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Inspirational Reading: The Art of Confession

Regardless of the magnitude and consequences of a secret, we all seek some sort of audience or approval for our actions. This is evident by the multitude of chat rooms and apps where people can anonymously confess their darkest moments.
Paul Wilkes opens The Art of Confession by addressing our confessional society, where people seek “acceptance, community, and absolution—though they would never call it by that name—for they have done nothing wrong but have simply ‘acted out,’ ruffling the feathers of convention and bruising a few feelings along the way.”
bookIn the beginning, Wilkes seems to be suggesting religion as a tool for exploring confession and living an honest life. However, on a whole, this book is more about the discipline of personal reflection and the freedom it gives us to be the best version of ourselves.
He also suggests that not only should you practice the virtue that is opposite of your fault, but you should also focus on the virtues that have always been strengths rather than your faults. For example, you may be impatient but you are also generous. Focus on expanding your generosity, and you will have less time for impatience. Your faults, which often lead to dishonesty because of the shame that accompanies them, will gradually be overrun by your virtues.
At the end of the day, we must be able to live with our own choices and their consequences. Accepting responsibility instead of casting blame on someone else is the first step towards living a healthy life.

Visit our Facebook page for a chance to win a copy of The Art of Confession and pick up a copy of our January issue for more great giveaways!

Product Spotlight: Vineyard Hill Naturals

Did you know?

Research from the University of Bourdeaux shows that grapevines and grapes hold exceptionally nourishing and regenerative powers for your skin? That’s why Vineyard Hill Naturals uses grape seed oil and grape seed extracts, a.k.a. “recovered” nutrient rich by-products of grapes, as a key ingredient in all of their artisanal bath and body collections.

Their formulations are based on an understanding of the power of plants to renew and help maintain healthy skin. To create the most effective botanical preparations, they include calendula, chamomile, lavender, green tea, cucumber, and arnica for their super antioxidants, soothing, regenerative, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and softening properties.

300We are giving away samples of their Lemon Verbena shampoo, conditioner, and a hand and body wash combo to one lucky reader this week! The super-lemony scented plant they include makes the skin smooth, toned, and refreshed. It is a gentle sun-loving herb that is suitable for sensitive skin. Try it to stimulate, detoxify, and regenerate your skin from within.

Visit their website for more details on the products they offer and follow us on Facebook for a chance to win samples of your own!

Bella Loves: EO Products

We love trying out beauty products and presenting you with our favorite ones! This week, we are really enjoying samples from EO.
EO stands for essential oils. For over twenty years, they have used the aromatic essences of plants, trees, flowers, resins, spices, and leaves to bring customers luxurious, naturally effective body and skin care products made from some of the most exotic botanicals in the world. Their products are certified Organic or Non-GMO, Cruelty-Free, Synthetic-Fragrance-Free, made with organic ingredients, and always scented with pure essential oils.
facemoisturizer_large-02Some of our favorites from their new Ageless Skincare Collection include a coconut cleansing milk with hibiscus and mango seed butter, their Moroccan lava clay exfoliating scrub with papaya and pineapple enzymes, and a hydrating face moisturizer with snow algae and tsubaki. Now, you may be wondering… what exactly IS snow algae?
Snow algae is found in the Swiss Alps. According to EO, “This active ingredient has been clinically proven to stimulate collagen production, improve hydration and smooth wrinkles.”
In this moisturizer, snow algae is blended with more than ten active ingredients proven to heal dry skin, improve hydration, stimulate collagen production and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Visit their website for more information on their products and check out our Facebook page this week to win our favorites!

Bella Loves–August Edition

The products we use on a regular basis should contribute in a positive way to our overall health. The comprehensive list of ingredients on many household products is a little scary. Fortunately, there are alternatives out there with less potentially harmful chemicals that work just as well (if not better) than those filled with things you cant pronounce. Here are some of our favorites:

fatface_fat_stick_1__34358.1432945057.500.340Everyone in our office bought a Fat Face Fat Stick. Order one and youll wonder how you went through your daily activities without it. A multi-purpose stick, you can carry it with you to help combat dryness in three ways. Its a lip balm, cuticle repair, and lotion stick ALL IN ONE! www.fatfaceskincare.com

mollys_dryer_balls-1There are a lot of chemicals in dryer sheets. You’ve heard about them for years, but it’s hard to ditch the dryer sheet when you want to eliminate static from your laundry and make sure your clothes come out smelling fresh from the dryer. We recommend replacing them with Mollys Suds Wool Dryer Balls. They last up to three years depending on your dryer model and reduce drying time by 15-30%. Visit their website to learn why the switch might be easier than you think.  www.mollyssuds.com

51vIBQSQVUL._SY355_Knock out fruit flies fast with Aunt Fannies Fly Punch! A powerful, non-toxic fruit fly formula, it safely and effectively eliminates fruit flies. We love fresh produce, but it often attracts these pesky, uninvited guests– regardless of the cleanliness of our kitchens and produce providers. No one wants to surround themselves and their family with toxic chemicals, so get rid of the pests naturally and enjoy your apples and bananas in peace! www.auntfanniesco.com

Visit our Facebook page this month for a chance to win these items and be sure to pick up our August issue for more products you are sure to love!

 

Product Spotlight: Little Passports

Help your little explorer learn fun facts about the United States and other countries with Little Passports’ Explorer Kits for Kids!

Choose from Early Explorers (for ages 3-5), World Edition (ages 6-10), and USA Edition kits (ages 7-12). The first month you will receive an introductory kit complete with everything your child needs to get started with the program (based on which one you choose). For the USA introductory kit, customers will receive a USA Field Guide, Scratch Book, a wall-sized USA map, a welcome letter, and a disposable camera.

Subsequent kits in the USA Edition include information about the two states featured each month. Enjoy a 32-page activity journal, stickers and postcards, pop-out models, and access to more information and activities online.

You can win The Discovery kit AND one State Adventure kit from the USA Edition on our Facebook page!

 

 

Gluten-Free Vegetarian Family Cookbook

512r7bijk2L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Family Cookbook is a great way to introduce yourself to gluten-free vegetarian meals and stay healthy in the process. It includes 150 healthy recipes for meals, snacks, sides, desserts and more. Within, you’ll find delicious recipes like the following one for a Sloppy June and Sprout Panini:

2 pieces gluten-free bread (there are recipes for different flavors in the book)
sliced avocado
hummus
1/4 c Sloppy June filling (recipe in book)
sprouts
sliced cheese or vegan cheese (optional)
coconut oil spray for the grill

  1. Lay 1 piece of bread on a cutting board. Place a slice or two of avocado on the bread; you may wish to mash it and spread it on the bread. Top with a small amount of hummus (about 1 tablespoon) and spread it out. Add the Sloppy June filling and spread it out, then add the sprouts and cheese. Place the second piece of bread on top.
  2. Lightly spray the top and bottom of panini machine or indoor electric grill with coconut oil. Put the sandwich in the grill and press it together. The machine should tell you when the panini is done, or grill until the bread is browned and the ingredients are heated. Save immediately.

Enter to win a copy of The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Family Cookbook on our Facebook page.

Book Spotlight: My Yellow Balloon

9780990337003_p0_v1_s260x420Teaching children about loss is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do. Pets, friends, and even family members may leave their lives at an early age, and it is important to help them understand the stages of their grief. Younger children may benefit from a little help from literature. That’s where My Yellow Ballon by Tiffany Papageorge steps up to the challenge.

The main character, a young boy named Joey, is given a yellow balloon at a carnival. He takes the balloon everywhere with him, until it slips off his wrist one day.

The poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go will help serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief, and offer hope for brighter days ahead. Even if your child has not yet experienced loss, this is a great book to read and then revisit during a tragic time. We will be giving away a copy on our Facebook page this month— but you can also purchase one for your child on Amazon.

Summer Reading Giveaway!

Some experts say a lot of knowledge is lost during the three-month break between school years. The good news is– learning doesn’t have to end at the sound of the final school bell. There are many educational storybooks out there for elementary and middle school kids. Check out some of our favorites:

black elks vision cover

Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story, by S. D. Nelson, tells the true story of Black Elk a young Lakota Native American who receives a vision from the Spirit World during a time when his tribe is being oppressed by the White People. The book is told from Black Elk’s point of view and is illustrated with beautiful modern paintings and historic drawings and photographs.

Ballots for Belva: The True Story of a Woman’s Race for the Presidency, written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Courtney A. Martin, is about Belva Lockwood who ran for President of the United States in 1884 and 1888, at a time when women couldn’t even vote. The illustrations are beautiful and richly colored.

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Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl, written by Tonya Bolden, tells the true story of a young African American girl growing up in New York City in the Mid-1800s, who grows up to be an influential school principal. The book is illustrated with historic photographs and drawings, some directly related to Maritcha, and some helping to set the scene.

Me, Frida, written by Amy Novesky and illustrated by David Diaz, is about influential Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo, wife of famous painter Diego Rivera, and her adventures in Los Angeles. The book is illustrated in beautiful, vibrant, paintings modeled after Frida’s exceptional painting style.

plutos-secret coverPluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery, written by Margaret A. Weitekamp and David DeVorkin and illustrated by Diane Kidd, teaches kids about Pluto, formerly known as the ninth planet, why Pluto is no longer considered a planet, and what it really is. The book gives Pluto a voice and is illustrated with cute cartoon drawings and some historic photographs.

We know you want your kids to continue learning and growing all year long, so pick up a copy of these at your local bookstore today. Or enter our contests to win them!

 

Written by Krista Knauer