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Is Botox Dangerous or Safe?

I don’t know exactly why I’m being compelled to write this post, “Is Botox Dangerous or Safe?”  But my guess is that it will become more clear to me after it’s up and out there. Then again, maybe it won’t, but my hope is that someone will benefit from the thoughts I’m about to share.

A while back, I had the weirdest thing happen, I literally had a “pain in the butt.” If I didn’t know better, I’d say that was a crude thing to write, but it’s really true. I had this persistent, sharp pain that would not go away.

So I did some research on it and found there were options. The one I chose was a natural sugar water injection called “prolotherapy.” As I researched it, I decided that worst case it wouldn’t work, but at least there wouldn’t be any side effects as opposed to the other option, a steroid shot.

So I found a local naturopathic doctor who advertised it and went in and got a shot.  I felt a cold sensation which immediately seemed to wash away the pain, and I felt lightyears better. So yes, big huge kudos for the Prolotherapy, it was truly amazing and I’d get it again if I ever needed to.

But on the not-so bright side, when I was in that doctor’s office, I saw that Botox was offered on his menu of services. Of course, that came as a big surprise to me.

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Is Botox Dangerous or Safe?

A big chunk of the celebrities I’ve done makeup on get botox injections basis, and I get asked often what my opinion is on the safety of botox all of the time. Let’s just say it’s not positive as I had a 26 year old nephew-in-law die after receiving botox injections for a migrane. If it wasn’t related, that’s a terribly young age for an otherwise very healthy young man to die. That, plus my feeling in general is that we should stay away from botox. So yeah, I was really confused as to why a naturopathic doctor would offer botox to anyone.

So as I got that prolotherapy shot in my behind, I asked that Naturopathic doctor why he would do botox injections on his clients. He shrugged and said, “Because they want it.”

Seriously?

I felt a little sick inside to hear him admit that. At least his answer was honest, and probably the same motivation behind every doctor that administers botox to their clients. But this guy should know better, he was a naturopathic doctor, right? Then again, he was a human being, wanting to make money and knew this was a sure way to get it.

So I asked, “Isn’t botox toxic?”

botox dangerous or safeHe said, “yeah, it’s called Bo “tox” for a reason. It’s the most poisonous bacterium known to man, if you were to eat it, you’d die.”

Really, do people even know or take time to look into that? It’s too dangerous to eat, but we can inject it into our bloodstreams without batting an eye? And doesn’t it seem like it would cause cumulative damage to the major organs that it’s delivered to as well?

So I went home and started tearing into every study I could find. I won’t preach my thoughts on this, but will share a few studies, and let you decide for yourself.

Botox induced muscle paralysis rapidly degrades bone

Risks of Botox, Mayo Clinic

Botulinum Toxin Deaths: What is the Fact?

The FDA Warns of Botox Death

On the bright side…

In every post that we share, we believe there is always a positive and safe alternative, and we love to help you find it. We were amazed when we first realized the beauty benefits that come with dietary changes and with using natural and organic products on our skin. The key to anti-aging is anti-oxidants, which come in rich supply in the products and recipes we share all of the time. You see amazing results with the use of stem-cells, which can be derived from fresh fruits. So what happens when our diets are rich in phytonutrients? Our skin glows, wrinkles fill in and soften, the skin holds moisture better, the hair and nails grow and we feel better, it truly is a magical approach to beauty.

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If you’re not drinking those nutrient dense smoothies, now is a great time to start! And we’ve got plenty of delicious recipes that we’re happy to share. Our belief is that we don’t need to freeze our faces with toxins, but instead, nourish our bodies, inside & out, and beautiful things start to happen.

Let us know your thoughts, we’d love to hear!!

xox

Laurie & TIffany

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Love to Run?!

Ok, true confessions here. I really don’t love to run.

Whew, I said it. But I really don’t. Tiffany is a gifted runner and she and her older brother have always had this crazy love to run, which is actually super awesome and I love to cheer them along every step of the way. But as for me, no, I don’t love to run.

I know it’s a little weird, that for someone SO into health, you would think that I would love to run and would be running in every 5k and marathon around but, nope. I just don’t like the way that it makes your heart beat so hard and makes your mouth  so dry-ugh, it’s just not my thing. Give me zumba or yoga and that’s another story.

So why did I jump at the chance to share in this 5K?

Because a 5K isn’t actually too bad. I actually did one in my life–it was last year for a friend who was dying from a brain tumor. The course was really nice. I actually got lost along the way somehow (how do you get lost on a 5k?, I really don’t know, but I guess if there’s a will there’s a way, lol!)

And I also didn’t even run once on that 5K. I just walked, which is something I actually do enjoy.

SO, the thing that touched my heart about  this Loco Coco 5k is that it will help to feed Christmas breakfast to 500 families in need. THAT is awesome and makes me so warm and happy inside.

We actually were one of those families in need many years ago and it touched my life in a way that I never could have dreamed. Long after that food is eaten, the love behind it will keep living on.

I think we have those kinds of experiences in our lives to change us. And I will always cherish the feelings we had when we opened our door to huge baskets and bags of food and toys. There really aren’t enough tears of gratitude that can express the way that it touched each one of our lives forever.

So I hope that you’ll join us, whether you love to run or not, dry mouth or wet, come by and join in on the fun! We hope to see you there–unless we get lost of course, lol!

All of the details are below…
Come run with your favorite bloggers!

Happy Food, Healthy Life | Tone & Tighten | The Mama’s Girls | Utah Sweet Savings |

Utah Mom Connection | Natures Knockout | Feel Great in 8

I am so excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers (and your favorites too, I’m sure!) to support an awesome local community event called the Loco Coco 5k & Food Drive!

Loco Coco 5k & Food Drive
November 15th at 8:00am
Farmington, Utah
www.LocoCoco5k.com

It’s going to be an incredibly fun day …

  • 5k run/walk
  • Stephen’s Hot Chocolate Bar
  • Free Photo Booth
  • Waffle Wagon food truck!

But, more importantly we’ll be helping with the goal to feed 500 local needy families breakfast on Christmas morning!

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We’d love to have your help with this huge goal, and we’d love to meet you all in person! Come run with us, invite your friends and family to join in, and most importantly, donate what you can to help with the food drive.

Most needed breakfast food items; pancake mix, maple syrup, jam/jelly, cooking oil, bacon/sausage, hot cocoa mix, and biscuit mix, but any and all donations are welcome! Donate your food on November 15th at the Loco Coco 5k, or drop them off from November 8th-15th at the Farmington Fire Station (82 North 100 East Farmington, Utah).

Oh, and don’t forget to enter below to WIN A FREE REGISTRATION on us! Thanks for being such incredible readers!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

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Vegan Pumpkin Milkshake

Blendfresh Vegan Pumpkin Milkshake with Blendfresh

It’s time for a Blendfresh Vegan Pumpkin Milkshake with Blendfresh Raw food line!

Today I went hiking in the mountains behind our house. Can I just say that I love the Fall? The leaves in this picture are from my little hike, so vibrant and beautiful. Oops, before I get side tracked, no, I didn’t put leaves in my smoothie, lol! But I thought they would be perfect in a photo.

So when I came home to a pumpkin waiting for me to think up a wonderful way to use it, my heart practically skipped a beat. YES, a Pumpkin Milkshake! In the olden days I would’ve added all kinds of greens and it wouldn’t look or taste near as amazing as this did. But some of you have noticed I’ve figured out the most incredible way to get a lot more nutrients in my smoothies while making them prettier and tastier at the same time. I’ll give you a hint…it’s because I kinda cheated. Yeah, I used Blendfresh, YAY! :)

Vegan Pumpkin Milkshake

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It’s time for a Blendfresh Vegan Pumpkin Milkshake with Blendfresh Raw food line!

Vegan Pumpkin Milkshake

Blend well and serve. This smoothie constitutes as a complete meal!

Enjoy, and please comment below–we love hearing from you and would love to know how you liked your vegan pumpkin milkshake!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

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Blendfresh DIY Hair Moisture Treatment + Blendfresh Probiotic

Make your own Natural Blendfresh DIY Hair Moisture Treatment–quick, easy & cheap!

Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer (hmm, new word, lol!) or not, this DIY Natural Deep Moisture Pack Hair Treatment will turn you into one really fast!

You may love it because of the simplicity or the cheapness of it in the beginning but whatever it is that lures you into trying this treatment, we say YAY, you are in for a treat!

If you have dry, damaged hair or static laden hair or your hair is dull and lifeless because of the change in climate or cold air, you are going to really find a welcome relief.  And you can use it often without it weighing the hair down.

We do recommend altering it with a good (safe) protein based treatment as well because your hair needs both moisture and protein.  So if you want a great recipe for that, just say the word, lol and let us know!  In the mean time, enjoy your DIY Natural Deep Moisture Pack Hair Treatment.

Blendfresh Hair moisture treatment with blendfresh probiotic

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Blendfresh DIY Hair Moisture Treatment + Blendfresh Probiotic

1/2 cup Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

2 tablespoons raw honey – buy local

1/2 teaspoon Blendfresh Raw Foods, Orange Powder

1/4 teaspoon Blendfresh Probiotic Powder

6 drops of rosemarythyme, or lavendar pure essential oils

Mix all ingredients together in a mini blender and apply to hair.

Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes before washing. Shampoo and condition as normal. You may have some left over product, depending upon the thickness and length of your hair. If so, just place in the refrigerator and use the rest next week.

Here are some more of our posts that you might like:

Dry Hair & Scalp Natural Remedies

DIY Probiotic Shampoo Recipe

Why doesn’t my Shampoo work anymore?

Which Essential Oils will improve the Skin

Our Favorite Natural Hairsprays

Cut Bangs Like a Pro

Enjoy, share, and comment!

Be healthy, we hope to make it more fun and simple than ever!

We love you guys!!!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

 

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Paleo Pumpkin Cookies

2 Delicious Paleo-inspired Recipes

Paleo Pumpkin Cookies with chocolate chips & Paleo Pumpkin Cookies with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting… both with – no gluten, grain, refined sugar, dairy, soy, or guilt ever!

I was in the mood for pumpkin something. Or maybe I should say pumpkin anything, ok, well anything without any refined sugar, dairy, gluten, grain, soy, or chemicals.

paleo pumpkin cookies with frosting

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Some people would say that meant nothing but pumpkin, but then I beg to differ because these cookies are crave worthy whether you need to eat healthy or not! They are so mouth-wateringly delicious, super simple to make, and hands down the very best pumpkin cookies we have ever tasted.

So I guess you could say that ummmm never meant what it does now. Just try these paleo pumpkin cookies and let us know how happy you are with this recipe!

Here ya go:

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

You’ll notice that my cookies don’t have any chocolate chips. Thy are actually great either way, but I was planning to frost these so I chose to omit the chocolate chips. Here’s how to make them with chocolate chips…

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

WET INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure liquid stevia drops
  • 2 cups chopped pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DRY INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • a dash of salt

1-2 cups dark chocolate pieces –  optional. I use a cocoa bar that is at least 70% cocoa and place it in a bag and pound it into pieces

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Place WET INGREDIENTS in a blender and blend until smooth
  3. Place DRY INGREDIENTS in a large bowl and add the blended mixture to them. Mix well
  4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. Place them about 2 inches apart
  5. Bake 13-15 minutes
  6. Remove and cool.

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Paleo Pumpkin Cookies with Vegan “Cream Cheese” frosting

WET INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure liquid stevia drops
  • 2 cups chopped pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DRY INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • a dash of salt
  • 1-2 cups dark chocolate pieces –  optional. I use a cocoa bar that is at least 70% cocoa and place it in a bag and pound it into pieces

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Place WET INGREDIENTS in a blender and blend until smooth
  3. Place DRY INGREDIENTS in a large bowl and add the blended mixture to them. Mix well
  4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. Place them about 2 inches apart
  5. Bake 13-15 minutes
  6. Remove and cool. Frost if desired with our delicious faux Cream Cheese Frosting

Well, that’s it, I guess that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Ummm, ‘m not even sure if that’s a real cliche or not, but oh well, it’s about time to sign off so we’ll just go with it. I never was very good with cliches anyway, lol.

But I hope you really love these cookies, they are so the “bomb” :) Enjoy and let us know how you LOVE them!

 

Love you guys!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

 

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Sexy Vampire Makeup Hair Tutorial

On Monday, we posted Natural Zombie tutorials, on Tuesday, we posted a Barbie tutorialon Wednesday we shared our Frankie Stein makeup tutorialon Thursday we shared a

Tinkerbell Tutorial, and on Friday,our Halloween Cat Smokey Eye Makeup & Hair Tutorial

AND finally, today, we decided to go a little scary and share our 

 

Sexy Vampire Makeup Hair Tutorial

Fun, huh? :)

Now we’re onto the Last Day of our super fun Blog Hop…sniff sniff!

And here’s the final post of amazing Halloween ideas from our super talented blogging friends. Join our blog hop (All of the links will be listed below this banner)

Over 110 creative Halloween projects and ideas for Halloween fun. #halloweenprojects #halloween #diyhalloweenideas

1. Mini Ghost Pumpkin Cakes
2. Easy Halloween Sculpey necklace
3. Owl-ween Party
4. Easy Halloween Cupcake Wrapper Wreath
5. Halloween Polka Dot Pillow
6. Halloween Dinner Party Table Setting
7. Halloween Party Garland
8. Halloween Oreo Truffles
9. Skeleton Hat
10. Fabric Halloween Wreath Tutorial
11. Pumpkin Carving 101
12. Dress It Up Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags
13. Lips as Red as the Rose (an ICE Resin belt buckle)
14. Easy Halloween Caramel Apple Dippers
15. Raccoon Mask
16. Pumpkin Tea Towels
17. Easy Halloween Window Cling

Follow our Fabulous Halloween Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

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You guys are awesome, and don’t you agree that we’ve learned from the best over the last 6 days? We want to thanks Design Dazzle for organizing this huge undertaking and each of the creative bloggers who have also shared. It’s been fun and if you’re not ready for Halloween yet, we’re in trouble, jk lol! No worries, much more fun to follow. Just stay tuned!

Love, kisses, hugs + a very Safe & Happy Halloween to you!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany