Saturday, December 2, 2017

It's that season: Lymph System Self-Massage

It's not Wednesday, but I am re-posting this video that has been helping me SO much with sinus and ear congestion, as well as throat inflammation. At my house, everyone seems to be coming down with a virus! Give this a try, and see if it helps you, too.

As I mentioned in my original post, my shoulders get tired and sore if I do the 50-100 repetitions she recommends. I do 10-20 at a time, and then repeat throughout the day as needed.

Don't forget to drink your ASEA cell signaling supplement to help your body's immunity!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Pumpkin Seeds!

photo credit: GreenMedInfo LLC, 2017
Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are one of my favorite snacks! I'm all over the crunchy, chewy texture, and the taste is mild and slightly nutty. I keep a container in my car for when I'm out and need a quick protein fix. My local grocery store has them in the bulk section--look for the raw seeds--or  you can clean the ones that come from your fall pumpkins!

Pumpkin seeds are a great addition to salads, granola, or anywhere you'd add chopped nuts. 

Here's a good tutorial and recipe for cleaning and roasting your own:
I love making my own, but it's a little time-intensive for my year 'round snacking.

Why should you eat pumpkin seeds?

Nuts and seeds are great sources of protein and prebiotics (the foods that feed your probiotics and help them grow).

Pumpkin seeds are a traditional treatment for parasites.

The omega-6 oils in pumpkin seeds are great healthy fats that can improve vascular (blood vessel) strength and elasticity.

Need more reasons? Here's a link to an article at GreenMedInfo with references to medical studies documenting *11* great benefits of pumpkin seeds!

Pumpkin Seeds: 11 Evidence-Based Health Benefits


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Cell Signaling Research

The science of nutrition and supplements is of utmost important to me! If the science doesn't make sense to me, I don't use the supplement. One of the most appealing aspects of ASEA as a company is the amount of resources they invest in independent research.

I hope you'll watch this 4 minute video to learn more about how supplementing your cell signaling can improve your overall health at a genetic level. It has been life-changing for me, and I know it can offer help and hope to anyone willing to try it.

ASEA Scientific Credibility: A Commitment to Safety and Efficacy from ASEA on Vimeo.

You can see more videos and information at my ASEA website,

Monday, October 9, 2017

Subscribe by October 10--Season of Style kits!

To help you out with your holiday papercrafting, Stampin Up is offering two coordinating Paper Pumpkin kits in October and December! Sign up by Tuesday, October 10 to get the October kit! Go to to sign up, or buy a prepaid subscription in my online store:

You'll get a self-contained kit each month, which you can use according to the instructions or go out on your own and create your own stylish holiday tags, cards, and small gifts!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Crazy for Nuts

image credit: Dr Ronald Hoffman

Do you love to eat nuts? Increasingly, studies are showing the huge health benefits of adding nuts to your daily diet.

. . . consumers of nuts five or more times per week were found to enjoy a 29% reduction in death from heart disease; an 11% reduction in death from stroke; a 23% reduction in death from infection; a 24% reduction in death from respiratory diseases; a 29% reduction in death from kidney disease; and an 11% reduction in death from cancer. -- (see

There are so many delicious choices available to us in today's market: pistachios, almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamias . . .

Here are a few great reasons to eat nuts, from Dr Ronald Hoffman. See more information on his blog Intelligent Medicine.

Nuts Are PALEO: That is, with the exception of peanuts, which are actually legumes, sometimes spurned by hard-core Paleo adherents because of their lectin content. Tree nuts and seeds are ancient staples of the human diet to which millions of years of evolution have made us well-adapted.

 Nuts are LOW-CARB, low GI: The Glycemic Index, or GI, is a determinant of how quickly the sugars in foods are digested, absorbed, and released into the bloodstream. High-GI foods are thought to overwhelm the body’s sugar-handling capabilities, resulting in progression towards Metabolic Syndrome and diabetes. Nuts are relatively low-carb to begin with, and the carbs they contain are released slowly after a meal. They make a great snack to stave off sugar-craving or hypoglycemia.

Nuts are high in FIBER: While not traditionally thought of as a high-fiber food, nuts are rich in soluble fiber, the best kind for reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease. 
Nuts contain HEALTHY FATS AND OILS: Nuts are rich in the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid. Note the word essential: the body cannot make these oils on its own, and we must obtain them from outside sources. Lack of these essential fatty acids can cause dry skin, inflammation, infertility, mood and memory problems, and promote heart disease.

Nuts are a source of critical POLYPHENOLS: Polyphenols are plant-derived antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals. Nuts contain a wide variety of polyphenols including resveratrol, lutein, cryptoxanthin and many others. Some seeds, like flaxseed and sesame, are rich in lignans, a specific subtype of polyphenols that may protect against reproductive cancers.

Nuts are high in MAGNESIUM: Consider magnesium the energy mineral; its lack may be felt as fatigue or irritability and it can even increase the risk of heart problems, diabetes and high blood pressure. Magnesium’s role in bone metabolism is often underestimated. 

See more research and more reasons to eat nuts at:

Monday, October 2, 2017

Pick a Pumpkin!

Pumpkins are one of my favorite parts of fall, and the Pick a Pumpkin set and coordinating Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits are perfect! I love that you can use them for fall AND for other projects.

Check them out for all your holiday projects!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Kitties at Play

A few more ideas for using the Cat Punch without the matching stamp set!

The card on the left features Texture Paste and Copper Embossing Powder, along with some Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I punched a mask of the kitty out of scrap cardstock, and then just scraped some Texture Paste through it. Easy peasy!

The card on the right features the new Layered Leaves Dynamic embossing folder, as well as some Crushed Curry Baker's Twine and a watercolored gray kitty.

I'm a big fan of using the products you already have as well as the new things you love. The Cat Punch is something that will get a LOT of use from me in the coming years.


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Cat Punch

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Lymph System Massage During Allergy Season

Have you ever awakened with a clogged ear or sinus? It's a horrible way to start your day! I recently found this video about Lymph System Self-Massage, and it has helped my family tremendously.

My shoulders and arms start to hurt if I do as many repetitions as she suggests, so I start out with 10 each. Then, if I need to, I can do the massage again later.

I'm surprised how effective this is--almost immediately, and then over the course of time. It's really helping us deal with allergies and congestion in a safe, healthy way!

Hope it helps you and your family move toward being healthier and more in control of how you feel. Have a great Healthy Wednesday!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Swap Feature: Magical Mermaid

This fabulous card was made by Cathy Williams in a recent swap I participated in. Can you tell that tail is made on Copper Foil?? Amazing!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Kitties in the Sunlight

I bought the Cat Punch, but not the coordinating stamp set, because it wasn't my style. So now I'm determined to find ways to use it! It has been easier than I expected. So many fun things to do with this kitty!

Both these cards use watercoloring and the Eclectic Layers window die. I don't know if it's really a window, but that's what I'm calling it! For the card on the left, I made a template from cardstock and watercolored the "diamonds" through it. It wasn't exact, but then, sunrises rarely are! The only stamp set I used was for the sentiment, Daisy Delight.

For the card on the left, I watercolored again, using the same colors: Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, and Crushed Curry. Then I placed the "window" over top and did some outlining in white gel pen. There are also some Curry stripes on my kitty!

These were really simple cards to make. Give watercoloring a sunrise or sunset a try! You can't do it "wrong," so that takes all the pressure off.

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Cat Punch

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Diet and Depression

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What if your diet could help your moderate depression?? How big would that be! Well, there is now research showing that healthier diets reduce the risk of depression.

Professor Felice Jacka, director of Deakin University's Food and Mood Centre, said the Mediterranean diet had been credited with improving cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of diabetes and increasing longevity.
"We already know that diet has a very potent impact on the biological aspects of our body that affect depression risks," she said. "The immune system, brain plasticity, and gut microbiota seem to be central not just to our physical health, but also our mental health. And diet, of course, is the main factor that affects the gut microbiota."

What were the main diet premises?

Encouraged foods: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, low-fat/ unsweetened dairy, raw unsalted nuts, lean red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, and olive oil
Discouraged foods: sweets, refined cereals, fried food, fast food, processed meat.
Beverages: maximum two sugar-sweetened beverages per week and maximum two alcoholic drinks per day, preferably red wine.

As Dr. Jacka states, we already know that the gut biome is the key to all health--both body and mind. Everyone can start by eliminating sugar, fast food, and processed foods. That doesn't take a nutrition degree. Increase your whole food intake: vegetables, fruits, nuts, healthy oils. And don't forget to add fermented foods and probiotics!

Here's the article on the Psychology Today blog:

Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression

Monday, September 11, 2017

Autumn Blessings

Isn't this a beautiful card? It's made with the new stamp set Count My Blessings, available in both wood and clear mount.
Such a pretty font! And those images are just begging to be watercolored!