Saturday, January 25, 2014

Pretty In Pink

I must be anticipating love with valentine's day...its right around the corner or maybe just the thought of springs bright colors when its freezing in Chicago ...oh how I long for the rosy hues to surround me..... here are a few sweet things to enjoy!

Check out this GlassBaby Candle holder, have you every seen their website? The most glorious colors. I love this site, they give back for every purchase and the products look amazing. I would probably use these for all kinds of things, maybe in the bathroom for cotton balls, or pony tail holders. On my desk to hold paper clips or small pencils all perfectly sharpened. (Just saying I love pencils!)

power of giving

every glassybaby gives. 10% of the revenue from each glassybaby is donated to organizations dedicated to healing.
to date, glassybaby has given back more than $1.8 million and our goal is to double that next year.

our mission is simple: hand blown healing through 10% giving

$1,826,785 dollars donated

10% of glassybaby donated to charity

Some bright pink for you lips-kind of fun to have the brows defined, clean eye, bronzer & a pop of color on the lips! Beach Baby.

Another fancy lip treatment that is always in my bag, is Burt's Bees Lip Shine, this blush colored lip gloss gives you the most amazing pout, super nice finish and it tastes great. And its good for natural~

love the philosophy of this company, Burt's Bees, is doing it right. The 3 P's People, Profit & Planet

Our Philosophy

Most companies look out for the bottom line. We do, too. In fact, we have a triple bottom line: people, profit, planet. You can't have one without the other two. So when we look after our own, we mean everybody: our employees, our customers, our families, ourselves. And yes, our environment, too. Our ingredients—right down to the packaging—are simple, natural, and responsible. We practice what we preach—and we hope to set the example for others to follow.

It's called The Greater Good. And it's how we're going to help change the world.

How gorgeous is that?

Hope you are having a rosy day!



2013 giving

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday's Woman

This is a new feature, I hope to bring you interesting news and share information that will benefit your life by featuring an inspiring woman on Wednesdays...hence the name Wednesday's Woman.

In this first feature, I am so pleased to introduce  you to Lisa Kristofek, she is the founder of Fresh Squeezed Holistic Nutrition & a certified Holistic Nutritionist, you can find her right here:

Lisa's journey toward wellness began with her own personal health saga & opened the door for a business sharing her passion.

We first met at a class and I had the opportunity 18 months ago to go thru a 3 day cleanse with her program and loved it. (albeit, I had to give up my morning cup of joe for a few days before starting it but it was truly worth it!)

BC ~Lisa, Tell me about how you started you, your business and what led you to a career in nutrition?

LK: All thru my teens and 20’s, I ate to be thin.  My motivation was the size of my jeans.  In my 30’s I was diagnosed with gastric cancer.  In fear for my life, I began researching nutrition and its impact on the body, disease progression, and disease prevention.  What I learned was that my entire life, I’d been eating (or not) for all the wrong reasons; all the wrong foods; while simultaneously starving my body of nutrition.  What a paradox.  After surgery, chemo, radiation and recovery, I went back to school for holistic nutrition. 

The inception of Fresh Squeezed Holistic Nutrition was initially my friends’ desire to clean up their eating habits… many of my first clients were girlfriends who joined me on my 3-day juice-smoothie-salad detoxes.  It bloomed from there as friends told friends…

BC~What signs might someone have that would lead them to take a look at their nutrition - either their food choices and/ or the quality of their food? (ex. Energy, tiredness, bloating etc.)

LK: Everyone should look at their nutrition.  We are a culture of “faster is better” and subsequently we eat from boxes, frozen packages and restaurants.  This is not food – it’s commercially prepared and designed to make us want more of it!  This is not what best supports and nourishes our bodies. 

Certainly if one is experiencing physical symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, reflux or fatigue, the first call should be to a medical doctor.  The second step might be trying to evaluate what foods could be causing the symptom.  There are so many added chemicals and emulsifiers to mass-produced foods that’s sometimes its difficult to ascertain exactly what the problem could be.  Some of the most common culprits are wheat, corn, soy, nuts dairy and eggs.

BC~With so many people focused on the new years resolution of improving health, can you recommend 1-2 thing that could benefit the readers in improving their overall health?

LK: Number one would be picturing your plate at each meal as the face of a clock.  Then make sure the hours between 12 and 7 are vegetables at each meal.  It’s simple!  That way you can eat abundantly!

Number two would be to incorporate a green smoothie into your every day meal plan.  Make 32 oz. each morning and have 16 oz. for breakfast.  Have the second 16 oz. in the late afternoon.  You are literally drinking your veggies.

BC~ I love that tip about looking at your plate like a clock - perfect visual!

BC~ How can people work with you? What options do they have?

LK: I’ve worked for about 200+ people so far.  Most of my clients come to me for a 3-day detox to nourish their bodies and loose a few pounds along the way.  I also offer personalized consultations and meal plans.

BC~If someone is going thru cancer are there options to support their bodies to better handle the chemo and other treatments?
LK: Cancer patients, most importantly, need to focus on eating and eating cleanly to support their bodies through treatments and beyond.  It’s vital to get enough calories and nutrients from clean, unprocessed, organic foods to both keep energy up and not further burden the detoxification systems which already face chemotherapies.  Furthermore, many holistic doctors advocate cancer patients try to keep their diets as alkaline-producing as possible.

Lisa, Thank you for bringing your concepts for living healthy my readers! I have enjoyed this so much and value your knowledge. In our modern society getting as close to the natural source of food as possible is our best defense against disease, living with energy & vibrancy. I admire how gorgeous your skin is and its a reflection of your clean diet!



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Sunday, January 19, 2014

The impact of a smile from a stranger

Today, I was at a light, waiting in traffic, as I looked over to the car on my right, the driver also looked over at the same time, our eyes met and that individual offered a genuine smile. Just an acknowledgment of contact - this person was about late teens or early 20s and it was just a sweet gesture. I thought as I continued on my drive the power of someone's smile - it was an acknowledgment of I see you and send you a warm greeting.

That  person probably didn't think anything else of it, yet it seems so rare today that people look you in the eye and say hello or offer a smile.

It certainly impacted my day. I know I have often passed people made eye contact while walking in the city, and either offered a smile or said hello without the person responding. perhaps they thought I was odd but I miss the simple pleasantries that make our day to day lives that much more enjoyable. Everyone seems to be rushing constantly caught up in their own thoughts or heads. Maybe we have become a bit jaded with all the madness we hear about in the news & people are more fearful of someone just saying hello.

I appreciated that small gesture and silently said a prayerful wish of peace to that person. I will pay it forward.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Food Glorious Food!

Do these books entice you a bit? With the start of the new year so many of us are tweaking our fitness programs and diets for optimal health. Well this coming week you are in for a treat!

I am reviewing our new segment for the blog where I will be featuring a woman owned business every month, this month our initial launch we will be featuring the lovely Lisa Kristofek from Fresh Squeezed Holistic Nutrition!

You will love getting to know her. Stay tuned.

Monday, January 6, 2014


An amazing thing happens when you get honest with yourself and start doing what you love, what makes you happy. Your life literally slows down. You stop wishing for the weekend. You stop merely looking forward to special events. You begin to live in each moment and you start feeling like a human being. You just ride the wave that is life, with this feeling of contentment and joy. You move fluidly, steadily, calm and grateful. A veil is lifted, and a whole new perspective is born.
— Jes Allen

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Fresh Starts!

2014...easing gently to the new year, I have spent the week reflecting over 2013 and the great twists and turns of life. Lots of great things happened. But what still is most present in our lives as we are reflecting this past year but we have this big hole in our house......We lost our faithful companion Katie, who has been by my side the past couple of years, she was the sweetest dog ever. The boys have broken hearts and if I had to guess I think Joel is having the hardest adjustment, he loved all the attention Katie showered him with! A man and his dog. The kids equally are missing the girl, you would think it would be easier, its been 5 months but still she left a big gaping hole in our hearts. my dear friend, Mo Landry took this picture of her and sent it to me the week she died, it was so cute to see her in this position, she always had her legs crossed! Sigh...

We have to carry on right?

Looking forward, I'm so grateful we can "re-set" with the new year. My list seems endless. I really want to carry this joy and excitement for the year; I am challenging myself to harness the enthusiasm I have at the start of this year with me thru out the entire year. My plan is to look at each day as opportunities but also the first of each month as a "re-set". Really question myself .......

                 What did I do the month prior that would lead me to achieving these goals?:

Here's short list of 2014...the ones you don't mind publishing publicly :-)

1) Thirst to learn more: online classes? Study and brush up on French via CD's (sounds so old school doesn't it) while driving, read a couple of fun books something at is not a how to improve something but that I can lose myself in the pages...suggestions welcomed!!

2) Be Organized! From closets to junk drawers I have this on my list every year and this time of the year we go thru closets to see what we are no longer using to donate to the PADS shelter I volunteer at serving food. The boys usually have a good amount of things they are no longer wearing and it's a perfect opportunity to use the new things received at Christmas to give to someone else in need.

3) Continue to expand the blog readership and editorial writing calendar (the I am putting it out there!) feel free to share with your circle of influence ;-)
  4) Travel to Europe!! Summer vacation sounds so divine right now as I look out the window and see the snow coming down, yes it looks beautiful but we are expecting the most incredible winter storm that I am seriously wishing for warm weather in the Mediterranean. 

5) Of course the list ALWAYS includes a regimen adjustment for health...more shapes to the muscle, less weight etc. I feel like this on my list every year for the past 21 years is the definition of insanity. You know what you do over and over and expect a different outcome...I must make peace with the situation.

6) Lastly, I want more fun, laughter & joy each day!

I am wishing each of you the good fortune of health-its everything, having friends you cherish and family that surrounds you with good support and energy. That you have meaningful work & more joy each and every day.

Cheers to the best year!