Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Monday, April 14, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Opps I Made A Mistake!

Happy Monday Beautiful People!




I recently made a couple bulk orders for my business and discovered a massive mistake! Initially I was devastated (ok, maybe not devastated) but I was really disappointed. I felt as though I had dropped the ball. This is even more frustrating because things have been moving along so well. However, failure is part of success. Failure gives direction, we can use it to help redirect our attention and priorities.

So, though my mistake may have cost me a pretty penny, it is what it is, and I have learned an immense lesson of being more aware of my ordering processes.

 Continue to move forward, stay close to your passions and dreams. Live a life of purpose. Change the world, be an inspiration!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


Monday, April 7, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Your Mission Is Everything

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



We all have a purpose. Throughout this journey called life, we navigate trying to understand and live our purpose. Staying true to your heart and connecting to your passion regardless of the magnitude can help make an impact on someone. Making changes in society big or small is important. You matter. We all have an effect on the world we live in, we impact our society. Stay true to your gifts and talents. Use them to the fullest.

Value and treasure your mission!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

0 Tips For Optimal Kidney Function (Protect Your Kidneys!)

Though National Kidney Month (March), is over I still wanted to provided key tips and foods that can greatly benefit your kidney function. Everyday should be Kidney appreciation day!




Your kidneys are critical for your well being. The primary role and function of the kidneys is to process an average of 200 quarts of blood to extract two quarts of bodily waste and extra water on a daily basis.

 Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys cannot properly remove wastes, which in turn causes the
buildup of waste and fluid in the body. A physician can assess kidney failure through blood and urine tests.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 Million Americans have kidney disease most do not know it.

Kidney Disease Facts

There are several types of kidney failure:

• Acute kidney failure develops suddenly, sometimes because of severe infection,
drugs or other chemical agents, or physical trauma. If the underlying problem can be
successfully treated, complete recovery of the kidneys is possible.
• Chronic kidney failure develops gradually over years and may cause weight loss,
anemia (low blood cell count), nausea or vomiting, tiredness, headaches, decreased
mental sharpness, muscle twitches and cramps, yellowish-brown skin color, unusual
itching, and trouble sleeping.
• End-stage kidney disease causes anemia, high blood pressure, bone disease, heart
failure, and poor mental functioning - (JAMA, February 11, 2009—Vol 301, No. 6)


The Right Diet May Help Prevent Kidney Disease, New Study Finds

Key tools in prevention are:


  • Healthy nutrition and eating habits
  • Quitting smoking 
  • Reduction of sodium intake
  • Cut back on excessive sugar consumption
  • Stop drinking sodas 
  • Stop eating processed foods 
  • managing and maintaining or prevention of diabetes
  • Implement more physical activities

Top Foods For Optimal Kidney Health 


  • Cruciferous vegetables such as: cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, kale, watercress
  • Turmeric 
  • Green Tea 
  • Flaxseed/ flaxseed oil 
  • Berries 
  • Garlic




Preserve your kidneys!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


References: 

Medline Plus (2012). "Kidney Failure". National Institutes of Health. Retrieved March 2014.

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (2012). "The Kidneys and How They Work". National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Retrieved March 2014.

The National Kidney Foundation: News. (n.d.). Retrieved March 2014, from http://www.kidney.org/news/newsroom/nr/Right-Diet-May-Help-Prevent-KD.cfm

Khajehdehi, P. (2012). Turmeric: Reemerging of a neglected Asian traditional remedy. Journal of nephropathology1(1), 17.

Crespy, V., & Williamson, G. (2004). A review of the health effects of green tea catechins in in vivo animal models. The Journal of nutrition134(12), 3431S-3440S.

Goyal, A., Sharma, V., Upadhyay, N., Gill, S., & Sihag, M. (2014). Flax and flaxseed oil: an ancient medicine & modern functional food. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 1-21.

Rodriguez-Mateos, A., Heiss, C., Borges, G., & Crozier, A. (2013). Berry (poly) phenols and cardiovascular health. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry.

Nasri, H. (2013). Renoprotective effects of garlic. Journal of Renal Injury Prevention2(1).

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Monday, March 31, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Are You Creating Value?

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Value. Value is pivotal for growth in the area of business. How much value are you creating for your audience. What are they gaining from you and the experience you are providing. Are you really transforming their lives to some degree or are you just trying to sell them an empty promise?

Go above and beyond. Exceed expectations and give the people something that can truly help them in some way.

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


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Monday, March 24, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Identifying The Distractions

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Do you know what your distractions are? Make a list, go through the day and take a look at what you do and identify where you can replace non-productive time with increased productivity. You might be surprised with what you find.

We all have moments when we complain about not having enough time in the day. The issue is not that we do not have enough time, we just need to manage the time better. In order to have maximum productivity, we need to take a look at everything responsible for draining our time and energy.

If you want it badly enough, you will allocate the time. You have to put in the time and work to see the success manifest.

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


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Monday, March 17, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: How To Stay On Course

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



We all have days when we feel like we are losing momentum. Here are a few ways to help keep that passion burning:

1. Remind yourself of why you started. 
2. Call someone who supported your cause from day 1. 
3. Reflect on what is the purpose of this mission. 
4. What would you lose if you gave up? 
5. Would you be wondering what if for the rest of your life? 
6. Remind yourself that you will not be defeated. 
7. Have a meetup or conversation with successful people in the same field of interest. 
8. Remember, you are creating a lasting legacy in all you do, don't walk away from your dreams no matter how difficult it may be! 


Good luck, stay focused, stay strong!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

Monday, March 10, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: It's Time For A Self Evaluation!

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



What time is? It is time for a self evaluation! How is your year so far? Have you been making improvements? Have you been hitting personal goals? Are you still very distant from your goals? Remember, consistency is your buddy. You have to build a buddy system with consistency. Together you and consistency can make a lovely pair. The more you do something, even in small amounts, will eventually generate a large outstanding prize winning event.

Focus on your goals, make a plan toward your goals, commit daily to your goal, never doubt your goal, see your goal to the end.

Don't just talk the talk, walk the walk.... Live the dream.  My good friend Pablo says it best in the picture above!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary






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Sunday, March 9, 2014

0 Super Food Smoothies For Kids: Green Mustache!

After attending the second day of Kids Food Festival held on March 1st & 2nd, 2014 at Bryant Park, here in Manhattan, I fell in love with the super food smoothies by Green Mustache.


The concept is so adorable. Kids get green mustaches from drinking this organic, non-gmo verified, vegan, and gluten-free smoothie.  It was created by a mom who has a finicky eating daughter (I can relate!). She decided to blend up a mixture of organic greens, fruits, and chia seeds. 
A great aspect of these smoothies is that you get one full serving of fruit and leafy green vegetable in each bottle! 
The sugar content is not excessive, just natural sugars from the fruits. It comes in a small bottle and fits easily in lunch boxes, handbags, and anywhere really. It is great for kids and adults too! 

Her juices come in four different flavors: 
*Tropical Twist 
*Orange Mango 
*Mixed Berry 
*Strawberry Banana. 

Our picture from the Green Mustache vendor stand at the Kids Food Festival, NYC 2014
Founder and CEO, Van Trang Manges and I 



For information about where this product is currently available check here


 I vlogged about the entire event recently, see below. 

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo, 

~Mary 



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

0 Change Your Waistline By Changing Your Ketchup

Greetings and Hello! 




Did you know that most popular ketchup brand contain high fructose corn syrup??!! According to the American Diabetes Association, high fructose corn syrup consumption is directly linked to obesity. High fructose corn syrup consumption is also linked to diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome, just to name a few. 

Ketchup is a common condiment that is used often but does not get much attention. It is a small variable that can add to the larger picture. By adjusting this component as well as a few other aspects of your diet, you can help lessen your intake of ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup and cut down unnecessary fat. 

I suggest trying either Whole Foods 365 brand ketchup which is USDA Certified organic and has very simple ingredients. Or the Trader Joes USDA Certified organic ketchup. Both are only $1.99! They taste great and are healthy for you! 

Check out this week's Toxic Free Tuesday's episode about Ketchup! 








References: 


Bray, G. A. (2013). Potential health risks from beverages containing fructose found in sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Diabetes care36(1), 11-12.

Goran, M. I., Ulijaszek, S. J., & Ventura, E. E. (2013). High fructose corn syrup and diabetes prevalence: a global perspective. Global public health8(1), 55-64.

Monday, March 3, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Seize Every Opportunity

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



When you seize every opportunity presented to you two thing occur: first, you conquer fear and second, you put yourself in the running for whatever the opportunity is. It is a numbers game, the more you put yourself out there the more likely something may eventually develop and flourish. When the opportunities lead to a dead end, use the experience to help you re-navigate. Failed opportunities are so important for growth, creativity, and guidance.  Sometimes you may have to create your own opportunities, it may not always be as obvious in certain situations. A creative mind and an open heart are great assets and can go a very long way.

Build your network, talk to many people, use many opportunities to pave the way for the ultimate opportunity. It is coming; be prepared.

"Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door." - Emily Dickinson

"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." -Francis Bacon



Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


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Sunday, February 23, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: How I Handle Rejection

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Oh rejection! Who loves rejection???!! I was never too fond of rejection. Honestly, rejection can be pretty lame, and I admit, it hurts to be rejected, misunderstood, or not welcomed. I used to want to play it safe because of how much I feared being rejected. I have learned so much and now I understand why rejection is GOOD! I embrace it! Rejection is a good thing because it is the ammunition we NEED! If everything was just handed to us we would not understand the true worth of our desires. It is at that moment when someone simply says NO, that we have that wake up call that either says fight or flight. If your dreams are significant enough for you, you will pursue it with passion and perseverance no matter who says they approve or not.

 If someone does not give you the change you deserve, do not let that stop you. It just means that you are destined for a possibly bigger and better opportunity at a later time. The key is to keep pushing. Refine your skills, talents, and tools. Find the right people to support and nurture your ambitions. Stay driven, passionate, and in love with your target. You have it! It is yours, this is the best time to do it. Live life with purpose!

Happy healthy living,

Xoxo,

~Mary



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Monday, February 17, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: SPEAK UP!

Happy Monday Beautiful People!




Why do many of us humans sit through uncomfortable situations and not say anything until it is either too late or after much abuse finally explode?? JUST SPEAK UP! If you do not feel happy in a situation, just say something. There is so much power in words. You can free yourself from unnecessary suffering by just speaking up. For some reason we are taught that suffering is a must and if you do not suffer tremendously you are not a "good" person. Some suffering can be avoided, you DO NOT need to go through ever bad situation. It is alright if you avoid one here and there.

Use your voice, stand up for yourself. Do not wait until things get so out of hand that you eventually explode. Just simply say I am not content and I want this to change. This is the first step of change.

Change starts with the power the voice. Be willing to initiate that change. SPEAK UP!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

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Monday, February 10, 2014

0 Holistic Eczema Treatment???!!

I recently received pictures from a customer who purchased my Loving Culture Hair Growth & Repair Oil, and I was beyond excited by what I saw.

It showed a before and after picture of the back of her young daughter's neck, that was initially plagued by itchy and annoying eczema. She decided to apply my oil to the back of her daughter's neck consistently for several days and the results were astounding! It literally helped to clear the stubborn skin condition. I am truly grateful to know that this oil is helping people in more than just one way. I hope to continue my holistic efforts to help improve the quality of life for many people!

See the images below:

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

0 Typical Breakfast For Us


Typical breakfast in our household. For me: pita with avocado, cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach leaves, and imported Welch cheddar... For Lucas: vegan gluten free organic banana buckwheat pancakes with organic maple syrup.
Greg is at work way before we even wake up! He often has flaxseed oatmeal with raisins and some other fruits.  



0 Motivational Monday: How Are You Allocating Your Time?

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Time to do an inventory of your time! Have you been making enough time for your personal growth? How is your year thus far? Time can easily get allocated to unnecessary tasks and obligations. We get consumed with tons of distractions and may lose direction of our goals. This is why we should constantly be doing a time inventory!

Reflect back on your day, week, and month and examine how you have spent your time. Make adjustments and be sure to commit time to your growth, your goals, your health. Everyday is a new opportunity to better yourself and get closer to your dreams.

Do a time inventory TODAY! Make the most of every second, minute, hour, day, week, etc.

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

0 Chlorophyll and Why You NEED It!

Chlorophyll is incredible for the body! Food rich in Chlorophyll are:  Leafy green vegetables (kale, spinach, chard, collard, mustard, sea vegetables, alfalfa, green beans, wheat grass, and also do not forget micro algae such as spirulina, blue green algae, and chlorella! 








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Monday, February 3, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Don't Let Anyone Extinguish Your Flame!

Happy Monday Beautiful People!!



Not everyone will understand your path in life. Some will attempt to distract and even derail your movement because either they just don't get it or don't want you to move forward in fears that you will leave them behind.

Obstacles will be thrown at you, you may even lose some friends along the way. Just remember to keep that flame burning within you. Use the obstacles as learning tools to help you navigate through your expedition. Don't let anyone or anything extinguish the flame. Over time the right people who are meant to be in your life will emerge. Keep the flame burning, stay strong, avoid drama, gossip, and trash talking, they are all distractions. The path to success requires tunnel vision. Like they say, "keep your eyes on the prize". Let the haters do what they do best, while you do what you do best!


Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

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Friday, January 31, 2014

0 An Easy Way To Get Fruits & Veggies in Your Children!

I stumbled upon this a few months ago, while browsing at Whole Foods Market and all I can say is, it is brilliant! Our son is VERY resistant to trying anything new and after he tried it he fell in love!

This product is great for kids who don't always love to eat fruits and vegetables. Made with organic wheatgrass, full of nutrients, has probiotics, and 3 full servings of fruits and veggies! Vegan and gluten free! Taste great mixed with juice, also available in chocolate flavor. Kidz Superfood by Amazing Grass.



Happy healthy living! 

Xoxo, 

~Mary 

Monday, January 27, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Don't Beat Yourself Up If You Get Off Course!

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



It is said that most people, by this time of year have already broken their new year's resolutions. If you have fallen victim to this, my advice to you is, Don't beat yourself up!!!

Resolutions are meant to be broken. This is why I prefer emotionally driven goals! Goals driven by emotion have a much longer staying power. When you make a goal for yourself, think of all the necessary reasons why this goal MUST be achieved! Those reasons should be echoing through your head EVERYDAY!!!!! Put them in on the wall that you wake up to, program it in your phone so you can get an alarm reminding you, put it on your bathroom mirror, basically put it everywhere! You need to know what you are working for. That is what keeps us going. This is what helps you to stay on course.

Make concrete goals for yourself, and everyday do something toward it!

GO GET IT!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

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0 Dealing with Shrinkage... (Natural Hair Woes)

It's so crazy how long my hair is, but in its curly state, you would have no idea! Why? It is called: Shrinkage!



Shrinkage is both beautiful and annoying.. I have corkscrew curls, so my curls just tighten up and I lose over 50-70% of my length because of it. I must admit, I do love my curly fro, but sometimes just wish it would show my actual length.

However, when I blow my hair out, the length is incredible. I am proud to be 2 years chemically straightened free! Yay for me!

As I continue this natural hair journey, I will embrace my shrinkage and make the most and best of it!

Do you struggle with shrinkage? If so, what do you do???! Lol..


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

0 Loving Culture Update!

I'm so excited to announce that my Loving Culture Hair Growth & Repair Oil is currently available not only online but also in a sustainable holistic shop downtown here in Manhattan called, Sustainable NYC!
They are located on Ave A down in the East Village. It is such an amazing little shop. They sell wonderful sustainable, healthy, and vegan products. 
If you are ever in the neighborhood, check them out and pick up a bottle of my oil! :-) 


Happy healthy living! 

Xoxo, 

~Mary 

Monday, January 20, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Dreams Are The Gateway To Success

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Day, I want to focus on dreams!

Dr. King was the master of dreams. He gave an epic speech about his dreams. Those dreams eventually were manifested.

Dreams help create a portal to success. It is where it all begins. It is important to hold your dreams closely to you, see them through. Anyone who ever tells you that your dream is too big, be sure to avoid sharing further dreams with that person.

If you dream it, you can achieve it.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
~Walt Disney 


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
~Eleanor Roosevelt 



Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

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Monday, January 13, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Discipline Is A Trait Of The Successful

Happy Monday Beautiful People!




How disciplined are you???!! People who have accomplished great achievements all share this common trait, they are extremely disciplined. They know what they need to do, and they actually get it done.

If you wish to improve your body, then you need to apply the necessary discipline to get the results desired.

If you wish to attain the goals that you have created for yourself, then you need to apply the needed time and energy to get you there. In order to get the needed discipline, you need to have reasons why the goal is a MUST and you need to remind yourself everyday why it is a must.

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments." -Jim Rohn

Go get your goals, live your dreams!

Happy healthy living!!

Xoxo

~Mary

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Shine Brighter Than Ever!

Happy Monday Beautiful People!

It's 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy New Year!



It is your time to shine! This is your year! Make it bigger and better than ever! Compete with no one but yourself. Be the best that you've ever been. Don't put anything off. If you have any cool and innovative ideas, time to write them down! Write everything down.

Be confident, be open to new opportunities, and smile as often as possible!

Use your energy to inspire, lead, and make an impact on society. However, make sure you make an impact on your life first! Your health is your wealth. Resolve any inner turmoil. Make peace with yourself. Don't hold any grudges.

Keep Shining!

Happy healthy living!!!

Xoxo,

~Mary

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Monday, December 30, 2013

0 Motivational Monday: Time To Update The Vision Board!

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



As we are nearing the end of 2013, it is the best time to update or create your vision board (a physical board, chart, etc. where you cut and paste all of your dreams, hopes, and aspirations for the near and distant future).

Having a daily visual reminder of what you want and desire is motivation, inspiration, and a friendly reminder of where we want to go.

I had placed the business cards of key people that were connected to what I desired, those same people ended up contacting me and giving me the response I greatly anticipating, i.e. graduate school admissions director! I got accepted in the program that I was fixated on!

You have to have goals. Goals give insight, goals give us concrete visions to work toward. Make goals and visions for your future. Be very specific with what you want. The rest will follow.

Happy Healthy New Year!


Xoxo,

~Mary

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Monday, December 23, 2013

0 Motivational Monday: Tweek Your Technique, Set New Goals!

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



How has your year been going? As we are nearing the end of 2013, it is important to do an evaluation of where you are and where you are headed. Have you accomplished majority of your goals that you set forth for this year? Did you make any progress? Did you reach any level of achievement? If you feel as though you really did not get half way close to what you had planned to obtain, now is the ideal time to tweek your technique! It is also a great time to make adjustments to your goals, make updates to your vision board.

Some say the distance between success and failure are actually very small. It can all be determined by your technique. What do you do daily? Do you make your dreams and aspirations a priority or do you put it on the back burner?

Take this time to reflect, re-evaluate, and re-structure your technique. Also, make adjustments to your goals. What are you going to do for the new year to make your dreams a reality. Adjust your technique! Use your time wisely, no more excuses!


Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


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Monday, December 16, 2013

0 Motivational Monday: Be What You Want To See

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Do you wish the world were a better place? Do you wish the conditions in your life to improve? Be that change you wish to see. If you long for more peace, be peaceful, even if it seems nearly impossible. One of my favorite sayings is, "fake it until you make it!" Be the example of what you desire most. Talk the talk but most importantly, YOU must walk the walk.

Society needs leaders. Be that leader. Be a legend in your own way. Give love, be open to receive love, and always be grateful.

When people talk bad about you or hurt you, understand that it really isn't about you. There is some issue that they are dealing with and you are just a bystander. Don't let it get to you. Be the example of love, justice, and gratitude.

Live big, dream big!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

0 Spirulina Is A Super Food You SHOULD Be Good Friends With!

Spirulina, also known as blue green algae is one of the most highly nutritious plant-like organisms known to humans. It contains an astonishing high concentration of micro-nutrients. Spirulina has the highest concentration of digestable vegetable protein; ideal for vegans and non-vegans as well.

Spirulina has the power to fight viral infestions, boost mental sharpness, has immense anti-cancer properties. It is linked to lowering blood pressure, detoxifying the liver, hives, and hay fever.



It is available in powder or pill form. It is great to add with smoothies or juices. Give spirulina a try!




Happy healthy living!





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Additional Resources:

http://www.naturalnews.com/041164_spirulina_superfood_supplements_immunity.html

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/spirulina

http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21606

Monday, December 9, 2013

0 Motivational Monday: Transform Your Complaints Into Actions

Happy Monday Beautiful People!


We are all guilty of complaining at times, but we clearly know it does not resolve anything unless we take some action. Some of us are chronic complainers, we complain if the person next to us takes a breath!

Excessive complaining doesn't resolve anything. Taking action and implementing new practices, procedures, and even suggestions can make a world of a difference. Be about your word. Shift your energy toward making a significant impact by spreading creative, innovative, and inspirational ideas.

Complain less, do more! Be a problem solver. Innovation occurs when people get so frustrated they go out and just get stuff done.

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

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Monday, December 2, 2013

0 Motivational Monday: Don't Take Time For Granted

Happy Monday Beautiful People!

My grandma and I on Thanksgiving 

Lucas and his great grandma


We often go through life putting things off for a future date, not realizing that for some of us tomorrow may never come. The one thing in life we have working against us is time. We cannot stop time, we cannot rewind time, it just keeps going even when we don't.

Time well spent is beautiful. Time with the right people is vital. This weekend I made sure to spend Thanksgiving with my grandparents because I do not know how much time we have left with them. Right after Thanksgiving was over my grandmother had a stroke and is in the hospital as we speak!

 Last year was my beautiful aunt's last Thanksgiving and I missed it. She died earlier this year of an aggressive form of cancer. Don't live with any regrets. Live life to the fullest and most importantly share it with the people you care for the most!


It is better to live a life of quality and meaning rather than to live a long life filled with regret and complacency.


Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

0 I Had My Hair Blown Out






Monday, November 25, 2013

0 Motivational Monday: Be A Gratitude Junkie!

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Thanksgiving is this week and usually it's a time to express our gratitude, but it shouldn't just be during the holidays.

We should be thankful everyday! Be a gratitude junkie! Share your gratitude by appreciating the life you have, the loving people who cross your path, and be happy you have your heartbeat.

Life is beautiful, even when things aren't going our way, there is always beauty. It is our responsibility to find the beauty. Love and cherish your life. Gratitude opens doors for more beautiful experiences.

Love, be grateful, be open to all beautiful experiences, give thanks for all the experiences (good and bad because they make you even more unique). Be a gratitude junkie!!


Happy healthy living!
Thank you for being with me through this journey called life!

Xoxo,

~Mary

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Monday, November 18, 2013

0 Motivational Monday: Slow and Steady Gets You Ready

Happy Monday Beautiful People!


We've always heard that expression, "slow and steady wins the race", and I am here to say that slow and steady gets you ready, ready for the bigger picture of life.

Patience is a much needed virtue. Sometimes we need to build the anticipation and gradually build our success to understand the business and to acquire the necessary tools, experience, and wisdom of being large and in charge. Immediate gratification is not valued or appreciated as much as gradual earned achievement.

The trick of making slow and steady work for you is always making progress. Progress is a great indicator that you are moving and doing in the right direction. Action without progress is useless.

Keep progressing, keep focus, stay on your grind!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

0 What Is Pink Himalayan Salt & Why You Should Know About It





Himalayan Salt is a rock salt found in Pakistan 300 km from the Himalayas. It often has a reddish, pink color due to its content of iron oxide.

The benefits: 


Himalayan salt is rich in minerals and natural elements. It contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, and much more.

Due to its high content of minerals, Himalayan salt has been linked to help with the following:

*bone strength
*muscle cramping
*metabolism functioning
*intestinal absorption of nutrients
*balance pH
*reduce acid reflux
*detoxification
*circulation
*libido


It is also considered the purest form of sea salt.

Please keep in mind that over use of any salt can result in hypertension. Please use in moderation! Also, due to its high content of potassium, it is NOT suitable for anyone with renal failure.



Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayan_salt
http://fitlife.tv/10-amazing-benefits-of-pink-himalayan-salt/
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/himalayan-crystal-salt-benefits/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/26690-health-benefits-himalayan-salt/


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Monday, November 11, 2013

0 Motivational Monday: The Blue Print Is Everything!

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



While building your future dreams and goals, construct a solid blue print of your plans. The idea is the foundation but the plan is the navigation. ~Cultureshocking Truth 

Having a solid business plan will help you to execute ideas thoroughly to help grow your dreams into tangible results. You have to know what direction you need to steer the ship.

When you get into your car, you should have an idea of where you wish to drive. This same concept should apply to your business and your visions.

Draw out a blueprint, start executing tasks, and live the dream!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

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Monday, November 4, 2013

0 Motivational Monday: Life is Not One Way

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Most of us grow up believing that life has to be one way, not realizing that there are infinite possibilities.
We develop these rigid ideologies that dictate our lives and we allow no room for flexibility.

Life can be anything you make of it. You don't need to follow the exact footsteps or path of ANYONE! You can create your own unique and individual path. Be innovative, be different. Different may be intimidating and even rejected initially but hang in there! Different is gorgeous. Don't buy into the lies that life must be one type of way.

Know that you have power, a significant amount of power to mold and create a beautiful lifestyle! Be creative, live life fully!



Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


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Monday, October 28, 2013

0 Motivational Monday: Life Doesn't Change Until YOU Change

Happy Monday Beautiful People!


If you are wondering why your life is stagnant regardless of what you do, it is because YOU are standing in the way. We humans are habitual creatures. We get comfortable with our patterns, routines, and lifestyle. We are afraid of change even when we say we are open to it. Eventually, we get frustrated because we keep repeating the same cycles.


The key is to adjust your routines, start doing new routines that will yield more promising results. As they say, things don't just go wrong, there usually is a pattern that leads up to the big malfunction.

Change your habits, get out of your comfort zone, learn and try new things, explore new possibilities, learn from strangers, be open and optimistic. Make goals that match with the new routines. Change your perception, life is not one way. Get out of the box, don't be afraid.

There is a reason why they say, if you gave a poor man millions, it wouldn't take long for that person to be poor again. It isn't about how much money, it's about the mentality, perception, and routine.

Change your life TODAY!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,


~Mary

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Monday, October 21, 2013

0 Motivational Monday: Stand Up & Defend Your Dreams!

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



If someone discredits your capabilities, stand up for yourself! Defend your dreams, do not let someone who is doubtful tear your hopes and aspirations to shreds. Your faith in yourself is the most powerful piece toward your success. Others may not understand or believe in what you are trying to achieve, just as long as YOU do!


Protect and nurture your aspirations. Nurture your dreams into reality. Brilliant inventions, masterpieces, and great work all stemmed from someone who stood up for their dreams.

Stand up for what you believe, show and give love, stay positive, see the endless possibilities (even during the hardships), be innovative, and achieve your dreams!


Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

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Monday, October 14, 2013

0 Motivational Monday: Chronic Excuse Makers, Are You One?

Happy Monday Beautiful People,

Do you find yourself making all types of excuses as to why you cannot do certain things? If so, you are a chronic excuse maker. A chronic excuse maker only focuses on the obstacles that hinder their growth or success.


Living behind excuses will cause you to lose precious time and miss better opportunities. Instead of making excuses, explore the endless possibilities that exist. We often are so quick to give up, not realizing that the destination was so close.

Stop making excuses, stop living in your comfort zone. Get up and get to work!

Success comes to those who choose not to accept limitations!!!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


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