Saturday, November 30, 2019

How to Relieve Cold or Seasonal Allergies Symptoms Using Traditional, Natural Remedies




While growing up many of us often heard the saying; “dress warmly to avoid a cold!” This may sound like a myth, but it’s actually from an old-world point of view. If you get the sniffles and coughs during the wintertime, you’ve come to the right spot to help relieve your cold or seasonal allergies using a little traditional wisdom.

Hello dear readers! Welcome back to another post. In this article I offer tips on how to cope and feel better with battling a common cold or seasonal allergies in a natural way. If you’re like me living in a cold, wintery state you know the cringe feeling of seeing mountains of snow outside. It’s usually followed by sneezing, running nose, watery eyes, sinus pressure, fever, aches and pain, and worse of all – a sore throat. There’s often a stash of tissues in your pockets or handbag.

 Science tells us that a “virus” causes the “common cold”. The common cold isn’t necessarily caused by a virus – but it’s basically your body responding to…being…well…cold! 


Here’s the breakdown:

If you’re prone to having allergies, your body will find something to “sneeze” about – or to have an allergic reaction to. Allergies is the like the body’s way of complaining about the immediate environment you’re in. Allergies are an auto-immune disorder unfortunately, which means there is no cure.



It all begins with cold-air sensitivity in the nose. This is referred to as “rhinitis”. The nose is designed to stay warm and moist. When too much cold air enters the nose it begins to dry out the nose, causing it to become irritated, congested, and causes the sinus areas to become inflamed. Individuals with cold-air sensitivity may have lower ability to balance the water loss that happens during too much exposure of cold air.



The key to avoiding a common cold or seasonal, wintery allergies is to – avoid being outside in the cold! Of course this may be hard to do for many people in the new-age world with work, school and busy schedules. The new-age world can definitely take a toll on our health. The key is to go out if only necessary, and stay indoors as much as possible. I conducted this experiment and realized my severe colds reduced when I stayed indoors as much as possible, but only my natural allergens to pet dander and dust still remained. (My severe colds have harsher symptoms than allergies such as strong sore throat, heavy sinus pressure, bad aches and pain, and high fever.)

Old-age wisdom tells us to let a fever run its course. This is the body “heating up” to kill off potential bacteria as the immune system is weakened and to warm itself up again.

Exotic healing herbs, vegetables and fruits can be a challenge to purchase if not sold in nearby stores or markets. So, I gathered a list of I do to stay better during a winter cold below. I hope this works for you!

Foods & Drinks:


  • Drink plenty of tea or hot chocolate. In the old-world tea was very popular because it’s a natural, herbal healer.

  • Eat plenty of chicken soup and oatmeal. Adding ginger can help boost the immune system and regulate body temperature.

  • Consume more raw honey, warm lemon water, apple cider vinegar and drink plenty of orange juice.



Activities:

  • Take longer, warmer showers. The steam will help decongest mucus and open pathways. You can also boil hot water with herbs to use as a humidifier.

  • Exercise, especially at the first sign of a cold. Exercise allows blood to flow more freely and warms up the body.

  • Get plenty of rest. Sleep is the best aid with battling a cold.




Other Natural Methods:

  • Stay extra warm! Use a personal space heater fan. If you must go outside, be sure to wear extra layers of clothing and appropriate winter accessories. Be sure to cover your face, especially nose and throat, with thick warm fabrics.

  • Add more supplements to your diet such as Zinc, Vitamin-C and garlic



If you are reading this while currently fighting a cold, I hope you get well soon! I hope this article was helpful with coping with the harsh symptoms. Until next time.

Xoxo



Monday, November 11, 2019

Is Pin Up Modeling Feminine. . . Or Feminist?



Welcome back beautiful readers! In this blog post I will be discussing the topic of whether pin up modeling is feminine…or feminist. This topic is something I’ve noticed over the years of doing pin up modeling but didn't give much thought on as I thought pin up modeling could be both feminine and feminist. I started doing pin up back in 2013. It all began when I came across photos of the modeling style while researching World War II information. I learned that pin up models’ appealing images were used as mass-production in pop culture. The "pin up girl" character was used in advertisement for brands, products, magazines, flyers, playing cards, posters and so much more. One can simply tear out the pin up image and “pin it up” on a wall. (Click here to learn more about the history of pin up modeling.)

Since I was working in theatre at that time, my desire for the stage and modeling kicked in and I decided to give pin up modeling a try. I fell in love with how adoring and girly I felt! I loved the way some pin up models such as Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Dandridge, and the Gil Elvgren girls would pose and tease with such femininity and grace…and that’s the main thing I focused on – the femininity within the image.

Until I learned…..it’s feminist.

So here’s the story:

Over the years while competing in many pin up contests and following many talented pin up models – both vintage and modern style – on Instagram and YouTube, I noticed something with character. Many of them tended to have feminist views. Not all, of course. But many…like most. I figured it must be a trend among those types of women. I felt left out. I felt too “conservative” and “modest” to ever fit in that crowd. I was even called “too modest” during a pin up contest by another contestant! I continued doing authentic vintage pin up modeling, but it still didn’t feel the same. I then figured out that many women who enjoy pin up modeling also enjoy the rebellious side of the 1950’s – which is the rockabilly style and culture.

So how’s it feminist?

I actually had to learn from some feminism sources on how pin up modeling is practically feminist. To understand the platform of pin up modeling, it’s best to acknowledge the basics of modernity. As modernity prevailed in the late 19th century (late 1800’s) it promoted experimentation with women becoming more positive and comfortable with their bodies. Since modesty was still practiced, some women were able to experience this thought through entertainment such as burlesque, cabaret and some Hollywood movies. Modeling became a social construct of "depicting" the female body aside from advertising a product. This is how the concept of “sexy women” began to arise. In short, modern progression promotes the idea of women feeling proud and positive with expressing their bodies as they wish. While this sounds like a positive ideal, it may also create insecurity with some women as they began to feel threatened by other women and criticism on the other hand.  


This pin up girl isn't ashamed to show her sexy appeal.

As modernity progressed during the beginning of the 20th century (early 1900’s) we can see how pin up modeling continued to allow female expression of the body and sexual objectification of the female form.  In the 1940’s, pin up modeling was used as alluring propaganda on posters, flyers and newspapers for young men to join the service. Using attractive women with ideal female body types proved to win men over – and the military had more men join the service than expected. Throughout the 1950’s, pin up modeling became more alluring, daring and sexualized. Many people today nickname it “grandpa’s porn”. This explains why in today's generation we have such a heavy value on women's sexiness and sexual revolution - it isn't anything "new" in society but a value that's been progressing overtime. 

You're probably thinking: No wait…pin up modeling is feminine…because the women were pretty with modest, conservative dresses and had dainty, girly behavior. It’s the ultimate, ideal beautiful woman.

Yes, while pin up modeling appears to feature a feminine, attractive, dainty woman in a bad situation that’s not her fault; her mentality is that of a feminist. That’s because feminism promotes the idea of women expressing themselves sexually without feeling ashamed. We must remember that during the vintage times the culture still practiced modesty and conservatism which reflected in the fashion, and thus reflected within the pin up models’ style. Showing too much "leg" during the vintage times was considered ill-mannered. Modernity encourages women to break away from the tradition of modesty and express her body as she wishes without guilt.

Back then, some pin up items featured nude models, and men had to purchase these items discreetly. While examining an authentic vintage pin up photo, we can see how if she’s in a bad situation that it’s not her “fault” and she’s the victim of the circumstance because feminism supports victimhood in women. This is why there's always an outside force that's causing the pin up girl to be in a bad situation, whether it's the wind blowing up her dress or her car breaking down - it's never her fault internally. I used to interpret it as a dainty woman needing a man's help, but because she's showing her sexuality - the femininity cancels out.


A good girl in a "bad" situation. She's feminine, but sexy.  I used to interpret it 
as a dainty woman needing a man's help, but because she's showing 
her sexuality - the femininity cancels out.


The beautiful pin up girl remains a mystery; very alluring and will keep you gazing with her hypnotizing tease. Overall, she’s basically a feminist dressed up in feminine clothes as the culture called for. Today, many pin up models opt to wear revealing and less clothing as our millennial culture calls for less modesty and revealing fashion. The pin up model also indicates how female expression of the body, sexual objectification of the female form and anti-body shaming are all values of modern progression.


Despite being feminine and alluring, it isn't her "fault" that the garden hose
came on unexpectedly. Because she's a woman she can't be blamed. 

So why are a few modest, conservative women attracted to pin up modeling? Besides seeing it as fun and attention-grabbing, these types of women may not realize that pin up modeling was an underlying feminist feature during the vintage times. Remember, the vintage times were experiencing modernity - or the breakaway of traditional values. If you feel uncomfortable expressing sexual motives and teasing in your photos as a conservative girl, you can opt to model regular vintage-style photos featuring vintage fashion instead.

So…is pin up modeling feminine or feminist? Well, it’s feminist. The purpose of pin up photography is for visual pleasure and imaginative tease for a male. Since pin up is an art it continues to reflect the current culture. Dressing feminine can still be objectified if done a certain way. Tricky right? It’s the value that sets it apart!

Until next time! Xoxo

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Four Reasons to Wear an Apron (Apron Empowerment!) - Homemaking Life




Often when we think of aprons we think of chefs, cooks, science labs and restaurant servers. The apron has an extensive history in many different settings especially in the homemaking world. If you browse through vintage and historical photographs of women, you may notice how most homemakers wore an apron. It's always been traditional for a homemaker to wear an apron during her domestic chores. Besides being worn for protection of spills and debris, the apron offers significant benefits from practicality, functionality and even empowerment! Yes empowerment! Putting on an apron as a domestic goddess brings on a lively burst of energy, motivation and almost feels like you’re wearing a badge of feminine honor!

Below are four simple reasons to start wearing an apron today. I also have a video of myself demonstrating the authentic vintage aprons from my collection.

1. Aprons can be used as a reusable dish towel or hand towel. I find using paper towels and napkins to dry off hands to be wasteful.

2. The apron can be used as a basket at times. It can come in handy with carrying multiple items. It’s easier to hold the multiple items in the aprons to carry about.

3. Wearing an apron can make you feel prepared for the day. It’s almost like wearing a “uniform” in a cute, lovely way. Wearing an authentic vintage apron can make you feel nostalgic and would go nicely with vintage lifestyle folks. A modern-style apron can work the same too!

4. Aprons can create memories. Aprons were passed down from grandmothers to daughters – this is how some of us vintage enthusiast received treasured, delicate aprons. It’s like they tell a story. They were once used to dry tears, help hold a crying baby, and even open jars. It’s always wonderful to give a new or authentic vintage apron as a gift.

Be sure to check out the video for a peek of my authentic vintage aprons I purchased and received from a family member who grew up in the vintage times. Thanks for watching! Xoxo




Monday, November 04, 2019

How to Make Homemade Applesauce - Chunky Blended Style + VLOG





Hello! Welcome back to another fabulous blog post. In this article I’m going to instruct on how to make homemade applesauce with a chunky blend. I make this treat during the early autumn days. Applesauce is a wonderful, tasty treat for any age – and it can be eaten during any season. For some reason, I tend to enjoy making applesauce (and apple pies) during the fall time. Applesauce is pretty easy to make, it’s just a matter of time and creating a perfect blend for taste.




Below are the step-by-step recipe instructions. There is also a YouTube video with a vlog where I demonstrate how to create it. Have fun!




Items Needed:
1 pot (Small, medium or large. It depends on how much you’re willing to make). The more apples you use, the more applesauce you will have apparently.
1 handheld mixer (you can use a double mixer or a mixing spoon if you don’t have one).
1 mixing spoon
1 tablespoon
Dish or mason jars for storing the applesauce after completion


Ingredients Needed:

1. Apples!
2. Cinnamon
3. Sugar (I use brown sugar and regular sugar)
4. Vanilla extract
5. Lemon juice (I use this optionally)
6. Butter
7. Distilled water


1. Purchase your favorite apples. I use a variety of different apples to create a tastier blend. I even used the apples from the front yard tree! (They’re really, really sweet). Join me as I pick a few apples from the tree in the video below.

2. Wash and clean the apples. I keep the skin on the apples for extra nutrients. 

3. Chop up the apples and place into a bowl.

4. While I’m cutting up the apples I let a boil of distilled water come to a high boil.

5. I marinate the chopped apples with cinnamon and let it sit for 5 minutes.

6. Add the chopped, seasoned apples into the high boil water. The apples will melt within 45 minutes, depending on your stove type.

7. After 45 minutes, I add all the other ingredients: brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla extract and butter.

8. While the sauce is still warm, I use a single-blade handheld mixer to continue mixing the apples for 2-3 minutes. I don’t blend too much to keep it chunky and smooth.

9. Pour the apple sauce into a dish, bowl or mason jars to store. It can be served warm or chilled. I enjoy chilled and room temperature apple sauce. I store in the refrigerator in a vintage dish.

*Note: The applesauce should be a light brown, orange-ish color, especially if you keep the skin on. The applesauce should last 2 weeks if refrigerated. 


Enjoy!



Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Ten Fascinating Characteristics of Modern Progressive Values





In the social, political sense the term “progressive” sounds very forward-thinking, positive and carries an illusion of change within society. Many progressive individuals fail to realize that the higher political powers use progressive ideology as a polished product for the average American voter. In other words, voting is a business that brings false “change” in order for the political leaders to make money and earn power. Electing progressive political leaders to maintain social justice and government sounds appealing to the majority of citizens, but in reality, in order for the “higher powers” to progress society, humans must first be removed from their natural state of being and view natural life as a "problem" to change. The higher powers must convince humans that “social rights” are equivalent to “human rights”. This can weaken a culture and make it become a matrix-filled world with a duty to create mindless humans that follow the commands of what the “world” offers, and not what God or nature commands. 

The new mindless humans living in society begin to worship what they perceive as power to create social “change” so that everyone from different backgrounds and groups are satisfied, happy, accepted and diverse. However, when we study modern progressive liberalism, we can examine how the higher powers have convinced and condition specific groups of people and individuals that they are the best candidate for America in order to progress towards freedom, independence, happiness, fulfillment and more money. Not really. Modern progression tends to lead to unhappiness, depression, dissatisfaction, regret and sometimes – being broke for many people.




So what are modern progressive values? Don’t worry! This article will explain ten subtle, interesting character traits of progressive values that have replaced traditional values. Progressive values are deeply embedded into the American culture nowadays as it has prevailed since the beginning of the 20th century. For liberal people it may be hard to recognize. For those on the outside looking in – traditional folks – we can see them clearly. It’s best to remember that modern progression began at the start of 20th century (1900’s). You can even observe how it was seamlessly experimented during the late 19th century (late 1800’s) with the industrial facilities and the first car paving its way as a social experiment. Modern progression tends to stir up groups of people in order for it to take full effect. 

Below are fascinating characteristics of modern progressive values. They tend to be the opposite of traditional values so that way they are more appealing and attractive than the “old ways of thinking”.

 There’s no particular order. Okay let’s begin. . . 

"Coming Home" -Edward Lamson Henry 1800's.
1. Heavy focus on art and becoming an artist: Art can be used to influence the masses. Celebrities are molded to help sell entertainment for influence. The difference between traditional, classical art is that it was used for purpose and depicted life. It was very unique. Modern art is mostly used for political propaganda of influence – and changing minds. Because there’s a heavy focus on art ranging from music, theatre, dance, filmmaking, writing and painting; it has caused individuals to be absorbed with wanting to be an artist. This was slowly increasing since the early 20th century as Hollywood was built during this time. It’s very noticeable that becoming an artist is overly popular today. Almost a majority of the American population believe they are a talented artist – like a rapper, singer, dancer, model or actor. It’s everyone’s dream. This is why colleges and universities offer performing and visual art programs at a high rate. It’s very common and not unique anymore. Not many people possess the ability to execute their talent. It’s only modern progression whispering in our ear that we are a strong, talented artist to execute more influence. It’s an ego boost almost.

2. Strong belief in worldly views: This may be an easy to recognize. Almost everyone has believed and tried to do a “worldview” at some point. I’m guilty too. A worldview or worldly view refers to what humans believe through personal experience and believe it to be realistic for others. There are thousands of worldly views surrounding us each day. Take a look at social media – memes are shared with worldly views all the time. They appear as mesmerizing quotes. World views are what society commands, rather than what God commands. There are worldviews – then there’s God’s Will. Worldviews do not work for everyone. Everyone’s background and life varies. Some worldly views include:

  • Nationalism
  • "Follow your dreams". "Never give up".
  • "Hustle." "Grind".
  • "Girl boss". "Slay girl slay".
  • "My body, my choice".
  • "If you get a degree, you will be successful".



3. Heavy promotion and strong belief of the American Dream: The American Dream is sooo definitely modern. The American Dream fluctuates across the vintage times in the 20th century until the current times. In the 1920’s it was aspiring to move to a city and embrace excitement away from small town living. By the 1950’s it was about entrepreneurial and business spirits. Today, it’s about improving life to have high-level success and materialistic things. Overall, the American Dream always promotes the idea of wanting materialistic things to be happy. The American Dream is really about opportunity. Traditional wisdom tells us that happiness is rooted in love, family and community. The American Dream is a falsified pursuit of happiness, only setting a majority of us up for failure and depression. Old time wisdom tells us to be happy within God’s Will!



4. Creation of social movements, social constructs, -isms and activism: I mean I’ve been out the Conscious activist community so I know firsthand how it’s like to work as an activist. Social movements were created in order to convince and persuade humans that they need to fight for change of their natural, God-given life. What they believe in isn’t good enough. Social movements and social causes make us believe there’s hope in change; a false change that’s never going to happen. Social justice warriors are the result of social movements basically. Social movements, “-isms”, and social causes have a foundation of anger and frustration. They want change – but can’t seem to really acquire it. Because it doesn’t exist naturally. We can see this with different groups of people such as women with their voting and equality rights, the Black Conscious community, gender, and body positivity and much more. 






5. Dehumanizing: This is definitely a blind progressive value. So many people are sensitive to the topic of dehumanizing, but easily support abortion and the like. Dehumanizing is the act of removing human life that’s in the way of success. We can see how dehumanizing failed as a social movement in the early 20th century with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany campaign. The Holocaust failed miserably right? Dehumanizing isn’t based on race, skin color, religion or age and all that. It’s based on removing what’s perceived as an inferior element that's blocking success, pursuit and progress to happen. Unborn babies are seen as “in the way”. Traditional wisdom tells us that having children brings happiness naturally, and that pursuing outside matters in disregard of an unborn baby is not in nature or God’s will. But modern progressive conditions us to believe that it’s a “choice” and “can be done easily” and uses assault cases in order to make it believable. SMH. 

6. The career woman:  Where do I begin? Little do young women understand that women have “worked” in ways of helping their husbands and families happily for many centuries. Women did some work outside the home as well, but always remained faithful to their family. Women were biologically designed to be helpers, supporters and nurturers to their husbands, children and family. Men pursued careers in order to support this natural cycle. Women pursued their femininity to be keepers of the home, as God commands. But here comes modern progression (disguised as Marxist feminism) to convince women that a breadwinning career will bring happiness, fulfillment and lots and lots of money. They convinced us we don’t need a man and we can become men too. In order to convince women to pursue empowerment and careers – modernism has to condition women to believe that women were always controlled by men without say for many generations, women were deeply oppressed in history and that women can do what men can do. So many young women today are scared of the word “homemaker”! Marriages and childbirth is declining in new-age America.

7. Attack on history: Well in order to keep progression and keep moving forward modernism has to dismantle history. It has to falsify, misconstrue and teach half-truths about history. History is the greatest teacher and now it’s seen as an enemy. The modern education system works with liberal ideology of viewing everything in history as hateful, oppressed, racist, sexist, white privilege, race relations, and imperialistic (and other constructed “-isms”). History teaches us about human interaction and human nature basically. Much of American history was led through Christian values. In order to break away from tradition, the truth must be covered up for progress to occur.




8. Attack on religion: If you announce you are Christian, you are perceived as “evil”, that you pray to an imaginary figure named Jesus and are brainwashed. Back in the day Christians were perceived as na├»ve…but hey that sounds a little nicer! Religion supports traditional values based on culture and nation. Religion isn’t about whose “god” is better or used as brainwashing tactics. Because Christianity (the primary religion of America) demonstrates traditional values, Christianity is completely banished from modern society. Progressive liberalism can’t operate on traditional values – remember?

9. Gender confusion:  ???

10. The deconstruction of family: Modern progression teaches us that in order to pursue a happy, fulfilled life – independence is best. Being single is cool. But it feels unnatural sometimes. Maybe it’s population control…but that’s what gender confusion is about. Liberalism teaches us that creating a family is outdated and isn’t a necessity to life. Happiness can be pursued as a single, independent pet-owner. Until we come home to leftovers in the kitchen.




There’s plenty more characteristics of modern progression like the dating culture, consumerism, crime rates, city living, aspiring moving, overvaluing college degrees, trendy trends, technology, science, idolizing sex, victimhood and blaming. It creates a lot of sensitivity too. Drop a comment on some traits that’s not listed. Not pursuing and believing in progressive vales will make you appear as an outcast. It’s unfortunate that traditional life is perceived as an “alternative” or an escape from reality – when in reality – it was the original way of living! Remember, in order to revolt modern progression, modernism is needed. Until next time!

Xoxo