Tropical Traditions: Your source for virgin coconut oil


When making your own soaps, balms, lotions and other grooming products, there are a number of oils you can use. I use coconut oil because it is rich and creamy and I love the fragrance of coconut. Think long, lazy days, the beach, suntan lotion and the warmth of the summer sun. The key is using high quality oils like those sold by Tropical Traditions. One lucky person will win one quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut oil to use for the holidays. With a full 32-oz. jar of coconut oil to use, you can make the rich, creamy fudge and the hand-crafted soaps for grandma this year.

Although Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, I was under no obligation to review this product. Neither was I obligated to write a positive review or sponsor a giveaway in return for the free sample.

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut OilYou can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. In my opinion, the coconut oil from Tropical Traditions is superior to all others I have used in making my natural grooming products. The taste of Gold Label just has to be experienced to appreciate how much better it tastes and performs than other oils.

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Since there are hundreds of uses for coconut oil, you may appreciate these recipes by Tropical Traditions. Yes, virgin coconut oil can be used to make delicious cakes, pies, desserts and more, like creamy black and white toasted coconut fudge.

Click on the link below to enter for your free 32-oz. jar of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. The giveaway starts November 27 and ends December 18, 2012. Enter once a day until the giveaway ends.
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Buy virgin coconut oil from Tropical Traditions today. They have a money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose. Receive bonus entries by doing the following:

Follow on Twitter @troptraditions and @ttspecialdeal
Like Tropical Traditions on Facebook
Follow on Pinterest
Follow on Google+
If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

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A Little Common Courtesy


The Christmas season can twist you into a pretzel if you aren’t careful. Mothers are harried, tired and rushed as they attempt to keep family life on track, shop for Christmas gifts, bake for Christmas parties at school, work and church, get the gifts wrapped, ready others for shipping, decorate the home and put up the tree and, well, just about everything that needs doing. Fathers are working overtime or a second job just to pay for Christmas and the children are overly excited, fighting with each other and not doing well in school as they dream of the Christmas holidays. 

Whether you are the mother that is shopping for groceries or gifts or the mother that is checking out others at her register, a little common courtesy is needed. Remember, everyone is stressed, tired and preoccupied with life’s difficulties. Try to be respectful and more than a little kind to each other. If not, then what is all the fuss about?

I remember, as a child, when I first heard the phrase, “can’t see the forest for the trees.” I really could not grasp what the teacher was trying to explain. A few years later, I understood. It seems we now live in a nation that can’t see the forest for the trees. Why do we celebrate the birth of our Savior if we are going to act uncivilized in the days leading up to the celebration? People are easily angered when they are tired, rushed or perceive an injustice.  Someone cuts in line at the check-out of Walmart and people behave as if they had their wallet stolen, ready to stone someone. No, it isn’t right to cut in line. That is another inconsideration. But hey, a simple, “excuse me, I believe it was my turn next,” should be enough to express your displeasure. There is no need to start a fight. How is that any way to celebrate the ‘Good News?’ It certainly isn’t any way to represent a Christian.

When the cashier is slow and makes several mistakes, smile and say, “It’s ok, I am not in a big hurry.” Maybe you are in a hurry, but don’t you remember how you felt when you were new on the job and were learning your way around? Besides, making her or him more nervous won’t get you checked out any quicker.

Yes, we have to deal with rude people every day of the year. Sometimes, you just want to throw something hard at them and tell them just how rude you think they are. Here is the thing, though, they know how rude they are and they don’t care. In fact, when you get angry, they are delighted that they caused you to get angry. Don’t give them the pleasure. Just smile and say, “I know your parents would be so proud of you right now.” Do it with sincerity and watch them try to figure out what just happened. They will probably lie awake all night trying to ‘get it.’

No matter how hard we try, we are going to do or say something that is rude to get even, eventually. It happens. Just apologize. You may not realize how quickly an apology can turn a situation around, but it can. And, it makes you feel better about yourself.

A little common courtesy is the least we can offer each other during the season we prepare to celebrate the greatest gift mankind has ever received.  Being the better person has its own rewards. Who knows, maybe your courtesy will cause others to slow down and think about their own actions.

It is really only common sense to stop and realize that we are all in the same boat. If someone is rocking the boat, do you really want to cause a scene and perhaps tip the boat over? At the end of the day, all we really want is to get home, throw those shoes off – ladies, you know what comes off next – get comfortable and relax with our own family. Don’t be one of those people who just can’t let it go; one who has to get in the face of the offending party and let them know just how angry you are. People are crazy these days. What if the person just lost his job, his wife has left him and taken his children and he feels as if he has nothing left to lose? You may be the one he pulls out a gun and shoots. Imagine the headlines in the morning paper.

“Man shoots and kills three, wounds four others because Joe Jones, one of the deceased, wouldn’t stop haggling the man for taking up so much time in the check-out lane.” It is always when we look back that we realize we made too much ado over nothing.

Go ahead and figure that people will tick you off this holiday season. Plan to be the courteous person you are all the rest of the year. You may start a chain of courteous behavior. Wouldn’t it be really nice to have a flash mob of courteous shoppers in the mall? Maybe you could start singing “Oh Holy Night” whenever you see an argument about to break out. Now that would cause people to stop and think about their actions! Especially if I were the one doing the singing. Hey, you never know, they might take up a collection to get me to stop.

It is your world. Don’t allow others to push your buttons or make you dance to their music. Use your gift of salvation to point others in the right direction. Don’t believe in Christ? In that case, do the right thing and put Christians to shame. Sometimes, we should be ashamed of our behavior. Whatever you believe, “A little common courtesy, please.”

Christmas plus credit cards equal overspending


English: Santa Claus with a little girl Espera...

English: Santa Claus with a little girl Esperanto: Patro Kristnasko kaj malgranda knabino Suomi: Joulupukki ja pieni tyttö (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Humans are strange creatures. We reason that, since we don’t have any extra money to buy Christmas gifts, it is okay to charge the gifts. With a credit card, it is too easy to charge and charge until we have created a huge bill. Where will the money come from to pay the large monthly bill? No problem, we have an entire month before we have to start paying it back.

Every parent wants to buy gifts for his children. Nobody wants young children to learn too early that Santa doesn’t exist. If Christians would tell their children that Santa is just a fairy tale like Cinderella or Snow White, and mom and dad have to buy the gifts, maybe they wouldn’t be so expectant of expensive gifts. For some reason, parents believe it is justified to lavish children with anywhere from five to 15 expensive gifts. Children won’t expect what they have never received.

Keep Christmas gift-giving sane. Don’t get carried away and try to buy every gift on a child’s wish-list. The entire family suffers when the credit card bills come due anyway. Even if you have already established a pattern of over-giving at Christmas, you can still halt this run-away train and put it in reverse.

If children are old enough to understand, explain that Christmas will be lean due to financial circumstances. Ask them to choose just one gift this year. If children are too young to understand about finances, they are too young to know the difference between what they received last year and what they will receive this year. In other words, just buy one or two durable, but inexpensive gifts. Too many toys just overwhelm children anyway.

For gift exchanging among friends, church family and relatives, bake your best desserts, cookies or make candy and wrap it in pretty package. You can’t really please everyone anyway. Food puts a smile on their face every time. You could also get ideas for homemade gifts that look as elegant as anything you could buy by checking pinterest or stumbleupon.

Don’t let Christmas put you in depression when the bills roll in for the new year. Take charge instead of letting the charge cards take control of you. Getting out of debt is like losing weight. It takes a few minutes of pleasure to gain it, but a lifetime to lose it.

Tropical Traditions: Your source for virgin coconut oil


Gold Label Virgin Coconut OilWhen making your own soaps, balms, lotions and other grooming products, there are a number of oils you can use. I use coconut oil because it is rich and creamy and I love the fragrance of coconut. Think long, lazy days, the beach, suntan lotion and the warmth of the summer sun. The key is using high quality oils like those sold by Tropical Traditions. One lucky person will win one quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut oil to use for the holidays. With a full 32-oz. jar of coconut oil to use, you can make the rich, creamy fudge and the hand-crafted soaps for grandma this year.

Although Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, I was under no obligation to review this product. Neither was I obligated to write a positive review or sponsor a giveaway in return for the free sample.

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut OilYou can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. In my opinion, the coconut oil from Tropical Traditions is superior to all others I have used in making my natural grooming products. The taste of Gold Label just has to be experienced to appreciate how much better it tastes and performs than other oils.

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Since there are hundreds of uses for coconut oil, you may appreciate these recipes by Tropical Traditions. Yes, virgin coconut oil can be used to make delicious cakes, pies, desserts and more, like creamy black and white toasted coconut fudge.

Click on the link below to enter for your free 32-oz. jar of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. The giveaway starts November 27 and ends December 18, 2012. Enter once a day until the giveaway ends.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Buy virgin coconut oil from Tropical Traditions today. They have a money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose. Receive bonus entries by doing the following:

Follow on Twitter @troptraditions and @ttspecialdeal
Like Tropical Traditions on Facebook
Follow on Pinterest
Follow on Google+
If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

Happy Thanksgiving


Sometimes, we may not be able to see it, but everyone has something to be thankful for. Maybe you’ve recently lost a good job, lost a loved-one or received bad news from the IRS. Whatever your hardship is in life, there will always be someone who has lost more, been through more, and has more pain and suffering than you can imagine. So, how does the problems of others make your problems any less painful or difficult to deal with? They don’t.

Knowing that someone is living in a cardboard box and the temperature is 30 degrees Fahrenheit and they have only a rag to cover up with should help you be thankful for a house, heat and basic comforts. If it doesn’t, finding something to be thankful for is not your problem. 

There are people living without arms or legs and sometimes, without all four limbs. They get up every day and make the most of it. Even if your problems feel overwhelming and there appears to be no way out of trouble, take a deep breath, let it out slowly and repeat until the fear subsides. In a calm state of mind, count the things you have to be thankful for. Doing this will help you realize that you don’t have to face your problems all by yourself. Your life is full of possibilities.

If you still feel all alone and that there are no answers to your situation, talk to someone who can see possibilities that you are not able to see. Talk to a minister – doesn’t have to be your own – talk to a grandparent, they have lived it all and know things you don’t know; talk to social services, call a help line in your phone directory or Google your problem and look at all the ways it can be handled.

As long as you have life, you have an opportunity to solve any problem. If you know Jesus, you know you have a solution. If you don’t know Jesus, get to know Him. He is the only one who promised peace to those who accept Him. No one else ever promised this. It is a wonderful feeling. I recommend it highly.

I am thankful for Jesus, family, friends and for you. Without you, to whom would I be talking? God bless and Happy Thanksgiving every day.