healthy products and maintaining environmental accountability. From design concept through manufacturing and product life cycle they are conscious every step of the way about the choices they make. Creating and maintaining a sustainable brand is a constantly evolving process and they are committed to making the best choices as the options change and more opportunities emerge. Well-being is central to their brand.

Made with all natural ingredients and scented with organic essential oils, BOX products are better than your average towelette. Not only are they beautifully packaged, each box of BOX comes with a cheeky perspective. Every ingredient in our towelettes serves a specific purpose – there’s nothing that isn’t absolutely necessary. BOX Naturals luxe towelettes are individually wrapped and lightly scented with organic essential oils. They are pH balanced and 100% biodegradable, and they’re also entirely free of parabens, dyes, petrochemicals, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances.

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The Promise

Our mission is to be your source for 100% toxin free beauty. All of the brands we carry are free from the nasties, parabens, synthetic fragrances, dyes, chemicals, phthalates, formaldehyde and other toxins that are found in your everyday skincare and cosmetics.

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…a Glowing Review…

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Have you thought about “getting back to nature” this New Year? Is “being better to your body” one of your resolutions? Do you want Natural, Vegan, Gluten Free and Cruelty free products but can’t stomach the costs?

Give Skin by Nature a try, this customer did, and now she’s hooked!

A review worthy of sharing. Edited for length…
I gave one of my regular customers a free bar of Massage n Bar Soap with her order. This is what she had to say:
“It’s Thursday night, and I look like I’ve had an expensive facial! I LOVE THIS SOAP!!! Spoiler-disgusting zit comments ahead. Whenever I change anything on my face, I break out. With this soap I had a grand total of….ONE PIMPLE! I did NOT do a peel-off mask, and my “gunk” is GONE. My face has never been this clean!!! The ONLY thing I changed was my soap! You know what I like best about this soap? They aren’t wasting money on fancy advertising or colored pretty wrappers; they’re producing a simple, effective, quality product within the price range of almost everyone. I used to use a face wash that was expensive, but this Massage n Bar works BETTER. Deana gave me a free bar, and I really like it. It smells like SOAP! I kept it outside the shower, because it started to get “goopy,” in the humidity. I figured out why this soap doesn’t make lots of lather: in other soaps, the manufacturers put stuff in to MAKE them bubbly. This doesn’t have that, because it’s not a natural ingredient!!!! People like lots of bubbles. But the bubbles PROVIDE NOTHING EXCEPT………….BUBBLES. It’s only been four days, but I’m not buying any more of my other soap. This is the best soap I’ve ever used. I’m not SUPER soft, yet, but I can sure feel the difference, but the best thing about this soap is that, without stripping your face, or burning it, your face is just SO CLEAN!!! Order me another bar, Deana Loraye Lara; I’m hooked”

This sweet customer of mine uses several other Skin by Nature products, so I wanted to thank her for her business by giving her a surprise free soap. Massage n Bar, and Massage n Rain are 2 of my favorites, along with the Goat’s Milk Soap and the Just Good Soaps. I, personally, use many of the products on a daily basis, and love them. I wouldn’t share this if I didn’t think you would love them too. The soaps are only $3-$3.50 each!

Glow Philtre

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At BCOB we are super excited to bring you Glow Philtre by Kypris Beauty!!! Get this amazing organic beauty Skin treat to get that beautiful glow. $88 with free shipping & samples! Sign up for your online account and receive 100 reward points towards your first purchase! Every dollar spent at BCOB you are rewarded for! Don’t miss out! Click the link in bio or go to https://www.bcorganicbeauty.com?rfsn=462035.4da81 to get Glow Philtre! 😊💕✨🍃 Repost @kyprisbeauty
・・・ It is with deep love and ebullience that the KYPRIS team and I introduce you to Glow Philtre. Winter is here, but we would prefer your skin be none the wiser! Building upon the benefits and concept of our critically acclaimed Moonlight Catalyst serum, Glow Philtre is a 20-minute (or less for ultra sensitive users) treatment mask designed to hydrate, refine, smooth, and reveal plump, soft, glowing skin. The mask transforms skin’s dull, dry, dehydrated, and tired appearance into soft, supple, lit-from-within luminescence. Glow Philtre blends refining pomegranate pith enzymes, softening thalassic extracts of sea fennel stem cells & sea algae, with ultra-hydrating silver ear mushroom to revitalize skin’s surface. (Link in profile for more details.) 💋Chase Oh! And PS… if you took advantage of our Trick or Treat fun and selected ‘Trick,’ you received this gem. What can I say, we’re a sneaky, playful bunch. ☺️