Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Be Empowered

What do you do when people try to break your spirit? For example, if you're overweight and you're working on losing the weight by eating healthy and exercising. Someone makes fun of you, for the fat that's jiggling, as you try your best to run down the road. Or, another example, you're a high school dropout, but you're back in school, working towards your GED because you would really like to make something of yourself. People, you know, make remarks about how you'll never make it because you're a loser.

Do you ignore them or believe there is something wrong with you and become embarrassed? Don't EVER be ashamed or embarrassed that you are taking care of your body and mind or are doing something to better your life. Protect your mind from those who wish to poison it. Why would they do that? Here's a little secret: their mind is already poisoned. Some people are hateful/rude/mean because they're jealous or miserable with their own lives. Those tend to be the main reasons behind it.

Don't give people the power to break your spirit. Only you control whether they have that power. You are in control. Believe you are in control. Assert your power over your mind, body, and your life.

On that thought, if you don't have something nice to say, you shouldn't say it. Not only that, fix your life and stop blaming others for the reason you are in your situation. You need to be able to depend on yourself. If someone is unable to help you in your time of need, find another way. It doesn't mean that they're not your friend. It doesn't mean they've stopped caring. Some people are barely able to help themselves. How can they help you if they're struggling? Don't spout garbage stating that you know who your "true" friends are because someone stepped up to help you in your time of need. Some people simply can't. Don't make someone feel bad because they can't help you. Learn to help yourself. Everyone is in a different situation. Don't dismiss their friendship because you needed something, yet they couldn't help. That's disrespectful and makes it seem like you only cherish your friendships based on what your friends can do for you. That's not a friendship.

You know, I have had a couple of encounters the past few days with people who do not agree with certain facts. Instead of arguing with them, even though I know that I'm correct, I bowed out and walked away from the conversation. I have no need for the arguments or the headache it gives me from banging my head against a brick wall of blatant ignorance. Believe what you wish, but it doesn't change scientific evidence or other supporting facts. Sure, it confuses me, but I'm not going to allow it to make me angry. I refuse to argue with people who choose to dispute solid evidence. It's my choice to ignore them. AND - it's an excellent choice!

My point? Ignore these people. Walk away from the arguments. It's not worth the stress or hassle. It takes time off of your life. Be empowered and take control. If you can walk away from an argument or a fight - that takes power. When you lose it on someone, they win. They win every single time. Wouldn't you rather be in control? What's stopping you? Take control. Protect your mind from the hate. Be kind. Don't associate with people who feed off of the poison. They just want to bring out the worst in everything they touch. Forget them and be the powerful you that you know you can be.

Be an inspiration for others and associate with those who bring out the best in you. I've always been told to hang out with a like-minded crowd. That's exactly what I've been doing. My friends, old and new, are amazing people. I wouldn't trade any of them for anything in the world. They inspire me to be better and to be kind. My children do too. They are my biggest inspiration yet.

Clean your mind of the garbage cluttering it. Protect it from negativity. Sure, we all have bad days or days when we feel down, but overall it shouldn't be like that. Be loving, kind, understanding, and forgiving. There isn't a single perfect person on this planet. Take control. Be empowered in all that you do.

Thanks for reading!

~ Penelope ~

I posted the picture below a while ago on Instagram, but I love the message.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review: Omega 8006 Juicer

Omega 8006 JuicerI finally bought a juicer. I purchased the Omega 8006 Juicer. I've been planning this for a while, but never really took the plunge. I picked this one up from Bed Bath & Beyond. It was $299.00 before a 20% in-store coupon. I saved $60.00. I'm extremely pleased with my purchase because I rarely manage to snag coupons. However, you can get it for much less on Amazon without the coupon!! You can find the link at the end after you've taken a moment and checked out my awesome review of this amazing masticating juicer!

Organic gala apples

I pulled it out this morning, read the instructions, washed the parts, and put it together. It took a couple of minutes to assemble. There wasn't anything difficult about the assembly process. The instructions are extremely specific with pictures. You can do it. I believe in you.

I moved on to peeling and slicing up some organic gala apples for juicing. I rinsed them before I juiced them. I chose apples for my first experiment because I figured that the apples would be easy to start with. I cut them into eighths, slicing out the core of four apples. I wasn't concerned with the little bruises here and there. The apples were about to be crushed to oblivion anyway.









I placed the slices into the feed chute and used the plunger to push them into the drum. The auger spun and crushed the apple slices without any issues. I found that by slicing them into eighths, they easily fit into the chute. I read some reviews by other people stating they had issues getting the vegetables or fruit down the chute, but if you slice them into manageable pieces, then you won't have any problems. It's simply common sense.



The pulp coming out of the juicer was not completely dry or even close to being dry. It was definitely more than slightly damp. Maybe I could have put the pulp back through to see if it could be juiced anymore, but I'll have to try that next time.








Even the juice that came out was filled with lots of pulp and foam. I used the sieve to strain it. I am not as bothered by the pulp as I am the foam. I don't like foam. Either way, there was a lot of pulp in the juice.









Well, I'm extremely excited and in love with this juicer. It's not tall at all. It fits underneath the counters. It took about 10 minutes to clean. I washed the parts in warm soapy water. It states that you can put it in the dishwasher, but I'm not putting it in the dishwasher. The juice that came out was sweet, but definitely not as sugary as commercial juices. They claim to not contain any sugar, but they do. Furthermore, they don't taste nearly as good as the juice I made this morning. They're not nearly as healthy either.

Here's that link I promised you:



Now, the fun starts. I've made a list and I'm ready to explore the adventures of juicing. I've been feeling kind of sluggish lately, so I think this is just the thing to kick-start and flush my system of toxins. Thanks for reading!




Do you have any recipes that you would like to share?


Happy Juicing!




Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Get to the Polls: Vote Florida

I, like many others, will be casting my vote in the Florida General Election today. I hope that you're going to get out and vote today. I want to add a few thoughts of mine. I'm not a fan of politicians for the simple fact that the majority of them don't actually care about the residents of this country. They're completely self-absorbed running after their personal agendas. Notice, I didn't say *all* of them. I said the *majority* of them.

It completely sickens me that the people behind these campaigns, including the candidates, choose to spend millions of dollars on ads that attack and tarnish the images of their opponent in an effort to gain more votes. The commercials are repulsive. Instead of putting that money towards something useful, they waste it trying to deceive the residents of Florida(and our nation).

Many politicians are gravely misinformed when it comes to climate change. This is something that irks me more than you would believe. How can ANY of you deny climate change? Have you seen the news about California lately? Have you seen the news about the polar ice melting or the rising temperatures in the sea? Do you deny the findings of accredited scientists? It floors me me that politicians are in denial. Either they're really that stupid (yes, you read that correctly - stupid) or they're pretending for the all-mighty buck. Your ignorance irritates me, but that's OK, I'll just keep moving forward.

It is baffling how some politicians are voted into office in the first place. I watched a show the other day portraying a list of candidates from around the nation. Not only were these candidates complete imbeciles, but their chances of being placed into office were extremely high. I don't have time to go over that list because I really want to get this out before I leave to go cast my vote.

Another thing that bothers me is the lack of transparency. Large corporations funnel money into each party to buy their cooperation. Let's face it, that's what they're doing. Familiar with King Ranch, Texas?? That's just one example of what our dirty, rotten politicians and large corporations try to keep  from the public. What's even funnier is that EVERYONE knows the truth! You're not fooling anyone. Keep thinking that you are, but we see right through your lies. Well, at least most of us do. Any of you who don't, really need to examine the facts.

This election is a struggle (for me) because neither of the two front-runners will be any good for our state. Rick Scott is an awful choice. If you haven't a clue as to what I'm talking about - Google is your friend. Look him up. Charlie Crist isn't a good choice either. They're both liars, except Rick Scott is worse. Again, look it up. I don't have the time to explain everything I spent hours scrutinizing. Adrian Wyllie is a much better alternative. I agree with the majority of the issues he is behind. I don't agree with everything, such as repealing common core. I don't see anything wrong with it, then again, my brain is wired differently than most. It encourages children to think critically. Critical thinking is a necessary and important skill for everyone, not just children. Moving on, there's also Farid Khavari and Glenn Burkett.

Obviously, there are others up for election/re-election. I'm not going to say anything on them either, except that Pam Bondi has to go. Do NOT vote for this woman! Why anyone would vote to keep her in office is beyond me!

The part of the election that is bothering me is that I don't want Crist OR Scott to win. I can't stand either of them. It kills me that I might have to vote for Crist to push Scott out of office. The election is so close in numbers though. A friend of mine stated that nobody is going to get what they want from this election. I agree with her, but it's sad that people don't educate themselves enough to see the other potential candidates that are right in front of them. Adrian Wyllie is a good solid candidate, even though I don't agree with everything he supports. Wyllie is who I want to give my vote, but I'm stuck because I don't want Scott in office for another term. Wyllie isn't going to win this time around. It's unfortunate that Crist and Scott are winning the majority of the votes. Neither of them deserve to be the governor of Florida.

One thing I do not agree with is that if you vote for a third-party candidate, then it is a wasted vote. Any vote is not a wasted vote. Do not let others bully you into believing that you have to vote for one of the two in the lead. It is your decision and yours alone. Educate yourself about the different candidates before you decide to vote. Don't base your decision on whether you "like" someone you have probably never met. SN: I met Wyllie last year at a function, unaware of who he was at the time. Base your decision on the facts and their past actions. Don't rely on your friends/family because most them have been misled.

Personally, I'll bite the bullet to push Rick Scott out. Then, if Adrian Wyllie plans on continuing, I'll gear up and volunteer to help out. We need better politicians that recognize that their job is to work in the best interest of the people and NOT in lining their wallet or going on extravagant trips. Your job is to serve the public. The majority of politicians seem to forget or overlook this very important fact. It's time that we, the public, start reminding them.

Now, I'm going to mull over the numbers once more and head out the door.

Thanks for reading!!!

~ Crystal ~







Learning to Live in the Present

What I've learned in life is that when we feel that we have nothing to live for--living doesn't really matter.  For someone like ...