Saturday, August 16, 2014

Eat as a Lifestyle -- Not a Diet -- Transform 30

Our current medical system is failing. Sadly, we are the most medicated population on the planet, spend the most money on our healthcare, and yet, have the highest rates of 'life-long' or chronic diseases. It's simply not working. 

Part of the problem is the food we are eating -- or rather, not eating. That's where bridging the gap with better-than-organic fruits and vegetables comes in to play. We all know that we need to eat more fruits and vegetables, however, it is extremely difficult to do. Insert Juice Plus. Whether you prefer capsules or gummies, you can eat 26 fruits and veggies every single day by eating your Juice Plus. 

Need a jump start? Considering a detox? We've got the best program around. It's called Transform 30. 

The 30 Day Complete Transformation is a challenge to put self-care on the top of your priority list for 30 days. As busy as we all are in today's fast-paced life, prioritizing self-care is the most common challenge people face. 

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From Transform30 Facebook Groups to recipe and meal suggestions, you will be inspired and encouraged along your 30 Day Complete Transformation. When you sign up, you will receive the following:

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How to use Essential Oils

Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary supplements.

Aromatic Uses
Our sense of smell influences many physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. Aromatherapy is founded on the body's predictable response to specific olfactory stimuli. Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy applications. Certain essential oils, when diffused in the air, can be very stimulating while others can be calming and soothing. Beyond emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. Low or no-heat essential oil diffusers are recommended as they do not change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused. Essential oils can also be used as cleansing and purifying additives to laundry and surface cleaners throughout the home.

Topical Uses
Due to their natural molecular composition, essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically. Application of essential oils can have immediate, localized benefit to the target area of application. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used effectively with massage and beauty therapy. They are also natural disinfectants. The chemical structure of essential oils also allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body.

Internal Uses
Essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many essential oils are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use, but some oils should not be taken internally. Do not use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label.
Using essential oils can be both profoundly simple and life changing at the same time. Working with someone who has used essential oils before will help first-time users have a more beneficial and enjoyable experience. A large amount of information is readily available for those desiring to increase their knowledge of essential oil applications.

(Be sure to use only 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils and follow all label warnings and instructions. Essential oils should not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal, or in open wounds. If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, simply apply any vegetable oils such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil to the affected area. Consult your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant or under a doctor's care.)

(excerpt from here)


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Essential Oils Throughout History

Prior to modern medicine, all medicines were OILS or other parts of plants -- nothing more.

Essential oils have been used throughout recorded history for a wide variety of wellness applications. The Egyptians were some of the first people to use aromatic essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatment, food preparation, and religious ceremony. Frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh, and cinnamon were considered very valuable cargo along caravan trade routes and were sometimes exchanged for gold.

Borrowing from the Egyptians, the Greeks used essential oils in their practices of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy. The Romans also used aromatic oils to promote health and personal hygiene. Influenced by the Greeks and Romans, as well as Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic use of aromatic herbs, the Persians began to refine distillation methods for extracting essential oils from aromatic plants. Essential oil extracts were used throughout the dark ages in Europe for their anti-bacterial and fragrant properties.

In modern times, the powerful healing properties of essential oils were rediscovered in 1937 by a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who healed a badly burned hand with pure lavender oil. A French contemporary, Dr. Jean Valnet, used therapeutic-grade essential oils to successfully treat injured soldiers during World War II. Dr. Valnet went on to become a world leader in the development of aromatherapy practices. The modern use of essential oils has continued to grow rapidly as health scientists and medical practitioners continue to research and validate the numerous health and wellness benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils.

(excerpt from here)


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Time to Live a Beautiful Vibrant Life

Hi friends,

So, I've made a few updates to the blog. Primarily, because I miss interacting with so many of you. But also, because I'd like to make an attempt at inspiring you to live a beautiful vibrant life. At the least, my mom will enjoy reading my updates again! And at the most, we can band together as a community that says 'I am WORTH' feeling good, being happy, making good decisions, living simply -- you are WORTH it -- WE are WORTH it.

Through encouragement and guidance from others, I've learned a few things about how to live a healthy happy -- beautiful and vibrant -- life. I don't know it all. That's where you come in! I'd love to share ideas, recipes, strategies with one another.

My thoughts are focused in two primary directions: living through whole food nutrition and through essential oils. Women are more and more empowered to do the research and make good decisions for themselves and their families. You don't have to consume tons of chemicals anymore. You don't have to use household cleaners or bug sprays that are chemical based -- and have been linked to early-onset alzheimer's, disease, learning disabilities, and obesity. You simply don't have to. You can use alternatives that are better and cheaper than chemicals. YES!

If you don't have to, why would you?

Let's live passionate, informed lives. You in?


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

We love you Valdosta

Friends... we need a life update! 

This happened ...

Yes, our home is for sale! We have to say 'See you later!' to our beloved home and sweet Valdosta for a move to Greenville, South Carolina. Don't get me wrong, we're super excited about Greenville - but with all the get-together's, prayers, blood, sweat, tears, laughter, and love that was had here, Valdosta is forever in our hearts.  

Here's a link to more information and lots of pictures of our home!

xoxo, Callie

Monday, February 06, 2012

Addy's Kid-sized Play Kitchen

A few months back, my sister, Kristi, called. She said that she had been thinking about making Addy, my 2-year old niece, a play kitchen. I laughed. She wasn't thinking about making the kitchen, she was thinking that Z and I could make a kitchen. I gladly accepted the challenge - which meant by default that Z also accepted the challenge. We scoured the web for pictures of play kitchens we liked.

There are so many creative parents and companies who make the cutest kids kitchens - so we knew our competition was stiff!

We liked this retro kitchen from Pottery Barn.

And we liked the outline provided by Lowe's for a kitchen that would look like this (found here).

So we - and by we, I mean it in the same way as Kristi meant 'she' - Zach began working on the kitchen. Here are some of our progress pictures.

This is clearly the sink - with an under mount stainless steel sink (originally a bar sink). We also used Corian counter tops as Z's super cool boss had some left over.

Here's the fridge before doors. The refrigerator is a little over 3 feet tall.  

And clearly a work in progress, the oven!

We followed the instructions provided by Lowe's when it came to the size of the appliances - however, we made the refrigerator about 4 inches taller.

As Z continued with the construction, I started playing with the 'details'. We chose to go with a sage green exterior - and used Benjamin Moore's Kittery Point Green (HC-119). I had it color matched at Home Depot.

The color on the card in the picture directly above seems a little more bold - I'd say, the color is much more like the color on the can. (But really, do you see how good my nails look? - they never look that good!)

For the interior of the oven, I wanted to spray it silver. We used Rustoleum's Satin Nickel Metallic paint and primer in one.

We thrifted almost all of the details other than the paint. For the burners for the stove, we went to a junk yard and found four 4-inch burners. I cleaned them and spray painted them black.

For the handles of the sink, I found vintage knobs at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Time out: Do you see that faucet above? We were having the hardest time color matching the bottom of the handles to a faucet. Apparently, those handles don't just look vintage - they are vintage!

One evening, I came home from the grocery store to find Zach being pretty mischievous! 

He was removing our faucet from the bathroom sink to use for Addy's kitchen! Apparently the color was as close a match as he could find. Good thing she's so cute!

It came time to paint and I embraced my role!

We used Plexiglas for the window cut out of the oven and as shelves in the refrigerator and under the sink.

At the bottom of the stove, there is even a pull out drawer!

Paint was applied, hardware added, and everything was glued and nailed in place. About an hour before we were supposed to leave to make the haul to South Carolina, I decided that the sink just needed something extra. We added shelves to the right hand side. Definitely a great addition!

Here are some final pictures before we packed everything up for the drive.


We made it to South Carolina without a scratch to the kitchen! Addy was so excited when she saw it.



She took our orders and fed us well!

Earlier this month, we celebrated Addy's 2nd birthday - Sesame Street style. An unexpected perk of her birthday party was getting to see a bunch of little ones playing with her kitchen.

I'm just so glad that my sister thought it time to build a kitchen!


Monday, January 02, 2012

Bowling with Christmas Trees

I hate taking down Christmas decorations. I fear the 'aftermath'. And by aftermath, I don't mean the fact that I'll probably be walking around with pine needles stuck to my bottom from sitting in a chair 'aftermath'. It's the lack of spirit and holiday cheer missing from my home that I will miss. It is, as Pier 1 put it, Blahuary.

Especially this year. I may or may not have gone overboard on Christmas decorations. But the look of a house that is so sweetly celebrating Jesus' birth with garland hanging from every nook and ornaments all over the place. I just love it.

But, the time came. After all, it's after the first of the year and I was feeling the need to clean and simplify my home.

As we were putting away our Christmas decorations, I look over and see my husband talking on the phone throwing an ornament up in the air.

I looked at him with the stare of 'you know that's breakable' and kept packing. Most mom's have to keep their breakables out of reach of their children - this girl will always have to keep them from her husband. He has an extremely creative mind.

He put the breakable ornament down and walked over to the tree to find one of the impossible-to-shatter ornaments. And then I realized what was happening.

My Christmas Tree candles were lined up on the floor and he was ready to go bowling.

As I laughed and ran to grab the candles before they became bowling pins, I realized that Christmas decorations or not, my January would never be a Blahuary.

And with that, goodbye Christmas. See you again next year after Thanksgiving!

xoxo, Callie