Review: I broke down and decided to try Dermastore’s SmartLash. It’s not supposed to have the side effects of Latisse, so I felt pretty safe trying it. I used it once a day (not recommended twice) for about 3 weeks. I woke up last Sunday morning and when I went to put on my mascara, I saw dark rings around the iris’ of both eyes. It looked like someone took a magic marker and drew a circle around them. Very scary, monsteresque looking. I could have done an episode of Supernatural, if I could act. I called Dermastore Monday, and the customer service rep insisted that the product was all natural and couldn’t do any harm. I mentioned that hemlock is all natural. She may or may not have gotten the message. She kept saying it couldn’t discolor my eyelids. My eyelids aren’t discolored, so that may be true. She apparently doesn’t know what the iris is. I asked to speak to someone in charge. Got a call back Thursday. The person said she never heard any complaints like this before, but would surely keep on top of it, and asked me to contact her after I see my opthamologist, credited my card for the original purchase, and cancelled auto delivery. She couldn’t understand why the person I originally spoke to didn’t do that. Apparently she never met her. Okay, I know this has worked for some, but, I do not recommend this product. Just for the record, since I stopped using SmartLash, the thick dark rings have become thinner. I’m really hoping they go away.
This recipe is from Giada, and I call it a cheat recipe because it includes jarred marinara sauce (I used Newman’s because it was on sale, and is really good) My chopped carrots never got soft enough, and in the future I will use only ones I’ve teeny tiny diced, or perhaps a cup of frozen mixed vegetables. The pasta I used was small whole grain elbows. It is really delicious, and for me it’s a meal.
Quick and Spicy Tomato Soup
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, chopped (diced tiny)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (26-ounce) jar marinara sauce
2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup pastina pasta (or any small pasta)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Warm the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion, and garlic and saute until soft, about 2 minutes.
Add the jar of marinara sauce, chicken broth, cannellini beans, red pepper flakes, pasta, salt and pepper. Simmer for at least 10 minutes.
My friend Patty sent this. All my health conscious friends need to relax and read it.
NEW PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN
Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it… Don’t waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake? A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio? A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two body, your ratio two to one.
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? A: Can’t think of single one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain…good! Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?
Q : Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? A: Oh no! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.
Q: Is chocolate bad for me? A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!
Q: Is swimming good for your figure? A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.
Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle? A: Hey! ‘Round’ is shape! Well… I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.
And remember: Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a ride!!”
For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans…
5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
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