It Takes 26 Seconds

Alcone Company started in 1950 as a pharmacy that also sold cosmetics and false eyelashes to Broadway showgirls and starlettes.
Our philosophy then is still the same today…find the best makeup products from around the world and offer them at affordable prices so everyone (not just the rich and fabulous) will benefit. Just one look at our consumer data lets you know we still follow that philosophy today…everyday housewives listed alongside famous actresses, models, tv personalities and socialites!
We are serious about customer satisfaction and we offer exceptional, hard-to-find products at great prices! Alcone knows makeup (period).

Funfact:
Did you know that it takes 26 seconds for the products you use to absorb into your bloodstream?

What’s in your ingredients list?

After selling to the industry’s top Makeup Artists for over 60 years, this family owned company [Alcone] has now made their professional line of products available to the everyday person.
Alcone specifically put together top industry PROFESSIONAL makeup products and made it available to people not working in the industry. They also put together a CHEMICAL FREE all natural skincare line. Chemical free, paraben free, phthalate free, SLS free, Synthetic Free,and Dye Free!

LimeLight is consisted of more that 50% pigmentation where as most commercial brands only have 18-20%… that’s amazing!

Even the Botanical Foundation is made of natural oils and pure waxes! It’s shown to not only cover acne, but improve acne at the same time!

https://www.limelightbyalcone.com/yvonne

Be your own boss

Many will invest $169 on shoes, clothes, or a new bag…but not in your future??? What on earth are you waiting for?

in June there were 2,000 Beauty Guides. WE have just reached 10,000. This is called HYPER GROWTH! We are still on the ground floor of an amazing company of 60+ years opening professional products up to the public through direct sales.

For what’s normally nearly $400 worth of makeup and chemical free skincare, it only costs $169 to join LimeLight by Alcone, and $9.95 a month to maintain your personal website.

There are no monthly minimums, no quotas, no parties required, and nothing you have to keep in stock.
There is a $75 yearly fee on your anniversary date.

Btw, who doesn’t like earning $$
while sharing why you look younger and glowing?
You’ll be asked if it’s your hair?
Did you lose weight?
What’s different?
It’s just the difference in your face . The only change is using chemical free skincare and the makeup professionals use.
Clients order through your personal website as many of you have done. It’s SIMPLY sharing!

If you’re not interested at this time, but you have friends who wear makeup, share my information with them.

If you’ve been waiting to order Masque of Zen or some new lip covers, do so now while for a limited time, FLAT RATE SHIPPING IS FREE!

I am tickled to death that for a limited time our starter kit will be included in our free flat rate shipping

With that being said, let me know when you’re ready to change your life by becoming a beauty guide.

https://www.limelightbyalcone.com/yvonne

I’d love to have team members all over the United States. Who will be next??

#skincare #boss #trending #glamorous #makeup #growwithus

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds
Yes, it’s time to put out your feeders!

Some sites on hummingbirds are saying the red coloring are harming some and making them sick. The red feeder will draw them. You do not need red dye to draw the hummingbirds.
“Clear Sugarwater Nectar:
A healthy hummingbird feeder recipe.
* Boil 4 cups water for 3 minutes
* Stir in 1 cup pure granulated sugar
* Cool to room temperature
* Store remaining mix in fridge for 7 to 10 days.
Do not substitute sugar. Do not add red nectar, red dye, honey or anything else.
Boiling water not only kills most bacteria and viruses, it also removes many other microorganisms and some chemicals.
If you choose to use non-boiled water, please discard all nectar after 24 hours.

Recommended Feeder Schedule
* 70°-84°F: Clean feeder and replace nectar every 3 days
* 85°-87°F: Clean feeder and replace nectar every 2 days
* 88°F and up: Clean feeder and replace nectar every single day.
More about feeding hummingbirds…
* Cloudy nectar indicates bacteria, which is harmfull.?Discard nectar, clean the feeder and add fresh clear nectar.
* Black residue indicates mold, which is harmful.?Discard nectar, clean the feeder and add fresh clear nectar.

Yes, if you haven’t put out your feeder, now is the time!
“Put feeders up by mid-March to attract early migrants–a week or two later in the northern U.S. and Canada, a week or two earlier along the Gulf Coast (see average arrival dates at Migration Map). DON’T wait until you see your first Ruby-throated Hummingbird of the spring, which may be well after the first ones arrive.” ~~Happinest

Trust

If someone is trying to get you to trust them, be suspicious. Trustworthy people don’t need to ask you for their trust. They will allow trust to develop naturally as they earn your trust day by day.

A modern day example of trust/checks & balances:the bank.
When YOU make a deposit at the bank, they give YOU a receipt. Why?
Can’t YOU just trust them to take the deposit and enter it in YOUR account?
Of course YOU can!
But the bank people never say, “Instead of us giving you a receipt, why don’t you just trust us?”

Trustworthy people don’t ask YOU to trust them.
You are protected by accountability and checks and balances, and not by answering a plea to trust someone.

A very WISE GENTLE CHRISTIAN MAN once said,
IF ANYONE uses these words in conversation with you, TRUST ME, watch out!!!
Never forget, “Trustworthy People”, don’t need to ask you for their trust.

As people, in all venues of life, many choices appear every day of life.
You are known by the choices you make. You can choose right versus wrong. You can choose to make decisions by the company you keep. You can choose to make decisions based on desperation. You can choose who you agree and disagree. You can choose to agree or disagree because of money, knowledge, leadership, friends, alliances, studying, prayer, or listening to God.
You can choose to be man/woman led or you can choose to be God led.
You can choose to stand up for the beliefs you’ve been taught by standing firm where you’ve been planted wearing the whole armor of God to continue as His Warriors or you can choose to leave where you’ve been planted at this given time because life isn’t pleasant, the ugliness or controlling nature you see and are experiencing, or you feel love or God’s absence. You can choose to stay planted as His Warriors or leave where you’re planted by God as some have done til things change. If you’re thinking the latter, do think and pray as God may need your presence and perseverance because of your “spiritual maturity”.
Spiritual maturity is not of chronological age.

“Physical growth is a function of time.
Intellectual growth is a function of learning.
Spiritual growth is neither a function of time or learning, but it is a function of obedience.

Jesus learned obedience by the things He suffered, we learn obedience by the difficult circumstances we face. When we obey the Word of God that is spoken by the Holy Spirit. We will grow and mature in the times of conflict and suffering. Our knowledge of Scripture is not the key. Obedience is.

Now we understand one reason why we have people in the church who have been Christians for twenty years, who can quote verses and chapters of the Bible, have heard thousand of sermons, and read many books, but still wear “spiritual diapers”. Every time they meet with difficult situations, rather than responding by the Spirit of God, they seek to protect themselves in their own way. They are “always learning and never come to knowledge of the truth. They never come to the knowledge of the truth because they do not apply it.
Truth must be allowed to have its way in our lives if we are going to grow and mature. It is not enough to give mental assent to it without obeying it. Even though we continue to learn, we never mature because of disobedience.

‘If we are so set in our hearts not to face difficult situations, God will actually release us even though it is not His perfect will.’

God doesn’t change His mind.
We can pester the Lord regarding something for which He has already shown us His will. He will allow us to do what we want even when it is against His original plan-even when it is not in our best interest.
Often God’s plan causes us to face hurts and attitudes we don’t want to face. Yet we run from the very thing that will bring strength to our lives. Refusing to deal with an offense will not free us from the problem. It will only give us temporary relief.The root of the problem remains untouched.
Jesus desires to heal our wounds. But we often
do not let Him heal them because it is not the easiest road to take. It is the path of humility and self-denial that leads to healing and spiritual maturity. It is the decision to make another’s we’ll-being more important than your own, even when that person has brought you great sorrow.
Pride cannot travel this path, but only those who desire peace at the risk of rejection. It is a trail that leads to humiliation and abasement. It is the road that leads to life.” ~~~John Bevere.

Choices have to be made each day. We all make choices the best we can, some with the best intentions and some people with ulterior motives.
If you find yourself questioning the motives of another especially when you’re seeing actions or hearing words which go against the Word of God, causing you to consider desperate measures financially, or you find yourself changing from being the kind, compassionate, and involved individual to being rude, short, and agenda based, you just might want to rethink the choice or alliances.

God is IN CONTROL. God is looking for His Children in ALL venues to be HIS WARRIORS, NOT PUPPETS ON A STRING. God gives free will so why would He want others controlling you?God has defeated satan and his angels. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
~~Martin Luther King, Jr

“In the dim background of our mind, we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.” ~William James

 

1 Corinthians 8The Message (MSG)

Not Too Far From Here

“Not Too Far From Here”
Not too far from here there are people facing giants and losses no one should have to bare such as losing/mourning the loss of their spouse, child, losing their home due to medical & burial expenses, saying “til we see you later” to a grandparent whose meeting Jesus tonight or met him recently, or a little girl going through major life changes such as “no mommy” to kiss her goodnight, read to her a favorite bedtime story or share what happened at school today because her mommy died and scared her now guardian may die, too.

Not too far from here there are those needing comfort, peace, and strength to face the continual GIANTS that keep occurring. There are those battling sicknesses, death, the loss of property, the empty nest syndrome, seniors who sit home every day hoping someone will stop in for a visit or a call with complete presence from their children, grandchildren, or neighbors, the loss of a job, fellow co-workers who out of jealousy make going to work so unbearable, students being left out of activities-last to be picked-picked on-laughed at/made fun of- yes all forms of bullying, adults who use or demean others in the workplace/church/community, teachers needing lots of prayers as they’re expected to not only teach curriculum but behavior/respect/good daily health/hygiene habits/right over wrong/how to deal with anger/everyday issues responsibly/etc, and for others, financial setbacks, looking for love and attention in all the wrong faces/places.

Not too far from here, there are teens afraid to smile because they need braces the family can’t afford because of finances, income, or heavy medical expenses of their other child. Not too far from here, there’s a child just wanting their Dad/Mom to be present in their life, if just once a month. Not too far from here, parents of blended families are trying so hard to bring unity among the children and other parent(s)-for the well being of all-especially the children. Not too far from here, there are a lot of teens/adults needing Jesus. Not too far from here there are young boys needing a father figure/a male mentor. Not too far from here, there are young girls needing a mother figure/a female mentor. Not too far from here, there are parents missing their adult child(ten) in their lives. Not too far from here, there are people facing all types of addiction(s)/strongholds, and families battling to help them. Not too far from here, there are law enforcement, emergency responders, firemen, and our military who are risking their lives to save others while their spouses/families are asking God to protect them. Not too far from here there are spouses and children dealing with the day to day issues of being a spouse/parent as their parent returns home from military service-all trying to deal with the mental/physical scars of war.

Not too far from here, there are relationships crumbling. Not too far from here there are homes, churches, communities, states, and nations crumbling.

Reach DEEP into your heart and Listen to your heartstrings. PRAY!
There are so many good people and blessed people in our day to day lives. There are also people who battle for control to be numero one, which could be from having been numero one in the lives of all they’ve ever known, needing to be in the limelight because they’ve had to fight disabilities others didn’t, or because they just don’t know Jesus, because without HIM/HIS PRESENCE, there’s no true JOY and you’ll use any or all means available to be liked, get praises, etc. Since they’re no substance to such, they still climb.
There are so many people facing their own Giants.

Let’s pray for all these in need! God knows the hearts and the needs.
Prayer is life’s Internet-prayer is bringing the spiritual world and the physical world together so they can overlap.
Pray without ceasing.
One could pray nonstop for the needs around them in they would “open their eyes” and “open their hearts”. There’s needs all around us.
God is love! It’s God’s mission as a missionary God to bring about the global purpose/COVENANT HE MADE WITH ABRAHAM!
It’s the common thread throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Praying without ceasing isn’t to start praying and not stop. It’s to remain in a state of prayer. Be prepared to lift prayers throughout your day. If someone asks for prayer, stop and pray right then for them. It’s that moment in asking they are needing it more than ever. It’s also later you may get so busy in your life, you forget.
Don’t fall captive or be baited in Satan’s trap. Pray that God works through the Bait of Satan and the offenses you’re holding on to that aren’t yours, may not be the truth, as could all stem from one or two and/or who through disabilities, jealousy, personal goals, intentionally or unintentionally may just be Satan’s Bait to divide, destroy, and/or create enough of a crack that others are hurt and/or stops needs from being met, as Satan smiles and God weeps.
Praying! Won’t you join me?
Treasure life!
Treasure the physical, mental, and spiritual life-all three are needed to be healthy!

Help Fight Hunger!

Help Fight Hunger
1 in 5 children in America struggle with hunger, and when school lets out for the summer millions of children might not know where their next meal will come from. Many children depend on the breakfast/lunch received at school and others depend on weekend nourishments from the backpack buddy program offered to many schools for their students, provided by churches and other civic groups in their area coming together to meet nutritional/hunger needs.

In June, July and August help support those in need by purchasing the Classic Round-Up from the Heart® Trivets.
$2 from each $5 Trivet purchased will be contributed to Feeding America® to help provide meals to those in need. 4 of the $5 trivets = $8 to Feeding America = 72 meals being provided through the local food banks.

The trivets make beautiful wall art/decor for the kitchen, nice gifts for any occasion, and are the perfect protection for the countertop or table for your hot dishes. You can order from my website or inbox me.
http://new.pamperedchef.com/pws/getyvonne/guest-landing/8874183834779 , if local to me, this link the items can be shipped to the host/which the order will come to my house & I can get imageyour order to you.

If not local to me, you can use the same link but be sure to click the tab to have shipped to your address. If in doubt about shipping to your address through the online show, you can inbox me or type in the URL, www.pamperedchef.biz/getyvonne to place an individual order, not part of a show order, which will automatically ship to your home.

Remember, the food bank in your own backyard/county will be depleted during the summer months with all meals-breakfast, lunch, and dinner- dependent on the food banks because schools are not supplying the children their first two meals of the day. By placing the individual order if you’re outside Lenoir County, the money will go to the Feeding America Food Bank in your county! Order as many as you would like of any or all the trivets to help the children have sufficient food this summer!

Cold Weather, A Snowman, and Hot Chocolate

So many of my friends received some snow in the past couple days, while others just received the freezing rain or colder temperatures than normal. Please be careful as you’re out and about. Bundle up, stay warm and remember whether walking or riding, there could be patches of ice, especially in shaded areas.

For my friends with snow, while helping your children or the children in the neighborhood build a snowman, you might discuss the “meaning of the snowman”~copied (author not known, on a cute snowman given to me), sharing about God in a very fun and natural way.

The Meaning of  the Snowman

The white snow represents God’s forgiveness of our sins.

The  circular snowballs show the everlasting life God promises us.

The carrot nose shows us that God has given us the Earth and all living things.

The black coal mouth reminds us to give God praise.

The scarf keeps us warm, just as God’s love does.

The top hat reminds us to honor God above all things.

The twig arms are open to hold us the way God does when we need Him.

After building the snowman, join together for some hot chocolate that doesn’t take tending to every minute. Put it in before going out for your FUN in the snow and return to a crock pot filled with some delicious chocolate!

 

Snowflake Hot Chocolate
ingredients:
6 cups milk
2 cups heavy/whipping cream
1 bag of white chocolate chips
real whipped cream for topping
Directions:
Cook milk, cream, and chips in crock pot for 2 hours- serve hot with whipped cream on top.
Bon Appetit!

Fat Flush Soup—adding 20 grams of protein to diet per meal

I’ve had so many people to ask me about the great smelling soup I have been taking to school for lunch and/or talked about while out and about. It’s easier to post the article with the recipe than retype the entire recipe—the bolded and parenthesis ingredients are what I used to make my variation of the soup.

This soup if eaten as per instructions is intended to help flush fat from the body. I decided to try it once a friend said she tried it while back and forth at the hospital with her husband in rehab, not eating the soup as instructed but eating it as she could. She did lose some weight but more importantly, her cholesterol was getting high, and with this soup, it came down.

It’s hard to believe a soup high in protein that’s suppose to be good for you, can be delicious. I was even afraid to taste it, but to my surprise, it was delicious. If you’re a vegetarian, no problem. There’s a sentence that tells you what to add or delete, too.

           A personalized plan to target your stubborn fat stores by  Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS                                                   ——copied(modified ingredients in bold & parenthesis)

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Based on my original Fat Flush soup recipe, a “new and improved” Fat Flush Soup Diet is back — right in time for the 2012 (2013) weight loss season! The mouth-watering recipe — with delicious variations — was originally featured as a cover story in a major national women’s magazine and we have been receiving rave reviews from all over the country ever since.

A wonderful meal in a bowl, the basic soup recipe contains hearty and warming veggies, beans, and lean protein with spices like cumin, cayenne, cilantro and fresh garlic to seriously boost flavor appeal and enhance cleansing power. Really perfect for a spring cleaning boost!

All you have to do is savor the soup twice a day—preferably at lunch and dinner — with a small salad or bowl of steamed non-starchy veggies. Throughout the day, sip on herbal teas (dandelion or peppermint tea), lemon and water, plain water or unsweetened cranberry juice with water (1 ounce of juice to 7 ounces water) so that you are consuming at least 64 ounces of liquid daily.

Start the day with a protein rich breakfast in the morning. I would personally suggest a smoothie made with brown rice and pea protein powder (20 grams of proteins per serving) to help kick-start glucagon, the protein-based hormone that mobilizes fat from storage. Or choose any of the easy protein-packed breakfasts, you will find in Phase 1 of my book, The Fat Flush Plan.

(Of course the protein you consume must be healthy — organic if possible — and not pumped up with hormones or antibiotics.) Critical to both phases of liver detox, this star performer is equated with beauty since our skin, hair, and nails are 98 percent protein. Protein helps make the powerhouse antioxidant glutathione; creates vital enzyme to zap toxins, and maintains energy levels. Protein is essential for weight loss because it can produce the pancreatic hormone known as glucagon which accesses stored body fat for energy. And since the body can’t store protein, it is so very essential that we get the right amount daily (at least 20 grams per meal) — which is what the soup provides! Having low protein levels increases our desire for carbs (like sugar) which contribute to a rise in insulin — the fat promoting hormone.

The filling, high fiber beans — either pinto, garbanzo, or black — contain anywhere from about 10 –20 grams of fiber per serving, which will help regulate blood sugar and sweep toxins out of the system by fulfilling the 35 fiber grams per day dietary recommendation.

—-for fat loss, going to eat this once, but then eat another meal with 20-25 grams of protein)

2012 Fat Flush Soup–bold and parenthesis is how I cooked mine.

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef, turkey or chopped chicken*
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large red, orange and/or green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large zucchini or yellow squash, chopped (3 medium ones in a package)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped (4 cloves)
  • 1 bottle (46 ounce) reduced-sodium tomato or vegetable cocktail juice
  • 1 can (15 ounce) pinto, garbanzo or black beans, rinsed and drained(i used i can of each-pinto&black beans)
  • 1 can (14 ounce) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice(juiced a lime and saved the rest for another soup-stored in frig)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin 
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste (1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 cup each fresh cilantro and parsley leaves, chopped (1/4cup of each chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • I found it helpful to use my Pampered Chef manual food processor to chop the ingredients so they were ready at each phase of cooking. With the manual processor, I processed til chopped, not pureed.
  • when it suggests water, i added only 1/2 cup
  • I also added a medium carrot chopped when it was time to add the veggies.

*For vegetarian option, omit meat and add another can of beans.

  1. In a (used my 12 qt. Pampered Chef stockpot, but you could use one 8 qt) saucepot over medium-high heat, cook oil 30 seconds or until heated. Add beef, turkey or chicken. Cook 5 minutes or until cooked through, stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet; drain, if desired.
  2. In same saucepot, cook onions, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and garlic 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in next 6 ingredients and cooked meat. Add up to 1 cup water to thin soup, if desired. Cover; bring soup just to a simmer (do not let boil). Reduce heat to medium-low. Let simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cilantro and parsley. Cover; let simmer 5 minutes more. Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese, if desired. Soup can be stored up to 5 days in the refrigerator or frozen.

Serving size:
2 to 3 cups (makes 10 to 12 cups) But the basic soup recipe goes on to the next level by individualizing weight loss and recommending very special ingredient “add-ins” that address the top four weight gain triggers most commonly experienced by frustrated dieters: a sluggish thyroid, burned out adrenals, a toxic liver, and yeast overload.

Soup Tweaks—(reasons added or changed/modified original recipe)
What has made this Fat Flushing soup especially popular is that you can tweak the basic recipe to speed weight loss if you are a thyroid type and are tired, constipated, depressed or experience extremely dry skin; an adrenal type and are frequently stressed, crave salt, and lightheaded; a liver type, plagued by headaches and bloat; or are fending off yeast and are constantly craving carbs and have frequent GI distress.

Mix and match the various recipes and eat the soup that is designed to quell any of the symptoms you may be experiencing. All the tweaks blend beautifully together!

 

  • To boost the thyroid, simply add two teaspoons of seaweed gomasio to provide thyroid nourishing iodine. Also add 1 cup of potassium-rich zucchini.
  • For adrenal healing, add 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt for added adrenal-supporting sodium and also add 4 to 5 cups of escarole and spinach for extra rich magnesium content.
  • To help detoxify the liver, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric which is a potent anti-inflammatory that enhances the liver’s ability to filter toxins.
  • And, for those fighting Candida or other types of yeast and fungus, consider substituting 1/2 cup grated daikon (a white radish) for the mushrooms — which can increase yeast in sensitive individuals. Double up on the yeast-fighting garlic (4 cloves) and add a small peeled and chopped eggplant which is rich in antifungal nutrients.

 

If you are ready for a fresh start, but not sure how to begin, then my specialty soups and tailored supplements may be just what you need. It’s so easy because the soup can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen ahead.

Positive Energy

Colossians 2:6-7 –‘Tis the season year round, to be His servants, serve and love one another……

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,  rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7

Let’s put positive energy into things we can do to impact our world and those within our world.

“Pray and Do for others.”

We should pray for all the families & the community of the tragedy that took place at the school. The media should give the families and community time to grieve and bury their child(ren) without cameras and reporters. Pray for these families-pray for peace, comfort, and strength that’s what they need now, in the days, weeks, and years ahead.Pray for the school staff, students, and for the community. Their lives will never ever be the same.

Positive energy/actions for others by you and your children, teaching them to do unto others, would be a gift in memory of these children who are now angels, playing in heaven.

I read Misty Hardison’s post “thanking” people who came forward helping she and her daughter in the cleanup of the vandalism, theft, and invasion of personal property/space that took place in their home. Doers using positive energy to help, What the WORLD NEEDS MORE OF.

There are so many mission opportunities available that we as individuals can do and as families can do.

The Neuse Baptist Association (part of Lenoir, Wayne, Greene, & Duplin counties) is asking for oven baked cookies and brownies (in boxes or tins you do not need back) by Wednesday morning at 9am. These are being given to inmates of a local prison, along with a gift bag of toiletry items already collected and packaged by area churches. The cookies and brownies will be packaged in LaGrange @9am. If you can bake and would like to help, please inbox me privately on facebook or email me [email protected]

The GAs of Bethel Baptist Church of Jonestown, Pink Hill are collecting new and used coats for adults-men & women, children and teens through January 6th. New if you’re able to purchase a coat on sale but “good used coats” you or your family would still wear while out and about. Check your closets. Some of you may have lost weight and can’t wear the coat hanging there, or gained weight or the children have outgrown the coat from the previous year or you or your family members may just want a “new look” for the winter. There are people who need a coat to stay warm. Would you be willing to help? If so, contact me.

Would you like to start a Praying Parents Group for a school in your area? Parents, Grandparents, & Community members, who meet together once a week to covet the school in prayer. Not a bashing group–a “praying” group.

Would you be willing to start one?

It takes two people agreeing to meet together, to pray for the needs, safety, learning, etc–praying for the students and the staff. Announce it publicly and you will be surprised at who else may can join you. This can be held at a church near the school or other public building that would be opened for that purpose. Our children are a gift from God–each school in Lenoir County and in every county in the United States, needs a prayer group, praying daily for them.

I believe grades would improve, bullying would decrease, staff would find a happier/better environment to teach, supplies would be more available, and parents/students/staff would feel safer.

What begins as two can become many. You announce at the beginning prayer concerns for the school, and you pray. School staff members, teachers, and students confidentially will begin to get you specific needs to pray about. It can be 30 minutes to an hour.   Who plans to begin one?

Community Watch—neighbors watching out for neighbors. If you see a suspicious car, person, or activity in your neighborhood, call 911 and report it. People watch homes and neighborhoods before they break in. It’s not oh, look like that’s a good house this minute….They normally look for a routine–what time during an entire week or two weeks do people leave? A vehicle on the corner or side of the road(even with someone in it), could be the getaway vehicle for a break in happening a few blocks or a mile away. If it doesn’t look right, make the call.

Attend community watch meetings–in Lenoir County, there are about 6 meetings taking place monthly or every other month–Chris Cahoon can tell you the closest to you if you live in Lenoir County. Community doesn’t mean you have to live within the town or section of the county you live. Go, Listen, Learn how you can better protect your family and your home or business.

January 1st @7pm @ Pink Hill Presbyterian Church, Pink Hill Community Watch has Terry Light as the speaker. She is our Assistant District Attorney. She will be speaking on internet safety for the family. She will also touch on social media–the check in option on cellular phones–banking, etc. Come listen and see how you may be alerting others of your activities without meaning to do—or how to be sure your banking is secure. Find our ways to be sure your children or teens are safe when on the computer.

The local rest home is an awesome place to share joy and love. Singing Christmas Carols, taking a DVD of your play for them to watch, taking small nursing home gifts to the local facilities–Pink Hill Pharmacy in my area have gift bags for men and women made up already, easy for you to purchase and take–get just a few and give it to the ones you see sitting around the lobby or in the tv room. Just sit and talk with them, you don’t need an appointment to do that. Many of those at the rest home seldom have visitors on a regular basis. My experience there–before I leave, they want to know, when will we be back. They love to play bingo (take lots of quarters & gifts as prizes), sing (they love old hymns and children songs) and they all love a party—what better time to throw a party than Jesus’ Birthday?

These are just a few ways you can begin mission opportunities with your children. Discuss the project and take action. From simply cleaning out a closet to visiting a nursing home. Bake brownies and cookies tonight and make arrangements to get them to the prison ministry taking place in LaGrange.

8 More Days til Christmas—how will you spread the joy and love of Christmas in the 8 days ahead?

Spice up your life a bit, and enjoy all of those super health benefits!

These 10 powerful spices help to control blood sugar, reduce inflammation, boost your metabolism, aid fat loss, and reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease
Every time you flavor your meals with herbs or spices you are supercharging your food without adding a single calorie. You can transform something ordinary and bland into something truly extraordinary tasting and good for your body, just by generously adding herbs and spices to your meals.Did you know that certain herbs and spices contain a wide variety of some of the most potent antioxidants of any food? In fact, many herbs and spices rank even higher in antioxidant activity than many fruits and vegetables, with some spices such as cloves, turmeric, and cinnamon having as much as 10-50x more antioxidants measured by ORAC value (on a weight to weight comparison) compared to blueberries.

The benefits of the antioxidants in spices include some very powerful protection against many serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, and overall aging.

Herbs and spices add tons of extra flavor, and when combined with the nutrition in other foods, they actually exponentially boost the natural antioxidants, phytonutrients, and anti-inflammatory power of the food.

Besides the super antioxidants, herbs and spices can also:

  • Aid Fat Burning and Boost Metabolism – many herbs and spices are thermogenic, which means they naturally help to increase metabolism, partly because they are so nutrient-dense.
  • Help Stabilize Blood Sugar – Some spices are also good at regulating blood sugar and controlling insulin–even as good as some diabetic drugs! When your blood sugar is well controlled, you are more likely to burn fat and not store calories as excess weight.
  • Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Properties -Scientific studies show that herbs and spices can actually work as well or better than some medications at calming inflammation without the negative side effects of isolated drugs.
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal – Many herbs and spices contain properties that effectively kill dangerous pathogens like viruses, bacteria and stubborn fungi. The natural properties in these foods work against many microbes that are resistant to conventional medications.

Here are 10 of the most potent superfood herbs and spices you can eat:

1. Basil – Basil is a very effective anti-inflammatory herb with extraordinary healing benefits that work for arthritis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel conditions, to name a just a few. In addition, basil helps kill harmful bacteria that cause food poisoning including: Listeria, Staph, and E. coli O:157:H7.

Basil is also an excellent source of beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radical damage. Free radical damage is the primary cause of heart disease, cancer, and many other serious health conditions, as well as aging. Because of its dark green color, it is an excellent source of vitamin K, calcium and magnesium, which is good for the bones. It is also a great source of iron, manganese, vitamin C and potassium.  Use both fresh basil and dried basil generously in your foods to maximize it’s benefits.

2. Cinnamon – This ancient spice has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice.

Cinnamon is highly effective at helping to stabilize blood sugar levels, making it very effective for those with diabetes (type 1 and type 2). In one study of people with type 2 diabetes, just two teaspoons a day reduced blood sugar as much as 20-30%, as well as lowering LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Cinnamon also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and helps relieve pain and stiffness in muscles and joints, including arthritis. Cinnamon has a positive effect on brain function, and smelling cinnamon, or chewing cinnamon flavored gum, can possibly help improve memory and attention. Cinnamon also reduces inflammation in blood vessels that leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease, as well as having antifungal and antibacterial properties.

3. Cayenne – This hot spice not only heats up your dishes, it heats up your body and raises your metabolism, helping you burn fat faster. And an interesting research study showed that when a person consumed an appetizer with red pepper flakes, they ate 15% less food. And for those of you who avoid cayenne because you think it bothers your stomach, cayenne pepper is actually healing to stomach tissues, it stimulates digestive enzymes, and helps prevent stomach ulcers.

Cayenne reduces LDL blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and decreases the formation of harmful blood clots, all of which prevent heart attacks and strokes. And, cayenne is a very effective anti-inflammatory and pain remedy for everything from headaches to arthritis and sore muscles, as well as clearing nasal congestion and boosting immunity.

Try cayenne in your morning eggs, in soups, stews, chili, or meatloaf for a little metabolism boosting spice!

4. Cloves – Cloves have a unique sweet and spicy flavor, but also contain powerful natural medicine. Cloves have strong antiseptic and germicidal ingredients that help fight infections, relieve digestive problems, and arthritis pain. One of cloves’ best known uses is its ability to relieve tooth and gum pain.  Cloves have been measured as having THE highest antioxidant level (ORAC value) of all spices and herbs.

The oil in cloves kills bacteria and is very effective when applied to scrapes, cuts, fungal infections, itchy rashes, bites, burns, or bruises. Cloves also help digestive problems like gas, indigestion, nausea and vomiting, and eliminate harmful parasites, bacteria and fungus in the digestive system. And the smell of cloves helps to encourage mental creativity too.

Cloves can be a great healthy addition to hot teas.

5. Cumin – Cumin is another spice that is especially high in antioxidants, but cumin is known for being especially good for digestion. It stimulates the gallbladder and pancreas to secrete enzymes and bile that break down food into usable nutrients your body can use. Cumin also helps detoxify the body, and is highly effective for respiratory disorders like asthma and bronchitis.

Cumin, like cinnamon, helps keep blood sugar levels stable, which means cumin is great for diabetics or pre-diabetics, and it means less chance of weight gain and excess body fat. Cumin has been proven to work as well as some commonly used diabetic drugs at regulating insulin and glycogen. Cumin is also a very good source of iron, vitamin C and vitamin A, which benefit the immune system.

Cumin goes great in chili!

6. Turmeric – Turmeric’s yellow-orange pigment, curcumin, is the main active ingredient in this super spice. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory benefits are actually comparable to drugs like hydrocortisone and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines like Advil and Motrin. But, unlike the drugs, curcumin is not toxic at all.

Curcumin is more effective slowing down the development of Alzheimer’s disease than many medications, because it decreases inflammation and oxidation in the brain. This spice also speeds up the recovery time from strokes as well. Turmeric and its active ingredient, curcumin, are also highly effective against diseases like irritable bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, and arthritis. Turmeric also improves liver function, lowers homocysteine and prevents heart disease.

Most importantly, turmeric is one of the most potent anti-cancer spices that helps protect you.  Turmeric and it’s derivatives are currently being studied in alternative cancer treatments.

Try this trick:  Using black pepper along with turmeric (I use this combo in my eggs every morning) helps to increase the absorption of turmeric’s curcumin in the body.

7. Rosemary – Rosemary contains active ingredients that are potent antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory agents. Rosemary has long been known to improve concentration, boost memory, and lift depression. Rosemary also strengthens the immune system, improves circulation, stimulates digestion, and fights cancer, as well.

Rosemary is highly effective for respiratory problems including asthma, chest congestion, and respiratory infections. While rosemary adds a delicious savory flavor to meat dishes, it also helps digestion by stimulating the gallbladder to release bile as well. Rosemary will protect your body against harmful carcinogenic toxins and prevents colon cancer, stomach, breast, and lung cancer.

Fun fact: If you’re going to grill meats, marinating meats for hours beforehand in liquid mixtures that contain rosemary and other herbs/spices can dramatically help to reduce HCA’s (heterocyclic amines), which are carcinogenic compounds that can form when meats are grilled.  So using rosemary, thyme, garlic, oregano and other spices in a meat marinade before grilling meats can drastically reduce any carcinogens that normally would form on grilled meat.

The antioxidants in rosemary and thyme from a marinade were specifically cited in studies at being powerful inhibitors of HCA formation when grilling meats.  But it was also noted that other spices such as garlic, oregano, and others can help to prevent HCA formation as well, so I suggest using a variety, which tastes great anyway!

One more important point about grilling meat: Remember that the more well-done a meat is cooked, the higher concentration of carcinogenic HCA’s can form, so rare, medium-rare, or medium are healthier choices than well-done.  I’ve never understood why anybody would want to ruin a good steak by burning it to oblivion anyway.  But hey, if you’re one of those folks that likes your steaks well-done, just remember that you’re eating a lot more carcinogens than a steak that’s cooked less, so make sure to load up on your antioxidants (spices, teas, berries, etc) to help combat those extra carcinogens.

Washing down your barbequed meal with a glass of unsweetened iced tea (rich in antioxidants) and also a good salad with lots of raw veggies can provide the antioxidants needed to counteract the effect of HCAs in your body from grilled meat.

By the way, even charring vegetables on the grill creates different carcinogens such as acrylamides, so don’t think that the negative effect of charring only applies to meats.

8. Ginger – Ginger is VERY powerful for your health!  Ginger contains over 25 different antioxidants, which makes it extremely effective at fighting free radicals in many different body systems. Ginger is best known for its ability to reduce nausea and vomiting, as well as motion sickness. In fact, ginger may even be more effective than Dramamine, one of the most common drugs used for motion sickness. And because ginger does not have harmful side effects like many drugs, it is very good for nausea from pregnancy. Studies actually show that just 1 gram of ginger before surgery is more effective than the standard anti-nausea medication given for post surgical nausea and vomiting.

Ginger is also a soothing remedy for sore throats from colds and flu because of its antiviral properties. Ginger also helps coughs and is an effective expectorant. Try a tea made with hot water simmered with a few slices of ginger and a small amount of honey and lemon for a soothing tonic when you are sick.

Because ginger is such a strong anti-inflammatory, it helps reduce the pain and swelling of arthritis, and muscle aches. Ginger also fights cancer, reduces cholesterol, and prevents blood clots that lead to strokes or heart disease.  I like to use a slice of ginger root in my hot teas sometimes, in our batches of iced teas, and of course, I love piling ginger on top of sushi!  I take a couple capsules of ginger daily since it’s not as frequently used in dishes as some other spices.

9. Oregano – This herb contains an oil that is a very potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent, rosmarinic acid (also found in rosemary).   Oregano oil has been used to treat a wide range of conditions from bacterial and viral infections, to parasites and stubborn fungal infections. Although the oil of oregano is most often used for medicinal purposes, the herb itself can provide many of the same benefits when consumed regularly.

Oregano also relieves inflammation, internal or external, and can offer relief from allergies, aches and pain, without side effects.  Oregano is very high on the ORAC scale of measured antioxidant value.

10. Thyme — Thyme’s active ingredient is known for treating bronchitis, sore throats, chest congestion, laryngitis and asthma. Thyme is so effective it is often an ingredient in cough drops and mouthwashes to treat inflammation and infections. Thyme is also effective as a soothing stomach aid to relieve gastritis, indigestion and colic.

Thyme helps prevent cancer, improve memory, treat Alzheimer’s, calm the nerves, and alleviate depression, nightmares, and insomnia. An interesting new discovery about thyme shows that it actually boosts the amount of DHA (an important ingredient in omega 3 fatty acids) in the brain, heart and kidney cells.

Here are some other health benefits of some of the most popular herbs and spices:

  • Rosemary, turmeric, ginger and basil are powerful anti-inflammatories.
  • Cumin, turmeric, and sage help fight dementia.
  • Cayenne, cumin, coriander and cinnamon help to regulate insulin and blood sugar, aiding fat loss.
  • Lemon grass, nutmeg, bay leaves and saffron have a calming effect.
  • Garlic, mustard seed, hawthorne, and chicory are excellent for the heart.
  • Basil and thyme help your skin become softer and smoother.
  • Turmeric, garlic, basil, cinnamon, thyme, saffron, garlic and ginger boost the immune system.
  • Coriander, rosemary, cayenne, allspice and black pepper can help banish depression.

    There are 3 specific spices that I personally believe are so powerful that I try to take them in daily capsule form as well, since they may not always be used in my daily meals… and those are:

    Turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger. They’re very cheap in capsule form too.  I usually take 2 capsules per day of each of these spices unless I use large amounts in certain dishes like a curry dish for example.

    Spice up your life a bit, and enjoy all of those super health benefits!

  • Note: Always check with your physician to be sure certain herbs and spices don’t interfere with medications you may be taking–and check with your doctor before you quit any current medications.
  • ~~~copied from Fat Loss Factor Newsletter
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