Friday, November 13, 2015

Artistic Handmade Gifts For Christmas

Creativity has been a profound part of my holistic wellness all my life.  I enjoy every moment of my creativity.  I love to cook, write, and make earrings.  I love working with my hands and the more creative I can be, the better.  I have shared many aspects of my creative life that keep me well and balanced, but the one aspect of my creativity I haven't talked much about is my love of making beaded jewelry.  I opened my Etsy shop about five years ago when I discovered that I can turn a hobby that I did mostly for therapy and relaxation into a nice part time cottage industry business.  I have about 30 pairs in my shop now and each pair is unique and a lovely reflection of my love of nature and the colorful world we live in and enjoy everyday.  At first, I was making earrings using some pretty plastic beads I had bought at a craft store.  

Then, I began to learn about semi-precious stones, like malachite, lapis lazuli, and amethyst, and their wonderful magical healing powers, and my focus shifted.  I'm very intuitive and sensitive and when I wear amethyst, one of my favorite healing stones, I can feel its healing earthy grounding energy and I feel protected and relaxed.  I have read that semi-precious stones are alive and can help the earth and people who wear them.  I know in my heart that this is true and this is why I enjoy wearing them and working with them for my holistic wearable art.  I now have more than half a dozen lovely pairs of earrings that contain semi-precious stone beads and I carefully designed each pair to inspire, contribute to healing wellness, and help the wearer feel relaxed and beautiful. 

At the moment, I am having a special clearance sale for Christmas until Thanksgiving where I'm clearing out all my plastic beaded earrings and I have significantly reduced the prices.  After I have sold all those earrings, my focus will be on semi-precious, glass, and recycled.  As a holistic earth steward, my preference is to work with materials that are nontoxic, earth friendly, and recyclable and required a minimal carbon footprint to manufacture and produce.  I also have some lovely earrings that are made from recycled computer circuit board.   But those are also a one time creation because my husband and I no longer collect computer circuit boards.  We shifted our focus so when those earrings are all sold, I won't be making any more.  

Something very healing and magical happens when I gather my semi-precious stone beads and design lovely earrings and then I see the finished product.  My first reaction is that they are too lovely to wear and I'd prefer to just hang them on a curtain or lamp shade and admire them.  But, I do have bills to pay and expenses and I need to take care of my family, so, I am doing my best to sell my earrings to take care of our needs.  I am doing the work I love and I would love the money to follow.  As this Holiday Season approaches, I am asking you to find it in your heart that instead of continuing along the same consumerism approach that most people take when shopping for gifts for your family and friends, please think about me, a hard working indie artist, and make a loving contribution to my creative business.  I take great care in the packaging and shipping of all orders and I treat all my customers with kindness, respect, and care.  The more orders I receive, the happier I will be, and the more I will be able to buy more beautiful materials to make more beautiful earrings and necklaces to match.

A portion of all sales will be donated to help Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the largest no kill animal sanctuary in the USA, and Natural Resources Defense Counsel, an organization working hard to educate the public about the fragile eco systems and the importance of conservation and protecting our clean air and the wildlife.  I am including a few images in this post of my lovely earrings so you can see samples of my wearable art and you can see some beautiful gift ideas.  I invite you to visit my Etsy shop and browse around and please feel free to send me an email or private convo with any questions you may have.  I appreciate your interest and I look forward to hearing from you very soon.  Please click this link to see my lovely Etsy shop.

Much Love Gratitude Blessings,

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Earth Friendly Organic Halloween Makeup

Next to Christmas and Thanksgiving, Halloween is one of the most celebrated honored holidays of the year. It never ceases to amaze me how many people get into the spirit of the holiday and enjoy the festivities. 2,000 years ago, Halloween was a very sacred holiday celebrated by the Celtic people in the ancient British Isles. It was a holiday celebrated by Druids, Witches and Wiccan Covens, Fairies, Elves, and various other Celtic Tribes. On All Hallows' Eve, as it was called back then, the Druids would go from door to door holding an empty basket asking for fruit and whatever treats the residents would give them. Later in the evening, everyone would gather together in a festival, dancing, singing, playing, and enjoying the foods they were given.

Many centuries later, Halloween is still a celebrated holiday, but today things have drastically changed. People still enjoy wearing costumes, pretending to be their alter ego. They also enjoy going door to door saying, "trick or treat" and asking for sweet treats, but the tradition has vastly changed. Halloween is probably one of the most expensive holidays. As soon as the summer begins to fade, stores begin stocking up for Halloween and the Christmas Holiday Season. Throughout the store, you’ll see the regular merchandise combined with racks upon racks of new Halloween paraphernalia.

One of the biggest traditions of Halloween is the wild and elaborate costumes people design. Many people go with the traditional Angels, Ghosts, Devils, and Superheroes, while others opt for outlandish costumes, portraying celebrities in Hollywood. The costumes are usually cute, colorful, and beautiful and the makeup is a process all to its own. Dressing up and playing make believe, pretending to be someone or something else for a day is fun and exciting. It is a beautiful way to express the inner child. The problem is that the makeup and hair goo that is used to complement the costumes is usually toxic, smelly, and very harmful to the health. It’s fun to dress up and wear wild and zany colorful makeup and create funny wild hairdos that get attention. But when these products contain toxic petrochemicals, the fun disappears.

I remember attending Halloween parties with friends and I always had a great time dressing up and checking out everyone’s getup. We always had such a great time trying to guess what someone was supposed to be and admiring the elaborate costume designs. Unfortunately, there was also a down side. Each person had bright or dark colorful thick makeup on and colorful hairspray with funky silver and gold streams sticking out of their hair. As soon as I would get close to someone, I would have trouble breathing, would start coughing, and I’d make a mad dash for the bathroom. At first, I thought I was crazy and I couldn’t understand what was wrong until years later.

When my husband and I began learning about holistic natural living, we began to question and analyze all the holidays. We were invited to a couple parties, but we started turning down invitations. I was no longer interested in wearing funky or sexy costumes with wacky colorful makeup because I couldn’t find anything fun that was non-toxic. All those crazy facial makeup applicators and the silver and gold aerosol junk you put in the hair are permeated with toxic petrochemicals. That shiny silver and gold stuff that you use to draw lines and decorations around your eyes and on your cheeks is filled with petroleum, potentially toxic food dyes, and horrible fragrance.
Those petrochemicals contain coal tar, the same smelly toxic chemicals that are used to pave roads and repair leaky roofs. Essentially, you’re putting gasoline on your face and in your hair! If you find this gross and appalling, then you’re paying attention. It’s cheap and massively distributed to all cheap dollar stores and can make people very ill. The fumes from the adulterated scented products pollute the air, groundwater, and wildlife.

If you want to have fun and get dressed up in some wild funky colorful costumes and makeup, opt for something that is safe enough to eat. Aubrey Organics and Aveda make some beautiful makeup, including some playful, funky, wild colors. There’s no reason that you can’t have fun in a non-toxic earth friendly manner. Pure organic plant essences are safer for the environment and the recycled packaging they come in can either be reused or recycled. The cheap inexpensive little makeup applicators you find in the bargain stores are better off ignored.

A really good way to enjoy Halloween and the Holiday Season is to make your own nontoxic earth-friendly makeup and check out some books with some good nontoxic tips. This Halloween, make a strong statement that tells the world that you genuinely care about Mother Earth and all Her Beautiful Creatures. Show the world that  you are no longer willing to patronize those companies that only care about profit margin, even if it means polluting the environment.

The best thing we can do to correct this horrible problem is to become avid strict label readers and vote with our wallets.  Say “No” to greedy multi-nationals! Say “Yes” to organic, green, earth friendly conscious companies that care about Mother Earth, the humans, and the animals. Eat, live, shop, and be Green! Shopping at your local health food store and purchasing only those products and items that are 100% green, organic, and earth friendly, nontoxic is the best thing people can do to contribute to a cleaner greener Earth and reduce our footprint upon Mother Earth.  

To learn more about how to enjoy an organic Halloween and other wonderful Holidays, please check out my website, NotPerfume: and learn how to green your beauty and cosmetics and be more kind and loving to your skin.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Special Holiday Season Bonus Offer For My Tasty Herbal Vegan Cookbook

I want to post a gentle reminder that when you buy my delicious vegan cookbook today, you will receive 2 special Bonuses – a magical healing soup recipe that has been in my family for years and has helped us stay well and a wonderful ebook with great tips about healthy eating and a delicious menu guide – a total value of $70.00. Also, for a limited time, I lowered the price a little bit from the original price, which was $18.11 to $14.44 to help you get through the Holiday Season + when you subscribe today for my Organic Wise Mama Newsletter at my blog:, you will receive some extra special recipes and other goodies. Tasty Herbal Vegan Kitchen cookbook is now published <3 u=""> Remember, my cookbook is in ebook format in pdf to be downloaded and viewed on your computer. Please post your comments here with any questions you may have and send me an email to You can also follow me on Twitter – notperfume.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Holistic Wellness Selfcare is Vital for Life

Self-care has become a vital necessity in my life.  Self-care is not just about everyday living and survival.  It's more than having the strength and energy to get through my day and cope with all of life's challenges.  I prepare delicious healthy meals so I feel good and healthy throughout the day and week. I drink healthy clean water so that I stay hydrated and stay well.  I get plenty of rest and meditate so that I stay well and centered and grounded and I have the physical and mental energy I need to take care of myself and my wonderful beautiful family.  I never truly understood self-care until the day I became a Mother and I truly understood the need for me to take extra tender loving great care of me.  Self-care is exactly as it sounds.  It is a very important wonderful daily process of giving myself the extra gentle tender loving care, love, and respect I need.  It includes everything, including how I brush my hair and my teeth, how I bathe, keeping my indoor air clean and healthy, and enjoying a lot of much needed laughter and loving, tender, caring, cuddles with my dear, sweet, wonderful husband, our adorable beautiful toddler son, and our adorable, sweet, cuddly two cats, our furry baby furry friends.  I am very thankful that at my age today of 45 years, I maintained and kept to my important conscious healthy decisions to treat my body like a temple and keep it healthy and happy.  

There is no coincidence that I feel and look the way I do at 45 years.  I am a healthy nonsmoker, nondrinker, I am a holistic herbalist and I don't even take over the counter bigpharma meds for anything.  I prefer to meditate and rest instead of consuming caffeine.  I'm green and organic from head to  toe.  I am not bragging.  I am very thankful, blessed, and happy for all my important healthy life lessons of wisdom.  I invite you to join me on this journey of holistic self-care healing wellness and you can start by following me on Twitter and Facebook and joining my FREE Organic Wise Mama Newsletter for great #tips #organic #holistic #selfcare #vegan #recipes #foodie #gifts.  Just sign up on the right-hand side of my blog here to the right on the top and enter your name and your email address to receive your special holistic healing self-care gifts.  Please share my newsletter and my blog with your friends.

Much Love Gratitude Blessings Peace,

Monday, May 11, 2015

Holistic Healing Self Care for Mamas

This Mother's Day, I made a strong effort to take extra good care of myself.  My holistic, healing, self-care routine is extra important to me as a Mother of a very active toddler.  My holistic, healing, self-care has always been important to me, but seeing now that Motherhood is a full-time job and a lot of work, it is of the utmost importance to me to stay well and feel good.    This is why I make sure to stay well hydrated, rested, nourished, and enjoy as much healing laughter and calming relaxation as I can.  I've been a meditator for 20 years and it has literally saved my life in many ways.  I'm a passionate believer in being caffeine-free for many reasons and the most important reason is I do not believe in any stimulants.  When I feel tired, I get extra rest or I take a nice soothing hot soak in the bathtub.  I also enjoy soothing healing organic essential oils, like sandalwood and sweet orange, to help me feel rejuvenated and relaxed.  It's true what is said that a healthy Mama is a happy Mama.  

All children need their parents to be healthy, happy, comfortable, and well and it's our personal responsibility to make sure we stay well.    I always make sure to be silent and still and listen to my Inner Voice, my Intuition, that guides and protect me 24/7, and I always listen quietly during my meditation.  I'm also a holistic herbalist and I am a firm believer in treating my body like a temple.  I thankfully attribute my vibrant youthfulness to a very healthy sane lifestyle and I'm very thankful for the wise choices I make everyday, including not putting anything synthetic and toxic in or on my body.  My beautiful adorable son depends on me for love and care and he needs his Mama to be healthy and happy.  I also need to be a healthy example to follow so that when he's older, he will see his Mama as a healthy, strong, happy woman and he will understand the invaluable importance of holistic, healing, self-care.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Delicious vegan treat for your Easter Spring celebration

A special vegan recipe treat for my friends to celebrate and enjoy a compassionate healthy vegan Easter. Happy Spring!

A delicious recipe from my soon to be published vegan cookbook - enjoy!
 Philly Sheeze Steak Sub Sandwich
1 large whole wheat baguette, cut in 1/2 in the middle and then sliced in 2
2 small handfuls of Daiya vegan cheddar sheeze shreds
6 slices Tofurky philly sheeze steak style flavor

Instructions:   Gently and evenly spread the vegan sheeze shreds on the baguette until it's covered well.  Lightly toast the sheezy baguette for 15 minutes or until lightly brown and the sheeze has melted.  This is a delicious hearty snack.  Serve and Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My holistic beauty

When it comes to smelling and looking good, my approach is keep it simple, holistic, healthy, and organic.  I'm a very simple down-to-earth woman and I prefer to keep my beauty and personal care regimen simple and down-to-earth.  When I begin my day, I splash my face with cool water, drink a cup of spring water, and do a little facial yoga to keep my facial muscles healthy and comfortable.  When I shower, I use organic lavender castile soap and rinse my face under the shower.  I comb my wet hair and allow my hair to dry naturally.  I wear makeup only on special occasions, but when I do, I wear a little translucent foundation powder, a little blush, eye shadow, and lipstick that is all organic and botanical.  Sometimes, I just wear a little lipstick and absorb some Vitamin D from the sun, allowing the warmth to make my cheeks naturally rosy.  

When my skin feels itchy, dry, or uncomfortable, I gently massage the uncomfortable areas with a teaspoon of organic unrefined sesame oil.  When I want to smell lovely and feel good, I pour a drop of organic sandalwood oil on my wrists, ankles, and neck.  I'm grateful for the lovely gifts Mother Nature gives me.  If we could all learn to be grateful for the lovely gifts Mother Nature gives us and simplify our lives, perhaps we could learn to appreciate what we have and be happy without trying to make unnecessary dramatic painful changes to our appearance.