Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Phoenix and the Bug

Forgive me for not always writing. I have a tendency to binge when it comes to my activities. Some months are busier than others. I certainly struggle at times to balance all of my various activities. Struggle is part of the growth; eventually, my motions will possess fluidity and I will add something else to my plate to see if I can balance it too; and so is life. Constantly evolving ourselves from one moment to the next; a new image. Hopefully we are wiser as we are reborn into each moment.

I'm getting my tattoo covered next month. I got a dragon when I was a teenage and part of it scabbed off. It wasn't completed and I never ever did anything about it. I've spend the last 15 years overly aware of its presence on my arm, many summers of my youth were spent hiding it. For the last few years I've been putting a lot of thought into what will cover it and looking for the right tattoo artist for the job. I've decided upon a Phoenix, it holds a lot of meaning for me personally and is a symbol of strength for me. I'm very excited about this. It has been a long time coming and I've put a lot of thought into it this time around.

I don't have a sketch of the actual tattoo design to show you but I can show you its inspiration.

It looks so much more feminine than many of the phoenix tattoos I have seen. That is one of the reason I like this design so much. I think I'm a little excited.

I've been laid up the last few days with a bad viral infection. I've had a sore throat to the point that I couldn't swallow and I'm stuffed up and dopey. I've taken this opportunity to relax in bed for a couple days and watch Netflix while I drink copious amounts of lemon-ginger tea with raw honey and a dash of ground cayenne pepper. It has helped sooth my throat quite a bit while creating enough heat in my body to open up my passageways. I think I'm on the upward mend, as of today. Rest is good for the body. I also managed to catch up on some much needed sleep after a weekend of sleep deprivation and gigs.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Premier Japan - Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce

I was really surprised a few years back when I learned that Teriyaki sauce contained Gluten. It seemed almost cruel. At the time, a very dear friend of mine was living with a gluten allergy and I was trying to help her think of snacks she could eat at the grocery store. I suggested some Teriyaki flavoured rice chips that she could dip in some hummus.

"I can't have Teriyaki because it has Gluten in it"... Seriously?

I couldn't help but picture a vindictive mad-scientist-like chef hovering over a big vat of Teriyaki sauce, laughing manically as he/she pours a giant bag of flour. I'm sure it isn't that... evil.... right?

I do not live entirely Gluten free, I find I feel heavy and weighted down if I ingest a lot of gluten... fried foods... most things. It is nice to have gluten free alternatives around on those days when my digestive system is slightly bogged. I do my best to eat well, most days.

The flavour of the sauce is spectacular and I'm positive that it is not going to last long in this household. It tastes delicious with Kale chips, I rolled the kale lightly in the sauce and baked it a little longer. It is the only way my husband and oldest son have been able to stand them. I personally find it unusual, texture aside, they taste like potato chips. It also makes a fantastic marinade and it is a lovely addition to any Barbecue or stir fry.

Check back, in the next week or so I will be giving away a bottle of Premier Japan Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce as well as a couple other tasty items.

Disclaimer: I received this product for the purpose of this review. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions on this blog are my own.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Crest Pro-Health

Disclaimer: This is not an organic/natural product. I am a Bzz Agent and I get to try out these products as part of a Bzz Campaign and share my honest opinion about the products I received.

I've never been a Crest user. When it comes to toothpastes, I've used Arm and Hammer and Colgate in the past. I also dislike and quite frequently avoid products containing strong chemicals and toothpaste is no exception. I often opt for safer, yet often less effective polishes. My grandmother has perfect teeth and has been cavity free for decades and she just uses baking soda. I on the other hand have nice teeth but I am terrified to lose them. As a child my mouth was ridden with cavities. I brushed twice a day, I flossed but it didn't seem to help... But my sugar intake was terrible. Who let me have all that sugar anyway?

The Oral B: Pro Health tooth brush is probably one of the best toothbrushes I have ever used. It feels like it is cleaning my entire mouth space without missing a single bit. 

The Crest Pro Health toothpaste leaves my mouth feeling extraordinarily fresh and clean. The flavour is minty and fresh but not overbearing like other toothpastes I have tried in the past. It has little flavour freshness Crystal's that remind me of those mint strips that would melt on your tongue. My teeth do feel much cleaner after this combination. 

Last but not least, the mouthwash. This alcohol free mouthwash, doesn't have the best aftertaste. I don't care for the fact that I can't eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after I use it. Most likely so I don't swallow any residue... At least that is my assumption. It does work and although i don't personally care for the aftertaste, it still leaves my mouth fresh and clean.