100% Pure Cosmetics

I’ve been on a search for natural and non-toxic cosmetics.  I’ve used lipgloss from 100% Pure and I love it!   Next stop, foundation! Let’s see how their dark colors work on my skin.  Update to come!

Fruit Pigmented Lipgloss

Healthy Skin Foundation
Healthy Skin Foundation

 

Vinegar as a household cleanser?

Market Pantry Distilled White Vinegar $2.84/Gallon

Target's Market Pantry Distilled White Vinegar $2.84/Gallon

YES!  I’ve gotten my house down to 100% non-toxic, as far as household cleansers go (I’ve still got to find a good natural shampoo).  As we all know, the Eco-Friendly stuff is not harmful to the environment, pets, or kids!  The downside it the price, though.  Check out The Living Green Solution for some easy and cheap tips on using vinegar as a cleanser!  I tried some of her tips and they really work!!

What ARE the California Laws on Vaccinating Your Child?

Photo by Anadolu Ajansı

Photo by Anadolu Ajansı

I am  fascinated by the laws that are put in place to govern our bodies.  Some make sense, others don’t.

Anyhow, I was researching California laws on vaccinating children.  I’m going to share just a few of the codes I find to be interesting and may even be of use to you.  If a doctor does tell you “It’s the Law, you must vaccinate” he’s right- to a degree, but ultimately the choice is yours.

If you decide not to vaccinate, you must write a letter stating that you have philosophical or religious reasons for not wanting to do so.

Please do your own research.  Follow your inner guidance, as only YOU know what’s truly best for your family.  I invite you to resist being motivated by fear and to consider being motivated by INTUITION, TRUTH, INFORMATION, KNOWLEDGE, and RESEARCH (done by parties not receiving financial gain from the subject at hand). Read on for some very important sections of the California Law Code regarding immunizations. 

Here it says that children who are not immunized will be excluded from school (school being any private or public elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center)

Cal Ed Code § 48216 (2006)

§ 48216. Exclusion of pupil who has not been immunized; Notice to parents

(a) The county office of education or the governing board of the school district of attendance shall exclude any pupil who has not been immunized properly pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 120325) of Part 2 of Division 105 of the Health and Safety Code.

(b) The governing board of the district shall notify the parent or guardian of the pupil that they have two weeks to supply evidence either that the pupil has been properly immunized, or that the pupil is exempted from the immunization requirement pursuant to Section 120365 or 120370 of the Health and Safety Code

(c) The governing board of the district, in the notice, shall refer the parent or guardian of the pupil to the pupil’s usual source of medical care to obtain the immunization, or if no usual source exists, either refer the parent or guardian to the county health department, or notify the parent or guardian that the immunizations will be administered at a school of the district.

The above is true UNLESS the parent, guardian, or emancipated minor states the following in writing

Cal Health & Saf Code § 120365 (2006)

§ 120365. Letter or affidavit stating beliefs opposed to immunization; Temporary exclusion from school

Immunization of a person shall not be required for admission to a school or other institution listed in Section 120335 if the parent or guardian or adult who has assumed responsibility for his or her care and custody in the case of a minor, or the person seeking admission if an emancipated minor, files with the governing authority a letter or affidavit stating that the immunization is contrary to his or her beliefs. However, whenever there is good cause to believe that the person has been exposed to one of the communicable diseases listed in subdivision (a) of Section 120325, that person may be temporarily excluded from the school or institution until the local health officer is satisfied that the person is no longer at risk of developing the disease.

OR if you have a doctor state the following in writing

Cal Health & Saf Code § 120370 (2006)

§ 120370. Statement by physicians contraindicating immunization

If the parent or guardian files with the governing authority a written statement by a licensed physician to the effect that the physical condition of the child is such, or medical circumstances relating to the child are such, that immunization is not considered safe, indicating the specific nature and probable duration of the medical condition or circumstances that contraindicate immunization, that person shall be exempt from the requirements of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 120325, but excluding Section 120380) and Sections 120400, 120405, 120410, and 120415 to the extent indicated by the physician’s statement.

All children over the age of 18 months who have received the immunizations required by law OR kids whose parents or guardians have documented their medical (written by a doctor) or personal belief exemption will be UNCONDITIONALLY ADMITTED INTO SCHOOL

17 CCR 6025 (2006)

§ 6025. Unconditional Admission

Any pupil age 18 months or older who has received all the immunizations against poliomyelitis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles (rubeola), rubella, Haemophilus influenzae type B, mumps, hepatitis B and varicella (chickenpox) required for his or her age, as defined in Table 1, Section 6020, or who has documented a permanent medical exemption or a personal beliefs exemption to immunization in accordance with Section 6051, shall be admitted unconditionally as a pupil to a given public or private elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center. However, for some pupils admitted unconditionally to a child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center, an additional dose of DTP and/or polio vaccine will be required for admission to school at kindergarten level and above, as indicated in Table 1, Section 6020.

More on Unconditional admission

17 CCR 6051 (2006)

§ 6051. Unconditional Admission with Permanent Medical Exemption or Personal Beliefs Exemption

A pupil with a permanent medical exemption or a personal beliefs exemption to immunization shall be admitted unconditionally. A permanent medical exemption shall be granted upon the filing with the governing authority of a written statement from a licensed physician to the effect that the physical condition of the pupil or medical circumstances relating to the pupil are such that immunization is permanently not indicated. The fact of the permanent medical exemption shall be recorded on the California School Immunization Record, PM 286 (1/02) as provided in Section 6070. A permanent medical exemption may be provided for one or more vaccines. A physician may provide a written statement that the pupil is medically exempt from the measles (rubeola) and/or varicella (chickenpox) requirements as a result of having had measles (rubeola) and/or varicella (chickenpox) disease, respectively. A physician may provide a written statement that the pupil is medically exempt from the rubella and/or mumps requirement as a result of having had laboratory confirmed illness with the corresponding disease. A personal beliefs exemption shall be granted upon the filing with the governing authority of a letter or affidavit from the pupil’s parent or guardian or adult who has assumed responsibility for his or her care and custody in the case of a minor, or the person seeking admission if an emancipated minor, that such immunization is contrary to his or her beliefs. The fact of the personal beliefs exemption shall be recorded on the California School Immunization Record, PM 286 (1/02). A pupil with an exemption which is not based on pre-existing immunity to disease may be subject to exclusion pursuant to Section 6060.

Section 6060

§6060. Pupil Not Completely Immunized and Exposed to
Communicable Disease.

Whenever the governing authority has good cause to believe that a pupil
who is not completely immunized against a particular communicable disease
may have been exposed to that disease, that information shall be reported
by the governing authority immediately by telephone to the local health
officer. The local health officer shall determine whether the pupil is at risk
of developing the disease and, if so, may require the exclusion of the pupil
from that school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day
care home, or development center until the completion of the incubation
period and the period of communicability of the disease

A Wellness Retreat Where I Was Called In As A Guest Healer.

I learned so much from these courageous, and inspirational Women aka “Living Beauties”. Thank you, Dena Cali, for inviting me to participate at this Wellness Retreat for the Foundation For Living Beauty.  It reconfirmed that I am certainly on the correct path. The path of helping people heal. This will always be one of my most memorable days as an energy healer.  I am moved to tears as I share with you my gratitude to The Creator for giving me this wonderful gift.

*If you are interested in booking an energy healing session with me, please leave a comment here with your email address, and phone number and I will get back to you as soon as I can.  Keep in mind, all comments must be approved before they are posted on this site, so your information will not be viewed by anyone but myself.

Scary News About Your Halloween Candy. But The Good News Is…

Image Courtesy of ScienceDaily.com

Image Courtesy of ScienceDaily.com

Along with the loads of sugar and chemicals that go into the manufacture of most candy, there are also ingredients that are downright spooky.  I would rather if urine and pig stomach weren’t in my sweets, thank you very much.  Oh yes, the good news!!  There are lots of “clean” candies on the market that are easy to find at most grocery stores.  My dear Chloe over at Girlie Girl Army wrote a powerful and educational entry on what’s ghoulish and what’s great about candy.   You will be armed and ready to make an informed decision when you go shopping for your Halloween treats.  CLICK HERE

If You Use Condoms You Should Read This

Ok, so I was looking for something penis specific to blog about since I promised my Male readers that I’d write something special just for you, but I think this entry is really important to anyone who puts a condom on his body or inside his or her body.  So, my For Men Only Post is still in it’s research stage.

Anywho, when I was in the market for using condoms I’d stay away from the ones with Nonoxynol 9 because they were so irritating.  But not only are they irritating (it’s like putting soap inside your most tender parts), they are DANGEROUS if used outside of a monogamous relationship where couples want to prevent pregnancy.  They should NOT be used as a prophylactic from HIV and other STD’s.  Please watch this video, even though it’s old- it’s still accurate.

Trojan has many products without the spermicide.

The Sensual Vegan sells condoms without spermicide and milk proteins.  I would only use the flavored condoms they sell  for safer oral sex…I don’t think fruity flavored items have any place inside the vagina.  Scented and flavored condoms, lotions, oils, and lubes can wreak havoc on the sensitive and beautiful vaginal environment.

For Women’s Eyes Only (Totally T.M.I. for Men…Trust me)

So, I was driving this evening checking out the last bit of the Full Moon and thought I should do a post regarding Women’s Moon cycles.  I dusted off and tweaked a review that I’d written back in ’07 for **The Girlie Girl Army**, an incredibly successful blog and newsletter founded by one of my dear loves, Chloe Jo Berman.  She’s a blogging genius who has given me LOTS of inspiration and has so kindly invited me to be a guest blogger on her superfab site.  Check out Chloe Jo’s interview with Miss. Alicia Silverstone and while you’re at it, you may as well sign up for Chloe’s newsletter.  Once you do, come back and you will find a *gift in your immediate future.

Enjoy, LADIES.  Men, you’ve been forewarned.  I promise to write something just for you to keep things balanced.  Ok, now git outta heeeah!!!!!

“The Diva Cup” Review

Ok Ladies, I have come across an incredible menstrual product!  So put your queasy aside, cuz I’m about to get real honest!  We are Goddesses and have the honor, power and blessing of BLEEDING giving us the ability to hold and nurture a life in our bodies (AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL!!! Whoo hooo!!) However, the products that we use to keep us feeling “clean and fresh” during our Moon Cycles often fail and leave us feeling sticky icky, leaky and totally uncomfortable   I have the worlds most sensitive “friend”- and conventional pads, and tampons tend to irritate My Precious.  Pads would chafe even though they claim to “breathe”, and tampons don’t discriminate which fluids they absorb and would leave me dry and kind of, ahem, raw.

divacup

Well, I found a gift from the heavens!!  It’s called “The Diva Cup” which is used internally, it’s made of medical grade silicone so it gliiiiides in easily, and is FDA approved!  The Diva Cup catches the blood inside the cup, and depending on your flow- you can leave The Cup in for up to 12hrs.  It’s totally NOT messy, if you dump it before it overflows.  If you wait too long, then just like any other product- it can get messy.  I used to pack pads, tampons, panty liners, and sometimes an extra pair of panties on my heavy days…just in case there was an “accident”.  Now, I leave home with my Diva Cup and maybe a liner and I’m good to go.  Visit LunaPads.com and order one today!!  It will change your life.  Here’s a promo code 10% off orders over $35: GGA09 This promo code is a *gift from Girlie Girl Army Goddess, Chloe Jo.  Love you, Woman!!

teenyliner

LunaPads Teeny Pantyliner for light days or use with The Diva Cup.  They come in lots of fun colors, are made of super soft cotton, and are machine washable and reusable.  I use these or the full sized LunaPads when I don’t feel like using internal protection. Makes me happy to have discovered a way to avoid contributing to landfills and Ocean pollution every single month. I was guilty of flushing my tampons instead of wrapping and discarding them in the garbage.  That was before a good friend looked at me like I had horns growing out of my afro and showed me the light. Every Woman could use up to 17,000 tampons in her lifetime- so go figure how expensive and wasteful that is. According to the LunaPads site 14 billion pads, tampons, and applicators make it into landfills EVERY year.  Most tampons are chlorine bleached, contain dioxins, and are made with rayon- when used internally has a dangerously high level of absorbency and doesn’t biodegrade very well.

natracareIf you must use tampons.  I am a fan of Natracare because this company truly cares about Women’s health and the environment.  Natracare tampons use 100% certified organic cotton, are 100% biodegradable, and are free of harmful pesticides.  They come with or without applicators and are widely distributed so you can easily find them at most health food stores (like Whole Foods) and at VitaCost.com (for 40% less than in the stores)  Even though these tampons are natural and wonderful- please remember the wrap and toss.  Clogged plumbing is expensive to fix and Ocean creatures don’t want our tampons in their living room.


You Have Lights All Over Your Body!

These lights are also called “Energy Centers” or “Chakras”  This video shows the 7 major (and most popular) Chakras, but we have them all over our bodies, hands, wrists, feet.  They correspond with certain colors (note the colors in the video)  I love the music in this video.  Hmm, I think I’ll start doing posts on each of the 7 main Chakras.

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Chakra Booster Temporary Tattoos for Chakra Balancing by Vicki Howie ChakraBoosters.com

I'm wearing this one on my belly right now!!

I’m wearing this Chakra Booster Tattoo on my belly right now!!

Kyanite crystals help balance the Chakras


Kyanite crystals help balance the Chakras