Category Archives: Health and Wellness

My Summer 2018 Kindle eBook Promotions! :-)

🌴 Summer 2018 Amazon eBook Promotions 🌴

Stop by my author/book site for a list of all the eBook promotion dates/links and additional information.

🍉While you’re there, check out the recipe page too! 🍅

 

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Happy Summer, Cooking and Reading!!!

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My New Groovy Flip Flops and…

….a couple of blog address updates.

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First, the fun stuff. 

My new, oh SO comfy flip flops from Dawg’s.

I just LOVE them! 

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You can read my full review  WHY  I love them so much at My Real Life Reviews.

 

The blog address updates are for my two Blogger sites:

My author’s site is now at: 

geraldinehelenhartman.blogspot.com

My review blog is now at:

myreallifereviews.blogspot.com

 

I had so many hassles with my previous domain provider NAMECHEAP, that I finally gave up using the two custom domains I previously had registered with them. 

If you happen to be looking for a domain provider, avoid  NAMECHEAP!

You can read more about all the problems NAMECHEAP caused me (so much time wasted, big loss of readers, $$ lost….) here. 

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I wish you a safe, happy and memorable summer! 

Enjoy all of summer’s beauty, wherever you are.

Christmas: A Time for Miracles

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Check out my new review for this eBook: Christmas Miracles, especially if you are in need of some hope and inspiration.

I really enjoyed the holiday-themed stories in this eBook

In a world that often seems to have gone mad (just watch the news!!) it’s so easy to give up on goodwill, hope and miracles, big and small. But the world IS filled with all kinds of good people and wonderful things, we just need to be open to seeing and believing that’s true. 

I wish you all… a magical and memorable holiday season!!

 

Some of My “Fun in the Sun” Favs! :-)

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Stop by My Real Life Reviews to read about some of my all-time fav summertime products and books.

Summer…it’s almost here! 🙂 Have a good one. 

On the Menu: Beet and Fresh Dill Layered Salad

I  ♥ BEETS! 😉

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And the simple marinated beet salad (see recipe below) featured in my cookbook:

The Groovy Green Kitchen I: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker,

and is one of my fav ways to prepare and enjoy them. 🙂

Beet and Fresh Dill Layered Salad

A flavorful marinated salad, especially good to make when garden dill and beets are at their peak. Keeps for several days, covered in the refrigerator. A perfect side dish with all kinds of main dishes. Adds a brilliant color contrast on your plate too. Serves 6.

12 medium fresh (preferred) beets: precooked, peeled and cut into thin circles (or use equivalent amount of whole canned beets with no salt added, thoroughly rinsed and drained, then sliced)

1 medium red Bermuda onion, thinly sliced in rings

3 -4 T. chopped fresh dill-weed

Red Wine Marinade:

1/3 C. extra-virgin olive oil

5 T. red wine vinegar

1 teas. Mrs. Dash Original Blend Seasoning

1/2- 1 teas. sea salt

½ teas. freshly-ground black pepper

In a large bowl (that has a secure cover) layer 1/3 of the sliced beets, topped by ½ of the onion rings, then ½ of the dill-weed. Repeat layers, ending with the last 1/3 of the beets on top.

Combine marinade ingredients in a jar and shake thoroughly. Pour over vegetables, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Shake container gently to re-distribute marinade evenly before serving, especially if storing for a longer period of time.

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Last night, I made this beet salad, along with an orzo salad for supper. It was soooo good. 🙂

I also like to serve this with my: German Sauerkraut Feast (click to enjoy that slow cooker recipe).

If you ♥  beets too, you might want to give this one a try! 😉

Happy Cooking!

BEET PHOTO COURTESY OF FLICKR

Product Review: Andalou Sunflower & Citrus Styling Gel

THE BEST HAIR GEL I’VE EVER USED! 😉

Andalou Naturals Sunflower & Citrus Medium Hold Styling Gel - 6.8 oz

Andalou Sunflower & Citrus Styling Gel

I’ve tried a LOT of hair gels over the years and this product is the best I’ve found to date, mainly due to its first/main ingredient being: organic aloe juice, NOT some unpronounceable chemical, as is usually the case with these types of products. 

It also “does the job” with thick, unruly hair like mine.

So many styling products I’ve tried didn’t actually do much, especially the more natural options. But this one from Andalou really tames the frizzies and keeps my hair looking smooth in almost all types of weather. NOTHING really works when it’s super humid! 😦

Reasonably priced, at Amazon I noted this product is currently less than $10. for a 6.8 oz tube.

And a little of this product goes a long way! 🙂

If you’ve been looking for a better option for hair gel than the chemically-laden mainstream brands, you might want to give this one a try. I’m glad I did. 

From the Amazon product page:

Sunflower & Citrus Styling Gel from Andalou Naturals improves hair vitality from root to tip and allows for controlled styling with extra body, texture and definition.

It works for straight or curly hair, and is color-safe for vibrant hair.

It moisturizes, controls static and shields against humidity, frizz and fly-aways.

Non-GMO, gluten free, no paraben preservatives, sulfates or phthalates.

Vegetarian & cruelty free.

Made in the USA.

Ingredient List:

Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Sodium Alginate (Algin), Glycine Soja (Soy) Protein, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower), Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile), and Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Extracts*, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) and Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Extracts*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) and Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Oils*
* Certified Organic
† Fair Trade

10 Under $20: Holiday Gift Suggestion List 2015 :-)

The
first of
December
brought thoughts
of Christmas magic.
The Day, so soon to arrive.
Our expectations ran high.
Through snow days and blizzards.
Making a list and checking it twice.
Santa’s letter printed and ready to mail.
Christmas baking: heady, wonderful aromas.
Pageants at school, with costumes of many colors.
The tall lush evergreen, centerpiece of the season.
We decorated so carefully; each bough lovingly adorned.
With some old, some new, every one used and none forgotten.
The long days of dark December. Finally, homework complete.
Sitting in the darkened living room; time alone to drift away.
Marvelling at the masterpiece of lights and shining ornaments.
Gazing far beyond to the bliss to follow. Hurry, hurry, hurry!
Christmas eve: midnight mass and carolling.Treats aplenty!
Then the long awaited, special treasures.
The secrets of shining boxes and ribbons.
Finally revealed and always worth the wait.
Off to sleep, to dream of a perfect snowy Christmas Day.
Now content, to still remember these childhood memories.
On
this
November day.

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This is a Christmas-themed poem that I wrote, several years ago.
These lines still conjure up some wonderful holiday memories for me, from long ago. I hope you enjoy it too. 😉

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My Holiday Gift Suggestion List for 2015 (all under $20) including links to my reviews.

                TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers (Suspicion / Strangers on a Train / The Wrong Man / I Confess)

TCM: Hitchcock Thrillers DVD

A must-have DVD collection for the “Hitch” fan on your list!

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The Power of Reiki

One of the best books on Reiki I’ve ever read! 

Down & Dirty (gardening book)

My all-time fav gardening book.

Fun and Easy Gardening for even the “green thumb challenged“! 😉

Crafting with Cat Hair  >^^<

A Mr. Cheddar Approved Title! 

Never Too Late to Go Vegan

Enlightening and Informative. Recipes Too! 

Seven Year Pen - Bee Happy

The Seven Year Pen

Wonderful Pens! Mine Are Still Going Strong, Years Later! 🙂

Check out our Green Gifts Guide for tons of eco-friendly seed paper gift ideas for the season.

Botanical Paperworks

Beautiful Eco-Friendly Stationary, with a Difference!

Larry Payne's Prime of Life Yoga- Immune Booster and General Conditioning - Level One

Larry Payne’s Prime of Life Yoga DVDs

Yoga CAN Be For Almost Everyone! 

Badger Sleep Balm 2 oz Tin - Lavender and Bergamot

Badger Sleep Balm

Sooooo relaxing!!! ZZZZZzzzzz…. 😉

Suncoat Peelable Nail Polish Kit

My Go-To Tootsie Polish! It’s Great.

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♥Happy Shopping and Holidays♥ 

Healthy November: Wheat Free Recipes

Don’t these look delish? 😉

I’m not gluten-intolerant but I know a LOT of people are.

Happy (Gluten-Free) Cooking! G

Product Review: Badger Sleep Balm

THIS REALLY WORKS! 🙂

Badger Sleep Balm 2 oz Tin - Lavender and Bergamot

BADGER SLEEP BALM

Here’s my review:

I’m a big fan of several Badger products, especially their Damascus Rose Face Oil (click to read my review).

But when it came to this Sleep Balm, I must admit, I was a bit skeptical.How nice to find out that it works great! 😉

I am not a good sleeper on many a night. 😦 But when I apply Badger Sleep Balm under my nose (and sometimes a bit on my forehead too) I am relaxed,sleepy and ready to sleep, only a short time later.

It really does help to calm my mind, unwind and fall asleep.Helps me to stay asleep longer too, with a deeper sleep. 

My only (minor) complaint: I wish the scent of lavender was just a bit stronger but that’s a small thing and I’d much rather have a product with less scent than too much. 😉

An all organic ingredient list and reasonable price are bonuses too!

And I love their pretty, reusable containers; perfect for little gifts too.

If you have trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep, give this product a try.

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And some additional info. from the Amazon product page:

  • The fragrance of the essential oils in this special balm helps to calm thoughts and clear the mind, allowing sleep to come naturally.
  • There are no drugs in this product – no side-effects to worry about. It is safe and natural.
  • The cute and portable tin makes an ideal travelling companion.

Sweet Dreams! Zzzz…… 😉

Root Veggies! Don’t Ya Just ♥ Them? ;-)

Autumn root vegetables

I SURE DO!!! 😉

And here are some of my fav ways to prepare and serve these oh,so yummy “gems” from the fall harvest! 

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Sam’s Famous Carrot Cake with My (NOT Too Sweet) Cream Cheese Icing

My favorite cake, no contest!

Russian Beet Borscht

Just add dark rye bread and you’re good to go! 😉

Bubbies SAUERKRAUT

German Sauerkraut Feast 

One of my fav slow cooker recipes from the Groovy Green Kitchen I.

I make this one a lot. Quick to prepare, hearty and delicious. 

And, it includes: onions, garlic and potatoes: all fav rooties! 🙂

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta (page 92)

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta

A delish and elegant salad; brimming with flavor!

Sweet Potato Lasagna

A twist on traditional lasagna, again from the slow cooker. Hearty and delish!

HAPPY COOKING and AUTUMN!

Harvest vegetable photo, courtesy of FLICKR