Momedy: Thank Heavens For (Complex) Little Girls

This is a note my five-year-old wrote me. She sat across from me at my desk and very casually asked me, “Mommy, how do you spell, ‘I don’t love you?’” with her characteristic mix of tactful decorum and purposefully-saccharine charm.

We carefully sounded out the letters together, and then she ripped the page off her notebook, slapped it down in front of me, said “humph!” and flounced out of my office. A friend told me she’d be devastated if her son did that, but honestly: I don’t think a son would. They think moms are for worshipping, not playing head games with.

Anyway, The Little Nutball’s note has pride of place on my wall, which is covered in her artwork, many pieces of which, actually do express her love for mommy.

Dad, on the other hand, didn’t get off so easy: her note to him read “I hate you.” I think he threw it out though. Not as sentimental as me.

Is it dysfunctional that I find her note hil-ar-i-ous?! I just think it’s cute and really funny. As we often say in our household, good luck to the lucky young man who one day gets to try to keep her happy. You know, when she’s 30 and is allowed to date.

I am the Biggest Loser!

Well I did it!

My co-workers ended the contest early because I was so far ahead. I won the biggest loser contest.

But more importantly I feel great.

I lost 21 lbs. I have been parking farther away from my office so I have been walking more (saving money too). I have been taking the stairs instead of the elevator (6 flights, multiple times a day). I have started playing tennis again and I am really enjoying it. It was over ten years since I played last.

The only down side is my pants don’t fit anymore. I feel so much better.


Yoga, Pilates & Meditation

Not blogged for a while since we have been away in Sunny Egypt & have been sorting out & getting back to normal.

Been thinking a lot lately about life in general & health issues that I now have & what I want to do with my life.

My first step forward is Yoga & Pilates. Going to look into both as not sure which would be better for me. Can’t kneel on my left knee. Got a feeling Pilates has a lot of kneeling but not sure.

What do you think? Has anyone got any good advice on these exercises??

Meditation. Another topic I’ve been thinking about a lot too.

Does anyone recommend any books/DVDs on the above subjects. Want to start off @ home to see how I go.

Going to research on & see what I find & will keep you posted.

Natural Biotin Hair Fortifying Conditioner by Jason Natural Cosmetics

I have to be honest and say that I don’t often use conditioner. This started when I was a teenager and was washing my hair every other day. I found that when I used conditioner my hair looked like it needed to be washed everyday. Now this was fine when I was already washing my hair everyday but if it is not something that you are already doing everyday it can be kind of frustrating. I wanted to start using it more often though because I was going to be cutting my long hair and donating it. That was some eight years ago and since then I have used conditioner off and on because I keep growing out my hair to donate it. As I was approaching the fourth time of donating I started to use it more and more and the one that I had on hand was Natural Biotin Hair Fortifying Conditioner by Jason Natural Cosmetics. A friend so it on clearance for around five dollars and got it for me, here is what I thought of the conditioner.

After using the biotin product along with 84% Pure Aloe Vera Hair Soothing Shampoo by the same company I definitely noticed a difference. I want to say that their was a certain shine to my hair now. This shine wasn’t oily though and something else that was great was that it didn’t make my hair oily the next day. In a couple years I hope to have another ten inches of hair to cut off and donate. I figure that this conditioner and future conditioners that I use will aid in making my hairs healthier and better for donating. One thing that I really enjoyed about this kind of biotin supplement product was its smell. When I first smelled it I was reminded of toothpaste, it was a very nice scent though. I wondered what was in the conditioner that made it smell that way and what made it hair fortifying. I scanned the ingredients of the bottle to see.

The main ingredient in this product is purified water. Following water are the ingredients panax ginseng root extract, biotin, emulsifying wax, calendula officinalis marigold flower extract, stearalkonium chloride, anthemis bobilis chomomile flower extract, stearyl alcohol, equisetum arvense horsetail leaf extract, aloe barbadensis aloe vera leaf gel, cyclpentasiloxane and dimethicone, simmondsia chinesis jojoba seed oil, triticum vulgare hydrolyzed wheat protein, lavandula angustifolia lavender extract, glyceryl stearate, planthenol-3, natural tocopherol vitamin E, retinyl palmitate vitamin A, linoleic & linclenic acid vitamin F,oxybenzone, citrus grandis grapefruit seed extract, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, natural menthol and fragrance oil blend. The ginseng, marigold, chamomile, horsetail, aloe vera, jojoba and lavender are certified organic.

I was glad that the conditioner contained organic ingredients and I was glad that it didn’t list any lauryl/laureth sulfates. The company Jason has some wonderful practices which also made me feel good about using the conditioner. They do not test on animals, do not use any animal by-products, their products are paraben free, bio-degradable and made in the USA. I can’t be sure that this will be the conditioner that I will get when the current bottle of Natural Biotin Hair Fortifying Conditioner by Jason Natural Cosmetics runs out but I’ll definitely keep it in mind. I would recommend to anyone looking for a natural conditioner to try this out. The bottle that I have contains sixteen ounces and seems to be priced anywhere from seven to ten dollars. All in all I would call this conditioner a good item.


Things to Do Before Starting Your Diet

Before you start your diet program, there are things that you need to do to make it successful.

Plan your diet– You must decide when you are going to start your diet. Have a goal, and write it down. It is not enough that you think about dieting and starting it the moment you have thought about it.

Tell the whole world about it- if you are serious about the plan to go on a particular diet, tell the whole world about it for them to remind you and help your achieve your goal.

Find a buddy- It is best to have a buddy whose goal is the same as yours. You will both benefit and help each other as you two support each others goal to succeed.

Write it down- log whatever you are presently having. Check the labels of every canned goods you eat. Then list down the things that you should stop eating.

Have a medical check up- don’t forget to see your Doctor. She/he will let you know if you really need to diet; if you are healthy enough to go on a diet or if you are unhealthy enough to go on a particular diet and improve your health.

Video on Via YOUTUBE

Who Else Would Like the Reiki Symbols Revealed

As one enters the different levels and training methods associated with Reiki the different symbols are revealed. The symbols used serve purposes beyond the healing of Reiki.

The symbols are used as “triggers” that encourage the students to think of things or events that then allow them to move the energies into areas that may have blockages.

Often times the symbols are simply sounds, images and pictures or even words that then trigger the subconscious mind of the healer. The symbols then enable the healer to access the source of Reiki directly and signal a change in how the Reiki energy functions.

The symbols can be physical items, although many times they are those mentioned above.

The healer may paint or draw the symbols in the air with his/her hands, he/she may just visualize it, they may even speak it or say it silently to themselves, with the intent that the symbol is for a specific person or purpose.

Some healers have even been know to be able to simply “think” of the energy of the symbols and are able to access that energy without the use of the symbol.

There are four symbols that are traditionally used in the practice of Reiki. The forms of these symbols first began as Japanese and Siddham script. However, because they were passed down orally, they have taken on slightly different forms.

Most of these characters were traditionally seed characters, which mean that they were attributes for deities in the tradition of Japanese and Siddham culture. These symbols were chosen specifically for improving the body and the soul.

The four symbols are:

    Cho-Ku-Rei or Body – The Power Symbol, which means to fix miraculously or put all the power of the universe here . This symbol is used to trigger an increase of power and flow of energy that moves through the one that is being healed.
    Sei-He-Ki or Mind – An Emotional Healing Symbol meaning God and humanity become one. The symbol is used to trigger and bring “Infinite Life and Light”.
    Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen or Spirit – The Distance symbol. This is used to cancel space and time, which is used in reference to distance healing. By canceling this distance healing, one is said to be able to reach a higher consciousness level.
    Dai-Ko-Myo – The Master Symbol. Often translated as The Great Illuminating Light or Great Being of the Universe Shine on Me. This symbol is the healing symbol in Japan, is to be used when curing disease and taking away pain.

Other methods of Reiki have developed and use additional symbols to trigger and release certain energies for healing.

Understanding the symbols and their meanings will enable the different forms and levels of healing by allowing the access to the energies of the symbols.

Dental Insurance Companies – Comparison

Dental insurance companies are by right considered to be very important for those people who are going to purchase this or that dental insurance, no matter whether it’s individual dental insurance, group or family dental insurance. First of all you have to find out whether a company, you are going to choose, is reliable and has trustworthy time-proved reputation. Do choose at least five dental insurance companies, for example Delta dental insurance company, MetLife dental insurance company, Aetna dental insurance company, Greenville dental insurance company or Guardian dental insurance company and fill in five different quotes. After you receive them back with information concerning dental insurance premiums, do compare them and choose one dental insurance plan and coverage which will meet your dental care needs and have reasonable and affordable premiums. In case you can’t choose anything, you should continue shopping around for dental insurance which will satisfy you and insure your dental health.

In order to have clear idea of existing dental insurance companies and dental insurance plans, we suggest that you consider the table above. In this table you’ll find some details concerning four reputable companies which aim at providing the most affordable dental insurance plans for individuals, families and groups, in order to make dental insurance more available to the majority of people.

Aetna Dental  Leading US health and life insurance company. Exists since 1850, available in 50 US states, has 73,000 dentist network nationwide.  1) HMO dental insurance (Health Maintenance Organization);
2) PPO dental insurance (Preferred Provider Organization);
3) Discount programs including  Aetna Dental AccessSM discount program (30-50% discount)
Delta Dental  Exists since 1954, available in 50 US states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, has 118,000 dental practitioners network.  1) HMO dental insurance (Health Maintenance Organization);
2) PPO dental insurance (Preferred Provider Organization);
3) Benefit plans for retired people.

MetLife Dental
 Available in the majority of US states, nationwide network of 90,000 dentist locations.  1) PPO dental insurance (Preferred Provider Organization);
2) PDP dental insurance (Preferred Dentist Program).
Guardian Dental  Covers the majority of US states, has over 70,000 dentist locations.  1) HMO (Health Maintenance Organization);
2) PPO dental insurance (Preferred ProviderOrganization);
2) Pre-paid plans.
Greenville Dental  Covers the majority of US states, has 200,000 listings of dentists.  1) National and regional plans;
2) Discount programs (15-25% discount).