Thursday, May 31, 2012

DANCE Doodles and Little Bit!

My lovely granddaughters have a dance review this weekend.

Doesn't Doodles look beautiful in her 
French Maid outfit?

She will also be a Firefly.  Her little outfit
has lights that will twinkle.

She is starting to look so much older...

This is Little Bit on her way to rehearsal.
Isn't she cute with her missing teeth?

Little Bit in her Gator costume.
Her great-grandmother helps with the costumes.

My little Ballerina!
She is still so petite.

I can't wait to see them perform.
Their dance company puts on a big show.


Here's to your health!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Snack Bar good for High-Blood-Pressure

Ever wonder about your blood pressure?  Did you know that it measures 
two things? One (the first number) is called systolic; the other (the second 
number) is called diastolic. --for example, 180/100 mm Hg (mm Hg stands 
for millimeters of mercury). The systolic number indicates the pressure in 
the blood vessels when the heart contracts. The diastolic number is the 
pressure in the blood vessels when the heart is at rest. 

High blood pressure has few symptoms. That's why it is called 
"the silent killer."

Dr. Leigh Connealy states that there is no way to show people that
their hearts are working too hard or that their arteries have "hardened"
from plaque deposits.

If there's no symptoms, then it's hard to take it serious.


Blood Pressure Readings
Low blood pressure (hypotension)
Less than 90
Less than 60
High blood pressure (hypertension)

In the case of high blood pressure, cutting back on sodium is a number 
one recommendation. 
Everyone could actually benefit from consuming less sodium.

There is a very high amount of sodium is packaged foods, many soups, 
and frozen dinners. FAST foods are even worse. 
Order up a cheeseburger, that's a whopping 750 mg of sodium.
Order a double cheeseburger, that's double on the sodium. 

If your serious about cuttingback on the sodium, be prepared to do 
the detective work in the supermarket and when eating out. 

As always, see your physician to get checked out. If medication is advised, 
be sure to ask questions as to how this will effect you if you are taking other 
medications. So be smart and ask questions.

Another addition to reducing your risk factors (such as excess weight, 
smoking, stress, and poor diet), try eating the potassium rich foods. 
Potassium is a key element in balancing sodium's effect on the body.

A few examples of potassium-rich produce include:
• bananas
• orange juice
• beans of any type
• spinach
• avocados
• green leafy vegetables, like Swiss chard and kale
• nuts
• figs
• papayas
• cantaloupes
• dates
• dried apricots

• guavas
• peaches

 You could take supplements, but increasing fruit and vegetable intake also provides a long list of healthful nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and fiber!

Other supplements good to take if you have high blood pressure, 
per Dr. Leigh Connealy:
    Potassium (4,000 mg per day)
    Magnesium (350 to 500 mg per day)
    Calcium (1,000 to 1,500 mg per day)
    Omega-3 fatty acid (2 to 4 grams of fish oil per day)
    Vitamin D (1,500 IU per day)
    CoQ10 (100 to 200 mg per day)
And why not do a little Yoga. Yoga is very effective in lowering blood pressure (as long as
your physician says that it's OK.)

Make it a point to get checked out and make the effort to help reduce your blood pressure.
Your body will thank you for it!!

A good source of potassium

Banana-Oat Snack Bars
Makes one dozen bars

Easy to make and inexpensive, these banana-oat bars are low in sodium and high in potassium and fiber, making them a delicious treat for individuals with high blood pressure.

Consider this recipe a good starting point. You can dress it up with your favorite nuts, dried fruit bits, and seeds. These bars will stay fresh without refrigeration for about five days if they're stored in an airtight container.

  • 1 very ripe large banana, mashed (about ½ cup)
  • 1/3 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raw organic honey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon oil, preferably coconut or grapeseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup cranberry raisins
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine mashed banana, maple syrup, honey, egg, oil, and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
3. Add flour, oats, raisins, sunflower seeds, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well.
4. Pour mixture into a buttered 8" by 8" square baking pan, and spread evenly.
5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool before cutting into bars. 

Here's to  your health!

Thanks to Dr. Leigh Connealy for great information.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Hot and Cold CONTRAST Shower Benefits

First of all, what is contrast showers?
It is starting off with a warm or hot shower
and finishing with a cold one.
Very simple.

Century old traditions of saunas, followed by
cold immersion or a plunge pool follows
exactly the same principles as hot
and cold showers.
It is believed that it has many health benefits.

Here's how it works!

The temperature ranges are small -
less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit -
but increase to ranges of 45 degrees.
If you feel you need a thermostat to gauge
the temperature, you may be able to 
find one in the baby section of stores
where they are used to test bath temperature.
It may not give you the mim and max range
you require, but after a while you will find
you can estimate your own temperatures.

So here's what is suggested:
For the first ten days shower for 40 seconds at 97 degrees F,
then follow this by 20 seconds of 86 degrees. Repeat 
twice more for a total of three warm and three cold treatments.
After the first few days, increase the temperature range
gradually until after three months the range is 45 degrees.

We all react to cold variations differently. It may take 
some longer to reach the maximum temperature.
Don't rush it. Listen to your body.
A good gauge to know when enough is enough
is that of shivering. Aim to be
towel drying as you START to shiver.

OK. Now WHAT is this good for?

Contrast showers have many claims of health benefits
through medical and scientific backing. Professional 
athletes and ardent amateurs claim the treatment
is highly effective for post workout skeletal and soft 
tissue trauma, muscle spasm and soreness.

Contrast showers are indicated in treatments
for the relief of arthritis, lowering blood pressure,
boosting the central nervous system, the reduction
and relief of respiratory infections and conditions,
stimulating male and female sex hormone production
and pain relief. It is said that these type showers
also bolster the immune system through the sudden
temperature changes and overall well-being is
promoted through improving the blood circulation.

What about antioxidant functioning? Through gradual adaptation 
to cold temperatures it is thought that contrast showers
may in fact improve the body's antioxidant functioning!
Then with the combination of the hot treatment, triggers
the body's natural toxin elimination and sweating, helps the
body to detoxify.

It is said, though, that if any individual has any type
of chronic condition including heart disease or high
blood pressure should seek medical advice before
starting this type of treatment.

Here's to your health!

Article found through Out of

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Little Bit had a Birthday!

Little Bit celebrated her 7th Birthday!

 Here's Doodles, of course, playing a game.

The Birthday party had a Hello Kitty theme!

Her Nana made her a beautiful cake with the theme Hello Kitty.

Beautiful cake and it was DELICIOUS!!

Little Bit invited all of her wonderful friends and family.

Little Bit is getting ready to blow out the candles...
That is Little Bit's mother lighting the candles.

I know it will come true!!

Oh, the excitement of opening gifts!

Yea, she's really thrilled with this one!

But then she sees the card and stops to see who the gift is from.

She takes time to read the card. She had no prompting from her mother.
She did this on her own.

Well, what do you know. It's from Pops and BB. (My husband and I)

Now she's ready to open it...

It's a L La Loopsy Mermaid doll. What she always wanted.
It was so funny, she was so excited about each gift,
but if it had a card, she took her time to read it before 
she opened the gift. You're a great gal, Little Bit.
Happy Birthday!!

I would like to join Martha's Favorites for tea today.
She is my all-time favorite lady.

Here's to your health!

Monday, May 21, 2012

In My Garden - Mosaic Monday

I am joining Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.
She has AWESOME pictures to show. Hit Little Red House
and pay her a visit.

I've had her for over 20 years. The weather is
starting to get to her. I need to find a way
to help preserve her. If anyone has any
great ideas on how to do that
please let me know.

 When I was growing up
my father would never let me work in the yard.
"It was a MAN'S job," he would tell me.
It was always my brothers chores to do.
I got to help my mother in the
vegetable garden and the flower beds.
But taking care of the yard was not to
be my responsibility. 

I found out later as I grew up
that when I worked in the yard
I would end up with such migraine headaches.
It would take me a couple of days to recover.
What do you think would cause that?
Maybe not drinking enough water?
Too much lifting and bending?
I do harder stuff in the gym!
Maybe it's the HEAT and the HUMIDITY! 

Oh well.....

My discovery over the weekend

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dry Brushing

Have you ever heard of a technique called "Dry Brushing?"
I am an artist and most artist have heard of this technique,
but I am not talking about creating an art piece...

Apparently, this dry brushing offers powerful detoxification!

It is said that skin is the body's largest organ of elimination.

My father-in-law has this saying that if you buy what
you want then you are more likely to take care of it.
I found this picture in Microsoft and thought it
was appropriate to use for what I am about to share.
If you had to buy your skin, would you take better care of it?

Your skin is able to eliminate as much as one-fourth of the total toxins that your body filters out -- up to 2 pounds of waste each day! BUT in order to do a good job,we need to keep our skin healthy and uncongested.  That's where dry brushing comes in handy.

Dr.. Gloria Gilbère, a renowned natural health practitioner, explains the value of dry brushing this way:
"With today's sedentary life-style, general lack of exercise, and use of antiperspirants...toxins and metabolic waste products become trapped in the body instead of being released with sweat."  It is believed that Dry Brushing stimulates the sweat glands and exfoliates the skin. Here's a list of benefits from Dry Brushing:
  • Faster elimination of toxins
  • Improved blood flow and circulation
  • Reduced cellulite (my favorite)
  • Accelerated lymphatic flow (clink the word for info)
  • Exfoliation of the skin
  • Cell regeneration
  • Stimulates sebaceous glands (click the word for info)
  • Boosts immune system
  • Opens pores and cleanses skin  
The lymphatic system is sometimes called the "second circulatory system."  The lymphatic system cleans up the waste created by virtually all the other systems of the body. Our bodies have twice as much lymph fluid than it does blood! So while our circulatory system has the heart to keep the blood flowing, our lymphatic system does NOT have a "pump" to push the lymph fluids around our bodies. It solely relies on our breathing and movement to perform its function of protecting our bodies by removing dead cells, blood proteins and any other toxins...and excreting them from our bodies.
The flow of lymph can become sluggish if you DON'T exercise; especially rebounding exercises, and do
deep breathing exercises. These 2 activities keep the lymph circulating properly. Dry brushing can enhance the flow of the lymph through the body.  Dry brushing removes dead skin cells, thereby allowing the skin to breath and absorb nutrients.

NOW you know WHY it's important to take care of your skin. Now I will tell you the Dry Brushing Technique!!

It is recommended by the health experts to use a brush with NATURAL BRISTLES made from boar hair or plant fiber (or even a loofah). DO NOT use a brush with synthetic bristles for it can cause irritation.

The Dry Brushing technique should take no longer than 5 minutes:
  1. Start at your feet and brush gently in small circular motions from toes to heel.
  2. Continue up each leg, and as you reach your waist, turn your strokes slightly inward towards your groin (where lymph nodes are located).
  3. To brush your arms, start at the finger tips and brush all the way up to your shoulders and armpits.
  4. Next, brush your back from lower to upper.
  5. Brush your stomach (downward strokes from navel towards hips and upward strokes from navel toward chest, avoiding breasts).
  6. Rinse off, and take a shower for the best possible results.  (More on showers in a later post.)
Dry Brushing is most effective if done twice weekly. However, more frequent dry brushing will bring faster results.  The directions of the strokes are very important since it targets and stimulates the lymphatic system more effectively than just random brushing.  If you want to dry brush your face, please use a softer brush or a dry wash cloth and your strokes should be gentler.

Here's to your health!

Picture by Microsoft
Thanks to Underground Health Reporter for the information.

Friday, May 11, 2012

A Tribute to My Mother

Happy Mother's Day!

I love my mother dearly. She is a wonderful, loving mom.
She would always let us have friends over.
She would even join in on the fun.
She made sure that she got to know
who we ran around with.
Both my mother and father didn't
put up with any foolishness.
They were strong in their discipline
and LOVED even stronger.
We knew when NOT to cross the line.
We knew that we were dearly loved.

I actually had two wonderful, loving parents.
I am thankful and grateful for them.
My father passed away several years ago and
I miss him greatly.

My mom is a tiny woman, but a very STRONG woman.
She has never changed through many trials and tribulations.
She remains the same through it all.

It's hard to give tribute to my mother
without acknowledging my dad also.
I believe they "completed" each other
and are who they are because of each other.

 This is my mother in the middle of her two sisters that are twins,
who I absolutely adored. And I tell you, they were quite a threesome.
My mother is 80 years old this year, and My Aunt Louis (R) passed
away last year. My Aunt Lois and mother remain
strong and committed totally to their families. 

This is a poem I wrote for my mother
and entered it in a contest. I received first place!

My Mother’s Eyes

My mother’s eyes are so kind
As she talks to me about the day.
Then with expressions of concern
Her eyes turn a deeper blue,
For she cares about those around her.

I remember when we were little,
My brothers and I would do things
She did not approve of, then her eyes
Were hard to look at, and we knew
That we were in for deep trouble.

I remember the teasing of my father,
When my mother would walk by
As he slapped her on the behind.
Her face would turn red and her eyes,
Her eyes would absolutely glow.

She and my father loved each other
And I would catch them at a glance
Eyeing one another with admiration.
I always felt secure in my life
And I knew everything was OK.

Now that she is older and wiser
Her eyes still speak the same
Language of love and understanding,
For she hasn’t changed at all and
My mother’s eyes are still deep blue.


Poem by: Brenda Stevens; Copyright©2009

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Soothe the Body, Mind, and Soul

I told you sometime ago that I would give you some information about the benefits of Epsom salt.
So what is it and where does it come from?

Epsom salt is named for this bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England.
Although it is not actually salt but a naturally occuring pure mineral compound
of magnesium and sulfate. It has long been known as a natural remedy
in many ailments. I am told that not only can it be used for health benefits, but
also for beauty, household, and gardening-related uses; which the last three
can be talked about in a later post.

Many studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both
readily absorbed through the skin. Putting some Epsom salt
into your bath is an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing
health benefits. 
Studies have shown that magnesium
plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity
of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation
helping muscle and nerve function 
and helping to prevent artery hardening.
There are COUNTLESS health benefits of Epsom salt:
relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain
and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating colds
and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. Also
for easing bronchial asthma and migraine headaches.
Proper magnesium and sulfate levels increase the effectivenss
of insulin in the body, helping to lower the risk or severity of diabetes.

For improving the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help
ease migraine headaches - that's what sulfates are for!

Many, MANY powerful, healthful benefits of magnesium and sulfates!

Since I have been dealing with adrenal fatigue and I am exhausted 
most of time, I have been searching ways to ease stress and to
relax my body. Stress DRAINS the body of magnesium
and increases levels of adrenaline. So you just fill your tub 
with warm water pour in a litte Epsom salt and soak your worries away...

The Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishses 
the level of magnesium in the body. Research shows that magnesium 
helps to produce serotonin, a mood elevating chemical within the brain
 that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Now THAT'S easing stress!
Not only does it make you feel relaxed but it helps to lower blood
pressure, improves sleep (which I am in need of), concentration,
and help muscles and nerves to function properly.

Experts believe that bathing with Epsom salt at least three times
a week helps you to look better, feel better, and gain more energy.
After you relax for a while in the nice warm tub, expholiate
to give your body good circulation and a nice warm glow.
You'll LOVE yourself for it!!

Here's to your health!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sunrise is Tea Time

I love waking up early in the mornings.

I love seeing the sun rise.
I feel so close to God during those mornings.

Mornings like this give me a chance to take deep breaths.
Mornings like this help to calm my soul.

It's good to have time to stop and enjoy a moment.
It's good to look back on your day and be thankful.

And then I love watching the sun go down in the evenings.

The evening sunsets show me that God is all around me.

The evening sunsets show me God's love and His beauty.

Come Here Child

Come here Child and I will give you life,
And that Two Edged Sword that cuts like a knife,
Bountiful Living Waters to never thirst again.
Open your heart for your life to begin.

Come here Child and listen to my voice,
Strong and powerful for the right choice,
Faith beyond measure and Mercy abound,
Grace to be sufficient for a life so sound.

Come here Child and experience the Love,
Sincere peacefulness given to you from above,
Freedom from all sin and a heart full of joy,
Power against Satan who is here to destroy.

Come here Child and see who Heaven is for.
Only for my loving creation that I so adore.
But it is your choice and your choice alone.
I ask with eagerness that you don’t postpone.

Here's to your health!

I would like to join Martha's Favorites again for tea time! She's also having another giveaway, so pay her a visit, sign up for the giveaway and tell her I said HI...

Photos by Brenda Stevens
Poem by Brenda Stevens, Copyright © 2008

Monday, May 7, 2012

Marilyn Mosaic

There was a wonderful documentary on TV the other evening about Lawrence Schiller. Mr Schiller is a noted American film producer, director and screenwriter. Mr. Schiller is an AMAZING photographer. He was born in 1936. Through his life he won many awards. In 1953 he began publishing in Sport magazine and the New York Times. He was very successful at a very young age. He is the man that took the very last photos of Marilyn Monroe.

I took these pictures from off my TV. 

Mr. Schiller spoke of how gentle and vulnerable she was. How calm she seemed. 
She told him that she would tell him when to take the photos; 
what would work and what wouldn't. I believe we all were very fascinated by her. 
She had such an amazing beauty that I think she didn't even know what to do about it, 
or how to handle it to where she could be happy in this life. 
She always wanted to be known for her talent, 
but everyone was more concerned about her looks 
and I believe it lead her to more trouble than she really wanted.

Mr. Schiller, you took the most amazing photos of 
Marilyn and I thank you. 
I, too, always admired her beauty and charm.

I would like to join Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

All photos copyright of Lawrence Schiller. 
I took pictures of his photos from my TV.