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I Reside in NJ with two sons and husband. The Youngest of 5 siblings and by far the most intelligent. ha ha. I like to try and see the fun and funny side of things. Being the only woman in the house , this is an absolute must to keep any level of sanity. I love my home and family. On the flip side, meeting new people and discovering what lies in their hearts' is fascinating to me.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dead Sea Salts

They don't just smell good and soften skin. Dead Sea Salts provide many benefits to the body.They are extremely therapuetic and should be used in every home or spa.

The structure of the Dead Sea salt is quite unique; comprising magnesium,
potassium and calcium chlorides, in addition to a high concentration of
bromides. Moreover, the Dead Sea minerals are natural, pure, nonchemical,and non-pharmaceutical.

-Magnesium is important for combating stress and fluid
retention, slowing skin aging and calming the nervous system

-Calcium strengthens cell membranes, cleanses pores, prevents water retention, increases circulation and strengthens bones and nails.

-Bromides act to ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles.

-Sodium is important for the lymphatic fluid balance (this in turn is
important for immune system function

-Potassium energizes the body, helps to balance skin moisture and is a crucial mineral to replenish following
intense exercise. strengthening bones and nails

A high quality sea salt could replenish the minerals, which are critical to our skin’s metabolism. Studies have been conducted on the health benefits of bathing in Dead Sea salts, with patients experiencing marked
improvement, including relief from osteoarthritis and tendonitis with
increased mobility and reduced pain leading to a decline in their use of

 Dead Sea salt baths also helped with psoriasis, decreasing the
effects of itching, sleep disturbances, and skin scaling. There are no associated side effects from the use of Dead sea Salts.

So we can clearly see why a good quality dead sea salt is essential in our skin care regimen. Don't be afraid. Take the Plunge!

*Dead Sea salts need to dissolve completely before turning on jets in hot tubs, Jacuzzis or whirlpools.
* Save $10 on the Large 32 oz container Between Oct. 15 and 18, 2010

Visit my JE Store online to choose your favorite spa scent or naturally unscented or call me directly with your questions. I love questions.

Just as Celebrations are Essential to your Spirit, relaxation is Essential to your well being.

Kathy Miranda
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

An Artist with Yarn

Today I wanted to share the spirit of a woman who works from home. I am especially impressed with her spirit. She uses her natural creativity and herself as a model in her hat making business. Anne Quinn is "An Artist with Yarn"

Have you ever heard people give excuses in direct sales of why they can't do something? Excuses like location, time, inability, age, etc...?

Read more about Anne. You'll be amazed how and why she got started in business.

Interview with Anne Quinn, owner

Q: How did you get involved in this business? A: After retiring from Littleton Public Schools, I began volunteer work and found myself doing nails for some of the residents at Brookside Nursing Home in Castle Rock. It was there that I met Mary, an elderly lady from Littleton, who was a resident of the nursing home. If Mary felt well enough, either my friend (who also was a volunteer) or I painted her beautiful long nails red every week. Her husband, Carl, who came six days a week to spend the day with her was happy to see her renewed interested in being so beautiful.Her greatest wish was to go back home to Littleton. It was during this time in early 2008 that I dreamed Mary was going home and she was wearing a purple hat. Not having a purple hat to give her nor knowing where to buy one, I decided to make her a hat. After buying the yarn and a "how to" book, I soon discovered that never having taken a lesson, reading the instructions was beyond my capacity. So, with needle and yarn in hand, I made her a cute purple hat that actually fit. There was a hidden talent there all those years. I did take the hat to Mary and was totally surprised on entering the room that the lady in my dream had been Mary as a young lady. On her wall, was a very large picture of Mary at twenty six years of age, even the long black hair was the same as in my dream. I can't begin to explain any of this, all I know is that my ability to make hats and scarves is a talent. From that time until now, I have made and sold many, many beautiful one-of-a-kind hats and scarves, all made with love and no patterns.We are told that each of us is given a talent; maybe we just need to look for it more often. Each creation takes on its own image and all are so beautiful and different. Reading directions is still nothing I can or want to do. Every day I am thankful for being an artist with yarn. Q: What distinguishes you from other businesses in your category?
A: My hats and scarves are unique because there is never a duplicate. Not following a pattern allows me to be creative with my stitches and yarns. You will not find these creative items anywhere else. All are created with love and are actually given a name. I feel that the products must be perfect before they are allowed to be sold.My stamp of approval is the small piece of yarn (always different from the hat yarn) that is carefully pulled through the hat near the small HatsbyAnne tag sewn to the inside. Removal of the stray yarn is optional but the yarn immediately identifies it as an original. My friend who lives in Las Vegas has referred to my line as masterpieces and I think he is right. There are about two hundred items online at hatsbyanne.com and special orders are available. Everything is 100 percent guaranteed. After two years, I have had no complaints.

Q: What do you like best about your line of work?
A: There is so much genuine pleasure in creating a beautiful hat or scarf that someone will wear and enjoy. Everyday, I'm either starting or finishing a new item. Giving each piece its name is part of the real fun. I love names like "She Wore Blue Velvet" or "Rio Carnival." Two dollars from the sale of each item is given to The Hospice of Denver. This is part of the joy of being able to make and sell hats and scarves, knowing that my contribution will make a difference in someone's life.

Q: What is your business' biggest challenge?
A: To date, after two years, the biggest challenge is getting my line out for the public to see.

Q: Something people might be surprised to learn about you or your business:
A: Most people who see all the many hats and scarves in either the hat room in my home or those posted on my Web site are surprised that there are so many made with no patterns, and that much of my line is made for year round wear. Hats and scarves made with ribbon and cotton yarns are perfect for warm days. Every lady needs a summer hat for "bad hair" days and a cute scarf as an accessory.

Please visit Ann at Southern belle Marketing and Shopps as well as her Etsy site to learn more about her and her fabulous one of a kind hats and scarves.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Saving Boobies

In Lieu of October being Breast cancer awareness, you will see worldwide events, sales, fundraisers focusing on awareness with a pretty pink ribbon. It is wonderful to see the awareness being spread, donations being made, women reminding their friends to get a mamogram. Awareness and early detection are a great start. Still there is more to think about.

Breast cancer is not to be taken lighly. There are many who survive with early detection, but still lives are lost to this horrible condition. There are many contributing factors that cannot be overidden, However being precautious can't hurt.

You may have read or heard of research and studies regarding the prospective danger of Parabens and links to Breast cancer. While the use of Parabens or the extent of use being harmful may still be in question, It is likely that a little knowledge may go a long way.

Here is some general information about paraben research and how they may be related to breast cancer and other health related problems.

Parabens are inexpensive chemical preservatives used in lotions, antiperspirants, cleansers and many other skin care and sundry items to lengthen shelf life and prevent bacterial growth in the product. Generally a product containing parabens will stay fresh and bacteria free for about 2 years longer then without.
Sound Good? No, it's not good and here is why.

-Parabens have the potential to alter or mimic the estrogen processes and levels in a females body. They can cause estrogen dependent tumors and can aide in the development of cancer, especially when absorbed into the skin because they enter your bloodstream.

-Parabens break down into Formaldahyde which causes cancer.
You know what formaldahyde is used for, right?
Preserving dead bodies.

-They may cause harm to your thyroid, ovaries,and the male reproductive system, and have been linked in research to abnormal fetal development in pregnant women.

-They also contribute to skin irritation, rashes and dermititus.

Concenred about the possibily of parabens contributing to the health of your loved ones or yourself?
You may want to consider reading labels, trashing the products with questionable chemical content and switching to a paraben free brand such as Jordan Essentials.

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