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Networking on the Water…

I never knew that working could be so much fun…  What a great Waterfront Networking event hosted by the Public Relations Society of America, Central Chesapeake Chapter at the Maritime Museum in Annapolis, MD—perfect place no doubt.  Who does not want to be learning and networking on the water?

200609_172593319459348_1649927_nThe true highlight of this event was being under the professional tutelage of the famous YouTube video creator, Jon BarnesJon Barnes is the Director of Communications of ADG Creative in Columbia, MD.   He has created 250 videos with nearly 7 million views from a global audience to attain a robust personal YouTube brand.  Jon has created a booming community around his core subject matter (cars, art, how-to’s, weird stuff: See https://www.youtube.com/pumthuggee).  Jon shared his “studio-in-a-bag” kit with the network event attendees, showing exactly how he creates content on the go, demonstrating interactive elements that influential YouTube users employ to garner views and engagement, including titling, tagging, naming, using cards and annotations, vlogging, monetization of best practices, partner collaboration, and analytics.  Jon is awesome with his studio-in-a-bag.

I also truly grasped the H2H (human-to-human) marketing concept.  The world-wide web and Facebook are no longer that untouchable air space.  I met, in person, Jenna Soneira, a Facebook friend, a blogger, and the president of INTEGR8 Marketing.  I cannot wait until the next social media networking event.

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The Heat Is On

I hope you are drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated.  It was reported in 2016 that bottled water had become more popular than soda for the first time in the United States.1  cathywoods-heartThe abrupt change in the weather here in the eastern region of the United States is not unusual.  That is the norm here—we knew it was going to happen—we just did not know when.  Yesterday, the thermostat in my car read 103 degrees (Fahrenheit), and today it reads 99 degrees.bottledwater  I have a habit of grabbing one or two bottles of water whenever I leave the house because I like to stay hydrated.  It is absolutely necessary to stay hydrated.  

Here are a few benefits of drinking water:

  • Maximizes physical performance
  • Increases energy level and brain function
  • Prevents and helps to treat headaches
  • Relieves constipation
  • Helps with weight loss

If you want to do something nice for someone, give them a bottle of water.  Also, encourage your family and friends to drink more water.  At the next family cookout only serve bottled water.  You may hear someone say, “I Am Still Thirsty…
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1Jennifer Kaplan; Bloomberg, Market; 2 August 2016; https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-02/bottled-water-to-outsell-soda-for-first-time-with-nod-to-flint; Accessed on 11 June 2017.

 


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Nordstrom Annapolis Presents Beauty & Fashion Extravaganza

20170513_113839[11993]Alarm set for 6:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning to attend the Nordstrom Annapolis Beauty & Fashion Extravaganza:  doors opened at 7:30 a.m. and the show started at 8:00 a.m.  Women and men lined up at Nordstrom’s in Annapolis, MD, around 7:15 a.m. this morning.  I wanted to arrive early enough to get good seats.  And, guess what?  I landed two front-row seats—we could reach out and touch.20170513_074733

The ‘School House Rock Band’ provided live entertainment until the fashion show started.  Their songs and sounds were jazzy and fantastic.  The models walked the runway with some trendy spring fashion styles by fashion designers such as Kate Spade, Ted Baker, and Vince Camuto.

The fresh look of makeup presented spring’s hottest reds, to bright cherry, to deep bordeaux, from an opague shade to a sheer one.  The featured vendors were some of my favorites:  Chanel, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Erno Laszio, and the list goes on.  The makeup look this spring is golden days and sultry nights.  Sun-kissed skin and shimmering highlights give that everyday summer look, a healthy, relaxed glow.  Deep copper shadow and rich lip color dial up the drama for evening.  Vendors who sponsored this event presented the raffle-winning attendees with some fabulous gifts. 

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This is the third Nordstrom Beauty Trend event I have attended.  I cannot think of anything else that I would rather be doing this soggy, Saturday morning.  Beauty is my niche—I love beauty, health, wellness, and fashion.  I am still super excited and cannot wait until the next event.  Nordstrom’s Beauty Trend events are always fun, entertaining, and true overviews of current beauty and fashion trends. 


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How to Make Your Fresh Produce Last Longer

Do you find yourself throwing out produce every week?  You go to the market and you load up on your favorite fruits and veggies only to toss them out before you get a chance to use them because they are molding or limp.  Some of your produce-spoiling problems can be solved depending on how you store them.

You cannot store all fruits and veggies together because some produce a gas called ethylene as they ripen. This gas can cause ethylene-sensitive produce to prematurely ripen. Therefore, keep ethylene-producing foods away from ethylene-sensitive foods—store these foods in different places.  Here are the fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene:  apricots, avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, honeydew melons, kiwis, mangoes, nectarines, papayas, peaches, pears, plums, and tomatoes.  These fruits and veggies are sensitive to the effects of ethylene and should be stored in a high humidity crisper drawer:  apples, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplants, green beans, leafy greens, lettuce, peas, peppers, potatoes, spinach, summer squash, watermelon, and zucchini.images8PIZ9S4Y

 

  1. Store potatoes, tomatoes, and onions in a cool, dry place, but not in the fridge. The cold will ruin their flavor.
  2. Keep unripe fruits and veggies like pears, peaches, plums, kiwis, mangoes, apricots, avocados, melons, and bananas on the counter. Once they’re ripe, place them in the fridge. Banana peels will turn dark brown, but it won’t affect the flesh.
  3. Store salad greens and fresh herbs in bags filled with a little air and sealed tightly. The puffy bags might take up a little bit more room in your fridge, but the loss of space is worth it; your greens will stay bright, crisp, and flavorful.88e80131b6cc17f7_salad.preview_tall
  4. Citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes, will do fine for up to a week in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight, but you can lengthen their lives by storing them in the fridge in a mesh or perforated plastic bag.
  5. Wrap the celery in a plastic bag and then wrap that bag in aluminum foil to get a much longer refrigerated shelf life. Store in the crisper bin.
  6. Carrots, lettuce, and broccoli start to spoil as soon as they’re picked, so place them in separate plastic baggies in the crisper in your fridge and make sure they’re dry since moisture speeds up spoiling.
  7. Cut the leafy tops of your pineapple off (or give the leafy top a firm twist to remove).and store your pineapple upside down. You are redistributing the sugars that sink to the bottom during shipping and helping the pineapple to keep longer.
  8. Avoid washing berries until right before you’re ready to eat them. Wetness encourages mold growth.
  9. Wash, dry, and cut your fruits and veggies all at once, store them in covered glass containers lined in paper towels. You’ll not only be able to see them—which reminds you to eat them—but you’ll also be keeping moisture out.
  10. You can try purchasing only what you know you will be using—for the meal planner this could possibly work.img_FruitVegST1490659555


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Fat-Burning Green Drink

Here is the green fat burner drink that I promised to share.  While making it, I thought about the benefits of the individual ingredients.  I believe we may be on to something special with this fat-burning green drink.  I am excited! 20170427_171416

You all know that lemons are a favorite of mine because of their benefits and nutritional value. Lemons contain vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.  Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes. Potassium is beneficial to the heart. Lemons are a great stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile.

Cucumbers also have impressive health benefits.  Cucumbers keep you hydrated, flush out toxins, and supply skin-friendly minerals:  magnesium, potassium, and silicon.

Ginger is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.  Ginger contains gingerol, a substance with powerful medicinal properties.  Ginger is highly effective against nausea.  Ginger is also effective against exercise-induced muscle pain.

Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate and iron.

Last, water is powerful alone.  Water increases energy, promotes weight loss, flushes out toxins, boosts the immune system and maintains regularity.

I don’t think I need to say anymore.  Get excited and get some!  This drink will aid in weight loss if you are trying to shed some pounds.  The lemon and parsley flavors are very noticeable.  The recipe yields about 12 fluid ounces.  I doubled the ingredients and made 24 ounces–saving some for later. 20170427_171807

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • A handful parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup of water

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Instructions

Blend all the ingredients until smooth before drinking.  It is recommended that you consume the green fat-burning drink every evening before going to bed.  


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Wellness Wednesday

Road to Wellness

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.

“a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.” – The National Wellness Institute

Starting today, I will be incorporating open discussion on Wellness and Health issues. Therefore, welcome to Wellness Wednesday on Got2bGina’s Blog.

You or a family member may be dealing with a particular health issue that you would like to share or educate others about. Knowledge is powerful—the more you know about something the better equipped you are to address it. In addition, you may be able to direct someone to a particular clinic or physician that specializes in a particular treatment. What we don’t know can hurt us, so let’s share, explore and help each other.

I believe we all know that April is National Autism Month and there may be people who are caring for children on the autism spectrum. We may be able to share resources of pertinent information that could help someone. Let’s talk and try to help each other. Wishing you a wonderful Wellness Wednesday!

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Self-Care Tips: Won’t Cost You Nothing

Most of you already know that I have a passion for health, wellness, and beauty. In fact, you probably have read in my previous Facebook or Got2bGina.com blog posts that wellness is beauty. I have made a commitment to learn how to help other people—friends, family, and community members—to achieve their health and wellness potential. Therefore, I will always share credible information along with my ideas of how you can improve or maintain your health.mom-self-care

Many of us have very busy lives: we work hard and overload our daily schedules. We don’t always make the time to ensure we are taking care of ourselves. And, I know that many of my friends and family members also fall into this category.

The good thing about these self-care tips is that they won’t cost you nothing. You do not have to buy a gym membership to take care of yourself.  All you have to do is make a commitment to yourself to learn how to best support your own health and wellness. You must make self-care a priority and essential part of your daily life. I had to decide to take care of myself, and I encourage you to decide to take care of wonderful you.

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For good HEALTH, try these self-care tips:

  • Have at least 8 glasses of water every day.
  • Energize and take 20 deep breaths every day.
  • Admire your accomplishments and celebrate with aromatherapy every day. My favorite energizing essential oil blend is lavender and peppermint oils.
  • Listen to music and love your life every day. You are where you are supposed to be.
  • Think about your short- and long-term goals every day. Write your goals down and make them clear.
  • Hum for short intervals of time every day. It’s very calming and supports heart health. I remember when I was a young girl my great grandmother use to hum and sing while doing chores around the house.*

Above all else, I encourage you to love:  build strong personal relationships, nurture your spirit man, and give to those less fortunate. If you are already on this path of self-care, please share your ideas and tips. I look forward to reading your comments.

*References:

  1. <http://achs.edu/> 2017 American College of Healthcare Sciences.
  2. <http://info.achs.edu/blog/> Accessed on 27 March 2017; 2017 American College of Healthcare Sciences.

 


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21 Ways to Use Essential Oils to Freshen and Clean

You are going to love using essential oils around your home to freshen and clean.

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If you are in the process of spring cleaning, these essential oil tips will be very helpful. Try these unique ways Nature’s Sunshine Products suggest you can use essential oils to freshen up your life! Visit my NSP website to purchase 100% pure essential oils and oil blends:  Got2bGina.mynsp.com

  1. Keep Pests at Bay

Keep spiders and rodents at bay with peppermint essential oil. These creepy critters can’t stand peppermint! Add 10-15 drops of the essential oil to a spray bottle with water and spray in the cracks and gaps where spiders and rodents enter your home. For extra protection, add one or two drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and leave it in common entrance places, such as doorways and basements.

  1. Keep Fruit Fresh

To keep your fruit fresh, wash fruit in a bowl of cool water with two to six drops of lemon essential oil. Stir the fruit in the bowl and leave it long enough for the food to pick up the essential oils. This will help increase the shelf life of your fruit, leaving it bright and ripe for a few extra days.

  1. Eliminate Shower Curtain Scum

Essential oils can be used to get rid of shower curtain scum. Use a spray bottle filled with warm water, four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil (melaleuca). Spray this mixture onto your shower curtain for cleaning and then onto your tub. Leave the mixture to help fight mold when the curtain is back in place.

  1. Freshen Your Home

To freshen the air in your home, use essential oils in your air filters. Every time you change your filters, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils before replacing them. Essential oils kill microbes in your ducts and will leave a pleasant scent throughout the house. Use cinnamon essential oil to clean the air with its anti-microbial properties or diffuse clove, rosemary or orange essential oils when guests come over to blow them away with your home’s fresh scent.

  1. Freshen Your Fridge

When cleaning out your fridge or freezer, use lime, grapefruit or lemongrass essential oils in your final rinse. It will leave your refrigerator with a refreshing scent and help to neutralize any mold that might be creeping into your fridge.

  1. Freshen Your Car

Keep your car smelling fresh with essential oils. The scent of essential oils are subtle and are easy to refill, making them the perfect car freshener. Try using an essential oil car diffuser to keep the scent longer and from overpowering your vehicle. Use lavender oil to relieve tension or rose oil to boost your mood on the way to work.

  1. Stay Safe in the Sun

You can create your own homemade, toxic-free sunscreen using essential oils. Mix coconut oil, zinc oxide, shea butter, helichrysum oil and lavender essential oil in a bottle and store for summer. This natural sunscreen will help protect your skin from damage at the park or neighborhood barbecue.

  1. Sleep Tight

To help you and your loved ones sleep better, place a few drops of lavender essential oil on a blanket or pillow, or add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use it to freshen your sheets when making the bed. Keep the bottle with you on vacation and spray your hotel room to kill microbes and deodorize the room.

  1. Scour Dirty Pans

Clean out burnt pans with lemon essential oil. Boil water in the dirty pot or pan and add a few drops of lemon oil to remove burnt residue or stuck foods. You can also add a few drops of lemon oil to the dishwasher soap compartment before washing to leave your dishes spot-free.

 

  1. Freshen Your Gym Bag

Keep germs out of your gym bag with essential oils. Fill a spray bottle with water and a drop of tea tree and lavender essential oils to refresh your bag, shoes and yoga mat after a day at the gym. For smelly shoes, pick your favorite essential oil and put two drops on a cotton ball. Place a cotton ball in each shoe to find them refreshed in the morning.

  1. Control Flies

Open windows and outdoor cooking are some of the great perks of summer. But, these activities can attract pesky flies that ruin dinners. To create a barrier against flies at your next cookout, mix 25 drops of peppermint or lavender essential oils with water in a spray bottle. Use the mixture on windows, doors and dining tables. Make sure to shake well before use.

  1. Eliminate the Smell of Smoke

If you smoke or live next to someone who does, you can easily eliminate the smell of cigarette smoke with a few drops of essential oils. Put four drops of rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils in a spray bottle and spray near your patio or in your car to neutralize odors.

  1. Preserve Your Leather

To preserve leather jackets, sofas and shoes, use essential oils to clean them. Soak a cloth in lemon essential oil and wipe down leather items. This will help keep the material from splitting and preserve the color.

  1. Scour the Sink

You can create an all-natural kitchen sink scrub to make your sink shine without using harmful chemicals. Make the mix using half a cup of baking soda, one-third cup of vinegar, and five drops of bergamot and lime essential oils. Use this mixture to scrub the sink and then rinse with warm water. Your kitchen sink will shine like new!

  1. Freshen Your Home While Vacuuming

Use your favorite essential oils when vacuuming to leave a fresh scent after cleaning. Add a cotton ball with a few drops of peppermint, spearmint or pine essential oils to your vacuum cleaner bag or collector cup for a refreshing scent. If you have dogs, use geranium essential oil to clear your carpets of canine smells.

  1. Freshen the Bathroom

Make your own bathroom freshener with natural essential oils. To neutralize unpleasing scents and freshen up your bathroom, apply a few drops of citrus, rose or lavender essential oils to a cotton ball and place it behind the toilet.

  1. Reduce Mold

Eliminate mold in your home with an essential oil diffuser. Fill it with fungus-fighting tea tree oil or anti-microbial cinnamon essential oils. For a more direct mold defense, mix tea tree oil with grapefruit seed extract and vinegar. The grapefruit seed helps to neutralize the smell of the vinegar while all three ingredients work together to stop mold in its tracks.

  1. Make Powerful Solvent

You can create a powerful solvent with lemon or wild orange essential oils. Use a few drops to remove price stickers, get gum out of the carpet, or clean sap off gardening tools. For eliminating tough gunk, leave the essential oils for a few minutes before removing.

  1. Camp in Peace

Make camping and backyard fires a breeze with natural mosquito repellent. Protect yourself and your s’mores from mosquitoes with an essential oil bug spray made of one drop of lemongrass, citronella and eucalyptus essential oils mixed with one teaspoon of coconut oil. Rub the mixture on exposed skin for protection all night long.

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It is almost time for your Fish Fry!  Does your kitchen smell of fish or onions after cooking? Get rid of unwanted kitchen smells by adding a few drops of clove, cinnamon or any citrus essential oils to a simmering pan of water. You’ll be able to cook a delicious fish dinner without worrying about the smell taking over your kitchen.

  1. Freshen Your Linens and Clothes

For cozy towels, sheets and clothes, add five drops of rose essential oil to water and pour it into the center cup of your washer. Finish the laundry by soaking a small piece of terry cloth in lavender, rose or ylang ylang essential oils and tossing it into the dryer. If you are looking to get rid of mites, use eucalyptus to clean your linens and clothes. These essential oils will leave your clothes feeling soft and smelling fresher than ever.

Essential oils are one of the most useful natural tools for home remedies and fresh cleaning supplies. Get the most out of your oils with 100 percent natural products from Nature’s Sunshine’s authentic oils. Nature’s Sunshine promises the oils will be the highest quality and made authentically, so you know you’re getting the most out of your essential oils.


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What’s Up? Media Presents The LOOK 4th Annual Beauty & Wellness Event

On Friday, February 24, I attended What’s Up? Media’s The LOOK 4th Annual Beauty & Wellness Event.  I do declare, I have never seen so many beauty and wellness vendors in one location.  There were 40 or more beauty and wellness vendors, and many renown beauty industry experts who define beauty and wellness trends were available.

Women could talk with experts about their personal wellness and image concerns, receive free eyebrow waxing (Just Browzing was in the house), get add-on hair extensions, receive a professional massage, and recreate their look with some of the best cosmetic products on the market.img_20170224_193143_9425525

From my arrival ‘til end of the event, champagne and amazingly delicious hors d’oeuvres were served.  This event was fabulous!  The LOOK, presented by The Sandel Duggal Med Spa, Annapolis’ Premiere Medical Spa and Center for Plastic Surgery was a “must attend” event of 2017.  It was the perfect girls’ night out.  I love, love, love The LOOK Fashion Show presented by Scout & Molly, Peach, and Coterie, a Boutique; hair and makeup by David Alexander Salon and Spa.  The models walked some of the hottest spring and summer styles and fashions.  The models were beautiful and excited to deliver—you could tell they were having fun—so much so that they made me want to walk the runway.  If you ever have the opportunity to attend this great event, you will understand my excitement.  I had so much fun!

Professional speakers and medical experts such as Claire S. Duggal, MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon & Reconstructive Specialist; James Chappel, MD, FACS, Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Bryan Ambro, MD, MS Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Annapolis Plastic Surgery; and Dr. Walton of the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, all shared valuable information on topics important to women.  They talked about cosmetic breast surgery myths versus reality, advanced laser skin rejuvenation, surgical and non-invasive options for body contouring, and questions women should ask their doctor but are embarrassed.  Valuable information was shared by these professionals to educate the guests and to let them know that there were experts that they could turn to with their wellness and beauty concerns.

Although there were 40 or more vendors I visited the vendors listed below, as I have a social butterfly nature.  I also won two dynamic prizes and received some great gifts, coupons and first visit offers:

img_20170224_193143_9425525Trust me, this was a fantastic wellness and beauty event and it provided great information.  If you ever have the chance to attend a What’s Up? Magazine Media’s The LOOK Beauty & Wellness Event–please seize the opportunity.  In addition, you might want to start reading the What’s Up? Magazine because it informs you of the most popular events in the Annapolis, Eastern Shore, and West County locations.