Tuesday, June 28, 2016

~ This is What Happens To Your Body if You Eat Avocado Every Day ~

I love avocados and I knew they were good for us, however, I'm even more impressed by this information!

The avocado is believed to have originated in Puebla, Mexico. The oldest evidence of the avocado was found in a cave in Puebla, Mexico and dates back to around 10,000 BC.
Native to Mexico and Central America, the avocado is classified in the same family as camphor and cinnamon. An avocado is botanically, a large berry that grows on a tree that can reach 6 feet tall. Just like a banana, the avocado ripens 1-2 weeks after being picked.
Avocados are often referred to as the healthiest food due to its impressive nutritional value.
An avocado contains these vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin B1
Vitamin B2
Vitamin B3
Vitamin B5
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B9
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin K
• An avocado contains more potassium than a banana. Avocados have 14% and a banana contains 10% potassium.
• Folate for your hearts health. Avocados have 23% folate which lowers incidences of heart disease. Vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione are also good for the heart. Folate can lower the risks of having a stroke.
• Folate is also essential in the prevention of birth defects such as spina bifida and neural tube defect.
• Eating avocados help our body’s absorb 5 times the amount of carotenoids (lycopene and beta carotene).
• Eye Heath- Avocados contain more carotenoid lutein than any other fruit, protecting against macular degeneration and cataracts.
• High in beta-sitosterol, avocados lower bad cholesterol by 22%, raises good cholesterol by 11% and also lowers blood triglycerides by 20%.
• Studies show high oleic acid prevents breast cancer, inhibits tumor growth in prostate cancer and seeks out precancerous and oral cancer cells and destroys them.
• Avocados are high in fiber and will help you feel fuller longer, potentially helping with weight loss. High fiber helps metabolic health and steadies blood sugar.
• Avocado extract paired with soybean oil can reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
• Pholyphenols and flavonoids within avocados have anti inflammatory properties.
• Avocados cleanse the intestines, relieving bad breath.
• Avocado oil greatly nourishes the skin and is a beneficial treatment for psoriasis and other skin irritations.
• Avocados contain an antioxidant called glutathione that prevents heart disease, cancer and slows the signs of aging.
• Glutathione also fights free radicals.
Our blood and cells carry oxygen all throughout our bodies. When we are exposed to environmental pollutants, these toxins change the oxygen in our mitochondria into free radicals, destroying our cells and DNA. This damage creates chronic illnesses. Researchers from the Federation of American Society for Experimental Biology have found glutathione in avocados can be absorbed into our mitochondria and then neutralize the free radicals.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

~ 3 years and a Special Request ~

It's so hard to believe that today marks 3 years since we lost this precious girl!  Seems like maybe 3 months. Not a single day goes by that I don't think of her and wonder what she would be doing right now. She would have moved to Austin, completed 1 year of college, had at least 1 job, a ton of new friends as well as the old and created fun and happiness for all that she came in contact with. Abby lived her short life full on ~ as we all should!  She was strong willed, funny, loving, absolutely brilliant and we considered her our "family manager".  She had a definite schedule for herself and wanted that for each of us too. :) If you were 10 minutes late, she was calling to see why. She scheduled so many activities that most of the family needed an appointment to be with her. We were "summoned" to lunches after Church, Holiday gatherings, shopping trips and school functions. She and Alex (grandson) had a Nanny from Columbia when they were small and she taught them to speak fluent Spanish. Abby would stamp her foot at 2 yrs old if we mispronounced a word. I could go on for days but I won't.

As difficult as it is without her, we were extremely blessed to have her with us for almost 16 yrs. We don't have God's Master Plan but obviously, He needed her to do beautiful things in Heaven. 

My "Special Request" is to ask each of you if you would be willing to perform 3 Random Acts of Kindness this week...more if you'd like!  :)  You're welcome to come back and share or just have them remain anonymous. The latter is what I like to do!  Doing this will bring such happiness to others and YOU will become one of Abby's Angels.  

Thank you for your visit ~ your time is always appreciated!  Give those you love big hugs, tell them over & over how much they mean to you, make a phone call ~ no text or email! ~, go visit and take a meal or just stop by for coffee. Forget the to-do list, the projects and live in the moment...that's all we really have!

Click here: Tim McGraw ~ Live Like You Were Dying

Monday, June 20, 2016

~ Bucket List Meme ~

A friend of mine did this so thought I would too.  :) I didn't create the list...could have added a few more but I won't tell everything in one post. Please feel free to join in if you'd like!

Bucket List Meme

Been Married 💗
Been divorced  💗
Fell in love 💗
Gone on a blind date 💗  
Skipped school  💗
Watched someone give birth 💗 
Watched someone die 💗
Been to Canada 💗
Ridden in an ambulance 
Been to Hawaii 💗
Been to Europe 💗 
Been to Las Vegas 💗
Been to Washington D.C  💗
Been to Nashville 💗
Visited Florida 💗
Visited Mexico💗 
Seen the Grand Canyon in person 💗
Flown in a helicopter 💗
Been on a cruise 
Served on a jury 💗
Been in a movie 
Danced in the rain 💗
Been to Los Angeles  💗
Been to New York City 💗
Played in a band 💗
Sang karaoke 💗
Laughed so much you cried 💗
Laughed so hard you pee’d  
Caught a snowflake on your tongue 💗
Had children 💗
Had a pet(s)💗
Been sledding on big hill
Been downhill skiing 
Been water skiing 💗
Ridden on a motorcycle 💗
Traveled to all 50 states
Jumped out of a plane 
Been to a drive-in movie 💗
Ridden an elephant 💗
Ridden a Horse 💗
Been on TV 
Been in the newspaper 💗
Stayed in the Hospital 💗
Donated blood 💗
Gotten a piercing 💗 ears!
Gotten a tattoo 
Driven a stick shift vehicle   💗 
Been scuba diving 
Lived on your own 💗
Rode in the back of a police car  
Got a speeding ticket: Have never had a ticket
Broken a bone 💗
Gotten stitches 💗
Traveled Alone 💗

Friday, June 17, 2016

~ 49 Birds ~

It's difficult for me to post recipes, DIY's, new stuff, whatever in light of the tragedies in Florida.  I know life must go on...we're not to live in fear..."stuff" can be a good distraction, etc.  I'm a very sensitive person and it takes time for me to process events like these. I love this story and thought I'd share in case you haven't seen it.  Where did the birds come from?  IMHO, God's blessing!

A photographer was surprised when she counted the birds in a photo she took at a vigil for the 49 dead in Orlando.
(CNN)When we're confronted with something as tragic, as difficult to cope with, as the Orlando shooting, some of us will look for solace in the divine.
And in those moments, the little things -- ones that don't lend themselves to ready explanations -- can take on great significance.
This is the story of one such moment.
    As the names of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting were being read at a vigil in Orlando, a photographer noticed something up above: A flock of birds flying by.
    She snapped a quick photo. But it wasn't until she counted the birds in her frame that she was truly surprised: There were 49.
    "I then showed everyone around me and had them count," she said. "We were all stunned."

    Sense of peace

    The candlelight vigil was held Monday at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. The photographer said there was a deafening silence between the pauses of the names being read and painful sobs in the crowd.
    She, like many others, was mourning the loss of someone she knew when she noticed the birds.
    "Seeing the birds made me feel a sense of peace about the tragedy," she said.
    A spokesman for the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center said the birds were a surprise to them as well. He said the center didn't release the birds during the vigil.
    About 60 miles away at a separate vigil in Lakeland, Florida, 49 doves were released. But the birds in the picture appear to be black.
    Where the birds came from is unknown.

    Friday, June 10, 2016

    ~ Friday Five ~

    It's been awhile since I've shared some of my favorite things but decided I would do so today. Some items are on sale so better to view them, right? 


    Moisture Renew Lip Liner

    Sally Hansen used to offer a clear lip liner and I loved it!  Of course, once I became addicted it was gone!  Don't you hate when you love a product and the powers that be decide to stop offering it? Well, I have been so excited to have found this one by Rimmel!  I found it quite by accident at Walgreen's and I snatched it up so fast I'm sure they wondered about me if anyone was watching!  I highly recommend it!  Line your lips prior to adding any color...I line just a bit outside the normal liner area. Then use your lip liner with color and finish with your choice of lipstick, balm, etc.  This product is less than $6 and can be found in many stores and online.

    Febreze Air Freshener Spray Sleep Serenity Bedroom Mist

    Do you like lavender scents?  You must try this!  I'm one that has insomnia quite often and using this product might be the power of suggestion for me but it's a light scent and just makes the room smell faintly of lavender. I don't use a lot of fragrances in my bedroom but this spray is quite lovely! It hasn't adversely affected my allergies yet.

    Sexy Hair Healthy Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray 

    I've been using this hair spray for quite some time, however, I ran out and kept forgetting to pick up a new can when I was out and about. I shouldn't have 'cause using "left over spray" that I had was just awful!  My hair is fine and needs a bit of help to stay styled. This spray is soy based and does NOT leave a heavy residue in your hair or make you feel like you are wearing a helmet. With the humidity we have, it just works beautifully with my hair!  I find that Walmart often has it for a sale price or even half price. It is found in the beauty salon area, not in the cosmetics section. Ulta has it too.

    Redken Styling Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam 

    This is really good stuff!  :)  I've used it forever and really helps add some lift to my fine hair. It is another product that doesn't leave a build up and seems to last a long time.

    (Just click on this link ~ )

    I realize you're familiar with this store and the products offered, however, since I'm a certified candleholic, I wanted to share some of the summer fragrances they have right now. Plus, they are on sale...large from $22.50 to $10!  My daughter and I sampled so many that we finally had to walk away and then return to the candle section. :) Take a look at their website via the link above and see what catches your eye!

    Thanks so much for your visit!  

    Sunday, June 5, 2016

    ~ Silent Sunday ~

    I forgot to post this before Church this morning...better late than never I guess!  :)