Beauty & Skin Care Hair

The Curly Girl Method – Going Short

February 10, 2019

Sometime in early August 2018, my niece paid me a compliment “I like your hair straight, but I miss your curly hair.” She did not know that earlier that day, my husband had asked “Why do you blow dry your hair, then curl it with a curling iron, when you have curly hair?” I too missed my wavy hair; I had been fighting my natural hair texture with regular chemical treatments and hair color for years. My once healthy, wavy…

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Beauty & Skin Care

Skincare Serums

February 3, 2019

If you are not using serums as part of your skincare routine, then you may be missing out on powerful ingredients that can help transform your skin from dull to glowing. I have been using serums for years. During this time, I have always looked for powerful ingredients that combat occasional acne, help minimize the look of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. It’s easy to add one or several serums to your current skincare routine. Following is a brief description…

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Food

Salsa Fresca & Guacamole

January 30, 2019

I make a salsa fresca, also known as pico de gallo, whenever I cook Mexican food at home. The salsa can be eaten with chips and guacamole. Following are two easy recipes that that take less than 15 minutes to prepare, serves 4. Salsa Fresca Ingredients Needed 2 large, ripe tomatoes, finely chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped purple onion 1 jalapeno, less (or more) depending on desired heat 5 stalks cilantro, I only use the leaves and don’t use the stalks. Finely…

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Food

Soft Tacos – Mexican Style

January 27, 2019

Mexican food is my favorite cuisine. I just love the variety of flavors, so many options to choose from, even for the pickiest of eaters. Over the years I have focused on developing my own style of cooking. One of my favorite meals to make are veggie tacos. These tacos are so tasty even meat eaters will enjoy them. The key to great food is using the best ingredients available. I try to use as much organic produce as possible,…

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Book Club

Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli

January 21, 2019

The book, Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli, offers a compelling first hand account of the daunting legal process faced by Central American unaccompanied children in the United States. Ms. Luiselli does an excellent job weaving facts into the story, therefore helping the reader understand the monumental hurdle the migrant children must navigate. As a volunteer translator, she is able to share their heartbreaking stories with compassion and humility. The book is powerful and thought provoking. While the…

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City Guides Travel

Steamboat Springs, CO. Ski Vacation

January 20, 2019

Steamboat Springs, located in northwestern Colorado, is home of world class mountain skiing, biking, and breathtaking hiking. I always look forward to our annual ski trip, which we take either in December or January. The town has an old world, western style charm. Getting There – The closest airport is the Yampa Valley Airport, known as Hayden. It is 22 miles from the ski resort and has daily flights from 12 major airports in the country. Driving – We once…

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Travel

Packing for a Ski Vacation

January 15, 2019

Few things rattle me as much as packing for a trip. I have never been able to efficiently pack well thought out outfits for a weekend getaway, let alone a longer trip. I have been known to bring two or theee suitcases, too many pairs of shoes, full size hair and skincare products. Too much makeup, a blow dryer to a beach vacation (?!) endless pairs of tops, pants, and just in case items. Once back home, as I wash…

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Beauty & Skin Care

Tata Harper Skincare Review

January 13, 2019

I enjoy trying new skin care, always looking for products that deliver on their promise of brighter, hydrated, luminous skin. Like many women I know, I have drawers full of bottles and containers that failed to deliver. I purchased a Tata Harper essentials skincare trial kit, before committing to the full size products. After four weeks of daily use, I feel comfortable writing a review. Nourishing Oil Cleanser – Used on dry skin, morning and evening. The oil cleanser dissolves…

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Current Events Volunteer

Migrant Crisis at US/Mexican Border, Volunteer Trip, Summary

January 6, 2019

It’s been two weeks since I returned from Tijuana, Mexico, where I traveled to volunteer as part of a delegation organized by the Florida Immigration Coalition, to help Central Americans as they wait to apply for asylum in the United States. There was so much to take in. Things to do. I was there for four days and tried to do as much as possible, but it felt like a race against time. We did the best we could. On…

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Life Style

New Year Resolutions

January 6, 2019

The New Year brings new possibilities, a blank page, where the past is a memory and the future shines bright with promise. For many of us, it is also an opportunity to set new goals or New Year resolutions. I have never taken this practice seriously, at times half heartedly setting a goal or two. This year I gave it serious thought, sitting down with pen and paper, carefully going over the last 12 months. I looked at what I…

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