Skin Care

A Balm Like No Other, Mata Balm

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Have you ever found yourself reaching for multiple products when you have sore muscles, insect bites, and congestion because you don’t have one that does it all? Of course you have. Just like everyone else in the world, but what if I told you that there is a company that makes a product that will cover all those areas plus more. Not only that but that it’s made with all natural, and cruelty free ingredients at the same time. Well beautiful people there is, and it’s called Mata Balm

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About a year ago Mata Balm reached out to me and asked if I would like to try their product, and of course I said yes never knowing how life changing that yes would be. In no time my family and I were hooked!! Every company has a story to tell so before I tell you just what this magic balm is capable of, let me tell you a little bit of how it was created, how it got it’s name, and a bit about what goes in it.

Mata was lovingly created in 2005 on the famous tropical island of Samui by Mrs. Sopa Mata a certified Thai traditional medicine practioner. Ensuring that their ingredients always give the highest performance, most of the fresh herbs that go into Mata Balm are handpicked from their own exotic Sri Rama Herbal Garden.

Now that you know the beginning let’s get into what Mata Balm is and does. Mata Balm is a topical analgesic all purpose herbal healing ointment that can be used for temporary relief of pain, itching associated with insect bites, rashes, boils, minor aches and pains of muscles and joints and dizziness. Made with all natural ingredients
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This Mata Balm has become a life saver in my house and has helpfully replaced multiple products. Now we only have to search for one product to help in Winter when cold season hits, in Summer when the mosquitoes are out, and year round for sore muscles that currently plague my husband and I both.

One of the things I really love about this Mata Balm Ointment (besides its amazing performance) is that just a little goes a long way. In other words I don’t have to replace it everytime I turn around.

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This has worked such wonders for everyone in my family from kids to adults, and I can’t imagine not having it within my easy grasp.

I recently gave my Dad who has a bad shoulder the rest of the jar I had (he was amazed at how fast it started to work and the relief it gave) when he was over for a visit which meant I needed to order more. So I headed to Mata Balm and not only did I pick up more Mata Balm All Purpose Healing Ointment but I also picked up their Mata Herbal Inhaler as well.
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I knew before trying their Mata Herbal Inhaler that it would be amazing, but I wasn’t prepared for how much this would come into play for my family during this past cold season. This cured all of our congestion woes. No sleepless nights because we couldn’t breathe. No clogged sinuses that kept us from enjoying events in life that we didn’t want to miss. Even my sinuses which are horribly bad were no match for the Mata Herbal Inhaler! Can you imagine something that isn’t even as big as your first finger changing your life in that way?

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Well I’m here to tell you it can and will. Both it and the Mata Balm All Purpose Herbal Healing Ointment will eliminate multiple products and give you the freedom that you need from wasting money on multiple products at the same time. It gets even better! Mata Balm has given me a code that will save you 10% at Mata Balm The code is CDANCE10 so when you pay them a visit don’t forget to use it! I’m really hoping you are planning on paying them a visit after reading this because even though Winter is fading away, tomorrow is the first day of Spring. You know what that means, allergies.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about Mata Balm as much as I have enjoyed telling you all about it and until next time don’t forget to stay sweet! Candi 🍬

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The price called Organic

Its been a while since I blogged about anything, but I’m finally back with the topic that has been on my mind for a while. The price of all things Organic, especially skincare. Don’t get me wrong, I love Organic skincare but the truth is most of the time for me they are out of my price range. Am I talking about every company that makes Organic products? No, but I am talking about a big majority of them. For example. A new toner from an Organic company that I love came out recently and I really wanted to give it a go, but at $28.00 for only 4oz. I had to say no. Why? Well that just doesn’t fit into my budget. I mean I can purchase a 16oz.toner that is all natural for $4.69. No it’s not Organic, but it is all natural which to me is really wonderful. Do you see where I’m going? So I did a little bit of research to find out just what it is that keeps them out of my grasp. What I found were 10 facts from Fox News that helped me to understand but at the same time also left me a little confused at the same time. Here’s a little story to help you understand my confusion before we get to the 10 facts.

Before you read any further remember that these opinions are my own and I did not issue them to ruffle feathers or try to get you to jump on my bandwagon. Every one has their own right to their opinions so if at anytime mine start bothering you just stop reading. I won’t be offended as being different with different opinions is what makes us individuals. Plus I’ll still love you the same.

Growing Up
When I was young my grandfather had a garden. A garden where he did not use pesticides, fertilizers, or any type of growth hormones. He irrigated water from the creek on his land that came straight down from the mountain where he lived to water his garden. I guess you could say he was growing Organic. He just called it gardening the way it had been passed down through the generations. Which is the way that I look at it because years and years ago people had no resource for pesticides or fertilizers. They had to rely on what nature provided for them to utilize plus their own ingenuity. Every year that garden planting came around my Grandfather planted one end of his field with the crops he wanted to grow, and the opposite end with clover. When I asked my Dad why he did this he explained that by planting the clover, the soil would be richer the next year. As the soil was turned over the clover would enrich the soil giving it nutrients needed for a planting when the time came. He also used pie pans tied to tomatoes stakes to keep birds away from his crops, and he also wrapped twine around bean stakes a certain way to keep worms and such for climbing up and nibbling away potential blooms or new growth. He also had apple trees that grew the sweetest, biggest apples that grew just the way nature intended. By what the earth had to give it and nothing else added.

Now after reading this you will understand where I am a bit confused, and at the end I’m going to tell you what my Grandfather’s profession was so you can understand just how much money he had to put into his crops. Now it’s time for the 10 facts that I found and don’t forget that they all come from the same source listed above Fox News

1. No Chemicals More Labor
Without pesticides or weed killer used hand weeding, clean up of polutted water and remediation relies on more hands on deck to see it done. In other words more hands have to be hired to get this done. My thoughts on this are size size size! Start off small and work your way up so this is just a factor in payroll.

2.Demand Overwhelms Supply
Organic food is on the rise, but Organic farms produce less. Without their use of fertilizer their crops grow slower and are often smaller in size. My thoughts on this are there are ways to accomplish this but that gets covered in #3.

3.Higher Cost Of Fertilizer For Organic Crops
Organic Crops use compost or manure for their fertilizer. Shipping said manure can cost cost cost. My thoughts get some cows! If you have you’re own grass fed no hormone cows grazing around then you have the manure. Plant a field out of what it is they need to eat, and you’re feeding them too! If you’re land is Organic then let them eat off that.

4. Crop Rotation
Rotating Fields to keep the soil healthy with cover crops which add nitrogen to the soil to benefit succeeding crops is a big need. Unfortunately some farms just don’t have the size for that. My thoughts on this are simple. If you are planning on growing crops to be sold at market then you need to start out with a large area to work in. If this is too expensive then this dream needs to be put on hold until it can become a reality.

5. Post Harvest Handling Cost
Keeping Organic produce separated from conventional produce is key and when Organic farms are farther from major cities this can be very expensive when shipping. My thoughts are supply locally until you can manage to ship your produce without breaking the bank. After all you do want people to have your food right.

6.Organic Certification
Organic farms are required to pay an annual ispection/ceetification fee which starts at $400 and goes to $2,000 a year. Depending on the size of the operation, and machine modification if needed can make this a hefty price to pay. My thoughts on this are, well size is bigger is better is not always good. Holding Organic standards are very high and although I don’t quite believe this should be as high a charge as it is, I do understand being certified is important. I feel for them on this one.

7.Cost of Covering Higher Loss
With no pesticides used crops get lost more often and without chemical preservatives added produce doesn’t last as long. My thoughts are that there has to be a way to protect those crops as people like my Grandfather and those before him used. Maybe they just haven’t found those ways yet.

8.Better Living Conditions For Livestock
Higher Standards for animal welfare also means more cost. Organic feed can cost twice as much as conventional feed. My thoughts are either grow your own animal feed or partner with an Organic farm that raises cows and barter barter barter! Help each other out.

9.Organic Food Grows More Slowly
It takes more time to grow crops without the added growth hormone. My thoughts on this are that my Grandfather’s garden was always bountiful with regular sized produce. His tomatoes were often bigger than a grown man’s hands! Getting gardens to grow naturally without added hormones and such can be done. Some of this may be about location or possibly the size of the plants coming from the seeds they started from.

10.Subsidies
Production orientated subsidies reduce the overall cost of crops. In 2008 mandatory spend for subsidies was 7.5 billion for conventional farms and Organic and local farms only received $15 million. My thoughts on this are politics are never ever fare. In my opinion it’s the big man holding the little man down so he can keep on climbing. On this my heart does break for them because they have been shafted!

Now that we have made it through all my story growing up and all 10 reasons maybe you can see my confusion. While there is a part of me that really feels bad for Organic farming there is also a part of me that wants to yell at the too pull gardening history to get some much needed help! Pesticides and fertilizers did not always play a part in farming and that is what they need to reach for. And by the way my Grandfather was a preacher that often got paid with food and wares because people did not have the money to pay him. He also raised 7 kids!

Now where does this come into play of Organic skincare you ask? Well simply said the Organic skincare companies have to get their ingredients from Organic sources. When they have to pay large amounts for their ingredients it can cause some of them to raise those product prices. While I understand this I also understand that unless a Organic skincare product has a big stretch of lasting then it will have to stay a dream and not a reality for me.

Vegan, all natural, and cruelty free companies usually have more budget friendly products for me, and with some more careful research I will find more Organic companies that will fall in line with my budget as well. I already have one Organic company that I love because their products go to get lengths for skincare plus they stretch making them worth every penny. In fact I’ll have to do a post on them soon so you can find out all about them.

I can’t wait to share more with you soon, and thanks for letting me get this issue out of my head! Until next time don’t forget to stay sweet!!
Candi πŸ’—πŸ¬

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If exfoliation is key then when you do it is the bomb!

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My mom used to always ask do you have to do things butt backwards, and my answer was always I have to do them the way they make the most sense. Just like the old adage of if you keep your ends trimmed your hair will grow that always befuddled me since your hair grows from your scalp, and has since been proven wrong, so does the exfoliation of skin and when to do it really get me.

Most skin care companies will tell you that by cleansing first you help to remove dirt, sweat, and makeup off the skins surface. You are then working with a clean base to then exfoliate away dead skin cells that can pile up on the skins surface. Here’s my problem with that, 1. If I cleanse first and then exfoliate how am I washing the dead skin away? 2. Why doesn’t the new cleared skin deserve to be washed more than the old dead skin? So I searched on the Internet to see if anyone else felt the same way I did and I stumbled across an article where celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer creator of the unique Step Reversing Skin Revival System chimed in with his thoughts on exfoliation, and here’s what he had to say.

” If you are thinking about the top layer of the skin with all the pollution and debris if you use a cleanser first the majority of the debris is not removed.” He goes on to explain and advises using a polish first to blast skins surface. “The polish ingredients are linked directly to prime the skin for the cleansing step that leaves an epidermis that is ready to soak up the nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals that skin needs.

Make a little more sense? To me it completely hit on everything I had been questioning about the cleanse before exfoliation.

As far as the cleansing to remove the dirt, oil, debris, and makeup first, well that’s where double cleansing comes in and works like a charm. All you need to do is find a great Cleansing Oil and trust me they are quite a few out there, and on dry skin apply your oil cleansing Oil first, and massage. Rinse, then exfoliate, rinse, and then use your regular cleanser. It really works wonders for the skin doing this three step routine, and the only thing left now is which part of the day, and how often.

I exfoliate every single day, and if your skin doesn’t over produce oils by daily exfoliation then you can too, but if your skin doesn’t appreciate that then you’ll have to go from everyday to every other or three times weekly. Give it a try, and let your skin tell you what it’s up for, but always remember to use a very gentle exfoliant and not a harsh dermabrasion. Those are for treatments reserved once or twice a month and should not be used with exfoliation on the same day.

The other thing is what time of day should you exfoliate? Well let’s think about this because it’s really a no brainer. You could exfoliate first thing in the morning, apply skincare, makeup, pick up a zillion dirt, germs, and debris and come home and just wash your face or you can do it at night which is what I highly recommend for two reasons. 1. By exfoliating at night you are getting rid of every last nasty that the day has put on your skin giving you a fresh clean face for bed. 2. When you sleep your body heals itself just like the “get plenty of rest and fluids” everyone will tell you when you get sick because when the body is at rest it’s not doing the 500 things it does when your awake. This means at night your scrapes, cuts, sickness, and skin all have the time to heal that they need without being put on the back burner.

To me there’s a time, place, and when for everything and exfoliation is no different. I hope you enjoyed reading this just as much as I enjoyed writing it, and hopefully I’ll be back soon with more skincare tips.

Until next time don’t forget to stay sweet!

Love Candi 🍬

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Perfectly Imperfect and fine with it

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Sometimes I forget things, and I run on coffee all day long just to get anything accomplished, and I mean anything! Sometimes I oversleep, and the kids miss the bus, and sometimes I wake in a panic wondering why my alarm didn’t go off and wake the kids up when it’s a holiday and there’s no school. Sometimes I don’t make people happy, and sometimes I don’t make me happy which is hard to live with, because I am my biggest critic. Sometimes I just throw my hands up and say are you kidding me, and sometimes I trip going up the stairs, but through it all there’s one thing I try to remind myself of, and that’s the fact that I’m not perfect. No one is, we are all Perfectly Imperfect and we should all embrace that about ourselves because it’s a part of who we are. We make mistakes and we move on, and that’s okay because we were never meant to be perfect, we were only meant to be human. So if you feel like you’re not perfect enough for this or didn’t do good enough for that remember that it’s okay, because you’re Perfectly Imperfect, and there is nothing wrong with that at all, you’re only human.

Until next time don’t forget to stay sweet
Candi 🍬

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Let’s quit wasting, please

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In the world we live in today we are way more germ conscious than we have ever been, and through safe practices like keeping our hands washed we can eliminate germs to keep our families safe, but there is one wasteful practice that drives me nuts, wiping down your grocery cart handle.

In every Walmart and grocery store here there is a container of Hand Sanitizer Wipes that kill up to 99.99% of germs and bacteria sitting in front of every door opening to go in right next to the buggies we all use to get our groceries and necessities, and everytime I go in someone is using one of said wipes to wipe down the handle of their buggy. Me I’m grabbing my buggy and heading in, and sometimes I’m turning my head to look at them with I’m not sure what expression, but I’m guessing quizzically, because in my head they are wasting a wipe on something silly and creating more trash for the environment.

I mean I completely understand what they are trying to accomplish by doing this, and it’s to kill the germs of whoever used it before because you never know just what kind of cold, flu, or germs someone may have left behind, but brothers and sisters you are wasting your time, and I’m going to tell you why.

So you’ve de germafied your buggy handle and your strolling along to the soup isle where you stop to pick up a couple of cans of soup, and then your on to the cracker isle because what’s soup without crackers? To every isle you go you are picking up your purchases and putting them in the buggy and then putting your hands back on the handle to push your buggy on to the next destination, and all the while you are depositing germs right back where you removed them from to begin with.

Did you ever stop and think about how many hands have handled everything you pick up while your buying your staples? Well you have the company who made them and who knows how many hands have touched them and sure maybe they used gloves but then again maybe they didn’t. Then it’s onto the warehouse were the product is stored until it’s ready to ship, and then placed inside a truck that has probably not had the cargo area cleaned out in a while. Then it’s off to the store where the stocker who is not wearing gloves stocks it on the shelves for all of us to buy. Then it’s picked up and put back by individuals who decided they didn’t want it. Catching my drift now?

In other words what you have picked up has more germs than you can probably count, and you just transferred them to your buggy handle, every last one! So using that wipe in the beginning was wasteful and futile. I may make you feel better, but it’s just cleaning away a place for you to deposit more germs.

Now in my world I don’t wipe down my handles because of this, but I do practice safety while shopping. Here’s what I do, and it may just work for you.

First I never put my hands on my face or body when shopping, and cell phones um only if one of my kids are calling because that’s one thing that will pack on germs in a hurry. When I get in the car I’m using my liquid handsanitizer, and after I get home and put groceries away I’m washing my hands. If I used my cell phone while shopping it’s getting wiped down too.

You can keep yourself safe with practices that are really just common sense without being wasteful, and stop stressing yourself over germs because they are there, and not only that but you yourself are 90% germs and 10% human. Be smart and be safe but don’t be wasteful, and until next time don’t forget to stay sweet!

Love Candi 🍬

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Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

Amazing and simple recipe!

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photogrid_1531118444683In the summer, when it is too hot to cook. I like to make light easy dinner recipes that don’t take up too much time in the kitchen.Β  I am sharing my version of Chinese Chicken Salad.

photogrid_1531118388545 Dressing Ingredients

photogrid_1531118207592 This is how I like to slice up my lettuce. I don’t like eating big chunks.

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photogrid_1531118334572 Make sure the vermicelli noodles puff up in the hot oil.

photogrid_1531118069936 Grilled, and sliced chicken breasts

photogrid_1531118028489 Salad garnishes – fried vermicelli, chopped green onions, toasted sesame seeds & almonds

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What a Pixi Skintreats Trio!

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Pixi Beauty can make some amazing products, and I’m here to talk about three that I have dubbed the Pixi Trio. Why have I dubbed them so? Well they have completely changed my world for the better, and who knows after reading this they may change your world to, so let’s get started shall we!

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1. Pixi Rose Cream Cleanser
Pixi has managed to do what now other company has ever done before, and that is make me love a cream cleanser. I usually stay away from cream cleansers because I have dubbed them “lotion cleansers” which is often what they feel like when I wash my face with them meaning I feel like I’m smearing on lotion and not accomplishing any cleaning at all! When I wash my face I don’t just want it to appear clean, I also want it to feel that way, and usually cream cleansers leave me feeling like I need to wash again, but not this one! First off this Pixi Rose Cream Cleanser which is made for all skin types smells amazing like a rose cinnamon smell that’s actually quite lovely, and it contains mineral rich mud that cleanses plus helps soften skin while Rose & Avocado conditions, and Chamomile & Aloe Vera soothes. Sounds wonderful doesn’t? It truly is!! I absolutely love using this mild cleanser to wash my face with, and here’s bonus points because not only is it not hard to wash off but my skin feels so clean after I use it, plus it’s so super soft! I’m truly convinced that it’s the mud that makes this Rose Cream Cleanser one for me to love, but one things for sure, and that’s I can’t say I don’t use cream cleansers any longer.

Loving things so far? Well let’s hit #2

2. Rose Caviar Essence
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First let me apologize for the picture, but I really had such a hard time with this see through tube that has encapsulated flower oils suspended in a weightless serum/essence inside. It wanted to be red for the pic (I think it’s it’s inner rose coming out) so I just went with it. Moving on, this Rose Caviar Essence is formulated with antioxidants rich natural oils that refine and tone, hydrate and restore skins brightness with this melt into your skin formula, and it’s smells like a rose bouquet! This Rose Caviar Essence completely absorbs into my skin with the tiniest amount (tip of my pinkie) covering my whole face, and it really improves not only how my skin looks overall, but also how it feels. I have been using this day and night with the greatest of pleasures to watch my skin bloom into radiance after every time I apply it. It’s definitely something that I would love to keep in my skincare routine especially for Winter because it hydrates so well, but we have one more #pixipretty to cover, so onward!

3. Rose Oil Blend
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With my combination skin I have to be really careful about using any types of oil serums or blends so what I’ve been using this one for is mixing with my makeup, and acne when I break out. This Rose Oil Blend is a powerful youth preservative, and with this luxe oil Blend which is a rich source of Botanical extracts and vitamin E helping to strengthen and nourish, skin is rejuvenated. When I break out I take a small amount of this and apply it to whatever blemish I have, and not only does it keep my skin from scaring because it stays moisturized but it also helps breakouts to speed up their recovery. When I want a nice dewy glow I just add a drop of two to my foundation and mix then apply for a more youthful appearance to my skin. As far as smell, well you’re not going to get roses, but more of a botanical bouquet from the Rose Oil, Pomegranate Oil & Rose Geranium Oil used to make it. The smell is still lovely, just not roses.

So that’s it for my Pixi Trio, but don’t worry I’ll be back soon with more goodies to share with you. Until then don’t forget to stay sweet!
Candi 🍬