Sunday, March 26, 2017

Can You Create Photo Memories During a Time of Bereavement?

 In times of bereavement, the last thing a grieving family wants to think about is photographs that can later be posted to a website. In the moment, all minds are attuned to remembering the deceased loved one and not on capturing the moment. However, here are a few reasons this is a great time to take photographs or create a documentary.

Many Relatives Present
During funerals and memorial services, families often get to see relatives they have not seen in a long time. The occasion is sad, but memorial service attendees take the time to catch up on the details of each other's lives. Although many do not recognize funerals as reunion opportunities, they do acknowledge that they reconnect with distant cousins who may live far away from the place where the occasion takes place.

Sentimental Mindsets
The passing of a loved one also makes attendees more focused on the things that are most important over the span of a life. Those who are not too full of grief are more emotionally prepared to speak candidly and authentically on video. This makes a funeral a perfect time to capture the most profound memories and words on film.

Dressed to Impress
When one thinks of family portraits or meaningful photographs that get passed down from generation to generation, it is easy to imagine carefully planning and posing for still shots. At funerals, most attendees are already dressed their best and ready for memorable photos. There has often been a slight stigma around taking photos of the deceased, but there is no rule that prevents photos of the living. The fact that so many people are present makes this the perfect time for group photos, but there is also a priceless opportunity to catch candid photos of individual people communing with the people they love.

Several Generations Come Together
Funerals represent a prime time to talk to elder generations and recall family stories. Younger generations get to know their own history and connect with parents and grandparents around the things they have in common. There is also a chance to ensure the right names are attributed to the people in photos.

Although many people might not consider funerals an ideal time or place for documentaries and photos, they provide optimal conditions to capture the things that are most important to families. Instead of seeing this only as a time of grief, more families could see this as a time to remember their own collective history and plant seeds for their own future.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

What is Selective Mutism in Kids?

 What Is Selective Mutism?


There are a few children that seem to enjoy spending time alone, lost in their own world of play. It is not unhealthy behavior until it becomes the norm for them to do this in nearly all social situations. It is true that some children are naturally more shy than others, but it should never be at a point that all social interactions are awkward from start to finish.


Why Is My Child Socially Shy?

It is not unusual for a child to become suddenly shy around strangers. Some children are more prone to shyness than others. Most will come around and get comfortable after a few minutes of observing the interactions of others. There are a few children that struggle more than normal and can become almost paralyzed in fear with new, or active social situations. The main cause is a high level of anxiety. Social anxiety can become a life-long struggle for an individual if it not addressed early.


What Causes Social Anxiety In Children?

A genetic predisposition to anxiety is often the cause of social anxiety in children. If a parent, grandparent, or other close relative suffers from anxiety, your child is at greater risk of this same condition. There may be other factors involved, such as peer bullying, learning disabilities, or subtle speech abnormalities they are made aware of in not-so-gentle ways by others. A true anxiety condition in children should be treated seriously and all measures taken to help them learn positive coping skills.


Possible Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities of all types can cause high levels of stress and anxiety in children. They are able to pick up on frustration levels in adults and other peers and it cause them to go into a mute status. Selective mutism is a condition in which the child chooses to go silent for periods of time, mainly during heavy social activities. There are some children that are bothered by bright lights, loud noises or a flurry of activity. This can cause them to self-isolate and refuse to take part in group activities.


Underlying Speech Abnormalities

Problems with phonetics, word usage, word and sound formation, or slowed speech can all increase childhood anxiety and cause them to hide away in a shell. The problem can be made worse by having these abnormalities pointed out. The child is unable to perform to expectations and consequently shuts down socially. You will notice that in a more comfortable and intimate surrounding, they open up again and get highly involved.


Benefits of Speech Therapy

There is available speech therapy for children that can help them gain the confidence and skills needed to combat social anxiety. The methods are as varied as the individual needs of the child. A quality speech therapist will conduct the proper testing and design a routine that builds a trusting relationship with the child. This is when true progress can be made, with the child feeling much more confident in their own abilities. You will see a marked decrease in periods of isolation, muteness, tantrums and other negative acting out behaviors.

If your child is struggling with social situations and they seem to completely shut down, it might be time to investigate whether they are suffering from social anxiety and selective mutism. Professional speech therapists, like the ones at Southwest Kids Clinic, will help your child reach their full potential.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics Review ~~ 100% Vegetarian

I am a firm believer that what you eat has a huge effect on your body, your soul and your mind.  Feed your body garbage and you'll feel like garbage.  Feed your body healthy, natural foods and you will feel amazing.   At the beginning of this year, I did a clean eating challenge.   Basically, it was getting rid of a lot of certain types of food that might cause issues in some people.  I gave up dairy, alcohol, grains and sugar, among other things.  By the end of my 30 days of eating clean, I had more energy, my skin was clearer, I was never itchy, I was positive.  Life was amazing!

Then, when the clean eating challenge was over, I tried to re-introduce foods.  When I ate pizza again for the first time, it did not go over so well.  Since I had eaten wheat products with no problem, I thought maybe it was the cheese that was giving me an issue.  I posted about it on Facebook and one of my friends who is a doctor and researcher told me that if I found the right probiotics I should be able to enjoy my favorite dairy product~~cheese. 

Around the same time I began trying out Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics.  

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After a couple weeks of taking the probiotics I wasn't having any issues with cheese any more.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WW | Inspired by the Blue Sky Sunset

I have been playing with all of my new Sheer Minerals Eye Shadows from Lemongrass Spa.  I have never been afraid of color anywhere.  Our last house looked like a ChiChi's.  My livingroom had 4 different color walls.  It made me happy to walk into that house.  Don't get me wrong. I love how modern and chic our dark gray and maple palette looks now as well.  But color makes me happy!

I don't care how old I get~~ I don't mind playing with different colors on my eyes.  My most recent fun was had by using the Lemongrass Spa color in Sand Pearl on my lids and using the Azul as my eye liner.  You can use any of the Sheer Minerals eye shadows as eye liner by dipping a small brush in water and then in the eye shadow.  I love how this fun makeup playtime turned out!

While I was scrolling through my pictures, I realized that the colors that I used were almost exactly the same as this sunset that I was able to catch out of my bedroom window last week.  The colors in nature are amazing.  This sunset didn't have the bright oranges and pinks of a cloudy sunset, but the colors are still beautiful.


Let me know if you'd ever like me to help you get these or any of our other Sheer Minerals Eye Shadow colors.  😊


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Why is it Important to Maintain Low Blood Cholesterol?


Why is it important to maintain low blood cholesterol?

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a lipoprotein (fatty alcohol) contained in cell membranes of all living organisms. It is essential for normal functioning of all vital organs of the human body. In particular, it plays a key role in some hormone production. Also, cholesterol is crucial for the brain and the immune system. But why do health specialists all over the world call for fighting against cholesterol? Turns out, it’s not as simple as it can seem.

Two types of cholesterol

Specialists usually distinguish between “good” and “bad” cholesterol. What does it mean? High-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is water-dissolvable; it is not deposited in the vessels. On the contrary, it protects the arteries from abnormal fatty deposits forming. It is called “good” cholesterol. Low-density lipoprotein, or, LDL, in its turn, is not dissolvable in water. It is deposited in the blood vessels in the form of atherosclerotic plaques, causing luminal occlusion. It is considered “bad”, and its level should be strictly controlled. High LDL increases the risk of strokes, heart attacks and many cardiovascular diseases.


Sources of “bad” cholesterol


To make the fight against high cholesterol effective it’s important to understand how it gets to the body.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Amaretto Sheer Minerals Eye Shadow for the Win!

 I have been slowly but surely switching all of my makeup over to Lemongrass Spa's Sheer Mineral makeup line.  I had been waiting to buy an eyeshadow.  I have no idea why I've waited this long.  I guess I figured I already had a lot of eyeshadows left from other companies.  Plus, as I've said before, I'm fairly simple in my makeup routine now.  Some days I don't even wear makeup.  And you know why?  It's not usually the "putting on" that I mind (that's the fun part!), it's the taking it off at the end of the day.  By 9 or 10 PM, I'm tired and lazy.  Pretty much just done.  I know it seems like a small thing.  I'm already washing my face anyway, right?  I don't know.  Maybe it's a mind game I play with myself!  

At any rate, I finally bought my very first Sheer Minerals eye shadow. 
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I bought the Amaretto shade.  Lemongrass Spa says that it's stunning with brown or green eyes, but as you can see it also plays very nicely with blue eyes.  

They describe it as a "Deep, rich burgundy-brown blend."  I actually see a lot of "copper" in it, which is why I think it works so well with blue eyes.  If you know anything about color wheels, orange is opposite blue on the color wheel.  That means they are complimentary colors.  If orange is next to blue, it actually brings the blue out more.  Wanna try a fun trick? 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Which New Lip Color is Your Favorite? Persimmon or Sangria?

 I have been wearing makeup since I was 11.  Yep, you read that right.  I was 11 years old.  That would make me a pre-teen in the 80's.  Anyone remember what 80s makeup was like?  It was full out, full-on, full-blown makeup.  And a lot of it.  Nowadays, I get by with the bare minimum on most days, some days not wearing any at all.  I still love getting ready for a special night out with full-blown makeup, but for the most part I'm into simplicity now.

I love my easy makeup routine that I have with my Lemongrass Spa mineral makeup now.  I use the BB Creme, maybe the concealer if  I remember it and the organic mascara (which I LOVE.)  And of course
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