Month: December 2013

Sunday Morning : North Star

  “For I know that my Redeemer lives… And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.” -Book of Job 19:25-27     May the compass of our hearts be pointing due north – as in Job’s heart, as in the magi’s hearts – so as to have true Hope that though this life is mortal, we are immortal through the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior; He has made a way for us and we can trust in His righteousness, His complete authenticity. We will be with Him forever in paradise. Thank you, God, for this eternal gift through your Son Jesus. Mary, the mother of Jesus, proclaimed with joy of her miraculous pregnancy: “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior… And His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation… He has helped His servant Israel in remembrance of His mercy” -Book of …

Outfit : How to Spruce Up

guilty pleasure… a recent favorite pastime has been watching episodes of What Not to Wear and Say Yes to the Dress via Netflix… this morning i was watching a couple of them while lounging in my running clothes. but later that day i had to clean up for a holiday work party… so i thought i should take before and after pics, because i looked disgusting this morning and then pretty this evening. anyone can look ugly and anyone can look lovely. no matter the trends or body types or color spectrums or personalities, anyone can look GREAT. no just okay. but really really GOOD. these pics reveal that mornings aren’t my best and that a shower, a little hairdo, makeup, and nice clothes make it all better! hence, my husband loves for me to look “put together” and coordinated every day. anyone can spruce themselves up, so be your most beautiful self.

A Story : Fixing Acne & Changing Habits

i have had skin problems since puberty. rosacea and acne run in my family and i happened to get stuck with both. my mom has always had beautiful, flawless, creamy soft skin. i got the ruddiness from my dad (thanks, dad!). as a teenager, i used a dermatologist prescribed face cream to keep the redness down, the inflammation at bay, and the zits from exploding everywhere. for the most part that method worked. except for when stress piled on or bad eating habits grew. then i would get big white cysts that would build and build and they were painful! i still have a scar on my left cheek from a removal. during that stage of my life i didn’t understand the importance of a well-balanced, non toxic, organic lifestyle of products and food. i used drugstore makeup and soaps, ate few veggies and a ton of carbs. i don’t know how i didn’t end up bloated; i do know that the medicine was strong enough to keep my skin from getting yucky. overall i wasn’t making …