Friday, August 31, 2007

The People's Princess


She came to us as if in a fairy tale~ Diana, Princess of Wales~ the wedding seen around the world. When I first saw her, she was marrying Prince Charles. I couldn't help but ask myself, "She's marrying him?" He just didn't seem like a good match for her. It's funny how first impressions are usually correct.


Those were the days when a shy and awkward Diana somehow transformed herself into a swan. The princess who didn't know how to dress suddenly developed her own sense of style. She became for England what Jacqueline Kennedy became for our nation. Reporters and cameras all wanted to see what she was wearing and how she was wearing it. But like Jackie Kennedy, being beautiful and having style did not prevent their husbands from straying into the arms of someone else.

Life with Charles was very difficult for the lonely princess who was caught in a marriage of three. She shook up parliament and shocked the world when she decided to put an end to her marriage to Charles, because theirs was the first divorce in the history of royalty. If Diana had spent her entire life as the princess that was married to Charles, she never would have become the princess the whole world holds dear to their heart.

It was a newspaper reporter who convinced Diana that she should use her status for good. The princess decided to go out to the people and the rest is history. She found a new way to live and changed the way of royalty and parliament forever.

Among her greatest works are an anti-landmine campaign and her quest to bring peace, love, and compassion to all, including people who have leprosy or AIDS.


  (This is the famous picture of Princess Diana, shaking the hand of an HIV patient.)  

"HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug: Heaven knows they need it." ~Diana, Princess of Wales 

   "Being constantly in the public eye gives me a special responsibility, particularly that of using the impact of photographs to transmit a message, to sensitize the word to an important cause, to defend certain values." ~Diana, Princess of Wales

Ten months before her death, Diana wrote this letter... but parliament chose to ignore it~ or cover it up...



"I am sitting here at my desk today, longing for someone to hug me and encourage me to keep strong and hold my head up high.~This particular phase in my ife is the most dangerous~ my husband is planning "an accident" in my car, brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry Camille."



Diana~ the Princess who began her marriage with a sapphire instead of a diamond~ the Princess who proved that it is ok to be a Princess without a Prince. Diana~ the People's Princess... She lived her life like a candle blowing in the wind.


Thursday, August 23, 2007

Caja De Sorpresas

I had such a hard time getting to sleep last night. When that happens, it usually means that something is going on with my children, but I didn't get that kind of vibe last night. I tried to get comfortable, but I kept tossing and turning, and when I felt as if I might be going to sleep, something/someone woke me up to go to the bathroom~~not once but several times~~even after I had just gone!!
OK, God! What are you trying to tell me? I sat up and took out my Bible from the drawer next to my bed. I opened the Bible and looked for the three dollars that I had placed in there in faith. I touched the money in prayer, confident that God was going to help me to stretch my money for all of my needs. I was at peace about that, but why was I still wide awake? It was almost 3:00 in the morning. What? What was God trying to tell me? I looked through my Bible for marked passages. I opened and re-opened the Bible to see if there was a word somewhere, but no. 
Maybe there was something on TV? Nothing but info-mercials. Then, I turned to the phone. There was a message. An employer was calling me in for an interview!
I shook my head and laughed at all this drama that God puts me through sometimes. His humor never ceases to amuse me. Sure enough, as soon as my head hit the pillow, I fell asleep.
This morning, I woke up before 8. I was going to give them a few minutes before I called them, but the phone rang before I could call them. The interview was scheduled for this afternoon.
I was so nervous. Why was I so nervous? I took a bath, hoping that it would help me to relax. It was hard to match up an outfit, because what I wanted to wear, I was unable to match.  After going through several selections of trying to match clothes and jewelry, I finally decided on a faithful black skirt and jacket and a tank top that looks like tapestry with red and yellow flowers. I added a pearl necklace with a citrine cross, but I couldn't find my earrings box, so I had to go without earrings. I feel naked without earrings. I even forgot to wear my watch! And out of all the purses I own, I never replaced my worn out black purse? I needed a simple black purse today. 
I felt so disorganized! Although some of my things are in order, I am not finished organizing my bedroom. I talked to God about helping me to get all of my things organized so that I won't have to be spending so much time looking for stuff.
As I tried to make something presentable out of my wild curls, I prayed to God to grant me favor and to help me to make a good impression. I gave myself one last glance in the mirror and said out loud~Well, God, this is the best I can do considering the weight I have gained... but as I walked away, it was as if God told me that He would take care of that, too. And then, I smiled, and walked out the door.
   Driving felt strange. It wasn't as if I wasn't familiar with the area, but I ended up missing the exit. OMG... I kept praying not to be late...
I was interviewed by a man and a woman. I was pretty nervous. Although I qualify for this position and the interviewers were receptive, I did not use my best interviewing skills. The interviewers seemed upset that they can only recommend someone to the director. They said that it will be the director who would decide  who gets hired. That is kind of strange, too, that I will not get to meet who hires me until after the fact... if they hire me. 
I must have looked shocked when they asked me about my organizational skills. I wanted to laugh because I felt as if it was God who was asking the question. Stop teasing me, God!!! Laughing out loud at I cannot believe His sense of humor!
So... if I get the job, I will take it. If I don't get the job... well, at least, I got the opportunity to interview. Hopefully next time, I will do better...
I had planned to deliver applications to two places today, but God sent me to an interview instead. I had planned to go to the sea tomorrow, but I may have to go leave those applications instead. 
Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.
OK~so I just finished looking in Tidbit's cage. How did she lay an egg without Max? She is sitting on the egg and is very protective of the egg. OMGG...
Vida, Caja de Sorpresas, historias que me faltan por contar!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Happy Wednesday

There are many bookmarks in my Bible of passages that have spoken to me throughout the years, so unless if I am looking for something in particular, I usually just open it up and read wherever it opens...
When I lost my job, I placed a dollar bill in my Bible--- praying to God, in faith, that my money will multiply to meet my needs and that I will never again have to worry about money---
A few years ago, I had planned to statch $100 bills in my Bible every month. The other day, God spoke to me about that money. Where was it? Was it still there or did I spend it when I was going through difficulties?
So, I took out my Bible and looked through each bookmark---so many little papers--- My mouth dropped to discover four $100 bills, a $2 bill, and of course, the $1 bill that I had placed in my Bible when I lost my job. I took out the four $100 bills and gently returned the $2 bill and the $1 bill into the passage of Peter walking on the water. I smiled and thanked God for this moment-- and once again, I prayed in faith that my money will multiply to meet my needs and that I will never again have to worry about money---
   Wow... I love how God continues to encourage me... Do not worry, He says...
The $400 is not enough to pay my rent this month, but it helps a lot! I wish I had continued to statch $100 bills. When I get a new job, I will definitely start doing that again!!!
I have not heard from the jobs that I applied for in Corpus Christi, but I recently discovered that there are two jobs that I qualify for in this area. I am not giving up on moving to Corpus. If I get a job here, I will take it, but I will continue to look for work in Corpus.
Thank you, Abba, for giving me the summer off. I feel that I have failed you, because I did not take the time to enjoy it... I will work on those two applications and I will turn them in-- and if Hurricane Dean does not show up in the Valley, I will go to the sea on Friday, remembering the words that you said to Peter!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Martha vs Maxine

Are you a Martha or Maxine?
*Martha's Way*
Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.
*Maxine's Way *
Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete's sake! You are probably lying on the couch with your feet up eating it, anyway!  
To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix , keep it in the pantry for up to a year.  
When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.  
Go to the bakery! They'll even decorate it for you.  
If you accidentally oversalt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant "fix-me-up."  
If you oversalt a dish while you are cooking, that's too bad. Please recite with me the real woman's motto: "I made it and you will eat it and I don't care how bad it tastes!"
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
Celery? Never heard of it!  
Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.  
The Mrs. Smith frozen pie directions do not include brushing egg whites over the crust so I don't.  
Cure for headaches: take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink!
If you have a problem opening jars, try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
Go ask that very cute neighbor if he can open it for you.
Don't throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
Leftover wine???????????
HELLO !!!!!!!


Except for
the jail stuff...
 I am a Martha.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

HelpfulHints~Back2School Madness


Brought to you on Sundays by Winivere2002
 Today's Helpful Hints:
      Back to School Madness
~A Mom's Guide~
1). Ease the family into a school year schedule. During the last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a school year bedtime. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they'll need to rise when school begins. Just as we are taught to be prepared for fire drills, etc, take thetime to see how much time your kids actually need to get ready. When you know how much time it takes to get ready, it is easier to plan at what time they need to get out of bed. Also schedule meals and snacks according to school meal schedules, if possible. Younger children, in particular, need to adapt to new meal routines before the school day demands it of them. Plan meals and snacks to accustom little ones to rituals of the school day before the school year begins.
    2). Gather important papers. School entry may require documentation from immunization records to report cards from the previous school year. A little preparation can prevent frantic last-minute searches. Call your child's school before registration day to find out what paperwork will be required--then find it! While you are on the phone with the school, find out how you can get a list of the school supplies your child/ren will need. 
    3). Clothes. Take an afternoon to assess each child's clothing needs. Empty drawers and closets of outgrown or worn-out clothing. Check for possible hand-me-downs from older siblings as you make your list. Store, discard, or donate the rest. To encourage decision-making skills, include your child in wardrobe strategy decisions, guiding them to include color matching options for more versatility. If you discuss the needs list and the family budget with your children before you shop, you will be able to stretch your child's wardrobe options with less clothes and you will avoid in-the-store tantrums.
    4). School supplies. You have access to your child's school supplies list, so buy those needed items now while they are on sale. If you wait until later in the year, the items will be higher priced and/or you might not be able to find them.
   5). Get the house organized to meet autumn's faster pace. Forget about spring cleaning. Focus on surface cleaning and putting things back where you found them.
    6). Create a menu plan for the week or the month. This cuts down on having to decide what to cook, so you can focus on more important things. Keep the same schedule every week, i.e. Monday night~ pasta, Tuesday night~ chicken, etc, but be creative as to how it will be prepared. Once you have your menu in place, use the same menu every month. You may get your kids to help in the kitchen to get them excited about learning how to take care of themselves, and you may go a step further by assigning them a day to do the cooking. My children, for example, were assigned Friday nights to cook. They loved it so much, that they began cooking more than once a week, which helped us so that we could spend more time together as a family. 
   7). Make a prepared shopping list. Separate your list by bread, dairy, meat, fruit, vegetables, condiments, cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc. Make copies of this list and put it on the refrigerator door. Check off items you need so it is ready when you go to the store. When you come back from the store, throw the old list away and put up a new list so you will be ready for the next time you go shopping.
   8). Cook more than you need and stock the freezer with prepared meals for stress-free dinners on sports nights or when you are in a hurry. You can also separate single servings into freezer baggies and lay them flat in your freezer (convenient and cuts space). Also consider freezing an extra batch of homemade cookies.
   9). Calendar Central! You need one large calendar to include everybody's schedules. You may want to color code your calendar per family member and/or per activity, i.e. red for medical, green for money and bills due, etc. 
   10). Color-Code. While we are on the subject of color-coding the calendar, you may consider assigning a color per family member for such things as toothbrushes, towels, backpacks, etc. Whatever color they choose will be their color for the school year. For example: Jane chooses pink. She gets a pink towel, pink toothbrush, pink backpack, pink lunchbox, pink toy bin, and her color on the calendar is pink, etc. Other things to consider are pink garments or pink underwear and pink socks! Things are so much easier to find when they are in your color and it helps kids to be more organized.
   11).Dish Bins. Offices use mailboxes, but you may consider assigning a colored dish bin for each family member to put their things into when they come home from school or work, i.e., books, keys, watches, pocket change, important papers for the next day, personal items, etc.
   12). Dining Room chairs. You may also consider getting your children to get into the habit of leaving their backpacks on the dining room chair to ensure their school items are ready for the next morning. This will also help to serve as a place for mom and kids to add  lunches or snacks, papers, and clean gym clothes and socks.
   13). Avoid having to decide what to wear in the morning. Get your child in the habit of laying out their clothes the night before. This is also a good habit for adults! That way, everything is ready and it avoids that morning rush.
   14). Invest in a comforter or quilt instead of a bedspread. Throwing a comforter or quilt over the bed is a lot faster and much easier for kids to make their own bed! It saves extra work for mom, and it helps teach children responsibility.
    15). When your child gets home from school, provide them with a healthy snack. This will help kids to unwind and it will also help to get them through until dinner. 
   16). Make learning fun. Making time to read with your child/ren is the best investment you can make for their future. Include it in their bedtime ritual. There are many kids in high school who do not know how to read.
   17. Assign a place where your child/ren can do homework. Every child learns differently. Some need a quiet place. Some require a little music in the background to help them concentrate. Learn what works best for your child/ren. Be available to help your child/ren with homework, but do not do their homework for them. If you do not understand what your child/ren are studying, you may want to consult with their teacher to see if they need to stay for tutoring.  
© NOTE:   As a single parent most of my life, I thought these hints might be helplful for any mom, but especially for working moms and single moms.  Some of the organizational skills may also be helpful for single people. ~Win =.) 

Thursday, August 16, 2007

SexyOlderWomen (Then&Now)

Can you match them up?!
Find the Before & After pictures!
The Older Woman
1. Older women know what they want. They do not have to make selections based on the man's ability to financially support them. This eases the pressure on the man and gives him freedom to pursue his dreams, whatever they may be.

2. Older women provide emotional stability. Younger women may not be sufficiently mature enough to find herself and their criteria keeps changing, so she, inevitably, blames the man for her unhappiness. As one man puts it, "I try to keep away from women who see me as responsible for their total happiness."

3. Older women provide great sex. Studies show that the fullpower of the sexuality of a woman emerges usually after her child-bearing age. So a man can get plenty of what he wants most from a relationship.

4. Older women provide intellectual stimulation. Older women~ depending on where they've been and what they've done~ may be worldly, knowledgeable and confident, and perhaps, motivated by their personal need for mental stimulation. Such women can hold a man's interest and challenge his intellect. This is not to say younger women are less knowledgeable or less intelligent, but unlike older women their primary focus may be on different matters, such as starting a family, which may not be the number one priority for the man.

These are photographs of Sexy Older Women who are still alive and look better today and/or are still looking good today! I know there are more to list, but so far, these are the ones I have listed. If you want to send me pictures of your favorites, please do so via email and I will post them at a later date...

08/16/1933~ Julie Newmar~Actress~Original Catwoman
12/06/1940~ Raquel Welch~Actress
11/21/1945~ Goldie Hawn~Actress
12/01/1945~Bette Midler~Singer/Actress
01/19/1946~Dolly Parton~CountrySinger/Actress
05/20/1946~Cher Bono~Singer
11/27-1951~Vera Fischer~Actress/MissBrazil-1969/TheatreDirector/ Posed for Playboy at age 48
01/29/1954~Oprah Winfrey~Talk Show Host/Actress

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

New Moon Reflections


The New Moon came into play this past weekend. During the New Moon, it is usually a good idea to reflect on where you've been, what you have done, and where you are going...

   The landlady was in a hurry to get me to sign a new lease, and then, she discovered that my lease does not expire until January. That means that I have to hurry up about finding a job, because I cannot break the lease. The only options I have are to stay here or to transfer to the sister apartments in Corpus Christi. That limits my job search, but that  helps me to narrow down my job search to where my next assignment needs to be. Sometimes, God has to speak loudly. LOL

My mother knows that I am without a job, but she has not shown up to check on me~ not surprising.

I know it is already August, but I received some belated birthday presents from two of my best friends. Daniel recorded some CDs for me and Belle sent me some bath confetti and some body butter. I have never used body butter or bath confetti before. I love trying new stuff. My daughter gave me some pictures of the kids and a homemade birthday card with all their signatures, even the babies. LOL... I am loved. =.)

I am happy that the members from my graphic group are loving my ideas. Everyday, I see more people participating. My "Winning With Win" Helpful Hints has been a big hit. I continue to receive many nice emails from the members about my helpful hints and Themes. It is always nice to hear people tell you that you are doing a good job. Yes, it is only volunteer work, but I enjoy it and I am excited that I learned how to tag animated graphics.  I am not adding any animated tags to this entry, because the previous entries made my journal take too long to upload... maybe next entry.

I am so grateful that God lead me to the curly hair book. Who knew that ditching my shampoo would make all the difference in the world! My hair looks so healthy now, and so, the transformation continues...

I feel guilty about not following my eating plan. My plan sounds like a great idea, but I haven't taken the time to perfect it yet. To be honest, I have been eating more than I should, but I am not eating as much as I used to and I continue to take in at least a gallon of fluids (besides any extras like coffee, herbal tea, or juice). I have not done much exercise, but my waistline has gone from 44 inches to 36-3/4 inches. I have no idea if I have lost weight, but according to the experts, it's the measurement of the waistline that counts, not the numbers on the scale. That means that I am doing ok, because I am halfway to where my waistline should be.

I took about four or five large bags of things to donate to charity. I have to admit that I have been focusing more on looking for a job than I have to clearing out my ten years of clutter, but that was a good batch of bags to donate, and everything was in good condition, things that people will like. That means that I am donating with a kind and generous heart. I still have boxes to sort through, but my donations last week was good karma.

Yes, this reflection was good. I am so thankful for what I have been able to do.

...Vida, caja de sorpresas, historias que me faltan por contar.

"Mak tub"~

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Beauty Recipes


Brought to you on Sundays by Winivere2002
 Today's Helpful Hints:
~~Beauty Tips~~
I would like to start out today's Helpful Hints with a poem that was written by Sam Levenson. Many people believe that Audrey Hepburn wrote this poem, but the truthis thatshe hasbeen credited for it, because this is how she responded when the media asked about her beauty tips...

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. 
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. 
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. 
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day. 
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone ... 

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed.

Never throw out anybody.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

~Sam Levenson

~~ Beauty Recipes~~  
The following recipes are 100% natural, a great way to have control over what you put on your skin. Most ingredients are already in your kitchen or can easily be purchased at your local grocery store. For those harder to find ingredients, check your local health food store. Enjoy!
Strawberry Mask~~

1/2 cup fresh strawberries
2 tbsp. plain yogurt 
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. honey
1/8 tsp. Essential Oil of Lavender

Combine the ingredients above into a paste and apply to face and neck. Relax for 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.  Strawberries are an excellent skin softening agent, containing salicylic acid, which rids the skin of dead cells and allows the skin to absorb more moisture. 

Orange Mask ~~

1 tsp plain yogurt
juice of 1/4 orange

Stir to mix and then dip fingers into mixture and smooth onto face. The sensation is both cool and relaxing. Leave on for a five minutes and then rinse. If you are feeling sluggish, this is the perfect mask for you.
              *Yogurt will cleanse and nourish; *The orange is full of Vitamin C and AHA's 

~~Honey Beauty Recipes ~~

  Honey Cleansing Scrub

Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Rub gently onto face. Rinse off with warm water.

Honey Bee by Denrig, Inc.Firming Face Mask

Whisk together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerin (available at drug and beauty stores) and enough flour to form a paste (approximately 1/4 cup). Smooth over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Honey Bee by Denrig, Inc.Hair Conditioner 

Mix 1/2 cup honey and 1/4 cup olive oil. (Use 2 tablespoons oil for normal hair.) Work a small amount at a time through hair until coated. Cover hair with a shower cap; leave on 30 minutes. Remove shower cap; shampoo well and rinse. Dry as normal.

Honey Bee by Denrig, Inc.Facial Toner

In blender, puree 1 tablespoon honey with a peeled, cored apple. Smooth over face; leave on 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Honey Bee by Denrig, Inc.Moisture Mask

Mix 2 tablespoons honey with 2 teaspoons milk. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Honey Bee by Denrig, Inc.Smoothing Skin Lotion

Mix 1 teaspoon honey with1 teaspoon vegetable oil and 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice. Rub into hands, elbows, heels and anywhere that feels dry. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with water.

Honey Bee by Denrig, Inc.Skin Softening Bath

Add 1/4 cup honey to bath water for a fragrant, silky bath.

Honey Bee by Denrig, Inc.Hair Shine

Stir 1 teaspoon honey into 4 cups (1 quart) warm water. Blondes may wish to add a squeeze of lemon. After shampooing, pour mixture through hair. Do not rinse out. Dry as normal.


AloeVera Gel

Both of these ingredients can be picked up at any good quality craft store. I would ask a sales person to help you choose the best quality glitter that can be found. Mix and store in jar. Use on shoulders, chest, arms~anywhere you would like a special glow.

~~Lavender Bubble Bath~~

5 drops of Lavender essential oil
1/4 cup powdered milk 
1 cupof water

Stir to combine powdered milk and cup of water. Add drops of oil.  Add to bath along with the drops of oil. Enjoy the fragrant soak.

~Rosemary  Bubble Bath~

1 1/2 cups water
3 tablespoons dried rosemary or equivalent fresh herb
1 1/2 cups baby shampoo

Bring water to a boil on top of stove. Place rosemary in glass bowl or jar.  When water is boiling, remove from stove and pour over herb.  Let steep for about 15 mixtures. Strain Water into another bowl. Add baby shampoo. Mix well and pout into old shampoo bottle or other plastic container. Shake well before using.   Use  1/4 cup per bath: Yields: 3 cups

~~Facial  Exfoliator~~

 a few Tbsp of Oatmeal
cheesecloth or muslin

Put some oatmeal in a cheesecloth to form an oatmeal bag. Put the oatmeal bag in water to make it damp.  Rub gently all over your face for a few minutes. This should be enough to rid your face of dead skin cells and even loosen a few blackheads. Next, take a little of the wet oatmeal and apply it directly to your face (like a mask). Leave it on for about 5 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Your face should glow!

~ Men's  Aftershave~~

1/4 cup witch hazel
1/2 cup distilled water
3 drops benzoin oil
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup dried herbs and/or a few drops of your choice essential oils such as :
Lavender flowers, crushed
Camphor herbs such as rosemary, lavender, sage
Citrus herbs such as orange or lemon peels
Spicy herbs such as cinnamon, cloves

Combine ingredients in a glass jar. Cover and place in a dark fairly cool place.
Shake the jar once or twice a day for 2 - 3 weeks. Strain out herbs through a colander and refrigerate.

~Tingly Peppermint  Foot Spray~

Keeping our feet revived and invigorated is essential in the summer! Essential Oil of Peppermint is not only great smelling and tingly, it is naturally antibacterial and this will help to prevent foot odor.

1 cup distilled water
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 tsp. Essential Oil of Peppermint
1/4 tsp. Tee Tree Oil

Combine all ingredients and pour into a spray bottle.

~~Banana  Wrinkle Fighter~

Mash 1/4 banana until very creamy. Spread all over face and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water followed by a dash of cold. Gently pat dry.

~~Red  Lip Gloss~~

1/4 cup beeswax
1/4 cup castor oil
2 tbsp sesame oil
Beet juice

Melt beeswax in top of double boiler.
Remove from heat and add oils.
Add as much beet juice as desired for color.
Store in jar. Transfer a small portion to a purse sized container for use when away from home. Any favorite essential oil may be added for fragrance use just a drop or 2.

~~~ Eye  Care~~~

 ~~PUFFY and SWOLLEN eyes~~

Make a wet compress of 4 Tbsp  freshly grated raw potato. Place on the eyes for about 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water. Raw potato slices laid on sore eyes reduces heat and redness.

Brew a cup of strong rosehip tea. Soak 2 cotton balls in the tea or use 2 tea bags, lie down and place over the eyes.

Any tea bag (herbal is better, especially eyebright), slightlycooled, placed on the eyes while you rest


Cut the end of a cucumber into 1/4 inch slices. Apply a cool slice to each eye.

Soak sterile cotton balls or soft cloth in cold skim milk. Place over eyes for 10 minutes. Rinse entire face in warm,then cool, water.


Cut a fresh fig in half, place a half over each eye.

Wrap a grated raw potato in cheesecloth and apply to eyelids for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.             ©