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Thursday, December 10, 2015

I recently purchased some amazing essential oils from “Blue World Naturals.” This is a fairly new company offering essential oils for a reasonable price. I purchased two oils, “clove and orange,” to use as holiday scents in my home. I really loved the scents of these oils. The orange smells as if I peeled an orange and my home smells of scents of clove and orange as you enter. I am glad I purchased the clove oil, because I ended up with a toothache, and I was able to use clove to calm the pain. Since I was happy with my purchase, I thought I would share with my audience information about the company since I am a satisfied customer.

Clove oil
is used for a variety of therapeutic reasons. It can be used as an antiseptic and to reduce pain. It can be used to reduce facial skin issues such as acne. It can also be used to reduce headaches. By using 3-5 drops in my essential oil diffuser I have been able to reduce my migraine type headaches by 50%. I also take a drop on my finger and apply to my temples to also help alleviate headaches.

Orange oil can also be used for a variety of reasons. I use it because I love smell of fresh peeled oranges but I can’t eat them do to irritation of acidic properties caused from fresh oranges. This oil is strong, I only need to use a few drops placed into my diffuser and immediately fills the house with the smell of the holidays. I also add drops of both the clove and orange into a spray bottle of water and spray windowsills and around based boards and behind furniture to keep spiders at bay. This works like a dream and is healthier for you than to use chemical products that are very unhealthy for humans and animals to breath or ingest.

Blue World Naturals has a variety of essential oils that come from small distillers, farms, and co-ops. All of BWN’s oils go through a rigorous quality testing by an outside company and the reports for these tests are displayed on each of the essential oils listings. 
 “All of our oils are therapeutic grade and contain no contaminants or pesticides,” stated Galen Walter, CEO and Founder of Blue World Naturals. “We want our customers to always be safe, happy, and healthy. This is one of the reason I wanted to undertake and start this company.”

All the oils offered through Blue World Naturals come labeled for “external use only,” due to regulation and liability. Galen shared information with me about how some oils can be dangerous if ingested because of the strength of the oils. Such as Cinnamon is considered a “hot oil” and can easily cause burns if ingested. I found the information that I received from Mr. Walter to be of great use to make me feel at ease with using essential oils that I have never tried before.

The company offers safety information on all products so customers can feel at ease when purchasing essential oils from Blue World Naturals. For each product readers can read about the current testing done from each product, you can find this information on BWN’s website, www.blueworldnaturals.com.

“My hope is that you too can take advantage of the high quality essential oils our family and friends already do! Please feel free to contact me with any questions,” Galen Walter.

I spoke with Mr. Walter on several occasions and he was very responsive to my questions regarding the company and the products offered by Blue World Natural.

If you are interested in the company or their products feel free to contact them. Also I want to mention that there are several offers happening on the essential oils right now.

If you buy 5 bottles you get one free. There is also free shipping for orders over $29, and if you sign up for the newsletter you can 10% off your order.

Here’s all the contact information for the company.

Galen Walter-Owner
Blue World Naturals
Office: 561.570.6254

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Apple Dump Cake

Apple Dump Cake

This is an easy cake to make for any apple pie or cake lover. The cake takes just a few minutes to put together and is cooked in about an hour in the oven or 2-3 hours in a slow cooker. Okay, here is the recipe.

2 cans of apple pie filling
1 box spice cake
2 sticks of butter

Preheat oven to 350. In a 9x13 pan spray with pam. Pour both cans of apple pie filling and spread around the pan. Dump dry cake mix over apples. Melt the butter and pour over the top. Place in oven and bake for 50 minutes. Stir the top of the mix so there is no dry cake mix. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Cake will be soft but will harden as it cools.

If cooking in crockpot. Spray crockpot and dump ingrediants like it says for the oven recipe. Then cook on high for 2.5-3 hours.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Shark Encounters with Kayakers

“Is it safe to go kayaking in the ocean?”

After seeing an episode on shark week where a shark has been hunting or stalking a kayaker off Cape Cod, I thought why not blog about sharks this week. I tend to be obsessed with the Great White shark, ever since the 1975 release of "Jaws." I was only five years old when this movie was released in the theater, and I can remember my mom talking about this movie after she and my dad went to see it. I was eight by the time I watched "Jaws" and have been obsessed with these sharks ever since I saw the movie. The movie caused not only fear in me toward water but also an obsession with water, if this makes any sense.

Once when I was twelve, I went swimming for the first time in the ocean, and I just got into the water and took off swimming. When I turned around to see where I was, I realized I had swum quite a distance from shore, and there was no one else around me. All of a sudden I had a sickening feeling in my stomach and the water from below rushed me. The only thought that came into my head was, "Swim as fast as you can for the shore and never mind what is behind you." Scared and exhilarated more than any other time in my life, I swam so fast I felt like I was floating on top of the water.

That was the last time I swam in the ocean. I realized that I needed to respect the ocean as there are bigger things than me in there and that day when I swam in the ocean scared me to the point of not really wanting to swim way out into the ocean again. I now just stick to rivers and lakes and just dip my toes in at the edge of the ocean. Living in California for 20 years has allowed me to see the beautiful Pacific Ocean and to wade or dip into many different beaches, but I never swim in the ocean because I don't want to take any chances. Besides California is full of the Great White Shark the mother of all sharks and these sharks can eat you whole.

Loving sharks like I do, I am always reading the shark siting's and laugh at how many people in kayaks seems to be attracting a shark's attention, especially, that of the Great White. Over the years, Kayaking has become a very popular activity used for enjoying a stroll over the ocean or to fish. According to the "Outdoor Foundation,” Kayaking as a recreational activity has grown up 32% in that last few years.

Kayaks being smaller than other boats allows users to venture into areas that bigger boats wouldn't allow. Attacks on Kayakers seem to be slim, but it is important to be prepared at all times.

In 2012, a California Kayaker was attacked by a Great White. Joey Nocchi, 30, of Paso Robles, California was attacked by a shark while he was kayaking just south of San Simeon State Park. Nocchi stated that the shark came from underneath the kayak hitting the bottom of the object lifting it out of the water. According to witnesses of the attack, the shark came out just like "Jaws" with eye rolled into its head and jaws wide open ready to engulf anything that slid into the mouth. The shark was about 15 feet long. Nocchi was dumped into the water when the shark hit his kayak. He was then able to swim back to shore and get out the water safely.

In 2013 a Hawaii  kayaker was killed while out on his kayak. The attack took place half a mile off a point near "Little Beach" in Makena State Recreation Area on the island of Maui. The man was not kayaking alone and was with a friend, and the two were fishing for baitfish when the shark bit one of the victim's feet that was dangling in the water. Losing much blood led to the death of this victim. This reminds us of the importance to keep all body parts inside the kayak while fishing, how's the shark to know it's not bait?

March of 2014, a man whom was fishing in Florida waters had an encounter with a bull shark as it came up to grab the fisherman's grouper. In this case it seems the shark is most interested in the food that was in the water. When you fish you are more likely to attract a shark that may attack to get to the food you are fishing for and you could end up on the menu. The fisherman was fine although the grouper was eaten by the shark.

September of 2014, two kayakers had an encounter with a shark. Here's a video of an that encounter. The news media states that great whites don't normally attack people. Well that's for another story that I will blog about later in the upcoming weeks.

Watch out for sharks while fishing from your kayak, check out this video.

Not always are the attacks made by Great Whites, check out this attack by a Hammerhead.

According to the Shark Research Committee in California of the 108 shark attacks along the Pacific coast only 5% of these attacks are on Kayakers. Although this is only in one specific area and we are looking at only shark attacks on Kayaks this is a very small percentage. This does not mean for kayakers to feel safe when going into the ocean, but to be prepared in case a shark does decide to dump you off your kayak and eat you.

In California the Great White tends to dominate as far as attacks are considered and you can see many videos on YouTube showing the sharks watching people both in kayaks and on paddleboards. I have even read once where this guy was videoing a shark that was watching the surfers 10- feet away and a wave hit the paddleboard knocking the guy off the board and straight onto the shark's back. Wow what an intense moment that must have been.

There are definitely more encounters between shark and kayakers, but not many will end in an attack. I read once about a man who was kayaking in southern California and all of a sudden his kayak lifted up like there was something on the back of it. When the kayaker looked over his shoulder he saw the head of a great white resting on the back of the kayak staring at him. As the kayaker began to panic he tried to paddle, but was getting nowhere at all. Finally, the shark got off the kayak and slid back under the water giving the kayaker time to paddle to shore.

We probably all remember seeing the episode about shark attacks where a woman was thrown from her kayak and then chased by a great white. She survived the episode but it does remind us that we too might be a tasty treat. We may not be the shark’s favorite food, but we are food none the less.

As people continue to enter the water shark encounters will continue to grow and this will include kayakers. Even though the percentage is low for kayakers getting attacked it does happen and you want to be well prepared in case it happens to you.

Here are some steps to follow to stay safe when Kayaking in oceanic waters:

1.       If you fish from a Kayak you are more likely to attract sharks to you and increase your risk of being attacked. If you are going to fish from a kayak  make sure that the fish you catch are not hanging off the edge of you boat and in the water.

2.       Don't dangle your feet off the edge of the kayak while fishing you could end up like the guy in Hawaii that lost his foot and then bled out and died before making it to help.

3.       Stay calm do not PANIC if you see a shark. Just let your friends now in a calm voice and head somewhere safe away from the shark. Make sure you paddle nice smooth strokes if you panic the shark will know and get excited and you are more likely to invite an attack.

4.       Stay out of shark infested waters, don't kayak where the seals are the sharks are always around ready to eat.

5.       Kayak in groups just in case you might need help.

6.       Don't wear anything sparkly or glittery as this looks like bait to most fish.

7.       If you are bleeding stay out of the water or if you cut yourself while out its time to pack up and go in as sharks can smell a drop of blood from many miles away and then show up to surprise you.

8.       If you get knocked off and out of your kayak grab your paddle and hang onto it you may need to use it to scare the shark off. Most sharks do not want to engage in something that might hurt them.

9.       STAY CALM no matter what happens and stay in control

Anyone have any shark stories? please share! SO SHARKY!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Smoking is Dangerous Quit Now
By Jerri Aubry M.S.
There is an estimated 42 million plus people that smoke in the US, and cigarettes are one of the leading causes of death among these smokers. The majority of people who attempt to quit are unsuccessful. Even though people realize that they increase their risk of getting cancer, they can't deal with the withdrawal that comes with quitting.
This fear of going through withdrawal keeps people from quitting and becoming healthy. Nicotine is considered to be more addicting than any other substance available. It is considered a drug just like cocaine or heroin.
The media portrays withdrawal effects from stopping an addictive substance to be horrible. It is all that most of us have to compare it to, and this tends to cause fear in those that want to quit smoking.
Smoking increases a person's chance of getting cancer, especially lung cancer. According to the Surgeon General Report of 2014, "Women smokers are 25.7 times more likely than women who never smoked to develop lung cancer. For men smokers, it's 25 times the risk of men who never smoked." (http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/tobaccocancer/tobacco-related-cancer-fact-sheet)
Tobacco is considered a toxic substance or better yet a poison. People who smoke understand that smoking increases risks of cancers and other diseases such as COPD, Emphysema, and Chronic bronchitis, or pneumonia. Once a person begins smoking that person can become addicted very quickly. Teens who begin smoking for social reasons usually end up smoking for a lifetime.
According to the Cancer Society, 9 out of 10 adult smokers began smoking before their 18th birthday, and these smokers tend to have more difficulties quitting smoking as an adult. "Of every three young smokers, only one will quit, and one of those that are remaining smokers will die from tobacco-related causes."(http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/002963-pdf.pdf)
Most young people do not think about the long-term consequences that smoking may have on their bodies. It is often too late once a person begins smoking to stop the process of becoming addicted to nicotine. An addiction to nicotine can happen in the very beginning stages of smoking.
"Nicotine produces physical and mood-altering effects in your brain that are temporarily pleasing. These effects make you want to use tobacco and lead to dependence. At the same time, stopping tobacco use causes withdrawal symptoms, including irritability and anxiety." This anxiety can lead people to either start back smoking in order to stop the withdrawal symptoms. This process causes many people to continue to smoke throughout a lifetime. (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nicotine-dependence/basics/definition/con-20014452)
It is the nicotine found in cigarettes that cause the nicotine dependence. Smoking causes higher rates of heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma, COPD, and emphysema. When a person addicted to any substance tries to stop the use of that substance will cause withdrawal symptoms. It is an inevitable process that one must go through. However, the withdrawal symptoms can be kept in check by following a program that takes the withdrawal process into account.
Hi, my name is Jerri, and I was a longtime smoker of 25 plus years. I started smoking when I was 14 years old and once I began I couldn't stop. In my twenty's I tried to quit smoking several times, but was unsuccessful each time.
By the time I was 25, I had begun having trouble breathing. I used to make up every excuse in the book about my problems, but never did I blame smoking as the problem. When I quit smoking, I would be filled with dread as I began having withdrawal symptoms, and I felt like I couldn't deal with life without a cigarette in my hand.
What I didn't realize was that I needed to have a game plan that would deal with the withdrawal symptoms before attempting to quit. I needed to have my toolbox ready and in hand before quitting. Once I realized what needed to happen, I was able to quit smoking for good and without all the terrible scary withdrawal symptoms.
I have been a nonsmoker for over ten years. Wow, I can't believe it's been that long, but it has. And I will never need to smoke again. I know have strategies that I can successfully use that have kept me from the return to smoking. I no longer need cigarettes to help me through each day. I am free of those horrible things, and I am much healthier because of it.
I am no longer addicted to a substance that seem to be taking over my body and life. I finally feel in charge of myself. You too can become a nonsmoker. It is easier than you believe. I am going to show you how I became a nonsmoker.
You will learn everything you need to know to quit smoking now. Stop procrastinating now is the time to quit for good. You can become a nonsmoker. Don't let fear stand in your way of becoming a healthy individual.
Take the leap and quit today and get this book with all the information you will need to read it quickly and quit smoking now.
This book will teach you how to deal with withdrawal and manage it as well.
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  • You will learn about the mechanism of nicotine addiction.
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  • Don't wait..... Grab this book now and get started on your new journey to freeing yourself of smoking.
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Do you believe in ghost stories? New England is renowned for its infamous ghostly incidents. Growing up in New Hampshire, Jerri knew what these experiences were all about. How could she know that she would live her life in a ghost story of her own?

Nightly, she would hear whispers coming from the closet. Images would show as shadows on the wall as they moved closer to her. Terrified, she pulled the covers over her head and lay completely still. Every night ghosts would visit her, trying to communicate. As she matured, her ghostly experiences intensified.

Unable to accept the truth, she kept her encounters secret . . . until now. Follow her as she talks openly about her experiences from childhood to present time.
Living in a Ghost Story is a book full of short ghost stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat and the book is FREE right now on Amazon.

Hostile Affairs in Kansas is FREE until March 25. 2015

Like to read suspense novels that will keep you on the edge of your seat? This book has 5-star ratings on Amazon and it is FREE right now.
During a Kansas thunder and lightning storm, Frances is rendered unconscious. Frances wakes in the hospital frantic and afraid. Unable to remember the faces around her, leaves her feeling devastated, and depressed. Determined to recover, Frances turns to her family for help.

As her memories begin coming back, she realizes that her family has been keeping secrets. Fear immobilizes her as she begins to unfold the memories that have been locked away for many years. She realizes that it is no longer safe for her to be at the farm house.

When she meets charming young Justin, she wonders if he will be able to love her if he knows the truth. She tries to keep her memories secret from him as she realizes that she is in love with him. She manages to keep her secrets until....

One night when a terrible accident happens that will change her life forever. As the police investigate, Frances knows that she cannot tell them the truth. She must protect her family from the horror of what has happened. As time begins to run out, Frances must make a decision that will affect her for the rest of her life.
This book is FREE on Amazon until March 25th. Grab your copy today.

Forgiving Cancer: A Mother and Daughter's Journey to Peace is FREE for the Next Five Days

Forgiving Cancer: A Mother and Daughter's Journey to Peace is now Free from March 21-25 on Amazon.
More and more people are being diagnosed with cancer these days and doctors expect this to continue to rise. When I was going through this process with my mother, I felt lost and wished that I had the support of a book like this before I faced this type of situation.
As part of my healing and letting go process of losing so many people to cancer, I wrote this book in hopes to help others who may be facing what I faced.
This book is about my story, but also contains information about what I had to do.
This book has a 5-star rating on Amazon, and people tell me that they found this book helpful, so I hope you all grab a copy while it is free.
On my next visit to the hospital the social worker for the hospital wanted to meet with me. The nursing staff let me know this, and so I visited my mom until she came for me.
I left and followed the woman. She was about 5ft 2 in tall, with wavy blonde hair. She seemed to be in her mid to upper 40s. I followed down the hallway until we came around a corner to her office.
She told me to have a seat while pointing at one of the two chairs available to sit in. She closed the door and sat down. She had a warmness to her, she made me feel safe.
We talked for the next half hour regarding my mom’s ability to care for herself. She told me that she would need 24-hour care and that she needed to have two people who were strong enough to pick her up to get her transferred into a wheelchair.
She told me that the doctors would be recommending for her to enter into a nursing home at the end of the six weeks of treatment. In the meantime she would stay until that day.
I didn’t know what to think. What was I supposed to do? I promised I wouldn’t put her in one, and here I was facing the choice about what to do. She suggested a few homes for me to go and check out, and that she wanted to make arrangements as soon as possible.
I was so upset I started crying right there in her office. She was supportive telling me that she understood what I was going through. She too had to go through the same predicament with her dad.
She told me that to hire a nurse to come in would cost too much and under my mom’s insurance, which is Medicare like most seniors her age. There were only few homes they paid for and those were some of the bad ones in town.
I had no choice. I didn’t have the money to put her into a better home. My mom didn’t have the money to pay for a better home or to hire someone.
I asked the social worker to write down names and addresses of the homes, and that I would visit them the following week for walk through visit and choose one.
The next day during my lunch break I went to look at one of the homes. I thought it looked okay and the people seemed happy who were there.
The staff seemed pleasant and the place was clean. I liked it and it was close to my work ,so I could visit during my lunch breaks.
I went to look at the other places and the looked pretty bad and I didn’t want her going to them. I chose the first one I saw and let the social worker now so she could set it up.
Now I had to tell my mom the bad news.
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Slow Cooking Saves both Time and Money

Slow Cooking Saves both Time and Money
I recently purchased this as an e-book and just wanted to take a minute and share with you.
I love this cookbook, because it starts off with information about slow cookers and how to use them properly. I am excited to make more of the recipes in this book. I have made almost all of them, and I especially love the breakfast recipes and now I wake up to a warm breakfast to start the day off right. If you are looking for some tasty, and easy recipes for your slow cooker, this is the book for you. I have been trying to eat healthy and the morning quinoa recipes are wonderful. I get up each morning to warm food ready to eat, which, works out great when you are on the go.
The cost was only .99 on amazon so I just couldn't pass up the deal. If you want a copy here is where you can get it

Monday, March 9, 2015

Remembering Kaylee Cooper a Book Review

A 5-star rating
Remembering Kaylee Cooper is an intriguing story between reality and the unknown. The author does a wonderful job of narrating a story of a preteen boy and a girl caught between two worlds. I found this book to be very engaging and just the perfect length for young readers. Follow Alex on the adventure of a lifetime and find yourself in an engrossing story of coming to age and being caught between this world and beyond. Once I began reading this book, I couldn’t put it down, and thought how my own children would enjoy reading this story. If you are looking for a good book to read and like the stories about life in middle school and ghost stories you will surely enjoy reading this book. This book was written for the middle class or junior high level children, ages 10-14, and many children would be able to relate to this book on many levels.
From the back of the book, Kaylee Cooper is certain that Alex will become friends with a ghost this year. Alex thinks that he is far too old to be listening to a first grader and encourages Kaylee to stop jeopardizing his important sixth grade social life. Kaylee doesn’t listen and finds awkward ways to spend as much time with Alex as possible, even if it means following him into the boy’s washroom.

Fed up, Alex develops a strategic plan to ultimately help him get rid of Kaylee Cooper for good.

However, he soon learns about the mysterious legend of Screaming Ridge that pulls an unlikely group of friends together, including the girl of his dreams, and the school’s meanest bully. When they discover that the legend is real, and that Kaylee Cooper is at the core of the mystery, Alex stares death in the face and helps save her from an eternal life of misery and confusion.
This book covers many of the issues children are dealing with in Junior High and this story can help give these children solutions to dealing with these issues.
About the Author Christopher Francis
Born in Brisbane, Australia, Christopher was accepted at age 19 into Sheridan College's Animation program before earning a degree in sociology from McMaster University. He then enjoyed a two-year adventure overseas working with children, before completing his Bachelor of Education degree at New York University. He is now teaching junior and intermediate level students in Burlington, Ontario.
Through his work with children, he found writing and illustrating to be one of his passions. Currently working on a middle grade series, he recently completed and illustrated the first three books. He has also created seven other children's picture books and illustrated Children's novels for independent authors.  Want to more about Christopher's books or his illustrations?
Here is a sample of his illustrations
Check out his website and contact Chris at http://www.francisart.com
Get your copy today on Amazon.