Thursday, 25 October 2018

Spring is here! It's time to spuce up the energy around your home.

Let me start of by saying how much I dislike cleaning.  I try to daydream to make the chore somewhat enjoyable.  I try to think of the benefits: the house looks better, I'm moving, being active, I'm good at it.  Still it is not something where I say, "Woo hoo, have to clean that today."

SPRING is here:

It's time to start opening windows and doors and getting a cool breeze flowing through the house.  Time for a good dust of the cobwebs and a nice cleansing of the house.  By cleanse I mean things like moving stagnant energy from areas of the house, there are spots where the breeze doesn't really hit and the area can become stagnant.  These are the areas you want to refresh.

STEP one - setting the scene:

Open windows and doors in a cross ventilation.  This allows a breeze to blow in from one end and blow the dust out of the other end of the house.
Light some candles, the flame burns dust it comes into contact with which I've always thought helps eliminate the dust.  I could be wrong, though either way, the light flickering is a nice touch. 
Remember to keep safe!  You don't want to set the place on fire.

STEP two - dusting & smudging:

The smudging part is optional and can be as easy as lighting an incense stick and moving around the house with it.  Letting the smoke into those breeze-less stagnant areas.
When dusting get yourself a good natural duster.  I find bird feathers work well and if you feel bad about purchasing bird feathers look around locals parks for some really good, large fallen bird feathers.  Attached them to a long thin piece of wood and you're good to go.

STEP three - working in a team:

Spring cleaning is a big job and you don't wan to to it alone (or all in one hit).  My husband and I work as a team doing different parts.  He opens doors, I light candles and smudge.  I walk around the house dusting, leaving a light on in each room I've completed so he knows which rooms he can vacuum.  Then he turns the lights off in each room when he finishes vacuuming.  This way we know which rooms are complete and we're not doing the whole house by ourselves.

STEP four - reward yourself:

When you're finished it's time to sit down with a nice bevvy and relax for a bit.  Sit back and admire your work, or sit outside in the garden getting some vitamin D.  Have a chat to each other.  Doing house work together can actually be a nice quality time thing, kind of like an internal date.


What about you? How do you refresh the stagnant air in your house and do you and the family members work as a team?

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

How To Treat Sunburn

Can you remember the last time you got sunburned?  How long were you in pain for?  How long did your burns take to heal?  Did you blister and peel?

I'm kicking myself because I got sunburned even though I wore a long sleeve top and hat and thought I was protected.  Sadly my neck was not covered and got cooked to a cripsy.  Boo hiss!

The temperature was 25 and overcast, the sky covered with grey clouds.  There was a 5 minute walk to the parade which I watched in the shade.  Then a 10 minute walk to the fairground where I sat under the shade of a beautiful large old tree, and some standing around watching a bird show for around 5 or so minutes.

All up only around 20minutes of sunshine... yet enough to cook me :-(

Here are steps on how I treated my sunburn and healed quickly with as little pain and discomfort as possible.

Day 1 - (technically night 1) Applied Whipped Cream Moisturiser to my face and neck because I could feel my skin was dehydrated and desperately needed a good drink.  My neck was super red and sore to touch and I felt miserable and foolish. 



Day 2 - Applied Soothing Salve in the morning, the afternoon and before bed.  I had to pat the lotion on very gingerly because rubbing and touching my skin hurt badly.  Especially my trapezius muscles.

Day 3 - Applied Whipped Cream Moisturiser as a cold cream mask to my face and neck and let it sit for 15minutes to soak in and deeply hydrate my skin.  Moisturising richly in an attempt to starve off fine lines and wrinkles that can come from being sunburned. 
Before bed I applied Soothing Salve and could already rub the lotion into the front of my neck and trapezius without discomfort.


Day 4 - By this stage the pain had gone away and I could easily apply Soothing Salve to the area before bed.  The red had already faded to a light tan colour.

When my skin was fully healed, around day 7, I began applying Enliven Facial & Body Scrub to exfoliate the area and gently removed the tanned skin (the tanned neck looks funny next to my pale body and face).

In future I plan on wearing a summer scarf to cover my neck instead of thinking I'm covered up enough and it's not that hot so I should be ok.

When did you last get burned and how and what did you do to treat it?

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

I Don't Have A Green Thumb part 2

In part one of I Don't Have A Green Thumb I touched on how nature has their own way of flourishing - with some useful How To Be A Green Thumb tips.  In this blog I'll focus on


~ Follow Nature

Nature is good at regulating itself and a good thing to follow and pay attention to.

If it rains outside water your indoor plants, they'd be getting a drink if they were outside in their natural environment.

If it rains for more than one day give your plants more water, but not too much.  A good water on day one (generally around half a cupful of water for medium plants, depending on plant and pot size), lessening the amount each day depending on how big your plant pot is.


~ Heat Waves

If you had a really hot day where you've just about died of heat exhaustion and sat around all day because it was hot to move it's a good idea to give yourself and your plants a drink.

None of us can survive without water!

When watering your plants outside, use water you've collected from those rainy days in containers around the garden and from rinsing dishes.  This saves on having to use water from the tap and is also a great way to use up those containers that gather water (and mozzie larvae). 

P.S. dogs like to drink rain water so you're also looking after your pets.


~ More Needy

Concentrate on newly planted plants and those looking like they're keeling over.  Good healthy looking plants can be ignored, up to a point.

Well established plants can generally go without water for up to 3-7 days without your watering them - or never in some cases.  Generally well established plants are good at finding water sources themselves and don' necessarily need your help.

NOTE: If a plant died or is dying this means it's time to plant a new and different plant there: one that can thrive there, whereas the other one wasn't suited to that spot.

healthy garden



 
 

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Me and bread, we're not friends.

Meaning I'm not friends with bread; I cannot bake it to save myself.

The closest I've come is beer bread, though that's a crumbly moist bread and hard to make slices out of .

Other breads I try come out hard as rock and for all my life I've never been able to leave anything to rise.  Nothing has ever risen for me.  I've tried different yeasts and different temperatures of water and different ovens and different cool places to rise.  Nothing.

I've followed recipes and asked those who can bake how they do it and I still can't get a nice plump, fluffy loaf of bread.

How about you?  Do you have a fool proof bread recipe?

Beer bread with olives and 3 dips



Wednesday, 15 August 2018

How to tell if an email is a scam

How to tell if an email is a scam [con, trick]?

By JOLI

"The operative word being SEARCH!"

There are still many people who fall for scams, cons and tricks?  We know this because the scam artists keep on coming.  They wouldn't do it if it didn't work.

Here are some basic helpful tips on what to look out for.

1) Does the email return address match the company/who they say they are?

The following email claims to be from Dr Nicolas Dean while the email address says Wilson Stevens @ hotmail (a doctor wouldn't use a hotmail address??).

2) Do the links in the message match the sender's details when you hover over the link?

3) Do your research before engaging in any type of interaction.

If you search 'bridal party scam' (see below) you'll find other people have similar stories to tell.  The operative word being SEARCH!


4) Be logical, think about it, ask yourself questions.

Referring to the above email:

a) How many grooms book 'surprise bridal parties'?
b) How many genuine people would book via an email?  They'd call to get answers straight away.
c) How many would know what type of treatments you offer, let alone how long these procedures take?

Note: the above email is a scam and the second time I've received a similar email (same details different people). How it works is they ask for a price, over pay you then ask for a refund of over payment (or cancellation).  You pay and their payment bounces.  Be savvy!

5) Do they give a business name or website?  Doe they have an ABN?  Is their business name registered?  Do they have reviews?

The following email claims to be from Pragya, an online marketing consultant, who works for a 'company' with over 130 designers.  Yet they give no company name or link to a bonafide website, with an aol email (instead of a company email address).

Even if they have a website check for other details (listed above).


6) Should the company emailing you know your name? Do they know who you are or do they use generic Dear Sir/Madam?

The following email is supposedly from Facebook (which it is NOT).  Facebook would know my name, and they would not have such a bogus email address, nor a link that does not link back to Facebook.  Fake Fake Fake!!!

Note: Some companies may not be a con or scam per se, thought they spam your email without your permission, which is against the law.

Spam emails can be reported to: report@submit.spam.acma.gov.au 




Thursday, 19 July 2018

Pure Ravishing Skin Serum - ALERT! BEWARE! WARNING!


This scam has recently come to my attention via emails I've been getting from the general public wanting JOLI to cancel their subscription and credit card payments.

At first I thought these emails were a trick themselves because JOLI don't take credit card payments, don't keep credit card details and don't hold people to subscriptions (we have subscriptions that the public can cancel themselves at anytime).  Also the people contacting me are not customers who've placed an order or subscribed to JOLI.

Then I received a letter in the mail, followed by a phone call and all became clear - once I'd put my PI hat on and did some investigative reporting.

Turns out there is a scam in play.  If you search for Pure Ravishing Skin Serum you will get loads of websites coming up offering you a TRIAL of the stuff.  Websites like Australia supplements, pure ravishing skin, supplements reviews, Australia fitness, online health markets, skin care beauty shop... along with adds on Facebook.  All boldly telling you RUSH MY TRIAL! and all the sites looking remarkably similar (see below exhibit A)... and ALL of them leave you with no way of actually contacting the 'company' offering the product.


The following image for Pure Ravishing Skin Serum, exhibit B, shows how the add appears on all sites...


But BEWARE!  They also 'sell' products under other names such as: Jouliage Serum & JoliQue - with the same image and RUSH MY TRIAL!  Enter exhibit C.


This scam has been linked to Delta Goodrem who's image they used with a link, leading people to believe the product is a genuine product made or endorsed by Delta.  Delta has since put the word out telling people it is a scam, to beware and NOT to click the link.  They use celebrities from different countries in this way to promote their scam.

The attached article outlines How it Works in a more comprehensive way (note the same imagery and details).  People sign up and receive a FREE sample and pay only $4.95 postage, they give their credit card details for postage payment, they are then billed monthly to the tune of $130-180 per month (because that's how much the serum sells for) - and you only have 14 days to cancel your trial from date of signup.  However, there is no company for you to contact to cancel your subscription!!!!

Now this scam is smearing my good name by saying the company selling the product is Joli Skin.

According to the details I've been able to gather: once you've clicked on the link and singed up an email is sent with  details such as: support@getjoliskin.com and there is a number to call where you get a help desk: 08 6117 3841.

If you send an email to the above address you get a response saying:


Thank you for contacting Customer Support.

*In order to cancel the account, please confirm ALL the following primary information on file below:*

ZIP CODE
Shipping Address
First and Last Name
Contact Phone Number
The last 4 digits on your Credit Card used.*


Thank you,
Joli Skin Customer Support

How would you rate my reply?
Great    Okay    Not Good

Contact Us
(Australia)        (AU) 1161-3906-89917
(New Zealand) (NZ) 1164-688-06440 
(Ireland)           (IRE) 11353-1890-810855 
(Toll Free)        (US)  833 501-4632

Other information gathered from emails sent to customers by this 'company' are:


EPURCHASEBSRGN. COM INTERNET Ref-071001236402 $4.95 and CQCHELPDESK. COM ITERETRef -  071001247977 $4.94 for postage of Pure Ravishing Skin face cream and
Joli skin serum.

... purchase will appear as "eserviceps.com" on your
> credit card statement.
> Questions?
> Contact us at +61 8 6117 3841 or 
> Support@getjoliskin.com

Shipments are sent from Fulfillment House, PO Box 4008.  As far as I can tell Fulfillment House is a distribution warehouse (kind of like Australia Post or FedEx), and they distribute products for other companies in a way that is difficult to trace back to the original sender.

There is little information to be gathered from these sources and the company in question is practically untraceable (hence why people are coming to JOLI Natural Skin Care for answers) and the payments pratically unstoppable.

Also: people are having adverse reactions to the cream this 'company' is sending out!

THE TAKEAWAY IS:

1) Do not fall for this scam off of a FREE trial and do not click on links!

2) Research a company/product first and look for reviews and an official website/contact details.

3) JOLI Natural Skin Care having nothing to do with this scam.

4) I have reported the scam details to authorities and hopefully something can be done about this.

5) If you have fallen for this scam already, CANCEL YOUR CREDIT CARD, and get a new one - because once they have your details they are HARD* to get a hold of.

*People are coming to me for answers which tells me people have been unable to locate, find or contact the company in question.

PLEASE HELP me spread the word by sharing this article and my YouTube Video with others on all manner of social media.  Let's shut these criminals down!

*      *      *

This has been an investigative report by JOLI Natural Skin Care - a legitimate Australian skin care company.


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Flu Shots: Yes or No?


Before I start I need to point out this is conjecture, supposition, theorizing.  I'm not an expert on the subject and I have no data to back up any claims.  I'm simply going to share some thoughts and examples and let you ponder what is said.

I've always been suspicious of flu shots, I tell you that straight up.  Well not so much suspicious but dubious.  Dubious about us not being strong enough to ward off viruses.  Considering we've been able to overcome illness naturally and this is what has made humans stronger genetically.  Why is it suddenly we NEED flu shots?  [I think #2 is a major reason why companies push flu shots]

1) We're told taking antibiotics makes strains more resistant and our bodies less able to fight off viruses - thus making super bugs.  Therefore wouldn't it stand to reason that letting our bodies get the virus and fight it off naturally, strengthens us?

2) We've become a nation of workaholics and heaven forbid anyone should take more than a day or two off.  "Sick?  Here's some antibiotics to help you get back to work in one or two days instead of taking a week off to fight the virus and actually rest before returning to work."

3) Last year there was a flu epidemic.  Hundreds of people caught the flu, including my children and I, and it was really, really bad.  Some people lost their lives.  This made those that 'sell' flu shots tell us how important it is to get your flu shots... However, what if people taking flu shots every year is what is causing the flu strains to become so much more virulent?  What if the common flu is becoming so virulent because of the flu shots and this will end up causing a Super Flu that wipes out a vast many of us?

4) Flu shots cost money so somewhere along the line someone is pocketing big $$$$ on us getting sick, or in this case trying NOT to get sick.  Big pharma are making a killing off our fear of getting sick, which, ironically, is the very thing that causes our genetics to become stronger. 

5) Genetically, living in close proximity to each other and animals has made the European bloodline strong (and many Australians are of European decent).  When Europeans first came to Australia and America it was our germ strains that wiped out a vast many First Nations people, because they'd never come into contact with the vast majority of bugs we picked up from living alongside animals and live stock.
In fact each culture/country has built up it's own superior abilities to combat prevalent illnesses.  For example Africans are more likely to have sickle cell which helps stop them getting malaria, we go to Africa and die from something that doesn't kill them as readily as it kills us.
Australian Aboriginals have other genetic strengths handed down from generation to generation that we (new comers) don't have.
The point is getting sick makes us stronger!

NOTE: One could argue that the flu shots still make us sick and therefore make us stronger... however, I'm still debating that it could actually be making things worse (see point #3).  Keep in mind flu shots are synthetic man made substances with all manner of dubious ingredients... vs catching a natural virus.

6) Beware bad reactions.  Have you spoken to people who've had bad reactions to flu shots?  I have and some of the things that have happened to people is quite shocking (though rare), and most likely wouldn't have happened if they'd just caught the flu regularly.
  • One person was vomiting for days, so much so they had to go on medicine to stop the purging.
  • One person fainted at the place where the flu shot happened and was out for 10mins.
  • Seizures.
7) Flu shot aren't nearly as necessary as vaccines such as polio and measles.  The flu is not a major public health threat (... yet... see point #3).  We can fight and get over the flu naturally!!!!

Experts might state stats about how flu shots help a vast many especially those not in positions to fight the flu: elderly, children etc.  That being said, those who are strong and able to fight the flu should be able to go through the process safely and come out stronger.  Don't you think?

There might be stats that show that flu shots are making some of us stronger while those not taking flu shots could be less likely to be able to fight off some Super Flu bug if it comes.  To me the whole thing smacks of Big Business and intervening with nature just so people won't take time off work.

What are your thoughts?  I would love to hear from you!



Monday, 25 June 2018

10 Things You Can Do to Feel Fabulous!

Quite often we wait for some special event, party or outing to doll ourselves up and feel a little bit special.  I say; don't wait for that special event do it now, just because you want to and it makes you feel good.  Do it just for fun, when you're vacuuming, doing dishes, visiting a friend, going for coffee, reading a book...

1) Wear that lipstick. 

2) Put on those shoes.

3) Wear that favourite dress / outfit.

4) Put a flower in your hair.

5) Do that fancy hair-do.

6) Paint your nails.

7) Wear that nice bra and nickers.

8) Decorate yourself with a scarf, necklace, bangle, earrings...

9) Dance to your favourite song.

10) Cook that fabulous meal.