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Mar 1, 2015

Women In Business Series 2015: MARCH - Branch Basics Non-Toxic Cleaning Soap


Please follow me on my quest for the year of supporting women. At the beginning of each month I will highlight one woman (or women) that I've come in contact with that owns a business, and that has touched my life in some way.

Another awesome business and owners I had the pleasure of meeting at the Shift-Con Wellness Blog Conference in California last October. They have come up with a solution for healthy cleaning and living for the whole family....and you know how I love that!!

Branch Basics - Marilee, Allison, & Kelly

Branch Basics Bio

We didn’t set out to sell soap. The three of us, in our own ways, experienced the damage that toxic chemicals can have on our health:

Almost 30 years ago, Marilee’s personal health struggles led her to study “Food as Medicine”, avoiding a kidney transplant. Years later, she applied this knowledge to her son whose exposure to pesticides at the age of 10 left him catastrophically injured and what doctors deemed a “bubble child”. Due to his sensitivities, Marilee was forced to remove all toxic products from their home and slowly her son fully recovered. She became a true mom on a mission and has helped thousands of people remove immune stressors from their diet and environment, giving their bodies a chance to heal. It’s her steadfast commitment to pure that drives the Branch Basics Quality Standards, which set the pace for all product development.

Allison sought the advice of her Aunt Marilee after experiencing unexplained chronic pain and loss of motor skills that over a dozen doctors could not diagnose. She made changes in her diet and environment and experienced tremendous relief, but it wasn’t until she removed all toxic products from her environment that she found whole-body healing and was symptom-free. Allison has now dedicated her life to helping others reap the same benefits of clean living and through her position as VP of Sales, she uses Branch Basics as the vehicle for spreading the message of the power of pure.

As Allison’s college roommate during her health struggles, Kelly witnessed the transforming power of eating pure food and using products without synthetic ingredients. All of the “normal” problems Kelly had experienced her whole life: dry and itchy eyes, painful menstrual cramps, headaches, etc. disappeared! Kelly is now passionate about helping others avoid unnecessary suffering. She serves as the VP of Product Development, overseeing product development for the company, so we can bring our customers more truly safe and effective solutions

Ditching synthetic ingredients from our own diets, homes, and body products radically transformed our lives and left us with a burning passion to help others do the same. In guiding people through this process of eliminating toxins, we found that there’s actually a really easy place to start: cleaning! It turns out that the “cleaning” products we buy to “clean” are often the most damaging to our health and by simply getting rid of them entirely and replacing them with truly safe alternatives, we can dramatically improve our indoor air…and thus our health.

The problem was there were no truly safe options. So we took on the challenge ourselves and teamed up with a formulator to create a cleaning solution based on three truths:

Everyone cleans. We wanted to provide a universal solution – something that everyone does and everyone can afford to change. We would like to see millions of lives changed by one simple solution!

Cleaning products are among the most toxic products in the home. “Cleaning” products are major contributors to indoor air pollution and are used everywhere: floors, counters, window, dishes, tubs – you name it. Their harmful “clean” fragrances linger throughout our home and their poisonous residues are embedded in the fibers of our clothes, pillowcases and towels.  We had to provide a 100% pure cleaning option.

There were no truly safe effective cleaning products available. Almost all “non-toxic” products have synthetic ingredients or some type of precautionary label such as irritating to eyes, skin, or lungs and Keep Out of the Reach of Children.  We had to provide a new standard of clean – “human safe”! No more dirt, grease, and grime, plus no more toxic ingredients!

Thus, Branch Basics Cleaning Soap was born! A soap so versatile it can replace virtually all toxic cleaners…so powerful it can degrease an engine…so pure it can be used to wash a baby. We’re so excited to share it with you!


I also wrote a review on their solution a couple of months back. Read what I thought of their Branch Basics Solution


Sunday Strolls Giveaway Link Up - 3/1/15

Mommie..Again has agreed to co-host Sunday Strolls with me!! AND so has Christy's Cozy Corners. So now you can enter on here or on Mommie..Again or on Christy's Cozy Corners and the links will appear on all three! Please feel free to link up all your wonderful giveaways here!! Link directly to the giveaway. Those linked to websites or main blog pages will be removed. Please use blog name, giveaway title and end date when posting. Post some, Enter Some, Win Some! AND Why don't you follow me on Bloglovin' so you will be the first to know what's up at Miki's Hope!
Feb 28, 2015

Perot Museum & The International Exhibition Of SHERLOCK HOLMES - Our 2nd Visit


The Perot Museum has been very nice to their Dallas/Fort Worth Bloggers. They have invited us out twice now and have provided us with tickets to give away to our local readers. Here's our 2nd visit to the Museum where we got to visit the Sherlock Holmes Exhibit. This Exhibit is way cool for the whole family, and one not to be missed. I'll be giving away 4 tickets on my Facebook personal page, so be sure to find me there!


Brody got to be little Sherlock Holmes for a moment or two. This was provided for us after the blogger meeting. 


Speaking of the Sherlock Holmes - here's some valuable information about the Exhibit. 

THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (now through May 10, 2015) delves into the world of one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in literature and popular culture. In this extremely hands-on forensic experience, visitors will learn first-hand how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of literature’s most mysterious crimes. The fictional detective’s practices and techniques, created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, revolutionized forensic science and remain relevant in modern-day crime investigations. Guests will venture to Baker Street to collect clues and solve a crime using the same interactive methods and investigative tools employed by Holmes more than a century ago. The bilingual exhibition (presented in English and Spanish) also includes a dazzling array of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, and film and television props and costumes. Admission to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes requires a surcharge for members and non-members. Ticket prices noted at end of release. 

Inside the Sherlock Holmes Exhibit where photos were allowed. Below are a few areas of the house that's staged as Sherlock Holmes saw it. Pretty messy I might say!!



As you walk into the Exhibit, you'll be handed a notebook full of exciting key points and places where you can punch your card as you stroll through the Exhibit being the detective that you are!! There's one for adults and one for the little ones. Brody was very excited that daddy let him press the button.



There's Museum helpers all around the Exhibit to help out with any questions or directions. While we were there, there just happen to be 200 eighteen year olds viewing the Exhibit from a local high school. Someone apologized to us, but we thought it was pretty neat to see the kids being engaged in this history.




The Children's Museum is designed especially for children 5 years and younger. Brody's favorite place!! 

There's so much hands-on activities for everyone in the family. Also, if you're looking for something to do with your kids during spring break, you will find all the information you need on the Press Release.


I'll leave you with this color sheet of Sherlock Holmes that Brody colored during the blogger meeting. 


Don't forget to visit http://perotmuseum.org OR the Press Release for Spring Break in the Dallas area. We are very much grateful that Dallas, TX built this amazing Museum right in the heart of the West End area!!


Spring Break at the Perot Museum Dallas, TX offers mystery, extended hours, daily activities & more


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MYSTERY AWAITS AT THE PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE THIS SPRING BREAK WITH THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES AND OTHER BRAIN-BUSTING FUN
Come play detective and enjoy extended hours, 3D films, daily demos, experiments, bookworm readings and science trivia, Discovery Days and more during Spring Break “staycation” or vacation

DALLAS (Feb. 24, 2014) –;
 Mystery is the name of the game at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science this spring break as The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes transports guests to 19th-century Victorian London on a forensic quest to solve a baffling crime. Plus, the Perot Museum will be bustling with daily experiments, demos, bookworm readings and science trivia; 3D films including Tornado Alley 3D, Robots 3DGalapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland, and introducing DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D (opening March 6); programs such as Discovery Days: Jr. Detectives and Story Time Under the Stars; and more. And from March 7-14 visitors can enjoy extended hours until 7 p.m. giving all ages and tastes plenty of time to take in all five floors of adventure.

For those who can’t wait, Spring Break gets an early start with First Thursday Late Night: Clue on March 5 when the Museum stays open until 9 p.m. In celebration of The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, a screening of the film Clue at 7 p.m. will have visitors wondering if it was Colonel Mustard with the candlestick in the Conservatory. Plus late-night guests can embark on a Museum-wide scavenger hunt, test their powers of observation and deductive reasoning through experiments, learn how scientists investigate and solve their research, and even identify a secret sound.

THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (now through May 10, 2015) delves into the world of one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in literature and popular culture. In this extremely hands-on forensic experience, visitors will learn first-hand how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of literature’s most mysterious crimes. The fictional detective’s practices and techniques, created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, revolutionized forensic science and remain relevant in modern-day crime investigations. Guests will venture to Baker Street to collect clues and solve a crime using the same interactive methods and investigative tools employed by Holmes more than a century ago. The bilingual exhibition (presented in English and Spanish) also includes a dazzling array of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, and film and television props and costumes. Admission to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes requires a surcharge for members and non-members. Ticket prices noted at end of release. 



3D FILMS IN THE HOGLUND FOUNDATION THEATER, A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE
Don some 3D glasses and get ready for adventure. To view trailers and film schedule, go to perotmuseum.org.) Films are presented by Primrose Schools.
·        Tornado Alley 3D (now through May 21, 2015). Just in time for tornado season, join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX2 for the most ambitious film ever made to tackle the origins and evolution of tornadoes in this heart-pounding science adventure. Armed with a 70mm camera, a fleet of customized vehicles designed to withstand gale force winds, torrential rains and unrelenting hail, and an arsenal of the most advanced weather measurement instruments ever created, the stars of Tornado Alley 3D take audiences on an exhilarating quest to experience a tornado’s destructive power at point-blank range. Narrated by Bill Paxton (Twister, Titanic), the film runs approximately 20 minutes.


·        WORLD PREMIERE! Robots 3D (now through March 22, 2015). Come watch as eerily human-like robots fill the big screen as the Perot Museum hosts the world premiere of Robots 3D. And what does it take to make a “humanoid” robot? That’s the challenge for scientists creating robots that can do almost anything people can do, but without the benefits of a human brain! Fascinating and fun, the 40-minute National Geographic film shows the latest developments – the successes and failures – from robotic labs around the world and proves it’s not easy being (or creating) a humanoid! Robots 3D is presented nationally by Lockheed Martin.

·        Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland (now through May 21, 2015) vividly documents an expedition to the Galapagos Islands and surrounding waters. Part adventure, part scientific expedition and part fantastic voyage, this unprecedented non-fiction film takes audiences on a journey to the famed Galapagos Islands. An amazing immersive cinematic experience, the film delves deep into the largely unknown water surrounding the volcanic archipelago to explore the natural wonders of a realm that is truly a living natural science laboratory. The approximately 20-minute film is narrated by Jeff Corwin, wildlife conservationist and Emmy Award-winning TV host. The film is written by Sir David Attenborough and produced by Anthony Geffen.

·        DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D (March 6 – Sept. 7, 2015). On March 26, 2012, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron (and director of Titanic) succeeded in tackling his biggest challenge ever – a solo journey to Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the ocean. Challenger Deep is 6.83 miles down and is found at the southern end of the Mariana Trench near Guam. Years in the making, this feat has been compared to landing on the moon. In order to make this journey, Cameron and his engineering team utilized revolutionary engineering and cutting-edge technology. They developed a new single-seat submersible that Cameron himself piloted to the depth of Challenger Deep. Named DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, the sub is 26 feet long and unlike anything ever built. Cameron’s team describes it as sharing qualities of both a race car and a torpedo. Presented by National Geographic, this film runs approximately 40 minutes.

EXPERIMENTS, DEMOS, BOOKWORM READING, STORY TIME AND PORTABLE UNIVERSE.
·        Daily activities from Saturday, March 7 - Friday, March 13 Free with general admission
o   10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. – Science on the Spot (Level 4 –; T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall) 
Enjoy live demonstrations inspired by nature and science. There’s always something new to learn!

o   11 a.m. – Bookworm Reading Time (Level 3 – Earth Lounge)
Sponsored by Primrose Schools
Engage with Museum educators through science and spring-related children’s stories.

o   11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 3 - 5 p.m. – Drop-in Experiments at the Activity Station (Level 2 – Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall)Want to experiment with exciting science topics like DNA, liquid nitrogen or circuits? Join us as we explore science with our daily rotating experiments.
o   12:30 - 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri only) –; Portable Universe (Auditorium – Lower Level) Sponsored by Lockheed Martin Journey through the solar system and beyond in an immersive planetarium experience.
Free with general admission. Tickets available outside the Lower Level Auditorium. Quantities limited and available on a first come, first-served basis.
o   2 p.m. – Science Trivia at the Activity Station (Level 2 – Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall)Do you know America’s famous scientists or how big the universe is? Share awesome knowledge and science know-how during a fun game of trivia.

OTHER SPRING BREAK ACTIVITIES:

·        Monday, March 9
o   Story Time Under The Stars (10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. in the Forum, Lower Level)
Although the city lights can wash the brilliance of the night sky, children ages 4-6 and their adult companions can experience children’s literature and a brief tutorial on the moon, stars and constellations, all under a shining starry sky in the Perot Museum’s popular Portable Universe planetariumsponsored by Lockheed Martin. Free with admission, but space limited to 12 children and 12 adults per program. (Reservations required; sign up online, or walk-ups accepted as space allows). Story Time Under the Stars is sponsored by Primrose Schools.
·        Saturday, March 14
o   Discovery Days - Jr. Detectives (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)It’s elementary! Celebrate the new traveling exhibition, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, through a day filled with mystery and science. Solve a Museum-wide mystery, discover spy technology, try chromatography and use deductive reasoning to solve a case.Discovery Days are presented by Time Warner Cable Connect a Million Minds.
·        Sunday, March 15
o   10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. – Science on the Spot (Level 4 –; T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall)
o   11 a.m.  – Bookworm Reading Time (Level 3 – Earth Lounge)
o   11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Drop-in Experiments at the Activity Station (Level 2 – Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall)
o   2 p.m. – Science Trivia at the Activity Station (Level 2 – Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall)
EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS. The Perot Museum will stay open until 7 p.m. from Saturday, March 7 - Saturday, March 14. Spring Break hours as follows:
Saturday, March 7 – 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (member-only hours from 8:30 - 10 a.m.)
Sunday, March 8 – Noon-7 p.m. 
(member-only hours from 10 a.m. - noon)
Monday, March 9-Saturday, March 14 – 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (member-only hours from 8:30 - 10 a.m.) Sunday, March 15 – Noon-5 p.m. (member-only hours from 10 a.m. - noon)

*Cafe hours (March 7-14 from 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
TICKET AND GENERAL INFORMATION. Museum general admission ticket prices are $17 for adults (18-64), $12 for seniors (65+), $11 for youth (2-17), and free for children under 2. Museum general admission is always free for members. Admission to the theater is $5 for a short film (20 minutes) and $8 for a long film (40 minutes) for adults, seniors and youth. For members, admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film). All children under 2 are free.

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes requires a surcharge along with purchase of Museum general admission for a total admission cost of $29 for adults (18-64), $23 for seniors (65+) and $21 for youth (2-17). Member tickets are $8 for adults (18-64), $7 for seniors (65+) and $6 for youth (2-17). General admission to the Museum and entry into the exhibition is free for children under 2.

PAID PARKING. General parking and handicap parking is available in the main Museum parking lot, a pay-to-exit lot located under Woodall Rodgers Freeway across from the Museum. Limited additional handicap and Hybrid/electric vehicle parking is available in the Special Permit lot, located directly west of the Museum. Pricing is $8 per car when paid on-site (at box office, ticket kiosks or upon exiting the lot) and $3 for Museum members (at box office or lobby kiosk only).

The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit 
perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.

NOTE: To obtain the news release, Perot Museum fact sheet, photos, b-roll and film trailers, please go to 
perotmuseum.org/press and use the access code press.


Feb 27, 2015

Easy Paleo Blackberry Crumble


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This easy paleo blackberry crumble is probably the easiest dessert I've ever made. I like to bake healthy desserts whenever I can...AND desserts that I think my husband and son will eat. This one - they both liked!!

My husband gave me Practical PALEO recipe book by Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC for Christmas, and I've been trying varies recipes from it since. This dessert is in there under Fresh Blueberry Crumble. I just substituted blackberries b/c that's what I have on-hand.


I used about 2 pints of blackberries (I didn't measure), juice of one lemon, 1 cup almond flour (you can use almond meal too), 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup melted butter, 2 tbl pure maple syrup,
1/4 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch or 2 of salt.

Place blackberries in baking dish, and squeeze lemon juice all over and mix in. Mix everything else in mixing bowl, then spread it over the blackberries. Bake for about 40 mins or until topping is golden brown. YUM! SERVES 6 (maybe)!!!


There's a few of us that don't follow the paleo diet, so some of us added a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. YUM!

This dessert is light and seriously delicious. I think the next time I make it, I'll make more topping...as that's the best part!!


This Paleo Blackberry Crumble is perfect on a Texas wintry day...like we've been having lately. What's your "go to" dessert on a cold winter day?



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