Saturday, June 27, 2015

Benefits of Sunseed Oil (a special type of Sunflower Seed oil)

1. Improve Heart Health
Sunflower oil can lower cardiovascular diseases and the chance of heart attack.
2. Natural Energy
Sunflower oil provides lots of natural energy. By incorporating a little sunflower oil in your salad at lunch, you can feel naturally energized at work or at school.
3. Lower Risk of Infant Infection
It lowers risk of infections of low birth weight and pre-term infants. These infants are at risk of infection because of undeveloped organs and skin. It serves as a protective barrier.
4. Stops Free Radicals       
Another great benefit is that it neutralizes cancer causing free radicals. This is possible because of the vitamin E or tocopherols found in sunflower oil. Free radicals damage cells as well as your immune system.
5. Natural Antioxidant         
Sunflower oil also acts as an antioxidant because of the levels of vitamin E.
6. Natural Moisturizer
The vitamin E in sunflower oil is a moisturizer and helps cells retain water.
7. Prevents Arthritis
If you have worries about arthritis, then sunflower oil might be the answer to your problems. Sunflower oil helps prevent rheumatoid arthritis.
8. Prevents Asthma and Colon Cancer
In addition to preventing rheumatoid arthritis, sunflower oil also prevents asthma and colon cancer. By adding this oil to your diet regularly you will help prevent the potentially devastating effects of colon cancer.
9. Promotes a Healthy Nervous System
Sunflower oil contains vitamin B which is good for a healthy nervous system, good digestion, and it is great for producing energy.
10. Lowers Cholesterol
Lecithin is also present in sunflower oil which helps keep cholesterol levels low. This is possible because lecithin sticks to your nerve and cell linings and prevents fat and cholesterol from sticking to the cell.
11. Prevents Other Cancers
Carotenoids can be found in this oil which help prevent cancers such as uterine, lung and skin. Also, carotenoids can aid in preventing cataracts as well as provide a nice source of vitamin A.
12. Reduces Cardiac Problems
Sunflower oil is a good way to incorporate selenium into your diet. By having higher levels of selenium in your blood, you reduce the risk of lung and skin cancers. It also reduces the chances of cardiac problems and hepatic degradation.
13. Repairs the Body
Protein is beneficial in building and repairing tissues and the production of hormones and enzymes. Protein is also found in sunflower oil. Your body actually needs high amounts of protein because the body does not store it. Because of this, there is no backup supply of protein ready for your body to use if you do not continuously consume it.
14. Maintains Healthy Immune System
Another benefit of sunflower oil is that it contains zinc. Zinc is great because it helps maintain a healthy immune system which helps in the healing of wounds. Zinc also is beneficial in maintaining your sense of smell and taste.
15. Helps Create New Cells
Sunflower oil contains folic acid, which helps the body manufacture new cells. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Simple Rules for Living

Respond in every situation with love. Take ego out of the equation. Remember that speech is a privilege, it's sole purpose being education. Cherish every moment, even the bad ones, it could be your last. Don't be selfish with kindness, it benefits everyone. Forgiveness is not a weakness, it means that you accept what happened in the past cannot be changed. Don't be afraid to speak the truth, it will set you free. Don't forget your manners, you never know how bad someone else's day has been.
Stop worrying about eating bread, if it was good enough for the apostles, it's ok for you too. Besides, it goes great with wine, another favorite of the apostles. Smile frequently, you'll feel better. Listen with your heart, you'd be surprised what you might have missed. Hug old people, they need it. Always smile at children, it gives them hope.
Can't think of anything else off the top of my head, but if I do, I'll be sure to let you know. 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

They Wouldn't Call it Falling in Love if it Didn't Hurt Sometimes

Me: That's a great line.
Hubby: What?
Me: They wouldn't call it falling in love if it didn't hurt sometimes.
I don't think I've ever heard it before, have you?
Hubby: No, I don't think so.
Me: You're humoring me. You have too heard it before, like probably ten times.
Hubby: No, I haven't. Not even once.
Me: Really?
Hubby: Yeah. It's a good line, I like it too.
Me: So, you're telling me that you've never heard that before.
Hubby: I don't think so.
Me: Really really?
Hubby: Really.
Me: Well, anyway, it's a great line.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Winter Quietly Waits for the Cat to Spring

Upon awakening, I was greeted with the bright, crisp day.

Fresh snow coated everything, making it all seem new; like a blank paper ready for a fresh drawing.

And leading up the back path were the paw prints from my neighbor's cat. She has been here as long as I've owned this house. I love her.  I've watched her hunt in my garden, stretch in the sun, run in from the rain, and watch me through the kitchen window while I did dishes. When my grand daughter was still a baby and would cry, the cat would meow in response to her.  I have been lucky to enjoy her company for so long, and she is the closest thing I've ever had to having a cat of my own (I'm allergic). And when I move, a piece of my heart will stay with her.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bryant Park Fountain Slow Freeze January 2015

This is what the fountain usually looks like

This is the fountain starting to freeze

a little more

et voila!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Family Chaos Photos by Danielle Guenther, Genius

These photos are genius. Anyone who doesn't think so is either childless or in complete denial. 

Ever wonder how they do it? They don't. Life unravels. And those people who wonder why you don't have time for them, they'll just have to wait.

And all of this will be over in an instant. Your kids will be grown and have kids of their own. Your true friends still call you. Everyone else has slipped away.

You need a sense of humor to deal with kids and have them grow into secure beings. After all, you want them to have a sense of humor when they're taking care of you one day.

All of these photos are the property of  Danielle Guenther, they do not belong to me.

Monday, January 5, 2015

When We Were Fab - Just a few of my favorite photos from blog posts of old.

Donald's rug

Too funny. Actually love Britney though, she's been through a lot.

What if.

Oh this old thing? Just going to a party at Karl Lagerfeld's place.
Back in the day, when blogging was quite new, we had a small select group of cool bloggers. And then, blogging was so "yesterday", and the cool bloggers started dropping off. Some of us still stay in touch on facebook. But I can't help wondering what happened to some of the original group. They had names like Peach Tart, Yo Mama, Dooder City, That Blue Yak, Hipster Musings, What Were You Thinking, A World So Small, and JFK Jeans. We would all visit each other's blogs and leave funny comments. I'm really glad to still be in touch with some, and some have become good friends. I miss some of the others that have just slipped away. And once in a blue moon, someone from long ago says hello, and that's truly cool. Man, we were fab. So where ever the ones are that have dropped off, this memory is for you. And for the ones that are still here, didn't we laugh, and hasn't it been fun.
Honey, you've got an animal stuck in your hair.

Yeti seating is to the left.

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas.....wait, where are her pants?

Where is that billboard?

Hats off to you, gotta be brave to dress like that and walk down the street.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Because Sometimes You Just Have to Move

My daughter and Babyzilla have moved to France. So I will be selling my home and moving too. . . . not to France though......maybe just down the street........because sometimes you just have to move. I'm going to miss my home and all of the good times that we shared here. This Christmas will be the last one in this house. C'est la vie.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sentimental Saturday - Petula Clark

You'd Better Love Me & Downtown are two songs from my early childhood. I was lucky enough to have older sisters who introduced me to the world of pop & motown. We would perform Mr. Sandman for our parents, lip syncing to the Lennon Sisters 45 record. Soon after came a stream of hits by the Temptations, the Fifth Dimension, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Ike & Tina Turner, and the list goes on and on.
The music changed with the times, and we were listening. Three Dog Night, the Kinks, the Beatles, Elvis, the Who, Buddy Holly, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar. We changed right along with the music.
Proudly wearing our MIA bracelets, swearing not to take them off until the soldiers came home from Vietnam. We listened to the Doors, Barry McGuire, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin,  Songs like Eve of Destruction and We Gotta Get Out of This Place gave us clues to what was going on.
Since then, the music industry has exploded with many really good styles of music, and they all tell a story. But this isn't  about that, it's about a brief time of music before really understanding. Petula Clark was a modern princess to me. Her wide lined eyes, short hair, mini-dress, translated to simple fun for me, because I was a child and that's all I could understand. Listening to her music today transports me back, for a brief moment to the day before things got "busy".
Happy Sentimental Saturday. Close your eyes and listen.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

LIFE - should we talk about it? Lets talk about it.

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Yes please, lets talk about it. Start talking. Open up. Life is short. Stop looking down the road. Look at where your feet are right now. Dig deep into that box of photos until your fingers are wrinkly and your heart is wide open. Tell your loved ones you love them. Be kind to strangers and stray dogs. Stop being afraid to show joy. Embrace life. Smile. Sing. Go for it.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Easy Fall Girl's Room Decoration DIY in 5 minutes

The 3 big leaves were printed out from a computer image and put up with black masking tape.

The trail of leaves leading up to the big leaves came in a little bag from the craft section of the Dollar Tree. Regular Scotch tape attaches them to the wall.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Stand Up Guys/The Family - review for at-home date nite

Due to a knee injury, and having to stay off it, a double feature was on the menu for the evening. These two movies are great fun; suitable for the gangster movie loving husband, and chic flicky enough for me.
Lets start with The Family  (2013), starring Robert Di Nero and Michelle Pheiffer. Classic re-location story, with Robert Di Nero looking a little bit more grubby than he had to. Michelle Pheiffer looked great, but her New York accent kept flowing in and out like the tide. Robert Di Nero was great fun to watch in his tough guy with a soft heart role. Dianna Argon was a surprise talent as the teenage daughter, and John D'Leo was actually brilliant. Tommy Lee Jones was . . . . Tommy Lee Jones.
Up Next, Stand Up Guys  (2012), with Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, and Al Pacino. This movie was so well written, it could have been a play. A story with three old wise guys reminiscing the old days. The timing between these three consummate actors was impeccable. And the ending was not predictable. Good cameo by Bill Burr as well.