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If what you put on your body winds up in your body, then you may want to know more about what's in your lotion!
If what you put on your body winds up in your body, then you may want to know more about what’s in your lotion!
I have, in the past, had mixed experiences from massage. My very first one was a disaster as it brought back an old injury. Not really relaxing. I had two last year that were also not relaxing.

In fact, I was jittery, nervous, cranky, and antsy afterwards. What’s up with that, right?
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Toxins in the Home

Toxins In The Home
Tips for finding and eliminating hidden toxins in the home

I talk about toxins on this blog quite a bit. Primarily because it seems that new ones are introduced on a daily basis. They are in our food, our pet’s foods, our personal care products, our air, and everywhere else. I also think about toxins a lot because I have had some disturbing experiences caused by toxins where I least expected them. I’ll be talking more about that in the coming weeks. For now, I have for you a list of ways you can rid your home of toxins.

I am all for science and creating new things. The problem I have with most chemicals in our world is that no one is testing them. And until they are tested, I’m going to oppose them. We’ve introduced so many petroleum based chemicals in our world that many believe they’re acceptable. I don’t believe that is the case. Until we prove that the chemicals used are safe, we should all work to rid our homes of toxins. Here are some suggestions:

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Food Allergy Safety – Cross-Contamination

Is your food safe? What to watch for!
Is your food safe? What to watch for!
If you, or someone in your family, has food allergies, then you’re probably aware of issues with cross-contamination. At least while at home. But what about dining out? Or do you even try?

I have only one food allergy, coconut, and it’s mild. But I develop severe migraines to certain foods and additives – some tree nuts and MSG (monosodium glutamate). I am talking lock-me-in-a-dark-room for the rest of the day migraines. Hence, I am very careful about where and what I eat.

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Common Sense Ebola Tips

Common Sense Ebola Tips - No Tin Foil Hats
Common Sense Ebola Tips – No Tin Foil Hats
Ebola isn’t a new virus; it was first discovered in 1976. In the mid-1990s there was a rather large outbreak, which is when I first became interested in it.

It’s not so surprising that I would find it interesting. I majored in Biology at UTSA with a concentration in Microbiology. I think that means that, had they had a degree program in Microbiology, then I would have a BS in Microbiology. I’ve always found viruses intriguing. And so I spent a lot of time reading about Ebola. And Marburg and a few others actually.
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Sensitive Formula Deodorant

Mariposa Naturals Sensitive Formula Deodorant
Mariposa Naturals Sensitive Formula Deodorant

Mariposa Naturals’ Deodorant is growing in popularity. You can read our testimonials – including one from India. There are a few people, though, who are sensitive to the baking soda in our regular formula.

Baking soda’s role in our deodorant is to absorb the few odors that are produced. When I first created a batch with no baking soda, some people found that it wasn’t as effective as our regular formula. BUT, there are people that are very pleased with it.

If you’ve found that your skin reacts to the baking soda formula, give our Sensitive Formula a try:

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Potato Salad Twist: Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad
Sweet Potato Salad
This recipe started as a conversation. Wouldn’t it be interesting to have a potato salad that wasn’t quite so fragile as most? That didn’t have mayonnaise in it? That perhaps didn’t even have regular potatoes in it? Instead it had sweet potatoes?

From there I set out to create this dish. Being that I call Texas my home, it had to have a Texas flavor. So, of course, that meant pecans and jalapeƱos!

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Video – Braised Kale

I admit that for many years I wasn’t even aware of kale. My first attempt at kale didn’t turn out so good, even though I’m a fan of cooked greens. Then I created this recipe, complete with its secret ingredient! Now, kale is a common dish in our house. Watch the video to see how it’s cooked – I even reveal the secret ingredient!

Watch the video:

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