May 26, 2020

Cara Cotton Gloves

I have been seeing discarded plastic medical gloves on sidewalks and in gutters. Wanting to come up with a hand-covering that is reusable and more organic, I purchased white cotton gloves in a package of 24. I use them once and then throw them in with the other white laundry items. Hot water, bleach and soap is purported to clean and sterilize them.

The gloves come in all different sizes and you don’t necessarily have to buy them in bulk, but if you have multiples, you are less tempted to reuse them after out-of-home use.

People may see your white-gloved hands and think you are a mime, but we just may start a current day fashion trend.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CIBQD7I?tag=duckduckgo-osx-20&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1

Vitamins D and C for stronger immunity

I ran across a quote from Dr. Anthony Fauci from four years ago where he touted daily doses of Vitamin C and Vitamin D. (He has back-pedaled a bit in current day however.)

Vitamin C is purported to be an anti-oxidant, an anti-histamine, an anti-inflammatory and an immune system booster. Vitamin C is water-soluble and is not readily absorbed by our body’s membrane walls which are made up of fatty acids. Enter liposomes which are nano-sized fat-soluble vehicles that may deliver Vitamin C more effectively to your blood stream.
I ordered 1,000 mg per serving Liposomal Vitamin C capsules. Please be sure to consult with your health care professional to determine what your daily dosage should be.

Sunshine and fresh air can be in short supply during this time at home so Vitamin D might need to be supplemented. Vitamin D3 may protect brain function and memory, reduce risk of heart disease, lower inflammation, improve mood and sleep, plus boost your immunity. Again, I ordered Liposomal Vitamin D3 for better delivery to my blood stream.

You could always take a daily tablespoon of cod liver oil for Vitamin D, but I prefer more palatable Liposomal Vitamin D3 capsules. Again, consult your physician because you can easily overdo your Vitamin D supplementation.

Stay well. Good sleep, healthy food and a few well-chosen vitamins and supplements may just help keep your immunity strong. And remember to bring masks and gloves when you are out and about.

Online sources I have used to purchase over-the-counter vitamins and supplements:

Amazon – amazon.com

Mercola – mercola.com

Swanson – swansonvitamins.com

Vitacost – vitacost.com

I welcome you sharing your vitamin and supplement protocol as well as where you have obtained them.

Making the Cut on Amazon Prime Video

Call me crazy but I love reality competition shows especially for food or fashion. Amazon Prime has entered the competitive fray with Making the Cut starring Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn whose previous fashion-centric progam, Project Runway, ran with them as hosts for 16 seasons on Bravo and Lifetime, respectively.

Although the two show formats seem similar, Gunn and Klum have upped the ante with international designer contestants who have already achieved some career recognition meaning there is less emotional drama and more professionalism. The winner receives a million dollars and a marketing deal with Amazon. High incentive for these talented competitors.

The premiere season takes place in New York, Paris and Tokyo adding a glamorous travel aspect. The judges include model and British Vogue fashion consultant Naomi Campbell and Nicole Richie, creator of fashion brand, House of Harlow. Getting to know the judges as well as the contestants is part of the fun; Campbell is brutally honest and Richie is surprisingly articulate. The real stars are Klum and Gunn who have little comic interludes that would be annoying if the two weren’t so damn cute.

Project Runway has continued back on Bravo with new hosts and judges for Seasons 17 and 18, but for my money, Making the Cut on Amazon is indeed a cut above the competition.

The Making the Cut Amazon page allows you to buy winning looks from the show, or purchase items from Tim’s Closet Staples, Heidi Klum Intimates, or judges companies, House of Harlow and Altuzara. More proof that Amazon is taking over the world.

Making the Cut Amazon page

Williams and Sonoma Liquid Hand Soap

Last Christmas, I walked away from a holiday grab bag party with a trio of Williams and Sonoma products including a bottle of Pink Grapefruit Liquid Hand Soap. Score! I fell in love with this product and decided to explore additional scents.

As it is recommended to frequently wash our hands, now more than ever, Williams and Sonoma’s bio-degradable liquid hand soap makes that experience indubitably more pleasant.

I just bought the French Lavender Liquid Soap which uses lavender from Provence in France and essences of geranium and clary sage plus the Meyer Lemon version which is perfect for kitchen use. Along with essential oils, the liquid soaps feature olive oil, aloe vera and glycerin as skin moisturizers.

I now have two 68-ounce refill plastic bottles to be used with reusable glass dispensers. Less plastic waste is a win-win.
Other scents include Fleur de Sel, White Gardenia, Pink Grapefruit and Lemongrass Ginger.

Delivery is free with a purchase over $49.

Williams & Sonoma Lavender Liquid Hand Soap

Starbucks Reserve Roastery in previous Crate and Barrel flagship on Michigan Avenue

Did you know that Chicago currently has the largest Starbucks location in the world? The Seattle-based corporation took over the former Michigan Avenue flagship store of locally-owned Crate and Barrel November 2019.

The venue is five floors with 43,000 square feet of space. To ease traffic within the store, one can use stairs, escalators or elevators to shift between areas. And the crowds have indeed shown up. Opening week, people lined up outside in the cold waiting for admittance.

With the copper piping and modern coffee bar decor, this struck me as the Willy Wonka factory of coffee bars. Not only is this a coffee shop and retail outlet, but a cocktail bar with signature drinks devised by local bartenders and an Italian-style sandwich shop. Local art is featured along with very clean-lined modern furniture and decor.

I am not a coffee drinker, but if I were, I would take note that Starbucks touts its Reserve products to be of the rarest and best quality, often from single-origin coffee concerns.

When the hordes die down, you might want to grab a beverage or snack and watch the world go by from one of the many stylish levels at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. Window seat preferably.

https://www.starbucksreserve.com/en-us/locations/chicago

EggLife Wraps without flour or dairy

Hurrah! I finally found a wrap without grain, gluten, flour or dairy that actually tastes good.

EggLife Wraps are rather like little tortillas and come in four different flavors, the plain original, Italian Style, Rye Style and Southwest Style.

The web site says they are 95% egg whites, only 30 calories apiece and contain only 1 gram of carbs and a decent 5 grams of protein.

I have filled them with turkey bacon, ground chicken, veggies, hummus and salsa. They make a good savory breakfast option or a quick and easy lunch. I pop them into my toaster oven or microwave briefly to warm them up, but they are ready to eat from the bag.

You will find EggLife Wraps in the refrigerated section of your grocery. The web site says Mariano’s, Jewel and Sunset Foods are carrying the product in the Chicago area. Be persistent because some clerks are not yet familiar with the product or where it might be hiding in the store.

https://egglifefoods.com/our-wraps/