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Valentine’s Day Ideas

First ladies I want to remind you that God always loves you, which leads to the second greatest love, the love for yourself. Loving yourself can build and gain confidence. Having greater confidence makes you hold yourself in a better way, that’s eye catching. Loving yourself increases happiness and in doing so keeping those bubbly feelings in your body longer . At the end of the day you are your biggest critic, so give yourself some Love!! Feeling good on the inside makes you look fabulously fashionable on the outside.

Three Valentine’s Day  outfits, all inspired by Pattern Texture and Shine

  • Night out in the city
  • Stuck at the office
  • Hanging with friends

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Long coat: Boutique in Reno, Ca (similar)

Silk tank top: Nordstrom (similar)

Fittied pencil skirt: Ross (similar)

Shoes: Barker’s shoes (similar)

Scarf: Thifted (similar)

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Blazer (similar) Top (similar) and Pants:(similar) J Crew

Shoes: Guess

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Adding fun heels and a cute clutch can turn this look from day to night

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  Jacket: Ross (similar)

Shirt: Oldie by goodie (similar)

Jeans: J Crew (similar)

Flats: DSW (same elsewhere )

Heels: Hautelook.com (similar)

Clutch: Macy’s (simliar)

Marketa @simply_fancy_ GraceFace Newtwork Team

*Featured Image via AliExpress.com

NEW YEAR! NEW YOU!

RENEW THE SKIN YOU’RE IN……..

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EXFOLIATE YOUR BODY WITH A DRY BODY BRUSH THAT HELPS LOOSEN DEAD SKIN CELLS, WHILE FEELING STIMULATED AND INVIGORATED:

  • Start at the feet and move upwards, toward the heart
  • Stop at the breast area and dry brush arms in a soft gentle circular motion going upward toward the shoulders
  • To exfoliate the decollete/neck use a smaller face brush (BE VERY GENTLE)
  • Shower/bathe to wash away the loosened material
  • Follow with a hydrating oil or body lotion….OOH LA LA, SOFT AS SILK!!

FEELING SALTY:salty

BATH SALTS ARE ANOTHER GREAT WAY TO MANUAL EXFOLIATE THE BODY, ESPECIALLY THE FEET:

  •  Sanitize feet with antimicrobial hand wipes
  • In foot bath add 3-4 drops of peppermint (invigorating) or lavender (relaxing) essential oil *ALTERNATIVE: Lavender Epsom Salts*
  • Remove your feet and place one scoop of dead sea salt mixture (1/2 cup of grapeseed oil & one cup of dead sea salts) into a bowl and massage mixture into feet & calves in an upward motion for 3-5 minutes
  • Place feet back into tub and soak for 5 minutes
  • Remove and dry feet
  • Massage feet with moisturizing foot cream, wrap legs and feet with warm wet towel….HELLO STILETTOS!

FACE VALUE:

REMOVE THE WINTER BLUES BY SHEDDING SOME SKIN; DUE TO THE COLDER CLIMATE, YOUR FACE REQUIRES A GENTLE FORM OF EXFOLIATION:

  • Cleanse your skin with a creamy cleanser or oil cleanser to remove all traces of makeup
  • Do a second cleanse to actual clean your skin
  • Apply an enzyme mask (pineapple or papaya) all over face avoiding eye/lip area and leave on for 5-10 minutes *ALTERNATIVE: Oats (sensitive skin) or creamy cleanser mix w/baking soda (combo/oily skin)*
  • Rinse with lukewarm water
  • Apply cucumber toner for dry/sensitive skin or witch hazel toner for normal to oily skin
  • Apply and press a hydrating moisturizer into skin; add sunscreen spf 30 or higher for day or rejuvenating moisturizer for night….GLOW GIRL!!

erikka AND THE GRACEFACE NETWORK TEAM

**EXCERPTS FROM SKIN INC.MAGAZINE**

Embracing 50 with Grace

Thankful for this milestone 50th year of my life. Thank you God for my health and strength and for loving me like crazy!  I live to serve you and to be a light wherever I go.

LET’S GET IT 2017!

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On my mark…

I was happy to bid farewell to 2016.  It was a trying year for me with many unwelcome surprises for my family, much sadness, division and many disappointments.  It has also been a year of awakenings….good and bad, but nevertheless, I am awake and on my mark with lessons learned.  Through it all we survived, I survived by God’s grace and mercy.

 

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Get set…

Yesterday I spent quiet time with myself meditating, updating my vision board, purged clutter from the house and from my mind and danced like I was on stage as I sipped on champagne with the anticipation of the arrival of the new year, which caught me fast asleep. 😴💤💤

 

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GraceFace GameFace

Go…

Game on!  As 2017 has arrived and if God says the same, it will bring to me a milestone birthday in 9 days, the excitement of new opportunities, the birth of new ideas and the hope of giving God even more of me through service.  What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so look out 2017.  I’m ready to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee!🐝

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Farmer’s Market

I am fortunate to work directly across the street from the UN Plaza, where the “Heart of the City Farmers Market” has been a mainstay since 1981 every Wednesday and Sunday.  I love the convenience of being able to pick up my fresh fruits and veggies for the week as well as support vendors that I have become acquainted with.  It’s a win win for me!  From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. Here are just a few!

1. Taste Real Flavors
The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you—no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.

2. Enjoy the Season
The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the truest flavors. Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region. As you look forward to asparagus in spring, savor sweet corn in summer, or bake pumpkins in autumn, you reconnect with the earth, the weather, and the turning of the year.

3. Support Family Farmers
Family farmers need your support, now that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U.S. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.

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Photos taken by yours truly from my iPhone

 

4. Protect the Environment
Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes to pollution, and creates trash with extra packaging. Conventional agriculture also uses many more resources than sustainable agriculture and pollutes water, land, and air with toxic agricultural by-products. Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and is generally grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.

5. Nourish Yourself
Much food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of it has been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. These practices may have negative effects on human health. In contrast, most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.

6. Discover the Spice of Life: Variety
At the farmers market you find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket: red carrots, a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, stinging nettles, green garlic, watermelon radishes, quail eggs, maitake mushrooms, and much, much more. It is a wonderful opportunity to savor the biodiversity of our planet.

7. Promote Humane Treatment of Animals
At the farmers market, you can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics, who have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets, and who have been spared the cramped and unnatural living conditions of feedlots and cages that are typical of animal agriculture.

8. Know Where Your Food Comes From
A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced. CUESA’s seller profiles that hang at the booths give you even more opportunities to learn about the people who work hard to bring you the most delicious and nutritious food around. Profiles, articles about sellers, and a map of farms are also available on this website.

9. Learn Cooking Tips, Recipes, and Meal Ideas
Few grocery store cashiers or produce stockers will give you tips on how to cook the ingredients you buy, but farmers, ranchers, and artisans at the farmers market are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling. You can also attend free seasonal cooking demonstrations by leading Bay Area chefs and evening classes on food preservation and other kitchen skills.

10. Connect with Your Community
Wouldn’t you rather stroll amidst outdoor stalls of fresh produce on a sunny day than roll your cart around a grocery store with artificial lights and piped in music? Coming to the farmers market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The farmers market is a community hub—a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just get a taste of small-town life in the midst of our wonderful big city.

Support our farmers and bless your temple with fresh and wholesome goodness!

HOLIDAY GLOW

IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR
GET YOUR “HOLIDAY GLOW” FROM THE INSIDE OUT

IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT YOUR ATTITUDE DETERMINES YOUR ALTITUDE…FLY HIGH IN MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT:

 

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 ELIMINATE YOUR STRESS THROUGHOUT THE COMING WEEKS BY TAKING QUIET TIME FOR YOURSELF BY READING YOUR FAVORITE SCRIPTURES, DEVOTIONAL AND/OR BOOK OF AFFIRMATIONS

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 TAKE A BATH AND INFUSE WITH FAVORITE ESSENTIALS OILS LIKE LAVENDER TO RELAX, SAGE TO DETOXIFY OR SANDALWOOD TO DESTRESS AND ADD BATH SALTS/BODY SCRUB TO SOFTEN WATER AND EXFOLIATE WITH NATURAL BODY BRUSH OR SPONGE

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 USE AN EMOLLIENT AND LUXURIOUS BODY LOTIONS OR BODY OILS TO RID ARMS, LEGS & FEET OF DRYNESS

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 SIP ON CHAMOMILE TEA THAT CALMS/SOOTHES OR GINGER TEA TO HELP WITH DIGESTION AND ELIMINATE BLOATING
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 INCREASE INTAKE OF VEGGIES AND WATER AND DECREASE INTAKE OF PROCESSED FOODS & SUGARY DRINKS…..YOUR BODY AND FACE WILL FEEL AND SHOW THE DIFFERENCE

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SHOULD YOU DECIDE TO HAVE ANY PROFESSIONAL AESTHETIC SERVICES DONE, BOOK YOUR WAX AND/OR FACIAL APPOINTMENTS 1-2 WEEKS PRIOR TO ANY SPECIAL DINNER/EVENTS IN CASE OF ANY SKIN REACTIONS OR PURGING

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 FOR THE DIY DIVA, “GET YOUR GLOW” ON BY APPLYING FACIAL MASKS FORMULATED FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE OR IF YOU HAVE AREAS OF YOUR FACE THAT HAVE CERTAIN ISSUES, TRY FACE MAPPING:
                       A. DRY/SENSITIVE AREAS-HYDRATING MASK
                      B. OILY/ACNEIC AREAS-CLAY OR CHARCOAL MASK

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 USE GENTLE EXFOLIATION I.E. ENZYMES, GLYCOLIC ACID PADS OR SERUMS (10% OR LESS) TO REMOVE DRY/FLAKY SPOTS AND CELLULAR BUILDUP TO REVEAL CLEARER, SMOOTHER, BRIGHTER SKIN

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 SPECIAL OCCASIONS NEED SPECIAL MAKEUP….SEE YOUR FAVORITE MAKEUP ARTIST TO “BEAT THAT FACE” AND/OR GIVE YOU TIPS TO ENHANCE YOUR NATURAL BEAUTY (I RECOMMEND SABRINA @ THE BRAID BAR, 6425 SHATTUCK AVENUE, OAKLAND, braidbaroakland.com)

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WHEN IT’S ALL OVER….DO THE FIRST FOUR (4) TIPS TO DECOMPRESS FROM THE JOY OF IT ALL!!

 HAVE A BLESSED HOLIDAY!!

erikka and Team GraceFace 

 

 

Skincare Tips By Erikka

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HAS THE SUMMER SUN LEFT YOUR FACE FEELING DRY, THIRSTY AND UNEVEN?

Beautiful skin starts with a healthy diet, but here are 3 Ingredients to help bring your skin back to a healthy glow for the fall:

1. Repair with a VITAMIN C SERUM (l’ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant to stop free radical damage that causes discoloration, lines and wrinkles

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2. Rejuvenate with ENZYMES (pineapple, papaya) to eat up dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, brighter and softer skin

 

 

 

3. Replenish with HYALURONIC ACID (sodium hyaluronate) that holds up to 1000x times weight in water to hydrate and plump your skin

Erikka Easterling is a licensed esthetician at Marilyn Jaeger Skincare, 5257 College Avenue, Oakland/Rockridge, 510-985-8359 – When is the last time you treated yourself to a professional facial?  Call today and schedule one.  You deserve it!





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I had the pleasure of meeting Christina about 2 years ago.  We worked for the same company in San Francisco and had an instant connection that has surpassed the workplace.  Christina is a wife, working mother of 2 and she is the Boss and founder of Bay Love Marketing.  As entrepreneurs and working women, we value and understand the importance of working together.  GraceFace Network is always excited to help connect the dots for other entrepreneurs.  Christina is knowledgeable, easy to communicate with and she has a giving spirit.  Her professional experience includes 10 years in the real estate industry; leasing and marketing apartment homes in the Bay Area. The services she offers include, but are not limited to providing expert advise on managing social media networks and integrated marketing services.  Let Christina help you to take your business marketing needs to the next level!

Follow her on Facebook and stop by her blog to say hello and tell her GraceFace sent you…💞

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The Top 14 Herbs of the Bible

The Top 14 Herbs of the Bible

Good information from Dr Axe….

People have been using herbs for thousands of years because of their culinary and medicinal benefits. I’ve listed out some of the most popular herbs of the Bible, and what they were traditionally used for. Hopefully, you can pick up a tip or two on how to incorporate these Biblical herbs into your diet today.
Herbs of the Bible

1. Aloes

The Aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. Aloe was also used to embalm the dead, as well as for perfume.

Today, aloe is used in many ways including treating burns, sunburns, healing bruises and rashes, moisturize skin, fight athletes foot, prevent scarring and stretch marks, speed up hair growth, and many more.

2. Anise

All parts of the anise plant were used during Biblical times. The seeds, leaves and stem were used to cool high temperatures, as well as for other medicinal purposes.

Today, Anise can be used to help with digestion and can be used as an anti-flatulence agent, a relief aid for coughs and colds and also can help with insomnia. Usually taken by crushing the seeds into a tea.

3. Balm

Balm refers to an extremely fragrant substance that was extracted from the balsam tree. In Biblical times, balsam was considered extremely valuable. Its gum was used as incense, while the oil that came from the bark, the leaves and the berries worked well as medicine.

4. Bitter herbs

Bitter herbs are a collective term used for lettuce, horehound, tansy, horseradish, endive and coriander seeds. Bitter herbs were mostly used for food. In fact, the people of Israel were commanded to have bitter herbs with their Passover lamb.

Today, they can be used to help with urinary tract infections, kidney stones, fluid retention, achy joints and gout.

5. Cassia

Cassia oil was popularly used as anointing oil during Biblical times. Cassia has aromatic properties quite similar to cinnamon.

Today, Cassia can be used as natural hair care, coloring and conditioning. The leaves are harvested, dried, and ground into a powder used for natural hair care.

6. Cinnamon

Cinnamon, once considered more precious than gold, has some amazing medicinal benefits. The bark, where the oil comes from, was traditionally collected for anointing oil, as well as perfume.

Today, cinnamon can be used for athlete’s foot, indigestion, improve brain function, helps lower blood glucose levels, among many others.

7. Cumin

The ancient Israelites took cumin seeds, dried them, and used them to flavor their food.

Today, cumin can help with digestion, cardiovascular disease, urinary disorders, and fever.

8. Frankincense

Most popularly known for incense, Frankincense was used during ceremonial offerings and considered an article of luxury.

Today, it can be used as an analgesic, antidepressant and sedative, in addition to being a powerful healing herb. Frankincense is also a primary ingredient in stress-reducing incenses.

9. Garlic

Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating back to when the Egyptian pyramids were built.

Today, garlic is used to help prevent heart disease, including atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries (plaque buildup in the arteries that can block the flow of blood and may lead to heart attack or stroke), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and to boost the immune system. Garlic may also help protect against cancer.

10. Hyssop

Hyssop is a sweet smelling plant from the mint family. It was used in many ceremonial rituals of the Israelites, as burning hyssop typically meant an inner cleansing.

11. Mint

Mint has been used for thousands of years as a culinary herb and for medicine.

Today, mint can help with stomach aches, poor digestion, fever, hiccups, ear aches and sinuses.

12. Mustard

One of Jesus’ most famous parables was about the mustard seed. This may be because mustard grew so abundantly in Palestine.

Today, mustard can be used for soar throats, muscle and back relaxing, and as a hair conditioner to treat damaged hair.

13. Myrrh

In Biblical times, it was sold as a spice or an ingredient of the anointing oil used in the Tabernacle, or as a salve for the purification of the dead. In the Roman world, it was considered a natural remedy for almost every human affliction, from earaches to hemorrhoids.

Today, myrrh can be used as a cleansing agent, and to help with ulcerated throats and mouth sores.

14. Saffron

The most expensive spice in the world today was also very dear during ancient times. Because of its distinct yellow color, saffron was used not only for flavoring but to make ancient dyes as well. Ancient peoples used saffron to treat stomach upsets, bubonic plague, and smallpox.

http://www.DrAxe.com

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