Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My aunt Carol Reiff has been found dead

Carol Reiff was a mother, a loyal friend, a playful mom-mom, an enthusiastic runner, and a beautiful soul with a heart of gold. Carol lived her life with boundless energy and unmatched integrity. She valued family and enjoyed life. Her friendly and positive outlook attracted friends from all walks of life and she will be missed by so many, including myself.

I hope those who knew her will be comforted by the many wonderful memories she has left as well as the love she shared freely which we all hold so near and dear in our hearts. Today is National Remembrance for Murder Victims. 

As I sit here thinking why anyone would want to murder my aunt, all I can think of is justice. And as angry as I am, there isn't anything anyone can do until that justice is rightfully served. 

Please remember my aunt Carol Reiff and pray for my cousin Dawn Rietheimer-Centanni who tragically lost her mother to murder in late June of this year.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

GMO-Free List

GMOs (or genetically modfied organisms) are used to create genetically modified foods using various forms of mutagenesis and other genetic modifications. Although eating foods that possess GMO are not radically dangerous, there is evidence that they do play a role in causing an array of problematic health issues later on in life.  GMO foods have also been linked to the decline of farmers losing money and benefits.

I know a lot of my readers have told me that they are interested in knowing what food brands do NOT contain genetically modified organisms so I have decided to compose a list of food brands that are non-GMO.


Silk
Tofurky
Lightlife
Gardein
Yves
Tofutti

Quorn
May Wah
Field Roast
WholeSoy
Nasoya
Vitasoy
Amy's Kitchen
WestSoy
House Foods
Soy Dream
Whole Foods Organic
Trader Joe's Organic
Safeway Organic
Meijer Organic
Whole Soy
Viana
Pacific Soy
Soy Delicious
Wild Wood
EdenSoy
GeniSoy
Bountiful Bean
365
Organic Valley Soy
Small Planet
The Simple Soyman
Tillamook
Imagine Foods
Annie's
Woodstock
Eco-Planet

Bolthouse Farms
Clover Stornetta Farms
Earth's Best
Nature's Path
Mom Made Meals
Garden of Eatin
Bob's Red Mill
Que Pasa
Zen Don
Healthy Times
Blue Sky
Organic Planet
Pure Indian Foods
Eden Foods
Seven Stars Farm
Zukay

Hannah Max Baking
Cascadian Farms
Quinoa Gold
Frito Lay's Naturals
Annie's Naturals
Lindt
Tropical Traditions
Kopali Organics
Chippewa Valley
Pacific Village
Smucker's
Gindstone Bakery
Rising Moon
Thai Kitchen
Ian's Natural Foods
Erivan Dairy
Berlin Natural Bakery
Jelly Belly
White Wave
Kirkland Organic
Muir Glen
French Meadow Bakery
Wisconsin Organics
Bearitos
Odwalla
Health Valley Organic
Tradition Miso
Hain Pure Foods
Lundberg Family Farms
Stremick's Heritage
Joseph Farms
Ruth's
Big Island Organics
Rising Moon
Late July
Seeds of Change
Follow Your Heart
Casbah
Sweet Cloud
Dr. McDougall's Right Foods
Kamut
Promised Land Dairy
Arrowhead Mills
Rapunzel
Outta The Park
Rogue Creamery
Luna
Ghirardelli
Oakhurst Dairy
Carrington Farms
Divine Foods
Barbara's Bakery
Sunridge Farms
Grandma's Best
Harvest Moon
Tinkyada
Kettle Chips
Emerald Valley
Simple Sweets
Uncle Matt's Organic
Cedarlane
Seeds of Change
Newman's Own
Yami
Stonyfield Farms
Oregon Gourmet
Walnut Acres
Grindstone Bakery
C&H
Miso Master
Emperor's Kitchen
Purity Foods
Wholemato
San J
Hain
Walkers


This list will be updated sporadically. In the meantime, check out my frequently updated vegetarian substitutes alternatives list.

Monday, September 23, 2013

MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam II

 
If I had to choose one of my favorite “go-to” nude lipsticks, I would definitely have to say Viva Glam II by MAC. Like most MAC lip products, the color payoff is amazing and because it is heavily pigmented, you can build color to the desired shade you want. 

I also love the fact that it has a vanilla undertone, making it not only wearable but really pleasant to wear. Great for virtually every skin tone, this is a fantastic nude shade. Swatches are coming soon.

To snag this lipstick, visit the official MAC Cosmetics website today.