Gwyneth Paltrow’s Anti-Aging Beauty Secret Revealed

Recently Gwyneth Paltrow touted this Clarisonic product line in her blog, Goop. She says it “focuses on fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes by infusing the skin with anti-aging serum” and by looking at recent pictures of her sans make-up, one can tell whatever she is doing is working well so it might be worthwhile to heed her recommendation, especially since it is only $185.

She also is a huge fan of the Clarisonic Mia which has all the benefits of the standard size Clarisonic (same brush size) but in a convenient travel size. Calling the Mia ($149) a ”wonder gadget”.

Here are more pictures from her recent book signing were she showed up al natural:

"The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you get to work, something will occur to you and something else that you reject will push in you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case."

— Chuck Close

(Source: vineetkaur)

How to Take Great Photos of the Kids

Thanks to Tiny Prints, I have these awesome tips to share about how to take great photos of the kids for Father’s Day cards or for any other reason for that matter!

  1. The best photos have a high resolution, or pixel count. Set your camera to the highest resolution possible to get the sharpest images.
  2. For better balanced photos, use the Rule of Thirds. Imagine a nine-square grid in your viewfinder and position your subject at any intersection of the lines—just not in the middle. This will make your photos more interesting and your Father’s Day cards more unique!
  3. Love the light. No matter how cute your kids look in a grainy or dark photo, low quality images will take away from the magic of your Father’s Day cards. If indoors, shoot in front of a window or other well-lit place, or use your flash. If outdoors, try to avoid shooting directly into the sun or under it. If the sun is unavoidable, use your flash to lighten any shadows. Cards with well composed images will make the kiddos really shine!
  4. Focus, focus, focus. Use your camera’s automatic focus to get crisp images. Using your flash, even when you’re outdoors, will also help deter the blur.
  5. Get close and be creative. Zooming in to avoid background distractions will create images with impact. Also, mixing up your angles (vertical shots!), shooting from different distances and playing with color coordination can make all the difference in your finished product.

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10 Reasons to Throw Out Your Microwave

A friend emailed this to me this morning.  The information is alarming but not surprising.  I hope in sharing it that we all will make healthy choices for our life and our family.  We haven’t had a microwave for about 8 years and as time goes on, scientific studies continue to be released that validate the dangers of owning and using a microwave.

xo  -  jt


Below is a science fair project presented by a girl. In it she took filtered water and divided it into two parts. The first part she heated to boiling in a pan on the stove, and the second part she heated to boiling in a microwave. Then after cooling she used the water to water two identical plants to see if there would be any difference in the growth between the normal boiled water and the water boiled in a microwave. She was thinking that the structure or energy of the water may be compromised by microwave. As it turned out, even she was amazed at the difference..  


I have known for years that the problem with microwaved anything is not the radiation people used to worry about, It’s how it corrupts the DNA in the food so the body can not recognize it. So the body wraps it in fat cells to protect itself from the dead food or it eliminates it fast. Think of all the Mothers heating up milk in these ‘Safe’ appliances. What about the nurse in Canada that warmed up blood for a transfusion patient and accidentally killed them when the blood went in dead. But the makers say it’s safe. But proof is in the pictures of living plants dying. 


Prepared By: William P. Kopp  

A. R. E. C. Research Operations  



Ten Reasons to Throw out your Microwave Oven 
From the conclusions of the Swiss, Russian and German scientific clinical studies, we can no longer ignore the microwave oven sitting in our kitchens. Based on this research, we will conclude this article with the following:  

1). Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term - permanent - brain damage by ‘shorting out’ electrical impulses in the brain [de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].  

2). The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-products created in microwaved food.  

3).. Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwaved foods.  

4). The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual [long term, permanent] within the human body.  

5). Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.  

6). The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when cooked in microwave ovens.  

7). Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths [tumors]. This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in America .  

8). The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.  

9). Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.  

10). Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.  

Have you tossed out your microwave oven yet? After you throw out your microwave, you can use a toaster oven as a replacement. It works well for most and is nearly as quick. The use of artificial microwave transmissions for subliminal psychological control, a.k.a. ‘brainwashing’, has also been proven.
P. S. - For more info on the ill effects just do a simple google search on “effects of microwave”.

Tips for Putting Together a Good PowerPoint Slideshow

  • Enable “presenter view” to give the presenter access to your upcoming slides/speaker notes
  •  B for black screen, W for white screen
  • Use ONLY fade for slide transitions and animations
  • Using no smaller then 30-point font on the page (i.e. no bullet points at all), replace all existing bullets with SmartArt (available in office 2007 and on)
  • Paraphrase instead of reading the PP slides
  • Use images to either literally or abstractly emphasize the speaker’s point
  • Aim at having NO text in the PP (other than the slide titles): the PP should not be able to stand alone.
"Keep your
eyes on the
stars and keep
your feet on
the ground."

— Teddy Roosevelt

Hosting Sunday Brunch - A simple morning affair for 6

On Sunday, I am having my boss (and his girlfriend) and my assistant (and her boyfriend) over for brunch.   A simple morning affair for 6.  My assistant is a vegetarian so I must find a well-blended menu that accommodates for my meat eating guests as well as leave Nora* feeling full and well taken care of.

So here is the menu I have put together:

  1. Egg Casserole (hearty, meaty, and plentiful)
  2. Kuchen (otherwise known as Monkey Bread)
  3. A Fruit Platter
  4. Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage
  5. Brie Cheese and accompaniments

 Next step - assemble recipes and make grocery list.