Are We Too Politically Correct? (a.k.a. Where’s the Duct Tape When You Need It?)

are we too politically correctI realize this question is a hot button, but hear me out.

Many things have contributed to the mess we have today such as politics, the media, popular culture, the internet, changing demographics, and a general shift in society, just to name a few.  However, I believe the biggest culprit is social media. Everyone seems to have an opinion on wheat everyone else is saying or doing. People criticize the thoughts and actions of complete strangers.

Then others applaud them for doing so.

People will say things on social media that they would never say to someone’s face. I have seen some celebrities crucified for some off the most mundane things. I’m talking about things like what they wore and what they fed their children. How is that anyone else’s business? Would those people like for someone to come to their homes and tell them what to wear and what to feed their children?

It just doesn’t make sense.

We are obviously to involved in the intimate details of others people’s lives.

I believe that a great deal of the problem is that children are no longer raised with basic manners. Shows like Bad Girls (and other reality shows) glamorize bad behavior and promote the idea that being selfish and mean will bring big rewards in life. This has become so prevalent in our culture that it is the new “normal” for societal behavior. And all it does is make those production companies rich and break down our society.

Then the media often picks up on the story and slams the person even further. This is also done for ratings to make them money. The media should be there to inform us of what’s going on, not to take sides, and certainly not to make news where there really is none. Some media outlets are shameless in the stories they report as “news”.

So really, we are giving

This is supposedly the land of the free, but more and more it is becoming the land of the censored since no one is allowed to share anything or have an opinion about anything without being publicly attacked.

It sometimes make you wonder why people want to be on social media at all, and many of us actually don’t. According to Marketing Dive, 34 percent of Gen Zers are leaving social media permanently. I don’t see how that could be a bad thing.

Am I saying that all social media is bad? Not at all. But I think people can easily get carried away in a tidal wave ill will without realizing they are part of the problem, not the solution.

So lets make a pact to only say positive things and act in positive ways from now until the end of the year. Hopefully, it will become a new, wonderful habit.

The old saying, “If you can’t say something good, don’t say anything at all” still stands. We should all embrace it.

 

You Are What You Desire

You Are What You Desire

Desire is a strong emotion that can pull at us mentally, emotionally – even physically. As living, breathing creatures we are often at the mercy of our wants and needs, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

In our hyper connected society we are often spoon fed the things we should want or need in order to be happy, productive individuals in this world.  A curious thing happens when you follow the crowd and allow yourself to be tricked into believing the advertisers and corporations. You become more and more unhappy each day.

The sheer act of trying to keep up with everyone around you is exhausting. And it’s not just the stuff you must accumulate to keep up. Now you must also have meaningful, Instagram worthy experiences to feel normal. You are judged by the vacations you take, the concerts you attend, the innovative couple weekends you contrive – it is never ending.

One of the best things I have ever done was sit down and make a list of the things I truly desired in my life. Then I worked toward the things in life that would bring those desires to me the quickest.  Here are a few of the things on my list:

  1. Have happy, healthy, well-adjusted children
  2. Be financially comfortable
  3. Have fewer responsibilities
  4. Take more family vacations that are simple and relaxing

I took specific steps for each desire and felt energized because my time and efforts were being laser focused on the desired outcome.

When I looked at the list I made I realized the person who achieves those desires is a happy, calm person – and isn’t that what we all crave?

All the material things and accomplishments we all chase are trying to achieve that perceived happiness at the end, right? Why not take a shortcut on the road to happiness and pursue the quickest route to true joy?

Our desires define us, whether we like it or not. Do we want to be people who chase materialism or meaningful things in life?

You are what you desire.

Crystal Deodorant Review

crystal deodorant review

Lately, I have become more serious about finding healthier products for my body.  Over the past few years the variety and quality of the offerings have definitely improved. For the past two weeks I have been using Crystal Deodorant in Vanilla Jasmine scent (invisible solid).

I had been using Green Tidings Deodorant (Unscented) just before that, and I thought it worked okay. I did feel like I got slightly smelly a couple of times, but that might have been in my head since it was one of my first attempts at using natural deodorant. My main issue with it was the consistency. If I swiped it on, then went on very thick and sometime left globs under my arms. I learned to slightly swipe it, then dab it around to cover the whole area. Since it is a beige colored pasty consistency, it was easy to apply too much. I frequently had to dab my underarms with a tissue to remove the excess. With that being said, the stick didn’t last as long as I expected. Having to remove the excess felt wasteful since this deodorant was not cheap to begin with. See the complete review here.

Crystal deodorant is a little different. It is made from mineral salts, is a solid, and it glides on smoothly. I have found that three side by side swipes under each arm does the trick. I get an evenly applied film of deodorant on each side. So far, none of it has noticeably streaked any of my shirts. And best of all, I have not smelled bad one time yet.

Here are the ingredients:

Propanediol, Water Aqua, Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate Caprate, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexlglycerin, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Hydroxycitronellal, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Leaf Extract, Viola Odorata Flower Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus Blossom), Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Fragrance (parfum)

It also comes in many scents: Freshly Minted, Mountain Fresh, Chamomile & Green Tea, Lavender & White Tea, Pomegranate, Vanilla Jasmine, and unscented. It also comes in various forms of application such as mineral enriched, roll on, mineral stick + stone, spray and invisible solid stick.

But this is where I must put in my disclaimer. I live in the South. It get REALLY hot and humid here, and at the moment we are at the end of April. With our unpredictable weather, we already have had several days when the temps reached 80 degrees or above, but that is nothing compared to what’s coming in July and August.

I will need to test this deodorant further into the summer months before I can make a final decision on it, but for right now I love it!

See complete information for Crystal Deodorant here.

 

Green Tidings Organic All Natural Deodorant Review

Green Tidings Organic All Natural Deodorant

 

Green Tidings Organic All Natural Deodorant Review

I have been trying to slowly switch all of the products in my house to healthier versions with various levels of success. Sometimes we get so used to the formulations of certain products that it becomes difficult to adjust to something different. I have found that especially hard with scents. I really like the synthetic scents put into detergents, fabric softeners, shampoos, deodorants, etc.

However, one of the biggest challenges I have found has been to find a natural deodorant. I have tried a couple different ones that were quite sticky, and that, of course, defeats the purpose of wearing deodorant. No one wants to feel sticky under the arms!

While looking for some natural shampoo and conditioner options I came across Green Tidings Organic All Natural Deodorant on Amazon. I started reading the reviews on this product (there were 7,712 reviews at the time of this writing) and decided I really had to try it.

First of all, let’s start with the ingredients:

  • ONLY CLEAN, PURE, VEGAN INGREDIENTS: Coconut Oil, Tapioca Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate (aluminum-free), Organic Shea Butter (Fair Trade), Wildcrafted Candelilla Wax, Magnesium Oil, and 100% pure essential oils.

 

  • WHAT MAKES GREEN TIDINGS DIFFERENT: Non-toxic, Organic, Vegan, Gluten-free, Corn-free, Soy-free, Paraben-free, Free of Mineral Salts (crystal deodorants, and mineral salts contain aluminum!), SLS-free, Aluminum-free, Propylene-glycol free, Perfume-Free, Petroleum and Petrolatum-free, Pthalate-free, Paraffin-free, Mineral Oil-free, no artificial colors, No Silicone Oil, No Menthol, Phenol, or Salicylic Acid, Certified Cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, & made in a solar powered facility.

Sounds good so far, right?

It comes in two sizes: 1 ounce and 2.7 ounce. It also comes in unscented and lavender scent.

I tried the 1 ounce, unscented version because I really wanted to know how well it worked without being swayed by the scent. It comes with a screw on lid but twists up like any deodorant.

I had read on one of the Amazon reviews that it could be difficult to spread on and it could be held under your arm for a few seconds to warm it up before swiping it on. I have found this to be good advice. However, I have also found that I do not need to actually swipe it on. Instead, I hold it there to warm it up, then I dab it on.

The Amazon sales site says that if you have residue on your clothing, then you have applied too much. So far, I have not had that problem.

So Does Green Tidings Organic All Natural Deodorant Work?

First I must say that it is a deodorant, but not an antiperspirant.That means it WILL allow you to sweat, but it hopefully will not allow you to get stinky. This was a new concept for me because I have always used products that did both (like most women). Most people in this day and age DO NOT want to be sweaty in any situation besides a work out, right?

However, sweating is a natural process and it is not a good thing to completely stop any natural process in your body.

I started using this deodorant in February, which is not the best month to find out how well it works. But I did go on a long walking tour the other day and got quite hot. I am happy to say that I DID NOT smell badly after the tour. A couple hours later I came home and asked my husband how I smelled. I can count on him for a truthful answer as I know from previous deodorant trials. He reported that I smelled perfectly normal – not bad at all.

Due to our weird weather this winter, we have also had several days that were near seventy degrees. I have also smelled fine on those days.

So I can happily report that I am happy with this deodorant right now.

*  I will update this article in a few months when the weather is warmer. *

Pros: all natural, relatively easy to apply, readily available through Amazon

Cons: Can’t buy it at locals stores (at least not around me)

See complete information on Green Tidings Organic All Natural Deodorant here. 

See a review for Crystal Deodorant here.

Note: Some people get  “armpit detox” symptoms when switching to a natural deodorant. I have not had this problem so far, but I have only been using it for a couple of weeks now.  This reportedly happens to people when your body realizes you are no longer spreading harmful ingredients under your arms and decides it is safe to rid your body of the ones already there. You can read more about that here.

 

 

 

Kinky Curly Curling Custard Review

Kinky Curly Curling Custard

There’s not doubt that natural products are in these days, and I am one of the many people experimenting with the different options out there for eliminating chemicals and harmful substances from my daily routine.

I accidentally stumbled across Kinky Curly Curling Custard on Amazon while searching for a natural shampoo and conditioner combo. Of course, the first thing I did was check the reviews. However, Amazon reviews cannot always be trusted these days since people often place false reviews on products to boost sales. I also checked some Youtube reviews. Many people claimed that it gave them waves and/or curls they never had before. I decided to definitely give it a try.

Here are the ingredients: Botanical Infusion Of Water, Horsetail, Chamomile, Nettle And Marshmallow, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Agave Nectar Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Pectin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate And Natural Fragrances.

This gel should be applied to soaking wet hair, as with many products intended for curly hair.

First of all, this product is like a slime. I have a difficult time getting the right amount of the product because it slides off my fingertips when I try to dip it out. I kept scooping too much in order to keep it from sliding off, but then I found it is easier for me to scoop it with a spoon and then place it in my hand. Kind of weird, but it works.

Second, the act of working it into my hair was quite a chore.  No matter how much I tried I couldn’t get it to distribute evenly, which was evident after it dried. So I tried mixing it with some leave in conditioner before I applied it. This helped to certain extent, but still not as well as I wanted.

Third, I learned quickly that I was not using enough of this product, so I increased the amount each day for about three days. I never got the even smooth curls that others seem to get. Instead, I got some wet looking curls with flyaway frizzes here and there. (I know this sounds like I still didn’t distribute the product, but I worked on it FOREVER!)

Now, I have used many products that left crunchy curls when dry. I am well aware of how scrunch the hair to get nice soft curls afterward. However, I could never get the crunchy look out of my hair with Kinky Curly Curling Custard.

After about a week of having terrible hair, I finally decided it just was not the product for me. It just looked too messy and unfixed.  I have no doubt that some other people have wonderful results from this product, but my search for perfect curls continues. So sad…….

Hope this review helps you!