Nature’s Miracle Cure for Splitting Nails?

Neem seed oil is purported to cure splitting, peeling nails, giving you gorgeous nails in record time.

But does it work?

Well, Dr. Hauschka®, the luxe brand of alternative beauty remedies, seems to think so. It’s a key ingredient in his Neem Nail Oil. But the price tag for this runs about $38 for one ounce, and contains a long list of other ingredients, including peanut oil and apricot oil.Comparably, a one-ounce bottle of 100% neem seed oil cost us about $8.We sampled both products. Dr. Hauschka’s has a mild, neutral scent. 100% neem seed oil, however, has a remarkable bouquet, reminiscent of burning rubber, with a lingering burnt hair finish. But the stuff works. In fact, I’d dare say, this is as close to a miracle cure as it gets in the natural beauty arena. Within days, my nails stopped splitting and peeling. I quit using it, and my nails remained strong for weeks. Now I use neem seed oil only as needed. If you don’t mind a brief, unpleasant olfactory encounter, and want to save significant money, use the 100% neem seed oil. But if you’re in for a splurge, Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil is a great choice. 

Neem Seed Oil for Weak Nails
Use 1-2 drops per hand.
Rub it into the nails and cuticles. Wipe clean any excess oil. If you like, layer a scented lotion on top of this. 

You’ll find neem seed oil—and Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil, at Whole Foods Market®. 

Last minute summer beauty tips…

Make the most of these last few weeks. Here are a few of my favorite tricks and tips… 

1.      Before sunning at the pool or beach, run conditioner through your hair. (For a natural, nourishing option, use 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil.) Pull hair up into a ponytail, or slick back under a hat. It’s a spa-rific hot oil treatment, without the spa-shock price tag.

2.    Need an emergency under-eye concealer? My favorite concealer is diaper rash ointment! I use the Burt’s Bees brand, and the high zinc oxide content gives me a nice concealer plus a little extra protection from the sun. Be sure to wear your regular sunscreen over this.

3.    Research has shown that consuming antioxidants can protect our skin from premature aging, as well as fight a host of ailments. Farmer’s markets are in full swing right now, so make plans to stop by one this week.

4.    If you spy some lovely tomatoes, my summer favorite, don’t be afraid to buy more than you’ll eat this week. They freeze! Just rinse, dry well, and pop the whole thing in the freezer. Add the whole, frozen tomato next time you’re making soup or sauce. The skin will float to the surface after it heats, and the tomato will be easy to mash into the soup. Nothing is easier, and nothing beats the taste! 

Catch me on Sirius 161!

On August 8th, you can catch me, together with hosts Randy Singer and Lorri Allen, on Sirius Satellite Channel 161 at 6am–6:27am CDT. The program is Mornings with Lorri  & Friends. We’ll be talking about the timely subject of women and political power, plus a few examples from biblical history that are still making tongues wag.  Randy, as you might know, is king of the courtroom drama, and author of the new novel False Witness. He was our guest on the TV show DeeperLiving recently–you have to catch the interview of you want to hear a terrifically funny author faux-pas. (Check it out on deeperliving.com)

GAYA Nomination

I’ve been nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award from the Georgia Writers Assocation. You can see the full list of nominees at: http://georgiawriters.org/43rdnominees.htm

I’ve benefited from the Georgia Writers Associations in many ways: they helped me land a gig writing for tea boxes (true! Look for me on Celestial Seasonings “Persian Mint Spice Decaf”) and introduced me to freelance editor Anne Fisher, who broke me of my love of commas. (Almost.) Everyone in the organization is passionate about writing and it was a great place for me to get started.

April marks the beginning of Awards Season for writers. No one is offering to let me wear their dresses, or stroll around in their jewels, or even do my hair, which is quite disappointing. Realisitically, writing nominees should get fresh pajamas, a complimentary bottle of eyeglass cleaner, and a package of Extra Strength Tylenol. (Actually, that’s for our spouses.) I have no expectation of winning, but I’ll let you in on a secret: taking a shower, dressing up, and attending a dinner where the food is hot and you use a knife AND fork, all while spying on your favorite authors in the room: that’s the real prize.
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The History of the Refrigerator

I was a tennis widow once again. With the kids sleeping and the hour indecent to call my girlfriends, I watched a fascinating show on the history of the refrigerator. (I made some herb tea and caught the double feature: The History of the Vacuum.)

When the modern refrigerator was invented, every woman wanted one. That was good for business. Nearly every woman bought one. That was bad for business.

Once a household had a refrigerator, they did not need another one. Refrigerators last a long time; the market quickly reached saturation and the manufacturers were faced with bankruptcy. Until one man had an epiphany: change the colors.

Make the having the right color of refrigerator as important as owning one. Manufacturers began creating seasonal colors. If you had an avocado-colored refrigerator when burnt umber was the style, you no longer had a useful appliance. You had a social disaster. Once refrigerators became a fashion item, the buying market surged. Manufacturers have had steady business since. Marketing breeds discontent, discontent leads to purchases to recapture contentment, which marketing will upturn again to return you to the store.

It’s important that I share this. My refrigerator is white. Let the reader understand.

New Fiction Deal Announced!

Hi all!

I’ve been remiss in updating my blog recently, only because I’ve been immersed in the business side of writing, which tends to get me a little “confusedable” as my kids would say. Recently, I was so distracted during a discussion with my agent that I accidently took the dog’s vitamins instead of my own. Sigh. At least my coat is shiny now.

Now for my big announcement:

I am thrilled to tell you that I signed on with Cook Communications to create a new series of novels called The Scribe. The first is due to the publisher at the end of this year. I’ll keep you posted on release dates as I get them. This series is so exciting to me—I’ve rewritten this post a hundred times because I don’t want to say too much—but I want you to know how cool I think it is!

Also, Beauty Secrets of the Bible is going into its final galley stages, meaning I get one last look at them before the book is printed. I get so many requests for this book already—make sure you sign my guest list on my home page so I can send you advance notice before it hits the shelves. We’re going to have a lot of fun with this one.

Finally, thank you all for your encouraging notes and kind words. Every person needs them and this author surely appreciates them—and you. Thanks for sticking with me!