"I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life." - Elsie de Wolfe

I Had Horrible Allergic Reactions to Makeup


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Your girl Xenia has not been feeling well for quite some time.  I cannot believe that it took me as long as it did to realize that the conventional makeup I have been wearing for years was making me ill.  Things finally came to a head when for two days in a row, the muscles behind my eyes started to pulsate.  It is one of the scariest feelings in the world.  The second day that it happened was the Friday before President’s Day.  My eyes kept shedding water and feeling as if they were full of sand.  By around noon, the pulsating started again.  The college was closing at 2pm that day, and I could not wait to get home.  As soon as I arrived home I went to wash the makeup off of my face.  While I was washing I noticed that the pulsing started to subside and the feeling of sand in my eyes went away.  BINGO!  I finally realized that the cause was the makeup.  About five minutes after washing my face, all the symptoms disappeared and have not returned since.Continue Reading

Walt Disney: 1946 Story of Menstruation

One of my friends on Facebook posted this and I thought it was so cute to watch.  It was made by Disney to be shown to girls in American schools.  Afterwards a booklet that expanded on what the film shows was handed out to all the girls.


Is The Price Right For Blue Apron?


Three Cheese Cannelloni. Photo source: Blue Apron

Servetus asked a very good question, so I decided to answer it in a blog post of its own.  This also gives me the opportunity to say a little bit more about Blue Apron.   So, is the price right?Continue Reading

Blue Apron

Almost a month ago I saw THIS post over on Brooklyn Limestone about a company called Blue Apron.  I was very intrigued and agreed with much of what Mrs. Limestone wrote.  I enjoy cooking, so I have always collected cookbooks and printed out recipes from online.  Lots of times I want to try out a recipe, but too often it contains ingredients that you have to go out and buy for the recipe, but you know you will never use the rest of it any time soon.

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Belle the movie 2I finally watched this movie today.  I streamed it from Amazon.  I really meant to see Belle when it was in the movie theaters, but it was pulled just as I was going to see it with a co-worker.  Belle is based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, who was the daughter of an enslaved African woman named Maria Bell, and  a wealthy white English Navy Admiral named John Lindsay.  The real Dido Belle can be seen in the painting below that she posed for with her cousin, Elizabeth Murray, in 1778.Continue Reading

DNA Testing By National Geographic

NG cover DVDLast Thursday I had the pleasure of gathering with some of my neighbors for tea.  It had been a while since we came together just to relax and catch up.  During the conversation one of my neighbors mentioned that she had a DNA test done by Ancestry.com but the results, while interesting, was quite general.  She then mentioned that National Geographic also performs DNA tests that are supposed to be more detailed but very expensive.  I have always wanted to know more about my family tree, so I had to spend some time online looking this up.Continue Reading