Keeping Halloween Fun, Without Getting Bogged Down in the Negative

100_3180When kids get older, they want to have fun with Halloween, and it is harmless.  Haunted corn mazes are the rage now, and can be a fun outing.  Many have taken to the negative of Halloween citing the ancient origins as proof that its roots are Satanic.  It’s roots are not Satanic, they are Druid, a sect that was ancient; holding ancient beliefs seated in their uneducated minds to define the unknown.  As Christianity overtook the Druid lands, and inevitably converts, the Popes of the time began to align traditions to Christianity.  Perhaps, as a way to maintain tradition for those new converts with their families.  Who knows the thought process of those Roman Catholic leaders, but it was not a deterrent from the actual tenets of the religion.  All Hallow’s Eve, October 31, was the last day of the year, and was the day that the old was put away in preparation for All Saint’s Day, November 1.  Masks evolved from ancient beliefs that the ghosts and demons would not recognize the person with the mask.  Americanization of the holiday began to happen in the 1880’s, when people were encourage to do away with the focus on the demons, create a party atmosphere for the community.  By the 1920’s – 1930’s, the religious significance of the holiday had dwindled to the point of a true community atmosphere.

Later into the middle of the 20th century the commercialization of Halloween took Arsenic-and-Old-Lace1shape.  One of my favorite movies takes place on October 31, and starts with an elopement of a couple which then cascades into the discovery of Aunts who are serial murderers, an Uncle that thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and charges up the stairs at the blow of horn (and who gingerly buries the Aunts’ bodies in the basement as a yellow fever victim in the Panama Canal).  Then the long lost brother come to visit, bringing his own body and a doctor who is going to do plastic surgery to change his appearance.  Hilarity ensues, and the fast paced, quick witted play turned movie became a Cary Grant classic, ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’.

Then, move up to the later 20th century and Disney enlisted Bette Midler to play a witch with two sisters and diabolical plan to “Put a Spell on”  a small town.  ‘Hocus Pocus’ is a classic that many families don’t let a Halloween pass without watching.  In our family the phrase, p14911_p_v7_aa“Amuck! Amuck! Amuck!” is used when things get a little crazy…and we aren’t the only ones I have found out!

Granted there are many others that have cropped up, the ‘Halloween’ scream movies, the nightmare movies, and such; however, we all have our agency to choose not to watch those movies.  We can make Halloween a fun experience for all involved.  Even when door to door trick or treating has dwindled to almost being non-existence due to the fear of candy being tainted by malicious individuals, we can still light up the world of a pre-school ‘Spiderman’ that comes calling.  Our children were at the age that trick or treating was still done, but just beginning to dwindle.  One particular house that we went to has been etched in my mind forever, and all I can think of is that this person professed to be Christian, but he was in reality having an off day…my children knocked on his door (yes, the signal was there..the porch light was on), and he opened the door and gruffly told my children that Halloween was evil and he was Christian and they didn’t participate.  Okay.  So, turn off your light and try not to scare the children!  That was uncalled for.  If you choose to not even play along with the harmless ritual of giving a child a box of raisins or a small piece of candy, then just turn your porch light off.

Granted there are sects that have developed in the early 1900’s that claim their roots are from the Druids, however, they are new, and use some of the recovered beliefs of the Druids (much, if not all of the Druid’s beliefs are not available).  My son’s Scout troop spent one Halloween night in a cemetery to guard it against those that would come in during the night attempting to do rituals.  They actually had one lady show up and one of the Scout leaders told her the cemetery did not want her there, she left.  But, these are not the norms, they are the exceptions.  (And those Scouts still talk about that night in the cemetery, so to them, it was an adventure!)

Let’s not make it mean, and become the ‘witch of Halloween’ by being mean to the children that venture out that are so proud of their costumes.  I love to see the costumes and hear their voices!  And to see their eyes light up when magically they do get free candy!  What a cool concept, you can actually see that thought in their eyes!Halloween

Our church has what is dubbed ‘Trunk or Treat’, developed out of the fear of children going out into neighborhoods to people that they didn’t know.  The children are so excited to be dressed up as Disney princesses, angels, devils, movie characters, an Avenger, and there is at least one vampire every year!  One child cracked me up so much, and I still remember how proud he was of his costume, he was a lawyer!  He wore a suit, had a briefcase, and a mustache, it was wonderful!!!  The Trunk or Treat is sometimes on Halloween, and sometimes on another night.  When it is on another night, we have our candy stash ready for the neighborhood children.  Those numbers have dwindled to…not one child last year.  Sad to see this chapter go into the history books.  However, schools and churches, and even malls, have picked up the tradition.

So, let’s have fun on October 31, have a very Happy Halloween!!

Family and Traditions, It All Goes Together.

Rappahannock Railroad Museum
Grandpa stopping traffic and his Grandson is at the controls of the little work car train at Rappahannock Railroad Museum. Photo from Rappahannock Railroad Museum Facebook page.

We attended a family wedding in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  While there we did some exploring of the area.  That exploring led us to the Rappahannock Railroad Museum.  It really isn’t that much, just two cabooses and a box car to walk through and see some cool old stuff.  It is manned by volunteers, and is only open from 9am – noon on Saturdays.  They give free rides on a work car.  As we were waiting on the work car, there was a young man working around it, and then he said something that started with ‘Grandpa…’  That just warmed my heart immediately.  Here was a young man, maybe a senior in high school, or a recent graduate, definitely not much older, and he was spending his Saturday morning with his Grandpa volunteering at a railroad museum.  The young man ended up being our ‘driver’; and his Grandpa sat with him on the lead car, and was our ‘guide’ for the quick trip along the tracks.  We later learned that mother/daughter was working the museum, too.  Three generations working together as volunteers at the railroad museum.  That is what family is all about.

The young man and his Grandpa were talking between each other while the cars were loading.  The young man was not there because he was being forced, he had a relationship with his Grandpa.  There were discussing train whistles, specifically that the grandson had found a train whistle for his truck on ebay, and it was only $1,000.  Two different worlds meeting with a common interest.  This young man respected his Grandpa; and Grandpa respected this young man.

We need Grandma’s and Grandpa’s in children’s lives.  We need uncles and aunts; great uncles and great aunts; cousins; and of course, mom and dad and brothers and sisters.  The family unit is sacred.  Multi-generations used to live in the same home, that is rare in today’s society.  Children may barely know one parent, or aunts or uncles, and may never meet a grandparent.  Step beyond bad feelings of wrongs done in the past (unless it is abuse, sexual or physical, true abuse not discipline), step beyond the fact maybe your friends are closer to you than your family, step beyond the miles and bring your parents into your children’s lives.
The Young Women in our church ‘adopted’ grandma’s one year.  It was so awesome.  There were several older ladies that had family out of state.  They did a luncheon with the ladies and the young women were soaking in their stories.  I remember sitting and just listening to my Great-Grandmother tell stories of people I had never even met.  I was mesmerized when she spoke.  My daughter recently shocked many when she told a group of young women that she was an adviser to that she loved sitting and listening to her grandparents talk about family stories.  The other adults that were her age had told everyone that youth today do not want to hear about old stories.  And, she told them not to assume that.  They still didn’t believe her.  That was a sad state of the youngest generations today; all of those old stories will fade away.  This can’t happen.  Sit down and interview the older family members.  If they live far away, make it a family time and use technology to introduce your children to older relatives that live far away.  The children WILL make sure that it happens, they will surprise you.

Children learn from older generations.  It adds a part of their growth process that can’t be replaced.

Allowing the Spirit to be Present

Reflect. Refresh. Release.
Reflect. Refresh. Release. Photo by Cherokee Rose Photography

I was invited to attend a Christian women’s event.  I was happy to be able to attend and cover it for our magazine.  The event was organized by Tina Tatum, RefresHer 2015.  It truly was a refreshing event.  Like minded people meeting together to simply rejuvenate and get in touch with the Holy Ghost.  It was a wonderful meeting, and I still am disappointed that I missed the last morning.

At one point during the event, Sherri Henley, the keynote speaker noted that  we were all together, worshiping and glorying God, Catholics, Evangelicals, Baptists, and Mormons.  That was a comforting feeling, because there were no gasps.  I don’t think anyone there ‘knew’ who the Mormon was, except Henley.  Why should I have had to hold my breath when I was ‘outed’ as the Mormon there?  Though, I never really was ‘outed’, because my name was never mentioned.

I was raised Baptist, and attended church with my Assembly of God family when we visited in Arkansas.  I’ve experienced the excitement some have when they feel the Spirit speak to them. I never felt the need to express myself in that way while attending church with my Arkansas family.  But, I also never thought they shouldn’t be doing it, either.  An apology was offered, but not needed following an exhilarating experience, thinking I might have been offended.  No.  I was not offended.  I felt the Spirit, too.  I simply manifest it in a different way, with eyes tearing up, and silent prayer.  We were all refreshed.

Multi-faiths standing in worship as Children of God.
Multi-faiths standing in worship as Children of God. Photo by Cherokee Rose Photography

What world are we in when someone feels the need to apologize for a religious experience?  One where too many are offended quickly if they experience something other than what they are ‘used to’.  Or, comfortable with.  Or, believe in.  It is a sad place we have entered.  May we come into a place that allows us to meet together and pray together, without judgments that don’t affect the worship.  Recently radio show host, Glenn Beck, related that when he was asked to speak at a church in Alabama, someone in the audience stated, “Isn’t it wonderful that Glenn has come to his senses and left the Mormon church.”  He went on to say that the person had assumed that he was now a member of the faith represented by the church he was now speaking and when the person was informed he was indeed still a Mormon; she was offended that he would be speaking (as a guest in a non religious meeting) at an event hosted by the church because he was a Mormon.  Really?  We still think on this level?

CourageMakers was created because we are at a time in our world that we need to unite together, regardless of our religious affiliation.  We need to unite as people of God.  The LDS Church just had their semi-annual General Conference and one of the General Authorities that spoke related the experience he and his family had welcoming the Sabbath with a Jewish friend.  They participated in the centuries old ritual, and his thoughts went to all the needless persecutions of a people that are very close to God.  He bore testimony of the Sabbath.  What a wonderful experience for him to be able to participate in, that only solidified his own testimony of the Sabbath.

Tina Tatum, the remarkable woman who brought everyone together in worship. Photo by Cherokee Rose Photography

In the same vein, Tina Tatum spoke on Eve and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden.  She was not using the King James Version of the Bible which I am used to using, however, her statement hit me in the core of my being.  Satan asked Eve, “Yes, but did God REALLY say not to eat of the tree?”  What a profound statement!!  She then related that to the world today and how they use the same method to change doctrine; to tempt followers to walk a different road; and to belittle those who follow the commandments of the Lord.  It was a profound statement that still resounds within me!  What a simple way to put how the world reacts to the commandments.

The first night Evangelist Latrice Ryan presented a message that so many of us need to hear.  She said sometimes God doesn’t ‘fix’ things because you aren’t supposed to fix it, you are supposed to release it.  Our world today wants to blame someone else for all things to happen to us, and then try to fix the person that did the deed.  Ryan listed many instances that the world wants us to wallow in, but God wants us to release; abuse, rape, molestation, slander, relationships, emotional pain, and on and on.  She reiterated that God said it can’t be fixed, it can only be released.  What an amazing word that the world needs to hear!  Dwelling and reliving and constantly blaming only destroys the person; releasing it and turning it all over to Christ lifts us up and brings peace to our lives.  This is a message that transcends all faiths, all beliefs, all tenets, all creeds.  It is a worldly message that all need to embrace.  Ryan’s message unfortunately only reached the select few that attended the RefresHer 2015 conference; but it resonated.

Sherri Henley related selling sunglasses and Bibles to pay the rent. Release the past, Refresh the present. Photo by Cherokee Rose Photography

Aside from the excellent speakers, the women in attendance alone were so inspirational, that one longed for longer time at dinner or free time to continue remarkable conversations.  A walk around the lake with a woman who, with her husband, have a ministry for the Christians in Pakistan.  What an amazing woman.  To walk and talk with her for few select moments throughout the two days was just too few.  Her insight to what is really happening with refugees, where the true Christian refugees are (in hiding, not out in the public running to different countries), the sadness of Muslims who hear about Christianity and then have to go into hiding if they believe, and the Christian school they have built in Pakistan.  This is an amazing sister in the gospel.

The dinner companions that all shared the same thing in common, they were victims of abuse.  Their stories of staying until they woke up to the real danger they were in were amazing to me.  Then, their conversion stories and how they each have left the abuse in the past and placed Christ in their forefront.  The wonderful sister whose ex-husband showed up at her and her current husband’s home destitute; and before she knew what was happening, her husband allowed her ex-husband to stay.  Over a year later, he was beginning to become comfortable in staying with them.  So comfortable that he made a threat to her, and somewhere within her she told him to get out of her house, now, not later, but now.  She had the courage now she didn’t have before, and perhaps her current husband (a true man of God, in her own words) knew she needed that extra step to truly release all that had happened to her.  And, seeing her in a different light, he shrunk down in stature, and left.  The dynamic sister that one would never had guessed had endured abuse, told of being a teenager and being shot by her boyfriend because she was leaving him (and he thought she was seeing someone else).  These women collaborated their experiences, and by the end of the night, they were discussing their book!  The energy that was brought to that group of women over those few days of inspiration and praise created new ministries that alone they might now have conceived.

Pastor Tina Tatum achieved something that the world cannot do because it allows shallowness and pride to get in the way…truly a varied spectrum of belief systems and a true love within the sisterhood of Christ.  It’s amazing what can happen when we realize that we are children of God, and regardless of how we come to that knowledge, it is a fact, and when we release the past thought processes, we can refresh the world!  Thank you Tina for a wonderful experience, I can’t wait until next year!!

The New Site!

eleanor roosevelt quoteWe are making changes.  That’s a good thing, right?  To see the product reviews you will now go to our magazine website.

This site will be dedicated to inspirational posts to allow you to muster up the courage needed to live in today’s extremely negative world.

We are introducing our Life Image program.  The world teaches us to seek gratification in the moment, that instant gratification is the standard for which to strive.  Instant gratification provides no lasting feeling of worth.  We have implemented a goal setting program, complete with coaching if you choose.  We took our brand, Your True Colours, and related those daily needs to develop subject levels.

Where are you going?  Is your future dismal and full of regrets; or, are you ready to set sail to the future that will be dotted with beauty within yourself and the lives of others?

  • You:  The need for you to allow time for yourself, for your own development.  We can give and give, however, if we are not refilling the cup, it will run dry.
  • Omnipotent:  An homage to your faith, creating goals and needs to strength your own faith.
  • Understand:  A guide to learn to understand others, to gain knowledge…the power that no one can take away from you.
  • Relatives:  Those people that you didn’t choose to be in your life can sometimes be the greatest joy, or greatest heartache.  Strive to create a positive relationship, even in difficult situations, a positive relationship can be created.  It may be one of keeping a distance, but still allowing forgiveness to not hamper your well being.  Forgiveness doesn’t always mean that you must keep someone in your life.
  • Thankful:  Gratitude is one of the strongest ways to create a life of balance, and peace.
  • Refer:  Give someone a pat on the back!  The waitress that went the extra, drop a note to the manager.  You will never see the result, but rest assured that you focused on the positive.
  • Utility:  Your physical self stands in need of attention as much as your mental and spiritual self.
  • Ethics: Integrity is becoming a lost art.  Let’s bring it back from obscurity!
  • Creative:  A life devoid of happiness through art, music, reading, or just laughing becomes extremely despondent and cannot function in a negative society.
  • Optimism:  Sometimes we have to go to our ‘Happy Place’, sometimes we have to be the one that sees the glass as half full.  We never know when our own optimism will make a change in someone’s life.
  • Leadership:  Leaders are in high demand, why?  They are become obsolete.  Stand out in the crowd, garner leadership skills that will place you in a spiritual high that will draw others to you.
  • Opportunity:  Seek out and act on opportunities that come you way.  Whether it be the opportunity to do something for someone, to smile at those you meet during your day, or just to act on a prompting you have.
  • Useful:  Develop talents that you have always wanted to perfect, or just to learn a little more about.  Master a talent you have let falter.  Create a talent that will make  you a useful member of society at all times.
  • Record:  Create a family history, a personal history, a daily meditation journal; any of these your grandchildren will cherish when you are no longer around to smile for them.
  • Service:  The one true way that we can lose our own troubles, focusing on service to others.

Tinted Sunscreen, Love It!


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I am one of those people that does not do makeup when I am going to be outside and hot and sweaty and it isn’t an outdoor party. Things like camping, sightseeing, fairs, etc., those do not warrant a full makeup face. I admit, I wish it did. However, I am very fair. So, to spend all day in the sun would be sheer torture afterwards for me. It just is not worth it. So, tinted sunscreen caught my eye.

We had planned on going to the Mid South Renaissance Fair, and I was all set to use the sunscreen. Then it rained. Oh, not just rained, it poured. Oh, not just poured, we had flash floods in areas! So, now what. I changed the date on when I would do the post to after the next weekend, when we hoped we could go to the Ren Fair. (Amazingly enough, it was around for two weekends!)

Now, I say that I needed to do this Fair for testing the product; but, I did use it when I mowed the yard. A task for which I truly never wear makeup! After just over an hour of mowing our yard, that has no trees, my face is always red. But, since it was just an hour, I really didn’t think any of it was the sun. Hmmm, I was not as red as usual. Go figure! Now, was that because I had on tinted sunscreen, meaning the sunscreen was covering the red? Nope. After I washed my face, it still was not as red as usual. Noted, for future reference.

So, I am also leery of any product that is a one size fits all for shades of makeup. Because I am not a one size fits all for makeup shades. And, my daughter is even fairer than me. In fact, when I told her to use it, she said, “NO!” She wasn’t going to walk around the Ren Fair with a brown tinted face; or worse, an orange tinted face. So, I put it on her; all around the pouting. Then I made her look in the mirror. Her demeanor changed. She is not one to put sunscreen on her face because it burns her eyes when it sweats off, and I agree with her on that! While in Las Vegas one summer, I used Arbonne’s FC5 Day Cream that has a 20 SPF. It is the only thing I have used that did not burn my eyes as I sweat it off, and it worked, no facial or neck sunburn.

Oz Naturals has a good track record with me, there has not been one product I have not liked from them, in fact, featured the entire line in our Good Finds section of our magazine (http://issuu.com/yourtruecolours/docs/your_true_colours_august_2015/12)

So, after a day of observing jousting, fortune tellers, pirates, Lords and Ladies, Knightings, the Queen’s Court, bagpipes, court jesters, archery and some great food and great buys, did it work? I actually laughed when I looked in the mirror after the shower (Yes, in August in Memphis and you spend the day outside from 11am – 3pm, when you get home you shower, because you are soaking wet. The joys of humidity.) I just knew that I would be burned beside my eyes where I kept wiping sweat away, or along my forehead late in the day when I finally had to wipe sweat from there with a napkin and the tint came off on the napkin. Nope. No burn. Well, that isn’t true. I did burn. At my hairline, you could exactly tell where I put the tinted sunscreen, it was a straight line. And it was there Sunday, and Monday, and it was a little less today, Tuesday. But, no burn on face, none. As for my daughter, who always burns no matter what…she used aloe lotion when she got home…but not on her face. She was not burned, either.

What I really liked about this was that I didn’t feel completely ‘naked’, I felt a little bit made up in the blistering heat! And, I made it all day without one photo of me. Sorry. There was just too many other ‘characters’ who needed to have their photo taken!

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Healthy Directions, OxyRub Pain Cream, No Lingering Smell and It Works

OxyRub Pain Relief Cream
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I’ve been impressed with Healthy Directions products so far. And, their latest to send to me has not disappointed, either. The OxyRub Pain Relief Cream has menthol, emollients, and oxygenated essential oil as the active ingredients. And, amazingly, the menthol does not linger. They also say that it stops the aches and pains on contact. I didn’t see that it worked on contact, but it was very soon after (so, that is probably within the realm of ‘on contact’). It eased my aching ankles and legs that were walking fast for 30 minutes in the wrong shoes. The first night, didn’t hurt. The second night, didn’t hurt. The third night, sleep was not going to be my friend. It was late, and I wanted to have something that was quick, not ibuprofen. Then I remembered I had the OxyRub Pain Relief Cream…so, I put it to the test. I was able to get comfy and get to sleep, no aches. A couple of nights later, I did it again. A couple of nights later, once again. And, now it has been almost a week since I have had to use it.

And, yes, we did go looking for some shoes for my walking excursions. But I wasn’t impressed with anything that was in the stores we stopped in. So, until I get the right shoes, this tube of pain relief cream is on my nightstand.

I do recommend it. I do like that it has essential oils. What I use most of the time for aches and pains is a specific blend of essential oil, but it does have a lingering aroma. I don’t mind it, but it does scream, “I have used a topical pain relief medicine!” That is one thing I like about the OxyRub Pain Relief Cream. If I have to go somewhere, it will be my ‘go to’ cream so that there will be no pain medicine lingering in the air! No, don’t get me wrong…there is that menthol smell, it just doesn’t hang around.

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SlimQuick, Is It Just Another Gimmick…um, no, I am amazed!

SlimQuick Pure
Not a meal replacement, but it still works!

I admit, I volunteered for this promotion for this brand with a ‘yeah, right, like it is going to work’ attitude. But, I am desperate. No matter what I do, except for using HCG, works for me for losing weight. However, I just can’t exist on tomatoes and strawberries with some cooked cabbage thrown in for a treat. I like those things, but when that is about all you can eat, it gets old. The 500 calorie diet that went with the HCG diet was so very hard. But, I lost weight. The next time I did the HCG diet, I just couldn’t hold myself to the 500 calorie, but I did keep the fats down, way down. I still lost weight, just not as much.

Controlling portions, eating no sugar or flour, cutting out milk…none of it has worked. I promise you, I can drink only water and in this post menopausal life of mine, I can gain weight. Now, this is traumatic for me, I spent more than half of my adult like at 100 – 115. Then, all of a sudden I jumped to 125, literally almost over night. Then several years later, I jumped to 135, again within about a week. And so it went until now. It is crazy, I am so frustrated. So, sure, I’ll give your product a try, why not!!

Well, as I researched it a bit, I saw that the protein drink should be used with the supplements. So, I went Amazon and purchased the supplements, the caffeine free choice. The directions said to take 3 capsules in the morning and 3 more six hours later. Um. That freaked me out. So, I took two. And, I had the protein drink. Now, about the protein drink…it is NOT a meal replacement like so many others are. I liked that. In fact, it says to drink it with a meal. Okay, I like this. It also said to go on a 1300 calorie diet. Really? REALLY? (Refer to the drinking water and gaining weight.) So, I pulled out my phone and got back on the “My Fitness Pal” app for keeping track of my food. I kept it at 1200 to 1300 calories each day. After three days, I noticed I had lost a pound. Then, another pound. I decided to move up to the 3 capsules a day. Then, five pounds. Um, what!!??

I have a hard time sleeping, so I will admit, I have not moved on to the second 3 capsules for lunch. I might try it on a day when it doesn’t matter if I stay up all night! But, I’m losing weight. I. Am. Losing. Weight.

I was sent the protein drink to test it, and I purchased the supplement capsules. I will be purchasing the protein drink. I can’t believe I just said that. But, I will be purchasing this protein drink. I also received the Vanilla protein powder. I had it by itself, once. It was a little watery, but not bad (I actually think I put it in too big of a glass.) So, the other times, I have added it to a yogurt smoothie. I also added it to a Greens drink that I have each day, and I like it with that. I have not purchased the chocolate, and I probably won’t. I LOVE chocolate, no…really… I LOVE CHOCOLATE. But, I do not like chocolate protein drinks. So, I will be replacing it with another vanilla one.

I don’t know what the ‘magic’ ingredient is in this product, but it is there. I also have noticed that I have started taking less food. So, I am filling up quicker. I like that. Basically, where has SlimQuick been????

Restful Sleep, Myth or Fact?

restful sleepInsomnia, how I hate you.  There is a meme that goes around Facebook that is soooo true.  It shows the photo of a person asleep at work and several other places with the words “How I sleep at work….”, or at the other places.  Then, the last photo, “How I sleep at night in my bed”, and the photo is of a person more than wide awake staring at the ceiling while lying in bed.  Oh. My. Life.

I don’t like sleeping pills.  In fact, I’ve only had them twice, in the hospital after a C-section.  Um. No more.  I have been known to get over the counter sleep aids, and Advil PM.  Then, I found out about melatonin.  And, I will use that.  It does leave me a little drowsy, too, in the mornings.

Restful Sleep is a supplement, interesting.  It has calcium, potassium, and magnesium.  I know that magnesium is supposed to very good for energy during the day, so the fact that it is in a sleeping supplement.  However, guess what…it works.  I find it interesting that on the website it says: “Can’t fall asleep? Wake up several times during the night? Trouble feeling rested even after a full night’s sleep? Oftentimes an overactive mind is what keeps us from getting a full—and good—night’s sleep.”

Then, they say, it’s the spleen.  Yep.  You read that right.  The spleen.  Interesting.  Look over all the information on the supplement here:  http://www.healthydirections.com/product/restful-sleep/

There is just so much, but basically, it is a mixture of Chinese herbs.  I like the sound of that.  Don’t we all?  Seriously, do we really sit back and think, gee, I wonder what chemicals have been developed in a lab to help me sleep.  No, we romanticize it, and think what would ‘Granny’ on ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ do?  Some of us may even go back further, what herbs were used before there were doctors???  We like natural.   We like it a lot.restful sleep made in america

Does it work? I have to say, yes.  Yes, it does.  And, I slept without waking up. Or, if I did wake up, I went right back to sleep.  Oh, let me say that again, I went right back to sleep.  I like that, because that is rare…that I go right back to sleep.

To purchase it from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K3FYCRE

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