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I admit I'm both a coffee and tea lover. Organic Teas is one of my self care golden nuggets. Since a young girl, I've enjoyed a spiced chai for refreshment and various herbal infusions to enhance my wellness. While working at a tea care in Illinois, I learned more about the process of tea making and the value teas and herbs provide in our overall well-being. Today, I will share 10 teas to enhance your skin, hair and overall well-being.
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Wow, a new month has begun and tonight a new moon. With 152 days left in this year, I still have much work to do to achieve my Summer goals. Each season, I create a list of things I look forward to enjoying that's either season or business related. As I was happily preparing myself for festivities, I faced a challenge that would re-direct my plans.
3 weeks before my birthday, I injured my ankle. I wasn't walking while texting or not paying attention to my surroundings. I was simply walking. After my ER visit with x-rays and various scans, the Doctor informed me how severe the situation was. I was sent home with crutches, a work note, and instructions to stay off of it until my follow up. On crutches, I left wondering how was I going to get through the rest of Summer.
During the drive home, many thoughts raced through my mind. I had events scheduled to showcase my products. I was half way through the preparations to launch my campaign. My birthday plans and summer activities all seemed bleak.
Here are the 3 lessons I learned.
Take time to rest
From volunteering to helping family, I could be found driving around the city or working in the studio. Managing time to nurture my mind and spirit is a daily priority. Normally, I would listen to books and podcasts while en route or during my workout. No matter how hectic the day, I took time to meditate. Now, I had time to rest (lots of sleep) and really benefit from daily devotionals, prayer and meditation.
Let it go. Help is on the way.
I know, when I hear the phrase I think of Elsa from the Frozen movie. I wanted a shortcut so I could miraculously achieve goals. I was apprehensive about the next six weeks since I still handled business operations solo. I couldn't make soap and I had to accept it. I realized my customers, family and friends understood. I didn't have to apologize or explain. You can't control how hardships occur but you can control how you respond. When I began to let it go, I experienced a refreshing wave of inspiration and ideas.
For 14 days I committed to bed rest. I revisited my Summer goal list and changed my focus. I shifted my mindset from the frustration and challenged myself to see what could be done (from my bed). During this time, I was able to network and learn new things to improve my marketing. Before my birthday arrived, I had updated the blog, campaigns and even released new product labels. My Aunt volunteered in the studio to fill orders and helped me create a program for Brand Ambassadors.
I didn't stop there, to help make bath soaks more relaxing and therapeutic, I will be launching my new herbal bath soaks featuring fresh organic botanicals, salts, oats and coconut milk.
Shakespeare said that tragedy is a comedy misunderstood. I certainly have seen the lessons and blessings. Usually in July I have a special event to celebrate my birthday. I didn't forget my awesome fans and customers! During the month of August, I will be having a sale on all current merchandise. At first it was going to be a flash sale on Instagram, (if you're not following me there I'm @millimiracleorganics). The website received 2,000+ visits with fans and customers stocking up on their faves like the Coco + Poppy. There are a few body butters left to check out. Everything MUST GO.
If you haven't stopped to shop, do it now while current stock is available. After this MAJOR sale, the shop will be closed for updates and restocking. Make sure you are following me and opt-in for the newsletters to get word of the NEW products and rewards.
Shea butter was one of the first ingredients I fell in love with. I remember in my childhood, seeing pounds of shea butter being packed into containers for purchase. Over the years, as the popularity for this butter increased, I was surprised by the stark differences in the butter's quality. Refined shea butter was gaining in sales and often labeled as pure. Out of curiosity, I purchased from a local vendor and within hours of applying it to my skin, I felt the difference.
At Milli Miracle, shea butter is one our staple ingredients for the majority of our natural bath and body products. Shea butter is a natural moisturizer rich in fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamins A and E. The numerous benefits (arthritis relief, eczema, stretch marks, dry skin and hair, insect bites, psoriasis and so forth) that has made shea butter so popular is from the use of high-quality unrefined shea butter. Grown on Shea (Karite)Trees indigenous from Senegal to Uganda, shea butter provides anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits. Check out this blog post from Wellness Mama that lists 21 benefits of shea butter.
In today's market there are many labels given to shea butter such as pure, premium, grade A, refined and unrefined. These labels can be confusing and make purchasing shea butter tedious. We will begin with raw, unrefined shea butter. In its raw state (organic), shea butter is edible, used for cooking as well as directly applied to the skin. Unrefined shea butter has a color that ranges from white, ivory to beige. The color range in raw, unrefined shea butter depends on the time of harvest. For more frequently asked questions regarding shea butter visit this source.
Refined shea butter is chemically processed to remove (deodorize) scent and color, depleting many nourishing and healing properties. For aesthetic purposes, refined shea butter is often colored to a bright yellow that resembles Kpangnan Butter(indigenous to Central Tongo). Refined shea butter is known for having soft, grainy texture due to over-heating. Cold-Pressed refers to the method of extracting shea butter with a high-pressure pressing machine. Grade A refers to commercial-grade shea butter that was naturally extracted and retains the highest level of natural properties and benefits, used for cooking and cosmetics. Other commercial grades includes, grade B- refined butters used for cosmetic purposes, not edible, grade C (highly refined), grade D (low-contamination) and grade E (contaminates).
We love the versatility of shea butter! In our Vegan Bath & Body Apothecary line, you can enjoy soaps made with unrefined shea butter and our rich whipped shea butter blends.
Safety Note: People with latex, tree nut and peanut allergies have a greater risk of being allergic to shea butter.
Have you used refined and unrefined (organic) shea butter? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments below.
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I'm so excited to announce NEW products arriving in the shop this month. Here at Milli Miracle we are all about nourishing and pampering our body and making informed wellness choices. I have been diligently working on adding exfoliation products and this year my dream is coming to reality. I'm proud to introduce to you the new additions to the family. Yes, organic mineral-rich scrubs are now available! These coffee, sugar and salt scrubs gently exfoliate dead skin, improve texture, leave your skin moisturized and feeling silky smooth. Here's the nitty gritty on the scrubs:
Natural Sea Salts
When used topically natural sea salts (Himalayan, Mediterranean, Hawaiian including Dead Sea) provide substantial benefits for our skin. In our scrubs, these salts naturally remove dead skin, stimulate circulation, firms and improve skin texture while working as a natural preservative. We still recommend that you avoid getting water into the scrub to preserve the life of your product. We use finely ground salt in our body scrubs to provide exfoliation from the neck down and our foot scrub contains a mix of fine and coarse salt to assist in exfoliating your heels and calloused areas. ( Our facial scrub will debut later in 2016.)
In one jar, you will cleanse, moisturize and tone your skin with a delightful blend of nutrients and minerals. Each scrub contains nourishing oils to hydrate your skin without feeling greasy. As always, we encourage your to read our labels. If any irritations occur discontinue use. Remember, no matter what the scrub is made of, if you scrub too long and too hard you will cause harm to your beautiful skin. Over scrubbing will cause tears in the skin which will cause the skin to become raw, swollen and painful. We recommend that you gently apply scrubs in a circular motion. Let the scrub sit for a minute and rinse off with warm water. Remember scrubs shouldn't hurt. Visit the shop today and experience our new exfoliation delights.
Dorothy Dandridge's story begins with humble beginnings in Cleveland, Ohio. While pregnant with her, her Mother Ruby Dandridge (and entertainer) left her father Cyril Dandridge (a minister and cabinet maker). Dorothy was born on November 9, 1922. She began a career in show business at a young age with the strong persuasion of her mother. Dorothy and her sister Vivian performed throughout the South in various African American Baptist Churches as "The Wonder Children". In search of fame and to escape the depression, her family moved to Los Angeles, California. With Etta Jones, “The Wonder Children” became the Dandridge Sisters. The trio performed with the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra and Cab Calloway and gained popularity performing at the Cotton Club in Harlem. In 1937, Dorothy appeared in A Day at the Races a film by the Marx Brothers and later with Louis Armstrong in Going Places (1939). Because she was African-American born into a heavily prejudiced society, Dandridge was not offered roles readily available to white actresses. Dorothy would not gain another big-time film project until 1940 in Four Shall Die.
In 1941, Dorothy married Harold Nicholas of the Nicholas Brothers. The couple performed a tap-dancing scene in the musical Sun Valley Serenade (1941). In order for the film to be shown in the south, a suitable version was made omitting the dancing scene. Dorothy was determined and continued to land roles that showcased her talents. She played in Bahama Passage (1941), Drums of the Congo (1942) and the Hit Parade of 1943 (1943). In 1943, while home alone, Dorothy went into labor with her first child Harolyn Nicholas. The daughter suffered severe brain damaged and required round-the-clock care. She continued to build her career as an actress and singer appearing in Altantic City (1944) and Pillow to Post (1945) and headlined at high-end venues in Chicago, New York and Las Vegas. Despite her popularity, Dandridge continued to face strong racism and segregation. Many venues she performed at would not allow her to eat in the inside or use the facilities because she was African-American. Hotels where she performed would not allow her stay as a guest. In one venue, the pool was drained and scrubbed after Dandridge put her foot in and at another she was given a bathroom cup to urinate in.
During her marriage to Nicholas, Dandridge faced constant humiliation by Nicholas's flamboyant woman chasing. Dandridge stopped performing to avoid the shame and scrutiny. Dandridge and Nicholas divorced in 1951 leaving Dandridge to solely provide the funding for her daughter's private care.
After her divorce, Dandridge returned to the entertainment industry as a solo singer and her career took off. She was loved and found great success with a sell-out 14 week engagement at the La Vie en Rose. She quickly became an international star, performing at high-end venues in London, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, and New York. Dorothy excelled as a singer, entertainer, and actress and won her first starring film role in Bright Road (1953) playing opposite Harry Belafonte as a young, dedicated school teacher. Later in 1954, Dorothy played the leading role in Carmen Jones in an all-Black production. She was the first African-American to earn an Academy Award nomination. Despite this achievement, the award was given to Grace Kelly for her role in The Country Girl (1954). In 1955, Dandridge graced the cover of Life magazine. While visiting the Cannes Festival (1955) she was received and treated as royalty. Things were looking bright for Dandridge, it appeared that she would be recognized just the same as Ava Gardner and Marylin Monroe as iconic, glamorous sex symbols of the 1950s. Unfortunately, interracial relationships or friendships were not accepted and the actresses did not hide their friendship. Despite the racism, Dorothy would go on to land and stand out in seven more motion pictures including Island in the Sun (1957) and Porgy and Bess (1959) playing opposite to Sidney Poitier.
In 1959, Dororthy married Jack Denison. Turning down offers to play “slave roles”, Dandridge struggled to find suitable roles. Her last movie would be The Murder Men (1961). Her talents and fair-skin were not enough to surpass the subtle and not-so subtle prejudices of Hollywood.
Her second marriage proved to be more detrimental than the first. Jack invested her money into poor deals, verbally and physically abused Dorothy. By 1963, she could no longer afford to pay for her Harolyn's 24-hour medical care. Harolyn was placed in a state institution and Dandridge soon after suffered a nervous breakdown.
On September 8, 1965, Dorothy Dandridge was found dead in her West Hollywood home from barbiturate poisoning. It is unknown whether her death was a suicide or an accident. She was 42.
In the late 90s, Dorothy Dandridge's unique and tragic story peaked the interests of Donald Bogle who released her biography in 1997. In 1999, actress Halle Berry won the Golden Globe and the Emmy award for her portrayal of Dandridge the movie, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.
Along with our current variety of natural soaps and moisturizers, we have a lovely addition for your bathing experience. Millicent has designed different types of naturally nourishing and healing bath soaks each addressing a different goal from simple relaxation to detoxing. Overall, these bath soaks will turn a regular bath into an effective therapeutic bathing delight.
Lemongrass + Eucalyptus Bath Soak
This fizzing bath soak made with natural sea salt and Himalayan pink salt is a rich source of minerals and ionic energy. Lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oils uplift and rejuvenates your mind and spirit. Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) isn't just for keeping odors out the fridge. Adding this to our bath soaks deodorizes and neutralizes the water providing a better water therapy. This bath soak is not recommended if you have high blood pressure, pregnant or have epilepsy.
Lavender + Vanilla Bath Soak
Relaxation is the purpose with soothing lavender essential oil and vanilla. In addition to relaxing, this bath soak provides skin-softening benefits with a blend of Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt and Calendula. Often used in first-aid, wound healing and hemorrhoid discomfort, Calendula is most known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits. This article from LlVESTRONG.COM explains the benefits of calendula oil.
Sage + Lemon Bath Soak
This mineral-rich bath features magnesium (not Epsom Salt) and Himalayan Pink Salt. Magnesium is known for providing many benefits including enzyme regulation, relief from sore muscles, nerve function, mood balance and helps in serotonin production. Clary Sage and Lemon essential oil helps to clear the senses and relieve tension. A 20-30 minute bath will have you relaxed and prepared for a restful sleep. This should not be used during pregnancy. Wellness Mama wrote a wonderful article explaining magnesium's role in the body and deficiency.
DETOX Bath Soak
This special blend is designed to take your bath to another level. We couldn't think of another name more fitting for this intentional bath soak with anti-inflammatory and detoxing benefits. This blend features ginger and mustard to help relieve sore muscles, painful joints, chest congestion, hemorrhoids and a pick-me-up from tiredness, especially from sickness (i.e. cold and flu). Commonly used in Ayurvedic Medicine, mustard helps soothe sore muscles, soften the skin and stimulates detoxification.
When Naturopathic pioneer, Dr. Shyam Singha presented mustard bath to the market he explained the beauty of this ingredient and importance of detoxification. “Mustard Baths have been traditionally used for detoxification and purification. In many parts of the world Mustard is well-known for its therapeutic value when used in a bath, helping to increase circulation, oxygenation and the elimination of toxins. The outward application contributes to general well-being by activating the largest organ of elimination in the body: THE SKIN and helping to reduce the toxic load stored in tissues throughout the body”. Remember that any detox or therapy that stimulates the body to release toxins requires you to hydrate your body. With this bath, keep your water bottle handy to replenish yourself during and after your soak. We recommended taking this bath is before bedtime for a good night sleep.
From left to right: Lemongrass + Eucalyptus Minis (set of 5), Lavender Bath Soak, Lemongrass + Eucalyptus Bath Soak Photo: Milli Miracle, LLC
These pre-blended soaks take the guesswork out of measuring and make a spa bath at home more enjoyable. Just unwrap, run your water, drop in and enjoy your water therapy. Looking for bath soak without aromatherapy? Milli Miracle has you covered with our unscented Simply Naked Bath Soak. All the benefits without added aromatherapy or botanical garnishment.
And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. - Luke 1:45(KJV)
Happy 2016 everyone!
I'm thrilled and thankful to witness the birth of another year. From showcasing skincare products, launching my first wellness book, healthy relationships to inspiring others, God truly blessed me in 2015. Now, as we look forward into 2016, I'm excited to see what others responsibilities await. No, this quarter I'm not going to let the cat out the bag early. I want to encourage you to continue to build and grow toward your goals. Take time in the first quarter to walk the walk and talk the talk.
Last year, I mentioned that we have to write it down. Grab a journal and begin writing out your road map to achieving your goals. Write in detail what it will take to accomplish and maintain. Remember to be flexible. Writing things down helps you to visualize and plan smart. True is that saying that failure to plan is a plan to fail. Don't let your fears stop you.
Our success begins with our mindset and tapping into the Divine Power. If we refuse to plan and use our road map we will repeat frustrations and be tempted to settle. Don't be afraid of work and making adjustments along this journey. Let God annoint the Blueprint for your life and prepare your mind, heart, spirit to follow the Divine Steps. This year, I pray that God grants you and I with grace, courage, wisdom and determination. May we continue to work through the process refusing to settle and live on auto-pilot.
Happy New Year to you and your family!
Millicent Miracle here with a short and sweet info moment. For those of us who are interested in natural skincare and for some organic skincare, we need to understand the labeling and why some organic brands have the "seal of approval" and others may list organic ingredients individually. There are three terms in organic labeling, yes not one but three.
"Made With Organic Ingredients"
When a product contains a "few" certified organic or food grade ingredients the label on the front or back can state that it contains organic ingredients. The product must contain at LEAST 70% of certified organic ingredients and be clearly noted (most common is the asterisk *). The USDA certification seal will not be on the product label even if the ingredients used are certified.
This is the area that many conscious product makers strive to be found in. Why? The "Organic" term means that minimally 95% of the ingredients used to make the product are certified organic. Water and salt are not included in being organic. The "Organic" products are able to receive the USDA certification seal.
This means that every single ingredients excluding water and salt are certified organic. The product label is eligible to receive the USDA certification seal.
I pray this information blesses you.
Cetearyl Alcohol is today's focus in our series of What On Earth Is This? Explaining the ingredients found in cosmetics and skincare products.
Commonly used in a wide range of products, cetearyl alcohol stabilizes ingredients in lipsticks, lotions, body butters, hair conditioners (rinse and leave-in), face creams and more while performing as a thickener and emulsifier. Cetearyl alcohol was first found in sperm whales and is now derived from the fatty acids of coconut and palm oil. Once misinterpreted for being a drying alcohol like ethanol and rubbing alcohol, cetearyl alcohol provides conditioning benefits for the skin and hair.
Cetearyl Alcohol occurs during the saponification process of sodium hydroxide. During the process the oils are bound and the finished product is the fatty acid alcohol we call cetearyl alcohol. There are two additional versions of cetearly alcohol called cetostearyl alcohol and cetylstearyl alcohol.
Cetearyl alcohol is approved by the FDA as long as it is plant-derived.
Update: Audio recording added in April 2017. Pardon our dust. Original blog post uploaded November 2015.
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As the natural movement grows, more people are becoming aware of the need for natural skincare products that are true to being natural. Chemical-based products was the norm for our hair and skincare needs, now we are learning how nature's finest ingredients can replicate what can chemicals can do.
Your hair, bath and skin care products need to nourish and attend to your unique needs. For starters, acne is a common issue. Yet what we may perceive as acne, could be the skin's reaction to a product or food. Even if you're taking medications the skin can become sensitive and require special attention to ingredients.
In selecting your skincare products, petroleum, lanolin, salicylic acid, mineral oil, sulfates, and benzoyl peroxide are a few of the harsh ingredients that should be avoided. Every skin type has challenges and unfortunately, many 'natural' products on the market are made with harsh ingredients.
Keeping your skincare regimen simple is always best. Simplicity allows you to maintain control and be conscious of what you are applying to the skin. Plant oils and butters help to nourish and protect the skin. With consistency, you can enjoy healthier, soft, smooth, radiant skin and hair!
Milli Miracle's products are 100% vegan, made with organic ingredients, chemical and preservative free. My products remain true to being vegan by not containing any animal by-products.
I don't even make honey soaps, honey.
From soaps to body butters, products are carefully created to meet the needs of dry, sensitive, eczema, oily and even babies skin. You will feel the difference from the very first time your experience the body butters, soaps and other seasonal products.
You deserve to feel fabulous and my passion is to provide you with natural solutions to your daily needs.
Thank you for joining in to stay in the know with what's happening at millimiracle.com, news and inspiration to continue living a healthy, fabulous life.
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I've been working hard on getting my name and brand established in the natural community. In re-branding my company I find that more feedback is needed. In creating different products, recipes, and sharing my knowledge, having an open dialogue is key. I love getting tweets , emails, reviews for my Customers. I warms my heart to get praises and affirmations that I am moving in the correct direction. I set out to inspire, guide, and assist with more Healthier lifestyle options...making these changes aren't easy by any means.
I strongly encourage my followers to let me know how they feel after trying a product or an recipe. This helps not only in creating a bond where I can get to know everyone better, but it can also help the Brand grow from ideas and other perspectives I may not have seen. I am continuously inspired to the beauty of nature and how she provides various ways for us the sustain ourselves. Here with Milli Miracle, the mission is to create regimes for people to be happier, healthier, and most vibrant as can be. Check out what this customer had to say about our natural moisturizer!
"I super love this body butter! It is lightweight, thick yet creamy and goes on smooth. I use it for my face and body. You only need a small amount and it gives you great moisture without clogging your pores, creating an oily look or staining your clothing. It's incredible!" - M.H. (Verified Buyer)
The love keeps on flowing from another satisfied customer. I know how hard it is to find a truly natural skincare to meet your needs. Our needs are unique and many of us are product junkies. That's okay I'm a reformed product junkie. I design each product to address a need by using purely natural ingredients. It takes time and lots of love.
I enjoy providing you with a natural solution for your wellness needs. Keep sharing the good news about Milli Miracle. Someone you know is waiting to discover their miracle!
I'm Honored to share my knowledge.....come and share yours!!!
I like to think of myself as a reformed product junkie to ingredient junkie. Ingredients serve as food to our skin. What we apply to our skin and bathe with is very important to our overall health.
A paraben is a synthetic preservative that is inexpensive and commonly used in cosmetics, body wash, cleansers, shampoos, lotions to extend the shelf life by preventing the growth of bacteria. Simply put, many water based products and makeup commonly contain one or multiple parabens. Parabens were used to replace formaldehyde preservatives in the 1950s. Parabens come in various compounds such as ethylparabens, methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben and isobutylparaben which are banned in the EU.
Studies in the 90s showed that parabens mimic estrogen leading to various hormonal and reproductive issues in women and caused irritations for individuals with sensitive skin. In the early 2000s, parabens were found in great significance in cancer tumors. In leiu of health concerns, many manufactures and brands improved their formulas without parabens and promoted their products as "Paraben-free".
Alternatives for parabens are willow bark extract, grape seed extract and other botanical combinations to create short-term anti-fungal and anti-microbial benefits. Many paraben-free products will be packaged in dark colored containers for protection. When selecting your products, abide by the use-by date for the best benefits. In avoiding chemicals as much as possible, invest in paraben-free products for long term health benefits.
Today is the last day of October and I pray you have had success in making healthy habits this month. As I was reflecting over goals and accomplishments, preparing myself for November, I began to feel a sense of fear. This feeling was creepy and also familiar. For years, I was married to fear and I was quite faithful.
I would work toward ideas then slowly stop because I was afraid of the unknown. If people around me pointed out the potential of the idea being successful, fear would grab my hand and we would run away neglecting and often abandoning seeds and potential blessings. Fear was a comforter. Fear was clever and dependable. The problem with our relationship was that I would achieve only so much and yearn for much more. If I wanted to dream BIG fear would give doubts, excuses and exaggerations as to what could happen if I failed. Fear never encouraged me to achieve my goals nor gave insight on how to use resources properly. Fear isolated me from mentors, coaches and crippled me from sharing my vision or reaching out to obtain help. Fear also kept me distracted and didn't want me to streamline my focus. The relationship between fear and I was really abusive. Fear hindered me from stepping out on faith and trusting in God about the unknown. Fear didn't care about God's blueprint for my life nor respected what God desired of me. Last I checked, what God has for me is for me AND God isn't the author of confusion nor gives the spirit of fear. Fear had OVERSTEPPED and over-stayed.
As subtle as fear works, I had to be BOLD. With a mustard seed of faith, I stepped out to get my divorce. The challenges we face define our character and prepare us for the responsibilities ahead. We can be completely prepared if we allow ourselves to transform. God is faithful to work on us and by taking steps consistently we will see results. We don't have to make a BIG step, small ones will also keep us moving forward. The key is being consistent making those steps.
As you have noticed fear was a trick in my life. Fear fluffed the pillows on my comfy couch. Fear is still a temptation. A temptation, is all fear will be as I continue this journey. I work through the fear and each time I am strengthened. The more I work through fear, the more confident I become. I'm reminded of this true statement about fear. Fear is selfish.
I'm excited for November and I pray you are as well. We are going to continue to achieve goals no matter how loud fear yells for us not to move forward. Fear is a temptation yet living our Purpose Driven Life yields greater results.
Hello my friend!
I'm excited to present this recipe post from my Supplemental Sips Series today. When I was shopping at Whole Foods the other day, I came across the unique looking fruit. You don't see a pink colored fruit often. What is a Pitaya? Pitayas is a tropical fruit indigenous to Central America. Underneath its vibrant fuchsia skin with lime green peak is a white or pinkish center with edible seeds (small as chia seeds) full of antioxidants, protein, fiber, calcium, iron and other vitamins to nourish your body. Dragon fruit is said to provide digestion and cardiovascular benefits. You can read more about the benefits here.
What adds to the uniqueness of the Pitaya is how it grows. It is a nocturnal flowering plant. The beautiful aromatic flower blooms for one night before wilting and producing the Dragon Fruit. Todd and Diane from White On Rice Couple captured wonderful photography of the growth cycle of Dragon fruit here.
This Dragonfruit recipe can be created with coconut water or milk as desired. Happy Sipping!
Ingredients: How to Prepare:
1 Organic Seeded Banana (frozen or fresh) 1) Add Coconut Milk to blender.
1/2 cup of Organic Blueberries (frozen or fresh) 2) Cut Dragonfruit in half. Scoop out the meat from the skin of the Dragonfruit. Add to blender. Discard skin.
1/2 cup of Coconut Milk or Water 3) Add remaining ingredients.
1 TBSP of Chia Seeds (ground) 4) Blend well.
1 Dragonfruit 5) Pour and Serve.
1/2 cup of Pineapple (frozen or fresh)
Don't let the cold weather find your skin unprepared. The dry, cold and wet weather can leave the skin itchy, dry, irritated and if un-treated lead to serious concerns. You don't have to suffer or let your family and friends suffer this upcoming Winter season, by preparing during the Fall.
Drinking water is important year round yet during the cold season our skin needs internal hydration even more. When you drink enough water for your body, your skin is able to maintain the line of defense and give glowing skin as the cold winds blow.
Fall and Winter fashion can be cute if you dress smart. Your under garments can keep you warm without looking frumpy. Invest in good quality thermal garments as well as quality outerwear. Scarves protect your neck from being stiff, keep the wind off your neck and chest while bringing out the "cuteness" of your outfit. The proper shoe is important during rainy and snowy days. It is such a horrible feeling to have cold feet, wet socks and toes inside your shoes. Be prepared by purchasing shoes compatible for various weather conditions. Purchase a fashionable carrying bag to hold your shoes until you're able to change. With your quality under garments, warm outerwear and fashion statements that work double for warmth and wind protection, you are ready to be fashionable and warm this Winter.
Weekly exfoliation does wonders for the skin! I can't chime for other brands but Milli Miracle provides natural scrubs for face and body. Exfoliation stimulates circulation, removes impurities and dead skin cells leaving your skin soft and radiant.
As you stay hydrated and dress properly for the elements don't miss the most important part that happens right after the shower. Moisturize that beautiful skin! After bathing apply your moisturizer to seal in the moisture and prevent dryness and winter itch. Water based products tend to evaporate quickly leaving your skin thirsty. Invest in an Aloe Vera based moisturizer to seal moisture in the skin for longer periods of time.
Alright now, you have the basics. Stock up and enjoy happier skin this winter!
Alright now! Let me start by saying if you haven't read my review of Nikki Carpenter's book When God Said Yes click here to read it.
Nikki Carpenter is a phenomenal woman. She is the founder of Nikki and the City, a powerful lifestyle blog. She is also a lifestyle writer and her work has been featured in Essence, Jet, and other publications. She is the beautiful wife to artist Just Steve, a lyricist and musician.
Personally, I had been on edge waiting for this launch. Nikki and Steve carry a powerful testimony and I bubbled over with joy to read what God had put on Mrs. Nikki Carpenter's heart.
The night was epic. I'm still rejoicing at how God bless that entire night. The venue was beautiful; located in Chicago, Illinois at the City Point Loft. The beautiful Siren Faye Butcher of ATS Magazine did a wonderful job leading the book discussion.That dress is gorgeous! Here is another picture.
Nikki Carpenter's husband Steve A.K.A. "Just Steve" was the EMCEE of the night. One of the sweetest moments was Just Steve performing a special song called "Nikki" introducing his beautiful wife.
Cherish B rocked it out on Twitter, Instagram and Periscope covering the entire night.
Her pin-up hairstyle was giving all the life that night. So many people worked behind the scenes making this night super special and a beautiful success.
One of the many who made the night beautiful was Nikki's sister Brianna.
For each purchase of the book, guests received a pretty sweet Swag Bag full of goodies from Eden Body Works, Sweet Bloom Cupcakes, and Fashion Fair.
Speaking of sweets. Sweet Blooms Cupcake did a SUPERB job. Her desserts were simply divine. There was the right amount of sweetness and wonderful flavor in each succulent bite. Check out this spread of Lemon, Red Velvet, Strawberry Lemon and Chocolate cupcakes. She even surprised Nikki with a cake replica of her book. Yes, this night was full of "sweet" moments.
Simply epic! I pray you enjoyed this recap as much as I enjoyed attending.
The Book Tour Itinerary:
Atlanta, GA - September 26, 2015
Jackson, MS - November 6, 2015
For more details visit nikkiandthecity.com
YES she did!
Nikki debuted The 30 Day Man Fast , A 30 Day Devotional. She gives an intimate story of the making of the Devotional in her book, When God Said Yes. The 30-day Devotional is available as an E-book for download here.
Stephen Carpenter beamed with love and happiness over his wife's book debut. Guess what readers? The cake wasn't the only surprise. For the audience, we were surprised to discover that Nikki wasn't launching one book but TWO books in ONE night!
Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.
When God Said Yes, written by Nikki Carpenter, brings encouragement and wisdom to women (young and mature) waiting on God for their spouse. Nikki shares her journey from rejection to total trust in God's timing for love. The power of this book shines through her courage and honesty of sharing exactly how God helped her along her journey.
Through her transparent approach the reader is given a reality check, Biblical lessons and practical ways to overcome fears, the pain of rejection, anxiety leading to an increase in faith, understanding obedience and trust in God.
"Do you really want to know why you're still single? It's because God has you in this moment of time. What is your purpose for this season?" - When God Said Yes
When God Said Yes, is a great study resource and can be purchased here. Share with us how this book has touched your life on social media and don't forget to use #WhenGodSaidYes
There is a great blessing in waiting on true love. When God Said Yes proves this to be true.
This book is a magnificent read for women who are dating, engaged or married as understanding is given on how to build Godly relationships and the importance of respecting the timing of God.
Nikki shares six signs on knowing if the person you're dating is the one and lessons learned during her engagement. Chapter 10 will have the reader rejoicing and ready to shout as Nikki discusses the liberation in letting God write your love story. This book is hard to put down and once finished leaves encouragement, motivation and understanding deeply imprinted in your mind and heart.
Nikki Carpenter is the founder of the popular blog, nikkiandthecity.com. Nikki has been featured on TLC, Huffington Post and ESSENCE. She is also a contributor to Black & Married With Kids and editor of JET's "Giving You The Gospel" column. Nikki is also the author of "The 30 Day Man Fast". Nikki is in love and happily married to her husband Stephen.
Signs of the Autumn/Fall season often start early in Chicago. At times I feel that warmer weather doesn't last long enough. Other times I anticipate seeing the leaves change, Fall fashion, aromas of pumpkin spice, apples and other delights. This year has been comfortable and I haven't had to bring out the jacket...yet.
We appreciate your support throughout the year and we look forward to serving you this Autumn/Fall season. Our whipped butters are ready to keep your skin moisturized and healthy. Shea butter soaps scented with essential oils cleanse your skin without drying and leaving residue behind. We even have a couple of new arrivals this season.
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Soap and facial cleansers are used with the goal of cleaning away dirt and impurities from the skin. Sounds simple enough. Unfortunately, some soaps and skincare products are made with ingredients that can irritate your skin and be harmful once absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Consider using organic soaps and skincare products that are free from harsh chemicals.
Grab your soap box, we are going to make sure your product is actually healthy for your skin.
Sulfates: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are common chemical agents used for creating a rich lather in soaps and is also found in toothpastes, liquid soap and shampoos. These sulfates are harmful to the skin and scalp, since they strip the natural oils and damage cell membranes causing hair loss. These sulfates have been linked to skin irritations and even cancer. People with eczema and sensitive skin should avoid sulfates.
Parabens: Once absorbed into the skin, parabens mimick estrogen. This means that once the product is absorbed into the skin and bloodstream, parabens are recognized as estrogen causing various issues in both men and women. There are many parabens such as proplyparaben, methylparaben and butylparaben. Parabens were banned in Europe in 2003.
DEA: Diethanolamine is commonly used as a preservative in soap, bubble baths and facial cleansers. It absorbs easily into the skin and is known to cause liver and kidney concerns. MEA (mono), DEA, and TEA (tri) are three chemicals that should be avoided.
Sodium Tallow: Popular for being inexpensive, tallow is derived from beef and pork fats. The fats are mixed with lye and the process turns the oils into soap.
Triclosan: This is commonly found in anti-bacterial soaps. Triclosan is a pesticide that when absorbed in the skin causes imbalances in the thyroid, carcinogens in breast milk, and decrease fertility. Triclosan stays on the skin for long periods of time encouraging the growth of more resilient bacteria. Consider using Dr. Bonner's Liquid Castile Soap to refill your liquid hand soap dispensers. Add a few drops of tea tree oil for anti-bacterial benefits.
Tetrasodium EDTA: This a common preservative used in many soaps. This preservative is made from formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. Formaldehyde can cause headaches and other symptoms.
Dyes: Soaps, scrubs, bath bombs carry much wow factor yet when made with synthetic colors can cause irritations. Synthetic colors are made from coal tar and is known to cause irritations and skin sensitivity. Look for natural colorants from herbs, spices and clay.
Other ingredients to avoid
Isopropyl Alcohol: Is used in lotions, hair color rinses, aftershaves and many other skincare products. Isopropyl alcohol destroys intestinal flora which prevents the body from fighting off infections and radicals.
Ethyl Alcohol: This common in hand sanitizers yet we need to be cautious when using. You can purchase hand sanitizer at Whole Foods, local health food store and Clean Well products here.ss
F.Y.I. (For Your Information)
Fragrance: The FDA doesn't require full disclosure of ingredients used to make fragrances. Many fragrances are not phthalate-free. Phthalates help the scent last longer and can mimic hormones when absorbed. Fragrances can be made with up to 200 different chemicals and since it is synthetic can be patented. Fragrances are known triggers for asthma symptoms, allergies, headaches and other serious concerns. Check the label and look for 'fragrance' that is derived from essential oils and phthalate-free.
Make sure to read your labels and discover alternative, healthier products to meet your family's daily needs. As mentioned, consider using organic products such as the products sold in the shop. Be proactive and make sure the products you use regularly,keeps the skin healthy and radiant.
MsMissy Speaks is an engaging memoir that reveals the beauty of the unexpected. In her self-published debut, author Melissa Elise Hall brings humor, wisdom and inspiration that warms the heart and encourages the reader to push forward in life.
One of the things I wanted to feature on millimiracle.com was a peak into the books, blogs, films, and videos that have inspired, motivated and taught me a thing or two. To kick off, I want to spotlight a book, a memoir that has been motivating me.
"Some experiences are short because they're designed to only be fond memories.
Interview with the Author (audio) via Exhale Radio
Melissa Elise Hall is a writer, mentor, advocate and the founder of Moments with Missy. Melissa holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology. She loves dogs, writing and listening to music. She promotes self-love and believes in dealing with life's challenges head on and realistically. Learn more about her work at www.momentswithmissy.com and purchase her book here on amazon.