Discovery of The Holy Grail

Happy and in my element, the garden of course 😊, it’s a gorgeous day and I spontaneously snap this pic. The sunshine felt so good on my face! I was reminded of an earlier intention I had shared – to take more photos of me, just because.☺️💜 So here it is.

I wasn’t always a fan of selfies, or photos of me AT ALL. Hard to believe?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I’ll never forget the moment 7 years ago when I looked in the mirror and thought 💭 “THIS is why women wear foundation. THIS is what getting old looks like. If you won’t use Botox, harsh chemicals or get a face lift, you better get used to it.” A bit harsh but such was my thought.

I was not loving my skin and never left the house without makeup; I was aging too quickly, stress from work and a poor diet had all left their mark. My face was ashy, pale, tired and sagging. I really was quite discouraged and sad.

So when my husband brought home a bottle of anti-aging night cream I immediately said “NO, I’m not putting THAT on my face!”

Yup, I surely did.😂🤷🏼‍♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I was a non-product user, who didn’t wash her face outside of the shower and KNEW nothing worked that didn’t have toxic ingredients. To top it all off, after all my years in the Corp World I was a die hard skeptic. It simply COULDN’T be revolutionary, like my husband said it was. Nope. Nothing is.

Kerwin had gotten the bottle from a co-worker, another guy no less LOL which I find funny, and brought it home for me to try as he was interested in the business. Married life…

He wouldn’t let it go so I finally broke down and used it to prove him wrong. For 4 days I cried about the scent, complained how I didn’t like how it tightened my skin, wouldn’t take a picture – what for?, reminded him I was juicing so of course anything I MIGHT see I would attribute to the juice. Sheesh, I was a tough case! 🤦🏼‍♀️

The morning of the 5th day comes around and I look in the mirror after rinsing off my face in the shower. My skin was visibly brighter. Juicing worked!

Gave him the bottle back and tried to forget all about it. My husband had other plans. A few weeks later, he comes back with the bottle AGAIN and this time says “You’re not juicing, try it again.”

Sigh…..

Fast forward to the morning of the 5th day, second time round and guess what, my face WAS brighter. Hmmm 🧐…what could it be?

There was quietly a burst of HOPE and a ‘what if’ in my head 💭 now. If 4 nights did that, what would 30 nights be like?? What if it was even better? Would it be worth the risk to find out?

After researching to my hearts content, which included reading the scientific white papers (not something I recommend, by the way), who does that?! my skeptic heart was happily blown away to find that this cream passed muster with flying colors.

Turns out the scent wasn’t so bad after all. I mean, the dogs loved it and they would know, right? 😉 Then I figured if I put it on just as I got into bed I wouldn’t even know my face was tight. At least it wasn’t green. LOL.

I did this for 30 nights and I’ll be honest and say that when I looked in the mirror I was ecstatic. I had found The Holy Grail!

I looked like I’d had a face lift without the surgery, expense or scars. I didn’t have deep wrinkles to disappear but gravity had been reversed and there was color in my face again; the tiredness was gone and oh my gosh the best part was how I FELT. I left the house makeup free and wasn’t self conscious. On the contrary, I kinda wanted to show off. 😋Like when you get a gorgeous new dress, you want to wear everywhere and anywhere just because you love it. That was me and my younger looking face. 💜😌

Now, I’m almost 7 years older and I STILL have the confidence to be makeup free, without apology. It’s not an “I don’t care” attitude when I use #nomakeup on a selfie, it’s actually a celebration. A celebration of confidence and gratitude and a serious wish for every woman to have this feeling.

Yes, beauty IS only skin deep but come on, let’s be real, it absolutely affects how we feel about ourselves, no matter how much self care and personal development we do. How we look matters. It’s not everything by any means but why do we spend so much time on the cut, color, design lines and pattern of our clothes if looks don’t make a difference in how we feel and how we’re able to show up in our life?

Sorry, I digress.

Since that first Night cream there have been formula changes and enhancements as new science and new botanical sources are discovered so the newest AGE IQ formulation is even better. The scent is now light, creamy and spa-like, the dogs still love it and when my face tightens it’s a familiar reminder that I’m going to wake up feeling great about my skin; I’m rather attached to it. I will even apply it before boarding a red eye flight so I can be sure to arrive without looking like I had a sleepless night. 😁 Thank goodness it goes on and stays on Clear! 

If you want to truly SEE The Holy Grail results for yourself, then click here. The other thing to know is, it’s risk free. If you aren’t thrilled with your results after 30 days you can send the bottle back for a refund. 

Or you can order a free sample here if you are skeptical and want to do the same 4 night Feel It experience I did. 

**I do recommend you take your picture. Please. Don’t be like me. 😉 I’ve learned my lesson over and over again and I do have results pictures from other products as they were launched but not from the original, flagship product that changed everything for me. 🤷🏼‍♀️😏 Lots of other people followed directions though and you can see THEIR results here.

The business behind these killer skincare and now wellness products is how I fund my product addictions (among things LOL) We have lots more products now and there are two of us so FREE certainly helps! How I got roped into the business side of things is a whole other story.

to be continued…

Spicy Asian Peanut Sauce

This recipe was an accidental discovery but it was soooo delicious that I had to pause and write the recipe down in Evernote real quick before I even sat down to eat. I didn’t want to forget anything!

**side note for full disclosure is that I’ve been known to not write recipes down, forget where I found a receipe or intend it write it down in the morning and then….it’s really painful when it turned out to be an incredibly tasty dish that you can’t recreate. Ugh. Kerwin has not been happy with me.

That is NOT happening with this one!

What makes this recipe even better is that it doesn’t actually have any “peanuts” in it! hahaha! I really don’t like peanuts and I know many people are also allergic to them. I have a theory on that….but that’s a topic for another blog. 🙂

Oh yeah, and did I say it’s super simple? It is!

Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbl Creamy Raw Almond Butter (plus a little extra to taste)
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce or Liquid Aminos (gluten free)
  • 2 Tbl Honey
  • 1 Tbl Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3 – 4 Garlic Cloves, minced (note: we do love garlic!)
  • 3 tsp Sriracha sauce (start with 1 tsp and work your way up. The heat epends on the brand of sauce you use.)

Directions:

Simply add all ingredients to a bowl, stir together, taste and adjust flavors to your preference.

To make it a quick meal – I sauteed up a generous amount of some chopped purple cabbage and sliced red onions with a tiny bit of sesame oil.

I used 4 Ramen ‘cakes’ for the noodles, so we could have leftovers for lunch the next day. (I love doing meal prep this way! lol.) I cooked them for 7 minutes, the first 2 minutes was waiting for the noodles to soften so they could be separated and then 5 minutes of separating the noodles and stirring until they were done. The cook fast and go very quickly from perfect to mushy so keep a close eye on them and do taste tests. It’s easy to lose track of time while focused on separately noodles so I always set the timer.

•I plan to try spiralized Sweet Potatoes as the noodles next time. I’ll try and remember to come back and update this post with the results.

 

Where to find the Ingredients & The Brands I use~

 

•Ramen Noodle – Louts Foods Millet & Brown Rice

For the noodles I used the Lotus Foods brand with brown rice and millet instead of white/wheat flours.

Sometimes you can find them at Costco but if not available in your area, you can get them at the link below:

Lotus Foods Organic Rice Ramen Noodles Millet & Brown – 10 oz

•Soy Sauce – Ohsawa Nama Shoyu

My favorite Soy Sauce! Unpasteurized, Organic and No Preservatives.

The most “raw” soy sauce I’ve found and with a rich depth of flavor. I never ‘cook’ it over heat, I save it for the final application to season your dish or in unheated recipes to better appreciate it’s flavor. 🙂

Sadly, it’s no longer available at any of my local stores. You can get it on Amazon but I like this site, Vitacost (link below), as they often times have sales, so I wait and then stock up. 🙂

Ohsawa Organic Nama Shoyu – 32 fl oz

•Sriracha Sauce – Wildbrine, Probiotic Kimchi Sriracha  – Double Fermented

This stuff is the bomb! Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free & Unpasteurized! Yippee!

I found it at our local Whole Foods but for the label reference, here’s the Amazon link – I didn’t see anything other than this 8 pack available at the time I looked. But why not stock up?? We are now using this as our go-to hot sauce. More than heat, compared to other sriracha’s, this one has FLAVOR.

• Raw Almond Butter, Creamy

You can find Raw Almond Butter at several natural type grocery stores, like Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Natural Grocers and Whole Foods.

And at even more places you can find ‘non-Raw’ Almond Butter. The flavor isn’t the same but it could do in a pinch.

There is quite a range in price point as well and ‘sometimes’ the price is indicitive of the incredible flavor and, stick to the roof of your mouth, creaminess. Other times, it’s just a high price. lol.

Watch for the word “raw”, if you don’t see it, it’s not raw. Look at the back label and make sure there is only 1 ingredient listed – Almonds.

For standard dishes my go to is Trader Joe’s brand as they have an unbeatable price here in town at $5.99 / jar. It’s Unsalted and Unsweetened, only 1 ingredient.

Why it’s such a higher price on Amazon, I’ve no idea.

 

But if you’re want a nicer quality for special occasions I like this brand.

Windy City Organics Dastony鈩 Almond Butter – 16 oz 

If I’ve left any details out, or you have questions please let me know!

I would truly love to hear back once you made this dish, even just the sauce. I hope you LOVE it as much as we do!

Twisted Green Smoothie

I am super proud of this new flavor discovery! A while back I made this coffee frappuccino that rivaled and, to me at least, beat Starbucks version. It was my saving grace over the summer, I drank soooo many of them! Problem was I don’t know what happened to the recipe. You think  you’ll always remember it because it tasted so good and you made it so many times but all the recipes made in between until Summer came round again, blurred the memories. 

I haven’t found anything that came close…until now. To be clear, this recipe below ISN’T the flavor but….it’s even better! Woohooo! 😃 And that is saying something! Plus, this one has greens in it which the former version definitely didn’t.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooled Coffee (I take the leftovers from the mornings pot and put it in a mason jar in the fridge, once it’s cooled off)
  • 2 cups Spinach (I keep a bag in the freezer)
  • 6-8 Medjool Dates (adjust to your taste)
  • 2 Tbl Hemp Seeds (also stored in the freezer)
  • 2 Tbl Almond Butter
  • 3 cups Coffee Ice Cubes
Edit 7/31/2019- I’ve since further enhanced this recipe:
  • 3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 2 tsp Raw Maca Powder
  • 1/4 tsp He Shou Wu Extract (Completely optional. This extract is of benefit to get additional longevity superfoods in your diet but not crucial to the enhanced flavor.)
Add all ingredients to the blender, in the order listed for best results, and blend until smooth.
 
**Cacao Nibs would also be a great addition if you want some chocolate flavor and a boost of Jing energy (Cacao is one of the, if not THE, top longevity superfoods.). Also, a few mint leaves thrown in would be tasty too (only if you haven’t already added the Peppermint EO).
 
This is light and refreshing with a bit of a coffee boost and hit of protein with the yummy spinach and hemp seeds. The lack of a banana keeps this smoothie from not being so heavy, the almond butter adds the creaminess and some fat to help you feel satiated.
 
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
 
This cup is actually Yellow. LOL

Joie Is…Wild Horses

This pair of beauties came strolling down the trail as I arrived at the trailhead with Ian. I was delayed from heading out on our hike for a while as I was mesmorized watching them.

They were even closer on our return! It was so inspiring to see them!

Guys, THIS is why the speed limits are what they are. It’s not for road conditions, it’s for the hikers and wildlife that may be crossing the road or wondering alongside.

2 horses were killed just a bit earlier this year, a momma and later one of her babies. So tragic and such unnecessary loss of life.

Hopefully this stallions flirting with the mare will result in a Spring foal!

Body Image

When you look at yourself in the mirror what does the voice in your head say?

I focus so much on wellness and how I physically feel, the energy I have, the foods I eat and the importance of the choices I make and yet for me, all of those things are in no way shape or form driven by body image.

Perhaps you find that hard to believe? Well that’s why I am writing this blog, to share with you the story behind that comment in the hopes that it will be impactful for you in your own life and maybe inspire you to look at things a little differently. It was only by doing that myself that everything changed.

What exactly IS Body Image?

Body Image is how we SEE, FEEL, THINK and BEHAVE as it relates to our bodies – our shape, weight and perceived ‘looks’. Impacted to a huge degree by the media, books, curated Instagram feeds and perfect celebrities.

Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel. ~Kevin Trudeau

My Journey

I began my journey to greater health while EXCLUDING my weight and my looks as a focus. Yup. I actually flat out said that weight loss was NOT on the table when I started my challenge.

Don’t get me wrong, I had loooooonnngg wanted to lose weight and did not have a positive body image at all but nothing else had worked up till then so I decided to change things up a bit and focus on what was really the driving force behind everything; for me it was Energy, or the lack thereof.

I gave myself this permission to not focus on the weight by telling myself that IF after this challenge I hadn’t lost a single pound but I FELT stronger, more alive and with ENERGY that I’d be completely OK. This wasn’t “just talk”, it came from deep in my gut. In order to set myself up for success and not quit after the 1st week when the numbers on the scale didn’t change, I knew I truly had to be okay with it. Then I said I’d be able to tackle the weight and hit the gym, once I had the energy.

Interestingly enough, letting go of the mental anxiety about my weight, the never-ending beating myself up about it and hating the reflection in the mirror made a HUGE difference in my mental state. I really started to change the story I was telling myself. I grew to deeply appreciate my body. As I changed my eating habits I could see just how AMAZING my body has been for soooo many years taking care of me while I wasn’t even giving it the best tools to do so.

I could feel my body respond and heal with every passing day, it was exciting and so deeply inspiring.

The weight started to fall off. I didn’t exercise. I didn’t count calories. And many days I actually pigged out.

Now when I look in the mirror I say “thank you, I love you. You are beautiful and so amazing and I appreciate that you never let me down”.

Am I the weight I’d like to be? Nope. Will I ever be? Who knows. Perhaps the target will continue to change. Am I perfectly shaped like the curated Influencer feeds on Instagram? Nope. You say “But you look great, you’ve lost tons of weight, OF COURSE you feel better about yourself!”. True, I did lose a lot of weight, it took time and dedication though as like I said, weight loss wasn’t the goal and yet I know that the ONLY reason I did was because first I let go and secondly I started telling myself a different story.

My challenge to you is this:

Pay attention to what you are telling yourself. Change the story first, follow that up with daily actions (however big or small) and choices, that demonstrate you DO love yourself and your amazing body and watch what happens….Magic. Your life will change in ways you can’t even begin to imagine! Mine sure did.

I am writing a book on the full story of my journey to share the details and document it for posterity so I never forget. But I wanted to share a bit of it here, now, as I see so many people around me struggling, hiding in their clothes and looking for the one right diet. I urge you – don’t wait! Start now. Make a simple change, do one thing each day to show love, compassion and grace to yourself. Then please come back and tell me about your experience so I can celebrate with you!

For additional tips and a positive community you’re invited to join the Joy, Wellness & Women group, follow me on Facebook and Instagram or reach out below with your questions. I’m happy to help you!

Joie Is…being proud of yourself

being proud of yourself

This was a special moment to me. I haven’t set up a vendor table in a long while and this new design was inspired by a photo a friend shared. I had to tackle the great unknown Hobby Lobby to find what I was looking for. gulp! That was a huge win all on it’s own! LOL. I was happy I pulled it all together, showed up, dressed as me and spoke to the group. Proud side gig business owner moment! 🙂

What moment in your business has recently made you feel proud of yourself? Post a picture of it! Inspire me and everyone who sees it. 💜

Better Than Coffee!

Neora’s EHT®  Brain Formula—Launched July 21st, 2015. Where were YOU?

To date it’s been just over 60 days since I picked up my first 3 boxes of EHT® Brain Formula at the FedEx office, where my husband and I had a mini celebration. Well, it was a major celebration but we tried to keep it quiet as I did a little dance, took pictures and filmed a short video, or two, to commemorate the moment. 😜

EHT- The Arrival

WHAT IS EHT®?

Since we all know I’m not a scientist and I know you all are wondering what exactly IS EHT® Brain Formula, so here it is:

The aging process can take a toll on brain function. Over time, vital neuronal connections weaken, which can cause memory loss, slower reaction times and diminished alertness. EHT® Brain Formula helps protect against mental decline with a groundbreaking formula that is powered by our exclusive, patented EHT® extract, a natural mixture of bioactive molecules isolated from coffee. Fortified with other rejuvenating ingredients, including vitamins B6, B12, D, magnesium, selenium, Huperzine A (which increases focus) and the antioxidant lipoic acid, this supplement helps promote better cognitive function and overall brain health.*

Ingredients List

 

EHT and ME

My results have been nothing less than spectacular!

Energy – All day sustained energy like I don’t recall having since I was a kid.
Mental Focus, Clarity and SPEED– my thoughts are just flying right along. Funny way I noticed it, almost right away, was with decision making while driving. It’s easier, I respond quicker, I don’t hesitate, I see what’s coming ahead, I decide and go. Race car driver in the making! (wink) LOL.
Memory – I keep track of short term things much easier now. Where did I put…? Yup, I know the answer now. When you walk into a room and can’t remember why you’re there? Not so much now. 🙂
Vibrant Colors– it may be a seemingly less important side benefit but it’s true! Everything is brighter now, like the color dial has been turned up a notch. It stopped me in my tracks one day as I looked at a sunset and was blown away. I LOVE my brighter, sharper, bolder world! 🙂 

That’s all well and good, fantastic actually. However….there’s more!

Recall – Now that it’s been 2 months I’m noticing my Recall has also started to improve. The benefit of improved recall was one HUGE reason why I was personally so excited when I learned about EHT®.

Difficulty with recall has long been a challenge for me. I don’t know exactly when the improvements first started but I’ve noticed that now I’m able to think back and recall names, details and information, on my own, that I just flat out couldn’t before. I would argue with Kerwin that no I’ve never done that before, no I never went there, no, no, no…. and truly believe it was the truth. 🤷🏼‍♀️ There was zero memory I could recall on the situation in question until my husband would start triggering my memory by saying – “you wore…., we went with…, saw…., remember you did…., we talked about…” and with his prompting,  basically doing the recall for me, all of the sudden my brain could pull up the memory.

The only way I can think to describe the overall effect of EHT® on my life is it’s like the individual pieces of the puzzle that is my life are all coming together in harmony now, instead of being scattered every which way. Imagine opening a 2,000 piece puzzle box and dumping the contents on the table and then trying to find one specific piece, edge pieces are challenging enough, imagine trying to find a specific non-edge piece amongst 2,000. 😫 That was my brain before EHT® .

Now it’s like the scene in Sleeping Beauty where the fairies are waving their wands and brooms, cake ingredients and fabric are all floating up in the air in front of and around them, perfectly controlled. I know exactly where “almost” every piece is now and can match them up with other pieces as needed while also creating new images and ideas.

It’s incredible!

What does the future hold for me, and my husband, at 90 days and beyond? Wow, that’s crazily exciting to think about although I’m almost scared to imagine more.

Don’t wait for my story to unfold, you can start writing your own story NOW! Order Your EHT Here!

You know you’ve got something that makes brilliant business sense when it’s patented and the company you’re partnered with has the exclusive worldwide rights to it, as is the case with EHT® and Neora. Be sure to check out the exploding side gig opportunity: Why Neora Why Now

I am so blessed and proud beyond words can express to be a Brand Partner with this company and to be able to share this amazing scientific discovery with people everywhere. What will this do to change the world and the people in it? I know it’s changed mine already and the beautiful stories of the impact it’s having to personal friends and their families makes me cry tears of joy.

Seriously, as you look back it’s going to be- Where were YOU when EHT® Brain Formula was released?

Stay tuned for future updates as my story continues to unfold..😁

Pick up day, May 17, 2017
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Gordon Setters in the Garden

Curious dogs are Gordon Setters. They very much love to explore their world, right noticing every little thing.

My garden plan not only took them into consideration, they were able and are the reason for many of the elements. I wanted them to have fun in their yard, have interesting things to sniff and look at, while also creating a more hospitable space for them so they could enjoy time outdoors, even in the summer Vegas heat (within reason of course). It brings me joy to see them happy and enjoying their home. ☺️

Here they are in around and about in the yard or, as the overall plan in the yard is for it to be mainly edible, I like to call it all my garden.

Fruit trees that I wanted were planted 2 feet away from the wall to allow the dogs to go completely around the tree, while also using them as pee posts. ☺️ A win for all of us!

Year 1~

Year 2

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Grass in the desert is a big one. Yes, I love grass too but would I be so determined to grow it otherwise? Even in the dead of summer it NEVER gets to hot for 🐾 and it drops the air temperature around 10-15°.

Shade! This one was huge for me too. Now that the trees are growing I am really seeing and feeling the benefit. You don’t even have to be sitting in the shade, it just creates a cool, welcoming space.

And Gordons can find any sliver of shade in the yard. Lol.

I was excited to plant our first tree- an Elm. It was a huge hit right from the start!

 

 

Note where they are laying…☺️

And then there’s Elly May – our sunshine girl 😍

Veggie Garden!

They all love their veggies and will raid a tomato 🍅 right off the vine, without even damaging the plant or you even knowing it was there.

Ian is already claiming the garden as his space. Lol.

Now that the resident rat 🐀 has moved on the boys are back to their very gentle, trainable selves and are enjoying time with me in the garden, staying on the paths as they sniff away looking for ripe veggies.

“Please mom, can we come in with you?”

Joie Is…Larkin and his Happy Place

Do you have a happy place? Larkin does.

Every morning there is a crush to get outside. I barely am allowed time to put on a robe and use the restroom before opening the door for the dogs to go out and greet the day.

Larkin grabs his toy and waits by the back door. He runs out and goes straight to “his” corner of the grass or his bed and lays down, holding the toy in his mouth. Doesn’t even make usage of a pee post first.

THIS is his happy place. He will lay there for an hour or two. Sometimes he’ll get up and move from one spot to the other, or change out the toy he’s holding but then he settles right back down and enjoys his morning.

It is such a joy to watch him.

Guest Blogger|Loya Riggan|Hypnotherapy and Gardening – 6 Similarities They Share

I’m pleased to share with you this blog post from my friend Loya Riggan, showing some of the benefits of one of my favorite activities– Gardening! Happy reading!

 

Is there a correlation between hypnotherapy and gardening?  There definitely is!

 
I’ll name six things they both have in common.

 

  1. Both gardening and hypnotherapy will put you in a pleasant state of mind – a trance, if you will. In fact, gardening, flowers, trees and nature are often used in hypnotherapy, due to the calming condition it creates.
  2. During hypnotherapy, a person has a heightened focus and concentration, and I believe the same can be said of one who is gardening.
  3. Hypnotherapy is planting a seed in someone’s subconscious and gardening also may include planting seeds! Both grow roots and they blossom and flower into something beautiful.
  4. With continued cultivation of both, you will have a lovely garden or a lovely mind. Both make life so much more amazing.
  5. Gardening and hypnotherapy get rid of the thorns and weeds, that can, at times, take over the garden (or mind) and create an unattractive state of being.
  6. Hypnotherapy and gardening are both forms of therapy.

I’ll end this blog in the words of the infamous Joe Dirt played by David Spade,

“Life’s a garden – Dig it!”  

Loya Riggan, CH

Hypnotherapist

Dynamic Mindset Hypnosis

www.loyariggan.com

If you’d like to chat, you can reach me at 702-802-1291 or loyashypnosis@gmail.com