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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…… 😉

Why I’m Back at Lumosity :-)

A few years ago, I posted this review about Lumosity, a popular brain-training site. 

After I posted that review at My Real Life Reviews, I continued with the program for just over a year.

I found it helpful and saw a definite improvement in my brain functioning overall.

But what I didn’t enjoy at that time was the same games showing up for my training sessions, again and again and again. I wrote to Lumosity customer service about this issue a couple of times and was assured by them that they were working on several new games and that they would be available to their members in the near future.

But that didn’t happen as quickly as I hoped and after a while, I got to a point that I was so bored by the repetition of these same games and gave up my membership.

But in the past few months, I had been thinking about giving Lumosity another try and I’m so glad that I did.

They have added a LOTS of new and fun games to their program and it is far from boring, doing workouts there again. Three training sessions a week is recommended for optimal results but you can workout every day if you like and play your fav games as much as you want too.

I’m addicted to: Trouble Brewing, right now and usually play that one every day and more than once too. 😉

If you haven’t given Lumosity a try or are just curious to find out more, visit their site here. It is a very popular web-stop with millions of members around the world.

And if they continue to keep up with adding new games and programs as seems to be the case now, I plan to be a member for a long time to come. 🙂

Check out the trial offers (I got 2 weeks free when I started), single and family membership rates and also retail promo discount codes online to get even a better price.

I paid less than $80 for me and Joe to use the program for a year (family rate plus a promo code I found online) and I consider that a bargain for what you get.

We all want to keep our brains sharp and working at full potential.

Lumosity is a great way to improve overall brain function and to see ongoing and significant results in this area.

Happy Brain Training! 🙂  

Do You Know the Dangers of Too Much Sitting?

This is REALLY worth reading.

Source: Do You Know the Dangers of Too Much Sitting?

I know that at times I sit too long, without a break. 😦

But after reading this post about why that can be so harmful health-wise and in so many ways, I’m going to make an effort to do better. 🙂

Can you relate? Do you sit for long periods of time, without taking a stretch, walk break?

HAVE A GREAT DAY! 🙂

 

Are You Concerned About Food Shelf Life/Storage Safety?

Still Tasty

Do you ever wonder if something in your fridge is still safe to eat?

I do, a lot actually. 

I had been looking (unsuccessfully) for a kindle book that would list a wide array of foods and what their optimal storage times were. I finally gave up that search and started to look for a site online that would work.

Happily, I found out about STILL TASTY last week and so far, I’m impressed! 🙂

It’s a very user-friendly site and lists a LOT of different foods.

You simply type in the food you are wanting to check on re: storage/shelf life, and a list of various options for that particular food comes up.

For example: I looked up hummus and this is the results I got:

SEARCH RESULTS

Snacks & Sweets
-HUMMUS — HOMEMADE
-HUMMUS, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK, SOLD REFRIGERATED — OPENED
-HUMMUS, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK, SOLD REFRIGERATED — UNOPENED

You then click on the result for what you need.

I was surprised to find out that homemade hummus stored in the fridge is only good for up to 7 DAYS!

That was an eye-opener for me. I was under the impression that hummus was like some other condiments, that would be OK to use for 2- 3 weeks, if kept in the fridge. 😦

I know this will be a website that I will be visiting on a regular basis. I hope you find it helpful too!

Optimal food shelf life and storage safety is SO IMPORTANT! 

Happy (and Safe) Cooking and Week! 

Simply, Super, Summer Salads!

“Salad Season” is definitely here again! 😉

Thought this would be a good time to share this recipe post again from the Veggies…archives, featuring 4 of my all-time fav salads.

What is your favorite salad?

Happy Cooking and Weekend! G

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

For me when it comes to food, nothing says SUMMER like a beautiful, fresh SALAD! 🙂

Here are some of my fav salads from the Veggie archives.

Hope you enjoy one or all of them soon.

spinach and mushroom salad

Spinach and Mushroom Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

(this post includes some handy tips for salad do’s and don’ts)

coconut rice salad

Coconut Cashew Rice Salad

(a winner in one of my recipe contests! so delish)

dilly-potato

Dilly Potato Salad

(if you like fresh dill, try this one for sure) 

Kasha and Beet Saladwith Celery and Feta (page 92)

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta

(from a recent post, in case you missed it. I  this salad!)

What is your favorite summer salad/food/recipe?

If you can, do share a link.

Happy Summer, it’s almost here! 🙂

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Raw Kale & Radish Pesto with Zucchini Noodles

Are you a fan of KALE?

Can’t say that I have been to date, 😉 in spite of liking almost every other kind of veggie there is!

But this post over at Girl Eats Greens grabbed my attention today, as I browsed the WP Reader.

Looks so yummy and healthy too. 🙂

Happy Eating and Week! G

Girl Eats Greens

One of my favorite things about spring turning into summer is all the deliciousness that continues to show up at my local farmer’s market. While I don’t buy all my groceries there, I do spend time every Sunday walking along with my pup and seeing what’s new to the market. What I’ve seen a lot lately? Fiddleheads. I have no idea what to do with them. But I’m dying to try them. I also stumbled upon a bunch of bright red radishes.

Raw Kale Radish Pesto with Zucchini Noodles Vegan Vegetarian Gluten Free Girl Eats Greens_0011

Growing up, I was never a fan of radishes, I thought they were too bitter. But as I’m getting older I think a lot of it had to do with the preparation of the radishes. As in, there wasn’t any. I was handed a whole radish to pop into dill dip. Radishes can have a pretty strong flavor – but if you break them down, thinly slice or…

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Are You Ready for Sandal Season?? ;-)

I thought this was a good time to share one of my new, fav nail care products. 🙂

Check out my full review of: Suncoat Peelable Nail Polish an alternative to highly toxic, mainstream nail polish.

Hope sandal-season has arrived where you are. 😉 It has here in BC, its been sunny and warm all week. 

Groovy Green Kitchen UPDATES, Now Available :-)

GGK II cover (front )

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The Groovy Green Kitchen I: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

The Groovy Green Kitchen II: Simply, Super, Supper Soups

I have updated the photos in both of my: Groovy Green Kitchen cookbooks (Kindle versions) and free updates are now available from Amazon.

Amazon.com has kindly informed me that they will be sending out notices to customers who purchased one or both of these eBooks previously, re: the update. But in case you don’t hear from them, you can also contact Amazon to get the free updates.

I was having issues with the photos in both of these eBooks, when zoomed in particular. They are now looking much better and I think have added to the overall presentation quite a bit.

I have less than an optimal set-up for kitchen photos at present, but with some photo editing that I did and some help from the talented: Lissa at Postcards from the Rain (thanks again Lissa!), they are now good to go.

I also suggested to Amazon that white borders on the zoomed version of photos (instead of the ugly brown they had previously) would look a lot better. They sent in my suggestion for consideration and woohoo, they have now made that change! 🙂

I am also looking for more reviewers for both of these cookbooks.

If you like to cook and would be interested in giving one or both of these eBooks a “test drive” send me an email at:

veggiecook  @myway  .com (spaces removed), type REVIEWER in subject line

and we can go from there.  

Have a wonderful week and Happy Cooking! 🙂

Are You a Multi-Tasker? (I AM!!!) ;-)

No, I can’t juggle (but Joe can) 🙂 but I DO ♥ to multi-task!

                                                       

I’m happiest when I’ve got at least two (sometimes more) tasks on the go, at the same time.
                              
As an example: I often find myself : on the phone, writing a report/list/letter… and eating, all at once. I seem to manage just fine, when it comes to multi-tasking.
 
Doing one thing at a time always seems so SLOW to me! 😉
 
I’m usually trying to cram as much into each day as I can; especially when I’m feeling really energetic. And multi-tasking also makes me feel more energetic!
 
But, it seems that multi-tasking is not the best idea/strategy; at least according to a number of articles and posts I’ve been reading recently.
 
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These is just a sample of dozens I noted online: 
-An article at the UK Daily Mail about the physical effects of multi-tasking.
-Another article from About.com about multi-tasking vs “chunking”
Chunking sounds like it might be a good idea, at least at times.
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What do you think about multi-tasking? Do you multi-task on a regular basis?
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Photo courtesy of Flickr
PS: A version of this post was also shared at my one of my other, earlier blogs: Take a Happy Break. I thought it was worthy of an encore here. 😉

Book Review: Never Too Late to Go Vegan

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Never Too Late to Go Vegan by Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman and Virginia Messina

My review from Amazon.com:

I have been a vegetarian, avid vegetarian cook and cookbook author for over 20 years. But to date, I have not taken “the plunge” to become a total vegan, YET! But it IS a topic of interest to me, and often on my mind.

Vegans come in all shapes, sizes and age groups, but it’s still often thought of as something only the “under 30” crowd would embrace willingly and gain from.

In: Never Too Late to Go Vegan, authors Adams, Breitman and Messina prove without a doubt that this definitely is not just a good choice, only for the younger crowd.

This truly is (as the cover states) “the over 50 guide to adopting and thriving on a plant-based diet”.

And how I loved to see the word “thrive” included in that description. 🙂

For those of us who want to enjoy a long, healthy life, “to thrive” is something we should all be aiming for; no matter what stage we are currently at in life’s journey.

The book contains a wealth of information for the new or wannabe vegan. And although the book is focused mainly on those over 40, 50…and beyond, this certainly is worthwhile reading for anyone, at any age, who is considering making the switch in their own lives to a vegan diet and lifestyle.

Some of the chapters included:

-Why Now? Positive Aging the Vegan Way

-Relationship Dynamics: Family and Friends and Veganism

-Veganism and Caregiving

-and yes, there are a good variety of recipes included too!

Cashew Herb Pate, Southwestern Corn Salad, Sweet and Spicy Baked Tofu, Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake and lots of other easy to make choices; and certainly not just the vegans or vegetarians at your table.

I found the overall tone of this book to be upbeat, interesting and encouraging too. And unlike many vegan guides, it doesn’t contain a lot of graphic information (and no photos) about the horrors of meat-production. I think that most people over 40, who are at the point of considering veganism, are already all too aware of these troubling and disturbing facts. That for me was a bonus.

There are many real life stories shared in this book too, again something that I really enjoyed; from older vegans, sharing their own personal challenges in adopting and maintaining a vegan lifestyle. It’s never an easy choice, even in today’s supposedly more enlightened times; especially if you happen to be sharing a home with staunch meat-eaters.

The book wraps up with the recipe section (over 100 pages!) and also a number of recommendations for further books and cookbooks to check out and other suggested vegan products.

I’m still not a total vegan, but after reading “Never Too Late to Go Vegan” a couple of weeks ago,  I am contemplating taking this step even more.If you’ve also considered a vegan lifestyle and just happen to be over 40…you’ll want to check out this excellent resource book.

Highly recommended!

You can also visit the author’s website here.