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    At 15, I became an International Ford Fashion Model. In the fashion industry, I experienced the best and the worst that the world had to offer. My life was full of travel, money, and people - but spiritually, I was running on empty. After I accepted the Lord, my life was forever changed and I realized there is more to beauty than meets the eye.

    I am now a fifty-three year old woman, the mother of four grown children, and have been abundantly blessed with TEN grandchildren. My husband is a retired pastor and we are working on our Bucket List. I've had a number of health challenges along the way, BUT... I've recently decided to get healthy and make some lifestyle changes to be the best I can be -- spiritually, physically, and mentally. I'm still working on Living Beautifully and I'd love for you to join me on the journey.

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My mom used to say, “I’m going to go put my face on.” Obviously, she meant she was going to put some makeup on. Here is my simple morning routine – it is what I call “Five minutes to Beauty.” I feel good about using safe BeautyCounter products on my face.

  1. Nourishing Day Cream
  2. Touchup Skin Concealer Pen
  3. Retractable Foundation Brush
  4. Tint Skin Foundation
  5. Mattify Skin Finishing Powder*
  6. Color Contour Matte Bronzer*
  7. Color Sweep Blush Duo*
  8. Winter Dream Palette – w/Eye Shadow
  9. Color Define Brow Pencil
  10. Lengthening Mascara
  11. Lip Sheer

*Complexion Essentials Brush Set

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I love drinking Rose Tea – it smells and taste…. like ROSES.  There is quite a bit of information about aromatherapy and the benefit of “roses” as a mood elevator.  We have often heard to “take time to smell the roses.” It seems there is actually a medical benefit to doing so. 

William Shakespeare was a fragrance lover. He wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

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According to Ashley Miller on Livestrong.com “Rose essential oil is frequently recommended by aromatherapist for its antidepressant and mood-boosting properties.”

 

imgSomething that makes me happy is to spritz my face with BeautyCounter’s Rose Water uplifting spray, a skin-softening toning spray, made with organic rose essence. Click here to see it online.

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“People who are depressed seem to respond well to aromatherapy.”

PROF. YEHUDA SHOENFELD, a medical doctor at Sheba Medical Center in Israel 

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From MayoClinic – …some studies have shown that aromatherapy might have health benefits, including: relief from anxiety and depression and improved quality of life…

When you leave a place what kind of fragrance is left behind? How do you smell? Years from now, when your memory is evoked, what will you be remembered for? Do you have the fragrance of Christ in your life? “For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:15

**As always – if you have a medical condition – please see your doctor. This blog is only my opinion and, also, includes excerpts from professionals and various sources.

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Centennial Farm is located at the Orange County Fairgrounds. It’s a great place to take your kids or grandkids to teach them a bit about farm life and agriculture. You can walk through the three acres and visit the animals – the piglets are a favorite of our grandchildren. They also grow various fruits and vegetables. It’s open to the public after 1pm and parking is free.

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img_0084“When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” — 2 Timothy 1:5 .

 Maybe to some it would seem that we don’t have a rich inheritance to pass on, especially since there’s no significant financial inheritance waiting for the next generation. But I know that isn’t true. I open my Bible and turn to the book of Deuteronomy where it tells us that before the Israelites entered the promise land, they were instructed to teach their children about all the miracles that God did for them: how He helped them escape from Egypt, parted the Red Sea, fought their battles for them, and miraculously led them through the desert for 40 years. The Israelites were commanded to tell of God’s wondrous works from generation to generation. It even tells them when to instruct their children: “when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

Reading these passages I realize that more than any other type of inheritance, God thinks it is important that we pass on our spiritual heritage. — How are you passing on a spiritual legacy to your grandchildren?

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When I married Grizzly Adams, I was used to a penthouse view. My mother always told me, “Tonya, it’s as easy to fall in love with a rich man as it is a poor one.” In those days, I seldom took my mother’s advice. So due to our economic situation, our early family vacations involved heading to the hills with fishing poles. Our kids grew up enjoying the Eastern Sierras and the memories are cherished ones. This year, some of our grandchildren came with us so we could continue the traditions. Perhaps we are rich after all.

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Hiking back to the Indian caves.

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Joel and Ashley Wingo – photographers extraordinare from the House of Lovelock blog

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Who doesn’t love a bridge?

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The Golden Aspen

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Ron and our grandson, Jude, trolling on Lake Mary.

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View of Twin Lakes

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My man

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The earthquake fault

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One, two, three….Jump!

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Our lovely daughter, Ashley, dressed for Glamping in Mammoth.

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They loved getting in the water in their Hunter Boots.

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Rock Creek

 

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Mammoth has been our family’s favorite vacation spot since the children were little. This year we were able to bring my daughter, Ashely, and her family along to experience the beauty of fall in the Eastern Sierras. The golden aspen provided a beautiful backdrop for photographs.

camping-in-mammoth-day-two-060While the boys went fishing, we girls headed out to enjoy the fall foliage.

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Ever and Zara were the perfect companions for traipsing thru the trees.

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I love wearing the Plum lip sheer by BeautyCounter. Click Here to check it out.

 

 

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During my childhood, my mother loved taking me outside and she often sang along with John Denver song, “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy, sunshine in my eyes can make me cry…” She was a fan of picnics, days at the beach, and gardening.

As a young teen, I foolishly slathered my body with Hawaiian Tropics and spend hours tanning at the beach.img_7512

When I started modeling, my agent told me, “Never go in the sun, it will age you prematurely.” I began to cover up, seek shade, and liberally apply sunscreen if I went outdoors.

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Fast-forward to my early fifties, my doctor diagnosed me with vitamin D deficiency. I could understand how that might be possible if I lived in Alaska, a state that has an almost sunless winter, but in sunny Southern California? I was prescribed supplements, but I have struggled to keep my levels where the doctor recommended.

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I reached out to my friends on social media and asked their experiences with Vitamin D. Many of them have been diagnosed with a deficiency, also. They suggested eating more fish, going outside, essential oils, and vitamins. The Thorne Research supplement was the most highly recommended in my group. Clink here to see: Thorne Vitamin D/K2

In my research, I found that there is much debate and discussion about getting your Vitamin D from sunshine. Advice ranges from “NEVER expose your skin to the sun’s harmful rays” versus “sunlight is the only natural source of vitamin d and you need 15 minutes every day.” I’m trying to figure out if there is a way to get just enough sun to bring the vitamin d levels up without getting skin cancer. Life is definitely a balancing act.

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***Mayo Clinic warns, “Don’t overdo it, though. Very high levels of vitamin D have not been shown to provide greater benefits. In fact, too much vitamin D has been linked to other health problems. If you’re concerned about whether you’re getting enough vitamin D, talk to your doctor about your diet and whether a vitamin supplement might benefit you.”

 

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