Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spiffy Spring Flowers!

So I had another idea J … flowers made of beads, wire and sushi sticks. Why not?!

My friend in Leesburg is now selling the product for
$5 each in her shop, Weathered Elegance.

Check out her Weathered Elegance items in person when you are in Leesburg’s Historic District or visit her site on the web: http://weatheredelegance.org/

Thanks for supporting local artists!

:) Laura

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Research Matters - Gain Wisdom!

If you don’t ask questions, how will you learn and understand and thus go forth becoming a productive member of society? How will you make good choices that will benefit yourself and those around you if you do not gain wisdom?

My mother taught me that you don’t have to know an answer to a question straight away, but you should take steps to research the particulars so that you can come to know the answer.
Incorporating this idea into my world was no problem as I readily enjoyed learning from a young age. I did well at school because I was engaged in what was being communicated. I read the supplemental materials and I asked questions. 

As an adult I unfortunately have met those who believe that people gain knowledge by osmosis and shouldn't ask questions. They don’t understand that people learn by asking; alas all the aforementioned types want you to do is to stop querying them. So I could take this further and suggest that somewhere in their own childhood they were made the fool because they did not know and answer and were ridiculed for it, but who can say? Either way, I digress I suppose, so please forgive me.
What I wish to share is that my knowledge base continues to grow, compounding data over time so that I am able to share pertinent information to assist others.
This week’s discovery is not surprising, but it is surely sad - there are businesses out there that continue to make processed foods using ingredients known to not be healthy for the human population to consume. Given the surge in the organics movement and the plethora of organizations trying to inspire folks to make better food and drink choices, you would think that more food processing companies would be searching for ways to make products that did not make people sick!

All the more reason to strongly to consider not buying food that is packaged in plastic and boxes, instead growing your own fruits and vegetables or at least supporting local organic farms nearby. (FYI – chemical based fertilizers are also harmful to the human body over time).
Undoubtedly the medical industry would not be so affluent if more people recognized that while “fast food” might be okay once in a blue moon, bodies cannot retain their health if nutritious vegetables and fruits are not consumed regularly.
Chemicals, fertilizers, hormones and man-made additives are used often in many “foods” that sit on the shelves of our grocery stores. As consumers your dollar means something. Please take note of what you are buying and consuming. Understand the ingredients that compose what you eat and drink. Your quality of life depends on it!
Check out these two books that share more details on the topic:

Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
In this fallen world, evil lurks. Do not give it a foothold!

An informed inhabitant of planet earth can avoid many of the repercussions of unwise consumption choices. 
Be aware, learn and share your new found knowledge with others!

Galatians 6:9 – “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

1 Corinthians 6:20 – “For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s.”

Live well; avoid those things that hamper your mental, physical and spiritual health.
Grace and peace to you!