The last single digit..

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I don’t know how it happened! My baby turned 9.. Hard to believe how fast time has passed. So blessed and proud to call such an amazing boy, my son.

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Picture by Carrie Mundy, For the love of photography

 Sometimes I catch myself staring at him, amazed that he’s really mine. I’m in awe of his kindness, cleverness, beauty…  And I’m in love with his fun, yet serious personality.

I am so looking forward to see what he’ll achieve.. He is destined for great things in life.

I sit here, looking back through his pictures, wondering where the time has gone…

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Picture by Carrie Mundy, For the love of photography

With love..

 

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Celebrate being alive..

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I hope you’re doing something special today to celebrate being alive!

ArgaWise Love

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“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come  alive and go do it! Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  H.Thurman

With love..

 

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Real or Fake?

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Hello ArgaWisers!

With so many Moroccan Argan Oil products on the market, I get lots of emails, calls, Facebook messages… asking how ArgaWise Argan Oil is different from others, which I totally understand!

It is heartbreaking (for a Moroccan gal) to see all the FAKE, diluted or over-processed oils in the market, fooling people into thinking they’re getting the Real, 100% Pure Moroccan Argan Oil.

ArgaWise Argan Oil is:

1-  100% Pure and Organic

Every bottle contains only Organic, 100% Pure Argan Oil. It’s not a blend. It contains no preservatives, fragrances, or other oils.

2- First Cold Pressed

The Argan nuts are pressed only once, and heat is never applied to them. This ensures that all the vital nutrients—including Vitamin E and essential fatty acids are kept intact

3- Empowers women & helps the Planet

Argan Oil sales provide the women, working in the industry, with a steady income, fair wage, and literacy classes. Women cooperatives work within a biosphere protected by UNESCO, which ensures its protection and reforestation.

This video from CNN gives an amazing overview of how the real Argan Oil is made, and how it empowers women, through local co-ops.

With Love..

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French magazines..

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I brought back from Paris. tons of French magazines, to read over the weeks to come 🙂 I opened one this morning, and look what I found..

Argan Oil Top Sante

Every year a new crop of super miracle beauty ingredient/product pops up, only to fade after the next one is born.

Argan oil is pretty new in the US, but French tourists discovered it in Morocco years and years ago, and it’s all over the french market, and demand is still strong and growing.

It is definitely the “Miracle” oil, and yes IT DOES  reduce fine lines and wrinkles, moisturizes skin, banishes acne, improves skin tone, fades scars, tames hair frizz, heals split ends, strengthens nails, softens cuticles and conditions lips.

And yes, IT CAN be incorporated into makeup, hair and skin products, IT IS completely natural, good for the environment and helps support fair wages for women in Morocco.

Plus, Argan Oil is super lightweight and absorbs quickly.

Unfortunately, demand became unsustainable and fake oils/blends became predominant, so be aware of fake Argan Oil!

Très bonne journée!

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Do more of what makes you awesome!

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Hi Beauties!

How’s your Monday going? Already stressed out? Looking at your schedule makes you cranky? Your inbox contains e-mail after e-mail with what seem like impossible demands? …

Take a deep breath. Let it fill your lungs, sip in more air. Hold for three seconds. Now exhale very slowly. There! Don’t you feel better?

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Go for a walk during your lunch break, or maybe a run in your neighborhood after work, or simply nourish your body with  a healthy, nutritious lunch.. but whatever it is, just think balance!

Take time to bliss out. It’s always good to disconnect to connect…

With love, health & happiness!

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Paris, Je T’aime.

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We made it to Paris, my favorite city to stroll around… the city of light is so beautiful and exudes so much history.

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So much so that, my favorite thing to do is simply walk through the meandering streets, hand in hand with my hubby, discover an authentic bistro, sit at its terrace or behind its front window depending on the temperature, and watch the world walk by forgeting about time.

I love it so much that on the eve of my first child birth — we lived in Paris then, by Rue Cler — I remember us walking those streets for close to 4 hours, without my ninth month and I feeling any fatigue. It was gorgeous spring Saturday afternoon and his birth happening the next day instead of the planned 10 days later, was probably no stranger to that long and delicious stroll.

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If you enjoy authentic french cuisine, and fresh, amazingly delicious seafood, Bofinger, is a must. This Bastille, 150 year old institution is mere steps from Le Marais, where you can stroll off calories and wine vapors under the arcades of Place des Vosges. Tip: Try to speak French when ordering and you’ll likely get a much better service.

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Look at me, drooling over this mountainous platter of fresh seafood and raw oysters…

 

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See you again soon Paris… Je T’aime.

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DIY Kiwi Facial Scrub

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Everybody wants to know the secret to gorgeous, glowing skin. Well, look no further than your kitchen. I’m a big fan of natural, do it yourself face masks & scrubs. A rule I live by is, if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your face!

Cold weather can cause dead skin build-up. This scrub will remove the dull layer naturally, and will leave your skin soft and glowing.

What you’ll need: 

  • Brown sugar
  • 1/2 Kiwi
  • 100% Argan Oil

Argan Oil Scrub

Brown sugar has a coarse texture, yet is the softest scrub, because It gently melts on the face as you blend it in, and the vitamin C in the kiwi will keep your skin looking youthful and protected.

In addition to its antioxidant properties, Kiwi provides beneficial ingredients to help clean out the pores and prevent future breakouts.

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Scrub in a circular motion all over your face (avoiding eyes!) for about a minute or so, rinse, towel blot your face dry, then follow with a rich coat of 100% Pure Argan Oil, to saturate the skin with vitamins and moisture.

Applying products on freshly exfoliated skin allows them to absorb better.

Now I wanna hear from you, please give it a try, and let me know what you think.

With Love,

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My Three-Day Juicing Detox Experience

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Hello ArgaWise lovers!

As you may know by now, I recently fell very sick for over a month. My doctor thought I had some kind of allergies, then a sinus infection, but it turned out to be nasal polyps; thank goodness! I was seriously thinking something was wrong with my immune system. And, in case you’re wondering, yes, I have a new doctor.

Two courses of antibiotics, steroids boosted later, my sinuses got better, but my body felt weird after all those drugs! I needed to detoxify and get rid of the toxins I felt remained in my body. I decided to take my first dive into the world of juicing by attempting a 3-day pressed green juice cleanse.

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Let me tell you, drinking freshly squeezed green veggies and nothing else for 3 days is something! There were ups and downs, moments of euphoria and moments of major irritability.

But boy did my body & mind love it!!

I for sure have more energy (because juicing reduces the energy the body needs to digest foods), I sleep better,  I feel so hydrated, and I kissed the bloating bye bye.

I am making 2014 my healthiest year ever, by drinking a blended green juice daily, will you join me?

I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? If so, what was your experience? If not, is it something you would be willing to try?

With love and health!

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DIY Mask For Dark Spots & dehydrated skin

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Good morning friends!

Who doesn’t like an easy, no mess, DIY mask that really works?! Yes really really..  and you can see a difference after the first application! No joke.

Green your routine, trust nature and transform your skin.. Seeing is believing!

All you need is a natural soap, 100% Pure Argan Oil, and an orange!

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Before going to bed, wash your face with the natural soap, leave it on for 30-40 seconds (trust me on this one). After rinsing, gently massage your face and neck with Argan Oil until it’s absorbed. Last but not least, squeeze the juice from your orange into a small bowl. Apply it to your face and neck with a brush, cotton or just your fingers. It will dry up quickly, you won’t even feel it. And go have yourself a good night. All you need to do in the morning is wash your face with water, and voila!

Take a look at your skin, it will be glowing, nourished, hydrated and balanced. Do it every night for a week, and your Hollywood friends will be wondering if you went under the knife! My husband even noticed it in low light! And my 8 year old son keeps complimenting me on how my face looks.

Why, you may wonder? I attribute it to the following reasons: the orange is rich in Vitamin C which reduces damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet B radiation and prevents the consequences of long-term sun exposure, aka dark spots & discolored patches. The Argan Oil works to seal in hydration and to saturate the skin with vitamins and moisture.

Now I wanna hear from you, please give it a try, and let me know what you think. You can thank me later.

 

 

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