Creative Ideas for Your "Less Stress" Lifestyle

Less Stressful Holidays   December 2018

We all know how stressful life becomes during this time of year. We have more to do, and more people to put up with. We tend to compare our lives with other’s, and often have feelings of envy, guilt, lonliness, and being overwhelmed. If you feel like you are behind in your decorating or buying gifts, don’t get discouraged. I’m here to encourage you! Not to go go go do do do, but to step back and think outside the Christmas box. You don’t have to do it all.  Does it stress you out? I’m more concerned about what the stress does to your body.

Some things aren’t always as they seem. The perfectly dressed families on the perfectly handwritten Christmas cards look perfectly happy, but they all have their own issues to deal with, believe me. I stopped making cookies this time of year because it was always a huge waste of time, energy, and money. I found that they either looked beautiful and tasted horrible, or looked horrible and still tasted horrible.Unless you love baking, save yourself the hassle and skip the cookie tradition. Make the decision to not feel guilty about it. No one needs the sugar anyway! No mess - no stress! Or do best of both worlds and buy a few already made cookies!

Another top stressor is decorating. Yes, I too had too many boxes of Christmas decorations. The more the merrier, I always told myself.  I would justify it by saying I could rotate my displays every couple of years. One year I would not feel like putting much out. And the following year I felt like going all out. Eventually, I didn’t feel like decorating very much at all, no matter which year it was. I eventually dreaded getting all those boxes out, and of course, taking it all down and putting it all away when the season was over. It was major stress that I changed my whole mindset about. I still enjoy looking at all the beautifully decorated trees everywhere (that are literally everywhere), but for me and my house, I choose to serve the LORD, and keep decorations to a minimum. It keeps my focus on being more intentional on the inside than the outside.  Being a slave to God instead of a slave to what my house looks like. Again - less stress on my body!  You’re not a humbug, you are a smart woman!

Gift giving is something we envision as delightful. The perfect gift is opened and the recipient is genuinely appreciative of such thoughtfulness. In reality, it usually doesn’t turn out that way. When I was young, families didn’t have much. So when you got some gifts for Christmas, you really needed or wanted them! These days, it’s hard trying to figure out a gift to give to someone that they will actually keep (or use).  Giving yourself is much more fulfilling! Serving others in the form of spending quality time, helping with a project, treating them to a dinner out, or inviting them over for a home cooked meal. Have some deep conversations and really get to know them. 

Decide for yourself what you truly want and what is important to you.   Then scale down and simplify. It’s the first step to feeling better in the new year! Do what’s best for you, and then be prepared to stand your ground when those certain people start asking questions. 

Again, if it’s your thing - do it! Have fun with it! But if it stresses you out and isn’t worth the time or energy, then skip it, go simple, enJOY! Keep that JOY in your heart this blessed season. It’s a time of being generous and giving without expecting. Then carry that JOY far past Christmas and celebrate not only a new year but a NEW YOU! 

Water Is Cool - Why Its Your Summertime Essential   August 2018

Although a hot shower may feel great on your body, it is not good for your hair, especially long hair. After shampooing, rinsing your hair in cool water is highly recommended. The cooler temperature smooths the cuticle surface of your hair, helping it to be less tangly and promote healthy shine. Be sure to make it part of your regular routine for best results. See

Do you skip the recommended shower before swimming in a pool? Don't. Chlorine is damaging to the hair, so you should at least get your hair soaking wet with cool or lukewarm water prior to diving in. Having water already in your hair will keep the chemical absorption to a minimum. Block it even more by rubbing in a little conditioner right after you wet it. Then remember to shampoo it after swimming, even if it is several hours later. Any chemicals from chlorine left in your hair will fade color, damage the cuticle and dry it out, so better late than never!

Hydrating is actually at the top of my list! If you want any part of your body to look healthy - it starts from the INSIDE and goes out. Eight glasses of water is recommended, but if you don't get that much down every single day, six is better than one! I am a firm believer in vitamins and supplements. I take several of these first thing every morning. I definitely feel better throughout my day if I take them slowly, one by one, with several ounces of room temperature water between each. 

After sleeping all night without food or drink, our bodies are slighly dehydrated. Drinking 2 glasses of water early in the morning upon rising not only rehydrates, but gets all 7 systems of the body functioning optimally. Interestingly enough, seven is the number of perfection in the Bible, so that tells me that God made the body to be able to function perfectly! See

Room temperature water is ideal for replenishing. Extreme temperature is fine for the rest of the day, if you keep up with the recommended amounts. If you are trying to lose weight, drinking hot or ice cold water helps speed metabolism because it forces your body to work hard at bringing it to body temperature before using it.

Women need about 90 ounces of water a day, and men need about 120 ounces a day. Keep in mind that this is average. It will vary depending on how active you are, how much you sweat, how much you eat, and which medications you take. Check with your doctor to find out if your prescriptions affect your fluid balance. 

Be mindful about foods you eat on a regular basis. Many fruits and vegetables have a high water content, which work toward your healthy eating plan. Salty, sugary, or bad fatty foods all work against healthy eating plans. I add fresh lemon to my drinking water on a daily basis. I don't drink any sodas. At restaurants, I order ice water with lemon. The lemon makes the water alkaline, even though its acidic when directly applied to the skin. The typical American diet is very acidic, so the more often you can drink lemon water, the more you will be working towards balancing your body's healthy pH level.

So, water replenishes our bodies in many different ways, proving itself very essential to our health. While ice cold water is refreshing to drink in the summer time, cool water is equally refreshing to your hair anytime of the year. To help repair your dry and damaged hair from the harsh summer, I offer many options for reconditioning and removing chlorine buildup. For more information on any these topics, schedule an appointment with me. I will be happy to further discuss these with you! Come in for a Touch of Grace and to share your Faith! Enjoy the rest of your Summer!


Are You Fighting with Your Hair?   July 2018. 

Let's face it. We're all guilty of this. Wanting our hair to look like a picture in a magazine or on the internet. As a hairdresser, I remind my lady clients that yes, I can cut your hair the same as the one in the picture, but you really need to consider all of the factors that may make a difference in the outcome. Differences such as hair texture, degrees of fineness or coarseness, natural wave or curl, the natural growth pattern, those stubborn gray hairs, chemical alterations (perms, haircolor and/or highlights/lowlights, straighteners) to name a few. You also need to take into consideration the shape of your face, head, and neck. Yet another major factor is the quality of the hair products you use and also the effort you put into styling, according to your lifestyle. Believe it or not, some people think that the hairCUT is the only thing they need for their hair to look a certain way without using styling products or styling tools such as a blowdryer, a diffuser, hot irons, etc. 

There is nothing wrong with having the desire for your hair to look a certain way for fashion. Fashion is fun and it creates interest and excitement. But if you are not willing to invest the time, the money on products, and the upkeep of maintaining a hairstyle with frequent visits to the salon, chances are, you will not be satisfied with your hair. 

If you find yourself fighting with your hair often - you want it to do one thing and it wants to do another - ask yourself if its worth all the hassle. Does it make you a complainer? You may not only be dragging yourself down, but you could also be dragging others down too. Don't be a drag!

I encourage my clients to love themselves and embrace the way God created them. You are Unique! Your looks, your personality, and your talents were all given to you to work together in harmony. Learn to accept your hair for what it is. It's part of what makes you the adorable YOU!

My friend, please don't be obsessed with what your hair looks like. Take another look. A bit deeper. I asking you to let it go and take delight in the personality of your hair. Yes I said personality. Think of it like a piece of jewelry or a hat that accents an outfit. Your hair accents your body. It's supposed to be natural. I assure you, no one will even notice the part of your hair that took an extra 15 minutes to redo 3 times and made you late. And by all means, if they do, then have the confidence to laugh at yourself and don't take it personally. Something I might say is that my nails look so good today that my hair was jealous and wouldn't cooperate.  :)

Once you change your mindset and stop fighting with your hair by learning to ENHANCE what it wants to do naturally, your stress level will drop, your face will brighten, and a glow of true beauty will adorn you!

Come in soon for a consultation and let's discuss what works for you!


First Posting:

Let me start by praising God that you stumbled across my website. I would say that it wasn't just by chance. We are all here for a purpose, and in His Divine Plan, we are here to help and support each other. 

As I go about my daily life, as soon as women hear that I am a hairdresser, the question I am asked first is usually "What would you do with my hair?" It's never a simple answer, nor a single one! This leads me to asking a series of questions to gather more information. I find out if their hair is colored, naturally curly, what percentage of gray, what their current lifestyle is, what kinds of products they use (if any), and what their goal is. I then invite them to visit my salon for a complientary consultation, where I can put my hands in their hair, to feel how thick it is, how coarse or fine, and if it is healthy or in poor condition. It is also an excellent time to find out what their expectations are, and if they are realistic or not. For example, some women show me a picture of what they want their hair to look like, but aren't  willing to either A) have it cut to that short of length, or B) use product on it for the desired results.

Now I invite you to visit my salon for a complimentarty consultation, where we can do the series of questions, together with the hands on experience, to find out what works best for you!


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Freedom - Enjoy It Every Day (July 2014)

Ask anybody what they really want in life and most likely you'll hear:



Good Health

More Free Time

But what are we living? Probably a life with too much stress, from burdens, worries, working endless hours both at work and at home, therefore damaging our health and not allowing ourselves some much needed "free time."

1. Always be kind - to yourself, too. When your thoughts are negative, acknowledge and quickly replace with a positive. Focus on the good in people, and tell yourself "good job!"

2. Accept all situations as opportunities. There is a great purpose for why things happen to us. Look for the lesson and be grateful. Feeling gratitude is incredibly freeing.

3. Get rid of mental clutter, and live for the moment. Writte down the important ones, and tell yourself that you will think about those later, one at a time. This frees up your mind.

4. If you don't want to say Yes Yes Yes! to something when asked, then say No. If you have ever said Yes to helping out with something, often times you get asked to help many additional times. Don't be a Yes Man. Pick and choose what appeals to you the most and say No to the rest. This keeps you the most productive at what you are doing, and also frees up your time.

5. Get organized and think ahead. Grouping errands and tasks together may save you gas, time and money. For example, paying 20 cents more for toothpaste at the grocery store may save money by not going to the discount store, where you would end up buying additional items you don't necessarily need.

6. Practice being genius - what are you really good at? Give yourself the freedom to do what you enjoy and help others with it.

7. Get your finances in order. Balancing your checkbook seems to be a thing of the past. Check your balances regularly, and make a strategy of  paying upcoming expenses. Talk to someone if you need help. There are many free or inexpensive financial planning options out there if you look. This will help lift the financial burden off your shoulders.

8. Allow yourself a vacation, even if its only a "staycation" close to home. If you don't have the extra money to spend, keep it simple. When I am on vacation, I enjoy the time of no cooking and no cleaning! So, if my family happens to stay in a hotel room, chances are, it's a mess.....


World's Greatest Hero (June 2014)

This world has many heroes, some you know by name.

They give their best at what they do, so they deserve their fame.

But among all of the heroes this world has ever had

There is not one admired more than the guy that I call Dad.

Perhaps not like the others, he doesn't look for praise.

He's heroic in his special way, in his thoughtful caring ways.

Perhaps he's not as famous as the others that you see,

But he's everything and so much more than heroes ought to be.

He keeps his word, it's good as gold, on this you can depend,

He's honest and he's loyal, too, he's also a true friend.

When I hear about a hero, and the great things they have done,

It reminds me of my father, he is the greatest one...

 Happy Father's Day! Here is another good one that I found:

"Walk a little slower, Daddy," said a little child so small.

"I'm following in your footsteps, and I don't want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast, sometimes they're hard to see.

So walk a little slower, Daddy, for you are leading me.

Someday when I'm all grown up, you're what I want to be.

Then I will have a little child who'll want to follow me.

And I will want to lead just right and know that I was true.

So walk a little slower, Daddy, for I must follow you."

Continue On (May 2014)

A woman once fretted over the usefulness of her life. She feared she was wasting her potential being a devoted wife and mother. She wondered if the time and energy she invested in her husband and children would make a difference.

At times she got discouraged because so much of what she did seemed to go unnoticed and unappreciated. "Is it worth it?" she often wondered. "Is there something better that I could be doing with my time?"

It was during one of these moments of questioning that she heard the small, still voice of her heavenly Father speak to her heart.

"You are a wife and mother because that is what I have called you to be. Much of what you do is hiddenn from the public eye. But I notice. Most of what you give is done without remuneration. But I am your reward. Your husband cannot be the man I have called him to be without your support. Your influence upon him is greater than you think and more powerful that you will ever know. I bless him through your service and honor him through your love. Your children are precious to Me. Even more precious than they are to you. I have entrusted them to your care to raise them for Me. What you invest in them is an offering to Me.

You may never be in the public spotlight. But your obedience shines as a bright light before Me. Continue On. Remember you are my servant. Do all to please Me."

New Life, New Beginnings (April 2014)

Spring is all about new life. Easter means a New Life in Christ for Christians. Spring is a favorite season for many people. This time of year brings on an exciting surge of happiness from the energy and warmth of the sun, shining on pale skin from the long, cold winter.

Gone are the dead leaves and lifeless surroundings. Once again, we hear the happy chirping of birds in the morning hours. There's something about seeing the first signs of green that lifts our spirits.

5 Ways to Bloom Where You Are Planted

1. Let It Go - just like the movie "Frozen." (Great movie by the way!) Stop holding on to what hurts - make room for positive things in your life right now.

2. Accept Reality - Life is simple. keep it that way. Everything happens for a reason - accept it and learn from it. Be a better person because of it.

3. Rest Rest Rest - Don't be discouraged. Sometimes you need to step back and regroup. Beautiful blossoms result from dormancy. Rest your body, rest your mind. Remove yourself, reboot, and you'll be recharged!

4. Take chances - Don't let fear stop you or hold you back. Your fears always seem much worse than they really are. Keep trying new things, keep on loving, and keep on giving. Don't regret.

5. Appreciate - Be proud of yourself! Look for the good in others and always give compliments. Everyone needs to feel appreciated. Everyone. So  much goes unsaid. Just say it!


The Infamous Pot of Gold (March 2014)

March is a jolly month, with leprechauns, lucky shamrocks, and rainbows with pots of gold. Everyone is carefree and thinking GREEN, especially with Spring right around the corner.

Are you chasing rainbows or pots of gold? People always seem to be hoping for more - a better job, better house, better car, more money, etc. Don't get lost in the general public's lack of contentment. They are forever chasing imaginary pots of gold with the hope (and obsession) that their lives will become complete, when usually the real treasure is right in front of them and they truly miss out.

It's so easy to get caught up in wanting "just a little more." Sure, it is a great feeling to get that new whatever it may be, and feel content... for a few days. Then guess what - we're back to chasing again. Remember- it's all just "stuff." Instead, focus on your own RAINBOW, and appreciate its true beauty.

Our pot of gold should be a daily dose of feeling happy, not successful. Being out in nature, gardening, volunteering your time and talent, visiting the gym or getting a massage are all different pots of gold because they bring inner pleasure and much needed peace of mind. Do whatever pleases you, and take time out of your busy schedule to enjoy it. It's good for the SOUL.

Stop wasting precious time looking for the infamous pot of gold

and follow the rainbow right in front of you.

It's beautiful. It's forever.

And worth every step.


When You Really Need To Loosen Up (Feb 2014)

Most adults carry their stress in the neck and shoulder areas. I certainly do. I tense up when I drive (especially in bad weather) and every time life gets on my nerves, which is usually on a daily basis. Even doing a simple task such as vacuuming the carpet adds additional tightness to my right shoulder.

Once you pinpoint what triggers the stress in your life, you can try different ways to lessen the pain caused by it. For example, I find that my shoulders feel better when I alternate hands while using the vacuum sweeper (or get another family member to do it for me!) My shoulders will stay more relaxed when I drive with a neck warmer around my neck. Ahh!

If you have a nagging pain in your shoulders, there are some ways you can find relief between massage visits. An excellent way to get your blood circulating and quickly moving toward your neck and shoulder region is to do some shoulder rolls. This brings much needed oxygen and warmth to those tight muscles, and also helps loosen up that whole area. I have several simple exercises I can show you during a massage session. Massage not only feels good, but is very beneficial - don't wait until your ache gets worse. Relief it now! Schedule a massage appointment with me (even 30 minutes is better than none) and I will do my best to help you get on the right track to feeling better. I offer only upper body massage because it is the place where most people need it the most. An hour full body massage limits the amount of massage time on these crucual areas.   Ellen

Sinus Headache Pain (Jan 2014)

It's cold season. Here in Indiana, it seems like cold season most of the year. And allergy season. If you suffer from sinus headaches, the root cause may not be all in your head, but in your sinuses. One of the prime causes of sinusitis is sinus allergies. People are usually allergic to several things, including molds, dust, and dust mites.  Some allergens might trigger an immune response, depending on how strong or weak your immune system is. The body's defense response is inflammation, which can lead to the release of histamines, which can then lead to the body producing excess mucus   in the sinus tract.

Personally, I am a big fan of hot, brothy soups, hot teas, hot baths, and the neti pot (google it!) when I am congested, as well as good, old fashioned scalp, face, and neck massage. Steaming the face, drinking lots of water, and resting frequently will also help relieve sinus headache pain. Some people use over the counter products and/or ibuprofen when needed.

The sinuses are located in the cranial bones. They are lined with mucus membranes to lubricate and help filter our sensitive nasal passages. Sinus Massage stimulates the blood flow and lymphatic drainage to that area. This aids the body in its natural removal of mucus. Sinus Massage uses firm pressure on specific pressure points on your face and neck to relieve sinus congestion and pain associated with allergies.

Massage is very benefcial for sinus headaches because it releases and relaxes the tension of the affected sinus. My facials are great for tension headaches and also sinus headaches. They are more for RELAXATION than for skin care.For January,  I am offering a 30 minute facial that includes sinus massage for only $20 (regularly $30). It is a great way to try a facial if you've never experienced one before. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.


Holiday Stress (Dec 2013)

Let’s face it. Our everyday lifestyles are way too hectic to start with. Pile on all the extra “To Do” lists over the holidays, and soon we become overwhelmed, stressed out, cranky, and then totally burned out.

STRESS - it’s a common household word these days.  If we don’t control it, it will take a toll on our mental and physical well being. There are several health issues that can be brought on by high stress levels over any length of time.

Here are 2 ways to reduce your holiday stress.

1. Take Care of Yourself First, Not Last

2. Simplify As Much As You Can

Take Care of Yourself First - You need to have a full tank in order to take care of everyone else. Do this regularly and you will feel contentment in your life. Do something you love and then enjoy every minute of it. Really!

Go to that restaurant you’ve been wanting to try that nobody else wants to go to…. see a movie by yourself…. go shopping just to get gift giving ideas and only come home with something for yourself… get a pedicure….or a facial…. or a massage for stress relief.

Simplify As Much As You Can - Shave down your cookie baking, indoor and outdoor decorating, Christmas card writing, shopping, wrapping, and cleaning by telling yourself that you don't have to do it all this year. Delegate. Delegate. Delegate. Get the whole family involved in helping (and cleaning, too!) Don't stress out about it. Sure, it probably won't be as good as you always do it, but if you lower your expectations, you will lower your stress level. It's good for them to be involved, and it's good for you to LET THEM.

You will find that these ideas will not only keep you in a calmer frame of mind, but it will also lessen the materialism of the season and bring more meaning to it as well. Blessings to you and your family.


Need To Slow Down?   (Nov 2013)
I found myself half disgusted—half embarrassed  the other day at the grocery store. Another noisy cart. I contemplated taking my chances on trading it in for a different one. Then I heard the bang, bang, bang from a guy passing me with an even louder cart. He didn’t seem to mind at all.

I took the time to study several other shoppers nearby. They all appeared to care about only one thing: to hurry and get out of there. As I strolled deeper into the store, I discovered something. My rickety cart would make very little sound if I pushed it along slowly. So, I told myself that I wasn’t in that much of a hurry, and that it was fine if I went a bit slower with my shopping. By the time I was wheeling toward the checkout lanes, my cart was barely making a humming sound. Each of the items in my cart had contributed to quieting the wheel noise, just from the combined weight of everything together.

So, let us keep our stress levels down and go through life with the cart we’ve chosen. Don’t go too fast, for it will not hesitate to tell us we need to slow down. 

As we turn in our cart to start a new adventure, someone else will be just starting their own experience.

You can't help but grin as you hear the familiar, faint sound coming from deep within the store...thump thump thump...