Jill Of Some Trades

And Master Of At Least One

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A video with this adorable, heartbroken baby rhino has been circulating it’s way around the web this week – check out this link for more on the story – http://www.sooziq.com/11795/a-heartbroken-baby-rhino-was-found-crying-uncontrollably-and-there-are-no-words-for-the-end/?utm_content=buffer956c8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer.  Watching this poor little thing’s need for comfort and companionship after it’s mother was slaughtered by evil, poachers put a huge lump in my throat.  It was like a Disney movie come to life.  Disney early on identified the hero in the story as the animal, while man was the villain.  People who support poaching either by hunting these majestic creatures for sport (former King of Spain hunting elephants angered me), or their horns/ivory, or even owners and users of these products are the villains to me anyway.  The biggest difference between an animal and a human is that animals most typically hunt to eat or to protect their family or home.  People hunt for those reasons, and I don’t have a real issue with that if it’s done ethically, but does anyone need ivory jewelry or carvings?  Does a man really need a rhino horn to make them more virile?  I think we all need to think at times on how we can live a life that is more ethical, both in terms of the products that we buy, to learning the proper place for litter is not the ocean and treating animals with the respect that they show others in their kingdom.

Rant over….for now.  Now what could a blog about the summer have to do with a rhino?  Well, if you don’t use sunscreen, that’s what your skin can end up looking like.  I won’t go on for too long, I mean we all know that sunscreen is a DAILY essential.  I am quite smug about the fact that I’ve been a major supporter of the sunscreen industry for years.  I wear it daily on my face – 365 days a year and on the rest of me as needed.  If I’m wearing jeans, I obviously don’t use it on my legs, but I wear it on any exposed skin.  I was reading Dr. Oz The Good Life, and they had a few things that I never thought about in their ageless beauty guide.  Did you know:

-You should look for two key ingredients when buying sunscreen – zinc oxide and avobenzone.  I did a check of my sunscreens and they both have them.  These ingredients block out UVA rays – the ones that cause again and skin cancer

-You should put sunscreen on 30 minutes before you leave the house – I do this as I’m getting ready so I’m ok with this one too

-Use enough to cover you – this means a golf ball sized amount if you are going to be out in the sun all day. YAY – I do this too and I am religious about reapplying

-Don’t use expired sunscreen if you have a choice.  If you don’t have anything else, it’s better than nothing, but the product starts degrading after the best before date

-I’m not going to comment on whether to use a high SPF or not – there are so many stories floating around.  I personally use an SPF 60 – I know that it may not do a lot more than a 30, but it makes me feel better.  I rarely, if ever get burns, but you have to be vigilant.

So in short, wear sunscreen – it’s easy to apply, some smell great and some are very absorbent.  Today, I’m grateful that I have been religious about wearing it for so many years.

Until next time, I am…

Gratefully yours,


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46 Weeks to Go

I made a mistake – it’s not unfixable.  When I bought flax seed, I bought whole instead of ground.  Ground flax seed is better for your digestion and for getting the benefits of the Omega 3 fatty acids.  My advice to you?  Always carefully read things.  I’m a skimmer and now I have to grind flax seed the old fashioned way – in a coffee grinder as a result.  It’s too early for me to say whether the flax seed and zinc are helping my skin, but I am trying to use both every day.  Since it’s also the beginning of my 46 week countdown, I’ll also give you a tally of what I spent.  I bought zinc/copper balance capsules for $19.99 and Gold Top Organics Golden Flax for $6.99 – grand total with tax was $30.49.  I have a feeling both will last me quite awhile though so it’s really pennies (if we still had them in Canada) a day.

Now, off the topic of flax and onto something that you put on your face – or rather something you should put on it – sunscreen. Dr. Oz on both his website (30 Days of Beauty) and in “You Being Beautiful” recommends using sunscreen on your face.  This is not new information, but it is very important.  I, for one, refuse to be a victim of photoaging, plus skin cancer isn’t something that any of us want to get.  I’ve never been a sun worshipper, and have been a regular user of a broad spectrum sunscreen on my face for a number of years.  I use both Ombrelle (for face) and Neutrogena (for face sunscreens).  I’m using one that I bought in the USA right now – Neutrogena Age Shield Face SPF 110.  I don’t love it – I prefer the Canadian Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen (SPF 45).  An SPF of 110 isn’t really going to make a huge difference and it tends to be really hard to blend in.  It serves as my moisturizer during the day, and I find it just doesn’t absorb well.  I am too cheap (weirdly only about things that I buy at a drug store) to throw it out, so I’ll use it until the bitter end. 

There is no getting around it – sun screen is no longer an option anymore.  I know it’s not a fun skin  product to use, but it really is a necessity – and that means using it daily, rain or shine and no, you can’t skip it in the winter.