A New Campaign That Will Bring Awareness To A Silent Disease

Hello My Loves:

It has been a spell since my last post but I have been going through it these last two weeks. I lost my little cousin on September 21st, she was only 16 years old. My mind hasn’t totally wrapped itself around this new reality and my heart aches daily for her parents James and Kim Reed as well as her 3 sisters Janique, Jasmine, and Jamie.

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The day seemed normal to the family but little did they know that later on that night their lives would be changed forever….you see my sweet 16-year-old cousin Kimari suffered a severe asthma attack. Having asthma was something she dealt with all of her life, and her inhaler always seemed to do the job, but this day was different. Her mother and sister tried desperately to save her by doing CPR while they waited for the ambulance to come, but God had a different plan because she was gone in an instant!

Kimari was a gifted child that not many are blessed to have. When I say gifted I am not talking about smart (although she was that too) I am talking about a rare gift from God. All children are gifts no doubt but sometimes God will allow us to birth an angel only here to serve His purpose and on loan until the mission is complete. Some may think that I’m crazy but I truly believe this.

Anyways, Kimari was loving, thoughtful, talented and able to change those around her for the better. She had an infectious smile and sense of humor that could make even the severely depressed crack a smile. She had a voice that sounded like an angel singing directly to God. I know that Kimari went right back to her heavenly existence with her last breath. You see her mission was now complete: and now it will be the job of her parents and those that love her to continue her mission by bringing a new awareness to a silent but deadly condition called Asthma.

I will write more about it later but her parents have started a campaign in her honor called #breathofKimari

12043155_10153760169504767_1587190221659693517_n Also her mother Kimmie creates homemade body butters that are out of this world! Made with pure essential oils and creams, she designs different scents and they leave your skin feeling like satin. Kimari designed her own body butter prior to her death and ironically named the butter the day that she died. “Mookie” as people affectionately called Kimari is the name she told her mother and the fact that she loved lemons she designed her butter with a lemon flavor. Called “Sour Mookie, her butter is for sale and it’s made with all natural unrefined Shea butter, Cocoa butter Mango butter, and essential oils. Lemon, lime and grapefruit essential oils give it that awesome refreshing scent that make up the fragrances that Kimari loved. Jars sell for $5, $10, $15, $25.

You can ORDER here:

kimmiereed1@gmail.com
or text 703-380-0865
or kimberleyreed.com

 A portion of the proceeds from each jar sold will go towards the foundation in order to help other children less fortunate and suffering from asthma and other respiratory diseases to pay for medications, treatments, and doctor’s visits.

12118855_10153779966119767_2580164997209171166_n Please join me and countless others in supporting a good cause and to bring awareness to Asthma. We may not be able to stop the condition but we can educate! Kimmie accepts payments through Paypal and can send you an invoice when you provide your email address.

If you rather place an order with me just place your order in the comments of this post or email me at stellasgirl1630@yahoo.com

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Slimquick Pure: Is It Just Another Diet Fad Or Does It Really Work?

Hello Loves:

Many of us have experienced the ups and downs of dieting. Pounds up…pounds down! BMI, Low-Carb, High-protein!! The list of tried, true, and epic diet fails are endless. We’ve all have heard the promises backed by every product guaranteeing results in 3 days, 1 week, 30 days etc. only to be disappointed so why on earth would you want to hear about yet another diet product? But the product I am going to tell you about is worth listening to because 1) it isn’t a fad diet with a meal plan to follow, and 2) I’ve tried it and experienced it for myself so this is not a try this product post, this is a let me tell you about a product that worked for me and you decide if it is for you or not post.

Slimquick Pure

pure-drink-mix-diet-aid-a13I tried the mixed berries flavor. They come in individual packets that you just add to water or you can make it a smoothie mixed with your favorite fruits. The extra strength formula helps women lose 3X the weight as you would with just healthy eating!

Product Features

  • Designed with women in mind
  • Addresses the 6 physical reasons women have trouble losing weight (metabolism, stress, appetite, hormones, water, energy)
  • Taste good and has 0 calories
  • You can carry it in your purse so its easy to grab n go.
  • Contains natural ingredients like antioxidants, calcium, vitamin D, and BioPure Green Tea™
  • The BioPure Green Tea™ contains an isolated fat-burning component that helps your body metabolize faster.
  • Their studies have shown that women on the Slimquick lose 3 times the weight versus dieting alone in just 13 weeks.
  • This product is conveniently available at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Publix, Kroger, Supervalu and Ahold. You can also purchase it here 

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  • The first day you mix one packet with 16.9oz of water and shake until dissolved in the morning and one serving in the afternoon both with food.
  • The 2nd day you take 2 servings in the morning and 1 serving in the afternoon
  • Day 3 and onward you take 2 servings in the morning and 2 servings in the afternoon.

I began the drinks on Monday July 16th and weighed 164.3 and as of July 23rd I weigh 161.2. That’s 3.1 pounds in 1 week! My goal weight is 150 so I still have a ways to go but this loss was without working out and just eating a healthy clean diet so I have no reason to stop with this post.

Will I continue to use SlimQuick Pure after today? The answer is emphatically YES.

I mixed mine with water but if you search the web, you will find other clever ways of making good drinks.

**Disclaimer** This is a sponsored post and the product was sent to me to review. Although this is a sponsored post, all of the words and views are based on my personal experience using the product and it is 100% honest.

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How To Deal With A Difficult Person

madboss-e1435597819505Hello Loves:
I came across this article and I thought that it was worth reblogging for a Making Love Monday article because it is so relatable. Enjoy and chime in with your thoughts in the comments section. I would love to hear if you have ever or are currently dealing with a difficult person.

How to Deal with a Difficult Person

Who hasn’t been thrown off-balance by a difficult person? The perpetrator could be virtually anyone — a spouse, an in-law, other relative, friend, coworker, or boss.

Sometimes it’s you or (gasp!) me.

Which reminds me of what Rabbi Joseph Richards said: “People are annoying. So find the person who annoys you the least and marry that one!”

Perhaps such reframing of “difficult” to “normal” can help us relax a bit when it comes to thinking about constructive responses to people by whom we feel besieged.

After leading a Dealing with a Difficult Person workshop for corporate employees, I realized that similar communications skills that enrich marriage and other personal relationships, when applied in the workplace will enhance teamwork and effectiveness.

To move from simply feeling annoyed by a difficult person to responding constructively, it helps to understand the likely underlying reasons for the troublesome behavior. Here’s how to do this, using guilt-trippers, scorekeepers, and blamers as examples of difficult behaviors:

Guilt-tripper: Instead of expressing their wants and feelings directly, they say things to make others feel guilty.

Example: “Go ahead and watch TV while I do the dishes and then put the kids to bed. I feel a migraine coming on but I’ll manage. And I still have to get up early tomorrow to finish that project at work.” (sigh)

Underlying Reason: Guilt-trippers lack self-esteem. Consequently, they don’t feel worthy of asking directly for what they want. They may act like a martyr, hoping the other person will get the hint. When that doesn’t happen they become resentful or depressed.

Solution: Encourage guilt-trippers to express themselves clearly. Ask your partner, “Do you want me to help more?” Please say specifically what you want. You can ask me for anything. I might not give you the moon, but if you ask me to do a simple chore, I’d probably say ‘fine.’”

Scorekeeper: Says nothing when upset but keeps track of each incident and eventually lets it all out at once. Example: “I was expecting you to call an hour ago to say you’d be late for dinner. I should have known you wouldn’t call because you didn’t let me know when you were over an hour late last Tuesday and three other times last month. And that time two years ago…”

Underlying Reason: Scorekeepers feel uncomfortable about making waves by complaining. Eventually, like a volcano, pressure accumulates and they spew out what’s been building up.

Solution: Apologize for your part in causing discomfort. Say you prefer to hear what’s bothering the person each time rather than have resentments accumulate.

Blamer: These people accuse others of being inadequate, using you-statements and name-calling, such as “You’re a jerk,” “a slob,” or “stupid.”

Underlying Reason: Blamers lack self-esteem and feel unsafe expressing themselves with I-statements, such as “I’m disappointed (or I feel disrespected or frustrated)” by your lateness.” They’re more likely to say, “You’re always late,” or “You’re rude.” An insecure person who feels inferior to his partner, fearing abandonment, might unconsciously resort to blaming or putting down the other, hoping to erode the latter’s self-esteem to the point that she or he won’t think they can find a better mate.

Solution: Compose yourself with a couple of deep breaths, so you won’t respond impulsively. Try to be objective. Ask yourself, “Am I at fault?” Either way, respond calmly and respectfully: “Yes, I often do run late and I hear this bothers you. It’s my problem of trying to do just one more thing before I leave. I don’t mean to be disrespectful.”

If you realize you’re being falsely accused, state your disagreement calmly. If you’re being unjustly accused of lying, for example, say, “I’m actually careful to be truthful.” You can also politely ask the person to give an example of what he or she is accusing you.

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Yet living with difficult behaviors can be toxic.

These are three kinds of difficult behaviors. If you’re on the receiving end of any of them, use common sense. If you can muster up compassion for someone who is being difficult, the person will sense this and feel less of a need to project his or her insecurities on you. You can also become part of the solution by using positive communication techniques, as illustrated step by step in my book, Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love[1], and you may be happily surprised by the results.

In any case, do not trap yourself into staying around toxic behavior. If it continues despite your efforts to defuse it, be willing to walk away, at least momentarily.

Remember: We cannot change another person’s behavior; we can only change our own.

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What Are Your Acne Breakouts Really Telling You?

Hello Lovelies;

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dad’s out there. I’m sure my ladies took good care of their men today and provided them with a restful day. Today is Self-Improvement Sunday and now that dinner is over (or at least for me it is) and you may be taking some time for yourself, I wanted to share a common issue that mostly all of us have experienced a few times in our lives. ACNE!! Yes the ugly word that brings us grief whenever it decides to show up unannounced on our wedding day, prom, family photo day, etc. The truth really is that acne is unwanted at all times no matter what the occasion. But did you know that acne has an underlying language? That depending on where your breakouts take place, it could be your body’s way of letting us know there may be some underlying issues we are not aware of? Let’s take a look at face mapping. This map will serve as your guide for knowledge not in eliminating the whoas of acne, but to inform you of the triggers.

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I’ve always been told that acne comes from stress and not drinking enough water or drinking too many sodas. I also thought it was due to not cleansing the skin daily. But now I am learning that some dermatologists use face mapping to diagnose acne problems. This can be done by simply looking at your face and using the map above. According to Dr. Michael Shapiro, medical director and founder of Vanguard Dermatology “Face mapping can be a key to every mysterious problem behind your skin and internal body issues.” So what exactly is face mapping? It’s a popular method used in Chinese medicine that focuses each part of the face and depending on the location of the flare-up, doctors can determine its underlying cause. How important this discovery is to our overlying health…our flare-ups may be a blessing in disguise because it could reveal a more serious health issue.

Forehead

Breakouts in this area could be a sign of digestive problems, intestinal, and liver issues. To stop acne from forming in this area you need to make sure you get enough sleep (at least 7 hours nightly), drink plenty of water (should be half your weight in water), watch what you put in your mouth because some food may spark a breakout.

Eyebrows, Temples, Between the brows

This can mean poor circulation, gallbladder problems, or a diet that is too high in fat. Eating a lot of processed foods and drinking a lot of alcohol can also contribute to the breakout.

Nose

The nose breakouts are also from poor diet, constipation, bloating, gastrointestinal imbalances, indigestion or poor blood circulation. Dr. Shapiro suggests taking vitamin B, eating less seasoned foods and massaging the nose are.

Cheeks

The cheek zit can be due to the lungs, and liver issues. Also overeating, stress, stomach issues, dirty cell phones and pillow cases, and Ladies: Dirty Makeup Brushes!

Mouth Area

Can be caused by constipation, and excess of spicy or fried foods and get this; a reaction to toothpaste.

Chin

Can be caused by hormonal problems, gynecological issues, and too much hands in the face. You can take omega-3s to keep the hormones harmonious.

Ears

Can be caused by the kidneys not functioning properly.

If any of these are you, I hope that you could relate to some of the issues and do what is necessary to reverse the situation because lets face it…we all want healthy glowing skin.

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Frugal Friday: Copy Cat Chick-Fil- A Sandwich

Hello Loves;

TGIF!! I have been so busy today running errands in the sweltering heat so I do apologize for the late post for Frugal Friday. I guess better late than never plus you can always do this recipe tomorrow. So I love Chick-Fil-a and my family eats there at least once a week but that can be costly for a family of four. I found this recipe for the Chick-fil-a sandwich and it is definitely a great dupe for the real deal and dollars less. Thank you Cincyshopper!!

Chick-Fil-A sandwich

 

Here is what you will need:

Chick-Fil-A-Recipe

 

2 boneless skinless chicken breast

1/2 cup pickle juice

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk

1 cup flour

2 tbsp. powdered sugar

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp celery salt

1/2 tsp basil

1 cup peanut oil for frying

4 buns (buttered and toasted)

pickle slices.

Directions

Put chicken in zippered bag and pound gently with the flat side of a mallet until about 1/2″ thick.

Cut each breast into 2 equal pieces.

Marinate chicken in the pickle juice for about an hour

Beat together egg and milk in a bowl.

Mix together the flour, sugar, and spices in another bowl.

Heat the oil in a skillet to about 350.

Dip each chicken piece into the egg covering both sides, then coat in flour on each side.

Fry each chicken piece for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden and cooked through.

Place on paper towels to absorb any excess oil

Then serve on toasted buns with pickle slices.

Yummy!! Enjoy

Do you like Chick-Fi-La?

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Your Weekend Guide To The Best Tasting Pancakes From Scratch

Hello Everyone:

I am not a big cook, but I love collecting great recipes. I grab them from the grocery store, magazines, and anywhere else that I see them. I am a recipe non-cooking collector. I even belong to a food junkie group on Facebook where all you do is share recipes. So I was going through my myriad of recipe pages  recipes

and I had the great idea. I would organize them! I could separate them according to meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then I could make sub-categories within each section for sandwiches, salads, etc. So off to Pinterest I went and found a post from Making It In The Mitten. She so graciously provided the organizationally challenged with FREE templates! Score right click here for the templates .

Since I have an abundance of recipes, I am going to start sharing them with you. Today’s recipe is the best. Blueberry and Yogurt Pancakes…anybody else love pancakes. You can really create some unique ideas to prepare them just by mixing up the ingredients.

This awesome recipe originally came from a lady named Amanda. That is all the info provided on the recipe.

1. Round up your ingredients

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  • add 1 TBSP of oil to a bowl. This will be mixed with the other ingredients.

2. Add the egg to the bowl with the oil and add the entire cup of yogurt.

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3. Mix well until smooth

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4. Add your dry ingredients into a separate large mixing bowl. Add cinnamon to taste. Toss in the blueberries and continue to mix well. (2 cups self-rising flour)

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5. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix until smooth and free of any clumps.IMG_0011

6. Now you are ready to cook. Add oil to the skillet or you can use butter. Just make sure the you grease the entire pan.

  • make sure you put the burner on low setting.

7. Your thick mixture will seem thicker due to the yogurt and self rising flour. Add a few spoonfuls to the pan. IMG_0012

8. Give the cook time about a minute then flip it over and cook until it looks brown or however you like your cakes.

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9. Plate your tasty cakes and enjoy the SAVORY taste with ZERO added sugars.

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  • you can add a WOW factor by topping them with sliced bananas instead of syrup.

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Detox Teas To Lose Belly Fat….Success Or Failure?

Welcome to the first edition of Self-Improvement Sunday:

Detox teas are all the rage with fitness buffs as well as dieters. With so many choices out there how do you know which ones really work? I mean they aren’t cheap so you really need to understand what you are getting. Here is a guide to making your choice of teas and then I will share my experience.

Purpose- why should we drink detox teas?

  • the liver is a vital organ in cleansing your body of toxins and pollutants. A poor functioning liver could cause major health issues. Including but not limited to hormonal imbalances, cirrhosis of the liver, and an increased risk for cancer. So if your liver isn’t detoxifying properly it will become clogged. A good detox tea could help your liver eliminate the harmful agents.

Methods- what other methods are there besides drinking detox tea?

  • According to Jackson Blatner, the best detoxification plans follow a pattern of eating fruits,vegetables and whole grains that are fresh, raw and organic, while eliminating sugar, caffeine, fats, refined carbohydrates and other toxic substances. So if you are planning on detoxing the right way, you should not be detoxing and eating fries, milkshakes and other fatty foods. Be committed to the process even if you just decide to detox for a specific amount of time. Give your body the break from the norm to rebuild and be healthy.

Digestion- how do the teas help you do this better?

  • Most detox tea systems have ingredients that encourage elimination by getting into the digestive track and cleaning it out. A good detox tea will come in loose leaves and will need to be steeped. If it is in a tea bag, you may not want to use it. Your tea should look like this before being steeped:

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Weight Loss-can you lose weight while detoxing?

  • Have you tried diet after diet and most of them result in some weight loss but then you return to the previous weight within a matter of a short time? Well your lack of success could be due to your body being full of toxins. This makes your body have to work overtime because it’s already trying to clear out the guck from your liver and now you want to throw healthy eating in on top of that. Your body has to make a choice and it will without a doubt decide to clean out your liver hence, you don’t  lose weight.
  • incorporating a detoxing regiment along with a healthy diet will produce some amazing results that your body will love you for.

 

~~ Ok so now you understand the benefits of drinking detox tea, now onto my experience with detox teas. My choice of tea is Flat Tummy Tea   http://flattummytea.com/

I’ve been drinking the tea since Monday and I’ve lost 5.7 llbs! I don’t feel as bloated and it has definitely helped in elimination (TMI, I’m sorry). I can already see a difference in my stomach and I look forward to the end result. I did purchase the 4 week pack and I am following a healthy diet. I would show you a before picture, but

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I am loving these Katy Perry blurbs…lol

I would rather not do so at the moment because I want to see my end result first. So here is a review video on flat tummy tea by Ambre Renee a You Tuber that I follow: She sold me on it.

What You Get & What It Does

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Taken daily along with breakfast. It tastes amazing. I use sweetener or Agave Nectar for extra taste.

 

  • Drink in the mornings with breakfast
  • Speed your metabolism
  • Reduce your bloating
  • Suppress your appetite
  • Charge your immune system
  • Boost your energy
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The night time cleanse taken every 2nd day during week one then every 3rd day after that.

 

  • Drink every couple of nights
  • Detoxify your system
  • Reduce your bloating
  • Decrease your water retention
  • Cleanse your digestive system

Cost

  • The two week pack cost  $32
  • The four week pack cost $46

How many of you are using a detox tea? What brand do you use?

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