<![CDATA[GigisPlace2Be - Gigi'sBlog]]>Sat, 14 Nov 2015 04:38:13 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[3 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Face, Skin, And Hair with Coffee: The Mochaliscious Way!                                                                                      By Gigi Marie]]>Thu, 31 Oct 2013 04:29:57 GMThttp://gigisplace2be.weebly.com/gigisblog/-3-ways-to-rejuvenate-your-face-skin-and-hair-with-coffee-the-mochaliscious-way-by-gigi-mariePicture
Coffee has been around for many years and has numerous health benefits. We’ll look at three ways you can rejuvenate your face, skin and hair by using the long talked about Coffee.

I have used Mary Kay Skin Care Products for over 20 years.  Though, I have enjoyed the products greatly, it has become an extra expense. So, I am looking for natural alternatives to take care of my needs with products I may already have in my own kitchen!

Did You Know?
One - 4 ounce tube of Mary Kay® Botanical Effects® Mask [$14] is equivalent to 24 teaspoons of the mochaliscious mask. This is three times the product for a fraction of the cost.

Face: The Divine Mochalicious Facial 

This yummy mask will tingle while tightening pores and softening the delicate skin on your face leaving you glowing as if you went to a high-end spa. Don’t get me wrong! I love a great spa day, but this is a great alternative in between those times and men can use this too!

·      2 tsp. ground coffee. (I use the coffee grounds from a fresh pot of coffee, just make sure you coffee is finely ground)

·      2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

·      2 tsp. Milk. (Whatever you use)

·      2 tsp. honey
There are several different measurements that can be used for this recipe, but this one works best for me. The beauty of it is that there is no real wrong way and revising your recipe to fit your needs is easy to do!  If you want a thicker paste, use less milk.  If you have very dry skin, increase the honey or consider olive oil.

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, and apply gently to your face and neck.

Let dry for about 8-10 minutes.  Place a warm washcloth against your face and gently rinse with warm water.

Tip: Dr. Oz recommends using coffee and olive oil for a mask under 60 seconds.  I like to call this the 30-second “quickie” mask.

Susie Cummings, stay at home mom, AZ, said she uses her coffee grounds just after making her coffee. “I wet my face with water and apply coffee grounds. I usually leave on a minute or two…I feel awake and see an instant brightness in my skin!”

Skin: Coffee Scrub: Coffee is a great excellent exfoliator for the skin.  While in the shower, use coffee grounds to rid your skin of dead skin cells!  If you want a smoother scrub, just add a touch of olive oil and some sugar. You skin will feel refreshed and alive!

Hair: Gentle Hair Stripper Working coffee grounds into wet hair and massaging it through can rid your hair of excess product build-up and leave your hair shiny and soft. (Use caution with lighter hair or bleached hair, darkening may occur.) Shampoo as usual.

Some Benefits:
“Natural ingredients are easier for your body to assimilate and will allow for better absorption while benefiting from the healing properties. said Sheri Roelfsema, Owner of Radiance Day Spa, Sioux Falls, SD.

Coffee:  Reduces puffiness
The coffee grinds will help reduce puffiness and swelling as coffee has anti-inflammatory antioxidants in it. It has been suggested that coffee can lighten and brighten the skin.

Milk, Honey, and Cocoa: add moisture to your skin. Honey is a natural antibacterial it sooths and heals the skin.

Unused portions can be stored in your refrigerator, but discard after a few days.

Click below for more resources:
·      http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/one-minute-miracles-save-your-skin

·      http://www.ecomarket.com/blog/2013/4-ways-organic-coffee-great-for-skin/

·      http://www.vintageamanda.com/2010/02/the-kitchen-secret-for-great-skin/

·      http://www.vintageamanda.com/2010/04/easy-homemade-body-scrub-recipe/

·      http://www.marykay.com/en-US/Skin-Care/Mary-Kay-Botanical-Effects-Mask-Formula-2-Normal-Skin-/100215.partId?eCatId=10026

·      http://radiance-dayspa.com


<![CDATA[My Big "A-Ha!" Moment.]]>Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:05:08 GMThttp://gigisplace2be.weebly.com/gigisblog/my-big-a-ha-moment
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and The National Domestic Violence Hotline is dedicated to raising awareness of abuse, one story, one statement, one survivor at a time.

Up against the wall, trying to catch my breath, and push back the hand that was clenched around my trachea was all I could do to stay calm until he lightened his grip. I didn’t want to disturb my babies that were sleeping at the time but, as quiet as I tried to be, it didn’t matter, my eldest had already become aware of the ruckus. At four-years of age, full of wonder and hope, she was standing quietly with her big bright eyes when she whimpered, “Mommy, are you ok?”  My heart dropped at her quiet, yet shaky little voice as the hand around my throat suddenly slipped away.

That moment, lead me to a very profound place.  I was going to stop this cycle of abuse that I had witnessed as a child and refuse to allow my children to live in this environment as well. I needed to leave my husband.  Now, don’t get me wrong, this did not happen overnight.  It took time.  Yes, I went through procedures and told myself that we could do counseling and we did.  I found a church, a wonderful church, and we started faithfully going as a family.  We got involved in groups, served as children ministry instructors, even did a reunion of vows.  The sad thing about it was that my spirit was at risk, it was dying slowly and the self -talks that I was giving to myself became passive and meek. My husband wasn’t changing and I began to think, “ This is your life, you are married. Work it out.”  I began to think that maybe much of the reasons he was abusive was somehow my fault.  I desired to do the right thing. So, the next logical step would be to enroll in a class on “How to Love Your Husband More” through my church. 

Two years had passed since that moment in the hallway and I painfully knew in my heart that he was not going to change.

After many more forms of abuse along the way, my day finally came when I stood up and alas had the big almighty “A-HA! This is it, moment! “

     Sitting in a circle around a table with many more groups of women, we started our session on how to love your husband more.  I would sit patiently until my turn arrived to speak while each woman would share something that happened in her life that week in her relationship that may have caused disappointment with her husband, or ways that she could be more supportive.  I listened while one discussed how her husband wasn’t the same religion, and looked down on her.  I listened how one woman said that her husband told her that she was fat and lazy or wouldn’t give her any attention.  I would listen on how our mentor would say that we needed to pray for our husbands and pray for their heart to soften.  Each and everyday I listened!  When it finally got to me, my heart was pumping and my soul was wide open and I heard a voice within in me shout out with extreme force that said “This is it, I can’t do this anymore!”  “My father always told me to do unto other’s, as you’ll have done to you, and I have always tried to live this way. But, I know, on this day, I can not do well unto others, if I am allowing harm to come to me!”  Then, I stood up and said “I can not do this anymore. I am done!” 

Of course I shocked a few people in the church that day, as we displayed the “perfect couple!”  Matching vehicles, white picket fence;( well brown anyways), two little girls and a dog.  We sat with each other in church with my husbands arm around my shoulder and smiled and chatted with everyone before and after church.

When I left, it wasn’t to be mean or weak, vindictive, or unfaithful. It was a means of survival for me, and my children mentally, physically and spiritually. I endured many nights of grief when I took my daughter’s out of that life that we had and I left.  But, with faith and a strong support network, I was able to manage through it.

Executive Director of The Compass Center, Patty Brooks, shared that research states that children who witness violence or are victims of violence are twice as likely to commit acts of violence as adults or are twice as likely to be a victim of violence as an adult because of their environment and what they witnessed as a child during their developmental years. She also expressed that in their experience at the center, 80% of the victims had children and more than half of those children witnessed the violence.

“I am a survivor of domestic violence in my first marriage for over 10 years so I truly understand the dynamics of abuse, power and control and the struggle to try and leave a relationship with someone who you were supposed to love and who was supposed to love you.  Our agency wants to try and break the cycle to end violence, even if it is just one person at a time.”  Brooks said.


Victims can contact The Compass Center by calling 339-0116, through our website at www.thecompasscener.org, or by sending an email to contact@thecompasscenter.org.  Everything at The Compass Center is strictly confidential and staff and volunteers are available 24/7 for crisis situations. 

Domestic violence does not just affect women it affects men, as well.  The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that as many as one in four women and one in seven men experience some form of abuse.

Help is also available through The Domestic Violence Resource Center and The National Domestic Violence Hotline:



You can also call:  1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

It has taken me many years to learn how to talk positive to myself.  It is a work in progress, but it has changed my life.  It has changed the way that I view my self worth and has enabled me to inspire other woman that have gone through this and to share with them the idea that they are never alone.  I feel that when you are in the darkest of hour’s you are most comforted, all you have to do is listen and accept.  You will be given more strength than you realized that you had and will be armored in self-confidence, awareness, and bravery as you do what you have to do to live and to be happy.

Don’t be a victim any longer. Find the strength that lies within you and listen to your voice.  You are never alone.

Love and Light!

<![CDATA[Making Mud Pies in the Mud ]]>Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:30:40 GMThttp://gigisplace2be.weebly.com/gigisblog/making-mud-pies-in-the-mud-by-gina-slaglePicture
Everyday struggles can sometimes get the best of us.  Most of us live day- to -day just trying to get through until tomorrow, and then we repeat the same, mundane, routine cycle that we have become accustomed to living in. I feel that this is how depression sets in, and then all of a sudden you wake up one day and feel stuck and resentful.  Well, let me tell you, I have been there, and I know that there is a way to turn this around. We’ve all heard the old saying, “If life throws you lemons then make lemonade.”  Well, I like to take that a step further.  Why just stop at lemonade?  Boring!  Try adding some               extra sugar and make a sugar scrub!  Don’t just settle for what is thrown at you, meaning create something out of what seems like not much. Create something out of everything you get and find a way to allow it to nurture your soul. 
Image by www.bristolstrategygroup.com

 Sitting in the county office, embarrassed, scared, and feeling somewhat ashamed, I found my self in a place I did not think I would be in.  I felt like I was dealt a dirty hand that I could not get out of.  I had suddenly lost a well paying job, and was already living in a run down apartment with my two young daughters and I went to the county office to ask for a loan so that I could pay my rent and avoid eviction.  While I was sitting there, I started to panic and cry because I realized that my younger daughter had lice and thought how was I going to get rid of this too? An amazing thing happened to me that day.  I was denied the loan.  I was told that I had to be without income for two months and have already been served an eviction notice.  “What?” I thought. “This is what I am trying to avoid.”  I could have accepted this and not worked and waited for an eviction to receive assistance, but I didn’t.  Instead I got busy, got determined, focused and got a plan to get us out.  I worked two and three jobs, saved my money as best as I could and was able to find one solid job working nights and moved my daughters and I to a smaller town, into a nice home and more stable environment.  My point in this is that I chose to utilize what was around me and refused to accept the dirty hand that was dealt to me.  Instead I grew from it.

     Let’s imagine that you are thrown in a mud pit and told that this is your dwelling for a while and to get used to it. Your neighbor next to you has been in the mud pit for two years already.  The neighbor has accepted her muddy life, and feels that it doesn’t get any better than this and is very negative. You on the other hand are equipped with certain knowledge and skills and the bottom line is that you are too busy focusing on what you can create with this mess rather than become angry and unhappy about being in the mess.  So, you start creating mud pies, mud wraps, facials, anything you can with your mud and pretty soon, your sparkling with inner strength and realize that you have worked your way through the mud while utilizing all that you could with what you had. 

     Don’t be the victim.  Refuse to sit in your “victimness”.   Don’t get comfortable in the mud.  By figuring out how you can turn it around to be a survivor, empowers you to do so much more with your life.  When your in a similar situation down the road, you will have the skills and knowledge on how to get through it and know not to listen to the ones that live in negativity and accept this as their forever dwelling.

We all have the inner strength, vision, creativity, and resourcefulness to create whatever it is that we desire, we just need to learn to tap into that and listen.

Love and Light!

Gigi Marie

<![CDATA[There is a name for why I go crazy over sounds! HELP HAS ARRIVED!]]>Mon, 30 Sep 2013 06:07:20 GMThttp://gigisplace2be.weebly.com/gigisblog/there-is-a-name-for-why-i-go-crazy-over-sounds-help-has-arrived
I have struggled on controling my temper and irritatabilty towards others for years.  My reasons have been as simple as someone chewing gum, eating chips, or opening a bag of cookies.   I know it sounds crazy, but it has affected those around me for years.  There have been times when I could scream or imagine yanking someone's teeth out!  Why?  Well, I have learned that it is simply the hatred of sounds.  Yes, you heard me right.  It is called Mesophonia and is also linked to tinnitus or "ringing in the ear", and some anxiety orders as well.  Those that have experienced similar experiences are NOT alone. Click here and read all about it, resources and support forums are available: /whats-news.html 
<![CDATA[Getting In Touch]]>Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:58:12 GMThttp://gigisplace2be.weebly.com/gigisblog/getting-in-touch
 You know, when we were “being done” in the womb, everything was as it should be.  All we had to do was to “just be.”  We were being created by God and filled with pure Love.  As we grew and came into this world the life lessons started to begin.   The way that we were raised and how we were spoken to built our “false beliefs.”  These, I feel, are beliefs that were bestowed upon us by default and by our surroundings.  Soon, we adapt and we adopt those beliefs as our own. 
     Through the years, I personally have overcome a lot of my own trials and tribulations and have had to work consistently with becoming in touch with “my” soul and figure out what beliefs that I choose to take on as  my own and which ones I choose to walk away from.  That can be tough! However, I have learned that standing “alone” in your beliefs and believing in yourself creates a union with your Source that can give you complete comfort and peace in knowing that you are never truly “Alone.”  God lies within us and is always a part of us. 
The Bottom Line
      So, one of the many things I have done for myself through the years is to learn how to change my thoughts!  Some of which I have gained through Dr. Wayne Dyer ” Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life. Living The Wisdom of the Tao." Some I give attribute to Iyanla Vanzant., “One Day My Soul Opened Up”, and a lot through my Coach For Life school that I went through.  It really helped me to start to trust in myself and to go to Spirit and really believe in my nature. 
     Changing my thoughts was a difficult challenge, but has gotten easier for me through the years.  One of the things that I found necessary for me to do was to write a covenant with the Universe.  I wanted to put it out there and claim it as mine!
      Here is an example of one of my positive convenants.  I use an example format from CoachForLife academy. This is something that I would love to see everyone do for themselves and just make it yours! Claim it!
       “I support and own that I am the artist of my canvas called “Life”. I agree consciously to create and cooperate with the spirit and universal law.  I am surrounded by magnificence and supported in the desires of my heart. All of the wisdom and wonderful opportunities come easily to me and I attract clients with grace.”
This worked for me at the time when I did self-empowerment and skill building sessions with women.  The bottom line is that I control my thoughts in life and manifest what it is that I want. Visualize it, own it, and claim it! You deserve it!
Love and Light, 
Gigi Marie


     Throughout my life I have experienced different types of church; evangelical church, catholic, conservative lutheran, non-denominational, and even a little wiccan.  I never knew what it meant to have a real connection with God or Source.  Yes, I prayed and I read the verses, but I never found a real connection.  To know how it felt to be “touched” by God.  Well, after my divorce, I became depressed and scared as to what was going to become of me and mine, and it was through hours of practicing meditation (focusing on deep breathing and clearing my mind) that I was touched by “God, Source, Spirit.”  I felt the Spirit and I realized at that moment that all of the answers that I ever needed lied right in side of me!  God lives within me and I hear the messages through meditation when I become still and calm.  Now, when I feel a storm coming on I am able to get through it a little easier by connecting with my core and breathing until the calm. 
     All that we desire in life, I feel, is there for the taking.  We just need to focus on what it is that we desire and listen for the answers.  Answers may come in forms of signs, books, people, newspaper ads, etc. We just need to be in connection with God at all times and trust that we know the way because the Spirit is there to guide us all of the time.
     In reading "The Secret", I have learned many words of wisdom and much inspiration!  One of the many quotes that I would like to share is about having Faith and embracing it.
"You can have what you want-if you know how to form the mold for it in your own thoughts.  There is no dream that may not come true, if you but learn to use the Creative Force working through you. The methods that work for one will work for all.  The key to power lies in using what you have…freely, fully…and thus opening wide your channels for a more Creative Force to flow through you."   ~Robert Collier
Love and Light,