Weekly Tips for Oct. 11, 2011

Posted on 10. Oct, 2011 by in Uncategorized

Here we are almost to the middle of October!  How are your little ghosts and goblins preparing for the festivities? Are you trying to make trick or treating healthy or giving in with “it is only once a year?”


If you dress have Batman and Batgirl dressed up for an event at school or church or party, swing by a Senior Center or Retirement home and let the kids trick or treat for the elderly.  The residents will love it. We do the roses every Christmas Eve and it is heart-warming to see them light up with the little ones.  You may need to get prior approval. But it is worth a phone call.


To help you enjoy a sustainable and spooky holiday, here are five tips for a Green Halloween.

1) Choose Rainforest Alliance Certified™ chocolate for Halloween treats. Farmed on over 18 million acres of tropical land, cocoa supports some five million farm families. Unfortunately, many of these cocoa farmers live in poverty and cut forests to open up fields and grow cocoa more intensively. To help support healthy farmlands, forests and wildlife habitat — as well as the well-being of farm workers and their communities — look for chocolate that features the Rainforest Alliance Certified green frog seal!

2) Make demonic decorations from certified paper and cardboard. Certified wood products come from well-managed forests that protect wildlife habitat as well as the rights and well-being of forest workers. You can find these products at Staples, Office Depot and Home Depot.

3) Teach your kids where their favorite chocolate treats come from and how they impact people, wildlife and the planet.

4) Ensure your little trick-or-treaters collect candy using reusable bags.

5) Make terrifyingly tasty treats with organic products.

HEALTHY: Pumpkin is Not Just for Eating

Pumpkin is loaded with good things for the skin and you don’t have to wait for Autumn to enjoy its benefits. Using canned pumpkin puree works just as well in facial mask recipes as does a pumpkin fresh from the patch. Either way, pumpkin has lots of Vitamin A and enzymes to help nourish and brighten the complexion. Here are 5 facials the base with additional ingredients.

Things You’ll Need

15 oz. can of pumpkin puree

1 beaten egg

1 papaya

1 slice fresh pumpkin

1 egg yolk

2/3 cup milk

1 slice of fresh pumpkin

1 apple

1 tbsp. honey

2 tbsp. powdered milk

12 almonds

1/4 cup honey

1/8 tsp. olive oil

8 oz. pumpkin puree

1/2 cup of pumpkin pulp

1 whipped egg white

2 tbsp. plain yogurt

2 tbsp. ground oatmeal

Adding Papaya

1. Mix a 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree with 1 beaten egg.

2. Peel and mash a fresh papaya, discarding the seeds, to create 2/3 cup of pulp.

3. Stir into the pumpkin-egg mixture and combine well, making sure to eliminate lumps. For extra smoothness, put mixture into a blender or food processor until a creamy paste forms.

4. Pat facial onto clean skin of face and neck, leaving on for 20 minutes. Rinse off mask in the shower or use warm water and a wash cloth.

Adding Egg and Milk

1. Take 1 medium slice of fresh pumpkin and remove the skin.

2. Cut up into small chunks and puree in a blender or food processor until smooth and free of lumps.

3. Add 1 egg yolk and 2/3 cup milk. Blend again until egg is well incorporated.

4. Apply the mixture to cleansed face and neck skin, keeping away from the eye area. Leave this facial on for 30 minutes before removing with warm water.

Adding Apples, Honey, Powdered Milk

1. Peel and cut into chunks a small slice of fresh pumpkin.

2. Add a peeled and cored apple, also cut into chunks. Puree in a blender or food processor to make a smooth paste.

3. Add 1 tbsp. honey and 2 tbsp. powdered milk. Mix well to create a rich texture.

4. After cleansing the face and neck, pat the facial onto skin and relax for 15 minutes. Rinse off mask in the shower or with warm water, using a wash cloth.

Adding Almonds and Honey

1. Grind up 12 almonds in a food processor or coffee grinder until texture is more fine than rough, but not powdery.

2. Add 1/4 cup honey and 1/8 tsp. olive oil and blend well.

3. Mix in 8 oz. of canned pumpkin puree, stirring enough to combine all ingredients.

4. After cleansing face and neck, smooth the facial over the skin, working away from the eyes. Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse in the shower or with a warm water splash.

Adding Egg Whites, Honey, Yogurt

1. Cook enough fresh pumpkin, without skin and seeds, to make 1/2 cup of pulp.

2. Cool and mash with a fork. Mix with 1 whipped egg white, blending well to incorporate egg and remove most of the lumps.

3. Add 1 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. plain yogurt and 2 tbsp. ground oatmeal. Use a coffee grinder or food processor to grind the oats.

4. Mix all ingredients well into a thick consistency.

5. Cleanse face and neck and pat the facial paste onto the skin, excluding the eye area. After 10 minutes, remove with a warm wash cloth and rinse skin with cool water.


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