End of Winter Power Salad

I used to live in the city where take out and delivery were a staple in my life. It was difficult for me in my twenties to order salads when the other options like Classic Ruben and fries, cheese melts, breakfast all day, and all the greasy appetizers were readily available and calling my name. The most I got in the fresh green category was the side of coleslaw in the small plastic container that came with my meal.

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Fast forward ten years later, living in Canada in a community where delivery is only pizza on occasion, and two babies in I tend to strive for healthier fresh meals I can whip up quick at home. I love fresh foods that give me energy without making me feel sluggish or full.

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Not only is this salad a breeze to make, it is refreshing, filling, and filled with wellness. It is a protein packed snack with added anti-oxidants, fiber, and immune boosters. I love it at the end of winter because it is refreshing to eat lighter and it still has the nutrients to protect against the last days of cold and flu season as the pomegranate has lots of vitamin c and the garlic is an immune kick starter.

I rinse small lentils and add crushed garlic, tiny amounts of cucumber, chickpeas, pomegranate seeds ( I normally buy the frozen ones and thaw quickly under warm water) and small amounts of parsley. I squeeze fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and a dash of local honey. lentil.png

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Relax wrinkles naturally while getting beauty sleep

I am 38 years old, and I am still a Botox virgin. For years slight changes in my facial volume and sneaky little wrinkles have been creeping up on my once perfectly smooth face…all signs that I am human and will age like ever creature on this planet. While my ancestors come from Transylvania I am not immortal (sigh).

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My long journey with conceiving started when I was 33 years old. It took two years to conceive my daughter before I began breastfeeding. A similar long process with my second daughter and here I am Botox free. This happy go lucky once go with the flow gal has never struggled more to keep her eyes open and frowned so much in her life saying no on a regular basis to her dare devil daughter.

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This is me pre-baby vs. two kids in. And while things may never be the same and aging is inevitable, I’ll be damned if I don’t attempt to preserve my skin and fuel my body with natural goodness.

 

Pre-baby days my I was much cheekier, my skin was more supple, and my wrinkles were  far less pronounced.

 

Facerest is a natural alternative to chemical formulated serums, fillers, and Botox. It is blended with organic botanicals that feed the skin the vitamins and nutrients needed to replenish and repair, while promoting facial relaxation and a blissful slumber. It has Melatonin infused into the formula and has a very pleasant soft scent.

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For those who are not familiar with  Melatonin, it is a hormone made by the pineal gland. That’s a pea-sized gland found just above the middle of your brain. It helps your body know when it’s time to sleep and wake up. Normally, your body makes more melatonin at night.

Taken orally, Melatonin promotes sleep and helps with jet lag. Melatonin applied topically promotes the production of fibroblasts, a type of biological cell that synthesizes the extracellular matrix and collagen. This increases elasticity and collagen production in skin. It also protects against harsh UV rays.

Facerest is produced with important ingredients that serve as relaxants such as chamomile of Morocco, jasmine and ylang ylang, and the exotic oils carry healing attributes such as having high levels of amino acids, vitamin e, beta-carotene, vitamin a, and essential fatty acids.

I’m in the thick with a newborn waking up three to four times a night. This is my face before using Facerest for a few nights a week for two weeks and after.

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While sleep aids are not recommended for nursing mothers who co-sleep , Melatonin taking orally is generally not a concern for those breastfeeding as long as they are not co-sleeping or need to be alert as it promotes sleep. Taken topically, the amounts are much smaller and promote relaxation and skin renewal.

You can purchase it online

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http://www.Charlottewillowbotanicals.com