Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Quick Spring Tips for Shedding Excess Dry Winter Skin & Refreshing 2 Day Cleanse for Your Body

Finally! Finally it's feeling like we can shed our winter coats and opt for something a bit lighter.

Of course this feels like renewal in every sense, from freshening up the house with flowers, cleaning closets, putting away winter heavy garb and bringing out the lighter linens, brighter colored clothing.

The same is true for our skin, with the cold temps and the indoor heating we tend to be very dehydrated internally and externally. Dry, flaky skin every time you take your tights off is a hint its time to exfoliate! I'm sharing some tried and true methods for revitalizing your skin in the privacy of your own home! I will also include a 2 day healthy diet to revitalize your skin & done together you will be energized and nourished inside and out!

What you will need for your spa treatments:
Almond or Olive Oil
1 c. Sea Salts
3 cups of Epsom salt
Rose or Lavender Essential Oils
Greek Yogurt
Dry Brush
Organic Body Cream

Tip: Prepare a cup of warm green tea for you to enjoy while soaking

Preparation: Combine in one bowl Sea Salts ( you can obtain these from your health food store), 1 cup and 1/2 cup of almond oil (olive oil can be used also) mix well.

In a separate bowl, mix 1/4 c of Greek yogurt with 1 tbsp. of honey.

Begin by drawing a bath, add the Epsom salts and 10 drops of rose essential oils to the bath. Fill it as high as you can to cover your shoulders ( if you are fortunate to have a Japanese Tub I am so envious!! its on my bucket list )

1. Pull your hair back with a headband & Pull your hair up into a pony tail.

Put out a towel on your bathroom floor, Dry brush thoroughly increasing circulation working from your heels towards your heart. Using circular motion, work the from the soles, upwards, making sure to get the legs front and back. When you get to the stomach work clockwise in circular motion and the same around the chest. With the arms sweep from hands toward the underarm. This should take a good 5 minutes, you'll most likely be light pink from increasing circulation which is what  you want.

Here are some great options for dry brushes, and doing daily or every other day helps to combat cellulite by increasing circulation!

Continue to stay on the towel near your tub, and then begin to add the sea salt scrub in light motion working from the lower leg upwards again towards the heart and avoiding the bottom of your feet (so you don't have oil on your feet avoiding the risk of slipping!) Working on your arms in the same fashion, give the entire body a good scrub using the sea salts. Do Not Remove.

Put the small bowl containing your yogurt mask near your tub for easy access.

2. Now get into the tub carefully, and relax, the sea salts will remove from your with the water. Remember the tub will be slippery so be careful.

3. Next, on clean skin apply the yogurt honey mask to your face and throat, avoiding the eye area. This will stay on for the length of time of your Tub. I recommend soaking for 15-20 minutes, you will feel very relaxed. So its ideal to do this at night before sleep. You will have a restful night for sure.

After your soak, remove the mask and apply a rich night cream or serum to hydrate the skin, your skin will feel very soft due to the lactic acid naturally occurring in the yogurt which removes dull skin cells, and hydrates the skin with the honey.

Continue to apply a body cream and wear white cotton socks on your feet, this will help keep your skin very healthy avoiding looking like your feet have been in boots for the past 4-5 months! Pedicure season is here ;-)

Now onto nourishing your body ~ Repeat for 2 days

6-6:30 am
Drink 2 cups of water with lemon upon waking. And pace yourself by drinking 2 additional cups every 2.5 hours for a total of 10 cups within the day.

Freshly made juice each morning here is a favorite recipe
handful of kale and spinach mixture
1/4 cucumber
1 small wedge of pineapple
1 small banana
1 small apple
a little crushed ice and 1/4 c filtered water

9am drink 2 cups of water

11am Lunch
Mix dark greens with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper to taste
Grill white fish or salmon with just lemon, seasonings and drizzle a little olive oil

12pm 2 cups of water

2:30 Snack on 3/4 cup of Blueberries, strawberries and melon along with a cup of green tea

4 pm 2 cups of water

6pm Large Green Salad
Mixed Dark greens
Cucumber, tomatoes, Greek feta cheese
Olive Oil and Lemon, salt pepper to dress
Grilled Shrimp - lemon, salt and pepper, brush lightly with Olive Oil
1 small glass of red wine 4 oz

7:30 2 cups of water

Sleep from 10:30-6am

Lovely way to increase your energy, welcome spring and revitalize your spirit!

What are you looking forward to this spring, leave a comment below!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fresh Cuts for Spring: Featuring Salon Estem-A conversation with Jennie

Since Spring is right around the corner (somewhere!) I wanted to take the opportunity to interview Jennie Klein ~stylist with Salon Estem in Glen Ellyn, Illinois to get her take on some spring trends.

Jennie has just returned from maternity leave having her 2nd beautiful daughter Macie shown below with her adorable older sister Evelin. (love the names!) So she has been working on new looks for her clients. She has a great mix of clients that range from younger moms, working women, and men alike gravitate to her style which is a little edgy for the quaint Chicago suburb.

BC: Jennie, since having your second daughter, I am sure there are lots of changes a new baby brings including less sleep in your house, but since we are talking beauty today, what have you found you are doing to manage your own beauty routine since your new addition? I think a lot of people are in your shoes looking for quick ways to pull themselves together.

JK: Now that I am a mother of two, I find myself rushing around constantly but I still find time to get ready in the morning. Pulling my hair back in a quick twist with pins and taking an extra minute to piece out my bangs to have a little style for my day. Sometimes I pull my hair is a small bun with loose pins, put some makeup on as my hair drys, then hit the bun with a little heat while it's still up to give it a little bend when I take it down. Anything so I look a bit put together.

I think wearing a pony tail can be fashionable if you add a little bit more time to it.

BC: How do we avoid just pulling a pony tail up and throwing on a baseball cap like that is "a look" to run errands in?

JK: Tease it up a bit, curl the tail or piece out the bangs. I think these are some great looks & ideas for people who love their ponytails but want a fresh more sophisticated approach to their hair. Even a simple quick pony tail can look polished by taking a piece of hair under the band and wrapping the hair around the band and pinning underneath to finish.

BC: What about color for spring, are clients moving towards non traditional blonds, reds and brunettes?
JK: Bold color is in for the spring. It can be as drastic as you want to make it, or just a little peek a boo of color to accent some layers.

BC: It seems men's cuts are really taking a focus in fashion, lots of opportunities for guys to take a risk and get out of a traditional look.

JK: Men's cuts are shaping up in the red carpet world. Guys are making striking statements with fun easy styling cuts.

BC: I love the new short haircuts for women, its a bit refreshing to see a lot of cropped cuts and even Beyoncé's shoulder length at the Grammy's was a fun change for women that want to dip their toe into shortening their locks. It was just below the jaw bone and between the top of her shoulders. Are there options for the woman who isn't quite ready to give up her security blanket of long straight hair?

JK: Long layered bobs are back! It's a great way to change it up but keep your length.

and Bangs bangs bangs! It's the best 5 minute face-lift :) draws attention to eyes and cheek bones and creates an uplifting look.

BC: Jennie thanks for taking the time to share these wonderful looks and speak to us about what's in store for hair this season. I think I have found a new haircut in those photos provided ;-)

You can find Jennie at Salon Estem, 630.534.4555 www.salonestem.com

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Pretty In Pink

I must be anticipating love with valentine's day...its right around the corner or maybe just the thought of springs bright colors when its freezing in Chicago ...oh how I long for the rosy hues to surround me..... here are a few sweet things to enjoy!

Check out this GlassBaby Candle holder, have you every seen their website? The most glorious colors. I love this site, they give back for every purchase and the products look amazing. I would probably use these for all kinds of things, maybe in the bathroom for cotton balls, or pony tail holders. On my desk to hold paper clips or small pencils all perfectly sharpened. (Just saying I love pencils!)

power of giving

every glassybaby gives. 10% of the revenue from each glassybaby is donated to organizations dedicated to healing.
to date, glassybaby has given back more than $1.8 million and our goal is to double that next year.

our mission is simple: hand blown healing through 10% giving

$1,826,785 dollars donated

10% of glassybaby donated to charity

Some bright pink for you lips-kind of fun to have the brows defined, clean eye, bronzer & a pop of color on the lips! Beach Baby.

Another fancy lip treatment that is always in my bag, is Burt's Bees Lip Shine, this blush colored lip gloss gives you the most amazing pout, super nice finish and it tastes great. And its good for you...au natural~

love the philosophy of this company, Burt's Bees, is doing it right. The 3 P's People, Profit & Planet

Our Philosophy

Most companies look out for the bottom line. We do, too. In fact, we have a triple bottom line: people, profit, planet. You can't have one without the other two. So when we look after our own, we mean everybody: our employees, our customers, our families, ourselves. And yes, our environment, too. Our ingredients—right down to the packaging—are simple, natural, and responsible. We practice what we preach—and we hope to set the example for others to follow.

It's called The Greater Good. And it's how we're going to help change the world.

How gorgeous is that?

Hope you are having a rosy day!



2013 giving

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday's Woman

This is a new feature, I hope to bring you interesting news and share information that will benefit your life by featuring an inspiring woman on Wednesdays...hence the name Wednesday's Woman.

In this first feature, I am so pleased to introduce  you to Lisa Kristofek, she is the founder of Fresh Squeezed Holistic Nutrition & a certified Holistic Nutritionist, you can find her right here: www.freshsqueezednutrition.com

Lisa's journey toward wellness began with her own personal health saga & opened the door for a business sharing her passion.

We first met at a class and I had the opportunity 18 months ago to go thru a 3 day cleanse with her program and loved it. (albeit, I had to give up my morning cup of joe for a few days before starting it but it was truly worth it!)

BC ~Lisa, Tell me about how you started you, your business and what led you to a career in nutrition?

LK: All thru my teens and 20’s, I ate to be thin.  My motivation was the size of my jeans.  In my 30’s I was diagnosed with gastric cancer.  In fear for my life, I began researching nutrition and its impact on the body, disease progression, and disease prevention.  What I learned was that my entire life, I’d been eating (or not) for all the wrong reasons; all the wrong foods; while simultaneously starving my body of nutrition.  What a paradox.  After surgery, chemo, radiation and recovery, I went back to school for holistic nutrition. 

The inception of Fresh Squeezed Holistic Nutrition was initially my friends’ desire to clean up their eating habits… many of my first clients were girlfriends who joined me on my 3-day juice-smoothie-salad detoxes.  It bloomed from there as friends told friends…

BC~What signs might someone have that would lead them to take a look at their nutrition - either their food choices and/ or the quality of their food? (ex. Energy, tiredness, bloating etc.)

LK: Everyone should look at their nutrition.  We are a culture of “faster is better” and subsequently we eat from boxes, frozen packages and restaurants.  This is not food – it’s commercially prepared and designed to make us want more of it!  This is not what best supports and nourishes our bodies. 

Certainly if one is experiencing physical symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, reflux or fatigue, the first call should be to a medical doctor.  The second step might be trying to evaluate what foods could be causing the symptom.  There are so many added chemicals and emulsifiers to mass-produced foods that’s sometimes its difficult to ascertain exactly what the problem could be.  Some of the most common culprits are wheat, corn, soy, nuts dairy and eggs.

BC~With so many people focused on the new years resolution of improving health, can you recommend 1-2 thing that could benefit the readers in improving their overall health?

LK: Number one would be picturing your plate at each meal as the face of a clock.  Then make sure the hours between 12 and 7 are vegetables at each meal.  It’s simple!  That way you can eat abundantly!

Number two would be to incorporate a green smoothie into your every day meal plan.  Make 32 oz. each morning and have 16 oz. for breakfast.  Have the second 16 oz. in the late afternoon.  You are literally drinking your veggies.

BC~ I love that tip about looking at your plate like a clock - perfect visual!

BC~ How can people work with you? What options do they have?

LK: I’ve worked for about 200+ people so far.  Most of my clients come to me for a 3-day detox to nourish their bodies and loose a few pounds along the way.  I also offer personalized consultations and meal plans.

BC~If someone is going thru cancer are there options to support their bodies to better handle the chemo and other treatments?
LK: Cancer patients, most importantly, need to focus on eating and eating cleanly to support their bodies through treatments and beyond.  It’s vital to get enough calories and nutrients from clean, unprocessed, organic foods to both keep energy up and not further burden the detoxification systems which already face chemotherapies.  Furthermore, many holistic doctors advocate cancer patients try to keep their diets as alkaline-producing as possible.

Lisa, Thank you for bringing your concepts for living healthy my readers! I have enjoyed this so much and value your knowledge. In our modern society getting as close to the natural source of food as possible is our best defense against disease, living with energy & vibrancy. I admire how gorgeous your skin is and its a reflection of your clean diet!



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Sunday, January 19, 2014

The impact of a smile from a stranger

Today, I was at a light, waiting in traffic, as I looked over to the car on my right, the driver also looked over at the same time, our eyes met and that individual offered a genuine smile. Just an acknowledgment of contact - this person was about late teens or early 20s and it was just a sweet gesture. I thought as I continued on my drive the power of someone's smile - it was an acknowledgment of I see you and send you a warm greeting.

That  person probably didn't think anything else of it, yet it seems so rare today that people look you in the eye and say hello or offer a smile.

It certainly impacted my day. I know I have often passed people made eye contact while walking in the city, and either offered a smile or said hello without the person responding. perhaps they thought I was odd but I miss the simple pleasantries that make our day to day lives that much more enjoyable. Everyone seems to be rushing constantly caught up in their own thoughts or heads. Maybe we have become a bit jaded with all the madness we hear about in the news & people are more fearful of someone just saying hello.

I appreciated that small gesture and silently said a prayerful wish of peace to that person. I will pay it forward.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Food Glorious Food!

Do these books entice you a bit? With the start of the new year so many of us are tweaking our fitness programs and diets for optimal health. Well this coming week you are in for a treat!

I am reviewing our new segment for the blog where I will be featuring a woman owned business every month, this month our initial launch we will be featuring the lovely Lisa Kristofek from Fresh Squeezed Holistic Nutrition!

You will love getting to know her. Stay tuned.

Monday, January 6, 2014


An amazing thing happens when you get honest with yourself and start doing what you love, what makes you happy. Your life literally slows down. You stop wishing for the weekend. You stop merely looking forward to special events. You begin to live in each moment and you start feeling like a human being. You just ride the wave that is life, with this feeling of contentment and joy. You move fluidly, steadily, calm and grateful. A veil is lifted, and a whole new perspective is born.
— Jes Allen