Two Cents Worth

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It is hard to know what to do when you are constantly bombarded with newer, better and faster.

I'm a tried-and-true kind of gal. If it's been working fine for this long there is no need to change or upgrade. The only reason I might change my usual is if there is a huge sale on. Take for instance laundry detergent. Been using the same three brands forever because I know and trust each of them to do a good job. I go from one to the other depending on which one is on sale.

I figure if my clothes look good to me that is all that matters. We should all know the most expensive is not always the best and will not necessarily do a better job.

All the buzz about skin care is another example. You have to put a mortgage on the house to afford some of that stuff and will it really remove wrinkles, brown spots, tighten skin, add collagen and shrink the bags under my eyes? I don't think so. You need a bit more than a topical face cream for that to happen.

The ads usually say it makes your skin "feel" better and not necessarily improve the quality of your skin. A lot of things make your skin feel better after you smear it on. As long as it moisturizes and has an adequate SPF I stick with what I am used to.

A friend recently told me she uses coconut oil on her skin and she felt it did wonders. Since then I have heard a lot about the benefits of coconut oil and since it is a natural substance -- not chemically enhanced and cheap in comparison to cosmetic products -- I thought I would give it a try. You can even use it for a lot of other things, even cooking.

Found a jar in the grocery store that is pure coconut oil with no additives. When I got home I put it in the fridge. I would try it in the morning. Well, refrigeration is not the way to go because it hardens to marble. Took it out and put it in the bathroom to warm up and waited until the next day.

It sure feels good when you rub it in and a very little goes a long way. My skin felt very silky. The only drawback is I smell like a macaroon -- which may or may not be a good thing, depending on someone's appreciation of coconut. Don't think I will cook with it fearing everything will taste like coconut. In macaroons it's great but likely not with steak or asparagus.

I will keep using it on my skin for now since I have a jar that may last the rest of my life and hope anyone who gets close enough to smell it likes coconut.

We often have to decide if we should stick to what we have grown accustomed to or if it's time to make a change. Considering all the infrastructure enhancement and repair we are experiencing during our travels, do I have to remind anyone we have an election this fall?



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