Saturday, August 20, 2016


Catching those late night informercials on non stick copper pans and seeing them sold at numerous places, I was tempted to purchase a few pans, only held out because I wasn't ready to pay the $19.99 price tag. I found the same styles of the non stick pans at Ross for only $14.99 each and decided to give them a try.

The larger pan I sautéed Zucchini, Squash and Mushrooms. After 30 seconds I notice it burning so I added a few drops of olive oil, not as much as I would normally use. The pan began to work just fine. It was better than my other pans over all but the claim that you don't have to use oil is not true.

Both pans did require oil for cooking and baking. The pot only uses water.

The clean up is awesome. Just a simple rinse and wipe down and you're ready for the next meal.

Have you ever used these non stick pans?
How do you cook and prepare your meals with the non stick pans?

Leave a comment below and tell me what you think.

Friday, August 19, 2016


I own over 100 pairs of shoes and I will continue to still buy more. I normally store my shoes in book shelves using the technique, right shoe facing forward and the left shoe facing back.  I was running out of space and had to buy more shelves as my shoe collection continued to grow.

Wondering around in CVS I saw a product that would help me store even more shoes and create more space for the shoes I already had. The product is called the Shoe Slotz. It creates an alternative way to stack your shoes vertical instead of horizontal. You can now store 8 pairs of shoes in a row instead of 4.

The cost is $14.99 for a set of 6
Can be purchased at:
Bed Bath & Beyond

Leave a comment below if this is something you would use or if you've tried the Shoe Slotz before and let me know how it is working out for you.

Friday, August 5, 2016


Never heard of bentonite clay before? Well, then you may be very surprised to hear that it’s a “healing clay” that cleanses and heals the body. In fact, many people enjoy bentonite clay benefits by taking internally (in other words, drinking and eating it), on top of using it externally on the skin.
Bentonite clay, also called Montmorillonite clay, is taking off as a wellness trend among people who are looking to help detoxify their bodies and defend against illnesses. While it’s been used for centuries around the world to promote better health and ward off disease, this healing clay recently gained some spotlight in the U.S. and Europe as a trusted product* that can be added to any detoxification program.

Bentonite Clay Benefits in History

Devils Tower at SunsetBentonite clay is composed of ash made from volcanos. The largest known source of bentonite clay is found in Fort Benton, Wyoming where numerous volcanos are present, so the name of the clay stems from the town where today much of the supply is still harvested.
The other name that bentonite clay is typically given, Montmorillonite clay, stems from the region of France called Montmorillon, where the clay was first discovered. Today the clay is harvested mostly in the U.S., France and Italy. “Bentonite” is actually the trade name that the clay has been given, but people for the most part speak about Montmorillonite and Bentonite clay interchangeably and are referring to the same product.
Bentonite clay stems back far in history as a traditional healing method for protecting the body from disease. It has been reported that several traditional cultures living in regions of the Andes, Central Africa and Australia have consumed clays in numerous ways for centuries. Because the clay is readily available and required no modern processing, it has been a popular and cost-effective way of “detoxing” the body for quite some time.

How Bentonite Clay Works

We come into contact with a range of toxins numerous times every day, as toxins are given off from common products like paint, cleaning supplies, markers, substances used in building homes, low-quality unpurified water, and even pesticides that are widely sprayed regions that have farming present. It is quite common to inject a range of different toxins just by breathing in the fumes that are present all around us, not to mention the toxins that we receive from an unhealthy diet filled with low-quality processed foods.
“Heavy metal toxins” usually refer to substances like mercury, cadmium, lead and benzene. These can be found in the products previously mentioned, and also in foods that contain high fructose corn syrup or certain types of fish. Bentonite clay benefits your body by helping to expel many of these toxins (thus as part of a heavy metal detox) and can increase immunity and reduce inflammation. (1Mud volcano in Wyoming
On top of being able to draw-out toxins from the body, the clay itself has a range of nutrients. Bentonite clay is known to have an abundance of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium.
When ingested into the body, either in a drink form or by eating the clay, its vitamins and minerals are absorbed similarly to how a supplement would be. Therefore, some people use it as a supplement since the clay is a natural source of important dietary nutrients.

Bentonite Clay Nutrition Data Table

Bentonite clay also benefits the body because it has the ability to produce a charge that is electrical in nature when it comes in contact with liquid — similar to how earthing(touching your bare feet to the earth, in particular wet grass). When the clay touches any type of fluid (normally water), it takes on a different charge and is thought to bind to any present toxins within the fluid.
While in its natural state, bentonite clay has negatively charged electrons intact, most toxins and heavy metals have positively charged electrons. This allows the two to bind together easily and stay united while the toxin removal process happens.
Bentonite clay essentially “seeks” toxins in the body to bind with because naturally any substance that has a missing ion (which gives it its “charge”) looks for oppositely charged types of substances that will make it complete. Upon binding, the clay is then able to help remove toxins, chemicals, impurities and “heavy metals” from the gut, skin and mouth.   
If you ever use chia seeds in baking and combine them with any milk or water, you have likely experienced their ability to swell and soak up the fluid that is around them, creating a gel-like consistency. Bentonite clay has a similar ability: It absorbs the liquids that is comes into contact with and expands to extract toxins from the liquid.

10 Bentonite Clay Benefits and Uses

 healing skin, hands1. Used on the Skin to Heal Eczema, Dermatitis & Psoriasis
When combined with water and left to dry on the skin as a clay mask, the clay is able to bind to bacteria and toxins living on the surface of the skin and within pores to extract these from the pours. This helps to reduce the outbreak of blemishes, alleviate redness, and also to fight allergic reactions from irritating lotions or face washes, and even helps help poison ivy.
Thanks to the clay’s special ability to act as an antibiotic treatment when applied topically to the skin, the clay can help to calm skin infections and speed up healing time of wounds or eczema, even when prescription antibiotics were not able to help solve the problem. (234)
2. Used in the Bath as a Soaking Liquid to Remove Toxins
The clay can be added to your bath water and used as a soaking liquid, binding to the toxins that are dispelled from your skin. The clay leaves skin feeling smooth, hydrated, and less inflamed, all while you relax in the tub effortlessly!
3. Allows Cells to Receive More Oxygen
Bentonite clay helps to get oxygen into the cells because it has the ability to pull excess hydrogen from the cells, leaving room for oxygen to take its place.
When cells have more oxygen entering them, you feel more energized and your body can repair itself more easily from illness or hard workouts, including improving muscle recovery.
Human Body diagram with Alkaline4. Alkalizes the Body
Much of the foods that are present in the “Standard American Diet” have an acidic reaction in the body, meaning they alter the body’s preferred pH level to make it more acidic than we’d like for it to be.
The less healthy someone’s diet is, normally the more acidic their body is. This is the case because the stomach needs to work extra hard to produce strong acids in order to break down these foods, creating the need for even more alkalizing foods to balance things out.
Proper digestion requires enzymes that are made from alkalizing minerals, so when alkalizing foods do not enter the body, acidity remains high and digestion suffers. Bentonite clay contains alkalizing minerals, which brings the level of the body’s pH to a more optimal balance between acidity and alkalinity, helping to make the blood, saliva and urine more alkaline. 
5. Boosts Probiotics
By removing toxins, digestive-distress causing chemicals and heavy metals from the gut, bentonite clay helps to promote the “good bacteria” or probiotics living in your gut wall and decrease the amount of harmful “bad bacteria.”
A healthy gut wall prevents us from experiencing malabsorption of nutrients from our food, increases our immunity, and also helps to elevate our mood and brain function. Research has also shown that bentonite clay can bind to particular toxins like “aflatoxins” that are common in the standard diet, found in things like peanuts and some grains.
When left unattended, an influx of aflatoxins can contribute to liver damage and potentially even the onset of certain cancers. Because of bentonite clay’s negatively charged electrons, it’s able to withstand acids found in the gut and survive long enough to bind to toxins. (5)
6. Relieves Digestive Problems (Constipation, IBS, Nausea, etc.)Hands on Stomach, gut health
Thanks to its ability to neutralize bacteria in the cut and kill viruses, bentonite clay helps to alleviate many digestive problems. It is often used as relief for nausea and vomiting by pregnant women, is a safe way to remedy constipation, and helps with IBS.
Results from one study carried out in 1998 showed that bentonite clay was extremely successful at absorbing harmful rotavirus and caronavirus toxins within the gut of young mammals. Rotaviruses are one of the leading causes of gastrointestinal distress, such as diarrhea and nausea, in infants and toddlers. (5)
Bentonite clay benefits your pets as well. It is safe for pet consumption within your own home and can alleviate pet’s nausea and vomiting in the same way. You can add bentonite clay to your pet’s water to help reduce symptoms like vomiting. Mix ¼ cup or less of the clay into their water until it dissolves; they should not taste anything or even notice that it’s there, but should feel better pretty quickly.
7. Boosts Immunity by Killing Harmful Bacteria and Viruses
Bentonite clay was also found to be effective at killing harmful bacteria. In a study published by the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, “results indicate that specific mineral products have intrinsic, heat-stable antibacterial properties, which could provide an inexpensive treatment against numerous human bacterial infections.” (6)
More research is still needed on the topic but results of studies so far appear to be promising in terms of how the clay can be used as a treatment for these gut-related illnesses. On top of killing these types of infections and viruses, bentonite clay benefits your immune system by keeping the gut wall strong.
Much of the immune system actually lives inside of the gut, and when the gut wall is compromised, toxins are better able to leach into the bloodstream and cause serious problems. By protecting the gut wall and decreasing the amount of pesticides, toxins, bacteria and chemicals that could potentially enter the blood, the body is better able to protect its health.
8. Improves the Health of Teeth and Gums
The mouth is one of the most susceptible areas of the body when it comes to harmful outside “invaders” taking over, like bacteria and toxins.
Bentonite clay binds to unhealthy substances in the mouth, such as around the teeth and on the tongue and gums, and helps to remove them before you swallow them and become sick. Because of Bentonite’s antibacterial properties, it has been used in natural toothpastes and even mixed with water and used as a daily rinse.
Running Water9. Purifies Water
Bentonite clay has been researched as an effective way to remove some of the fluoride that is often in drinking water.
When combined with magnesium, the clay has been shown to benefit the purity of tap water, which leads to some promising possibilities for using it in the future as a widespread cost-effective water purification method. (7)
10. Useful As a Baby Powder Alternative
Bentonite clay can be applied to any area on the skin of babies that is irritated, red or needs soothing in the same way that traditional powders are used. Plus, it is very gentle and naturally cleansing.
Apply a small amount of the clay directly to the skin and allow it to sit for several minutes before wiping/rinsing it away.
 Comment below and tell me how you use Bentonite clay and what it has done for you.

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Ouchhh! Just the other day my big toe was hurting and I had no knowledge as to why. 
I looked at it a day later only to find a black and blue on my toe nail. 
I was taken aback. I didn't recall stubbing my toe so how in the heavens did this happen? 
Then I recall that I have been exercising a lot and my sneaker must have been rubbing on my big toe too much. 

If this happens to you and there isn't any increased pain or bleeding, worry not. Soak your foot in equal parts of vinegar water and the black and blue should go away in a few short weeks. 
As you're working on your toe don't forget to forgo that sneaker and use another pair that has enough space for your big toe.  You don't want to continue the issue while working on solving it. 

If you do feel a lot of pain or the black and blue doesn't go away within 2 weeks of treatment, go to the ER or schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. 

Tell me what you think. Have you ever had this issue? What did you do?

Hazel Dolphy 

Director/ Filmmaker/Actress
"Create without apologies!"

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


The other day I was conversing with my friend about "best friends". 
I have heard people use that term so loosely that it made me rethink how one should use the phrase. 

Granted we are in our adulthood but we still want to feel the tight connection to our sister-friends by using the word best friend as when we did when we were kids but let's get real, NOT EVERYONE YOU COME ACROSS DESERVES TO BE CALLED THAT! 

My friend was sharing with me that her "best friend" is very much of a show off. She states that she flashes money and over emphasizes on what her husband buys her. 
My take is that best friends don't do that. It's important to celebrate each other and not 'stunt' on each other. Most times when anyone gloats on the material things, it's because they are lacking in other parts of their lives. 

My friend also shared that she hasn't been in her friends new marital home. 
Listen my dear, let's be real with each other. 
If someone isn't inviting you over for dinner, never ask you to come sip some tea and have a pow wow in their home or call you to check up on you, don't call them your best friend. At BEST they are an ASSOCIATE that you associate with when you or they have the time. One sided friendships should be ended. PROMPTLY! 

True best friends cheer you on and call you to check up on you often. It is important to be in each others lives deeply if you want to have them as a best friend. We tend to think at times that we don't need true friends but we do. It is a part of having a healthy life. True friends help us through hard times and help us grow! Do your friendship inventory... do you have a best friend or an associate? 

It's important to know the difference for your own mental health. If not, you will always be asking yourself, why does she do "this" to me? 

What do you think? I'd love to hear your feedback on how you determine if someone is your best friend!

Cheers to TRUE friendship. Until next time! 

Hazel Dolphy 

Director/ Filmmaker/Actress
"Create without apologies!"