August 29, 2010

Long, Hot, Busy Summer

Posted in Holidays tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 3:53 pm by Liliana

Walking by the lake

Walking by the lake

This has not been a summer to sit in the hammock and relax – not for my family, nor for me.

It has been a wonderful, eventful and adventurous summer.

But it has not been the kind of summer I have always idealized – long, lazy days of idling, reading, talking, napping, cooking, swimming, thinking. In fact, I don’t think I’ve had that kind of summer since I was seventeen years old. But I always have it in the back of my mind, a vision to relish and idealize.

These are some of the things we did do this summer:

I am sure that I am forgetting something, but right now, I can’t think of anything else.

The fact is, I am on vacation this week. I am at our cottage near Lake Michigan, relaxing and idling to my heart’s content.

This is how I hope to spend the time.

  • Sitting on the front porch for hours, drinking coffee and looking at the birds pecking seeds from the bird feeder.
  • Walking by the lake in the early mornings or at sunset.
  • Swimming in the warm lake water.
  • Talking to my daughter about the newest books she’s read and the latest songs she’s been singing.
  • Reading.
  • Buying fresh produce at the farmer’s market.
  • Cooking something new and unexpected.
  • Congregating at the long dining table with my family, eating a beautiful meal.
  • Talking.
  • Watching a good movie at the old movie theater, eating tons of popcorn.
  • Walking to our favorite ice cream store on a hot afternoon. Eating nothing but coconut ice cream.

Happy Summer to all!

July 24, 2010

Natural Face Masks

Posted in Health, Women tagged , , , at 5:45 am by Liliana

Natural beauty secrets

Natural beauty secrets

If you have a free, leisurely afternoon this summer, do something nice for yourself.

Make yourself a tall glass of iced tea. Then mix one of these natural facial masks to make your face clear and beautiful. Sit on a comfortable chair, read a magazine or a good book, and relax.

Here is a list of well known natural combinations for nurturing beautiful skin.

Just mash the ingredients together and let the mixture sit on your face for 10-15 minutes.

  • Apple & Honey & Oatmeal
  • Avocado & Honey
  • Banana &  Plain Yogurt & Honey
  • Brown Sugar & Milk
  • Strawberries & Cream & Honey
  • Egg Yolk & Honey & Olive Oil
  • Oatmeal & Olive Oil
  • Cucumber & Yogurt & Strawberries & Honey
  • Blended Almonds & Honey & Egg White
  • Baking Soda & Water
  • Apricots & Milk
  • Lemon & Egg & Honey

Do you have any natural beauty secrets you might like to share?