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Some of My Favorites August 31, 2011

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 4:14 am

I was just looking at some of my empty bottles of soaps and whatnot thinking about what I need more of, when I decided to maybe try a new something. Then I got overwhelmed. There are so many products out there!! Even in the “health” world… how the heck do you know which one to pick?? How do you know if it works well, or if the company really is helping the environment?! So, I have decided to help some of you (if this does even help you) by sharing with you things I use/ have used that are my favorites and why! Yes, yes, I knew you would be excited. 😉 I would also love to know what you use!

1. Dr. Bronner’s Soap: I love this stuff! It is so versatile! It comes in liquid and bar form and they make all kinds of other items (lotion, salve, balms…). They are very environmentally friendly, fair trade, and one of the safest soaps I know of. I use the Baby-Mild for the wipes I make, Lavender for shampoo, body wash, or cleaning baby toys, Eucalyptus in my home-made laundry detergent, Peppermint to clean floors, and they come in tons of other scents! It’s great for all kinds of skin problems also. Check out the link I attached for more great info.!

2. Kiss My Face olive oil bar soap: They make a lot of other stuff (I also like their aloe vera toothpaste) but I love using their bars of soap for my face wash. The ingredients are super simple and feel great on my skin! Olive oil is the base, some with aloe vera and some with honey, as well as different essential oils, depending on the scent you get (or scent-less).

 

 

3. Tom’s of Maine toothpaste: I have had great results with their baking soda, propolis, and myrrh toothpaste (make sure to get fluoride free!). They have a great reputation too, very clean company. Great flavors too! (Cinnamint is sooo good)

4. Jason’s deodorant: This company also makes so many different things, but I really like their deodorant, especially the lavender. They have lot’s of options.

5. Burt’s Bees lotion: I LOVE their milk and honey lotion. I have used it for probably 5 years now. I even use it on my face. It is so light and soft and smells yummy! I also really like their baby products. Their diaper ointment takes Mathias’ rashes away so fast! And their baby powder is great and really gentle on the bum (no talc). Not to mention the smell is so cuddly! And I’m obsessed with their chapstick.

6. Lilly of the Desert conditioner: They too make a lot of different products, but I love love love their aloe vera conditioner with lemon and rosemary. It has helped my hair SO much. And I know 3 other people who have had great results from this too. I haven’t tried the shampoo yet, but I might do that. They also make really great aloe vera gels and juices that are really clean.

7. LifeTree cleaning products: I really like these cleaning products for around the house. They are super safe (for family and environment) and still do a great job. They are highly concentrated so it lasts a bit longer. Most warnings on the labels say that if swallowed “drink lots of water” and consult a physician. That’s pretty amazing.

So, those are the main ones I could think of right now. These should be available at your local health stores, or I’ve learned that many times they are cheaper online. If there are a lot of other people you know who like to use these or similar products, you can team up and start a co-op through Frontier COOP.com. They have HUNDREDS of products and are really awesome! I hope this was helpful to you. If you would like to know what other products I like or use/ have used just ask me and I’d love to share! Working at Whole Foods, I got to sample A LOT of products. What products do you love to use?? Please share! 🙂

Have a great day!

Love, Alisha

 

Rainbows Midst the Cloudy Days August 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — lovepaintingrainbows @ 12:06 am

I have not posted on here in quite awhile… I feel as though I have been so busy, but if you asked me what I’ve been doing I would have to think about it for awhile and then tell you “I’m not sure…”. I think it’s because our bed is no longer comfortable for my body and I have been sleeping on the couch (not to mention waking up to nurse once a night again). And Ben has been sleeping on the floor %75 of the time because it hurts his back. Needless to say, we have ordered a mattress. A memory foam mattress! I’m very excited and hoping that it meets our high hopes of sleeping a most luxurious and deeply restful sleep!

Doesn't this look divine? This is where I want to sleep *sigh*

But, I have been learning (struggling might be a more appropriate word, but I’m trying to stay positive) how to live fully and enjoy and be present despite my very tired body and eyeballs. Here are some things in my/our life/lives that I have been able to enjoy in the midst of the sleepless week or so.

1. Right now I’m watching Mathias proudly flip through his plastic books looking at each page as if he knows exactly what every word is… and enjoying it. 🙂 Pretty dang cute.

2. Mathias has also been giving the best and biggest grins ever! He squints his eyes and smiles as big as he can, usually sticking his tongue out to where you can see his top front two teeth. We call it his “big cheese” smile. Talk about melt the heart.

The “Big Cheese” (still not even the biggest I’ve seen!)

3. My husband has been wonderfully sensitive to my sleepiness. He has helped me so much to stay on top of the kitchen cleaning. He got Mathias up for me this morning and even changed his diaper and clothes!! He has rubbed my back without me asking. He is so perfect! 🙂

4. I have had several amazing spiritual conversations and experiences with different people this week, all of us growing on our own paths together.

5. Ben and I have been able to go to several yoga classes at SIVA yoga and are SO enjoying it. Thanks to many wonderful friends who offer to babysit for us!

6. Mathias just keeps developing his personality more and more and Ben and I are having a blast watching him and creating a relationship with him.

I could probably keep going for awhile, but I don’t know how many details you are interested in actually reading, so I’ll stop. I’m so thankful for this time in my life. I’m learning many things about myself, my family, life, God. Learning to be in the present moment with this all. My brain is too tired to think about the future. And, I know that “this too shall pass”. I’m not gonna lie… I have had a few brake downs and pity parties for myself and stayed in my pj’s all day long several times, but overall, I feel that I have grown and matured a good deal lately. Praise God for the endless blessings!

Now, it is time for me to go learn more about disciplining my child… 🙂 I’m sure there will be a post about this soon.

Blessings to you all!

Love, Alisha

 

How It All Began… August 15, 2011

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 11:12 pm

If you haven’t noticed yet, a lot of my posts are going to be about different health and nutritional facts that I have learned. ‘Why’ you ask? Well, I have decided to tell you why. Mostly so you know that sharing all of this stuff comes from a place in my heart. I am deeply connected to it all because it has transformed my body and my life! Don’t worry, I’ll give you the short version. 😉

Ever since I can remember I was a sickly person (mostly b/c of an incident that occurred when I was born and the medications broke down my immune system). I got colds often, strep throat often, had debilitating allergies, and digestion problems. I was almost always on some sort of pill or medication. Nothing ever solved any of the problems. Never. I even had a doctor tell me that I was “just going to have to live with it”. Talk about disappointing. This might all sound petty, but after 18ish years it gets REALLY old.

Well, one day at age 19 I met some really lovely people who had experience in healing through muscle and energy testing and nutrition (a.k.a. food). They asked if I would like them to try to help me with my issues. I said “Sure! Why not?”. Almost instantly I began noticing changes. Good changes… some a little challenging, but that’s what cleansing does. Basically I started taking some supplements to heal and cleanse my body of all the toxins it was holding and changed my diet. I also started drinking a gallon of water each day. And boy did I cleanse… I had (warning: this may be TMI) diarrhea for almost two weeks! But it actually wasn’t painful, just… different. I also had rashes all over for about a month or so. It was how my body dumped out all the bad stuff. I immediately got more energy, slept better, and lost weight. It was so invigorating! I was getting a brand new and improved body! I switched to a more holistic approach and it is working better than anything else I have tried. Not to say there isn’t a time and place for modern-day medicine… but on a daily living basis, I much prefer this way.

I also have to say that over the last 5 or so years I have realized that the power of the mind is crucial to everything. If I begin to focus on the negative side of something my healing slows way down or stops, or I just feel awful. But, if I keep positive and live intentional towards healing and wellness I feel great! And it’s noticeable in my face too. Our minds, our spirits, The Spirit is so powerful and when we turn inwards and embrace it our physical bodies are untouchable to corruption!

So, that is my little story. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you ever have questions about problems you are experiencing and would like to see I have had any experience with it (I also was blessed to work for an awesomely informative boss at Whole Foods) I would love to try to help you. But, first remember that many answers are inside of you if you just open yourself to it. It is a daily struggle for me, I must admit, but that’s ok because It is always there waiting. Create your happiness with the power of your mind and search for your needs!

May your body, mind and spirit be blessed.

Love, Alisha

Thankful for my wonderful, supportive soul-mate and our little gift we couldn't have had without my amazing transformation

 

Farmer’s Market Treasures August 8, 2011

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 7:28 pm

I so love the Farmer’s Market! Homemade jewelry and crafts, knitted and crocheted items, basket weaving, balloon animals, flowers, plants, herbs, honey, and of course all the FOOD! How can you not love it?! Well, I must admit the recent raging heat has made it not so enjoyable (also aiding in less produce)… but, this last Saturday morning market was beautiful! There seemed to be much more produce and I went early enough that the heat wasn’t unbearable yet. Here’s a picture of some of my lovely finds from the most recent trip.

Not only are there good, local finds, but they are usually a lot more affordable than going to the grocery store! Especially if you’re looking for stuff not saturated in pesticides, herbicides, and well, poison. However, I have learned that one must ask each vendor if they spray or not because some do. Sometimes you can notice a price difference because of this, but I feel that it is worth it.

Also, I have found a couple of handy-dandy lists that aid in my choosing an organic to non-organic item. The “Dirty Dozen” is a list of the 12 produce items with the greatest amounts of toxins on them. The “Clean Fifteen” is a list with the 15 cleanest produce items that you can be a little more lenient about. This is so helpful! I don’t feel stressed to get ALL organic stuff. So, I thought I would share the good news with you and post the lists on here.

Dirty Dozen:                                                                                                           

Apples

Celery

Strawberries

Peaches

Spinach

Nectarines (imported)

Grapes (imported)

Bell Peppers

Potatoes

Blueberries (domestic)

Lettuce

Kale/Collard Greens

Clean Fifteen:

Onions

Sweet Corn

Pineapple

Avocado

Asparagus

Sweet Peas

Mangoes

Eggplant

Cantaloupe (domestice)

Kiwi

Cabbage

Watermelon

Sweet Potatoes

Grapefruit

Mushrooms

I hope this is helpful for you and your adventures in food and health! If you’ve never been to the market here in Wichita at 21st and Ridge on a Saturday morning, I highly recommend that you try it at least once in your life! Sorry if you hate it afterwards… but I doubt you will 🙂

Love, Alisha

 

Poopies and Paper Towels August 4, 2011

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 4:03 am

So, today was an exciting day of cleaning a large load of poop off of the floor. Mathias has started to eat more solids (kind of). It mostly consists of peaches and goat yogurt… which apparently causes large, chunky bowel movements that explode out of diapers. Anyway, this also caused me to almost run out of wipes and therefore I had to make some more and I remembered that I should share this really easy recipe because it’s so awesome. I have already posted this on Facebook also, but here it is again for those who didn’t get to see it!

1 to 2 containers (I got plastic ones at Walmart that look like this)

Bounty paper towels (one at a time) be sure to use Bounty b/c they are the strongest

1 cup warm water

1 tablespoon liquid soap (I love Dr. Bronner’s)

To start, cut your paper towel roll in half and remove the cardboard center. Then put a half in the container. (I bought two containers and just make two deals of wipes each time) Then mix your soap into the warm water until well blended. Pour the mix over the paper towels in the container. Put the lid on and let absorb! They should be ready in an hour or however long it takes to soak up. So easy and cheap and gentle to your babe’s bum!

Here is a picture of mine

I hope this is helpful to you and may it clean lots of poopy bottoms and not carpet! 🙂

Love, Alisha

 

A Journey in Selflessness August 1, 2011

Filed under: Spiritual Journies — lovepaintingrainbows @ 3:04 am

Today is a lesson in selflessness and pure love for me. Sometimes it is one of the easiest things to do… but usually not. Especially when you give it and it is not returned. It’s so hard being challenged… but it can be a great opportunity for serious growth.

“See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:15.

“Where love is there God is also.” ~Ghandi

“Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is the monster that swallows it up.” ~Ghandi

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” ~Romans 12:10

“We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.” ~Buddha

“Through selfless service, eternal peace is obtained.” ~Sri Guru Granth Sahib

It is known throughout many times, cultures, and societies that selflessness and pure selfless love are above all else. Reading through these quotes tonight helped ease my mind and guide my thoughts and attitude to a more peaceful place. Hopefully, I can be this all the time… as much as possible.

This is one of the hardest things to learn to be, but it is so rewarding in the end. I hope this is all as helpful to you as it is to me. How can we make the world a better place? Through one, simple, loving act at a time. May your week be filled with this love! 🙂

Love, Alisha