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…

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!

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. 💜

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.

Vegas Gardening | What’s Growing

Dusk is one of my favorite times to wander around in my garden. 

I thought I’d take you along with me and give you a bit of an informal tour to show you what’s currently growing and what you can discover when you look more closely. 

It’s easy to miss produce ready to harvest or a plant that is giving you clues it needs help (before it’s too late!). Taking a couple moments to slow down and ‘look’ is key. It’s also a great way to wind down from the day and ground yourself amongst Nature, who rushes for no one. 

Green Beans!

I missed taking a picture of the plants themselves, I was so happy for my harvest! I'd earlier seen 2 beans ready to be picked so I went to grab them and then sat down and started looking. A bunch more were hiding! They blend in with the leaves. lol.

First Tomatoes!

I was not expecting to see 'red' amongst my tomato plants yet. What a happy surprise! I checked my records but still can't seem to figure out what variety these are. lol. Bigger than a Juliet tomato but smaller than a Roma. All I know is they definitely aren't the Yellow Pear tomatoes I thought I planted here. haha.

Anaheim Peppers

Still a small plant but it's cranking out peppers so quickly! Look how many there are only days away from being ready to harvest. Time to start thinking of what to make with them. AND I have 4 more plants just like this one...

Basil

I love basil so much that I planted 5 varieties, or so. They are really starting to take off! I am determined to keep up on pruning them this season so they stay healthy and to make sure I don't miss out on any of their yumminess! Pesto, dressings and salad greens are my favorite uses. This variety is the more traditional Sweet Basil and has larger leaves.

Chamomile

This plant has the SMALLEST seeds I've ever seen! And the resulting seedlings are just as tiny and frail. Mine didn't survive the transplanting. THIS plant I bought from Star Nursery and it's exploded. I can't wait to harvest the buds to make my favorite tea of all time. 🙂

Calendula

These guys are doing so well, it's a joy to see all the blooms and pop of color they bring. I grew them indoors from seeds and look at the growth!

The New Bed

This, the New Bed as I call it, was bare just a few short months ago. This Spring/Summer growing season is the first planting in this bed that I built over the Winter. Do you see all that's growing?! Dill, Green Onions, Sunflowers, Basil, Bell Peppers, Asparagus and some baby seedlings I'm not exactly sure of right now.

Eggplant

I've already harvested 2 fruits from this young heat loving plant. Do you see all of the babies? There are at least 6 of them that I need to keep a watch on, the sooner you harvest the more the plant will produce. Waiting for them to get bigger is not better. More blossoms are already popping up!

Sunflower

This little-er guy could easily be overshadowed by the giant 9 footers he's growing in the shadow of. But I spotted him blooming AND he's facing my yard! 🙂

Can you spot him?

Here's the wide angle view. Do you see the one that's hiding? Look closely!

Oro Blanco Grapefruit

Looks like limes right now but nope, this is the most amazingly delicious Oro Blanco variety of grapefruit. It's a 2 year old tree and last year was it's first season with us - produced a solitary fruit and OMG was it ever good. Now I am happy to see there are a bunch, I hope they do well!

Lemongrass

First time growing this plant but it's doing wonderfully well! I'm excited for the tea I'll be able to make with the leaves. It's also a perennial and as I'm really trying to find edible plants that are longer lived than annual, I'm very pleased it likes the space it's growing in.

Fig Tree (I forget the variety)

This new tree has had 1 fig on it for several months now. I took a closer look and saw it is now bursting with figs! Do you see them too?

Aloe

What a recovery this plant has made! It sat in a tiny pot on the patio for a year, randomly being watered. It had grown to bursting from the seams and all brown. I pulled away all the babies and gave it some space in a 5 gallon pot (that my nectarine tree came in). It not only recovered with good dirt and consistent irrigation, look at all the new babies! If this keeps up I'll be able to start using aloe in my smoothies. Sweet!

Nectarine Trees

Sun set behind them but these 3 different varieties of nectarine trees are filled with fruit getting super close to harvest. I need to keep a close eye on them as the birds will poke holes to check for ripeness and then BAM! when they are ripe, it's game over.

Nectarine Fruit

Not a great image sadly, as it was getting dark but you get the idea. Currently than a golf ball but smaller than a pool ball.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of my yard at dusk! If you like this closer look at my garden and would like me to do it again as the season progresses, let me know. 😊

Dill Nut Cheese | Plant Based Raw

My Anniversary Month trip to Canada with my husband (of 19 years 💝) was a culinary experience to remember!

One of the highlights from our time in Vancouver BC was the discovery and visit to this plant based cafe in North Van. It was also our very first time boarding the Sea Bus for a fun 20 minute ride over. We didn’t have to go far from the water, which was great since we were on foot. The ‘port’, or so it seemed to be one to me, had a buzzing with activity boardwalk and mall, jam packed with a wide variety of shops, cafes, including a Kombucha growler refilling hang out and a farmers market stand. The Plaza outside had great views over the water looking back out at Downtown Vancouver. 

I got goosebumps as soon as we walked through the doors of Cafe by Tao. I was jumping out of my skin with excitement and sheer bliss looking at the products on the shelves and in the cooler, already dreaming of how much I could carry away with me.

Not to mention reading the menu…Ahhhhhh.

If you think I’m exaggerating, just ask Kerwin. He was right there watching me and laughing.
Who knew 2 years ago that I’d be so excited over (non pasta, non pastry, non potato chips, non cheesecake) food?! I certainly didn’t.

Here’s a video flashback to afterwards, as we were leaving.

Now that the stage is set…the reason for ‘this’ blog LOL is to share a raw food win – I made the ‘to die for’ Dill Nut Cheese for the first time today and am in heaven!

It tastes almost exactly as I remember it!

I spread it, nice and thick, on the matching ‘to die for’ raw onion bread I had a freshly made batch of. Pictured ⬇️. Needing a tasty topping for the bread is what actually triggered me to finally pull up this recipe and give it a go.

It’s food like this that makes me laugh when I tell people I eat raw and they say “oh. Don’t you get tired of eating salads?” Nope. lol. 

Part of this life journey I’m on is about celebrating the joys, wins, and delicious food, so instead of simply sharing a picture on Facebook, I am choosing to savor this moment with an intentional post.

For this Dill Cheese recipe and more check out Cafe by Tao!

I promise I’ll share more about our day and incredible eating experience at Cafe by Tao in another post. 😊

Nothing Like Tea & Pastries

On a cold night in Vegas...

It’s fun to be able to say that. I almost thought the Winter season was over but the snow, winds and below freezing temps (just barely mind you 😉) have done their sneaky thing, as is often the case in February.

Out comes the tea and ‘pastries’, or in my world, these yummy snacks that are better known as Joie Bites. This creamy, sweet, richness that, until yesterday I’d forgotten how to make, is the perfect compliment to my Cinnamon Roobois Chai tea from David’s Tea. 

I’m not a big fan of chotzky souvenirs when traveling, instead I like to get things that we’ll use. This lovely tea cup with lid and loose tea brewing insert (I’m sure it has a more proper name than that lol) is the perfect memory of cozy mornings in our condo sipping tea as we journaled. 

I don’t need a mug that says YVR to help me remember our #CanadaTrip holiday. ☺️

It makes me happy to think back on our trip. It’s the reason we do what we do – to travel, explore and create amazing memories together! Having items out and visible to serve as these reminders is a wonderful thing – it keeps me focused and on track building my side gig.

Mel Robbins calls these visible reminders Positive Triggers in her Mindset Reset program. Check it out here! It’s available on demand replay and is incredibly beneficial. Best thing I did to kick off 2019 was signing up for her free program!

Or….it might actually be tied for top spot with my decision to start my 160 day eating Raw & Living foods challenge. Today is Day 51! And OMG, I had to get a calculator out to add up the days, it’s already flying by. 🤩

Signing off now so I can go feed the babies 🐶🐶🐶🐶! Till next blog…

For fun tips and healthy recipes you can follow me and my friends here: Joy, Wellness and Women. Creating a Vibrant Life You Love!

Cheers!

Holey Jeans

What's up with Holey Jeans?

I guess some people, maybe most LOL, call them ripped jeans but I've always considered them holey. Growing up I loved to get a new pair of fresh, bright jeans WITHOUT holes. I'm still not onboard with this trend that apparently has now become mainstream. I wear them begrudgingly and it drives me crazy that they put the holes around the knees, like does no one ever kneel down and make the hole BIGGER?! Sheesh.

On to the topic at hand! 😜

I’m home and wearing Holey Jeans!

Not a fan of jeans with holes 🕳 (haha, love this emoji that popped up) but it’s rather difficult to find a pair without holes nowadays. What’s your take on holes, are you for or against them? 

That being said, I’m celebrating that I work for myself, have no dress code and it’s warm enough back here at home to be able to wear holey jeans! 🥳😃

I just returned from a FANTASTIC Canadian 🇨🇦 holiday with my honey, in this our anniversary month, but my legs FROZE in jeans, even my only long length pair without holes. 

Side note….I think I will start calling him “my husband” when referring to him in public. He’s always been “my honey” to me but I believe #marriedliferocks so I’m going to make sure everyone knows he’s my partner, best friend, other half and HUSBAND of 19 years! 💍

We braved crazy temps, saw incredible views, ate TONS of yummy food and I came home weighing 1/2 lb lighter .😎

•More blogs and pics to come!

Time to start planning our next trip! Where shall we go….? 😉🌍🗺 What favorite location or trip have YOU taken? Please share and give me some ideas! 

Looking for a way to work from home, travel and have more time for what matters most? 

These 45 seconds below sum up what has given me the freedom and health to live the life I do. If you’d like to know more, comment below or private message me, I’m happy to share!