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I feel pretty oh so pretty!!! September 30, 2010

Filed under: happy thoughts,Image that,Interesting — celebrationgoddess @ 8:33 am

THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)

When it comes to looking your best, upkeep costs like make-up, hair care, skin care and spa treatments can cost a pretty penny. American women spend an average of $7 billion a year on cosmetics and services each year, according to a 2008 study by the YWCA. Luckily, the price of beauty can be trimmed when you replace salon treatments for do-it-yourself solutions that cost a lot less.

Radiant Skin

You can use honey with sugar and salt crystals for a great smelling home face mask. You can also make a yogurt face mask from fresh yogurt, which is great for the skin. Top it off with some cucumber sliced for each eye to soothe.

Most people spend their money on anti-aging creams,. As long as you keep up the daily moisturizing and wash make up off before bed properly, then you don’t need to splurge too much on expensive creams.

Avoid exposure to the sun to maintain healthy, young looking skin. Wear moisturizers and foundations with sun protection. They don’t have to be expensive to be good, but they do have to be safe to keep skin looking young.

A final skin tip: Drink plenty of water. It keeps toxins at bay, leading to clearer looking skin.

Great Hair

We’ve all had bad hair days, but expensive products are not the only solution to frizziness, flyaways or split ends. Vinegar can help bring dull hair back to life.

Apple cider vinegar is a budget-friendly solution that adds shine to lackluster locks . After shampooing, rinse hair with a mixture of 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Rinse and dry. Apple cider vinegar is great for conditioning cleaning hair. It helps with itchy scalp and acts like a cream rinse when used after shampoo. And, The smell should fade in less than 30 minutes.

Another tip for healthy vibrant hair: Stimulate your scalp and send nutrients to hair follicles. Brush your hair before you hop into the shower, and once you’re in, massage your scalp while washing your hair. An extra few seconds can go a long way to improving the health of your hair.

Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt provides the beauty-conscious with a wealth of fun and healthy home remedies and beauty treatments.

In Grandma’s day, Epsom Salt was largely used as a laxative. Epsom Salt occurs naturally, although most of what we buy in the stores has been manufactured. Even still, the Epsom Salt retains its pure, natural and healing characteristics.

To take advantage of the health and beauty related functions of Epsom Salt, the Epsom Salt Council suggests the following tips:

To exfoliate:

Mix together two cups of Epsom Salt and 1 cup of petroleum jelly. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil for a pleasant fragrance. Apply the mixture to gently scrub away old cells and encourage a healthier-looking complexion.

For a facial:

Mix 1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt into a deep cleansing cream so you can reap the benefits of this mineral deep inside your skin. Massage the mixture onto your skin and then rinse with cool water. Pat dry.

To accompany a pedicure:

Before you go to the trouble of painting your nails, soften your feet by soaking them in a bathtub or plastic basin with warm water and Epsom Salt for at least 10 to 15 minutes. The salt will help to smoothen your feet, giving them a relaxed and refreshed feel.

Relaxing bath crystals:

Mix two cups of Epsom Salt with a few drops of a delightful fragrance to create a custom bath crystal. To dress up your bath crystals, add a few drops of food coloring or 1 teaspoon of glycerin. Store the crystals in an airtight container.

Soothing spa treatment:

After showering, the Epsom Salt Council recommends massaging handfuls of Epsom Salt over wet skin to exfoliate the body. It’s the same treatment many upscale spas use, without the upscale price!

For a tranquil soak:

Fill your bathtub with water at a comfortable temperature that you enjoy. As you’re filling the tub, add two cups of Epsom Salt to the water (if it is a standard-sized bathtub, make adjustments for larger tubs). Soak for at least 12 minutes, three times a week for best results. As an extra treat, the Epsom Salt Council recommends adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil for an invigorating aroma.

Stay beautiful you lovely goddesses!!! I know it’s what’s inside that counts, but a little pampering can never hurt eh?

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Meet an Amazing Goddess! September 29, 2010

Filed under: Meet a goddess! — celebrationgoddess @ 6:30 am

WOW WHAT A GODDESS WEDNESDAY – (enjoy meeting a wonderful woman!)

Here is another Goddess for you to meet today.  Her name is Jessica Guenther and I had the privilege of working with her for several years.

What a blonde cutie isn’t she? She is quite an interesting woman. A lady who works full time, has kids, pets, and two side businesses.

She always makes me laugh with the witty comments on her facbook page. Here’s some examples:

“I ain’t as good as I once was. But I’m as good once as I ever was!”

“Wishes the term “working my butt off” actually meant your butt disappeared while working hard. Cuz I’d have a back with a crack right about now!”

“I have this cup….and I keep putting more and more and more and more in it and it overflows ALL the time…..I think I need a bigger cup!”

Here are her businesses. I hope you enjoyed meeting her! What a goddess!

Sugar Drama in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. They make beautiful cakes and cupcakes:


Scentsy – wickless candles:


I think it’s wonderful when someone takes an idea from a tiny seed in their head and develops it into a blossoming business. Her cake business is just that. I especially love the corn on the cob cupcakes and the spaghetti dinner listed above. I was recently in Germany where a spaghetti dinner ice cream creation was all the rage. Bon Appetit!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Happy Birthday to the Queen! September 28, 2010

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 7:33 am


TUNES TUESDAY – (enjoy grooving on a Tuesday with some music, especially an old favorite or something totally new!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KOKO TAYLOR who would have been 82 years old. I saw her singing when they still had to help her out on to the stage. What an amazing lady.

Koko Taylor sometimes spelled KoKo Taylor (September 28, 1928 – June 3, 2009)[1] was an American blues musician, popularly known as the “Queen of the Blues.” She was known primarily for her rough, powerful vocals and traditional blues stylings.

Born Cora Walton in Shelby County, Tennessee, Taylor was the daughter of a sharecropper.[2] She left Memphis for Chicago, Illinois in 1952 with her husband, truck driver Robert “Pops” Taylor.[1] In the late 1950s she began singing in Chicago blues clubs. She was spotted by Willie Dixon in 1962, and this led to wider performances and her first recording contract. In 1965, Taylor was signed by Chess Records where she recorded “Wang Dang Doodle,” a song written by Dixon and recorded by Howlin’ Wolf five years earlier. The song became a hit, reaching number four on the R&B charts in 1966, and selling a million copies.[1] Taylor recorded several versions of “Wang Dang Doodle” over the years, including a live version at the 1967 American Folk Blues Festival with harmonica player Little Walter and guitarist Hound Dog Taylor. Taylor subsequently recorded more material, both original and covers, but never repeated that initial chart success.

I also need to wish the other amazing lady in my life Laurie Buchanan a HAPPY 53rd birthday too! She has 53% off at her store in Crystal Lake today only! Happy birthday girlfriend!


Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Beer, Cheetos and Football – GO BEARS! September 27, 2010

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 8:27 am

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that. Bill Shankly


Ingredients for a Black Suede

  • Tia Maria® Coffee Liqueur
  • Guinness® Stout

Quantities for one drink:

  • 2 oz Tia Maria® Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 Pint Guinness® Stout

Blending Instructions:

  • Prepare a double-shot glass filled with Tia Maria coffee liqueur
  • Prepare a pint of Guinness
  • Drop the shot glass into the beer, and chug

Get out the Cheetos and watch the football game.

Monday Night Football to feature undefeated NFC North rivals

The NFL‘s most familiar foes will meet again Monday night at Soldier Field, and the NFC North rivalry will have a decidedly nostalgic feel.

Why? Because neither the Green Bay Packers nor the Chicago Bears have a loss.

The Packers and Bears are 2-0, and the last time they played each other when they were both undefeated in Week 3 or later was 1962. In that matchup of 2-0 teams, Green Bay crushed Chicago, 49-0, at Lambeau Field. The Packers won the NFL championship that year.


Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Such a Sundae September 26, 2010

Filed under: Dessert - Just apply to thighs — celebrationgoddess @ 6:27 am

SUCH A RELAXING SUNDAY – (enjoy a way to unwind.)

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the origin of the term sundae is obscure.

Various American localities have claimed to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. These claimants include Ithaca, New York; Two Rivers, Wisconsin; Plainfield, Illinois; Evanston, Illinois; New York City; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Buffalo, New York. Who would have known one of the places would have been so close to us.

There is debate between Ithaca and Two Rivers over which city has the right to claim the title “birthplace of the ice cream sundae.” When Ithaca mayor Carolyn K. Peterson proclaimed a day to celebrate her city as the birthplace of the sundae, she received postcards from Two Rivers’ citizens reiterating that town’s claim.

Of the many stories about the invention of the sundae, one frequent theme is the sinfulness of the ice cream soda and the need to produce a substitute for the popular treat for consumption on Sunday. Peter Bird writes in The First Food Empire (2000) that the name ‘sundae’ was adopted from Illinois state’s early prohibition of ice cream consumption on Sundays, because ice cream with a topping that obscured the main product was not deemed to be ice cream.

Evanston, Illinois in 1890

Evanston was one of the first locations to pass a blue law against selling ice cream sodas in 1890. “Some ingenious confectioners and drug store operators [in Evanston]… obeying the law, served ice cream with the syrup of your choice without the soda. Thereby complying with the law … This sodaless soda was the Sunday soda.” As sales of the dessert continued on Mondays, local leaders then objected to naming the dish after the Sabbath. So the spelling of the name was changed to Sundae.

Golden Olympic Restaurant at 1608 Chicago Ave, EVANSTON even still has sundaes and sodas!

Ithaca, New York in 1892

Supporting Ithaca’s claim, researchers at The History Center in Tompkins County, New York, provide an account of how the sundae came to be: On Sunday, April 3, 1892 in Ithaca, John M. Scott, a Unitarian Church minister, and Chester Platt, co-owner of Platt & Colt Pharmacy, created the first historically documented sundae. Platt covered dishes of ice cream with cherry syrup and candied cherries on a whim. The men named the dish “Cherry Sunday” in honor of the day it was created. The oldest-known written evidence of a sundae is Platt & Colt’s newspaper ad for a “Cherry Sunday” placed in the Ithaca Daily Journal on April 5, 1892. By May, 1892, the Platt & Colt soda fountain also served “Strawberry Sundays,” and later, “Chocolate Sundays.” Platt & Colt’s “Sundays” grew so popular that by 1894, Chester Platt attempted to trademark the term ice cream “Sunday.”

Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1881

Two Rivers’ claim is based on the story of George Hallauer asking Edward C. Berners, the owner of Berners’ Soda Fountain, to drizzle chocolate syrup over ice cream in 1881. Berners eventually did and wound up selling the treat for a nickel, originally only on Sundays, but later every day. According to this story, the spelling changed when a glass salesman ordered canoe-shaped dishes. When Berners died in 1939, the Chicago Tribune headlined his obituary “Man Who Made First Ice Cream Sundae Is Dead.” Two Ithaca High School students, however, claim that Berners would have only been 16 or 17 in 1881 and it is therefore “improbable” that he would have owned an ice cream shop in that year. They also state that the obituary dates Berners’ first sundae to 1899 rather than 1881.

Isn’t that interesting? The origin of our food. I showed you how to make a banana split the other day. Now go ahead and make a sundae wherever you live!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Dinner in the Dark September 25, 2010

Filed under: Cool party idears — celebrationgoddess @ 5:35 am

SO MUCH FUN SATURDAY – (the greatest day of the week!)

Ignite the Senses
Take a normal dinner and turn it into a complete sensory experience! Have someone create tasty foods or order some random items from various restaurants and eat (without knowing in advance what will be served) in pitch darkness, either by shutting the blinds, or using a basement. Shut your mind, close your eyes and let your tongue do all the tasting. Sounds interesting….

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Apple Lasagna September 24, 2010

Filed under: Dessert - Just apply to thighs — celebrationgoddess @ 5:33 am

FOODIE FRIDAY – (enjoy a new recipe to try this weekend!)

Apple Lasagna


  • 8 lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 (20 ounce) cans apple pie filling
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons margarine
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add lasagna noodles, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, and rinse noodles, and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the Cheddar cheese, ricotta cheese, egg, white sugar, and almond extract. Spread one can of apple pie filling in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer half of the noodles to cover the filling. Spread the cheese mixture over the noodles. Top with the remaining noodles, and spread the remaining can of apple pie filling over the top of those.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, 6 tablespoons brown sugar, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix in margarine until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of the pie filling.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool for 15 minutes. While the lasagna cools, stir together the sour cream and 1/3 cup brown sugar. To serve, cut into squares and top with sour cream as a garnish.

It’s apple season and what could be better than an apple lasagna? Too weird for you? Tsk tsk tsk. It’s like a giant apple soft pie. Appple pie has a slice of cheese on it!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Put a little chant in your life! September 23, 2010

Filed under: Interesting,Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 6:41 am

THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)

Having had a stress filled evening on Tuesday, I read my friend Laurie’s Blog: http://holessence.wordpress.com/

Since I was so exhausted, she suggested that I wear red yesterday (which I of course did). And what do you know? It was a truly amazing day! We had a great potluck at lunch. My favorite part was the eel sushi mmmmmm. I learned lots from my coworker Kevin.


For those of you who are just joining us, welcome to the University of Life. In the last two “classes” we laid the groundwork for this course—The Color of Wellness. In each of the next seven posts, including today’s, we’ll look at the properties of a specific color. Today’s palette features the color red.

Red is associated with self-preservation, survival, and physical wellness. It enhances vitality, energy, and courage. It’s the color of blood. Think of the mouthwatering strawberries, the inside of a ripe watermelon, flaming maple trees, iron-rich soils, a juicy beefsteak tomato, fire engine red, or the brilliant red of a cardinal against a snowy backdrop. Remember the sweet, rich taste of red licorice at the movies?

The positive properties of red are expressed as energetic, assertive, powerful, exciting, passionate, strong-willed, courageous, and self-motivated.

The negative properties of red are described as aggressive, domineering, impatient, insensitive, and self-centered.

The healing properties of red are stimulating and vitalizing and address physical symptoms such as tiredness, poor circulation, colds/chills, and negative states of mind such as apathy, fear, and lack of initiative. Red boosts brain activity and increases heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure.

When you need a boost in the areas of survival and self-preservation, indulge yourself with this color. Its frequency refreshes crucial earth energy by stirring the base chakra and stimulating all of the body’s energy centers. Like the deep root system of a healthy tree, red stabilizes our foundation and can help to bring our energetic body “down to earth.” It gives us legs to stand on. When our energy wavers or we feel used up or indifferent, red helps us ground and center our energy so that we can realize our goals.

Are you drawn to a true primary red? That’s a statement color, dramatic, vibrant, and stimulating. Or maybe you enjoy more muted tones; they’re cozy and intimate with just a hint of passion and romance.

What we do with our physical environment—our personal space—speaks to our heart and helps us to flourish. Buy a piece of red clothing. Add a splash of red to your décor with flowers, pillows, a candle, or a throw. Do something bold, paint your headboard red. Or take advantage of the healing frequency of red crystals such as garnet, red jasper, or ruby.

And  last night I attended a Kirtan. Hindu Chanting at Unity Church in DesPlaines. It was led by: Amy and the Ananda Bliss Tribe.

Kirtan involves the communal call and response chanting and singing. It is repetitive as the practice is to become one with the Hindu gods and goddesses. Through Kirtan an offering is made of spirit and feeling. It is a meditative prayer of devotion set to music.
The group that assembles to do this is referred to as a Satsang. It is a gathering of people who come together to remember by going within in order to find their own inner path to Oneness. While all individuals must follow their own path, in reality we are all traveling together. Kirtan is to assist each other to find the path that is right for each of us.

It was wonderfully peaceful yet rhythm-filled.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Goddess of the Soothing of Pain September 22, 2010

Filed under: Meet a goddess! — celebrationgoddess @ 5:59 am

WOW WHAT A GODDESS WEDNESDAY – (enjoy learning about a goddess!)

Epione: Within Greek Mythology, Epione was the wife of Asclepius and mother of Panacea, the goddess of medicines and Hygieia, the goddess of health. Though it is not for certain, it is also believed that Epione was the mother to the famous physicians Machaon and Poladarius, who were widely discussed in Homer’s Illiad.  In essence, Epione significance to Greek mythology lies only in her union with her divine husband. As some scholars believe, she was somewhat more of a tool to which Asclepius required to produce offspring. Though this role seems somewhat limited and insignificant, its importance was great as these children ended up having huge impacts on health and medicine.

I feel like the Goddess of Soothing today. I tried to help a family last night. I’m hoping I was successful but now I feel drained. Never give up on the ones you love.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Fields of Gold September 21, 2010

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 5:56 am

TUNES TUESDAY – (enjoy grooving on a Tuesday with some music, especially an old favorite or something totally new!!

It was a tough night last night and unfortunately looks to be a tough Tuesday night. Please enjoy these beautiful pictures and wonderful song. Live at Blues Alley is one of my favorite CD’s of all time.

Eva Marie Cassidy (February 2, 1963 – November 2, 1996) was an American vocalist known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop classics. In 1992 she released her first album, The Other Side, a set of duets with go-go musician Chuck Brown, followed by a live solo album, Live at Blues Alley in 1996. Although she had been honored by the Washington Area Music Association, she was virtually unknown outside her native Washington, DC when she died of melanoma in 1996.

Four years later, Cassidy’s music was brought to the attention of British audiences when her version of “Over the Rainbow” was played by Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2. Following the overwhelming response, a camcorder recording of “Over the Rainbow”, taken at the Blues Alley, was shown on BBC Two‘s Top of the Pops 2. Shortly afterwards, the compilation album Songbird climbed to the top of the UK Albums Charts, almost three years after its initial release. The chart success in the United Kingdom and Ireland led to increased recognition worldwide; as of 2008 her posthumously released recordings, including three UK #1s, have sold around eight million copies. Her music has also charted top 10 positions in Australia, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!