Quick blog post… asking all my prayer warriors out there to send up a special round of prayers for my friend Rose who is battling cancer. She has chosen to take the natural path of healing rather than choosing chemotherapy or radiation as her method. She has a tumor that she needs removed that no surgeon in Canada will remove from her body because of the medical method she has chosen. Last night she had a setback. Please send your prayers and positive energy her way. To find out more about her journey please follow her on her YouTube Channel : Journey de AbenaRose. Please find out how you can help her. A beautiful girl, who just wants a fair chance at life! Tonight we’re trusting the God we serve for a miracle! Stay strong girl! #PrayforRose.
[Verse 1:] Even though I can’t see And I can’t feel your touch I will trust you lord How I love you so much Though my nights my seem long And I feel so alone Lord my trust is in you I surrender to you
[Bridge:] So many painful thoughts Travel through my mind And I wonder how I will make it through this time
[Chorus:] But I trust you Lord it’s not easy Sometimes the pain in my life Makes you seem far away But I’ll trust you I need to know you’re here Through the tears and the pain Through the heartache and rain
I’ll trust you
[Verse 2:] Everything that I see Tells me not to believe But I’ll trust you lord You have never failed me My past still controls me Will this hurt ever leave? I can only trust you No one else like you do
It’s Thursday! Most of us who work Monday to Friday are chanting, “Just one more day, Just one more day!” I don’t know about you, but this has been a busy and stressful week for me ( and I’m still under the weather 😦 ) and me skin and body are really taking a brutal beating. When weeks like this happen, I like to take time out and pamper myself and try to reset my gears. Everyone has their own relaxation plan and this is mine! Enjoy!
The first thing I like to is take a long hot shower. I do have sensitive skin so I do alternate between hot and lukewarm water. To cleanse my skin I alternate between the Dr Woods Black Soap Body Wash and the Neutrogena Body Clear Pink Grapefruit body wash (LOVE this stuff)
While I’m in the shower I like to cleanse my face using the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash.
Once out of the shower and before I jump into one of my cozy robes I moisturize using Organics Olive Oil Lotion, Now as a long time resident of dry skin ville (lol) I have never found a product that has restored my skin as well as this one!
After I moisturize, I love to turn on my kettle and brew a cup of tea usually peppermint or my new favorite Lemon-Ginger.
I then like to take time to pamper and exfoliate my face. First, using a make-up remover wipe or even a sensitive skin baby wipe i ensure that all my makeup is off. I then rinse my face with lukewarm water. I then like to go ahead and give myself a facial using my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE skin mask. It just so happens to be product created by my dear childhood friend Vanessa, the creator of Oubel a company that creates natural, vegan skin care products. These products are amazing and I’m not just saying that because she’s my friend! 😛 So, I usually gravitate towards the Ginger Mousse Mask by Oubel and then moisturize with the Lemon grass Body Butter or the Angel Butter.
After my skin is right, I grab that cup of tea and something to read, either whatever devotional I’m studying from or whatever book I’m reading. I usually have the Songza App streaming something in the background ( this week I have been listening to the Shout Hallelujah playlist in addition to 00’s Slow Jams.)
I then like to wind down by spending some time in prayer. Nothing like spending time with the one who gave you the time to spend! 🙂
Next, I jump into my jammies,throw my headscarf on, grab my iPad and browse YouTube for a while
That sounds like a pretty relaxing evening to me! What do you like to do to unwind?
“A lot of people like snow.I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
5:45 this morning. I eagerly jumped out of bed, grabbed my Ipad and logged on to the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board website and got the sweetest news ever… All schools were closed! Being as I’m an early childhood educator working in a school , that equaled no work for me!! But the joy was short-lived as I then realized that i would have to dig my way out of my house ( literally) to put out garbage and dig out the cars in my driveway 😦 I went outside ,looking around for a shovel…. where was it? Buried under 15 centimeters of snow ( insert eye roll here) So guess who had to swim through the snow to put out garbage-me! Only to later on in the day find out , that garbage pick up had been cancelled for today ( again insert eye roll) Ah well! What can you do?!
After warming up a little bit with a cup of lemon-ginger tea, I decided i was going to blog about a few products that have become part of my winter skincare routine. As many of us deal with in the winter, my skin changes drastically during this season. It becomes extremely dry and prone to break outs. Here are some products that have really helped me this year( as well as two of my favorite winter items
Proactiv facial cleansing brush ( really helps get rid of dry, dead skin)
Cantu Shea Butter leave in conditioning repair cream ( great for my dry winter hair!)
Bath and Body works candle in the scent “Vanilla Snowflake ( I just love the smell 🙂 )
Organics Moisturizing Body Lotion in the Olive Oil formula ( SERIOUSLY IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN THIS IS THE SKIN LOTION FOR YOU!!)
Twinnings Lemon and Ginger Tea ( Just mmmm seriously)
3 Neutrogena products: 2 from the Neutrogena Naturals line: purifying pore scrub and fresh cleansing and make up remover face wash. Alongside those i also use an Oil- free Acne Wash pink grapefruit foaming scrub ( great exfoliate)
But the two products that have really saved my skin over the last year are two locally made products made and distributed by my dear friend Vanessa Williams( no not that Vanessa Williams, but she is beautiful and can sing too lol :)) She created a line called “Oubel”( french for “You’re Beautiful”) which offers vegan, all natural products that restore and revitalize your skin. One of the products that i have really gravitated towards is the Lemongrass Butter. It makes your skin smooth as a baby’s bottom and trust me a little goes a long way! Next ( this product is probably my favorite product ever) is the Ginger Mousse mask. This is a face mask that when applied to your skin and left on for approxiamately 15 minutes, will leave your skin glowing and feeling like brand new skin. Check her out on facebook :
or instagram oubelbodybutters and support support support!!
So that’s it for my winter essentials! Hope a few them work for you!
Before i leave, i just wanted to bring light to the situation concerning Bobbi Kristina Brown ( Whitney Houston and Bobby Browns daughter) You never really know what a person is struggling with unless you are in their shoes. Grief is a serious condition. Everyone grieves differently. Not everyone is blessed to come from a stable home or have a stable foundation surrounding them. I hope whatever troubles this young lady is dealing with , she can find the strength to pull through and carry on. I pray that not too much damage has been done and she has a chance at really living life…. Thoughts go out to you Bobbi Kristina and the whole Houston/Brown family. We’re praying for a miracle!