Skincare: Body Scrub by DOLLYMOO!

Beauty

After a long day at work she decided to take a soothing shower. She was gifted these amazing products and decided that it was time to try one. She then applied it to her skin and instantly her skin became warm. It wasn’t a dream though, it was reality. Skin became so smooth that she took another look at the contents within the jar and wondered…..

“HOW COULD THIS BE POSSIBLE?, HOW COULD WHAT LOOKS LIKE BROWN SUGAR HAVE THE CAPABILTY OF PRODUCING A WARM EFFECT UPON CONTACT WITH MY SKIN?”

She then placed the jar back down and began to rinse off her skin and now she was amazed. Her Skin, now felt silky. Her skin felt as though she jumped in a pool of butter.

“BUT HOW COULD THIS BE?”

This amazing product that she has placed on her skin is a body scrub by Dolly Moo. It is the Vanilla Oat handmade concoction that is infused with Himalayan salt, organic dried oats, grapeseed oil, dead sea salt and essential oils proven to enhance the skin. So what does this mean for individuals with eczema prone skin? Find that out HERE

This company is based in New Jersey, so when they reopen and you are in that area, stop by and check out their lovely handmade products made with good energy! This body scrub has a shelf life of 6 months, but trust me when I say that this jar will be empty before you know it!

Would I use this again? Absolutley!

Purchase their products HERE

India inspired, EPIC handbags that ARE…… FREE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY!

Fashion!

So you have seen every purse and hand bag and are still not intrigued. Some purses begin to peel overtime, while others have defective handles. Then there are those that you just never wear. Well what if I told you that you can now have exquisite hand bags that make you drool!

That last a lifetime and don’t fall apart on you! Where the handles to the bags are so secure that you never have to worry about it falling off the bag or breaking. What if I told you that the colors and textures of these purses cannot be replicated or even thought of by anyone else except the creator herself!……Intrigued yet?

The creator of these beautiful bags came up with the idea on her trip to India, she became fascinated with the the idea of the colors and textures of the beautiful culture she embraced on her trip. This empowered her to bring it back to the States and make her own line.

Her bags are so exotic that I promise you, people will stop you in the street to ask you where did you get it from! This has happened to me many times before! click this LINK to shop! ………I promise you won’t regret it!

I SEE IN PINK!

Fashion!

Nowadays, sunglasses have become so boring that every brand seems to be the same. Boring sunglasses range from being cheap and flimsy, to having a half-life of three days before it breaks, to the lens popping out of the sunglasses itself!

At this point if you are like me, you refuse to spend money on what won’t last very long, but then rather pay a major bill instead of just dropping thousands on a name brand pair of glasses just for the name! So a brand contacted me and told me to give them a try, and honestly I am glad I did. Abella Eyewear is not only classy but affordable and even has the nose grip support embedded with the glasses so that your not hoping and praying that your glasses wears you instead of you wearing it!

I honestly recommend this brand of glasses, so go ahead and give them a try! Click the link below and use my code for a hefty discount!

Abella Eyewear

For a discount, Use code: ENERGYQ

Do you wear animals on YOUR face??!!…..Vegetarian Skin care products and its benefits!

Beauty

What exactly does it mean to be a vegetarian? Vegetarian simply means that an individual does not consume any meat/animal products or byproducts of animals. In addition to this, vegetarians do not take part in, acknowledge or consume anything by which animals are slaughtered. So what are by-products? By products are simply anything that may come from an animal that can be consumed: such as: milk, eggs, etc.

So imagine being a vegetarian and consuming mostly a plant based diet. Eating healthy; fruits, vegetables and an omnivore diet. The body begins to have more of a water based, antioxidant, nutrient dense existence! This then leads to a decrease in acne which results in clearer skin! Antioxidants leads to the body being able to protect the skin from damaging free radicals. The more damaging free radicals there are in the air near your skin, the easier it is for your skin to age at a faster rate if not protected by an antioxidant!

Vegetarian diet helps you body gets twice the natural love that it needs! I advise to begin by using vegetarian products on your skin. This way your skin does not accelerate in age and you can look more youthful than the average person your age would!

Cool facts about your average fruits and vegetables:

  1. Red and yellow peppers are known for having vitamin C. These vegetables can prevent the appearance of wrinkled and dry skin with age.
  2. Sweet potatoes, tomatoes and avocado are known for preventing sunburn!.
  3. Broccoli contains a special compound called sulphoraphane that is known to protect against skin cancer!
  4. Mangoes have been known to reduce oil on the skin and revitalize skin! So if you have oily skin like myself, mangoes are your go to!

So why not place these fruits and vegetables on your skin by starting with a vegetarian skin line! In this video, you will see me using a skin care line called Alba Botanica. I am using the pore purifying pineapple enzyme Facial Cleanser and the matching Facial Scrub. This skin care line labels themselves as a vegetarian skin care line. They stay away from meat and animal products but there are a few products that they have that do contain honey within them. They also manufacture vegan skin care products! So enrich your skin and try the vegetarian products from Alba botanica.

To purchase those products click HERE !

Stay at home facial….. Monthly skin care routine for OILY skin!

Beauty

In my youtube video here, you will see that I have certain products that I believe has really been game changer for my skin. The first application is the KALE WATER by Pacifica beauty that I use as a skin cleanser. It is a tonic that I have been using for months now to clean my facial pores before applying any other products when conducting my monthly facial. As you can see in the video, this skin tonic revealed dirt on the facial pad. This proves that no matter how much you may wash your face, Your facial cleanser always leaves something behind! This tonic is not only vegan, but it is also cruelty free. The most powerful ingredients within this product are kale and grapefruit. I say this because, according to my blood type, my body sees these two ingredients as boosters! (I read a lot about my body based on blood type and I will explain that in another blog post).

The next ingredient in my youtube video is Tumeric. It is a natural antioxidant, anti-hyperpigmentation and anti-inflammation spice! Many people don’t even know that this product located in their own kitchen has so many properties that it has become a holy grail in many other countries for skin care.

Honey has natural bleaching properties and also helps the skin undertake eyes to relax. Honey also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that improve blood circulation and boost collagen production that aid in ridding the under eye area of dark circles/ hyper-pigmentation.

I mix the tumeric with honey and create a paste like substance. I use it to help reduce the dark circles under my eyes. As you can see, the left side of under my eye has cleared up from darkness but the right side has not as of yet. In addition to this I also have eczema. Eczema is caused by inflammation within the body that results in skin irritation. So in the video you will see me place the paste under my eyes as well as the corners of my eyes and adjoining upper eye lid. I did this because this is where eczema typically shows up on my face. So for people that have hyper-pigmentation, dark circles and eczema. This paste is for you!

The next product is the pacifica beauty kale detox. This detox is known for removing toxins and impurities from the skin! This detox contains blue sea kale and seaweed. Blue sea kale is known for clearing away dead skin cells and blackheads, while sea weed is known for maintaining moisture levels.

To purchase those products, click HERE!

What does your wrist mean?

Fashion!

Whats your first reaction when you see someone with a wrist full of bracelets? Do you instantly get annoyed because of how much noise it makes? Or are you fascinated with what each bracelet might mean?

Today I am here to open your eyes about the significance of wrist jewelry and why you SHOULD be fascinated! In the past bracelets were a sign of many things. They either represented what a person or family believed, what they needed in their current life, a right of passage, or the meaning of a social status. Intrigued yet?

Here are some interesting facts about wrist jewlwery/bracelets:

  1. In Egypt, Sacrab bracelets stood for rebirth or regeneration.
  2. In india, the number of bracelets on a woman’s wrist denotes her marital status.
  3. In China, the parents gift their children with a bracelet containing a jade stone representing protection and healing. This was and still is believed to even heal from any stomach and kidney diseases.
  4. In Bulgaria, a specific bracelet called Martis is used to protect an individual from the sun.
  5. In Mesopotamia, the women wore certain bracelets to show off the wealth of their husbands!

As for myself, I prefer to wear bracelets simply because I like how they look. I have never thought about the meaning of bracelets until I was introduced to the idea by a friend after he came back from a trip. This opened my eyes to the many possibilities of the meanings of bracelets!

Please feel free to shop for bracelets from the website below. The jewelry featured on this website is not only stylish but meaningful. Jewelry ranges from necklaces to bracelets to earrings! Enjoy!

NY-Bangles

Make sure to use the code: IAMDANAQ20 for 20% off!

Take your samples OUT of the Garbage!

Beauty

Who says that samples are a waste? Who says that samples are useless? Obviously this is coming from people that don’t understand the value of a packet! Samples have so much POWER within them, so I beg of you please do not discredit them.

Think about it!…..if you are given an inch of a piece of pizza by a friend, does this mean that the whole pizza is of no use?…..NO! it means that the whole pizza has just as much value as that small piece of pizza that your friend gave you. Only now, you are looking forward to a full slice of pizza!

This is exactly how POWERFUL a sample is from any brand! That sample is simply there to give you the descsion of whether or not you should get the full package of the sneak peak!!… So with this in mind, think of the multiple benefits that come with retrieving samples!

  1. Samples can easily be placed in convenient places, this way you are always equipped no matter what the circumstances.
  2. Samples fit well in purses and pockets!
  3. Samples can be taken on road trips!
  4. Samples simply give you a peace of mind. You no longer have to be fearful of purchasing a full sized product.
  5. Samples are safe and by law can be taken on an airplane within your carry on bag.

For example, the samples above are by Palmers. By law they are acceptable for travel in your carry on bag. The regulations simply states that travelers are able to carry up to 3.4 ounces (100 ml)within their carry on bag on an airplane (lotions, gels, liquids, pastes and aerosols). So what are the sizes the samples above from left to right? Glad you asked! 

(a) 1 ounce/ 30ml

(b) 0.34 ounces/ 10ml 

(c) 0.14 ounces / 4ml

Please I beg of you to think of samples in a different light. SAMPLES have SO much VALUE!….Take them out of YOUR garbage and hold on to them. They are not burdens, but of GREAT convenience!

Zyia Active…. Tumeric Bra and Capri Set!

Fashion!

“My skin could breathe in this!”

This was my first thought as I tried on the gear that I received from Zyia active. Their active wear is formulated to have moisture control and is also sweat wicking. My skin felt as though it was being hugged by pillows! It wasn’t to tight, but not loose either. The stretch within the fabric was amazing! This allowed me to be able to work out comfortably plus efficiently without worrying about having to readjust my clothing!

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To the right side of the photo you will see a hidden lining at my waist. This lining is a hidden pocket that can hold keys (I don’t like to leave my car key hanging around while I work out!).

Big Bust size???…….If your like me with a big bust (36DD), don’t worry the bra fits more amazing than you could ever imagine. In this photo I am wearing a size medium and trust me when I say that I was able to do jump and jacks, mountain climbers and jumprope without having to worry about a nipple hanging out or Fear that there wasn’t enough support within the bra!

So don’t delay! go get your active wear from Zyia Active! …..If you would like to see me working out in this gear please feel free to check out my Instagram and look for the featured image of this blog and swipe left to see the video @: iamdanaqu

Click the link below to shop!

Zyia Active Wear 

Cookies at Bahia Mar Hotel!

Lifestyle

So your Air conditioner broke down and now you have to stay at a hotel. The company responsible for putting up your new Air Conditioner contacts you to inform you that your stay at the hotel is on their tab and all you have to do is send them the receipt! So now you are excited and decide to choose an exquisite hotel but within the financial limits that the company gives you.  You search for the best price possible and plus you want to make sure that you get money back using the DOSH app plus stay at a hotel that you have never been to before that is not to far away from home. Low and behold you come across the “Bahia Mar Hotel, division of double tree by Hilton.”

According to DOSH, The hotel cost $123/night and there was a money back guarantee of $57.78, after your stay is completed!  The hotel is now booked and after a night out with friends, you realize that your hotel is literally two minutes away! HOW SWEET IS THAT?!!… You arrive to this…..

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Your amazed but It’s 1:45am and you are now ready to check in. A polite woman comes to the front desk and says “Hello ! welcome to the Bahia Mar, here are two bottles of water and two warm walnut chocolate chip cookies courtesy of the hotel whenever you want more! Can I have your name so I can check you in?”

I immediately asked her if she was joking and she said……. “no sweetie, free water and warm chocolate chip cookies whenever you request it, are you ready to check in now?”

Unfortunately I couldn’t answer right away because I already had a warm and tasty cookie in my mouth and as soon as she looked up at me she began to laugh! (I like my snacks!, HA HA HA).

So she checked me in and gave me two more warm cookies and I headed to my room. Room is a double room and clean. You notice the pamphlets on the dresser and one of them says….. “Gain 1000 points if we don’t clean your room, just leave this flyer on your door!”  You are tired so you decide to explore the hotel in the morning.

Next day you wake up and realize how beautiful the hotel is as you explore. The hotel has a pool. But in order to get to the pool you have to walk this amazing large bridge that connects between your hotel, the main tower and the pool from the second floor. At the intersection of the bridge you come across the sign that says “to the left= pool, to the right= beach.” And in your mind your thinking “wow! I need to travel more because this is amazing.”

So what else does this hotel offer? There are shopping centers at the hotel, a yacht dock where you can walk and sight see, a bar within the hotel and a restaurant. There is even exquisite room service with the option of cheesecake to be delivered to you up until 11pm.

So what are you waiting for? Get to the hotel and enjoy it now! You wont regret it! I promise!

Gastroparesis? HUH???!!!

Diet/Health

You have had multiple test done and the doctors don’t see any need to keep you in the hospital because all your test are now negative, (by the way you have been in the hospital for weeks now.)  You have had multiple fevers and have already been diagnosed with diverticulitis and having perforation as well as a “windstock” like mass in ur intestines. The doctors have cut out the windstock and placed a stent. As a last resort your doctor decides to do one last test where you are made a sandwich with a contrast dye within it and your placed under this huge machine to see how fast you stomach can digest food, the test takes 3-4 hours. AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!……You finally have another diagnosis………Gastroparesis!

So what happens now?…….your finally diagnosed and understood all of the doctors instructions. You even have a prescription for a drug that you have read has CRAZY side effects, but you believe there  has to be another way.  Who wants to take medications that can disrupt your nervous system and make you appear to have Parkinson’s disease when you really don’t? This is madness. However, you don’t want to be afraid to eat food anymore because of the possibility of throwing up after each meal.

But before I go deeper, let’s have an understanding of what Gastroparesis really is. So gastroparesis is a condition by which the stomach no longer knows how to empty itself properly and efficiently after a meal. So many individuals experience nausea and vomiting, extreme stomach bloating and fullness after maybe 3-4 spoonfuls of food combined with a beverage. This condition is most likely seen in people with diabetes, but individuals like myself with no history of diabetes and never had an issue with blood sugar problems, don’t understand why they have to suffer like this when it comes to eating meals. We become Fearful everytime its time to eat a meal and we hope and pray we don’t throw up after a meal. Most studies of this condition say that it is the result of the vagus nerve being damaged. But how this occurs is still a mystery.

So you research and research and try things out until finally you have reached a food regimen that works for you. Until finally, 3 years later, you solved the mystery of how you can have a normal life even though you have been diagnosed with gastroparesis. So here is the food regimen that has worked for me: I began by letting go of red meats. Red meats typically takes the average human being 24-72 hours to digest out of your body. That’s horrible! This means that red meat is just sitting in your stomach for one whole day up to three whole days. What I did hold onto is white meat: white meat can take up to 8 hours to digest.  So I chose to keep the lesser of two evils. HA HA!!…..My next decision was to incorporate protein shakes into my food regimen. I would have one protein shake between breakfast and lunch and then another between lunch and dinner. I chose to use non-dairy forms of protein, I have five favorites: Garden of life; Organic raw protein, ”  Vega organic protein , Juice plus complete protein, and Tera organic pumpkin protein.

To purchase these Non-dairy protein items please click HERE!

These brands are my favorite sources of protein to get due to the fact they are plant-based. The Juice Plus Protein is soy based. Now you may be wondering why I chose the non-dairy route for protein, well……..studies have shown that regular milk is not just regular milk. The cows from which the milk comes from have large traces of mucus in them due to whatever sickness the cow may have at the time of getting the milk from it. This in turn has a negative affect on humans by causing inflammation to occur. So many may experience eczema or itching after consumption of dairy products (also my story).

So now you may be wondering what kind of milk do I drink. My favorite non-dairy products are:

  • oat milk,
  • quinoa milk,
  • hemp seed milk,
  • cashew milk,
  • flax milk,  
  • banana milk,
  • coconut milk 
  •  rice milk  
  • Unsweetened rice milk

To purchase these non-dairy milk substitute items please click HERE!

Anyway, raw foods such as uncooked fruits and vegetables or oatmeal are consumed early in the day and never at night. So for lunch, this is the best time to have raw carrots or an apple or broccoli. I also gave up coffee and made teas my go to. Coffee doesn’t help people like myself with digestion issues, it actually makes it worse by causing acid reflux.

So now you may be asking…. what about grains: pasta and rice, etc. Well the answer for that is simple. I never consume wheat at any cost. Wheat is what slows down the digestive process of people with gastroparesis/diverticulitis and causes stomach bloating. So the only answer is white pastries and rice of everything. I know that sounds horrible and it even sounds like your going to gain 80 pounds consuming white of everything, but remember, I said that this is what worked for me. After one year I went from 193 pounds to 158 pounds. So it did work for me.  For sandwiches, I would use white or potato bread. for pastas i would cook with pasta made out of rice but nothing with any form of wheat in it. The only time I would consume anything of that sort outside of my food regimen is when I’m out with friends, at a party or girls night at a friend’s house.

So here is a break down of my food regimen:

  • I start my morning with a full glass of water upon waking up and before a meal. Studies show that it wakes up the stomach.
  • No red meat, but strongly encourage all white meats: chicken, turkey, fish, etc.
  • Boiled eggs are to be consumed early in the morning. Choose scrambled egg whites over regular scrambled eggs. 
  • Gluten-free diet is best
  • No coffee. If you need some type of caffeine, then green tea is good as well as greens superfoods in the powdered form. This can be easily mixed with juice.  It has an all natural energy revitalizer in it. There is also Teecino dandelion coffee (it is not coffee and is caffeine free but contains natural herbs to give you the energy needed.) Available for purchase HERE!
  • Work out 3 days a week. On my lazy days when i don’t want to work out,  I go for walks or jump rope. Yoga is great to.
  • Protein shakes are your friend: use one of the proteins talked about above or one of your choice……. drink twice a day. Once in between breakfast and lunch and one between lunch and dinner. if I am lazy and don’t feel like blending fruits and vegetables, I will simply take one of my favorite milks and grab a scoop of protein and shake in my bottle.
  • Juicing is your friend, especially for raw fruits and vegetables that your body will take longer than normal to get rid of.
  • Raw fruits and vegetables are to be consumed early in the day (breakfast or lunch time) and never at night.
  • Teas are wonderful. They aid in helping the stomach digest foods. See teas as a form of a catalyst during digestion, they simply give a little push. my favorite teas are peppermint, ginger, chamomile,  cinnamon apple, and green tea. I consume one tea in the morning after breakfast and another at night before bed.
  • Avoid wheat. white rice is fine, and pasta made from rice is fine. white bread is fine. Potato bread is fine.
  • Avoid brown rice, (if you need to have it then 2x a month is ok.)
  • Beans, peas, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds are great. They actually have a great source of protein and omega that the body desperately needs for digestion. Available for purchase HERE!
  • Do not drink fluids with meals. they are to be consumed before or after a meal.
    Avoid soda
  • Oatmeal is to be eaten VERY early in the morning (6am-7am).
  • If you consume a granola bar, cereal, or a breakfast bar with any type of grains and granola in it, be mindful that it can drop your blood sugar within 3-5 hours. At this point you will experience signs of hypoglycemia (feeling weak and shaky). So Make SURE to always have a back up snack handy and ready to eat within that 3-5 hour window time frame.
  • If you are having a really bad episode of nausea and vomittng, but you also feel very weak, my recommendation is to lay on your left side with a bunch of pillows under your head. And within an hour you will literally feel the food in your stomach begin to move down your digestive tract and digest. Allowing you to feel a lot better.