Thursday, October 31, 2013


                No beauty school dropouts in this group!  
        Happy Halloween from all of us at Pure Essence.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


     There are numerous benefits of drinking water, from keeping healthy and hydrated to clearing up acne. You may already be getting some of these benefits without even knowing it. Water contains many valuable minerals and nutrients that your body needs to function properly. Drinking water before bedtime is one of the best ways to help your body store those nutrients and minerals you need to stay healthy and strong.

Hydrating Benefits
Having a glass of water before you go to bed helps your body replenish the fluids it loses throughout the day from normal activity. Since your body is mostly water, you need to keep it hydrated in order for it to work properly. Because you are not working as hard while you sleep, your body doesn’t need to excrete as many fluids. When you provide it with water before you to go bed, it simply refills its necessary levels.
Calorie-Burning Benefits
Water is a natural calorie-burner. You may have heard that sipping ice water is a good way to burn calories and help you lose weight. Although this isn’t necessarily true for everyone, it has a large amount of truth behind it. When you drink cold water, your body needs to work double time to warm up, increasing the rate your metabolism burns up calories. if you drink water before you go to bed, your body will begin to work extra hard to warm up, increasing your metabolism. Because you aren’t taking in any extra calories, it will start to burn up the excess calories you already have.
Sleep-Promoting Benefits
You are naturally balancing your body’s vitamins, nutrients and minerals when you drink water, replenishing all that it burns up and keeping you functioning correctly. By drinking water before bed, your hormones, energy levels, muscles and joints become balanced. This helps you relax and leaves you feeling rejuvenated in the morning. While you sleep, water has the time to reach every part of your body and replenish it fully. in time, you will be able to sleep more soundly and consistently by drinking water before bed, leaving your muscles, vitamins and minerals in harmony.
Toxin-Clearing Benefits
One of the best benefits of drinking water is that it acts as a natural cleanser. Your body attracts many toxins, from food, the environment and other elements. Cleaning it out consistently will help keep it healthy and functioning well. Drinking water before you go to bed will provide your body with the supplies (water) and the time to clear out your system of unwanted toxins. Your digestive tract, your muscles and even your skin benefits from the cleansing process. You will feel better, lose weight faster and have more energy during the day.
Along with all of the normal health benefits of drinking water, simply having a glass before you go to bed each night can have a big and positive effect on your lifestyle. You will find that you sleep better, are more alert during the day, digest food, lose weight easier and feel better all over.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bras for the Cause 2013 - Help Save 2nd Base

     We had a wonderful Saturday afternoon yesterday as we raised money for the Martha Siekman Cancer Care Fund which helps members of our community who are battling cancer.  I'm always overwhelmed with the outpouring of generosity that I see our community extend.  It's humbling to hear others stories and to be reminded of just how blessed I am.
     I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed yesterday!  Wendy Crawford gave an inspiring account of her battle with breast cancer.  Her message really hit home with me...GET CHECKED!  Be aware of your body and know when things change.  It's so important for all of us to be on top of our own health and wellness.  She is a strong positive women and I wish her nothing but good things for the future, she deserves that.  Also, thank you to Kelly Bauman.  This was the second year that she generously donated all the concessions for the day.  Not only was the food VERY tasty, but the presentation was beautiful!
     Also thank you to Mark Mitchell (our auctioneer), Andrea Wallace of Core Commitment LLC, Tara Smith, Destinee Hoffman, Courtney Bauman and our amazing staff who make events like this possible.  We were able to raise over $3000 this year!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Ten Things I Want To Tell Teenage Girls | Kate Conner

1. If you choose to wear shirts that show off your boobs, you will attract boys. To be more specific, you will attract the kind of boys that like to look down girls’ shirts. If you want to date a guy who likes to look at other girls’ boobs and chase skirts, then great job; keep it up. If you don’t want to date a guy who ogles at the breasts of other women, then maybe you should stop offering your own breasts up for the ogling. All attention is not equal. You think you want attention, but you don’t. You want respect. All attention is not equal.
2. Don’t go to the tanning bed. You’ll thank me when you go to your high school reunion and you look like you’ve been airbrushed and then photoshopped compared to the tanning bed train wrecks formerly known as classmates – well, at least next to the ones that haven’t died from skin cancer.
3. When you talk about your friends “anonymously” on Facebook, we know exactly who you’re talking about. People are smarter than you think they are. Stop posting passive-aggressive statuses about the myriad of ways your friends disappoint you.
4. Newsflash: the number of times you say “I hate drama” is a pretty good indicator of how much you love drama. Non-dramatic people don’t feel the need to discuss all the drama they didn’t start and aren’t involved in.
5. “Follow your heart” is probably the worst advice ever. 
6. Never let a man make you feel weak or inferior because you are an emotional being. Emotion is good; it is nothing to be ashamed of. Emotion makes us better – so long as it remains in it’s proper place: subject to truth and reason.
7. Smoking is not cool.
8. Stop saying things like, “I don’t care what anyone thinks about me.” First of all, that’s not true. And second of all, if it is true, you need a perspective shift. Your reputation matters – greatly. You should care what people think of you.
9. Don’t play coy or stupid or helpless to get attention. Don’t pretend something is too heavy so that a boy will carry it for you. Don’t play dumb to stroke someone’s ego. Don’t bat your eyelashes in exchange for attention and expect to be taken seriously, ever. You can’t have it both ways. Either you show the world that you have a brain and passions and skills, or you don’t. There are no damsels in distress managing corporations, running countries, or managing households. The minute you start batting eyelashes, eyelashes is all you’ve got.
10. You are beautiful. You are enough. The world we live in is twisted and broken and for your entire life you will be subjected to all kinds of lies that tell you that you are not enough. You are not thin enough. You are not tan enough. You are not smooth, soft, shiny, firm, tight, fit, silky, blonde, hairless enough. Your teeth are not white enough. Your legs are not long enough. Your clothes are not stylish enough. You are not educated enough. You don’t have enough experience. You are not creative enough.
There is a beauty industry, a fashion industry, a television industry, (and most unfortunately) a pornography industry: and all of these have unique ways of communicating to bright young women: you are not beautiful, sexy, smart or valuable enough.
You must have the clarity and common sense to know that none of that is true. None of it.
You were created for a purpose, exactly so. You have innate value. You are loved more than you could ever comprehend; it is mind-boggling how much you are adored. There has never been, and there will never be another you. Therefore, you have unique thoughts to offer the world. They are only yours, and we all lose out if you are too fearful to share them.
You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Simplify & De-Stress

We live in a fast paced world where everything is at our fingertips.  Many in our day feel overworked, over-programmed, overwhelmed and out of control.  As a result, we feel increased STRESS in our lives.  Stress can be a good thing.  Stress and tension on a kite string is what keeps it sailing through the air.  Adrenaline produced by stressful conditions is critical if we are running from a bear.  But the STRESS most people complain about comes when we feel "pushed to the edge - out of control."  When we find ourselves reacting to people or situations rather than responding; or when simple situations become mountains rather than mole hills.
As we think to simplify and de-stress our lives, we need to MAKE NOT FIND time to be still and listen.  Take the time to go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the fall leaves.  Take a few deep breaths and let the autumn breeze help you fell gratitude in your heart.
When you are still, wonderful peace and individual enlightenment will follow.