Thursday, March 29, 2018

Jo Handbags

Jo's uniquely simple designs feature premium lightweight leathers that age beautifully with wear. Their mindful production approach means carefully sourced leathers, 
minimal waste and a focus on craftsmanship. 

They produce what they need. 
And with a palette of tones found in nature, 
styles easily wear season to season, year after year. 

They're often asked why the name "Jo"? 
The name just fit. 
Simple, to the point. 
Plus many bags are unisex. 
That and being monosyllabic appealed to them. 

They care about your posture. Really! They do. Bags should only get heavy when you load them up with the contents of your life. BUT NOT BEFORE!  They support healthy bag wearing habits by paying close attention to the weight of leathers they select AND the construction of their bags. They work closely with their factories to eliminate all unnecessary materials, like heavy hardware and bag fillers, relying on good design and construction principles to make a quality product.

Since 2010, Jo is a collection of timeless, utilitarian carriers that are made to be worn.  Based in NYC they work with responsible suppliers and manufacturers from Italy and Mexico. 

Who is a Jew?


Who is a Jew? After more than thirty centuries Jews continue to debate this question.
At stake is the integrity of millions of Jews who do not find their Jewish identity in religious belief or religious practice, but who discover their Jewishness in the historic experience of the Jewish people. At stake also is the Jewish identity of thousands of men and women, in Israel and in other countries of the world, who want to be Jewish, but who are rejected by the narrow legalism of traditional religious authorities.
We, the members of the International Federation of Secular Humanistic Jews, believe that the survival of the Jewish people depends on a broad view of Jewish identity. We welcome into the Jewish people all men and women, who sincerely desire to share the Jewish experience regardless of their ancestry. We challenge the assumption that the Jews are primarily or exclusively a religious community and that religious convictions or behavior are essential to full membership in the Jewish people.
The Jewish people is a world people with a pluralistic culture and civilization all its own. Judaism, as the culture of the Jews, is more than theological commitment. It encompasses many languages, a vast body of literature, historical memories, and ethical values. In our times the shadow of the Holocaust and the rebirth of the State of Israel are a central part of Jewish consciousness.
We Jews have a moral responsibility to welcome all people who seek to identify with our culture and destiny. The children and spouses of intermarriage who desire to be part of the Jewish people must not be cast aside because they do not have Jewish mothers and do not wish to undergo religious conversion. The authority to define ‘who is a Jew’ belongs to all the Jewish people and cannot be usurped by any part of it.


In response to the destructive definition of a Jew now proclaimed by some orthodox authorities, and in the name of the historic experience of the Jewish people, we, therefore, affirm that a Jew is a person of Jewish descent or any person who declares himself or herself to be a Jew and who identifies with the history, ethical values, culture, civilization, community, and fate of the Jewish people.

Humanistic Jew | HuJew | Cultural Jew

My Tribe - My People

People come to Judaism through birth, marriage or choice.

Identifying with Jewish  culture, history, civilization, holidays, rituals and community.

Invested in Jewish future.

We believe in each other, the power of human transformation and that we are responsible for ourselves.

Judaism is the evolving civilization of the Jewish people. It has been created, lived and recreated in response to the needs and beliefs of each generation. In our days, we believe in the power of people to understand their world and to influence it for the better. We celebrate human freedom and responsibility for our choices and actions. And we know that if justice is to exist in our world, we must create it together. Secular Humanistic Judaism is a cultural Jewish identity lived through this human-focused non-theistic philosophy of life.

There are many evolutionary forebears to Secular Humanistic Judaism:

  • The Jewish wisdom literature tradition, exemplified by Proverbs and Job…
  • The encounter of Jewish culture with Hellenistic philosophy in Late Antiquity…
  • The emphasis on human action and mutual support in rabbinic Judaism…
  • The Jewish experience of an urban and literate people who used their talents and intellect to survive…
  • The rational philosophies of Baruch Spinoza and Enlightenment philosophers…
  • Nineteenth-century Jewish ethnic and national identities, such as Yiddishism and Zionism…
  • Secular Jewish schools, labor unions, political parties and social welfare organizations…
  • Modern Humanist philosophies of human power and responsibility…
Secular Humanistic Jewish celebrations and ceremonies, whether holidays or life cycle events, take place in both community organizations and in family settings all over the world. Secular Humanistic Jewish communities offer communal celebration, adult and youth education, ethical action, and emotional support. In North America, the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations and the Society for Humanistic Judaism are the two community organizations that support the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism and are served by its graduates.

In the summary of one of our founding thinkers, Rabbi Sherwin Wine,

  • Judaism is the culture of the Jewish people, which includes many religious and secular traditions.
  • A Jew is any person who chooses to identify with the fate and culture of the Jewish people.
  • After the Holocaust, it is clear that the meaning of Jewish history is that Jews must be responsible for their own fate.
  • Every person is entitled to be the master of his or her own life, subject to the final authority of his or her own conscience.
  • The power to achieve human survival, happiness, and dignity is a human power. (from Judaism in a Secular Age, p239)
To further explore the philosophy of Secular Humanistic Judaism, please visit our Resources. You can also learn more about our movement’s history and organizations, or listen to IISHJ Dean for North America Rabbi Adam Chalom discuss “What is Secular Humanistic Judaism” at Georgetown University in 2011.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lemon Essential Oil: Therapeutic Grade

What are your favorite lemon oil uses?

The benefits of Lemon essential oil are vast and varied. This video gives tips and tricks on how to use lemon oil around the home. If you have questions about ingesting lemon essential oil, look no further. We've listed out some ideas on how you can use Lemon Vitality essential oil in recipes. You may be looking for ways to use lemon oil on your skin, but you can also see how drinking essential oils in water is also an option.

I was surprised and delighted (WOW) that 75 lemons are used to fill one bottle!  WOW!!!

Want to know where to buy Lemon Essential Oil? Head HERE

WATCH !!!!
Lemon (Citrus limon) Vitality can add a bright, dynamic flavor to many dishes. Its versatility in sweet and savory recipes is what makes this fruit a popular item in kitchens around the world. Use Young Living’s Lemon Vitality™ essential oil to add flavor to savory foods like fish and chicken or sweet foods like pastries and cakes.
Lemon Vitality oil has a bright taste you’ll want to keep on hand for almost anything you whip up. Instead of zesting or juicing, use Lemon Vitality for a convenient way to use this great flavor. Start small with a single drop of oil.

Lemon Vitality Essential Oil Uses:

  • Add to a tall glass of cold water for a fresh drink to start your day.
  • Add 1–2 drops to a vegetarian gel capsule and take daily or as needed.
  • Blend a drop of Lemon Vitality in Gary’s True Grit™ Einkorn Pancake & Waffle Mix batter and top your waffles or pancakes with fresh fruit for a healthy, tasty breakfast.
  • Create custom vinaigrettes or marinades to add a bright taste to summer salads and grilling.
  • Add it to tea, baked goods, homemade preserves, and other treats.
  • Add 1 drop in plain or vanilla yogurt. Top with fresh berries.
  • Combine with savory foods such as chicken, fish, shrimp, and vegetables and with sides such as noodles, rice, or pasta salad.

Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons, giving its aroma all the brightness of the freshly picked fruit. Cheerful, sweet, and nostalgic, Lemon oil can eliminate odors and infuse your whole home with its clean, lemon-drop scent when diffused.
With its bright and joyful aroma, Lemon oil benefits skin and hair as much as its aroma benefits your environment. Your teens can add a drop to their evening moisturizer to reduce the appearance of blemishes, while you can add it to your conditioner for an aromatic treat that smoothes and shines the look of your hair. Because some citrus oils like Lemon can cause photosensitivity, avoid applying to exposed skin before spending time outside.
This oil is a key ingredient in many hair and skin care products, Thieves® cleaning products, and essential oil blends such as Thieves®, Citrus Fresh™, Clarity™, Joy™ and Harmony™.

Lemon oil uses:

  • Boost your home cleaning with the cheerful scent of fresh Lemons! Add a few drops to naturally derived floor, window, and surface cleaning solutions. Do not use Lemon oil on granite or stone, as it may etch the surface.
  • Make Lemon part of your beauty routine, adding it to skin care products to reduce the appearance of blemishes or to conditioner and DIY hair masques to give your hair a smoother, shinier look.
  • Diffuse Lemon alone or with other citrus and crisp-smelling oils such as Tangerine, Grapefruit, Orange, Bergamot, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Tarragon, and Eucalyptus Radiata to create an aromatic environment that is clean-smelling and positive

How To Use Essential Oils for Beginners

"Help! I feel crummy! I am new to oils- what should I do?!"
We have you COVERED!
+First up, grab that diffuser of yours and put in it:
3 drops RC
3 drops lemon
3 drops Thieves
+ Next up, take a big splotch of coconut oil and put in it 1-2 drops of Frank, 1 drop Lemon and 1 drop thieves- rub it on your chest, neck, spine and the bottom of your feet. REPEAT.

The biggest and ugliest stuff that just keeps growing even when hit with the strongest drugs and chemicals? It apparently runs SCARED from these oils. Scared. So let's add this up.
Your body. Your home. Your surfaces. Your air. All protected by this combination of master warriors.
That's pretty much what we're doing with our beloved Thieves. Putting it in every product we can so that we have the maximum fighting power at work on behalf of our health.
I don't know about you, but I'm all about something fighting FOR me, for my health, and for my family each day.

Diffuse lemon! It'll kick ya into gear and make you smile. Emotionally helps open you & increase focus. It's high in d-limonene (go Google what that does) so it’s the perfect immune system support! A drop in honey or warm tea does wonders for the throat & chest this time of year!
Frankincense quietly asks our systems all the right questions and then supports them in doing their job well.
Just as it's best to surround ourselves daily with those who are wise, it's also good to give ourselves frequent exposure to this ancient, revered oil
+ RC
RC - our favorite respiratory friend.
I LOVEEEE this oil. It smells like a dream and does his job like a champ!
Ways that I use this amaze oil:
+ Put a splotch of coconut oil in your hands, put 1-2 drops of RC, 1 drop Lemon and 1 drop Thieves all in the splotch. Rub on your chest!
+ Diffuse RC, Lemon + Thieves when you feel the yuck coming on.
+Make a 10ml Roller: 10 drops RC, 10 drops Peace and Calming, 10 drops lemon and 10 drops Frank. - thank you frog in the throat support!
An article on the dangers of using Vick's with children:
I find it interesting that this mainstream article is a few years old now and is only one of the many warnings we've received, and yet we are still not getting the message that we need to find better alternatives for our kids.
When we begin finding better ways to help our bodies truly fight illness, we begin to pull out of the cycle of the never-ending sickness that occurs when we only mask symptoms.
Symptoms are our bodies telling us they need help. We need to listen!


I am an independent distributor of Young Living.  Patti Friday Kennedy #12680967
***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.

We are NOT Doctors, we are looking to support ourselves and families with essential oils. Anything shared here is not intended to treat, diagnose, or prescribe any medical advice.

Patti Friday: Reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Monday, March 26, 2018

Young Living Essential Oils Exceeds $1.5 Billion in Annual Sales for 2017

Young Living Essential Oils 
Mar 22, 2018, 19:23 ET


YL surpassed $1.5 billion in sales in 2017 and has grown over 800% in the last 5 years! I’m so glad we are on this train together my friends! What an amazing accomplishment! We are just getting started! YL has only been in Canada 5 years! 

WE have so many more families to introduce oils to! 

If you are not part of our growing community yet....

Please Join us! We would love to have you! :

Patti Friday: Reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

The Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils

What are the benefits of diffusing oils?

Cold-water diffusers are essential to any family that wants to promote a more healthful environment.

The benefits of diffusing:
  • Supports  more restful sleep.
  • Supports better daytime focus.
  • Promotes healthy air quality.
  • Helps force dust to the floor.
  • Creates a healthy ionized room.
  • Promotes an uplifting environment.
  • Helps neutralize odors.
  • Safer alternative to candles.
  • Helps to elevate moods.
  • Promotes better energy.

There are three major ways to use our essential oils.

Some choose to use only one way while others choose to use all three. No matter how you are using the oils, they are going into your body so it is crucial to choose only high quality oils that have not been tampered with.

We often choose the method of diffusing (or inhaling) over topical or ingesting because it is extremely effective for:

- Emotions
- Mental Support
- Respiratory Support
- Rest & Relaxation

If you want the short, quick version: 
Breathing our oils has the potential to make us happier, healthier, and more focused.

It sends messages to our brain helping us to rest, reset, and recharge. It is an inexpensive and effective way to get a lot of oils on a room full of people. You can play with combinations to find the ones you love and that are the most beneficial to you!

If you want the long, detailed version:

From the Essential Oil Desk Reference:

"Diffused oils alter the structure of molecules that create odors, rather than just masking them. They also increase oxygen availability, produce negative ions, and release natural ozone.
A cold-air diffuser is designed to atomize a microfine mist of essential oils into the air, where they can remain suspended for several hours. Unlike aroma lamps or candles, a diffuser disperses essential oils without heating or burning, which can render the oil therapeutically less beneficial and even create toxic compounds.

Research shows that cold-air diffusing certain oils may:
- Reduce bacteria, fungus, mold, and unpleasant odors
- Relax the body, relieve tension, and clear the mind
- Help with weight management
- Improve concentration, alertness, and mental clarity
- Stimulate neurotransmitters
- Stimulate secretion of endorphins
Stimulate growth hormone production and receptivity
- Improve the secretion of IgA antibodies that fight candida
- Improve digestive function
- Improve hormonal balance
- Relieve head discomfort"


Q: How long should I diffuse at one time?
A: While I've seen differing recommendations and times, I have never found any research to back those. Most of us run a diffuser until it shuts off. Some of us have had them going for years almost non-stop.

Q: I diffused and got a headache. Is it hurting me? Should I stop?
A: Whether or not you continue is completely up to you. We certainly can't tell you what is happening since your health is the result of many factors all coming together and we don't have all the pieces. It is highly likely that the smells triggered emotional responses and/or began to detox your body. The most common detox symptom is a headache. It is a great time to drink lots of water and start looking for some great ways to add extra punch to your antioxidant efforts. Ningxia is perfect for this!

Q: I really don't like the smell of a certain oil even though I know I need it.
A: You can totally decide how to move forward with this. You can discontinue use of that oil and use others more pleasant to you. Many, many times this is the result of an emotional response. The body throws a hissy fit because the oil is triggering a release of emotions and you are not ready for change. This causes the oil to stink. This will change again and again as you are going through different experiences both physically and emotionally. Some choose to use the oil on their feet until it becomes more pleasant to help their bodies work through the needed changes. It may become a favorite! Up to you!

- What's your favorite diffuser and why?

- What is your favorite oil or combination of oils to diffuse?

- Have you ever had an oil that started out unpleasant to you and now is a favorite?

I am an independent distributor of Young Living.  Patti Friday Kennedy #12680967
***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.

Patti Friday: Reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Climbing Rose and The Moon Wall Decor

Capturing the essence of life, documenting as I go; the quiet beautiful moments or hurried, cinematic scenes of the 'everyday'. Often poetic, sometimes irreverent. I am endlessly inspired by fond memories, lakeside summers, cozy winters, and daydreaming ideas. I play with many mediums and subject matters. 

Although I personally live a casual, laid-back lifestyle, I am a Fine Artist who creates modern,  works that add beauty and style to any space. Be it minimalist, eclectic, country or traditional. 

I love fresh, quirky, graphic imagery mixed with colourful, folkloric elements, symbolic layers + typography. I digitally blend some of my collected images with my own photography + paintings. They are modern and decorative; perfect for today's contemporary interiors. 

Thank You for decorating your spaces with my art! 

Peace Love Create Art, 

Patti Friday: Reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Saturday, March 24, 2018

White Peony

My newest fine art print. 

Photographed with instinctive, intuitive feeling 
and a specific creative vision.
Edited with intentional elements of unexpected, enhancing details. 

'White Peony'

Mischievous nymphs were said to hide 
in the petals of the Peony, 
giving it the meaning of shame or bashfulness.

Hope you love it as much as I do. 
Let's decorate!

Peace Love Create Art

Patti Friday: Reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Thursday, March 22, 2018

DIY Perfume with Essential Oils (Without Scary Ingredients)

Scents carry with them a wave of memories and associations. Maybe a classic department store perfume reminds you of your grandmother or the squeaky clean scent of bar soap reminds you of your mother. Our essential oil perfume opens up options for personal scents you’ll be remembered for, without scary ingredients. Plus, this DIY perfume is easy enough to make, tweak, and remake for years to come.
First, let’s dive into a couple essentials that you should know, like the “notes” of the essential oil blends that make up your perfume. Typically, you’ll smell the quick-evaporating top notes first, followed a moment later by the middle notes—the heart of the perfume. Finally, you’ll catch the base notes, which complement the top and middle notes.
When selecting botanicals for your perfume, start with the base note, soften with a middle note, and finish with a top note that makes a positive first impression.
Top notes (20-40% of blend): First impression of a perfume, evaporate quickest
5 Drops

Middle notes (40-80%): The heart of the perfume, appearing after the top notes evaporate, warm and balancing
12 drops

Base notes (10-25%): Appear after the others evaporate- grounding, deep, and rich
3 drops 



  1. Combine 10–15 drops each of your selected oils in the empty bottle until your essential oil blend is balanced.
  2. Once you’re happy with the blend, fill the rest of the bottle with V-6.
  3. Put the roller fitment and cap on.
  4. Print custom labels.
  5. Wrap label around the bottle
  6. Roll on to your neck, wrists, or anywhere you apply perfume.

Recipe Ideas:  




Mother Nature:
Balsam Fir



Fragrance Categories and Notes:

Top Notes
Jade Lemon

Florals blend well with spicy, citrus and woodsy oils.
Top Notes

Middle Notes
Ylang Ylang

Minty oils blend well with citrus, woodsy, herby, and earthy oils.
Top Notes

Herby oils blend well with minty, citrus, woodsy, and earthy oils.
Top Notes

Middle Notes

Earthy oils blend well with floral, woodsy, and citrus oils.
Base Notes

Spicy oils blend well with florals and citrus oils.
Top Notes

Middle Notes
Black Pepper

Base Notes

Woodsy oils generally blend well with everything.
Top Notes

Middle Notes
Tea Tree
Palo Santo

Base Notes
Idaho Balsam Fir

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