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Do you have crappy nails!? ME TOO!! Paper-thin nails that always break, peel and bend. Not cool! I’ve tried all of the polishes that promise to give you strong and long nails, but I have never noticed a difference.
The other day, on a rerun of Dr. Oz, they were talking about how garlic can help in strengthening and growing your nails! This may seem weird and stinky but don’t worry…the smell disappears once it is dry!
I just started this method so I will report back on the long term results soon!
Follow these simple steps and let me know if it works for you!
*Also…I would like to apologize to my followers for all the annoying e-mails last Friday. I just learned how to use Polyvore and I didn’t realize what I was doing on there was showing up on my blog too. I was trying to make an Albin Home Vision Board.
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For some annoying reason I have been battling dark spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, on my forehead, upper lip, and under my eyes…I look dirty! My best friend, who happens to be a dermatologist, told me it is from the sun. The dark spots are a new thing for me and it is not something I can learn to accept. Pretty skin is important to me…So I did some research and found a few remedies I wanted to try (in addition to hydroquinone cream). Aloe vera has beneficial skin healing powers, it contains all kinds of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties while helping your skin shine brighter and lighter. I read that aloe vera works on hyperpigmentation by encouraging the skin to regenerate new skin cells while also moisturizing and cleansing. Even though dark spots are pretty difficult to treat I thought it was worth a try! After reading through several different recipes I decided to make my own very simple aloe vera mask with coconut oil and lemon juice. The acidic juice will also help lighten the dark spots and give the aloe vera gel a longer shelf life.
Gel may have a slight pink tint due to oxidation.
These remedies can take up to a week or more for any discernible results to be seen.
Keep the concoction is your refrigerator, it will last for approximately 1-2 week(s).
My aloe vera leaf was big and I had leftovers/extra…I blended the remaining gel with lemon juice to create aloe vera juice. I kept it in my refrigerator and consumed 1 to 2 tablespoons per day.
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I have a confession. Zac and I use to listen to only rap music. Rap music and farming…seems like some kind of oxymoron, don’t you think?! We thought so too, so we recently got Sirius radio and started listening to The Highway. That lead to me thinking about all the country I listened to in college at OSU, which then led to this playlist. This playlist is a mix between bands I saw in college, outlaw country, and just random favorites.
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine
Twelve Gauge – Casey Donahew
Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
Choctaw Bingo – Ray Wylie Hubbard
Seven Nights in Eire – Reckless Kelly
Sunrise – Ryan Bingham
Mood Ring – Wade Bowen
White Trash Story – Casey Donahew
Wear My Ring – Bart Crow
The Toast – No Justice
Oklahoma Girl – Eli Young Band
Corpus Christi Bay – Robert Earl Keen
Snake Farm – Ray Wylie Hubbard
Listen to playlist here
I love fine art…. I could spend hours/days looking at artwork of all kinds. The internet is such a fun resource to have when it comes to perusing because you can always discover new artist you may have never heard of otherwise. Some mornings I spend hours looking at the art section on Pinterest and that is exactly how I discovered this jewel. This blog is supposed to help represent me and what makes my world go round and art is a part of who I am. Therefore, I think it is fun to share pieces with you guys that I have found and fallen in love with.
“I listen and wait for the voice of a thousand rushing waters. I can hear it in the distance, calling me to go forth in this journey. My thoughts are on heaven as I move through the mountains of this realm, to seek my future and what it beholds.” – Dimitra Milan
This painting is called “Running the Distance”. I really love it. I think it is so beautiful, the detail is amazing and I love that it has a southwestern feel to it with the wolf and desert scene. The artist, Dimitra Milan is a 16 yr old girl from Arizona. Yes, that is right, 16! Both of her parents are established artist who own an art institute where Dimitra was able to take classes and learn, but also obviously has an amazing natural talent. In an interview I read, Dimitra stated “I paint women and animals/nature together to create a dreamy atmosphere and to give you a feeling that anything is possible. I think of each animal more as a symbol, rather than just the animal itself. I think about the function and attributes of the animal and use it as a symbol. I often like to paint animals that are traditionally viewed as dangerous or predators, or animals that simply have a dangerous edge. I feel like the women who represent me or the viewer have an opportunity to overcome, or to be a part of, a grand supernatural adventure. Sometimes these relationships between the woman and the animal represent our relationship with the one who created all of us. In my paintings, these predators are not dangerous, they don’t bite and they don’t sting.”
I find this piece of art and this artist very inspirational and I hope you do too! If you want to see more of her artwork or learn more about the artist go to her website at https://www.dimitramilan.com/
One day while surfing the internet I came across this ^^ breathtaking photo of my ever loved Black Mesas. (read about my love here)
Stanley Harper of Black Mesa Images is the artist and I am so in love with his work.(check out his facebook page here) Not only does he have some great shots of Black Mesa but he has perfectly captured the entire panhandle of Oklahoma. I found myself looking through every single picture, I couldn’t get enough…. I am such a sucker for the sky, living in the flatlands can do that to you. We may do without a lot of things out here in No Mans Land, but God makes up for it by painting us some of the most gorgeous skies! I have always had a passion for sunsets, but Stanley’s night shots of the milky way and all the stars are my favorite. The lightening strikes are pretty rad too. I love photography, someday I hope to have the equipment and knowledge to take killer photos of the sky. (he has a pretty fabulous collection of nightscapes for sale on his website)
Where do you get your inspiration?!
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Here are my Jamaican beach jams.
High By The Beach – Lana Del Rey
2am – Slightly Stoopid
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Follow The Sun – Xavier Rudd
No Guns Allowed – Snoop Lion
No Way No – MAGIC!
Ordinary Girl – Rebelution
Dream Land – Bunny Wailer
Dawn Of Time – Tribal Seeds
Coast – Emily Reo
Pressure Drop – Toots & The Maytals
Follow my beach jams here
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I came across this picture on Pinterest and I just love it.
50% Mermaid. 50% Native American. 100% for me!
I am unable to find the artist…does anyone out there know?!