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Why I Love Fall? Let Me Count the Ways

Fall is my favorite season. It seems to have more oomph than winter, spring, or summer. Fall is like a river with its waters dancing down the stream. You can hear it—sounds of tranquility and joy. Fall is so beautiful that I want to enjoy each day. I am going to keep count of how many more days I have to enjoy fall, using this days to fall link. I have to admit that I also love the health benefits of fall. For example, as the temperatures cool down in mid- to late fall, the temptation to go to sleep earlier, and for longer periods, effects many of us. You may feel more relaxed from looking at the changing colors of the fall leaves.

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Perfect fall day for enjoying the beauty that it brings.

 

  1. The colors of the leaves start to change from green to yellow, red, orange, and brown.
  2. You hear the wind from the leaves falling and blowing around on the ground. It’s a soft crackling sound.
  3. The hot and humid air you breathed for the past three months is gone. The temperature starts to drop in the evening, so you look forward to your after-dinner walks.
  4. Sipping a cup of hot tea or chai is more enjoyable when the weather is cooler.
  5. Friends are sporting their favorite NFL tee shirts.
  6. Watching your favorite football team play. Go Redskins!
  7. Oh, and time for the football parties.
  8. You start to relax and reflect more.  A great time to start journaling.
  9. Road trips and three-day weekends, especially good for seeing the beauty of fall.
  10. Dress in layers—chic and stylish fashion ideas.
  11. Fall dishes are delicious. I love the caramel apples, pumpkin spice lattes, ginger bread, and pots of steamy homemade soups.

Do you love fall? Share your favorite reason(s) for loving fall.

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Stunning foliage comes with the fall.

How to Make Your Fresh Produce Last Longer

Do you find yourself throwing out produce every week?  You go to the market and you load up on your favorite fruits and veggies only to toss them out before you get a chance to use them because they are molding or limp.  Some of your produce-spoiling problems can be solved depending on how you store them.

You cannot store all fruits and veggies together because some produce a gas called ethylene as they ripen. This gas can cause ethylene-sensitive produce to prematurely ripen. Therefore, keep ethylene-producing foods away from ethylene-sensitive foods—store these foods in different places.  Here are the fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene:  apricots, avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, honeydew melons, kiwis, mangoes, nectarines, papayas, peaches, pears, plums, and tomatoes.  These fruits and veggies are sensitive to the effects of ethylene and should be stored in a high humidity crisper drawer:  apples, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplants, green beans, leafy greens, lettuce, peas, peppers, potatoes, spinach, summer squash, watermelon, and zucchini.images8PIZ9S4Y

 

  1. Store potatoes, tomatoes, and onions in a cool, dry place, but not in the fridge. The cold will ruin their flavor.
  2. Keep unripe fruits and veggies like pears, peaches, plums, kiwis, mangoes, apricots, avocados, melons, and bananas on the counter. Once they’re ripe, place them in the fridge. Banana peels will turn dark brown, but it won’t affect the flesh.
  3. Store salad greens and fresh herbs in bags filled with a little air and sealed tightly. The puffy bags might take up a little bit more room in your fridge, but the loss of space is worth it; your greens will stay bright, crisp, and flavorful.88e80131b6cc17f7_salad.preview_tall
  4. Citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes, will do fine for up to a week in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight, but you can lengthen their lives by storing them in the fridge in a mesh or perforated plastic bag.
  5. Wrap the celery in a plastic bag and then wrap that bag in aluminum foil to get a much longer refrigerated shelf life. Store in the crisper bin.
  6. Carrots, lettuce, and broccoli start to spoil as soon as they’re picked, so place them in separate plastic baggies in the crisper in your fridge and make sure they’re dry since moisture speeds up spoiling.
  7. Cut the leafy tops of your pineapple off (or give the leafy top a firm twist to remove).and store your pineapple upside down. You are redistributing the sugars that sink to the bottom during shipping and helping the pineapple to keep longer.
  8. Avoid washing berries until right before you’re ready to eat them. Wetness encourages mold growth.
  9. Wash, dry, and cut your fruits and veggies all at once, store them in covered glass containers lined in paper towels. You’ll not only be able to see them—which reminds you to eat them—but you’ll also be keeping moisture out.
  10. You can try purchasing only what you know you will be using—for the meal planner this could possibly work.img_FruitVegST1490659555

Self-Care Tips: Won’t Cost You Nothing

Most of you already know that I have a passion for health, wellness, and beauty. In fact, you probably have read in my previous Facebook or Got2bGina.com blog posts that wellness is beauty. I have made a commitment to learn how to help other people—friends, family, and community members—to achieve their health and wellness potential. Therefore, I will always share credible information along with my ideas of how you can improve or maintain your health.mom-self-care

Many of us have very busy lives: we work hard and overload our daily schedules. We don’t always make the time to ensure we are taking care of ourselves. And, I know that many of my friends and family members also fall into this category.

The good thing about these self-care tips is that they won’t cost you nothing. You do not have to buy a gym membership to take care of yourself.  All you have to do is make a commitment to yourself to learn how to best support your own health and wellness. You must make self-care a priority and essential part of your daily life. I had to decide to take care of myself, and I encourage you to decide to take care of wonderful you.

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For good HEALTH, try these self-care tips:

  • Have at least 8 glasses of water every day.
  • Energize and take 20 deep breaths every day.
  • Admire your accomplishments and celebrate with aromatherapy every day. My favorite energizing essential oil blend is lavender and peppermint oils.
  • Listen to music and love your life every day. You are where you are supposed to be.
  • Think about your short- and long-term goals every day. Write your goals down and make them clear.
  • Hum for short intervals of time every day. It’s very calming and supports heart health. I remember when I was a young girl my great grandmother use to hum and sing while doing chores around the house.*

Above all else, I encourage you to love:  build strong personal relationships, nurture your spirit man, and give to those less fortunate. If you are already on this path of self-care, please share your ideas and tips. I look forward to reading your comments.

*References:

  1. <http://achs.edu/&gt; 2017 American College of Healthcare Sciences.
  2. <http://info.achs.edu/blog/> Accessed on 27 March 2017; 2017 American College of Healthcare Sciences.

 

21 Ways to Use Essential Oils to Freshen and Clean

You are going to love using essential oils around your home to freshen and clean.

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If you are in the process of spring cleaning, these essential oil tips will be very helpful. Try these unique ways Nature’s Sunshine Products suggest you can use essential oils to freshen up your life! Visit my NSP website to purchase 100% pure essential oils and oil blends:  Got2bGina.mynsp.com

  1. Keep Pests at Bay

Keep spiders and rodents at bay with peppermint essential oil. These creepy critters can’t stand peppermint! Add 10-15 drops of the essential oil to a spray bottle with water and spray in the cracks and gaps where spiders and rodents enter your home. For extra protection, add one or two drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and leave it in common entrance places, such as doorways and basements.

  1. Keep Fruit Fresh

To keep your fruit fresh, wash fruit in a bowl of cool water with two to six drops of lemon essential oil. Stir the fruit in the bowl and leave it long enough for the food to pick up the essential oils. This will help increase the shelf life of your fruit, leaving it bright and ripe for a few extra days.

  1. Eliminate Shower Curtain Scum

Essential oils can be used to get rid of shower curtain scum. Use a spray bottle filled with warm water, four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil (melaleuca). Spray this mixture onto your shower curtain for cleaning and then onto your tub. Leave the mixture to help fight mold when the curtain is back in place.

  1. Freshen Your Home

To freshen the air in your home, use essential oils in your air filters. Every time you change your filters, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils before replacing them. Essential oils kill microbes in your ducts and will leave a pleasant scent throughout the house. Use cinnamon essential oil to clean the air with its anti-microbial properties or diffuse clove, rosemary or orange essential oils when guests come over to blow them away with your home’s fresh scent.

  1. Freshen Your Fridge

When cleaning out your fridge or freezer, use lime, grapefruit or lemongrass essential oils in your final rinse. It will leave your refrigerator with a refreshing scent and help to neutralize any mold that might be creeping into your fridge.

  1. Freshen Your Car

Keep your car smelling fresh with essential oils. The scent of essential oils are subtle and are easy to refill, making them the perfect car freshener. Try using an essential oil car diffuser to keep the scent longer and from overpowering your vehicle. Use lavender oil to relieve tension or rose oil to boost your mood on the way to work.

  1. Stay Safe in the Sun

You can create your own homemade, toxic-free sunscreen using essential oils. Mix coconut oil, zinc oxide, shea butter, helichrysum oil and lavender essential oil in a bottle and store for summer. This natural sunscreen will help protect your skin from damage at the park or neighborhood barbecue.

  1. Sleep Tight

To help you and your loved ones sleep better, place a few drops of lavender essential oil on a blanket or pillow, or add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use it to freshen your sheets when making the bed. Keep the bottle with you on vacation and spray your hotel room to kill microbes and deodorize the room.

  1. Scour Dirty Pans

Clean out burnt pans with lemon essential oil. Boil water in the dirty pot or pan and add a few drops of lemon oil to remove burnt residue or stuck foods. You can also add a few drops of lemon oil to the dishwasher soap compartment before washing to leave your dishes spot-free.

 

  1. Freshen Your Gym Bag

Keep germs out of your gym bag with essential oils. Fill a spray bottle with water and a drop of tea tree and lavender essential oils to refresh your bag, shoes and yoga mat after a day at the gym. For smelly shoes, pick your favorite essential oil and put two drops on a cotton ball. Place a cotton ball in each shoe to find them refreshed in the morning.

  1. Control Flies

Open windows and outdoor cooking are some of the great perks of summer. But, these activities can attract pesky flies that ruin dinners. To create a barrier against flies at your next cookout, mix 25 drops of peppermint or lavender essential oils with water in a spray bottle. Use the mixture on windows, doors and dining tables. Make sure to shake well before use.

  1. Eliminate the Smell of Smoke

If you smoke or live next to someone who does, you can easily eliminate the smell of cigarette smoke with a few drops of essential oils. Put four drops of rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils in a spray bottle and spray near your patio or in your car to neutralize odors.

  1. Preserve Your Leather

To preserve leather jackets, sofas and shoes, use essential oils to clean them. Soak a cloth in lemon essential oil and wipe down leather items. This will help keep the material from splitting and preserve the color.

  1. Scour the Sink

You can create an all-natural kitchen sink scrub to make your sink shine without using harmful chemicals. Make the mix using half a cup of baking soda, one-third cup of vinegar, and five drops of bergamot and lime essential oils. Use this mixture to scrub the sink and then rinse with warm water. Your kitchen sink will shine like new!

  1. Freshen Your Home While Vacuuming

Use your favorite essential oils when vacuuming to leave a fresh scent after cleaning. Add a cotton ball with a few drops of peppermint, spearmint or pine essential oils to your vacuum cleaner bag or collector cup for a refreshing scent. If you have dogs, use geranium essential oil to clear your carpets of canine smells.

  1. Freshen the Bathroom

Make your own bathroom freshener with natural essential oils. To neutralize unpleasing scents and freshen up your bathroom, apply a few drops of citrus, rose or lavender essential oils to a cotton ball and place it behind the toilet.

  1. Reduce Mold

Eliminate mold in your home with an essential oil diffuser. Fill it with fungus-fighting tea tree oil or anti-microbial cinnamon essential oils. For a more direct mold defense, mix tea tree oil with grapefruit seed extract and vinegar. The grapefruit seed helps to neutralize the smell of the vinegar while all three ingredients work together to stop mold in its tracks.

  1. Make Powerful Solvent

You can create a powerful solvent with lemon or wild orange essential oils. Use a few drops to remove price stickers, get gum out of the carpet, or clean sap off gardening tools. For eliminating tough gunk, leave the essential oils for a few minutes before removing.

  1. Camp in Peace

Make camping and backyard fires a breeze with natural mosquito repellent. Protect yourself and your s’mores from mosquitoes with an essential oil bug spray made of one drop of lemongrass, citronella and eucalyptus essential oils mixed with one teaspoon of coconut oil. Rub the mixture on exposed skin for protection all night long.

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It is almost time for your Fish Fry!  Does your kitchen smell of fish or onions after cooking? Get rid of unwanted kitchen smells by adding a few drops of clove, cinnamon or any citrus essential oils to a simmering pan of water. You’ll be able to cook a delicious fish dinner without worrying about the smell taking over your kitchen.

  1. Freshen Your Linens and Clothes

For cozy towels, sheets and clothes, add five drops of rose essential oil to water and pour it into the center cup of your washer. Finish the laundry by soaking a small piece of terry cloth in lavender, rose or ylang ylang essential oils and tossing it into the dryer. If you are looking to get rid of mites, use eucalyptus to clean your linens and clothes. These essential oils will leave your clothes feeling soft and smelling fresher than ever.

Essential oils are one of the most useful natural tools for home remedies and fresh cleaning supplies. Get the most out of your oils with 100 percent natural products from Nature’s Sunshine’s authentic oils. Nature’s Sunshine promises the oils will be the highest quality and made authentically, so you know you’re getting the most out of your essential oils.

What’s Up? Media Presents The LOOK 4th Annual Beauty & Wellness Event

On Friday, February 24, I attended What’s Up? Media’s The LOOK 4th Annual Beauty & Wellness Event.  I do declare, I have never seen so many beauty and wellness vendors in one location.  There were 40 or more beauty and wellness vendors, and many renown beauty industry experts who define beauty and wellness trends were available.

Women could talk with experts about their personal wellness and image concerns, receive free eyebrow waxing (Just Browzing was in the house), get add-on hair extensions, receive a professional massage, and recreate their look with some of the best cosmetic products on the market.img_20170224_193143_9425525

From my arrival ‘til end of the event, champagne and amazingly delicious hors d’oeuvres were served.  This event was fabulous!  The LOOK, presented by The Sandel Duggal Med Spa, Annapolis’ Premiere Medical Spa and Center for Plastic Surgery was a “must attend” event of 2017.  It was the perfect girls’ night out.  I love, love, love The LOOK Fashion Show presented by Scout & Molly, Peach, and Coterie, a Boutique; hair and makeup by David Alexander Salon and Spa.  The models walked some of the hottest spring and summer styles and fashions.  The models were beautiful and excited to deliver—you could tell they were having fun—so much so that they made me want to walk the runway.  If you ever have the opportunity to attend this great event, you will understand my excitement.  I had so much fun!

Professional speakers and medical experts such as Claire S. Duggal, MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon & Reconstructive Specialist; James Chappel, MD, FACS, Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Bryan Ambro, MD, MS Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Annapolis Plastic Surgery; and Dr. Walton of the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, all shared valuable information on topics important to women.  They talked about cosmetic breast surgery myths versus reality, advanced laser skin rejuvenation, surgical and non-invasive options for body contouring, and questions women should ask their doctor but are embarrassed.  Valuable information was shared by these professionals to educate the guests and to let them know that there were experts that they could turn to with their wellness and beauty concerns.

Although there were 40 or more vendors I visited the vendors listed below, as I have a social butterfly nature.  I also won two dynamic prizes and received some great gifts, coupons and first visit offers:

img_20170224_193143_9425525Trust me, this was a fantastic wellness and beauty event and it provided great information.  If you ever have the chance to attend a What’s Up? Magazine Media’s The LOOK Beauty & Wellness Event–please seize the opportunity.  In addition, you might want to start reading the What’s Up? Magazine because it informs you of the most popular events in the Annapolis, Eastern Shore, and West County locations.

 

5 Things Deteriorating Your Health

As you grow older you may notice that you pay more attention to your body because it is changing and requires maintenance. You will notice that your body cannot take as much punishment and neglect as it used to. If you really think about it, you probably picked up a lot of bad habits when you were younger and they are showing their effects on your body. It does not take a rocket scientist to know that the longer a habit is around the harder it is to drop it. The changes you are feeling or seeing do not necessarily mean they are from your bad habits. They could possibly just be from what you have not been doing.

Here are a five things that could be preventing you from a healthy life.

  1. Irregular or inadequate sleeping pattern

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    We need 8 to 9 hours of sleep each day.

    There are many adverse effects not being properly rested can have on your health and life. Being drowsy makes you unproductive, forgetful, clumsy, agitated, amplifies stress, deteriorates your social environment and your ability to properly function within it. Did you know that chronic insomnia or chronic lack of sleep due to poor decision-making harms your immune system and makes you susceptible to all kinds of illnesses? It is important to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily.

  1. Lack of water intake


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    I wrote about the importance of drinking water. Did you read my blog post titled, I Am Still Thirsty…? Water makes up to 60 percent of your body weight, and we lose water through urination, breathing, sweating and so on, each day. The optimal water intake daily is 3 liters of fluids for adult males, and 2 liters for adult females.

  1. Extreme or prolonged stress

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    For lots of us, work is the most common source of stress but not the only one. Stress can be the cause of many psychological and physical issues to include anxiety, diabetes, asthma, and gastrointestinal problems. I am not qualified to give you medical advice; however, when things start getting out of hand it is time to put your health first.

  1. Smoking

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    What is cool today could affect your health tomorrow.


    It has been 20 years since I was delivered from smoking. I needed help, as I could not quit the habit on my own. We all know smoking is an addictive habit and it destroys our health. It is even more destructive if you are a passive smoker. Smoking and second-hand smoke can cause many types of cancer.

  1. Having a bad diet

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    Just because it’s good to you does not make it good for you.

    We need to cut back on eating junk or fast food and start eating healthy. Let’s give our body quality nutrition by adopting a diet that will make us feel good, energetic, and healthy.

    These are just a few things we can do to increase our wellbeing. Although they do require  effort on our part, nobody can look out for your health better than you. Do you have a suggestion of what we could do to adopt a healthier life style?