a friendly reminder

Just wanted to remind y’all to not forget to register your home or cell phone numbers (especially if ya might’ve recently changed your phone numbers, as I have) onto the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry here.

In case ya might not be aware about this registry which is by the Federal Trade Commission, here’s the description of what it’s for from its Web site:

The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.

And please note this very important notice:

Scammers have been making phone calls claiming to represent the National Do Not Call Registry. The calls claim to provide an opportunity to sign up for the Registry. These calls are not coming from the Registry or the Federal Trade Commission, and you should not respond to these calls.

The registering process:

1.  Enter up to 3 phone numbers and your email address.

2.  A link to click will be emailed to you to confirm your phone number.

3.  The Federal Trade Commission DNC Web site will show that the phone numbers you had entered have been registered.

And that’s it.

dnc phone

danger: toxic sunscreens


I am reposting this one due to it being on the news again, which not many folks might’ve seen, read, or are aware about.  Please read the ingredients on the sunscreen products that you are currently using or are gonna buy, to check if there are any toxic ingredients in them! 

Just today, I had seen the topic on the news again here (3:16 minutes).

I had posted about this topic last year after having read an article written by Dr. Axe on FaithVillage.com.  Because it had taken me at least half an hour to choose a sunscreen bottle at a drug store a couple of days before, which says:

“Won’t clog pores, Hypoallergenic, Fragrance & PABA free”

right smack on the front of it, I had figured that I couldn’t have possibly bought one of them bad-for-you sunscreens that this Dr. Axe had written about.  But when I had checked the toxic ingredients that he had listed to look out for, I was shocked to find that the sunscreen I had bought had 3 of those ingredients in it! 

Needless to say, I threw away that sunscreen bottle immediately.  Here’s an excerpt of Dr. Axe’s article, which I hope y’all will read and compare the ingredients he has listed with those on the back of your own sunscreen products.

For me, the most shocking thing of all is how Oxybenzone is listed as one of these toxic ingredients, and is also mentioned to be greatly avoided on the news video above, but it’s the one active ingredient that’s in Chapstick!  Now, who do ya happen to know who might use Chapstick?  Everybody! 

Oxybenzone is also in most generic brands of lip balms that you can find at any store, including my all-time favorite lip balm of all, Carmex – but it’s only in the cherry flavored one, not the original one.

So please save the lips of your family and friends, folks, and let ‘em know about this info and about these ingredients, which they should all try to avoid applying onto their bodies.

A recent study published in Environmental Science Technology has also shown the common sunscreen ingredients oxybenzone, methoxycinnamate, and PABA are estrogenic chemicals linked to cancer. 

That’s right, I read the labels on not only my food products, but on anything I’m putting on or near my body, and you should too.

If your sunscreen contains any of these chemicals I’d throw it away right now!

Unsafe, Toxic Chemicals in Sunscreen:

  • Para amino benzoic acid
  • Octyl salicyclate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Cinoxate
  • Dioxybenzone
  • Phenylbenzimidazole
  • Homosalate
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • Octocrylene
  • Methoxycinnamate
  • Parabens

Stay away from these chemicals and use the natural sunscreens I recommend at the end of the article.

When buying sunscreen I’d first check the EWG database. Here are my top three recommended brands of the natural sunscreens:

1. Kiss My Face SPF 30

2. 100% Pure Hydration Organic Pomegranate

3. Aubrey Organics SPF 30 Children’s Unscented Sensitive Skin

These healthier sunscreens contain Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide as a more natural form of sunblock. However even these ingredients aren’t flawless as you’ll see in the EWG ratings system.

I had taken the doc’s suggestion and had ordered 2 bottles of the Kiss My Face SPF 30 sunscreen online (his link to Amazon was the cheapest place to buy it – less than Walmart, Target, or other Web sites that sell sunscreen products or organic products – that I could find). 

After having used it for the past year now, I have to say that it’s a great product.  It stays on and is not runny.  But it’s also not so dry and pasty, like one organic sunscreen that I had tried.  So if you prefer a creamier application, you might want to apply your favorite face lotion before applying this sunscreen, so that it applies more smoothly right over it.

Also, for those of y’all who may be like me and get a bad skin reaction to face products with any kind of scent in ‘em, this sunscreen’s having an oatmeal scent actually didn’t gimme any bad reactions (break outs/mega zit attacks) to my face whatsoever.  So I hope it’s a non-breakout product for your sensitive-to-fragrance skin faces too.

Have a safe, sunny, and joyful Summer, y’all!


jump ropin’

Last month, I decided to try jump roping because I had seen a heavyset man on a Korean TV show being able to jump a 100 times really fast.  He was showin’ off to his young son about how he used to be a really fit dude and was a pro at doing yoga and all years ago.  Well, I thought to myself, heck, if he can do it, then I should be able to also.

So I bought me a jump rope before I moved to Guam last month.  And finally broke it out to begin practicing on it the other day.  But when I was only on about my 30th jump, I was already huffing and puffing, and ready to give it all up.  Boy, was I breaking out in a sweat and panting big time.  And that jump rope was whoopin’ my legs and makin’ me argh-ed every time I got myself all tangled up in it.

But hallelujah, I was able to reach a 100 jumps in the end, although I admit that the last 20 were probably more like mini-hops, which the rope was barely able to slip underneath.

Then later that evening, I saw a woman on another Korean TV show who was taking part in a group weight loss program.  She was jump roping outside of her house and it was dark outside during the evening.

I was all happy and rootin’ for her – until she paused to let the interviewer know how many she’s usually able to jump.  About 1,000, she said.  One thousand?!  And if she was really gonna go for it, she can do up to 1,300 jumps, she said.  Carumba.

Well, for someone like me who’s a mighty fine fan of hoppin’, I am determined to get better at it.  I may not be able to do any pull ups, but jump ropin’, I’m sure I can be able to improve on.  Will letchy’all know the day I’m jumpin’ at 500.  Ooooh-yeah!

traveling mercies excerpt


From Part 3 on Forgiveness in Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott:

I wish I could report that I had the perfect comeback, something so polite and brilliantly cutting that Dorothy  Parker, overhearing it in heaven, had raised her fist in victory.  But I could only gape at her, stunned.  She smiled very nicely, and walked away.

I called half a dozen people when I got home and told them about how she had trashed me.  And then I trashed her.  And it was good.

The next time I saw her, she smiled.  I sneered, just a little.  I felt disgust, but I also felt disgusting.  I got out my note to God.  I said, Look, hon.  I think we need bigger guns.

Nothing happened.  No burning bush, no cereal flakes dropping from heaven, forming letters of instruction in the snow.

…she offered me a cup of tea.  I said no, I couldn’t stay.  I was in my fattest pants, she wore her bicycle shorts.

…and I sat there politely sipping my lemongrass tea.  Everywhere you looked was more facade, more expensive stuff – show-offy I-have-more-money-than-you stuff, plus-you’re-out-of-shape stuff.

I think Anne Lamott has put into words how oh so many of us have felt time and time again in our lives: gripey, unforgiving, complainey, and oh so wrongly bitter.