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  There was a day when the only thing I had to care for was my ’75 red Mustang. One husband, four kids, and ten grandchildren later – my life is MORE. More complicated. More laughter. More tears. More joy. More pain. More people. More problems. More to pray for. More to love. Just MORE….

When I see my fifty-something self in pictures, I cringe and my inner voice says, “Yikes, who is the chubby lady?” The ironic thing is that I use to be a teenage-fashion model. When I was very young, thin and FABULOUS, I looked at pictures of myself, cringed, and my inner voice said, “Yikes!” I’ve…

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” — Marilyn Monroe

He walked into the Bible study with his guitar and a big smile on his face. It was 1981, but he was a leftover hippie with long hair, a beard, boots, and a suede vest. He picked me up for dates in a brown VW bug that was older than me and often brought along…

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. Nourishing Day Cream Touchup…

  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…

“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…

I’ll be honest. When I hear charcoal – I think BBQ. My daughter did a mask on me and initially it made me look like a chimney sweep. Charcoal draws out impurities. My skin felt wonderful afterwards. The mask was from BeautyCounter – Click here to view it: Charcoal Mask

Three years ago, after my husband, Ron, and I both had back surgery, our doctor recommended that we have “aqua therapy.” It was soothing doing our exercises in the warm salt water pool. We enjoyed exercising in the water so much that we eventually joined a local gym that had an aqua aerobics class. After…

My daughter, Ashley, and I headed out early this morning to the Irvine Farmers Market at Mariners Church, corner of Bonita Canyon & Turtle Ridge Road. The hours are posted as 8am – 12 noon (Rain or Shine). If you want from “farm to table” for your family – this is the place to go. There…

Tonya Ruiz

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