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Words to think by

Words we use with ourselves matter. Thoughts we have about them sometimes matter more.

There’s “just for me” as a negative … I don’t want to do that “just for me” versus

I’m doing it “just for me” because I’m worth the time, energy, effort. I’ll enjoy it.

You could use other words than “just for me” if that helps you reshape your thoughts. You can also change what you intend by the words.

Sometimes you have to do both. Start with intention and you’ll find the best words.

Self talk greatly influences how we feel about ourselves and what we believe about others.

Sometimes it doesn’t matter what someone says to you, you will find a way to hear their words in a way that supports what you already believe about yourself.

Start with loving yourself and see where that takes you. 💗

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Sugar Scrubs for Sensitive Skin

Sugar scrubs are super easy to make. Maybe the easiest DIY ever! You can spend a lot of money buying them or you can mix together some oil and sugar and voila. Super simple.

I use about twice as much sugar as oil. I suggest starting with a cup of granulated sugar, add a half a cup of oil and stir. If it seems a bit dry, pour in a little bit more oil and stir. Get it to the texture you like.

I use organic sugar, no special brand. The oil varies based on my mood and what I have on hand. Common choices are olive oil, coconut, almond, jojoba and sesame. I will often add some essential oils too. A little goes a long way. If you want unscented, just stick with the oil and sugar only.

Sugar scrubs are awesome for anyone, regardless of your skin type. It’s a gentle way to exfoliate your skin and an easy way to add some moisture in a healthy way. While you wouldn’t want to eat these scrubs, you could by using oils and sugar safe to eat. I think the most healthful products to put on your body are ones safe to put in your body.

I have sensitive skin. When I was young, I could use pretty much any kind of product on my skin without issue. As I’ve gotten older, my skin has become more sensitive to chemicals. I also have psoriasis and so it tends to be dry. The sugar dissolves more easily than salt, so sugar scrubs are gentler than salt scrubs. They gently remove the top dry skin, allowing the oil to penetrate the skin more effectively.


I’ve bought wonderful scrubs made with all natural ingredients. Lots of great products out there. One day I was buying some and paying $15 for a small jar I got to thinking … instead of buying more scrub, I bought a bag of sugar. I already had the oils as well as a stash of essential oils, so I added a bit of lavender in my first batch and was hooked. Now I love mixing my own scrubs. I call them my magic skin potions. I’m using them regularly and my skin is loving it. I know what exactly is in each batch.


I mix mine up right in the container. I like to do small batches and wash the container after I use up each batch. If you take it into the shower, consider using something that isn’t breakable. Chances are you already have some kind of reusable acrylic or plastic container. If not, they aren’t expensive. Do get something reusable though. Our planet has too much plastic trash already.

I wish you soft, silky, healthy skin. Enjoy!

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Current Obsessions

I recently discovered Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookie and I am obsessed with their food. Their products do not have artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols, and some are vegan. They also have a hefty amount of protein and a reasonable amount of sugar. In addition to their complete cookies, they have these new crispy cookies that make me swoon and their brownies are divine. I haven’t bought a protein bar in months.

This is Us is back on and I actually watch it live when I’m home. I’ve even been known to tweet about it on commercials. I even posted a pic on Instagram of my cats napping on the sofa with me while I was watching it. I love this show so much.


I started doing Pilates this summer and I’m still doing it. I do not like to exercise and yet I look to this and it’s exercise. I admit I thought it would be easier. I see pictures of people laying down on the reformer and I thought, how hard is it? I’m happy to say that I’m getting stronger and more fit. I’m hooked.

I recently started uploading products to zazzle. I’ve been purchasing some of my items and so far I am really pleased with the quality. Sometimes I spend hours on a design I end up not even using, so it’s coming along slowly. It’s fun and I completely lose track of time. I’ve sprinkled in a few pictures from two of my collections, Peace Love Cats and Colorful Paw Prints.

No obsession list is ever complete without my cats. I love them so much.

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Astrology and Life Goals

I was always interested in astrology. I had limited access to information when I was kid, but I still thought it was fascinating. I had my first reading by a professional astrologer when I was college, and I was blown away. I figured she must be psychic, because I couldn’t see how she could know so much about me from this piece of paper (my natal chart).

I went back to learn more about myself and ask her astrology questions. I devoured books and learned how to cast charts. I’d offer to look at anyone’s chart that would let me and I eventually became a professional astrologer. My business thrived, though I decided not to make it my primary source of income. It’s been a part time thing over the years. I’ve loved seeing clients and learned a lot from them. I’m at a time in my life now though where I am enjoying (feasting) on uncommitted time. I find myself retired from any kind of work that requires me to be somewhere at a specific time, or to do anything by a certain date. It’s amazing and is something I have been working towards for a long time.

My interest in astrology continues, so I’ve gotten back into blogging, teaching and I’ve added astrology shirts to this site. I used to teach classes offline, but keeping with my new found freedom, my classes now are online. I create them at home, at my pace. Once published, students take them at their pace. I love the Internet.

Getting to this place once seemed so far away, and then I blinked, and here I am. Now I find myself wanting to slow down time. I’m not rushing to get anywhere. My attention is focused on my life now, and when I think back to all the times in my life when I was most content, that’s what I was doing.

Long term goals are valuable and worth checking in on, but no matter how far away they seem the time to get there goes so fast. Be sure to spend it living and loving fully.

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My love affair with Brussels sprouts

I crazy love Brussels sprouts. Now.

I thought I didn’t like them. I don’t remember if I tried them and didn’t like them, confused them with something else I didn’t like, or decided as a child I wouldn’t like them and the thought turned into a fact. It’s possible I made an uninformed decision to not like them.

I recently had some and after the first one I was blown away. I love vegetables and wondered how I managed to go this long believing I didn’t like them. I still have a lot to learn about myself.

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As with any new love, I’ve been binge eating them. I’m making a decision to back off a little, rather than eat them to death. I tend towards food ruts, so I’m mixing it up and adding them into the rotation.

I’m in this relationship for the long run.