Spotlight on Something Different This Week!

Posted by Akira | Posted in General Writing, Spotlight | Posted on 24-02-2014

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2012-04-14 15.52.51Hi all!
My blog manager took a bit of a vacation this weekend, so I decided to as well! However, I return with good stuff. I have a bunch of talented and intelligent friends who are always posting cool things on Facebook about their newest projects. So, this week, I’m sharing those projects with you! I only have a few, as I waited until Thursday to let everyone know I was doing this. However, I hope to make this an ongoing thing.

Spotlight – Shop Local for the Holidays!

Posted by Akira | Posted in Spotlight | Posted on 23-12-2013

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Courtesy of bluestarhighway.com

Courtesy of bluestarhighway.com

Once again, I was unsure of what to blog about this week. I always have  plenty of posts in the can, but with the holiday season upon us (for weeks now), I felt it fitting to write about something seasonal. We were recently hit by a snow storm in southeast Michigan. No surprise there. I had planned to go to the mall and do a bit of Yule shopping, but the messy roads kept me close to home. good thing, because I was forced to shop locally. I found an abundance of small, locally owned and operated shops right in my own neighborhood. I received excellent service, specialty merchandise, inexpensive prices, and smiles from everyplace we went. It was an amazingly fun experience – and I absolutely HATE shopping! I hate spending money on over-priced, over-hyped and shoddy merchandise.

Spotlight on Beauty Regiments

Posted by Akira | Posted in General Writing, Spotlight | Posted on 18-11-2013

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Courtesy of www.younganddraw.com

Courtesy of www.younganddraw.com

St. Augustine once said, “Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.” I would go a step further and say that it must be maintained, and to maintain it takes work and consistency.

In Wild Royal, the main character has been living with goblins for a number of years. Contrary to what people think about goblins, her master treated her well and loved her truly. He is careful not to let her drink from foreign water sources and he takes great care in handling her physical well-being.

Grohl took very good care of me and his fine treatment helped keep my fur in top condition. He brought fresh eggs in the morning and that helped to keep it glossy and luxurious. He brushed my coat with a boar’s hair brush once a week to keep it dust and dirt free. He bathed me in crushed soapberries and dandelions just to make sure any cuts I had beneath my fur were cleaned and treated appropriately.

Quote from Wild Royal

We all have our own beauty regimen, either handed down through the family or close friends, or what we find in magazines. My personal favorite, and all natural, regimen is a once a month face mask made of green clay, a little witch hazel and rose water. Mix until you have the consistency of mud and slather on your face and neck. Leave on until it dries. I emerge feeling fresh faced every time.  I like to slather this concoction on my face, turn on some music and soak in the tub while it dries. Then I rinse it off and let the steam from the bath do the rest of the work. No excess drying of the skin after that little treatment.This seems to tackle any acne problems that pop up from time to time, and my pores seem to be diminished as well.

The first historical beauty tip is to use a simple mix of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water to wash your face. Simply use a teaspoon of ACV to two cups of water. Cleopatra as well as other Egyptian beauties used this pungent mixture to rinse their faces and used honey as an antibacterial treatment on their faces. Milk and honey seemed to be the most popular ingredients in Cleopatra’s natural beauty regimen. The combination can be used to freshen and cleanse skin and as a conditioner and cleanser for hair.

The egg white face mask which Queen Elizabeth was a big fan of is widely used to treat acne, reduce redness and inflammation and have firmer looking skin. Grab an egg and break it, separating the egg white from the yolk. Next, make sure your hair is out of the way and apply the egg white all of your face. Leave this on for about ten minutes or so and rinse off with warm water. I’ve heard of women using this on their hair as a conditioner. However, rinse with cool to cold water if you put egg in your hair or you will emerge with cooked eggs in your tresses.  This vintage beauty tip is still practiced to this day!
What tried and true beauty regiments do you use?