Nov 2018

A Simple Guide To Choosing The Best Professional Cleaning Services

More of professional cleaning service companies are available in the market; sometimes it gets harder to choose the right one. There is nothing harder to choose the perfect professional cleaning service for you. You need to do some things to find anyone best company for cleaning service. By considering some things and tips, you can get better quality services from professional cleaning service. Also, some of the things and tips are mentioned below:-

Location of the company

The distance between the company and your house or office matters a lot. If you want to get the fastest service to make sure that the company is close to your house. The closest location of the professional cleaning service allows you to get these services anytime. If anytime the company doesn’t pick your call, you can better reach the near company. That allows you to take better services and you can better make your house or office clean and attractive.


Many more companies are providing these services at different rates. You can better choose any one company which provides you services at cheaper rates. You can better choose the right one which is more affordable to you. This option allows you to save your money and you can maintain your budget. There is no need to go over your budget, get rid of the right best company which provides high-quality services. We can say that you can save you money by selecting high-quality service at cheaper rates.


Before you choose any company for professional cleaning service makes sure that its staff was trustworthy. Better and reliable staff will provide you with more security. Also, check the company terms and condition of security. That allows you to get claim if staff destroy anything in your house or office. You can better make a selection of professional cleaning service company which provides you with more security. If you are more confused, you can also reach flyttstädning stockholm.


All company which provides high-quality service is repudiated in the market. You can reach the market and can ask anyone which is the repudiated company of cleaning service. Choosing the right and repudiated company allows you to get a better quality service. With getting better quality service, you can make your house clean, attractive and beautiful.

We can consider that with the help of some tips you can make a better selection of professional cleaning service.

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Oct 2018

Sprouted Mung Bean and Garlic Scapes Pesto

It’s now halfway through the 10 Day Sprouting Challenge and I have to say, it’s been easy; because when you consider the other methods of sprouting, as in with the mason jar and the effort and babysitting required, having only to water my sprouts twice a day is the raw foods equivalent of “set it and forget it“!

From the moment I started the challenge I was already brainstorming ways to incorporate my sprouts into recipes, in a way that would be entry level for the newbie sprouters among us; so when I was on my weekly farmer’s market shop, and saw the beauty that are garlic scapes looking up at me for the low price of $2 for a giant bunch, I knew that somehow garlic scapes would find their way onto my plate- and this site!

So why is the everyone all a twitter about garlic scapes? Easy, because they are the perfect marriage between garlic and scallions. Now, don’t get me wrong, garlic scapes are 100% garlic but not the bulb; they are the immature flowering stalks of what we know as garlic, and have the same health benefits without all the sass.

Let’s rap about health benefits. Garlic is renowned for being antifungal and antibacterial; and garlic is a potent digestion system aid and immune booster, helping the body to eliminate unwanted toxins. As with most foods, cooked garlic doesn’t provide the same amount of potent vitamins and minerals, which, when you are considering eating the bulb of garlic raw proves challenging; however, because of the mild flavor profile of garlic scapes, eating them raw doesn’t seem like quite as much of a dare but, rather, an enjoyable experience.

You’re probably wondering “why am I just now hearing about garlic scapes?” And I’ll be honest, I felt the very same way when I discovered these gems; and, simply put, chefs we’re keeping this secret to themselves, but now that garlic scapes are so widely available at markets, everyone has jumped on the garlic scapes bandwagon.

Garlic scapes are so mild and subtle that I knew that they would offer some lightness to the depth of earthy flavor that characterizes mung bean sprouts; and because this pesto is raw AND sprouted, it’s pretty much one of the most life giving foods you can eat. As with any pesto, the herb you choose is completely up to you; I used Moroccan Mint because it was at the market and I LOVE mint, but should you hate mint and love basil, go ahead and make your day!

There are many ways to use garlic scapes, sprinkled over salad, in an omelette, and in various sauces; because of garlic scapes half scallion half garlic nature, you can substitute it for either in recipes- so many options, so please don’t limit yourself!

Sprouted Mung Bean and Garlic Scapes Pesto? Uh…yes please!

2 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds, soaked 30 minutes and drained
2 heaping tbsp sprouted mung bean sprouts
1/3 cup garlic scapes
1 1/2 tbsp Moroccan Mint
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp coconut vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until desired consistency is achieved. For a raw spread, blend until incorporated but still chunky; for a pasta pesto sauce, blend until smooth.

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Oct 2018

Guest Post Mediation Techniques For Wellness –

For anyone who regularly meditates or enjoys some sort of meditative practices, to say that meditation can improve your health is little more than merely stating the obvious. If we look at what bad health is most commonly caused by nowadays, it becomes perfectly clear how meditation can massively help with this – and it doesn’t come as any surprise to see that poor health and unhealthy lifestyles are those which have a high level of stress in them. Most of us nowadays live incredibly and increasingly stressful lives. We wake up each morning filled with frustration and annoyance, we pour caffeine down our necks, drag ourselves on a long and irritating commute before working a job which provides little or no satisfaction, and is fueled by more coffee and unhealthy food. We return home, too tired and unhappy to cook; rendering us unable to enjoy the simple pleasures of healthy food, before retiring to bed for a night of fitful, unsatisfying sleep.

This cycle has become normalized for so many people, and yet it is clearly a deeply unhealthy and unsatisfying way to live. Where do you find time for yourself? How are you finding balance between body and mind, spirit and soul in this process? Does it really come as any surprise that stress is pandemic in our culture, and it is driving us to become far more dependent on pills and medicines; and causing a vast range of illnesses? Our bodies require some respite, some quiet time, some relaxation, and if we don’t allow our bodies and minds to step back from the madness of this hectic world, our health will rapidly deteriorate.

How does meditation improve health?

Meditation improves health in a few simple and logical ways. Firstly, taking even half an hour of your day to dedicate to relaxation and breathing exercises helps to harmonize the body and mind. It lowers your blood pressure, quietens your pulse rate and allows your exhausted limbs and muscles to relax, loosen themselves and generally reawaken. Many people find that the use of meditative music can massively assist in this, as so many people find themselves stuck in the vicious cycle of stress which does not allow them to relax their minds. Stress keeps us distracted, keeps our mind buzzing with problems and frustrations – meditative music can considerably help eliminate these frustrations and quickly induce a meditative state.

Step back, relax

Meditation can also help improve our health by allowing us to step back from our problems, even a stolen moment of solitude can have lasting effects on our day. Enveloping your mind in blankness and peace can really help you get some perspective on your life and your problems; and give you a blank canvas on which to see the reality of your situation. Stress simply melts away when you realise just how insignificant it is. Along with this, you can find the space in your mind to set things in order, stop panicking and start being more efficient. You’ll quickly find your heart rate calming down, your immune system becoming stronger and your general health improving massively from just thirty minutes or so of meditation each day. Soon, you’ll be recommending it to all your stressed and unwell friends and colleagues!

Interested to learn more about meditation? Download the free meditation music track and try a guided relaxation technique

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Oct 2018



[brew-shit]-shit·ting, interjection
Slang: Vulgar.
1. nonsense, lies, act of extreme randomness or an unbelievable sight
–verb (used with object)
2. to lie or commit act of extreme randomness
Used in a sentence:
Brandy’s lacefront wig is some Brewshyt.

Other Brew Terms You Should Learn

#BAM: A term used to reflect the hotness of a dress, abs, hair or anything worthy of approval; anything less is a #FAIL
Daniel: A mythical creature who will most certainly “check” you if your grammar and spelling aren’t on point. See here.
Disport: Is an actual word. Yet for some reason if you are on, you use it in a completely unintelligible and confused way that has a well learned woman wondering if it is a real word at all! So feel free to use it in any way you want. Much like the word “smurf”.
Double Hatting: Wearing an actual hat on top of a hair hat.
FAH: “Fat Ass Hater.” A term used sarcastically by the Witches’ and our ilk; doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a fat ass or that you hate fat asses, but you are hating in a majorly big way. You also need to read the Witches’ rules about “hating” and upgrade your sorry vocabulary
Frozed and hard in my place: Sexually aroused (another gem)
Girl, Bye!: An abrupt dismissal, when it is not even worth the effort to form the words to get rid of someone.
Hair Hat: Wig, weave or any other hairpiece that is perched upon a head.
Joyous: The feeling a suitor would like to fill you with, after you arouse him and “spill” on his parts.
LaTasha: The three-legged whore whose mere presence signals the end of your relationship (and basically means there’s been some cheatin’ going on)
Lions: Your lusty loins. We just spelled it wrong once and it stuck!
Louie Bullock’s Mean Mugging Academy: Louis Bardo Bullock RULES, he also does not have time for your ish. He’s busy teaching other celeb babies how to mean mug the paparazzi.
Mottel™ (R Kelly): A model.
Smokin’ Salma: Salma Hayek is hot…plus she smokes. And we like to point that out. A lot.

Blogs In The Brew

Black Love & Marriage
Black & Married With Kids
Brookey’s Cafe Blog
Cotten Kandi
Crunk + Disorderly
Diamond Dust
Fierce and Nerdy
For Real Though
Latinegro’s Volume 2
Media Outrage
Pop Culture Fix
Prune Juice Media
Shoot, Pass, Quibble!
The Curvy Diva’s Closet
The Curvy Fashionista
The Dirty Details (NSFW)
The Intersection of Madness & Reality
The Musings of a Madman
Visual Eye Media

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Oct 2018

Chickpea and Shaved Carrot Salad

You can often find my extolling the virtues of seasonal eating, because as far as Mother Nature is concerned, it’s best; but aside from Mother Nature and her needs, seasonal food is better for us. Eating in season, generally comes with a focus on local eating because seasonal food is what can be grown around you RIGHT NOW, not what can be shipped from another corner of the planet; and, fringe benefit, seasonal eating is often more affordable than the aforementioned globe trotting menu.

In the great white north, where I reside, carrot is so hot right now!

What’s In a Carrot
The benefits are carrots are hinted to in their name, as they are rich in beta carotene (which our bodies use to make vitamin A); and while a diet rich in carotenes is associated with decreased risk of some cancers, carrots also aid in the digestive process, benefit hair and skin; and, of course, are legendary in the regards to the health of our eyes.

We Love Carrots- Do You?!
In the Vitality Kitchen we do a fair bit of raw salad preparation, even in winter; and seeing as a raw carrot a day combats intestinal parasites, in addition to the laundry list of other health benefits, means we LOVE carrots around here.

This salad is raw-ish and simply not raw, because in order to get the carrots to yield slightly we pour hot water over the shaved pieces and allow the carrots to soak for at least 20 minutes- the perfect amount of time to prepare your vinaigrette. Made from sweet oranges and organic goats cheese, the dressing adds to the inherent creaminess that the chickpeas provide.

Raw, seasonal and, oh so, delicious; Chickpea and Shaved Carrot Salad is your winter salad essential.

5 lrg carrot
1 tbsp organic goat’s cheese (easier to digest then cow’s milk cheese)
1 can BPA FREE Eden Organic Garbanzo Beans
1/2 orange, juiced
1 tsp raw honey
1 tbsp fresh mint leaves
1 tsp salt + pepper
5 tbsp olive oil

Shave the carrots with a peeler and place in a bowl, season liberally with salt and cover with boiling water; leave for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a food processor combine the goats cheese, orange juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and mint; blend until smooth and dressing-like. Drain the carrots and allow to dry for 5 minutes.

Rinse the chickpea VERY WELL, and combine with the dressing; once the carrots are dry, toss with chickpeas and dressing. Serve with extra mint if desired.

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Oct 2018

My Love For Herbamare

Now I consider myself a purist when it comes to cooking- from scratch in all ways; but when I was invited to try Herbamare in the Vitality Kitchen, I thought “why not?” So over the last month I have been experimenting with this unique herb and spice salt blend from A.Vogel.

I don’t jump into these things blindly, due diligence is paramount, especially when it comes to using products in the Vitality Kitchen; but upon review I discovered that Herbamare is free of preservatives, has no msg, and effortlessly blends sea salt with herbs and dried vegetables. Because of this, I was willing to put it to use the Vitality Kitchen menu offerings.

The entire month of June, I was using Herbamare liberally in the Vitality Kitchen Meal Plans and NOURISH Cleanses, and you know what? Herbamare is pretty boss! Whether using it to cook and season as you go, or as a table salt replacement, Herbamare has the power to give your culinary creations a little oomph. In other words, use it like you would use salt in your very own Vitality Kitchen.

Now you can get original Herbamare or opt for Zesty flavour- you can also find a low sodium version, but I NEVER use low sodium spices, because what’s replacing the sodium? In any case I really enjoyed the two aforementioned Herbamare flavours.

A Few Tips for Seasoning Food:

  • Season as you go. In some cases seasoning food as the end will suffice, but when it comes to grains, sauces and soups, seasoning as you go is essential.
  • Remember, you can always add seasoning, but you cannot take it away; once something is over seasoned, it’s very hard to recover.
  • When creating a dish with layers of flavour, cleanse your palate each time you taste; meaning, have a sip of water. This will ensure that you are tasting effectively and, therefore, able to season your food perfectly.
  • Don’t forget about pepper. Sometime we may think that a dish needs salt, when what it needs is pepper to create a well rounded flavour profile. Pepper doesn’t get the credit it deserves.
  • Lastly, get creative with your use of spices; salt and pepper are just the tip of iceberg. Creating multi dimensional dishes depends on so much more than salt and pepper, experiment with herbs and spices and watch your culinary efforts prosper!

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Oct 2018

How Aromatherapy Affects Mind Body and Spirit

I have a tendency to get wound up right around three-ish in the afternoon, likely caused by staring at a computer screen for far too long without a break. When this happens I always reach for my essential oils- lavender in particular, which is a well know relaxer. Today’s guest post expands on an earlier post on essential oils; highlighting how they affect our body, mind and spirit.


Aromatherapy—the process of inhaling or absorbing scents derived from essential oils—can do more than just provide a temporarily pleasing sensory experience. It can also help improve a woman’s mind, body and spirit in a number of ways. There is a wide range of essential oils to choose from, and each one brings its own specific set of benefits. Some essential oils provide even multiple benefits at once: for example, citronella is purifying and revitalizing— and it helps keep bugs away!

Aromatherapy can be applied in a variety of settings: try adding some essential oils to a hot bath or a traditional hot sauna. You can also apply diluted essential oils directly to your skin for better absorption. Even better, why not treat yourself to an extra-relaxing aromatherapy massage?

How Aromatherapy Affects Your Mind

Most people know about aromatherapy’s calming effects, but it can also be used for energizing purposes. Scents like lavender, vanilla and chamomile can help with stress relief and relaxation, while peppermint and eucalyptus provide a boost of mental energy. Cedarwood can help improve mental clarity and focus.

Aromatherapy has also been used to treat anxiety and depression. One study found that caffeinated mice were calmed by lavender, sandalwood and other essential oils. (Keep this in mind for the next time you overdo it at Starbucks!)

How Aromatherapy Affects Your Body

Research on the physical benefits of aromatherapy is still evolving, but there is evidence that aromatherapy can have positive effects on your body as well as on your mind. Essential oils have been shown to help heal minor wounds and reduce inflammation. They can also help regulate our digestive and sleep cycles.

Aromatherapy is known to increase blood circulation, relieve congestion, and boost your immune system. Have a cold? Try breathing some eucalyptus oil—or rub a bit on your chest in lieu of traditional drugstore ointments. Other oils that help ease a cold include frankincense, lavender, lemon, rosemary and peppermint.

For women in particular, it’s good to know that aromatherapy can help regulate hormones and lessen menstrual cramps. Various essential oils have also been used as part of some labor and delivery practices. One study even showed that women who applied lavender oil reported a marked difference in postpartum discomfort. (Certain oils, including lavender oil, which contains deodorizing and cleansing properties, are especially suited for topical application. However, almost all essential oils require dilution, so be sure to read the instructions carefully before applying anything directly to your skin!) Another study found that menopausal women who received aromatherapy massages reported the most relief from symptoms.

How Aromatherapy Affects Your Spirit

Aromatherapy has been an integral component of spiritual practices throughout history. Essential oils were used as part of many ancient religions (check out this list of oils frequently used during Biblical times!) and they can be part of your contemporary spiritual practice as well. Try diffusing some essential oils during your meditation practice. Certain essential oils are specifically suited to spiritual rituals and can help bring about a sense of focus and connection to the divine. These include cedar, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, myrrh, rose, sandalwood and ylang ylang. However, you don’t have to stick to these traditional spiritual scents: just pick the scent that speaks the most to you. If you consistently use one scent for your meditation practice, smelling it at other times is likely to bring you a feeling of peace, relaxation and focus. Take a quick whiff of your favorite meditative scent before your next stressful work meeting. You’re likely to feel a renewed connection to your spiritual side and fewer anxieties about daily life.

With all of these benefits, there is no reason not to try aromatherapy. Just be careful to shop only for pure essential oils (not watered-down “fragrances”) and read the instructions carefully. As always, be sure to check with your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

This post was written on behalf of Psychic Source. To get a convenient reading from a psychic online, visit their website today!

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Oct 2018


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Oct 2018

Resveratrol- The New Wonder Drug

I love red wine; I find myself toasting many evenings with a glass of my favorite merlot. The health benefits associated with wine have been documented up and down the internet a great many times; which only serves to bolster my confidence in its healing properties. But in a brief and rather compelling study in the current issue of the highly regarded scientific journal, Cell Metabolism, found that resveratrol, the active ingredient in red wine, mimicked exercise and diet in mice.

The study prescribed eleven obese but otherwise “healthy” men to thirty days of placebo and thirty days of 150 mg of resveratrol daily in random order. The study was conducted in a double-blinded fashion; meaning neither the participants nor the researchers knew who was taking what and when. The fundamental study suggested based on prior work in animals, that resveratrol supplementation would mimic the effects of calorie restriction. Having shown early promise in mice, resveratrol has made the leap to men (with, presumably and hopefully, the same implications for women).

The restriction of calories has long been the workhorse for extending lifespan; a studies in a number of species show clear improvements in longevity with nutritionally sound, but calorically restricted diet (cutting calories by 30 percent is widely considered a “normal” level for maintenance of healthy weight). There hasn’t been any sort of human’s study, for obvious reasons, as it would take longer than the researcher’s lifespan to find out. Also, with human subjects the control factor is dramatically reduced- we all know how hard dieting can be; so finding a subject that would adhere to a restricted calorie diet to the letter could be quite challenging

This is where resveratrol comes in.

Resveratrol is a compound concentrated in grape skin, which is the foundation of all red wine. Early studies have demonstrated it to function as a potent antioxidant. That in and of itself is a health benefit; but the history of isolated antioxidant supplements is often disappointing. But resveratrol is not just an antioxidant; this antioxidant influences mitochondrial function and energy metabolism; and the most important factor is that resveratrol is a gene modifier. It influences the activity of a gene complex called SIRT1, which influences a wide array of metabolic activity; and is considered a regulator of the “health span”. It is also the gene complex influenced by calorie restriction.

In this study, the message was clear, daily dosing of resveratrol for a month mimicked most effects of calorie restriction, improving energy metabolism in muscle, improving insulin sensitivity, lowering blood pressure, and, supposedly, enhancing fitness. No adverse effects of taking resveratrol were documented.

But could it be too soon to start singing the praises of resveratrol?

As with any study, adverse effects might show up down the line. How many diet miracles, have later been shown to cause negative health repercussions? Too many to count. Calorie restriction, for instance, is associated with reduced fertility, and reduced libido; and as a female who desires to reproduce, potentially putting my libido and fertility in jeopardy is far too great of a risk for me. Although this study is still in its infancy, this news is promising and exciting; but time will tell if reseveratrol can extend our lives. It may be slightly premature to call this a wonder drug; so for now I’ll stick with my one glass of red wine a night.

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Oct 2018

Life Lessons Learned From Brewing Kombucha

Brewing Kombucha has been a part of my life for over a year now, but my love for this healthy brew goes beyond that. The health benefits associated with consuming kombucha are long and storied; namely liver detoxification, boosting digestive health and providing an energy lift mid afternoon. However, today I want to talk about some key life lessons I have learned from brewing kombucha on my own.

If you know me personally then you likely know that patience is not a virtue I possess naturally, I’ve always been an “I want it now” kind of person; but with kombucha, patience is necessary to create a strong mother (the symbiotic bacterial culture). It takes about 30 days for a kombucha baby to turn into a mother; and BOY was it hard for me to wait 30 days to start mixing up flavours for my kombucha. Truly, every day I would stare at my kombucha baby growing and wish her to grow faster; but there are many rewards for the patient, namely a strong and high yielding kombucha mother.

Beyond the first 30 days of growth, each brew takes about 7 days to come to fruition; and I have learned that patience in brewing kombucha, applies to life too. Rushing in the kitchen can lead to serious cuts and/or burns; rushing while driving can lead to accidents (happened to me September); and lastly rushing in all areas can lead to stress and an all around frazzled existence. Slow down and brew kombucha!

“A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.”
George Savile

I’m an only child and I can freely admit that it was a steep learning curve in adulthood, adopting a sharing is caring attitude; I know all my fellow only children can relate. Growing up and never having to compromise or share with siblings creates a “me” mindset; although I have worked through my only child issues, brewing kombucha has served as reinforcement of my newfound “me to we” sensibilities.

When a kombucha mother flourishes and grows little babies (future mothers to be), they must be shared. You see, when a kombucha mother gets to be too big, she get’s bogged down and the brew becomes sluggish; however, when you remove the little babies and share them with other wanna-be kombucha brew masters, not only is the love shared, but the mother is then able to flourish and make deliciously healthy kombucha. Only children and sibling alike can learn a lesson or two from brewing kombucha!

“I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.
Maya Angelou”

  • Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Now this isn’t to say that I operate in mess- far from it in fact; however, when working with kombucha, things needs to be positively sterile. You see, kombucha is bacteria and when you’re messing around with bacteria, you don’t want to mess around with mess- seriously; this healthy bacterial “juice” is a health dynamo, but introduce any bad bacteria and things will get crazy INCREDIBLY fast! Think black, stinky bacterial culture- yuck!

Whenever I am working with my kombucha, I clean my whole kitchen first, to ensure that nothing potentially damaging is introduced into the sacred environment that is a my kombucha brew. Now this is two fold amazing, 1) my kitchen is clean! And 2) I keep my kombucha health and thriving. If I can impart any kitchen lessons to wanna-be chef and kombucha masters, cleanliness is it; when you operate in organization and tidiness, your kitchen experience will be fun and rewarding, whereas mess just makes everything feel more hectic.

“Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely.
P. J. O’Rourke”

The last place I would expect life lessons to sprout would be out of my spouted kombucha brewer, but life is unexpectedly wonderful like that! For more information about brewing your own kombucha, take a peek at one of my most popular videos!

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Oct 2018



4 Witches who stir up a pinch of celebrity, pop culture and old fashioned common sense
(which seems uncommon).

Meet The Witches


A She Hulk of a Witch, Elphie (if you’re nasty) has had a long tenure as an Advocate In the Fight Against Ignorance. After serving as a wet nurse to Weezy’s babies, she became Chair of the Board for the “Moisturize Your Situation Initiative”; A Not For Profit Foundation (unless you’re willing to pay) that advocates for celebrities and the general public, to stop walking around with ashy hair. In 2013 she will self publish a book of recipes using Rick Ross’ titty milk.

Contact: sexygreenthang69 @gmail. com

Fleur Delacour

Between writing for The Brew and running races like a white girl in a horror flick, Fleur’s hobbies include: helping to recruit for the race draft, watching all day marathons of “Snapped” and perfecting her Shmoney dance without compromising her bourgeoisie tendencies!

Contact: [email protected]


Piper is that witch that is just too cool for school. She’s fun, cooky, nutty and in some circles may even be considered insane. In short, The Piper is the joint! (this 3rd person isht rocks!) Piper’s got the skinny on it all too, porn, weave, tight jeans, penis texases, how to get a different boy to buy you a steak each night of the week and much much more. Piper is not for the faint of heart, she’s more of an acquired taste but be forewarned you will want more and more…

Get at me: [email protected]

Witch Hazel

AKA “Tech Witch.” AKA “Research Witch.” AKA “Shameless Plug Witch.” Witch Hazel enjoys fashion, tech, gadgets, film, a good Tami Roman smackdown, managing Blue Ivy’s playdate schedule, sending North West motivational messages, polishing 2 Chainzeseses chains and reading Tyrese’s tweets.

Contact: [email protected]

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Oct 2018

Roasted Beet Salad

This past Sunday I was nursing a mean hangover; and, although hangovers happen less frequently than they used to, I’ll be honest, they still happen.

It’s no secret that alcohol, in addition to medication and environmental factors, do quite a number on our livers; and every time I get the dreaded hangover, I can’t help but think about my mine. So in recent months I have begun to prep my liver for a night of damage.

My Saturday Liver Prep looks something like this:

  • 2 liters of water with the juice of three lemons the day of and the day after; this serves to detoxify the liver and hydrate my body.
  • 10 drops of Milk Thistle before I leave the house, 10 drops before bed; and 10 drops when I wake up- Milk Thistle repairs damaged liver cells, enough said!
  • And lastly, this liver loving salad with beets and apple cider vinegar, two very well known liver lovers!

Apple cider vinegar, in its unpasteurized state, is a potent liver tonic; as it’s rich in key nutrients, boasting a potent amount of potassium, phosphorus, natural fluorine, silicon and other powerful trace minerals and enzymes- not to mention it makes for a tasty vinaigrette. Some folks prefer to take a shot of apple cider vinegar; but making a salad dressing is way more fun!

This was my meal of choice before I headed out for a night of joviality; but, in the name of preparation, I made a family sized batch, to ensure that I had a healthy meal waiting for me when I, eventually, rose from my slumber- which proved to be a lifesaver, as I was, understandably, damaged.

This roasted beet salad isn’t merely reserved for those who plan to indulge in a few libations; it makes for a lovely breakfast, lunch or dinner!

3 large beets
1/4 cup pumpkin seed, toasted
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp olive oil + 1 tbsp
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 1/1 cups arugula

Preheat oven to 425F. Coat the beets in 1 tbsp olive and wrap with parchement paper lined foil; roast for 1 hour. Remove from oven, allow to cool; and peel by rubbing the beets with a cloth- skins should slide off. Slice into wedges.

In a small bowl, whisk vinegar with salt, pepper and the remaining olive oil. In larger bowl, toss arugula, pumpkin seeds and dressing. Arrange on plates and top with beet wedges.

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Oct 2018

Effectively Choose an Anti Aging Skin Care Product

Everyone is looking for the fountain of youth; and, although, I believe nutrition is the foundation of a youthful body and mind, skin care products can help support our efforts. Today’s guest post shows you how to effectively choose an anti aging skin care product that is right for you.


How To Effectively Choose an Anti Aging Skin Care Product

There are a lot of anti-aging products on the market these days. However, lots of key factors must be considered when you are choosing the right one for your skin. Skin type, age and the climate in which you live play a very important role in determining the type of anti-aging product that you should use. Work schedule and stress level also play a role in healthy skin and must therefore be taken into account. Choosing the right skin care product can be a simple process; however, there are a few things to keep in mind before you begin your quest for the right anti-aging product for you.

When choosing anti-aging skincare products, first look at all the different ingredients. You want results, and if a product does not give desired results, it will be a waste of both money and time. Therefore, thorough research is necessary before buying anything from food (most certainly an anti-aging product) and skincare products as well. There are many cheap options available, but you should always go for products which are genuine and reliable. The skin is our largest and most sensitive organ; and buying cheap products may cause more harm than good, due to side effects.

Next look for products which screen the skin. Sunscreens are vital to skin health. Whenever buying anti-aging products, make sure that it contains sunscreen; products having SPF 15 or higher are usually recommended by experts, however, to be on the safe side, opt for SPF 30 or above. And don’t forget about the lips, sunscreen should be applied on your lips so that they remain soft and supple.

Peptides should also be present in your anti-aging product, as they help in hydrating the cells of your skin and thus protect them from dryness and damage. Peptides are amino acid compounds that work to keep skin smooth and fresh.

Anti aging products should also contain retinal. Retinal has a high content of Vitamin A and also acts as an antioxidant. Retinal helps increase the amount of collagen in your skin; and eventually prevents fine lines, wrinkles and skin
discoloration. Retinal also benefits the texture, tone and color of the skin.

Vitamin C acts as an excellent anti-oxidant when ingested and used topically. Vitamin C protects the skin from sun damage as well as pollution, as it eradicated free radicals which are by-products of sun overexposure and pollution. Anti-aging skincare products which contain Vitamin C are essential if you want complete protection. Vitamin C
also keeps your face clear by removing any sort of wrinkles. Most products on the market contain Vitamin C; however, you should consult an expert to check the appropriate quantity that should be present in a skin care product, as this varies according to skin types.

Author Bio –

Sachin is a freelance writer who writes on different topics such as health, beauty and hair protection. He holds bachelor’s degree in electronics. He has published more than 500 articles about various topics, including woman support and health tips. His famous articles includes article on skincare products.

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Oct 2018

Spicy Thai Vegetable Curry

As I sit here and write, the snow is falling in sheets outside my window; and, while I know I tend to ramble on about the state of the weather, I promise this is going somewhere.

Cold weather ignites my desire for soup, of course, but spicy food as well, like this Thai vegetable curry; and studies have shown that eating spicy foods comes with a few welcome health benefits as well. Spicy foods serves to wake up our taste buds but it also wakes up our metabolism, as the main component in spicy food, capsaicin, has thermogenic effects and works to burn calories for up to 20 minutes after the last bite passes our lips.

And since heart disease is taking more women than breast and cervical cancer combined, we would all be wise to spice up our lives. Spicy pepper helps to reduce the damage of LDL (bad cholesterol) on our bodies and fight inflammation; which is a major culprit in heart attacks and strokes.

Now I don’t know about you, but during the winter months my extremities are freezing cold, which can be boiled down to the weather and a hereditary circulation issue; but consuming spicy foods promotes healthy blood circulation in the body. As eating spicy foods increases the body’s temperature and therefore gets the heart pumping and blood flowing; and peppers which are high in vitamin C and A works to strengthen the blood vessel walls.

In just a few short decades Thai food has grown from relative obscurity to one of the most popular cuisines on the planet; and the Thai are onto something! This Thai vegetable curry has many flavors and textures going on (read: spice), and it pays homage to the flavors of the south Pacific- as it’s flecked with the spice that I so crave in this kind of weather.

As far as the Thai vegetable curry paste is concerned, feel free to make it in advance or in large batches for later use. And don’t let yourself be boxed in; this paste is well placed in a great many dishes, not just this curry.  I used tamari sauce, instead of soy sauce, and served in on a bed of quinoa to satisfy the gluten intolerant among us; why? Because I’m nice like that!

With that said, welcome to November, the month of advised and ill advised facial hair, snow and spicy Thai vegetable curry!

Thai Vegetable Curry

For the paste
2 shallots, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
2 green chilies, seeded and chopped (for extra spice, only seed one of chilies)
Zest of 1 lime
Small bunch fresh cilantro

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 bunch bok choy, chopped
½ cup cremini mushrooms, quartered
½ cup enoki mushrooms
½ cup shitake mushrooms, roughly chopped
1-14 oz can coconut milk
½ cup vegetable stock
Handful of sugar snap peas, cut in half on the diagonal
2 handfuls bean sprouts
1 tbsp tamari sauce
1 tbsp coconut sugar
Lime wedges to serve

To prepare the curry, combine all ingredients in a foods processor and pulse or you could use mortar and pestle- which is by far more work! Set aside.

Heat the coconut oil in a large sauté pan, and add the curry; cook over medium heat for 1 minute until the mixture becomes fragrant. Add the mushrooms and cook for 1 minute, stirring consistently. Add the coconut milk to the pan with the vegetable stock and bring to a boil; cook for an additional 5 minutes or so. Add the snap peas and sprouts and cook for another 1 minute.

Taste and add soy sauce and sugar, if needed. Serve on a bed of quinoa and garnish with lime and cilantro.

Green, red or yellow? What’s your favorite kind of curry?

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Oct 2018

Curried Carrot Soup- Health In A Bowl

Since my days in chef whites, making soup has been my favorite kitchen activity. I love being able to layer flavors and achieve a complex, flavorful and affordable meal! And as the weather cools, my soup efforts kick into high gear. The reason soup is so fitting for the season is the same reason smoothies and fresh juices are perfect winter indulgence; soup, like smoothies and juices, are so nutrient dense when prepared with whole ingredients, helping to fend off sickness by boosting immunity.

This soup is a dream, delicious, easy to prepare with a healthful punch; the addition of coconut milk and lentils, beefs up the simple carrot soup, making it appropriate as a meal when paired with sturdy whole grain bread.

So why is this soup so good for you?

  • Coconut milk: Coconut milk helps in warding off colds and coughs by keeping the immune system healthy. It supplies vitamin C to the body which boosts the immunity; and with winter in full swing around these parts, immunity has become very important. And coconut milk can in fact help with weight loss. Despite it being high in saturated fat; the saturated fat in coconut is made up of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids the body quickly turns into energy instead of being stored as fat.
  • Curry: Not only does curry warm the body from the inside out; but curry spice has also been touted as a possible cure for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and heart disease. And we are all educated about cancer, but heart disease robs women of their lives at an alarming rate- it isn’t just a man’s disease. And with Breast cancer month having passed and Movember drawing to close, it bears mentioning that Curry’s curcumin may help deactivate genes that can trigger the onset and spread of breast cancer and may be effective in slowing the progression of prostate and colorectal cancers.
  • Carrots: What’s not to love about carrots? Carrots contain mass amounts of beta-carotene, which serves as an antioxidant that helps the body to fight the cell damage occurring in the body with pollutants in the bloodstream and even oxygen. It also help slows down the aging of cells and various negative effect associated with aging. And speaking of anti aging, Carrot has strong cleansing properties that are effective in detoxifying the liver, so that the overall effects of acne that are caused by toxins from the blood are minimized. Carrot is also useful for treating uneven skin tones because of pigmentation. The vitamin A and other nutrients in carrots efficiently nourish the skin by preventing dry skin and other skin blemishes.

So you can see why this soup is so boss!

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Oct 2018

Soy And Cilantro Baked Salmon The Virtues Of Fatty Fish

I love fat. Before you raise your eyebrows, hear me out.

I love healthy fats because they are good for the body; and make for a damn fine meal, if I do say so myself. For years, I subsisted on diet foods in an effort to lose weight; I stayed very far away from anything that had any fat in it. Nuts, fatty fish, Coconut oil and the like were a huge no-no in my kitchen; and would you believe that I struggled to control my weight? It’s crazy how diet foods are the worst thing for dieters; but I digress.

Cut to today and I cannot extol the virtues of healthy fat enough. Contrary to what low calorie food pushers would have you believe, we NEED fat in our lives in order to achieve effortless health and vitality. Our brains are over 90% fat and when we eliminate it from our diets we suffer from brain fogginess; and scientists believe that by depriving our brains of fat long term, we may increase our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

As a chef I love fat; it gives a dish that satiety factor that nothing else can provide. And one of the best foods to eat for health omega-3 fatty acids is Salmon!

When I was in culinary school fish was my nemesis; I would either burn the living hell out of it or under cook to avoid the former. But time has been good to my fish cooking skills and I have become rather enamored with cooking these lovely sea dwellers.

Salmon is an excellent source of the aforementioned omega-3 fatty acids; it also contains cancer fighting selenium and vitamin B12 which helps protect against heart disease and anemia- which is a huge concern for women of menstrual age.

Salmon and many fish have come under fire in the Factory Farmed vs. Wild debate; and although there can be a marked difference in price; the two are broadly comparable nutritionally. Factory farmed fish tends to contain more fat and slightly less nutrients than their wild caught counterparts; and the debate rages on. But I believe that health should be attainable for all, and every household budget is different; as long as people are eating fish and reaping their health benefits, factory vs. farmed means nothing to me- I’m a no judgments kind of gal!

To retain the omega-3 content in most fish, the best option is to poach, rather than pan fry; overcooking oxidizes the fats and makes them less beneficial. With that said, I pan fry, poach, steam and grill without prejudice, confident that my daily fish oil supplement makes up for my cooking preference; again, the choice is yours- no judgments here.

Soy and Cilantro Baked Salmon Fillet

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp lemon juice, fresh squeezed

2 tbsp rice vinegar

1 red chili, seeded and finely chopped

1 tsp cilantro leaves

7 oz. salmon fillet, pin bones and skin removed

Preheat oven to 315oF.

In a bowl whisk together soy sauce, lemon juice, rice vinegar and chili in a small bowl. Line a small baking dish with parchment paper and add the salmon fillets and sprinkle with cilantro leaves. Pour the dressing over the fish and bake for 20 minutes.

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Oct 2018

Holiday Hangover Tips


The holiday season is in full swing, and with holiday cheer comes the dreaded hangover; and seeing as my work and socializing schedule ramps up at this time of year I have weathered my fair share of hangover storms. But I’ve come by some hard lessons in my twenty seven years of life, and today I’d like to share. This is my holiday survival guide of the adult variety…

Lemon Juice and Warm Water
Lemons are single handedly one of the best things we can do for our bodies, especially during the holiday season. The liver takes a mean beating during this time of year and, although it’s important to stave off a hangover for our sanity, it’s even more important to keep our liver healthy. Enter lemons.

Lemons cleanse the liver like nothing else, and their juice should be taken daily. So every morning the minute you wake up, juice 1 lemon and mix it with one cup of room temperature water; why room temp? If it’s ice cold water the body has to work to warm it up, and we want it to get to work immediately at detoxifying our cells. You want to do this before you’ve had a morsel of food, so that it doesn’t have to compete with digestion. If there is one thing that you take from my entire Holiday Hangover Tip guide it should be this!

Whole Organic Greens Liquid
When it comes to efficiently obtaining nutrients, my go to is Organic Whole Greens; 1 tbsp of this green healthy elixir provides the body with 5 SERVINGS of vegetables. So what does this mean for hangover survival? Well when our bodies are hung over they are devoid of nutrients, because the alcohol has pillaged our stores; and there are some, particularly strong, types of hangovers that make it impossible to eat, so this becomes a savior, as you can drink your nutrients.

My method of delivery is this; I take 1 tbsp shot in the morning following my shot of lemon juice; and then I drink a second tablespoon in distilled water throughout the day. I do this every day as a preventative measure; and of course the day after a party, when my head feels thick.

Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle is the real deal, which is why it finds itself as a recommendation on my holiday survival guide. Milk Thistle is a very powerful liver detoxification tool, as it helps to rebuild damaged liver cells; and the best part is that one cannot overdose on the stuff.

Now, Milk Thistle is available in tincture (liquid) form and tablet form, but I’m partial to the tincture because it can be administered in a way that it goes right into the blood stream. By placing 1 dropper of liquid under the tongue, it’s able to get right down to the business of detox.

As a preventative measure, I take 3 droppers full under my tongue the day of the party; 1 in the morning, 1 mid afternoon and 1 before the party. And I repeat this the next day. It has been said that milk thistle will alleviate symptoms of a hangover, I’ve had mixed experience with this; but it keeps the liver working, so I’m all in!

Water, Water, WATER!
We are comprised of over 50% water, so it becomes very necessary for our blood to be well hydrated. I can’t say it enough, DRINK UP! Every day we should aim for at least 8 glasses of water per day, for me this equates to about 1 liter; but for the day of a party aim for a liter and a half, and the same amount the day after. Water is the BEST and most validated measure to stave off a hangover.

Things to Avoid

There is always a ying to a yang, and holiday hangover tips are no different.

Now you may feel as though you can down the venti-est size Starbucks coffee when you are hung, but I beg you to reconsider. Booze is dehydrating, Coffee is dehydrating, put those two together and you have yourself a mess of a hangover. If your body absolutely needs a boost, try sipping on Matcha green tea or regular loose leaf green tea; as they both come complete with antioxidants. Free radicals are abound when we are hung over, so drinking green tea, which is full of antioxidant scavengers, works to rid the body of these demons, and you’ll also get a nice buzz going, without the dehydration of the coffee…On a side note enter to win the nourishtea Tea For Health Tea Giveaway where you could win a tea prize pack!

Ah, the culprit itself! There is a saying “Hair of the Dog” which implies that to beat a hangover simply start drinking again- STOP! Hangovers compound, trust me, I’ve tried this and paid dearly when I finally stopped drinking- 3 day hangovers are no fun for anyone!

Give yourself at least 2-3 days off the sauce to allow your body to rebalance- it’s simple in theory, but at this time of year it can be a challenge. Do your best, it’s all you can do.

Honorable Mention

Sleep. It’s pretty well publicized that we need 7-9 hours of sleep in order to function optimally, this is even more important during the holidays. Operating at half mass puts your body at a disadvantage from the start. So be sure to prioritize rest, or you will crash- it will be ugly and will likely cause you to miss out on some fun.

So there it is, my Holiday Hangover Tips. Now go forth, sip with care and be sure to take heed of the aforementioned tips, I suffered, so you don’t have to! You’re welcome.

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Oct 2018

Got Talent?

Got Talent?

There are so many gifted individuals out here who just can’t seem to catch a break. People who would put today’s “Supah” stars to shame. At the same time, there are scores of unsung visual artists, poets, dancers and mimes, who never get the chance to shine. We wanna change that! The Witches’ Brew wants to give voice to our talented Brewchies!

Are you an Unsigned, Indie, Big in Europe, always on the verge of blowing up, needing just one good shotter?
Are you a visual artist?
Do you spend your days painting happy clouds? Do you make pretty sculptures out of kitty litter, garden gnomes and exboyfriend’s stolen mail?
Are you a slave to the Riddem?
Are you a dancer/troupe/group or crew (not gang though, that’s sumthin’ else)?

The Witches would love to share your wonderful talents with the world! If you’re interested in being featured in our new venture ‘BREWCHIES WITH TALENT’, email Witch Elphie to get your work posted here on the Brew.

**It should go without saying, but do NOT send me your smut or filth flarn flarn filth! White Jesus WOULD NOT APPROVE!

Featured Brewchies With Talent:
Shadra Strickland, Illustrator
Gina Brotherton, Jewelry Designer
Christina Mendez, Painter
Jaime Patterson, Photographer
Deyane Moses, Photographer
Patricia Ambroise, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Jasmin Mitchell, Jewelry Designer
Atasha Scott, Confectionaire
Martine Foreman, JustDiva Co-Founder
Priscilla Dosunmu, Photographer
Ivelisse Estella, Custom Paper Craftstress

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