Motivation Monday: Think about it

ThinkAboutWe started this business because we wanted to help heal, educate, and make awesome products!  We don’t want to quit and and can’t even think about quitting when we begin to think about WHY we even started Two Simple Owls.  So when you start feeling down and defeated and begin to question your path… remember to THINK about WHY you started and your outlook on things just may change!!

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I love to get muddy!

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As many know, I have an obsession with Mud Runs!  I don’t think I can do a regular run where there are no obstacles and/or mud to trek through!  But one of the biggest issues I had in the past was getting the dried and caked on mud off of me in the weak showers you can take there.  This recent one I did was the Dirty Girl Mud Run in Dade City… and this time… I came prepared!!!  I brought a Simple Sugar Pumpkin Pie Scrub and it worked AMAZING and I even smelled yummy after.  But to top it all off.. I also brought my Tired Eyes Solution to clean my face off after also and I felt very clean and refreshed… not so much like the other 2 I’ve done throughout this year.  I think now for every Mud Run I do, I will be bringing a scrub and my Tired Eyes!  OH.. .and in the first mud pit I lost my Two Simple Owls Bees Knees Lip Balm.. I hope that if it didn’t go in the trash or lost in the mud pit, that it went to a good home! ❤ Dani

Clay Masks

These clay masks can be applied on your face and body!  Begin by taking 1 tsp of clay powder and 1 tbsp of water, rose water, coconut oil, lemon juice, sweet almond oil, or yogurt and make a paste.  Then apply this paste to your face or your body.  If you are going to apply to your body, then start from the top and make your way down.  With both types of applications, keep it on for 10-20 minutes, and then wipe it off with a warm rag or hop in the shower and rinse it all off.

The FrenchThe French is French Green Clay.

Moroccan LavaMoroccan Lava is made with a mix of Moroccan Clay and Activated Charcoal.

The MoroccanThe Moroccan is Moroccan/Rhassoul Clay.

Green LavaGreen Lava is made with a mix of French Green Clay and Activated Charcoal.

Triple ThreatTriple Threat is just that.  It is an amazing combo of Activated Charcoal, French Green Clay, and Moroccan Clay.

GET THE DETAILS OF EACH INDIVIDUAL INGREDIENT BELOW

French Green Clay is a 100% natural bio-organic material and it’s being extracted from the Earth, where it is has been absorbing natural healing materials for thousands of years.  French Green clay is also known as illite’ and it contains beneficial minerals including Silica, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Cobalt, Manganese, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Aluminium, Phosphorous and Sodium.  Mountain Rose Herbs (an amazing company) has indicated  that French green clay is beneficial in removing impurities and tightening the pores, toning the skin, exfoliating dead skin cells and reducing inflammation in acne. It can also be used as a full-body treatment to soften dry, rough skin.  It acts as a magnet, penetrating deep into the skin layers and drawing out impurities.  It can stimulate the blood circulation, remove dead skin cells, and freshen skin and with it’s natural properties that are absorbed into the skin, it aids healing to the cells under it!  It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.*On a medical side of it, according the the Arizona State University report, the researchers have found French green clay effective in inhibiting Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium marinum, bacterial pathogens that cause serious and sometimes drug-resistant skin infections. (livestrong.com)  *Apply this to areas where arthritis has formed, muscular pain, or areas you are suffering rheumatoid pain, French clay can be used to ease pain associated with these conditions.

Activated Charcoal is not what is sounds like.  It’s not something you’ll throw under the grill to cook your hamburger, it’s actually a fine black powder made from refined coconuts.  It’s 100% alkaline and is spinning with electrons.  It has been used dated back to 450BC by Hindu’s and also by Hippocrates + Pliney, and last, but not least, it was used in WWI and was placed in the masks of soldiers to keep them from inhaling toxic chemicals.  But today, we use it to detoxify the body and skin.  On the skin, it absorbs toxins that are trapped under and is great to fight acne and cellulite.  It can speed up healing wounds, relieve itchiness from bites or stings, remove toxins from bites or stings, eliminates body odor from underarms, feet, and the scalp.  But we’re not done yet… you can even use it as a teeth whitener or reduce/eliminate body gas!!

Moroccan Clay is also known as Rhassoul Clay. This clay is found naturally and organically mined from ancient deposits deep within the Atlas Mountains in the northeastern region of Morocco.  When you purchase the clay, it’s not in large clods like they extract it, it’s washed, sun-dried and micronized into a smooth powder. This smooth powder of Moroccan Clay is known for its unmatched ability to absorb impurities from the skin and hair and give them beneficial minerals.  It contains Silica, Aluminum, Iron, Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium, and Moisture.  This combo of minerals makes it a great detoxifying cleanser, skin conditioner, shampoo, facial and body mask.  Studies have shown that with just one single use, that it Reduces dryness (79%), Reduces flakiness (41%), Improves skin clarity (68%), Improves skin elasticity / firmness (24%), Improves skin texture (106%), Removes surface oil and oil from inside and around comedons, Removes dead skin layers, resulting in a general smoothing of the surface skin.

We Want To..

 

Our WantsEvery time we sit down to have a business meeting and assess the month that just passed and the month we’re going into, we stop and list our wants.  These are our wants.  We want to heal, educate, and make honest products!… and in that order!

We truly want to help people on every level.  Mackenzie has goals of completing courses in Nutrition and to become a Master Herbalist and Danielle has goals of becoming a Physician and practice in Natropathy and also become a Master Herbalist.

We find things out every day and we want to share our knowledge with everyone.  We want to teach you how to make things yourself and to learn more about the ingredients you are using.

And last, but not least, we want to make honest products.  We want to make products that you can trust, no matter what country you live in!  We want products that you know will be safe for you and not just because the FDA has approved a “certain amount” of “something” to be in it.  Some of our products may only last 30 days, but that’s because we’re not pumping them up with artificial preservatives so it can sit on your shelf for months at a time.

So when you see the name Two Simple Owls, you know that you are not only getting an honest product, but you have people building a company that want to heal and to educate.

Couldn’t have said it better myself!

A dear friend of mine posted this on the beloved site of Facebook and it’s aaaaamazing!  I couldn’t have said it (or written it) better myself!  It’s a must read for those who are wanting kids, thinking about having kids, and most definitely a good laugh for those who have kids already!

Click the link here to go directly to the website and read the story directly from mail online.. or read below!

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Most broody mothers see having a child as a wonderful gift from God but one blogger has set about putting paid to that ideal.

A candid parent test highlighting the high and lows of motherhood is taking the internet by storm after being reposted on countless mothering blogs.

The Test For Future Parents by author Colin Falconer comprises 14 steps to follow before you have children and was originally printed in his book ‘A beginners guide to fatherhood’ in 1992 before finding its was on to parenting blogs in the UK, most recently Mamami by Chet, who was sent the parenting test by a friend.

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Test 1: Preparation

Women: To prepare for pregnancy

1. Put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front.

2. Leave it there.

3. After 9 months remove 5% of the beans.

Men: To prepare for children

1. Go to a local chemist, tip the contents of your wallet onto the counter and tell the pharmacist to help himself

2. Go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.

3. Go home. Pick up the newspaper and read it for the last time.

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Test 2: Knowledge

Find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels and how they have allowed their children to run wild.

Suggest ways in which they might improve their child’s sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behaviour.

Enjoy it. It will be the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.

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Test 3: Nights

To discover how the nights will feel:

1. Walk around the living room from 5pm to 10pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 4 – 6kg, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly.

2.  At 10pm, put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight and go to sleep.

3. Get up at 11pm and walk the bag around the living room until 1am.

4. Set the alarm for 3am.

5. As you can’t get back to sleep, get up at 2am and make a cup of tea.

6. Go to bed at 2.45am.

7. Get up again at 3am when the alarm goes off.

8. Sing songs in the dark until 4am.

9. Put the alarm on for 5am. Get up when it goes off.

10. Make breakfast.

Keep this up for 5 years. LOOK CHEERFUL.

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Test 4: Dressing Small Children

1. Buy a live octopus and a string bag.

2. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that no arms hangout.

Time Allowed: 5 minutes.

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Test 5: Cars

1. Forget the BMW. Buy a practical 5-door wagon.

2. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.

3. Get a coin. Insert it into the CD player.

4. Take a box of chocolate biscuits; mash them into the back seat.

5. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

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Test 6: Going for a walk

a. Wait.

b. Go out the front door.

c. Come back in again.

d. Go out.

e. Come back in again.

f. Go out again.

g. Walk down the front path.

h. Walk back up it.

i. Walk down it again.

j. Walk very slowly down the road for five minutes.

k. Stop, inspect minutely and ask at least 6 questions about every piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue and dead insect along the way.

l. Retrace your steps.

m. Scream that you have had as much as you can stand until the neighbours come out and stare at you.

n. Give up and go back into the house.

You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

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Test 7: Conversations with children

Repeat everything you say at least 5 times.

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Test 8: Grocery Shopping

1. Go to the local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child – a fully grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat.

2. Buy your weekly groceries without letting the goat(s) out of your sight.

3. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys.

Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Feeding your child isn’t as easy as it looks according to the test

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Test 9: Feeding a 1 year-old

1. Hollow out a melon

2. Make a small hole in the side

3. Suspend the melon from the ceiling and swing it side to side

4. Now get a bowl of soggy cornflakes and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon while pretending to be an aeroplane.

5. Continue until half the cornflakes are gone.

6. Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it falls on the floor.

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Test 10:TV

1. Learn the names of every character from the Wiggles, Barney, Teletubbies and Disney.

2. Watch nothing else on television for at least 5 years.

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Test 11:  Mess

Can you stand the mess children make? To find out:

Are you up to the challenge of parenthood asks this hilarious blog post

1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains

2. Hide a fish behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.

3. Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds and then rub them on clean walls. Cover the stains with crayon. How does that look?

4. Empty every drawer/cupboard/storage box in your house onto the floor and proceed with step 5.

5. Drag randomly items from one room to another room and leave them there.

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Test 12: Long Trips with Toddlers

1. Make a recording of someone shouting ‘Mummy’ repeatedly. Important Notes: No more than a 4 second delay between each Mummy. Include occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet.

2. Play this tape in your car, everywhere you go for the next 4 years.

You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

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Test 13:Conversations

1. Start talking to an adult of your choice.

2. Have someone else continually tug on your shirt hem or shirt sleeve while playing the Mummy tape listed above.

You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

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Test 14: Getting ready for work

1. Pick a day on which you have an important meeting.

2. Put on your finest work attire.

3. Take a cup of cream and put 1 cup of lemon juice in it

4. Stir

5. Dump half of it on your nice silk shirt

6. Saturate a towel with the other half of the mixture

7. Attempt to clean your shirt with the same saturated towel

8. Do not change (you have no time).

9. Go directly to work

You are now ready to have children. ENJOY!!

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Soaking Salts

Bath Salts-New ShotOur Soaking Salts are made with a base of Epsom Salt and various Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

Check out the individual benefits below and if you missed the post about magnesium, click here:
SALTY LAVENDER: Lavender Essential oil is created by steam distilling the flowering top.  This oil has analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and anti-fungal properties.  Although it’s great for balancing the mind and body, it also can help with anxiety, headaches, insect bites, and skin conditions (eczema, rashes, and psoriasis).
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SALTY LIME:  Lime is created by cold expressing the oil from the rind/peel.  it has antiseptic, tonic, antibacterial, antiviral, and restorative properties and has been used for anxiety, soothing broken capillaries, dissolving cellulite, energy, memory improvement, and promoting a sense of well-being.
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SALTY SUNSHINE:  Lemon, Grapefruit, and Wild Orange are amazing essential oils that have tons of qualities.. but it’s best quality, is that it’s a known anti-depressant.  All three essential oils are created by cold expressing the oil from the rind/peel and all three have antiseptic and tonic properties as well.  Lemon also has anti-fungal, antioxidant, antiviral, astringent, and refreshing properties.  It’s been used for anxiety, bites/stings, cold sores, a disinfectant, MRSA, postpartum depression, stress, soothing broken capillaries, dissolving cellulite and more.  Grapefruit also has disinfectant properties and has been used for cellulite, hangovers, stress, depression, and fatigue.  Wild Orange has been used for anxiety, nervousness, complexion, muscle soreness, and wrinkles.  How can you be sad when you’re smelling sunshine in a bath?

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SALTY ROSEMARY + MINT:  Peppermint Essential oil is made by steam distilling the peppermint leaves.  It has analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and most of all invigorating properties.  It’s been used on everything from alertness, chronic fatigue, nausea, headaches, MRSA, depression and many many more.  The menthol in it gives you that cooling sensation which can feel great on sore and achy muscles.  Rosemary Essential Oil is made by steam distilling the flowering plant.  It has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, and anti-infectious properties.  This oil has been used for cellulite, detoxification, fatigue, and even headaches.
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SALTY PEPPERMINT:  Peppermint Essential oil is made by steam distilling the peppermint leaves.  It has analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and most of all invigorating properties.  It’s been used on everything from alertness, chronic fatigue, nausea, headaches, MRSA, depression and many many more.  The menthol in it gives you that cooling sensation which can feel great on sore and achy muscles.

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